Pretty much everyone knows about St. Patrick’s Day, right? In Rhode Island, we have several annual parades, including one in Newport that becomes quite the all-day into evening party (and we know from experience). You may even be lucky enough to see a leprechaun or two around town.
We also celebrate another holiday that you may not be as familiar with only two days after the Irish party. Its calledSt. Joseph’s Day, and its kind of like the Italian version of St. Patrick’s Day, with a few differences. Here in Little Rhody, instead of green we wear red and instead of drinking Guinness we eat these amaaaazing Italian pastries called zeppoles. It’s said that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and on St. Joseph’s Day we can all be Italian and enjoy the delectable pastries made especially for this holiday.
I guess you can add that to list of things we do or say a little differently in Rhode Island, along with coffee milk (like chocolate milk but better), bubblers (water fountains), and cabinets (milk shakes) to name a few. Happy March from our weird and wonderful state to yours!
You’ve probably noticed that all of us here at JAVA Skin Care“LO💖E” coffee (although “love” may not be a strong enough word). What you might not know is that some of our products are directly inspired by our team’sfavorite coffee drinks. So, when we tried a Rose Latte for the first time, we knew the aromatic combination of coffee and roses would make a heavenly combination for a lip kit – and the Bloom Lip Duo was born!
And now, we’re dropping some barista knowledge on you and showing you how we make a creamy, caffeinated, floral rose latte:
Pulling a perfect shot of Espresso – Layer finely ground fresh coffee into your portafilter and use your tamper to press the grinds down with approximately 30 pounds of pressure to form an even surface. Next, insert your portafilter into the espresso machine and place your cup underneath. When you press the button to brew the shot it should take about 20 to 30 seconds to complete. The brew should start out dark and change into a golden brown foamy liquid called the crema.
Infusing the Roses into Milk – Add about 8oz of the milk of your choice to a frothing pitcher with a tablespoon of organic dried rose petals, then heat and froth the milk to approximately 150 degrees, infusing the flavor of roses into your milk.
Build your Drink – Add your shot of espresso to your mug, then strain the milk on top of the espresso making sure to that steamed rose petals don’t make it past your spoon. Spoon any leftover milk foam on top. Crush a pinch of your organic dried rose petals and then sprinkle them on top of your latte.
Now take a totally Insta-Worthy picture of your creation and enjoy. Then grab yourself a JAVA Bloom Duo so you never have to be far from the exceptional aromas of coffee and roses ever again!
Winter is in full swing here at JAVA Skin Care HQ in Rhode Island and all this COLD weather means the team is stepping up our beauty routines to keep our skin hydrated and glowing all season. Luckily, JAVA’s got everything we need!
As the temperature falls, the humidity in the air drops. The dry cold air evaporates the water from our skin leaving our hides feeling dry, tight and flaky.
There are two crucial steps to keeping as much moisture as we can in our skin: Exfoliation and hydration.
Make sure to wash your body and face with a moisturizing wash or bar soap. It is important to hydrate every chance you get during these dry months!
Exfoliating removes dry dull skin cells from the surface of our skin to facilitate moisturizer absorption. If you skip exfoliating, moisturizers can get stuck in the rough outer layer of dead skin cells, preventing the healing and hydration from penetrating into our skin. So, basically not moisturizing your skin at all and also wasting product.
Once you’ve given yourself a good scrubbing, it’s time to get your moisturizing on. Take advantage of the water you are already putting on your skin everyday by smoothing serum onto wet skin after cleansing (this not only seals in moisture but it also makes your product go a lot further!)
With JAVA, you can feel good in your own skin all winter long!.
Follow our blog, “The Perks of JAVA,” in the new year. We will take you on our journey into the world of beauty: how JAVA came about; what we have learned about the beauty industry; who we have partnered with along the way.
We want to introduce you to the ingredients that we use in JAVA Skin Care, share the latest research and provide a history of all-natural skin care. We will also address some of the ingredients we stay away from.
Here at JAVA, we are thrilled to offer all-natural products that are good for all ages – gentle enough for children yet beneficial for older skin.
If you haven’t tried JAVA Skin Care yet, make 2018 the year you do something great for your skin!
Here at JAVA Skin Care, we are not only concerned with healthy skin care. We have also made a commitment to help support a healthy environment. That’s why we source Smithsonian Bird Friendly Certified Coffee for use in our skin care products.
But what does that mean? It means that our coffee has been grown using organic methods that help protect both the bird community and the environment. The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has developed the only 100% organic and shade-grown coffee certification available: Bird Friendly.
This week’s The Perks of JAVA installment introduces us to Sabrina (known as Brie to friends and family), The Brunette Ecoholic. Brie has a passion for Eco-conscious and balanced living. This passion not only drives her to research the skincare products that she uses for herself and her family but also to share this information so that we can all benefit.
Here are Brie’s answers to our JAVA questionnaire:
How do you take your coffee? I like stevia and almond milk in my coffee
What is your astrological sign? I am an Aquarius – which means I am loyal, curious, and imaginative. It also means I can be unpredictable and a little all over the place (or as my husband likes to say – I have “oooh shiny syndrome“)! lol
A little history of your blog? I started my blog when I was recovering from major back surgery. I wanted to create a space where I could not only share my love & passion for clean, eco-conscious and balanced living but to also share my life-long skin issues and what has (and hasn’t) helped.What in green beauty are you passionate about right now? For me, it’s all about skin care. I love makeup and am so impressed with all of the options we now have in the green beauty world (and that are just as good, if not better than conventional), but in my opinion, if your skin looks unhealthy or is having major issues, all the makeup in the world won’t make much difference!
What is your favorite JAVA Skin Care product? Do I have to just pick one? The lip product junkie in me loves the lip scrub & lip balm, but I also adore the body serum!
Any tip on how you use it? The body serum I apply right as I get out of the shower while my skin is still damp. I find that oils seem to absorb better & more deeply without a greasy feel when skin is wet.
Here in Narragansett, Rhode Island, home of JAVA Skin Care, we are no strangers to the woes of working hands. Living and working on the bay, coupled with long, freezing-cold winters, we have the perfect recipe for drying, chapping, cracking skin and splitting brittle fingernails.
Wherever you may live, if you work with your hands, you need protection from the elements – protection you can find in JAVA Skin Care’s Double-Shot Serum. With double the antioxidants and double the argan oil, JAVA Double-Shot is the perfect blend of moisturizing hard-working ingredients that will add a layer of protection while leaving your skin feeling smooth and comfortable – without heavy scents or oily residue. Great for men, women and children.
This skin condition called Keratosis pilaris, is characterized by numerous small, rough, red, or tan bumps primarily around hair follicles on the upper arms, legs, and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris creates a “goose bumps,” “gooseflesh,” or “chicken skin” appearance.
Our friends and family tell us daily that our JAVA Coffee Bean and Raw Sugar Scrub exfoliates, smooths and makes the goose bumps dissappear. Why you ask?…because of our signatureinfusion of green coffee and argan oil loaded with antioxidants that take our scrub to the next level.