Steph Says: Looking Forward to Spring

 

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As we shake off winter here in New England and look towards Spring..March is filled with the optimism of new beginnings.

Some of my favorite things about March are:

St Patrick’s Day in Newport Rhode Island- we have the best parade ever and it has been named 1 of the Top 5 parades in the USA.  I have been attending this parade since I was a little girl and now I get to bring my girls. I’ll see you on Thames Street, March 16th Rain or Shine.

Spring Forward and set the clocks ahead…I know it can be tough the first few days after we switch the clocks but I do LOVE the extra daylight. The snow starts to melt and the crocuses start to peep out of the ground.  I have to agree with the New York Times article..let’s just skip all the confusion and stop the switching of the clocks. What do you think?

Full Moon in March is also a very auspicious time. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this full moon reaches its peak on the same day as the Spring Equinox, which also occurs on Mar. 20. The last time these two events coincided this closely was back in the year 2000, and the last time they occurred on the same date was back in 1981. So take some time to look up in the sky and enjoy.

I am also super excited about our March Spot Light Product…JAVA Illuminating Eye Serum is packed with antioxidants to gently correct the delicate skin around the eyes. We’ve blended some of nature’s most beautiful oils together to restore skin’s elasticity, reduce the look of dark circles and wrinkles, prevent moisture loss and protect skin from free-radical damage.

We are offering a FREE 5ml sample of Eye Serum with every purchase on our website of $50.00 or more. No code needed it will be included in your order. And as always because it is our spotlight product the eye serum is on sale o=for 10% off. Check it out at www.javaskincare.com.

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JAVA is thrilled to part of Create.Play.Travel NATURAL SKIN CARE TIPS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

We would like to introduce you to Katie of Create.Play.Travel.


Katie Wallace is a Mom to 3 kiddos, wife and DIY enthusiast. She started Create. Play. Travel. as a creative outlet within busy family life.

Here is what Katie had to say about the JAVA Skin Care Wonderbar Coffee + Mint Soap.

If you’ve had any sort of skin irritation or sensitivity, you know the importance of using natural products. Anything that we put on our skin is quickly absorbed by our body. Each season has its own skin care challenges, such as winter dryness and summer sun exposure. These natural products and skin care tips can help your whole family live and feel healthier!

COFFEE INFUSED SKIN CARE

I absolutely love coffee, but I would have never thought to put it in my skin care! Coffee grounds are a natural exfoliate and the caffeine from coffee is a natural anti-inflammatory. I have tried several luxurious products from Java Skin Care. As expected, the deep coffee fragrance combined with the beneficial properties of Java provide rich benefits and smells amazing!

I had the chance to try the Java Skin Care Mint + Coffee Exfoliation Wonderbar made with organic ground coffee. I love this natural soap for a few reasons. First, the Wonderbar is made with ground roasted coffee which scrubs away dead skin cells. The potent mix of coffee serum and mint soothes and smooths the skin.

Also, the Wonderbar is generous in size and will last a long time if stored in a dry place.


Read the full blog

Thanks Katie for including JAVA Skin Care in your selection.

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Steph Says~ Pucker Up!

“You should be kissed often and by someone who knows how.”

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February is all about the KISS and our Bloom Lip Duo with Rose Petals wrapped in a sweet pink ribbon is the perfect gift..

Few things can comfort the soul quite like the smell of freshly bloomed coffee, except perhaps for the aroma freshly bloomed roses. Our sensuous Bloom Lip Duo marries these two exceptional scents to create a lip conditioning experience that will have you feeling like you are sipping your favorite coffee in a spring rose garden. This set smooths, plumps, and heals adding a light blush to your lips using only organic plant-based tint. As always this product uses only the highest quality ingredients, and our signature Smithsonian Certified Green Coffee. Gently exfoliate with our scrub to smooth, plump and prime your lips, then follow with our balm to heal, protect shine and tint.

The petals of the rose have been used in skincare for centuries because of their sweet smell and therapeutic benefits. This set includes a vial of crushed Organic Dried Rose Petals for you to add to a bath soak, face steam or other skincare DIY for a decadent skin-soothing experience.

feb gift.jpgThis Gift Set comes boxed with a beautiful pink ribbon, as shown. $16.00

XOXO

Special thanks to Shelby White: Makeup and Trisha Kelley: Photography

Please share with your family and friends!

Benefit #892 Dog Lovers Unite!

Ok – this is not a scientific report. But we have heard the same thing now from completely different JAVA tribe members.

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Tribe members with dogs are telling us they are getting a ton of kisses from their dog after using JAVA serum. Maybe it’s the fragrance. Maybe it’s the post use glow.

But whatever the reason, it’s always good when women’s best friend wants to tell you how great you look and how great you are!

Stephanie

xoxo

Steph Says~ Happy New Year!

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GRATEFUL!

As the New Year sets in all I can think about is how grateful I am. 2018 was a year to remember…JAVA Skin Care had its best year ever! None of our success would have been possible without our amazing team, friends, family, and you – our Tribe!

Thank you everyone!

Have you figured out your New Years Resolutions? I am still deciding. I know – 3 days late and still thinking.

What I know for sure is that continued JAVA growth, lots of laughter, and love are on my list.

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Have you heard about our new Wonderbars? We’ve got three 6oz bars for you to choose from:

Exfoliating Wonderbar (our original bar)- Cleanse, exfoliate and deodorize in one all-natural step

This unscented bar uses organic ground roasted coffee to gently exfoliate and cleanse your skin. Our signature infusion of organic raw coffee and argan oil deliver caffeine and antioxidants to moisturize and detoxify.

Creme Bar– Cleanse- Moisturize and nourish in one all-natural step

This honey-vanilla cream bar combines a gently cleansing soap with our award-winning Body Serum to nourish and soften skin. Our signature infusion of organic raw coffee and argan oil deliver caffeine and antioxidants to moisturize and detoxify.

Coffee Mint Bar– Cleanse, exfoliate and invigorate in one all-natural step

This minty bar uses organic ground roasted coffee to gently exfoliate and cleanse. Our signature infusion of raw coffee and argan oil deliver caffeine and antioxidants to moisturize and detoxify.

All our bars are hand-made in Rhode Island with no phthalates, no parabens, no synthetic fragrance or color and are vegan, gluten free, sulphate free, and cruelty free.

Cheers to 2019

Stephanie

xoxo

Travel Hacks: Tips to Beat Jet Lag, Lines, Theft, Hangovers- part 3

 

So many of us are on the road between Thanksgiving and Christmas through New Years. We have organized email and posts from JAVA Members with clever tips to ease your mind and to make your trips easy.

Meals worth carrying on- You want more than pretzels going cross country? Bring your own meal fresh from home. Or keep your eyes open in the terminal for great quality take out like from Wolfgang Puck’s ubiquitous restaurants.

Need caffeine?- In coffee capitals Vienna and Sydney and several other big cities, the map-based Coffee (In)Touch app is a shortcut to third-wave heaven—and free Wi-Fi.

Pamper your pets- Soft-sided, lightweight carriers such as the TSA-approved Jet Sitter ($43) can help get your pet on board, even if the pooch is a few pounds over your airline’s limit. When it comes to restful flying, a chewable children’s Benadryl is as helpful for a pet as it is for a human. (But ask your vet about dosage first.) And always pull pet food out of your carry-on when going through security: Declaring it up front will help prevent confiscation.

Quiz someone else’s concierge- If you’re staying at an Airbnb and need good local advice, head for the nearest luxury hotel.

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Three ways to improve in-room dining:

Make it cheaper: look for menu items that are on both the kids’ and regular menus. Ordering the children’s version rarely results in a much smaller portion—but it halves the price.

Make it faster: insists your food not be placed in a hot box. That way, it gets sent to your room quickly, before it cools.

Make it healthier: Forget the menu: call downstairs and asks the kitchen for anything light and low-cal. It’s the easiest way to fight temptation after a long flight.

How do you travel? What are your hacks?

Safe Travels

xoxo

Stephanie

Travel Hacks: Tips to Beat Jet Lag, Lines, Theft, Hangovers- part 2

So many of us are on the road between Thanksgiving and Christmas into New Years. We have organized email and posts from JAVA Members with clever tips to ease your mind and to make your trips easy.

Book a top chef’s favorite restaurant. Can’t get a seat at the five-star restaurant? Ask the hostess where the chef likes to eat. This trick yields hidden gems+ where you can likely find a table.

Google Map your way to good eats. Use the “search this area” feature to find restaurants nearby. Add filters: No rating below a 4, open now; and no sushi in, say, Indianapolis. Your meal, your rules.

Don’t choose the highest-rated spots; go instead for the ones with the most reviews. They’re the places people feel most strongly about—con as well as pro— so they should provoke an opinion from you, too. Diving into a restaurant debate in a far-off land is part of the adventure!

Jam your jacket into a little sack. Travelers flying across different climates tend to wrestle with a tough choice: lugging around a winter jacket where it makes no sense, or freezing without a coat upon landing back at home. Buying a down jacket that can be stuffed into an inside pocket. It’s as small as a makeup bag, so you avoid coat check wherever you go.

Know the local time everywhere. Watches with GMT or world time functions reduce the need to set and reset your time zone.

Let the sneaks out of the bag. Tie yours to the outside of his backpack by the laces—it saves tons of precious luggage space.

Our favorite tip is the JAVA Jet Set travel kit. Our TSA approved kit includes mini JAVA Body Serum, mini JAVA Body Wash, mini JAVA Wonderbar and mini JAVA Body Scrub and to keep your lips hydrated our Demitasse Lip Balm.

Let us know your travel hacks.

xoxo

Stephanie

Travel Hacks: Tips to Beat Jet Lag, Lines, Theft, Hangovers

So many of us are on the road between Thanksgiving and Christmas and into New Years Eve. So we have organized emails and posts from JAVA Members with clever tips to ease your mind and to make your trips easy.

CLEAR is better than Pre-Check. It takes seconds to sign up for this expedited security service, now at 21 U.S. hubs. Its user base is still relatively small. That means you’ll rarely wait long in Clear’s priority TSA lanes

Divvy up the duties with the children. Have one parent board early to claim overhead space while the other tires out the children for as long as possible at the gate, where they’re free to run around.

Essentials! Don’t forget …

* A headphone splitter if you’ve got a travel buddy

* Single-serve instant coffee

* A reflexology massager

* A mobile hotspot

* Fashion tape for a clothing emergency

* Allergy medicine/ aspirin

* Probiotic pills/ diarrhea pills

* iPhone lightning dongle

Fanny pack it- One writer says the elegant way to get around the one-carry-on, one-personal-item rule on planes is to pack small items in this retro accessory.

Optimize your in-flight beauty routine. Here’s what we advise to pack so you can step off a plane looking like the millions of bucks you are worth.

* For supple skin: JAVA Body Serum mini

* For soft hair: JAVA Body Wash mini

* For rosy cheeks: JAVA Blossom Duo – rub into your cheek

* For brighter eyes: JAVA Eye Serum

* Marc Jacobs Highliner gel eye crayon ( $25)

* For a pop of color: MAC Cosmetics lipsticks in So Chaud, Girl About Town, and Coral Optix ( $18.50 each)

Send your suit/ garment bag to first class. Ask the flight attendants to hang your garment bag up in the front of the plane, no matter how far back your assigned seat. They’ll rarely say no. (Just don’t forget to pick it up after you land!)

We hope these tips help you to have a great trip!

xoxo

Stephanie

Steph Says: Tis the season for Events

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For me, December is all about the weeks running up to Christmas Day and all the fun & joy of the season that I love so much! Spending time with family and with friends, and so many special events to celebrate the holiday!

Down by the sea side here in Rhode Island, we will be celebrating with a number of customers and friends of JAVA who helped build 2018 into our busiest yet. Just the first week of December, highlights include:

December 5th- Beauty & the Bath 22nd Pajama Party, 5-9PM. Wickford RI

Located in picturesque Wickford RI…this boutique was the very first store to carry JAVA. Come by with a pair of unwrapped pjs to donate. There is also food, fun, raffles and 20% off the whole store.

December 5 & 6th- University of RI Holiday Mall. 10-5pm. South Kingstown, RI

This is a wonderful event for URI students, alumni and staff. Local artisans gather on campus and create a magical shopping wonderland.

December 6th- Inspire Spa Holiday Event. 4-7PM. Narragansett RI

Located in our hometown of Narragansett, come by this fabulous spa: massage therapist Trisha Pimentel is the BEST. She has brought my tired muscles back to life many times. The spa is offering a curated collection of luxurious gifts, spa special pricing (perfect for gift giving) and refreshments.

December 14th & 15th- Sons of Liberty 6th Annual Whiskey Wonderland Bazaar. Friday 5-9PM and Saturday 1-9PM, South Kingstown RI

SOL is an award winning distillery & Brewery. Founder Mike Reppucci and his team have been friends of ours since we began selling JAVA at the Farmers Market located in the same Mill. Local artisans, craft drinks, food and music are bountiful at this event..they also do a barrel tree lighting that is so cool.

We will be adding more events…so keep watching Facebook for all the fun!

XOXO

Happy Holidays

Product of the Month – we are delighted to suggest Wonderbar + Body Serum as this year’s holiday gift. The two products are always close to our heart being that they were among our first products created. We will gift wrap them for you, or for you to gift someone else. Free shipping is another gift from us to you this holiday season, that plus a Holiday price leads to almost 35% savings! Come shop now and browse the catalog here.

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THERE’S A COFFEE INFUSED COCKTAIL FOR YOUR FEET, SO CHEERS TO YOUR NEXT SPA DAY WITH YOUR BESTIES

(Written and posted by PattyJ.com on September 28, 2018
All Photos courtesy of Stacey Boyle)

Your friends and neighbors might live for posting latte art or their three olive martinis, but they probably have no idea how coffee and vodka could be the keys to softer, smoother feet this fall.

Yea, there’s an espresso martini…for your feet.

It’s a thing, and my friends at JAVA Skin Care and Perfectly Nailed in EG invited me to try their JAVA Espresso Martini Pedicure earlier this week. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but also knew my feet weren’t looking too hot after all those steps logged while walking around in Birkenstocks for most of the summer, so why not? All I had to lose were some calluses (TMI?).

But let’s begin at the beginning of any pedicure – the foot soak. We’ve all been there. To use your phone or not? Wouldn’t want it falling in the water. Maybe flip thru the latest issue of People or US Weekly instead and catch up on the adventures of Blake Lively, Tracee Ellis Ross, and JLO. But this was no ordinary soak.

This one included epsom salts, vanilla oil, and vodka. Wait, what? VODKA?!? That detail had my attention, so forget the smart phones and gossip-y glossy mags. According to lovely ppl at Perfectly Nailed, liquor in general – and vodka* in particular – has natural antiseptic properties that help break down anything yucky that might be lurking in cracked heels and elsewhere on your feet.

*Perfectly Nailed also incorporates tequila and whiskey into other pedi options because they too work as natural antiseptics that kill bacteria and germs that attach to the skin’s surface.

The next step is an exfoliation with Java’s antioxidant rich and moisturizing scrub made with organic green coffee. The coffee scent is a nice treat too. Immediately following that? Hot towels and a foot and ankle massage with the Java Serum, two things most of us never do at home (just listened to a podcast, the two hosts who are beauty fanatics were saying the only beauty treatments that should be done at home are shaving, teeth brushing, and hair washing.). Sooo relaxing you might find yourself feeling like you’re going to float home on a cloud or something.

Also, as someone who’s perpetually on the lookout for clean and cruelty free (no animal testing) beauty and skincare, gotta say (I) adore how there are no surprises with JAVA. It’s made with the best quality ingredients and they never use any phtalates, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color in their skincare. It’s also gluten, sulphate, and cruelty free. And it works like a dream. Woot, Woot!

My skin’s also on the sensitive side, so I tend to be cautious about introducing different products into any beauty treatments, whether they involves the skin on my face or on my feet. Happy to report that I had no irritation of any kind. Guys, my feet have never looked or felt better!

Photo Credits: All photos courtesy of Stacey Doyle