Chilis New Mexico

Last week, I set off on a mini break to Santa Fe with my favourite travel companion, Graham. You may know that I love to travel and since Graham and I met traveling it’s something that is near and dear to our hearts! Despite this being a short trip, we made the most of it…. Read more »

Shea butter, also known by its Latin name, Butyrospermum parkii, comes from the karite tree in Africa. Shea fruit are picked from the tree to yield a nutritious pulp that surrounds a large, oil-rich seed from which shea butter is extracted. Historically used for cooking, hair and skin care, this plant lipid is added to… Read more »


Tomorrow I’m heading off on a short break to Santa Fe, New Mexico with my husband, Graham! And while I’m still mulling over which restaurants to eat at (priority and Santa Fe is foodie heaven) and sights to see – definitely Tent Rocks – I’m also planning my packing list. Short trips – in fact,… Read more »

Fall Skin Care Tips

These fall skin care tips are a great way to change up your skin care routine to ensure that you’re using the right products for the season. Much like we change our wardrobe when the weather changes, it’s a good idea to re-examine the products you’re using on your skin too. Summer is fantastic and… Read more »

What Makes You Buy Skin Care?

As someone who runs a skin care brand, I’m always curious to know what makes customers buy skin care products. There’s no shortage of choice and many outlets – drugstores, department stores, independent boutiques and the internet – to fulfill every possible need. One could peruse for hours, days, weeks, months. Certainly there must be… Read more »

Glycerin Skin Benefits

Glycerin, also known as glycerol or glycerine, is an ingredient used commonly in cosmetics. And there’s a reason why – this little ‘ole ingredient packs one hefty punch! Glycerin is present in all natural fats, both vegetable and animal. It also is found naturally in the skin as part of its NMF (natural moisturizing factor)… Read more »

Silvija Be Beautiful Apothekari

September’s Be Beautiful Apothekari: Silvija My “Be Beautiful”: Being beautiful to me means being happy and confident in my own skin. It sounds cliché, but beauty comes from within. Silvija, 40, Freelance Photographer, Love My Job, Boss of Me. “I am using a wide variety of Apothekari products, but my favourite has to be the A is… Read more »

Cocktail outside

Summer is hands down my favourite season of all. So, each year, as Labour Day approaches, I become a little sad. I’m a warm weather person and September often brings with it cooler days and chilly evenings. Many people are ecstatic as they complain about hot, sticky and humid weather, but I say bring it… Read more »

Handcrafted Skin Care

There has been a movement of late toward ‘handcrafted’, ‘all-natural’, ‘small batch’, ‘artisanal’ and ‘hand-made’. Whether it’s cosmetics, food or beverages, the implication is that these products are somehow superior or safer for you to consume. While this may very well be the case in some instances, it’s not always true. When it comes to… Read more »

UV Rays

When it comes to the sun and the damage it can wreak upon skin, it’s the sun’s UV rays that we’re concerned about most. In this post I discuss the different types of UV rays and the impact they have on your skin. Plus, I”ll look at ways to protect yourself. The sun emits all… Read more »

Sharmani the Pharmacist

I know a lot about skin and skin care, but when it comes to creating and manufacturing a skin care formula, it’s time to get the experts involved. Cosmetic formulation is a complex science and despite a solid science background courtesy of my Pharmacy degree, I have nowhere near the kind of expertise or equipment… Read more »

Astaxanthin Skin Powder

Astaxanthin skin benefits are not widely known. More potent than its famous relatives Vitamins C and E, astaxanthin packs an antioxidant punch that helps protect skin from free radical damage. It belongs to a class of substances called carotenoids and is found in microalgae, yeast, salmon, krill, shrimp and some wild berries. Studies have shown… Read more »