CLn Skin Care: Effective Dermatologist-Recommend Skincare

CLn Skin Care: Effective Dermatologist-Recommend Skincare

So many things can affect how your skin behaves: stress, the environment, diet, etc. Unfortunately, as we’re seeing yet another increase in Covid-19 cases, we have to continue taking precautions. That means suffering from Maskne, dry hands from frequent hand washing, stressed skin, and dull complexions. The pandemic has made it difficult to make in-person dermatology appointments, and while telemedicine appointments are available, trying to clearly show your skin issues via computer or phone screen is not the same as in-person. The solution? Using skin care products that are recommended by more than 6,000 doctors. CLn Skin Care is a range of effective products to help sufferers of reactive skin conditions like Eczema, Acne, and Folliculitis (Razor Bump or Burn).

CLn Skin Care: Effective Dermatologist-Recommend Skincare

The colder season brings lower temperatures and drier air, both of which affect your skin. Today, we’re highlighting three of the CLn Skin Care products – CLn Acne Cleanser, CLn BodyWash, and CLn HandWash. CLn Skin Care’s sodium hypochlorite cleansers help wash away skin triggering microbes, bacteria, and allergens without impairing the skin barrier to allow the skin to heal itself.

CLn Skin Care: Effective Dermatologist-Recommend Skincare

Let’s face it (pardon the pun), with layers that may include primer, foundation and powder, finishing spray, and a mask with filters, your skin might have trouble getting enough fresh air to breathe. The CLn Acne Cleanser is designed to penetrate pores to stop new breakouts before they begin, yet avoids the drying effects of many topical treatments.  Advanced cleansing is the first step to a healthy complexion. The CLn Acne Cleanser clears breakouts by eliminating clogged pores, killing acne-causing bacteria, and soothing skin. Thanks to this cleanser, we’ve stopped our breakouts dead in their tracks, even hormonal acne (a huge issue for us). We also noticed this acne cleanser doesn’t dry out our skin. We don’t have to follow this acne face wash with a heavy moisturizer as we did with others. Finally, an acne wash that doesn’t have side effects.

CLn BodyWash is a physician designed gentle formula for hands and body prone to infection, eczema, rash, redness, irritation, and folliculitis.  With continued use, CLn leaves skin looking smooth, clear, healthy, and refreshed. As we mentioned above, hormonal acne is a big issue for us. Add in regular stress acne and the skin on our body gets angry. We used this body wash on backne on our upper left side and our regular cleanser on the right; almost immediately we started seeing results from the CLn BodyWash. Within 3 days, that side was clear; this is a definite must for body acne sufferers.

The CLn HandWash is formulated with sodium hypochlorite and glycerin, making it tough on germs, yet gentle on skin – especially for frequent hand washing.  Designed by dermatologists, this non-prescription cleanser is tough on microbes but easy on the skin. It can be used for frequent hand washing that can cause sensitive skin to over dry and crack.

“One of the reasons I was drawn to CLn was its amazing efficacy for my patients suffering from eczema and acne,” said Dr. Sklar. “The far-reaching abilities of this patented sodium hypochlorite cleansers are astounding. I am very proud to be involved in the cultivation and success of CLn because I strongly believe in its ability to revolutionize skincare for everyone.” Jerald Sklar, MD, CLn Skin Care Board of Directors

Over the years, the team at CLn Skin Care has had several tests conducted for kill rates of their products; the results are below:

  • 99.9% kill rate of P. Ances at 30 and 60 seconds
  • 98% kill rate of S. Aureus at 2 minutes
  • 99.9% kill rate of S. Aureus at 3 and 5 minutes
  • 99.9% kill rate of Coronavirus at 15 and 30 seconds

If you’re battling Maskne, dry hands from frequent hand washing, or looking for a solution to treat dry, flaky skin, get acquainted with the products from CLn Skin Care.

Saluting Hahn Family Wines 40th Anniversary in the Santa Lucia Highlands

Saluting Hahn Family Wines 40th Anniversary in the Santa Lucia Highlands

When we’re celebrating, we bring out the wine. When a vineyard is celebrating, it’s only natural that they too bring out the wine. That was the case of the Hahn Family Wines celebrating their 40th Anniversary in the Santa Lucia Highlands. We had the pleasure of virtually celebrating this wonderful family of wines with some of their most coveted new releases. Hosted by Master Sommelier Fred Dex, we sipped our way through the Hahn Family Wines 2018 vintage Hahn SLH and Lucienne single-vineyard pinot noir wines.

Saluting Hahn Family Wines 40th Anniversary in the Santa Lucia Highlands

We journeyed through a flight of Hahn Family Red Wines including Hahn SLH Pinot Noir ($30.00), Lucienne Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir ($50.00), Lucienne Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir ($50.00), and Lucienne Lone Oak Pinot Noir ($50.00). Let’s get to know these hearty reds.

Saluting Hahn Family Wines 40th Anniversary in the Santa Lucia Highlands

Hahn SLH Pinot Noir ($30.00) – The 2018 SLH Pinot Noir offers aromas of cherry, ripe strawberry, and pomegranate with hints of white pepper and toasty oak. Aged for 11 months in 35% new French Oak barrels, this blend boasts remarkable depth, complexity, and ripe fruit flavors thanks to a long and dry growing season, lots of sun, and well-drained soils. An is an explosion of red fruit including strawberry, cherry and raspberry welcome the palate, finishing with a touch of earthy notes, refined tannins, and a soft mouthfeel.

Lucienne Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir ($50.00) – This bold pinot noir features fragrant aromas of red currant, cherry, blueberry, and spicy toasty oak. Aged 15 months in 40% new French oak barrels, the grapes from this vineyard are located at Hahn’s highest elevation with rocky well-drained soils and eastern exposures. The Smith Vineyard is also the oldest of the Hahn Family Wines vineyards and is certified sustainable. This memorable pinot boasts flavors of red cherry, black plum, and lingering impressions of spicy clove and cinnamon that give it a backbone with an intriguing layered tannin finish.

Lucienne Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir ($50.00) – This is a great pinot noir for those who love an acidic red wine. Aged 15 months in 40% new French oak barrels, this single-vineyard pinot noir boasts beautiful aromas of blackberry and cherry accented with hints of sagebrush and clover. This stretch of vineyard is located in the middle of the Santa Lucia Highlands; it experiences warmer temperatures and higher winds and is certified sustainably grown. The wine’s vibrant acidity and smooth tannins lead to a silky structure and lingering finish.

Lucienne Lone Oak Pinot Noir ($50.00) – If you’re like us, you may take a moment to breathe in your wine right after opening. That moment was made for wines like the Lucienne Lone Oak Pinot Noir. It’s an intensely aromatic wine with notes of vibrant red cherry and earthy mushrooms, followed by hints of bay leaf and black pepper. Located at the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands, the grapes in this vineyard slowly develop flavor and concentration thanks to the “cooled by ocean breezes” from the Monterey Bay. Its complexity continues on the palate with flavors of fresh handpicked cherries, hints of vanilla, and a toasty oak finish.

We had fun getting to know the new pinot noir releases from Hahn Family Wines and we know you red wine lovers will happily indulge in bold reds as well.  So join us, grab a bottle or more of these Hahn Family Wines and raise a glass in honor of their 40th Anniversary in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Happy sipping!

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

People love the fall and for the more fashion-conscious of us, that loves stems out of the opportunity to break out our autumnal wardrobe. The temperatures have finally dropped enough to wear all of your cozy sweaters, sturdy boots, and sleek scarves. Now you can pair them to match your personal appearance, whether that includes signature hairstyle and makeup or tattoos and piercings, which 76% of survey respondents believe hurt an applicant’s chances of being hired but can seriously improve your style game. If you’re looking to freshen up your fall wardrobe to make your appearance exactly what you want it to be, try turning to bold African prints this year.

Specifically, try out the colorful African wax prints from Elisamama. Elisamama is a black-owned business that has a beautiful collection of prints for women and children. The pieces are made of high-quality materials and feature bright, eye-catching designs.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

When you buy from Elisamama, you’ll know that you’re supporting local artisans in Nigeria. All of the collections are sourced from and handmade by Nigerian artisans. This helps provide jobs and skills training for people in a part of the world that is too-widely struck by poverty. Ever since launching her business in 2018, Elisamama’s founder Fisayo Che knew that she wanted to help the people of Nigeria find a path out of poverty. By keeping to this business practice, Che has been able to honor her Nigerian roots with the bold colors of the collection while making a tangible difference in the country. Che is also a mother of three, giving her the necessary ability and knowledge to make clothes that kids will love.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

The clothing at Elisamama is wide-ranging, with girls’ jumpsuits, dresses, and shorts as well as boys’ shirts. They even have a mommy and me collection with matching pieces. If you’re a single mother who is a parent to one of the children who spend 277 days out of the year with their custodial parent after a divorce, getting a matching mommy and me set could be a great way to celebrate your special bond. The collection is perfect for photo ops and would make for a great, unified picture for your holiday card this year.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

The pieces in the collections at Elisamama are perfect for any occasion, whether you’re just lounging around the house or are attending a socially-distanced wedding. Even if you’re just jumping on a Zoom call to celebrate your loved ones getting married, the median age of which has risen to 27 for men and 26 for women, you and your family can throw on your bold prints from Elisamama to show your enthusiasm for the union. Whatever the purpose is, wearing Elisamama will ensure that you’re comfortable and content.

Check out Elisamama today to find your new favorite prints and to help provide local artisans in Nigeria with a pathway towards economic empowerment. Every purchase makes a difference and you’ll get one step closer to looking like the fall fashionista you are.

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us and now is the time to start thinking about what you’ll be buying your loved ones this year. While many people approach their gift-giving strategies by thinking about what their family and friends would want most, another approach is to think about who you want to support with your hard-earned money. While major online markets and big-box stores have a wide variety of gifts and can usually get them to you quickly, buying there means that your wages are going into the pockets of owners who already have millions. Most likely, they also have the privilege of their whiteness to keep their wealth and success going while their employees go overlooked.

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This year, make sure that your consumerism stays more in line with your values by shopping at brands owned by BIPOC, or Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. If your family member wants a specific gift that’s usually sold in those big box stores, such as the popular game Minecraft that had sold over 200 million copies as of May 2020, you can still support BIPOC by shopping at a smaller BIPOC-owned store or online shop that sells more general gifts. You just have to get a little creative and put a little work into finding the right store. And by shopping for holiday gifts now, you can still get your gifts in plenty of time while making a tangible difference in people’s lives. Let’s take a look at just a few of the many brands owned by BIPOC that you can support this holiday season.

1. Viva La Silk

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This black-owned business was founded by artist My-Cherie and sells 100% silk scarves, kimonos, and wrap pants. Everything from Viva La Silk is made in wearable art designs, which are all inspired by My-Cherie’s Afro-Caribbean heritage. All of their scarves, kimonos, and wrap pants are made in small batches in Austin, TX and are hand-dyed, hand-painted, and hand-sewn. The dyes and paints used to make the brand’s eye-catching designs are eco-friendly, non-toxic, and a few of the designs are even created from repurposed silk. If you have an eco-conscious fashionista in your life, get their gift from Viva La Silk this year.

2. Fortress Water

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Fortress Water is a hemp alkaline brand that gives back to My Style Matters, a nonprofit that provides cancer patients and survivors with holistic support, through their hemp-infused water. This water has many holistic benefits, such as boosting energy levels and can help prevent diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. The CBD in the water helps provide relaxation as well. James Williams founded Fortress Water with the goal of helping a loved one who was diagnosed with breast cancer as well as other survivors worldwide. By investing in Fortress Water this holiday season, you can support cancer survivors and patients as well as a black business owner.

3. Heathmade

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Headed by one of the youngest entrepreneurs, Heathmade was founded and created by a ten-year-old. This youth, however, doesn’t prevent the products from being high-quality. All Heathmade products are made with the best ingredients, including anti-inflammatory witch hazel, antimicrobial essential oils, antioxidant-rich vitamin E oil, and soothing aloe vera gel. If your skin is so dry that it feels like it’s suffering from corrosion, which costs each of the U.S. armed services an average of $5 billion per year, invest in these lotion bars, hand sanitizers, lip balms, and deodorants. With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting the country, your loved ones will appreciate something to keep their skin soft as they continue with frequent hand washing.

4. VELA NEGRA

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This candle brand sells unique fragrances that are inspired by different elements of the founder’s Guyanese and Afro-Cuban heritage. Each candle is hand-poured with black wax. Black wax is believed to absorb and dispel negative energies while providing new beginnings and clarity. VELA NEGRA uses 100% vegan coconut soy wax and ethically-sourced wooden wicks, fragrances, and dyes. If you have a family member or friend who is a candle fanatic and likes to be environmentally-conscious in their daily practices, get them candles from VELA NEGRA.

5. Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklaces

Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklaces

Whether you want to let someone know they’re loved, blessed, or simply be thankful this holiday season, the Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklace Collection is the perfect affordable gift for the special women in your life. This delicate, inspirational necklace features a delicate disc pendant with the words “Loved”, “Blessed” or “Thankful”. The base metal is Stainless Steel while the pendant and layered chain are plated with either 18k Rose Gold, 18K Gold, or Genuine Rhodium (Silver) for a brilliant shine. Not only is this necklace pretty, but it also gives back too! A portion of each purchase supports the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

6. ASE Beauty

ASE Beauty Lip Colors

ASE Beauty (pronounced AH SHAY) is a collection of high-performing, clean beauty products, especially for women of color. The brand’s mission is to offer clean, luxurious beauty products that enhance your look without compromising your well-being or the well-being of your community. It all started with a little lipstick and now includes the Clean Kisses Deep Moisturizing Overnight Lip Mask and Clean Kisses Chocolate Hydrating Lip Scrub. This lip scrub cleanses, exfoliates, and conditions your lips. Formulated with clean ingredients to give you the cleanest, kissable, pout.

7. Urban Hydration

Urban Hydration Skincare

Clean beauty brand, Urban Hydration, was founded by Psyche and her husband Vontoba Terry. The brand offers a collection of fun, healthy, and affordable skin, hair, and suncare products that also do some good in the world. In 2018, the brand dedicated its first clean water drinking well to 300 Kenyan school children. Urban Hydration continues its initiative today with the “1 product = 1 gallon of water” promise. Their products make a wonderful addition to this BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide.

8. T|W Lunch Tote

 

T|W Lunch Tote

The T|W Lunch Tote, $69.99, speaks to the professional male. The vegan leather two-compartment design allows you to proudly carry your lunch in a way that matches your personal style. Hand sewn, the tote boasts the capability to carry both hot and cold items in its insulated sections. The handle is durable to hold a full day’s worth of meals. On Black get 30% off Luminous (blue colored ones) and 25% off the other colors. After Black Friday, enjoy free shipping with no promo code needed from Sat-Monday; and from Dec 7th-26th, get 15% off everything.

When it comes to giving gifts made by BIPOC this year, the options are endless. Whether you want to give your loved one something luxurious, like home goods to make their home more relaxing, or something practical, like a lock kit in case they’re suddenly part of the over 16,000 home and car lockouts that happen every day, you can find gifts sold by BIPOC that hit the mark. Start your holiday shopping today to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones.

Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

Health & Wellness: Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

Despite how trivial it may seem to care for your health, the fact of the matter is that it’s incredibly important. Caring for yourself is one of the best things you can do because you are promoting your own wellbeing. If you’re hoping to be your best self this new year, here are some tips you can follow for each season to stay on top of your health.

Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

This Winter

As the winter air brings dryness and cracked skin, you’re going to want to make sure you’re moisturizing and using lotion more often around this time. Even kids can suffer from dry skin in the winter. If you’re a parent and have a child who is among the one in 10 kids who develop eczema, be sure to help them stay moisturized as well. Lotioning, where the dry skin is the worst, will be extremely important for overall comfort throughout the day.

Similarly, making sure you’re moisturizing your skin when the weather is extra dry will be beneficial for you in the long run. If you hope to avoid wrinkled skin in your later years, moisturizing regularly will help you to achieve this. Don’t forget your neck!

Though the air is extra dry in the winter months, it’s still important to try and get outdoors and enjoy the cool air. It’s easy to stay inside all winter and avoid the cold, but it’s important for your overall physical and mental health to get outdoors and stay active. Aim for at least one outing a week you wouldn’t normally do.

Next Summer

In the summer months, it’s super important for the protection of your skin to wear sunscreen. A study performed by IMPACT Melanoma found that 86% of participants use sunscreen “always” or “sometimes” in the summer. Wearing sunscreen is a very smart habit to get into. The sun’s rays are very powerful and can cause damage to our skin including various types of skin cancer. For this reason, wearing sunscreen is critical to protecting your skin while outdoors.

While wearing sunscreen is important during the height of summer, you should still apply it year-round. In the winter months, it’s really easy to assume that sunscreen isn’t necessary because you’re mostly covered anyway. The fact is, however, that the sun is still dangerous for our skin in the winter. As a result, applying sunscreen on your face is still a smart idea.

Seasonal Changes

As the seasons change, it’s very likely you’ll experience some seasonal allergies. In the spring and fall especially, make sure you’re taking the necessary precautions. Whether that is avoiding certain areas altogether or more routinely taking your allergy medicine, you’ll want to be on top of it. There are more than 3 million cases per year in the United States of seasonal allergies so it’s very likely you are someone who has them.

Though this isn’t something that has a huge impact on your overall health, if you simply ignore your allergies it’s very likely you’ll have a less enjoyable time all around. It can also drain your energy to constantly feel like your head is exploding. Not only that, but a cracked, irritated nose from constantly blowing it not only causes some aesthetic concerns but is uncomfortable to deal with. Avoid this by caring for yourself!

This also means making sure you’re taking time for yourself if your allergies become too much. Rest is an important aspect of self-care and your health overall. Be sure to know your limits and respect them.

There are a lot of different ways you can help care for your health. These tips should help you keep your skin and body feeling as good as possible. Make sure to prioritize yourself and your health throughout the year in order to live your best life.

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone and Everyone on Your List

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone and Everyone on Your List

Holiday gifting can be tough. While some people may be easy to shop for, some are very hard to find gifts for. If you have blank spaces near a few names, whether they be male, female, old, or young, we have some wonderful gifts ideas to share. We’re positive this list of gifts for anyone and everyone on your list will be major hits this holiday season.

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone and Everyone on Your List

These are the holiday gifts that would make anyone happy to receive; no matter who they are. Cross off lots of names on your list with holiday gifts from GLO Science, Catalyst, JORD, Moen, and Time Life.

  1. GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Device Tech Kit with Bluetooth, $149.00 – if we’re all being truly honest with ourselves, we’ve all let ourselves go a bit while made to stay at home. I’m sure many of you have increased your coffee (in our case, tea) intake, and brushed your teeth less than twice daily. Thankfully you can turn that around or help someone on your Christmas list get back to normal with the smile-saving GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Device Tech Kit with Bluetooth. This clinically proven, all-in-one teeth whitening device kit combines professional-grade patented heat & light technology with specially formulated whitening gel to visibly whiten teeth without sensitivity. Whiten your teeth up to 5 shades or more from the comfort of our home with a vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free whitening gel.  The fast 8-minute applications result in a whiter, brighter, more confident smile you’ll want to show off during your video chats. We think it’s one of the top gifts for anyone. Each kit includes: GLO Heat & LED Light Mouthpiece & Storage Case, Bluetooth Power Pack w/ hands-free lanyard & garment clip, 7 Teeth Whitening GLO Vials (42 applications), GLO Lip Care, Travel Pouch, and User Manual & Shade Guide.
  2. Catalyst Total Protection Case for AirPods Pro, $49.99 – this ultimate AirPods case is waterproof up to 100m (330ft) and drop proof to 3m (10ft) so you can take your AirPods Pro anywhere without the worry. With an impact-absorbing silicone interior, and a tough washable polycarbonate exterior your case is equipped to withstand drop after drop. It’s also protected from any scratches and scrapes and has a detachable carabiner so you can easily hook it on to your belt, bag, or purse. It is fully compatible with wireless charging and provides total protection for you and your device. You can also easily wash and disinfect your case using 70% isopropyl alcohol or 70% ethanol, which significantly reduces the infectivity of enveloped viruses. As part of the Catalyst Cares program, for every Total Protection AirPods Pro case purchased until Dec 31st, 2021, Catalyst will make a $1.00 donation to the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund. Available in Army Green and Stealth Black, you can pre-order the Total Protection Case for AirPods Pro now for November 16th delivery.
  3. JORD Frankie II Wood Watch, $189.00 – The JORD Frankie collection is the best selling wood timepiece in the world. It is worn in over 140 countries worldwide and is a mainstay in the JORD watch lineup. This 45mm ultra-slim quartz minimalist watch is perfect for everyday wear. It boasts an uncomplicated, Sapphire crystal glass face that offers complete focus and a streamlined shape that offers style. The beautiful hand-finished wood exterior, which is pretreated with tung oils, is built atop steelcore™ construction of the Frankie II. This endoskeleton provides superior strength without sacrificing the natural wood visibility. Although the watches are splash-proof, they should not be submerged in water. The 2020 style has been reengineered to offer more colors, more dial designs, and more sizes (the original 45mm and a smaller 38mm). With the variety of color options, this wood watch is sure to be a big hit for holiday gifting. SAVE NOW on this unique gift by using the code mylifeonandofftheguestlist20 for 20% off the entire website!
  4. Moen Aromatherapy Handshower, $129.00 – No one can deny the benefits of taking a nice hot shower to ease the stress. It is the best way to fully luxuriate in some “me-time”. With their newest launch, Moen takes that stress release to another level. This holiday season, why not give the gift of pure relaxation with the Moen Aromatherapy Handshower with INLY™ Technology. Get ready to enjoy or give the gift of a customizable spa experience in the comfort of home. The Moen Aromatherapy Handshowers are uniquely designed with the ability to infuse spa-like essential oils directly into the water flow to create an incredible and sensory shower experience. The INLY Shower Capsules, made in France with essential oils curated by master perfumer, Jean-Charles Sommerard, slide into an infusion dial on the showerhead to allow you to select your preferred essential oil dilution setting: high, medium, low, or off.  The four spa-inspired INLY fragrances include:
    • Zen Time: With essential oils of lavender, tea tree, and vanilla
    • Energetic Morning: With essential oils of lemon, scots pine, and cistus
    • Sweet Morning: With essential oils of red berries, geranium, and vanilla
    • Tropical Day: With essential oils of lemongrass, neroli, and vanilla
  5. Saturday Night Live: The Early Years 12-DVD Collector’s Set, $99.95 – there’s nothing like the gift of laughter. Laughter is therapeutic and makes one of the greatest gifts for anyone on your list. This hilarious 12-Disc Set includes 33 complete episodes featuring all-time-classic characters like The Coneheads, John Belushi’s Samurai, Emily Litella, The Blues Brothers, and More, and features incredible guest hosts like George Carlin, Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, and Richard Pryor; and musical acts, rare behind-the-scenes footage, a 28-page collector’s book, a bonus DVD and more!

So if you have a few people on your holiday gift list you don’t know what to gift, check out our list of gifts for anyone and everyone on your list.

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

While many spirits have seen some modern updates, vodka and rum come in many flavors, whiskies and bourbons come in new finishes, and wines are made with fruits other than grapes; one spirit that hasn’t much changed is Cognac. Until now! Until CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac! Cognac is a brandy variety specifically made from wine that comes from Cognac, France. It is required to meet certain production methods and legal requirements and CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac does meet all those requirements but it offers something a bit more. Something other cognacs do not offer, a double maturation in Oceanic and Tropical climates.

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

Camus Caribbean Expedition is a one-of-a-kind small batch Cognac. It is stunningly amber-colored with golden highlights. You will immediately pick up on its fruit and spicy aromas of banana, pear, cocoa bean, and nutmeg. Side note: We’re looking forward to a later edition of this cognac will be after extensive aging in the barrels. Upon the first sip, this cognac opens up with a noticeable kick but then rounds out to an elegant mouthfeel. Expect lots of aromas, soft tannins, and more exotic fruit with this divine spirit.

The journey to this unique cognac is an adventurous one. In its 4th year of aging, 10 sealed casks were loaded on the De Gallant ship, which then sailed the Transatlantic route to Barbados. For 45 days, the cognac in these barrels was exposed to multiple environmental factors, like motion and variation in temperature, humidity, and air pressure, enhancing its intensely aromatic notes. A nod to the 18th and 19th centuries when the Cognac trade around the world was made by ship? During those times, oak barrels left their cellars in France and reached their final destinations after months of sailing. Here’s a breakdown of the ways motion, Oceanic climate, and air pressure affected the liquid.

  • The continuous movement of the ship while sailing, amplifies the contact between each molecule of the liquid and the wood staves, accelerating the extraction of aromatic components from the barrel.
  • As the ship crossed different climatic areas, entering into very warm zones, some of the crucial processes of maturation, such as oxidation with the formation of aldehydes, had the chance to happen sooner.
  • Lastly, the continuous change in the atmospheric pressure increased the mechanic effect of contraction and expansion of the oak wood staves, accelerating the process of oxygen consumption. While most of the 10 casks were loaded in the hold of the ship, two of these (no.5 and no.8) were deliberately tied down on the bow, in the open air, to maximize the exposure to external atmospheric agents.

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

At the end of those 45 days, the Cognac was entrusted to the tropical conditions of Foursquare Master Distiller Richard Seale for 1 year of further maturation. The very unique climate of Barbados accelerated changes in color and flavor profile; this created a Cognac with a distinctive, highly aromatic taste that is an absolute first in the history of the category. The casks were kept in traditional Bajan cellars, stacked one on top of the other vertically. In the Bajan climate, the tannins from the barrels gave greater structure and complexity to the cognac compared to a cognac of equal maturation in a continental climate. The result is a cognac with higher aromatic components, more fruit and spice on the palate, and an array of flavors no European cognac possesses.

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

This unprecedented and special finish in the highly distinctive environmental conditions is the fruit of an experimental vision by CAMUS; the brand is looking at exploring the boundaries of Cognac-making to enhance the intensity of aromas. This limited edition cognac is a must to experience, especially if you’re a cognac connoisseur. Forewarning, only 4500 bottles of CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac are currently available and it’s been obtainable since September 1st. To add the groundbreaking cognac to your home bar, visit the CAMUS e-shop, www.camus.fr.

 

App-Connected Earbuds Can Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Improve Wellness

App-Connected Earbuds Can Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Improve Wellness

As humans, we try a lot of things to improve our overall wellbeing. Whether it’s taking vitamins in an attempt to enhance memory or contributing to the $111.4 billion spent on furniture and bedding to help us sleep better, we’re continuously striving to improve our health. The newest innovation on this path to wellness is a platform called Xen that uses non-invasive ear-based Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) to deliver a variety of lifestyle and wellness benefits.

Made by Neuvana, a team of wellness practitioners, physicians, and expert engineers, Xen is designed to be used as you go through your daily activities. While you’re watching television, listening to music, or commuting to work, Xen safely and gently stimulates your vagus nerve.

App-Connected Earbuds Can Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Improve Wellness

Unknown by many, the vagus nerve is an important communication pathway between your brain and the major organs in your body. When you stimulate your vagus nerve, you activate your body’s parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the “rest and digest” functions of the body. By activating this system, you can promote a calm, positive mood, enhanced focus, balanced breathing, and improved digestion. You can even encourage better sleep. About three-quarters of people say they get a more comfortable night’s sleep on sheets with a fresh scent, but you can also get this type of high-quality sleep by regularly toning and strengthening the vagus nerve.

One of the most common ways to stimulate the vagus nerve, and experience its calming effects, is through chiropractic care. However, Xen now offers a more sustainable method of stimulating the nerve, as you can incorporate it into your regular activities instead of having to make appointments with your chiropractor.

Xen by Neuvana is science-backed and physician-invented. Richard Cartledge, MD, FACS, is the Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Boca Raton Regional Hospital as well as an inventor who has over 100 patents. He is also the inventor of Xen. Dr. Cartledge was familiar with the vagus nerve and after reading multiple studies on stimulating it, he became passionate about finding a way to make VNS available to everyone.

App-Connected Earbuds Can Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Improve Wellness

Xen by Neuvana provides VNS to anyone who wants it by sending a gentle, calming electrical signal to the part of the vagus nerve located in the ear through specially designed earbuds. The platform offers multiple waveforms in the Neuvana app. All the user has to do is pair Xen with their music library or streaming app and then the music selection will drive the calming signal. The experience is highly personalized in this way, as the signal syncs to the pace and harmony of the user’s chosen song.

App-Connected Earbuds Can Stimulate Vagus Nerve to Improve Wellness

The signals from Xen will also sync to television shows and even ambient sounds. This allows the platform to drive optimal VNS based on the user’s unique environment. As VNS helps you reach a state of calm, this platform integration allows you to achieve this calmness as you enjoy your favorite activities, whether that’s attending a concert, watching a movie, or just walking around your neighborhood. If you live in Manhattan, where the average sale price for a condo is $1.9 million, Xen gives you the opportunity to turn what can be stressful city sounds into stimulation that calms your entire being. You can restore balance and calm to your life wherever you are without having to add an activity like yoga or meditation to your to-do list.

If you want to invest in your wellness, do so through Xen. You can pre-order Xen by Neuvana today by visiting www.neuvanalife.com.