Author: Cultivated Gazette

Wellness & The City: 10 Wellness Temples for Spa Worshiping New Yorkers

Living in one of the busiest cities in the world means we love escaping to the spa whenever we get the chance. At the start of the pandemic we naturally worried about the industry and its employees. We missed our community! This year, the International Spa Association re-launched its conference in Vegas, and the industry reunited. The International Spa Association has been the voice of American spas since 1999, and is known all over the world. Their latest statistics on the industry’s recovery prove that people value wellness more than ever. A Power Session at the 2022 ISPA Conference revealed the Big Five Statistics with the help of a study commissioned by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The US Spa Industry revenues grew from $12.1 billion in 2020 to $18.1 billion, an increase of more than 49 percent and just below the industry’s all-time high of $19.1 billion in 2019. The number of spa visits grew from 124 million in 2020 to 173 million, while the total number of U.S. spas fell only slightly from 21,560 in 2020 to 21,510 …

Earth Day 2022: Love Your Mother By Cleaning Up Your Act With Brands That Care

The beauty industry is a big contributor to pollution. Every year beauty companies produces 120 billion units of packaging globally, and according to the CEO of Prose, 20 and 40 percent of beauty products (depending on the category) end up being thrown out. Compare the Market Australia gathered the data on the world’s biggest plastic offender. China has the first spot with over 169 million plastic waste produced every day, followed closely by the U.S (109.96m) and the third spot goes to Germany (40.31m). The US Environmental Protection Agency reported that less than 10% of plastic gets recycled and the average person consumes 40 pounds of plastic in their lifetime. Needless to say plastics is a big problem. The solution? As a consumer you can only do so much but you do have buying power. Choose personalized skincare that you know is effective and you use to the last drop. Another great option is shopping at zero waste businesses, and learning to get in the habit of refilling your products. Always read up on brand philosophy and …

Easter Bathing: Slavic Easter Traditions To Help You Stay Healthy All Year Long

What would you say if I told you Slavic people celebrate Easter with whips and water fights? I know what you are thinking. Whipping? Bathing? Allow me to explain. As is the case with a lot of Catholic holidays, Easter is a mix of christian and pagan traditions. Pagans celebrated the festival of spring, and what a celebration it was! They jumped over fires, danced, hung eggs from tress, and made time for love. The resurrection of Chris was far from their minds. While Good Friday and Easter Sunday say Easter to most of the world, in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and other countries, the celebration continues on Monday. Monday after Easter Sunday is a national holiday in these countries, and it is purely reserved for eating and socializing. Here is where things get a little weird. It is on this day that women and girls prepare for company that comes over to whip them, and either gently sprinkle water on them, or outright drenches them in buckets of it. If you live near …

Women’s History Month: Celebrating Female Inventors and Wellness Products That Continue To Improve Women’s Health

The Power of Female Ingenuity In the past, society’s limiting roles of women prevented higher education and opportunities, but this did not stop female inventors and scientists from accomplishing their dreams. Self-education, talent and knack for getting around obstacles prevailed. When it comes to any subject, but especially women’s health and safety, having women at the table is essential. Today women continue to be wait longer times for diagnosis, as doctors tend to dismiss their patient’s complaints of pain. Advocating for yourself in an emergency and during regular checkups has become a must-have skill. Imagine it did not have to be like this? Menstruation is a good example. It was not until the last decade that it became acceptable to openly discuss menstruation and patients started to get diagnosed with endometriosis. In some cultures menstruation it is still thought of as a shameful and dirty secret. Generally men are not interested in the details of the female anatomy, but we would argue that educating men about the health of the women in their lives should …

Refresh Your Makeup Look For Spring With This Season’s Hottest Trends and Brands

Matte has had its moment but the buzz in beauty right now is sparkle and polish. From neon colors to creamy textures, this spring is going to get colorful. Get a fresh new look with current launches and old favorites. Spring is the perfect season to take inventory of your makeup bag and throw out what expired. Here is a list of clean makeup products we are coveting right now. Freck Beauty CHEEKSLIME There is no bolder beauty brand than Freck Beauty. They brought us the first faux freckles on the market, and continue to impress their loyal customers with new and fool-proof formulas. This Lip & Cheek Tint is infused with liquid plant collagen and comes in five iconic colors. Fever Dreams calls out our name! Express yourself by applying the tint to your cheeks, the bridge of your nose and lips. The brand philosophy is to encourage experimentation with makeup. How fun! Saie Really Great Gloss Saie is on everyone’s lips. This stylish brand is known for their high-performance formulas and earth-minded production. While …

FāTH Is a Meditative Skincare Line That Will Have You Glowing: Conversation With Founder, Faith Appleton

Feel nature on your skin! Let’s face it – we all have a lot on our plate lately. Thinking about what might be lurking in your skincare products should not be on your to-do list. Taking a deep dive into the infinite market of botanical and clean skincare we continue to emerge with new favorites. If you asked me to name all the skincare brands I love, I would name FāTH high up on the list. FaTH is an example of a brand that thrives on transparency every step of the way. Their small batch, soil-to-skin process, beautiful packaging, and mindful range of products help insert romance into our every day lives. For far too long beauty and personal hygiene brands remained a mystery. Today consumers pay a lot more attention to brand philosophy, transparency, ingredient sources and carbon footprint. Not only that, we have all learned to pay closer attention to the back of the bottle. I applaud FaTH for using EU quality standards, and for making my skincare routine a lot less stressful. …

Black History Month: Talented Beauty Icons Everyone Should Know About

Much has changed since these inspiring women of color launched their careers. For instance, models used to be the “It Girls” of the fashion industry. Then came a flock of celebrities. They were the ones who sat in the front row and appeared on the covers of magazines. While that is still true today, bloggers and influencers leveled the playing field with careers of their own. No one knows for certain what the future holds, we do know that if it was not for these trailblazers, our world would look a lot more bland. Besides the fashion industry, women of color have contributed to many different aspects of the American and even European culture. Here is our list of women that everyone needs to know, pin to their mood boards, and admire. Naomi Sims is credited with being the first African-American supermodel and the first to sign with Wilhelmina Models. She was successful with many firsts, including being the first black model on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal and TIME Magazine. It was a …

Black History Month 2022: Healing and Soulful Self-Care With Tidal Streaming

There is no question that music speaks to the soul. Our bodies and minds react to different sounds, and when those sounds are positive or soothing we begin to heal. Harvard Medical School published a report that lists the benefits of music in a medical setting. According to their blog, “Healing through music“, music therapy eases discomfort during invasive procedures, restores lost speech in patients who suffered from a stroke or traumatic brain injury, decreases pain reception, helps improve memory and even physical coordination. Make music a part of your self-care routine. Let it gently guide to towards relaxation, inspiration and self-confidence. TIDAL streaming service is celebrating Black History Month with playlists like Soulful Self-Care, Black is Beautiful, Hip-Hop Workout and Black Girl Luxury. The global music and entertainment streaming service has dedicated its entire first week of Black History Month to content that encourages healthy living. Download the TIDAL app and start exploring with a Free Plan.

Beauty Files: Skincare Finds We Tried and Loved!

A Love Letter From Nature to Your Skin! When you find a special product, it deserves praise! We look to cultivate a routine that is natural, environmentally friendly, and effective. Our passion for skincare is deep. Whatever touches our skin has to make us feel like we just won the lottery. We tested, loved and deemed these products as one of the best in their category. They are worth your hard earned money. Visiting the Catskills we stumbled upon Nest, a Livingston Manor shop selling furniture, eclectic accessories, spiritual tools, clothing and more. As any beauty editor would, we gravitated towards the skincare. This beautiful shop helped us find one of our favorite facial oils from Dear Botanics. Dear Botanics Rose Glow Face Serum Quench and regenerate thirsty winter skin with one of the most potent ingredients – rose. The serum’s heavenly scent comes from a powerful mix of oils: organic golden jojoba, organic virgin rose hip seed oil, organic virgin seabuckthorn fruit oil, damask rose essential oil and organic rose geranium essential oil. This …

18 Best Skincare Products and Trends We Took With Us Into 2022

LESS IS MORE. The biggest, and most relatable, skincare trends of 2022 rolled over from 2021 – Skinimalism, At-Home Cryotherapy, Targeted and Personalized Skincare, and Natural (Realistic) Beauty. The focus is shifting to a gentler beauty routine, one that does not require a ten step skincare routine. Personalized and minimal skincare routines help us stay loyal to brands we truly love. At the end of the day, trends come and go, but we all have different skincare needs. Healthy skin should be the goal! In 2021 we tried a lot of skincare products. The brands that have a serious dedication to healthy skin and easy routine won us over. Here is what we took with us into 2022. FACIAL MASKS Circumference Green Clay Detox Face Mask Youth To The People Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial BALM CLEANSERS Aypa Raw Face Cleanser and Moisturizer with Copoazu Ipsum Best Skin Cleansing Oil Balm EYE CREAMS Sahajan Ayurvedic Eye Cream Kypris Rich Nighttime Eye Cream EXFOLIATORS Moon Juice Acid Potion BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz Tetrafoliant® 10% Peel Pads …

Beauty Discovery: Skincare Finds We Tried & Love Right Now

When shopping for skincare, the options are plentiful. At times it can feel like the market is overflowing with brands. Beauty discovery should not be complicated, which is why we test (someone has to do it), love and recommend brands for their effectiveness, toxic-free ingredients, transparency and innovation. Whether they are indie, luxury, spa, a household name or just starting out, we enjoy exploring the alluring world of skincare. Here is what we found this Autumn! Retinol Beginner VERSED Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum Retinol products can be tricky. Our advice – start with a gentle formula, apply retinol at night and use sunscreen during the day. If you happen to be a first time retinol user or have sensitive skin, this Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum is for you. We love a good retinol product, and VERSED passed our sensitivity test. It is gentle, yet effective, without being harsh on your skin. Best of all, it is affordable. They even added antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, which means you get the glow but not the redness. Sleep …

The Well Excels At Creating a Community of Self-Healing And Opens a Costa Rica Experience

Urban wellness sanctuaries for stressed out New Yorkers are still too few and far between. We are adding THE WELL to our list of New York’s favorite places to unwind, and visit for a healthy lunch or a healing massage. The WELL on East 15th Street opened in 2019. We can all agree that the world and needs of the wellness community have changed since then. Surviving the pandemic and a brief closure, the THE WELL reopened in April with a new agenda – reaching a wider audience. Membership is no longer required and the brand evolved to meet client’s medical and fitness needs, casting a bigger net of inclusivity. This wellness space has a full-service spa, a robust medical practice, a Rest & Recovery Lounge, three yoga, fitness and meditation studios and a co-ed thermal suite. If you find yourself in need of a special experience for you and your loved ones, THE WELL has created ‘After Hours at THE WELL’. The four-hour wellness retreat allows you to enjoy the space privately in the …