Eyes are our most expressive feature, the window to our souls, so it’s no surprise that many women want to accentuate the area with a little cosmetic flourish. There’s nothing quite like a wave of that magic wand of mascara to darken, thicken and lengthen your lashes and make your eyes pop. Even makeup minimalist often opt for a touch of mascara to give them a more alert look for the day or a special flair for the night.

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Most people who make the switch to natural cosmetics and skin care experience a genuine glow from the nourishing botanicals, healing herbs, rich minerals and precious essential oils found in these items. A few customers, however, may experience some sort of reaction – a few bumps, a little redness, maybe a tingling sensation – as they wean off their usual beauty brands. More often than not, this is simply a short-term case of adjustment as you transition from one formulation to another and, in fact, is a sign that the natural goodness of the organic ingredients is starting to work.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2012

December 12, 2012

Time is a-ticking. Have you got all your holiday shopping done yet?

Relax, Saffron Rouge has got your back with gift ideas that everyone on your list will appreciate – and there’s still time to squeeze in an order for delivery before the big day. Best of all, you don’t have to fight the mall parking lot or wrestle with wrapping paper. A few clicks of the mouse and you’re done. Here are a few suggestions to inspire you.

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Smashing Pumpkins

November 22, 2012

With the feasts of the fall holiday season upon us, don’t worry if a little pumpkin pie dribbles down your chin. This tasty orange gourd-like squash is actually loaded with skin enhancing vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other nutrients. It’s as beneficial for your outer beauty as it is your inner health. In fact, several of our natural skin care lines feature pumpkin and its precious seed oil as a key ingredient in their masks, moisturizers, peels and balms.

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What motivated you to start your own line?

I had been providing individual flower essence therapy consultations for a decade and kept seeing such surprisingly huge transformations in my clients. I wanted to create a way to reach a broader audience and benefit more people. I have always been motivated by the idea of creating a huge worldwide ripple effect of positivity and this is the way to exponentially multiply that positive ripple effect.

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Yael Alkalay, creator and founder of the luxury beauty and lifestyle brand red flower, has lived in Manhattan for 15 years, after spending four years in Tokyo. Having lived in many great neighborhoods in New York including the Upper West Side and the Meatpacking District, Yael’s favorite has to be where she now resides in the heart of Chinatown. Her love of urban life, its vibrant energy, relentless creativity and the ageless anonymity feel just right, however it leaves her craving nature and tranquility.

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That bottle of celebrity-endorsed designer perfume you got at the department store may certainly smell sweet, but the fact that it’s full of synthetic petrochemicals kind of stinks. Yes, the fine art of perfumery has largely been taken over by cheaper-to-produce lab-faked fragrances, offering questionable chemical consequences with each aromatic inhalation.

Fortunately, there are still some natural perfumeries that create olfactory magic the old fashioned way, with distilled botanicals, essential oils, floral waters and other organic ingredients expertly blended into alluring potions. Extracting, infusing and combining essences from nature’s bounty is a complex, time consuming process but the end results can be divine – and certainly better than a nose full of coal tar.

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Organic makeup is becoming more and more mainstream these days. You can’t flip through an Elle, Vogue or InStyle magazine without seeing a mention of some our natural cosmetic lines in a photo-shoot, editor’s pick or celebrity recommendation. A few years ago, you’d catch the occasional article about green products or natural alternatives in there, but they were mostly presented as a fringe trend for tree hugging yoga aficionados.

Now it seems that interest and awareness has grown to the point that the botanical brands are well integrated into those glossy pages as authentic endorsements for everyone. It’s about time we reached this tipping point! Health and environmental benefits aside, our products work beautifully. The stars of stage, screen and catwalks wouldn’t use them if they didn’t.

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There’s nothing like a mani-pedi to spruce up your look, perk up your mood and carve out some well-deserved me-time. Something about that particular primping ritual seems to melt away stress as you lovingly tend to each nail, indulging your innate girliness with each careful brushstroke.

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The Deli is Open

August 29, 2012

Saffron Rouge is ready to start taking orders for The Body Deli, our delectable new line of fresh organic face, body and hair care that will make your mouth water, your nose tingle and your skin glow. The company founders are pioneers of combining potent raw superfoods into beauty products, grounded on the philosophy that you should feed your outsides like you feed your insides.

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