1. What motivated you to start your own line?

After years of doing makeup, I realized that many women don't wear makeup because they don’t know how to apply it or simply don’t have the time. There are so many beauty products and so many types of brushes out in the market - How do you know which one to use and which one to buy? It can get very costly. Taking all this into consideration, I came up with makeup on paper. Now you can apply makeup in minutes and not worry about the mess, or which brush to use with which product. It’s easy to apply, convenient, and mess-free. You can stash these booklets literally anywhere. Touching up has never been so easy! We like to say, apply makeup anytime, anywhere!

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Most of us are still in the shackles of winter, pining for an island escape. So let’s turn our focus to something tropical — coconuts. This hard-shelled hairy fruit of the palm tree is not just for pina coladas anymore. The mighty coconut has finally taken its rightful place as a super-food and wonder-ingredient with both internal and external health benefits.

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Saffron Rouge is thrilled to welcome Studio 78 Paris to our family, an exciting line of luxury organic beauty products from France. It combines quality botanical ingredients with a modern color palette, offering perfectly pigmented products for face, eyes and lips that are gentle enough for sensitive skin. We recently spoke with founder Margareth Halfon about her cosmetic collection.

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You may have read about it in the magazines or seen it on the shelves of your local health food store. Now it’s popping up in a range of natural skin care products. Manuka Honey—the vitamin, mineral and enzyme-rich golden nectar from bees down under—is no longer the best kept secret of New Zealand. While it’s not exactly mainstream, this special honey is starting to take its rightful place in the health and beauty spotlight. We’re not talking about any old regular honey, honey. This is a class above. Manuka honey is the bee’s knees and really is worthy of all the buzz it is generating these days.

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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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It’s that time of year again where we reflect on our past and look to the future. There’s something about a fresh calendar that inspires us to want to do better as a go-forward. Most of us know from experience that life-altering affirmations and major commitments to change often fall by the wayside by the time February rolls around (how many pieces of neglected fitness equipment are lurking in your closets?), but making minor tweaks to our daily routines or product choices is certainly doable. Here are some manageable health and beauty resolutions you can make for a more positive 2013.

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It’s no secret that cold weather and dry skin go hand-in-hand. Low temperatures, decreased humidity and harsh wind takes a toll on any body bits exposed to the elements, and even indoor heating does its share of damage. Dry air literally sucks the moisture right out the skin, depleting its natural lipid layer and leading to that parched, tight dullness you can see and feel.

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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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Some people otherwise committed to natural skin care are reluctant to go green when it comes to sun protection. There’s a perception that the eco-friendly stuff either doesn’t work as well to shield skin from harmful rays or that you have to resort to a pasty white coating of goop to achieve protection. Not exactly a good look for the beach or pool, let alone daily wear.

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1. What motivated you to start your own line?

After many years in the fashion and make-up industry, I’ve learned a lot about the impact of daily exposure to chemicals in beauty care products. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t live up to its promises. I see the results of taking a quick-fix approach to looking good. I know first-hand the price our health can pay in the pursuit of beauty.

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