Wednesday, January 30, 2019

C.O. Bigelow Hair Care

C.O. Bigelow, the oldest apothecary in America, is more than just a modern day pharmacy - it's an experience. But the brick and mortar is a separate post in and of itself... I'm here to talk product.

Playing with different recipes and potions for over 180 years, C.O. Bigelow products are tried, tested, and true.  And better yet, whether in the store or on the web, the pharmacy tells you just why they have chosen those specific ingredients.

Like cane sugar?
"Speeds up the healing process of wounds and wrinkles. Packed with beta carotene it also provides antibacterial and anti-fungal protection."
So it makes sense for a body scrub...

Or honey?
"Extremely moisturizing and soothing, with antibacterial properties that are great for acne treatment and prevention while antioxidants slow aging."
Makes perfect sense for a lotion.

I have mentioned before that I am a fan of C.O. Bigelow lip care, and today I bring to you their quality line of hair care.

"Not Your Ordinary"
Not Your Ordinary Shampoo and Conditioner are a year 'round go to for me. The shampoo has an ever-so-slight coconut smell, which is always delightful.

"Lemon for All"
The Lemon Shampoo and Conditioner truly is for all hair types, even us thin and dry or extra oily types. Because of its slight fragrance, I especially love to use this product in the summer.

"Mentha Hair"
Last but not least is Mentha, which of course can be a little bit more pungent due to its main ingredient, but I absolutely love this Shampoo and Conditioner for the winter season.

Images courtesy of C.O. Bigelow

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hot Toddy Time vs Mulled Wine....

Come winter's cold, it's hard to beat a warm drink in hand.

Whether it's Hot Toddy, Cider and Rum, Mulled Wine, or a Fire Punch, they all help to warm you up in many ways!

Mulled Wine, a popular seasonal favorite has been around for ages, much as wine itself. Used for drinking, and cooking, and a mix in between, Mulled Wine most likely made its first appearance under the Roman empire. And while it may be called many different names in many different countries, with many different recipes, the one commonality is that it is served in the winter and served to combat the cold.

Mulled Wine Recipe

Your favorite bottle of Red Wine
Sugar or Honey
Cinnamon, and any other spices that you enjoy
Orange slices and/or Lemons slices and/or Apple slices

1) Pour your bottle of wine into stove top friendly pot and turn on the heat.

2) Add some honey or some sugar, not too much, just a touch for some sweet flavor.

3) Add your spices of choice - Cinnamon is always a favorite!

4) Add some fruit if you'd like, for flavor, or save it for a garnish upon serving.

5) Heat on the stove top over low-medium heat and remove right before a boil (you don't want to lose the alcohol!). Serve immediately.