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Staff Picks: Holiday Gift Guide 2022!

Meara

Unplugged Essentials Hemp Soak - King (Eucalyptus)

These glorious bath salts contain epsom salts and phytocannabinoids which give me a super relaxed, floaty feeling. I especially like the King variety because it includes eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree and clove essential oils which give it an uplifting and energizing feel. Unplugged essentials also makes a Knight variety which has a more relaxation-focused essential oil blend, a Queen variety with a more grounding blend, and the unscented Pawn variety. I like to use these bath salts, light some candles, burn some incense, and meditate while I am in the tub. This has been an AMAZING ritual for me and I highly recommend!

Zach

The Nut Free Chocolate Company - Organic Milk Chocolate Covered Smores

I'm not usually much of a sweets person (give me the salt, right?) but these Organic Milk Chocolate Covered Smores from The Nut Free Chocolate Company based in Easton, MA are absolutely amazing. The entire thing is encased on delicious chocolate and is sure to bring joy to any celebration this season. Plus, the Nut Free Chocolate Company is entirely nut-free and works to make sure their supply chain is too! PLUS they're a local woman-owned business! What's not to love?

Rose

Fly By Jing - Sichuan Chili Crisp

I'm late to the game with this product, but I've been telling everyone I know who likes spicy food about the Fly By Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp. I truly believe it is the perfect condiment and I have yet to find a dish that it doesn't enhance. My personal favorite is on eggs, roasted vegetables, and tofu. My husband puts it on vanilla ice cream. We are a household obsessed! Buy this for the spice loving people in your life... and maybe for yourself too!

Alina

Orgaid Amaranth Squalane Oil

Organic! Vegan! Doctor formulated! These are 3 things I really appreciate when considering what to put on my skin. If you are looking for supple, glowing skin, this is the oil for you. This simple 4-ingredient mixture is lightweight and non-greasy, making it oily skin and acne-prone skin friendly. This is truly the perfect gift for someone looking to elevate their skincare regimen in this dry winter weather while supporting small, honest, AAPI-owned companies.

Amber

Andes Gifts Blended Glittens

I'm the kind of person who is always thrilled to receive gloves as a present. These alpaca-blend 'glittens' may have a silly name, but they're serious business. They can be worn as a conventional mitten, or, with the flap buttoned back, as stylish fingerless gloves. Also amazing: they're handmade in Peru and Bolivia by a company that promotes long-term dependable employment opportunities for artisans. They're perfect for those winter days when you want to keep your hands warm but still be able to type on your phone, and they come in a bunch of gorgeous colors too!

Emma

Apis Apotheca Facial Cleanser - Golden Milk Balm

I have told my sister, my mother, my best friends, and everyone that asks me about facial products in the store about this line. I always had very finicky and stubborn acne growing up. No matter what I did or tried it was relentless. I had acne scarring, weird face texture, and forehead wrinkles. Before I even started working here, my best friend told me that I needed to try switching to a gentle balm to clean my face, and stop using such astringent things. I walked into CN and grabbed this on a whim. Then when I started this job a month later, I purchased the entire line and my skin has never been better. It has also dramatically changed my twin sisters skin, who has had an even longer battle with cystic acne than me. It goes such a long way, and you can purchase their refill sachets and continue to reuse the glass bottle. Plus the smell of the Flower Sap and Resin smell so lovely, it feels like such a nice treat to myself in the morning and night.

Dev

Nopalera Cactus Flower Hibiscus Exfoliant

This fragrant and soothing exfoliant makes an excellent present for anyone in your life with skin--so, hopefully everyone! The iconic nopal cactus--also known as the prickly pear--is the inspiration for Nopalera and the primary feature in their body care product line. It really shines in combination here with delicious smelling hibiscus, grapefruit, and jasmine extracts. You won't even need to moisturize after using it, so it really does it all! Not to mention the beautiful packaging and design, all of which make it feel like it could be a special gift any time of year.... or right now!

Sofia

Beeswax Pillar Candle by Beverly Bees

During this dark and chilly time of the year I am burning through all my candles(haha) at an alarming rate! This candle is pure beeswax, which not only smells enchanting, but burns slower. Beverly bees is a small, woman founded, local company that does a ton of work to save bees. They are doing their part to SAVE THE BEES by offering removal services in Massachusetts and also offering beekeeping classes and services. I love supporting companies like this and its an added bonus that their products make me feel so cozy. :)

Vicki

Stadler Form Aromatherapy Diffusers

This is my go-to gift for any occasion, since people always want a good smelling home! The Stadler Form diffusers are really well made, super easy to fill with water and 100% essential oils (only 100%, nothing diluted in carrier oils), super easy to clean (no cracks you can't reach), and they last a really long time. We've been using the same one in the store for 4 or so years! One thing I must mention since I got a cat, please be careful with which oils and how much oils you diffuse in your homes. The little lungs of the cats are said not to be able to handle the oil particles that are emmitted from diffusing.

Alyssa

Organic Bath Co Peacefull Body Butter

This whipped body butter is the perfect gift for night time bathers and lavender lovers alike. I love using this body butter by Organic Bath Co. to wind down or enhance an at home spa night. The lavender scent is truly so peace-inducing and the whipped texture makes this shea butter based lotion easy to apply and extra hydrating for extra dry winter skin. Plus this brand is Black owned and based in Charlestown, MA so you can be sure you're supporting a great local business.

Allison

Nat + Noor Lu Lu Sky Hair Clips

Ever since I cut my hair above my shoulders, these have been my go-to functional hair accessories! Perfect for keeping hair out of my face and pinning up the straggly pieces of a ponytail. They're extremely versatile - comfy enough to wear while lounging around the house, but fancy enough for a night out. They have a strong grip on fine hair too, and come in a variety of colors! These would be the perfect gift for anyone that has shorter hair!

Sarah

Saffiyah Botanicals Curls Quencher Coconut Milk Nectar

My wavy hair has never been great at holding a curl especially a day after washing it. This curl quenching spray has been life changing. I can use it on wet hair after washing OR spray my dry hair to bring my hair back to life. It is infused with herbal extracts and essential oils AND best of all, Saffiyah is a local, WOC-owned brand.

Gabi

Axiology Vegan Multi Use Balmie Rose

The best 3 in one gift for any makeup lover! I adore this product because it's perfect for the days you aren't sure what to put on your face and always creates a cohesive look. Their packaging makes it easy to throw in your bag or pocket for any touch ups needed throughout the day. It's great for any level of makeup artist! Rose is my personal fave, but we have many options ranging from neutral shimmers to a nude plum.

Julia

Nut Free Chocolate Factory - Dark Chocolate

This local, family owned chocolate company has made my all time favorite chocolate bar. Ever. Seriously, I can't get enough! I love dark chocolate, but sometimes it can be a bit too dry. Thankfully this chocolate bar is not only the perfect balance of bitter and sweet, but it's also incredibly creamy. Every bite just melts in my mouth and leaves me wanting more! I could eat two bars in one sitting; it's that good! I can't wait to include them in my gifts this year for a little treat. I feel good knowing that these chocolate bars are not only nut free, but they have such clean, simple ingredients as well.

Meghan

Evanhealy Kit - The Oil & Water Calming Ritual

Evan Healy has formulated some incredibly clean organic products that have absolutely changed my skin care routine. They are meant to simulate the cycles of our skin by mimicking the natural sebum that forms (the oil) and our sweat (the water) by combining an oil serum and hydrosol, or as they call it a hydrosoul! The hydrosoul helps the oil to sink in and together they provide a new kind of skin care ritual that leaves you feeling in touch with your body and the plants you are using. For only $14.95 it makes an easy gift paired with a candle or alone as a stocking stuffer!

Brenden

Kefla Dark & Salty CBD Morsel (25mg CBD)

The number one thing we all could be doing during the holidays, religious or not, is to chill out. Just CHILL! Rise CBD rich morsels contain a perfect 25mg per package, packing the perfect punch to make your holiday a relaxing day. By the way, they taste great and they fit well into a stocking.

Shannon

Health From The Sun MigraSoothe Roll On

I had a really bad headache one morning and was recommended to try this product and I'm obsessed. I don't leave the house without it! Peppermint & Lavender essential oils helps ease the tension that builds up around my face throughout the day. It's recommended to roll around your temples, but I also like rolling it behind my ears and under my nose to relieve sinus tension and stress. Perfect for the changing weather or on-the-go stress relief!

Keilah

Layo Rosemary Mint Body Butter

If you are a sucker for herbal-infused body moisturizer, Layo Rosemary Mint Body Butter is the one for you! This oil-based body moisturizer contains mango, shea and cocoa butter that all help combat extreme dry-cracked skin caused by the brutal winter air. This body butter doesn’t just smell like herbal evergreen rosemary oil, it also has anti-inflammatory properties which aids in blood circulation. As a result leaves your skin feeling supple, cool with a touch of tingling freshness.

 

Emily

Brightland Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Awake

Olive Oil is the gift that keeps on giving - and there's no wonder that Brightland in particular made Oprah's 2022 Favorite Things holiday gifts list! This "bold and robust cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil" - traceable to a California family farm - is perfect for all the wintery and holiday gathering foods - roasting, sauteing, soups, stews, and dipping large hunks of bread into. Brightland is also BIPOC and Women-Owned! Gift some of this delicious EVOO to everyone from your mom to your friends and even to yourself!

 

Staff Picks: Autumn 2022

Meara

Natural Stacks Ciltep (Neuro Fuel) Natural Nootropic

As I gear up for a challenging and exciting fall semester, I am happy to have Neurofuel to support my focus and motivation. Natural Stacks uses natural ingredients that work as fuel for neurotransmitters, supporting greater signaling between brain cells. This supplement helps me to combat the brain fog, fatigue, and procrastination that can come with the added demands of the semester. With Neurofuel, I can approach my schoolwork with more creativity, curiosity and enthusiasm to tackle my assignments and get the most out of my semester.

Laura

Forest School for Grown Ups by Richard Irvine

A newer book to CN shelves this season is this adorable guide to exploring the wisdom of the woods! This book balances a surplus of practical knowledge as well as blurbs of myth and folklore. From map reading, foraging & basket weaving to forest spells, mythical forest beings (and so much in between) this book has it all. A really sweet gift for your nature loving friends (or yourself!), this is a lovely book that anyone would be happy to have in their collection. Come see for yourself!

Dev

Juniper Ridge Douglas Fir Spring Tip Botanical Tea

Juniper Ridge's Douglas Fir Spring Tip tea is for sure going to be a staple in my coffee and tea cabinet this fall. Its bright and earthy flavor is both grounding and soothing; drinking it reminds me of a nice autumnal hike in the woods! Just breathing in its steam makes you feel like you've been transported to a wooded trail deep in the pacific northwest...

Shannon

Mad Hippie Face Cream and Vitamin C Serum

Believe the hype!! Almost everyone at BL has heard me gush over Mad Hippie and their products so I had to pick these for my staff pick! I have been using the Mad Hippie Face Cream for almost 2 years now and it does not disappoint, no matter what time of year. I have sensitive skin and personally struggle with sensory issues with skin care when products are too sticky, oily or feel thick on my skin. This face cream absorbs fast while also keeping my skin feeling moisturized all day, even when the weather starts to cool down and conditions outside get harsher. And I don't know how they engineered the pump so perfect but you're able to use every last drop in that bottle, so you really get every dollar's worth! I also started using the Vitamin C Serum in my daily routine recently and I love the added brightness I have noticed in my skin. As someone with extremely fair skin I appreciate how all of Mad Hippie's products are protecting me from further sun damage all year long.

Allison

Everyone Body Lotion Unscented and Just Soaps Oatmeal Honey Bar Soap

Fall, to me, means getting back to the basics and inviting a grounding level of self care and routine back into my life after a fun-filled summer. Part of how I do that is through body care. The Everyone lotion is nourishing while also being lightweight and quick to absorb which makes it perfect the lotion as we transition into the colder months! The Oatmeal Honey bar soap from Just Soaps is another staple in my cold weather skincare. Oatmeal is known for its hydrating properties, so it helps keep my skin extra soft this time of year! Just Soaps are also 100% package free!

Sally

Seemore Chicken Kale Pesto Sausage

Seemore Meats & Veggies founded by a 4th generation butcher, currently a women owned business, that uses humanely raised meat, and local farm vegetables gluten free ingredients, to create the most deeeeelicious sausages. My favorite flavor is their Chicken Chili Verde. These sausages pack a powerful punch, you can really taste the spicy green chilis & fresh cilantro. I buy 2 packages of these sausages at a time, keeping 1 in the freezer for back up. They can quickly be diced, sliced, or cooked whole to create a quick eggs & sausage breakfast or dinner. They make a great taco, or nacho topping, grilled like a hot dog - the possibilities are endless and yummy! You can find the variety of Seemore sausages we carry in our cooler case.

Molly

Organic Bath Co. Skin Cream Naked

For me, the changing of the seasons brings on the dreaded cracked and dry hands. Organic Bath Co.'s skin cream is just the solution I needed! I love it as a hand cream specifically, but it's great on any other dry areas (feet, elbows, etc.) It's fragrance free and doesn't irritate my sensitive and temperamental skin, but has a pleasant mild aroma from it's amazing ingredients, cocoa butter and rosehip oil. This skin cream is beautifully rich and creamy, but non-greasy and absorbs quickly, which is key. Out of the many hand creams I have tried, this one is by far my favorite.

Gabriela

Mikes Hot Honey

The BEST thing I've ever bought in my life... maybe. I've been putting it on everything recently such as avocado toast, tomato's, and even vanilla oat milk ice cream with a tiny bit of sea salt. It's the perfect mix of sweet and spicy to add to any dish!

Megan

Wooden Spoon Herbs Fire Cider

The changing seasons can really put our bodies through the ringer increasing our chances of getting a bug. This is the time when I start pulling out all the stops to boost my immune system as we head into the colder months which is where fire cider comes into play. A folk remedy used for centuries that may be used for a variety of issues including as a immune boost, for digestion, and for warming the body. The Wooden Spoon Herbs Fire Cider is certified organic made with apple cider vinegar, honey and a variety of herbs and vegetables including: ginger, garlic, onion, horseradish, rosemary, thyme, and cayenne fruit. I like to dilute it in hot water as a warming tonic but it can also be mixed with sparkling water or used in a salad dressing! Yumm!

Amber

Upstate Elevator CBG Gummies

These tasty gummies combine CBD with CBG (Cannabigerol) in a convenient 20mg dosage. CBG, which is often called 'the mother of all cannabinoids', is being studied for its aid in mood support as well as its potential anti-inflammatory benefits. I like it for the uplifting, energizing effect it has on me--it's great for when I want to get the benefits of CBD without the sedative effects of many other products. As a Supplements Buyer for Cambridge Naturals, I've tried almost every CBD product we carry, and this is by far my favorite.

Sarah

Soul Chai

Fall is here and I am craving all things warm and spicy. Enter Soul Chai. Aside from being one of the most delicious Chai blends I've ever had, Soul Chai uses mindful sourcing and sustainable practices. Also... it comes in the cutest, most eye catching, reusable little tin.

Alina

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

What is autumn without pumpkin-themed goodies?? This clean (and affordable!) face mask has organic pumpkin, honey, and glycolic acid that help soothe, brighten, and exfoliate the skin. It smells so nice and tingles so goooood. If you are hesitant to commit to the full-sized jar, we also have little 1-time-use mask "pods" you could try!

Nora

Bulk Nettle leaf (Local, Organic)

As we re-enter allergy season, one of my favorite daily rituals comes into play - a morning cup of nettle tea. Nettles, in addition to being incredibly nutritive and mineral-rich, can support the body's immune system to reduce its histaminic responses to seasonal allergens, especially when taken regularly. I particularly like our bulk nettles sourced from Foster Farm Botanicals in East Calais, Vermont. Steep in hot water with a tea bag or infuser of your choice, and mix in a spoonful of raw local honey for extra allergy support and tastiness!

Alyssa

Cambridge Naturals Passionflower Tincture

As we move from summer to fall, many of us transition from play mode to work mode which at times can be stress inducing. As the to-do lists ramp up, I often find myself ruminating on what I need to get done the next day as I'm trying to fall asleep. I've been taking passionflower (also known as maypop) in the evenings to help me unwind and slow the mental chatter so that I can fall asleep easier and wake up up feeling more rested.

Keilah

Brown and Coconut Hydrating Face Oil

It's that time of year again, where the air gets a little more crisp and your skin gets a bit more dry. But have no worry,treat your skin with Brown and Coconut’s Hydrating Face Oil! Whether you have reactive-sensitive skin to oily-combination skin type; this silky fast absorbing facial oil is ultra lightweight, and provides instant nourishment to your skin. Transport your senses into Autumn with this neroli-manuka oil blend that helps soothe, and aid with hyperpigmentation. This aromatherapeutic oil will elevate your facial care regimen leaving skin dewy and radiant.

 

Caleb

Vibrant Health Green Vibrance Drink Powder

This is the highest quality, most nutritious, greens powder on the market. As you can tell by list of ingredients that takes up more than half of the label, it’s packed with a multitude of beneficial nutrients for body and mind. I drink mine on its own in a glass of cold water or in a smoothie. Pro-tip: store it in the freezer to keep as fresh as possible!


Aiden

Good Morning, Good Night Deck

Are you as baffled as I am by how quickly Summer passed us by? What do you mean we only have four months until 2023?! WHAT DO YOU MEAN 2010 WAS OVER A DECADE AGO?!? It's tough to remember to slow down and take care of yourself when life moves so fast, but the Good Morning, Good Night Deck is here to help! These 78 double-sided cards with mindfulness exercises, yoga poses, and self-care tips are perfect for anyone who wants to reconnect with themselves.

Brenden

Carlson Cod Liver Oil (Lemon) 8.4 fl oz

The natural food industry doesn't call Cold Liver oil a super food but, I do! Why might you ask? Cod Liver Oil is high on Omega-3, Vitamin A & D, EPA, and DHA making it a nutrient powerhouse supplement. Daily use may support brain health, heart health, immunity, and a healthy inflamation response. What more could you ask for? Try it on your kids! My son doesn't bat an eye at the Lemon flavor. Pro Tip: Storing it in the fridge gives every dose a crisp experience.

Emily

True Grace One Daily Probiotic

As we head into the season of hearty, delicious meals and more time spent indoors, my digestive and immune health are top of mind! I absolutely love this probiotic from our new vendor partner, True Grace. As a company, they put high quality sourcing, manufacturing, and transparency at the forefront of their decision making - and I love seeing the exact percentages of each probiotic strain contained within their products. The One Daily is a blend of prebiotic fiber and 90 billion count of 12 probiotic strains to support gut and immune health. It's shelf-stable and gluten-free, vegetarian, and non-GMO verified.

Nancy

Rose Cordial Syrup by Portland Syrups

I loved this product right away. The smell, the flavor and the delicate color that adds to my rose mocktails! It has just the right sweetness and a touch of tartness that enhances the rose flavor. Made from Rose Petals, Rose Hips, Rose Buds and Real Cane Sugar. No artificial flavors or colors. You could definitely add it to seltzer water, smoothies, sparkling water, pancakes, drizzle on fruit/ice cream and cocktails. I regularly add it to my special delightful signature mocktail: in a mason jar I delicately smash organic peaches, blueberries and mint leaves. Then I add "Cucumber Seltzer by Something and Nothing", coconut water, 1 or 2 tablespoons of "Portland Syrups Rose Cordial", a hint of ceylon cinnamon and a couple of ice cubes.

P.S. I garnish it with dried rose buds to add visual impact and flavor. You will wow your friends.

 

Staff Picks: Summertime 2022!

Amber

Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Drink Mix (Raspberry)

With the advance of hot, muggy summer days, staying hydrated is crucial. A scoop of Ultima Electrolyte powder in your water bottle gives you a boost of electrolytes and replaces minerals lost through sweating, with zero sugars and zero carbs. All the flavors are great, but the Raspberry is my personal favorite.






Zach

Cambridge Naturals Preworkout Mix - Citrus Flavor

Summertime is sun-time for me, but often I want that 'extra boost'. And I've tried a lot of preworkout powders - some I've liked and some others not so much. One of my favorite go-to's is our Cambridge Naturals Preworkout Powder - NSF Certified for Sport, it's got just enough energy to get me going and keep me going but without the isolated caffeine in many mainstream preworkouts.

Dev

Dandy Blend Instant Herbal Beverage with Dandelion

If you're looking for a refreshing and delicious alternative to iced coffee this summer--or to cut the caffeine but still have something bittersweet to sip over ice--give Dandy Blend a try. It's a tasty herbal combo of roasted dandelion root, beet root, rye, barley, and chicory, and it's versatile enough to use as an iced coffee or iced tea substitute in terms of flavor potency. It dissolves so well in cold water that you'd never suspect it was formerly a powder! It's super useful for day trips, hikes, and just wherever. For those among us with a sweet tooth, it pairs well with maple and chocolate syrup in iced Dandy Blend lattes.

 

Tatum

Dram Hemp Extract Adaptogenic Sparkling Water


This drink has a lovely blend of apoptogenic herbs to assist you in the ultimate wind down after a long, hot day! It has a nice bubbly refreshing effect and tasty vanilla tones in flavor.

Allison

Ruby - Organic Sparkling Hibiscus, Unsweetened

This is new to our cooler, but I just can't get enough of it! I love everything hibiscus, but this is by far my favorite. It's crisp, tart, and refreshing - everything you want on hot summer day. Perfect for beach bev or enjoying outside on the porch!

Brenden

Counter Culture Coffee, Apollo Whole Bean

Coffee is life, am I right? Summer is life, am I right? If you disagree, please drink your tea in silence! ...Anyways, this year-round coffee is a perfect bright roast for your summer homemade cold brews! Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee and is home to many of the best coffees in the world. Inspired by their floral and citrusy notes, Counter Culture uses 100% Ethiopian coffee in Apollo, for a coffee that tastes silky and sweet.

 

Alyssa

Fat of the Land Strawberry, Hawthorn & Rose Elixir

The Fat of the Land Strawberry, Hawthorn & Rose Elixir is bright and tangy, sweet and sour- a perfect summertime taste combination in my opinion! The apple cider vinegar base provides digestive aid and the rose and hawthorn are great heart tonics. Rose can also help us to stay cool in the summer heat. The honey and strawberry provide sweetness and help us to celebrate strawberry season, which is upon us! Enjoy the tincture on its own as a tasty digestif, add it to sparkling water to create a functional and refreshing beverage, or maybe even add it to some white wine if that's more your speed. There's definitely room to get creative with this delicious elixir.

Molly

Death Valley Nails - Tomb of Wrestlers

The perfect summer color! Fun! Bright! Spicy! Goes with Everything!

Emily

Klean Kanteen TKPro - Insulated Thermos (Stainless Steel) 16oz

Summertime for me is all about being outdoors as much as possible - time at the beach, hikes on cooler days, and picnics with friends. This Klean Kanteen insulated thermos is perfect for toting an icy cold beverage (be it coffee, electrolytes, or a homemade mocktail or cocktail) on my adventures, and even comes with its own attached insulated mug to pour and sip from while enjoying the scenery.

 

Caleb

Ursa Major Force Field Daily Defense Lotion

Of all the sunscreens, Ursa Major’s Daily Defense Lotion works best for me. Light and clean, it blends in with my skin well and provides the right amount of protection and moisturizing for everyday use throughout the summer. I keep a bottle at home and another in my car!

Vicki

Gayatri Designs Jewelry - Earrings and Necklaces

This jewelry makes me feel like a sparkly and magical human gracing civilization with my presence. Just kidding, but you get the point. Handmade with intention, each gem chosen with concentration, these pieces are for sure going to make you or your loved one shine this summer. They look especially good under sunlight, their magic sparkling extra bright.

Alina

Heart Grown Wild Strawberry Fields Hydrosol

Sweet, tart Strawberry Fields is super rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants and has the perfect pH level to bring hydration and balance to all skin types. It pairs so nicely with Heart Grown Wild's serums (Veil of Love is my favorite) or another plant-based oil of your choice! This seasonal face toner is going to be a staple of mine all summer long and truly, my mouth is watering at the thought of a big bowl of freshly picked organic Vermont strawbs.

 

Laura

Starwest Botanicals Waters - Rose

Rose water truly becomes my go to for all things once the weather heats up! I find it useful for freshening up my hair in between washes, to hydrate my skin, and for soothing rashes or bug bites. Lately when I wake up and my skin is feeling extra dry, I will use a few sprays in lieu of cleansing. The Starwest Botanicals Rose water is also food grade, making it the perfect addition in a nice seasonal beverage... A summer staple with so much versatility!

Meara

BjornQorn Truffle Popcorn

It's the same Bjorn Qorn we know and love, but truffle flavored! The truffle salt makes it decadent and savory while still keeping it nice and light. I will be snacking on this all summer long!

Aiden

The Wild Unknown Pocket Tarot Deck & Guidebook

I love this deck. It has vibrant imagery, a booklet for identifying cards, and it comes in a metal case for perfect for travel. Throw it in your beach bag, break it out at a pool party, or bring it camping and use it to communicate the with fairies in the forest! Endless fun!!

 

Dev (2nd pick!)

Short Creek Farm - Fennel & Citrus Dry Salame

Dust off those charcuterie boards, we have a great addition on our hands (and shelves)! Short Creek's fennel and citrus dry salame is deliciously salty and full of bold flavor. A bright combination of toasted fennel seed, white wine, and lemon/orange zest add a special and tart kick to the delightfully rich pork taste. This one is sure to be a crowd-pleaser this summer!

 

Staff Picks: Autumn 2021

Alina  Superieur Plant Based Electrolytes  These powdered electrolytes are not only a delicious way to change up your water game, but are an easy tool to keep hydrated which is so important as we head back to school this fall. Whether our bodies are…

Alina

Superieur Plant Based Electrolytes

These powdered electrolytes are not only a delicious way to change up your water game, but are an easy tool to keep hydrated which is so important as we head back to school this fall. Whether our bodies are burnt out from sports, studying late, or even just getting up early to get to class/work, these vitamin C-rich electrolytes will make sure we're getting the nutrients we need to keep going. I have been drinking the raspberry flavor (delish) every day recently and I definitely feel less parched and more energized! They also help me bounce back after a night out, which is so lovely.

Alisa  CV Sciences Plus CBD Calm GummiesThese flavorful gummies are a perfect pick me up for days when stress is inevitable. Not only are they loaded with 10mg of CBD, these gummies also contain an adequate dose of L theanine and 5 HTP, sure to keep…

Alisa

CV Sciences Plus CBD Calm Gummies

These flavorful gummies are a perfect pick me up for days when stress is inevitable. Not only are they loaded with 10mg of CBD, these gummies also contain an adequate dose of L theanine and 5 HTP, sure to keep the mind cool, calm and collected.

Alexandra  FES Five-Flower Formula Flower Essence BlendThis five flower blend is perfect for back to school time. I always carry it with me, but it definitely gets the most use when I start up classes again. It contains;  clematis to aid in focus, c…

Alexandra

FES Five-Flower Formula Flower Essence Blend

This five flower blend is perfect for back to school time. I always carry it with me, but it definitely gets the most use when I start up classes again. It contains;
clematis to aid in focus, cherry plum to help keep calm, impatiens to quell irritability, rock rose to implement courage, and star of bethlehem to neutralize grief and promote inner strength. This is the best on-the-spot fix for when I get overwhelmed while I'm out and about. Definitely a must have for any students returning to classes this fall, as well as all of the parents that are helping them do it!

 
AllisonThe Completist Daily Planner Pad - InkyEven though I'm not a student anymore, I like to use this time of year to get re-grounded in routine and revamp my organization. Summer is great time to relax and unwind, but it can lack productivity - this notepad is provides the structure you need to get back to full productivity this fall! This notepad is useful for anyone planning busy days, but is great for students and teachers heading back to school.

Allison

The Completist Daily Planner Pad - Inky

Even though I'm not a student anymore, I like to use this time of year to get re-grounded in routine and revamp my organization. Summer is great time to relax and unwind, but it can lack productivity - this notepad is provides the structure you need to get back to full productivity this fall! This notepad is useful for anyone planning busy days, but is great for students and teachers heading back to school.

Alyssa   Urban Moonshine Immune Tonic  As we shift into cooler weather, it is vital that we are proactive in taking care of our immune systems. This tonic from Urban Moonshine features reishi mushrooms and astragalus root, which are known for their …

Alyssa

Urban Moonshine Immune Tonic


As we shift into cooler weather, it is vital that we are proactive in taking care of our immune systems. This tonic from Urban Moonshine features reishi mushrooms and astragalus root, which are known for their immune supporting properties. Also included are other mushrooms, roots, and berries, such as maitake, ginger, and schisandra, making this a potent product. In addition to immune support, reishi mushrooms and schisandra berries have the added benefit of stress support, which I think we could all use a little of right now! Using this tonic daily last year I felt safe and supported, and look forward to doing the same in the coming months. I like to put a few drops in homemade lemonade or sparkling water!

AmberLapsang Souchong Bulk TeaI adore autumn. The moment it starts to get cooler, I'm excited to break out my fuzzy socks and brew a big cup of Lapsang Souchong tea. This woodsy, darkly sweet black tea is smoked during processing, giving it a perfectly autumnal aroma. While it's something of an acquired taste, those who like Lapsang never miss a chance to extol the beauty of its flavor. It's like sipping whiskey by a campfire. Lapsang Souchong is also incredibly versatile--try it as a cocktail ingredient or as a spice in both meat-based and vegetarian recipes.

Amber

Lapsang Souchong Bulk Tea

I adore autumn. The moment it starts to get cooler, I'm excited to break out my fuzzy socks and brew a big cup of Lapsang Souchong tea. This woodsy, darkly sweet black tea is smoked during processing, giving it a perfectly autumnal aroma. While it's something of an acquired taste, those who like Lapsang never miss a chance to extol the beauty of its flavor. It's like sipping whiskey by a campfire. Lapsang Souchong is also incredibly versatile--try it as a cocktail ingredient or as a spice in both meat-based and vegetarian recipes.

 
 
BrendenAthletic Brewing Co. Upside Dawn N/A Golden AleOctoberfest is close and I love beer. Recently I decided to cut out Alcohol from my life and it feels great. Athletic Brewing Co. makes the best N/A beers I’ve tried. They are great with any meal…

Brenden

Athletic Brewing Co. Upside Dawn N/A Golden Ale

Octoberfest is close and I love beer. Recently I decided to cut out Alcohol from my life and it feels great. Athletic Brewing Co. makes the best N/A beers I’ve tried. They are great with any meal, fantastic while you work, and just all around a great experience.

Caleb  Ursa Major Daily Defense Lotion with SPFI’m a big fan of this light, clean, and effective SPF lotion! It’s easy to apply, blends well and doesn’t leave a white zinc cast on my skin. I have a bottle at home, one in my car, and another in my overnight bag. SPF is so important, even on cloudy days.

Caleb

Ursa Major Daily Defense Lotion with SPF

I’m a big fan of this light, clean, and effective SPF lotion! It’s easy to apply, blends well and doesn’t leave a white zinc cast on my skin. I have a bottle at home, one in my car, and another in my overnight bag. SPF is so important, even on cloudy days.

DeborahYogi Chai Rooibos with Oatly Full Fat Oat Milk  My day does not start until I have a mug of Yogi Chai Rooibos tea, with a healthy splash of Oatley oat milk. The rich blend of warm spices and the robustness of the rooibos are a gentle wake-up,…

Deborah

Yogi Chai Rooibos with Oatly Full Fat Oat Milk

My day does not start until I have a mug of Yogi Chai Rooibos tea, with a healthy splash of Oatley oat milk. The rich blend of warm spices and the robustness of the rooibos are a gentle wake-up, without the jitter some of us get from caffeine. The oat milk adds just the right amount of rich sweetness. All the flavor, all the warmth, none of the caffeine!

 
 
Emily K.Clary Collection All Purpose BalmI can’t get enough of this balm - for soothing my cracked cuticles and nails (the victims of too much sanitizers), for protecting and nourishing my lips, and for healing the patches of eczema that flare up in…

Emily K.

Clary Collection All Purpose Balm

I can’t get enough of this balm - for soothing my cracked cuticles and nails (the victims of too much sanitizers), for protecting and nourishing my lips, and for healing the patches of eczema that flare up in times of stress. Formulated with healing herbs like calendula, chamomile, and plantain leaf, it’s the perfect balm to have on hand (pun intended) at all times! I carry one in my CN tote bag, in my car, and stash one in my nightstand for morning and nightly use.

MeghanHealth-Ade Kombucha - Ginger Lemon (and all the others)These Kombuchas are light, bubbly and delicious- I cannot get enough of them! Whether lunch seems just a bit too far or if I want something to settle my stomach after a meal, Health-Ade ha…

Meghan

Health-Ade Kombucha - Ginger Lemon (and all the others)

These Kombuchas are light, bubbly and delicious- I cannot get enough of them! Whether lunch seems just a bit too far or if I want something to settle my stomach after a meal, Health-Ade has not steered me wrong. All the fruit flavors are amazing, but the Ginger says hello to fall as the Lemon kisses summer goodbye.

MikeBREW DR UPLIFT - Blueberry RaspberryI've been doing my best these past few months to get enough sleep, and then wake up with good energy and intentions to take on the day ahead. And in all honesty, it continues to be a tough time, as you might b…

Mike

BREW DR UPLIFT - Blueberry Raspberry

I've been doing my best these past few months to get enough sleep, and then wake up with good energy and intentions to take on the day ahead. And in all honesty, it continues to be a tough time, as you might be feeling those same experiences as well. What has helped me get back into a good mindset and re-centered recently are these crazy delicious and functionally focusing new BREW DR UPLIFT beverages in our cooler! They start with a blend of certified organic yerba mate, green tea, and guayusa leaf for a really clean 150 mg of caffeine per can, and then include all organic purees of fruit and berries for a really full, authentic flavor. Probiotics included as well. I have fallen in love with the Blueberry Raspberry variety, and I just keep going back for more to keep focused! BREW DR also donates 1% of UPLIFT sales to social justice organizations, which I am here for and is great to see the company uplift those that need it most.

 
MollySound Sparkling Water - Blood Orange Vanilla Black TeaThe beautiful branding drew me in; but the light, refreshing flavor and touch of caffeine kept me coming back. A lovely afternoon antidote to the post-lunch malaise!

Molly

Sound Sparkling Water - Blood Orange Vanilla Black Tea

The beautiful branding drew me in; but the light, refreshing flavor and touch of caffeine kept me coming back. A lovely afternoon antidote to the post-lunch malaise!

MorganCounter Couture Campfire Mug - BisonPour in coffee. Clutch to warm chilly fingers. Imagine when the bison were everywhere.

Morgan

Counter Couture Campfire Mug - Bison

Pour in coffee. Clutch to warm chilly fingers. Imagine when the bison were everywhere.

Nancy

Pipette Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Rated as one of the BEST sunscreens for your face, according to Women's Health Magazine. Lightweight, moisturizing, non sticky, and fast-absorbing sunscreen that is aesthetically pleasing on all skin including darker skin types. Love the creaminess and transparency and it feels more like a lotion than sunscreen. It goes on the easiest and doesn't leave a ghostly white cast which is so hard to find in a 100% mineral sunscreen. It has other lovely ingredients like squalane to replenish moisture and antioxidants as well. I love that there is almost no scent. So whether you are at the school, park, beach or lake you don't smell like a fruity tropical mixed drink.
A reef-friendly sunscreen made with 100% mineral non-nano zinc oxide for broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Hypoallergenic, free of synthetic fragrances, cruelty-free, and vegan.

 
RoseDandy BlendThis blend of roasted barley, rye, dandelion, and sugar beet extracts is amazing hot or cold. Perfect for early fall days when the mornings can start to get chilly but the sun is still strong. Dandelion is believed to support the live…

Rose

Dandy Blend

This blend of roasted barley, rye, dandelion, and sugar beet extracts is amazing hot or cold. Perfect for early fall days when the mornings can start to get chilly but the sun is still strong. Dandelion is believed to support the liver’s natural detoxification process, soothe the nervous system, and calm the stomach. It delivers a smooth, creamy, rich flavor that fits the bill for someone like me who loves coffee but had to kick the caffeine! Mix with some Oatly and call it a day!

SallyJeni’s Ice CreamBrown Butter Almond Brittle… it’s like an adult/healthy Toasted Almond bar from the ice cream truck that used to prowl my neighborhood as a child. Delicious, refreshing, Ice cream made with grass - grazed milk, happy cows and a …

Sally

Jeni’s Ice Cream

Brown Butter Almond Brittle… it’s like an adult/healthy Toasted Almond bar from the ice cream truck that used to prowl my neighborhood as a child. Delicious, refreshing, Ice cream made with grass - grazed milk, happy cows and a lot of love.

 

Sarah

tenoverten Reparative Base Coat

My nails take a toll all times of the year, but I especially love to frequently change bright polish colors in the summer which can start to wear my nails out. The tenoverten Restorative Base Coat is a rock star at strengthening nails. I felt a huge change right away. It even leaves enough of a shine to be worn alone. I will seriously never go without this again.

StephIndie Lee Banish SolutionStress-induced breakouts? Indie Lee's Banish Solution will become your new spot savior. Anti-inflammatory colloidal sulfur, zinc oxide, and salicylic acid work overtime to dramatically reduce redness and blemish size ov…

Steph

Indie Lee Banish Solution

Stress-induced breakouts? Indie Lee's Banish Solution will become your new spot savior. Anti-inflammatory colloidal sulfur, zinc oxide, and salicylic acid work overtime to dramatically reduce redness and blemish size overnight. My must-have pick for your back-to-school skincare routine, or for anyone who struggles with unwelcome cysts, or the occasional hormonal breakout. Magic in a bottle.

VikaDr. Bronner's Magic All-One Chocolate - Smooth Coconut PralineI didn't know what to expect from Dr. Bronner's Chocolate, but oh was I pleasantly surprised!? It's rich, it's creamy with a soft filling inside that melts in your mouth, the ingredie…

Vika

Dr. Bronner's Magic All-One Chocolate - Smooth Coconut Praline

I didn't know what to expect from Dr. Bronner's Chocolate, but oh was I pleasantly surprised!? It's rich, it's creamy with a soft filling inside that melts in your mouth, the ingredients are the best that there can be. This coconut praline was the second one that I have tried, first was the crunchy hazelnut - which was ALSO amazing. Now I feel like I must try them all! Truly Magical.

 
 
 

All About CBG: a blog post by Elmore Mountain Therapeutics

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CBD, THC and now... CBG? CBG (Cannabigerol) is a cannabinoid found in most cannabis plants in low concentrations. It's recently become a major topic of discussion as researchers are hopeful that it may provide a range of benefits similar to CBD. But what is it, how is it different and why? Keep reading to discover how this compound, which has also been referred to as "the stem cell cannabinoid" works in the body.

What is CBG?

CBG, aka Cannabigerol, is a chemical compound known as a cannabinoid, found in low concentrations in most cannabis plants. There are a few strains of industrial hemp like The White and Stem Cell which have been bred to express higher levels of CBG, but it's typically nowhere near as concentrated as CBD or THC. CBG can be found stored in the trichome heads (the tiny crystalline structures on leaves, buds and flowers) along with other terpenes and cannabinoids. The reason CBG concentration is typically so low is because most CBG is converted into other cannabinoids before it's time to harvest.

CBG vs CBD

Those who use both CBG and CBD report similar effects from both cannabinoids. There may not be one reason to use CBG over CBD, but rather, they may work conjunctively with one another. Maybe you use CBD on an everyday basis and you occasionally need an extra boost to your endocannabinoid system. CBG makes a great addition to your suite of beneficial plant compounds.

Though they are very similar, CBG and CBD interact with our bodies differently. CBD tends to interact more with the nervous and immune systems, while CBG may have a greater impact in the digestive tract, interacting with our gut flora. CBG also interacts with our system of GABA receptors, which is a neuronal signaling framework that works to stimulate nervous system activity. There may be some linkage between CBG, our gut, and our brain, especially when you consider recent discoveries linking neurotransmitter production to gut health.

As we hinted at above, you can think of CBG as essentially a stem cell from which all other cannabinoid compounds are formed, including CBD. One of the reasons why it's hard to find in higher concentrations is because it quickly converts to other cannabinoids before it's seen or detected.

What are the benefits of CBG?

The benefits of CBG, just like CBD, can vary greatly from person to person. However, considering the way CBG interacts with our body, it may be a viable option for easing unpleasant digestive issues. Some people with issues such as IBS and SIBO may want to consider using CBG to promote wellness in the gut or to support nutritional-uptake issues. CBG's interaction with GABA receptors give researchers hope that it could one day be effective in assisting neurological issues, such as seizures. Similarly, the slightly different chemical structure may make it a good option to try if CBD is not effective enough for you.

Final thoughts on CBG

CBG is new and unique. More research needs to be conducted before we can fully understand it's potential benefits and applications. For the moment, it remains a solid option to consider for supplementing your CBD intake and further promoting the entourage effect in your existing CBD routine. Why not take a quick look at our high-quality 1500mg CBG oil and see if it would be a good option for you?

Staff Picks: Summertime 2021

Abby  Sumac Berry Powder  Sumac is one of my favorite spices year round, but especially during the summer. Such a lovely, tart, and refreshing flavor that works for both savory and sweet. I love finishing tzatziki, kebabs, and salads with it.

Abby

Sumac Berry Powder

Sumac is one of my favorite spices year round, but especially during the summer. Such a lovely, tart, and refreshing flavor that works for both savory and sweet. I love finishing tzatziki, kebabs, and salads with it.






Alina  North Coast Organics Death By Lavender Deodorant  Summer means sunshine, plant growth, happiness, and everyone’s favorite bodily excretion... sweat. Enter North Coast Organics Death by Lavender deodorant! I am a rather sweaty gal myself (I’ve been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis — you’re jealous, I know) but this all-natural deo leaves me smelling fresh and floral even after a full day of activities. We also have a little travel size version of this for your Summer getaways. Happy sweating!

Alina

North Coast Organics Death By Lavender Deodorant

Summer means sunshine, plant growth, happiness, and everyone’s favorite bodily excretion... sweat. Enter North Coast Organics Death by Lavender deodorant! I am a rather sweaty gal myself (I’ve been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis — you’re jealous, I know) but this all-natural deo leaves me smelling fresh and floral even after a full day of activities. We also have a little travel size version of this for your Summer getaways. Happy sweating!

 
Alyssa   DRAM Apothecary Gingergrass +Hemp  During the warmer months all I want to drink is seltzer. Dram was the first herbal seltzer I tried and it's held its place as my favorite over the years. The Gingergrass + CBD always leaves me feeling refr…

Alyssa

DRAM Apothecary Gingergrass +Hemp

During the warmer months all I want to drink is seltzer. Dram was the first herbal seltzer I tried and it's held its place as my favorite over the years. The Gingergrass + CBD always leaves me feeling refreshed, calm, and cool on even the hottest days. It tastes amazing and the added benefits from adaptogens and CBD really make this a special product.

AmberTriple O Polish After winter months stuck in heavy boots, it's nice to finally wear sandals again. A bright pedicure with Triple O Nail Polish (my choice is shade Dakodonu, a vibrant royal blue) is the perfect way to bring some spring into your steps.

Amber

Triple O Polish

After winter months stuck in heavy boots, it's nice to finally wear sandals again. A bright pedicure with Triple O Nail Polish (my choice is shade Dakodonu, a vibrant royal blue) is the perfect way to bring some spring into your steps.

BrendenTO-GO Ware Utensil SetGetting to eat good food outside with good people is a good time. Pick up these TO-GO Ware utensil sets for a zero waste experience the next time you order takeout and head to the hills, or the park, or the backyard.

Brenden

TO-GO Ware Utensil Set

Getting to eat good food outside with good people is a good time. Pick up these TO-GO Ware utensil sets for a zero waste experience the next time you order takeout and head to the hills, or the park, or the backyard.

 
Caleb  Ursa Major Daily Defense Lotion with SPFI’m a big fan of this light, clean, and effective SPF lotion! It’s easy to apply, blends well and doesn’t leave a white zinc cast on my skin. I have a bottle at home, one in my car, and another in my overnight bag. SPF is so important, even on cloudy days.

Caleb

Ursa Major Daily Defense Lotion with SPF

I’m a big fan of this light, clean, and effective SPF lotion! It’s easy to apply, blends well and doesn’t leave a white zinc cast on my skin. I have a bottle at home, one in my car, and another in my overnight bag. SPF is so important, even on cloudy days.

CourtneyBeekeeper’s Naturals Propolis Throat Spray  This lightly sweet, propolis-packed spray is portable and pocket sized which makes it convenient to support my immune system on quick trips this summer. Propolis is produced by bees via tree and pl…

Courtney

Beekeeper’s Naturals Propolis Throat Spray

This lightly sweet, propolis-packed spray is portable and pocket sized which makes it convenient to support my immune system on quick trips this summer. Propolis is produced by bees via tree and plant resins and is known to have antifungal and antibacterial properties. I love it as a daily supplement, and I usually increase my intake when I'm feeling a little stressed, or out of my usual routine. Beekeeper's Naturals also makes a kids' version of this!

 
DeborahBjorn Quorn Classic  As a summertime snacker, I am loving the Bjorn Quorn classic. I love a good chip or popcorn to throw in my bag to take to the beach. Especially when the treat is relatively guilt-free but still totally yummy!

Deborah

Bjorn Quorn Classic

As a summertime snacker, I am loving the Bjorn Quorn classic. I love a good chip or popcorn to throw in my bag to take to the beach. Especially when the treat is relatively guilt-free but still totally yummy!

Emily J.Badger Anti-Bug SprayHere we are again, its time once more for my annual 'Ode to Badger's Anti-Bug Spray'. How I loath mosquitoes yet they are obsessed with me, its a unrequited love story of the ages. But with Badger's Anti-Bug Spray, they …

Emily J.

Badger Anti-Bug Spray

Here we are again, its time once more for my annual 'Ode to Badger's Anti-Bug Spray'. How I loath mosquitoes yet they are obsessed with me, its a unrequited love story of the ages. But with Badger's Anti-Bug Spray, they stay away and I stay itch free, smelling like lemongrass! It also comes in a solid stick, which I keep in my bag all summer (you never know who's cook out is in a mosquito den of a backyard..), so you'll be Deet-free and ready to party ;)

Emily K.Patagonia Provisions Smoked MusselsTis the season of outdoor picnics and (finally) small social gatherings! I'm a little rusty at preparing big, extravagant meals for friends (and who wants to be standing over a hot stove for hours) so I love quick fixes like a snack platter, complete with my favorite smoked mussels from Patagonia Provisions. These delicious, sustainable morsels are perfect atop a salty cracker, perhaps with a little dijon mustard or hot sauce. Or, sauté them in with a little garlic, olive oil, white wine and chopped parsley for a quick and easy pasta that's even better the next day!

Emily K.

Patagonia Provisions Smoked Mussels

Tis the season of outdoor picnics and (finally) small social gatherings! I'm a little rusty at preparing big, extravagant meals for friends (and who wants to be standing over a hot stove for hours) so I love quick fixes like a snack platter, complete with my favorite smoked mussels from Patagonia Provisions. These delicious, sustainable morsels are perfect atop a salty cracker, perhaps with a little dijon mustard or hot sauce. Or, sauté them in with a little garlic, olive oil, white wine and chopped parsley for a quick and easy pasta that's even better the next day!

 
JohnDark Horse Fermented KetchupIt's grilling season again, and Dark Horse is here to help you up your condiment game! Their new fermented Umami Ketchup offers a depth of flavor for your burgers, portabellos, or dogs (if you're one of those "ketchup on hot dogs" philistines) that will have you forgetting all about traditional ketchup and/or catsup. Pair it with their equally flavor packed fermented mustard for a combination that can't be beat!

John

Dark Horse Fermented Ketchup

It's grilling season again, and Dark Horse is here to help you up your condiment game! Their new fermented Umami Ketchup offers a depth of flavor for your burgers, portabellos, or dogs (if you're one of those "ketchup on hot dogs" philistines) that will have you forgetting all about traditional ketchup and/or catsup. Pair it with their equally flavor packed fermented mustard for a combination that can't be beat!

 
MeghanMeow Meow Tweet Everyday Sunscreen SPF 25I have been using this sunscreen for 2 years now and I love it. Lightweight, silky, even coverage. Safe and effective ingredients. Cute, environmentally friendly packaging. Very accessible price point. However, my approval is more of the roar than a meow ;)

Meghan

Meow Meow Tweet Everyday Sunscreen SPF 25

I have been using this sunscreen for 2 years now and I love it. Lightweight, silky, even coverage. Safe and effective ingredients. Cute, environmentally friendly packaging. Very accessible price point. However, my approval is more of the roar than a meow ;)

MikeTiny Arms Coffee Earthtones BlendI'll admit, I have not been a robust coffee drinker throughout most of my life. Soon becoming the new Grocery Lead for Cambridge Naturals, I have felt determined to dive into our curated selection of wonderfully sourced and locally owned coffee brands, and I am finally feeling the magic! One of our newest lines of locally owned + roasted coffee that we are proud to carry is Tiny Arms Coffee Roasters - located in Lowell MA! I have fallen in love with their Earthtones Blend, which brews up a full bodied experience with tasting notes of dark chocolate, toasted almonds, candied orange, and black cherry. I've used my french press thus far, but they note that it is well enjoyed as pour over or espresso. I'll be experimenting with these different brew styles and falling in love with this coffee all summer long!

Mike

Tiny Arms Coffee Earthtones Blend

I'll admit, I have not been a robust coffee drinker throughout most of my life. Soon becoming the new Grocery Lead for Cambridge Naturals, I have felt determined to dive into our curated selection of wonderfully sourced and locally owned coffee brands, and I am finally feeling the magic! One of our newest lines of locally owned + roasted coffee that we are proud to carry is Tiny Arms Coffee Roasters - located in Lowell MA! I have fallen in love with their Earthtones Blend, which brews up a full bodied experience with tasting notes of dark chocolate, toasted almonds, candied orange, and black cherry. I've used my french press thus far, but they note that it is well enjoyed as pour over or espresso. I'll be experimenting with these different brew styles and falling in love with this coffee all summer long!

 
MollySiete Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Sea Salt & VinegarI'm a potato chip fanatic and these Siete chips do not disappoint! The addition of Serrano pepper makes for a fun spin on the classic Salt & Vinegar flavor. They are kettle cooked to crunchy perfection with a bold and tangy flavor and just a touch of heat from the Serranos. These babies just scream, "Beach Snack!" To me, there is nothing better than sitting next to a lake/pool/the ocean, post-swim with a delicious sandwich and bag of chips for lunch. These Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips will be an excellent addition to my summer picnics.

Molly

Siete Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Sea Salt & Vinegar

I'm a potato chip fanatic and these Siete chips do not disappoint! The addition of Serrano pepper makes for a fun spin on the classic Salt & Vinegar flavor. They are kettle cooked to crunchy perfection with a bold and tangy flavor and just a touch of heat from the Serranos. These babies just scream, "Beach Snack!" To me, there is nothing better than sitting next to a lake/pool/the ocean, post-swim with a delicious sandwich and bag of chips for lunch. These Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips will be an excellent addition to my summer picnics.

MorganHeritage Store Rose Petals RosewaterRose water is anti-inflammatory, hydrating, and soothing: the perfect cool down mist in the summer heat.

Morgan

Heritage Store Rose Petals Rosewater

Rose water is anti-inflammatory, hydrating, and soothing: the perfect cool down mist in the summer heat.

NancyStar Anise PodsThe warm cozy weather is finally here and if you're an outdoorsy - adventurous person like me would know that exposing your face skin for hours and hours to the sunlight could affect that gorgeous glowing skin. For this precise r…

Nancy

Star Anise Pods

The warm cozy weather is finally here and if you're an outdoorsy - adventurous person like me would know that exposing your face skin for hours and hours to the sunlight could affect that gorgeous glowing skin. For this precise reason, I'm sharing a fabulous DIY facemask. Of course you could thank me later! You only need to mix: ground Star Anise (powder form, you could use a coffee grinder), one organic yolk or organic plant based yogurt, and a tsp of organic grapeseed oil. Leave it for 25 minutes. Remove it gently with a warm piece of cloth. Star Anise - Skin health: this herb can help minimize the appearance of wrinkles, boost skin elasticity, and cover-up old scars and blemishes to keep your skin looking young and vibrant. Star Anise is actually the hard pericarp of the fruit of the star anise tree. The name anise is a combination of its shape and its similarity in flavor to aniseed. It contains a high level of antioxidants, a significant amount of iron, and smaller amounts of vitamin C, calcium, potassium and magnesium.

 
RoseHillside Harvest Sun Kissed Tomato Hot SauceHillside Harvest's Sun Kissed Tomato Hot Sauce has a bright and zesty flavor and medium heat that is the perfect addition to so many of our favorite summer dishes. Add a dash, or 10, to any dish to ramp up the flavor with minimal effort. Great on eggs, in mayo or yogurt as a spicy condiment, or really, on anything. Bonus that it's locally made right here in Boston with roots in Jamaica.

Rose

Hillside Harvest Sun Kissed Tomato Hot Sauce

Hillside Harvest's Sun Kissed Tomato Hot Sauce has a bright and zesty flavor and medium heat that is the perfect addition to so many of our favorite summer dishes. Add a dash, or 10, to any dish to ramp up the flavor with minimal effort. Great on eggs, in mayo or yogurt as a spicy condiment, or really, on anything. Bonus that it's locally made right here in Boston with roots in Jamaica.

SallyAfrican Market BasketsSpring is the time for local farmers markets to open back up, and for picnics outside on lush green grass to commence. African Market Baskets are all hand woven in village co-ops in Ghana, West Africa. Each basket is a stu…

Sally

African Market Baskets

Spring is the time for local farmers markets to open back up, and for picnics outside on lush green grass to commence.
African Market Baskets are all hand woven in village co-ops in Ghana, West Africa. Each basket is a sturdy colorful creation that is perfect for holding all your farm fresh vegetables and locally baked goods while shopping your local farmers market, and can double as the perfect picnic basket! The purchase of these baskets help provide funding for healthcare and school supplies for the weavers and their families.
There are several shapes and sizes, find the one right for you.

 
SamIt Feels Good To Be Yourself: A Book About Gender IdentityThis book is a wonderful way to introduce readers of all ages to the concept of gender identity. The art is beautiful in both color and style, and the writing is thoughtful and welcoming. …

Sam

It Feels Good To Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity

This book is a wonderful way to introduce readers of all ages to the concept of gender identity. The art is beautiful in both color and style, and the writing is thoughtful and welcoming. As a nonbinary reader, this book made me feel joyfully seen, and the central message that resonated with me (and I expect will resonate with other readers) was encapsulated in the title - it feels truly good to be yourself.

Sarahtenoverten Reparative Base CoatMy nails take a toll all times of the year, but I especially love to frequently change bright polish colors in the summer which can start to wear my nails out. The tenoverten Restorative Base Coat is a rock star a…

Sarah

tenoverten Reparative Base Coat

My nails take a toll all times of the year, but I especially love to frequently change bright polish colors in the summer which can start to wear my nails out. The tenoverten Restorative Base Coat is a rock star at strengthening nails. I felt a huge change right away. It even leaves enough of a shine to be worn alone. I will seriously never go without this again.

StephDe La Calle Tepache- Tradicional Pineapple SpiceNew at CN, and my new favorite summertime bev, De La Calle's Pineapple Spice Tepache. These Mexican fermented pineapple drinks are delicious and refreshing on their own, but even better with tequila or mezcal, a squeeze of lime and a tajin rim.

Steph

De La Calle Tepache- Tradicional Pineapple Spice

New at CN, and my new favorite summertime bev, De La Calle's Pineapple Spice Tepache. These Mexican fermented pineapple drinks are delicious and refreshing on their own, but even better with tequila or mezcal, a squeeze of lime and a tajin rim.

 
VickiSprout Living Epic Protein- Pro Collagen Plant ProteinI only drink smoothies during the warmer months, when our bodies can tolerate the cold. Originally I was hesitant to try this, as I thought it would be super fruity (the packaging screams be…

Vicki

Sprout Living Epic Protein- Pro Collagen Plant Protein

I only drink smoothies during the warmer months, when our bodies can tolerate the cold. Originally I was hesitant to try this, as I thought it would be super fruity (the packaging screams berries to me) BUT it tastes like cake. Sprout Living Protein Powders are one of the cleanest and tastiest protein powders we stock. I am currently sipping on my morning smoothie, with powerhouse additions such as: I used 1 packet of the powder, 2 cups of homemade cashew milk, and half teaspoons of cordyceps powder and spirulina powder from the bulk section, and half a teaspoon of Host Defense Turkey Tail Powder.

ZachCN Dad HatFinally the weather is warm enough to get in some more hiking and outdoors time! But you gotta protect your skin from UV. And what better way to do just that and to represent than in my new Cambridge Naturals Dad Hat! A new version wit…

Zach

CN Dad Hat

Finally the weather is warm enough to get in some more hiking and outdoors time! But you gotta protect your skin from UV. And what better way to do just that and to represent than in my new Cambridge Naturals Dad Hat! A new version with a 'deeper' feel which I prefer, plus great new colors! Olive Green is my perennial favorite.

 
 

Polar Plunge: Cambridge Naturals Edition

Last week, CN hosted our first in-person event in well over a year. Nearly 30 of us jumped in the chilly waters of Walden Pond in Concord, MA for an early morning swim and then we all shivered in the morning sun while we sipped some delicious Four Sigmatic coffee. ⁠ ⁠

It was a simple event, free, and we kept our masks on while out of the water. But the feeling of being in community again was something many of us haven't felt in months. That positive, energetic buzz that we feel during a fun event or gathering was in the air. Sometimes it feels hard to have "fun" during something like a global pandemic- a year of grief and loss and unknown. ⁠ ⁠

Thanks to everyone who showed up and made a Thursday morning at 7 AM feel extra special. It's a vulnerable thing to jump in the water with a bunch of strangers, and we feel so grateful that folks were willing to take a chance!⁠ ⁠ We are excited for future events, morning swims and otherwise, anyone else?! 🌞⁠ ⁠

Enjoy the photographs below taken by the very talented Mark Ostow

Photo by Mark Ostow

Photo by Mark Ostow

Photo by Mark Ostow

Photo by Mark Ostow

Photo of CN Co-Founder Michael Kanter and CN Co-Owner Emily Kanter by Mark Ostow

Photo of CN Co-Founder Michael Kanter and CN Co-Owner Emily Kanter by Mark Ostow

Photo by Mark Ostow

Photo by Mark Ostow

Photo of CN Co-Founder Michael Kanter and CN Co-Owners Emily Kanter and Caleb Dean by Mark Ostow

Photo of CN Co-Founder Michael Kanter and CN Co-Owners Emily Kanter and Caleb Dean by Mark Ostow

Thanks to everyone who came and braved Walden’s chilly waters. We will see you at the next plunge!

Earth Day is Every Day: Low-Waste Picks for Daily Sustainability

Small Steps, Big Impact!

by CN team member Courtney

Cambridge Naturals Camp Mug

This camp mug is coming with us everywhere this summer. It’s made by Miir, whose values are centered around lowering their impact on the environment, and giving back to the community. Our 12oz mugs are a breeze to carry and clean, and can easily hook onto a backpack thanks to the steel handle. 

Gladrags and Menstrual Cups

If you’re a menstruating person, these reusable menstrual care products might soon change your life! As many of us know, waste created by traditional menstrual care products is responsible for a portion of the globe’s plastic waste. Purchasing reusable menstrual care products not only reduce waste, but they save SO much money. Have you ever added up the cost of a monthly box of tampons or pads…? Aside from the plastic packaging, the price tag over a lifetime of menstruating is sky high. 

No Tox Life Vegan Dishwashing Block

These dishwashing blocks are made of simple ingredients that will get your dishes squeaky clean, sans harsh chemicals and plastic. The ingredients are biodegradable, septic safe and completely plant-based. We use these to scrub our dishes and sinks alike. 

Georganics Mouthwashing Tablets (and everything else they make!)

Mouthwash is no longer something that lives in a giant bottle under the sink (is anyone else’s dad still a loyal Listerine fan??). These sleek tablets are not only plastic free and highly portable, but they are made with ingredients you can pronounce and recognize: Sodium Bicarbonate, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Mentha Piperita Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Colourings, Menthol, Thymol, Limonene. Plus, Georganics estimates that their tablets will last you about 3x longer than the average bottle of mouthwash. 

Heart Grown Wild Intuition Face Steam

For anyone who loves skincare, but doesn’t love how it can negatively impact our planet’s waste (heavy packaging, long travel time, overharvesting of endangered medicinal plants), enter Heart Grown Wild. Santalena creates all of her products with love in her Vermont apothecary. She partners with a local forestry company when sourcing her wild plant ingredients, and takes great care in working with what’s seasonally available. Her packaging is simple and reusable and the ingredients are so natural, you can easily find them in many of our tea blends. 

 
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Staff Picks: Hello Spring

Abby  Crystal’s Raw Wildflower HoneyOne of my favorite ways to fight springtime allergies is to eat a teaspoon of local honey a day. Crystal's honey is minimally processed, still containing bits of bee pollen and propolis, and comes in a great 5 lb …

Abby

Crystal’s Raw Wildflower Honey

One of my favorite ways to fight springtime allergies is to eat a teaspoon of local honey a day. Crystal's honey is minimally processed, still containing bits of bee pollen and propolis, and comes in a great 5 lb jar that lasts me all spring!

AlinaBaggu Backyard Fruit MasksBaggu's Backyard Fruit Mask Set is the safe AND trendy accessory everyone needs this spring. The colorful fruits epitomize warm weather and happiness, while the mask's design is comfortable for most adults and is reall…

Alina

Baggu Backyard Fruit Masks

Baggu's Backyard Fruit Mask Set is the safe AND trendy accessory everyone needs this spring. The colorful fruits epitomize warm weather and happiness, while the mask's design is comfortable for most adults and is really convenient for those who wear glasses. I've never had my glasses fog up while wearing these bad boys.

Alisa Daydream Dessert Raspberry Almond Ganache  Delectable, irresistible goodness, wrapped up in dreamy packaging. No, I'm not sharing.

Alisa

Daydream Dessert Raspberry Almond Ganache

Delectable, irresistible goodness, wrapped up in dreamy packaging. No, I'm not sharing.

Amber Suggests:  Casamara Club Sera SodaI'm absolutely obsessed with Casamara Club's sodas inspired by Italian bitters. The Sera flavor is bright and fruity, with a floral subtlety perfect for springtime. They're non-alcoholic and low in sugar as we…

Amber Suggests:

Casamara Club Sera Soda

I'm absolutely obsessed with Casamara Club's sodas inspired by Italian bitters. The Sera flavor is bright and fruity, with a floral subtlety perfect for springtime. They're non-alcoholic and low in sugar as well. Honestly, all the Casamara Club sodas are incredible, but the Sera is my favorite.

Brenden   Vibrant Health Green VibranceGreen Vibrance is powerful like the spring sun. This powder will light up your days and carry you through to that extra hour of sunlight without a blink. The ingredients list is a library of grasses, fruits, ve…

Brenden

Vibrant Health Green Vibrance

Green Vibrance is powerful like the spring sun. This powder will light up your days and carry you through to that extra hour of sunlight without a blink. The ingredients list is a library of grasses, fruits, veggies, and much much more. I take this daily to give my day an extra boost of energy and to give my gut extra digestive support. BUYER BEWARE: It doesn't taste great, really at all, but that's how you know its good for you! Remember that old saying, "Happy gut, happy life"?

CalebHost Defense Cordyceps Energy SupportMedicinal mushrooms like Cordyceps have become some of my most important daily supplements. Nothing else I’ve tried has worked to give me a calm full body energy like Host Defense Cordyceps. I have capsules …

Caleb

Host Defense Cordyceps Energy Support

Medicinal mushrooms like Cordyceps have become some of my most important daily supplements. Nothing else I’ve tried has worked to give me a calm full body energy like Host Defense Cordyceps. I have capsules at home and carry a bottle of their tincture wherever I go.

Chuck Panda LicoriceMy staff pick is the Panda licorice. EITHER ONE BUT THE OLD MAN IN ME SAYS THE BLACK LICORICE IS THE ONLY WAY.

Chuck

Panda Licorice

My staff pick is the Panda licorice. EITHER ONE BUT THE OLD MAN IN ME SAYS THE BLACK LICORICE IS THE ONLY WAY.

CourtneyHerbal Homestead JournalBrittany Wood Nickerson's approachable and informative book makes it easy to incorporate new practices into my routine as we shift seasons. There are helpful tips and recipes for each month of the year. A favorite tea…

Courtney

Herbal Homestead Journal

Brittany Wood Nickerson's approachable and informative book makes it easy to incorporate new practices into my routine as we shift seasons. There are helpful tips and recipes for each month of the year. A favorite tea blend she suggests for March: cleavers, nettle, red clover blossom, violet leaf, dandelion root and burdock root. These herbs support the body's detoxification process--a huge part of moving into spring!

Emily J.   Cocokind Resurfacing Sleep MaskWhat better way to slough off winter than fresh radiant skin! Cocokind's Resurfacing Sleep Mask has become a recent staple in my nightly routine. I think 2020 prematurely aged me (or maybe it was not wearing…

Emily J.

Cocokind Resurfacing Sleep Mask

What better way to slough off winter than fresh radiant skin! Cocokind's Resurfacing Sleep Mask has become a recent staple in my nightly routine. I think 2020 prematurely aged me (or maybe it was not wearing spf for 31 years...WHO'S TO SAY). Either way, fine lines and hyperpigmentation have entered my life. After two uses, I my "11's" were noticeably less pronounced- thanks to the main ingredient bakuchiol, a plant-derived gentle retinol alternative, my skin has been glowing and becoming more even toned & smooth! Obsessed.

Emily K. Something & Nothing Yuzu SeltzerThis delicious, lightly sweet and perfectly crisp seltzer fills me with so much happiness, and as the springtime evenings get warmer and lighter, will be my backyard hang beverage of choice.

Emily K.

Something & Nothing Yuzu Seltzer

This delicious, lightly sweet and perfectly crisp seltzer fills me with so much happiness, and as the springtime evenings get warmer and lighter, will be my backyard hang beverage of choice.

John Neighborly Farms Chipotle CheddarI've waited patiently these long, dark months for weather that will allow me to pull my little charcoal grill outside and light her up. Now that it's an option, you can bet I'll be coating my cheeseburgers in a …

John

Neighborly Farms Chipotle Cheddar

I've waited patiently these long, dark months for weather that will allow me to pull my little charcoal grill outside and light her up. Now that it's an option, you can bet I'll be coating my cheeseburgers in a bubbling layer of Neighborly Farms Chipotle Cheddar Cheese. It brings the perfect mildly hot bite to burgers, be they beef, bison, or Beyond. We don't stock this variety year-round, so savor the flavor while you can!

KarynCocokind SPF Now that it’s bright and sunny out at least some of the time I’ve been making sure to wear this facial sunscreen. (Year round use is obviously recommended, but If I’m being honest I’ll admit that I only ever think to use it when th…

Karyn

Cocokind SPF

Now that it’s bright and sunny out at least some of the time I’ve been making sure to wear this facial sunscreen. (Year round use is obviously recommended, but If I’m being honest I’ll admit that I only ever think to use it when the sun is out). As a pale person who actually had prescription sunscreen as a child, I know my way around this stuff (yes. I extra should use this year round and fully expect to regret not doing so someday). I like this one because it’s SPF 32 and doesn’t feel greasy or gross when I put it on my face. (Please don’t stage a wear SPF on your face all the time intervention for me. Writing this has already convinced me to *try* and do so).

MattUrban Moonshine Bitters  Bitters are a great way to support your liver and improve digestion. I like to enjoy bitters before a meal or during a meal either straight up or mixed in some sparkling water.

Matt

Urban Moonshine Bitters

Bitters are a great way to support your liver and improve digestion. I like to enjoy bitters before a meal or during a meal either straight up or mixed in some sparkling water.

Mike Choice Organics Oolong TeaAs we begin again to lay down fresh roots, in our raised beds and in our daily intentions, and with the seasons shifting into days of warmer weather and rebirth, my desire to maintain personal wellness and feel good th…

Mike

Choice Organics Oolong Tea

As we begin again to lay down fresh roots, in our raised beds and in our daily intentions, and with the seasons shifting into days of warmer weather and rebirth, my desire to maintain personal wellness and feel good through Spring can not be understated. This Choice Organics Oolong Tea is bold, aromatic, grounding, intentional, full of nutrients and antioxidants, and just the right amount of caffiene to get me through the days ahead, reassured by the fact that with a bit more time and effort staying safe and masking up, everything will get better from here.

MeghanCN Turmeric Liquid Veggie CapsAs the weather starts to warm and the outdoors become more and more enticing I am thankful to have this Turmeric in my daily supplements routine. Since taking this regularly (about 8 months now) I have been very p…

Meghan

CN Turmeric Liquid Veggie Caps

As the weather starts to warm and the outdoors become more and more enticing I am thankful to have this Turmeric in my daily supplements routine. Since taking this regularly (about 8 months now) I have been very pleased with the results. My bothersome right knee is far less bothersome, my restless leg issues have not shown themselves for over 6 months and I think I can even attribute improved gum health to it. Also, it has a very satisfying flavor.

MorganCambridge Naturals QuercetinSpringtime means flowers and loveliness and sunshine...and being utterly and completely miserable because my nose won't stop running and my eyes feel like they're made of the itchiest wool known to humanity. Except …

Morgan

Cambridge Naturals Quercetin

Springtime means flowers and loveliness and sunshine...and being utterly and completely miserable because my nose won't stop running and my eyes feel like they're made of the itchiest wool known to humanity. Except when I take Quercetin, which calms all that madness down. Known to inhibit histamine production, Quercetin is also super high in antioxidants, as well as being anti-inflammatory. It's big time magic.

Nancy Avena Botanicals Rose Petal Elixir  Spring is around the corner and beautiful flowers will be a trending topic everywhere! Rose is one of my favorite ones and discovering this lovely - fabulous - settling Rose Elixir from Avena Botanicals make…

Nancy

Avena Botanicals Rose Petal Elixir

Spring is around the corner and beautiful flowers will be a trending topic everywhere! Rose is one of my favorite ones and discovering this lovely - fabulous - settling Rose Elixir from Avena Botanicals makes my heart explode out of so much love! My favorite way to take this Rose Elixir is by mixing 5 to 7 drops with Organic Coconut Water and Hibiscus & Rose Seltzer or Yuzu Seltzer from Something & Nothing (we sell these seltzers at Cambridge Naturals). Sometimes I add some mint or basil leaves and a hint of nutmeg or cinnamon! Yuuummmm!!!!

This extraordinary elixir relaxes the nervous system, soothe and support digestive system, cool emotional heat and inflammation related to women's reproductive health, and fill the heart with harmony and peace!

RoseBaggu Tote BagThe Baggu Tote is the perfect carryall for your spring strolls. It’s light and easy while being spacious enough to fit all your essentials. Bonus: tuck a standard baggu in there for carrying any extra goodies on the way home .

Rose

Baggu Tote Bag

The Baggu Tote is the perfect carryall for your spring strolls. It’s light and easy while being spacious enough to fit all your essentials. Bonus: tuck a standard baggu in there for carrying any extra goodies on the way home .

Sally  Cookie Pal Pumpkin Chia Dog Biscuits  These Human grade dog biscuits are organic, with very few ingredients, sustainable packaging and.... yummy .....as per a CN staff member ! With Spring in the air, we are seeing a lot more dogs and puppies…

Sally


Cookie Pal Pumpkin Chia Dog Biscuits

These Human grade dog biscuits are organic, with very few ingredients, sustainable packaging and.... yummy .....as per a CN staff member ! With Spring in the air, we are seeing a lot more dogs and puppies out and about, walking by our open front door at Porter Square store. We always have a bag of treats at the ready for our four legged friends who unfortunately can’t come into the store (unless a emotional or support animal)
This give all staff an opportunity for a friendly furry much needed "treat" moment. These biscuits are a favorite, as well as the other Sweet Potato & Flax recipe, also ...yummy ...according to same staff member !

Sam   Natural Earth Paint Wooden Eggs Craft Kit  When I want a satisfying, savory breakfast with more fiber than your garden-variety poultry egg, I reach for Earth Paint's Wooden Eggs. These handcrafted, sustainable eggs are made of wood rather than…

Sam

Natural Earth Paint Wooden Eggs Craft Kit

When I want a satisfying, savory breakfast with more fiber than your garden-variety poultry egg, I reach for Earth Paint's Wooden Eggs. These handcrafted, sustainable eggs are made of wood rather than... well.. egg, so each one contains 600% your daily value of insoluble non-dietary fiber. It's generally recommended not to eat these, but sometimes, you just need a better breakfast.

I find them almost impossible to scramble, though. :(

StephWooden Spoon Herbs Solar Power Energy TinctureThis antioxidant packed bottle goes with me everywhere. Not only for a gentle energy boost, but also to support seasonal allergies, hormonal balance, digestion, and skin. It tastes yummy too! Happy …

Steph

Wooden Spoon Herbs Solar Power Energy Tincture

This antioxidant packed bottle goes with me everywhere. Not only for a gentle energy boost, but also to support seasonal allergies, hormonal balance, digestion, and skin. It tastes yummy too! Happy to have these back in stock at both locations.

Vicki Chi Kitchen Vegan KimchiI am not vegan, but I prefer the taste of this kimchi to others. Recently, it has become a favorite addition to tuna salads. It can be used with almost any meal, assisting in digestion and assimilation of food.

Vicki

Chi Kitchen Vegan Kimchi

I am not vegan, but I prefer the taste of this kimchi to others. Recently, it has become a favorite addition to tuna salads. It can be used with almost any meal, assisting in digestion and assimilation of food.

Zach  Sprout Living Protein PowderAfter emerging from a long winter hibernation, I think it's time to get back on my fitness routine for spring. Longer days, warmer nights, and plenty of sunshine means touching up that winter diet too! I've tried do…

Zach

Sprout Living Protein Powder

After emerging from a long winter hibernation, I think it's time to get back on my fitness routine for spring. Longer days, warmer nights, and plenty of sunshine means touching up that winter diet too! I've tried dozens of protein powders over the years and Sprout Living is some of the best. Certified Organic, Sprouted, Stevia Extract free (it uses whole leaf!) - it's simply the best value for the best quality. The 'Greens Kingdom' and 'Coffee-Mushroom' are my favorites but they're all great with a nice oat milk or Grassfed Dairy Milk. All come in packet sizes as well as 1lb bags.

Staff Picks: Welcome, 2021!

Abby  Baudelaire Sisal Body BrushI’ve been using one of these for 3 years now & it leaves my skin oh so smooth during all the seasons. So scratchy, so good, 10/10.

Abby

Baudelaire Sisal Body Brush

I’ve been using one of these for 3 years now & it leaves my skin oh so smooth during all the seasons. So scratchy, so good, 10/10.

Alisa Apis Apotheca Dragon Balm  As someone who suffers with periodic, reactive skin, I was skeptical to put this goop on my face. My coworker endlessly badgered me to give this product a shot, despite my lingering hesitation. Two weeks later, I can…

Alisa

Apis Apotheca Dragon Balm

As someone who suffers with periodic, reactive skin, I was skeptical to put this goop on my face. My coworker endlessly badgered me to give this product a shot, despite my lingering hesitation. Two weeks later, I can say this balm is a keeper. My post acne marks have accelerated their healing process. In addition, my skin appears more even and radiant. This is definitely worth a try to revive damaged skin!

Amber Suggests:  Numi Chocolate Pu-Erh teaI've been raving about this tea to everyone I meet. Intensely dark, malty, and sweet, it's like having black tea, coffee, and hot chocolate in one cup.

Amber Suggests:

Numi Chocolate Pu-Erh tea

I've been raving about this tea to everyone I meet. Intensely dark, malty, and sweet, it's like having black tea, coffee, and hot chocolate in one cup.

Brenden   Tribucha Main Squeeze KombuchaWinter = citrus = bittersweet = catching sunrises as an early riser = grounding = happiness.

Brenden

Tribucha Main Squeeze Kombucha

Winter = citrus = bittersweet = catching sunrises as an early riser = grounding = happiness.

CalebGaia Elderberry SyrupGaia’s elderberry syrup is so delicious and is full of immune supporting elderberry. I like to make it into a tea by mixing it with hot water and then slowly sip my way to sleep.

Caleb

Gaia Elderberry Syrup

Gaia’s elderberry syrup is so delicious and is full of immune supporting elderberry. I like to make it into a tea by mixing it with hot water and then slowly sip my way to sleep.

CourtneyBeeswax CandlesThese keep my home feeling cozy and bright all winter long. Their subtle, sweet honey scent and warm glow immediately brighten my mornings and evenings. Beeswax is also a natural air purifier AND when lit, their flame radiates…

Courtney

Beeswax Candles

These keep my home feeling cozy and bright all winter long. Their subtle, sweet honey scent and warm glow immediately brighten my mornings and evenings. Beeswax is also a natural air purifier AND when lit, their flame radiates at a similar light spectrum as the sun : ) Warm + glowy, yes please.

EllenApis Apotheca Golden MilkBest cleanser for ALL skin types including acne prone and hypersensitive. Melts away makeup, dirt and sunscreen and washes clean without having to use a washcloth!

Ellen

Apis Apotheca Golden Milk

Best cleanser for ALL skin types including acne prone and hypersensitive. Melts away makeup, dirt and sunscreen and washes clean without having to use a washcloth!

Emily J.   Rare Essence CBD Bath BombAs someone who has to be on their feet all day, you could imagine that my knees and back are far from happy. This bath bomb gives me immediate & effective relief, plus the soothing scent is both relaxing and …

Emily J.

Rare Essence CBD Bath Bomb

As someone who has to be on their feet all day, you could imagine that my knees and back are far from happy. This bath bomb gives me immediate & effective relief, plus the soothing scent is both relaxing and reviving!

Emily K. Cordial Organics Shine BittersThese delicious adaptogenic bitters with CBD provide a spark of joy in the cold and dark winter months! I love adding them to sparkling water for a tasty evening pick-me-up.

Emily K.

Cordial Organics Shine Bitters

These delicious adaptogenic bitters with CBD provide a spark of joy in the cold and dark winter months! I love adding them to sparkling water for a tasty evening pick-me-up.

JakeDill WeedDill is always good.

Jake

Dill Weed

Dill is always good.

John Bulk Ginger PowderGinger is so warming and hearty, it's my favorite winter ingredient. I put a ton of it in soup, stew, and stir-fry to take the winter chill out of my bones after an afternoon of shoveling snow or a long winter walk.

John

Bulk Ginger Powder

Ginger is so warming and hearty, it's my favorite winter ingredient. I put a ton of it in soup, stew, and stir-fry to take the winter chill out of my bones after an afternoon of shoveling snow or a long winter walk.

KarynFlora Sophia CBD Gummies  These are so relaxing, in a time when we could all use a little relaxation.

Karyn

Flora Sophia CBD Gummies

These are so relaxing, in a time when we could all use a little relaxation.

MattKettle & Fire Beef Bone BrothGluten free, Paleo friendly, Keto friendly and Whole 30 Approved. This is my go to for a warming and nutritious beverage during the winter. I enjoy this as a stand alone beverage but it can also be used in soups …

Matt

Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth

Gluten free, Paleo friendly, Keto friendly and Whole 30 Approved. This is my go to for a warming and nutritious beverage during the winter. I enjoy this as a stand alone beverage but it can also be used in soups and stews.

Mike Local NettleNettle infusions. Nettles on eggs and popcorn. Nettles in soups and salads. Nettles with everything. A staple herb in my culinary ventures is one you should have on hand if you are looking to deliciously support your immune system t…

Mike

Local Nettle

Nettle infusions. Nettles on eggs and popcorn. Nettles in soups and salads. Nettles with everything. A staple herb in my culinary ventures is one you should have on hand if you are looking to deliciously support your immune system this winter. Naturally a great source of vitamin C, paired with its antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties give this herb two big CN thumbs up from me! If you can, go for the locally grown nettles from Free Verse Farm!

MeghanAlter Eco TrufflesAll the flavors! They are delicious, inexpensive and have compostable wrappers. My daily indulgence!!

Meghan

Alter Eco Truffles

All the flavors! They are delicious, inexpensive and have compostable wrappers. My daily indulgence!!

MorganCocokind Collective Matcha MoisturizerBeautiful, thick, green goodness for my incredibly dry, wintry skin.

Morgan

Cocokind Collective Matcha Moisturizer

Beautiful, thick, green goodness for my incredibly dry, wintry skin.

Nancy Plantlife Moringa Oil Do you know that Moringa oil comes from the seeds of Moringa Oleifera Tree?! It’s native to Himalaya and widely grown in many Asian and African countries. Some of the skin Benefits: Anti-aging, Natural glow, Fights acne a…

Nancy

Plantlife Moringa Oil

Do you know that Moringa oil comes from the seeds of Moringa Oleifera Tree?! It’s native to Himalaya and widely grown in many Asian and African countries. Some of the skin Benefits: Anti-aging, Natural glow, Fights acne and dark spots, Cure cuts, burns and rashes. Hair benefits: Moisturizes scalp, Stronger hair, Fights dandruff and splits ends. Benefits for Health: Vitamin C, Supplies energy, Induces good sleep, Protects bones, Soothes nervous system.

DIY Tips: Face Mask: mix greek organic yogurt, a few drops of moringa oil and a few drops of organic honey! Hair Mask: mix a few drops of moringa oil and a few drops of lavender oil, then apply it from scalp to ends! Hands Mask: first exfoliate your hands with a little bit of organic coffee and organic sea buckthorn oil, then mix a few drops of moringa oil with organic shea butter, leave it overnight wearing cotton gloves! Voilà :)

RoseHead & Heal Sleep CBN CBD OilThe dark winter in New England is the perfect time to catch up on rest. CBN is used as an effective sleep aid and this blend of CBN & CBD oil is great to add to your bedtime routine if you tend to need an ext…

Rose

Head & Heal Sleep CBN CBD Oil

The dark winter in New England is the perfect time to catch up on rest. CBN is used as an effective sleep aid and this blend of CBN & CBD oil is great to add to your bedtime routine if you tend to need an extra push for a restful night like me. Turn off your screens and enjoy the sleepy effects of this wonderful tincture grown and produced organically in Cortland, New York.

Sally  PUZZLES !!!   I have set up a puzzle table so my whole family and I can participate and help me during my winter puzzle craze. Next on the agenda : a 1,000 pc puzzle from Flow, a beautiful painting of a bright sunny bouquet of flowers in a re…

Sally


PUZZLES !!!

I have set up a puzzle table so my whole family and I can participate and help me during my winter puzzle craze.
Next on the agenda : a 1,000 pc puzzle from Flow, a beautiful painting of a bright sunny bouquet of flowers in a recycled olive oil can stating
"Let The Sun Shine In " Yes indeed !!!!!

Sam   Cordial Organics CBD Balm Restore Stick As someone prone to headaches, I occasionally find that wearing a mask for an entire day at work exacerbates the tension I carry in my neck and shoulders. This balm helps to cool and calm the pain, and t…

Sam

Cordial Organics CBD Balm Restore Stick

As someone prone to headaches, I occasionally find that wearing a mask for an entire day at work exacerbates the tension I carry in my neck and shoulders. This balm helps to cool and calm the pain, and the stick format makes it easy to apply.

Sarah Full Circle Reusable Plant Towel Roll  Unlike any other reusable towels I've tried, these stay soft even when dry. They are thin and pliable just like an actual paper towel. I LOVE them.

Sarah

Full Circle Reusable Plant Towel Roll

Unlike any other reusable towels I've tried, these stay soft even when dry. They are thin and pliable just like an actual paper towel. I LOVE them.

StephActivist Manuka Honey ElixirI admittedly take an overflowing handful of supps every morning and night (yikes), but this one is easily the most appealing. It's loaded with immune-boosting manuka honey, sovereign silver, turkey tail mushroom, and…

Steph

Activist Manuka Honey Elixir

I admittedly take an overflowing handful of supps every morning and night (yikes), but this one is easily the most appealing. It's loaded with immune-boosting manuka honey, sovereign silver, turkey tail mushroom, and herbs...and tastes so good. You don't need to be feeling under the weather to enjoy this--but let it work its magic, if you are.

Vicki Bees & Trees Manuka HoneyFor it's buttery texture, glass jar, and delicious taste. I've used Manuka Honey for skin ailments, such as rashes or breakouts that I have had. For skin inflammation, topical application works really well with Man…

Vicki

Bees & Trees Manuka Honey

For it's buttery texture, glass jar, and delicious taste. I've used Manuka Honey for skin ailments, such as rashes or breakouts that I have had. For skin inflammation, topical application works really well with Manuka. For immune, digestive, and overall health support, eating a teaspoon a day will do the trick. The higher the MGO(methylglyoxal) number, the more health benefits. Although keep in mind for general immune support, a lower numbered Manuka will be great. The strength of the honey gets stronger as time passes, so Bees and Trees waits 2 years or so before bottling their honey!

Zach  Bluebonnet Wellness Support Immune FormulaFamily owned and operated, Bluebonnet makes some super clean, super well designed formulas and this is my favorite immune blend in the whole store. Keeps me going all winter long.

Zach

Bluebonnet Wellness Support Immune Formula

Family owned and operated, Bluebonnet makes some super clean, super well designed formulas and this is my favorite immune blend in the whole store. Keeps me going all winter long.