Beauty Basics in time for the Holidays

PAM has embraced Elizabeth Rogers’ philosophy that each of us can shift daily habits that will respect the earth, save us money, and be good for us.  Elizabeth sent us these home beauty basics shortly after speaking at our LA PAM Launch Event last May.  And we have saved them until now so that you can spruce up and pamper in preparation for the Holiday Season.  Take a look.

Shift Your Habit and Look Beautiful For Less

Want to go green, but not ready to give up on beauty products? Good news: you don’t have to.

This probably won’t come as much of a surprise, but when it comes to topics like  beauty I’m a huge believer in simplicity.  Maintaining a youthful look should never send us deep into debt. Yet, many of us behave as though looking and feeling good requires, taking an hour each night to douse our faces in a dozen age-defying chemicals, and spending far more than we can afford. Deep down, don’t we all know that none of this is sustainable–and even more importantly, that it’s unlikely to make us happy? These simple shifts are aimed at boosting your radiance and confidence, in the hopes that everything else will take care of itself.

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Make Your Own

The Shift: Make beauty products at home from natural ingredients in your cupboards and refrigerator. After all, some people suggest that because you absorb whatever you put on your body, you shouldn’t apply anything to your skin that you wouldn’t eat.

Save $$: Up to $500 per year or more.

Save the Planet: Save the resources used to produce, transport, and package skin care products, as well as the waste that is eventually generated when the empty plastic or glass containers are disposed of.

Good for You: Most conventional skin care products use chemicals that are potentially harmful to your health. By making your own concoctions from the ingredients you might put in a smoothie, you know you’re doing your body good.


Recipes for Great Skin

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. And it happens to be very porous. This means that what goes on the outside of your skin is eventually absorbed into your body. Check out these recipes for gorgeous skin and huge savings—up to $350 per year or more compared to buying equivalent boutique-branded products containing natural or organic ingredients.


Body Scrub

 Make this yummy, grainy body exfoliator in a cereal bowl. Pour about a cup of Kosher salt into the bowl. Add just enough cold-pressed sweet almond oil to allow the salt to form moist clumps. It should stick together and be easy to pick up with your fingers. Add up to 20 drops of rosemary essential oil to scent the mix and invigorate the skin. (You can switch the rosemary essential for whatever you like best.) Store the scrub in a mason jar wide enough to fit your hand in, and massage over your whole body—not your face—in a warm shower.

Savings: Up to $160 or more per year compared to an organic exfoliant. Exchange salt rubs with a friend or partner and save an additional $90 compared to a salt scrub spa treatment.




Grind 16 whole unbleached almonds and 4 tablespoons of oats in your blender, food processor, or coffee grinder. Don’t blitz it for too long—you want bits big enough to slough off rough skin. Then mix with the grit with two tablespoons of honey and about four teaspoons of yogurt or water—enough to create a loose paste–and gently pat into a clean face. Leave on for 10 minutes. Wet your hands to gently massage it into your skin. Splash your face with tepid water to remove. Use no more than twice per week and remember to follow it up with a moisturizer.

Savings: Up to $80 or more per year over a boutique-branded face scrub featuring almonds and oats.

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