\ˈa-pō\ ter·ra means DERIVED FROM THE EARTH
NEW PRODUCT: SEA MIST PINK SEA SALT SPRAY

NEW PRODUCT: SEA MIST PINK SEA SALT SPRAY

We're super excited to introduce a new member to the Apoterra collection!  We collaborated with a local artisan and good friend of ours, Lovewild Design, to create a texturizing hair sea spray that will help protect our oceans!  Our new Sea Mist is made with pink sea salt, algae extract, aloe, ylang and exotic verbena.  10% of proceeds of this sea spray will be donated to Ocean Conservancy to help protect our oceans and sea life!  

 

Meet our Sea Mist Texturizing Pink Sea Salt Spray

Mist and tussle for some beachy waves and volume!  Pink sea salt gives this texturizing hair sea spray its peachy pink color but will also give your hair that beachy look.  We made it with organic algae and aloe extract to nourish your hair and to give it more elasticity.  But by far our favorite aspect of this sea mist is the scent!  Formulated from pure essential oils of ylang ylang, sweet orange and exotic verbena, the aroma is summery and addictive. This aromatherapy blend smells like a blend of sweet floral notes and bright citrus, is uplifting and helps reduce anxiety.  Be warned, you will be tempted to over mist!

 

Texturizing Hair Sea Spray

 

Why donate to Ocean Conservancy?

Our oceans are our planet's lungs, and collectively are the world's most important ecosystem.  "Oceans produce between 50 and 80% of oxygen and consume more than 25% of carbon dioxide (CO2) of the planet".  We depend on it for our survival, as well as the survival of the marine and plant life that inhabits our waters.

Ocean Conservancy is a non-profit that is devoted to providing science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.  Charity navigator gives them a 4 star rating.  They are currently tackling issues like ocean acidification, working with local communities to protect the arctic, and helping restore the Gulf of Mexico.  They are also working on finding solutions to reduce the amount of trash that ends up in our oceans, and are helping reduce over fishing by helping establish sustainable fisheries.  We are proud to support their work in an effort to help protect our oceans for future generations.

 

Collaboration with Lovewild Design

Lovewild Design is a women-owned and operated business based in Brooklyn, NY.  Just like us, they are inspired by the environment.  They use renewal resources to craft their handmade gifts, such as plantable cards and recipe dice.  They also have active gifts, of which a portion of proceeds are donated to causes they believe in.  We are so thrilled to collaborate with them on creating this Sea Mist!   Sierra, the founder of Lovewild Design, designed the labels and collaborated on the formulation of the Sea Mist.   

 

Check out our Sea Mist Texturizing Pink Sea Salt Spray here!  

 

June 27, 2017 by Alison Quaglia
NATURAL WAYS OF TREATING ACNE: PART 3 (MANAGING OUR SKIN’S MICROBIOME)

NATURAL WAYS OF TREATING ACNE: PART 3 (MANAGING OUR SKIN’S MICROBIOME)

Did you know that there is a relationship between your skin’s overall health and the state of of its microbiome (aka flora)?  Similar to how our gut flora aids in our digestion and affects our overall health, our skin’s microbiome has a significant effect on our skin’s health, including the prevalence (or absence) of acne.  
WHY YOU SHOULD SWITCH UP YOUR SKINCARE RITUAL THIS SPRING

WHY YOU SHOULD SWITCH UP YOUR SKINCARE RITUAL THIS SPRING

Spring time is usually a relief for many, with longer days, warmth, and flowers finally blooming!  But for others, it can be a time of skin woes like clogged pores, break outs, and inflamed skin that looks red and dull.   If that sound sounds like you, read on!
ENVIRONMENTALISM IS NOT A DIRTY WORD:  WHY WE VALUE BEING AN ECO-FRIENDLY SKINCARE COMPANY

ENVIRONMENTALISM IS NOT A DIRTY WORD: WHY WE VALUE BEING AN ECO-FRIENDLY SKINCARE COMPANY

When Dominique founded Apoterra (formely Caru) in 2012, she had a few goals in mind. One was to create a holistic, natural and non-toxic skin care line that worked to clear and maintain her sensitive, combination and acne-prone skin.  But just as importantly, it was also vital to her that the line be sustainable and ethical --- from ingredient sourcing to the package design.
April 22, 2017 by Sacha Caron
NATURAL WAYS OF TREATING ACNE - PART 2 (HORMONES)

NATURAL WAYS OF TREATING ACNE - PART 2 (HORMONES)

In part 1 of this acne series, we explored what we understand about acne, what could be causing it, and gave easy tips on what you can do today to begin your journey to clear skin.  In Part 2, we will be further exploring hormones and how they affect our skin, as well as what you can do today to help prevent break outs caused by hormones.
March 31, 2017 by Dominique Caron
NATURAL WAYS OF TREATING ACNE - PART 1

NATURAL WAYS OF TREATING ACNE - PART 1

If you have struggled with acne, you understand the frustration of thinking "I have finally found the solution", only to realize after a few weeks that this was not the miracle your were hoping for.  The truth is that acne is not fully understood, but there is research out there that gives us a glimpse into what is causing those pesky pimples and pustules.  In part 1 of this series on acne, we will explore what we do know about the causes acne and give a simple overview of steps you can take today to start addressing your break outs!
February 27, 2017 by Dominique Caron
INGREDIENT HIGHLIGHT: ROSE AND ROSE WATER SKIN BENEFITS

INGREDIENT HIGHLIGHT: ROSE AND ROSE WATER SKIN BENEFITS

Rose is synonymous with love but to me rose is much more than that! It is vibrant, sexy, enlivening, and it is a skin savior.  Rose is used in many forms in both skincare and aromatherapy.  You can use rose as fresh petals, rose essential oil, rose absolute, rose petal powder and rose water.  Here are some of my favorite forms of rose and why I incorporate them in so many of our skincare products!
INGREDIENT HIGHLIGHT: BENEFITS OF SUPER HYDRATOR CUPUACU BUTTER

INGREDIENT HIGHLIGHT: BENEFITS OF SUPER HYDRATOR CUPUACU BUTTER

Cupuacu butter is by far my favorite plant butter, and for really good reasons too!  The butter has this amazing soft, silky texture and a low melt point so it sinks right into the skin, delivering all it's goodness on a cellular level.   It has an incredible ability to retain water and is also really high in phyto-nutrients and antioxidants that work with your cells to improve your skin's texture and protect it from the elements. 
HOW TO STAY HYDRATED IN COLD WEATHER

HOW TO STAY HYDRATED IN COLD WEATHER

If you are anything like me, drinking water when it's cold outside is pretty unappealing. Instead I tend to drink a lot of coffee because it's warm and satisfying!  But unfortunately, day after day of drinking little water and tons of coffee leaves me dehydrated. Here are a few tips that work for me to stay hydrated in cold weather months.
DOING AN HERBAL STEAM AS A COLD REMEDY

DOING AN HERBAL STEAM AS A COLD REMEDY

Winter is upon us which also means cold season is here. I have many tricks I like to use to get over a cold quickly, which includes drinking homemade elderberry tea and eating tons of cooked mushrooms.  These forms of nourishment help my body fight off infection, but they don't do much to ease the symptoms. For the stuffy nose and sore throat, I love to do a daily steam.