\ˈa-pō\ ter·ra means DERIVED FROM THE EARTH
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.  

INGREDIENT HIGHLIGHT: ROSEHIPS AND THE VITAMIN C MYTH

INGREDIENT HIGHLIGHT: ROSEHIPS AND THE VITAMIN C MYTH

Rosehip oil is probably one of my favorite skincare ingredients but there is one big misconception about it: it does not contain vitamin C.  Yep, you read that right, rosehip oil does not contain vitamin C.  Let's take a closer look at rosehips and rosehip oil to find out why I use this amazing plant in my products and why I love making a tincture every fall with fresh hips!
December 26, 2016 by Dominique Caron
SHARING MY WINTER SOLSTICE RITUAL AND ROLL ON RECIPE

SHARING MY WINTER SOLSTICE RITUAL AND ROLL ON RECIPE

Of all the solstices and equinoxes, winter solstice has always held a special place in my heart.  Something about this time of year always feels so special to me.  Winter solstice is the day that marks the beginning of festivities, renewal, and slowing down.  My favorite roll on for this day smells divine, and really calms my nerves and makes me feel grounded and confident.  I am sharing my recipe with you so you can also enjoy what this lovely blend has to offer!