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TERRANOVA® CELEBRATES MOTHER EARTH WITH THE ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION

1402004During the entire month of April, Terranova® will donate a $1 from the sale of each of our  eco-friendly bath, body, fragrance, and Mother’s Day gifts to Arbor Day Foundation programs in observance of Earth Month (April) and Earth Day (April 22nd).

Simply shop www.storeterranovabody.com between April 1st, 2015 and April 30th, 2015 and you will have the opportunity to have a $1 from each product  purchase be donated to The Arbor Day Foundation.  Proceeds will be used in a variety of Arbor Day Foundation programs including replanting our nation’s forests, helping communities affected by natural disasters, and preserving endangered tropical rain forests around the globe.July08ADFlogoTRANSPARENT

Since its inception 45 years ago by visionary Jane Saunders, Terranova® (meaning ‘new earth’) has remained committed to their mission of “Truth and Beauty” by creating products with fresh, clean fragrances and natural ingredients that celebrate our planet.   Mother Earth has provided us with so many wonderful resources to create products that have helped our customers look and feel their best for over 45 years, it seems only natural that we do our part to give back to organizations, like Arbor Day Foundation, that are as equally committed to preserving and nurturing our planet for generations to come!

Shop Terranova and Celebrate Mother Earth today!

Green Your Beauty Routine – Multitaskers

This week kicks off Earth Month (April) and Earth Day (April 22nd).  In celebration, Terranova will be dedicating our posts to ways you can green your beauty routine through product and ingredient knowledge.  Through the years there have been a lot of claims about the dangers of certain ingredients in our beauty products and as part of our mission of “Truth and Beauty” we hope to cut through the clutter and present both sides of these claims so that you, the consumer, can make your own educated decisions.

This week we focus on multitaskers.  What if you could save time and money on your beauty regimen while saving the environment?  Sounds like a great idea right?  Well all that is possible with multitaskers.  Products that perform double or triple duty is one of the first ways you can make your beauty routine more “green.”

When greening your beauty routine, the 3 R’s of sustainability (reduce, reuse, recycle) should come to mind.  According to Jenny Rushmore, global sustainability leader for Procter & Gamble’s beauty and grooming division, “What this means is that recycling is what you do after you’ve already reduced and reused.  It’s better not to buy bottled water than to recycle the water bottle, and that same idea applies to beauty products. Reducing the number of products you buy is the best place to start a more eco-friendly beauty regimen.”[i]

Don’t know where to start?  Check out one of our favorite and most popular multitaskers Rain Remedy Cream or Shea Blossom Remedy Cream.  These amazing moisture creams put the “multi” in “multitask” and can be used on everything from your tresses to your toes!

[i] “The Top 7 Multitasking Beauty Products That Help You While Saving the Environment” – Celebrate Women Today http://celebratewomantoday.com/2014/07/09/top-7-multitasking-beauty-products-help-saving-environment/

The Great Spring Break Escape – India & Himalayas

The final destination on our Great Spring Break Escape is Nepal & The Himalayas where our Island Collections Fragrance, White Ginger & Pikake, originates.

buttr gingWhite Ginger, or Hedychium Coronarium, blooms in midsummer to late autumn and each “butterfly-like” flower only lasts one day![i]  A cousin of culinary ginger, the flower and buds are edible and can be used in flavoring but their potent smell makes them more suitable for leis and garlands.[ii]

Almost every part of The White Ginger plant is useful.  The essential oil from the flowers are used in high quality perfumes, soaps, and lotions; the rhizomes and roots are used in medicine, the seeds are used to help with stomach ailments; and the stems are useful in making paper. [iii]

PO-277-62-A-2TPikake, or Jasminum Sambac, produces sweet, fragrant flowers that are used for perfumes and making tea. The flowers open at night and close in the morning, a span of 12 to 20 hours.[iv]  Typically, the flowers are harvested as buds during early morning. The buds have to be white, as green ones don’t emit the characteristic fragrance they are known for.[v] Open flowers are generally not harvested as a larger amount of them is needed to extract oils and they lose their fragrance sooner.

In Hawaii, the flower is known as ‘pikake,’ and is used in weddings and to make fragrant leis.  The name ‘pikake’ is derived from the Hawaiian word for “peacock”, because the Hawaiian Princess Kaʻiulani was fond of both the flowers and the bird.[vi]

To experience the beautiful, floral fragrance of White Ginger and Pikake, check out Terra Nova’s White Ginger or Pikake Fragrance Collections today!

[i] Hawaiian Plants and Tropical Flowers “Hedychium Coronarium – White Ginger” http://wildlifeofhawaii.com/flowers/409/hedychium-coronarium-white-ginger/

[ii] Herbs – Treat & Taste “White Butterfly Ginger” http://herbs-treatandtaste.blogspot.com/2012/07/white-butterfly-ginger-not-culinary.html

[iii] Herbs – Treat & Taste “White Butterfly Ginger” http://herbs-treatandtaste.blogspot.com/2012/07/white-butterfly-ginger-not-culinary.html

[iv] – [vi]Wikipedia “Jasminum Sambac” http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jasminum_sambac&redirect=no

The Great Spring Break Escape – Tahiti

This week we continue on our Great Spring Break Escape to the island of Tahiti where our product line Tiare Lei , featuring The Tahitian Tiare flower, was inspired.

Tiare, also know as Tahitian Gardenia,  is the national symbol of Tahiti and is often celebrated as the flower of affection.1 Featuring delicate snow-white petals, Tiare is often used in flower leis and are worn by both men and women during special ceremonies and holidays.1  f2b9c3efbdbff955d83e19d1155fe448

The Tiare flower has special significance for The Tahitian people.  If worn behind the left ear, it signifies that the particular person is happily in love, while behind the left ear shows that the person is free and searching for that special someone. If the flower is set on the nape it says, “follow me.”1

During a special process called “enflourage,”  Tiare flowers are picked before the flowers bloom and are put inside refined coconut oil to sit  for 15 days.  It is during this process that the fragrant Monoi Oil is produced.  Monoi Oil has traditionally been used by Pacific Islanders to keep skin and hair naturally radiant and sultry.1

Tiare Lei Collection

To experience the exotic, floral fragrance of The Tahitian Tiare or to discover the nourishing effects of Monoi Oil, check out TerraNova’s Tiare Lei Collection today!

  1. “Tahitian Tiare” – Fragrantica – http://www.fragrantica.com/notes/Tiare-Flower-148.html

The Great Spring Break Escape – Africa

Shea Tree

Shea Tree

This week we continue on our Great Spring Break Escape feature exploring fragrance inspired destinations.  Today, we travel to Africa where Terranova’s Shea Blossom originates.

Shea comes from the Shea Tree which is indigenous to Africa.1  The shea fruit consists of a thin, tart, pulp that surrounds a relatively large, oil-rich seed from which shea butter is extracted. 1 Shea is widely used in cosmetics as a cream,  lotion, or bath gel.  Shea butter is edible and is used in food preparation in Africa.2

Preparing shea fruit for butter

Preparing shea fruit for butter

Accounts from as early as Cleopatra’s in Egypt speak of caravans bearing clay jars of valuable shea butter for cosmetic use.2  In Egyptian history, shea butter was (and continues to be) used to protect the hair and skin against the fierce sun and the hot dry winds of African deserts and savannah.2

Commonly referred to as “women’s gold,” the labor of preparing the shea fruit to produce shea butter provides income and employment to millions of women in Africa.  Mostly organized in cooperatives and using traditional methods, women harvest the fruit, crush the nuts inside to extract the valuable butter; then clean, package and sell it at local markets or for export.3

Shea butter is sometimes used as a base for crèmes or ointments because of its anti-inflammatory, emollient and humectant properties.  Shea butter has been used as a sun block and has a limited capacity to absorb ultraviolet radiation.2

To learn more about shea and its benefits, read our post “10 Reasons Why We Love Shea Butter.” And then reap the benefits of Africa’s “Miracle Moisturizer” for yourself with Terra Nova’s Signature Shea Blossom Collection of products!

1  Wikipedia “Shea” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitellaria

2  Wikipedia “Shea Butter” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shea_butter

3  Terranova “10 Reasons Why We Love Shea Butter” – https://tnbody.wordpress.com/2014/12/27/10-reasons-we-love-shea-butter-africas-miracle-moisturizer/

The Great Spring Break Escape – The Caribbean and Mexico

It’s hard to believe that while most of the country is still buried in snow, Spring is just around the corner!  This month, Terranova will explore some great Spring Break Escape destinations inspired by our authentic fragrance creations along with travel sizes that you can take along with you or use to create your own, at home, retreat.

This week’s Spring Break Escape is to The Caribbean and Mexico where Terranova’s Island Escapes fragrances of Plumeria and Tuberose originate.

Plumeria

Plumeria

Plumerias (also known as Frangipani or the “Lei Flower”) are typically found in clusters on the branches of small plumeria trees that are typically no more than 5-6m in height and can be as wide as they are tall. 1 The flowers, themselves, are characterized by petals with the center of the flower a different color than the rest. Plumerias come in a variety of colors and each color has its own unique fragrance. Some plumerias are described as having a sweet smell, while others can smell like jasmine, peaches or even citrus.  Most notably, in culture, The Plumeria is used to make leis and, in Polynesian culture, the flower can be worn by women to indicate their relationship status – over the right ear if seeking a relationship, and over the left if taken.2

Tuberose

Tuberose

Tuberose, or Tubarosa (meaning ‘tuberous’), is a night blooming plant native to Mexico.3 It grows in elongated spikes up to 45 cm (18 in) long that produce clusters of white, tubular flowers that bloom from the bottom towards the top of the spike.2  Described as a heady, sweet, exotic, complex floral aroma; Tuberose is one of the most expensive natural flower materials available to perfumers because of the difficulty of harvesting it.  Most notably in culture, Hindi legend warns young Indian girls against inhaling its sensual fragrance after dark because it may put them in the mood for love.  It has also been used in traditional medicine as an antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory  . 4

For an aromatic escape to Mexico and The Carribbean or to experience the beauty of the Plumeria and Tuberose, check out our popular Plumeria and Tuberose fragrance collections today!

1 “About Frangipanis”  – All Things Frangipani http://www.allthingsfrangipani.com/frangipanis.html
2 “Plumeria” – Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plumeria
3 “Tuberose Polianthes Tuberosa” – Folia myfolia.com/plants/2052-tuberose-polianthes-tuberosa
4 “Tuberose Absolute” – Aromatherapy Lifestyle http://www.quinessence.com/blog/tuberose-absolute

10 Reasons We Love Shea Butter–Africa’s Miracle Moisturizer

Winter is harsh and Shea butter is your  skin's best defense!

Winter is harsh and Shea butter is your skin’s best defense!

Shea butter is considered Africa’s miracle moisturizer and for good reason. It isn’t just a trendy cosmetic ingredient. In fact it has stood the test of time, as it has been central to beauty rituals since the days of Cleopatra, as it is an amazingly effective emollient.

Scientific studies prove that Shea butter is an a wonder working moisturizer, with visible improvement of skin texture and tone with regular use. It is exceptionally high in phyto-nutrients–vitamins A and E, plus essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid.Shea butter and shea nuts  Importantly, it also provides a moisture barrier–like a lid on a steamer. Not only has it long been known to heal and soothe, it even has limited benefits to guard against environmental effects (but you still need your SPF!). Cosmetic scientists love this fabulous cosmetic ingredient due to its spreadability and quick absorption rate! It is so versatile, we even recommend it to smooth hair frizzies!

Harvested from the nut of the fruit of the sacred African Shea tree, Shea butter is called “women’s gold” as it provides employment and income to millions of women across Africa. Mostly organized in cooperatives and using traditional methods, women harvest the fruit, crush the nuts inside to extract the valuable butter; then clean, package and sell it at local markets or for export.

la récolte du karitéThe UN Development Programme (UNDP) estimates that an approximately three million African women work directly or indirectly with Shea butter. Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin and Togo are top produing countries. (UN.org:African Renewal Magazine August 2013)

We are a women owned company ourselves and have used Shea butter in our products for decades. Committed to supporting this valuable industry, we offer many formulations containing Shea butter, oil or extract–from creams to lotions to shower gels. Because of the proven effectiveness they are perennial favorites!

For more information, read the science: http://www.ceci.ca/assets/uploads/PDF-FR/Karite/SheaButterRevivalAfricanWonder.pdf