Goodness is the only investment that never fails

-Henry David Thoreau 

Tagged: organic

  • Happy new day!

    Happy new day!

    I wish I had said this. I do feel it in my bones not just at the new year, but with every quiver of energy that vibrates through my body. I hope we all play these words on a continuous mental loop well beyond January 1. 

  • Love and other gifts

    Love and other gifts

    As I awkwardly heaved an enormous pot of soap batter into a three foot long mold, I fell in love. I fall in love everyday with the sparkle that the universe shines upon us and here it was again. Love. As magical earthy tones of golden soap spilled into its container and wafted scents of frankincense and myrrh, I melted into another blissful opportunity of Yessss.

  • Great journeys never end, they just change directions

    Great journeys never end, they just change directions

    Hi! My name is Courtney! Some of you may recognize me as a longtime local on the California coast. I am a yoga practitioner, a masseuse, a mother, a lover of nature. And I am extremely fortunate, grateful, exuberant, humbled and proud to be the new owner of Gaia Essentials.

  • Earth Day 2021: Embracing the shampoo bar

    Earth Day 2021: Embracing the shampoo bar

    With rising threats posed by climate change, Mother Nature has never been more in need of our help.   And I know it's easy to feel daunted in the face of such a massive problem, but making small, manageable changes can make a difference over time.

  • Sustainable farming practices: What to know before you consume

    Sustainable farming practices: What to know before you consume

    So, what do chickens have to do with soap and skincare? On the surface, not a whole lot, but when I came across this little video produced by the Sustainable Food Trust, I knew I had to re-post it. The chicken and farming graphics are adorable but it's the message behind the video that I think is truly worth spreading.  

  • Herbal infusions: Making the most of nature's gifts

    Herbal infusions: Making the most of nature's gifts

    If you're unfamiliar with the concept of an herbal infusion, you can start by picturing a steaming cup of tea. Hot water is poured through the contents of a tea bag or strainer and the essence of the herbs are suddenly transformed into a warm beverage that carries the flavors and nutritional benefits that were packed into the dry tea leaves.

  • Choose your vegetable oils wisely!

    Choose your vegetable oils wisely!

    Okay, let's talk about vegetable oil. Is it good for you, bad for you? The stuff is often billed as a panacea of sorts. For example, some have been said to aid in weight loss, help prevent cancer and—when used as a mouthwash— can even fight gum disease.

  • Skin sealant for that healthy glow

    Skin sealant for that healthy glow

    What is a skin sealant? For those of you who aren't familiar with the product, skin sealants offer a light application of oils that seal in moisture while delivering beneficial nutrients to your skin. 

  • The benefits of genuine aromatherapy candles

    The benefits of genuine aromatherapy candles

    Who doesn't just feel good after lighting a candle? The ambiance, that sense of focus, the warmth, the power... Maybe there's a pleasant aroma emanating. The flame's presence helps you clear your mind. The moment is made all the more special, somehow. 

  • YES, chocolate is good for you!

    YES, chocolate is good for you!

    While the dressed up chocolate boxes we purchase for Valentine’s Day are often loaded down with not-so-good-for-you sugar, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavors... pure chocolate, at its core, is nutrient, mineral and antioxidant-rich and can do marvelous things for your skin. 

  • Preparing to take the formidable path toward certified organic accreditation

    Preparing to take the formidable path toward certified organic accreditation

    Thirty years ago— two decades before this business was born—I would have never believed I would one day be headed down the long road paved with massive accounting procedures & inspection processes, toward organic certification.

  • Determining the right moisturizer for you

    Determining the right moisturizer for you

    Our skin works hard to protect us from the elements so it makes sense to give it some g...

  • Summer Skincare Tips

    Summer Skincare Tips

    Summer is here! With it brings a different skincare regimen than chillier times. 

    Protecting your skin from the sun is critically important in the summer for two main reasons: the sunlight is more direct and intense (in the Northern Hemisphere, that is) and we tend to spend more time outside on warm days.

    So how do we go about protecting our skin from the woes of sun damage?

  • Aren't Farmers' Markets fantastic?

    Aren't Farmers' Markets fantastic?

    Similar to the Town Square in times past, Farmer Markets draw the community together.  ...