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Baby It’s Cold Outside!

February 8, 2014 | Leave a comment

Head To Toe Winter Skincare Survival

Try all the Natura Culina products listed below and winter survival won’t be that hard after all. Try them in our Eucalyptus-Spearmint-Rosemary blend, it’s especially good for winter as it can be used to stimulate blood circulation and it’s very effective for tired, achy body and muscles and is a natural pain and ache remedy. It also opens up the airways and that means clear breathing especially during months when we all struggle with colds.

Tired of dry skin and hair, chapped hands, and cracked soles? Here are a few tips will keep your skin supple this winter:

Exfoliate Lightly – Gently exfoliate your skin and avoid dead skin cell buildup. It also clears the way for moisturizing.


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Pantry Item Of The Month

February 3, 2014 | Leave a comment

Pantry Item of the month – Shea Butter


Our Shea Butter from Burkina Faso is 100% natural, organic and Fair Trade Certified. The shea nuts are hand gathered by groups of women in villages in Burkina Faso and are sold at a fair price to the butter producers. To produce a product to organic and export quality standards, the butter is transported by cart to the processing plant where it is purified, filtered and stored in hygienic metal drums. This premium Organic Shea Butter is of superior quality with its clean fresh scent and wonderful yellow color and grainy texture. Shea Butter is known for its moisturizing and emollient properties. Rich in vitamins and fatty acids, it penetrates deeply into the epidermis and leaves a smooth, satiny finish.

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So You Want To Have A Super Day

February 1, 2014 | Leave a comment


So you’re not watching the Super Bowl? While everyone else is huddled around the TV watching the big game, how about giving yourself an at home spa day!

Here are some Natura Culina products to help you plan YOUR super day….



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Perk Up Your Skin and Banish Cellulite – Yes Please!

January 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

Coffee is usually associated with waking us up and increasing our mood in the morning, but did you know it can also perk up your skin?! The caffeine in coffee has a number of benefits from treating redness and inflammation, to reducing the appearance of under-eye circles and even getting rid of cellulite!  As a hot new ingredient in skincare recent studies have also shown that caffeine can prevent and even repair sun damage!

Whole Bean Coffee

Over the past decade, scientists have concluded that caffeine carries enormous antioxidant benefits. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition performed a study that found a serving of coffee held more antioxidants than a serving of several fruits, including oranges and blueberries.

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Shea Butter – Your Skin’s Superfood!

January 8, 2014 | Leave a comment

Shea Butter - Your Skin's Superfood!

Shea Butter – Your Skin’s Superfood!


Shea butter is one of Nature’s wonders, and it is a special one. It has been used for millennia by many generations of African people for skin care, baby care, healing and food. The Shea tree is considered sacred because of the bounty of goodness it can do for your skin, hair, beauty and health.

What exactly is Shea Butter?

Shea butter is extracted from the nuts of the sacred Shea tree (Butyrospermum parkii), which grows wild in the savannah of Western Africa.  For millenia, people have used it to protect their skin from the drying winds and sun as well as to heal many skin problems, minor cuts and burns. The Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, who was magnificently beautiful, was said to owe her legendary beauty to the use of Shea butter.

Shea Butter Nuts From which Shea Butter is Derived From

Shea Butter Nuts From which Shea Butter is Derived From

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We are Proud to be Giving Back!

December 24, 2013 | Leave a comment

Building a successful business based on high quality products and “giving back” has always been my dream.  We are surrounded by so many wonderful non-profits in Santa Barbara that the possibilities to help are endless.

Natura Culina Gives Back

Giving back is one of the most important and satisfying things we do!

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” by Anthony Robbins is a quote we love and live by at Natura Culina.

Two years ago when I developed Natura Culina I always knew that I wanted the company to be socially conscious and to donate a portion of proceeds from the sales to those in need.  I’m excited to share with you the non-profits that we support through the gift of your sales:

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Santa Barbara Gift Guide – 2013 Holiday Season

December 16, 2013 | Leave a comment

The Holiday mayhem is here.  The lights are up around your neighborhood, your calendar of holiday cocktail parties is filling up fast, and Thanksgiving was just a warm-up for the family gatherings ahead.

Parties, holiday work functions, and family time means you will need gifts. For coworkers, hosts, friends, even stocking stuffers, I am happy to share holiday gift guide of the season.

1.     For the Hostess with the Mostess
Artfully designed Goat Milk Soaps gift set will make sure your favorite party host will have the prettiest and best smelling powder room.

Goat Soap Wedding Bells

Goat Milk Soap – Cheerful Ringing Bells

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Politics Of Pretty

December 4, 2013 | Leave a comment

Susanna Quinn she dishes on her must-have makeup favorites, secrets to flawless skin and a kick ass beauty mantra


Meet Susanna Quinn: writer, philanthropist, mother and wife of Jack Quinn. The native Washingtonian has worked on Capitol Hill as a research assistant, legislative aide and deputy chief of staff. Her writing has been published in The Washington PostThe Washington Times and The Huffington Post. Susanna is involved with many charitable organizations including Meridian Ball, which she has co-chaired, and the Children’s National Medical Center Gala. Today, she dishes on her must-have makeup favorites, secrets to flawless skin and a kick ass beauty mantra.

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Toxic Ingredients To Avoid In Personal Care Products

November 21, 2013 | 2 Comments


Did you know that most of what we put on our skin (approximately 80% of lotions, potions, sunblock, oils etc) enters our blood stream within 26 seconds?  Additionally, it is estimated by the Environmental Working Group that most of us women use 12-15 personal care products every day which can contain over 160 chemicals (most of which have never been tested for safety.)

According to a publication by Green America (a network committed to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society) the following ingredients should be avoided in personal care products. 

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