Urban Remedy, a Juicer’s Dream in San Rafael

Be smart. Drink Juice.

Be smart. Drink Juice.

While I don’t believe in living entirely off of juice (it’s expensive and you need more protein!) it is quite lovely to have a fresh juice as a pick-me-up instead of coffee once in a while.
Today I stopped by Urban Remedy in San Rafael to satisfy my juice (and chocolate) craving. I picked up Beam: a carrot, dandelion greens, burdock root and jewel yam blend. It tastes grounding, earthy, tangy and touts 1160% of my daily Vitamin A requirement.



Already preparing for my next impending chocolate craving, I also picked up a raw cacao mousse cup. It’s made with raw cacao, almond milk, dates, agave, and vanilla and tastes like absolute heaven.



Neka Pasquale, founder of Urban Remedy, believes that food is medicine, and spent many years in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture before launching Urban Remedy in April of 2013. I completely agree with her philosophy, and head over to Urban Remedy whenever I need healing food or juice. They carry a few raw salad items and have a rotating supply of raw vegan desserts in the refrigerated case in addition to the rainbow of juices. Everything is organic and sustainable and tastes as fresh as possible, because it is. The names are cheeky and cute, while the back labels make sure to inform you of the various health benefits you will soon be partaking in.

Important Facts!

Important Facts!

Other favorites of mine include After Party (sweet and beety and good for hangovers) and Support, a green juice with apple, ginger, and fennel.

Lily, who loves Cacao.

Lily, who loves Cacao.

Visit Urban Remedy in San Rafael or Mill Valley.

Urban Remedy
1904 4th St.
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 755-4347
8AM-7PM Monday-Friday
9AM-6PM Saturday-Sunday


Wotnot – Natural Organic Facial Wipes

Wotnot’s Natural Organic Facial Wipes


When you are constantly on the go, staying out late, or traversing multiple time zones, sometimes you have absolutely no desire to wash your face. Well, that is not acceptable! Now that I know about Wotnot’s facial wipes, there are no more excuses for going to sleep with a dirty face. This Australian Certified organic brand boasts moisturizing rosehip and sweet almond oil and has absolutely no synthetic ingredients or even fragrance. Even Yes to Cucumbers! Face wipes, my go-to face wipe for the last few years, has fragrance, which can be a blanket term for over 4000 different chemicals that don’t have to be listed in the ingredients! Scary, but it’s the truth. These are made of biodegradable cloth and feel very soft and gentle, yet easily remove black eyeliner and mascara. So next time you roll into bed at 3am with a full face of makeup, grab one of these off your bedside table, and in 20 seconds you will have a clean (and slightly moisturized) face again. Fabulous.

Healthy Sunscreen Review – the best and the worst

In less than one week I will be living in Maui to enroll in an esthetician program at Spa Luna! Anticipating my future of constant sun exposure and beach days, I began to hunt early for the best natural body sunscreens this summer, so by the time Maui arrived, I would be ready! There were many pool days, hikes, runs, and walks tested with these contestants. All five are 100% natural, with physical blocks of zinc and titanium dioxide. Did you know that drinking green tea or applying it topically helps your body’s natural sun defense? All five contain green tea extract, for added sun protection.

Tropical Sands SPF 30 Sunscreen, 8 oz, $18

I discovered this gem at Popina Swimwear in NE Portland while buying a bikini. The shopgirl insisted that this was the store owner’s favorite body sunscreen by far and had to keep it in stock at all times. It has a distinct eucalyptus scent that reminds me of Brightenbush Hot Springs, and is biodegradable and reef safe! It also boasts green tea extract for added sun protection. At 6% Zinc Oxide and 6% Titanium Dioxide with only 11 other ingredients, this is a liquid sunscreen that is easy to blend in and does not feel sticky or oily at all. I highly recommend freshly showering before applying or the product will “pill” on any other product or residue left on the body. Less is more, so start with a light application or the zinc will be hard to blend in. It survived a day at the beach and hike with only one reapplication.

Schmidt’s Mineral Protection Sunscreen, equivalent to SPF 30, 4 oz, $9. Available at various Oregon and Washington retailers.

This creamy sunscreen comes in a small bottle that is easily stashed in a beach bag, has a barely identifiable scent (but also comes in Lavender and Sandalwood), and is easy to blend in and apply without the zinc chunking up, although it can make your skin a little paler looking. It also has “wildcrafted green tea extract” for added sun protection. I love that it is made in Portland in small batches! My only concern is that this may not be the best product for swimming. Right after jumping in the pool with Schmidt’s on, it felt like it was sliding right off, but I still managed to stay sunburn free, so it could have just been my imagination!

The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 30 Body Cream, LaVanilla Laboratories, 4 oz, $38, available at Sephora.

This creamy sunscreen smells just like vanilla pudding, but with 20% Zinc Oxide, goes on looking and feeling like it too. It is very smooth and thick, and is best suited for just the legs or feet on a day at the beach. Anything applied above the waist doesn’t blend in well enough and can feel too greasy. While I love the product, it makes me look ghostly, so I add a few drops of liquid shimmer bronzer before applying, and that evens out the color nicely! I like Dr. Hauschka’s Translucent Bronzer for a natural hue or LucyB’s Bronze Body Shimmer Oil for bronzed, shimmery legs!

Ultra Light Facial Moisturizer-SPF 30, Kimberly Sayer of London, 4 oz, $32.

While I am aware that this is a facial sunscreen, it is a generously sized bottle that touts sun protection for “combination, oil and blemish prone skin,” which is fabulous for those who break out on their face, chest and back. I love that it is made with organic ingredients. It is extremely sheer, fluid and lightweight, with a delicate scent of lemon bars and frothy milk, to be specific. It stays put and barely feels like anything at all, and doesn’t slide off in the water. It might be a little too luxurious to apply all over your body, but no one can stop you if you have finally found your favorite sunscreen.

Eminence Organics Tropical Vanilla Sun Cream SPF 32, 5 oz, $49.

This sunscreen is by far my favorite, made with organic ingredients, but is also the priciest! It combines Zinc Oxide with Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, which is a chemical block. After speaking with a Eminence product rep about my concern with chemical blocks, she clarified that the product molecule is scientifically confirmed to be too large to sink into your pores, and technically acts as a physical block, so that it cannot be a cancer causing agent. This sunscreen is lightweight, smells like vanilla and is not too greasy or heavy, but can start to feel a little oily after a few hours in the sun. It sinks into the skin after a few minutes and does not turn you white. I don’t have my own photo of it because I used it already and can’t justify buying another $49 bottle until I have used some of the other contenders.

There is one last sunscreen review that has been saved for the hall of shame.

True Natural Daily Moisturizer SPF 20, 3 oz, $18.

I had high hopes for this sunscreen and was extremely disappointed. It goes on clear and smells like tangerines, which is nice, but is the greasiest, oiliest sunscreen I have ever experienced. I’m talking as thick as the foot cream I put on at night. This stuff stuck to all the little arm hairs I didn’t know existed and made me want to crawl out of my skin. It stuck to the upholstery in my car. It got on my clothes. When my naturopath gave me a back adjustment at an appointment later that day, she couldn’t get a good grip on my shoulders because of it, and actually had to go wash her hands afterward. Now THAT was mortifying. I gave it away to a friend with the oily disclaimer, but she didn’t seem to mind. To each her own.

beauty: black tea mascara


As a young girl, I would daydream about fairies flying around making beauty potions from woodland harvests, leaving shimmery dust trails behind as they worked their magic.

I have found a natural mascara that is not made by fairies but practically could be. 100% Pure makes a mascara out of black tea, blackberries, blueberries and other fruit pigments for a rich, dark color that smells edible, while thickening and lengthening lashes.

I love that I can wear one coat during the day or do two coats at night for a more dramatic look. There are absolutely no parabens, artificial fragrances, or petrochemicals in this mascara. Only the good stuff to make you look gorgeous. Find it here at <a href="alex+von .

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love bite: tilde

There are some boutiques that have, what I like to call, “the tangible effect,” where you want to touch absolutely everything the before you’ve fully walked in the door. Tilde is the perfect place to experience the tangible effect. It is impossible not to pick up every necklace, or organic shirt (by PIO, handmade in an LA studio!) that I came across today on my excursion to Sellwood. What strikes me immediately is the well-placed descriptions and artist statements neighboring every intriguing object or work of art, that gives each object so much meaning!

Have you ever wanted to buy a mug in your exact favorite color? Or maybe match the paint on your wall? For $12, you can select from different Pantone paint chip colors on a mug! I guess my favorite color is no longer Aqua Blue, but rather 337-C, in the color family of “Pale and Interesting?” How entertaining. And I can’t forget to mention the decorative robots made in Peru from 100% reclaimed materials. They are currently on sale for $30-$45, depending on the size.

Of all the beautiful local artwork featured on the walls (Tilde has a monthly rotating show of Portland artwork and also participate in Sellwood’s First Friday events), I am most smitten with the work of Hadley Hutten. Her work is endearing and colorful, featuring small animals and Japanese flowers. After being blown away with her prints, I would love to see the originals in person! There are countless adornments to be found here, but most exciting to me is a small pendant by Miki and Nora out of WI, that is the closest thing to wearing a metal marionberry on your neck. Again, the tangible effect takes hold, and I cannot resist holding it in my hand. Plus, marionberries are out of season, so I have to get my thrills somewhere. I am also smitten by the delicate yet edgy work of Rachael Donaldson, who also sells her work at Haunt, on East Burnside.

Tilde is full of innovative gifts such as Orla Kiely bags, a jaw-dropping scroll notepaper dispense, ready to send envelopes covered in multiple vintage stamps, and modern felt table runners. Get your visual-and tangible-fix here. You will emerge inspired and impressed.

7919 SE 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
503 234 9600

video: flora

Everything in Flora smells divine.  It is nearly impossible to explore this downtown gift shop without falling in love with one, two, or maybe even three distinctly delicious scents.  Flora carries candles by Tatine, which smell exactly as described.  After taking a whiff of the Wood Smoke scent, I’m transported into a camping tent.  I smell the Forest Floor candle and I’m on a hike.  I smell the Snow Drop and…well, you get the idea. Continue reading