Road Trips & Re-Con Missions: The Stuff that Summer is Made of

IMG_0060 copySummer is the quintessential time of year for road trips, and I just returned from one that took me all around the Southeast. My two-week adventure began in Savannah, Georgia, then continued on to Charleston, South Carolina, and Asheville, North Carolina, before reaching the final destination of New Orleans, Louisiana. These charming Southern landmarks are known for their unique culture, inviting atmosphere and rich history that dates back to the eighteenth century during colonial America.

Exploring these cities is like turning back time and visiting a different era where a fast-paced lifestyle just doesn’t exist, and simple pleasures are not overlooked or taken for granted. Walking through the cobblestone streets of Charleston and Savannah, past horse-drawn carriages and antebellum mansions, I felt a profound sense of relaxation that’s all too often missing from this accelerated, ultra-modern world we live in. Perusing the vibrant art scene of downtown Asheville, tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains, I was filled with natural wonder and creative inspiration. Then, during my last stop in New Orleans, I couldn’t resist immersing myself in the exhilarating jazz beats and mouth-watering Cajun cuisine this festive city is known for.

This trip was a much-needed opportunity to unplug from the hectic routines of everyday life and reconnect with a slower, calmer state of being. However, sometimes you need to mix business with pleasure, and that’s part of the reason I choose to visit these specific locales. During my two-week jaunt through the Southeast, I was also scouting out potential boutiques to sell PHbotanical products in. The search was geared toward exclusive stores that share the eclectic PHbotanical vibe earthy, organic and locally-owned with a deep commitment to serving their communities and enhancing the wellness of their customers.

That’s the heart behind PHbotanical, and we’re always seeking out other likeminded businesses to partner with in that mission. Stay tuned over these next several months as we aim to expand and introduce even more people to the benefits of organic, handcrafted skincare. And here’s to the “last hurrah” of your summer travels, wherever they might take you!

Lovely Lavender: Why this Essential Oil Tops Our Ingredient List

WildSpiritSageFaceCreamOne of our favorite ingredients to use when handcrafting our skincare products is lavender essential oil. We source from organic, therapeutic-grade varieties to ensure the highest quality and gentlest touch on your skin. Lavender essential oil has a rich history, dating back to the Egyptian and Roman empires who used it for perfumes, bathing, cooking and medicinal purposes. Today, lavender is among the most popular essential oils in the world recognized for its floral, herbaceous scent which has a calming effect on both the mind and body.

When added to your skincare regimen, lavender essential oil provides multiple benefits to enhance your wellness and keep your complexion radiant. The potent antimicrobial and antioxidant properties in acne have been found to reduce the presence of acne, heal scarring and inflammation, manage eczema and psoriasis, fight toxins below the surface and even slow down the aging process. Together, these health benefits combine to leave your skin healthy, vibrant, glowing and young.

Lavender is a powerhouse of nutrients, and we’ve harnessed these soothing properties in our organic skincare products to ensure that whenever you wash your face in the morning or apply night cream at bedtime, you’re getting the natural healing touch of this ancient medicinal plant. Plus, for an added bonus, the relaxing aroma will give you a boost of positivity to embrace life to the fullest. There’s no doubt, lavender is one of our go-to essential oils, and it’s not hard to understand why!

Creating More Balance in Your Life

IMG_4072 copyIn our modern, high-tech and fast-paced world, stress can often seem unavoidable, but the physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual effects of this pressurized culture we live in can negatively impact our well being.

When you undergo stress, the body responds with tension settling into the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, nervous, musculoskeletal and reproductive organ systems, causing you to experience a lack of balance. Over time, this feeling can lead to chronic health complications such as rapid breathing, heart strain, panic attacks, high cholesterol, acid reflux, nausea, stomach ulcers, fatigue or insomnia, headaches, brain fog, hormone issues, tremors and muscle atrophy.

These long-term dangers of stress are no joke, but the good news is you can learn to manage this unpleasant fact of life and achieve inner calm despite all the chaos happening around you or the obligations competing for your attention.

The body is designed to exist in a state of homeostasis which means it functions optimally when all the parts are in balance and harmony with each other. The pressures of juggling finances, employment, child rearing, relationships, household chores, family dynamics and more can make us feel exhausted and destabilized, the exact opposite of homeostasis. But you can reclaim that sense of wellness, peace and equilibrium with the right coping tools.

At PHbotanical, we believe in a holistic approach to maintaining balance, one that engages the mind, the body and your spirit. And that’s our intention behind creating organic face mists to help you relax and refresh, breathe deeper and invigorate the senses. These products are formulated with organic, natural ingredients and 100% therapeutic-grade essential oils to pamper your skin and infuse your entire being with wellness benefits, from the inside out.

You can even choose from a variety of aromas like our floral-scented Island Romance, earthy Wild Spirit Sage, zesty Black Rose Mint, clean and fresh Gulf Coast Salt or soothing Night Blend. Keep these face mists around the house, bring them on road trips, store them in a desk drawer at work or even stash them in your purse while running errands.

Whenever you feel those tell-tale signs of tension coming on, fight back with just a spritz of this gentle formula on your face and savor the instant calm, penetrating into the pores and throughout the whole body. Stress might be an occupational hazard of our accelerated lives, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find balance in the midst of a hectic pace. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to regain some inner peace!

It’s All About the Family Roots.


FullSizeRenderLast week, my father turned 88 years old, and he has been one of the most influential people in my life—both on a personal and professional basis. He taught me the importance of honesty, authenticity and integrity in business, and the heart behind PHbotanical was inspired by these lessons I learned from watching him. My father comes from a tenth-generation Southern family where honor and ethics still matter, and a simple handshake means you can be trusted to uphold the truth at all costs.

That’s why PHbotanical is family owned and operated—because we’re passionate making our customers feel cared about, down to even the smallest details. We create each organic skincare formula, using a meticulous small-batch process to ensure the highest quality ingredients and wellness benefits. We source locally whenever possible to support the economic growth of this community we love, and the ingredients we use are natural and organic, so you can trust the purity of each product that bears our name.

The mission of PHbotanical is straightforward—to help people discover optimum health for their skin, while receiving personalized attention. My father instilled in me these tenets of quality assurance and service to the community, and it’s a sincere privilege to carry out his wisdom through my own business model. The origins of PHbotanical are rooted in love, care and family values—the driving force behind our passion to produce excellence and consistency in all that we do. It’s the honest approach, and it’s what we’re about.

So, from our family to yours, the PHbotanical team is dedicated to keeping your skin vibrant, healthy, radiant and young. But even beyond that, we’re dedicated to making you feel like an individual, not a business transaction. Just as my father seals his word with a handshake, we believe in backing our name and products with guaranteed quality that you can experience firsthand. It’s our promise…and our truth.

Why Choose Organic After-Sun Skincare?

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From backyard cookouts to beachside happy hours, Fourth of July weekend is a popular time to spend outside with friends and family, soaking up that glorious sunshine. But chances are, many people will wake up the next morning with painful sunburns all over their bodies from too much UV exposure and not enough—or the wrong type of—sun protection.

The fact is we often forget to take the right precautions for our skin whenever we’re outside, or we just don’t bother because we’d rather “get tan” instead of cover ourselves properly. When taking these risks though, we’re putting our skin in direct contact with harmful UV radiation which doesn’t just cause sunburns, blisters and temporary discomfort, but long-term damage that some of us might not even be aware of.

There are two kinds of ultraviolet light—UVA and UVB. Both are invisible to the naked eye because their wavelengths, measured from the sun’s surface to the earth’s atmosphere, are shorter than light on the visible electromagnetic spectrum. Because we don’t notice them, the effects of UV rays are often ignored, but unhealthy exposure can lead to premature aging, cataracts and other eye issues, altered skin DNA, weakened immune function and various forms of skin cancer—including the most dangerous, melanoma which causes about 8,000 fatalities in the United States each year.

Due to these risk factors, sun protection is absolutely crucial for all outdoor activities. But don’t just settle for any mass-market SPF on the cosmetic aisle. These products are manufactured with toxic chemicals and other artificial ingredients that are too harsh for the skin and don’t offer an effective amount of coverage. When it comes to shielding your skin from UV radiation, organic sun-care is the most beneficial option. Choose a product with therapeutic-grade essential oils and nontoxic ingredients that come straight from nature.

At PHbotanical, we handcraft our After-Sun care products in small batches from certified organic ingredients that are gentle, restorative, nourishing and safe for all skin types—even the most sensitive. The After-Sun care line contains organic aloe vera hydroflorial, shea butter, bees wax, babassu, kuki nut oil, vegetable glycerin, organic avocado oil, organic pomegranate oil, organic carrot oil and organic extracts of chamomile, green tea and arnica. The following is a breakdown of the skincare benefits found in each of these ingredients.

  • Aloe Vera Hydroflorial: soothes and heals the redness from sunburns and blocks 20% of sunlight from penetrating the skin
  • Shea Butter: moisturizes flaky, dried out or irritated skin and contains anti-inflammatory properties which stimulate healing
  • Bees Wax: contains anti-allergenic and antioxidant properties to boost the immune system which UV rays can deteriorate
  • Babassu: relieves sunburn itching and inflammation with its natural cooling benefits
  • Kuki Nut Oil: absorbs into the skin’s deepest layers to create a barrier between the skin cells and UV environmental factors
  • Vegetable Glycerin: contains humectant properties to enhance healthy aging and reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Avocado Oil: forms a thick defensive seal around the skin with its high concentration of mono-saturated fats
  • Pomegranate Oil: boosts sun protection by 20% with its free radical-fighting polyphenols
  • Carrot Oil: contains the mineral zinc which provides broad-spectrum shield around the skin and alleviates redness or irritation
  • Chamomile Extract: soothes itching or inflammation and protects the skin from environmental stressors that cause aging
  • Green Tea Extract: increases the skin membrane’s thickness to block UV penetration
  • Arnica Extract: cools down inflamed skin to promote sunburn healing and reduce the risk of flakiness or blisters from developing

We want you to indulge in the outdoor festivities this Fourth of July without stressing about whether or not your skin is in danger of UV exposure. Let us take care of the guesswork for you, and lather up with our deep healing organic After-Sun care products. After all, when it comes to maximum sun protection, your skin deserves the best—and safest—option available!

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