1. Skin Care Essentials for Men

    Skin Care Essentials for Men

    Proper skin care is just as important for men as it is for women. Whether you’re a man looking to naturally improve your skin or looking for the best skin care products to gift Dad for Father’s Day, you’ve come to the right place!

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  2. Five Essentials for Acne-Free Skin

    Five Essentials for Acne-Free Skin

    Spring is a time to renew and restore our bodies, giving our skin a fresh start. Starflower’s Five Essentials to Organic Beauty apply to all skin types including oily and acneic skin. The Five Essentials are the essential steps for effective skin care: daily cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, along with a twice weekly steam and mask. In this article, you'll learn what Starflower Essentials skin care products are best recommended specifically for acne along with additional tips and hints for healing acneic skin naturally!

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  3. Biodynamic Compost at the Starflower Retreat

    Biodynamic Compost at the Starflower Retreat

    The Starflower Retreat is located in Sarasota, Florida. Our good friend Rand Carter is a knowledgeable biodynamic grower and composter who is experienced in the art of composting. In October of 2018, he built our 5 foot by 8 foot, 48 inch tall compost pile. We documented Rand on video describing his process while educating us with an abundance of valuable information as he builds the compost pile. You can see the video down below at the end of this blog post.

    What is biodynamics? Biodynamic gardening has been around for nearly a hundred years. This gardening method was invented by scientist-philosopher Rudolf Steiner, who believed that there is more to the health and vitality of a garden than simply the chemical and physical processes we can observe. Dynamic forces involved include metaphysical, etheric, and astral influences. Lunar and astrological cycles also play a key role in the timing of biodynamic practices. It is recognized that subtle celestial forces affect plant

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  4. The Limited Edition Dandelion Body Créme

    The Limited Edition Dandelion Body Créme

    Don't mistake this plant for a weed; it's a powerful medicine and a very versatile herb, with all parts of the plant used for herbal remedies to help prevent and cure various health ailments. It is safe (and healthy) to eat the flowers, leaves, roots and all. It can be consumed raw, boiled or infused into a tea. Dandelion’s nutritional profile is rich in anti-oxidant and anti-inflammation properties, vitamins, and minerals.

    One cup of dandelion greens:

    25 calories
    42 milligrams of sodium
    218 milligrams of potassium
    5 grams of carbohydrates
    7 percent dietary fiber
    535 percent vitamin K
    111 percent vitamin A
    32 percent vitamin C
    5 percent vitamin B6
    10 percent calcium
    9 percent iron
    5 percent magnesium

    Dandelion has been considered medicinal in many traditional and natural medicines f

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  5. Summer Safety Advice

    Summer Safety Advice

    Did you know that 90% of visible skin aging is caused by sun damage? If you want to keep your skin youthful and protected then it would make sense to wear sunscreen, right? Yes, but then studies indicate that sunscreens can be harmful in several ways, from causing harm to our own bodies (for example: endocrine disruption) to harming the wildlife in our oceans. What are we to do with this conflicting information? Read on for SPF education that will help you keep your skin safe in the sun.

    There are 2 kinds of light rays from the sun that effect our skin: UVA and UVB rays. What's the difference between them? UVA are long wavelength rays that penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and are the main cause of skin aging. UVB are shorter, mid-range wavelength rays that tan and burn the surface layers of the skin. Think UVA=Aging and UVB=Burning.

    SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The number

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  6. The OxyGold Night Mask, Formerly Known as the OxyGel Night Mask.

    The OxyGold Night Mask, Formerly Known as the OxyGel Night Mask.

    Microscopic particles of Gold are suspended in water that has been electronically charged so that the mineral won't fall out of suspension. Colloidal Gold is cell regenerative and gives the skin a protective shield that is proven to be effective against premature aging, and used in skin care also as a bactericide and fungicide and has been shown to be effective against as many as 650 pathogens

    OxyGold is a reparative, leave-on mask that is left on overnight to rejuvinate and revitalize your skin by penetrating deep into the layers of the skin, infusing fresh oxygen for cellular repair. This mask delivers fresh, easily absorbed nutrients in ionic form while boosting bioavailibility of other nutrients. It is light and water-based, yet it won't inhibit the skin's natural respiration process during the night, leaving the skin

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  7. The NEW Jasmine Rose Shea Face Crème

    The NEW Jasmine Rose Shea Face Crème

    The king and queen of the plant kingdom unite in this divine synergy of Jasmine and Rose! Our brand new face crème delivers the most amazing scent including penetrating moisture protection for your skin. This aromatherapy and herbal-rich moisturizer will feel best for dry and/or mature skin.

    The Jasmine Rose Shea Face Crème contains Raw African Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Rose Water, Herbs of Calendula, Elder, Hollyhock, Self-Heal, and Chickweed; Beeswax, Essential Oils of Jasmine Grandiflorum, Jasmine Sambac, and Rose Absolute; Vitamin E, Rosemary and Grapefruit Seed Extract.

    Shea Butter is a skin super-food with exceptional healing properties. Naturally rich in vitamins A, E, and K, as well as offering a small amount of UV protection (approximately 6 SPF). It provides the skin with essential fatty acids and nutrients for collagen production. Regular use of this natural cream can treat many s

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  8. About Cherlylyn VanKirk

    About Cherlylyn VanKirk

    How Starflower Essentials began...

    What started in a biodynamic farming community has become a fully-realized business opportunity through Starflower Essentials, a holistic products company with more than 100 products for the skin, bath and overall wellness. Founder and owner Cherylyn Van Kirk started her Sarasota, FL-based company 23 years ago to offer personal products with the same high quality ingredients you could find in a garden. "Making herbal formulas for the skin became a hobby of mine, and I loved wild crafting and growing herbs in the garden, and making tinctures and extracts for my family's medicine cabinet," Van Kirk said. "I realized that there was a real need in the U.S. for quality herbal based skincare."

    That's when she decided to create Starflower Essentials.

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  9. Supporting Small Farms

    Supporting Small Farms

    Starflower believes that small is beautiful.

    This is why we love to support small, biodynamic farms and gardens. A biodynamic (BD) farm produces more nutrient dense herbs, which is one ‘Essential Difference’ that sets Starflower apart from other organic skincare companies. Featured this month are Starflower products made with biodynamic herbs grown and supplied fresh from one of our biodynamic partner’s. Starflower Crèmes and Salves are made from the BD grown, freshly infused herbs such as calendula, elder, hollyhock, self heal, chickweed, rose and lavender. We are thankful for our increasing BD family of suppliers.

    Starflower's Facial Crèmes are formulated for balancing and moisturizing every unique

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  10. Exfoliation Benefits!

    Exfoliation Benefits!

    We all know that regular skin cleansing is beneficial, but adding exfoliation to your regimen can improve the results of your routine and help rejuvenate your skin. Exfoliating has the potential to benefit all skin types. By removing dead cells from pores, the pores appear smaller in addition to revealing fresh skin cells. It is important to note that not all exfoliants are created equal! Most of the commercial, cosmetic grade exfoliants contain harsh chemicals and show short term results, but cause long-term damage to your skin. Starflower exfoliants remove dead skin naturally, while infusing the skin with beneficial nutrients that naturally occur within the ingredients.

    In the 1980’s, when I first conceived of these exfoliants, I wanted to provide the freshest, naturally derived product as possible. Our three, unique Exfoliant Cleansers offer a healthy, all-natural holistic alternative to chemicals such as alpha hydroxyl acids and are much more effective for long-term use. T

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