Holiday Gift Bundles

Well, the holiday season is upon us and many of us are faced with the tough decision of what gifts to buy our friends and family. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or you just like to celebrate for any reason,  we have got some excellent holiday bundles that are bound to please those special people in your life! Or for those who love to shop and get creative, how about making your own bundle?! And hey, even if you aren’t celebrating the holidays, why not treat yourself?

A great gift idea might be a sprouting bundle for the sprouting master in your life or for even for anyone who might be starting out! It is so easy and with a sprouting bundle, why not gift that special someone everything they need to get started? Take a look at these goodies!

For the fashionsita in your life or someone who just loves to pamper themselves, check out the Morrocco Method Bundle!! It comes with 5 different shampoos, 4 different conditioners, 1 creme rinse, 1 hair and scalp therapy treatment and 1 styling gel! How can you beat that? This is bound to please anyone who loves looking after their hair or enjoys a little pampering! Or, if you are unsure if this is a product they will love, why not try the Morrocco Method Shampoo Sample Pack?! It includes samples of all five Morrocco Method Shampoos and a Large Scalp Massager-this package will get you started on your journey to healthy hair. Or the Morrocco Method Condition and Style Sample Pack! This sampler includes a conditioner, creme rinse, styling gel, facial wash, detox hair and scalp therapy and a large scalp massager!

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For the chef in your life, what about the Artisana Nut Butter Bundle? This bundle comes with 7 different certified kosher and organic raw nut butters that can be used in TONS of different ways and different recipes. You can’t beat this deal and for that someone who loves to be in the kitchen (or just loves to eat – like us!), this is the gift for them!

Do you know someone who loves to snack? Heck, I think we all do. This Superfood Holiday Bundle would be a great treat for anyone! This bundle comes with 5 tasty nutrient dense items that would make a great holiday smoothie or enjoyed some on their own!

We also have TONS of different kitchen equipment like blenders, juicers and dehydrators that would make super great gifts or a really great treat for yourself to start of a healthy new you for the New Year! Or if you want to get creative, we have some neat glass water bottles and glass straws that come in a variety of sizes and colours! We even have baby bottles! Lots of great options for under $15 that will impress pretty much anyone!

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Henna – Is it really all about the “red”?

What is Henna?

By Katelyn from Morocco Method

Made from the leaves, roots and stems of the Lawsonia plant, henna works its magic without damaging, without drying and without chemically altering the structure of the hair.  To debunk any myths, perhaps the best way to define henna is with three simple words that describe the results it yields — sheen, body, color.  Henna is, in many ways, the ideal colorant. Chemically-based dyes often cause split ends and lifeless hair; henna does not. Rather than permeating the hair, henna coats the hair shaft, preventing brittleness and breakage. And, because it coats, it wears off gradually over a period of approximately 8-12 weeks, eliminating the dark-root problem you must contend with when using chemical tints.

So what is the big difference between henna and chemicals? The answer: your health. Synthetic color actually changes the chemical makeup of your hair. Bleaching oxidizes the melanin, making it lose all color. Other permanent colors actually penetrate the hair cuticle, its protective coating, removing color from in inside and usually depositing a new one. This requires alcohols, peroxides, acids, etc. Years of use can cause significant damage to your hair and scalp. This is what causes those split ends, brittleness, and breakage. Synthetic colors contain toxic chemicals that can cause allergic reactions, skin irritation, scalp issues, hair thinning, hair loss, and even more serious health problems.

Why don’t more hair salons use henna?

The reasons why a lot of hair salons don’t use henna are lack of information, pure henna products, time and predictability of end results.

When hairstylists are generally taught how to use chemical hair colors, and the henna they have access to contains harsh chemicals and metallic salts. In fact, most of the time the henna doesn’t contain any henna at all! These hennas react oddly to other chemical colors, and trying to remove tainted henna may result in green hair. They are simply misinformed, and their clients take their expert advice on henna. This gives henna a very bad reputation. MM Henna contains no such additives, with only pure natural ingredients.

Henna is also very time-oriented. You need to mix henna about 8-10 hours in advance, then the henna needs to sit on the hair for 2-4 hours. Often times multiple applications of henna are needed, or they have to use the Two Step Application method.

Finally, there is no definite way to determine the end result color on a client’s hair. It depends on the base hair color, how long it’s left in, how long the mix sat, how much gray they have, if they’ve dyed their hair chemically, etc. Also, you cannot change a brunette to a blond with henna. Henna requires some trial and error, and people paying others to do henna might not be patient enough. Doing a test strip is often not indicative, because henna will bring out highlights and lowlights as well.

Covering Gray Hair

Henna can cover gray hair! But even with chemical color, gray has a tendency to be stubborn. It has a tendency to grab only red tone from the henna, but this can be easily fixed. Use Red henna! It’s called the Two Step Application:

1. Mix Red Henna as you would your Brown or Black henna. Apply to your hair and let sit for 1 hour. Rinse and dry immediately.

2. After your hair dries, apply your chosen shade of Brown or Black as normal.

The Red Henna acts like a primer. It grabs all the gray hair and then provides a good surface for the Brown henna to grab. If the first coat of Brown/Black is too red, do another coat of Brown henna 24 hours later.

Don’t’ want your gray brown? Our Marigold Henna can turn your grays into a golden hue!

But remember: it takes 72 hours for henna hair to come to its full, beautiful color. It might not be the color you want immediately after you wash your hair, but it can be perfect in a few days.

Henna on Chemically Dyed Hair

If you have dyed your hair before and want to make the switch to all natural hair color, you can! But you need to wait 6-8 weeks after chemical color to apply the henna, so it doesn’t interfere. If your hair is bleached, you might need to do the Two Step Application, as described in “Covering Gray Hair.”

Mixing Red into your Brown

Let’s say you don’t want orange tint, but your are fine with some auburn. Adding 10% Red Henna to 90% Brown will tone down the orange brassiness henna might sometimes have.

Black Henna

Many people think they need to do a henna treatment with an indigo gloss to achieve black hair color—not with MM! Our Black henna contains indigo flowers, which is how it achieves such a dark shade, so there’s no need for indigo gloss.

Marigold (Light Blonde) Henna

Marigold is our most versatile shade. It softens chemical highlights, creates natural blonde sun-streaking effects, or can tone down a too-brassy hair coloring result. It contains more than just Lawsonia plant, but they are still all natural plants: cinnamon, marigold flowers, cassia obovata, and chamomile flowers.

When mixing Marigold, use chamomile tea and lemon instead of black tea and raw apple cider vinegar to maximize its brightening potential.

DO NOT mix Marigold! Marigold is meant to be used alone, and mixing it with the Browns or Reds may result in interesting but unwanted color.

What Neutral Henna (Colorless)?

Used by itself, our Neutral (colorless) Henna gives your hair added body, thickness and a lustrous, healthy shine without any coloring.

HAR_henna_lt_brnCheck out our wide selection of henna products complete with guidance charts to help you pick the right colour!

World Vegan Month

November is World Vegan Month! Some people don’t quite understand what it means to be vegan or aren’t sure it is a lifestyle choice that they want to make and that’s okay! You know that plants are good for you. You’ve heard all about how bad meat is for the environment. You sort of get where vegans are coming from. But you’re just not sure that you could go vegan. World Vegan Month is for you!  The aim of the month is to reach out to as many people as possible and encourage you to try some delicious and nutritious vegan food.  It’s pretty much as simple as that! Veganism is a great alternative to eating meat, which we can only get by killing animals!   Furthermore, vegan farming can help us to banish world hunger – it helps protect water reserves, fertile lands, and cuts out greenhouse gas emissions.

What is a Vegan Diet?

A vegan diet is 100% plant-based. Like lacto-vegetarians, vegans do not eat animal flesh or fish, but they also avoid all other animal products, including dairy products, honey and eggs.

Why Vegan?

The prevailing principle behind veganism is to oppose all unnecessary violence. Since it is now indisputable that, to varying degrees, animals share most of the emotions that were once considered unique to people, vegans seek compassionate alternatives to the products of animal exploitation in all areas of their life.It is about trying to live – as far as it is possible – without causing harm to other creatures. There are also health and environmental advantages to a vegan diet.

What Do Vegans Eat?

Pretty much the same as everyone else! For those who like cooking from fresh ingredients, there are delicious recipes available, embracing dietary traditions from around the world. Cakes and puddings can be made easily without eggs and dairy. If you prefer convenience foods, simply replace animal products with the many vegan alternatives that are widely available in health food stores and supermarkets. These include vegan sausages, burgers, bacon, ham/chicken/turkey sandwich slices and fishless fingers, as well as vegan cheeses, milk, ice-creams, margarines and mayonnaise.

There are lots of different options for meals and snacks in the vegan diet that many people aren’t aware of or do not know how to do. A few examples include:

Juicing- Who doesn’t love a glass of fresh juice, a smoothie or shake? Vegans do too! Juicing is an excellent way to enjoy all the fruits. vegetables and greens that you love and it’s as easy as putting your favorite ingredients into a juicer and getting all of the nutrients possible and it is so quick and easy.

Dehydrating- Dehydrating your favorites is so fun and easy! Think about making your own homemade banana chips, fruit roll ups, kale chips and crackers (which you can make from the pulp out of your juicer!). It makes so much sense and isn’t time consuming at all. Using a dehydrator is not like using your oven at all. You put whatever it is that you are dehydrating onto the trays, pop it in, and carry on with your day. You can even dehydrate overnight while you are sleeping!

Being a vegan isn’t just a diet choice, it is a lifestyle choice. It is about taking care of yourself, the people around you, the planet and all of the beings on the planet that are just as important as you and I. It may be a new idea for you and your family to think about but it is a lot of fun and with a little help, you can be loving your vegan lifestyle in no time! Do some research and check out our website for all of the different vegan products, supplements, food and snacks and much much more that we carry.

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Raw, Vegan Halloween!

Halloween is just a couple of days away and I’m sure we are all looking for a way to keep our kids busy and involved but most of all, avoiding letting them indulge in piles of junk food! This crazy raw, vegan Witches’ Finger Cookie recipe is bound to get them excited while eating healthy at the same time in the Halloween spirit!

Raw, Vegan Witches’ Finger Cookies:

Ingredients:

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Instructions:

  1. 1. Blend the berries and chia in a blender till smooth. Transfer to a mason jar or glass and allow it to thicken into a “jam”–ideally, you want to let it sit overnight, but a few hours will work. Add an extra tablespoon of chia if it’s too thin.
  2. 2. Add the sesame seeds, cashews, and salt to a food processor. Grind for about 15 seconds, or until they’re broken down. Add the dates and continue processing until the mixture resembles a crumbly, sticky (but not too moist) raw “dough”.
  3. 3. Take a small handful (maybe 3 tablespoons) of the dough and roll it into a strip that’s about as long and wide as a finger. Shape it to form knuckles and a fingertip.
  4. 4. Use your finger to make an indentation at the tip.
  5. 5. Add a small amount of the jam to the indentation. Press a blanched almond on top to create the fingernail! Serve.

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This recipe is so fun and festive, I think we all know the kids will LOVE it! Or if you are a big kid at heart, why not have some fun on your own or with some friends? They would make a great treat for a Halloween Party or even to pack to take to school or work. Hey, maybe you could even play a prank on your “not so favorite” colleague!

Have fun and Happy Halloween!

Check back next week for a super neat blog about World Vegan Month!