Archive for April, 2011

Wholearth Beauty at Fred Segal!

April 29th, 2011

Very exciting news.   As the founder of Wholearth Beauty and Bath, one of the most iconic and important stores you can get your line of products placed in is Ron Robinson at Fred Segal in Beverly Hills, CA.

I just got these pictures in of our products in the store and I can’t wait to check it out in person myself.  

Yes, I’m the dork who goes into Crate and Barrel and looks at my mattress line (and then I talk to customers and get them to lay down on the beds) or I call people who write lovely comments about my perfume line and then send then entire box of goodies as a thank you.    I may be a tad bit personally interested in everyone and anything, but I guess obsessive is better than passive?

Beautiful display in the middle of the store showing our perfumed hand creams, souffles, perfumes, body wash and body lotions.   Lots of testers so you can see the difference using 100% pure organic products feels on your skin.     I love the fact people you can smell the organic perfumes and compare, layer and decide which is best for you:  We now have Wholearth #4 (powdery/angelic), #7 (vanilla, lavender, bright), #9 (brown sugar, vanilla, grapefruit) and #10 (summer in a bottle; citrus; bright).  

And more stock on a wall unit.

If you’re in LA, please go take a visit and let me know what you think.

Happy Friday all!   I’m off to Rancho La Puerta in Mexico for a little healthy R&R.    

Have a great weekend.

The Details:
8118 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046-7012
(323) 651-1800

Sneak Peek

April 28th, 2011

Sneak Peek! 

I’ve been working on a home collection for the past few months and the samples of our amazing towels just came in.

It’s surreal to see my name on a product.   I realize I have my own line of organic bath and beauty products, perfumes, mattresses and books…. but seeing a hang tag and label sorta makes me realize all this hard work and designing DOES end up somewhere!

Many of the pretty colors in our towel line: anti-microbial, fast-drying, very plush and energy efficient.  

I was inspired by sea glass and colors from nature for these towels. 

They’ll be hitting stores in a few weeks and I’ll let you know when and where.   It’ll be available in the United States, Canada and some parts of Europe!

Lovely Note

April 27th, 2011

I love getting emails from folks who have success with my eco-friendly tips.  This email made my day today! 

Dear Danny–

I just wanted to thank you for posting the battery recycling at Sears on your blog. I had moved into a new house and the former owners had unhelpfully left two large batteries behind. As we are preparing the house for a new baby, we really didn’t want them in the house, but our town hazardous material collection wasn’t for a few months. We went to Sears on Earth day, picked up $25 (they actually gave us an extra $5 coupon for “using” the auto centre), and spent it on a fan to better distribute heat in the baby’s room! Hopefully the fan will make our home more energy efficient as well . . . Win, win, win, win!

I always enjoy reading your blog– it’s nice to see ideas going from development to completion. Is it OK to say I love to see the ideas that didn’t work? It makes the rest of us mortals more willing to try and experiment in up-cycling!

You made my day!

Sorta Worked Upcycling Project

April 27th, 2011

I get weird ideas sometimes and when I’m stuck in my own during a rainstorm, well, I pursue em.

The other day I dropped a large pillar candle on the ground and saved the chunks of wax to upcycle it into a new candle.  The plan was to originally just make another plain candle, maybe inside a terra cotta pot, maybe inside a glass jar.  The point is, it was going to be plain.

Then I thought it might be fun to use old glass containers in iconic shapes…. see where I’m going?

I pulled a jelly jar, maple syrup container and a salad dressing container out of the recycling bin, inserted a candle wick and poured the melted wax inside.

When the wax cooled and settled a bit, I added more melted wax so it filled completely solid up to the top.    

Then I let it cool. 

Put the glass container in between a towel.   And slammed it hard with a hammer to break the glass.

Maybe…too hard.

The candles came out of their glass molds just fine, but there are these cracks all over from where I smashed the glass.    My thought is if I take the hammer and GENTLY break the glass somewhere and try to maintain the integrity of the wax, it’ll come out cleaner.    And I could still recycle the glass if it’s in big chunks vs the BILLIONS of little pieces I ended up with.

Back to the drawing board…. but I think I’m getting there with this one.

Wholearth Beauty in the News

April 26th, 2011

Our Wholearth Beauty and Bath line has been all over the news lately and I’d love to share some of my favorite clips with you. 

The first is from US Weekly, which noticed that we have a lot of celeb fans including Kelly Ripa and Ali Larter.     When Ali was pregnant, she told me it was the only scent she could wear that didn’t make her feel nauseus (pregnant women have a heightened sense of smell, she told me).    Owe it to the 100% organic composition of our scents for the reason why!

In Instyle, they loved our 2-in-1 organic sugar lip scrub and gloss.    This is a new product we’re launching any day now on ShopNBC and it basically works like this:  put a little bit on your fingers and rub on your lips to exfoliate the dead skin off.    Then keep rubbing as it melts down to leave a totally edible, pretty gloss on your lips.     It’s addictive.   I actually call it a 3-in-1 product because it also naturally freshens your breath.    I’m a strong believer that anything you put on your lips needs to be USDA certified organic because 99% of the time, you’re going to injest it!

And in the May issue of Real Simple,  our chic solid perfume makes a national debut!     How exciting is this?    Solids are a TSA-friendly, long lasting alternative to spray perfumes.  Just apply to your pulse points exactly where you want the scent.   We’re making solids in all of our scents: #4, #7, #9 and #10.