Not only are berries deliciously in season right now, they are packed with antioxidants 
and are fierce fighters of free radicals to keep your face radiant and glowing!
Here is an easy at home Berry Yogurt Mask recipe for you to enjoy.
What you’ll need:
    • 1/4 cup of mixed berries
    • (The darker the berry, the more antioxidants)
    • 2 Tablespoons of Plain Yogurt
    • 2 Tablespoons of Honey
    • (Honey is a gentle exfoliant and helps to seal in moisture)
    • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
    • (The citric acid and vitamin C helps to brighten skin and is a wonderful astringent) 
    • Blender
  • Combine yogurt and honey in a blender and pulse until fully combined
  • Add berries and puree until smooth, and then add lemon juice
  • Apply the mixture to clean dry face and let mask sit for 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry
PS: This is super tasty too  🙂

Yoga Schmoga!

I have found there are roughly three types of people.  Those who practice Yoga and LOVE it, those who are curious about Yoga, and those who want to stay as far away from it as possible.  There are lots of questions and stereotypes regarding Yoga.  If you don’t love Yoga, I feel you may be misinformed or misguided.  
I have gathered some of the most common questions regarding Yoga and hopefully they can help clarify some of the misconceptions regarding Yoga.  
Of course, “different strokes for different folks”.  But, I strongly feel that Yoga is for everyone and everyone can do Yoga.  Please let us know if we can answer any of your Yoga questions.     
  • What is all this hype about Yoga?  
You really have to just try it for yourself.  The first few Yoga classes I attended, I swear that I was HIGH when I left.  It is really quite difficult to put into words.  It was almost as if everything was amplified for me, colors were brighter, sounds were crisper and everything seemed to be at peace.  Physically, I felt more open, and my body craved more of this Yoga stuff.   
  • What is the difference between “this” Yoga and “that” Yoga?
There are several “styles” or “brands” of Yoga out there.  Most of which claiming to be “the one and only” or “the best”.  There also seems to be a multitude of “Fathers” of Yoga and it’s hard to trace exactly Who’s Your Yoga Daddy.  I think in this instance it is okay to not know who the “Father” is, but just embrace the  several mentors we have to learn from.  Again, different strokes for different folks.  
It may take some time to find that particular style/brand that works best for you. 
  • Is Yoga an exercise program or is it a religion? 
Neither or both.  It is whatever you want to get out of it.   
  • Why do they call it a practice?
As a noun, practice is defined as, “the customary, habitual, or expected procedure of something.”  As a verb, practice is defined as, “to perform or to carry out.”
Once you begin a Yoga practice, you will always be practicing.  You never actually “get there” to some destination.   You may finally be able to get into a particular posture, or your mind may quiet down a bit more, but you are always a work in progress.
  • Will Yoga make me a Vegan-Tree-Hugging-Hippy?
No.  I love steak, make-up, beer, camping, wine, chocolate, and I also love Yoga.  
Many people who love Yoga also love all the wonderful things that life has to offer, even though they may not all be the best for you.  
Yoga is for everyone, and everyone can do Yoga.   
  • Why do they say Yoga creates a spiritual or emotional experience?
I really don’t know if I am the best person to answer this, but I will do my best.  Yoga is literally translated as a “union”.  Think about being separated from  someone you love dearly and you don’t know if you will be reunited.  You are finally reunited, and it is a wonderful experience full of many emotions.  Through Yoga you are able to create a union, of mind, body & spirit.  Sometimes this reunion can bring up emotions.  As for the spiritual experience, that is something very personal and unique for everyone.  I have had a spiritual experiences in nature, eating delicious food, and spending time with loved ones.  For some people, they find a spiritual peace in their Yoga practice.
Also, Yoga helps to build consciousness or awareness.  Experiencing a heightened level of awareness, some people translate that as having a spiritual experience.  Being more aware helps you to notice the things, people or behaviors that may not be truly serving you, and as you naturally build this awareness through Yoga, those things/people/behaviors will fade.       
  • Why should I practice Yoga?
Do your homework.  There is endless physical and mental health benefits.  
I started because I am vain and wanted a hot yoga body, and heard that Yoga is the fountain of youth.  I found out, it is much more than that.  
Again, different strokes for different folks.  It is what you want to get out of it.  
  • When should I practice Yoga?
A little bit everyday if you can.  I recommend attending an actual Yoga class at least once a week.  
  • Where should I practice Yoga?
A little bit everyday in your home/office/yard/park if you can.  I also recommend finding a Yoga studio that fits your style that you can go and practice at least once a week.  Nothing beats having an instructor guide you.    
  • How do I practice Yoga?
If you can breathe, you can do Yoga.  Attend a class, read a book, rent a dvd or download a podcast, and repeat.  


If you were given a 10 pound bag of lemons, what would you do with it?
We always have a choice…. to make lemonade, cocktails, or even a skin-cleanser.  We also have the choice to just throw out the lemons or even let them rot.  What you do with life’s lemons is a reflection of how you handle life’s challenges.  You always have a choice when it comes to what to do with your lemons.
Below are some of our favorite lemon solutions!
Lemons for skin care
The acid in lemons help to clear bacteria, the natural enzymes help to exfoliate the skin, and the vitamin C will lighten the skin, aiding to even out skin tone and clear hyperpigmentation.  There is lots of ways to apply, I recommend just squeezing some lemon juice on a cotton ball, apply to your skin, wait 5-10 minutes, rinse and moisturize.  You can feel it working, I promise.
Limoncello Recipe
(San Francisco Chronicle)
  • 15 thick skinned lemons (Eureka, Lisbon, or Citron)
  • 2 bottles of 100-proof vodka
  • 4-1/2 cups of sugar
  • 5-cups of water
Wash the lemons in hot water before you start. Remove the peel with a vegetable peeler, removing all white pith on the back of the peel by scraping with a knife, and put the peels in a 4-quart Mason jar.
Add 1 bottle of vodka and stir. Cover the jar, date it, and put it to rest in a dark cabinet at room temperature.
After 40 days, take out the vodka-lemon mixture. In a saucepan set over high heat, stir the sugar and water together and boil for 5 minutes. Let the sugar syrup cool completely in the pan, about 10 minutes. Add the sugar syrup to the vodka-lemon mixture along with the second bottle of vodka. Stir well to combine. Replace the cover on the jar and note the finish date. Return it to the dark cabinet and store for 40 more days.
At Day 80, remove the limoncello from the cabinet. Strain the mixture and discard the lemon peel.
Pour into clean, unused bottles with caps or decorative corked bottles. Store the bottles in the pantry, but put one bottle at a time in the freezer until ready. Makes approximately 3 quarts.  It can also make a great gift.

Sugar Free Lemonade

  • 2 Cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 8 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons of stevia liquid concentrate or 1/2-2/3 cup of agave syrup
  • Ice Cubes and Lemon for Garnish
Makes approximately 10 8-ounce servings.
Add Vodka to make it a refreshing adult beverage.  🙂

Awapuhi Wild Ginger

The WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, & WHY on this Awapuhi Wild Ginger!?!

You, John Paul Mitchell Systems, and Hagoyah.
The Awapuhi Wild Ginger line is beyond AMAZING.  It is 100% sulfate free, made with natural moisture rich lipids from the Awapuhi Wild Ginger root, and pure Keratin protein.
Here is the full line up.  If you want more detailed information, please click the link below.
The Awapuhi plants are harvested on John Paul Mitchell Systems FULLY SUSTAINABLE SOLAR POWERED farm in Hawaii.
John Paul Mitchell Systems purchased the land in 1983.  They launched their Awapuhi shampoo that same year.  Fast forward to now…Hair Heaven with the full Awapuhi Wild Ginger line.  30 years in the making, well worth the wait.
The entire line provides intense hydration, protection, repair, eliminates frizz and creates, rich moisture and shine.  Throw in a Keratriplex Treatment and you have 35% improved shine and 80% breakage reduction, and I feel like my hair feels longer, and definitely stronger.
We can’t get enough of it, and we are sure you will find it pretty life changing as well.
Please visit the JPMS website for more of the inside scoop and to read all of the
accolades on the Awapuhi Wild Ginger line.

Coconut Oil for EVERYTHING….almost.

YES, Coconut Oil for EVERYTHING….almost.

It has been just over a month and Coconut Oil is now officially a staple in our home.  I use it for cooking, as a make-up remover, moisturizer, hair conditioner, and lip-balm.  I think that the Trader Joe’s brand is the best, so I find myself stocking up on it like a Doomsday-Prepper.
I first read about the many benefits of Coconut Oil in, Forever Young, by Dr. Nicholas Perricone.  He discusses the many benefits of cooking with Coconut Oil instead of butter and other vegetable oils.

So long story short; Coconut Oil contains a high amount of saturated fat, which gives it a bad rap, but Coconut Oil is easier digested than butter and other vegetable oils, and the anti-microbial properties in Coconut Oil help tremendously with digestion and immunity.  So, the good outweighs the bad here.  Even if you don’t like the smell or flavor of Coconut, there is still might be enough good supporting evidence to give it a chance.

The anti-microbial properties in Coconut Oil also make it a great choice for an overnight moisturizer and eye-make-up remover.  It won’t clog your pores and your skin will look AMAZING in the morning.  It is a fabulous deep conditioning treatment as well!  In many countries, it is used daily as a shine serum or conditioner.  I use it on a bi-weekly basis (in-between my Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger treatments).  I melt it down, apply, let it sit for about 10 minutes, and then shampoo and condition as usual.

I find that when I am cooking with it, there is always a bit extra to rub in my hands, my elbows, smile-lines, ends of my hair and my lips; which makes cooking very conditioning.  If you enjoy the flavor and smell of Coconut Oil, you will be in heaven.  I think it makes the house smell wonderful when I am cooking with it and it adds a smooth sweet finish to everything.  I have used it instead of Olive Oil, with sautéing most dishes.  It also works really well at high heats, so you don’t have to worry about it burning like butter. (ever ruin a roux?!?)

The consistency reminds me of translucent Crisco, and you may have to melt it down to get a proper measurement.  For skin application, just take a small chunk and rub it between your fingers to melt a bit and then apply.

Have you found any natural products around the house that double as a beauty product as well?  Please share!

Hagoyah and Paul Mitchell

If it isn’t already obvious, we LOVE Paul Mitchell!!  

It would take quite a few blog entries to really divulge where all this love is coming from. 
For now, we will just highlight a few of our favorite things about Paul Mitchell.  
  • Paul Mitchell is MADE IN THE USA and is the ONLY privately owned manufacturer in the entire Professional Beauty Industry. We think that speaks volumes to their integrity and commitment. 
Why should you care? 
  • There are lots of manufacturers of “professional” beauty products, most of which are owned by L’Oreal, Estee Lauder  or Proctor & Gamble.  These companies also “specialize” in manufacturing other products such as pharmaceuticals and detergents.  


We’re not saying that they are less effective in achieving your beauty goals, we’re just giving you the inside scoop.  
  • Co-Founder and CEO, John Paul DeJoria is a truly remarkable human-being.  We think it’s safe to say that John Paul Mitchell Systems is one of the most philanthropic companies in the world.  
“Success unshared is failure.” ~ John Paul DeJoria
  • Did you know that they were the first company in the professional beauty industry to stand up against animal testing?
  • Every purchase from the Paul Mitchell Tea-Tree line goes towards planting a tree with American Forest.  We’ve planted over 150,000 trees!!
  • The Paul Mitchell Awapuhi farm is fully sustainable, runs on solar power and has been since 1987!
  • Thinking Globally and Acting Locally, Paul Mitchell has helped to feed thousands of children, preserved our natural resources, and  has stood up for equal rights. 


“When you choose Paul Mitchell, you’re supporting many charity efforts around the world.” 
  • Lastly, we firmly believe that Paul Mitchell products are the finest haircare products in the WORLD!  duh! 


For more information on this AMAZING organization, please visit their website.


Hagoyah is Holistic beauty.


Holistic is the theory or practice of incorporating Holism.


Holism is the care of the entire person in all aspects and/or; theory that whole entities, as fundamental components of reality, have an existence other than as the mere sum of their parts.  

Beauty . Body . Balance

Beauty is the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind.  

Body is the physical structure of a person or an animal, including the bonesflesh, and/or: the physical and mortal aspect of a person as opposed to the soul or spirit.
Balance is an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steadyand/or: stability of one’s mind or feelings.


What is Hagoyah?

It is Holistic Beauty.
Holistic Beauty is a combination of qualities.
It enhances and embraces color, shape, form,
texture, character and wellness.
Beauty .  Body  .  Balance
Your beauty regimen should embody all aspects;
including wellness, and lifestyle.
Beauty .  Body  .  Balance
Supermodel (and avid Yogi), Christy Turlington
has been quoted saying,
“I feel sincerely that beauty largely comes from within.”
We couldn’t agree more!  We also feel that practicing Yoga plays a big role in making one feel beautiful, in addition to all of the other wonderful benefits Yoga has to offer.
It’s true, being a bit granola, is way glamorous!
Beauty .  Body  .  Balance
We are that one place to integrate all aspects
of your being into something beautiful.
Beauty .  Body  .  Balance