Organic Fair Trade Bananas

We recently made the decision to raise the price of Organic Bananas to $1.19/pound.

The banana industry is infamous for unfair labor practices, dangerous working conditions, and perpetuation of global inequalities. The Co-op has long rejected being a part of the conventional banana trade. Instead, we only stock Organic Fair Trade bananas from Equal Exchange. Equal Exchange bananas come from three farmer co-ops in Ecuador and Peru where 1,162 small-scale farmers own and farm 5,000 acres of land.

Over the last decade, conventional banana prices have fallen, with increasing costs passed back to plantations and their workers, rather than to consumers or retailers. According to a study by Fair Trade International, about $6.70 per 40-pound wholesale box of conventional bananas is externalized onto smallholder farmers and the employees of banana plantations, as well as onto the land itself.

Unlike the conventional banana trade, Equal Exchange banana farmers earn a reliable income year-round which supports farmer families and creates local employment opportunities. As democratically-run cooperatives, Equal Exchange co-ops use the Fair Trade Premium Fund and vote on how money is used for community development projects. Equal Exchange banana farmers also receive healthcare, women’s entrepreneurship education, and environmental stewardship resources.

“Invisible” costs really aren’t invisible. We won’t be passing those costs back to the farmers who grow our food or to the land that nourishes all of us. Instead, we hope you’ll join us in supporting small farmers growing the food on our tables knowing that you’re strengthening supply chains and relationships that truly benefit people and planet.

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A Brief & Delightfully Weird History of Chartreuse

A Brief & Delightfully Weird History of Chartreuse 

By Sterling Carlton, Beer, Wine & Spirits Specialist 

In 1605, Francois Hannibal d’Estrees discovered an already ancient manuscript that allegedly held the secrets to make the elixir of long life.  He brought the manuscript to monks near Paris and they sent it to La Grande Chartreuse Abbey. The Abbey was founded in 1084 when a Chateau in the Chartreuse mountains north of the city of Grenoble was gifted to the Hermit Saint Bruno by Saint Hugh du Châteauneuf, Bishop of Grenoble. Saint Hugh made this gift to Saint Bruno as a result of a dream he had prior to Saint Bruno’s arrival. After seeing a banner of seven stars in his dream, it seemed like destiny when Bruno and his six friends arrived searching for a home to start their silent order of monks.

After many years trying to decipher the manuscript, the Carthusian monks at the Abbey eventually tested the recipe in 1737. Sixty years in, the monks tweaked the recipe and the liquor we know as Green Chartreuse was born. I can’t vouch for any longevity it may add to your lifespan, but it is quite delicious to be sure. 

After the French Revolution in the late 1700s, the French government nationalized the Abbey, or at least its distillery, as the monks were turning quite a profit on their elixirs. The monks fled, eventually landing in Spain, and produced Chartreuse there for a roughly 86 year period from 1903-1989. The French government tried to replicate the naturally green drink, but never managed the same magic.

The Chartreuse that we have access to in the United States comes in 4 bottlings. Green and Yellow Chartreuse and VEP Green and Yellow Chartreuse. There are several other bottlings such as Elixir de Vegetal, Liqueur du 9° Centenaire and Genepi which are not imported into the United States. The reason being? The powers that be want to know exactly what goes into every bottle of Chartreuse, but the Carthusian order charged with guarding the recipe will not disclose the 130 alpine botanicals, quantities, and maceration times used to create this delicious liquor. As a result we are left with only the 4 base level bottlings. 

Only 2-3 monks in the world know the recipe composed of 130 alpine botanicals at any given time and, being a silent order, they are sworn to secrecy. Many have tried to mimic the beverage and pick it apart in a lab. Alas, some may have been close but no one has truly been able to replicate the recipe that is so closely guarded. 

One of the more interesting aspects of this spirit is its ability to age. It will develop and evolve much like wine can when cellared properly, morphing into something unique and special. One of the ways to determine the age of a bottle of Chartreuse is the 6 digit code on the side of the screw cap. The first three digits will give you the year it was bottled if you add them to the year 1084. The second set of three digits will tell you on which day of that year the Chartreuse was bottled.

Needless to say it’s a unique liquor with a remarkable history. A few of my favorite ways to enjoy Chartreuse is straight up or on the rocks as a sipping beverage, in various cocktails (See the Last Word cocktail recipe below), or drizzled over some vanilla ice cream to end the night. Cheers.

Green and Yellow Chartreuse are on sale now through 5/31/22! Find them in our Beer, Wine, and Spirits Department.

The Last Word 

Chartreuse Day is celebrated on May 16th (05/16) to commemorate the year (1605) the recipe found its way to the Abbey. You can celebrate with this delicious cocktail! 


  • 3/4 ounce gin
  • 3/4 ounce Green Chartreuse
  • 3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • Garnish: brandied cherry (optional)

Add the gin, Green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and lime juice into a shaker with ice and shake until well chilled.

Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Garnish with a brandied cherry (optional).

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Tips for Staying Cool & Safe in the Heat

Use these tips to keep yourself and your house cool this summer.


Be sure to drink plenty of water. Your body needs moisture to sweat in order to maintain homeostasis. You can boost your hydration by eating foods with a high water content. Try snacking on watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches, oranges, cucumber, lettuce, zucchini, celery, tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, cabbage, grapefruit, and coconut water.


Focus on cooling your body rather than cooling the house. Wrap an ice pack or frozen water bottle in a clean kitchen towel. You can also wet a washcloth, wring it out, and stick it in the fridge. Applying the ice pack or washcloth to your pulse points will cool your body down fast! Apply to your:

  • ankles
  • behind the knees
  • wrists
  • elbow bends
  • neck
  • temples


This may not be for everyone, but eating spicy foods will increase your circulation, which will get you extra sweaty. Sweating may be unpleasant, but it is a very efficient way of cooling down! 


According to the Department of Energy, about 76% of sunlight that hits standard double-pane windows turns into heat and raises the temperature of your home. East and west facing windows allow in the most heat, so focus efforts on these. 

Close your curtains and blinds. Light or medium colored fabric is ideal for reflecting sunlight. If you have dark curtains, you can line them with light fabric. Old bed sheets or thrifted curtains/fabric would totally do the trick. Exterior shutters, shades, and awnings are even more effective. If you have those, definitely keep them shut.


According to researchers in New Zealand, runners were able to extend their endurance by 10 minutes on a hot summer day if they ate a popsicle before exercising. You don’t have to go running any marathons, but eating a popsicle before running errands or doing household chores will make the experience much more pleasant.

GoodPop popsicles are oragnic, dairy and gluten free, and are made with fairly traded ingredients. They’re free from high fructose corn syrup, GMOs, refined sugar, sugar alcohols, and artifical dyes!


If you have a house or room full of tech, turn everything off before bed to keep the room cool. All of that soft electric buzzing generates heat. Unplug your TV, computer, wifi, etc. 


If you don’t have AC or have a room that just gets so much hotter than the house, open up a window (or two to create a cross breeze) and hang a wet bed sheet in front of it. As the breeze rolls in, the wet sheet will cool the air flowing through it.


If you have long hair, tying it up (with a scrunchie to prevent breakage) will expose your neck and temples, which will help keep you cool.


Keep the doors to unused or little used rooms closed to keep the cool air where the action is. 


You can pre-cool your house or apartment by opening the windows at night (after 10 pm). It gets pretty cool overnight in Davis, so this is an effective way to cool the house down. When temperatures begin to rise again, close up the house, curtains and all.


When you do leave the house, be sure to protect yourself with water resistant broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30+. Everyone needs to protect themselves from the sun, regardless of skin type and age. For your face and neck, a ½ tsp amount will do – that’s about a nickel-sized dollop. For the rest of your body, 1 ounce (a full shot glass) will do the trick. 

Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure even if it is cloudy. If you’re walking, standing, or doing a low-intensity activity outdoors, reapply every 2 hours. If you’re getting sweaty, swimming, or it’s windy, apply more frequently – after 40 or 80 minutes depending on your sunscreen’s water resistance.

Consider applying more frequently if you’re experiencing any of the following conditions:

  • snow
  • wind
  • playing or swimming in water
  • latitude (Closer to the equator? Apply more sunscreen!)
  • higher altitude
  • spending time on sand or concrete


  • Limit midday sun. Avoid exposure between 10am and 2pm when the sun’s rays have the most potential to cause harm. 
  • Wear a sun hat. Baseball hats leave cancer-prone ears and the back of the neck exposed, so a wide-brimmed hat (at least a 3 inch brim) is recommended. 
  • Wear long sleeves and pants if possible. Look for clothes made from tightly woven materials. Some clothing, like rash guards, are made for increased sun protection. 
  • Protect your ears, nose, cheeks, lips, and hands. The majority of skin cancers occur in these areas. Protect with sunscreen, hats, and gloves.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and the delicate skin around your eyes. Choose sunglasses with UV protection.

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Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month 2022

Celebrate AAPI Heritage

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander individuals and communities in the United States. Asian/Pacific is a broad term. It encompases people from the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia), and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island). 

On May 7th, 1843 Manjiro, a 14-year old fisherman, arrived in the United States via whaling ship. He is considered the first Japanese immigrant to come to the United States. May 10th, 1869 marks the completion of the transcontinental railroad, which was built largely by Chinese immigrants in very poor conditions. For these reasons, Congress chose May to celebrate AAPI heritage.

In this blog, you can find information on ways to support and celebrate the AAPI community.  In addition to the virtual and non-virtual celebrations below, you can also celebrate AAPI heritage with books for kids and adults and movies – sharing with your family is encouraged!

Stop AAPI Hate

Between March 2020 and March 2021 there were 6,603 anti-Asian racist incidents, mostly against women, reported in the United States. Although we saw an increase in AAPI hate during the first year of the pandemic, discrimination against the AAPI community isn’t new or isolated; rather, it has deep roots in systemic racism and white supremacy. Xenophobia and widespread disinformation during the Covid-19 pandemic have led to an increase in racist incidents, including violence, against the AAPI community. The Davis Food Co-op condemns attacks against Asian/Pacific Americans and stands in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community members.

Support the AAPI Community

Support Asian/Pacific American folks in our community by regularly patronizing AAPI-owned restaurants, business, and by buying from AAPI artisans.

You can also support AAPI business by buying Asian/Pacific American owned brands. Here are some of the Asian/Pacific American owned brands we carry at the Co-op.  

AAPI Heritage Month Events

Places To Go

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Reusable Period Product Care Guide

Hello, People with Periods!

Hello to you folks without periods as well! In this blog you’ll find information about the zero waste menstrual products we carry at the Co-op and how to care for them for less-stress plastic-free periods.

Here are some reasons why you may want to switch to using reusable period products:

  • Convenience: nothing like having to run out *just* for tampons, especially when you’ve *just* started your period. Having reusables means you won’t have to do any emergency shopping.
  • Health: Unfortunately, the FDA does not require manufacturers to disclose ingredients and materials in menstrual products (this is changing in CA in 2023 – yay!). Cotton, a common ingredient in tampons, is one of the most insecticide-intensive crops, which means those chemicals are coming in contact with one of our most permeable and absorptive skin barriers. If you choose not to switch to reusables, please consider switching to 100% organic tampons to at least limit your exposure to these chemicals.
  • Waste: Conventional period products are single use, which means periods can generate a lot of waste. Pads are basically 100% plastic too (they’re made from polypropylene, Super Absorbent Polymers (SAPs), and polyethylene). About 41 million pounds of menstrual products go to the landfill in the US each year. 
  • Money: Reusable period products require more of an upfront investment than a box of tampons, but will last much much longer. Most people will save $1,200 to $2,500 over their period-having lifetime. 

The Diva Cup

The Co-op currently carries The DivaCup, one of many menstrual cups on the market. We have it in 2 sizes: Model 1 and Model 2. The Model 1 is for folks 19-30 with a medium flow and the Model 2 is for folks 30+ and/or with a heavy flow. 

  • Wear for up to 12 hours
  • 100% medical grade silicone
  • No chemicals, plastic or dyes

Now, speaking from personal experience, it takes a few cycles to get used to the DivaCup. When I went off hormonal birth control, I had to get reacquainted with my period, and DivaCup, all over again. I recommend patience and (physical and emotional) gentleness with yourself.

That being said, bodies are different! The DivaCup may just not work as well as other cups with your anatomy. If the DivaCup just isn’t working, try one of the others. 

Diva Cup Care

Start with clean hands. Wash your DivaCup before each insertion with hot/warm water and a gentle, fragrance free soap. You’ll want to be sure the little holes that create the seal aren’t blocked with any goo either. 

We carry DivaWash, a pH balanced soap for cleaning your DivaCup, but soap and water work just fine so it’s up to you how you clean your DivaCup during your period. 

At the end of your period, pop your DivaCup in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes. Medical grade silicone doesn’t absorb any smells so you don’t have to worry about deodorizing. Once it has boiled for 10 minutes, dry completely and store in the bag it came with or a storage container of your choice. That’s it!

Never clean your DivaCup with these cleaning agents (they can cause serious irritation):

  • vinegar
  • scented/fragranced soap
  • oil-based soap
  • rubbing alcohol
  • anti-bacterial soap
  • baking soda
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • bleach
  • dishwashing soap

GladRags Pantyliners

GladRags Pantyliners are the perfect pair to your DivaCup! Especially during your first few cycles with the DivaCup and on heavy flow days, you’ll want a little back up protection. Enter, GladRags Pantyliners!

  • made from 100% organic cotton
  • breathable and comfortable

GradRags Pantyliner Care

After use, soak in cold water to help prevent staining (light staining may occur; don’t worry – this doesn’t mean your liners aren’t clean). Use the presoak function on your washing machine or soak in a rust-proof container. Soak for at least 30 minutes.

Machine wash on cold using a gentle, all natural detergent. Hang or line dry to make them last! You can tumble dry on low in a pinch. Once dry, store until you need them again.

Avoid using detergents with fabric softeners or whiteners/brighteners as these can inhibit the absorbency of the liners. Be aware that soaking your cloth pads in water with additives such as hydrogen peroxide can degrade the fabric and lead to holes.

GladRags does not recommend the use of castile soap, facial soap, or other soaps not intended for textile laundering. Excess detergent may lead to build up, which can limit the absorbency of your liners.

Period Positivity

One additional benefit of switching to reusable period products is Period Positivity! Period Positivity happens when you feel good about your period and your period’s impact on the world. 

My ND recently shared with me that the each person’s relationship with their period directly affects how menopause will go for that person. Since hearing this, I have 100% tried to embrace Period Positivty and incubate warm fuzzy feelings toward my period. It’s a work in progress.

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Imagining the Future of the Co-op

Co-ops Shape the Future. And the Future is Coming Soon.

Co-ops are progressive by nature in practically every sense of the word. In particular, “New Wave” grocery co-ops that started popping up in the 60s and 70s (such as the Davis Food Co-op) brought about an immense amount of change to the grocery landscape. It was the desire for change, whether it be economic, social, environmental, or all of the above, that fueled the causes of these small organizations as they looked to coexist with the grocery giants that they saw in their towns. As we are in our 50th year and have already examined some of the changes the Co-op has seen over that span, we are also looking forward to the changes that are still yet to come. We are currently wrapping up some customer Focus Groups to help facilitate this process as we lay down some concrete plans to continue bringing positive changes to our co-op and community…

…But while we undertake that process, we (and when I say we, I really mean ‘I’, the author of this blog) thought it would be appropriate to balance out the serious, common sense improvements we will be making with the ludicrous, off-the-wall ideas that float around out there too. In this blog we invite you to take a journey into the future as we think about some completely ridiculous ideas regarding what the future of the Co-op holds. 


Disclaimer #1: Do not take this blog seriously (except for the parts where you should take it seriously). This is a Marketing Manager’s best attempt at creative comedy (or whatever you might call it after reading it).

Disclaimer #2: I have not consulted with anybody else on this blog. All of your questions, comments or completely rational concerns can be directly addressed to me (Hi, I’m Vince).

Disclaimer #3: If you want to make the argument that Twins is our former governor’s best film, I will not argue against that. See #2 on this list for more context.

Now, for a Moment, Let’s Imagine the Future of our Co-op…

1) Curbside Pickup Turns into Curbless Pickup because there are no curbs in the sky

A lot of television shows and movies have promised us flying cars by now. However, The Jetsons have me still holding out hope since we are 40 years away from reaching their time period. Once we inevitably decide that our natural resource consuming hunks of metal are too good to even touch the ground, the Co-op will adapt to be the best sky service you’ve ever seen. At your designated time and sky zone, all you will have to do is hover with your trunk open and we, from the ground, will perfectly cannon shoot your groceries into your trunk. We will not be responsible for any potentially broken eggs.

2) Robot Staff – They may be our Overlords, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be friends!

Nostalgic media is probably going to influence this entire blog so here I am with reference number two: The Terminator. I, for one, think that our rapid foray into the world of artificial intelligence and robotics (à la Skynet in our former governor’s best film) is destined for success with absolutely no hiccups or unintended consequences. We, of course, will jump on the bandwagon and let robots take over staffing at the Co-op because in all honesty, they probably will not leave us with much of a choice. Oh, and they will also take over Ownership of the store, naturally.

Edit: After further consideration, Kindergarten Cop is probably our former governor’s best film.

3) “Sorry sir, your cash is no longer accepted here. We only take Crypto, bro.”

I have no idea how cryptocurrency works. This is one thing that me and most people that claim that they do know how cryptocurrency works have in common. But I do know that real people have put real money into it and some people have gotten real rich because of it. And other people tried to emulate that success only to watch their “investment” plummet into the void. But I suppose if our money is not actually going to be backed by anything physical anymore, it makes sense to instead generate enough electricity to power thousands of computers stacked on top of each other in a Costco-sized warehouse to create the 0.00222703 Bitcoin you will need to pay for your groceries.

4) Now Selling 100% Real Meat!**

**Real Meat, but legally we have to tell you that it was grown in a lab

All jokes aside, this is already happening and closer to being consumer-ready than you might think. What is “this” I speak of? Meat. The animal kind. You know the kind, right? Beef, pork, poultry, all that jazz. But you won’t have to slaughter an animal to get this meat. It will be made with muscle cells in a state of the art lab through a process that I would probably understand better if I didn’t choose to disappoint my mother by electing to study Marketing in college. And technically it will be local since that lab is more than likely in Silicon Valley. Now for the question of the safety, morality, cost, etc of it all and whether the Co-op would actually carry this as a product… That’s a good question!! And I don’t currently have an answer!!!

Don’t believe lab grown meat is on the horizon? You can learn a little bit more about the subject here.

5) A true innovation of the Future – a line with a register where customers can scan and pay for groceries themselves. (It’s still in its conceptual phase and we don’t know what to call it yet)

Ok I did some reading just now and apparently this already exists at other grocery stores. This one may be too real to include as it is probably the most feasible thing amongst the rest of this nonsense (except for maybe the meat too?). Let’s stir the pot just a bit though. Some would say we are already behind the times and doing our introvertive customers a disservice by not having a self check-out line while others would threaten to boycott the Co-op if we actually ever introduced them. So who knows what the future holds, that’s the fun of this blog!

6) We become a CEO-op

The year is (insert future year here). The amount of mega-corporations that own everything on our planet can be counted on one hand. One independent grocery store (us) remains. Will they (we) continue to stay true to their (our) cooperative roots knowing that it will ultimately lead to their demise? Or will they cave in and sell out to one of these Godzilla-corps? OR (plot twist, there is a third option) will they take matters into their own hands and join the fray in their own search for global dominance? TIME TO GO CORPORATE BABY… YOU CAN’T SPELL COOPERATE WITHOUT THE SAME LETTERS THAT YOU FIND IN CORPORATE.

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Tips for Spring Stress Relief

The original title of this blog was “Tips for a Stress Free Spring,” but if you’re here reading this, you probably know zero stress really isn’t a thing. As someone who often feels like the Queen of Stress, I’ll say this blog aims to share strategies to help you cope with stress and anxiety during the Spring season (and beyond). 

Please go get some sunshine

Soaking up the sun does a few things for our bodies. Sunlight triggers the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is linked to calmness, focus and low levels of depression. Sunshine is also important in our body’s production of Vitamin D, which has been linked to regulating mood. 

The benefits of sunshine should still be weighed against the risks. You’ll want to apply sunscreen for longer periods of sun exposure or limit your exposure time (read all about sun protection here). I like to keep a sun hat and a short-sleeved shirt stashed at my desk so I can get some sun on a 15 minute walk during my lunch break.

Appreciate the greenery

Since it’s Spring and everything is either blooming or buzzing, you might as well go outside and enjoy it if you can. This may be tough for serious sufferers of seasonal allergies, so consider bringing the green inside with a houseplant or two (read our Cacti, Succulent, and Houseplant Care Guide). Studies show that even looking at fake plants eases body and mind! 

Now is also a great time to get a garden up and running! Yes, even if you only have a tiny apartment balcony. Learn how to start a container garden here.

Go for a walk

Psst, you can do these first three tips at the same time! Wow, you’re going to feel so rested and ready to take on anything. Davis has plenty of good nature walks including the Arboretum and North Davis Greenbelts. I have been enjoying strolls through West Davis’ Village Homes paths lately as well. 

If you want to go on an adventure, Lake Berryessa (be mindful, no shade on the Ridge Trail), Rockville Hills Regional Park (pictured above), and the Putah Creek Wildlife Area (also limited shade) are all great spots for a nature walk. Of course, even a 10 minute walk around your apartment, office building, or campus will get the good vibes flowing too.

Practice some gratitude

One of my favorite gratitude practices is actually the easiest. When you wake up, before you get out of bed or even open your eyes, make a list in your head of 5 things (anything!) you are grateful for. After you’ve completed your list, smile really big and really cheesy as you get out of bed. That’s it!

Practicing gratitude improves mood and sleep and can even reduce symptoms of illness.

Get a little help from your friends

And by friends, I definitely mean vegetables! Spring brings a bounty to our gardens and kitchens: asparagus, peas, leeks, beets, artichokes, leafy greens, all the alliums, the list goes on. Get these veggies back in the mix, especially those dark leafies. Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, and chard are high in folic acid, a nutrient shown to reduce depression and fatigue. These greens also contain magnesium (helps improve sleep and stress management) and antioxidants (protects cells from free-radical damage). 

If you need a little inspiration, check out this guide we wrote featuring an easy veggie-forward recipe for every day of the month.

Get a little help from your other friends

Okay, this time I’m talking about CBD. CBD has been shown to help some folks with anxiety and is pretty safe, but check with your doctor if you’re taking any other medications or have questions about dosage. Wyld CBD Gummies, which are vegan, gluten free, and THC-free, are Owner Extras this month which means Co-op Owners can save big on the CBD gummies. Stock up now and ride those calm waves all the way till Summer.

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Spring Skincare

As we near Spring and the promise of long, sunny days spent outdoors you’re probably taking stock of the projects you’d like to tackle around the house. This is the time many of us get to cleaning those base boards, backyard sheds, and perpetual junk drawers. Spring is also the perfect time to check in with your skin and adjust your daily routine to account for the change in weather.

Find everything mentioned in this blog in our Wellness Department!

Time to start (gently) exfoliating again

Some folks like to hold off exfoliating during harsh winter months when dry skin can really get you down. With increasing humidity levels you can safely exfoliate for smooth, extra-glowy skin. 


You’ll want to go very gentle on your face, especially if you haven’t been exfoliating. This Dual-Texture Facial Mitt from Clean Logic is great for removing makeup and sunscreen on one side, and gently exfoliating on the other. 

To make your own super gentle, anti-inflammatory facial scrub, combine 1 tbsp organic ground flax seed with 1 tbsp carrier (aloe very gel, yogurt, honey, avocado, jojoba oil, rosehip oil). Gently massage onto clean skin for 30 seconds. Wash away with warm water. 

Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. If your skin is new to exfoliating or you have very sensitive skin, start with once a week exfoliation. If exfoliating is part of your routine, be sure to moisturize your skin too. 


To exfoliate everywhere else, try a Bamboo Dry Brush. Dry Brushing exfoliates your skin, unclogs pores, stimulates your nervous system, and gives your skin that radiant glow. It’s also not as harsh on your skin as scrubbing in the shower. You can read all about dry brushing in this article

I like to dry brush about once a week before I shower. I start at my ankles and work my way toward my heart brushing with slight pressure in large, clockwise arcs. You can light some candles, mist lavender essential oil, or listen to relaxing music to make this ritual sooth body and mind. 


Switch to a Light Moisturizer

I use straight up shea butter to moisturize in the winter, but Spring brings humidity that helps keep our skin hydrated. You can swap out your heavier moisturizer for something a little lighter.

Try Cocokind Chia Seed Facial Oil for easy, everyday moisture. Pair with Cocokind Facial Cleansing Oil for a spring routine that moisturizes and removes dirt, makeup, impurities, and excess oil without stripping your skin or disturbing its pH. 

Weleda Skin Food Light Nourishing Cream delivers easily-absorbed moisture to your skin. This light formulation is ideal for immediate moisturizing of face and body. Keep in your backpack or at your desk for those times your skin needs a hydration boost. 

SPF all day, every day

In case you weren’t applying sunscreen throughout the winter, you’ll definitely want to now. You can read our blog all about sunscreen and sun protection here

Badger Broad Spectrum Clear Zinc Sunscreens are on sale right now through the end of the month! These offer serious sun protection without the chalky white appearance that comes with some mineral sunscreens. I love Badger’s lavender-scented clear mineral sunscreen for every day use.

Antioxidants for your skin

You’re probably familiar with Vitamin C as an important nutrient we get from food. Vitamin C, an antioxidant, has just as many benefits for our skin when applied topically! These benefits include improving skin texture, protecting from sun damage, reducing inflammation and acne, and making your skin extra-glowy. 

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum also contains Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, Chamomile, Konjac Root, and Clary Sage to compound the antioxidant effects of Vitamin C on the skin. This serum is good for folks who like to keep their routine quick and easy: massage into skin each morning after cleansing. 

Derma-E Skin Brighten is formulated with Licorice and Alpha-Arbutin to make your skin radiant. This is a light, quick absorbing cream you can apply morning and night after you moisturize. 

Shikai Healthy Glow Facial Serum and Daily Moisturizing Lotion are made with Vitamin C and CBD, another powerful antioxidant, to even skin texture and tone. Use both for full body glow. 

Wear a cute hat

It’s okay if you forget to SPF every once in a while as long as you have a cute hat to wear when you do. Thankfully, we have lots of cute hats at the Co-op.

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