Bluewave Vineyarders

 

 

IMG_4735Living on a small island we are fortunate to be surrounded by artists, carpenters, yogis, fitness gurus, realtors, creative business men and women, and many other professionals that kick, spice, and soothe, daily life on Martha’s Vineyard.

This summer has been Bluewave’s best to date. We want you to meet the Vineyarders that love Bluewave Body Company and hear why.

 

Lucia Hayman has the spotlight.

Lucia is a private chef, owner of http://www.vineyardmaiden.com and student of The Institute of Integrated Nutrition. She teaches Pilates, nutrition, spin class and advocates for consumer knowledge in sourcing your food. She is a self-styled rebel who wants to change the world by changing the way we eat, consume and love our bodies, mind, and spirit.

L. Hi Lucia, welcome to Bluewave. We love that you integrate all aspects of healthy living. Why are handcrafted, all-natural cosmetics important to you?

IMG_4741Lucia. As a chef I know it’s all about the quality of the ingredients that creates delicious food. It’s this concept that drew me to Bluewave. High quality ingredients without chemicals and with ingredients that heal and nourish naturally, that’s what we need and that’s what we need to teach our children.

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L. Talking of children, what’s happening in their lives?

Lucia. The biggest event happening right now is Lee, my eldest daughter is going to college. I’ve taught her how to take care of herself as best I can, now she’s ready to fly. Today, I’m sending her and a few friends off with some important skin care lotions that I really feel are the whole package in head-to-toe care. They feel good and smell good and it makes me smile to think these scents and creams will remind them of home, of our summer days at the beach and their aftersun care; oiling the skin, exfoliating the skin, rubbing their feet, rituals that we have practiced together since Lee was little.

I want her to take a little Vineyard with her, and no better way then with products made right here in Edgartown, her hometown.

L.That’s great Lucia, thanks, what would you pick for her as she heads off-island? Let’s put a care package together.

Lucia. Cleansers, are key. The Everyday Light Facial Lotion is great for teens. It contains jojoba oil and rosehip seed, willowbark and white tea, helps balance sebum naturally and nourish the skin.IMG_4738

Argan oil for the hair, mixed with coconut oil, marshmallow extract and jojoba oil. For their lips, I picked a Lip scrub and balm to soften and repair.

Nothing gets rid of hard/dead skin and build up like a good Exfoliating Sugar Scrub. I like the scent of Island Girl with Shea body butter, sugar, with a mild scent of beach grass, beach plum, bay rose. To finish the package and round out their overall body treatment I picked a soft body wash and lotion, I like the Stay Gold and Tropicale. Both have hints of fruit and citrus and are kind to body and environment. Just perfect.

L. Thanks for supporting local and handcrafted, Lucia. Let us know how things are going with the girls.

Lucia. My pleasure.

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Bluewave is growing…

Lara O’Brien is a wife and mother of four children living on Martha’s Vineyard. She is the author of a middle grade novel and writes throughout the school year from her study in Vineyard Haven. We are so happy to announce that Lara will be joining Blue Wave Body Company as, writer, social media promotor and mixer and blender (mixologist) of our products.

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Some of the strengths Lara brings to the company is her love of the Vineyard, her passion for life, her family, her writing and for Blue Wave Body company.

I sat down with Lara to interview her for this blog post.

G. What made you want to come to Bluewave?

L. After years of caring for others, I wanted to expand my list of care-taking to include me, in body, mind and spirit, and outside of the home. One way I saw that happening was giving time to a small Indie Vineyard company that I could grow with. I liked the idea of a focus on beauty and nurturing the spirit. These things are important to me. I also wanted the excitement of seeing ones passions and efforts grow, become successful, inspired by the beauty of the Vineyard, and I see that in Blue Wave. Your company fits in well with they synergy of the island. For me, learning something new, especially a small production, back to earth and elements production is proving to be fitting for me. It’s very satisfying taking minerals, oils, and Shea butter and making a beautiful moisturizer.
Long point, sorry Gwyneth, on the big picture, I’m happy to start taking care of myself a little better and love that it’s starting with the skin.
G. How do you see your role with BW.

L. My happiest days are writing and luxuriating in everything beautiful, Vineyard, Ireland, spas, glass of champagne, family, friends, reading, hiking, creating, these things make me happy and I’d love to combine a few of these loves into a working atmosphere, and in BW I get to tell the world about what we have created in the studio, what new sugar scrubs or facial creams we just made, what camomile does, nettle extract, that B3 and calendula extract calms inflammation and willow bark and witch hazel cleans pores. I’m learning everyday about flowers, oils, salt, minerals. These products, all handcrafted by you, (now us) and I want our inspiration, the Vineyard, to reflect in the beauty of BW products, and I want to write about them.

Overall I want to support a young company that I love, and with BW I can see this.

G. What’s your favorite product?

L. I’m really interested in the healing side of nature. As a family we have had issues with eczema and acne over the years and learning about how a flower and herb can ease and eradicate skin problems is intriguing, I mean, I know it, but to see it put together from the plant, mixed with shea butter and oils and onto the skin, then feel or see it ease and heal, that works for me. It’s satisfying.

G. When you’re not here in the studio, where are you spending your time?

L. Yes, time, its our most precious commodity. Between us, we have 9 children, there is so much we get, about family life, work balance and chill time, we understand each other without any discussion. We get along great. So we make good working companions. While we are mother’s first, we are also strong, dynamic woman, that know how to get things done, and get it done with ease, we have both learned that the less stress, the better, so we’re a good duo.

I continue to write, daily. I have a Senior, a Junior, a Freshman and a 5th grader, so getting them back to school and on track is what’s happening right now. As soon as they are off and running, it’s time to reflect, take a breath after a long, hot, summer. I’ll walk the beach, groom the dog, and take that time to relax, unwind and have some serious beauty therapy. See, I’m already in the right place.

 

Photo credit to Elizabeth Luce @ http://www.elizabethlucephotography.com

 

Spotlight: Kukui Nut Oil

As this crazy busy summer nears its inevitable conclusion, I’ve been just starting to dream of winter in Hawaii. So I thought it was fitting that the Spotlight Ingredient of the Month is Kukui Nut Oil. It even sounds lush and tropical!

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The kukui nut tree is the official tree of Hawaii and has been used by natives of this island for hundreds of years. The kukui seeds were brought by the ancient Polynesians during the earliest known exploration of the archipelago and arrived on the Hawaiian Islands 1600 years ago. Due to its many traditional uses and its cultural importance, the kukui nut tree is recognized as the official tree of the State of Hawaii.

A kukui nut tree usually produces 60-180 pounds of nuts. The nuts inside the shells are removed and the oil is obtained after roasting and hard-pressing the kernels. The nuts yield approximately 20% of their weight in oil. Hawaiians treat skin irritations, wounds and burns with the oil and for easing stretch marks. It is used for Lomi Lomi massage and in Hawaiian Healing. Today refined oil is considered the most valuable extract from this tree and has recently become known for its skin rejuvenating properties to the world outside Hawaii. Awareness about the immense benefits of this oil is gradually increasing. In Hawaii, hospitals use kukui nut oil to treat cancer patients suffering from radiation treatment burns. It is very popular among surfers who use it as a skin emollient against sun, wind, water, and sea salt damage.

Why Kukui Nut Oil is so beneficial:

In skin care kukui nut oil is a luxuriant, versatile and precious oil. It has antioxidant properties, which prevent free radical cell damage. It is high in polyunsaturated, high in essential fatty acids, both Omega-6 (linoleic acid) and Omega-3 (linolenic acid). Omega-3 has long been known to have both hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties. Kukui nut oil in topical use penetrates deeply and slows epidermal water loss making it an excellent moisturizer. The trapping of moisture in the skin allows it to heal. It helps heal chemical burns, radiation burns and sunburn. It softens scar tissue, cracked skin and helps many who suffer from psoriasis and eczema. Omega-3 has been shown to reduce the skin’s sensitivity to UV rays. While it should not be used instead of sunblock, it is a helpful supplement to protect your skin from sun damage. Omega-3 can also plump and firm the skin so that wrinkles are less pronounced. You will find this amazing oil in our After-Sun Healing Spray and Hawaiian After-Sun Body Butter.

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This oil acts as an excellent exfoliator, getting rid of dead skin cells and helping to regenerate new ones. Linolenic acids naturally fight inflammation thereby leading to reduction of acne symptoms. Amino acids present in this oil are helpful for treating damaged hair and scalp. It makes one of the best hair and scalp oils. It acts as a conditioner and helps hair to regain lost moisture, protects against split ends, and works as a stimulating agent on scalp for hair growth. It also checks the growth of dandruff and soothes dry, itchy scalps. We include kukui nut oil in our Coconut Oil Hair Mask, and our F*lake Off Treatment Shampoo and Treatment Serum.

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You can also add the oil into the bath, or after a shower put the oil on your body while you are still wet. One of it’s great qualities is its fast absorption time. It moisturizes and softens very well, but does not leave an oil slick. People have reported that kukui nut oil may help reduce scarring when applied to scrapes and abrasions. You can find kukui nut oil in both our Soothing Body Oil and our Relaxing Bath Oils, as well as in our Ocean Salt Soaks featuring real Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt.

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All of these amazing products are available on the website and all will be featured at our upcoming Pop-Up Shop on Saturday, September 3rd at the Sandbar and Grill in Oak Bluffs, from 11am-4pm. Make your summer last all winter long!

xo

Gwyneth

Do It For Jonny…

The only thing more fun than working out new recipes (think the perfect pink lipstick) is coming up with new scents. The goal is to introduce a new scent every season. My personal bathroom is nothing but trials and testers. Pretty much anything that ends with my husband or children saying “Why do you smell like…” will not make it to my shelves. It takes a long time before a new scent combination makes it too production. But every once in a while, I nail on the first try.

I wanted to add a softer citrus to my line, something that was fresh but also a little sexy. So I combined oils of tangerine, white grapefruit, jasmine, neroli and musk and it’s been a hit right out of the studio. It’s a bright scent out of the bottle but then settles into something richer. It’s seasonless; you could wear this to an after-beach party or by the fire at the ski lodge. It’s sultry.

After I approve a scent, I think about color. I never use artificial colors so the colors are typically light. But this needed something that was bright and rich, like gold. The combination of gold micas is not a bright yellow, but rather a rich creamy color. Sultry.

And then, it’s onto the name. I’ve been known to jump out of bed at 4:00am to write down the name of a product I haven’t even formulated yet! While most of my product names are self explanatory, like Foaming Facial Cleanser, my scent names always have a little story behind them. So as I was thinking of one hundred variations of gold, just about to settle on “Liquid Sun” I realized I was furiously humming the theme song from the movie The Outsiders. You know, the movie that today would cost as much as small country. Matt! Tom! Rob! EMILIO!

It really is one of the special movies of my youth. My family, friends, and now my kids, having been forced, all used the quote “Do it for Johnny!” way more than the average person, who probably never uses the quote. So in honor of this classic movie, and some classic memories, I decided to name this new scent “Stay Gold.”

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Go watch the movie. Young, fresh, sexy, sultry. It will all make sense.

xo Gwyneth

The (Re)Launch 2016

What’s that saying about “the best laid plans?” We’ve all been there. Everything meticulously planned out and then you blink and everything’s gone awry? Well, that pretty much sums up last year’s Bluewave Season Launch of 2015. I even lost my tent somewhere! I’ve decided to call it a blessing, since I was lucky enough to be there for my family. Now that everybody is on the mend and locked up tight (kidding, kind of) and I’m ready to get back to work.

First, I have to say, THANK YOU!! I have been overwhelmed by your loyal customer support and ongoing orders. You’ve all helped keep the spark alive for me. To have you seek me out after I basically disappeared from the show circuit was humbling and inspiring. So with that said, on to the (Re) Launch of 2016! I bought a new tent and I’m getting ready to fill it. I even have a new website almost completed with pictures that were taken by local stylist and DressedMV magazine editor Trena Morrison. Take a peek as it keeps building at www.bluewavebodycompany.com.

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I’ve got some great new products for your face, your hair, your body plus today I made the first few batches of SMACK! It’s a super thick and shiny lip gloss in fun summer colors. I can’t wait to get it to my testers (aka my daughters, my friends, my friends’ daughters…)

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I promise to keep you all up to date as I add new things. And get ready: the first official Vineyard Artisans Festival is right around the corner. The Spring Show is over Memorial Day weekend at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. I can’t wait to meet you all under my new tent!

xoxo

Gwyneth

Bring It On

It’s the season of the humid hair here in New England. We manage to go from the bitter cold winter to our moist warm ocean air in a blink of an eye. And our hair does not like it. It doesn’t seem to matter: straight, fine, coarse, or curly. Everyone is fighting the frizz. And while it seems counterproductive, if you give your hair a weekly surge of moisture, it will become less frizzy in the long run.

Coconut Oil Hair MaskOur Coconut Oil Hair Mask truly fits the bill for everyone. It’s full of lots of goodies, like amino acids and organic, fair-trade coconut oil to quench hair and add shine. Coconut, argan and flaxseed oils also offer deep conditioning and strength without buildup or greasiness. Vitamin B5 and aloe vera juice provide over the top nourishment. We mix in our custom blended hair extract of marshmallow root, nettle and chamomile for added detangling and control.

Used weekly, this mask can reinvent your hair! Apply liberally to damp, freshly washed hair making sure all sections are saturated. Leave on for at least five minutes then rinse thoroughly. For an extra reparative treatment, saturate hair with the mask, wrap hair in sections or place under a shower cap, and leave on overnight.

As always, our hair mask is fresh, handmade and natural. This has become a summer staple for all our clients. So go ahead, de-frizz your inner beach girl!

xoxo

Gwyneth

April Showers Bring…

So here on our little island of Martha’s Vineyard it’s been raining for a bit, after a few days of hot, eighty-degree weather. In typical New England fashion, everyone is either sweating to death or running around in their winter jackets. We never seem to get the middle ground. I can’t remember the last time we had what the rest of the world calls “Spring.” Our trees, our flowers, everything goes from dormant to full bloom overnight. I have a dear friend who spent a whole day at work dreaming about going home to trim some lilacs for her table, only to find them depleted by a rogue afternoon windstorm. What’s that saying? “Make sure to take the time to stop and smell the flowers.” Here on Martha’s Vineyard you have about three hours.

These fleeting spring florals are the inspiration for the first custom blended scent. May Flowers continue to be one of my best sellers. As you know, I am ridiculously picky about my fragrances. Floral scents are particularly tricky to work with because the fragrances can change so much over time. Every time I make a new batch of any product in the May Flowers line, I wait four weeks before I will actually put it on the shelves for sale. I want to be sure that the scent stay true to those fresh blooms.

May Flowers is a custom blend of four popular and fragrant flowers that bloom in my back yard. My goal was to create a fragrance that would enliven the senses the same way the first bright, pungent flowers of the season do after a cool rain. I start with a base of lilac oil, and then layer in hyacinth and lily. Once they fragrances settle, I add peony oil to give the scent a heady and earthy note. People tell me this scent smells exactly like walking into the florists’ shop.

May Flowers is one of my signature scents. It comes in a body wash, an everyday lightweight lotion, an exfoliating sugar scrub, and an ultra-rich body butter.

All of the products can be found on my website at www.bluewavebodycompany.com and I have a booth every Sunday in West Tisbury at the Vineyard Artisan Festivals. Stop on by and smell the flowers.

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