A JUARA Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Recipes

are irresistibly delicious. They’re also full of butter, sugar and carbs galore. Take a gander at our JUARA Approved Thanksgiving Recipes for a slimmer take on your holiday favorites.

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Fall Squash Salad

Replacement For: cranberry sauce, butternut squash soup


3 cups Arugula

1 Pomegranate, seeded

1 Butternut Squash, cubed

1/2 c Pumpkin Seeds, toasted

1/4 c Dried Cranberries

1/3 c Goat Cheese

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Raspberry Vinegar

Salt & Pepper to Taste

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss. Serve immediately!

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Replacement For: Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole


1 lb Sweet Potatoes or Yams, peeled & cubed

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

1 Tbsp Butter

1 Tbsp Honey

1/4 c Pecans, halved

1. Boil the potatoes until soft.

2. Drain the water and mash, adding in cinnamon, butter and honey.

3. Serve warm with pecans on top.

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Replacement For: Candied Carrots, Candied Sweet Potatoes


1 Bunch Long Stem Carrots, green chopped off

2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

2 Cloves Garlic, diced

1 Tsp Olive Oil

1 Tsp Agave

1. Preheat oven to 400.

2. In a medium sized bowl, mix all ingredients so that carrots are fully coated.

3. Roast for 20 minutes, flip the carrots over, and roast for another 20 minutes.

4. Serve warm.

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Cinnamon Poached Pears & Peaches

Replacement For: All of the pies in your life


3 Pears, halved and pitted

3 Peaches, halved and pitted

2 Tbsp Honey

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

1/2 c Chopped Walnuts

Coconut Sorbet

1. Preheat Oven to 400

2. On a baking sheet, lay the peaches & pears skin-down.

3. In a medium sized bowl, combine honey, cinnamon and walnuts. Fill the peaches and pears with this filling.

4. Bake for 25 minutes or until caramelized

5. Serve warm with a scoop of coconut sorbet


Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons

Diabetes: Prevention is the Best Medicine


10% of American Adults Are Living With Diabetes

That’s a startlingly high number…

But not as high as its corresponding cause

34% of American Adults Are Obese

The good news is, in most cases both of these diseases are preventable! And because prevention is the best medicine, here are some quick tips to stop diabetes in its tracks:

1. Exercise

Being overweight is a major risk factor for diabetes, and regular exercise can lower your blood sugar!

2. Go Nuts!

Adding a small portion of nuts to your diet can lower your blood sugar and make you feel fuller longer!

3. Spice Up Your Diet… With Turmeric & Organic Cinnamon

Adding Turmeric to your diet has been shown to help prevent the onset of diabetes! It also protects the pancreas, which is important in blood sugar regulation.

Check out an informative article about the benefits here

4.  Pack in the Protein

In general, the guide to ‘healthy eating’ says to switch your carb: protein ratio in order to curb sugar cravings and keep you fuller, longer. So if you’re eating 70% carbs, 30% protein, switch that to 30% carbs, 70% protein!

5. Make Healthy Choices

Crash diets aren’t great for your body, and you rarely maintain the dropped weight. Instead, substitute french fries for a green salad and cut portion sizes to reach a healthy weight and maintain it!

6. Ditch the Soda

Especially diet. Did you know that consuming artificial sugar makes your body crave real sugar? That’s a recipe for sugar overload… Not to mention the acidity and chemicals in soda are not super awesome for your insides. Instead, substitute seltzer with a splash of lemon.

Did You Know

Even small changes can help regulate your blood sugar. Aside from feeling more energetic, balanced blood sugar has a direct correspondence to radiant, glowing skin! 


2014 Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the Season…

For Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and the holidays are on the way! Arm yourself with fabulous gifts for family, friends, and holiday hosts with this ‘Best Of’ guide to JUARA gift giving.

Gifts Under $50

New Awake Candle $32


A fresh, delicate candle inspired by the scent of the rolling tea fields of Indonesia at sunrise, cool mountain air and crisp morning dew featured in JUARA’s Tiare Jasmine line. Designed to inspire happiness and increased energy!

Hope Candle $32


 A beautiful, soothing candle with a divine scent inspired by JUARA’s cult favorite Candlenut Body Creme. 

10% of sales from this candle will be donated to Walubi, a charitable relief organization dedicated to aiding the poor and disaster-hit areas of Indonesia through emergency relief work and rebuilding of infrastructure.

Coffee & Creme Set $49

Coffee & Creme Mock-Up for Website

A beautiful chocolate brown tin featuring our Invigorating Coffee Scrub and   Candlenut Body Crème.

This simple 2-step beauty ritual in a giftable, deorative can, enhances radiance, exfoliates, hydrates, firms & softens skin. What a delightful way to rejuvenate and energize both your skin and your senses!

Gifts Under $30

Candlenut Obsession Trio $25


Discover an instant obsession! This trio features travel-friendly sizes of your favorite candlenut products. Take these conveniently packaged versions of Candlenut Body Polish, Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel, and Candlenut Body Creme on-the-go, or gift them to a friend!

Mini Stoplight Mask Trio $16

Perfect forStoplight Travel (1) the JUARA Girl On-The-Go (or maybe for yourself during the busy holiday travel season!)

This trio features travel size versions of our Rose & Willowbark Blemish-Free Mask, Avocado Banana Moisture Mask and Turmeric Antioxdant Radiance Mask in an organza bag with postcards.


What it Means to be ‘-Free’

It’s on our packaging. It’s on our website.

Free of Parabens. Free of Sulfates. Free of Phthalates.

But what does that all really mean? And why is it important to you? Here’s why JUARA chose to be free:


WHAT THEY ARE: Parabens are a family of preservatives, most commonly Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Methylparaben and Propylparaben that are often used in cosmetics, skincare and hair care products.

WHAT THEY DO: They do prevent the growth of microorganisms and bacteria (especially when a product uses more natural ingredients), however because they can be absorbed into the blood stream some studies have linked parabens to organ toxicity and allergies.

WHY WE’RE NOT USING THEM: The studies were inconclusive, but we keep them out of our products to accommodate the most sensitive skin.


WHAT THEY ARE: Sulfates are surfactants, which basically means they’re cleansing ingredients that foam up. SLS and SLES are the two main types of sulfates used in cosmetics, and they’re often derived from petrolatum.

WHAT THEY DO: Because they foam, sulfates allow you to use less product to clean your body or hair.

WHY WE’RE NOT USING THEM: Sulfates are not necessarily toxic or allergy-prone, but they are irritants. For people who don’t react well to them, products that contain sulfates cause redness, dryness and itching. We keep them out of our products so they can be used by all skin types- even sensitive.


WHAT THEY ARE: Phthalates are used in a variety of products, from auto parts to cosmetics. A strange range of items, no?

WHAT THEY DO: They can be used to make plastic products more flexible, but in cosmetics they’re often used as a solubulizer. Phthalates are often used in perfumes to dissolve scents.

WHY WE’RE NOT USING THEM: DBP and DEHP (the two major phthalates used in cosmetics) were outlawed by the EU, and over the past 20 years testing has been inconclusive (but more negative than positive) as to the toxicity level and possible damaging effects to reproductive organs.

Mineral Oil-Free

WHAT IT IS: Mineral Oil is a petroleum derived oil that acts as a lubricant.

WHAT IT DOES: It has been used throughout history for a variety of purposes, but in skin care it’s used as a moisturizing ingredient. It coats the skin to keep the top layer slick.

WHY WE’RE NOT USING IT: Mineral Oil is not a very effective moisturizing ingredient, as it does not penetrate the skin. In fact, it does the opposite. Mineral Oil coats the top layer of skin to keep it from breathing and taking in moisture from the air, causing moisture kept in deeper skin cells to rise to the surface. Take away: Mineral Oil dehydrates the skin, slowing cell renewal.

Artificial Colorant- Free:

WHAT IT IS & WHAT IT DOES: Artificial Colorants change the color of skin care, cosmetic, drug and food products to make them more visually appealing.

WHY WE’RE NOT USING IT: Along with Phthalates, Artificial Colorants in skin care have been outlawed by the EU. Aside from that, they tend to be an irritant and can cause redness, irritation and itchiness in sensitive skin. Plus, our products are beautiful just the way they are (I mean, just look at that Avocado Banana Moisture Mask… Hello Gorgeous Green!)


Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons & Jesslee Cuizon

Ingredient Spotlight: Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid

It sounds a little scary, but it’s actually produced by your own body!

Abundant in young skin, Hyaluronic Acid is also known as the internal ‘Fountain of Youth’. It locks moisture into our skin and provides cushiony protection through our tissue and joint fluids. As we age, the amount of Hyaluronic Acid in our bodies decreases. To keep skin looking youthful, it needs to be replenished! Take a look at this impressive list of benefits:

  • Increases hydration levels in the skin
  • Firms skin, filling in fine lines
  • Heals surface wounds, burns and scar tissue
  • Increases joint mobility in those with arthritis and other joint conditions
  • Mimics natural eye fluid, so can be used in eye drops & during eye surgery
  • Plumps and fills in lines on the lips

Impressed by all of the amazing things Hyaluronic Acid can do for you, but not quite sure which products contain it? Here’s a quick list of my favorites:

Lorac Couture Shine

JUARA Clove Flower & Turmeric Serum

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Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals

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glo Moist Hydration Mist

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No Shave November Skin Care Tips

No Shave November

A man’s dream. An excuse not to shave your beard for a whole month. But come December 1st when the beard comes off, you don’t want your face to be a broken out, pimply mess. That’s why we’re bringing you…

Three Skin Saving Tips For No Shave November

1. Shampoo & Condition

Treat your beard the way you do all hair that grows on your head- shampoo and condition at least every other day. Regular bar soap will dry beard hair (and the skin underneath) out and leave your hair itchy and rough.

2. Keep It Trimmed

I know it’s No Shave November, but that doesn’t mean it’s No Trim November. In fact, your beard will grow longer if you do trim it weekly. Trimming helps keep stray hairs in line and snips off dead ends.

3. Moisturize

Moisturize your face through your beard. Even though shampoo & conditioner keep your beard hair looking shiny, they can still be harsh on the delicate skin underneath. Use a hydrating, oil-free moisturizer like this one for two reasons:

  1. It regulates your oil production, keeping the skin under your beard from over producing and pore clogging.
  2. It protects and hydrates skin throughout the day, so that when you finally unveil your face it will be baby soft and kissably smooth.




Humidifiers: Your Winter Moisturizer

A few days ago, I turned my heat on.

Which means that the unseasonably warm fall is officially over, and winter weather is coming.

Along with my heater, I turned on my humidifier. My saving grace from dry, dry New York apartment heat.

Did You Know…

Skin can be hydrated from the outside and from the inside! It makes sense when you think about it- why else would you put a moisturizer on your skin? Well, the same way that skin can be HYDRATED from the outside it can also be DEHYDRATED from the outside… and heaters send out some of the driest air around.

To keep your skin baby soft and silky smooth through the winter season, do yourself a favor and invest in a humidifier or two. It’s important to keep them where you spend most of your time: in your office and in your bedroom.

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons & Christopher Brace

Photo Credit: David Roemer & Marie Claire UK

Q&A With Celebrity Makeup Artist Gianpaolo Ceciliato

Photo Credit: David Roemer & Marie Claire UK

Photo Credit: David Roemer & Marie Claire UK

Gianpaolo is one of my favorite makeup artists of all time, and I had the pleasure of meeting him last month at the Fall Into Beauty event hosted by the amazing Fournier PR & Consulting!


Aside from being the artist responsible for some of the most gorgeous looks in Hollywood (like this one of Taylor Swift) he is a total sweetheart and we got to talking about makeup, beauty philosophies and his recent JUARA love affair!

A Chat With Gianpaolo Ceciliato

Q: How did you get started in the makeup industry?

A: I grew up in Italy, surrounded by beautiful women. I’ve always loved makeup and my favorite playtime was giving makeovers to my friends.

Q: What is your beauty philosophy?

A: Beauty starts with loving yourself and taking the time to take care of yourself. Everyone is beautiful in their own way- work with what you have! And make it better by playing up your individuality.

Q: How do JUARA products blend with your beauty philosophy?

A: Pampering yourself with great products like Juara is a great start to achieve beauty.

Q: What are your three favorite JUARA products and how do you use them on your clients?

A: I always start with a good face massage to create a perfect canvas to work with, using the Clove Flower & Turmeric Serum. I like to wear some Candlenut Perfume Oil on my wrist. And the Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner is great to refresh dry and powdery makeup, just by patting it with my fingers into the skin.

Q: What is your number one beauty tip for winter weather?

A: I always recommend investing in a richer moisturizer.

Q: What role does a scent experience play in your makeup sessions? What is your fragrance philosophy?

A: Aromas and fragrances are very powerful to human senses. By using oil on my wrists, my clients can relax and enjoy the session more.

Q: What was your favorite part of being involved with the Fall Into Beauty event?

A: The best part for me was to have a spa day at my house with my closest friends and being able to test all the Juara products on different skin types and see the results!