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Dreaming of the Sea

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Thoughts of being at the beach, floating in the ocean, eating lobster rolls, showering outside and twirling on the low tide flats spin around and around in my head every day. This is partly why I created FoxSea - to transform my love of all things nautical into my work, thereby ensuring the beach, and everything that goes with it, stays fresh in my mind at all times. The fact FoxSea has resonated with others is such a thrill for me, and I want to continue to share the products and the brand, so others can feel like they’re at the beach too - whether on a cold winter’s morning in Duluth or a spring day spent inside a classroom in Ohio.

Last month, I put together a little package of FoxSea goodies and left it in downtown Fort Wayne for someone to find. It was so fun to dream of who might find the package (and hopefully fall in love with the products) that I plan to do many more. I might even drop a few during my various travels, to spread the good word, as they say.

We’re not all lucky enough to live near a coastline, but we can all pretend to be for a moment with a fresh and healthy scent, skin nourishing oils and the cutest little anchor adorned bottle.

Behind the Scenes

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I was going to write Behind the SEAnes up there but then thought that might be too cute. Anyway — last weekend I got together with a fantastic photog + two (and a half) models, all willing to help me get a portfolio of profesh FoxSea photos together. I’ll start using the jaw droppingly beautiful images very soon, but in the meantime, here’s a peek behind the scenes of our fun little photo shoot.

Part of the lineup of products, accessories and nautical decor accents. My yellow Gloucesterman in drag made it into quite a few shots - which I LURVE.

I’m beyond thrilled to have worked with these ladies (and that baby gent) to bring a new dimension to FoxSea’s digital presence. I feel lucky to know so many creative ladies who are up for collaboration! Hashtag blessed. #GetFoxSea

Gone FoxSea-ing

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I’ve been a busy maker over here these last few weeks…

I started playing around with some looks for an event promo, and really enjoyed the freshness of the crisp and bold color. Perhaps I’ll take it further and do a bit of a makeover one of these days.

With a larger than normal slate of orders and upcoming events, I needed to produce bigger batches of product. My husband is such a gem, and he helped me tackle the labeling - which is not fun.

I’ve been lacking a little in the swag department, so I whipped up some new pins (#SaltyLady) and made some business card samples, so I could share Universal Oil with potential new fans. Fingers crossed…

My Herbal Lip Balm is back, because it’s that chapped lip time of year everyone loves so much. It always surprises me how much people ask for this product, which I initially started offering as a promotional item.

I was asked to create something for a local company’s holiday client appreciation gifts, so I bottled Universal Oil in a small rollerball for the first time then decided to add it to my regular stock offerings! #FoxSeaOnTheGo

I love a good bath, as does my smallest human. I really dig the ritual of a nice bath, so I teamed up with a local candle maker to help me create the first ever FoxSea bath candle. This first batch isn’t exactly what I want (not a reflection of my candle partner, but my own issues) but it’s got tons of potential! Stay tuned…

This summer I decelerated, both with FoxSea ish + my freelance writing, which is the great part about being freelance. However, it took me a bit to get back up to speed and I’m not sure I can sustain another deceleration. This busy last quarter of 2018 has reenergized me and I’m excited to keep up the pace!

Whew!

Get FoxSea

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I hate asking people for money, but I really want you to #GetFoxSea. 

FoxSea Skin is natural, organic beauty products that are effective and luxurious. I make each batch right before delivering it to stores, meaning the ingredients are fresh. For now, FoxSea is has a small, tight radius in Northeast Indiana. Would I like to widen that radius? You betcha. For now, FoxSea products can be purchased at a handful of boutiques, who also ship, by the way…

Please support my small side hustle by shopping FoxSea skin at The Find, The Trove, Idlehour Boutique and Salon Renew, all small, women owned businesses themselves!

Get FoxSea & Get Glowing!

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I'm a pretty terrible salesperson but I do wholeheartedly believe in the products I make. Behold a sales pitch below, with product recs from other skincare lines, because including them makes me feel better about tooting my own horn so blatantly. 

Transitional weather is here, which means it's time to make some tweaks to your skincare regime. Keep that summer glow going with the right mix of healthy beauty oils.

* As the temps start to dip (they'll dip eventually, right?), switch from gel or foaming cleansers to a cream or oil variety. FoxSea Universal Oil can be used as a cleansing oil, or try Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Oil, which gently removes the dirt and makeup of the day without stripping skin bare.

* The eye area is among the most delicate, and wacky weather can parch the area quickly. An oil serum can do a deep dive to help combat the fine lines and wrinkles that can age a face in a snap. Eye Eye, Captain is my personal fave, but Little Barn Apothecary makes an excellent version, available here.

* A nighttime facial oil is a must for waking up with glowing skin, and is the perfect last layer in an evening regime, because it helps to seal in what was applied before. FoxSea Eternal Oil is an ultra nourishing option, thanks to a super group, if you will, of natural oils known for soothing and moisturizing. 

Okay, that wasn't so bad, I guess...

 

GO BUY SOME FOXSEA!

Glow Your Own Way

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Natural beauty oils are the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. I assume most people are already well aware and are using beauty oils, but just in case...

Nothing adds a youthful lustre to skin quite like a quality beauty oil. Pure plant based oils can be great for all skin types, including oily (nothing cuts oil like oil). From tackling fine lines and wrinkles, and soothing environmental effects to adding a healthy sheen to skin morning and night, the right beauty oil is hands down the MVP of any skincare squad.

If you haven't been using a quality beauty oil, for crying out loud, right the wrong by jumping on the bandwagon straight away. Obviously, I'm a fan of my FoxSea Skin oils, but there are so many fab options on the market, and at every price point.

FoxSea Skin options include the best selling Universal Oil, which now also comes in gold and rose gold shimmer varieties for extra pizzazz, as well as Eternal Facial Oil, a soothing balm (especially great in colder months) and will soon include Eye Eye, Captain - the yet to be launched under eye serum.  FoxSea's distribution is small, for sure, but I hope to get a digital store opened sometime this year. #goals

When shopping for yours, be sure to select a pure, truly natural product, eschewing those with cheap additives and fillers, unnecessary chemicals and the like. 

some faves:

What are you waiting for? Get glowing!

Easy Come, Easy Glow

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Pure, plant-based oils are skin loving gifts from nature. These golden elixirs add moisture, plus a light, healthy sheen, and can be an essential part of any skin type's skincare regimen.

FoxSea began with one product, what has come to be known as Universal Oil. This is my go-to, multitasking product - my desert island pick. It can be used on face, body and hair (use sparingly from mid-shaft through ends) for incredible moisture, can be added to a bath for an extra skin softening boost, used in dry clay mask preparations and even as an oil cleanser.

From there, the next oil product I made became what I call Eternal Oil, specifically for the face, for skin that needs a little extra attention on fine lines and wrinkles.

Next came the Soothing Balm, a soft solid version (of sorts) of Universal Oil. It has a small cult following at this point, with fans raving about its ability to help tackle eczema (I can't technically make this claim, but I sure as hell can repeat the feedback I've heard). It's great for the dry winter months, fab as a cuticle cream, on elbows and heels, and in a very small amount, used on dry ends. I also use it to protect under eye skin when I go hiking with my family in colder months and apply a smidge of it around my nostrils when flying (read this).

Then, after lots of testing, I launched Gilded Universal Oil, a lightly shimmering body oil. Golden mica + best selling Universal Oil = glow getting body skin staple. I've also created a Rose Gold version, that adds a bit more color while remaining subtle (no OTT J. Lo glow here).

Finally, I'm getting ready to add my obsession worthy under eye serum I'm calling Eye Eye, Captain. A little goes a long way, and the oil nourishes skin and tackles the fine lines and wrinkles of our most delicate skin. I've been testing this out on myself (and a few friends) and I've gotten rave reviews so far. I can't wait to launch this baby...

These five (FIVE! My fave.) oils are essentials for me, and I hope you fall in love with them. While FoxSea is not a comprehensive, clinical range (and it never will be), it can enhance and augment any skincare routine with simplicity and a bit of luxury. #treatyoself

I always love hearing constructive criticism (ok, I may not love it, but I understand the need to hear it) and heaps and heaps of praise, so please reach out and tell me what you dig, what you'd like to see next and how you #GetFoxSea! 

Full Steam Ahead

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One of my very favorite FoxSea Skin products is the Herbal Facial Steam. The current mix is organic lavender and lemon peel, a fragrant and therapeutic combo I happen to love. It doesn't hurt that the mix looks beautiful in the jar, to boot. 

Indulging in a proper steam allows a scrub, mask or nourishing oil to penetrate more deeply. A gentle yet effective steam can help boost circulation, loosen and unclog pores, hydrate skin and promote a healthy glow. The aromatic experience is also great for the senses and a perfect antidote to the frigid temps outside. 

Here's how to give yourself a lovely little steam at home:

Fill a medium-sized pot halfway with water and bring to a low boil then remove from stove. Pour into a heat-resistant bowl and place on a stable, flat surface (kitchen table or island is best, or wherever you can sit and be comfortable during the steam). Add a handful of herbs to the water and allow to steep for one minute. Using a large towel, fully tent your head to capture the steam while positioning your face a few inches above the bowl. The steam should feel comfortable, not too hot. Steam for 5 - 10 minutes, depending on comfort level. Rinse skin with cool water, gently pat dry then finish with normal skincare regime. If you’re really in a DIY spa mood, after steaming, apply your favorite mask then finish with your normal skincare regime.

While I have yet to offer online shopping on the FoxSea website, stockists Idlehour and The FIND/The Trove are more than happy to take phone orders. Or, try Skin Owl's Beauty Steam or Fig & Yarrow Herbal Steams, available for purchase online. 

Peace, love and organic skincare! OMG, so cheesy but I'm leaving it in.

Beach Please

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Beach, please! 

Make a splash this Summer with everything you need for the perfect beach escape. 

Be the first to score FoxSea Skin's latest launch: Gilded Universal Oil, a shimmering, golden version of the much loved multi-tasking oil. You'll also learn expert styling tips for achieving amazing beach waves from the lovely ladies of Salon Renew, and Pure Movement Pilates Studio will offer a few key mat Pilates moves, perfect for keeping bikini bods in check while on vacation. While you're here, stock up on the most stylish beach essentials, such as chic caftans, tanks and tees, bkr bottles, lightweight totes, and unbreakable plates, simply splendid for beach picnics.

Join us for this fun-filled evening, celebrating the best of Summer! #BeachVibesOnly

Tuesday, July 18th, 5 - 8p @ Idlehour Boutique in #DTFW
 

Navigating Sunscreen

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I have a love-hate relationship with sunscreen, which I feel is not unique to me. It's incredibly important to protect your delicate skin from the damaging and harmful rays of the sun. But it's such a pain in the ass. The sheer number of options is dizzying and it's hard to know what to choose. Cream vs. stick vs. spray. Physical block vs. chemical block. Ugh. But I now know wearing sunscreen is a MUST.

I used to roast myself on the beach with cooking oil, for crying out loud. I "splurged" one year and bought myself a gorgeous, bronze bottle of Hawaiian Tropic dark tanning oil. Sigh... If I could go back in time and slap myself in the face (with the proper SPF), I would. Nothing will age skin faster than sun exposure. To keep skin youthful and clear of sun spots, it's vital to wear SPF. Beyond that, tanning can lead to skin cancer, especially for those with fair skin, which can be deadly.

In my late twenties, I had three pre-cancerous spots removed from my skin, two of which I could trace back to a particularly bad sunburn ON TOP of an already bad sunburn. Go figure. Now, I'm the chick on the beach covered in rash guards, Zinka nose coat and a giant floppy hat. My kids groan when I force them into their rash guards but I refuse to expose their sweet, peachy, perfect skin to those rays. They can thank me later.

I've tried tons of sunscreen formulas and options, with less than stellar results. This is why I was thrilled to read a round up of top rated sunscreens, tested and compiled by the fab Reviews.com. Check out their very thorough research then snap up a few bottles to protect the skin you're in!

Photo courtesy of Reviews.com

Tropi-cool!

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My island vibes tend to skew more Nantucket than Maui but every now and then, I like a jaunty palm print or a juicy pineapple accessory. These are my picks for adding a little tropical vibe to Summer.

At Home

At the Beach

On Your Bod


fresh eats

Bring tropical tastes into the kitchen, while you're at it. These are the recipes I'm most looking forward to trying this season.

* Jala-piña, courtesy of Food & Wine - I like my cocktails with a kick.

* Sweet & Spicy Pineapple Skewers - I'll be nixing that onion, though. #vileweed

* Pineapple Cucumber Salad - Oooh, #FreshEats, indeed!


Get the sun kissed glow of an island girl for face & body.


If there’s a heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.
— Jimmy Buffett

Sea Fresh

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You may not reside on a coast but that doesn't mean you can't pretend to when it comes to your Summer beauty regime. With ingredients like sea salt and marine extracts, these fab products bring the seaside right to you. Here's my round up of new faves that will make you feel as fresh as an outdoor shower after a day at the beach, no matter where you live.

Sachajuan's line is expertly formulated but I must admit that I'm easily won over by their minimalist packaging as well. I love R+Co's Sail Soft Wave Spray because it adds that piece-y texture we're all after but without the crunch or stickiness of other brands. 

I'm an absolute sucker for anything sea salt. Ahava's innovative Liquid Dead Sea Salt is a fantastic way to exfoliate the body, effectively yet gently. I adore nearly the entire Mario Badescu line, especially the Seaweed Cleansing Soap, which contains bits of anti-inflammatory seaweed and is great for removing makeup as well as cleansing.

Thalgo Ultra Hydra-Marine Mask instantly plumps, soothes and hydrates facial skin in mere minutes - great for your post-sun, post-swim routine. The next best thing to swimming among seaweed in the ocean is taking a luxurious bath in The Organic Pharmacy's Detoxifying Seaweed Bath Soak.

So Fresh!

Bonus, zero dollar, Summer beauty tip: Stash as many of your beauty products as you can fit in the fridge for extra cooling applications. I store eye cream, fragrance, body oil and facial mist in mine. Perhaps when I renovate my master bath, I'll carve out a space for a little dorm fridge. #nextlevel

Salty.

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Well, it's been one year since I officially launched FoxSea Skin. I've learned a ton (and still have so much MORE to learn) and have so many more goals to meet. I have high hopes for this little side hustle of mine. While I don't intend to take over the world with my salty little biz, I sure would love to spend all of my days playing with these pink salts while providing a lovely and safe little universe for my family. Here's to making a dream a full time job!

Cheers to year #2 and beyond! 

Fresh & Clean

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FoxSea Skin officially debuted in November 2015 with packaging I'd thought lots about. I wanted the Universal Oil to be in amber glass bottles for light blocking protection. I wanted to use pouches to house the scrubs, salts and herbs because of the weight, look and cost. I made these decisions well before actually launching and while I knew the whole shebang was far from perfect, I had to move forward and get the line onto shelves and into customer's homes. If I waited until everything had been perfect, I'd probably still be waiting to launch.

Once FoxSea hit the shelves, I started to get feedback - mostly positive, all constructive. What I heard about the pouches was that shoppers thought they held coffee or tea or granola. And, when I did a spur of the moment, limited edition run of cork topped glass bottles of the Sea Soak, they sold fast. The consensus was that the beautiful pink salts and herbs needed to be seen. Why didn't I think of that? Also, the pump for the Universal Oil proved to be way too generous, dispensing large streams of oil, wasting the product. Launch and learn...

I swapped kraft pouches for frosted clear versions for the Herbal Facial Steam and the Konjac Cleansing Sponges. The Universal Oil, Sea Soak, Sea Scrub and Multitasking Mask are now in clear jars and bottles, all with white caps and droppers (gone is that overly eager pump). Because the Universal Oil bottle is now clear, I also decided to shrink the size so customers wouldn't hang on to it for as long, leaving less time for oxidation. *Tip: Store all your oils in a cool, dark place for a longer shelf life. 

The final move (for this round anyway) was to soften the label by changing the classic red product names to a pink hue, one that echoed the natural beauty of the beloved pink salts. Side note: The labeling of these beauty products has turned out to be one of the biggest hurdles. There's so much to take into consideration and while I know I need to (believe me, I want to) up my label game, it's quite expensive. 

I had good reasons for my initial packaging decisions but I must say, I'm loving this new light, bright and airy direction. What say you?

ps --- New products will be launching this Spring so stay tuned! 

Introducing: FoxSea Skin

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I've been making my own skincare for ages. I was a beauty product junkie almost from birth but grew up in a house completely devoid of what I craved. I whipped up terrible concoctions from random ingredients found in the medicine cabinet and kitchen pantry back then. I shudder just thinking of some of those mixtures...

Over the years, I've studied, created, tested and tweaked hundreds of DIY beauty recipes. A little over a year ago, I shared some of these with friends and family then decided to give it a whirl and package them for sale. Thus, FoxSea Skin came to be.

FoxSea Skin is a teeny company of one (ME!) with 5 (my fav-o-rite number) signature products for healthy, glowing skin, completely free of toxins, artificial colors and fragrances. My goal is to make products that are effective and safe and make your mind and body feel as free and clean as a dip in the crisp waters of the Atlantic Ocean makes me feel. I make and package each batch right before they hit the shelves to ensure the freshest products possible. As I type, FoxSea Skin is in two phenomenal stores in my Midwestern city, with a third coming soon. Also coming soon will be a few new products. Growing already!

While FoxSea Skin is technically just me, I haven't done all this alone. I must thank my fab husband for encouraging me, applying labels to the packaging and handling all the boring math involved. I must also thank my pal, Heather, for helping me figure some sh!t out every step of the way. She's responsible for my kick @ss logos for Navigate with Style and FoxSea Skin and has done so much more as I've struggled to launch this little brand.

On November 13th, FoxSea Skin products lined some shelves of Idlehour Boutique, which opened for its first day of business that same day. I'm beyond grateful for being able to launch my brand along with this uber chic store. While this adventure is just really beginning and I have no doubt SO! MUCH! to learn still, I'm super proud of the initial launch, however soft it may have been. Please stay tuned for product updates, skincare tips and tricks and eventually, an honest to goodness website for FoxSea Skin. In the meantime, please sign up for the Navigate with Style newsletter (I won't bother you often, I swear!), LIKE FoxSeaSkin on Facebook and follow @FoxSeaSkin on Instagram and Twitter.

Dreaming of the sea...

JDF

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