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Original Roots Tour: Ohio Recap

ORT Ohio - Rachel's Family

L to R: Original Moxie’s founder’s grandmother, mother, & great grandfather.

Our second expedition for our Original Roots Tour was to Yellow Springs, Ohio!  This was an important stop in many ways! The roots of Rachel’s hair (and by extension, Original Moxie) spring from Yellow Springs.  Rachel’s grandmother Martha Porter, nee Mcconaughey, lived in Yellow Springs for much of her life and was her oldest living relative who also carried the curly hair gene. Yellow Springs also has a long history of racial diversity, dating back to the mid-nineteenth century*.  Though Rachel’s curls came by way of her Irish ancestry, her tight curls were nothing unusual in this integrated tight-knit community.

ORT Ohio Rachel Applies Product

Our first stop was at the Yellow Springs Senior Center where we had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful women. Rachel began with a talk on how to care for mature hair. We then moved on to hair demos and rousing conversations on how hair our changes as we age. Above is Rachel demonstrating the magnificent volumizing properties of Sweet Poof. Stay tuned for more from this talk!

ORT Yellow Springs Street Fair

Our final stop in Ohio was at the semi-annual Yellow Springs Street Fair. From our booth we were able to hear from new and old fans alike! In addition to the engaging conversations, we had hair demos as well as an essential oil scent station. All in all, a great way to start our summer!

*”A History of Racial Diversity”, Diane Chiddister, Yellow Springs News, February 4, 2010

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How to Avoid Helmet Hair

How to Prevent Helmet Hair

Cruising on a bike is one of the premier summertime activities. Staying safe while keeping your hair top notch, however, is another thing altogether. Luckily with the right techniques and products, looking good after breaking a sweat was never so easy! Just keep in mind these few things:

Choose an appropriate hairstyle.  Braids, twists, and chignons are great styles for all hair types since the heat of the helmet will help your hair keep whatever shape you put it in. Try pulling them to the side or doing multiples to vary the curls and waves. You can also apply your favorite moisturizer for a nice deep-conditioning treatment.

Use the right products. For fine or thin hair that gets flattened be sure to use a volumizing hair spray, like Sweet Poof. For thicker hair or curlier hair a curl cream or moisturizer such as Lux Locks, Mane Tame, or Shape Shifter will do, just be sure to follow it with a fixative such as Hold Up or a finishing oil to lock in the moisture.  [Please note: damp hair and helmets do not mix!  While all of the products mentioned above should be applied to hair when damp, your hair should be completely dry before donning a helmet.  The goal is to lock in your style before you compress it with a helmet].

Fight friction with a protective wrap. To help prevent damage and breakage from friction wear a scarf, sleep cap, or hair wrap under your helmet. Bonus points for silk or satin!

Refresh and voila! Once the helmet comes off and the braids, twists, and chignons are out, just refresh with a little product as needed. Sweet Poof, Shape Shifter, and Twist Mist are all great!

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Original Roots Tour: Ohio

Yellow Springs Street Fair Invite

The second leg of our Original Roots Tour will take us to Yellow Springs, Ohio!  This is an important stop in many ways. Original Moxie Founder, Rachel’s family tree (and curly hair) are rooted in the quaint and verdant village of Yellow Springs.

We invite you to come say hello as we host an interactive booth at the Yellow Springs Street Fair being held this Saturday, June 14th from 9AM to 5PM.  You can find us near the corner of Corry St and Xenia Ave, in front of The Winds Cafe.

In addition to special discounts, we’ll be offering styling demos and an essential oil scent  station. We’d love your input as we develop fragrances for the new products we have in the works.  See you there!

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Original Roots Tour: Baltimore Recap

Myra & Angela at La Paix Herb FarmOur first expedition for our Original Roots Tour has now come to an end. Our whirlwind adventure was invigorating; we’re excited for more. We started off the DMV leg of our trip by visiting Myra and her apprentice Angela of La Paix Herb Farm, shown above.Rachel demonstrating at Oasis SalonWe were lucky enough to attend a Curly Hair Artistry symposium at Oasis Hair Salon. Above is Original Moxie founder Rachel demonstrating the best amount of product to use.

Photos with Rachel at the Meet & GreetWe were also lucky enough to meet several OM fans, such as Kahlilia, at our meet & greet! Getting the chance to mingle with fans and hear their experiences was priceless.

Group shot at FiddleheadsOur final stop in the DMV area was at Fiddleheads Salon in DC. It was super wonderful to meet and work with such wonderful ladies!

Watch this space for more from our tour!

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Original Roots Tour: Baltimore

Original Moxie Baltimore Meet & Greet

Our Original Roots tour is kicking off this May! We’ll be visiting the DMV area and would love to meet you all! We’ll be at Willow, a Latin inspired tex-mex cantina in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore. The event will run from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  We’ll have light refreshments available. Happy hour til 7PM.

The first 50 guests will receive gift bags. As a special bonus, the bags will feature a sneak peak of our brand new product Hold Up™ Defining Serum.  See you there!

Willow location: 811 South Broadway Baltimore, MD 21231

 

 

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Sustainable Practices

Sustainable Practices

Here at Original Moxie, we are intimately familiar with the waste that tends to pile up when you make something from scratch.  Because we believe that less is more when it comes to trash, we are doing everything within our power to minimize what we throw away. Whenever possible, we purchase tools and supplies that can be re-used without sacrificing hygiene and quality.  From glass droppers for our essential oils to cotton towels for cleaning up, we strive to minimize the amount of disposable items used to create our products.  All paper, plastic and glass that cannot be re-used is responsibly recycled.

Our containers are, by design, easy to recycle and re-use.  All containers are made of #1/PET or #2/HDPE plastic.  Once you have finished using your products, simply clean them out, remove and discard the labels & lids and deposit the containers in your curbside recycling. Check with your local recycling agency to make sure that these types of containers are accepted!

We realize that our impact on the environment doesn’t stop at our doors.  We recycle or re-use the boxes and packing material that are shipped to us and utilize boxes with a high recycled content to ship our products to you. Our retail customers receive their orders in USPS Priority Mail boxes, which have been awarded Cradle to Cradle Certification℠ for their ecologically-intelligent design. We also offer CarbonFree® Shipping on all orders by partnering with Carbonfund.org to offset our shipping emissions!

For everything that can’t yet be reduced, recycled, or re-used, we offset our carbon footprint by partnering with Carbonfund.org. Carbonfund is working towards a “ZeroCarbon™ world” through innovative and expertly managed programs in climate change education, carbon offsets and reductions, and public outreach.

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Natural Ingredients

Natural Ingredients

It’s hard nowadays to pin down the meaning of the word “natural” when referring to beauty products. With so much ‘greenwashing’ in advertising the word has lost some of it’s meaning. To us, natural ingredients mean minimally processed and derived from natural sources such as seeds, nuts, and leaves. We like to go from plant to product in as few steps as possible!

We’re committed to using natural ingredients not just because they work, but because they create less of an environmental impact than their chemical counterparts.  Extraction of a botanical oil, for example, uses less fossil fuel and creates far fewer harmful byproducts than the creation of a hydrocarbon-based oil such as paraffin. Natural ingredients also tend to be fully biodegradable and easily composted.  The dried herbs that go into our herbal infusions are collected and turned into our compost heap, which will in turn yield rich, black soil for our gardens.

Part of what makes our products so effective is not only the superior quality of the natural ingredients they contain, but the quantity they contain as well. All of our products are at least 97% natural, with some (such as Twist Mist) being 100% natural. From high potency herbal infusions to rich botanical oils and extracts, our carefully crafted formulas are packed full with ingredients that nourish your hair and scalp from the inside out. Whenever possible we use organic, unrefined ingredients so as to pass on their uniquely beneficial and potent properties. These natural ingredients are as beautiful and fragrant as they are effective.  The minimal processing they undergo gives our products their unique color and scent!

It’s easy to talk the talk without walking the walk, right?  But when you create every product yourself, you have a very personal stake in whether your ingredients are safe to use.   We don’t want to be in contact with anything toxic, so you can rest assured that our products are safe for you and your family to use.  Though we do use a limited number of chemicals (primarily for emulsification and preservation), we take care to use only those that receive a safety rating of 5 or lower on the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic Safety Database and to use them in the smallest possible amount.

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Essential Oils

Essential Oils

Essential oils are the truly amazing natural essences extracted from plants and used for a variety of applications, from perfumery to first aid. They may come from any part of the plant, such as the rind of an orange, the flower of a rose, or the bark of a Cinnamon Tree. They connect us in a very direct way with the vitality, power and beauty of nature. The aroma-therapeutic benefits of essential oils are well documented and are known to ease tension, alleviate depression, focus thought, and stimulate energy! Many essential oils also have toning, cleansing, moisturizing, and balancing effects on the scalp. But the main reason we use them is because they smell AMAZING!

Synthetic fragrances, widely used in the cosmetic industry, often contain hundreds of separate ingredients, primarily petroleum derivatives, which include phthalates (a group of chemicals linked to hormone disruption), neurotoxins, allergens and sensitizers. Because fragrance is considered a ‘trade secret,’ companies are not required to list these compounds on their labels. These chemicals not only accumulate in your blood stream, but also in the environment, polluting the water we drink and the food we eat. (To find out even more about synthetic fragrance, you can visit The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website at: http://www.safecosmetics.org).

In Original Moxie products, each essential oil fragrance is lovingly created and designed to complement any natural odor that the unadorned raw materials may contain.  Most essential oils fall into one of ten scent categories: Woody, Edible, Musky, Balsamic, Earthy, Floral, Spicy, Green, Fruity, and Citrus. The essential oil fragrances that we craft for our products span the gamut and include notes from each of the ten scent categories.

Because they come from natural sources, essential oils can vary from batch to batch. Moreover, they continue to mature and develop from the moment they are extracted to the moment we add them to our products.  We embrace this slight variability as a distinctive fingerprint that makes our products even more special and hope that you will too.

What’s your favorite essential oil? We’d love to know!

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Cruelty Free Products

Moby and Maybelle!

Being beautiful shouldn’t come at the expense of other living beings – it’s as simple as that. We’re committed to a completely Cruelty Free product development process and have been certified by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ Leaping Bunny Program! You can rest assured that our products comply with Leaping Bunny’s exacting standards which ensure that “no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.”

Aside from animal welfare issues, cosmetic animal tests also have scientific limitations whose results may not be relevant to humans. Cosmetic testing not carried out on animals often combine human cell based tests and advanced computer models, whose results take far less than the months and years that outdated animal testing requires. These updated modern techniques to test the safety of cosmetics also have the benefit of not harming others for our beauty.

Above are two of our beloved, always inspiring animal friends – Moby and Maybelle, both rescues from the local Humane Society. Their sweet and joyful personalities remind us every day why we choose to be cruelty free 🙂 Tell us! Why do you choose cruelty free?

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Earth Day Sale!

Earth Day Sale! See below for details.

Original Moxie is celebrating Earth Day with one of our largest sales of the year! Friday April 18th – Tuesday April 22nd, get 30% off orders of $30 or more with coupon code EDAYOM14.  For every qualifying order, we will donate $2 to  Leaping Bunny to support Cruelty Free beauty!  The Leaping Bunny Program provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.

We’ll be continuing our celebration of all things earthy with a series of posts on how we commit ourselves to cruelty free & eco-friendly practices. Stay tuned!

Coupon code for use on retail orders only. Gift sets and kits are excluded. No rain checks, no cash value, limit one per customer. Valid Friday, April 18th – Tuesday, April 22nd.