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CHECK THE LABEL: ​Petro-fied: ENE-nuff is Enough!

Petro-fied: ENE-nuff is Enough!The last time a book gave me the creeps was when I read the second installation of J.K. Rowling’s best-selling series: Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. I never imagined how silent whispers of a giant serpent slithering inside hollow chamber walls could send chills down my spine (especially when you read the book alone in your [...]

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WORKOUT FOR THE WEEK: 7 Yoga Poses for Perfect Skin: Plow Pose (4 of 7)

7 Yoga Poses for Perfect Skin: Plow Pose (4 of 7) We’re officially halfway through our seven yoga poses for perfect skin. If you recall, the first three poses we talked about were the Lotus, Sage, and Bow poses. This week we will tackle the Halasana. Hal in Sanskrit means plow, thus this fourth asana is called the Plow Pose. This pose is perfect [...]

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FOOD FOR TAUT (SKIN): ​A Healthy World is Your Oyster

Do you know where the expression, “The world is your oyster,” originated? It is said to have come from William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. The line was originally given to the character, Pistol, who said: “Why, then the world’s mine oyster / Which I with sword will open.” Pistol was going to employ violent means (sword) to [...]

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ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS: Going Loco Over Coco

Going Loco Over Coco With over 15 million tons produced in 2015, the Philippines ranks as the second world leader in coconut production. Second only to Indonesia, the Philippines exports more than $1 billion worth of coconuts to the United States alone. It is no surprise, really, how much Filipinos love this fruit because of its versatility. In fact, one [...]

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CHECK THE LABEL: Not-So-Fantastic Plastic

Not-So-Fantastic Plastic I’m not a fan of the Fantastic Four. I don’t think much of their superpowers. And of the four, I thought the lamest power had to be Reed Richards’s ability to elongate himself like plastic. To me, there was nothing “fantastic” about Mr. Fantastic. Similarly not-so-fantastic is one component of actual plastic, that is, phthalates (pronounced “THAH-lates”). [...]

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WORKOUT FOR THE WEEK: 7 Yoga Poses for Perfect Skin: Bow Pose (3 of 7)

7 Yoga Poses for Perfect Skin: Bow Pose (3 of 7)Welcome back to this edition’s Workout for the Week. We continue with the third of seven yoga poses for perfect skin. Today we take a look at the Bow Pose or Dhanurasana (dhanu = bow). As its name suggests, this asana or yoga pose allows the body to bend [...]

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FOOD FOR TAUT (SKIN): Egg-ceptional. Egg-straordinary. Un-egg-spected.

Egg-ceptional. Egg-straordinary. Un-egg-spected. If you were to ask me, “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?” I honestly wouldn’t know. Thankfully, this is not an article that aims to answer such deep, philosophical questions, so I will leave that to other bloggers. But if you were to ask me, “Which is better: the caged egg or the free [...]

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ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS: Jojoba Mojo

Jojoba MojoHave you ever wondered how the sperm whale got its name? The head of the sperm whale contains a waxy liquid called spermaceti, which was much sought after by whalers for its various commercial applications, i.e., cosmetics, leather working, and lubricants. This is why sperm whaling started in the 1800s. But by the 1960s, the sperm whale was [...]

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CHECK THE LABEL: True Colors

True Colors They say “You first eat with your eyes.” This is why cooking has somewhat evolved as an art style in itself over the last years. Nowadays, presentation is just as important when preparing a delicious dish. Even before digging in to your favorite meal, your eyes already begin to digest what is in front of you by [...]

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WORKOUT FOR THE WEEK: 7 Yoga Poses for Perfect Skin (2 of 7)

7 Yoga Poses for Perfect Skin: Sage Pose (2 of 7) Last month, we started with the first of seven yoga poses that work wonders for glowing skin. This week, we continue with the second pose: Marichyasana.  Marichi literally means “a ray of light,” and this pose is also known as the Sage Pose. And just as a ray of [...]

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