Celebrating 7 years of nature + beauty

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Friends,

It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since we opened our doors! The vision behind Aviary was to bring sustainable beauty and wellness to a serene space and to become part of the community.

To thank you for flocking with us, we’re throwing a month long birthday party with seven days of giveaways from our curated collection of natural beauty and wellness products!

We’ll be giving away all kinds of goodies like: hair care by OWAY & davines, scrubs & serums by Sircuit Cosmeceuticals and Dr. Hauschka, some of our favorite candles and incense, a well-stocked gift bag and even a big ‘ol gift card!

All giveaways take place on Instagram, so make sure you are following us here.

With Gratitude,

Aviary

How to enter/rules:

Just comment our contest posts on Instagram.  Tag a LOCAL ATL friend! (each friend you tag is an extra entry.) Be sure to follow @aviary and to be eligible to win!  The winner will be randomly selected and we’ll announce the results the day after the post.

your summer skin savior

We are all familiar with the failsafe skincare ritual of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing and the daily use of toner can feel like a daunting extra step. So do you really need it? The answer is yes – especially in the coming summer months. Toner is a water-based solution with humectants that work to keep moisture in the upper levels of the skin. In turn, it fights dryness and gives your skin an instant boost of hydration. That’s not all, though. Toner is known to combat chemicals such as chlorine. Summer swims are a necessity when it comes to getting through the Georgia summer and chlorine can sit on your skin long after a splash, drying it out. In contrast to combating dehydrating chemicals, toner enhances your preexisting skincare routine. It consists of ingredients that soothe, control oil (thus fighting acne) and stimulate blood circulation. Applying it pre-moisturizer can multiply these benefits as well as add a protective layer to your skin so you can say goodbye to environmental damage.

Toner is a skin saver when it comes to summer sun and it’s well worth the extra step. We love Dr. HauschkaFacial Toner and Clarifying Toner. Sircuit Cosmeceuticals also boasts two of its own: Molecular Mist and Immaculate Mist. Ready, set, summer skin!

into the bottle: rose

Humans have always had a love affair with roses and for good reason. Rose oil and rose water are two of the oldest skincare products in the book. The Dr. Hauschka website explains the coveted use of rose oil and rose water in their products: “The flowers must not be allowed to get hot, otherwise they would lose too much of the costly rose essential oil. For this reason harvesting starts early in the morning and everyone in the Lalehzar valley that is not aged or infirm is roped in to help. Again and again the distillery workers turn the roses over to ensure that they remain cool.”

Apart from the boundless vitamins and antioxidants that can be ingested through a cup of rose hip tea or the calming affects of its aroma, rose oil and rose water have a long list of benefits when it comes to beauty. First off, it contains anti-inflammatory properties, which soothes irritated skin. It also includes a great deal of antioxidants that are proven to strengthen skin cells and regenerate tissue. These properties make the rose particularly beneficial to sensitive skin, but the love affair doesn’t stop there.

The duo also makes for a great moisturizer. Its natural oils trap moisture in the skin, decrease damage to the skin's elastin fibers and prevent wrinkles. These properties, especially beneficial to dry skin, help skin look and feel smoother.

The key word for the rose, in any sense, is gentle and some of our tried and true natural products thrive on the super flower. Dr. Hauschka boasts Rose Day Cream, Rose Day Cream Light, Rose Body Moisturizer and Rose Body Oil and Sircuit uses it in restorative retinoid crème Supernatural-A, repair and recovery balm Sircurity and protective moisture crème Cloud 9+. Roses are red, anyone?

sircuit, making our summer skin better

Our friends at Sircuit have put together a list of seven sun essentials that we couldn't help but agree on. Here's why:

1. swell, an oceanic cooling mask Most acclaimed as a cooling after-sun mask, Swell calms and hydrates the skin. It works in the shade too, though, to firm and refresh with its anti-aging properties.

2. molecular mist, hydrating moisture care It works in that dehydrating airplane air and sunshine alike and it's important when it comes to refreshing and hydrating our beat summer skin. We also love that Sircuit's take on the mist includes protection against UV rays and other environmental factors.

3. sol-avert SPF 30, ultimate UV defense It's Sircuit's classic yet fierce sun block - paraben-free and eco-friendly of course.

4. sircuit soleil, firming mineral self-bronzer We like to think of this one as safe sun at its best. Sircuit's streak-free bronzing self-tanner an almost instant seven day glow. Not to mention it can even be blended in with your favorite moisturizer to build a healthy tan any time of the year.

5. lavish, multi-use therapeutic dry oil It's an old-time favorite that turns out to be perfect for summer. Lavish absorbs quickly into skin and leaves behind a soft and subtle sheen.

6. sircuit weapon, 10% vitamin C therapy serum We don't only like this one for the name. It's also anti-aging, reduces the appearance of fine lines and improves your skins resilience and tone.

7. white out, daily under eye cream It may be cliche, but it is important to be easy on the eyes in this case. Sircuit has created a multi-tasking under eye cream that protects that delicate eye area from environmental damage. And as part of Made Better, White Out also bosts its Biolumen Firm technology, which captures UV light as energy and, like LED red-light therapy, utilizes beneficial aspects for the skin.

into the bottle: arnica

This week we’re revisiting the “E” word. If you haven’t taken Condition up on last week’s deal, we may know one of the things stopping you. Exercise can be tough so it’s natural that muscles start feeling tight and joints begin to get a little stiff after a rigorous workout. That’s where arnica, another ingredient we’re thanking the earth for, comes in.

Arnica is in the sunflower family and has been used for centuries to relieve pain, revitalize after-physical activity, and even promote flexibility. It’s believed that the plant contains derivatives of thymol, which has anti-inflammatory effects so even those with arthritis are use it to reduce pain and swelling in joints. It is also loaded with compounds like flavonoids, silicic acid, tannins, carotenoids, and essential oils. These compounds make arnica a fantastic healer for skin and its own process of renewal and self-cleansing.

For us, arnica’s all natural soothing action along with its skin benefits makes it a superstar ingredient. Dr. Hauschka uses arnica as the main component in their Birch Arnica Body Oil and Sircuit in their refreshing gel moisturizer, Cool Aid. The best way to utilize arnica’s benefits is the massage it into the skin after exercise or those other strenuous activities. It’s soothing warmth will bring those muscles and joints back to live… so you can exercise again tomorrow.

it's just... lavish.

Remember last week when we explored One Love Organic’s master product, Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm? Well, this week we’re exploring another product that could be included under the master category (just like Michelangelo or Raphael). It’s Lavish by Sircuit and again, we’re in awe.

The multi-use therapeutic dry oil is a face, body, and hair godsend. With NINE of the most precious oils (Grapeseed Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Organic Borage Oil, Arctic Cranberry Oil, Cloudberry Oil, Bitter Almond Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum Oil, Neem Oil), Lavish nourishes, protects, and smooths every inch of the body. These oils also combat signs of aging, improve the appearance of scars and strechmarks, and can be used on dry hair for spilt end and general damage control. And this wide range of benefits relates to the wide range of possibilities Sircuit brings to the table with Lavish. It is suitable for every age and can tackle woes all year around. How cool is that?

And if that isn’t enough, Allure Magazine’s Beauty Reporter pointed out five more reasons dry oil may take place of every product ever (ever). It can remove everything from mascara to eye shadow without stripping skin, tame frizz and flyaways, naturally highlight cheekbones and shoulders, and when added to liquid foundation, it can make it more hydrating and sheer. One simple idea I really liked was to dab a little on your wrist as perfume (Lavish comes complete with an almond scent to swoon over). And as always, Sircuit has produced a product that’s free of artificial preservatives, colors, fragrance, and cruelty. Get ready to glow.

celebrate the season (right down to your skin)

We’ve (un)officially entered the holiday season. With weeks old smiling pumpkins beginning to wilt on stoops, new pumpkins waiting for Thanksgiving (already?) the sound of pumpkin flavored… anything, pumpkins are hard not to love. But all won’t wither away like our stoop sitting friends. For example, Sircuit’s Youth Accelerator Mask (Made Better) with pumpkin enzyme is here to stay.

Youth Accelerator is an all-natural, pumpkin enzyme peel that’s rich in anti-aging and skin perfecting nutrients.  Brimming with Beta Carotene and over 100 other nutrients, pumpkin ferment and lactic acid (skin softening exfoliant) removes dead skin cells and deeply cleans pores. It helps to minimize free radicals (that icky stuff in the air) that result in accelerated aging and clogged pores. It’s suitable for all skin types yet best for aging, oily, and/or those with hyperpigmentation.

It all lends to a healthier, more vibrant complexion and that’s what we’re all about. And with endless holiday parties (and photos opps) coming up, a revamped complexion couldn’t sound better. And, hey, Youth Accelerator is 100 times simpler than the holidays and all they bring. Use once a week for 10-15 minutes will do the trick! Ready to beam? We know it smells good but save that for the desserts. THIS intensive therapy targets the skin’s receptors yet boasts fewer calories better than that pumpkin spice latte you’re craving.

The pumpkin mask is also available in the Smart Peel Facial and appointments with Amy can be scheduled here.