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HollyBeth Organics: Eye Serum

I've been a big fan of HollyBeth Organics ever since I first blogged about it two years ago. Its mastermind, HollyBeth Anderson, handcrafts the only USDA Certified Organic skincare line in all of Georgia- based purely on her incredible passion for producing products that are hydrating, soothing and effective....and good for you, inside and out. This latest product may be her best work yet...

HollyBeth has crafted various formulas for eye creams over the years, but this one changes the game. Her newly released Eye Serum is comprised of black cumin, carrot seed and pomegranate seed oils that work to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and fade dark circles. And because of these super nourishing, organic oils, her serum brightens, hydrates and protects. It just can't get much better than this...

Oh, but it does. My favorite feature of this eye serum is the cooling steel roller ball applicator, which means you don't need to use your fingertips on the most sensitive part of your face. Brilliant. Find it, here.


Images: Sweet Peach


Fig & Flower

Sara Lamond believes in organic beauty. It's something she cares passionately about- head to toe, inside and out..

To better understand where she is now, it was important for Sara to share her story. As a recovering alcoholic, she spent years of her life caring little of what she did to her body- from smoking cigarettes, to what she ate or drank. She had still managed to graduate law school, pass the bar and begin to chase her dream of money and power. Then, her world flipped upside down- the other way. She fell in love, got sober, left a high end career in law and started to care about other things...

Good food and wellness were now her top priorities. When her cloud begin to lift, she focused back on her career and asked herself, "What can I research ad nauseum and not get sick of?" First it was local, organic foods, then after talking to her friend, Blair Wagoner, discussion turned to organic beauty and skincare. 

Together, they realized Atlanta didn't have a store devoted specifically to natural beauty and decided to delve in, feet first. Once the business was up and running, Blair returned to her work in diabetes prevention and Sara took over as sole owner of the business.  

At her shop, Fig and Flower, Sarah sells her favorite hand picked products that are nourishing for the body's largest organ. You won't find aluminum, silicones, parabins or formeldehyde inside any of her goods.  

Sara relies on her own strict standards to determine which products she'll carry and promote. For her, there are two important aspects to ensure- Cleanliness of Ingredients and Quality of Performance. 

Sara, "Almost no ingredients are regulated when it comes to personal beauty products. There are only 8 in the US. But people are learning that these synthetic ingredients are adding up. The skin care, body wash, lotion that we use every day, year after year, increases our exposure to these harmful ingredients. They are finding these same chemicals showing up in breast cancer, ADHD and other illnesses." The message is clear, we need to care what we put on our skin. 

Inside Fig and Flower, you'll find only high quality products made with health and wellness in mind- from makeup, skincare and cleaning products to quality goods for mom and babe.  

My favorite product line that Sara carries is HollyBeth Organics, as her skincare is the only USDA certified skincare line in Georgia. I've watched HollyBeth concoct all her products by hand in her Atlanta studio and as a repeat, devout user, I'm an enthusiastic fan. 

Other local southern lines include Dia Flora (started by a breast cancer survivor in Atlanta), Sally Bee's of Atlanta (another cancer survivor), One Love from St. Simon's, Georgia and Deep Steep from John's Island, South Carolina.

I love all the makeup too, which is the central focus to the shop. Sara's most popular products include 100% Pure Mascara, RMS un cover-up and the RMS Living Luminizer.

My personal favorite product, which I discovered here this summer, is Lip2Cheek by RMS. It's the perfect makeup toucher-upper. For some reason, whenever I put blush on, it fades so quickly. This gives me an instant healthy blush and I can touch up my lips at the same time. I'm a tad obsessed with this one...

As a former law student, Sara still loves to hit the books, constantly researching and refiinng. Her two bibles are The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel and In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen.

As curious shoppers come in and out of her doors each day, her biggest advice is to not be afraid of oils. Sara, "A lot of people have really oily skin or really dry skin. Oils work exceptionally well for both issues. They are pure, active, plant based ingredients and are so good for balancing our skin."

Sara thought some more on what advice she'd give to others, then added, "Be less afraid." I love that. She's the walking emobodiment of that mantra. Do you (and your body) a favor and go visit Fig & Flower in Atlanta or online. 


Photos: Sweet Peach; RMS;; One Love Organics; Acure     Content: Sweet Peach


Basil + Bergamot

The last time I visited HollyBeth Anderson in her studio workshop, she had just finished concocting a new product for her ever expanding USDA Organic skincare line, HollyBeth Organics. Her latest endeavor combines basil and bergamot essential oils with camellia and sunflower base oils to create a luxurious hand wash and body lotion. I'm blogging about it because I just can't get enough of it. I'm addicted. 

Bergamot isn't widely known in the U.S. but it's a fragrant fruit about the size of an orange. The fruit can be found growing in France, Italy and Turkey and many use it for its essential oil or to make marmalade. It's antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, making it a popular skincare choice. Bergamot also helps to open the heart chakra and uplift the mind. 

Basil is antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It's also soothing to the skin and full of antioxidants to replenish and protect. As the bergamot uplifts the spirit, basil helps bring spiritual clarity, which makes it a really good way to start your day.

I just can't say enough good things about it. HollyBeth Organics is the only USDA Certified Organic skincare company in Georgia and there truly is an incredible benefit in using only organic oils on your face and body. Once you start, you can't go back. 

I love this pic of HollyBeth in her lovely backyard garden. She lives and breathes an organic, healthy and beautiful lifestyle. Always an inspiration... Find her Basil Bergamot goodness, here. And explore HollyBeth's online shop to find lots of skincare options that will make you an addict. But in the best way possible. 


Photos: HollyBeth Organics; Sweet Peach;; Indiamart. Final two shots,   Content: Sweet Peach



HollyBeth Organics **with a discount! 

Passion is contagious. Which may explain why when my friend HollyBeth Anderson told me about her latest organic skincare creation- Nourishing Body Oil, I couldn't help but get excited about it too...

The main ingredients (which are all USDA organic) are sunflower oil, rich in vitamins A, D and E to help diminish fine lines; Pumpkin Seed oil, high in fatty acids, vitamin A and C which brightens and smooths the skin; Pomegranate seel oil, a powerhouse of anti-aging benefits that is packed with antioxidants; Palmarosa and Petitgrain essential oils which serve to fight wrinkles and add a subtle fragrance of tranquility. 

Like all of HollyBeth's products, this oil immediately feels good on your skin- quickly absorbing without feeling greasy. HollyBeth concocted this formula after a strong, intuitive inspiration. HollyBeth, "I've always wanted to do something with pomegranate and pumpkin because of their incredible elixir properties." I'm always happy when she is inspired- it's good for the rest of us. 

If you follow Sweet Peach, you know I am an avid fan of all that she does. Her thoughtful formulas come from a place of true care and passion and I do deeply appreciate that. As the only USDA certified organic skincare company in Georgia, HollyBeth Organics is a special find. Peruse all the goodness, here. And as if HollyBeth isn't amazing enough, she's offering 15% off any order - such a great deal and perfect timing for holiday shoppers. Thanks HollyBeth! 



Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Garden Party, Part 2

I'm happy to report that our first Garden Party was a sweet success...

Our prep, which I covered in yesterday's post, also included us placing Beth's colorful tissue flowers in HollyBeth's frontyard trees. We also dangled some pretty paper flowers from the driveway trees...all leading our Garden Party guests to the backyard.

We mixed tables and chairs and adorned most of the tables with a white tablecloth...

Then we mixed and matched all of our favorite new and vintage dishware. 

Beth finished making our two sided napkins that morning, which was perhaps my favorite touch of the day. HollyBeth diligently placed flower clippings from her beautiful yard atop the tables...It was a Garden Party afterall. 

And then of course was the cocktail. We wanted it to be something from the garden so we used some lavender blossoms to make the simple syrup, then added that to vodka, champagne and soda water. Mint ice cubes too. Ridiculous. I think it's my new favorite drink.

I made the cucumber gazpacho- a recipe my friend Vanessa shared from her favorite cookbook, Plenty. It's a really great soup as the dish has a lot of layers to it. I made it the second time with twice as many jalapenos for a bit more of a kick. We topped each cup with some edible flowers I found at the Grant Park Farmer's Market- provided by Crack in the Sidewalk Farmlet.

HollyBeth made her perfect Southern Drop Biscuits. They were a mix of herbs from the garden, like Thyme and Lavender, Sour Cream with Rosemary and Mint. I could eat these all day long, which I actually did. 

Beth was in charge of dessert and she blew us away with an incredible Georgia Peach Sorbet with fresh mint and a dab of honey. So good...

I think it's fair to say, a good time was had by all. I certainly enjoyed every moment of it. It was fun for Beth, HollyBeth and I to say thank you to some of the people that have helped us and inspired us over the years. 

Near the end of the party, I passed out the Peach Butters we had made previously. (FYI- If you sign up for our Sweet Peach Revival Bourbon, Bacon & Biscuit Brunch, you'll get our homemade Bourbon Peach Butter free!) 

A big thanks to Beth and HollyBeth for all your hard work and patience and care in bringing this together. Let's do another one! 


Photos: Sweet Peach, Stefanie Carter      Content: Sweet Peach


Mother's Day Gift Solution: HollyBeth Organics

The right Mother's Day gift can be hard to find. But after discovering HollyBeth Organics late last year, I feel I have the perfect go-to for all the moms in our life. HollyBeth Anderson handcrafts all manner of goodness for our skin and is the only USDA certified organic skin care line in all of Georgia. 

I've tried many of HollyBeth's products and every time I think I find a new favorite, I try something else and fall head over heels. They are all so scrumptious and good for you, I want them all, all the time. The Orange Peppermint Shea Butter Cream feels incredible on your skin, (currently soothing my sunburn) and works to moisturize and nourish dry lips, hands and feet- or wherever you need it most. 

The Marigold Bergamot Dry Oil works great to reduce oily skin and to calm and heal minor irritations. HollyBeth makes her foaming cleanser in both Chamomile and Marigold. These cleansers are gentle on the skin, hyperallergenic and 100% natural. The Camellia & Sunflower Face & Neck Elixir is one of my favorites. In all honesty, it feels a million times better than any face cream I've tried...

I'm a big fan of HollyBeth's best seller- the Eye Cream. It comes in a one ounce jar and will last your mom months and months (if not a whole year). This cream is so popular because it's rich in Vitamin E, (an antioxidant) Camellia oil, (UV protectant) and jojoba and sweet almond oils which moisturize and hydrate. Perfect combo. 

Peruse HollyBeth's site to decide which all natural skin care concoctions your mom would like best. You may remember I blogged about HollyBeth's Grits & Honey Scrub which is an excellent gift- but so is her Citrus All Over Cream which is highly effective in keeping away mosquito bites in the coming months. Why spray a chemical when you can have something all natural, good for your skin and sweet smelling? So many options...including a travel gift set. Peruse all the organic goodness here.



 Photos: Sweet Peach, HollyBeth Organics    Content: Sweet Peach 


The First Day of Spring

HollyBeth Anderson of HollyBeth Organics is a breath of fresh air. Her home is as lovely as she, and HollyBeth is as giving and welcoming as any Southerner you'll find. So, since today is the first day of Spring, I asked HollyBeth to share her recipe for her biscuits that I'm personally head over heels in love with. And of course, she said, Yes!

HollyBeth is from Habersham County, Georgia. As she shared, "Biscuits are a symbol of love and appreciation, made from the heart. I grew up with my Grandmother who made biscuits for me most mornings. She never used measuring cups or spoons, just her hands. They were always drop biscuits and she always cooked them on an iron skillet in the oven." 

HollyBeth has fine tuned her biscuit recipe over the years and as her Grandmother did, she takes what is in season and just makes it happen, often on a whim. On this day, she found some lavender, rosemary, mint and lemon verbena in her garden. She clipped them and decided on two different types of biscuits to make for Sweet Peach: Rosemary & Lavender and then Apple, Mint & Lemon Verbena. Yummmm....

The base recipe for HollyBeth's biscuits are 2 cups flour, 2.5 teaspoons baking powder, 1/3 cup virgin olive oil, dash of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla, 2/3 cup milk. Mix together. For the Lavender & Rosemary, she just chopped them up with a pinch of organic sugar, then added to the mix (about a 1/2 cup's worth). For the other, she chopped up the mint with one lemon verbena leaf and a pinch of sugar, plus an organic apple, cut into small pieces. 

HollyBeth dropped the drop biscuits onto the cookie sheet and baked them at 375 until, as HollyBeth shares, "the top is gold and the bottom is golden." 

After the biscuits were baked, we went out to HollyBeth's garden gazebo. We ate fresh biscuits, drank tea and listened to all the birds she had chirping about in the yard. She could identify them all. Such a blissful morning...

Thank you HollyBeth. Your generosity and warm heart makes the world a good place to settle into. And if you haven't checked out HollyBeth's organic skin care line, you'd be remiss. It's as scrumptiously good (and good for you) as her biscuits. Happy Spring!! We're so happy that you've arrived...


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach



HollyBeth Organics... (with a special discount offer!) 

One of my favorite artisans to meet this entire year is HollyBeth Anderson. She's the creator of an all organic skin care and natural body care product line called HollyBeth Organics. She takes up residence in the cute StudioPlex building in the Old Fourth Ward area of Atlanta. 

It is here that she single-handedly creates organic, scrumptious recipes for body wash, bubble bath, face and neck elixir, body silk and cleanser....just to name a few. 

I was quite content to sit and watch HollyBeth happily create. When I asked her what she loves most about this business, after leaving a big paying corporate job, she responded, "I love the creative part and working with essential oils. It's liberating and it is such an honor and delight when I make something that people love." 

Many may not realize what it takes to be a certified organic company. It takes more effort to source the right materials, the costs are much higher and the standards are incredibly strict. But for HollyBeth, she wouldn't have it any other way. 

The first product that really caught my eye was her Grits & Honey Scrub. My first thought... 'Grits?' But it makes sense. As HollyBeth shared, "My mother used cornmeal on her face as an exfoliant when I was a child. After her radiation treatment for breast cancer, I wanted to make a product about and around her. She suggested adding grits to the cornmeal. I added honey and Vitamin E and voila!" HollyBeth explained that honey is the oldest humectant and moisturizer on the planet and has no expiration date. It's a perfect (southern) combo to moisturize and exfoliate. 

I'm currently writing this blog entry before I go to sleep. I just washed with the Chamomile Cleanser, exfoliated with the Grits & Honey, moisturized with Rose Geranium lotion and delved into her luscious Lavender Hand Cream, which may just be my favorite. Oh, and I seriously just spritzed my face with her Rose Gernanium Toner. I guess you could say I'm a HollyBeth experiment... (so far, so good) 

I have spent a lot of money on my current skincare products and they are not organic. When I asked HollyBeth what makes her eye cream better than the one I just spent $50 on, she shared, "It's handmade without chemicals and synthetics from pure, effective ingredients like vitamin E, jojoba, camellia and sweet almond oils." And you know, she's right, it feels good on my skin and it feels even better knowing that I'm choosing to use something that is 100% good for me.  

Once you start delving into essential oils, you can become an instant convert. They are truly powerful, wonderful ingredients that have proven to help all manner of ailments such as hormonal imbalances, asthma and sore throats as well as improve your mood, energy and immune system. It's worth learning more about, and thanks to HollyBeth, I'm starting to... 


Such a great Christmas gift...thank you HollyBeth! 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach



Beth Lord's Favorite Gifts for Gals this Holiday Season...

Beth Lord is the owner of the indie-pendent in Atlanta. It's easily my favorite shop in town. All of the goods in the store are handcrafted with a story to tell. Each item is unique, pretty, colorful and well made. Beth loves to celebrate great artists so I knew she'd be the perfect voice for this year's gift ideas for women. Here's her list...


These perfectly southern votives come via Pigeon Toe Ceramics. They are porcelain casts of a real Mason jar and sell for $36. They can be set on the table or hung from above. Beth, "I like that they're sweet and simple."  


Beth, "I'm obsessed with tea towels so... I have a tea towel problem." I feel her pain as I share her obsession. These beautiful Four Seasons tea towels come via Claudia Pearson and are sold as a set for $52. Beth shares, "Claudia does all the illustrations herself which fits the whole organic theme of my shop. Plus the towels are bright and colorful which I love." These are certain to brighten up any gal's kitchen. 


These incredible jewelry pieces are handcrafted by Meaghan Torbert McCord and are modeled after the floor plans of Basilica architecture. All are made from sterling silver and handcut by Meaghan. Beth carries her necklaces, bracelets and earrings at the indie-pendent. This truly stunning jewelry makes an incredible and unexpected holiday gift. Prices range from $160-$300. 

These unusual candles are the result of a collaboration between Pigeon Toe Ceramics and Angela Sands of Luminology. When the candle is done burning, you are left with this beautiful porcelain dish that can be reused. The other option is to order replacement candles. Beth and I's favorite feature is the wooden wick which crackles when it burns. $44 each. 



Every woman can use a scarf. They're quick and easy and can upgrade an outfit in an instant. These cotton beauties are from ScarfShop and range in price from $15-$60. The scarves are colored by water based dyes, all by hand in small batches. Beth, "They're so versatile and it's nice that they're so lightweight." 


HollyBeth Anderson left her corporate job to create unique and effective skin care products based on traditional homeopathic remedies. Her popular HollyBeth Organics line includes Chamomile Cleanser, Grits & Honey Scrub and Orange Peppermint Shea Butter Cream. Any of her items would make a wonderful gift. ($7-$59) Beth also loves the Saipua Soap shop. Bars include Basil, Lavender Oatmeal, Cedarwood and Mango Butter. Beth's absolute favorite is the Coffee Mint. Handcrafted with an olive oil base, each bar is $10. 



One of the first things you'll notice in Beth's shop are all the colorful, pretty pillows. When I asked why she carries so many pillows, she responded, "Who doesn't love pillows?" I think she's right about that. There's a pillow for every woman here. Leah Duncan, Erin Flett and Looploft are some of the artists she carries and all her pillows range in price from $30-$76.  


These plates are instant conversation pieces. They really are just so pretty. Beth, "I love how intricate the patterns are and I love how Cynthia mixes the different patterns in the dishes- they go so well together." Prices are $30, $50 and $90 for the small, medium and large plates. 

All of these items are available at the indie-pendent, located in the Highlands area of Atlanta. Thank you Beth! 


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach. Photo 3: Pigeon Toe Ceramics. Final Photo: Cynthia Vardhan