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 Is it time to stop talking about coconut oil?

If you’re anything like us, you’ve already said yes. You don’t even need to read this article. (But please do.) Between paleo cooking and the push for ‘natural beauty,’ coconut oil has been an endless topic of discussion. Some of the women we associate with are now even using it as a cleanser. Um, no thanks. But to each their own.

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Bad beauty habits to bin once and for all

There are some bad beauty habits we just can’t seem to ban, common culprits being nail-biting and forgetting to take make-up off at night. This year make a point of ditching some of your beauty no-no’s for good.

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 The oil that isn’t an oil

Jojoba is a funny name, and if you don’t know better, you might not say it right. The J is actually pronounced with an H sound, so you sort of laugh like Santa Claus—Ho Ho—then say Bah, like Ebenezer Scrooge. It’s a bit of a clash of traditional Christmas sentiments, when you think about it. But Jojoba is more than a funny name; jojoba oil is an ingredient in many Gratiae products, and for lots of very good reasons.

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The thermal approach to radiant skin

Who doesn’t love that warm glow you feel at the end of a romantic movie with a satisfying outcome? Or the warm glow from a cozy fireplace, accented with a cup of hot chocolate with melting marshmallows floating on top? How about the warm glow that fills a room that is lit only by candles? There are all kinds of ways to give yourself a warm glow, but have you ever thought about what a warm glow can do for your complexion?

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Three Graces--the legend behind the legendary

Ancient civilizations—Greeks and Romans in particular--were known for being especially creative when it came to explaining natural phenomena such as the seasons, thunderstorms, the sun and the moon, and even love. According to stories from these cultures, everything that happened could be attributed to, or blamed on, an assemblage of major and minor gods and goddesses.

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When it comes to men’s skin, neglect is not an option

Historically, men haven’t always gone for the smooth, clean-shaven look. Facial hair was the predominant style for centuries, and who knows how—or why—some ancient guy got the idea to pick up something sharp and scrape all the hair off his face. Maybe he thought all that facial hair was too hot, or it got in the way when he was eating. Or maybe he wanted to recapture his boyish good looks. In any case, shaving became a daily ritual for all men who didn’t go for the hairy face look, and today’s man still follows that ritual, complaining all the way.

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