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Summer Travel Tips

It's the season of travel: colorful caftans, comfortable yet stylish footwear for easy airport navigating, and natural, effortless beauty. Whether you are on-the-go off the coast of St. Barths or on-your-way to work, We have got you stocked with all of the essentials to just keep going. Vacation with ease with these top picks for the frequent travelers amongst us.

Stay Cool: "Revitalize your skin" with the Essential Face Wipes from local favorite health and skincare company, Ursa Major. Remove excess dirt and oil from sunscreen-clogged pores and let your face take a deep breath in. Add some life back to tired, sun-soaked skin and hydrate for added youth and vitality.

Stay Moisturized: Slip a 2.5 ounce bottle of Lafco hand cream into your purse before your next outing. In original scents ranging from Honeysuckle & Bergamot to Violet & Amberwood and Freesia & Waterlily, these perfect to-go size bottles add a refreshing burst of Summer to your skin with each application.

Stay Organized: Try our new toiletry and make-up bags for men and women by Catseye to stay organized this Summer. Slip one in your carry-all tote for everyday make-up products, keep one in your glove compartment for emergency essentials like safety pins and breath mints, or toss one in your gym bag to freshen up after a workout. Come in store to see our adorable, new, animal and hiker / adventurer themed styles.

Stay Stylish: Roll your cotton dresses and flip-flops in one of our terrific weekender bags by Sloane Ranger. This line is modeled after iconic "British Prep", offering anything from mini satchel bags to cross-body purses, wallets, duffels and slouchy backpacks. This company loves to feature more "preppy" prints, as they say, on their products: Think stripes, anchors, and playful, nostalgic prints like well-known antique cars.

Stay Creative: Don't let airline phone restrictions keep you from sharing your ideas or exercising your unique voice. Throw a mini Leuchtturm notebook in your bag, available in both blank and ruled pages, and let your mind wander whilst gallivanting around in a new setting. Record your new memories in these colorful booklets to keep them forever.

Stay Charged: Don't let your favorite electronic devices lose power while you're en route. Never miss a photo opportunity with the handy Extra Long i5/i6 compatible Cable from Kikkerland nearby. Available in an array of colors, this cord will charge your i-Phone from a shocking six feet away. Keep a coil in your car or plug in at an airport charging station to stay constantly powered up and ready for anything.

Stay Calm: The new big thing in stress relief for working adults will take you back to your childhood. Adult coloring books. Stow a booklet in your travel bag and unwind. Allow yourself to play, to take a break from screens, to see how creative you can be and forget about your usual stressors for a while. We offer a large selection of carry-along books from Giftcraft Inc. Rediscover the joy of pure, uninterrupted play.

Stay Covered: After long, leisurely afternoons at the beach come cooler nights and oftentimes, mosquitoes. Pull on one of our many options of gauzy, linen cover-ups and pull-on sweaters from Chalet. Each piece from this company feels entirely unique from the rest and it will remain a staple in your closet for years to come with unending versatility. While vacationing off the coast of the Cape this Summer, be sure to roll one of these lighter alternatives in your suitcase and stay comfortable in any weather.

We at Stowe Kitchen Bath & Linens want for you to relax this Summer, to find time for you, to spend time with the family, gathered around a dining table or perched on a lake shore. With our handy tips and tricks, we are confident that you will enjoy your time during the most beautiful season of the year.

8 Tips for Beautiful Summer Skin

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To many, Summer weather means afternoons at the pool, picnics at the beach, a cool glass of lemonade in a tall tumbler glass, and low-maintenance skin care. It is a time to let your skin go naked, to breathe and recharge after months of covering and bundling. But low maintenance is not the same as no maintenance. We at Stowe Kitchen Bath & Linens want to remind our faithful customers about the importance of maintaining a proactive and manageable skin care regimen all year long. Here are our natural skin care tips for the Summer months. 

  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. Whether you're constantly on the go or spending the afternoon laying low out by the pool, your daily water requirement increases in the Summer months as temperatures rise. Water is the natural beauty product that can stop signs of premature aging from within and give your skin a natural glow. Throw one of our colorful to-go bottles in your tote before you head out the door and your skin will thank you all Summer long.
  2. Make sunscreen a regular part of your morning routine. If applying sunscreen feels like too much of a hassle on busy mornings with limited time, mix it with your moisturizer after your shower. Any little bit helps and sunscreen is the best possible product that you can trust on your skin, as long as you go for the brands that consist of fewer harsh chemicals like the mineral crystal Naked Zinc Sunscreen in SPF 30 available for sale at SKBL. This product is free of parabens and works to protect and moisturize your skin with Organic Aloe, Apricot Kernel Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil. You can also try an equally safe, water-resistant formula from Badger in SPF 30. This is a biodegradable, “reef safe” Zinc Oxide sunscreen free of GMO's and 100% certified natural. For face, we recommend the SPF 40 High Protection Cream from Jurlique, the organic skincare company based out of Australia. 
  3. Don't skip these often neglected areas like the backs of the hands, tops of the feet, back of the neck, scalp, ears and lips. Regular sunscreen use, even on rainy days, is the best way to prevent signs of premature aging caused by sun exposure as well as warding off the dangerous UVA/UVB rays that can eventually lead to skin cancer. Keep lips moisturized and full of fresh color all Summer long with our line of 100% natural lip products from Naked BEE or Burt's Bees, from the standard Honey lip balm to the tinted formula, offered in six shades from natural “Zinnia” to the playful and romantic “Sweet Violet”.

  4. Wear a hat! Whether it's a day at the beach, a short walk up the road, or a ride into work, your skin is constantly exposed to sunlight, even through a pane of glass. Protect and preserve your scalp, face and ears with a Whale Logo Hat from Vineyard Vines available Stowe Kitchen, Bath & Linens, or a women's straw hat with blue ribbon embellishment from Mudpie today! 

  5. The next step in Summer sun care is in the after-sun care and maintenance. It is vitally important to thoroughly moisturize the skin post-sun to allow it to restore itself and prevent peeling from possible burns. Following hours of fun in the sun, salt water or chlorine pool, slather on a rich and nourishing body lotion like our Soy or Oat Lotion Milk from Archipelago available in an 18 oz. pump bottle, also offered in Lavender or Black Honey
  6. Summer skin is beautiful skin and that means soft, pampered and fully exfoliated. If you want soft, touchable skin underneath your breezy summer dresses and cut off shorts this season, you need to exfoliate with a body scrub or exfoliating towel like this Charcoal Body Scrub Towel from Binchotan. To ward off dryness or peeling from hours spent in the sun. We have several body scrubs available in store today! From Thymes, we have the Aqua Coralline Body Scrub with Kelp Extract and Sea available in an 8 fl oz. tube in a cool and refreshing marine scent. The Invigorating Sea Mineral Body Scrub from Inis, the coveted fragrance of Ireland, with Jojoba and purifying Seaweed Extracts is a fantastic and aromatic addition to any shower caddy. You'll feel like you're standing on the Irish coastline, staring out over an endless stretch of blue. For a larger size and coarser grain, pick up the pharmacist-formulated Body Exfoliating Treatment from Healing Waters in store today, available in a 22 oz. jar that will last you wash after wash.
  7. Opt for a natural-looking tan from a trusted bottle like the Sun Specialist Sunless Tanner from Jurlique, with Superberry Complex, and preserve the natural beauty of your skin for years to come. This gel-lotion brings an instant glow to your skin, offering an even application of universally-flattering subtle color that will spare you the sun damage.
  8. Keep skin feeling fresh and dewy this Summer, not greasy. Keep a bottle of Rosewater Balancing Mist from Jurlique in your tote to spritz on the go to refresh skin exposed to high temperatures for an instant boost. This formula restores the natural glow to your skin during long, hot, Summer days whilst reducing redness and minimizing the appearance of pores. 

We want you looking and feeling your best this Summer, whilst always keeping health in mind. Enjoy the sun responsibly and let your natural beauty shine through!

10 Made-in-Vermont Products We Love

welcome to vermont signHere at Stowe Kitchen Bath & Linens, we believe that good skin care and healthy living products should be free of toxins and chock full of only the best ingredients for our loyal customers. Your health and overall wellness is our number one priority. Whether Vermont is home every day or for a few months out of the year, this list of our ten, favorite, Vermont-made products features the items that meet our standards of excellence that will surely give any Vermont-enthusiast another reason to celebrate. We believe part of being a true Vermonter comes from supporting the local businesses that work to make our state great all year round. Enjoy!

1. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

        No Vermont vacation would be complete without a visit to the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, VT. With over 100 current flavors to choose from, including select frozen yogurt flavors, there is something for everybody. Opened in 1978 as a gas station scoop shop, the company has since expanded into an international conglomerate, beloved around the world. Pop into the world-famous factory here in its birthplace for a tour of the factory itself to take a look into how your favorite cold treats are made, from farm to freezer.

2. Elmore Mountain Farm Soaps

        If you like natural products, made locally, without any of the toxins found in some of the bigger brand name products on the shelves today, look no further than Elmore Mountain Farms. Made with all natural ingredients and essential oils, Elmore Mountain Farms products are made with goat's milk and are specifically formulated to nourish the skin without any harmful ingredients. The featured scents range from lavender, patchouli orange, and lemongrass to pine forest in everything from handmade soaps to massage oils to natural deodorant sticks.

3. Darn Tough Socks

        Living in an idyllic location such as Vermont comes with its challenges with oftentimes extreme and unpredictable weather conditions. Darn Tough socks are just that ‑ tough. Built to withstand the harshest conditions and protect feet from extreme cold temperatures as well as blistering and irritation, they are built with your health and comfort in mind. Perfect for wear on the slopes in the Winter and inside of your hiking boots in the warmer months, Darn Tough socks come with a lifetime guarantee from the company. Made with Merino Wool and Coolmax technology to wick away moisture throughout the day, Darn Tough socks are a necessary investment for anyone with an active lifestyle.

4. J.K. Adams

        Located in Dorset, VT, J.K. Adams has been producing unique, Vermont-made wooden products for over fifty years. Specializing in artisanal cutting and serving boards, both wood and slate, J.K. Adams boards come with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Durability is the number one priority. A board from J.K. Adams is built to last from generation to generation and is always intended to make a statement in any kitchen no matter the size or style.

5. Ursa Major Products

        A unisex skin care line for the people of Vermont! Ursa Major products are made from all organic ingredients. It is an all-natural alternative to the "toxin-laden products that pervade today's market." Formulated to hydrate, soften, and heal the skin, these products are designed to naturally ward off irritation and dryness caused by shaving and environmental free radicals. Ursa Major creates their product line with busy men and women in mind, offering several multi-tasking and time-saving, miracle products such as the 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic and the Fortifying Face Balm. With products offered for face and body, Ursa Major is a skincare staple for anyone interested in a healthier and safer alternative to wellness.

6. Cabot Cheese and Creamery

        Vermonters are passionate about their dairy products. Ask any local about the best quality cheese in the area and Cabot is the name you will hear, every time. With plants spread over three different states in New England, Cabot has been in business for almost 100 years. Honorably praised for their "World's Best Sharp Cheddar" in the 2016 World Championship Cheese Contest, along with their Plain Greek Yogurt, Cabot is a name your family can trust. All Cabot cheeses are produced with fresh milk straight from the udders of  local Vermont farm dairy cows. Furthermore, Cabot cows directly reduce the company's carbon footprint by providing the electricity needed to churn their famous salted butter.

7. Mount Mansfield Maple Products

        Vermonters like their maple syrup all natural and authentic. No artificial flavors and most importantly, no high fructose corn syrup. Pure Vermont Maple Syrup comes packed with the original maple taste that our state is famous for. Made from real sap, boiled and bottled, Pure Vermont Maple products range from the syrup you know and love in a variety of colors and flavors to hard maple candies and flavored granolas. It isn't breakfast in Vermont without a hint of maple in there somewhere.

8. The Alchemist: Heady Topper

        Heady Topper is so highly in demand across the state that retailers actually had to place a limit: four cans per customer, per transaction. The Alchemist is a small, local brewery, currently producing Heady Topper exclusively to the Vermont citizens who simply cannot get enough of the supremely hoppy IPA. "Drink it from the can", Alchemist brewers encourage their devoted imbibers to best experience the uniquely high level of hops inside. The new and improved brewery, located in central Stowe, VT, is currently closed to the public, but the highly sought after beer can be purchased at a number of local retailers throughout the state.

9. King Arthur Flour

        King Arthur flour is the one brand that Vermont families trust above all else. King Arthur flours are always Non-GMO and "made to the highest standards in the industry" according to their website. With over 25 distinctive flours in their inventory as well as a vast selection of kitchen appliances and baking tools and ready-made mixes, King Arthur Flour is every baker's best and most trusted friend in the kitchen.

10. Vermont Peanut Butter

        Made with 100% U.S.A. grown nuts, Vermont Peanut Butters are packed with extra protein to support an active lifestyle. Their creative nut butters are made without GMO's, added sugars or hydrogenated oils. With the classic peanut butter products that you know: creamy versus chunky, as well as uniquely named butters such as Good Karma featuring added Dark Chocolate, and Bee Nut Butter, sweetened with all natural Vermont honey, Vermont Peanut Butter is a healthier deviation from the big brand products that you've seen on the shelves at your local grocery store.

        Stowe Kitchen Bath and Linens is always on the hunt for new incredible Vermont products to showcase and enjoy. We stand behind these ten Vermont staples any day. Come on in today to find some of your favorites in our store.

- See you at the store!


What are the 5 Best Organic Skin Care Products?

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Gone are the days of wool turtlenecks and two pairs of socks. Spring is officially here in Vermont and there is no better time to switch up your skincare routine to accommodate for the long-awaited warm weather. Here at Stowe Kitchen, Bath & Linens, we are big supporters of organic-made products and we always love to support our local vendors who work to produce quality products that we are proud to represent and use ourselves. Below is our selection of some of the best organic skin care products on the market today with links to the ones we sell.

Ursa Major: 4-in-1 Face Tonic - Ursa Major is a locally sourced company, created to promote healthy choices in all areas of life and provide you with a healthy alternative to the "toxin-laden products that pervade today's market" says the company. Ursa Major's 4-in-1 Face Tonic makes our list of the top five organic skincare products. This multi-tasking miracle product works as a cleanser, exfoliator, healer and hydrating toner all in one, leaving the skin feeling soft, hydrated and pampered. 

Jurlique: Daily Moisture Balancing Serum - Jurlique products have been a skincare staple at Stowe Kitchen, Bath & Linens, for the past several years for a distinct reason: it's gentle, it works and it caters to every skin type out there. The line comes to us directly from the Adelaide Hills in Australia where anti-aging technologies are combined with organically made products, using the antioxidants that nature provides to create beautiful results, regardless of skin type or concern. The Daily Moisture Balancing Serum (Rose Moisture Plus) is a great place to start when exploring Jurlique's distinct line of products. The Rose-infused collection specifically works best with normal skin types, the most universally effective. The serum slides on beautifully, dissolving in seconds, leaving the skin feeling effortlessly hydrated for a full 12 hours. It works wonderfully underneath your heavier moisturizers and make-up and gives off a subtle rose scent that lasts throughout the day.

Pre De Provence: 100% Pure Argan Oil - Pre De Provence products hail from France where they are formulated from "the purest vegetable oils, rich shea butter and other natural ingredients." Profits from the Argan Oil specifically go to benefit a Moroccan Women's cooperative, Marocavie, working to provide affordable healthcare, decent education and fair living wages to women living in local communities. Deemed "one of nature's most powerful anti-aging antioxidants" on the packaging, this product is known for its significant concentration of Vitamin E and fatty acids which penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin. It's non-greasy formula absorbs quickly and fills in lines before your eyes whilst working to combat the skin dryness that leads to signs of premature aging in the first place. Argan oil is also a multi-use product. You can slather it on your cuticles, hands and problem areas for unbeatably soft skin all over. 

Morihata: Binchotan Facial Soap - Made from charcoal powder, the Binchotan Facial Soap from Morihata is a miracle product in a smooth, black bar. Charcoal has a purifying effect on the skin, drawing excess dirt and oil from the pores, revealing a smoother, brighter complexion after only one use. Charcoal has been used for centuries throughout Japan as a natural skin perfector, a gentle and effective exfoliant. 

The Naked Bee: Hand & Body Lotion - The Naked Bee products are formulated in the U.S.A with "all of the good stuff, and none of the bad stuff" as their tag line suggests. The line features products free of parabens and dyes, aimed to be a natural and affordable skin care and beauty alternative. Made with the ultra-hydrating and anti-aging Hyaluronic Acid, the Moisturizing Hand and Body Lotion is a must-have product for optimal skin health all year round. Light enough to smooth on in the Summer and deeply moisturizing enough for long Winters in Vermont, the Hand and Body Lotion provides long-lasting hydration and the Orange Blossom Honey scent is always inviting and never overwhelming.