How to Make an Impact This Holiday Season: Giving Tuesday

How to Make an Impact This Holiday Season: Giving Tuesday

As we enter the last leg of 2020, we have a lot to be thankful for. While this year might have been a whirlwind to say the least, it has taught us to value the important things. We are most grateful for our health, our families and friend’s health, the roofs over our heads, and having a warm meal to nourish ourselves. Unfortunately, there are others who do not have access to these privileges, so it is our duty to help and give back in a way that helps others, and the larger community as a whole. We are able to do this thanks to Giving Tuesday.

 

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people doing good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Every year, thousands of businesses all over the country participate, raise money, and give back to their respective communities in a way that provides food and other necessities for those who need it most.

 

By participating in Giving Tuesday, every dollar provides 2 meals to people in need. Each dollar donated allows a mom, who lost her job, put food in her children’s bellies. Your dollar allows a senior citizen unable to get to the store, the ability to eat without worry. You give a child the chance to go throughout the school day and know a warm meal is coming at the end. 

 

Our goal is to have an impact as a small business on the DC community, and to help feed those in need, especially during the holiday season. For more information, or to find out other ways in which you can make an impact this giving season, visit the Capital Area Food Bank website.

 

 

October 15, 2021 — Nikki Powers
Lessons Learned By Our Founder, Nikki Powers

Lessons Learned By Our Founder, Nikki Powers

Every week, the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute elects a Startup of the Week. We invite the founders of these startups to share a blog post with our community. These posts can be inspirational, educational, or entertaining. Founders can share founding stories, resources, lessons, or any other topic of their choice. 

This blog post was written by Nikki Powers (Stern '21), Founder of Nourish & Refine.

My name is Nikki Powers, I am an MBA candidate at NYU Stern and the Founder of Nourish & Refine. Over the years, I have created a bespoke line of organic, all-natural luxury skincare and candles. My once small vision has grown into a nationally recognized brand that continues to gain exposure throughout Europe.

I am currently in the final months of my MBA and am proud of the progress I have made with my venture. Over the last year and a half, I have taken advantage of the NYU Startup Accelerator Series, including participating in a Startup Bootcamp and more. While taking part in the different programs, I have leveraged the coaching and resources provided by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute to continue to scale my business. I have spent time exploring all aspects of my business and learned new and innovative ways they could be improved.

As a solo founder, my entrepreneurship journey has not been easy. One of the main reasons I chose to pursue business school was the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to truly scale my business to new heights. I selected NYU specifically for their incredible Entrepreneurial Institute and the wide reach of their alumni network. As I made my way through the Startup Accelerator Series, I realized my venture was pretty far along. This afforded me the opportunity to seek out additional coaching and mentorship, in order to tackle the right challenges and constraints for my business.

I found the Ignite Fellowship to be a place where I could be in community with other likeminded business owners. (*Note from the editor: the Ignite Fellowship, an invitation-only, cohort-based program is currently paused due to Covid-19 constraints. More information will be available when the program resumes.)Throughout the semester, we shared our objectives and goals, while celebrating each other’s small and large successes. One of the difficult parts of being a solo founder is working on your venture alone, and sometimes feeling very isolated in the process. A lesson I have recently learned has been to take part in fellowships and female founder groups to help lift me up. Life as an entrepreneur definitely has its high high’s and low low’s. That is why it is crucial to find your tribe, and find them early on, so you have support along the way.

Another beneficial resource that has contributed to my business’ success has been taking advantage of the coaching provided by the Entrepreneurial Institute and the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship. Coaching has been a memorable part of my journey and has provided me with clarity and direction, but most importantly, a much wider perspective of my business and the way forward.

Every day presents its own challenges. Still, I am incredibly proud of Nourish & Refine. Our mission is to help you discover the power of self-care through all-natural and conscious wellness products. Our luxurious line of skincare and candles offer you the freedom to take a moment for yourself each and every day. Now, more than ever, we need to remember to practice taking the very best care of ourselves and those we hold dear. Throughout the pandemic, our customers have sent care packages to friends, family, and coworkers. We have always offered complimentary gift wrapping and personalized notes, but now we have included a free deluxe sample with every order. I hope you explore our shop and find something that will support your own self-care. Wishing you hope as we emerge out of this pandemic stronger and more united.

October 15, 2021 — Nikki Powers
Transition Your Skincare This Fall

Transition Your Skincare This Fall

Pumpkin Spice everything has made its way back onto social media feeds, which means fall is officially in full swing. Even with all the excitement of sweater weather, cooler temperatures and lower humidity means dry skin is also in store. It's the perfect time to start transitioning your summer skincare routine to ensure hydrated, dewy skin all the way to the New Year. 
Here are five steps to seamlessly transition your skincare from summer to fall.
 
Switch your Exfoliation

Physical exfoliators are quick and easy ways to keep skin smooth in the warmer summer months. However, during cooler months, those same scrubs can cause microscopic tears in drier skin leading to uneven texture, flaky patches, and redness. Mix up your regular exfoliation routine by switching to a chemical AHA or BHA formulation instead. Start with a once a week application treatment to target fine lines, uneven skin texture, and sun damage. We love Blue Mercury’s PowerGlow Peel packed with Vitamin K and chamomile, and because it keeps inflammation and redness at bay.
 
Add in a Face Mist

We are firm believers that toners are essential to restoring skin’s pH after cleansing, removing dead skin cells, and helping prep skin to absorb all the benefits of serums and moisturizers. A year-round staple is our Pure White Rosewater Spray. The sole ingredient is rosewater which calms the skin, instantly increases hydration, and adds a nourishing dose of antioxidants and skin fortifying vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E. 
 
  Upgrade your Moisturizer

We’re all in love with luscious, whipped moisturizers for summer, however Fall calls for heavy hitters. Luckily new formulations don’t necessarily mean thick greasy creams. Try using a moisturizer made with ceramides, fatty acids that develop naturally in the skin, and maintain the protective barrier. Ceramide moisturizes help keep skin plump and moisturized. A fun tip is to add a few drops of our Luxury Face Oil in with your favorite moisturizer. We are loving Goopgenes All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream and our Natural Body Oil to maximize the skin-nourishing benefits of anti-aging oils like rosehip, sweet almond, and jojoba.
 
Treat and Restore

 Not all hero skincare products are used daily. Masks are a great way to deliver concentrated ingredients and address skin concerns. The right face mask can minimize pores, even skin tone, and restore moisture levels, among other benefits. Our holy grail product pick is Tammy Fender’s Restorative Radiance Mask. Once a week wear this mask for 10 minutes, a few hours, or overnight to reap the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of Baobab and Lotus extracts. 
 
Always Protect

Sunscreen is an afterthought for most of us, but it’s arguably one of the most important steps in any skincare routine. All that hard work of restoring moisture, and treating skin concerns will fail without shielding skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure. While there are fewer UV rays in the fall, they can still wreak havoc on our skin, amplifying the signs of aging including skin discoloration. Hynt Sun Prep is our go-to because it is truly natural, which is incredibly hard to find in today’s market. It's invisible and perfect for all skin types, includes aloe to increase skin hydration, and dries clear to create a perfectly primed canvas for gorgeous fall makeup.
October 08, 2021 — Nikki Powers
Nourish and Refine Your Routine

Nourish and Refine Your Routine

When we talk about self-care these days, what comes to mind? Especially in 2020, more than ever, we want to find ways to make ourselves happy. Well, the amazing thing about “self-care” is that it doesn’t necessarily have to have an exact definition. Self-care is essentially, taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness.  Whether that is taking a bath after a long day with one of our luxurious aromatherapy bath salts, cooking and watching a new movie, or reading the latest book from Oprah’s book list while lighting one of our luxury candles, self-care is all about doing what makes you happy. Acknowledge when you need a break from the chaos, close the laptop down, and restore your mind, body, and soul with these ways to indulge in self-care.
 
Meditate with Headspace

Headspace has become one of the best apps to come to the market and has certainly helped our 2020 experience in so many ways. Started by Andy Puddicombe, a sports science major turned Buddhist monk, Andy traveled all around the world for 10 years studying the importance of meditation. When he came back from his travels, his goal was to teach meditation and mindfulness to as many people as possible, and thus Headspace was born. With everything from guided meditations, articles, videos, and animations to help you sleep, meditate, relax, and breathe easier, this app is a must-have in our self-care routine, 2020 aside. We suggest trying the app before going about your day. Wake up, stretch a little, and light our Luxury candle, we guarantee you’ll be breathing in positivity and exhaling out negativity for rest of your day.
 
Draw a Bath

After a long day at work, whether you’re in the office or working from home, taking a bath can be the ultimate stress reliever. Draw a warm bath, add our Lavender Aromatherapy Bath Salts, and light our Siena Hand Poured Soy Candle to set the mood. We love this year-round staple candle for its soft citrus scent of blood orange and champagne, because it’s soothing and uplifting. We like to add either a book or one of our guilty pleasure magazines, some soothing music (try the new Sam Smith or Aloe Blacc albums) and top it off with a nice glass of wine. Dim the lights, and you have yourself the ultimate spa-like self-care experience, in the comfort of your own home.
 
Bake a Fall Treat

The best thing about fall is the scent of crisp leaves, pumpkin pie, and apples in any variety makes us so happy (and hungry!).  That’s why whenever fall hits, we love to get baking. Cooking is actually an incredible stress reliever, and who doesn't love seeing the product of their hard work and then getting to eat it?  We like to get in the mood by first taking a shower with our yummy Harvest Pumpkin Duo. This scrub and butter are not only made of pumpkin, but also incorporates ground walnuts for exfoliation and cinnamon, to leave you smelling oh so fall-like and feeling truly buttery.  Next, choose a comfy robe or pjs to snuggle into, and head to the kitchen! We found the most delicious fall dessert recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting . Not only do you smell delicious, but you get to eat deliciousness too! Finish off this perfect fall self-care night with a fall-themed movie. We suggest “When Harry Met Sally”, but we’ll have whatever you're having.
October 01, 2021 — Nikki Powers
Meet the Founder: Nikki Powers

Meet the Founder: Nikki Powers

After having an allergic reaction to propylene glycol (a preservative often found in skincare and cosmetic lines), Nikki Powers made the decision to switch to clean products.

Unfortunately, she struggled to find products without propylene glycol— even natural skincare lines include derivative called propanediol.
So, to nurture her own skin back to health, Nikki founded Nourish & Refine— a small line of all-natural, luxury organic skincare and conscious wellness products intended to 'nourish and refine' both the body and the mind.

A long time practitioner and teacher of yoga, Nikki studies the ancient practice of Ayurveda— the science of self-healing and self-care. It is in this spirit that she shares her own self-care practices and the benefits of all-natural products through Nourish & Refine.

Nourish & Refine products are made with care, by hand, in Nikki's home studio in Old Town Alexandria.
August 10, 2021 — Lacey Woodroof