How to Stay Cool in the Summer Heat!

Our favorite season, summer, is finally here!  With it comes beach time and sailing season, as well as sweltering city street temperatures and oppressively gross subway commutes.  Here are some of our favorite ways of looking fantastic, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you this season!

  • Use a mixture of witch hazel with pure essential oils to clean and reset your skin midday.  We always make sure to carry a small travel-sized bottle of this solution with some cotton balls.  It's a lifesaver, especially if we have an event and can't get to a shower for a complete douse.  Our favorite mixture includes peppermint (to cool), lavender (to calm red flushed skin) and tea tree (to fight bacteria) oils.  Use it to cleanse your face or anywhere on your body that feels sweaty and icky.  You'll feel completely refreshed and smell great afterwards.
  • Become best friends with classic light-colored linen or hemp.  It's cool, breezy and dries fast making it the perfect summer garb.  Worried about wrinkles?  Add it to your, "I look and feel fantastic" outlook.
  • Channel Audrey Hepburn and add a wide-brimmed straw hat to your wardrobe.  You'll look super classy.  Extra bonus?  No need for sunscreen on your face as you'll be in the shade!

How to Stay Cool in the Summer Heat with Emily Trower-Young | Em & El Organics

  • Swap out your water for some homemade Peppermint & Ginger Sun Tea.  Extra refreshing and packed with needed electrolytes, this tea is a staple in our water bottles.  Add a little lemon juice and sweeten with maple syrup if you'd like.  Going on a long trip?  Freeze this tea in bottles and have icy beverages all day long.

    To make: Put 4 to 8 tea bags into a clean 2 quart or gallon glass container (4 teabags for a 2 quart container, 8 tea bags for a gallon container). Fill with water and cap. Place outside where the sunlight can strike the container for about 3 to 5 hours. Move the container if necessary to keep it in the sun. When the tea has reached its desired strength, remove from sun and put it in the refrigerator. You may or may not want to remove the tea bags at this point. I usually don't.
  • Ladies: learn to rock your best french braid.  They take a little practice, but they're so elegant it's almost a crime to not have them in your summer arsenal.  Three of our favorite styles are the classic, tucked updo and braided bun.