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It Won’t Turn Your Teeth Black. I Promise.

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Continuing our series of posts about the amazing benefits of Binchotan charcoal, this week’s star is the Binchotan Black Toothbrush. That’s right, folks. This toothbrush has black bristles! High-quality Binchotan charcoal from Wakayama, Japan is blended into each bristle. The negative ions given off are effective in reducing plaque, killing bacteria, and eliminating bad breath. One of our great customers also pointed out the slim handle fits into older toothbrush holders, which is uncommon in today’s styles. So far, I’m loving the toothbrush! The bristles are just the right balance between firm and soft for my taste. They stand up to my hard brushing style without tearing up my gums. I also really like that the charcoal also inhibits bacteria in the brush itself, keeping it nice and fresh until it’s time to replace. 

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Charcoal is the new Black

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I am obsessed with charcoal! We have lots of great new products incorporating the myriad benefits of binchotan charcoal. For the next few weeks I will highlight those products and give some more information about their uses and benefits. Charcoal is useful all around the home, from the kitchen to the garden, and even in your beauty regime. We carry loose charcoal sticks, charcoal-infused toothbrushes, pumice stones, eye masks, and my favorite: facial puffs. The puff feels hard to the touch, but softens right up under water. It’s not abrasive like many scrubs and puffs, but it leaves my skin glowing and baby soft. My skin swings toward southern European oiliness, and I’ve noticed a real difference since using this regularly in the shower. Charcoal balances your PH levels, which reduces excess oil production. I absolutely love it! Check back next week for more about binchotan charcoal and it’s many uses!!

Down with DOMA!!!

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We were thrilled to hear yesterday that the ironically-named Defense of Marriage Act was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. To all our friends and family directly affected by this ruling, we celebrate this momentous victory with you and look forward to continuing this path toward equal protection and rights for all everyone!

Humans of New York

Today we’re taking a break from our usual selection of awesome products to highlight an issue you may not be aware of.  Humans of New York is an amazing blog documenting the many characters of New York. It’s a photographic census of NYC, and along with the images are often short stories about the people featured. Since 2010, HONY, and it’s founder Brandon Stanton have provided us with daily snippets of the individuals that make up our city. Last year Mr. Stanton was approached by the DKNY fashion line to purchase a large number of his photographs for an ad campaign. The price was well below market value, and Stanton refused. This it was discovered they had been used anyway, without consent or compensation, in a window display in Bangkok  Thailand.  Instead of asking for personal compensation, Stanton asked DKNY (owned by the multi-national luxury goods conglomerate LYMH) to donate $100,000 to the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA to send kids in his Brooklyn neighborhood to summer camp. DKNY has offered to donate only $25,000, so Stanton is working to raise the remaining $75,000 through an Indie Gogo page and has already surpassed DKNY’s contribution. $100,000 means 300 kids will go to summer camp. It may seem like a small thing but having attending YMCA summer camp myself, I can’t overstate the value, particularly to urban kids. Please join us in supporting Brandon Stanton and Humans of New York in this worthy cause!

Brooklyn Tabernacle at INAUGURATION!!!

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We were sooo excited to see (and better yet HEAR) The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at yesterday’s Inauguration. They are AMAZING and I have been lucky to hear them several times as they are just a few blocks from the shop. Very psyched that Brooklyn could represent in such a special way! Read more about them here

CAUTION– love this sign! Cheers to a good week ahead…

cautionA friend sent me this picture (taken by Dierdre Savage), taken on New Years Day. I love the Optimism, the Hope… and thought it was the perfect sign (literally) for the New Year. Cheers to a great week ahead, month, year…. I’m gearing up to watch Downtown Abbey, can’t wait!

It’s our FIFTH Anniversary today- We did it! WAHOOO!!!

Today is our FIFTH Anniversary- I can hardly believe it! I am so excited and proud of our success, and want to thank all our amazing customers and the community for all your wonderful support. You all give me inspiration and guidance every day. We truly couldn’t do it without you! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Cheers to many more celebrations to come! xoxo, Annie

photo from American Legends Home Website


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