How to make a perfect smoothie

Smoothies are a nice way to start the day creatively and deliciously. As the warmer weather approaches and more fruits start to be in season, we find ourselves craving some natural and refreshing goodness, don’t you agree?

One of the many good things about smoothies is that you can follow your gut and try new combinations every day, to create something as delicious as it is nutritious

Today we are going to help you find the perfect base formula to get inventive and enjoy a smoothie with your favorite ingredients. Follow these tips to make a great smoothie every time!

Know the formula

Your smoothie will need two main components: liquid and dry. You can make them as nutritious as you like, adding extra veggies, seeds, or dietary supplements.

Start with 1 to 2 cups of liquid, depending on the thickness you crave or the number of dry ingredients you will use. Some examples are milk, yogurt, juice, water, or tea! Our Indulge teas are excellent options.

Then add from ½ to 1 ½ cups of your favorite fruit or vegetable. Banana, berries, green apple, and mango are great choices to add extra sweetness. And if you’re going for a healthy option, try adding cucumber, avocado, spinach, kale, or other leafy vegetables.

Pro tips

Making a smoothie is easy and quick, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. Here are some of our top tips to make the best smoothie:

  • Always add liquids before dry ingredients or fruit so your blender doesn’t suffer. We don’t want ingredients up on your ceiling!
  • If you want to add use out-of-season ingredients or want your fruits to last longer, freeze them
  • Try it as you go. Don’t be scared to mix different fruits or flavors, get creative and enjoy the process.

Are you going to use our formula? Share your smoothie with us on social media by tagging @apoembarcelona

Clean beauty: the secrets you need to know

When talking about clean beauty, most people think of something different. Safety within cosmetics is a variable subject, and sometimes even labels aren’t to trust.

To us, clean beauty is about crafting the safest formulas with the purest ingredients, in an efficient but safe quantity.

Natural ingredients are each time more popular, but they are still mixed with toxic agents or grey substances. At APoEM, our products are 100% natural and vegan, free of silicones, sulfates, parabens, and many more harmful components.

How to stay safe

When labels can be misleading, and the ingredient list is hard to read, the best way to stay on the safe side of beauty is to stick to the brands you trust

The fastest way to enjoy clean beauty is to go natural. Nowadays, many plant-derived ingredients achieve the same efficient results as old-time chemicals. 

Do some research on the brands you like and find out about their blacklist (the ingredients they’ll never use) and their principles

What to look out for

Even when the research on harmful ingredients is far from over, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Many substances like parabens and sulfates have tested positive to influencing your hormones, proteins, and cells, irritating your skin and taking away natural oils. 

The current safety laws often overlook these harmful substances. It is even possible to hide the components on the ingredient list by using other names, like in the case of fragrances

Additionally, these chemicals can also be harmful to the environment, as they don’t biodegrade and pollute. At APoEM, we are sustainable and do everything we can to help the world, from ingredients and production processes to the packaging and shipments. 

Stay curious and look into everything you or your family might use. We know how important it is to give your loved ones only the best, that is why APoEM was created with the love of a mother for all families out there.

Fragrances & aromatherapy: finding the safest scents

We love it when a product smells good, as scents can be a big part of our skincare routine. However, not all fragrances are equally safe, and in reality, most are harmful to your skin. 

APoEM is a natural brand, and all of our products contain 100% natural extracts and essential oils that add the benefit of aromatherapy to the different formulas.

Some fragrances could be harming your skin.

Unlike redness-prone skin or sensitive skin types, most skin types may not show any warning signs when coming in contact with fragrances. However, these harmful perfume chemicals are most likely affecting your skin even when you don’t notice it. 

Staying away from suspicious products can save your skin from dryness, allergies, and long-term reactions. At APoEm, we follow strict regulations when choosing our natural fragrances, always testing them on subjects with decision capacity and sensitive skin.

How to choose the right fragrances?

It’s difficult to know which fragrances are safe and which aren’t. Most ingredient labels only read the word “perfume” or similar and do not list all of the components. It is not required by law to specify what comes inside your fragrance, so the ingredient list may not be helpful, but a good way to stay safe is to look for brands that are 100% natural.

As we know that natural ingredients contain allergens that can be sensitizing, our products contain fragrances in really low quantities that still offer the benefit of aromatherapy but aren’t harmful. 

To give our products a whole new meaning, we decided to take our fragrances further with aromatherapy, choosing ingredients that not only smell great, but that will also enhance your mood and cleanse your soul. 

When in doubt, you can always consult our ingredient list on our web page, as well as checking whether each product is safe for pregnancy or celiacs.

Easiest apple morning muffins

We bring you the best recipe for a leisure day filled with self-love, yummy food, and skincare. Start your day with these apple oatmeal muffins! They are healthy, easy to make and also gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and soy-free.

All you need to do for 12 servings is:

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine 2 cups of old fashioned oats (GF if necessary), 1 tsp. of baking powder, a pinch of salt, and ½ tsp. of cinnamon in a bowl.
  • Add 1 cup of milk (you may use the kind you prefer), ½ cup of mashed bananas and mix.
  • Then, stir in 1 large apple, peeled, cored and diced.
  • At this point, you can put the mixture in the fridge overnight (do not preheat the oven if so) or grease a muffin tin and fill to just about the top.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. Store in the fridge or freeze them.

With some of these ingredients, you could also pull-off a natural face mask! Or you could simply enjoy our award-winning Replenish Glow Mask while eating your freshly-baked apple muffins and giving both your skin and body some love.

How to find your skin type.

The first step when it comes to having a skincare routine is understanding your skin and knowing what skin type your face has. Learning about your skin’s specific needs is the way to go when choosing the right products for a healthier, more radiant skin.

Your skin is unique, but it can be classified within four big groups by knowing its characteristics. Determine your skin type at home by following one of these two methods.

Tips for safe skin care during pregnancy

Pregnancy is a stage of many hormonal, vascular, and immunological changes, and the skin is one of the most sensible zones on a pregnant person.

There are many conditions you should want to prevent or attenuate when pregnant. Here we’ll discuss the most common ones and give you ways to kiss them goodbye.

Get perfect skin for the holidays

December has arrived, and it’s time to make the most out of the last month of 2018. Prep your skin for all the parties ahead and look your best for all the special moments that are to come.

You can’t expect to get flawless skin in one day, but there are many things you can do to speed up the process and make that natural glow come out. In order to achieve this, we must start with the basics!

How and why should you moisturize oily skin?

You may think that having oily skin means you can skip the moisturizer after cleansing. Why would you want to make your face look shinier, right? But in reality, you should never underestimate a good moisturizer. Moisturizing your skin is just as important as cleansing, no matter your skin type, both are non-negotiable.

Face oils vs serums

Can you use facial oils to replace serums? The simple answer is no. Some people think that a serum is no longer necessary when you add oils to your routine, but this is not the case.

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