Pura Botanicals Giveaway!

May is shaping up to be a pretty great month- as it usually is around these parts. Budding flowers, open windows, after dinner sunset runs, many new jewelry creations and birthday party fun. Spring has sprung and we've fully made our way out of hibernation, out doors and into the liveliness of the season. Although this time of the year brings me so much joy and excitement, I find the routine change can also be little overwhelming. I have a relatively low stress threshold and I'm constantly looking for ways to minimize anxiety and to keep myself focused on happy. Whether it be yoga, aromatherapy, bubble baths, hiking, or simply playing with the little ones in your life, it's important to know how to manage stress so it doesn't  take control of your life. I relish in the rare, quiet, slow moving moments that are freckled throughout each day. These moments refresh and recharge my body and brain.

One simple thing that has been helping to sooth my mind and body has been aromatherapy and taking a bit of time each day to pamper myself with Pura- a new line of all natural botanical tinctures made with love by my beautiful friend, Lane. These gentle, soothing, heaven scented concoctions are truly wonderful. I'm completely addicted to a number of her products already and my skin, mind, and home are seriously thanking me for it. I use Sweet Face every day, I carry Headache Be Gone with me everywhere, and my home smells like lavender and mint all the time. It's fantastic. 
Pura is a freshly hatched line and as a way to get the word out about it, Lane is generously offering up $100 worth of Pura Botanical tinctures to one very lucky Sappy Apple reader! 

How to enter:
2. Leave a comment below with your e-mail address (so we can contact you if you win!).
3. 'Like' Pura Botanicals on Facebook.
4. Follow Lane's lovely mommy blog Little Miss Cupcake Sugarpants.
Earn extra entries by:
1. Blogging about this giveaway
2. Tweeting about this giveaway (If you are not on Twitter how about Facebook?)
3. Being a Sappy Apple blog follower:)

Leave a separate comment below letting me know in which ways you've entered. I will choose a winner at random on June 8th! Good Luck!

•Tell us a bit about yourself.

My two sidekicks, Morgan and Cove are the loves of my life, besides my best friend and husband, Brydon. We moved from our chic downtown condo and bought a little old bungalow in old-school suburbia 2-years ago, and are renovating it from top to bottom, amongst the insanity of raising our two little sprouts and both running our own businesses. 

I seek to inspire others by teaching yoga, creating botanical tinctures that are good for you and being grateful for each day I have with my family. Right now, I'm a sucker for anything pastel, vintage or made by hand. I adore spending time outside with Morgan and Cove, and snapping away with my camera- kind of obsessed with taking pictures. 

My kids rarely wear matching socks, and I do my best not to live in my housecoat most days. I'm totally sleep deprived but stay sane by choosing to do what I love, eating clean food (besides copious amount of dark chocolate) and giving and receiving plenty of snuggles. Life is your own creation- I choose to fill it up with beautiful dreams, good friends and an endless perseverance to stay and be healthy- mind, body and heart. 

•What inspired you to create Pura?

When I became pregnant with my daughter, I was suddenly ultra-sensitive to anything synthetic. Department store perfumes suddenly seemed toxic and made me feel sick. I began to refuse to put anything on my skin that wasn't all-natural. The harmful petro-chemicals, sulphates, parabens and other harmful synthetics used in the majority of beauty products were just no longer an option.
Pura came to me over many very pregnant sleepless nights. I have poured only love, wisdom and quality ingredients into each and every tincture. I've spent years researching essential oils and botanicals- studying their properties and benefits, and of course developing a fine-tuned nose and intuition for mixing them. 
I have two young babies now, and I just can’t imagine exposing their precious little systems to toxic beauty products. Simply- no thank you.

•How did you come up with the name 'Pura' for your line?

I wanted a name that was memorable, easy to say, spell and most importantly, stood for purity. Pura means 'pure' in sanskrit, so it was of course the natural choice. It just sounded and felt right. I love it, and its become a part of me. 

•What are your three favorite Pura products?

That's a hard one, hmmmm...Well, I can't live without Pura's Daily Moisturizer, Sweet Face, made with chamomile, vanilla and clementine. My face absolutely craves it in the morning, besides kissing Morgan and Cove, its become a beloved morning ritual- it smells heavenly and makes my skin feel and look amazing. 

Thanks so much, Lane.
Happy giveaway, everyone!


  1. ooh this stuff looks awesome!
    email - challenged.romanticblog@gmail.com

  2. i also follow your blog.
    email - challenged.romanticblog@gmail.com


  3. These look wonderful! I would love to try them!


  4. sappy apple blog follower as well!

  5. Wow - what wonderful products and such a beautiful model she used. I am putting in an order right now - liked her website and blog, and "liked" her Facebook page. email: sheelaghmccourt@shaw.ca

  6. ugh, i could so totally use a little destress! beautiful packaging and amazing sounding goodness! thank you for sharing!

    - jessica

  7. and (obviously) a sappy apple blog follower :)

  8. This looks great! Needin' some of that 'headache, be gone' right about now!


  9. This is lovely. Hasheart@gmail.com

  10. I visited the website and shop, liked Pura on facebook and clicked to follow the blog, and I follow sappy apple. These products look great, am looking forward to trying some in the future, and hoping I win some too :)

  11. I love your blog layout. It is so adorable. xo, rv


  12. I have looked at many of the Pura Botanicals online and in person, and they really smell wonderful. I am sure I will be purchasing some in the future. They are perfect for me because of my many allergies, and sensitivities to perfumes and other environmental yuckies.

    Love your new blog look too!

  13. These sound amazing! I would love to try the headache be gone especially!
    nagpony68 {at} yahoo {dot} com

  14. I'm also a sappy apple follower :)

  15. Very excited to try out these products. Thank you for sharing!

  16. Such amazing products! I just had to enter because products like this make my heart sing! - inge@damselofdainty.com

  17. I follow your blog as well :)

  18. wow. i want it all! im so inspired by her products and they sound like they even taste good!!

  19. i follow Sappy Apple blog.

  20. and im now following Little Miss Cupcake SugarPants

  21. Pura looks lovely and I'd love to try so many things out. I'm a mom of a newborn so I can relate to what inspired it.

  22. Oh and my email is bohemianseason@gmail.com

  23. I also *like* them on FB! :)

  24. This stuff looks amazing
    I twittered, facebook'd, always read your blog, and I liked her Facebook page. The website looks awesome too. Fingers crossed I can try these products :)


  25. oh awesome!! I've just recently switched over to all natural beauty products so love hearing about new companies. So interesting how her body rejected synthetics when pregnant and of course even better this came out of it! thank you both!
    email: dusanabotswana@hotmail.com