• Karen Hackett

Get Back to School Self-Care Vibes with Portfolio!

It’s time! It’s back to school (you might need to say it a few times to believe it). It’s time to face the reality that the end of summer is upon us, and it’s time to open your mind to some new learning, new faces, and new experiences. Throw some Aveda self-care vibes into that mix and you’ll be good to jetpack with your backpack through the entire school year.

Make that favorite bag of yours (whether it is indeed a backpack, a tech bag, or your favorite reusable Aveda tote) all the bomb with some awesome Aveda swag essentials! Here’s a quick top-five list that’s sure to keep your pencils, notepads, and other school supplies good company - as well as get you through a new school year with superb self-care style. And the winners are:

Wooden Mini Paddle Brush

If you’re familiar with Aveda’s Wooden Paddle Brush, you know how easily its bristles detangle and destress hair, especially when styling. The good news is, this brush comes in a mini size as well! This mini paddle brush is the perfect size for your bag - it never takes up too much room, and you’ll always have a tool for good grooming on the go.

Stress-Fix Rollerball Concentrate

Reading, writing, ‘rithmetic…oh, and studying, writing papers, and taking tests. My calculator says that this all adds up to some serious stress at times. Take a break and a breather with a little Stress-Fix. It’s composed of lavender, lavandin, and clary sage - a combo clinically proven to help reduce stress. Roll some on your wrists and take in some deep breaths to get centered and relaxed - a study break must!

Lip Saver

This is the grown up version of your childhood Cherry Chapstick! This stellar best seller is a soothing and moisturizing balm that contains naturally derived waxes from ingredients like sunflower seed oil and shea butter. As we inch closer to fall and dry air/weather, lips get dry too. Get ahead of it with an application or two (or more, who’s counting?) throughout the day, and it’s great if you like to rock a natural look - plus it works beautifully under your favorite lip color.


This amazing micromist dry shampoo wonder is a fantastic staple in your bag - especially if you need an after-gym refresher for your hair. It’s easy to use, too: Turn the bottle upside down, shake-shake-shake, return upright, turn the cap to open the nozzle and gently squeeze the bottle to release the powder. Apply it to your roots and work it into your scalp and hair. You’re styled and ready to get to your next destination before the proverbial bell rings!

Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme

It’s an ultra-rich hand creme that intensely moisturizes dry hands leaving them noticeably softer and smoother. Andiroba oil and other plant hydrators help infuse skin with nourishment for moisturized, soft hands. Hands down (pun intended), this is the best hand cream I’ve ever used in my life, and I’ll be bold to say you’ll say the same. Keep it in your bag all year long, but you’ll want to make sure it’s always there during the winter months!

Bonus bag item: Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist

Why not toss in just one more thing to round out your school year essentials? Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist is a great add-on, and it’s versatile. You can apply a fresh spritz throughout the day to revive makeup, and to refresh, hydrate, and balance skin. Use it after cleansing, of course, to do the same.

That’s all you need to earn your bag an A+ and not an F - and likely the envy of your classmates. Here’s to an amazing school year to you and yours!

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