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May 09, 2017

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Everything You Need To Know About Our All Natural Organic Soaps

In a continued effort to help you live better naturally and incorporate more chemical free products into your home, we've developed an all natural, cold pressed line of organic soap. Each bar has a minimum of 85% organic ingredients. We consider our handmade soaps to be one of the industry's finest with ingredients that are plant based, creating an herbal soap for your delight.

Our soaps have no synthetic fragrances, dyes, or preservatives.  Where possible, we use organically grown products.  It's important to note that our soaps are scented with 100% certified organic oils only. They contain no parabens and are colored with organic herbs and plant extracts only. In some instances, the essentials oils themselves provide a small amount of the color.

These quality soaps are different from many other products on the market in the fact that they do not include olive oil. Instead, they incorporate high-oleic versions of organic sunflower and organic safflower oil.  These oils contain 81-85% oleic fatty acid, and their other fatty acids line up similarly to those of olive oil. What does this mean? It means that your soap will be extra nourishing, will product a great lather, and will allow your skin to maintain its natural moisture level instead of drying like other soaps do.

Here's the breakdown of the oil combinations in each soap:

Lavender: a delightful blend of Lavender and Lavandin Essential Oils

Citrus Lavender: a rich blend of Orange, Lavandin and Tangerine Essential Oils

Oatmeal Spice:  a warm blend of Clove Bud and Cassia Essential Oils and certified organic oats

Lemongrass Tea:  a rich blend of Lemongrass, Patchouli, Rosemary, Lime, Sage, and Bergamot Essential Oils

Pink Grapefruit:  a refreshing blend of Pink Grapefruit, Lemongrass and Orange Essential Oils

Truly Patchouli: a deep and earthy blend of Patchouli Essential Oil and certified organic orange peel powder

Peppermint Leaf:  a fresh, sharp, and invigorating Peppermint Essential Oil and certified organic Peppermint Leaf

Prairie Sage: a crisp blend of Sage, Lavandin, Lemongrass and Spearmint Essential Oils

Blood Orange + Bergamot: a crisp blend of Blood Orange, Bergamot, Orange, Tangerine, Lemongrass and Lime Essential Oils

Forest Fresh:  an invigorating blend of Fir Needle, Pine, Juniper Berry and Spruce Essential Oils

Gardeners Delight: a brisk blend of Lemon, Lavandin, Orange and Patchouli Essential Oils

Shea + Honey + Oatmeal: The perfect balance of ingredients for a rich, moisturizing experience. Includes certified organic oats and shea butter, along with honey and rosemary extract. This soap is perfect for those with sensitive skin and barely has any scent at all.

Purely Unscented:  The perfect soap for those with sensitive skin. Contains NO Fragrance and NO scent.

 

April 09, 2017

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Who Else Want's To Know About Carrier Oils?

Since many of our customers are new to using essential oils, we thought it might be a good idea to introduce you to the other types of oils that also have some wonderful uses and benefits.

And these would be Carrier Oils.

What Are Carrier Oils?

Carrier oils are produced from what is known as the "fatty" part of the plant. This can be the seeds, kernels or nuts that the plant produces.

A excellent example would be sweet almond oil that is made from nuts. Another would be grapeseed oil that is made from the seeds.

And yes indeed, there are many more carrier oils than just those two that are produced commercially. We'll touch base on a few more in just a minute.

So why do they call them "carrier oils? Glad you asked.

Since these oils lack the ability to evaporate and are absorbed by your skin, it makes them ideal to dilute the more concentrated essential oils should you wish to apply a oil topically.

They act as a carrier agent for your essential oils, hence the term!

And just so you know...

You should NEVER apply a essential oil directly to your skin! They are way to strong and concentrated and you run a very high risk of skin irritation!

Ok..now that we have that out of the way, let's move on.

How Do I Blend My Essential Oils With A Carrier Oil?

Here is a good rule of thumb should you decide you want to start applying your essential oils to your skin.

Use a 2% dilution rate. By that I mean that your essential oil should be 2% of the total solution. Now don't roll your eyes...it's quite simple!

For every ounce (30ml) of carrier oil just add 12 drops of your essential oil. See..that's pretty easy to remember and you'll never have a worry about using to much essential oil and risk a skin irritation!

Now if you want to use essential oils on children, dilute the blend even further! A good rule of thumb here would be 6 drops per ounce of carrier oil which makes it only a 1% dilution.

When in doubt, always go by "less is more" and you should be just fine.

Popular Carrier Oils

Every carrier oil has different properties and benefits. So before you start looking to purchase a carrier oil, decide what benefit you would like.

Since there are quite a few carrier oils to cover, in this post we'll touch on a few that work incredibly well at moisturizing your skin.

Jojoba Oil - You'll find this oil in many commercial  beauty products for your face. The reason being is that jojoba oil is very similar to the natural sebum found on your skin. This trait makes it a ideal choice for all skin types.

It is a carrier oil that is absorbed deeply by your skin and is a excellent moisturizer.

Avocado Oil - If you have dry skin, this is the carrier oil you might want to reach for. It is jam packed with fatty acids and vitamins which have numerous benefits for your skin.

It has been said that avocado oil can slow down skin aging and also aid in the repair of sun damaged skin.

Argan Oil - This carrier oil from the forests in Morocco is becoming increasingly popular for many reasons. For one, argan oil is very rich in vitamin A and vitamin E. It also contains many beneficial fatty acids and antioxidants.

It is a carrier oil that is readily absorbed by the skin and like most carrier oils, argan oil does not leave a oily residue. 

As you can see from this quick overview on carrier oils, you really can't go wrong in choosing one over the other. It will basically come down to just your own personal preference.

In the next installment on carrier oils, we'll take a look at oils that are beneficial to your hair.

So stay tuned and keep checking back!

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

April 12, 2016

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The 3 Best Ways To Use Essential Oils

So you’ve got yourself some essential oils and now it’s time to figure out how to use them. Not only are there a lot of oils to choose from but there are also a lot of different ways to use them.

If you’re having trouble deciding which oils are right from you then you might want to buy a pocket reference guide that will give you detailed information about each oil and its benefits. It might help you narrow down which oils are right for what you’re hoping to achieve by using them.

The most common ways to use essential oils are to apply them to your skin or to inhale them.  With each of these, there are different application methods that can be used to achieve the desired effect.

Let’s take a look at our 3 favorite methods:

1.  Ultrasonic diffusing.  An ultrasonic diffuser, like the AromaSoft model pictured above, is a simple unit that holds a certain amount of water depending on the size of the diffuser.  You will drop your favorite oil into the water, turn it on, and watch the diffuser disperse a fine mist of oils into the air.  These diffusers work when electronic frequencies cause the small ultrasonic disk to vibrate at a fast enough pace to disperse the water and oil into the air. So what’s the benefit you ask?  Well, the vibrations break up the essential oil into tiny microparticles that are much more easily absorbed by the lungs as you breathe them in. The gives a much more therapeutic benefit to your body over other methods of diffusion.

2.  Topical Application. Essential oils can be applied topically to your body. Applying them topically allows them to enter your bloodstream rather quickly. This allows them to be circulated throughout the body in fast action. Along with the them being absorbed into your skin, your also getting the benefits of the scent at the same time.  Reflexology and acupressure pressure points can definitely come into play when applying this way. For example, if you have a headache you might want to apply the oils to your neck and shoulders if the headache started out low. Or maybe to the temples if you have a sinus headache. There’s no absolute science to applying oils so be sure to experiement on what works best for you.

3.  Massage.  There’s no doubt that getting a good massage is the perfect way to wind down, relax, and get rid of those sore muscles. Now you can enhance that method by having your masseuse use a blend of essential oils during the massage.  Using oils this way allows them to enter your body and head right to your trouble spots. Take a little time to do some research about what oils are known to help your particular ailment and then talk to your masseuse about the best way to apply them. You’ll be happy that you did.

There are many other ways of using essential oils. This is only a tiny start. But here’s hoping that you’ve found this beneficial. Follow us as we continue to explore some of the others.

April 12, 2016

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Just What Are Essential Oils?

Are you wondering just what in the world an essential oil really is? Have you heard about them but aren’t sure of what they do or how they can be beneficial?  If that’s the case then don’t worry, we’re here to help you understand it all.

Essential oils have been around for thousands of years and are known to have many different medicinal and health functionalities. They’ve been used in aromatherapy, beauty care, and as a natural medicine.  They have many different spiritual and emotionally uplifting properties too.

These oils are considered elements of the plant world. They are located inside of plant life and are found in parts of flowers, scrubs, trees, roots, bark, and seeds.  They’re most generally extracted from the plants by means of steam distillation and can also be cold pressed.

They are highly concentrated because of the distillation process and are found to be far more potent than dried herbs.  Since they are very complex, consisting of hundreds of unique chemical compounds, they are considered to be very therapeutic. They’re not to be confused with a perfume or fragrance oil, as those provide only fragrance and no therapeutic or natural medicinal properties.

So now that you know a little bit about them, how do you use them?  Well, that’s the fun part for sure. They can be diffused aromatically, they can be evaporated, and they can be sprayed, just to name a few way. They can also be applied topically.  But that’s all for another day. Visit “How to use my essential oils” for more details.

In a nutshell, essential oils are very therapeutic and they can bring a whole new level of wellness to both you and your family. Stick with us as we explore the world of oils.