VIP Customer Spotlight – Fall Edition 2016

VIP Customer Spotlight - Fall Edition 2016

We are incredibly lucky and grateful to have the most wonderful people on Earth as customers! All of our customers are beautifully unique and uniquely beautiful, but they share the common thread of being ethically-conscious animal-lovers who support small business. This season, we are featuring a few of our VIP customers to showcase these incredible people and find out what draws them to our company.


Stephanie Partnow
Staten Island, New York

Stephanie Partnow for Bath Body Candle Moments
Stephanie Partnow for Bath Body Candle Moments
What is your favorite product from Bath, Body, Candle Moments? 
What is your experience with the customer service offered at Bath, Body, Candle Moments? 
Excellent customer service. Bath, Body, Candle Moments created a custom candle for me after my gender reveal. That candle was the first thing I had that said “it’s a girl” , and it smelled great. More. Recently I was unsure about which product would be the best for. My skin. I asked a question and received a response within minutes.
Why should someone who has never tried Bath, Body, Candle Moments give our company a chance? 
They have high quality products at fair prices. The customer service is excellent. They are a local company that really understands its clientele.

Diane Nacinovich
Brooklyn, New York
What is(are) your favorite product(s) from Bath, Body, Candle Moments? 
The candles, Evanescence, Aromatherapy, and, of course, the soap!
What is your experience with the customer service offered at Bath, Body, Candle Moments? 
Wonderful and personal customer service. I find the customer service easily accessible and attentive to detail. Bath, Body and Candle Moments is a feel-good enterprise.
Why should someone who has never tried Bath, Body, Candle Moments give our company a chance? 
If someone wanted high quality, all natural products, excellent customer service and personal touches, they should give Bath, Body and Candle Moments a chance.

Rolande Sumner
Powdersville, South Carolina
Rolande Sumner for Bath, Body, Candle Moments
Rolande Sumner for Bath, Body, Candle Moments
What is your favorite product from Bath, Body, Candle Moments? 
What is your experience with the customer service offered at Bath, Body, Candle Moments? 
The customer service is reliable and considerate. Its nice to get an email after I’ve placed an order asking for details that enhance my experience. All of soaps have arrived on time and beautifully packaged. Plus Kristen is a sweetheart and a joy to work with.
Why should someone who has never tried Bath, Body, Candle Moments give our company a chance? 
Kristen and Frank provide luxurious products and great customer service. To work with professionals who truly enjoy their craft and take the time to make to feel like family is rare. The entire experience is worth every penny.

Francine DiGregorio
Staten Island, New York
Francine DiGregorio for Bath, Body, Candle Moments
Francine DiGregorio for Bath, Body, Candle Moments
What is(are) your favorite product(s) from Bath, Body, Candle Moments?
I am enjoying the Shower Steamers and the Face the Day Sugar Face Scrub. I have Rosacea* and am hesitant to try new products as my face doesn’t take to kindly to change. I was pleasantly surprised that I did not have a reaction to the scrub.
What is your experience with the customer service offered at Bath, Body, Candle Moments?
Excellent customer service. I received my order so quickly. Love the free samples so I get to try other products.
Why should someone who has never tried Bath, Body, Candle Moments give our company a chance?
First of all it’s a local small business and we should support them. The products are natural and they smell great.

Tallahassee, Florida
Ryan Drucker for Bath, Body, Candle Moments
Ryan Drucker for Bath, Body, Candle Moments
What is your favorite product from Bath, Body, Candle Moments? 
What is your experience with the customer service offered at Bath, Body, Candle Moments? 
I haven’t had any issues with the products but product delivery has always been quick and efficient.
Why should someone who has never tried Bath, Body, Candle Moments give our company a chance? 
My favorite part is without a doubt the scents; they are unlike any other company.


These responses are completely unaltered (with the exception of product name capitalization and accuracy). We LOVE our customers and are so appreciative of their feedback! We would be nothing without you. We hope you will be part of our next seasonal feature!

*Bath, Body, Candle Moments makes no claims to cure, prevent, or treat any disease or disorder.

 

Leucidal® Liquid Complete – Utilizing Korean Cuisine to Create a Preservative

Leucidal® Liquid Complete - Utilizing Korean Cuisine to Create a Preservative

We have the distinct pleasure and honor of working with Maggie May Ghanem, owner and President of Formulator Sample Shop. Upon numerous discussions with Maggie, multitudes of test formulations with different preservatives, and a whole lot of research, we decided to use Leucidal® Liquid Complete as our preservative of choice in our brand-new Rose Water Facial Toner, called “Fresh.”

What We Were Looking For

  1. The main issue – a preservative. While people have this distinct fear of preservatives, it’s simply poor science. Any cosmetic or product which contains water or comes into contact with water needs a preservative to ensure bacteria and mold don’t begin to flourish. (Read more about Why Use Preservatives?) We knew we wanted to include Rose Water as a main ingredient in our new facial toner; therefore, it was absolutely necessary that we preserve the product properly. *NOTE – If you find a hydrous product without a preservative, RUN.
  2. A natural solution. This is where formulation became complicated. Because our formulation directly contained water, we needed a powerful preservative, but it seemed as though all preservatives created for hydrous products contained either parabens, formaldehyde, or  propylene glycol.  While all of these additives are considered GRAS (generally recognized as safe) for cosmetic use, we know our customers are looking for even more natural solutions. The search continued.

That’s When We Found Leucidal® Liquid Complete

Working with Maggie, she introduced us to Leucidal® Liquid Complete. The three main components of this preservative are Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate & Lactobacillus & Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract.

A little history with science

I spent some time studying Korean culture and history, and was even granted a fellowship to study in South Korea during the Spring of 2011. While visiting there, one of the distinct memories I have include the hospitality with food – though the point was to immerse us (we were a group of educators) in Korean culture, every morning they would offer us an “American” breakfast which included pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc., and kimchi. Kimchi is a Korean staple food, and while it seemed odd to include it with our American breakfast, it made perfect sense.

Korean Kimchi

Kimchi has been part of Korean culture for thousands of years. While studying in Korea, I learned that in the years before refrigeration, families would make dozens of pounds of kimchi and store them in air-tight containers underground to stay cool. During the cold-months, when food was scarce, families would eat the kimchi to stay healthy. They key to this health is the good bacteria that comes from the fermentation.

So, how is this relevant to preservatives?

Kimchi is normally comprised of cabbages and radish root, with salt, sugars, and brine water. Over time, the brine water produces bacteria which feed off of the sugars, creating lactic acid, which creates fermentation. This lactic acid becomes lactobacillus – a key component bacteria necessary for healthy digestion and to stave off yeast. You will find this bacteria in your yogurt, kefir, and if you take probiotics. This is the good bacteria necessary for your gastrointestinal tract to stay aligned as this bacteria eats the bad bacteria.

BOOM! There it was! Leucidal® Liquid Complete utilizes the brilliance of the natural fermentation process to stave off the bad bacteria! L. kimchii is capable of restricting the growth of other microorganisms by acidifying its environment, but as is common in nature, it is not content to limit itself to a single mechanism of defense. In addition to acidifying its environment, it also produces a novel antimicrobial peptide. Using modern fermentation and bioprocessing technology, Active Micro Technologies has commercialized this antimicrobial peptide to produce Leucidal® Liquid Complete.

To take it to the next level, Active Micro Technologies, the makers of Leucidal® Liquid Complete, utilized the lactobacillus with coconut oil to ferment the coconut oil to create an antimicrobial product that is also non-drying for skin.

The Winning Combination

Between the two levels of natural fermentation, we found our grand-slam preservative. It produces the preservation we needed in our product, with natural ingredients, a natural process, and has the added bonus of moisturization.

 

Why You Should Opt Against Aerosol Sprays for Fragrance and Body Care

Why You Should Opt Against Aerosol Sprays for Fragrance and Body Care

There was a campaign against aerosol sprays about 40 years ago because they were depleting the ozone layer. Whether by the company’s choice, or the Clean Air Act from the Environmental Protection Agency, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs-the ozone-depleting stuff), were eliminated from aerosol sprays.  That means aerosols are safe to use, right? Well, not if you care about your health and the environment.

The Environment

We’re not depleting the ozone layer anymore with aerosol sprays, but we are doing damage to our environment, particularly related to climate change. With each spray of an aerosol can, it emits a tiny bit of hydrocarbon and/or compressed gas which contributes to climate change. Each spray alone isn’t doing detrimental damage, but it’s about the big picture. Envision it this way – Let’s say you’re standing on an Olympic-sized lake covered in ice. If you take one jump, you will probably be okay. But let’s add a few of your friends, and they each take a jump. A little riskier, but could be fine. Now add your co-workers, neighbors, etc., and everyone jumps. Yikes.

According to NASA, the particles emitted from aerosols head into the Earth’s atmosphere where they reflect light back towards the sun. “The additional reflection caused by pollution aerosols is expected to have an effect on the climate comparable in magnitude to that of increasing concentrations of atmospheric gases. The effect of the aerosols, however, will be opposite to the effect of the increasing atmospheric trace gases – cooling instead of warming the atmosphere.”

If light is being reflected back to the sun, and cooling the atmosphere, the change in climate will be most detrimental for rainforests and tropical areas. These habitats thrive in the hot environment, and though no studies have been concluded as to the outcomes, it is plausible to assume that wildlife and plants that have evolved for the warm climate will not be able to survive over time.

Health

Modern-day aerosols also contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that contribute to ground-level ozone levels, a key component of asthma-inducing smog. This especially applies in children.

According to The Guardian,  Bristol University’s “Children of the 90s” project followed the development of 14,000 children since before their birth. “It said 32% more babies suffered diarrhea in homes where air fresheners were used daily than in those where they were used once a week or less. They also suffered more from earache. Daily use of aerosols in other products were associated with a 30% rise in diarrhea, and, to a lesser extent, vomiting.”

Another major issue with aerosols is “huffing.” Huffing is when aerosols are sniffed or inhaled as a narcotic drug. Of course, this goes against every “use as directed, don’t inhale” warning; however, their presence can make the abuse of drugs easier. This is a serious problem as Timberline Knolls, the residential treatment center explains: “inhaling highly concentrated amounts of the chemicals in solvents or aerosol sprays can cause heart failure and death within minutes after repeated inhalation.”

What to Choose Instead

Instead of using aerosol sprays to freshen the air and body, opt for natural, non-aerosol room sprays and personal fragrance. Read ingredient labels to ensure there are no volatile organic compounds.  You can also choose natural candles, such as those made with soy, palm, coconut, or beeswax – just be sure the wick is cotton and not zinc.

For shaving cream, opt for a shaving soap or cream soap. A shaving soap has a dual benefit, as it is both cleansing and created for smooth shaving.

Deodorant spray cans have recently made a comeback, but with all the knowledge we now have about the damage aerosols cause, we recommend a natural stick deodorant.

Holiday Fairs for the 2016 Season

Holiday Fairs for the 2016 Season

It’s fair season! This is an amazing time of year for shoppers – new products, new scents, new gifts, and best of all – holiday fairs. With 75% of Americans visiting a shopping mall at least once per month, it’s incredibly difficult to find unique and special gifts for people. Unless you visit a local holiday fair!

Holiday Fairs offer numerous hard-to-find, handcrafted, and artisan goods. Many of these products you can’t purchase every day, making gift shopping at a fair a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

As a shopper, holiday fairs allow you to personally meet the makers of the products you’re buying. Each product comes with its own story, its own legend, and the special meaning behind the gift, along with the details of the process, make purchasing from local vendors at holiday fairs a true chance to connect.

We love working at holiday fairs because we love meeting you. We want to hear your stories, about your life, and give you a chance to tell us what you need. We hope to see you at one of the Staten Island fairs this coming season:

Saturday, November 12, 2016
Staten Island Technical H.S. Holiday Fair
Time: 9am-3pm, Indoors, Free
485 Clawson St., Staten Island, NY 10306
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Sunday, November 13, 2016
Holy Family Christmas Fair
Time: 9am-3pm, Indoors, Free
366 Watchogue Road, Staten Island, NY 10314

Saturday & Sunday, November 26 & 27, 2016
Alice Austen House Arts & Crafts Holiday Fair
Time: 11am-5pm, Indoors, Free
2 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10305
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Saturday, December 3, 2016
Art Lab Handcrafted Holiday Fair
Time: 11am-4pm, Indoors, Free
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Winter Holistic Expo
Time: 11am-6pm, Indoors, $5 Admission
Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 South Ave., Staten Island, NY 10314
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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Moore Catholic High School Holiday Fair
Time: 10am-5pm, Indoors, Free
100 Merrill Ave., Staten Island, NY 10314

You can always find out what we’re up to and where we’re going by visiting our website, scrolling to the bottom of the page, and clicking on “News & Events.” We look forward to meeting you!

The Weekly Skincare Steps Needed for Optimal Beauty

The Weekly Skincare Steps Needed for Optimal Beauty

Just like owning a car requires you to fill up on gas, get regular oil changes, have inspections, and tune-ups, your skin requires a weekly routine to maintain optimal beauty. Along with the obvious healthy diet, exercise, and plenty of water, you should complete the following steps every week to gain glowing skin.

The steps we’re discussing in this blog post pertain specifically to the skin on your face. We want you to take a before-photo, try these steps out for two weeks, and take an after-photo so you can see the visible improvements in your skin’s texture, feel, and general appearance.

Everyday Morning Routine

  • Wash your face with a mild soap or cleanser.
  • Use a toner to balance the pH levels of your skin.
  • Apply a day-time cream, butter, or moisturizer (depending on your skin type). Use a richer cream or butter for dry skin, use a lighter moisturizer for oily or combination skin.
  • If you’ll be spending time outside, be sure to also include a facial sunscreen of at least an SPF of 30 with protectors against UVA and UVB rays.

Everyday Evening Routine

Twice Per Week in the Morning or Evening

One Per Week in the Evening

  • After washing your face with a mild soap or gentle cleanser, use a gentle mask to help tighten pores.
  • On a different evening, use wet tea bags (in cool water – can be used) over your closed eyes to help reduce puffiness. No tea bags on hand? Sliced cucumber also works wonderfully.

The key to maintaining healthy, clear skin lies in three main factors: diet, stress, and skincare routine. You have to keep everything in balance for optimal results. If one is out of whack, it will certainly affect how your skin reacts, no matter how many products you use.

Part of maintaining this regiment is the relaxing benefits it brings, which can also help reduce your overall stress levels. Taking a moment for you to care for yourself is imperative, and you deserve it.

Soapmaking: A Science, An Art, A Labor of Love

Soapmaking: A Science, An Art, A Labor of Love

If you’ve ever cooked a fancy dinner for friends or family, then you have a basic grasp of the science, art, and labor involved in soapmaking.  It takes time and a great deal of planning to make soap, plus the extraordinary patience needed to wait for the soaps to cure!

The Science
When you make cold-process soap, you need to consider the balance of oils to obtain the properties of the soap. Then comes the measuring of the lye (or sodium hydroxide, a powerful base). Once you’ve considered how much oil you’re going to use, you need to mathematically determine the exact amount of lye required for the saponification process to happen. In short, saponification is the reaction of sodium hydroxide with the different levels of oils to create soap. You can’t have too much lye, or your soap’s pH will be too caustic and could burn your skin (laundry soap, for example, has a higher pH). If you have too little lye, your soap will be really mushy, and possibly unsaponified, leaving a greasy blob.

Once you’ve mixed the lye water solution with your fats, it’s necessary to work fast to mix them together, or you could have pockets of unsaponified oils. In modern times, we have hand mixers, which exponentially shorten the process, but in older times, people would literally have to sit there and stir for hours.

The properties of your soap will be based on the oils, as mentioned earlier, and your additives. Each oil has different beneficial and structural properties, and the same applies for additives. For example, in the video below, we chose to use Dead Sea Salt to create a slightly exfoliating bar of soap.

The Art
The art involved in soapmaking includes the consideration of scent and appearance. There’s nothing wrong with a perfectly plain bar of soap; it’s all a matter of personal preference.  But it’s necessary to plan out what you intend the bar to look and smell like before you start doing calculations.

Because of the handcrafted quality of cold-process soap, once the loaf is cut, each bar will have slight variations; this is part of the artisan beauty. There are dozens of different tools that can be used to achieve different appearance structures, and even more additives. From clays, to salts, to lakes, to micas, soapmaking has the varietal options of any other art form.

A Labor of Love
Soapmaking is dangerous! The lye is an extremely caustic base which can literally burn the skin right off your bones. Soapmakers use a small enough amount that we won’t turn into heaping wods of melted flesh from droplets, but they do cause us burns. It’s absolutely necessary to take safety precautions, such as latex gloves and chemical-proof goggles. Soap is a liquid in its pre-formed state, so the chances for splashes are high, and if it ever got into your eyes, it could absolutely cause blindness.

The measuring of the oils, and the waiting for the cooling, the physical crafting, and the tedious clean-up, turn soapmaking into a true labor of love. It takes fortitude and meticulousness to ensure the beauty and safety of a quality product.

After all is said and done, it takes about 48 hours before the soap can be unmolded. While this time is passing, the soap continues to saponify and begins to harden. After 48 hours, the soap is no longer caustic, and is safe to be used on skin, but is no where near finished. It continues to take 4-6 weeks for the soap to “cure,” or allow for the water to evaporate and bar to harden. The harder the bar, the longer the soap will last.

The video below is just an example of us making some soap in our lab! Shop for some awesome soap right here.

Misleading Cosmetic Claims and Why You Shouldn’t Believe Them

Misleading Cosmetic Claims and Why You Shouldn't Believe Them

The skincare industry is filled with all types of fun rhetoric. As an English teacher by day, and mad chemist by night, I feel privileged that I can read through the nonsense, but I also feel like so many people are being cheated by these claims. It’s time to debunk these myths and use the skills that science and English class taught us!  Let’s get to the facts:

There’s no such thing as “Therapeutic Grade” essential oils
The terminology “therapeutic” implies it has some type of healing properties. While essential oils do possess many benefits, unless the actual oils were clinically tested in an unbiased scientific experiment, there’s no way to determine whether or not they’re therapeutic. Moreso, each batch of essential oil is different! You can buy lavender from two different providers and receive two different scents and types. Essential oils are derived from plants, and unless they are being synthetically mimicked for precise, exact conditions, there’s no way to control nature. The environment, climate, atmosphere, picking, and growing techniques will all create slight variations in the oil. It’s hard to make a medical claim about something with so many variables.

“Cosmeceutical” is a whole bunch of malarky
The term “cosmeceutical” was invented by the cosmetic industry to use rhetoric to imply that the product has both cosmetic and pharmaceutical benefits. The term is not only unregulated, it’s downright misleading. According to the FDA, unless a product has been registered and tested as a DRUG, it is in no way pharmaceutical, and any claims of providing those types of benefits (healing, treating, preventing, or curing) are false and illegal.

The only thing “Hypoallergenic” is air
And even sometimes the air (if polluted) can cause allergies. In the cosmetics industry, the term “hypoallergenic” connotes that a product will not cause an allergic reaction. The FDA makes very clear statements about this term: “There are no Federal standards or definitions that govern the use of the term “hypoallergenic.” The term means whatever a particular company wants it to mean. Manufacturers of cosmetics labeled as hypoallergenic are not required to submit substantiation of their hypoallergenicity claims to FDA. The term “hypoallergenic” may have considerable market value in promoting cosmetic products to consumers on a retail basis, but dermatologists say it has very little meaning.” The reality is that every person is affected by product and their environment differently.  It’s the responsibility of the manufacturer to clearly label ingredients, but it’s the responsibility of the consumer to read that information and determine whether or not he/she is allergic.

Free of “chemicals”
This is a very tricky term because the word “chemical” actually relates to chemistry or the interactions of substances as studied in chemistry. Oxygen is a chemical. Water is a combination of two particles of Hydrogen with one particle of Oxygen – Water is a chemical. Our very essence is comprised of hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon, magnesium, oxygen, oh my. To call something “chemical free” is not only bogus, it’s ridiculous; there is literally no such thing on Earth that is chemical free – and good thing, too, or we’d be dead.

“Organic” is just a fancy way to say “pay more now”
The concept of “organic” makes much more sense in the food industry than it does in the cosmetic industry. The very appeal of “organic” is that it was grown without pesticides or preservatives. The truth is, “organics” are quite wasteful in the cosmetic industry because the minute the original product is mixed and packed, it’s not organic anymore. This term, just like all the others, is completely unregulated. It’s possible for cosmetics to contain organic ingredients, but impossible for it to be completely organic as it’s now in an altered state. This is also a good thing, as you want preservatives in any water-based or water-contact products…because you know what else is organic? Growing bacteria, mold, and mildew in your skincare.

“Dermatologist-tested” or “Dermatologist-approved” means another person on payroll
This is yet another unregulated term in the cosmetics industry. All you need is one dermatologist, who could be paid, to make the claim that he/she has approved the cosmetic, and boom, it’s appealing to your ethos. Unless a cosmetic has undergone a double-blind clinical trial, it has not been tested, and it doesn’t matter what any dermatologist has to say.  That doesn’t mean that all cosmetics need to undergo expensive clinical trials, most cosmetics don’t, as they are being created with GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) ingredients.  What it does mean is that some dermatologist is getting a financial kick-back for advocating for the product. Look at it this way – A pile of garbage can be “Cockroach-tested” and “Cockroach-approved” – has the same value.

Mucus is also “all natural”
I have to admit, we’re guilty of using this terminology, simply because of the expectation of handcrafted cosmetics, but the reality is, “all natural” is also unregulated. Lots of things are “all natural” – shea butter, coconut oil, vomit, feces, HIV, HPV, meningitis, you get the picture. The term in cosmetics is supposed to infer that everything was derived from nature, but a simple read of an ingredient label, and you can get the same information without the nonsense. It’s also important to note that you don’t always want “all natural” – chemical compounds and synthetics can be safe. Prehistoric times were about as natural as you can get, and those folks only lived to thirty, if they were lucky. Science formulations and tested synthetics are fine. Take milk as an example – if we drank milk directly from a cow, we would become deathly ill. Thank you, Louis Pasteur, for your unnatural way to deal with natural derivatives.

The best way to combat these myths is to not fall into their traps. Read through the lines, only buy products with clear, transparent, and honest labelingtrust science. Believe me, you’re going to be fine.

 

Our New Obsession with Rose and Frankincense Essential Oils

Our New Obsession with Rose and Frankincense Essential Oils

I love lavender essential oil; it’s the dream when it comes to essential oils because it’s pretty much good for everything – mature skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, babies, dogs, calming, you name it. But as our business grew, I wanted to expand our fragrance options while still offering natural scent.

When I first began, I was afraid to play with essential oils for two major reasons: cost and warnings. I always wanted to toy with Rose and Frankincense, but with Rose essential oil costing over $200 an ounce and Frankincense essential oil costing around $70 an ounce, I felt that it wasn’t worth the cost to fail.

I was wrong. The beauty of these two particular oils goes far beyond their price. Their scent and the properties they bring to skincare is simply amazing and absolutely worth the cost of experimentation.

Rose Essential Oil
An interesting fact about Rose Essential Oil, which also explains the cost: It takes 60,000 roses to create one ounce of rose essential oil!

For skin, it is said to act as an astringent and improves skin texture, promoting the appearance of youthful, glowing skin. Rose essential oil is also said to have many other beneficial properties, as can be found across the web, but it’s important to note that this information has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

According to a study published by the Iran J Basic Medical Science Journal, Rose essential oil, or” R. damascena, is an ornamental plant and beside perfuming effect, several pharmacological properties including anti-HIV, antibacterial, antioxidant, antitussive, hypnotic, antidiabetic, and relaxant effect on tracheal chains have been reported for this plant.”

Rose essential oil also has a powerful, beautiful aroma, which makes it especially alluring in perfumes and cosmetics. A little goes a long way!

We use rose essential oil in our newest formulation of Evanescence, our supreme luxury facial serum.

Evanescence - The Gold Standard of Facial Serums
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Frankincense Essential Oil
An interesting fact about Frankincense Essential Oil:  According to the New Testament, Frankincense oil was one of the three gifts given to the Child Christ from the Three Wise Men (or Magi). The other two gifts were Myrrh essential oil and gold. (Read more in our blog post about perfuming.) Because of this story, we have a limited edition soap that will debut for the holidays called “Gifts of the Magi” which includes a fragrance and essential oil blend of Frankincense and Myrrh, and colored with gold cosmetic glitter (stay tuned, as this is only a holiday limited edition product).

According to Organicfacts.net, Frankincense essential oil: “As a Cytophylactic, Frankincense Oil promotes regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy. When you combine this aspect of frankincense oil with its powerful astringent capabilities, you have a potent anti-aging quality that frankincense oil is often used for. It can help you to eliminate sun spots, remove micro-wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks, and generally tone and tighten skin all over your body, while simultaneously replacing old or dying cells with new, healthy ones!” Please note, these statements have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Interestingly, in a Chinese study, found in the Journal of Chinese Medicine (2014 July 2), the article concludes that Frankincense essential oil helped isolate and destroy cancer cells found in the bladder.

As a fragrance, Frankincense is very light, earthy, slightly green, and blends well with a number of different oils, especially sandalwood, myrrh, clary sage, and lavender.

We now use Frankincense essential oil in our Face the Day Sugar Face Scrub.

Face the Day Sugar Face Scrub
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As we stated earlier, the US Food and Drug Administration has not approved any medicinal properties of these essential oils. However, even at their very core, the ancient use of these oils proves one fact – they must be bringing something quality to the table for them to still be in circulation and widely used amongst perfumers and aromatherapists.

We use essential oils, and particularly love this group of them, for their beautiful, natural fragrances. Any benefits that may come from these oils is just a pure bonus.

What are your favorite essential oils?

Trick or Treat: Give Something Better than Candy this Halloween

Trick or Treat: Give Something Better than Candy this Halloween

Ever since Michelle Obama initiated the “Let’s Move” campaign to encourage kids to lead healthier lifestyles from youth, there has been a focused awareness on the childhood obesity epidemic. The reality is that there is a problem with obesity in our society, and the idea of teaching kids from the very beginning about healthier lifestyles is always a step in the right direction.

We can play the blame game for obesity. It’s television, video games, and cell phones for making people lazy, or it’s soft drinks and fast food, or it’s GMOs, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, the list goes on. It’s a combination of all of these factors, and the general change in American lifestyle. In any circumstance, the point is to make a change, and Halloween is a great place to start!

Not to mention how many food allergies are currently present amongst young people. According to CNN: “It seems like more and more children in the U.S. are developing food allergies, and there’s data to back that up. The number of kids with food allergies went up 18 percent from 1997 to 2007, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 3 million children younger than 18 had a food or digestive allergy in 2007, the CDC said.”

In an effort to promote healthier living, these are some ideas for better treats you can offer trick-or-treaters on Halloween. They’re going to get plenty of candy anyway, why not be the better neighbor; as the old adage states: “It takes a village.”

  1. Lip Moisturizer! Everyone loves natural lip moisturizer, and it’s a fun treat that will last much longer than one time*.   (If you’re interested in working with us for larger quantities, contact us for a quantity discount. These are especially awesome for older trick-or-treaters.)
  2. Travel Size Lotion Bars! Give the fun little gift of a moisturizer (even if the kids pass it up, Mom or Dad will end up with an awesome treat)*. (Especially awesome for older trick-or-treaters.)
  3. Bouncy Balls! Every kid loves bouncy balls because there are numerous amounts of games you can play with one ball, and every kid loses these constantly, so you can never have too many.
  4. Bath Bombs! These are especially fun for older kids (or under parental supervision), but they’re such a craze right now, any kid would LOVE to have them!*
  5. Novelty Stretchable Zoo Animals! These fun little stretch toys can be wrapped around school bags or bed posts, so kids can carry their fun everywhere.
  6. Stamps! Every kid loves stamps! EncoA great way to support creativity and imagination.
  7. Water Jelly Growing Sea Creatures! These fun little guys inspire sensory activity and demonstrate the science of sponges.
  8. Plastic Puzzle Balls! Cute and encourages thinking, the plastic puzzle balls will promote fun and intellect.
  9. Emoji Jumping Toys! Fun and interactive, these jumping toys are sure to bring on the laughs.
  10. Crayons! Inspire artistic ability and innovation with crayons, plus you can never have too many.
  11. Novelty Assortment! Want to give a variety of fun, check out this full pack of different toys to bring joy.

*As a special precaution, remember to always offer sealed packages of anything you distribute. Make sure there are clear and legible ingredients, so parents and guardians can scrutinize for individual safety.  Also, as much as you may like to offer home-baked items, please don’t distribute it on Halloween, to ensure the safety and liability of everyone involved.

Have any other great ideas for Halloween treats? Share in the comments!

From Maker to Entrepreneur – Turn Your Hobby into a Business *VIDEO UPDATES*

The Craft Workshop

A special thank you to everyone who came out to my workshop back in August at Zen Trading Post!  If you weren’t able to make the workshop, I have turned the slideshow into a viewable YouTube video below to catch you up on everything you need to know to get started turning your hobby into a lucrative business!

As a small business owner, and crafter, I fully support and believe in supporting other small businesses. There’s a lot of competition out there, and sometimes that can rear its ugly head, but I want you to remain POSITIVE and realize there is plenty of pie to go around for everyone. Some people have tried to put us down through slander and competition, but we just ignore it, and encourage more makers to get out there and make!

The demand for handmade goods is huge. Just think of the success of Etsy and Amazon Handmade. Why? Because people are realizing the quality is just not comparable. Handmade goods are simply made better, and moreso, they are made by you. When people fall in love with who you are (and we know they will), they will want to buy your products. So go ahead and give it a shot!

Grab a glass of wine, a notepad, and put your brain to work. The workshop is about 50 minutes long and filled with valuable info.  We can’t wait to hear your feedback.