We have been playing catch-up. Restoring depleted stocks and bringing back
some treasures we’ve missed for a long time.
This newsletter contains:
For Winter Weary skin two special sale categories. All of our Cleopatra’s
Secret Products are on special sale at 10% off normal pricing for the month
of February, as are all of our Skincare Products. (See our Skincare Solutions category here.)
Corsican Helichrysum Italicum! We overbought in 2015 and still have a little bit of both our Helichrsum Serotinum and Helichrysum Don remaining. Given proper storage they will still be vibrant and effective well into 2020, but we would like to clear the shelves. Special pricing while supplies last.
You asked, we listened. New size rollout: Our most popular synergies are now available in 15 ml, as well as the familiar 5 ml.
You may access all available sizes via our dropdown menu for each product.
On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, because we love you, take 14% off any retail sized Essential Oil, Absolute, or CO2.
Only products listed at this link, while supplies last, retail sizes only (mls, not ounces), no kits or samplers, and may not be applied retroactively. Use discount code Romance.
Free Shipping Friday: On the fourth Friday (2/24) enter discount code Friday-Free and receive free domestic shipping on orders valued over 5.00. No other Nature’s Gift discount may apply.
The things we used to know: Aromatherapy “facts” that have changed as we learned more.
France, the Louisiana Purchase, and Mosquitoes? Christi looks at how history may have influenced horticulture.
Guest Blog: Perfume Blending. Haly blends her favorites, and shows you how.
My friend Charlie writes the BEST descriptions of our products that I have
ever seen. He has missed his calling, and should be in marketing. At
any rate, he recently requested samples of all three of our Jasmine specimens,
Jasmine auriculatum, back in stock after a long absence, Jasmine Grandiflora,
and Jasmine Sambac. After receiving and experiencing
them, he wrote the following (quoted with permission):
I asked for samples of the three Jasmine absolutes they offer, and they were kind
enough during the busy Friday special to make it happen. I’ve never had a true
Jasmine absolute so I’m doing research for when I can go in on a bottle. I’ve
spent a couple days with them now and have decided I need all three.
The Jasmine sambac may just be my favorite. Warm, fruity and floral. Very rich
and intense. It reminds me of Ylangylang extra, but more green and slightly
herbaceous. This would be what I imagine live Jasmine flowers smell like. A very
mysterious scent indeed.
The Grandiflora is quite different. It’s all floral. Not really green or fruity.
This reminds me of iconic Jasmine scents that my grandmother had in her
fragrance collection. As it develops over time it smells like Benzoin and
flowers. Very bright and sunny!
The Auriculatum is a spicy floral! To me it seems less sweet, and more green,
fruity, almost citrus like. With a touch of clove. It reminds me of the gardenia
bushes in my front yard as a kid.
These are absolutely beautiful. The aromas radiate from the scent strips and
have filled my room. These make me excited for spring flowers!
Thank you, Charlie! I have tried, and failed, to describe the differences between these three, and am
grateful for perfumer’s nose, and vocabulary.
A Masculine Blend
Leah and I had been discussing the difference in scent between our Siberian
Fir CO2 and the distilled Siberian Fir, and she mentioned a blend she used the
CO2 in. Of course I had to ask what… and she gave permission to share.
Just a note because you asked how we used the Siberian fir CO2. I mixed a blend
of Siberian Fir CO2, Bergamot FCF, Atlas Cedarwood and Vetiver. I used it in a body butter and perfumed oil for men. The
guys loved it and one wife liked it on her husband but not for herself. Thanks,
Sounds to me like a lovely masculine blend. (And no, Leah did not share her percentages, it would be “to taste.”) I told her it
sounded wonderful, all those deep notes, and only the Bergamot to lighten it.
Susan Snyder wrote:
Your Aloe Vera Gel is one of my favorite new finds on your website. I love it
on my skin, but recently I found another use for it. I had discontinued use of
my store bought hair gel when I changed to all natural cosmetics. I had not yet
figured out a replacement, and noticed “aloe” as a key ingredient when doing a
little research on what I could mix up myself. Instead of going with a complex
recipe — I decided to try just the Aloe Vera Gel from Nature’s Gift as a hair
gel, and I’m loving it. I have fine hair and very little of the gel goes a long
way (I only need five squirts from the bottle and applied to the roots of my
hair). In addition, I feel like the health of my scalp has improved since using
No need to respond. I just wanted to pass on an additional use of one of your
products just in case it might help someone else.
I did respond, to ask permission to share her idea, which had never occurred to me. I am wondering about adding “hair friendly” essential oils to the aloe gel? Either the components of our Stimulating Scalp Oil, Rosemary, Atlas Cedarwood, Thyme Linalol and Lavandin, or even, for a child’s hair, Nerolina, known for combatting “Children’s hair problems.” (We want to name it “No Nitz” or “Nitz Blitz.”)
Air Cleaning Blend?
Marnie recently wrote that she blends Lemon Myrtle and Lime as a diffuser
blend. And her kids say it smells just like Fruit Loops!
QUESTION: 10% dilution to get to a 1% dilution?
A client recently wrote, asking: Quick question: How many drops of the German Chamomile CO2 10% would you add to a 1 oz bottle to equal a
1% dilution total? Thank you so much. I just love your oils!
Our answer, “You would want 6 drops of UNDILUTED eo to give a 1% dilution in one oz of carrier… so you would need 60 drops of the 10% dilution…see? (Or three mls!) Add that to the bottle FIRST, then add the rest of your chosen carrier; remember you are also adding a lot of Fractionated Coconut Oil. Of the 60 drops of diluted Chamomile Total, 54 will be fractionated Coconut oil, so count that as part of your fixed oil.
In a Facebook group. we were discussing how our bodies know what we need, and a friend shared the following:
Marge Clark, I just wanted to say I let my mother in law smell a few samples and she was so drawn to Solace not even knowing it is for emotional healing. (She is still grieving over her husband’s death from years ago). Thank you for such a wonderful product.
And when asked if I could quote her, she replied, “Yes please do quote me on that. I am just blown away by your knowledge and help and products.”
I just wanted to share with you how incredible your helichrysum oil is!
My son is ten and had a horrible allergic reaction to amoxicillin. He
had hives on nearly every inch of his skin. Doctor recommended Benadryl,
but he was still itchy and spotted a day later. I tried the helichrysum
oil in a sweet almond base before school and I was amazed to see him
when he got back. I have included pictures below, though they don’t do
justice to seeing it in person! Thanks!
(Note, the pictures somehow got lost in the process!)
Sue Madunich, of Aromatic Blessings,
recently wrote the following about our Boswellia sacra, from Oman:
I have been in love with Sacred Frankincense since I started using oils many years ago. I have tried many different places looking
for “that fit.” All I can say is WOW! I seriously almost cried when I smelled the Sacred Frank (White). I can honestly say I have never smelled or experienced anything like that, EVER. Thanks, Marge. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the beautiful products you sell. I will be posting numerous reviews on this oil! YOU ARE AMAZING! I need to move to TN!
But February made me shiver. With every paper I’d deliver. Bad news on the doorstep. I couldn’t take one more
A traditional British saying predicts:
If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Winter will have another fight.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
Winter won’t come again.
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This newsletter contains:
Recent arrivals from France:
Our long awaited Wild High Altitude Lavender —la crème
de la crème—also fresh distillations of
all three of our organic Lavandins, more Lavender Mailette, and (in
my opinion) our best value— Population Lavender. We are in process of
having all of these oils tested, but for now the GC/MS analysis on our website
is from the 2013 distillation. Also from our favorite producer, both
organic Thyme Linalol and rare Thyme Thujanol. Sourcing French Thyme
was a challenge this year, and the cost of the Thujanol chemotype has escalated.
Why? Because there was a drought in the high regions of Provence this summer. “But,” I asked, “Thyme thrives in dry weather, why is there a shortage?”
“Ah yes, the thyme did well. But the grass died, so the goats ate the thyme.”
We also were able to bring in a bit more Mastic. Amazing stuff!
New arrivals from Canada:
Organic Yarrow Hydrosol and more organically certified Wild Carrot Seed Hydrosol, as well as a new shipment of our organic Juniper Branch and Berry Oil and a small amount of healing Poplar Balsam Oil.
Just arrived this week, again from France:
Helichrysum Hydrosol, Wild Carrot Seed Essential Oil and new to us, Criste Marine Essential Oil, Crithmum maritimum, is commonly known as Sea
Fennel or Samphire or Rock Samphire. Reputed to be a powerful diuretic, said to
have both anti-oxidant scavenging and firming actions in skin care.
We also received a new supply of our Oxygen Barrier…for
those who purchase bulk sizes of our oils, this will help prolong their shelf
We have had a lot of requests recently for people wanting a
blend to support friends and loved ones in Hospice care. The name
that kept running through my head was Peaceful Crossing, a blend of
Frankincense CO2 for calming, centering and connecting with the Sacred, Atlas
Cedarwood, to calm anxiety and ease fears, Cypress, for comfort in times of
loss, Blood Orange, our sweet anti-depressant, Rose Otto for calming grief and
hysteria, and Spikenard, known for helping achieve inner peace, and releasing
fears and resentments, the oil of forgiveness. This blend was designed to
aid both the individuals preparing for the crossing, and the loved ones at their
side. Available undiluted to use in a diffuser or inhaler or in a skin safe
anointing oil (in jojoba oil) for topical use.
Autumn seems just the right time to enjoy the gentle spices. Until our next newsletter, save 10% on 15 ml sizes of all our
seasonal spice oils: Allspice, Cardamom, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud, Coriander, Ginger, Ginger CO2, and Nutmeg CO2. (Yes, the comment about our Allspice oil, below, is what prompted this spicy sale.)
On Friday, October 31st use the discount code TRICK and save
12.5% on retail sizes of all our essential oils, absolutes, and CO2
extracts. (Retail sizes are 2, 5 and 15 ml bottles.)
OR, on the full Hallowe’en weekend, from Friday the 31st
through Sunday night, November 2nd, use the discount code TREAT and save 10%
on almost all of our products.
Special books, kits, and bulk oils are
excluded from either sale.
on both of Marge’s Books. It has been a year since we
released the Kindle version of
Essential Oils and Aromatics.
To celebrate, from November 1st through November 3rd save on both of our
Essential Oils and Aromatics and
Waters. These are “countdown” sales. On Essential Waters,
save over 50% for the first 36 hours of the sale, then save over 25% until
the sale ends. Similar savings on Essential Oils and Aromatics.
Recently a Facebook group that shall remain anonymous hosted
a discussion of “which supplier do you prefer.” Amid all the MLM
recommendations from avid fans one message jumped out at me. Jennifer Berry wrote:
When I was starting out 20 years ago, I found an online
store called Nature’s Gift that was taking painstaking care to import
high-quality, 100% pure essential oils, and was sharing safe, accurate, and
useful information to enhance their use. In 20 years Marge Clark and her crew have never steered me wrong or sold me a bad product, and I’ve learned as much from their website as from any of the books
I’ve read. You will not be disappointed.
I shared that with Christi…it touched both of our hearts,
and we thank Jennifer, both for her lovely comment, and for letting us share
it with you.
Re Allspice Oil:
Dear Folks at Nature’s Gift,
I just wanted you to know that my recent
order, which included Essential Oil of Allspice, absolutely
rocked my world. The Allspice is very special and of exceptional
quality: It is all at the same time, sharp, warm, clear, deeply
spicy, exotic, familiar, and luxurious. I think it should be added
to the official list of aphrodisiac oils! I have long loved the
warm oils, but this one in particular, is of exceptional quality it
every way. The others I ordered were also of amazing quality (the
Ginger Root CO2, especially)….but that Allspice!! There are no
words! Sigh. Thank you.
p>This was my first order from Nature’s Gift, and I am
so pleased, you can be sure that I will be a regular customer.
Sincerely, Jacqui J
Now, it’s not often we get a chance to rock someone’s
world, so I thought we’d share this. I suggested to Jacqui
that next time she might want to sample Bay Laurel, since she loves
the warm spices. I think it will also appeal to her.
A Warming Blend
Dannie Lane, of AromaTherapeutics Medicinal Aromatherapy and
Massage shared this energetically (and physically!) warming blend last
winter. I thought it would fit in well with our Autumn Spice sale:
Ok, it’s cold out, very, very cold! This is Atlanta, we
should not have highs in the upper 20’s with wind chills in the mid teens!
Well I work out of my home and have some clients coming over this afternoon
so I want to make something warming, something to make the place “feel”
warm and welcoming. So I mixed up a blend of EOs that are energetically warm
to diffuse. The mix is:
In a 5ml bottle with a dropper top blend
Ginger 50 drops: strong warming oil, gives a feeling of comfort and warmth,
Cassia 25 drops: strongly warming to the body, not as HOT as cinnamon gives
the feeling of comfort (I like how it smells when defused better then
Allspice 10 drops: it smells good, and gives energy to the place/home.
Black Pepper 15 drops: soft and light, gives a gentle warmth to a room,
think of it as a warm hug.
Cardamom 15 drops: love this oil, warming, sweet and spicy, but gentle at
the same time, very uplifting to the mind
Lemon 13 drops: light and sweet uplifting to the emotions and the mind.
Add the EOs, one at a time, after adding each oil, swirl to mix and smell
the blend. When adding each oil, think of WHY you are adding it and what you
want the blend to do.
Warning!!! These are powerful oils, defuse for 10 to 15 min at a time and
stop for 30 to 45 min, then defuse again for 10 to 15 min. I would not let
the defused oil get on finished surfaces!
An Autumn Blend from 14 years ago:
My friend June recently contributed this lovely seasonal blend for the diffuser or lamp:
Autumn Forest Blend
I just put together a forest-type blend of 15
drops Black Spruce, 1 drop Atlas Cedarwood, 1 drop Galbanum and have
it in my nebulizer right now. Lovely, rather like the woods on a
late autumn afternoon after a rain. Woodsy but with a touch of
composting leaves, very reminiscent of childhood walks in New
England. It will be interesting to see how it mellows after a few
days. I might even try this in a bath, diluting it in some Jojoba
oil first, or try it for meditation. Most intriguing.
This transplanted New Englander gets homesick every
October… and this blend DOES smell like home!
Sleep Sweet Linen Spray from Chasa Cochran of Back to Square One:
4 fl oz vodka, 20 drops Green Mandarine (Citrus reticulata), 14 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), 6 drops Himalayan Cedarwood (Cedrus deodara), and 4 drops Blue Tansy (Tanacetuum anuum)… add essential oils to the vodka, shake well and spray your pillowcase.
Most of our blog articles have been concerned with our newly
redesigned website. If you haven’t visited yet and have questions you
might want to browse some of the articles introducing it:
How to change your password (because the new site will assign you one at
Missing the alphabetical “Quick Order List”? We’ve added
How to find and use it.
Also, Lisa, the talented graphic artist on our design team
has written a great TOUR of the new site.
Not on the
blog, but on the site itself, here.
And for a change in pace, “a day in the life” of Nature’s
Gift. A HUGE order from a hospice for a product we don’t normally make
in large batches.
See how we got it together here.
Natural perfumer Christine Malcolm, of Santa Fe Botanicals
shared this wonderful
Tube video about distillation in France, Bulgaria and Hungary.
A wonderful blog article by Victoria of Bois de Jasmin about
the use of
Citrus oils in fine perfumery.
A published research study showing the effectiveness of
Marjoram, Lavender, Black Pepper and Peppermint on patients with chronic
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
(L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables)
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