This healing balm is rich and creamy, with soothing lavender and german chamomile whipped into our rich Shea Soufflé. One of our practioners has used this balm on her diabetic clients to help with the various foot problems diabetes can cause. She’s asked us to make it available for them to order. Suggested use? After a bath towel feet dry, slather on this soothing balm, don a thick pair of socks and rest overnight. See how much softer and smoother your feet will be in the morning.
The fluffy mix is ice blue, from the Chamomile. Light as a feather, a tiny dab is enough to spread healing protection on irritated skin. 4 fl oz by volume, 2+ oz by weight of this soothing soufflé.
We have a HUGE list of new and/or back in stock products, some at much lower prices than in the past.
ACCESSORIES, we have restocked our padded Essential Oil Carrying Cases. A huge shipment of Aromatic Jewelry has arrived. Watch this space. Also, from the AIA conference, we have the BioEssence Aromatherapy Inhalation Patches. Not a transdermal patch, an inhalation patch. Apply a drop or two of essential oil to the reservoir, apply to your chest, and inhale the vapors for up to 8 hours. Those of us who have tried these patches are excited to be able to make them available.
ESSENTIAL OILS and CO2’s… After our class in Atlanta I knew I had to expand our range of CO2 Extracts. In addition to the CO2 extracted carrier oils introduced last month, we have brought in Cinnamon Bark Select CO2, an absolutely sparkling aroma, Star Anise CO2, keystone of traditional Chinese medicine, and we restocked our sweetly scented Myrrh CO2.
Rosewood Oil… at last a truly sustainable oil. No trees were destroyed for this rosewood, it is distilled from wood left over from furniture production. Since the heartwood has been used for timber, this oil is distilled from smaller branches and sawdust. It is lighter and “twiggier” in aroma than earlier specimens, but we will trade a lighter aroma to save precious natural resources in Brazil!
Finally… Sweet Basil (Basil Linalol), from Egypt. (Because of the political situation, sourcing Egyptian oils continues to be a challenge.) Styrax (Liquidamber officianalis) from Honduras. New to us, Sweet Birch, from Canada. A powerful pain killer but please read and heed the safety warnings.
On Tuesday our long awaited order from a new (to us) distiller in Thailand. We had stopped selling our Plai Oil. It just was not what it should have been. (This demonstrates the difference between “purity” and “quality”…it was a PURE oil, it just wasn’t a GOOD oil.) So we stopped selling it. When people asked for it, I referred them to Joy and Cynthia at Stillpoint Aromatics, because theirs was lovely. And I said, publicly that I didn’t have a source for a good one. Now, the most valuable resource any supplier has is her sources, her producers and suppliers. We do not share that information. But one day in September, I received a message from Joy Musachio, sharing the source of her beautiful Plai oil. I just want to publicly thank these ladies for their loving generous spirits. At any rate, as a result of their generous spirits, we were able to bring in three new oils… first, the long sought Plai Oil, from Central Thailand, reputed to be an effective and long lasting analgesic. I have sought this oil for its pain relieving power and am delighted to be able to make it available. New to us, Kaffir Lime Rind. We have offered Combava Petitgrain, the oil distilled from the leaf of the Cistrus hystrix, the Kaffir Lime, also called Makrut Lime. Now we are able to offer the oil from the zest, as well. This is an unusual citrus oil, lower in d-limonene than most citrus oils, it is a high heart note, for perfumery, rather than the light top note we expect from a citrus oil. Buried amid its complexities is a slim strand of light, sunny true lime. An interesting oil indeed. And, finally, the treasure. A tiny bit of AGARWOOD… True Oud, Aquilaria crassna. It has been years since we have sourced this rare treasure.
When Mark Webb came to Atlanta he carried some of the Stone Rise Farm Rosemary A-pinene Hydrosol with him. A LOT of it sold in Atlanta. My classmates wanted it as soon as they experienced it. We have a limited amount, and there will be no more. Also, from an artisan distiller in the US, new supplies of Cucumber, Lemongrass, and White Sage Hydrosol. And Roman Chamomile and Peppermint, both organic from France.
SKINCARE … Winter Repair Cream — rich, nourishing, unscented. (the mild fragrance just comes from the ingredients; I can smell the cocoa butter.) You may add a drop of your favorite skincare essential oil for even more luxury. Finally back in stock, Baby Bottom Balm, Best Foot Forward Foot Balm, Whipped Shea Souffle, Calendula Melissa Lip Balm. And since we can finally ship our Baby Bottom Balm again, we can offer our Baby Shower Gift sets.
FRIDAY the 13th is your lucky day: Free domestic shipping (priority or ground, our choice) on retail orders over 9.00 Use discount code Black Kat.
20% on the 20th — On Friday November 20th, use the discount code 1995 to celebrate the year we first went online, and receive 20% off retail sized orders of essential oils in groups U-V, W-X and Y-Z. This will be our final anniversary sale of 2015, because we want to be able to celebrate Christmas with our families. Thank you for joining in our celebration throughout this year.
Thanksgiving – Black Friday – CyberMonday. Yes, of course we will be having yet another sale. We haven’t decided which or what yet. Sorry! Watch this space, or look for another newsletter.
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Nature’s Gift June 2015 Newsletter
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We have a broad selection of new and back in stock oils and CO2 extracts for your aromatic journey:
Back in Stock: Lavandin Super, our go-to for relaxation. Organic from France, but a different producer than normal. (Our normal distiller sold out of his unusually small 2014 distillation.)
NEW: Two new thyme specimens, Thyme Borneol and Thyme Thymol (the most powerful of all thyme varieties). Also wildcrafted
Monarda from France,
Turmeric (amazing anti-inflammatory) and, from our favorite CO2 producer two new extracts for your skincare concoctions:
Seed Oil and
Seed Oil. We have been using and enjoying these immensely.
SUMMER SAVER SALE
Don’t let sunburn or “bugbites” interfere with your summer plans. Save
10% on our Skeeter Beater Gel
Body Oil, our
(helpful for sunburns or any other kind of burns) and, in case you forget the SkeeterBeater…try our soothing, ready to use
After The Bite blend. And, lest we forget, celebrate the Summer Solstice—midsummer’s day, the longest day and shortest night of the the year, with our Summer Sunshine Synergy, at 10% savings, of course.
FOR HIM — Father’s Day Sale
Father’s Day is June 21st, enjoy some of our favorite “masculine” oils at 10%
savings for gifting. Retail sizes of all of our
Sandalwood Oils, both Cedarwoods, our Tobacco Absolute (and Tobacco Absolute, 10% Dilution ), both Vetivers, Bay
Laurel, West Indies Bay, and Lime (a wonderful scent blend for masculine
products…(blend to taste, there’s no specific rule or formula).
With springtime supposedly here, we know the warmth of summer won’t be far behind. Some of our products, most specifically the
Shea Souffle, Baby Bottom Balm, and Best Foot Forward will not ship in southern heat. (We don’t want you to receive
Shea Soup, after all!) We will NOT be making more of either product, and have a VERY limited supply left in stock. If you want it, order immediately.
Save 20% on the 20th
This month help us celebrate our 20th anniversary online by saving 20% on ALL
of our Aromatherapy
Bottles and Jars,
Aromatherapy Jewelry, Blending Accessories, and Spa Accessories. Just use the discount code June-20 at checkout and see your savings onscreen.
Formulas and Blends
From a newsletter six years ago:
Years ago on several toiletries lists, there was a perfumer named Kat… this is one of her “Bay Rum” blends…would be great for an aftershave!
A Simple Scent Mixture:
5 parts bay laurel (pimenta racemosa) e.o.
1 part orange e.o.
1 part clove
A simple cologne using the above scent blend:
6 oz. vodka
1-2 oz. dark rum
1 tsp. glycerine (acts as a fixative for the scent)
approx. 1 tsp. scent blend
And Other Masculine Scent Blends, again, courtesy of Kat:
4 parts cedarwood e.o.
4 parts patchouli e.o.
1 part jasmine absolute
1 part neroli e.o.
Spicy Men’s Blend
2 parts bergamot FCF e.o.
1 part cedarwood e.o.
1 part juniper e.o.
1 part patchouli e.o.
1 part distilled lime e.o.
1 part clove e.o.
5 drops sandalwood essential oil
2 drops frankincense essential oil
1-2 drops patchouli essential oil
1 drops clove essential oil
3 drops labdanum (cistus) e.o.
3 drops benzoin absolute
1 drop sandalwood e.o.
1 drop clary sage e.o.
15 drops sandalwood e.o.
10 drops patchouli e.o.
3 drops rose e.o
2 drops vetiver e.o.
2 parts frankincense e.o.
2 parts myrrh e.o.
1 part sandalwood e.o.
1 part vanilla CO2
4 drops bay e.o.
2 drops orange e.o.
1 drop patchouli e.o.
3 drops lime e.o.
1-2 drops patchouli e.o.
1 drop clove e.o.
4 drops cedarwood e.o.
2 drops patchouli e.o.
1 drop lime e.o.
1 drop clove e.o.
1 part juniper berry e.o.
1 part pine needle e.o.
1 part rosemary e.o.
3 drops rosemary e.o.
2 drops bay e.o.
1 drop clove e.o.
3 drops lavender e.o.
2 drops bergamot e.o.
1 drop clove e.o
3 drops rosemary e.o.
1 drop mint e.o.
2 drops lemon e.o.
Eau de Cologne
3 drops lavender e.o.
2 drops rosemary e.o.
1-2 drops lemon, bergamot or orange e.o.
Any of these, dissolved in alcohol, with witch hazel hydrosol added, would make a wonderful aftershave splash or cologne.
For Him — an Aftershave Gel (I didn’t save the source…sorry!)
1/2 cup aloe vera gel
2 tablespoons vodka
1 tablespoon Neroli Hydrosol (or hydrosol of your choice)
2 teaspoons witch-hazel
10 drops sandalwood oil
Tanning Blend (NOT a Sun screen!) If you insist on risking sun damage, this blend will hasten a tan and provide antioxidant protection, but will not protect you from a burn.
20 drops Sea Buckthorn Berry CO2 (for antioxidant and sun protection, vitamin A and C)
10 drops Carrot Seed (for vitamin A and a small amount of sun protection)
5 drops Lavender (for healing)
1 oz. Jojoba OR Red Raspberry Seed Oil (Many sources say that Jojoba has a slight SPF value, perhaps SPF 3. Red Raspberry Seed Oil is said to have the highest sun protection level of any fixed oil.)
For extra protection, blend the oils with a higher SPF commercial sun screen product.
Charity of the Quarter
We continue to support Midwives on Missions of Service. Trish Ross and Christi McManus and their team preparing for another trip Sierra Leone as I type. This quarter we are doing something differently. Because our offer to match your donations for the Nepal disaster relief was so successful, rather than giving a set percentage of our sales, we are going to base our support for MOMS on YOUR support for them. That’s right. We will match every donation you make via our shopping cart.
AROMATIC QUOTE OF THE MONTH
The perfume of sandalwood, the scent of rose & jasmine,
travel only as far as the wind.
But the fragrance of goodness travels
with us through all the worlds.
Like the garlands woven from a heap of flowers,
fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.
Have a lovely June!
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The Beginnings of Summer
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We’re continuing to offer some of our favorite floral oils at 10% savings. Save on exotic, fruity Osmanthus, Osmanthus 10% Dilution ; delicate Neroli and Neroli 10% ; Orange Blossom Absolute and Orange Blossom Absolute, 10% Dilution ; all three Jasmines (both full strength and in 10% dilution), lush and exotic Tuberose and Tuberose 10% ; the Organic Rose Otto and Organic Rose Otto 10% mentioned below; and our Russian Rose Absolute and Russian Rose Absolute, 10% (perhaps the best bargain of all the florals). Also included, while supplies last, our White Ginger Lily and White Ginger Lily, 10% from India. Again, while supplies last, Ylangylang Complete and Ylangylang Extra. We are restocking, but there have been delays, so if we run out, we apologize. We had hoped to have a new supply of pure Golden Champa in time for this sale, but our producer is being dilatory in shipping what we ordered. We do have our Golden Champa 10% available. As usual, bulk sizes, kits, and samplers aren’t included in this sale.
A new ITALIAN Helichrysum (yes, Helichrysum italicuum, organically produced on the island of Sardinia, off the coast of Italy (just a stones throw across the Mediterranean from Corsica). I was sourcing more of our healing Balkan Helichrysum and found this wonderful specimen, even higher in neryl acetate than its Macedonian predecessor, but, lower in the italidiones than our unique Corsican Oil , which we will reserve for surgical and burn scars. HOWEVER, this new oil from a new (to us!) producer is wonderfully effective for nerve and joint pain, bumps and bruises, all the healing uses of a fine Helichrysum italicuum. And, since it *does* contain italidiones (over 4%) I find myself asking what percentage of italidiones do we NEED for scar healing? I don’t think anyone knows. I have had some chemists tell me they have never seen an oil with over 6% italidiones. I don’t have the answer. Will this Italian specimen be as effective for scar healing as our Corsican oil? Too soon to tell. We hope to get feedback from those who try it. In the meantime, I am using this oil in my research project.
Back in Stock:
May 20% on the 20th Anniversary Sale promo code will be Anniversary and the 20% discount will be on all essential oils in categories I-J and K-L.
A warning that as spring flies by, we are unable to ship our Baby Bottom Balm (or our Happy Baby Gift Set or Best Baby Gift, both of which both contain our baby balm), Shea Souffle, or the Melissa Calendula Lip Balm in summer’s extreme heat. We don’t want you to receive soup in your mailbox! Please keep the weather forecast in mind when ordering, and stock up NOW for summertime needs. Speaking of which, now’s also the time to stock up on SkeeterBeater, After the Bite, and Sunburn Soother. We want you to have lots of fun in the sun!
We haven’t had time to write much, and we’ve not been sharing the articles that did get posted…so, the last few blog articles, since last we listed them:
Thanks to your generosity we were able to send 545.00 to the Save the Children Federation’s Nepal Relief effort. Thank you all for helping us make a different in the face of so much devastation.
As always, thank you for allowing us to continue doing what we love, and we wish you joy on your aromatic journey.
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We’ve received rave reviews of this blend of rich Shea Butter, with a sifting of Arrowroot Powder for a powdery soft finish, emollient Sweet Almond, with Vitamin E, High Altitude Lavender, and German Chamomile to sooth irritation. Light as a feather, a tiny dab is enough to spread soothing protection on your baby’s bottom, or any other irritated skin. 4oz by volume, 2.5 oz by weight, or a 16–18 oz Bail Jar holding approximately 8 ounces of this soothing soufflé. And now each Bail Jar comes with a free 1 oz travel size of the Baby Bottom Balm.
Don’t feel left out if you don’t have a baby to give this to…it makes a wonderful moisturizer for dry skin. One friend, who is a nurse and washes her hands several times a day, absolutely loves it for a hand cream. We have other clients who rave about its use for dry eczema.
This product was designed and created as a balm to treat and prevent diaper rashes. However if it can be used on a baby’s bottom, it can be used to make your skin feel as soft as a baby’s bottom! Our soothing and healing skin balm sooths and mends dry, cracked hands, elbows…you name it.
One mom’s testimonial:
The Nature’s Gift Baby Bottom Balm is the BEST thing I have ever put on skin for soothing redness, burning and itching. I use it on Susannah during most diaper changes. It smells so wonderfully fresh and clean, not perfumey or overly powdery like other baby products, which makes her room smell great instead of like diapers.:) She had her first case of diaper rash two weeks ago when she woke up with a dirty diaper. I put the Baby Bottom Balm on it at each diaper change after making sure her skin was dry, and the rash was completely gone in a day and a half. Now I make sure I put it on her before bed each night. One tub lasts a really long time, too. It is also great for all kinds of “mommy” skin problems.:) —Jenni Riles Farr
June is for Dads
And a happy Father’s Day to all the dads reading this. (Truth to tell, we have a lot more Moms in our readership, but we have a few.)
This newsletter contains:
June Specials Page Contents:
There has been little time for writing:
- In May Christi shared her experiences in treating Atopic Dermatitis in her dogs.
- I wrote a brief introduction to our staff. We’ve had some changes and wanted you to meet everyone.
- Already this month, Christi has vented a bit about some really basic safety concerns.
- And I shared a couple of recipes – on for a yummy summer cooler using our Rose Hydrosol.
Client Testing Panel:
We’re still evaluating toners for different skin types. If you would like to be one of our testers, go to our sampler page, and select the sample packs that fit your skin type. Please not more than one of each sampler pack per customer. In about two weeks you will receive an email asking you to evaluate the three samples in the pack or packs you ordered. We are counting on your input, so please, if you receive a sampler, answer our questionaire.
Our Clients Say:
A customer from Rochester recently commented, “I typically do not remember dreams and those I do are memorable because they are frightening. Since I started applying Fragonia™, neat, to my third eye before retiring, I have slept more deeply, peacefully, and remembered many lovely and inspirational dreams.”
I’m another who doesn’t dream. (Yes, a sleep clinic, years ago, showed that I really do NOT dream in an average night.) I know when there is Fragonia™ (or Christi’s Relax Synergy) in the aromastone on my bedtable I have a lovely unbroken night’s sleep. May try it on my third eye to see what happens.
My eldest grandson is a sophmore in high school, and a dedicated basketball player. He also has asthma, which can drastically limit his ability to run up and down the court. Recently he had been struggling with his breathing and developed a deep, bronchial cough. His dad mentioned to me “I have to go refill the script for his inhaler.” I asked if he had tried using the inhaler I had made for him..one of our basic plastic inhalers, filled with Fragonia™. “No, we totally forgot about it.” A few days later I found out the cough was gone, he was breathing freely, and they hadn’t needed to fill the script for the inhaler! YES! (My family tends not to take what we do here seriously, so I love it when we can really make a difference with something for them.) One caveat on dealing with asthma and the aromatics. Asthma so often has an allergic component. And actually *any* essential oil could trigger an attack in someone who is allergic to that plant. So discretion is key. We have a blog article written about dealing with asthma.
Jennifer Chambers emailed with a question Sunday evening, and mentioned in passing:
My daughter is HIGHLY allergic to mosquitos and the Skeeter Beater is the ONLY product I have found that will keep them away. when I asked Jennifer about quoting her she replied: Absolutely! I’m very serious when I say that this is the only thing I have found! She won’t even go out the door after the sun starts to go down without saying “Mommy, I need my Skeeter Beater on”! She just turned 4 and has been using it since she was 2! If I can just find something to treat the bites that she infrequently receives (at random times during “non-mosquito” typical hours or, believe it or not, when one (1) flew in the door last week and I couldn’t find it inside the house – it bit her during the night 6 times!!).
I love hearing that! Knowing that we help. At least once a week we have an order from someone going on safari, it seems a LOT of safari guides are now suggesting they contact us and order. I wish I could tell them how much to buy, I honestly don’t know how much they will need.
Lemon Teatree: Anti-Funk!
Nina from Crystal Lake recently wrote:
Funny, I was thinking about sending you a lemon tea tree oil based recipe that I made up recently…
I call it Anti-funk-al Oil. It smells very lemony and I’m looking forward to trying it on my sock-free feet this summer to see if it keeps my footwear lemony fresh!
30 drops lemon tea tree oil
20 drops patchouli oil
10 drops spikenard oil
4 oz carrier oil
(In the back and forth emails that followed I wondered about using Aloe instead of a carrier oil for cases of “funk” that just don’t seem to need oil on them…)
Nina wrote back:
I think aloe would be very nice…light and anti-funky…I just used what I had in stock to dilute the oils, as I was feeling rather funky, but if I ever get some aloe…
I forgot to mention that I use this on my pierced ears and on clogged pores as well…small places that can also be really funky, but not noticeably so, like feet can be.
I thought this one up because I thought the patchouli and spikenard would be a good bridge between body-funk and the theraputic lemon scented tea tree that I suspected would make body-funk disappear!
Of course patchouli and spikenard are good for the skin as well…
Aloe Butter, and Harmony:
Alison Amick wrote in reply to our May newsletter:
I wanted to let you know how much I am loving the Aloe Butter! Especially the fast absorption. Thank you!
Quick question. Will you be offering a gift/travel kit of the Harmony products like you do the Cleopatra products? I like the Cleopatra products a lot during the winter but as the weather warms up it’s not the right fit. I’d love to be able to try all the Harmony products without the big commitment. I love that you are offering the toner samplers and will look forward to adding that in with my next order.
Thanks so much for all you do!
I just emailed Alison that the Harmony Travel Kit is now available on our new and special page.
Speaking of the Harmony Kit – we put a picture of the kit itself on the new and special page. We all fell in love with the tiny pots we used to package the Harmony Masque. I’m going to include a picture 10 ml jar here. We’re wondering if any of our clients would want us to make these wee pots available on our bottles and jars page. (You do know that we make all of the bottles and packaging that we use for our products available on our Bottles and Jars page for your use, right?)
The sort of thing that makes our day:
Jane Pinder wrote:
I just want to extend my appreciation for the service you provide at naturesgift. The quality of your products are amazing and you’re most generous with the free samples. I’ll definitely be getting the lemon verbena when it becomes available. The sandalwood is divine, by the way. Good quality essential oils have such a powerful transformative effect on one’s mood and spirit. Getting a box from naturesgift is like Christmas! Jane
(Because sometimes we post snippets on Facebook that don’t make it to our blog…only BIG writings get to the blog 😉
Something I just learned; Someone emailed asking about diluting our samples. I answered…and then the light came on: A rule of thumb: the number of drops you add to one teaspoon of carrier tells the % dilution. 1 drop would be a 1% dilution. 2 drops, 2%, etc. (This only works with one measuring teaspoonful of carrier.) For diluting in larger quantities you did know that we have a dilution chart at the top of our “how to use essential oils” file, didn’t you?
Drink more water:
I often add a splash of one of the “foody” hydrosols to a glass of water — Melissa, peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon Verbena, etc. (My daughter’s favorite is Lemongrass). Dr. Oz gives this recipe for Lemon Peppermint Ice Cubes:
2 1/2 cups lemon juice
15 peppermint leaves
Directions: Freeze peppermint leaves in lemon juice in an ice cube tray. Add 3 cubes to every glass of water at least 3 times a day, or with meals.
Anti-fungal Palma Rosa:
Palma Rosa in Aloe Gel for Athlete’s Foot has worked in our household… more info about this neglected oil here. (An article from the very first edition of an NEW Aromatherapy Journal.)
A lot of our clients work in Hospice situations. This story touched my heart, and I’m sharing for them.
Use Vinegar instead of Roundup: http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2011/06/got-weeds-use-vinegar-not-roundup/ Warning, only use this tip on areas where you do not want ANYTHING to grow… down the middle of the driveway, for example.
That’s the sort of thing we share on Facebook.
Hints Tips and Formulas:
Since we’ve put our Sandalwood Collections on sale this month, I thought you might enjoy some recipes featuring Sandalwood.
Diane Pierce’s Yoga Blend. Diane’s website has been down for some time and I’ve lost contact with her, but I’m sure she’d not mind my sharing her
Yoga Blend for Meditation
The Yoga Blend is called “Meditation for Inner Peace” my creation:o)
Please enjoy it, you will find a great euphoric day ahead of you too:o)
Frankincense 6 drops
Sandalwood 10 drops
Neroli 2 drops
blend in 1/2 oz of sweet almond oil
place drop on wrist, back of hands, between your eye brows (3rd eye, center
and 2 drops on back of neck. rub into skin gently, begin deep breathing.
Dragons Blood Scent Blend
2 parts (drops, teaspoons, etc.) sandalwood
1 part frankincense
1 part myrrh
1 part rose absolute
1 part patchouli
12 drops Bulgarian lavender
6 drops sweet orange
4 drops Roman chamomile
4 drops ylang ylang
3 drops sandalwood
(This just sounds wonderfully relaxing.)
Loving Heart Blend
5 drops rose absolute or rose otto
5 drops sandalwood
3 drops jasmine grandiflora absolute
2 drops sweet orange
4 drops bergamot FCF
1 drop ylang ylang Complete (may substitute Extra)
2 drops Roman chamomile
My Favorite Massage Blend
Sandalwood (your choice, if you choose Indonesian, you will need less than if you choose Vanuatu. I would not use Australian.)
Rose Otto 10% (either.)
Blend to taste. I like equal parts, or perhaps 2 drops rose 10% to one drop Sandalwood. The gentleman I have massaged with it loved about 8 drops Sandalwood to 1 or 2 drops Rose 10%. Blend what you think you will like, let stand for a few hours. Does it need more Rose? More Sandalwood? When you have it just right. (I hope you’ve been writing down the number of drops you have used. You DO want to be able to do this again!)
For a full body massage, add 15 drops of your chosen blend to one fluid ounce of Carrier Oil. (I always use Fractionated Coconut.
One could even make two versions of this…His and Hers…with a bit more Sandalwood for him, and a bit more Rose for her. Every Christmas and Valentines Day we talk about offering these, and never have time to put them together. Maybe next year 😉
From one of our “hints and tips” files:
The Sandalwood Body Envelope:
(a wonderful after shower oil!)
Add 3 drops of Orange (or Mandarine, my thought!) 1 drop Rose 2 drops Sandalwood to 1/2 ounce of your favorite massage base oil, and envelop yourself in the Sandalwood Body Envelope…or better yet, have someone else envelop you in it!
© 2000 DonnaMaria Coles Johnson, shared with permission. I highly recommend it!
Shangri-La massage and/bath oil base.
sandalwood 10 drops
rose absolute 20 drops
ylang ylang complete 10 drops
benzoin oil 10 drops
rosewood oil 5 drops
sweet orange oil 5 drops
This should give you 3 mls (60 drops) of base blend.
I would add to 27 mls Fractionated Coconut oil for a 10% dilution for perfume, to apply to pulse points.
Note… almost any of the above blends would be wonderful added to any of our salts (which are on sale this month!)… I think particularly the Himalayan Pink Crystal salts would be lovely. Remember, you want to use between 8and 10 drops of your blend per bath.
A reminder of our Charity of the Quarter
Midwives on Missions of Service travel to the poorest parts of the world to share information on safer pregnancies and birthing methods, to help improve the lives of women and children.
from their website:
MOMS is a non-profit, non-denominational organization whose purpose is to improve maternal health through education and service.
How we fulfill our mission:
Prepare women to educate and support their communities, especially the pregnant women in those communities
Train women in the skills and knowledge they need to support local women in normal birth
Promote effective maternity care to all women
Our Philosophy of Mission:
We serve marginalized women. We have a vision of improving women’s and children’s lives by helping provide excellent maternity care. We stay focused on serving women and preparing them to support their communities skillfully. With our experience in effective management, we also think creatively. We act responsibly with the trust our donors and clients have given us. We like to have fun, not taking ourselves too seriously, while taking MOMS’ work very seriously.
Aromatic Quote of the Month
“It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
And pleasant scents the noses.”
— Nathaniel Parker Willis
(Christi found that for us six years ago. It just delighted me then, and still does!)
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