Posts Tagged ‘essential oils’
I love to create and craft anything and everything I can get my hands on! I started making m&p soaps years ago because I wanted to try my hands at something new and I fell in love! It first started as just another fun hobby, then gifts for family and friends, and occasionally selling around Christmas time. Over the last year I have decided this is it and I have now been working on doing more craft shows and really trying to make this a full time business. I am making so much more than m&p and hand scrubs now, I’ve added a whole line of bath & body treats, candles, and many of the other crafts I enjoy making such as bookmarks, cat toys, and yarn wreaths. My passion for this seems to grow more and more each and everyday. I put great care and love in each and every product that I make. I would like to eventually have a little store with a workshop and hold classes as well. Coming across your website has helped spark the creativity! My favorite Natures Garden product is the Pillar of Bliss Wax, I love all the fragrance oils I’ve tried, aroma beads, herbs, lip balm base & flavorings, m&p’s, and the jars are just some of my favorite NG items!
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/naturalcreationsbyshell
2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? Meeting at a crossroad several years ago with decreasing demand for what I had been doing for the previous 35+ years (medical transcription), and also going to be relocating to the Chicago area as my daughter was having a baby and I would be full-time babysitter, I met with a couple of ladies who had successful soap companies and was awestruck by the concept of making handmade soaps from oils and lye. I had always been in love with essential oils and natural products and this was a perfect fit. I began my journey in 2009 into handmade. Although I have seemed to find my niche with bath bombs, my goal is to continue to add a KidSpa and SpaPure line that is fragrance-free with natural colorants, essential oils and beneficial clays.
3. What products do you make and sell? Bath bombs, luxury soaps, Kids Spa line including sugar scrubs, cupcake soaps, bubble bombs, glycerin soaps.
4. What are your business goals? We are working on our website and hope to have it ready in the next few weeks. I would also like to establish wholesale accounts for handmade soaps including our SpaPure natural line of products.
5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden? What are your favorite products from Natures Garden? I love the products, pricing and service from Natures Garden. We carry over 50 fragrance oils from Natures Garden. I love to check out the Best Sellers section and know when I’m adding them to my line; they are guaranteed to be received well by my customers and will become my best sellers. I have purchased soap molds, soap making supplies, and always pick up a few new fragrances with every order.
Your Website: http://www.spagirlsoaps.etsy.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/spagirl.soaps
Let’s all face it (yes, this is a total pun!), in order to put our best foot forward each day, we want to look our best. You have a direct effect on many things; the clothes your wear, the added accessories, the shoes and so on. But, when it comes to our face, we are kind of stuck with the one we have.
Yes, it is true that we can use makeup to help aide our complexion in looking flawless and youthful. Changes in our diets and drinking more water are also huge helpful additions as well. Still, there are many herbal remedies that can nourish your face, and allow it to be the best face it can be.
The most important factor in facial skin care is to know which facial skin type that you have. There are 5 different skin types. They are: dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, normal skin, and combination skin. It is possible that a person’s facial skin type can change during one’s life. Any number of things can allow for this to happen; illness, age, stress, pregnancy, etc. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a quick look at each of the different types of facial skin in order to discover the best herbs to use in your facial regime.
Dry Skin Types: The underlying problem with dry facial skin is due to the fact that there are inactive or underactive oil glands. Because these oil glands do not produce the normal amount of sebum (oily secretion that keeps hair and skin supple), it creates skin that is not naturally lubricated as it should be by our own bodies. Physical signs of having dry skin are usually a dull appearance. The facial skin will feel dry to the touch, and may be even itchy at times. Some of the things that people with dry skin can do to help with their situation is to drink plenty of water. Externally, facial mists are a plus, as well as the addition of using very rich hydrating and moisturizing creams and lotions.
Oily Skin Types: Oily skin is the exact opposite of dry skin types. This skin type is caused by super active glands that produce too much sebum. This results in skin that has a sleek or greasy feel. Physically, oily facial skin is shiny. The best time to notice this is at the mid-day point. This is when the oil glands are at their peak in production. The over active glands in oily skin even have the additional downfall of the usual large and clogged pores. People with oily skin types are also very prone to non-inflammatory acne- due to the clogged pores. This acne is caused from the sebum trapped inside the skin which then results in lesions that are pus filled. These pus filled lesions are in the medical world referred to as comedones. In simple terms, comedones are known to you and me as blackheads and whiteheads. Also, oily facial skin is prone to breakout in inflammatory acne. This type of acne includes pimples and cystic zits. Cystic zits are deep, painful, inflamed blemishes that can be very large. On a positive note, oily facial skin types generally have a more youthful and supple look to their facial appearance over all of the other skin types. One thing that people with oily facial skin can benefit from is an occasional herbal steam treatment and herbal clay masks.
Sensitive Skin Types: Sensitive skin is sometimes considered more of a skin condition rather than a skin type, but for informational purposes we are going to include this skin type. Sensitive facial skin types are a special category for skin types because of the various conditions of skin that they include. Sensitive skin can include dry, normal, or oily skin. The reason why this facial skin type is special or sensitive is because the facial skin actually reacts unfavorably to both environmental conditions and common cleansing and moisturizing products. The common cleansing and/or moisturizing products could include those that contain alcohol, synthetic oils, some essential oils, some fragrance oils, and artificial colors. This skin type actually requires special caring treatments. The best line of defense for aiding sensitive skin types are gentle, natural products, that also includes light steaming and some essential oils.
Normal Skin Types: For these lucky people, the oil glands actually produce the correct amount of sebum. What this then develops to is a naturally balanced state between oily and dry skin. The physical appearance of normal skin types is full, fresh, glowing face. To yourself and others, you skin seems to reflect light evenly, almost giving your face a radiant glow. Sure enough too, people who have normal skin types rarely suffer from breakouts. However, please do not be fooled! Even though the normal facial skin types seems to have it all, that does not necessarily mean that normal facial skin people have any less work to do in keeping their faces flawless. In order to keep normal skin types faces happy and content, regular cleansing, toning, and moisturizing steps still need to be carried out in a habitual regime.
Combination Skin Types: This facial skin type is the most common group that the majority of us fall into. Basically, as I am sure you have already figured out by the name of this group, the combination skin type people are the ones with at least two different skin types at any time. Physically, combination facial skin types will be quite aware of their T-zone. The T-zone is the area of the forehead, nose, and chin. Basically, this makes a T on the face. This zone is generally oily, or may even be prone to break outs. The rest of the face (the checks, eye area, temples, and mouth region) are either dry or normal skin types. Another tell tale sign that you have combination facial skin is if your face reacts to the weather and/or climate changes. What this means is that for some of the year your face is super oily, and for other times of the year it is dry as a bone. For this group of people, facial treatments will range. Due to the varying combinations the facial skin types are among the combination facial skin type group, it is extremely important to evaluate which skin types you have and treat them separately. Of course, in the dry areas of the face, you would treat as such; the oily (or T-zone) area would be treated correspondingly; etc.
All right folks, it is time to listen/read up! I know you all are probably just like me, chalking ourselves up into the normal facial skin type, but the truth is, the best way to allow the most beautiful face to come forward is to know which facial skin type you are and treat it as such.
So now, I bet you are wondering, “All of this information is great, but how do I really know which category my face is in?” Don’t worry; it is common place for the majority of people not to know which skin type they are. In fact, many women incorrectly gauge their skin type which results in improper products and facial treatment usages. When the wrong facial care treatments are used, the possible consequences are irritation, acne, and can even add to the aging of your facial skin (hello wrinkles, I didn’t have you scheduled a few more years!).
Okay, I know that the last paragraph is a little scary, but, get ready and hold on to your seats, we have already researched this and we have found a trick to help you discover which group your face falls into.
There are two steps for every facial type that stay consistent across the board. They are:
1. You must get your Beauty Sleep! Obviously this sleep was named correctly for the right reasons. Night time is the best time to pamper your face. Why you ask, well I’ve got two answers for you. First, even though you are sleeping your body is still hard at work. During the night, your skin rejuvenates itself. This makes it a prime time to treat your face with skin loving nutrients. Secondly, many of the super nutrient ingredients that are in skin care products are just like vampires in the sunlight. These ingredients are broken down by the sun rays and are not as potent therefore making facial treatment regimes not as effective.
2. Water, water, and more water: Could I say that one more time, yes- water is one of the best things that we can provide our bodies. Not only is water natures secret key for keeping our bodies hydrated and functioning properly, but it also helps keep our skin supple and fresh.
Now, onward to discovering which skin type you have.
The first step is to wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Pat your face dry. You do not have to scrub it down or over wash. You are just looking to remove any makeup, dirt, and grime from your pores, essentially giving your face a fresh starting place.
The second step is to wait. The magical time is one hour. During this period, your skin will return to its natural state. This is the key step in determining which facial skin type you have. It is very important that during this wait time you do not touch your face.
The third step: After an hour has elapsed, you will need a tissue to test with. It is very important that while you are dabbing the different areas of the face, you are also consecutively using different areas of the tissue. The area breakdown is as follows: The T-zone of the forehead and nose, the chin, cheeks, outer cheeks, and the outer forehead along the hairline. Remember to use a different area of the tissue for each of the different areas of the face!
The fourth step: Assessment and Determination time.
You have a normal skin type- if you show little to no oil or flaking on the tissue. You face will also feel very smooth and supple. Your facial pores are visible, on the smaller end but not large.
You have an oily skin type- if your tissue has a lot of grease (or oil) on it. You may also have flakiness or patches of flakiness on your face, especially around your nose and T area of the forehead. Your facial pores will be large.
You have a dry skin type- if your tissue has flakes on it. Also, your face will feel very tight. Your facial pores will be small.
You have a combination skin type- if your tissue is showing oil on the T-zone areas. All of the other areas that you dabbed do not show oil. Combination skin also applies to the tissues that show oil on the areas of chin, temples, and jaw line, but does not show oil in the T-zone. It is common for within this group to have an oily T-zone, with dryness on the cheek area.
You have a sensitive skin type- if your tissue has no oil on it. However, what differentiates you from dry facial skin is the tell tale sign that you have irritation or red blotches on your face. It is actually the broken capillaries and vessels (causing the redness) that are located underneath the facial skin that denotes this skin type. Your face may even feel dry and itchy.
Now that you have the information to discover which facial skin type you are; we are hard at work researching various facial recipes for each skin type category. Be on the lookout for our future blog post were we will discuss different avenues of facial skin caring and what proactive steps you can take to always put your best face forward.
Note: Natures Garden sells our herbs for external use only. We do not sell them as food items. (The information we provide is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration). Keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Special care should be taken by pregnant and/or lactating women when handling herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make with our herbs. All testing is the responsibility of the customer.
Inspire, Create, and Dominate!
(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)
2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? I have been a professional seamstress and clothing designer for over 20 years, starting and closing a number of companies over the years. In 2008, at the behest of a local store, I launched Second Star Designs with my line of children’s clothing – providing quality products that my customers could afford; clothing that could be handed down generation after generation instead of ending up in landfills. In 2011, my skin developed a sensitivity to certain chemicals and fibers. This led to the creation of clothing produced using only natural fibers and eventually, only organic materials. This sensitivity increased to a point wherein I even became sensitive to the chemicals found in commercially produced body products.
In 2012, out of concern for the environment and the toxins used in the majority of the products found on the store shelves, I created an organic healing salve for use in our home. I shared this new product with friends and family. Those using this salve responded with excitement over its healing properties, asking where they could purchase it in bulk. Within a few short months, four stores in the Portland/Vancouver Metro area were carrying my healing salve and requesting additional products along similar lines. These requests led to my Barista Blend lip balms, Aromatic Tub Teas, and organic MP soap bars, which were released in December 2012.
With the onset of 2013, I was accepted as an Official Designer for Fashion Week San Diego. The organizers were interested in both my organic, bio-friendly adult clothing line and my small line of organic body products; asking me to bring both product lines to San Diego this coming Fall. In the meantime, I was receiving requests from stores to add additional products to the body products line. Always willing to try something new, I created my first loaf of cold process soap toward the end of January. Much in the same way that one tattoo leads to another, one loaf of soap has led to another and another and another … with people wanting to purchase bars of soap simply from seeing photos posted on my Facebook Fan Page.
In the last three months, I have discovered a new passion in the creation of organic body products; products that we personally love to use. In addition to the soaps, healing salve, and tub teas, I have added a number of organic products that consist of 98% to 100% organic ingredients, packaged in recyclable/biodegradable packaging.
3. What products do you make and sell? I have a line of clothing for infants and children. I am designing and manufacturing a line of bio-friendly adult clothing. Under the raison éthique™ by Second Star Designs label, I have added a line of organic body products to my repertoire: CP soap, lip balms, tub teas, scented bath salts, chocolate solar salts, healing salve, capsaicin cream, whipped body soufflés, massage oil lotion bars, foaming liquid hand soap, bath truffles, and glycerin soap. In the next two months, along with creating our own glycerin soap base, we anticipate offering massage oil candles which will be hand-crafted using a proprietary blend of GMO-free, non-soy, vegetable wax.
4. What are your business goals? We are hoping to grow both business divisions into self-supporting entities providing wonderful products that our customers’ skin will love to live in.
5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden? I use a number of essential oils from Natures Garden; my favorites being their Natural Vanilla Infusion. I have also recently discovered that NG carries a number of oils, butters and clays that are difficult to find anywhere else … which I plan on adding to my shopping list.
Your Website: http://www.secondstardesigns.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/2ndStarDesigns
2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? I have rescued dogs all of my adult life. Because I would receive dogs in all different conditions, mentally and physically, I wanted them to achieve a healthy restart in life, so I studied canine aromatherapy and holistic care for companion animals, dogs specifically, became certified and began caring for them naturally. My motivation for the business and the reason I founded The Purple Peke is my passion for dogs and a better way to care for them with safe, American made products. The Purple Peke was officially formed in 2005.
3. What products do you make and sell? I make all natural shampoos, massage shampoo bars, flea preventatives, ear, eye, mouth and paw care, wellness products, doggie dream pillows, calming products, grain and dairy free dog cookies and new for 2013 all natural, pet friendly household cleaners.
4. What are your business goals? My goal is to educate dog parents of alternative ways to care for their dog in a safe and better way that is very cost effective and to provide made in America dog products, so pet parents do not have to worry about imported goods that seem to continually be recalled as unsafe and harmful to dogs.
5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden? I use Natures Garden essential oils, soap bases, packaging and now citric acid, herbs and spices.
Your Website: My website is currently information only as I build my online market places. The website is www.thepurplepeke.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Purple-Peke/326825917429931
1. What’s your name & Your Company Name: My name is Rev. Amanda Darlage. My company name is Mystic Paths.
2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? I went into business for several reasons. One, I wanted something that was mine, that I could grow and would give me pride. Two, there are no shops where I live that offered these products where I live, and the nearest ones were an hour away but mostly sold mass produced (and often tacky) goods. I was looking for authentic, hand-made items, not a bunch of resin-cast items with a weird predilection for putting skulls everywhere, or other things that conform to stereotypes. Three, I wanted a way to meet other like-minded individuals, as many where I live are still largely underground because of the conservative nature of the town. Four, I wanted to put my education to work. I hold an associate’s degree in business and another in accounting. I did not have the capital to open a store but was offered the online store at a decent price. I also run booths at local events and have been in business for four years.
3. What products do you make and sell? A majority of the items I craft are the palm wax candles. I use essential oils for the scents instead of fragrances. I also put together different kinds of herbal kits and perform services, such as weddings & handfastings. I sell a variety of products, including gemstones, jewelry, home decor, and much more. I try to stay away from mass produced items; however, will order just about anything a customer wants. My favorites are the handmade products.
4. What are your business goals? One of my goals is to have as much of what I sell handcrafted and as little as possible manufactured by corporations. Currently, one of my biggest goals is to find an artist who can forge unique athames at an affordable price, something simple and true. Another of my goals is to eventually open a brick-and-mortar store where people can come in and meet. It wouldn’t just be a store, but a place of meeting, a place of learning and practice, a place where workshops can be held, or simply discussions over a cup of tea or coffee.
Your Website: www.mysticpaths.net
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MysticPaths
The history of Scent Savvy has very humble beginnings! It started out as a hobby for Bill Baldwin to pass time while he was rehabilitating from surgery. Knowing that Bill liked to do things to benefit people, a friend mentioned soap making and suggested that he go look at a soap company in a nearby town. As his interest in his hobby grew, he began doing research on his own about soap. His own daughter has battled with a skin condition her whole life, so his immediate focus was on formulating a bar of soap that would calm and soothe her skin (thus, the birth of our wildly popular Creamy Carrot soap). In the meantime, his rehab was going well but it became clear that he would not be able to perform the job he’d been doing his whole life. It was time for a career change! His success with the Creamy Carrot soap inspired him to create and experiment even more. Starting out in his garage, Bill began to accumulate more and more products and equipment. Soon, he moved into the kitchen, then the den. And then the other rooms. He had the best smelling house on the block! When it became apparent he had nowhere else to go, he moved into the building in Richland Hills, Texas where we are today. And, Nature’s Garden products are everywhere! Family owned and operated, we have 4 very busy full time employees! We’re all involved with every aspect of handcrafting, marketing and selling excellent bars of soap! In addition to that, we’re working to develop body wash to add to our line of products! From Main Street in New Bern, North Carolina to Main Street in Grapevine, Tx, our soaps are becoming more and more popular. And we all believe that when God closes a door, He opens a window because that’s how Scent Savvy was born!
1. What’s your name & Your Company Name: Scent Savvy Soaps and Bathworks
2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? Owner, Bill Baldwin, started out soap making as a hobby while he recovered from surgery. He was motivated to create a bar of soap that would improve his daughter’s skin condition which she has suffered from all of her life. We’ve been in business since 2010.
3. What products do you make and sell? Right now, we’re focusing on soap. However, we’ve been developing a body wash, scrubs, lotions and lip balm.
4. What are your business goals? We’re not putting any limits on our dream. We want mostly to continue to provide quality skin care products and maintain an excellent relationship with our customers and to continue to do the little “extras” for people that set up apart from other companies. We’re getting into stores that are on the “main streets” of our state and beyond.
5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden? Gosh! That’s like putting a person who loves chocolate in a chocolate factory and asking them to choose the chocolate they love best! But seriously, we mostly use Essential oils and Fragrance Oils from Nature’s Garden and we LOVE them! You would think that from supplier to supplier there wouldn’t be too much difference. But Nature’s Garden is the best!
Your Website: www.scentsavvy.com
Facebook page: Scent Savvy Soaps and Bathworks
1. What’s your name & Your Company Name NICOLE SMALLS HOLISTICNUTBERRY
What is Holistic Nutberry? I became introduced to holistic healing as a child watching my Great Grandmother make her mixtures from things on her farm. She would have me mix and grind things she needed; and so Holistic Nutberry was born. I use only natural and organic ingredients for my facials, bath soaks etc. My items are custom made to the individuals needs or condition e.g. eczema, blemished skin, cause no one product works for everyone. I am a certified Health Coach & a licensed drugless practitoner and a recent graduate of Intergrative Nutrition. I am currently furthering my education in the realm of Chinese Herbal Medicine. I am constantly researching various natural healing ingredients, there is a world of wealth out there and I intend to use it.
2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? To help people learn to take care of their skin naturally. I was helping my Mom who used medication that dried her hair and skin. I have been in business for 2 ½ years
3. What products do you make and sell? I make natural pain linaments and body ointments (good for eczema and dry skin) body and hair oils.
4. What are your business goals? To be able to make a career doing what I love making natural products
Your Website: www.holisticnutberry.com
Facebook page: holisticnutberry
1. What’s your name & Your Company Name: My name is Autumn Burgess and my business name is Skin Sweets & Body Treats.
2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? When I first started my business I started with making jewelry. From there I started to add bath and body items, starting with lip balms and sugar scrubs. My motivation for starting these projects was because I wanted to make my own items in order to save some money! I started out selling my items in 2010. Just this year though have I really gotten into the cold process method of soaping making and this has been a total addiction.
3. What products do you make and sell? I make lotions, lip balms, sugar scrubs, body perfumes, soap, soap and more soap!
4. What are your business goals? Right now I am an online retailer as well as person to person sales (craft fairs). I suppose it’s every soapmaker’s dream to have a store front, and yes that would be totally awesome, but right now I like my balance of having a day job and then having that creative outlet which is soapmaking.
5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden? Just this year have I discovered Natures Garden and now it is my go to for fragrance oils! Love the amazing selection; I will spend countless hours looking through fragrances and still don’t feel like I’ve even scratched the surface with all NG offers. My next purchase will be some essential oils as I’m trying to expand my comfort zone. I also love the recipes that NG provides.
Your Website: www.etsy.com/shop/skinsweetsbodytreats
Facebook page: Skin Sweets & Body Treats