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Tube Takeback!

We've teamed up with Terracycle to take back empty lip balm and aromatherapy tubes to be recycled! Our lip balm tubes start off as recycled, and now we get to close the loop through Terracycle's "recycle the unrecyclable" program. Did you know most lip balm tubes aren't recyclable through the average municipal program? Not even the tubes of many of the companies who claim in good faith that their tubes are recyclable. Most lip balm tubes are "wish-cycled" - put into a recycling bin with good intentions, but end up in the landfill after processing. Unless they have a recycle code embedded in the actual plastic, chances are they will not get recycled.Terracycle uses a combination of machine and manual separation of materials to ensure that everything is correctly separated, sorted, and processed in the best way to create new products from old materials.Save your empty lip balm and aromatherapy tubes, and send them back to us to collect for Terracycle!

Together We Grow!

(Adapted from my blog post on our Alchemy & Herbs site) Exciting news: it's time for us to move!  If we've talked in person, I've been fairly open about our plans during the last 2-3 years, both our successes and our struggles, so you may know some of our backstory...

Oil Cleansing Oil - New Formula!

If our Oil Cleansing Oil is your favorite, don't panic! Recently, we ran out of oil cleansing oil. I was in the Wunder Budder studio, prepping to make a new batch, and I opened a new bottle of cucumber seed oil. This oil was from the same supplier that I've...

Our Aromatherapy Inhalers Have a New Look!

Over a decade ago I started making essential oil aromatherapy inhalers. Our first blend was the Breathe inhaler (formerly known as Winter). At the time, I was a full-time adult student, majoring in geology, and double minoring in physics and math (translation: lots of labs in addition to regular classes!) I...

Cafe Collection - Behind the Scenes

I love coffeehouses. Love is not even a strong enough description for how I feel about coffeehouses.  I've loved them since I was a teenager in the 90s, years before Starbucks took over the east coast. Back when independent coffeehouses could be found in nearly every town. Back when coffeehouses were a...

10 Years of Lip Balm

Like any pre-teen in the 80's, I was obsessed with Bonne Bell Lip Smackers. I collected them. I needed every new flavor. The special release plastic candy cane with three flavors? Had to have it. New glosses with sparkles? Yes please! Soda and candy flavors? Mine. My favorites were Marshmallow...

My Love Affair With Calendula, Part II

I wear contact lenses.  I have glasses as well, but they never quite felt right on my face, so I mostly just stick with my contact lenses.  I also have chronic (life-long) insomnia. If you wear contacts, you may know this already, but if not, I will tell you... insomnia...

My Love Affair With Calendula, part I

My first introduction to calendula (Calendula officinalis) was in the late 1990s when I was living in Ireland. I worked at a factory as a floater, and would switch between production lines making circuit boards, and testing finished products, soldering wires, folding cardboard boxes for packaging, and basically anything else...

Why We Love Brown Bottles and Jars.

There are a lot of natural beauty products today packaged in clear glass bottles and jars.  I love the way these look. The clear glass looks clean and fresh, and allows the beautiful natural colors and textures of the ingredients shine through. It's no wonder that clear glass has become...

What Are Cleansing Grains and How Do I Use Them?

What are cleansing grains? Cleansing grains are powdered blends of clays and botanical ingredients such as herbs, nuts, and seeds. Sometimes called "buffing grains", they are used on their own or in addition to your favorite facial wash to gently cleanse and exfoliate your skin. Depending on the formula, cleansing grains...

I Don't Always Choose Organic

As I was working with these beautiful dried calendula flowers, I was thinking about why I never wanted to become a USDA certified organic company. I sourced these flowers last fall. Although I had been happy with my previous calendula flower supplier (a USDA certified organic source), I didn't like that...

DIY: Herbal Infused Honey

I love honey. Light or dark, liquid or crystallized, in my tea or right off the spoon. I love it.  Not only is it delicious, but it can ease sore throats and coughs from scratchy throats, and many people find eating local honey during allergy season relieves their symptoms.  During...

A Quote for You. Yes, You.

Last week I was in my local coffeehouse picking up a drink. While waiting for it to be made, I looked at their bulletin board, and among the flyers and business cards I found a small folded up note. On the front, it said "a quote for you". On the...

It's 11pm and I Have Nothing to Write About

I've been sitting on my deck for the last three hours, thinking of something to write for today's blog. I've been trying to stick with a theme for each day to help keep me generate ideas. Today's theme is Top Five Friday, so I went back and forth on what to...

Animal Ingredients Hidden in Your Food

Following a diet or lifestyle that minimizes or eliminates animal cruelty is not always easy when it comes to prepared food, whether that food is packaged or made in a kitchen. While we can usually find dishes not centered around animals when eating out, the terms vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian...

On Being Nice.

I've always been "nice".  To some people that means kind, to some that means boring, to some a pushover, and to some fake. To me, it's a choice I make in an attempt to make other people's lives just a little less difficult.  Because, as we all know, life is...