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Cafe Collection - Behind the Scenes 0

Cold Brew CoffeeI 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 place to meet people, not to sit in front of laptops, earphones in, oblivious to our surroundings.

Opening a coffeehouse was my dream. I came close once, with location prepared, equipment ready, and business plan in place. Last-minute complications with the realtor and business partners brought that project to a halt (thankfully, or I wouldn't be where I am today). 

I spent 10 years as a barista, in four different coffeehouses, in two different countries, and two different US states.

Whenever I travel, I seek out the coolest indie coffeehouses to meet locals. Every town I've ever moved to, I've met the majority of my friends at the coffeehouse. I even met my husband at a coffeehouse, the last one I worked at, my home away from home.

Maybe "obsessed with" would be a better description than "love".

Organic Grapeseed Oil Changes 0

Grape Seeds

I love grapeseed oil for two main reasons:

The first is that it's an amazing, versatile oil for skincare. It's lightweight but emollient, easy to spread, and is easily absorbed. It softens and conditions skin without clogging pores or causing breakouts. It benefits all skin types, and is a good introductory oil for anyone new to oil cleansing or oil as a moisturizer.

  • Lisa Dolloff

Winter Holiday Calendar 0

EVENTS

The calendar includes three local events in Newmarket, NH (more may be added later). Check our events calendar for more information and links.

DEADLINES

These are shipping deadlines for Christmas. Please keep in mind that these are based on guidelines provided by the USPS. Delivery dates can't be guaranteed, especially in case of inclement weather. Order early to be sure of on-time delivery. When ordering for Hanukkah, Solstice, or other winter holiday, please refer to our regular shipping guidelines...

  • Lisa Dolloff

New Facial Care 0

Rose + Carrot Seed Natural Facial CareWunder Budder's new facial care lines are officially available now!

So, what exactly changed, and why?

The biggest change: we created a more streamlined look. This is not only so our facial care items are more recognizable as Wunder Budder products, but also so it's easier for you to choose what you need. Instead of having products define your skin ("normal", "dry", "problem", etc), we've defined our products so it's easier for you to choose what you need, when you need it.

  • Lisa Dolloff

CH - CH - Changes 0

Lots of changes happening with our facial care!

 (if the normal to oily cleansing oil is your fave, don't worry! only the label is changing)

The entire Patchouli Rose line has been discontinued. Although patchouli is an absolutely amazing ingredient in facial care, especially for maturing skin, it just can't seem to shake its bad rap from the patchouli oil of the '60s (and again in the '90s).

Patchouli Rose everything will only be available until the current stock is sold out. The whole line is on sale now, plus the normal to dry cleansing oil, which as a companion product to Patchouli Rose, has also been discontinued. 

  • Lisa Dolloff

Why is the Chakra Series Taking Forever? 0


Aromatherapy BlendingI've loved energy work since my first glimpse into chakras and reiki, both in the same year, over a decade ago. When I started the Chakra Series, I thought it would be pretty easy. I've studied chakras for a while, and I've been trained in chakra balancing, through hand scans, pendulums, and reiki. I find comfort in balancing my chakras in times of grief, and I love being able to share my knowledge and experience.

But, I was wrong about the ease.

  • Lisa Dolloff

I Don't Always Choose Organic 0

Dried Calendula Officinalis FlowersAs 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 the flowers were being shipped from the other side of the country. In an emergency, I purchased a small amount of these naturally grown* calendula flowers from a local farm, in New Hampshire, just a few hours from where I'm located. I was so happy with them, I turned my my temporary fix into a permanent change. They're a higher quality, they're local, and even though they aren't USDA certified organic, they're still naturally grown.

If I was a USDA certified organic company, I would not have been able to make the switch. I would not have had the choice. 

I support USDA certified organic products...

  • Lisa Dolloff

Why We Love Brown Bottles and Jars. 0

Brown Bottles to Reduce OxidationThere 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 so popular, especially with emerging modern-style brands. It makes a person want to pick them up, smell them, touch them, use them. They're beautiful.

So, if I love clear glass so much, why do we choose to use amber (brown) glass bottles and jars for Wunder Budder? 

Light. Or, more specifically, to block as much light as possible from getting into our products. 

Have you ever noticed that the best quality cooking oils and the best artisan beers are bottled in colored glass? This is to prevent oxidation. Oxidized oils are better known as "rancid" (beer is usually called "skunked"). 

My Love Affair With Calendula, Part II 2

Calendula OfficinalisI 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 and contact lenses do not mix. Wearing contact lenses for too many hours in a row doesn't allow the eyes to breathe, and wearing contact lenses for too many hours in a row for too many days in a row can lead to serious infection. I know this from experience. Painful experience. Painful experience I did not learn from the first time.

In 2000, I moved to a little town in New Mexico to study herbal medicine

Soon after moving to town, I made an appointment with a local optometrist to get a new pair of lenses. One of my eyes was irritated at the time, but since a year earlier I had a severe eye infection, in comparison it seemed like just an annoyance.

My optometrist did not agree.