As you may know, facial care has gone through some changes over the last couple of months. Here is an overview of what is going on:
Earlier this year we made the move from conventional grapeseed oil to organic. We were excited to make the change, but the increase in quality of oil gave us a new challenge. The higher quality (and less processed) the oil, the stronger it smells! Our new grapeseed oil has a strong pleasant aroma, hard to describe, with earthy, nutty, and even fruity notes.
The natural grapeseed scent in our cleansing oil fades fast, and leaves no lasting aroma, but the grapeseed overpowered the blend of essential oils we use in our facial oil. In order to compensate for the organic grapeseed oil aroma, we had to adjust the essential oil blend, removing the cypress, and increasing the lavender and cedar. This left Lavender Woods with a deeper, more woody aroma. The new blend then changed the aroma of our Lavender Woods facial toner! After more testing of aromas and formulas, we settled on a final blend for the entire line that we hope you will enjoy.
We had no major changes to the base Patchouli Rose oils, but did decide to make changes to the essential oil blend. Neroli, like rose, is a precious oil. It is one of the more expensive natural essential oils, as well as one with an extremely short shelf life. In order to cap the price rises of the whole Patchouli Rose line, we decided to remove neroli altogether. It was used in such a small amount, the removal will not change the effectiveness of the blend, and it left the aroma more pleasant, with a stronger rose slowly fading into an earthy patchouli.
Are you an avid user of our facial care? Please let us know what you think of the changes.
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 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".
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 may also be used as a facial mask, making them an ideal solution for anyone who loves the ease of 2-in-1 products.
Wunder Budder cleansing grains are a blend of fine mineral clays, freshly ground flowers, ground seeds, and specially blended essential oils. Handmade, they are shipped and stored dry, and can be used as both a face scrub for refreshing dull skin and as a purifying facial mask.
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.
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