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.
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I'm taking part in an Instagram Challenge called March Meet the Maker. Joanne Hawker started this challenge in 2016, but I only heard of it this year and jumped in late, just a couple days ago. Joanne set up each day with a different prompt, and makers share photos and stories related to that prompt. Today's prompt is "design process", and since this is my favorite part of my job, I wanted to share more than an Instagram post would allow.
Each type of product I make has a slightly different design process, depending on whether it's a lip balm and I'm creating new scents, or it's an aromatherapy blend where the ingredients are therapeutic, or it's a limited edition body product that is completely new. But they all start the same - an idea. Usually followed by the question, "how can I make this scent with just natural ingredients?"
Two years ago, I was browsing in a bookstore, and I picked up a book on their bestsellers table. I liked the way the book looked and felt in my hands, and I made a split second decision to buy it just before they closed, completely unaware that what I felt was what the book was about - an item sparking joy in myself. The book was Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Though the KonMari Method is about following your heart, not necessarily your instincts, I'm so glad I picked up that book!
I love stuff. I love to collect things, especially old things. I love the memories they hold, the connections they remind me of, and the history they contain. I am comforted by always having useful things around in case I need them. It's rare I ever leave my house without a bag (although I do try to challenge myself sometimes).
Over the last couple of months, I've been joining new groups and meeting a lot of new people, especially other women in business. When asked what I do for work, I usually end up stumbling over my words a bit, unable to decide between a few different ways to answer.
I make lip balm is a good, basic answer but not the whole story.
I'm a herbalist* and aromatherapist and I make products is a better description of what I do, but it feels like I'm selling my brand short.
I own a small natural skincare and aromatherapy company is my favorite straightforward answer, but it's often met with questions like these:
"Like day creams and night creams?"
"Do you make under eye serums?"
"Do you have something for these wrinkles, haha?"