Cafe Collection - Behind the Scenes

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".

So, when it came time to create a new spring limited edition flavor set, I immediately got nostalgic for sitting outside of cafes in my younger years, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes, and having interesting conversations with strangers. The scents I chose to create are based on a few of my favorite modern drinks:

Cold Brew
Coffee that has been cold brewed has a richer flavor and is generally less acidic than coffee brewed with heat. The base of the scent of Cold Brew is an organic roasted coffee bean oil imported from Italy. I added a small amount of cocoa extract for fullness, and a hint of butter extract to smooth it all out.

Golden Milk
Over the past few years, Golden Milk has become popular as the turmeric and the coconut milk trends continue to climb. This spicy turmeric latte contains no coffee, and is usually made with coconut milk instead of cow or other milks. Sometimes additional spices are added. I chose to stay on trend and blended a coconut extract with turmeric oil as the base scent. I didn't want to take the focus away from the turmeric, so I added just the slightest hint of black pepper oil to add depth, and vanilla extract to sweeten the blend. 

Lavender Latte
This is based on my current favorite coffeehouse drink. It's arrival at my local coffeehouse marks the beginning of spring! The lip balm is scented with the same organic coffee bean oil imported from Italy that I used in the Cold Brew, and includes lavender oil, and a hint of vanilla. Although this drink is usually made from lavender-infused honey, the honey scent in the drink is subtle enough that the local beeswax filled in for the honey scent in the balm.

London Fog
Another coffee-less latte, and growing coffeehouse favorite, a London Fog is an Earl Grey tea with steamed milk. Since Earl Grey is black tea scented with bergamot oil, I chose bergamot (FCF free) as the base oil, sweetened with vanilla extract. The "tea" part was trickier. Since tea leaf extract can only be safely used on the skin in minuscule amounts, I chose clary sage oil with a hint of cilantro to mimic notes of tea. 

After all the talk of my love of coffeehouses, why did I name it The Cafe Collection instead of The Coffehouse Collection? I knew that "Coffeehouse" would bring up ideas of mochas and other espresso based drinks, and I wanted to keep the theme open to non-coffee and modern cafe drinks. 

The Cafe Collection lip balms are limited release items, and will only be available as supplies last. I hope you love them as much as I do.

XoXo, 
Lisa

>> Shop Cafe Collection Now <<



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in The Buzz

Blossom Body Oil - Behind the Scenes

Whenever I travel or celebrate a special occasion, I make a new essential oil blend. Sometimes I put it in an inhaler, or sometimes a perfume oil, sometimes a body oil, or a spray. Having a new aroma is my way to commemorate special moments in my life. 

A few weeks ago, I went to Ireland. I wanted to bring some body oil for relaxing, so I first made a blend with Peace. Then I remembered I recently bought jasmine extract and neroli essential oil for personal use. They are both very precious oils, so I don't often use them, I had purchased them on a whim. It turns out I had a reason, I just didn't know it at the time.

I wanted to make something that reminded me of summer; reminded me of flowers blooming and of fertile earth and fresh green leaves. I started by pulling aside the oils that reminded me of that aroma. I wanted to use neroli and jasmine for sure, not only because I wanted to work with them, but also because their heavy floral aromas were perfect for the heart of the blend.  

I needed a top note that was

Read More

March Meet the Maker

Making an essential oil blend for a new lip balmI'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?"

Read More

Is it something you want to take into your future?

the life-changing magic of tidying up book by Marie KondoTwo 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).

Read More