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Top 5 Abused Natural Industry Terms

With the ever-growing popularity of natural products, a lot of marketing words are thrown around these days. It can be difficult to figure out what exactly each word means, especially when there is little regulation around most words. Here are the top 5 abused natural industry terms: Botanical Botanical refers to plants, or substances derived directly from plants. This term doesn't apply to things like mineral clays or beeswax, but it's correct to refer to things like plant-based carrier oils, essential oils, and herbs as botanical. Always read the ingredient list on products. This will help you weed out products that are marketed as botanical, yet only contain a small percent of plant-based ingredients.

Top 5 Abused Natural Industry Terms

With the ever-growing popularity of natural products, a lot of marketing words are thrown around these days. It can be difficult to figure out what exactly each word means, especially when there is little regulation around most words. Here are the top 5 abused natural industry terms: Botanical Botanical refers...

Have You Heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project?

Remember being a kid, and Trick-or-Treating in your neighborhood? Comparing costumes, yelling "Trick or Treat?" when the adults opened the door, singing "trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat" when out of range of those same adults (you wanted to be nice - you needed...

Put Your Oxygen Mask On First

If you've ever been on an airplane, you know the safety speech.  The emergency exits are at the sides, there are life jackets under the seats, and in case of pressure changes in the cabin, the oxygen masks in compartments over your head will automatically fall to you. You are...

How I Quit Smoking (you can do it, too)

I loved smoking.  I wasn't one of those people who constantly thought, "I should quit". I loved everything about it. I rolled my own, and loved the smell of a freshly-opened tin of tobacco. I loved the ritual of hand rolling it into a cigarette, with a little paper filter...

Inside Wunder Budder - Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)

Jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) is native to the Sonoran Desert area of southwestern Arizona, southern California, and northwestern New Mexico. It's a perennial shrub, with greyish-green waxy evergreen leaves. Jojoba grows to 10ft on average, and can live for 200 years. Jojoba is usually dioecious (male and female flowers grow on different...

3 Popular Diets Commonly Confused (never get them wrong again)

With constantly changing opinions on what foods are the healthiest, and what foods we should be avoiding, there are new diets emerging on a regular basis. From fad diets, to weight-loss plans, to entire lifestyle changes, it can be hard to keep track of which is which. Even three of...

Top 5 Essential Oils Everyone Should Have

My favorite essential oils will change depending on what day you ask me. There are so many to choose from! I may fall in love with an oil new to me, or be reminded why I love an old favorite. I may have one on my favorites list in my...

Is it an Essential Oil or an Infused Oil?

The more I talk to people, the more I find that there is a lot of confusion over what exactly an essential oil is. Many people tell me that they are making essential oils at home, but the further we get into the conversation, I realize what they're actually talking...

A Day Off? What's That?

If you run your own business (or you have other reasons), you know what this is like.  You work 7 days a week, 8+ hours a day (but usually 12+ hours a day), and never can take any time off. If you take a day, or even just half a...

My Favorite Scent is October.

I recently saw a beautiful foliage photo with the caption, "My favorite color is October." Well, my favorite scent is October! The crisp, cool air this month floats aromas like no other. The sweetness of decaying leaves, the green and slightly floral fragrance of chrysanthemums, the nuttiness of acorns and...

Every Day is the Best Day, aka Hashtag Maker Monday

Today is Maker Monday (ok, every Monday is Maker Monday), and also Day 1 of the Indie Business Network 30-day blog challenge, so what perfect timing to talk about my history of loving to make stuff, and how I came to make natural skin care products full time.   I've been a...

Facial Care Changes

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: Lavender Woods Earlier this year we made the move from conventional grapeseed oil to organic. We were excited to make the change, but the...

Chakra Series, Part IV: What is the Heart Chakra?

What is the Heart Chakra? The fourth major chakra is our Heart Chakra. It's found in the center of the sternum (the breastbone) and projects outward in a cone-like spiral, from both the front and the back of the body. It is visually expressed by the color green, although sometimes...

Chakra Series, Part III: What is the Solar Plexus Chakra?

What is the Solar Plexus? Below the rib cage and above the naval, right where we feel our intuitive "gut feelings", we find our third major chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra. It projects outward in a cone-like spiral, with the small end closest to the body. The Solar Plexus is...

Coming Up Roses!

If you follow me on social media, you probably know that I've become obsessed with roses over the last year. I've always liked the aroma, but something happened this year and I really fell in love! From wild roses to rose extracts, rose tea to rose balm, I can't seem...

Why Don't Seasonal Lip Balms Go On Sale?

At the end of each season, limited edition and seasonal themed products everywhere get their prices slashed, sometimes to a fraction of what their original prices were. This is standard practice for retailers, so why don't we do that at Wunder Budder? Halloween 2013 was the first year we released...