Category Archives: Home fragrance

Glycerin Soap Benefits

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Ever wonder why your skin is so dry even though you are applying lotion everyday? Not only does the type of lotion you use affect your skin, but so does the type of soap you use. The soap you buy are your local grocery store may be the cause to your never ending dry skin. Actually, the soap you think you are buying, is in fact, not soap at all. “Soap” as we know it is actually made of petroleum by-products and is in fact detergent. Well, I don’t have to tell you, but if you use regular bar soap you know that your skin is tight, dry and sometimes itchy. Not only does regular bar soap contain lye and petroleum, they also contain DEA and drying alcohols. This is all great to know—so what kind of soap can I use that will be good for my skin you ask?? Pure Glycerin soap.

Glycerin is a clear liquid that absorbs water from the air. It is a humectant, drawing moisture to your skin, allowing it to remain hydrated and soft. I love soaps made of pure vegetable glycerin. Beyond hydrating your skin, glycerin is also known to be a natural remedy for yeast and fungal infections, such as eczema and psoriasis. It is especially good for sensitive skin. Glycerin soap does not contain synthetic ingredients that will cause skin irritations. It keeps your skin looking and feeling healthy and soft. Glycerin is a sweet tasting, colorless, thick liquid that has a high boiling point, it freezes to a paste and is a humectant, which means that it attracts moisture. It is also a natural by-product in the soap making process. Commercial manufacturers remove a significant quantity of glycerin from soap to be used in more expensive lotions and creams.

Glycerine was first discovered in 1779 in the saponification process, today, glycerine is found in and sourced from animal fats, vegetable oils and synthetically from petrochemicals. It is generally thought that Glycerine is an ingredient added to handmade soap but as stated above it is actually a by-product of the soap making process (saponification). Clear soap is often mistaken for glycerine soap when in fact all handmade soap contains glycerine, a treatment using alcohol and sugar is what makes the soap clear and this is what people generally refer to as glycerine soap. You can add extra glycerine to improve the moisturizing properties of the soap but it is not a necessity.

Glycerin soap combined with selected oils can be a great way to relax and mixed with carefully selected herbs and essential oils can be great for acne suffers, it is also very mild and gentle so can be used by children.
Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia found that glycerine makes skin look, feel and function better by attracting moisture and by helping skin cells mature properly; they also discovered that it helps convert fats or lipids in the external, protective membrane. All cells have this layer, but skin cells secrete extra lipids to form a protective barrier. “Think about it. If there was not some sort of barrier, when you took a bath, all the water would go into you and you would blow up like a balloon.” This research is not news to natural soap makers who for years have been telling the virtues of real soap over mass-produced chunks of soap full of chemicals that are cheap, but not skin-friendly. The skin covers our whole bodies. It is the largest human organ and is our first defense against dehydration, temperature, infection and harmful substances. Glycerine Soaps give your skin the care it serves and make bathing a gentle, soothing experience. Indulge yourself. A fragrant, handmade glycerine soap, like is a simple indulgence that enhances the feeling of relaxation and well-being. Treat yourself, or a loved one to the benefits of a handmade glycerine soap. Men love to use it for smooth shaving! It is gentle enough to use on babies. Stop by Scentsations today to smell one of the fragrant choices today. The soap is all natural and is fortified with vitamin E. Starting at only $2.99 per soap bar.

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Candles – Symbolism

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Candles have always had a distinctive place in our society, and as such they represent an incredible link that taps into our past. In their own unique way, candles radiate messages of romance, passion, security, warmth, hope, spirituality, and mystery, to name just a few. Today, candles are used mainly for their aesthetic value and scent, particularly to set a soft, warm, or romantic ambiance, and for emergency lighting during electrical power failures. Scented candle are used n aromatherapy. Deeply rooted in almost every religious and spiritual practice, creed and nationality, there is something peculiar and symbolic in a solitary flame and the aura of light surrounding it. It communicates with our souls. It speaks beyond words.  Candles symbolize enlightenment,inspirations, religious clarity, and comfort.  No matter how thick the darkness, the light of one candle conquers it. No matter how solitary one flame is, it is never alone or lonely for its light knows no boundaries and touches eternity. People of all faiths and walks of life, and many different creeds, have been joining together in a candlelight vigil to grieve, pray or celebrate. Candles are an integral part of our identities, they have been playing an important role in both our collective and individual consciousness.

Although we are live in modern times with electricity and such, very few of us haven’t had contact with candles. From the very first blazing encounters on a birthday cake, where candles are introduced as a magical agents which help our wishes came true, to every possible ritual and practice of social initiation, rite of passage or pleasure lubricant, candle flame has been our constant companion. Our initial enchantment with birthday candles is precursor to our belief that magic and candles naturally go together. Symbolism of birthday candles is not the only candle symbolism we are exposed to from the earliest days. No matter what religion we are born into, there are sanctuaries and special places to light a candle for health, protection, blessing and loving memory of departed ones. Candles are believed to connect people with divine, and with the deceased. They send our message beyond the boundaries of the visible and material world. In a candle light, the material world and the world of the Spirit are met.

Many couples have a Unity Candle at their wedding. Two outside candles are lit by the couple’s mothers to represent their lives to this moment. These distinct flames, each burning alone, represent the faith, wisdom and love received from their parents. Together, the couple lights a center candle, symbolizing the union of their lives. Their thoughts shall be for each other, and they will share both joys and sorrows. The flames of the two smaller candles remain lit to show how although they are now one, they are still each unique individuals.

A candle represents love which can light our spouse’s world.

A candle wipes out darkness and shows us how love can brighten our beloved’s life.

When we are near a candle, we feel warmth, just as we feel warmth from the love of our spouse.

A candle can give a sense of direction, and can draw people together, reminding us of how our love is a binding force also.

When a candle burns, the melting wax on the candle in a way disfigures the candle, representing the risk and element of pain that exists in a love relationship.

A candle, in order to fulfill itself, must burn itself out. If a candle is never lit, it never fulfills it’s purpose.

Aromatherapy – Eucalyptus Oil

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I am a sinus sufferer.  We joke and say I can tell you when a good storm is coming by the sinus headache I get.  I love Eucalyptus- I have planted three plants around patio to help ward off the bugs.  They do however, seem to take forever to grow.  Eucalyptus is a powerful decongestant treatment for respiratory problems such as coughs, colds, asthma, chest infections, and sinusitis. It alleviates inflammation, reduces fever, treats skin infections, and eases pain of burns. It relieves muscle tension, treats rheumatism, and fibrositis. It boosts the immune system, which stimulates new tissue formation, and diuretic capabilities.  This oil is always in my top ten essential oils.

First Aid Eucalyptus Oil Uses include:

  • Insect Bites  hate the smell of Off and this will not burn your skin.
  • Blisters
  • Skin Irritations (like scrapes) and Minor Wounds (like cuts)
  • Mouthwash – kills staphylococcus bacteria
  • Relieves Sinus pressure by massaging a drop onto your temples
  • Relieves Headache by rubbing a few drops onto area in mid-forehead
  • Relieves muscle pain by adding to massage oil

 Medicinal Eucalyptus Oil Uses:

  • Add to Vaporizer or room humidifier to make breathing easier
  • Fever?   Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil in water, soak washcloth, put on forehead, neck to cool skin
  • Rub Eucalyptus oil on sore, tired, exhausted muscles to feel comforting warmth deep in the tissues
  • Stimulant to increase cardiac activity
  • Anti-microbial oil that treats infectious viruses
  • Provides relief from asthma
  • Treats respiratory tract ailments
  • Treats sinusitis and head colds
  • Eases rheumatism and relieves arthritis
  • Treats Tuberculosis

Preventative Medicinal Eucalyptus Oil Uses:

  • Eucalyptus oil is a natural “pest-deterrent” to  keep mosquitos at bay
  • Antiseptic gargle (germicidal properties effectively kill staphylococcus bacteria)

Animal Eucalyptus Oil Uses:

  • Tick repellent
  • Eucalyptus Oil applied to the skin of your pet can reduce pain
  • Helpful in treating dogs with distemper
  • Treats septicemia (blood poisoning)
  • Treats parasite infestations

Household Eucalyptus Oil Uses:

  • Replace many environmentally-unfriendly chemicals with this Natural Disinfectant for toilets, sinks.  Mix  1.6 oz of eucalyptus oil with a liter(quart) of water.  Storage similar to other disinfectants.  eco friendly and green alternative.
  • Use above recipe with dish detergent to disinfect and wash floor and counter surfaces (hospital recipe, good on finger  marks)
  • Use undiluted to remove sticker/decal residue from glass and/or glass surfaces (like windows)
  • Add 1-2 tsp eucalyptus oil to each load of wash for a fresh scent with anti-microbial benefits
  • Removes paint, grease, or ink from clothing  (undiluted)
  • Revitalize your car air freshener by adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil
  • Half a tsp mixed with half liter (half quart) of water makes for a great plant-friendly bug repellent
  • Stainless steel cleaner
  • Room air freshener – Mix 12-15 drops of eucalyptus oil, 1/2 tsp vodka, 2 cups of water. Put in spray bottle and you have a homemade, non-toxic Febreeze!!   This is very subtle – double eucalyptus oil for a stronger scent.

The Dos and Don’ts Regarding Eucalyptus Oil Uses:

  • Eucalyptus oil should be stored in a dark glass bottle
  • Keep in a cool place
  • Keep out of direct sunlight
  • Unlike other essential oils, eucalyptus oil (when stored correctly), keeps for 1-2 years from the production date

A history of candles

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I sell so many Root and Kringle candles every year, I am amazed still at how much Americans take comfort in burning candles.  When did it all start and why are we hooked on our candles?  Take a journey through the past as we see how and when certain cultures used candles.
There is no recorded history of candle making. However, references to lighting candles date back to ancient times as early as 3000 BC in Crete and Egypt. Candles are mentioned in Biblical writings as early as the tenth century BC. A fragment of a candle from the first century AD has been found in Avignon, France.

In the fourth century B.C., candles were developed by the Ancient Egyptians by soaking the pithy core of reeds in molten tallow (animal fat). Called rush lights, they had no wick like a candle.  The early Romans are credited with developing the candle with a wick which was made from papyrus (a tall, aquatic, Mediterranean grass like plant) .

Then in the Middle Ages, beeswax, a substance secreted by honey bees to make their honeycombs, was introduced. Beeswax candles were a marked improvement over those made with tallow since they did not produce a smoky flame or emit an unpleasant odor when burned. Instead, beeswax candles burned pure and clean. However, they were expensive and, therefore, only the wealthy and the church had them.

In fourteenth century England, servants of the Royal household were paid partly in beeswax candles. Through to the reign of George III, the ends of used beeswax candles from the royal palaces were given to the Lord Chancellor as a valuable benefit of his position.

From the sixteenth century onwards, living standards improved as evidenced by the increasing availability of candlesticks and candleholders and their appearance in households. At this time, candles were usually sold by the pound and sold in bundles of eight, ten, or twelve candles. Everyday candles were made of animal fat (tallow), usually from sheep (mutton) or cows. These candles were usually a dark, yellowish color and probably gave off a nasty smell.

Early Chinese and Japanese candles were molded in paper tubes. They were made out of a wax made from an insect known as a “Cocus” and were mixed with seeds from various trees. The wicks were made of rolled-up rice paper.

In India, the use of animal fat in candles was prohibited by religious decree so candles were made from wax skimmed while boiling cinnamon.

Along the Northwest coast of North America the Indians produced light by inserting oily dried smelt into a slit at the end of a stick and lighting it.

In the Shetland Islands ( Scotland) the Stormy Petrel as well as other birds known to have a high content of fat in their bodies were hunted, killed and dried. They then had wicks put down their throats which were lit to produce light.

America ’s Colonial women discovered that boiling the grayish green berries of bayberry bushes produced a sweet-smelling wax that burned clean. However, extracting the wax from the bayberries was extremely tedious.

In 18th century England, candles were taxed and common people were forbidden to make their own. There were two guilds of chandlers, one for tallow chandlers and one for wax chandlers. They were the only ones licensed to produce candles until 1831. At that time the law was repealed.

Also in the 18th century the growth of the whaling industry brought the first major change in candle making since the Middle Ages. It was then that spermaceti, a wax obtained by crystallizing sperm whale oil, became available in quantity. Like beeswax, the spermaceti wax did not elicit a repugnant odor when burned. It was also harder than both tallow and beeswax which meant it did not soften or bend in the summer heat.

It was during the 19th century when most major developments affecting contemporary candle making occurred. In 1834, inventor Joseph Morgan introduced a machine which allowed continuous production of molded candles. A cylinder which featured a movable piston ejected candles as they solidified.

In 1850 the production of the first paraffin wax made from oil and coal shale began. It was made by distilling the residues left after crude petroleum was refined.  Hence the petroleum candles like Yankee Candle that smoke and soot a lot.  I stopped carrying Yankee a few years ago when we found cleaner, better burning candles for our customers to use.

Benefits of Gycerin Soap

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Ever wonder why your skin is so dry even though you are applying lotion everyday? Not only does the type of lotion you use affect your skin, but so does the type of soap you use.

The soap you buy are your local grocery store may be the cause to your never ending dry skin. Actually, the soap you think you are buying, is in fact, not soap at all. “Soap” as we know it is actually made of petroleum by-products and is in fact detergent.  Well, I don’t have to tell you, but if you use regular bar soap you know that your skin is tight, dry and sometimes itchy. Not only does regular bar soap contain lye and petroleum, they also contain DEA and drying alcohols.

This is all great to know—so what kind of soap can I use that will be good for my skin you ask??

Pure Glycerin soap. Glycerin is a clear liquid that absorbs water from the air.  It is a humectant, drawing moisture to your skin, allowing it to remain hydrated and soft. I love soaps made of pure vegetable glycerin. Beyond hydrating your skin, glycerin is also known to be a natural remedy for yeast and fungal infections, such as eczema and psoriasis. It is especially good for sensitive skin. Glycerin soap does not contain synthetic ingredients that will cause skin irritations. It keeps your skin looking and feeling healthy and soft.

Glycerin is a sweet tasting, colorless, thick liquid that has a high boiling point, it freezes to a paste and is a humectant, which means that it attracts moisture. It is also a natural by-product in the soap making process. Commercial manufacturers remove a significant quantity of glycerin from soap to be used in more expensive lotions and creams.

Glycerine was first discovered in 1779 in the saponification process, today, glycerine is found in and sourced from animal fats, vegetable oils and synthetically from petrochemicals.

It is generally thought that Glycerine is an ingredient added to handmade soap but as stated above it is actually a by-product of the soap making process (saponification). Clear soap is often mistaken for glycerine soap when in fact all handmade soap contains glycerine, a treatment using alcohol and sugar is what makes the soap clear and this is what people generally refer to as glycerine soap. You can add extra glycerine to improve the moisturizing properties of the soap but it is not a necessity. Glycerin soap combined with selected oils can be a great way to relax and mixed with carefully selected herbs and essential oils can be great for acne suffers, it is also very mild and gentle so can be used by children

Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia found that glycerine makes skin look, feel and function better by attracting moisture and by helping skin cells mature properly; they also discovered that it helps convert fats or lipids in the external, protective membrane. All cells have this layer, but skin cells secrete extra lipids to form a protective barrier. “Think about it. If there was not some sort of barrier, when you took a bath, all the water would go into you and you would blow up like a balloon.” This research is not news to natural soap makers who for years have been telling the virtues of real soap over mass-produced chunks of soap full of chemicals that are cheap, but not skin-friendly.

The skin covers our whole bodies.  It is the largest human organ and is our first defense against dehydration, temperature, infection and harmful substances.  Glycerine Soaps give your skin the care it serves and make bathing a gentle, soothing experience.

Indulge yourself.  A fragrant, handmade glycerine soap, like  is a simple indulgence that enhances the feeling of relaxtion and well-being.  Treat yourself, or a loved one to the benefits of a handmade glycerine soap.  Men love to use it for smooth shaving!  It is gentle enough to use on babies.

Stop by to see what we have for out all natural glycerin soaps.

Aromatherapy – Tea Tree Oil

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Tea Tree oil is obtained by steam distillation of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant which is ntive to Australia.  Historically, the leaves were used as a substitute for tea, which is how tea tree oil got its name.   The part used medicinally is the oil from the leaves.  Tea tree oil is full of healing properties because its an antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial.   Tea Tree Oil is an excellent natural remedy for hundreds of bacterial and fungal skin ailments such as acne, abscess, oily skin, blisters, sun burns, athlete’s foot, warts, herpes, insect bites, rashes, dandruff and other minor wounds and irritations. It can be used to clean cuts and infections, wounds, and helps in process of healing scar tissue. Tea tree boosts the immune system and alleviates inflammation. It fights against colds, flu, respiratory infections, and infectious illnesses. It promotes relaxation to help fall asleep and balances hormones in the body.

Studies have shown that Tea Tree Oil also treats respiratory problems ranging from common sore throats, coughs and runny nose to severe conditions such as asthma, tuberculosis, and bronchitis. The anti-viral properties of the oil fight many common infectious diseases such as chicken pox, shingles and measles, flu, cold sores and verrucae. It also strengthens the body’s immune system, which is often weakened by stress, illness, or by the use of antibiotics and other drugs. It can also be used as a mouth wash, since it is highly effective in healing oral candidiasis (a fungal infection of mouth and throat).

Ways to use it:

Tea Tree Oil help treat toenail fungus infections. Simply apply 1 to 2 drops of the oil directly onto the infected toenails and rub it above and under the tip of the nail. Repeat this once per day.

You can apply it on acne and spots will disappear. Every time I get tea tree soaps in my local customers with acne ridden teens, scoop it up.  You will feel a slight tingle.  I keep a bottle handy at home and apply if I see a spot.  Mt 18 year old uses tea tree soap.

Tea Tree Oil, when used as a mouth wash, acts as a natural cure for bad breath, oral candidiasis, gingivitis, plaque, and inflamed gums. It also kills mouth bacteria prior to dental surgery and also reduces mouth irritation that is often caused by dental procedures.

  • Add 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil to a cup of warm water.
  • Use the solution as a mouthwash two to three times daily.
  • Always spit out the Tea Tree Oil mouthwash. Do not swallow it.
  • You may also add 1 drop of Tea Tree Oil to toothpaste when brushing teeth.

Many people have found it is helpful with removal of genital warts.

Tea Tree Oil can be combined with a simple steam inhalation technique to naturally cure congestion, sore throat, chest infections, and clearing up mucus:

  • Fill a large cooking pot or bowl with water.
  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • Remove the pot from the stove and add 2 to 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil into it.
  • Cover your head with a towel and lean over the top of the bowl so that the long ends of the towel are hanging down at the two sides of the bowl.
  • Inhale the vapors for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Repeat the process each night before going to bed until symptoms are cured completely. If symptoms persist for more than 5 days it is best to consult your doctor.

Diluted in water, Tea Tree Oil is an effective treatment for canker sores and laryngitis:

  • Add 3-4 drops of Tea Tree Oil to one cup of warm water.

Tea tree can be used mixed in with shampoo to get rid of shampoo and it will also eliminate lice issues.  I swear by this.  My side of the family has dry scalp issues and I always keep tea tree shampoo in the house.  You don;t have to use it every day when you eliminate the problem but used occasionally it keeps the flakes at bay.

Tea tree can also be used to eliminate yeast infections.

 

With that said…

Pregnant and breast-feeding women should avoid the use of Tea Tree Oil.
Undiluted Tea Tree Oil can cause itchiness, irritation, and redness on sensitive skin. Therefore, if you have sensitive skin, it is always safer to dilute the oil in another base oil such as olive oil.
Pure Tea Tree Oil should never be taken internally in its undiluted form. Extra care should be taken when using it near the eyes, genitals, or even as a mouthwash. If taken internally, Tea Tree Oil can result in diarrhea, vomiting, impaired immune function, excessive drowsiness, sleepiness, confusion, poor coordination, and even coma. If you notice any of these symptoms of overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

How to Layer your Home Fragrance

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Happy Easter everyone!  I was digging through some archive or old articles I had written for the store and this surfaced.  We always get loads of questions about hhow to create and set the right fragrance tone in your house.  It is a personal thing but fragrance can be layered to create the perfect ambiance.  Fragrance preferences are triggered by memories.  Think Gramma’s at Christmas, or your man’s favorite cologne.

How to Layer Your Home Fragrance

This popularity has created an incredible demand for a variety in scents and forms of fragrance. Essence oils, fragrance sprays, candles, light bulb rings, drawer liners, soaps, incense, sachets, simmering crystals, and potpourri are just a few of your choices, depending upon your lifestyle and personal preferences.

Just as layering your personal fragrance with powder, lotion, and cologne makes a richer, longer lasting smell, the same is true of home fragrances. Try using different forms of the same scent throughout your house for a “home sweet home”. Although you might want to mix and match, we recommend sticking to one fragrance family at a time.

  • Level 1-3
    Potpourri, Scented Rocks, Scented Beads, Stone Diffuser, Reed DiffusersScented Drawer Liners, SachetsThese fragrance choices are what we call the stage. They set the tone and mood in your home.  The are the background layer always present.
    The above choices all provide you with a nice, subtle, ever-present scent.
    Most of these fragrance choices will last 4-12 weeks depending on size.
    All can be refreshed or refilled.
  • Level 4-6
    Jar, Pillar and Votive Candles, Linen Sprays, Scented Soaps, IncenseThese all provide you with a step above your background level. A way to increase intensity of fragrance in your surroundings.
    Nice to light candles for a while to add to your existing fragrance.
    Lighting candles an hour before guests arrive will give you more umpph to your home fragrance.
    Scented soaps add a nice feel in guest bathrooms.
  • Level 7-8
    Room Sprays, Room Mist, Simmering Potpourri, Potpourri Tarts, Simmering Oil, Lamp rings (for oils)All of these products will give you an extra amount of fragrance released into your home.
    Combine with levels 1-6 for a greater scent experience.
    They are formulated different with the opportunity to enhance an greater release of fragrance into your home.
  • Level 9-10Fragrance Lampes like lampe Berger, Oil drops.

For the strongest fragrance release opportunities use these in your home. Fragrance lampes not only scent the air but clean and purify the air much like an ozonator without the noise.

Be careful with the fragrance products you buy! Not all home fragrance oils are created equal. remember that old saying your Mom had…You get what you pay for. That applies here. The amount of fragrance oil used in your home fragrance choice like candles, potpourri, reed diffusers, potpourri tarts, warming oils, room sprays and lampe oils is going to effect what you pay for.

 

Among the 100′s of scented home products – especially the enormous variety of candles – the most popular fragrances are consistently vanilla, cinnamon, and rose.  Seasonal smells are also popular, such as apples, cinnamon, and peaches in the fall and winter, and clean, fresh scents during March through May. Other scents, including lavender, sandalwood, and patchoulienjoy steady year-round sales because of their applications in aromatherapy.Although you don’t want to overpower visitors to your personal space with too much scent, you can’t realistically expect one candle to scent the entire house. Generally one candle per room is a more realistic ratio. Don’t be stingy with your scent. Some of the stronger oil-based scents can easily fill an small room like a bathroom, office, den with their aroma. Open bowls of potpourri gently fragrance the immediate vicinity, but oils (and freshly administered room sprays) are far less subtle and should be used only in larger areas.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with new forms and scents of home fragrance. Just remember to layer your fragrance. You do not want guests to arrive and be anxiously waiting for a breath of fresh air.