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Just introduced Bella Taylor New Fall Quilted handbags


I am so excited to share a sneak peak of the new fall 2012 Bella Taylor handbags and accessories with you. Six scrumptious new patterns in all the hottest fashion colors. In addition to the new fabrics there will be a new large cross body handbag similar to the hipster but…LARGER. Also for all you ipad, nook and tablet users out there a quilted tablet case to protect your tech stuff. Many of my ladies had been using the book covers for their ipads so this is a nice addition in my opinion to the line.
The duffle bags and travelers are perfect for college bound gals, so is the essential and the hipster. All patterns have a variety of handbags, totes, wallets and accessories to choose from. These are expected to be in stock mid August.


amaretto swatch

Amaretto: Like the flavors of your favorite coffee house, Amaretto blends warm, rich hues of mocha, caramel and cappuccino, accented with sapphire blue. Pair with black, brown or navy, for the right look all the time.

Carnevale: The perfect chemistry of style and fun with bursts of lavish paisleys and florals in eye-popping combinations of raspberry, violet, canary and emerald.
Claremont: Soar into smoky blues with ditzy and floral prints. A mixture of woven and printed fabrics give Claremont its trendy texture in smoky shades of navy, denim and steel blue accented with crème.

Cocoa le Fleur

Cocoa le Fleur: Over-sized zinnias, marigolds and daisies blossom in the season’s boldest hues: Tangerine, Fuchsia and Marigold. Perfectly tamed with cocoa chocolate and taupe.

Lexington flap handbag

Lexington: For an All-American classic, Lexington combines charcoal, black, crème and scarlet. Constructed of woven plaids and a sophisticated print for a look that’s timeless.

Oxford Traveler

Oxford: Fleur de lis and paisley prints with woven tweed fabrics infuse Oxford with a classically sophisticated style. With a passion for neutrals, Oxford was designed using various warm shades of chocolate contrasting with soft crème.

Serafina Duffle Bag

Serafina: Designed for the most classic and elegant of styles, boasts rich navy and blues and accented with lipstick red rose a touch of classic camel for the perfect blend of color in this floral statement.

I will have all up on the website for preorder within the next 48 hours or so. They are supposed to be shipping August 1st to us. Don’t wait ladies with back to school right around the corner, I always sell out of the new patterns quickly. Preorders will receive a call when item is in store. The best way is to order it online at http://www.scentsations-online.com/shop. Your card does not get charged until item is shipped to us. You may of course come in the store and pay cash if you desire.

Aromatherapy – Tea Tree Oil


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.

Aromatherapy – Lavender oil


As we delve into aromatherapy and the oils associated closer, I figured I would start with my #1 seller.  Lavender is an evergreen woody shrub, up to 1 meter tall, with pale green, narrow linear leaves and violet blue flowers.  It has a sweet, floral and herbal scent with balsamic undertones.  Almost medicinal.   The oil is distilled by steam from the flowers.  In a blend of fragrances or oils it is generally the top note. Not all Lavender is the same!  It comes from all over the world and in many different qualities!    A well-loved Mediterranean herb, lavender has been associated with cleanliness since Romans first added it to their bathwater. In fact, the name comes from the Latin lavandus, meaning to wash. One Christian legend says that lavender originally had no odor, but since the Virgin Mary dried Jesus’s swaddling clothes on it, it has had a heavenly perfume but I have also heard that Benedictine Monks & Romans introduced it to the rest of the world.

Essential oil of lavender is now known to have many application in aromatherapy.  Lavender is among the safest and most widely used of all aromatherapy oils. It is one of only teo oils that may be applied directly to the skin.  This amazing plant is used for acne, athlete’s foot, comforting the stomach, as a disinfectant, for headache and migraine relief, healing burns and insect bites, an insect repellent, scenting linens, stiff joints and sore muscle relief, sunburns and more!  My dog had a touch of fleas from the front yard.  we washed and treated her and then applied a secret blend of oil I have directly onto her back.  eased her pain and she slept like a baby.   It is also one of the most antiseptic essential oils, treating many types of infection, including lung, sinus, vaginal, and especially candida infections.  Lavender is suitable for all skin types.

Cosmetically, it appears to be a cell regenerator. It prevents scarring and stretch marks and reputedly slows the development of wrinkles. It is used on burns, sun-damaged skin, wounds, rashes, and, of course, skin infections.    I use this all the time for sunburns.  It draws the heat out and you turn golden brown instead of bright red.  Lavender also treats indigestion, including colic, and boosts immunity. Of several fragrances tested by aromatherapy researchers, lavender was most effective at relaxing brain waves and reducing stress. It also reduced computer errors by almost one-fourth when used to scent the office.  I love this when heated in the microwave and wrapped around my neck, great stress reducer for me.  Lavender is a popular choice amongst both aromatherapists and massage therapists for its combination of therapeutic quality and pleasant floral scent.

Today lavender remains a favorite for scenting clothing and closets, soaps, and even furniture polish. Lavender was traditionally inhaled to ease exhaustion, insomnia, irritability, and depression. In the Victorian era, women revived themselves from faints caused by tight corsets with lavender-filled swooning pillows.

You will find lavender cookies, lavender ice cream, lavender scones and yes…even lavender infused vodka.  It is dried in sachets, potpourri and in bundles.  Lavender is used in lotions, soaps, shampoo, household cleaners, linen sprays and even laundry detergent.  It is one of the most common essential oils uses in eco friendly green cleaners.

Lavender blends well with bergamot, chamomile, jasmine, rosewood, rosemary, ylang-ylang, orange, patchouli, pine, thyme, bay, clary sage, geranium and citronella.  Interestingly enough, many of these are in my top ten sellers.

I have tried to grow lavender a few times.  I have one plant still alive.  I had it planted in a mound with sloping sides.  I am in Florida and it seems to do better in 3/4 sun with good drainage.  It is a little evergreen looking until it blooms.  Less is more with lavender, it does not like to be over watered.


Aromatherapy – What’s it all about


For the Month of April, I was thinking about what Scentsations could share with it’s customers.  So many of the fragrance products we carry are essential oil and aromatherapy based, I thought “this would be a good thing”.   I do not claim to be an aromacologist however, I have been using, growing my own herbs and selling essential oils for 17 years.  I have mint, oregano, sage, parsley, thyme, aloe vera and rosemary all growing in my yard or in pots.  It is part of my daily life.  I dry it, throw in in dishes I am cooking and even give tons of it away.  Therefore,  daily I will be choosing an essential oil and going over why people who believe in aromatherapy use it.  Some of the ones I will be featuring will be lavender, lemon, orange, tea tree, peppermint, frankincense, patchouli, jasmine, rose and thyme. I will be sharing with you some of my “secret” blends for remedies from sunburn, mosquito bites and even fire ant bites.

So what is aromatherapy and why do some people utilize it in their daily lives for health, wellness and peace of mind?

Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.   Essential oils, or aromatherapy oils, are the fragrant essence of a plant. These highly concentrated liquid oils are the foundation of aromatherapy, which is based on the idea that the aromatic oil from a plant has healing properties.  Essential oils are extracted one of two ways – either by steam distillation or expression, or pressing. Distillation is the most prominent method used to extract aromatherapy oils, however. This technique involves steaming the plant matter until it breaks down. The byproduct of this breakdown phase is the plant’s fragrant oil, which is cooled, separated from the water and finally filtered into its pure essential oil.

Essential Oils are natural concentrated essences derived from plants, bark, roots, seeds, stems, flowers, leaves, fruits, etc. and are usually steamed distilled.   They differ from fragrance oils which are normally made up of a number of synthetic imitations of essential oils creating a fragrance that will smell like a flower, herb, plant or other fragrance.  Do not confuse the two!

I sell many essential oil based products in the store including, oils, Root Candles and Lampe Berger.  There are many different modes of application of aromatherapy: aerial diffusion, direct inhalation, and topical applications.

  1. Aerial diffusion is usually applied via an oil burner but I have some people that also add some in a pot of boiling water on a stove or a few drops on a warm light bulb.  This method is generally used for fragrancing and aerial disinfection. Lampe Berger is also an aerial diffuser so are reed diffusers.
  2. Direct inhalation like in a humidifier or steamer is particularly helpful for decongestant, for respiratory cleansing and also as a soothing peace of mind.  remember when you were a kid and mom fired up the humidifier with the Vicks?  The inhaled aroma of essential oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function but we will discuss that in a minute.
  3. Topical applications like massage oils, baths, compresses and skin care.  Aromatherapy has many benefits, but it is imperative that safety precautions are taken when handling essential oils. While they may seem harmless (they are extracted from plants, after all), many need to be diluted before applying directly to the skin.

Please be sure to read all labels for warning and cautions.  Do not get essential oils in your eyes.  Flush with lots of water if you do and seek medical help. Keep them away from children who may not know what they are for, just that they smell great.   If you are using on your body as a topical application, make sure you are using the appropriate carrier oils. Use only the suggested amount; misuse can lead to headaches and/or nausea. If you suspect you’ve used too much, drink plenty of water and get some fresh air.  Essential oils have wonderful medicinal benefits, but if used improperly the effects can be hazardous to your health.


Aromatherapy is said to have been around for centuries.  Little is known about the history of aromatherapy, or where it originated specifically, but the Egyptians are credited with developing one of the first distillation machines to extract oils from certain plants — cedarwood, clove, cinnamon, to name a few — which were used to embalm the dead. The practice of using infused aromatic oils as a mood enhancer, however, is thought to have roots in China.

The Greeks also played a role in the history of aromatherapy. Megallus, a Greek perfumer, developed a fragrance he called megaleion, which consisted of myrrh. The “father of medicine” Hippocrates is said to have practiced aromatherapy (before it was dubbed so) for healing purposes. Greek mythology claims the gods were gifted with the knowledge of perfume and fragrance.

The actual term “aromatherapy” first originated in 1937 when French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse invented the word after a burn incident spurred his curiosity about the healing power of essential oils. On the heels of Gattefosse’s “discovery” that lavender oil helped to cure his burn, French surgeon Jean Valnet used essential oils to help heal soldiers’ wounds in World War II, proving the medical benefits of aromatherapy.

Now that you have a brief background…there are literally hundreds of essential oils that have a wide variety of uses in aromatherapy. The ones that you will favor and choose to use is a personal option.  The important thing to remember is you don’t have to be a professional to begin finding happiness and enjoyment from the advantages of aromatherapy immediately.  You can use them many ways:

Potpourri Candles Incense Light bulb rings
Diffuser Candle diffuse Potpourri cooker Sachet’s
Steam (3 to 6 drops in 2 cups water in pan.) Room Sprays Body Sprays Perfumes
Soaps Lotions Shampoo Hair Treatments
Scented Towels Laundry Bathes Massage oils
Household Cleaning agents Closet Scenting Drawer Scenting Smelling
Facial steams Office atmosphere Atomizers Body Spritzer

Check back tomorrow as I highlight Lavender, my #1 selling essential oil.  If you have any suggestions, recipes you would like to share or thoughts, let me know!  Be sure to follow us if you want to know when I post new essential oils.

30 days 35+ ways to wear a scarf (Day 24) Scarf Coverup


It is now day 24 on our trip around the month of March and all the scarf tying possibilities you have for that perfect scarf you adore. I hope along the way, you have found some unusual, fun and creative ways to add a scarf into your daily look.  I will keep you all posted but it looks like I may be doing some local editorial writing on fabulous, fun fashion tips to recreate a new look out of accessories.  The reason why I think scarves have such a broad appeal, is that there is a scarf for everyone!  I mean it, scarves come in so many shapes, sizes, weights and textures that people across the world can find a scarf look that will work for their own individual climate.  While heavy knits are not my personal favorite, those new York gals, can adapt these styles of wearing a scarf and create warmth layers.

I showed hubby Rich a few moves earlier today so he could share with our lady customers walking into our store Scentsations.  He said oh yeah that is a football one and oh that we used to do as well for football games.  For those of you not aware of Rich from my dive blog Danielle’s Dives, he is from Wales, UK and football means soccer.  I laughed that he knows a few scarf moves!  He was talking about the European loop and the Parisian scarf. 

This simple step by step way to tie your scarf works best with a wide belt and awdie scarf.  I personally like a printed scarf to contrast against the solid halter top or tank underneath.  It is the perfect coverup for a sheer top and it is also a sophisticated way to dress up a pair of skinny jeans and white classic t shirt or black halter tank.  Toss on a pair of strappy wide wood heels and you are super sexy!

Step one:  Grab a long, rectangular, wide scarf and wide belt.

Step two:  Wrap your scarf around your neck and with a with a wide belt, hold your scarf as wide as it goes in place across that halter tank.    If you feel that the scarf is too wide, double it up.

That’s it!  But take a look at the dramatic, sophisticated scarf look it creates.  Sexy and sassy! Plus you get to pull out two accessories…a scarf and a belt!  PLUS PLUS!

Till tomorrow, my fashionista friends!  I am heading back to the store to see if the new scarves arrived today.

30 days…35+ways to wear a scarf (Day20) Knot so bad


Ok, fellow scarf fashionistas, we are rolling on through to day 20 today.  Only 10 more days to go.  I have updated the original post 30 days…35+ ways to tie a scarf on day one to contain all links to the other days so far so you can have on handy reference at the end on all the various, fashionable, fun and easy ways to scarves.  We are at 37 ways to tie a scarf right now.  I know I promised 35 but we are well  over 35 ways to tie scarves and we still have 10 days.  My thinking is, if I had to give you 7 ways to tie an infinity scarf on seven different days that is short changing you and stringing you along.

So with that said, for today I am featuring another under 6 second classic. I am calling it Knot so Bad Scarf.

Take a long rectangle scarf. Hand it around your necks with the ends dangling down the front on both sides.

Take one scarf end and and make a knot at desired height.

Next take the other scarf end and tie a knot at a matching height.

Voila, you are done.  Don’t be afraid to get a little inspiration on your own and create a more dramatic scarf look by tying your favorite sexy scarf in two o three knots on each side.  I really like this look with a sheer, floral print.  I find it also works fabulous and adds a sophisticated, yet sexy look to any scarf.  So what are you waiting for?  head to your closet and pull out a bright, cheery scarf that has been hidden in the bag for a while and add a bit of color to your outfit today.  No excuses!  It’s not like it takes a lot of time or effort to pull off this scarf look.  Heck, let’s make today National scarf day and help inspire the masses that need to add a bit of color and fashion to their wardrobes.  Funny isn’t it?  I find myself to almost be a scarf ambassador of late.  It doesn’t matter the age of my ladies coming into the store.  Teens and college gals love the color and my older Nanna types have commented recently that they have a scarf drawer that they have not opened in ages.  I feel a bit of inspiration here.  Perhaps a scarf fashion show is in the future for Scentsations.  OOOH…A Scentsational Scarf Fashion Show.  I know they have a Mom & Me event coming up in the Indian River Mall soon, this will be something we just will have to sponsor.  Ursula if you are reading this, call me!

It is always so adorable to see my young under 10 customers playing with the scarves.  Some mom’s get a little nervous but in my opinion it is never to early to create a DIVA.  I show them some fun ways to tie around their waste or in the hair and they love it.  Ladies, reading this…do you have a young daughter, granddaughter or niece that you cherish?  How much fun would it be to pull out the scarf drawer and have a dress up fun day?  If you have some, you just never use, let them choose a special one to keep.

On a side note, I have some fabulous new spring scarves coming in this week so be sure to check back for sneak peaks.  Floral print scarves, silky sheer with metallic accents, tie die summer colors of corals, pinks, teals and lime greens plus some new scarf jewelry.  About 20 new prints in various color palettes, all told probably 200 plus new scarves.

30 days…30+ ways to wear a scarf (Day 18) Scarf Belts – 2 versions


First to all my faithful followers, I will apologize for yesterdays post not auto posting as scheduled.  I was working in my shop (Scentsations) and had it set to go for noon but it just didn’t happen.  So today will be a twofer.  Anyway,

Hippie chick is very in right now from music pop stars, to college campuses to famous movie stars.  Who is Hippie chick and how can you rock it?

Check out some of the ‘muses’ from the 1960’s, girls that rock stars couldn’t live without, including Marianne Faithfull (who was with Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones), Pattie Boyd (who was with George Harrison of the Beatles and Eric Clapton) and Anita Pallenberg (who was with Keith Richards and Brian Jones of the Stones).   Look at their flowing style like flower prints, flowing maxi dresses with billowing sleeves, wide-leg pants, fabrics like lace, silk and chiffon, soft leather and suede, macramé detailing and fringes are the key features of this romantic look.  Scarves in hair, as head bands, as belts, as arm bands.  Now fast forward and think Nicole Richie.  Today’s hippie chick is a little more urban.  Adding almost a soft biker feel to the flow.   Charlie’s Angels inspired wide-leg pants and jumpsuits, leather vests and suede suits while soft fringes in brown recreates a rodeo show vibe. All these bring back a cool, fresh look, something between innocence and sassy flair.  Strap up, sandles.  You get the picture!

Rules are  for the mainstream, but hippie chicks make it up as they go, mixing bright  colors and fun patterns with natural elements and whatever else might be  around!  Reinventing things that are laying around…like SCARVES!.

How to become a Hippie Chick:

Starting a little at a time, slowly go more natural.  That’s right.  Less is more!  Changing your eyeliner from heavy black to a little bit of sapphire or emerald can brighten up your whole face and make you look fresher and more wholesome, which is key to the hippie look.

Ditch the tight jeans and pull on a long skirt; you will notice the difference right away in how much more comfortable you are and how much freer you feel. If you only want to change a bit, try dark wash skinny jeans and a long, flowing shirt in an earth tone. Jewel tones look good on everyone.

Scarves, think GO WITH THE FLOW!  It’s all about the flowing look, and scarves certainly do flow.  Whether one is on your head or on your waist.  Today I am featuring scarf belts.  2 different variations.  Easy directions are below with illustrations for how to tie each scarf.

Easy to do and even easier to pull off. Grab an old faded, washed out pair of jeans and have fun.  Also looks divine with a flowing gypsy skirt.  Try a scarf in your jean loops.  Leave the ends hanging.   Peace, love and scarves…Until tomorrow