Homebrew: Aromatherapy Blend – “Herbal Wake Up Call”

TYPE: ON THE GO AROMATHERAPY. HERBS: BASIL, BERGAMOT, PEPPERMINT. USES: AROMATHERAPY. I often carry around a small bottle of essential oil to inhale whenever I want to increase my awareness or shift my state of mind. Lately I’ve been carrying around a simple blend of basil, bergamot, and peppermint. The bright scent of bergamot is [...]

Homebrew: Aromatherapy Blend – “Good Morning”

TYPE: DIFFUSER BLEND. HERBS: GRAPEFRUIT, PEPPERMINT, BERGAMOT, BIRCH. USES: AROMATHERAPY. This is a blend I’ll often have going in my office when I’m working on projects and feel like I need a little boost, and matcha or coffee isn’t totally doing the trick. I often use aromatherapy diffusers as a means for reaping the benefits [...]

Homebrew: Perfume – “Inner Flame”

TYPE: PERFUME HERBS: TULSI, YUZU, VANILLA, ORANGE, YLANG YLANG, ROSEWOOD. USES: PERFUME, FRAGRANCE. This blend is comforting  and warming - at once familiar, and exotic. The scents are warm, the first notes that hit are the sweetness of the orange and yuzu, brightening the blend, along with the spiciness of the tulsi. Tulsi is a [...]

Homebrew: Alpine Blossom Nourishing Face Oil

TYPE: FACIAL OIL. HERBS: NETTLE, ROSE, EVENING PRIMROSE, BIRCH, LAVENDER, SEA BUCKTHORN, GRAPESEED, ALMOND, CARROT SEED. USES: FACIAL MOISTURIZER. I was experimenting with various facial moisturizers but what I found was that a lot of them just sat on top of my face, rather than absorbing and actually moisturizing. I’ve written about this before, and [...]

Homebrew: Pine Forest Body Lotion

TYPE: BODY LOTION. HERBS: PINE, SPRUCE, PEPPERMINT, CYPRESS, SHEA, GRAPESEED, ALMOND. USES: WINTER SKIN MOISTURIZER. Colder months tend to call for deeper moisture for my skin - so I decided to try my hand at making my own body lotion. I know shea butter is deeply moisturizing but tends to be a bit heavier - [...]

Homebrew: Tincture – Dandelion & Catnip

I've used tinctures on and off for the last five years, primarily crafted by friends or purchased at stores. This week I'm pleased to say I was lucky enough to begin by making my first tinctures with my own two paws! The herbs for the two separate tinctures I chose were catnip (Nepeta cataria) and [...]

Homebrew: Perfume – “Forest Flora Dew”

TYPE: PERFUME HERBS: ROSE, LAVENDER, BIRCH, CEDAR USES: PERFUME, AROMATHERAPY After making an experimental fragrance oil a few weeks ago, I decided I was going to try try my hand at making a real fragrance. I bought a couple of carrier oils to experiment with, and some witch hazel extract to act as an alcohol [...]