Potion Review: Slumberhouse’s Norne

PRODUCT: SLUMBERHOUSE’S NORNE BASICS: PARFUM EXTRAIT | $160.00 / 30ml | PLANT EXTRACTS, FOREST ABSOLUTES, NON-SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE NOTES: HEMLOCK, FOG, PINE, MOSS, INCENSE Crafted by an small independent perfumer in Oregon, this fragrance nails every single note you’d smell walking through a pine forest. From the sweet smell of pine pitch and resin to the [...]

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 [...]

Field Notes: Opinion – ‘Natural’ Does Not Equal Eco-Friendly

So you've done your research, read all the ingredients - everything is USDA organic, GMO free, and plant based in your diet, beauty routine, cleaning closet - whatever. Your life style is totally green, right? Not exactly. Yes - it's true that in general your environmental impact is somewhat reduced by purchasing products that are [...]

Homebrew: Sunrise Herbal Eye Brightener

TYPE: UNDER-EYE SERUM HERBS: EVENING PRIMROSE, CYPRESS, ROSEMARY, BERGAMOT. USES: BRIGHTEN  UNDER EYES, SOFTEN DARK CIRCLES. No under-eye serums I’ve found make up for a lack of sleep, and a lot of the ones I’ve yet to try have ingredients that make me shy away from them. After reading about different essential oils and plant [...]

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 - [...]

Field Notes: New York Institute of Aromatherapy – An Essential Oil Encyclopedia

Their location in the East Village is a great first stop if you're looking to take a dive into the world of essential oils and live in the area. Getting started with essential oils can be intimidating and confusing. With these botanical essences spiking in popularity, there are many different companies that sell their oils [...]