SVF Facial Cleaning Pads Redux

We split the facial cleaning pad components apart

We took the facial cleaning pad components apart and made them available separately.  This is part of our ongoing effort to reduce waste from our packaging.

Facial cleaning solution

SVF SolutionThe solution is now available in bulk which you can purchase by the gram.  Our facial solution is made with our own double distilled witch hazel which is infused with rose and hibiscus, and copaiba and tea tree essential oils.

This solution has proven to be effective for treating acne, removing makeup, and refreshing your facial skin.

Organic cotton facial pads

SVF Cotton PadsThese facial pads are super soft and work very well with our solution for applying it to your face.  We have these available for individual sale so you can buy as many or as little as you like.

A container to suit your need

SVF ContainersWe have many containers that we can put the solution in for you.  Previously we packaged the pads in a 4 oz. jar but you can choose a spray bottle or glass round with a dropper.
You can even bring in your own sterilized container and we would be happy to fill it up for you.

Essential Oil Portable Bundle

Prototype Essential Oil Portable Bundle

EO To Go BundleWe have been working on a carrying case to make it easy to carry a variety of essential oils, carrier oils, mixing vessels, and droppers and we have the first prototype finished.

Our goal was to make something that would be easy to stash in a bag, open and close easily, and have everything ready to go.  We are working on the closure to make something that is elegant and functional at the same time.

12 1/2 Dram vials

Bundle OpenRight off the bat you can see that there are 12 1/2 dram vials.  This allows you to have a good variety of essential oils, a few carrier oils, a tincture or two, and leave a couple empty for mixing.

Work areaThe cover flap doubles as a work area.  Since we will be making this out of cloth it is easy to wash, and sterilize if needed, giving you a clean surface to work on where ever you may be.

Handy Storage Pouch

Small PocketOn the other end is a handy little storage pouch for stowing things like the glass tube portion of the droppers or other small items.

On the final product the opening will most likely be on the opposite side and will have a zipper as currently it is a little wonky.  We may even sew some elastic on the inside so the dropper tubes would not be loose.

When It’s Ready

We are hoping to have the final design finished by mid-summer.  Once it is finished we will have versions with empty vials and some with pre-filled vials with a small insert on what the oils are and how to use them as well as some recipes.

New Herbal Arrivals: Butterfly Pea, Elderberry, and Hawthorn Berries!

New Herbal Arrivals

We are always adding to our inventory and our new herbal arrivals are amazing.

Butterfly Pea Tea

Clitoria TernateaClitoria Ternatea, also known as butterfly pea, Asian pidgeon wings, Shankapushi, and other names, is a flower that grows in tropical Asia, Thailand, and Malaysia.
Primarily used in treating neurological issues, especially memory and depression, it has other health benefits that Ayurvedic medicine has benefited from for generations.

Another unique property to this herb is that it will turn any clear liquid blue.  This is very whimsical and can be fun for parties as you can color your drinks naturally.  We added this to some hibiscus tea and it turned a beautiful purple.

Elderberry

ElderberriesLong known for their powerful antioxidants elderberries have been used to boost the immune system, prevent and cure colds and flu, lower cholesterol and more.  These have been a bit difficult to get lately as they have been in large demand due to a powerful flu season.

We like to combine these with other healing herbs to create even more powerful infusions that help everyone get over sickness faster and even prevent getting sick in the first place.

Hawthorn Berries

Hawthorn BerriesHawthorn is a well established mild heart tonic which has been especially useful in treating congestive heart failure.  We have had the cut leaves and flowers in stock for some time which are perfect for making an infusion, but the berries are what you want to use when making a decoction or tincture.

Gateway to the Olympics Expo – Day 2

We are open for the Gateway to the Olympics Expo

Normally we are not open on Sundays but today is special as it is the second day of the Gateway to the Olympics Expo.  There are a lot of really great vendors here along with other shops that are open today.

Sample tea of the day

Tea of the DayWe always love coming up with inventive combinations for our sample tea of the day.  Today we combined Darjeeling, Rosebuds, Galangal, and Stevia for a crisp and refreshing tea.

We have all the herbs and spices to make this and many more combinations.  We recently started carrying press and seal tea bags that you can fill up and seal with an iron, we use a mini hair straightener,  If you don’t want to assemble them yourself we would be happy to fill and seal the bags with your choice of teas, herbs, and spices.

Tippy the Owl

Tippy the OwlHave you read this great children’s book from Erica Corban?  This is a wonderful story with a great lesson and fantastiillustrationsns.

This book makes a great anytime gift for parents and little ones alike.  We only have four copies on our shelf but will definitely be ordering more once these are sold.

Beeswax candles from Gathered Sunlight

Gathered SunlightYesterday we lit one of the small votive candles from Gathered Sunlight that we carry.  This little candle provided such a wonderful atmosphere in our store and it burned for over seven hours, we were told that this is longer than most emergency candles that are full chemicals.

We have a wide variety of candles and you don’t have to light them if you don’t want to.

Bulk Lotions and Sunscreen

We have been moving our lotions and other products into bulk dispensing containers to help reduce the waste going into our landfills and allow you to bring in your own favorite container and fill it up, though we ask that you allow us to fill it for you.

Bulk Lotions

Bulk LotionWe have our Nude and Bay Breeze lotions available right now.  Nude is just our lotion base with no scents added but does have a slight chocolate note from the cocoa butter we use.  Bay Breeze harnesses tangerine and laurel bay essential oils for this brisk scent that is very reminiscent of the ocean.

All of our lotions are created from scratch by us using high-quality oils and additives.  We never use harsh synthetic chemicals, petroleum by-products, and toxic preservatives.

Sunscreen

Bulk SunscreenHave you seen the reports about chemical sunscreens and how they are killing off the coral reefs in Hawaii?  The toxic chemical laden sunscreens that you get off the shelf are the reason we created our own using oils that have natural SPF value as well as a touch of zinc oxide that provides a mineral sunblock as well.

We also have our sunscreen with bug repellent in it that we call Sunny Day Skeeter Salve.  We tested this at multiple locations to make sure it had great sun protection and repels insects.

Bulk Sunscreen and More

More products in bulk

Yesterday our container order arrived which included the bottles and pumps we will be using for bulk dispensing of our products.  We are sure this will make it easier and more affordable for you.

Sunscreen

Bulk PumpsWe have two sunscreens available, one with our non-toxic insect repellent and one without.  We have tested these sunscreens on our selves, friends, and family to ensure they do what they should, protect your skin from the sun without harming you or the environment.
The sunscreen alone is 15 cents per gram ($4.30 per ounce) and the sunscreen with insect repellent is 20 cents per gram ($5.72 per ounce).

Bulk Oils and Hydrosols

We also have bulk oils and hydrosols, including our own distilled Witch Hazel, available.  We know there are a lot of you who like to make your own fantastic stuff so we have the same oils we use in our products available for you to purchase in small or large quantities.

 

Your container or ours

We encourage you to bring your own container, be sure to sterilize it as much as possible first, and we can fill them for you.  If you need a container we have many different styles to choose from.

Packaging for all your needs

We now have packaging available

If you are making your own products or need something to put any of our bulk products in we have the containers and packaging to suit your needs.

On the A-Frame

We revamped our A-frame display to hold most of our containers, don’t worry we still have soap but it is on the wall now.

Bottles, Jars and MoreOn one side we have 4 oz cylinders with red caps, 2 oz amber boston round PET bottles, 2 and 4 oz PET clear jars, 16 oz amber boston round glass bottles, white and amber 8 oz. PET bottles with foamer tops, clear 2 oz PET bottle with foamer top, 5 and 15 ml pumps, 30 and 50 ml airless bottles with treatment pump tops, blue and green PET bottles with flip top caps, blue 4 oz glass bottles with lotion pumps, and 16 oz amber boston round bottles with lotion pumps.

Bottles, Jars, and MoreOn the other side of the A-frame we have deodorant tubes, 5 and 15 ml sprayers, 1 oz amber PET boston round bottle with sprayer, 2 oz purple boston round bottle with treatment pump, 4 oz blue cosmo bottle with fine mist sprayer top, 1/2 oz white tottle top, .15 oz lip balm tubes, 3 and 5 gram PET clear jars, and 1 oz metal tins with screw on tops.

Bottles, Jars and MoreIn our essential oil and remedy display area, we have 2 oz amber and blue glass boston round bottles, 15cc apothecary jars, 5 and 10 ml amber bottles with euro style dropper inserts, 10 ml clear glass roll-on bottles, and screw on dropper tops that fit the 2 oz bottles.

 

Bulk personal care products coming soon

This week we will be hard at work getting products made and into our bulk dispensing containers.  We will have our lotions, sunscreens, and soap base available as well as our hydrosols and witch hazel.

If you are planning on coming to the expo this weekend be sure to stop in and see all the great changes and additions we are making.

 

New Arrivals

We have some new arrivals that are sure to please

Our latest order of herbs, spices, and teas has arrived and with it some amazing new items.

Press-n-Brew Tea Bags

We have some fantastic paper press and brew tea bags, put your tea in them and seal it with an iron, or a mini hair straightening iron like we do.
These bags are fantastic for making your own blends ready to brew when you want them, making gifts for friends and family, and more.

Let us fill them for you

We also are offering an assembly service where we will fill and seal the bags with up to 3 ingredients of your choosing, we can do other custom orders as well, just ask.
For 15 bags filled and sealed it will be $10.00 and additional bags after 15 will be $0.75 each.

New Herbs and Spices

We are constantly updating our stock of herbs and spices to make sure we have what you want and need.  Here is what we just added:

  • Chaga Mushrooms cut and sifted
    • Stimulates and regulates the immune system
    • Helps fight and prevent cancer
    • Strong Anti-Inflammatory
    • Helps normalize cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Elder Berries Whole
    • Immune system booster
    • Great for fighting colds and the flu
  • Kava Kava Root
    • Pain relief
    • Sleep aid
  • Linden Leaf & Flower
    • Cold and Flu relief
    • Headaches
    • Fever relief
    • Helps regulate blood pressure
  • Orris Root peeled, cut, and sifted
    • Helps with water retention
    • Treatment for bronchitis, coughs, and sore throat
    • Liver detoxifier
  • Organic Calendula Flowers
    • When used as an oil:
      • Burn treatment
      • Stops bleeding
      • Soothes pain
      • Promotes healing of wounds
      • Treat earaches
    • When used as an infusion
      • Reduce fevers
      • Treat ulcers
      • Relieve menstrual cramps
  • Organic Hawthorn Leaf and Flower Cut and Sifted
    • Normalizes blood pressure
    • Treats insomnia
  • Organic Licorice Root cut and sifted
    • Diabetic safe sweetener
    • Liver and blood detoxifier
    • Relieves coughs and chest congestion
    • Sore throats
  • Organic Passion Flower cut and sifted
    • Relieves insomnia
    • Treats hypertension
    • Anxiety relief
  • Organic White Wilow Bark cut and sifted
    • Natural replacement to Aspirin
  • Organic Paprika Powder
    • Spice for making delicious food
  • Organic Cocoa Mix – Kylie’s Blend
    • A delicious organic cocoa mix.  Combine 2 to 3 tablespoons with 8oz hot water.
  • Organic Raw Cocoa Nibs
  • Organic Chunmee Green Tea F.T.
    • Reduces risk of hypertension
    • Regulates cholesterol
    • Helps decrease the risk of cancer
    • Overall detoxifier

Candles and Tea to Chase the Blues Away

Candles by Gathered Sunlight

Candle Forest FriendsThese pure beeswax candles from Gathered Sunlight use beeswax from the Pacific Northwest and when you light them they bring a nice warmth to your surroundings and help naturally ionize the air.
They come in many shapes and sizes and our favorites are the gnomes, fairies, and mushrooms as we can display them in all sorts of fun panoramas.

Blues Buster Tea

When I got up this morning my sinuses were going bonkers and no wonder with the crazy up and down weather we are having.  To help brighten things up a bit and get my body back under control I took to our shelves and came up with an herbal blend that hit the spot.
This tea has equal parts of Coriander, Galangal, Lemongrass, Nettle, Peppermint, and Stevia leaf which produces a wonderfully spicy, citrus, minty, and slightly sweet flavor and it is caffeine free.  The herbs are also a great combination to help clear the sinuses and bolster your immune system.

Made to Order Blends

Have you tasted one of our samples recently and just wanted to buy some tea bags with that blend in it?  Or perhaps you have a blend in mind but you don’t want to go through the hassle of measuring out the components into your bag or infuser, you just want to put the bag in some hot water and sit down with your cup of deliciousness.
We hear you and very soon we will be offering a service to bag up your tea.  Each bag will have just the right amount of the tea of your choice and will typically brew two to three cups.

Do You DiY?

Do You Do it Yourself (DiY)?

Oils Containers and MoreIf you like to DiY then you will love our selection of bulk materials, containers and more.  Behind our counter, we have bulk oils, hydrosols, additives, and more.   We also have a lot of knowledge that we are happy to share to help you be successful in making your own creation.

Need a Container?

Foamer and other bottles and jarsYou are free to bring your own containers that we can fill for you but if you need one we have a variety of them for you to choose from.  Squirt bottles, glass apothecary jars, plastic jars, and foamer bottles.
We had a nice little surprise with our foamer bottles too as they have a twist to lock function so you can prevent it from dispensing while being transported.

Bags for Tea and Soap

At long last, we have finally restocked our supply of reusable muslin tea bags.  We were out for a time as we wanted to see if we could find a higher quality bag and we were successful.  These bags are great for brewing teas that have finer leaves like Rooibos and Chai, you can also use them to brew large batches of tea with just one bag.  When you are done brewing your tea you can dump the contents, rinse it off and let it dry for your next brew.

While we were searching for tea bags we also came across these great cotton textured bags for holding soap bars.  These bags are made of organic cotton, hold a 112 gram (that’s 4 ounces) bar of soap, and gives you a nice minor abrasive that can help exfoliate your skin while you wash.

Be sure to come in and sample our tea of the day, English Breakfast with Raspberry leaf and Stevia.  English Breakfast tea is a great mental stimulator with powerful antioxidants and Raspberry leaf is great for digestive issues, cramps as well as imparting a light berry flavor to the tea.