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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 Oils Healing Seminar

Have you wanted to learn more about healing with essential oils?

Essential oils are much easier to obtain these days but they don’t come with a handbook, that costs extra.  On Sunday, June 17th at 2:00 PM we will be hosting a seminar at the first Starshine Gathering in the Shoppes at Riverside community room.

We have posted a number of times on essential oils, and hydrosols, as well as our own journey with distilling these oils ourselves.  We are happy to be able to share the knowledge we have learned from our own journey.

Seminar features

This seminar will be a basic introduction to some specific essential oils that are easily obtained and extremely useful for treating everyday ailments.  We will be going over the following topics:

  • What are Essential Oils
    This is an explanation of where essential oils come from and how they are obtained
  • The Basic Essential Oil Kit
    We will go over a handful of essential oils that you should have around at all times
  • Practical Essential Oil usage
    In this section, we will go over what to do with the oils in the basic kit.

It’s Free!

That is right, this seminar is free.  As this is the first Starshine Gathering, and our first seminar, we are giving it away.  Seats are limited and are first come first serve, be sure to come early.

When you arrive be sure to mention that you saw this on our website or on Facebook.  This will enter you in our raffle for a very special item, there will be 5 drawings at the end of the seminar.

Brain Power Tea

Todays Tea Focuses on Brain Power

It’s almost the weekend and I am sure some of us feel absolutely exhausted both mentally and physically.  That is why our tea today has a focus on increasing our brain power and providing that little nudge to help make it to the weekend.  Did I mention it’s purple?

What goes into a Brain Power tea?

Some thought for starters.  There are recipes out there for brain tonics but we like to push the boundaries of our knowledge and ingredients.  My goal was to use ingredients that would be pleasing to the senses of sight, smell, and taste as well as helping the whole body and thus help the brain.

First Butterfly Pea

A little while back I wrote about our new arrival of Butterfly Pea tea which is used in Asian and Ayurvedic medicine to treat mental disorders, improve mental acuity, and lift the mood.  It also turns any clear liquid blue and reacts wonderfully with other herbs that alter color.

The flavor of this ingredient is very delicate so it needs to be balanced well with the other ingredients so it does not get lost.

Lemongrass

What doesn’t this herb do?  It has a wonderfully light citrus flavor and with it a list of benefits that doesn’t quit.  I chose lemongrass for this tea primarily for its antioxidants to add a boost to your immune system. This will help ensure you get through to the weekend without catching any nasty bugs along the way.

Hibiscus

The tea from this beautiful flower is tangy and adds a red hue to the tea.  Hibiscus has also been used to help cool the body and treat heart conditions.  As we transition into Summer our weather is playing some very tricky games and it certainly has my body confused as to whether I should be hot or cold.  Hibiscus is a wonderful way to help regulate your body temperature and keep your heart healthy.  A healthy heart is going to make sure your brain and body are getting the power they need to keep you energized and alert.

The red of the Hibiscus combined with the blue from the Butterfly Pea make this a splendid, and almost electric, purple.  Definitely a delight for your eyes.

Galangal

Galangal is of the ginger family and possesses much of the same properties as ginger but with a more unique flavor.  Gingers, like Galangal, are great for the digestive system and help stimulate the body.  This stimulant property helps the other herbs do their job more effectively.

Stevia Leaf

We have a lot of sour and spicy going on with some of the other herbs so we need to sweeten this up a bit and take the pucker out.  Stevia is a great sweetener as it is up to 30 times sweeter than sugar yet only has 1 calorie per 10 leaves.  As I only used 1/2 tsp. for this tea that is most likely about 1 1/2 to 2 calories.  Happy not breaking your diet to be healthy.

We have so much fun creating new combinations.  Be sure to come down and try out our tea of the day and perhaps even make your own.

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.

Still Relocation Complete

Our Still Has a New Home

Still New LocationSince moving into our new store we have been, slowly, moving production here and today we got the still moved and started a distillation of Witch Hazel.  After that is finished we will start getting caught up with some co-op distillations of Sage and Rosemary that Joshua Francy brought us.

We are very excited to have the still moved as this will allow us to run it much more often and we won’t have to buy so much ice as it has it’s own cold water source now.  Previously we had a bucket of ice water that was pumped into the condenser which draws the steam from the column and cools it down.  This was rather cumbersome as we had to monitor the temperature of the water in the bucket and add more ice to keep it cool as well as remove water so it did not overflow.

Next time you are here be sure to stop in and ask if we are distilling anything, we would love to show you what we are up to.

Spicy, Zesty Rooibos Chai Tea

It’s Chai Tea Friday

We have a wonder Chai tea blend that we get from our vendor but every so often I decide to do something completely off the wall and make up a special blend of Chai that is spicy, sweet, tangy, and delicious.

When you want spicy use Thai chilies

Thai ChiliesThat is right I spiced up this blend with just a little part of a Thai chili pepper.  These peppers add wonderful heat and taste to Thai dishes and they don’t disappoint with our Chai.

Chili peppers, in general, have wonderful health benefits that we should all be taking advantage of, among them are blood pressure regulation, pain relief, clears sinuses, boosts the immune system, and more.

A Recipe for Flavor Explosion

Spicy, Zesty Rooibos Chai TeaOkay, enough of me going on about health benefits and the such as I am sure you are wondering what else we put in here besides peppers and Rooibos tea.  Here is the recipe which we brewed three times in our 16 oz French press:

  • 3 tsp. Rooibos tea
  • 1 tsp. Coriander
  • 1.5″ Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Star Anise seeds
  • 2 Cardamom pods
  • 1/4 Thai Chili pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. Stevia leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. Galangal root
  • 1/4 tsp. Cumin
  • 2 strips of fresh Lemon peel

Add the Rooibos, Thai chili, Stevia leaf, Galangal root, and Lemon peel to the French press.
Put the Coriander, Cinnamon, Star Anise seeds, Cardamom pods, and Cumin in your mortar and pestle and lightly mash them until they are broken up, then add them to the French press.
Add water that has been brought up to about 80 degrees Celsius, let this steep for about 5 minutes before pressing.

We hope you have a fantastic weekend and if you are coming out to the beach be sure to stop by Westport for their Weekend with the Fleet event.  We will be there with our lotions, sunscreen, essential oils, and more.

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.