This week, let’s take a closer look at another of the classic herbs, lavender. The first written record of the medicinal use of lavender is said to be from 77 AD, when a Greek physician wrote that lavender could be used internally and externally for a variety of benefits. Continue reading →
Our soaper extraordinaire, Christine, has been working on a shampoo bar for some time now, since you all love creating less waste and when it comes to washing hair, shampoo bars are the answer to cutting out packaging! Shampoo bars also tend to be moisturizing and nourishing and can be made with simple, natural ingredients.
You may be surprised when you first smell benzoin essential oil — because it smells an awful lot like vanilla! This thick, resinous oil is solvent-extracted from the gum resin of the Benzoin tree (Styrax benzoin), which grows in Indonesia, Malaysia, Java and Sumatra. The tree is tapped and exudes gum resin which is then used to create the oil. Benzoin trees can apparently produce resin in this way for 15-20 years.Continue reading →