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  • #18822
    Cynnara
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    Omg, my package from TKB arrived. My package from Plant Therapy did too. (They have awesome essential oils too.) I’m doing the happy makeup dance!

    Also, Plant Therapy has an Oil of the Month Club. It’s about US $20 a month if you don’t subscribe. If you subscribe, it is around $17.30. Every month they send you awesome new oils. I’ve gotten kunzea, blue cypress, manuka, Buddha wood, balm mint, and many others, including some great blends.

    Now I need to get castor oil, French green clay, and other goodies. But I can start face powder, foundation, and lip gloss. I’m so happy!

    #18830
    BelindaSK
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    Happy dance, happy dance!! I’m excited and it’s not my box!

    If you’ve got a big enough list *ahem* order from New Directions. They have the best prices, but it’s best to order at least $100 worth of stuff, otherwise they charge you a $20 fee. Or something like that. I forget why. I get my regularly used items like Shea, other butters, oils, clays, essential/fragrance oils, witch hazel, glycerin, and ….what was I talking about? I started making a shopping list. Haha! Their clays/powders come in tubs, which is nice. Other places send you that stuff in bags. Ugh! Then you have to find a container to put it in, or worry that you’ll accidentally poke a hole in the bag and get it everywhere.

    I’ve seen Plant Therapy on Amazon. I’ve read that their oils are good quality. I have to use up the ones I have first, though, before I start buying more. Plus, I’m no good an the blending thing. It’s better for me to use other people’s recipes rather than try to make up my own.

    #18842
    Cynnara
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    Belinda, I’ll teach you blending. Promise. There are a few ways to approach it. We’ll find which way is best for you and adjust for you. And I have plenty…*looks at blending recipes* to create various combos. We’ll be good and make the essential oils work for you.

    In turn, I get to get soaping help. I’m so going to need it. I’m already excited, nervous, and seeing techniques I want to do. Lol

    #18844
    BelindaSK
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    Awesome! I’d love to learn how to blend! Then I can make some yummy smelling soaps and lotions!

    And, Ill help with your soaping! Not that I’m an expert, by any means. But I love doing it. It’s fun and you get something useful and beautiful.

    #18852
    Cynnara
    Participant

    Okay, so we’ll start simple. What are your favourite type of scents? What do you want your scents to do? You want them to evoke a mood? Help with relaxation, reduce stress, or help with sleep, help with skin issues? When you decide what you need the oils for, then we can start choosing. *grins*

    Example- You want a new scrub to be for acne prone skin, that’s sensitive too. It’s a morning wash and you’re not a morning person. So, we’ll lean towards rosalina (which is related to tea tree-Melaleuca ericifolia) for cleansing and antibacterial properties. Then we’ll choose cedarwood for it’s skin loving properties. If we have it, we can do either yarrow or even German chamomile for cleaning and rebalancing. So since this for the face, we would do a 1% dilution. So for each ounce of oil, we would need 9 drops of essential oils. So drop by drop of each one, we add, mix, smell until we like the end result.

    #18855
    BelindaSK
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    Hmmm….I like minty smells, citrus smells, baking smells, floral smells….

    I need stress reduction, uplifting, calming the most in the mood altering category. Physical would be allergies (surprise), cystic acne and sensitive, reactive skin, stomach issues. But, can’t use any oils that would affect my heart or thyroid. Had arrhythmia issues a few years back and hyperthyroidism. Constantly in and out of hospital. Three heart surgeries in three years. Have been symptom free for past three years but don’t need to take any chances. Being so sick put a lot of weight on me, so when my heart was finally declared fixed, went on a diet and exercise program. My dr cautioned me NOT to lose weight because it could trigger the thyroid problems. But, I did it anyway, losing the weight really slowly (40 lbs!) and I’ve kept it off. And no thyroid problems.

    OK! Now that I’ve bored you with my medical history, what can we start with?

    #18857
    Cynnara
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    Let’s start with stress reduction. Then we can add from there. Acne one will be easier since I work with nephew and there are variations we can do.

    So, close your eyes, inhale deeply. Think of the place where you feel no stress, no pain, and feel the best. Release you breath. This time as you inhale, notice the scents around you in this perfect paradise. Cup of coffee nearby? Your favourite mint tea? The garden of flowers? Or perhaps it’s the citrus trees releasing their sweet scent as it mixes in with hints of cinnamon and clove.

    Open your eyes and describe the scent. Pick out the details of what you smell. Don’t overthink it. Just flow. From there, we’ll start your starter blend. 😀

    #18932
    Penny
    Participant

    Hey Cyn! Talk to me about manual oil please!

    #18940
    Cynnara
    Participant

    What do you want to know? Anything in particular you wanting to know about manuka?

    #18943
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    Cyn, the place I feel the best and most at peace is the beach. Salty water, sand, warm sun, and ocean breezes. The smell of suntan lotion…pina coladas….pineapple and oranges. A tiny hint of floral, jasmine or plumeria or orchid…that sweet exotic floral smell. *sigh* Now I want to go back to the beach.

    #18958
    Cynnara
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    Perfect. 😀 This is great. So first we need FCF Bergamot. It means we can use it on our skin if we want. Then to continue the beachy theme, we want warm and fun. So a bit of ginger. A drop of elemi, which is citrusy without being phototoxic. So let’s bring a hint of the breezes and ocean into play. So a hint of coolness with a bit of spearmint, and a hint of vanilla.

    So what I would do first is get a small dram vial. (I have them specifically for my therapeutic blends.)
    Start with a 3:2:1 pattern.

    Bergamot, elemi, ginger. Now add a drop each of spearmint and vanilla. Shake it up and smell. If it doesn’t quite hit just right, then think what part might be missing? Add one drop of that scent. I’m thinking it will be another drop of spearmint at first, then possibly ginger. Shake between each addition, let it mix so you can scent the blend. Don’t worry about the dosing yet, we’re making your stock blend.

    Make sure you keep track of each drop. I normally have notes where I add a tick for each drop beside the name of the oil. Once you have it perfect, close it and let it sit for a couple of days. Then go back, scent it and see if it makes you relax and feel good. If it does, boom, done. If not, add another drop of whatever oil you think might bring it in line. Usually it might be one of the base notes, vanilla, or perhaps needing to add another oil like coffee or even cedar wood. Let it sit another few days, test again. If it’s perfect, then it’s time to use it for diffusing or to make for linen spray.

    That stock blend you count out as one oil. Once I’m sure I have the blend just so, I can calculate it up to a 5 ml bottle. Usually this is followed by the shake my booty, I did it dance.

    So, let’s say I’m creating this for you. I would start with:
    10 drops bergamot
    8 drops elemi
    6 drops ginger
    4 drops spearmint
    3 drops vanilla
    2 drops cedar wood

    Then I’d let you smell it and we’d tweak it from that base. See if you need lighter or heavier notes from there. 😊

    #18970
    Penny
    Participant

    Manuka… damned autocorrect! Is it used like an essential oil? I’ve seen it sold only in an essential oil type bottle. What makes it special? If it is used like an essential oil, how many drops? Or is it grams? What is best for? How to choose or look for when buying? Is it something I should be buying? What is it similar too? Or is there something similar to it? For example, a good swap for lavender eo is cedar.

    #18975
    Cynnara
    Participant

    Lol. Manuka essential oil comes from the same plant as the honey pollen. The oil is fabulous for it’s germ buster abilities. Plus, it really does help when you’re sick.

    https://www.aromatics.com/products/essential-oils/manuka

    This is one of the best places I’ve been able to buy the oil. The other is Plant Therapy. I’ll be honest, I prefer it to Opononax.

    #18981
    Penny
    Participant

    Holy crap on curtain rods! Aromatics manuka essential oil on Taobao? Converts to 37USD for 10mL!!!!! I think I can live without it! Maybe I can find it in Dooty Free.

    #18983
    Cynnara
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