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Annmarie Gianni Essential Oil Blends Review

This is a review of Annmarie Gianni’s essential oils blends.

AnnMarie Gianni Essential Oil Blends Review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About AnnMarie Gianni:

Experience a sample of all 5 of our new Essential Oil Parfum Blends – Vibrance, Passion, Love, Calm, and Grounded. Each blend has a unique scent and aromatherapeutic properties, helping to shape your mood and emotions in addition to smelling amazing. You can use them as your natural perfume, in your diffuser, or added to a carrier oil and use as a moisturizer.

For Best Results:

Apply 1-2 drops onto wrists, or add to a carrier oil (such as pure coconut, olive, or grapeseed) and apply like a moisturizer. Use it in your diffuser, or add it to water to make a room spray.

As with all essential oils, we recommend doing a small patch test before using. Our essential oils blends are not intended for internal use.

Vibrance – Essential Oil Parfum Blend 

Uplift, energize, and be happy.

This light and feminine oil blend will lift your senses with classic, romantic florals and notes of mood-boosting citrus.

Made With:

Essential oils of ruby red grapefruit, Italian lemon, bergamot, lemon verbena, lavender, clementine, jasmine sambac absolute, rose-geranium.

Passion – Essential Oil Parfum Blend

Indulge, electrify, and be sensual.

A warm and sweet essential oil blend to help you relax and awaken your sensuality. Earthy, grounding notes of vetiver and buddha wood provide a base for the passion-igniting aromas of rose and sandalwood.

Made With:

Essential oils of sandalwood, vetiver, frankincense, rose moroc absolute, sweet myrrh, amyris, buddha wood.

Love – Essential Oil Parfum Blend 

Adore, embrace, and be tender.

A heart-opening blend of natural aphrodisiac oils to inspire you to be your most loving self. Sweet jasmine and classic rose are balanced by sandalwood and frankincense, for a scent that’s nothing short of irresistible.

Made With:

Essential oils of sandalwood, rose moroc absolute, jasmine sambac absolute, frankincense.

Calm – Essential Oil Parfum Blend 

Relax, meditate, and be peaceful.

Create a sacred space for yourself where you can breathe deeply and release negativity. Spruce oil lends freshness to this blend of florals, tied together with comforting frankincense for a clean and crisp scent.

Made With:

Essential oils of spruce, frankincense, rosewood, lavender.

Grounded – Essential Oil Parfum Blend

Secure, strengthen, and be centered.

Find peace and clarity in this balanced blend. Woody and earthy base notes with a touch of sweetness give you a beautifully understated, quietly confident scent.

Made With:

Essential oils of sandalwood, amyris, peru balsam, cedarwood, vetiver, amber (fossilized), copaiba balsam, galangal root, patchouli, ginger root, buddha wood, turmeric root.

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My Thoughts:

I am such a gigantic proponent of essential oils because I believe their versatility and potency is unmatched. Essential oils can be incorporated into a virtually endless list of skin care, beauty and household uses. Since these oil blends by Annmarie Gianni are crafted with care & much thought, I am reserving these for use only in my body care routine.

The first use that comes to mind in regards to essential oils is perhaps the most obvious: using them as fragrance. Your generic, store-bought perfumes are jam packed with toxic chemicals that you do not want coming in contact with your skin nor respiratory system. Sure, you won’t croak on the spot using them, but over time, the exposure will take a toll on your health. Might as well pick a healthier choice, yeah? Enter: essential oils. I like to mix about 10 drops in a 2-oz glass spray bottle for easy use and tote-ability. I keep this little mist spray in my purse and gym bag. It’s a body spray you can feel really good about.

In regards to the quality of these particular oils, I learned this:

“Some of our essential oils are organic and wild-crafted, while others are not. No matter which essential oil we use, we source them sustainably and they go through a thorough testing process for any contaminants, pesticide residue or synthetic chemicals. We only use the best of the best. Also, our supplier guarantees that they are 100% pure essential oils with no additives.”

Other awesome uses include:

-adding it to baking soda + coconut oil to create a toothpaste

-combining a few drops in a 2-oz glass bottle full of water + aloe vera to use as a facial toner

I love and appreciate the thought put into these blends. The combinations are not the creations of amateurs 🙂

They are potent, enriching and intoxicating–they are all unique and oh-so-beautiful in their own right. Bravo, Annmarie!

 

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Aura Cacia Oils & Essential Oils Review

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Aura Cacia

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Aura Cacia:

“At Aura Cacia, our goal is to make aromatherapy easy! We offer an extensive selection of high quality essential oils and aromatherapy products for all ages and spaces.

We accomplish this with:

Source to the Shelf™ Strategy. Our own ethical and sustainable sourcing program, Well Earth™, in addition to our in-house sophisticated testing capabilities, allow us to guarantee high-quality essential oils that deliver true aromatherapy benefit. We refuse to carry anything less.

Full ingredient disclosure. Every ingredient used in each Aura Cacia products — down to the individual essential oils — is listed in order of its quantity in the ingredients. You will never see vague terms such as “botanical fragrance” in our ingredient lists. We want our customers to know exactly what they are getting when they purchase our products. View an Aura Cacia label.

Environment-friendly policies. We keep the environment top-of-mind when selecting ingredients and packaging materials for our products. We strive to use recyclable packaging, minimize excess packaging, and utilize post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials when possible.

Animal-friendly policies. Aura Cacia products are not tested on animals and contain no animal by-products with the exception of beeswax.”

Lemon Tea Tree

About:

“This Australian tea tree relative offers the protecting power of tea tree with an uplifting aroma similar to lemon. The aromatherapy effects of its lemony-sweet citral and citronellol constituents have earned it the nickname “happy oil.” Lemon tea tree’s purifying properties make it ideal for air diffusion and homemade cleaning products.”

Lavender Tea Tree

About:

“This Australian tea tree relative, also known as rosalina, matches the purifying strength of tea tree and the soothing gentleness of lavender. It contains soothingly sweet and oral aroma constituents without the potently medicinal aroma of tea tree. Lavender tea tree’s soothing properties make it ideal for air diffusion and your skin care needs.”

Castor Oil

About:

“Cold-pressed from the seeds of the tropical castor plant, castor oil has a light, pale yellow appearance. It is known for preserving moisture while its fatty acids leave the skin feeling nourished.”

Vegetable Glycerin

About:

“Sourced from non-GMO seeds (primarily soy), vegetable glycerin is the non-fatty component of vegetable oils. It is a clear, odorless liquid with powerful moisture-attracting properties and is a common ingredient used in formulating natural soaps, creams and lotions. ”

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My Thoughts:

Aura Cacia is one of just a few go-to aromatherapy brands I look to for essential oils and carrier oils. Their quality is exquisite; and I love that I can find Aura Cacia products at my local health food stores like Natural Grocers or Whole Foods.

There is a myriad of ways that essential oils can be used. I can’t possibly list them all out here, but you can take a look at a few of my recipes in which I use essential oils:

Homemade Deodorant

Homemade Icy Hot

Homemade Toothpaste

I have been using the lemon tea tree and lavender tea tree essential oils in my laundry, in a pre-vacuuming baking soda deodorizer mix and in a facial toning mist. Synthetic fragrance cannot even come close to the pure freshness of essential oils. Using the real deal makes all the difference in the world–especially in regards to skin care.

I am still trying to come up with ways to use the vegetable glycerin. I’ve done a little bit of research–and it looks like a great ingredient to use in soap and moisturizers (which I will dive into, eventually). I’ve contemplated using it as a base for a homemade bug spray or a homemade perfume. I’ll update this post with more ideas as they come!

The castor oil has been the mainstay of my nightly beauty routine. Because it has been recommended for use to encourage hair growth, I’ve been applying it to my lashes and to my eyebrows eyery night before bed. I’ve seen slight improvements over several weeks, as I’ve also made a conscious effort to put down the tweezers, so as to let my brows grow freely and fill in a bit. Castor oil can be used in a bunch of other ways in regards to skin care. Can’t wait to discover more uses!

Aura Cacia will remain in my top favorites with their commitment to fantastic, organic, high-quality ingredients. I’ve truly enjoyed using these products and I’ve certainly smelt incredible in the process. (my house, too!)

 

Essence of Vali Essential Oil Healing Blends Review

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Essence of Vali Healing Blends

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Essence of Vali:

“I am Valerie Bennis, founder and president of Essence of Vali.  The name of the company is very fitting as my nickname is Vali.  Creating blends that smell beautiful and are used in a sensual and healing way are a creative expression of who I am.  From an early age, I have loved self care and taking care of others.

In my thirties, I became interested in holistic healing and studied therapeutic touch, Reiki, nutrition, herbs, detox programs, homeopathy, Bach flower remedies, juicing, fasting, and aromatherapy.  I loved tinkering at home, making therapeutic formulas as well as creating recipes for my beauty regime.  It was always a source of pleasure and fascination for me.

I continued my career in the corporate world and evenings and weekends, continued my other life as an alchemist of sorts.  Then I went through some soul searching about my life and my future and decided to follow my heart and focus on an area of holistic healing.  That was when I decided to focus on “essential oils” also known as “aromatherapy”.  I loved all the ways the essences could be used – therapeutic, medicinal, beauty, and addressing all levels of mind, body, spirit.

Once I made my decision, I found the perfect teacher and studied as an apprentice for an intense six month period.  This was followed by a certification program and a diploma program.  I became a certified aromatherapist four years after I started my studies.  All this time, I was still at my day job, happily making customized blends for individual clients, evenings and weekends.  I lived a bit of a double life and people at work used to sneak into my office for advice and for their customized blends.

My recipe book was quickly being filled up with healing formulas.  To this day, I still have my original book with the person’s name for whom the formula was created.  In the year 2000 I left my corporate life and launched the Essence of Vali line of products. It has been an exciting journey that I am still on as I continue to focus on getting our products out there in the world.

Beyond the products, we love inspiring people to love themselves, age gracefully and experience a whole new way of life.  We believe in challenging your mind, honoring your body and celebrating your spirit.

May you always take impeccable care of your self,

Vali.”

Vali has been a joy to coordinate with and she was extremely generous and allowing me access to a wide selection of samples to try. Thank you, Vali!

Balm

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Analgesic Relief Balm

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Relief Analgesic Balm is used to ease the discomfort of aches and pains, due to chronic conditions, arthritis, sports injuries, headaches and overall discomfort. It is suitable for smaller areas. Massage the areas where you experience pain. It is safe to use several times a day and absorbs easily into the skin. I love to massage my feet with Relief balm!

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, peppermint& birch blended into a base of almond oil, jojoba, beeswax, coconut oil, soybean oil, aloe vera and tocopherol (Vitamin E).”

My Description & Thoughts:

I love to apply this to my “achy” parts like my knees and feet after a long run or workout. It soothes and alleviates slight discomforts I’m having. Love the smell of the peppermint and birch!

Botanical Mists

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Uplift Mood Mist

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Uplift is our “cheer up” blend and my personal favorite! It is wonderful when you are feeling down in the dumps with bergamot and litsea cubeba both providing fantastic “anti blues” properties. Gently shake bottle. Mist around room to freshen air or use as a body spray, avoiding contact with face and eyes. You can also mist sheets and corners of pillowcase.

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, spruce, bergamot & litsea cubeba in a base of distilled water.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I spray this mist onto the front of my shirt as I’m drinking coffee in the morning. There is a coffee blend that I love and it is called “Uplifting,” so I found this mist to compliment the coffee drinking well. 🙂

It smells like fresh plants and flowers and is, indeed, uplifting!

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Passion Love Mist

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Enhancing romantic moments, you and your partner can use this aphrodisiac and sensual blend for misting sheets, pillowcases and body. Gently shake bottle. Spray on sheets and corners of pillowcase. You can also mist the room to create a romantic mood or freshen the air. It can also be used as a body mist.

Ingredients:
Essential oils (from plants) of orange, ylang/ylang, patchouli & ginger in a base of distilled water.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This is a great mist to have in your bedroom, as the ylang ylang is relaxing and soothing. The patchouli & ginger add a nice earthy zest, too! Very unique and lovely scent.

Mini Vials

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Sleep Mini Vial

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Sleep is our most popular blend as it eases people into a peaceful sleep and comforts them during times of stress. The concentrate is the most potent of the sleep collection. A drop is all it takes. Tip bottle to release a drop onto the corner of the pillowcase. You can also put a drop on a tissue or cotton ball and tuck into the corner of the pillowcase.

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, marjoram, cedarwood & ylang/ylang.”

My Description & Thoughts:

The two main scents I smell from this are the lavender and ylang yang. I find both of those scents to be relaxing–making them perfect for a sleep blend.

I love Essence of Vali’s line of “sleep” products, as I have trouble waking up feeling rested and refreshed on most mornings. These I see why they are some of the best sellers.

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EOV Eau De Parfum Mini Vial

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“I consider EOV my masterpiece blend! It was created over 10 years ago for a private client and I have always loved the aroma of this complex and enticing formula. It is personally my favorite perfume and I wear it year round. Where ever I go, people ask –“what is that perfume you are wearing?” If you would like to try a sample, please call or e-mail and we will send one to you free of charge.

Men and women can both enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy and the pleasure of wearing a beautiful fragrance. Use as you would perfume, misting on pulse points. Some people also like to use it as a room spray.

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, rosewood, cedarwood, patchouli, palmarosa, geranium, litsea cubeba and clove in a base of corn alcohol and water.”

My Description & Thoughts:

All of these essential oils together make such a unique, interesting, and even unisex fragrance. It is very wearable for during the day but can be worn heavier for a “night time” scent.

Love the convenience of carrying this little bottle in my purse for quick and easy application.

Massage & Bath Oils

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EOV Body Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“My customers inspired me to create a bath & body oil version of EOV Eau de Parfum. This new product launched in February 2012 and it’s quickly becoming a best seller. When our clients inhale the aroma, they swoon. With a rich and sensual burst of citrus, due to the uplifting essential oil, litsea cubeba, EOV Bath & Body Oil is a personal luxury. Treat your senses to the pleasure of a beautiful fragrance and the benefits of aromatherapy.

Ingredients:

100% pesticide free golden jojoba, essential oils of lavender, cedarwood, rosewood, patchouli, palmarosa, gerainium, clove & litsea cubeba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I apply this to damp skin after showering, as the beads of water on my skin help the oil go on easier. This body oil leaves my skin so fragrant and fresh. No additional fragrance is needed when this is applied all over.

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Detox Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Spring cleaning with Detox massage & bath oil in preparation for revealing the beauty of your skin in the warm weather months a head. We recommend dry skin brushing followed by a bath or massage with Detox. Your skin will glow and will emit the fresh natural fragrance of Grapefruit, Lemon, Cypress and Juniper.

Ingredients:
Essential oils (from plants) of grapefruit, lemon, cypress & juniper in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I have been applying this oil sort of “randomly” on my body before runs, just to give me a little detoxifying, citrusy boost. It also leaves a nice, fresh scent on my skin. Love the zesty, freshness that the grapefruit and lemon provide.

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Balance Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Experience relief from hormonal fluctuations due to PMS, Peri Menopause, Menopause or Post Menopause. For relief of pain, massage areas such as lower back, stomach, temples and back of neck with the massage oil. Use after bath or shower while skin is still moist to moisturize and scent the skin. Bath Oil – Fill tub and pour in 1-2 capfuls. Swirl water with hands to distribute oil evenly.

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, grapefruit, clary sage & geranium in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I apply this to my temples, neck, and shoulders when stressed. I find my focus shifts to my rich scent, rather than the stressor, making it very effective. 🙂

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Refresh Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Rejuvenating, energizing and uplifting. Massage well into the skin all over your body, or apply to specific areas. Use after bath or shower while skin is still moist to moisturize and scent the skin.Bath Oil – Fill tub and pour in 1-2 capfuls. Swirl water with hands to distribute oil evenly.

Ingredients:
Essential oils (from plants) of orange, lemon & grapefruit in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I use this similarly to how I use the detox oil, before runs for a little added boost. The citrus is such an intoxicating, refreshing scent that I love.

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Relief Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Relief is our second most popular blend as it helps relieve aches and pains due to arthritis, sports injuries, headaches and chronic conditions. For headaches, massage along hairline, temples and back of neck at first sign of pain. For sports injuries, arthritis, foot pain, muscular aches and pains, use on specific areas as needed. Bath Oil – Fill tub and pour in 1-2 capfuls. Swirl water with hands to distribute oil evenly.

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, peppermint & birch in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This oil mixture is very similar to the homemade “Icy Hot” that I make. Peppermint and birch are so soothing to me, especially when applied right before and right after workouts–and lavender is relaxing and pleasant. This is a great blend for “relief”. 🙂

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Sleep Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Sleep is our most popular blend as it eases people into a peaceful sleep and comforts them during times of stress. Before bedtime, massage well into the skin all over your body. You can also massage a small amount above upper lip and inhale the relaxing aroma. Use after bath or shower while skin is still moist to moisturize and scent the skin.

Ingredients:
Essential oils (from plants) of lavender, marjoram, cedarwood & ylang/ylang in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Like the vial I shared about earlier, I love these sleep blends. The essential oils used are perfect for getting into a relaxed, sleepy mood. I use it post-shower all over my body. Since I shower in the evenings, it is a perfect oil blend for me.

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Passion Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“Indulge in the sensuality of natural essences of orange zest, ylang/ylang petals, ginger root & patchouli leaves. Experience the caress of golden jojoba as you soak in a luxurious bath.  Savor the touch of your lover as you share a pampering massage.  Scent your bedroom with love mist as you delight in one another’s presence.  Treat your loved one or your self this Valentine’s day to Essence of Vali, Passion.

Ingredients:

Essential oils (from plants) of orange, ylang/ylang, patchouli & ginger in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Like the mist, this oil is perfect to have in your bedroom. The essential oils are conducive to a relaxed and loving mood.

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Fortify Oil

Essence of Vali’s Description:

“A grounding, comforting and restorative blend, it is very helpful when you are feeling emotionally fragile. Massage well into the skin all over your body, or apply to specific areas. Use after bath or shower while skin is still moist to moisturize and scent the skin.

Ingredients:
Essential oils (from plants) of cedarwood, rosewood & spruce in a base of 100% pesticide free golden jojoba.”

My Thoughts & Suggestions for Improvement:

This blend smells like walking through a thickly wooden forest. I gets me in the mood to be outdoors!

I’d say this blend can be used to inspire yourself to get outdoors and get connected to nature, thus destressing yourself. I look forward to sharing some with my fiancee, as he loves the outdoors like I do and I’m sure would appreciate the scent.

All in all, Essence of Vali has a wide ranging, impressive line of essential oil blends that I have thoroughly enjoyed using. It is such an experience to use and smell these scents. I trust that Vali makes her blends from high quality oils. It would give me an added boost of confidence in the product ingredients, though, knowing that the plants were grown organically.

I would recommend these products to someone looking for good quality essential oils to “tackle” their daily health issues. These are not the best quality I’ve come across, though they are above average.

After all, that’s what the writer of Run On Organic strives for! 😉

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.