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Esscentual Alchemy Natural Perfume Review

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Esscentual Alchemy

Overall Rating: images

About Esscentual Alchemy:

“Esscentual Alchemy’s natural perfumes are handmade from scratch by me in small batches.

When I create a perfume I do so intentionally. Being mindful of putting myself in a positive and loving, and uplifting emotional place. So that the perfume is positive, loving and uplifting emotionally as well. Each one blessed with good thoughts and wishes for the wearer.

I find people pleasantly surprised at how emotionally involved they feel while wearing natural perfume!

My personal philosophy, is that we should be aware of what we ingest into our bodies, whether we are eating it, or using a substance.

When you purchase any of Esscentual Alchemy’s natural perfumes, you are helping to support a small, home-based, female owned and operated business. Thank you for supporting my business.

How did I come up with the name for my business, you might wonder?

These three words:

Essential: refers to that which is in the natural composition of a thing.

Sensual: the enjoyments derived from the senses, especially from the gratification or indulgence of physical appetites

Alchemy: any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance, usually of little value, into a substance of great value.

I am a classically trained opera singer. Specifically I am a lyric coloratura. In late 2010, I came across the image of Septimus Piesse’s Odophone: individual essences as musical notes, that was the clincher. It seemed the Universe was pulling two loves together. Thinking of making music for the nose, tantalized me. So when I started learning perfumery, it made sense to me that I should start off with classical perfume ingredients. The ones that made perfumery what it is today. To me, to jump into this field without a firm grasp on the basics, would be a tragedy. Like trying to paint without learning how colors go together. Botanicals, and Natural ingredients feel like the foundations of this art form for me. Is this to say that the synthetics have any less validity, no. There are many perfumers who straddle that line of mixed media, as I’ve heard it called. Also I love knowing that I am working with the “soul” of a flower, plant, or tree. It really fits in well with my personal beliefs. It reminds me to be grateful for this little blue ball, that we all share, and live on.

Perfume making is similar to making wine, as you must have patience to wait until enough time has passed for the alchemal magic to happen.”

Amanda uses all natural botanical oils to create these fragrances.

Vanilla Citron

Ingredients:

“Black Tea, Vanilla, Mimosa, Citron.”

Malanj

Ingredients:

“Sandalwood, Benzoin, Patchouli, Tincture of Coffee Beans, White Lotus, Clove, Ginger Lily, Litsea Cubea, Nutmeg.”

Kama

Ingredients:

“Saffron, Civet, Ambergris, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Agarwood, Ambrette Seed, Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli, Davana, Cinnamon, Jasmine, White Lotus, Rose, Champa, Tuberose, Neroli, Clove, Nutmeg, Coriander, Mimosa, Carnation, Cardamom, Frangipani.”

Come to Me

Ingredients:

“Rose Damask, Jasmine Sambac, Bergamot, Dark Patchouli, Ambergris, Cinnamon, Ylang-ylang, Vanilla Bean Tincture, Neroli, Gardenia enfleurage, Tuberose, Spikenard, Myrrh, Camphor, Himalayan Cedar, Fir, Frankincense.”

Little Black Dress

Notes:

“Sandalwood, Civet, Elderflower, Jasmine, Ylang ylang, Rose, Rosewood, Ginger Lily, Bergamot.”

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My Thoughts:

I love the idea of a natural perfume. If you’ve ever taken a look at the ingredients on a typical bottle of synthetic perfume (What you’re buying in any big department store), you’ve likely read a whole lot of long, unrecognizable ingredients. That’s because synthetic perfumes are the farthest thing from natural. Not only are they chock full of chemicals, but these chemicals are absorbed by the skin, which negatively impact your body’s toxicity.

These perfumes are very different. They actually act as aromatherapy as well as just improving your body’s odor.

In regards to each respective perfume, here is what I thought:

Come to Me: flowery, light, not overwhelming

Little Black Dress: an earthier, floral scent. I could pick out the ylang ylang and jasmine.

Kama: incredibly multifaceted and complex with scents of spice, flowers and herbaceousness (I just made that a word.)

Majanj: spicy, earthy, decadent.

Vanilla Citron: zesty vanilla perfection.

If I had to choose, I’d say I really enjoyed wearing Malanj and Vanilla Citron the most. Floral scents are pleasant but they are not for me. I really gravitate towards muskier scents like sandalwood, vanilla and patchouli. I was so excited to see that Amanda must like these scents, too–as she uses them quite a bit in her concoctions.

These little bottles of goodness would make an incredible present, especially. You could help convert synthetic perfume wearers in your circle to a natural alternative. Of course, you deserve to treat yourself as well. I recommend these perfumes to anyone looking to “clean” up their fragrance routine. There is so much thought put into creating these blends. I’m sure you’ll love them like I do!

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The Wonder Seed Skin Care Review

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The Wonder Seed

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About The Wonder Seed:

“Formerly known as The Healing Seed, we’ve launched a new brand with a more accurate name.  Yes, our products help heal skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne and itchy, flakey scalp) but they do so much more! They’re anti-aging, they improve skin texture, balance oil and give you your most radiantly healthy glow ever! Of course we kept the same, oh so divine formulas that are a product of our 25 years of expertise in natural body care, botanicals and aromatherapy.

Our mission at The Wonder Seed is to nurture, heal and protect skin and hair with a complete line of products rich in virgin organic hempseed oil, the most nutritious oil on Earth. Our formulas contain the optimal amount of hempseed oil for human absorption and are 100% natural, vegan, with no parabens, and no artificial colors or perfumes. We never test on animals and we have an eco-conscious philosophy recognizing the importance of protecting our environment. We’re also socially conscious, always dealing by the highest of fair trade standards and donating to both local and international organizations that help make the world more wonderful.

We consider it a privilege to educate about hemp and all its benefits for our health and for our planet.  From our families to yours, we wish you vibrant health for your most wonderful life!

About Hemp seed Oil:

Hemp seed oil is the most nutritious oil on Earth.  All of our products are made with virgin organic hemp seed oil, drawn by cold pressing the highest-grade hemp seeds for the purest quality.  What makes this remarkable oil so nutritious?

  • Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, E
  • Minerals including Calcium, Magnesium, Iron & Zinc
  • All 10 Amino Acids humans need
  • Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids in perfect ratio for human absorption so all of the above gets absorbed deep into your skin delivering your most radiantly healthy glow ever.

What benefits will all this nutrition deliver?

  • ANTI-AGING – compensates for lower ceramide levels that deplete naturally with aging, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles and improving skin texture
  • ANTI-INFLAMMATORY – reduces inflammation
  • ANTIOXIDANT – combats free radicals that cause premature aging
  • BALANCES OIL – works for all skin types to balance oily, dry or normal skin
  • HEALING – helps heal Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Acne and dry, itchy scalp.”

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My Thoughts:

I am such an advocate for hemp seeds and oil, so to try more products from The Wonder Seed was a neat thing because this is a brand that highlights and utilizes organic hemp seed oil in all of their products. Hemp oil is expansive in its healing properties and makes these products very dense and rich. I have reviewed a few of their other products here.

These three products are certainly that way–I’d say they are smooth & gentle. The body wash provides a good amount of clean without stripping my skin. The lotion is milky and rich, and is the quench my skin needs after hours in the sun. The hand cream (besides the fact that not every ingredient is organic) offers what I desire in a hand cream. It really soaks into my hands and relieves them of the dry, overworked feeling from being outside gardening.

All three of these products have the “Fresh Jasmine” scent. I would recommend it to someone very into flowery, fresh, sweet fragrances. I am more of a fan of minty, cool scents. Though I enjoyed the Jasmine for a change, it’s not my absolute favorite.

In regards to ingredient quality, here is an example of the ingredient list for the Body Lotion:

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Organic Virgin Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Jasmine Essential Oil, Organic Jasmine Blossom Extract, Grape Seed Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Gingko Herbal Extract, Glycerin (Vegetable), Mandarin White Oil, Soluble Natural Plant Collagen, Ginseng Infusion, Organic Green Tea Extract, Neem Oil, Seaweed Extract, Cetyl Alcohol (Coconut Oil Based), Geranium Extract, Caprylic Triglyceride (Coconut Oil Based), Kola Nut Extract, Mate Extract, Guarana Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Hyaluronic Acid (Natural Plant Based), Vegetable Glyceryl Stearate (Natural Plant Based), Bilberry Extract, Behenoyl Stearic Alcohol, Ascorbic Acid, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Potassium Stearate (Natural Plant Based), Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Lauric Oil Extract, Nutmeg Oil Extract, Sea Salt.”

I appreciate that these products contain several organic ingredients. My obvious scrutiny is for that percentage to be a bit higher. They do pay attention to what they put into these concoctions, as they state this, too:

  • “All Natural Formula – optimal blend of Virgin Hemp Seed Oil
  • No parabens, sulfates, gluten, artificial colors or fragrances
  • Jasmine essential oil fragrance
  • 100% vegan & cruelty free.”

Parabens and sulfates are often times the most harsh and harmful chemicals found in beauty and skin care products, so it isn’t trivial that they omit them.

 

HollyBeth Organics Review

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HollyBeth Organics Review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About HollyBeth Organics:

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“HollyBeth Organics began as a hobby as HollyBeth was traveling the globe. After 50 countries, 50 years and an epiphany, she decided to put her passion to the test and create HollyBeth Organics, a USDA certified organic skin care line. HollyBeth grew up walking in the woods in North Georgia with her Grandmother who was well versed in plants and their medicinal properties. While living in France, she was introduced to essential oils and organic skincare and living in Latin America, she learned the curative powers of herbs from local healers. While living in Spain, a friend’s mother told her to always use eye cream.  After collecting too many eye creams from her travels, she decided to create her own. The result is a complete line of effective skincare products. HollyBeth hand selects ingredients and formulates her unique recipes based on traditional homeopathic remedies from around the world. Her focus is on results oriented plants and essential oils that are safe for the entire family. All products are lovingly created by HollyBeth in artisan batches in a converted former cotton warehouse in Atlanta.” 

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Flourish Roll-On Perfume

HollyBeth Organics’ Description:

“Artisan made with love, essential oils that conjure exotic places like cedar wood coupled with jasmine, rose and bergamot take you to an aromatic garden of tranquility. The ideal signature for the ingredient-savvy fragrance aficionado and the girl-on-the-go, just apply to wrists and behind ears, then throw the travel-ready, roll-on into a purse, gym bag or evening clutch for anytime-anywhere refreshing –positively brilliant!

Ingredients: Made with Rose Absolute Precious Oil (Rosa Damascena)*, Jasmine Absolute Oil (Jasminum Grandiflorum)*, and an exclusive blend of Organic Certified Essential Oils & Vitamin E.

Vegan, Gluten-Free & Cruelty-Free.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’m always on the search to discover new, organic fragrances because the perfumes and colognes you’ll find in your local department store are typically filled to the brim with harmful chemicals. I, like many, have accrued some favorite perfumes over the years. Luckily, I have been able to become more acquainted with essential oils and what they smell like–giving me a good idea of how to recreate my favorite perfumes.

If I could created my ideal perfume scent, it would be a bit different than this one. I really enjoy a musky scent with sandalwood notes.

That said, I really enjoyed this fragrance as a change of pace. It’s typically not what I’d wear, but I like that. It’s rosy with herbaceous and floral notes, making it the perfect girly and flirty scent. It is light and pleasant and I’d deem it suitable for both day and night wear. This concoction is so rich that you don’t need much of it to be adequately doused in the lovely fragrance.

I’d recommend this scent, Flourish, to a gal with an affinity for floral perfumes. I envision a dainty girl with bows in her hair to be wearing this. 🙂 This is a great, high quality perfume by HollyBeth!

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Marigold Bergamot Dry Oil

HollyBeth Organics’ Description:

“For normal to oily skin

This lightweight dry oil features dynamic bergamot to balance skin and reduce oiliness. Combined with breezy marigold it calms and relaxes skin and heals minor irritation. Perfectly smooth and delightful, this is the ideal daily moisturizer for normal to oily faces.

For hundreds of years, perfumers in Western Europe have used the aromatic extract from bergamot oranges for its chameleon-like ability to mingle with many other fragrances. Citrus plants grow best near the Tropics and have long served numerous healing and therapeutic purposes.

To Use: Massage a small amount into face and neck avoiding the eye area. Use morning and night. Keep in a cool dry place away from heat.

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Vitis vinifera (Grape)Seed Oil*, beeswax*, Calendula (Marigold) Officinalis ,* Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil,* Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*. * organic

Vegan, Gluten-Free & Cruelty-Free.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This oil was a godsend to receive. As many organic products that I use and as many organic foods that I eat, I feel sometimes that I have yet to master how to manage my hormones and how they affect my facial skin. I seemingly always have a problem area on my face. Because of this, I really gravitate towards a product like this that is well thought out, targets oily skin and helps heal irritated skin. I apply this after cleansing to damp skin–a tiny dab does it.

Knowing that I am putting a pure, organic oil onto my face after cleansing is something that brings me some peace of mind. After using this oil, I quickly saw that this product delivers what it promises to. My skin feels soothed, less inflamed and less irritated. Using this product in combination with a mostly clean diet helps my skin to stay clear and allows me to better manage my breakouts. You can absolutely tell that the oil delivers a hefty dose of nutrients to the skin.

I’d highly recommend this oil to any individual plagued with oily or problem skin. This oil will help you skin “chill out,” and you will have peace of mind knowing that a pure blend of organic oils is going onto your skin.

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Chocolate Peppermint Hair & Body Oil

HollyBeth Organics’ Description:

“A fragrant and luxurious indulgence, this sublime treatment works equally well to nourish and fortify hair and skin. A staple in every Southern garden, the camellia flower provides the gorgeous, lightweight oil that has been the beauty secret of Japanese geishas for hundreds of years. Here it combines with argan oil to moisturize and restore while protecting against UV damage and helping to prevent signs of aging. Meanwhile, chocolate peppermint oil imparts a delightful cooling and tingling sensation and vetiver provides soothing and antispectic properties. Hair & Body Silk leaves skin supple and glistening and hair shiny, healthy and full.

To use: Use this silken blend from head to toe: Apply to damp skin or to damp or clean dry hair. Spread two or three drops between hands, then gently smooth over hair to tame frizzies, shine and hydrate. Use as body oil after shower and can also be used on cuticles to soften and moisturize.

Ingredients: Camellia oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Argania (Argan) spinosa oil*, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Andropogon zizanioides (Vetiver) Oil.* *organic

Vegan, Gluten-Free & Cruelty-Free.”

My Description & Thoughts:

What a decadent treat this sample was! This rich duo of chocolate and peppermint does more than nourish skin & hair–it will tempt you to take a slurp! It smells divine, like a chocolate, minty paradise. It’s never a bad thing to smell like a sweet treat, right?!

I enjoyed using this oil most on the ends of my hair. After drying clean hair, I applied it to the bottom 2/3 of hair to give my locks some added luster and yummy fragrance. The uses for this oil are virtually endless–you can use it from head to toe.

It’s such a unique idea–I’ve never seen a product before for this purpose, with this combo and with these high quality ingredients. Because of that, I’d recommend this to anyone who loves chocolate: so……..that is merely everyone!

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

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.

Forager Botanicals Natural Perfumes Review

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Forager Botanicals Natural Perfumes

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

Perfume that you can readily find at the drug store or big department stores might smell good, but they are full of synthetic fragrance and chemicals that make them smell that way. I love finding companies whose mission is to make wonderful smelling perfumes that are comprised of ingredients that are not harmful to skin. Forager is one of these companies.

Here is a bit of background information about Forager Botanicals:

“Forager Botanicals is a natural fragrance and beauty company focused on creating beautiful products using all natural ingredients. Proprietor, Casey Coyle, a Brooklyn graphic designer and art director has been working in the beauty industry for many years. When pregnant with her daughter Casey became turned off  by the overpowering scents and harmful ingredients in many mainstream beauty products. When she was a little girl Casey used to make her own perfumes out of water and flower petals from her grandmothers garden. Casey longed for simpler more natural scents like these and developed the products for Forager for women seeking the same.

Why Natural?

Many of todays mainstream fragrances and beauty products are scented with synthetic chemical compounds. There is little known about what effects these chemicals may have on your body. That’s why all of Forager Botanical perfumes are 100% natural. We use only natural, organic and wildcrafted essential oils in all of our products. Our beautifully crafted fragrances are designed to closely embody the scents that mother nature has bestowed on us. We use only the finest ingredients and oils to create fragrances that are completely natural yet truly luxurious.”

Forager natural perfumes come in four unique scents:

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Bloom – Eau De Parfum

Forager’s Description:

“This beautifully scented all natural eau de parfum is light and feminine and has notes of Spring blossoms and green twig.

We use all natural (organic when possible) botanical essential oils and our products are:

• Free From Harmful Synthetics
• Color, Paraben, Sulfate and Preservative Free

All of our products are handcrafted in Brooklyn. Our wooden tops are handmade by a local artisan so please allow for slight variation from the item pictured.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This fragrance smells like walking through a garden of fresh, blooming flowers. It can be as subtle, or potent, depending on how much you apply. I typically do not lean towards flowery fragrances, however, this scent smells so real and pleasant that it appeals to me.

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Island Lei – Eau De Parfum

Forager’s Description:

“This beautifully scented all natural eau de parfum has notes of tropical night blooming flowers, vanilla and sandalwood.

We use all natural (organic when possible) botanical essential oils and our products are:

• Free From Harmful Synthetics
• Color, Paraben, Sulfate and Preservative Free

All of our products are handcrafted in Brooklyn. Our wooden tops are handmade by a local artisan so please allow for slight variation from the item pictured.”

My Description & Thoughts:

My favorite scent of the three because I am crazy about sandalwood and vanilla. Those two scents combined with the floral notes make for an unexpected, rich, fresh scent. Very wearable for day & night–as it is not too “heavy.”

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Nectar – Eau De Parfum

Forager’s Description:

“This beautifully scented all natural eau de parfum has notes of succulent florals, citrus and honey.

We use all natural (organic when possible) botanical essential oils and our products are:

• Free From Harmful Synthetics
• Color, Paraben, Sulfate and Preservative Free

All of our products are handcrafted in Brooklyn. Our wooden tops are handmade by a local artisan so please allow for slight variation from the item pictured.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Nectar has such a nice smell to it. I would rank it as my second favorite of the four perfume scents. The honey and citrus make it even more appealing to me than “Bloom” because they add a little extra sweetness & zest.

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Woodland – Eau De Parfum

Forager’s Description:

“This beautifully scented all natural eau de parfum is a unisex fragrance with notes of cedarwood, high alps lavender and sweet, rich herbs.

We use all natural (organic when possible) botanical essential oils and our products are:

• Free From Harmful Synthetics
• Color, Paraben, Sulfate and Preservative Free

All of our products are handcrafted in Brooklyn. Our wooden tops are handmade by a local artisan so please allow for slight variation from the item pictured.”

My Description & Thoughts

Although I have been wearing this scent, I thought of my fiancee Paul when applying it. It is definitely the most masculine smelling of the four. The woodsy notes remind me of being in a forest, surrounded by fragrant greenery. I would classify “Woodland” as a unisex scent, very wearable for both.

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