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We finally did it!  It took some tweaking and perfecting but our tea light candles are here and available in various scents (which include some aromatherapeutic ones).  They smell great and burn just as great!  Also new to the scene:  bath oils and soaps!  Be sure to get yours or buy them as a gift for someone else!  http://se4u.webs.com/apps/webstore

From the bug series of soaps

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Tarts are here (update)!!!

I made more wax tarts and they turned out pretty good if I do say so myself!  They smell great and, if you love lavender, are really pretty.  Made out of soy wax, they are nice and smooth and burn easily with the scent lasting for most of the day.  They can be purchased at the website (1/2 dozen for $3).  Please keep in mind that these are made by hand and made to order so there will be a short wait time when ordering.  I plan on trying my hand at some multicolored ones eventually.  All in due time though!

Lavender Breezes

Be gently taken away by a "Lavender Breeze"

With spring just weeks away, keep in mind that spring cleaning isn’t just for the home!  This is a great site by Suzanne Bovenizer!!!

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Special offer for the month of March only. Must be a FB follower!

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Coming soon I plan on starting to sell candles (probably small ones to start), tarts and massage melts along with tart warmers for the the tarts. With this I will probably expand the types of essential oils that I use. Sound like a hot seller? Hope so!!! Stay tuned!

Coming Soon!

Considering having a custom scented body scrub bar but the logistics need to be worked out on that. Stay tuned!!!

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I love, love, LOVE using and smelling essential oils!  But besides the smell, did you know that they have qualities that can do wonderful things for you?

Although I’m only using a limited amount of essential oils, I love the ones that I have been using.  Even the vetiver, which has a musky smell (not musty as in funky but musky as in along the lines of oils like Frankincense and Sandalwood) I enjoy; can’t say the same for everyone (I’ve gotten some wrinkled nose looks from some people at market events and such, but I guess all things don’t aromatically appeal to all people).

That being said, I wanted to give some insight as to what each of the essential oils I currently use are all about and what they can do for you.  I must preface this with please do a skin patch test first prior to use of ANY essential oil to check for sensitivities or allergic reactions and if you are pregnant or under a doctor’s care (especially those with epilepsy), please check with your physician prior to usage.  Also, it is suggested that most essential oils be used with a carrier oil (carrier oils dilute the essential oil making it safer for use on your skin especially if it is being applied directly, carrier oils are vegetable oils such as sesame, sunflower and olive oils to name a few).

Vetiver –

Vetiver essential oil is good for helping to get a hold of ones emotions as it is considered to be a relaxant for an overactive mind.  In this, it is also good for helping one to maintain letting things be as they are.  When applied as a liniment, vetiver essential oil can also be used for anti-inflammatory purposes for things such as arthritis symptoms and acne.  As well, it has been noted to be useful for helping the cardio-respiratory system by getting an active one to become a calmer one.  Both the root and the essential oil are also said to be helpful in getting rid of thirst, heat stroke, fevers and headaches.

Lemon –

Lemon essential oil is good for gently calming one down as well as promoting a clear mind helping one to be able to better concentrate.  It has also been shown through studies to have an antidepressant effect.  Lemon essential oil can be used for getting rid of bacteria and, with the use of a diffuser, it can also be an excellent disinfectant. As well, it has been shown to be useful for helping anxiety, stress and some infections.  Note that caution should be taken when applying lemon essential oil to skin as skin may get more sensitive to sunlight for 72 hours after application.

Rosemary –

Rosemary essential oil is good for the respiratory system and the sinuses as well as being a good hair and scalp nourisher when massaged in.

Chamomile –

Chamomile essential oil is popular for females health as it is replenishing, leaving one feeling very tranquil.  By rubbing it on the temples, it is excellent for mind rejuvenation.  It is also wonderful for both the circulatory and nervous system as well as neuromuscular health.  Chamomile essential oil can also be used for soothing the skin.

Lavender –

Lavender essential oil is good for helping one become serene and is also helpful in mediation. It is an excellent soother and comforter when used for massaging purposes especially.

Peppermint –

Peppermint essential oil works well as an all over, body rub to help make skin smooth and soft.  In this it’s a great soother.  Peppermint essential oil can also be used for a rejuvenating lift.  As well, it is useful for helping the circulatory, nervous and digestive systems as well as the brain when it is rubbed onto the temples.

Rosewood –

Rosewood essential oil is good for helping to get centered while unwinding.  It works especially well when it is rubbed into the temples, making it sensually pleasing.  Rosewood essential oil is traditionally used for soothing the skin and as an anti-septic.  As well, it is good for clearing breathing and immune health.

Eucalyptus –

Eucalyptus essential oil is a good mind rejuvenator when rubbed onto the temples.  It is also good for helping joint and respiratory help.  Eucalyptus essential oil can also be used for nasal health.  In this it is also known for improving the senses, rejuvenating the mind.

Tea Tree Oil –

Tea Tree essential oil is good for helping to get rid of fungi, viruses and microbes.  Found in many oral hygiene products, tea tree essential oil works well for treating things such as mouth sores, acne, herpes infections and for the stimulation of the general immune system.  Tea tree essential oil works well as an insect bite soother and repellent and it also has anti-depressant effects aiding in the body’s ability to resist infection.  When fighting infections, a great benefit is that it brings no harm to the tissues.Tea tree essential oil can be taken orally.  As well, it can be used directly on the skin in treatment for small cuts and scrapes as it is an anti-bacterial that will soothe an injury or infected area and prevent infection to it.

This is just a few things about the essential oils that I am currently using.  Please do your research if you want to find out more (and by all means, let me know what you found in the comment section).

As you see, essential oils have many purposes and are great for many things!  As I venture deeper into all things pamperific, I plan on using even more essential oils and coming up with custom scents (I’m very much looking forward to the special candles I plan on making in the near future with these essential oils).

I hope I’ve imparted some useful information!

Happy pampering and have a “Spalicitious” day!!!

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