Friday, July 22, 2011

July's Giveaway!

It’s giveaway time again! I can’t believe it’s been so long since we’ve done one of these, but with no further ado our giveaway this time around is for my New Maiden's Facial soap. The winner will receive one bar of this wonderful Shea butter/Aloe Vera Facial soap.

To enter just do one or more of the following:
Comment with your favorite AncientOils' item.

2. Heart my shop on http://AncientOils.etsy.com/, and convo me with your email address and favorite item.

3. Spread the word of Ancient Oils' natural products, giveaway or shop and post the link here.

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** The more entries you put in the more you’re likely to win!

This giveaway begins now and ends on July 31 at midnight (eastern time). The The winner will have 3 days to respond before another winner is chosen

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

BESTeam Feature: Ardent Reverie!

Ardent Reverie is a Shop on Etsy owner by Melanie and Meghan Mina.  Two very talented sisters who messed their individual style together to creating Ardent Reverie.

These two young ladies began crafting at a young age. Their love for crafting carried on and they soon began to wonder if they could make more of their abilities and share them with other people. On October 8, 2009 they launched their Etsy store. It was a learning process to say the least and will always be a continuous learning process that will allow their shop to grow.

The first piece I would like to share with you is this adorable, Origami Crane Hair Clip!  I find it hard enough to fold an origami paper critter on crisp folder paper. Name is folding pieces of fabric and into these amazing hair Origami Hair Clips.  This is the type of piece that makes a subtle statement with a uniqueness that one can’t help with notice.
  
Next, I'll like to show you this beautiful 12' Paradise Cove Feather Earrings .  I have long, dark hair and most earrings disappear on me.  This however wouldn’t!  Long and beautiful but not overwhelming, it has a simplistic beauty.   This piece of jewelry say’s “you can’t help but notice me” but doesn’t yell it. Instead, they seem to frame the face and elongate the neck, bringing instant notice to you.  
     
To see more of Ardent Reverie unique pieces visit their Etsy shop at: Ardentreverie

Or Follow them on Twitter or Facebook
and Don't forget to check out their blog on: ArdentReverie.com                  

Friday, July 15, 2011

BESTeam Feature: JBling Collector of Children's StoryBooks

This week’s feature is on a wonderful new shop dedicate to sell vintage and classic storybooks and prints!  Jane Peyrouse is the owner of  “JBing.”  By day Jane is a marketing executive, loving wife and mother.   Although, these are all satisfying challenges Etsy and her Blog help to complete the challenges of the day. Jane Peyrouse from Somerville, Massachusett,  is an enthusiastic lover of vintage, crafts, and adventure.  She enjoys bringing together her love of the world and its incredible beauty and variety.

I really enjoy classic children’s story books and have a small collection of my own.  When I ask Jane what inspire her to open  “JBing”  a shop for vintage book?  She responded with…

I started JBing” as a tribute to my love of old style children's book illustrations. I fell in love with some of the classic books of the thirties and the great illustrations that came from that time, like The Sugar Plum Tree by Eugene Feld with illustrations by the amazing Fern Bisel Peat.
In Jane's shop “JBing”, you will find Vintage children’s Books like,

                                        “The Wonderful Adventures”
                                  of Paul Bunyan - a 1945 First Edition.


I think this is a wonderful idea for a shop.  It provides us the opportunity to share our favorite vintage and classic stories with our children and grandchildren.  Especially, since some of these books are out of print and extremely difficult to get hold of.  When I ask Jane, “How do you acquire these books?”  Her answer was simple…

              How would you like to own the 1946 illustrated Edition of:
                             “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”
                                       This is a great find!

Over time, I think I've learned that I may love the books more than the illustrations. Living in Boston, there are tons of old books coming out of old houses of people who own big collections of books. I have a couple of reliable sources of books. I haven't really begun to list alot in my shop yet, as I am pausing to do research on the illustrators, the authors and the back story on these wonderful books. Like this Charming vintage book by Alison Uttley…
                                    “Squirrel Goes Skating”
                                     -1934 Children's Book

I’m truly looking forward to seeing this little shop grow.  To see “JBing’s” full collection of vintage and classic storybooks visit “JBing” at esty.com.
Jane also has a second shop”JVoyage” for vintage treasure.  You can learn more about Jane and her shops on her blog http://jvoyage-jvoyage.blogspot.com
or follow her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jvoyage

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hestia - Goddess of "Sanctuary"

I just created a wonderful new item, a Therapeutic Foot Scrub soap! Going by my traditional Goddess theme, I named it after "Hestia" Goddess of Hospitality. Although the match may not seem fitting. I assure you that after learning all I could about Hestia, I think this Goddess would gracefully welcome those with tired, sore feet from a hard day's work.

Hestia is not only the goddess of hospitality, but she is also known as the originator of the concept of “Sanctuary”. Dependable and caring, Hestia was always there to helped others manage their busy lives.  It was an offense to Hestia to refuse hospitality to a stranger. It is also said that it was Hestia's sacred obligation to sheltered those in need and protected them from ill-treatment.
After a long day of being on your feet, there is nothing like a pampering foot massage. Add a luffa scrub and some peppermint essential oils and you're in heaven.
Hestia, therapeutic foot Scrub is soothing and relaxing, this pedicure soap scrub brings the spa experience right into your very home! This wonderful 2 layer soap has an embedded luffa scrub that slough away dead skin cells as it massages, soothes then washes away the stresses of the day. The bottom layer is enriched with oatmeal to moisturize the skin and relieve itching. 

Then we have our Peppermint essential oil with analgesic and anesthetic properties.  These properties are great for relieving foot pain, as well as aching feet, rheumatism, neuralgia and muscular pains.



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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Tips and Tricks: Naturally Plump your Lips with Cinnamon!

To get fuller, luxurious lips use lip products that contain Cinnamon, Ginger, or Cayenne pepper.

Personally, I prefer Cinnamon e.o..  As you probably know all three ingredient listed above are consider hot.  When they come in contact with your lips, your lips tend to heat up increasing the circulation and blood flow to the lips giving your a plumper look with a red tinge. This effect will usually last for a couple of hours so enjoy.

To make your own lip plumping lip gloss, just mix a tiny drop of Cinnamon Leaf Oil into a lip gloss. The gloss or balm will cool the initial sting of the cinnamon, which can manifest itself as a slight “burning” sensation. When experimenting with essential oils, remember a little bit of the oil goes a long way.  Less is better!

Caution: Cinnamon can be irritating to some, so always dilute!