Sunday, May 1, 2016

Witch's Garden Oil Signature Blend for May


May's blend smells like a sun-dappled cottage garden at the edge of a large, magical forest..

To purchase the 4 ounce version, use this listing:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/250752751


Base Oil: Evening Primorose Oil
Secondary Oils: Rosehip Oil, Meadowfoam Oil
Essential Oils: Oakmoss, Basil, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Mugwort, Lavender, Rosemary and Patchouli 
Application: 1-2 drops of oil in the hands and massage into damp hair. 

Detailed Ingredients:

• Evening Primrose plant, Oenothera biennis . The yellow flowers only open in the evening, hence their common name. Evening Primrose Seed Oil is a rich source of gamma linoleic acid, an Omega 6 fatty acid and nourishes the scalp, hair, and even your nails. 

• Rose hip Oil- is extracted from the seeds contained in the intensely red berry-like fruits -or hips- of a wild rose-bush that grows in the cool, lush mountain rainy valleys of the southern Andes, in Chile. It is a superb hydrator with a high absorbing level, penetrating dry skin and hair almost instantly to restore a much needed moisture balance frequently lost by climatic and environmental conditions such as dryness and air toxicity.

• Meadowfoam Oil- Meadowfoam Oil is pressed from the seeds of Meadowfoam (Limnanthes alba), a plant which received its name because of its resemblance while in bloom to the white foam blowing on the ocean. Meadowfoam oil contains higher quality triglyceride levels when compared to other vegetable oils It also has amazing moisturizing and rejuvenating capabilities and is very stable, meaning it keeps a long time. When applied to the skin, it forms a moisture barrier and will assist the skin with preventing moisture loss. It is a key ingredient in many different products such as massage oils and lotions, facial creams, sunblock, hair and scalp products, cosmetics, body lotions, and shaving creams. In hair care products, it will add shine and moisture to the hair, and will remedy dry or damaged hair.

• Oakmoss Essential Oil- Earthy-rich notes of moss, with slight undertones of wood and pine with excellent tenacity. Reminiscent of a walk in an old forest. Oakmoss is both an antiseptic and a demulcent meaning that it both fights microbes while soothing irritated tissues. It is excellent at helping maintain the moisture and oil balance of skin, making it fantastic for scalps. 

• Basil Essential Oil- A longtime kitchen herb, basil is also a powerful medicinal plant. Basil essential oil is used topically and massaged into the skin. It enhances the luster of dull-looking skin and hair. As a result, it is extensively used in many skin care supplements that claim to improve the tone of your skin.

• Lemongrass Essential Oil- A heavy, lemony, green scent, this oil is widely used as an addition to bug repellents, and for its lemony aroma. Citral is known for its antimicrobial effects, and can help kill or suppress the growth of bacteria and fungi. It's said that lemongrass oil's quality is generally determined by its citral content. For those that suffer from hair loss, oily hair, and other scalp conditions, lemongrass oil may be beneficial, as it can help strengthen hair follicles. 

• Peppermint Essential Oil- Peppermint and it's name has it's roots in Greek mythology. Pluto - god of the dead - fell in love with Minthe, herself a beautiful nymph. Pluto's goddess wife Persephone became jealous and turned Minthe into a plant, but out of respect for her beauty, she ensured that she would have a wonderful and fragrant aroma. Peppermint stimulates the scalp and aids circulation while soothing irritation. 

• Mugwort Essential Oil- Mugwort can be considered both famous and infamous. In China, its medicinal properties were used to treat various ailments, while in European countries like England and others, it was used in witchcraft and black magic. This oil has a warming effect on the body, which can be used to counter the effects of cold temperatures and moisture in the air. Mugwort should never be used during pregnancy.

• Lavender Essential Oil– Enhances hair growth by stimulating the scalp. The name “lavender” is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning, “to wash” and was known as one of the seven polyvalents (effective against many toxins). Greeks and Romans perfumed their bathwater with lavender, burned lavender incense to appease their wrathful gods, and believed the scent of lavender to be soothing to untamed lions and tigers.

• Rosemary Essential Oil– An antimicrobial/antiseptic scalp stimulant and soother; to the ancient Greeks and Romans the plant was sacred, symbolic of loyalty, death, and remembrance, as well as scholarly learning. At weddings and important occasions, wherever solemn vows were made, garlands and headdresses of rosemary were worn, as an emblem of trust and constancy.

• Patchoili Essential Oil- An oil with a earthy, smoky, spicy, and musky scent, it is an astringent, fungicide, astringent and deodorant, promoting a healthy scalp free of irritations and imperfections. 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

NightBlooming turns NINE today!


NightBlooming turns NINE today! What an immensely crazy thought that is.  Nine years ago I still hadn't landed a full time job out of college, wasn't married to my amazing husband, did not have our house (with dedicated NightBlooming craft room), garden, or bees. NightBlooming was packed into a corner of an old Victorian house, under a pitched roof. My workspace was an old dining room table and some closet organizer from the hardware store.

It seems so, so long ago!

And yet I'm still here, and so are you!  As a thank you for my amazing customers, please enjoy a special 4-day sale.


Next year is going to be a massive milestone, and I'm already looking forward to what I can do for it.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Find the queen, win a 2oz Thriae!

This past weekend my husband and I split our surviving hive so we would again have two hives! That means we opened up one hive:









Inspected each comb to determine what was on each, and then divided them between the two hives.  The hive that doesn't have the queen will raise a new one, and the one that does doesn't need the youngest brood comb, which is what the queenless hive will raise a new queen from. Finding a queen bee is HARD.  Most times you will never, ever see her, but my eagle-eyed husband spotted her. This was awesome as it let us divide up the comb in an ideal way to best support the queenless hive.

So here's the deal: The queen bee is in this picture.



 If you find her, mark her (with Photoshop, MS paint, whatever),and send me the picture either by email or by Etsy convo through Wed, April 20th.  

I'll draw winners from the entries and will include a free 2 oz Thriae Scalp Scrub with your next order! 



Why April 20th? It's our 9-year anniversary and we'll have even more fun things then! Good luck!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NightBloomingGarden.com

You can now shop our natural and hair-friendly wares at www.nightbloominggarden.comhttp://nightblooming.patternbyetsy.com ,  or www.etsy.com/shop/NightBlooming

You now have another great way to shop and purchase from NightBlooming! Today Etsy rolled out something called Pattern by Etsy.

What this allowed me to do was accomplish one of the Big Store Goals, which was a site that was not technically on etsy.com. So without further ado:


So, why? Aren't you doing just fine with us on Etsy?

While all my current customers are obviously very Etsy-savvy, sometimes people don't get over that initial hurdle. "I don't have an Etsy account," is enough to turn people off because, seriously, if you don't already have an account someplace do you really want to register for one? This lets people skirt that hurdle, but still enjoy NightBlooming products.


Why this and not a homebrew site?

The main hangup with building my own site was not the building, but the amount of double-work involved. Etsy has made a lot of great improvements with stats, order tracking, and shipping labels. Having my own site would mean returning to doing all those things in a totally different way, and also maintaining inventory in a way that would track it across two sites. (Meaning if I had 25 packets of Genasi on hand, I'd have to track that and reduce it manually depending on how much sold on which site.)

For shipping labels, I'd have to print the orders made on Etsy one way, the ones on a stand-alone site another. If someone placed an order on one site, it wouldn't show in their order history on the other. With this method all my inventory, customer order tracking, shipping labels, and things that make my life much, much easier stays in one database.

There are some things that Pattern is lacking. It it still isn't easy for me to do customer rewards (I keep envisioning a buy 10 get 1 free on packets of herbal hair colors, for example), I don't get to control every aspect of my own branding, and I can't house my blog on the same site. But we'll figure out customer rewards yet, and the rest of the trade-offs are manageable.



 Give it a whirl! I'm eager to know about your experience.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Signature Oil for April: Medusa's Snake Oil



If you remember, last year I talked about how Medusa is one of my favorite mythological characters and Medusa's Snake Oil was an April 1st joke that came with a discount code for Triple Moon Oil.




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This year, well, it still won't turn your hair into snakes, but the oil is real!

Based on herbs and oils used in the cleansing baths of Greece and Rome, this blend has purifying notes of cypress, bergamot, lemongrass, and lime wrapped in the warmer, more relaxing scents of ginger and lavender. The base oils are all vibrant snake-green, too, but don't worry it won't color your hair!

To purchase the 4 ounce version, use this listing:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/250752751


Base Oil: Hemp Oil, Avocado Oil
Secondary Oils: Pumpkin Seed Oil
Essential Oils: Cypress Essential Oil, Bergamot Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Lime Essential Oil, Ginger Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil

Aroma: Cold flowers and crisp frost.

Application: 1-2 drops of oil in the hands and massage into damp hair.




Detailed Ingredients:

• Hemp seed Oil- Hemp seed oil is made up of 80% essential fatty acid, the highest amount of any other plant. Hemp seed oil prevents moisture loss on a physiological level; it does just not merely "coat" the skin or hair as do other oils. Hemp so closely matches our own skins lipids it is able to penetrate inside our cells and lubricate the surface between. Not only does Hemp seed oil contribute greatly to the barrier function and appearance it also has other skin benefits such as offering relief to acne, minor abrasions, psoriasis and eczema. Hemp is also the only plant oil containing Vitamin D, which is necessary for Calcium absorption, especially useful to vegans. Using Hemp seed oil is a great way to achieve soft, smooth and hydrated skin.

• Avocado Oil- This deep golden oil is an edible oil pressed from the fruit of the Persea americana (avocado). It is used for lubrication and in cosmetics where it is valued for its regenerative and moisturizing properties. Rich in nutrients, amino acids, and essential fatty acids, this nutritional oil is excellent for enhancing hair health. It supplies vitamins A, B, D, and E to nourish both hair follicles and the scalp. Vitamin E also acts as a protective antioxidant. It has natural humectant properties, adding and locking in moisture. The monounsaturated fatty acids will give hair a glossy shine and silky texture. The amino acids will promote the growth of new hair cells.

• Pumpkin Seed Oil- Pumpkin seeds contain fatty oils with linoleic acid and oleic acid, both known to prevent cancer-causing cell production. They are also an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C. In addition, the seeds contain beneficial nutrients like zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron. Perhaps most important to those suffering from hair loss, the seeds contain cucurbitin, a unique amino that may be responsible for pumpkin seeds' effects on hair growth. There is conjecture that when consumed internally pumpkin seed oil it is a DHT blocker and can aid in treating baldness or hair loss, though no clinical study has been done.

• Cypress Essential Oil- A fresh, green, evergreen aroma, balsamic undertones, cypress was planted outside Greek and Roman temples and used in purifying baths. A stimulating essential oil, it encourages increased circulation to the scalp and reduces oil production.

• Bergamot Essential Oil- Certain components of the essential oil of Bergamot are antibiotic and disinfectant in nature. They inhibit the growth of germs, virus and fungi. They also effectively prohibit infections, including those of the skin. It has a refreshing and natural scent and is also a tonic, meaning it tones up skin and muscles

• Lavender Essential Oil– Enhances hair growth by stimulating the scalp. The name “lavender” is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning, “to wash” and was known as one of the seven polyvalents (effective against many toxins). Greeks and Romans perfumed their bathwater with lavender, burned lavender incense to appease their wrathful gods, and believed the scent of lavender to be soothing to untamed lions and tigers.

• Lime Peel Essential Oil– A bright scent, lime is antiviral, astringent, and bactericidal. It is at once a cleansing and moisturizing oil, helping with dandruff and scalp buildup.

• Ginger Essential Oil– A spicy, warm, woody, with a deep earthy undertone, ginger is a clarifying and stimulating essential oil.

• Lemongrass Essential Oil- A heavy, lemony, green scent, this oil is widely used as an addition to bug repellents, and for its lemony aroma. Citral is known for its antimicrobial effects, and can help kill or suppress the growth of bacteria and fungi. It's said that lemongrass oil's quality is generally determined by its citral content. For those that suffer from hair loss, oily hair, and other scalp conditions, lemongrass oil may be beneficial, as it can help strengthen hair follicles.

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