Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lavaralda Desire of Rest Hair Oil Custom Blend for September

You can see all of the past featured oil blends of the month here!


In Tolkien's Middle Earth, Lavaralda is a tree with long green leaves, golden on the undersides that bears pale flowers, with a yellow flush, which "laid thickly on the branches like a sunlit snow". The tree was brought to Númenor by Eldar from Tol Eressëa. It is said by mariners that the scent could "be felt on the air long ere the land of Eressëa could be seen, and that it brought a desire of rest and great content.". 

Lavaralda Desire of Rest Hair Oil Custom Blend: A medium-thickness oil that protects and revives hair and scalp, healing and stimulating all at once. .

Base Oil: Fractionated Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil
Secondary Oils: Rosehip, Kukui
Essential Oils: Jasmine, Lime peel, Sweet orange, cinnamon

Aroma: Sweet, relaxing, and yet energizing floral. 

Application: Intended for use on either the scalp or length.

Detailed Ingredients:

Coconut oil fractionated- Coconut oil is excellent as a skin moisturizer and softener. A study shows that extra virgin coconut oil is effective and safe when used as a moisturizer, with absence of adverse reactions. A study found that coconut oil helped prevent protein loss from the wet combing of hair when used for fourteen hours as a conditioner before washing the hair.

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.

Kukui Oil- The people of Hawaii would anoint their infants with Kukui Nut Oil, protecting them from the ravages of the salt, the sun, the wind, and other elements. Not coincidentally the word "Kukui" means "Enlightenment" in Hawaiian. This oil is quick-absorbing, luxuriant and versatile for both skin and hair. 

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.

Jasmine Essential Oil- This oil helps to bust stress- which can drain nutrients from the body. Using jasmine oil along with coconut oil has Shown to encourage hair growth. Along with adding to the volume and length, it gives dry hair a radiant lustre.

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. 

Sweet Orange Essential Oil- A zesty citrus, sweet, strong aroma, Sweet Orange is cheering, refreshing, uplifting, and comforting. Orange, like all citrus fruits, plays an important role in Chinese medicine.

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil- An anti-inflamatory that aids in the circulation of blood. Helps remove impurities from the hair and scalp and promotes growth. Good for treating scalp infections because of its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Yemini henna and free hibiscus flowers!

We have a fresh shipment of pure, organic henna in from Yemen!  

You'll find this amazing, dye-potent henna in all of our henna blends, as well as available for purchase pure here.  In our strand testing it out-stained the strongest Rajastai henna we could get our hands on.  We're happy to offer this very hard to find henna to our customers!  We have 64 kilos, and it is amazing stuff.  

Free Hibiscus Flowers!
Many of our customers like to use hibiscus with their henna, so for a limited time you can get a free 1/2 ounce of hibiscus petals with any order.  Just put HIBISCUS in the note to seller when you check out.  Please note, this is only while supplies last!  

Monday, August 3, 2015

Our filling machine has arrived!

A fairly large and very heavy package arrived late last week!  It looked as though it'd been dropped by air onto our front porch. 

After some unpacking I was tickled to see the results of the Etsy Fund Campaign:

I was surprised that it was as compact as it was, which was perfect.  It's also light enough that I can carry it around by myself, despite the solid metal base. After unpacking, I did some very minor assembly and then went through the process of checking the mechanics and followed the directions for tuning and lubricating the machine.  Testing will come soon, but it's amazing to have the machine here and all set up!

Summer's Warmth Custom Oil Blend for August

You can see all of the past featured oil blends of the month here!

****************Summer's Warmth Hair Oil Blend: A nutty, warming, soothing oil.

Base Oil: Walnut
Secondary Oils: Hazelnut, Sweet Almond
Essential Oils: Hinoki, Amyris, Sandalwood, Clove

Aroma: Warm woods in a summer forest. 

Pick it up in either our 1/2 ounce or 4 ounce size!

Application: Intended for use on either the scalp or length.

Detailed Ingredients:

  • Walnut Oil- A pale golden oil, it good moisturizing, anti-aging, regenerative, emollient and toning properties. Walnuts are unique among nuts because the essential fat they contain is primarily polyunsaturated (the source of omega-3 fatty acids.) as well as a host of other important vitamins and minerals. Walnut oil is a clear, grease-less, penetrating oil, that is a rich source of fatty acids.
  • Almond Oil- This pale golden oil is extracted from almond kernels. Apart from vitamin E it also contains vitamin D and other nutritious components including essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium and rich, natural fats. This oil is easily absorbed and will not clog pores, making it ideal for the scalp and face as well as hair.
  • Hazelnut Oil- Considered valuable in giving facial and body massages. It has a high content of essential fatty acids like linoleic acid. Hazelnut oil has a very light, pleasing sweet aroma, which is also somewhat nutty. It is a highly unsaturated vegetable oil that boasts of its fine texture. Hazelnut oil provides numerous health benefits for which it is being increasingly preferred in the preparation of carrier oil blend. The best part about using this carrier oil is that, it does not leave an oily feel behind. The oil is also known to efficiently play the role of an astringent.
  • Amyris Chamomile Essential Oil– Distilled from the Amyris tree, this wood essential is warm and soothing. Promotes cell regeneration in skin and fights dryness. Possesses both antiseptic and sedative qualities.
  • Clove Essential Oil- This warm and spicy oil aids in circulation and is recommended for skin care, especially to acne patients.
  • Hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtusa) Essential Oil - The Japanese Cypress has long been used for building Japanese wooden tubs to create an aromatic and soothing experience. It has a woody, therapeutic scent. Hinoki oil has been shown to encourage hair growth in studies and blends well with Jasmine, Ylang Ylang or Cypress.
  • Sandalwood Essential Oil- An anti-inflammatory with a warm woody scent, it soothes tender scalps and can help help heal eczema and psoriasis, soothe, shrink pimples and reduce dandruff.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Announcing the addition of Senna alexandrina to our hair color blends!

Senna alexandrea is a close relative to Senna italica, which most people refer to as Cassia obovata.  The yellow color in Senna comes from Chrysophanic acid, which is also what gives it the conditioning benefits to both scalp and hair.  After some testing, we've found Senna alexandrea that has very, very high levels of Chrysophanic acid.

That's Senna italica (cassia obovata) on the left and Senna alexandrea on the right, tested on white mohair for 2 hours
I was a little skeptical when I investigated this, but I was happily surprised to find that not only did the Senna alexandrea produce great stain, but the mud also had a gel-like consistency, much like one finds with henna.

Any hair blend that currently uses just Senna italica will changing to include a blend of both Senna italica.  That includes:


  • Devas
  • Rusalki
  • Fire Genasi
I'm very confident everyone will love the change.  This means very little in terms of color change (though Devas might see the nicest boost of all the blends), but what it means is more conditioning benefits that will last longer.  The cost of the affected blends won't change at all, so consider this a wonderful added benefit!

Our labels are being updated to include this change and will take a little time to cycle out both the older blends and the newer labels, but we wanted to announce the change and keep everyone aware.  

Of course, the old blends will always be available via custom order :)