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The Art of Aromatherapy Part 1: Launch of the Essential Oil Collection

The whir of a sewing machine is the only sound in the room. I’m seated on the floor, legs crossed, among shiny, silky scraps of fabric. I smile as I inhale the earthy smell of mothballs, watching my grandmother create her latest masterpiece. I look around and realize I’m standing in the middle of a florescent-lit department store, not seated on the floor of my grandmother’s basement sewing room, smelling the designer “drawer fresheners” (or, in other words, mothballs). That is the power of smell. Deeply connected to our emotions, scents have the ability to transport us to different times in our personal history and affect our mood. Ancient cultures incorporated the burning of resins and incents into religious and medical practices, and archeological finds show evidence different scents were used for their perceived purifying and healing powers. Over time these practices gave way to aromatherapy, harnessing the benefits of flowers and herbs for physical and psychological benefits.

Since the beginning, Lemongrass Spa Products has used essential oils to complement its body care collection. Wash away the day’s stress with a sprinkling of Lavender Bath Crystals to a warm bath or awaken your senses in the middle of the day while replenishing skin’s moisture with Spearmint Eucalyptus Hand & Body Lotion. A natural progression for the company’s mission to provide fresh, clean skin and body care products was to enhance the spa experience through aromatherapy with fresh, clean essential oils. Founder & CEO, Heidi Leist worked closely with the essential oil supplier to ensure the oils met her high standard of excellence.

The Five Qualities of Lemongrass Spa’s Essential Oil Collection

  1. 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils
    1. Oils are tested with a Gas Chromatographic Spectrometer which maps the individual constitutes of the essential oil to ensure the oils contain the correct balance that qualify the oil as pure and unadulterated. Click here to read more about GC testing.
  2. USDA Certified Organic or Wildcrafted crops
    1. Wildcrafted plants are not farmed but ethically and sustainably cultivated from their natural growth areas.
    2. Click here for USDA certification standards.
  3. Crops are harvested and distilled by artisans (essential oil “artists”) who ensure the plants are harvested and distilled at the right time to guarantee the resulting oil is of the highest quality for therapeutic benefits.
    1. An example of why harvesting and distilling times are important: A certified organic rosemary essential where the plant was picked at the end of the season would be high in camphor, making it a low grade essential oil.
  4. Ecological and sustainable business practices from farms and distilleries, meaning no damage to the earth or surrounding community is done during the farming or distilling process
  5. As with all of Lemongrass Spa’s raw ingredients and finished products, essential oils are never tested on animals.

We encourage our customers to consider the importance of the USDA Certified Organic or Wildcrafted Essential Oils versus using those that may be diluted or grown in areas with a high prevalence of pesticide use. There is such a wide array of quality of essential oils – from very high quality to very poor quality - available in the marketplace. It’s important you know what you are diffusing, putting on your skin or inhaling.

Please join me next week for The Art of Aromatherapy Part 2: Benefits of Essential Oils and learn about the aromatherapy benefits of our essential oil collection as well as a few blending ideas.

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The Live, Love Lemongrass Lifestyle

For the past 13 years, our goal at Lemongrass Spa has been to offer the most natural skincare and cosmetics on the market that are free from potentially dangerous chemicals. This past Saturday, July 18, saw the unveiling of our biggest product launch ever! Whether you are looking to enhance your at-home spa experience, seeking relief from dry skin or reduce the signs of aging, you’ll find it at Lemongrass Spa.

Sheer Minerals Makeup

Introducing Sheer Minerals Marsala Blush and Merlot Organic Crème Lipstick, inspired by Pantone 2015 Color of the Year. With warm undertones and a matte finish, the rich reddish brown blush is perfect for tan, dark and deep skin tones. Enhance your lips’ natural shade with Merlot Organic Crème Lipstick. This warm lipstick compliments all skin tones and received rave reviews with consultants at our annual Lemongrass Spa Convention. Try layering Merlot Organic Crème Lipstick with Neutral Garnett Lip Liner and Stardust Organic Lip Gloss. Marsala Blush pairs well with Seaside,Matte Mocha,Gold Rush and Suede Eye Shadow combinations.

Prebiotics

Last summer, we introduced the revolutionary new Prebiotic Body Wash. Due to the powerful impact this innovative product has had with improving our customer’s skin, we’ve expanded the prebiotic line to include a new Facial Cleanser, Facial Mist and Foaming Liquid Soap.

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Do you envy hair care commercials featuring models with luscious, flowing locks? I do! Most of us don’t have professional stylists on speed dial, but there are steps we can take to make the most of our natural hair, even if ‘natural’ means color treated, blown straight or permanent waved.

Feed Your Mane

  • Iron and Zinc for hair follicle health. Try lean red meats or nonmeat sources like spinach, cashews and lentils.
  • Vitamin C not only helps the body absorb iron, but it also builds collagen, necessary for healthy hair follicles. Add bell peppers, kale and papaya to dishes for a dose of vitamin C.
  • Biotin (a B Vitamin) helps hair growth. The best source of biotin is eggs, but if you don’t like eggs, avocado, peanuts and salmon are good choices.
  • Protein to promote cell growth and repair. On average, it’s recommended women consume 46 grams and men 56 grams of protein each day.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids help provide hydration to hair. Salmon, flax seed oil and walnuts are a few excellent choices.

Primp Your Strands

  • Botanical Shampoo – free from sulfates, parabens and phthalates, this cleanser removes dirt without stripping hair of its natural oils and is great for all hair types.
  • Botanical Conditioner – blend of aloe vera gel, avocado oil, vitamins and essential oils for silky smooth strands.
  • Deep Conditioner with Shea Butter – shea’s not only “skin’s best friend” but your hair’s best friend too! This deeply moisturizing formula is a great daily choice for those with thick or dry hair, plus, you can use it as a weekly mask to restore moisture lost from swimming and other summer activities.
  • Rosemary Shampoo Bar – men and women both love this herbaceous scented soap. Another cleansing option that doesn’t strip hair of natural oils, and rosemary is said to help stimulate hair growth.
  • Prebiotic Body Wash – works like a clarifying shampoo to get rid of product building up but without the harsh, drying chemicals. Prebiotic Body Wash is an excellent choice for people battling a dry, itchy scalp.

Do you have a tip for gorgeous, healthy hair? Please share in the comments. Join me next week for Healthy Skin Tips.

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Whether enjoying a sunny holiday like our Spa Destination Trip Earners or taking a short weekend break, we’ve got all your travel skin care covered!

Outdoor Adventures

Grab a tent, sleeping bag and these outdoor necessities for your next mountain or beach adventure (and don’t forget the marshmallows!):

Road Trips

Road trips can make it tough to decide what to leave behind and what to take, but these items can keep the whole family covered without taking up much space:

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Trees are budding, flowers are blossoming and the smell of fresh fruit fills the air! Savor the crisp scent of plump, sun-ripened juicy pearsplucked fresh from the tree.  Easter, Mother’s Day, baby showers and weddings. Our Limited Edition Juicy Pear* returned for the season! 

Get skin ready for warmer weather by diving into a jar of mouthwatering Body Polish. This oil-rich formula is perfect for exfoliating dry areas such as feet and elbows and excellent for shaving your legs. Special blend of sugar, almond oil, mango butter and juicy pear fragrance!

For silky smooth skin, bathe with the infusion of jojoba oil, palm oil and coconut oil in the Juicy Pear Bar Soap. Lather up with this handcrafted, beautifully textured soap for a luxurious shower experience. 

Quench skin’s thirst with the newly introduced Juicy Pear Lotion Duo. This versatile lotion formula can be used every day all over your body and features therapeutic aloe vera, jojoba oil and shea butter for moisturizing dry skin. For one month only, pick up a travel-sized Juicy Pear lotion for $1 with a qualified $59 order**. Try the matching Body Spritz and be transported to a stroll through the orchard each time you spray this luscious scent. Enhanced with aloe, our ‘lotion in a bottle’ makes a terrific warm-weather treat. Pop in your gym bag to freshen up after a workout or in your purse for a refreshing spritz before your next spa party.

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