Revisiting the most lovely moments of 2019, we came across this article by Green Beauty Guide on a recent visit to our former studio in Seattle.
"What I love about the Essential Apothecary Alchemist line of products is that they follow the idea of making your own alchemy. They can all be mixed and matched depending on your skin type and needs. The Hydrate mist and Nectar serum, for example, can be mixed in the Radiance facial scrub to add a little extra oomph. I especially love mixing the Nectar serum with the Lush moisturizer for another layer of hydration."
Read on to hear some more expert favorites!
I know I don’t need to tell you all how fast time flies by. 2019 has been a big year of change for EAA, and I want to fill all of you in on the details.
It has been a lifelong dream of mine to have property on which I could feed myself and my family, and also harvest wild plant medicines, and grow organic botanicals. After exhausted searches for affordable property around the PNW turned up nothing, we found land in north Idaho, that was remote, and wildly beautiful. We have good growing conditions here, with warm temps in early spring, reaching the high 90’s by July. The soil is rich, but it’s clay conditions will need to be amended with compost and chipped bark.
We have been working on refurbishing an existing greenhouse structure, and fencing (deer proofing) a large area where we will install raised beds. This past May, I was able to plant many of the botanicals we use in our products. This summer I harvested chamomile, calendula, and rose. Next year we will add comfrey, lavender, and rose geranium.
We have plans for building a small shed that will serve as a distillation room where we will manufacture our rose geranium and lavender hydrosols.
These beautiful, gentle, subtle plant waters are at the heart of our formulations. We have gone to great expense to use these plant waters instead of filtered or tap water. Water in ALL products adds nothing medicinally speaking and must be buffered with anti-bacterial agents. Hydrosols treat skin with the most gentle of influences, and because they are water, they are powerful mood shifters as well.
Production of Essential Apothecary Alchemist is still based in Seattle. Fate blessed me with meeting the lovely Kim Smith. She worked with me for almost a year learning all of my formulations and procedures. We became partners in May of 2019. Kim brings a sweet and thoughtful energy to her work, and I am grateful for all of her contributions.
As we move into the closing of 2019 we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you for your continued love and loyalty. For the month of November, we are offering a 20% discount on all orders. Use the discount code GRATITUDE19. Thank you for following our story on Instagram, and you can also keep up with the changes at the farm in Idaho at: @huntermoonhomestead.
We hope you all have a purposeful and restful winter season. Many blessings to all of you.
Essential Apothecary Alchemist is now available on Etsy as EApothecary.
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Too Many Products Contain Rancid Oils...
As a maker, I am always curious about other brands' ingredients, their processes and packaging. I love to see, touch, and smell what other people are doing. I know it looks glamourous from the outside, but making products that you can be proud of, on the inside, is a lot of crucial decision making, hard work, and expense. Good skin care products will contain a fair amount of oil in them. Oils are usually about half of the ingredients for face creams and body lotions, while a good serum is almost all, if not all, oil. So, with such a concentrated amount of one ingredient in a product, it is important that you as a consumer be educated about the importance of the quality of that ingredient.
Not All Oils Are Created Equal
Cold pressed oils retain their nutrient value, including their innate oxidative protective... vitamin E! Vitamin E is a fat soluble nutrient that has antioxidant properties, which protect cells from the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism that can cause damage to living cells and tissue in our body. It is the nutrients in our foods that protect our cells from the damage of free radicals. Studies have also shown that Vitamin E taken internally and applied topically are effective in protecting the skin against the early damage introduced by ultraviolet radiation.
If the oil ingredients in the products you are using are not natural, cold pressed oils, the vitamin E content will be too low to protect the product from easily becoming rancid. Add to this, products that are put in clear glass containers, or plastic, are even more at risk. Heat and sunlight are a big factor in oxidizing oil ingredients.
Rancid oils pose a big health risk and should be considered toxic. When rancid oils are eaten or applied to the skin, free radical damage to the cells is increased. It is well known in natural medical circles, that rancid oils are considered carcinogenic, pro-inflammatory and very toxic.
Most oils should have very little odor. The nut oils should have a sweet nutty smell. The best description of the smell of rancid oil is to think about the smell of a melting crayon. Rancid oils have a sharp, unpleasant, metallic, or bitter smell. Even when a product has fragrance or essential oils, you can perceive the smell of rancidity in the oils contained in a product.