Infusion Fusion! ~ Aromatic Traditions, Elmira NY

Infusion Fusion ~ October 26, 2012…  a Celebration & a perfectly balanced experience for all of my senses at  Aromatic Traditions located in Elmira, NY. This special evening & event marked the launch of Aromatic Traditions first retail natural perfume called – Awakened Heart. 

A night for the senses indeed 🙂 –  in addition to experiencing this beautiful natural perfume, there was live music by Ash Grove,  an open studio & demo by local glass artist Jen Zitcov, infused cocktails & lemonade, apothecary glass jars filled with plump red raspberries & alcohol & another filled with the bright greens of Thai basil…

Shelves were filled with Aromatic Traditions product line – from body bars, to face serums, lip care, & infused oils, ahhhh 🙂 all perfectly packaged & created from local resources and done so by Aromatic Traditions creator, Susan Lewis Varga.  Aromatic Traditions began in 1999 & is located on 40 acres of wildflowers, herb gardens, & ancient forest in rural Pennsylvania, & is currently located in Elmira, NY.  Susan’s passion for quality, hand picked, and fresh materials is evident in her hand blended product line.  I found myself enjoying the way the products looked, smelled, the dancing, the glowing candles, and sipping on my pomegranate lemonade infused with rose water… Infusion!!!   Such a fantastic night!

The star of the evening was the natural perfume, Awakened Heart, which is a beautiful grounded floral perfume with notes of Rose Damask, Pink Lotus, Ruh Khus (Wild Vetiver), French Vanilla, Litsea Cubeba, cold pressed Lime, Pink Pepper, & fresh Raspberry Infused Alcohol.

This was my first natural perfume experience & it was amazing to me how the perfume takes on your own personal essence.  Susan’s vision with Awakened Heart, is to offer an experience to open & ground your heart with warm & comforting scents.  In addition to the perfume release, Aromatic Traditions is offering a personalized perfume special for $125, that runs through 12/31/21012. The special includes a personalized perfume session with Susan and a custom bead created by Jen Zitcov & with 5% of the proceeds going to support  Heart to Heart of the Southern Tier.

Two products I couldn’t walk away without that evening, were the Revive ~ Vegan Lip Shimmer & the Energize ~ Citrus & Calendula Salve.  The lip shimmer goes on so smoothly with just a subtle shimmer, it’s long lasting and doesn’t have that sticky glossy feel that I find in a lot of lip products… Love it!  I also have been using the Citrus & Calendula Salve all week!  I can’t get enough of its energizing scent, which is so refreshing this time of year.  It is luxurious, leaves my skin silky soft and glowing, but not greasy.  I appreciate the fresh, certified organic & vegan ingredients. A little goes a long way and I am using it on my hands & body… a new favorite product for me!

For more information about Aromatic Traditions, call, email or check out their website –

Products are also available for purchase at Skyland Farms on Seneca Lake, Burdett, NY & Emerge Spa in Wellsboro,PA…coming soon to Sundrees, Trumansburg, NY, & Green Star Market in Ithaca, NY.  Great gift ideas & clean LOCAL products to start incorporating into your body, face, & wellness routines.  Amazing & Inspiring Evening.  Thank You Aromatic Traditions!

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EcoTools® – Quality Make Up Brushes – Earth Friendly Beauty

New make up brushes have been on my shopping list for awhile now and I didn’t feel like braving the mall or the make up counter yesterday.  I remembered aesthetician, Holly Green recommending a product line called EcoTools®  at her holistic skin care talk… So, I stopped into a Walgreens and I was pleasantly surprised to find the EcoTools®  brand and pay under $15 for their Bamboo 6 piece brush set!!

Bamboo 6 Piece Brush Set  Image

Blush brush
Eye shading brush
Angled eyeliner brush
Concealer brush
Lash & Brow groomer
Hemp & cotton case
 

Ok, I was skeptical at first too, as I have been guilty of spending over $60 for a makeup brush in the past, but I had to try them out and I am so pleased!  The angled eyeliner brush was precise with its application, yet soft enough that it didn’t pull at the skin under my lashes. The other brushes not only felt nice while applying, but made the application of my blush, eyeshadow, and concealer look great too. 🙂

As I said, these brushes are incredibly soft and also 100% cruelty free.  The brushes are made out of bamboo, recycled aluminum ferrules, and synthetic taklon for the brushes bristles.  So what makes taklon better and what exactly is taklon???

Taklon is a synthetic material and unlike animal hair bristles, does not have a hair cuticle for makeup, dead skin cells, and other contaminants to build up on the bristles.  The hair cuticle allows bacteria to grow on your brushes making them unsanitary… Taklon has antibacterial properties, making it better for your skin.

1% of EcoTools annual sales are donated to 1% For The Planet®, an alliance of businesses committed to leveraging their resources to create a healthier planet.  EcoTools®  website is fun to navigate and offers beauty tips and tutorials, a link to their blog, and information on their collection which ranges from cosmetic brushes to eco conscious bath tools.  I am looking forward to trying more of their products!

You can also purchase  EcoTools®  products locally at  Norabloom Beauty Lounge located at 313 N. Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

Enjoy! 🙂

LOCAL PICK – *Earth Suds* bar soap

I have been in need of a new, moisturizing hand soap… For the past few days I’ve been using a lovely, local hand soap that I really enjoy…

http://www.earthsuds.com

Earth Suds – Tangerine Vanilla

Stephanie Hafl, soap creator, has been making these handmade creations on a small scale for about 4 years out of Spencer, New York.  Along with my pick, tangerine vanilla, she currently offers lavender, citrus, and mint chocolate round bar soaps.

Ingredients listed for my tangerine vanilla soap:  Saponified Olive, Coconut, & Palm Oil, Tangerine Essential Oil, Vanilla Extract, & Paprika

  • This soap lathers so nicely,  has a pleasant, light fragrance, and moisturizes well without leaving a greasy residue 🙂 Thumbs Up!!!

Earth Suds Soaps are currently available at the following locations:

Bun Appetit,  located on 215 Main St, Groton, NY 13073.  (607) 898-4162 (my full bar soap was $3.50 and half bars were also available for $2.00 at this location)

Spencer, NY –  Farmers Market, their season begins June 23rd and the market is open from 9:00am to 1pm every Saturday until October 1st.  Located at Nichols Pond right in the heart of Spencer, NY.

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Purchase online at http://www.earthsuds.com