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!

VIBRANT LIFE YOGA – Horseheads, NY… $10/10 DAYS UNLIMITED YOGA for NEWBIES :)

Vibrant Life Yoga in Horseheads, NY is offering 10 DAYS OF UNLIMITED YOGA for $10 if you are NEW to Vibrant Life Yoga.

I couldn’t miss signing up for this great offer!  I am really looking forward to my first class in the studio this Sunday at 7:00PM for their Candlelight Flow Class. (A vinyasa style class set to the glow of lights)  Yay!  I can’t wait to try some of the other amazing classes they offer.

Scheduling a class is easy on  Vibrant Life Yoga‘s website, but you can also contact them at

607-738-1588

or

info@VLyoga.com

They are also offering some great ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECIALS as well for the remainder of the month of June:

1 month unlimited yoga $59 (34% savings)
25% off the 5 and 10 class passes
(*does not apply to already discounted student rates)

VIBRANT LIFE YOGA is located at:

117 W Franklin St  Horseheads, NY 14845

Cayuga Waterfront Trail – A Relaxing & Beautiful Stroll along Cayuga Lake :)

I am approaching my one year mark for living here in the Finger Lakes :)… Last summer and fall I noticed walkers, bikers, and rollerbladers using a trail along Cayuga Lake.  Spring is here,  but I still hadn’t explored this trail and what it had to offer.  This trail is called the Cayuga Waterfront Trail and made for a lovely afternoon stroll along beautiful Cayuga Lake and Cass Park in  Ithaca, NY.

After visiting the Ithaca Farmers Market yesterday, I decided to check out the Waterfront Trail while my fiance helped our friend paint his sailboat and get it ready for sailing this summer!

I accessed the 2 mile loop around Cass Park along the southwestern shore of Cayuga Lake.  This part of the trail was completed in 2003.  It was really pleasant yesterday for me to be able to take in the beauty of Cayuga Lake and see the happiness in the people who were utilizing the trail on this holiday weekend.

The paved, 10 foot wide Waterfront trail around Cass Park and along the Cayuga lake waterfront is maintained very well, offers mile markers along the trail, benches that overlook the lake, and the Cass Park setting.  Cass Park is lovely and has a swimming pool, four tennis courts, twenty athletic fields, playgrounds, and a large picnic pavilion!  You will also pass the Ithaca Children’s Garden on the trail which is home of the giant turtle Gaia!  It’s really wonderful to see such a beautiful park and trail system that offers so much to our community. There were several people enjoying picnics and taking in the beauty of the lake yesterday.

The Cayuga Waterfront trail is under development and when complete will be a six mile, multi use trail.  In addition to the two mile Cass Park loop, there is also a completed 1.7 mile connector between Stewart Park and the Farmers Market. This section of the trail was completed in 2010.  The section of the trail that is under development will be a 1.5 mile stretch linking the existing trail in Cass Park to the Ithaca Farmers Market.

It’s wonderful to see the initiative to create this trail system along beautiful Cayuga Lake which promotes an active lifestyle and access to the waterfront. You can learn more about the development of the trail on the Cayuga Waterfront Trail website as well as access maps of the trail and parking information.

Looking forward to getting on the Waterfront trail again soon!

Keep Moving and Stay Active! 🙂

Spa Day Pass at Rasa Spa – Ithaca, NY

Ahhhhh yes, WELLNESS.  I received a $5 Spa Day Pass at the Holistic Skin Care Talk that I attended last week at RASA SPA.  The Spa Day Pass is one of Rasa’s options for wellness and includes time to rest in the Tranquility Room, use of their sauna, showers and use of the Meditation Alcove.  Sign me up!

I was near Ithaca, NY  last Thursday & decided to call Rasa to see if I could  use my Spa Day Pass…  They were able to accomodate me immediately – yessss!!!

Again, the staff at Rasa was wonderful. I was shown around the areas I was able to utilize in the spa for the day. They provided a locker & key for my clothes, etc and I donned the terry cloth lined Boca Terry robe which was soooo cozy and wahlaa!!  Let the relaxation begin.  It is amazing how relaxed you can feel when you just step out of your normal routine and into a serine environment.

I decided to use the cedar sauna first.  The sauna was clean, spacious, and was heated with a McCoy Sauna heater.  A pitcher of cool water with orange slices was right outside the door so I was able to hydrate while I steamed 🙂

Rasa offers EO® products in their showers.  This was my first experience with this product line, and it was lovely!  EO® is a family owned and operated, Certified Organic Manufacturer of personal care products using the highest grade natural and certified organic ingredients.  I enjoyed the French lavender body wash, citrus shampoo & conditioner which were so refreshing after the sauna.  Lavender can sometimes be an overwhelming smell to me, but EO’s product was made so nicely.

I finished my time at Rasa in the Tranquility room.  I brought my book, got cozy on the chaise lounge chair and read for 15 minutes peacefully before I went back out into the world.

This experience left me feeling refreshed, happy, and just… well 🙂  Rasa’s Spa Day Pass is $20 and I would absolutely recommend this experience if you need some time to just ~ be.