The Spice Market in Dubai

May 26, 2014

Early one morning, we took a small boat across a canal in Dubai to reach the spice and herb market. This is not your ordinary market—the spice market is filled with the aroma of burning frankincense resins, and with the colorful, aromatic presence of the herbs and spices being sold. Every few steps someone is doing their […]

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Citrus Essences From South Africa

May 19, 2014

While in South Africa, I visited an extraordinary citrus production facility. I was excited to see this particular facility because they produce citrus essences, which are different than essential oils. Essences are extracted from the juice of the citrus rather than the peel, giving them a vital, bright, sparkling aroma. The picture above is of oranges that […]

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Tea Tree Plantation in South Africa

May 12, 2014

In this picture, I’m standing next to a farmer who has just finished harvesting tea tree. We are in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, and I am so happy to be in this beautiful tea tree plantation! After the tea tree is cut, it’s brought to the distillery where Bruce, a master distiller, carefully distills […]

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The Baobab Tree!

May 5, 2014

I was introduced to baobab oil many years ago, and have always loved the silky feel of it. From the first time I applied the oil to my skin, I’ve wanted to see a baobab tree. Last week, as we were driving along a road in the Limpopo province of South Africa, we passed a sign […]

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Coconut Oil Production In the Seychelles

April 28, 2014

I recently took a trip to the Seychelles Islands for a natural perfumery class with Isabelle Gelle at the Perfumery Art School. The Republic of Seychelles is an archipelago nation of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, all east of mainland Africa, and northeast of the island of Madagascar. Seychelles has the smallest population of […]

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Relax with Essential Oils!

April 21, 2014

There are some great essential oils that encourage a calm state of mind, reduce stress and support sleep. Here are a few ideas to help you relax with essential oils. We’ll start with a few great carriers that can be very soothing all on their own: A massage oil with jojoba A cream for before […]

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