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Essentials Video: Earthy Clean Aftershave

Who says all the DIYs have to be just for the ladies! This amazing Earthy Clean Aftershave is refreshing and moisturizing, making it a fantastic addition to anyone’s post-shave routine. Peppermint, with its cool refreshing aroma, pairs perfectly with the woodsy fragrance of Cypress and Cedarwood. Finally, Black Pepper adds the hint of spice to round out this Earthy Clean Aftershave. Once you’ve mixed all the ingredients, combine in a spray bottle for easy application.

Essentials Video: Earthy Clean Aftershave

Earthy Clean Aftershave

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Mix all ingredients in a spritz bottle. Shake well.

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Black Pepper: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Black Pepper: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Black Pepper

Latin name: Piper nigrum

Aroma Description: Warm and fresh, dry-woody scent

Therapeutic benefits

  • Helps reduce occasional discomfort after exercise by providing localized warmth. Dilute to 3-5% in your favorite carrier oil and massage onto areas of discomfort.
  • Also helps ease achy joints that are associated with normal aging or wear and tear.
  • Can be helpful for occasional digestive issues such as queasiness, bloating, and discomfort. Dilute in a carrier oil and massage onto your stomach in a clockwise manner.

Kidsafe?

Yes! Black Pepper IS KidSafe.

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Dilution instructions:

Dilute in your favorite carrier oil at 3-5% and massage onto affected areas.

Diffusion instructions:

While you might not want to diffuse it by itself, add a drop or two to spice up your favorite diffuser blend.

Oils to blend with:

Bergamot, Cypress, Frankincense Serrata, Geranium Egyptian, Juniper Berry, Rose Absolute, Rosemary 1,8-Cineole, Sandalwood Australian and Vetiver.

Further Reading:

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Candles vs Diffusion: Which Should You Choose?

Candles vs Diffusion: Which Should You Choose?

When it comes to filling your home with fragrance, candles have been the go-to for quite a while now. With essential oils becoming more and more popular, they offer an alternative home fragrance. For essential oil enthusiasts, choosing between candles and your diffuser is probably a no brainer. But for those just starting out, it can be a more complicated decision. We’re here to talk about the pros and cons of each, so that next time you go to light a candle or diffuse your favorite synergy, you’ll feel confident you’re choosing the method that’s right for your family.

Safety

Candles vs Diffusion: Which Should You Choose?

Probably the biggest concern of anyone who regularly uses candles is safety. All it takes is one precocious cat or rambunctious toddler to send a  lit candle tumbling to the ground. Not mention the dangers associated with leaving a candle unattended. In this regard, candles pose more of a risk than other methods of home fragrance. That’s not to say that essential oils are danger-free. Some oils have chemical compounds that are not safe for use around children. This is why we created the KidSafe line, so you can feel confident that you are not exposing your child to anything potentially harmful.

Natural vs Synthetic

Candles vs Diffusion: Which Should You Choose?

When comparing oils to candles, another stark difference is often in the ingredients. Plant Therapy’s essential oils are all natural, sustainably grown and harvested, and some are even produced organically. Candles, on the other hand, often are full of synthetic fragrances that have no therapeutic properties. If you’re striving to achieve a more natural home, diffusing essential oils can be an excellent way to go.

Cost

Plant Therapy NovaFuse diffuser on a table

At first glance, essential oils can seem like a much bigger investment than any candle. And while the upfront cost may be more than the odd candle you pick up shopping, the cost per use makes it more affordable the longer you use it. After all, only a few drops are needed to get hours of fragrance.

Benefits

Candles vs Diffusion: Which Should You Choose?

And last but certainly not least, we’ll talk about the benefits. Diffusion is just one way to take advantage of the many therapeutic benefits of essential oils. It is called “aromatherapy” for a reason after all. Candles, on the other hand, aren’t without their benefits. The softly flickering flame is unmatched in its ability to set the mood, whether for a romantic night in or a soothing bath.

Now it may seem like we spent this whole article knocking on candles, but they’re not all bad. We promise! After all, a diffuser just isn’t the same when it comes to a romantic dinner. But for those of you who are hesitant to take the plunge into essential oils, hopefully, this gives you a few good reasons to give it a try!

DIY Natural Candle

Clear essential oil bottle next to a jasmine flower and candle

Looking for the best of both worlds? Put your DIY skills to good use and make this easy candle recipe with your favorite essential oils or with our new line of Evoke home fragrances.

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Put the wick in the center of the candle holder.
  2. Melt wax completely in a double boiler.
  3. Remove bowl from the double boiler.
  4. Add essential oil and mix well.
  5. Slowly pour into the candle holder.
  6. Make sure your wick is centered.
  7. Let dry completely.
  8. Light the candle and enjoy!

If you’re always on the hunt for new ways to use your essential oils, check out our Safe Essential Oil Facebook Group!

The 3 Rooms in Your Home Where You Need a Diffuser

We all know those people. The ones who have a diffuser in every room of the house. No judgment here! More than a few of us at Plant Therapy fall into that category. But for those of you who are just getting started with essential oils, it can be hard to know where to start. Not to worry. There are just three places in your home where you need a diffuser and here’s why:

The Living Room

The 3 Rooms in Your Home Where You NEED a Diffuser

It’s no surprise that the living room is first on the list. After all, its where we binge watch our favorite shows or have a family game night or maybe even practice yoga first thing in the morning.

Diffusing essential oils can help promote relaxation and create a healthy living environment for you and your family.

To really support family bonding and evoke the emotions of scent, try our new Evoke line of home fragrances.

The Kitchen

The 3 Rooms in Your Home Where You NEED a Diffuser

Anyone who’s ever cooked fish knows that smells can linger (ewww).

Even cooking the most inoffensive of dishes can often leave a smell behind. And let’s not even talk about the dishes in the sink. Adding a diffuser to the kitchen can help clean the air and eliminate any unfortunate food odors.

Try our Deodorizing blend to really help zap bad smells!

The Bedroom

The 3 Rooms in Your Home Where You NEED a Diffuser

And last but not least, the bedroom. The place where we sleep, relax and recharge after a long day, or even enjoy intimacy with that special someone. Essential oils and your diffuser are there help enhance each of those experiences, whether it’s getting a restful night’s sleep or setting a romantic mood.

We also have a great blog post about which essential oils can help you get a great night’s sleep!

Try out these sleep blends for an even deeper night’s sleep:

Be sure to check out our collection of diffusers to find the one that’s perfect for your home.

Essentials Video: Vanilla Bath Bomb

Goodbye bubble bath. So long rubber ducky! Once you try a bath bomb, you’ll never want to go back. If you’re already a fan or are excited to give them a whirl, this DIY is for you. This recipe calls for some ingredients that you probably already have at your house, like baking soda and cornstarch, and some you might need to pick up at the store, like citric acid and soap coloring. But not to worry, this DIY is simple enough for any newbie.

Not only is this Vanilla Bath Bomb DIY all natural, but they also use the fantastic aromas of Vanilla Oleoresin and Orange Sweet essential oils to create a soothing and fun bath experience.

DIY Vanilla Bath Bomb

Vanilla Bath Bomb

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

  1. Whisk baking soda, Epsom salt, cornstarch, and citric acid thoroughly.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix alcohol and Vanilla Oleoresin until blended.
  3. In the same bowl, mix coconut oil, water, Orange Sweet, and soap coloring (if desired).
  4. Slowly add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk together. Add only a small amount of liquid at a time, whisking thoroughly each time.
  5. Push firmly into silicone molds and allow to dry overnight.

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Evoke: The Six Scent Profiles and Why You Need Them

Plant Therapy Evoke natural scent

Evoke: Six new fragrances designed especially to evoke emotion in your home!

And right now, spend $40 and get a FREE Evoke blend with your order when you use coupon code EVOKEME.

Evoke Thrive and Celebrate sets from Plant Therapy natural scentsEach fragrance scent in the Evoke line was created to elicit a specific emotion and create a new atmosphere in your unique home.  For any essential oil lover, the world of Evoke may seem entirely different to what you know and love. And well, it kind of is (but in a good way). Evoke uses isolates to draw different fragrances from each oil. What we’re left with is all natural, intensely unique home fragrances.

Learn more about our Evoke line:

Today we’re going to take an in-depth look each fragrance profile so you can get the most out of each scent.

Spirit

Evoke: Romance and scentThe first member of the Thrive Set, Spirit stands out with a warm and complex aroma that is spirit filled and woodsy. It combines notes of caramelized sugar, bourbon whiskey, clove, nutmeg, and vanilla balsam with hints of lemon bitters and cedarwood.

Add a drop or two to your diffuser for a rich, warm atmosphere. Or if you’re looking to add it to body care products, try DIY lotions or beard oil, or dilute to 1-2% in your favorite carrier oil or lotion.

Verve

Verve is a woody and sweet blend that can add a new dimension of fragrance to your home. With notes of lemon fizz and cardamom, sweet tobacco and warm sultry woods, this scent is rounded out with hints of amber and vanilla. Use Verve to create a warm and romantic environment.

Zest

The final member of the Thrive set, Zest is a lively, fresh and spicy fragrance. It combines notes of peppercorn, juniper berry, and aquatic florals mixed with lime zest, lemon peel, and ambery musk tones. The exciting and vivacious fragrance would be perfect in your diffuser or diluted 2-4% in a carrier oil. Use Zest to infuse your home with creativity and energy!

Excite

Evoke: Romance and scentExcite, the name says it all! It blends notes of tangy citrus, peppered rose, green foliage, and warm woods. Hints of black pepper and tea tree round out this exciting and fresh blend. Try using Excite to pair with a romantic date night and help set the mood.

Jubilation

Taking a fresh and floral turn, Jubilation is a lovely addition to any home fragrance collection. Combined notes of lush berries and crushed peppercorn, Grandiflora rose and luminous musks make this a beautiful and complex blend. Add a few drops to your diffuser or try different methods of passive diffusion to fill your home with Jubilation.

Revere

a woman putting on perfumeAnd last but not least, Revere completes the Celebration Set. This floral and spicy blend combines notes of apple blossoms and citrus, along with rose absolute, dewy greens, and soft musks.

When experimenting with your new Evoke scents, it’s important to remember that they can be used in a variety of different ways, not just diffusion! Use them as a personal fragrance, in body care products, or passively diffused around the house or in your car.

Vanilla Oleoresin: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Vanilla Oleoresin: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Vanilla Oleoresin

Latin name: Vanilla planifolia

Aroma Description: A soft, sweet, rich and full scent

Therapeutic benefits

  • Can help reduce nervous tension and agitation, and promote relaxation before sleep when applied topically in a carrier oil.
  • Known for its rich and comforting aroma.
  • Often used in sensual blends because of its ability to create a romantic atmosphere.

Kidsafe?

Yes! Vanilla Oleoresin IS KidSafe.

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Vanilla Oleoresin: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Dilution instructions:

Vanilla Oleoresin does not mix completely in a carrier oil. To blend completely, dilute to 1-2% in your favorite body lotion or cream. It can be added to a carrier oil, but speckles of the Oleoresin will separate from the carrier.

Diffusion instructions:

Diffuse 2 drops with 2 drops of Grapefruit Pink and 1 drop of Sandalwood for an exotic getaway in your own living room.

Oils to blend with:

Bergamot, Grapefruit Pink, Jasmine Absolute, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange Sweet, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood Australian, Tangerine, Vanilla CO2, Vetiver.

Get 15% off Vanilla Oleoresin Essential Oil today with coupon code SPOTLIGHT38!

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Essentials Video: Ylang Ylang Youth Face Serum DIY

The Fountain of Youth may be the stuff of legend, but this face serum is the next best thing! The Jojoba oil and Meadowfoam oil provide much-needed moisturization, while the essential oils get to work rejuvenating and smoothing your skin. Frankincense Frereana is a go-to oil for many skincare recipes because of its ability to help it smooths the appearance of wrinkles, scars, dry and damaged skin.

Additionally, Carrot Seed is perfect for helping soften and smooth your skin. And finally, this DIY calls for Ylang Ylang Complete because of its ability to help your skin to retain moisture. All in all, this serum is sure to have your skin looking and feeling positively divine.

Essentials Video: Fountain of Youth Face Serum DIY

Ylang Ylang Youth Face Serum

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Blend essential oils and carrier oils together thoroughly. Massage onto face after cleansing.

Ylang Ylang Complete: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Ylang Ylang Complete: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Ylang Ylang Complete

Latin name: Cananga odorata

Aroma Description: Intensely sweet, heady floral scent

Therapeutic benefits

  • Can help reduce worry, calm the mind, and uplift mood.
  • Best known for its aphrodisiac qualities.
  • Can be used to help retain moisture in hair and skin.
  • Encourages full body relaxation.

Kidsafe?

No! Ylang Ylang Complete is NOT KidSafe.

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Ylang Ylang Complete: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Dilution instructions:

Add 1 drop Ylang Ylang, 2 drops Sandalwood, and 2 drops Bergamot in two teaspoons (10 mL) carrier oil for a romantic, sensual massage blend. Because of possible skin sensitization, we recommend a maximum dilution of 0.8% for topical applications.

Diffusion instructions:

Add a drop or two to your diffuser to help calm a frazzled mind. Because the aroma is powerful and heady, only a small amount is needed.

Oils to blend with:

Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood Virginian, Geranium Egyptian, Grapefruit Pink, Jasmine Absolute, Mandarin, Neroli, Peppermint Western US, Petitgrain, Sandalwood Australian, and Vetiver.

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Tidying Up with Essential Oils: #konmarimethod

Tidying Up with Essential Oils: #konmarimethod

It’s official, Marie Kondo is taking the world by storm. Maybe you first picked up her book a couple years ago and began the process of decluttering your life and finding joy in the items you own. Or maybe you binge-watched her new Netflix series and couldn’t wait to transform your own space. If you’re ready to get started on the Kon Mari method (or really any method for decluttering your home), essential oils are here to help. Check out these amazing ways that you can use EOs while you tidy up.

Get Motivated

Tidying Up with Essential Oils: #konmarimethod

This may be the hardest part of the whole process. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of sorting through everything you own and organizing it. Luckily there are several essential oils to help. Diffuse a few drops of the synergy blend Energy to help give you the boost of energy you need to get off the couch and get started tidying. May Chang is also an excellent uplifting oil to help boost your motivation. Or try the Get Moving Diffuser Blend, which can provide the boost of energy and mental clarity you need to get started.

Choosing What Sparks Joy

Tidying Up with Essential Oils: #konmarimethod

Part of tidying up is choosing what to keep, what to throw away, and what to donate. According to Marie Kondo, we should only keep those items that spark joy. Sounds easy, right? Well, not always. Parting with our stuff can often be the source of stress and confusion. Plant Therapy offers several synergy blends that can help give you the mental clarity you need to make these big decisions. Try diffusing a few drops of Brain Aid, Clarity, A+ Attention or Clear Intuition.

Organizing Your Oils

Tidying Up with Essential Oils: #konmarimethod

For any EO lover, it can be nearly impossible to part with any essential oil. After all, every oil sparks joy, right? We won’t be the one to argue with you on that point. However, it can be beneficial to take stock of your collection. Maybe you discover the odd empty bottle or a handful of duplicates or some oils that are past their prime. Not to mention, a beautifully organized collection can be both pleasing to the eye and make it easier for you to find your favorite oils (or try out something new).

Use Oils While You Clean

Tidying Up with Essential Oils: #konmarimethod

Once you’ve finished tidying your space, it’s time to clean. And it’s no secret that essential oils make excellent natural cleaners. By substituting EOs into your routine, you’ll not only save space by eliminating extra bottles of cleaners, but you’ll also get one step closer to having a natural household. Both Lemon and Tea Tree are great oils to start using as a cleanser. Or check out our Cleaning Set, complete with six essential oils to get you started.

Rest and Relax

Plant Therapy Evoke natural scents woman smelling evoke

And last but not least, it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your newly clean, joyful space. After all your hard work, diffusing your favorite oils, or using one of our synergy blends, can be the perfect way to promote peace and relaxation in your home. Try a few drops of Tranquil, Relax, or Worry Free.

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