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Natural Men’s Care: Feet

There are very few things that can kill the mood quicker than smelly, gross, crusty feet. Best turn off ever when you take those shoes and socks off and the smell permeates the room, crawling into the nose of your significant other and you watch as they turn away and suddenly remember Read More »

Blue Tansy Oil, Some Uses

Blue Tansy oil (Tanacetum annuum)  is not to be confused with Tansy oil  (Tanacetum vulgare), which  is toxic and should never  be used in aromatherapy. Blue Tansy is a great oil for aromatherapy, fortunately. Some people refer to it as “Moroccan Chamomile” though that isn’t entirely accurate.  It has a bright,  Read More »

Balsam of Peru Oil, Some Uses

Balsam of Peru (Myroxylon balsamum var. pereira) It’s actually closely related to Tolu Balsam (Myroxylon balsamum var. balsamum) and they can be interchanged in recipes. Balsam of Peru comes from the resin produced by the Peru Balsam tree, an evergreen tree native to Central America. It’s also called “Black Balsam” and “Indian Balsam”.  The oil is Read More »

Helichrysum Oil, Some Uses

Helichrysum oil is expensive so why do we love it so much? Because it is THE best oil for healing, which makes it worth every penny spent on it. Distilled from the daisy like flower of the evergreen plant, this oil has a strong, aromatic sweet scent with  medicinal undertones. Breathe it in deep. Let it smooth out the lines in ... Read More »

Using Essential Oils to Treat Poison Ivy, Sumac, and Oak Rash

“Leaves of three, let them be.” Easy to remember and every time we get hit with a rash we feel silly because we knew better. Sigh. But there are things you can do to heal the rash quickly. And if you are going on a camping trip, there are a few essential oil recipes down below that would be great ... Read More »

Preparing Your Skin for the Sunshine

Sunshine is wonderful. It’s bright, cheerful, and life giving.  It makes you straighten up and smile. And it makes you want to go outside and play in the sprinklers. However, it will turn on you and give you bad sunburns if you are overexposed. It can also cause long term damage, which will not be seen immediately. It often takes ... Read More »

Healing Sunburns with Essential Oils

Sunshine! It’s bright, beautiful, and rejuvenating. And we need it. We need the vitamin D it provides. We also need the light for our own emotional well-being. The problem happens when we get so much that we burn our skin. We all know that with over-exposure, we are raising our risk of skin cancer. We try to work on finding ... Read More »

Natural Men’s Care: Aftershave

Aftershave is the best way to finish off your shave. It is bracing, it tingles, and gets your blood pumping. You are taking part of a time honored, manly tradition and it sure makes you feel good! Making your own aftershave gives you the edge. You can make one that suits your own skin and, by using essential oils,  gives ... Read More »

Bay Rum Oil, Some Uses

Also known as West Indian Bay, Bay Rum (Pimenta racemosa) is considered the man’s oil. The essential oil is usually distilled from the leaves with water. Its scent is spicy with a sweet undertone and it makes you think of Old Spice® products. Aromatic influences: Inspires courage and generates energy. Invigorates the spirit and helps you take action. Bracing, pungent, and powerful. Combines well with: ... Read More »

Natural Men’s Care: Shaving Creams

As a man who cares about his appearance, you have your own set of concerns for the look and feel of your face when you shave.  Therefore, you want a shaving cream made to suit only you and your skin. Commercial shaving creams all have pretty much the same basic ingredients. The main one is water, which is good. Some of ... Read More »