Making Scents...my Scentsy Journey

Friday, December 14, 2012

Scentsy Spring Sprint is coming to a city near you. If your interested in learning more and about how you can attend Scentsy Spring Sprint 2013. Contact me Sandra Porter-Gonyea. Scentsy Spring Sprint 2013
Spring Sprint will hit 38 cities from Feb. 2-28, 2013:
• Carolina, Puerto Rico: Feb. 2
• Bozeman, Montana: Feb. 4
• Salt Lake City, Utah: Feb. 4
• Portland, Maine: Feb. 4
• Charlotte, North Carolina: Feb. 4
• Oacoma, South Dakota: Feb. 5
• Park City (near Wichita), Kansas: Feb. 5-6
• Spokane, Washington: Feb. 6
• Syracuse, New York: Feb. 6
• Murfreesboro (near Nashville), Tennessee: Feb. 6
• Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Feb. 6
• Aurora (near Denver), Colorado: Feb. 7
• Brooklyn Center (near Minneapolis), Minnesota: Feb. 7
• Waco, Texas: Feb. 8-9
• Baltimore, Maryland: Feb. 8-9
• Seattle, Washington: Feb. 9
• Albuquerque, New Mexico: Feb. 9
• Fontana, Wisconsin: Feb. 9
• Birmingham, Alabama: Feb. 9
• Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada: Feb. 9
• Medford, Oregon: Feb. 11
• Helotes (near San Antonio), Texas: Feb. 11-12
• Phoenix, Arizona: Feb. 12
• St. Louis, Missouri: Feb. 12
• Orlando, Florida: Feb. 12
• Cincinnati, Ohio: Feb. 12-13
• Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Feb. 12-13
• Reno, Nevada: Feb. 13
• Las Vegas, Nevada: Feb. 15
• Omaha, Nebraska: Feb. 15
• Lubbock, Texas: Feb. 15
• Surrey/Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Feb. 15
• Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Feb. 15-16
• Ontario, California: Feb. 16
• Lansing, Michigan: Feb. 16
• Little Rock, Arkansas: Feb. 18
• Honolulu, Hawaii: Feb. 23
• Boise, Idaho: Feb. 28

Monday, December 3, 2012

Aromatherapy, what is it?

So what really is aromatherapy?  Why do we use it and where does it come from...... 
Definition
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of plant-derived, aromatic essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being. It is sometimes used in combination with massage and other therapeutic techniques as part of a holistic treatment approach.
Purpose
Aromatherapy offers diverse physical and psychological benefits, depending on the essential oil or oil combination and method of application used. Some common medicinal properties of essential oils used in aromatherapy include: analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, sedative, antispasmodic, expectorant, diuretic, and sedative. Essential oils are used to treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions, including, but not limited to, gastrointestinal discomfort, skin conditions, menstrual pain and irregularities, stress-related conditions, mood disorders, circulatory problems, respiratory infections, and wounds.
Origins
Aromatic plants have been employed for their healing, preservative, and pleasurable qualities throughout recorded history in both the East and West. As early as 1500 B.C. the ancient Egyptians used waters, oils, incense, resins, and ointments scented with botanicals for their religious ceremonies.

There is evidence that the Chinese may have recognized the benefits of herbal and aromatic remedies much earlier than this. The oldest known herbal text, Shen Nung's Pen Ts'ao (c. 2700-3000 B.C.) catalogs over 200 botanicals. Ayurveda, a practice of traditional Indian medicine that dates back over 2,500 years, also used aromatic herbs for treatment.

The Romans were well-known for their use of fragrances. They bathed with botanicals and integrated them into their state and religious rituals. So did the Greeks, with a growing awareness of the medicinal properties of herbs, as well. Greek physician and surgeon Pedanios Dioscorides, whose renown herbal text De Materia Medica (60 A.D.) was the standard textbook for Western medicine for 1,500 years, wrote extensively on the medicinal value of botanical aromatics. The Medica contained detailed information on over 500 plants and 4,740 separate medicinal uses for them, including an entire section on aromatics.
Written records of herbal distillation are found as early as the first century A.D., and around 1000 A.D., the noted Arab physician and naturalist Avicenna described the distillation of rose oil from rose petals, and the medicinal properties of essential oils in his writings. However, it wasn't until 1937, when French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé published Aromatherapie: Les Huiles essentielles, hormones végé tales, that aromatherapie, or aromatherapy, was introduced in Europe as a medical discipline. Gattefossé, who was employed by a French perfumeur, discovered the healing properties of lavender oil quite by accident when he suffered a severe burn while working and used the closest available liquid, lavender oil, to soak it in.
In the late 20th century, French physician Jean Valnet used botanical aromatics as a front line treatment for wounded soldiers in World War II. He wrote about his use of essential oils and their healing and antiseptic properties, in his 1964 book Aromatherapie, traitement des maladies par les essences des plantes, which popularized the use of essential oils for medical and psychiatric treatment throughout France. Later, French biochemist Mauguerite Maury popularized the cosmetic benefits of essential oils, and in 1977 Robert Tisserand wrote the first English language book on the subject, The Art of Aromatherapy, which introduced massage as an adjunct treatment to aromatherapy and sparked its popularity in the United Kingdom.
In aromatherapy, essential oils are carefully selected for their medicinal properties. As essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream through application to the skin or inhalation, their active components trigger certain pharmalogical effects (e.g., pain relief).
In addition to physical benefits, aromatherapy has strong psychological benefits. The volatility of an oil, or the speed at which it evaporates in open air, is thought to be linked to the specific psychological effect of an oil. As a rule of thumb, oils that evaporate quickly are considered emotionally uplifting, while slowly-evaporating oils are thought to have a calming effect.

 re: http://ask.healthline.com/galecontent/aromatherapy-1

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Holiday Shopping #2

Part 1 of Holiday Shopping covered those new to Scentsy with great combine and save packages, expectant mothers and children. Also some ideas for older kids and teens. We continue our holiday shopping with our Scentsy Campus Collection.

What a great idea for the college students in your life. These warmers are perfect for college students because they work great in dorm rooms as most dorms do not allow flames for safety reasons. A Scentsy Campus Collection warmer works great in apartments as well, then you never have to worry about your college student starting a fire with a flame candle. It is so easy to run out the door in a hurry and leave a candle burning, which is also very dangerous. With Scentsy you never have to worry about this.

Next lets shop for that man on your list. Old or young, Scentsy has a great line called Scentsy Man This line includes one of my favorites, Route 66, which is a mix of citrus, herbs, and musk. Also must tries are Sharp Dressed Man, Hemingway, and Weathered Leather. Weathered Leather by the way is one of the most authentic leather smelling scents I have ever smelled.

 Along with Scentsy Man we also have many warmers that would appeal to men such as the above pictured Angler.



Hope you like my shopping suggestions. Browse my website to see all of what Scentsy offers.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Holiday Scents 2012




Having had the opportunity to try most of these Scentsy Scents in the new 2012 Fall/Winter catalog, I wanted to provide you  with some  favorites. If you are trying to find some great candle scents for the upcoming holidays you will find them right here!


An absolute favorite Scentsy scent this fall is Mandarin Moon. Mandarin Moon screams fall with its cinnamon, ginger, and orange. You can not go wrong with this Fall candle scent. Every time you put Mandarin Moon into a warmer you get a sense of comfort and familiarness that I can not quite put my finger on. This should be your go to Scentsy scent these days.

Another favorite is Apple Press. Apple Press is the ultimate Apple candle scent! If you love the scent of Apples you will love this Scentsy scent. It has a hint of pear in it as well, which just enhances the aroma of the apples.


Make Apple Press even better ( if that is possible) by mixing it with Mandarin Moon (1/2 cube of each), and this Scentsy recipe is amazing! Combining Apple Press with Mandarin Moon takes the scent from an excellent Fall candle scent to an excellent Holiday scent. Use this mix throughout the holiday season. It is one of those candle scents that puts a smile on your face as soon as you smell it.




An ultimate Christmas candle scent from Scentsy is Christmas Cottage .It is still a bit too early to warm a scent for Christmas. . Christmas Cottage makes me want to drag the Christmas tree out and turn on It's a Wonderful Life and decorate the tree.
Christmas Cottage combines oranges, raspberries, cloves, and spices into a wonderful Scentsy scent that lingers long after you turn your warmer off. The best way to describe Christmas Cottage is to say "it smells like Christmas"!


Another great Scentsy scent is Snowberry,  Snowberry combines loganberry, strawberry, peppermint, and cinnamon into a fresh winter scent that makes me long for our first winter snowfall.  A great winter candle scent. This is another scent that  would smell great mixed with Apple Press . Try that mix out soon.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Holiday Shopping #1

With the Holidays looming now is a great time to get some holiday shopping done easily online through Scentsy.
Scentsy makes a great a unique gift for pretty much anyone. People of all age ranges love Scentsy products making it easy to find something for someone of any age.

I will be breaking down Scentsy gift giving in a 2 part series. The 2nd part will be posted early next week so stay tuned!

Now lets get shopping!

For someone who has never tried Scentsy I recommend a Scentsy Companion System. This is a great starter kit and includes a full size Scentsy warmer, a Scentsy plug in, and 3 Scentsy Scent bars (all which you customize to pick your favorites).

 Or try a Scentsy Premium Companion System which comes with a premium full size warmer instead of a regular full size warmer. The premium full size warmers include more intricate details such as hand painting.


 

 For the little one in your life, or expectant mother, take a look at the Scentsy Buddy Collection. 

Currently on special. Buy one get one FREE! Just insert a Scentsy Scent Pak,.
into its zippered pocket to bring your Buddy to life with scrumptious scent! For children ages 3 years old and up. Each Buddy includes one scent pak.  The Scentsy Buddy is the perfect cuddly companion, always ready with a big dose of comforting fragrance.

 Next for that Tween or Teen on your shopping list check out the Scentsy Travel Tins. These are perfect for lockers, backpacks, cars, or anywhere on the go. Simply open the tin and release amazing scent! Some of the popular Teen scents are Flirtatious and Love Story.


Another idea for teens or as a stocking stuffer our Scentsy Fragrance Foam,Emollient-rich, lusciously scented, and alcohol-free, Fragrance Foam kills germs without drying hands. Available in 20 fragrances. Currently on special BOGO!!!!!