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Essential Oils, Handcrafted and Vintage Jewelry, and Other Spoils

Pinterest’s Watching Me

Seriously, I think Pinterest is spying on me. I present my emails as evidence. It's been a while, but if I remember correctly, when I created my Pinterest account, I chose items of interest from a list, which Pinterest would... Continue Reading →

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Make and Break 7 – Soothing Lip Balm

Necessity is indeed the mother of invention. Right after I made inhalers for my sweet friend Mary, I whipped up a batch of lip balm, hoping to provide some relief for my husband and myself. Disclosures and Disclaimers The wind... Continue Reading →

Make and Break 6 – Inhalers

My sweet friend Mary made my day twice when she asked if I could make her a couple of inhalers to help with alertness and sinus congestion. I love that she asked me and that she also gave me a... Continue Reading →

Customize Your Essential Oils Start

The international essential oils market exceeded $6 billion in 2015 and is expected to nearly double, to $11.5 million in the next 5 years.  The growth in the essential oils market is largely due to increased demand for natural and organic... Continue Reading →

Oils On, Stress Off

I began using essential oils 2 1/2 years ago for seasonal support, but I discovered early on that essential oils also help my reaction to stress, and there are certain essential oil blends I use every day, sometimes more than once... Continue Reading →

Totality: The Whole of Something

Last week was a week of totalities. Totality, defined by Oxford Dictionaries, as the whole of something. The week began with a solar eclipse. The last solar eclipse in the United States was in 1979, and next will occur in... Continue Reading →

Happy Two-Year Anniversary to Oils & Spoils

Last week marked two years for Oils & Spoils, the blog. All thanks to readers like you, this labor of love has been a learning experience topped with much joy. The words from Pulling Out The Negativity on August 5,... Continue Reading →

Can I Get Your Monograph? Certifiable 4

I'm currently studying the monographs of 24 essential oils, as I work through Foundations of Aromatherapy, one of two courses needed for aromatherapy certification through The School for Aromatic Studies. In general, a monograph is a written account of single... Continue Reading →

Magnolia and Vine is Blooming

Magnolia and Vine is blooming. The company had its annual convention, Bloom, last week and let the flap out of the bag. Literally. Magnolia and Vine's new Versa line features interchangeable handbags. Versa is a nice compliment to Magnolia and... Continue Reading →

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