Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What We're Working On: Becca & Mars

Happy Spring From Baltimore's Becca & Mars!

Redbuds, forsythia and daffodils are in bloom. Cherry blossoms and magnolias are budding. The city is gradually turning greener as new shoots, leaves and grasses start to grow. We can smell the mock orange shrubbery in the neighbors’ backyard - the perfect blend of oranges and honey.

Perhaps you also have noticed that the kids are outside more, people have a bit of a 'spring' in their step, birds are singing, squirrels and foxes are cavorting. Here at Becca & Mars our inspiration comes from nature and the seasons. As winter releases its grip and the days turn longer and warmer we're inspired by the freshness around us - the warmth in the air, the bright colors and aromas. Time to focus on some spring-inspired scents. We're thinking lavender and orange and lemon - heady and sunny and bright. Along this lines we've introduced three new Hand Candy Sugar Scrubs:
Orange Ylang Ylang
We use a lot of sweet orange essential oil. We love it. The properties of this lovely essential oil include antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac and skin brightening. The smell of sweet orange essential oil is best described as cheerful and joyful.

Ylang ylang is fun to pronounce (ee-lahng ee-lahng). Ylang Ylang means ‘flower of flowers’. This exotic floral promotes relaxation, and when you can relax, you can enjoy (life, love and everything). Ylang ylang is used by many a perfumer, and it has a rich history around the world.

Combined, orange and ylang ylang is exotic, sunshiny happiness! That makes Orange Ylang Ylang Hand Candy exotic, sunshiny happiness in a jar.

Lavender Frankincense
Long known for its healing properties, lavender essential oil is one of the most versatile. It is commonly used for skin irritations and burns, both for its rapid healing properties and its painkilling properties. The scent is floral and camphoraceous and is renowned for its calming effect.

Frankincense has been used for centuries for its scent as well as its healing properties. The essential oil is highly rejuvenative, both for the mind and for the skin. Today frankincense essential oil is used for its antiseptic, astringent, sedative and expectorant properties. We love the warm, woody spiciness it adds to our hand candy. It’s a great match for the lavender.

Lavender Frankincense Hand Candy will soothe your hands and your mind.

Calm Yourself
OK, this scent isn’t new to the Becca & Mars fans who love the body oil and pure essential oil blend, but it is new in Hand Candy. Our combination of lemon, bergamot, clary sage, sandalwood and neroli essential oils provides the benefits of all of these oils, including cleansing, antidepressant and relaxation. Simply put, the scent is citrusy and exotic and utterly calming.
Calm Yourself has been a favorite Becca & Mars scent since day one and we are delighted to add it to our Hand Candy line.

Open your windows and feast your eyes – there’s a lot of spring poking around out there. Breathe it in and enjoy.

Written by: Becca & Mars

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