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Ambre Blends Staff Spotlight: Leslie Agan

Meet the newest member of the Ambre Blends team, Leslie Agan! Leslie has taken the role of Production Manager for two months now, and you might be surprised to know that she is Ambre’s mom (along with being a mom to four others)! While we’re in the middle of expanding our building and gearing up to launch our fifth scent, Leslie is keeping the production team right on track.

“The most important things to me in life are my relationship with Christ, my family (and six grandchildren), my love for what I do for a living and accomplishing goals I set for myself.” Find out more about Leslie in her Staff Spotlight!

What is a day in the life of Leslie like? Blessed and busy!

What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? Creating all the different products and working with fun and wonderful people.

What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? Ambre Blends, of course! My daughter has been waking me up to the world of natural products and organic foods over the years. Now I am paying attention and looking forward to exploring more as I now understand the importance of a healthy clean lifestyle.

What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? My go-to is Solace Essence. I wear the Oil Essence, Skin Tonic, Deodorant, Body Cream and I love burning the Soy Wax Candles. I mix Solace with all the other scents sometimes to change it up. So I guess you could say that I wear them all! I am very much looking forward to the new scent as I believe it will get people out of their comfort zone of just wearing Ambre Essence (original). We are actually making all the products now in the new scent to prepare for our launch in May.

What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I enjoy horseback riding.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Landscaping my yard.  It’s mentally clearing and relieves the stress of my busy lifestyle.

Why should people be using Ambre Blends? The love and passion that goes into the process. From the very beginning to fulfillment (shipping). Its a joyful process!

What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? Working with my daughter.

What was your first job? From 15 to 18 years of age, I worked at Laughners Cafeteria. To support my family which started at the ripe age of 21, I went into the dentistry field. Once my kids were in middle school, I started my own business sewing for designers in the greater Indianapolis area. I did that for 28 years and am now running the business while I can also step away and work with the growing company as Production Manager.

The F Word: Fragrance

You see the word “fragrance” all over the place. It’s on the back of products you use around your house and on your body…so should you be concerned?

Let’s start with what the word “fragrance” actually means. The definition of fragrance is “a sweet or pleasing scent.” In short, fragrance is a simply how something smells. What fragrance does not mean is that something is a perfume or cologne.

Here’s where the difference comes in: natural fragrance vs. synthetic fragrance.

Natural fragrances are made of essential oils and raw materials derived from botanical ingredients harvested from the earth, not made in a lab. Ambre Blends oil essences and body care products are carefully blended from the finest all-natural ingredients.

Synthetic fragrances are the perfumes and colognes you commonly associate with the word fragrance. These are made with synthetic chemicals, fillers and potential hormone disruptors as well as parabens, phthalates, synthetic musks and more.

In order to protect our proprietary blend of amber essences, the FDA requires us to label our products as a fragrance, although we want our customers to know that our products are made with natural plant-based oils (fragrance) which will always be pure, fresh and made with utmost integrity. As much as we wanted to get away from the “f” word because of its bad reputation, we are choosing to comply with FDA standards, even though not all companies in our industry play by the rules.

If you know the story about how Ambre Blends got its start, you know that using all natural, pure ingredients is the top priority for us since Ambre is highly sensitive to synthetic ingredients. If you don’t know our backstory, you can read it here.

Ambre Blends all-natural oil essences are designed to complement your body’s chemistry. These organic infusions are activated by your body heat to uncover your own unique essence. This is what we like to call the art of natural fragrance. You can find out more about wearing, sharing and exploring Ambre Blends here.

As our product line has grown over the last two decades, the drive to keep things clean and pure is something we hold close to our hearts, and we will remain committed to this moving forward.

Ambre Blends Staff Spotlight: Alison Agan

Do you ever wonder who makes all the Ambre Blends products that you order? When you step into the Ambre Blends Disco Hut, you’ll find Alison Agan, our Production and Fulfillment Assistant, making your products by hand with love! Since starting with Ambre Blends in August of 2016, Alison not only works in production but helps with shipping.

What is a day in the life of Alison like? During the week, you can find me cranking out product at Ambre Blends and coming home to some Netflix and ping pong. Friday and Saturday, I’m working at The Compass. Sunday is for pajamas and organized sports. Or unorganized…it’s Sunday so who cares!

What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? The team I have the privilege of working with every day. We get to come together and provide people with their favorite products not only nationally but internationally, which is mind-blowing considering the humble beginnings of Ambre Blends. We can get goofy and we can certainly get down to business. Did I mention it’s the best smelling work place on the planet? That’s another bonus!

What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? Organic food is my favorite. I love all food but organic is my favorite!

What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? I’m an all-out oil junkie. Solace and Invoke mixed together is my magical potion of choice. The Skin Tonic has also completely simplified my skincare routine.

What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I was born in a truck on Highway 101 in California. Literally born Ford tough.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I’m a true night owl and like any late night social scene revolving around food. I love to paint so if I’m feeling creative I can go to town on a canvas. Also, I like to get out in nature with my two pit bulls and my husband.

Why should people be using Ambre Blends? What makes Ambre Blends so special is how intimate yet powerful it is. It is so memorable but not invasive. When I first met my husband he wore Ambre Essence. I was wearing one of his shirts and could not get over how addictive yet light the scent was. So yeah, Ambre Blends is great for starting relationships.

What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? Being able to use our platform to spread information about the benefits of not only wearing more natural products but the impact of supporting local businesses and companies that support a greener lifestyle.

What was your first job? Working for my family’s tree service. Hauling brush, driving a dump truck, roping down trees…you know…the normal job for a 13-year old girl!

 

 

Stay Fresh with Pure Olive Oil Soap

All soaps are not created equal! That’s why Ambre Blends created Pure Olive Oil Soap to leave your skin feeling silky and clean.

Our Pure Olive Oil Soap is a healthy, rejuvenating bar that is high in antioxidants and packed with natural ingredients that are nutritious for your skin. Although you might associate olive oil with cooking and the kitchen, it has been making its way to skincare and beauty products. And with its naturally nourishing properties, it’s easy to see why!

The Benefits of Pure Olive Oil Soap

Olive oil has been used as a moisturizer for centuries. It penetrates deep into the skin without clogging your pores. Since it is derived from nature, it is free of artificial ingredients. Olive oil helps to relieve your dry skin as well as assist in treating rashes, psoriasis, eczema and acne.

Another ingredient found in our soap is glycerin, a colorless, odorless humectant produced from vegetable oils. Glycerin moisturizes skin by drawing water from the air into the skin’s outer layer. It forms a protective layer locking in that moisture. If you have sensitive skin, glycerin will not irritate it or cause negative reactions like synthetic ingredients would.

To use Ambre Blends Olive Oil Soap, thoroughly work the soap in your hands to form a rich, full lather. Use on your body and face as part of your daily wash. Afterwards, your smooth and hydrated skin will emanate a sensual and alluring aroma of the essence of your choice!

Did you know you can also use our Pure Olive Oil Soap as a moisturizing shave bar? Create a silky lather upon which your razor’s harsh effects are mitigated and replaced with a hydrating, smooth and pleasurable shaving experience that won’t leave any residue behind.

Making the Switch to Stainless Steel

If you’ve made an order for a 10ml Roll-On Essence over the past few months, you have probably noticed that Ambre Blends has made the switch from plastic rollerballs to stainless steel. We are so excited to be moving away from plastic and to these surgical-grade stainless steel rollerballs for a variety of reasons.

First and foremost, the stainless steel balls are more sanitary.  We want to ensure that we are giving our customers a high-quality product that will last, just like our essences.

Stainless steel rollerballs tend to hold up over time better than plastic. One common complaint we received about the plastic rollerballs was that they would get stuck or clogged. When the plastic ball gets stuck, it can cause scratches to the surface of your skin, which eventually can lead to a rash. With the stainless steel rollerballs, you don’t have to worry about scratches since it rolls over your skin smoothly every time.

If the rollerball gets clogged, it could potentially change the scent and integrity of the oil. We always encourage our customers to purchase the 30ml refill bottles of oil essence to save money and the environment. The more you refill your 10ml Roll-On, the more likely the plastic rollerballs are to get stuck, which is another reason for switching to stainless steel.

Another thing we noticed about the plastic rollerballs was that over time the plastic rollers would dispense less oil. This explains why it feels like such a drastic change in the amount of oil that is dispensed with the new Roll-Ons. While we can’t control how the oil comes out of the new rollerballs, we want our customers to keep conservation in mind. Instead of rolling the oil essence all the way up and down your arm, a small roll of oil followed by rubbing your forearms together will activate the scent. Or even just a dab on each arm will do!

We’re always looking for ways to improve our products and packaging to be more beneficial to our customers as well as environmentally-friendly. We believe that switching from plastic to stainless steel is one way we can do both!

Meet Ambre

Ever wonder how Ambre Blends was started? Not sure how to pronounce Ambre Blends? We’re giving you an inside look at Ambre Blends from the very beginning, straight from Ambre.

In 1997, I was living in Colorado and studying to be a massage therapist. I started studying aromatherapy and working for an herbalist, and we were making products for pregnancy and lactation. During that process, I knew I was sensitive to chemicals and synthetic fragrances/products. Working for a company where the products were so pure inspired me to grow a garden filled with lavender, lemon balm and chamomile, and to play with different ingredients making products out of them for my own personal use.

At the time, I was not making what is now Ambre products, I was making totally different products like detox bath crystals, spritzers, soaps and candles. My three signature products were tranquility, calm and clear and energizing citrus. I called them Ambre Blends Handcrafted Herbal Body Care because they were blends made by me, Ambre.

From there, I started playing with oils and using them as natural fragrances. That’s how I created Ambre Essence. The reason why I called it Ambre Essence was because the main ingredient is an amber oil. There’s thousands of amber oils out there, but I would get this oil and add ingredients to it to give it a clean, euphoric smell mixed with a slightly musky scent.

I named it Ambre Essence since it was my own personal fragrance and I wanted it to be my essence. My name is spelled A-M-B-R-E, which is how the name came about. We have people ask us all the time, is it pronounced “om-brey” or “amber?” My dad named me Ambre because he wanted it to be different, so he used the French spelling (even though I’m not French), but it is pronounced like Amber.

As that oil started to take off, I was making it into the soaps, detox baths, candles, spritzers and lotions. It just took off from there! I started to take the Ambre oil as well as Invoke and expand the line, which is how Ambre Blends grew over the years. Eventually, I let go of the tranquility, calm and clear and energizing citrus and focused on the Ambre Essence. I was then getting into products that the common ingredient in the line was the Ambre Essence, which is why I kept Ambre Blends as the business name.

I moved home to Indianapolis in 2001. When I met Steph through a mutual friend a couple years later, I gave her an Ambre roll-on as a gift and she loved it. She saw the reaction she was getting when wearing it. She believed in the product and wanted to help spread the word, which is when she started to work with me in 2007. At about the same time, Rebecca came on board and was making products while Steph was handling sales and pushing the product.

We were working out of my Broad Ripple bungalow, and I’d be upstairs massaging while hearing Steph on the phone and Rebecca making product. In between clients, I would run downstairs and help them out. I had to keep massaging for a few years to put that money into Ambre Blends.

In 2009, we knew we needed more space so we moved our studio out of my house and into a space in Broad Ripple. Shortly after, Adam came on board and we had two other employees working there as well. As soon as we moved into that space, the extra square footage allowed us to really build our business. We were there for three years until we moved the studio into my new northside home. I had a newborn, so that allowed me to work while still spending time with him for his first year.

After one year of that, we knew we had to move, which is when we moved into our current space. Here we are, not even three years into our new building and we are adding 5,000 square feet onto our space to accommodate more business and more product. We are gearing up to launch a new scent in 2017 as well as a baby line! Thank you to all of our customers and retailers for helping us make this happen!

‘Tis the Season for Gift Sets

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Look no further than an Ambre Blends Gift Set! We have so many options for you to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

Why buy an Ambre Blends Gift Set? One of the best benefits is that you save money! Each gift set that we have available is cheaper than if you would buy the products separately. And not only do you save money, but they all come housed in reusable containers that stay true to our commitment to being a green company.

Here are some Gift Set options available to you…

Four 10ml Roll-On Tin Set: A $184 value, you can get a tin with all four essences for $159. This is the perfect set for someone who wants to mix and match all four essences to create a unique scent that’s all your own. If you don’t want to keep the Roll-Ons in the silver tin, it’s recyclable!

Ambre Blends Travel Bag: If you’re always on-the-go or a jet-setter, you need an Ambre Blends Travel Bag. Valued at $155, the Travel Bag is available in all four essences for $136. This includes a 10ml Roll-On essence, 2oz Body Cream, .85oz Skin Tonic, 2oz Spritzer and .75oz Natural Deodorant, all approved for air travel. This comes packaged in a reusable eco-friendly PEVA (recycled phthalate-free) vinyl bag with hemp sides and trim.

Gift Sets 2Ambre Beards Kit: All of our products are unisex, and now we have our first ever product set designed specifically for men. Utilizing our signature Ambre Blends scents, we have designed these products to meet the grooming needs of the modern man. Available in all four essences, our Ambre Beards Kits ($70) includes a Face & Beard Tonic, shave bar, mustache/beard comb and a sample pack of our oil essences to make you smell as good as you look.

Large Gift Sets: If you love the entire product line, purchase a large gift set (valued at $186). For $175, you can use not only the 10ml Roll-On in the essence of your choice but also an 8.5oz Body Cream, 8.5oz Spritzer and Pure Olive Oil Soap. Combine all of these products for a luxurious skincare routine. You’ll smell as good as your skin feels!

10ml Roll-On + Natural Deodorant: Have you been searching for a natural deodorant that actually works? Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant has been featured in the Huffington Post and Organic Spa Magazine among other publications as being a top pick! This gift set is your chance to try it out, containing a .75oz Natural Deodorant and 10ml Roll-On in the essence of your choice.

Skin Tonic Gift Set: The recipient of this gift will be singing your praises during the wintertime. This set includes a .85oz Skin Tonic and 10ml Roll-On in the essence of your choice. Ambre Blends Skin Tonic is a lifesaver in the harsh winter months keeping your skin moisturized and hydrated, providing a healthy glow to your face and body. Your skin will be vibrant while also radiating your favorite Ambre Blends scent!

Soap and 10ml Set: Have you tried our Pure Olive Oil Soap yet? Great for your body and face, and even for shaving, this soap is high in antioxidants to feed and nourish your skin leaving it silky and hydrated. Use the Pure Olive Oil Soap in the essence of your choice, and then apply your Roll-On Essence after you get out of the shower and you’ll be radiating your favorite scent all day long!

With so many options, you can’t go wrong this holiday season with the gift of Ambre Blends. Not sure what you should get? We also have gift certificates available!

Meet Sara Harris, Ambre Blends Sample Guru

You might not realize all the work that goes on behind the scenes at Ambre Blends, but all of our products are handmade with love, including the sample packs. That’s where product specialist Sara Harris comes in. This rockstar pours, caps and labels over 1,500 sample vials per week every week! Sara has been on the Ambre Blends team for six years and we can’t imagine life without her.

What’s a day in the life of Sara like? I wake up, wash my face and get a coffee. I take my dog, Molson, outside and come back to wake up my four year-old daughter Maggie (she likes to sleep). I get her ready for school, pack up and head out the door. I drop her off at school and take Molson to puppy daycare. Then I’m off to work at Greek Tony’s until I go pick up Maggie from school. On busy days, we’ll go back to Greek Tony’s, if not we head to a park. Later on we pick up Molson and go home. After Maggie goes to bed I work on the samples.

What’s your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? The best part about Ambre Blends is being able to work for a company that is all-natural, organic and local to Indiana.

What are some of your favorite organic products to use? Up until I had my daughter, I wasn’t too conscious of the products that I used for myself. Once she came into my life, I noticed how important organic products are for cleaning and eating. I buy the Annie’s brand of mac n cheese, crackers and fruit snacks. I love Shea Moisture and Seventh Generation; they get the job done without the harmful deposits left behind like the non-organic products on the market.

What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? I love Solace. I also love to mix the Ambre with Solace. I’ll use the Ambre Spritzer and the Solace Roll-On. The one thing that I love about Ambre Blends products is that you can mix and match any of them to create something unique. In the summer, I love LOVE the Ambre Glow. When I put it on I feel like it enhances my natural skin tone…and it smells good too.

What’s a fun fact about you that people don’t know? My favorite sport is hockey, I was raised on it. My dad played professional hockey for the Buffalo Sabres in 1972. My dad coached my brother in travel hockey and people would ask me, “Oh, have you been here?” I would say, “Yeah, I’ve been to the ice rink, the Holiday Inn and the Perkins in town.”

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I love to travel and see live music. The best is when I can do both of those at the same time. I’ve gone to a lot of places, toured the city and when it gets closer to the evening some friends and I would make our way to the venue to catch the show we were there for. But nothing beats taking an evening walk with Maggie and Molson while listening to Maggie jab away.

Why should people be using Ambre Blends? What’s the number one thing you wish people knew about Ambre Blends? People should use Ambre Blends because it’s an all-natural product that is not overpowering to people around you. It is a natural oil that becomes part of your body chemistry. It’s not a perfume. Just because you can’t smell it on yourself all the time doesn’t mean people around you aren’t smelling it. It becomes part of you.

What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? I’ve been able to watch a small company grow to where they are today. I used to fill twenty samples a week of three scents and sometimes beg to do more. Now, I fill four scents and not only just the oil but the Skin Tonic and Face and Beard Tonic samples as well. It has been cool to see a company that started in Ambre’s basement blossom all across the United States.

What was your first job? Working for my parents at their restaurant, Greek Tony’s Pizza and Sub Shop (Carmel, Indiana). I used to sit in the office at 10 or 11 years old and when someone ordered a soup they would yell back, “Soup lady!” I would hop out of the chair and gladly grab a soup to help out my parents’ employees.

Anything else we should know? I try to remind myself every day that life is way too short, explore and take no regrets.

All About Ambre Blends Organic Lip Remedy

Essential for weather-worn and damaged skin, Ambre Blends Organic Lip Remedy naturally heals dry, chapped and damaged areas of your body, not just your lips! The healing configuration is beneficial to all areas of the body, including hands, lips, legs, face and more.

Originating and fortified with 100% organic ingredients, Ambre Blends Lip Remedy nurtures more than cracked lips; it’s soothing to hands, feet, face and more. This balm can be used anywhere on the body to soothe and heal chapped, chafed and cracked skin. Packaged in a 0.5 ounce twist top silver tin to preserve the ingredients beautifully and naturally, Lip Remedy will last longer and maintain consistency more efficiently when stored at room temperature.

Ambre Blends Organic Lip Remedy is infused with meadowfoam seed oil, chickweed, hemp seed oil, jojoba, rosehip, shea butter, mango butter, vitamin E, avocado, coconut oil, apricot oil, olive oil infused with calendula flower & petals, plantain leaf, chickweed, rosebuds & petals, blood orange essential oil and beeswax to soothe, rejuvenate and heal your skin. All ingredients used are of the highest quality and 100% certified organic. It’s also loaded with natural SPF!

Enjoy the remedying effects of Lip Remedy year-round, whether you need it for sun-damaged skin, chapped lips or dry winter-worn hands. Gently dab Lip Remedy from the tin onto your fingers and apply on the worn, damaged area. As with all of our products, Ambre Blends Lip Remedy is paraben-free and housed in recyclable packaging.

Radiate Your Scent with an Ambre Blends Spritzer

For your body, home or anywhere you want to smell like your favorite Ambre Blends Essence, we have Ambre Blends Spritzers! The Spritzers are a fun, easy way to blend your body, fabrics and favorite possessions with our essences, empowering your natural fragrance into a unique and soothing aroma.

Ambre Blends Spritzers are very similar to Ambre Blends Oil Essences. We’ve taken the essences that you know and love and turned it into a fragrance spray that you can use all over, even on your pets. This natural fragrance spray comes in all four Ambre Blends Essences and can be used almost anywhere to radiate the scent of your choice.

Shake, Shake, Shake!

When using the Spritzer, always shake before you spray to ensure the product comes out as a mist. There’s no emulsifying agent in the spritzer which is what most perfumes and spritzers have in them to mix the scent, so by shaking the bottle you’re naturally providing an emulsifying agent.

How to Use

Once you’ve shaken the spritzer, spray it everywhere! Use it on your body, your hair, linens, rugs…anywhere! Spraying it in your hair is a great way to radiate the scent all day long. Spray it in while your hair is wet before your blow dry and your hair will hold the oil throughout the day. Avoid spraying on silk and rayon.

Ambre Blends Spritzers come in two sizes, 8.5 ounces and a travel size of 2 ounces (approved for air travel). The 8.5 ounce bottles has approximately 900 sprays in it.

Want to know some creative ways to use your Spritzer? Here are five ways you can use your Spritzer.

Ambre Blends Staff Spotlight: Cami Shirley

It’s hard work getting all of your orders packed up safely and sent out, but someone has to do it! That’s where Cami comes in. Coming up on her one year anniversary with Ambre Blends in October, Cami works in order fulfillment and shipping at Ambre Blends.

“Ambre Blends is very lucky to have Cami on the team,” said Ambre, Owner of Ambre Blends. “She is extremely delightful to work with, always in a good mood and keeps the energy light and positive. She works hard and stays focused all while taking some time to have fun and joke around. We all love her and hope she is with us for the long haul…hint hint…”

Learn more about Cami in this month’s staff spotlight!

What is a day in the life of Cami like? It starts with coffee. From there, I get my three girls ready for their day at school and head into Ambre Blends to fill/ship. Then I pick up the kids at 4pm, hit the pool or sports field, have dinner, do homework, gives baths and then enjoy some bad TV while folding laundry. Jealous?

What’s your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? Hands down, the people. There’s lots of “she-power” in the Ambre Blends Disco Hut!

What are some of your favorite organic products to use? I really love Kroger’s Simple Truth products, they keep it simple and affordable. Some other products I love are Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap, Toms toothpaste, lots of Annie’s Naturals…I’m obsessed with Navitas Naturals Cacao nibs.

What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? It’s hard to pick only one favorite. The Solace Oil Essence is a must. My favorite products are the soaps and deodorant; once you are accustomed to wearing a natural deodorant, you can never go back to an antiperspirant. You are designed to sweat and with Ambre Blends deodorant, at least you’ll smell fabulous.

What’s a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I made it backstage at Grateful Dead, the Deer Creek Summer Tour ’94.  I actually said “hello” to Jerry.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Hanging with my husband, Jim, and three girls, Bella (12), Iris (9) and Maeve (6). Weekends with nothing planned are the best.

Why should people be using Ambre Blends? What’s the number one thing you wish people knew about Ambre Blends? We have a lot of love for the product and it shows. All Ambre Blends products are carefully and lovingly handcrafted, locally by (mostly) women!

What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? I get to work with an intuitive and inspiring group of female entrepreneurs who value work/life balance. I’ve just reentered the workforce and this support essential for me.

What was your first job? A “casual mail carrier” with the USPS.

Anything else we should know? In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

Ambre Blends Body Wash: Seasonal Release

Fall is in the air, which means the return of one of our most popular small-batch seasonal items!

That’s right, Ambre Blends Body Wash is back. This luxurious body wash lathers up for a fresh and clean feeling that will stay with you all day long.

Our Body Wash is a healthy, rich, liquid soap serum that naturally cleanses and enriches your skin. With pure organic ingredients, Ambre Blends Body Wash refreshes and enhances your body’s natural fragrance, making every individual wearer’s aroma unique to them. The seasonal Body Wash comes in a six ounce bottle, perfect for every day skin rejuvenation.

What to Expect

Everyone wants soft and supple skin when they get out of the shower. Revitalizing, cleansing and 100% organic, our Body Wash will leave your skin clean and moisturized. The environmentally-safe ingredients provide nontoxic, pure benefits to Mother Earth, protecting the environment from intensive farming methods and chemical treatment of natural ingredients. These benefits are not only beneficial to Mother Earth but to you as well, as the organic ingredient benefits are passed on directly to your skin.

Ambre Blends Body Wash contains a natural liquid soap base derived from organic oils and blended with gentle surfactant and skin-enhancing ingredients. Generous amounts of Ambre Blends Essences are crucial to the design of this product, leaving you with a sensual, alluring aroma.

How to Apply

Lather the Body Wash onto your arms, face and entire body for a fresh, comprehensive cleanse. A small amount goes a long way, so don’t over-apply. Thoroughly shake before each use to better blend the naturally-separating organic ingredients.

Ambre Blends Body Wash is available in all four signature scents and made with 100% organic ingredients. Handmade in Indianapolis, there are limited quantities available while supplies last! In line with our green business practices, the packaging is 100% recyclable.

Ambre Blends Body Cream: Everything Yummy Your Skin Adores

Looking to add another Ambre Blends product to your arsenal? No matter what your skin type, you’ll love Ambre Blends Body Cream. This soft and supple cream is recommended by dermatologists for many common skin ailments. Use Ambre Blends Body Cream simply to hydrate your skin or to heal it from sunburns, eczema and other skin disorders.

What’s Inside

Our Body Cream is a gorgeous mix of ingredients with the added bonus of our four essences. At first, you will smell the raw, organic, healing ingredients, such as coconut oil, raw shea butter, sunflower seed oil and sweet almond oil.  These ingredients are very strong and potent (raw and organic), but once rubbed and soaked into your skin, our essences come to the top to radiate. As always, our Body Cream is paraben-free so that you know you’re feeding your skin safe, nontoxic ingredients.

Although our essences are one of the main ingredients, you may not smell it out of the jar, simply because they are not synthetic scents. Available in all four essences, you’ll notice that the scent radiates off of your skin. We have found that the Body Cream is a great product to layer with any and all of the other Ambre Blends products.  Most times, we just wear the body cream and get tons of compliments!

Ambre Blends Body Cream comes in two sizes, 8.5 oz or the 2 oz travel size (air travel approved). When you buy the 8.5 oz jar, you get over a 35% savings and you can use it to refill the travel jar. The 8.5 oz jars contain nearly 20 ml of oil essence inside!

How to Apply

Ambre Body Cream WaveFor best results apply after shower from neck to toe. You’ll notice that it glides on like silk and provides a great base to layer on other Ambre Blends products. For a power-packed skin smoothie, put some body cream into the palm of your hand, make a well in the middle and add two pumps of Ambre Blends Skin Tonic. Mix together and use on your body all over for protection and to seal the dermal layer in with moisture and nutrients. Watch this video to see how we mix the two products together.

 

We love the Body Cream, but don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about Ambre Blends Body Cream:

“This body cream is so hydrating for my skin. I can put it on in the morning and not worry about reapplying lotion for the rest of the day.  It works well for layering with the other products for a longer lasting scent. I also love the fact that it comes in a tub which makes it easier to travel with.  I will forever be a loyal Ambre Blends customer.” –Haleh, Louisiana

“This stuff feels like absolute SILK on your body!  It makes me feel fabulous and it smells delightful! I feel so sexy and beautiful when I wear this lotion. It hydrates deeply, yet dries quickly and doesn’t feel oily on the skin. This will be your new favorite body lotion.  A must buy!” –Sarah, New York

“I’ve been using the combination of body cream and skin tonic daily to help with the dryness from the Southern California sun…the body cream is very rich and really is a value – a little goes a long way.” –Christeen, California

Meet Ambre Blends Product Specialist Michelle Hoard

When we launched Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant in December of 2013, we couldn’t have done it without Michelle. Starting in 2012, we collaborated with Michelle to test out a natural deodorant option for our product line. After many, many, many batches, we perfected the high-quality formula that stood up to the test of different seasons, situations and environments.

We want you to get to know the co-creator and producer of Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant, Michelle Hoard!

What is a day in the life of Michelle like? The deodorant=making process is much like making a cake…mixing, weighing precise measurements, pouring and labeling. The natural deodorant is completely made by hand.

What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? We are all like-minded in wanting to execute a quality product made by hand with no harmful ingredients. There is so much love behind the products.

What are some your favorite organic products you use? Besides Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant, I use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, coconut oil and Young Living essential oils.

What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? While the natural deodorant is obviously high on my list, the Skin Tonic is a close second! I use it daily before bed and after putting on my makeup. It gives me the scent that I love and moisture that our skin craves so much. I really love all the scents but prefer the Unmasque and Solace in the natural deodorant.

What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I am a Registered Nurse that specializes in pediatrics.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Watching my daughter Liza and my son Jack play sports, boating with my husband and kids and listening to local music with friends.

Why should people be using Ambre Blends? Ambre Blends products are made without chemicals or harmful ingredients. You can be assured when using the products that they are not harming you or your family.

What has been one of the most rewarding experiences working at Ambre Blends? I love that Ambre Blends is a woman-owned company that is an amazing example of sending empowerment to young girls that they can do anything they set their mind to.

Get Your Glow On

Get ready to GLOW! If you want your skin to look luminous without the glitter and sparkle, we have the perfect product to add to your skincare routine. Get a subtle and radiant shimmer with Ambre Glow.

Ambre Glow is an illuminating moisturizer that not only is incredibly good for the skin but it also leaves a shimmer glow effect that looks amazing on all skin types. Ambre Glow radiates the aroma of Ambre Essence and can be worn in combination with all other Ambre Blends products.

We made Ambre Glow using the finest ingredients including mica minerals (pearl, gold & diamond) for a natural shimmer pigment, squalene, lots of Ambre Essence and all of the yummy ingredients included in Ambre Blends Body Cream (shea butter, vitamin E, jojoba oil and green tea).

What is Squalene?

You might be wondering about squalene and why we use it. Squalene is a natural ingredient derived from olives. It is an antioxidant-rich age-fighting emollient which occurs naturally in the lipidic layers of the skin. It prevents moisture loss while restoring the skin’s suppleness and flexibility. Using squalane will lock moisture into your skin, help prevent fine lines and ease dry patches all while fighting free radicals. You can see why we love it for soft, healthy skin!

How to Wear Ambre Glow

There are so many ways to wear Ambre Glow, it’s all about your personal preference. We love to use Ambre Glow to highlight bone structure, whether on your face, collarbone, legs, shoulders…it’s up to you! Dab it around your eyes or use it as a highlighter for your cheek bones. It makes a great addition to your makeup bag for special occasions, a night out on the town, weddings or any time you want a little extra glow about you.

But you don’t have to ditch your other Ambre Blends products for Ambre Glow. We have some customers that mix Ambre Glow with the Body Cream and Skin Tonic, which makes for a triple power packed skin smoothie!

 

Ambre Glow comes in a 4 oz. jar and trust us when we say that a little goes a long way. If you’re looking for a subtle shimmer or a new highlighting tool, add Ambre Glow into your beauty routine!

Everything You Need to Know About Ambre Blends Face & Beard Tonic

Hey guys, do you give much thought to the health of your face and facial hair? You might not realize it but the skin underneath your facial hair needs some love, too! Every time you wash your face, you should be moisturizing your skin afterwards to prevent it from drying out, regardless of if you’re hair-free and baby-faced, cleanly shaven, scruffy or fully-bearded.

Lucky for you guys, we have the perfect product to not only nourish your skin but also for bearded gentlemen, it will keep your facial hair healthy and soft.

Ambre Blends Face & Beard Tonic

Not only do we love making you smell great with Ambre Blends Oil Essences, but our entire product line is made with a purpose behind it for your skin’s health. That’s where Ambre Blends Face & Beard Tonic comes in.

Ambre Blends Face & Beard Tonic is a nourishing oil for the grooming needs of the everyday modern man. This is a pure, natural oil that leaves your face feeling fresh, rejuvenated and nourished while also fortifying your skin against the effects of aging. Our Face & Beard Tonic also softens facial hair, making it easier to manage your mane.

Containing over 18 natural and certified organic ingredients chosen for their medicinal and healing properties, combined with our signatures essences, our Face & Beard Tonic is the perfect power-packed drink for your skin and beard. Once the oil absorbs into the skin and hair, the natural smell of the oils will dissipate and the Ambre Blends Essence will radiate throughout the day!

Good Skin is Hard to Achieve

Ambre Beards CombsOur Face & Beard Tonic is a power-packed smoothie for the face, hair and body. It is a rejuvenating and healing oil that consists of a mixture of pure organic oils that come as a plant base and or raw. We hand-picked these ingredients due to their medicinal and healing properties.

With that being said, you will smell some of these nutrient oils right off the top and from the bottle. Remember that these are raw oils, which is what you will initially smell. It is not until those oils are absorbed into the skin & hair that the Ambre Essence (Ambre, Invoke, Solace or Unmasque) will have a chance to radiate its aroma throughout the day.

We all love a good beard, but it can be hard to maintain without some help. Whether your beard is in the beginning stages of stubble or it is big and burly, Ambre Blends Face & Beard Tonic can help as a conditioner. Use it as an aftershave to soothe irritated skin and it will work double-duty by softening your mane.

How to Apply

For best results, pump a small desired amount into your hands and apply evenly throughout your beard and face. The best time to apply is after you wash your face so that your pores and hair follicles are open and absorbing the product. The Face & Beard Tonic will absorb quickly and will softly radiate our signature scent all day long. You can even use the oil all over your body to soothe dry skin.

Why Face & Beard Tonic?

Men’s grooming used to consist of a razor and a bar of soap, but the modern man’s grooming habits have evolved since then. Men’s skincare and grooming products have exploded since the 80’s and are growing to cater to each individual’s skin and hair needs. There is an emphasis on healthy skin and hair for men and we’re listening!

No one wants flaking skin on their face or a dry, brittle beard, and it doesn’t hurt if the products you use can help slow the hands of time. You take care of the hair on your head, so why not the hair on your face as well? While your scruff can be sexy, it shouldn’t feel like sandpaper when it rubs against another person’s skin. Thanks to the natural and organic ingredients used in Ambre Blends Face & Skin Tonic, you don’t have to worry about that anymore.

What’s Inside

Though many ingredients share similar beneficial properties, the extensive combination of these ingredients ensures that users of Ambre Blends Face & Beard Tonic will see definitive improvement to the health and beauty of their skin & hair. Our natural and organic ingredients with their benefits include…

  • Sea Buckthorn: A deciduous plant which contains high levels of antioxidants that help regenerate skin cells, restore skin tissue and help prevent the effects of aging on the skin.
  • Jojoba: A desert plant which produces a hydrating, fast absorbing oil which is antibacterial and hypoallergenic, prevents inflammation and promotes blood flow leaving skin with a healthy glow.
  • Evening Primrose: A perennial flowering plant that improves skin’s elasticity and leaves skin feeling supple.
  • Hempseed Oil: Produced by cold-pressing seeds from the hemp plant, this ingredient is high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and is rich in vitamin D, which acts as a barrier for the skin and helps lock in natural moisture.
  • Avocado Oil: Produced from the avocado fruit, this regenerating and moisturizing oil contains beta-carotene and vitamins A, B, B2, D and E.
  • Green Tea Extract: A derivative of herbal green tea, this extract rejuvenates skin cells, fights inflammation and soothes acne and irritated skin.
  • Apricot Kernal: The internal part of the seed of apricots nourishes, balances, rehydrates and lubricates skin. Almond oil from the almond is a natural emollient containing vitamin B & E and essential minerals & proteins which protects the skin from sun damage and reduces skin irritation.
  • Coenzyme Q10: A natural occurring, vitamin-like substance which is a natural antioxidant, CoQ10 helps fight free radical damage, can help prevent collagen damage and keeps skin supple by encouraging the production of collagen fibers and elastin.
  • Sunflower Oil: A natural emollient made from pressed sunflower seeds which is a natural antioxidant and is rich in beta-carotine, which can help protect skin from sun damage and reduce the effects of aging.
  • Pumpkin Seed: High in antioxidants, enzymes, essential fatty acids, iron, zinc, fiber and vitamins C & K, pumpkin seed helps regulate proper skin cell production.
  • Squalane: An organic compound derived from olives known for its anti-aging properties, squalane nourishes, hydrates and boosts skins ability to regenerate to reduce wrinkles and soften skin.
  • Coconut Oil: A natural antioxidant that strengthens skin by promoting cell regeneration.
  • Rose Hip: The fruit of the rose plant is rich in vital fatty acids and antioxidants providing anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial benefits which promotes regeneration of collagen, elastin and scar tissue and reduces age spots and replaces damaged skin cells leaving skin strong and supple.
  • Borage: An annual herb rich in essential fatty acids and omegas which blocks skin inflammation, reduces skin irritation and restores dry, damaged skin.
  • Calendula: A perennial herb plant from the daisy family which is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.
  • Arnica: A perennial herb known for its natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Still have questions about Ambre Blends Face & Beard Tonic? Contact us, we’d love to help!

Ambre Blends Staff Spotlight: Ali Carlson

Ali is the newest member of our staff, but that doesn’t mean she’s new to Ambre Blends. Ali has been working here for about three months as the Shipping and Fulfillment Manager, but she’s been wearing Ambre Blends for over 10 years!

If you’ve ever ordered online from us, Ali is the one who puts together your shipment and mails it out to you. In addition to shipping and fulfillment, Ali also puts together all of the gift sets that our customers love.

“Having Ali on our team is nothing short of a blessing,” said Ambre Crockett, owner and creator of Ambre Blends. “She was already family so naturally it seemed right. So when we needed to hire another person, we approached her thinking it is probably a pipe dream because she already had a great gig! Well, we got lucky. Ali brings so much to the table already in her short time here and we know that she has Ambre Blends best interest at heart. I walk in and she is smiling everyday. That alone means the world. She is a forward thinker who is always looking for ways to improve the efficiency of her department. The Ambre Blends Disco Hut is even more of an exciting environment because she is here!”

Learn a little more about Ali and why we love having her as part of our team!

What is a day in the life of Ali like?  I typically check email for international shipping quotes and stock product in the morning. The rest of the day is spent reviewing and shipping both retail and wholesale orders. I also track any new customers and enter them into our system. With each shipment we provide various product information depending on whether they want info on the product or if they are a new customer, or just depending on what they buy.

What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? The people, of course! It’s like working with family you love daily, but the job still gives me plenty of time to be mom. It doesn’t feel like I go to work, but I do work hard. It’s also very fulfilling to be a part of something you believe in with your heart and soul.

What are some of your favorite organic products you use?  Having two small children, I am very picky about what comes in our house, but more importantly I want Mother Earth to be around for them. I use cleaning supplies and products that are eco-friendly and we use Green BEAN Delivery to locally source a lot of our food, especially produce and meat. I use a lot of essential oils for everything, including bug spray, pain relief and medicinal purposes to name a few.

Favorite Ambre Blends product/essence?  My favorite product hands down is the Skin Tonic. Having recently had my second baby, I had some stretch marks that were very painful. The Skin Tonic worked wonders both on treating them because they really hurt and also on diminishing them and they are truly fading away. I wish I had before and after pictures! I wear Solace and occasionally Invoke. I love the way Unmasque smells, but I don’t like it on me…my husband however…wow! It smells amazing on him.

What’s a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I was once in a commercial for a pizza place in my home town. I jumped out of a swimming pool (I was a swimmer) and yelled “free breadsticks!”

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Hanging with my hubs, Drew, who is seriously my BFF and a super fun guy, and our kiddos Kat and Will. We have a lot of dance parties and cook a lot of amazing food, usually with a daily tea party and performance by our kids.

Why should people be using Ambre Blends? What’s the number one thing you wish people knew about Ambre Blends? People should be using Ambre Blends because the scent is simply amazing, yet not overbearing, and it is a safe product for your body. I remember being in a smoky casino in Vegas and people stopping us asking, “what are you ladies wearing that makes you smell so good?” This happens a lot, but that place was almost overbearing with smoke and the product still came through. I think the biggest thing people do not realize about our product is that it smells differently on different people. It’s all natural and every person is naturally different. Like I mentioned before with Unmasque, I love it but I don’t like it on me. It smells amazing on my husband, and actually my mother-in-law as well. My dear friend from home smells awesome wearing Ambre, but I can’t smell it on me. We are all different.

What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? My work/life balance – I get to work hard here and have fun working with people I love doing something I believe in to my very core, but then I still have plenty of time to be mom, which is the role that has defined me.

What was your first job? I was a lifeguard.

Anything else we should know? I love you!

Ambre Blends Staff Spotlight: Adam Crockett

Meet Adam Crockett, Director of Operations at Ambre Blends! Adam has worked full-time at Ambre Blends since 2012, although he has been involved with the company since 2007. He has served as the Shipping Manager in the past and we also consider him our resident tech guru/handyman.

 

“Adam is so instrumental when it comes to the bones of this business,” said Ambre. “He handles a lot of stuff that is crucial in keeping this business running. From legal, accounting, insurance, supplies and all things operational down to handyman work around the building, we could not do it without him! Adam helps me make productive, wise decisions when my heart can get in the way, he’s 100% the ying to my yang. Working with my husband has its challenges (naturally) but I would not trade it for the world.”

You might have seen Adam before working the checkout at our Holiday Open House or in our Put Down the Cologne campaign. Now you can learn a little bit more about Adam and why he’s an integral part of our Ambre Blends team!

What is a day in the life of Adam like? I start out every morning by checking inventory levels, overnight orders and financials. Then I get to paying the bills, checking our social media, ordering for ingredients and packaging, doing daily financials, helping with shipping if needed and then taking our packages to the post office.

What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? I love everything about working at Ambre Blends! I love the people I work with, I love our work space and I love knowing that we are making and selling high-quality body care products that are good for the body and environment.

What are some of your favorite organic products you use? I am a BIG Ambre Blends user. I also love organic cotton clothing and footwear, and any healthy, organic foods I can find.

Favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? Solace Essence, Unmasque Natural Deodorant, Solace Olive Oil Soap and any scent of our Face & Beard Tonic.

What’s a fun fact about you that people don’t know? After I graduated from Indiana University, I went to work as an outdoor expedition guide. I led two week canoeing trips in Northern Minnesota, caving and climbing trips in Indiana and Kentucky, and mountain biking, climbing and snowboarding trips in Lake Tahoe. I even did a 21 day winter mountaineering course in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I love being out at my property in Parke County, Indiana. I love working on the property and cabins, swimming in the pond, riding trails on my dirt bike and, in general, just being in the woods.

Why should people be using Ambre Blends? What’s the number one thing you wish people knew about Ambre Blends? In this day and age of everyone caring so much about what we put IN our bodies, we should also care as much about what we put ON our bodies. I wish everyone knew how much thought, energy and love we put into creating all of our body products so that they are the healthiest and greenest on the market.

What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? The most rewarding thing about working at Ambre Blends has been watching the organic growth of the company. We have stuck to our original ideas, plans and recipes since we started and it is so great to see our customers embracing what we have worked so hard to build.

What was your first job? My first “job” was working in the warehouse of my father’s company, Karma Records, putting stickers on CDs, tapes and albums, sending out promotional materials and checking inventory stock levels. My first “real job” was bagging groceries at O’Malia’s Food Market.

Anything else we should know? I have tried to live my life by the mantra (and Lucille Ball quote), “I would rather regret the things I have done than the things I have not.” It has worked well thus far for me.

Everything You Need to Know about Ambre Blends Skin Tonic

Not only do we love making you smell great with Ambre Blends Oil Essences, but our entire product line is made with a purpose behind it for your skin’s health. Ambre Blends products are made after we hand pick high-quality, natural ingredients that work together for your best skin ever.

Ambre Blends Skin Tonic

One product that is gaining popularity in our skincare line is the Ambre Blends Skin Tonic. Skin Tonic is a luxury body oil developed exclusively for the purpose of rejuvenating skin and giving your face and body a healthy glow. The combination of organic oils and our signature essences is designed to keep you looking healthy and vibrant while also radiating your favorite Ambre Blends scent.

First and most importantly, we want you to know that our Skin Tonic is not our Pure Essence Oil. Our Skin Tonic is a power-packed smoothie for the face and body. It is a rejuvenating and healing oil that consists of a mixture of pure organic oils that come as a plant base and or raw. We picked these ingredients due to their medicinal and healing properties.

With that being said, you will smell some of these nutrient oils right off the top and from the bottle. Remember that these are raw oils, which is what you will initially smell. It is not until those oils are absorbed into the skin that the Ambre Essence (Ambre, Invoke, Solace or Unmasque) will have a chance to radiate its aroma throughout the day.

How to Apply

For best results, apply Ambre Blends Skin Tonic to your face and body after drying off from a bath or shower. Apply it to the face and body to allow your skin to absorb the product and soak up all of the benefits. Ambre Blends Skin Tonic will quickly penetrate deep into the skin, leaving no oily residue. Watch our short 15-second video about how to properly apply the skin tonic to your face and body.

Why Skin Tonic?

The purpose of this product is to feed your face and body with 17 organic and raw oils (listed below) with the added bonus of our Ambre Blends Essences which make up 1/4 of the bottle. We do not want to alter the smell of these 17 oils as they are in their purest form and are extremely nutrient in this state. These fortifying oils assist in hydration, anti-aging, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and cell rejuvenation.

Though many ingredients share similar beneficial properties, the extensive combination of these ingredients ensures that users of Ambre Blends Skin Tonic will see definitive improvement to the health and beauty of their skin. Our natural and organic ingredients with their benefits include:

Sea Buckthorn: A deciduous plant which contains high levels of antioxidants that help regenerate skin cells, restore skin tissue and help prevent the effects of aging on the skin.

Jojoba: A desert plant which produces a hydrating, fast absorbing oil which is antibacterial and hypoallergenic, prevents inflammation and promotes blood flow leaving skin with a healthy glow.

Evening Primrose: A perennial flowering plant that improves skin’s elasticity and leaves skin feeling supple.

Hempseed Oil: Produced by cold-pressing seeds from the hemp plant, this ingredient is high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and is rich in vitamin D, which acts as a barrier for the skin and helps lock in natural moisture.

Avocado Oil: Produced from the avocado fruit, this regenerating and moisturizing oil contains beta-carotene and vitamins A, B, B2, D and E.

Green Tea Extract: A derivative of herbal green tea, this extract rejuvenates skin cells, fights inflammation and soothes acne and irritated skin.

Apricot Kernal: The internal part of the seed of apricots nourishes, balances, rehydrates and lubricates skin. Almond oil from the almond is a natural emollient containing vitamin B & E and essential minerals & proteins which protects the skin from sun damage and reduces skin irritation.

Coenzyme Q10: A natural occurring, vitamin-like substance which is a natural antioxidant, CoQ10 helps fight free radical damage, can help prevent collagen damage and keeps skin supple by encouraging the production of collagen fibers and elastin.

Sunflower Oil: A natural emollient made from pressed sunflower seeds which is a natural antioxidant and is rich in beta-carotine, which can help protect skin from sun damage and reduce the effects of aging.

Pumpkin Seed: High in antioxidants, enzymes, essential fatty acids, iron, zinc, fiber and vitamins C & K, pumpkin seed helps regulate proper skin cell production.

Squalane: An organic compound derived from olives known for its anti-aging properties, squalane nourishes, hydrates and boosts skins ability to regenerate to reduce wrinkles and soften skin.

Coconut Oil: A natural antioxidant that strengthens skin by promoting cell regeneration.

Rose Hip: The fruit of the rose plant is rich in vital fatty acids and antioxidants providing anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial benefits which promotes regeneration of collagen, elastin and scar tissue and reduces age spots and replaces damaged skin cells leaving skin strong and supple.

Borage: An annual herb rich in essential fatty acids and omegas which blocks skin inflammation, reduces skin irritation and restores dry, damaged skin.

Calendula: A perennial herb plant from the daisy family which is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.

Arnica: A perennial herb known for its natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Still have questions about Ambre Blends Skin Tonic? Contact us, we’d love to h

Making the Switch to Natural Deodorant

If you haven’t already, it’s time to make the switch. There’s no need to sweat it, it’s an easy transition and we’ll walk you through it. What are we talking about? Ditching the antiperspirant and switching to natural deodorant.

Most people are scared to switch from an antiperspirant to a natural deodorant because they’re scared of sweating. But remember, a little sweat never hurt anybody (sweating is a natural and necessary body process)! In fact, the reason that antiperspirants keep you from sweating is what is hurting you.

Here’s how antiperspirant works: aluminum clogs up your pores that would normally release perspiration, which causes your sweat to build up underneath blocked ducts in your skin. This also causes inflammation, bumps and bacteria that leads to body odor. Doesn’t sound very pleasant, does it? To make matters worse, those aluminum compounds in your antiperspirant are what cause the yellow stains in the armpits of your white shirts.

This isn’t even scratching the surface of all the harmful chemicals found in antiperspirant, including parabens, phthalates, silica, steareths and more, which have been linked to Alzheimer’s, cancer, skin irritation, reproductive disorders, developmental toxicity and muscle weakness, just to name a few.

After hearing all of that, what are you waiting for? Take your antiperspirants and deodorants and throw them in the trash. It’s time for a fresh start! When switching to a natural deodorant, your body might go through a short “detox” period (sometimes up to one month) in expelling the toxins from your body. You might have a strong body odor during this time, so make sure you are washing your skin to help battle the smell. You can help this detox process by exfoliating the skin under your arms and washing your armpits daily with soap (a natural option, like our pure olive oil soap) and water. After your body has gone through the detox, you’ll notice that the body odor is gone and you’ll be naturally smelling fresher.

With Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant, you want to apply and wait for the oil-based deodorant to seep in for a couple of minutes to prevent it from possibly rubbing off onto your shirt or other garments. We recommend trying the deodorant in Invoke, Solace or Unmasque, as their essences are stronger and Ambre Essence is more delicate, especially if you are worried about covering the smell of body odor.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Hold the deodorant up to your armpit for three seconds to let deodorant naturally warm up and soften before applying/swiping on.
  2. Swipe back and forth, five times at the most. We as a society use way too much deodorant in one application. We’re all guilty of it, we had to retrain our brains as well to know that we don’t need that much on at a time, even though we might think we do.
  3. Just apply to center of your armpit where hair growth naturally occurs, not on the outer pit area.
  4. Keep in mind, when you are switching from a antiperspirant to a natural deodorant, your body is not used to sweating out all the toxins, but all the same you need to get them out. Give it around 10-15 days for you to sweat all the toxins built up from your antiperspirant keeping them in your body. Usually excess sweating occurs and is more noticeable because you’re not used to sweating when using an antiperspirant. There could be some irritation associated with that which could be from detox, but most likely from over application (the baking soda can mess with your pH, causing redness).
  5. After continued use of our natural deodorant, you’ll notice less sweating. If you shave your underarms, please make sure your razor is replaced every few weeks. Dull razors hold bacteria and can cause irritation that you might assume is irritation from the natural deodorant.

Know what’s going on your skin! The ingredients in our natural deodorant include baking soda and arrowroot (deodorants), probiotics, coconut oil and grapefruit seed extract (anti-bacterials), aloe vera and shea butter (skin soothants) and Ambre Blends Oil Essence (scent). Our natural deodorant is 100% pure, all-natural and free of all toxins. These soothing ingredients will eliminate body odor while radiating your favorite Ambre Blends scent.

Ambre Blends Staff Spotlight: Rebecca Fox

Meet Rebecca Fox, Executive Assistant at Ambre Blends! Rebecca worked at Ambre Blends from 2008-2013 as the Production Manager, then seasonally for the next two years. Thankfully, she came back full time with us as of January 1, 2016 and we’re so happy she’s here. What does she do at Ambre Blends? Anything and everything since she’s so knowledgeable about all the facets of Ambre Blends. From marketing and sales to shipping, production and customer service, she can do it all.

What is a day in the life of Rebecca like? BUSY! I work full time at Ambre Blends, part time at a busy restaurant in downtown Indianapolis and I have a two year old. When I’m not working, I’m being entertained by my daughter, Nola. She’s hilarious! My husband, Fox, and I are lucky in love with our sweet little girl. We do a lot of laughing, playing, a LOT of reading, coloring, dressing up…I could go on and on. Somewhere in there I try to make time for myself, my best friend/husband, my amazing friends, family, our dog and cat.

What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? I work with some of my best friends. We are truly a family here at Ambre Blends!!!

What are some of your favorite organic products you use? Well, I use Ambre Blends products everyday. Since I had my daughter I’ve been trying to make the switch to more natural/healthy products in my house. I’ve gotten rid of all of our plastic storage containers and opted for glass and I’m slowly switching out all of our pots and pans to ceramic ones. The biggest change for our household has been cleaning products. There are so many non-toxic, natural and/or organic options out there now. I use different brands for different things; Dr. Bronners, Seventh Generation, Better Life and Earth Friendly are a few brands I use right now. On a side note, I’m a big fan of Pact organic apparel. Their socks are amazing!

Favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? The Body Cream and Skin Tonic are my go to products. I alternate between the two. The Body Cream or Skin Tonic is the first thing I put on when I get out of the shower. I usually wear the Ambre Body Cream (or Tonic) and layer it with the essence in one of the other scents. Right now I’m into Solace. I’m a huge fan of the spritzer as well. I spray it in my hair when it’s still wet, on my clothes, shower curtain, linens, rugs, heating vents, in my car…EVERYWHERE! The Solace and Unmasque deodorant are fantastic as well!

What’s a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I wanted to be a lawyer for the ACLU when I was in high school. I’ve always been passionate about standing up for individual rights and freedoms. That or a DJ…I love music! Oh and I LOVE the city of New Orleans. Most people know that about me though.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Outside of work, I enjoy hanging out with my daughter and husband. I also love spending time with my amazing friends and family, checking out live music, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

Why should people be using Ambre Blends? What’s the number one thing you wish people knew about Ambre Blends? Our products are handmade. They are light and natural in scent. They smell AMAZING and won’t offend people who are sensitive to scent. Unlike perfumes, we don’t incorporate chemicals into our products. We strive to use the best natural and organic ingredients available to us.

What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? Being a part of the Ambre Blends family and helping to create something we all believe in. We make products that make people feel good about themselves. I think that’s pretty awesome!

What was your first job? When I was 15, I got a job delivering a small local newspaper in my parent’s neighborhood. I made $40 for 2 1/2 – 3 hours of work a week. Not a bad gig for a 15 year old!

Anything else we should know? I think it’s important to educate ourselves about the products we consume and use both on ourselves and our surroundings. Especially those of us with children. While I know they’re impossible to completely avoid, I think it’s important to make an effort to try to reduce the use of harsh chemicals and synthetics in our everyday lives.

What’s in Store for 2016 at Ambre Blends

It’s hard to believe that March has almost come to an end and we are a quarter of the way into 2016! With the first day of spring behind us, I have to share my gratitude with all of our loyal customers for such a tremendous 2015.

Ambre Blends had its largest annual increase in sales ever last year! Much of that is attributed to YOU, our loyal customers, who are branching out, wearing more of our line and making Ambre Blends part of your lifestyle. We’ve noticed that our customers who previously only wore one scent in a Roll-On are trying different scents and exploring our product offerings, including the Natural Deodorant, Pure Soy Wax Candles, Skin Tonic and more. Did you know that we have approximately 80 different products now?

Our retail stores are noticing the customer demand and stocking a more diverse selection of our products to help meet our customers’ wants and needs. Stores that have only carried Roll-Ons now stock Deodorant and Beard Kits, and we know we couldn’t have grown like this without you. Thank you to all of our incredible customers for the support, kind words, encouragement and suggestions. You have played such a large part in the growth of our company.

We have so much in store for you for the rest of 2016. For starters, we are now selling our Ambre Beards products individually as well as in the Men’s Grooming Kit. So gentlemen, if you need to restock your Face and Beard Oil, you can buy individually instead of only in the kit. We also will be debuting an unscented Skin Tonic just for your face (for men and women) due to customer demand. We’ve had people tell us that their eyes are sensitive to some of the oils when wearing the Skin Tonic on their face, so be on the lookout for small bottles in an unscented version.

April showers bring May flowers, but they’ll also bring in two new limited edition products you can find exclusively online. For Earth Day, we’ll be selling a limited quantity of our white birch display holders. We debuted these at our open house for our Indianapolis customers in December and they were a huge hit. Each birch display holds a 10 ml Roll-On and 30 ml refill bottle, which is a great way to let your oil sit and age before use.

Also in April, we’ll have a small limited supply of Ambre Essence Bubble Bath available online in the end of April. These will come in a beautiful frosted glass bottle. We’re launching the Bubble Bath just in time for Mother’s Day, so treat your mom to a luxurious bath, she deserves it. Get it while you can because once it’s gone, it’s gone!

Good news beer lovers: we are partnering with Sun King Brewing Company to come out with Lip Remedy made with hops. Instead of tasting like blood orange, this Lip Remedy will be similar to the taste of Sun King’s Grapefruit Jungle. If you’re not signed up for our newsletter yet, make sure to sign up so you can be informed about the release date of this limited edition product.

One of the things I’m most excited to announce is that I’m working on developing a baby line that will come out in the latter part of 2016. I was inspired to make a baby line a long time ago. I use these products on my own children because kids need quality, clean products just as much as adults do. I’ve been making my own products since my son was born, and with so many customers asking us for a children’s line we knew we had to do it. Our customers constantly tell me that they use our current products on their babies and toddlers, so we wanted to offer something more.

While the products we have now are already safe for your children, this will be a line exclusively for them. It will have a unique scent that is exclusive just for the baby line that will include oils beneficial to babies with colic, teething kids and more. In addition to products for your children, we’re developing on a belly oil for the baby line to help moms-to-be prevent stretch marks and also help heal stretch marks that are already present.

As always, we are committed to bringing you clean products that make you feel good about yourself and what you’re putting on your body. Thanks again for supporting Ambre Blends and helping us become the company we are today!

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Think Your Oil Lost Its Scent? Think Again!

Having trouble smelling your Ambre Blends Oil Essence? Don’t worry, you didn’t get a “bad batch” and there isn’t anything wrong with your product! There are a few basic reasons that you may be having difficulty smelling your Ambre Blends product right now.

First and foremost, Ambre Blends Oil Essences have been produced in house, by hand, for over 15 years. Our ingredients and formulas have never changed. Please keep in mind that Ambre Blends Oil Essence is not a perfume and reacts with your body differently than most fragrances to which you may be accustomed. Our oils are all natural and contain no chemicals or synthetic compounds. Our oils do not and will not lose their scent.

Because our ingredients and formulas haven’t changed, the four variables affecting your ability to smell the products are your body chemistry, heat, how you wear it and the age of the oil.

Body Chemistry: Our bodies naturally go through hormonal changes and cycles that can shift your chemistry (i.e. menstrual cycles, menopause, pregnancies, hormone replacement, detoxing, foods and drinks we consume). Our oil essences are affected by your body chemistry, which is why our products smell different on different people. The longer your oil essence is on your body, the stronger it will become!

Heat: Body heat and environmental heat affect the scent of our products. In warmer climates, the Ambre Blends scent does not take long to radiate. In colder climates, we recommend heating up your oil essence bottle to boost the scent by putting it in a bowl of your hottest tap water and let it set for 15-20 minutes. Then, take it out of the water, shake it up and apply on your hot spots.

How To Wear It: Being that Ambre Blends Oil Essences are a light, pure and fragile fragrance, you need to apply them generously. Keep in mind that unlike perfumes, you can never apply too much Ambre Blends; our scents will never become overpowering or intrusive. Apply deeply and vigorously to your forearms, chest, back of the neck, up into your hair line, tops of your shoulders and even the ends of your hair.  These are areas that we find work best with our products to help radiate the scent.

Oil Aging:  Ambre Blends Oil Essences are like fine wine, they get better with ageThe longer you have your bottle of oil,  the stronger the aroma will get. When you buy a new bottle, it may not smell like your old one at first because you are starting over with the aging process. To avoid this situation, we recommend purchasing our 30 ml “refill bottle” and using it to refill your 10ml roll-on. Your unused 30 ml oil will continue to age while you use your 10 ml roll-on. This not only helps with the aging process but is also more beneficial financially and environmentally.

The other thing to consider is scent immunity. Scent immunity means that you may stop smelling your Ambre Blends products because your body has become used to the scent. Your nose gets used to the olfactory composition, therefore harder to smell on yourself. However, everyone else will still smell it. Simply put, your Ambre Blends fragrance has become a part of you.

Still have concerns or questions about Ambre Blends? Feel free to contact us at 317-257-0202.

Discover the Art of Natural Fragrance

Unlike perfumes and colognes, there is an art to wearing natural fragrances. Ambre Blends Oil Essences are designed to complement your body’s natural chemistry so that every time you apply our products, your body emanates a soothing, long-lasting aroma unique to you. Our organic infusions are activated by your body’s warmth, uncovering a unique adventure every time you blend with our empowering essences.

Wearing, sharing and exploring Ambre Blends is easy, intuitive and a work of art. It is important to note these three essential steps to best wear and emanate the soothing, natural fragrances of Ambre Blends.

Apply. It can be difficult to smell the essence in Ambre Blends products while they are still in the packaging. To get a true sense of our fragrances, generously apply the product by rubbing it on to your forearms and other “hot spots” such as the nape of the neck and chest.

Radiate. Ambre Blends pure, natural fragrance will come alive once it blends with your body’s warmth and chemistry. Give the essence time to work with your body heat. Our fragrance will radiate after the product has had time to blend with you. There is no need to reapply, the essence will continue to radiate as you cool down and warm up throughout the day.

Time. Over time, like wine, your oil essence will get better. It is also important to remember that after repeated use of our natural fragrances, it is completely normal for your sense of smell to become accustomed to your unique Ambre Blends scent. Alternating between our signature fragrances can help prevent scent immunity over time. Through exploring each of our essences, those around you will still be able to recognize your individual scent and your sense of smell will remain uncompromised.

Mix our signature scents to discover your perfect fragrance that is uniquely yours! You can find out more about our four signature scents here.

Staff Spotlight: Sarah Demirhan

Our Production Manager Sarah Demirhan has been with Ambre Blends for almost three years, and we can’t imagine life without her. “Sarah is truly sweet, beautiful (from the outside to her very core) and the most positive person to work with,” said Ambre, owner of Ambre Blends. “She also takes her job very seriously and enjoys what she does. Those qualities show in the products. I, personally, am very blessed to also call her my cousin!”

Not only is Sarah our Production Manger, but you might recognize her as our Ambre Glow model. Learn more about Sarah in our Staff Spotlight!

Throughout your time at Ambre Blends, what has been your role in the company? When I first started, Rebecca was the only one making product so I would help her with whatever she needed help with. After she took a hiatus because of her pregnancy, I then took on the role of making all the product (except for the deodorant).

What is a day in the life of Sarah like?  A day in the life of Sarah is usually me waking up, getting coffee with my boyfriend and going to work. When I get off work, I like to take a 4:30 yoga class and then make dinner when I get home (if it’s my night). I like routine.

What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? My favorite part about working for Ambre Blends is definitely the crew I work with. We are like a little family and can literally talk about anything and be as silly and weird as we want.

What are some of your favorite organic products you use? My favorite organic product would have to be Neuma hair products and this Argan oil I use in my hair.

What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? My favorite product is the lip balm because I definitely couldn’t live without it. I love the deodorant, I could just be wearing that and still get told that I smell good, even after the gym. Love the body cream too…and the soap…I mean I honestly can’t choose just one and I’m not just saying that because I work there. My favorite scent is Solace.

What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I enjoy photography and painting when I’m feeling creative.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Outside of work I enjoy cooking with friends and family and going out for dinner and drinks. I love going to shows and seeing my favorite bands. I am a homebody too, so a night in with my boyfriend is also ideal.

Sarah modeling in our Ambre Glow marketing material.

Why should people be using Ambre Blends? People should be using Ambre Blends because it’s clean, organic, and never overpowering like perfumes. People should also know that everything is made by hand!

What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? It’s always rewarding when I hear about how much people love it. I’ll be out sometimes and hear girls talking about it in the bathroom or people will stop me and tell me how much they love it, and I’m my head I’m like “Yeah I make that ish!” I also LOVE seeing it featured in magazines. So awesome.

What was your first job? My first job was as a Dental Assistant.

Ditch the Antiperspirant for a Natural Deodorant

Almost everyone has a stick of deodorant in their bathroom, because let’s be honest, no one wants to smell like body odor. But what kind of deodorant do you use? A natural deodorant? Antiperspirant? Do you know what’s in the products you’re putting on your skin under your arms every day?

It’s so important to know the ingredients in your deodorant, because if it contains toxic ingredients it can put your health at risk. While deodorants help combat bad smelling arm pits by eliminating the bacteria that causes odor, antiperspirants prevent sweat by blocking your pores with aluminum. Most deodorants and antiperspirants on the market include aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates and triclosan. Did you know that an antiperspirant is considered an over-the-counter drug because it affects the physiology of your body?

The dangers of aluminum are very real. And by applying it to your underarms every day, you skin is absorbing any and every toxic chemical contained in your antiperspirant. The aluminum used in antiperspirants has not only been linked to causing breast cancer but also Alzheimer’s, bone disorders, kidney problems and prostate cancer. To top it all off, antiperspirants don’t even completely prevent you from sweating, it only reduces your sweat by around 30 percent.

Don’t forget: sweating is a natural and necessary body process! Using synthetic antiperspirants prevents this natural process thereby keeping toxins in your system by clogging your pores. One study showed that aluminum was still present in blood samples 15 days after one application of aluminum to the armpit!

By using a natural deodorant, you will still sweat but the deodorant will get rid of the odor that accompanies underarm sweating due to metabolized bacteria.

Ambre Blends natural deodorant is 100% pure, all-natural and free of all toxins typically found in most deodorants and antiperspirants. Filled with antibacterial, deodorizing and soothing ingredients, our natural deodorant eliminates body odor while also radiating your favorite Ambre Blends scent. The all-natural, organic ingredients in our natural deodorant include Ambre Blends Oil Essence, probiotics, coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera, baking soda, arrowroot, grapefruit seed extract and natural wax.

It’s time to ditch the toxic deodorants and antiperspirants in favor of a natural deodorant. Have more questions about our natural deodorant? Contact us and we’ll help you out!

Keep Moisture In Your Winter Skin

The cold winter weather is here, which means your skin starts to get dry and cracked. We all want to keep our healthy summer skin year-round but the harsh winter conditions can make it challenging. Don’t fear, Ambre Blends is here to help! Banish dry, winter skin with these winter weather tips so you can keep a healthy glow all year round.

Help your hands. We’ve all dealt with cracked and itchy skin on our hands or knuckles at one point or another. The skin on your hands is thin, which means that your hands have a hard time holding onto moisture. Make sure you’re wearing gloves when you go out into cold temperatures, and don’t be shy about applying body cream throughout the day. Our body cream is made with shea butter, vitamin E, jojoba oil and green tea, perfect for your skin to absorb during the winter. If you’re dealing with cracked, chapped or rough skin, you can even apply our lip remedy on your hands, elbows or anywhere that needs help healing!

Use a humidifier. Add more moisture into the air by blasting a humidifier, which will help prevent your skin from drying out. Sleep with one in your bedroom and even hook up a small humidifier in your office during the day.

Stay away from hot baths. Although a steaming hot bath sounds delightful in the cold winter months, you’re actually doing more harm than good if your bath water is too hot. Heat from a hot bath or shower breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. Instead, try a lukewarm bath with a couple pumps of Skin Tonic in it to help lock moisture into your skin.

Keep your face hydrated. Using Skin Tonic on your face is a great way to guard your skin from harsh winds and freezing cold. By gently patting Skin Tonic onto your face after a shower or cleansing, it penetrates the oil down into deeper layers of your skin to deliver nutrients, retain moisture and rejuvenate dull skin. Do you know some of the other benefits of using Skin Tonic on your face and body?

  • Boosts cell regeneration and oxygenation.
  • Prevents formation of age spots.
  • Retains natural dermal moisture in skin.
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Helpful in the reduction of the effects of eczema, psoriasis and post-operative scarring.
  • Increases blood flow and improves elasticity.
  • Doesn’t leave oily residue!

Don’t forget about your lips. Use a toothbrush to gently exfoliate the dry, dead skin on your lips and then apply a healthy amount of lip remedy to seal in moisture and form a protective barrier. Refrain from licking your lips when they feel dry, it will only make the problem worse! Use a scarf when going out into the cold to cover not only your neck but your mouth as well.

Put Down The Cologne

Hey guys, it’s time to put down the cologne and pick up Ambre Blends! Why should you put down the cologne and make the switch to a natural oil fragrance? Cologne dehydrates your skin, causes hormonal disruption, is full of synthetic chemicals, can cause allergies and chronic headaches, is offensive to others and so much more!

Five Ways to Use Ambre Essence Spritzers

Our spritzers are made for home, body or anywhere you want to smell amazing. With 20 ml of essence in each spritzer, every bottle contains approximately 900 sprays. Have you thought about the possibilities for using a spritzer in your favorite essence? Here are five ways we use our spritzers.

Pets. Don’t have time to give your dog a bath? Give them a couple sprays from our spritzers! Our products are non-toxic and won’t harm your animals, so let your dog or cat enjoy your favorite essence.

Linens. After you take your linens out of the dryer, spray them with an Ambre Blends spritzer before you make your bed. It will keep your bedroom smelling great and give you a reminder of our essences when you go to sleep. Bonus: Frankincense’s most common use is stress release and you can find it our Unmasque spritzer. It’s comforting, warm and exotic aroma is sure to help you calm down and drift to sleep when sprayed on your linens.

Inside Lamp Shades. Spray your Ambre Blends spritzer inside your lamp shades so that it keep your room smelling great all the time. Every time you turn on the light, you’ll get a whiff of your favorite essence.

Inside Vents. By spraying inside your vents, you’ll get a natural air freshener every time your heat or air conditioning kicks on. Reapply every few days to keep the scent strong. You can also grab an unscented dryer sheet, spray it with our spritzer and stuff the dryer sheet into the ducts behind the room registers to help carry the scent throughout your house.

Car Interiors. We know how easily cars get dirty, so give your car interior a few sprays to keep things fresh. Try our Invoke essence spritzer, which is fresh, intriguing and light. It also contains rose, which is a great antiviral essential oil to help shield you from sickness.

You can buy your Ambre Blends Essence Spritzers here. Remember: Shake your bottle before every use as the product naturally separates.

Staff Spotlight: Stephanie Harris

Ambre Blends Co-Owner Stephanie Harris has been with the company since 2007, and chances are that if you’ve ever called or emailed us, you’ve spoken to her. “Working with Steph is refreshing in lots of ways,” said Ambre, owner of Ambre Blends. “She has a handle on most everything and tries to keep things pro-leisure.”

Read on to find out more about our multitasking super staffer Steph!

Throughout your time at Ambre Blends, what have your job roles been? At first when it was just Ambre and me, we would take orders, talk to new stores that were carrying our products, make the product and then I would go stand in line at UPS to ship it, so the whole process of the sale from start to finish. I started as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Now that we are growing, we have more room to expand our marketing horizon and task the pros from Matchbook Creative and Pulp Functions to help spearhead our marketing efforts. My job title now is Director of Sales and Co-Owner/Partner.

What is a day in the life of Steph like? I try to keep busy; a lot of work and a ton of play as well. If I’m not rocking it at the Ambre Blends Disco Hut, you might find me flipping pizza at my family’s pizza shop or chilling with my three year old niece Maggie. It’s a lot of running from here to there but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I think I might get bored otherwise.

Favorite part about working at Ambre Blends? Making people super happy by making it easy for them to smell amazing and feel good about what they are putting on their bodies at the same time.

What are some of your favorite organic products you use? Well besides our products, I do love Neuma shampoo and conditioner and polish by Spa Ritual. I love organic thieves oil for my steam diffuser and Himalayan salt lamps.

What is your favorite Ambre Blends product and essence? I am the biggest fan of layering our essences. I like to use the Solace and Ambre together, in using both oils or mixing different products. For example, I’ll use the Solace roll on with the Ambre body cream or Ambre skin tonic. I use different scents and products for different occasions.

What is a fun fact that people don’t know about you? My family owns and operates a pizza shop and has for almost 32 years! The better part of my life, I have been eating and working at Greek Tony’s.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Traveling and exploring as well as spending time with family and friends. Try to be as leisure as possible!

Why do you think people should be using Ambre Blends? Men and women should be using our products not because they smell amazing on you but also because they smell amazing to the people surrounding you. It is a very fresh and clean product that is always inviting compliments. We pay particular attention to the ingredients and our packing to bring our clients products that are good for them and conscious of the environment around us.

What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? To watch this company grow over the last eight and a half years has been amazing, but mostly knowing that we are providing a product that makes our clients feel good about themselves, makes them confident and smells fantastic!

Fragrance Oils vs. Alcohol-Based Perfumes

We know you love to smell great, but did you know that when you use alcohol-based perfumes the scent is offensive to others around you? You know the feeling of walking into a department store and having your senses assaulted by the harsh smell of dozens of perfumes. When you wear those perfumes and colognes, it’s very likely you’re causing those in your path to gag from the overwhelming odor.

While fragrance oils are (currently) less popular than spray-on perfumes, their popularity is rising quickly. Oils are more concentrated with less fillers, stick to your skin longer and don’t contain dehydrating chemicals. When you spray on an alcohol-based perfume, do you know what chemicals your skin is absorbing? Perfumes and colognes are loaded with synthetic chemicals that have been linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity and allergies. With natural oils, you know everything that your skin is absorbing is safe and suitable for most skin types.

Dry skin has a hard time holding onto scent, so when you use fragrance oils your skin not only gets moisturized but the oils assist in helping retain the scent on the skin for longer. Oil-based fragrances are commonly known as “skin scents” since as your body temperature gradually increases, the oils and scents begin to grow stronger. You and only those close to you will experience the pleasant, natural aromas, not leaving a trail of odor behind you like traditional perfumes and colognes.

Take a look at how fragrance oils and alcohol-based perfumes stack up to each other. Which would you rather put on your skin? We think the choice is clear, it’s time to put down the cologne and perfume!

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Ambre Blends Goes Green

Here at Ambre Blends, we are dedicated to being a green business. When we moved into our new building a little over a year ago, we knew we wanted to do more to be green. Not only does it create a healthy environment for our employees and customers, but it helps leads the way for social change. Here are few ways we try to be a more sustainable, environmentally-conscious company.

Does your office have a water cooler? In our office, we use Bottle Free Indy to keep us hydrated and happy. These bottle-free water coolers provide us with three different temperatures for one low monthly cost, which is easy for both us and the planet. Plastic water jugs used by water delivery companies often contain Bisphenol A (BPA), a compound that has been linked to health issues. With bottle-free, we don’t have to worry about our health and the quality of our drinking water.

Ambre Blends also participates in IPL’s Green Power option to support environmentally friendly, renewable energy sources. What that means is that 100% of our electricity use is to be generated by renewable sources such as Indiana wind farms. If nature is making it, why shouldn’t we use this sustainable energy source? This, in turn, reduces our reliance on fossil-fueled power. IPL’s Green Power is available to both residential and commercial customers.

When it comes to printing and packaging, we have been printing all of our marketing material on FSC certified paper. You might notice the FSC-Certified stamp on our materials, which stands for Forest Stewardship Council. The Forest Stewardship Council certification gives customers the option to choose forest products like paper and wood that have been sourced in an environmentally-friendly, socially responsible and economically viable manner. Our packaging is recyclable and even uses biodegradable peanuts to keep your products safe while they travel to you.

We have created refill bottles for your favorite Ambre Blends products to not only save you money but to help save the environment. For example, we sell 30 ml refill bottles of our oil essences to refill your 10 ml roll-ons. You save more than 15% when you buy a 30 ml bottle and have less waste than buying three 10 ml roll-ons. You can purchase the larger refill bottles in the body cream and spritzers as well.

Using green business practices can help us prevent the waste of natural resources, reduce our ecological footprint, improve our health and even save you money in the long run. Green business is smart business. Do you practice corporate social responsibility?

 

Essential Oil Remedies for Your Health

Prefer a more natural remedy to your common ailments instead of an over-the-counter drug? Essential oil remedies can help relieve some of your everyday aches and pains. Essential oils can heal you physically, emotionally and mentally and can make a great first aid kit to keep in your house.

Need a good night’s sleep? Lavender increases brain alpha waves associated with relaxation and deep sleep. Whether you place a few drops under your pillow or in an oil diffuser, it has a relaxing impact that can aid you in catching some more z’s. In addition to getting more sleep, lavender’s calming scent can be helpful in treating migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress.

If you’re suffering from allergies this summer, pick up a bottle of eucalyptus. It is known to help support the respiratory system. Try diluting a few drops in a carrier oil and rub onto your neck, chest or the bottoms of your feet. Combine the eucalyptus with some drops of lemon essential oil, which works as a natural antihistamine and relieves excess mucus.

Athlete’s foot, acne and other common skin issues can be treated with tea tree oil. Tea tree has anti-viral and anti-fungal benefits that help with warts, cuts, scrapes, infections and even lice! Some people even find tea tree oil to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide on acne but without the negative side effects like redness and peeling. Tea tree oil can be applied directly onto your skin on the affected area with 1-2 drops or mixed with a carrier oil.

When winter comes around, it will be good to have peppermint, rosemary and thieves around. Peppermint has antiseptic and anti-viral properties which makes it useful as an expectorant in a diffuser or steamed. Rosemary works as an antiseptic and an antimicrobial agent to relieve congestion and discomfort. Put 3-5 drops into a carrier oil and massage onto your nose, cheeks and temples for relief. Thieves is great to put a diffuser to help purify the air in your home or as a throat spray to soothe a sore throat. Take any of these three essential oils and put them on a warm washcloth over your forehead or into a hot bath to help relieve cold and flu symptoms.

If you frequently experience migraines, feverfew is a popular herbal remedy you should try. Taken every day, it is a preventative treatment for those who normally get migraines. Some people have reported that it has completely eliminated their migraines altogether. If you are currently suffering from a migraine or headache, try a few drops of lavender, peppermint or basil oil applied topically.

What are some of your favorite herbal or essential oil remedies?

Manage Your Mane With Beard Tonic

You take care of the hair on your head, so why don’t you take care of the hair on your face, too?

Beards and mustaches are in, and we want to keep your facial hair fashion-forward. Even if a beard takes up half of your face’s real estate, you can still keep your skin feeling fresh, rejuvenated and nourished. You might not realize that the skin underneath your beard gets really dry when you wash your face.

So how do you keep your beard well-groomed and healthy? Beard tonic!

Not only does applying beard tonic hydrate your skin, but it helps soften your facial hair to easily manage your mane, keeping the hair soft, shiny, healthy and smooth. And don’t forget fortifying your skin against the effects of aging. Ambre Beards beard tonic is packed with oils such as jojoba, hempseed, coconut, sunflower and avocado to help tame hair and moisturize, which keeps your hair (and skin) flake-free.

Another bonus to using beard tonic is that it acts as a natural cologne. Available in four unique essences, Ambre Beards beard tonic comes in four distinct unisex essences that will last throughout the day.

Here’s how to apply:

You want to apply your beard tonic after shaving or washing your face so that your hair follicles and pores are open, ready to absorb the oil. We recommend starting with the Ambre Beards shave bar. Wet it with water and thoroughly work the shave bar between your hands to form a rich, full lather. Apply the lather generously to your face and neck; shave as normal.

Now it’s time to apply the beard tonic. Pump once (or twice if your beard is burly) and rub into your hands. Apply evenly throughout your beard and face. The beard tonic will absorb quickly and softly radiate our signature essence. The natural fragrance will come alive as it blends with your body’s warmth and chemistry.

 

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Finish by combing through your beard to tame even the wildest, wiry whiskers.

Maintain your facial hair with a routine that includes a healthy dose of beard tonic. The natural oils found in Ambre Beards beard tonic will keep your hair conditioned and lustrous instead of scraggly and dry. Pick up an Ambre Beards Men’s Grooming Kit and make it part of your daily routine!

Seven Superfoods to Snack on This Summer

One of the best parts of the summer is eating fresh fruits and vegetables, some of which you can grow right in your backyard. Eating in-season isn’t only delicious but it’s great for your health. Whether your goal is to lose weight, get healthy or prevent disease, there’s a superfood that can help you reach optimal health the natural way.

Snack on these seven summer superfoods to look and feel better this season:

Lemon: Rejuvenate your skin from within by drinking lemon water. First thing in the morning, have a glass of water with lemon in it. Not only is it great for weight loss but this vitamin C rich fruit will make your skin glow. Lemon water flushes out the toxins in your body and aids the digestive system, which makes eliminating waste products from your body easier.

Avocado: Full of healthy fats, you might be surprised to know that avocados contain more potassium than bananas. Studies show that having a high potassium intake is linked to reduced blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. Add avocados to almost any meal, breakfast through dinner.

Chia seeds: Sprinkle some chia seeds on your yogurt, salad or even a smoothie for an energy boost that will last for hours. Despite their size, they pack a big punch loaded with fiber, protein, antioxidants and other nutrients. There’s a reason chia seeds have been a staple in Mayan and Aztec diets for centuries, so add them to anything and everything you eat.

Garlic: Heart-healthy diets are talked about often, but what about brain-healthy diets? Garlic contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and aging, which may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Garlic has been used throughout ancient history for its health and medicinal properties, having known beneficial effects on common causes of chronic disease. We’re more than happy to eat garlic and live longer!

Parsley: Parsley isn’t just a garnish, it’s an herb that is rich in vital vitamins such as Vitamin C, B12, K and A. What does that mean for you? A strong immune system, strong bones and a healthy nervous system. Parsley helps flush out excess fluids from your body and is used for its anti-inflammatory properties. Pick up some parsley essential oil and massage into your scalp to reduce hair loss.

Beets: One of the first known uses of beets was by ancient Romans who used them as an aphrodisiac. While this is still true due to their nitrates increasing blood flow, beets are also shown to use their nitric oxide to give your brain and energy a boost. The blood-red betalains in beets help reduce chronic inflammation and have even been used in certain treatments of depression.

Grapes: Who doesn’t want to look younger? Grapes are full of beneficial compounds that fight aging and also prevent cancer. You’ve probably heard that red wine grapes are a source of resveratrol, which is an anti-aging powerhouse best known for its ability to prevent cancer. They also contain a variety of antioxidants, which can reduce the damage caused by free radicals and slow down aging.

Going Green Is Easier Than You Think

“Going green” can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s the little changes you can make in your life to do your part in helping the environment. Did you know that the average home contains up to 25 gallons of toxic chemicals, many of which are in store-bought cleaners? Replacing some products that you commonly use with green alternatives is easier than you think!

For example, do you take reusable grocery bags with you to the store? Think of how many plastic bags they send you home with for your food. Instead, keep a few reusable bags in your car to do your part in going “bagless.” Or how about using cloth napkins at home instead of paper?

Cleaning products are often full of harsh chemicals that aren’t good for your skin or health. The EPA estimates that indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air due in part to chemicals found in many household cleaners and air fresheners. Make your cleaning products using eco-friendly ingredients such as baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, tea tree oil and washing powder.

  • Oven Cleaner: Sprinkle water in the bottom of your oven then cover with one cup of baking soda. Sprinkle more water on top then let the mixture set overnight. The next day, simply wipe away.
  • Window Cleaner: Mix two teaspoons of vinegar with one quart of warm water. Spray on the window and wipe with newspaper to avoid streaks.
  • Drain Cleaner: Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain. Mix one cup white vinegar with the juice of ½ a lemon. Pour the mixture down the drain after the baking soda, wait five minutes, then pour a gallon of hot water down the drain.
  • All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix ½ cup of vinegar with ¼ cup of baking soda into a ½ gallon of water. Use it on countertops, sinks, appliances and other surfaces.

Going green isn’t only about the products that you buy and use, it’s about your home habits. Try opening the blinds and letting in natural sunlight. You can save energy during the day by not keeping lights on when you use the sun’s free light. And as a winter bonus, 10% of energy can be saved on heating when you let sun in during the day. While we’re talking about sunlight, did you know that having your refrigerator in the sunlight will force it to work harder to stay cool? Move it into the shade to save some energy.

If you really want to take going green literally, improve the air quality in your home by growing houseplants. A spider plant in the bathroom will help purify the air. Outdoors, you can protect your local environment by planting plants that are native to your area. If you have a garden, try setting up a rain barrel to water your plants.

What are your favorite ways to go green? We love learning about new green alternatives!

Inside Ambre Blends Essences

We’re often asked how we make Ambre Blends and what’s inside. We can’t reveal all of our secrets but we can give you a taste of how we make our 100% natural, handmade, organic products. From the body cream to the skin tonic, our products come in four unique essences all with Ambre essence as the base. If you haven’t tried layering your different products and essences, mix and match them to create your own combination.

Each essence is made to complement your body’s natural chemistry, which means they will smell slightly different on everyone. We’re giving you an inside look into some of the organic ingredients we source to produce Ambre Blends.

Rose: Found in the Invoke essence, rose is a great anti-inflammatory and antidepressant. Relieving anxiety, boosting self esteem and confidence, and increasing your mental strength are all reasons rose is commonly used in aromatherapy. When it comes to skin, rose helps fade scars, acne and cracks while giving you shining, fresh and youthful skin.

Amber: We can’t tell you the ingredients in our signature Ambre essence (it’s top secret!) but we will let you know that it contains a blend of amber oils. Amber oils have been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine for several reasons including that they increase the heart’s energy flow. They have a psychoactive effect that relaxes the brain waves and are also used as a natural aphrodisiac.

Frankincense: One of the ingredients in our Unmasque essence people often notice is Frankincense. For skincare, you have to love that Frankincense helps lift skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles with its anti-aging properties. It is also used to help fade stretch marks and scars, reduce stress, boost the immune system, lower blood pressure and improve digestion.

Sandalwood: Found in both the Invoke and Unmasque, Sandalwood has many health benefits you’ll love. Safe for both internal and external applications, Sandalwood makes a great antiseptic agent. Although it’s mild, it is used as an astringent which helps for tightening the skin. It soothes skin and helps heal scars, induces relaxation and positive thoughts, and can be found in many skincare products.

Neroli: Who doesn’t love feeling happy and being in a great mood? Neroli drives away sadness and brings a feeling a joy. Protecting you from coughs and colds in the winter, it can also treat food poisoning and cure skin infections. It’s an all-around immune system booster. Grow stronger and healthier with the help of neroli as it promotes the generation of new cells and stimulates the health of those already present.

Give Yourself a Green Makeover

Women do all sorts of things in the name of beauty. We suffer through waxing, tweezing, peeling, injecting and more to stay young, thin, smooth and wrinkle-free. No pain, no gain…right? Wrong!

You shouldn’t hurt yourself or the environment with toxins for beauty because those toxic products can do more harm than help in the long run. Did you know that on a daily basis, you’re exposed to several hundred chemicals? Don’t add to the damage by applying toxic beauty products to your skin, which is absorbed into your bloodstream. Once it’s in your bloodstream, these chemicals can cause allergies, neurotoxicity, irritation, developmental/reproductive toxicity and even cancer.

The best way to safeguard yourself? Know who you’re buying from and what they stand for. For example, you can find out about all of our products and our mission on our website. Our products are 100% natural, handmade and organic. It’s important to ask questions about the products you purchase to help protect your health.

If you’re looking for some new, safe and natural beauty products, let us recommend a few of our favorites! Here’s how to give your beauty regime a green makeover.

SpaRitual Nail Polish: One of the first companies to do a non-toxic polish, SpaRitual nail laquers and nail case essentials are vegan and formulated without DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. Find your favorite color here.

Some other nail polish brands we love include Dr.’s Remedy, a line created by two podiatrists that uses a blend of wheat protein, tea tree oil, garlic bulb extract and lavender as an alternative to traditional nail polish. Or check out Deborah Lippman’s line, which includes treatments made with Biotin and green tea extract containing no toluene, formaldehyde, formadehyde resin, camphor or DBP (BiButyl Phthalate).

Physicians Formula: If you have sensitive skin, you need to be using Physicians Formula products! Hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free, gluten free, dermatologist approved, non-comedogenic and ophthalmologist approved, this mineral makeup brand was made for people with allergies. We love the tinted moisturizers and blush.

Tarte Cosmetics: Tarte is a leader in healthy, eco-chic beauty products, making cruelty-free cosmetics using ingredients such as plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, essential oils and other naturally-derived ingredients. Try the Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara, because no one wants harsh chemicals near their eyes.

Neuma: Using only renewable, beneficial, plant-based ingredients, Neuma leaves your hair (and the environment) looking beautiful. PETA approved and using certified organic extracts, there’s a shampoo and conditioner for every hair type. You don’t have to worry about the suds washing down your drain and polluting the water when you use an all-natural haircare line.

Ambre Blends Body Cream: Made from shea butter, sunflower seed oil, vitamin E, jojoba oil and green tea, our body cream is recommended by dermatologists for many common skin ailments. Your skin stays silky and hydrated while radiating your favorite essence, and it even comes in a 2 oz. jar that is safe for air travel.

BONUS…DIY natural bug spray for skin: Get ready for the summer with this simple DIY bug spray recipe! Grab a spray bottle and combine one cup of distilled water, 1/8 cup witch hazel, one tablespoon apple cider vinegar and 20-30 drops of essential oils to scent. You can use one essential oil or a combination of a few. You can use any essential oil, but a few that work best include lavender, eucalyptus, clove, cinnamon, sandalwood, lemon balm/citronella and lemon. Shake before each use.

Green Your Cleaning Routine

Are your cleaning products worse for your health than the germs they are eliminating? Cleaning chemicals can cause everything from skin irritation to reproductive disorders to cancer, not to mention the toxins that are going down the drain and polluting our water. To celebrate Earth Day this week, we want to help you ditch the chemicals and detoxify your home with these natural alternatives.

J.R. Watkins All-Purpose Cleaner: This spray removes grease and grime from almost all surfaces of your home without using harsh toxins. It’s great for sinks, countertops, floors, walls, appliances and more. The best part of this product is that it is a natural, plant-based, dye-free formula that doesn’t leave streaks behind. Simply spray and wipe clean!

Seventh Generation Dish Liquid: Clean your dishes with the power of plants, complete with scents from essential oils and botanical extracts. You won’t find any dyes or synthetic fragrances in this non-toxic and biodegradable liquid formula that even comes in a 100% recycled plastic bottle. Seventh Generation proves that you don’t need harsh chemicals to cut through grease and dried-on food.

Method Floor Cleaner: The Method Squirt + Mop Hard Floor Cleaner smells so good you’ll want to eat off the floor. And with this no-wax, non-toxic formula, you could if you wanted to! The shower nozzle spray covers your floor in fewer sweeps, and you simply squirt and mop, no need to rinse. Try the ginger yuzu scent, which is a spicy-sweet combination with a little lemongrass and coconut thrown in.

DIY Cleaning Product: Make your own eco-friendly cleaning products using only water, vinegar and lemon juice! Making your own products is great for so many reasons. It’s great on your wallet, there is less packaging waste and they can smell even better than store-bought products. Mix three parts distilled water, one part white vinegar, ½ cup of lemon juice or some drops of lemon essential oil. Add to a spray bottle and shake!

Ecos Liquid Laundry Detergent: If you have sensitive skin, Ecos is the laundry detergent you need to be using. Ecos cleans a full laundry load with only 1.5 ounces and uses magnolia as a natural fabric softener. Certified by the EPA’s Design for the Environment Program, the pH balanced formula is made using sustainable, naturally-derived ingredients.

Ambre Blends Spritzer: Put down the Febreze! Odor-eliminating sprays are packed full of chemicals, and when you spray them in your house the residue lands on everything from your dog’s toys to your baby’s crib. Use our spritzers everywhere from your home to your car to your body. They’re even safe for air travel!

Spring is in the air!

This is the time of year that everyone wants to reset and refresh. And as a company, Ambre Blends wants to do just that. It has been over a decade since we’ve refreshed our website and our brand, and on the first day of spring we want to introduce our new look.

With our new website and rebranding, we want to personalize the Ambre Blends experience for our customers, making it about you and your experiences. We always hear people telling us why they wear our product; people want to tell us their story and we’re listening! We hear stories about people that were turned on to our products which opened the gate to make lifestyle changes into other things such as eating clean and using other natural products. Hearing that people are embracing this lifestyle with us has really shown me the way that Ambre Blends impacts lives.

Getting started, I made these products for myself, my family and friends. I am sensitive to synthetic fragrances and products, so Ambre Blends was my solution. In the same way that I was concerned with what I was eating and putting in my body, I was also concerned about what I put on my body as well. As somebody who started using natural and organic products in the late 90’s, I feel an obligation to continue to create healthy, natural products. Over the years, people want to connect with us and are hungry for change. If it wasn’t for our amazing customers, we wouldn’t be in the position to be able to
do these things.

As of this month, our product is in 41 states and over 400 retailers. My team and I are so proud and humbled that we’ve been able to touch so many lives while still staying true to what we believe in. We’re still committed to growing and creating quality products for our customers. When we set out to do this, the goal was the create products that we want to use ourselves. Over a decade later, we’re still creating products we stand behind and use daily.

Our new website is a reflection of many positive, green business decisions we’ve been making, including printing all of our marketing material on FSC certified paper, moving into a new facility that utilizes green power and drinking bottle-free water. These are just a few examples of the great things that are happening at Ambre Blends right now and we can’t wait to share more with you.Just like style, it’s important to update your look. But don’t worry, we’re still making the same great
handmade products for you from the same people. We’re simply introducing a new look — a rebirth of sorts. We want our site to be more user-friendly, easier to navigate and a place where people can experience the true essence of Ambre Blends. I want our products to be clean and make you feel good about yourself and what you’re putting on your body. We’re here to stay and that’s our commitment to you!

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