Here at Ambre Blends, we support advocacy for mental health awareness. With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we have teamed up with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to share important information to save lives and help open up real conversations about mental health.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has put together a Real Convo Guide all about how to start (and continue) a conversation about mental health. “You don’t need special training to have an open, authentic conversation about mental health – and often, just talking about it can be the first important step in understanding where someone is with their mental health, and helping them get support or treatment if needed.”
47,511 Americans die by suicide, making it the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. 12 million Americans have serious thoughts of suicide, and 1.379 million Americans attempted suicide. More investment in suicide prevention, education, and research will prevent the untimely deaths of thousands of Americans each year.
If you think someone is thinking about suicide, assume you are the only one who will reach out. Have an honest conversation:
What leads to suicide? There’s no single cause. Suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness and despair. There are risk factors and warning signs you can learn about from AFSP. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Most people who actively manage their mental health conditions go on to engage in life.
Looking for resources?
There are tools, resources, and creative ways to have real conversations with people in your life about mental health. Often, just talking about it can be the first important step in staying connected for yourself or someone else, and helping get support or treatment if needed. When someone is struggling, just listen. Let the other person share at their own speed. Don’t pass judgement or offer advice, just be there. We all experience mental health differently and that’s okay! Read the guides, share with friends, and discover real stories from AFSP here.
We want to share the love, and get our customers involved, too!
Ambre Blends donates 1% of all online sales to charity, and we want to introduce you to the new charities we are supporting. When you shop online, you’ll have the chance to select one of these charities when checking out at shop.ambreblends.com.
Take a look at the organizations we’ve chosen to share the love…
Rainforest Alliance: The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization working at the intersection of business, agriculture, and forests to make responsible business the new normal. They are building an alliance to protect forests, improve the livelihoods of farmers and forest communities, promote their human rights, and help them mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. The Rainforest Alliance envisions a world where people and nature thrive in harmony, and we love that!
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. ASPCA was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. As a cruelty-free company, we love their mission of helping vulnerable animals and keeping pets in safe, loving homes.
Vital Actions: Vital Actions is a grassroots non-profit that is committed to effective eco-defense and social justice. Since 2012, their teams have removed an average of 10,000 kilos of plastic debris from sensitive coastal habitats each year, rescued almost 200,000 eggs from four endangered sea turtle species, strategically planted 28,000 native trees, enacted hundreds of hours of anti-poaching and anti-illegal logging patrols in vulnerable nature reserves, and more.
World Central Kitchen: World Central Kitchen uses the power of food to nourish communities and strengthen economies through times of crisis and beyond. Founded by Chef José Andrés in 2010, WCK uses the expertise of chefs to empower people to be the solution to hunger and poverty with a focus on health, education, and jobs. World Central Kitchen currently works in Haiti, Zambia, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and the United States.
Operation Underground Railroad: O.U.R. was founded in December 2013 to rescue children from slavery. They have gathered the world’s experts in extraction operations and in anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery. Since O.U.R. was founded, they have rescued 4,100 victims and assisted I the arrests of more than 2,300 traffickers around the world. Learn more in our blog here.
Say goodbye to 99% of germs with our new Ambre Blends hand sanitizer!
Ambre Blends hand sanitizer is formulated using plant-based ingredients that leave your skin moisturized and feeling silky. It is absorbed easily with a non-sticky, smooth feeling finish. Within a couple of seconds, your favorite Ambre Blends Essence will radiate and you’ll continue to smell that scent radiating throughout the day.
Our hand sanitizer kills over 99% of germs on contact so your hands can stay clean on-the-go. One pump is all you need for full coverage, and there are over one hundred uses per 1oz bottle. Available in all five Ambre Blends scents. Don’t forget to recycle the bottle once you’re done!
Here’s what people are saying about Ambre Blends hand sanitizer…
“Another great products! I have Ambre and Unmasque, I will definitely be ordering this again!”
“This stuff is AMAZING. It goes on so smooth and is very hydrating, and obviously smells amazing. Thank you for this!”
Spread love, not germs, with Ambre Blends Hand Sanitizer.
We get it, change is hard.
In the beginning of 2020, we upgraded our 10ml oil essence bottles from a roll-on to a pump dispenser after spending almost two years designing a new bottle and applicator. It was time for a change. These new bottles were designed specifically for Ambre Blends to give the wearer the exact amount of oil essence they need to radiate their favorite scent all day long.
We know it takes some getting used to, but we think after you use the pump for a while you won’t miss your old roll-on. Don’t dump on the pump – here are six reasons why you should love it:
In addition to these six reason why we love the pump bottles, you might notice our new packaging had ditched the stick-on labels and now has our logo printed directly on the bottle. After you start using the pump bottle, we think you’ll understand why we’re so excited about this new packaging. Put the roll-on down and pick up a pump!
Are you ready for an adventure? Whether you’re hitting the open road or flying high in the skies to your next destination, don’t ever leave home without your Ambre Blends.
We’ve created an Ambre Blends Travel Bag that contains some of your favorite Ambre Blends products that are approved for air travel. Available in all five essences, each Travel Bag includes:
Each Travel Bag is packaged in a reusable, eco-friendly PEVA (recycled phthalate-free) vinyl bag with hemp sides and trim. Not only are the Travel Bags great to take along on a trip, but they’re a great way to get introduced to some other products in our line. Haven’t tried the Skin Tonic? Layer it with the Body Cream to keep your skin hydrated on a long flight. Need to freshen up while you’re on the road? A few swipes of our Natural Deodorant will do the trick.
“I absolutely love this set! It’s one of my favorite things to gift to friends and myself. As someone who travels quite a bit, bringing these amazing aromas with me help me feel more at home when I’m on the road.”
“These travel sets are the best! They make for a perfect gift. If it weren’t for this set, I might not have ever tried the natural deodorant. And now I haven’t switched back to any other deodorant. This is also how I got hooked on the Skin Tonic. Seriously the best gift you can give or receive.”
“I love being able to get all of my favorite Ambre Blends products in this travel bundle and having these products with me when I do travel. Being a person who flies regularly, I love that I have no issue getting these through!”
The first thing I do in the morning is make my infused water. I make it with mint, lemon, lime, ginger, and cucumber. I drink the whole thing and then I pour my morning coffee. I’ve gotten out of the routine of starting with coffee because it eats your stomach lining and gives me jitters…it’s not a good way to start the day. So I start with the water, take my morning supplements (Juice Plus+ fruit and vegetable blends, vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin B, zinc, and a CBG immune booster), and then have my coffee.
I take my coffee and go upstairs to what I call “the retreat” and meditate. Right now I’m a student in the A Course in Miracles, and I cannot do my day without it. I read the daily lesson and go right into the meditation. Once I’m done with my lesson, I write in my journal what I got from the lesson after I’ve meditated on it. All of that takes me about 10-20 minutes – not much time, but it makes a huge impact on how the rest of my day goes.
Sometimes I’ll grab a piece out 28 Secrets to Glow Up – it’s tips for health, energy, and radiance by my dear friend Marianne Talkovski. She’s here locally in Indy and is an esthetician, acupuncturist, and certified life coach. She has this awesome book out about all these ways you can glow up, so I’ll open it up and it’s always the right secret at the right time. After that, I walk down the hall to wake up my kids and get them ready for school.
After the kids are off to school I head downstairs to workout. Today I’m doing yoga, and I’m always accompanied by my dog Louie.
Now it’s time to get ready to head out for the day. I switch up my skincare routine and the scent I’m using every 6-12 weeks. Right now, it’s super dry out and it’s winter so I’m using GOOPGLOW Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Glow Serum on my face every morning. I follow that up with Eminence Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum (I’m obsessed with this stuff). Then I top it off with Ambre Blends Skin Tonic. Sometimes, I may even add a little bit of CBD salve from Green Cherry Organics for an extra layer of hydration on top of the Skin Tonic.
Today I’m using the Ahnu Natural Deodorant and then using the Ahnu Spritzer all over, and then I grabbed the Ambre Oil Essence because I like mixing that with Ahnu. On my body, I’m using the Ahnu Skin Tonic layered with the Body Cream since it’s dry outside – it’s the perfect time to use both at the same time since it lasts all day. Then I get dressed, grab my infused water, and head out the door to work!
Meet Dana Kofsky, a lifestyle, nutrition, and corporate wellness expert who created Wellness Styled. Wellness Styled identifies issues and blocks that may be keeping you from living the life you desire. Dana works with you to transform how you live, eat, feel, and experience to live a happier and healthier life.
What is a wellness stylist, you ask? “A wellness stylist is a coach for all things wellness,” said Dana. “I style every aspect of people’s life and guide them through things in their life that they want to shift. We start with diet and move through creating healthier habits and thoughts in their life, creating a better well being! You would want a wellness stylist because it’s like having your own personal support system to help inspire you and motivate you to create and live your best life, feeling your best in body, mind and spirit.”
Dana believes in a nontoxic lifestyle just like we do here at Ambre Blends. “Just like you are what you eat, you are what you wear. So many of us are unaware of the impact that what we put on our bodies can absorb into our system and create high levels of toxins that can lead to disease and illness. I HIGHLY encourage my clients to be mindful of ingredients in their food just as they would benefit from reading ingredients on a label. If you don’t know how to pronounce it, chances are your body won’t know what it is and will metabolize it as a toxin.”
We asked Dana what some of her other favorite products are to use in her daily life. “I have very sensitive skin so researching the products is at the top of my list. My highlight reel of brands are Le Purnier Plum Beauty Oil, Odacite Black Mint Cleanser, Live Botanicals Hormonal Harmony Calming Oil, Hurraw! Lip Balm, and Thrive Cosmetics mascara, just to name a few.”
In her spare time, Dana loves to workout, connect with people, watch TV, go out to fun dinners, and learn. She recently moved to Austin, TX from Los Angeles, craving a more easy-going lifestyle that is fun, grounded, and with some good ole’ southern charm.
“Dana has been ordering from Ambre Blends for years,” said Ambre Blends Director of Sales & Partner, Stephanie Harris. Dana orders our entire line and shares her love of our product line with her family and friends. She is as kind as can be and we absolutely adore her!”
Dana placed her first Ambre Blends order on February 8, 2016 after discovering it while hugging a friend. “The original Ambre Essence scent is my favorite,” Dana said. “I have a pretty serious Ambre routine as I am addicted to the scent! I shower twice a day, so one time I use the Bubble Bath and the other I use the Olive Oil Soap. Then, I follow up with a layer of the Ambre Body Cream, and then I use the oil on the “hot” points on my body. In between, I spray my room and my body with the Ambre Spritzer (being very mindful of avoiding it spraying on the walls). I can’t get enough!! What’s not to love about Ambre Blends? The customer service is top notch. It’s a small company with a phenomenal product that’s clean and smells delightful.”
We’re constantly growing and expanding our list of Ambre Blends retailers across the nation! Take a look at the new stores where you can find your favorite Ambre Blends products stocked:
Do you know the different between natural and synthetic fragrances? The popularity of natural fragrances is quickly on the rise – they are concentrated with less fillers, stick to your skin longer, and aren’t full of dehydrating chemicals. And you get the added bonus of knowing that everything your skin is absorbing is safe and suitable for most skin types.
The majority of synthetic fragrances are made from petrochemicals, which have been linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies, and more. These petrochemicals are absorbed into your skin and breathed into your lungs every time you use products that contain synthetic fragrance. Synthetic fragrances can be hidden in everything from cosmetics and skincare to cleaning products and candles.
Synthetic fragrances tend to be more offensive to those around you than natural fragrances. 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 synthetic perfumes and colognes, it’s very likely you’re causing those in your path to be offended from the overwhelming odor.
On average, natural fragrances will last anywhere from six to 15 hours. We read comments from our customers all the time saying they can smell their Ambre Blends on their clothes or skin a full day later. Synthetic fragrances last for an average of one to three hours. Dry skin has a hard time holding onto scent, and when you use a synthetic fragrance that contains alcohol it can contribute to your skin drying out even more. On the other hand, natural fragrances are sometimes known as “skin scents” because as your body temperature gradually increases, the scent begins to grow stronger.
Natural fragrances such as Ambre Blends oil essences are alcohol-free and have a clean, rich, true scent. Since our oil essences are alcohol-free, they have a long shelf life – you’ll notice that the longer you have your oil essences the stronger they will get. Synthetic fragrances have a scent that is harsh, overbearing, and overpowering. Since synthetic fragrances are made with 80-97% alcohol, they have a short shelf life due to alcohol evaporation.
Since natural fragrances use natural ingredients, they are less likely to cause allergic reactions. Natural fragrances also tend to have fewer ingredients to emit a richer aroma. Synthetic fragrances are full of fillers and chemicals, which means a much higher probability of causing an allergic reaction. If you have sensitive skin, it’s time to switch to a natural fragrance!
Natural fragrances are made with oils that will assist in nourishing and moisturizing your skin, helping it to retain the scent on your skin longer. 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. Due to the high alcohol content in synthetic fragrances, these will remove your natural body oils causing dry skin. They are also highly flammable.
After seeing how natural and synthetic fragrances stack up to each other, which would you rather put on your skin? We think the choice is clear.
We took some time this week to reflect on what we’re thankful for this year. Don’t forget to take a few moments this week to give thanks. Here’s a dose of gratitude from our Ambre Blends family!
“We are so grateful for our loyal customers and retailers that have continued to support us all of these years. This year in particular has amplified that feeling and we will never forget it. And I am so grateful for the best staff ever!”
“I am most thankful for all the love in my life, nature, and my big baby boy Mojo (my dog).”
“I’m thankful for the good health of myself and my loved ones. I am also thankful for all of the incredible people in my life that make my world a better place.”
“I’m thankful it doesn’t cost a thing to smile and you don’t have to pay to laugh.”
“As always, I am most thankful for the health of my family and friends. This year, having three daughters, I am especially grateful for the Vice President Elect having shattered the glass ceiling.”
“Aside from my job and our health, I’m thankful for my husband, who is facilitating ALL of the e-learning for both of our boys while I am at work. Are you smarter than 3rd grader?!”
“After a rough 2020, I am most thankful for the physical and mental health of my family and friends. I am also thankful for the loyal support of our Ambre Blends customers and retailers who have helped us weather such unprecedented times.”
“I am thankful for the humbleness and growth that this year provided. I’m thankful for the kindness, the generosity, and the support of my friends and family.”
“I am forever thankful for my family and friends, good music, and the great outdoors. This year, I am especially thankful for the extra time I’ve had with my husband and daughter, and a job where I am surrounded by friends who feel just like family.”
“I am thankful for our Ambre Blends customers, the Ambre Blends team, my family, and my awesome pup Lemon!”
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. The cost of each gift set that we have available is less than if you would buy the products individually. 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…
Five 10ml Gift Set: A $240 value, you can get a set with all five oil essences for $205. This is the perfect set for someone who wants to mix and match all five essences to create a unique scent that’s all your own. This set comes packaged in a reusable, eco-friendly PEVA (recycled phthalate-free) vinyl bag with hemp sides and trim.
Ambre Blends Travel Bag: If you’re always on-the-go or a jet-setter, you need an Ambre Blends Travel Bag. The Travel Bag is available in all five essences for $159. This includes a 10ml Oil Essence, 2oz Body Cream, 1oz 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.
Bath Set: The Ambre Blends Bath Set comes complete with our best bath products to give you an incredible, rejuvenating, bubbly bathing experience. Available in all five essences, each Bath Set ($101) comes with a Bubble Bath, Soak, and Pure Olive Oil Soap. Get ready to relax!
Men’s Set: All of our products are unisex, but we also have a 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 five essences, our Men’s Sets ($98) includes a Face & Beard Oil, Pure Olive Oil Soap, and 10ml Oil Essence to make you smell as good as you look. Lather up the soap and use it as a shave bar for a smooth shaving experience.
Large Gift Sets: If you love the entire product line, purchase a large gift set. For $183, you can use not only the 10ml Oil Essence, but also an 8oz Body Cream, 8oz 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! Available in all five essences.
Skin Renewal Set: Available in large, travel, and sample sizes, you can get glowing, health, and hydrated skin with our Skin Renewal Set. Mix our Body Cream and Skin Tonic together and use it all over your body to seal in moisture and nutrients. It’s like a power-packed smoothie for your skin.
10ml Oil Essence + 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 Oil Essence 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 1oz Skin Tonic and 10ml Oil Essence 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 Oil 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!
We all love burning our favorite candles at home – whether it’s winter and you want to get cozy or it’s summertime and you’re enjoying your favorite scent. But did you know that the majority of your scented candles are made from synthetic fragrances which can put your health at risk?
While scented candles are great for creating a relaxing ambiance, some candles can emit hazardous chemicals when you burn them such as benzene and toluene, which can cause damage to the brain, lungs, and central nervous system as well as cause developmental difficulties in children. Frequent use of candles with synthetic fragrances can lead to allergies, asthma, and even cancer.
Introducing: Pure Soy Wax Candles
We’ve created a 100% pure soy wax candle with a wooden wick that is organic, non-toxic, eco-friendly, and sourced from FSC-certified mills. Our candles come in Solace or Unmasque Essence housed in a recyclable clear glass jar. The 11oz candles burn for 100+ hours and the 3oz candles burn for 30+ hours, all while emanating the aroma of the natural essence – we don’t ever use any synthetic fragrance in our products!
The 3oz pure soy wax candles are great for smaller rooms such as a bath or laundry area, while the 11oz pure soy wax candles work well in bedrooms or living rooms.
Burning Your Candle
For best results, trim the wooden wick to between 1/4 to 1/2 inch before lighting. On your first use, tiny sparks and crackling may occur. Our wooden wicks burn slowly with a small flame to extend the candle’s life and help keep your air clean.
To maximize your candle’s burn time, do not extinguish the flame until the entire top layer of wax is melted to the edges. Blowing out your candle too soon could cause the candle to “tunnel” or only burn down the middle. When your candle tunnels, the wick cannot get enough oxygen to burn and will make it hard to light in the future.
After your first burn, it’s best to keep the wood wick trimmed – pinch off the split part of the wooden wick before you light it again to help maintain the wick and keep your candle lit.
What People Are Saying
“I’m super sensitive to synthetic scents, especially candles, so I was so excited to see that Ambre Blends made these pure candles. They are the only ones that I like to burn and use because I’m not coughing or reacting to them like I would a typical store-bought candle. Plus the Solace scent is so unique that you can’t help but want to use it all the time.”
“This was given to me as a gift and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on another one! Perfect for mommy’s quiet time (which doesn’t happen very often) when I take a bath. Love the smell and amazed at how long the scent lingers. Love it!”
Meet the newest member of the Ambre Blends team, Scott Vanzo! Scott has been with Ambre Blends since November of 2019. He came on to help us get through the holiday season and then we never let him go! You can find Vanzo picking, packing, processing, and shipping orders as well as helping out in production.
What is a day in the life of Vanzo like? Other than Ambre Blends, I enjoy nature, sand volleyball, live music, lake life – a free living lifestyle.
What is your favorite part about working at Ambre Blends? More than anything, I appreciate that Ambre Blends is not just a place of employment, but a family.
What was your first job? My first job was bagging groceries any Joe O’Malias for $4.35/hour.
What is one fun fact about you that most people don’t know? I have worked for all of Ambre’s siblings with exception of Josh.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Spending time at my family’s lake property.
Why should people use Ambre Blends products? It’s locally made (with love) in Indianapolis with all natural products. Win-win.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences of working at Ambre Blends? We had an opportunity to work with Central Indiana Land Trust. We planted over 1000 trees and learned about central Indiana flora and fauna.
One piece of advice? If I could convey a message to the world it would be to live present in every moment of every day…nothing is promised, but not to worry because everything happens exactly as it is supposed to.
Do you take probiotics for gut health? Not only are they great to put in your body, but they’re also useful to put on your body.
We use probiotics as one of the ingredients in Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant for its antibacterial properties. Did you know that one of the reasons you get body odor isn’t because of sweat, but because of the bad bacteria in your armpits? Essentially, your armpits are their own tiny ecosystem full of bacteria that feed off of sweat, which is turn gives off body odor. But sweat by itself is actually odorless! When the bad bacteria mixes with your sweat, that’s where you run into smelly pits.
Since Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant is not an antiperspirant, we use probiotics and other antibacterials such as coconut oil and grapefruit seed extract to combat the bad bacteria that can be hanging out on your skin. Probiotics are good bacteria that benefit your body by balancing out the bad and creating a healthy microbiome on your skin. Combine that with your favorite oil essence and you’ll be odor-free after applying.
Please keep in mind that sweating is a natural and necessary body process. When you use synthetic deodorants and antiperspirants, you are preventing this natural process thereby keeping toxins in your system by clogging your pores. Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant is not an antiperspirant, so you will still perspire as your body works to rid itself of toxins. Even though you’ll still sweat, the natural ingredients in our deodorant will do their job to get rid of your underarm odor.
It’s easy to switch to an aluminum-free natural deodorant. Here’s what we recommend when using ours:
After continued use of Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant, you’ll notice that you will naturally sweat less. Our deodorant is 100% pure, all-natural, and free of all toxins. Are you ready to make the switch?
Ambre Blends is proud to stand up against child trafficking by donating 1% of every online purchase to Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.).
O.U.R. was founded in December 2013 to rescue children from slavery. They have gathered the world’s experts in extraction operations and in anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery. Since O.U.R. was founded, they have rescued 4,100 victims and assisted in the arrests of more than 2,300 traffickers around the world.
The O.U.R. Underground Jump Team consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world. Once victims are rescued, recovery and rehabilitation for the survivors beings. They provide shelter, food, and therapy to the victims while following their process to ensure that predators are arrested, tried, and convicted.
Today, two million children worldwide live as sex slaves, and 73 million children under 12 years old are forced laborers. O.U.R. works to free the children and then break the cycle.
What is Human Trafficking?
As defined by the Department of Homeland Security, human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Millions of adults and children here and around the world are trafficked for labor and sex. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations.
Human trafficking looks different in every city, state, and country. You can read more about human trafficking is in O.U.R.’s blog.
It’s time to get loud and rise up – children need our voices more than ever!
You may have heard the hype about rosehip oil – it’s known for being a superstar in skincare for its anti-aging effects.
Rosehip oil is made from the small fruit that sits beneath the rose; it’s a pressed seed oil that has been used since ancient times for its healing properties. It’s shown to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties while being loaded with skin-nourishing vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. We love the skincare benefits that it provides, which is why we included it as an ingredient in Ambre Blends Skin Tonic.
Grab a bottle of Skin Tonic and apply after drying off from your shower or bath – your skin will soak up the benefits of rosehip oil!
Evening Primrose is a perennial flowering plant native to North and South America. The oil from the seeds has many medicinal purposes, from treating eczema to psoriasis to acne.
History of Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose Oil has been popular since the 17th century for its medicinal purposes. It is traditionally referred to as the “King’s Cure-All,” as historically it was believed to have “majestic benefits” and “honorable properties,” making it fit for Kings and Queens.The seeds, fresh flowers, leaves, roots, and essential fatty acids were used in medicine to address not only skin issues but also symptoms of diabetes, menstruation and menopause, POS, rheumatism, impotence, fatigue, asthma, and more. In traditional Chinese medicine, Evening Primrose Oil is used to address circulation, inflammation, and female reproductive system issues.
Evening Primrose in Skincare
Evening Primrose is not only soothing and moisturizing, but it is gentle enough for sensitive skin. Due to the fatty acids, it is used in skincare to improve your skin’s elasticity, leaving it feeling supple. It is also beneficial to mature skin as it can help the texture of peeling or flaking skin. Evening Primrose can assist with a health and rejuvenated complexion due to its astringent and softening properties. Another benefit to Evening Primrose Oil is that is can help other ingredients absorb more readily into skin.
Overall, Evening Primrose Oil is great for the general health of your skin since it helps supply nutrients and fatty acids. This helps skin appear more youthful and prevents wrinkles.
You can find Evening Primrose Oil in Ambre Blends Skin Tonic as well as the Beard & Face Oil. These tonics were developed exclusively for the purpose of rejuvenating skin and providing a healthy glow to your face and body, which is why we chose to include Evening Primrose Oil in them!
Ambre Blends is proud to share the love with organizations that have a mission we believe in. As a female-owned business, we want to support the advancement of Black girls and Black female entrepreneurs, which is why we’re donating 5% of our online sales for the month of June to Black Girls CODE and Black Girl Ventures. We believe that women can drive a change in the business world and make a huge impact on the economy. We’re proud to support and empower these women, and can’t wait to see how they change the world!
Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that Black girls can code, and also do so much more. Their vision is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. To provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the US by 2020 and to train 1 million girls by 2040.
Black Girl Ventures is a culturally converging ecosystem igniting economic security, civic engagement, and hyperlocal infrastructure at the intersection of STEM education and entrepreneurship for Black and Brown woman-identifying founders, funders, and veterans. Their mission is to provide Black and Brown woman-identifying founders with access to community, education, and leadership development in order to meet business milestones that lead to economic advancement through entrepreneurship.
Make some time for self-care and turn your bathroom into a private spa with an Ambre Blends Bath Set! We have everything you need for the ultimate luxurious bath time routine.
Our Bath Set comes complete with all our best bath products to give you an incredible, rejuvenating, bubbly bathing experience. Available in all five essences, the Bath Set includes Bubble Bath, Soak, and a Pure Olive Oil Soap.
Ambre Blends Bubble Bath is a luxury bath soak that uses natural, vegan, cruelty-free ingredients and is handmade in the USA. The Bubble Bath is formulated to moisturize and soften your skin while radiating your favorite Ambre Blends Essence.
Each bottle is 8oz and we recommend using 1oz per bath. Our products don’t contain synthetic ingredients; therefore, you’ll want to agitate it with your hands while you pour the Bubble Bath to help create bubbles, which will then settle into the water. Lay back, relax, and enjoy your bath!
Ambre Blends Soak is a mineral-rich, natural, therapeutic bath soak. This product is ideal for skin care, detoxifying, and relaxing tired, achy muscles while also leaving your body to radiate your favorite scent. A salt soak is a great way to practice self-care after a workout, yoga session, or stressful day. With each jar of Soak, you’ll also get a piece of rose quartz on top!
We recommend using 2oz of Soak in your bath, but you can use more if you feel like you need more. Shake it into the bath while the water is running and swirl it around the tub. You’ll notice the clay may alter the color of your bath. If you have a little bit of leftover residue at the end, simply rinse is out while your bath is still wet. Don’t worry, it won’t clog your drains; all the ingredients in the Soak come from the earth and will be going back into the earth as you wash them away.
Pure Olive Oil Soap
Ambre Blends 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. It’s great for your body and face, feeds and nourishes your skin, leaving it silky and hydrated.
To use Ambre Blends Olive Oil Soap, thoroughly work the soap in your hands to form a rich lather and use it on your body and face as part of your daily wash. Afterwards, your skin will radiate the alluring aroma of the essence of your choice. You can also use is at a moisturizing shave bar that won’t leave any residue behind.
Mother’s Day is looking a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your mom something she’ll love! We’ve put together a list of 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas that your mom can put to use now or look forward to use later.
Popcorn. The perfect companion to a night of Netflix, send your mom a popcorn delivery. There are so many different flavor combinations available now, and you can get a bag of pops shipped directly to your mom’s doorstep. Check out our favorite tasty treats from Just Pop In! You’ll love their popcorn with personality, and your mom will love it, too.
Oil Essence. Scent is the strongest link to memory, so why not give your mom a gift that will remind her of you every time she wears it? Now could be the perfect time to help your mom switch from a synthetic fragrance to a natural option like Ambre Blends. Or maybe she’s already made the switch and needs a refill with one of our 30ml bottles. Either way, it’s a win-win!
Jade Roller. Give your mom the gift of self-care with a jade roller or gua sha stone. These facial tools can help give your mom glowing skin, and she can easily use them in the comfort of her own home. Our friends at Project Gorgeous sell beautiful facial rollers, gua sha tools, and facial sets that will help your mom depuff, soothe, and lift her skin through the art of facial massage, rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, for a radiant glow.
Massage. Treat your mom to a massage for Mother’s Day! Your mom works hard, and a massage will let her indulge in deep relaxation and stress-relief. If you’re in the Indianapolis area, we love using Knead Therapeaceto pamper ourselves and our moms – you can buy a gift card for a massage at their Fishers studio or for an in-home treatment.
Skincare. Everyone loves having glowing, healthy, and hydrated skin. That’s why we created the Skin Renewal Set that contains Ambre Blends Body Cream and Skin Tonic. When you mix the two together, you can use it all over your body to seal in moisture and nutrients. It’s like a power-packed smoothie for your skin! Available in three sizes (large, small, and sample) and in all five essences.
Art. If you’re looking for a unique gift idea, consider shopping for a new piece of artwork for your mom. Artwork is something your mom can enjoy and cherish every day. We love Walter Knabe’s work – he even has a Mother’s Day selection of gift items on his website!
Facial. Another way to pamper your mom on Mother’s Day is with a gift card for a facial. Let mom sit back and relax with a customized facial treatment. She’ll be glowing both inside and out. If you’re in the Indianapolis area, grab a gift card from Sara Brown at Skin Ritual!
Bath Products. Between working from home, helping your kids with e-learning, and simply navigating this uncertain time, your mom will love the chance to press pause and escape for some self-care in the form of a bath. Treat her to an Ambre Blends Bath Set that includes our best bath products for an incredible, rejuvenating, bubbly bathing experience.
Hair Salon Gift Card. How long has it been since your mom had a chance to get her hair done? We’re all missing our favorite salons right now, so brighten your mom’s post-quarantine day by treating her to a new ‘do! From blowouts to hair products to an entirely new style, grab a gift card from your mom’s favorite salon. French Pharmacie here in Indianapolis makes it easy to order hair products and gift cards online so you don’t even have to leave your house!
Puzzles. Find a fun, new puzzle for your mom to enjoy while staying home on Mother’s Day. She can get a head start on her own or save it for a family game night. Gallery 116 has a variety of puzzles to choose from, and even a Super Mom Gift Box that includes all sorts of goodies, including a puzzle!
Ambre Blends is proud to share the love with charitable organizations. We are donating 1% of every online purchase to Americares to fight the COVID-19 pandemic from critical supplies to education, training, and other support.
When people are in crisis, Americares makes sure that health comes first. Their emergency programs help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Americares provides millions of people around the world access to medicine and supplies. Their clinical services deliver quality health care for people who have none. They create and support sustainable programs that strengthen community health.
Currently, Americares is using every resource to fight the COVID-19 pandemic with partners here in the United States and around the world. They are focused on ensuring that frontline health workers can stay safe and continue to do life-saving work on behalf of patients with COVID-19, and those in need of care for other essential health services and life-threatening conditions. This takes a coordinated effort between federal, state, and local authorities, global and local nonprofits, community action, and all of us. That’s a cause we can get behind!
Americares is delivering protective supplies including masks, gowns, gloves, and disinfectants, as well as leading support groups and skill-building workshops for health workers in COVID-19 hot spots. Americares has provided protective gear and infection control supplies to health facilities in the United States, the Bahamas, Haiti, Hondurus, India, Lebanon, the Philippines, and Tanzania. In the US alone, Americares has delivered 23 tons of protective supplies to health facilities in 38 states with more international and domestic shipments planned.
“You have the power to change the course of this global disaster by following the basic steps of preparedness, prevention, and protection – the keys to slowing the infection rate of the global pandemic and keeping our health system from being overwhelmed. This means washing your hands, social distancing, covering your cough, and not touching your face. And the most important step now: stay home, stop the spread, save lives.”
You can get more facts ad information about COVID-19 from Americares on their webpage which is updated daily with the latest information. Americares gets an A rating with Charity Navigator, with 98.9% of their total expenses spent on the programs and services they deliver. They’ve also been vetted by GlobalGiving.
We’ve made a design shift with our 10ml pure essence oils…and we’re PUMPED to tell you about it!
Introducing our new 10ml Pure Oil Essences, with a pump! Our new 10ml packaging and applicator was specifically designed to give you the exact amount of oil essence you need to radiate our Ambre Blends scents all day long. More importantly, the pump forces you to rub in the oil essence, creating the friction and heat necessary to immediately help activate the aroma of Ambre Blends, and your body heat and chemistry will take it from there.
Highlights of Our New Packaging
Another reason we’re excited about the new 10ml pumps because it will better protect the integrity of the oil essence. You won’t be rolling up anything that’s on your skin into the bottle (lotion, bacteria, a spray tan, etc.) but simply pumping the pure oil essence into your hand to use. The new bottles are to refill with a twist on/off pump applicator, so you can stock up with a 30ml that will refill your pump three times while saving you money.
One pump dispenses the perfect amount of oil, and a 10ml bottles with a pump last an average of three months. It’s the same oil as before, simply a new bottle design that we love…and we think you’re going to love it, too!
Valentine’s Day is coming up and we want to spread some love to our loyal customers by introducing our new Ambre Blends Rewards Program!
Log into your account and click “Join Now” to start earning 5% rewards on every product purchased online at shop.ambreblends.com. The rewards you earn can then be used on future purchases!
It’s easy to sign up! Once you’re on the shop page, you see the Ambre Rewards button in the lower right-hand corner.
Click on “Ambre Rewards” and you’ll have the option to log in or create an account.
When you shop online, it will keep track of your points that you can use on future purchases. To use the points, you will see an option at checkout to either use your accrued points or save them for a later purchase. You can check the status of your points by clicking on that button in the bottom righthand corner every time you log in to the shop page.
Thank you for being a loyal Ambre Blends customer!
We’re constantly growing and expanding our list of Ambre Blends retailers across the nation! Take a look at the new stores where you can find your favorite Ambre Blends products stocked:
I can’t believe how fast this year went by! Ambre Blends has an energy of its own, and that energy helped us rock out 2019 while preparing us for what’s ahead in 2020.
We had another year of growth – we’re constantly growing. The number of retailers that have picked up our products has expanded more than ever before and we have a plan for 2020 to continue that growth. If we’re not in your area yet, we hope to be soon! In addition to growing our retailers, our Ambre Blends team has also grown in 2019. Jason, Lizzie, and Vanzo have joined the Ambre Blends family and we can’t imagine life without them.
A lot of this year was preparing for what’s going to happen next year. We have a lot of fun things on the horizon for 2020 including new products and packaging. We’ve got something coming in the way of new packaging that we’re really pumped about and I know our customers are going to get excited about too. We’ve been working for a long time on this, and we’re in the final stages of testing before we can share it with you.
For our loyal customers, we’re getting ready to launch a new program in early 2020 that we know you’ll be excited to learn about. Make sure you’re signed up for our email list and following us on social media so that you’ll be the first to know about it. Details will be coming soon!
We’re very excited to kick off 2020 by shutting down the studio for the holidays and taking our team to celebrate the great year we had in 2019 by going to the Dominican Republic for some fun and sun in January.
It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, and to see the team here at Ambre Blends step up and support this company makes me so proud. I’m really excited about 2020 and what it has in store for us. Thank you for supporting Ambre Blends and being on this journey with us. Happy holidays!
-Ambre Crockett, Owner + Creator of Ambre Blends
We have a new member of the Ambre Blends family, but she’s actually been part of Ambre’s literal family for years. Meet Lizzie!
Lizzie came on board in our production department a few months ago, and she happens to be Ambre’s sister-in-law. “Lizzie is a delight to work with,” said Ambre. “Her humor over everything adds to the charm of this place. She is eager to learn and very much a team player. We appreciate her willingness to try new things along with her fun joyful spirit. She fits right in and we are all happy she is here!”
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? The atmosphere and the team. It’s such a welcoming, zen and cool place.
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? Lately I’ve been loving these organic sheet masks. I’ve tried a few toothpastes, but I haven’t found “the one.”
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? I’m obsessed with the Skin Tonic. I love using the essence-free version on my face, neck and décolleté. It makes my skin soft, it’s anti-aging, hydrating and it gives the best little dew finish.
What is a day in your life like? COFFEE! When I get to the Disco Hut, I jump right in on making the next product or finishing one from earlier in the week. Some of Ambre Blends products take a few days to complete. It’s always a good day at Ambre Blends. Especially when your boss tells you to turn your music UP!
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Besides Bravo TV, cuticle care, and online shopping? I love being with my family and friend, going to the movies, and eating.
Why do you think people should be using Ambre Blends products? Everything we produce is handmade. From making to packaging to labeling. We care about Ambre Blends so much and we make everything with a passion. This natural essence is amazing because it blends with your own pheromones to make a special mix for you. It’s fun to mix the oils and see what combos you can come up with. You can do a different essence from head to toe.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? I get so proud when I finish a batch of something. It makes me feel good knowing that someone is going to love what I made.
What was your first job? I was a hostess at Chilli’s. It was fun. I enjoyed chatting with all the people that came in. Thank your for calling Chili’s, home of the presidential margarita. How can I help you?
What do you want people to know? What Ambre has created is such a different and dope way to smell good and feel beautiful and be confident in yourself. She truly cares about every product and the people who wear them. All the people on the AB team play a pivotal part in what you see and smell. The team works hard to make you be glam!
I think it is important to create a healthy atmosphere and lifestyle not just at home but at your workplace, too. Everyone at Ambre Blends was on board and excited when we decided to stop each week for an hour and practice yoga together. It not only brings us closer as a team but it also helps us individually with focus, alleviating stress, increasing productivity, and overall well-being.
Our teacher, Sara Brown (who is truly the best), puts so much into her lessons. She infuses meditation with an affirmation or lesson on top of the work (we practice all types of yoga). She puts so much into each class including customizing a playlist each week, which always hits the soul in the right way every time!
We asked Sara about her experience teaching yoga at Ambre Blends, and here’s what she had to say:
“I am not shy about sharing how incredibly grateful I am to be guiding at Ambre Blends. I share with the staff frequently that it is my favorite part of the week to be in that space. It is sacred. It is vulnerable. It is beautiful to witness the love and support that they offer one another. They are open and willing to try new things with their bodies and their breath. They are all uniquely different and I cherish the texture that they each individually bring to that space. I now call many of them friends, and know I am going to be met with a smile when I walk in the door each week. Mostly, it is healing to see the environment in which Ambre, Adam, and Steph have cultivated for their staff, one in which they are cared for deeply physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”
Personally, Sara has made it an addiction for me…I simply can not get enough!
“My yoga journey began way back in high school. I took an advanced physical education course that included a small chapter on yoga. Needless to say, it was different than any other form of exercise I had been exposed to before. I dabbled sporadically in it during my early 20s before meeting my dear friend Fran Valentine. I was lucky enough to have her beautiful spirit as my teacher, my guru. She effortlessly guided me into the foundations of yoga, and I have had a dedicated practice since 2005.
The calling came to dive into yoga teach training in 2014. At that time, I was not seeking to be a teacher, I was interested in deepening my own practice and working through some personal life challenges I was facing in that moment. It was such a delicious spiritual awakening, one that will forever be etched into my life.
Yoga had become my therapy, my church. The takeaway for me is and always will be that yoga doesn’t change your life, it changes you for life.
At the end of my training, someone asked me where I was going to teach. My responses was I really hadn’t planned on teaching at all. They posed this amazing question: how can you have this deep knowledge and not share it with people?
As someone who is a lifelong student and ‘guru’ in my professional life, this really struck a chord. So here I am, sharing my ‘gospel’ with whoever will listen. I have been blessed with many teaching opportunities since then!”
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!
Our comprehensive line of skin and body care products is designed around our five Ambre Blends essences. Each essence is a handcrafted work of art, sourced from organic ingredients to perfectly complement your body’s natural chemistry. After applying, each essence syncs with your chemistry to radiate a scent unique to you. Try all our original essences over time to keep your natural fragrance fresh.
Don’t keep buying new 10ml bottles, refill with a 30ml bottle. We have 30ml refill bottles of our pure oil essence in all fives scents, which are three times the volume of the 10ml pump bottles. If you’re a repeat customer, the refill bottle is a great option for you; a refill bottle saves you 25% in cost versus buying three 10ml pumps. It’s a better deal economically and environmentally!
Refilling your roll-on is easy, check out this quick video of Ambre refilling a bottle of Ahnu.
Get your refill bottle now online here.
We’re constantly growing and expanding our list of Ambre Blends retailers across the nation! Take a look at the new stores where you can find your favorite Ambre Blends products stocked:
While you’re probably familiar with sunflowers, many people don’t think of them as sources of oil. Sunflower oil is a natural emollient made from pressed sunflower seeds. In addition to its skincare benefits, it can also be used as a healthy vegetable oil for cooking as well as a supplement for heart health due to its low cholesterol.
Sunflower oil is gaining popularity for its high fatty acid content as well as being rich in vitamins E and K. It’s no wonder why American Indian tribes have been using sunflower oil for thousands of years!
Improving Skin Health
We love applying Skin Tonic before putting on our SPF in the summer. Sunflower oil is one of the reasons why we do this, because it helps protect your skin against harmful UV rays from the sun as well as other environmental stressors. Thanks to vitamin E, sunflower oil neutralizes free radicals, preventing them from damaging and destroying your healthy cells.
Provides a Healthy Glow
Everyone wants glowing skin, and sunflower oil aids in healing wounds, reducing scars, and regenerating cells. Thanks to being rich in beta-carotene, we love that this ingredient can reduce the effects of aging because of its antioxidant properties. Thanks to its emollient properties, it helps your skin retain moisture to stay hydrated and healthy.
Helps Treat Skin Conditions
Using sunflower oil topically can have anti-inflammatory benefits, since the oil helps improve your skin’s barrier. It is used to help treat eczema as well as acne. If you’re dealing with general redness or irritation of the skin, sunflower oil is a great ingredient to help combat these issues.
You can find sunflower oil in Ambre Blends Skin Tonic, which we love using on our skin all year long. Containing over 18 natural and certified organic ingredients, our Skin Tonic was designed for the purpose of rejuvenating skin to keep you looking healthy and vibrant. Find out more about Skin Tonic here.
After a yoga session, workout, or a stressful day, Ambre Soak is exactly what you need. Our Soak is a mineral-rich, natural, and therapeutic bath soak that leaves your body radiating the scent of your favorite Ambre Blends Essence. You also get the added bonus of your bathroom smelling great afterwards!
Back in the beginning of Ambre Blends, Ambre made a bath soak for her clients. But as the Ambre Essence Oil started getting more popular, we turned our focus over to the oils. Since then, we’ve had some of our OG customers ask if we would ever do the bath soak again – and we decided that now was the time to bring it back!
Salt soaks are a great way to practice self-care. Ambre Soak is ideal for skin care, as well as detoxifying and relaxing tired, achy muscles.
Our Soak uses three salts – Dead Sea Salt, Mediterranean Sea Salt, and Pacific Sea Salt. All of our salts are 100% unrefined and in their purest form, non-GMO, kosher, and do not contain any MSG, soy, gluten, or dairy.
The fourth ingredient in our Soak is Cambrian Blue Clay. We searched high and low for the purest Cambrian clay we could get our hands on from deep within the earth. Clay is amazing for your skin, rich and unique in mineral composition. It has been known to have powerful medicinal properties, used to help treat eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, acne, varicose veins, and other skin conditions. Cambrian clay cleanses, restores, and renews the epidermis layer of your skin so that it will be more smooth and supple. Not to mention it aids in blood circulation. You can see why we love this clay so much!
Bonus: With each Ambre Soak, you get a piece of rose quartz on top! “I wanted to do something different that I don’t see in salt soaks,” said Ambre Crockett, owner and creator of Ambre Blends. “When we take a bath, we are giving care to ourselves, so what enhances that? Rose Quartz.” You can set the crystal next to your bath or put it in the bath while you’re in it.
What to Expect When You Use Ambre Soak
After using Ambre Soak in your bath, your skin will be left feeling soft, smooth and supple. You’ll feel more relaxed as your aches and pains melt away. Not only will it relax your body, but it will also soothe your mind. You’ll radiate the smell of Ambre Blends when you come out and so will your bathroom.
You might have a little bit of a leftover residue in the tub after your bath. Simply rinse it out while your bath is still wet. Don’t worry, it won’t clog your drains; all the ingredients in the Soak come from the earth and will be going back into the earth as you wash them away.
We recommend 2 oz of Soak in your bath, but you can use more if you feel you need more. Shake it into the bath while the water is running and swish it around. You’ll notice the clay may alter the color of your bath.
Now lay back, relax, and enjoy an Ambre Soak!
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We want to share the love, and get our customers involved, too!
Ambre Blends donates 1% of all online sales to charity, and we want to introduce you to the five new charities we are supporting! When you shop online, you’ll have the chance to select one environmentally-focused charity from a list of five (three global, one regional, and one local to us in Indiana) when checking out at shop.ambreblends.com. Take a look at the five organizations we’ve chosen to share the love…
The Elephant Project: Did you know that in Africa, 100 elephants are killed every day for their ivory? And that number is increasing yearly. The Elephant Project has developed new ideas and new solutions to address the threats to elephant survival, providing them a new future free of cruelty and death at the hands of humans. Their three-prong strategy is designed to provide immediate protections to elephants while developing long term sustainable solutions to end this epic struggle. Learn more on Facebook and Instagram.
The Humane Society of the United States: With your help, The Humane Society fights the big fights, working to end all forms of animal cruelty and achieve the vision behind their name – a humane society. The Humane Society and their affiliates provide direct care to more than 100,000 animals each year—more than any other animal welfare organization—through sanctuaries, veterinary programs and emergency shelters and rescues. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Hoosier Environmental Council: We always like to give some local love to our home state! The Hoosier Environmental Council is the voice of the people for the environment in Indiana. HEC is the organization with the passion and the plan to tackle our environmental challenges and help make our state a healthier, better place to live and do business. HEC works to reduce barriers to sustainable energy use, cut down on pollution and greenhouse gas emissions associated with factory farms, strengthen drinking water protections, and safeguard wilderness areas. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram to learn more.
Here at Ambre Blends, we are dedicated to being a green business. When we moved into our current building, 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.
In addition to IPL’s Green Power, we use all LED lighting at the Ambre Blends Disco Hut. To make sure lights aren’t kept on, we use light timers and occupancy sensors to reduce electrical usage.
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 fill paper is 100% recycled and all of our packaging is curbside recyclable, biodegradable renewable.
Our packaging is recyclable and uses biodegradable materials to keep your products safe while they travel to you. We use a patented machine called Geami to package our orders. The Geami uses environmentally friendly paper through a patented process to protect items from damages.
Speaking of recycling, we practice what we preach in-house as well. We recycle on a five-to-one basis, meaning that we only go through one bag of trash for every five bags of recycling at the Ambre Blends Disco Hut. In addition, we also recycle and reuse all packaging materials sent to us!
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 30ml refill bottles of our Oil Essences to refill your 10ml roll-ons. You save more than 15% when you buy a 30ml 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?
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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 12 natural and certified organic ingredients chosen for their medicinal and healing properties, combined with our signatures essences, our Face & Beard Tonic is the perfect tonic 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
Our 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 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, Ahnu, 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 Beard & Face Oil?
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 80s 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 & Beard Tonic, you don’t have to worry about that anymore.
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…
October is all about pumpkins. Pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin pies, pumpkin carving…
But here at Ambre Blends we’re into pumpkin seed oil all year long!
Although it is not widely known, the oil extracted from these tiny seeds provides us with a long list of benefits, which is why we use it in Ambre Blends Skin Tonic. Pumpkin Seed Oil has been produced and used in southeastern Austria since the 18th century as a culinary specialty. It is high in antioxidants, enzymes, essential fatty acids, iron, zinc, fiber, and vitamins E and C. This makes it an oil that’s good for you both inside and out.
Due to the fact that pumpkin seed oil is rich in fatty acids (as well as an excellent anti-inflammatory), it helps calm and soothe redness in your skin while also keeping it hydrated. We love using Ambre Blends Skin Tonic after a long day in the sun, and we can thank the pumpkin seed oil for helping to speed up the repair of irritated skin while keeping proper moisture levels.
The antioxidants in pumpkin seed oil promote anti-aging while protecting the skin from damage. Due to its nice, light, and smooth texture, it penetrates well into the skin as a moisturizer. And since it has a comedogenic rating of only two, you can feel safe using it even if you have oily or acne-prone skin.
We’re not done praising this oil quite yet! The high levels of zinc and vitamin E found inside help to improve skin tone, aid in skin renewal, and even fight acne. You may have heard of vitamin E being referred to as the “beauty vitamin” because it promotes healthy, beautiful skin from the inside and out. This hard-working oil helps regulate proper skin cell production, encouraging cell turnover and maintaining collagen levels. What does this mean for you? More youthful looking skin!
Beyond skin benefits, pumpkin seed oil has benefits for your hair and your diet, too. Loaded with nutrients, we want to shout our love for it from the rooftops! It’s time to give this powerful oil the praise it deserves, not only in the fall but all year round.
Essential for weather-worn and damaged skin, Ambre Blends Organic Lip Remedy naturally helps heal 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 help soothe and heal chapped, chafed and cracked skin.
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 assist in soothing, rejuvenating and healing 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 to help with 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 without any synthetic ingredients.
Did you know that Ambre Blends donates 1% of all online sales to charity? When you shop online, you have the chance to select one environmentally-focused charity for a list of five. One of those organizations is Ocean Conservatory, a movement to protect our oceans.
Our ocean faces many threats like the onslaught of ocean trash, overfishing, and ocean acidification. With your help, Ocean Conservancy is developing innovative solutions to protect and save the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. The ocean is at the center of who we are. What happens to the ocean impacts all of us; it produces half the air we breathe every day, the food we eat, and the water we drink. “What happens to the ocean impacts all of us,” said Janis Searles Jones, CEO of Ocean Conservancy.
Since it was founded in 1972, Ocean Conservancy has accomplished many incredible things for whales and wildlife, local communities, and the ocean. One of the first initiatives was the Whale Protection Fund, which focused on saving whales and protesting commercial whaling by Russia and Japan. Ocean Conservancy raised support to invest in scientific research and launched petitions to raise awareness about the whaling industry. That paid off when the International Whaling Commission finally banned commercial whaling in 1982.
While their work in the early years focused on saving different species that live in the ocean, they knew they couldn’t protect these species without protecting their habitat, which is when they shifted to a more ecosystem-based approach. Ocean Conservancy was one of the first environmental organizations to engage industries in conservation, which is still a key part of their mission today.
Over the years, the mission of Ocean Conservancy grew and solidified to make them who they are now: a science-based organization that stands on the absolute conviction that each individual can make a positive difference for our ocean. Ocean Conservancy is dedicated to finding solutions to the biggest threats facing our ocean. The ocean is our responsibility, what happens to it impacts all of us.
The newest member at Ambre Blends isn’t new to the Ambre Blends family at all! Katie Thomas first met Ambre through fitness and wellness a few years ago, and even was in an Ambre Blends video shoot over the summer. In July, Katie came on board full time as an Executive Assistant.
“Katie is the perfect addition to our Ambre Blends Family,” said Ambre. “She adds so much to the vibe of this place and brings fresh, exciting ideas to the table. As with everyone here, it was divine timing that our stars aligned and Katie has found her second home.”
If you meet Katie, she could make you a pretty cool animal out of a linen napkin from her time as a yacht stewardess. And you might see her in a cover band in the next couple years (that’s her five year plan)! But until then, read on to find out more about Katie…
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? I love the crew and the environment. I came from the holistic wellness world, so Ambre Blends is the perfect combo of business and wellness. There are live plants, natural lights, a bad ass kitchen, and obviously skin care everywhere. I haven’t been here as long and right away you can tell everyone is a family who takes pride in treating their role with a high level of priority. Everyone wants to be here!
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? We eat as much organic as we can at home. I love organic rose water spray and use it a lot! Most of our stuff at home is organic when possible, and Good Earth cinnamon hot tea.
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? I love the Ambre 10ml Roll-On Essence Oil. I’ve been wearing it for probably seven or eight years. I also keep the Skin Tonic nearby. Alex keeps going through my Skin Tonic to shave with and he’s obsessed too.
What is a day in your life like? It’s incredibly glamorous! I wake up around 6 am and get moving, make breakfast for Kale (my four year-old son), make a smoothie if I have time, drop Kale off at school, then go to work. Depending on the day, I have a few wellness/fitness clients I train or head home and make dinner for the fam. After dinner, it’s play time. We play baseball in the yard with Kale and Tasso, our 120-pound Italian Mastiff. After Kale goes to bed, I hang with the hubs, have some friends over, or go to yoga!
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Hot yoga, hanging with the family at the lake house, playing with neuro-health gadgets, wine with girlfriends, swimming with Kale, playing in the woods with the family, and volunteering with a leadership group I love.
Why do you think people should be using Ambre Blends products? People should know how much love and attention goes into every single product. The ingredients are the most pure and there’s a small group of women actually making your product. It’s crazy how much passion happens behind the scenes.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? I left working for myself and never realized how much I was missing being a part of a team. I love coming to work and knowing I get to be in a joyful and loving environment that is so much fun! Everyone puts everyone else’s needs as a priority so you leave feeling good about how you spent your day.
What was your first job? My first job (technically) was snow plowing with my dad and brother when I was around 10 years-old or so. We loved staying up late and getting to help. It was actually my brother’s company that he still has 24 years later!
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Did you know that Ambre Blends donates 1% of all online sales to charity? When you shop online, you have the opportunity to select one environmentally-focused charity from a list of five when checking out!
We wanted to give some local Indiana love to the Central Indiana Land Trust, which is one of the five charities you can choose from when checking out.
“The availability of natural areas and wildlife directly relate to the quality of life.”
Central Indiana Land Trust preserves Central Indiana’s natural areas, protecting plants and animals, so that Hoosiers can experience the wonder of the state’s natural heritage. This community-supported organization protects natural habitats to enhance and improve the quality of life in Central Indiana. Not only do they protect these landscapes, but they collaborate with the community to care for them.
The Central Indiana Land Trust pursues its mission by assessing, acquiring, and protecting properties that represent the best of Indiana’s natural and working landscapes. In collaboration with willing landowners, they protect those lands that help to define Indiana. You can check out some of their conservation stories here.
Land trusts are also referred to as conservancies, foundations, and associations, but they all have the same mission: to protect land permanently. Land trusts may own and manage properties, monitor the restrictions they have helped establish for land owners, and/or work in partnership with other agencies to protect land. These are funded largely through membership dues and/or donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations. Which is where our Share the Love campaign comes in!
The Central Indiana Land Trust has a vision of a future in which preserves, parks, and working landscapes add to our sense of place; where intact natural ecosystems clean and improve our air and water while also providing a home for native plants and animals; and where we can escape the stresses of life and find solace in the wonder of our natural heritage. This fosters sustainable communities with healthy environments, vibrant economies, and better quality of life. That’s something we can get down with!
Find out how you can get involved, follow Central Indiana Land Trust on Facebook!
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We’re excited to announce the return of one of our most popular small-batch seasonal items: Ambre Blends Body Wash!
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, it refreshes and enhances your body’s natural fragrance, making every individual wearer’s aroma unique to them. This seasonal release comes in a five ounce bottle, perfect for every day skin rejuvenation.
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.
Lather 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 five 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.
Alessandra started working at Ambre Blends in November, and then we were lucky enough to bring her on full-time in January this year. She’s been such a versatile and integral part of our team, floating around between different departments to help everyone out. You can find her doing tasks in production, packing and processing orders in shipping, and even assisting with wholesale orders in the front office.
“All of us at Ambre Blends love to see Alessandra’s beautiful presence around here,” said Ambre, Owner and Creator of Ambre Blends. “She is a baller and I am excited to see her step into her light more and more every day!”
Read on to find out more about Alessandra in today’s Staff Spotlight!
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? I love the core values and morals of Ambre Blends and the Ambre Blends family. I like being able to recommend the products to my friends and family knowing they are organic, handmade, environmentally-friendly, and they actually smell AMAZING.
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? Milk is a huge part of my diet, so organic milk is a MUST HAVE, not to mention it tastes so much better. Also coconut oil, it’s so versatile and great for many things.
What is a day in your life like? I wake up, feed my cat, and get ready for work. Then I get through the usual morning traffic by listening to my tunes at full blast and chugging ice water to wake me up! After work, I am usually running errands, helping around with chores, or catching up on Netflix.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I love to travel, go to shows, and spend time with family and friends.
Why do you think people should be using Ambre Blends products? Everything is clean and made with the best ingredients from around the world. Everyone should know that everything is handmade with so much care and love!
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? The second family I have here at Ambre Blends is the most rewarding part about working here. Everyone is so supportive and caring of each other.
What was your first job? I was a cashier for MCL Bakery & Restaurant.
Anything else we should know? All dogs go to heaven!
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Known as one of the most nutritional oils available, hempseed oil is popular as both a beauty aid and dietary supplement that benefits your body both inside and out.
Hempseed oil has been around worldwide for hundreds of years, being used in Eastern culture as a multipurpose natural remedy. Even though hempseed oil is just recently becoming more popular, people have known about the benefits for centuries. Did you know that Thomas Jefferson grew hemp on his land?
But don’t confuse hempseed oil with hemp oil, they are derived from different species and different parts of the plant. While hempseed oil is extracted from the seeds of the cannabis plant, it does not contain THC. But using this oil on your skin offers some powerful health benefits you’ll want to reap.
Produced by cold-pressing seeds from the hemp plant, this ingredient contains all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids that are necessary for human life. It 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.
Ambre Blends Skin Tonic was developed exclusively for the purpose of rejuvenating your skin and providing a healthy glow to your face and body. For this reason, we use hempseed oil as one of the 18 natural and certified organic ingredients to help lock in your skin’s natural moisture. The medicinal and healing properties of these 18 ingredients combined will keep you looking healthy and vibrant!
In addition to finding it in our Skin Tonic, we use hempseed oil in our Organic Lip Remedy along with other ingredients such as meadowfoam seed oil, jojoba, rosehip, shea butter, mango butter, and more.
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Jason has been part of the Ambre Blends team for about nine months, ever since moving to Indianapolis from Florida. How did he find out about us? Well, he’s Ambre’s brother!
Jason started out at Ambre Blends working in production and shipping a few days each week and has now moved into shipping two to three days each week where he focuses on getting out as many orders as possible as well streamlining the shipping process. “Jason has brought so much to the the table here at Ambre Blends besides his yummy food,” said Ambre. “He has brought greater efficiency to our shipping department and is quick to help anyone out, he’s a great team player. You can also count on him for fun ideas!”
Read on to find out more about Jason in today’s Staff Spotlight!
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? Everyone here is great, it’s laid back and my wife works here too, so we get a chance to have lunch together. Both of us have our own businesses on “the outside” and we don’t have a day off together, so it helps to be able to at least spend a few minutes together.
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? I literally only use Ambre Blends and have since the beginning. I don’t own any other fragrances or lotions or anything. I use the Skin Tonic, Oil, Soap and Natural Deodorant. Oh, and the Lip Remedy has saved my life this winter.
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? If I had to choose one and only one for the rest of time it would probably be the Skin Tonic in any fragrance. I’m pretty sure I was the first person to shave with it.
What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I get real serious about making tacos.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Playing frisbee with my two pit bulls, volleyball, and cooking.
Why do you think people should be using Ambre Blends products? I think there are some people seriously attached to this product almost like a cult following. I think if people knew how personal this was to the people actually producing it and the time, energy, and love that goes into this product they would love it even more. This isn’t a big corporation, it’s a family business and it’s amazing to see it bring joy to so many people. It’s very humbling.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? The most rewarding part is to witness the growth. It’s impressive. It’s also really cool to see where all these products that my sister created, my wife put the order in, my mom labeled, and that I’m shipping out to go to customers who know none of us but love the product just as much as any of us. To see customers order four, 10, 20, and even 50 different times is amazing.
What was your first job? My first job was bagging groceries at Marsh (RIP).
Anything else we should know? I’m also a chef and run a local healthy meal prep company called Eat Prep Live. If you like rubbing organic products on you then you will love my organic products in you.
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We want to share the love, and get our customers involved, too!
That’s why starting on February 14th, Ambre Blends will be donating 1% of all online sales to charity! When you shop online, you’ll have the chance to select one environmentally-focused charity from a list of five (four global, one local to us in Indiana) when checking out at shop.ambreblends.com. Take a look at the five organizations we’ve chosen to share the love…
The Arbor Day Foundation: Trees are amazing, don’t you think? They clean the air and water, slow climate change, prevent species loss and feed the human soul. All we need to do is plant and care for them, which is where The Arbor Day Foundation comes in! The Arbor Day Foundation inspires people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees through conservation and education. Started in 1972, it has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners! Check them out on Instagram and Facebook.
Ocean Conservancy: Join the movement to protect our ocean! Our ocean faces many threats like the onslaught of ocean trash, overfishing, and ocean acidification. With your help, Ocean Conservancy is developing innovative solutions to protect and save the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. What happens to the ocean impacts all of us; it produces half the air we breathe every day, the food we eat, and the water we drink. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram.
Water For People: 2.1 billion people around the world don’t have access to safe water, and 4.5 billion lack access to adequate sanitation. In some countries, women and children spend more than four hours walking for water each day, and more than 840,000 people die each year from water-related diseases. Water For People exists to promote the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments. This international nonprofit works across nine countries to create long-term change for four million people! Check them out on Facebook and Instagram.
Wildlife Conservation Network: The presence of wildlife in our world is a treasure, one that we will never be able to reclaim if it disappears. Wildlife around the world is increasingly threatened as recent studies show that rates of extinction are currently 10 to 100 times higher than normal. The world is on the brink of a sixth mass extinction for the first time since the time of dinosaurs. Wildlife Conservation Network protects and saves endangered species and preserves their natural habitats in 37 countries around the world by supporting independent wildlife conservationists. Check them out on Facebook.
Central Indiana Land Trust: We wanted to give some local Indiana love to the Central Indiana Land Trust, which preserves Central Indiana’s natural areas so that Hoosiers can experience the wonder of the state’s natural heritage. This community-supported organization protects natural habitats to enhance and improve the quality of life in Central Indiana. Not only do they protect these landscapes, but they collaborate with the community to care for them. Find out how you can get involved, follow Central Indiana Land Trust on Facebook.
Amanda has been part of the Ambre Blends team part-time since June, and we are so lucky that she decided to come on board full-time at the end of October!
Amanda started out working in Shipping and Fulfillment and has moved into Production where she makes Ambre Blends products by hand with love. “Amanda is the perfect addition to the production department,” said Ambre. “Her playful nature and ability to work so well with everyone is appreciated by all of us here at Ambre Blends.”
Read on to find out more about Amanda in today’s Staff Spotlight!
What is a day in the life of Amanda like? But first…COFFEE! After getting our boys around for school, I’m out of the door before they catch the bus. Thankfully, my husband has a very flexible work schedule and is able to tackle that part. After work, it’s a typical evening of dinner at the dinner table followed by a bit of family roughhousing (boy mom). I always make time to squeeze in a workout. I do have the guilty pleasure of earning Survivor or The Bachelor/ette if they’re on. Nine times out of ten, I look at the clock and it’s close to midnight.
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? Since none of my sweet sisters live nearby, and my house is full of boys, working at Ambre Blends is like having sisters. We all get along, work hard and play hard.
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? I’m a firm believer that what you put in your body should be just as important as what you put on your body. We eat pretty clean and I try to buy locally grown produce whenever possible. About 90% of the food we buy is organic except for the occasional pack of Oreos! We use Tom’s toothpaste, Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant, Dr. Bronner’s and Mrs. Meyer’s soaps and household cleaners. We use A LOT of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar.
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? I used to be a die-hard Solace girl, but Ahnu is definitely creeping up into first place. I love the Skin Tonic and so does my husband. I LOVE the Body Cream and Ambre Glow. I think the Glow is a flirty twist on the Body Cream.
What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I’ve had a snowball fight in shorts and a tank top on the 4th of July! (One of my brothers lives in remote Alaska and he got married on the 4th of July.)
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Music plays a big role in our lives. We see a lot of concerts. My parents have a several hundred-acre farm in northern Indiana that we love to spend time at. My in-laws also have a lake house in northern Indiana, right down the road from my parents. The long and short of it…when we aren’t at a concert, we are in northern Indiana riding dirt bikes, snowmobiles and boating!
Why do you think people should be using Ambre Blends products? Every single item in our product line has been hand-made, hand-labeled and inspected with the consumer’s best interest in mind. I wish people knew the amount of LOVE that radiates inside the Ambre Blends Disco Hut, it’s truly a magical place.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? It’s been a pipe dream of mine for YEARS to be part of the Ambre Blends team. I was literally over the moon when I was offered a job with the company. I’m so proud to tell people “I WORK THERE” When the opportunity presents itself. I think that everyone deserves a job that they love and also where they are valued. Ambre treats every single one of us exceptionally well.
What was your first job? My first real job was at an ice cream shop called The Creamery. I rode my Honda Spree to work!
Ever wonder what Ambre carries around in her purse? We want to give you an inside look! Ambre breaks it down in today’s blog to show you some of her favorite products and what she has inside her purse.
One minute you smell your Ambre Oil (or any scent in general) and the next you don’t. Are you worried that your oil has lost its scent or that your nose isn’t working?
You might think that your Ambre Blends Oil Essence doesn’t last very long, but in fact, it lasts all day (and into the night), much longer than alcohol-based perfumes! The truth is that you lose the ability to smell the oil essence after a period of time due to olfactory fatigue.
Did you know that in an average day, you inhale around 23,000 times? That’s a LOT of scents to be smelling each day! The olfactory receptors in your nostrils pick up these scents and communicate them to your brain. Our brain then tells us what the scent means. For example, the smell of burgers on a grill tell you that someone is having a BBQ.
Our brains have been programmed to tell us when there are changes in smell, not to tell us when things smell the same as they have over x amount of time. That’s why when you wear an oil essence, it becomes part of your constant environment and your brain eventually stops registering the scent, pushing it into the background. This is olfactory fatigue. But this is also why people will ask you what you’re wearing, since their nose will be able to pick up the new smell!
We hear it from our long-time customers all the time. “I love the smell of your products even though I can’t smell them on myself anymore. But people always ask me what I’m wearing so I know it’s working!”
With the recent addition of Ahnu to our Oil Essence line, Ambre Blends now has five different scents you can mix and match. We often suggest to our customers to switch up the scent you’re wearing to overcome olfactory fatigue. If you’re a faithful Ambre Essence wearer, try using Ahnu Essence for a little bit and then switch back to Ambre! All of our Oil Essences are made with the Ambre Essence as a base, and they are made to mix, match and layer.
We’re constantly growing and expanding our list of Ambre Blends retailers across the nation! Take a look at the new stores you can find your favorite Ambre Blends products stocked in for October…
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You might not know about sea buckthorn yet, but this miracle berry is gaining popularity for its wide range of benefits from cardiovascular support to anti-aging properties.
Don’t let the name fool you, we don’t find this oil in the sea. Instead, it comes from berries and seeds of the sea buckthorn plant which grows in the mountainous and coastal areas of Europe and Asia. For hundreds of years, people have been using the oil squeezed from its berries to revitalize their skin and heal wounds!
The bright orange color of the berries is a sign of high carotenoid content (similar to carrots). It was used in China and India for general immunity reasons as well as to relieve coughs and help digestion. During the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, sea buckthorn was used to help heal the skin of burn victims.
Ambre Blends Skin Tonic was developed exclusively for the purpose of rejuvenating your skin and providing a healthy glow to your face and body. For this reason, we use sea buckthorn oil as one of the 18 natural and certified organic ingredients. We are proud to be on the forefront of incorporating this skin superfood into our Skin Tonic four years ago! The medicinal and healing properties of these 18 ingredients combined will keep you looking healthy and vibrant!
We’re constantly growing and expanding our list of Ambre Blends retailers across the nation! Take a look at the new stores you can find your favorite Ambre Blends products stocked in for August…
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Shea butter is a popular ingredient in many natural skin care products since it is moisturizing and packed with vitamin A. From blemishes to wrinkles, it has so many benefits that your skin will love!
Shea butter comes from nuts found on the Shea (Karite) tree which grows in Africa. The outer shell of the nut is removed and then the nut is crushed and slowly roasted into butter. The butter is kneaded in a basin of water so that the fatty acids are separated (the fatty acids are the good stuff that make shea butter so amazing)! As the oils float to the top, they are removed and boiled to evaporate any excess water. What is left is the shea butter, which is taken from the top of the pot and set aside to cool/harden.
Even though shea butter may seem like a new trend, it is not a new discovery. The skincare and healing properties of this skin superfood have been used for thousands of years tracing back to ancient Egypt where it was used to protect the hair and skin from the sun as well as the from the hot dry winds of the African deserts.
How Ambre Blends Uses Shea Butter
If you can’t tell by now, we love shea butter and its benefits! Our Body Cream is made from shea butter, vitamin E, coconut oil and sweet almond oil…everything yummy your skin adores! We put it in our Natural Deodorant as a soothing ingredient for your skin along with aloe vera. And of course we put shea butter in Ambre Glow! And don’t forget your lips. Ambre Blends Lip Remedy soothes and heals dry, chapped lips with the help of shea butter.
We think you’ll love shea butter as much as we do once you try using it in one of our body products. And you never have to worry about harsh chemicals or synthetic scents since our products are natural and organic!
We’re constantly growing and expanding our list of Ambre Blends retailers across the nation! Take a look at the new stores you can find your favorite Ambre Blends products stocked in for July…
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Although Meggan has been making candles for Ambre Blends for over 10 years, she just recently joined the Ambre Blends team full-time working in production. Starting in April 2017, Meggan Delong came on board making not only candles but all the products and essences you love!
“Meggan has been with me from a distance for a decade making our candles,” said Ambre, Owner of Ambre Blends. “Having her now working with us at our building in production feels so right, it has come full circle. The timing was divine and I could not have asked for a better gem to add to the production family. Not only is she a hard worker but she cares so much about efficiency and has even helped us (along with her husband) in reworking some of our production equipment. We all feel so blessed to have her on board!”
What is a day in the life of Meggan like? Oh goodness…getting up early and making sure my girls (17 & 14) are set for the day before coming into work. Then tackling our to-do list for the day to keep up with all the orders. It’s been crazy! Then heading home and having family time or running errands.
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? The people for sure! Everyone treats you like a big family and you feel so loved. I couldn’t ask for a better place to work! I do love making the products though.
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? Mostly food, I love to cook and bake.
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? I can’t pick a favorite. I have always been a devout Solace Spritzer girl, but Ahnu is fierce competition – especially when layered with the Solace and Unmasque. I like the Ahnu Body Cream with Ahnu, Unmasque or Solace Essence Oil. And the Ahnu Natural Deodorant, love that! And my hubby smells so yummy in the Ahnu Essence Oil that I’ve told him he can’t wear it out of the house when I’m not with him!
What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I have two middle names. My mom originally name me Nicole Renee, then changed my name to Megan when I was less than a year old. When I was in second grade I think, my parents noticed on my birth certificate my name had been spelled with two g’s. It’s handwritten on the side because I’m that old…it has made it difficult to get a passport!
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Hanging out with my family! My husband has hung four hammocks from a tree in our backyard so we like to chill out there or on the back patio.
Why should people be using Ambre Blends? Because it smells amazing! I love that it smells a little different on everyone so you don’t mind when your friends/family are wearing the same thing you are. I wish people knew how truly devoted the Ambre Blends family is to the brand and how much pride we take in doing things to the best of our ability. We’re all constantly thinking of better ways to make things happen and make the product best for our customers.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? The relationships, by far! I’ve always adored Ambre and Steph – they were the ones I interacted with most when I was only making the candles, but the conversations we get to have working so closely are very rewarding.
What was your first job? I think it was working at a church after-school program with elementary students.
In numerology, 2017 is year one (2+0+1+7=10, which breaks down further to the single digit of 1). A universal “1” year represents the start of a fresh new cycle. 2017 bids us all to start something brand new, something that expresses our uniqueness and opens us up to new perspectives. This year feels different from all the others since it is a new beginning. This is a fresh start; things are falling by the wayside that do not service us anymore.
Ahnu: What It Means
To me, being that this is spring, launching a new scent now in year one is new. It’s a new beginning; a rebirth, refresh and restart. While creating the scent, the name “Ahnu” found us, which was a sign that it’s meant to be. The name Ahnu (pronounced “ah-new”) is derived from the Celtic goddess of well-being and balance, Anu. All of the names of Ambre Blends Essences (Ambre, Invoke, Solace, Unmasque and now Ahnu) have something to do with what is going on in my life when I create it. This one is perfect because it’s for everybody, it is universal.
You might notice that on the label of Ahnu Essence is a lotus flower. This is a symbol of purity, devotion, enlightenment, grace and rebirth. A lotus flower grows out of muck; through all the sludge and slime, this beautiful, brilliant, pure blossom grows and emerges. I look at this as a metaphor of life as we know it. We can make the best of our crummy environment and rise above it!
The violet label was also intentional, for it is the color of spirituality. Violet has the highest vibration on the visible spectrum. It is a color of enlightenment and imagination, getting us in touch with our deeper thoughts. Violet inspires unconditional and selfless love, it is devoid of ego and encourages sensitivity and passion. Violet expands our awareness, connecting us to a higher consciousness.
Returning to Our Roots
The emergence of Ahnu Essence represents a return to the clean earthly roots of Ambre. Ahnu is a balanced and transcendent aroma mixing the sweet, tenacious scents of tuberose and lotus flower with the warm soft notes of violet leaf, tobacco and champaca. Ahnu Essence is a fresh and suave natural fragrance which will simultaneously ground and enlighten you.
I like to describe the scent of Ahnu as an earthly rain. When it rains, the earth has cleansed itself. Ahnu is reminiscent of the fresh, earthly smell that happens when you walk outside on a spring day and it just rained. When a raindrop hits the earth and interacts with dirt, it comes back up into the air and releases what scientists call aerosols, which are what cause that fresh and almost sweet fragrance that you smell.
Here are some of the natural ingredients you will find in Ahnu…
I am extremely excited about the launch of our fifth scent for both what it means and how it smells. The last time we launched a new scent was on April 21, 2011, and now Ambre Blends has grown to be much bigger than it was back then. As much as I have been feeling the pressure for this launch, the excitement is on a whole new level for us.
I’ve been looking forward to creating a new scent for quite some time, and I feel like this is it. I truly believe that we hit the nail on the head with how Ahnu smells, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone! We’re all yearning for a new beginning, and we’re all starting fresh together. I hope you enjoy Ahnu as much as we do!
-Ambre Crockett, Owner & Creator of Ambre Blends
**Ahnu will be available for purchase on Monday, May 22nd
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 five 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 ounces and a travel size of 2 ounces (approved for air travel). The 8 ounce bottle 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.
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.
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.
Our Body Cream is a gorgeous mix of ingredients with the added bonus of our five 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 five 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!
Please keep in mind that because of the fresh, natural, and organic ingredients (and lack of synthetics, fillers, or preservatives) in our products, the Body Cream will expire after approximately three years. Keep it out of direct sunlight as UV can degrade the Body Cream more rapidly.
How to Apply
For 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
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 ready to GLOW! If you want your skin to look luminous without the glitter, 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:
You might be wondering about squalane and why we use it. Squalane 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. Squalane 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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 based 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, Unmasque, or Ahnu) will have a chance to radiate its aroma throughout the day. We also have an essence-free version available for those with sensitive facial skin!
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 help!
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 starting off with the deodorant in Invoke, Solace, Ahnu, 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:
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.
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.
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!
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 age. The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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!
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.
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!
Listen up! We’ve found the best all-natural deodorant around. Ambre Blends smells incredible and works like a dream.
Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant is 100% pure, all-natural and free of toxins typically found in most deodorants and antiperspirants. Ambre Blends deodorant is filled with antibacterial, deodorizing and soothing ingredients to eliminate body odor while also radiating your favorite Ambre Blends scent.
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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!
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?
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.
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!
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” 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.
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!
This week’s #TuesdayTip helps you refill your 10 ml roll on! When you buy a 30 ml bottle, you get over a 15% savings, a better deal for the environment and your wallet. Perfect for repeat customers, make sure to listen for that snap at the end to know the casing is properly back in place. #greenbeauty #essentialoil #wheresyourambre #organic #nontoxic #ecofriendly #handmade
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.
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.
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!
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!
There was a time when the only scent that wafted through NewBeauty’s hallways was the occasional burnt microwave popcorn smell. But ever since Editor-in-Chief Yolanda Yoh discovered a brand called Ambre Blends at a beauty industry trade show, their organic fragrance oils can be detected throughout the office.
It wasn’t long after Yolanda started wearing Ambre Essence that Managing Editor Liz Ritter took notice and began rolling on Invoke Essence almost every morning. When Senior Online Editor Marci Robin realized her office smelled better every time Liz came by, she starting using Solace Essence.
All three scents are subtle variations of an almost indescribably warm, clean, sensual base oil, which vary further with each wearer’s body chemistry. The addictive aromas become almost undetectable to the person wearing them, but those around her (or him—they’re unisex) are gently aware of a soft, sexy scent.
And once someone smells one of the essences on a friend or coworker, it’s only a matter of time before she tries them herself.
After Marci, Marketing Manager Erin Foy got on the Ambre Blends bandwagon, followed by Receptionist Nicole Battaglini, and Copy Chief Chelsea Greenwood.
No one’s bothered by the popularity, because it smells a little different—and totally lovely—on each person.