Skincare oils, serums, and tonics are so popular right now, and there’s a good reason why. When they contain the right ingredients, they can work wonders on your skin and hair!
That’s why we developed Ambre Blends Skin Tonic, a luxury body oil made for the purpose of rejuvenating your skin and providing a healthy glow to your face and body. It contains over 18 organic ingredients chosen for their medicinal and healing properties, one of those ingredients being jojoba.
Jojoba has been used for centuries, dating back to the 1400s when Native Americans use it for its healing properties on wounds. While jojoba oil (the liquid produced in the seeds) appears to be an oil, it’s actually a wax. Jojoba is the only plant to store liquid wax in its seeds. It shares the same molecular structure as the natural oils found in human skin, which makes it more receptive to receive antioxidants and nutrients. It mimics your skin’s natural sebum, and can condition and seal moisture into your skin without clogging your pores. Jojoba is as close to your skin’s natural oil as you can get, which is why it is so great at restoring your skin’s balance and helping your skin behave the way it was designed to.
We love jojoba because of its healing properties – it’s packed with antioxidants, omegas, and vitamins A, D, and E. This allows our Skin Tonic to work magic on your skin without the need for harmful additives or synthetic ingredients. It feels like on your skin but it is deeply hydrating. Thanks to the Vitamin E in jojoba, it helps reduce inflammation and speed up cell regeneration which makes it a great to use before and after sun exposure.
When we say our Skin Tonic makes your skin glow, we mean it. Dullness is often caused by dehydration in the skin, and thanks to the jojoba in Skin Tonic, it boosts your skin’s moisture to diminish dullness and give you the healthy glow we all want.
Take advantage of all the benefits of jojoba in our Skin Tonic – grab a bottle online today to keep your skin looking health and vibrant all year long!
Our line of Ambre Blends were created to work together so that you can mix and match not only the scents you’re wearing but the different products. Don’t be afraid to try the different products in our line in different scents! We like to mix, match, and layer the products to create a scent that is unique to us and our body chemistry.
Here’s what our staff is currently wearing…
Unmasque Essence unifies our original Ambre Essence with over 13 essential oils such as frankincense, blood orange, coffee, mandarin red, patchouli, sandalwood, clove, black pepper, and the scent of leather (using vegan, natural, plant-based oils). All of these botanicals and plant-based oils are used strategically to interact with each other and bring out their essence without being overpowering, which is why it is our most complex blend. It is earthy and warm while having a sweet and smooth undertone.
We sat down with Ambre, creator of Ambre Blends, to talk about how she created Unmasque!
“I started creating Unmasque in the fall. It is the most complex of the five scents in our line and it has the most ingredients in it as well. It was also the one that took the most time to develop. I called it Unmasque because it’s all about revealing your true identity, taking the mask off and showing people who you really are. It’s also about revealing your true nature. It has ingredients in it to help with balancing, calming, and promoting confidence.”
What inspired you to create Unmasque? “I wanted to do something completely different that felt good in the fall and winter. I wanted to do something where I was using a lot of oils I had not used before. Unmasque is a very unisex scent. It‘s a scent that if people like it, they love it. That’s their scent, it’s the one that they’re committed to. When I created it, I thought that people who like more of the woody, richer, dark smells would enjoy it most, but it crosses barriers to people that also prefer floral scents. I wanted to give it a unique spelling which is where Unmasque came in (not unmasked).”
What People Say About Unmasque
“This is the BEST scent EVER. I absolutely love it. It isn’t super feminine but also isn’t masculine either. It is such a unique, amazing fragrance.”
“I absolutely love love love love Unmasque! Out of all the scents, I would say this one is the brightest. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it smells sort of beauty. I really cannot get enough of it!”
“Unmasque is my absolute favorite of the oils, it smells amazing with a subtle yet long-lasting scent. It says on all day long, it’s unbelievable! I love all the scents in this line, you really can’t go wrong. But this oil is my favorite hands down!”
“I love Unmasque! The smell is so intoxicating and unique. I also have Solace and Ahnu but Unmasque is my favorite. This can be worn year-round. Try this essence, you won’t regret it!”
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.”
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 20 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.
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!
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!
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!