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Staff Spotlight: Amanda Arnold-Johnston

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!


Introducing Ahnu

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.

Ahnu Ingredients

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