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.
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!