The first thing I do in the morning is make my infused water. I make it with mint, lemon, lime, ginger, and cucumber. I drink the whole thing and then I pour my morning coffee. I’ve gotten out of the routine of starting with coffee because it eats your stomach lining and gives me jitters…it’s not a good way to start the day. So I start with the water, take my morning supplements (Juice Plus+ fruit and vegetable blends, vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin B, zinc, and a CBG immune booster), and then have my coffee.
I take my coffee and go upstairs to what I call “the retreat” and meditate. Right now I’m a student in the A Course in Miracles, and I cannot do my day without it. I read the daily lesson and go right into the meditation. Once I’m done with my lesson, I write in my journal what I got from the lesson after I’ve meditated on it. All of that takes me about 10-20 minutes – not much time, but it makes a huge impact on how the rest of my day goes.
Sometimes I’ll grab a piece out 28 Secrets to Glow Up – it’s tips for health, energy, and radiance by my dear friend Marianne Talkovski. She’s here locally in Indy and is an esthetician, acupuncturist, and certified life coach. She has this awesome book out about all these ways you can glow up, so I’ll open it up and it’s always the right secret at the right time. After that, I walk down the hall to wake up my kids and get them ready for school.
After the kids are off to school I head downstairs to workout. Today I’m doing yoga, and I’m always accompanied by my dog Louie.
Now it’s time to get ready to head out for the day. I switch up my skincare routine and the scent I’m using every 6-12 weeks. Right now, it’s super dry out and it’s winter so I’m using GOOPGLOW Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Glow Serum on my face every morning. I follow that up with Eminence Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum (I’m obsessed with this stuff). Then I top it off with Ambre Blends Skin Tonic. Sometimes, I may even add a little bit of CBD salve from Green Cherry Organics for an extra layer of hydration on top of the Skin Tonic.
Today I’m using the Ahnu Natural Deodorant and then using the Ahnu Spritzer all over, and then I grabbed the Ambre Oil Essence because I like mixing that with Ahnu. On my body, I’m using the Ahnu Skin Tonic layered with the Body Cream since it’s dry outside – it’s the perfect time to use both at the same time since it lasts all day. Then I get dressed, grab my infused water, and head out the door to work!
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!