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Ambre Blends July 2018 New Retailers

We’re constantly growing and expanding our list of Ambre Blends retailers across the nation! Take a look at the new stores where you can find your favorite Ambre Blends products stocked:

Are you interested in becoming an Ambre Blends retailer? Fill out a wholesale inquiry!


Ambre Blends May 2018 New Retailers

We’re constantly growing and expanding our list of Ambre Blends retailers across the nation! Take a look at the new stores where you can find your favorite Ambre Blends products stocked:

Are you interested in becoming an Ambre Blends retailer? Fill out a wholesale inquiry!


New Ambre Blends Retailers in August 2017

We’re constantly growing and expanding our list of Ambre Blends retailers across the nation! Take a look at the new stores you can find your favorite Ambre Blends products stocked in for August…

Are you interested in becoming an Ambre Blends retailer? Fill out a wholesale inquiry!


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


The F Word: Fragrance

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.


Making the Switch to Stainless Steel

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!


Meet Ambre

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!


Radiate Your Scent with an Ambre Blends Spritzer

For your body, home or anywhere you want to smell like your favorite Ambre Blends Essence, we have Ambre Blends Spritzers! The Spritzers are a fun, easy way to blend your body, fabrics and favorite possessions with our essences, empowering your natural fragrance into a unique and soothing aroma.

Ambre Blends Spritzers are very similar to Ambre Blends Oil Essences. We’ve taken the essences that you know and love and turned it into a fragrance spray that you can use all over, even on your pets. This natural fragrance spray comes in all five Ambre Blends Essences and can be used almost anywhere to radiate the scent of your choice.

Shake, Shake, Shake!

When using the Spritzer, always shake before you spray to ensure the product comes out as a mist. There’s no emulsifying agent in the spritzer which is what most perfumes and spritzers have in them to mix the scent, so by shaking the bottle you’re naturally providing an emulsifying agent.

How to Use

Once you’ve shaken the spritzer, spray it everywhere! Use it on your body, your hair, linens, rugs…anywhere! Spraying it in your hair is a great way to radiate the scent all day long. Spray it in while your hair is wet before your blow dry and your hair will hold the oil throughout the day. Avoid spraying on silk and rayon.

Ambre Blends Spritzers come in two sizes, 8 ounces and a travel size of 2 ounces (approved for air travel). The 8 ounce bottle has approximately 900 sprays in it.

Want to know some creative ways to use your Spritzer? Here are five ways you can use your Spritzer.


Ambre Blends Staff Spotlight: Adam Crockett

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.

Favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? Solace Essence, Unmasque Natural Deodorant, Solace Olive Oil Soap and any scent of our Face & Beard Tonic.

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.


Everything You Need to Know about Ambre Blends Skin Tonic

Not only do we love making you smell great with Ambre Blends Oil Essences, but our entire product line is made with a purpose behind it for your skin’s health. Ambre Blends products are made after we hand pick high-quality, natural ingredients that work together for your best skin ever.

Ambre Blends Skin Tonic

One product that is gaining popularity in our skincare line is the Ambre Blends Skin Tonic. Skin Tonic is a luxury body oil developed exclusively for the purpose of rejuvenating skin and giving your face and body a healthy glow. The combination of organic oils and our signature essences is designed to keep you looking healthy and vibrant while also radiating your favorite Ambre Blends scent.

First and most importantly, we want you to know that our Skin Tonic is not our Pure Essence Oil. Our Skin Tonic is a power-packed smoothie for the face and body. It is a rejuvenating and healing oil that consists of a mixture of pure organic oils that come as a plant based and or raw. We picked these ingredients due to their medicinal and healing properties.

With that being said, you will smell some of these nutrient oils right off the top and from the bottle. Remember that these are raw oils, which is what you will initially smell. It is not until those oils are absorbed into the skin that the Ambre Essence (Ambre, Invoke, Solace, Unmasque, or Ahnu) will have a chance to radiate its aroma throughout the day. We also have an essence-free version available for those with sensitive facial skin!

How to Apply

For best results, apply Ambre Blends Skin Tonic to your face and body after drying off from a bath or shower. Apply it to the face and body to allow your skin to absorb the product and soak up all of the benefits. Ambre Blends Skin Tonic will quickly penetrate deep into the skin, leaving no oily residue. Watch our short 15-second video about how to properly apply the skin tonic to your face and body.

Why Skin Tonic?

The purpose of this product is to feed your face and body with 17 organic and raw oils (listed below) with the added bonus of our Ambre Blends Essences which make up 1/4 of the bottle. We do not want to alter the smell of these 17 oils as they are in their purest form and are extremely nutrient in this state. These fortifying oils assist in hydration, anti-aging, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and cell rejuvenation.

Though many ingredients share similar beneficial properties, the extensive combination of these ingredients ensures that users of Ambre Blends Skin Tonic will see definitive improvement to the health and beauty of their skin. Our natural and organic ingredients with their benefits include:

Sea Buckthorn: A deciduous plant which contains high levels of antioxidants that help regenerate skin cells, restore skin tissue and help prevent the effects of aging on the skin.

Jojoba: A desert plant which produces a hydrating, fast absorbing oil which is antibacterial and hypoallergenic, prevents inflammation and promotes blood flow leaving skin with a healthy glow.

Evening Primrose: A perennial flowering plant that improves skin’s elasticity and leaves skin feeling supple.

Hempseed Oil: Produced by cold-pressing seeds from the hemp plant, this ingredient is high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and is rich in vitamin D, which acts as a barrier for the skin and helps lock in natural moisture.

Avocado Oil: Produced from the avocado fruit, this regenerating and moisturizing oil contains beta-carotene and vitamins A, B, B2, D and E.

Green Tea Extract: A derivative of herbal green tea, this extract rejuvenates skin cells, fights inflammation and soothes acne and irritated skin.

Apricot Kernal: The internal part of the seed of apricots nourishes, balances, rehydrates and lubricates skin. Almond oil from the almond is a natural emollient containing vitamin B & E and essential minerals & proteins which protects the skin from sun damage and reduces skin irritation.

Coenzyme Q10: A natural occurring, vitamin-like substance which is a natural antioxidant, CoQ10 helps fight free radical damage, can help prevent collagen damage and keeps skin supple by encouraging the production of collagen fibers and elastin.

Sunflower Oil: A natural emollient made from pressed sunflower seeds which is a natural antioxidant and is rich in beta-carotine, which can help protect skin from sun damage and reduce the effects of aging.

Pumpkin Seed: High in antioxidants, enzymes, essential fatty acids, iron, zinc, fiber and vitamins C & K, pumpkin seed helps regulate proper skin cell production.

Squalane: An organic compound derived from olives known for its anti-aging properties, squalane nourishes, hydrates and boosts skins ability to regenerate to reduce wrinkles and soften skin.

Coconut Oil: A natural antioxidant that strengthens skin by promoting cell regeneration.

Rose Hip: The fruit of the rose plant is rich in vital fatty acids and antioxidants providing anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial benefits which promotes regeneration of collagen, elastin and scar tissue and reduces age spots and replaces damaged skin cells leaving skin strong and supple.

Borage: An annual herb rich in essential fatty acids and omegas which blocks skin inflammation, reduces skin irritation and restores dry, damaged skin.

Calendula: A perennial herb plant from the daisy family which is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.

Arnica: A perennial herb known for its natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Still have questions about Ambre Blends Skin Tonic? Contact us, we’d love to help!


Ambre Blends Staff Spotlight: Rebecca Fox

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.


Discover the Art of Natural Fragrance

Unlike perfumes and colognes, there is an art to wearing natural fragrances. Ambre Blends Oil Essences are designed to complement your body’s natural chemistry so that every time you apply our products, your body emanates a soothing, long-lasting aroma unique to you. Our organic infusions are activated by your body’s warmth, uncovering a unique adventure every time you blend with our empowering essences.

Wearing, sharing and exploring Ambre Blends is easy, intuitive and a work of art. It is important to note these three essential steps to best wear and emanate the soothing, natural fragrances of Ambre Blends.

Apply. It can be difficult to smell the essence in Ambre Blends products while they are still in the packaging. To get a true sense of our fragrances, generously apply the product by rubbing it on to your forearms and other “hot spots” such as the nape of the neck and chest.

Radiate. Ambre Blends pure, natural fragrance will come alive once it blends with your body’s warmth and chemistry. Give the essence time to work with your body heat. Our fragrance will radiate after the product has had time to blend with you. There is no need to reapply, the essence will continue to radiate as you cool down and warm up throughout the day.

Time. Over time, like wine, your oil essence will get better. It is also important to remember that after repeated use of our natural fragrances, it is completely normal for your sense of smell to become accustomed to your unique Ambre Blends scent. Alternating between our signature fragrances can help prevent scent immunity over time. Through exploring each of our essences, those around you will still be able to recognize your individual scent and your sense of smell will remain uncompromised.

Mix our signature scents to discover your perfect fragrance that is uniquely yours! You can find out more about our four signature scents here.


Ditch the Antiperspirant for a Natural Deodorant

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!


Put Down The Cologne

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!


Five Ways to Use Ambre Essence Spritzers

Our spritzers are made for home, body or anywhere you want to smell amazing. With 20 ml of essence in each spritzer, every bottle contains approximately 900 sprays. Have you thought about the possibilities for using a spritzer in your favorite essence? Here are five ways we use our spritzers.

Pets. Don’t have time to give your dog a bath? Give them a couple sprays from our spritzers! Our products are non-toxic and won’t harm your animals, so let your dog or cat enjoy your favorite essence.

Linens. After you take your linens out of the dryer, spray them with an Ambre Blends spritzer before you make your bed. It will keep your bedroom smelling great and give you a reminder of our essences when you go to sleep. Bonus: Frankincense’s most common use is stress release and you can find it our Unmasque spritzer. It’s comforting, warm and exotic aroma is sure to help you calm down and drift to sleep when sprayed on your linens.

Inside Lamp Shades. Spray your Ambre Blends spritzer inside your lamp shades so that it keep your room smelling great all the time. Every time you turn on the light, you’ll get a whiff of your favorite essence.

Inside Vents. By spraying inside your vents, you’ll get a natural air freshener every time your heat or air conditioning kicks on. Reapply every few days to keep the scent strong. You can also grab an unscented dryer sheet, spray it with our spritzer and stuff the dryer sheet into the ducts behind the room registers to help carry the scent throughout your house.

Car Interiors. We know how easily cars get dirty, so give your car interior a few sprays to keep things fresh. Try our Invoke essence spritzer, which is fresh, intriguing and light. It also contains rose, which is a great antiviral essential oil to help shield you from sickness.

You can buy your Ambre Blends Essence Spritzers here. Remember: Shake your bottle before every use as the product naturally separates.


Fragrance Oils vs. Alcohol-Based Perfumes

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!

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Essential Oil Remedies for Your Health

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?


Manage Your Mane With Beard Tonic

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.

 

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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!


Inside Ambre Blends Essences

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.