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10 Things You Might Not Know About White Tea

Posted by New Hope Soap

Dec 31, 2013 12:12:34 PM

White TeaRecently the benefits of tea has been all the rage in news articles, blogs, daytime talk shows and more. You can’t go a week without some self proclaimed health guru extolling the benefits of green tea extract, or black tea extract or white tea extract. Pills abound for these and other extracts like coffee and red wine, all proclaiming to be the cure for aging, or heart disease, or some other health problem.

What is the average person to think? Tea in general has been one of the world’s most popular beverages for centuries. Tea has become ingrained in cultures throughout the world in daily life, in ceremonies, and in popular culture.

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Topics: Essential Oils, Bar Soaps, Fragrances, Health & Fitness, Wedding Gifts, White Tea

Lemon Verbena - Versatile, Fragrant and Delicious!

Posted by New Hope Soap

Dec 17, 2013 6:44:54 PM

lemon_verbena_leaves_and_flowersRecently while watching the Hallmark Movie Christmas in the Bayou (big thumbs up!), a particular scene caught my attention. One of the main characters, Lilly played by Markie Post was working in her backyard garden when her daughter Katherine played by Hilarie Burton approached her, reached down and ran her fingers through some plants and asked Lilly – “What are these? They smell amazing.” Her answer was, Lemon Verbena. She went on to explain that she dried the leaves and put them in small pouches and sold them at the town’s country store.

That got me thinking, besides smelling amazing when mixed with jasmine and soft musk in our 6.5oz signature scented soap bars, or in a potpourri, what else is it used for? As it turns out, quite a bit!

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Topics: Essential Oils, Fragrances, Lemon Verbena

Great Fragrances - Sandalwood & Sandalwood Oils

Posted by Paul Wackell

Dec 1, 2013 8:31:00 PM

Sandalwood and Sandalwood oil have a deeply rich and warm woody scent that has been sought after and used for centuries for religious and spiritual ceremonies, as an aromatherapy treatment, in cosmetics, perfumes and medicines.

great_wall_beijing_china-normalSandalwood is one of the most sought after fragrant woods even today, perhaps due to the deepness of the aroma, but also due to the fact that sandalwood can retain its bright fragrance for decades!

Sandalwood comes from the fragrant woods of the Santalum genus that include Indian sandalwood, Australian sandalwood, quandong, and other sandalwood varieties.

The history of sandalwood is an intriguing one that goes back for many centuries and is steeped in religious and spiritual traditions, particularly in the Far East. To this day it is widely used in China, India and Japan.

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Topics: Aromatherapy,, Sandalwood Oils, Essential Oils, Bar Soaps, Fragrances, Sandalwood

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