Happy Spring from Baltimore

Have you noticed?  Crocuses have been around for a couple of weeks.  Redbuds, forsythia and daffodils are in bloom.  Cherry blossoms and magnolias are budding.  The city is gradually turning greener as new shoots, leaves and grasses start to grow.  I can smell the mock orange shrubbery in my neighbors’ backyard - the perfect blend of oranges and honey. And that’s all just the beginning.  We’ll have another cold snap or two, but no matter - spring is here!  It’s glorious, really, after the cold, gray winter.  Not that I’m complaining.  This winter actually didn’t feel terribly harsh, but maybe that’s just the spring sun wiping the harsh out of my mind. Time to put away a bit of winter.  So long, Winter Night Bath Oil and Winter Night Aromatherapy Blend – until we meet again.  Let’s break out the sunnier scents!  Introducing our new Hand Candies: Orange Ylang Ylang Hand Candy Sugar Scrub We use a lot of sweet orange essential oil here at Becca & Mars.  We love it.   The properties of this lovely essential oil include antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, carminative (this is a fancy word for ‘relieving flatulence’.  It’s a word I think I’d like to add to my everyday vocabulary), and skin brightening.  The smell of sweet orange essential oil is best described as cheerful and joyful. Ylang ylang is fun to pronounce (ee-lahng ee-lahng).   In English it means  ‘flower of flowers’.  This exotic floral essential oil is used to treat problems like high blood pressure, nervousness, impotence and frigidity. It promotes relaxation, and when you can relax, you can enjoy (life, love and everything).  Ylang ylang is used by many a perfumer, and it has a rich history around the world. Combined, orange and ylang ylang is exotic, sunshiny happiness! That makes Orange Ylang Ylang Hand Candy exotic, sunshiny happiness in a jar. http://www.etsy.com/listing/70467417/orange-ylang-ylang-hand-candy-sugar Lavender Frankincense Hand Candy Sugar Scrub Long known for its healing properties, lavender essential oil is one of the most versatile.  It is commonly used for skin irritations and burns, both for its rapid healing properties and its painkilling properties.  The scent is floral and camphoraceous and is renowned for its calming effect. Frankincense has been used for centuries for its scent as well as its healing properties.  The essential oil is highly rejuvenative, both for the mind and for the skin.    Today frankincense essential oil is used for its antiseptic, astringent, carminative (there’s that word again), sedative and expectorant properties.   We love the warm, woody spiciness it adds to our hand candy. It’s a great match for the lavender. Lavender Frankincense Hand Candy will soothe your hands and your mind. http://www.etsy.com/listing/70610139/lavender-frankincense-hand-candy-sugar Calm Yourself Hand Candy Sugar Scrub OK, this scent isn’t new to all you Becca & Mars fans who love the body oil and pure essential oil blend, but it is new in Hand Candy.  Our combination of lemon, bergamot, clary sage, sandalwood and neroli essential oils provides the benefits of all of these oils, including cleansing, antidepressant, sedative, aphrodisiac.  Simply put, the scent is citrusy and exotic and utterly calming. Calm Yourself has been a favorite Becca & Mars scent since day 1 and we are delighted to add it to our Hand Candy line. http://www.etsy.com/listing/70401078/calm-yourself-hand-candy-sugar-scrub This blog post was started on a warm, sunny day.  It’s being finished on a rainy, cool (who am I kidding, it’s cold outside) day.  Such is the beginning of spring as winter releases its grip.  I’m going to sign off and indulge in a little aromatherapy.  While I do, I’ll look out my windows, look past the gloom and the cold and feast my eyes – there’s a lot of spring poking around out there. Breathe it in and enjoy.

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