Category: Inspiration & Formulation

Essential Oils for Repelling Snakes

Essential oils have long been used as natural pest control for flying and crawling bugs, but what about more scary bigger creepy crawly reptilians such as snakes?  Here in Canada we only have a few venomous snakes such as the Massasauga Rattlesnake (Georgian Bay region of Ontario), Prairie Rattlesnake (Saskatchewan, Alberta), Western Rattlesnake & Desert […]

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Making Natural Skincare Products - It's Not Easy Being Green.....

"It’s not easy being green… " I hum this with an impressive Kermit the Frog imitation all the time. I've been making natural plant based products since well, before most consumers realized that it might be important, trendy or fashionable; using ingredients like essential oils, minimal preservatives and plant based emulsifiers that most conventional chemists […]

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Using Essential Oils as Natural Insect Repellents for Children? Please be Careful!

A woman called me for advice the other day; I’m glad she did. She was told to make a natural insect repellent for her 2 year old son from the following items; 4 tbsp. witch hazel, 30 drops citronella essential oil, 20 drops rosemary essential oil. I was almost speechless but then managed to blurt […]

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Making Your Own Natural Sunscreens? You Could Be Burned By More Than The Sun.

This time of year, I get a lot of inquiries to make commercial natural sunscreens or to help others make their own for personal use. My official position and other thoughts on this are as follows: Yes I do make sunscreens for myself and fully accept the risk, but I don’t make them for commercial […]

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Beat The Summer Heat with Natural Ingredients- DIY's included

Did you know that many essential oils and ingredients have cooling and heating properties? Right now in the throes of summer heat, I will assume you want to know about cooling stuff, correct? Well there are many essential oils that have cooling effects like eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, lime and  other fine ingredients that promote cooling […]

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Hemp Seed (Cannabis) Oil - An Underrated Skincare Option

Hemp Seed Oil - Unrefined - Organic Cold-pressed hemp seed oil has emerged as a complete nutritious oil for skin, hair and body. Relaxed government regulations have allowed people to finally discover this wonder oil which is a renewable and sustainable crop. It's also processed right here in Canada. The oil contains more naturally occurring […]

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Cream – An Ancient Love Affair

Creams, we saturate our bodies every day, as an absolute must to stave off wrinkly dry pruned skin and slow down or reverse the signs of aging; spending a small fortune in the process. But have you ever thought; what are they made of? Why do they work? Where would we be without them? Why […]

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Life by the drop….

“Nascent In statu nascendi – in the state of being born, emerging, promising, budding, blossoming, growing.” A perfect way to describe the key evolutionary state of plant life … and it all starts with a drop of rain, oxygen, hydrogen, sunshine, and nutrients. Inspiring concept isn’t it? So inspiring, I renamed the company Nascent Naturals […]

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