Scents I’m Wearing Now!


Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

LeCoste Femme Eau du Parfum 

Aura Cacia Medieval Mix Essential Oil

Kala Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap


L’Occitane Verbena Eau du Toilette

(like to layer with Chanel Cristalle Verte)

  Byredo Parfum Gypsy Water Eau du Parfum
Krigler Chateau Krigler 12 Eau du Parfum

The 2015 Winners of the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting

Best Municipal Water 2015
1st – Hamilton, OH
2nd – Emporia, KS
3rd – Clearbrook, Abbotsford BC, Canada
4th – (three way tie)
Montpelier, OH
Dickinson, ND
Eldorado, CO
5th – Independence, MO

Best Bottled Water  2015
1st – Fengari Platinum, Platinum Class Mineral Water, Athens, Greece
2nd – Castle Rock Water, Dunsmuir, CA
3rd – Halstead Springs Water, Speedwell, TN
4th –  Jackson Springs Natural Premium Spring Water, Middlebor, MB, Canada
5th – Capi, Victoria, Australia

Best Sparkling – 2015
1st – Daphne-Ultra Premium Quality Natural Mineral Sparkling, Athens, Greece
2nd. Oaza, Tesanj, Bosnia  
3rd – Antipodes, Whakatane, New Zealand     (prev gold)
4th – Otakiri, Whakatane, New Zealand
5th – Castle Rock Carbonated Water, Dunsmuir, CA

Best Purified Drinking Water – 2015
1st – Indigo H2O, Elkhart, IN
2nd – Tied:
Bar H2O, Richmond, MI
January Springs, North Haltey QC, Canada.
3rd – Whispering Springs. Pierceton, IN
4th – Le Sage Natural, Le Sage, WV
5th – Mountain Drop, Linthicum, MD bottling famous Berkeley Springs water.  

Best Packaging — 2015
1st – Eternal Naturally Alkaline Spring Water, Dandridge, TN
2nd – Nakd Luxury Artesian Water, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
3rd –  Waiwera Artesian Water, Auckland, New Zealand
4th –  Arisu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
5th –  Antipodes Water, Whakatane, New Zealand

2014 Winners

Best Municipal Water 2014
Best in the World – Clearbrook, BC, Canada
Best in USA – Santa Ana, CA  
2nd  – Hamilton, OH
3rd – Greenwood, BC, Canada   
4th (tie)– Dickinson, ND   &  Montpelier, OH
5th – Emporia, KS 
Best Bottled Water  2014
1st –  Castle Rock Water, Dunsmuir, CA
2nd – Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Eldorado, CO  
Samaria Natural Springs Water, Crete, Greece
3rd – Mountain Drop from Linthicum, MD bottling Berkeley Springs water.
4th –  Avita Premium Artesian Alkaline Water, Roscommon, MI
Element , Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia

Best Sparkling – 2014
1st – Canadian Gold Sparkling Mineral Water, Marchand, MB, Canada
2nd. Jackson Springs Natural Premium Spring Water, MB, Canada
3rd – Antipodes, Whakatane, New Zealand
4th – Tesanjski Dijament, Tesanj, Bosnia    
Naked Luxury Artesian Water, Bay of Plenty, NZ
Tesanjski Kiseljak, Tesanj, Bosni

Best Purified Drinking Water – 2014
1st – Mountain Drop from Linthicum, MD bottling Berkeley Springs water.
2nd – Indigo H2O, Elkhart, IN  
Bar H2O, Richmond, MI
3rd — Berkeley Springs Purified Water – Berkeley Springs, WV 
January Springs, North Hatley, QC, Canada.
4th — Rain Fresh Oxygen-Rich Purified Water – Garland, TX

Best Packaging — 2014
1st – Hallasu, Republic of Korea
3rd – Waiakea, Kea’au Aquifer, HI
4th – Cerebellum H2O, Hoboken, NJ
5th – Marvelus Sparkling Mineral Water, Ocala, FL

Essential Oil of the Month: Nagarmotha – The Weed of Many Uses!

Cyperus scariosus : This member of the papyrus and Xiang Fu (an important Chinese herb) family. It is also known as Nut Grass and Cypriol in English, Musta or Mustak in Sanskrit, Shacao in Chinese and Motha in Gujarati.

Nagarmotha has been called “the world’s worst weed” as it is known as a pest in over 90 countries, and infests over 50 crops worldwide.

It can be found in the Ayurvedic encyclopedia, Charaka Samhita (ca. 100 CE) as an excellent natural remedy for treating digestive disorders, fevers, dysmennorhea and certain other health conditions. This herb has also been an incredible part of Traditional Chinese Medicine where it is highly regarded as the primary qi (prana or life force) regulating herbal medicine since at least 500 A.D.

Process: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Roots
Note: Base/Fixative – medium siliage
Aroma: Earthy, deep, oriental with notes of dry forest and smoky leather. Also plays host to aromas of frankincense, cedar, cinnamon (spicy) and camphoraceous. Adds a distinctive and interesting note to masculine or unisex perfumes.

Blends well with: resins and wood oils such as myrrh, frankincense, sandalwood, labdanum, cedar, vetiver, lavender, and spice oils like cinnamon, clove, and ginger.

Use: Helpful with bronco-pulmonary congestion, mucus, scabies, and scanty periods. Nagarmotha essential oil has very good digestive and carminative properties, is an effective killer of intestinal worms, a diuretic and anti-pyretic medicine. Many ancient texts have also describe it as an anti-inflammatory medicine, a general and nervine tonic, a promoter of uterine contractions and an excellent binder of stool. Aids vomiting, diarrhea, problematic digestion, intestinal bleeding, dysentery and specific and non-specific colitis. Used for ailments like fever, burning maturation, skin diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, painful menstruation, neurasthenia and general debility. Maybe also be useful in kidney stones, fibromyalgia, gout and other uric acid sensitive conditions.

Used for scenting the cloths of tribal women in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Used in perfumery, scented soaps and cosmetics, and for making agarbatti incense. It is a flavoring agent for tobacco products.

Appears in the spells of Vashikarana. It is said that a person applying it to their forehead is assured of a long series of successful love affairs.

Not bad for being a weed!

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops essential oil to the carrier oil.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.


While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

My Favorite Products of the Month ∼ May!


Chrysmela Catch Hypoallergenic High Tech Earring Backs

Kewra Water as a Toner

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid to wash

nails before applying nail polish,

makes polish stick better

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Mousse Blush

Bite Beauty Watercolor Lip Gloss Library

Glycerin – apply lightly to eyelids for a light sheen

Tetra-C A Shelf Stable Topical Vitamin C Derivative!

Tetra-C or Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate – Stable form of vitamin C that is considered an analogue of L-ascorbic acid. Unlike pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid) tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is lipid (fat) soluble.

Some researchers believe this form of vitamin C has greater affinity for skin,it has a higher rate of penetration (because it is lipid soluble, like human skin) than other derivatives; it also has a higher rate of conversion to vitamin C within the dermis. This form of vitamin C has been shown to stimulate healthy collagen production and reduce wrinkle depth. It has the ability to stimulate the skin to produce glycosaminoglycans, natural moisturizers that allow skin to absorb moisture from the body itself. It remains stable in air and water for up to 18 months, allowing it to serve as a long-lasting antioxidant. Because this ingredient is effective in lower concentrations than traditional Vitamin C, it is less expensive for formulas, and has also been found to be gentler and work in some people who are resistant to ascorbic acid and is sulfate safe.

Happy Mother’s Day!


Some Quotes for the Weekend!


Personal Care Product Safety Act: What it Will Mean for Us!

Personal Care Product Safety Act will intensify oversight of the FDA and stream-line compliance.


The bill’s drafters:

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine)

The bill addresses a range of issues including:

  • registration of facilities
  • registration of products
  • mandatory recall authority – present, the FDA can “ask” a company to do a recall
  • adverse and serious adverse event reporting – present, companies voluntarily report adverse incidents. Under this new Act, they would be required to report them within 15 business days. They must also report all nonserious events — like rashes — annually.
  • ingredients – the FDA will now be required to study five different chemicals for safety every year. First up would include propylparaben, methylene glycol (a formaldehyde-releasing chemical) and lead acetate which is used in some men’s hair dye.
  • good manufacturing practices
  • user fees – manufacturers to cover the cost of all the new oversight
  • required labeling ingredients – “not appropriate for children” and those that should be “professionally administered”, complete ingredient labeling online


The bill’s drafters seem to have drawn from existing provisions in the FDC Act applicable to nonprescription drugs, such as establishment and product registration requirements, and from certain provisions applicable to foods, such as the provision giving FDA mandatory recall authority.

Favorite Dresses From The 2015 MET Gala – China: Through the Looking Glass!

Helen Mirren


Emily Blunt

Kate Beckinsale

Alma Clooney

Sofia Vergara

Dakota Johnson

Anne Hathaway

Bee Shaffer

Alicia Keyes

Gabrielle Union

Keri Russell

Zhang Ziyi

Fan Bingbing

Beauties of the Month: Essie Davis, Lisa Brenner, Tsidii Le Loka, Hannah Simone, Olesya Yurivna Rulin, and Tanit Phoenix!

Essie Davis

Lisa Brenner

Tsidii Le Loka

Hannah Simone

Olesya Yurivna Rulin

Tanit Phoenix


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