Unless you're living under a rock... you will know that their is a global pandemic literally sweeping the globe. The Coronavirus that originated in China has made it's way across Europe, Africa, and now into North America. Italy is closed- full quarantine unless going out for groceries and medical supplies- aside from that they must stay home.
What is the Coronavirus you might ask? Basically it is a virus that presents itself as a cold with a fever & labored breathing. Those who are most at risk are elderly and those with compromised immune systems (autoimmune, autonomic, etc). Children aren't immune (there is an article going around saying that they are) but the virus presents itself differently and usually much more mild. The death toll is in the thousands right now & leaders around the globe are hoping to slow the spread of the virus.
In the United States- many (if not all) public schools are closed. In Michigan, where I am located, restaurants, spas, and gyms are closed. Some restaurants are allowing delivery and carry out orders. The stores are a bit ransacked depending upon your area... and everyone is obsessed with having enough toilet paper. We are practicing something called social distancing. This is basically where you don't really go out into the main public unless you have to, many people are working from home, no playdates, no family gatherings, etc until the beginning of April, while some government officials say this might last until July. A lot is up in the air at the moment.
Winter still might be here but we all know Spring is coming! With Valentine's Day approaching quickly & then passing just as fast, we know we are right on our way to Spring. Spring it the time when all things become new, new life comes to us, and hope is felt in the hearts of so many. The long Winter will now be over, what looked dead will have new life, flowers will bloom, gardens will be planted, and baby animals will be born.
And just like that, we have a Spring & Summer Collection. Today we are announcing our Spring Collection- some of which will overlap into our Summer Collection.
When I made the decision to have different collections for each season, I thought it would be super easy, instead I spend months blending extracts & testing the extracts that are sent to me. I blend essential oils until the smell just right. Autumn & Winter are my easier months to come up with, everyone wants the spicy, warm scents that remind them of the holidays. Spring- well Spring is a little different.
I wanted to create some blends that bring on energy & give you a renewed hope in life. Some that might make you want to get up and move. The essential oils bergamot, ylang ylang, jasmine, and sandalwood came into play quite a bit more than I had originally planned this season.
I came up with some scents that reminded me of the ocean, when I lived in Virginia, and some that reminded me of my favorite farm to table restaurants. Some of these scents reminded me of some people in my life & some reminded me of the gardens I planted as a child. I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I do!
This year you will find my brand new Rose Water Facial Cream. Made light enough to put on in the morning & at night. It will gently soothe your skin without causing it to be too oily. You can even wear it under your makeup without issue.
Here are some new products you will see (by April 1st 2020)
-Calm Me, Please Tincture
-Essential Oil Rollers will be coming back
-Cycle Me Free Tincture for menstrual cramps & reproductive support
-Mineral Deodorant (baking soda free!)
-Rose Water Facial Cream
-Facial Cleansing Oil
-Charcoal Cleansing Liquid Shampoo
-The 5am Toddler will have a body butter!
You will also see the following scents:(by March 1st 2020)
(these will be available in body butters & some other products in the shop)
-Sandalwood & Rose
-Rose & Vanilla
-Geranium & Orange
-Bamboo & Hemp
Some new candle scents: (by March 1st 2020)
-Orange & Hibiscus
-Basil Sage & Mint
-Blackberry Herbal Tea
You will also see my new candle collection, which will be available for preorder as a set very soon
-My Family Thinks I Baked (our new bakery blend)
-Everyone Calm TF Down (our anxiety reducing blend)
-Align ALL Damn Chakras (a grounding & restorative blend)
-Let's Be Passionate (a passionflower & rose quartz blend)
-Dreaming of a Massage (a spa like, recharging blend)
You will see the following Cold Process Soaps In Mid April:
-Orange & Hibiscus
-Basil Sage & Mint
-Blackberry Herbal Tea
-Rose & Lemon Cake
-Baby Soft Baby Bar
-Coconut & Black Sea Salt Exfoliation Bar
-London Fog Skin Softening Bar
-Anise & Orange Soap
Please comment below & let us know what you are most excited to see! We will choose a winner to win a FREE bar of soap!
Is it just me, or did January 2020 seem to last forever? This month has been ground breaking for us & we are so excited to be releasing new scents and products to you throughout 2020!
First things first, you can expect to see a monthly blog post all about the scent of the month, so you can learn about it & see which products you will see that scent in that month! If it is a well loved scent, we might keep it on for the year!
February 2020 Scent of the Month: Lavender & Honey
If you're a frequent bath bomb lover- you might recognize this scent! This is formerly known as my bakery love scent. It is a blend of my bakery blend extract/essential oil blend (made with 3 different types of vanilla, nutmeg, almond, and a hint of lemon) and lavender essential oil. It appeals to people who love floral scents and people who love the yummy smelling scents-- one like we have never made before.
You will find this blend in the following products this month:
We are so excited to share this blend with you this month!
Hey there, it's me.. just your average soap maker turned skin care company owner turned mom. I've been making soap for a little over 9 years and let me tell you, there is always something to learn. Whether I'm learning from other soapers, researching something in my herb and oil books, or learning simply from trial and error... I am always continuing to learn.
When I first started HBC Organics, I wanted to educated my customers about the products they were using and help them find what was best for their skin-- even if the products were not my own.. yeah I'm that committed.
In 2019, I decided I wanted to get back to the basics, while still offering high quality products. I wanted to get back what brought me joy & what made my heart smile.. and that was making more soaps. For a long time, I just made what was "needed" for the business. I had a handful of customers who needed cold process soap so I made sure I had what they needed. I also send cold process soap out in subscription boxes. Occasionally, I would blend some oils & butters together to make something awesome & new, but it was few and far between.
So I began making soap. 2-5 batches a day. I created beautiful loafs, adding dried rose petals, hibiscus, and other herbs. All of the soap.. and to my surprise my customers responded with all the support in the universe. My following on instagram steadily grew and even my following on Facebook. So here we are, making all the soap & my heart is smiling so hard that I can't keep the smile off of my face!
While I still make our lovely facial products, candles, luxurious & non greasy body butters, baby products, and more... I've carved out more time to expand the handcrafted soaps from 3-5 different bars at a time to 10-15 different bars in the shop.
Here is some education about cold process soap. I'm hoping after reading this you will give my bars a try! It just might be time to break up with the commercial soaps!
1- Provide your skin (hair & scalp if you use shampoo bars) with essential vitamins and minerals to contribute to a healthy glow.
2- Moisturize deeply without clogging pores. The saponified oils, such as coconut, olive, and avocado oils don’t lose their benefits with the cold process method like they would if it was hot process method. So you get all the benefits while cleaning your skin.
3- Contrary to popular belief, truly natural bar soaps do not dry out the skin the way commercial bars or body washes will. They actually moisturize & nourish the skin while properly cleansing it. You don’t want to remove ALL oil from your skin, just the excess.
4- They provide a rich, creamy lather that lasts longer (which can be great on the wallet) as long as they are properly cared for. Bonus points - buy the right kind of bar & you can use them head to toe!
5- Reduce the appearance of acne marks, scars, and aging spots & provide a more youthful appearance by smoothing out fine lines! *so long as it is a natural bar*
We could also get into the fact that many bar soaps & shower gels that are bought in large, commercial stores actually have some ingredients that make you scratch your head (literally & figuratively). When you buy products that are commerically made, more times than not.. like 9 times out of 10... probably more... you are buying products that have endocrine disrupting chemicals in them.
People Listen To Me:
Your skin is your largest organ! It also is the organ that communicates with us more than most organs in the body. It speaks louder, but we tend to ignore it. If something is wrong internally, your skin will begin to show it-- just as the Chinese Medicine Gurus... They can do facial mapping on you & probably tell you which organs you need to support more and ... ahem... where your nutrition is as well.
Feed your skin the good stuff. Cleanse it with saponified virgin oils & butters. In doing so, you will moisturize, exfoliate, and clean your skin to a beautiful glow!
Who am I?
My name is Jes! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about! I am the owner of an organic, chemical free skin care product line, called HBC Organics.