Holiday Gifts That Bring Comfort and Cheer in the Dry Cold of Winter

Winter weather conditions can be very tough on the skin, especially on the face, lips, and hands. Long stretches of repeated exposure to cold temperatures and low humidity, followed by constant exposure to indoor heat combine to suck the moisture out of our skin –leaving it reddish, dull and extremely dry. This holiday season, give the gift of all-natural, plant-based skin care and help your loved ones maintain a healthy glow from the inside out all winter long. Follow these tips to pick the best products you can:

When gifting skin-care products this winter, avoid conventional soaps and body washes whose detergents and synthetic ingredients strip natural oils. Try our Gentle Cleansing Body Wash which is made with highly moisturizing and protective organic coconut, olive, and jojoba oils. Combine it with a natural bath accessory to make a perfect bath and body gift.

Body oils contain no water so are the purest form of moisturizer, making them great gifts for winter. Lotions consist of mostly water and winter conditions will typically evaporate the water from your skin before your lotion can do the job. Our Revitalize blend products are great for winter because it includes Rosemary (to increase circulation) and Geranium (balancing and moisturizing to the skin) essential oils, not to mention Eucalyptus to help keep your head and sinuses clear. If you have friends that suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SADD) and seem to get pretty down during the dark winter months, try giving them our Inspiration body oil with its uplifting blend of citrus oils!

Interestingly, many of the plant-based culinary oils you use in the kitchen can play a dual role in promoting and maintaining skin health in the dead of winter and throughout the year. Vegetable and nut oils like coconut, high-oleic safflower or sunflower, extra virgin olive, almond, or avocado are not only healthful when consumed internally, but can also be highly effective at hydrating, moisturizing, and protecting your skin when applied topically. Each of these oils is commonly found in natural skin care products. For the best possible results, I always recommend products that use these oils as their primary base because you can realize their immediate benefits without exposing yourself or the environment to the harmful toxins found in products made with petroleum or synthetic ingredients.

Lip care products that help lips retain their moisture and elasticity. There’s probably no more delicate or widely used part of your body than your lips. And just as your skin is prone to dryness and even damage from exposure to the elements, especially during winter, so too are your lips. In fact, your lips are a lot more sensitive than the rest of your skin because unlike your skin, which has the ability to hydrate and regulate moisture, your lips have no sebaceous glands or lipids (fats) to help them retain moisture. Our all-natural Lip Balm Gift Set makes a wonderful gift to combat winter dry lips. For more on this read our blog post From Chappy To Happy, Discover The Best Lip Balm Ingredients To Keep You Smiling.

What to Get Your Clients or Customers For the Holidays: 5 Great Gift Ideas

‘Tis the season of giving, and who better to gift than those who gave to you during the year. That is to say, your clients and customers. This year, avoid useless doodads designed to promote your business and give them gifts that won’t be absentmindedly stuck in a desk drawer. I know that in these economically challenging times, this giving philosophy brings up the delicate matter of cost. You don’t want to bankrupt yourself giving gifts but you do want to let clients and customers know you appreciate them especially around the holidays.

Below are 5 eco-friendly gift ideas that will show your thoughtful appreciation without breaking the bank.

1. A Gift Of Bonus Time or Product

A wonderful gift for clients or customers is a coupon for a complimentary service –maybe a free hour of your time, a bonus consulting or coaching session, or a free copy of a book you wrote or cherish. Another great idea is to partner with a local business or a business that offers something of value to them and give them a free introductory service or product. This is a great way to increase visibility for your marketing partner without burning a hole in your pocket. Just make sure that the item or service is something that truly adds value and isn’t something they are already getting from a variety of sources like calendars or pre-printed mailing address labels!

2. Charity Gift Cards

Giving charity gift cards is a wonderful way to be philanthropic while enhancing your corporate image. The best part about this gift is that everyone wins! You and your company give a meaningful tax-deductible gift that supports a valuable cause. The recipient chooses a charity they like from over 150 well-known charities and the charity recipients benefit. For more info visit TheGiftThatGives.com

3. Give Clients A Break!

Here’s a unique take on audio books … give your clients a little mental break with Sniplits MP3 Audio Short Stories! Perfectly-sized for busy lives, Sniplits has stories in many genres from more than 90 authors worldwide (from under 5-min to 1 hour).They can be played on MP3 players, mobile phones, e-readers, and laptops. For more info visit Sniplits.

4. Send A Net. Save A Life.

Send a mosquito bite –preventing bed net to a family in Africa, where every thirty seconds a child dies from malaria. It’s simple. For just $10, you can send a net and save a life. 100% of the contribution goes directly to purchasing bed nets, distributing them, and educating communities on how to use them. Your customers or clients will be impressed by your compassion, and you will both have had a part in saving (at least) one child’s life. For more info visit Nothing But Nets.

5. High Quality Spa and Aromatherapy Products

Nothing says ‘thank you’ better than natural, healthy, eco-friendly gifts that make people feel and smell great! Who among us couldn’t benefit from a little extra help when it comes to stress relief or attitude adjustment? Our our clean-burning Aromatherapy Soy Candles , Revitalize Spa Gift Set and Energizing Trio of Aromatic Spray Misters are among many beautiful aromatherapy products that create soothing and nurturing environments and focused states of mind! That makes them a perfect choice for gifting clients or customers who will delight in and remember your extraordinary thoughtfulness.

Whether you work one-on-one with clients or serve a large customer base, imagine how the gift of aromatherapy can positively influence their perceptions of you, increase loyalty to your brand, and deepen your connection with them!

For more amazing aromatherapy gifts and gift ideas, visit our Holiday Gift Buying Guide.

Give Scrumptious Gifts for the Home This Holiday Season!

This holiday season why not give the people you love the gift of wonderful cleansing and nurturing smells for the home? There’s nothing more gratifying than entering a clean, fresh, and pleasant smelling home – especially after a long and grueling day, or after being away for a length of time. Having a clean smelling home not only makes people feel good, it makes visitors and guests feel welcome and at ease. This is especially true during the holidays when we tend to entertain more or have guests from out of town.

Diffusing essential oils is one of the healthiest and most efficient ways to scent a room or space, and can be the most effective, non-toxic way to eliminate odors and airborne bacteria too. Our ScentBall Electric Diffuser Kit makes a great gift for the home. Be sure to throw in some essential oils or an essential oil blend like our Air Purify Diffuser Blend. Essential oils of Lemon, Lavender, or Geranium are a great way to brighten up the bedroom or hallway. The kitchen is also an ideal spot for a diffuser, quickly neutralizing heavy odors that linger after cooking.

The easiest way to diffuse essential oils in the home is with an aromatherapy mister spray. Try making your own mister gifts this season. Just add 8-10 drops of lemon, rosemary, pine or lavender essential oil or a blend for every 2.5 cups (or 20 ounces) of water and place in a plant sprayer bottle. These misters can be used to spray the air, furniture and furnishings, even the walls, on a regular basis to keep them smelling clean and fresh. Our Calming Blend Mister Trio and Energizing Blend Mister Trio make great gifts if you don’t feel like dabbling in homemade gifts this year. Or try our limited edition Holiday Cheer Mister.

Aromatherapy soy candles also make wonderful scrumptious-smelling gifts for the home. Our Holiday Cheer Soy Candle is a perfect Christmas stocking stuffer. Our soy candles also come in Enchant, Inspiration, Revitalize, and Soothe blends.

Essential oils can be used in many ways all over the home. Try combining some of our high quality pure essential oils with a diffuser into a gift basket. Add an aromatherapy mister and a soy candle to complete it. If they are not familiar with essential oils, typing up or handwriting some of the tips below, is a nice touch:

  • Just add 5-10 drops of essential oil (or a mixture of oils) into your liquid laundry detergent or directly to the water to add a fresh, light scent. Or add a few drops of essential oil to a small hand towel and toss it into the dryer with your load.
  • All essential oils are anti-bacterial to some extent but some also have antiviral and antifungal properties. Diluted in water, you can use these to clean the bathroom and kitchen. They out-perform their chemical and synthetic counterparts, are safer and much more pleasant.
  • An easy, healthy way to deodorize rugs and carpets is to make a simple carpet powder. Just combine baking soda with a couple of drops of essential oil (the proper ratio is 16-20 drops of EO per cup of powder). Sprinkle liberally and let it sit for about 10 minutes then use a vacuum to clean it up.

What to Get the Boss This Holiday Season: Great Gift Ideas to Keep the Wheels Greased

The Big Cheese. El Jefe. Top Dog. Head Honcho. No matter how you address your boss, choosing the right holiday gift can be tricky business. Whether you love or fear your boss, don’t underestimate the value of giving him or her a thoughtful gift to keep things running monthly between you throughout the year. Exorbitant or highly personal gifts can potentially send the wrong message and may be misinterpreted as a bribe or pandering.

Unless you’re close to your boss and really know their preferences, it’s best to keep it relatively impersonal but at the same time thoughtful. Here are some suggestions to help:

1. Bonsai Golden Gate Ficus or Low Maintenance Plant

This ficus bonsai is a great way to add a little green joyfulness to the boss’s desk this holiday season. Breath some life and healthy fresh air into the top dog’s office. The best part is there’s little to no maintenance required. Any small, low maintenance plant that adds a pleasant touch to their workspace would likely be appreciated. Try ProFlowers.

2. Aromatherapy Car Diffuser

Help your boss start their day off in a good mood! Give them one of our Aromatherapy Car Diffuser Kits so they can fill their car with fresh, clean, soothing, inspiring, or energizing scents on their way to work! A Car Scenter plugin diffuser fits right ito any standard car lighter port. Simply put a few drops of an essential oil or essential oil blend on the re-usable cotton pad and slide the pad into the diffuser. Plug and go. When coupled with the right essential oils this gift can go a long way towards taking the edge off long commutes and it’s portable so it can be taken on business trips or given to the driver of their car service. Ours comes with a bottle of Stay Alert diffuser blend –a potent mix of eucalyptus, peppermint, cinnamon, orange and cedarwood.

3. Spa Gift Certificate

If you’ve got the budget for something more expensive, a SpaFinder Gift Certificate is the perfect gift to loosen the tight shoulders of your boss and bring a smile back to his or her face! Flexible and convenient, these gift certificates are accepted at over 6,000 spas worldwide! In addition, they now can be printed or emailed, so don’t worry about a last minute gift. And they never expire! Find out more at SpaFinder.com and give the gift of relaxation.

4. Basket of Farm Fresh, Local Goodies

A fresh idea is to bring your boss a picnic basket of organic treats from your local farmers market. Include a sweet treat along with a set of bamboo utensils and a cute mug with some Fair Trade coffee to round it out.

5. Calming Trio of Aromatherapy Misters

If you work in a stressful environment, giving your boss the gift of calm is like giving a gift to the entire department! At 2.75 oz, our water-based Calming Trio of Aromatic Spray Misters are a great, portable way to put instant stress relief at your boss’s fingertips! They can be used directly on the face or as room and air fresheners. The trio includes the following misters: Soothe restores balance and calms the mind, Divine is relaxing and even a bit indulgent, Revitalize brings calm and clarity while cleansing the air.

For more great aromatherapy gifts ideas for the workplace visit our Holiday Gift Buying Guide.

Perfect Holiday Gifts for Co-workers and Employees: 5 Ideas to Make Them Love You Even More!

Gift giving isn’t always emphasized in the workplace. However, you can find unique, thoughtful gifts that are affordable and allow you to show appreciation to employees and co-workers. Giving gifts to the people you work with can help to boost morale as well as create a more pleasant working environment. It doesn’t matter if you are a corporate CEO, the owner of a small business, or a mid-manager, there are cost-effective solutions to finding gift options for co-workers and employees. Consider some of these options:

1. Succulent Garden

Deck the halls with dazzling succulent gardens. Modern style succulent arrangements are lush and unique, and most importantly, low maintenance. A succulent garden transforms an office space into a botanical sanctuary. Perfect for employees or co-workers who appreciate a little nature in their life. An array of multi-colored succulents offered by ProFlowers come planted in a modern black zinc container making for a very handsome gift.

2. Wine Aerator

Do you work with some wine lovers? Wine connoisseurs know that allowing a vintage wine to “breathe” brings out its rich aromas and subtle flavors, creating a smooth finish. Wine aerators are a good choice for them because they help achieve the ideal mix of wine and oxygen with each pour. This results in a perfectly aerated wine with no decanting and no waiting. Vinturi brand provides separate models for red and white wine ensure optimal aeration for every bottle. This is a thoughtful gift for colleagues who are wine enthusiasts.

3. Local Food Basket

Try to purchase the gift baskets from a local vendor that sells locally grown or produced foods. Local grocery coops, cheese shops, farms and orchards are a good bet. To find a source try LocalHarvest.org, a nationwide database of local food producers and farms.

4. The Gift of Charity

GiveNow Cards can be personalized and enable employees and colleagues donate to the charity of their choice! Select from a variety of e-card designs or choose a traditional gift card and accompany the GiveNow card with your special message making a difference with your considerate gift of charity. Find out more at JustGive.org.

5. Aromatherapy for Inspiration and Stress Relief

We all know that the workplace can be a stressful environment –increasing employee job dissatisfaction while decreasing their motivation and productivity. If left unchecked, this can lead to stress-related illness and absenteeism. A recent medical study showed measurable reduction in stress hormones in the body within 10 minutes of soothing aromatherapy. Aromatherapy can be used to in many ways to instantly diffuse tension and restore harmony as well as life spirits when moral is low in the workplace. A great gift for co-workers and employees is our Inspiration Deluxe Spa Gift Set or our Sampler Gift Box which is filled with a large selection of pocket-sized aromatherapy products. For smaller gifts try our Trial Size Mini Gift Bag or anyone of our holiday Stocking Stuffers. For an extensive selection of aromatherapy gifts ideas visit our Holiday Gift Buying Guide.

Green Gift Ideas for Athletic and Outdoorsy Nature Loving Types

Athletes and especially active people are a notoriously challenging bunch to shop for! Are you wondering what to get for the athletes and loved ones in your life for the holidays? Look no further. We set out to find hot green gifts for the fittest of your friends and family for the holiday season. Below are some great gift ideas for your favorite cyclist, runner, triathlete, outdoor enthusiast, gym junkie and yogi.

1. Energizing Trio of Aromatic Spray Misters Our all natural, eco-friendly energizing trio of pick-me-up misters makes a great gift for those with active lifestyles. In lightweight aluminum bottles, they’re totally FAA-compliant making them the perfect for those on the go. Use them to scent hair, clothes, linens, or as room and air fresheners. Refresh cools and stimulates. Inspiration stimulates, inspires, and improves your mood. Revitalize brings calm and clarity while cleansing the air. Especially useful for situations where regular bathing or grooming may not be possible, or when cleaning up well in a hurry is imperative.

2. Harmony Yoga Mat Help your yoga loving friends rest in child’s pose in peace, knowing they are on a PVC-free mat made of sustainably-harvested natural rubber! Pick their favorite color and help them find their balance on a mat that reflects their values and personalities.

3. SIGG Aluminum Water Bottle At just ~$20 a pop, these stylish bottles made with Swiss craftsmanship make a great gift for the friend who is always on the way to the gym or off on a hike or run. They are seamless, leak-proof, crack-resistant as well as being ecologically sound, reusable and ultimately, easily recycled.

4. RunPhones Earphones These unique, headband-style soft, comfortable headphones for running wick away excess moisture, allow traffic to be heard through the band and keep hair out of the way. They are eco-friendly, being made with 100% recycled plastic bottles, and they are sewn and assembled in the USA. They have a winter version available that is perfect for staying active in the cold.

5. Keen Nopo Gym Bag These bags are more than just pretty, they are practical. The perfect solution for the loved on who is often at the gym and needs a bag that can easily pass for a purse. This stylish gym bag features a sustainable recycled polyester lining and molded rubber bottom.

Teachers Want More Than an Apple for the Holidays: Great Gift Ideas for Teachers!

Teachers play such an important role in children’s lives and the truly dedicated ones just give and give until it hurts! Why not give back in a way that show how much you appreciate all that they do? The holidays are the perfect time to show your appreciation. Instead of generic gifts, like chocolates, teaching supplies, and gift certificates, try one of these unique, eco-friendly gifts below. They will surely feel your gratitude!

1. Give Time

Perhaps the best gift you can give to a teacher is to share your time and talents with your child’s class. Offer to teach a special lesson while the teacher enjoys a cup of coffee and her favorite book. If teaching is not your talent, offer to help decorate a bulletin board, organize a project, clean a classroom or make the teacher a home-cooked lunch.

2. Farm Basket of Goodies

A fun fresh idea is to surprise your favorite teacher with a basket of organic produce from your local farmers market. Include a sweet treat along with a set of recipe cards for that extra touch.

3. Donate: Gifts that Keep On Giving

Donate to a teacher’s favorite charity or a community organization. Something you may not have thought of that many teachers would appreciate is to gift a few favorite books to the school or public library in their name. Also, many science centers run programs where you can honor someone by providing enrichment toys and treats to the animals. These gifts are creative and keep giving long after the holiday season. Try GreenSamaritan.com.

4.Organic Windowsill Herb Garden

An eco-friendly way for even the novice gardener to start and grow organic herbs right on his or her windowsill. Fun for the classroom too as kids get to watch the herbs grow! Great gift idea for a teacher who wants to dabble in or already loves growing organic and cooking with savory herbs. Many different brands of organic windowsill gardens are available on amazon.com.

5. Natural Stress Relievers

Teaching can get pretty stressful, why not give the gift of calm and put a smile on their faces? Give them a gift certificate for a massage or spa treatment. Our Divine and Soothe Bath Salts Duo also make a great gift for teachers, as does our Divine & Soothe Organic Body Oil Duo. Throw in a great mid-day pick-me-up they can use in the classroom! Our Revitalize Blend Soy Candles make the perfect addition.

For more all-natural and organic aromatherapy and skin care gifts for teacher check our Gift Guide for Teacher page.

Holiday Gifting for the Frequent and Business Traveler: Gifts for Better Travel Experiences

If you have people on your gift list who travel often, think about giving them gifts that can enhance their travel experiences by keeping them comfortable on the go! Traveling is rife with unexpected upsets, small ailments, and added stressors –even for the most experienced of travelers. While you can’t do anything about delays, cramped seating, jetlag, traffic jams and noisy passengers, the following gift ideas can make it easier for the frequent travelers in your life to stay organized, balanced, and healthy.

Tech gifts that can ease the process of travel are a great choice. A spokeswoman for the Overseas Adventure Travel tour company, says a Kindle or other electronic reader is great for travelers who love to read on the road but who don’t want to lug books around. The consumer news editor at Conde Nast Traveler magazine recommends the Powermat for travelers this year.  Available at powermat.com, it’s a new gadget that charges many small electronic devices, such as MP3 players, cell phones and handheld game-players, without all the cords and chargers. Or try the myGrid by Duracell, around $75 at amazon.com.

For the less techy traveler try something like a Travel Stub Diary so they can capture their favorite moments in a personalized and unique way and revisit them over and over again. Or this beautiful Tan leather passport holder made of eco-friendly cow leather by Lucrin.

Aromatherapy gifts for travel related upsets are a great way to manage stress and common ailment the natural way. There are a number of simple ways that essential oils can be used to address the common problems faced by travelers and help them avoid the feeling that they should have just stayed home. Colds, allergies, upset stomach, headache, fatigue and rashes can be remedied with right essential oils.. For more on this read our post: Aromatherapy for Travel: 4 Key Essential Oils to Tackle Travel Stress.

We have a number of products in small travel sizes you can easily take onto a plane in your carry-on luggage. At 2.75 oz, our Calming Trio of Aromatic Spray Misters are FAA-compliant and are a great way to get some instant stress-relief while traveling without irritating others around you.

Herbal wraps and eye pillows are another great way for the travelers in your life to stay calm and comfortable while on the go. Warmgoods makes thermal herbal wraps, cushy eye pillows and more out of sustainable fibers that look great and make you feel wonderful! Warmgoods products make perfect gifts for the frequent travelers in your life.

Giving the Gift of Green This Holiday Season: 4 Gift Giving Tips for the Eco-Friendly!

Do you have friends and family on your list that you know are eco-conscious? It seems that more and more people are turning the corner and making extra efforts to reduce their carbon footprint these days. If your friends and family are too, a thoughtful way to show you care this holiday season is by giving gifts that are in alignment with their environmental and social values. This helps you and the giftee feel great and lowers your carbon footprint! Buying products with organic fibers or ingredients, and products that are locally made whenever you can, are great rules of thumb for greener gifting. Here are some ideas for eco-friendly holiday gifts.

1. Give All-Natural, Organic and Cruelty Free Green Beauty Products. Keep in mind that the term “natural” does not speak directly to the environmental benefits of a product or the manufacturer’s commitment to environmental practices. Before gifting skin or beauty products, visit the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database, which enables you to see how products rank in terms of health and safety. All of our products are safe bets for spa and skin care gifts, check out our selection of aromatherapy and organic bath and body products and especially our aromatherapy gift sets.

2. Give re-usable gifts that help them be more green! Hydros Bottles are re-usable BPA-free plastic water bottles with built-in filters that can greatly reduce plastic waste. Hydros donates $1 from every sale to providing clean drinking water to a village in Cameroon. For more information go to http://www.hydrosbottle.com. Another great green gift is the Esse Reusable Bags’ complete reusable shopping bag system called the Carryall Tote –6 different bags in 1 convenient tote. They also have some of the most stylish reusable bags I’ve seen so far. You can check it out at their site: http://www.esselife.com.

3. Handmade gifts. No one will appreciate a handmade gift more than your truly eco-minded. Consider baking something or canning some fruit preserves. Crocheting, knitting, or sewing something is also a touching way to stay low-impact and show you care, especially if you use organic or recycled fibers. Or make your own lotions or soaps – include some essential oils, to add a delicious scent and make them therapeutic as well! You can’t go wrong with Lavender or citrus essential oils.

4. Buy Fair Trade and Local Goods. Key product aspects to keep an eye out for are Fair Trade and Local. Buying products with organic fibers or ingredients and buying local products whenever you can are great rules of thumb for greener gifting. Fair trade coffee, nuts, chocolate or fruit make great gifts as does a basket of locally produced artisanal breads and cheeses!

What Women Want . . . 5 Perfect Holiday Gifts She Will Adore and Remember!

What do women want? That’s the $64,000 question that keeps men scratching their heads isn’t it? Well we can’t answer for all women out there but I think it’s safe to say that all women really want is to be loved and appreciated. And there are as many different ways to show love and appreciation as there are women! This year, why not give unique gifts with a personal touch they’ll adore and remember? Here are some interesting and thoughtful gifts that will do the trick:

1. Canvas Portraits of Your Photos
Turn her (or your mutual) cherished photos into decorative, artistic, pleasing gifts by transforming them into eye-popping canvas portraits. Pick a photo of the two of you in a beautiful place you’ve been together or a special family gathering or event that meant a lot to both of you (or to her). If she has a great sense of humor, go for a comic-style portrait! For more information visit allPopart.

2. Aromatherapy Pendant
Jewelry is always a popular go-to gift idea for women. For an interesting and unique personalized twist on this old standard, consider giving the women in your life our Aroma Pendant. This stunning sterling silver pendant holds a colored glass vial filled with a cotton wad that holds the essential oil or essential oil blend of her choice to give lasting aromatherapy benefits. It comes with three different colored glass vials for accessorizing. Consider gifting it with some lavender or pink grapefruit essential oils or essential oil blends that you know she can use.

3. Laser Engraved Wall Clock
This handsome wall clock lends an attractive, elegant, and personalized touch. It is crafted of carved cherry wood with Roman numerals and features a warm sentiment about family. They will laser engrave any message! Find this item at Personal Creations.

4. Custom Ceramic Photo Vase
It’s not just a vase, it’s a personal memory. Select one or two horizontal photos that you know she loves. Exposures get transferred onto an elegantly simple ceramic vase. You can have your own personal message printed on it. Perfect for personalized gift giving! Fill it with her favorite flowers and you’re good to go! Find out more at Exposures.

5. A Personalized Spa Gift Basket
A great way to show the women in your life you care is by choosing some safe, high quality all-natural bath and body products you think she’ll like and putting together a customized gift basket. Pick products with blends that have soothing floral essential oils likes our Soothe or Divine collection of products that really help relieve stress. Or products made with uplifting citrus essential oils like the ones in our Inspiration collection. For more all-natural skin care and aromatherapy gift ideas for the women in your life check out our Holiday Gift Buying Guide.