November 10, 2016

An Empowered Woman - {PRINCESS DIANA} - SISTERHOOD PERFUMES

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. - Princes Diana

Diana was dubbed the Peoples Princess. She is known and still celebrated worldwide for her humanitarian work. She had a troubled marriage to Prince Charles which resulted in a embarrassing divorce for the royal family. She was an outcast in the royal family, however the 'people' loved her.  Diana cared about people’s well being.  She cared about the sick and their chances of recovery. She was beautiful, elegant and well traveled; there was rarely a function or society obligation where the princess was not following her goal to raise money. She was a tireless campaigner for the dispossessed and disadvantaged.  She was one of the most active people in raising money for the AIDS foundation in her country. 

Diana knew the power of fashion and auctioned off 79 of her favorite gowns at a Christie's auction, ultimately raising $6 million for AIDS and breast cancer charities. She devoted herself to her sons and to such charitable efforts as the battle against the use of land mines. She fought for the victims and used her international celebrity to help raise awareness about this issue.

Diana was a perfect example of a well-rounded woman. She was more than a princess standing by the side of her prince or a puppet of the royal family. Diana was an inspiration. Diana was the perfect example of a woman who was stunning inside and out. Women around the world marveled over her elegant, classic, and sophisticated style. She was humble and relatable to women, which made her even more beautiful, refreshing, and iconic for her time and social position.

Penhaligon's Bluebell was Princess Diana signature scent. As alluring and regal as the Princess herself, this  is a fragrant blend of citrus, hyacinth, rose, lily, and jasmine with warm, earthy notes of clove and cinnamon.

Rub a bit of Princess Diana's magic on you xo
Sisterhood Empowered Women Perfume - Princess Diana
Ingredients: Tangerine, hyacinth, rose, lily, jasmine, clove,  cinnamon, jojoba.

 

November 10, 2016

An Empowered Woman - {BOUDICCA} - SISTERHOOD PERFUMES

Nothing is safe from Roman pride and arrogance. They will deface the sacred and will deflower our virgins. Win the battle or perish, that is what I, a woman, will do.- Boudicca

Boudicca is one of Britain's greatest heroines who was a freedom fighter who rebelled against the Roman government. She was Queen to the Celts and truly was one of history's most fiercest and passionate warrior queens.

Boudicca is known for being a great heroine who lead a major uprising army against the occupying Roman forces during 60-62 AD. Boudica was flogged by the Romans and, sickeningly (and against Roman law) her two 'young' daughters were [gang?] raped by Roman soldiers. This ignited Boudica anger for the major injustices the Romans dictated.  She subsequently destroyed three towns and slaughtered the inhabitants This lead to Boudicca achieving a fairer and happier life for all of the Celtic tribes and even posing as an early feminist symbol during Queen Elizabeth I's reign.

Boudicca is a warrior, & her aroma represents her legend.  The blend is strong, balanced, sacred and earthy with a touch of feminity.

Rub a bit of Boudicca magic on you xo

Sisterhood Empowered Women Perfume - Boudicca

Ingredients: Frankincense,Oregano,  Lemon, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, white lotus and almond oil.

 

November 10, 2016

An Empowered Woman - {CLEOPATRA} - SISTERHOOD PERFUMES

 

‘I will not be triumphed over.’

 

The last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. The fearless leader. The seducer of the Roman rulers. Her life, full of mystery & love affairs continues to intrigue the world. By the time of her sudden death, glory would be hers. Cleopatra changed the world by persuading Julius Caesar to help her defeat her husband & brother so she could become sole supreme ruler over Egypt.

Centuries later, Cleopatra still beguiles us. Much has been written about the Pharoah’s beauty: Roman consul Cassius would speak of ‘a woman of surpassing beauty’. In actuality, her beauty is the greatest myth that defines her legacy. It also undermines her real power. Cleopatra did not seduce Antony and Caesar with her beauty, but rather with her wit, charm & intellect.

Cleopatra loved the scents of Neroli, Rose & Blue Lotus & used their aphrodisiac qualities to seduce Caesar & Mark Anthony. She honoured the goddess of love & sexuality, Hathor, who was associated with both Myrrh & Sandalwood. Cleopatra used almond oils as part of her skin \care regimen.

Rub a bit of Cleopatra's magic on you xo

Sisterhood Empowered Women - Cleopatra

Ingredients: Neroli, Rose, Blue Lotus, Myrrh, Sandalwood and Almond Oil.

I do not admire her affairs or violent mercilessness. I see her as an inspiring figure because of her vision: her vision to make Egypt flourish. She used and embraced both her feminine and masculine traits. The onlooker was not stunned by Cleopatra’s beauty in itself but by the sound of her voice, the persuasiveness of her talk and her ability to speak almost any language. Her thirst for power and excellence made her thrive and then brought her to her deathbed. Like all great figures that hold too much passion within them, there is a rise and fall, but her story lives on.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

November 10, 2016

An Empowered Woman - {AUDREY HEPBURN} - SISTERHOOD PERFUMES

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audrey Hepburn is a legend, an ideal of a woman and inspiration for many. She knew who she was and she made no apologies to anyone.

She exuded class, charm, grace and blazed her own trail, focusing more on her humanitarian efforts than her Hollywood career. She used her fame, to help the world. A woman so multi-faceted in the film, ballet, and philanthropic worlds should have a signature scent just as dynamic.

English Promenade was the scent Audrey deemed her trademark very early into her career. At first mist, the notes of orange flower, neroli, and citrus give off a sweet aroma, but once it hits your skin, a hint of musk begins to emerge and gives the scent a creamy twist that's anything but cloying. "It's sparkling and sweet, and it embodies the feminine elegance that was her trademark,"

Rub a bit of Audrey Hepburn's magic on you xo

Sisterhood Empowered Women - Audrey Hepburn

Ingredients: Orange blossom, neroli, tangerine, oriental musk, jojoba oil.

 

November 10, 2016

An Empowered Woman - {Sisterhood perfumes}

  There is an aroma about an empowered woman that is undeniably attractive, yet has nothing to do with the stereotyped beauty and norms. She is dedicated to explore who she is, and is willing to stand up for herself and has the strength to go out and get it. Empowerment is a moment by moment journey by the decisions and action we make in the circumstances of our lives. If we, as women can make more decisions from a place of inner strength we will create a better, inspiring and more meaningful life.MORE.. View full article →
February 26, 2016

Essential oils help with anxiety... a lot!

From time to time everyone has suffered anxiety to some degree, and its horrible! I have struggled with both very low and sad feelings, lack of motivation as well as intense anxious feelings.  It kept me home alone, saying “no” to things out of fear, and on days I couldn’t breathe and my skin felt like I had little ants crawling around inside. No fun at all!  These terrible feeling were not going to rule my life! Using essential oils was one way that I combated anxiety, in a totally safe and natural way. The beauty of essential oils is that they are natural, extracted from flowers, leaves, bark or roots of plants View full article →
February 15, 2016

cooking with essential oils...

Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures, for medicine, in food and for beauty purposes. EO’s are wonderful in the kitchen and with a bit of practise, some guidelines, and a creative mind, the culinary possibilities are endless. The easiest way to begin cooking with the oils, is to substitute the essential oils in recipes that call for dried herbs, spices or fruit juices.  Simply replace these ingredients with the companion essential oil. Read more...
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January 18, 2016

i have a new passport...

I have a new passport! which means I have a whole new decade of traveling to do. Its really exciting looking at all those empty pages, wondering where this world will lead me too.. What stamps will be filled in those empty pages. Travel is amazing, and wondrous for the soul. I try to travel somewhere new every year, and do an act of kindness while I'm there. But, travel can be a little taxing, so I'm always adopting healthy new travel tricks and tips along the way to make the journey a little easier. Read more...
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January 16, 2016

it's the little things...

I've always loved a good homemade gift over something bought from a store, and I tend to think most people feel this way too...  deep down I think we all can agree that our thoughts and intention goes a long, long way these days.  A handmade gift says, "hey, so i might be pretty busy but i carved out some time for you,  and I made this, because your pretty darn cool (and heaps special). I love you :). Read more...
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October 17, 2015

Essential Oils vs. Extracts

Here's a question that I'm frequently asked: "What's the difference between an essential oil and an extract?"  "If I should avoid grapefruit seed extract, should I also avoid grapefruit essential oil?"

What are Essential Oils?
The term "essential oil" has a very specific meaning. Essential oils are the concentrated volatile aromatic compounds of a plant, typically consisting of terpenes, esters, aldehydes, ketones, alcohols, phenols, and oxides. In other words, the aromatic compounds of the plant are removed and separated to create an oil-like substance.  (Although essential oils are not technically oils, as true oils are made up of lipids.) Essential oils are typically extracted through the process of steam distillation.  Plant matter is placed in a big vat with water and boiled...the steam arises and through a system of tubes. As the steam cools, the water collects to the bottom of the tank and the essential oils arise and collect in a separate tank.  (The water that's collected is known as a hydrosol and contains trace amounts of the essential oil and other components from the plant.) The only exception to steam distillation is with citrus fruits, where the essential oil is sometimes pressed from the rind of the fruit.  (Called cold-pressing.)

What are Extracts?
There are several types of extracts.
  • Infusions
    • An infusion is made when the plant material is let to steep in water or oil for a period of time.  A water-based infusion is made just like you'd make a cup of tea--boil the water and add the herbs to steep for anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes.  With an oil infusion, the steeping time is much longer, from days to weeks.  
  • Tinctures
    • A tincture is an alcohol-based extract. The plant material is steeped in a solution of (usually) 50% alcohol. The plant material steeps for days to weeks to extract compounds from the plant.  
  • Glycerites
    • These are liquid extracts in glycerin.
Essential Oils that Aren't Really Essential Oils

You may see a few ingredients listed as essential oils, when in fact, they aren't truly essential oils. Take for instance vanilla.  The "essence" of vanilla is difficult to extract via steam distillation, so it's typically extracted through steeping in alcohol (most commonly) or in oil.  This is the traditional vanilla extract that you'd use in cooking.  This is the least concentrated form of vanilla extract.  But, for a more concentrated form of vanilla, there's vanilla oleoresin. (Sometimes you'll see it listed as essential oil.)
  • Oleoresin
    An oleoresin is created by taking an alcohol-based extract and evaporating out the alcohol.  You're then left with a thick resinous material that's a more concentrated form of the aromatics that the plant provides.  Two common oleoresins are vanilla and rosemary.  Vanilla oleoresin is commonly used in personal care products as a scent.  Rosemary oleoresin (also listed as rosemary extract) is used as an anti-oxidant in foods and personal care products, helping give oils a longer shelf life. (Do note that it is an anti-oxidant, not a preservative.  It will help keep oils fresh but it does not stop bacterial growth.)
  • Absolutes  
    Finally, there are absolutes. This is the most potent and concentrated form of extracts.  Absolutes are typically extracted with a solvent like hexane to create a waxy material called a concrete.  The concrete is mixed with alcohol to further extract the aromatic compounds.  Then, the alcohol is evaporated out and a highly concentrated oil known as an absolute is left behind.  Sometimes people will mistakenly list an absolute or oleoresin as an essential oil, whereas they are technically not an essential oil.  Plants that are typically extracted as absolutes instead of essential oils include vanilla, jasmine, tuberose, oak moss and mimosa.  When it comes to roses, both steam-distilled essential oil and absolutes are made.  There are actually absolutes of honey as well, that will extract the delicate fragrance notes from different types of honey.  
Fake Extracts

There are some ingredients that you'll see listed as "extracts" on a product, when they're not really an extract.
  • Japanese Honeysuckle Extract is not a true extract but a highly synthesized preservative.  
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract is not a true extract, but a quaternary ammonium compound that's also used as a preservative.   (Not to be confused with grape seed extract, which is a totally different thing, extracted from grapes, not grapefruits. Grape seed extract is a true extract.)
Vegetable/Carrier Oils

Vegetable or Carrier oils are true oils, composed of lipids (fats). These include sunflower, jojoba, safflower, almond, olive, coconut. They are either solvent, or, preferrably, cold-pressed from the seeds, nuts, or fruit of certain plants.  Some carrier oils sound like essential oils, when they are not.  For instance rosehip seed oil is not an essential oil but a vegetable carrier oil.  After the rose has blossomed and created a rose "hip", inside this hip are hundreds of tiny little seeds.  These seeds are taken and pressed to create rosehip seed oil.  It doesn't smell like roses, but has a nutty, seed-like aroma.  Red raspberry seed oil is also commonly confused. It is pressed from the raspberry seeds and while it does have a mild raspberry aroma (somewhat like raspberry leaf tea) it is not an essential oil and is used for moisturizing properties, not for scent or aromatherapy.