New Seasonal Item
Available in 120ml (4 oz full size) and 5ml (mini trial size). The mini is stored in an amber bottle + card with ingredients.
Sediment in the bottle from the propolis is normal and melts into the skin along with the oils and cacao butter.
In the early light of winter before the official seasonal change into spring, you begin to see buds swell into flowering trees. Letting us know life is returning - through the darkness, the light will always follow.
Giving pause to weave the tapestry from expansive universal cycles to earthly pleasures. To witness ourselves in nature and nature within us.
The hope with this very limited offering is to share a unique, beautifully fragrant body oil that also soothes cold, tired muscles, aids in common maladies from cuts, dryness to burns; improving overall skin vitality.
At the heart is an infusion of Poplar buds, or sometimes referred to as Balm of Gilead. A nod to various tree resins used to create healing ointments described in ancient texts from Greco-roman, Jewish, Christian and Arab origins.
In North America, many Indigenous people use(d) the buds for a wide variety of medicines to treat topical wounds and pain relief.
Our infusion was harvested along the banks of wild rivers in Washington which would have been near Tribal lands of Chelan, Chief Joseph Band of Nez Perce, Colville, Entiat, Lakes, Methow, Moses-Columbia, Nespelem, Okanogan, Palus, San Poil, Wenatchi, and many more.
Sweet, deliciously scented and sticky poplar buds were gathered responsibly through land maintenance as to not impact the area's ecosystem. The fresh buds are then tripled infused in olive oil over the course of months while they’re available.
This extremely laborious process and limited access make this oil a truly special artisan treat.
To draw out the complex scent of the buds, we added a gorgeous Co2 extracted jasmine oil (hexane-free) along with osmanthus, davana, tonka bean, labdanum and ylang ylang. Balanced with woodsy amyris to help smooth out the sweet and spicy notes.
A touch of propolis tincture from a very small beekeeper that lives near the poplars adds restoring benefits while carrying complex scents from a multitude of tree and flower resins in the area. A divine fragrance showing how bees are nature’s original perfumer. You can see this ingredient as a small amount of sediment in the oil.
Adding to the skin vitality element, sustainably sourced Cacay oil improves tone and texture. A robust nutrition profile that contains 50% more vitamin E and linoleic acid than Argan oil and 3x more vitamin A than Rose-Hip Oil. Some note this as a “retinol” like ingredient - though it does not cause any sensitivity.
The antioxidant powerhouse of raw cacao butter to improve elasticity and suppleness. Supported in a base of ceramide-rich rice bran oil plus conditioning jojoba, cherry kernel, and safflower oils.
After showering, while the skin is damp, pump a generous amount of oil into the palms. Massage the skin, focusing on any areas that need extra love.
Once complete give yourself a moment to breathe deep. Inhale the aromatics and exhale; releasing tension and stress. We find the scent lasts around 1-2 hours wherein testing some of the warm, spicy notes were still picked up after 6 hours.
Has 2% essential oil dilution, our skincare tends to be .5% for reference.
70% regionally sourced
jojoba*^, olive oil*^ & wild poplar buds (populus balsamifera) ^, cacay oil#, rice bran oil*^, cherry kernel oil*, cocao butter#, safflower oil*, oils & resins of amyris, tonka bean, davana, propolis tincture, jasmine sambac co2, labdanum, osmanthus, ylang ylang* and rosemary extract*
*organic | ^regionally sourced | #fair trade/co-op
| Carbon footprint consideration: regionally sourced percentage refers to ingredients grown within the west coast of USA and southwest Canada. Where the sourcing is concentrated in Oregon, including our own micro-garden.
6-month freshness guarantee though has a 12 month+ usefulness. Keep out of direct light and warm temperatures.
If you are pregnant or nursing, consult with your doctor before using herbs. Always do a patch test on your skin before applying it to a large surface. For informational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.