Homemade Candles + Winter Bloom Essential Oil Blend (and Vegan Option)

Candlelight is good anytime, but during the winter holidays, it’s part of human traditions that date back thousands of years. This year, as the cost of everything, including candles, has skyrocketed, it makes more sense than ever to make our own. Ive made candles for fun over the years, including holiday candles, but I’m definitely not a candle-making artisan. Fortunately, we dont have to be experts to produce simple, lovely poured candles. Making our own gives us the freedom to customize the scent with pure essential oils. Candle making is also a wonderful activity with kids, so the winter school holidays are a great time to pull out the wicks, wax, and your favorite upcycled jars. Developing some old-fashioned skills like this one means inflation doesn’t have to put a damper on what you love most this time of year: traditions and family.

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Posted by Heidi

DIY Toilet Deodorizer – Forest Blend


As we prepare to have guests over through the holiday months, it’s important that our friends and family feel comfortable when nature calls. After all, the key to life is not letting anyone know that you, in fact, have bowel movements. All kidding aside, it’s a sensitive subject for many, so giving your guest options that don’t involve heavy synthetic fragrances or noisy and environmentally harmful aerosol cans is both considerate and helpful.

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Posted by Jessicka

Autumn Breeze Wax Melt Recipe

 

When you think of autumn, what comes to mind? Is it the colorful masterpiece of the treescape, or the sound of crunching leaves? Possibly the taste of a pumpkin spice latte or warm mulled cider? For me, it’s the aromas whirling through the air that herald the coming of fall.

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Posted by Jessicka

Mountain Rose Herbs Awarded Gold Stevie® Award!

Longtime friends of Mountain Rose Herbs know we thrive on creating unique experiences. In 2021, it was no surprise to the people who know us best when we announced we were developing a first-of-its-kind essential oil marketplace. The Mountain Rose Aroma Bar is intended to engage the senses through high-quality, ethically sourced essential oils and personal aromatherapy products. So, we mindfully designed the Aroma Bar to provide shoppers with a sumptuous setting in which to experience some of the world’s most captivating pure essential oils. We are incredibly honored to announce that the branding and design of the Aroma Bar has just been awarded a Gold Stevie® Award and selected as the Marketing Campaign of the Year in the retail category of The 2022 American Business Awards®!

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Posted by Heidi

2 DIY Natural Deodorant Spray Recipes

Distilled from the twigs and bark of the witch hazel tree, high quality, organic witch hazel extract is a lovely, time-tested ingredient in DIY and natural deodorant sprays. Witch hazel lowers the skin’s pH, so odor-causing bacteria cannot thrive. It is gentle enough to be used alone, or can be combined with herbs and essential oils. It also does double-duty as a toner, which is why you see it show up so often in the finest facial toner recipes. These Mountain Rose Herbs deodorant spray recipes bring together the superpowers of witch hazel with balanced blends of aromatic essential oils—it’s no wonder they have been favorite go-to recipes for more than a decade! And, once you have the hang of these easy homemade sprays, you can customize the recipe to create a perfectly blended scent for yourself or your loved ones.

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Posted by Heidi

Homemade Mosquito Repellent

My family always has grand goals of getting out to the mountains once a month for a couple nights of tent camping from May through October. Camping in the shoulder months often means chilly temperatures and rain, which we’ve gotten good at dealing with. Mosquito season, however, can be a little more daunting. A few summers ago, we were camping at a Southern Oregon lake with friends who had school-age children. The mosquitos were SO vicious, particularly for the kiddos, and I spent the whole time kicking myself for not having made a batch of herbal mosquito repellent beforehand. Our friends had some over-the-counter natural spray, but it was passing-useless and none of us wanted to douse the children in a toxic DEET-based repellent. I vowed never to be caught by surprise again. Now this natural spray is a must-have for camping and any other activity that puts us close to water and mosquitos.

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Posted by Heidi

Carrier Oils: What Are They and How Are They Made?

Have you ever had the experience of talking about something—that to you is the most normal thing in the world, like talking about ice cream—only to discover that your audience is looking at you blankly, and you realize that they have no idea what you’re saying? I had a conversation recently with a couple of folks who expressed interest in essential oils for massage. I was expounding on appropriate carrier oils to use for DIY massage oil recipes and had gone on for a couple of minutes on this topic, when I saw them looking at each other with perplexed faces. As I sputtered to a stop, one of them said, “What is a carrier oil?” Ah, right; I clearly needed to back up and start at the beginning. With that in mind, let’s take a  moment to talk about carrier oils, starting with what the heck they are and how they’re made.

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Posted by Heidi

Essential Oil Substitution List – Swaps for Five Precious Essential Oils

Essential oils are one of the many gifts from nature. Plant material that is expertly distilled and bottled results in a potent scent that can be used in aromatherapy, body care recipes, and for pure enjoyment. But some of these precious essential oils are just that: precious. They can fetch a high price tag for various reasons including the oil content of the botanical or even the extraction method. Pure, quality essential oils, like the ones we sell here at Mountain Rose Herbs, may be slightly more costly but the result is a deeper, richer aroma, and a profound aromatherapeutic benefit. Like a fine wine, you get what you pay for.

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Posted by Christine

Spring Rain Essential Oil Blend + Wax Melt Recipe

I love to live fully within the seasons. I take in all the nuances of the seasonal elements, ebbing and flowing with the twists and turns of the weather and the expansion and contraction of daylight. This mindfulness practice allows me to connect with the “now” and fully appreciate all that the Earth shares with us through her wondrous cycles. 

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Posted by Jessicka

Free & Easy Wanderer Incense Recipe

 

I love small rituals. Having lived out of a backpack for most of my twenties and still traveling a lot in my thirties, small yet potent packages of transportable sweetness help me create a sense of belonging no matter where I land. On most adventures, I commune with the landscape of my inner and outer terrain with my traveling trifecta of tea, journal, and incense.

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Bath Bomb Recipe with Flowers

For me, the spring and summer months are filled with gardening, landscaping, hiking, camping, bicycling, and swimming, which is why I often find myself in need of something beyond a shower. Ahh, a relaxing and muscle-soothing bathing experience is really what the "Doctor ordered". As silly as it seems now, I used to think that baths were only for the fall and winter months. However, when I started incorporating more seasonal elements into this precious self-care time , it opened up a fun new way to bring the power of plants to bath time while helping my body recover from the exertion of warm-weather activities. Read More
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Homemade Candles + Winter Bloom Essential Oil Blend (and Vegan Option)

Bring the comforting scents of the winter season to your space this year with DIY candles. Scented with pure essential oils, the Winter Bloom candle blend will delight you and your holiday guests.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

November 17, 2022

DIY Toilet Deodorizer – Forest Blend

An easy, inexpensive, and effective “Poo-Pourri™” spray is a handy recipe to have in your DIY toolkit. Learn how you can craft up a quick batch so you will be prepared when nature calls. Spray a few pumps in the toilet bowl before you go and odors will be significantly reduced, if not eliminated.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

October 12, 2022

Autumn Breeze Wax Melt Recipe

As we begin to incorporate elements of autumn into our homes, one important component is scent. This spiced autumn breeze wax melt recipe brings in the elements of fallen leaves with warming seasonal spices.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

September 29, 2022

Mountain Rose Herbs Awarded Gold Stevie® Award!

We are honored to announce that Mountain Rose Herbs has earned a Gold Stevie® Award for the Marketing Campaign of the Year in the retail category of The 2022 American Business Awards®!
WRITTEN BY Heidi

August 27, 2022

2 DIY Natural Deodorant Spray Recipes

These two homemade deodorant recipes bring together the superpowers of witch hazel and essential oils to provide a quick and easy solution to body odor. Try the uplifting sweet orange and vetiver blend or the grounding cedarwood and juniper recipe to match your aromatic preferences.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

July 25, 2022

Homemade Mosquito Repellent

DIY mosquito repellent is easy to make ahead and store in the refrigerator. Keep it on hand this summer for camping, hiking, and lazy days at the river.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

July 13, 2022

Carrier Oils: What Are They and How Are They Made?

Carrier oils are key to many DIY herbal and aromatherapy recipes. Understanding how they are produced will help you choose the right oils for your goals.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

June 15, 2022

Essential Oil Substitution List – Swaps for Five Precious Essential Oils

Use this essential oil substitution list to discover recommended replacements for five of the most precious essential oils that we carry, such as lemon balm essential oil and Bulgarian rose essential oil.
WRITTEN BY Christine

June 2, 2022

Spring Rain Essential Oil Blend + Wax Melt Recipe

This Spring Rain essential oil blend celebrates the promises and gifts of the season. You can also add this beautiful aroma blend to wax melts for a delightful home fragrance.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

May 10, 2022

Free & Easy Wanderer Incense Recipe

When mixing and shaping incense by hand, we reconnect with our indigenous roots of shaping the earth, building rituals, and serenading our ancestors with songs carried on spiraling smoke. 
WRITTEN BY Jiling Lin- Guest Writer

April 22, 2022

Bath Bomb Recipe with Flowers

When your hard-working body is in need of some comfort, reach for these easy DIY bath bombs with flowers for a self-care treat. Their beautiful aesthetic also makes for a practical and useful DIY gifts!
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

April 19, 2022