Events & Announcements
Air + Water + Fire + Earth October 08 2015, 0 Comments
Earth represents the physical body and matter
Water, our emotions
Air, the mind and intellect
and Fire, the spirit and intuition.
Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are Earth signs
We've attached elemental varieties to our deodorants, teas, fragrances, raw balms, and soaps.
Does that mean you are only allowed to use an item that is of your sign?
So what plants do they use already!
Well, since Earth represents the physical, it is a very grounding and practical element, bringing us back to reality. For this reason we have used deep, sturdy herbs and roots such as dandelion root, sage, and clove.
Water, being tied to the emotions, is sensitive and inward. These items, like taking a swim, are fresh and cooling. Invigorating herbs like peppermint and rosemary are balanced with calming herbs like lavender and oatstraw so as to stimulate creativity but not to cause turbulent waters!
What's the point?
Scenting: Essential Oils vs. Fragrance Oils & Our New Alternative July 17 2015, 1 Comment
I still stand firmly by this message. But after careful consideration and after researching the risks and benefits of essential oils vs fragrance oils I've come to a decision on which I will use from now on and it may surprise you:
After heavy contemplation I have come up with a number of qualms with the current scenting industry:
For example, internal use and the external use of undiluted, or "neat", oils appears to be common recommendation through these companies and their representatives. Essential oils are a plant's defense mechanism, and therefore are highly antimicrobial. Taking them internally can potentially wreak havoc on the gut flora, resulting in imbalance, poor digestion, poor nutrient assimilation, and food allergy. It is a basic understanding in the holistic community that internal use of essential oils should only be done under supervision of a naturopath or aromatherapist, since they can take your individual needs and sensitivities into account.
So I've decided that if I want to truly ensure that an ingredient is up to my standards, I'll have to make it myself. In the future you will see similar scents in the shop as now, only they will be made with bases infused in-house using the entire plant. This will have the added benefit of harnessing the plant's whole energy, obtained in a gentle and personal fashion rather than harsh industrial standards that exploit both the plant and the person working with it.
Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale April 07 2015, 0 Comments
Portland, we're coming back for you!
Crafty Wonderland is a Portland institution, and we are so very excited & honored to have been selected to participate.
"With a rotating line up of talented vendors, Crafty Wonderland is the place to go to find the best handmade goods in the NW, as well as affordable work from talented visual artists. It’s an event meant to bring together crafty people with those who appreciate cool handmade items, to support artists, and to spread the joy of craft throughout our community. The show even offers a kids’ area where budding young artists can set up and sell their work! Each Crafty Wonderland features a free DIY area where local artists share their talent and teach visitors how to make a craft of their own to take home."
Voted "Best of Portland"
by both Portland Monthly Magazine & The Willamette Week.
Come on down to the Oregon Convention Center to see us, along with tons & tons of talented crafters, makers, & artists.
We'll have Spring items available in addition to all of your favorites.
Saturday May 9th
Oregon Convention Center Hall D
777 NE MLK Blvd. in Portland
Renegade LA Market October 21 2014, 0 Comments
We are so excited and honored to announce that The Rex Apothecary has been selected to participate in Renegade's LA Holiday market! I've long admired the makers and artists who are part of the Renegade team, and am thrilled to be placed alongside them.
Vendors range from cutting-edge fashion and jewelry design to sophisticated ceramics and housewares, contemporary furniture and lighting, bath and body products, screen-printed art, paper goods, and more.
Beyond the vendors, you will find local artisanal food and drink, original art installations created just for the fair by hand-selected artists, interactive workshops, great music, good vibes and more."
We will be set up with the entire line, including new Winter Bundle items, gift certificates, & selections unavailable online!
So come on down and get your holiday shopping done! With such high quality craftsmanship, no one will know you waited until the last minute ;) Or just shop for yourself, like I usually do!
December 13th + 14th 10am-5pm
Grand Park 200 N. Grand Park Ave.
Tour Update October 11 2014, 0 Comments
It is with a heavy heart that I confess I have been unable to complete the cross country shop tour that I've been planning for the last six months.
A number of issues with the Winnebago, my animals’ health, and my own health presented themselves, delaying my original departure date and causing me to question whether these signs were telling me not to take the trip. Determined to follow through with what I started, I kept pressing on and dealing with the issues I was being faced. I finally set sail October 1st and made it 100 miles across Oregon, headed toward my first destination in Montana when I blew out a rear tire. A flat: no big deal right? I have AAA. Unfortunately, when the tread ripped off it blew a hole in the floor below my kitchen sink, tearing my water line. Additionally, my spare tire was from the original set that we replaced and it is actually is significantly smaller than the new ones because they don't make them in the original size anymore. To replace all 6 (which I already had done) would be upwards of $1,600. The flat alone was easy. The engine still ran and everyone was safe so it could have been a lot worse. The hard part was accepting that, for me, this was the final sign that this trip really wasn't meant to be.
I’ve tried my absolute hardest, quit my job, rented out my room, and purchased enough materials to make products through the holidays. I’ve sacrificed my own wellness and shed many tears, but if it was supposed to happen it would. I’m trying to stay positive: telling myself that the universe, or whatever has been stopping me from the trip, has something better in store for me. Something that I can’t be part of if I’m driving around the country.
In the mean time, I've temporarily relocated the shop to Southern California where I have family who can assist me with getting the animals healthy again and provide me with a space to fill orders and make more product. Wholesale orders are coming in, and I am so excited to be accepted as a Renegade Maker for their LA Holiday Fair on December 13th & 14th! So I have plenty of work ahead of me, and am very fortunate to have people who love me enough to support me through this difficult time.
I may not be where I thought I would be right now, but I'm exactly where I need to be.
Thank you all for your support!
US Tour Announcement August 16 2014, 0 Comments
And if you didn't know, you do now.
We will be touring events and brick & mortar shops around the US in a 1978 Winnebago lovingly named "Large Marge"
The tentative route will be:
Portland, OR > Boise > Salt Lake City > Jackson Hole > Sioux Falls > Minneapolis > Chicago > Cleveland > Boston > Portland, ME > Brooklyn > Asheville > Nashville > New Orleans > Austin > Albuquerque > Los Angeles > San Francisco
The shop is raising it’s own funds via a crowdfunding campaign. Your gracious support will be rewarded with exclusive products, personal souvenirs, & special rates on new services!
☞To learn more & make a contribution visit:
☞ And follow the live blog of the tour’s happenings right here!