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Body Oil or Massage Oil, What’s The Difference?

Body Oil or Massage Oil, What’s The Difference?

We here at Plantlife frequently receive a great question and we thought it was high time to address this question publicly. What is the difference between Plantlife Body Oils and Massage Oils?

From viscosity to therapeutic benefit, there are several noticeable variances in the composition of these products. That being said, both the Massage Oils and Body Oils contain 100% pure, therapeutic grade (Grade A) essential oils.

A word about carrier oils:

By definition, carrier (aka base or vegetable) oils come from plants and are usually pressed from the kernels, seeds or nuts. In aromatherapy, they are used to dilute essential oils prior to topical application.

We have specially formulated all our body and massage oils from specific carrier oils known for their excellent topical and therapeutic benefits. It is especially important to note that all of the carrier oils we use are 100% pure, food grade oils. This means our carrier oils (each individually) are FDA approved for consumption. We all know what nourishes the body, nourishes the skin!

Our chosen base oils:

Apricot Kernel – This pure oil is light yet emollient and is high in oleic and linoleic acids. It is recommended for mature, sensitive, inflamed, irritated or dry skin making it quite a versatile oil. Apricot Kernel is a base for all of our body oils.

Sweet Almond – This high quality nut oil is a great for softening and conditioning the skin. It is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E. Sweet Almond is light and easily penetrates the skin. It is used in both our Massage and Body oils.

Jojoba – Jojoba offers the traits of both an oil and a wax to make it an ideal ingredient for massage oil formulation. Jojoba closely resembles the natural sebum within our skin and can help balance the skin’s natural oil. It contains a natural anti-inflammatory called myristic acid and can aid those who suffer from arthritis and rheumatism.

Grape Seed – Research suggests Grape Seed Oil is beneficial in the treatment of such conditions as acne and dermatitis, age spots, sunburn, rheumatoid arthritis, winkles and stretch marks to name a few. The skin absorbs this oil quickly without leaving the dreaded greasy residue behind.

Massage Oil Base –  When properly mixed with other essential oils, it creates a massage oil with a beautiful aroma and easily glides with the motions of massage.

So what’s the big difference?

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Plantlife Massage Oils were designed from some of the aforementioned carrier oils for a thicker concentration of oil that glides smoothly during massage. Additionally, we created specially formulated, synergistic therapy essential oil blends for every massage oil we carry.

Plantlife Body Oils were formulated especially to create soft and silky skin, using rich plant oils that quickly absorb and leave a light aroma.

The oils are versatile and somewhat interchangeable in that you can certainly use the body oil as lighter massage oil if desired. Plantlife massage oil can be used as a body oil to help condition and soften the skin, keeping it moisturized through the drying winter months.

How to use:

Massage Oil: Simply rub oil into tense or sensitive areas as needed or apply to moist skin after bathing.

Body Oil: For best results, apply to clean, damp skin after a shower or bath. Body oil can also be added to a warm bath for a soothing and fragrant bathing experience!

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Five Benefits Of Massage Therapy

Five Benefits Of Massage Therapy

Upon hearing the word massage, many people immediately think of going to a spa and spending some quality “me-time.” Sure, massage can help put your mind and body at ease, but its benefits extend beyond providing you that feeling of comfort and relaxation. The manipulation of soft tissues has several health benefits that you may not readily realize, and it is due to these effects that massage therapy must be incorporated into your routine. The following are five benefits of massage therapy and why you should consider it more than just a pampering treat.

1. Relieve stress. stress relief
Everyone would agree that after a massage therapy session, you simply feel calm and relaxed. In fact, stress relief is one of the primary benefits of receiving a bodywork treatment. Contrary to popular belief, stress isn’t always bad. Stress is actually necessary to perform everyday functions and prevent accidents, such as hitting the brakes when another vehicle suddenly storms in front of you on the road. Too much stress, however, can be detrimental to your health. Several studies show that even a single session of massage therapy can immensely reduce stress. This is because massage helps reduce your heart rate, insulin levels, and cortisol levels. Our Stress Relief  Spa Therapy Kit is the perfect at home solution before and after your massage to help you look and feel  your best. This kit includes our Stress Relief Therapeutic Bath Salt, Lavender Aromatherapy Herbal Soap, and Stress Relief Massage Oil.

2. Improve posturerelax

Today’s generation is notorious for bad posture. Desk workers are particularly at risk, as they need to sit for hours on end day after day. Only a small portion of the population takes the time and effort to practice measures that would permanently help them improve their posture. The most common manifestations include pain in the neck, back, and glutes. Thankfully, this can be corrected by receiving a massage. Regular massage therapy sessions can help reinforce the natural movements of different body parts, allowing your body to get back on track. It also helps reduce muscle soreness and promotes pain-free posture.  Take a sigh of relief with the help of our Relax Spa Therapy Kit.  This amazing kit includes our Relax Therapeutic Bath Salt, Vanilla Orange Aromatherapy Herbal Soap, and Relax Massage Oil.

3. Strengthen the immune system.detox

You might wonder, “How can something done on the outside help improve things on the inside?” Many might think of this simply as a marketing ploy by massage therapists and spa owners, but there are plenty of studies that back it up. For instance, one study showed that HIV patients who received a 45-minute massage therapy session 5 days a week for 1 month experienced an increase in production of cells which are considered the first line of defense in the immune system. Massage has also been shown to improve the cytotoxic capacity of the immune system, which is the activity level of the natural “killer” cells. Help the toxins drain away with our Detox Spa Therapy Kit. This wonderful kit includes our Detox Therapeutic Salt, Lemongrass Aromatherapy Herbal Soap, and Detox Massage Oil.

4. Improve circulation and lower blood pressure.rejuvenate

As mentioned, one session of therapeutic massage offers a wealth of health benefits. Just imagine what it can do if done on a regular basis. One of the best long-term effects of massage therapy is improved blood circulation. This is a result of the pressure created during the massage, regardless of the technique used. This pressure causes blood to flow through the congested areas, which then allows new blood to flow in. This also flushes lactic acid from the muscles, the accumulation of which is associated with chronic muscle fatigue and soreness. Massage can also help patients with high blood pressure. Many think that this medical condition comes with several symptoms. In reality, though, it has none, earning it the nickname “the silent killer.” Massage therapy has been proven to be an effective way to lower blood pressure naturally. Receiving massage therapy on a regular basis decreases both diastolic and systolic blood pressure. Give your body the extra boost it needs with our Rejuvenate Spa Therapy Kit. This kit includes our Rejuvenate Therapeutic Bath Salt, Double Mint Aromatherapy Herbal Bar, and Rejuvenate Massage Oil.

5. Recover from physical injury.

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Rehabilitating a physical injury can be a tedious and painful process. Many find that a physical rehabilitation program is insufficient to restore the affected area to its pre-injury state. Massage therapy plays a critical role in supplementing injury rehabilitation procedures. Relaxing the muscles and promoting circulation in the affected area allow blood to deliver much needed oxygen and other nutrients. This helps improve flexibility and range of motion. With the right injury massage therapy, the patient can expect the area to be healed at an accelerated rate. Studies indicate that there is an increasing number of patients who seek therapeutic massage to heal broken bones and burns as well. Massage can reduce stiffness and improve mobility, two problems often experienced when recovering from a broken bone. Burn patients also report less itching, discomfort and depression after receiving three months of massage therapy alongside their skin rehabilitation program.  Give your muscles an extra dose of TLC with our Sore Muscle Spa Therapy Kit. This kit includes our Sore Muscle Bath Salt, Peppermint Aromatherapy Herbal Bar, and Sore Muscle Massage Oil.

The information provided in this article has not been reviewed by a medical professional and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any condition.

About the Author

Jonathan Leger is a freelance journalist with a deep interest in holistic medicine and homeopathic care. If you’re ever in Ashveille, North Carolina, he suggests you visit AshevilleMassageByBrie.com

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Plantlife Holiday Gift Giving Guide – Top Ten Picks for 2012

Plantlife Holiday Gift Giving Guide – Top Ten Picks for 2012

Not sure what to give the host of next weekend’s holiday party? Did you pick the hardest to shop for person for Secret Santa? Or maybe you’re confused about what to get for the in laws? Tis’ the season to give, naturally! We have ten suggestions that will fit anyone on your list and have them saying ahhhhh…romatherapy!

 

 

10. Soap Grains In a Soap Sack

Aromatherapy soap grains in this all natural, exfoliating soap sack is our top pick to fit any sort of gift giving situation this holiday season! Use in the shower for a whole new type of clean, just make sure to hang to dry when done to get the most out of this long lasting present. Soap grains come in several aromas: Cassia Clove, Vanilla Orange, Patchouli, or Lemongrass. Finished with the grains? The soap sack also fits a regular sized bar of Plantlife soap. At $2.95, you can’t really go wrong with this gift!

 

9. Animal Mitts

Does your shopping list include kids? Or maybe the kids at heart? Plantlife Animal Mitts are fun (and soft!) for every age. The cute creatures make bath time happy and clean using natural fibers to gently wash away dirt. Animal mitts come in Cow, Frog, Monkey, Panda, and Puppy. Each mitt is priced at $6.00, a great value! If you like the animal mitts, we also recommend checking out the animal ramies.

 

8. Holiday Essential Oil Blend

Who doesn’t love the smell of Christmas time? Well now it comes in a bottle! Blending Cinnamon, Orange, Clove, and a few other aromas, Holiday Essential Oil Blend is perfect for creating that Christmas scent all year round. This gift is great for people who love essential oils or who are looking for natural ways to scent their home. Can be used in a variety of ways, such as in diffusers, drawer fresheners, or scent your own products. At $9.40 for a bottle, it’s a great deal.

 

7. Cassia Clove or Peppermint Aromatherapy Herbal Soap

Plantlife aromatherapy bar soap is a tried and true favorite, perfect for the hard to shop for person. They’ll love your gift even before they open it as a hint of quality ingredients can be smelled through the wrapping. To keep with the holiday theme, we recommend our Cassia Clove or Peppermint aromas for this time of year. Cassia Clove is a warm, comforting blend of Cassia, Cinnamon, and ground clove while Peppermint is refreshing, cooling, and invigorating. Only $5.95 a bar! If you don’t like Cassia Clove or Peppermint, we also recommend Oatmeal Almond.

 

6. Holiday Candles 3 Pack

Another great gift for anyone on your list is the Holiday Candles 3 Pack. Plantlife Aromatherapy candles are made with pure essential oils and plant based waxes. They burn cleaner than other soy based candles and provide a wonderful smell. The holiday candles come in three aromas: Mountain Pine, Vanilla Peppermint, and Orange Spice packaged in a festive holiday box. A perfect ready to go gift for $22.95!

 

5. Basic Sampler Set

Know someone who loves essential oils or is just beginning? This is the perfect set to get them! The Basic Sampler Set includes our top 6 selling essential oils in an eco-friendly, recyclable box. Each bottle is 10ml and is filled with 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oil. Essential oils can be used in many ways and each has their own unique aroma and benefits. Not sure how to use essential oils? Check out the Natural Recipes section of the blog! Get it now for only $43.00.

 

4. Herbal Lip Balms

Herbal Lip Balm is one of the first products Plantlife sold. Since its creation, herbal lip balm has been a hit, and it will be a hit for anyone on your list as well! We recommend it as a stocking stuffer or just a little thinking of you during the holidays gift. We also recommend trying the Herb-P and the Peppymint flavors! Lip balms start at $2.50.

 

3. Body Wash and Lotion Combo Set – Vanilla Orange

The all natural Body Wash and Lotion Combo Set is perfect for anyone who loves to be clean but doesn’t like bar soap and wants beautiful, moisturized skin! The body wash is SLS, chemical, and preservative free, safe for all ages and skin types. Paired with the body wash is a non-greasy lotion made with all natural ingredients that’ll leave your skin lightly scented. Included in the set is a Hemp and Bamboo hand scrubber that creates the perfect, gentle exfoliation and is also made from all natural fibers. The elastic band on the back is a fit for any hand. We recommend Vanilla Orange as it is one of our favorites, but the set also comes in Lemongrass or Lavender for only $26.35.

 

2. Sore Muscle Spa Therapy Kit

This kit is something special for someone special! If you aren’t sure what to choose and want to get a gift that has some variety, the Spa Therapy Kits are for you. Our favorite is the Sore Muscle Spa Therapy Kit which includes one 3 oz Sore Muscle therapeutic mineral bath salt, one 4 oz Sore Muscle massage oil, exfoliating hand scrubber and a Peppermint aromatherapy herbal soap. Makes an amazing gift for $18.60!

 

1. Foam Soap Value Set – Lemongrass

Our final favorite and number one recommended gift is the Foam Soap Value Set in Lemongrass. The crisp, clean aroma of lemongrass is an instant favorite, our top seller, and works for kitchen, bathroom, or really anywhere. The foam soap is thick enough to use for shaving, safe enough to wash your fruits and vegetables, gentle enough for all ages, skin types, and so versatile that you can also use it as an all-natural dog shampoo! The set includes one ready to use 8 oz foam soap pump and a 16 oz refill all for $18.15! Our favorite aroma is Lemongrass, but the set can also be purchased in all our other foam soap aromas as well.

 

Did we miss your favorite product on the list? Leave us a comment with what you think should be added and why!

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Benefits and Recipes – Hemp Seed Oil

Benefits and Recipes – Hemp Seed Oil

We’ve recently announced our new line of carrier oils but, we’d like to take this opportunity to discuss one of them in a little more detail.

With so many options in the wonderful world of natural carrier oils, it can be difficult to choose the right one for your specific needs.  Then, what do you do with the oil?  To shed a little light on the subject, let’s take a look at one of our carriers, Hemp Seed Oil.

 

Why Hemp Seed Oil?

For the scientific how’s and why’s, check out the stimulating video below.  In layman’s terms, because it’s awesome!  Seriously though, if you suffer from Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, Dry Skin, PMS, or if you’re looking to strengthen your hair and nails then Hemp Seed Oil is your go to oil!

Acne – Hemp is non-comedogenic meaning, it won’t clog pores.  Hemp goes on like any oil however, it completely absorbs into the skin within minutes, leaving your skin feeling smooth and hydrated, helping reduce inflammation of existing acne, heal scars left by old acne and preventing the development of new acne!  To accentuate Hemp Oils’ benefit, try adding a few drops of Lavender and/or Tea Tree Essential Oils.

Eczema – When ingested, Hemp seed oil has (according to a University of Kuopio, Finland study – Read More), shown to reduce “dryness, itching” and improve the overall symptoms of eczema.  When used topically, Hemp oil helps soothe and restore the skin due to it being high in essential fatty acids. Boost the benefits of Hemp on eczema patches by adding one of the following essential oils: ChamomileClary SageFrankincenseGeranium,LavenderSandalwoodTea TreePatchouli, and Rosemary

Psoriasis – Vitamin D as well as the balanced EFA’s make Hemp Oil most beneficial in treating and preventing psoriasis as well as plain old dry skin!  Try adding Essential Oils in the following aromas for psoriasis or dry skin treatment: BergamotChamomileLavenderJuniperSandalwoodTea Tree or Patchouli.

Inflammation – Hemp Seed Oil can help relieve not just topical inflammation (see acne) but, joint and muscle inflammation as well making it excellent for massage.  For inflammation, try the following essential oils: CassiaPeppermintEucalyptusBlack PepperClove or our own Plantlife Sports Relief blend.

 

 

Recipes!!!

What fun and healthy things can you make with your Hemp Seed Oil?  Since Plantlife 100% Pure, Organic Hemp Seed Oil can be ingested (like Olive Oil) I’ve compiled some great cooking recipes as well as body care recipes for you below!

 

Body Care

 

 

 

Massage Oil

As Hemp Oil is a natural topical anti-inflammatory, try mixing 10 drops of Plantlife’s Sports Relief Essential Oil Blend in 4 ounces of Hemp Seed Oil.  Massage gently into skin for sore, strained or arthritic joints and muscles.

 

After Bath Body Oil

1 – 8oz bottle Plantlife Hemp Seed Oil

Essential Oils

Per 8oz bottle, add up to 25 to 30 drops of the essential oil (or oils) of your choice.  For Dry skin, Acne, Psoriasis or eczema, see the recommended essential oils above.  Store in a cool, dark place and shake well before each use.  You can make smaller batches of body oil too.  The rule of thumb is 10 drops of essential oil for every 4 ounces of carrier oil.  If the aroma is not strong enough, feel free to add a few more drops – don’t go overboard though, the aroma will change once it’s fully combined with the carrier oil.  Shake well before each use.

 

Soothing Soap Scrub

This recipe can be made in large batches so the measurements below are provided in “part”

3 Parts Ground Soap Scraps (Can use your own soap scraps, grains or chunks of soap bars ground in a blender or processor)

1 Part Hemp Seed Oil

1 Part Oatmeal

1 Part Water

1 Sanitized Wide Mouth Jar

On low heat (or in crockpot on low) add ground soap to water and melt slowly.  Once fully melted, turn off heat and let cool for a few minutes.  Add 1 Part Hemp Seed Oil and mix thoroughly.  Add 1 Part Oatmeal and mix.  Let cool completely then fill your sanitized jar.

 

Soothing Body Balm/Salve

1 Sterilized Jar

1 Tablespoon Beeswax Beads (Vegan?  Substitute Carnuba or Candelilla Wax for Beeswax)

4 Tablespoons Shea or Avocado Butter

3 Tablespoons Hemp Seed Oil

6 drops Rosemary Essential Oil

6 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

6 drops Lavender Essential Oil

 

Gently melt wax beads, Shea Butter, and Hemp Seed Oil together on low heat.  Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.  Add the Essential Oils and mix thoroughly.  Pour mixture into the sterilized jar and allow to cool completely before affixing the lid. Recipe yields ½ cup of balm.

Note:  You can certainly change the essential oils to create a body balm for your specific needs.

 

Whipped Shea Butter

1 Wide Mouthed, Sterilized container

½ Cup Shea Butter

1/3 Cup Hemp Seed Oil

1 teaspoon cornstarch

Essential Oils (optional)

 

Place Shea Butter in a mixing bowl and begin to beat with a stand or electric hand mixer until soft.  This may take a while.  Note:  If the butter is too hard, soften slightly in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.  Do not melt in microwave.

Gradually add the Hemp Seed oil very slowly.  Blend well between additions.  Blend in cornstarch. Blend in 10-15 drops of Essential Oil. Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated and spoon into the sanitized jar.

 

Food Recipes

 

Bruschetta with Hemp Oil

3-4 Large, ripe tomatoes chopped small

5 Fresh Basil leaves chopped

1 Loaf French bread sliced

3 cloves garlic crushed

8 Tablespoons Hemp Seed Oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Place chopped tomatoes in bowl.  Season with salt and pepper and stir in Basil, crushed garlic and Hemp Seed Oil. Let stand 20 minutes. Toast or broil bread until crisp on both sides then spoon marinated mixture on toasted bread and serve immediately.

 

Hemp and Basil Pesto

2 Cups Fresh Basil – Packed

½ Cup chopped pine nuts or walnuts

½ Cup grated parmesan cheese

6 Tablespoons Hemp Seed Oil

In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients but Hemp oil until finely chopped.  Stir in Hemp Oil and serve over pasta or with bread and cheese. * Recipe courtesy of theveggietable.com

 

Hemp and Avocado Salad Dressing

2 Ripe avocados

¼ Cup Hemp Seed Oil

Juice from 1 Lemon

1 Tablespoon cilantro minced

1 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar

Water

Salt & Pepper to taste

 

Mash avocados well in a bowl.  Stir in Hemp oil, lemon juice, cilantro, and vinegar.  This with water as needed.  Season to taste.  Yields 1.5 cups. * Recipe courtesy of theveggietable.com

Note: Thicker dressing can be drizzled over steamed veggies!

The information provided in this article has not been reviewed by a medical professional and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any condition.

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Introducing… 100% Pure Argan Oil

Introducing… 100% Pure Argan Oil

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It is with great excitement we announce the arrival of 100% Pure Argan Oil to the Plantlife family of products!

We’ve anticipated its arrival for quite some time as the noted benefits of this incredible oil tend to verge on legendary.  Personally, I’ve used this oil on my scalp and hair for the last two years and I no longer experience dry, breaking, flyaway strands!  It is also said to help with hair loss, dry, itchy and irritated scalp  as well as add the moisture your locks need to heal and prevent damage.

In the US, Argan Oil as a skin and hair care product is relatively new  when compared with traditional natural oils like Jojoba, Grapeseed etc.  Though it has been used by Moroccans for centuries both externally and internally.  Argan oil is cold pressed from the crushed nuts of the Argania spinosa (Argan Tree).  This is an incredibly laborious process performed primarily by Moroccan women. Plantlife’s Organic Argan Oil is sourced from a coop of such women who are able to sustain their families financially from these efforts.

While Argan is exceptional for hair care, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the phenomenal benefits for skincare as well.  Here is a sample of the important benefits:

  • Highly  Moisturizing
  • Absorbs into skin quickly
  • Rich in Vitamin E
  • Rich in natural Phenolic Acid
  • Rich in Carotenes
  • Natural Anti-oxidant
  • High in Fatty and Essential Fatty Acid

So why is any of this important for your skin?

Simplified, this means that not only will this oil be helpful in reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles but, it will also help prevent the signs of aging by fighting off those nasty free redicals.  Because it is highly moisturizing and absorbs into the skin quickly, you can essentially replace your daily moisturizer (not your sunscreen) with this beautiful oil!  Also, Argan is highly recommended for treatment of Acne (it won’t clog pores), Psoriasis, Eczema, and stretch marks!  What more could you ask for in one simple, natural product?

Click here to check out Argan Oil at www.plantlife.net.  Click here for a full list of all our wonderfully natural carrier oils.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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Samples, Samples and More Samples!

Samples, Samples and More Samples!

 

Now you can try the Plantlife product you’ve had your eye on without committing to the full-sized price!

Many of our fabulously natural products are now available at www.plantlife.net for just $1.25 cents each!  What more could you ask for?   .6oz sample sizes  in Massage Oils, Lotions and Body Oils as well as 1oz soap bars are ready and waiting for you!  Add a few to your next order or, purchase some for party favors or gifts!

 

Click Here to shop now!

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Our Favorite Things…

Our Favorite Things…

 

I know this isn’t “The Sound of Music” nor am I Oprah but, I thought it would be fun to share a few of our employees favorite things with you so you can see that we love and use the wonderful products we make!

So I polled some of the front office crew and asked them to share their favorite Plantlife product and why they enjoy using it. Here’s what I got!

 

Patty Taulbee – Does a little of everything but not much of anything…

Favorite Product: Bar Soap

OK so the running joke with people who know me is that I always have a “new favorite” product. If you spend any time with me, you would hear all about what is good for you and what is not good for you (skin is your largest organ and EVERYTHING gets absorbed into your system)! I always look past the marketing hype on everything and look at the results…results ALWAYS speak the truth!

When I was getting into making my own body care products years ago, I did so because the result from products I was using caused dry skin, cracked skin, chemical sensitivity, weird bumps on my skin, clogged pores, and the list goes on. All I knew was that the more I slathered stuff on, the worse it got. Now, many years later, I understand why and I am grateful that I cared enough about myself to not listen to the marketing hype but do my own research and come to my own conclusions. I’m supposed to be writing about my favorite Plantlife product but had to precede it with a little about me…so whoever reads this understands I’m not just trying to promote product.

Plantlife products are all awesome…for many reasons. Probably the most important one is the ingredients. It’s like cooking, if you use fresh, high quality ingredients, your dish will have more nutritional value and taste better. All Plantlife products are made with the purest, freshest, highest quality ingredients.

When I think about which Plantlife product is my favorite, I can’t decide. They are all awesome and so healthy for the body. I think though if I have to choose one, it would be our soap. Plantlife soap is very moisturizing, has a fairly neutral Ph and always makes me feel soft and clean (and the aromas are all soooooooo yummy). Every time I take a different soap home from work, I report back and tell everyone about my “new favorite” (Plantlife has 28 different soaps)! I’ve tried other products to wash with but I always go back to our bar soap…why, because of the results and the aromas!


Nancy Baldini – National Sales Manager (really)

Favorite Product: Sore Muscle Massage Oil

My favorite product is the Sore Muscle massage oil. After a long commute sitting in rush hour traffic, by the time I get home my shoulders and back are so tense, I immediately turn to my sore muscle massage oil. Within minutes the tension is gone and the soreness has faded away. I also massage the bottoms of my feet after working a long day at a trade show or just wearing those “oh so cute” shoes (that are not so cute by the end of the day).


Judy Smith – Everybody’s Favorite Person (in the whole world)
Favorite Product: Foam Soap (Fresh Mint to be specific) and Herbal Lip Balm

I simply cannot live without Fresh Mint Foam Soap. I love the fresh and lively aroma of this soap and the clean rinse formula. I really like the fact that I can clean almost any surface and the aroma fills the air and lasts all day.

Running a close second to the Foam Soap, you’ll never find me without an Herbal Lip balm (or ten). I don’t really use the lip balm the traditional way. With my advanced wisdom (age) comes pretty thin skin which is prone to minor cuts and scrapes. The herbal lip balm eases the pain and helps my skin to heal quickly without scarring.


Jennifer Howe – Tid Bits and Whatnots Coordinator (I just made that title up)
Favorite Product: Geranium Essential Oil

This one took me a while. I was just so torn between the Sore Muscle Bath Salts and the Geranium EO but, a decision had to be made and I went with the one product I use most often. I don’t exercise enough to warrant Sore Muscle Salt baths every night…

Let’s put aside the fact that I adore the floral aroma of Geranium Essential Oil almost as much as I love “new baby smell”, the insane and numerous benefits of this wonder essential oil make it my numero uno, most favorite product ever in history. Ok, that’s a little dramatic but seriously folks, it’s in the top five for certain.

I first used Geranium in my homemade skincare products (including toner and body oil) and loved the effects. The toner tightened and brightened while the body oil moisturized and balanced my skin. The more I researched, the more in love with the oil I fell.

Having an hormonal imbalance can be quite disturbing (just ask my husband of 12 years). The aroma-therapeutic effect of Geranium helps to balance my hormones, therefore my emotions, therefore my life. As an added bonus, just 10 drops in my bath water, helps quiet my tumultuous mind before bedtime.


Carrie Garcia – Production Manager (biggest job of all!)
Favorite Product: Ginger Berry Body Oil and Lemongrass Body Wash

I had to pick two because there is no way I could choose just one! For me, the Ginger Berry Body Oil is the best thing since sliced bread. Nothing beats rubbing the oil into my skin after a shower or bath and feeling the softening effects hours later. Also, I’m a busy mom and don’t have time to get regular pedicures so I rub a little Body Oil into my feet after the shower and they stay soft and supple with no cracking or sandpaper texture.

I have to also choose Lemongrass Body Wash because my kids love it. With three boys (4 if you count my husband), you can imagine soap is a hot commodity in our house. The Body Wash is not only a hygienic alternative to bar soap since it’s shared but, it also makes a great bubble bath. Plus, I don’t have slippery pieces of soap to scrub off the bottom of the tub afterwards.

Remember, we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have. You can email us at info@plantlife.net or give us a call Monday through Thursday 7:00am to 5:00pm PST.

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