Learning Aromatherapy // Tea Tree Oil from Apothecary Extracts + Giveaway!

I have always had an interest in aromatherapy. I’ve found that the right combination of scents can promote relaxation and even minimize some of the awful Chiari headaches, making me a believer in the power of scents and essential oils. My interest in essential oils was sparked again when Apothecary Extracts sent me their 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil to test and share. There are so many practical uses for essential oils ranging from beauty tips to household cleaners and as I explore them more, I thought it would be fun to share them here.

Disclaimer!: I am not a doctor and this overview is based on my own research and experiences. It is possible to experience irritation from essential oils and you don’t want to ever use them internally. If you have concerns, especially if you have allergies, be sure to address them with your physician. 

Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil

What it is: Melaleuca alternifoli, or tea tree oil, is a pure oil that comes from trees native to Australian.

How to buy: You can buy essential oils online or at health food stores. I buy mine from Amazon, which carries the Apothecary Extracts brand among others. Whenever you use an essential oil it is important to be sure that the oil you’re buying is pure and doesn’t contain any unnecessary preservatives or other chemical additives. These are typically a little more expensive, but the quality is worth it. The Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil is 100% pure and does not contain any artificial ingredients or other fillers. They will even provide you with the chromatography report if you request it.

It is also important to know where your product comes from because different places have differing quality and testing standards. For instance, this Tea Tree Oil is pharmaceutical grade and, while it is a product of Australia, it is bottled here in the U.S. The bottle also has date the oil was bottled, making it super easy to keep track of how old your bottle is. This is useful to know because the oil can lose its potency over time.

How much does it cost: The Apothecary Extracts 4 oz. bottle is currently $24.99 on Amazon. That is great price on a huge bottle. Other brands run fro $10-30+ depending on the size.

What other oils does it pair well with?: There are loads of other essential oils you can blend tea tree oil with, but some of my favorites are chamomile, sage, bergamot, rosemary, eucalyptus, and lavender.

Tea Tree Oil Ebook

How to use it: This really depends on if you want to use it simply for its scent as part of an aromatherapy treatment or if you want to use it in some form of a product. Either way, there are tons of way to use it. If you buy the Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil from Amazon, you’ll also receive an e-book that includes over 50 ways to use tea tree oil from cleaning products to beauty goodies. The most important thing will all essential oils is to use them sparingly and be sure that they are adequately diluted. If you’re experimenting with aromatherapy, I strongly suggest investing in an atomizer/diffuser.

Some of my favorite uses are to mix it with water in a spray bottle for an easy home cleaner or blend it with some of my other favorite scents in a diffuser for a relaxing room freshener.

How much do I need: Most recipes call for drops as the unit of measurement. You add them to your recipe using an eye dropper. The 4 oz. Apothecary Extracts bottle will be more than enough for all of your experimenting! The only downside I’ve found with this bottle is that it has a self-dropping cap at the top. I prefer to take that off and use a traditional eye dropper, but that’s an easy fix.

Overall, I highly recommend the Apothecary Extracts brand and will definitely be buying oils from them when I need to replace others in my collection. They have a quality product, at a great price, with some stellar customer service from what I’ve experienced.

AND they are also giving a 4 oz. bottle of their Tea Tree Oil to one of you! Simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below and the winner will receive a voucher code to redeem on Amazon for their bottle. Already a fan of Apothecary Extracts or just excited to try it? Spread the word by sharing on Facebook!
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Disclosure: I received this product gratis from Apothecary Extracts for the purposes of writing this review. All opinions are my own based on my personal experiences with the product.

Filling Our Space with Fall Scents // 3 Favorite Fall Candles

Fall candles are second only to the Christmas scents on the list of smells I love to be welcomed by when I come home. This year I’ve been buying all sorts of delicious smelling candles and fresheners to bring a little bit of the season into our space.

There are three candles that stood out to me this year and it took some serious restraint to only buy one.

Leaves Candle


Leaves from Bath & Body Works $22.50 (got it on sale 2/$22)

I have heard people rave about this candle for years and something came over me last weekend to pick it up and see what all the hype was about. Holy moly I love this scent too. It’s the perfect blend of a little bit of sweetness with the rich and spicy fall scents. It has this crisp smell that is the perfect combination of all things autumn.

Autumn Leaves Candle


Autumn Leaves from Yankee Candle $27.99 for Large Jar

A close runner up to Leaves is Autumn Leaves from Yankee Candle. I love it for basically all of the same reasons and it will be the next one I purchase when Leaves burns out.

Illume Heirloom Pumpkin Candle

Heirloom Pumpkin from Illume $18 for Large Tin

If you are looking for that perfect pumpkin candle, you have to smell Illume’s Heirloom Pumpkin. I first found this one at Barnes & Noble and it was love at first sniff. It has a deep and rich pumpkin scent that also has notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla.

I also try to do more than just burn candles to keep the scents of fall in our home. I try to layer different scents and ideas to have a lasting fragrance. I try to keep a cinnamon broom (from the grocery store or farmer’s market) in our kitchen and I put cinnamon pinecones in a bowl on our living room coffee table.

You can also put a few drops of fall-smelling essential oils, like vanilla or nutmeg, into a diffuser or on cotton balls tucked into small cubbies in the kitchen or bathroom.

This year we’ve also been using vent clips in our cars. Some favorites have been the latte and almond scents from Febreeze and the Apple Pumpkin one from Yankee.

How are you bringing fall into your home?

Renaissance Festival // Ribbons, Dragons, and a Flower Crown

One of the things on my Fall Bucket List was to make it to a Renaissance Festival. Last weekend we made it out to the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, MD. They’re open for one more weekend this season, so if you’re local I highly recommend heading out there this weekend. You’ll have a blast, I promise! The best part about the Renn Fest this year was that we unwittingly decided to go during Romance Weekend. One of the shows was a vow renewal ceremony conducted by King Henry VIII (talk about irony!). It was super cute! They did it as a group ceremony including a musical guest and Shakespeare readings. I managed to get some of it on video and snagged an adorable selfie. It was such a cute memory. So as I delve back into documenting our adventures in photographs, here’s some of the details from the Renn Fest.

Dana Renee and Dana James Renn Fest Vow Renewal Love Bridge Renn FestIMG_4287 IMG_4281IMG_4310 IMG_4329IMG_4304 IMG_4302IMG_4317 IMG_4306IMG_4263 IMG_4336

Fall Bucket List

Cornstalks on the Horizon

If haven’t mentioned this enough, fall is my favorite season. It always seem to fly by as the holiday decorations take over the stores well before they really should. This year I thought I would make-up a fall date bucket list to help DJ and I make the most out of our crisp, beautiful days this year. In no particular order, I’m hoping to:

  1. Go apple picking
  2. Bake an apple pie
  3. Renaissance festival
  4. Go pumpkin picking
  5. Carve Jack-O-Lanterns and toast the pumpkin seeds
  6. Photograph fall foliage
  7. Start a fire in the backyard and making s’mores
  8. Get mums from the flower farm
  9. Plant a tree in our backyard
  10. Cook soup in the crock pot for a warm meal on a chilly day
  11. Get a cinnamon broom or scented pine cones for our kitchen
  12. Find an autumn table cloth that will take us through Thanksgiving
  13. Press flowers to preserve them
  14. Infuse olive oil with the last of the peppers from our garden
  15. Come up with a great couple’s Halloween costume
  16. Go to a haunted house with friends
  17. Find a perfect fall trench coat
  18. Find a go-to, everyday berry lip color

So there you have it, a little bit of everything. From date nights and DIYs to cooking and shopping wants, this is what I’m planning for the season. I’ll try to document my adventures on here and Instagram and, if you’re local, I’ll share some of my favorite places in the Maryland area.

What’s on your bucket list for fall?

3 Tips for Looking Fab When You’re Running on Empty

I don’t know about your schedule, but mine seems to be like a roller coaster. I’ll have a period of smooth sailing and then BAM, out of nowhere, back-to-back weeks of craziness. This is definitely going to be one of those weeks. I honestly don’t mind my schedule and appreciate that a ton of hard work now, means a little more relaxation later; but what I often find difficult is trying to pull myself together when I’ve had less than the desired amount of beauty sleep and the caffeine in my diet soda just isn’t cutting it. So here’s my list of quick tips for looking fab when you feel like you’re running on empty.


1. Simplify your hairstyle. 

As pretty as perfectly blown out or straightened strands are, it takes a lot of time to achieve those looks. A ponytail with a side part, a chignon, or a loose high bun are much more forgiving. Use a little smoothing cream or hair spray to tame fly aways and you’re all set!


2. Makeup essentials only.

Pare down your beauty routine to some foundation/concealer, a neutral shade all over the lid, some mascara, and a your-lips-but-better lip stain. You’ll have just enough makeup on to look polished and avoid the inevitable “you look tired, are you feeling okay?” comments you get when you skip it.


3. Have some go-to accessories.

Don’t underestimate the power of a few key accessories. Have a few staples that are always at easy access to pull together any look. A classic bag will elevate even the most basic outfit, a classic necklace will add a little polish to your work dress, and sunglasses are a life saver when you’re running from here to there!

What are your tips for making the most out of your beauty routine when you’re strapped for time?

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