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Beyond Skin Types: Use Your Intuition

You’ve heard it before, cosmetics companies tell you that your skin is either normal, sensitive, dry, oily, and combination. Is that what it looks like, is that what it feels like? You’re told what types of products to use or avoid, you're told by doing a-b-c-d-x-y-z...

How To: Infused Herbal Oils – Solar Method

One of the easiest ways to harness the healing power of botanicals is to make infused herbal oils. Infused herbal oils are also, by comparison to factory manufactured cosmetics, much more sustainable & economical. All you need is herbal matter (leaves, roots,...

Edible Weeds: Bitter Dock & Wild Lettuce

Gardening season is well under way, and we have big plans for the Splendid Garden this year! The first order of business is to get control over weeds. While unwelcome in most gardens for their alpha tendencies and unsightliness, they signal the beginning of the...

Quattro Root Bitters

Most roots are most potent in their medicinal properties in Early Spring or Late Fall. This is when the plant's energy is down in the roots. It makes sense that in the vibrancy of Spring & Summer, energy is directed towards growth above ground, in leaves, flowers, and...

Exfoliation Basics

Exfoliation is the process of scrubbing and shedding dead skin cells from the skin's surface. Our skin is continually renewing itself, and as we shed dead skin cells, new ones emerge. To help our skin along in this natural process, exfoliating 2-3 times in a week is...

Beauty Myth: Oily Skin Types should avoid Oil-based products

Every now and then, I encounter people who profess that they have oily skin types and are interested in oil-free products that I offer.  Here is the narrative that typically ensues. It is a myth that if you have oily skin, you must avoid oil-based products. I repeat....

Edible Weeds: dandelion & dead nettle

Much has transpired in the last month in the Blendily garden, and we have many tales to tell, and here's the first!  Ever since I learned of the detoxifying and liver function boosting properties of dandelion root tea, I've welcomed the arrival of dandelions in...

No Poo? No Problem.

If you are poking around the internet for information on natural hair care, you will inevitably run into the term, "no-poo." Of course, it makes zero sense at first, and you giggle and wonder how your excrement can lead to healthier locks. Eventually you will...

Ingredients In Depth: Organoleptic Testing

An organoleptic test is the process of utilizing one's senses to evaluate ingredients/substances. Organoleptic tests are conducted by observing, smelling, feeling, and tasting. Organoleptic tests are not only a way to familiarize with unique...

rêve de lavandin aromatic mister

The Rêve de Lavandin Aromatic Mister was created to refresh and energize your environment, and help carry off gloominess with it as it fades. I created this blend earlier in the Spring when temperatures were still oscillating, and residual congestion, throat...

LETTERS FROM THE #SKINCAREKITCHEN

Writen by Ivy, Blendily CEO + Founder + Chief Product Formulator + Aromatherpist

Grandmothers & Open Doors

I woke up today, International Women's Day, thinking of my grandmothers' smiles. My father's mother had a stroke in the 80s, and thereafter, she never recovered her speech. We never carried any conversation I can recall. Yet I knew she was a strong woman, I could see...

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Mamma Mia Mini Me

My pregnancy was a delightful time; I felt energetic, had no special cravings, no real trouble sleeping, no morning sickness, and I was cradled with a general sense of calm anticipation with an undercurrent of steady content. My mind and body felt magically balanced...

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Ingredient Overload

According to a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group, the average adult uses 9 personal care products each day, with 126 unique chemical ingredients. More than a quarter of all women and one of every 100 men use at least 15 products daily . Every day,...

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The Thought That Counts

December always ends up being the fastest and busiest month for me, and not only because Blendily is a retail-based business. This season evolves around a landslide of holiday parties and events, of travel plans, of the ambition to get through the to-do lists that...

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Thankful for Everybody & The Earth

When I glanced at my photo app on my phone this morning, it reminded me that today, 5 years ago, was actually Thanksgiving that year, and it showed me a collage of photos of my day. It made me instantly smile to see how my daughter had grown from being a baby with...

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Blendily is Three

In the Spring of 2014, Blendily was first a pop-up shop in an outdoor garden shed on an empty lot on NE Alberta St.  Ivy spent the days at the shed dreaming up new recipes, and planning next steps in her journal. Being in the sun and fresh air, the time passed quickly...

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Capturing the Pacific Northwest in Fragrance

When creating Blendily's signature fragrances, I set out to distill sentiment associated with the Pacific Northwest, capturing the natural beauty of our unique surroundings. Our 'Wildwood' fragrance is inspired by my cherished Saturday morning ritual of running the...

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In the Mood for Spring

In one of the rainiest seasons on record, there have been 147 days of rain in Portland since October 1, 2016. We can all attest to the dampened mood prolonged rain can bring but, it's that very rain that we can thank for the lush greenery and vibrant flowers of a...

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The Sun Still Rises, The Sun Still Sets

In turbulent times, in a sea of unpalatable news, the sun is a daily reminder that nothing is certain but the passage of time. If like me, you have had difficulty focusing, feel deeply anxious about the future, and wonder how to absolve the antagonism in your heart,...

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Take it Slow

Just before the snow & ice descended, I went into the garden to harvest the chrysanthemums, cutting the stalks heavy with leaves and flowers near the base. I laid all the gathered clippings on my dining table and spent the next few hours processing the harvest. On a...

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