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Winter Solstice Vibrancy

The Winter Solstice, that occurred on December 21 this year, is the darkest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. For Blendily, it marks the moment I begin making plans for the garden and for foraging outings for the next year. Winter Solstice is the marker to...

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,...

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...

LETTERS FROM THE #SKINCAREKITCHEN

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

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...

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Less is More

Look around you at all the deals & steals - buy one get one free, now with 25% MORE, 40% MORE! These catchphrases are alluring, giving us urgency to capture value with our purchases. The secret is that when it comes to cosmetics, often times, the number one...

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Blendily is Two

September marks Blendily’s two year anniversary! The doors to my little apothecary opened in 2014, and what a lovely journey its been thus far.  For those that have not visited, the Blendily shop is located inside Alberta Studios, a century old building in the Alberta...

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Self-Love as Beauty Empowerment

In the age of selfies, appearance is paramount and every moment of our lives is not only captured, but shared.  Photo editing apps allow us to smooth away wrinkles and spots, and color correct skin tone. YouTube make-up video tutorials are tirelessly studied,...

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Hope & Potatoes

  In March last year, I discovered a forgotten potato in my pantry. Often if you find little sprouts on your potatoes, you can simply cut those off and cook and eat your potato as you would.  When a potato has become shrivelled and soft and the sprouts are...

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Unplugged in Guatemala

Feb 7-14, I took my first solo adventure since the birth of my daughter in 2012.  In the last couple of years, a good friend of mine began taking surfing/volunteer trips to Central & South American countries such as Ecuador, Brasil, and Costa Rica.  I had watched...

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New Year, New You 2016

Another turn around the sun, here we are. What do you have on your horizon this year? If you have 'self-love' on your list this year, consider Blendily for your skin & body care needs! From now through February 7, order a 'custom blend' and you will receive a 25%...

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Viratha & Retrouvailles

'Viratha' in Hindi translates to "the realization of love through separation". 'Retrouvailles' in French translates to "the feeling of joy when you are united with a loved one after a long separation. These two words have no eloquent English equivalent, but it's easy...

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