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The Birth of RIDES Rêve

Did you know our aromatherapy fragrances correspond to your chakras? 

Sachi - 1st chakra - community/family/DNA

Passion - 2nd chakra - money/sexuality/creativity

Joyful - 3rd chakra - self esteem/will/ego

Softening 4th chakra - forgiveness, loosening resentment & anger

HWY 101 - 4th chakra - balance, grounding, calm heart, masculine love

Fairy Godmother - 4th chakra - safety, protection, home, feminine love

(\\three different scents for your heart chakra!  The heart wants what it wants...)

Comfort - 5th chakra - speaking your truth

We didn't have a fragrance for the 6th or 7th chakras.

Enter Mr. Madison Rowley.  Aka Mr. World Beard 2014, soon off to compete for the 2015 title in Austria, and the creator of RIDES Mustache Wax.

After meeting and working together on our Bearded Men video, Madison and I realized we have similar smell values and he suggested we co-create some scents for beard oils.

Formulating fragrances is a unique creative process I learned in the trenches of Urbaca, co-creating signature fragrances for the stylists, even for their dogs!  

But when it comes to the Farm, I've been a one woman show and product development has been one of my closely held favorite things.  

As much as I hate ever admitting I need help, I knew I was in stasis & needed to work with someone else to create these specific chakra fragrances.  Little did I know so many people would be of assistance!

First Madison & I agreed on which oils to use, then we sniffed and mixed a lot.  Once we created something we both liked, we tried the oil in a bunch of products, some failed--the smell didn't translate, products separated. Using natural materials is not an exact science!

Then we took our creations to the Portland International Rose Test Garden, bringing together two Portland beard clubs, Bridgetown Beard Club and Portland Beadsmen, for focus group testing.  Like midwives, these bearded mid-husbands helped shape the fragrances with their feedback!  Thank you gents!

Don't even ask how long it took to do the labels.  We needed a design midwife for that one too.  Thank you Kate!

Patience has not always been my strong point.  What would have taken me less than a month rolling solo has taken 6 months with a partner.  

I must admit, is has been more fun.

And sometimes, o sometimes, working together you make something wonderful...

 6th chakra - Vision/mental health/intelligence

Preorder your RIDES Rêve here!

 

 

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Dream Come True!

Save the Date! November 2014 Body Mind Spirit Expo *PDX*

I will be one of the opening lecturers for the Body Mind Spirit Expo November 1-2, 2014!  I went to the BMSE a few years ago and always in the back of my mind, planned to have a booth someday.  I'm so excited to try something new this fall!  

I'd love to see you!  Make sure you stop by the Okamura Farmacopia booth #201 for hands-on chakra balancing demos, FREE make up touch ups, and lotions/potions galore to spray, sample and mindfully spa it out.  : )

Come see my lecture Saturday November 2 @ 11 am:
http://www.bmse.net/bmseweb/event/lecture_schedule.php?eid=200

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Happy Happy *Halloween*

This year I had a concept. 

A wonderful client suggested a banana, I added the moustache and top hat.

My dear friend and theatrical co-creator, Michelle, and I went to a costume party.  She's a great date and wonderful conversationalist.  We wondered what the Freudian meaning could be of choosing a banana costume, but in the end I decided I had organic senior--and perhaps moustache--envy.

Have fun today!  Live your dream.

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