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Greetings, friends of the Queen!
We're at the pointy end of the year now. Who knows how such a ridiculous twelve months could pass so quickly (for some of us at least - sorry if yours didn't).
AQ CLEARANCE SALE
Because we have some big things planned for 2021 we're in the midst of a MASSIVE pare-back of our ranges and so have been madly moving discontinued oils and aromatherapy accessories, smudge sticks, jewellery, crystals and incense into our SALE & CLEARANCE section. All are heavily discounted, to clear while stocks last.
Goodies include pure oils, blends and Oils 4 Kids as well as plenty of jewellery, gift ideas and stocking fillers. Click the pic above to take a look and grab a bargain.
Scroll down for more new goodies, revised gift packs with better value and lower prices, and a focus on CINNAMON BARK ESSENTIAL OIL, the perfect choice for creating a festive atmosphere reminiscent of excessive home cooking! Plus a couple of Christmas themed aromatherapy recipes - see our social pages for more.
Australia Post has advised of much earlier cutoff dates than usual for Christmas deliveries - they are recommending the final posting date as 12th December - which is the end of next week. So we'd heartily recommend getting anything important shipped off ASAP - the sooner the better!
We can also ship directly to someone else for you if you like to save time and double handling - sign in or register with your own info but choose SHIP TO A DIFFERENT ADDRESS and add your friend's address there. You can also add a note in the ADDITIONAL INFORMATION box and we can leave out the invoice and pop in a gift tag for you. :)
We'll still be posting daily until 19th Dec and orders are typically going out the day they're received (or the following day if your order has come in late). We email through your tracking so you can follow the progress of all deliveries. We'll remain open over the entire holiday period but from 19th December will only be shipping every few days, rather than our usual daily outings - allow extra time for public holidays too over the New Year.
We hope everyone has a bit of a break planned to recharge after such a difficult year. Here's to a better one in 2021 - stay safe everyone.
xx The Queens
AQ CLEARANCE SALE
AQ GIFT PACKS & KITS
NEW: RESIN INCENSE KITS
We've just completely updated both our RESIN INCENSE STARTER KIT and PREMIUM KIT. Both include resins like Benzoin, Frankincense and Myrrh, as well as charcoal and burner along with instructions - the resins included are now a higher grade selection, with the premium kit containing more resins and charcoal, a lidded screen burner and a pair of stainless steel tongs for safely handling your charcoal tablet.
And there's now a new LOWER PRICE for both kits:
STARTER KIT $59.50 inc 5 resins, 2 charcoal, censer, bag & instructions.
PREMIUM KIT $99.50 inc 8 resins, 4 charcoal, lidded censer, tongs & instructions.
The Premium Resin Selection is also available on its own for $59.50 if you'd like to choose your own burner etc - plenty of other types are available.
Smaller Frankincense & Myrrh kits are also listed - click below.
NERVOUS ABOUT TRYING RESINS FOR THE FIRST TIME?
We include a QUICKLINK CARD with each of our resin kits to take you to our online photo tutorial showing you the easiest way to burn your charcoal, so any of our resin kits suit even those who have never burned resins before.
RESIN BURNERS & KITS
CANDLE WARMED CENSERS
These guys are proving really popular and we've now added SPARE GAUZES as an option to add to your Candle Warmed Resin Burner - really handy if you like to alternate between a couple of favourite types of resin without the scent of one blending in to the other. And yes, we've been using one of these ourselves and they're REALLY GOOD. Quick and simple, and very effective.
Made from high quality brass - $29.50 each; additional gauze plates $4.50 each.
AQ CANDLE WARMED RESIN BURNERS
THOSE HARD-TO-BUY-FOR FRIENDS!
If you're stuck on ideas for people who seem to have everything, or it's just difficult to think of something unique that they might enjoy, don't forget that INCENSE is much more than just sticks and cones. Very few people know the whole range, so for anyone who enjoys their incense, scented products or natural goodies, incense can be a great idea. A few unusual types include:
* JAPANESE MORNING STAR
* HANDMADE INCENSE BURNERS
* TIBETAN DHOOP
* NEPALESE ROPE
* RESIN INCENSE like Frankincense or Myrrh
* HANDMADE MASALA STICKS
* SMUDGE STICKS or KITS
* BACKFLOW CONES & BURNERS with their waterfall smoke effect
A simple gift pack can be put together with just a few packs of their favourite scented incense along with a burner to suit - and with incense starting from only $2-$3 a pack, you can create a really thoughtful gift without breaking the bank.
NEW: FREE BURNER WITH MIXED PACKS
Our AQ Premium Handmade Masala Stick mixed packs now come with a FREE ASHCATCHER, to make them ready to use as soon as you receive them.
Our GIFT ASSORTMENT contains 8 packs at $23.50:
* BENZOIN: Featuring natural Benzoin resins & extracts, for anxiety and stress
* FRANKINCENSE: Including pure Frankincense resin - perfect for meditation
* GODDESS: Sweet and rich - a truly decadent scent to spoil the senses
* MEDITATE: A wonderfully sweet, chilled scent - excellent for relaxing
* NAG CHAMPA PATCHOULI: A luscious, deep blend of two popular incense scents
* OM: Fresh, relaxing scent - excellent to chill and contemplate
* SERENITY: Deep and delectably complex - woody with a floral note
* SMOOTH SANDAL: Sweet and relaxing, with the warm scent of Sandalwood
Our TOP TIER GIFT ASSORTMENT contains some of the finest incense we have on offer, 7 packs for $27.50:
* DEEP FOREST: Deep wood spice of a forest grove, inc wood/Sandalwood powders
* DEVOTION: A heavenly floral scent with a sweet woody undertone
* EUPHORIA: Lusciously sweet with a touch of floral rose
* MUSK BLEND: A musky 'Kasturi' scent made from herbs, gums, resins, rare spices and natural powders - NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS ARE USED IN THESE STICKS, or in any of our AQ Handmade incense.
* OUDH: A uniquely fresh and light scent to create a relaxed environment
* SACRED SANDALWOOD: Warm, smooth scent of revered premium Sandalwood
* TEA ROSE: The rich romance of powdered rose petals for a deeply floral scent
All are also available separately if you'd like to create your own pack.
AQ HANDMADE INCENSE
FOCUS ON OILS: CINNAMON BARK
Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is one of those Christmas scents that conjures up warmth and home cooking. Natural cinnamon quills used in decorating, tree decorations or even in amongst your gift wrapping will give off their gentle scent as they sit in our Australian Summer heat. Or use the oil in a diffuser or on bowls of natural pot pourri to create an instant ambiance to your entertaining. Cinnamon scented incense sticks or cones will also do the trick!
Cinnamon Bark is a very old spice native to Sri Lanka. When the trees are 6 - 8 years old the bark is removed in long strips and left to dry in the hot sun. The strips are rolled into 'quills' which are used in cooking, or steam distilled to produce Cinnamon Bark Oil - which is generally considered to be of a higher therapeutic quality than Cinnamon LEAF oil. Oil from the bark also has much more body and depth to its aroma than the harsher scent from the leaf.
Cinnamon oil has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine as a tranquiliser, stomachic, and tonic. Known also as being good for depression and a weak heart. It is an excellent inhalant for exhaustion, fainting, debility and weakness, and is also a very strong antiseptic.
Oil from the bark is considered a dermal toxin and so should never be used on the skin.
Current AQ price: $12.50 / 10ml, $45.00 / 50ml or $80.00 / 100ml.
See below for the ultimate Christmas blend containing Cinnamon Oil.
AQ ESSENTIAL OILS
Between now and Christmas we're sharing more Christmas themed recipes as well as ideas for using naturally scented goodies like Cinnamon or Orange, to create a memorable festive atmosphere for the holiday period. Check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds for more ideas.
Greetings, friends of the Queen!
Finally it seems like a point where many are having a bit of good news as far as the direction 2020 is taking, at least in terms of restrictions. And with November upon us as of this weekend, we'll officially enter the Silly Season - as if the year hasn't been silly enough already.
If you're looking for ways to start putting the past months behind you, to let the sunshine in and generally lift lagging spirits, scroll down for a blog on UPLIFTING SCENTS to help improve the mood, especially if you've been experiencing stress, anxiety or depression over this period.
LOADS OF NEW GOODIES
Plenty of new products have come in over the past couple of months - read on for some sneaky peeks at exclusive new BRASS RESIN CENSERS, new INCENSE SCENTS, FRESH JOJOBA and what it's good for, PRICE DROPS and plenty more.
Just an early heads up: while we're hoping that many of the postal delays everyone has been experiencing are going to start to clear up moving forward, Australia Post has already advised of much earlier cutoff dates than usual. They are advising that the final posting date for deliveries to be expected to arrive in time for Christmas is 12th December.
Do bear in mind that this is generally for city metro deliveries (we're a bit regional), and that - as we all know - anything can happen between then and now. So we're advising that if you really want to be sure to avoid disappointment, aim for the end of November if you can. While that might seem like a touch of overkill, we're currently seeing backlogs for some areas of several weeks (in Victoria in particular) and things will only get busier from now until Christmas.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to view the blog on UPLIFTING OILS & SCENTS, and stay safe, all.
xx The Queens
NEW: EXCLUSIVE TO AQ - BRASS RESIN CENSERS & BURNERS
We've had some beautiful new brass resin burners custom made for us and they're just gorgeous! Our new MINI BRASS SCREEN CENSER ($19.00) is the perfect little size for a charcoal tablet, and our decorative ETCHED BRASS SCREEN CENSER WITH LID ($25.00) has a delightful embossed floral pattern over the base and lid. They even have quality polished timber coasters to protect the surface below from heat during use.
We also have plenty more CANDLE WARMED RESIN BURNERS now in stock and have been able to drop the price to $29.50 now that the new ones have arrived. We've actually been quite surprised at just how well these work - very quick to get going, use standard tealights which are easy to find (and quicker and simpler to light than charcoal), and once you've burned for long enough you can just blow out the candle and use it again next time (which you can't with charcoal). Our candle burner here has become a new office favourite!
RESIN BURNERS & CENSERS
NEW SCENTS: BHUTANESE CONES
* GURU RINPOCHE (for Luck, Peace and Happiness) * MEDICINE BUDDHA (Health & Wellbeing) * RIWO SANGCHOE (to Purify and Protect) * ZAMBALA PRAYER (for Wealth and Prosperity) - along with GREEN TARA, and WHITE TARA which is unfortunately out of stock due to monsoon season!
Our XL sized Bhutanese Incense Cones are handmade for us in Bhutan featuring entirely natural ingredients. At around 36mm in height and with a diameter of approx 18mm, they are a much larger sized cone than most, and burn for a longer period than smaller incense, with a very strong scent. Each pack contains 6 XL sized cones and is priced at $2.95.
AQ HANDMADE STICKS & CONES
LOW PRICE STOCKING FILLERS
We've dropped the price on all of our gorgeous little LAVA STONE MINI cage pendants, which are now a low $8.50 each (or there's a Christmas Tree pendant in clearance for $5.00). Included in the price are the locket, two beads (one in the pendant and one spare), free chain or cord, a pipette and a gift bag. Perfect little stocking fillers as we head towards December!
These locket pendants feature a removable natural lava stone bead that can be used as-is, or you can add a drop or two of essential oil or an oil blend to the bead to create a piece of personal aromatherapy diffuser jewellery. Plenty of designs for both adults and children, in silver or rainbow finish - the smaller size of these pendants makes them a great option to use with our Oils 4 Kids range.
LAVA STONE AROMA JEWELLERY
NEW: SCENTS & BURNERS
CLARY SAGE & HERBAL MINT scents just added to our all natural Tibetan dhoop. Each handmade roll comes with a mini burner and is priced at $9.50 / roll - plenty of other scents available and all currently stocked up!
NEPALESE BACKFLOW CONES now in Lavender, Jasmine and Rose - along with our usual scents like Agarwood, Patchouli, Myrrh and Frankincense. All $7.95 / 25 Cones. We've also added TRIBAL SOUL JUMBO BACKFLOW CONES at $5.95 / pack of 10 in Myrrh, Palo Santo, White Sage & Lavender, White Sage & Palo Santo, or White Sage - many of these scents are now also available in standard sticks.
New MINI TOWER BACKFLOW BURNER also added ($9.90 each).
FRESH STOCK: AUSTRALIAN JOJOBA
One of the most useful carrier oils, Jojoba is rich in Vit E and natural antioxidants, and good for all skin types, particularly mature, ageing skin and wrinkles. It's ideal on its own as a daily face and body moisturiser or as a salve for dry, flaky or itchy skin (or add up to 3% suitable essential oils).
Jojoba is soothing for chapped lips and sunburn, helps soften dry hands, elbows and heels, and is a luxurious bath oil or aftershave lotion (or even a beard oil - with or without essential oils).
Because Jojoba closely resembles the sebum (oil) that your skin produces, it is readily absorbed by the skin making it a perfect non-greasy base for natural perfumes (it's included in our natural perfume kits). It's also hypoallergenic and many people use Jojoba after their skin has proved to be too sensitive for other cosmetics. And technically being a wax rather than an oil, Jojoba has a longer shelf life than most carrier oils.
We source our Jojoba (Australian) directly from an Australian family business on the NSW-Queensland border, who grow and process pure Jojoba oil while endeavouring to keep their impact on the environment to a minimum. Jojoba plants themselves are environmentally friendly: once established, they are low maintenance and require little water (this oil is produced from plants grown without irrigation). They suppress weeds, need no insecticides and help reduce atmospheric carbon. Our high quality Australian Jojoba oil is pesticide free, 100% pure, and supports locally owned Australian business.
Priced at $8.95 / 50ml, $16.00 / 100ml, or $52.50 / 500ml.
AQ JOJOBA OIL
NEW: BENZOIN & MUSK BLEND STICKS
Two new scents have just been added to our luscious AQ HANDMADE RANGE - thick jumbo sized BENZOIN sticks are machine extruded rather than hand rolled, as this suits the natural benzoin resin and extracts used in these sticks. 8 jumbo sized sticks per pack.
And our MUSK BLEND is a gorgeous new masala stick creating a musk fragrance from all natural ingredients - no animal products are used in any of our AQ incense.
New MIXED PACKS are also now available if you'd like to try out our very special AQ Handmade range - these also make a great gift idea.
AQ HANDMADE STICKS & CONES
BLOG: UPLIFTING SCENTS for Anxiety & Depression
Life has not been normal recently, and it has affected all of us in different ways. For those who have been experiencing depression or stress, various naturally scented oils or ingredients can be used to help. While they will not cure depression, many natural scents can help relieve various symptoms that are associated with the condition, such as: anxiety, despair, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, or general sadness.
For example, an oil like Lavender can have many different effects that can prove useful: it can be used to help relieve anxiety, decrease stress, promote relaxation and as a mild sedative can also encourage better sleeping.
Other oils can have an uplifting effect (see below) - especially citrus oils, which are a great choice as few people dislike them, they're suitable for use around children, and they're generally very inexpensive.
If you're looking to use oils or incense for their uplifting benefits you can use them in any way that you usually would - in a burner, room spray or even in a relaxing bath. You could also try setting up a small go-to space where you keep and burn your oils, incense or smudging paraphernalia - add your favourite diffuser, incense burner or a special abalone shell, and some keepsakes or favourite little items that create a safe and happy mood the moment you go to them. When things feel overwhelming (or start to), make yourself take some time out to burn or diffuse your favourite scent, or one that is known to help relax and uplift (see ideas below) - try to make sure you're using quality products made with natural ingredients if you're looking for their uplifting benefits as anything scented with synthetic fragrances won't have the same effect.
Breathe deeply and allow yourself to feel the calm - try to do this even when you're not feeling particularly stressed as this will set up 'peaceful' associations tied to those scents. If you know something is coming up that will cause stress, pre-empt it by burning your scent to prepare yourself, or burn it afterwards to help relax and separate yourself from the event that has affected you.
UPLIFTING ESSENTIAL OILS include:
BERGAMOT * CARDAMOM * CITRONELLA * CLARY SAGE * FRANKINCENSE * GERANIUM * LIME * MANDARIN * MAY CHANG * MELISSA * NEROLI * ORANGE * PALMAROSA * PATCHOULI * PETITGRAIN * ROSE * ROSEWOOD * SAGE * SANDALWOOD * SPEARMINT * VANILLA * YLANG YLANG
CONFIDENCE BLEND * FIRM GROUND BLEND * JOY BLEND * TRANQUIL BLEND * UPLIFT BLEND * GOBLIN POTION OILS 4 KIDS BLEND
UPLIFTING INCENSE & SMUDGE
Essential oils aren't the only scented items that can be useful: while many think of incense or smudge as something to deodorise or cleanse a space, incense made from suitable natural ingredients can also be incredibly helpful to combat anxiety, stress or depression - and the very act of pausing to light your incense or to smudge your space can help reset the mind and introduce a fresh new feeling to your environment.
COPAL is believed to help with depression - it's South America's version of Frankincense, to which it is related. Available in several different types, the scent is generally fresh and lemony - it can be burned on charcoal tablets or using a candle warmed censer, or can also be found in a variety of incense sticks for easy burning.
Other uplifting scents like CLARY SAGE, FRANKINCENSE or SANDALWOOD can also be found in plenty of incense types, from simple to use sticks, cones or dhoop, to pure powders or resins to burn on charcoal.
Sandalwood in particular is a favourite with many as it appeals to both males and females with its warm, woody scent - it's also much less expensive than the pure oil. Likewise, Frankincense has a 'mellowing' effect and a beautiful fragrance that is the favourite of many, and is very easy to find in a variety of incense types.
Smudge sticks made of CEDAR, YERBA SANTA or DESERT SAGE are also believed to help with depression. Try reciting a verse or smudging prayer that appeals to you, to ground yourself as you burn your stick.
If you're looking for oils or scented goodies on a certain theme like these Uplifting scents, or products along other themes like Relaxation, Study, Stress, Sleep etc, our CHOOSE YOUR MOOD section allows you to see all the appropriate items in the one place.
CHOOSE YOUR MOOD
Greetings, friends of the Queen!
And what a few months it's been. Our Queenly heart goes out to everyone who is struggling at the moment, especially those stuck in lockdown. We're continuing to ship daily, and Australia Post are still delivering to all areas (albeit a little more slowly than usual!) so even if you can't get out, if you need something we can still get it to you.
We've been trying to post as many uplifting and helpful ideas as we can lately, including some concentrating on POSITIVITY and MEDITATION on our Instagram and Facebook pages. So if you haven't checked those out and could do with a bit of a lift, please do take a look - the links are just above. Or scroll down for our article on SCENT & MEDITATION.
We've also been busy adding a lot of amazing new items including:
* Loads of RESIN CENSERS & NEPALESE BURNERS
* New TIBETAN DHOOP & RITUAL INCENSE, ROPE & BACKFLOW scents
* OUT OF STOCK OILS now back in
* CLAY MASK price drop
* New AROMATHERAPY CANDLES
Scroll down to see some pics & info on the new additions and updates, or to view our blog on Scent & Meditation.
Stay safe, all.
xx The Queens
AQ INCENSE MONTH
We've declared September as Incense Month, just because we can. We want to share some love with some FREE INCENSE SAMPLES, so any orders placed over September can request a FREE SAMPLE to try out something new.
TO GRAB A FREE SAMPLE:
1) Place any order on our website before 30/9/20
2) Type: 'FREE SAMPLE PLEASE' into the Additional Info box on checkout.
We'll send a stick or two of something random and fabulous along with your order, or you can choose ONE specific incense type from: * AQ Handmade Masala Sticks * AQ Handmade Cones * Dhoop Sticks * Rope Incense * Resin Incense * Japanese Morning Star * Loose White Sage Leaves.
We're also focusing on all of the different incense types available over the course of the month, so follow us on Insta or the Book to learn something new. :D
NEW: MIXED INCENSE GIFT PACK with NEW STYLE BURNER BOX
To celebrate our self-declared Incense Month, we have a NEW style Multipurpose Burner Box now available on its own or in a MIXED INCENSE GIFT PACK, which allows you to try out three of the more unique incense types, in some of the most popular scents in incense.
Included in the pack are three full packs of incense:
* A roll of Sandalwood Tibetan Dhoop Sticks * A pack of Nag Champa Nepalese Rope Incense * A 50-stick box of Frankincense Japanese Morning Star sticks
* A Multipurpose Burner Box that not only caters for standard incense sticks & cones (not included), it also suits the dhoop, rope and Japanese 'koh' in the pack, which can all be burnt by lying the stick along the horizontal metal bars. The box now also features a hinged full-length storage tray that swings open to store your incense, and a longer burning section to suit longer sticks than our previous design.
$29.50 for the box on its own or $49.90 for the Mixed Incense Pack.
INCENSE BURNERS & KITS
NEW: RESIN INCENSE & BURNERS
We've added quite a few new designs to our Resin Incense Censer section, including brass styles, wooden burners and even a resin burner that uses a tealight candle to heat your incense - no need for charcoal tablets (top right in pic).
RESIN INCENSE & BURNERS
NEW: NEPALESE BURNERS & TIBETAN DHOOP STICKS
Some beautiful new burners have just come in, to suit both Tibetan dhoop sticks as well as standard Indian style sticks. We've also restocked most of our other handmade burners, including our Rope Incense stands and more. All still handmade ethically, direct from Nepal.
PLUS we've added extra scents to our beautiful ANCIENT TIBETAN DHOOP STICK range, including:
* Saffron * Green Tea * Amber * Himalayan Spice * Holy Basil ($8.50 / roll inc mini burner)
and a NEW RITUAL DHOOP STICK range in:
* Green Tara * Juniper * Lemongrass * Medicine Buddha * Meditation * White Tara * Zambala (all $6.00 / roll)
TIBETAN DHOOP & BURNERS
BACK IN: VALERIAN, HONEYSUCKLE OIL, VANILLA, ANISEED & more
We've just restocked a number of our hard-to-find essential oils, including:
* Honeysuckle (pictured - perfect for Spring!)
* Valerian (for insomnia)
* Aniseed China Star (digestive & respiratory)
* Vanilla Steam Distilled (many people's favourite for perfuming or comforting scent)
* Rose Geranium (a very useful oil that is also a great substitute for the scent of Rose, which can be prohibitively expensive if only needing it for the fragrance)
Fennel, Geranium, Sweet Orange and Cedarwood Atlas are also all available in bulk sizes again.
We have a couple of new Backflow burners including the calming Mountain Clouds burner pictured ($29.90), and a new Ganesh burner. We're having trouble keeping enough backflow burners in stock but more are due back in soon.
Our backflow cones range has some new scents just added with more coming in the next week or so - Goloka Palo Santo also due back in shortly.
BACKFLOW INCENSE & BURNERS
PRICE DROP: CLAY MASKS FOR A NATURAL HOME SPA EXPERIENCE
Creating your own DIY home-spa experience using beautiful all-natural ingredients is a great way to pamper yourself a little while it's difficult to get out.
Australian Active Clays are rich in valuable minerals: one of the best skin cleansers available, a clay mask can draw out toxins like a magnet. Face or body masks can help stimulate circulation, exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, absorb excess oil and impurities, and generally improve skin colour and tone.
They're really easy to use, as well as being incredibly inexpensive - now priced at $5.90 / 125g which will make plenty of masks. Just choose your clay colour to suit your skin type and condition:
* Green or Kaolin for oily skin
* Yellow as a general tonic for normal skin
* Pink for mature skin or body masks
* White for sensitive or young skin
(Also available in Deep Red clay, as a nourishing additive to the other clay colours).
AQ CLAY MASKS
SOY AROMATHERAPY CANDLES
We have a LIMITED RUN of AQ Soy Aromatherapy Candles now available in a choice of LAVENDER BLEND or MANDARIN & CITRUS BLEND. $29.00 Each inc Gift Bag.
Each of our Soy Candles is made by hand using natural soy wax and cotton wick for a long, clean, chemical free burn, and is scented with a blend of pure essential oils - no synthetic fragrances or perfumes are used in any Aroma Queen candles.
Unscented Soy Crystal Candles featuring natural crystal chips like Tourmaline, Carnelian, Rose Quartz or Amethyst are also still available.
SCENT AND MEDITATION
These times can be overwhelming, and discovering outlets to relax and find peace or calm can be an excellent way to help maintain your sanity. Meditation can be one way to escape the madness of the world, and meditating on scent, one of our most important senses, is one method.
Scents are often used to enhance meditation, by way of oils, incense or candles. Choosing the right scent can encourage a meditative state - and even the act of preparing your burner or incense can form part of your personal pre-meditation ritual.
Frankincense, as essential oil or as incense, is known to slow the breathing and produce feelings of calm. It is known to produce a psycho-active substance called trahydrocannabinole which expands consciousness, making it ideal for use in meditation.
Sedative scents like Lavender or Chamomile can promote relaxation, while Neroli or Patchouli can help relieve stress. Vetiver is an excellent 'grounding' oil, and many others can have a general calming effect. Traditionally scents like Lotus, Palo Santo or special herbal blends have also been used as incense during meditation.
Scent can be such a personal thing, and finding a scent that has a special meaning for you can also help create the right environment. Just remember, if you're looking for any natural benefits of the oil or incense you're using, make sure you're using pure oils or incense containing natural ingredients.
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR MEDITATION include:
* Aloeswood * Cedarwood * Chamomile * Clary Sage * Frankincense * Lavender * Neroli * Palo Santo * Patchouli * Sandalwood * Vetiver * Ylang Ylang
A MEDITATION ON SCENT
(adapted from "Essence and Alchemy: a Book of Perfume" - Aftel, M, 2001)
Sit in a comfortable position. Hold the scent to your nose and inhale deeply three times. Keeping your eyes open, imagine your consciousness dissolving outward to the scent, as if you were touching it, merging with it, flowing into it.
When you feel you have reached the point of saturation, close your eyes and detach yourself from all senses but smell.
Descend deeply inside, bearing the essence of the scent you have chosen, and touch it with your vision of the scent. Build an inner picture of the essence. Imagine it as a phantasm, an animal, a memory, anything conjured by the deep impression of the scent. Turn outward again and consciously smell the scent again.
Repeat the outer phase and inner phase until you feel that the experience has reached a natural conclusion. You will find that each scent you meditate on creates a different internal image and meditative experience.
Over the past months we've been posting 'Outdoor Blends', to bring the scent of the outdoors IN - which is something that essential oils are best at as they're all from plants of various kinds. Whether you're stuck indoors or are just wishing you were somewhere else, check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds for more recipe ideas.
Greetings, friends of the Queen!
We last wrote in March just as things were starting to go crazy, so it's a welcome relief to be writing now at a stage where life is beginning to get some of its' sanity back. We've been very lucky to be working madly the whole time and are only just now getting a few moments to sit and think.
Over the last few months as people have been in lockdown, away from work or working / schooling from home, we've found that all of those beautiful scented goodies for indoors have been incredibly popular: whether for scenting your space to make it more enjoyable, or using oils, incense or smudge to create an environment for work & concentration, relaxation & meditation, or with a little less negativity in it!
On the flipside, the worldwide pandemic has made it a little difficult to restock many of our items that come from overseas as so many places have been locked down (for good reason of course). We're now starting to get more stock back in, as well as several beautiful NEW ITEMS, so scroll down for some inspo.
There is also a little blog on using CITRUS OILS FOR CONCENTRATION & WORK, for those continuing to work or study from home, or anyone returning to their work environment after a break away.
We hope all of our regal friends have remained safe over the recent months, and continue to do so!
xx The Queens
SET YOUR SCENT
Lavender candles? Nag Champa burner oil? Frankincense backflow cones? Sage essential oil? Who knew!
Our new 'SET YOUR SCENT' section means you can browse by the type of scent you're after.
If you're a lover of Lavender, favour your Florals, need your Nag Champa or are soft on Sandalwood, you can glimpse past the obvious to see what other types of scented products are on offer. There are also a number of other popular fragrances like Palo Santo, Frankincense or Vanilla to skim through, if you're in the mood for a certain scent.
Sometimes it can be an exciting surprise to discover that your favourite fragrance is available in something a little out of the ordinary - click the SET YOUR SCENT button below, or CHOOSE YOUR MOOD to find your goodies depending on what you're needing them for - including stress, anxiety, mood or even travel.
CHOOSE YOUR MOOD
SET YOUR SCENT
NEW: BLUE SAGE & LAVENDER FLOWER SMUDGE STICKS
These stunners are a beautifully sized blue sage stick, with the addition of a generous strip of natural lavender flowers. Priced at $12.00 each.
BLUE SAGE, also known as "Grandmother Sage”, is an aroma to cleanse negativity, hate and exorcism, and is believed to help bring wealth, health, prosperity, healing and coolness to your life. Like all sages, Blue Sage is said to dispel negativity and can be used in a ritual ceremony, house cleansing or simply for aroma pleasure.
LAVENDER FLOWERS (not to be confused with 'Lavender Sage' / Purple Sage / Wild Lavender, which is a sage variation we list separately), the Lavender included in these sticks are actual Lavender flowers from the 'Lavandula' family. When used in smudging or for magical purposes, Lavender flowers have been used for cleansing, psychic protection, clairvoyance, happiness & healing, purification and tranquility.
Together, the blend of Blue Sage and Lavender Flowers can be used to promote positivity & happiness, as well as to cleanse and protect.
SMUDGE STICKS & KITS
BACK IN: HOJARI FRANKINCENSE
We've finally received a new shipment of this stunning top-grade Frankincense, directly from Oman. If you really love your resins, this is honestly stunning. We get excited just opening the bags!
Omani Frankincense from the Boswellia Sacra tree is typically regarded as the finest quality Frankincense resin available, and is classified into four types, with resins of lighter colour and larger clump sizes generally graded higher and more valuable. We stock the two highest grades of Omani Frankincense: 'Hojari' (top grade) and 'Najdi' (second grade).
HOJARI FRANKINCENSE is the finest quality (first grade) Omani Frankincense resin, harvested from the trees that grow in the Eastern part of Dhofar. Hojari Frankincense has the lightest colour of the Omani resins, often with a slight pale green tint, and typically has a larger clump size. The scent is the most luscious Frankincense we have ever experienced. Beautiful for incense lovers of all kinds, and perfect for meditation and relaxation.
Also recently back in: WHITE COPAL. All of our resins are currently in stock again.
RESIN INCENSE & BURNERS
NEW: HANDMADE SOAP SCENTS
Just added to our natural handmade soap range:
SKIN CLEAR with Turmeric & Red Clay, for oily / problem skin or acne. The perfect choice for anyone with oily or acne-prone skin and can be used on both the face and the body. Featuring Lemon & healing Lavender oil, along with Red clay and an added swirl of antibacterial Turmeric in an olive oil base.
CEDAR CLEAN has a gentle fresh and lemony scent, as it features Lemongrass essential oil along with a touch of Cedarwood and Tangerine. The additions of shea butter, paprika and green clay make the bar excellent for the skin, or just as your everyday cleansing body soap for the family.
GOATSMILK & HEMPSEED OIL features only simple pure ingredients without any added scent or colour, making the bar perfect for dry and sensitive skin, or to gently soothe inflamed skin. Hemp Seed Oil is a balancing oil, excellent in skincare; fresh goatsmilk contains fats, proteins and other hormones that naturally benefit the skin. These gentle soaps can be appreciated by those suffering from a range of skin conditions, or anyone wanting to maintain youthful, rejuvenated skin.
NEEM BOTANICAL, and LAVENDER & CHAMOMILE also back in stock again.
All of our soaps are $3.40 each, handmade in Australia using all-natural ingredients and no synthetic scent or fragrance.
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NEW: HIMALAYAN ME KHA INCENSE POWDER for Negative Energies
ME KHA POWDER is a blend of rare herbs and other natural elements from the Himalayas, used for purification ceremonies and other fragrance offerings. When burned on charcoal tablets like other resin incense blends, Me Kha Powder is believed to generate powerful energy that can remove negative spiritual power from your surroundings.
In the Himalayas, Me Kha Powder is widely used in the home, as well as in shops and business premises. Handmade in Nepal with 100% natural botanical ingredients. Priced at $5.50 / 15g.
RESIN INCENSE & BURNERS
JAPANESE MORNING STAR INCENSE
Japanese Morning Star incense has been incredibly popular over the last few months - it's a perfect introduction to incense as it's less smoky than Indian sticks, and perfect to burn in smaller rooms or for a less overwhelming scent.
All scents are back in stock - from Amber to Vanilla, Gardenia to Frankincense. I know I sound like a broken record, but these are SO GOOD by a bath to de-stress or relax (and seriously, who doesn't need that at the moment).
HINTY TIP: Burn a couple of different scented sticks at once to create your ultimate signature scent.
JAPANESE INCENSE & BURNERS
NEW: AMITHABA BUDDHA ROPE INCENSE
We just received this beautiful message after Sue from NSW tried Nepalese Rope incense for the first time:
"Never tried Nepalese Rope Incense before but when I did I found it burned slow and has an awesome fragrance perfect for meditation practice. It isn't harsh and the slow burn is perfect for the length of time I need it. Well done AromaQueen, please keep this type of incense forever. Thank you!"
It always makes us happy to introduce something new and beautiful to somebody's life. Rope incense truly is a unique type: ground botanicals and natural ingredients wrapped in soft handmade paper and entwined into a ropelike stick. Just light one end and allow it to slowly smoulder over a heatproof burning plate or suitable burner stand or box.
We've been able to restock all of our standard and XL sized rope, and have also been able to bring back AMITHABA BUDDHA rope after it disappeared for a while.
I think the thing that first drew me to incense many (many!) years ago was that scent you get when you walk into a really good incense store. It's deep and lush and heady ... and usually a mix of dozens of different types of incense.
Well that scent is what I smell when I open a pack of Amitabha Buddha rope. It's something quite delightful - it has that little bite that taps you on the back of the head as you smell it, alongside a deep floral sweetness.
If you love your rope (or any type of incense, for that matter!) and haven't tried this one, we recommend it with gusto. It's also handmade, all natural, and supportive of free trade & small enterprise with a focus on women and small villages. Yay.
NEW: XL BHUTANESE INCENSE CONES
Handmade for us in Bhutan featuring entirely natural ingredients, and around 36mm high, these beautiful cones are a much larger size and burn for longer than smaller cones, with a very strong scent.
Wish-fulfilling GREEN or WHITE TARA cones are prepared as a special offering according to recipes in the sacred Buddhist tantric texts, using a blend of 108 medicinal and aromatic plants collected from the pristine and tranquil landscape of the Himalayas. Offering this precious cone incense with utmost respect and true devotion is believed to bring good luck, happiness and prosperity, and to protect you from obstacles and danger.
The scent is rich, deep and organic, with ingredients like Juniper Berry, Amber, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Cloves, Saffron, Safflower, Guggul, Red and White Sandalwood, as well as other naturally aromatic ingredients, Rinchen Nge Nga (five precious gems), grains, silk and brocades.
$2.95 / 6 cone pack - we've also added LEMONGRASS to our standard AQ cones.
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CITRUS FOR MOTIVATION
During lockdown, many people have had to make massive changes to their work, study or school life - and there are more changes to come as we begin to open up again. If you're in an unusual environment (or returning to your old one), you can get a helping hand by using essential oils that can stimulate the brain and assist with:
Breathing in natural essential oils can have an almost instant effect on the brain as the emotional hub is directly linked to the olfactory epithelium in our noses, and this tissue communicates the effects of fragrance to our mind.
While there are a number of oils like Rosemary or Basil that can help with memory or focus, a good many of the best oils are CITRUS OILS. These include:
& LEMONGRASS, even though it's not specifically citrus based.
This means that even if you're a beginner, it's really easy to remember some oils to turn to when you need a bit of help with getting into a work headspace.
These oils also tend to have an UPLIFTING effect, so will help lift the mood and put you in a better headspace when you're not really wanting to be working.
Citrus oils are a great choice for use around CHILDREN (see our OILS 4 KIDS section for info on safely using essential oils for smaller people), PLUS they're typically INEXPENSIVE oils so if you chew through them they don't cost a bomb to replace - don't forget that most of our oils are available in larger sizes too, which give more value for money if you use them a lot.
TIP: While at home you can obviously diffuse whichever oils you'd like to, but in an office environment some people prefer not to be bombarded by other people's scents. If this is the case at your work, try an INHALER STICK which won't impact anyone around you, or a few drops on a piece of AROMA JEWELLERY which will diffuse as it warms against your skin. Just avoid getting oils directly on your skin as most citrus oils cause 'photosensitisation', or will cause your skin to burn when exposed to sunlight.
Over the past months we've been posting 'Outdoor Blends', to bring the scent of the outdoors IN - which is something that essential oils are best at as they're all from plants of various kinds. Whether you're stuck indoors or are just wishing you were somewhere else, check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds for more recipe ideas.
Greetings, friends of the Queen!
Well, haven't these last couple of months been crazy. And the madness hasn't ended!
The current climate means we're all constantly on edge for germs, bugs and viruses (we're not going to mention the C word). The need for hygiene and disinfection is in the forefront of pretty much everybody's minds so we've got a blog below on the best oils and natural products covering:
* Immune Boosting
To make things really easy we've also introduced the first of our SEASONAL BOXES - think of them as a Subscription Box except you only choose the ones that appeal!
Our new PROTECTION PACK (pictured above) pulls together some of the products best known for fighting the spread of bacteria, viruses and germs, and supporting the immune system - scroll down for more info.
We've also had a big few months working on our site for an upcoming revamp - you've probably already noticed it looks a bit different.
To make life simpler, our new CHOOSE YOUR MOOD and SET YOUR SCENT sections let you browse by your mood or need, or by your favourite scent.
Plenty of other new lovelies are also in, including stunning new smudge sticks, backflow burners and more.
xx The Queens
CHOOSE YOUR MOOD
If you're looking for something to fulfil a certain need or situation, rather than having to wade through pages of products not knowing exactly what you're looking for, you can now use our new CHOOSE YOUR MOOD section:
Just select the Queen that best describes what you're after:
RELAXED REGENT - Scents for Relaxation & Peace
STRESSED SOVEREIGN - Products for Anxiety & Stress
MOODY MONARCH - Uplifting Anti-Depressants
SLEEPING PRINCESS - Help for Sleep & Insomnia
MOTIVATED MAGNATE - Study, Fatigue & Concentration
ROAD RULER - Car & Travel
CLEANING QUEEN - Natural Chemical Free Cleaning
POORLY PRINCESS - Medicinal & Therapeutic
Or our new SET YOUR SCENT section lets you browse our different oils, incense, candles and other scented products, by your favourite scent or scent group - from Frankincense, Sandalwood or Lavender, to Citrus or Woody fragrances. A great way to discover new goodies that appeal to your regal tastes.
We have three stunning new smudge sticks listed in our SMUDGING Section
* CHAKRA SMUDGE STICK $11.95
* PINON PINE & WHITE SAGE $9.50
* ROSE PETAL & WHITE SAGE $9.95
Another gorgeous new Backflow Cone Burner - the medium sized Mountain Bridge burner, priced at $22.50. It has a gorgeous waterfall effect as the smoke cascades down, beneath the bridge and into the lake below.
Backflow incense cones are incredibly hot right now - along with a selection of gorgeous burners, we also list four different high quality brands of backflow incense cones. More stock is coming soon.
DISCONTINUED GOODIES CLEARANCE
We've continued to add the last of our clearance lines as we streamline our website down in preparation for a revamp. Items recently added or reduced further include:
* Aromatherapy Mini & Soft Cases
* Aroma Diffusers
* Bristle Brushes
* Skincare Bits & Pieces
* ECO goodies
Most of these are now incredibly low in price as we just need to clear them out. If they don't go shortly they'll be going to charity!
NEW OILS 4 KIDS PACKS
We now have three different OILS 4 KIDS packs:
Our MOODS PACK covers the eight blends that can have an effect on the mind and mood - from oils for anxiety to focus and concentration
Our MEDICINAL PACK focuses on our more therapeutic Oils 4 Kids blends - from oils for headaches and tummy upsets, to germs and colds.
Both packs also have a few accessories to get started using your Oils 4 Kids straight away.
We also still have our smaller SCHOOL PACK which covers oils themed around school, study and anxiety.
BLOG: ANTIVIRAL, ANTISEPTIC & IMMUNE BOOSTING OILS
With the whole world seemingly going to hell in a handbasket, it's the perfect time to turn to oils that have been used for hundreds of years for their various medicinal properties. We all love and trust oils like Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Lavender - but there are plenty of others that have wide-ranging therapeutic benefits.
Essential Oils can have antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties - plus many are believed to have a positive effect on the immune system. The other plus is that many of these oils overlap, and fall into several beneficial categories - as you'll see below.
HOW TO USE
At home these oils can be used (on their own or in mixed blends) in a diffuser or room spray, or added to your cleaning products for disinfecting surfaces.
On the move, try them in a piece of aroma jewellery or a car vent diffuser.
When ill some can also be diluted in a carrier oil at around 3% dilution, for application to the skin.
As always, NEVER apply essential oils to the skin unless diluted, take care with the amounts when using around children, and do NOT ingest them unless specifically prescribed for you and your condition by a trained aromatherapist (not a company selling you oils!). We have plenty of easy to follow blogs on our LEARN MORE pages if you're unsure how to use any method, or how much to dilute your oils by.
See also below, our new Protection Pack, where we've put together a collection of oils, blends and accessories for fighting the bugs.
Tea Tree, Melissa, Oregano / Origanum, Cinnamon (don't use Cinnamon Bark on the skin, even diluted), Star Anise, Thyme, Peppermint (take care using on skin), Ginger, Kaffir Lime
Lemon, Tea Tree, Niaouli, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Oregano / Origanum, Orange, Sage, Lavender
Lemon, Oregano / Origanum, Niaouli, Clove Bud, Rosemary, Citronella, Cinnamon, Copaiba
Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Oregano, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Frankincense, Copaiba, Bergamot, Lemongrass
SOME OF THE MOST USEFUL OILS FOR FLU SEASON
Cinnamon Bark - Antiseptic oil, great for cleaning surfaces or air. Not for skin.
Clove Bud - Antiseptic, antiviral & antifungal properties to clean surfaces or air
Eucalyptus - Antibacterial oil, can help reduce fevers and fights viruses. Careful using near painted surfaces as is a solvent
Lemon - Antiseptic & antibacterial oil that can help clear nasal passages for steady breathing
Lavender - Helps relieve stress, fatigue, insomnia, depression & headaches
Peppermint - Antibacterial oil that can reduce coughs, sinusitis & throat infections. Also good for headaches
Rosemary - Antibacterial & antiseptic, and helpful for respiratory issues. A beautiful scent for cleaning surfaces or air
Tea Tree - Antiviral & Antibacterial oil, helps inhibit bacteria & fight infections or disinfect surfaces
NEW: AQ PROTECTION PACK
for Germs, Viruses and Disinfection
Our PROTECTION PACK, the first of our new SEASONAL BOXES, touches on a theme that affects everybody: personal & household protection against germs, bugs and viruses.
The pack includes blends and oils that are best known to help with preventing and relieving colds & flu, and protecting against bacteria, microbes and viruses. There are three AQ PURE BLENDS for defending against colds & flu, helping to relieve symptoms if you do catch something, and for disinfecting the home environment.
There are also two AQ PREMIUM PURE ESSENTIAL OILS best known for their anti-bacterial and anti-viral benefits.
As well as the five oils, we also include a bundle of accessories to begin using your oils straight away - in room sprays, inhaler sticks or even an aroma pendant; plus some anti-microbial cleaning products to help keep those germs gone - and plenty of info and tips for even the beginner to follow.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
* COLD & FLU DEFENCE BLEND 10ml
Containing natural essential oils that are known to be antiviral, antiseptic, antimicrobial and immune-boosting, diffusing this blend in an aroma pendant or diffuser can help ward off colds and flu, and assist with fighting germs and viruses that might be lurking - before they hit you.
* COLD & FLU RELIEF BLEND 10ml
Containing natural essential oils that are known to be antiseptic and antiviral, as well as decongestant and expectorant, to assist with relieving symptoms and to help with breathing difficulties. Great in an inhaler stick or diffuser.
* PROTECT & DISINFECT BLEND 10ml - Antibacterial & Antiviral
'Four Thieves Vinegar' and similar blends have been used for centuries as medicine or a preventative treatment against disease and sickness. This blend can be used for both protection and treatment, as well as cleaning and disinfecting your home - perfect in an anti-bacterial room spray or in with your cleaning products.
* TEA TREE AUSTRALIAN PURE ESSENTIAL OIL 10ml - Antimicrobial & Antiviral, Immune Boosting
* LEMON PREMIUM PURE ESSENTIAL OIL - Disinfectant, Antimicrobial & Antibacterial
* 5 INHALER STICKS
* 2 COBALT PET SPRAY BOTTLES and 25ml SOLUBILISER - make your own disinfectant room sprays
* AROMA PENDANT - wear your anti-germ oils whenever you head out
* BAMBOO FIBRE CLEANING CLOTH - naturally antibacterial so less likely to harbour festy germs
* SILICONE MAGIC SCRUBBER - quick drying & hygienic, won't absorb bacteria
* INFO & TIPS CARDS - for anyone who hasn't used essential oils before.
Price for the pack is $85.00. Everything is also available separately to top up your collection or create your own personalised pack - visit our Aromatherapy section.
Keep following our social pages over the coming weeks as we continue to share recipes, information and ideas about natural products that can be used along this theme.
NEW YEAR - NEW AQ
We hope everyone has had a decent start to the year, and that the awful bushfires have had as little impact on you as possible. Hopefully we're past the worst: it's been a truly horrendous few months.
We've been busy getting some changes moving for a fresh start to 2020. Read on for more info on:
* AROMATHERAPY & NATURAL HEALTH Book Clearance
* DISCONTINUED PRODUCTS Sale
* TO LAYBY or NOT TO LAYBY
We also have some articles on
* NEW BACKFLOW INCENSE
* BACK TO SCHOOL OILS
* How to DIY simple AROMATHERAPY SHOWER MELTS and more.
NEW SMUDGE STICKS coming in the next week or so!
TO LAYBY OR NOT TO LAYBY? OPINIONS PLEASE!
It's time to bump our AQ website into the new decade and we're going to be introducing a new site soon.
We're looking at adding AFTERPAY, ZIP PAY (or even LAYBUY) as payment options and would really love to hear what you think.
Any thoughts at all would be very welcomed!
* Do you currently use either type?
* Have you thought about using a layby system, but haven't yet?
* Which one, do you have a favourite?
* Do you only use one company, and not the others? Or do you use a few different types?
* Do you buy from stores that offer these services, over ones that don't?
* Do you not care at all? How do you prefer to pay when you buy online?
* We'll also be doing a website upgrade and focusing on a fresh, clean look - is there anything else you'd like to see on our site? Is there anything you don't like about our current site?
If you're not familiar with Afterpay, Zip Pay or any of the other 'LAYBY' companies, generally these are systems that allow you to make a purchase and pay for it in instalments over a set period, instead of at the time you place your order. You'd receive the products straight away and wouldn't be charged any more for using the option, unless you don't pay for it in the agreed time in which case you are then charged late fees. So ultimately it means you can spend your money before you have it, but you need to pay it back within the set timeframe (1 month etc), or you'll start receiving late charges on the purchase. Similar to using a credit card, in a way.
Let us know what you think - message us via our social media pages, the contact form on our website, or an email to [email protected] Thanks!
REFERENCE BOOK CLEARANCE & DISCONTINUED ITEMS SALE
We've had a good sort through our AQ reference library and it's time to part with some of the books that aren't being used. We've put together around ten little book packages covering everything from aromatherapy to jewellery making, natural health and diy spa & skincare - more than those pictured here.
All are in good used condition, including many that haven't even been read. We really just have too many books in the reference collection!
During our big cleanout, we're also moving some last of line discontinued goodies and getting rid of a few categories altogether to focus more on our scented products:
* Our SECONDS and FREEBIES page has new one-off items just listed including backflow burners and smudge sticks.
* DOZENS OF NEW ITEMS have been added to our SALE & CLEARANCE section, and most items already in clearance have been dropped further in price - some are just a few cents as we really need to clear them out!
See our SALE & CLEARANCE SECTION for all the discounts in the one place, including:
* jewellery, diffuser pendants, sterling ear cuffs
* crystal bookmarks and jewellery
* eco products, candle holders, menstrual cups, metal signs
* skincare & body brushes
* perfume oils and much more.
NEW BACKFLOW INCENSE
We've just added two new brands of backflow cones, with their spectacular downward-flowing smoke effect: SATYA and GREEN TREE (Jumbo Sized). This means we now have * F O U R * different types of backflow cones, along with the Goloka and Nepalese cones that have been so popular since we started offering them last year. All great brands, with scents from popular Nag Champa, Frankincense or White Sage, to exotic Jasmine, Myrrh or Agarwood.
NEW: SATYA BACKFLOW CONES
Nag Champa * Sandalwood * White Sage * Dragons Blood * Rose * Lavender * Palo Santo
NEW: GREEN TREE 'NATIVE SOUL' JUMBO BACKFLOW CONES
(Jumbo Size: around 47mm high - substantially taller than other cones)
White Sage & Dragons Blood * White Sage & Palo Santo
PLUS: Goloka Dragons Blood Backflow Cones, and Dragon & Waterfall Backflow Burners back in stock, and a new low price for our Nepalese cones.
See them all HERE.
DIY: MAKE YOUR OWN AROMATHERAPY SHOWER MELTS
Shower steamers or melts are easy-to-make little cubes or tablets that are used in the base of your shower, to 'melt' under the running water and release their oils to diffuse into the steam as you wash.
You can use energising oils to wake up in the morning, calming oils before bed, or even anti-germ oils when there's sickness about. Use your favourite oils, or an oil blend that's ready to go for whatever you need it for.
There are plenty of recipes available on the net - some use citric acid for fizz, other bake the tablets. But here's a really simple recipe that anyone can make, without any specialised ingredients:
1 cup Bicarb Soda
20 drops Essential Oils or an Oil Blend
1/3 cup water
Silicone ice cube tray or mould, or a small cookie cutter (don't use a rounded-bottom mould as it could be potentially unsafe to have a tablet rolling around under your feet in the shower).
* Combine baking soda and water in a small bowl, and mix well.
* Add 20 drops essential oils / oil blend to the mixture and stir until well combined.
* Pack the mixture into small silicone moulds of your choice, or cut into shapes on a cookie sheet. Allow to set overnight.
* To use, place a melt in your shower near the drain but away from the direct flow of water, and enjoy the oils as they diffuse into the air around you.
* Store remaining tablets in an airtight container or bag, and try to use within a week or so, or the scent may start to diminish.
They also make beautiful little handmade gifts. You can tizz the tablets up by decorating with botanicals or colours, but do remember that all ingredients will end up in the sewerage system when you use them. Using a decorative mould rather than added bits and pieces might be more environmentally sound!
TIP: This recipe can also be used to create tablets to deodorise your bins, fridge or cupboards. Just replace once the scent has eventually diminished - see our CHEMICAL FREE CLEANING website blog for more ideas.
BACK TO SCHOOL & ANXIETY OILS
The dreaded / exciting / new experience of returning to school this week can mean a return to routine, or it might be something stressful for those starting school or changing to a new one (or for any who hate going back). Essential oils can be of benefit for children experiencing anxiety or stress, but even for those who are happily settled at school, oils can be increadibly useful for study, motivation and even beating the lurgies.
ANXIETY can be a massive part in the life of a child as almost everything is a new experience, and much of it is out of their control. Child-friendly essential oils can be of benefit in two ways: they can be used for their calming, sedative benefits, and they can also be used in the safe home environment and then when they'e taken to a stressful situation they can reinforce a feeling of safety, home, and peace.
Gentle oils such as lavender and neroli are two of the safer oils to use around children, and can help bring a sense of peace and calm. Or you can use a blend of child-safe oils - for eg, our Oils 4 Kids BUTTERFLY TAMER Blend contains Neroli alongside Petitgrain (from the leaves and twigs of the same tree) & Mandarin to help soothe the jitters. Frankincense helps slow the breathing and produces feelings of calm; while Bergamot helps give your child a sense of confidence and the faith that they can overcome their nerves.
There are plenty of other oils that can be useful as the school year continues:
* Oils to help with concentration or STUDY (Bergamot, Lemon, Rosemary for memory)
* DISTRACTIONS & hyperactivity (Cedarwood, Frankincense; Citrus
oils such as Bergamot and Lemon for mood and focus)
* MOTIVATION (Orange, Grapefruit and Bergamot; Cedarwood Atlas to reduce stress)
* GERMS during cold & flu season (Tea Tree, Pine Scotch and child-friendly Eucalyptus Radiata; Lemon and Tangerine help boost the immune system)
* To treat the dreaded NITS (Tea Tree, French Lavender, French Rosemary, Distilled Lime - see our NIT HEAD blend on our website for the best ways to use them for both treatment and prevention)
As always use much less oil around children than you would with an adult, and follow the usual rules of not applying oils to the skin. Inhaler sticks are great - and portable - as well as aroma jewellery or diffusers. Just don't use too much oil - follow the link below for a detailed blog on using aromatherapy around children, plus we include a postcard with all of our Oils 4 Kids Blends covering methods to safely use oils with young 'uns.
CLICK TO SEE OUR AQ OILS 4 KIDS BLOG
WIN AN AROMATHERAPY OR INCENSE BUNDLE
SCROLL DOWN TO LEARN WHAT'S IN EACH PACK!
2019 has been a tough year and this past month has been an absolute doozy, for us at least. Anyone who follows our social media pages probably already saw that my (Ali who writes the newsletters and posts) mum passed away early November ... then bushfires prevented us from attending the funeral and had us evacuated a couple of days later. But we have a LOT to be thankful for. We remain safe (though staying vigilant!) while so many are still facing the threat of ongoing bushfires, as well as drought and other really awful situations.
For our part, I genuinely want to thank everybody who sent beautiful and positive messages during a really difficult time. Our royal friends really are a good bunch.
So we wanted to give something back.
We've assembled TWO P ACKAGES: An Aromatherapy Package and an Incense & Smudge Bundle.
Just before Christmas we're going to give them away to two lucky people. If you'd like to be one of the winners all we want is to hear from you.
You don't need to purchase anything - just shoot us a message:
* via email ([email protected])
* use the contact form on our website (https://www.aromaqueen.com.au/ContactUs.aspx)
* add a comment on the matching posts on our Facebook or Instagram pages.
TELL US WHICH BUNDLE YOU'D LIKE TO WIN, AND WHY
Make us laugh, smile or think. Tell us anything.
On December 23rd we'll pick a few of our favourites, and from those we'll randomly draw the two winners on Christmas Eve, one for each bundle. We'll announce the winners (first name & suburb only) on our social media pages, and will contact the winners by return email if we have your address.
Entrants must be located in Australia - prize includes shipping within Australia only. Contact us by Dec 23rd to enter - we'd LOVE to hear from you.
WHAT'S IN THE INCENSE & SMUDGING BUNDLE?
Both of our bundles are comprised of a host of brand new items, as well as a few seconds and samples.
Our INCENSE & SMUDGE BUNDLE includes (among other things!):
* FIVE BURNERS - A Handmade Fish Dhoop & Stick Burner from Nepal, a round timber stick and cone burner, a little multipurpose burner suitable for Japanese Morning Star incense and small sticks, and a couple of ashcatchers (with slightly imperfect brass)
* A Selection of DHOOP sticks including a roll and a box of handmade MUSK dhoop, a box of Laxmi Dhoop sticks, Padmini minis and BIC Sandalwood dhoop sticks
* A tin of Goloka White Sage backflow cones (slightly dinged tin!), and a bundle of mixed Satya cone samples
* Loads of incense sticks, from our top of the range Auroshikha Resin Sticks in Frankincense & Myrrh and Benzoin; Auroshikha marbled sticks in Olibanum and Sage; several other full sized boxes of sticks and a few samples as well
* Three Smudge Sticks and Smudging Prayer Card - white sage, white sage & lavender, and mountain sage & frankincense sticks.
WHAT'S IN THE AROMATHERAPY PACK?
Both of our bundles are comprised of a host of brand new items, as well as a few seconds and samples.
Our AROMATHERAPY PACK includes (among other things!):
* A red & black 30 bottle oils case, along with aromatherapy tips / recipes postcards and an oil bottle tool
* A first aid kit with medical goodies, ready to add your own medicinal oils
* A selection of mini coloured 5ml roll-on bottles (slightly dinged!), plus a couple of aluminium atomiser bottles and a premium aluminium inhaler stick
* Four 'half bottles' of essential oils that were the last of a batch and so the bottle was never completely filled. We're not sure of the exact dates for these so these are NOT FOR SKIN APPLICATION. Perfect for diffusing, cleaning etc: Vetiver, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Blue Gum and Cypress. There's also a bottle of Frankincense perfume oil
* A selection of aromatherapy / perfume jewellery including a stainless pendant, car diffuser, mini cork bottle diffuser, an alloy bronze pendant and a couple of lava stone bracelets
* A large set of Snap Button jewellery including crystal tree of life diffuser button, plenty of decorative buttons in glass, metal and natural crystal, and a selection of bases - two pendants, two bracelets and a bookmark, ready to snap your buttons onto.
Follow the instructions near the top of the page on how to enter - make sure you've sent us a message by 23rd December!
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Greetings, friends of the Queen!
Welcome to The Stress Issue of our little newsletter. We've had a lot going on in recent weeks and it's times like these that really do remind you of just how useful some of the goodies we specialise in can be, in a beautiful and natural way that really does work.
So whether you're looking to have a little less stress in your life, or want some stress-free ideas for making it through the Christmas panic, we'll do our best to cover it with a little blog on Oils for Stress, Stress-Free Gift Packs and more.
DON'T STRESS BY LEAVING THINGS TIL THE LAST MINUTE
I honestly don't know how we've got to the point where it's only a few weeks before Christmas and the end of the year. But here we are, and if you're doing your shopping online this year it's worth getting onto so there's no stressing over whether your package will arrive in time!
* WE'RE POSTING DAILY UNTIL 23rd DECEMBER
If you're in a remote area, or WA / NT / TAS etc, we'd recommend ordering sooner rather than later in case deliveries take a little longer than usual during this busy period (we post from NSW 2455). Some areas are also being affected by bushfires and road closures, so take this into account as well. We'll be posting every day until a couple of days before Christmas - at this stage there are NO backlogs so orders are generally going out the same day if received before lunchtime.
* AQ IS REMAINING OPEN OVER THE HOLIDAY PERIOD AND THROUGHOUT JANUARY but from Christmas Eve we'll only be posting every 2-3 days (allow for all of the public and Aus Post holidays over Christmas / January which can add extra delivery time). This give us a bit of recharging time, too.
As most of you know, we're a small Australian owned and run business. Being in a regional area we're unable to offer the express postage and cheaper shipping rates that our city cousins can. What we ARE able to offer is individual service and an eye for high quality, ethically made goodies at the best prices. No silly 'save 70%' sales - our prices are as low as we can make them, every day.
So thank you for supporting small business, and thank you for supporting regional.
May the remainder of your year be stress-free and fabulous, and may 2020 be full of things you can handle. ;)
xx The Queens
NO STRESS: GIVE A GIFT PACK!
Let's face it: some people are really hard to buy for. If you're looking for something unique or unusual, perhaps handmade or free-trade so you'll know your purchase is going towards supporting traditional craftspeople rather than big business, check out some of our ready-to-go gift packs covering everything from incense to aromatherapy, smudging to crystals.
Here's a few ideas to get you thinking outside the box (or inside the gift box depending on the goodies you're looking at!).
There's nothing like trying something new, and many of our packs include everything you need to get started, including instructions.
* BACKFLOW INCENSE - without question the big thing right now is 'waterfall effect' backflow cones. Choose a backflow burner and add a few packs of cones (around 15 handmade scents available) for a stunning and memorable gift.
* ROPE INCENSE is the most unique type you'll come across - I bet they won't have seen that before! Choose a few scents and a matching burner, or a gift pack.
* RESIN INCENSE like Frankincense, Copal, Dragons Blood & Myrrh - try an advanced kit with all the accessories for something really special, or a smaller pack with just the basics to get started. Or use our packs for inspiration when creating your own personalised bundle with resins, burner and charcoal.
* GOLD, FRANKINCENSE & MYRRH PACKS - perfect for this time of year.
* MIXED PACKS of sticks & cones, from our own AQ HANDMADE incense to popular Satya - add a burner for a great gift idea.
* AUROSHIKHA RESIN STICKS - a mixed pack has all the long-burning resin-based goodies in the one gift bag, with optional super-sized aluminium burner.
* TIBETAN DHOOP STICKS in beautiful handmade lokta paper boxes with embedded flowers and leaves - our new mixed pack includes a wooden burner.
* JAPANESE MORNING STAR incense in a Classic, Woods or Florals Pack, or create your own from classic Sandalwood to exotic Iris or Green Tea.
* SMUDGE KITS for those who like their sage - from mixed smudge sticks to full-on packs with abalone shell and tripod. Or a mixed SMUDGE & CRYSTAL pack for Protection, Healing or Love.
* FREETRADE BURNERS with a selection of beautiful quality natural incense - every piece is handmade and unique.
CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR INCENSE INCENSE PACKS & KITS
So many people already enjoy aromatherapy - while others haven't tried it yet. Keep it simple for newbies, or try unusual accessories for advanced users.
* STARTER KITS including oils, carrier (massage) oil, and accessories like roll-ons and inhaler sticks, also come with handy reference / tips cards & recipes.
* MIXED OIL PACKS to suit their tastes (from Citrus to Woods to Sports), or put your own selection together. OIL BLENDS or OILS 4 KIDS are excellent for newcomers and advanced users alike - add a case to complete your kit.
* ACCESSORIES or ROLL-ONS PACKS for those with their own oil collection.
* AROMA JEWELLERY makes a beautiful gift - choose from scent pad, lavastone or diffuser buttons, with most well under $20 in gift packaging.
* CAR DIFFUSERS / CERAMIC BOTTLE DIFFUSERS as we head into holiday road-trip mode. Add a blend for concentration & fatigue, or peppermint or spearmint for travel sickness. Don't forget our FRUITY DOG DESIGNS for dog-lovers!
* NATURAL PERFUME KITS for the crafty ones, including bottles, tools and more - just add a couple of oils and they're ready to go.
SEE ALL OF OUR AROMATHERAPY PACKS & KITS HERE
While we've specialised in our own range of Premium Handmade Masala Sticks for many years, we've just added the first of our new HANDMADE INCENSE CONES, direct from Nepal where they are made by cottage industries that support small enterprise for women and the underprivileged.
Like our Masala Sticks, our Handmade Incense Cones have been created exclusively for us, with a focus on the very best in quality. These beautiful cones feature delicate blends of exotic flowers, selected natural herbs, spices and scents.
SCENTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ($3.50 / 10 cones):
* CEDAR * FRANKINCENSE * LAVENDER * MYRRH * ROSE * SANDALWOOD
We've also updated our CONES section as it's getting larger every week, so it's now easier to navigate. And we have a new section to view all our handmade sticks and cones together, plus a mixed gift pack if you'd like to try out both types.
CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL OF OUR AQ PREMIUM HANDMADE INCENSE
Omani Frankincense (Boswellia Sacra) is typically regarded as the finest quality Frankincense resin available, and these beautiful resins come direct from Oman. We are VERY excited - we love our Frankincense and have never experienced resins of this calibre before. I spent a very bad week with a piece of Hojari in my pocket, ready to hold and sniff when the stress got too much, and yes, it works.
Omani Frankincense is classified into 4 types, with resins of lighter colour & larger clump sizes generally graded higher and more valuable. The grades are based on the four geographic locations in Dhofar from where the trees are grown and the resin is harvested. We now stock the two highest grades:
HOJARI FRANKINCENSE $14 / 25g
The finest quality (1st grade) Omani Frankincense resin is known as 'Hojari', and is harvested in the Eastern part of Dhofar. Hojari Frankincense has the lightest colour of the Omani resins, often with a slight pale green tint, and typically has a larger clump size. The scent is the most luscious Frankincense we have ever experienced.
NAJDI FRANKINCENSE $8.50 / 25g
The 2nd grade, also a beautiful quality resin, is known as 'Najdi'. The resin has a pale yellow colour, and is collected from a plateau in the Najd region behind the Dhofar mountains.
The third and fourth grades of Omani Frankincense are 'shathari' and 'shaabi', however we are only stocking the two highest grades.
If you are looking for the finest resins, these are seriously the best quality Frankincense resins we have ever sourced. Also listed in a mixed pack including Ethiopian Gold Frankincense ($29 for the three resins).
CLICK HERE FOR RESIN INCENSE
Have we had any 'black friday sales'? Nope, we don't do 'sales' - we always offer the best prices we can, every day of the year. We're not fans of trying to stress people into buying NOW to save a few dollars off next week's price.
Sometimes we do get a better deal on things which allows us to DROP PRICES permanently. We've just marked down our ENTIRE mix & match snap button jewellery & diffuser range, with many items now HALF OUR PREVIOUS PRICE.
Snap Jewellery has two parts: a 'BASE' like a bracelet, pendant or even a keyring or brooch, and a 'BUTTON' that snaps onto it.
Buttons can be mini diffusers to custom-create a personalised piece of diffuser jewellery. Or they also come in a large range of beautiful decorative designs made from natural gemstones, as well as glass or metal designs in new age and boho themes. Just swap your button over when you want a new colour or look.
A great gift idea with most bases now $5.90 each and buttons starting at $1.00.
CLICK HERE FOR AQ SNAP BUTTON JEWELLERY
MORE NEW & BACK IN STOCK
NEW: STONE TURTLE LAVASTONE AROMA BRACELET ($6.95 inc gift bag)
Over the years our gorgeous little stone turtle has been really popular. For a modern twist, we've had these lava-stone bracelets made to add the benefits of aroma jewellery to the cute little guy. Team with a matching pendant for a Summery look.
FIVE NEW TIBETAN DHOOP SCENTS ($8.50 / roll inc mini burner)
Expanding our popular new range of Ancient Tibetan Dhoop incense, we've now added extra scents:
* NAG CHAMPA * ROSE * WHITE LOTUS * JUNIPER * CHAMOMILE
See them all HERE.
NEW: OIL BOTTLE LABELS ($4.90)
AQ oils each have a top label, but if you've decanted from a larger bottle, make your own blends, inhalers or roll-ons, own a mix of brands or want to label your carrier oils to match, these new LABEL SHEETS have a total of 192 pre-printed & blank round oil & carrier labels for you to name or colour co-ordinate your own creations.
NEW: SANDALWOOD POWDER ($6.90 / 15g)
Sandalwood's calming effect makes it a useful aid to meditation. The wood, chips and powder have been used in many religious cultures - it is the sacred incense of the Hindu religion, and is also used in Islam and the Japanese Shinto religion. Red Sandalwood powder is also available. See our RESIN INCENSE HERE.
CLICK TO SEE ALL OF OUR NEW ITEMS
BLENDS FOR STRESS
If you're looking for natural help with stress & turmoil like we have been lately, pure essential oil blends are truly the way to go as you don't have to worry about which oils work best. This makes them the perfect choice for those who aren't that familiar with aromatherapy - just grab the bottle and go. If you know someone who could benefit with a little de-stressing they also make a really thoughtful gift.
If you like DIY'ing your own blends, you can also or pre-make a blend using your favourite oils, keeping it handy for those times you really need it. Use the blends below for ideas & inspiration.
Some of our own favourite blends include those in our RELAX PACK - all are great for diffusing, aroma jewellery, as a base for roll-on perfume oil or a massage blend, or a few drops in a relaxing bath:
RELAX - containing a gorgeous blend of oils including gentle mild sedative French Lavender, a touch of sweet tension-relieving Ylang Ylang and a little fresh Peppermint.
CHILL - You can't go past pure Frankincense oil, treasured for its mellow calming, meditative effects. With added Kaffir Lime and Pink Grapefruit, CHILL has a beautifully uplifting quality that helps with clarity of thought.
CALM - For those times you need to just slow down, CALM features oils renowned for their calming qualities: Lavender & Lavandin with their mild sedative benefits; Myrrh to ground & balance the emotions, Marjoram to calm the nervous system, Lime & other citrus for a pleasant, uplifting fragrance.
TRANQUIL - For peace & calm, Tranquil has a beautiful scent for everyday burning to create a relaxing atmosphere. Calming Mandarin & Lavandin, grounding Cedarwood Atlas, with a hint of Vetiver for an earthy fragrance with a unisex appeal.
$57.50 for the pack, or all blends are available separately. More calming blends are available, inlcuding a few for Anxiety etc. Don't forget that our OILS 4 KIDS blends can also be used by adults.
See all of our OIL BLENDS HERE.
NEW & GIFTY
We've been crazy busy getting our latest new thingies in for the year, though there's still a few exciting ones on their way (including premium Omani Frankincense, coming very shortly!).
A lot of our latest goodies are also the perfect things to consider in the lead up to (dare we say it?) Christmas - might as well get that out of the way now that it's happening Next Month!
Scroll down for:
* NEW Nepalese & Tibetan free trade incense, burners & dhoop
* NEW SEASON Lava Stone Aroma Jewellery in Rose Gold & Gold
* NEW Rope Incense, Burners & Price Drop
* NEW Tribal Soul 'Incense Smudge Sticks'
* PRICE DROP Natural Handmade Soap
* NEW Backflow burners, incense & more
* Learn about SAL TREE RESIN INCENSE, plus new resins & incense powders
As we head towards December 25th, don't forget that fabulous smellies can make beautiful gifts, especially for those who are a little hard to buy for. Think Rope Incense, Handmade Free Trade Burners, Aroma Jewellery & matching oil blends (DeStress, anyone?), Frankincense & Myrrh Packs, or even Crystal Smudge Kits.
Many of our gifty ideas come boxed or gift bagged, and we're always happy to send directly to the lucky recipient - just use their address in the DELIVERY ADDRESS section and add a note for us to leave out the invoice. We can also add a gift tag with a short note - just add any information into the ADDITIONAL INFO box when checking out.
See the 'Christmas Idea Alerts' on the goodies down the page for more ideas.
FREE CASE OFFER
As with our updated incense section, over the last few months we've also been working to give our AROMATHERAPY section a fresh new look, to make finding things that much easier. If you've ever wondered what a Ylang Ylang flower or Valerian Root looks like (or what the $*[email protected] IS Zanthoxylum?), all our oil listings now show the actual plant the oil is extracted from.
We also still have a few bottles of our clearance Bulgarian Lavender oil left, discounted to $7.50 / 10ml bottle.
Our oils themselves are getting an update very shortly so we've also had a bit of a special offer leading up to it:
FREE CASE OFFER
As always we've gone and left it a bit late to put out our newsletter so we'll extend October's FREE CASE offer for another week (until Sunday 10th November) just for our newsletter friends. Visit our AROMATHERAPY SECTION to learn how to score a free 16 or 30 bottle oils case.
NEW: HANDMADE FREE TRADE NEPALESE INCENSE & BURNERS
CHRISTMAS IDEA ALERT: Nothing beats handmade, except when it's also ethical free-trade that supports empowering women and the underpriveleged. Create a gift pack with burner and a couple of types of handmade incense, for something truly unique.
We have just begun listing a beautiful range of incense burners and gorgeous natural incense, direct from Nepal where they are handmade by cottage industries that support the development of small enterprises for women and the underprivileged.
This means that finally we have some beautiful burners that suit thicker sized DHOOP STICKS - most of the burners also accommodate standard Indian sticks with an inner bamboo skewer as well.
We've also listed the first of our amazing new TIBETAN DHOOP STICKS (see piccie below) - in * AGARWOOD * CEDARWOOD * FRANKINCENSE * LEMONGRASS * SANDALWOOD and (wait for it) * VALERIAN for insomnia or nerves (all $8.50 / roll, including a simple burning stand).
Dhoop sticks are similar to Indian sticks, except instead of compressing the ingredients around an inner bamboo skewer, the ingredients are extruded into a neat spaghetti-like cylinder. Tibetan dhoop sticks feature complex blends of herbs, resins & botanicals, creating a rustic aroma that is much less 'perfumed' than the commercial incense many people are accustomed to. The traditional Tibetan healing formulas for stress and tension have been used for centuries, and are still prepared entirely by hand according to ancient Tibetan medical practices.
Perfect for yoga, meditation or mindfulness, the natural blends can help transition into a better state of mind, creating an environment of relaxation and concentration, heightening confidence and easing stress. Dhoop sticks are the perfect incense to create a sacred atmosphere, to help eliminate negative energies or rejuvenate positive energy.
NEW LAVA STONE AROMA JEWELLERY
CHRISTMAS IDEA ALERT: Pair with an oil blend of choice for a beautiful gift idea. Plenty more styles available in our Aroma Jewellery section, as well as car vent diffusers.
Just in time for Christmas, we've added some beautiful new Lava Stone jewellery pieces that can be used as they are for the grounding benefits of the natural lava stone, or as personal diffusers by adding a drop or two of your favourite (or therapeutic) oil, blend or EDT perfume to the naturally porous stone bead.
New pieces include beautiful Rose Gold and Gold tone finishes, as well as vintage silver look pendants. All new locket pendants are priced at $16.50 each and come gift boxed with two beads included, so they're ready to use plus also have a spare bead for instantly swapping your scent. They also come with a handy tips card providing ideas for which oils can be used for extra benefits against stress, anxiety, germs and more.
NEW ROPE INCENSE, BURNERS, GIFT PACKS & LOWER PRICES
CHRISTMAS IDEA ALERT: Rope Incense is a great gift idea for someone who has everything! Put together a pack with a mix of rope and a suitable burner, or grab a handmade Lokta Paper Gift Box that comes with tortoise burner stand and four scents.
Anyone who's been even half listening to us lately will know that we LOOOOVE our Nepalese Rope Incense. So not only are we expanding our collection of the incense itself, we've also managed to find some purpose made ROPE INCENSE BURNERS.
Whether you like the idea of a Brass & Ceramic Rope Burner Stand ($12.50 each), or want to mix it up a bit with a burner that covers both rope and incense sticks like our Clay Spiral Burners in either unfinished terracotta or black glaze ($11.00 each), FINALLY there's a few simple ways to burn your gorgeous Rope Incense!
NEW ROPE INCENSE & PRICE DROP
As we're now sourcing direct from Nepal, most of our standard sized Rope Incense has now been DROPPED IN PRICE to $5.95 / pack - plus we've added JUNIPER sticks to the collection.
And we've added a new range of XL SIZED Rope Incense sticks. Along with our standard size which is around 8-9cm in length, our XL range is around 11cm and substantially thicker, meaning a much longer burning time - priced at $8.95 / pack.
New scents include :
* SANDALWOOD and
* DESERT ROSE (a blend of Frankincense, Gokul (Guggal / Mukul Myrrh), Sal Tree Resin and and Lovan)
Rope Incense is one of the most unique incense types you're likely to come across, handmade in Nepal using traditional methods. In the Himalayas, rope incense making is a process passed from generation to generation: dried herbs and other naturally scented botanicals are finely powdered and wrapped in a thin strip of hand-prepared eco-friendly Nepali lokta paper, which is then braided to form a soft rope-like dhoop stick, ready to burn.
All of our new rope incense and burners are direct from Nepal where they are handmade by cottage industries that support the development of small enterprises for women and the underprivileged. Definitely something to think about as we hurtle towards Christmas.
TRIBAL SOUL 'INCENSE SMUDGE STICKS'
Now THESE are something special. Just in this week are these TRIBAL SOUL 'INCENSE SMUDGE STICKS' -$3.40 / 15g Pack.
This stunning range of handmade incense combines the idea of incense
sticks with ingredients commonly used in smudging or Aztec / Mayan
traditions, creating beautifully earthy scents perfect for meditation,
yoga, rituals or everyday burning.
Four scents available:
* PALO SANTO & PINON PINE
* WHITE SAGE & PALO SANTO
* WHITE SAGE & LAVENDER
* WHITE COPAL
See each listing for a background description of each of the ingredients used, and what they can be used for.
Each 15g pack contains a unique hand-packaged pouch of sticks, tied with string and embellished with a feather for something a little special. The sticks themselves are created using the traditional 'masala' method of combining ground aromatic ingredients into a paste and hand rolling them around an inner bamboo stick (unlike mass-produced sticks that are 'dipped' into harsh chemical fragrances).
TRIBAL SOUL incense is: * Ethically Produced * Child Labour Free * Eco Friendly Packaging - No Plastic * Handcrafted in India ... so there's a lot to like!
PRICE DROP - HANDMADE NATURAL SOAP
Our AQ natural soap is handmade in Australia, featuring pure essential oils and stunning natural ingredients, butters and oils - and NO chemicals or fragrances. Now all priced at $3.40 each or $9.95 for our mixed three-packs.
Australia Post has recently changed things up a bit, meaning that we can now post small-but-heavy items like soap a bit more economically. So we're passing on the love with a new reduced price across the entire range. From shampoo bars to specialised cleaning or skincare options, to gentle goatsmilk soaps - our current range includes:
* ACTIVATED CHARCOAL * BALANCE & MOISTURISE * GARAGE HANDS * GARDENER'S SCRUB * LAVENDER & CHAMOMILE * LAVENDER & GOATSMILK * LAVENDER & PINK CLAY * NEEM BOTANICAL * PET BAR * SHAVING BAR and
* SHAMPOO BARS in CITRUS QUEEN or AUSSIE FRESH oil blends.
We've been using this soap ourselves for years now and can't bear to use anything else - scented with ONLY pure essential oils, and made using the traditional cold process method which allows the natural moisturising glycerine to remain in the bar (rather than remove it and sell it in products like moisturiser, which is what usually happens with commercial soap), these are simply beautiful. It's usually hard to get excited about something like soap, but these soaps really do raise the bar!
NEW & BACK IN STOCK - BACKFLOW INCENSE & BURNERS
NEW: STONE STACK BACKFLOW BURNERS
$14.50 each, made from textured resin. To suit Backflow Incense Cones with a downward cascading smoke effect. More Backflow Burners are available - a beautiful gift idea for Christmas when paired with a selection of backflow cones.
NEW: HANDMADE NEPALESE BACKFLOW INCENSE CONES
Direct from Nepal, these backflow cones are available in: AGARWOOD * FRANKINCENSE * MYRRH * NAG CHAMPA * PATCHOULI
$8.95 / 25 cones, to suit specialised backflow burners. Goloka Backflow Cones also available in 8 scents.
BACK IN STOCK & PRICE DROP: YIN YANG KOI BACKFLOW INCENSE BURNER
Now $32.00 each as we've managed to arrange a better deal from our suppliers. Probably our favourite backflow burner, and a decent size as well - a beautiful gift idea for Christmas when paired with a selection of backflow cones.
CLEARANCE: HANDMADE CRYSTAL CHIP BOOKMARKS - NOW $7.95
Great little stocking fillers or small gifts, we're clearing our discontinued bookmarks featuring natural gemstone chips, Tibetan silver charms & bookmark inserts which slip between the pages. Click the pic to see them all - gift packaged in a large range of designs.
NEW: SATYA CINNAMON INCENSE STICKS
With Cinnamon now discontinued by Morning Star, it's getting harder to find in incense. If you love your Cinnamon we now have it in Satya's Earth Range - as well as Auroshikha Marbled Sticks.
Click the pic for all things Cinnamon.
SAL TREE RESIN INCENSE plus more NEW RESINS & POWDERS
CHRISTMAS GIFT ALERT: Don't forget that Frankincense and Myrrh resin incense makes an excellent gift choice this time of year. Plenty of starter packs with instructions, burners & more are available. Premium Omani Frankincense in two top grades coming this month!
RESIN INCENSE JUST IN:
RED SANDALWOOD POWDER $6.00 / 15g (bottom right in pic)
GUGGUL / MUKUL MYRRH / BDELLIUM RESIN $7.50 / 25g (bottom left)
TIBETAN MEDITATION INCENSE POWDER $5.50 / 15g
HIMALAYAN JUNIPER INCENSE POWDER $5.50 / 15g (top left)
SAL TREE RESIN / INDIAN DAMMAR (TOP RIGHT - $7.50 / 25g)
The Sal tree (Shorea robusta) is a species of tree in the family Dipterocarpaceae, which is native to South Asia, from the Himalayas, Myanmar to East Nepal, India and Bangladesh. In Hindu tradition, the sal tree is said to be favoured by Vishnu; some cultures in Bengal worship Sarna Burhi, a goddess associated with sacred groves of Sal trees. Its name shala, shaal or sal, comes from Sanskrit for "house" which reflects its use for housing timber. In Nepal's Kathmandu Valley, typical Nepali pagoda temple architecture has rich wooden carvings, and most of the temples are made of bricks and sal tree wood.
Sal Tree Resin, also known as sal dammar or Indian dammar, has a powerful but pleasant spicy, musky scent. It is used as an astringent in Ayurvedic medicine, and burned as incense in Hindu ceremonies. It is believed to promote connection to the world of the Divine, prayer and elevation, and an excellent accompaniment for meditation and breathing.
Follow the link below to see our extensive resin incense range, or view our step-by-step tutorial on how to burn resins over charcoal tablets. As we mentioned, resins make a beautiful gift idea - especially for those hard to buy for males in your life! Plenty of mixed starter packs are available or click the button below for a HOW TO GUIDE on putting together your own gift pack.
AQ INCENSE MONTH
There is so much more to incense than the humble incense stick that most people are familiar with, so we've declared August to be INCENSE MONTH, to share a bit of incense love. We're doing a couple of things:
Over the coming weeks on our social pages, we're going to post EASY TO UNDERSTAND INFO on some of the more exotic types and terms like agarbatti, dhoop & cones, backflow, Japanese Koh, Nepalese Rope, resins like Frankincense & Copal, smudging and more. This will introduce you to some of the more unusual types you may not know much about, or might not have even heard of. We've already started, and as each goes up we'll be adding it to our new INCENSE MONTH PAGE - HERE where you can see them all in the one place. If you haven't already followed us on Instagram or Facebook, use the links above and follow us to keep up to date.
We're also affering some FREE SAMPLES for you to try out some of these gorgeous and unusual incense types. So over the rest of August you can choose ONE FREE SAMPLE when placing any order on our website.
Place any order over August, choose ONE sample from below and enter that code in the SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS box as you check out, and we'll pop in a sample for you to try.
1. JAPANESE KOH CODE: "FREE KOH SAMPLES PLEASE"
A couple of Japanese Morning Star incense sticks in SANDALWOOD scent
2. NEPALESE ROPE CODE: "FREE ROPE SAMPLES PLEASE"
A couple of Nepalese Rope incense sticks in NAG CHAMPA scent.
3. RESIN INCENSE CODE: "FREE RESIN SAMPLE PLEASE"
A sample of Goloka DRAGONS BLOOD resin from the Socotra Islands.
4. BACKFLOW INCENSE CODE: "FREE BACKFLOW SAMPLES PLEASE"
A couple of Goloka WHITE SAGE backflow cones.
Visit our new INCENSE MONTH PAGE - HERE to learn more about each one and what you'll need to burn it (some are a little specialised), and watch our social pages for more info over the weeks to come.
Scroll down to see our little story on Incense in Ancient Egypt and see if you can spot the incense on the ancient papyrus!
NEW: AROMA BROOCHES, WOOD-LOOK PENDANTS & MORE
Our first new season aroma jewellery is in, and we have some brand new looks.
BROOCHES: currently in three styles - silver lotus flower or tree of life designs, or a stunning natural wood tree of life. If you're looking for something a little different that isn't the usual pendant, these pins are just $14.90, gift boxed with three pads - additional scent pads are also available.
WOOD LOOK PENDANTS & CAR DIFFUSERS: These are a really different idea, using classic designs but with a wood-look finish. The car diffusers also have a removable attachment which can be set to fit either vertical or horizontal vent slats. Design choices include the lotus flower, tree of life, chakra / yoga pose and more - both car diffusers and pendants are priced at $12.90 including three pads and gift bag.
More styles coming soon - and see our new Dog-themed aroma jewellery below.
See all our AROMA JEWELLERY & CAR DIFFUSERS HERE.
NEW: FRUITY DOG SOY CANDLES & AROMA DIFFUSERS
For anyone who loves their candles, the FRUITY DOG range we introduced last month has now expanded to include a wider range of aromatherapy candles (and more).
All are scented ONLY with pure essential oils, in a choice of Lavender Blend (calming and relaxing pure Lavender and Lavandin oils) or Mandarin Citrus (a gorgeous uplifting bland of mandarin and pink grapefruit), two sizes for each, and a host of mad dog designs from the fruity Dachshund to beardies, floofs and big boys.
We have also expanded our Aroma Jewellery & Car Diffuser range to complement the fruity dogs, and have introduced the first of our dog-inspired aroma pendants, brooches and car diffusers - the first designs are already listed, with additional designs & breeds, as well as aroma bracelets, keyrings & more coming in the next couple of weeks.
See our FRUITY DOG section to learn more, or follow him on INSTAGRAM.
MORE NEW & BACK IN STOCK
Click the pics to see more
NEW: CINNAMON CHAI BLEND $14.95
We've now listed the gorgeous blend of Cinnamon Bark, Clvse Bud and Anise oils that is used in our Embrace Candles. Like a mug of hot tea in your hands!
NEW: SATYA INCENSE CONES $2.95
Now in six scents: Nag Champa, Super Sandal, Rose, Dragons Blood, White Sage or Palo Santo.
Satya Sticks now available in fresh new LEMONGRASS.
GREEN TREE Palo Santo & White Sage sticks and cones are also back in stock.
AVAILABLE AGAIN: ROSE GERANIUM OIL $14.00 / 10ml
We've finally sourced a really nice Australian Pelargoneum roseum oil - perfect for those who love their sweet floral oils.
BACK IN STOCK: KIDS MAGIC SILICONE AROMA BRACELETS $4.95
Three colours to choose from, perfect for use with our OILS 4 KIDS blends for anything from anxiety to ADHD.
BACK IN STOCK + NEW COLOURS: ALUMINIUM INHALER STICKS $4.75
Along with our plastic inhaler sticks in ten colours, we now have six colours available in our premium durable aluminium inhaler stick. Price is per stick including wick and protective pouch.
NEW: GOLOKA STICKS $2.95
Now available in Sandalwood and mixed packs.
We've also listed some new mixed packs in the popular AUROSHIKHA MARBLED range.
ONE OFF CLEARANCE ITEMS
We've had a chance to relist some final one-offs at clearance prices, including plenty of jewellery, aroma pendants & sterling silver like the toe rings pictured.
NEW AT AQ - CLICK HERE
SALE & CLEARANCE - CLICK HERE
DIY roll-ons can be beautiful as well as practical, and whether you're creating a natural perfume or a an oil for therapeutic application, there's no reason it can't also be gorgeous!
Making the oil itself is as easy as starting with a carrier oil like JOJOBA - our favourite choice as it absorbs into the skin much more easily than most carrier oils, and did you know our Jojoba is from a local Australian grower? Add up to 3% Essential Oils (that's around 6 drops per 10ml) and you're ready to go.
You can also add botanicals like rose, calendula or lavender flowers, herbs or leaves, or for something a little special add some gemstone chips like those in our CHAKRA ROLL-ONS, for their healing benefits or just some beautiful natural bling.
Use a standard clear rollerball bottle, or give it a bit of tizz with a square bottle with a silver metal cap. There are so many ways to personalise your creations, they even make beautiful gifts - something to think about as we continue to head into the back end of the year.
BACK IN STOCK: 30ml ROLL-ONS $4.00
Our larger sized 30ml rollerball bottles are now back in stock. We also list 5ml (clear or coloured) and 10-15ml (clear or amber glass, or premium silver/square version), a mixed selection kit and chakra crystal roll-ons ready to add your own blend to.
AQ ROLL-ON BOTTLES - CLICK HERE
SPOT THE INCENSE
Spot the Incense - HINT: There's TWO.
INCENSE IN ANCIENT EGYPT
The burning of incense was central to the worship of the gods of Ancient Egypt and large quantities were burned daily in temples. According to Plutarch, the Ancient Egyptians burned frankincense in the morning, myrrh at midday and Kyphi (also known as Kapet, a blend of scented botanicals and honey) in the evening.
Incense was also used extensively in funerary procedures, like the one pictured where the embalmed body is being anointed from in front (the priest at the table on the left) and below (the man holding a censer aloft), during the 'opening of the mouth' ceremony which was held to transform the deceased into a reanimated 'akh' who could continue to breathe and eat in the afterlife.
Incense ingredients were either ground and thrown on hot coals or mixed with dried fruit (such as raisins or dates) and formed into small pellets to be burned. Not so different from burning Frankincense or Myrrh granules or a resin incense blend on charcoal tablets in an ornamental censer as we still do today.
Image from the Papyrus of Ani, a scroll created c. 1250 BCE, during the nineteenth dynasty of the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt.
LEARN MORE ABOUT RESIN INCENSE
NEW: SOY & CRYSTAL AROMATHERAPY CANDLES
Now that Winter is upon us, it's the perfect time to bring some 'hygge' into your world by doing all things cosy, which of course means candles!
Almost too beautiful to burn, our new handmade natural Soy & Crystal Candles are a fusion of gorgeous and exotic natural ingredients and materials. Created with natural soy wax, each candle features a stunning and unique design of semi-precious gemstone chips that can be enjoyed for their natural beauty, or the healing benefits associated with each stone.
Scented with a blend of pure essential oils and NO synthetic fragrances, each stone has its own complementary signature scent, or is also available unscented. Available in two sizes - medium (approx 25 hours) or large with beech lid (approx 40-50 hours).
EMBRACE - BLACK TOURMALINE & CINNAMON CHAI (ROOT CHAKRA)
HEAL - AMETHYST & LAVENDER HEAL BLEND (CROWN OR THIRD EYE CHAKRA)
JOY - CARNELIAN & UPLIFTING CITRUS (SACRAL CHAKRA)
LOVE - ROSE QUARTZ & YLANG PASSION BLEND (HEART CHAKRA)
EASY TIP FOR DEODORISING YOUR BATHROOM
Try adding a few drops of essential oil or an oil blend to the inside of the cardboard of your toilet roll. Allow it to soak in, then use the roll as usual - the scent will gently diffuse into the room giving it a gorgeous natural fresh scent, and helping to deodorise against other odours. Just top it up again as the scent fades.
Which oil? Pick one that everybody in the family enjoys. Try Lavender, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Rosemary or a fresh Citrus oil like Lemon, Orange or Bergamot.
NEW: FRUITY DOG DESIGNS - EXCLUSIVE TO AQ
FRUITY DOG is a Dachshund with attitude: feisty, sweary and a wee bit mad. Designed in the Bellingen region of the mid-North coast of NSW, Fruity Dog Designs are now available exclusively from Aroma Queen, where he can be found on a range of giftware in a selection of fruity poses, or spouting entitled barbs to whoever might listen. Be you people or puppy, they encapsulate the ridiculousness that life throws at us all.
The first designs are now listed - Keyrings, Bangles and Candles - with more coming soon. To keep up with new releases or follow the fruity boy himself, join him at @thefruitydog on Instagram or Facebook.
ROPE INCENSE & WINTER SCENTS
We're a bit obsessed with this cold weather right now as we don't usually get it! But we find it's also a great time to hunker down and enjoy those beautiful earthy scents you can find in many types of natural incense.
Incense can be excellent for creating a cosy ambience on these cold afternoons, or for helping to deodorise spaces that get a bit stale when they're shut for long periods over Winter.
Nepalese rope incense is one of our own personal favourites, along with Tibetan dhoop sticks: types that burn for quite a while, with a nice strong scent - but as they don't contain any chemical nasties the fragrance doesn't hang around or go 'stale' like a lot of the cheaper mass-produced types do.
Oil blends are also excellent at this time of year for 'cosy' - try warming scents like Cinnamon, Vanilla or Black Pepper (or see our Cinnamon Chai EMBRACE candles), or woody oils such as Cedar, Sandalwood or Cypress.
WIN, and then WIN AGAIN
Firstly, this newsletter we get to give something back. We have two giveaways currently open, as well as some new and discounted items, a return of Liquid Castille Soap, plus a blog on WHAT NOT TO DO with Essential Oils by Someone who Should Know Better - scroll down to read on.
WIN A MINI USB DUFFUSER
Anyone following our Facebook Page might have seen a gorgeous little USB Diffuser we were looking at stocking. Unfortunately it's fallen through, but we had ordered a few samples and have just ONE left - which we are giving away to a lucky Friend of the Queen. Click on the WIN photo above to head to our Aromatherapy page which tells you more about the little beauty, and how to enter - entries close Sunday 19th May.
WIN A $10,000 ONLINE SHOPPING SPREE
If you'd like to support an Aussie business like ours and also have a chance to win a massive online shopping spree, we'd love for you to vote for us in Australia Post's 2019 People's Choice Awards. We always strive to give a great shopping experience, and we'd love to hear if you think we're doing a good job. CLICK HERE or on the pic below to vote and enter by the end of the May 2019 - good luck!
NEW: LIQUID CASTILLE SOAP
for Hand & Bodywash and more
The final addition to our new CHEMICAL FREE CLEANING range, Castille soap dates back to Spain in the 1600s, but is experiencing a comeback for those keen on its wide-ranging cleaning abilities and natural plant ingredients & oils, free from strong chemical compounds. Castille Soaps are the mildest and most moisturising of all soap bases, gentle enough to use on a baby's sensitive skin, and suitable for all skin types.
Our unscented LIQUID CASTILLE SOAP is derived from olive and coconut oils, and contains no harsh foaming ingredients: a great alternative to synthetic petroleum based soap products, it even makes a great spot remover on soiled clothing. Ready to use as-is or add your favourite essential oils.
SUGGESTED USES INCLUDE:
* General Bodywash, even for sensitive skin or infants * Liquid Soap Handwash - add your favourite oils * Shampoo Replacement * Laundry * Dishes * Stain Removal * Pet Shampoo * Household & Floor Cleaner (see our CHEMICAL FREE CLEANING section for more ideas).
DID YOU KNOW: You can use castille soap for TICK REMOVAL. Add a little liquid soap to some cotton wool or similar and swab it against the tick for 15 seconds. The tick should then come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton pad when you remove it.
CHEMICAL FREE CLEANING
We've been getting a lot of requests about the cleaning tip snippets we've been posting on Facie and Insta. The full blog of tips, instructions, recipes, directions, oil suggestions for cleaning or deodorising and common sense safety advice, is PERMANENTLY AVAILABLE on our AQ website so you can access it whenever you need to. CLICK for our CHEMICAL FREE CLEANING Section & Blog
NEW: MORE BACKFLOW CONE SCENTS and LARGER BACKFLOW BURNERS
After the popular debut of our backflow incense, we've expanded the range with a couple of gorgeous larger sized backflow burners - a Yin Yang Koi design that floods the smoke over a well and into the fishpool below ($36.00) and a Mountain design with a hidden cone platform at the rear, which waterfalls the smoke over the kneeling figure and toy boat below, creating a dreamy misted water effect ($32.50). Both of these burners also have a hole for burning incense sticks - the perfect fit for Japanese Morning Star.
We've also added three new scents ot our handmade GOLOKA Backflow Cones - now available in Rose, Jasmine and Lavender along with Nag Champa, Sandalwood, Dragons Blood, White Sage and Palo Santo.
If you're curious to see how they work, we also created a quick video showing a few designs at work - CLICK HERE to view it on Facebook. We'll do a better one shortly!
For anyone wanting to try them out without spending too much, we've also popped up a 'mini' sized moon burner but as the platform doesn't comfortably fit our larger sized Goloka cones (they may need a quick shave at the base to fit better) we've put them straight into clearance at $3.50 each.
CLICK to visit our BACKFLOW INCENSE section.
NEW: TUMBLE STONES
We've just introduced a range of tumble / palm stones including all of the Chakra colours - from Rock Quartz and Amethyst to Lapis Lazuli (L) and Garnet, as well as larger sized Lava Stones that can be used as aromatherapy diffusers, and protective Tourmaline. Categorised by weight, every stone is unique in texture, colour and shape.
NEW: Vetiver Oil
We had to have a pause in stocking Vetiver oil for a while as the price has skyrocketed in recent times. We're pleased to say we've managed to source a nice light Vetiver oil at a reasonable price, so it's available now on our website - priced at $32 / 10ml. Click the pic to learn more.
CLEARANCE: ECO $1 BUYS
A last few ECO items still remain in stock and many have been marked down to $1 or even less. Grab a final bargain before they run out - we're clearning most of our non-scent-related items to focus more on our beautiful smellies.
NEW: AUROSHIKHA CONES
We've managed to nab some gorgeous new Auroshikha cones, which have become very hard to find! Currently available in:
* Krishna Musk * Lavender * Frankincense * Surya Rose - plus classic favourites like Sandalwood, Vanilla, Patchouli and Lemongrass are still available.
WHAT NOT TO DO with Essential Oils
by Someone who Should Know Better
A few weeks ago during a cleanup I discovered a long lost bottle of Tangerine oil from my personal stash. A big 50ml size, and even though it's probably 4 or 5 years old it hasn't oxidised and still smells great - it's quite full which meant not much air in the bottle, which would have helped it stay in good scent.
Most people appreciate that the majority of oils do start to deteriorate after a couple of years (less for citrus or oils that haven't been kept cool etc), so the therapeutic properties will have begun to fade by now - but as a scent or deodoriser, if an oil still smells good it's generally fine to use.
I popped the bottle by the bath, and came to a night that felt like a good time to use it. Tangerine oil .. related to gentle, safe Mandarin .. lovely scent .. lets just shake a whole pile in. Being quite a thin oil, every good hard shake would have dispensed quite an amount - the whole bathroom smelled fabulous and fruity.
I climbed in and began to relax. Then one knee starts to tingle. Then an ankle. After a couple of minutes both entire legs and my back are outright STINGING.
Lots of soap but more stinging, until I gave up and emptied the bath completely and refilled it from scratch, with a good lather first. Here's a tip - oil based soap is excellent for oily burns on the skin, as is any carrier oil - the carrier binds with the EO and dilutes it to a more palatable level. And another Tip - for accidental oil in the eyes, wash them out with full cream milk: the fatty oils in the milk work the same way.
Aaaaanyway. New bath, ten minutes more stinging, and it finally started to settle. So much for relaxing.
I can only imagine that the old oil had become more acidic, and despite my education in aromatherapy, I was also using it way too strong. But it does serve as a gentle (!) reminder that even the safest of oils need to be treated with respect and common sense. They're potent and concentrated, and it's important to remember this whenever we use them - especially if your oils are getting older. If you're worried, stick to using them in a burner rather than an application where you'll be applying them to the skin.
I'll just note that after we posted this blog on Facebook there was some discussion regarding the safety of using oils in the bath. There are many schools of thought on this: some say definitely not, others say pour away and add some to your drink while you're at it (hint - DON'T do this one). We have specialised in aromatherapy for over 15 years and have always recommended common sense for safely using oils in the bath, ie using only safer oils that aren't renowned for causing skin sensitivities (eg avoid Peppermint, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus), using only a small amount (8 - 10 drops is typically safe for an adult), and splashing them well through before stepping into the bath. Common sense methods like this are USUALLY a very safe way to use essential oils, but every person is different - if you experience sensitivities discontinue use immediately.
CLICK to LEARN MORE about AROMATHERAPY
THE GOODIES HAVE LANDED
We're excited: the first of our new goodies for 2019 are in and listed, and we have some really interesting new items to share with you - scroll down to see our new BACKFLOW INCENSE CONES & BURNERS, CRYSTAL SMUDGE KITS, new incense sticks and cones, smudge sticks in new types and sizes, and even some groovy new multipurpose labels that are now FREE with inhaler stick multi-packs (or available separately).
Scroll to the base of this newsletter to read about Chakra Crystals and Essential Oils, and our new CRYSTAL CHIP CHAKRA ROLL-ON BOTTLES.
AQ CLEARANCE - FINAL WEEK
If you're still thinking about grabbing some essential oil from our 50ml EXCESS OIL CLEARANCE, the sale ends this Sunday (17th March). There are also plenty of new items in our SALE & CLEARANCE section, from jewellery to incense.
CHEMICAL FREE CLEANING
Further to our last newsletter, our Chemical Free Cleaning section is fully up and running with most items, packs and info pages now available to view - including the double sided card (below) that comes FREE with most cleaning packs.
We are also doing WEEKLY POSTS on the topic on our Facebook and Instagram pages, with simple bite-sized info pieces covering everything you need to know about getting started using natural ingredients & essential oils to clean, disinfect or deodorise your home - so keep an eye on our social pages if you'd like to know more. Recipes coming soon!
NEW: CRYSTAL SMUDGE KITS
Many believe that incense, smudge and crystals can have an effect on our wellbeing, encouraging feelings of self love, protection, positivity or healing. Focusing on some of the types traditionally used for specific benefits, we've put together a series of Smudge and Crystal Kits, each including crystals, smudge stick, incense and burner, and little extras like storage bags, smudging prayer / instruction card and candle. Use the kits to create your own ritual, or for meditation and mindfulness, intention, or general burning.
PROTECTION & NEGATIVITY - $24.00 (Tourmaline & Amethyst)
CLEANSE, PURIFY & HEAL - $27.50 (Selenite & Rock Quartz, with Cedar Smudge)
LOVE - $24.00 (Garnet & Rose Quartz, with Lavender Sage Smudge)
NEW: BACKFLOW INCENSE
Backflow incense has been around for a while but we haven't stocked it until now as most of the incense available has been of the cheap and nasty type. We were delighted to learn that finally one of our favourite quality - and ethical - incense makers is producing backflow cones and we now stock five different scents of GOLOKA BACKFLOW CONES: Nag Champa, Sandalwood, Dragons Blood, White Sage and Palo Santo. $7.50 for a tin of 24 cones.
Backflow incense cones differ from standard cones as they're semi-hollow with an open hole at the base, and are designed to be used with special burners that have a matching hole or design that pulls the smoke downward and allows it to fall in a flow, creating a stunning visual effect as it cascades over or through the burner. And yes, they really do work - the photos below were taken ourselves. The cone will burn 'normally' for a couple of minutes until the heat reaches the top of the hollow section, and then the smoke also begins to flow downwards. Watch our social pages for video coming soon.
We currently have three different BACKFLOW BURNER DESIGNS listed: the $12.00 'WELL' design below, 'WATERFALL' design ($17.50), and the intricate 'DRAGON' design ($21.00). All are a beautiful small size as you can see by the proportion of the cone on the burner (see each listing for full dimensions) - limited stock, more coming very soon.
NEW: SMUDGE STICKS
* MUGWORT (Black Sage): Small back in stock ($8.90), new XL size ($18.90)
* YERBA SANTA: Medium $10.90, for protection & purification, empowerment & courage, emotional pain & grief
* PINON PINE: Small $8.90, for cleansing and reversing negativity, preparing for new beginnings
NEW: ROUND AROMATHERAPY ID LABELS
If you enjoy making your own aromatherapy projects, one thing you can't do without is a label to identify what's inside. These handy little mini-sheets of labels are easily written on with a ball-point pen. Perfect for:
* Plastic Inhaler base caps
* Roll-On Bottle lids
* Essential Oil Bottle Caps
$0.75 / sheet of 10, or FREE with our mixed 10 & 20-packs of plastic inhaler sticks.
NEW: AMBER RESIN DRAWER SCENTING BOX
* FILIGREE TIMBER BOX to scent cupboards & drawers - add your favourite resin or botanical. $8.75 for the box, or $17.95 including 5g of Golden Amber resin.
* TIMBER DRAWER BALLS for essential oils also back in stock.
NEW: GOLDEN COPAL RESIN
We now stock 4 different types of Copal. GOLDEN COPAL has a warm, honey-like colouring and a crisp, almost citrus scent - slightly richer & more spicy than White. Cleansing & healing (both personally or for your space), can stimulate creativity and spirituality, and is also used for purification & protection, or prosperity. $6.75 / 25g.
NEW: SATYA STICKS & CONES
* CONES: now in PALO SANTO, WHITE SAGE & DRAGONS BLOOD.
* STICKS: new PALO SANTO
* WHITE SAGE, SANDALWOOD, & Auroshikha MARBLED sticks back in stock.
NEW: CHAKRA CRYSTAL ROLL-ONS
Originating in Eastern spiritual traditions, the seven primary chakras are considered to be the basis of our human existence. The basic system consists of seven chakras stretching from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.
According to Hindu and Buddhist belief, life force energy (Prana) circulates through various nadis, or energy pathways. As many believe in the healing or protective energies of various crystals and essential oils: that they emit energies and high vibrational frequencies that are more constant than those within our own bodies, these are often used to help us rebalance our own energies.
Whether you believe in the benefits crystals can offer, or just feel a connection to - or enjoyment of - the crystals themselves, our new Crystal Roll-On Bottles allow you to combine the energy of crystals with the benefits of essential oils, to take with you for whenever you need them. Currently available in 8 different crystal types in a beautiful Premium Rollerball Bottle, ready to add your own oil blend (full instructions on our website). Priced at $9.50 each, or $64.00 for a 7-piece Chakra set.
Currently available in: Amethyst, Aventurine, Carnelian, Citrine, Garnet, Lapis Lazuli, Rock Quartz & Rose Quartz. 'Protective' Black Tourmaline coming soon.
Click the graphic above to visit our new LEARN MORE page discussing crystals and essential oils used for rebalancing the seven chakras.
CLICK to see our REVAMPED CRYSTALS PAGE
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2019 CLEARANCE SALE TO MAKE ROOM FOR GOODIES ON THE WAY
We hope everyone has had an excellent start to their 2019. Scroll down for some BACK TO SCHOOL ideas if you've got kids just starting out or dreading the new school year. For us, we've been using the quieter times to go a bit crazy planning some big additions for the upcoming year, which we'll begin unveiling very soon.
In order to bring in new goodies we need to make room and have a bit of a focus, so we have seriously marked down a HUGE number of products that either take up a bit too much space, have been discontinued, or don't quite fit our 'scented' theme.
Scroll down for more info and some tasters on clearance items such as:
* OIL BOTTLE CASES 40% Off
* EXCESS OIL CLEARANCE Up to 50% Off
* CRYSTAL BRACELETS and JEWELLERY from $1
* ENTIRE ECO RANGE to clear
A few of our new items are already listed, including White Sage, Palo Santo & Selenite Healing Kits and more - scroll down.
CHEMICAL FREE CLEANING
A little while back we asked on social media whether anyone would be interested in learning more about natural cleaning, and the response was overwhelming. So we've been busy getting started on a new CHEMICAL FREE CLEANING section focusing on natural cleaning using essential oils and ingredients like bicarb and vinegar. SCROLL DOWN to the bottom of the page if you're interested in learning more.
BACK TO SCHOOL
If you're looking to help anxiety or nerves as the younger members of your family head back to school, here's some tips:
* If you haven't got a bottle of BUTTERFLY TAMER handy, try anxiety-friendly oils like Neroli, Frankincense, Mandarin or Cedarwood.
* DRAGON SLAYER can help with courage - or try Bergamot, Lime or Cedarwood
* USE LESS: Only use a drop or two of oil for smaller children
* Pop some oils on an INHALER STICK to use whenever their confidence needs a bolster
* A drop on a TISSUE in their pocket can also work
* An AROMA PENDANT or bracelet (if they're allowed, or before and after school) is a great way to diffuse oils for children as they don't even have to think about using them
* Try CONCENTRATION oils for study, CALMING oils before school or ANTI-STRESS oils afterwards to enable them to relax and prepare for the next day.
* See our OILS 4 KIDS range for pre-blended oils designed to be suitable for safe use AROUND children (not BY them - always keep pure essential oils out of reach of children).
CLICK to see our OILS 4 KIDS Range
AROMA QUEEN CLEARANCE SALE
24 DIFFERENT 50ml PURE ESSENTIAL OILS DISCOUNTED BY UP TO 50%
To keep our stock fresh we occasionally have a clearance event to turn over some of the oils that we've overstocked on. All oils are listed on the one CLEARANCE page on our Aussie website - click the PHOTO above to view or purchase.
All oils are the premium quality that Aroma Queen is known for - exactly the same as in our standard 10ml bottles. All are absolutely pure single-source plant based oils - not reconstituted, padded out with carrier oil or blended in any way. And all are still well within their recommended use-by dates; we are just turning over some of our excess to ensure that all of our oils remain as fresh as possible. We've reduced the price on these oils by up to 50% to move them on to their forever home nice and quickly!
EXCESS CLEARANCE PRICES - ALL 50ml
ANISEED $25 * BAY $20 * CAJEPUT $9.50 * CAMPHOR $9.50 * CARDAMOM $70 * CINNAMON BARK $25 * CLOVE BUD $19.75 * CUMIN $40 * CYPRESS $30 * FENNEL $19.50 * GALANGAL $25 * GURJUN BALSAM $15 * JUNIPER BERRY $30 * MARJORAM $30 * MAY CHANG $15 * NUTMEG $16 * ORIGANUM $40 * PALMAROSA $25 * PATCHOULI $30 * PINE $30 * SAGE $50 * SANDALWOOD PAPUAN $150 * TANGERINE $14 * TURMERIC $30
CLEARANCE: ECO PRODUCTS
We are moving on many of our 'non-smelly' items, so our ECO section needs to go. Discounted items include:
MENSTRUAL CUPS $12.50 (2 sizes)
RECYCLED PENS from $0.45 each
RECYCLED PENCILS $1.95 / pk 5
PEACH WOOD COMBS (sm $1.95, L $2.95)
ORGANIC BEECH TEETHERS $2 each
SILICONE TEA MATES from $2.50
BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSHES $2.40
TRAVEL CUTLERY SET with CASE $4.95
SPORKS (steel $1.95, wood $2.40)
TRAVEL COFFEE CUP Large $4.95
SILICONE ICE BLOCK MOULDS $3.95 / 4
CLEARANCE: AROMA JEWELLERY
Our chunky boho-look silver & bronze Aroma Pendants include 3 scent pads & free chain - some also come with bonus pads. Great for adults or children - $4.95 each, in over 12 designs and finishes.
CLEARANCE: CRYSTAL BRACELETS & JEWELLERY
LEATHER & CRYSTAL BEAD BRACELETS in Amethyst, Aventurine, Rock or Rose Quartz, Tigers Eye or Red Jasper - $4.50
STONE TURTLE pendant pictured - $2.50, or leather cuff - $3.50.
BEAD BRACELETS (Black Agate, Lapis Lazuli or Tigers Eye) - NOW $3.50
CHAKRA BEAD STRING BRACELETS - NOW $3.50.
More bracelets listed at $1.50 to $3.00.
CLEARANCE: CASES 40% OFF
Made exclusively for AQ to a very high standard, these guys take up a LOT of space! So we've dropped the price by 40% for ALL 5, 16 and 30 bottle cases. Each available in four colour combinations. Perfect for travelling or general storage.
Beautiful finishing compared to cheaper versions - larger cases have carry handle and padded dividers.
NEW: SMUDGING KITS & SELENITE
SELENITE is a peaceful, calming crystal, prized by crystal healers for purification. The ideal energy tool for all types of cleansing because of its pure vibration, which does not need to be 'recharged'. Selenite is believed to have the ability to quickly unblock stagnant and negative energy, removing energy blockages to create a flow throughout the body.
SMUDGE & PALO SANTO BAG - $27.50
7 - 9cm natural rough SELENITE WANDS - $9.95
SMUDGE, PALO SANTO & SELENITE HEALING KIT - $26.00
NEW: ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS
Inspired by our shampoo bars, these pure blends are perfect for general diffusing, freshening & deodorising your home, or using in natural cleaning products (see below). $14.95 each.
AUSSIE FRESH features fresh scented Eucalyptus, the subtle zing of Lemon Myrtle, and the cleansing richness of Rosemary.
CITRUS QUEEN is a gorgeous burst of Mandarin, Orange, Lemon and Lime. Lemon & Orange oils are also excellent for loosening grease.
ALL SALE & CLEARANCE
ALL NEW AT AQ
NEW: AQ CHEMICAL FREE CLEANING
Chemical-free cleaning is about utilising readily-available natural ingredients and tried-and-true traditional methods, instead of mass-produced (and often costly) commercial cleaning products that can contain harsh ingredients, toxic chemicals, preservatives, bleaches, synthetic fragrances and surfactants designed to give the extra foam that marketing has conditioned us to believe will make your household 'cleaner and healthier'.
Instead, using just a handful of ingredients, you can look to replace most of your cleaning products with simple and effective natural solutions, and you'll know exactly what goes into them when you use them throughout your house and around your family.
Many of us already have a collection of essential oils that we use as personal remedies or to scent a room. But they can also be the perfect addition to your natural cleaning kit: adding essential oils to DIY cleaning products can boost their cleaning power, add antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial benefits - PLUS will also make your home smell fantastic.
We're working at adding a range of cleaning products, packs and ingredients which will be available shortly, but the free INFO BLOG is already available, covering:
* a range of NATURAL INGREDIENTS and exactly how they work: vinegar, bicarb, glycerine, castille soap and many more
* a discussion on the best ESSENTIAL OILS to use in your DIY cleaning products - from fresh de-greasing citrus scents to antiseptic, deodorising and anti-insect oils
* a HUGE list of RECIPES and instructions covering kitchens, bathrooms, floors, deodorising and much more.
To view the bloggie, click the button below - and head for the LEARN MORE ABOUT CLEANING page.
More coming very soon!
Visit our new CHEMICAL FREE CLEANING Section
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