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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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