Realms updates

October 23, 2013

cranberry body lotion

aBandon, my newest cranberry scent

New for the season, is my latest scent, aBandon, a sweetened cranberry. I’m making it into everything, including shaving soap. I particularly like it as a room spray.

And, in other news…

The new home for this year’s Holiday Festival of the Arts is…

1825 Cornwall Avenue at Ohio Street

This is the building kitty-corner to Bellingham High School and used to be a bingo hall, Sunshine Liquidators, and, most recently, Mayberry’s Sporting Goods.

Bonus: latte stand in the parking lot!

Lotion, lotion scent, body lotion, moisturizing lotion

Made from champagne, blood orange, chocolate and strawberry, my newest scent: Cocomosa

I’m delighted to announce my newest scent: Cocomosa. Think Mimosas and add chocolate. It’s perfect for those cold days; warms you from your inner scent glands, out. I find myself reaching for it everyday after my shower. It’s the 18th scent in the Realms Bath & Body Line. Please don’t tell me to stop!

pink carnation

In honor of moms everywhere, I bring you Dianamour, my newest scent. It is a very realistic carnation, that brings me back to when I was a little girl walking to school and passed by my neighbor’s carnation bush. I would walk slower, drinking in its intoxicating scent.

From the scientific name Dianthus, it roughly translates to flower of love or flower of the gods, depending on the source.  The carnation’s history dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times. The pink carnation in particular symbolizes a mother’s undying love.

So… new?

May 5, 2010

In my family, noone ever said, “So, what’s new?” It was always abbreviated to “so… new?” which made it sound even more Yiddish. ‘Course, it was usually uttered by one of my family members from my Dad’s side, who grew up in Brooklyn. And even though they all moved to California, they never could quite shake the accent.

So… here’s new: I’m slowly making all new Realms stock for the summer season. I found out I just got accepted to the Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival again this year (yessss). Once I get all the products made in all scents, I’m going to build a light box and shoot all the products (lock-down shot) in anticipation of building a very small e-commerce website. This is slow going so it may be awhile.

I also have a new scent: Wai’oli — lime and verbena with a hint of coconut. It’s light and energizing. I find I’m reaching for it whenever I get into the shower lately (a big cue to me it’s a keeper). And I’m so trying to get that lime in the coconut song out of my head.

coconut lime verbena

Lime and verbena with a hint of coconut

I want to thank you for your wonderful ideas. They definitely got the creative juices flowing. Many of the suggestions were mythical realms from novels, which for copyright infringement reasons, I did not want to completely plagiarize. However, one suggestion, Winterfel, one of the kingdoms in the amazing George R.R. Martin fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, really struck a chord. Combining that with various words for ice crystals, the name Crystafel evolved.

Gifties are forthcoming for Cari (which means you have to visit Bellingham!), Kay and Linda Sue, whose suggestion of Snowman Poop still has me cracking up.

Contest: Name my New Scent

September 1, 2009


For all my creative friends and supporters, something fun… Come up with a name for my newest Realms scent and win a gift basket. The scent is a subtle white musk that reminds me of winter, ice crystals and making snow angels in piles of powder. If you have ever visited a magical winter place…or imagined such a place…please post a comment with your best one-word name. Please have your entries in by September 28th. Don’t forget to post a way for me to get in touch with you in case your entry wins!

Pomegranate unleashed

Pomegranate unleashed

Now out of beta and officially a part of  the Realms Bath and Body Line, are two new scents: Persephone and Fragaria.

Persephone is a wonderful pomegranate — earthy with just a touch of  tartness.

From Greek mythology, Persephone was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus. Hades fell in love with Persephone and abducted her to his underworld kingdom to become his wife. Her mother, Demeter, the Goddess of the Harvest, went into mourning for her lost daughter and in despair, caused all green things to stop growing. Zeus commanded Hades to return Persephone. It was the rule that anyone who consumed food or drink in the Underworld was doomed to spend eternity there. Persephone had no food, but Hades tricked her into eating a few pomegranate seeds while she was still his prisoner and so, because of this, she was condemned to spend four months in the Underworld every year.  This was how seasons came into being.

the lone strawberry

the lone strawberry

Oregon Strawberry logo

Oregon Strawberry logo

Fragaria is the genus  for strawberries and I thought it would be a perfect name for the scent.  I have added a touch of musk to this scent to mute the sweetness just a little bit. Two nearly teenage young ladies inspired me to make this scent: Leah, my precocious, smart a whip niece, and Chloe, Poem’s darling daughter, who, one day, I know will emerge out of her cocoon.

Spring bulbs

Spring bulbs

I’ve been hitting the kitchen lately, working on a new spring scent. You caught me singing the Little Eva song Locomotion , substituting the word “lotion for “motion”: “Everybody’s doing a brand new dance, now. Come on baby, do the loco-lotion” Good thing, you can’t see me dance 🙂

mixing madness

mixing madness

I’ve been playing with a Peach/Angel’s Trumpet combination which is yummy…also Pomegranate…and Pear for the summer. Then for the fall, Sandalwood/China Rain (very nicey, oh so spicey).

Also, I’m playing with hard soap. Still in beta, but I’m hoping to add a bar soap as well as shaving soap in a mug for the shaving purists.

People often ask me why my lotion is so silky. Without giving away the special sauce, all my lotions are handmade with Shea Butter, Aloe, Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil & the secret ingredient: Silk Amino Acids.

Stay tuned, but I have sent off an entry fee into the upcoming Ski to Sea Festival, for the final day, race day Sunday at the street fair in Fairhaven.  I’ve never done anything this big before, so I’m a little nervous. I have one of those vendor tents on order and have been re-stocking.

Also, I’ve put in a jury application for the Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival, a 2-day affair at the beginning of August. I’ll keep you posted.

Experiencing Ginger FAIL

Experiencing Ginger FAIL

I love the spicy aroma of Ginger and have been experimenting since last fall to find just the perfect combination. I have tried 3 different Ginger oils, but whenever I mix them into my lotion base little crystals form. If anyone has any advice, I sure could use the help. Help!

Searching for a fall scent

September 19, 2008

Every year I’ve lived here in the northwest, there has been one definitive day that says fall has arrived. Today is the day. It’s grey and dripping out, after many glorious days of late summer sun. Every so often driving along, a vine maple pops out among the green, proudly wearing shades of orange and red. At this time of year too, my nose seeks the warmth of rich gourd scents and spice, rather than light florals and summer fruits. So, I’m hunting for a new scent that says autumn.

Autumn on Ellis Street (last year)

Autumn on Ellis Street last year