January 20, 2019

Why you should care about the moon's phases and how to perform easy, simple rituals to tune into her power...

December 4, 2018

The Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art + Craft Market!
Featuring art and handmade goods from over 250 amazing vendors!

Crafty Wonderland is a longtime established and iconic event here in the PNW. With humble beginnings at the Doug Fir Lounge, it now takes up a whole hall at...

August 30, 2018

Aromatherapy and Herbs Class

April 5, 2018

We challenged a friend to use their regular grocery store bar of soap once a day along with Le Noir Bleu once a day (they’re a two-showers-a-day kind of person).

Here are the bars, side by side on day one (Le Noir Bleu's vegan, plant-based bar is on the right):

After two...

February 2, 2018

Bonjour, mes amis! We've been mixing up some charming potions in preparation for the most exciting thing to happen in Portland, OR all February long: The Portland Night Market @portlandnightmarket 

We'll have all kinds of delightful vegan items: facial mask sc...

February 2, 2018

A lil behind-the-scenes peek at how our facial mask scrubs are made, by hand (see pix, in consecutive order below).

I start by grinding try dried plant matter (can you believe I used to grind them by hand with a mortar and pestle (see last pic)?! I stubbornly wanted eve...

November 4, 2017

The Silent Seduction of Scent

By Mary Lenoir Bond

“I think a fragrance is more of a signature than even what you wear—something you’ll remember more down the road than a shirt.” 

–Ryan Reynolds, actor

Ylang-ylang is a flower—perhaps not as well known in the United States a...

September 7, 2017

Save the dates: September 29th and 30th, 2017!

Portland Night Market is like no other event I've ever been to. I was an attendee before I was a vendor. Around each corner were a dozen new surprises, boundless creativity, and pure imagination.

Besides local arts, crafts,...

April 23, 2017

“Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender” –Alice Walker

Lavender has bewitched us for centuries, and yet it continues to gain popularity. What is it about this intoxicating flower/herb that vastly diverse groups of people find so similarly pleasing? Is it the a...

April 3, 2017

Beyond the Valley of the Hippies 

By Mary Lenoir Bond

“Be Here Now!”

~ Ram Dass

Patchouli (sometimes also spelled “patchouly”) may be the most polarizing scent in perfumery. Its distinctive fragrance is unmistakable and totally unique, but people generally either love it o...

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