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Gift Guide 2019

Jessica Burman

Tags gift guide, gifts, green beauty

Gift Guide 2019
Our picks for the best gifts of 2019

My Summer of Distillation

Jessica Burman

Tags essential oils, hydrosols

My Summer of Distillation

Using plants for health and beauty is my lifelong passion and life’s work as one of the formulators at Cocoon Apothecary. Every year I delve deeper into the intricate relationship between humans and the botanical world. I read books, take courses, and visit the growers to truly get to know the plant ingredients that we work with. July 2018 took me to the lavender fields in France to study natural perfumery with the Grasse Institute of Perfumery. In January 2019, I toured the jungles of Panama and Costa Rica, and took courses in plant medicine and tree to bar chocolate...


Priestess Perfumes: From France to Persephone

Jessica Burman

Priestess Perfumes: From France to Persephone

I believe in destiny and taking giant leaps of faith. This is what led me to study perfumery in France last year. It is something I had dreamed of and talked about for many years, but the urge became undeniably strong early in 2018, and before I knew it I was registered at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery and on a flight to Marseilles.   I arrived in Provence on June 22 at the height of the lavender, immortelle, sunflower, wild broom and clary sage bloom. The countryside was flush with purples and yellows as far as the eye could...


Essential Oils are Fragrant But They Aren't Fragrance

Essential Oils are Fragrant But They Aren't Fragrance

When I started natural skin care formulating in 2004, I was immediately freaked out about using essential oils because there were so many warnings out there about pregnancy, epilepsy etc. I enrolled in an aromatherapy course and got my certification within 6 months. I needed to practice safety with people's skin and wanted to use these wondrous oils in the most effective way possible. Since that time, my education has expanded on the daily. I've read so many books, I had to Marie Kondo them last month to make room in my office (which is now being overtaken by books...


Protect Your Barrier

Adam Lawlor

Protect Your Barrier

Changing temperatures and indoor heating means a huge dip in moisture levels in the skin. For dry skin types, this is when things can get problematic. Your skin has a protective layer of oil, sweat, and dead skin cells called the barrier or acid mantle. It is a thin film with a pH of 4.5 to 6.2 that acts to combat bacteria and viruses. It also keeps moisture in. When the barrier fails, it can cause chronic dry, flaky skin and lead to more serious issues like eczema. At this point, your skin will need some TLC and the harsh...