Essencia: Must-Haves and a Giveaway!

You know those days and weeks when you wish there were two of you? I'm having that kind of month, and it's a glorious thing because it means I'm busy doing what I love (designing Christmas cards), but I wish there were another one of me to write this post so that I could take the time to tell you how much I love this company: Essencia.

Here are a few of my favorites that will find their way into Christmas gifts (and gifts-to-self) this season:

You haven't SHAVED until you've shaved with Lavender Mint Shaving Syrup. Seriously. I'm not a big product girl (which is why you KNOW it's love when I dedicate an entire blog post to products), but this is one product every girl can use. And you know what? This product has made it into the "Gift Bags for the Stars" at the Academy and Grammy Awards! It's BIG-TIME!

Another body product you'll want to try...Rosemary Mint Body Polish.
Exfoliating, moisturizing...all that good stuff, but it smells good, too! And just after you rinse it off, try shaving (no shaving syrup needed this time). Two-in-one!

A product I can't live without: Honey Mint Lip Balm. It's better than Burt's Bees or whatever you've got in your purse!

I'm addicted. It's literally in every drawer - desk, kitchen, bedside, bathroom...you name it! It's the perfect combination of silky and moisturizing...not at all sticky or waxy. Owner/co-founder Alison McMurtrey works really hard to perfect her products, and it shows in this little power-packed tube!

Moving on to a few household favorites: Lavender Linen Spray.

I'm not a big fan of linen sprays because most of them have so may artificial fragrances ("parfum" sounds desirable because it's a French word, but let's call a spade a spade...it's not the real deal!). This linen spray puts the rest to shame. Lavender is known for its calming benefits, so go ahead...mist it on your pillow each night, your sheets between washings, your children's pillows...you can even use it as an air freshener.

Speaking of air freshener (don't get me started on how I feel about most "air fresheners" on the market), this little product is Essencia's hidden jewel in my opinion:
I know...it looks a little unconventional. I mean, really...when was the last time you used a lamp ring? When I first saw this product, I wasn't "sold," but the second I tried the Lavender Mint Oil with Aromotatic Light Bulb Ring, I was hooked. This is what you'll smell in my studio.

There are many more products I could list, but Christmas cards are calling, so I'll leave you with this: most of the products I mentioned are 25% off right now, and if you spend $40 and mention the code XMASSHIP, you'll get free shipping.

AND...if you leave a comment between now and December 11th about which of these products you'd most like to try (or a comment about any of the Essencia products), you'll be entered in the giveaway to win a little Essencia for yourself! Go for it!

Merry, Merry!


  1. ooohhhh -- that mint oil sounds wonderful -- i'm always looking for a non-air freshener way to make my house smell good!

  2. After visiting your studio several weeks & falling in love with the lavender mint oil ring I've already placed 2 orders with Essencia! The products are amazing & Alison's customer service is superior. The website is now saved under my "Favorites." I'm hooked. Thank you, thank you!! Amber :)

  3. Well, I actually have a lamp ring! The shaving syrup would be pleasing to the eye in addition to smelling great-- much better than my drugstore purchases!

  4. I think the rosemary mint body polish sound delightful.I have purchased several of these items from my neighbor who has moved to Colorado. Glad to see that they are still available.

  5. I'd love to try the body polish or the syrup. Big fan of the chapstick!

  6. The way you describe these products makes me want to try them all! I'm going to that website next to see what goodies I can get.

  7. Amber, you are absolutely right about superior customer service...I forgot to mention that in my post! Everything Alison touches turns to gold! I can't wait to see who wins one of these fabulous products!

  8. i esp. like the lotions since they don't use any alcohol, which most all lotions have in their ingredients. :o) thx, lins

  9. Alston...you are the lucky winner of the Essencia give away! Send me an email with your mailing address and I'll send a "happy" your way! The rest of you...be sure to visit Essencia and buy something for yourself! You'll be glad you did!


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