1. what is your etsy shop name and link?
2. what is your favourite item in there right now? and why?
It's a toss up between my Secret Temple natural perfume oil and my Rooibos Chai Tea . The Secret Temple is a delicious, sensuous blend of vanilla, sandalwood and patchouli and I love to wear it. My Rooibos Chai tea because even my husband will drink it! I have a hard time with caffeine, and because this is caffeine-free, I can drink it with no problems. It's a spicy, warming chai tea with all the anti-oxidant benefits of African Rooibos.
3. what are your favourite ingredients and why?
My favourite ingredients in general have to be essential oils. I have so much fun blending them, and I always feel like I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing when I work with them. For soaps, my favourite ingredients (besides essential oils) would have to be olive oil and shea butter. I love how my skin feels after using a soap with high percentages of them. For natural perfumes, I love to use fractionated coconut oil as a base, as it's water clear so you can appreciate the colour of the essential oils and absolutes I use, and it has next to no scent of it's own so it doesn't compete with the eo's I use. And for teas my hands-down favourite ingredient is Rooibos - caffeine-free and contains more anti-oxidants than green tea.
4. what inspires you?
Many things inspire me. When creating new products, I usually find inspiration in ancient history and mythos. I also find inspiration in the natural world around me, and my children with their unending curiosity about everything!
5. what is your best-seller?
My top seller on Etsy is my Chocolate Toffee Rooibos Tea http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11019719. Something that sells really well locally (which I can make a reserved listing on Etsy as well) is my Custom-blended Natural Perfume oil.