Sunday, September 30, 2012

Through a Scent...Seville

The orange tree is central to this fragrance. It opens with spicy, green and zesty notes. It then gives way to the passion of the heart notes... Enhanced by a jasmine accord and beeswax, the orange flower absolute reveals its opulence and stunning sensuality. Finally, base notes unveil a certain darkness, imparted by lavender from Seville and frankincense, giving a spiritual intensity to the entire perfume.

Petigrain, orange blossom, jasmine, incense
What is Petigrain?  It is an essential oil extracted from the twigs of the bitter orange plant.  Petigrain oil gains its name from the fact that it used to be extracted from the small unripe oranges of the plant.  This oil is widely used in perfumes and colognes due to its distinct woody, orange fragrances.



Séville à l'Aube is now available through 
C & A Camp
Downtown Charlottesville

Thursday, September 20, 2012

WELEDA ~~ Celtic Goddess of Wisdom and Healing


It all goes back to 1921 and something called anthroposophy. This movement, stemming from the teachings of philosopher Dr. Rudolf Steiner, encourages the individual to see his or her body, mind and spirit as intrinsically linked to our world; all part of one holistic system. 

And so Steiner, along with Dr. Ita Wegman, got together with a team of dedicated scientists and doctors to determine just how they might use this philosophy to take care of their patients’ needs. They understood that a human body has a remarkable ability to heal itself, but sometimes it needs a little help. So they developed a personal approach to health care using natural ingredients that can holistically work with and support our own body’s healing tendencies. 

They started by creating one of the world’s first Biodynamic® gardens to grow what they needed. Sound new agey? It’s actually old agey—what cultures around the world have done successfully for generations.
It was successful for our founders too.

Patients were healed, wellness and balance were restored to them, and never once was a synthetic chemical or lab-made preservative used in the process. 

The company’s new name couldn’t have been more appropriate: Weleda, after the Celtic goddess of wisdom and healing.
Soon, word got around about the innovative, effective work Weleda was doing and the company spread from Switzerland, to Germany and into North America and the world. Today we’re proud to have offices and partnerships in more than 50 countries. 

And yet despite our success, not a whole lot has changed. We still cultivate our own Biodynamic® gardens. We still believe natural ingredients truly provide what a body needs to be vibrant, beautiful and well. We still put the health and well-being of you above all else.
And we continue to grow, spreading our passion for beauty, wellness and environmental respect around the world.

 WELEDA products are now available in Charlottesville through 
C & A Camp

photos and text by Weleda. 


Saturday, September 8, 2012


Africa has many sources of beauty....
from the desert sands, to the majestic lion, to the amazing sunsets over the ocean...

...But it is her people that are truly magnificent. 

Carlin's feet felt as if they belonged on the soil of East Africa.
It was the only time she had been away from home and didn't want to come back.
The Motherland.
Because, really, we are all children of Africa.

photos:  here