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Enfleurage 

Enfleurage is a beautiful essential oil shop in NYC that specializes in the purest and of highest grade oils available. The owner and mastermind behind the shop is Trygve, who actually distills the Frankinsense in her own distillery in Oman. If it doesn’t get more real than that… I don’t know what does!

Essential oils have been around for thousands of years and are often used for its beneficial properties and medicinal ways. I love the idea of using essential oils as my daily scent as it is natural and free of any additives that can be found in some perfumes.

Individual oils are carried at this magical little shop as well as custom blends that they make… Which I love. Unsure of what scents are right for you? I recently chatted with Trygve on how to choose the best oils for yourself.

Read below for the interview:


What is the difference between buying a pure essential oil or something like a perfume or a roll on?

A perfume is something intended to wear as personal fragrance. A roll on can also be a perfume, and it can also be made from pure essential oils. When you buy an essential oil, you are buying a raw ingredient. Some essential oils you can wear directly on the skin, like you would a perfume. Or you can add them to a room vaporizer, a spray, body wash, lotion, a compress, a steam, or any of a hundred different uses. Or you can use in food, as a culinary additive, or to directly address minor skin issues, like bites, burns, etc. 


If deciding to buy an essential oil, are any specific oils best to first layer as your base? And why?

I’m not sure what this means. My base? From a fragrance perspective? If you are making a perfume, there are various schools of thought regarding proper procedure. I would say, though, that decide on what you’re doing, what the heart of your scent is, and proceed from there.


Best scents for a cold? Uplifting? Productivity? Fertility? Romance? Energizing?

For anything to do with sinus, cough, phlegm, etc, eucalyptus, tea tree, thyme (especially thuyanol,) and we have store blend called immune aid. Energizing oils are mints, rosemary, ginger, and further depending on context. Romance would basically mean any oils that can help you relax and maybe shed some inhibition. Ylang ylang and jasmine are usually considered romantic oils but I think it’s a question of personal choice. 

What are the best spots on your body to apply the scents? How often should you apply it?

If you’re using your essential oils like perfume: maybe frankincense, patchouli, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, a dab on the wrists should be fine, but there are plenty of other ways to cloak yourself with fragrance. A drop in the hands and then in the hair, on a washcloth in the shower, or directly over the lymph nodes in the shower. 

Enfleurage:  237 West 13th Street, New York, NY


Tangled Up

If you are like me, and despise combing out your hair, during or after a shower, you must look into a Wet Brush Pro. Hands down, the best detangling brush I have found so far. The flexible, and elongated bristle’s easily detangle the hair, without causing breakage. 

I always recommend applying a leave-on conditioner to the hair, before, you even attempt to untangle the hair from a shower. One of my favorites is Pinstripe from R+Co. Start brushing it out, working from the bottom up, so you do not cause any breakage. It’s also the perfect accessory to keep in the shower, to brush that conditioning mask through… You know, the one you should be doing as a treatment once a week. Take care of that hair ladies! Do you have any tricks that you found to detangle your hair?

Long Hair 411

Have you always wanted those long locks? Girl, you have to treat the whole package to get the best results. Of course, using good products will help. But, the combination of internally treating the body will also result in faster and stronger hair growth. Get the 411 below on your hairs new bff’s.

Multivitamin or Biotin: Start by feeding your hair daily with some B Vitimins to promote hair growth. Taken over time, a vitamin can fill in any gaps that you don’t otherwise receive from your diet. Give it time to work. You should see some new hair’s sprout up in a few months.

Flax Seed: This little seed packs a lot of punch.  It is best absorbed into the body, ground up rather than whole, as you can than pull the most benefits from it. I swear by grinding up some seeds in a coffee or nut grinder and filling up an old cinnamon or spice shaker with the ground flax seeds. Shake this little mixture on everything from eggs, steamed veggies, grilled chicken, over salad and into a smoothie. The possibilities are endless. The idea is that you want to take in a teaspoon a day. Be sure to store the shaker in the refrigerator as nuts can go rancid over time if left out.

Salmon: News flash, this delicious fish is extremely beneficial for strong strands. Rich in Omega’s, your hair will be fortified, aka strengthened from the inside out. A little pricey, but think of it as an investment in your hair. Try to incorporate salmon into your diet at least  once a week, preferably twice. Throw it over a spinach salad for lunch or pair with some veggies and a sweet potato for dinner.

Avocado: High in really good for you fatty acids, avocado will give you those shimmery and sun reflective locks. Think of avocado as an internal shine boost for you hair…You want that. Delicious spread on toast or in egg salad as a replacement for mayonnaise.

Nuts: Considered to be a perfect food, this blend of protein, fatty acids, and omegas is going to enrich your hair to the fullest. Strengthen and repair by snacking on a handful of nuts. Make your own blend  and snack on a handful size amount throughout the day. A combination of almonds, walnuts, cashew and sunflower seeds is my go to. Fun fact: 8-10 almonds can have the same effect on a headaches as two aspirin. Natures medicine.

Oils: If you are suffering from dry or brittle hair, replenish from the inside out by adding more healthy oils into your meals. A lubricant for the body, these oils will keep the machine churning at it’s full potential. Drizzle some olive oil onto steamed veggies or sauté really anything in coconut oil, which can tolerate the highest heat and is perfect for searing meat as well. Still not able to get the recommended teaspoon of oil into your diet? Just take a teaspoon and take a spoonful of unrefined pure coconut oil right from the jar and swallow. That easy.

Weekly Hair Masks: Strengthen and repair those strands atleast once a week with a really great hair mask. If you want to hit the fast lane to gorgeous hair, use the hair mask as your daily conditioner. Just keep it off the roots if your hair tends to get greasy.


Regular Trims Every 10-12 Weeks
: This is a real thing.. Of course you want longer hair, so it sounds silly to trim it. But in reality, your hair will break from the bottom up without regular trims. Resulting in long yet broken and uneven hair… That really doesn’t look good, mixed in with a bunch of split ends. It is uber important to trim those split ends before they do unreversible damage and break up the hair shaft, that can only be solved in cutting a decent amount of length off. Do yourself a favor and maintain those locks so that your long hair looks healthy and beautiful.

Silk Pillowcase: Prevent any damage that can be due to tossing and turning in your sleep. Not into roughing up those strands every night? Keep those hair’s nice and smooth by buying a silk pillow case to sleep on. You will wake up with more shine in your hair than you fell asleep with.

Leave on Conditioner: Always, always apply a leave on conditioner to damp hair, first thing when you get out of the shower, before you comb your hair out. Even, if you just plan to let your hair air dry. Protect it, as wet hair is most prone to breakage. It will also act as a barrier from the heat if you do use a bit.

Easy On The Heat Tools: I am a huge believer in curling your hair and using a little heat if that’s what it takes to always look your finest. With that said, I mean a little heat. Buy a curling iron or flat iron that has a temperature setting. All of my ladies with fine-medium strands or color treated hair, do not go past the medium heat temperature. If each hair strand is thick in texture or very course, a little extra heat is okay. Don’t lie to yourself though. Your hair doesn’t need it. Doing so, will over time remove the moisture in your hair, making it harder to hold a curl or smooth those strands. It’s the worst thing ever.. And eventually it will cause breakage. Don’t leave the curling iron or flat iron on strands for too long of a time either, about 6-12 seconds for each section is all that it needs. Instead, prep the hair with products to ensure hold.

Patience Is A Virtue: Lastly, it takes time to grow your hair. Keep feeding it with the right food and take care of it at all times and it will happen!

Organizing Small Spaces

 

As a beauty enthusiast, you can only imagine how much makeup and hair products that I have accumulated in time. Picture that in you’re mind? Okay great, now times that by ten.

I am also a bit of an organizer.. a trait that I am glad I finally picked up as an adult. Storage space for all of this needed to happen. When I inherited this pretty little shelf, originally from IKEA, I made sure to put it to good use. To really utilize the space while making it not a complete eyesore, I found rustic chalkboard bins at Michael’s. Labeling these with the contents of the makeup contents to which body part they pertain, makes it super easy to grab what I am looking for. Of course the hair bins were a necessity for my forever over flowing hair products. A big woven basket houses a supply of professional hair color, bowls and brushes for those impromptu house calls. Below that, in another basket are bed sheets. A few candles await, ready to be lit during a bath along with a few of my favorite spa products.

I hope this inspires you to turn that little corner you’ve been eyeing into something cute and practical!