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Vacation Days

Stefanie Grant-Cassel

Tags it's my birthday, vacation

Vacation Days

Hey guys, guess what?! I get to go on a vacation this week!  (!!!!!!!)  It's my birthday week, and my wonderful man is treating me to a weekend spa getaway, which is probably the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me, ever, and I'm so excited!  I can't even remember the last time I had a vacation. Much less one that included massages and facials and my favorite person... heaven! So, the Twinkle Apothecary studio will be closed this Thursday through Monday. I'll ship any orders from this week by Thursday morning before I leave town, but everything else will ship next...


What the heck is a hydrosol?

Stefanie Grant-Cassel

Tags aromatherapy, diy, hydrosols, lavender, rose, skincare

What the heck is a hydrosol?

Hydrosol...  Sounds like something that needs replaced every 5,000 miles to keep your car engine running smoothly, no?  Don't worry, it's not nearly that complicated.  It's just flower water.  I know...  It's called a hydrosol, because it's a product of HYDRO-distillation. They can also be called hydrolates, herbal distillates, herbal waters, and essential waters. Oh, and floral waters. Why so many names? I HAVE NO IDEA! It's very confusing! Confusing labeling for a very simple product.  Basically, a hydrosol is a by-product (or co-product) of the essential oil distillation process.  When the plants are hydro or steam distilled, their essential oils...


4 Reasons To Fall In Love With Powder Cleanser

Stefanie Grant-Cassel

Comments 1 Tags cleanser + masque, pH, powdered cleanser

4 Reasons To Fall In Love With Powder Cleanser

Never heard of a powder facial cleanser before?!  No worries, you're not alone!  I learned about powdered cleansers fairly recently. I was researching deodorant ingredients when I first started Twinkle Apothecary, and came across some old folk skincare treatments - a tapioca starch paste to cure acne, and a white rice powder mask to brighten skin.  Well well well... I just happened to have those ingredients on hand...  So I stirred up a little rice flour, a little tapioca, and some kaolin clay, then added some neroli essential oil to regenerate my skin cells, lavender to soothe, and ylang ylang to balance. ...


7 things I liked last week

Stefanie Grant-Cassel

Tags links of the week

7 things I liked last week

OK. Current events are horrifying and I live in the #1 worst state for women in the US, but here's some stuff that doesn't suck:  1. You all know how obsessed I am with scent memory, so I really want to figure out how to start doing this!  2. I'm starting to believe that loving yourself - flaws and all - is the key to true happiness.  3. My bedroom looks a bit like a greenhouse and this is probably why it's my favorite place. #notsocrazyplantlady  4. Also probably why I love this stuff so much...  5. Clickbait articles are the most annoying...


Self Care Sunday #2: 5 Second Manicure

Stefanie Grant-Cassel

Tags cuticle oil, manicure, moisturizer, self care sunday

Self Care Sunday #2: 5 Second Manicure

I've always kind of hated my hands.  For some reason when I was younger I got it in my head that they were too fat, my fingers were stubby, my nails weren't the right shape...  kind of like body dysmorphia, only it was all centered around my poor hands!  (If only I had known that someday I'd end up having a whole website full of pictures of them... haha!)  Now that I'm more mature I can totally see that my hands are perfectly proportionate to my body, but I still don't appreciate them the way that I should. I mean, they do make...