BulletScents of Peace December 2011 NewsletterBullet

Christmas Peace

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Hello, friends! I hope this finds you well.  Welcome to the holiday edition of our newsletter.  Only a few weeks until Christmas is upon us once again.  As it is always my intention to help with organising your own busy holiday schedules, I want to inform you of important upcoming closure dates.  The last day to place orders this year will be 9 December. In addition to the holidays, many of you already know I am expecting the arrival of our first baby at the end of 2011 / early in 2012.  For this reason we will be closed up until 17 February 2012.  I thank you in advance for your understanding and support as my family and I use this precious time to bond with our new daughter. 

The Spirit of Giving
  For the third consecutive year, we are proud to have donated a portion of our annual sales to Oxfam New Zealand.  I love Oxfam's approach to real sustainable solutions to helping to end poverty and suffering in under developed countries.  Thanks to your purchases over the last 12 months, you have helped us to donate some very unique gifts that will change the lives of many families in need.  For example, some of our donation went to secure a pair of chickens to a family living in poverty in Papua New Guinea.  The chicken's eggs are a great source of nutrition for the family and their waste makes amazing organic fertilizer.  Not to mention the income they provide through the sale of chicks and eggs.  You also helped to train a farmer using low-cost organic farming methods to produce much higher yields and adapt to changing climate conditions.  Your purchases from Scents of Peace also contributed to the costs of training a village birth attendant.  In Papua New Guinea, one of the riskiest places in the world to give birth, a woman is now being trained in basic midwifery skills and provided a safe birthing kit.  This helps support mothers and children right from the start of life.  From these families and ours, many thanks for allowing us to continue to donate to Oxfam.  For more information and to donate, please visit www.oxfam.org.nz

Limited Time Specials
All 100 ml Body Sprays in our exclusive range of scents blends are 25% off! Normally $24 now only $18 each!!
Organic Lotion Sale!! (Available in Pink Peppermint, Sweet Vanilla Bean or Oregon Dreams scents) are now only $15 each!!
*Sorry this offer is not available to retailers and does not include customised aromatherapy orders.   Offer expires 9 December or while stocks last.

Essential Oil Spotlight:  Ylang-ylang
Ylang-ylang means "the flower of flowers" and is extensively used in cosmetics for its much loved exotic, top floral scent.  Ylang-ylang (pronounced e-lang, e-lang) is commonly used for romantic occasions with its renown aphrodisiac qualities.  In Indonesia, the flowers of Ylang-ylang are spread on the newlywed's bed. The flower petals of Ylang-ylang are pink, yellow, cream or mauve with a strong floral fragrance.  Ylang-ylang has been nicknamed "Poor Man's Jasmine" as its scent is reminiscent of Jasmine.   In addition to its attractive scent, Ylang-ylang, is a powerful therapeutic oil that can be used to heal and restore in many ways.  As a calming essential oil, Ylang-ylang can be used to help relieve depression, treat anxiety and as I recently had the pleasure of proving first hand, help to lower blood pressure.   I've been using it daily in my oil diffuser and have noticed a real difference in not only my blood pressure readings but also in its overall anti-anxiety effects.  Ylang-ylang has superior calming properties to many essential oils.  A few drops in the bath is an easy indulgent treat that will leave you rejuvenated.  I highly recommend adding Ylang-ylang to your essential oil collection; you too will fall in love with its scent and effects.

Warm wishes for you and your families for the holiday season and into the New Year.  Until next time...

Peace, Darcy x
Creative Director, Owner & Operator, Scents of Peace