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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

The start of summer is the perfect time to play with our lusciously juicy citrus fragrance collections with essential oils of orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, lemongrass and grapefruit!  Summer relaxes the go-go girl in all of us, and is there anything more soulfully refreshing than citrus energy?  We don’t think so!  Citrus beauty just makes me want to jump in!  How about you, cherie?  Carpe diem, in a sensually indulgent way unique to gorgeous YOU! → Read more

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

If you feel as if you’ve been hibernating most of the winter, the last thing you may want to think about is making sure to get enough sleep now that spring is here.  You’re ready to burst forth and enjoy, greet your neighbors, visit friends, and spend evenings out after bitter chills and early sunsets have kept you indoors for too long.

You want to take your beloved ’98 S70 lipstick red Volvo out for a spin, give her a turbo thrill anywhere but 30 mph Valley View Road (and I don’t mean 32 or 35 mph which is pushing a speeding ticket).

Oops, she was forced into retirement last week when one of her cylinders went down.  I’m in deNile, and don’t want to believe she’s gone.  I want her back more than I could ever have imagined.  She’d been huffing and puffing (running rough they call it) for about a week before I took her in, thinking she might need new spark plugs.  Don’t all of us older gals need new sparks from time to time?  Made sense.  But unfortunately, the problem lay deeper.  When we’re not on all cylinders, it’s a problem.

I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. Dan at Borton Volvo service told me to have a stiff drink and say goodbye.  She was no longer safe.  She could blow at any moment.  A day, a week, a month, maybe a year.  I didn’t want to let her go, but I couldn’t continue to hold on.  I drive my daughter around town.  Safety’s a big deal.

So, I took photos.  I stood next to her.  Wherever she goes from the Borton Volvo lot, she’ll remain ever in my heart.  I’ve not yet had the stiff drink, and don’t really think it would work anyway.  She was bigger than that.

I’ll never feel the same about another car.  She was my first Volvo, my signature color, a boxy handmade Swedish girl who developed a distinct personality with age, and carried on even after I blew out her ignition one winter, and someone pushed her gently in a parking lot, leaving a subtle barely remarkable dent in her otherwise perfect frame.  She proudly wore my kissing Mimi magnets till the end.

I can’t imagine ever feeling quite the same about my new (to me) 2013 S60 onyx on whom Mimi seems sadly faded.  My new Volvo demands new magnets.  That’s the thing about changing one thing – other things seem suddenly old.  And who I am to judge.  I’m getting older too.  My parts will wear out.  Where will I go?  She deserved better.  I acted in haste.  I wish she were back.

I digress.  Besides, if I count out the years, I’ll have a few more Volvos enter my life.  Just got to get ready and prepare for it emotionally next time.

Back to our theme of beauty sleep.  Cherie, now is when you need your sleep more than ever, to handle the ups and downs of life, hopefully more ups…

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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

One word with enormous power to make the difference between healthy radiant skin that you dare to bare, and skin you’d rather keep under wraps this summer: EXFOLIATE.   Yes, it’s a really big deal. You only have to try it once to notice immediate benefits.  When you make it part of your weekly skincare routine, you’ll continue to notice your best skin ever – healthy, soft, smooth skin that returns the love you give it!   → Read more

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

May is all about love: first love, new love, mom’s love, love for mom, love for newborn baby animals and their angels with fur kinda love for us,…. Love of all kinds as a vital force inspires us to feel happy, young and exuberant, and want to share all this luscious energy with our family and friends and smile at people we may never know other than in passing for a moment in time.   → Read more

written by Raulla S. Mitchell If you’ve always loved florals, this is your season. You instinctively understand why florals are traditionally regarded as the most cherished romantic fragrances.  And, is there anything that celebrates the feminine essence more than florals when you’re thinking of special Mother’s Day gifts for the women in your lives, and maybe that includes you?  Florals elegantly express your love for the woman who gives you so much everyday and will be in your heart always. “She cast her fragrance and radiance over me.” from ”Le Petit Prince”, Antoine de Saint-Exupery  → Read more
written by Raulla S. Mitchell “To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.”    Jane Austen

Earth Day is next week.  How do YOU celebrate Earth Day?

I don’t mean how should you celebrate it, because you can celebrate it anyway you want (no normative framework around this) but I’m interested, because there seem to be infinite ways to celebrate a day all about the planet on which we live, and conversely, without which, we couldn’t live, at least not yet, and certainly not in the same manner.

I saw part of the film “The Martian” while my daughter was watching it on Netflix, and I have to say, Mars is not for me.

The verdant landscapes, trees with abundant leaves, and flowers in bloom this spring hold the potential to transform our spirits. In the midwest, we know this all too well, especially these last few years, in light of, dare I say it, global warming.  I think I can dare.  It’s pretty clear that it’s arrived, and now we’re in the rush to figure out what to do to prevent more drastic consequences of our collective actions over generations.

In Minnesota, we deal daily with temperature and climate pendulum swings.  Is it spring, is it winter, is it spring, is it winter…? Mushy snow that melts nearly on contact with the pavement mid-April leaves us asking and waiting to change our closets and unveil our charming (let’s hope so) personalities to our neighbors.

We’re left with empirical knowledge and faith, knowing and believing that spring will come, as it always does.  We can leap from freezing winter temps, wind chills that threaten to push down my heavy Volvo trunk on top of my head while reaching for my purse inside (yeah, that’s right it did just that, and it was as frightening and painful as you might imagine when it happened at Costco), and a slippery mess of a rain-snow mix to 70 degrees the next day.

It can also feel a little like “En attendant Godot”, waiting for Godot or Mother Nature to brighten our yards and our spirits.  Come on Mother Nature, please hurry on over to Minnesota with your powerful feminine charms, we want to see our tulips and irises popping up!  I’d even be immensely grateful for a hosta or two along the boulder wall and by the mailbox.  I’ve been staring at colorful silk flowers in pots outside my front door all winter, because I can’t bear life without color.  Still, I don’t for a sec believe they’re real, and I’m sooooo….ready for flowers that grow in the earth! → Read more

written by Raulla S. Mitchell “All is a miracle. The stupendous order of nature, the revolution of a hundred million worlds around a million stars, the activity of light, the life of all animals, all are grand and perpetual miracles.”   Voltaire (1694-1778, France)

Bliss is a perpetual miracle. And what’s so fab about bliss is that we can find it everyday within ourselves!

We cannot help but be reminded of the veracity of Voltaire’s eloquent expression, particularly after months of nature covered in snow and ice, green begins to expose itself once again, the initial sign of nature’s powers of miraculous rejuvenation and rebirth.  Late March’s wet grass, blossoms beginning to form, fruit growing on trees, and moisture in the air tells us that spring has returned. We are part of the cycle of nature, and follow her revitalization.

Even if Mother Nature decides to snow huge flower-sized snowflakes this April in Minnesota, we know from experience that they’ll quickly melt when the sun comes out.  Hey, we’ve just been through this.  It could happen in April, just a few days away.

When I was a child, my grandmother used to call each April 1st with the same line “Look out the window, it’s snowing.”  I’d say “Grandma, it’s not snowing, don’t you know it’s April!”  She’d insist, so finally I’d put the phone down, go to the window, and when I’d return to the phone, she’s say the inevitable “April Fools.”  I miss her calls every April 1st.  I’ve always thought Mother Nature and my grandmother were just reminding me to be grateful for what’s to come?

What better place than a warm fragrant bath to discover your blissful rejuvenation this season? Your bath is a sanctuary for undisturbed reverie and meditation. Release all winter’s cares to be swept away by the uncontrolled beauty of your thoughts, feelings, emotions and sensations, and give in to wherever they lead you…Your bath is your bath.  It’s a rule-free zone.  Your isolation tank or a shared space, whatever you’re in the mood for.  → Read more

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

Take a bath tonight, cherie.

The bath is your isolation tank. It’s where you keep it real!  An oasis to reconnect with your genuine self. Let go of all the stuff that you won’t remember next week.  Feel work, family and worldly you melt away, leaving only the real you that deserves the best bath ever!  We’re here to inspire you to create this super fab bath just for YOU.   → Read more

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

For your most nurtured, radiant, and touchable skin 365 days a year, follow your skincare for the bath 3 easy step routine: CLEANSE, EXFOLIATE and MOISTURIZE that we shared just a few blog posts earlier in January.  Now, let’s focus on EXFOLIATION and FRAGRANCE, because it’s the month of romance after all.  Yes, we decided one day simply couldn’t wrap itself around something as exquisite and powerful as romance, so we’re going with a month of romance, and hope that’s okay with you! → Read more

written by Raulla S. Mitchell

The Ritual of the Bath…

is inextricably connected to love and romance, both for yourself and those with whom you share your life.

Keep your promise to take time out of your scheduled day to pause, slow down, unwind, relax and treat your mind, body and spirit to luxurious nutrient-rich ingredients to rejuvenate your skin and luscious fragrances to celebrate your spirit.

Your inner spa queen, dreamer and sensualist are calling YOU!

Did you know the bath solves nearly all problems, conundrums, worries, concerns, and offers amazing answers to your what should I do now moments?

Take a bath tonight, cherie. → Read more