Elixir Collective No. 20 ~ Citrus Cream

Elixir Collective No. 20 ~ Citrus Cream

Woven into every culture is a rich tapestry of wellness rituals — age-old practices to worship our bodies with the plants growing around us. While many of my creations involve intuition and experimentation, I always find wisdom and inspiration in the recipes of yesteryear that have long been passed down. As usual, some of the best-kept secrets are not written in books, but rather are kept alive through family traditions and found in some of the more remote and exotic places on the planet. This month’s offering is my take on a beloved recipe from Thailand, by way of a friend who traveled there and experienced a magical shampoo made from one very special local ingredient....
Elixir Collective No. 19 ~ Mocha Mud

Elixir Collective No. 19 ~ Mocha Mud

Amongst nature’s vast rainbow of botanical delights, the sweet nectars of the tropics are some of the most alluring ambrosias under the sun. Hawaii has become a home to such delectable flora as cacao, vanilla, coffee and sugarcane — each with intoxicating flavors and aromas that are almost universally beloved by the human palette. Through various forms of alchemy we are able to transform these otherwise inconspicuous and inedible fruits into masterpieces of delight; heat, fermentation, pressure and distillation are all involved in their metamorphoses into mediums that we can enjoy....
Elixir Collective No. 18 ~ Afterglow Potion

Elixir Collective No. 18 ~ Afterglow Potion

The height of summer feels like the time of year when lotions are ideal: because of their dual nature, they are inherently lighter on the skin and absorb easily without feeling heavy. The Afterglow Potion was conceived to be the perfect aftersun care formulation — every ingredient within this velvety smooth serum is there to help your skin repair from long days in the sun...
July 31, 2019 by Deanna Rose
Elixir Collective No. 17 ~ Manoa Mist & Aromatic Armor

Elixir Collective No. 17 ~ Manoa Mist & Aromatic Armor

Most days in the back of the valley, the clouds kiss the mountain tops and wisps roll down their sides as if the cosmos were gracing us with their presence. In Hawaiian, the word Manoa means lush and deep, and both are perfect descriptors for this jungly Honolulu neighborhood microcosm. The June Elixir Collective featured an exclusive pre-release of Manoa Mist, an Atmosphere Spray inspired by this beautiful valley...
Elixir Collective No. 16 ~ Sunbather Salve

Elixir Collective No. 16 ~ Sunbather Salve

The Sun — an enigmatic celestial body so magnificent that gods were created just to explain its existence. Sunlight is crucial to our health, both for body and mind, as it activates cellular reactions on the surface of the skin that are essential for our survival. But just the right balance of sun exposure is key: too much (or too little) can be detrimental to our livelihood. The May Elixir Collective featured a product I've long been working on that incorporates photoprotectant botanicals from around the world into an experimental Sunbather Salve...
Elixir Collective No. 15 ~ Black Rose Cleanser

Elixir Collective No. 15 ~ Black Rose Cleanser

A paradox within its own chemical makeup, soap is one of the only natural substances able to perform the small but mighty molecular miracle of binding to both oil and water. This rare feature is what makes it so good at what it does — and why it has been reveled by humans for many thousands of years. The April Elixir Collective subscription box was centered around the Limited Batch Black Rose Cleanser, a gentle face & body wash crafted from African Black Soap infused with local & organic hydrosols...
May 05, 2019 by Deanna Ahigian
Earth Day Vows

Earth Day Vows

In honor of Earth Day, let's all take a moment to renew our vows to the planet individually and as a species. As living, breathing beings we require energy and create waste, but to minimize our footprint for the sake of the earth is part of our due diligence. The following list consists of my top 10 life hacks for reducing my personal impact on the planet...

 

Elixir Collective No. 14 Rooted Honey

Elixir Collective No. 14 ~ Rooted Honey

Food is medicine is beauty. The enclosed offering is truly rooted in this philosophy, with an elixir that can flow with ease from your kitchen to your first aid kit to your skin care routine. Rooted Honey is a classic staple in my apothecary for its broad versatility and healing potency: a combination of three ingredients come together and augment one another for this immune-enhancing, disease-fighting, inflammation-reducing blend...
Elixir Collective No. 13 ~ Love Oil & Lover's Elixir

Elixir Collective No. 13 ~ Love Oil & Lover's Elixir

Having evolved for far longer a time frame than we can even truly comprehend, plants are the original artists of attraction. With a rather stationary status, the survival of flora required pollinators to come to them: for freely moving creatures to to be so allured by their scent and sight that they would stop to take a sip of nectar and pass along their seed. February's Elixir Collective potions, crafted for the upcoming holiday in celebration of love, incorporate all of my most beloved botanical aphrodisiacs...

February 20, 2019 by Deanna Ahigian
Elixir Collective #12 Wellness Subscription Box

Elixir Collective No. 12 ~ Breathe Relief Balm & Breathe Easy Herbal Steam

The January Elixir Collective subscription was centered around maintaining optimal wellness throughout the winter season. A special first batch of my newly released Breathe Relief Balm, and exclusive batch Breathe Easy Herbal Steam, and a page full of tips to stay healthy in colder months were all a part of the No. 12 box...