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 #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...

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Elixir Collective No. 11 ~ Lux & Nox Facial Serums

The December Elixir Collective subscription box featured two exclusive batch facial oils, Lux & Nox. These two botanical oils are designed to nourish the delicate facial complexion, and are named after the words light & night in Latin. The duo were inspired by the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice...
December 29, 2018 by Deanna Ahigian
Elixir Collective No. 10

Elixir Collective No. 10 ~ Cacao Oil Mask & Chocolate Balm

Of all of nature’s delectable pleasures, few offer such universal delight as the exotic Cacao bean. The November Elixir Collective subscription box featured an exclusive batch Cacao Oil Mask and a sample of my latest reincarnation of Chocolate Balm. These offerings were sent along with hand-decorated recycled paper card with the following words...

November 30, 2018 by Deanna Ahigian
Elixir Collective No. 9

Elixir Collective No. 9 ~ 'Iliahi Incense & Ritual Resin

The October Elixir Collective subscription box featured hand-rolled 'Iliha Incense and Ritual Resin, two offerings inspired by rare and beautiful Hawaiian Sandalwood. Each package included a tin of three incense cones on a bed of Big Island Sandalwood chips, a natural agate stone, a dram glass dropper of Ritual Resin perfume, a muslin bag and a card with the following words... 
October 30, 2018 by Deanna Ahigian
Elixir Collective No. 8

Elixir Collective No. 8 ~ Hibiscus Kissed Lip Oil & Tropical Locks

Locked within plant cells and tangled amongst its fiber, nature’s richest resource resides often out of sight: oil. Inspired by this nutrient-dense, luscious liquid that we adorn ourselves with, the September Elixir Collective featured a tinted Hibiscus Kissed Lip Oil & Tropical Locks hydrating hair serum. 

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Elixir Collective No. 6 ~ Summer Soak

To keep cool in the midsummer heat, we often seek places to bathe our bodies or even just our feet: the ocean, lake, river or pond become highly desired destinations of the hottest months. Immersing ourselves in water is one of the most universal human rituals, as it frees us of our weight and leaves us feeling pure. When we take the time to soak — not just to cleanse but to relax in water — we can find a meditative space that is both calming and refreshing.

Summer Soak open jar

 

This month's Collective features my first proper bath salt blend, the Summer Soak. A true fusion of East + West, the Summer Soak combines salt of Hawaii with seasonal botanicals of the Northeast. Hawaiian Sea Salt, solar evaporated from the surrounding pristine waters of the Pacific, is a mineral rich detoxifier that pulls impurities out of the skin and reduces inflammation by improving circulation. Salt is known as Pa‘akai in Hawaiian — pa‘a means hardened and kai refers to the ocean — and salt water plays an integral part in their healing traditions that rely on the ocean’s ability to maintain health and relieve illness. The coarse salt is infused with Roses, Lavender flowers, Elderflowers, Honeysuckle flowers and Spearmint sourced family’s sprawling gardens of Massachusetts. This is where I first fell in love with the flora around me and was inspired to choose the path of an herbalist: while my soul is at home in Hawai‘i, a large piece of my heart remains with the land that nurtured my earliest escapades into the realm of plant based beauty and medicines.

Summer Soak bottle

 

The Summer Soak is intended to give you an excuse to draw a bath, and to take your time in it: let the troubles of the day melt off of you and into the pool. The cooling herbal allies infused within help to keep you grounded when the days are hot: Summer Soak will quiet the mind, lighten the body, and rejuvenate the skin — now, it is time to take a bath!

Summer Soak bottles

The July 2018 Elixir Collective Box includes a 2 oz clear glass jar of herbal bath soaking salts, and was wrapped in strands of hemp with a personalized stickey & detailed card printed on 100% recycled banana peel paper. You can read the card here

Summer Soak wrapped bottles

Elixir Collective No. 5 ~ Sun Spray

Elixir Collective No. 5 ~ Sun Spray

We embrace the summer and all its warmth with open arms as the most vibrant and abundant time of year. The flora is in full bloom, thirst quenching fruits and veggies come into harvest, and the days are at their longest. It is the most ‘yang’ season — hot, expansive and full of energy. We can smell the summer florals releasing their alluring aromas and hear the faint hum of pollinators in the eve. Life becomes its most alive, and we owe it all to one cosmic force that allows us to thrive: the Sun. Because it lingers longer each day, we stay up later into the night, and because it heats up the earth, we can bathe in its blanket of light.

SUN SPRAY is the featuring offering of the June Elixir Collective, and is a refreshing aqueous version of my newest All Over Oil blend dedicated to the solar body. This spray is like a sip of floral lemonade your skin can drink. The base consists of Hawaiian Lemongrass hydrosol, the infused water byproduct of essential oil distillation, with a bit of pure Hawaiian Lemongrass essential oil added to enhance the citrus tones. On top of that are Ylang Ylang essential oil and organic Lavender essential oil, to give floral depth and brightness respectively. The final touch — a Clear Quartz mini point charged in the Hawaiian sun — will help facilitate the free-flow of energy. The result is a light, hydrating mist to keep you fresh throughout those long summer days. Shake gently and spray onto your face, body, hair, clothing and the air around you to reinvigorate your space.

Sun Spray Space & Body Mist

SUN & MOON ALL OVER OIL samples are also here for you to try! These are my two new blends that can be used literally ‘all over’ to nourish & soften your hair, hydrate & glisten your skin, refresh & perfume your bod. Both share a common base of Hawaiian Macadamia, organic virgin Coconut & organic extra virgin Olive oils. SUN features the same blend as your new spray, with Hawaiian Lemongrass, organic Lavender and Ylang Ylang essential oils to provide you with a dose of liquid sunshine regardless of the time of year. MOON is the scent of flowers in bloom on a warm Hawaiian night, with Hawaiian Sandalwood plus Jasmine & Pikake absolutes {two different types of jasmine both from the Jasminum genus}. Both of tropically exotic scents are available in their full size iterations under the Hair & Body Oils collection!

Moon All Over Oil Sample

The June 2018 Elixir Collective package included a 2 oz bottle of Sun Spray and a 2 dram glass dropper vial of each Sun & Moon All Over Oil. A hand-decorated colorful card detailed the subscription box contents & ingredients, and can be read in full here

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Elixir Collective No. 3 ~ Coco & Citrus Cream Cleanser

The creamy cleanser offered in the April Collective was first dreamed up when I received a batch of Hawaiian Orange Hydrosol from Vetiver Farms Hawaii. Hydrosols, or distillate waters, are the majority byproduct of essential oil distillation, and often carry with them the same scent and properties as the concentrated oil but in a more mild aqueous form. This particular Orange Hydrosol smelled like a fresh orange soda, and reminded me of a citrus cleanser I made once upon a time. 

The Coco & Citrus Cream Cleanser is a dreamy face wash designed exclusively for the Elixir Collective. It combines the Big Island grown & distilled Orange Hydrosol blended with emollient Condensed Coconut Cream, organic liquid Castile soap, and essential oils of Neroli, Green Mandarin & Organic Sweet Orange. The result is a refreshing, delightfully scented & gentle face wash that both protects delicate dry skin and balances oily complexions. This item is available only as part of the May subscription until they are all out. 

April Elixir Collective

The April Elixir Collective included the Coco & Citrus Cream Cleanser in a 1 oz glass bottle with a dropper, as well as a card describing the inspiration & product details that you can find here. The 100% recycled paper card was stamped with an actual citrus fruit dipped in ink. 

Elixir Collective No. 2 ~ Jade Balm

Elixir Collective No. 2 ~ Jade Balm

Jade Balm was inspired by the brilliant aquamarine Jade Vine flowers, a beautiful seasonal botanical here in Hawaii. Paired with locally grown Lavender & Calendula in a Limited Batch formulation, this soothing beauty balm is the featured item of the March Elixir Collective alchemy subscription box.