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XoM3 Botanical Solutions LA CA  Handcrafted herbal skin care, wellness & home products. Botanical Solutions. Extracted from nature. Crafted for you.

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These bright #red #cubes are frozen #eucalyptus #tea, collected from #plant run off in my #apothecary #still. Heavier, non - volatile constituents (plant chemicals and parts) collect in the lower bulb in the first section of the still, originally containing pure water, or strained water I've bathed the #distillation bound plant in. I was so fascinated by the emergence of this color after exposure to heat, that I've collected it for experimentation in my #coldprocess #soapmaking, where even colors must be #natural! Will it result in a brown #soap after #saponification, or is there a chance it may keep some red tones? Stay tuned #XoM3 fans! #herbalist #chemistry #flavinoids #pigments #naturalskincare

Do you have dry patches and oil slicks you bear in discomfort and combat with extra products all day? Have you tried an alternative to the stripping cycle of the foam #cleansing and #moisturizing #skincare system yet? I formulated the #XoM3Signature #faceoil duo to minimize effort and maximize #fresh, #clean, comfortable results. #Handcrafted in #smallbatch rounds of #herbal #infusions and #extracts, better #balance and clean, #hydrated, dewy #soft #skin can be your new normal with #CalmItDown and #YouCanDewIt #naturalskincare.
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#rosehips #jojobaoil #arganoil #eveningprimrose #calendula #lavender #rosemary #frankincense #herbs #essentialoil #natural

Another scene from the #apothecary... I wanted to show you this #transformation! The pale #green leaves on the left and the deep #burgandy #red #leaves on the right are the same #plant, both from the #SilverDollar Gum, or #Eucalyptus cinerea #tree! The red leaves are what happens when exposed to steam in the #still, where I #extract their volatile oils, also referred to as #essentialoils. The #tea that comes out is also deep red, while the oils are pale. So interesting to see these little #phytochemicals phenomena! #distilling #herbalist #naturalskincare #handcrafted #hydrosol

Did you know that amber is basically #petrified #tree blood? Well sort of. Trees use their resin to protect and heal wounds, much as our blood does when we get a #booboo. Meet Leluna! Every good #apothecary has a resident #skull, and #XoM3 is no exception! #Sparkly and #golden warm, this #amber lady never wants for attention at the booth, and often allows #photo ops. She's friendly that way. But she's not for sale! Who else would oversee things when I need a coffee break?! #amberskull #xom3solutions #herbalist

Spotted this beauty in a friend's #garden! #Plumeria, sometimes called #frangipani, is a heavy, #sweet smelling #tropical with many variants and a deep history in #perfumery. With strong ties to cultural communication in many societies, it's used in #funeral arrangements, greetings as #lais, and indicators for relationship status. Kind of like a #floral #swipeleft or right in reverse. Like #jasmine and #gardenia, this #flower gives off its strongest #fragrance at night, calling to its main #pollinator, the #sphinx #moth, that skullfaced badass! But plumeria says #psych! Lots of scent, no #nectar for you. Dang plumeria. You stone cold! #herbalist #onthego #naturalskincare #xom3solutions #XoM3

This is #Cistus purpureus, one of around 20 varieties of #rockrose, harvested from the #garden and immersed in pure #water in the #XoM3 #apothecary. In an experiment to gather #fragrant #labdanum #resin from this #sticky, #sweet #plant, I've since simmered these jars in a long bath and am presently #distilling the twigs and water in the #still. Fingers crossed, the #hydrosol will carry the rich #balsamic #amber scent rock rose is known for, cherished by #perfume makers for centuries! I mean, those fake #beards Egyptian Pharaoh's used to wear? Labdanum covered #goat hair, because that was part of the traditional gathering method. I didn't have a goat on hand, so I just pruned it. Goat collectors. That was a thing. Oh yes, yes I am #nerdingout so hard over here. #Collecting all the smells! #xom3solutions #naturalskincare #herbalist #handcrafted

Every once in awhile I have to pause the fun #plant #pictures and #apothecary #adventures to show you an actual end result! After all, #XoM3 is a lovely, #natural #botanical #handcrafted #smallbusiness! This #spicy #sweet, #naturally tinted #lipbalm is one of the prettiest things I get to make and I love the #retro #balm #tin that fits perfectly in a #pocket! #Organic #butters, plant #extracts and #essentialoils of #cinnamon and #cardamom #plump and #soften your #lips with a delicate #pink shine. Hehe, that #tingles! OK, now back to the plants! I guess someone's gotta pay the bills while I frolick through the fields, #harvesting and #crafting your favorite Botanical Solutions! 😂🌿💗💋

#Harvesting #redwood today, in a near state of #euphoria! If I hadn't been alone in the #garden, I might have needed to get a room! Ha! The best thing about working with fresh #plants is how amazing you get to smell. The #lemony #pine #fragrance makes me long for the coming #seasons. Thinking tea, #distillation, #oil #infusion, #honey... So many #possibilities! Definitely will be some #EssentialMists for #Xom3, but what about #lotion? Good things brewing in the #apothecary! #naturalskincare #botanical #handmade #herbalism, herbs #handcrafted

Look at this beautiful liquid #gold disc of #Salvia clevelandii #essentialoil! After #harvesting and hand processing this gifted Cleveland #sage, I bathed the #leaves over night in purified water to encourage the release of the resinous #plants volatile constituents. I then strain the water and use it in the bottom of my still, packing the leaves in the chamber above. As the heat warms up the lower chamber, the steam rises, carrying along the essential oils and collecting more from the leaves as it passes through the #still, condensing and landing here to collect along with #aromatic hydrosol. That's the clear liquid in the bottom. Both are so useful and #fragrant, the #apothecary #perfumes the entire house! #xom3solutions #naturalskincare #botanicals #essentialmists #itsscience #alchemy

Two giant bowls of #whitesage soaking overnight in preparation for the next round of #Distillation in the #XoM3 #apothecary today. Thanks to @cottonwood_urbanfarm for the sticky #fragrant #harvest! The #essentialoil imbued #mist, officially called #hydrosol is excellent for #skin, #body, #room, and #ceremony, for its #cleansing properties. It is important to acknowledge this #California #nativeplants #sacred status in the south west. It is important to domestically cultivate #Salvia apiana and protect it from over harvesting in the wild. It is important to note its value as food for local #pollinators. We are so lucky to have her!

Before returning you to more awesome #apothecary photos, take a look at these gorgeous Lilium lancifolium, aka #tigerlily #flowers, from my trip home to #Ohio this summer. They're so gregarious, they barely look real! Yes, yes I do personify the #plants, thank you. The perfect #orange and #black #polkadot #blossoms were the size of my hand and chest high! No #shortpeopleproblems comments required. Bright, happy #gardens and fresh #laundry on the line captures the #quaint #hometown feel of lazy #midwest #summer I remember. #xom3solutions #naturalskincare #botanicals, #herbalist #gardener

I've had my hands full, garbling a big bag of fresh #chocolate #peppermint and #crafting gorgeous hydrosols for the new #XoM3 #Essential #Mists line! By #distilling the #plants #leaves and #flowers, I can capture the true #fragrance and complex chemistry in trace quantities of #essentialoil and volatile #oil imbued #botanical waters. These mists have so many uses for #face, #body and #home! This #extract delivers refreshing, tingly coolness to #skin with a brisk, bright and opening #scent and is exceptional for formulating #lotion. Next up, #rosemary! #xom3solutions #naturalskincare #handcrafted #smallbatch #cosmetics

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