Hello Summer!

We hope your summer has gotten off to a great start.  For us, summer is normally a time to relax and kick our feet up but this summer finds us having a consistent schedule of events to attend.

We have an exclusive event coming up in September that we had to do a photo shoot for last Friday in Brooklyn- talk about fun! We can’t wait to see the photos from it and share them with you all.  Also, last Wednesday June 24, 2015, we did our first (home based) workshop on making lip balm.  We had a great time, learned a lot and are getting some fantastic and helpful feedback! We are eager to do more.  A few of the items we’d like to teach you how to make include lip balm, powder, a basic lotion, toothpaste and tooth powders and more. We are happy to travel to the NY, NJ, PA and the DC metropolitan area to do workshops. We are only doing one to two workshops each month so be sure to book with us asap in order to get the date you’d prefer.

We are currently down to 3 different bars of soap; we have cedar/cypress/juniper- and only one bar of that one. Then we have our rainforest blend and lavender/patchouli bars.  On July 16th, more eucalyptus/frankincense and shea butter/tea tree will be ready.

That’s it for now, we hope you’re staying cool this summer!

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Big News!!

(((Sigh))) It’s so easy to get caught up in life, and truthfully, we are really good at doing just that, but we haven’t forgotten about you.  We hope this blog post finds you and yours doing well with your best days just ahead of you.  If not, please, drop us a line, we are more than happy to pray for you and your family.

We’ve been moving right along.  We’ve done several vending shows (with more to come), and we have a new bar of soap that just came off the curing racks today.  It’s called Rainforest and it smells wonderful!!  I (Patrice) just might have a new favorite scent.  I actually hate fragrances, which is part of the reason we don’t use them in our products. This bar has an essential oil blend that includes violet, cedar leaf, citronella, eucalyptus, galbanum, lemon and pathchouli.

On to our news!  We are preparing to have our products sold in a physical store, here in New Jersey.  We’ll give you more information about that on a later date.

We are also preparing to do home shows and workshops.  Here’s how things will work: for both, home shows and workshops, you, as the host will have an opportunity to earn free and 1/2 priced products based on the sales from your event.

For home shows, we come in and give a brief, fun and educational talk about our products vs commercial products found in stores, with samples for your guests to try during the event. You will also get to choose an exclusive product for your event, from a list of items we make but don’t sell. This product will be your first free gift.

For workshops, you get to choose an item (we will provide a list) and we will teach you and your guests how to make your own.  Workshops will include a nominal fee as guests will take home the product made.  Because we love surprises, there are a few other added benefits and fun additions we will include in our shows and workshops but we don’t want to spill the beans just yet! You’ll have to book with us to find out. We’d love to come out and have some fun with you!  For now, we are doing shows in both the New Jersey and Washington, DC metropolitan areas.  We are currently booking only one to two shows/workshops each month, so contact us at admin@edenspureherbals.com to settle on a date!

In the meantime, enjoy 10% off  any order with the following code: 8EBRYAQORB1I

This code is good until Friday May 22, 2015 Shop here!

Yay! No More Technical Issues!

Hazaah!! Our website is back to normal! What a crazy time we’ve had! On Thanksgiving night, after going over everything to make sure all was set for our Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday sales, we discovered that we could not access our website. We could access it to make changes but when we typed WWW.edenspureherbals.com , it was as if the website didn’t exist.

At first we thought it was an isolated issue but over that weekend, we were contacted by four different people, all with one particular internet provider, who couldn’t access our site. Those beloved four found other ways to purchase from us. We know there were probably others but let’s just not think about that, OK?? 🙂 Instead, let’s think about some good stuff.  Now that the issue has been resolved and we discovered that we exceeded our goals for our first month as Eden’s Pure Herbals, we’re celebrating!

Celebrating with Sparkling Cider, cheese, grapes and a side of cute baby face...

Celebrating with sparkling cider, cheese, grapes and a side of cute baby face…

We can’t thank you enough for hanging in there with us and supporting us.  We think this calls for more discounts! On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, December 10th, 11th & 12th, use this code, PRIML1S9J5XA and get $5 off your order, plus additional possible discounts, depending on what you order. 😉

P.S. We did another vending event on Saturday and that too was very successful and fun!  We had a fabulous time, meeting people and I (Patrice) even got on the mic and did some karaoke!  One guy said I should be singing instead of selling our products, I just smiled but thought about how fortunate I am in that I can do it all!  No limits for me!  I hope you’ll not allow anyone to box you into doing “that one thing” either. Why not use all of your gifts and talents?  I’ve always been a little irked by the “jack of all trades, master of none” adage.  There are people who can do many things quite well, I’m living proof of that fact.  How about you?

Holy Discounts!! (Batman)

First, I (Patrice) have to say, the Batman reference in the title was sheer compulsion, nothing more.  I don’t like Batman at all. The way he speaks grates on my nerves. I don’t understand the pseudo sexy, wispy, whisper thing he tends to love doing.  He sounds stupid. The issue is, when the lyrics of a song, a slogan, or title fit a situation, I feel compelled to insert it.

I (Jaiela) like Batman,  especially the older version with the ((WHAM!)) ((POW!))’s, underwear on the outside, and Batman’s drawn on eyebrows.

Those were the good ol’ days. 🙂 Yes, the good old days when Jaiela, and I weren’t even born, lol!  Jaiela loves old movies and shows.  It’s really cool to see how excited she gets over the classics.

Know what else grates on my nerbs (as my 7 year old says, lol)? Holiday events, “restaurants”, and potluck dinners where the people preparing the food refuse to actually cook the food.  It’s all prepackaged stuff with God knows what in the ingredients.  I’m always genuinely shocked that some people don’t/won’t cook.  Now, I know this is all coming from a homeschool mom but wait, no, I’m a homeschool mom!! Of four!!  I get *no* time off, I do speaking events, singing events (coloratura soprano here, woot woot!), homeschool activities, church activities, doula work, placenta encapsulation (yeah, I know…) and my oldest and I run this really neat herbal business, making all the products ourselves so I know what busy is, and, we cook our food.

I think it’s sad when a homecooked meal becomes a commodity and the norm is the prepackaged junk that fills the inner aisles of supermarkets. (Shop the perimeter folks!) Don’t you deserve more than the occasional homecooked meal?  I think you do. We’ve started back up on a bit of bread eating which reminds me that I need to get going on my sourdough starter again because I let it go. 😦  There’s nothing like fresh, homemade sourdough bread.  I could kick myself for letting my starter die. (((sigh))) I won’t though, because I really like myself.

Anyway, on to the discounts!  With Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday all days away, we thought we’d offer greater discounts on the latter two days.  So, on Small Business Saturday, November 29, 2014 use the code TKAGJ5GADJOE and get 30% off your order.  On Cyber Monday, December 1, 2014, use the code 25QSNX28HJ5X  and get free shipping on all orders.

That’s it for now!  Happy Thanksgiving!! (EAT REAL FOOD)

Weekly Check-In

We hope this blog post finds you all cozy and snug where ever you are today.  As we type this, it’s drizzling outside, there’s a chill in the air.  It’s the kind of weather that’s nice when you don’t have to go out. Great for hot tea, long baths and napping. Actually, that sounds like a good plan for the rest of the day.  We made up a few exclusive items and sold them at the craft fair at Fabricland- a cold and flu relief tea blend, and a winter bath salts blend.  We’ll definitely make some of the bath salts up for ourselves and use them, they smell great and have lots of healthy, detoxifying ingredients in them.

Speaking of the craft fair, it went pretty well.  We’re seeing a trend…  Even when we do vending events where the turn out is lower than expected, we still do quite well with the crowd that attends.  That’s a blessing and great confirmation for us.  Here’s a not so great picture of Jaiela at our table.  We got too busy to get a really good shot- which is a good “problem” to have if you ask us. 🙂

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Now, that the Fabricland event is behind us, we are preparing for the holiday season. We hope you’ll consider shopping with Eden’s Pure Herbals this year.  Our products make wonderful, health conscious gifts.  Use the following code to get 15% off your order until December 18, 2014 IBYWTOWQCYZZ.

If you’re not already a part of Eden’s Elite (our email subscribers group), now’s a great time to subscribe as Eden’s Elite gets steeper discounts and bonuses. Click here to sign up. If you’re already one of Eden’s Elite, look out for your coupon code (at the bottom of your newsletter) to shop with us during the holiday season. As promised, everyone who shopped with us before our official opening (October 28, 2014) will receive a separate coupon code as thanks for being among our first customers.

Until next week, peace and blessings to you and yours!

Our Podcast with GNOWFGLINS

We are so thrilled! Orders are coming in, we’re pumping them right out, and, we have a big event coming up this weekend at the Fabricland in North Plainfield.  Come visit us if you’re in town!

What’s more, we had a ball doing our first podcast, and, it’s out now!  So, this week, we just wanted to share the podcast we did with Wardeh of GNOWFGLINS with you.  Click here to listen to the podcast and enter the giveaway!
EPH on GNOWFGLINS

We’re open now… What’s Next?

Now that our opening is behind us, what’s next?  Well, besides the ever changing nature of the bars of soap on our curing racks, we actually have other plans and events in the works and we’re excited!  First, we have to say a huge thank you, thank you, thank you, to all our pre- launch customers. Your support means the world to us.  We can’t thank you enough for helping us work through the kinks, but, we will do what we can, so look out for an email from us in a few weeks that will include a special gift for being among our first customers.  (This is for everyone who shopped with us before October 28th, 2014)

We recently had a ball with Wardeh of Traditional Cooking School, also lovingly known as GNOWFGLINS (God’s natural, organic whole foods, grown locally, in season).  That podcast will air this week on November 7, 2014, so look out for that and definitely check out GNOWFGLINS. We’ve been members for the past few years, and seriously, the food we make would make somebody hurt themselves, and, the best part about that is that it’s not just good for you, it’s great for you! There’s not too much we don’t know how to make ourselves around here. We don’t just make all of skincare, haircare products and laundry powder… I’m talking everything down to crackers, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, peanut butter, chicken stock, to name a few.  Quick, easy stuff too, for those who think they could never make the time to do these things. Plus, think about it, how much is your health worth to you?  One of my midwives likes to say, something along the lines of, “You can choose to pay now (for good whole foods), or pay later (for all that comes with declining health).” My father in law used to say that I live and eat as if I want to live forever.  That’s not true.  It would tear my heart to see everyone around me go.  I just want to live a quality life while I’m here.  I don’t want to be sick when I know I don’t have to be sick.  The moral of the story is, eat real food, leave the junk alone. There’s no such thing as junk food, it’s either food or it’s junk. 🙂

Another exciting event we’re looking forward to is coming up on the 15th of November at the Fabricland in North Plainfield, (NJ). It’s the 2nd annual Fabricland Craft Fair. We got a message from a friend saying that they were in need of a vendor who made soap and, what do you know? We make soap! So we called the store.  They guy was thrilled that we called and said that a woman had just asked him if they had a soap making vendor yet and then the phone rang with us on the other end. 🙂  We’re excited to go and meet people, get our brand out there and show off our new logo and product labels.  For those who have made purchases with us, how do you like our logo and labels?

Then, on December 6, 2014, we will participate in a holiday bazaar at a local church.  So, there are lots of extra soap making going on in preparation for these events as well as our online sales on Ebay, Etsy, and our website.

That’s not all, we have more (bigger) news in the coming weeks but that’s all we’re sharing for now.  In the meantime, please consider helping us out by spreading the word about Eden’s Pure Herbals.  When someone you refer to us enters your name and email in the comment section during the ordering process, you can earn money towards free products for yourself.

We’ll leave you with our newest product review that was entered on our Facebook page just yesterday.

“I am so pleasantly surprised at how amazingly well the healing salve actually heals. I tripped up a curb Tuesday (yup, I really did) and skinned my knee pretty bad. I got home, cleaned it, put Neosporin on it and a big bandage. I have been changing the bandage with Neosporin 2 times a day with no improvement, none! It was still so raw. This morning, I remembered reading that your salve was a replacement for Neosporin and I used it instead with my big bandage. I just took it off to get in the shower and I was amazed at the healing that took place in just 1 day!!!! I showed my husband and he said it’s like the ointment they used in the hunger games movie! Thank you for making this wonderful salve, I can’t wait to see how in looks in the morning.” AG

Grand Opening Today!!

We’re so excited! We did a few test runs over the weekend, had a rocky start with all the funky kinks, but we’re good now and ready to go! We have fantastic herbal lotions, bar soap, lip balm, and salve, just waiting for your perusal.

So… um, why are you still here?  Go! Check out our shop!

And, while you’re at it, use this code to get an additional 10% off your entire order until October 31, 2014- 8EBRYAQORB1I

Happy Shopping!

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Product highlight: Herbal Healing Salve

Hi, Jaiela here!  This week we’re featuring our Herbal Healing Salve.

For those of you that may not know, a salve is an ointment used for healing various skin conditions.  Around the colder time of year I use it for eczema breakouts.

My family has had to use salve for all sorts of things.  Burns, cuts, scrapes, rashes, and even gashes.  Sorry for the imagery but, one time, my little sister fell and got a deep cut right underneath her eye.  We put salve on it to stop the bleeding, and to close up the wound.  It’s healed up so much that now it just looks like she has a dimple under her eye. The salve has worked extremely well for us, and others.

Another instance, a few years ago, a friend of mine had an ingrown toenail, so she couldn’t dance on pointe with me and the rest of the class.  In attempt to make good use of the tons of empty Lip Medex containers lying around the house, I filled them with salve to put in my purse.   (My mom wasn’t joking, she really had a thing for that stuff, at least until we started making our own lip balm).

So I gave my friend the salve, and the very next week when I saw her again, she told me that a day after she put on the “green glop” I gave her, she noticed her ingrown toenail had popped right out!

             20140911_182036Before having radiation treatments, I was given some of the Herbal Healing Salve to use on the spot where they would administer the treatments.  I used it every day.  One day, during my doctor’s visit, I noticed my doctor carefully examining me with a puzzled look on her face.  She was looking for evidence of burning from the treatments and could not find any at all.  The Herbal Healing Salve helped me to escape some of the trauma that accompanies radiation treatments. KJ

That was all thanks to one ingredient, one of my favorite herbs called Plantain.
And no, not the banana. Although those are really good.           image

     Bet you thought this was a weed didn’t you?

Because one of plantains abilities is to draw out, it works wonders with mosquito bites, bee and wasp stings, and ingrown toenails.  Add in the benifits of all the other herbs and oils that are in the salve, and you’ll be ready to combat whatever skin problems come your way!

That’s all for now.  Look out for next weeks product highlight where we’ll discuss lotion.

Product Highlight: Herbal Lip Balm

Ok, I’ll let you in on something about me (Patrice); a habit, if you will… First, let me check and make sure no one’s listening and it’s just me, and you… (((Looking around until satisfied that we’re alone)))  At night, before going to bed, I like to do something I’ve cleverly termed “lip conditioning”. I’ve been doing this “lip conditioning” for about 22 years now.  Let me tell you how it started and why it’s such a secret.

At around 15 years old, I developed a fever blister (or cold sore) and I started to use Blistex Lip Medex for it.

Lip Medex

I loved that cool, tingly feeling when I first put it on.  Made me feel like something magical was happening.  Long after the fever blister was gone, I was still using it nightly.  Fast forward 18 years and I was still using it nightly.  I did not allow myself to run out.  I would move mountains to get more.  You could open my nightstand drawer and find a good 3-5 on standby at any given moment.  The few, and I mean few- like literally two times I somehow found myself without my Lip Medex, I just about left this earthly realm.  Ask my husband, I insisted on searching every store until I found it once, while on vacation.  I could not go to bed without my “lips” as I called it.

When we got around to the fun project of making lip balm, I had no intentions of leaving my beloved Lip Medex.  I was totally addicted.  That all changed, when one day, I peeled off the label on the bottom, and, looked at the ingredients. Again, I was ready to depart this ole world when I saw just one harmful ingredient-Petrolatum also known as petroleum jelly, vaseline; you get it, I’m sure. Let’s just say, this petrochemical is considered a carcinogen (cancer causing) in the European Union and it’s use in cosmetics is restricted. Then there’s the phenol, sigh, as if one harmful ingredient wasn’t enough.

Anyway, I remember very well, the night I made the shift away from Lip Medex to our lip balm. Face all bent out of shape, frowning, I threw away all the Lip Medex and turned to our Herbal Lip Balm.

20140911_182350 Product testimonial-  “The lip balm is fantastic! I have a case of thrush and it was drying out the corners of my mouth, nothing was helping and your lip balm has solved that issue!” LH

It was hard, but to help make the shift, I used an essential oil that I knew would give me that medicinal feeling I would miss.  The rest is history.

The part that’s kind of crazy in all this is that I don’t just put on a little lip balm and go to bed.  It’s a bit of a production.  A big deal.  If anyone wants kisses, they’d better come get smooches before my lips go on or they are “outta luck”.  I’m so not kidding.  For now, we are a family of six and I put enough on my pair of lips for the entire household of humans, the bird and the turtle- even then, everyone would look like grease monkeys. I don’t know why I must use so much but I do.  Turn out the lights, you’ll still see my lips just a’ glistenin’ in the darkness.  And when I wake up, I rub the excess into the backs of my hands.  What? I’m not wasting all that conditioning goodness!!

Because I’ve never used a chapstick type of lip balm, I personally have no frame of reference but our lip balm definitely gets the job done and some.  Most people, when they buy one, once they use it, they come back for a good 4-5 more on average.  I can think of three guys right off who place orders of 10-12 at a time. Hmmm, maybe I’m not the only one with a nightly habit. 

Like all of our products, our Herbal Lip Balm isn’t just good for “lip conditioning”. 😉 In the summer when those blasted mosquitoes are out masquerading as tiny vampires, we keep our lip balm handy for those bites.  It takes care of them.  It’s great for when you’re out and that small eczema patch starts to flare up- instant skin conditioning that will actually clear up that patch.  I have one friend who buys it in bulk, she and her family like to use it as an “all over” body type of conditioner.  Then there’s those moments when you’re out with the children and one falls and scrapes a knee or someone gets a cut- Herbal Lip Balm to the rescue!  Seriously, it’s good stuff.  The herbs and oils used to make it are simply magical together.  One thing I absolutely love about herbs is that they help many different ailments all at once.  The herbs in our lip balm are not just conditioning, but anti-bacterial, helps reduce pain, swelling and more.  It’s wonderful! That’s all for this week!  Next week, we’ll cover our Herbal Healing Salve!  Actually, wait, I’m curious… Are there any others out there with special nightly habits/routines?  Tell us about them!  Comment on our blog or find us on Facebook and tell us!

P.S. I don’t develop cold sores very often any longer (thank God!) but if I do, I’ve started putting sea salt on it with the lip balm at night and it gets rid of it super fast!

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