Bits of this and that …

I am still struggling with using my wordpress app on my iphone, but I hope it will work a bit better on my iPad. I feel the need to engage and post more. I am very active on Instagram and would love to follow through here.
My old Macbook is only used for occasionally working on labels and adding books to my kindle … I have so many books on it.

I do try to read an hour a day.

okay … and I cannot, upload media to wordpress on my ipad either.

grr. i have pics to share. i have blog posts to publish. i am irriated.

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WordPress on my iPhone


It used to be awesome and I could post lots of cool things. Now I can’t even put a picture in with out getting error messages. 

Thus why I don’t blog much.  


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Ancient Mother 



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I suck 

I’ve not been blogging nor sending put newsletters. Why? Because when I’ve been in office I’ve been packaging or labeling or packing and shipping orders. Or making product in my workshop. 

Then I’ve tried using my phone and iPad and frankly I hate using them for typing. And I can’t stand the mobile apps for doing so. I’ve yet to get WordPress to work to upload images. 

Thus, I suck. I do post on Instagram a lot because I can do it from my phone easy. And folks there are more aware of what I’m up to. 

Like nail polish and dogs. And weaving. 

And coffee.   

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Facial Cleansing Oil

 Intro price $8.00
Our new facial cleansing oil and make up remover is a wonderful multitasking product which removes makeup, dirt, dissolves oils and hydrates the skin.
Formulated with calendula flower infused olive, rice bran and fractionated coconut oils for moisturizing and castor bean oil to draw impurities.
Shake well, Massage into skin, use a wet, warm washcloth or facial round to remove the dirt, makeup and oils. Apply moisturizer if needed.   


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What I’ve been doing.

Winter is here and I’m one to want to hibernate and be crafty. Also, I’ve been desperate for a new creative outlet. While I love my soaps and body care, I have needed a new hobby for a few years. Before faerie made took off I was a career person who was crafty.

Then I became a career crafter. Now, I’m starting back to some crafty hobby time. And I’m back to working with fibers. 2015 is the year I’m back to crochet, learn to spin and I also bought a loom and weaving is my new passion. I’m taking a weaving class and soon will be doing it at home too.









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Nail polish!

What I’ve been up to for 2015. Taking my love for color and making nail polish.
Our nail polish uses a suspension base that is “5 Free” … This means that it does not contain camphor, toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or formaldehyde resins. It’s a similar base as those sold in natural markets and boutiques.
I use the same colorants (Micas and other mineral pigments) that are used in mineral makeup, my soaps and lip balms.
I’m starting small and adding more as I can. Figuring out how to show case the colors on my nail polish page of my website better.
I’ve been having a ball!

$6.50 for 12 ml (almost 1/2 oz size)
find our nail polish here!










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Warnings d?TERRA & Young Living Won’t Tell You – Kayla Fioravanti

Warnings d?TERRA & Young Living Won’t Tell You – Kayla Fioravanti.

Yet another MLM essential oil company has cropped up. I saw a local person pimping it on a local Facebook page I visit.

Ugh and argh. I did a quick Google search and came up with this article written by Kayla Fioravanti at has a good break down.

here is the text of the article:


The dangerous practices of consuming essential oils and applying them undiluted on the skin have gone viral on the internet, chat rooms and via sale representatives of many d?TERRA and Young Living MLM representatives. Beware of anyone who tells you to ingest essential oils either by putting a few drops in your water or putting them into a capsule. The only cases of death, organ failure and hospitalization in the history of aromatherapy have been caused by ingesting essential oils. It is THAT dangerous.


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Another dangerous practice many d?TERRA and Young Living representatives teach is to apply essential oils undiluted directly on your skin. Please don’t.


I am so passionate about the safe use of essential ones that I dedicated an entire chapter to it in my book The Art, Science and Business of Aromatherapy. I decided to share a section Chapter 10 in response to the overwhelming number of people I am hearing from who are being taught to ingest essential oils and use them undiluted. Please share with your friends and family. Keep aromatherapy safe.


My Top 12 Aromatherapy Safety Rules from Chapter 10 of The Art, Science & Business of Aromatherapy
History and safety testing have given us useful aromatherapy data. For review of this chapter, please study the following twelve rules that I think are the most important when it comes to using essential oils safely.


Rule #1


Never consume essential oils. Even if you read a book by an aromatherapist from a country that uses essential oils internally, they should never be consumed. The practice of consuming essential oils is dangerous and was designed to be done under the care of an aromatherapist trained in that form of therapy. In addition, studies have shown that topical aromatherapy is more effective than internal aromatherapy methods.


Rule #2


Always dilute your essential oils before applying them to the skin. There are a very small handful of exceptions to this rule including lavender and tea tree which can be occasionally applied neat, or directly, to the skin. In different aromatherapy books there may be recommendations of essential oils over 3% in massage oils but it simply isn’t necessary. Less is more in the world of essential oils. There is no need to overdose and it is always better to be safe than sorry.


Essential oils are incredibly potent and need to be dispersed into a carrier before applying them to the skin. You wouldn’t wrap your body in 30 lbs. of plant material so don’t apply that much or more directly onto your skin.


Typically, essential oils are diluted into products at 1 to 3% – sometimes less and sometimes more, but that is the general rule of thumb. Some essential oils have an intense aroma and price tag combination that allows for their use as low as 0.1% Take jasmine, blue chamomile and neroli for example.


Raindrop therapy is a good example of how undiluted and too high of concentrations of essential oils can be dangerous. This method of applying essential oils is the practice of dripping pure undiluted essential oils directly onto the skin which has many adverse effects. People have had burns, skin irritation, and intense detoxification effects that could have been avoided if this dangerous practice was no longer taught. The human body does not need to detoxify at such a rapid rate, and the skin should not come in direct contact with undiluted essential oils. Please report injuries at the Atlantic Institute.


Rule #3


Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children; they are notorious for putting everything in their mouths. Compared to adults, essential oils should be used in half the dosage rate for children for topical application. They are not miniature adults, and their bodies were not designed to process the same ratio of essential oils on their skin. I have safely used aromatherapy on all three of my children since 1998.


I heard of a case of a woman who read that tangerine essential oil would help with hyperactivity in children. She decided to put undiluted tangerine essential oil directly on the palms of her child’s hands. Thankfully, tangerine is a safe enough essential oil and the child suffered no serious ill effect. But she had decided to try it on a day that the child had a big test to take at school, and the high concentration of tangerine oil knocked the child out for the entire day and he slept through his test, lunch, dinner…and into the next morning.


Rule #4


Stay with the tried and true essential oils. Avoid ones that are not the common essential oils used historically in aromatherapy. Unless you understand the chemistry, it is best to stick with the commonly used essential oils. A trained aromatherapist can read the chemical composition of an essential oil profile and make an educated decision about the safety of an essential oil. But without that training you would not know whether you should avoid or use essential oils based on their chemical composition of aldehydes, esthers, ketones, phenols, and monoterpene hydrocarbons.


Rule #5


Know which essential oils to avoid or use with caution. Avoid them even if you like the way they smell or the properties that you read about them.


Essential oils to be avoided altogether include: unrectified bitter almond, basil ct. methyl chavicol, birch, boldo leaf, blue cypress, bitter fennel, bog myrtle, buchu, unrectified cade, calamint, calamus, (brown, blue or yellow) camphor, cassia, cinnamon bark, costus, davana, dog basil, elecampane, fig leaf, horseradish, jaborandi, lantana, melaleuca bracteata, mustard, mugwort, parsley seed, pennyroyal, rue, dalmatian sage, santolina, sassafras, savin, tansy, tarragon, tea absolute, thuja, tonka bean, verbena, wintergreen, wormseed, and wormwood.


Essential oils that should be used with caution or at very low dosages include: yarrow, dill, tarragon, caraway, white camphor, hyssop, spearmint, rosemary ct. verbenone, and tagette.


Essential oils that should be heavily diluted due to potential skin irritation include: cassia, cinnamon leaf, cumin, lemongrass, oregano, clove stem, clove bud, clove leaf, wild thyme, and red thyme.


Rule #6


Always wear protective gear while handling essential oils. Remember that essential oils are very concentrated and should not be applied directly to the skin. If you wear gloves while handling essential oils you lessen the chance of spilling undiluted essential oils directly onto your hands. Even if it doesn’t hurt at the moment, it could hurt later. A good example is how peppermint essential oil spilled directly onto your hands might not hurt at the moment, but later when you touch your eye, it will burn like crazy.


Rule #7


Work in a well-ventilated area. Remember that essential oils can enter the body through inhalation. Some essential oils can cause euphoria, sleepiness or can be extremely stimulating. In a closed space with poor circulation the essential oils can become overwhelming.


Rule #8


Use extra caution when using essential oils on children and the elderly. The dosages should be at least half that of what you would use for a healthy adult. And essential oils are toxic to cats so never ever use essential oils on them.


Rule #9


Use common sense. Essential oils are safe when used in moderation. Many substances on earth are toxic when used in the extreme. Too much water can lead to water poisoning, and carrots, tomatoes, saffron, and mustard will all cause illness when consumed in excess.


Rule #10


To safeguard your business, do not make healing claims about your products. That would transform your cosmetic into a drug. The rules and regulations for drugs are completely different, and aromatherapy does not qualify on any monograph for approved over-the-counter drugs.


Rule #11


Always use the botanical name for essential oils when ordering. I never make an aromatherapy decision without reviewing the botanical name. The botanical name tells the genus and species of the plant and includes information about the variety, cultivar, chemotype, and hybrid when needed.


Often these details are the difference between an essential oil being safe for use or not.


Rule #12


Check contraindications of an essential oil before using it. You don’t want to be making a sleepy time bath with essential oils that are contraindicated for insomnia like peppermint, basil, lemon verbena, cornmint, or rosemary.


FYI (from earlier in Chapter 10) on the Seriousness of Ingesting Essential Oils


There has never been a reported case of a woman or baby being harmed by topical or inhalation therapy used during pregnancy or labor. Aromatherapists all warn their clients away from pennyroyal essential oil due to a case in the USA in which a woman drank a large dose of pennyroyal in order to induce an abortion that proved fatal to her (Gold and Cates, 1980). One out of four cases in which pregnant women accidently drank camphor oil instead of castor oil resulted in the death of the baby (Weiss and Catalano, 1976). Another reported case in which pennyroyal and parsley seed were taken in large doses caused hepatotoxicity which resulted in the death of the baby.


There are two other cases in which women consumed the same large doses of pennyroyal (100 to 200 times the recommended topical application) in which both the mothers and the babies survived unharmed. It is cases like this that give essential oils their warnings and contraindications.


Other Safety Topics


Chapter 10 of my book The Art, Science and Business of Aromatherapy also includes other safety topics including: essential oil testings, grades of essential oils, drug claims, essential oil adulteration, contraindications, more safety warnings, the use of essential oils during pregnancy, the history of aromatherapy warnings in pregnancy, MSDS information along with my top 12 aromatherapy warnings. You can find it in paperback and on Kindle.


What makes me qualified to teach about aromatherapy? I am a Certified and was a Registered Aromatherapist with more than a dozen years of experience. The references for this article and my book can be found here. I was certified by a school approved by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy and was registered by The Aromatherapy Council.


UPDATE: Many of the comments below ask for proof. Others have said injury is only caused by other brands of essential oils. Please take the time to read these articles. Do to ugly and negative comments that I have now turned comments off. It is clear that most attacks are coming from people who have not read the blog post or the comments — they simply read the title. Please read all the articles below and comments. Everything has been asked and answered. Please do not email me asking the same questions answered below.


For further information on the subject of safety please read the links below.





UPDATE: The negative response to this blog post by some MLM members inspired me to share what I learned from being in an MLM: 12 Signs of a Cult.


FDA ACTION UPDATE: Many commenters from Young Living and d?TERRA made claims that were against the law and linked to sites that clearly were actively breaking the law. On 9/24/2014 the FDA sent Young Living a Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations Warning Letter and d?TERRA a Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations Warning Letter. Ingestion, undiluted usage, claims of medical cures and medical treatment given by a layperson is not only dangerous, but can warrant legal action. To quote the FDA in the Young Living letter, “. . . , in light of their toxicity or other potentiality for harmful effect, the method of their use, or the collateral measures necessary to their use, they are not safe for use except under the supervision of a practitioner licensed by law to administer it.”


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Pay per click advertising and small businesses

I’ll copy and paste below. Article in Asheville citizen- times regarding the struggles small businesses such as Faerie Made endure with keeping pace on a tiny budget with advertising.

Column: PPC advertising and local online small businesses

The new frontier for Internet marketing is pay-per-click advertising.

While PPC has been around for a while, many small businesses never really used it, simply because they could usually rely on organic traffic for much of their revenues.

For example, let’s look at a local business, Faerie Made Soaps (, which has been selling products both at local tailgate markets, as well as to an international audience via their e-commerce store.

Five years ago, they may have been able to write their website copy using easy to find, high traffic, low competition search phrases like “handmade soaps” or “natural soaps” and get enough traffic from web searches to grow the business. Now, when potential customers search the web, the first results they see are likely PPC advertisements.

These are placed using many of the same keywords for which small businesses used to rank organically. So, any business with enough money can bid on keywords like “handmade soaps” or “natural soaps” and get their soap store ads to populate at the top of Internet search results, despite the years of hard work a company like Faerie Made put into ranking well for those keywords.

Getting into a bidding war over keywords is out of the question for many small businesses, since the keywords they were using to attract traffic can cost around $4-10 a click. Overtime, in any successful small-business niche, competition increases and the organic traffic is diluted because new market entrants begin writing their web copy with the same keywords.

Despite trademark protections, and lawsuit threats, competitors may even pay to display their ads at the top of Internet search results based on branded keywords, like “Faerie Made,” which is why big businesses sometimes bid on their own branded keywords to make sure that when someone searches for, let’s say “Walmart,” you might find a Walmart PPC ad at the top of the search results, instead of an organic result simply displaying Walmart’s website URL at the top of search results. This is important not to overlook as a high percentage of traffic to any small business is now based on branded keyword searches.

In short, because small businesses can now rarely depend anymore on organic Internet traffic to their websites to make a difference, and since Google search is king of Internet search and puts advertising above organic search, small businesses now feel more compelled than ever to advertise in order to survive. But, it’s not so easy to even stand apart with advertising in a very competitive Internet space, where ultimately everyone is competing for placement on the first page of Google’s search results.

There are local businesses trying to compete online with $30,000 in PPC advertising, and even that’s not enough. The Internet is no longer a place anyone can go and make money; it’s super crowded and cutthroat out there. Businesses that venture online are competing not just with a few other businesses in town, but hundreds of similar businesses all competing for the same eyes scanning one single page of search results.

So, what is a local small business to do to gain momentum online?

Those that want to keep getting “free” organic traffic are forced to re-write their web content, and focus on what’s considered long tail keyword phrases. In Faerie Made’s case, it might be trying to rank for phrases like: “handmade soaps, Asheville” or “patchouli rose vegan handmade soaps.”

Even scraping up a budget to pay for PPC ads is only half the battle. For example, spending $50 a day may result in 50 visits to your website, at a dollar a click. Considering that less than 3 percent of those visitors will likely buy, small businesses will be lucky to pay $100 in PPC advertising for every online sale.

Any business that really wants to get ahead online needs to develop a hyperniche, a “Blue Ocean Strategy” in which competition is still scarce, and keyword phrases are aplenty.

Stay tuned to the next article on establishing a niche, and how some Asheville businesses are already doing well with this strategy.

Jonathan Poston M.E. manages, a content development studio. Reach him at

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Sale at Faerie Made!

Busy Times here at Faerie Made!

Not only are we heavy into production, I am also working on new products for 2015 (and if I can get a chance … by the end of 2014.)


We are starting to head into the holidays and I’m going to be hitting up as many markets and doing a few select shows in addition to making more products, shipping orders and filling wholesale.

Every Saturday through December 20th we will be set up at Asheville City Market from 10-12:30 on S. Charlotte Street and also at the North Asheville Holiday Bazaar from 12-3 on the campus of UNC-Asheville.

Tuesdays you can find Faerie Made at the West Asheville Tailgate Holiday Market at the Mothlight on Haywood from 2:30-5:30 across from our regular location!

Next Sunday is the Big Crafty at Pack Place from 11-6. This is a wonderful show filled with tons of crafts from the areas best (and Moi!)

Today I will begin by offering you Faerie Made’s Escape The Big Store Shopping Craze Sale … you can shop online and support small business right here and right now and save 15% off selected soaps and body care (like our 6 and 12 month soap subscriptions!)

And yes,  YULE is BACK!
Our limited edition soap for winter is our Yule.

I’ve added our Winter perfume to the site for the holidays for $18 for .25 oz and also have all three of our seasonal perfumes available in 1/2 oz sizes for $30.  You can find them here!

Lotions are in stock and ready to go!. I’ve not offered these for a while and they’re absolutely amazing. Unrefined shea butter, organic virgin coconut oil, rice bran and pure essential oils … your choice of Lemon or Lavender.

This sale is good through 12/7.

Thanks for supporting small businesses!

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