You may be aware we held our second official Two Drunk Witches’ gathering last week, which was – to say the least – surreal. Mostly on account of that nerve-wracking period in the days, hours and minutes leading up to the event where you can’t help but secretly fret whether anyone will show up – and then, the immense swelling of gratitude and elation to discover that WHOLLY EFFBALLS, not only are people showing up, but they’re excited to be there!
The two of us are nearing our one-year anniversary of starting this little endeavour of ours, and the gathering was the perfect occasion to reflect on just how much we’ve learned, evolved and especially grown over the past year. There’s no way on goddess’ green earth we’d have got to this point without the incredible support we continue to receive from the family and friends rallying behind us.
To our husbands, whose faith in our success gives us the encouragement we need to keep at it (the fact that we’ve got a skilled craftsman and videographer on hand between the two of them is certainly an added bonus!). To our wonderful family and friends, who continue buying and trying our creations, no matter how uncomfortable the names might make you (we came thisclose to calling our Femme Fatale Seductive Massage Oil “Crotch Rocket”, for the record), and who help us with the unglamorous crisis-mode tasks that literally save our butts (THANK YOU FOR HELPING CUT LABELS, Christal!). And to our exceptionally talented and OH-SO-PATIENT friend and graphic designer, Andrea, for taking this whole operation crazily next-level (WE HAVE BARCODES NOW, YOU GUYS, CAN YOU EVEN???).
We aren’t exaggerating when we say say that we literally celebrate every ounce of support we receive, in every single form. It hasn’t stopped being surreal, that’s for sure.
This has been a tremendous experience of growth. For one, I’m being forced learning how to step outside my comfort zone and interface directly with people…and, like, it’s not horrible! Apart from the fact that it’s been nearly a year now of familiarizing ourselves with the processes and establishing our groove, it has become so much easier to share something I’m passionate and confident about. I’m excited about how the products work, and that makes me excited (okay, marginally less self-conscious) about sharing this excitement firsthand!
It’s all such a trip, really. When I was nearing the end of my herbalism apprenticeship, I was uncertain how to find a way to continue consciously connecting with my teachings in my day-by-day life. When Two Drunk Witches first came into being, there was a lot of effort in trying to integrate as much plant medicine as possible into our creations, and that’s how we developed some of our favourite products, like our Boo-Boo-Begone Healing Salve!
Over the last while, however, we’ve started expanding to include more skin and body care products into our roster, and what has evolved is this really lovely balance of being able to offer a wider array of both traditional healing blends as well as products that are formulated for a more natural approach to skincare and beauty. Both types of products remain equally popular, and that is really the best thing these witches could ask for!
On that note, we figured it was high time to introduce some of the ingredients that have made their way into our latest offerings – and to also mention that we’ve updated our Etsy shop with all the items we debuted at our recent gathering! We’ll be sure to share spotlights on these various products via our Facebook page over the next bit!
We’re also planning another gathering in Victoria for mid-December in time for the holiday season to be able to offer some of the gift-type items that were popular at last year’s December event, including seasonal bath salt blends and our citrus sugar scrub, so stay tuned for more details on that, dear ones!
Alas, without further adieu, welcome to some of our newest favourite ingredients!
Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera)
- Coconut oil is rich in antioxidant Vitamin E, which helps combat signs of aging.
- It’s also antimicrobial, making it a gentle treatment for troubled skin.
- It’s anti-inflammatory, which helps to minimize skin redness and promote healing.
- It is lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin, making it deeply hydrating.
Neroli (Orange Flower) (Citrus aurantium)
- Neroli’s potent antioxidant properties make it soothing and reparative for the skin, helping to minimize wrinkles, fine lines and even stretch marks.
- It helps to balance sebum production and promote skin elasticity
- Its antimicrobial properties are well-suited to treating skin irritations.
- From an aromatherapy perspective, neroli has been traditionally used to calm anxiety and overcome insomnia, and has even been used as an aphrodisiac.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
- Helps to soothe inflammation and irritations, including chapped or cracked skin.
- It is also said to protect against infection.
- Patchouli helps stimulate circulation and thereby promote cell regeneration.
- In aromatherapy, its exotic scent is celebrated for its antidepressant properties – it helps enhance mood and is used as an aphrodisiac.
White Willow Bark (Salix alba)
- Willow bark contains salicin, which has gentle anti-inflammatory properties to soothe and heal acne-prone skin.
- The salicin also loosens dead skin skills to rejuvenate and brighten the skin.
- As an astringent, it helps to tighten pores and control excess oil.
Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata)
- Ylang-ylang is said to be a potent antioxidant, helping to rejuvenate the skin and counteract signs of aging.
- Helps to balance the skin and control the production of excess oil.
- Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties work to soothe skin irritations.
- In aromatherapy, it’s known for its ability to battle stress and anxiety, stimulate circulation and overcome feelings of anger and resentment.
For a little throwback action, check out last January’s post on some of our original favourites by clicking here!