Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Old Friends

There was a time not so long ago when using up the last of something precious and irreplaceable would cause a twinge of regret in my heart. Not so much anymore. I learned something some time ago, something important, a lesson taught to me by a few good friends, and a few years experience, and that is that you just have to let go of special things, use 'em up, lavish yourself or a friend with them. What am I talking about? Antique sandalwood oil. I used up the last 10 mls of my antique Magnus, Mabee & Reynard sandalwood oil in a delectable new skin care elixir I made for The Scented Djinn Etsy Shop. I can't wait to smear it on my face after a shower as it acts like a perfume, a simple, single note (not really, there's a pinch of aged patchouli in the mix as well) perfume, not to mention how great it feels on my skin. I usually use about a half teaspoon of plain organic extra virgin olive oil to moisturize my face and it's worked wonders, but this new elixir is like skin nirvana, and did I mention it has a lot of that antique sandalwood in it? It does. And organic hemp seed oil and organic sunflower oil. I have some up on sale at the Etsy shop, but I've reserved a few for personal use, and I'm going to be one sad lady when I run out. I can make the elixir's base again, for sure, but I can't replace the antique sandalwood in there. Maybe next time I'll use neroli or a new sandalwood or frankincense and myrrh. Stuff that's good for the skin. So I'm not really upset or bummed out that I used up the last of that antique sandalwood - it's going to a good cause, my old wrinkled face! I'm not upset because there's always something new just around the corner, some other vintage aromatic to lavish praise and pay homage to, something else to covet for a bit, then release into the universe so someone else can maybe relish and covet it a while as well. I mean, really, what else was I going to do with it? Eat it? Oh, yeah, I do do that! I did use about 5 drops of the same antique sandalwood to "flavor" a batch of butter toffee praline candy I made for Thanksgiving. It was like eating a piece of heaven.


  1. Hi, I just ordered some of this--it sounds so wonderful and my face could use a bit of extra care. So true about letting go of special things. When we do, other special things come to us! Best wishes, E

  2. Thank you for ordering -- I think you're going to like it.

    Yes, letting go of rare, special, beautiful things, sharing them, that's kind of nice. Especially when it makes other people happy :)



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