FALL FAVORITES – Beauty & Balance

Every fall feels like a new beginning, that “back to school” feeling, filled with promises of taking better care of ourselves, finding gratitude and balance. Here are our top picks to get you going…

WILDFLOWER/SAGE SMUDGE BUNDLES from Mississippi-based Blackjack Wax, owned by Patrick + Courtney Trawick! They hand-wrap organic white sage, yerba santa and assorted dried wildflowers that you can use to “smudge”, an age-old ritual for cleansing energy! Some bundles also include selentite crystals and kyanite bars. We use it all the time, as part of meditation and setting intentions!

HEALING SALVES from CATHERINE RISING These sweet pocket-sized healing balms are made with coconut/olive oil, local bees wax and essential oils. Excellent for softening dry skin and they smell amazing. Made in upstate NY.

YOKE ESSENTIAL OIL PERFUME…handcrafted with blended herbs and oils in California by wellness practitioners,”Flow” is infused with rose petals and is just one of several perfumes that we carry. Made according to traditional Ayurveda practice, the makers hope to create a sense of well-being.

SUMMER FAVORITES/Apothecary

TOP 4 SUMMER FAVORITES – August 2018

KOBO soy candles, made in NY -fragranced Mediterranean olive blend with fresh lavender, lily, hyacinth, and eucalyptus

 

Meow Meo Tweet Soaps – small batch, organic, vegan – our favorite is the Grapefruit Mint Body Soap!

Boy Smells Candles – made in LA – KUSH fragrance – hints of cannabis, suede, white musk, and tulip

West Third Brand eau de toilette, made in Austin, TX – green floral notes with tuberose, white flowers, musk, amber and ylang-ylang.

 

Oooh La La – Our favorite Fragrances!

Fragrances brighten your mood and can complete an outfit. I have a small collection of love bottles on my dresser and I vary my choices daily, depending on season, the hour, where I am heading and what I’m wearing ! I tend to like dark, woodsy and complex notes, but I know so many others love garden florals, citrus fruits or vanilla coconut tones. Shake stocks perfumes in all of these fragrance categories from a number of different makers but TOKYO MILK, made by Colorado-based Margot Elena is one of my most favorite collections! Here are few winners:

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Part of the original collection, DEAD SEXY has become a Shake staple, with notes of exotic wood, white orchid and deep vanilla!

Introduced in 2016, the “Tokyo Milk Light” collection includes three fragrances including AND SOUL which is an amazing and complex blend of oolong tea, bamboo reed, and white musk!

The NEWEST collection to  release for Spring 2017 is called “Neptune + the Mermaid” and includes ANTHEMOESS No. 84 which is a blend of jasmine, salted grapefruit, honeysuckle and sandalwood!

Top Selling BULLETPROOF is an essential key fragrance in the “Tokyo Milk Dark” collection, with notes of smoked tea, coconut milk, crushed cedar and ebony!

Enjoy! xoxox, M

New Botanical Soaps

One of my favorite things to do is to find new makers and invite them into the shop. Our most recent discovery is KEATS, based in Ohio, which handcrafts small batch organic soap and skincare, using gorgeous essential oils. We love their sweet packaging and believe they will make beautiful gifts for your friends and treats for yourselves!

handmade soaps

Autumn is here!

Love our new Aunt Sadie’s autumn candles, hand-poured in Vermont. The pumpkin and cranberry are our favorites, filling the room with all  the cozy feelings of a crisp fall day! Makes me want to stay home all day, bake a pie, read a book, get snuggly on the couch. Gary and Brian started their small batch candle business out of their antique store in the South End back in 90s. Shake the Tree was actually their first store and I remember the day they came in with their candles, wondering if we might be interested in carrying them. Of course, we said Yes! And, years later, Gary and Brian are happily living up in Vermont,  and their candles are still one of our best sellers! Stay tuned for their Holiday fragrances coming next month!