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.
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:
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!
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!
Coreterno Candles are handcrafted by Michelangelo Brancato and Francilla Ronchi, Italian designers now living in Brooklyn. We love their unique combination of artistry, symbols and messages of empowerment!