From the Laboratory

Ten Idioms

I just created a new solid perfume line called “10 Idioms”. Each one has a story. Here’s an example:

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“Hand me those binoculars,” Nancy said, impatiently. Her legs were beginning to ache from squatting behind a pile of wood about 50 yards from the dilapidated farmhouse.

The leaves from a quaking aspen rustled like the wings of a thousand moths above her head. The moon was full.

Ned handed Nancy the binoculars. “I can’t see him anymore. I think he must have gone to the bathroom or something.”

Nancy looked through the binoculars into the living room, which was lit by the flickering screen of a television. She shifted her weight from one leg to the other.

“But it’s a full moon,” she said, with frustration in her voice. “And it’s 16 minutes after midnight.”

“Maybe we were wrong,” Ned replied.

Nancy scanned the house. All the other rooms were dark, and the windows were covered with thick curtains. She pointed the binoculars back to the living room. Suddenly, the television seemed to turn itself off. The house went completely dark.

“What’s happening?” Ned asked. Nancy could sense a tinge of panic in his voice.

“I don’t know,” she answered. She began to scan the house again. Her heart stopped as the binoculars came to rest on a figure standing on the front porch. She gasped when she saw the yellow eyes, glowing in the dark. They were looking right into hers, and for a forever second she froze.

Then her survival instinct kicked in.

“Ned,” she said, “I think we’d better run.”

A Narrow Escape is an adventurous blend of patchouli, coconut and tangerine, concocted for those who like to live life on the edge. You can find it in my Etsy shop.

It’s been fun writing stories for things like “A Silver Lining”, “A Curious Affair”, “A Novel Idea”, “A Longing Glance”…plus six more.

And so it goes.

From the Laboratory

Sea Salt Spray for Beach Beautiful Hair

One of my favorite summertime hair products is sea salt spray…which turns my frizzy curls into pretty, tame waves. I try to make it to the ACTUAL beach (Pacific ocean) at least once a year, and when I do – just an hour or two walking in the sand with a little ocean spray whirling around my head makes my hair happy.

Unfortunately, too much exposure to salt water can make hair dry and brittle. That’s why sea salt sprays are so popular, because the ingredients can be controlled to give you the same excellent effects of wavy, ocean-kissed hair without the split ends.

Annnd…the great thing about sea salt hair spray is you can make it at home for about 1/10th the price you pay at a beauty supply, hair salon or drug store, and it won’t be full of chemicals or synthetic ingredients.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Start with epsom salts (2-3 tablespoons, depending on the strength/hold of the spray you want). Epsom salts aren’t nearly as drying as actual sea salt on the cuticle (outer part) of the hair shaft, but still strong enough to shape the cortex (the middle part). You’ll need a jar with a lid…big enough to hold about a cup of water.

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You’ll also need a few pinches of pink himalayan salt (to add extra texture and nourishing minerals).

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In addition, you’ll need aloe vera gel (a blob about the size of a nickle), coconut oil (one tablespoon), and a teaspoon of your favorite leave-in conditioner.

And a must for me (but optional): 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Fragrance is a lovely addition (my daughter uses neroli, I love jasmine) to make your hair smell wonderful.

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Finally, you’ll need a spray bottle (I like to use a size I can carry in my purse or pool bag).

To make the sea salt spray, pour a cup of hot water into the jar, add the above ingredients and shake until everything is dissolved. Pour the mixture into your spray bottle and add a pretty label…and there you have it.

Use your sea salt spray on damp hair, and either wrap your hair around your fingers to get pretty ringlets or scrunch (gently) to get beachy waves.

Here’s me with beach hair last summer (at Ventura Beach) and no make-up.

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Here’s my dog, Scotch, with beachy hair, too.

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And lastly, here’s one of my favorite photos of the California coastline, driving along Highway 1.

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Sea salt hair spray is easy and inexpensive to make, and is an essential product here at Luna Joon when the temperatures rise and everyone is heading for the pool or lake (not a lot of ocean beaches here in Oklahoma). Give it a try!

From the Laboratory

Working on the gothic tales.

I’ve revamped my Nightshade and Company line on Etsy, and will be featuring all the new, good things beginning this April at various locations around Tulsa.

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I’ve formulated seven story lines; The Forest and the Moors, The Sanitarium, The Back Lot, The Cemetery, The Laboratory, The Abandoned House and The Dark Carnival.

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Each story has its own different perfumes and other lovely apothecary items (like dry shampoos, burning papers, bath salts, candles), and I’m having a lot of fun with the themes.

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