Tomorrow it will be March, and the Made in Vermont Marketplace is happening the weekend of 4/6 and 4/7 at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, VT! I am very excited about this, especially considering this will be the first time showcasing Terra Dona Skincare products in a public setting since first launching this skincare line on 11/15/2018! I am hopeful it will be the first of many public appearances as well! Interestingly, all products purchased online here are made-to-order yet as that is not a practical strategy for an in-person open marketplace for obvious reasons, I will have products pre-made for POS transactions. As such, today, I worked on preparing the Cocoa Blossoms Body Soufflé for the Made in Vermont Marketplace and thought I would share a couple of photos from that process. The essential oils contributing to the sensual chocolatey floral aroma of the Cocoa Blossoms Body Soufflé (the other variety of body soufflé being Peppermint Patty) is a combination of Lavender, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Frankincense, Bergamot, Sweet Orange, Geranium, and Lemon. The picture of me below is taken while mixing the essential oils to create this delightful body soufflé and the last picture is showing the fruits of my labor with the final product of the body soufflé immediately after being scooped into the jars appropriately in the configuration of a heart as the entire process is carried out with great care and love, and I love doing it! For additional information about The Made in Vermont Marketplace, visit www.madeinvermontmarketplace.com. Cheers!
You may not know that I live in Vermont, but what you probably do know is that when people talk about Vermont, one of the most common associations has to do with it being a place where some of the best maple syrup comes from. It's true, and we don't take that lightly. Maple sap is the clear liquid which flows from trees and subsequently gets boiled to make the maple syrup we love to put on a stack of pancakes. Maple sap can definitely stand on its own though. It makes a wonderfully refreshing beverage and is nutritionally dense, being rich in over 46 bio-active compounds including vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, enzymes, antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation. All of these components are beneficial for our bodies on the inside and is often drank by athletes to replenish themselves. So that got me thinking about the possibility of using it as an ingredient for skin care and whether it would exhibit beneficial effects for skin. The short answer is a big YES! As it turns out, maple sap happens to be one of the primary ingredients in Terra Dona Skincare's Hydrating Glow (Hy-Lo) Gel, which is highly effective in keeping skin hydrated, soft, and smooth and I have seen visible results soon after applying on myself and others! Granted, there are other natural, nourishing, and in short, amazing, ingredients in Terra Dona Skincare's Hy-Lo Gel, but being that maple sap is the second ingredient listed in it (meaning it is the second most prevalent ingredient used), its contribution to how effective the Hy-Lo Gel is cannot be ignored.
Collecting sap from the trees is quite involved and has very specific temperature requirements to be done. In Vermont, and most of New England, Maple Sugaring Season, as it is called, is considered to begin sometime around late March through the end of April. The reason is that the sap flows best when there are below freezing temperatures at night and 40-45 degree(F) weather during the day. The pressure that results in the trees from this drastic and sharp temperature change causes the sap to flow. It's quite a long-standing tradition in the New England area and makes for quite an event, with people coming to visit from all over to partake in this custom of collecting maple sap from trees and partaking in the process of making maple syrup! Check out the article below discussing the process of how maple sap is collected and made into maple syrup in more detail and some great sugaring farms in New England! On a final note, I feel as a Vermonter, it deserves mentioning that this article states in the very first sentence that in the prior year, 4 million gallons of maple syrup were produced in the U.S., and Vermont trees were responsible for nearly 2 million gallons! :)
Grab a bucket. The maple sap is running!
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Hello All! I'm Jasmine, the founder and creator of Terra Dona Skincare. I hope to discuss all kinds of matters here involving skin care for anyone interested in issues and topics involving skin and/or skin care. Most of all, I hope to educate the readers as I firmly believe knowledge is power and ultimately empowers you to take action and make the difference you want to see a reality.