Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Holidays from Wild Rose

On the shortest day of the year, we sit in the glow of our brush fires and reflect. Tonight we are feeling deep gratitude for our customers who supported us throughout 2013. We hope you are all experiencing a joyous, abundant and bright holiday season with your loved ones. We leave you with a few scenes of Winter on the farm. Thank you all for another incredible year!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Holiday Lip Balms Have Arrived!

Candy Cane Natural Lip Balm

We're pleased to welcome back our popular Candy Cane Lip Balm and introduce you to two new holiday favorites - Hot Cocoa and Spiced Chai!

Candy Cane combines cool Oregon-Grown Peppermint, cold pressed Sweet Orange and creamy Organic Vanilla for a refreshing, sweet and festive lip balm.

Hot Cocoa Natural Lip Balm

Hot Cocoa's real Organic Dark Chocolate and Vanilla extracts gives this creamy lip balm a genuine, sweet cocoa flavor unlike any synthetic "chocolate" scented product available.

Spiced Chai Lip Balm

Spiced Chai is a zesty blend of Cardamom, Ginger and Cinnamon plus Assam Black Tea with a hint of Vanilla. Slightly tingly, yet soothing to the lips.

Try all three new holiday lip balms plus our classic Apple Cider lip balm in our holiday four-pack gift set!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Know Your Ingredients: Rosemary Extract

An herbal extract is only as good as the ingredients used - which is why we make our herbal extracts from scratch! We start with a locally-distilled Organic Cane Alcohol and use only organic herbs, often grown in our own permaculture gardens.

Our Rosemary Extract is made in this way - using the finest organic herbs and alcohol for an incredibly potent and powerful herbal extract. Rosemary Extract is a key ingredient for our popular Wild Man Beard Wash for its hair-strengthening and conditioning abilities.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Workshop Tour: Wild Rose's New Home

Over the past four months, we've transformed a small outbuilding into a fully-stocked herbal laboratory for crafting, bottling, labeling and shipping all of Wild Rose's products.

The shop has two sections: one for production and one for labeling and shipping. Nestled between one of our mixed herb gardens and our food forest, some of the botanicals used in Wild Rose products grow just a few yards from the building.

We're incredibly fortunate to have found a space for Wild Rose that is so beautifully incorporated into our permaculture gardens. This allows us to not only limit waste and excessive resource consumption, but also helps us craft incredibly fresh and potent herbal extracts for our formulas. We're excited to spend many years in our new space!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Catch Wild Rose at the Southern Oregon Beard and Stache Competition!

Beard season is upon us! The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market is kicking things off with the Southern Oregon Beard and 'Stache Competition on Saturday, September 21st! They'll have loads of fun local prizes including Wild Man Beard Care and Rogue Ale brews. This event is a fundraiser for the Fresh Rewards Program which helps local families put farm-fresh food on the table. Come by the competition to say hello, win some goodies and support this important cause!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tea Time! Sun Tea to Help Fight Summer Fatigue

The recent heat has us feeling pretty exhausted - which means it's time to make our anti-fatigue sun tea! This is my favorite blend for keeping me energized through the Summer. Here's a recipe for 1/2 gallon of sun tea:

2 TBSP Jasmine Green Tea Pearls
1 TBSP Gotu Kola Leaf
1 TBSP Gingko Leaf
1 TSP Powdered Astragalus (or 1-2 slices of root)
5 Thin slices of fresh Ginger Root
1/2 Lemon, sliced
Honey to taste

Put all ingredients except lemon slices and honey into a reusable cotton tea bag. Tie tight and place into the bottom of your glass infusing vessel. Add cool water and top with lemon slices. Alternatively, add all ingredients loose and strain before drinking. Leave in the sun for at least 6 hours. Add honey while warm to dissolve, then chill before drinking.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Making Moves: Wild Rose's New Farmstead Home

We've made our third move in the past 12 months - but our last for a very long time! Wild Rose has settled on a 2-acre mini farm just outside Grants Pass, OR. Our little farmstead will allow us to organically grow many of the botanicals required for Wild Rose by integrating these herbs into our permaculture gardens. Moreover, the property has a perfect workshop that we have already begun renovating. We're excited to share our new space! Here's a few photos from our preliminary herb gardens:

Friday, May 31, 2013

Wild Rose Herbs is an Etsy Featured Seller!

Wild Rose is beyond thrilled to be chosen as Etsy's featured seller this weekend! View the complete interview on Etsy's blog!

The interview as posted on Etsy:

Hello, my name is Ash. I am the creator of Wild Rose Herbs, a botanical skin care company focused on sustainability. I’m entirely self-taught, and have largely learned through experimentation over the past eight years. My unique blends are made intuitively using the best, most ethically-produced ingredients available. I am fortunate to live on a two acre mini-farm in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, and I design, blend, package, and ship my products from a 400-square foot workshop and office nestled between an herb garden and a lush, half-wild pasture.
I learned the value of a DIY ethic at a young age. I was raised by a single mother of three and resourcefulness was key in our household. My mom gets credit for introducing me to herbalism. Teas, tinctures and bad tasting supplements were always on hand, and colorful herb books filled our shelves. This, combined with my immersion in the local punk scene, made me crave the skills necessary to be totally self-reliant. Despite doing well in school, I skipped college and invested in a small library of books on everything from aromatherapy to homesteading.
At first, I didn’t intend to sell my creations. I made them as an alternative to store-bought synthetic products for myself, family, and close friends. It wasn’t long before I was selling my herbal salves to the local health food store, funding my new-found hobby. I maintained a low-key presence at farmers markets and craft fairs for the next four years, even while living off the grid in Northern California. When I found myself back in “the city,” I decided to take my most treasured recipes and reincarnate my products under the name Wild Rose.
Wild Rose is my response to an economy where the ecological, political and social costs of manufacturing are veiled. I spend much of my time tracking down raw materials, packaging and even office supplies to their source. This minimizes or eliminates the social, environmental and ethical footprint of my products by choosing sources that are non-GMO, sustainably harvested, organic or fair trade. I grow many of the fresh botanicals needed for my recipes just outside my workshop.
Not only do I use the purest, most completely natural ingredients available, I also seek out raw materials with the strictest quality and ethical standards. I carefully consider multiple factors when sourcing my ingredients, including growing conditions, worker treatment, endangered status or bioregion impact (for oils and herbs), sustainability, production waste, and ecological impact. I research my sources on behalf of my customers to ensure purity and sustainability. It’s what I do when I buy anything for myself or a loved one, and I can’t help but give the same care and attention to my customers. My business practices are completely intertwined with my personal ethics and integrity. This ensures that my customers always receive the best of what I have to offer.
For the things I can’t grow or collect myself, I try to find materials locally. Oregon is a hot spot for earth-conscious professionals, and I am fortunate to be able to source most of my materials, including packaging, from local producers and distributors. To help offset the inevitable impact of shipping and manufacturing, I make yearly donations to both local and national organizations working to protect critical bioregions. In this way, I hope to set a precedent through steadfast ethics and transparent business practices.
For me, Etsy is the result of our collective need to take responsibility for the cascading effects of our lifestyles. The unique transparency of this marketplace is both rare and in demand. That gives me hope for an increasingly ethical and true-to-cost economy.

Monday, April 15, 2013

New Products: Mineral-Rich Face Masks

We're pleased to share with your three new face masks combining nourishing herbs, mineral-rich clays and precious essential oils for an ethereal at-home spa experience!

Attunement Balancing Facial Mask:
Part of Wild Rose's Attunement skin care line. This restorative mask combines mineral-rich Rhassoul Clay with gently exfoliating Rose Petals for a blissful spa experience. Enhanced with organic essential oils of Carrot, Rose Geranium, Pacific Northwest Lavender, Lemongrass and Helichrysum. This unique blend will nourish skin and fill your bathroom with a floral-sweet, yet earthy therapeutic aroma.

Clarity Purifying Facial Mask:
Part of Wild Rose's Clarity skin care line. This gently purifying mask combines detoxifying French Yellow Clay with exfoliating Witch Hazel Bark for an effective, yet enjoyable spa experience. Enhanced with organic essential oils of Tea Tree, Pacific Northwest Lavender, Lemon Peel, Carrot Seed and German Chamomile. This unique blend will purify skin and fill your bathroom with a calm herbacious, lightly floral therapeutic aroma.

Refresh Stimulating Facial Mask:
A rejuvenating blend of toxin-drawing French Green clay, stimulating Gunpowder Green Tea and gently exfoliating organic Jasmine Petals. Enhanced with organic essential oils of Peppermint, Lemon, Pacific Northwest Lavender and Carrot. This unique blend will invigorate tired skin and fill your bathroom with an energizing therapeutic aroma.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wild Rose Turns Two!

This month we celebrate two years of Wild Rose! In the past year, we have relocated (twice!) to accommodate increasing demand and to have the ability to directly grow even more botanicals for our products. We also launched our own website, introduced wholesale and exceeded 10,000 sales on Etsy! We phased out old packaging and products that were not serving our customers and focused on new and exciting items including tattoo aftercare, botanical lip tints and new Beard Conditioner scents!

Following our ethical standards, we were able to donate a portion of our earnings to one of our favorite local non-profits, the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center! KS Wild works tirelessly to protect Southern Oregon / Northern California from environmental harm.

We're incredibly grateful to our customers for allowing us to practice our passion for a living. We thank you for supporting our small business and investing in a sustainable future!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New Lip Tints for Spring!

Last October, we released our Cranberry Blood Orange Lip Tint and it was an instant hit! Of course, we had to expand the line with three new colors and four new flavors! Just released:

Cherry Vanilla Lip Tint - Naturally colored with Alkanet and Paprika for sheer, bright red color. Genuine Organic Cherry and Vanilla Extracts give this tint a delicious, classic flavor.

Peach Lip Tint  - Alkanet and Organic Beet Root combine for a sheer pink-orange shade. Flavored with the summer sweetness extracted from real organic peaches.
Raspberry Lip Tint  - The same shade as Cranberry Blood Orange, a deep, yet sheer pinkish-red. Organic Raspberry Extract gives this lip tint a tangy-sweet berry flavor.

Mocha Lip Tint  - A luscious balm infused with the colors and flavors of real Coffee, Cocoa and Vanilla. A dark reddish-brown shade with a soft purple hue, Mocha's sheer color allows for a diversity of color applications.

Here's a side-by-side of the shades:

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Juice Break: Apple / Lemon / Kale / Ginger

With the new year upon us, lots of folks are looking to freshen up their routine with healthy new habits. One such habit is juicing, a simple way to pack lots of veggies and nutrients into your diet. Contrary to popular belief, juicing can be super tasty! Here's my personal recipe for my favorite juice. The mix of apple, lemon and ginger makes the taste of kale practically unnoticeable, except by color. For two glasses of juice, you will need:

  • 4 large apples (Fujis are my favorite)
  • one handful of kale (3-6 leaves depending on size)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 3-5 thin slices fresh ginger root
Slice apples and kale if needed. Using your favorite juicer, alternate kale, ginger and apple slices until done. Do not run the lemon through the juicer! Most juicers struggle with citrus peels and the bitter taste can come through in the juice. Squeeze the lemon into the finished juice just before mixing.

What new habits are you implementing for the new year?