Treasure salt

The thought of salt as a treasure has been lingering in my mind for decades. But it didn't really come into form as a thought-to-explore until much later. One day, I was watching a show about spices and the host of the show mentioned that if there was something he couldn't live without, it would... Continue Reading →

Sequoia Body Lotions

The first time I encountered sweetgrass was when a half-Ojibwe co-worker gave me a braided sweetgrass circle during the holidays.  It was a very thoughtful gift and I was so shocked that sweetgrass really does smell sweet!  Wow.  Until then, I've only ever smelled grass-odoured grass, that same smell from juicing stations that put shots... Continue Reading →

Eye Cream Reviews

(Life got busy so this post was delayed :-D) Inspired by experiences of scanning countless back labels to choose one eye cream amongst the multitudes in bath & beauty aisles, it was catharsis to buy several eye creams instead!  Then follows the excitement of knowing that trying out these creams will take a few months... Continue Reading →

Ancestral Nature

What grounds you? For me, having roots and a strong identity entwined within a past that continues to live through my very breath nurtures the constancy of my soul.  To belong without question - as a birthright - keeps the blood flowing in the right direction, so to speak.  Yet setting out to find words which... Continue Reading →

Green Beaver Antioxidant Moisturizer

When a moisturizer comes in a long standing box and tube packaging I get a bit suspicious about the product.  You could say the product was being judged by its cover but, hey, one can’t always be immune to marketing strategies.  Once again on the hunt for a natural moisturizer, I decided to suspend the... Continue Reading →

Precious little things

You’ve heard of the expression, “It’s the little things that count.”  You know, those “little things” that add the special touch and essential nuance to every gesture and intention.  And little things count even more when they turn out to be little “big” things, like these Khmer silver-coloured boxes. A friend gave a similar Khmer... Continue Reading →

Birth Language

When was the last time you spoke the language of your birth? That language that is the birthright of all earthlings... When was the last time you sensed the kind of acceptance that does not ask you for age, rank, education, and experience? The kind of acceptance to which all your psychological defense mechanisms fall... Continue Reading →

be Delectable – New from Cake Beauty

Hardly the department store shopper, I set upon attending the by-invitation-only pre-opening of a nearby Target with some skepticism.  As expected, the merchandise were neatly organized and enticingly displayed.  Having made a quick mental checklist of what was missing from my toiletries bag before leaving the house, I took the quickest route to the natural... Continue Reading →

Nature’s Pearl Skincare

Like many of the stories posted on the internet about "natural converts", my story was quite motivated by the avoidance of chronic pain. At that time, I had another episode of swollen joints which left me incapacitated for 2 weeks. The swelling promptly recurred after an interval of 1 week. One day, I was well... Continue Reading →


I woke up this morning with a craving for a delectable scent.  So, as usual, I went to the internet and looked up my favourite perfumes and checked reviews.  The craving remained...  maybe because the feeling of a Saturday morning is difficult to capture via the written word.  To compensate for the lack of sensory... Continue Reading →

Bread “discovery”

This morning's contemplation on breakfast was more difficult than normal. Most mornings at the cafeteria meant choosing among the breakfast platters with eggs, toast, and a potential side of bacon. The "caf" also boasts a selection of bagels which, unfortunately, do not even manage to remind me of the mouth-watering hand-rolled and wood-fired delicacies from... Continue Reading →

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