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The Sacral Chakra

By: Body Time      Date posted: May 21, 2015

Moving upwards from the root chakra, the next energy point in the subtle body is the sacral chakra.(Orange in the image on the right.) While the root is firm, grounded energy, here, you can imagine swirls and oceanic waves. The second chakra is the water element, and it is associated with moving and shaking. Literally.  It is the grace and confidence that comes from doing what makes us tick, from unsticking ourselves from the everyday and the monotonous. A balanced sacral chakra is often associated with confidence, connection, and creativity.

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What are the Chakras?

By: Body Time      Date posted: May 14, 2015

chakrasLet’s start at the root.

In yogic tradition, energy is depicted as whirling around the subtle body, as flowing through and around seven focal points called chakras. Each chakra is located in a different part of the body and is associated with a different emotional system. It sounds like high theory, but our present-day clichés follow a similar concept: think of the butterflies in your stomach before a big date (your heart charka on high alert), of the tension headache that develops when you hear bad news (your third eye chakra in tumult). When you become stressed, how often does that manifest itself in your body?

The ideal energy flow is fluid. Imagine a well-choreographed dance of the mind, body, and soul; that is your energy expanding upwards from your root chakra all the way through the crown of your head, and to the sky. But most of us aren’t quite so lucky all the time; stresses naturally develop over the course of a balanced life, no matter how hard we try to perpetuate a constant flow of positive energy. By actively working to balance chakras, we slowly loosen these naturally-developing blocks and allow energy to burst through.

The seven chakras are root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown. Traditionally the chakras are worked in order. The theory behind that is that you need a strong base and firm roots before you can begin to grow upward. That is why the first chakra is the root chakra, the energy center located at the base of the spine. (It is the red dot in the photo.)

Root is the chakra of the earth: it provides a source of comfort and strength for the body, much like the spine itself. When weak or unbalanced it can cause pain, it can send nerves shooting up and down the limbs. Our Chakra blend for the root chakra consists of earthy sandalwood, vetiver, and patchouli, of rich notes of deep bergamot and spicy ginger. A grounding yoga practice is the perfect complement to our essential oil blend 1: Root

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In Focus: Body Time Botanicals For Earth Day

By: Body Time      Date posted: April 22, 2015

Last Earth Day we celebrated our company-wide green practices. (In case you missed it: we use minimal packaging, we have a long established recycling program, we ship using biodegradable materials, and more.) This year, we are focusing in on our Botanicals Line: a true celebration of Mother Earth. In this close-up, we will show you what you’re getting when you go Botanical:

1. Organically Harvested Ingredients

We incorporate organic and sustainable ingredients whenever possible. That means that you don’t have to worry that the ingredients in your product were harvested using harmful chemicals or pesticides. Our Botanicals seal is a guarantee that your product does not have a negative environmental impact.



2. Maximized Nutritional Benefit.

The other nod to Mother Earth in our Botanicals line is the intelligent use of naturally sourced materials. Our premium-quality ingredients are specifically formulated to maximize their nutritional benefits, so that the whole product is even greater than the sum of its parts. These specifically targeted botanical pairings yield direct results.


3. The Essential Oil Promise.

The fragrance in your Botanicals product does not only smell sweet, it also carries aromatherapeutic benefit, and is 100% naturally derived. We use therapeutic-grade essential oils in all of our scented Botanicals products, which means that your Chamomile Lavender Face Cream contains calming chamomile oil and antiseptic lavender oil; the scent of your Gotu Kola Eye and Face Gel is precious, anti-aging rose essential oil.



What are your favorite Botanicals products? Share with us below!


For Today Only, receive 15% off your Body Time Botanicals purchase with the coupon code EARTHDAY2015!



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Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils

By: Body Time      Date posted: April 8, 2015

This year more than ever, our friends in the Bay and elsewhere are focused on how to preserve water and help the environment through their everyday activities. And in the Spring, that means a focus on green cleaning. With the thousands of cleaning products and the misleading “natural” label, a trip to the store to stock up on “green” cleaning products can be overwhelming. But don’t let the cleaning aisle turn you off! We’re here to help with a few easy tips.

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China Rain Shortage

By: Body Time      Date posted: April 1, 2015

Dear Valued Customers,

As you may know, our China Rain seeds yielded a low crop this year. Between the disappointing harvest and heavy buying from the western provinces, we have found ourselves in a temporary China Rain shortage. While we are making every effort to increase our supply for the next season, we will be imposing even-odd rationing of China Rain through the end of this year.

If your zip code ends in an even number, you will be able to purchase China Rain during even-numbered months (April, June, August, and so on). If your zip code ends in an odd number, you will be able to purchase China Rain during odd-numbered months (May, July, September, and so on). May we gently suggest that you try China Lily? We apologize for the – APRIL FOOLS.

We have a bountiful supply of China Rain.




Happy Pranking,
Body Time

Happy National Fragrance Day!

By: Body Time      Date posted: March 19, 2015

National Fragrance Day is coming up on Saturday, 3/21!

If yIMG_5255ou missed this article in last Saturday’s New York Times, you should check it out. It provides an interesting insight into custom perfumes– something that we do every day (and for much less than $30,000!).

Why the interest in a signature scent when there are thousands of options at the department store perfume counter?

Let’s say you decide to go for a walk around the block. Now let’s say you have only your sense of smell to guide you.

Would you know the way, just based on familiar fragrances? Would you know where to turn based on the scent of the rose bush outside of the house on the corner? Would you know that you are in your neighborhood from the way the air smells? Could you identify a fragrance that doesn’t belong and know you’ve made a wrong turn?

It turns out, you might.

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Guest Blog: Confessions of a Perfume Lover

By: Body Time      Date posted: February 4, 2015

body time roller ballI love perfumes. Growing up, I loved going to department stores just so I could try on their perfume selections. While studying abroad in Cambridge, I would stop by the store en route to class every day to spritz a new perfume sample. The commercial perfumes smelled great, but I often thought of how awesome it would be if I could create a signature perfume, instead of having to rely on a cosmetic company to represent me in a bottle.

So imagine my shock of happiness when I came back to Berkeley and found out that Body Time offered custom scented perfumes!!! (That is how I found out about Body Time long before I received the Body Time For a Year prize.)

The process of getting a perfume made for you isn’t an ordinary task. While the time it takes to make this perfume depends on how picky you are, be prepared to take at least fifteen minutes to synthesize the perfect blend of scents.

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Guest Blog: Meet Minju

By: Body Time      Date posted: January 22, 2015

Minju PortraitHello! My name is Minju and I am the lucky winner of “Body Time for a Year” thanks to a contest Body Time held at Caltopia. This means that I get to spend a whopping $100 at Body Time each month for an entire year!

Being the prolific blabber-er that I am (Yelp Elite, anyone?), I am excited to be Body Time’s first guest blogger! I will use this space to share the details of products I select each month, and how they are working out for me. In this post, I’ll talk about two items that I got from my first haul: the Aloe Vera Freshener and the Montana Clay Cleansing Mask.

I picked these up on rec from the Body Time sales associate at the Shattuck Ave store. She recommended them to me for sensitive/combination skin: i.e., I am not prone to overly dry red skin, or to acne or breakouts all over, but my skin is sensitive to some products and chemicals. She also told me that the Aloe Vera Freshener would help to set my makeup.

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Promises for 2015

By: Body Time      Date posted: January 8, 2015

Exercise More white bgAlmost half of Americans make health-oriented New Year’s resolutions, but far fewer of us keep them past the first few weeks. (We’ll spare you the sad statistic of just how quickly we break the promises we make to ourselves.) We start off with the best intentions and create grand plans for how we’ll be lower-stress, healthier-looking versions of ourselves by December, but then life gets in the way and we put our health on the back burner while we attend to more pressing needs.

To help, we’ve compiled a list of quick-fixes that can help you be a little – or a lot – healthier in 2015, even with your jam-packed schedule.


The Resolution: Be Less Stressed.

Got 30 seconds?

A spritz of calming lavender hydrosol can help decrease stress levels and slow down the nervous system, and a deep inhalation of pink grapefruit oil can help bring tired minds back to life. (Considering that excess snacking often comes from being tired, stressed, or otherwise unbalanced, your waist-line might thank you as well.) Each essential oil carries a unique aromatherapeutic property, so consider carrying an aromatherapy kit in your bag. That way, you’ll be prepared for any occasion.


The Resolution: Eat Better.

Got 10 minutes?

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Holiday Gift Guide

By: Body Time      Date posted: December 11, 2014


Stuck on what to get for the one who has everything? Or for him? Or for the Cal grad in your life? We’ve got just the tips:

For The One Who Has Everything.body_butter_lg_2

We all have people in our lives who are impossible to shop for.
Maybe they’re picky, or maybe they already
have everything they could want. For those special (and lucky!) people in your life, we recommend picking up a Windrift Hill Body Butter. This whipped body butter is a luxurious dessert for your skin. Its thick and creamy texture is perfect for dry elbows and knees, and its non-greasy goat milk formula is ideal for hands and feet.

The Body Butters
come in an array of scents, as well as in an unscented version for the fragrance-sensitive. The fragrances are universally adored. The fresh “Citrus Sun” is our fastest selling variety and its orange essence provides a quick pick-me-up for dreary days. The “Goats and Oats” fragrance is another favorite, with a smell of coconut that instantly transports you to the beach. “Relaxing” has a sweet vanilla and, of course, lavender scent; and “Pearberry” is light and fruity.



Not a goat milk fan? Our second go-to for The One Who Has Everything is Peppermint Foot Cream. Its rich, creamy texture soothes tired feet, and safflower oil hydrates those extra dry areas. With a minty fragrance reminiscent of candy canes, it is perfect for the holidays. Plus, everyone gets dry winter skin!


For Him.

So, you don’t want to get him another tie this year? We’ve got you covered.

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