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Why Can’t You Smell Your Own Perfume?

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: September 10, 2014


New York Magazine recently posted an article about why you can’t smell your own home. When you walk into the office on Monday morning it smells familiar, and if you get a whiff of something particular, it takes you back to your childhood friend’s house. But when you walk into your own home, or smell your own clothes, and they smell like… nothing.

Scientist Pamela Dalton has spent years studying the phenomenon of getting used to smells, and recent science suggests that our inability to smell what’s habitual is actually an evolutionary advantage: becoming desensitized to everyday smells allows us to detect even the slightest change in our environment.

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Eye Cream Guide

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: September 5, 2014

When it comes to eye treatments, finding your perfect match can be difficult.

At Body Time, we carry two products that, while they work best when paired together, target very different eye area issues. Generally, we’ll recommend the anti-inflammatory Gotu Kola Eye and Face Gel to those who suffer from morning puffiness. For those who wish to eliminate or prevent fine lines and wrinkles, we’ll recommend our refining Samphire Anti-Puff Eye Cream.

But we also know that when it comes to eye creams, everything doesn’t work for everybody, and you know your skin better than anyone else. Read More…

China Rain: Our Favorite Mistake

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: July 27, 2014

In the early days of Body Time, when we were called The Body Shop, drums of A, D & E and gallons of perfume oils were kept in the back of each store, and staff members tapped kegs of body products, filling customers’ bottles on demand. Precise recipes and instructions for blending were etched into notebooks so that perfumers could mix large batches of oils on site before pouring them into the pipettes that are a staple of the store even today.

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Perfume Lab: Citrus and Top Notes  

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: July 13, 2014

241874500_d85749335b_oA first impression is an attraction that taps into your instincts. It helps you decide if you want to dig deeper and find out more. In perfumery, the fleck of spice, floral, or citrus that hits your nose on your first inhale is critical. If what you sense is enticing, you’re hooked; but if it’s too strong, you’re immediately turned off.  For a perfume maker, the stakes are high.


A complex perfume is a variety of competing scents. The first impression comes from the top note: that is the scent that reveals itself first. But the top note is also the first to fade, making way to the middle and base notes that define the perfume. When designing a fragrance, the citrus family of oils is a great place to turn for a top note. A few drops of tart, zesty citrus can pull together families of green, floral, woody, and spicy cents, and can lighten up an otherwise overwhelming complexity of deeper and lower notes.

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Summer Skin Care

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: June 23, 2014

It’s officially Summer! Don’t get us wrong, we’re excited for the season of BBQs, beaches, and iced coffee. But we also know that seasonal transitions can be tough on skin. And when warmer months roll in, even dry skin types can become oily. If you live in a humid climate, you might find that you need to switch up your regimen for Summer. Here are three must-dos for keeping your skin soft and smooth, so that you can find your perfect summertime glow…


  •  Cleanse with Consistency

If dirt and oil are clogging your pores throughout the day, look for water-based or glycerin-based cleansers, rather than creamy vegetable based cleansers. An exfoliating cleanser might feel detoxifying at the end of the day, but be careful not to over-scrub your face. Over-scrubbing can dry out your skin in such a way that your body thinks it needs to create more oil! So if you like to exfoliate, be sure to stick to once daily.


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Roses Differentiated

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: June 3, 2014

It’s National Rose Month! To help you pick the perfect fragrance, we have created a guide that explains the notes you’ll find in our different Rose perfumes.

Rose Rose:  Rose perfume oil is the most classic of the Rose family. Not for the faint of heart, the first thing you will notice about the perfume oil we call Rose is its sharp top note: cool, oceanic, and earthy. Over time, this breezy top note gives way to a bright, rich musk with sweeter notes of honey and spun sugar. The finish is powdery. A touch of rose perfume oil is fabulous in Shampoos and Lotions

Tea Rose: Reminiscent of petals and stems, Tea Rose is the most similar to the smell of a fresh bouquet of roses. The top note is strongly green, with elements of grass and sweet water. Underneath is a citrusy musk with soft, bright, lemony tones. Tea Rose is excellent in a spray mist for the hair and body, or in a summer lotion. (Which is why we are giving away Tea Rose Refreshers for purchases over $50 this month!) To create a green perfume, consider mixing Tea Rose with Cypress, or adding a few drops of Peat Moss Vetiver. To blend your own a rich, floral musk, consider adding a few drops of Tea Rose to African Musk.

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The Great Soap Hunt, Part 3: French Milled Soaps

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: May 22, 2014

French milled soaps, also called “triple milled” soaps or more briefly “French” soaps, get their name from the stainless steel rollers that are used to mix and press them.

French SoapsThe result is a long-lasting, fragrant, nutrient-rich bar that is ideal for dry or mature skin. Let’s talk about the process of milling French soap, and why its unique formula can be so beneficial:

 (Almost) No Glycerin

French milled soaps begin with the same chemical reaction as other soaps: saponification. A fat (typically olive oil, palm oil, and/or shea butter) mixes with an alkali (typically sodium hydroxide). As discussed in a previous post, glycerin is both a natural byproduct of saponification as well as a key ingredient in cold process soaps. In French soaps, however, soap makers add salt to the mixture, and this separates the glycerin from the soap.

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The Great Soap Hunt, Part 2: Olive Oil Soaps

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: May 5, 2014

Olive oil soaps are the cousins of glycerin soaps. Both are typically cold process and simply prepared without a lot of extra ingredients – but olive oil soaps are dense, nourishing bars that last much longer than glycerin soaps do. Here are some of the key things that set olive oil soaps apart from other bar soaps:

 2071538655_cb3d5a1e83_oCold Process                                                                                                                                                                           

There are two ways that soapmakers can proceed after saponification: they can heat the mixture, which results in a “warm process” or “hot process” soap, or they can continue down a more time consuming path at room temperature, which results in a “cold process” soap. Cold process soaps are often championed by supporters who claim that because they are less processed, they are more nourishing than soaps that have been heated. Similar to the thought that less processed foods have more nutritious benefits than heavily processed foods, olive oil soaps have the reputation of being raw, cold-pressed, and highly nutritious for the skin.

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It’s Easy Being Green: Earth Day Every Day At Body Time

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

At Body Time, we care about protecting the Earth and do our best to encourage green behavior every day. Here’s how:


  • We Pay You To shopping bag

We offer a recycling program for perfume oils, as well as for 4oz, 8oz, and 16oz bottles of many of our products. You can have your Body Time bottle refilled at any of our retail stores, and each time you reuse your bottle, we shave $1 off of the price.

In order to participate in this program, all customers have to do is bring in their empty, clean, dry bottle of lotion, body oil, or liquid soap from our Classics line (or our Hydrating Sea Algae Lotion from the Botanicals line), and we will refill it from one of our bulk gallons behind the counter.

  • We Use Biodegradable Shipping Materials.

When we ship to you from afar, you can rest assured that we don’t use a lot of unnecessary packaging in our shipments. They keep our products snug and secure, but our foam-looking peanuts are actually made of renewable raw materials, and are 100% compostable and biodegradable.

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The Great Soap Hunt, Part 1: Vegetable Glycerin Soaps

By: bodytime1970      Date posted: April 10, 2014


glycerin soaps


Customers often ask us which kind of soap they should buy: which is the most moisturizing, which will last the longest, which is the most gentle. Choosing from among different bar soaps can be overwhelming. And depending on an individual’s concerns, as well as their body chemistry, the answer to this question varies.

Over the next few posts we’ll unpack this question a bit, and we’ll go in-depth to discuss how different soaps are made. First, we’ll talk about simple cold process soaps, such as vegetable glycerin soaps.

The Chemistry

Bar soaps are a mixture of an acid (any combination of fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, etc.), a base (typically lye), and water. When these ingredients combine, a chemical reaction called saponification occurs: triglycerides from the oil combine with lye to release glycerol, and the acid combines with the base to form a salt. Glycerol becomes glycerin, and the salt eventually cools down to become the soap bar.

But the choice of fats, the amount of heat added, and the mixing process are all factors that determine what kind of soap you end up with.

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