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Matters of the Heart

By: Body Time      Date posted: June 24, 2015

Latte HeartThe fourth chakra, Anahata, is the heart chakra: the first energy center that focuses inward and moves beyond the body, toward the center of compassion and love.

Anahata means unhurt, and is associated with healing, nurturing, and opening. Once the body feels safe, grounded, and centered, it is able to open. Read More…

Into the Solar Plexus

By: Body Time      Date posted: June 11, 2015

From the earth (root) and up through water (sacral), we land in the element of fire, the solar plexus chakra. The solar plexus is known as the center of kinetic and physical energy in the body. It is the inner fire, the jumpstart mechanism, the power to move you forward along your journey. Because of this chakra’s tie to physical energy, it is also commonly associated with metabolism. Deficiencies in this energy center are associated with such symptoms as poor digestion, sluggishness, and heaviness.

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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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