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Meet Charley! Indigo Wild’s very own veteran soapmaker. Charley started hanging around the factory cutting Zum Bars at 16 and much to our delight, he’s still here at 31. In 1999, the development of his music taste came to a screeching halt. Needless to say, Charley makes for a great DJ. He’s a man of many talents. He’s a blacksmith and recently made his first knife from scratch. His cat, Porter, was named after both the composer Cole Porter and porter style beer. Charley was asked, “If you were to die and come back as a person or thing what do you think it would be?” His answer was as chill as he is, “A koala bear!” he said. A koala with a makeshift knife and a Pale Ale—what a thought.
There’s a lot to be thankful for in the land of Zum. We asked the Zum Oompa Loompa’s what they’re thankful for this year and the factory is buzzing with gratitude.
- Modern plumbing – Emily
- Doug’s lentil Shepard’s pie recipe – Leslie
- Boulevard brewery, bacon bits, mating calls, Bruce Springsteen and The Walt Disney Classics VHS Collection – Fritz Hutchinson
- The dog run buffet – Daisy the pug
- Don’t have to drive to work – Greg
- Advil – Rose Hutchison
- Zum Bum – Charlie Hutchison
- Hair conditioner – Mary Clara Hutchison
- Dr. Pepper – Henry Withington
- The Hutchison’s – Indigo Wild
- Butter – Dan
- Justin Timberlake – Allison
- Warm soft baby kisses – Tina
- Imperial stout – Brittany
- Thankful people – Carrie
- The Zum Chakra gift sets that are left – Kemp
- December 26th –Charlie
- Vasectomies – Collin
- December 13th - Troy
- My period every month – Boo Boo
- Doggie diapers and heated car seats – Annie
Both go right to the core - meadowfoam seed oil goes straight to the epidermis, REO goes straight to the heart. REO is easy to explain. Meadowfoam seed oil requires a little more explanation.
Meadowfoam seed oil – a prime ingredient in our Zum Body and Zum Tub - contains over 98% fatty acids having chain lengths of over 20 carbon atoms - this is triple that of many vegetable oils. Hold on, before your eyes glaze over, this basically means that meadowfoam seed oil sinks in faster, deeper and better than 99.9999999% of other moisturizers out there because it’s a high-quality triglyceride oil. Okay, we’ll stop with the big words and the nerd speak.
Here’s what else is great about meadowfoam seed oil:
It forms a - sounds strange but it’s true - membrane to prevent moisture loss and provides a cushiony feeling on the skin. And who wouldn’t want that?
It revitalizes dry, cracked skin and keeps it moist longer.
It is light colored, non-staining, unscented and mild. Long story just a little bit longer - it soothes the most sensitive skin with natural emolliency.
It’s super, ultra, highly resistant to oxidation - so it lasts longer on the shelf and helps preserve the ingredients it’s paired with.
Lastly, REO is named for an old car, but did you know meadowfoam seed oil is named for the way it looks back on the farm? The solid canopy of creamy white flowers looks like a field of foam.
Aaaah, isn’t that neat? What a beautiful picture to leave you with on this fine day. Just close your eyes. Can you see the meadow of foam? Can you see it?
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Fritz is an Indigo Wild icon. He burst onto the Zum Factory scene a few years ago and has made his niche as one of the compound boys. On nights and weekends you’ll find Fritz performing in one of his many bands.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? To be on stage as a member of the E Street Band.
What is your greatest fear? To lose control of my own reality…or work a cubicle job. Same thing right?
Which historical figure do you most identify with? Your mom.
What trait do you most deplore in yourself? Laziness.
What trait do you more deplore in others? Self-importance.
What is your greatest extravagance? Craft beer. A lot of craft beer.
What is your favorite journey? Walking around New Orleans.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Purity.
On what occasion do you lie? When it seems like a good idea. Never is, though.
What is your greatest regret? Haven’t screwed up bad enough yet. I’ll get back to you on this one.
What or who is the greatest love of your life? Music.
When and where were you happiest? Here and now, all the time.
Which talent would you most like to have? Trombone/swing dancing.
What is your current state of mind? I have to poop.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? Get this poop out of me.
If you could change one thing about your family what would it be? Hell no!
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Working on it.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing what do you think it would be? A bunch of dirt, eventually some grass and a bit of a tree, the oxygen in the air, and then a part of the millions of creatures that breath it. Maybe even you, dear reader.
What is your most treasured possession? My banjo.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? To have given up, in the general sense.
Where would you like to live? Ireland
What is your favorite occupation? Musician.
What is your most marked characteristic? The hair.
What quality do you most like in a woman? Make me laugh.
What do you most value in your friends? Their understanding, humor, and dashing good looks.
Who is your favorite hero from fiction? Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke.
What do you most dislike? Douchebags.
How would you like to die? In a blaze of rock ‘n roll cannon fire.
What is your motto? What’s a motto? Nothin! What’s a motto with you? HAHAHA.
What advise would you give your 10 year-old self? Don’t bother with high school.
First thing on your to do list? Still gotta drop that deuce.
It’s the last day of your life what are you going to do? Play music with my friends untill we whip up in a blaze of rock ‘n roll cannon fire.
What personal fear do you need to overcome? Saying something stupid, because I do it all of the time.
Fictional character you’d like to be? Peter Pan.
If you could take back on sentence you’ve ever spoken, what would it be? Nah.
A little lunchtime alliteration and interpretive dance…inspired by Holiday Zum Mists!
Make a new plan, Stan. Don’t need to be coy, Roy. Just listen to me. There must be 50 ways to use essential oils.
50 Ways To Use Essential Oils©
for a cleaner, sweet-smelling life
by Jeanne Rose Aromatherapy for The Aromatic Plant Project
1. For Scent-Sational wash, place a few drops of your favorite EO onto a small piece of terry cloth and toss into the clothes dryer while drying. Alternatively, add 5 drops of EO to 1/4-cup fabric softener or water and place in the center cup of the wash
2. Revive potpourri by adding a few drops of EO.
3. Freshen air by adding a few drops of EO to water in a spray bottle and spray.
4. Add a few drops of EO to a pan of water and simmer on a stove or in a potpourri pot.
5. For a scented candle, place a drop or two of EO into the hot wax as the candle burns.
6. Eliminate household cooking odors, add a few drops of Clove oil to a simmering pan of water.
7. For tired, aching muscles or arthritis, mix 1-drop Cajuput, Sage, and Basil oil to 30 drops vegetable oil and use as a massage oil.
8. Ease headache pain by rubbing a drop of Rosemary/ Lavender oil onto the back of your neck.
9. Blend your own massage oil by adding 3 drops of your favorite EO to 1 oz. Jojoba or other skin-nourishing vegetable oil.
10. For fresher smelling carpets, add 10 drops of EO to a box of cornstarch or baking soda, mix well, let set for a day or two and then sprinkle over the carpets in your home. Let set for an hour or more, than vacuum.
11. To make a natural flea collar, saturate a short piece of cord or soft rope with Pennyroyal or Tea Tree oil, roll up in a handkerchief and tie loosely around the animal’s neck.
12. Smelly feet or shoes can be remedied by either dropping a few drops of Geranium EO directly into the shoes or by placing a cotton ball dabbed with a few drops of Lemon oil into the shoes. Athlete’s foot? Tea tree oil is great.
13. Household odors? Put a few drops of your favorite EO on a cotton ball and place in your vacuum cleaner bag. Lemon and Pine are nice; Rose Geranium helps with doggy odor.
14. To fragrance your kitchen cabinets and drawers, place a food scent EO dabbed on a cotton ball in an inconspicuous corner.
15. Are mice a problem? Place several drops of Peppermint oil on cotton balls and place them in problem locations.
16. Scent the bathroom by placing oil-scented cotton balls in inconspicuous places or sprinkle oils directly onto silk or dried flower arrangements or wreaths.
17. To promote healing, apply 1 or 2 drops true Lavender oil and Tea Tree oil directly to cuts, scrapes or scratches.
18. Homemade soaps are pleasant and offer therapeutic effects when scented with EOs. Use Spirit Soaps that contain pure aromatics.
19. Home-made sachets are more fragrant when EOs is blended with the flowers and herbs.
20. Scent an entire room, set a calming or uplifting mood. Use a drop of EO on a radiator, scent ring, or light bulb. Do not put EO in the socket.
21. For “scentual” hand washables, use a few drops of your favorite EO or blend in the final rinse water.
22. Anise oil has been used by anglers for years to cover up the human scent that scares the fish away. Use a drop or two on the fingertips and hands before baiting up.
23. Create your own personal essence! EOs and blends make wonderful perfumes. Add 25 drops to 1 oz. perfume alcohol. Let age two weeks before using.
24. To dispel mosquitoes and other picnic or Bar-B-Q pests, drop a few drops of Citronella OR Eucalyptus citriodora oil in the melted wax of a candle or place a few drops on the Bar-B-Q’s hot coals.
25. Eliminate a troublesome wart by directly applying 1 drop of Lemon or Moroccan Blue Artemis EO to it. Apply daily until the wart is gone.
26. Rosemary and Basil promote alertness and stimulate memory. Inhale occasionally during long car trips and while reading or studying.
27. Selling your home? Fragrance sells! Fill the kitchen with the aroma of spices, such as Clove, Cinnamon and Vanilla by simmering a few drops of Cinnamon or Nutmeg EO. Create a warm, cheerful, inviting mood by sprinkling Geranium oil throughout your home. Add Cinnamon or Lemon oil to furniture polish and wipe down the wood.
28. Create a lovely, aromatic art piece by adding EOs to papier-mâché.
29. Infuse bookmarks and stationary with EOs. Use a few drops on paper, place in a sealed plastic bag & leave overnight to infuse the aroma. Send only good news on the perfumed letter.
30. To make gifts such as neck pillows or padded and decorative hangers more memorable put a couple of drops of EO on them before giving them as gifts.
31. Overindulge last night? EOs of Juniper, Fennel, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Lavender, Rosemary and Lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend of these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
32. For a wonderfully scented wood fire, use EOs of Vetivert, Cypress, Atlas Cedarwood, Frankincense and Myrrh. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
33. Flies and moths dislike Lavandin oil. Sprinkle in on the outside of your window frames.
34. For restful sleep, place 1 or 2 drops of sleep enhancing oils, such as Chamomile, Lavender, Neroli, Marjoram or Hops on your pillow before retiring.
35. When moving to a new home, first use a water spray containing your favorite EO and change the odorous environment to your own. Do this for several days until it begins to feel like your own space.
36. Ideal scents for the bedroom are Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender or Lemon.
37. Make your own copper polish. Add 1 drop of Lemon EO to a soft cloth and gently buff.
38. When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Mandarin or Orange EO to the final rinse water.
39. For burns or scalds, drop Tea Tree oil directly onto the affected area.
40. To aid digestion and relieve an upset stomach – place 1 drop of Peppermint oil in 1/2 glass of water and
41. To relieve teething pain in children, use 1-drop Chamomile oil on a washcloth wrapped ice cube.
42. To cool the body in summer and protect it in the winter, add 6-8 drops of Eucalyptus oil in the bath
43. To bring out a radiant glow in your skin, add 1 drop Geranium oil to your facial moisturizer.
44. For thicker hair, or to promote growth, place 1 or 2 drops of Rosemary on your hair brush before brushing.
45. When flu is going around add a few drops of Thyme to your diffuser or simmer in a pan on the stove.
46. To bring fever down, sponge the body with cool water to which 1 drop each Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender oils have been added.
47. Create a better work environment. Lavender creates a calm, tranquil atmosphere while Grapefruit stimulates the senses and clears up stale air.
48. Alleviate anxiety and depression. Blend Geranium, Lavender & Bergamot, and use in a diffuser or add 6-8 drops of this blend to the bath.
49. A wonderful massage blend for babies is one drop Roman Chamomile, 1 drop Lavender, 1 drop Geranium diluted in 2 Tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil.
50. Headaches? Rub the back of the neck with 1-drop Peppermint oil diluted in 1-teaspoon vegetable oil.
51. Perfume! Make a blend of 20 drops Neroli + 10 drops Lemon + 5 drops of Patchouli. Umm, yum. Age for 2 weeks; add an equal amount of high-proof alcohol. Age again and use.
It even drips when you say it. And while we all know the sweet side of this liquid gold, it does have a badass alter ego. It has been used for thousands of years in health and beauty products and remedies. The list is endless so let’s start with some awesome facts about honey itself:
Honey is the only substance to contain everything needed to sustain life (i.e. the minerals, vitamins, and fructose it contains will keep you alive if you ever get stranded in the Rockies in September with nothing but a stick of chewing gum and a compass). Honey is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory. It is a natural moisturizer for your skin and hair so soak it up ladies and gents.
If you are itchy like a dog on the Fourth of July, have eczema or just straight up dry skin, cuts, or even a bad case of pimples (flashback to middle school with braces and a bad haircut) honey can help heal or get rid of all of these pesky problems. And this doesn’t even come close to making a dent in the list.
Cool? We think yes. Which is why we use honey in some of our products. We know that with its magic, it makes Zum look like the real Houdini. Check out the Honey-Lavender Zum bar, the Honey-Lavender facial scrub, and any of the kiss sticks we offer to witness the miracle that is Indigo Wild’s land of goat’s milk and honey. http://www.indigowild.com/search/?submitsearch=1&searchType=all&keywords=honey