A Peek into the Boutique – Mountain Laurel Boutique

A Peek into the Boutique

Benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oils

Benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oils 0

Cedarwood Essential Oils always remind me of sneaking into my grandmother's attic to look through the old cedar chest hidden away with the memories of her childhood.  That distinctive aroma of that norther white cedar always made me think of our walks through the woods before she passed away.  Little did I know at the time that cedarwood had such a wide range of benefits.

According to reportshealthcare.com, it can be used as a skin irritation cure, or a spasm reliever, or a bug repellant among may other things.  As with anything, the key is moderation, and we certainly don't recommend ingesting any amount of cedarwood.  We take a more holistic approach to taking care of one's body.  Using bath and body products that contain high quality essential oils can be a great way to experience the benefits associated with them, such as out cedarwood sage bath soap for the shower, or a nice citrus cedar all natural bath bomb for a relaxing soak in the tub.  We even have a premium cedarwood sage beard oil among several other bath and body products that contain cedarwood essential oils.

We don't offer medical advice, or recommend treatments of any kind, so it is up to you as the consumer to decide what products are right for you and your body.  If you are not sure, please consult a medical professional before incorporating any new things into your beauty routine.

Essential oils you will want to incorporate into your beauty routine

Essential oils you will want to incorporate into your beauty routine 0

Essential oils sometimes get a lot of bad press, but they shouldn't when used as an ingredient in all natural and nearly natural skin care products.  According to Grindtv.com the following essential oils are a great way to get started using and seeing the benefits of essential oils.


Thyme has an extensive laundry list of benefits to the body, including killing infections and bacteria and relieving stress and anxiety. Try one of our vegan, natural bath and body products at mountainlaurelboutique.com=thyme



Eye opening eucalyptus will energize your day while hemp, shea butter and a wonderful base cleanse your skin. Eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils are known for their medicinal properties in anti-fungal and anti-staph capabilities. Peppermint leaves are added for additional exfoliation. An intense experience to remember. Try one of our vegan, natural bath and body products at mountainlaurelboutique.com=eucalyptus


Lavender essential oil is known to be analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, and antiviral as well as a bactericide, decongestant, deodorant, and fungicide. Lavender is also known to soothe minor burns and sunburn. Try any of our vegan, natural bath and body products at mountainlaurelboutique.com=lavender


Jojoba oil is primarily lauded for its skin benefits, and although it is great for moisturizing, the oil also accelerates the healing of wounds. Try one of our vegan, natural bath and body products at mountainlaurelboutique.com=jojoba


Peppermint essential oil is known for its cooling, analgesic, anesthetic, decongestant, emmenagogue, insecticide and stimulating properties. *Can irritate skin and mucous membranes, so avoid contact with eyes, inside of nose and sensitive areas. Try one of our vegan, natural bath and body products at mountainlaurelboutique.com=peppermint

The Dirty Little Secret Behind Using 100% Essential Oils on Your Skin

The Dirty Little Secret Behind Using 100% Essential Oils on Your Skin 0

Every few days I have someone stop into our boutique asking if we sell pure essential oils. I politely say that we do not, because of the dangers of pure essential oils, and that we take great pride in only providing high quality products that are safe and user friendly for our customers.  I always get the same response, "well you're missing out. you could be making a fortune if you sold them.", which I just smile and think to myself that I don't have any interest in making a fortune at the expense of our customers.  We love our customers!

I came across yet another article today, this time in the Reader's Digest that highlights the dangers of using essential oils on your skin.  As it is titled, it is both scary and toxic to your body.  Don't take my word for it, you can read the full article here.

The article goes on to describe the experience of a mother of five that started using essential oils last year.  She was caught up in the craze and started putting essential oils everywhere on her body.  Not long after, she noticed a rash starting to develop which quickly grew into a dangerous situation when her eyes swelled shut and oozing welts appeared on her body.  

While there is certainly a credible science behind certain benefits for certain essential oils, you have to be educated on how to use them properly and in moderation.  Simply stated, putting 100% pure essential oils on your skin could cause burns and large blisters, and is the worst skin care advice dermatologists have ever heard, as noted in another article which you can find here.

To avoid the risk, you can take a more healthy approach by using all natural and nearly natural bath and body products that are loaded with essential oils in appropriate proportion to provide the benefits of essential oils in a more appropriate way. There is another great article that guides you to some of the best essential oils to enhance your beauty routine, which can be found here.

So next time you stop into our boutique, don't be disappointed that we don't sell pure essential oils.  Take the time to discover our healthy, safe alternative to experience a luxurious way to enhance your beauty routine by using our Mountain Laurel Bath and Body products, which are handmade locally in North Carolina using the finest essential oils and ingredients available.  Visit our website at mountainlaurelboutique.com to learn more about us and browse our full collection of bath and body, which include all natural and nearly natural bath soaps, lotions, sugar scrubs, soaking salts, lip balms, bath balms, beard oils and so much more that contain beneficial essential oils.

Finally, proof that luxurious baths are good for your health

Finally, proof that luxurious baths are good for your health 0

Ever wonder why bathing has been part of cultures throughout the ages?  Bathing in the Dead Sea, Mineral Pools of Japan, Hot Springs in the United States, Iceland's warm communal pools to name a few.  

Studies are now shedding light that bathing is not just for improved hygiene or social connections and ritual purification.  According to Verilymag.com  a study at Loughborough University in the U.K. looked at how bathing affects blood sugar levels and calories burned.  It confirmed theories that the "passive heating" of bathing has similar benefits to those of aerobic exercise. Those that bathed for an hour burned 140 calories, the equivalent of taking a thirty-minute walk.

At Mountain Laurel Boutique we have a wide selection of Dead Sea and Epsom soaking salts that are loaded with essential oils for a combination of external and internal therapy for the body.  Choose the fragrance to suite your mood, and a dash of color for a fun bathing experience, or if you are a purest at heart, order yours naked, free of the all natural color.


A Lesson in the Dangers of Pure Essential Oils.

A Lesson in the Dangers of Pure Essential Oils. 0

Every day you can find an article online or in a magazine that hypes up the benefits of using essential oils in your day to day life.  They claim that they are all natural, plant based and perfect for all sorts of conditions.   They are used in oil diffusers for aromatherapy, in many beauty products for nourishing and hydrating, and applied to the skin directly for many conditions.  But there is a dirty little secret that they don't tell you when you are being pushed to buy a wide range of essential oils.....  All natural doesn't mean 'safe' or 'harmless'. In fact on the contrary, the concentration of plant based oils in a pure essential oil is actually very caustic - harmful to your skin and surfaces around your home.

At no time should you be using pure essential oils.  They must always be diluted prior to use for safe use.  The dilution amount and what to dilute with should be left to a professional - not done at home using olive oil from your pantry, or a 'homemade' concoction made by someone selling at a flea market or on the side of the road.  Always know the person you are buying from, and understand their experience with essential oils. Ask lots of questions, don't trust that just because you are paying high prices for premium concentrate essential oils they are safe.

Did you know that pure essential oils used in a diffuser/misting aromatherapy machine release the particles in the air?  If placed near a wall or on the bare surface of furniture, the particles accumulate and will eventually erode the surface, creating pits and eating away at it.  Just imagine what it would do to your delicate skin if you use a pure essential oil!  Serious damage to your skin and severe reactions can occur if not properly diluted with other products.  Even when properly diluted they can still cause serious reactions under certain conditions.

In the news this week, and in an Allure article, a brand of essential oils (assumed to be properly blended) marked safe for applying directly to the skin caused an unexpected reaction for a woman who didn't fully understand how to properly use essential oils.  

She used a few drops of a 'skin-safe' essential oil before going to her exercise class.  As part of her normal routine, she proceeded to use a tanning bed, which caused a severe reaction to the UV rays and the essential oils.  You can read the full article at Allure. (we caution those with a weak stomach as it includes photos of what happened to her skin.)  


At Mountain Laurel Boutique, we consciously made a decision not to carry essential oils as a matter of safety and concern for our customers.  All of our products contain high quality essential oils, which are professionally prepared and mixed into our products to create a safe bath and body experience. Want to experience the benefits of essential oils in a safe way?  Stop by Mountain Laurel Boutique and try any one of our bath and body products.

100% Dead Sea Salts

100% Dead Sea Salts 0

100 % Pure Dead Sea Salts

Dead Sea Salt is extracted from the Dead Sea. Starting with the ancient Egyptians, many cultures across the centuries have used Dead Sea Salt for therapy. Today they are used in skin creams, soaps and soaking salts.

The Dead Sea's healing properties have been known throughout history. Herod the Great went so far as to establish the world's first health resort focused on the Dead Sea millennia before Zara Spa became the byword for ultimate spa luxury.

The Dead Sea is unique, containing over 30% minerals and salts that are beneficial to the skin compared to other seas and oceans that generally have a concentration of less than 4%.  It is the natural elements of the brine that people believe bring its curative powers.

The salt in most oceans is approximately 85% sodium chloride, while Dead Sea salt is only 12%-18% sodium chloride.  In contrast, refined table salt is approximately 97% sodium chloride. The compounds that contain the mineral rich salts of the Dead Sea are derived from the runoff streams flowing into the Dead Sea, which brought in large deposits of this gray-black mud during the Holocene era.  It is this combination that makes the Dead Sea a popular center for wellness and health today.

Incorporating Dead Sea Salts into your bathing routine have been reported to have the following benefits:

Rheumatologic Conditions – Dead Sea Salts can be effective in balneotherapy of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and osteoarthritis. The minerals are absorbed while soaking, stimulating blood circulation. [Harari, Marco; Shani, Jashovam. "Demographic evaluation of successful antipsoriatic climatotherapy at the Dead Sea (Israel) DMZ Clinic". International Journal of Dermatology. 36 (4): 304–305. doi:10.1046/j.1365-4362.1997.00204.x.]

Common skin ailments – Research has demonstrated that skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis are relieved by regular soaking in water with added Dead Sea Salt. The National Psoriasis Foundation recommends Dead Sea and Dead Sea Salts as effective treatments for psoriasis. ["The Dead Sea" National Psoriasis Foundation. Retrieved on 2008-04-10.]

Allergies – The high concentration of bromide and magnesium in the Dead Sea Salt can relieve allergic reactions by cleansing and detoxifying.[ Ehrhardt, Proksch; Nissen, HP; Bremgartner, M; Urquhart, C. "Bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution: follow-on review". International Journal of Dermatology. 44 (2): 151–7. doi:10.1111/j.1365-4632.2005.02079.x. PMID 15689218.]

While most of us can’t afford to travel to the Dead Sea on a regular basis, we can still enjoy the benefits of a Dead Sea Salt soak in our bath tubs at home.  At Mountain Laurel Boutique, we carry 100% Dead Sea Salts. Our selections include Naked Dead Sea Salts and many variations that combine your favorite fragrance and color for a rich vibrant bathing experience.