Blue Moon Herbals
By Lisa Link Phillips
In my own quest, the first products I tried were those from
Blue Moon Herbals, a small company specializing in handmade potions,
scrubs and oils to "enhance psychological and physical being."
Debbie Quinn, a woman who truly believes these products create
power, runs Blue Moon. She has overcome cancer, three times, and
she attributes much of her success to making the power of scent
a part of her daily life.
Also, almost all of her
potions contain little "charged" gems and shells, which are
supposed to add to the overall power of the product. I was
certainly intrigued from the get-go.
My first impression of Blue Moon Herbals wasn't the greatest,
though. When I opened my box, my first "fragrant" encounter was
with the overwhelming scent of tobacco smoke. Now, I'm not
terribly sensitive to smoke, and still I found it a bit
Smoke is definitely not the first smell I like to
associate with a line of body care products. However, the smell
was only in the packaging, and not at all in the products, so
once I tossed out the packing material, the problem was solved.
Blue Moon products come packaged in pretty cobalt bottles, and
with good reason. Beyond the simple visual appeal, the deep blue
glass provides an important function. Since these products
contain a high degree of delicate essential oils, the opaque
bottles protect them from being broken down by light exposure.
The charming, handmade paper labels added to
the overall presentation of the products, and Blue Moon
definitely comes out on top as "loveliest to look at."
First, I sampled the Moon Potions (½oz for $18), which are designed to
fragrance yourself, or your living space (via a diffuser), and
provide a "magical experience for your body and soul."
both Amber Seas (designed for inner peace and warm love) and
Spellbound (designed for protection). Personally, these were a
little too strong for me.
Both fragrances have pronounced notes, like amber and patchouli, which are just a little much
for my allergy-sensitive nose. However, if you enjoy
earthy fragrances, these just might be for you.
I also tried the Sensual Scents ($14.99), which can be applied
directly to skin or added to a bath for fragrance and
moisturizing. I liked the two scents I tried, Hana Aloha (which
means, "love work") and Mananalo (which means "Venus"), a bit
better than the previous fragrances because they seemed to have
a fresher, softer floral scent (Pikake and Plumeria,
And, since these potions are packed with
cold-pressed oils like apricot kernel oil, virgin coconut cream
and Kukui nut oil, they are wonderfully pampering, especially
when added to the bath. My skin felt very soft and satin-y after
a nice, long soak.
I was also delightfully surprised by the Aura Myst in Tranquility. Aura Mysts are scented waters designed to spritz
on your body, around the house, or even on linens. I found the
fragrance, a mixture of ylang ylang, rose, frankincense,
rosewood, and tangerine, to be sparkling and bright; a lovely
combination of floral and fruit, with just enough warmth to make
Even my husband thought it smelled, "yummy." We spritzed it on our pillows and sheets before bed, and slept like
babies. Find Aura Mysta under "Aroma Vibrationals" for
The last item I tried from the Blue Moon line was the Healing
Citrus Hand Crème. This thick moisturizer was just what my
retail-ravaged hands needed; a soothing blend of shea butter,
aloe, and lecithin, scented with orange, hazelnut, and tonka
It smelled luscious, and moisturized my hands brilliantly.
I used it before bed every night for a few weeks, and marveled
at how much better my hands looked, especially around the
cuticles. Find this creme under "SkinCare" for $8.50.
Overall, Blue Moon Herbals products were unusual and interesting, but I
found many of the fragrances just smelled a little too much like
incense for my taste complicated and strong, which tends to
leave me sniffling and head-achy.
However, since loving or
hating a fragrance is highly personal, I suggest you give them a
try at BlueMoonHerbals.com, and see what you think. You might even find a little
magic for yourself.