Notes From The Universe...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Last Chance!

Today is the last full day of the 40% off winter clearance I'm running in the shop... mosey on over, or stampede on over, as the case may be, and take advantage of some GREAT prices on some FABULOUS treats.  Some of the items will NOT be returning once they sell out, so if you have a favorite, please don't hesitate to message me & ask if I have more than one on hand if you'd like to stock up. 

As of yet, the items that will be hitting the "chopping block" have not been fully determined.  Here's a bit of a run-down:

I'd suspect that the Room & Linen Refresher sprays will get tucked away & possibly come out only around the holidays as limited edition items only available for a few weeks out of the year. 

Likely the same with the sugar scrubs. 

I haven't decided for sure if I'll be keeping the lotion and body frosting stocked or not.  If I do, it will most likely end up being only one of the two that survive the axe.  My personal favorite is our lotion... so I'm leaning that way, but not entirely decided.  I may even change up our formula - I've been testing and tweaking on a Goat Milk & Honey body creme that is just lovely and it may replace both our lotion and the body frosting as a stand alone product.  We'll see.

As of right now, the bath salts will stay because they've sold well & have had fabulous feedback. 

The lip balms are NOT going anywhere, as I'm a certifiable lip balm snob, picky picky picky, and in my humble opinion I've never slicked on a better feeling, better tasting, or better quality lip balm than ours.  It has it all - lovely shine, no gloppy, waxy, tacky, gritty, or gooey feel to it & our flavors are amazing.  They WILL have new packaging, however - new black oval lip balm tubes rather than the round.  Also, our labeling will change a bit as well.  Our lip balms continue to get rave reviews... and a quickly rising star is our line of lip tints, which will likely be expanding not only in colors, but also will be available in gloss form in the lip tubes with wands.

The wax tarts for your Scentsy & Scentsy-type wax melters are still a toss up as to whether they'll stay or not.  We have some amazing scents, but the tarts just haven't moved well in the online shop.  I may try different packaging for them & see if that helps jumpstart sales.  Most likely they'll be axed.  I HAVE been making some small (about 7.5oz) double wicked candles in some really cute little tureen jars that I've only offered locally up to this point, and they've gotten great reviews... they may make an appearance in the shop to see how they go.

After the sale concludes, I'll be shutting the shop down for an indeterminate amount of time to regroup, refocus, and get some new ideas rolling out.   When I do return, the focus will be predominately on solid perfumes and perfume oil blends... one of my favorite aspects of this entire venture is the creation of new fragrances.  I've had several people approach me about creating custom scents for them, and so far I've been able to fit the bill well for them and it's been a lot of fun.  Some of my very first creations that I offered up in the shop were some of my custom perfume oils that got rave reviews & grew in popularity, but somehow I've gotten sidetracked with other products and I just want to shift back to what my original focus was to begin with - smellies!   Perfumery has fascinated me for as long as I can remember, and while I've dabbled at it for the past few years, I really want to dive in & study it more & shift my focus that direction.

I've also spent a ton of time searching high & low for just the right packaging for the perfume oils and solid perfumes - and let me tell you, it's not easy to find the kind of bottles & containers I have in mind!  Sheesh! 

Thank you to all the wonderful customers who have bought from us & the many customers who continue to return... we appreciate all of you very much, and I hope that you are as excited about our new line-up when it's revealed as I am.  

Friday, December 31, 2010

40% Off Winter Clearance Sale On NOW....

Check out the shop - I just put up a 40% off sale to clearance out some merchandise & make room for some fun new updates coming soon. Prices in the shop reflect the 40% off. This sale applies only to stock-on-hand, not special orders or custom requests. Thanks! :-)

 Midnight Gypsy Luxe

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Time For A Bit of A Break....

Thank you to all my wonderful customers, both online & locally, who've helped make this a great year!  I'm closing the shop down from December 22nd - January 2nd in order to take a much-needed break & to spend some time with my family.  If you've placed an order, it HAS shipped unless you have been notified otherwise.

I'm taking some time to re-focus, work on some re-branding & putting some fun new updates into effect after the first of the year.  I plan to streamline a bit & will be focusing predominately on handmade perfume oils, solid perfumes, lip balms & lip tints.   Other bath & body products will be offered on a much more limited basis.  My life overfloweth with projects and it's time to take a step back and regroup.

If you have a question regarding the status of an order,  I ship all my packages via PayPal shipping/tracking, so you can always log into your PayPal account, locate the transaction & click the "Track" button for the latest update on your package  from the USPS.  I ship via Priority Mail, except in the case of small items such as perfumes & lip balms, in which case they ship by First Class Mail with delivery confirmation.

Please be aware that due to the heavy volume of packages at this time of year, it seems that the USPS is either lax in scanning packages or they are running way behind on scan times.  I assure you, if you've placed an order it HAS shipped unless I've notified you otherwise or unless you & I have discussed directly that it will ship AFTER this week.

There are a few local orders that will be delivered today & tomorrow - if you're reading this, you know who you are. :-)  

Also, feel free to contact me directly at  I'll be checking in there probably once or twice a day.

Thank you!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holiday Sale...

I'm running a 25% off EVERYTHING in the shop sale right now... clearing out some inventory to make room for some new & exciting things coming after the first of the year.

Check it out - Midnight Gypsy Luxe.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Latest Goodies To Hit The Shelves!

Alright... finally!  Here are the latest goodies to hit the Midnight Gypsy Luxe shelves...

Ultra-sheer, shimmering mineral lip tints.  Made with the same amazing formula we use for our wildly popular lip balms - skin softening oils like avocado & sweet almond, along with nourishing coconut oil and lanolin for the ultimate in soothing moisture. No waxy, gloppy, grainy or sticky feel to our tints...they just glide on beautifully and leave behind a silky hint of shimmering color!

These leave behind a subtle shimmer while imparting spectacular sheen with no heavy "glitter" look. I love lipstick.... in theory. Unfortunately, when I wear lipstick, I feel like "Hey! Here come Tina's lips!"... That's why I love these lip tints - they are mistake-proof and give you a healthy looking glow.

They are available in four different shades -

Sylph - A pale pink, silver & gold shimmer that imparts a gorgeous, healthy glow to the lips. Uber-sheer.

Bronze Age -  Just a hint of bronze/copper shimmer. Uber-sheer.

Gothica - just a hint of pale silver shimmer.  Uber-sheer.

Hot Pants - A sheer wash of chocolate cherry color with  a hint of shimmer.
 I introduced these at a large craft show Thanksgiving weekend & they were a HUGE a hit. 

We've also added bath salts to our product line-up... Our Satin Bathing Salts are a therapeutic blend of solar sea salt & epsom salts drizzled with our proprietary blend of five lightweight skin-nourishing oils for a shot of moisture.  They are HIGHLY fragranced.  I love bath salts, but I have absolutely hated it in the past when I would purchase them & find that when I actually add them to the bath I cannot smell them.  For me, that's part of the whole reason for bathing salts - aside from their therapeutic benefits, I believe the aromatherapy benefits are important as well.  That's why I decided when I started making these that they would be highly fragranced.

 They come packaged in a gorgeous 10oz amber jar and are available in six different scents:

Enchanted Woodland... A primeval forest ripe with the scents of earth & sky. Moss, yucca, galbanum & marine notes come together in this fresh, earthy fragrance that's sure to please the nature lover. 

Mysterious... Soft florals melded with a hint of sandalwood and patchouli, layered over musk. This is a clean, earthy scent with soft musky undertones. Slightly sweet, with a faint finish of soft powder on the drydown. SEXY. This is one of those scents that ALWAYS makes people do a double take, or a double sniff, as the case may be. ;-)

Paradise Found... Creamy tahitian vanilla, island citrus, and lush coconut. This is THE perfect tropical blend and is one of our best sellers in every single product we fragrance with it. This is perfect for your favorite beach comber! :-)

Pull of The Tides... An undertow of fresh, crisp aquatic notes. A walk along the shore beneath the full moon, a whisper of seaspray upon your skin. This is a clean spa-like scent, never overpowering.

Boudoir... A sensual blend of buttery french vanilla and golden amber over a base of mysterious woods make for an addicting, decadent scent that you just can't stop inhaling. In fact, it's our signature scent here at Midnight Gypsy Luxe...we can't get enough! ♥ Also available in our 48oz glass jar.

While You Were Sleeping... Scented with soothing, fragrant English lavender essential oil.

For the holidays, we also have some gorgeous 25oz  & 48oz glass jars with apothecary tops.  The scents available in the 25oz glass jar are:

Black Forest... Ripe forest berries with mimosa flowers, soft musk & hints of oak & juniper.  This is also available in the 48oz jar size.
Bountiful... Black tea, crisp harvest apples, & ripe pumpkin dusted with fragrant spices. This scent evolved from a custom request from a client & has quickly turned into one of our most popular fragrances.

 Visit the shop today to see all the latest, you can also find us on Facebook!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Selkie Shaving Soap...

Selkie... those mythical creatures of Irish, Scots, and British lore. Seals that slip their skin and walk upon the land in human form.

"As soon as the seal was clear of the water,
It reared up and its skin slipped down to the sand."
~ George Mackay Brown, from "Pictures In The Cave"

What is the scent of a Selkie? Well, to me, it must be one of mist and mystery, sea and sand, earth and sky - So I've brought together a beautiful bouquet of violet, lotus, rose, & waterlily, grounded it with a base of soft white musk, and finished it off with the clean scent of a rain-laden sky. Completely unisex, a bit on the sweet side, heady, and very fragrant.

I started this soap with a PREMIUM soap base that contains 5% unrefined hemp seed oil, and have added my own special blend of liquid silk and clay for a wonderful slip, as well as a generous addition of Sweet Almond oil for its skin-loving properties. The slip from the silk and clay make this an excellent shaving soap, and the Sweet Almond oil adds extra moisture. Absolutely no skin-stripping surfactants or detergents! Just loads of skin-loving ingredients that provide a lovely, creamy lather that will leave your skin soft, supple, and gently fragranced.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Calming Winter Bath...

Who doesn't love the idea of a long, luxurious bath during the cold winter months to shake the chill for a bit?  Candlelight, decadent scents,  luxurious soaps & scrubs to pamper your parts in the tub, and finally, a rich body butter to moisturize your parts when you step out of the bath.  Ahhhhhhhhh.... pure bliss & the perfect escape from the hectic day.   I think a nice long bath may be on the agenda for this evening.  ;-)

Mclovebuddy on Etsy was kind enough to include my Milan Luxury Goat Milk Soap in the gorgeous "Calming Winter Bath" treasury.  I find myself in some talented company.... and I just want to share the love! Be sure to visit the shops featured in the treasury for some truly amazing finds.  :-)