RECIPE: Aloe + Calendula Toner

Australian plant extracts are highly sought after for skin care products around the world. Perhaps the sometimes harsh climates these plants thrive in have enabled them to develop compounds to store the very vital elements that allow them to live. These compounds that are extracted through a hydro-glyceric process are prized for their abilities to rejuvinate the skin, restore elasticity and replenish lost anti-oxidants.

Calendula Extract in particular has been used extensively for medicinal purposes such as scar and tissue healing, collagen stimulation and replacement due to the presence of favinoids, carotenes and triterpenes. It's Australia's star player in popular creams and lotions. Our Calendula Extract is made by us so we know it's perfect.

Aloe Vera Gel has become famous for reducing inflammation and reducing redness of the skin - hello sun burn - but did you know that Aloe is especially useful in speeding up skin cell regeneration? The polysaccharide-rich composition of Aloe Vera encourages hydration which is vital for keeping those cells happy and healthy. earthYARD has been making Aloe Vera Gel from Australian Aloe Vera plants for years and we're confident you won't find a better one anywhere else. 

Witch Hazel is our number one toner ingredient. Do you remember being a pimple-ridden teenager and mum coming back form the chemist with a bottle of Witch Hazel? That stuff would burn for a few seconds and then before you knew it you'd be wandering around like a movie star picturing yourself on the big screen. Or was that just me? Witch Hazel itself is a power house for clearing out the pores and reducing inflammation making it an essential ingredient for skin toners.

Chamomile Floral Water, soothing, calming and have we mentioned how beautiful it smells? Our Chamomile Floral Water is made by us, to order with a natural preservative meaning you don't need to add any extra preservatives to this recipe. The aroma alone is enough to make your skin sing, but Chamomile Roman Essential Oil which is what we use in our floral water eases skin irritations, rashes and scarring.

Aloe + Calendula Toner

(Makes 1L)

800ml Chamomile Floral Water
100ml Witch Hazel Extract
50ml Calendula Hydro Glyceric Extract
50ml Aloe Vera Gel

Mix all ingredients together with a whisk/spoon/soft blender. Divide into spray bottles. Use after cleansing daily for a smooth fresh face.

Happy mixing,
Bec x

The Blends You Need To Try

One of the things we love most about working at earthYARD is how inspired we get about oils, places, stories and people. Over the past year we have been hard at work developing 10 new blends that we're excited for you to try. 

You'll find these blends as our featured products for the month.

1) Double Happy Blend

Double Happy Blend

In Feng Shui, the double happiness symbol is one of the oldest symbols used to enhance, luck and love. This blend both reflects double happiness with double our normal amount of oils as well as each oil brings an uplifting and joyous element. This blend truly makes us happy with every use. Double happy infact. Contains: Orange, Grapefruit, Clary Sage, Bergamot, Lemon, Frankincense, Mandarin, Geranium, Cinnamon Bark, Basil, Sandalwood.

2) Dreamcatcher Blend

Dreamcatcher Blend

When it's time to get back to your inner child and reboot your soul, this blend will take you there. The perfect combination of grounding wood and uplifting citrus, Dreamcatcher is for the hippie inside, the wanderer and the dreamer.
Contains: Cedarwood, Orange, Tangerine, Myrrh, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang and Peru Balsam.

3) Force Blend

Force Blend

This complex blend is a force to be reckoned with. Resurface from the dark and and redefine your limits with Force Blend. Designed to help you rally your inner resources and push through the day. Combining Rosemary, Grapefruit and Peppermint with Myrrh, Citrus and Cedarwood this is a great blend for those mornings after the night before, whether it be a lack of sleep, a few too many (we've all been there) or even just a momentary need for a little nudge in your motivation corner.
Contains: Orange, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Lemon, Bergamot, Peppermint, Lavender, Myrrh, Lime.

4) Hush Blend

Hush Blend

Life can be frantic and too much stress can work us up into a frenzy. For those times when we wish our elders, spirit guides, mothers and friends were there to hold us tight and whisper a quiet "Hush child", Hush Blend is there to calm us. Helpful for anxiety issues and refocusing back to now.
Contains: Grapefruit, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Majoram, Lavender, Orange, Petitgrain and Ylang Ylang.

5) Liaisons Blend

Liaisons Blend

Embrace your sexuality with our Liaisons Blend. Unlocking the aphrodisiac qualities of Ylang Ylang with a soft Orange and Rose Geranium to drive your inner desires. Whether you need to get in the mood or just create atmosphere, Liaisons is our secret love potion. Diffuse in the bedroom/kitchen/bathroom/hotel room or add a few drops to a massage oil for some extra spice.
Contains: Orange, Lavender, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Peru Balsam, Ylang Ylang, Rose Geranium.

6) Mojave Blend

Mojave Blend

In some areas of the Mojave desert, citrus trees thrive where others can not. It is this distinct awe-inspiring landscape that can have a tremendous effect on the soul. Every desert has a secret to keep and this blend pay hommage to the secrets a desert can keep. A predominantly citrus blend where six fruits are so closely aligned that the hint of chamomile just peaks it's head. 
Contains: Lime, Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot and Chamomile. 

7) Nginha Blend

Nginha Blend

Home is here.
This blend of Australian natives pays tribute to the origins of our White Cypress and Buddah Wood (Buddhawood) oils. Both these oils are harvested by an indigenous community on Wiradjuri lands. The name for this blend comes from their traditional word for "here". 
Contains: White Cypress Wood, Buddah Wood, Eucalyptus Broadleaf Peppermint, Honey Myrtle, Rosalina, Jasmine.

8) Pharaoh Blend

Pharaoh Blend

This blend is pure indulgence. We were nearly going to call it Rubies but we couldn't settle on any one jewel. If this blend were jewels it would be all of the dazzling ones. Exciting the senses with gems of the essential oil world. Pharaoh Blend plays with Neroli, Chamomile and Sandalwood to draw from the riches of the earth and annoint us with a little bit a luxe. Unapologetic and worth every drop.
Contains:  Sandalwood, Yuzu, Chamomile, Neroli, Rose Geranium, Tangerine, Lime, Frangipani.

9) The Dunes

The Dunes Blend

Sometimes we just need to reach the shore. After a tough day/week or even moment, The Dunes is designed to help us unwind, take a deep breath and take stock of the here and now. Harnessing the power of Lavender and Chamomile with an infusion of Mandarin, Lemon, Bergamot, Cedarwood and Frankincense, this blend is an essential addition to any collection.
Contains: Mandarin, Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemon, Bergamot, Frankincense and Chamomile. 

And finally...

10) The Lioness Blend

The Lioness Blend

The huntress, she provides for and defends her pack. She can take down a wild beast with her strength and then nurture her young with the same mouth. This blend is all about the power within and the feminine ability to create control. The Lioness has a strength that comes from motherhood and purpose. We've drawn from our inner Lioness to create a blend that serves to awaken that courage and strength when we need it most.
Contains: Orange, Petitgrain, Bergamot, Lemon, Rosemary, Basil, Cedarwood and Patchouli. 


DIY Hair Serum Recipe - Defrizz and shine

From time to time we like to play around and create great examples of products made from all natural ingredients that really work. Some we make available online for sale, others we just share the recipes for. This is one of those times.

Each one of these ingredients brings a myriad of benefits for your hair keeping it healthy, encouraging growth and naturally tames.

To make this serum you just need a bottle or blending bowl. Simpy add the ingredients together and shake or mix well. To use, warm a few drops in the palm of your hand and massage through hair starting at the tips and working up to the scalp. Leave in for 15 minutes for a quick treatment and then wash out or keep on hair and continue to style for a nourishing leave in serum.


We work with millilitres to create 1 litre of product, feel free to convert your millilitres into drops if you prefer.

 Oil mL
Jojoba Oil  520mL
Coconut Virgin Oil 100mL
Argan Oil 120mL
Avocado Oil 180mL
Rosemary Oil 20mL
Clary Sage Oil 20mL
Ylang Ylang Complete Oil 30mL


This recipe will last unpreserved for 2 years when stored in an amber or dark glass bottle. Feel free to add any PH stabilisers or natural preservatives like Elderberry Phytocide which you can source from many soap and natural ingredient suppliers for a longer lifespan.

Happy Birthday to Us

Wow. Talk about a milestone. These past 3 years have been an absolute wild ride and such a joy. We've learnt so much about our oils from you and we love hearing about what you do with them, how you use them and what you like (or don't like).

The single thing that keeps us going is you, our customers. It's your hundreds of ideas brewing, your passion and ambition, your search for better, your stories and dreams. This is why we do what we do.
To some we may just be another essential oil store. To others we're an essential (pun intended) resource.

We hope to be an incubator of ideas, vision and community. And to that end we've got some exciting things coming in our 4th year.
  • We want to develop a space where you can swap and trade ideas, knowledge and stories.
  • We want to support all your ideas by showcasing your creations and what can be achieved when you use pure and natural ingredients.
  • We want to bring new ingredients to the forefront and challenge the way we create.
  • We want to give back more, reuse more and up-cycle more.

They may be big goals but with you by our side we can achieve anything.

In the meantime a big birthday thank you is in order and for 24 hours everything on our store is 20% off (prices as marked). Starting now. Ends at midday tomorrow.

Happy birthday to us. We look forward to another super massive year with you, dear friend.

Bec x

8 DIY Green Living Cleaning Hacks with Essential Oils

Winter is a dirty month. Open fires, heater dust and walking dropped Autumn leaves through the house, not to forget the extra germs laying about form all those extra colds and flues. Essential oils should be an essential (pardon the pun) part of the green living home cleaning kit.

Here are 8 life-hacks for keeping your homes fresh and bacteria free.

1. Flies, Spiders and Insects

During the colder months flies can go into hiding, though not everywhere, and with flies, spiders and insects comes dirt, spider webs and bacteria. Citronella has always been a popular product for deterring mosquitoes and flies in Australia but did you know that it comes from the same family as Lemongrass? Lemongrass is made up of Neral and Geranial which when compounded together make Citral. Like Citranellol (found in Citronella) Citral can have a powerful effect on warding off unwanted pests. Add a few drops to water in a diffuser to protect a room or add to water in a spray bottle and spray around entrances and windows of your house.

2. All-Natural Fabric Softener

So many of our store bought fabric softeners are packed full of harmful chemicals. Fabric softeners can also act as an anti-microbial and what better anti-microbial than Tea Tree Oil. Add 2 drops of Tea Tree to a cup of white vinegar and pour into your next laundry load.

3. Slug Life

Wet winters can bring out the slugs and where there are slugs there are suffering gardens. Essential oils can help your struggling plants by creating a ring of protection around them. Add 5 drops of Cedarwood Atlas Oil or Australian Peppermint Oil to one cup of water, mix away for a few minutes until the oil is mixed well with the water and then spray in a ring around effected plants. The slugs will stay away. Alternatively try our ready made Peppermint Floral Water - pre-mixed and ready for the garden.

4. Soap Scum and Mould in Showers

If you live in extra cold climates during the winter months, like I do, you'll be familiar with the conflict of opening windows to dry out your bathrooms. If it's too cold or rainy I put off opening up the space until the sun comes out which can sometimes take days. The moisture builds up in the shower and next thing I know there's a new chore on the list - remove the soap scum and mould. Rather than tackling with Ajax or Easy-Off Bam which, when I was young and lazy, were my go-to products, I now mix up a bowl of natural mould remover and it works just as well (if not better), plus smells much nicer. Take 4 tablespoons of Baking Soda and 4 tablespoons of sea salt. Add 5ml of Lemon Oil and 2ml each of Peppermint and Tea Tree Oil. Use straight away by applying to mould on tile and grout, let sit for up to 10 minutes and then scrub away.

5. Counter Grease

Winter is the best time for hot soups, casseroles, home cooking in general and with it an increase in counter grease. If you find you've got some extra sauce on your bench tops try a few drops of Lemon Oil or Orange Oil in a small cup of vinegar for a green friendly cleaning solution.

6. Floors So Clean You Could Eat Off Them

All that extra dirt coming into the house can hold extra bacteria making it much harder to guard your family against winter colds and flues. Make up a floor cleaner by taking a bucket of warm water, one cup of white vinegar and 2ml each of Eucalyptus OilLemon Scented Tea Tree Oil, Clove Oil and 1ml of Mandarin Oil. Use a mop to sanitise your floors and keep them smelling so fresh and so clean.

7. Carpet Cleaner

Tiled and wooden floors are easy to clean but we often forget about carpeted areas. A regular vacuum is great for tidying up our rooms but sometimes we need to go above and beyond to keep them fresh, free of dirt and grime and smelling sweet. If you've got problem carpets make up a deodoriser by mixing 1ml each of Lavender Oil to about 500g of baking soda.

8. Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitiser

Hand Sanitiser is always handy to have around the house and in your bag for a quick clean and to prevent germs from spreading. Make a blend of 2mL Lavender, 1ml Eucalyptus, 1ml Cedarwood and 1ml Rosemary. Add to 200g of Aloe Vera Gel and pop into a pump bottle. For a spray version top with purified or filtered water into a 500ml spray bottle.

We'd love to hear from you if you have any other great home hacks for green living with essential oils. Get in touch if you have some great ideas.

New - Winter Protection Serum

earthYARD founder appears on Landline

earthYARD and Native Oils Australia founder David Johnson appeared on Landline last Sunday in an overview of the Australian essential oil industry and it's forecast for Australian farmers. And we could be more proud.

Last year our big brother company (of which we share a space with) had a visit from ABC’s Landline. After a much anticipation the full segment aired last Sunday the 15th of April, 2018.

The story is an overview on the current market and the bright future Australia will play in the global market.
Of particular importance are the growing opportunities that exist for conventional Australian farmers as essential oil production increasingly becomes a viable income stream that supports diversity in harsh conventional farming climates.

earthYARD is proud to stand behind our leader and mentor David Johnson in his mission to grow the Australian grown oil industry. Click below to watch the video.

David Johnson on landline - video link

Autumn is for serious stuff

There is something about Autumn that makes us get a bit serious.

The Summer slumber phase has well and truly left and before the cold bitter winter hits we've got three whole months to prepare our homes and bodies.
I feel as though whenever Autumn comes around it doesn't just bring a change in the air and a change to our leaves, it also gives us a kick to get things done around the office.

It's been one whole year since we left the organic stamp in our rear view mirror and drove towards a new quality assurance program, one that celebrates purity and cleanliness. Is it green and clean? Yes. Is it 100% pure? Yes. Is it the best available? Yes. These three questions are the first that are asked to our farmers and the most important questions out there.
To back us up we've brought in a GC-FID (Gas Chromatography Analysis machine for those playing at home), which allows us to profile and test every new oil to earthYARD. We've called her Gertrude and she's just marvellous. It's a lot of work to implement a brand new quality assurance program but we couldn't be more pleased with the results.

Slowly over the next few months we'll be making results available for everyone so watch this space for a new hit of science-stuff.

Onto a slightly less heavy note, we really want you to tell us what's missing from our store. Are you after more beauty, more raw materials, more blends, more tips. It's your time to shine and we want to hear what you've got to say so let us know now.


Oh, and you loved the sale category so much we made it permanent. We'll be switching things in and out of this every month so keep checking back to see what's new.

Happy Autumn earthYARDians.

Bec x

What is Single Origin?

If you drink coffee, you would have no doubt heard the term Single Origin as well as its opposite term, blend.

Single Origin, in coffee, is when the coffee beans are sourced from one specific geo-location or even one specific farm. The flavours are normally more intense and defined. Basically it's as true as it can be. What you're experiencing is the unique flavour that is the coffee bean of that origin.
What happens when you blend that coffee bean with a coffee bean from a different plantation is a muddle of flavours. I'm not saying that this is a terrible thing, one of my favourite coffee blends comprises of beans from two completely different plantations, what is interesting though is the unique qualities each bean brings to that blend.

Just like coffee, an essential oil from one plantation can be completely different from an essential oil produced elsewhere.

Lavender from Australia is much higher in camphor than Lavender from Bulgaria and each of these constituents play a crucial role in the best usages of that particular oil. If you want to learn more about constituents, head to our resources section and download our cheat sheet.

Another major benefit to single origin is that it really celebrates and honours the farmer. A single beautiful quality product is produced in its entirety from one location. 

Single Origin is also a way of stamping and certifying a product to be completely pure. When something is called pure you believe it's is exactly that, not chemically or aromatically enhanced, just simple and pure. 

A few decades ago there was a trend towards cheapening a pure product to stretch it further. Cheapening occurs when aromatic chemicals and fractionated constituents are blended into the oil to make it more or less like something. This practice is fine if you're not swayed by purity and the science behind this is actually quite fascinating, but all in all it's not the real deal and the real deal does exist. Cheapened products generally end up in your commercial household products and cheap skin care items as margins can be higher and quantity for money is skewed in favour of the manufacturer.

Some fractionations occur from natural products or pure essential oils, like our fractionated coconut oil, and this in itself is just another prime example of the many uses of essential oils, but some are, unfortunately, chemically derived. It's for this reason we encourage the understanding of purity and for all the reasons above why we choose to only range single origin essential oils.

There are some amazing things happening in Australia and given that we as a country have an incredibly diverse climate, there are many more amazing oils we can produce here. These will be slightly different to their native brothers and sisters but no doubt will be amazing in their own right.

Single Origin gives to the farmer as much as it gives to the consumer. The consumer receives the opportunity to experience a truly individual essential oil. The farmer receives bigger returns and a pride in product that is unlike any other.

At earthYARD we encourage our customers to know their oils including where they come from and how they were produced.

We talk to Modern Hair and Beauty magazine about all things oil and beauty

modern hair beauty magazine

We were so lucky to chat to Modern Hair and Beauty magazine about all things oil and beauty for their 13th issue. From the what's in it that does it, to our pick of tips for oils for beauty and even use around the house.

There is such a big oily world out there still being explored and we're only just starting to understand the importance of natural ingredients in skin care and health. Let alone how essential oils can improve every day living.

We are also super excited that natural beauty alternatives and raw ingredients are finally landing themselves on the mainstream map and we're looking forward to bringing new discoveries to light across 2018.

Keep an eye out on our resources page for new studies, products and references.

Modern Hair and Beauty magazine is out across newsstands now.

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