Sweet & Woodsy Aromatherapy {Kelly Valeri Surprise Shower Giveaway}


It’s time to give out the fourth gift at the baby shower for WW girl Kelly Valeri! Don’t worry – if you’ve missed any of the others, you still have time to get in on the action. Just head over the the Events tab of the Wardrobe Wednesday Facebook page.

Today’s guest is my good friend Mindy MacLaren from Sweet & Woodsy Aromatherapy. Mindy and I first met when I photographed her twins about two years ago. At the time she was just starting her aromatherapy business, so I’ve had a chance to watch it (and the girls!) grow. I’ll admit it – I’m a HUGE fan of Sweet & Woodsy. If you follow me on Facebook, you probably already know that though 🙂 Because of Mindy, I now clean my house using essential oils (no more stinky chemicals), have no more chapped lips (thanks to her new lip balm!), and am typing this while enjoying a custom blend she created for a diffuser in my office. No, I’m not a paid endorser – just a loyal customer 🙂

I could go on and on, but I’m sure you’d rather hear more from Mindy herself AND hear about the gifts she’s bringing to the shower (for Kelly and THREE lucky guests!).

One last thing – I HIGHLY suggest you become a Sweet & Woodsy fan on Facebook. You won’t get bombarded with messages, but Mindy often shares some of her recipes for homemade cleansers and remedies!


MindyMaclaren_600px Firstly, let me say that I am so honored to have been asked to participate in the Wardrobe Wednesday baby shower for Kelly, and to be able to share my story with their fans.  Thank you, Ladies!

I gave birth to my twin girls in August 2009.  In October 2009, I started my home-based business Sweet & Woodsy Aromatherapy.  I was so tired at that point (to which many a new mom can relate) I’m not sure what I was thinking!  But, as I look back on that time, I know I wouldn’t have done it any other way.

S&WA_logo_Final It makes sense that my daughters and my business have grown alongside each other.  I’d learned about aromatherapy while in esthetics school in the 1990s, but my interest in using essential-oil based products began around the time my husband and I decided to start our family.  I’d become keenly (if not obsessively) aware of the kinds of substances around me and was learning how to support my health through natural options like aromatherapy and acupuncture.  It didn’t take long for me to give up the chemical-laden products I was accustomed to and begin making my own personal care and cleaning products.

My formal “aroma education” began in 2008 when I attended Aromahead Institute’s Aromatherapy Certification Program.  I credit this as one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life to date!  Not only did I learn about quality essential oils, their many therapeutic properties, and how to use them, but I also experienced top notch instruction and befriended many amazing people who continue to offer me, my family, and my business care and support.


The products for purchase at www.sweetandwoodsy.com are all handmade by me with organic or all- natural ingredients.  I have used all of these products on myself, my family, and in my home, so I know firsthand how wonderful they are.  The line offers an alternative to commercial personal care items and household cleaners and proves that the simplest of ingredients can create fabulous effects.

Along with the peace of mind these non-toxic products offer, the essential oils that are blended into them are tested for purity, promoting physical and emotional health.  For example, Sweet & Woodsy’s Scented Baby Lotion contains only an all-natural lotion made of oils such as Safflower and Apricot, aloe vera gel, and distilled water, and Roman Chamomile essential oil (Chamaemelum nobile).  Traditionally, Roman Chamomile has been used with babies for its calming abilities, and because it’s also anti-septic, it can help keep baby healthy, especially during cold and flu season. Unlike commercial baby products which often contain harmful synthetic ingredients, you can use our lotion without worry.  And the fewer things to worry about (especially when it concerns your children), the better!  All of the Sweet & Woodsy Aromatherapy products are created with intention and I am very proud of them!

I am so honored to have been asked to participate in the Wardrobe Wednesday baby shower, and to be able to share my story with their fans.

Thank you, Ladies!

~ Mindy


I’m excited to offer everyone a chance to win some of the Sweet & Woodsy products! I’m going to pick THREE people who who will get to pick out either 1, 2, or 3 items of their choice. ANY item in the shop! To enter,

(1) Please “like” Sweet & Woodsy Aromatherapy on FaceBook

(2) Check out the SHOP on my brand new website at  www.sweetandwoodsy.com

(3) Come back here and leave a comment telling me the items you’d most like to try.

That’s it! You have until 8:00 EST on Monday to leave your comment. I’ll announce the winners on Tuesday! In the meantime, check out some of the products in the shop, as well as the contents of the gift basket I’m sending Kelly!


{Just a sample of what you can find at Sweet & Woodsy}

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Here you go, Kelly – the contents of your gift basket! Enjoy 🙂

From left to right: Citrus & Tea Tree Foaming Hand Soap, Mothering Blend Lotion, “Naturosporin” Healing Gel, Lavender Baby Bottom Balm, Lavender-Scented Baby Oil, Vanilla & Citrus Lip Balm & Sweet Cheeks Tushy Spray

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  • February 10, 2011 - 11:15 am

    Sadiee - Oh LALA looks like some yummy goodies there!! I liked her page

  • February 10, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    Stacee - Just “liked” Sweet & Woodsy on FB!! 🙂
    Wow! She has some GREAT stuff!!! Too many things to write down ALL I’d like to try, but the first few would be the GOOD SMELLING hand sanitizer and the Multi-Purpose Cleaning Spray. Thanks for the opportunity to win some of her wonderful items!! 🙂

  • February 10, 2011 - 12:33 pm

    Michele Riggle - The vanilla and lemon lip balm sounds wonderful and I’d love to try the tushy spray on my son’s occasional awful diaper rash.

  • February 10, 2011 - 1:42 pm

    Kendra - The inhalers and custom blended lotion and hand sanitizers sound amazing! I’d try all of those.

  • February 10, 2011 - 2:04 pm

    Amber Epps - Liked on facebook! Love the natural products. Can’t wait to try them. I would like to be use less products with chemicals, now that I am pregnant again with my third. The products I want to try the most are nausea inhaler ( would be wonderful right now!) , mothering blend lotion and vanilla & citrus lip balm. Can’t wait to place an orderr!

  • February 10, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    Sara Hodges - I liked your page and I’d really like to try the Multi-purpose cleaning spray, the custom peppermint hand & body lotion, the foot scrub and the abrasive cleaning scrub! There’s actually a lot on there! I’d just love to smell it all!! LOL!

  • February 10, 2011 - 6:34 pm

    Trista Laborn - I Like you on facebook and keft a comment, i Love the feel of your website as well, I would also like to try the Vanilla & Citrus Lip Balm!

  • February 11, 2011 - 12:22 am

    Cheryle - Liked on FB! (Love would be more appropriate! lol) I am dying to try so many things – I would have a hard time choosing if I did win! The Naturosporin is intriguing (with 3 year old triplets, boo-boos are an all-too-common occurrence), the lip balm and lotions look divine – so many yummy scents. The Relaxation Inhaler sounds lovely! Heavenly sounding stuff, glad I found you!