Essential oils have been essential to home living in Los Angeles for decades, whether diluted in a decorative carrier, heated through a candle’s strong essence, burned through a piece of erotic incense, discovered while washing up with scented soap, aroused through the aroma of your favorite perfumes or consumed in a number of ways for medical reasons. That said, popularity has recently surged with all kinds of aromatherapy and multi-cultural healing products now available all over the City of Angeles. Check out some of the best and most curious below.
Panpipes Magickal Marketplace
1641 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
You’ll know you’ve arrived at this tiny emporium packed with astounding products because, upon entering, puffs of pleasant incense hit you on your way in. Expect to spend a long while surveying all that’s packed into this small space, including a full-blown apothecary, and then expect to discuss any or all options with knowledgeable owners who live and breathe their inventory on a daily basis. In addition to the wares, occasional classes are on offer at Panpipes, up to and including sessions that teach everything from hoodoo to casting spells.
155 W. Washington Blvd., Suite 907
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Products from this enterprising entrepreneur come in all forms. There are rejuvenating creams, organic lip balms, restorative healing butters and organic body oil among them, all bearing a distinctive black and white label that reminds you the product’s inventor is from Los Angeles. Not only will you find what you are looking for in the form of essential oils in all manners of consumer items, but you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in one-on-one classes teaching perfumery and aromatherapy from Persephenie herself. This temptress has been creating effective potions and products for nearly a decade, but the lovely lady is also an artist, so consider her disarming jewelry and beautiful burners offered in her understated studio.
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Green Line Beauty
7123 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Chemical-free products are on sale at this bounteous boutique in which essential oils are considered essential to life. Get potions, lotions and the like for everything of concern, be that acne outbreaks or wrinkles, all from this friendly outpost run by a swift staff supervised by Judy, the owner. No doubt her wide and imaginative range of bath, body and face products are made with the essence of ingredients that are very, very good for you. A bonus at Green Line Beauty is its on-site facialist Marisa, who is arguably one of the best in the City of Angels.
3320 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Essential oils are always a personal matter, and in this Silver Lake emporium, you can custom order yours or choose from shelved products made from cedar, peppermint, sage, lavender, grapefruit or orange, to name a few. Still more in the store have been combined to create signature smells like glazed pear, mango papaya and brown sugar and fig. Whatever your pick, know that you’re in for a treat as far as the smell and the vessel that carries that essence since Eco Apothecary carries all sorts of bottles in a rainbow of colors, many made of recycled glass in Spain.
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
12120 Sherman Way
North Hollywood, CA 91605
If you’re on the lookout for exotic oils created solely from vegan products in Los Angeles, try decade-old Black Phoenix in North Hollywood. Blends put under the store’s headings of pagan mythological, Renaissance, Victorian and Medieval concoctions come from a house that claims “a dark, romantic Gothic tone” in its wares. While some come with the warning that their notions are tongue-in-cheek, others address the more practical matters for which all essential oils are now known.
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