Category Archives: Central California

Tokyo Milk – Honey & The Moon


I absolutely love this perfume.

(Just ignore my crappy photo taking)

Look how cute the bottle is on the back.

(Or maybe it’s the front)

I got it when I went to visit Miss Kathryn in Cambria last week. She mentioned to me that Tokyo Milk had come out with a new line called “Dark” and I couldn’t wait to check out the fragrances. The one I wanted, “La Vie La Mort,” sadly sold out within a few days of Kathryn stocking it. Well, sadly for me, definitely not sadly for Hearts Ease. So I got my next favorite scent, which was “Honey & The Moon.”

The bottle lists its scents as: Sweet Honey, Sugared Violet, Jasmine and Sandalwood. To me, it smells like honey, vanilla and jasmine. Either way, I love it. I’ve been wearing it even when I’m alone doing chores and no one else can smell it. Yes dear friends, I am absolutely addicted to my new perfume.

The other thing I love about Tokyo Milk is how affordable it is. One ounce is about $30. The last perfume I bought was Kenzo Amour, which was about $60 for an ounce.

So, if you’re looking for a new fragrance, check out Tokyo Milk. You can always find it online, or you can call Miss Kathryn at Heart’s Ease and have her send you one.

Love & honey & the moon,




Yosemite and Local Honey


For the last couple of days I’ve been hiding.

In Yosemite!

Check out some of the gorgeous spots I got to see.

Driving into the park.

Heading into the valley.

The valley and bridal falls.


I love Yosemite. I could live in Yosemite.  I wish I were still in Yosemite.  Except with my pets and Fernando. Then it would be perfect.

I also wanted to head over to Mono Lake, but Tioga Pass was closed. It was covered with TWELVE feet of snow! I couldn’t believe it. Already June, and with all this crazy weather the pass was impassable. All well, just another excuse to go back right?

I also wandered around the outskirts of Yosemite and decided to take Highway 41 south towards Fresno. I wanted to check out some of the smaller towns around the park. Around Oakhurst or Coarsegold, I came across a small stand selling honey. You know I pulled over right?

This is what I got.

And here’s another shot of the honey from the top. You can really see the difference in color here

The wildflower honey (right) was super sweet just like candy. The buckwheat honey tasted unusual but still good. You knew you were eating honey but it was only slighly sweet and tasted almost like it was mixed with hops. It was also extremely thick, like cutting into a marshmallow. And I loved it.

I’m happy to be home but I’m missing the mountains. Anyone else ready to go back with me?

Love and honey,



Chardonnay Soap


A few days ago I made a batch of wine soap using 3 Blind Moose Chardonnay.

This is wine from our central coast which has been producing some very high quality spirits. I tried to find some contact information for 3 Blind Moose so I could send them a bar, but alas, I had no luck. (3 Blind Moose, if you’re reading this, let me know if I can send you a bar!)

Anyway, the chardonnay started out a beautiful light golden color but didn’t stay that way long. As I added water and lye to the wine, it turned this gorgeous orange color:

If I didn’t know better, I would have thought this was beer.

I was really excited to mix all the ingredients together because I couldn’t wait to see what color this was going to turn out. I thought the soap would be a light yellow and had planned on mixing in some orange oxides (colorants) to give the bar a little extra character. This bar didn’t need any help with color. This is how it looked this evening when I pulled them out of the mold and cut them up:

These look like pumpkin pie filling.

These didn’t turn out at all like I thought they would, but I love them. They are scented with litsea cubeba (citrus smelling) and grapefruit essential oils. I am going to have them ready for a holiday show I’m doing and will also be including them in the beer & wine four pack sampler I’m putting together. Can’t wait to show them to you again when they’re ready!


Hearts Ease Herb Shop


NFL Sunday!

While most of America is watching football, I wanted to show you some pictures of Kathryn’s herb shop (Heart’s Ease) in Cambria, California. Just to refresh your memory, Kathryn is one of my good friends that I met in an herbal class series last year. (She was also going to be my savior in case the Blair Witch got me in this post)

Hearts Ease is the kind of shop you don’t want to leave. When we first met and Kathryn told me about her store, she mentioned it was an herb shop and that she also sold soap and other things. Boy, does she ever sell “other things!” I thought she meant she had a small collection of things other than herbs, but she has a whole houseful of goodies that every woman (and man!) could ever want.

Here is her wall of herbs. The jars are 2 rows deep.

All of the dried herbs smelled and looked so beautiful. Kathryn gave my aunt two ounces of dried peppermint and I could not stop smelling it on the car ride home. It was such a clean and refreshing smell, but it also made me think of fall and leaves falling off of trees.

In front of the herb wall, Kathryn had a table filled with herbal potpurri and tea blends. Next to the table, were all her essential oils.

My little cousin checking out the potpurri blends.

Speaking of other things in the room, I was immediately attracted to these foodie items:

Flower syrup? Rose petal confit? Right up my alley of wants!

Another wall of more edible goodies:


Looking for lotion and soap? Oh yeah, she’s got that covered too.

Lotion, soap and perfume. I just love the perfume. Mmmmmmmm…

I did mention she had a lot of soap selections right?

The soap wall

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that in addition to all the must have products inside the store, outside is just as amazing. Kathryn has a huge open garden for you to meander through. She even has two minature faerie villages! Her garden is a magical place where you can sit for awhile and just enjoy the scenery.


 A little sneak peak of the garden

Around a bend is one of the faerie villages…

I want this sign!

Oh and before I forget, she also has seeds and fresh plants you can buy too.

The seed wall

See how easy it is to fall in love with Heart’s Ease? If you ever find yourself on the central coast, or you just want to check out Kathryn’s shop, it’s a great place to stop. You can also visit Heart’s Ease website by clicking here (or try Kathryn is one of those rare shop keepers who can answer just about any question you have on selecting the perfect gift, picking the right essential oil and really, anything you want to know about the products in her shop. And with that said, I’m ready to go back myself. Anyone want to join me?