Giveaway :: Forager Botanicals

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


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One of my secrets for getting back to the core of myself when I’m feeling out of sorts is simple: smell. I have a few different smells that bring me back to myself and make me feel like I can move forward with intention and prosperity. Surely you have these, too. My smells are salt water, vanilla, sandalwood, and baby breath (literal baby breath, friends. Really.) Yours are different, I’m sure. And that is the beauty. The science, however, is finding the people who can bring those smells to us.

Friends, I am so excited to introduce you to Casey Coyle from Forager Botanicals.  Coyle grew up experiencing her grandmothers’ backyards and scent was an essential component. Once an adult (and pregnant) she was turned off by the overpowering chemicals present in every scent and strove to recreate her childhood experiences in a natural line and Forager Botanicals was born. Not only does Forager Botanicals bring nature to you directly, but you can feel confident knowing that you can wear a Forager Botanicals scent and smell exactly like yourself, only better.

Forager Botanicals is giving away one Natural Perfume Rollerball Collection to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, February 4th. *Contest open to US residents only!* Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Forager Botanicals and tell us: What smell do you associate with happiness?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, February 10th, to see if you’ve won!
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    Trisha says:

    The smell of a field on a hot August day, pine forests, crisp autumn air tinged with woodsmoke and leaved that have been crunched underfoot. 

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    Deborah f says:

    I love the smell of a summer morning but my fave smell probably is the smell of my mom’s cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. she is 80 now but still makes them from scratch

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    Jennifer says:

    There are so many! The smell of pine trees reminds me of family vacations camping in Maine. The smell of shaving cream reminds me of my grandfather and the smell of Old Spice reminds me of my other grandfather. The smell of sawdust reminds me of “helping” my dad with “projects” when I was little. The smell of church insence reminds me of mass on Christmas Eve.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    the smell of the ocean–salty, sunny and sandy!

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    Chelsea W says:

    Honey! It reminds me of all the beautiful women (past and present) in my life. From using it in recipes, to adding a scoopful to some hot tea, to rubbing a buttered biscuit in it. The smell of honey will always make me think of women who have taught me how to be happy. Which is why I think I’d particularly like the scent of Nectar by Forager Botanicals. 

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    Nikki says:

    Plumeria, it smells like the air in Hawaii and I was so happy there on our honeymoon.  It smells like exotic adventure and romance which equals happiness to me. And my husband loves the smell so when I wear it, the the kind that smells real not synthetic, fake-y perfume, it smells like dates–fun, good food, lots of laughing and flirting, going home together, all the best parts of being married and connected to someone you love, and LIKE.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    Barbeque.  I just love the smell of barbeque. It makes my mouth water.  It also makes me think of summer which is great.  Good food, family and friends together and good weather.  Nothing is better! Yummy…

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    Samantha S says:

    The nearly indescribable smell of early fall–late September/early October: burning leaves, a bit of earth from the falling leaves, and crisp air (which I firmly believe does have a scent), and the attendant smells of baking and pulling the scarves out of storage.

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    sam says:

    My perfume from the Bermuda Perfumery that I purchased the first time I visited the loverly island and toured the perfumery.  Went back a second time to get more – it’s getting expensive to do that so I will be ordering it by mail next time : ) 

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    Tiffany says:

    Peonies or this one variety or rose I have in my garden (it’s been so long I don’t remember it’s name). It’s sweet fragrance is so intoxicating that it makes me feel good for a brief moment.

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    brittany o says:

    Jasmine! One of the reasons that we live in New Orleans is for THREE seasons of blooming jasmine! ….well, I guess there are a few other reasons, but that is a darn good one!

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    cindy says:

    Lemon equals happiness for me! It reminds me of summer, sun and lemonade. Bright and cherry! 

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    Coral M. says:

    The smell of salty sea air!

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    Sharon says:

    Fresh cut grass is one of my favorite smells ….and I also like plumeria in bloom.

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    Kim Henrichs says:

    I associate happiness with the ocean, so frangipani, salt, sea air, beach dunes…all of that.  Coconut too!

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    Emily S. says:

    I love the smell of summer, my favorite time of year, which for me is a mixture of wild flowers, cut grass, lemons, honey, and clean laundry hanging on a clothes line.

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    Pumpernickel says:


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    jane says:

    for me when i was growing up, happiness always smelled like something food-related, like fresh coffee, spiced chai, lemon (which is so bright and refreshing) etc. but as i get older i’ve begun to associate the smells of nature with happiness, or a more basic yet essential sense of contentment in simply being alive, such as the amazing but gentle fragrance of roses (from the national rose garden in tasmania!), and now that i’m on an exchange program to ucsc, everyday i encounter the smells of nature like the redwood forest right behind my apartment, that indescribable fragrance carried on the breeze through the meadow… i think being happy now makes the smells come alive, so that i become more aware of the smells around me 🙂

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    Angie says:

    I associate the smell of cinnamon or vanilla with happiness because I love to bake with those ingredients!

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    Suzi C says:

    Here in NZ, it’s Summer at Christmas time. Which is lovely… And I get to see all my family at Christmas time which makes me really really really happy. And Autumn makes me happy…

    But the smell that made me the happiest, in my whole life, and the smell I miss the most- is the smell of my newborn daughters head. She’s 3.5 now and smells like sweat and sunblock most days, but after her bath and when we’re snuggling in bed together; I like to pretend she smells like she did in September 2010. 

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    Nicole H says:

    I dated my husband in high school.  He always had spearmint gum.  For reasons that seem…obvious…I became quite familar with that smell.  10 years later it still gives me butterflies.

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    Holly B says:

    Fresh cut grass and rain 🙂

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    Melissa says:


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    Salvaged Strawberry says:

    mmmm, anything floral, but I really love rose. 🙂

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    rachel says:

    Warm cinnamon rolls — reminds me of my mom

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    Jenni says:

    Men’s cologne that reminds me of my husband, the smell of baking shortbread as a reminder of my grandmother, freshly hung laundry that makes me dream of crisp days and blue skies, apples and leaves to remind me of my favorite season, Oatmeal Milk and Honey to relax and feel at peace, peppermint to wake me up and get excited for the day, lavendar to fall asleep to and feel my dreams carry me away….. there are so many smells that indicate a feeling, emotion or memory… it’s just so difficult to choose! 

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    Noma says:

    Burning fire wood. Its the smell of the holidays with family, camping with friends, and also of my grandmother’s hut kitchen back home in  Botswana. That’s the happiest smell I know.

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    Veronica says:

    Opera houses. Both of my parents were opera singers, so I spent a lot of time there.

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    Heather N. says:

    My mom’s homemade fajitas…they mean family time and full tummies! 

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    Emma L says:

    Sandalwood. Lavender. Sunshine on pine trees. Salt on the wind. Basically, the scents of my childhood!

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    Jasanna says:

    I associate ocean water, jasmine & magnolia. Mmmmm!

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    Sparrow says:

    My dad grew up on a ranch in Montana and I remember as a kid being carried into grandma’s house after a long car ride and I can still smell the mudroom of the house: it smelled of oiled leather, hay, warm bread, aftershave, and cedar wood. That is still happiness to me. My grandparents have since moved from the ranch, but I still catch smells on the breeze that remind me of that arrival at the ranch which meant cavorting with cousins, running through the fields, picking wildflowers, lazing down the river, chasing the cows, riding on the tractors, and snuggling on my rough grandfather’s lap.

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    Courtney J says:

    My two dogs running towards me at the park. They both look so happy, panting and smiling. And especially when they run up to me and sit because I’m going to give them a treat. 

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    Amie A says:

    The smell of roses… classic, romantic and timeless.

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    Tiffany says:

    When we were little we would visit Disneyland at least once a year. We stayed offsite at one of the small hotels down the road from the park. The sidewalk used to be lined with bushes filled with tiny flowers and they were so fragrant. Now if I come across that smell I hunt for the source, stand there and just smell for a moment. That smell is my childhood happiness. That smell takes me back to the Happiest Place on Earth!

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    Jean Thompson says:

    The smell of honeysuckle…..summer at it’s best!

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    Kristen H. says:

    Lavender. It makes me think of my sisters, and nothing in life is really better than the bond of a sister.

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    Rachel says:

    Lilacs.  When I was little, we used to have a huge lilac bush.  Not only was it our fort with a hiding place inside, but in the spring, it was also home to baby bunnies.  I loved watching them hop around around yard. 

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    Jessica says:

    Coffee. The best part of waking up!

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    Coffee- I did a diet where you couldn’t have it and it is the smell I miss the most. It reminds me of home and calms me down.

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    Katie says:

    Honeysuckle! There was so much of it around the house I grew up in and reminds me of summer nights. We didn’t have air conditioning growing up, but had an attic fan that would suck in the cool night summer air and that is what would be sucked into our house. I feel so calm and happy thinking of it!

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    Joann says:

    Lavender makes me feel really relaxed and happy. It is a very soothing scent and reminds me of my childhood.