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Lavender and Spittlebugs!

June 9th, 2011 by Jardin Du Soleil

What is that white foamy stuff on my plants??

Spittle bugs will appear in early spring on your lavender plants and are detected by the white foamy spittle, which is emitted as camouflage! Your plants may appear unsightly but the damage is minimal. Damage may result in twisting or deformation of the leaves and stems. Washing the spittle bugs off the lavender plants may only be a temporary solution, and could result in too much moisture in and around your lavender plant.

We don’t worry about them in our fields, because as the weather warms the spittle bugs will disappear before the flowers bloom.

So relax about the white foamy stuff and look forward to the lavender season to come!

Happy Gardening!

Lavender Panna Cotta with Poached Rhubarb

April 16th, 2011 by Jardin Du Soleil

What says “Spring” better than rhubarb?!

We’re excited to try out this recipe for Lavender Panna Cotta with Poached Rhubarb! It sounds delicious!

Lavender Panna Cotta with Poached Rhubarb

Serves 4-6

For the panna cotta:

1 Tablespoon powdered gelatin

1/4 cup water

2 cups heavy cream

1/4 cup Lavender Honey

1 Tablespoon Culinary Lavender

2 cups full fat buttermilk

For the poached rhubarb:

Juice of one lemon

1/2 cup water or sweet white wine or blush wine

2 Tablespoons Lavender Honey

5 stalks rhubarb, chopped into small pieces (1/2 inch)

Prepare the panna cotta:

Place the water in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Reserve. In a large heavy bottomed saucepan placed over medium heat, bring the heavy cream, honey, and lavender buds to a simmer. When the cream is hot, remove from the heat and whisk in the reserved gelatin until it is completely dissolved. Add the buttermilk and whisk until well blended.

Divide the mixture among 4-6 cups or ramekins. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving to let the cream set properly.

Prepare the rhubarb:

Place the lemon juice, water (or wine) and honey in a heavy bottom saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and add the pieces of rhubarb. Poach for 2-3 minutes then gently remove the rhubarb from the poaching liquid and set aside (they will continue to soften as they cool). You can reduce the poaching liquid to a syrup over medium heat and use to drizzle over the panna cotta.

Find a perfect gift for your mother!

April 10th, 2011 by Jardin Du Soleil

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching! Find the perfect gift for your mother (or for any other special mothers you know) at Jardin du Soleil. Lavender has always been used for relaxation and makes a perfect “thinking of you” gift. Or perhaps you know she’s a fan of our lavender products and want to indulge her a little this year. Either way, you’re sure to find something she’ll love. Can we recommend…

You can treat her to her favorite culinary treats, like Lavender Teas or our new Culinary Lavender & Herbs de Provence Gift Set.

Or pamper her with some of our lavender bath and body products! Our Lavender Pomegranate Gift Set is a great gift to give, and a portion of the proceeds are donated toward Ovarian Cancer Research. What better gift to give? Or if she’s a fan of pure lavender fragrance, Lavender Bubble Bath is always a luxury and sure to be well-received.

If she’s a lavender lover, why not find some lavender items to help her fill her home with the scent of lavender? Our Lavender Room Spray is a popular item, and women always love to have a Lavender Sachet in each of their drawers.

Remember, we’re offering FREE SHIPPING on all online orders of $50 or more, now through May 31, 2011. So go ahead… order yourself something while you’re at it!

Wholesale Lavender Essential Oil

April 3rd, 2011 by Jardin Du Soleil

We have a large quantity of Lavandin Grosso (L. x intermedia) and Lavandula Angustifolia certified organic lavender essential oil in stock, so we’re offering cut-rate prices on 5 gallon (640 oz) orders. We’re offering 5 gallons of Lavandin Grosso for $1000, and 5 gallons of Lavandula Angustifolia for $2000, plus shipping and handling. That’s only $1.56 / $3.13 an ounce!

Our normal wholesale price for 1 gallon Lavandin Grosso certified organic lavender essential oil is $416, and for 1 gallon Lavandula Angustifolia for $800.

Lavandin Grosso Essential Oil is a very popular lavender essential oil and is a great lavender essential oil to use in making products and soaps. Lavandula Angustifolia Essential Oil is a high-quality, sweet and perfume-like lavender oil that smells wonderful in bath and body products. Either oil can be used around the home, for aromatherapy, etc. All of Jardin du Soleil’s lavender essential oil is certified organic, so it is a lovely addition to organic, natural products. Take advantage of this offer while you can!

To order, call us at (360) 582-1185

Travel Candles Now Available!

April 2nd, 2011 by Jardin Du Soleil

We’ve added our deliciously scented Travel Candles online! Find them under the “For the Home” category, or currently they’re appearing on our Featured Products! These travel tins are 100% Soy Wax and smell so good, you’ll want to burn them everywhere you go. Make sure you get one to bring along on your Spring and Summer travels!

Lavender Saffron combines the sweet scent of Lavender with the earthy spice of Saffron. Both men and women love this candle, so if you’re traveling as a couple this is a great candle for your room.

The Lemongrass Travel Candle is so uplifting and refreshing, we can’t think of anything else to perk us up after a long day of traveling. If you like lemon or citrus scents, you’ll adore this candle. The scent reminds us of a cold glass of lemonade on a hot and sunny summer’s day: we’re tempted to burn the candle constantly!

Sequim Lavender Farm Tour

March 28th, 2011 by Jardin Du Soleil

The map for this year’s Sequim Lavender Farm Tour has been released! Here at Jardin du Soleil, we’re looking forward to the Lavender Farm Faire and are excited for July! Make sure you come see us on the Tour!

The Sequim Lavender Farm Faire and Farm Tour is the third full weekend in July: July 15, 16, and 17. Here at Jardin du Soleil, we’ll have all sorts of lavender vendors, live music, catered food from the Red Lion (they have some delicious recipes for using culinary lavender!), lavender ice cream, lavender lemonade and lavender lattes, lavender u-pick, fresh lavender bundles, an outside store and our gift shop, and Valerie will even take a picture of you in the lavender fields with your own camera! As always, you can wander through our lavender fields and gardens and enjoy the ambiance of the day.

Tickets for the Sequim Lavender Farm Faire are $10 pre-sale and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com and here at the farm. Whether you’re a long time lavender lover or just discovering the wonderful Olympic Peninsula, you’ll want to make sure you’re at this year’s Sequim Lavender Farm Faire.

Sequim Lavender Farmers at the Soroptimist Gala Garden Show

March 19th, 2011 by Jardin Du Soleil

We’re proud to be a member of the Sequim Lavender Farmer’s Association, which put together an amazing display at the 13th Annual Soroptimist Gala Garden Show. Make sure you come see it at the Sequim Boys and Girls Club this weekend! Hours are Saturday, March 19, 2011, 9AM – 5PM, and Sunday, March 20, 2011, 10AM – 4PM. Funds raised go to support many projects such as: High School Scholarships, Women’s Opportunity Award, Medical Loan Closet, Women in Networks Program, Sequim Community Aid, Rose House Shelter.

$5.00 admission, children under 12 are free.

Spring is Coming at Jardin du Soleil

March 19th, 2011 by Jardin Du Soleil

Spring is almost here at Jardin du Soleil! Sequim had quite a bit of rainy weather and we’re happy to see that it’s a real “Sunny Sequim” Day this Saturday.

The flowers in our garden are coming up and we’re excited for when the lavender starts putting on some color. Once it starts to bloom, it won’t be very long until the Sequim Lavender Farm Faire and Lavender Farm Tour!

Don’t forget, our Lavandin Super Essential Oil is still half price through March 31st, 2011! Pair it with our free shipping on all online orders of $50 or more (through March 31st 2011), and you’ll have one of the best lavender deals out there!

Free Shipping* and Lavender Super Sale!

March 13th, 2011 by Jardin Du Soleil

With Saint Patrick’s Day coming up, and Pam’s great-grandmother, Julia Lavender, being Irish, we wanted to celebrate by offering FREE SHIPPING on all online orders of $50 or more through March 31, 2011!

Remember that our Lavandin Super Essential Oil is also on sale for half off through March 31 too, so now is a great time to stock up!

The Healing Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

March 13th, 2011 by Jardin Du Soleil

If you’re trying to use more natural remedies in your life, Lavender Essential Oil has some wonderful health benefits

Lavender has been shown to aid in these areas:

  • Relaxation Stress Relief and Anxiety— Lavender has been shown to lower heart rate.
  • Insomnia — Lavender oil helps induce sleep
  • Skin Care — Helps with acnes and rashes, dermatitis and eczema, soothes cuts scrapes and burns, also soothes sunburn
  • Hair Care — Treats Lice and Alopecia
  • Digestion — Helps with nausea, colic and gas
  • Respiratory –Helps with colds, coughs and bronchitis
  • Pain Relief — Relieves pain in muscles and soothes headaches and migranes
  • Circulatory System — Aids with blood circulation and lowers blood pressure
  • Antiseptic — Antibacterial and Antiviral — Use to clean sores and wounds

So you know the health benefits, but how would you actually use lavender essential oil?

  • Massage lavender drops on your temples to soothe headaches or migraines
  • Apply a few drops directly to cuts, scrapes, and burns to disinfect, soothe, and facilitate healing.
  • Mix a few drops of lavender essential oil with a carrier oil to massage into your skin.
  • Place a few drops on your pillow to aid in restful sleep- don’t worry, pure lavender essential oil won’t stain!
  • Add 3-4 drops pure lavender essential oil to 4 ounces of cold water in a spray bottle and spray on sunburned skin
  • Add a few drops to a clean cotton cloth or handkerchief. Inhale cloth to help calm nerves and combat anxiety
  • Add 5-10 drops of pure lavender essential oil into a warm or hot bath to soothe sore muscles and relieve tension
  • Add 20 drops (you can add up to 50 drops) of essential lavender oil to a half liter of water. Add to washing machine to disinfect and lightly scent laundry.
  • Some dermatologists recommend a lavender essential oil & water spritzer to help with Rosacea

Our Lavandin Super Essential Oil is HALF OFF through March 31, 2011!

Lavender Super Sale

February 13th, 2011 by Jardin Du Soleil

After our half-off certified organic oil sale, we found out we had a lot more Super oil than we thought. So now is a great time to fill your cupboards with our Lavandin Super Oil at half-off prices!

Our certified organic Super variety has a sweet herbaceous note closely resembling lavandula angustifolia. Used in products, Super gives a softer lavender fragrance without the cost of lavandula angustifolia essential oil. The softer notes are also popular among those who use lavender essential oil for personal use.

Sale ends March 31, 2011.

Save the Date!

February 13th, 2011 by Jardin Du Soleil

Save the date for the 2011 Lavender Farm Faire and Lavender Farm Tour!

You’ll be able to get your lavender fix this year July 15th, 16th, and 17th. If you can’t make it to the lavender farm for the event, make sure you stop by another time to see us: the relaxing aroma of lavender will soothe your senses, and during the season, a bundle of fresh cut lavender is a great treat to take home!

Valentine’s Day Special- Free Shipping!*

February 7th, 2011 by Jardin Du Soleil

We’re helping you celebrate Valentine’s Day with FREE SHIPPING on all online orders of $100 or more, through Feb. 14th. Make someone’s day with a special lavender gift from Jardin du Soleil!

If you’re in the area, make sure you stop by next weekend, Feb. 11-14th, for our “Sweets and Treats”- we’ll be having some special treats, our store is decorated with hearts, and you can pick up a lavender gift for the special people in your life!

Lavender for Valentine’s Day

January 19th, 2011 by Jardin Du Soleil

Looking for a special gift for your Valentine? Jardin du Soleil has a variety of lavender products perfect for your loved one!

We have put together three gift boxes for Valentine’s Day: the Best of Lavender, The Lavender Love Gift Set, and the You’re in My Heart Gift set.

Other recommendations are Lavender Bubble Bath, Lavender Foot Lotion, and Lavender Votives.

Don’t forget our HALF OFF Lavender Essential Oil Sale through Jan. 31st.

All of our Certified Organic Lavender Essential Oil is Half OFF!!

January 17th, 2011 by Jardin Du Soleil

We’ve had such great distilling seasons, that we find ourselves with a wealth of our Certified Organic Lavender Essential Oil. We’d like to offer you all of our oil at HALF OFF prices!

Whether you like to use Jardin du Soleil Lavender Oil around the house, or are a crafter or aromatherapist who has specific uses, now is a great time to purchase!

We also have placed an 8 oz. bottle of Angustifolia oil online. This oil was distilled from a variety we no longer grow. Its scent is reminiscent of our regular sweet Angustifolia oil and an early spring “green” scent. We think it may work well in soapmaking or mixed with other scents. It’s wholesale price of $24.95, discounted to $12.47, is sure to entice you to try some! Order soon, we have limited quantities!

Oil will be on sale until Jan. 31st. Wholesale/bulk pricing (1/2 or 1 gallon) available, contact us at info@jardindusoleil.com or (360) 582-1185 for more information.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 31st, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil

If you’re stuck inside and enduring the cold or bad weather, think of vibrant purple lavender fields and warm Sequim sunshine! We’re looking forward to the next lavender season, when we’ll once again welcome guests and visitors to our lavender fields and gardens. Think about coming to see us! The farm will be closed in January, and then open Fri.-Mon. 10am-4pm during February and March, then open daily 10am-5pm April through September.

Our website is always running, so if you need a lavender fix, go ahead and order online!

We hope you all had a Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year!

12 Days of Christmas Gift Guides: The Woman Who Has Everything

December 12th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil

The final day of our 12 Days of Christmas Gift List Blog: Finding a present for the woman who has everything!

Our Lavender Silk Eye Pillows are luxurious and oh! so soothing. We use our certified organic lavender buds, purple raw silk, and a touch of flax seed so that you can warm them up or put them in the freezer for that extra touch of comfort. A gift of our Lavender Silk Eye Pillow and our Lavender Lotion, or our Lavender Peppermint Foot Lotion, is like giving the gift of a “Spa Day” at home! And it’s one that they can use over and over again, all while thinking of the wonderful person who gave it to them.

We also have several Lavender Gift Boxes that are wrapped and ready to go! Just look under our Gift Ideas tab… Ship a lavender gift to that someone special for free if the order is over $60! And we’ve made it easier than ever to give more this holiday season with our 15% off coupon code- use coupon code xspecial

Order by Dec. 15th to ensure Christmas delivery! We ship using Priority Mail, which estimates delivery of 3-5 days.

12 Days of Christmas Gift Guides: Your Pet

December 12th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil

Don’t forget your pets this holiday season!

For your kittie, try our Lavender Catnip for only $3.95! Your cat will be entertained for hours. Also, check out our lavender products for dogs: Our Lavender Doggie Soap is a very enriching, easy-to-use soap that lathers great! Our Lavender Doggie Collars are so cute, and the perfect accessory for your pooch! And remember, if your pup is a little too rambunctious around the holidays, try our Lavender Dog Calming Spritzer!

Suzy is wearing size Large, and Radar is wearing Size Small. Both love their Lavender Collars!

Lavender Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

December 11th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil

Mmmm! We couldn’t wait to try some gingerbread cookies with lavender this holiday season!

We figured the easiest way to try these cookies would be using our Certified Organic, Fair Trade Lavender Sugar, and it turned out to be just the perfect amount!

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup Certified Organic, Fair Trade Lavender Sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup molasses

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. ginger

1 tsp. ground cloves

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

Blend all of the ingredients with an electric mixer. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll out Lavender Gingerbread Cookie Dough to 1/4 inch thick, cut into shapes, place a half inch apart on a cookie sheet, and bake for about 8 minutes or until slightly browned. Makes 2 dozen 5-inch cookies.

*If you prefer a slightly stronger lavender flavor, add 1/2 tsp. finely chopped Culinary Lavender.

Ornamental Cookie Frosting:

1 1/4 cup powdered sugar

1/8 tsp. cream of tartar

1 egg white

Blend all ingredients until very thick- a knife drawn through the frosting should leave a line. Color and use to decorate!

12 Days of Christmas Gift Guides: Your Mother, Aunt, or Grandmother

December 10th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil

Looking for a lavender gift for your mother, aunt, or grandmother? Jardin du Soleil has some special lavender products that are sure to make them smile on Christmas morning!

If you’re looking for a lavender gift for someone older, think about our Lavender Shea Butter. It’s great for dry, chapped skin and is soothing for all of those achy parts. My grandmother suffered from swollen feet if she was up too long, and we used to use Lavender Shea Butter to massage her legs and get the swelling down. She loved the scent of it, too!

Our gift sets are already wrapped and contain some of our most popular lavender fragrances! We just created the Best of Lavender Gift Set, which includes Lavender Lotion, 250 gram Lavender Soap, a Lavender Votive, an embroidered lavender sachet, a Lavender Dark Chocolate, and a Lavender Lip Balm. Check out our other lavender gift sets to find the perfect gift!

If you’ve already found the perfect gift, why not through in a few lavender sachets to make it a fragrant gift!

12 Days of Christmas Gift Guides: Office Workers

December 6th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil

Looking for an affordable lavender gift for everyone you work with, or perhaps a special lavender gift for the secretary that always goes above and beyond? You can find it here!

Our Hearts for Hope soaps, available in both lavender and lemongrass, smell great and make wonderful lavender gifts! Just write in the “message to seller” box if you’d prefer them to be wrapped individually with a tag describing that a portion of the proceeds is donated to an emergency fund for women battling cancer.

Lavender Sachets make a great gift in themselves, or throw one in every bag! They’re sure to love the scent, and remember you whenever they smell it!

Our Lavender Lip Balm set would also be sure to please!

12 Days of Christmas Gift Guides: Your Daughter or Best Friend

December 6th, 2010 by Jardin Du Soleil

Jardin du Soleil has a wide variety of lavender gift sets that make perfect lavender gifts for your daughter or best friend!

Order by Dec. 15th to ensure delivery before Christmas! We use USPS Priority Mail, which has estimated delivery of 3-5 business days.

Our Bath and Body Gift Set is packaged for gift giving and includes our Lavender Body Lotion, Lavender Hand & Body Wash, our hand-crafted Lavender Soap, and Lavender Bath Salts, as well as our certified organic Lavender Essential Oil. The Lavender Pomegranate Gift Set is also a popular choice, including our Lavender Pomegranate Lotion, Lavender Pomegranate Body Wash, and Lavender Pomegranate Soap- and a portion of the proceeds is donated to Ovarian Cancer Research. Look through all our our Gifts Ideas to find the right lavender gift for your daughter or best friend!

FREE SHIPPING on all online orders of $60 or more through Dec. 25th. Use coupon code: xspecial to receive 15% off your ENTIRE ORDER!