- 1 My Utama Spice Review – Lavender Rules!
- 2 What Is Lavender?
- 3 Utama’s Lavender Products Review
My Utama Spice Review – Lavender Rules!
Have you ever heard about Utama Spice? Well, let me tell you a little in my Utama spice review. This company is based in Ubud, Bali. It focuses on using 100% natural products for its various items. They make products for the skin, hair, household uses, the whole enchilada!
Their mission statement is based on the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy as it concerns nature. It is all about harmonizing with nature ‘respecting and working harmoniously with humanity, nature and the divine.’
According to Wikipedia, the Tri Hita Karana philosophy:
The three causes referred to in the principle are:
1. Harmony among people
2. Harmony with nature or environment
3. Harmony with God’
I like that concept. Too oft, most businesses get caught with the ‘taking away from nature’ and not ‘the renewal’ or the ‘harmony’ when their focus is on making the ‘almighty dollar’. It is sometimes sad how our environment can and sometimes suffer because of this, in any event, I digress.
Now I love Lavender. Let’s look the beauty of the lavender plant.
What Is Lavender?
According to Wikipedia, lavender – ‘lavandula (common name lavender) is a genus of 47 known species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae.’
Quite oft, we are familiar with lavender oil, the main production of this flower. This essential oil has:
- Healing properties
- Antiseptic properties
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Anti-micro bacterial properties
- Calming and anti-depressive properties
The oil has also used an extract of fragrance for bath products. The English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is another type of lavender which gives an essential oil with sweet overtones. This type is used in ‘balms, salves, perfumes, cosmetics, and topical applications.’  ‘Lavandin, Lavandula × intermedia (also known as Dutch lavender), yields a similar essential oil, but with higher levels of terpenes including camphor, which add a sharper overtone to the fragrance.’
How Can You Use It?
There are numerous ways to use lavender in your daily living. Here are just a few ways:
- In your kitchen – your culinary delight – as a spice, a tea, honey, baking sugar.
- In your bathroom – hair oil, body butter, potpourri as a scent-giver.
Benefits Of Using Lavender
As with most natural plants/flowers/fruits, you will find many pros to use them and of course, there will be cons (though sometimes not so many).
Here are a few benefits of using lavender:
- Reduces anxiety and emotional stress
- Protects against diabetes symptoms as clinical tests have shown
- Improves brain function
- Healing salve for burns and wounds
- Helps to improve sleep
- Restore skin complexion and reduce acne
- Slows aging with powerful antioxidants
- Relieves pain
- Alleviates headaches
- Of course, a few cons:
- It can cause an allergic reaction for some people
- It might not be quickly available in your location
- It can be pricey depending on where you are able to purchase it
As with anything, please consult your medical counsel before using any natural product for internal or external application.
I also found a very intersting article on How to Grow Lavender: Care, Types, and Growing Tips for any of my ‘green thumb friends’ out there. Go check it out and be sure to leave a comment.
Utama’s Lavender Products Review
I chose to check out the lavender line of products being offered by Utama because I love lavender (as you can see from above). Let’s take a look at my Utama Spice Review of a few products.
Lavender Body Oil
I love the smell of this body oil – this it the first thing. Is it fragrant and you can tell that Utama did not ‘skimp’ on the essential oil used to prepare the end result. You do not need a lot to make or feel a difference. I used it right out of the shower while my skin was warm from the warm water shower and slightly damp. I also used it just before going to sleep.
Added to the fact that its aroma was soothing and relaxing, it felt good as I applied to my skin. I would definitely consider this lavender oil in my arsenal of scents and body oils.
I also decided to not only use this lavender oil as a body oil but as a massage oil. It did not take much to convince my husband that I wanted to give him a massage in order to test a new product – he willingly ‘sacrficed himself’ for my project.
I tell you, he is a ‘fussy’ type when it comes to smells and this time, I did not hear a ‘whimp’ out of him. He thoroughly enjoyed the massage and even said that it did not feel greasy on his skin afterward – so yes, this is a keeper for us both.
Glycine Soja (Soya) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
Utama Lavender Body Butter
Aah, the body butter! So, I love the scent once again. It smells every bit like the lavender flowers wafting in the evening breeze, soft and gentle. I found it delightful. It was easy to apply and disappeared into my skin. You do not need a lot to get the job done. As a matter of fact, I was being ‘careful’ not to use to much just to get my little portion to ‘last forever’.
My skin felt smooth and silky – if you can imagine that concept – in other words, really smooth. I used it before I went to work, and I found that the light lavender scent stayed with me for a few hours and indirectly made me feel calm and restful too. I kept smelling my hand each time I stopped typing – of course, not too obviously!
This body butter is combined with two of my other favorites – Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil. All I can say is this – a fabulous combination of natural resources and a lovely result.
Spring Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Alcohol, Beeswax, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citric Acid, Agar.
Lavender Hair Oil
Now, I am a BIG fan of natural oils, especially when it comes to hair products. My mission is to remove the ‘chemical aspect’ of most if not all the things that come into contact with my body. I have used Lavender Essential Oil on it own as well as combined with base oils. Lavender oil is also known to help stimulate hair growth as well as moisture the scalp.
This blend of lavender oil is combined with:
- Canaga Oil – helpful to repair damaged hair
- Patchouli Oil – helps to reduce dryness and amplify moisture balance
I loved the smell, of course, not only that of the soothing, healing Lavender oil but also the flowery essence of the Patchouli oil as well. I used it after I cleansed my hair. I applied it to a clean scalp and did a little massage.
I did not use too much because I did not want to have an excessive oily look, but I loved the smell that emanated within the few hours after I used it. It is a good hair oil and I loved it and wholeheartedly recommend giving it a try. It is a light, fragrant oil and not greasy.
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Cananga) Flower Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
Utuma Temple Spice Incense
Oh, the scent of lavender – in any form – and sure enough, I had to try the incense sticks. Now, before I even start to talk about the scent in itself, I LOVE the packaging. The box is not only made from environmentally-friendly material, but the box is actually its own incense holder for the incense sticks. I have never seen this before. I LOVE IT!!
It makes a great ‘starter incense’ gift to anyone that you would like to introduce the world of incense to them.
So let’s talk about the scent – loved it!!
I was not quite sure what to expect in terms of scents but it was delightful and easy on the senses. The incense stick burned for about 35 mins and the scent wafted in my living room for at least two hours.
Even my little 11-yr old asked me to keep it in her room because ‘it smells so good, mama’ – her exact words. I like the idea that the incense sticks are respectful of nature, but then again, I am so into Mother Nature and honoring her and the abundance that she lovingly gives to us freely.
I thought the wrapping of the incense sticks were just so nifty, compact, and yet so tender. I am finding the best words I can use to describe the beauty and simplicity of the presentation, as well as the environmentally-friendly aspect of it.
I also tried and liked the Begone Bug Incense.
Contrary to what I thought, it might be repelling to bugs, but not so for humans. It is interesting that such a nice waft of scents can deter the bug world.
Bamboo Stick, Coconut Charcoal, Flowers, Barks, Herbs, Oils, Nuts, and Spices.
Where To Purchase Utama Spice Products:
Images courtesy of Pixabay and Utama.
My Final Thoughts About My Utama Spice Review – Lavender Rules!
I loved the products and I especially love the mission statement. It is great when a company has taken the stand to support our environment and not just take from it without replenishing or caring much. Trying any of these products will surely put a smile on your face, and softness to your body, a pleasant smell for your nose, and some added moisture for your hair.
All the best.
 Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri_Hita_Karana
 Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavandula
I have been gifted the products for this review and it is based on my personal thoughts and experience.
Images courtesy of Pixabay and Utama.
Updated March 2020
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