April 8,2018

Essential Oil Skincare DIY Recipes


I promised I would share some recipes for my favorite Skin/Essential Oil DIYs, so here they are!

Beauty Elixir

This recipe is a dupe for the Caudalie Beauty Elixir.  This spray is meant to be hydrating, refreshing, invigorating, and can be used multiple times a day.  For this recipe, purchase a 2 ounce aluminum or glass spray bottle.  I purchase a lot of my supplies on Amazon.

1 ounce distilled water

.25 ounce rose water

.25 ounce witch hazel

5 drops peppermint EO

10 drops Myrrh EO

10 drops Lavender EO

10 drops Rosemary EO

10 drops Orange EO

5 drops Neroli EO

5 drops Rose EO

1/4 tsp. organic vegetable glycerin

1/4 tsp. organic aloe vera gel

after essential oils are dropped in, fill to the bottom of the neck of the bottle with distilled water.  Put the spray cap on, shake well, and then spritz  on face liberally.

Beauty Oil/Serum

Handmade and blended face oils are my favorite!  For this lightweight serum/oil, I used Organic Rosehip Oil as a base.  I used a 1 ounce glass dropper bottle, dropped in essential oils first, then filled the bottle to the top with the rosehip oil.

*almost* 1 oz. organic rosehip oil

20 drops frankincense EO

20 drops lavender EO

20 drops patchouli EO

10 drops blue tansy EO

I apply just a few drops of this oil to my face or into my moisturizer, AM & PM for an extra luminous glow.

My favorite source for essential oils is Young Living.  Their Seed to Seal promise resonates with my belief system.  They own and co-op with their own farms and farmers, and are passionate about organic and sustainable farming ❤️

The Premium Starter Kit is a great way to get started with essential oils, and we have an awesome wellness community you can join to learn all about how to use oils in your everyday life, and how they can support your health and wellness.

Follow THIS LINK to become a wholesale member.  You’ll get a starter kit with 11 oils and the Desert Mist diffuser. You can create an online account and save 24% on products, and join my members-only Facebook group with all of our tips, resources, education, and recipes.

You can join my team this month and get a deluxe travel size of the Beauty/Oil Serum as a free thank you gift.

xo Allison

August 8,2017

Our Newest Eminence Organics Products


Have you tried the new MicroGreens collection from Eminence?  I haven’t been this excited about a product collection probably since the Strawberry Rhubarb products.  I very rarely bring home an entire new collection of products, but I am such a fan of these!  Let me start out by saying that unless you have extreme cystic acne, you can definitely use the Cleansing Oil.  Some days I like to use it as a first cleanse.  Other days, if my skin feels dry or dehydrated, and I get to take a long, luxurious bath and give myself a facial, I’ll use it as my only cleanser, and go ahead and layer some Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant over top of it and let the steam from the bath steam up my skin and my pores.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Stone Crop Cleansing Oil

Infused with moisturizing sunflower and jojoba oils, brightening stone crop and supercharged microgreens, this light and luxurious formula gently removes makeup and deeply cleanses to deliver dewier, softer looking skin after every use. … Wet face to emulsify oil, if desired, and rinse thoroughly.  I cannot tell you enough how good this feels on the skin and how good it smells.

Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant

This powder-to-foam exfoliant employs microgreens, stone crop and rice flour with adzuki powder to infuse skin with a youthful looking glow. With its light fizzing action, this revitalizing formula gently invigorates the skin and removes impurities to reveal a beautiful, brighter looking complexion.  When you add just a few drops of water to the fizzofoliant powder, it immediately starts to fizz. The gentle grit of this product feels amazing on the skin!  And, it really brings up oxygen to the skin, helps get rid of oil and dirt in pores, and is perfect to use 2-3 times a week!

Lotus Overnight Detoxifying Treatment

Wake up to revitalized and radiant looking skin. Infused with hydrating lotus, potent microgreens and moisturizing melt-in jojoba oil beads, this lightweight gel cream prevents transepidermal water loss, supercharges the skin and defends against drying environmental stressors overnight.  Suitable for all skin types, this luxurious treatment seals in moisture to reveal a perfectly dewy complexion by morning.  This is a light formula and can be worn day and night, and is perfect for dehydrated skin.  Can be used as a treatment under another moisturizer if you are more on the dry side.  I now have the large professional size of this at home and use as my day and night moisturizer.  It absorbs quickly, and helps my skin so much because I sweat a lot during hot yoga, so I feel like I need the perfect light hydrators, and this is amazing!  This is highly recommended for all skin types!

NEW!!  Bright Skin Overnight Correcting Cream

A night cream for hyperpigmentation is here!!  Brighten skin with this ultra-rich moisturizer formulated to address the look of hyperpigmentation while you sleep. It delivers potent actives that visibly reduce the look of age and dark spots for a luminous complexion. In combination with a Natural Hydroquinone Alternative, these actives create our most powerful skin brightening botanical blend to date.  The Bright Skin Collection is complete!  We now have cleanser, two targeted treatments, day cream, night cream, and masque.  If you are concerned with hyperpigmentation, the Bright Skin Collection is for you!

Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm SPF 15

My clients have been asking for this for years!  Eminence lip balm in a convenient tube!  And this one has SPF!  Don’t forget about your lips when you’re out in the sun all day.  Toss the oxybenzones and petroleum products, and make sure you’re using organic and all-natural products, and a zinc oxide or titanium dioxide physical sunscreen.  It’s 2017 – time to kick the chemicals to the curb!

This Eminence Organic lip balm draws its moisturizing properties from ingredients like rosehip oil and organic extra virgin olive oil rather than petroleum, wax or lanolin. Formulated to smooth and hydrate dry lips, it’s enriched with rosehip oil packed with EFAs, vitamins C and E and betacarotene, and olive oil containing vitamins A and E for dry skin. These oils mimic the sebum naturally produced by our bodies, resulting in long-term hydration for the lips.

Organic skin care makes me happy!  I’m of the philosophy that less is more.  By less, I mean less clutter in my bathroom.  Not less when it comes to performance and active ingredients.  I do collect  Eminence skincare products, but I budget and plan to purchase 2-3 new products every quarter.  I choose my new products based on what my skin is like for that season.  Then I enjoy my skin care ritual every day, and a full at-home facial on Sundays.
Let us help you with customized organic products just for your skin!  And then enjoy your ritual at home as part of your self-care regiment.
xo Allison

March 6,2017

Seasonal Transition Skin Care


So, we’re at that time of year, in between seasons, when the weather is confused and so is our skin.  I want to highlight a few products that are sure to keep your skin fresh and clear, and ready to transition into the season.

Pear & Poppyseed Microderm Polisher

This is a pretty amazing, somewhat aggressive exfoliant.  This is Eminence’s answer to microdermabrasion.  In fact, they compare the results of two swipes of a microderm machine with a manual exfoliation (at home) for 5-10 minutes.  Éminence Pear and Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher exfoliates and smoothes while protecting the complexion from damaging free radicals that cause premature aging. Its skin brightening formula polishes dull, dry skin for a rejuvenated appearance. All that’s left is a soft, supple complexion.

Ideal for most skin types, this microdermabrasion scrub is formulated with natural ingredients to polish the complexion. Poppy seeds and fine walnut gently exfoliate, apricot kernel oil softens and soothes skin, alfalfa extract nourishes and green tea, pear and apple extracts offer antioxidant protection from free radicals.

When your skin seems confused, or just blah, this is the product for you.  Slough away dead skin, and brighten things back up.  Ideal use is once a week.

Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment

I am loving Hungarian Herbal Mud right now.  I just feel like my skin needs stimulated, but I also need some mud to help detoxify, and draw out impurities, oil, and toxins from my skin.  This spicy hot treatment is exactly what I need when my skin is confused, dull, and I have some stray blemishes here and there.

World-famous Hungarian thermal mud benefits all skin types by naturally detoxifying the skin, opening pores, eliminating toxins and increasing circulation. Cinnamon gives antibacterial properties, ivy is high in vitamin C, sage tones and heals, and paprika gives stimulation and natural antioxidants. Skin will be left soft, supple and glowing from within.

Lime Stimulating Masque

If blemishes aren’t your problem, but aging and hormonal skin are, this is the treatment for you.  Everyone can benefit from this stimulating, hormone-balancing treatment, but it’s especially beneficial if you want firmer, lifted skin and that rosy glow that comes from a great facial with some heat stimulation.

Revitalize and brighten your complexion with our Lime Stimulating Masque. The natural phytohormones and vitamins will leave your skin appearing rosy with increased circulation. Note that this active masque will leave a normal redness for up to two hours after treatment.

Strawberry Rhubarb Masque

My all-time favorite masque, and a favorite to sleep in as an overnight treatment.  This masque very gently exfoliates the skin with lactic acid, but also will plump up fine lines with hyaluronic acid.  I wake up and my skin is as smooth as a baby’s bottom….seriously.  This masque is beautiful for all skin types, as nearly everyone’s skin is dehydrated.

This rich and moisturizing mask revives the skin for a truly replenishing treatment. Strawberry extract exfoliates and penetrates pores to remove dirt and impurities and reveal new skin cells, while rhubarb tones and heals. The antioxidant-rich mask helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and hydrate the skin for a truly fresh face.

Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil

The Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil is an effective facial treatment comprised of a blend of results-oriented actives and ingredients that provide intense hydration and protection. Designed as a complementary product to the Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum, this facial oil fights the signs of aging, smooths wrinkles and hydrates deeply. For use with all skin types.

Increase collagen production and soothe skin with Eminence Rosehip Triple C + E Firming Oil. With its multiple botanical forms of vitamins C and E, including rosehip, jojoba and seabuckthorn oils, this non-greasy facial oil provides intense hydration while protecting skin against environmental stressors. The nourishing formula also helps to fight glycation and improve the appearance of redness and inflammation, making it ideal for sensitive skin. With regular use, you can diminish fine lines and wrinkles and achieve a healthy, youthful complexion.

Enjoy all these seasonal & transitional favorites.  These are all amazing to add to your Eminence collection.  You can request the use of any and all of these products when you come in for a customized Eminence facial at Riversong Spa.

xo Allison

March 1,2017

March Class & Workshop Schedule


We are proud to publish our March Schedule.  As always, we have lots of yoga & Pilates classes to choose from.  We are also offering several group sound healing sessions, and we have Gus, our acupuncturist, two weekends – the weekend of March 4-5 and also March 18-19.  In fact, we are having quite the hullaballoo the weekend of the 18-19, and we hope you’ll plan to attend.  We’ll have guest speakers, seminars, classes, special yoga classes and workshops, and Hannah Maguire – a local community herbalist who will also be offering private consultations.  More details for the Health & Wellness Weekend to come, but in the meantime, we are scheduling appointments for private acupuncture sessions with Gus, and private herbal consultations with Hannah.


xo Allison

September 1,2016

September Yoga & Pilates Schedule


The schedule is ready for September!  We hope to see you on the mat at a yoga or Pilates class.  We are also happy to have some special workshops coming up.

We have a Beginners Yoga workshop on Tuesday, September 13th at 7:30 pm, taught by Sheray Efaw – WV YogaGirl.  You can call 304.997.5356 to register in advance, or use the MindBody website or app to sign-up.

xo Allison

July 27,2016

Repair & Protect – a New Collection from Eminence


Summer is in full swing, and it seems like everyone I know is off to the beach, their favorite theme park, or spending days at the ball field.   However, along with the benefits of fresh air and activity come the sobering negatives of UV exposure, pollution and harsh elements. Daily aggressors in your environment – including sun, wind, water and snow – exacerbate skin conditions, taking their toll on your complexion and drying out your skin.

To defend yourself against the harshness of the elements, we introduce the Repair and Protect Collection. Our latest line-up of products is specifically formulated to combat environmental stressors including UV rays and the drying effects of pollution, wind, and rain. This collection is your secret weapon against the elements and anything else the seasons throw your way.

This revolutionary super balm uses the power of Natural Repair Complex to fight dry skin caused by elemental exposure. A few dabs of this ultra-rich cream will repair, soothe and reduce redness for dry skin.

A lightweight moisturizer for both face and body, this hydrator can be used under the Repair Balm to lock in moisture, repair dry skin and reduce redness caused by dryness. Camphor and menthol also generate a cooling sensation, perfect for refreshing the face and body after exposure to the elements.

Repair and protect when you’re on the go or at the beach.REPAIR & PROTECT STARTER SET
Repair and protect when you’re on the go or at the beach. Including the Stone Crop Gel Wash, Rosehip & Lemongrass Soothing Hydrator, Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm and Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 32, this collection of products is a perfect introduction and ideal for travel.

Look out for the Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm SPF 15 which will be joining the collection soon. The rosehip oil in this organic treatment soothes weather-ravaged dry lips, rejuvenating lavender helps restore softness, while zinc oxide provides natural SPF 15 protection against the sun’s harmful rays. This balm helps tone, repair and refresh dry lips.

Are you a Winter Warrior, Urban Commuter, Beach Goddess or Outdoor Enthusiast? Let us know in the comments which product you would like to try.

 We can’t wait for you to try out our new facial -

Organic Rosehip & Lemongrass Facial

This summer fresh facial gives the ultimate healing and protection for all skin types. A synergy of organic ingredients including Rosehip and Rosemary will give 2X faster cell regeneration. Revel in healthy skin with this all new organic facial.

Hope to see you soon!

xo Allison

November 26,2015

Pure Inventions Water Enhancements


Introducing another new line of products that we have introduced.  And, another product we found at iSPA.  Water is so important.  Our lives are so busy.  It is common to not get enough water to drink.  It’s common to not slow down enough during the busy work day and hustle and bustle of the weekend to make sure that you are really hydrating your body and taking the time for your body to do its jobs of rejuvenating, digesting, and healing.

Pure Inventions water enhancements were developed by a pair of clinical nutritionists who wanted to provide a healthy alternative to flavored water drinks.  A lot of flavored waters are falsely promoted as being healthy when they’re really loaded with artificial sweeteners, flavors, and chemicals.  A lot of times, these drinks will contain an unhealthy amount of sugars and carbohydrates.  Pure Inventions water enhancements are free of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners.  They are gluten free and contain stevia as an all-natural sweetener.  In addition, they contain beneficial ingredients, vitamins, minerals, and other supplements.  So far, we have already sold out of our original order, and are happy to be re-stocked in time for the holidays.

Below is a list and description of the flavors we carry:

Pure Coconut Water is delicious and a great way to get yourself and anyone in your world to drink more water while enjoying the added benefits! Enjoy at the gym, in a water bottle, lunch box water bottles, golf course and beach hydration! In sparkling water with fresh lime – the most delicious and healthy way to hydrate!

A delicious, refreshing healthy alternative to high sugared , high calorie, bitter tasting cranberry juices – especially delicious in ice cold water or sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon! Or try it in hot water with a cinnamon stick for a delicious after dinner “toddy”! Enjoy at home or on the go a smart way to hydrate and provide your body with healthy antioxidants!

Love your liver, with a daily dose of detox. Enjoy daily as an enhancement to a protein shake or green drink or just in a glass of water. Great every day for an easy way to support optimal health!

When sleep is not easy. Enjoy NIGHT to help you get a restful sleep with natural botanicals – this delicious pear flavor will surely help you achieve your sweet dreams naturally. Supports restful sleep naturally. Ideal blend of Melatonin, Valerian root and L-Theanine for restful sleep with Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils

A delicious, refreshing healthy alternative to high sugared, high calorie pomegranate juices – especially delicious in sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon! Enjoy at home or on the go a smart way to hydrate and provide your body with healthy antioxidants!

This is a great way to get your greens – greens are so important for healthy red blood cells and immune support! Add PI greens daily to a shake, fresh green juices but best of all it’s delicious on its own- great way to energize the start of your day!

Tranquility is a little miracle to have around when life has you feeling a little anxious or stressed out…enjoy in hot or cold water to help you calm down, relax and unwind. Whether it’s before getting on a plane, after a challenging day at work, when dealing with one of life’s bumps in the road or to simply enjoy when looking for a nice way to end your day – enjoy as a great any day beverage.


We hope to have all of the flavors available to “taste test” at our Holiday Open House.  Hope to see you there!

xo Allison

November 8,2015

Raindrop Technique



We are excited to introduce the Young Living’s proprietary Raindrop Technique.

The treatment offers a unique, targeted massage and energy approach with pure, authentic essential oils for a deeply harmonizing, rejuvenating, and relaxing experience. The technique, developed by Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young, draws from his experience with Lakota wellness traditions and provides a revolutionary means of nurturing harmony—physically, mentally, and emotionally.

This signature process takes approximately 1 hour to complete and is $90.  Please contact us to schedule.

July 19,2015

The Fountain of Truth


Want the secret to longer lasting youthful looking skin?

The beautiful Sophia Loren who gracefully aged

The answer is simpler than you think, it breaks down to  2-factors: How hard you live (lifestyle), and What you put in your body. This all sounds very cliché, however, when I was taking a Theatrical Make-up Class in college we really focused on the aging process. Basically the 2-factors listed above can affect how you age and how it will ultimately affect your skin. Sun-lovers,stress, alcohol, smoking, sleep, and genetics all play a big part in the breakdown of your skin. Here are some tips and tricks to aid in slowing down the aging process and possibly even reversing some of the damage


I cannot stress enough the major role water plays in the appearance of your skin. It not only hydrates and provides necessary nutrients, but is also acts as a plumping and glow agent to your skin. We all loathe cellulite…water also helps diminish the appearance of dimpling. Aim for at least 1oz per pound. So for example if you weigh 150lbs, aim to drink 150oz. This can be a challenging task, a great way to start is by purchasing a water bottle that holds 48oz or more, and partially freezing it so it stays cold. Add lemon, lime, mint, or cucumber for a little zest. This will ease the hassle of ensuring your getting in your daily need.



We all get tired and lazy, but washing your face 2-3x a day (depending on your PH balance & lifestyle) is crucial to removing sweat and make-up which can clog pores. Washing your face should be like brushing your teeth..a must! On a daily basis upon waking, after working out, before bed these are times which are most definitely necessary. There are so many cleansers on the market, perhaps you don’t know which one is right for you.

The protective antioxidants in our Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser will energize your skin’s look and feel. The secret ingredient is our exclusive Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex, which hydrates and invigorates skin to give it that look of elasticity. Tea tree oil helps prevent the look of breakouts and finely ground olive seed gently exfoliates for revitalized and fresher looking skin.

For those with even the most sensitive skin, our Stone Crop Gel Wash washes away impurities without drying out the skin. The oil-free extracts help even skin tone and minimize the appearance of blemishes to leave a healthy complexion.


Brighten the appearance of skin and reduce the signs of aging with the help of our Bright Skin Cleanser. For normal to dry skin types, this cleanser uses two actives – Gigawhite and a Natural Hydroquinone Alternative – to give skin the appearance of being brighter and younger looking.


At a younger age I would just wash my face, it wasn’t until I started repping for a cosmetic company that I fully understood how import it is to use toner and moisturize daily. Toner removes all the dirt, oil, and grime that your face wash didn’t get.  Followed by properly moisturzing. Why is a moisturizer so important? Using moisturizer has proven benefits for the skin over the long haul. Hydration is what allows skin to function at peak performance. Skin cells in this condition can rapidly repair themselves and turnover fresh cells, which means huge anti-aging benefits down the road. In this study from the British Journal of Dermatology, those who used moisturizer were found to develop wrinkles at a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin (birchbox).  There are so many varieties on the market. Sometimes because our skin changes throughout seasons, aging, exposure, etc..trial of different kinds can be beneficial to finding out what works the best for your skin.

Glo minerals has a wide variety of toners for every skin type



30minutes of donating a little sweat to the fitness gods can pay off more than one way. Sure, most of exercise to stay fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle, but getting the blood pumping can seriously benefit your complexion. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. “Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin,” says Ellen Marmur, MD, author of Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman’s Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin and associate professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. So go ahead and don’t be afraid to sweat a little.

The colors and names alone will grab your attention! Eminence has a wide abudance of AMAZING moisturizes. My personal fav is the Rose Hips Whip Moisturizer



There’s nothing I love better than a good detoxifying mask! Once a week after a workout I, when my pores are open, I’ll wash my face with warm water and cleanser than apply Eminence’s Balancing Masque Duo. The best thing about this mask is, I can actually feel it working. It has two sides: Charcoal T-Zone Purifier and Eminence Pomelo Cheek Treatment. This masque duo was formulated to mattify the oily t-zone while drawing out deep down impurities and leaving skin refreshed, clear and hydrated.

Eminence Balancing Duo Masque leaves your skin glowing, feeling bright and clean!


Get regular facials! Not only will it relax you, but also good to “rebalance” your skin one to two times a month. Discuss your aging conerns with both your Esthetician and your Dermatologist, they can guide in the right direction to minimize your aging ales.

Get your Zzzz’s! Those who are well rested are less stressed, more energetic, and more positive, playing a huge part on dark circles,and fine lines and wrinkles.

Relax! Aging is a part of life, but you can do it gracefully or you can panic!!! Gracefully is a lot more serene.


October 6,2012

Health Food Report


Lately I’ve been trying to be strict about eating gluten & dairy-free.  I have a lot of food sensitivities, and I am trying to re-engage myself in the kitchen making new things that are delicious and don’t upset my stomach.  I have found a wonderful new website called Elana’s Pantry that features recipes that are gluten-free, paleo, and more!  The above photograph is her Paleo Pumpkin Bread, which is absolutely delicious, and exactly the kind of food I’m craving this time of year.

I quickly ordered her cookbook.  All of the recipes use almond-flour and are gluten-free.  There are pizza crusts, pie crusts, breads, and lots of delicious foods that I can’t wait to make.

Other ingredients I’ve found to be helpful are:

Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour

Canned Organic Pumpkin

Fine Ground Celtic Sea Salt

There are additional products that Elana recommends, and I’m slowly trying to re-stock my pantry and make my own creations in the kitchen.  Last night, for example, I grabbed brown rice penne pasta, dredged thin chicken breast in egg wash and almond meal, sauteed that in olive oil until crispy.  Then I grabbed a jar of Muir Glen Organic marinara sauce, shoved in a mix of spinach and arugula leaves, added some more sea salt and Italian spices and simmered until the greens wilted.  I served it up, and it was really filling and delicious.

Here’s to healthier eating!  What are your favorite gluten & dairy-free recipes?

xo Allison