Monday, March 24, 2014

Brand Focus: The Mystic Masala

The Ayruvedic world is one I know very little about. From what I've read, the general idea behind it is self healing. Of course it goes far more in depth but, to avoid confusing myself I'll just leave it at that.
When I was approached about trying The Mystic Masala, the intriguing woman and concept behind the brand was hard to deny, including that they're based in Canada.
When you first come to experience the divine fragrances of The Mystic Masala, you may find yourself transported to the Malabar Spice Coast, or perhaps to a sangoma’s apothecary in the Southern reaches of Africa; you may even imagine yourself on a vibrant stroll through a bustling New York City marketplace. None of these sensations would be too strange as Glynnis Osher has drawn from all of these. 
Glynnis was born and raised in South Africa, immigrated to New York in her 20’s and has traveled through India and to both US coasts, gathering knowledge of Ayurvedic practices. 
In April of 1997, Glynnis was drawn to The Wise Earth School of Ayurveda in North Carolina and embraced the teachings of the School Director and Vedic monk, Maya Tiwari (Sri Swamini Mayatitananda), graduating in the ‘Food Sadhana’ program, later returning to the school to assist in two Food Sadhana programs and integrating this work into her personal life. 
The Pacific Northwest provided Glynnis with other avenues to broaden her knowledge. In Seattle, she taught Ayurvedic spice workshops and cooking classes, including a 3 month credit class to nutrition students at Bastyr University. In 2002, Glynnis graduated as an Ayurvedic practitioner from the AYU Academy at Bastyr. From there, she developed further hands-on workshops to create one’s own pharmacopoeia of home cosmetics using essential spice and herbal oils, ground grains, beans, seeds, nuts and spices. Glynnis’ interactive workshops of toasting, grinding, chanting, and melding continue to be strongly influenced by her diverse studies and the colors, rituals and practices of both India and her native South Africa. 
These seeds of experience, exploration and a passionate love of Ayurveda, gracefully blossomed in mid-2003 when she launched The Mystic Masala. All this plus a background as an art director, designer and illustrator makes Glynnis a lively masala indeed! As one can readily see in the crafting of her product line, Glynnis’ love of aesthetics is strongly evident — as is her strong belief in social responsibility. And this is only the beginning. Now based in Vancouver, Canada, Glynnis and The Mystic Masala plan to continue introducing people to the beauty and wisdom of Ayurveda through their exquisite aromatherapy products.
 Read more about The Spice Mistress (love that title) and The Mystic Masala here.

Glynnis was kind enough to send me a box of goodies that included a *Kapha Spicebodhi Soap, *Spicebodhi Kapha Body Oil, *SpiceLove Perfume Oil, *Mixed Tealight Tower, and a few miniature *samples. I will be including the mini samples in a big-ish giveaway, keep your eyes peeled.

Kapha Spicebodhi SoapWe are excited to offer a beautiful therapeutic line of Ayurvedic herbal body and shampoo bars. Carefully created blends bring balance to the doshas, shimmering beauty to the body and refreshment to the spirit. The skin is nourished by consistent care and each blend is designed to work not only topically, but also to restore health on a subtle deep tissue level.
Ingredients: An invigorating blend of coconut, palm, sunflower and olive oils, honey, neem leaves, lemongrass and haritaki, essential oils of lemongrass, lemon and ginger.
Retails for $8 CDN for a 3.5 oz bar.

For starters, the box that this soap comes in is absolutely beautiful! Wouldn't you agree? The soap itself is also beautiful. It lathers really well and leaves my body feeling squeaky clean without drying it out. The strong smokey citrus scent has quickly grown on me and, although it doesn't linger for long, I look forward to filling my bathroom with its scent. Aside from being totally natural, it's also 100% biodegradable. Of all the products sent to me from The Mystic Masala, this is hands down my favourite.

Spicebodhi Kapha Body Oil: Our naturally exquisite Ayurvedic body oils are made at a womens’ fair trade cooperative in Nepal. The herbs are sustainably wildcrafted assuring the highest quality ingredients and care. The highest vibrational oils without any additives or preservatives. Beautifully gentle for daily massage of body and face. A routine of daily self-massage is an essential part of an Ayurvedic practice to restore and balance your unique skin type. Formulated to refresh and enliven.
Ingredients: An invigorating blend of olive, mustard, grapeseed, and vitamin E base oils, essential oils of lemongrass, ginger, black pepper, infused wildcrafted herbs of neem, haritaki, lemongrass.
Retails for $18 CDN for 50 ml.

I love me a good body oil and this one is great, except for the scent. It's very nourishing and absorbs quickly, leaving the skin soft, never greasy. Unlike the body bar, this oil has more of a spicy citrus scent that lingers all day long. Not my favourite scent, that's for sure. It's great as a daily body oil but excels as a massage oil. With it's ginger and black pepper essential oils, it quickly tingles/warms up to soothe sore muscles and joints. I've mainly been using it as that and can't get enough!

SpiceLove Perfume Oil: An exquisite and ridiculously sexy new love oil created from our just-arrived essential oils from France, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and India. Just wait until you sniff this gorgeous blend! The prana, light and beauty emanating from this little aromatic roll-on is so desirable, you will fall in love! This exquisite 100% pure essential oil blend boldly expresses the beauty and sensuality of the white lotus flower—nelumbo nusefera, known as ‘sacred lotus’—masterfully melding with French ylang ylang, Indian rosewood, African myrrh and a drop of Indonesian patchouli, all in a carrier blend of organic almond/sunflower oil. 
Retails for $20.95 CDN for 10 ml

I've come to learn that I don't enjoy floral scents and this one is no exception. I do, however, enjoy that it's small enough to pop in your makeup bag/purse and that it contains a rollerball applicator. The scent, of course, fades throughout the day but lasted a good 5+ hours (on me) before needing to be reapplied. I've passed it on to my grandma and she loves it, if that says anything.

Mixed Tealight Tower: Enlighten me. A pure Ayurvedic aromatherapy candle with 100% essential oils and lead-free cotton wicks. Hand poured in Canada.
VATA: 100% pure essential oils of basil, cardamom, sweet orange and vetiver
PITTA: 100% pure essential oils of peppermint, coriander, and fennel.
KAPHA: 100% pure essential oils of ginger, cinnamon, and lemon.
TRIDOSHIC: 100% pure essential oils of geranium, spikenard, and bergamot.
Retails for $25.95 CDN for 12 tealights.

I was initially going to pass these over to my boss, to test out for the spa, but ended up giving them a go myself first because Kapha and Pitta smelled too good to pass up. Again, Kapha in candle form smells different from the bar soap and body oil. It has a sweet citrus scent and! Ready for it? They let off no scent once lit. Even with all three of the same dosha burning at the same time, in my small bathroom, I smelled nada. Such a shame. If anyone knows whether the larger versions let off more scent, kindly let me know.

All in all, I think that The Mystic Masala is great. Whether you understand Ayruvedic practices or not, you can still enjoy all of the healing/therapeutic benefits of each hand crafted product. If scents are an issue for you, keep in mind these products are all very fragrant. 

Have you ever heard of or tried any of these products? Do you know much about Ayruvedic practices or even which dosha you are?

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*Products provided for review consideration. All opinions are my own.


  1. I'm like you, I know very little about Ayruvedic practices, I'm also fussy about fragrance so don't like overpowering products

  2. What timing! I actually liked that the candles don't have the strongest smell, but then you know me and scents :) I'll have to try the soaps next, I think!

    1. seriously! I'm fine with the candles not having a strong smell but, woulda been nice to have some smell when lit lol. A nice light fragrance would have been lovely. xo

  3. Gorgeous products + great photos! Ayurveda really intrigues me, though I know hardly anything about it...I tried Natural E's Ayurvedic Cleansing Grains and they were unlike anything I'd ever smelled or used. Now I want to try more, so thanks for the intro to this brand!

    - Jennifer

    1. Thanks lovely! I've never heard of Natural E, will have to check them out. I'd love to hear your experience with The Mystic Masala, if you end up trying anything xo


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