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Solstice Scents started serving the local Gainesville, FL area in 2004.  We originally sold soap, lotion, salts, candles, 
body oil, loose hand blended incense
powders, dream pillows, eye pillows and neck pillows. We took our orders
on order forms printed on parchment paper, hand wrote all of our tags and attached
them with satin ribbon and
affixed our familiar mastic tree labels to bottles with rubber cement. Customers were able to select ala carte fresh
made items
directly off the order form, including customizing candle color or fabric choices. Bath salts were offered
in upcycled Monin syrup bottles from the coffee
shop Angela used to work at, topped with corks ordered from a wine
supplier.


The business has evolved significantly since that time, though the same spirit, inspiration and aesthetic is infused
into each item. While we no longer offer
custom made items, all products are made with the same attention to
detail and in small batches to ensure freshness. Our labels are designed in house with
the original mastic tree
logo. The labels are applied by hand to the products. Eac
h fragrance is still handwritten on the product label to this day.

Gainesville is unique in that it is a very green city. We have an abundance of wildlife, parks and water systems that shape the
beauty of the region. Inhabiting our area are
deer, foxes, rabbits, coyotes, armadillos, raccoons, turtles, gopher tortoises, turkey,
squirrels, many snakes and other reptiles and a tremendous variety of birds, including Angela's personal favorite: the Carolina Wren.
We live next door to an
amazing natural wonder known as Devil's Millhopper, a si
nkhole with steps leading 120 feet down into its heart.
It is a lush and majestic rain forest-like terrain associated with a dark legend
. Just 3 miles from our home is the 7000 acre San Felasco
Hammock Preserve. San Felasco features a variety of landscapes from prairie to swamp to hardwood forests. These
terrains are made
pos
sible by the extreme changes in topography within the area. Conquistadors marched through the park itself and the very land the
homes in our
area sit on. Even today, when we are tilling the garden, we still find ancient Native American pottery pieces and stone
tool fragments. The area is rich in history and natural wonders that inspire us. San Felasco is
one of our favorite places. Angela grew
up in a neighborhood that connects to the park and is now incorporated into the park itself. She spent a great deal of time in those
woods and exploring the trails in her area from a young age. Growing up
in a hammock was a stepping stone into her appreciation
for plants and herbs of all kinds. Exploring the natural world led to a strong interest in natural
healing, holistic medicine, natural history,
herb use and lore, aromatherapy, Eastern medicine and other alternative healing modalities and practices. These studies led to
an
interest in handcrafted holistic remedies and bath and body care including salves, facial care, soaps, salts, tinctures and much more.
Eventually Solstice Scents was born.


We are proud supporters of our local Humane Society and Second Chance
Farms rescue. Our dogs Blix,
Daphne, Krueger and Courtney are rescues (who rescued who?) and they are our most cherished companions. Our
tarantula, Mandragora,
and six hens share our home and heart as well.


When not working on Solstice Scents, Greg and Angela enjoy organic gardening in our backyard herb
and produce garden. We also enjoy spending time working in our greenhouse tending to our collection of
exotic succulents and cacti.

We are thrilled with the response to the products as well as the relationships we've formed with our customers.
Solstice Scents is
committed to bringing you interesting and quality products and we look forward to doing so for many years to come.


   


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