The End of The Line

It has not been easy for me to admit this to myself, let alone anyone else. But I can no longer delay informing you that after much consideration I have decided to discontinue the Anu Essentials Line of Hair Products with the exception of the Hair Oils. Our botanically infused Hair Oils have been handmade by yours truly since 1980 and will continue on.

In the current stock there are just a dozen or so of the Deep Conditioner and a couple of dozen of the Nourishing Gel Shampoo and Moisture Rich Conditioner. But due to a recent delivery there is enough Leave-In-Conditioner, Luscious Curling Cream and Soft Set Gel to last through the spring and summer. Yes, I know. I’m more heart broken than you can imagine over this reality. But at this point I must cut my losses.

My focus now is on my true love, botanical elements (herbs and essential oils) and all the ways I can infuse them into our lives. This includes Body Care, Essential Oil remedies (soon to come) mood enhancers that include our Refresh and Spiritual Spritzers, Perfumes and semi-precious, gem stone jewels. We will also be offering unique home and environment fragrances to enliven, cleanse and enhance your breathing space. It is our plan to expand in all the above categories.

As one who has been studying the healing arts for many years, I have studied Chinese Medicine, I am a Certified Yoga Instructor, and Reiki Practitioner, the desire to heal is a part of my DNA.  The infusion of herbal based beauty and environmental care products of Anu Essentials are an extension of my desire to offer natural healing solutions that beautify and inspire. I will be turning 60 years young this month and what better time than now to fulfill my soul’s desire to heal and beautify using the gifts from God, via nature?

Anu Prestonia – Yoga photo session, summer 2016

I would like offer my heart felt appreciation to all those who have supported Anu Essentials line of Natural Hair Products over these four years. We encourage you to stock up on the Hair Products you like most, while they last. I have! Due to the quality and cost of manufacturing the products, there will be no sale or reduction of prices.

Last but not least, Great News!!! We are very excited to inform you that in the coming days, we will be launching a new Anu Essentials website.  Stay tune.  And Many Thanks!



Liquid Jewels

This photo was taken during a particular moment of inspiration.  While bottling our Hair and Scalp Oils all at once I was enchanted by the colors of the oils and I wanted to try my hand at capturing their beauty with my camera. Often when we’ve been around something for years, in my case over 30 years, it becomes easy to believe we know everything there is to know and experience about that thing, that there will be no more surprises. Then out of nowhere, magic, you’re seeing this familiar thing with fresh eyes. 

I noticed within the colors of these oils there are nuances because they are natural.  Each batch is unique, their essences with their particular colors are produced from elements over time that are provided by nature.  Unlike synthetic oils that are static, nature lives, breathes and changes from one day to the next, and often from one moment to the next, just as we do.

Natural oils amaze me.  Their “liquid-ness”, the way they glide over surfaces, they way they offer easement.  I find them magical!  With base oils such as castor, olive, almond, safflower for example the oils that are thicker in weight take longer to pour while some others splash out more easily.  It’s as if each has its own personality. Then there are the botanical oils.  That’s where the accelerated and deeply mysterious experiences occur.  Oh, the aromas, the colors!  There is the viscous nature of each.  Some are thin and light while others can be as thick as paste and dark as tar with hints of blues or greens.  Each one is like a journey to the land from which they hail.  Lavender used in our Herbal Hair Oil is from France.  The citruses for the Golden Blossom are from Italy, Florida, and China, while the ylang ylang is from Madagascar.  Resins used in the Honey Suckle Peru balsam are from Peru and benzoin is from Indonesia.  In our Medicinal Hair Oil we have rosemary from Morocco, tea tree oil from Australia, thyme from Turkey, and the list goes on and on, from all over the planet.  Each of these locations provides a specific kind of environment that is conducive for these specific plants to grow, thrive and be harvested.  Side bar: climate change is affecting all plant life.  In some cases vastly reducing availability and thereby, increasing prices.

Resin drops on a apricot tree trunk. Macro shot.
Resin drops on a apricot tree trunk. Macro shot.

Back to the colors… Our Honeysuckle scented with resins are rich earthen in color, the Herbal scented with lavender is an emerald green, the Golden Blossom scented with citrus oils has a bright orange hue, the Medicinal with all its herbs has a base of olive oil which presents as greenish brown and the Green Tea, is nearly clear.  Each liquid jewel seduces me with its own unique brand of beauty and I was inspired to lay them in my garden and capture them with my camera.  “Click!” Captured.