Bringing nature inside

At the beginning of the summer I had a wonderful opportunity to take a long-overdue vacation out west with my husband and kids. I am so glad we waited until now, the kids are older; 14, 20 and 23 and I feel like everyone appreciated the wonder of this beautiful country we live in and just hanging out with the family. While traveling and seeing the beautiful scenery; waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, fields of flowers, geysers and yes even the smell of rotten eggs of the hot springs. It reminded me of how important a role our senses play in creating those special memories. Nature plays such an important part in our lives. Even at home, I try to bring nature into our house with plants, colors and textures. I guess that is why Moss Hill was so easy and such a natural fit for me when it was created in 2001. One of my favorite plants that seemed to cover all the gorgeous valleys and fields out west is the Blue Sage. Just rubbing the sprigs between your fingers releases this intoxicating scent of lemon and sage with a warm earthiness that just makes you want to keep smelling your fingers all day! Maybe next time you’re out roaming around in your yard or in a park, try to get to know a new fragrance. Like we say in Moss Hill ‘Take time to stop and smell the fragrances in life…”     



Don't Bug Me!

I have got to say that I LOVE summer! I love the warmth, the sunshine, flip flops, outside activities and water! In fact, Olaf from the movie Frozen is a guy after my own heart. He’s a cute snowman and yet he loves Summer! One thing I bet Olaf does not have to deal with in the summer is MOSQUITOES! I am one of those people that mosquitoes just love - can you relate?! If there is a mosquito within a 10 mile radius it will find me to bite! I’ve read that they are attracted to certain blood types, certain smells and even how much carbon dioxide a person emits. Interestingly, only female mosquitoes bite. While reading up on this subject it seems those female mosquitoes are not fond of lemon, eucalyptus or peppermint scents. SO, those are exactly the essential oils we use in our Don’t Bug Me bug spray. Patchouli is also a scent many bugs do not abide, if you are a patchouli fan.

We make our bug spray with those three essential oils and a blend of distilled water and witch hazel. It cools, it deters those mean little biters and it soothes the itches you might already have. It’s easy for me to sing the praises of our bug spray but I am not the only one that has had success using it.

Alyssa’s mom told us that they were riding around in a golf cart with friends one evening and having used Don’t Bug Me they did not get bitten while their friends in other carts did. She comes into the store regularly to restock on her mosquito-fighting Don’t Bug Me.

Another customer of ours will not go to the lake without Don’t Bug Me. She says it is her go to bug spray for bite-protection!

Posted on June 13, 2019 .

Meet the Family

One of the lovely things about working with friends is that coming to work, isn't REALLY like coming to work! We would like for you to get to know some of our 'work' family...

Kathy & Patty, like the most of us, wear a couple of hats and one of those is being the smiling face you see when you enter our little oasis in the heart of the Butchertown Market. Along with wrapping and packaging, they help us take care of the lovely people that visit our shop. 

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Lyn & Emily are a vital part of our Moss Hill family. Their hats include those of: production, customer care, packaging, social media and all around go-to-girls!

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Jeanine & Teri

You've likely read about us in 'Our Story' and even after 40 some odd years of being sister-friends we can't seem to break the habit of dressing alike! Quite by accident these days! Unlike, back in the day, when we would call each other to see what the other was wearing. You know you've done that!! But, here we are randomly appearing at work in similar attire....

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Thank you for taking the time to get to know our Moss Hill family. Stop by and see us sometime, we'd love to welcome you to the family, too!

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Posted on June 12, 2018 .

Pride, Prejudice and Lavender

I LOVE Jane Austen books, my very favorite, like for so many, is Pride & Prejudice. This Jane Austen masterpiece was first published on January 28, 1813. Over 200 years ago – I find that amazing! Jane was only 20 years old when she wrote this beloved book, the same age as another favorite of mine - Elizabeth Bennett. I often think of lavender as the fragrance of that time. Maybe it’s because you see the young ladies with sprigs of it in the 2005 movie version. Maybe it’s because it’s mentioned in the number of adaptations I’ve read about Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. Either way, lavender is a timeless fragrance and whether you love the scent or not it has been found to be a therapeutic one by many.

When I first came on board here at Moss Hill, I loved the idea of lavender, even if I wasn’t that fond of the smell of it! I didn’t believe all the touting I’d heard about it being calming and relaxing. Well, was I in for a learning opportunity! One afternoon I sat down to eat my lunch and for some reason I just could not hold my head up I was so stinkin’ sleepy!! Come to find out, Jeanine had been blending up some lavender buds in the back area and just the smell of those soothing buds was putting me to sleep! I instantly became a believer in the relaxing properties of the lavender fragrance!

Several years later, with a bit of an anxious young daughter that had difficulty sleeping at night, I remembered my experience at work and discovered that our Relax Roll-On Massage Oil was just the thing. I would use the roller ball to massage the soothing scent into her neck and shoulders, off to sleep she would go!

Whether you’re a fan of lavender or not – it is a timeless scent, a ‘historic’ scent as one of our customers described it to his daughter as he was surprised by her choice, and for some, a relaxing scent. So, in honor of Pride and Prejudice’s publication anniversary, maybe… “it is a truth universally acknowledged that” you should give lavender a try in one of our many products-candles, room sprays, lotions, massage/bath oils or soaps.


Posted on January 26, 2017 .

Celebrating our 15 year anniversary AND our new website!!!

Jeanine and I are SO excited to have our new website up and running! We were looking for something interactive and versatile that 'felt' like walking into one of our shops. Zach Anderson has done a fabulous job putting our thoughts into a beautiful site that matches that feel. We thank him heartily for all his hard work in getting this new site off the ground!! THANK YOU - ZACH!!

As our site is launching we are celebrating our 15th year in business and along with that exciting benchmark we want to celebrate by giving our customers fun specials every month until the end of the year! August 15, we gave away a 3 oz bar of soap with a $15 purchase, be sure to check to see what specials we offer in September!

Posted on August 30, 2016 .