RED DRAGON box extras go on sale 11/15 at 9 AM EST!

Tomorrow morning the extras from last month’s exclusive William Blake/Red Dragon/Hannibal inspired box- will be available for purchase! Mark the time 9 AM EST. I apologize for the early hour, but I will be away all day Sunday so was unable to put them up later in the day.

Get all the details, inspiration, and backstory about the collection and colors from this amazing writeup from Cleolinda Jones. She did an incredible job with this, so definitely check it out!

Due to excitement about the Dragon’s Kiss lipgloss, I went ahead and made two more batches, so there are 42 units available. If by chance these sell out, I will put up a pre-order. If need to reach at least 14 units in a preorder to make a single batch. More details on that if the need arises.

There are no extras of the fragrance, “Draconis”, but if enough people express interest in purchasing a bottle of the scent, I will work out details with Alchimia Apothecary to stock some. If you are interested, please send a message to

There *may* be some extra complete boxes available, as I calculate if all purchasers have received their boxes. I always create extras to anticipate if there are any complete losses or damages. As not all international customers have received theirs, I can’t release all the extra boxes into inventory tomorrow.


RED DRAGON box extras go on sale 11/15 at 9 AM EST!

Sherlock “Brilliant Deductions” eyeshadow collection DISCONTINUED and 25% off!

There’s a new section on the site called “Going, Going… GONE!” in which you’ll find items that are being discontinued due to an ingredient no longer being available, slow sales, or just a collection that has reached the end of it’s lifespan.

The Sherlock inspired “Brilliant Deductions” collection has been a steady seller for the last two years, but as a limited edition set which I can no longer obtain several key pigments for it’s production- it’s time to say farewell!

Quantities are limited and colors or size options may sell out at any time. If an option is not available for your order, you’ll be refunded for it.


PS- the Brilliant Deductions rouges are NOT included in this discontinuance.

Sherlock “Brilliant Deductions” eyeshadow collection DISCONTINUED and 25% off!

Win Greek flower nymph eyeshadows and spring Blossoms fragrances in our Facebook contest!

This contest is taking place on Facebook—> HERE!

It’s contest time! This is a very special contest for several reasons… First, I love Spring. Second, I love flowers and Greek mythology. And third, I love the beautiful spring blossoms fragrances I recently sampled from Alchimia Apothecary and want to share all of these things with you!

Alchimia Apothecary has awesomely donated 5 sample sets of their Blossoms collection, which includes eight different fragrances. Each winner will receive one of those, in addition to one of a range of Aromaleigh prizes featuring the newest collection- Anthousai.

Aromaleigh prizes include 1st prize: Full size Anthousai collection, 2nd prize: Deluxe Sample set of Anthousai, and 3 runner up prizes of an Anthousai sample set.

*** Please read the contest rules carefully. You have until 12 PM EST on May 23rd to enter! 5 winners will be randomly chosen using the rafflecopter flash app.***


Win Greek flower nymph eyeshadows and spring Blossoms fragrances in our Facebook contest!

Q&A with Aromaleigh – Our Beauty Talk Indie Spotlight

Aromaleigh is the May Indie Spotlight over on the Our Beauty Talk forums. Our Beauty Talk is a relatively new beauty community, that was started a few months ago by a group of former MakeupTalk moderators.

For the spotlight, the mods requested a beautiful color pink rouge color, with a strong green shift. They originally wanted to call it Kali, but after we discussed the shade and the Goddess, we ended up changing it to Shakti, which is very fitting for May, Spring and the goals of the OBT forums! You can check that product out here- it’s been a May top seller!

I did a Q&A for them and wanted to share it, as it’s probably been a good 5-6 years since I’ve been asked to do an interview or Q&A and I was very flattered that the ladies over on OBT wanted to include my company as one of their monthly spotlights!

You can join in on the spotlight HERE. You do have to register to view the forums, and I know many people may not wish to do that. So I am sharing my Q&A here also! My story and how I started my business is probably a little different than most these days- there was no indie community when I started Aromaleigh back in the mid 90’s. Online shopping was a really new thing, and people were really scared to order online!

Was starting your own business a hard decision to make?

It’s hard to remember, as I started on the path to opening my business close to twenty years ago. I always knew I wanted to do my own thing, though- because I come from a family of generations of small business owners and self employed people.

I guess my “ unrest” started around 1995, when I was unhappily working in Rochester, NY, as an Art Director, and surrounded by male domination of the industry, wage inequality, and confusing office politics. I also had a really hard time concentrating in an environment with a lot of people, and preferred to work on my own in a quiet and isolated area- that was a challenge! So I vowed to leave advertising and start doing my own thing.

My first foray into business was when I started an online company called Divine Dog Company in 1996. I have past training as an aromatherapist through Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy, and am the author of “Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals” (Findhorn Press/2002). My first order was for a single bottle of dog shampoo. It very slowly grew from there, as there was no indie community, and getting word out was very difficult. Most people didn’t even know what online shopping was, or were hesitant to order online. I was crafting all natural, holistic aromatherapy products for dogs. I’m a dog person all the way!

It sounds funny to describe it now, but my customers started asking me to make products for their own personal use, as I had many people who had decided to wash their hair with their dog shampoo. So it began with custom requests for shampoos, conditioners, bath salts, bath oils or perfumes, and progressed from there. In September 1998, it became clear that I needed to reposition my company to include human clients, and that’s when Aromaleigh was officially born. Aromaleigh wasn’t my first choice for a company name, it was just one that was easily trademarked. All my other names kept coming up with conflicts with the USPTO attorney, so I was advised to use my name. My middle name is the Leigh in the company name. So Aromaleigh is was. Aromaleigh is pronounced “Aroma-lee”.

By 2000/2001, I started offering lip balms, lip tints, loose face powder and loose powder eyeshadows. My business started to really get off the ground in 2002, and it couldn’t have happened at a better time- I was single, pregnant and on bed rest, just one month away from my Son being born two months premature. Those were some crazy times, but it all worked out- and my small indie business enabled me to be an independent single Mother and to provide for my Son, which was a dream come true. In late 2002, I relocated 1500 miles, to South Carolina, to be closer to family.

Becoming a single Mother was (and still is) the impetus that makes me as dedicated and passionate about Aromaleigh as I am. I’m very serious about my work, and am a perfectionist. Aromaleigh has been full time and my sole source of income since 2000, and I feel incredibly blessed to be doing work that I love, while having the freedom to live in a peaceful, rural area- and homeschool my Son. I work a lot, and it can get stressful and intense, but I’ve been slowly learning to unplug and take care of myself.

If you could give a new start up a piece of advice that you wished someone would have given, what would it be?

If I could give my younger self (or any young and aspiring business owner) one piece of advice, it would be to always make sure you make time for yourself and maintain a personal life. I didn’t do this, and worked myself past the breaking point. You can’t work 80-90 hour weeks, barely sleep, take no personal time and expect to stay healthy and happy. That’s what I did, for a long time. I was addicted to working, and high stress levels combined with some major life events affected my wellbeing in a serious way, resulting in health problems.

Always take time to smell the roses. Time is precious, because it’s the only thing in life you can never get back.

How do you come up with the ideas for products/shades/collections?

Everything I come up with is inspired by what I’m passionate about in my day to day life. A lot of my first collections reflected my love of Botany, in that they were named after flowers, orchids, herbs and plants. One early collection was named after all famous women of various stories and histories (this early collection’s influence can be seen in today’s “Ignis Antiquita” collection of eyeshadows inspired by history’s forgotten women).

Lately, I’ve been most inspired by mythology and history, and I spend a lot of time reading and researching these topics. I also love art, so you’ll also see that as a source of inspiration for my colors. I’m Autistic (diagnosed in 2011), so I most definitely have a long list of very focused special interest areas from which I draw inspiration.

I’ll do an occasional fandom-inspired collection, but I’ve been moving away from these more and more. My rule with fandom collections is that it has to be something I have a deep interest in, and I like to do themes that haven’t been done a lot. So sometimes that means for example- that when tons of customers requested Game of Thrones, I’ll go off on a tangent and we’ll end up with a collection of colors inspired by Dragon myths from all around the world (Serpens). Things like that.

Are there any past products/shades you wished you hadn’t discontinued or would like to bring back (if, say, the magical Component Fairy could bring back that missing component, the Labor Fairy made something easier to make, etc.)?

I miss creating fragrances. I’ve got a background in Aromatherapy and traditional perfumery, so it’s something that I really enjoy, and I’ve got boxes and boxes packed with essential oils, absolutes, CO2 extracts and other fragrance materials. I’ve been satisfying my itch regarding that by sampling a lot of indie fragrance companies- my favorite of which is Alchimia Apothecary. Erin’s fragrances are some of my absolute favorites, and she made a custom scent for me that smells exactly like hiking through the Appalachian cove forest in the Spring, when the trillium is blooming.

What is your favorite product/shade and why?

Oh, that’s a super tough question. I’ve formulated possibly over a thousand eyeshadows and I love so many of them, so I’ll answer in terms of recent shades! My most recent beloved shade is Juno, from the Feast of Lupercal LE collection (currently on hiatus until next year). It’s really unique in that I’ve never seen another shade like it. It’s like an oil slick of purples and greens. I love it! I also really love a shade I just formulated for the May subscription box, but I can’t tell you about that- just that it is the June hint sample!

My favorite collection right now, is Galactic. It’s full of beautiful duo chromes inspired by nebulas.

What is your favorite kind of shadow (duochrome, satin, matte, metallic, sparkly, etc.) or product (eyeshadow, highlighter, blush, face powder) to create

I love making super sparkly shades, and duo chromes the best.

Do you have any happy accidents (shades that were intended to be one thing and ended up being something completely different, but you liked the result better than the original idea)?

Happy accidents are the best. I love happenstance and while most of the time, I actually have my colors already formulated in my mind before I go in to working directly with my materials, even after such a long time of working with the pigments I still get surprises. I work with a lot of color traveling pigments that have varied reflection and absorption properties and sometimes you just don’t know exactly what you’re going to get until you try it. I still find myself going “oooooh” and “aaaaaah” like a little girl with a new box of glitter pens, so I guess you could say that I’m still very much in love with my work.

If you could add one new product type to your line, what would it be?

I would bring back my lip products, because so many customers have requested it. But unfortunately, I’m not able to handle making them on my own in-house. I’ve got too much else going on between Aromaleigh and life.

Q&A with Aromaleigh – Our Beauty Talk Indie Spotlight

Aromaleigh Bi-Annual Beltane sale, May 1 through 4


When we reopen on Friday May 1, it will be with a bi-annual sale! 20% off on select items (Mineral Foundations and Ephemera extras excluded, all else on the site is discounted- prices marked!)

Check out details on the flier below, and feel free to share! I am extending the TAT for this sale, in anticipation of higher than normal order volume, since this is one of two major sales for this year (next bi-annual sale won’t be until October 31st)

These sale prices are already marked, so you can start working on your wish lists. This sale is for products at only- clearance site is already at 50% off and is not included.

Aromaleigh Bi-Annual Beltane sale, May 1 through 4

April Ephemera review roundup!

Interested in checking out reviews of April’s Ephemera box, which was inspired by the Ancient Roman Floralia festival? Here’s a roundup of reviews so far. The amazing product photos in this post are used with permission from Artistic Shadows Blogs. Emily does such gorgeous swatch work!

Subscriptions are sold out at this time. If any slots become available during May, their availability will be posted on May 21st on our Facebook page with signup on a first come, first served basis. I tried to do a waiting list for this month, and regretfully, it’s not been working out very well.

Links to reviews are under the photo gallery!

I’m late getting this review roundup posted, so I’m sure I missed some reviews. Also, most reviews came in later this month probably because the boxes all arrived around the Easter holiday!

Ramblings of a Subscription Addict

Evolution of a Foodie

Beauty on a Beer Budget

Makeup Minion

Emmian (imgur album)

April Ephemera review roundup!

Coming Soon, “Anthousai” eyeshadows inspired by the Greek flower nymphs

Here’s sneak peeks from the ANTHOUSAI (Greek flower nymph) collection! This series focuses on the overall concept of metamorphoses, and myths of maidens turned into flowers and plants. 

I hope to make the collection orderable on May 1, a perfect day for it, being May Day/Beltane!

These shadows are all very smooth, lustrous and buttery. They feature a new formula I’ve been working with, which makes the colors easy to apply with lovely effects even over bare skin (the upper right hand swatches are all over bare skin). Of course you can use a variety of bases or primers with these for even more intense effects. The new formula isn’t semi-loose where you receive a jar with little balls of eyeshadow- it’s still a loose powder, but due to formula changes is less likely to leak through the sifter, and may require a heavier hand to get the powder through the sifter. I will continue to use sifters with my shipments, for added security against leakage. They are easily removed.


This is Anemone, a muted red with a strong green to gold shift, and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! The jealous Goddess Flora turned the beautiful nymph Anemone into a flower because she had captured the attentions of Zephyrus, Flora’s husband. According to myth, Anemone flowers stay closed unless the West Wind Zephyrus breathes on them. This color is inspired by the painting “The Idle Hour” John William Godward.
This is Ianthe- it’s a lustrous violet with a strong silvery green shift, and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! Ianthe was the Okeanis of “violet flowers” or the colour “violet”. She may have been a Nephele of the violet tinged clouds of dawn, or an Anthousa (flower-nymph) of violets. (source: This color is inspired by the painting “Windflowers” by John William Waterhouse.
This is Khloris- it’s a lustrous mint green with a golden glow, and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! KHLORIS (or Chloris) was the goddess of flowers, a Nymph of the Islands of the Blessed. She was the wife of Zephyros (the West-Wind), and the mother of Karpos (Fruit). Khloris was identified with the Roman goddess Flora. (source: This color is inspired by the painting “In the Orchard” by Franz Dvorak.
This is Klytie- it’s a lustrous blue violet with golden and copper shift and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! KLYTIE (or Clytie) was an Okeanid nymph loved by sun-god Helios. When he abandoned her for the love of Leukothoe, she pined away and was transformed into the sun-gazing, purple flower of the heliotrope. (source: This color is inspired by the painting “Clytie” by Evelyn De Morgan.
This is Leiriope- it’s lustrous yellow gold with a green to aqua shift that refused to show up on camera, and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! LEIRIOPE was a Naiad Nymph of Phokis (central Greece) loved by the River-god Kephisos (Cephisus). Her names means “face of the narcissus”, leirion being another Greek name for the flower narkissos, though possibly the two were different species. Appropriately she was the mother of the boy Narkissos, who was transformed into his self-named flower. (source: This color is inspired by the painting “The Storm Spirits” by Evelyn De Morgan.
This is Lotis- it’s a lustrous peachy pink, and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! Lotis was a Naiad Nymph of the springs of the River Sperkheios on Mount Othrys in Malis, northern Greece. She metamorphosed into a lotus flower in order to escape the pursuit of the god Priapos. (source: This color is inspired by the painting “Lamia” by John William Waterhouse. I was unable to find a classical depiction of Lotis, but this is how I imagine her, as a Naias nymph, next to a pool of water lilies.
This is Phylira, a soft buff shade with strong yellowish green duochrome, and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! PHILYRA was an Okeanid nymph of Mount Pelion in Thessalia loved by the Titan Kronos. When his wife Rhea came upon their rendevous, he quickly transformed himself into a horse to escape detection. As a result, Philyra birthed a half-horse, half-man hybrid, the kentauros Kheiron (Chiron). To ease her shame, Kronos transformed the girl into a linden tree. (source: This color is inspired by the painting “In Contemplation” by Franz Dvorak.
This is Phyllis, a pale creamy yellow with a strong copper to rose shift (very strong in person), and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! A daughter of king Sithon, in Thrace, fell in love with Demophon on his return from Troy to Greece. Demophon promised her, by a certain day, to come back from Athens and marry her, and as he was prevented from keeping his word, Phyllis hung herself, but was metamorphosed into an almond-tree, just at the moment when at length Demophon came, and in vain embraced the tree (source: This color is inspired by the painting “Spring” by Gaston Bussier.
This is Rhodeia- it’s a lustrous rose with blue and violet tones, and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! RHODEIA The Okeanis named “of the roses” or “rose-coloured” was either an Anthousa flower-nymphe, Naias of a rose-draped spring, or Nephele of the rose-tinged clouds of dawn. (source: This color is inspired by the painting “Moonlit Dreams” by Gabriel Ferrier.
This is Syrinx- it’s a gorgeous, chromatic brown with gold and green shifts and the new formula** is smooth and buttery- even over bare skin! SYRINX was a Naiad Nymph of the River Ladon in Arkadia (southern Greece). She was pursued by the amorous god Pan and to avoid his embrace was transformed into a reed plant (syrinx). From her plant the god plant crafted his famous pan-pipes. (source: This color is inspired by the painting “Syrinx” by Arthur Hacker. There are many classical depictions of the pursuit of Syrinx by Pan, but I liked this one the most. Syrinx is serene, and not running away in fear.


Coming Soon, “Anthousai” eyeshadows inspired by the Greek flower nymphs