I’ve had this unforgettable fragrance hidden away in the archives of my brain for many years now. It is a scent for me that marked the beginning of what would be one of the biggest transitions in my life over 30 years ago. I remember it being warm, spicy and wonderfully inviting. It had notes of citrus and a subtle, grounding energy. Over the years I knew I had to try to recreate it. Having worked with essential oils for some time now, I️ believed that if I️ went to the drawing board I️ could quite possibly replicate it. As an aromatherapist, memory plays a huge part in our lab work. And with my understanding that most if not all fragrance oils are derived from a natural element, after years of dreaming about it, I️ was eager to finally put my olfactory system to the test.

One never forgets the meaning of a well-loved scent and its powerful effect on you. Our very emotions are impacted greatly by the smells we truly love. To my excitement I️ was able to get close and recreate what I remember to be a very stimulating, yet balanced energy. One of the essential oils I used turned out to be Black pepper (Piper nigrum), an oil I had never worked with before. Who doesn’t love the spicy smell of freshly ground Black pepper that tickles your nose and makes you sneeze? Fortunately for our noses though, the essential oil lacks this effect.

After some fine tuning, I️ am thrilled with the result and truly amazed at the human ability to store such a fleeting aromatic moment. A mere whiff was all I needed to have it programmed in my brain forever. Now the naming of an essential oil blend is always a special moment. I️ had to take in part not only the moment 30 years ago where it was imprinted on a tablet in my brain, but where I️ am today. Remarkably, the only name that would have been fitting then, is the only name that is fitting now. Thrive.

My heart is in this blend. It holds all the right aromatic notes that makes me feel strong and determined, and yet it reminds me of just how far I’ve come. It smells like freedom to me and at the same time humbles me deeply. Life throws you curve balls. Circumstances you can’t see coming even if you tried with all your might. There are life lessons that are only yours to learn. But the beauty in healing and overcoming, is that you can share them. My gift to the world is through scent. I’m excited to introduce it as a new proprietary blend to the Soul Escentials family.

Thrive represents two dark stages in my life; as a young, courageous girl, coming out of the place I️ was in then, and as the vibrant, courageous woman I am today, coming out of the place I was just in now.

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I would like to say that Inner Strength massage oil has been a heaven sent for me. I have arthritis, it runs in my family and my brother was the very first one to discover it. I just think that this oil is the best. I’ve tried so many different kinds of oils for pain and this is the best there is. I have also passed it on by giving it as Christmas gifts for people I know that could use it and they love it. I sincerely appreciate all the hard work that goes into making the oil and I will never stop using it.


– Leticia E. in Vancouver, Washington

Soul Escentials products ascend to a realm of relaxation and healing that I had never experienced before. I could feel the difference right away. The therapeutic properties of these essential oil blends have helped me feel so much better. My parents have painful arthritis and I bought them some Soul Escentials salts for the bath. I knew they had tried it when they asked me where I got them. It helped relieve their pain. They are hard to buy gifts for and now I know what to get them.


– Betsy K. in Jamestown, Pennsylvania

The first product that Rachel ever recommended, “Replenish,” just so happens to be the one we use most frequently and has had a profound effect on the wellbeing of our youngest child. Nathan has Down syndrome and one of the traits that comes along with his condition is narrow sinus and nasal passages. One top of that he also had Tracheomalacia and Bronchomalacia (collapsing of the trachea and bronchi) when he was a baby. As you can imagine it was crucial that we did everything we could possibly do to keep it easy for him to breathe, especially when he became congested. Using Replenish (we use the massage oil on his chest, and back and also use the essential oil in the humidifier) helped keep his mucus thinner and helps open up his airways breathe easier and sleep more soundly. Thankfully he has grown out of his malacia but we still use Replenish on a regular basis to help him and the rest of our family breathe easier when we come down with colds.

– Alanna L. in Lafayette, Oregon

I have been using Soul Escentials oils for about 3 years now. My biggest use of them has been for serious back and muscle issues, and with heat treatment and ice. These oils often stopped my pain so that did not need to take my pain medication. I have used them for my stuffed up nose with allergies, stomach issues, near panic attacks and often just to have my own luxurious spa treatment! I would not ever want to be without these oils!


– Susie S. in McMinnville, Oregon

My husband and I, both seniors, have been using Inner Strength massage oil for the many years Soul Escentials was available. From his achy back to both of us using it on our knees. It is amazing how it takes on the pain and soothes. I am confident in the natural ingredients used making this product. Rachel is always there to answer any questions on her products or for your overall wellbeing. I certainly would recommend Inner Strength to anyone who is looking for something to help feel better again.


– Bonnie F. in West Bend, Wisconsin

When I inhale Surrender, I breathe deeper, slower, intentionally. It is both healing and uplifting, a perfect combination of essences. And for that moment, when I surrender to the tranquility this magical aroma captures, I feel contented and pleased.


– Karen W. in McMinnville, Oregon

So much has changed in my life since starting to use Soul Escentials products. Let’s start by saying I am a true lover of fine quality body products, always looking for the best. Well, I have found it now and I can’t live without it! Soul Escentials is not only making the best quality products out there but they are taking pure essential oils for health and healing to the next level. My favorites are Amorous, Free Spirit, Inner Strength, and Vibrance! I feel like these blends have truly changed by life! My love is stronger, my spirit freer, my strength more adept and my vibrancy shining bright! Thank you Soul Escentials for helping me attain the most important things one can possess. So pure, so true, so you.


– Angela P. in Anaheim, California

Soul Escentials Replenish blend is incredible. We keep it on hand – great if the kids feel stuffy or under the weather. Helps to gently keep airways and chests clear during the day or night.


– Beth C. in Sherwood, Oregon

I have enjoyed using Soul Escentials oils and bath salts for a few years now.  My favorites are the essential oil blends.  The Inner Strength blend has been helpful to me in easing minor joint pain.  I enjoy the Surrender blend at night, and for a soothing bath.  The Lemon Ginger has been useful for easing occasional constipation, or digestive upset. The bath salts are lovely for a soothing and relaxing bath, and they leave my skin feeling soft.  I have given the oils as gifts as well.  I recommend essential oils for many uses. Satisfied oil customer!


– Debbie O. in Dundee, Oregon