Posts Written On June 24, 2020

New Mexico beauty company plans 49th anniversary celebration this month

This month Clear Light Urban Farm Store will celebrate their 49th anniversary and debut their brand redesign done in partnership with Sunny505.

Clear Light started in 1971 by former owner Joshua Peine. After building a successful acting career in Hollywood throughout the 1960’s and armed with a handful of film and television credits, Peine grew tired of auditions, rejections, and head shots. So, he did what thousands of actors did before and after him, and in1970 he left it all behind. He made his way to New Mexico and the small community of Placitas. Peine began packaging cedar needles from the nearby trees in sachets, as gifts for close friends and family. The demand for his small gifts grew into a business.

One of Clear Light’s flagship products is its Cedar & Piñon Incense, formed out of a day long cooked cedar tea and then mixed with cedar oil and a proprietary gum. The clay-like substance is then run through a mold and dried for four days before it’s packaged for the customers. The incense gained international fame since the Hyatt Regency Tamaya burns it in their lobby 24-hours a day.”

New Mexico speaks through the buzz of bees, the hubbub of the farmer’s market, the desert wind blowing through cedar branches. A feast for the senses awaits. Clear light is New Mexico.

In 1971 CLEAR LIGHT laid its roots on the high desert nestled between the Rio Grande River and the Sandia Mountains. Inspired by the area’s electric energy, CLEAR LIGHT set out to create products that reflect life here: vibrant, enchanted, and defined by nature.


The Clear Light Urban Farm Store started out as just the entryway to the historic downtown Albuquerque building, back when there was only the small skincare spa. Now the Farm Urban Store has grown into a beautiful retail space inside the renovated, historic 9,000 square foot former Danfelser School of Music built in 1940.

The ultimate in eco-friendly, the building is solar powered and has a catchment system to harvest rainwater to irrigate the farm. It represents their wonderful corner of East Downtown with a curation of artisan products ranging from CLEAR LIGHT cedar apothecary line and our New Mexico TRUE Foods line with Native American potery, local ceramics, books and housewares.


CLEAR LIGHT formulate their Clear Light essences by distilling and extracting fragrance from cedar needles, wildflowers, plants, bark, moss, and tree trimmings that they harvest from nature. CLEAR LIGHT are building new fragrance profiles from the American Southwest. The company is built on the simple idea that nothing smells better than nature and that the only way to bring this beauty home is to strap on your hiking boots and go get it. Unlike synthetic fragrances, these wilderness essences are extracted from real, native-plant sources.


These ingredients have been used in the region for thousands of years as it was part of the trade route connecting the Americas with the rest of the world. CLEAR LIGHT infuse this historic knowledge into their artisanal products using innovative practices that combine the best of the past and the present.


All Clear Light products are 100% Natural, Organic and Wildcrafted. They are produced using old perfume making techniques including distillation, tincturing, infusion and enfleurage. CLEAR LIGHT handle every step of the process ourselves, from beginning to end.


All of CLEAR LIGHT plants are wildharvested or grown on their urban farm with the utmost sensitivity and respect for the existing wildscape. CLEAR LIGHT never use alien or invasive species and are actively involved in native plant restoration projects throughout the Southwest. CLEAR LIGHT revel in the intact natural habitats of the southwest, and tirelessly work to promote education as to how best to protect them.

My favorite products


All of CLEAR LIGHT candles are hand blended and hand poured in small batches to insure quality. Non-GMO soy way blended to hold the maximum fragrance. They are highly fragrant creating a wonderful aroma throughout your home or business. For the ultimate experience in home fragrance. CLEAR LIGHT use 100% recycled glass and a recycled tin lid for safe storage.


All FOUR of CLEAR LIGHT Cedar scents

  • Cedar
  • Lavender & Cedar
  • Saffron & Cedar
  • Tobacco & Cedar


CLEAR LIGHT moisture rich lotion has the essence of crisp cedar needles in clean high desert air. More complex than a typical Frasier or Douglas Fir, it has a punchy, brightness that is really pleasing.


It has a fresh balsamic, aromatic fragrance with piney nuances. A green woody balsamic fragrance with a sweetish undertone. It finishes with a punchy, brightness that is really pleasing. 66% perfume grade 200 proof alcohol. Bottle color may vary. Some have disc caps as CLEAR LIGHT use recycled packaging. Bottle color may vary. CLEAR LIGHT use 100% recycled plastic.


This sachet is filled with fresh green cedar needles that will last forever. Native Americans have used cedar needles for centuries in everything from medicine to incense. CLEAR LIGHT needles are natural, wildcrafted, and untreated. Place several in closets, chests, and drawers; a must in luggage; refreshing in cars and boats.



Allegiant Las Vegas Raiders Stadium


Fans and locals are equally excited about the stunning new stadium here in Las Vegas! Some say it looks like a rooba or a hockey puck, but it really looks sleek against the desert skyline. For those avid sports fans who watch ESPN nonstop cannot deny that there is something special about watching sports LIVE!

One of the final pieces of the stadium will brick pavers which will be placed outside the stadium, many of which will be personalized.

The Raiders foundation has the Legacy Brick program which allows fans to purchase an engraved brick paver that will be placed around the stadium.

In addition to this, the Raiders Foundation is doing something special. Something that honors the mantra of ‘Once a Raider, Always a Raider.’

All players who once donned a Raiders jersey, or what they call Raiders alumni, this week received a letter to notify them that they will be honored with a Legacy Brick.

With COVID still amongst us, many fans will be able to place your bets on NFL with from their own homes.

The energy of the crowd, the smell of stadium food, and the ambiance is something that will be memorable and add to the exciting Vegas experience. Since I didn’t watch football growing up, it’s been cool to witness how big a part of family life and culture it can be. My husband’s grandpa in Oakland was such a huge fan that he painted his entire house black and silver, the team’s colors. I have also heard about riots, parties, fights and theme parties when games happen in the city

Some fun facts to tell your friends!

  • 895,00 cubic yards of dirt removed; 64,000 dump trucks to remove
  • 105,00 cubic yards of concrete; 257 miles of sidewalk from Las Vegas to LA
  • 12 miles of concrete driller shaft that support the stadium; 3X the length of the Las Vegas Strip
  • 28,000 tons of structural steel – heavier than the Statue of Liberty
  • Sliding field tray is powered by 72 individual motors; weighs 19 million pounds; nearly as heavy as the Eiffel Tower (Paris)
  • 21,000 light fixtures
  • 9.85 miles of wire ropes to suspend the ETFE roof
  • 7,400 glass and metal panels on the exterior
  • 3,692 metal stairs
  • 425 trees planted
  • 2,200 doors
  • 22 miles of HVAC piping
  • 47 miles of water/waste piping

As the final touches are being completed this month, we can’t wait to check out the public and private tours that will be available starting in the fall of 2020.