Saturday, April 22, 2017

Floral Essential Oils


Seven of my favorite floral-type essential oils are Rose Geranium, Rose, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine (actually an absolute, but more on that later), Lavender and Neroli.

If you are looking for one of the best places to buy genuine, authentic and organic essential oils, I suggest Mountain Rose Herbs.  They offer the largest selection of 100% pure, certified organic and high-quality essential oils from farm to bottle.  Their essential oils are perfect for aromatherapy, skincare, hair care, natural cleaning, soap making and DIY beauty recipes.  You can visit them online at www.MountainRoseHerbs.com or click HERE.

Here is a little bit of important information about each one from the Mountain Rose Herbs Aromatherapy Web page.



Lavender: Botanial name is Lavandula angustifolia. It is steam distilled from the flowing tops. It is considered a middle note. It has a sweet, floral and herbaceous aroma.  It is known for its skin healing properties and its use as a sedative.  It blends well with bergamot, black pepper, cedar wood, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, patchouli, rose, rosemary and vetiver.  You can buy a 1/2 ounce bottle from Mountain Rose Herbs for just $12.75 (current as of April 2017)...did I mention it is Certified Organic? Check it out HERE.

Lavender: Botanial name is Lavandula angustifolia. It is steam distilled from the flowing tops. It is considered a middle note. It has a sweet, floral and herbaceous aroma.  It is known for its skin healing properties and its use as a sedative.  It blends well with bergamot, black pepper, cedar wood, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, patchouli, rose, rosemary and vetiver.  You can buy a 1/2 ounce bottle from Mountain Rose Herbs for just $12.75 (current as of April 2017)...did I mention it is Certified Organic? Check it out HERE. Try mixing in a few drops of lavender essential oil to a tablespoon of your favorite unscented lotion and applying it to your shoulders and neck before bed to help you unwind and enjoy peaceful sleep!


Neroli: Botanical name is Citrus aurantium. It is steam distilled from the flowers.  It is considered a middle note. It has a light, sweet-floral aroma and is often used in perfumes where it can be a base note and a top note.  It has calming effects. Neroli blends well with benzoin, chamomile, clary sage, coriander, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, myrrh, orange, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood and ylang ylang. Did you know that it takes about 100 pounds of orange blossoms to produce just a single pound of the neroli essential oil? It is one of the most expensive essential oils at about $360 per ounce.  Mountain Rose Herbs has premium certified organic neroli in a 1/8 ounce size for just $68.75.  If you would like to learn more about neroli, head over the the Mountain Rose Herbs website HERE.


Rose: Botanical name is Rosa damascena.  It is steam distilled from the flower petals that are picked by hand early in the morning before the sun comes out.  It is considered a middle note and has a very rich, deep, sweet-floral aroma that is also slightly spicy. It is used mainly in the perfume industry and is believed to have sedative and aphrodisiac effects. Rose essential oil blends very well with benzoin, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, fennel, geranium, ginger, helichrysum, jasmine, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, ylang ylang and vetiver.  Did you know it takes about 10,000 POUNDS of rose petals to distill a single pound of the essential oil? This is another essential oil that comes with a hefty price tag.  An ounce of certified organic from Bulgaria will set you back about $950 dollars.  Mountain Rose Herbs does offer a fantastic certified organic rose essential oil from Bulgaria for $179.50 for 1/8 ounce.  You can shop for it HERE. **You get what you pay for....if you happen to find a product labeled as Rose Oil that costs considerably less than the current market rase of between $700 to $1100 per ounce, chances are it is a synthetic or highly adulterated product and you should walk away from it!!! Rose is one of the most commonly adulterated and faked product on the market.

Ylang Ylang: Botanical name is Cananga odorata. It is steam distilled from the flowers and is considered a base note in perfumery.  Ylang Ylang has a very intoxicating, rich and sweet floral aroma.  It blends well with bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, clove, eucalyptus, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, mandarin, neroli, opopanax, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, peru balsam, petitgrain, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, tuberose and vetiver.  The price point is not too expensive at all! Mountain Rose Herbs offers a certified organic complete distillation type for just $14.25 for a 1/2 ounce bottle.  You can learn more or shop at the Mountain Rose Herbs website HERE.

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs

Jasmine Absolute: Botanical name is Jasminum grandiflorum. Jasmine flowers are solvent extracted with Ethyl alcohol which is why is not not called an essential oil but rather an absolute. It is a middle note with a warm, rich, deeply floral aroma.  It has been used in perfumery for a very long time.  It blends very well with bergamot, clary sage, clove, coriander, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, neroli, orange, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood and ylang ylang.  It takes about 2,000 pounds of jasmine flowers to produce a single pound of oil.  Jasmine absolute is an expensive oil that costs about $430 for a single ounce.  Mountain Rose Herbs does offer a 1/8 ounce bottle for just $82.00.  I you would like to order or learn more, visit Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.


Rose Geranium: Botanical name is Pelargonium graveolens. It is steam distilled from the flowers and leaves.  It is considered a middle note with a heavy, sweet, floral aroma.  It is used in the perfume industry as well as the skincare industry. It blends well with bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, mandarin, neroli, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sandalwood and ylang ylang.  You can purchase a 1/2 ounce bottle of Certified Organic essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs for just $19.50.  Visit Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs

Moroccan Chamomile: The botanical name of this particular essential oil is Ormenis mixta. It is different than Blue Chamomile and Roman Chamomile in that it does not have as many therapeutic properties and is not used as much in skincare products.  Moroccan Chamomile is mostly used in the perfume industry and is steam distilled from the flowers. It has a fresh, herbaceous, balsamic aroma and makes a wonderful perfume when blended with other oils.  The funny thing is that this particular plant is not even a true chamomile. It grows easily in the Mediterranean and Middle East. It is fairly new to the perfume materials market and has been well accepted and enjoyed by many perfumers. It blends well with cedar wood, cypress, frankincense, lavender, oakmoss and vetiver. Mountain Rose Herbs has a 1/2 ounce bottle for $42.00. You can learn more HERE.

IMPORTANT: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier. 
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Adzuki Buffing Grains for the Face

I found a teeny-tiny bottle of expensive adzuki buffing facial grains at a well-known beauty counter that costs a whopping $44.00 for 0.99 ounce.  This particular brand-name product is meant to be sprinkled over your favorite facial cleanser to create a gentle exfoliator for your skin.  The name-brand's ingredients include mostly hydrogenated jojoba oil, sodium laurel sulfaocetate, hydrogenated soybean oil and very finely ground Adzuki beans.  There is also some polyethylene tossed in for good measure. The true magical scrubbiness is made from the adorable Adzuki beans.

Adzuki beans naturally contain saponin which gently cleanses the skin and increases circulation due to its natural foaming soap-like action. The finely ground bean powder also gently and effectively exfoliates your skin so that fresh skin can grow.

I honestly spent under $2.00 to make an ounce of this awesome handcrafted beauty goodness. Organic Adzuki beans sell for about $6.00 per pound. Add in the glass container that I used to store the product in,  and  the project totaled a whopping $1.98.

Adzuki Beans are easy to grind up in a blender to form a mico-fine powder
Since this recipe only uses Adzuki beans, feel free to use as much or as little as you like. Do a Google search and you will find plenty of Asian recipes that call for this cute little bean.

Simply grind up the Adzuki beans in a blender, coffee grinder or a mortar and pestle (good workout for your arms!!)

After you grind them up, shake them through a fine mesh sieve to separate the larger scratchy bits. Never put large particles of exfoliating stuff on your face because you risk irritation and cuts!!!

You want a super fine powder that is gentle enough to use on your face. Always avoid your delicate eye area with any exfoliating product. You DO NOT need to exfoliate your eye area!!!

You want to store the ground powder in an airtight jar or glass pot with a tight fitting lid. I like to use a bottle so I can simply pour out the amount I need when I wash my face.

I like to moisten my face with warm water, add about a teaspoon of my facial cleanser to the palm of my hand and sprinkle about a 1/2 teaspoon amount of the awesome Adzuki buffing grains to the cleanser.  I massage and cleanse my face for a few minutes and then rinse my face with warm water.  My face always feels smooth and soft.

I love face scrubs!!! I use them several times per week. Stay tuned for more recipes!! Enjoy!! Please drop me a line to tell me how well you like this handcrafted all-natural beauty recipe.



This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Vetiver and Patchouli Dry Shampoo


Girls are not the only ones that LOVE dry shampoo!!! Guys are using it too and I have a wonderful and effective recipe that contains earthy vetiver and smoky patchouli essential oils that guys are going to love!!!

Get your hair clean without water!! This recipe uses ingredients that soak up excess sebum and perks up your hair. If you have longer hair, this powder will add crazy volume!!

I chose a blend of vetiver and patchouli for the fragrance because together they make a very masculine and earthy aroma.

Mountain Rose Herbs has the arrowroot powder, kaolin clay, baking soda and essential oils. Visit them HERE to shop!!!

Vetiver and Patchouli Dry Shampoo
makes 9 hours

1/2 cup arrowroot powder
2 tablespoons kaolin clay
2 tablespoons baking soda
8 drops vetiver essential oil
5 drops patchouli essential oil

Place all the ingredients into a food processor and process until well combined. Transfer to a sifter or strainer and shake into a bowl. Transfer to a salt shaker.

To use: Sprinkle a teaspoon-sized amount into your hair. Use your fingers or brush to massage the powder though your hair from the scalp to the roots. Comb or brush your hair as usual into the style you like.

Make sure to sift the blended product to remove any lumps. 





Monday, March 27, 2017

Herbal Bath Soak for Dry Skin


Thanks goodness that Spring is here!!! It was a really long winter for me and my poor skin suffered big time.  I have been using this DIY bath soak blend a few times per week and it has really soothed my body.  I gently dry brush before I soak in the tub and I always use warm (NOT HOT) water for about 30 minutes.  I also massage my Super Silky Sunflower & Wild Chamomile Body Oil over my entire body as soon as I get out of the bath. You can get the recipe for it HERE.

This recipe uses dried flowers and herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs. I have provided links and information about each herb.  It is no surprise that I highly recommend Mountain Rose Herbs for just about everything!! They really are an amazing company!!!

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs
You will need two tablespoons of dried Calendula Flowers.  This is one of the best herbs for the skin. You can find out more information from Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs
You will need two tablespoons of dried Chamomile Flowers. This particular flower is very soothing to irritated and dry skin.  It is commonly found in many skin preparations. You can find out more information from Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

Photo Credit: Mountain Rose Herbs
You will need 1/2 cup of dried Marshmallow Root. When infused into the warm water, this herb is very calming and soothing to the skin. You can learn more about it from Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs
 You need 1/2 cup of dried Oatstraw Powder.  This is a gentle restorative herb for tired skin and is very soothing as a bathtub infusion. You can learn more about Avena sativa from Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.


You will need an extra large tea strainer like the one in the photo above.  A large muslin bag that can be tied is also a great option.  I purchased the metal tea strainer from Amazon and use it exclusively for bathtub treatments.

Measure out all the ingredients into your tea strainer and gently place in a tub of warm water. Soak for 30 minutes as the herbs and flowers infuse the bath water and soothe your skin. Remove strainer and compost the spent herbs and flowers.


Finish off the bath ritual by applying my Super Silky Sunflower & Wild Chamomile Body Oil. The recipe can be found HERE.

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Super Silky Sunflower & Wild Chamomile Body Oil

Use the power of five potent plant oils to nourish and moisturize your dry skin.  My Super Silky Sunflower & Wild Chamomile Body Oil leaves your skin silky and comforted and can be used anytime.  It is especially wonderful when applied immediately after a warm shower.  I used wild chamomile essential oil in my recipe to make it smell amazing! No more dry flaky skin this Winter!!!

I use Mountain Rose Herbs Certified Organic & Kosher Certified & Non-GMO Project Verified Sunflower Oil (Helianthus annuus) from the Netherlands.  Sunflower oil is an oil wealthy in oleic acids with high amounts of vitamins A, D and E.  It also has beneficial amounts of lecithin, and fatty acids.  It is deeply nourishing and conditioning for the skin, and is highly recommended for natural beauty recipes designed to treat dry, weathered, aged, and damaged skin.  It is easily absorbed when applied, leaving the skin soft and silky.  You can purchase it from Mountain Rose Herbs.

I also added in some Kukui Nut oil because it has a high penetrability and is very soothing to chapped skin.  I used olive oil, jojoba oil and avocado oil too because all three of these oils have wonderful conditioning abilities for the skin.  You can buy all of the oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.

I wanted my body oil to smell amazing so I chose to add in Moroccan Chamomile (Ormenis mixta) essential oil.  This particular essential oil gives the body oil a fresh and herbaceous aroma.  You can purchase it from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Super Silky Sunflower & Wild Chamomile Body Oil
makes 8 ounces

3 ounces Mountain Rose Herbs Sunflower Oil
2 ounces Mountain Rose Herbs Kukui Nut Oil
1 ounce Mountain Rose Herbs Olive Oil
1 ounce Mountain Rose Herbs Jojoba Oil
1 ounce Mountain Rose Herbs Avocado Oil
1/4 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Vitamin E Oil (keeps recipe fresher for longer)
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Moroccan Chamomile Essential Oil

Simply mix all ingredients in an 8 ounce container.  Apply to the body as needed. Especially nourishing when applied after a hot bath/shower.



This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Sage Deodorant


I have a neutralizing all-natural deodorant recipe for you that keeps you smelling fresh and clean while purifying your pits!!!

Made with vodka, Witch Hazel extract, sage tincture, tea tree essential oil and licorice root tincture, this DIY recipe smells amazing, is chemical free and works wonders!

Your body will still sweat, but that is totally normal and supposed to happen.  This great deodorant just keeps your armpits smelling great!!! Apply after your workout or anytime you need a quick refresh for your underarms!

Mountain Rose Herbs has a great Certified Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil.  The price is pretty good too!! As of March 24, 2017 you can buy a large 1/2 ounce bottle for just $7.50. Visit Mountain Rose Herbs online HERE.
You can purchase everything except for the vodka from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE to visit them online.

Mountain Rose Herbs offers a wide selection of organic tinctures. Visit them online at www.MountainRoseHerbs.com


Sage Deodorant
makes 4 ounces

2 ounces Vodka
1 ounce Witch Hazel 
1 tablespoon licorice root tincture
1 tablespoon sage tincture
30 drops tea tree essential oil

I like to use a glass spray bottle for this recipe.  Add all ingredients into the bottle and shake well.


As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.
For educational purposes only.  We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Coconut Hi-Gloss Hair Masque


I have a really luxurious and moisturizing hair masque made from coconut oil and coconut water!!! This is perfect for straight, curly, wavy and dry hair types that needs a deep conditioning hair treatment to control frizz!!!

After you wash your hair, give it a quick towel dry and then massage a generous amount throughout your entire hair for up to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and style as desired.

You will need to keep this in the refrigerator because it does not contain a preservative. Use it within two weeks.

Guess what!!! Mountain Rose Herbs is the BEST place to pick up most of the ingredients. Visit them online HERE


Coconut Hi-Gloss Hair Masque
Makes 7 ounces

1/4 cup coconut oil
3 teaspoons emulsifying wax NF
1/2 teaspoon stearic acid
1/2 teaspoon liquid lecithin
1 teaspoon glycerin
1/2 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon Frontier Co-Op Coconut Flavor **see info below

In a heat-safe glass measuring cup, combine the coconut oil, emulsifying wax, stearic acid and liquid lecithin.

Place the measuring cup in a pot containing a few inches of simmering water.

In another heat-safe glass measuring cup, combine glycerine and coconut water. Place this measuring cup in another pot containing a few inches of simmering water.

Heat both mixtures to a temperature of 160 degrees F. Carefully remove both measuring cups from the simmering water.

Pour the oil/wax mixture into a mixing bowl and begin mixing with a hand-held mixer set to low. Blend the coconut water into  the oil/wax mixture on low for one minute.

Bring the speed up to high and continue mixing for 5 minutes or until the temperature is below 100 degrees F.

Add in the coconut flavor and mix again for another 3 to 5 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a sanitized container. Store in refrigerator and use within 2 weeks.

You can order this online at Amazon. Link is HERE.
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Goldilocks' Herbal Hair Rinse for Blonde Hair

Made with Oatstraw, Elder Flowers, Lemon Peel, Calendula Flowers & Mullein Leaf from Mountain Rose Herbs
Whether your are a "No Poo" kinda person, or you enjoy sudsing up your lovely locks, you will LOVE this herbal hair rinse for blonde and light colored hair.  Not only is this recipe as easy as brewing a cup of herbal tea, it will leave your hair clean, shiny and revitalized. This recipe makes enough for one to two rinses (depending on your hair length).

I LOVE getting my Certified Organic Herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs. 
I am an herbalist and I use  a ton of herbs.  I cook with them, I heal with them, and I use them to make awesome skincare products.  My favorite place to get Certified Organic dried herbs is Mountain Rose Herbs.  They really do have the BEST herbs available.  You can visit them at www.MountainRoseHerbs.com.  All of the herbs in this recipe were purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is available Certified Organic from Mountain Rose Herbs
You will need one heaping tablespoon of dried Calendula Flowers.

Mullein Leaf (Verbascum densiflorum) is available Certified Organic from Mountain Rose Herbs
You will need one heaping packed tablespoon of Mullein Leaf.

Elder Flowers (Sambucus Canadensis) is available Certified Organic from Mountain Rose Herbs
You will need one heaping tablespoon of dried Elder Flowers. FYI: These dried flowers smell so wonderful and amazing!!

Oatstraw (Avena sativa) is available Certified Organic from Mountain Rose Herbs
You will need one heaping teaspoon of dried oatstraw.

Lemon Peel (Citrus Limon) is available Certified Organic from Mountain Rose Herbs
You need one heaping teaspoon of chopped dried lemon peel.

Place the dried herbs into a large French Press with 2 1/2 cups of boiling water.

Allow the dried herbs to infuse the water for at least 30 minutes up to 1 hour.  Strain the liquid from the herbs.

Look at how beautiful this herbal infusion is!!!! Perfect for blonde hair!!!

The way I like to use this is to add about 1 1/4 cups of the hair rinse to a spray bottle.  After I cleanse and towel dry my hair, I drape my towel over my shoulders and mist the entire bottle of hair rinse through my hair while combing it through.  I pat my hair dry to absorb any extra hair rinse and then allow my hair to naturally air dry.  I get a ton of compliments when I walk in the sunshine.  The other day a kind lady told me my hair is like spun gold.  Store the remaining hair rinse in the fridge and use within three days.  You can also freeze it in ice cube trays and thaw it out when you are ready to use it.

Cheers!!!

Shannon




Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Baby Bump Belly Balm Bar

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Baby Bump Belly Balm Bar
My wonderful cousin Kait was pregnant with her first baby and she  asked me if I would create something that she can nourish her belly with to keep it supple and help prevent stretch marks.  Of course I could make her something! I created a luxurious recipe that contains moisturizing and protecting oils like hemp seed, macadamia nut, baobab, Argan and pomegranate seed oil.  I also added in a generous amount of cocoa butter and some Vitamin E.  She can rub this powerful balm bar over her belly to keep her skin supple and help restore her skin's elasticity during her pregnancy.  I also made it into an adorable heart shaped bar and put it in a small canning jar just for fun.  By the way, can you say "Baby Bump Belly Balm Bar" three times fast?


Every single ingredient I used for this formula came from Mountain Rose Herbs.  Just about every ingredient I used is Certified Organic too.  I like the wide selection of carrier oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.  Click HERE to be taken to their website.

I chose oils that are rich in fatty acids and are good at delivering deep hydration to the skin.  The combination of these oils will keep the skin in tip-top shape!!!

There are no essential oils in this recipe.  First of all, the carrier oils in this recipe are all super special and work wonders on their own.  Secondly, many pregnant women should avoid essential oils for safety's sake.  This recipe has a decadent cocoa butter aroma to it and smells amazing!!!

Baby Bump Belly Balm Bar (by Fresh-Picked Beauty)
makes about 2/3 cup

2 tablespoons Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax
1/2 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Carnauba Wax
5 tablespoons Mountain Rose Herbs Cocoa Butter
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Hemp Seed Oil
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Macadamia Nut Oil
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Baobab Oil
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Meadowfoam Seed Oil
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Argan Oil
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Pomegranate Seed Oil
1/2 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Vitamin E Oil

In a large glass measuring cup, add in the beeswax, carnauba wax, cocoa butter, hemp seed oil, macadamia nut oil, baobab oil and meadowfoam seed oil.  Place the measuring cup into a pan with a few inches of simmering water.  Occasionally stir the ingredients until fully melted.  Add in the Argan oil, Pomegranate seed oil and Vitamin E oil.  Stir to melt all ingredients.  Remove from heat.


I decided to make my bars into fun heart shaped ones.  I used two heart shaped ice molds that hold about 1/3 cup of liquid each.


You can use any mold you like for this recipe. I like the silicone molds as the bars are super easy to remove.

Make sure the ingredients are nice and melted.

I used a frosting tip as a small funnel to make it easy to pour my melted liquid into the heart shaped mold.  I filled them to the very top of the mold and allowed them to cool at room temperature until fully hardened.

I slipped the top off and I had a perfect heart shaped baby bump belly balm bar just waiting for me.

My bar developed a tiny hairline crack while it cooled.  It is still super perfect and I can't wait to present this to my cousin.  Remember I said I made two bars.....well one is for me.  No, I am not pregnant, but I do like to keep my skin super soft and moisturized.  This recipe would also make a wonderful hostess gift for a baby shower! You can also make mini heart shaped bars and present every guest at a baby shower their very own.  This also makes a wonderful lip balm recipe when used to fill up lip balm tubes.

Enjoy & Green Blessings!!

Shannon