Monday, February 12, 2018

Neroli Sky Perfume Formula



The overture of this enchanting perfume is deep and complex with stirring notes of orange citrus and orange blossoms. You instantly experience a honeyed white floral aroma from the cold-pressed French Neroli essential oil. After a few moments you sense the penetratingly sweet and lush warm orange blossom absolute and the emerald and plummy deep floral characteristic of the Jasmine Sambac absolute. The dry down glories an unexpected and rich darkness of roasted coffee alongside a warm delicious richness from the vanilla bourbon CO2 that is anchored by a subtle tea-like airy whiff from the Jasmine CO2. 

I have created the feeling of strolling through an Italian citrus orchard while sipping a delectable vanilla espresso.  

I use mostly absolutes and CO2 extracts when formulating my perfumes. One great place to  shop for these ingredients is from Eden Botanicals (found HERE). They have a fantastic catalog of perfumery ingredients that will make you swoon! 

One trade secret to making perfume is to allow the concentrate to sit still for a few weeks before you dilute it with vodka or oil. I like to use 175 proof Vodka or clear jojoba oil. You can purchase Perfumers Alcohol that has been denatured but it is very expensive! Always mix your perfume in glass bottles since the absolutes and essential oils will ruin most plastic and synthetic containers. Many absolutes and CO2 extracts are tricky to work with since they are often semi-solid, waxy or solid at room temp. Eden Botanicals offers many tips on working with these precious materials.

Neroli Sky Perfume Formula
makes 15 ml

20 drops Petitgrain Absolute
20 drops French Neroli Essential Oil
6 drops Orange Blossom Absolute
6 drops Petitgrain sur Fleurs Essential Oil
3 drops Jasmine CO2 Extract
3 drops Jasmine Sambac Absolute
3 drops Coffee Bean CO2 Extract
6 drops Vanilla Bourbon CO2 Extract

Place all the drops into a small dark amber glass bottle.  Allow the mixture to age for two to three weeks. Dilute with 175 Proof Vodka to make 15 ml. I like to use perfume roller bottles for the best application. You can also use a perfume spray bottle as well. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Essential Oils for Occassional Anxiety

Essential oils are very well-known for helping uplift your mood and calm your anxious mind. They can help promote a sense of well-being because they have relaxing, soothing and extremely calming therapeutic effects. They may help with the occasional anxious feelings that we all get from time to time.  Here are ten essential oils that are great for helping you relax.

1. Hops Flower (Humulus lupulus): Rich, dry, spicy floral aroma. The essential oil is very well known for its sedative action. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

2. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): Very sweet, floral and herbaceous aroma. Besides it ability to heal the skin, lavender essential oil is renowned for its use as a sedative. Great to use before bedtime. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

3. Rose (Rosa damascena): Very rich, deep, sweet-floral, rosy aroma. Very well known to make one happy and as a sedative for an overactive anxious mind. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

4. Neroli (Citrus aurantium): Light, sweet-floral fragrance aroma. It is very popular for its calming effects. Very uplifting. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

5. Orange (Citrus sinensis): Sweet, sugary, and citrus aroma. Very well known as the uplifting essential oil. Many people find the aroma of sweet orange essential oil very calming. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

6. Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis): Very soothing, apple-like aroma. Known for its relaxant and antianxiety properties. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

7. Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana): Bright, sweet and balsamic aroma. It is very comforting when used and may help with relaxing. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

8. Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium): Distilled from the leaves and twigs of the orange tree. A fresh-floral, citrus scent with woody-herbaceous undertones. A great oil to use during times of nervousness. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

9. Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides): Very sweet, heavy, earthy, woody aroma. One of the most grounding  and calming essential oils. Try mixing with lavender essential oil. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)

10. Mandarin (Citrus reticulata): Light, fruity, citrus aroma. Orange like essential oil with very calming and soothing properties. You can shop for it at Mountain Rose Herbs (here)



To make a massage oil, add a total of up to 15 drops of essential oil into 1 ounce of sunflower seed oil.

To use in a diffuser, add a few drops of essential oil into your diffuser to fill your space with the therapeutic molecules of the essential oils. *Follow your diffuser's specific directions.

To use in a bath, add up to 15 drops of essential oil to one tablespoon of heavy cream. Fill your bath with warm water and then swirl the essential oil/cream mixture into the bath. Soak for 20 minutes.



To create a body mist, add up to 20 drops of essential oil to a spray bottle and fill with 4 ounces of distilled water. Shake well and mist over your body and hair.

To make a room spray, add up to 30 drops of essential oil to a spray bottle and fill with 2 ounces of alcohol and 2 ounces of distilled water (or all water). Shake well and spray into the air. Avoid getting on fabric or painted surfaces.


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. Anxiety that is severe or chronic should be cared for along with your health care professional. Don't be shy to seek professional help!!!

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Calendula and Sea Buckthorn Lip Balm


This is an ultra-nourishing formula that softens lips and eliminates dryness and rough texture. The calendula infused oil provides advanced healing nourishment and soothing relief to your lips. The repairing sea buckthorn oil provides powerful healing and long-term protection. This lip balm is a first aid blanket for your lips.

Keep your lips chap-free and soft all summer long!

You can make your own calendula infused oil or purchase it ready-made from Mountain Rose Herbs
According to Mountain Rose Herbs, calendula oil is one of the most popular and effective topical oils. This oil makes an excellent base for lip balms. It is gentle and cooling and perfect for anyone spending a lot of time outdoors with high exposure to the elements. It is exceptional for those with sensitive skin. If you don't want to make it yourself (it takes about 6 weeks), you can purchase it from Mountain Rose Herbs. They make small batches that is solar infused in a window at their facility. They only use certified organic Calendula officinalis flowers, organic Olive oil and a touch of Vitamin E Oil. Click here to learn more. If you want to learn how to make it yourself, visit my Calendula Infused Oil Tutorial page HERE.

You can purchase certified organic Sea Buckthorn oil from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE
Sea Buckthorn oil is a very interesting and therapeutic oil.  It is cold pressed from the entire berry and seeds. This oil is high in essential fatty acids, carotenes, tocopherols and phytosterols. You only need a tiny bit in your recipe to realize the benefits. The color is a natural deep amber red that gives you lip balm a nice sunshine color. Shop Mountain Rose Herbs for Sea Buckthorn Oil. Click HERE.

The middle oil is the bright red Sea Buckthorn Oil. A little goes a long way!
Calendula and Sea Buckthorn Lip Balm
makes seven  0.15 ounce  twist up tubes

1 tablespoon, plus one teaspoon grated Beeswax
1 1/2 tablespoons Shea butter
1 tablespoon Calendula infused oil
1 teaspoon Sea Buckthorn oil
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
10 drops of essential oil (optional) such as lavender, sweet orange or lemon

Measure out the grated beeswax and Shea butter into a glass measuring cup and sit it in a pot with a few inches of simmering water. Stir until melted. Add in the Calendula oil and Sea Buckthorn oil. Stir  again, until melted together. Remove from heat and stir in the Vitamin E Oil and essential oil if using.

Quickly and carefully, pour the melted mixture into lip balm tubes. Allow to cool and harden. Place caps on tubes. This recipe makes enough for sharing!

Save $69 On Argan Oil

I am shocked! Can you believe that Josie Maran sells 100% Pure Argan Oil for a monstrous $96 for four ounces? Don't get me wrong, I sincerely adore Josie Maran! Her natural skin care formulations are quite splendid. On the other hand, for a single ingredient product such as Argan Oil, I truly consider her argan oil awfully high-priced!

Did you know that you can get Certified Organic Argan Oil from Mountain RoseHerbs for merely $27 for four ounces? This is the brand that I have been using for years! I worship Mountain Rose Herbs unrefined, cold-pressed Argan Oil! It is such an extraordinary and exquisite oil that is pressed from the fruit kernels of the Moroccan Argan tree.  Argan oil is a light oil that is quickly absorbed into the skin. It contains high amounts of tocopherols and phenols, carotenes, squaline and fatty acids. It honestly is a sumptuous oil. 

So head on over to Mountain Rose Herbs (shop HERE) and save yourself $69 by purchasing their wonderful Certified Organic Argan Oil!

Cheers!

**I have a partnership with  Mountain Rose Herbs but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this post!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Damascus Rose Beauty Balm

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Damascus Rose Beauty Balm

I was inspired to create this recipe from a product I sampled at Whole Foods a few days ago.  This super nourishing balm is wonderful for the face, neck and under eye area.  You can massage it into your cuticles and on your heels if you like.  I used antioxidant-rich oils in my recipe along with a potent blend of lavender essential oil, rose essential oil and Roman Chamomile essential oil.   A little of this product goes a very long way because it does not contain any water.

Photo of the "other guy's" product I sampled in Whole Foods. 
For my recipe you will need the following ingredients. Most can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs.

1 tablespoon Calendula Infused Olive Oil
2 teaspoons Castor Oil (buy here)
1 teaspoon Beeswax (buy here)
1/4 teaspoon Seabuckthorn Oil (buy here)
1/4 teaspoon Rosehip Seed Oil (buy here)
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (buy here)
5 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil (buy here)
3 drops Rose Essential Oil (buy here)

I make my own Calendula Infused Olive Oil. You can learn how to make your own HERE or purchase it from Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

You can buy the Roman Chamomile and Bulgarian Rose Essential Oils from Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

My friend grows and distills a really wonderful lavender essential oil and has been pouring her love of lavender into her business since 2005.  You can order Martha Lane Lavender HERE.

Place the calendula infused olive oil, castor oil, beeswax, seabuckthorn oil, and rosehip seed oil into a small glass measuring cup and sit it in a pan with a few inches of simmering water. Stir the ingredients until the oils and beeswax have melted. Remove from the heat.

Add in the essential oils and stir to combine.


Pour the liquid into a small container and allow to cool to room temperature. Place a lid on the container.

After the balm cools down, it will have a very soft texture and is easily massaged into the skin. I like to use this as a night time treatment. Literally a small pea-sized amount is all it takes for my entire face and neck. I use another small amount on my hands too.  This stuff is amazing!!! It has the intoxicating aroma of Bulgarian Rose....need I say more???  Cheers!!



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, January 16, 2018

Sea Buckthorn Solid Serum Drops


Serums are powerhouse beauty products that help improve visible signs of aging and help smooth fine lines and wrinkles.  They are usually super concentrated and meant to be used before your regular moisturizer and makeup.  Most serum formulations are liquid or oil and perfect for normal, oily and combination skin.  Dry skin, especially during the colder months of the year, will need a stronger type of serum that acts as a barrier for parched skin.  I have created mini solid serum drops!

One tiny little solid serum drop is enough for your entire face! These are the same amount of a regular dose of liquid serum but are thickened with the addition of beeswax and nourishing Shea butter to provide a protective and healing barrier for your skin. You simply smash one of these little beads between your thumb and finger and blend it into a creamy serum which gets massaged into freshly cleansed skin. Feel free to use it on your lips to soothe and moisturize!

My formula contains three super star oils from Mountain Rose Herbs (shop here). Sea Buckthorn oil is a cold pressed oil that is highly prized in skin care.  It contains essential fatty acids, carotenes, tocopherols and phytosterols.  It is super concentrated and just a small amount in the formula is very potent and gives the beautiful yellow hue to the solid serum drops.

Tamanu oil from Mountain Rose Herbs is a beautiful bold dark green. A tiny amount of this potent oil is all you need to act as an anti aging ingredient and help support supple skin.

Pomegranate Seed Oil from Mountain Rose Herbs is a luxurious and deeply penetrating oil from the cold pressed organic seeds of pomegranate fruit.  It truly is a remarkable ingredient for dry and mature skin and is perfect in this serum recipe.

You can shop for all the ingredients in this recipe at www.MountainRoseHerbs.com.

I bought a Lego shaped silicone candy mold from the craft store.  The little round cavities in the mold are the perfect size for filling up with serum. Each little cavity holds about two drops of the melted serum. I used a plastic pipette and worked quickly to fill up the little holes.

Sea Buckthorn Solid Serum Drops
Makes about 1 ounce

1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Pomegranate Seed Oil (shop here)
3/4 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Tamanu Oil (shop here)
1/4 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Sea Buckthorn Oil (shop here)
2 1/2 teaspoons Mountain Rose Herbs Shea Butter (shop here)
2 heaping teaspoons Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax Pastilles (shop here)
2 drops Mountain Rose Herbs Rose Absolute Oil (shop here)

1. Begin by adding the beeswax, pomegranate seed oil, tamanu oil, sea buckshorn oil and shea butter into a glass measuring cup, placed in a simmering water bath until they have melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add in the rose absolute oil. Mix well.

3. Carefully use a pipette to drop a few drops of warm melted serum into the small wells of the silicone mold. Allow to harden completely to room temperature.

4. Pop out the tiny concentrated solid serum drops and store in tin, metal, or glass containers at room temp.



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

AromaMist Diffuser Giveaway


Mountain Rose Herbs sells my most favorite essential oil diffuser! The AromaMist diffuser uses half a cup of tap water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to create a continuous fragrant mist for up to three hours. It is super quiet (almost silent) and has a built-in shut off for when the water level gets low.  The coolest thing about this diffuser, is that is has an optional light setting that glows in blue, pink or a revolving rainbow of colors.

One of the best ways to benefit from the therapeutic properties of essential oils is to diffuse them into your living space. I use mine every single day! The best selection of Certified Organic Essential Oils can be found at Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE to learn more!

This particular essential oil diffuser retails for $57.00. However, one lucky winner will be randomly selected to win one from Fresh-Picked Beauty.  If you would like to learn more about his fantastic diffuser, head over to Mountain Rose Herbs (click HERE).



Here is how to enter:


Simply fill out the below form with your name and email so I can contact you if you are randomly picked as the Winner. Click HERE to see Fresh-Picked Beauty's Official Giveaway Rules.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Body Butter Beans


I have the most ADORABLE beauty post EVER!!  Imagine solid lotion bars in an itty bitty bean shape.  SQUEEEEE.....I can't handle how cute these are!! The idea came to me when I was using one of my regular-sized lotion bars and I thought to myself, "Geez, I wish I could make a lotion bar in a tiny size that was just enough for a single use".

I ordered a few tiny silicone coffee bean molds from Amazon.  Each little bean cavity holds a quarter teaspoon of lotion. These are meant for making chocolate, but are perfect for my Body Butter Beans.



I purchased all the ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs.  They truly have the best beeswax, kokum butter, cocoa butter and kukui nut oil. You can shop with them HERE.


I also used a few different essential oils that I bought from Mountain Rose Herbs. They have an amazing classic essential oil kit. Check them out HERE.
You get eight small bottles of essential oil in the Mountain Rose Herbs Classic Sampler Set.  I chose lavender and cedarwood essential oil in my recipe. The itty bitty body butter beans smell so divine!

Body Butter Beans

5 tablespoons of Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax (shop here)
3 tablespoons of Mountain Rose Herbs Cocoa Butter (shop here)
3 tablespoons of Mountain Rose Herbs Kokum Butter (shop here)
5 tablespoons of Mountain Rose Herbs Kukui Nut Oil (Shop here)
30 drops of Mountain Rose Herbs Lavender Essential Oil (Shop here)
15 drops of Mountain Rose Herbs Cedarwood Essential Oil (Shop here)
Tiny Coffee Bean Silicone Mold (I bought mine from Amazon)

1. Begin by adding the beeswax, cocoa butter, kokum butter and kukui nut oil into a glass measuring cup, placed in a simmering water bath until they have melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add in your essential oils.

3. Carefully pour the hot mixture into the cavities of your silicone molds. Allow to harden completely to room temperature.

4. Pop out the body butter beans and store in tin, metal, or glass containers at room temp.

I used a pipette to easily fill the tiny little bean cavities in the silicone mold. You could also use a 1/4 teaspoon if you choose. Make sure to fill the little cavities up all the way, but don't over fill!

Once they completely cool down and harden, they are super easy to pop out of the mold. I still can't believe how cute these are!!

These would make the perfect Party Favor for weddings, dinner parties, birthday parties, or holiday gift giving. I know exactly what I am making for gifts in 2018!!!


These are totally portable! Just don't let them get too hot or they will start to melt.  It only takes one to do your hands and lips. Two is plenty for your entire body.

OPTIONS: 

If you want to substitute the beeswax you can use Carnauba wax (shop for it here)

If you want to substitute the kokum butter you can use mango butter or shea butter (shop for them here).

If you want to substitute the kukui nut oil you can choose almond oil, avocado oil, baobab oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, hazelnut oil, hemp seed oil, olive oil, sesame oil, or sunflower seed oil (shop for all of these here).

Let me know if you make these!!! Drop me a line at FreshPickedBeauty@gmail.com

Cheers!!!!


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Whipped Lanolin Multipurpose Balm


Did you know that lanolin stems from Latin? "Lana" for wool and "Oleum" for oil.  Lanolin is a wax  that is secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals such as sheep.  It primarily consists of sterol esters which make it the perfect ingredient for protecting our skin from severe climates and as a barrier shield.

Lanolin on its own is very dense and sticky and hard to use.  However, once you whip it up, it turns into a light and fluffy pale yellow cloud that is easy to spread and use all over your body!

There is a very popular brand of whipped lanolin lip balm made in Australia that costs $17 for a tiny little half ounce tube.  You can purchase a huge 7 ounce container of pure lanolin for about $8.00.  It is simple to whip it up into a gorgeous fluffy multipurpose balm that  can be used for over 100 different skin care needs.


Start with two or three tablespoons of lanolin in a mixing bowl.

Using a whisk attachment on your hand-held mixer, WHIP IT, WHIP IT GOOD! Takes just about two minutes on high to transform the lanolin into a pale yellow fluffy texture.

Transfer the lanolin balm into as many containers as you want. I like to share with friends and family so I used these small-sized portable lip balm containers.

A little goes a looooooooong way! This much on the tip of my finger is enough for my lips. Simply warm it over your lips and massage in!


Monday, January 1, 2018

Win a Signed Copy of My Book


I am honored that Mountain Rose Herbs sells my book on their website. You can visit them HERE to order a copy of "200 Tips, Techniques & Recipes for Natural Beauty". I am also going to pick THREE lucky Winners at Random to WIN a signed copy of my book.


Watch a 30 second video about my book. 

Giveaway starts January 1, 2018 and ends February 1, 2018. Good Luck!!!

To enter, visit Mountain Rose Herbs Essential Oil page (HERE) and take a look at all the Certified Organic Essential Oils that they carry. Choose your favorite essential oil and let me know on the form below which one you chose and why you like it the most. Giveaway starts on January 1, 2018 at 8:00 am PST and ends on February 1, 2018 at 8:00 am PST. No purchase necessary to win or enter. Good Luck!