Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Light & Lemony Face Lotion


This recipe is for a lightweight, fast-absorbing facial lotion that will sink quickly into your skin to nourish, smooth, and moisturize. It has an amazing and uplifting citrus aroma from the lemon verbena hydrosol and the small amount of lemon essential oil. Apply it first thing in the morning for a fresh citrus burst to help wake up your senses.

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs
You can find every single ingredient over at Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE to shop.

Purchase organic lemon essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE.
Lemon essential oil comes from the rind of Citrus limonum. Most of the essential oil is physically separated from the cold-pressing of the fruit rind, but you can source steam distilled essential oil which is great for avoiding the phytotoxicity of the steam distilled oil. It is a wonderful essential oil to use in blends meant for oily skin types or those prone to blemishes. It can tone enlarged pores and sooth blemishes. This particular oil can be irritating to the skin when used in large amounts. I used a very small amount of just 10 drops in four ounces of lotion. Believe it or not, there is a lot of lemon essential oil on the market that has been adulterated with other citrus oils, synthetic compounds or preservatives to keep the oil from oxidizing too quickly, it is best to purchase form a source you can trust. I highly recommend getting it from Mountain Rose Herbs. I also like to buy from Simplers Botanicals and  Snow Lotus.

Light & Lemony Face Lotion
makes about 4 ounces

2 1/2 teaspoons jojoba oil
2 1/2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
1/2 teaspoon stearic acid
2 heaping teaspoons emulsifying wax NF
1/3 cup lemon verbena hydrosol
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
10 drops lemon essential oil

Measure the jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, vegetable glycerin, stearic acid and emulsifying wax into  a glass measuring cup and sit this in a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water. Stirring occasionally, until everything has melted and the temperature reaches about 160 degrees F.

Measure the lemon verbena hydrosol into another glass measuring cup, sit this in a saucepan of simmering water, and heat to a temperature of about 160 degrees F.

Carefully remove both measuring cups from the simmering water. Pour the oil and wax mixture carefully into a heatproof mixing bowl and mix with a hand-held mixer set on medium speed. Carefully add the hydrosol and mix for a further 5 minutes. Add in the vitamin E and lemon essential oil and mix for a few more minutes.

Pour your lotion into a sanitized container and allow to cool completely and thicken. Store the lotion in the refrigerator and use within 30 days. This does not contain a preservative and needs to be kept refrigerated for best results. **You can use this all over your body too!

Guys love this light lotion too! It has a very uplifting aroma and does not leave the skin feeling oily. Make a batch for your favorite man so he can have super smooth skin!

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, April 20, 2016

Anti-Blemish Mask with Chamomile, Honey and Tea Tree

One of the latest and greatest beauty trends is the one-time-use treatment infused cloth facial masks that are popping up with all the major beauty brands.  They are worn on the face for about 20 to 30 minutes and can help rejuvenate, hydrate, soothe and soften your skin.  They can also be pretty expensive! I have seen some of them go for as much as $20 each. I was at the mall a few weeks ago and was talking with a sales associate at a particular beauty counter and  she offered me a free sample of their super expensive cloth facial mask.

These instructions will give you two re-usable cloth face masks.

Here is the deal, I was only interested in using it as a template to build my own re-usable cloth face mask.  The particular product I received was chock full of questionable ingredients that I would never put on my skin.  I gently washed it to remove the infused serum and hung it up to air dry.

An organic cotton produce bag usually costs less than $4.00
I use organic cotton produce bags to store my fruits and veggies and decided that I could part with one of them in order to fashion my re-usable face masks.  I made two sets of the face mask out of one bag.

The washed and dried cloth face mask that I received as a sample from a beauty counter at the mall
The photo above shows the free cloth face mask that I received from the beauty counter. I think it is made from rayon or something synthetic.

I pinned the synthetic one-time-use mask onto my produce bag
I simply pinned it onto my cotton produce bag. This way I was able to get two sets out of it.

So simple!!
I cut around the pattern. Pretty easy!!!

Two re-usable organic cotton cloth face masks. Yeah!!!
Yeah!! Two sets of re-usable organic cotton cloth face masks. Now I am ready to mix up a treatment formula to infuse the mask with.  I decided to create an anti-blemish treatment serum.

Mountain Rose Herbs offers the best Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera Gel. Just saying!!
Start out with adding 2 tablespoons of Witch Hazel Extract and 2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel into a mixing cup.  Add in 1 tablespoon of glycerine. Mix well

You can either make your own tinctures, buy them from Mountain Rose Herbs, Gaia Herbs or Herb Pharm.
Pull out your tinctures and add 1/4 teaspoon of calendula extract, 1/4 teaspoon echinacea extract, 1/4 teaspoon green tea leaf extract, 1/2 teaspoon chamomile extract, 1/2 teaspoon lavender extract and 1/2 teaspoon thyme extract to your measuring cup. Mix well. All of these tinctures are wonderful for blemish-prone skin.

Make sure to buy Bio-Active Healing Honey.  It is expensive, but is pretty good stuff!!!
Stir in 1 tablespoon of organic manuka honey. Mix well.

Xanthan gum can be found in the baking section.  It is a great thickener and can turn liquids into gels.
Thicken up the mixture by adding in 1/8 teaspoon of Xanthan gum to the mixture.

This stick blender will help disperse the xanthan gum evenly.
Use a stick blender and blend on high until the mixture is a gel-like consistency.

Mix in 2 teaspoons of Jojoba oil and 10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil. Stir well.

Place your cloth face mask into the mixture and allow it to become fully saturated.  This recipe makes enough for three facials.

Boo!
Smooth the treatment infused face mask over your face and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes.  Remove the cloth mask.  Do not rinse your skin, simply massage in any remaining treatment serum.  My face felt so refreshed after this treatment!!

Gently rinse out your cloth mask in warm soapy water and rinse well.  Air dry and use again and again and again.  This recipe will give you enough treatment gel for three facials.

Enjoy!! Stay tuned for more recipes to use with your cloth masks.

Cheers!

Shannon



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, April 19, 2016

Bug Bite Relief Stick

A few days ago I reposted my recipe for my All-Natural Bug Repellent which works wonders at keeping those pesky bugs and mosquitoes away, but chances are you will still end up with a bite here and there.  So, here is a recipe for a fantastic bug bite relief stick.  You want to carry this around with you while hiking, camping, swimming or just hanging out in your back yard this summer!

The tube on the left is a 0.15 oz container and the tube on the right is a 0.5 oz container
This recipe will make enough to fill two large 0.5 oz lip balm containers.  You can also fill up about 6 of the small 0.15 oz containers if you like.

You will need the following ingredients:

1 heaping teaspoon of Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax

3 teaspoons of Mountain Rose Herbs Carnauba Wax. I like to add some carnauba wax to this formula because it makes it a little bit harder and helps it not to melt as easily as a pure beeswax formula does. Chances are you will be carrying this in your pocket while playing outdoors and you don't want it to melt!

3 1/2 teaspoons calendula infused carrier oil.  I have a wonderful tutorial on how to make your own HERE. I really LOVE calendula infused oil because it makes an excellent base for salves.  It is gentle, cooling and soothing.  It helps with skin inflammation.  If you don't have time to make it yourself, you can head on over to Mountain Rose Herbs and buy a 4 ounce bottle of their Calendula Healing Oil which is made from Certified organic Calendula flowers and Certified organic olive oil.  Click HERE to be taken to Mountain Rose Herbs.

1 1/2 teaspoons castor oil. I like to add in castor oil because it is very soothing to the skin when it is part of a formula.  It is also a hard oil that adds a layer of protection to your skin.


1 teaspoon of Mountain Rose Herbs Vitamin E Oil.  I add in the Vitamin E Oil for two reasons.  It helps prevent rancidity of the oils in this formula and it is a great antioxidant for the skin.

You need the following essential oils: Mountain Rose Herbs is a great place to get high-quality essential oils. I used the essential oils at a 5% of the formula.  This is a potent recipe that is meant to be applied to small areas of the body at a time.  I normally use about 2.5% essential oil blend when I formulate for general uses.

15 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops German Chamomile essential oil
10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
5 drops Vetiver essential oil
3 drops Peppermint essential oil

German Chamomile is very useful in skin care meant for inflammations, rashes and wounds.  It is also antiseptic.  Lavender is antiseptic, helps stop bleeding, insect repellent, anti-inflammatory and is good for cleaning wounds and bites. I added a bit of Vetiver because it smells amazing and is a good antiseptic and an immune stimulant.  The peppermint is in this blend because it is very cooling to the areas that have been bitten and Tea Tree helps to keep the area clean and acts as a potent antiseptic.


Bring a small pan with a few inches of water to a simmer.  Add your beeswax and carnauba wax to a small glass measuring cup and sit it in the hot water to melt.  Add in your calendula oil and castor oil.  Stir to melt.  Turn off the heat but keep the glass measuring cup sitting in the hot water.  Stir in the Vitamin E oil and the essential oils.  Carefully pour the melted mixture into the containers to the very top.  Add the caps and allow to cool to room temp.

This is what it will look like once all the ingredients and essential oils are added in.  I wish I could describe how wonderful this smells.  The earthy vetiver mixes so well with the herbaceous and fresh lavender which mixes so well with the cooling aroma of the chamomile and the other essential oils.

Fill your tubes up to the very top! Careful not to spill any of the hot liquid on your skin!

To use: Simply apply over bug bites!



Cheers!!!

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!!

Monday, April 18, 2016

All-Natural Bug Repellent (Formula #2)

I recently tweaked the formula for the All-Natural Bug Repellent based on the research I did on the formulas of a few other all-natural brands.  This new formula works just as well and I made eight bottles for my family and friends.  Enjoy!!!

This recipe will make enough to fill eight 4-ounce bottles



The main part of the formula that changed is the essential oil blend.  I looked at what a few companies added to their formulas and decided to base my recipe on theirs.  I ended up with 6.5% Citronella, 1.7% Peppermint, 1.5% Cedarwood Virginia, 1% Eucalyptus, 1% Litsea Cubeba, 1% Lemongrass and 0.2% Geranium.  I tested it out and the mosquitoes would buzz close to me, but did not land on me.  I did not get one single bite that night.


I had this huge batch of handcrafted Catnip tincture sitting in my pantry that I used along with some Witch Hazel Extract. 

I simply blended 225 ml of Catnip Tincture and 175 ml of Witch Hazel Extract in a large glass measuring cup.

Next, I measured out the essential oils into a glass beaker.

I lined up eight sanitized 4-ounce amber bottles and added in 7.5 ml of the essential oil blend to each bottle.

I then added 50 ml of the Catnip/Witch Hazel Extract blend to each bottle.

Add the spray attachment to each bottle and you are ready to apply a label.

You can print out these labels or make your own.

Here you have it! Enough bottles to share with family and friends.  Just make sure you shake the bottle very well before applying the repellent and be aware if you spray it on your clothes, they may get stained.

All-Natural Bug Repellent (Formula #2)


225 ml Catnip Tincture (click here to learn how to make tinctures)
175 ml Witch Hazel Extract
30 ml Citronella Essential Oil
8 ml Peppermint Essential Oil
7 ml Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
5 ml Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5 ml Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil
5 ml Lemongrass Essential Oil
1 ml Geranium Essential Oil


Measure out the Catnip Tincture and Witch Hazel Extract in a glass measuring cup.  Blend all the essential oils in another small glass measuring beaker or cup.  In each 4-ounce dark glass bottle, measure in 7.5 ml of the essential oil blend.  Pour 50 ml of the Catnip Tincture/Witch Hazel blend into each bottle.  Place the spray attachment fitting into each bottle and apply a label.  Use within 1 year. No refrigeration is needed.

Want to make a single 4-ounce bottle just for yourself? You will add 28 ml of Catnip Tincture, 22 ml of Witch Hazel Extract, 3.75 ml Citronella Essential Oil, 1 ml Peppermint Essential Oil, 18 drops Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil, 12 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 12 drops Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil, 12 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil and 3 drops of Geranium to a 4-ounce bottle.  


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. Shannon Buck and Fresh-Picked Beauty strongly recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented on this website and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming any type product. Anything you find on this website still needs more research to establish the potential effectiveness and safety of any ingredient and/or suggestion.  Before you consider using anything you find on this website, you need to consult with a medical professional to help you weigh the pros and cons of using natural ingredients.  You also need to review all the available safety data for each ingredient before you use it.  Herbs and natural ingredients have been used successfully for many years, but as a precaution, I suggest that you consult a naturopathic doctor, licensed herbalist, or holistic health practitioner who is qualified to guide you in the safe use of herbs and natural ingredients. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Tea Tree Oil Face Cream


Tea Tree Oil Face Cream
Makes 2 ounces 
1/2 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Witch Hazel Extract
1 tablespoon Rosewater
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Jojoba Oil
1/2 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Hazelnut Oil
3/4 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Stearic Acid
2  teaspoons Mountain Rose Herbs Emulsifying Wax-NF
40 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

I like getting the Witch Hazel Extract from Mountain Rose Herbs
I got both of these oils from Mountain Rose Herbs and they are both great for oily and blemish-prone skin types. 

My favorite place for Emulsifying Wax is Mountain Rose Herbs
Mountain Rose Herbs has Stearic Acid

Measure out the ingredients into three separate containers.  The Witch Hazel and Rosewater in one container, the Jojoba and Hazelnut oils into another and the Stearic Acid and Emulsifying Wax into another.

Bring a pot with about 3 inches of water to a simmer.  In a glass measuring cup, pour in all the ingredients.  Place the measuring cup into the simmering water and allow the waxes to melt into the other ingredients.

As the wax melts, it will start to emulsify the ingredients together.

The mixture will turn a creamy white color and all the wax will be melted.  Remove from the hot water and start to whisk for about 5 minutes.

Add in the essential oil, mix well and pour into a sanitized glass container.

Continue to whisk to cool the cream and thicken it up.  Once it has a rich and thick consistency, place a tight fitting lid on it and store it in the refrigerator for up to 30 days.  This is a great cream for the blemish-prone back and chest too.



You will find most of  the necessary ingredients to make this cream over at Mountain Rose Herbs.  

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!!!




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