Sunday, September 14, 2014

Triple Lavender Bath Bomb Hearts



You are going to have so much fun making this recipe for heart shaped bath bombs that uses dried lavender buds, lavender hydrosol and lavender essential oil.

The ingredients you need are:

1 cup of Mountain Rose Herbs baking soda
1/2 cup of Mountain Rose Herbs citric acid
1/4 cup of Mountain Rose Herbs Dead Sea salt
1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil (or other lightweight carrier oil)
6 teaspoons of Mountain Rose Herbs Dried Lavender buds
50 drops of lavender essential oil
Lavender hydrosol in a spray bottle (start with one tablespoon and have more if needed)

I used a heart shaped silicon baking mold and added a teaspoon of dried lavender buds to each cavity of the mold.

Add your baking soda, citric acid and sea salt to a sifter and sift into a bowl.  Make sure all the clumps are out.


Add the lavender essential oil into the fractioned coconut oil, mix well.

Drizzle the essential oil and oil over the dry ingredients and whisk well to combine.

Lightly spray the dry mixture with a small amount of lavender hydrosol and whisk well to combine.  Spray again and repeat whisking until the mixture is just moist (NOT WET) enough to clump together.


Go slowly with the lavender hydrosol.  You just want to add enough to get it to clump together. Too much hydrosol will activate the ingredients and you will have one not-so-fun fizzy mess to clean up.

Press the mixture into the cavities of the silicone baking mold and allow to harden and dry at room temp for several hours. Once hardened, remove the bath bombs from the mold and store in an air-tight container.  To use: drop one or two into a warm bath and enjoy the relaxing and aromatic lavender aroma. Be careful when getting into and out of the bathtub as the surface may be slippery.

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, September 8, 2014

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Version of Aqua Marina Face & Body Cleanser

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Version of Aqua Marina Face & Body Cleanser

I developed this recipe based on the very popular LUSH Aqua Marina mineral-rich seaweed and calamine face and body cleanser.  I took their published list of ingredients and got busy whipping up a batch of my own cleanser and I really like how my version turned out. 

The first ingredient you need is Irish Moss flakes.  The botanical name is Chondrus crispus and is a dried seaweed that grows in tidal pools along the northern Atlantic.  It is a traditional herbal remedy in Ireland.  I used it in the recipe because it is loaded with antioxidants and has a very soothing effect on the skin and softens dry sensitive skin.  You can buy Irish Moss from Mountain Rose Herbs

Place 1 heaping teaspoon of Irish Moss in a small bowl and add 3 tablespoons of boiling water over the top. Stir well and allow to sit for at least one hour or until a thick gel forms. 

After about an hour or so, the Irish Moss will absorb all the water and a thick soothing gel will appear.  


To the Irish Moss gel, add in 1 teaspoon of Mountain Rose Herbs Vegetable Glycerine.  This is the perfect ingredient to use to help your skin retain moisture and it helps to pull oxygen into the skin.  It also has a very cooling effect on the skin which is perfect if your skin is inflamed or sensitive. 


Add in 3 tablespoons of Calamine Lotion.  This is a skin protectant that works wonders for soothing and protecting sensitive  and inflamed skin.  

The ingredients in the calamine lotion are pretty simple.  It contains calamine, zinc oxide, bentonite magma, calcium hydroxide, glycerin, and purified water. 

Add in 1 tablespoon of Mountain Rose Herbs Aloe Vera Gel. We all know how awesome Aloe Vera Gel is for the skin.  It can soothe burns, bites, and another skin maladies.  You can purchase it HERE

Your mixture should look something like this (photo above).  You will need to blend it all together and I find that a stick blender works great.  You can also run it through your food processor or blender if you like. Blend it until the Irish Moss and the other ingredients are a smooth liquid. 

To the blended mixture, add in 2/3 cup of Mountain Rose Herbs White Kaolin Cosmetic Clay.  Mix until a thick paste forms. I like this clay because it is gentle and very light.  It helps absorb oils and dirt from the skin while gently purifying it. 

Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of Mountain Rose Herbs Fine Sea Salt over the mixture and blend well. 

Stir in 20 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil and 5 drops of Patchouli Essential Oil. Mix well to combine. I love the uplifting aroma of the sweet orange oil and it has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties to help your skin.  The patchouli essential oil is also anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and acts as a skin deodorant.  It blends really well with the sweet orange essential oil.  

Scrape the sides down and form the mixture into a small ball. (this mixture looks gray because of the lighting in my kitchen, but it is actually a pale pink color). 

You will need one sheet of Japanese Nori which can be found online or at your local Asian market. 

Fold the nori sheet in half and place the mixture on one end.  Roll up!!! (the lighting makes the mixture look gray, but it is actually pale pink). 

Store the product in an air-tight container and keep it in the fridge. Use within two weeks. To use: moisten your body in the shower and turn off the water.  Scoop out about a tablespoon sized amount and place in the palm of your hand.  Add a tiny bit of water and rub into a smooth paste.  Massage it over your body and face. Turn the warm shower water back on and rinse away.  You can also apply to your face and leave it on for five minutes for a soothing mask.  

Purveyors of fine herbal products
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. I am not in any way Affiliated with Lush  in any way nor do I know their actual recipe for any of their products, I am simply using a list of ingredients and creating my own version.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

All-Natural Raspberry Cheek Stain

I have a wonderful and easy recipe for an all-natural raspberry cheek stain that is made with freeze-dried raspberries.  You are going to love, love, love this recipe!!! It gives your cheeks a beautiful rosy glow and smells like fresh picked roses with the addition of some Bularian Rose essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Start out with 1 heaping tablespoon of organic freeze-dried raspberries. Place them into a mortar and pestle.

Grind the raspberries into a fine powder.

You will have some raspberry seeds mixed in with the fine powder that you will want to sift out.

I used a tea strainer to separate the powder from the seeds. Discard or compost the seeds.

You will have a heaping teaspoon of the ground raspberry powder.

Add the raspberry powder into a small shot glass.


Add one tablespoon of 151 proof grain alcohol to the raspberry powder. Mix well.

Drizzle in 1/4 teaspoon of castor oil.  This will help to prevent the alcohol from drying out your skin when applied. Plus, it imparts a subtle rosy glow to your cheeks. Stir well and cover the shot glass with a coaster to prevent the alcohol from evaporating. Let it sit for at least an hour.  Strain the liquid through a small coffee filter or muslin cloth into another clean shot glass.


Add in one drop of Bulgarian Rose essential oil. You can order it from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Transfer the raspberry cheek stain into a small glass roller bottle.

Here is my arm before I applied the cheek stain...........

You can apply as little or as much as you like. It will dry very quickly due to the high alcohol content.

As you can see in the photo above, the cheek stain dries to a very beautiful pink hue.  I am very excited about his recipe.  It was super easy to wash off with my mild face wash.

Some of you may be wondering if you could use this as a lip stain, and my answer is YES....but you need to make one  change to the recipe.  Instead of using 1/4 teaspoon of castor oil, use 1/2 teaspoon of sweet almond or sunflower oil.  You will need to shake the container well before you apply the product to your lips.  Due to the high alcohol content, you may experience dry lips if you use it too often, so discontinue using if it becomes bothersome.

Enjoy!!!

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!!!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Anti-Blemish Mask with Chamomile, Honey and Tea Tree

These instructions will give you two re-usable cloth face masks.
One of the latest beauty trends is the one-time-use treatment infused cloth facial masks that are popping up with 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.

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 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


 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!!!