Monday, February 27, 2012

Essential Oils with Aphrodisiac Properties

Looking to kindle the flame of passion with a special someone?  Here are a list of essential oils that have aphrodisiac properties.


Print the chart below for handy reference!!!!!
 You can find out more information about each essential oil by visiting Mountain Rose Herbs


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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 essential oils, never use them undiluted. 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. I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details. . Avoid use during pregnancy and breastfeeding unless discussed with your physician.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Zylphia's Perfume



Just in time for Spring, this thoughtfully arranged creamy yellow perfume is composed of  herbaceous Lavender, spicy Nutmeg, sweet Tangerine, rich Ylang Ylang, fresh Bergamot, musky Clary Sage, and earthy Patchouli.  The longer this blend sits, the better the aroma profile becomes, you will truly adore this perfume.

Top Notes: Tangerine, Bergamot

Middle Notes: Lavender, Clary Sage, Nutmeg

Base Notes: Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, 

I used 15 ml of 151 proof Vodka, but you may use a carrier oil such as Jojoba or Grapeseed.  

Zylphia's Perfume 
100 ml Vodka or oil

Place the Vodka and essential oils in a dry perfume bottle.  Shake several times per day for several days.  After one week to ripen.  The perfume will be a creamy pale yellow due to the darker essential oils. Store in a cool dark place and use within 6 months.  


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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 essential oils, never use them undiluted. 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. I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs. Avoid use during pregnancy and breastfeeding unless discussed with your physician. 
 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Kokum Butter Conditioning Lip Balm


You are most likely aware of both Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter, but have you heard of Kokum Butter? It is a highly prized and under-rated butter from the Garcinia tree. This naturally white and incredibly smooth butter has enormously high compositions of beneficial materials to help regenerate tired and worn skin cells and further supports elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall. A great ingredient to add to healing lotions, creams, and body butters. It can be directly applied to the skin in its solid state, but it may require a mild amount of heating to improve applicability. Highly recommended to those that are crafting cosmetics with the intent of producing a skin healing end product.

This is a photo of Kokum Butter from Mountain Rose Herbs.
 Your lips are going to love this ultra moisturizing and conditioning lip balm made of Kokum Butter, Calendula infused oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E and several beneficial essential oils.  

Kokum Butter Conditioning Lip Balm
12 grams Kokum Butter
12 grams Calendula Infused Oil (click here to learn how to make your own)
10 grams Avocado Oil
15 grams Coconut Oil
11 grams Beeswax
20 drops Vitamin E Oil

In a glass Pyrex measuring cup set on a canning ring in a pot of simmering water, heat the Kokum Butter, Calendula Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil and Beeswax until fully melted. Turn heat off and add in the Vitamin E Oil and the Essential Oils, stir well.  Carefully pour the melted lip balm into lip balm containers to the very, very top.  Allow to cool completely and cap.  Makes eleven .15-ounce tubes of lip balm. 

Getting ready to go into the water bath!!!
All melted and ready for the Vitamin E Oil and Essential Oils.
Cooling for several hours and ready to be capped and labeled.


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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 essential oils, never use them undiluted. 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. I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs. Avoid use during pregnancy and breastfeeding unless discussed with your physician.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Sandalwood and Bulgarian Rose Perfume

Make sure you buy your essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs!!!

Luxuriant Australian Sandalwood is intermingled with a modest caress of exquisite Bulgarian Rose to fashion a seductive and spicy perfume.  This fragrant fusion is a beautiful and profound attar that will certainly have ladies and gentlemen stepping a bit closer to you for a second whiff.  

I use Australian Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) essential oil which is used as an ecologically responsible substitute for Indian Sandalwood in perfumery.  Australian Sandalwood harvests are subject to strict governmental regulation and oversight by the WA Department of Environment and Conservation.

Bulgarian Rose (Rosa damascena) essential oil is mainly used in the fragrance industry and the distilled oil is also known for its sedative and aphrodisiac effects.  A little goes a very, very long way.  Two drops in the one ounce of Vodka was all this blend required.  Bulgarian Rose essential oil has a very rich, deep, sweet-floral and slightly spicy aroma that is quite the aphrodisiac.  Did you know that it takes around 10,000 pounds of rose petals to distill just one pound of oil?

I like to use 100 proof Vodka when making perfume blends since it has no smell at all.  I also only use glass bottles.  I don't like the "plastic-y" smell of plastic bottles.  I think the Vodka must leach out some of the plastic smell?? If you have sensitive skin or don't want to use alcohol, you can substitute Jojoba oil. Last, but not least, you need to do a patch test on your skin to ensure you are not allergic to the essential oils if they are new to you.  If you are pregnant or nursing, make sure you are allowed to use the specific oils before you start. 

Sandalwood and Bulgarian Rose Perfume

1 ounce of 100 Proof Vodka

Place the Vodka in a one-ounce glass spray bottle.  Add in the essential oils.  Gently shake the mixture several times per day for 1 week to ripen.  Shake gently before each use. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Face Mask


Mountain Rose Herbs is having a Sweetheart Recipe Exchange Contest with some pretty delicious prizes from the mega-talented artisans at Poppy Swap. I crafted this all-natural Chocolate Covered Strawberry Face Mask to enter into the contest.   My Soul Mate usually surprises me with chocolate covered strawberries and a bouquet of beautiful roses on Valentine's day, which is what inspired me to craft this scrumptious all-natural beauty recipe.


Sweet-smelling and succulent Strawberries are kissed by delectable dark cocoa powder then blended with delightful dried rose petals, skin- fancying Rhassoul clay, sweet-scented vanilla extract, conditioning aloe vera gel and comforting vegetable glycerin to create a scrumptious and nourishing facial mask for your Valentine.  
You gently massage this mask over your face, your chest and even in your hair. Relax to some romantic music for up to 30 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water.  

Simple and all-natural ingredients.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Face Mask
125 grams fresh strawberries
25 grams Cocoa powder
25 grams Rhassoul Clay
5 grams dried rose petals
25 grams aloe vera gel
15 grams Vanilla extract (click here to learn how to make your own)
5 grams vegetable glycerin 

Mix all the ingredients together in a small food processor until thick and creamy.  Store in fridge for up to 3 days.  You can gently warm in a microwave before you apply to skin.

If you would like to enter the Mountain Rose Herbs Sweetheart Recipe Exchange Contest you have until Monday, February 13th at 11:59pm PST to enter. You will find the contest blog post at http://mountainroseblog.com/sweetheart-recipe-exchange-contest/

I also encourage you to visit Poppy Swap at http://poppyswap.com/ where you can shop for handmade body care, natural remedies, custom tea and art inspired by nature.  Their herbal market supports herbalists and farmers and is dedicated to bringing you the best of our organic planet.  You can use the site to learn about herbs and connect to Poppy Swap's growing, online community. 



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