Thursday, May 31, 2012

Unscented Honey & Clay Facial Cleanser


I wanted to create a cleanser that was unscented, conditioning, mildly exfoliating and able to remove makeup.  I wanted to combine the best of oil cleansing and traditional soap cleansing.  I wanted my face to feel conditioned and smooth but not oily after I rinsed with warm water.  I tried several times to get this formula just right and I really enjoy the final formula.  I chose Castor oil and sweet almond oil since both are very soothing and help to dissolve make up.  I added in honey for its skin conditioning properties.  I added in unscented liquid Castille soap since it is an extra mild and gentle liquid soap with no harsh chemicals, additives, colorants or residue leaving ingredients.  I added in some Fuller's Earth clay to help gently exfoliate the skin and draw out impurities.  You simply massage a bit of this gentle cleanser into your dry skin and then rinse with a wash cloth and warm water.  Pretty amazing!

This recipe is very simple. All the ingredients go into a single glass measuring cup and placed into a simmering water bath.

You stir the mixture until it reaches 120 degrees and the emulsifying wax is fully melted.


Place the warm mixture into your desired container and allow to cool and thicken.

I rubbed red lipstick on my hand, added a bit of the honey clay cleanser and gently massaged it in. Rinsed with warm water and my hand was spotless. 

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Unscented Honey & Clay Facial Cleanser

10 grams Castor Oil
5 grams Sweet Almond Oil
10 grams local honey
15 grams Liquid Castille Soap
5 grams Shea Butter
5 grams Fuller's Earth Clay
3 grams Emulsifying Wax NF
2 grams Stearic Acid

Place all the ingredients into a glass measuring cup. Place cup in a simmering water bath. Stir ingredients gently until mixture reaches 120 degrees and the wax is fully melted and incorporated.  Transfer warm mixture to desired container and allow to cool to room temp.  To use: Massage about 2 teaspoons into skin (avoiding eye area).  Add a bit of warm water and continue to massage then rinse with warm water. 


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. 


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Toner for Acne-Prone Skin (Formula #1)

I find that this toner helps promote natural healing and reduces inflammation of my daughter's acne-prone skin.  My teenager has seen positive results and enjoys the wonderful aroma from the essential oils. This is called "Formula #1" since I am always tinkering around with and tweaking my formulas. I like the essential oil blend in this toner as they are all good for acne and are anti-inflammatory and very soothing with healing promoting qualities.   I will post "Formula #2" as soon as I formulate it.  Green Blessings!!!

 Fresh-Picked Beauty's Toner for Acne-Prone Skin (Formula #1)


30 grams Lavender Hydrosol
30 grams Rose Geranium Hydrosol
30 grams Witch Hazel Extract
15 grams Aloe Vera Gel
10 grams Calendula Tincture
15 drops Palmarosa Essential Oil
15 drops Carrot Essential Oil
10 drops Rose Essential Oil
10 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
10 drops German Chamomile Essential Oil

Mix all ingredients into a dark amber-colored bottle.  Apply to clean skin. Do not rinse. Avoid eye, mouth and nose area.

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, May 25, 2012

The Honeybees & I need your help!!!

The following information is from the Mountain Rose Herbs Blog.

Mountain Rose Herbs has gotten together with their long term partner Beyond Toxics on their most recent project called 1000 Friends of Bees Campaign. As most of your know, a large percentage of our honeybee colonies are being threatened by habitat loss, introduced diseases, the spread of parasites, and worst of all, the widespread use of pesticides. Many biologists agree that without the simple honey bee, our entire food system would collapse as would other essential plant systems.

The problem is that pesticides poison the bees by direct contact with the plants and flowers they pollinate and from here the compound chemicals eventually contaminate the honey, pollen, and entire hive. Entire bee colonies have been collapsing at an alarming rate and the latest research points to pesticides as being the biggest culprit of these declines.

But don’t let this shocking news get you down! Mountain Rose Herbs and Beyond Toxics are addressing the impacts that pesticides cause to honeybee populations and we need your support! 1000 Friends of Bees Campaign is a neighborhood-by-neighborhood and city-by-city project dedicated to the preservation of the honeybee. The goal of 1000 Friends of Bees Campaign is to create pesticide-free zones in communities throughout the Pacific Northwest so that we can live together with our pollinators in a healthy and safe environment free of harmful chemicals.

There are numerous ways that you can help us spread the message and it will only take you a mere 2-3 minutes of your time.

Mountain Rose Herbs goal is to have 1000 new friends of bees and you can do this 2 ways….

I Need Your Help!!!

As many of you know I am an Affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs. From 5/25/12 to 7/1/12, any commission I make from Mountain Rose Herbs will be directly donated to the 1000 Friends of Healthy Bees.  I already have $32.93 in my commissions account that I will add to the amount raised during 5/25/12 to 7/1/12.  I will earn a commission if you order something from Mountain Rose Herbs when you use my Affiliate Link (Please know that you will be paying the exact same amount that you would normally pay when using my Affiliate Link .  If you need anything from Mountain Rose Herbs, now is the time to order. Please click on the banner below to be taken to the Mountain Rose Herbs website and I will get credit for your order. I thank you very much for helping me with this important cause!!!! Green Blessings!!

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Natural Sunscreens

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I have received several emails in the past few weeks asking for a beauty recipe for a natural sunscreen.  I don't have a recipe and I have never made one, but the folks over at Mountain Rose Herbs just posted the Goddess Garden natural sunscreen line.  This line offers full-spectrum UVA/UVB protection for the whole family without any harsh chemicals. With 30 SPF coverage, these sunscreens are made with organic and natural ingredients, providing a non-greasy formula that protects and nourishes the skin. Easy to apply, they are non-whitening and water resistant.

The active ingredients in the Natural Sunscreen are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. This formula contains 82% organic ingredients. For the more sensitive members of the family they have the Baby Natural Sunscreen. Made with 75% organic ingredients, this formula is fragrance free and only contains Zinc Oxide as an active ingredient.

For those of you who prefer the convenience of  a non-liquid application, Mountain Rose Herbs still offer the Zinc Sunstick in both Coconut and Unscented. Head over to Mountain Rose Herbs (Click HERE) to order.



Thursday, May 24, 2012

Oil Absorbing Calendula Face Cream for Oily Skin


I was tinkering around in my beauty lab (a.k.a my kitchen) and formulated this oil absorbing facial cream that whipped up nice and thick and worked very well as a foundation primer.  If you have oily skin, you are going to really like this.

The water phase is a mixture of Calendula Hydrosol and Calendula Tincture (click here to learn how to make tinctures).


The oil absorbing business part of the face cream is from the Kaolin Clay which is a naturally absorbent and very fine white clay.

Oil Absorbing Calendula Face Cream for Oily Skin

20 grams Calendula Hydrosol
10 grams Calendula Tincture/Extract
17 grams Jojoba Oil
6 grams Emulsifying Wax NF
2 grams Stearic Acid
2.5 grams Kaolin Clay
1 gram/20 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
3 drops Grapefruit Seed Essential Oil

Measure in the hydrosol and tincture in a sterile glass measuring cup.  In another glass measuring cup, measure in the Jojoba oil, Emulsifying Wax, Stearic Acid and Kaolin Clay.  Place both measuring cups into a simmering water bath.  Heat both to about 140 degrees. Remove from heat and pour both into a larger sterile glass measuring cup. Blend with a stick blender or whisk for about 5 minutes or until the mixture is below 100 degrees.  Add in your Grapefruit Seed Extract and essential oils.  Continue to whisk for about 10 to 15 minutes or until your cream is starting to firm up.  Transfer to sterile containers and either keep in the fridge or use within 60 days.

Here the two phases are in the simmering water bath. 

 

 

 Here is a photo showing the warm mixture being whisked to cool it and emulsify it. 


Just keep whisking until the mixture lightens up and firms up. Failure to mix long enough may cause the product to separate. 



Fill up your sterile container with the product and keep a tight lid on it.  Never use your fingers to retrieve the cream. 


For safety's sake, I like to keep the larger container in the fridge in refill a smaller 1/2 ounce container to help it stay fresher.  

Head over to Mountain Rose Herbs for all the ingredients!!  Herbal Blessings!!!

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.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Rejuvenating Spirulina & Clay Mask


This rejuvenating and warming facial mask is crafted for normal, combo and oily skin.  I use this a few times per week when I want to deep clean my pores and increase circulation to my face.  I chose Fuller's Earth Clay because it has enormous drawing capabilities and is the number one choice for oily skin and those prone to acne.  It literally draws oil from the pores.  Spirulina offers an impressive array of protective antioxidants and imparts the beautiful green color to the mask.  The warming effect comes from the ground ginger root.  I add in a bit of Matcha tea and tumeric as they are both wonderful anti-oxidants and beneficial to the skin.  I also use Aloe Vera Gel when making the mask, but your favorite hydrosol would be wonderful too.

You can order all the ingredients, including the Fuller's Earth, from Mountain Rose Herbs.

In a small bowl, add in 5 grams of Fuller's Earth, 1.5 grams of Spirulina Powder, 1.5 grams Matcha Tea, 0.5 grams of Ground Ginger Root, and 0.5 grams of Tumeric.

Stir well to combine all the dry ingredients.

Add in 20 to 25 grams of Aloe Vera Gel and stir into a smooth paste.

I like to apply a thick layer of this mask with a large foundation brush and leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.  You may notice a slight redness to your face which should go away within 1 hour.  Avoid getting this in your eyes or nose as it will sting and irritate your mucous membranes.  I find that this recipe makes enough for two to three masks. Store it in the fridge with a tight lid so it does not dry out. 

Here I am in full green goo-ish glory!Boo!!



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.



Monday, May 21, 2012

Flower & Milk Bath with Wild Chamomile, Bergamot & Cardamom


Here is a bath soak that smells AMAZING and is the perfect easy-to-make gift for someone special. It is also a great way to use up your recycled glass jars too.

In a large glass bowl, add in 10 grams of dried rose petals.

Add in 20 grams of dried Chamomile flowers.

Add in 20 grams of dried lavender buds.

Add in 20 grams of dried Elder flowers.

Stir well to combine all the flowers.

Add in the following essential oils: 30 drops of Wild Chamomile, 20 drops of Cardamom and 15 drops of Bergamot.  Mix well.  *Works best if you gently stir flowers after every 10 drops of essential oil.

Stir in 40 grams of powdered milk.

Transfer to a glass jar of your choice. Make sure to label your jar and keep the lid on at all times to keep the moisture out.

My favorite way to infuse this blend into the bath is with this large mesh infuser sold by Mountain Rose Herbs.  This fantastic stainless steel infuser is perfect for bath herbs! Measures 3 3/4" diameter and 3 3/8" deep. I use about 1/2  cup of bath soak per bath.  You can even compost the wet herbs after your bath.

Here is a label you can print out and attach to your jar of bath soak.  You can find all the ingredients over at Mountain Rose Herbs. Herbal Blessings!!!


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 especially if you are pregnant, nursing or suffer from any type of health issue.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bacteria Busting Hand Sanitizer


Did you know that making your own hand sanitizer is pretty darn' tootin' easy? The secret is to have at least 60% alcohol.  I like to mix two different proof Vodkas and add in some proven "bacteria busting" essential oils.  Lets make our special Bacteria Busting Blend of essential oils first.

Bacteria Busting Blend 
80 drops Clove Bud Essential Oil
70 drops Lemon Essential Oil
40 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
30 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
30 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
20 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

Mix together in a dark amber colored bottle.  Keeps for at least 2 years.

You need to apply a "caution" label so folks who may come across it know that it needs to be highly diluted before use.  You also need to do your own research and make sure that you are not allergic to any of the oils and that they are safe for you to use.  Essential Oil safety is very important!!!

For my hand sanitizer, I mix equal parts of 105 Proof Vodka and 151 Proof Vodka.  This way I get 64% alcohol content.  You can use rubbing alcohol if you choose and it is a lot cheaper too.  I like to do 60 grams of each for a total of 120 grams of alcohol.  I then add in 10 drops of the Bacteria Busting Blend of Essential oils and store it in an amber colored glass spray bottle.  The secret to sanitizing your hands is to mist enough of the spray on your hands where they dry after at least 15 seconds.  This is of course flammable and needs to be stored away from heat!!!

Thanks to Mountain Rose Herbs for their Four Thieves Oil recipe which is where I got the info for my Bacteria Busting Blend.  All of the essential oils in the blend are antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-infectious.  You can purchase the essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs too. 

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 especially if you are pregnant, nursing or suffer from any type of health issue.



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Camper's Salve


Part of my first aid kit for Summer is a batch of my handcrafted Camper's Salve.  This salve contains organic extra virgin olive oil that has been infused with Burdock Root, Calendula Flowers, Chamomile, Chickweed, Goldenseal, Nettle, Oregon Grape Root, Plantain, Thyme and Yarrow.  I then thicken it with a bit of beeswax and add in Lavender, Tea Tree and Myrrh essential oils.  My family and I love to camp in the Olympic Peninsula and we usually get some type of bump, bite or boo-boo. A little bit of this soothing salve helps immediately!!  I don't leave home without this salve! I hope you enjoy making it as much as I do.


Here are the ten herbs we will use to infuse the olive oil. Some of the qualities of these herbs are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-toxic and general skin relieving and soothing properties.  You will need 1 teaspoon of each.

Grind the herbs in a spice grinder to form a powder.

Pour them into a small glass measuring cup.

Cover with 60 grams of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Stir well to saturate the herbs.


I like to place the cup of oil and herbs on a Mr. Coffee mug warmer and heat the oil to just about 110 degrees for at least 4 to 5 hours.  I sometimes break it into two days of 3 hours each.  Make sure you stir the mixture several times per hour.

Between 100 and 110 degrees is perfect for infusing the medicinal qualities from the herbs into the oil.

After the oil is completely infused, strain the oil from the herb.  You need to put some muscle into this task and get as much oil as possible.

As you can see, I ALMOST squeezed out all 60 grams of oil, but just a little remained in the herb and cloth.  Oh well, you can always top off with a little bit of olive oil.

Heat the herbal oil along with 25 grams of beeswax in a double boil until completely melted. Add in 10 drops of Lavender essential oil, 10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil and 10 drops of Myrrh essential oil, stir well.  Carefully pour the hot mixture into your chosen container (either tin or amber colored glass is best).  Cap and allow to cool.


 Here is a label you can print out and attach to your jar. 


Are you ready to start making salve? Head over to Mountain Rose Herbs for the dried herbs and the rest of the ingredients. 



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