Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Citrus & Cedar Solid Perfume

Here is my latest solid perfume recipe.  Citrus & Cedar is a bright and happy mix of citrus top notes with a woodsy smidgen of Cedarwood Virginia for the base note.   I will refer you to my last solid perfume recipe for step-by-step instructions on making it.  Visit http://www.freshpickedbeauty.com/2012/03/patchouli-tangerine-solid-perfume.html for my Patchouli Tangerine Solid Perfume tutorial.

Mountain Rose Herbs has graciously offered to giveaway a fantastic prize pack of beeswax and essential oils to one lucky reader who will be randomly selected.  When you enter you will also have the opportunity to request a Mountain Rose Herbs catalog!! Good Luck!!

Citrus & Cedar Solid Perfume
15 ml of Jojoba Oil
25 drops Lemon Essential Oil
50 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
25 drops Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
5 grams Beeswax

(For a pictorial walk-thru on making solid perfumes and container options, visit HERE)
Measure out the Jojoba Oil in a small shot glass.  Add in your essential oils and blend well.  This is your opportunity to test it out on your skin and determine if it needs more essential oils.  Place the beeswax in a small glass and heat in a water bath until melted.  Once melted, keep the melted container of beeswax in the hot water and remove the pan from the heat.  Pour your essential oil blend into the melted beeswax.  You will notice that the mixture will immediately start to solidify, but gently stir for a few seconds to remelt. Quickly and carefully, pour the melted perfume into your chosen container. Allow to harden. **Citrus oils may cause skin irritation and are phototoxic which means that you should avoid direct sunshine on the areas you apply the solid perfume!!

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One lucky winner will get all the ingredients above so they can fashion a bunch of solid perfume pots for their friends.  All you need to do is fill out the Entry Form below for a chance to win.  Giveaway ends on August 22, 2012 at 8:00 am PST. One winner will be randomly chosen by Random.org and Mountain Rose Herbs will ship the prize directly to the winner.  No purchase necessary, must be 18 years or older and a US Resident and you can only enter one time.  Good Luck!!!






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, July 25, 2012

Fresh Rosemary & Burdock Root Infused Hair and Scalp Oil

I love making my Fresh Rosemary & Burdock Root Infused Hair and Scalp Oil.  This recipe makes an excellent hot oil treatment for dry and damaged hair and itchy scalp.  Burdock root is added to the oil to help moisturize the hair and scalp. I have read that Burdock is traditionally used to reduce hair from falling out.

Rounding out this recipe is the addition of Rosemary, Lavender, Sage, Carrot Seed and Helichrysum essential oils.  All of these essential oils are suggested to provide nourishing benefits to the hair and scalp.

To start this recipe you will need 10 grams of fresh Rosemary leaves, 10 grams of dried Burdock Root, 60 grams of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 90 grams of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.

Mash the fresh Rosemary and Burdock root together with a mortar and pestle.

You can either use a low-heat mug warmer or a small bowl set over a pan of low simmering water to gently heat the oils and herbs.  I like to use a mug warmer since it keeps it at the perfect temperature of about 120 degrees F.

I used the mug warmer and it took a total of 8 hours of heating the herbs and oil.  I did four hours over two days.  I strained the herbs from the oil and then returned the infused oil back to the mug warmer for two hours to make sure that any water that remained from the herbs would evaporate off.

I used a large amber colored bottle with a lotion pump attachment and added the following essential oils;
50 drops of Rosemary
40 drops of Lavender
20 drops of Sage
20 drops of Carrot Seed
10 drops of Helichrysum

(You can buy all the above mentioned Essential Oils from Mountain Rose Herbs). 

I then added in the infused oil.

Top it off with 1 ounce of Evening Primrose Oil.

To use: directly pump the oil onto your hair and scalp. I use about 1 ounce per treatment. Massage gently into your scalp and leave on for at least 1 hour. Wash your hair as normal and notice the silky softness of your hair and the refreshing feeling of your scalp.  Green Blessings!!!!



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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 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.   




Tuesday, July 17, 2012

D.I.Y Herbalism Face Scrub


There is a very popular boutique in the mall that makes some really awesome fresh facial masks, bath bombs and other skincare products.  One of my favorites is called Herbalism.  It is a facial cleanser that promises to clear up my congested pores and exfoliate my blemish prone skin.  I ran out of my little black pot of this wonderful product and decided to make my own.  I really like my recipe and the price I paid to make it at home is a fraction of what I paid retail.  Give my recipe a try and let me know how you like it.  Cheers!!!

Bring 3 tablespoons of organic rice vinegar to a boil. I microwaved it in a small jar for 30 seconds.

To the hot vinegar, add in 1/2 tablespoon each dried Nettle, dried Rosemary and dried Sage.  Cover with a tight fitting lid and shake well.  Store in a cool dark place for three days, shaking several times per day.  After the third day, squeeze the infused vinegar from the spent herbs into a small glass bowl.

Add 5 drops of Rose Otto Essential Oil, 20 drops of Sage Essential Oil and 10 drops of either German or Moroccan Blue Chamomile Essential Oil to the infused vinegar.

Add in 1 tablespoon of liquid Chlorophyll to the mixture.

Add in 2 tablespoons of Vegetable Glycerine to the mixture and stir well.

Add in 4 tablespoons of Fullers Earth Clay to the liquid and stir well to combine.

Add in 7 tablespoons of ground almonds (also called Almond flour) to the liquid and mix well. It will start to become thick at this point.

Finally, add in 3 tablespoons of Rice Bran and mix well.

I packed the mixture into my Wonder Cup to make a perfectly round disc. You can simply pack it into a canning jar if you like.

Here is my version of one of my favorite skincare products.  My recipe made just about 170 grams. Store in the fridge for best results.  I like to use a heaping teaspoon amount and make a paste with a little warm water and then massage all over my face for  a few minutes, allow it to stay for a few more minutes and then rinse with warm water.  Enjoy!!!

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.  

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Love Potion Fizzy Bath Bombs


I love making fizzy bath bombs and realized I have never posted a recipe for them.  They are super easy to craft and the add-in options are endless.  You can choose your favorite carrier oils, essential oils, dried herbs, or even mica shine.  The only biggie is to make sure you don't make them on a rainy day or a super humid day, because if you do, they will start to "wart" while drying.  The moisture in the air will attach to the bath bomb and sorta "set it off".  Other than that, the only other trick is when you mist with water, don't spray too much.  You want just enough to make the mixture stick together when pressed.  Have fun making these!!!

Love Potion Fizzy Bath Bombs
200 grams Baking Soda
100 grams Citric Acid
5 grams Powdered Pink Rose Petals
5 grams Sweet Almond Oil
30 drops Love Potion Essential Oil Blend
Rosewater in a spray bottle

 Sift the dry ingredients into a large glass mixing bowl.

Mix the dry ingredients together well.

Add in 30 drops of the Aura Cacia Love Potion blend.  This blend contains mandarin, lemon, cardamom, sandalwood, patchouli, ylang ylang, vetiver and jasmine essential oils.  This smells amazing!! Mix well to combine into the dry ingredients.

Drizzle the oil over the dry mixture and work quickly to combine well.

Mist the mixture with a few sprays of the rosewater and work the mixture in with your hands.  You may need a few more sprays to get the mixture to say together when formed into a ball.  I used a total of 10 sprays. 

There is a fine line between too much water and not enough.  If you notice the mixture start to fizz you have added too much.  If the mixture will not hold together when formed into a ball, then you have added too little. 


Quickly press the mixture firmly into your chosen mold or use your hands to form solid balls.  I used a silicone brownie pop mold and the recipe made just enough to firmly pack each cavity.


Make sure you firmly pack the mix into the mold.  Flip over your mold and remove the bath bombs. Cover with a dry towel and allow to dry for 24 hours or until hard.

Once dry you simply run a bath of warm water and drop in one or two bath bombs and enjoy the skin softening fizzy action. 

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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 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.