Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Suki Suki Massage Oil

Just in time for Valentine's Day!! This enjoyable massage oil is a delightful gift for that special sweetheart in your life.  I decide on Jojoba Oil and Kukui Nut Oil given that together they are readily absorbed into the skin. I also blended five incredibly beautiful essential oils that have aphrodisiac and comforting properties to them.  I chose Rose Otto, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood and Red Mandarin Essential Oils.  Both the Rose and the Jasmine Absolute were bought already diluted in Jojoba Oil and are a wonderful and easy on the pocket way to purchase them given that they are extremely high-priced when purchased undiluted.

This massage oil is a very romantic, dreamy and amorous blend of skin nourishing oils and sweet-smelling essential oils.

I picked up these adorable bottles from a local craft store.  I bought 18 of them for only $5.99 after my coupons and the in-store discount.  What a steal!!!

Each bottle holds about 2 ounces and comes with a cute little cork top. I love these!!!

I printed out a decorative label and applied a few heart stickers to make it a bit more special. 

The label fit perfectly on the little bottle. 

Here is the label I printed from the computer. I used the Martha Stewart brown kraft labels with the Avery Template #72428. 

Lets get started making this recipe.  I used Jojoba Oil and Kukui Nut Oil, but feel free to use whatever oil you have at home that does not have a strong aroma like coconut or sesame. Sweet almond oil would be an excellent choice.

Suki Suki Massage Oil
45 ml of Kukui Nut Oil 
15 ml of Jojoba Oil
15 drops of Rose Otto (diluted in Jojoba Oil or 2 drops if using pure absolute)
15 drops of Jasmine Absolute (diluted in Jojoba Oil for 2 drops if using pure absolute)
10 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
10 drops Red Mandarin Essential Oil
8 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil

I found the Rose Otto in jojoba oil from Aura Cacia and the Jasmine Absolute in jojoba oil from Zenith Supplies in Seattle. Each blend contains about 9% essential oil or absolute.

Add the oils into the bottle using a funnel.

Measure in the essential oils.

Gently stir to mix. Place the lid on and allow to sit overnight to harmonize.

Enjoy & Green Blessings!!

-Shannon


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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.. 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!!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

"Ultimate Splurge" Essential Oils

It took me several years to acquire these expensive essential oils.  When my family would ask what I wanted for my birthday, I would always answer "Get me a bottle of Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil".  I love each and every one of these oils and actually feel a spiritual connection to the amazing energy these oils exude.  This is a list of my "Top 5" most beloved essential oils.  These oils are super expensive because each of them require an extraordinary amount of plant material during the distillation process.  Bulgarian Rose essential oil requires the souls of 60 whole roses to produce just one drop of essential oil.  It takes around 10,000 pounds of rose petals to distill just a single 16 ounce bottle of essential oil.  The sedative and aphrodisiac effects of Bulgarian Rose Oil are amazing and have been highly sought after for centuries.

"Ultimate Splurge" Essential Oils

#1 Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil 
$206.50 for 1/4 ounce (as of 1/23/13)

Botanical Name: Rosa damascena
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Flower petals
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Very rich, deep, sweet-floral, slightly spicy
Largest Producing Countries: Bulgaria, Turkey, and France
Traditional Use: Mainly used in the fragrance industry. The distilled oil is also known for its sedative and aphrodisiac effects.
Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antifingal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, cholagogue, deodorant, disinfectant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hepatic, sedative, stomachic, tonic
Benefits: Abrasions, broken capillaries, coughs, dry skin, emotional crisis, fever, headache, lack of concentration, liver congestion, low libido, migraine, nausea, nervous tension and stress-related complaints, poor circulation, poor memory, scarring, skin problems, slow circulation, wrinkles. A couple drops of rose oil is an easy addition to most skin and hair care products.
Blends Well With: Benzoin, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, fennel, geranium, ginger, helichrysum, jasmine, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, ylang ylang, vetiver
Of Interest: It takes around 10,000 lbs of rose petals to distill one pound of oil.

$55.75 for 1/2 Ounce (as of 1/23/13)

Botanical Name: Santalum spicatum
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Roots and heartwood
Note Classification: Base
Aroma: Soft, woody, extremely tenacious and somewhat balsamic
Largest Producing Countries: Australia
Traditional Use: Used as a substitute for Indian Sandalwood in perfumery.
Properties: Antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, decongestant, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, fungicidal, insecticidal, sedative, tonic
Benefits: Anxiety, aphrodisiac, cough, cracked and chapped skin, diarrhea, dry skin, fluid retention, nausea, nervous tension, scarring, sore throat, stress, vomiting. Australian sandalwood can be substituted for Indian sandalwood in most cases. It has the same fixative properties, and the aromas are very similar.
Blends Well With: Benzoin, bergamot, black pepper, chamomile, cistus, clary sage, clove, geranium, grapefruit, fennel, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, lemon, mandarin, myrrh, neroli, oakmoss, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rose, rosewood, tuberose, vetiver, ylang ylang
Of Interest: Australian Sandalwood represents an ecologically responsible alternative to traditional Indian Sandalwood. A report published in the Journal of Essential Oil Research stated: "analysis showed that Western Australian sandalwood is related to East Indian sandalwood in terms of constituents." Australian Sandalwood, Santalum spicatum, is presently being produced in a sustainable, environmentally-responsible manner through ethically managed plantations. Western Australia is home to the world's largest sustainable Sandalwood reserve - 1.6 million kilometers, or roughly 3 times the size of France. Efforts are also underway to involve Aboriginal communities in equitable business partnerships that will provide income to these ancient indigenous residents as well as position them to accept greater responsibly over the environmental management of this valuable native resource. In addition, Australian Sandalwood harvests are subject to strict governmental regulation and oversight by the WA Department of Environment and Conservation.

#3 Helichrysum Essential Oil
$47.25 for 1/4 Ounce (as of 1/23/13)

Botanical Name: Helichrysum italicum
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Flowers
Note Classification: Base
Aroma: Sweet, earthy, green floral
Largest Producing Countries: France, Bosnia, Italy, and Spain
Traditional Use: A widely popular oil in the perfume and skincare industries.
Properties: Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antispasmodic, astringent, cholagogue, cicatrizant, diuretic, expectorant, hepatic, nervine, stimulant
Benefits: Bruising, burns, colds, cough, fever, lethargy, muscular aches and pains, nervous exhaustion, scarring, sprains, stretch marks, sunburn, wounds.
Blends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, chamomile, citrus oils, clary sage, clove, cypress, geranium, juniper, lavender, neroli, oakmoss, oregano, palmarosa, rose, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, ylang ylang
Of Interest: The word helichrysum is named after the golden yellow flowers of the plant, and comes from the Greek words helios meaning sun and chrysos meaning gold. The common name, immortelle, also comes from the flowers, because they are long lasting blossoms that do not wither easily.

#4 Neroli Essential Oil
$116.74 for 1/4 Ounce (as of 1/23/13)

Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Flowers
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Light, sweet-floral fragrance, with a terpeny top note
Largest Producing Countries: Morocco, USA, Italy, and France
Traditional Use: In perfumery neroli is used as both a base note and a top note depending on the oils that it is blended with. It is also known for its calming effects.
Properties: Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, fungicidal, sedative, tonic
Benefits: Colds, flatulence, general skin care, headache, insomnia, oily and dry skin, poor circulation, scars, sensitive skin, slow digestion, stretch marks, wrinkles.
Blends Well With: Benzoin, chamomile, clary sage, coriander, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, myrrh, orange, palmarosa, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang
Of Interest: It takes approximately 100 lbs of blossoms to produce 1 lb of neroli essential oil.

#5 Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
$47.25 for 1/4 Ounce (as of 1/23/13)

Botanical Name: Arthemis nobilis or Chamaemelum nobile
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Flowers
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Fresh, rich, sweet, fruity, apple-like aroma
Largest Producing Countries: USA, Hungary, Italy, and France
Traditional Use: Chamomile has been used as a strewing herb. The oil is used in perfumery and has a high ester content which makes this oil a valuable antispasmodic.
Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antineuralgic, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, digestive, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hepatic, sedative, stomachic, sudorific, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary
Benefits: Boils, burns, cuts, dermatitis, earache, fevers, hair care, headache, indigestion, inflammations, insect bites, insomnia, migraine, muscular pain, nausea, nervous tension, sprains, stress related complaints, toothache, wounds. Roman chamomile gives a blend a warm fruity note.
Blends Well With: Bergamot, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, neroli, oakmoss, palmarosa, rose, tea tree
Of Interest: In ancient Egypt chamomile was used as an offering to the sun god. Roman chamomile is used in aromatherapy for its skin benefiting properties, and it adds a calming aspect to a blend, which may help in times of tension. Roman Chamomile essential oil Is used for its skin healing properties in the manufacturing of body care products, as well as for aromatherapy. It has a very pleasant, soothing, apple-like aroma. The Roman chamomile plant is a low growing, perennial ground cover.

Thanks to Mountain Rose Herbs for all the in-depth information about the above essential oils.  I buy most of my essential oils from 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 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, January 21, 2013

Essential Oils that Cost $10 or Less!

I hope you enjoyed my previous post Essential Oils that Cost $5 or Less! How many did you add to your collection?  Are you ready to add a few more? Here is a list of essential oils that cost $10 or less (*as of 1/21/13 when purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs). Most essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs are either Certified Organic, Wildharvested and/or tested free of pesticide and organophosphate residues!!

Allspice essential oil

Basil essential oil

Bay, West Indies essential oil

Benzoin resin oil

Black Pepper essential oil

Celery Seed essential oil

Cilantro essential oil

Clove Bud essential oil

Fir Needle essential oil

Grapefruit essential oil

Lavender essential oil

Lavender, Spike essential oil

Mace essential oil

Marjoram, Sweet essential oil

Nutmeg essential oil

Oregano essential oil

Parsley Seed essential oil

Peppermint essential oil

Petitgrain essential oil

Pine, Scotch essential oil

Ravensara essential oil

Savory, Winter essential oil

Spruce essential oil

Tarragon essential oil

Vetiver essential oil

Learn the potential hazards of essential oils before you buy. Click Here to find out.

Curious to know what makes Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils Therapeutic Quality? Click Here to find out.

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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.. 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, January 19, 2013

Essential Oils that Cost $5 or Less!

Are you thinking about starting an essential oil collection? Perhaps you want to add new ones to your existing collection.  I have compiled a list of essential oils that cost $5 or less (*as of 1/19/13 when purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs). Not only are these oils inexpensive, you usually get at least 1/2 ounce bottles of pure essential oil.  Most essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs are either Certified Organic, Wildharvested and/or tested free of pesticide and organophosphate residues!!

Amyris essential oil

Anise Seed essential oil 

Bergamot Mint essential oil

Bitter Orange essential oil

Cajeput essential oil

Camphor, White essential oil

Caraway essential oil

Cedarwood, Atlas essential oil

Cedarwood, Virginia essential oil

Citronella essential oil

Copaiba Balsam essential oil

Coriander Seed essential oil

Cornmint essential oil

Dill Seed essential oil

Elemi essential oil

Eucalyptus essential oil

Eucalyptus, Lemon essential oil

Grapefruit essential oil

Ho Wood essential oil

Lemon essential oil

Lemongrass essential oil

Lime Peel essential oil

Litsea Cubeba essential oil

Niaouli essential oil

Orange, Bitter essential oil

Palmarosa essential oil

Pennyroyal essential oil

Peru Balsam essential oil

Rosemary essential oil

Spearmint essential oil

Tangerine essential oil

Tea Tree essential oil

Turmeric essential oil (solvent extracted)

Learn the potential hazards of essential oils before you buy. Click Here to find out.

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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.. 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!!!
 

 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Mailbag Question About Measurments

I have been getting several emails per day asking me why I don't write my recipes using standard US measurements such as ounces, teaspoons, tablespoons and cups.  Several folks have mentioned that they don't quite understand what a gram of something looks like or how to measure that out.  When I create my beauty recipes, I measure everything (even liquids) on a measuring scale using grams.  Trust me, it is a lot easier to say 5 grams of an ingredient instead of listing it as 0.17637 ounces.  Lets say I used 2 milliliters of essential oil, that would convert to 0.40576827 teaspoons, now that would be hard to measure out.

The best advise I can offer is to invest in a kitchen scale.  I have three different ones that I use and can recommend.

The one shown above  is the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display. It retails around $50.00.  I like that it can measure in 1-gram increments for great accuracy.  It can measure up to 11 pounds.

The one shown above is the WeighMax 5KG/11LB Digital Multifunctional Kitchen Scale. It displays ounces/lbs/grams/kgs: graduation .05oz/1 gram.  It is usually on sale at Amazon for right around $13.00.


A few weeks ago, I purchased the Kamenstein scale from Costco for only $10.97 (it was on sale).  It is very similar to the other ones that I own but I could not pass up such a good deal (wink wink).

Not ready to purchase a kitchen scale, no worries! Here are a few resources I found online that will prove to be helpful.

Click HERE to be taken to Metric-conversions.org for Grams to Ounces 

Click HERE to be taken to Metric-conversions.org for Ounces to Grams

Click HERE to be taken to Metric-conversions.org or Milliliters to Teaspoons.

I hope these resources prove to be helpful to you when crafting your beauty recipes.  Cheers & Green Blessings!

Shannon

Monday, January 14, 2013

Beeswax Giveaway!

Beeswax is a wonderful substance secreted by worker honeybees. I like to order my beeswax from Mountain Rose Herbs because their line of pure, filtered, cosmetic grade bees wax comes from beekeepers in the United States that they have a wonderful working relationship with. Their beautiful wax is the finest I have ever worked with; producing a very fragrant, clean, and perfectly filtered product without the debris and muddy color found in typical waxes. I use Mountain Rose Herbs beeswax in my recipes for cosmetics, salves, body care products and lotions. I usually buy the Beeswax Pastilles which are easy to work with because they are only 3mm in diameter.  

Here is a more information about beeswax from Mountain Rose Herbs........

Beeswax is produced by the (female) worker honeybees. The wax is secreted from wax glands on the underside of the bee's abdomen and is molded into six-sided cells which are filled with honey, then capped with more wax. When honey is harvested, the top layer of wax that covers the cells, or the cappings, must be removed from each hexagon-shaped cell. Just to put it into perspective, one pound of wax requires the bees to consume about ten pounds of honey! Beeswax works well in cosmetic products because of the “wax esthers” that exist in both beeswax and human skin and it is these compounds which help to bind and emulsify ointments, lipsticks and lotions. As a natural hydrating ingredient that increases essential moisture in skin, it is commonly found in hand and body creams that help retain natural skin moisture and in the relief of itching from sensitive skin. Beeswax has an irritation potential of zero, and a comedogenicity rating of 0 - 2, which means that when formulated and used correctly in cosmetic formulations, beeswax will not cause a problem or clog the pores, but brings a host of very positive attributes, such as general healing and softening, as an antiseptic, and an emollient to cosmetic products. In foaming cosmetics such as skin and body detergents, beeswax improves skin compatibility and reduces the aggressive properties of surfactants, while in shampoos and hair conditioners it improves the condition and the manageability of the hair. Even after processing, it still remains a biologically active product, retaining some anti-bacterial properties and also contains some vitamin A, which is necessary for normal cell development. 

Listed below are some of the many reasons Beeswax is used in cosmetics:
  • It is easily incorporated in water and oil emulsions
  • It is an excellent emollient and support for moisturizers
  • It gives skin protective action of a non-occlusive type
  • It gives good "body" (consistency) to emulsions,  oil and gels
  • It reinforces the action of detergents
  • It increases the protective action of sunscreens
  • Its elasticity and plasticity improve product efficacy by allowing thinner films and
  • It provides greater permanence on skin and lip surfaces
  • It does not provoke allergic reactions
  • It is compatible with many cosmetic ingredients
Beeswax is very frequently used in the following cosmetic applications:

  • cleansing creams
  • cold creams and lotions
  • emollient and barrier creams
  • depilatories
  • lipsticks - protective sticks in general
  • nail creams
  • sun protection products
  • eye and face make up
  • foundation creams

Of Particular Note

The melting point for Beeswax is approximately 140 to 150 Degrees F.  Beeswax should only be melted in an approved electric wax melter, crock pot, microwave oven, or double boiler. Do not melt beeswax in a pan directly on a stove under direct heat. Beeswax is mildly flammable and will start on fire if the wax comes in direct contact with a flame


Precautions

People with bee allergies should not use beeswax as it could cause interactions.

Would you like to win a one pound bag of Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax Pastilles? All you have to do is visit Mountain Rose Herbs (Click HERE) and find one thing you like best.  Email me at freshpickedbeauty@ymail.com and write "Beeswax" in the subject line and then include your name and email address in the email and tell me what you liked best while visiting Mountain Rose Herbs.  I will select one winner at random on February 1, 2013 and notify you via email.  You may only enter 1 time per person.  Giveaway ends on February 1, 2013 at 8:00 am PST. No purchase necessary to win.  Open only to those with an address in the United States.  Good Luck!!!




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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.. 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!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Jasmine & Sandalwood Pure Perfume

I blended this pure perfume for a Natural Beauty Kit I made during the Holidays.  I have made so many bottles of this for my friends and I love the feedback about how wonderful this smells.

It contains the following essential oils:

Sandalwood essential oil Base note which is Soft, woody, extremely tenacious and somewhat balsamic

Mandarin essential oil Top note which is Light, fruity, citrus

Jasmine absolute Middle note which is Warm, rich, deeply floral

lemon essential oil Top note which is Clean, sugary citrus, slightly sour

Cardamom essential oil Middle note which is Warm, green, spicy, balsamic

Patchouli essential oil Base note which is Earthy, smoky, spicy, and musky

Ylang Ylang essential oil Base not which is Rich, sweet floral

Vetiver essential oil Base note which is Sweet, heavy, earthy, woody

Jasmine & Sandalwood Pure Perfume
8 ml 190 proof Vodka
10 drops Sandalwood essential oil
8 drops Mandarin essential oil
8 drops Jasmine absolute
5 drops lemon essential oil
2 drops Cardamom essential oil
2 drops Patchouli essential oil
2 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
2 drops Vetiver essential oil

Mix ingredients into a perfume roller. Shake well. Allow the blend to harmonize by shaking it several times per day for one week.  **If you don't like using alcohol, feel free to use the same amount of Jojoba oil instead of the Vodka. 

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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.. 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!!!


Friday, January 11, 2013

Bright Idea Pure Perfume


As you can see in the photo below, I have A LOT of essential oils and I love blending them together into pure perfumes for myself and my friends.  I came up with a new blend that I call "Bright Idea".  Don't ask me why I call it this, it is just the name that popped into my mind and it stuck.  This perfume blend is dry, spicy, woody, musky, tenacious, and sweetly balsamic.  It is great for both ladies and gentlemen. When applied, it opens with a fresh and sweet camphoraceous note and then dries down to a very sweet and soft earthy-woody smell.  I love this!!!

Yes, I am an essential oil junkie.  I can't help myself! I don't even try to help myself! The good thing is that my house smells amazing because I am constantly blending them in my essential oil diffuser and filling my home with their healing properties.  I have yet to throw an essential oil away because it got too old and I did not use it in time.  I use my beloved essential oils almost daily and in most of my beauty recipes.


The opening note in my "Bright Idea" Pure Perfume is fresh, sweet and camphoraceous thanks to my green girl Myrtle.  I love Myrtle so much.  This essential oil is considered an emblem of love, myrtle branches have been used in wedding ceremonies and is a very "grounding" scent.

The middle notes are comprised of Clary Sage which is dry, musky and a bittersweet floral, Spruce which is a pleasing fresh-balsamic and Black Pepper which is dry, spicy, woody and sharp.

The base notes are comprised of Patchouli which is earthy, smoky, spicy and musky, Cedarwood Virginia which is soft, woody and balsamic and Sandalwood which is also soft and woody and very tenacious.

I use 190 proof Vodka in my recipe, but you can use Jojoba oil if you like.

Bright Idea Pure Perfume

10 ml 190 proof Vodka (or Jojoba Oil)
7 drops Green Myrtle Essential Oil
5 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
4 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil
3 drops Spruce Essential Oil
4 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
2 drops Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
1 drop Patchouli Essential Oil

Place the Vodka into a 15 ml roller perfume bottle.  Add in the essential oils.  Shake well and allow the blend to harmonize for at least one week (shaking daily) for best results.




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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.. 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!!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Yogurt & Kelp Pore Cleaning Clay Mask


This is a very effective and soothing facial mask for all skin-types.  This makes a great gift for someone special when you package it in an adorable muslin bag like I did in the picture above.

Kelp Powder (Ascophyllum nodosum). Photo from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Kelp is an underwater plant with a majestic form, deep green color and a high nutritional yield. Kelp is high in Iodine, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin B1, B2, B12 and polysaccharides.

French Green Clay. Photo from Mountain Rose Herbs.
I like Mountain Rose Herbs French Green Clay because it has enormous absorbent powers due to the constitution of its micro molecules. It literally "drinks" oils, toxic substances, and impurities from your skin. Its toning action stimulates the skin by bringing fresh blood to damaged skin cells, revitalizing the complexion, and tightening pores. French Green Clay is marvelous for helping to clear problem skin. Use it daily on trouble spots, or weekly as part of a complete facial treatment. Mined from bedrock quarries in France, it is completely natural, unscented and fragrance free. (*info from Mountain Rose Herbs)


Yogurt & Kelp Pore Cleaning Clay Mask
2 ounces Green Clay
1 teaspoon Kelp Powder
1 teaspoon Spirulina Powder

Mix dry ingredients well and place in a small bag and seal. Place bag into a muslin cloth bag (optional). To use: mix 1 teaspoon of clay with 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt and apply to clean face for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Use up to three times per week.




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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.. 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!!!


Coconut Lime Lip Balm


This recipe makes just enough for a single tube of lip balm (.15 ounce size).  You can play around with the carrier oils and essential oils and make this recipe to your liking.  Enjoy!!!

Coconut Lime Lip Balm
(makes a single .15 oz tube)

3/4 teaspoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon calendula infused grapeseed oil (or sweet almond oil)
1/2 teaspoon beeswax
4 drops lime essential oil
3 drops lemon essential oil

Heat the coconut oil, calendula infused grapeseed oil and beeswax in a small glass measuring cup which has been placed in a simmering water bath until the oils and beeswax melt together. Remove from heat and add in the essential oils. Mix well and using a small pipette, fill the lip balm container to the very top. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Cap it and allow to cool completely.

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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.. 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, January 9, 2013

Calendula-Rosehip Facial Serum


Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa rubiginosa) is a rich, amber colored carrier oil that is from the ripened fruit of the Rosehip or Rosa Mosqueta.  This amazing oil is very high in essential fatty acids and is well-known as a great ingredient to help protect dry and dehydrated skin.  It works great when used on scars, wrinkles and prematurely aged skin.  I love using this in my beauty recipes.  I also added in some Calendula infused grapeseed oil which is an excellent oil for dry and damaged skin.  I used certified organic Calendula flowers and infused them into grapeseed oil.  Click HERE for instructions on how to make your own Calendula infused oil.  If you don't want to make it yourself, you can always purchase from Mountain Rose Herbs.

I chose carrot seed essential oil and wild chamomile essential oil for this recipe.  Carrot seed essential oils is often blended into skin care recipes meant for dry, mature and wrinkled skin.  It is really a great essential oil and I am in love with the delicious scent. Finishing off this recipe is some vitamin E oil which adds a power punch to this effective beauty serum.

Calendula-Rosehip Facial Serum
5 ml Rosehip Seed oil
5 ml Calendula Infused Grapeseed Oil
7.5 ml Jojoba Oil
5 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil
3 drops Wild Chamomile Essential Oil
7 drops Vitamin E Oil (7500 IU)

Place all ingredients into a small bottle and shake well. Use a few drops and massage into clean skin.  Use twice daily. 



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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.. 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!!!