Monday, April 29, 2013

Zu Zu's Moisturizing Balm

I am always tinkering around in my kitchen mixing up different beauty recipes.  When they turn out successfully,  I will write down the recipe and file it away.  One of the recipes I made was for a simple moisturizing balm that contains an essential oil blend of carrot seed, helichrysum, lavender and black pepper.  I had just purchased a new bottle of black pepper essential oil and knew that when added in small amounts it can be very detoxifying and purifying to skin.  My daughter is 16 and gets blemishes on her face, but also suffers from dry skin.  I made this formula to soothe the dryness, reduce inflammation, calm redness, purify and detoxify.  She used it for an entire month and did not say anything to me about how it was working (keep in mind she is my official "Product Tester" and humors me quite graciously by testing out most of my creations!) I woke up a few days ago and found this on the counter..........

Zu Zu actually LOVED the balm.  She said it kept her skin hydrated and her blemishes healed up quickly.  I was so excited to hear the good news!!

I keep all my formulas on handwritten note cards in an old library card catalog file drawer.  I don't trust my computer nor the Internet to keep my information safe!!!  I love this old card catalog because I like to think about all the people that sorted through it trying to find the perfect book to read. 

I was also happy that I could use up some of my oils as I am about to place a huge order with Mountain Rose Herbs (more on the reason later!!).

My wonderful husband bought me this small fridge to store all my oils and hydrosols in a few years ago.  As you can see I don't have much room at the moment to add anything else and need to make room for my new stuff.

Zu Zu's Moisturizing Balm
1.5 teaspoons beeswax
2 teaspoons hazelnut oil
1.5 teaspoons Argan oil
0.5 teaspoons pomegranate seed oil
3 drops carrot seed essential oil
3 drops helichrysum essential oil
3 drops black pepper essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil

In a small glass measuring cup set in a pan of simmering water, add in the beeswax and hazelnut oil.  Allow to melt completely.  Turn off the heat, but keep the measuring cup in the hot water and add in the pomegranate seed oil and the argan oil.  Stir until the ingredients are warmed and melted.  Remove the measuring cup from the hot water and add in the essential oils.  Stir well and transfer to a lidded container.  Allow the balm to harden at room temp.

Zu Zu says that a little goes a long way and her last batch lasted her for more than a month.  

Cheers!!

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 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.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Happy-Go-Lucky Soothing Body Oil

I worked on this formula for about three hours yesterday.  My intention was to create a massage and body oil that would help to de-stress.  You know the feeling when you have worked all day and your shoulders are tense, your heart is racing, your mind is going a mile-a-minute and you are so tired that you could not even sleep if you tried. I get that feeling sometimes too and  I chose essential oils that have properties to help relieve stress, irritability and tension and can help you relax. 

Mandarin Essential Oil (Citrus reticulata): Good for stress, nervous tension. Citrus Aroma/Top Note.

Vetiver Essential Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides): Good for irritability. Sedative. Earthy Aroma/Base Note.

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil (Anthemis nobilis): High ester content which is good for stress and tension. Herbaceous Aroma/Middle Note.

Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia): Good for anxiety, relaxing, anti-stress.  Relieves nervous tension. Floral Aroma/Middle Note.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga odorata): Relaxing, anti-stress, anti-tension. Antidepressant, nervine and sedative. Balsamic Aroma/Base Note.

I chose sweet almond oil for the carrier base. This is one of the most useful, practical, and commonly used oils. It is great for all skin types as an acting emollient and is best known for its ability to soften, soothe, and re-condition the skin. It is truly marvelous as a carrier oil and is equally superb for addition to body care products. Natural expeller pressed oil from raw almond kernels and exceptionally rich in fatty acids.

I made a 60 ml (2oz) bottle with a 3% dilution of essential oils.  I am really proud of this blend I created.  I know you will enjoy it as much as I do.  Cheers!!

Happy-Go-Lucky Soothing Body Oil

14 drops Mandarin Essential Oil
2 drops Vetiver Essential Oil
8 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops Ylang Ylang Extra Essential Oil
60 ml Sweet Almond Oil

Place the essential oils in a glass jar and add in the sweet almond oil. Place the cap on and gently shake. Massage into skin. 

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.


Monday, April 8, 2013

Bastyr University's Essential Oil & Aromatherapy Certificate Program

I spent the past weekend at Bastyr University studying to become a Certified Aromatherapist.  I finished my first of eight in-depth courses which was Essential Oil Therapy-Foundations.  The instructor is Jimm Harrison who developed and is teaching the Essential Oil Therapy Certificate Program for Bastyr University School of Natural Medicine and is the author of Aromatherapy: Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for Esthetics. He is AMAZING and I know I am so lucky to get to learn from him!!!

I am getting really excited for the upcoming three day class on the chemistry and biology of essential oils.  I have always wanted to learn the molecular composition and structure of the oils and be able to identify the therapeutic properties which will help me be able to  blend some awesome formulas to address specific skin concerns.  Words like aldehydes, sesquiterpne alcohols and oxides will make their way into my beauty vocabulary soon. 

After that class, I will take five more three-day courses in therapeutic properties, blending and application methods, olfactory system and emotional effects, skin care and spa application, and  aromatherapy consultation.  After all seven courses (140 hours) are complete, I will need to document some case studies and pass my final exam.  Wish me luck!!!

I am excited to put my new knowledge into practice and will be coming up with some really awesome skincare recipes and essential oils blends as I delve deeper into the world of aromatherapy and essential oils. 

-Shannon




Monday, April 1, 2013

Simple and Sweet Strawberry and Sugar Scrub

I have a very delicious treat for you today! Your face and body are going to be super smooth and supple after you use this strawberry and sugar scrub.  The secret ingredient is freeze-dried strawberries!  I also added in four nourishing and moisturizing oils to soften and moisturize your skin.  Without further ado, lets get started!

You will need 12 grams of natural freeze-dried strawberries and 150 grams of organic pure cane sugar.

Place the freeze-dried strawberries into a mortar and pestle and grind to a fine powder.

Trust me, this smells amazing!!

Pour your pure cane sugar into the mortar and grind for several minutes to make the sugar crystals finer.

Measure out your oils.  You will need 30 grams of melted Shea butter, 20 grams liquid coconut oil, 20 grams sweet almond oil and 20 grams of sunflower oil.  I also added in 5 ml of Vitamin E Oil. 

Place the powdered strawberries and the sugar into a small mixing bowl and stir in the oils.

Amazing!! I had to put my camera down and go do a scrub treatment on my hands!! My hands were so soft and supple after I rinsed them.

Transfer the scrub to a nice air-tight container and then quickly GO GET YOUR SCRUB ON!! To use: apply a small amount to dry skin and gently massage in small circular motions.  Apply a small amount of warm water and continue to gently scrub until the sugar crystals have melted.  Rinse off with warm water and gently pat skin dry. You may use on your face too.   Be extra careful when using in the shower or bath as the surface may become slippery.  Don't scrub your skin too hard! Your skin will appreciate a gentle exfoliation best! You can store this in a cool dark place and use within 3 months.

Cheers!
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.r. I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.