Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Buttermilk & Clay Gentle Exfoliating Grains

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Buttermilk & Clay Gentle Exfoliating Grains
This is the PERFECT exfoliating grains recipe for every single skin type.  It uses finely powdered ingredients to gently buff away dull and dry skin to help reveal a brighter and evenly toned skin.  You also get to choose what you want to mix the dry grains with.  Perhaps you will choose honey, Greek yogurt, hydrosol or herb infused water.  This recipe makes enough for six facials.

You can find organic powdered buttermilk in the baking section of your market. 
You need 1 teaspoon of powdered buttermilk........

If you don't have both, you can just choose one and use double the amount.
You need 1 teaspoon each of Red Moroccan Clay and Rhassoul Clay. I really love these clays since they are mineral rich and have huge amounts of silica, magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium and are very pampering to the skin.

Corn flour and rice flour are available in the baking section of your market. Do not use corn meal as it has a much coarse and rougher texture. 
You will need 1 teaspoon each of Corn Flour and Rice Flour.  Both of these kitchen staples are very finely powdered yet capable of gently exfoliating the skin.

This particular sea salt is almost like a flour and is the best sea salt to use on the face. 
You also need 1 teaspoon of Velvet de Guerande salt.  This particular salt is very fine, almost like a salt flour.  It has a very high mineral content and is wonderful at exfoliating the skin in a gentle manner. (Velvet is the trademark name owned by Le Tresor company)

Place all your ingredients into a small bowl.

Stir well to combine.

Store your exfoliating grains in a small container with a tight fitting lid.

To make an exfoliating facial, add a heaping teaspoon of the exfoliating gains into a small bowl.  Add in 1 teaspoon of honey or 1 teaspoon of yogurt and mix well.  Massage onto  cleansed and slightly moistened face for a few minutes to gently exfoliate (avoid eyes).  Leave on for a few minutes longer and then rinse off with warm water.

You can also make an exfoliating facial by adding in a heaping teaspoon of the exfoliating grains to a small bowl and adding in a 1/4 teaspoon of either hydrosol or herbal infused water.  Enjoy!!!

Mountain Rose Herbs offers a large selection of Certified Organic Hydrosols. Click HERE to be taken to their website.


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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!!!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hemp & Shea Cream

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Hemp & Shea Cream
I will be so happy when Winter is over and I can celebrate Spring! My skin will be rejoicing too since it has been so dry lately.  I slather so much lotion, cream and salve on myself that I had to make more.  I created this super simple six ingredient nourishing cream that does not require you to heat any ingredient and can be made in a single bowl.  It absorbs easily and contains amazing ingredients such as mango butter, Shea butter, meadowfoam seed oil, hemp seed oil, vitamin E oil and some Frankincense CO2.

I love getting my butters and oils from Mountain Rose Herbs
I added in a little bit of Frankincense CO2 since it is so good for dry skin. 

Here is what you will need for the Hemp & Shea Cream:

2 tablespoons mango butter
2 tablespoons Shea butter
1 tablespoon meadowfoam seed oil
1 tablespoon hemp seed oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
15 drops Frankincense CO2 or Essential Oil


Add the Shea butter and Mango butter into a small mixing bowl.

Add in the meadowfoam seed oil, hemp seed oil and vitamin E oil.

Mix the ingredients together with a hand-held mixer set on medium high speed for five minutes.

Add in 15 drops of Frankincense CO2 or Essential oil. Continue to mix the cream for five more minutes.

The cream will be thick and rich and ready to transfer to a sanitized container with a lid.

Store at room temperature.  Use a clean utensil to retrieve the product.  Use within 4 months.

This cream is wonderful for your hands, body, and face.  A little goes a long way!!

Cheers!
Shannon

Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c
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 9, 2014

Betwixt Perfume

About six weeks ago I started working on a perfume blend and really had no idea what it would end up being.  This happens to me a lot! I pull out my box of perfumers absolutes and essential oils and start mixing a drop of this with a drop of that and then let it ripen for six weeks (or longer when I forget about it).  Today, I pulled out my tiny little vial of blended absolutes and essential oils (I only make about 1 ml of undiluted perfume to start).  I was amazed at how beautiful my blend turned out.  I call it "Betwixt" because it is between a sweet citrus and a sharp floral with hints of dry spice.  I diluted it with 9 ml of fractionated coconut oil and have been smelling my wrist all morning.

I never quite know what is going to end up in my blends.  For this particular perfume I used the following:

Top Notes: Petitgrain sur Fleurs, Red Mandarin, Pink Peppercorn and Black Peppercorn

Middle Notes: Osmanthus, Neroli, Orange Blossom Absolute and Jasmine Absolute

Base Note: Vanilla Bourbon Absolute

I usually blend in a small 2 ml dark amber vial or the actual perfume bottle to start out with.  After the blend has remained still for six weeks and has had a chance to ripen, I then dilute it in a small 10 ml perfume roller bottle.

Sometimes I like to dilute my blend with 190 proof ethanol that I get from Oregon once a year, but lately I have diluting most of my blends with either fractionated coconut oil with is odorless and colorless and has a really long shelf-life, or I use clear Jojoba oil.  I think the perfume stays on longer in the presence of a moisturizing oil.


When you are ready to start blending, you should use a pipette for best control.


Mountain Rose Herbs offers some really wonderful precious absolutes and essential oils that are worth checking out.  You can visit them HERE.

I like Eden Botanicals for most of my perfume making absolutes and CO2 extracts.  You can visit them at www.edenbotanicals.com.

Here is the recipe for my Betwixt Perfume:

10 drops Petitgrain Sur Fleurs
5 drops Red Mandarin essential oil
5 drops Osmanthus
5 drops Neroli essential oil
5 drops Orange Blossom Absolute
2 drops Jasmine Absolute
3 drops Vanilla Absolute
2 drops Pink Peppercorn
1 drop Black Peppercorn

Using separate pipettes for each extract, measure into a small perfume bottle and tightly cap.  Allow the blend to ripen for at least 3 weeks and up to 6 weeks.

After the blend has ripened up, fill the bottle with 9 ml of either perfumer's alcohol, fractionated coconut oil or clear Jojoba oil.

Perfume making is a lot of fun and I sincerely wish you the best on your fragrant journey.

Cheers!
Shannon