Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Perfume Primer

Don't you just hate it when you apply your favorite perfume and it disappears about 30 minutes later? Natural perfumes by their nature don't last as long as synthetic ones simply because natural perfumes are made from natural plant extracts like volatile  essential oils, absolutes and CO2 extracts. Synthetic perfumes are laden with fixatives, binders and lab created heavy fragrance oils.  I have created a very simple skin perfume primer using just two natural ingredients. My Perfume Primer recipe is like an occlusive moisturizer which coats your skin and helps hold onto the aromatic molecules in the perfume so they don't evaporate as quickly.  This is especially helpful if you have dry skin!!!

I have formulated my recipe to be scent free so it will not change the aromatic profile of your favorite perfume!

 I chose fractionated coconut oil (caprylic/capric triglyceride) for my carrier oil because it is colorless and odorless. It DOES NOT smell like coconut oil. It is also super light weight and does not leave your skin greasy or oily.

 I also used white beeswax which has been naturally bleached by exposing it to sunlight and fresh air. This particular beeswax does not have an odor like yellow beeswax. It also makes a pure white product when mixed with the colorless fractionated coconut oil.

Finally, I chose a large 0.5 ounce lip balm container to hold my perfume primer. This container makes it super easy to swipe a thin layer of perfume primer over my wrists and neck without getting my fingers messy.  It is also portable!

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Perfume Primer
makes 1/2 ounce

2 teaspoons fractionated coconut oil
1 teaspoon white beeswax

Place the ingredients into a small glass measuring cup and place in a pot with a few inches of simmering water. Melt the wax and oil together. Carefully pour the liquid into a 1/2-ounce lip balm container. Allow to harden and place the cap on the top.

My friends tested it out.......I gave five friends a tube of my perfume primer and asked them to try it out for a week and email me their thoughts. Three of my friends use alcohol based conventional synthetic perfumes and two of them use all-natural perfumes. They all agreed that my perfume primer base kept their perfume on the skin longer. The proof is in the pudding!!! I keep a tube of it near my bottles of perfume and also notice it makes my perfume hang around longer. This recipe is a KEEPER!!!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Spearmint & Aloe Facial Cleanser

If you are looking for an ultra gentle and mild facial cleanser to clarify your complexion without irritating it, my Spearmint & Aloe Facial Cleanser recipe is exactly what you need! My refreshing recipe uses FRESH aloe vera gel along with spearmint hydrosol from Mountain Rose Herbs.  It will purify your pores and rejuvenate the look of your complexion. My recipe does not contain any preservatives, so store it in the fridge and use it within 10 days.

If you don't want to harvest fresh aloe gel straight from a living leaf, you can order it from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE!

You can order the spearmint hydrosol from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE!

Spearmint & Aloe Facial Cleanser
makes 7 ounces

1/4 cup Mountain Rose Herbs Spearmint Hydrosol
1/4 cup Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
1/4 cup Mountain Rose Herbs Vegetable Glycerine
2 tablespoons Mountain Rose Herbs Witch Hazel Extract

Combine all of the ingredients in a sanitized bottle. Shake the bottle well to mix the ingredients. Store in the refrigerator for up to ten days. To use: Apply a generous amount of the cleanser to your skin using cotton pads and massage in to purify your pores. Tissue off or rinse away.

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