Thursday, March 31, 2016

Korean Exfoliating Body Towel

I found these Viscose Exfoliating Body Towels from Korea at my local Asian market. For just $2.50 you get a three pack.

You can put your favorite bar of soap inside and use it to cleanse and exfoliate your skin. They are made from viscose material and are easy to use when you want to gently wash away dead skin. You will feel super fresh.

Moon Valley Organics is in my home state of Washington and they make a really awesome body cleansing soap. I purchased Lavender Calendula to use in my exfoliating cloth.

Each pouch will last a long time (about 60 showers worth). The three pack can last up to 6 months. A few important tips are to remove the bar of soap after each shower and rinse them under warm water. Allow them to dry completely between uses.

I looked online and found them for sale on Amazon in both red and green colors.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bergamot Essential Oil

Enjoy a quick video introducing Bergamot Essential Oil

Mountain Rose Herbs offers a very nice fresh and citrusy Bergamot Essential oil that is Certified Organic and is Bergaptene Free!

Blends very well with all citrus oils, coriander, cypress, chamomile, geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon balm, neroli, nutmeg, rose, sandalwood, vetiver and ylang ylang.

To purchase, visit Mountain Rose Herbs. Click here. 



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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Best Natural Sunscreens




Typically around the first week of March, I start getting a horde of emails from readers inquiring if I know how to make homemade sunscreen and if I would share my formulation.  I giggle because they have no idea how many hundreds of dollars I spend each year buying STORE-BOUGHT sunscreen for myself and my family.  Yes, you read that right.....I PURCHASE my sunscreen at the STORE! I don't trust myself enough to formulate an effective and safe natural sunscreen.  It can be tricky to keep it stable and evenly suspended in the carrier ingredients.

I spent enough time in high school tanning in tanning beds and I totally regret that decision.  My wonderful dermatologist has a hard enough time measuring and documenting my moles on a yearly basis...I don't want to increase my risk of developing skin cancer anymore by trying to handcraft an unstable DIY sunscreen. 

The difficulty with making your own kitchen-crafted sun protection is that it is nearly impossible to know if you have created a stable and effective blend. Certainly,  you could spend a lot of money sending your formula to a lab to test  its effectiveness if you are that passionate about making everything yourself.   I trust the professional companies to spend the time, money and research to make certain their sunscreens are effective! 


Below are sunscreens that I have used in the past and have found effective! I also wear a wide brimmed hat and cover my entire body up with sun protective clothing when I am outside during the hottest part of the days. 

I spend the entire summer at my lake house and cover up during the time of day that the sun is the strongest.
I am always in a wide brimmed hat when the sun is out.

You need a wide brimmed hat, good sunglasses and an effective sunscreen!
visit Elemental Herbs for more information. 
Elemental Herbs has a really great zinc sunscreen SPF33 for just under $16. You get 3 ounces which is good for about three applications if you are applying it to your exposed body areas. The ingredients listed on their website are: Organic Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Juice*, Water (Aqua), Organic Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract*, Glycerin, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil*, Organic Mauritia Vinifera (Buriti) Fruit Oil*, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Methylcellulose, Stearic Acid, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Organic Butyrospermun Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyhexyl Glycerin. 

I buy at least ten tubes of this per summer. 

visit kissmyface.com for more information
One of my children refuses to rub sunscreen into their body. So this convenient spray works well and has a high SPF of 50. It is about $17 for a 6 ounce can, but it does last for about six applications. The ingredients from their website lists the ingredients as: Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5% 
Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol (Denatured SD-Alcohol 40B), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Butyloctyl Salicylate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Fragrance (Natural), Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), VA/Butyl Maleate/Isobornyl Acrylate Copolymer, Water 


I purchased a tube of Badger Unscented Broad Spectrum SPF35 for some guests that were visiting my lake house and they liked it. I tried it out and it seemed to stay on my face pretty well while I was swimming. You can find out more information about this product by visiting www.badgerbalm.com. The ingredients can be found on their website.

There are a lot of really good natural sunscreens on the market.  I encourage you to look into one of them before you try to formulate and handcraft your own sunscreen.

Amazon.com has some really good prices on several brands of natural sunscreen.



Introducing Glowing Perfume Oil



100% Natural Perfume Oil. Glowing perfume is a juicy and lively spicy citrus blend. Featuring sweet orange essential oil from St. Lucia, spicy cinnamon bark essential oil from the Bourbon Islands, exotic nagarmotha essential oil and sunny coriander CO2 extract. This perfume is like glamorous sunshine in a bottle. Handcrafted bottle-by-bottle by an aromatherapist using the finest authentic essential oils, absolutes and CO2 extracts. "Be Happy & Be Natural!"

Packaging: The 15ml aromatherapy perfume oil comes in a beautiful square glass roll-on bottle with a silver cap. Packaged in a 100% cotton muslin bag. 

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil), Parfum (a blend of pure essential oils and/or absolutes). Nothing Synthetic!!!

My blends DO NOT contain: Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic Fragrances, Phthalates, Synthetic Dyes. 

How to Apply: Roll onto your skin as a perfume (avoiding sensitive areas). Apply as often as desired.