Friday, December 29, 2017

All Natural Deodorant with Lavender and Sandalwood


Back in 2013, I came up with a really awesome and effective all-natural deodorant formula and have been making several batches per year.  I was getting bored with my regular scent of geranium and cedarwood, so I decided to change things up a bit and make a new batch with lavender essential oil and sandalwood essential oil.  Both of these essential oils are great for deodorant and help keep your underarms smelling great.

The thing about natural deodorant is that while it keeps you smelling clean and fresh, it does not stop you from sweating.  When I work out at the gym, I simply reapply it in the locker room and I am good for the rest of the day. Besides, it is healthy to sweat!!

I like to get all my ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs! You can shop for the necessary ingredients by clicking HERE

All Natural Deodorant with Lavender and Sandalwood

20 grams Mountain Rose Herbs Shea Butter (shop for it here)
15 grams Mountain Rose Herbs Mango Butter (shop for it here)
20 grams Baking Soda
20 grams Mountain Rose Herbs Arrowroot Powder (shop for it here)
2 grams Mountain Rose Herbs Kaolin Clay (shop for it here)
1.25 ml of Mountain Rose Herbs Vitamin E Oil (shop for it here)
10 drops Mountain Rose Herbs Lavender Essential Oil (shop for it here)
10 drops Mountain Rose Herbs Sandalwood Essential Oil (shop for it here)

Option #1 You can just use Shea Butter or just use Mango Butter.  You want a total of 35 grams of whichever butter you choose!

Option #2 You can skip the essential oils if you have sensitive skin or use less.

Option #3: Other essential oils that would work well for a deodorant include; Patchouli, Vetiver, Myrrh, Cedarwood, Geranium, Clary Sage, and Tea Tree. You can shop for the best certified organic essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE to learn more! 


Steps:

1. Add the Shea butter and Mango butter into a small glass measuring cup and place it in a pot with a few inches of simmering water until fully melted. Remove from heat.

2. Mix the baking soda, arrowroot powder and kaolin clay into the melted ingredients.

3. Mix in the Vitamin E oil and the essential oils.

4. Pour the warm mixture into a clean glass storage container. Place in the refrigerator to cool. While cooling, stir the mixture every five minutes to make sure the baking soda does not settle on the bottom and stays suspended evenly throughout the deodorant.

To use: Spread about 1/8 teaspoon on each armpit. Massage in well.

**I have a partnership with Mountain Rose Herbs. All opinions are my own. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

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!!!




Aphrodite Essential Oil Kit Giveaway


Fresh-Picked Beauty is hosting a really awesome Giveaway! One lucky winner will be randomly selected to win one Mountain Rose Herbs Aphrodite Essential Oil Kit (value of $62). This amazing kit has eight different essential oils.

You can learn more about this amazing essential oil kit HERE.
 
The Mountain Rose Herbs Aphrodite Essential Oil Sampler Set includes 1/8th ounce (1 dram) bottles of the following six essential oils:
Organic Clary Sage essential oil (Salvia sclarea)
Organic Geranium essential oil (Pelargonium graveolens)
Organic Mandarin essential oil (Citrus reticulate)
Organic Palmarosa essential oil (Cymbopogon martinii)
Organic Patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin)
Organic Ylang Ylang essential oil (Canaga odorata)


And 1/24th ounce bottles of the following two essential oils:
Organic Australian Sandalwood essential oil (Santalum spicatum)
Organic Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia): contains 25% organic ethanol


The kit also comes with storage tips, basic blending and dilution tips, two droppers for measuring. 

The Giveaway entry period is from 12/28/17 at 8:00 am PST until 1/15/18 at 8:00 am PST. One lucky winner will be randomly selected and notified via email.  Good Luck! No purchase necessary. Product purchased in whole by Fresh-Picked Beauty. 



To enter, please visit MountainRoseHerbs.com (HERE) and take a look around. Find one thing that you like most and let me know on the form below. Also include your email address and name!



Contest Rules

 

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

 

 1.        Eligibility

            Fresh-Picked Beauty Giveaway (the Contest) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Employees of Fresh-Picked Beauty and other companies associated with the promotion of the Contest, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

 

 2.        Sponsor

            The Sweepstakes is sponsored by Fresh-Picked Beauty, located at www.FreshPickedBeauty.com

 

 3.        Agreement to Official Rules

            Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrants full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

 

 4.        Contest Period

            The Contest begins on December 28, 2017 at 8:00 am PST and ends on January 15, 2018  at 8:00 am PST PST (the Contest Period). Entries that are submitted before or after the Contest Period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the Contest using any of the following methods: Online Only via official form .

 

 5.        How to Enter

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            Limit one (1) entry per person, per email address, and per household for the duration of the Sweepstakes Period, regardless of method of entry. Entries received from any person, e-mail address, or household in excess of the stated limitation will be void. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

 

 6.        Prize Drawing

            On or about January 15, 2018, the Sponsor will select potential winners in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received. The Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winner via telephone or email on or about January 16, 2018. If the potential winner cannot be contacted within five (5) days after the date of the first attempt to contact him/her, the Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place at random from the remaining non-winning, eligible entries.

 

 7.        Winner Notification

 

            The potential winners will be notified by email, mail or phone. Each potential Grand and First Prize winner (parent/legal guardian if a minor in his/her state of residence) will be required to complete, electronically sign and submit a Declaration of Compliance within five (5) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim his/her prize. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, or fails to submit the Declaration of Compliance within the required time period (if applicable), or prize is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. If the potential winner is at least 18 but still considered a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian, who will be required to sign the Declaration of Compliance on the potential winners behalf and fulfill any other requirements imposed on winner set forth herein. Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held, after which the prize will remain un-awarded. Prizes will be fulfilled approximately 8-10 weeks after the conclusion of the Sweepstakes.

 

 8.        Prizes

 

            One Mountain Rose Herbs Aphrodite Essential Oil Kit  (value of $62)

 

9.         General Conditions

            In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problem, or in the event the Contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Sweepstakes in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules or (b) terminate the Sweepstakes and, in the event of termination, award the prize at random from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorneys fees) and any other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

 





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            By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, other companies associated with the Sweepstakes, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives, and agents (the Released Parties) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors associated with the Contest, including lost, interrupted or unavailable Internet Service Provider (ISP), network, server, wireless service provider, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cellular tower or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing or typographical errors; (d)application downloads, (e) any other errors or problems in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in the administration of the Contest, the announcement of the winner, the cancellation or postponement of the event and/or the flyover, if applicable, the incorrect downloading of the application the processing of entries application downloadsor in any Contest-related materials; or (f) injury, death, losses or damages of any kind, to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrants participation in the Sweepstakes or acceptance, receipt or misuse of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto). Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the entrant be entitled to receive attorneys fees. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

 

 11.      Disputes

            Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Washington. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrants rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Washington, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Washington.

 

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            Information collected from entrants is subject to sponsors privacy policy.

 

 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

All-Natural Lipstick Primer


This recipe is for an all-natural lip primer treatments. This smoothing treatment base is meant to be applied lightly before your favorite lipstick.  It will smooth your lips and keep your lipstick from feathering. 

All-Natural Lipstick Primer

1/2 teaspoon Castor Oil
1/2 teaspoon liquid Lanolin
1 teaspoon Mango Butter (shop for it here)
1 teaspoon Jojoba Oil (shop for it here)
2 heaping teaspoons beeswax pastilles (shop for it here)
20 drops Vitamin E Oil (shop for it here)

I get all my natural ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click here to learn more!

1. Measure out the castor oil, liquid lanolin,  mango butter, Jojoba oil and beeswax into a small glass measuring cup and place in a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water until the butter and beeswax have fully melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add in the Vitamin E Oil and stir to combine. Pour lip primer into a heat-safe container and allow to fully cool and harden.

To use:Apply a small amount to lips and massage in prior to lipstick application.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Hemp Oil and Rosemary Hair Conditioner


This amazing deep conditioner will help protect your hair.  The star ingredient in this smoothing hair treatment is Mountain Rose Herbs Hemp Seed Oil.  This super rich oil contains essential fatty acids and proteins.  It really is one of the most nutritious oils available. I like Mountain Rose Herbs Hemp Seed Oil because it is Certified Organic and one of the boldest beautiful green colors I have ever found! Hemp oil does not have any THC in it.....just in case you were wondering.

This conditioner will increase your hair's manageability and shine! Pick up your ingredients at Mountain Rose Herbs CLICK HERE!

Hemp Oil & Rosemary Hair Conditioner
makes about 5.5 ounces

2 tablespoons  Hemp Seed Oil (shop here)
2 teaspoons  Emulsifying Wax NF (shop here)
1/2 teaspoon Stearic Acid (shop here)
1/2 teaspoon liquid Lecithin (shop here)
1/2 cup distilled water
30 drops Rosemary Essential Oil (shop here)

1. In a heat-safe glass measuring cup, combine the hemp seed oil, emulsifying wax, stearic acid, and liquid lecithin.  Place the measuring cup in a pot containing a few inches of simmering water.

2. In another heat-safe glass measuring cup, add in the distilled water. Place this measuring cup in another pot containing a few inches of simmering water.

3. Heat both mixtures to a temperature of 160 degrees F until the oil and wax have melted together.  Carefully remove both measuring cups from the simmering water.

4. Pour the oil/wax mixture into a mixing bowl and begin mixing with a hand-help mixer set to low.  Blend the water mixture into the oil/wax on low for 1 minute. Bring the speed up to high and continue mixing for five minutes or until the temperature is below 100 degrees F.

5. Add in the rosemary essential oil and mix again on high for a further five minutes. Transfer the mixture to a sanitized, pourable bottle or a recycled, clean conditioner bottle. Store in the refrigeraor and use within 2 weeks.




Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Best Basic Beeswax Cream


This is the Best Basic Beeswax Cream! Only four all-natural ingredients! You can use this as a cuticle cream, face cream, split-end mender, foot cream, and hydrating all-over body lotion.

I like to get all my ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs, you can shop with them HERE.

Best Basic Beeswax Cream
makes about 5 ounces

1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Olive Oil (shop here)
2 heaping teaspoons Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax Pastilles (shop here)
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Liquid Lecithin (shop here)
1/4 cup Mountain Rose Herbs Lavender Hydrosol (shop here)

1. Measure the olive oil, beeswax and liquid lecithin into a glass measuring cup that has been placed in a pot with a few inches of simmering water.  Allow the wax to fully melt into the olive oil and lecithin.  Remove from heat and transfer the mixture to a heat-safe mixing bowl to cool to between 70 degrees and 75 degrees F.

2. Heat the hydrosol to between 70 degrees and 75 degrees F.

3. Once both phases are the same temperature, begin beating  the oil/wax lecithin mixture with a handheld mixer set on medium-high speed.  Very slowly drizzle in the warm hydrosol.  Continue mixing for about 5 minutes or until the liquid starts to thicken and emulsify. 

4. Transfer to a sanitized container and allow to fully cool down.  Store in the refrigerator and use within 2 weeks. 




Monday, December 18, 2017

DIY Roll On Aromatherapy Remedies

Make your own remedies! Roll-on some instant aromatherapy! You are going to LOVE these!!!
Make your own aromatherapy remedy blends! All you need are a few 10 ml glass roll-on bottles, pure essential oils and some sunflower seed oil or Jojoba oil.  Make one, a few or all of these blends and roll-on some instant aromatherapy!

Here is a little "inside information" about how I formulated each blend. I knew I wanted to keep the essential oil ratio to just about 5%, so each 10 ml roller-bottle got a total of about 15 drops of essential oils. I filled up the bottle with Jojoba oil just to the neck of the bottle. I chose essential oils based on their unique therapeutic properties. For example, I know that lemon and basil essential oil are great for mental clarity and stimulation, so those are what I chose for my "study" blend. I chose lavender and chamomile essential oil for my "sleep" blend  because those are the oils that therapeutically help you relax and fall sleep.  My "love" blend has essential oils that smell sensual and are known to be aphrodisiac such as neroli, rose and jasmine.



Energy blend: A quick pick me up! Boost your mind and make it through even the most energy-zapping kind of day! I use this every day around 3:00 pm because I have to pick my sweet son up from elementary school and shuttle him around to all his activities! This blend works wonders!

Energy Blend Recipe: 5 drops sweet orange essential oil, 2 drops grapefruit essential oil, 2 drops lemon essential oil, 3 drops peppermint essential oil, 4 drops cardamom essential oil. Add the essential oils into a 10 ml glass perfume roller bottle. Top off with carrier oil (sunflower, fractionated coconut oil or Jojoba oil are good choices). Push the roller-ball part into the bottle, screw on the cap and shake well. To use: roll on to your pulse points like a perfume and inhale deeply.



Love Blend: Set the mood with this exotic sensual blend. This blend has quite a few essential oils and is one of the more expensive ones to make. This is one of my favorite blends and I have made this several times for brides to give away at bridal showers!

Love Blend Recipe: 3 drops tangerine essential oil, 3 drops grapefruit essential oil, 2 drops cardamom essential oil, 3 drops vanilla absolute, 2 drops sandalwood essential oil, 1 drop patchouli essential oil, 1 drop neroli essential oil, 1 drop vetiver essential oil, 1 drop jasmine absolute, 1 drop rose absolute, and 1 drop ylang ylang essential oil. Add the essential oils into a 10 ml glass perfume roller bottle. Top off with carrier oil (sunflower, fractionated coconut oil or Jojoba oil are good choices). Push the roller-ball part into the bottle, screw on the cap and shake well. To use: roll on to your pulse points like a perfume and inhale deeply.



Study Blend: The perfect blend to apply right before and during a long study session. Keep your mind clear and focused. My daughter swears by this during mid-terms and finals!

Study Blend Recipe: 2 drops lavender essential oil, 2 drops lemon essential oil, 2 drops balsam fir essential oil, 2 drops cardamom essential oil, 2 drops sweet basil essential oil, 3 drops rosemary essential oil, 2 drops peppermint essential oil and 2 drops spearmint essential oil. Add the essential oils into a 10 ml glass perfume roller bottle. Top off with carrier oil (sunflower, fractionated coconut oil or Jojoba oil are good choices). Push the roller-ball part into the bottle, screw on the cap and shake well. To use: roll on to your pulse points like a perfume and inhale deeply.



Sleep Blend: A very calming blend that is soothing to a brain that is too frenzied to fall asleep. Quiet your mind and spirit and get your 40 winks in! My husband uses this blend several nights per week!

Sleep Blend Recipe: 6 drops lavender essential oil, 3 drops frankincense essential oil, 3 drops sweet orange essential oil, 3 drops sweet marjoram essential oil, 2 drops yarrow essential oil  and 2 drops hops CO2 extract. Add the essential oils into a 10 ml glass perfume roller bottle. Top off with carrier oil (sunflower, fractionated coconut oil or Jojoba oil are good choices). Push the roller-ball part into the bottle, screw on the cap and shake well. To use: roll on to your pulse points like a perfume and inhale deeply.



Travel Blend: I like to use this blend when I travel to protect my well being and boost my immune system. I apply this blend over my lymph nodes, around my ears, over my chest and on the bottom of my feet and on my palms.

Travel Blend Recipe: 4 drops lavender essential oil, 6 drops tea tree essential oil, 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 3 drops lemon essential oil, 3 drops grapefruit essential oil, 2 drops clove essential oil. Add the essential oils into a 10 ml glass perfume roller bottle. Top off with carrier oil (sunflower, fractionated coconut oil or Jojoba oil are good choices). Push the roller-ball part into the bottle, screw on the cap and shake well. To use: roll on to your pulse points like a perfume and inhale deeply.


The best place to purchase essential oils is from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE to learn more and shop!

Essential oils are very potent and need to be used highly diluted. A patch test should be performed before use. I also need to say..."CAUTION: IF PREGNANT, NURSING, SUFFERING FROM ANY MEDICAL CONDITION, OR TAKING MEDICATION, CONSULT A HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER BEFORE MAKING OR USING THESE RECIPES. AVOID EYES AND MUCOUS MEMBRANES. DILUTE PROPERLY. MAY IRRITATE SKIN. NOT FOR INTERNAL USE. AVOID DIRECT SUNLIGHT. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN." Please visit my blog post about Essential Oil Safety HERE

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, December 1, 2017

Flower & Milk Bath with Wild Chamomile, Bergamot & Cardamom


Here is a bath soak that smells AMAZING and is the perfect easy-to-make gift for someone special. It is also a great way to use up your recycled glass jars too.

In a large glass bowl, add in 10 grams of dried rose petals.

Add in 20 grams of dried Chamomile flowers.

Add in 20 grams of dried lavender buds.

Add in 20 grams of dried Elder flowers.

Stir well to combine all the flowers.

Add in the following essential oils: 30 drops of Wild Chamomile, 20 drops of Cardamom and 15 drops of Bergamot.  Mix well.  *Works best if you gently stir flowers after every 10 drops of essential oil.

Stir in 40 grams of powdered milk.

Transfer to a glass jar of your choice. Make sure to label your jar and keep the lid on at all times to keep the moisture out.

My favorite way to infuse this blend into the bath is with this large mesh infuser sold by Mountain Rose Herbs.  This fantastic stainless steel infuser is perfect for bath herbs! Measures 3 3/4" diameter and 3 3/8" deep. I use about 1/2  cup of bath soak per bath.  You can even compost the wet herbs after your bath.

Here is a label you can print out and attach to your jar of bath soak.  You can find all the ingredients over at Mountain Rose Herbs. Herbal Blessings!!!


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 especially if you are pregnant, nursing or suffer from any type of health issue.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lip Scrub Tutorial


I have three delicious lip scrub recipes for you! Each of my recipes are all-natural and made with extra fine castor sugar to sweetly exfoliate your lips to leave them polished and smooth! A little goes a long way and you don't need to over polish or scrub very hard! Use a lip polish a few times per week and lip balm several times a day, and your lips will stay in tip-top kissable condition.

 These recipes make the perfect DIY Holiday Gift! Make sure to visit Mountain Rose Herbs to order all your ingredients and glass containers. Visit them at www.MountainRoseHerbs.com.


Espresso Lip Polish
makes approx 1 ounce

1/2 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax 
2 teaspoons Mountain Rose Herbs Sweet Almond Oil
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Mango Butter
1 1/4 teaspoons espresso powder (I use Medaglia D'Oro)
2 teaspoons Superfine or Castor sugar
40 drops Mountain Rose Herbs Vitamin E Oil

1. Measure out the beeswax, sweet almond oil, and mango butter into a small glass measuring cup and place in a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water until the beeswax and butter have fully melted.

2. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the espresso powder, sugar, and vitamin E oil. When the mixture starts to harden, simply stir again and spoon into a container with a lid and continue cooling at room temp. Massage a small amount of the scrub over moistened lips to exfoliate and moisturize. Tissue or rinse off.


Chocolate Mint Lip Scrub
Makes approx 1 ounce

1/2 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax 
2 teaspoons Mountain Rose Herbs Sweet Almond Oil
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Mango Butter
1 teaspoon Cocoa powder
2 teaspoons Superfine or Castor sugar
40 drops Mountain Rose Herbs Vitamin E Oil
10 drops Mountain Rose Herbs Spearmint Essential Oil

1. Measure out the beeswax, sweet almond oil, and mango butter into a small glass measuring cup and place in a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water until the beeswax and butter have fully melted.

2. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the cocoa powder, sugar, vitamin E oil and spearmint essential oil. When the mixture starts to harden, simply stir again and spoon into a container with a lid and continue cooling at room temp. Massage a small amount of the scrub over moistened lips to exfoliate and moisturize. Tissue or rinse off.



Naked Lip Scrub
Makes approx 1 ounce

1/2 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax 
2 teaspoons Mountain Rose Herbs Refined Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Jojoba Oil
3 teaspoons Superfine or Castor sugar
40 drops Mountain Rose Herbs Vitamin E Oil

1. Measure out the beeswax, coconut oil, and Jojoba oil into a small glass measuring cup and place in a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water until the beeswax and oils have fully melted.

2. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the sugar and vitamin E oil.  When the mixture starts to harden, simply stir again and spoon into a container with a lid and continue cooling at room temp. Massage a small amount of the scrub over moistened lips to exfoliate and moisturize. Tissue or rinse off.

Click Here to visit Mountain Rose Herbs


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Organic Olive Oil Hand Salve

My batches of Olive Oil Hand Salve for gift giving
I CREATED THIS POST IN 2012 AND DECIDED TO REPOST IT. If you are thinking about handcrafting your holiday gifts, this recipe is a great idea.  Enjoy!!! -Shannon

Every year I craft a handmade beauty product for my family and friends.  Last year I made Calendula Healing Salve and my friends and family truly loved it.  This year I made a bigger jar of my Organic Olive Oil Hand Salve.  I also bought some professional water & smear proof durable vinyl labels from Moo.com to apply to my four-ounce amber jars.  I ended up making a total of 20 four-ounce jars, but I think I might need more!! I am sharing the recipe with you, and due to popular demand, I have created the recipe using common U.S measurements instead of metric.  My recipe makes enough salve to fill 3 four-ounce amber jars. If you need more, you simply multiple the recipe.



The base of this salve uses three Organic oils.  I chose organic extra virgin olive oil, organic sweet almond oil and organic sunflower oil.  The best price I have found on the olive oil is at Costco. I got the sweet almond oil from Mountain Rose Herbs and the sunflower oil from Whole Foods. 

I thickened the salve with beeswax pastilles from Mountain Rose Herbs. You can order it HERE.

To help keep the oils fresh and avoid them turning rancid, I enlisted the herbal power of Rosemary Leaf Extract and Vitamin E Oil

I chose to lightly scent the salve with lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils. 

Organic Olive Oil Hand Salve
(makes enough to fill three 4-ounce jars)

4 ounces Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 ounces Organic Sweet Almond Oil
2 ounce Organic Sunflower Seed Oil
3 ounces Beeswax Pastilles
80 drops Lavender Essential Oil
30 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
20 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
40 drops Rosemary Leaf Extract (antioxidant)
40 drops Vitamin E Oil (7500IU)

Combine the olive, almond and sunflower oils along with the beeswax in a large glass measuring cup that has been placed in a simmering water bath.  Heat until the wax and oils melt. Remove from heat and stir in the remainder of the ingredients. Carefully pour into the heat-safe glass jars. Cap and cool completely.

Photo of the oils and wax in the simmering water bath.

Carefully pour the hot mixture into the glass pots. I use an oven mitt when pouring the hot salve.

Notice the cracked middle? This is totally fine and happened to about 1/3 of my pots after they cool.  It does not affect the product at all. I am not for sure why this happens, but if it happens to you, don't worry about it at all!!!

I designed these vinyl product labels which fit perfectly on the four-ounce jars. I bought them from Moo.com. I really like that these labels will not smudge and are water proof.

I found some pretty green fabric and did a quick-sew little reusable gift bag and attached my personalized tag with draw string.


All snug in the gift bags and ready to be passed out to my family and friends for the holidays.


There is nothing that I enjoy more than sharing my herbal knowledge and handcrafted gifts with my family and friends!! I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful gifts from Mother Nature!! Green Blessings & Happy Holidays!!!

-Shannon

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Customizable DIY Hair Mask

I have the PERFECT recipe for a conditioning hair mask that you can customize to suit your specific hair type and concern. This recipe makes 5 1/2 ounces and is enough for 3 to 4 applications.

Depending on your hair type and concern, you can choose a specific carrier oil to use in the recipe.  I like to get my carrier oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. They really do have the largest organic carrier oil selection I know of.  You can visit them HERE.


Do you have normal hair? You should choose from the following list of oils: Apricot, Argan, Baobab, Borage Seed, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Kukui Nut, Sweet Almond.



Do you have oily hair and scalp? You should choose from the following list of oils: Apricot, Argan, Hazelnut, Jojoba, Neem, Sesame, Shea Nut, Sunflower.



Do you have Dry hair and scalp? You should choose from the following list of oils:  Almond, Argan, Avocado, Baobab, Castor, Coconut, Evening Primrose, Macadamia Nut, Meadowfoam Seed, Neem, Olive, Rosehip Seed, Soybean, Tamanu, Wheat Germ Oil.



Do you have Processed & Damaged hair? You should choose from the following list of oils: Argan, Avocado, Baobab, Borage, Camelina, Castor, Evening Primrose, Hemp Seed, Macadamia Nut, Olive, Pomegranate, Rosehip, Sesame, Soybean & Vitamin E.


Do you have Coarse & Ethnic hair? You should choose from the following list of oils: Argan, Avocado, Castor, Coconut, Hemp Seed, Macadamia Nut, Olive, Ghee, Pomegranate Seed, Rosehip, Shea Butter, Vitamin E.

Customizable DIY Hair Mask
makes 5 1/2 ounces (**store in the fridge for best results and use within 4 weeks)

2 tablespoons of your choice of carrier oil (*you can choose a mixture of as many as you like as long as they total two tablespoons)

2 teaspoons emulsifying wax NF (Find it HERE)

1/2 teaspoon stearic acid (Find it HERE)

1/2 teaspoon liquid lecithin (Find it HERE)

1/2 cup Aloe Vera Gel (Find it HERE)

30 drops of essential oil (I suggest lavender for normal hair, grapefruit for oily hair, helichrysum for dry hair, carrot seed for processed and damaged hair and tea tree for coarse hair)

Step 1: In a heat-safe glass measuring cup, combine the carrier oil(s), emulsifying wax, stearic acid and liquid lecithin.  Place the measuring cup in a pot containing a few inches of simmering water.

Step 2: In another heat-safe glass measuring cup, add in the aloe vera gel.  Place this measuring cup in another pot containing a few inches of simmering water.

Step 3: Heat both mixtures to a temperature of 160 degrees F (71 degrees C) until the oil and wax have melted together. Carefully remove both measuring cups from the simmering water.

Step 4: Pour the oil/wax mixture into a mixing bowl and begin mixing with a hand-held mixer set to the low speed.  Blend the aloe vera gel into the oil/wax on low for one minute.  Bring the speed up to high and continue mixing for 5 minutes or until the temperature is below 100 degrees F (38 C).

Step 5: Add in the essential oil and mix again on high for a further 5 minutes.  Transfer the mixture to a sanitized container. Store in the refrigerator and use within 4 weeks.

TO USE: After shampooing your hair, apply generously from the roots to the ends and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.

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..  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!!!