Tuesday, February 21, 2017

All-Natural Raspberry Cheek Stain

I have a wonderful and easy recipe for an all-natural raspberry cheek stain that is made with freeze-dried raspberries.  You are going to love, love, love this recipe!!! It gives your cheeks a beautiful rosy glow and smells like fresh picked roses with the addition of some Bularian Rose essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Start out with 1 heaping tablespoon of organic freeze-dried raspberries. Place them into a mortar and pestle.

Grind the raspberries into a fine powder.

You will have some raspberry seeds mixed in with the fine powder that you will want to sift out.

I used a tea strainer to separate the powder from the seeds. Discard or compost the seeds.

You will have a heaping teaspoon of the ground raspberry powder.

Add the raspberry powder into a small shot glass.


Add one tablespoon of 151 proof grain alcohol to the raspberry powder. Mix well.

Drizzle in 1/4 teaspoon of castor oil.  This will help to prevent the alcohol from drying out your skin when applied. Plus, it imparts a subtle rosy glow to your cheeks. Stir well and cover the shot glass with a coaster to prevent the alcohol from evaporating. Let it sit for at least an hour.  Strain the liquid through a small coffee filter or muslin cloth into another clean shot glass.


Add in one drop of Bulgarian Rose essential oil. You can order it from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Transfer the raspberry cheek stain into a small glass roller bottle.

Here is my arm before I applied the cheek stain...........

You can apply as little or as much as you like. It will dry very quickly due to the high alcohol content.

As you can see in the photo above, the cheek stain dries to a very beautiful pink hue.  I am very excited about his recipe.  It was super easy to wash off with my mild face wash.

Some of you may be wondering if you could use this as a lip stain, and my answer is YES....but you need to make one  change to the recipe.  Instead of using 1/4 teaspoon of castor oil, use 1/2 teaspoon of sweet almond or sunflower oil.  You will need to shake the container well before you apply the product to your lips.  Due to the high alcohol content, you may experience dry lips if you use it too often, so discontinue using if it becomes bothersome.

Enjoy!!!

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 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, February 16, 2017

Triple Lavender Bath Bomb Hearts



You are going to have so much fun making this recipe for heart shaped bath bombs that uses dried lavender buds, lavender hydrosol and lavender essential oil.

The ingredients you need are:

1 cup of Mountain Rose Herbs baking soda
1/2 cup of Mountain Rose Herbs citric acid
1/4 cup of Mountain Rose Herbs Dead Sea salt
1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil (or other lightweight carrier oil)
6 teaspoons of Mountain Rose Herbs Dried Lavender buds
50 drops of lavender essential oil
Lavender hydrosol in a spray bottle (start with one tablespoon and have more if needed)

I used a heart shaped silicon baking mold and added a teaspoon of dried lavender buds to each cavity of the mold.

Add your baking soda, citric acid and sea salt to a sifter and sift into a bowl.  Make sure all the clumps are out.


Add the lavender essential oil into the fractioned coconut oil, mix well.

Drizzle the essential oil and oil over the dry ingredients and whisk well to combine.

Lightly spray the dry mixture with a small amount of lavender hydrosol and whisk well to combine.  Spray again and repeat whisking until the mixture is just moist (NOT WET) enough to clump together.


Go slowly with the lavender hydrosol.  You just want to add enough to get it to clump together. Too much hydrosol will activate the ingredients and you will have one not-so-fun fizzy mess to clean up.

Press the mixture into the cavities of the silicone baking mold and allow to harden and dry at room temp for several hours. Once hardened, remove the bath bombs from the mold and store in an air-tight container.  To use: drop one or two into a warm bath and enjoy the relaxing and aromatic lavender aroma. Be careful when getting into and out of the bathtub as the surface may be slippery.

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, February 14, 2017

True Love Rosy Bath Crystals


I love making handcrafted gifts for friends! This year I formulated and  crafted True Love Rosy Bath Crystals using all-natural ingredients for Valentine's Day.  These beautiful bath crystals are a combination of Epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt, powdered milk, rose buds, rose petals and an essential oil blend of Moroccan Chamomile and Geranium.  This blend looks amazing, smells amazing and is an amazing bath tub treatment that will soothe your senses and your body while gently moisturizing your skin.  You can find all of the ingredients at Mountain Rose Herbs.

You need 1/3 cup of Himalayan Pink Salt.  This delectable salt has beautifully formed crystals which range in color from off-white to lustrous pink.  This salt is often used to stimulate circulation and relax the body.  It can be purchased in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs.

You need 1 1/2 cups of Epsom Salt.  It is used in the bath to soothe, relax and relieve sore muscles.  You can purchase it in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Combine both salts into a small mixing bowl.  When both salts are mixed together, they look really pretty!

You need 1 cup of powdered dry milk.  Mix it into the bowl with the salt. Powdered milk is a great way to moisturize your skin and also helps disperse the essential oils into the water.


You need 1 cup of dried red rose petals (Rosa gallica).  Not only do these dried roses look super beautiful, they are therapeutic in the bath and are a favorite bath herb around the world. You can buy Certified Organic ones from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Stir the red roses into the bowl with the salts and powdered milk.  Pretty!!


You need 1/2 cup of dried whole rose buds (Rosa damascena).  These are another favorite bath herb that make a lovely rose infusion in the warm bath water.  You can find them at Mountain Rose Herbs. 

Gently mix in the rose buds with the other ingredients.

You need 20 drops of both Geranium essential oil and Moroccan Chamomile essential oil.  Mix the essential oils into the salt mixture. I LOVE the way these both smell when combined together.  It is an amazing fresh, herbaceous and sweet floral aroma.  You can find both of these at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Store your True Love Rosy Bath Crystals in a glass container with a tight fitting lid.  It makes enough for 6 baths.  You only need about a cup of the bath crystals per bath.

An easy way to use the bath crystals in the bathtub is to put one cup into a 4"x6" cotton muslin bag with a drawstring.  You can buy these from Mountain Rose Herbs. They are inexpensive and can be used over and over again.  I like to use the bags so that the rose petals will infuse the water but I don't have to worry about the messy clean up after the water has been drained.  The salts and the powdered milk will melt into the warm water.

This is also a beautiful way to present these as gifts to a friend.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and would LOVE to hear from you when you make it.

Cheers!
Shannon


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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!!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Coconut Rose Body Butter

Coconut oil is wonderful for general moisturizing and using for a protective layer to help your skin retain its natural moisture.  Most folks with sensitive skin enjoy the moisturizing benefits of coconut oil.  I used refined coconut oil in this recipe since it does not have the penetrating and deep scent of coconut like the virgin unrefined does.  Feel free to use unrefined if you like as it would pair very well with a citrus essential oil such as tangerine or lime.

Coconut oil is very easy to whip into a delicate airy mousse, however it will melt at 76 degrees and turn back into a liquid.  This recipe is best made in the cooler months of the year if you plan to store it at room temperature.  I make this in the warmer months and store it in my fridge.  It feels really good massaged into the skin after spending time in the hot sun or swimming.

Since I chose to use  rose essential oil (I like the Rosa damascena variety), I thought it would be fun to add just a slight tint of pink color using some Alkanet infused oil I crafted a while back.  (Click here to learn how to make Alkanet infused oil).  I also added in a little bit of corn starch to help negate the slight oily feel when applying it to the skin.  Rounding out the recipe is a small amount of Jojoba oil which is easily absorbed into the skin. 



Coconut Rose Body Butter

60 grams refined Coconut oil
10 grams Jojoba oil
1 ml Alkanet infused oil
3 grams cornstarch
10 drops Rose essential oil

 Place the coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Alkanet infused oil and cornstarch in a glass bowl.  Heat mixture over a pan of simmering water until coconut oil is melted. Whisk to mix all ingredients.  Allow to cool to room temp.


Once mixture is cooled to room temp, add in your essential oil and whisk until fluffy and the mixture resembles frosting. 

Pipe or spoon it into a small jar.  Keep below 70 degrees for best results.



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, February 7, 2017

Steamy & Dreamy Toner Tabs


It is time for another Do-It-Yourself recipe!!! I have a recipe that was influenced by  a popular facial steam tab that is sold by one of my favorite handmade skincare stores in the mall.  The store sells its facial steam tabs for almost $3.00 each and the ingredients are pretty basic. Their listed ingredients include; baking soda, citric acid, lavender essential oil, rose absolute, German chamomile essential oil, and tea tree essential oil.  Basically, this is a mini bath fizzy for the face.  You are supposed to drop one toner tab into a bowl of steaming hot water, place your face about 10 inches above the bowl and place a towel over your head to catch the steam to open up your pores and steam your face. It takes about 5 minutes for the steam to work its wonders.  You then transfer the toner water into a spray bottle and use it over the next two days to tone your skin.

I have to say, this was a pretty easy recipe to create for my own version.  I used all the same ingredients, but I added in a tiny bit of Polysorbate 20 so that the essential oils would disperse into the water better.  You do not have to add the Polysorbate 20 in if you are not familar with it. The recipe is perfect with or without Polysorbate 20.

I wanted to make my version in a similar shape as the store's version so I used this small silicone ice cube tray I had in my pantry.  It worked out perfectly!!! When the toner tabs are set up and hardened, you simply press the back of the mold and they pop out.

Here are some rose petals that I dried a few months ago.  Just like the store's version, I wanted a few pretty petals on the top of each toner tab so I added them into the mold. If you don't have your own dried rose petals, you can pick them up from Mountain Rose Herbs.

First step is to measure out 8 tablespoons of baking soda and 4 tablespoons of citric acid into a sifter and sift into a bowl.  You need to sift the two ingredients in order to get all the lumps out.

The photo on the bottom right is the essential oils dropped into the Polysorbate 20.  
If you choose to use the Polysorbate 20, add a 1/4 teaspoon of it into a small bowl.  Add the following essential oils into the Polysorbate 20:

10 drops of Lavender essential oil
5 drops Rose absolute
4 drops German Chamomile essential oil
3 drops Tea Tree essential oil

You can get the essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Stir the Polysorbate 20 & Essential Oil blend into the baking soda/citric acid mix.  I ended up putting the the mixture back though the sifter in order to fully combine the essential oils into the dry mix.


I like to use 190 proof grain alcohol to moisten my fizzy tabs.  I know this strength of vodka can be hard to come by depending on which state you live in, so you can use regular vodka or Witch Hazel extract if you need to.  Place about 1 tablespoon of the vodka into a small spray bottle.


Mist the vodka over the dry mixture, stirring frequently until very lightly moistened.  You will know it is moistened enough when you can squeeze a handful of it and it stays held together.  


Working quickly, you want to place the entire amount into the mold and press down to tightly pack the mixture tightly into each well of the mold.  


You want to pack the mixture into each mold as tightly as you can.  Place a towel over the top of the mold and allow the toner tabs to harden for at least 8 hours.  Once hardened, you pop them out and keep them in an air-tight container.

They are really adorable when you pop them out.  I really enjoyed making this recipe!!!

I tried them out and they were even better than the ones the store sells!!!  I made 12 toner tabs for under $10.  Remember, the store sells ONE toner tab for almost $3.00 each.

A few tips:
1. Do not attempt to make this recipe if you have a lot of humidity. The humidity in the air may set off the toner tabs.
3. There is a fine line between perfectly moistened and too wet when you are misting the vodka over the dry mixture.  If the mixture starts to fizz, you have gone too far with the vodka and might have to start over.
4. Pack the mixture into the molds very tightly!


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!!!