Friday, December 7, 2018

Continuing Education in Seattle

Since 2014, I have taught several continuing education classes about aromatherapy, essential oils and natural beauty in Seattle, Washington. I am available to teach both private and public classes to groups up to 25 people. If you are interested in holding a fun and exciting class for your students or employees, please email me at 

I have enjoyed teaching these classes for colleges, corporations and private parties. I can customize a class just for you!

Classes I currently offer: 
Therapeutic Uses of Essential Oil & Aromatherapy: 2 day class (6 hours total). Are you interested in learning about essential oils, the art and science of aromatherapy, how to properly prepare essential oils, specific therapeutic applications and how to use essential oils safely? Taught by a Bastyr University Certified Aromatherapist, best-selling author and natural beauty expert.

Making Holiday Gifts with Aromatherapy & Essential Oils: 1 day class (4 hours). Learn how to create sumptuous gifts for the winter holidays. Sweet Strawberry Sugar Scrub, eucalyptus and Mint Lip Balm, Holiday Herbal Body Wash, Winter Rescue Skin Serum, Enchanted Forest Perfume and Vanilla Whipped Body Butter.

Spring Gifts to Make with Aromatherapy & Essential Oils: Learn how to make sumptuous gifts for Spring time. Sweet Orange and Cocoa Butter Lip Balm, Spring Time Foaming Hand Soap, Healing Helichrysum Facial Serum, Spring floral Perfume, Vanilla Coffee Body Scrub and Coconut lime Body Balm. These are the perfect self-care gifts-to give or to keep!

Introduction to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy: 1 day class (4 hours). This course is instructed by Shannon Buck, a Certified Aromatherapist from Bastyr University. You will learn how essential oils are produced, how to use them safely in different applications for emotional balance, skin care and wellbeing. You will become familiar with ten essentials oils including: Lavender, Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Peppermint, German Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Bergamot, and Tea Tree. You will blend your own aromatherapy roll-on to take home.

Make Your Own Mineral Foundation (Clean Beauty Series): 1 day class (2 hours). Learn how to make your own clean beauty mineral foundation powder. Use minerals and pigments to create the perfect shade of foundation to match your unique skin tone. Learn about the ingredients used in mineral foundations and all the tricks and trade secrets of blending and using mineral foundation. A

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Organic Olive Oil Hand Salve

My handcrafted batches of Olive Oil Hand Salve for gift giving this holiday season.
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 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

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 I really like that these labels will not smudge and are water-proof.

I found some pretty green fabric and did a quick-sew 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!!!


Monday, November 19, 2018

Long Wear Brow Wax

It is so sad for me to admit, but I don't have the greatest eyebrows in the world! They are super light and fine and very sparse! I won't leave the house without applying my DIY Long Wear Brow Wax. Sometimes I only have time to moisturize my skin and apply my brows, but I won't leave home without at least my eye brows done!

See! I told you my eyebrows are almost non-existent! Here I am without a stitch of makeup on.

Here are my eyebrows after using my DIY Long Wear Brow Wax. Not only does it tint them a beautiful rich brown, it tames them too.

My formula is very thick and waxy and stays put all day long.

Add the following ingredients into a small glass beaker.......

3 grams Stearic Acid
2 grams Cera Bellina (use beeswax if needed)
2.5 grams Castor Oil
0.5 grams Cetyl Alcohol

Place the beaker into a few inches of simmering water until fully melted.

I have seen some DIY recipes that use only straight iron oxides like brown and/or black. I find this to be very boring and the product does not offer much depth. I like to use a base iron oxide such as brown and add in some sericite mica and a few pretty mica blends. For my medium brown eye brow wax, I chose to use TKB Trading's Espresso, Moonstone Mica and Brown Oxide. You can shop HERE.

You will need 1 gram of brown oxide, 0.3 grams of Espresso blend, 0.2 grams of Moonstone Mica blend and 0.2 grams of Sericite Mica. You will need to grind these together. I use this small grinder to fully grind the pigments. 

See how beautiful this color grind turned out!

Once your wax mix is fully melted, turn off the heat but keep the beaker in the hot water.

Add your color grind into the melted wax.

Spend about 5 minutes to fully blend the pigment into the melted wax base. You want to make sure there are no clumps at the bottom.

I like to use a small glass pot with a lid to store the eyebrow wax in.

Carefully pour the hot wax into your container and allow to cool and harden at room temp.

I use a small flat brush to apply to my eyebrows.

Here it is swatched on my wrist in natural light.

Super quick to apply and stays put all day long! For best results, clean your brush after each use.



Friday, November 9, 2018

Perfect Pressed Powder

I made Perfect Pressed Powder today! I am wearing it in the photo above. I applied my moisturizer and used a buffer brush to swirl the powder into my skin. Really lovely texture!

To start you will need to add the following ingredients into a makeup-only coffee bean grinder. If you are new to my blog, a "makeup only coffee bean grinder" simply means that you only use it for making cosmetics and not grinding spices and/or coffee.

**time to put your dust mask on!
5.3 grams Sericite Mica
2.3 grams Rice Powder
0.5 grams Silica Microspheres
0.5 grams Magnesium Stearate
0.6 grams Titanium Dioxide
0.15 grams Yellow Iron Oxide
0.04 grams Orange Iron Oxide
0.03 grams Brown Iron Oxide
0.01 grams Red Iron Oxide
*****your perfect shade may require more or less of the iron oxides that I used. Start slow and go up in small 0.01 gram increments.

Place the ingredients into your grinder and grind for about 45 seconds.

This is the perfect shade for my light with yellow undertone skin.

I used 0.2 grams of Leucidal Liquid PT to preserve the product. I just sprayed it over the powder and gave it another 30 second grind.

I used 0.5 grams of squalane and 0.6 grams of 190 proof vodka to moisten the powder and get it ready for pressing. I added it into the grinder and turned it on for about 30 seconds.

You will get the texture of moist sand when it is ready to press.

You will need an empty pressing tin, a pressing tile, a pressing tamper and an empty compact.

Fill the pan up with a layer and spread out evenly. Place the pressing tile over the powder and press with the tamping tool.

Pack it in firmly by applying pressure to the pressing disc.

Pop it into the compact and you are ready to rock and roll!

In the photo above, I only have on moisturizer and the pressed powder. I also have on my homemade brow wax, cheek blush and lip gloss.



Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Vegan Coconut Oil Solid Foundation

Lush has recently introduced a really awesome solid foundation called Slap Stick. It is not available in the USA as of yet, but I can't wait for it to arrive! You can learn more about the Slap Stick Foundation from LUSH (here).

photo credit (here)
The ingredients of the LUSH Slap Stick Foundation include the following (found on the website):

Screen Shot from (here)
Of course, I was curious if I could make a similar version in my own kitchen. I did a bit of research and found that the LUSH Slap Stick has 45% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and 14% Pigment.  From there I just had to make an educated guess as to the percent of the other ingredients.

LUSH dips the egg-shaped foundation disc in hard black wax and packages it in a sturdy cardboard box.  I was not too keen on doing something similar, but for sure wanted something just as cool.  I decided to pour my melted foundation in an empty EOS Lip Balm sphere. It totally worked liked magic and it can be easily popped into your makeup clutch for touch-ups during the day. 

I need to point out that the LUSH Slap Stick Foundation is 30 grams and my recipe only makes enough to fill the quarter-ounce container.  You could always double my recipe and fill up two empty EOS lip balm spheres.

You will need an empty and sanitized EOS Lip Balm sphere that has had all three parts separated. See photo above.

For my foundation formula, you will need the following ingredients:

4.5 grams Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1.0 grams Candelilla Wax
0.2 grams Glycerine
0.7 grams Jojoba Oil
0.8 grams Sunflower Wax
0.4 grams Argan Oil
0.3 grans Cetyl Alcohol
0.5 grams Silica Microspheres
1.2 grams Titanium Dioxide
Red, Brown, Black and Yellow Liquid Iron Oxides (I get mine from TKB Trading)

Melt together the coconut oil, candelilla wax, sunflower wax, Jojoba oil, argan oil, cetyl alcohol and glycerine. I placed my glass beaker in a few inches of simmering water for about 10 minutes to fully melt.

Blend in the silica microspheres and the titanium dioxide. Stir until it is smooth.

Time to customize the foundation to match YOUR own unique skin shade! Most people will start with yellow and then add varying amounts of red, brown and/or black.

I like to squeeze a few drops of all four pigments into a small weigh boat and using a toothpick, add a tiny amount at a time and then blend it thoroughly to see how close I am to my skin tone. Trust me, adding a full drop from the pigment bottle will often times be too much! Lighter shades will use mostly yellow with a tiny bit of red and a smidge of brown or black. Medium skin tones will use mostly yellow with a little red, some brown and some black. Darker skin tones will start with yellow, add a bit of red and a moderate amount of brown and some black. You really just have to do it little by little to create your unique match. My advice is to start slow and have a gentle hand when adding the pigments. Easy to add and impossible to remove!

Looks about right. This is my shade! I placed my beaker back in the simmering water to warm up and become totally liquid again.

Place these two parts together. (see photo above)

Pour the hot liquid into the container. (see photo above)

Place the remaining plastic base into the other two parts.

Allow the foundation to cool at room temp and harden. Remove the lid to reveal the solid foundation.

A little goes along way. Some oilier skin-types may find that due to the 45% coconut oil, a light dusting of setting powder can be used for best results.



**LUSH is a Trademark of Cosmetic Warriors Limited.
**EOS is a Trademark of the Kind Group, LLC