Sunday, November 13, 2016

3-Ingredient Dry Skin Cream

There is a rich body cream on the market that is made by a really awesome natural skin care company that costs a whopping $32 for a small 3 ounce jar.  This particular cream is made with just three simple ingredients.  The ingredients are Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Olive Oil.  I was able to sample the cream at the store and was impressed with how thick and rich it was and how super moisturizing and soothing it was to my parched skin. Here is the recipe for my version of the cream.  I call this the 3-Ingredient Dry Skin Cream. It takes about 10 minutes to make a batch.  A little goes a really long way.  You only need a teaspoon to moisturize your entire body (a pea sized amount was enough to do an entire leg).

3-Ingredient Dry Skin Cream
(makes 3 ounces)

1 1/2  ounce Mountain Rose Herbs Shea Butter
1 1/4 ounce Mountain Rose Herbs Unrefined Coconut Oil
1/4 ounce Mountain Rose Herbs Olive Oil

Place ingredients into a double boiler and stir until just melted.  Carefully pour into a small glass jar and allow to cool to room temperature.  You can purchase all the ingredients over at Mountain Rose Herbs.  Click HERE to shop!!

Cheers!!!

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.. 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, October 19, 2016

Damascus Rose Beauty Balm

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Damascus Rose Beauty Balm

I was inspired to create this recipe from a product I sampled at Whole Foods a few days ago.  This super nourishing balm is wonderful for the face, neck and under eye area.  You can massage it into your cuticles and on your heels if you like.  I used antioxidant-rich oils in my recipe along with a potent blend of lavender essential oil, rose essential oil and Roman Chamomile essential oil.   A little of this product goes a very long way because it does not contain any water.

Photo of the "other guy's" product I sampled in Whole Foods. 
For my recipe you will need the following ingredients. Most can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs.

1 tablespoon Calendula Infused Olive Oil
2 teaspoons Castor Oil
1 teaspoon Beeswax
1/4 teaspoon Seabuckthorn Oil
1/4 teaspoon Rosehip Seed Oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
3 drops Rose Essential Oil

I make my own Calendula Infused Olive Oil. You can learn how to make your own HERE or purchase it from Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

You can buy the Roman Chamomile and Bulgarian Rose Essential Oils from Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

My friend grows and distills a really wonderful lavender essential oil and has been pouring her love of lavender into her business since 2005.  You can order Martha Lane Lavender HERE.

Place the calendula infused olive oil, castor oil, beeswax, seabuckthorn oil, and rosehip seed oil into a small glass measuring cup and sit it in a pan with a few inches of simmering water. Stir the ingredients until the oils and beeswax have melted. Remove from the heat.

Add in the essential oils and stir to combine.


Pour the liquid into a small container and allow to cool to room temperature. Place a lid on the container.

After the balm cools down, it will have a very soft texture and is easily massaged into the skin. I like to use this as a night time treatment. Literally a small pea-sized amount is all it takes for my entire face and neck. I use another small amount on my hands too.  This stuff is amazing!!! It has the intoxicating aroma of Bulgarian Rose....need I say more???  Cheers!!


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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!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Plumping Honey Lip Mask

Do you want kissable smooth and plump lips? Are you lips dehydrated and wrinkled because of the dry winter weather? Smooth the look of fine wrinkles around the lip area with my Plumping Honey Lip Mask. Made with ultra-repairing lanolin oil, smoothing castor seed oil, nourishing olive oil, sweet all-natural honey and delectable vanilla absolute.

Apply a heavy layer before bed and wake up to moisturized plump lips. Apply a super thin layer before you apply your lipstick to help it last longer during the day.

My recipe does not use a preservative and is best stored in the fridge and used up within six weeks.

Makes a great overnight cuticle cream too!


Plumping Honey Lip Mask
makes about 1 ounce

2 teaspoons lanolin oil
3/4 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs castor seed oil
3/4 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 heaping teaspoons Mountain Rose Herbs beeswax
1/2 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs olive oil
1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
10 drops Mountain Rose Herbs vanilla absolute

Place the lanolin, castor oil, honey, beeswax and olive oil into a small glass measuring cup and place it in a pan that has a few inches of simmering water. Stir to melt together all the ingredients. Remove from the heat and add in the vitamin E oil and vanilla absolute. Stir well.

Carefully pour the hot liquid into a metal or glass container. Allow to cool until hardened. ****This is important....you need to whip the ingredients very well once they have cooled until you get a nice  fluffy consistency. The honey and vanilla absolute tends to separate to the bottom. I like to use a small wooden stick to whip the ingredients together.

As you can tell in the photo above, the mask whips up to a fluffy and creamy texture. For best results, don't use your finger to take out the lip mask, use a small sanitary spoon or disposable wooden stick. You will notice terrific results after your first application.

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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!!!





Saturday, October 1, 2016

Naked Beard Butter


Do you want a super simple beard butter that can tame and soften your coarse hair? My three ingredient unscented recipe makes a wonderful smoothing beard butter that will leave your beard shaped, softened and handsome! I used refined coconut oil that is odorless. If you enjoy a light coconut aroma, choose unrefined.

Mountain Rose Herbs offers a really wonderful refined coconut oil. Click HERE to shop.

I chose coconut oil because it is lightweight and easily absorbed into coarse beard hair.

You can buy beeswax bars and pastilles from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE.
In order to thicken up the coconut oil, you can use a little bit of beeswax. If you are vegan or vegetarian, choose carnauba or soy wax in place of the beeswax.

I like to add in Shea Butter to moisturize the skin and keep it from feeling itchy and dry.

Naked Beard Butter
makes about 3 ounces

1.5 ounces refined coconut oil
1 ounce Shea butter
1/2 ounce grated beeswax

Measure the ingredients into a glass measuring cup and sit it in a pan that contains a few inches of simmering water. Stir gently until all ingredients have melted. Remove from heat and carefully pour the hot mixture into a heatproof container with a tight fitting lid. Allow to cool and harden.

To use: Warm a very small amount in your hand to soften and massage through your beard and on your skin. Style your beard as desired.

10 out of 10 "Bearded Beauties" agree that a soft, manageable and well-groomed beard is possible when using my Naked Beard Butter. Enjoy!!!


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!!!


Monday, September 12, 2016

Herbal Hair Rinse for Dry Hair

My Herbal Rinse for Dry Hair uses calming herbs to provide comfort to dry scalp and hair. You are going to LOVE this recipe!!!

You can purchase all of the herbs and the vegetable glycerin at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Herbal Hair Rinse for Dry Hair
makes one application

2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dried calendula
1 teaspoon dried chamomile
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon dried mullein
1 teaspoon dried nettle
2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine
1/4 teaspoon sweet almond oil

Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan Add in the vinegar and herbs, cover with a lid, turn off the heat. Allow the herbs to infuse in the water and vinegar until cooled to room temp. Strain the liquid from the herbs. Mix in the vegetable glycerine and sweet almond oil.

Dispense the rinse into a spray bottle for best results. After you cleanse your hair, shake well and spray the mixture through your hair and massage from the roots to the tips. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water or leave in and style as usual.


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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, August 3, 2016

Tea Tree Oil Face Cream

I like to buy most of my ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs!!! They have some great ingredients!!!

Tea Tree Oil Face Cream
Makes 2 ounces 
1/2 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Witch Hazel Extract
1 tablespoon Rosewater
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Jojoba Oil
1/2 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Hazelnut Oil
3/4 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Stearic Acid
2  teaspoons Mountain Rose Herbs Emulsifying Wax-NF
40 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

Many Middle Eastern stores sell rose water. I like getting the Witch Hazel Extract from Mountain Rose Herbs.
I got both of these oils from Mountain Rose Herbs and they are both great for oily and blemish-prone skin types. 

My favorite place for Emulsifying Wax is Mountain Rose Herbs
Mountain Rose Herbs has Stearic Acid

Measure out the ingredients into three separate containers.  The Witch Hazel and Rosewater in one container, the Jojoba and Hazelnut oils into another and the Stearic Acid and Emulsifying Wax into another.

Bring a pot with about 3 inches of water to a simmer.  In a glass measuring cup, pour in all the ingredients.  Place the measuring cup into the simmering water and allow the waxes to melt into the other ingredients.

As the wax melts, it will start to emulsify the ingredients together.

The mixture will turn a creamy white color and all the wax will be melted.  Remove from the hot water and start to whisk for about 5 minutes.

Add in the essential oil, mix well and pour into a sanitized glass container.

Continue to whisk to cool the cream and thicken it up.  Once it has a rich and thick consistency, place a tight fitting lid on it and store it in the refrigerator for up to 30 days.  This is a great cream for the blemish-prone back and chest too.



You will find most of  the necessary ingredients to make this cream over at Mountain Rose Herbs.  

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!!!




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Monday, July 25, 2016

All-Natural Bug Repellent (Formula #2)

I recently tweaked the formula for the All-Natural Bug Repellent based on the research I did on the formulas of a few other all-natural brands.  This new formula works just as well and I made eight bottles for my family and friends.  Enjoy!!!

This recipe will make enough to fill eight 4-ounce bottles



The main part of the formula that changed is the essential oil blend.  I looked at what a few companies added to their formulas and decided to base my recipe on theirs.  I ended up with 6.5% Citronella, 1.7% Peppermint, 1.5% Cedarwood Virginia, 1% Eucalyptus, 1% Litsea Cubeba, 1% Lemongrass and 0.2% Geranium.  I tested it out and the mosquitoes would buzz close to me, but did not land on me.  I did not get one single bite that night.


I had this huge batch of handcrafted Catnip tincture sitting in my pantry that I used along with some Witch Hazel Extract. 

I simply blended 225 ml of Catnip Tincture and 175 ml of Witch Hazel Extract in a large glass measuring cup.

Next, I measured out the essential oils into a glass beaker.

I lined up eight sanitized 4-ounce amber bottles and added in 7.5 ml of the essential oil blend to each bottle.

I then added 50 ml of the Catnip/Witch Hazel Extract blend to each bottle.

Add the spray attachment to each bottle and you are ready to apply a label.

You can print out these labels or make your own.

Here you have it! Enough bottles to share with family and friends.  Just make sure you shake the bottle very well before applying the repellent and be aware if you spray it on your clothes, they may get stained.

All-Natural Bug Repellent (Formula #2)


225 ml Catnip Tincture (click here to learn how to make tinctures)
175 ml Witch Hazel Extract
30 ml Citronella Essential Oil
8 ml Peppermint Essential Oil
7 ml Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
5 ml Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5 ml Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil
5 ml Lemongrass Essential Oil
1 ml Geranium Essential Oil


Measure out the Catnip Tincture and Witch Hazel Extract in a glass measuring cup.  Blend all the essential oils in another small glass measuring beaker or cup.  In each 4-ounce dark glass bottle, measure in 7.5 ml of the essential oil blend.  Pour 50 ml of the Catnip Tincture/Witch Hazel blend into each bottle.  Place the spray attachment fitting into each bottle and apply a label.  Use within 1 year. No refrigeration is needed.

Want to make a single 4-ounce bottle just for yourself? You will add 28 ml of Catnip Tincture, 22 ml of Witch Hazel Extract, 3.75 ml Citronella Essential Oil, 1 ml Peppermint Essential Oil, 18 drops Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil, 12 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 12 drops Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil, 12 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil and 3 drops of Geranium to a 4-ounce bottle.  


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. Shannon Buck and Fresh-Picked Beauty strongly recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented on this website and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming any type product. Anything you find on this website still needs more research to establish the potential effectiveness and safety of any ingredient and/or suggestion.  Before you consider using anything you find on this website, you need to consult with a medical professional to help you weigh the pros and cons of using natural ingredients.  You also need to review all the available safety data for each ingredient before you use it.  Herbs and natural ingredients have been used successfully for many years, but as a precaution, I suggest that you consult a naturopathic doctor, licensed herbalist, or holistic health practitioner who is qualified to guide you in the safe use of herbs and natural ingredients. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Friday, July 22, 2016

DIY Dilo Oil Cream




I recently spotted a very expensive small jar of cream that contains Dilo oil (a.k.a Tamanu oil or Calophyllum inophyllum). This particular oil is a dark green, heavy, fatty oil with a very distinct aroma.  It is a remarkable topical healing agent that is anti-inflammatory and offers great anti-oxidant protection. It has been used extensively to heal damaged skin and has notable benefits for helping to heal scars, reduce the appearance of stretch marks and soothe abrasions, rashes and minor skin ailments like eczema and dry skin.

The Tamanu tree is indigenous to tropical Southeast Asia. The kernel is dried in the sun for a few months and becomes sticky with a dark and richly fat oil that is collected and used for its magical properties. I took one look at the ingredients on the jar of the expensive name brand Dilo Cream and immediately knew I could make an excellent version of my own. I know you will enjoy this recipe.

You can purchase lavender hydrosol from Mountain Rose Herbs. I found this bottle at my local Farmer's Market and it is divine. 
You can find Certified Organic Vegetable Glycerine at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Mountain Rose Herbs offers a very nice Certified Organic Tamanu Oil (also known as Dilo Oil)
I used Mango Butter from Mountain Rose Herbs, but you can use Shea Butter if you like. 

To thicken and emulsify the mixture, I used Emulsifying Wax and Stearic Acid from Mountain Rose Herbs. 

D.I.Y Dilo Oil Cream
makes about 2 ounces

2 tablespoons Lavender Hydrosol
1/2 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerine
1 1/2 teaspoons Tamanu (Dilo) Oil
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
1 1/2 teaspoons Mango or Shea Butter
1/2 teaspoons Stearic Acid
1 heaping teaspoon Emulsifying Wax
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Measure out the lavender hydrosol and vegetable glycerine into a glass measuring cup and sit it in a pot with a few inches of simmering water.

Measure out the Tamanu oil, Coconut oil, Mango or Shea butter, Stearic acid and Emulsifying wax into a glass measuring cup and sit it in a pot with a few inches of simmering water.

When both mixtures have reached 150 degrees F, remove from the heat.

Carefully pour the oil mixture into a heat-proof mixing bowl and begin mixing with a hand mixer set on medium speed. Add in the lavender and glycerine and continue to mix for five minutes.

Once the mixture has cooled to under 100 degrees F, mix in the lavender essential oil and pour your cream into a sanitized glass container and allow to cool completely. Store in the refrigerator and use within a few weeks.

After cleansing your face or body, apply a generous amount to your skin and massage in.

Bring both mixtures to a quick 150 degrees F. Then remove from the heat. 

Once cooled, the mixture becomes a thick and very rich healing cream that is  healing and  nourishing.

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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