Friday, October 24, 2014

Sweet Mandarin Orange, Cantaloupe & Strawberry Facial Mask

It has been raining NON-STOP around my neck of the woods and I am really staring to miss Summer! My face has been feeling rather dry since I turned on my furnace a few weeks ago and I needed something that would help brighten, exfoliate and moisturize my skin.  In true Fresh-Picked Beauty fashion, I started rooting around in my pantry and assembled some ingredients that promised to make a rejuvenating facial mask and had a Summertime-ish aroma of fresh squeezed orange juice and fruit.  This facial mask also has some skin clearing clay and sweet & soothing Manuka honey.

You will need some freeze-dried mandarin orange, cantaloupe and strawberry fruit blend (a single 10 gram package is perfect), you need Mountain Rose Herbs French Green Clay, Manuka Honey and fresh-squeezed orange juice.

I like the Evolution Harvest freeze-dried fruit blend.  I found this at my local Starbucks.

Finely grind the fruit into a powder in either a food processor or by using a mortar and pestle. Make sure it is ground into a super fine powder.

Your powder will be a beautiful soft pink and very fine when done correctly. It smells so good you will want to gobble it up....and you can if you like, but then you won't have any for the facial!

Sift the ground fruit powder through a fine mesh strainer to separate the seeds from the powder.

Look at all the small bits and pieces of seeds and fruit that remained after I sifted it.  You don't have to toss this good stuff, simply add it to a tea bag for a fruity infusion.

You will need 1 tablespoon of Mountain Rose Herbs French Green Clay. You can purchase it HERE.

Mix the clay into the fruit powder.

Add the clay/fruit powder mix into a small jar. This is your "stock" bottle of clay base. Keep a tight fitting lid on this. This will be enough for about 4 to 5 facials.

Measure out two teaspoons of the clay mix into a small bowl and add in one teaspoon of Manuka honey.

Add in two teaspoons of orange juice and mix well.

Whisk well to combine into a smooth paste.

This smells so fresh and wonderful.  The citrus aroma is very uplifting.


Apply the entire amount to your clean skin and massage it in for about 1 minute.  Leave it on for up to 20 minutes and then rinse away with warm water and moisturize as usual.  You can use this facial mask up to three times per week.

Enjoy!


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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. 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. I am not in any way Affiliated with Lush  in any way nor do I know their actual recipe for any of their products, I am simply using a list of ingredients and creating my own version.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEW Relaxing & Soothing Lavender Roll-On

New Relaxing & Soothing Lavender Roll-On available for purchase. Click HERE!!
Roll on an instant feeling of relaxation and soothe your mind! This 10 ml Relaxing & Soothing Lavender Roll-on is formulated by an Aromatherapist using six varieties of lavender grown in Sequim, Washington. The lavender varieties used in this formula are: Maillette, Royal Velvet, Sachet, Flogate, Grosso and Hidecote. The concentrated essential oils are blended in a base of pure fractionated coconut oil to moisturize your skin. The formulator of this aromatherapy blend has visited the lavender farm and personally purchased the lavender essential oils directly from the wonderful grower and distiller. Only the finest ingredients are used in this product! If you LOVE lavender, you will LOVE this lavender roll-on. Use it as an aromatherapy product or as a natural perfume for your skin.

Click HERE to Purchase!!!



Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil) and Pure Steam Distilled Lavender Essential Oil (a blend of Lavandula x intermedia "Grosso" and Lavandula angustifolia grown in Washington State). Nothing Synthetic!!

Packaging: The 10 ml aromatherapy elixir comes in a beautiful amber cylindrical glass roll-on bottle with a white cap. The bottle is nestled in an unbleached 100% cotton 4x6 muslin bag with a drawstring and labels that can be removed so you can reuse the muslin bag for other purposes. 

My Blends DO NOT Contain: Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic Fragrances, Phthalates, Synthetic Dyes

How to Apply: Breathe deeply and roll onto your temples (avoid eyes), neck and wrists. Apply as often as needed during the day. 

Cautions: Avoid use during pregnancy. Avoid eyes. Not for internal use. Ages 5 and up. This product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Skin Purifying Activated Charcoal & Sugar Scrubbing Cubes

Fresh-Picked Beauty's body scrubbing cubes made with activated charcoal, clay and sugar.
I have a super fun recipe for you today! My Skin Purifying Activated Charcoal & Sugar Scrubbing Cubes work in the shower on warm damp skin to purify, exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize.  They are made with six simple ingredients.  Lets get started making a batch.......

You will need one 3.5 ounce handcrafted bar of soap.  I bought the one in the photo for just $2.50 and it is the variety that has some activated charcoal in it.  I bought it at my local PCC market. The photo below shows the ingredients in the bar of soap.

As you can see in the ingredient list, there is some really good stuff going on in this soap.  If you make your own soap (LUCKY YOU!!) use what you have on hand.  I have always wanted to take a soap making class and start making some from scratch!! It is on my list of things to do.

You will need 1/4 cup of coconut oil.

You need ten capsules of natural activated charcoal.  There is some in the soap, but I like to add extra.  You can just break the capsules open into a small container.

You can wear gloves if you don't want your fingers to become black from the charcoal powder.

You need one tablespoon of Mountain Rose Herbs Fullers Earth Clay.

You need 30 drops of a purifying essential oil or blend.  I like the blend in the photo above. It contains lemon essential oil, lemongrass essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil.  It smells AMAZING!!!

Finally, you need one cup of sugar. This sweet ingredient supplies the exfoliation.

One of these super large silicon ice cube trays will come in handy too.  You can get a total of 24 shower cubes when you fill these up 2/3 of the way with the mixture.  You simply cut each large cube into four small cubes. An ice cube tray will work just fine too.

You need to grate your soap bar into a large glass measuring cup.

The soap shavings will be nice and fluffy.

Add the coconut oil into the glass measuring cup with the soap shavings.

Place the measuring cup into a pot with a few inches of simmering water.  Allow the oil and soap shavings to melt together. Stir frequently.

Add in the activated charcoal powder and stir well.

Your mixture should be melted and glossy black.

Stir in the clay. Remove the glass measuring cup from the simmering water bath. Careful it will be hot!


Stir in the essential oil.


Quickly stir in the granulated sugar. Mix well.

Press an equal amount into each cavity of the mold. Press it down firmly.

Place the mold into the fridge for about 4 hours to firm up and harden.

Remove the large cubes from the mold and onto a cutting board.

Carefully cut each large cube into four smaller cubes. Each cube is enough for one full-body (not the face) exfoliating shower treatment.

Store your cubes in an air-tight container with a tight fitting lid.  To use: moisten your body in a warm shower.  Turn off the water and start gently massaging one cube over your body, focusing on dry areas, in circular motions. Continue massaging the sugar and soap over your body until the sugar has dissolved over your skin.  Rinse away with warm water.  **Your shower surfaces may be slippery, so be careful.

his 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!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

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!!!