Monday, March 30, 2015

Velvety Rich Body Butter

This recipe yields a very thick and creamy body butter that is designed for dry skin that needs a major dose of moisture! It goes on like velvet and works all day to protect and soothe your parched skin. You are going to LOVE this awesome cream because it is scented with delicious rose absolute and helichrysum essential oil! This makes about 7 ounces of product.

My body butter recipe has a double dose of healing helichrysum because it has both the hydrosol which according to Mountain Rose Herbs..."This divine hydrosol smells much like a diluted version of its essential oil counterpart. It has a dry-green floral aroma with earthy tea-like back notes, which some consider to be an acquired odor. The similarities with the essential oil make this hydrosol a cost effective alternative to incorporating the healing powers of this little flower into skin care formulations and perfume blends." and it has a small amount of Helichrysum essential oil which according to Mountain Rose Herbs...."The word helichrysum is named after the golden yellow flowers of the plant, and comes from the Greek words helios meaning sun and chrysos meaning gold. The common name, immortelle, also comes from the flowers, because they are long lasting blossoms that do not wither easily." You can buy both the essential oil and the hydrosol from Mountain Rose Herbs

I used Shea Butter in my recipes because according to Mountain Rose Herbs..."This unrefined butter is derived from the vegetable fat of the Karite Tree. The first choice in natural skin care and fine body care products, our certified organic shea butter forms a breathable, water-resistant film and is the leading natural product for moisturizing. A wonderful base for cosmetic recipes or used as a stand alone application, this comes highly recommended for those concerned about naturally healthy skin. Our shea butter is hand harvested, certified organic, expeller pressed, and is imported directly from the processor." You can buy this wonderful ingredient directly from Mountain Rose Herbs (it is where I buy mine!). 

Velvety Rich Body Butter
1/2 cup Mountain Rose Herbs Helichrysum Hydrosol (shop here)
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Avocado Oil(shop here)
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Meadow foam Oil (shop here)
2 tablespoons Mountain Rose Herbs Shea Butter (shop here)
2 heaping teaspoons Mountain Rose Herbs Stearic Acid (shop here)
1/2 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Liquid Lecithin (shop here)
1 heaping tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Emulsifying Wax NF (shop here)
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Vitamin E Oil (shop here)
2 drops Mountain Rose Herbs Rose Absolute (shop here)
2 drops Mountain Rose Herbs Helichrysum Essential Oil (shop here)
Natural Preservative if desired (*Follow manufacturer's directions)

Measure the hydrosol into a glass measuring cup and place the cup in a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water.  Measure the avocado oil, meadow foam oil, Shea butter, Stearic acid, liquid lecithin and emulsifying wax NF into a glass measuring cup and sit it in a saucepan with a few inches of simmering water. When both mixtures have reached a temperature of 160 degrees F and have the butters and waxes have fully melted, remove the heat.  Carefully pour the oil mixture into a heatproof mixing bowl and begin mixing with a hand-held mixer set on medium speed.  Carefully add the warm hydrosols and continue to mix for 5 minutes.  Add in the Vitamin E, rose absolute and Helichrysum and mix well.  Transfer the finished body butter to a sanitized glass jar.  Store in the refrigerator and use within 15 days.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

My Book In Different Languages

The United States English Edition Cover
My book, 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty has done very well and I am excited to share with you the other languages and formats it is available in.  There are several different book jackets as well.  Thanks to everyone one that has supported my book.  I truly hope that it inspires you to create your very own natural skincare! Cheers!

The UK Edition Book Jacket
On January 8, 2015, the UK Edition of my book came out.  You can find it HERE. Modern-day beauty products are often pricey and heavily laden with synthetic ingredients and fake fragrances. Many women have had enough of paying for and using store-bought products that contain petroleum waxes, unnatural fillers, and irritating artificial chemicals, and are enthusiastic and eager to get back to “beauty basics” by creating their very own natural and organic plant-based skincare products.

This book contains all the valuable information you need to formulate and create customized natural and organic kitchen-crafted skincare products to give your skin the nourishment it needs. Learn how to select the finest carrier oils, butters, waxes, essential oils, and other plant-based ingredients to create high-quality lotions, creams, salves, body butters, lip balms, toners, scrubs, bath oils, aromatherapy products, and much more.

With 200 Home-Made Treatments for Natural Beauty, you will be well on your way to pampering yourself with the purest beauty treatments that even Mother Nature would use.

The Polish version of my book
 In January 2015, the Polish language version was released.  I was very excited to see this! You can find my this version of my book HEREPrzekonaj sie, ze naturalna pielegnacja urody moze byc przyjemna, smaczna i... tania! Chcesz zyc w zgodzie z natura i korzystac z jej dobrodziejstw? Odkryj zalety ekologicznych produktów do pielegnacji ciala i urody. Poczuj na wlasnej skórze ich dobroczynne dzialanie. Zmien swoja lazienke w luksusowe SPA, siegajac tylko po to, co dala natura. Powszechnie dostepne kosmetyki i preparaty do pielegnacji ciala bardzo czesto zawieraja niekorzystne, a nawet szkodliwe - i to nie tylko dla urody, ale tez dla naszego zdrowia - substancje. Czy naprawde jestesmy skazani na chemie w kosmetykach? Wcale nie! W tej ksiazce znalazly sie proste przepisy na ekologiczne kosmetyki, skuteczne terapie dla wlosów, perfumy i aromaterapia.

The Hungarian Version cover
 It has also been translated into Hungarian.
Több mint 200 szakértői tippet, receptet olvashatunk a könyvben, melynek legfőbb célja, hogy természetes alapanyagú szépségápolási termékek előállításában nyújtson segítséget az otthoni konyhában kísérletező olvasónak. A könyvet hat fejezete a hajápolástól kezdve a pedikűrig számtalan szépségápolási fortélyt vesz górcső alá, hogy fejünk búbjától a lábujjunkig kényeztethessük testünket.
A hat fejezete hat, jól elkülöníthető témakört foglal össze:
A hozzávalók kiválasztása
Segédeszközök és tartozékok
A természetesen fényes haj
Mesés arcápolás
Parfümök és aromaterápia

You can find out more about the Hungarian version HERE.  

Here is the Croatian Cover
It has been translated into Croatian too. 
Priručnik "Prirodna ljepota : Savjeti, tehnike i recepti" podučava vas jednostavnoj pripravi kozmetičkih proizvoda u vlastitoj kuhinji. Naučit ćete sve što je potrebno znati o izradi predivnih losiona i preparata primjenom prirodnih holističkih sastojaka ili sastojaka iz ekološkog uzgoja, koji će nahraniti vašu kožu i ugoditi vašem tijelu od glave do pete.

Upoznajte različita regenerativna bazna ulja, raskošne maslace, aromatične cvjetne vodice, ljekovite biljne ekstrakte i eterična ulja terapeutskih učinaka.

Uronite u bogat svijet preparata za njegu kose, lica, tijela, ruku i stopala i pripravite, primjerice, kremu za lice protiv starenja ili piling na biljnoj bazi prilagođen vašem tipu kože.

Pri svakom koraku izrade prirodne kozmetike pomoći će vam fotografije, jednostavne upute, jasni crteži, stručni naputci i rješenja problema – tako ćete dobiti ne samo proizvode za osobnu njegu već i savršene darove!

- Odabir i pohrana sastojaka

- Osnovni pribor

- Preparati za blistavu kosu

- Preparati za njegu lica i tijela

- Parfemi i aromaterapija
Find the Croatian copy HERE

The French Version for Canada
 On February 24, 2015, the Canadian French version of my book was released. You can find it HERE. Dans les pages de ce livre, des experts vous proposent plus de 200 conseils, suggestions, recettes et solutions qui rendront facile et agréable la fabrication de produits de beauté naturels et biologiques personnalisés. Le livre est divisé en six chapitres traitant de tout, depuis les soins des cheveux jusqu’aux soins des pieds ; vous pouvez donc vous bichonner de la tête aux pieds.

The French Version for the European  Market
 On February 27, 2015, the European  French version was released. You can find it HERE.

It is available on the Amazon Kindle
 Get my book on for the Amazon Kindle by clicking HERE.