True Natural Beauty comes from within...

True Natural Beauty comes from within...
Welcome, to my natural bath and beauty blog, where nature is our pantry....grab a cool drink and snatch a few quiet moments here..... Have questions about recipes? Need more detail? Just put your question in the comment box and I will be happy to answer it.............Anna

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Essential Oil Blend for winter cough and colds

I love to use my essential oil diffuser. I made this simple blend of 3 easy to get and affordable essential oils with the idea of  winter days in mind.  It's been going in my room for the past couple of days and I'm loving it! Fresh and crisp. With the added benefits of cleansing the air,
this is a winter cold season must.
The health benefits are great as it it good for coughs and colds, but I have to admit, the cozy feeling of well being that it brings out is number one in my book.

3 drops sweet orange essential oil
3 drops clove oil
3 drops cinnamon oil

Sweet orange oil is an uplifting, mood boosting essential oil. Fills a room with a sense of peace and well being. Add to it clove and cinnamon and you have a winning blend for the holidays and winter.

Clove oil is great for headaches, cough, and stress. Energizing and stimulating.

Cinnamon oil is a great stress relief after a long day. Good for coughs, colds and chest congestion.

Shown is my 100 ml ultrasonic diffuser I got from Piping Rock on-line. This is a good size diffuser to use in a bedroom or bathroom or other small room. Fine to put next to your little ones bed when they are a bit stuffed up, or need help getting to sleep. Add lavender oil for sleep help.
It holds 100ml of water, that's a little over 3 oz, and lasts about 5 hours on low.
It has a red blinking light to let me know my water is running low, and soft multi colored lights that can be manually changed. 
  I use a large 500ml diffuser for my living room area that stays diffusing for over 10 hours.

 Enjoy this simple and effective blend for your holidays and the winter season for coughs and colds 

 I got my small diffuser and essential oils at Piping Rock affordably priced, as well as quality.  You can find quality ultrasonic diffusers on line at Amazona as well as eBay. Local department stores, and pharmacies are a go-to place too.

Enjoy!  Anna

Thursday, October 22, 2015

How to make a Solid Sugar Scrub, and creamy sugar scubs with Recipes

 Sugar Scrub Skin Benefits and recipes

Sugar scrubs naturally exfoliate the skin. They remove dead, dull skin cells, revealing
new skin cells, giving you that natural healthy glow.  Once exfoliated, your skin can now
more efficiently absorb moisture allowing it to penetrate deeper. Skin is rejuvenated,
soft and supple. 

Sugar is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the environment into your skin.
That's a good thing.  

Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that encourages cell turnover.
Which means healthy, younger looking skin for you! It cleanses the skin and will not clog pores.

I use brown sugar for a face scrub, it's not as course as white granulated sugar.
I like white sugar for a body scrub.  I do not recommend using turbinado (raw sugar) in a scrub
used on the face or sensitive skin, it's course composition can leave microscopic tears on the skin..   Test for yourself on a small area of skin if in doubt. You can make a solid scrub or a creamy scrub.

RECIPE 1:           Simple 2 ingredient recipe for 
                             SOLID SUGAR SCRUB

1)  3.5oz of unrefined cocoa butter. (if you use refined you lose the gorgeous scent & properties)
2)  2 1/4 Cups of white sugar

HOW to make:
Melt cocoa butter in microwave safe bowl or in double boiler.
Measure out your sugar (brown or white) in large bowl, pour melted butter over it and combine well.
Once combined, pack into your mold, I use the mini brownie mold sold at Hobby Lobby. This recipe will fill it one time. I toss an organic rose bud in the mold before filling for that pampering touch.

You can also use candy molds and small soap molds
 for your solid scrubs.
Don't want to make your scrubs yourself,
you can purchase them from me
in my shop, click HERE.

Wet skin with warm water and gently rub solid sugar scrub over skin in a circular motion. Can also be used as a lip scrub.  Rinse and pat dry.

Can be used as a bath melt:  Drop into warm bath water and allow to melt. 
Pick up scrub while in tub and gently rub over skin for a home spa treat!


For a great, creamy sugar scrub recipe click FRESH ORANGE SUGAR SCRUB

For a great, coffee scrub recipe click HOMEMADE COFFEE SCRUB RECIPE

For a great, apple & sugar recipe courtesy of the Ritz Carlton's Bachelor Gulch Spa
                                                            click APPLE AND SUGAR HOME SPA TREATMENT

Enjoy!   Anna

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Monday, March 23, 2015

How to make Lip Balm, recipe with easy to find ingredients

  Want to make an all natural, healthy lip balm to protect, heal and keep your lips healthy
 through dry winter and summer months?  I will show you how with easy to find, super ingredients.

First, a few lip tips:
1)To protect and prevent chapped, sore lips, it's important to apply a moisturizing balm, preferably with sunscreen, before going out in the cold, dry air.   

2) If you're a lip licker ... don't. Saliva evaporates quickly on the lips and leaves them drier.

3) Avoid buying lip creams or balms with parabens, artificial fragrance and color as they can irritate already stressed lips. Use a balm with a base of beeswax  as it is a natural humectant, meaning it  draws  moisture in and holds it there, leaving your lips super soft and supple, or vegan friendly  candelilla or carnauba wax.
Believe it or not camphor and menthol may feel soothing but they tend to dry lips.
4) If your lips are healthy, keep them that way by doing a gentle sugar scrub to exfoliate lips and remove dead cells, stimulating new cell growth. This process leaves your lips super soft and able to more effectively absorb your balm.  Mix a teaspoon of sugar with oil, and gently massage over your lips in a circular motion. You can use grapeseed, olive, coconut or any vegetable oil you have on hand. Do not do this if your lips are chapped, cracked or red and sore, allow them to heal first.

4) Stay hydrated.   'Nuff said!
Here is a step by step tutorial to make your own super moisturizing, nourishing lip balm with recipes rich in lip loving oils, that are easy to find and don't break the bank.

You will need:
pyrex glass measuring cup
stiring spoon (s)
empty lip balm tubes ( I get mine on ebay )

hard butter ( like cocoa or shea butter ) 
liquid oil (like grapeseed, sweet almond, olive)
coconut oil 

lip safe essential oil or lip balm flavor:  optional

2 oz beeswax
1 oz *shea butter or cocoa butter (or .5 oz of each)
2 oz coconut oil
1 oz grapeseed oil 

Melt beexwax, coconut oil, grapeseed oil and cocoa butter all together in pyrex measuring cup in
microwave at 40 second blasts. Stirring in between.

*NOTE: if you are using shea butter add it too the completely melted oils and stir it to melt it in. Shea butter does not like temperatures above 140 and can get grainy, so don't add it into the mix until all the others are melted! 

Once all your oils, wax and butters are melted you can add your essential oil or lip balm flavoring oil.

Typically I use peppermint essential oil, spearmint or lemongrass. I'll add peppermint and spearmint together and call it "Doublemint", paired with cocoa butter's chocolately goodness it's unbeatable !

For this size batch of 6 oz you can use 36 drops of lip safe essential oil. This will be a 1% dilution.  I do add a bit more though personally!
I like my balms to have scent.

Note: use lemongrass, not lemon essential oil as it can be photosensitive, meaning it can cause you to get a sunburn on your lips!

Time to POUR !  
You do not need to use pipettes to get your balm into the tubes. Trust me ... the wax will harden too quickly and it's a mess. Just hand pour them from your pyrex, you can do it. If some runs down the sides it's easy to clean off. A lot less headache!  Fill slightly above the top, as it cools it will sink down in the center.

Tip: If your balm thickens too much or even hardens before you get them all poured, just pop the pyrex back into the microwave. No worries.

Each tube holds .15 of an oz.

Tip:  Lip balm too soft for you? Remelt it and add more beeswax.  Too hard for you? Remelt and add more liquid oil.

Harder balms for summer.
Softer balms for winter.

  Enjoy !   

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

How to use rice in homemade soap. Natural beauty treatment with rice.

Rice has been known as a natural beauty treatment for centuries. Why not add it to your homemade soap? Incorporating rice into your soap is easy. There are several ways to do this. Here are two that I have incorporated into my soap recipes.

1) powdered, pencil line
    2) rice water as your liquid

Rice water is used as a gentle skin cleanser and toner as it contains vitamins and minerals that brighten, soften, tighten and shrink pores. Antioxidant rich to fight free radicals that damage skin and cause fine lines and wrinkles. Rich in vitamin E (think anti-aging).

How to make Rice Water: 
Briefly rinse your rice in warm water to remove debris.
Cover rice with cool water and allow to soak for 10-15 minutes. Vitamins and minerals from the rice will seep into the water turning it into a lovely, milky, natural skin treatment. Use this rice water for the liquid in your soap recipe. You can also use this as a gentle cleanser/toner directly on your skin. Simply splash it on several times, rinse and pat dry.
For another way to use your rice try my  DIY rice mask recipe.

How to do a pencil line with rice in your homemade soap:
Grind your rice into a fine powder, you can use a coffee bean grinder, food processor or magic bullet type appliance.  Pour part of your soap batter into mold, sprinkle powdered rice in a thin layer over soap then gently pour or spoon the rest of your soap mixture over rice. I emphasize thin layer of rice, if you use too much rice your top layer will not adhere.

The rice line will show up as a cream colored line. As you lather up, the rice properties disperse in your suds, making a lovely homemade soap into a natural beauty soap. 

Japanese Mochiko is a spa soap I created incorporating beautiful Jasmine rice flour.
Mochiko is Japanese for rice flower.

Enjoy ,  Anna  :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Soaper Shout-Out to Violet from Arizona: Oatmeal Milk and Honey soap

New soaper Violet D. from sunny Arizona is a natural. This gal tackled a milk, honey, beeswax, oatmeal,  pencil line soap recipe as the second soap she's ever made, and it turned out fabulous. Wow. 
 Quite an accomplishment!

Topped with organic calendula leaves, this bar is solid moisturizing goodness for your skin.

Her milk of choice was goats milk; rich in vitamins, particularly Vitamin A which is necessary to maintain healthy skin, along with minerals, and Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) that gently exfoliate and remove dead dry skin cells revealing healthy skin cells.

Oatmeal lends a gentle cleansing, soothing touch to the skin.

Honey being a natural humectant draws moisture to the skin, it is healing, and moisturizing.
 You do not need a lot of honey per soap loaf, I use 1-2 TBL per 3 LB loaf, warmed and added at trace.
Keep in mind that honey will darken your soap some. The bottom layer in Violet's soap is colored only by the honey and oils, no fragrance was added to this layer. The top layer had a lovely essential oil and fragrance oil blend that contained vanilla. Vanilla will always darken your soap.  

Nutrient rich beeswax is completely non toxic and non allergenic. Known for its healing properties and natural emolliency, (softens the skin), as it locks in moisture and protects skin from environmental factors. It is a great natural ingredient to add to your soaps. 
I recommend using beeswax at a 5% ratio or below in your homemade soaps.

Enriched with shea butter, which is a great luxury oil to use in soap as it has such a high skin moisturizing, conditioning level without clogging your pores. Shea butter is known to help even out skin tone, acts as a great healer and is safe for baby, elderly and sensitive skin.
I recommend using shea butter at a  5% ratio. Some soapers suggest between 2-5%.
In 40 oz total oil wt. recipe, that would mean 2 oz. of shea butter.

The pencil line is cinnamon.

The color, scent, ingredients and overall look of this bar is wonderful. It has a warm, all natural, rustic appeal that will leave your skin soft and moisturized, not stripped of its natural oils.

Good job Violet, thanks for sharing !

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