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

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sea Kelp Face Mask Recipe, the Ocean's superfood for the skin

Sea Kelp is about as nutrient rich as you can get. 
The ocean's superfood for the skin is seaweed and hands down, 
it is the densest nutrient superpower on the planet.
 Here's how to make the most of this mineral rich 
sea plant for your skin.
Our recipe for a super charged:

  • anti-aging, 
  • skin revitalizing
  • nourishing  
  • natural beauty aid
  • skin healing, repairing
  • de-toxifying   .......................... face mask for all skin types           




TRY THIS FRESH RECIPE!

4 oz   100% aloe vera gel
2 oz   Kaolin clay
0.5 oz  milk powder  (goats milk or cow, full fat if you can get it)
0.5 oz  sea kelp powder

1) Make sure all your utensils and bowl are clean and sterilized. This is to keep any stray bacteria nasties from getting in your mask

2) Place all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Blend well with a hand mixer or stand mixer.
3)  Add in aloe vera gel and mix well.

If mask is too dry to spread smoothly on skin, add more aloe.

I make this in small batches as it does not contain a preservative. You can keep in frig, but I
recommend using it up within one week.


 






This mineral rich, antioxidant powerhouse mask ...
 will leave your skin:
  •  de-toxed 
  •  soft 
  • smooth
  • glowing
  • younger looking













                            Beautiful!


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Friday, January 20, 2017

DIY How to make a daily face cleanser

All natural facial cleanser, gentle enough for everyday!
  
This is so easy, you may be tempted to dismiss it, but .... trust me.... TRY THIS !



Base Recipe:
2 Tablespoons baking soda
1 Tablespoon water

Smooth over skin in a circular motion to remove dead, dry skin cells that dull your complexion, and clog pores. Rinse with warm water, splash with cool water, pat dry. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer or a few drops of natural oils (that's what I do) such as olive oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil etc. I also use hyaluronnic acid.

Not everyone's skin is the same, if you experience irritation you just may need to add more water to your mix. It's important to moisturize after using this as well.

"WHA LAH!" or as the French say "Voila" which means "see there!"

.... this gentle exfoliating scrub reveals new skin cells, giving you a glowing, younger complexion. 

Now for some fun...
To kick this up a notch, add some great natural ingredients from your pantry....
  • For an antioxidant punch add 1/2 teaspoon of powdered matcha tea  

                              Blend matcha into baking soda and water.


   
    Mix until you get this super creamy texture, doesn't take long.


TIP: I recommend following up with a natural moisturizer, or you can simply add some oil to your cleanser. Be sure and use an oil that won't clog pores such as :

  • argan
  • hemp 
  • sunflower 
  • sea buckthorn,
  • apricot
  • sweet almond 
  • grapeseed
  • jojoba
  • peach kernal
  • tamanu
  • olive


 Other great Ingredients you can add to personalize your daily cleanser:

  • a few drops of your favorite oil to moisturize 
  • a few drops of lavender essential oil to soothe skin
  • a few drops of tea tree essential oil for troubled skin
  • colloidal oatmeal, or finely ground oatmeal to soothe
  • warmed honey, antioxidant rich, moisturizing, nourishing
  • powdered milk to soothe, nourish, gently exfoliate
  • vitamin E

Enjoy natural skin care you can make at home!

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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.


Recipe:
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.



HOW TO USE: 
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!

MORE RECIPES:

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!
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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 )

beeswax 
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

RECIPE:
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 !   
         Anna

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