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

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How to make milk lotion.

Milk in lotion is naturally nourishing, moisturizing, and rejuvenating to 
your skin due to it's lactic acid,proteins, and Vitamins A, E and D which are 
essential to healthy skin.  The milk proteins help to soothe
dry and damaged skin, minor sun burns, and soften rough skin.
 Milk in a quality body lotion improves skin elasticity,  leaving it supple,
 healthy and radiant.  Antioxidant rich.

Here is a link to a tutorial and recipe to help you make your own
 quality milk lotion at home
by Susie from Our Simple Farm.
 Visit Our Simple Farm FaceBook if you'd like to see more.
Susie Shock just wrote an ebook "The Homesteading Wife's Christian Devotional"
 that I would like to promote, it sounds awesome.

Susie's recipe is using goats milk, I made the same recipe with pasteurized cows milk,
 and it came out gorgeous ! A real winning recipe !
Pictures below of my version of Susie's recipe.

If making this, please take note of Susie's sterilization methods from the video.

Any question? Need more on this?  Just comment below !

Enjoy,   Anna

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

How to use Clay in soap

Clay in handcrafted soap is beneficial on several levels. Used in shaving soaps it gives the soap "slip", meaning it helps the razor to glide or slip over the skin smoothly.  Used in daily use soap, it makes a lovely complextion bar, and all over body soap. The various types of clay add different properties and natural color to your soap as well.

Bentonite clay is an affordable, easy to find clay, with many awesome uses.  A light greenish color, bordering on grey, clay. The largest deposits being mined in Wyoming and Montana, USA.  It's greatest property is it's ability to absorb toxins and impurities. Hence, it makes a lovely complexion bar that gently cleanses skin,  is highly absorbent and good for oily, or acne prone skin.  Adding Bentonite makes a silky, creamy feel to the soap.  Pictured below is a soap I made with Bentonite clay, oatmeal, tea tree and rosemary.

Rhassoul clay is a highly prized spa favorite all over the world. Only found in the beautiful Atlas Mountains of eastern Morocco, this reddish brown clay, makes the soap a light brown with specks. History shows it has been used for over 1400 years as a soap and skin conditioner. It contains higher percentages of magnesium, potassium and calcium than other clays which make it desirable additive to any skin care line. Rhassoul has been known to reduce dry and flakiness in skin, improving the skins natural elasticity. clarity, and tone, as well as absorb toxins. Suitable for all skin types. Pictured below is a soap I made with Rhassoul clay, calendula tea and orange essential oil.

French Green Clay, soft green in color,  is made up of healing volcanic ash that is full of important minerals. It is very effective in deep cleansing, and as with all clays is a natural de-toxifier as it absorbs and pulls out toxins deep within the skin cells. This helps to rejuvenate, tone and brighten the skin. This is another great shaving soap, as it makes a dense creamy lather with nice "slip". Suitable for oily skin.  Below is another Bentonite clay soap, with rosemary and lavender.

1-2 Teaspoons of clay per pound of oils, ( I used 2 tsp)

Once your oils are melted, take out a few Tablespoons of oil and stir your clay into it. Mix well so there are no clumps, then add clay/oil back into your melted oils. Stir. Add your lye/water and proceed as normal. 

You can also add your clay directly into your melted oils and stick blend them in, just make sure they are fully dispersed with no clumps on the bottom. Then add your lye/water and proceed as normal.

Clay can be added in Hot Process and Cold Process soap methods.
Be sure and use cosmetic grade clay!

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO WITH YOUR CLAYS that you bought to make soap with?

Clay and Herb Mask recipe:
2 parts clay 
1 part finely ground herb, oats, and/or tea (I grind mine into a powder in a coffee bean grinder)

Hydrate this mix with water or tea, apply to skin in circular motions, leave on 10 mins. Rinse off.

Note: use wooden or plastic utensils when mixing and applying your natural clay masks.  

Clay facial
1 part clay
2 parts liquid, adding more if it's still too dry. You can use water for normal to oily skin,
or milk for normal to combination skin.
optional:  melt a little honey and add

Smooth on, leave on for 10 mins and rinse. Using a warm, wet washcloth works best. 
Then splash face with cool water.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Kokum butter uses in soap and skin care

Natural Soaper Wanda M. from He Loves Me Soaps,  made my Orange Tea Tree blemish bar soap, and like any true soaper she tweaked the ingredients to suit her needs.  In this case Wanda used a fabulous natural butter called Kokum in her soap, and created a facial bar to meet the needs of her family.

Kokum butter is a natural emollient, which means it is a moisturizer that makes the skin softer,  aiding in it's elasticity as well as increasing it's hydration by decreasing evaporation. It's ability to improve the skin's tone and texture and prevent and treat dry skin make this butter a great choice for this facial bar. Prized for it's ability as a natural astringent it's addition to this bar makes it a good choice for an acne bar.  Good for all skin types but especially for those with damaged skin, this butter is an excellent healer.

Kokum would be an excellent butter to use in lip balm recipes as it aids in healing of chapped lips. You will see it in the ingredient list of some of Bert's Bees products.

Cracked heals and hands?   Kokum butter would be an excellent addition to lotions and balms.

It's anti-aging properties lend to a great day cream additive as it reduces the degeneration of skin cells and aids in the prevention of wrinkles.   This is a hard butter with a two year shelf life.

Thanks Wanda for drawing our attention to this fabulous natural butter made from the Kokum Tree (Garcinia Indica) native to tropical regions of India.

Places to purchase Kokum butter:   I am not affiliated with any of these shops.
LuxNatures Supplies etsy shop
Essential Wholesale and Labs
Bulk Apothecary
Garden of Wisdom
Wholesales Supplies Plus

Click here for my original recipe, feel free to tweak it to suit your needs ! NOTE:  you should
always run any soap recipe through a lye calculator before making it !!!  Here are a few to try:
Bramble Berry Lye Calc
MMS the Sage lye Calc
9 of the best Lye Calcs

Enjoy,   Anna

Thursday, February 6, 2014

How to use Tea in soap

      All natural handcrafted soap made with fresh brewed tea,  sweet meyer lemon and honey !

Tea is prized for it's healthy benefits, why not try it in a beauty bar?
If  you make your own soap, you simply use fresh brewed tea for the liquid in your recipe.

HOW:  Make a strong brew of tea, and freeze it in ice cube trays.
When measuring out your liquid for your soap, use your frozen tea instead measuring just as you would for liquid.  Pour your lye crystals right into your tea cubes and stir until melted and all lye is dissipated into the tea.

I also add 1 -2 TBL of warmed honey at light trace while stick blending. Honey adds it's natural humectant benefits to your beauty bar. Honey and tea are both antibacterial making this a lovely cleansing soap for troubled skin. 

Tea and honey in homemade soap make a great facial bar as well as body bar.
Add sweet meyer lemon, or lemongrass for scent and you have an awesome fresh smelling beauty bar.

Enjoy,   Anna

Friday, December 27, 2013

Lavender benefits and uses.

Lavender is used in many natural bath and body products, in different forms. It is highly prized in the natural beauty market. Here are just a few ways to use lavender in your natural beauty world.....

As a relaxing herb, dried and placed in small pillows or sachets pinned to ones pillow, or sewn in a sleep mask it is said to promote sleep naturally, and aid in mild insomnia.

Grind up the dried bud in a coffee bean grinder and add it to bath bombs and bath salts. It transforms the bath treat into a simply lovely, extraordinary luxury bath.  You can add lavender essential oil to the mixture as well to enhance the aroma. This is said to not only relax and promote good sleep, but aids in headache relief naturally.

1 to 2 cups of epsom salts for a standard sized tub,  and up to 10 drops of lavender essential oil in warm water bath is known to help with muscle aches, restlessness, and promote circulation as the magnesium (naturally occurring mineral in epsom salt) and lavender soak in.   Just so you know, epsom salt baths are not for everyone. Generally they are not recommended for people with heart problems, high blood pressure or diabetes, so always check with your Dr. if you have any health issues.

ANTI BACTERIAL properties of lavender make it a great addition to homemade soap recipes intended to aid in acne relief as it inhibits the bacteria on the surface of the skin.  You can also rub a drop of lavender essential oil on minor bug bites to disinfect, aid in itch relief and promote healing.
ANTI FUNGAL: For a foot soak to help in fungal relief such as athletes foot, add a few drops in warm soapy water.  For a refreshing, regenerating foot soak, add 1/2 cup epsom salt to warm water and lavender.

HEALING: The anti bacterial and anti fungal properties in lavender ward off infection and help reduce scarring and promote healing, so go ahead and use it on cuts, scrapes and insect bites.

FACIAL STEAM:  Do a natural beauty facial steam with lavender essential oil. Pour hot water in a bowl, add a few drops of lavender e.o. to water, drape a towel over your head to trap steamy-lavender mist on your face. Cleanses, promotes circulation, anti-bacterial help for acne.  I like to add green tea to a lavender facial.   More info on facial steaming and a green tea recipe.

If you make solid lotion bars, try lavender essential oil in them. I keep one on my nightstand and use it before bed to help promote sleep.  The natural oils and butters in the solid lotion pair splendidly with the natural lavender oil to make a skin nourishing, health promoting lotion bar.

I bought my last lavender from a farm in Oregon where it is organically grown. It is by far the most fragrant variety I have used, and very affordably priced. I pinned it in a sachet to my pillow and just barely roll the buds around and the fragrance is intense!

If you'd like to purchase this same lavender click  HERE.

This is an informational blog post, it is not meant to diagnose, or replace the advice of your doctor.

Some sources and more good info:
Medical News Today
Everything Lavender
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