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

Friday, February 22, 2013

Peaches and Cream Facial

Packed full of AHA's (alpha hydroxy acids), loaded with Vitamins A and C,  your skin will thrive with
the edition of this Peaches and Cream facial to your home spa recipes.


Rich in potassium and flavonoids (antioxidants) peaches can help retain skins elasticity,
tighten and brighten the skin, hydrate and help in cell renewal, as well as ease redness and aid in the
signs of early aging.   Antioxidants found naturally in fruit help to protect the skin from
UV rays that damage it with free radicals.

Our skin is able to absorb vitamins and nutrients that are applied topically in the form of  facial treatments
like this naturally made fresh fruit facial. Benefiting the general appearance of the skin,  this facial will leave you feeling fresh as a peach. No pun intended.

Now for the Cream part.....  combining peaches and cream is not a new beauty secret by any means.
Generations of women knew that the combination would leave their faces dewy fresh, thus the term "peaches
and cream complexion".

The addition of cream, yogurt, or sour cream, buttermilk,etc brings the soothing, healthy qualities of
lactic acid to your facial. Lactic acid, (another form of AHA's)  naturally found in milk gently cleanses as it loosens and lifts out dead skin cells that clogs the pores.  Dry skin is often dead skin cells that have built up on the surface of the skin, leaving it looking dull. Lactic acid in milk will aid in the removal of such, allowing
the skin to be able to absorb the moisture and nutrients it needs.   Milk has also been used for generations
as a skin lightener, or brightener, noticeably leaving the countenance with healthy vibrant glow.

RECIPE:     natural goodness, naturally exquisite!  

Peaches
Choice of:  cream, yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk, kefir, milk.

Simply mash peaches as smooth as possible, add milk product a spoon at a time to desired consistency.   I prefer sour cream or yogurt as it adheres to the face better!   This mixture will be a bit runny with chunks in it.

Apply with fingertips or facial brush, allow to dry and rinse off. First with warm water, then a splash
of cool.

If acne or pimples are a concern, add a bit of lemon juice to your facial.

You will be astounded at how soft and smooth and fresh your face feels after this natural facial. I was.

 

Enjoy..............  Anna

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Spa Salt Bar

Salt Soap Bars.  A combination of natural soap, a sea salt bath, and salt scrub.
                                   Pure Home Spa Luxury !


Natural sea salt is rich in skin nourishing minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium and iodine.

As a skin benefit sea salt cleanses and detoxifies as well as increases blood circulation and helps in
restoring the Ph value of the skin.  It makes dry or rough skin really soft, smooth.
An added benefit is is relaxes skin muscles.

Dead Sea salt is salt that is extracted from the water of the Dead Sea which is a salt lake located
between Jordan and Israel.  The water there has 29% salt, compared to 4% in the oceans.

Dead Sea salt has tremendous therapeutic benefits as it is known to be effective in helping with
common skin ailments such as acne and psoriasis as well as reducing inflammation and improving
skin hydration.  It is also known to relieve allergic reaction by cleansing and detoxifying due to its
high concentration of bromide and magnesium.    It's minerals maintain skin moisture levels, nourish
the cells and are reported to help with fatigue!   It's mineral content far exceeds regular sea salt and
as such has more healing properties.

Dead Sea salt with its high magnesium level will sweat a little in a salt soap bar, so I combined it
with Mediterraneum Sea salt for a luxurious and highly effective spa bar.

There are a few different ways to make spa salt soap bars, this is just one.

With its lovely salt line consisting of the two sea salts and finely ground calendula and corn flowers,
this bar works great on your weary, dry feet and heels as an exfoliater and hydrator and soother.  
Olive oil and castor oil make up the body of this bar, blended in are pure essential oils of tangerine, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass and a dash of patchouli.   This bar can be used as a lovely
shaving soap. Best used with warm to hot water to melt butters. Not a latherer.


Note:  sorry all bars of this limited edition soap have been sold


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chocolate Muffin Soap

Chocolate love.   Smells divine!   You could eat it up, but don't......it's soap!
Made with real bakers chocolate squares, this soap is amazing.
Creamy, smooth lusciously decadent. 
 

I have a couple of really cute grandsons that love my chocolate soap, so I made a 
special batch just for them for Valentines Day! 

With cocoa butter, coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil and real bakers cocoa squares it 
makes a smooth moisturizing bar as well, for their young skin.

Cocoa butter itself easily penetrates the top layer of skin helping to keep all layers of 
skin hydrated.  Containing vitamins C,A and E it is perfect for all skin types.

Dark Chocolate, rich in antioxidants, nourishes and softens dry skin, promotes the healthy 
detoxification of skin and encouraging skin renewal. (great for aging skin, stressed skin)



                     
"Chocolate Love"
soap bars with real
bakers chocolate.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Solid Lotion Bars

A bath and body must have: Solid Lotion Bar!
A solid at room temperature that melts on contact with your skin
 into a rich moisturizing lotion.  

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Made with a short ingredient list of the "who's who" of moisturizing natural butters and oils these
little gems come packed with a skin nourishing punch!  No water is used, so no preservatives are
needed.   Super long shelf life.     Convenient to use and carry.    

You just pop your lotion bar out of its container, it is solid and smooth.  Turn it around in your hand like a bar of soap and your skin temperature begins to melt the lovely oils.  Silky and smooth, not greasy.

Smooth it on your legs after shaving, rub it into dry problem areas like your elbows and heels to restore, moisturize and heal.

I make mine with essential oils, high quality fragrance oils or leave unscented.  It's pure luxury, once you use a solid lotion bar you will never want to be without one.

RECIPE:
The recipe I like the best can be tweaked any way you like it to make the perfect bar for your skin.
Choose your oils and butters according to your preference of their properties.  If you are allergic to nuts don't use sweet almond oil, etc.

33%  Beeswax
33%  Natural butter.....cocoa butter, avocado butter, shea butter etc
33%  Natural oil..........sweet almond, grapeseed, coconut oil, olive, sunflower, etc
Essential oil, skin safe fragrance oil of choice.

I always put a bit of vitamin E in mine.
Keep in mind that heavy or greasy oils will make a greasy bar.

If you want a harder bar, use more beeswax or more cocoa butter, less sweet almond oil.

                                           The range of play in this recipe by general consensus is:  
25-33 %   Beeswax
67-75%    Base oils
Vit. E,  essential oil or fragrance
Just always make sure your recipe adds up to 100%.

If you don't want to make your own Solid Lotion Bar, you can
purchase one from Natures Home Spa 

                                                                       

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

"Patchouli Rain" soap with pure Arizona rain water...a true spa-bar

Balmy, earthy, natural Patchouli blended with an all star cast of essential oils and fragrances: 
 Like soothing French Lavender and exotic Egyptian Jasmine, with a touch of Fir Pine.

Softened with delicate Musks and sweetened with pure Vanilla...and you have my new spa-bar
 "Patchouli Rain".  This soap is made with rain water, the softest water on earth!


I blended pure patchouli essential oil with a stunning fragrance from Brambleberry
called "Relaxing", that really makes a soothing, relaxing gorgeous scented bar.
The all natural oils and butters used to make this bar are olive oil, coconut oil,
grapeseed oil, shea butter, and a soybean/palm blend.
No parabens, formaldahyde, SLS's . Ever.

click to purchase Patchouli Rain
Enjoy !....Anna     

Friday, February 8, 2013

Fresh Orange Sugar Scrub

updated: Aug.11 2016  Refreshing, Moisturizing, Softening ....Perfect skin pick-me-up!
This scrub can be used on both your body and face. 
It will hydrate and exfoliate, allowing the much needed moisture 
to absorb into your skin, leaving you feeling fresh, smooth and your skin glowing.
Photo by Rebekah Drennan

1)  Put desired amount of sugar, ( white or brown ) in a small bowl.

2) Add natural oil of choice: grapeseed absorbs well and is light, 
     olive oil is a bit heavier for extra moisturizing. Oils that are good for facials as they do not
     clog pores are: sunflower, argan, and hemp. Apricot, sweet almond and Jojoba are great too.

3) Add the juice of a fresh squeezed orange

4) Add 1 Tbl honey (warmed so it will mix in well).  Stir all ingredients.


 Your texture should be like applesauce:
 

You can make this in single use amounts for optimal yummy freshness, or a larger batch and keep it refrigerated.........I never make more than I can use up in a week. 

Apply to your skin in circular motions, gently exfoliating. Rinse in warm water, then a splash of cold!  
Pat dry.  You will LOVE the smooth, moisturized feel of your skin!



Enjoy......  Anna

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Easy Bath Bomb Recipe

Two main ingredients, plus a little essential or fragrance oil and spritz
with witchazel or rubbing alcohol and you have
adorable, bath fizzy bombs!

Photo by Rebekah Drennan


This recipe couldn't be any easier:

To make your desired amount of bath bombs you just need to remember the ratio
of ONE PART CITRIC ACID to
TWO PARTS BAKING SODA.
(for example: 1 cup citric acid and 2 cups baking soda)
Mix these 2 ingredients in a bowl, then drop in your desired amount of essential oil
or fragrance oil that is skin safe. Mix well, then spritz with witchazel or rubbing alcohol
until mixture holds together when you squeeze a palmful of it.
Put it into your bendable molds, press firmly. Allow to dry overnight.
These bath bombs will fizz delightfully in your tub as they soften your skin!

For a picture tutorial of other bath bomb recipes click here.

My neice made a lovely bed of ocean type scented bath salts to compliment her bath fizzy bombs. 

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