True Natural Beauty comes from within...

True Natural Beauty comes from within...
Welcome, to my natural bath / beauty and clean eating blog, where nature is our pantry....take a few quiet moments to enjoy free recipes and tutorials using natural ingredients. Have questions about recipes or where to find these ingredients? Put your question in the comment box and I will be happy to answer .............Anna

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

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