Thursday, October 6, 2011

Clay Mask Recipe

1 part bentonite clay
1 part rhassoul clay

optional: skin loving essential oil, such as Lavender, Lemongrass or German Chamomile

Mix with water until the mask has a consistency that you like. Apply to body or face and wait for clay to dry fully. Take off with a warm water washcloth. If all over body, jump in the shower to get off more quickly than a washcloth.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sore Muscle Blend














16 ounces of Epsom Salt
5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
15 drops French Lavender Essential Oil

Directions:
In a mixing bowl, add drops of essential oil to bath salts and mix well.
Store in a glass jar. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the scented salts to your bath water.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Oatmeal & Honey Milk Bath

13 oz Milk Powder
2 oz Oatmeal (ground to a coarse powder in a blender or food processor)
1.0 oz Honey Powder
0.5 to 1 oz Fragrance Oil (optional)

Combine all of the dry ingredients, and then add the fragrance (optional) to the powder mixture. Stir thoroughly, until the fragrance has been evenly distributed. Spoon 2 ounces into large heat sealable tea bags. Seal with an hot iron. Makes 8 baths.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Powdered Eye Shadow Recipe


Ingredients:

1/4 teaspoon Arrowroot Powder
1/8 teaspoon Magnesium Stearate
1/16 - 1/4 teaspoon eye approved Mica Powder
2 - 4 drops Jojoba

These measurements will result in approximately 1/2 teaspoon of powdered eye shadow, enough to sample and experiment with. You can double or triple the recipe to adequately fill your choice of jars or other packaging. It, however, is trickier to thoroughly blend the fine powders and get minute lumps out of the white powders when you more than double the recipe. If you want to make a quadruple batch, it's best to make two individual double batches and then combine them.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Chocolate Bacon Flavor Wax


When mixing the ingredients for your lip balm, just add this wax prior to the melting phase. This flavor wax is used at a rate of 2 to 5%. To calculate this correctly first you need the weight of the mixture you need. Now multiply that amount by 2% and you will get the flavor amount. Multiply the total you want by 98% and you will get the total weight of the lip balm base you need. Want to use more? Then multiply the total amount of material you need by 5% to get the flavor amount, and 95% to get the base amount.

For a batch of lip balm that makes 50 tubes you will need 7 to 14 grams of flavor wax.


Monday, March 7, 2011

Bath Salts With Cyclomethicone

1 teaspoon liquid glycerine
3 teaspoons cyclomethicone
3 or 4 drops of color as required
½ teaspoon fragrance oil or essential oil
2 cups epsom salts, coarse sea salt and/or refined sea salts

Place the glycerine, color and fragrance in a Ziploc bag. Add salts. Seal bag closed and gently roll around until all ingredients are blended and color is even. Pour into glass jars or in small bags and tie off with a pretty bow.

Note: Liquid glycerine helps to coat the salts so that they don't harden up as badly when exposed to moisture. Also you get the added benefits that glycerine offers by helping to draw moisture in the air to your skin. The cyclomethicone will add a silkiness to the skin after your bath.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fragrance Stones

1-1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup salt
1/4 tsp. cornstarch
2/3 cup boiling water
1 tbls. Fragrance Oil
Colorant of your choice

Mix all dry ingredients. Heat water in a Pyrex cup in the microwave or on the stove. Add the fragrance oil and the color to the water. Stir water mixture into flour mixture. Mix as best you can and then knead the dough with your hands. At this point you just want it to look like pie or cookie dough. Roll it out about a quarter of an inch thick. Cut into shapes or use cookie cutters. Another option is to stamp the flat shapes. Let the dough stones dry. They get hard as rocks and will last for months.

Friday, February 18, 2011

White Cosmetic Clay

Baths: Add 2-3 ounces of clay to your bath water, and thoroughly mix in. Soak and enjoy. Feel free to add essential oils or an herbal infusion to enrich the experience.

Body Packs: Add one part clay to three parts water or until the desired consistency is reached. Mix thoroughly to an even paste, and then apply to skin area.

Face Mask: Mix a small amount of clay with water until a smooth paste is obtained. Apply a thin layer of the paste to your face. Leave for 10 - 15 minutes or until dried before rinsing with warm water. If you have dry or sensitive skin, you may rinse the treatment off after 5 minutes, before it is completely dried. All skin types may use an herbal infusion or flower waters instead of water to increase the healing action, or may add a small amount of essential oil to the clay mixture. In addition, those with normal-dry skin may use honey, yogurt, cream, milk, or vegetable glycerin instead of water, or can add pureed avocado, cucumber, or a few drops of a carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil) to the mixture. Those with oily skin may add witch hazel extract, vinegar, lemon juice, or an egg white to the clay mixture. Those with acne prone skin can add vinegar or lemon juice to the mixture, and 1-2 drops of Tea Tree or Lavender Essential Oil.

First Aid: Mix a small amount of clay with water, aloe vera gel, or flower water, and stir until a smooth paste is achieved. Apply directly to cuts, minor burns, stings, bites, or rashes.

Poultice: Add one part clay to three parts water or until you reach desired consistency, mix thoroughly to an even paste. Spread paste onto a piece of gauze and apply directly to the affected area, securing with a bandage. Leave in place for up to 2 hours but do not allow the paste to dry. Discard the poultice and re-apply a fresh one if needed.


Handmade Lotion

Ingredients

28 grams Stearic Acid
44 grams Emulsifying Wax
18 grams Liquid Glycerin
46 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
49 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
40 grams Avocado Oil
30 grams Grapeseed Oil
20 grams Cocoa Butter
1648 grams distilled water
18 grams Germaben II
9 grams Fragrance Oil

Equipment

measuring cups or glass beakers
transfer pipettes
immersion blender
microwave

Weigh and mix all ingredients but Germaben II and Fragrance. Heat in microwave until melted. Blend. Add Germaben II and Fragrance oil when temperature drops below 175 degrees F. Mix well. Pour into bottles.

Makes about 65 fl oz.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Organic Cilantro Essential Oil


Traditional Use: Cilantro leaves are traditionally used in culinary preparations. It is used as a flavoring agent, and to help digestion or calm upset stomachs.

Properties: Analgesic, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antirheumatic, aperitif, bactericidal, digestive, carminative, fungicidal, revitalizing, stimulant, stomachic

Benefits: Arthritis, colds, colic, diarrhea, exhaustion, flatulence, flu, infections, migraine, muscular aches and pains, nausea, neuralgia, poor circulation, rheumatism, stiffness. Cilantro makes a good addition to a digestive blend.

Blends Well With: Bergamot, cinnamon, citronella, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, ginger, jasmine, neroli, petitgrain, pine, sandalwood, spice oils

Of Interest: Cilantro oil contains a higher percentage of aldehydes then the oil distilled from the seeds of the plant.


Body Salve Recipe

Chapped hands and feet are an unpleasant fact of life for many people. Body salves are great products that help heal and comfort those cracked appendages.

Adding healing herbs to this recipe can help to soothe various skin conditions.

Some excellent herbs to try are Calendula, Comfrey, Plantain, Chamomile, Lavender and St. John's Wort.

1 Tablespoon Beeswax beads (for a vegan version try carnauba or candelilla wax)

4 Tablespoons Shea Butter (or try Mango Butter, Avocado Butter or even Pumpkin Butter...all have great skin care properties)

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil, infused with herbs (or substitute in oils like Camellia, Borage, Rosehip, etc.)

1/8 - 1/4 tsp essential oil

Gently melt all ingredients together on low heat.

Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Add your essential oils and mix well.

To get the maximum healing effects, try to pick essential oils that will benefit your skins needs. Some good choices are: Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender, Rose, Patchouli, Rose Geranium and Rosewood.

Pour the mixture into a sterilized jar and allow to cool completely. This recipe will make about 1/2 Cup of balm.