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The Minimalist Garden Grows….

skin serum

My mother-in-law remarks, “So now that gardening season is winding down, you can get back to your crafts.” Uhhh…. Say what?

Actually, I’m herbal crafting all the time! It’s partly for my business– I want my skin and bodycare to always be as fresh as possible- and partly because, well, herbal crafting is what I’m into!

My focus this Summer was skin serums: deeply penetrating, deeply moisturizing, lightly textured facial oils that sink right in to leave skin soft and dewy, but never greasy.

A minimalist at heart, I’m content using straight hemp seed or rosehip seed oil. But my mom, who is a bit more refined, put in a special request for a special serum, and the experimenting began….

These balancing, nourishing serums will be rolling out over the next couple of weeks in three different blends, adding to the new varieties of cleansing grains and face masks now available in the online store.

I’ve got a few more surprises up my sleeve too, including news of a major expansion (garden and otherwise!) but those will have to keep for now 🙂

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Catch Me, I’m Swooning!

grandmother's rose

Never one to swoon over roses before, I’ve suddenly become a devotee. It could be my age, I will admit. Roses are said to have a special pull for (ahem) “mature” women, and I’m now 43.

But I lean towards the idea that it’s more to do with familiarity. Getting to know the antique Roses I brought into the garden a few years back has been such a joy!

 

Roses have been used throughout history not only for perfumes and cosmetics, but also for food and medicine. Though indispensable in my bodycare, somehow I haven’t gotten around to actually incorporating them into my diet, with the exception of vitamin C-filled Rose Hip tea.

So I’m on a mission to change that! And I’m hoping to start with this recipe for a traditional Kurdish dessert, Yellow Rose Petals with Almonds.

 

In the meantime, I’ll continue slathering my outside with skin-loving Roses! A key ingredient in my popular Eye Creme, I added Rose to a sugar scrub recipe I’d been playing with and was knocked off my feet! The aroma is heaven and the scrub is gentle enough to use on my face, as well as being great for hands, feet, elbows… Anywhere that needs a little polishing.

rose sugar

Introducing Rose Sugar: Hand-blended with pink Rose petals (cultivated without chemicals) and other flowers, plus unrefined brown Demerara sugar (made by evaporating the juice from the first pressing of sugar cane). Now available in my Poppy Swap store!

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