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Soaping on Schedule

handmade herbal soap

Boy, for one crazy minute there while pondering how to get done everything that needs doing this year, I decided to give up on soap-making.

That was scary! I am so enamored with hand-milling olive oil soap, it made me kindof bummed that it was gone. Soap takes about a month to fully dry and cure though, so I have to plan out my soaping schedule in advance to make sure it gets fit in.

And I can only make so much, so I have to limit my choice of blends.

the definites for this year are:

Rose, with Rose petals, Marshmallow root, and Geranium essential oil

Lavender, with Lavender flowers, White (Kaolin) Clay, and Lavender essential oil

Lemongrass, with Lemongrass, Coconut Milk, and Lemongrass essential oil

Sage, with Garden Sage, White Sage, French Green Clay, and Sage and Lavender essential oils

Calendula, with Calendula petals, Oatmeal, and Tangerine essential oil

also pondering:

Elderflower, with Elderflower blossoms, Mango Butter, and Palmarosa essential oil

Linden, with Linden flowers and leaves, Green Tea, and Ylang Ylang essential oil

maybe Lettuce or Cucumber or Seaweed? Something green….

 

“Wild Carrot” is a notable omission as it’s one I’ve always made (fresh carrots with the scent of (Wild) Carrot Seed essential oil- love it!), but I thought I’d take a break to give me the chance to try something different.

Have I missed any of your favorites?

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Oil Cleansing Method

I admit it. I’m a butterfly. I jump from soap to scrub to cream to toner to clean my face– depending on my mood, the weather, and how much time I have.

But I’ve been noticing the texture and tone of my skin isn’t as nice as I’d like, not to mention the new wrinkle that’s appeared under each eye.

So I’m testing the power of a “routine”, and knowing that discipline is not my strong suit, trying to make it as easy as possible.

The Oil Cleansing Method uses just one product, takes only a few minutes, plus feels really good!

I’m doing it morning and night. I don’t need to use moisturizer afterwards, though I am still using my eye creme at night 😉

 

New to the Oil Cleansing Method? Crunchy Betty explains what it is and how it works, and compares different oils to use for different skin types. (*One point I disagree with. Crunchy Betty says it can be more expensive, but I think it’s the opposite!)

The blend I’m using is super-simple: half castor oil, half calendula-infused olive oil. I’ll report back in a couple weeks to let you know how it’s going!

 

For more information and to see how the Oil Cleansing Method is done, watch this video from Hey Fran Hey.

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November Special: Save 15% on Eye Creme

handmade vegan eye creme, on sale

This creme is a customer favorite. Light-textured, smooth and creamy, it moisturizes and protects the delicate skin around your eyes.

Handmade with organic rose petals, my garden violets, and fresh cucumber, as well as organic rosehip seed oil, mango butter, aloe vera and organic rose hydrosol. With a gentle rose aroma. Also available unscented (no essential oils).

Now in a new (and can I say, more stylish) jar. I’m so excited my glass distributor has started carrying these little beauties!

Packaged in a 1 oz. glass jar with recyclable silver aluminum cap,
Regular Price= $13.50, On Sale= $11.48

 

Compliments given to me when I had an in-store demo recently:

“I love this creme so much I use it for my whole face, not just my eyes.”
“This creme has really improved my skin tone.”
“Thank you for keeping your eye creme so reasonably priced.”

 

Offer good thru December 15, 2012

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D.I.Y. Herbal Spa Meetup

bathtub spa
"The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day." -Hippocrates

 

BIG THANKS to Jennifer Goodheart at Acadia Herbals, Brittany Wood Nickerson of Thyme Herbal, and everyone at the “D.I.Y. Herbal Spa Meetup” on Sunday! SO much fun to relax and swap tips and recipes with other bathtub goddesses while sipping Jennifer’s delightful Jasmine-Lemongrass tea 🙂

(Join our herbal group at Meetup.com if you’d like to catch the next meetup!)

Brittany advocates using salt scrubs to keep skin exfoliated and moisturized for its optimal health, and explained how this also supports our lymph and nerves.

She demonstrated an easy-to-make recipe that I know will leave you feeling just sparkling:

  • 1 cup finely ground sea salt
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. lemon peel powder
  • add a few drops of lemon, sweet orange or grapefruit essential oil if you’d like to make it aromatic

I talked about my great love for tub teas (of course!) and all my favorite ingredients for a bathtub spa including salts, baking soda, oatmeal, and apple cider vinegar.

Vinegar restores skin and scalp’s natural pH and is said to draw pollutants out of the body. A soak in a bath with a little vinegar can help relieve sore muscles, itchy skin and sunburn (*but be aware that vinegar can irritate open sores and sensitive skin).

Herb-infused vinegars are really simple to make and make a fabulous addition to your herbal pantry. Some of my favorite blends are:

  • 3 parts rose petals, 1 part spearmint
  • 1 part rosemary, 1 part lavender
  • 2 parts lavender, 1 part lemon balm,  1 part lemon peel

All you need to do is add 1 oz. (weight) herbs to 2 cups apple cider vinegar. Let it steep for 1 – 2 weeks, then strain.

To use, add ½ to 1 cup of vinegar to the tub when it’s filled. Makes a great salad dressing too!