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- The Year of Natural Skin Care
Nature Every Day
an entire year devoted to one of the simple pleasures of life,
skin care... Not just any kind of skin care, but
all-natural skin care. All natural skin care has come a long
way since our grandmother's day. In fact it has surpassed even
the most cleverly-branded synthetics out there. Due to the fact
that it is natural, it interacts with the body in the most
effective way possible by using botanicals and extract only
found in nature.
Our ANB Partners are the crème de la crème when it comes to
creating fine artisanal beauty products. You'll find several
product reviews below that will guide you to some amazing skin
care. We also offer you articles, recipes and more... all
devoted to the art and science of keeping your skin in it's most
vibrant state of good health.
A unique 3-in-1 powdered
Learn how to make your own:
Sensual Vanilla and
Nutmeg Lip Balm by Danna
When it comes to
Valentine’s Day, this recipe for a delicious and stimulating vanilla and
nutmeg lip balm combines two of the most pleasant aphrodisiac scents and
Nutmeg is actually one of the most potent natural
aphrodisiacs in the spice family. When ingested, it acts as an aphrodisiac
for both men and women. Nutmeg is also a mild hypnotic, meaning it relaxes
the body and puts the mind at ease.
Vanilla is also a “universal aphrodisiac” that works on both
men and women. Studies have shown that vanilla is a natural mood enhancer,
which makes it the perfect scent to burn or warm on a plate when having a
romantic night in.
Both of these ingredients have calming, sensual qualities
both when ingested and when inhaled. This makes them the perfect flavor
and scent combination for a romantic, sensual lip balm. Hope you enjoy the
1 oz. beeswax
7 tablespoons coconut oil, fractionated. You can adjust this amount
depending on how emollient/oily you like your balm. This amount gives it
an oilier, slicker feel.
3 ml. liquid vitamin e as a natural preservative
4 ml. vanilla essential oil
.5 - 1 ml. nutmeg essential oil depending on degree of spiciness desired.
(You may want to add the nutmeg oil a drop at a time and periodically
check it by putting your finger on the mixing stick and applying some to
the lips as this is a strong oil and a little goes a long way.)
If desired, a natural sweetener of your choice such as stevia.
Small glass Ball jar
Mixing stick – I actually use chopsticks, they work like a charm
Lip balm tubes .15 oz size
Disposable pipettes (these are the squeeze droppers to add oils, etc. to
Double boiler or sauce pan with medium depth
You will need your small Ball jar and a pan that is about ¼ to ½ filled
with water. You do not want your jar to “float” in it, so just enough to
get a double boiler effect. Start off my cutting your 1 oz of bees wax
into smaller sections so it will melt more easily. Add it to the jar that
is sitting in the water.
Turn your burner on medium-high until the wax begins to melt. When the
bees wax is completely melted, add your coconut oil and stir constantly
until blended. The mixture will emulsify a bit when the coconut oil is
added since it is room temperature, so just stir again until everything is
melted and uniform. You may add your sweetener of choice at this time as
well and blend until uniform.
Add your essential oils, constantly stirring until everything is blended
and uniform. Using a tube filler tray or just lining your tubes on the
counter, fill your lip balm tubes using the disposable pipette.
Once the initial liquid balm is added, it may settle in your tube and you
may need to “top it off” a bit once this happens to avoid a whole or
depression forming on the top. You will notice it once the balm begins to
cool and become opaque.
This recipe makes anywhere from 20-25 tubes, so if you want less, then
just half it or cut it in one fourth. Enjoy!
Rosa y Fruta
Cleanse your skin using
the finest Organic Camellia Oil available.
Gorgeous Rose Bourbonia and
other fine organic botanicals make this a mask beyond compare.
Nourish your skin during
the night with Pomegranate Oil, Camellia Oil and other high grade
We can't all go down to the ocean to get our skin
Alexandra teaches us how to bring the ocean's treasures to us!
new All-Natural Recipe -
Rose Passion Repairing Elixir
recipe comes to us from Stephanie Barron...of Artisan
Rose Otto Essential Oil is steam distilled from
fresh rose petals. In addition to its lovely intoxicating,
floral aroma, Rose Otto Essential Oil, Rosa damascena, is known
for its balancing effect on female hormones, its ability to calm
the mind and its comfort for those suffering from grief or the
loss of a loved one. Within aromatherapy work, Rose Otto
Essential Oil is used in anti-depression blends and blends for
menopause and irregular cycles. It is also useful in facial
formulations as it helps with dry, maturing skin and wrinkles.
Exotic and rare, known as the “Queen of
Flowers”, it takes 60,000 rose blossoms, picked in the early
hours of dawn as they are unfolding, to gain 1 oz. of Rose
Essential Oil. The harvest is rushed to the distiller and the
oil crafted immediately.
origin of the Rose can be found in ancient Persian gardens, and
Persians were the first to distill Rose water from the petals.
According to legend, the Rose Essential Oil was discovered when
Nour-Djihan, a Persian princess, married Mogul Emperor
Dhihanguyr. The canals around the wedding party had been filled
with rose water, and as she and her lover enjoyed the waters in
a small boat she noticed a thin film on its surface – Rose
Rose Passion Repairing Elixir
of Passion Flower Oil
15 drops of Rose Hips Co2 Extract
5 drops of Rose Otto Essential Oil
3 drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
2 drops of Mandarin Essential Oil
Directions: Mix all of the ingredients in a glass
bottle with a dropper. Gently shake around to mix ingredients
and let sit for 24 hours to let aromas develop.
formula is rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin C, and high
in essential fatty acids. With regular use, it will improve the
skin’s elasticity and reduce wrinkle formation
Usage: Apply at night after cleansing. Can be layered
under favorite moisturizer for added benefits.
Skin Care for even the most sensitive
All Natural Skin Care Recipe
From Jeanne Rose...
from her book:
Skin or Large Pores -
1 T Comfrey leaf, CS
2T Lavender flowers
3T Licorice root, PO
1 T Lemon peel or leaf, CS
1 T Peppermint, CS or WH
1 T Pansy, CS or WH
1 T Parsley, any way
1 T Rosebud or leaf, any way
1 T Strawberry leaves
Dry or Itchy Skin
2 T Comfrey leaf, CS
1 T Comfrey root, CS
3 T Licorice root, PO
2 T Camomile flowers, WH
1 T Red Clover heads
1 T Pansy, CS or WH
1 T Ginseng, PO
1 T Kelp, Dulse or Irish Moss, CS
Makes 4-6 steams
Mix all the dried herbs together and store
away for later use. About once or twice a week, whenever you think
necessary, put 2-4 tablespoons of the herb mixture into a tall, narrow
enamel or glass pot and add 2-3 cups of water. Cover the pot and bring
to a boil and simmer gently for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat placing
the covered pot on a low table. Allow the herbs to steep for a few
Cover your hair with a towel and remove the lid from the pot. Putting
your face over the pot and covering the pot and sides of face with the
towel, let the herbal steam relax, cleanse and medicate your pores.
You can move your face about in the steam so that it covers every area
of your face and neck. You can blow into the water to create more
steam. Wipe away the dirt and oil with a clean washcloth, splash warm
water on your face and then rinse with cool mineral water to close the
pores. Pat dry.
In the mixture for oily skin, Licorice and Lavender act as a stimulant
to the pores to normalize their action, Rose and Lemon function as
astringents, Comfrey and Pansy serve as healing herbs and Lavender,
Peppermint, Parsley and Strawberry act as alteratives to restore more
normal function to the sebaceous glands. In the mixture for dry skin,
Comfrey and Pansy are healing; Licorice relaxes the pores; Camomile
and Clover soothe; Parsley and Ginseng unclog pores, and act as an
This and other
wonderful recipes can be found in Jeanne Rose's 'Kitchen Cosmetics', found
Learn from Jeanne Rose
person or in her at-home courses. Learn more
Jeanne Rose can be
reached at: 415-564-6785 or email email@example.com
Using herbs, fruit, &
flowers for natural bodycare.
Jeanne Rose /
Jeanne Rose Books
A GREAT Skincare
From Li Wong...
Eco-Living & DIY Beauty
Formulating ANB Expert
I make about 80% of my own facial masques,
toners, exfoliators, and cleansers and have been doing so for five years. I
use organic ingredients where possible, and everything I use is fresh and
100% natural. I deeply enjoy the process and have perfected several recipes
and see good results, but at times I can't help but wonder if my masques are
as effective as spa masks. For instance, I am not sure if there are organic
extracts and other ingredients considered professional strength that only
proprietors can purchase that make their products more effective -- meaning
more concentrated as compared to kitchen beauty products. I'd appreciate
some insight in this area, as well as tips for making potent products in
small batches at home (Of course, using fresh ingredients are key, and
organic is ideal.).
Thanks for the great question! Awesome that you craft your own skin care!
Spas use a wide range of ingredients: the type of ingredients depends on the
spa. In some spas, you will find only all natural food based or simple
ingredients, such as oatmeal, honey, seaweed, clays, and fruit. Many spas
use the more concentrated natural herbal ingredients like herbal tinctures
and essential oils. Other spas use natural but lab altered ingredients, such
as standardized green tea extract (in which green tea’s polyphenols (catechins)
and caffeine levels have been adjusted in a lab, so they are at certain
concentrations). Some places use other kinds of lab actives that are
naturally derived (which may range from natural to synthetic, or somewhere
in between) or totally synthetic, including oat beta glucan, hyaluronic
acid, vitamin C, peptides, and retinol. A lot of spas use a combination of
all of these different kinds of ingredients. There are also spas that use a
specific skin care line exclusively.
Lab standardized natural extracts and other lab actives are not necessarily
more effective or better than basic natural ingredients. In my experience
with helping others create skin care routines with food based ingredients or
natural products (all natural brands and also mostly natural lines made with
lab actives), I have found that many people’s skin have responded well to
using completely natural, simple ingredients (food based and natural herbal
ingredients like carrier oils, essential oils, hydrosols, and tinctures,
etc). Some people’s skin like the lab actives better though (whether they
are the more natural or the synthetic kind). So when you are selecting
ingredients for your skin, you have to look at a number of factors: skin
type, issues, conditions, ingredient properties, and your skin’s own
response to ingredients. What works for you, may not work for someone else,
and vice versa.
Many people argue that the lab standardized natural extracts and lab actives
are more effective than ‘kitchen beauty’ ingredients and other natural
ingredients, because the lab actives are much more concentrated, they have
been standardized (to have the ‘correct’ amount of a specific active in it),
or they have been ‘proven’ by science to work. But there are many scientific
studies on natural (non-lab altered) ingredients too (though admittedly
there are way less cosmetic plant and natural studies than lab active
studies. Many natural ingredients haven’t been studied well in regards to
skin care, but there are several that have been!). A lot of natural
ingredients have been used effectively for hundreds to thousands of years,
so while they may not have been scientifically studied as extensively as lab
actives, it doesn’t mean they don’t work!
I personally prefer using all natural ingredients and I hardly ever use lab
actives (even if they are ‘natural’) for many reasons: mostly because
natural ingredients work for my skin, my customers’ skin, and many of the
people I have helped. I am in my 30s and have been using all natural
ingredients for over 11 years: I have no fine lines, and I have very few
skin issues. That said, even though I am an all natural formulator, I am not
afraid to recommend someone certain lab actives, if that is what their skin
needs and if their skin responds better to them. So if your all natural and
organic creations are working for you, and they are addressing your current
skin issues and conditions, then keep making and using them!
However, if you wanted to use more potent plant ingredients then I suggest
making products with herbal ingredients like tinctures, glycerites, herb
infused oils, infusions, decoctions, hydrosols, herb infused vinegars,
essential oils, absolutes, co2 extracts, oleoresins, and cold
pressed/unrefined or expeller pressed/unrefined carrier oils (which have
more antioxidants and vitamins than solvent extracted or highly refined
carrier oils). These are natural concentrated actives (some are more
concentrated than others though). But food based ingredients are rich in
nutrients, and pretty potent in my opinion too! I use many basic natural or
‘kitchen beauty’ ingredients whenever my skin needs a little extra
nourishment. Many natural skin care and holistic estheticians recommend
using food based and potent plant ingredients too.
Plants used in skin care are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients, or
plant phytochemicals (which ones, depends on the plant and extraction
method). Different extractions yield different natural chemical
compositions, so chamomile infusion and chamomile essential oil will have
some similar properties, actives, and uses, and they will also have some
different ones too. Some studies have suggested that organic ingredients are
higher in nutrients. You can make many of the above potent plant ingredients
and purchase the rest. Just thought I should mention many of the
standardized lab actives and others lab actives can be purchased online
(though some of them are only available to businesses, several DIY
ingredient vendors carry many of them at the retail level).
To see a list of some of Li's past articles as well as recommended
- Li Wong
Skin Reviving Face
[From the Book 'Kitchen
1 T Almond Meal
1 T Marigold, Powdered
1 T Camomile, Powdered
Some raw Egg, beaten
Seaweed gel or Aloe gel, enough to
make a paste
Mix all the ingredients together and add a
sufficient quantity of the gel to make a thick gooey paste. If it is too
fluid, add more Almond meal or herbs and if too thick and gooey, thin with
gel or raw egg.
Wash your face with warm water and apply a warm water or warm herbal
poultice to open the pores. Leave your face (or any other part of your
anatomy for that matter) damp dry and apply the mask. Leave the mask on for
10 minutes (lie on a slantboard if you have one) while patting it about in
upward swirling movements. Then rinse with warm water and follow with a cold
water rinse or the Almond Milk Lotion.
Almond meal is used for smoothing and slight bleaching; Marigold to soothe
and heal any facial blemishes; Camomile helps to reduce puffiness; egg helps
to replace protein and acts as an emulsifier in this recipe; Aloe is very
healing and soothing, while Seaweed is an emollient. Heat opens the pores,
the final cold-water rinse closes them; the swirling movements used when
applying the mask improve circulation and increase the ability of the skin
to release toxins.
In any recipe such as this it makes sense to set aside some of one's
breakfast egg (uncooked) for your healing daily masks. In this way you can
stimulate your complexion on a daily basis rather than using the mask only
on special occasions.
A GREAT Skincare
From Li Wong...
Eco-Living & DIY Beauty
Formulating ANB Expert
have always wanted to try lemon on my face to help with my dark spots and
acne but I have been not told use it. I have been told it’s too harsh on my
face. So here's my question. What is the best recipe in using it for my
Thanks so much for your question!
Lemon is an excellent ingredient for dark spots and acne. Lemon mildly
exfoliates the skin. It is astringent, so highly recommended for oily and
blemished skin. It is a rich source of vitamin C too. It also brightens and
lightens the skin, so may be helpful for dark spots and other pigmentation
Though it may help with dark spots, it will only lighten them a couple
shades, and it may take a few weeks to many months to lighten. The
lightening effect will not be as dramatic as using stronger lab derived, lab
concentrated, and synthetic skin lighteners. But I think lemon is an
excellent ingredient to use as a lightener and brightener since it is
gentler than many other lighteners and it is also non-toxic. However,
different ingredients work for different people, so lemon may or may not
work for you.
Some people recommend using it full strength on the skin, but in my
experience using it full strength on the facial skin is a little too acidic
or drying for many people. Therefore, I usually recommend using it in
dilution. Do a test patch on the inner elbow or on your jaw line to check
for any skin sensitivities, and to find out which concentration you can
tolerate. For patch tests, start with a low dilution (use distilled water to
dilute the lemon juice), cover the area with a bandage, and observe the skin
after 24-48 hours. Some people may be able to use a higher concentration
than others, so always start with a low concentration and see if you can
tolerate that, before trying a stronger concentration. Use lemon products at
Some people may be able to use (diluted) lemon juice as a leave on product.
Others find that they need to rinse it off after a few minutes to 15
minutes. Experiment and find what works for you.
If you want to use lemon juice as a daily, long term toner (for all over
use), I suggest starting out with a 5-10% concentration. Use distilled
water, aloe, or a hydrosol as a base. If you use lemon toner daily, you may
or may not need extra exfoliation.
For a spot treatment, you may be able to use a slightly stronger
concentration. Start with a 10% concentration and work your way up if
needed. I personally don’t recommend using stronger than a 33% concentration
for the facial skin, and I highly suggest using as low as a concentration as
possible. For the body skin, a stronger concentration may be used. Dilute it
with distilled water, aloe, or a hydrosol. You can thicken it with a gel or
gum, if you like.
Spot treatments can usually be made a little stronger, since they are used
on only certain areas of the face, and over a shorter time frame. If your
skin is super sensitive, use only a low concentration. If your skin gets red
or irritated, do not use lemon juice on the skin. The spot treatment can be
used once a day. Every once in a while, take a break from using this
ingredient, if using it for more than a few weeks. For the toner and spot
treatment, it is best to refrigerate them when not in use. Use within a week
or two, or add a broad spectrum preservative for a longer shelf life.
Lemon juice can be added to other products such as masks and cleansers too.
Squeeze a little lemon juice in yogurt for an excellent cleanser or mask.
Leave it on your skin for one to fifteen minutes. It is best to make this
fresh before each use. You can use this daily (you may or may not need more
exfoliation when using this cleanser). Or use 1-2 times a week as a mask. Be
sure to rinse you skin well after applying this cleanser or mask.
Li Wong has a B.A. in Environmental studies/biology and an M.S. in
Environmental Science and Policy. She has studied a wide range of ecological
and plant related topics including biology/botany, ethnobotany (the cosmetic
and medicinal uses of plants in indigenous cultures), conservation, and
organic standards in cosmetics. Other environmental interests include
mammals, urban wildlife, public perception, human-wildlife conflicts, and
local environmental issues. She has also been formulating all-natural beauty
care for over a decade and runs her own all-natural beauty business, Earth
Alkemie. She's happy to help you learn more about living a clean, green
lifestyle... and help you with your DIY formulating.
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