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Hygge Beauty Rituals: Crystal and Aromatherapy Bath

Part 4 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Soothing Aromatherapy Bath

The beauty ritual in Part 1 an herbal facial steam, Part 2 an aromatherapy foot bath, Part 3 massage softening hand and foot salve. This hygge beauty ritual is a crystal and aromatherapy bath. Healing treatments with water are called hydrotherapy. You can do a simple hydrotherapy treatment at home if you have a bath tub. If you don’t have a bath tub, do a foot bath. Bath’s are the perfect remedy when we need to relax, revive and regenerate but most times we are so tired or stressed we zone out by going on our cell phone or watching TV. Taking a bath is a wonderful experience and the art of bathing has been in every culture. Take the time to schedule a bath; write a note and place it on the counter and include it on your calendar with a reminder. To make it easier, ready all your ingredients in advance or have a bath bin or basket with your healing bath ingredients.

HYDROTHERAPY: HEALING WITH WATER
A bath is one of the best ways to relax, restore and rejuvenate your body. When you soak in a bath, the pores in the skin open and like a sponge soak in the healing properties of the herbs and ingredients you have put in the water. High quality, natural and organic ingredients should be used. Skin is a major and the largest organ; it absorbs and eliminates. Herbs, salts, plant milks, essential oils and plant oils help to nourish, moisturize and soften the skin. They also pull out toxins from the body.

A warm bath relaxes the body and helps to invoke a peaceful night’s sleep. A bath can also be invigorating by using cooler water and invigorating herbs and essential oils. A footbath is the next best thing to a bath. Add flowers to the water for a touch of beauty.

Bath temperature makes a difference on the effect on the body. Take a 20-30 minute bath for the best results. Bath temperature should be around 100F/38C – 102F/39C degrees, 2 – 4 degrees above your body temperature.

92F/33C – 97F/36C degrees: lukewarm bath for rejuvenation, inflammation, poison oak and rashes.
97F/33C – 101F/38C degrees: normal bath for relaxation.
99F/37C – 108F/42C degrees: hot bath to increase circulation, remove toxins from the body and relieve pain and insomnia

SET UP A SANCTUARY
Light Candles
Play Soft Music
Surround Yourself with your Favorite Flowers

CRYSTALS FOR THE BATH
Crystals raise the vibration. Everything is energy. Flowers, herbs, crystals all contain energy. This energy is infused into the bath water. Choose a crystal that you are drawn to and place it in the bath water.
Amethyst
Citrine
Rose Quartz
Quartz

AROMATHERAPY FOR THE BATH
A single essential oil can be used if you don’t have many essential oils. Essential oils are oil soluble, it is best to add them to some plant oil before adding to the bath water. Add 4-10 drops essential oil to 1 tablespoon plant oil (avocado, olive, sunflower, etc.). Depending on the essential oils and you, customize the amount to what suits you. Less is better. Start with 4 drops and increase to 10 drops.

All is Well
4 drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil
3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil 

Relax and Soothe 
4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
2 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS
Plant Milks 1 cup
Coconut Milk 1 cup
Coconut Milk Powder 2 tablespoons
Hemp Milk 1 cup
Almond Milk 1 cup
Macadamia Milk 1 cup
Salts
Himalayan Sea Salt 1/4 cup
Pacific or Atlantic Sea Salt 1/4 cup
Dead Sea Salt 1/4 cup
Epsom Salt 1/4 cup
Baking Soda 2 tablespoons
Herbs
Calendula 1 tablespoon fresh or dried 
Chamomile 1 tablespoon fresh or dried
Lavender 1 tablespoon fresh or dried
Roses 2 tablespoons fresh or dried

Read Part 1 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Herbal Facial Steam here

Read Part 2 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Aromatherapy Foot Bath

Read Part 3 Hygge Beauty Rituals: Massage with Softening Hand and Foot Balm

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Natural Baby Skin Care | Make Natural Baby Care Products


baby skin careNatural Baby Skin Care | Make Natural Baby Care Products

A baby’s skin is pure, sensitive and delicate. The baby has been in the mother’s protective womb and then suddenly the baby’s skin is exposed to the atmosphere and the environmental elements. There are many baby skin care products on the market now. Many of these products claim to be “natural,” however they may still contain harsh elements.

Natural, Organic Ingredients

Products applied to a baby’s skin should be very mild and made from natural ingredients, especially baby products that do not rinse off and stay on the skin. Products that stay on the skin can easily irritate a baby’s skin especially if there are harsh ingredients in it. It is best to use baby products made with the highest quality of natural ingredients and organic whenever possible and containing no harsh ingredients.

Essential Oils for Babies

Essential oils can be great to use in baby care products.  However they need to be used with great care.  Essential oils add scent and have incredible therapeutic properties. A little goes a long way and many essential oils may not be safe for babies. Essential oils should never be used directly on baby skin. Essential oils should be highly diluted using a plant-based oil, cream, or lotion, prior to using and should never be used by the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Make Natural Baby Care Products

If you are interested in making your own baby care products either for a baby or young child in your life or as part of a professional product line, check out our ebook, How to Make Natural Baby Care Products.

You will learn seven different product formulations including a natural baby powder, diaper rash balm, and baby oil. They are natural, plant-based and contain no animal products. They are beneficial to the skin.

You will also learn about essential oils that are safe for babies and young children, including the dilution amounts.

These formulations are very pure and perfect for baby, toddler, child, mom and dad.

Bath Bombs

How to Make Natural Bath Bombs | Cocoa Butter Bath Bomb Recipe

Bath BombsHow to Make Natural Bath Bombs

Bath bombs also called bath fizzy, bath fizzies and bath fizzers are an exceptional and fun product to add to the bath. Bath bombs are dropped into a tub of water and they fizz in the water releasing aroma, salts, oils and herbs into the bath tub. They are convenient to travel with to create a luxurious bath in a hotel and they make great gifts for bath lovers.

The two main ingredients that make bath bombs fizz are baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and citric acid.  Bath bombs can also be made with sea salt, Epsom salt, plant oils, cornstarch, oat flour, butters, essential oils and powdered herbs.

There are so many different recipes.  One of my favorite recipes contains cocoa butter. I also like to add sea salt, herbs and soothing grains. I share my basic cocoa butter bath bomb recipe with you below.

Bath Bomb Ingredients

Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a natural mineral salt found throughout the world.  Baking soda softens the bath water. It soothes, deodorizes, and cleanses the skin. Baking soda also helps to relieve itching.

Citric Acid is from natural organic acids from the fermentation of fruit sugars from citrus fruits; lemons, limes and oranges.  Citric acid is also obtained from sugar, dextrose and molasses. It is used as a preservative in many drinks and foods.

Essential Oils come from plants, add scent and therapeutic properties.

Clays can be added to help draw impurities and they naturally color the bath bomb.

Cocoa Butter is an excellent moisturizer for the skin, creating soft and silky skin.

Cocoa Butter Bath Bomb Recipes

The cocoa butter moisturizes and softens the skin. It also has a long shelf life.

Yield: 5 medium bath bombs

1 cup citric acid (8 ounces)

2 cups baking soda (16 ounces)

1 teaspoon melted cocoa butter

½ -1 teaspoon essential oil

Directions to Make

1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.

2. Mist mixture with distilled water or witch hazel and form a ball with bath bomb molds or bath bomb press.

3. Allow to dry

4. Enjoy!

Learn how to make natural bath bombs, shower fizzers and bath melts using herbs and essential oils in the below instant download eBook.

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Beauty Trends, Part Three: Themes to Watch

bath bombs

In Part One of our Beauty Trends blog based on the Google Beauty Trends Report 2017 we covered Rising Trends. Part Two we explored the top trending themes across international markets. In our final blog post, Part Three, on the top beauty trends we will be exploring themes to watch. These are searches that have been steadily growing in the past several years and are expected to continue to grow. The themes to watch are Devices, DIY, Bathing, and Men’s.

Devices

Consumers are looking for devices to aid in their beauty routine. In the U.S., the focus is on brushing and scrubbing. The top devices searched for include the following:

  • Body brush
  • Face scrubber
  • Face cleansing brush
  • Exfoliating brush
  • Deep cleansing brush
  • Back brush
  • Bath brush
  • Face brushes
  • Laser treatment

Do you incorporate devices in your beauty routine? If you have your own skin care product line, have you thought about how your product would work with a device or possibly including brushes/scrubbers with your products? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

DIY

DIY, Do-it-Yourself, is another trend that has been rising, in particularly as related to face masks. Consumers are interested in finding their own recipes to make masks. Some of the top DIY-type searches in the U.S. are as follows:

  • DIY face mask
  • Bath bomb recipe
  • DIY lip scrub
  • How to make a bath bomb
  • DIY blackhead remover
  • DIY charcoal mask
  • DIY bath bomb
  • Blackhead mask DIY
  • Avocado face mask DIY
  • DIY acne face mask
  • DIY rose water

How do you use DIY products in your skin care routine? We’d love to hear about your favorite DIY recipes in the comments.

Bathing

The experience of bathing is on the rise. American consumers are interested in creating a personalized bath experience that includes natural ingredients. Searches for bath bombs in particular have grown immensely each year. The following are the top bath searches in the U.S.

  • Bath bombs
  • Epsom salt bath
  • Bath bomb recipe
  • Apple cider vinegar bath
  • Homemade bath bombs
  • Bath bombs with rings
  • DIY bath bomb
  • Pokeball bath bombs
  • Coconut oil bath
  • ACV bath
  • Detox bath for weight loss

Do you have a bath routine? Comment below on your favorite bathing products. For those interested in developing your own bath products, our Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making course has a section on Natural Spa Products, including Scrubs, Oils, and Soaks. For more information, check it our here. We also have an ebook on bath bombs, which can make great holiday gifts. Click here to check out our ebook, How to Make Bath Bombs.

Men’s

Our last theme to watch of the top beauty trends is men’s skin care. Men’s skin care has shown sustained growth over the past several years and is likely to continue to grow. Initially searches were focused on “men’s skin care”, but now they are becoming more focused, searching for specific products for face, lotion, etc.

Here are the top searches for Men’s skin care in the U.S.

  • Men’s face wash
  • Best face lotion for men
  • Men’s facial
  • Men’s soap
  • Men’s face cream
  • Men’s face moisturizer
  • Facial cleanser for men

For those of you with product lines or are thinking/developing product lines, do you incorporate men’s products? If not, how can you include this to meet this growing demand? Men- how has your skin care routine changed over the past years? Do you have a favorite product you use?

That completes our blog series on the Google Beauty Trends Report 2017. What was most surprising to you? Do these trends align with what you are interested in or are noticing? We’d love hear from you on the trends above and your overall all thoughts on current beauty trends.

 

Valentine’s Day — Give The Gift of Self-Care

Valentine's Day -- Give The Gift of Self-Care

This Valentine’s Day give love to yourself first and love will radiate from you to others. There are three simple truths I have figured out through all my soul searching, mind changing, fear facing and stepping out of the box:
Love Yourself
Love of oneself allows us to truly Love Others. It is not selfish but a requirement to love others.
Wake Up and Pay Attention
The greatest gift to give yourself and others and this planet is to be Present in the moment. Pay attention to the food you eat- is that what your body wants? Listen to your body; it knows what is best for you. Most of us are vacant and unavailable living in the past or future. Listen to your friend/partner without having a response in your mind. Be in the moment with them. The past and future are created and changed in the present moment.
Live Your Truth
There is only one you and your purpose on this earth. Philosophers and Great Thinkers have told us this for thousands of years. So, why is it so hard to draw on this known universal truth and live our truth and be ourselves? Put down your sword and stop fighting your own self; come out and be who you really are.  Who are You? Please Show Us.

Bath and Body Products and Aromatherapy have been a foundation in my daily life adding beauty, nourishment, joy and fun.
I love to take baths and footbaths. I drop a bath fizzy packed with all kinds of therapeutic ingredients into the bath. I make bath fizzies several times a year. They are so fun to make. I make them with my grandpets (just kidding) but they would be fun to make with grandkids. I put sea salt, oat flour, cocoa butter, essential oils and herbs into my fizzies. I even take my bath fizzies to luxury hotels and take a beautiful bath. Bath melts are romantic and moisturize the skin. They release skin-loving butters, herbs and salt into the bath. I love to slip into a sensual bath with the aroma of coconut from my coconut milk bath. And then I finish off my bath with a body scrub that makes my skin smooth and my circulation and lymph system flowing.  Give the gift of self-care to you this Valentine’s Day and Radiate it to others.

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Aromatherapy is using pure essential oils made from botanicals that have a therapeutic effect on the body. Body care products and baths should include some kind of Aromatherapy to enhance your bathing pleasure, soften the skin, uplift your mood and relax your body.

Valentine's Day -- Give The Gift of Self-Care