Category Archives: DIY Recipes: Body & Hair

Hygge Beauty Rituals: Herbal Facial Steam

Part 1: Hygge Beauty Rituals: Herbal Facial Steam 

What is Hygge?

Hygge (pronounced hue-ugh) is used by the Danish to describe a feeling, a feeling of coziness, of being present and enjoying the moment. It’s creating simple moments during these dark cold months to bring a cozy feeling and sense of sanctuary in our home. It’s not about buying more things, instead to take the time to do little things to bring comfort into our life and home. It’s as simple as lighting a candle and enjoying a cup of hot chocolate or covering up with a cozy blanket and reading a good book or placing a flower or sprig of rosemary by your bedside or doing beauty rituals.

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Sugar Scrubs | Organic Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe

Sugar Scrubs | Organic Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe

One of the secrets for beautiful skin is routine gentle exfoliation. Sugar scrubs are a great way for your skin to go from looking dull to radiant by removing the dead skin cells that sit on top of your skin. They leave the skin feeling soft and moisturized. Sugar is a natural preservative and moisturizer with natural alpha hydroxy properties. There is no need to use a lotion after use.

Basic Sugar Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup carrier oil
  • 3/4 cup- 1 cup sugar (If you want oil to sit on top, use 3/4 cup sugar)

Directions: Mix ingredients together. For a smoother and finer scrub, blend ingredients in a food processor.

Containers: It’s best to use plastic in the shower or bath. Glass can easily slip and break as the oils make the container slippery. An option is to leave the scrubs outside of the shower and use a small container to scoop your scrub into before getting into the bath or shower. Do not get water into the container with the scrub and store it away from sunlight and water and keep the lid on the product when storing it.

How to use: dampen your skin in the shower or bath and gently massage the salt or sugar scrub onto your skin. Rinse with warm water. Be careful, the tub or shower will be slippery after use. Try using no-slip mat.
After use: sprinkle the tub or floor of the shower with baking soda to absorb the oil and then rinse off with water.

Organic Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe

This revitalizing and moisturizing body scrub leaves the skin feeling soft with a fresh glow.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup organic raw cane sugar
  • ½ cup organic brown sugar
  • ½ cup organic extra virgin coconut oil- melted

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spoon into 8 ounce container. Cap and Label.

How to Use: When in the shower or bath tub, in a circular motion, gently massage sugar scrub on your body, starting at the feet and massaging upward, avoiding the face. Rinse off. You will see and feel the difference!

Interested in more scrubs and other body care products? Check out the following:

Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course

Spring Skin Care | Refresh, Renew and Revive Your Skin

spring skin careSpring Skin Care | Refresh, Renew and Revive Your Skin

Now that it’s Spring, it’s time to think about changing up your skin care routine. In winter, our skin becomes very dry and moisturizing is key. Our skin is always changing so for our spring skin care, it’s important to reassess what our skin needs for the current season. Spring is all about refreshing, renewing, and reviving our skin. Read on for some tips for spring skin care. Watch Joan’s video on fresh skin care here.

Exfoliate

In winter, our skin becomes duller and dryer. A gentle exfoliate is great for spring to revive your skin and brighten up your complexion. Exfoliating removes the top layer of dead skin cells and encourages cell regeneration by allowing new skin cells to come forth. You only need to exfoliate a few times a week and make sure that you are using one that is gentle on your face. Grains are excellent to use as an exfoliate. Oats are great for all skin types and are very soothing and moisturizing. Make your own oat flour by grinding oats in a blender or food processor.

Easy, DIY Oat Exfoliant

1 tbsp of Oat flour

1 drop essential oil (pick your favorite essential oil for skin care)

Combine oat flour and essential oil into a small bowl or in the palm of your hand. Add in a little water or your favorite hydrosol/flower essence and mix to make a thick paste. Gently massage onto your face and rinse off with warm water. This is great to use in the shower- just keep a small jar of grains for easy use.

Tone

Toners are excellent to add into your spring skin care routine as they soothe, hydrate and refresh your skin. There are so many ways to make a simple toner by using hydrosols/flower essences and herbal extracts.

Moisturize

Typically in spring our natural oils in our skin start to come back into balance after a dry winter and we no longer need the deep moisturizing from winter. However, a good, light moisturizer is still important to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.

Fresh Skin Care

Spring is a great time to make your own fresh skin care, like the Easy, DIY Oat Exfoliant above. Many fresh ingredients in your kitchen can easily be used to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturize your skin.

Watch the video with Joan on some of her tips and secrets for fresh skin care

from the recently revised ebook, Fresh Skin Care From the Kitchen and Garden, has over 25 recipes using fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, plant oils, and plant-based milks and yogurts.

Other Skin Care Resources

Check out our other ebooks with resources on making your own skin care products:

How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products

How to Make 47 Herbal Extracts for Body, Hair, Skin

Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Body, Hair, Skin

How to Make Flower Essences for Body, Hair, Skin

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.

bath bombs

Rosewater

Make Your Own Rosewater | Rose Facial Toner Recipes

RosewaterMake Your Own Rosewater | Rose Facial Toner Recipes

Rosewater has been used since ancient times to create smooth and beautiful skin and hair. It is a well known beauty secret. Rosewater is astringent. Additional ingredients can be added to rosewater to moisturize and soften the skin and hair. It is very easy to make your own rosewater. Rosewater can also be used in facial toner recipes. Read on to find out how.

Rosewater Recipe

This rosewater recipe is a simple infusion of roses into water. This water can easily be made weekly.

You Need:

  • 2 cups fresh fragrant rose petals (pesticide free)
  • 3 cups distilled water or spring water

Optional Nourishing Ingredients:

  • ¼ teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 4 drops almond oil
  • ¼ teaspoon aloe vera gel

Directions:

1. Bring the distilled water to a full boil in a stainless steel or glass pot.

2. Add 2 cups fresh fragrant rose petals to the pot of boiling water and cover with the lid.

3. Turn the heat off and remove the pot from heat.

4. Allow the roses to steep in the water for about 15-30 minutes.

5. Use a metal strainer to strain the cooked roses from the water. An unbleached coffee filter can be used inside the strainer to filter out any tiny pieces of plant material.

6. Optional: Add additional nourishing ingredients; almond oil, aloe vera gel and vegetable glycerin. Choose any one or add all three.

7. Pour into bottles. 8. Cap and Label.

Store bottles in the refrigerator and use within one week.

Watch our video on making rosewater here.

Rose Facial Toner Recipe

Facial Toners soothe, refresh skin and help to remove oily residue. Here are three different facial toner recipes customized to the different skin types, each include rosewater, aloe vera gel and witch hazel.

Rose tones, soothes, nourishes, regenerates and revitalizes skin
Aloe Vera Gel a great healing moisturizer and anti-inflammatory, soothing, cell renewing, contains vitamins. Use for all skin types.
Witch Hazel an astringent and anti-inflammatory, excellent for cleansing and toning the skin

Normal Skin
4 tablespoons witch hazel
4 tablespoons rosewater
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel

Dry Skin
2 tablespoons witch hazel
6 tablespoons rosewater
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel

Oily Skin
6 tablespoons witch hazel
2 tablespoons rosewater
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel

Measurements are for a 4 ounce bottle: combine all ingredients, shake before each use, and apply to face with a cotton ball after cleansing.

Option: use 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin in place of aloe vera gel, glycerin softens and adds moisture to the skin.
Are you interested in making more personalized and naturally preserved skin care products? Check out our Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course. In this course you will learn how to make your own personalized skin care line that is naturally preserved.