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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. 
Easy DIY Skin Care Recipes

Know Your Skin- Part 3: Easy DIY Skin Care Recipes

Know Your Skin- Part 3: Easy DIY Skin Care Recipes

Now that we figured our your skin type and learned about some plant oils, essential oils and herbs that are best for your skin type, lets put it all together for some easy DIY skin care recipes.

Natural Cleansers

Cleansing is very important for vibrant skin. A facial cleanser should gently lift dirt and make-up and should never be harsh.

A very simple and pure way to cleanse your face is to use a plant oil as oils absorb dirt and make-up. Some great oils to use for your cleanser are olive oil, sesame oil, and castor oil. These oils are thick and take longer for the skin to absorb. Add in a few drops of lemon essential oil for a refreshing cleanser.

Facial Steam

Facial steams are a great way to open your pores while releasing toxins from your skin. When you add in herbs to your facial steam, the nourishing properties of the herbs will be absorbed by the skin. Facial steams are great for congested, oily and normal skin. Facial steams may aggravate the skin for those with acne or sensitive skin and should only be used with care. You can try reducing the temperature of the water and only steam for a few minutes.

For an herbal facial steam you simply combine hot water with dried or fresh herbs in a large heat-resistant bowl. Use a combination of herbs that are personalized towards your skin type. Allow the herbs to steep in the water for about 5 minutes and then hover your face over the bowl with a towel draped over your head. Make sure to take care not to be too close and burn your skin from the steam! If it gets too hot, simply lift up the towel to allow air in. Steam for 10 minutes.

Moisturizers

Moisturizers are important to nourish and protect the skin. Plant oil serums are some of the best products for your face and some even have a natural sun protection (such as sesame, jojoba, avocado, etc.). You only need a few drops for your face. Even those with oily skin can use plant oil serums, as the oil communicates to the skin to stop producing too much skin.

DIY Plant Oil Serum

Choose your plant oil and essential oil from the list here or from a more extensive list in How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products eBook that is personalized to your skin type.

  • 1 ounce of plant oil
  • Add 1-3 drops of essential oils
  • gently roll or swish around the ingredients together to blend

Our eBook, How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products has more in-depth information on plant oils, essential oils, and herbs for your skin as well as specific recipes for facial products. This eBook goes into more detail on natural ingredients for skin care, steps for radiant skin, and recipes for cleansers, exfoliants, toners, and moisturizers.

Don’t forget, our 8-week course on Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making is starting up in March. This course will be mentored by Joan Morais. Sign up by February 12th to receive a free 30 minute one-on-one private phone consultation with Joan!

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Beauty Trends, Part Three: Themes to Watch

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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.

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.

Hair Tea Rinse

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A hair tea rinse is excellent in providing shine and brightens the hair. Pick a tea that works with your hair color to enhance what you currently have going on. Have fun with it and try different teas to see what works best for your hair!

Blonde Hair

Chamomile tea- brightens blonde hair, anti-inflammatory

Calendula- will gradually lighten hair, anti-bacterial, soothing, adds shine

Brunette Hair

Black tea-  adds shine, darkens hair, reduces shedding

Rosemary- stimulates scalp, promotes growth, adds richness to dark colors, adds shine,  softens

Red Hair

Rooibos-  brightens red hair, adds shine

Any Hair Color

Nettles-  stimulates scalp, treats dandruff, fights hair loss, adds shine

Directions

Place 2-3 tea bags (you can also use loose herbs) in 2-3 cups of boiling water.

Steep herbs in boiling water until water has cooled to room temperature.

Wash and condition your hair as normal then apply your tea rinse last. Don’t wash it out.

Allow the rinse to sit on your hair for a bit, its up to you however long you would like to leave the rinse on, it can be 5-30 minutes or I like to apply the rinse and then dry my hair. I don’t rinse it out.

Voilà, beautiful shiny hair!

Have you tried hair teas? If so, what have you used and what has worked for you?

 -B

Shiny Hair Tonic Recipe

shiny hair tonic recipe

Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural hair care beauty secret to promote healthy hair for both men and women. Some of the known benefits include its abilities to soothe, soften, brighten, remove build-up and create shiny hair. Apple cider vinegar restores pH balance of the scalp.

Shiny Hair Tonic Recipe

Mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to 1/2 cup water.

Before washing your hair take a cotton ball and soak it with mixture and apply to your scalp. If you have the time leave the mixture on for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Shampoo hair as usual.

Rosemary Infused Apple Cider Vinegar

Chop fresh rosemary into glass jar. Cover herbs with apple cider vinegar. Use a non-metal lid to cap jar. Let sit for one month. Strain rosemary out of vinegar.

Make hair tonic recipe above. This can be used as a hair rinse for extra shiny hair. Rosemary has an affinity with hair and the scalp. It helps to cleanse hair, darken hair naturally (to enhance light hair substitute rosemary with Chamomile) and stimulate circulation of the scalp.