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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. 
curly hair type

All About Curly Hair Types

curly hair type

All About Curly Hair Types

Did you know that there are different types of curly hair? I always thought hair was either straight, wavy or curly, however it is much more complicated than that! What is your curly hair type? Read on to find out more.

Hair Foundation

When you were born you were given an unique blend of texture and curl pattern that makes up your overall hair type. Hair is made up of keratin. Keratin is basically a fibrous protein structure. The amount of curl you have is dependent on the bonds between the keratin in your hair shaft. The more bonds the tighter the curl. The fewer bonds, the straighter the hair. These bonds can only be disrupted by chemical means hence the creation of perms and chemical straightening.

The Curl Type System

The Curl Type System has classified hair into 4 types with subdivisions in each type. The four types are Straight (Type 1), Wavy (Type 2), Curly (Type 3) and Kinky (Type 4). Let’s explore each type in more detail.

Straight Hair (Type 1)

Straight hair basically just travels in a straight line and has little to no texture. Hair will have a closed cuticle which creates a nice shine and is smooth to the touch. Straight hair may be more resistant to styling and won’t hold curl as well due to its smooth texture. Therefore hair products designed to hold and set the hair are needed if one wants to wear their straight hair in a more curly fashion.

Wavy Hair (Type 2)

Wavy hair is in the middle between straight and curly. Hair has more shine/sheen like straight hair, however it is also more prone to frizz like curly hair. Wavy hair is divided into 3 subtypes- A, B, and C.

Subtype A: Fine and thin waves with a loose texture.

Subtype B: Hair is mostly straight at the roots and falls into a more S-pattern from the mid-length to the end. Medium in texture with some frizz.

Subtype C: Waves are more defined and wave starts at the root. Texture is typically more thick or coarse and is prone to more frizz.

Those with curly hair will want to use products that enhance their hair’s shine/sheen while keeping the frizz down and not weighing down the hair. It is important to keep your hands off of hair to not disrupt the curl once hair is styled.

Curly Hair (Type 3)

Curly hair will follow either an S or Z pattern. There are three subdivisions of curly hair- A, B, and C, with C being the most curly of the three.

Type 3A: Curls are big and loose. Hair tends to be shiny or have sheen with a definitive S-pattern.

Type 3B: Curls are springy and can range from ringlets to corkscrews. Hair tends to be dense and coarse.

Type 3C: Dense, tightly packed corkscrew type curls. Tends to have the most volume but also is prone to more shrinkage.

Curly hair is more prone to frizz and the scalp tends to be drier. Hair products need to moisturize the hair while smoothing the hair shaft to reduce frizz and define the curl. Again, once styled it is important to keep hands off.

Kinky/Coily Hair (Type 4)

Kinky/Coily hair follows a ziggy pattern or may follow no pattern at all which will create a “puffy” appearance. Kinky hair is the most fragile of all hair types and is prone to breakage, knots, tangles and dryness. There are three subdivisions of kinky hair- A, B, and C.

Type 4A: Hair is wirey or fine. Curls are tightly coiled.

Type 4B: Hair bends in sharp angles like the letter Z. The curl will be tighter and less defined. Hair strands can range from fine to coarse.

Type 4C: Similar to type 4B, but is more prone to shrinkage and has less definition. Hair will be very dense. The strand can range from super fine to coarse and is the most delicate of all hair types.

Kinky hair needs consistent moisturizing in order to hydrate and protect it.

Are you interested in learning more about naturally textured hair? Check out our ebook: Naturally Textured Hair: Straight, Wavy, Kinky, Coily, Curly.

For those interested in creating their own natural hair care product designed specifically for their hair type, check out our online hair product course. Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course.

Hair Perfume Recipes

Hair Perfume Recipes

Hair Perfume Recipes

Hair Perfume Recipes

Have you heard about Hair Perfume? Hair perfume has been an increasing trend lately, with lots of mainstream hair care companies creating new hair perfume products. However, just like regular perfume, most of these products will contain synthetic scents and can give people headaches. Here at Joan Morais Naturals we focus on natural hair and skin care products, only using raw materials sourced from nature that are all cruelty-free using vegan/plant-based formulas with no testing on animals. Here are two hair perfume recipes that you can easily make at home with all natural ingredients. Feel free to experiment with your own scent by using your favorite essential oils for hair.

Morning Scent

Properties: Uplifting, Stimulating

Essential Oils: Rosemary Essential Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil

Materials Needed:

  • 4 ounce spray bottle
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil

Directions:

  1. Add 2 drops rosemary and 1 drop peppermint essential oil
  2. Fill bottle with water
  3. Cap and gently mix
  4. Adjust scent to your liking by adding more essential oil if needed
  5. Spritz onto wet or dry hair

Evening Scent

Properties: Calming, Soothing, Relaxing

Essential Oils: Ylang Ylang Essential Oil and Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Materials Needed:

  • 4 ounce spray bottle
  • 1 drop ylang ylang essential oil
  • 4 drops sweet orange essential oil

Directions:

  1. Add 1 drop ylang ylang and 4 drops sweet orange essential oil
  2. Fill bottle with water
  3. Cap and gently mix
  4. Adjust scent to your liking by adding more essential oil if needed
  5. Spritz onto wet or dry hair

Are you interested in making your own natural hair care products? Enrollment for our Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course is happening now.

In this course you will learn all about making:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Co-Wash (cleansing cream)
  • Leave-In Conditioner
  • Gels
  • Pomade
  • Masks
  • Hair Oil
  • Hair Butter
  • Brightening Rinses
  • Hydrating Mists
  • Serums

The course also includes comprehensive training in making stable naturally preserved hair care products, good manufacturing practices, custom formulating, product development, creating a natural hair care line, product containers & labeling, pricing and more! Check out our detailed course description here.

Essential oils for hair

All About Hair: Essential Oils and Herbs for Hair

Essential oils for hairAll About Hair: Essential Oils and Herbs for Hair

Did you know you can use essential oils for hair? Adding essential oils and herbs to your hair care is a great way to enhance the natural beauty and health of your hair and scalp. In this blog post we will be highlighting some of the best essential oils and herbs for your hair type and scalp condition.  Not sure about your hair type? Check out our previous blog post here for more information on hair type and scalp conditions.

Essential Oils for Hair

Essential oils help to balance natural skin oils, cleanse and refresh hair and scalp. They work like a tonic and promote shiny hair.

For Most Hair Types:

  • Bergamot
  • Calendula
  • Lavender
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tea Tree

For Dry Hair Types:

  • Clary Sage
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Patchouli
  • Rose Geranium

For Oily Hair Types:

  • Bergamot
  • Clary Sage
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Rose Geranium
  • Tea Tree

For Dandruff:

  • Basil
  • Patchouli
  • Rose Geranium
  • Tea Tree
  • Ylang Ylang

For Hair Loss:

  • Bergamot
  • Calendula
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Ylang Ylang

Irritated & Itchy Scalp:

  • Calendula
  • Chamomile (Cape, German, Morrocan, & Roman Types)

An easy way to use essential oils on your hair is to add 1-2 drops of the oil on your hair brush prior to brushing your hair. Your hair will smell nice and the essential oil will promote smooth and shiny hair.

Herbs for Hair

Herbs are another great way to enhance the health and beauty of your hair and scalp. You can use fresh or dry herbs. An easy way is to make a hair rinse by first making an herbal water/tea or infusion with your herb of choice. Here are some great herbs and their properties:

Calendula: Highly nourishing, soothing and softening. Adds shine and highlight to hair and soothes irritated scalp.Use fresh or dried flowers.

Chamomile: Anti-inflammatory and promotes regeneration of skin cells and softening of the scalp. Lightens hair and soothes irritated scalp. Use fresh or dried flowers.

Lavender: Cleansing and astringent properties. Helps with dandruff and to strengthen the hair. Use dried or fresh flowers.

Lemon Balm: Soothes the scalp. Use dried or fresh herb.

Peppermint: Refreshing and revitalizing properties. Use dried or fresh leaf.

Rosemary: Purifies, cleanses and stimulates. Darkens the hair, stimulates circulation and revitalizes- promotes hair growth. Use dried or fresh leaf and flower.

Thyme: Great antiseptic. Good for dandruff. Use dried or fresh leaf and flower.

To make an herbal water/tea simply add fresh or dried herbs to boiling water. Cover and steep for 2-15 minutes depending on the herb. Strain out herbs and once cooled can use as a hair rinse. For an infusion the herbs will be steeped for a longer period of time for 2-8 hours prior to straining out the herbs.

Are you interested in learning more about essential oils and herbs for hair care? Check out our ebooks below:

Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Body, Hair, and Skin

How to Make 47 Herbal Extracts with Herbs, Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables

For those interested in more serious hair care product making, check out our Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course. Enrollment for our spring mentored course is happening now!

Hair Pomade

Hair Pomade

Natural hair pomade adds shine, luster, sheen and a glossy finish to hair. Hair pomade helps to control frizz and tame hair for a polished look. Hair pomade is a great styling product.

Hair pomade can be used for styling braids, twists, locs, waves and to provide a light hold.

Pomades can be made as a humectant pomade or anti-humectant pomade. Generally, pomades are solid products but some are liquid.

Humectant pomades are for those that live in dry areas, where there is very little moisture in the air.

Anti-humectant pomades are for those that live in humid areas, where there is a lot of moisture in the air. They help with controlling frizz. Anti-humectant pomades repel moisture.

The Moisturizing Pomegranate Pomade formulation contains an ingredient with proven testing for intense moisturization and holds the moisture in the hair and protects and seals the hair to prevent frizzing.

The Lime and Avocado Butter Pomade formulation contains lipids with a silky and grease free feel and seals in the moisture. It is packed with nutrients to promote good looking hair.

Hair Pomades are excellent for curly hair, textured hair, African American hair, men’s hair and coarse hair.

Learn how to make pomade and other natural hair care products in the upcoming Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course.

Professional Natural Hair Care Course