Category Archives: Fast and Simple Gifts

Creating Lip Tints – Nude

It never ceases to amaze me how I have the world of cosmetics and body care products at my finger tips. That can be both good and bad. I never have to put up with a lotion, lip balm or even fragrance that I do not like. However, it also means I am better off making small batches because I am addicted to the flavor, color, scent or product of the week.

 

This project is perfect for those like me who need plenty of options to keep things interesting and exciting. Today we will be making a nude lip tint. Now what do I mean by nude? I mean a lip tint that tones down the natural color of the lips making the appear more “nude”. This particular tint will work well for those who have red or even purple coloration to their lip. I do not know if this will work for those who have very dark lips. For you, it may turn white. Who knows?! We will have to try. (Anyone willing to test for us?)

I will be using our Soy Lip Solutions. If you want a more glossy product, I highly recommend using my personal favorite, the Mango Lip Solutions. We will only be using a small portion of the Soy Lip Solutions jar. This allows for plenty of color experimentation and fun!

Ingredients
Soy Lip Solutions
Blue Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
Coral Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
Yellow Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
White Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
Black Lip balm Color, Oil Soluble
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe: (Fills 10 regular lip balm tubes)

Recipe in Grams
42.5 grams Soy Lip Solutions
q.s. Blue Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Coral Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Yellow Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. White Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Black Lip balm Color, Oil Soluble
Recipe in Ounces
1.5 oz Soy Lip Solutions
q.s. Blue Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Coral Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Yellow Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. White Lip Balm Color, Oil Soluble
q.s. Black Lip balm Color, Oil Soluble

Recipe Note:
Q.S. means quantity sufficient. The amount of color varies from person to person until you find the amount you like. Some of the colors in this need so little that it can be difficult to weigh the amount needed! So we use Q.S. to say use as much as you need to achieve the right color, flavor, etc.

Weigh 1.5 oz of Soy Lip Solutions into a small microwave safe. Heat the material gently until it has melted. At this time, I added approximately the same amount of two large peas of White Lip Balm Color and one medium pinhead of Coral Lip Balm Color. Stir the material well. Place one drop of the mixture of the lip tint onto a cool plate. This is what we call the plate test. This helps you to make sure you have the desired color.

After my first round of the plate test, I added half a large pinheads worth of Yellow Lip Balm Color and tested the color again. Then I added about the tip of a pin of Blue Lip Balm Color and the tip of a pin of Black. Play around with adding various amounts of color until you are satisfied with the finished color. My finished color works for me, but your personal preferences may change the amounts used.

Once I was satisfied with the color, I filled my lip balm tubes. Don’t forget! You can add some silver mica for shimmer should you so desire. Allow the lip balm to cool and enjoy!

If you enjoyed today’s blog, request one of these fabulous lip balm. Only 10 are going to shipping so note on your next order that you want one of the lip tints. Hurry! These will go fast.

Notes:
I did not flavor this batch of lip tint, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t. Add your favorite flavor and take pleasure from your own unique lip tint that is personalized to suit you and your fabulous tastes!

Additionally to give you an idea as to how much White Lip Balm Color but how little Black and Blue Lip Balm Colors that I used, I weighed my White color. I uses 1.1 grams of White Lip Balm Color. Wow!

Taylor

Finished Lip Tint
Finished Lip Tint
Weighing out Soy Lip Solution
Weighing out Soy Lip Solution
Melted Soy Lip Balm Base
Melted Soy Lip Balm Base
Adding White and Coral Oil Soluble Colors
Adding White and Coral Oil Soluble Colors
Adding Blue Oil Soluble Color
Adding Blue Oil Soluble Color
My plate test
My plate test

Stirring Lip Tint
Stirring Lip Tint
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Soft Foot Scrub

After a recent foot surgery, I have discovered what anyone who has ever been in a cast knows to be true. After just a few weeks, the skin itches like crazy while it sheds and peels. It is maddening to have that itching sensation that just won’t go away. I now feel intensely guilty for teasing my sister so much when I was a little girl when she broke her arm. Boy, if I had only known.

Today I wanted to make a foot scrub that would be gentle and soft on my tender skin while alleviating some of that itching. Come join me for a scrub that great for tender or even ticklish skin!

Collect Needed Materials:

Ingredients
Sugar
Red Clay
Grape Seed Oil
Sunflower Oil
Salt, Fine
Comfrey Extract
Horsetail Extract
Liquipar
Lavandin Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Spoon
Soap Bucket
Pipettes
Mold

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
1.94 oz Sugar
0.28 oz Red Clay
0.49 oz Grape Seed Oil
0.42 oz Sunflower Oil
0.20 oz Salt, Fine
0.07 oz Comfrey Extract
0.07 oz Horsetail Extract
0.04 oz Liquipar
0.01 oz Lavandin Essential Oil
Recipe in Grams
55 grams Sugar
8 grams Red Clay
14 grams Grape Seed Oil
12 grams Sunflower Oil
5.75 grams Salt, Fine
2 grams Comfrey Extract
2 grams Horsetail Extract
1 grams Liquipar
0.25 grams Lavandin Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
55% Sugar
8% Red Clay
14% Grape Seed Oil
12% Sunflower Oil
5.75% Salt, Fine
2% Comfrey Extract
2% Horsetail Extract
1% Liquipar
0.25% Lavandin Essential Oil

 

Weigh all of the dry ingredients into a mixing container.  Gently whisk everything so it is well mixed but the clay does not become airborne. Add the liquid ingredients. Stir well. Package into container and enjoy!

Notes: I used regular sugar but if you want something with a finer texture, I would recommend either grinding up the sugar you have or finding a fine bakers sugar. I also recommend packaging the finished  scrub in plastic, instead of glass. Wet hands on glass make for a slippery and dangerous combination in the bathroom. Remember, safety first!

Taylor

 

Finished Scrub
Finished Scrub
Weighing the dry ingredients
Weighing the dry ingredients
Whisking the dry ingredients
Whisking the dry ingredients
Adding the  extracts
Adding the extracts
Adding the Oils
Adding the Oils
Mixing the scrub
Mixing the scrub
Finished Scrub on my finger
Finished Scrub on my finger

 

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Salt Potpourri

Salt is a very diverse product. I use it for cooking, topping popcorn, mixing scrubs and even making salt potpourri. Salt potpourri is a simple way to incorporate your favorite scents into any space. I think that salt potpourri makes it so you don’t have to worry about hiding the bottle of room spray because the scent is coming from a part of your decor!

I enjoy walking into a softly scented room. It is so pleasant and refreshing, and it feels like a miniature celebration. Today I am going to make several jars of salt potpourri and use some of our recently released fragrance oils. Let me tell you about these yummy fragrances!

Amazon Fragrance Oil
This fragrance is a mixture of a tropical breeze and refreshing floral scent. A very fresh and delightful scent! I’m going to put a jute bag filled with Amazon salt potpourri into my car. It beats having the miscellaneous odors that come with having kids!

Coconut Cassis Fragrance Oil
You can never go wrong with a coconut scent and this scent has a wonderful mixture of coconut and currants! The cassis or currant part of this scent is sweet and fruity with a touch of spice that is paired perfectly with coconut. This is a new favorite of mine! This jute bag filled with Coconut Cassis salt potpourri will go into my office, for an uplifting scent for me to enjoy while I work. (Say it ka-sees and consider yourself a pro!)

Dirty Mimosa Fragrance Oil
The mimosa is a classic brunch cocktail and one of my favorite to make. Made from one part chilled dry champagne or dry sparkling wine and one part chilled orange juice, it is a enjoyable way to get some Vitamin C. Dirty Mimosa is our take on this delicious cocktail. You get dazzling citrus and sparkling green leafy notes balanced with earthy tobacco, sugar cane, coconut and vanilla. I’m stashing a jar of the Dirty Mimosa salt potpourri in the living room to bring some cheer into the evenings when I’m not busy running kids around!

Napa Valley Vineyard Fragrance Oil
Our Special Reserve fragrance is filled with fruity and rich Cabernet grapes with complementary notes of berries, clover and musk. I think this luscious scent is wonderful soap, lotion and naturally, salt potpourri. This jar of Napa Valley Vineyard salt potpourri is going into my bathroom as a way to pamper and soothe the soul after a long day. Bubble bath, here I come!

Cabana Boys Fragrance Oil
A summertime dream of vacationing at the beach or poolside, enjoying pineapple packed beverages served by cabana boys while sitting in a chaise lounge enjoying the tropical scenery. A new drink fragrance with sweet pineapple and citrus (no speedos here). Cocktail umbrellas are optional, but I think it makes the drink taste better! I’m going to tuck the jar of Cabana Boys salt potpourri in the kid’s bathroom.

After describing all these fragrances, I’m feeling a bit like a mixologist. Are you getting the sense that cocktails are the word of the day?

Ingredients
Salt, Extra Large or Jumbo
Fragrance or Essential Oil
Equipment
Pipettes
Strainer
Containers of choice

Directions:

Take the size of salt you desire, either Jumbo or Extra Large, and place enough salt that will fill your container(s) of choice into your strainer. We want to do a quick rinse of the salt to remove the powdery coating on the salt. Check out the photos and you will definitely see how the rinsed salt has more shine.

After the salt has dried, it is ready to place into your container. I have shown two options 1) glass jar with a lid that has holes (I’m using those small glass cheese containers) and 2) jute burlap drawstring bags. If you prefer any small open bowl or container can work as well. Always choose a glass container or natural fabric bags for displaying your salts. Fragrance and Essential Oils are strong solvents and will break down plastics.

Once the containers are filled with salt, then you add 1-2 ml of any fragrance or essential oil of your choice directly to the salt. Place the lid on the glass cheese containers and give a little shake when you want to freshen up your space. For the jute bags close the drawstring and give it a squish. I placed the jute bags onto a cardboard piece until ready to use.

When your salt potpourri starts to lose its scent, then add another 1-2ml of the same fragrance or essential oil or use a complementary new fragrance oil and start the fun all over again.

Enjoy the Salt!

Tonya

Extra large and large sized salt. Salt Potpourri. blog.thesage.com
Extra large and large sized salt
Salt in strainer
Salt in strainer
Large salt rinsed off
Large salt rinsed off
Rinsed salt
Rinsed salt
Containers filled with salt
Containers filled with salt
Adding fragrance to salt
Adding fragrance to salt
Finished product
Finished product
Assorted containers
Assorted containers
Salt placed in bag
Salt placed in bag
Adding fragrance oil
Adding fragrance oil

Bags filled with salt potpourri
Bags filled with salt potpourri
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Summer Fun with the Kids: Head to Toe Cream

I’ve had so much fun spending time with my kids and their friends as we made lots of goodies this summer. The kids have their own baskets of goodies, I have my “Don’t Touch – Mom’s Stash“, and my gift closet has a great collection of items. No more last minute gift shopping at my place! It was also fun to show my kids and their friends how easy it is to make these fun products just for themselves. They all had a great time and are super excited to use all the products they made!

The last thing we made together was body cream using the Head to Toe Cream Base. We added 1 fl oz of Freckles Fragrance Oil to the gallon and mixed well. One of the best things about this base is that you can use almost any of the 1 fl oz bottle of fragrance oil and scent the whole gallon pail. It makes the measuring super easy! Remember to always check the Fragrance Calculator so you are not over scenting.

Supplies Needed:

Another fabulous option is to get a Body Cream Kit or the Body Milk Lotion Kit. All the kits come complete with all the needed items to mix and scent your lotion base and they also include great labels.

This fun kid friendly activity only took us about 30 minutes to complete.

Enjoy and happy mixing!

Tonya

Finishing up filling several jars
Finishing up filling several jars
Mixing fragrance into Head to Toe Base
Mixing fragrance into Head to Toe Base

Scooping lotion into plastic baggie.
Scooping lotion into plastic baggie.
Zipping up plastic baggie
Zipping up plastic baggie

Filling 2 oz sized jars
Filling 2 oz sized jars
Cutting off corner
Cutting off corner

Much easier than using a spoon
Much easier than using a spoon
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Summer Fun with the Kids: Room/Body Sprays

Since I had a gaggle of kids hanging around making all this really fun stuff, I thought that room/body sprays would be another fun project to do. The hardest part about making room/body sprays is deciding which fragrance to choose. While the kids took their time sniffing each fragrance and picking out one or two that they wanted, I collected the supplies.

Ingredients

Equipment

I love these trigger sprayers because they are a 12 oz bottle and come as a complete set. If you want to use other bottles sizes like the the 1 oz or the 2 oz PET bottles with a spray head, don’t let me stop you! These are great sizes to have in your purse, car or at your desk at work. I love the one I stashed in my purse because you never know when you might need a room spray while out and about! Think hotels, public restrooms and even outhouses!

Once we chose the fragrances we wanted, I had the kids line the bottles up for filling. We added 5 grams of Polysorbate and 5 grams of fragrance to each bottle, swirled the bottle to combine the fragrance and Polysorbate and let it sit for a 1-2 minutes. Then we topped off each bottle with warm water (about 11.5 oz). After filling the bottles, we placed the trigger spray heads on the bottles and tightened the closure. We gave our bottles a few shakes to ensure our room sprays were mixed and then put some simple labels on the exterior of the bottles. That was easy!

Remember to spray carpets or fabrics only, as these sprays can make hard floors slippery and we don’t anyone to get hurt. If your house only has hard floors, spritz a paper towel or fabric hand towel and hide under or behind any piece of furniture. Your room will smell just as fabulous!

Happy room/body spray making!

Tonya

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Finished room sprays
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Finished adding water and ready for capping

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Supplies collected and ready for assembly
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Summer Fun with the Kids: Scrubs with Salt or Sugar

For so many of us summertime is filled with activities like traveling, visiting water parks, going for picnics, taking hikes, camping, or just hanging around the house with family and friends. Since I had a group of kids hanging out at my house last weekend, I decided to herd them together for an afternoon adventure so we could create our own salt or sugar scrubs. My kids and I really enjoy the kits that you can get from the catalog and the Glycerin Scrub Base kit is one of our favorites. Why? We love this kit because all we absolutely have to provide is the salt and sugar. We can add extras if we want to do so, but we don’t have to!

The Glycerin Scrub Kit comes with a full gallon of Glycerin Scrub Base, Oval Spoon, 20 jars and lids, fragrance and labels. This means that everyone gets their own jar! No sharing is required.

After the kids straggled into the kitchen, we gathered up enough containers for mixing for everyone to have a mixing bucket for their own scrub. Each person measured out approximately 9 oz of the scrub base and 9 oz of salt or sugar. While the kids were weighing their salt or sugar, I shook the gallon jug of scrub base to ensure it was completely mixed as this base does tend to separate in the jug. Then after the base was thoroughly mixed, we weighed the base and added it to the buckets. As the kids stirred, we added the fragrance of their choice as well some Ground Vanilla Bean Specks. If you think the scrub isn’t thick enough, add some more salt or sugar. Just remember that your scrub will become a little thicker after sitting overnight.

Once mixed together, spoon or scoop directly into the 16 fl oz jars. This mixture of 18 oz by weight filled one 16 oz Deep Jar! After cleaning any spills, simply put the lid on the jar and apply the label to the lid. How simple and easy is that? Now you have a stash of scrubs and a fun way to encourage teens to actually use soap in their next shower.

Looking for a bit of color to add to your scrubs? I suggest ordering the Water Soluble Colorant Kit. This kit contains the 3 primary colors that we use for blending, and a package of dropper bottles. A fun way to add some color to your scrubs.

Tonya

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Finished Scrubs, Looking Fabulous!
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A few of the kit supplies
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Salt and ground vanilla bean

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Measuring out salt for the mixture
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Summer Fun with the Kids: Bath Salts

While I had all of our great kits and other products out, I thought that it would be fun to get the kids to help me make some bath salts. They love to have products they make for use in the shower and tub, so this is an excellent idea for bonding time as well as some fantastically easy products to use for some summertime relaxing.

I gathered some Bath Salt Tubes, salt, water soluble colors, and fragrance oil and let the kids go ahead with mixing their own bath salts with the colors and fragrances they desire. Each tube holds approximately 4 oz of salt and we measured out enough to make four tubes of each fragrance. This will allow for sharing between the kids because they always want one of what the other has! (This seems to apply to ice cream as well.)

After measuring out 16 oz of salt, we added a few drops of premixed color in at a time, mixed thoroughly until we reached our desired color, then added in 4 ml of Green Tea and Cucumber Fragrance Oil, mixed again before filling salt tubes and capping. Remember to use the Fragrance Calculator when deciding how much fragrance or essential oil to use. If you use too much, you may end up smelling and/or tasting like your favorite scent for a week! This isn’t fun for you or anybody around you!

I hope this inspires you to find some projects you can do as you enjoy your summer. If it means making things with your kids, hosting a sleepover and craft night or even hosting a ladies craft night with your friends, this project is another way you can find a bunch of giggles! Bath salts are easy, simple and fun to make. If you have any ideas for some summertime products, share your ideas in the comment section! I’d love to see what you are creating.

Tonya

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Adding Caps to Finished Filled Tubes

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Look how pretty – purple lavender salts
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Mixing color throughout the salt.

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Mixing in Color

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Filling Salt Tubes with Finished Salt
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Adding in a bit more color.

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Creating a light green for the Green Tea and Cucumber FO
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Summer Fun with the Kids: Bubble Bath

The Bubble Bath Gift Kit is one of my favorite kits to mix with the kids. My kids really enjoy taking a bubble bath, no matter their ages and I love how easy it is to put together. The labels that come with this kit even provide the perfect finishing touch for these bottles of Bubble Bath! Since I’ve had gaggles of kids hanging out at my house recently, I decided that I would recruit them into help me without them knowing that they are being helpful. Sshhh! Don’t tell them!

In return for their help, I have restocked my gift closet and the kids even got to take home their own bottles of Bubble Bath. Thankfully school is starting soon because I’d like to send all these kids home!

The Bubble Bath Gift Kit comes complete with –

1 gallon of Bubble Bath Base – that’s 128 oz of bubble making fun!
20 of 8 oz frosted bottle
20 of Black Disk Top Caps
1 one gallon pump
Fragrance of your choice: Cotton Candy, Juicy Grape or Spa Mint Medley.
and Labels! Check out this link for the cute label options.

This kit only took a few minutes to put together, I emptied the 1 fl oz bottle of fragrance into the gallon jug of Bubble Bath and handed it over to the kids for mixing. Good thinking on my part, right? After letting the kids jump around the house as they shook the gallon, the fragrance and Bubble Bath were fully mixed. We placed the pump into the jug and pumped it directly into the frosted bottles, capped the containers and put the cute labels on. As we used Juicy Grape, the kids will definitely enjoy their next bath and I have some extras for all those “sudden” birthday gifts that are going to be needed soon.

I hope that you try any of the kits for the next time you need a fun project and gifts in your gift closet. They are definitely worth it!

Tonya

Finished bubble bath in bottles with labels!
Finished bubble bath in bottles with labels!
Getting ready to pump base into bottle

A few bubble bath base supplies
A few bubble bath base supplies
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Summer Fun with the Kids: Lip Solutions Kit

What is another fun activity to do with the kids this summer? Making lip balms of course!

The Lip Solutions Gift Kits comes all complete with your choice of Lip Solutions (Vegan, Lanolin, Shea or Mango), pipettes, jars and lids, flavor oil, and LABELS! This is a fun project that the kids enjoy and means you will always be able to find a lip balm when you need one. We picked several lip solutions, added flavor and then the kids were off, filling their containers. We also had a few lip balm tubes and Lip Balm Slider Tin that the kids filled. Now the kids have one for them, one for a friend, one for them,, one for the other friend, one for them, one for me and another one just for them!

The Mango Lip Solutions Gift Kit includes:

Making the lip balm is easy. Open the jar of Lip Solutions, melt it in the microwave for approximately 1-1/2 minutes. Stir with a pipette. Add flavor oil, stir well. Use the pipette to transfer the lip balm from the Lip Solutions Jar into the small lip balm jars. Allow to cool. Cap and label! You now will have about 35 lip balms to share with your friends and family!

If you want to color your Lip Balms, consider getting our Oil Soluble Lip Colors. You will only need a small amount to color all of your lip balms. We tried this and made a wonderful brown color. (See bottom photo. We capped them with the clear caps.)

If you like your lip balms super sweet, more like a dessert, then you may wish to add a bit of Sugar Kisses Flavor Oil or Sugar Baby Flavor Oil to the mixture. We think all the flavor oils offered can stand alone without the additional sweetener, but some people prefer a sweeter lip balm. If you are one of those sweet types, then we have the sweetener you need.

So, choose your favorite Lip Solutions Kit and enjoy a fun kid friendly activity this summer!

Tonya

Collecting the supplies to make lip balms!
Collecting the supplies to make lip balms!

Filling the lip balm jars.
Filling the lip balm jars.
Carefully filling some lip balm tubes.
Carefully filling some lip balm tubes.
All of the finished lip balm!
All of the finished lip balm!

Brown lip balm made with the Oil Soluble Lip Colors.
Brown lip balm made with the Oil Soluble Lip Colors.
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Summer Fun with the Kids: Clay Masks

Masks. What a super easy and fun activity to do with your kids! My teenagers love to create and use their own clay masks. They love clay masks so much that I often find containers in their bathroom with the residue of their clay concoctions clinging to the container.  Kids!

Today I will show you how easy it is to make your own clay masks at home. My teenagers had a few friends over to put together some small bags of clay. We had some small bags and put in approximate 1-2 tablespoons of clay per bag. We used zip top bags for easy use later when they want to add in the liquid portion to their mask. We labeled each bag and when they are ready will add in fresh water, honey or plain yogurt into their bag, mix well.

There are a few clay options to choose from; Bentonite, French Green, Pink Kaolin, to Morocco Red; you also have a variety of additives you can add to your clay; choose what you like from the following.

Water – great for oily skin
Half and half – awesome for combination skin
Jojoba Oil – fabulous for dry skin
Honey
Plain yogurt
Powdered milk
Mashed bananas
Ground oatmeal – wonderful for oily skin

Add your liquid of choice into the clay a little at a time, not too much or your mud mask will become too thin. You want to get a pudding consistency then apply the mask to the face and neck. Allow the mask to dry approximately 10-15 minutes, then rinse completely off with a warm washcloth.

You can use a facial mask on any part of your body, but it is a good idea to try it out first on the inside of your elbow. Remember, it is always a good idea to check for any allergies first.

Happy Mud Facials Everyone!

Tonya

 

Clay Options
Clay Options

 

Additives for your clay
Additives for your clay

 

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