|Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and I wanted to have some cute things ready. Valentine’s Day is all about love, more specifically, love between couples. But why can’t we show a little love to ourselves? Here is a fantastic milk tub tea that has a bit of magic added to it.
I think one of the best ways to slow down and take some personal time is to take a bath. Showers are are quick, fast and invigorating. Baths are slow, peaceful and calming. Because there is more time in an enclosed space, it is best to use very small amounts of fragrance. If it is too intense, the user may feel driven out before they are ready. Light and mild is best.
The first product in my formulation is Milk Powder. Milk Powder is simple and easy to use. Milk has also been used as a beauty agent for a very long time. Even Ancient Egyptians used milk in their baths! Because milk is a natural blend of fats and water, it is really good for the skin.
Next, I used Natrasorb. Natrasorb is a really, really fluffy form of tapioca starch. It helps keeps the bath tea from becoming oily from the extract and fragrance oil. It also helps the bath tea seem more fragrant than a bath tea without Natrasorb.
I also used Epsom Salt. These salts are wonderful. High in mineral content, Epsom salts have been long used for spa treatments such as baths and foot soaks. You can also use a sea salt but I have a personal preference to Epsom Salt.
Botanicals also make an appearance in this formulation. How can you have a tub tea without botanicals? I chose Rose Buds and Chamomile Petals. Roses are a luxury item that has been used in beauty products for as long as we have written record! Calendula has constituents that are anti-inflammatory in nature. Calendula is also used for managing dry, rough and scaly skin.
To give the skin a little more pampering, I added Chamomile Extract. Because of its famous soothing nature, I wanted a little to bolster the skin. Perfect for soothing both mind and body!
Finally, I added some fun finishing touches, a fragrance oil and some color. This is where the magic is. I chose to use our Purple Raspberry Color in its dry form so that it would lightly color the bath water. Prior to adding water the mixture looks white, except for the botanicals. My fragrance oil of choice is Red Clover Tea. You may use any fragrance or essential oil for this recipe. Don’t forget to use a pretty ribbon!
Measure Milk Powder, Natrasorb and Purple Raspberry Color into a plastic bag. Mix well. Measure Epsom Salts, Red Clover Tea Fragrance Oil and Chamomile Extract into a separate bag and mix. In a third bag, weigh Calendula Petals and Rose Buds, then add the first two bags. Mix until uniform. Scoop into Heat and Seal Tea Bags. I like approximately 2 tablespoons of product per Jumbo Bag. Using an iron, seal the edges of the bag. Finish with a cute ribbon and label. Enjoy!
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Masks are very easy to make and we have an excellent recipe that will also work with the distance factor between Karen and her daughter. Let’s go make a simple face mask!
Sift the clay and measure 1/4 cup. Take a weight. Add in 1 tsp ground vanilla beans, take a weight. Now you will have a nice mixture that you can make dry and can make more, adjusting the recipe to suit her needs as she requests!
Mix 3 tablespoons of the clay mask mixture with 1.5 tablespoons of water. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes to completely hydrate. After 5 minutes, you can use the face mask by following the following directions.
1) Rinse face with warm water.
2) Rub a thin layer of mask onto your face.
3) Allow mask to dry on your face or at least 5 minutes with a maximum amount of time being 15 minutes.
4) Once the mask is dry, gently wash face with a warm and damp wash rag.
I hope this helps!
|Mayonnaise. When I think of mayonnaise, I think of cold cut sandwiches and my dad joking that condiments are needed to practice safe sandwiches.Yes, my father is a big tease. But mayonnaise is also great for the skin! Who knew?!
Mayonnaise is a emulsified product, being a blend of water, fats and proteins. This is why mayonnaise is great at moisturizing the skin! Mayonnaise is also high in Vitamin E. Mayonnaise is emulsified. Lotion is emulsified. Get the connection?
When applied to the skin, mayonnaise has been used as a remedy for removing dead, dry skin leaving dewy, moist and soft skin in its place. You can even use it in areas with tough skin like elbows and feet! Mayonnaise is even reputed to aid in the healing of sunburned skin. Talk about a near miracle in a jar!
How might you approach using mayonnaise? I want to know! Even if you tell me about your favorite sandwich!
|We use milk a lot. Cold cereal, baked goods, ice cream, cheese, yogurt, etc. We use milk in a huge amount of products. When you think of all of think of all of the things that we use milk in, it can be quite staggering. Well, I am about to add one more place to use milk in that enormous list. Your skin. That’s right! You can use milk on the skin!
As a child, I remember reading fairy tales of queens bathing in milk to keep their skin soft and white. There has to be some truth to that, right? There is!
Milk is loaded with proteins, fat, vitamins and minerals. Milk has a large amount of Vitamins A, D and E. It also contains alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy amino acids as well as lactic acid. These help gently remove dead skin revealing smooth and supple skin.
|I love the cooling sensation of cucumber. I find it particularly soothing in the heat of summer. We are very familiar with putting slices of cucumbers on our eyes but we can use the on the rest of our skin too!
I find the best way is to juice the cucumber and wither treat the juice as a toner or add it to clay to form a mud mask. Cucumbers contain silica, ascorbic acid, sulfur, vitamins and plenty of water.
Cucumbers are also reputed to reduce puffiness, reduce dark circles around the eyes and reduce the visibility of freckles! Wow! Isn’t that amazing? Hmm, I am thinking about mixing up a mud mask with cucumber juice and crushed mint leaves for a cooling sensation. What does a cucumber inspire you to whip up?
|I adore papaya! I love the taste. Wow! Sweet, exotic and slightly tangy. Somedays I can eat papaya until the cows come home! Well, I am pretty excited because papaya can be used on the skin too!
Papaya is much like kiwi. It has a large enzymatic profile meaning that the enzymes act as a chemical peel, removing dead, dry, flaky skin. Papaya is also reputed to stimulate new cell growth resulting in sunburns and minor injuries healing at a accelerated rate!
Now I will admit, when it come to skin care and papaya, I am at a bit of loss as to what other ingredients should be matched with it. Would you help me out? I would really appreciate it!
I really want to mash the papaya, spread it on a steak and grill after a few minutes of marinating. The enzymes that make steaks tender also make skin soft. To grill or to spa? What is a girl to do?!
|Another great item if you want to have an at home spa day is kiwi. Kiwi is fantastic because it smooths the skin through both physical and chemical means. If you mash a kiwi up and gently massage it into your face, the seeds physically remove, dry, rough and dead skin.
Kiwis also have lots of enzymatic activity. This means kiwis help chemically remove layers of dead skin. Think of it as acting like a chemical peel. It is!
Kiwis are also very rich in vitamins. Vitamins like C, K, A and E. It also contains thiamine, riboflavin, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, zinc, iron, magnesium and potassium. Wow! Who knew kiwis were such a powerhouse of goodies?!
I like to use mashed kiwis. I know it is a little plain-Jane but it suits my dashing lifestyle. What other things might you use with kiwis? I want to know!
|With me staying in China for so long, I have run into a few personal care problems. Where does a girl go for a good facial?! I miss being able to a have a monthly facial that is affordable. Here in China, facials tend to be very expensive and finding a place with outstanding reviews and is familiar with foreigners is a little difficult. So, this week I wanted to talk about some, quick, easy things to do at home that help with the upkeep so you can afford to have more facials, instead of facials being few and far between. So whether it is time, affordability or availability that keeps you away from the spa, you can now make sure you, your skin and your money can go the extra mile!
I wanted to start today with something that always seems to be in my refrigerator and makes a quick and easy mask. Drum roll, please. The product is yogurt! All you need is plain yogurt. How simple is that?
Yogurt helps smooth and moisturize the skin. The lactic acid in yogurt acts to make the skin smooth. It makes the skin look brighter by helping to remove dull, dry or dead skin. I love how this is something I always seem to have at home. All you need to do is massage a small amount of yogurt into the skin and wait for five minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Simple, right?
What else might you add to a yogurt face mask? I want to hear it!
|LuAnn emailed me asking for help formulating a face cleanser for mature skin. I decided on making a that is oil based then gently washed off. I chose this style because it is effective at cleansing the skin while still being gentle. This type of cleanser is designed to be rubbed gently into a damp face then rinsed off. Wow! Talk about simple and loving.
First I started with Olive Oil. Olive Oil is a relatively easy oil to get and is excellent at cleaning the skin while being incredible gentle. It is understandable why Olive Oil has been used in cosmetics for thousands of years!
Second, I used Coconut Oil Fractions. Coconut Oil Fractions is a light, silky oil. It helps reduce the heavy, greasy feel Olive Oil can sometimes contribute to a product.
Next, I used Sunflower Oil. Sunflower is another wonderful, light oil. It is also high in oleic acids. Just as it is good to ingest oleic acids, it is good to have them on the skin!
I also used Polysorbate 80. Polysorbate 80 is a mild emulsifier. It allows the cleanser to be rinsed off gently with no fuss. It will also create some mild bubbles when being worked into the skin with water.
Vitamin E Acetate also made its way into this formulation. Vitamin E Acetate has great antioxidant properties. It is great at fighting free radicals, which means it will help extend shelf life of your product. Isn’t that wonderful?
Even though we are not introducing any water to this product, it still is a good idea to add a preservative. Especially when we consider that this product is intended for the face. Please be safe and use a preservative.
Finally, I used Rosemary Oleoresin. It is another antioxidant. It also adds a mild, refreshing odor. Rosemary always makes me think clean. What about you?
|Next week is Pioneer Day and I’m still in the mode of RED, WHITE and BLUE celebrations! I love bath or shower oils. I love the way my skin feels afterward: soft, silky and conditioned. They are also an excellent way to perfume your body and your bathroom. One other thing I like about blooming bath oils is how incredibly easy they are to make. Join me in the kitchen, you will be astonished by how simple these wonderful products are to make.
To start, you need to choose a liquid oil. I decided to use Sesame Oil. Sesame Oil is light, smooth, creamy and rich in nutrients. I like it to use in bath/ shower oils because the thin coating left on your skin feels like you just finished with a massage. Isn’t that delectable?
Second, you need Polysorbate. You can use either Polysorbate 80 or Polysorbate 20. Polysorbate 80 will contribute bubbles and foam where Polysorbate 20 will not.
The third and fourth ingredients are optional. Fragrance Oil and color. I like to have the whole shebang so I will be using both, however they are not requirements.
If you are going to use it in the tub then I recommend adding while, or just after you finish, drawing your bath. Add anywhere from 1/8 of a cup to 1/4 of a cup per bath.
If you are going to use it in the shower then I recommend use near the end of your shower by drizzling into your palm and rubbing over your skin. Rinse off the excess. This can be a great time saver if you have no time to put on lotion after your shower. This is a particular favorite of mine while on vacation. It is a space and time saver!