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Beauty Recipe: Gentle Face Wash

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We’re big believers in NOT using soap to wash your face. Instead, we opt for an oil based face wash to remove the gook and grime of the day. Like removes like: oil removes oil. And if you’re prone to dry skin like me, you’ll find that soap-based cleansers dry out your skin. Or, if you have oily skin, you’ll be interested to learn that soap strips your face of natural oils, causing your skin to produce more oil.

With all of this said, sometimes we like a little soap action in our lives. I find that when my skin transitions between seasons, it likes a little extra cleansing. Right now, I’m enjoying the Korean-style double cleanse method in the evening. I’ll start with an oil cleanser to remove all of my make-up and I’ll follow with this gentle face wash recipe. The beauty of this recipe (besides being so simple to make) is that it dilutes the soap so it doesn’t dry out the skin like a typical soap-based cleanser. If you love that squeaky clean feeling of a foaming wash and can’t quite wrap your head around an oil-based cleanser, this recipe is for you.

Ingredients
1/2 cup castile soap
1/2 cup rose hydrosol
1 tsp jojoba oil
10 drops geranium essential oil
8oz squeeze bottle or glass bottle with a pump top

Add all ingredients to your container of choice and shake before each use. How simple is that!

Happy crafting,
Sam

 

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Beauty Recipe: Deep Pore Cleansing Mask

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This clay mask recipe is the most important part of my Sunday skincare ritual. The mix of clay, cocoa and vitamin C not only deeply cleanses the pores but also brightens, tones and repairs the skin. Clay has healing properties but also acts like a magnet, drawing impurities from the pores. I like to use a mix of Rhassoul and Kaolin clay but think about your skin type when deciding which clay to work with (great selection of clays here).  Cocoa contains a higher level of antioxidants compared to green tea and aids in cell repair and increases blood circulation to improve the appearance of the skin. Vitamin C (or Camu Camu) fights wrinkles, brightens the skin and decreases damage from the sun when applied topically.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons Rhassoul Clay
1 tablespoon Kaolin Clay
1 tablespoon organic, raw Cocao Powder
1/2 teaspoon Vitamin C or Camu Camu Powder
8 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
6 drops Palmarosa Essential Oil
6 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the essential oils one drop at a time and mix thoroughly to remove clumps. Store in a glass jar of choice and store in the fridge . When you’re ready to treat your skin to some extra loving care, simply mix 1 1/2 teaspoons of the mask with enough water, honey, apple cider vinegar or hydrosol to make a smooth paste (generally equal parts liquid to dry ingredients). Smooth on a cleansed face and allow the mask to work it’s magic for 15 minutes. Remove with a wet washcloth and follow with a moisturizer.

Happy crafting!

xo
Sam

Beauty Recipes: Infusing Oil

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When it comes to DIY skincare, nothing is easier than infusing oil. The method is easy and the concept allows room for you’re own personal magic. We infuse oils for our scrubs, serums and my favorite…body oils. Working with locally-souced, organic flowers and herbs to create oil infusions treats various ailment and the possibilities for combinations and uses are endless.

There are various methods for infusing oils, but now that summer is here, we prefer the good ol’ fashioned sun-soaked method.

1. To start, select an organic, cold-pressed vegetable oil of choice. We like to use Sunflower oil (deeply nourishing and great for dry skin) or Grapeseed oil (great for sensitive skin and absorbs into the skin easily).

2. Next, gather a blend of dried flowers and herbs. You can also include a vanilla pod (cut into small pieces) for that  deliciously sweet scent. Have fun with this part! There are so many beneficial uses for herbs and flowers so do a little research or trust your intuition. We love to work with rose, lavender, chamomile, calendula, marshmallow root, vanilla and the list goes on…

3. Fill a glass mason jar with the herbs/flowers and pour the oil over until the the jar is filled. Take your time with this step and think about your intention for the oil as it pours over the herbs. This oil will become part of your beauty ritual so give it purpose (that’s what makes handmade products so personal). After the jar is filled, we like to add a few drops of flower essence to amplify the intention we’re working with. You can find some great flower essences through Lotus Wei and Delta Gardens.

4. Label the jar and include the date. Set the jar on your window sill where it can soak in the sun. Let the oil infuse for 2 weeks and each day give the jar a gentle shake.

5. After 2 weeks, strain the oil using a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer and store your oil in a glass jar of choice.

Happy crafting!

xo
Sam

Beauty Recipe: Lavender & Sea Salt Toner

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This is one of my absolute favorite toner recipes. It’s the magic potion that always seems to keep my complexion clear. Suitable for all skin types, this toner hydrates, soothes, refreshes and nourishes. The addition of sea salt really takes this recipe to the next level because it gently treats acne and clears the skin of blemishes.

Recipe:
3 oz Hydrosol or Distilled Water (I used Rose Hydrosol)
1 oz Witch Hazel
1 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
1/2 tsp Glycerin
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
4 drops Green Tea Extract
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Combine the hydrosol, witch hazel, aloe, glycerin and sea salt in a glass pyrex or double boiler.

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Place the glass pyrex in a pot of water and warm over the stove. Gently heat the ingredients until the sea salt dissolves.

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Remove from heat and add the green tea extract and essential oils. Pour the recipe into a glass bottle with spray top.

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I like to use two 2 oz brown glass bottles. I’ll keep one for myself and I’ll give one to a friend. This recipe will keep for 6 months without refrigeration. To use, simply spray the toner on a face, neck and chest after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Enjoy!

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Beauty Recipe: Anandamide Face Mask

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Sun Potion. Where to begin? I have so much adoration for this line of transformational foods and I admire the mission, passion and love that oozes out of the hands and hearts behind the line. Sun Potion superfoods and tonic herbs are  plant-based powders, extracts and whole foods. Always certified organic or wildcrafted and processed without the use of chemical solvents or additives of any kind, these potent foods have a transglobal lineage of healing properties.

My morning begins with a glass of homemade nut milk (either cashew or sunflower) and 2 tablespoons of Anandamide. The proprietary blend features raw cacao, turmeric, reishi, rose petals, Himalayan salt, chlorella and many more nourishing ingredients. This blend activates and harmonize the nervous, digestive, & immune systems. Additionally, Anandamide may help treat stress-induced anxiety, promote higher thought process and act as a messenger molecule that plays a role in pain, depression, appetite, memory and fertility. Not only is this blend incredible for your body and spirit, it can also be used as a face mask. When combined with honey and milk, you have a super mask that exfoliates, promotes cell repair, rejuvenates and increases blood flow.

Recipe:
1 tbsp Anandamide
1 tsp Honey
1 tsp Milk

Mix all ingredients together until a paste forms. Spread a thin layer over skin. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Beauty Recipe: Blossoming Face Oil

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I love Spring. Besides the fact that I’m a Taurus and my birthday falls within the season, the weather is perfect and there’s an overwhelming sense of possibility.  As the weather shifts, I like to change my skincare routine. During the winter months, I always find that my skin tends to be parched and I end up using The Peacock Apothecary’s night creme during the day for extra moisture. As the weather warms, I switch to a face oil which is lighter, absorbs into the skin quickly and acts as a great make up primer.

The recipe below was inspired by Spring and combines a nourishing blend of vegetable oils, therapeutic grade essential oils and a pink primrose flower elixir to create an incredibly fragrant, hydrating and healing treatment. Thanks to Lotus Wei, I’ve been on a beautiful journey with flower elixirs for the past 7 months. These incredible potions have been used for generations and you’re most likely familiar with Bach’s Rescue Remedy. Flower alchemy is simply another way of receiving the nourishing properties of plants. When you work with flower essences, you bring your body back in tune with a subtle electrical vibration. Each flower holds a different vibration reflective of it’s essence which is used to treat the root (not the symptom). I chose to include the pink primrose because it blooms in spring and grows prolifically. This flower has a wild spirit and can grow in challenging conditions. It’s a hard flower to contain because it spreads so rapidly. The pink primrose flower essence prepares us for “rapid growth” while magnifying a sense of fearlessness. The essence births new ideas, prepares us for next steps and helps us move from one stage to another. I’ve added the pink primrose to activate the face oil vibrationally and create an intentional ritual during each application. If you find another flower elixir that you resonate with, feel free to substitute.

Ingredients
5 tsp Apricot Kernal Oil
3 tsp Jojoba Oil
1 tsp Seabuckthorn Oil
8 drops Rose Essential Oil
5 drops Sandalwood Oil
2 drops Palmarosa
15 drops Pink Primrose Flower Elixir (contact Lotus Wei)

This recipe couldn’t be any easier to make. Simply mix all ingredients together and pour into a glass container of your choice. I prefer to use two 2oz brown glass bottles with dropper. I’ll keep one for myself and I’ll gift the second to a friend.

 

 

 

Home Apothecary: The Essentials

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Treating your skin to natural, handmade recipes is much easier than it may seem. If you can cook, you can whip up a good number of skincare products at home. Just like your pantry, you’ll need to stock up on a few essentials. Once you get going, you’ll build upon these base products as you start to experiment with new and natural ingredients. We’ve put together the following list of essentials, their potential uses and a few places that you can source from.

Vegetable Oils (Organic):
At all times, we keep a mix of about 15 different vegetable oils. For starters, we recommend Olive and Grapeseed for use in body products and Almond, Apricot Kernal and Jojoba to use for face products. These oils will serve as a base for about 75% of the products you’ll likely make including body oil, face oil, cleansing oil, lotions/creams, salves and hair masks.

Coconut Oil (Unrefined, Raw, Organic):
This super oil is incredibly moisturizing and highly emollient. We love the buttery consistency, especially when the oil is in its solid state at temperatures below 76 degrees. Coconut oil is a versatile ingredient that can be used for lip balms, scrubs, lotions, balms and even oil pulling. You can even use coconut oil to wash your face.

Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter:
You can start with one or the other but we love both. Cocoa butter is more solid than shea butter so we recommend purchasing the wafers for ease of use. If you’re looking for an ingredient with a milder scent, go for the shea butter since cocoa butter smelts like chocolate. Both add a thick consistency to body butters, balms and salves.

Beeswax (Unrefined, Unbleached):
We recommend purchasing beeswax pastilles to avoid the step of grating. Beeswax is used as a thickener to creams, lotions, salves, butters and balms.

Aloe Vera (Fresh Gel, 99% Pure):
Aloe is soothing and relieves skin irritations from burns, rashes and bites. Plus, aloe helps restore the skin’s natural pH balance. We like to use aloe in toners, masks and face cleansers.

Hydrosol (aka Flower Water):
Hydrosols are the natural by-product of the essential oil distillation process. These fragrant waters retain the compounds present in the plant used and provide a great alternative to distilled water. You can find lovely hyrdrosols made from lavender, rose, chamomile, calendula and more. We like to use these flower waters for toners, refreshing face spritzers and lotions.

Clay:
You can pick from many different varieties depending on the source of the clay and your skin-type. Clays are extremely mineral-rich and have great absorbent powers for clearing pores. Plus, clay masks are so easy to make and a great addition to your weekly skincare routine. We also use clays to make exfoliants and face cleansers.

Honey (Raw):
This sticky sweetener acts as a humectant which helps lock in moisture when used on your skin. We use honey for masks, lip balms, body butters and even cleansers.

Sugar (Organic, Cane):
Our absolute favorite exfoliant used for scrubs.

Essential Oils:
The soul of the plant, essential oils embody the plant’s aromatic hormones and chemical compounds that can regenerate the skin and emotionally impact our mind state. There are so many to choose from, each with their own essence and use. Getting to know each essential oil takes time but there are a few that are great starters including lavender, lemon, bergamot, tea tree, ylang ylang, rose and sandalwood. We use essential oils in almost all products we craft, plus, you can play with your oils to make lovely, natural perfumes.

Tools:
Pyrex
Double Boiler
Measuring Spoons
Hand Mixer
Spatula
Brown Glass Containers for Storage

Resources:
Mountain Rose (vegetable oils, waxes, butters, essential oils)
Rivendell Farm in Ojai (essential oils, hyrdrosols)
Agbanga Karite (shea butter)
Global Goods (coconut oil)

Happy Crafting!
xx
Sam

 

 

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Beauty Recipe: The Ultimate Dry Skin Cream

This recipe was created specifically for my husband, who, at the time, was suffering from eczema. Having dealt with allergies his entire life, he eventually broke out in dry, itchy patches all over. The poor guy was so uncomfortable and felt like he basically wanted to rip his skin off. We dealt with the problem both inside and out focusing on anti-inflammatory foods and super moisturizing creams to protect the skin. One thing was certain, the over the counter treatments wouldn’t cut it and we didn’t want to treat the problem with chemicals.

I formulated this healing cream with the richest butters and oils in my apothecary  to protect the skin from environmental irritants. Not just for eczema, this cream is great for areas that need extra moisture like rough patches, elbows, knees feet and hands. I love to slather it on before I go to sleep during the winter months when the air is particularly dry and my skin needs the extra love.

This all purpose cream is also great for babies! My son’s skin has always been on the dry side; he gets dry patches on his biceps and calves. This cream has worked wonders since he was born, plus, I feel better knowing everything in that little jar is completely natural.

The best part is that this recipe couldn’t be any easier to make. Seriously, if you can melt ingredients, then you can make this cream.

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Ingredients
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
2 tablespoons beeswax
1 tablespoon shea buter
1/3 cup coconut oil (organic, unrefined)
1/2 cup sunflower oil (alternatives: olive, almond, apricot, grapeseed)
10 drops of roman chamomile essential oil (therapeutic grade) – calming essential oil for the skin
8oz glass jar

To Make
Add all ingredients (except the essential oil) to a glass pyrex or double boiler. If using a pyrex, boil water in a pot and place the pyrex into the pot. Warm all ingredients until the solid ingredients are just melted.

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Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Add the essential oil and stir. Pour the mixture into your glass jar and allow to cool. Let it set overnight to give the ingredients plenty of time to harden into a creamy texture. If you’d like to speed up the process, you can let the jar cool in the fridge.

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Enjoy!
xo
Sam

 

 

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Beauty Recipe: The Absolute Best Body Scrub

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You may think it’s crazy of us to give away our trade secrets but we’re happy to share our recipes and we hope you’re inspired to create all-natural skincare products at home. This recipe is so easy that even the most novice can master our coconut body scrub. The ingredients are simple, yet they pack so much punch. For those who love to cook and craft, this recipe makes a great gift when you’re looking to give something with a personal touch.

Here’s the basic rundown…

We opt to use sugar instead of salt. Salt can sting, plus, we find that sugar provides a bit more grit to exfoliate the skin. The ingredient that really makes this recipe shine is the coconut oil. When it’s cold, you’ll find that the coconut oil hardens to a buttery consistency (which means you may need to bring a spoon into the shower). I’m sure I don’t need to wax poetic about coconut oil, you most likely already know this is a super oil. It’s so incredibly moisturizing that you won’t even need to use lotion when you get out of the shower. And of course, you won’t find any artificial fragrances in this recipe. Just a few drops of therapeutic grade essential oil is all you need.

So let’s get to the recipe.

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Ingredients
1 cup sugar (preferably organic cane sugar)
9 tablespoons coconut oil (preferably raw, unfiltered)
20 drops therapeutic grade lavender essential oil
8oz glass jar

To make the scrub:
Make sure your coconut oil is in the liquid phase. If it’s solid, or partially solid, melt the oil over the stove in a double boiler or glass pyrex placed in boiling water. Place 1 cup of sugar into a mixing bowl. Pour the melted coconut oil over the sugar and mix.

consistency-2You’ll want the scrub to have a moist consistency with a thin layer of oil sitting on top of the sugar once it settles (if you need to add a little more oil to reach the consistency you prefer, add it now).

Count the drops of the essential oil as they sprinkle over the top of the scrub mixture. Mix again and scoop into your glass jar (preferably amber or violet glass).

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Variations:
Once you get acquainted with the recipe, you likely won’t even need to measure the sugar and oil and you’ll simply be able to eye the consistency of the mixture. You can even infuse your coconut oil with herbs (more to come on this process later) or you can vary the essential oil blend. Some of my favorite blends include Lemon/Rosemary/Sage and Orange/Clove/Cinnamon/Ginger.

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Happy scrubbing!
xo
Sam

 

 

 

Holiday Lust List

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Happy Cyber Monday everyone! What better excuse do you need to look busy at work as you ease back in after the holidays? I may not be shopping for myself for another month, but the holiday shopping craze has begun. Check out all the goods I’m lusting for this holiday season.

1. Buy Me Brunch “Part Wolf” T-Shirt: Well, because I am and I love a great basic.

2. Need Supply Co. Pyramid Bead Plant Hanger: Handmade leather plant hanger from Cold Picnic that makes that dresses up that empty corner.

3. This Is Ground Mod Tablet: This case could be my new best friend. Besides the fact that there’s a place for every necessity, it’s handmade in Los Angeles.

4. Le Labo Santal 26 Classic Candle: Currently my favorite scent, this candle has the power to add fragrance to your entire room before its even lit.

5. Madewell et Sezane La Superbe Sweatshirt: La superbe means the beautiful in French, and that’s exactly what I think of this sweatshirt. This piece has a tendency to sell out so get it if you can.

6. Vans Classic Perforated Slip-On Sneaker: Here’s another style that keeps flying off the shelves. Comfort meets style.

7. Sircuit Weapon +: Now that I’m no longer nursing, I’m taking a more proactive approach to my skincare routine with the addition of powerful anti aging serums. I love this product because it delivers a hefty dose of Vitamin C to stimulate collagen production and correct sun damage.