Lately, the thermometer seems to be creeping up and up. Iced tea is being gulped down like water and summer tunes are in constant rotation. With things heating up, we often find ourselves looking for ways to refresh inside and out. Ideally, we’d like to spend most of our time lounging by the Crooked Bear Creek with some Hibiscus Iced Tea, but we reserve that for weekends. When we’re working hard during these long, hot summer days, we like to tone and refresh our skin with this Peppermint Rose Water Mist.
Witch hazel and rose petals are featured in this recipe, and both contain astringent properties which tone and tighten tissue. This is a great feeling for faces that have been exposed to a little too much heat! Roses are traditionally recognized for their ability to open up the heart and help us to feel love and tenderness. We’ve also included lavender essential oil, which is very relaxing, and peppermint to help you to feel refreshed and a bit cooler under the summer sun.
This recipe is quite simple. You should be able to find all the ingredients at your local health food store.
2oz spray bottle
Liquid measuring cup or funnel
Equal parts water, witch hazel and rose water (enough to almost fill a 2oz bottle)
12 drops lavender essential oil
8 drops peppermint essential oil
1. Pour the liquids into your spray bottle. You can use a liquid measuring cup or funnel to make this a bit easier and less messy.
2. Carefully add the essential oils.
3. Screw on the cap and shake vigorously.
We suggest adding a label with a list of ingredients and the date. That way, you’ll remember what you used. Then you can enjoy a few sprays of this refreshing mist to the face after a long day in the garden, a day at the beach or anytime you need to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Make sure to keep your eyes closed when spraying, and be sure to wash your eyes out with fresh water if they accidentally get sprayed.
Now you have a bottle full of plant power for all the sunny days to come!
One of the biggest challenges going natural is finding clean, plant-based and ethical beauty care products that work! Your lips and skin might be feeling dry and chapped this season, but there are some DIY options that can give you back your glow. This beetroot lip and cheek stain recipe can be created right on your stove top, similar to an herbal salve. The only difference is that we’ve added in a bit of color.
In this recipe, we use alkanet root and beet root powder to give the stain that sheer ruby red hue. The almond oil and cocoa butter in the stain give your cheeks and lips a dewy look, while deeply nourishing your dry skin. With a touch of peppermint essential oil, this stain tastes and smells delicious! It would be great as a stocking stuffer or in your purse year-round.
Beet Root Lip and Cheek Stain
This beetroot lip and cheek stain recipe can be created right on your stove top.
Servings: About 15 (.5oz tins)
Time: 45 minutes
Fifteen ½ ounce tins
Liquid measuring cup
Small mesh strainer
¼ ounce of cocoa butter (about 3 wafers)
½ ounce of beeswax (1/2 of a stick)
3 tablespoons of alkanet root
2 teaspoons of beetroot powder
1 cup of sweet almond oil
10-12 drops of peppermint essential oil
1. Fill the bottom of your double boiler with water, to the line mark. Add 3 tablespoons of alkanet root in 1 cup of sweet almond oil in the top section, apart from the section with water. Bring the double boiler to a low simmer, stir the mixture and keep on low for 15 minutes. The oil will soon turn a deep red.
2. Strain out the alkanet root, using your mesh strainer and liquid measuring cup, and then add the deep red oil back to the top pot.
3. Shave the beeswax, and then add it in with the cocoa butter and beetroot powder.
4. Once melted and mixed in, turn off the heat and add your peppermint essential oil.
5. Pour into your lip balm containers.
6. Allow the stain to dry and enjoy!
Be sure to add labels to your stain so your friends and family know what ingredients were used. If you’d like the color to be darker, you can try infusing more alkanet root or adding in more beetroot powder. The stain can become somewhat darker when multiple layers are applied.
Now that you’ve got this stain recipe down you can try infusing other essential oils into the mix, to create your own custom scent profile.
We hope this recipe encourages you to try more natural beauty care products, steeped in the power of plants.
What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it
Source: #OneSmallStep to Pure & Natural Personal Care