ROSE GERANIUM OIL IN AROMATHERAPY & COSMETICS

HISTORY OF ROSE GERANIUM OIL USAGE

Rose Geranium belongs to the Geranium family and to the Pelargonium genus in particular. While the Geraniums in the Geraniaceae family are known as the “True Geraniums,” the Pelargonium group of plants is commonly referred to as the “Scented Geraniums,” which have fragrances that can be categorized as follows:

Category Can smell like…
Rosy Rose
Citrusy Orange, Lemon, Lime
Fruity Strawberry, Apricot, Apple, Coconut
Nutty Filbert
Minty Peppermint, Camphor
Pungent Nutmeg, Spice, Ginger

Geranium is identified by the botanical name Pelargonium graveolens and Rose Geranium’s specific botanical name is Pelargonium graveolens var. roseum. Despite sharing virtually all the same qualities, Rose Geranium is the type most often preferred for its scent, as it is reputed to emit the strongest, most superior notes of Rose, the floral nuance that contributes to its uplifting effect on the mood.

Native to South Africa, Pelargoniums came to be known for having soothing effects on the skin, and thus became popular in traditional medicinal applications. Accordingly, they were used in remedies for burns and other topical ailments. For centuries, they were also largely used to soothe respiratory ailments, such as coughs and tuberculosis, as well as gastritis and dysentery. In the 17th century, after being introduced to European countries, it came to be commonly used as a protective medium around households, as it was believed to have shielding properties that could ward off evil spirits.

Over time, Pelargoniums – especially the lemon-, rose-, and peppermint-scented varieties – came to be used as flavoring agents in culinary applications. The Rose Geranium also became a popular ingredient in cosmetics as well as perfumery. In the perfume industry, both Geranium and Rose Geranium oils may be used as additives to help the scent of real Rose Essential Oil last longer, as they both exhibit the same aromatic properties.

Today, Rose Geranium continues to be used to relieve the mind of stresses, promote relaxation or enhance energy (depending on the user), stimulate circulation, help regulate blood sugar, minimize varicose veins, ease symptoms of menstruation and menopause, balance the skin’s oil production, facilitate the healing of abrasions and infections, soothe inflammation, and ease physical pain and soreness.

ROSE GERANIUM OIL BENEFITS

Used in aromatherapy applications, the sweet, floral, citrusy nuances of Rose Geranium Essential Oil’s earthy and herbaceous aroma are known to have a soothing sedative effect that promotes greater feelings of relaxation, emotional stability, and optimism. These balancing qualities make this oil’s crisp scent beneficial for those who may be suffering from fatigue, anxiety, restlessness, tension, and grief. Some users may find that this oil has an energizing effect instead. Whether sedative or energizing, it uplifts the mood and this property, along with the oil’s antiviral and antifungal activity, helps to not only strengthen immune function and maintain general well-being but to also soothe ailments of the respiratory system by eliminating bacterial infections. It is believed that by regulating hormones, Rose Geranium Oil helps to improve symptoms of menstruation and menopause. As a bonus, it helps to deodorize stale indoor environments as well as repel insects.

Used in skincare, Rose Geranium Oil is reputed to soothe and improve the quality of the skin by balancing its natural oil production, minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores, and eliminating infection-causing or acne-causing bacteria.

When used in natural body care formulations, it is known to encourage the body’s relaxation, deodorize, promote the faster fading of scars and blemishes, soothe the symptoms of eczema, acne, dermatitis, fungal infections, and rashes, and generally rejuvenate the complexion. Used in a natural formula for shampoo, it is known to eliminate lice, calm scalp inflammation, and balance oil production to prevent dandruff.

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Used medicinally, Rose Geranium Oil works as a hemostatic that helps stem the flow of blood when applied to minor wounds, bites, sores, and other abrasions. This activity helps to protect them from developing infections while also helping them to heal faster. Its anti-inflammatory property helps to reduce the discomforts of musculoskeletal ailments and skin conditions characterized by inflammation. It is reputed to function as a diuretic that helps stabilize the body’s water systems, thereby addressing fluid retention, relieving swelling, and restoring the proper function of the body’s waste elimination systems to purge bodily toxins.

Rose Geranium Essential Oil is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:

    • COSMETIC: Anti-inflammatory, Astringent, Balancing, Deodorant
    • ODOROUS: Balancing, Relaxant, Deodorant, Aphrodisiac, Uplifting
  • MEDICINAL: Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antifungal, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Astringent, Balancing, Cicatrizant, Decongestant, Digestive, Emmenagogic, Vulnerary

ROSE GERANIUM OIL USES

To use Rose Geranium Essential Oil to boost a negative mood or low energy, add 2 drops in a diffuser of personal preference. This simple method is known to stimulate a fatigued mind and to have a refreshing effect on a tired body. To enhance its relaxing quality, Rose Geranium Essential Oil may be combined with citrusy essential oils (Orange, Lime, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Citronella), floral essential oils (Lavender, Jasmine, Rose), earthy essential oils (Cedarwood, Angelica Root, Carrot Seed), and herbaceous essential oils (Tulsi, Rosemary). For an aromatherapy room spray with similar effects, simply dilute Rose Geranium Essential Oil in a spray bottle of distilled water and combine it with a few drops of the other aforementioned essential oils.

For cosmetic and topical applications, 3 drops of Rose Geranium Essential Oil can be diluted in 15 ml (½ oz.) of preferred face cream to cleanse clogged pores, refine their appearance, balance the skin’s sebum production, and promote the regeneration of new skin cells. Alternatively, it may be diluted in a carrier oil of personal preference and applied to the face and other areas of skin, such as those affected by cellulite, burns, bruises, redness, itchiness, or swelling.

For a natural shampoo infused with the balancing properties of Rose Geranium Essential Oil, simply dilute a few drops in a preferred shampoo. Alternatively, a soothing, deep-cleansing, volumizing, and softening shampoo can be made from scratch by combining Rose Geranium Oil with a Carrier Oil, Liquid Castile Soap, and a Floral Water with a preferred scent (optional) in a dispenser bottle. Before using this product, shake the bottle well to thoroughly combine all ingredients.

To use Rose Geranium Essential Oil in medicinal applications, combine it with other essential oils that are reputed to promote faster healing, then dilute the blend in a carrier oil to use in a bath or a massage. These simple combinations are known to help reduce or eliminate stress, tension, fluid retention, menstrual discomfort, bruises, infections, and ulcers.

A GUIDE TO ROSE GERANIUM OIL VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

ROSE GERANIUM ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL

Botanical Name: Pelargonium roseum x asperum

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Steam distilled from leaves

Country of Origin: South Africa

Believed to:

  • Range in color from bluish-green to brown
  • Have a sweet, citrusy, and herbaceous aroma with a rosy floral note
  • Blend well with the essential oils of Bay, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ho Wood, Lavender, Melissa, Neroli, Palma Rosa, Rose, Rosewood, and Sandalwood
  • Be ideal for enhancing skin quality
  • Be ideal for soothing respiratory ailments as well as physical stress and inflammation
  • Be ideal for naturally reducing hair loss and dandruff
  • Contribute anti-inflammatory, antiseptic properties, circulation-stimulating, and oil-balancing properties to natural product formulations

 

ROSE GERANIUM SOUTH AFRICAN ESSENTIAL OIL

Botanical Name: Pelargonium roseum x asperum

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Steam distilled from petals

Country of Origin: South Africa

Believed to:

  • Be pale yellow in color
  • Have a sweet, citrusy, and herbaceous aroma with a rosy floral note
  • Blend well with the essential oils of Bay, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ho Wood, Lavender, Melissa, Neroli, Palma Rosa, Rose, Rosewood, and Sandalwood
  • Be derived from one of the most fragrant species of Geranium
  • Be ideal for use in perfumery and cosmetics, as it can be made to imitate many other fragrances
  • Help ‘stretch’ the scent of the much more expensive Rose Oils

ROSE GERANIUM OIL SIDE EFFECTS

Rose Geranium Essential Oil is for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using this oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use Rose Geranium Oil without the medical advice of a physician, as it may have an effect on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. The oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Those with the following health conditions are recommended to be advised by a physician: cancer, heart-related ailments, skin disorders, or hormone-related ailments. Individuals that are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use.

Prior to using Rose Geranium Oil, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting 1 drop of the Essential Oil in 4 drops of a Carrier Oil and applying a dime-size amount of this blend to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Rose Geranium Oil must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Rose Geranium Oil include rashes and burning.

Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat this essential oil as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.

IN ESSENCE…

    • Rose Geranium belongs to the Pelargonium botanical family, a group also referred to as the “Scented Geraniums.”
    • Rose Geranium Essential Oil shares virtually all the same properties as Geranium Essential Oil but is considered to be superior for the rosy floral note of its fragrance.
    • Used in aromatherapy applications, Rose Geranium Essential Oil has a soothing sedative effect that promotes greater feelings of relaxation, emotional stability, and optimism. Additionally, it helps to deodorize stale indoor environments as well as repel insects.
    • Used in skincare, Rose Geranium Oil is reputed to balance the skin’s natural oil production, minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, eliminate infection-causing or acne-causing bacteria, enhance circulation, reduce the appearance of varicose veins, thread veins, cellulite, and dull skin, encourage the body’s relaxation, deodorize, promote the faster fading of scars and blemishes, soothe uncomfortable skin ailments, and generally rejuvenate the complexion.
  • Used medicinally, Rose Geranium Oil is reputed to help reduce the discomforts of musculoskeletal ailments and skin conditions characterized by inflammation, to facilitate the body’s detoxification, and to protect abrasions from developing infections while also helping them to heal faster.

Matcha Green Tea for Beauty

While its history dates back to 12th century Japan, matcha, the powdered form of green tea {Camellia sinensis}, seems to be enjoying a resurgence today as a very popular hot or iced beverage. The name matcha actually means “powdered tea,” and you will find this vibrant-green ingredient in tea blends, cookies, smoothies, lattes, noodle dishes, ice cream or enjoyed on its own steeped in water. It has also made its way into commercial beauty products, providing a range of benefits that help us look our best.

Matcha Miracle

While matcha comes from the same plant as green tea, it’s grown in a slightly different manner. Growers cover the tea plants with shade cloths before harvesting, which prompts the plants to produce new leaves that have exceptional flavor. These new-growth leaves are then picked, steamed, dried in cold storage, and ultimately ground into the striking, fine green powder we see sold in tea shops, natural food stores, and some grocers.

When you make a traditional cup of green tea, you infuse or steep the leaves in hot water, then strain and drink. Because the leaves are powdered, matcha requires no straining – you drink the entire tea leaf, and this provides a more potent form of green tea bursting with antioxidants called polyphenols that are well known for fighting heart disease and some cancers as well as regulating blood sugar and blood pressure.

In topical body care products such as cleansers and toners, matcha continues to offer health benefits, specifically with its antioxidant, vitamin, and mineral content. Vitamins B2 and E are both essential for healthy skin, and the powder’s anti-inflammatory properties soothe and improve troubled complexions, making it a featured ingredient in many commercial anti-aging products. It’s also a natural cleanser, boosting skin’s appearance to look fresher and healthier. If you suffer from skin conditions such as acne, a solution of strong green tea will help, especially when used at night after washing your face.

When purchasing matcha, make sure to buy a good quality, organic powder from a reputable source. Read the label; it should contain only Camellia sinensis. When you use finely ground matcha, you use the entire green leaf, so it’s worth the extra expense. Here are some recipes for you to enjoy at home.

Matcha Tea Facial Mask

This cleansing mask works for all skin types. It contains matcha and green clay, both useful in deep-cleaning skin to help it retain more moisture.

  • 1 tsp matcha
  • 2 tsp pure water
  • 1 tsp green clay or baking soda
  • 1 tsp honey or agave

Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl until you have a smooth, creamy mixture {add more water if needed}. To use: Spread on clean skin and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm then cool water and pat skin dry. You can follow up with some cool green tea as a finishing rinse. Yield: 1 ounce.

Soothing Matcha Lotion Bars

These rich balms target rough skin spots such as hands, feet, knees, and elbows. Melt together the ingredients into stick form for a packaging-free option, or make them in small soap or candy molds and store in little tins. These matcha-infused bars also help with bug bites or small cuts.

  • 1/2 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or shea butter
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 1 Tbls matcha

Place all the ingredients in a heat-resistant container or bowl and set inside a water bath. Gently heat the mixture, stirring, until the butter, oil, and wax melt and the mixture is fully mixed. Pour into a small mold or large lip balm tube and let cool completely until solid. To use: Rub or massage into rough skin spots or use after showering om warm skin. Yield: 8 ounces.

Detoxing Matcha Bath Salts

Soaking in natural salts like Epsom helps relieve sore muscles and promotes a good night’s sleep. Green tea serves as a helpful detoxifying, anti-inflammatory ingredient, and the addition of dried lavender buds in this recipe makes the perfect evening soak. If you want to avoid having to clean out the buds from your tub or drain, place the whole mixture inside a muslin tea bag, or tie it up in a piece of cotton fabric.

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • 1 Tbls matcha
  • 1 tsp dried lavender buds

Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir well to mix. Pour into a clean container with a tight-fitting lid. To use: Pour 1/2 cup into your bath as you fill the tub or place 1/2 cup of the mixture inside a muslin tea bag and toss into the bath to dissolve. Yield: 16 ounces.

Matcha Bath Tablets

Because they contain a concentrated amount of skin and body care ingredients in a convenient form, bath tablets or “bath bombs” have become very popular. You simply pop the tablet in your tub {or a footbath} and it dissolves into a soothing soak. Adding green tea powder to your mixture provides a calming and cleansing effect on your skin, and its powerful antioxidants will help soothe and heal.

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid powder
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1 Tbls matcha
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • Essential oils {optional}

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave or on the stovetop. {You can add a few drops of essential oil to the melted oil for scent.} Slowly add to the dry ingredients and mix well; you will have a mixture that looks like wet sand. Next, pack the mixture into a small mold {measuring cups, muffin tins, and ice cube trays all work well}. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then unmold and set on a cotton dishcloth or ceramic tray. Let dry overnight. To use: Drop in a full tub of warm water and let dissolve. For a footbath or smaller soak, make smaller tablets or break larger ones in half. Yield: 16 ounces.

Green Tea Sugar Scrub

Matcha green tea is perfect for energizing and cleansing the skin, and all skin types will benefit from this soothing scrub full of natural oil and refreshing citrus. A good skin scrub will cleanse the skin of surface debris and dead skin cells, allowing your skin to breathe and retain more moisture.

  • 1 cup of raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup camellia oil or sweet almond oil
  • 1 Tbls matcha
  • 1 tsp fresh orange zest

In a small bowl, place all the ingredients and stir well until mixed. Spoon into a clean container with a tight-fitting lid. To use: Massage a small amount into damp skin and rinse with warm water. This is best done in the tib or shower. You may want to stand on a towel, as the oils can make shower tiles slippery. Yield: 8 ounces.

Green Tea Skin Toner

As simple as creating a great cup of tea, this skin toner provides skin-protecting and beautifying benefits. Natural beauty estheticians will often recommend a green tea rinse for those suffering from acne or a troubled complexion because of its healing and antibacterial properties.

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tsp matcha

In a small ceramic or glass bowl, place green tea leaves or matcha powder. Pour the boiling water over the tea and let it sit until the mixture completely cools. Strain the liquid and pour into a clean container. To use: Apply to clean skin with a cotton pad or spray bottle. Do not rinse. Yield: 8 ounces.

Camellia Oil

New popular cooking and body care oil is Camellia oil or “tea seed oil,” which is simply green tea oil. It comes from the seed of the Camellia sinensis plant. You may see it listed on commercial beauty products. It is also a popular cooking oil in southern China. Shop for this oil online or at local Asian food markets.

Green Tea and Healthy Skin

Green tea/matcha has become a popular ingredient in many commercial and homemade beauty products, thanks to its many health and beauty benefits. Here are just a few:

  • Studies have shown that drinking and applying green tea to your skin helps fight skin cancer.
  • Due to its high content of a class of polyphenols called catechins, it works as an anti-inflammatory ingredient to reduce skin irritation, redness, and swelling. Try a soothing mask of green tea and cucumber juice to calm a bad sunburn or insect bites.
  • An antibacterial, green tea kills systemic bacterial inflammation. In the evening use a strong infusion of green tea as a toner after cleansing. {do not rinse off}.
  • Vitamins B2 and Vitamin E in green tea help your body maintain collagen, making skin appear younger and firmer.
  • It has caffeine and tannins that reduce puffiness under the eye area to relieve tired skin. To refresh and renew, lie down for 10 to 15 minutes with two cool tea bags or cotton pads soaked in tea.
  • Use green tea to cleanse your scalp as an after-shampoo rinse – it may help promote new hair growth as well.

The Perfect Cup of Matcha

We know that drinking matcha can improve physical health, but it can also provide emotional and spiritual benefits as well. To create the “perfect” cup, it takes almost zen-like attention to detail that can act as a form of meditation. Focusing on the process and ritual of preparing tea can reduce stress and release those “feel good” hormones. A good cup of matcha is made a bit differently than the usual cuppa. Here are some easy-to-follow steps. Make sure to use top-quality tea {that you can reasonably afford}, as some cheaper versions can contain contaminants.

  1. Heat 1/2 cup of water to boiling and set aside.
  2. Add 1/2 cup matcha to a ceramic bowl or cup.
  3. Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cool water to the tea and mix well until smooth.
  4. Add the hot water to the bowl and stir with a small whisk or fork until you have a nice frothy and creamy mixture.
  5. Add cream or sugar if desired, and take a moment to enjoy the aroma before sipping.

Why Pampering Your Feet?

We walk on them every day and yet most of us may have little knowledge of all the work these two perfect parts of our body do on the daily. Giving them some attention and love may just change the way you move through your day and possibly your life.

I have been a barefoot mama for the last 25 years. Ask anyone, I walk barefoot everywhere I can and my feet love it. This year I have been spending more time in the mountains where the air is dry and the soils have taken a toll on my feet, or maybe it is just that I have not been pampering them like I have in the past.

Either way, it has inspired me to research feet and the special power and beauty they hold.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • You have 250,000 sweat glands in your two feet
  • A quarter of all the bones in your body are in your feet (26)
  • Your feet have 8,000 nerves ~ hence, why they are so susceptible to tickling!
  • Your feet can produce ½ pint of sweat a day
  • Your feet are your bodies natural shock absorbers
  • Your feet function best in their bare or natural state
  • Your feet walk an average of 110,000 miles in your lifetime
  • Each foot takes 1.5 times your body weight while you walk
  • The Achilles tendon is the STRONGEST tendon in the body

Pampering these sensitive, powerful, ‘wheels’ of motion can bring you good results in both movement and relaxation. So let’s go. Here is a great mixture of steps to take to pamper those feet of yours…do one or all of them.

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EARTHING ~ BARE FEET FOR HEALTH

Going barefoot, even when in the house is a great way to connect to the Earth. So if you have a yard or can go to the nearby park and place your feet on the grass or dirt, do it, daily! Feel the pleasure you experience feeling the surface beneath your feet. When your feet come in contact with the earth you receive electrons from her that are absorbed into your body through your feet. These electrons are nature’s biggest antioxidants and help neutralize excess free radicals that lead to inflammation and disease in the body.

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HERBAL FOOT SOAK 

A good foot soak can soothe your muscles, hydrate your skin, remove toxins, relieve aches and pains, reduce swelling and keep your feet clean and healthy. This combination is great for calming sore, tired or swollen feet. The Epsom salts and herbs are great for easing the pain and flushing out the toxins and the essential oils will refresh your feet. 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of Epsom salts (or Celtic salts)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Chamomile, Thyme, and Marjoram
  • 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil  

Directions: 

  • Bring 4 quarts of water (preferably reverse osmosis or spring water) to a boil, remove the water from the heat and add your Epsom salts and herbs, preferably in a muslin bag or tea strainer so they are contained.
  • Cover and allow to steep for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Pour your herbal mixture into your basin adding additional warm water as needed to be sure your feet are covered.
  • Soak the feet for 15-20 minutes. This is a great time to read, listen to music or close your lovely eyes. 

If you are looking for more of an antifungal foot soak, add ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar after straining the herbal mixture into your basin; and replace the Peppermint Oil with Tea Tree oil.

AND if you have time, after your soak, put your feet up on a chair seat or a few cushions for 10-15 minutes. This can add to your stress release and improve circulation.

FOOT CLAY MASK

This may come across as a little different, but trust me, this is going to be something you look forward to a second, third and fourth time! Foot masks are a great way to gently draw toxins from the feet, as they do on the face and body. They are cleansing, detoxifying and just plain good fun.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • 2 tablespoons of filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

You might want to do this in the bathroom so that once the mask has dried you can rinse your feet without a trail of clay on the floor.

Directions:

  • Mix the bentonite clay, filtered water, and apple cider vinegar until it is the consistency of a soft paste. Add more water if needed.
  • Smooth over your feet and ankles and allow to dry ~ 8-10 minutes.
  • Rinse and pat dry.
  • If you like, after rinsing, use a natural bristle brush, pumice stone or loofah, to remove any remaining clay and dead skin.
  • Rinse and pat dry.
  • Spray your feet with a Gem Juice Hydrosol
  • Apply Sunstone Lotion to keep your feet soft

OR…a beautiful way to do this mask is to follow it with your herbal foot soak! In that case here are the steps:

  • Mix the bentonite clay, filtered water, and apple cider vinegar until it is the consistency of a soft paste. Add more water if needed.
  • Create your herbal mixture, place your pan on the floor near you and your basin. While the herbal mixture is cooling apply your foot mask over your feet and ankles and allow to dry ~ 8-10 minutes.
  • Place your feet in the water and soak your feet for 10-15 minutes.
  • If you like, use a natural bristle brush, pumice stone or loofah, to remove any remaining clay and dead skin.
  • Pat dry.
  • Spray your feet with your favorite Hydrosol
  • Apply Lotion or favorite Body Butter to keep your feet soft

Because we hide our feet in shoes, sandals, and boots, they can sometimes get lost in our self-care routines. Yet, the condition of our feet can determine how well they support our bodies.

Don’t be fooled by these simple steps ~ they pack in a whole lotta love! Pampering your feet will improve how your entire body moves and feels. Happy feet are strong feet.

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DIY MAKEUP REMOVER RECIPES WITH NATURAL MOISTURIZERS

Makeup removal is an integral part of a skincare routine, as the consequences of leaving it on longer than necessary – such as when it is left on and slept in overnight – include the potential for developing blemishes, marks, and even wrinkles. When removing makeup, especially plant-based cosmetics, keeping the natural theme consistent by choosing pure, mild, whole, and easily obtainable cleansing ingredients may help improve skin health and quality with their innate hydrating properties. Those who suffer from skin conditions, such as acne, may find that prioritizing natural cleansers over synthetic ones prevents the symptoms from worsening while enhancing the complexion’s suppleness and radiance.

Another benefit of cleansing the skin with natural moisturizers is that they are simpler, faster, and more affordable to make at home than the synthetic varieties, which are often laden with ingredients that can cause a build-up of pollutants on the skin. Natural makeup removers require no more than common and kitchen items and, even with gentle application, can often produce safer and healthier results than many synthetic removers that sometimes work best with excessive rubbing and wiping, an exertion that can cause dryness, fine lines, and irritation.

HOW CAN I REMOVE MAKEUP AT HOME NATURALLY?

1. THE OIL CLEANSING METHOD

As its name suggests, this method involves applying oil to the face in order to cleanse it, and this humble method is suitable for all skin types. While it sounds counterintuitive that applying oil can help eliminate excess oil on the skin – especially because of the longstanding advice to avoid all oil-infused cosmetics and cleansers for clear skin as well as the myth that cleansers need to produce a foamy lather in order to be effective – some oils are reputed to help balance the amount of natural oil on the skin by helping to maintain the appropriate amount of hydration needed to prevent both dryness and oiliness without stripping natural lipids. The use of oils in skincare can also help maintain the skin’s protective bacteria, whereas traditional cleansers with harsh detergents can often wash away both the lipids and the protective bacteria. Traditional makeup cleansers are commonly composed of oils, due to the ‘like dissolves like’ principle, which highlights the ability of the oil to eliminate oil (and other like substances to dissolve each other) due to the naturally compatible solubility. These cleansers work to remove makeup that is both water- and oil-based as well as waterproof.

WHICH OILS ARE BEST FOR THE OIL CLEANSING METHOD?

There are various Carrier Oils that are known to be ideal for the Oil Cleansing Method and the following chart helps depict the ideal ones for each skin type. This method works best when oils are suited to the skin type of the individual user and applied in the appropriate amounts.

SKIN TYPE & NEEDS RECOMMENDED CARRIER OIL SUGGESTED RATIOS
Oily

Astringent Oils

Argan
Borage
Calendula
Castor
Coffee – Green
Grapeseed
Kukui
Hazelnut
Hemp Seed
Marula
Pumpkin Seed
Rosehip
Sea Buckthorn
Sunflower
Sweet Almond
1 part Astringent oil

+

2 parts Conditioning oils

Dry

Conditioning Oils

Argan
Avocado
Black Currant
Calendula
Camellia
Castor
Coffee
Coconut
Hazelnut
Jojoba
Olive
Rice Bran
Rosehip
Sesame
Sunflower
1 part Astringent oil

+

2 parts Conditioning oils

Combination Calendula
Castor
Grapeseed
Hazelnut
Hemp Seed
Olive
Pumpkin Seed
Sunflower
1 part Astringent oil

+

4 parts Conditioning oils

SHOULD YOU OIL CLEANSE EVERY DAY?

Oil cleansing can be done each night to ensure that all the build-up of impurities and pollutants accumulated on the skin throughout the day will be removed. If the oils being used seem to deliver extremely profound cleaning benefits, oil cleansing can be done every couple of days or weekly. Nightly cleansing also keeps the skin moisturized before bed, as the skin’s moisture content is said to decrease during sleep. It can take one or several weeks for the skin to adjust to oil cleansing, and, as it works to “purge” the pores of impurities, some individuals might experience breakouts; however, this is often temporary. If this continues, a change in oils might be all that is needed. If the breakouts persist beyond this, oil cleansing should not be continued.

DOES OIL CLEANSING CLOG PORES?

For some, the oil cleansing method can potentially lead to clogged pores, breakouts, irritation, or an allergic reaction. For this reason, patch tests are recommended; before full application of oil to the skin, test it on a small area of insensitive skin and, if there are no negative reactions in 24 hours, the oil is likely safe to use.

HOW DO YOU DO OIL CLEANSING?

Apply the chosen Carrier Oil/blend of Carrier Oils directly to a made-up, dry face. It is not necessary to wet or wash the skin prior to applying the oil. With the fingertips, delicately massage the oil(s) into any areas of the face that have makeup. Massage the face for about 1 minute until the makeup dissolves. Soak a soft, clean face towel in lukewarm water. Wring out excess water and lightly drape the towel over the face for 1 minute or until the towel is no longer warm. Using the same towel, wipe off the oil. A thin trace of oil can remain on the skin, as this will continue to hydrate and nourish the skin.

WHICH MOISTURIZER SHOULD BE USED AFTER OIL CLEANSING?

Oil cleaning is often sufficient for moisturizing the skin, but if an additional moisturizer is required afterward, any preferred cream, serum, or even lightweight butter can be used.

2. WITCH HAZEL DISTILLATE

With anti-bacterial properties, Witch Hazel Distillate is usually added to formulations for its natural preservative properties, but this gentle, nourishing, popular plant extract obtained from the Witch Hazel shrub can also effectively remove makeup and excess oil while moisturizing dry, irritated skin. The recommended variety is alcohol-free, which will prevent dryness and burning, especially if used around the eye area.

HOW DO YOU USE WITCH HAZEL ON YOUR FACE?

To use Witch Hazel as a cleanser, combine it with equal parts water, then soak a cotton ball or cotton pad with this solution and rub it into the face using gentle circular motions to remove makeup.

For a Witch Hazel cleanser that is specifically intended for use around the eyes, add extra moisture by combining Witch Hazel with equal parts of a preferred Carrier Oil and water. Simply mix all the ingredients thoroughly and apply with a cotton swab/ball/pad.

3. ALOE VERA JUICE

Extracted from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant, Aloe Vera Juice is a liquid that cleanses, hydrates, exfoliates, nourishes, and revitalizes the skin. It moisturizes without leaving a greasy residue and helps to promote a smoother appearance for the complexion, which helps to diminish the look of wrinkles and blemishes.

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For a natural makeup remover blend that is gentle enough to apply to the sensitive eye area, begin by pouring ½ cup of Aloe Vera Juice, 1 cup filtered water, and ¼ or ½ cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Carrier Oil into a blender and thoroughly blending all the ingredients together. Strain the resultant blend with a sieve, then transfer the filtered blend to a clean bottle that will make it easy to dispense the cleanser onto a cotton pad. As the mixture settles inside the bottle, it is normal for the oil to float to the top. To use this cleanser, shake it well to incorporate the floating oil, then pour a small amount onto a clean cotton pad and swipe it across the entire face. Areas of skin with more tenacious makeup, such as waterproof mascara, may require extra swipes of the saturated pad. Alternatively, the blend may be massaged into the skin with the fingers then rinsed off with cool water.

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4. SHEA BUTTER

This “skin superfood” nourishes the skin to promote its purity, balance, hydration, radiance, and smoothness without clogging pores. This outstanding conditioner is reputed to support skin elasticity and suppleness and to help reveal new skin. To use Shea Butter as a makeup remover, simply rub a quarter-size amount of Shea Butter between the palms or fingertips to melt it until it reaches an oily consistency, then gently massage it into the skin using circular motions until the makeup begins to dissolve. Soak a soft, clean face towel in lukewarm water. Wring out excess water and lightly drape the towel over the face for 1 minute or until the towel is no longer warm. Using the same towel, wipe off the oil.

HOW DO YOU MAKE MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES?

To make all-natural, gentle, travel-friendly makeup cleansing towelettes with the skin-loving benefits of the various moisturizers listed above, begin by adding the following ingredients to a clean air-tight glass container/jar:

  • 2 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Juice
  • 6 tsp. Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Distillate
  • 2 tsp. Liquid Soap 105N
  • 2 tsp. a preferred Carrier Oil
  • 1 tsp. Liquid Vitamin E (USP Cosmetic Grade) to preserve the blend
  • 10 drops a preferred Essential Oil that is reputed to have skin-comforting properties

Once all the ingredients have been thoroughly combined, place the stack of cotton pads inside the container/jar. Cap and shake the jar to ensure that the pads are evenly covered with the blend. With the addition of an exfoliant, this mixture can also function as an effective facial scrub.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS

Those listed in this article are for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using them for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use any of the aforementioned skincare products without the medical advice of a physician/dermatologist, as they may have effects on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. These products should always be stored in areas that are inaccessible to children.

Prior to using any product, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by applying a dime-size amount of each chosen product to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Individuals that are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the products and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action.

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Skincare & makeup expertise from northern California powered by ingredients from organic farms.

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GOING BEYOND NATURAL

While there is no certification for “natural” ingredients, organic ingredients are regulated by the USDA. Since our skin can absorb up to 60% of what is placed on it, we take every precaution necessary to reduce the risk that toxins from pesticides might contaminate our bodies, our children’s bodies, and ocean habitats. The majority of our ingredients are from local West Coast USDA Certified Organic farms so we can monitor the quality and limit fuel waste. We also manufacture many of our products at solar-powered facilities.

OUR ORGANIC DIFFERENCE

We start with an organic botanical juice base (aloe, jojoba, grape seed, shea, infused with citrus juices) and add powerful ingredients to deliver highly effective, clinically validated results. Since we don’t use inexpensive fillers such as petroleum glycols or added water, our products are packed with nutrients so every antioxidant rich drop can feed your skin. According to a study conducted by The Organic Center, organically farmed fruits and vegetables can increase antioxidant levels by nearly 30 percent compared with produce grown on conventional farms.

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At Juice Beauty, we go beyond “natural”, “transparent” and “conventional” … all the way to certified organic ingredients. To view a partial list of ingredients that Juice Beauty does NOT use, but are used by other beauty companies, visit our unacceptable ingredients list. Many natural products use synthetic fragrances, which may lead to harmful health problems including endocrine disruption. Juice Beauty does not use synthetic fragrances. Juice Beauty meets one of the most rigorous Products Organic Farming standards in the world, including those of COPA & USDA.
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MALIC ACID, APPLE JUICE

(ORGANIC)
pyrus malus
Rich in vitamins, potent malic alpha-hydroxy acids, phytonutrients, flavonoids, phenols; and provides powerful antioxidant activity to help promote beautiful skin.

RESVERATROL, GRAPE JUICE

(ORGANIC)
vitis vinifera
Rich in vitamins; potent tartaric alpha-hydroxy acid, rich in resveratrol antioxidants to help promote beautiful skin.

LEMON

(ORGANIC)
citrus medica limonum
Rich in vitamins, lycopene, phytonutrients, flavonoids, and alpha-hydroxy citric acids; powerful antioxidant benefits to help clarify and improve skin tone and texture.

ALOE LEAF JUICE

(ORGANIC)
aloe barbadensis
Rich in glycoproteins and soothing properties, can help improve hydration and skin’s natural moisture content.

JOJOBA OIL

(ORGANIC)
simmondsia chinensis
Derived from the seeds of the desert shrub jojoba; a rich emollient antioxidant, high in essential fatty acids & nutrients.

SHEA BUTTER

(SUSTAINABLY SOURCED, ORGANIC)
butyrospermum parkii
Derived from the pit of the fruit from the karite tree; deeply moisturizes, soothes and helps soften.

ACAI BERRY

(ORGANIC)
euterpe oleracea
Antioxidant and phytonutrient-rich, a good source of essential fatty acids; can help boost skin radiance.

GOJI BERRY

(ORGANIC)
lycium chinense
Anti-oxidant and phytonutrient-rich; helps promote skin suppleness and radiance.

ROSE HIP FRUIT

(ORGANIC)
rose canina
Derived from the rose plant; rich in Vitamin-C and essential fatty acids, provides powerful antioxidant activity to help promote beautiful skin.

KIWI SEED OIL

(ORGANIC)
actinidia chinensis
Derived from the seeds of the kiwi fruit; rich in Vitamins A & E and fatty acids which can help retain skin’s moisture.

PINEAPPLE ENZYMES

(ORGANIC)
ananas saivis
Rich in potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and the bromelain enzyme; provides an exfoliation benefit.

ORANGE

(ORGANIC)
aurantium dulcis
Rich in vitamins, lycopene, phytonutrients, flavonoids and citric alpha-hydroxy acids; provides a powerful antioxidant activity that can be beneficial in helping promote beautiful skin.

CARROT ROOT

(ORGANIC)
daucus carota sativa
Rich source of Vitamin-A (beta-carotene) and many other vitamins; contains powerful antioxidant properties that can help boost skin smoothness.

SWEET CHERRY

(ORGANIC)
prunus avium
Rich in phytonutrients, phenolics, vitamins; provides powerful antioxidant benefits that can help promote beautiful skin.

POMEGRANATE

(ORGANIC)
punica granatum
An antioxidant powerhouse that contains ellagic acid, a polyphenol that can help promote brightness.

RED RASPBERRY

(ORGANIC)
rubus idaeus
Rich in vitamins, hydroxy acids, phenols; provides potent antioxidants that can help promote beautiful skin.

FRUIT STEM CELLS BLEND

Derived from organic apple buds, grape buds & lemon bark.

CHAMPAGNE GRAPE SEED OIL

vitis vinifera
Resveratrol and anti-oxidant rich; and helps with skin-protective benefits.

BLUEBERRY SEED OIL

(ORGANIC)
vaccinium corymbosum
Potent polyphenol antioxidants can help protect against free radicals; a rich source of phytonutrients and fatty acids to help promote beautiful skin.

CRANBERRY SEED OIL

(ORGANIC)
vaccinium macrocarpon
Rich in amino acids and antioxidants; can be highly moisturizing

STRAWBERRY SEED OIL

(ORGANIC)
fragaria ananassa
Rich in gamma-tocopherol, linoleic and oleic fatty acids to help nourish the skin.

POMEGRANATE SEED OIL

(ORGANIC)
punica granatum
Rich antioxidants with ellagic acid, a polyphenol that can promote brightness.

MARIGOLD FLOWER EXTRACT

(ORGANIC)
calendula officinalis
An antioxidant-rich derivative of the flower; can help soothe and soften.

CUCUMBER EXTRACT

(ORGANIC)
cucumis sativus
Hydrates and can help tone, soothe and soften.

SAGE LEAF

(ORGANIC)
salvia officinalis
Potent antioxidant properties that can help effectively cleanse.

COCONUT OIL

(ORGANIC)
cocos nucifera
Emollient, very high antioxidant levels that can help promote beautiful, hydrated skin.

COCOA BUTTER

(SUSTAINABLY SOURCED, ORGANIC)
theobroma cacao
Rich hydration containing powerful antioxidants.

SUNFLOWER OIL

(ORGANIC)
helianthus annuus
Rich source of Vitamin-E with emollient, softening and moisturizing properties.

AVOCADO OIL

(ORGANIC)
persea gratissima
Rich in vitamins, lecithin, and fatty acids that can nourish and hydrate the skin.

SESAME OIL

(ORGANIC)
sesamum indicum
Emollient and softening properties.

LINSEED SEED OIL

(ORGANIC)
linum usitatissimum
Rich with antioxidants; can help promote beautiful skin.

CORN EXTRACT

(ORGANIC)
zea mays
Can provide a silky finish.

CORN STARCH

(ORGANIC)
zea mays
Soothing to the skin; offers a silky finish.

BORAGE SEED OIL

(ORGANIC)
borago officinalis
Rich in antioxidants and gamma-linolenic acid, which helps promote beautiful skin.

OLIVE OIL

(ORGANIC)
olea europaea
Can deeply moisturize and help soften.

RICE POWDER

(ORGANIC)
oryza sativa
Beautiful silky powder with great coverage.

YLANG YLANG

(ORGANIC)
cananga odorata
The aromatic, and luxurious aroma from the Ylang Ylang flower.

RAW CANE SUGAR

(ORGANIC)
saccharum officinarum
Rich in glycolic alpha-hydroxy acids that help effectively exfoliate.

ALGAE

Mineral-rich; a potent antioxidant that can provide emollient and humectant skincare benefits.

BEARBERRY LEAF EXTRACT

arctostaphylos uva ursi
Rich in natural brightening antioxidants.

GREEN TEA LEAF

camellia sinensis
A potent antioxidant that can help promote beautiful skin.

LICORICE ROOT

glycyrrhiza glabra
Derived from the plant root with clarifying and brightening properties.

CHAMOMILE FLOWER

matricaria chamomilla
Soothing and antioxidant properties.

DANDELION LEAF

taraxacum officinale
Potent antioxidant properties that can help effectively cleanse.

LINDEN LEAF

tilia europea
A potent antioxidant that can help soothe and calm.

WHITE TEA LEAF

camellia sinensis
A potent antioxidant that can help sun-damaged skin.

SAFFLOWER SEED OIL

carthamus tinctorius
Emollient and moisturizing effect.

SWEET ALMOND OIL

prunus amygdalus dulcis
Emollient, nourishing and softening properties.

CARNAUBA WAX FROM PLANTS

copernicia cerifera
Nourishes and helps provide natural glossy shine.

WILLOW BARK

salix alba
Salicylic Acid from Willow Bark is a naturally powerful beta hydroxy acid to help exfoliate and clear.

OAT

avena sativa
Soothes, and helps soften and retain moisture.

GRAPEFRUIT

citrus paradisi
A rich source of Vitamin C and antioxidants to help promote healthy skin.

ALGAE (RED)

dulse algae
Rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. A powerful antioxidant that can be beneficial for damaged skin with dark spots.

VITAMIN B3

vitamin B3
Can help minimize the appearance of dark spots to promote healthy-looking skin.

SACRED LILY

narcissus tazetta
Antioxidant-rich, nocturnal flower extract that has skin-protective benefits and can help enhance skin’s appearance.

SQUALANE FROM OLIVES

Derived from olives (instead of sharks) this emollient can help support skin’s moisture balance.

COCONUT ALKANES

cocos nucifera
Great emollient alternatives to silicones. Smoothes and primes.

ARGAN POWDER

argania spinosa
A great photopigment alternative to artificial dyes or carbon black-petroleum combustion by-products.

ROSE POWDER

rosa
A great photopigment color alternative to synthetic or artificial dyes.

ARGAN PHYTO-PIGMENT

argania spinosa
Argan contains essential fatty acids and provides a great dark pigment alternative to Coal Tar and Carbon Black that are formed during petroleum combustion.

LOTUS PHYTO-PIGMENT

nelumbo nucifera
A flowering plant that provides rich color pigments that are a great alternative to synthetic and artificial dyes.

MANGO SEED BUTTER

mangifera indica
Nourishes and helps soften lips and is a great alternative to petroleum-based products.

CAPE LILAC PHYTO-PIGMENT

melia azedarach
A flowering fruit-bearing tree that provides rich pigments; a great alternative to synthetic and artificial dyes.

MORINGA OIL

moringa oleifera
Derived from the seeds of moringa plants, moringa helps hold the dark pigments while conditioning.

PLANT WAXES

(ORGANIC)
Provides smooth application and coverage; a great alternative to petroleum-derived ingredients.

PURPLE CARROT PHYTO-PIGMENT

purpura daucus carota sativa
Rich dark pigments that are a great alternative to Coal Tar and Carbon Black that are formed during petroleum combustion.

ROSE PHYTO-PIGMENT

rosa
Rich in vitamins and pigments providing beautiful colors; a great alternative to artificial dyes.

DAISY, ECLIPTA PHYTO-PIGMENT

eclipta prostrata
A flowering plant that provides rich color pigments that are a great alternative to synthetic and artificial dyes.

AGAVE LEAF

agave americana
A natural sweetener that is nutrient-rich.

HYALURONIC ACID FROM VEGETABLES

Derived from vegetables; can help with skin-plumping effects.

EVENING PRIMROSE OIL

(ORGANIC)
oenothera biennis
Rich in fatty acids providing emollient and conditioning benefits.

BAMBOO POWDER

bambusa arundinaceae
Soothes helps replenishes moisture and may have anti-bacterial properties.

LEMON BALM LEAF

melissa officinalis
Can help clarify and soothe.

PASSION FLOWER

Passiflora incarnata
Derived from the petal of the passionfruit flower; antioxidant-rich helps with soothing and calming skin.

CANDELILLA WAX

Euphorbia Cerifera
Nourishes and helps provide natural glossy shine.

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