Monday, October 13, 2008

Ballerina butter


30 grams peppermint hydrosol
20 grams distilled water
10 grams rose hydrosol (Bulgarian is my favorite!)
1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon borax
4 grams calophyllum inophyllum oil (also called tamanu oil)
16 grams almond oil
2 grams lecithin
4 grams vegetable emulsifying wax4 grams mimosa wax (or substitute beeswax)
10 drops peppermint essential oil
20 drops spearmint essential oil
6 drops tea tree essential oil or manuka essential oil

Blending Procedure:
Combine the hydrosols, water, xanthan gum and borax in a heat proof (I use Pyrex) glass measuring cup with a pour spout. Place the mixture in a slowly boiling hot water bath until they are hot, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Place the calophyllum, almond oil, lecithin and wax in a separate, larger heat proof container. Place the mixture in a hot water bath until the waxes are melted. Remove from heat.
After stirring the oils/waxes together to make sure they are evenly combined, begin stirring the oil/wax mixture with an electric mixer on medium speed and add the water mixture as you stir. You will see the mixture begin to thicken as you blend it. Continue mixing until until Ballerina Butter is thick and rich. This should take about 5-10 minutes at most.
To use, massage into cleaned and freshly pampered feet and ankles to soothe and refresh. If you're lucky enough to have a volunteer massage therapist, enjoy a calf massage while you're at it. I take Ballerina Butter to my pedicurist for use in place of the commercial products they use there. Enjoy!!

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Emu heel balm

6 teaspoons emu oil
1 teaspoon lanolin
2 teaspoons avocado butter
2 teaspoons beeswax
7 drops ylang ylang essential oil
20 drops orange essential oil
.1 millileter Germaber II-E (optional)

Blending Procedure:
Combine all ingredients except the essential oils and the preservative (if you are using) into a heat safe glass bowl, and place in the bowl into a hot water bath to melt the beeswax and oils. Heat just until the beeswax is nearly melted. Do not overheat. Stir to combine and completely melt the beeswax.
Add the essential oils and the preservative if you are using. Stir to combine.
Place into clean container and allow to cool before capping. Label.
To use, massage generously into feet and heels before bedtime. Sleep in cotton socks for best softening results. Enjoy softer feet!
Note: Emu oil is great for dry and cracked skin but if you'd prefer to use a vegetable based oil, shea butter is an adequate substitute.

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Bulgarian rose hair mousse

2 tablespoons coconut oil (I like to use virgin coconut oil)
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
1/16 teaspoon Bulgarian rose concrete

Blending Procedure:
Make sure all ingredients are room temperature. The coconut oil should NOT be cold because you do not want to have to heat this mixture up. It should not be a liquid consistency when you use it. Instead, it should be rich and thick. Measure the coconut oil into a bowl and stir well. The heat from your mixing will raise the temperature of the oil so that it obtains a smooth, thick texture.
Add the jojoba oil and stir more to make sure the mixture is even and well mixed.
Add the concrete last. You don't have to use Bulgarian rose, that's just my favorite. You can use the rose concrete from Morocco, Turkey or wherever you get it from.
Stir all of the ingredients together to form a thick, rich oily mixture. To use, apply to dry hair from roots to ends paying special attention to the dry areas. To facilitate penetration of the oil, you can do one of two things. First, you can cover your hair with a plastic bag or hair bonnet and sit under a dryer for 30 minutes, then wash and condition as usual. Second, you can cover your ahir with a plastic bag or hair bonnet and then use a blow dryer to saturate your hair with the heat which will help the oils penetrate. Then, wash and condition as usual.
This mixture will leave your hair shiny, and use over time will improve its condition. It has made a big difference in the way my hair looks and feels.

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Moisturizing hair oil treatment

1 Cup Macadamia Nut Oil
1 Cup Sunflower Seed Oil
1/4 Cup Hemp seed Oil
1/8 Cup Avocado Oil
1/8 Cup Jojoba Oil
2 TBSP Vitamin E Oil
1/8 Cup Cocoa Butter
1/8 Cup Avocado Butter
1/8 Cup Mango Butter

Add all the ingredients to a double boiler and let them melt. Pour into a jar. When ready to use, heat gently for about 10 minutes in a bowl of boiling water until liquid and warm, but not hot. Apply liberally to hair and scalp, let soak for 15-20 minutes, then shampoo out. A second shampooing may be required. Apply treatment once a week and enjoy the luxurious results!

taken from FNWL

Hair butter

2 Tbsp shea butter
2 Tbsp mango butter
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp lanolin1 tsp sweet almond oil
1 tsp jojoba
1 tsp avocado oil
10 drops-ylang-ylang
1/8 tsp vanilla fragrance oil (or fragrance oil of your choice)

Melt ingredients together, pour in container and let cool. Good for hair and skin. Makes approximately 4 ounces.

taken from FNWL

scalp treatment oil

5 tsp. or 15 ml Jojoba oil
4 tsp. or 12 ml Neem oil
1 tsp. or 3 ml Hemp seed oil
2 drops each of these essential oils:
Carrot Seed
Bay Leaf
Chamomile, either Roman or Blue

Mix carrier oils, then add essential oils. This provides optimal dilution of essential oil to carrier oil, that is, 14 drops/oz.Mix & warm by rolling bottle in hands, do not heat over flame or in microwave.
Massage a few drops daily with finger tips into flaky, red, or itchy areas on the scalp (leaves hands nice and soft afterwards, too!)
Cautions: Leave out rosemary if being used by a pregnant person

taken from FNWL

Scalp soothing reconstructer

4 parts nilotica shea butter
2 parts jojoba oil
.25 parts tea tree oil
.25 parts peppermint oil

Soften the shea butter by mashing and whip in the jojoba oil. Continue whipping as the butter becomes a thick, smooth consistency. Add the essential oils and whip to blend. TO USE: apply cream to dry hair. You will feel a "tingle". If you have a heat cap, great, if not then wrap your head in plastic (I use a grocery bag) and then pull on a KNIT wool-type ski hat. Go about your business for 30 minutes and then wash and style your hair as usual.

taken from FNWL

Extra rich hair oil treatment

4oz jojoba oil2oz monoi de Tahiti (Jasmine)2oz camelina oil

Blend all oils in a glass bowl and pour into bottle. To use as a hot oil treatment just heat up on stove or microwave in a plastic container. To use as scalp oil part hair and apply small amount to scalp work through hair with wide tooth comb. Enjoy the results

Creamy Hair Lotion

6 oz distilled water1/2 oz shea butter1/2 oz cocoa butter1/2 oz olive oil1/2 oz avocado oil1/2 oz jojoba1/2 oz emulsifying waxpinch of Vitamin C (optional)1/2 tsp Vitamin E 1400 IUEssential oils of choice 30 drops total.

Melt butters and emulsifying wax in a double boiler. When melted completely for 20 minutes at 175 degrees, add oils and Vitamin E. In a separate container add vitamin C to warm previously boiled water and dissolve. When both oils and water are about the same temperature, slowly add water to oils mixng with a stick blender.Blend 2 minutes, wait 5 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Wait until cool to add essential oils. Blend once more before placing in containers. Store in a cool place or refrigerate if necessary. Use within 1 month.

taken from FNWL

Herbal shampoo recipe

3 oz Liquid Castile Soap
1 heaping tbsp Chamomile Flowers
1 heaping tbsp Nettle Leaves
1 heaping tbsp Sage Leaves
1 heaping tbsp Rosemary Leaves
Jojoba Oil (for extra conditioning--optional)
Few drops each of rosemary and lavender oils
Boiling water


Mix herbs together in a bowl. Add enough water to cover herbs, cover and let steep at least 30 minutes. Pour castile soap into a bottle. Strain herbs and funnel into soap. Add a few squirts of jojoba oil and essential oils, if desired. Shake well before each use to mix the oil with the soap. Shampoo will be very runny, but also very concentrated, so use only a little bit when shampooing. **Note** Feel free to experiment with different herbs and essential oils for this recipe.

Note: you can add shea oil and other oils to shampoo to make it more moisturising

Sunday, September 7, 2008


This is snowdrift farms how to make lotion video, It's not as informative as I thought it would be, or interactive, but it gets the message across.

You can purchase some or all of the ingredients needed at Snowdrift farms

Whipped shea butter recipe

I like this video. I am a person that learns visually, as well as reading and memorizing but its sooo much better when you can see it being done. More video's are diffenately forth coming

The mica powder for luster is a great idea, I must say. Loves it :)

Im pretty sure that you can purchase all these ingredients at Costal Scents or you can check out FNWL. If you have another source for purchasing your products you can use them as well.

Hair tamer serum

Hair Tamer Serumsubmitted by HBN President Donna Maria
Hair Tamer Serum is something easy and effective for dry climates and during the wintertime in any part of the world. Try this daily if you have especially dry hair, less often if your hair is more oily. Either way, you''re bound to experience less split ends as your hair becomes accustomed to being treated to the rich oils in this serum. The castor oil adds shine too!

Yield: 4 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Shelf Life: 6 months

2 ounces liquid shea butter
1/2 ounce linseed oil
1/2 ounce jojoba oil
1/2 ounce castor oil
1/4 ounce vitamin E
1/4 ounce hemp seed oil
15 drops sweet orange essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops tea tree essential oil

Blending Procedure:
Combine the essential oils in a small glass container and shake gently to mix. Store in a dark place for about 1 week.

Combine first 7 ingredients (all unscented oils) together in a plastic flip top bottle and shake gently to combine.

Add the essential oil blend to the unscented oils and shake well. To use, apply to hair that has been towel dried and work through with fingertips. Use more for long and especially dry hair to enhance styling capabilities and shine.

Hair Tamer Serum works best for thick, natural, textured dry, frizzy and/or curly locks! (If you do not like the feel of oil on your hair, this is not the product for you.)

hempy chick hair pomade

This conditioner is full of oils that are fabulous for the hair and scalp. Watch out for the curls, volume and radiance!

Yield: Approx. 10 ounces
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Shelf Life: Indefinit

6 ounces organic hemp seed oil
2 ounces babassu oil
1 ounce beeswax
1 ounce shea butter (unrefined, Ghana)
1/8 ounce ylang ylang essential oil
3 drops clove essential oil
1 drop geranium essential oil
1 drop sandalwood essential oil
1 drop neroli essential oil

Blending Procedure:
Combine hemp seed oil, babassu oil, beeswax and shea butter in a heat proof measuring cup (Pyrex is nice to use). Place the cup containing the oils and butter into a pan of boiling water and heat until wax is nearly melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat once the wax is nearly melted.

Stir the mixture to make sure all wax has melted into the liquefied oils. Add the essentail oils and stir again to ensure the mix.

Pour Hempy Chick Hair Pomade into clean jars and allow to cool before capping. You can store this for up to about 3 months. As always, be sure to use clean fingers to dispense the product to minimize contamination.

To use Hempy Chick Hair Pomade, massage it into the scalp and hair ends while your hair is still wet from shampooing. Comb through and enjoy the curls, volume and radiance!!

The Patchouli Mojo Scrub

The Patchouli Mojo Scrub

Makes about 8 Ounces of Scrub


· 2 cups Sea Salt Fine

· 1 cup High Linoleic Safflower Oil

· 1 teaspoon Red Sandalwood Powder

· 1 tablespoon Walnut Shell Powder, Fine (60/100)

· 25 drops Organic Patchouli, India Essential Oil

· 20 drops Organic Mandarin, Italy Essential Oil

· 10 drops Lime, Cold Pressed, Mexico Essential Oil

· 5 drops Geranium, Bourbon, Madagascar Essential Oil

· 5 drops Cypress, Crete Essential Oil

· 1/8 teaspoon Grapefruit Seed Extract


Scoop 2 cups of Sea Salt, Fine, 1 teaspoon of Red Sandalwood Powder, and 1 tablespoon Walnut Shell Powder in a medium sized mixing bowl. Next, add 1 cup of High Linoleic Safflower Oil to the mixture and stir well. Add the Essential Oils one at a time, followed by the Grapefruit Seed Extract. Stir the mixture well, making sure to fully blend the ingredients. Once the mixture is ready spoon it into 2 oz. or 4 oz. PET Jars.

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Blissful body Mousse

Blissful Body Mousse


5 Ounces Shea Butter, Crushed and Refined

3 Ounces Peach Kernel Oil
3 Ounces Safflower Oil, High Linoleic
1 Ounce Jojoba Esters, 70 (MP70)
1 Teaspoon Cornstarch

Essential Oil Blend

15 drops Bourbon Vanilla Absolute

25 drops Bergamot, Ivory Coast

5 Drops Ylang Ylang Extra, Madagascar


In a double boiler, melt and heat the Shea Butter to approximately 175 Degrees Fahrenheit. Hold the melted Shea Butter at this temperature for at least twenty minutes before adding the Jojoba Esters. Holding the melted Shea Butter at this heat for twenty minutes will allow tiny crystals in the butter to fully melt, allowing a smooth, even texture to form when the butter has cooled. As soon as the Jojoba Esters have melted remove the mixture from heat. Depending on your double boiler you may have to transfer the mixture to a bowl. Next, add the Peach Kernel and Safflower Oils, and the Cornstarch. Stir the mixture well then begin to whip it. I recommend using a hand or stand mixer for this step, as the whipping process can take a fairly long time. Whip the mixture for 5 - 10 minutes then add the Essential Oil Blend. Continue to whip the mixture for another 5 - 10 minutes. As the mixture cools it will thicken, and firm up. The finished mixture can be spooned or piped into containers. Within a few hours, the Mousse should set and become stiff.

Packaging and Usage

The Blissful Body Mousse looks fabulous packed in Flat PET Jars. It can also be stored in Flat or Dome Cream Jars. This recipe will fill about 20 ounces of volume. It should fill about five 4 Ounce Jars or ten 2 Ounce Jars.

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Lemongrass salt scrub

Lemongrass Salt Scrub
Makes about 8 ounces of scrub


1 cup Fine or Medium Grain Dead Sea Salt
1/2 ounce Mango Butter
1/2 ounce Babassu Oil
1 ounce Poppy Seed Oil
2 teaspoons Yellow Illite Clay
10 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
10 drops Vanilla Absolute (Optional - This helps to soften the strong aroma of Lemongrass Essential Oil. You can also use a more economic synthetic Vanilla Fragrance Oil.)

Gently warm the Mango Butter and Babassu Oils until they are completely melted. In a mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and oil with the Poppy Seed Oil and the Dead Sea Salt. Stir well, and then add the Yellow Illite Clay and Essential Oils. Stir the mixture well, making sure to fully disperse the Essential Oils and Clay. Add a preservative if you'd like before spooning the mixture into jars.

Packaging and Usage
I prefer to package this scrub in PET Plastic Jars. These crystal clear jars show off the product well and are very durable. In a sealed container, this scrub should last several months, but after it is opened it can easily become contaminated during use. Keeping the jar away from water, and using clean utensils to scoop out the scrub will help to keep it from becoming contaminated. You can also package the scrub in single serving containers so that they will be used up completely after they opened.

Ayurvedic Hair Rinse

Ayurvedic Hair Rinse

Makes about 16 ounces

1 1/2 cups Distilled Water
2 tablespoons Haritaki Powder
2 tablespoons Hibiscus Petal Powder
1/2 cup Rosemary Hydrosol
1/2 cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
You Will Also Need
A Cheesecloth or a Large Tea Bag

Bring 1/2 cups of Distilled Water to a boil, add powdered herbs and stir well. Reduce heat to low simmer, cover, and allow to gently boil for 30 minutes. Remove the mixture from heat and allow to cool completely. After the infusion has cooled completely, strain it through a cheesecloth and into a mixing bowl or pitcher. The mixture may have to be strained more than once to remove all of the plant material.

Alternatively, you can add the powdered herbs to a Large Tea Bag to avoid the messy process of straining the herbs. Using an iron, seal the Hibiscus Petal Powder and Haritaki Powder into a Large Tea Bag prior to beginning this recipe. Boil the water, add the tea bag, reduce to simmer, and allow the water to gently boil (covered) for thirty minutes. Allow the mixture to cool completely before removing the tea bag and moving on the next step.

Add the Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and Rosemary Hydrosol to the mixing bowl or pitcher and stir well. If you are adding any optional scent to the rinse, do so now. Pour the mixture into snap or disc cap bottles.

Usage and Packaging
PET or HDPE Plastic Bottles with Snap or Disc Caps make great applicators for herbal hair rinses. After shampooing, simply douse your hair with the rinse, allowing all of your hair to be saturated. You may rinse your hair again with water, or leave the mixture in your hair. While the scent of the vinegar and rosemary will wear off after your hair has dried, the Ayurvedic herbs may leave a slight aroma in your hair if you choose not to rinse.

Ayurvedic Hair Cream

Ayurvedic Hair Cream
Makes about 4 ounces.

1 ounce Amla Oil*
1 ounces Mahabhringraj Oil*
2 ounces Shealoe Butter

Gently melt the Shealoe Butter over medium heat in a double boiler. As soon as the Shealoe Butter has softened into a liquid, remove it from the heat and add the two Ayurvedic Oils. Whip the mixture until it cools. The cream should thicken slightly as it cools down, but will not become firm. If desired, add a few drops of your favorite Absolute, Attar, or Essential Oil. Jasmine Absolute would be a great choice. Transfer the mixture to a clean jar and allow it to cool completely.

Usage and Packaging
This intensely moisturizing hair cream can be used in very small quantities to add targeted moisture, or to help a hair style hold its texture. Ayurvedic Hair Cream may be especially effective when applied to the ends of the hair, or when it is rubbed into the scalp as an overnight treatment. Please note that this formula may be too intense for some hair types. Experiment with a small amount before using a lot of product. Ayurvedic Hair Cream can be packaged in any 4 ounce jar. I particularly like using Flat White Cream Jars for this formula

recipe courtesty o f the natural beauty workshop

Monday, September 1, 2008

Ingredient Encylopedia

Emulsifying Wax
Emulsifying wax (which can be either plant- or petroleum-based) is an ingredient that emulsifies the ingredients in a cream or lotion product, thus preventing them from separating in the mix. Emulsifying wax produces a much more reliable, stable emulsion than a beeswax/borax combination.

Emulsifying wax is created when the wax material (either a vegetable wax of some kind or a petroleum-based wax) is treated with a detergent (typically sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) or polysorbates) to cause it to make oil and water bind together into a smooth emulsion.
If using SLS-free ingredients is important to you, check with your supplier to make sure the wax they sell does not contain SLS. Likewise, if you prefer not to use petroleum by-products in your cosmetics, ask your supplier if the emulsifying wax they sell is petroleum based.

Ingredient Encylopedia

Rose Hips Seed Oil
Rose Hips Seed Oil (Rosa mosqueta) is known for its ability to help accelerate and facilitate the healing of scar tissue and can also help prevent and fade stretch marks

Ingredient Encylopedia

Along with essential oils, the water soluble component of a plant material, known as hydrosol or plant water, is produced during the distillation process. For example, while rose essential oil is being distilled from the petals, hydrosol (or rose water) is also being extracted. Hydrosols are sometimes called "hydrolats," and contain tiny micro-droplets of essential oils making them a great complement in skincare products.

Hydrosols are very gentle and can be used in higher concentrations than essential oils directly on the skin. Beware of products labeled simply "rose water" or "lavender water" because they are often simply prepared combinations of distilled water and fragrance or essential oil, along with an emulsifier to produce a saturated solution that will not separate. These prepared waters are missing the top fresh notes and skincare benefits of pure hydrosols. Another type of prepared water is a concentrate filled with alcohol. Again, these waters are not optimal for skincare. For best skincare results, use pure hydrosols in your cosmetics

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Panthenol (Vitamin B5)
Panthenol (Vitamin B5) has been shown to actually penetrate the hair to help strengthen and revive it. Use it in small quantities in shampoos and conditioners.

Ingredient Encylopedia

Germaben II
Germaben II is a water soluble synthetic preservative suitable to preserve emulsions and other products containing water. Germaben II contains parabens which can cause adverse skin reactions in some people. Consult your chosen supplier of this ingredient for more details.

True Rose Hair Conditioner

Yield: Approx. 400 grams
Prep Time: Approx. 1 hour
Shelf Life: Indefinite
19 grams emulsifying wax
16 grams emulsifying conditioner
4 grams T-50
4 grams unrefined rose hip seed oil
4 grams babassu seed oil
334 gramd rose hydrosol
4 grams silk amino acids
4 gramd dl-Panthenol
1 gram allantoin
4 grams Cromadol STS or cyclomethicone or dimethicone)
4 grams hydorlized wheat protein
1 gram silk powder
1 gram Germall Plus (powder) or other preservative1 teaspoon fragrance or essential oil of choice, optional for stronger scent
Blending Procedure:
  • Heat Rose Hydrosol and Silk Amino Acids to 165F. Take off heat. Add dl Panthenol and Allantoin when water has slightly cooled.
  • When measuring oils, keep out a small amount to dissolve silk powder. Set aside. Heat remainder of oil and emulsifiers until melted.
  • Slowly add oils/emulsifier to water phase. (Be sure Allantoin and dl Panthenol has dissolved first.) Zap with blender to mix.
  • Add Crodamol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, and Silk Powder. Zap with stick blender.
  • When cooled, add Germall Plus. Add fragrance if desired. To make this a thinner conditioner the amount of Polowax can be reduced slightly.
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Beauty Collective Intro

So I decided to start this "blog" to gather all the homemade beauty recipes that I come across. It would be better to store them on my computer but I want it to be organized (im meticulous about my organization). So until I find a program or something along the lines that I can organize "my" recipes in, I will be using blogger.
Hurray!!!!! :)

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