Have you got a dirty little secret?

When was the last time you washed your… pillow ?

Every night you smoosh your face around and in the pillow. Picture this for months or a year or years! Not so pretty is it?

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Did you know that is recommended for us to wash our bed PILLOWS on a regular basis?

Who knew I never did this as often either too. However, washing them on a regular basis will get rid of sweat,makeup,skincare and those nasty dead skin cells and God knows what else that got on the pillow itself.

Check the label and see if they are washable and come clean!

What you will need to clean them is:

1/2 cup of laundry detergent

4-5 drops of lavender,rose or lemon oil (IFyou have another fave you like use that oil instead)

This is enough and great for washing 2 pillows!

  • Use enough detergent as for a full load of laundry.
  • Add the laundry detergent as the water fills. Then add your fave essential oil to the water in the machine.
  • Balance the pillows evenly and place them in the washing machine.
  • Run on gentle cycle.
  • I like to air dry them in the sun!

If you are tired of waking up to a never washed or smelly pillow… And perhaps you have acne or prone to blemishes too.

Come clean and you’ll see what I mean! I’ve been doing this for a few years and my complexion and face shows it and skin loves me!

Makes my pillows fluffier and fresh as a daisy too!

 

 

Relaxing Gifts…

IMG_0188.JPGSometimes giving a gift means giving one to yourself!

I think self-care is so important especially this crazy but beautiful time of year. I love to support the makers. You know sweet and small companies who make things with their hands. Like me. I love to whip up many beautiful things.

Rosie’s Handmade Jax makes an Aromatherapy Hot Pack that may be used hot or cold for when you need to relax and chill out and say “Goodbye to the bad days.”

Natural pain relief made by a MOMMY  (FYI Rosie is her little daughter) in Jacksonville Florida!  Made with 100% premium cotton and well made at that!

Lovely lavender takes the cares and stress away.

Do you or anyone on your list get migraine headaches or simply exhausted from working at the computer all day? Rosie’s HandmadeJax has a pack for your eyes too.

Find them on Instagram and Facebook at:

rosies.handmadejax

I’ve so loved these two handmade relaxing & calming beauties the past few weeks and simply had to share! You just might fall in love with them too! Or to give as a gift this holiday season.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on gifts! It truly is the thought you put into  that gift counts.

Come back to my blog for more gifts to make the people in your life smile!

 

 

 

 

 

LOVE you Lavender!

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Lavender is an aromatic delight that relaxes and soothes us just right!

To some people it may be an acquired taste OR scent. I so love sipping lavender tea. Lathering up with lavender scented body lotion and enjoy it’s relaxing properties in a lavender bubble bath.

One of my fave’s I featured on TV in Las Vegas this week was a steamy water facial bath.

  • First wash your face.
  • Next boil some water.
  • Then pour the water into a glass bowl or you may leave it on the stove with the burner off and get ready to clean your pores with this steamy aromatic treat. I like to add a couple of drops of lavender essential and sprinkle in a few lavender buds.I favor the brand  Aura Cacia for my essential oil treat.
  • Next, place a lightweight tea towel over your head and bend over allowing the steam to reach your face and the towel will help the steam not to escape. Do this for at least 5 to 10 minutes for it to help open your pores and release the dead skin build up and clogged pores. It’s like a workout for your pores!
  • After you’ve sweat it out and enjoyed the steamy facial…rinse your face with a gentle complexion bar soap or cleanser.
  • Pat dry and place a smidge of moisturizer on your face. And a dash of eye gel.
  • Go to bed with a refreshed face and skin. Wake up with happier skin.

 

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Another all time treat I like to D.I.Y. is to make bedtime sachets to tuck inside my pillow cases. The one above is for Sweet Dreams and a good nights sleep. Add a drop of essential oil i lavender will make it even more aromatic.

If relaxing dried lavender isn’t your thing, try this D.I.Y. by preparing a mix of dried mini rose buds or fresh rose petals. Add a drop of rose essential oil to the sachet. The rose scent is soothing to the spirit and have you resting in no time.

I adore playing in my beauty kitchen and my bathroom which I affectionately call my beauty lab/apothecary. My husband LOVES being my tester and my clients in my beauty cottage love when I share my beauty secrets and potions with them too.

I hope you’ll take time to smell and maybe take a bite of the edible flowers and whip up something with lavender too!

 

 

SPAaaaaaaaaaaah and Rituals!

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I told you I would post about my spa visit in Santa Fe New Mexico. And here it is.

I fell in love with the resort and caring staff at the La Posada De Santa Fe hotel and then I discovered the SPA! The Spa Sage in Santa Fe is a sweet relaxing retreat. Tucked in between our quaint and unique  rooms.

The spa was filled with a wonderful mix of products. Not always do you see that. From beauty to fashion accessories and fragrance.

One thing that caught my undivided attention was a sign holder with the words below and square white patches of cloth and a paper twist tie. Next to it were pieces of this silver gray sage. Here is what it read:

Sage is held sacred by many Native Americans because of its purifying energies.Traditionally cleanses both the body and the mind. Traditionally it is used in areas in smudging ceremony to clear the energy and purify the body.

Upon arrival at SPA SAGE,please make a bundle of sage while thinking of a concern you would like to release as well as good thoughts you would like to bring in.

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This practice will prepare you for complete relaxation during your spa experience. At the end of your spa journey you may leave your worries with us to burn at night in the fireplace or take the bundle home with you to burn or keep for a memory of your experience with Spa Sage.

I never experienced a spa quite like this and this extra special touch!!!

I took my bundle of sage that I put together at the spa so I could photograph it and show you! Tonight I AM following the spas instructions and burning it with intentions.

I also love the fact that if you stay at the lodge you can get a eucalyptus & lavender aromatherapy steam room treatment. Can you smell it?

HEAVENLY! And just what my body needed as I arrived with a respiratory infection. The spa also offers fabulous facials,massage,mani & pedi’s and more!

Come to find out a fan of the hotel staying there told me that Hollywood called and they just shot a movie at this hotel with Benjamin Bratt and a few other celebrities.

If you are ever out that way…you need to see this resort and SPA!

 

 

 

Lemon Love

I have always loved lemons just typing on the keyboard and posting this blog post makes my mouth pucker and water.

And I am always whipping up new recipes for beauty and healthy skin in my kitchen lab or in my bathroom. So, today was no different.I made some fresh lemonade for my husband and I started to really crave lemons. So, I made this lemon toner for face and body.

4 cups of distilled water

12 drops of lemon essential oil (I love the brand Aura Cacia)

1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

Optional: I like to add a drop of lavender for another version of this.

After I mixed all of the above together I  poured it in a pretty spray bottle.

My skin loves this skin toner.photo LEMON

Today I smelled like lemons all day and I received many compliments on the way I smelled today. Citrus lifts your spirits too!

It’s only Natural…

That you want a healthy recipe to wash your makeup brushes with!NB8J8503

Hello my dahlings…Give your brushes a bath this weekend!!!

You’d be surprised how dirty your used brushes really are and what comes out of them.

1 1/2 tablespoons of white vinegar

1-2 tablespoons Castile soap

1 cup of warm water

12 drops of lavender or just plain Tea Tree oil

Wash,rinse well and squeeze out by pressing any residue and makeup colors out of the brush.Rest them on a paper towel over night.

  • DO NOT put the brush handle or silver/metal into the brush bath…ONLY the hair. You will destroy the brush.
  • Wash your brushes and sponges at least once a week. If you won’t do that do it at least twice a month. Dirty makeup brushes and sponges = a not so pretty complexion.

Keep them looking clean,beautiful and your face looking gorgeous too!

Mask those tired feet!

Phyto_DS Black Clay Masque

This foot mask is AMAZING… This black clay masque promotes muscle relaxation and blood circulation.It also is STRESS relieving. It also soothes and hydrates the skin with lavender,menthol,sea caviar,sea lettuce,tea,tree and white lotus.

Vegan,Eco friendly, no talc,no mineral oil… Visit your spa or nail salon and ask for Therapispa by Aiin.

Your skin will drink all it’s beautiful benefits in.

This is a Korean Beauty (which is all the rage) now available in America.

Secrets to a Good Night’s sleep!

photo sleeping toolsInsomnia and stress are two issues women are concerned about an bring up to me about in my beauty business. I take their needs very serious and wanted to post about getting your beauty sleep and perhaps help you.

Here is a healthy pattern to consider nightly: Before you got to sleep or bed…Have a warm cup of calming Holy Basil or chamomile tea.

If you’re no into tea…a warm glass of milk will do. Take a warm bath with cheap Epsom salts.They are AMAZING and relax your muscles and detoxify too.I know what you’re thinking you’re not a bath person! BUT when you can’t sleep and have nights of insomnia this is worth a try. THEY WORK.

Shut off ANY electronics…Only got to bed with your sweetie or yourself not a phone,tablet and more.

Place a few drops of Aura Cacia lavender essential oil into a spray bottle with some distilled or spring water.Spray your room with this relaxing spray.

OR try Serious Insomnia by Jimm Harrison Aromatherapy on a cotton pad and take a sniff, This aromatherapy oil takes you from frazzled and stress to feeling fabulous.

A white noise machine is another useful tool. Turn it on for the ocean,birds tweeting on a spring day and more.My husband loves ours.

If you can’t go to sleep and do get up…go ahead and get up and go into another room and watch TV or read a book or magazine until you feel sleepy. OR do what I love to do and unclutter your head by writing things down in a notebook.

NEVER go to sleep angry with your spouse or children…you will NOT sleep well. Kiss & make up.

D.I.Y. Recipe …can you smell it?

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DIY Beauty Recipe: A Lavender-Infused Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

What You Need For This Recipe:

  • Small Bowl
  • 2 Tablespoons of Unrefined, Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Fresh or Dried Lavender Springs (or 2 drops essential oil)
  • Measuring Spoons

Step 1: Place in a bowl Measure out 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and add it to your bowl. Depending on your hair length, you may want to add more or less oil to the bowl. For medium-to-long hair, two tablespoons should suffice. If your coconut oil has turned to liquid, just measure it out like normal.

Step 2: Add Lavender Remove the greens and/or buds from your lavender and place it in the bowl with your coconut oil. If you want to add a little more for fragrance, that’s okay. A few pinches is plenty.

Step 3: Infuse Your Lavender Next, we’re going to infuse the lavender into the coconut oil. To do this, create a bain-marie by placing your bowl over a sauce pan filled with water. Turn your heat to low-medium and allow the coconut oil to melt down, stirring periodically. If your coconut oil is already liquid, you still want to do this, as the warmth from the water bath will expedite the lavender oil extraction. Keep your bain-marie going for 45 minutes to one hour, then remove from the heat.

Step 4: Cool and Strain Allow your infused coconut oil to set for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it is slightly warm (not hot). Remove the lavender pieces if desired.

Step 5: Apply to Hair Work the oil through your hair, focusing on the ends where hair gets dry. You can also focus on the scalp if you’re dealing with itchy, dry skin or dandruff. Let the oil set for 15 to 45 minutes. The longer it sets, the better. Shampoo and style as normal.

Step 6: Revel in Softer, Prettier Hair Want to improve your hair even more?

Check out Latest-Hairstyles.com’s Product + Hair Advice section.  

This recipe is from Wendy Rose Gould who is a hair tutorial beauty expert. I thank her for letting me share this recipe!!!

Note: LAVENDER not only smells amazing,and many simply use aromatic lavender for its calming effects.topically,lavender,like coconut oil,is antibacterial and therefore helps with dandruff too.It also helps to soften the hair.

Oh and if you’re celebrity obsesssed they love to do it too.

ENJOY!

Natural, Vegan,Gluten Free and oh so heavenly!

honey-lavender-scrub-300dpi I think it is important to take care of yourself.

I know it takes time and you might be giving a sigh or whine but I personally really try to practice it daily. I recommend you do it too. IF you only have a few minutes to yourself.Sip a cup of soothing hot tea or a glass of wine and enjoy five to 10 minutes to exfoliate,hydrate and oh so much more.

ME TIME! This scrub is on OPRAH’S FAVE sea salt SCRUB on her O -List .

It is 95% natural,Vegan and Gluten Free. It is not greasy and rich with vitamin E rice bran oil. Apply it to your hands,body and feet and give yourself a treat.NOT to be used on your face. This is a salty exfoliating sea salt treat not meant for your delicate complexion.You apply it before you shower or bathe and rub on a DRY body in small circles with your hand or a sponge. Then you rinse it off after it has done the skin softening and exfoliating magic.The honey and lavender additions in the scrub take it to another heavenly level!!!

So RELAXING to use and the scent makes me swoon…You gotta try it.