Category Archives: Raw Beauty

Raw Beauty // A Spa Day, at Home.

I’m not sure if it’s the weather or my lack of time and energy to pamper myself but my skin has been horrible lately. It’s dry in some patches and oily in others leaving this mama a mess. The other day I thought to myself, I’m going to go get a facial but then I realized I have a 3-month old and no free time. So when Hera went down for her midday nap I snuck into my pantry and whipped up the easiest face mask and toner. I was able to make these, apply the mask for 15 minutes, wash it off, apply the toner and even pluck a few stray eyebrows all before she woke up. It literally felt like I had escaped to a spa for a few hours, it was exactly what this mama needed.

This Indian ‘Mud’ face mask did wonders and it left my skin smelling so good. Organic honey is always a good base for face masks because it’s naturally antibacterial which is perfect for both treatment and prevention of blemishes. It’s also full of antioxidants and is extremely moisturizing, but the best part about honey is that it’s clarifying. It soothes and leaves your skin with a healthy glow. The cinnamon is the secret in this mask because it brings nutrients to surface of your skin. It also has a faux botox quality by bringing blood to the surface and help rid your face of those horrible fine lines and wrinkles. Lastly the nutmeg helps brighten dull looking skin almost instantly. It’s also said that nutmeg helps alleviate acne and reduce to look of scaring. Why wouldn’t you want to rub this magic mixture onto your face!?

After washing off my mask I applied my sea salt toner to help balance the pH levels in my skin. The sea salt toner is a great thing to add to your everyday skin care routine. The tangerine essential oil is completely optional, I’ve been on a huge tangerine oil kick lately. It instantly lifts my mood.

Indian ‘Mud’ Mask
1 Tablespoon of Organic Honey
½ teaspoon of Cinnamon
½ teaspoon of Nutmeg

Method

Mix the honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. I like to warm my mask up a bit before applying, this helps open your pores and feels nice as well. Leave it on your face to dry for about 15 minutes before washing it off with a warm towel.

Sea Salt Toner
1 Cup of Distilled Water, warmed
1 Tablespoon of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
1 teaspoon of Epsom Salt
2-3 drops of Tangerine Essential Oil (optional)

Method

Add the salts to the warm distilled water and stir until the salts have completely dissolved. Add the drops of essential oils, if doing so, and transfer the spray into a glass jar or spritzer bottle to store. To use, apply the toner to the skin by spraying or dabbing on a cotton pad.

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Raw Beauty // A Perfectly Pink Pout.

With so much love in the air, I have been on the hunt for a perfectly pink pout. Being drawn to organic natural make up products and seeing the beautiful color of strawberry stained lips from munching on my Chocolate “Dipped” Strawberries, I couldn’t resist the urge to create my own lip balm. I love creating my own make up products for a few reasons: one, I know exactly what ingredients are going into the product – if I can’t pronounce it, I won’t use it; two, I can customize the product to fit my liking and three, it’s usually a lot cheaper to make it myself than to buy it … and sometimes easier than attempting to get Hera out of the house.

You might be surprised how easy and cheap it is to make your own lip balm. After stumbling upon this “secret recipe” I am more than excited to make these for every season. I’m already thinking about a citrus lip balm for Summer and a cool peppermint one for next Winter. But for this springtime dreamer, I went with a trio of berries:strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, and I knew the color and flavor would be perfect for this romantic holiday. The organic coconut oil not only adds a little extra flavor and scent, but it adds such a soothing aspect to the balm. I found this lip balm to be so hydrating and beautiful at the same time and I think I owe that mainly in part to the coconut oil. The Lanolin is something I always have laying around due to nursing my little one; however I think Shea butter would do wonders as well. If you give this a try let me know what delectable combinations you come up with. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

Berry Lip Balm
Makes 3 tubes of Lip Balm

2 teaspoons of Pure Organic Coconut Oil
3 teaspoons of Organic Berry Powder, I used Strawberries, Blackberries and Raspberries.
3 teaspoons of 100% Pure Lanolin

Method

In a small food processor, grind up the dehydrated (or freeze dried) berries and set aside in a covered container.

Using a small saucepan over a low flame, fill with about a cup of water and place a glass bowl on top creating a “double boiler”. Combine the coconut oil and Lanolin and stir slowly until well blended and melted. Once the mixture has completely combined add in the berry powder and mix.

Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove any berry seeds or larger bits. Pour the mixture into small glass pots or lip balm tubes. Allow the mixture to cool and harden before using.

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June 21, 2016 - 6:24 pm

KimberHills - I used freeze-dried berries and just threw them in the blender!

November 21, 2014 - 10:31 am

Marianne - where do you buy berry powder?

May 6, 2014 - 4:31 pm

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April 10, 2014 - 3:59 am

orfan - This looks so easy and good for your lips. Do you have any suggestions for a substitute for the lanolin to make it vegan? Thanks.

April 1, 2014 - 12:22 am

KimberHills - Oh no! I’m so sorry. I did make a few of these and found the one that I used mostly blackberries made the lip balm more of the red/pink color. I hope this helps!

April 1, 2014 - 12:01 am

Anna - I tried this recipe and it did not turn out as red as the pictures. Does it matter what brand of freeze-dried berries I use?

March 1, 2014 - 12:54 am

Felicia Lilienthsl - I can’t believe how simple this is and how gorgeous it ends up looking. I’m going to have to try it out – I’ve got a HUGE tub of coconut oil just begging for more uses than cooking.

February 23, 2014 - 6:11 am

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February 17, 2014 - 4:54 pm

KimberHills - I used solid lanolin, it melts very easily!

February 17, 2014 - 3:57 am

KimberHills - Thank you for this, I checked the site and she did site my website … although she did use my tutorial word-for-word so I’m going to look into this. Thanks again.

February 15, 2014 - 11:21 pm

georgia - I loved your recipe!i will definetely try it!I shared your link on my new post
http://mygenerouslife.blogspot.it/2014/02/how-often-do-you-say-i-love-you.html

February 15, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Kelly - Hi Kimber. I just wanted to let you know that you’re tutorial has been stolen and reposted here: http://www.shelterness.com/colorful-diy-lip-balm/ Be sure to report it to Google. This site needs to be shut down.

February 15, 2014 - 2:58 am

Loretta - I FINALLY made my own lip balm and because it was my first time, I kept it pretty basic. But, I can seriously see this turning into an addiction! So many ways to customize, it’s not even funny.

Love the pretty colors!

February 13, 2014 - 12:22 pm

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February 12, 2014 - 4:55 am

Lakisha Foots - Did you use liquid lanolin or solid?

February 12, 2014 - 12:33 am

Rebecca - Lanolin is great for locking moisture in! I love it for salves as well. Thanks for sharing!