The (Horror) Story of Cosmetics

So, I’ve been making my own beauty products for a little while now. It started when I was researching cosmetics in the middle ages…and realized that from the beginning of time women have had the choice between safe cosmetics and cosmetics that are harmful to their health. I wrote a little bit about that here.

Even in the times of the Romans there was pressure to achieve an “ideal” beauty standard that most of the women had to work very hard at. To get the prized unibrow, they drew them in. To smell nice, they used scented olive oils. To appear pale (difficult for these naturally olive toned women) they used powder made with lead. Yep, the poisonous stuff. It looked (sort of) ok at first (as long as they didn’t mind the greyish tint, or go out in the rain, or sweat), but eventually it caused their skin to pit (akin to corrosion) and lose elasticity. Then, of course they just piled more on (and on top of little patches made of linen placed over the pits) to hide the effects of the harmful cosmetic. Ugh.

If that sounds horrible, wait until you learn what we are marketed as healthy/happy cosmetics today:

To learn more about which cosmetics have toxic ingredients read about safe cosmetic choices at this website http://safecosmetics.org/ and search the cometics safety database for the brands you use or are thinking of using to see what’s really in them: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

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DIY Moisturizing Body Lotion: Only 3 Ingredients!

Easy DIY Emollient Lotion:lotionDIY

16 ounces baby lotion (I like burt’s bees version)
8 ounces coconut oil (solid form, not melted)
8 ounces vitamin E cream

Mix together with handheld mixer until it resembles icing. Use roughly half the jar of coconut oil, the whole bottle of baby lotion and 1/2 the jar of vitamin E Cream.

Approximate cost: $5.75 for roughly 32 ounces. Or $1.44 for each 8 ounce jar  filled.

Store in air tight containers…keep it for your own supply…or slap on a quick little label for gift-giving!

Via: One Good Thing By Jillee

Ancient Rosewater Recipe for Eco-Glam Modern Beauty

Make your own rose water

Simple and beautiful to make!

Rose water is a perfect natural beauty product. It smells exquisite! It contains Vitamins A and C and it has antioxidants that help condition and revive tired skin. The use of it as a toner or astringent gives you a glowing complexion.  Why? Rosewater is a natural astringent with anti-inflammatory qualities and it is excellent for rehydrating and rejuvenating the skin.

(Tip from Makeup Obsessed Blog: skip buying $$ MAC Fix Plus and use rosewater spray as a setting spray for your foundation)

Rosewater is a perfumed water known and in use since the time of the Egyptians. You can also make your own easily following this recipe from the 1500s:

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Some do put rose water in a glass and they put roses with their dew thereto and they make it to boile in water, then they set it in the sune tyll it be readde and this water is beste. – from Askham’s Herbal, 1550

Fleurty’s Method:

I enjoyed the company of a bouquet of organic roses for four days before I plucked the petals to make the rosewater. I put the petals into a colander and rinsed them to get rid of seeds and dirt. Then I placed the petals in a large stock pot and covered the petals with water. On high heat (with the cover on), I brought the water to a boil and then removed from the heat. I allowed the roses to cool gradually for the next hour. I strained out the petals, placed the water in a large jar to use, and stored the rosewater in the fridge until I decided what to use it for 🙂

I will likely use the rosewater for balancing my combination skin and in a hair mask that I plan to make. It will also be a great additive for my bath water 🙂  

Rose Water Uses:

• Great for all skin types.

• Oily skin is balanced and toned

• Sensitive skin is soothed and cooled

• Normal skin is purified and cleansed

• Mature skin is toned and rejuvenated.

• Purifying, harmonizing, toning and cooling.

• Apply as an aftershave to soothe irritated skin.

• Helps heal sunburns and wounds.

Use Rosewater As A Facial Cleanser

Rosewater has natural astringent and cleansing properties that can help to tighten pores and reduce wrinkles, fine lines and skin inflammation. Apply a small amount to a cotton wool ball or cotton wool pad and use to cleanse your face.

Use Rosewater As A Toner

Using rosewater as a toner is excellent to treat acne, spots and wrinkles. It also helps to tighten pores. Apply to cleansed skin that is still slightly damp the aroma of this rosewater toner is divine.

Use Rose Water to tone your skin in preparation for applying foundation makeup and then after you have applied your makeup, spritz your face and neck. This helps to set the foundation makeup, and adds a healthy glow to your skin.

Use Rosewater As A Moisturizing Cream

Add a few drops of rosewater to your usual moisturizer and mix well. It is suitable for both oily and dry skin because rosewater helps to maintain the pH balance of your skin and it can help to fight several varieties of dermatitis.

Rose Water is also used for smoothing wrinkles and restoring the vitality and moisture balance of facial skin (Apply directly on skin by using cotton ball in circular motions twice a day – before bed and in the morning).

100% Natural Rose Water has antibacterial properties and is useful for acne treatment and other skin problems.

 From: Unique Beauty Tips Blog

DIY Perfume Oil (Roses, Lavender, and Jasmine, Oh My!)

Perfume oils are one of the oldest beauty products known to woman.

Perfume Oils

Perfume Oils (Photo credit: KateWares)

 According to Levey, the world’s first recorded chemist is considered to be a woman named Tapputi, a perfume maker who was mentioned in a cuneiform tablet from the 2nd millennium BC in Mesopotamia. She distilled flowers, oil, and calamus with other aromatics then filtered and put them back in the still several times. The Persian chemist Ibn Sina (also known as Avicenna) introduced the process of extracting oils from flowers by means of distillation, the procedure most commonly used today. He first experimented with the rose. Until his discovery, liquid perfumes were mixtures of oil and crushed herbs or petals, which made a strong blend. Rose water was more delicate, and immediately became popular. The art of perfumery was known in western Europe ever since 1221, evidenced by monks’ recipes of Santa Maria delle Vigne or Santa Maria Novella of Florence, Italy. In the east, the Hungarians produced in 1370 a perfume made of scented oils blended in an alcohol solution at the command of Queen Elizabeth of Hungary, best known as Hungary Water. The art of perfumery prospered in Renaissance Italy, and in the 16th century, Italian refinements were taken to France by Catherine de’ Medici’s personal perfumer, Rene the Florentine (Renato il Fiorentino). His laboratory was connected with her apartments by a secret passageway, so that no formulae could be stolen en route. Thanks to Rene, France quickly became one of the European centers of perfume and cosmetic manufacture. Cultivation of flowers for their perfume essence, which had begun in the 14th century, grew into a major industry in the south of France. From France, perfumery developed into what we know today. To make your own perfume oil (the easiest perfume method):

  • Fill a mason jar with fresh* petals from organically grown flowers (I recommend lavender, jasmine, or rose, mixed with a handful of calendula).
  • Pour almond, grapeseed, or jojoba oil over the petals in the jar. Make sure the petals are completely covered with your chosen oil.
  • Let the jar sit for 12 days in a warm, shaded place.
  • Strain the petals from the oil, and add several drops of vitamin E oil to preserve your perfume.
  • Use lavishly, applying drops of this aromatic oil to your wrists and neck, or as an after-bath moisturizer for your whole body.
  • Pamper yourself. Pour your oil into pretty little bottles, with vintage labels. Give as gifts to share the love.

*For dried petals, see my post on rosewater and vodka based perfume. References:Aftel, Mandy (2004). Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume. Gibbs Smith. pp. 12-19.Levey, Martin (1973). Early Arabic Pharmacology: An Introduction Based on Ancient and Medieval Sources. Brill Archive. pp. 9.

Fleurty Naturelle’s Whole Living Giveaway

Giveaway time! I use my blog to promote clean eating, healthy hair, herbal medicine, and natural beauty so the purpose of this giveaway is the same. The winners will receive either $50 Whole Foods gift card or a $50 Body Shop gift card.

The first phase of this giveaway involves using your Twitter account (if you do not use twitter, see below). To enter, follow me on Twitter @fleurtynaturel and retweet my giveaway announcement:

@fleurtynaturel’s #giveaway! Follow, RT & win a $50 giftcard to @wholefoods or @thebodyshopusa. (Details: http://wp.me/p37FVU-3R)

 The contest will begin on February 15, 2013 and end on March 1, 2013.

If you don’t have Twitter, you can enter via YouTube here (or embedded below). Just watch and follow the directions in the video description.

Let your friends on facebook, tumblr, youtube, and twitter know.

Fleurty’s New Amazon Store

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DIY Luxurious Bath Salts

bath salts

Homemade Bath Salt Recipes!

It’s surprisingly easy to prepare your own blend at home:

In a large bowl, mix to combine: 6 parts coarse sea salt; 3 parts epsom salts, to soothe tired muscles and reduce inflammation; and 1 part baking soda, to soften waters and alleviate skin irritation. Add a few drops of essential oils, and combine. Add a few drops of food coloring, until you achieve the desired shade. If you intend to present the bath salts as gifts, be sure to store them in a stoppered and labeled container to keep out moisture. (from Martha Stewart)

What’s the big deal about the Cherry Lola Treatment?

Cherry Lola invented a concoction that is named for her. What’s the big deal? I keep hearing the buzz so I decided to find out. I was envisioning something like this:

From hemahanandi.org

From hemahanandi.org

Until I saw the ingredient list.

Ingredients: 16 oz yogurt, 2 tbs baking soda, 3 tbs liquid aminos

You are supposed to mix and apply to your hair (in sections from root to tip) leaving it on under a plastic cap for 30-40 minutes. Even a hairstyling-challenged person like me can do that, right? So, this past weekend I did. I liked the results and wanted to understand more about what these ingredients actually do to my hair (it’s the scientist/researcher in me). This is what I deduced:

Yogurt is a good ingredient because of the fats and protein present, and the easily spreadable and sticky texture which make it a good conditioner. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a great ingredient because it is antiseptic, and effective for cleaning…it also lifts the cuticle of the hair so all the goodness can penetrate the hairshaft. I recently found out my hair has low porosity, so this is an important ingredient for me. Liquid aminos are basically liquid amino acids….this is the ingredient that I’m most curious about. I know what they do inside, but what benefit is putting them on my hair?

Amino acids are called the building blocks of life. I know that we (humans) are mostly made up of amino acids, they are used to break down food during digestion, grow, repair tissue, and other kinda important things. Amino acids are present in every cell in our body and combine to form proteins (you need these to survive). There are 20 amino acids that make proteins in the body, nine of these are essential and cannot be made by the body so we get these from food (yay, tryptophan).

So, supercharging this mixture with liquid aminos makes it a deluxe protein treatment that’s especially suited for low-porosity hair. Ok, questions answered 🙂 – Now, for the photos.

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I added the baking soda and liquid aminos (in that order) to some greek yogurt. It gets all bubbly and  souflee-ie when you add the aminos so next time I’ll use a bigger bowl.

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This is my “before” hair sectioned and twisted.

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This is the mixture on my coils.

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This is my “after” hair, freshly rinsed, detangled, sectioned, and twisted similarly to the before photo.

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I put a leave in conditioner (review coming soon) and the next morning shingled my hair with kinky curly custard.

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Gorgeous, right? I like this Cherry Lola treatment.

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