Wednesday, June 29, 2011

No Shortage of Lotions


I have two recipes that I had been trying to create and perfect over the past few weeks. The first recipe is for a completely natural whipped shea butter lotion. Today I’m going to share that recipe.

The other recipe I’ve been working on is a natural lotion based make-up remover that moisturizes and protects. The makeup remover is for me on the rare occasions when I actually wear make-up. A few variations are also perfect for daily cleansing, but I prefer to use my purifying facial bars because they keep my skin clear and radiant. The recipe variations turned out fantastic so I’ll be sure to share those later in the week.

Today:

Head-To-Toe Whipped Butter

INGREDIENTS
5 ounces shea butter
3 ounces sweet almond oil or jojoba oil
1 teaspoon corn starch


SUPPLIES
Hand blender (stick blender)
Ice
Large bowl
Smaller microwavable safe bowl
Your freezer
A jar or even Tupperware for storing the final product


Weigh out your butter and oil and put into a microwavable safe bowl. Heat them on high and keep an eye on them. It should only take 1-3 minutes max before it turns into mostly a clear liquid. When most all of the ingredients are completely melted, take the bowl out of the microwave and stir slowly until the rest of the ingredients are melted down.

Add your corn starch and mix really well until completely blended. Put the bowl into the freezer for about 5 minutes to start the cooling process. While you’re waiting, grab a larger bowl and fill it with a lot of ice and some water. After 5 minutes pull your slightly cooled butter and oil mixture out of the freezer and put the bowl into the ice bath to continue to cool the mixture. Using your hand mixer, keep whipping. This will take several minutes. You can literally watch your blend starting to solidify and then it will whip into an amazing butter that looks a lot like whipped cream. Toss the mixture into a jar and you’re ready to use.

I found that the recipe was moisturizing, not heavy at all, not oily. Even though I originally created the recipe for my kids, I’ll be using this one also. It spreads really far so you can use at least half as much as you would with a normal over the counter liquid lotion recipe. It is also way better for your skin because there are no preservatives, no waters that have no moisturizing properties whatsoever, it has natural anti inflammatory properties, it will naturally help to fade scars, treat eczema, burns, rashes, acne, severely dry skin, skin discoloration, stretch marks, wrinkles, lessens the irritation of psoriasis, has a natural SPF of about 6, is loaded with vitamins A, E and F and much more!


I already make a solid lotion recipe that has the same base ingredients and then I sauce it up with white and green tea extracts, vitamin E, pomegranate extract, carnauba wax to harden the bar, jojoba oil, shea butter, grape seed oil and chamomile extract. I loved using it on the kids but Jaime thought it was too weird melting the bar in his hands and then applying it to the kids. I thought it was easy and I liked that it was more of a water proof and sweat proof recipe, but whatever…men! Now we have a no fuss, no frills whipped body butter that is more ‘the norm’ when it comes to application.


For online organic butter and oil shopping:
http://www.organic-creations.com/servlet/StoreFront

Monday, June 27, 2011

Skeletons in the Closet


The weekend was an extremely eventful one. We started with our Farmer’s Market show on Queens Way in Hampton. It was such a slow day because of a huge festival going on just down the street from us, but it didn’t rock our business much. We had our regulars plus some really wonderful new visitors and had such a good morning; a couple spicy Bloody Mary’s from Scott didn’t hurt a bit either.


Typically after a long show day I pass out for an hour on the couch and resume normal activity with Jaime and the kids. Well, this particular day we loaded up on Starbucks and headed out to Busch Gardens. A word to the wise, don’t forget to pack all of your bottle supplies. Nowhere in Busch Gardens do they sell bottles, nipples or even no spill sippy cups. Your kids will die of thirst.


Sunday we managed to muster up enough energy to hit Water Country for the first time with the kids. Now, I’m still confused. What do you do with diapers!? I did some research and found swim diapers, but they look like pull up, heavily decorated regular diapers. I’m thinking it’s just another ploy like sleeping diapers so you have to buy a billion different types. We used a regular diaper, Speedo diaper cover thingy and swim trunks with mesh diaper support (at least that’s what I think it’s for.) Is it normal to have a 20 pound diaper full of pool water? Is there something else out there? I’ve never dealt with this before and if there is another option, I’d like to know…please share tips. Carrying twins that are literally 50% water weight is a pain in the back.


I designed some new business cards. My taste changes very often and even though it costs a bit more to order in small increments, I love changing my business card designs all the time. I’m stoked about the way they turned out. My photos of the cards don’t look the best; they are brighter and perfectly evenly spaced. I was doing a quick photo in uneven natural light outside while the kids nap, but you can see the general design.


And last but certainly not least…I’m coming out of the closet!!! Don’t have a heart attack just yet mom and dad…I mean the TV closet. I’m finally, after 3 seasons of closeted embarrassment, willing to admit that I LOVE TRUE BLOOD! Ugh! I love the cheesy acting, Sci-Fi layout, Eric is SO SEXY and I can’t get enough of the story line. I am such a dork when it comes to mythology. Season 4 kicked off this past weekend and I am so happy to have something nerdy to look forward to. True Blood!! TRUE BLOOD!!! LOL!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Skin Deep


I wanted to share an amazing site that a good friend of mine passed on to me this week. The data base is called Skin Deep (CLICK HERE TO VISIT). I highly suggest adding this site to your internet favorites and here is why:

You can take any household beauty product - baby wash, lotion, facial cream, body wash, bar soap, deodorant, perfume, etc… - run it through the data base and receive a report within seconds that will clearly lay out each ingredient with any and every red flag; overall hazard, cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies and immunotoxicity hazards and use restrictions notice. Then it will lay out the concerns in order of highest to lowest.


You would think you wouldn’t need such a thing, but run a few of your every day products through the data base and you might be surprised. For products I don’t yet produce I was using Burt’s Bees and I was surprised to learn they are a pretty big offender. I’ve personally run all of my products through the data base and was extremely pleased to receive ratings of 0 or 1 which is about as perfect as you can get on the health scale. Thanks to Liz my twin boys have been 100% switched to my handmade products only; no more Bees.

Photo: owlpostmagic

Thank you again Liz, I can’t thank you enough for the invaluable pass on. Don’t forget to visit her lovely Etsy shop by CLICKING HERE!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Changes and New Editions

In my previous post I mentioned I have been super busy, dreaming, creating and expanding. Well, the busy part is getting prepared for the market on June 11th. For anyone who lives in the state of VA or will be around the Hampton Roads area for any reason, check out the official times, dates, entertainment, etc…of the show via my site: http://www.milkandhoneynaturals.net/locations.html

Now, my changes are to my solid parfum collection that now features my one-of-a-kind Goddess Collection:


~ Dēmḗtēr Dior ~
Inspired by the Goddess of fertility, agriculture, horticulture, grain and harvest. This solid parfum is an intoxicating blend of Lavender with accompanying top notes of bergamot, mandarin and coriander and supporting and grounding notes of rose, jasmine, violet, tuberose, ylang and lily of the valley. This solid parfum is deep, bold, sexy, confident, floral and chic.


~ Áphroditē Fleurs ~
Inspired by the Goddess of love and beauty. This solid parfum is an alluring blend of jasmine with accompanying top notes of mandarin, apple, pear blossom, pimento berry, pink currant and supporting and grounding notes of magnolia, honeysuckle, patchouli, okoume, tonka, white moss and golden amber musk. This solid parfum is sweet, sensual and endlessly magnetic.


~ Ártemis Noir ~
Inspired by the virgin Goddess of the hunt, wilderness, wild animals, childbirth and plague. A fresh blend of magnolia with accompanying top notes of oprur, mandarin, tgerine, orange and melon and supporting and grounding notes of patchouli, sandalwood, musk, vanilla, vetiver, gardenia, freesia and camellia. This solid parfum is deep, bold, sexy and dangerous.


~ Athēnâ Joie ~
Inspired by the Goddess of wisdom, warfare, battle strategy, heroic endeavor, handicrafts and reason. A chic blend of Heirloom English Tea Rose and Sweet Pea with accompanying top notes of pear, apple and plum and supporting and grounding notes of cherry blossom, lily, mimosa, vanilla rice, imperial amber, silk musk, cinnamon incense, Himalayan cedarwood and creamy sandalwood. This solid parfum is mysterious, clever, intentional and incessantly sexy.

And new editions are my new organic lip embellishment:


~ Sweet Orange ~
Packed with a high dose of vitamins and minerals that include betacarotene, calcium, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, thiamin, vitamin B6 and a major dose of vitamin C among many, many others. This stunning 100% certified organic lip balm is the perfect blend of sweet orange, blood orange and yuzu essential oils, raw butters and moisturizing oils to create the perfect creamy formula that glides on smooth and leaves lips feeling soft and moisturized for hours. This organic lip embellishment has the light, refreshing hint of citrus flavor and scent and just enough natural brown pigment created from fresh hand ground kiwi peel to create a light tint of natural color and life in the lips.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pre and Post Apologies

Goodness! I have been desperately trying to get online for something other than work the past few days. I wanted to apologize for being so intra-derriere. I’ve had so much going on and been dreaming, planning, getting lost in my own head, expanding and still trying to fit in family and all my can’t live without hobbies.

First I want to start by saying Thank You to Sarah of Simply Sarafina Paintings who nominated me for an award. I am beyond flattered because not only am I a reader and admirer of hers, but she is ridiculously talented. Her art is absolutely amazing. It is so beautiful, uplifting, modern, fun and everything in between. Make sure to visit her blog at http://simplysarafina.blogspot.com/ and her shop at http://www.simplysarafina.com/.

Now I’m going to follow the protocol with random old photos littered throughout my post:

1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you. (done)

2. Share seven random facts about yourself.

3. Pass the award along to five deserving bloggy buddies.

4. Contact those buddies to congratulate them.

Seven random facts about me:


1. My husband and I met a few years before we thought and didn’t realize it until we had been dating a few years. We were comparing old memories one day and found out I was the girl he couldn’t get out of his head from a party that was swimming in her underwear in the middle of the night and he was the turd that thanked me for it. We laugh about it often.


2. I hate pants! As soon as I walk in the door I take them off and slide on a pair of yoga capris. I have no idea how I’m going to live once they fall apart. There life span is 2 years and counting.


3. I am terrified of the dark, especially in my new/old house I just moved back in to. I very often get the feeling of a presence.


4. I do not kill bugs and will freak out if someone does it around me. Recently I will dispose of a few if it is absolutely necessary. These rare cases are due to my children. Anything that may bite, sting or hurt my kids in any way must be liquefied immediately.


5. I was obsessed with aliens until I was a teenager and may be getting re-obsessed due to a television series on the History channel called ‘Ancient Aliens.’ Oh yeah, it’s also making me more afraid of the dark.


6. My number one dream in life was to own a little country French cafe similar to laMadeleine in New Orleans. Having a family and owning a restaurant can be detrimental to the lifestyle. Owning an organic handmade soap and solid body care company is a close second and every day I spend with my family I know I made the right choice.


7. I like a lot of embarrassingly horrible shows. The story lines are intriguing, but the acting is a little soap opera and sometimes pretty lame. A few of them are ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Parenthood,’ and definitely ‘True Blood.’

Now for my nominees!

Taylor Lynn of Dreams of Fae and Perfectly Sensible Nonsense. She is a homeschooled teen who runs The Forest Faery on Etsy. She is endlessly sweet, considerate, creative, inspirational and witty.

ElfRenee who runs ElfRenee on Etsy and is endlessly talented, well rounded in her skills, natural, beautiful from the inside out and has a green thumb that is almost supernatural.

Reshma of Global Chic, Masala Mango Mantra, Color Canopy and Indian Artists Corner. Her design aesthetic is colorful and effortlessly flawless. Her ideas are inspirational, uplifting and continuously unique.

Jordan of Rainbow Veins, a blog full of animal pictures that will make your heart melt, her and her family. She is fun, funny, quirky, beautiful, magnetic and endlessly loving.

Last but not least (none of these are in any particular order):

Melinda of Inspiration Earth - A Journey of Simplicity. She shares many of my beliefs and is endlessly brightening on a dark day, inspirational when you feel you have nothing left and uplifting when you feel the weight of the world pulling you down.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Vanilla Mint Mousse


I have been preparing for my next show on June 11th which has left me the incredible opportunity to create. I have a lot of exotic essential oils on hand and my absolute favorite thing to do is experiment. My newest creation: Vanilla Mint Mousse!


A five layer sensory sensation - Pure Costa Rican chocolate topped with a whipped milk chocolate, Hawaiian macadamia, Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla layer followed by a layer of earl grey and vanilla crème brulee then topped with whipped mint mousse and a final touch of chocolate ganache. This soap is bright, fresh, light and inviting with a touch of decadence.    


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Discovery

I have always been very into watching the History, Science, Discovery and any other educational channels. Most people will cringe at the thought thinking back at old war documentaries and other things their dad may have fallen asleep to on the couch. They have the most intriguing shows. A few that I've recently been glued to the TV over were some documentaries on brain exploration and the gifts that fall on the other side of autism. Absolutely amazing.


A new series that I highly recommend is one that my husband and I actually stayed up until 2:00am last night to keep viewing, 'Ancient Aliens' the series from the History channel. It is available on Netflix right now. It is the most amazing mix of thrilling archeological finds, religious stories from all areas of the world, Greek mythology and more theorized on by some of the most brilliant minds. It is absolutely mind expanding.


I really enjoy watching and imagining, dreaming and creating my own thoughts and theories on the subject. It's an amazing new way to view and investigate the world. Even if you aren't an alien believer, it is well worth it just to catch up on world religion, mythology, old and current archeological gems.