5 Beauty Benefits of Roses

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I never used to be a rose fan. I prefer gerbera daisies. ;) When I was working mainly with fragrances oils, I always thought rose scents were way too overpowering and sickeningly sweet. But now that I’m using essential oils and other ingredients derived from nature, I’ve found that I really, really like roses. Which is probably why I have four rose-themed products! They have some truly wonderful beauty benefits:

Beauty Benefits of Roses via @poorandpretty

1. Balances skin. Rose clay, rose hip powder, and rosewater all possess powers to balance skin tone. That’s why I include these ingredients in my Rose Clay Facial Mask, Rose Himalayan Salt Scrub, and Rose + Tea Facial Toner.

2. Anti-aging. High in Vitamin C, carotene, and tannins, rose hip powder exfoliates and helps your skin cells regenerate to keep your skin smooth and healthy-looking. Rose clay improves the skin’s circulation and rosewater has long been used in anti-aging and anti-wrinkle beauty products. You’ll find both of these ingredients in my Rose Clay Facial Mask.

3. Prevents acne. Rosewater’s antibacterial properties ward off acne, which is one of the many reasons I love it in my Rose + Tea Facial Toner.

4. Deodorizing. It’s no surprise that rose essential oil is often used in perfumery, but did you know that rosewater’s deodorizing properties make it a great addition to natural deodorants? I love soaking up the lovely, light scent with my Rose Himalayan Bathing Salts.

5. Safe for sensitive skin. Because rosewater (also known as rose hydrosol) is obtained from essentially boiling rose petals into water, it contains no harsh chemicals or alcohols, and so is commonly used on its own as a toner or astringent for sensitive skin. It’s one of the chief ingredients in my Rose + Tea Facial Toner.

You can see why I use rose in various forms in my all-natural beauty goodies now, right? If you’re a rose lover as much as I am now, you might like these:

Rose Toner + Mask + Scrub

New in shop are my Rose + Tea Facial Toner and Rose Clay Facial Mask, but they’re already getting great reviews. One customer said of my toner, “It smells amazing…like fresh roses with a hint of tea. I recommend this toner and would definitely repurchase.” If you’re looking for something to buff away dead skin, try my Rose Himalayan Salt Scrub — available in 4oz or 8oz jars.

Rose Bathing Salts

And let’s not forget about my Rose Himalayan Bathing Salts! Pour 1-2 tablespoons of this in your bath, and let Himalayan salt re-mineralize and soothe sore, achy muscles while Rose otto essential oil and powdered rose hips revitalize your skin.


5 Beauty Benefits of Orange

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I love the smell and taste of oranges. They’re so good for your body, and as it turns out, they’ve got a lot of beauty benefits too. Here are just a few:

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1. Treat dark spots. The vitamin C in oranges helps reduce dark spots, even skin tone, and get rid of blemishes. Did you know that orange peels actually contain more vitamin C than the fruit itself? That’s why I use orange peel powder in my Orange Sugar Scrub.

2. Dry out & heal acne. Citric acid blasts away pore-blocking dirt and bacteria to deep clean and kill any existing acne.

3. Detoxify. You can thank dietary fiber for giving orange peels super detoxifying powers. By ridding the skin and body of harmful toxins, fiber helps prevent acne breakouts.

4. Skin-firming. Not only does vitamin C improve your skin’s texture and color, it also restores collagen to firm and prevent premature aging of your skin.

5. Rejuvenate dull skin. The combination of vitamin C, citric acid, and dietary fiber in oranges work together to exfoliate and revitalize lackluster skin.

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Orange you glad I shared these tips with you? Grab an Orange Sugar Scrub for yourself or someone else who could use a little relaxing & pampering right here.


Fighting Colds Naturally with Mint & Rosemary + a DIY Vapor Rub Tutorial

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Well friends, there’s no way around it. Cold season is here. But I’m going to help you power through it with my friends Mint and Rosemary. Both of these herbs and their essential oils are good friends to have around when coughing and congestion set in.

Cold Season Benefits of Peppermint: The menthol in peppermint things mucus, breaks up phlegm, and relieves coughing, which is why it’s common to see peppermint or menthol as an ingredient in cold and flu remedies. Peppermint also acts as an astringent and kills bacteria.

Cold Season Benefits of Rosemary: Like peppermint, rosemary essential oil is invigorating and breathing it in will relieve respiratory problems by opening up your sinuses. Rosemary boosts your immune system and is an antiseptic.

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Mint and Rosemary Herbal Cold Remedies:

Herbal Steam: Put a tablespoon each of fresh mint leaves and rosemary sprigs into a large bowl. Bring two quarts of water to a boil, then pour over your herbs and let steep for about five minutes. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel, close your eyes, and lean into the bowl slowly inhaling the steam through your nose. Continue to inhale and exhale the steam for 5-10 minutes. If you don’t have fresh herbs handy, you can also do this with a few drops each of peppermint and rosemary essential oils. Asthmatics should use caution when doing herbal steams as it may upset asthma.

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Mint + Rosemary Bath: Add a few drops of mint and rosemary essential oils to your bath water, or pick up my all-natural Mint + Rosemary Bathing Salts. Just add 1-2 tablespoons of bathing salts to your bath water to open sinuses, detoxify, and soothe achy muscles. Not a bath person? Try my Mint + Rosemary Salt Scrub in the shower instead.

Mint Tea: Pick up some peppermint tea and drink it during cold season, breathing in the vapors as you do. Add local honey to it to soothe a sore throat.

Homemade Mint + Rosemary Vapor Rub Recipe via @poorandpretty

Homemade Mint + Rosemary Vapor Rub:

I kept this recipe very simple because not everyone has things like cocoa butter or beeswax in their home! Coconut oil absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave it oily or sticky. Stan doesn’t like using lotions unless he really needs to because he hates the greasy feeling that many of them leave, so I took all of this into consideration when I made him this vapor rub. :)

You will need:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • ½ tsp peppermint essential oil
  • ½ tsp rosemary essential oil
  • an 8oz jar

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1. Microwave coconut oil to melt.

2. Add in essential oils and blend with hand or stand mixer.

3. Freeze in bowl for 15-20 minutes.

4. Blend with hand or stand mixer for about 6 minutes, scraping down the sides a few times to get any solidified coconut oil.

5. Once it’s nice and whipped, decant it into an 8 oz jar.

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6. Spread a little bit onto your chest and breathe deeply. It’s best to use this overnight for maximum impact.

What other natural cold-fighting remedies do you swear by? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!


Friday Faves: Winter is Coming


We had our first little snowfall of the season this morning! Time to break out all those winter accessories you’ve been storing. Or, you know, buy some new ones. ;)

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1. Hot Stuff Thermal Mug by Ban.do. I have this unusually long (1/4 mile) walk from my car to the door at work, so I’ve usually got a hot beverage in tow to warm up my morning walk.

2. Color Stacked Gloves via Anthropologie. I have a thing for mis-matchy winter accessories. I’ve got thick socks that would go really well with these.

3. Haven’t Seen You In Ears Coat via ModCloth. This might just be the most awesome coat I’ve ever seen. The hood has little faux bear ears!

4. Touchscreen Thread via Urbanstein. This is cool: turn any gloves into touchscreen gloves with this thread.

5. Just For You Gift Set via Ruche. A cozy sweater, cute hat, and pretty accessory all in one set? I’m in.

6. Whipped Body Butter via Poor & Pretty Apothecary. I know, it’s a shameless plug for my own product. But in all seriousness, I have been using this daily and it is saving my hands! Back off winter, your dry skin is no good here!

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5 Beauty Benefits of Lavender

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Five years ago, I was just starting to read ingredient labels and ask questions about all of those unpronounceable things in my cosmetics. Today, I’m making products with only natural (and pronounceable!) ingredients in them in hopes of ridding bathroom shelves around the world of nasty chemicals. I thought I’d share some of the amazing natural ingredients I use in my products, and a few reasons why I use them. Let’s start with lavender, the most gentle and useful essential oil.

5 beauty benefits of lavender via @poorandpretty

1. Beauty sleep. Lavender is best known for its ability to relieve stress and induce sleep and relaxation. If you’re suffering from insomnia or find yourself restless, place a lavender sachet into or near your pillow, or take a bath before bed with my Lavender Bathing Salts.

2. Fights acne. Because of its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, lavender essential oil fights bacteria that causes acne infections and reduces swelling and redness. It also works great as an astringent because it helps normalize oil production. For spot treatment, you can apply lavender essential oil can be directly to acne blemishes with a cotton swab.

3. Renews skin. As an antioxidant, lavender essential oil aids in the skin cell renewal process, making it a champion at firming skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also protects against and relieves sun damage. Another great reason to use my Lavender Sugar Scrub — which can also be used as a facial scrub.

4. Heals burns, wounds, scars, and chapped lips. Aside from fighting acne, Lavender’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory attributes make it beneficial for relieving pain and healing burns, wounds, scars, and chapped lips.

5. Promotes a healthy scalp. Lavender improves blood circulation, treats dandruff, and reduces hair loss, making it a great addition to a hair rinse or conditioner. And, it kills lice! It’s especially effective when paired with tea tree oil.

Need more lavender in your life? I use lavender essential oil and flower powder in my Lavender Bathing Salts and Lavender Sugar Scrubs. Check out my Etsy shop for even more handmade, 100% natural goodness.

Warning: Do not use lavender essential oil if you are pregnant or nursing.