This time of year is so bittersweet. Sweet because half of the summer has been gloriously spent frolicking away and what not. Bitter because only half of the summer is left to squeeze in more frolicking. It’s a classic case of Is the glass half full or half empty? Either way, I’m going to slow it down and savor every drop of summer left in my glass. I’ll be away for a spell, enjoying all things sun, water, green, and things with pages. Until we meet again, feel free to catch up on posts you may have missed. Below are the top posts of the summer thus far:
- For the Mixtresses: Thyme Aloe-Apple Facial Toner for Acne (bye-bye benzo)
- In the lab: Lola’s Leave-In (take 3)
- For the Mixtresses: Castor + Hemp Herbal Facial Cleansing Oil
- For the Mixtresses: Hops + Horsetail Hair Cleanser
- Lola’s List: Mama’s got a gun (5 things skeet shooting taught me about life)
- Kitchen Garden: Growing herbs for beauty, food + libations
- Herbalicious: Rosemary Olive Oil Sea Salt Sundae
- Life + Libations: Summer’s here ya’ll + White Peach Sangria
- Food In Jars: Lavender Honey Simple Syrup
Ya’ll be good!
We’ve been waiting patiently (and anxiously) for the cKc tester team to send us their feedback, and it’s still trickling in, but here is the lowdown so far. We have heard back from 20 (out of 25) testers – and I am BOWLED OVER by all of the positive feedback!! Yay Curls!!
Ya’ll know I have a very special relationship with green tea. With anti-oxidant, anti-aging, and rejuvenation properties, it is one of the foremost ways to naturally beautify your insides and outside. Green tea contains tannic acid, theobromine, and polyphenols, which studies have shown can recharge dying skin cells. It also has potential to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, rosacea, wrinkles, wounds, and scars. There are so many ways one could add green tea into one’s beauty regimen, but this Green Tea Compress recipe from Mountain Rose Blog, offers an easy way to get started:
Green Tea Compress
- Make an infusion by pouring boiling water over organic loose-leaf green tea and allow to cool completely.
- Once it has cooled, strain out the leaves and reserve the liquid.
- Soak a clean cloth in the infusion and then place saturated cloth on skin for 5-10 minutes at a time. This process may be repeated several times a day.
Gardening is a labor of love. Many a morning I wake up with sore and aching muscles after toiling away in the dirt the day before. Then there are the days when I am white-hot angry because a chipmunk or squirrel wreaked havoc on my poor garden. And I can’t even begin to tell you how worried I’ve been during this recent heat wave, and the joy I’ve felt when rain finally came. As emotional as gardening can be, nothing compares to enjoying a meal made entirely from ingredients from the garden. I get equally giddy when the same garden provides herbs I’ve come to rely on for hair and skin care recipes. These are reasons enough to keep my green thumbs active, but I just recently learned that gardeners actually live longer.
I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I find the idea of savory ice cream intriguing. When I came across this recipe for Rosemary, Olive Oil And Sea Salt Sundae, it seemed like the prefect balance of salty and sweet. But here’s the snafu—the recipe is for homemade ice cream. I don’t have an ice cream maker (not yet, that is) and even if I did, I didn’t have the patience nor inclination to mix much of anything this weekend. So, I cheated. Read More
I had visions of pleasantly sour mojitos sipped on the porch while watching the stars when I bought this mint to plant in my garden. But looks like I’ll be using it to make the recipe from The Natural Beauty Workshop:
Fresh Cucumber Mojito Salt Scrub (makes a little over 1 cup of scrub, enough for 1 – 2 uses)
- 1/4 cup fresh cucumber, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
- the zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1 ounce Cucumber Seed Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon Peppermint Essential Oil
- 1/2 cup Dead Sea Salt, Fine
Get the full scoop on this recipe and many others over at The Natural Beauty Workshop!
I have no interest in running a marathon. Nor do I want to climb Mt. Everest or indulge in other common “Bucket List” aspirations. Naw, My List consists of simple, everyday stuff. For example, years ago we lived near a skeet and trap range, where folks attempt to shoot clay disks flung into the air at high speed from a variety of angles. For years I’d drive by the range, see folks shooting away and wonder what all the hype was about. They’re just a bunch of trigger-happy good ol’ boys, I thought. But still, I was curious. This weekend, The Mister and I braved the heat wave to see first-hand what this was all about.
Have a wee-one, or just want to baby your own skin? Check out this Homemade Baby Powder recipe from our good friends at Mountain Rose Herbs.
Thankfully, making your own baby powder is cheap, easy, and allows total control over what ingredients go on baby’s precious skin. Most commercial baby powders contain talc which is potentially carcinogenic, as well as artificial perfumes that can bother a child’s sensitive respiratory system. Crafting your own customized powder only takes a few ingredients and can be put together in just minutes.
Ingredients (click the links to shop ‘em)
- 12 oz white clay
- 6 oz organic arrowroot powder
- 4 teaspoons organic marshmallow root powder
- 4 teaspoons organic comfrey root powder
- 2 teaspoons myrrh gum powder
- 1 teaspoon organic goldenseal root powder
- Optional: no more than 10 drops of organic sweet orange or lavender essential oil— keep in mind that these oils are highly concentrated, so less is best for baby.
I’m a sucker for kitchen gadgetry. But in this case, I’m a sucker in need. My herbal garden is flourishing, and frankly my regular scissors ‘ain’t about this life’ (haha, I’ve been dying to throw that in somewhere). But the Mezzaluna Choppers will get the job done.
The beveled shape of these stainless steel blades makes the perfect tool for chopping herbs and spices whether fresh or dried. Simply rock the blade(s) back and forth over the herb you’re preparing and watch the Mezzaluna chop with ease.
You can choose from two styles including a single Italian made 10″ blade with wooden handles, or a double 6″ blade with an easy-to-grip plastic handle. I gotta get it.
There’s a thin line between curiosity and ingredient junky-ism. Ya’ll know how it is—you go to the market strictly for eggs, and you leave with some exotic cheese, a jar of chutney that the sample lady convinced you you needed, and other randomness. Likewise, I’ll go shopping for a beauty pantry staple, like castor oil, and will leave the shop with a host of herbs and butters that I really don’t need. It’s no surprise that my beauty pantry is overflowing with a myriad of ingredients, many I’ve never tried. Needless to say, the inspiration for this mix is: I’m running low on facial cleansing oil, so I will make a new batch with ingredients I already have instead of buying something new. Sigh.