Here are some lovelies that have been bringing me joy lately (click photos for links). What have you been loving lately?
For me, Valentine’s Day is all about ROSE, the perfect, timeless symbol of love. For many years I have wanted pure, undiluted organic rose otto. I finally treated myself to thousands of lasting rose bouquets – both Bulgarian and Turkish varieties. I cannot wait to envelop myself in roses for several months to come.
How will you treat yourself this Valentine’s Day?
It’s been a while since I posted here. 2014 was a very challenging year, but a very rewarding one as well. I learned so much about life and myself and I’m ready to embrace 2015 with a heart attuned to new dimensions of love and strength.
I’m wishing you the best year yet. And by best, I don’t mean easy, because when does that ever happen (am I the only one)? By best I mean beautiful, and with beauty comes transition and change and their attendant pain and hardships, but also boundless promise and great joy.
Here’s to you. To us. To a life well lived.
Happy New Year! I wish you and your loved ones nothing but the best in 2014!
What are your goals or intentions for the year? One of my goals or renewed intentions is to focus more on self-care. Toward the end of last year, I fell off of my workout regimen. Now I’m back to working out 5-6 times a week. I do a combination of Yoga, Cardio, Strength and Toning, and Dance.
Another part of that self-care goal is to focus more on creating space for luxurious relaxation in my home. To that end, I recently made several pampering products to use up to and on Valentine’s Day (and beyond!). They include:
Rose Oil Infusion with organic rose gallica, olive oil, and jojoba oil…
Rose Body Scrub with sea salts, oats, raw cacao, roses, honey, argan oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, rose absolute, rosewood, vanilla…
Rose Bath Milk Blend with Powdered Goats milk, sea salts, raw cacao, roses, african black honey, argan oil, sweet almond oil, rosewood, palo santo…
The complaint with a lot of bath and beauty recipes is that they can be either too simple or require too many ingredients. Here I provide what I consider to be middle-of-the-ground recipes for the three products I made:
Rose Oil Infusion
Ingredients: Organic Roses and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Instructions: Take 1/2 – 1 cup dried rose petals (organic if possible). Crush them in your hands or on a chopping board before adding them to a large clear jar. Make sure your jar is filled nearly to the top with roses (leave about 2 inches of space). Then pour olive oil over the roses until they are completely covered, leaving at least 1 inch of space to shake your oil daily. Place the cap on, shake, and place by a sunny window if possible. Shake daily and strain after 4-6 weeks depending on strength preference. Once completed, use as a body oil, hair oil, a mask mix-in, etc. Alternatively, you can also use the stove-top infusion method.
Rose Body Scrub
Ingredients: Sea Salt or Sugar, Whatever Oil you have on hand, Honey, Agave, or Maple Syrup, Roses, Carrier Oil(s) and Essential Oil(s) of choice.
Instructions: Take 1.5 cups of sea salt or sugar in medium-sized bowl. Add either whole or powdered roses (2-4 tbs.) and mix well. Then, in a separate container or bowl, add 15-25 drops of EO to 1/2 cup of carrier oil (such as olive, argan, wheat germ, almond, sunflower, coconut,etc., or a blend of your favorites). Add then at your oils along with 1/4 cup of honey to salt-rose blend. Mix well and transfer to clear jar. Sprinkle a few rose petals on top.
Rose Bath Milk Blend
Ingredients: Sea Salt, Powdered Milk and/or Oats plus other Botanicals like Roses, Carrier Oil(s) and Essential Oil(s) of Choice.
Instructions: Mix 1/2 cup of sea salt with your powdered ingredients (i.e., 1/8 to 1/4 cup oats, goats milk powder, ground roses, cacao, etc.). Mix in no more than an additional 1/2 cup total of the powdered blend of your choice. Next, in a separate small bowl, take 3 tbs. of carrier oil (argan, jojoba, baobab, olive, etc.) and mix in 30 drops of EO. Add your oils along with 1/3 cup honey, agave or maple syrup to the salt-powdered botanicals blend. Mix well (it will be a little clumpy but try to mix as well as possible). Transfer to clear glass jar and sprinkle a few flowers or whole oats on top. Makes enough for 2-3 luxurious baths.
I hope that you enjoy these recipes for January, Valentine’s Day, and beyond! What ways do you bring more peace and relaxation into your life?
Before I begin, I want to share that this is my 200th post! Finally. It’s been a long time coming.
Since I’ve been doing a lot of travel this summer, I thought I’d share some tips for packing an all-natural beauty bag for overnight stays and other short trips.
Stay packed. If you have trips up and coming, you can do like me and clean out your toiletries bag after returning home, recycle used items, and replace them with new ones. This saves time and ensures that I’m ready for the next jaunt.
Save samples. When you get samples, keep them for travel! Put them in a small bag and place them inside your travel toiletries bag. They’re usually the perfect size for short trips and are great backups for your main products, too. Plus, I get to sample new perfumes, facial care, body oils, masques and other products while I’m away, adding a bit more novelty and excitement to the trip. (Make sure that you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients, of course.)
Choose multi-taskers. Instead of bringing a toner, a masque hydrator, and facial mist, bring one product that will accomplish all of these tasks. Take this same approach with each item you decide to include in your beauty bag (as much as feasible) and you’ll save time and space.
Even if you don’t travel frequently, taking this approach when you do will help you save time, ensuring that you’re prepared.
What travel tips keep you ready to roll out for the newest adventure?
If you like all-natural perfumes, you must know this. Ananda Lakshmi Wilson, proprietress of Amrita Apothecary, has started Aromatic Muse, a perfume subscription as “a beautiful, sensual way to amplify intentions and stay connected to our sensory wisdom.” I’m writing this post all the way from Brazil to urge you all to consider signing up to receive her perfumes, which are deeply discounted through this subscription service.
As a member of Lady’s Slipper Ring, a subscription service that is a hybrid of a CSA and much more, I have experienced several of her perfumes, such as Sap Moon, Medicine Woman, and Lakshmi’s Pleasure. In fact, one of her perfumes, Tulsi Rose, is a permanent fixture on my nightstand – it literally comforts and helps me sleep like a baby. Lakshmi’s Pleasure is sensual and has a gourmand side with cardamom, cacao, rose, and more. Sap Moon is an ambery birch – quite unique – and Medicine Woman has proven to be one of her most popular perfumes of late.
If you are looking for a way to pamper yourself or a loved one with a unique sensory experience, consider Aromatic Muse. You will not regret it as the perfumes are gorgeous and inspired, going beyond straightforward aromatherapy blends, though they certainly lend themselves in this form of support as well. In short, Aromatic Muse is pure luxury.
[Photo Courtesy of Ananda Lakshmi Wilson.]
…Brazil I’ll be there for a full-month on a research fellowship. I’m so excited. I’m sure I’ll have tons to share when I return. Have a happy, fun summer in the meantime!
Before I go, I have a couple of questions for you: What’s one thing that you want to do differently this summer? What new thing would you like to experience?
Feel free to answer here or ponder in your own space. Just make this summer the best one yet!
Hello Everyone! Our giveaway winner is Trish. She and Jean correctly guessed three ingredients of the special balm that I made, but with the random generator, Trish won.
This balm is called Spirit of the Ancients and incorporates the following ingredients:
Lovingly made with Organic Virgin
Coconut Oil; Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Myrrh,
Frankincense and Benzoin Resins; Raw Beeswax;
Organic Raw Honey; and Essential Oils (Frankincense,
Myrrh and Lavender).
This balm can be used for cuts, bruises, skin care, as well as for meditation. Enjoy, Trish, and thanks to everyone who entered!
I hope that you all had a lovely holiday weekend. Any intense Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping? I avoid crowds and stampedes, so I didn’t go shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, but I did catch a few good online sales.
Starting later this week, I’ll be back to blogging. Here are the posts that you’ll see over the next few weeks:
My island vacation: aromatherapy surprises!
Gift guides for all budgets: suggestions for males, females, children, and families.
A special holiday brewing recipe.
And a giveaway! (For a special product that I made.)
Stay tuned. Thanks as always for visiting!
Vacation starts early over here. I’m going to an island (guess which one!) for the next several days, and then there’s Thanksgiving, so I’ll be taking a blogging break for a few weeks. I’ll be back right before the December holidays with new content and answers to questions that I’ve been getting.
Have a fantastic week and Thanksgiving. Thank you as always for reading.