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The Natural Beauty Workshop
Oxford, CT
Natural and handmade skin care expert
Interests: health, beauty, herbalism, aromatherapy, soapmaking, environmentalism, natural skin care, crafts, life, green living
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Sometimes skin gets mad. It shows its strife with redness, itchiness, and dry patches. While the best thing you can do to combat irritated skin is to diagnose its cause, soothing it with natural ingredients can help an awful lot... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi Vanessa, Thanks for your question. I'm glad that we could help! There are quite a few Essential Oils and Extracts that can help stimulate a warming sensation on the skin. Some of my favorites for this purpose are Ginger, Angelica Root, and Black Pepper. Some others that might work would be Allspice and Hemlock. Some of these Essential Oils or Extracts would need to be diluted really well in order to avoid skin irritation. Definitely take some time to read about each ingredient individually before using any of them on the skin. We have a couple of recipes on our blog that you might want to check out for inspiration. Warming Massage Bar: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2011/05/warming-massage-bar.html Ginger Wood Massage Oil: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2008/11/ginger-wood-mas.html
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Jojoba Salt Scrubs at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Hi Erin, Here's a direct link to the Organic Emulsifying Wax: http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/product.asp?product_id=ORGWAXEMUL
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Spring is one of my very favorite times of year. The colorful wildflowers, budding trees, and mild weather make me feel like the world is full of hope and happiness. The abundance of cute Spring decorations don't hurt either. Pretty... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
I'm so glad that you enjoyed this post. There is always so much more to learn when it comes to these amazing bodies of ours! I feel very lucky to have found a community of midwives to help me learn about these kinds of techniques for my first pregnancy.
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Thanks, Anne-Marie!
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Hi Elizabeth. You can create your own cleansers, toners, and moisturizers easily using natural ingredients. I'll give you some links to help you get started. For a cleanser, I'd recommend creating a simple powdered cleanser for everyday use. We have some instructions on doing this here: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2011/09/creating-everyday-facial-cleansers-from-natural-ingredients.html For toners, I really love using plain Hydrosols. We have some advice on picking the right Hydrosol for your skin type here: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2012/02/make-your-own-all-natural-facial-toners.html As for moisturizers, you can create a simple fresh cream or make things even simpler by using a moisturizing facial oil. The latter is my personal favorite, as facial oils are so easy to make and use. Any of the oils we mention in this article would be great for use in both creams and facial oils. For more information on creating creams, check out this blo post: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2011/05/emulsion-the-magic-trick-of-creams-and-lotions.html To learn about making and using facial oils, check out this post: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2007/12/creating-moistu.html
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You can certainly substitute Fractionated Coconut Oil for the Jojoba Oil in this recipe. As for a preservative, I would recommend either Grapefruit Seed Extract (about 1ml) or Liquapar Oil (about 0.5ml). Vitamin E T50 could be used to keep the oils fresh, but it won't do much in the way of warding off bacteria and other baddies. I'm afraid I'm not too familiar with DLS, but from what I understand the ingredient is some kind of surfactant. I don't think that it would serve as a good substitute for Polysorbate in this recipe. If you don't want to order Polysorbate, the best thing to do would be to replace that portion of the recipe with additional Fractionated Coconut Oil. The scrub won't be rinsable without the Polysorbate, so the little Jojoba Wax Beads will be a bit tougher to rinse away after use. Otherwise, the recipe won't be affected too much by the substitution.
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2014 on Jojoba Salt Scrubs at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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I'm in my thirties, and during the past ten or fifteen years, I've watched in awe as countless friends have gone through the miraculous transformations of pregnancy. It seemed like every time another woman I knew became pregnant, I would... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi Lisa, You can replace the Hemp Seed Oil in this recipe with pretty much any Carrier Oil that you like. I would suggest picking an oil that is also light in texture with anti-inflammatory properties. You could substitute the oil with 1/2 ounce more of Camellia Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Rose Hip Seed Oil, or any other that you like.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2014 on Organic Body Oil at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Hi Vanessa, Because citrus zest may contain some small amounts of moisture, it is possible for adding zest to reduce the shelf life or stability of a scrub. A better option would be to add dried or powdered citrus zest in place of fresh. If you do want to incorporate fresh zest, consider also adding some strong preservatives.
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Photo by Bellafaye Garden - Tiara by Gardens of Whimsy Switching to a fragrance-free hair care routine can be a great choice for your health and your hair, but it can be hard to give up the fruity and floral... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi Nora. The facial oil I describe in this article is made of 1/4 ounce each of the oils I mentioned, totaling in a 2 ounce batch. You could certainly adjust those ratios to suit your own taste, or swap out any of the oils included with another that you prefer.
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Hi Sandra. You could certainly add a little bit of natural vegetable oil or butter to this recipe. I would go easy on the amount. That will help the hearts keep their hard texture. Try adding a teaspoon or two of oil to the mixture or up to a tablespoon of a hard butter, like Cocoa, Mango, or Shea.
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2014 on Milk & Honey Hearts at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Today marks the first day of Spring! Thank goodness, this Winter has been a doozy. Before we know it, the sun will be shining, the flowers will be blooming, and hints of green will start appearing around every corner. We've... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
You could use either sugar or salt in a facial scrub. Just make sure that whatever exfoliant you use is very fine. Rough exfoliants can scratch the skin and aggravate redness or irritation. In general, I prefer using finely milled grains and fruit powders as facial exfoliants. If you'd like to find a nice facial scrub, check out our Creamy Rice & Coconut Scrub: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2011/02/rice-coconut-facial-scrub.html or our Kyoto Facial Scrub: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2008/03/kyoto-scrub.html
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2014 on Jojoba Salt Scrubs at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Hi Saraa. I'm so glad that you are enjoying our recipes. This scrub is great for the body, but would probably be too harsh for your face. If you'd like to find a nice facial scrub, check out our Creamy Rice & Coconut Scrub: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2011/02/rice-coconut-facial-scrub.html or our Kyoto Facial Scrub: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2008/03/kyoto-scrub.html Thanks again for stopping by! If you have any other questions, please let me know.
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Hi Vanessa. Polysorbate 20 is considered a synthetic ingredient, so if you use it in your scrub that scrub wouldn't be considered all-natural.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2014 on Jojoba Salt Scrubs at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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I don't know about you, but personally, I find the smell of coconut to be something beyond delicious. It brings me a sense of calm and satisfaction, as if I were on a beach somewhere sipping a pina colada. This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Yes, I wonder if the powder would behave any differently in cold or hot process soap. This calls for an experiment!
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Red, itchy, dry skin can drive anyone crazy. When you are already uncomfortable from carrying a little one, these kinds of challenges can be downright maddening. Itchy skin is a very common symptom during pregnancy, and it can be a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi Karen. Our Organic Virgin Coconut Cream Oil is a very high quality virgin coconut oil. You can certainly use any all-natural brand of virgin coconut oil for this recipe though. You could also substitute that oil with any vegetable oil or butter that remains solid at room temperature. I hope you have a great time making this recipe. Enjoy, and let us know how your batch turns out.
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We're thrilled to announce the launch of our brand new Rewards Program at From Nature With Love! Shoppers will earn credit toward future purchases every time they shop for qualifying items. These points will accumulate automatically as you shop. When... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Our skin is exposed to a whole lot of trouble on a regular basis. Nasty little microorganisms like mold, yeast, fungus, and bacteria can sometimes creep in and wreak havoc. Redness, itching, and even acne can be caused by these... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
That's a great tip, Susanna. We'll have to try that during our next batch of bath bombs.
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