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    How I Use Fruits (and a Vegetable) in My Skincare Products

    Fruit in Skincare Products

    How I Use Fruits (and a Vegetable) in My Skincare Products The ingredients I use in my skincare products are all natural, and come from a variety of plant sources: bark, distilled hydrosols from flowers and plants, oils pressed from nuts and seeds, and extracts or oils from fruit itself. Nearly all of my products also include fruit in one way or another, so I wanted to highlight the skin-loving properties of the many fruits you can find in my products. Citrus Scent is one of our most powerful senses, and I want you to enjoy the experience of treating your skin. That’s one of the reasons you’ll find citrus in many of my products; the refreshing scent of orange, lime, or bright lemon is…

    White Willow

    W is for White Willow I sometimes wonder how we became convinced that artificial ingredients, fragrances, and chemicals were a good idea to put on our skin. After all, people have been turning to plants for both beauty and medicinal reasons for thousands of years with great success. I’m so happy to see the tide turning back to safe, natural ingredients to support our skin and bodies. A perfect example is how the harsh, drying chemical salicylic acid can be replaced by the gentle, whole bark of the white willow.   Salicylic Acid If you’ve ever suffered from oily or blemished skin, you’re likely familiar with salicylic acid. It’s a prolific ingredient in acne treatments aimed at reducing oil, exfoliating the skin, and unclogging pores….

    L is for Lemon Verbena (Hydrosol)

    White Willow for Oily Skin

    There is nothing quite like the boost from the scent of citrus. It’s a summery scent but almost more impactful in the darker winter months. Lemon verbena brings me there, as well – but did you know that it isn’t a citrus fruit, but a leafy plant often used in cooking? This super-fragrant herb has many talents that you can use in the kitchen and to benefit your skin and soul. Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citriodora) Lemon verbena is native to South America, but will live well in frost-free climates. Where I live in B.C., it grows happily all summer but doesn’t often survive the winter – much like the tender basil plant. While I’d love to have lemon verbena year round, it’s that much more…

    R is for Rosehip Seed Oil

    Rosehip seed oil is my very first love in plant oils, but I didn’t quite realize the full scope of my love until I sat down to write this: you can find it in nearly all of my moisturizers, including the tinted ones. In fact, I think only frankincense beats rosehip seed oil in terms of abundance in my products. But while frankincense stands out as an ingredient thanks to its unmistakable scent, rosehip seed oil shows up quietly, working its skin-healing wonders in the background. Where Rosehip Seed Oil Comes From Rosehip seed oil (also known as rosehip oil) is different from rose essential oil which comes from the petals of the rose. Rather, the oil is pressed from the fruit and seeds of…

    M is for Mango Butter

    When formulating my skincare products, a lot of thought goes into the ingredients that I choose. I want to incorporate the least amount of ingredients while creating a supportive, effective product that is wonderful to use; and of course the ingredients must be ethically and organically produced. Mango butter is one of the perfect ingredients that checks all the boxes, though I do wish I could grow Mango trees where I live. Medicinal Mangos? Mangos originated in India, where they are considered the King of Fruits. Through international trade and travel, mangos found their way around the world. They’re now grown in tropical and subtropical climates of all kinds, and prized for their sweet fruit and rich butter, created from pressing the shelled pits. Ayurvedic…

    S is for Shea Butter

    Nourishing Shea Butter I love how nature provides all of the things we need to support our body, including our skin. There’s no reason we need to use chemically altered, designed, or toxic products to have radiant, healthy skin; especially when you have shea butter. It’s chemical composition gives our skin what it needs to be hydrated, protected, and balanced. The fatty acids (oleic, stearic, linoleic, palmitic) help to balance the oils on your skin, without blocking the pores. Antioxidant vitamins A and E encourage healing and cell growth. Triglycerides melt into your skin on contact, absorbing quickly and completely to nourish the skin without leaving an oily residue. Wax esters protect the skin from moisture loss, so your skin stays soft and moisturized all…

    A is for Avocado Oil

    We eat a LOT of avocados in my household. In smoothies, on toast and I recently discovered grilling them on the BBQ – trust me, try it!  However, the avocado isn’t just tasty and full of healthy fats for our insides; it’s oil is also good for us on the outside. Avocado Oil to Heal & Protect Your Skin My products are designed to naturally support the skin’s processes of growth and repair, and avocado oil is one of the ingredients I trust to do so. It’s extremely rich in both oleic acid and the well-known antioxidant vitamin E to protect and heal our skin. The vitamin E from our diet plays an important part in skin function and health, and is delivered to our…

    J is for Jojoba

    Jojoba Oil Skincare

    J is for Jojoba (“ho-ho-ba”) Why do I use this ingredient so much? Other than simply being fun to say, jojoba mimics our own skin’s natural oils; this means it’s both supportive and restorative when it comes to skincare.   What is Jojoba Oil? Jojoba oil is actually a wax ester that is produced from the seeds of the Simmondsia chinensis plant, found in areas such as Arizona, Mexico, and California. Common names for the plant are goat nut, deer nut, pig nut, wild hazel, quinine nut, coffeeberry, and gray box bush. The O’odham Hohowi people (indigenous Uto-Aztecs) are the ones credited with the name “jojoba”. They, and other southwestern indigenous people, have long treated burns and other wounds using the paste or oil from…

    Beautiful Balancing Lavender

    Lavender to Balance your Skin

    Beautiful, Balancing Lavender I have to admit, when I see those tiny, light purple lavender buds start to appear in my garden, I get excited. There is even more anticipation this year, as I have a good-sized plot of lavender that is destined for my still to make lavender hydrosol. The hydrosol and/or lavender essential oil is found in nearly all of the products in my Balancing Line for it’s skin-loving and healing properties. I’ve written about the history and many uses of lavender before (read it here), but today is all about BALANCE.   A Balanced Skincare Routine Before we get into lavender’s skin-balancing powers, it’s important to understand what our skin needs (and doesn’t) to stay healthy. As our body’s largest organ, our…

    F is for Frankincense

    Frankincense is one of my favourite oils for rejuvenating and repairing the skin. It’s also the star of my number one selling product, Argan & Frankincense Facial Oil. What makes this ancient tree resin so special that we have been treasuring it for thousands of years?   A Brief History of Frankincense Most of us were likely introduced to frankincense when we learned it was one of the gifts given to Christ at his birth by the Three Wise Men. They gifted him the treasures of myrrh, frankincense, and gold. And indeed, there are written records as far back as 1500 BC discussing uses for this prized resin. Frankincense is from the boswellia family of trees, which has never been domesticated or cultivated. It grows…

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