Pumpkin Body Mask

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This has always been the time of year for fresh pumpkins and pumpkin products but it seems like we have all gone even more pumpkin crazy lately — pumpkin is not only for pies and jack-o-laterns anymore — Pumpkin is Beautiful!

I appreciate pumpkin as a beneficial beauty ingredient.  Pumpkin contains fruit acid enzymes that work like alpha hydroxy acid.  The real plus is that these enzymes remove dead skin cells with less irritation than commercial products.  The lovely orange pulp also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it naturally soothing.  this treatment is well suited for all skin types, especially sensitive one.

Fresh Pumpkin Body Mask 

Ingredients: 

3-4 cups fresh pumpkin flesh with seeds

In a food processor, process the  pumpkin flesh for 1-2 minutes until you have a smooth, grainy puree.  To use: Standing in the tub or on an old bath towel, massage the pumpkin mixture into your skin starting at your feet and working your way up.  this mask is mild enough to be used on your face.  Let the mask rest on your skin for 5 minutes.  Then rinse your skin in a warm bath or shower and pat dry.  You may keep any leftover mask in the refrigerator or frozen for future use.

Yield: 16 ounces

Happy Fall and I will share a few more of my favorite “pumpkin” DIY beauty recipes this month.  I would also love to hear any recipes that you use, leave me a comment and I will share.

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Happy Day,

Janice

Natural Beauty with Coconuts

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This year I was lucky to visit the island of Kauai where “Tropical Ingredients” are easy to find and use.  One morning, my husband and I went for a walk along the beach and we found a coconut that had just fallen to the ground.  He peeled the outer husk off (which was not easy) and then we drained out the coconut water and cracked the nut open.  There is nothing like a fresh coconut to start your day!  Coconut is one of my favorite beauty ingredients the oil which is made from the nut flesh can be enjoyed head to toe and the coconut water which I love to drink is also a toning tonic for your complexion.

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The nice thing is today you don’t have to travel to Hawaii to enjoy coconuts they can be found in almost all grocery stores and coconut oil has become a cooking oil staple.  Many people use coconut oil today in place of butter in cooking and baking.  When I first started using this exotic oil I used to have to purchase it in asian markets today it is easy to find even Costco stocks huge jars!

Coconut oil is a solid white oil at room temperature than melts easily and is wonderful massaged into your skin after bathing to lock in moisture.  Some women even use coconut oil in their hair as a simple conditioner.  Also many body butters, lip balms and sugar and salt scrubs are coconut oil based.

Here are a few of my favorite coconut inspired recipes for you to try at home:

Coconut Almond Lip Gloss

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon almond oil

1 /2 teaspoon grated beeswax

Mix together the oils and wax and melt gently in the microwave or stove top.  Pour into a clean container and let cool completely.  To use: rub into your lips and enjoy

Yield: 1/2 ounce

Coconut Body Oil 

2 Tablespoons coconut oil

1 /2 Tablespoon grated cocoa butter

2 Tablespoons castor oil

Mix together all ingredients and heat gently to melt, stir well.  Pour into a clean container and let cool completely.  To use: massage a small amount into warm skin after bathing.

Yield: 2 ounces

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Coconut Water Skin Tonic 

1 /4 cup fresh coconut water

2 Tablespoons witch hazel

Mix all coconut water and witch hazel and pour into a clean container.  To use: Apply to your skin using a clean cotton ball.

If you have a favorite way of using coconut, coconut water or coconut oil let me know and I will share!

ALOHA

Janice

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Pumpkin Body Mask

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This has always been the time of year for fresh pumpkins and pumpkin products but it seems like we have all gone even more pumpkin crazy lately — pumpkin is not only for pies and jack-o-laterns anymore — Pumpkin is the new black !

I appreciate pumpkin as a beneficial beauty ingredient.  Pumpkin contains fruit acid enzymes that work like alpha hydroxy acid.  The real plus is that these enzymes remove dead skin cells with less irritation than commercial products.  The lovely orange pulp also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it naturally soothing.  this treatment is well suited for all skin types, especially sensitive one.

Fresh Pumpkin Body Mask 

Ingredients: 

3-4 cups fresh pumpkin flesh with seeds

In a food processor, process the  pumpkin flesh for 1-2 minutes until you have a smooth, grainy puree.  To use: Standing in the tub or on an old bath towel, massage the pumpkin mixture into your skin starting at your feet and working your way up.  this mask is mild enough to be used on your face.  Let the mask rest on your skin for 5 minutes.  Then rinse your skin in a warm bath or shower and pat dry.  You may keep any leftover mask in the refrigerator or frozen for future use.

Yield: 16 ounces

Happy October and I will share a few more of my favorite “pumpkin” DIY beauty recipes this month.  I would also love to hear any recipes that you use, leave me a comment and I will share.

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Happy Day,

Janice

Autumn Beauty

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Today it really is starting to feel like Fall!  After a hot and smoky summer (we had a lot of forest fires) the temperatures have cooled and the leaves are starting to change in color.  I find myself cutting back some of my summer flowers and wanting to buy pumpkins and gourds in the market and decorate with leaves and acorns.  There are also some awesome fall beauty ingredients available this time of year. Quince, apples, pears, nuts, figs, persimmons, pumpkins ….

With the weather changing and cooling it also means drier air which can affect your hair and skin.  Use more oil rich products to help lock in moisture.   You may also want to use a good allover body scrub to help even out a fading summer tan and get your skin super soft and clean.  Fall nuts are perfect for this simply finely chop or grind in your food processor or blender and massage into damp skin.  If you want a bit more scrubbing power apply with a loofah or mix in a bit of cornmeal.

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Keep you hair fully hydrated too and easier to manage .  My favorite simple hair conditioner is honey.  It does wonders for dry, damaged hair and washes out easily.  Simply massage a tablespoon or two into damp hair before washing and let sit for fifteen to twenty minutes, then shampoo as usual.  Honey does have a mild bleaching effect over time so if you have very dark hair, you can use molasses or maple syrup.

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Persimmons are one of my favorite fresh fall fruits.  They are common fall staples in the southeast but today you can find fresh persimmons this time of year in most markets.  Persimmons contain the same acid level as normal, healthy skin and make an ideal simple facial mask for deep cleansing all types of skin.

Simply mash the persimmon into a smooth consistency.  Spread the mixture over your clean face and neck.  Allow it to sit for 10 minutes or longer and then wash off with warm water.  If you have oily skin you may want to add a little cornstarch or egg white and if you have extra dry skin, mix in and egg yolk or some walnut oil.

Happy Fall Y’all!

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Oh it is also starting to be gift giving season — here is a cute packaging idea I like to do and so easy — simply fill a ball canning jar with epsom salts or your favorite bath salt and then top with some cute paper and a drawer pull  you have or buy at your local hardware stores. (screw the pull right through the lid top)

xoxo Janice