Thursday, June 7, 2018

Skin Care, Crystals & Kombucha Oh My!

I have been soooo busy these days with my business I hardly have time to blog, which I miss very much. I started my own business because one I love helping people and two I'm not going to work for someone else's dream, I have my own.


My Business

I started making organic skin care products for myself after learning how toxic store bought brands can be. At the same time I was learning about herbs over at the Herb Mentor. There are a number of herbalists on the site such as Rosemary Gladstar and Rosalee de la Foret. There are many more all have been herbalists for 15 to 25 years.

Okay so, my business got started with a salve I formulated. Southern Man drives a truck and let a woman try it at truck stop for her psoriasis. When he went back she asked where he got it and how she could get it. Word spread and my husband said you have something there. 

I formulated a whole skin care regime for my self and hesitate to share them with others due to their appearance. They do not look appealing, nor do they smell pretty, but they work and the complements on get on my skin on a regular basis are proof. So, I started selling my skin care products at a local farmer's market, but wasn't doing the business I hoped I would.

Unique Ingredients

Due to the fact the skin care business is so vast even the organic industry I had to find a way to stand out. I thought this would help selling at the market, but nope. The two unique ingredients I use in my products are Kombucha and infuse my water and oils with the mineral Shungite

Learning More

I wanted to learn more about formulating organic skin care products, so I searched around for a place I could get more knowledge. Unfortunately there is no place close by for me to do this, so unto the internet I went. I found some on the internet, but really liked "Create Your Skincare." I liked the fact that I have access to the information, including any updates, for the rest of my life. The course was great and I took the two part test to get certified in October 2017. The second part of the test I had to formulate a full skin care regimen for 3 fictitious clients. I really enjoyed that part and love to formulate custom skin care products for my clients.

Kombucha

I started brewing Kombucha about 2012 and if you ever brewed you know that it is a time process and can quickly take over the fridge. At that time I was the only one drinking it and I had a ton of it, so I stopped brewing. Then I had the idea to start brewing again and sell that at the market as well. I had one problem, at this time I had a banner that read "Heavenly Bodies" organic skin care. I was like hmmmm what does Kombucha have to do with skin care, so off to research I went. I spent 5 hours researching and it turns out it is very good for the skin. So, I started brewing, selling it at the markets and using it in my skin care products.

Crystals

I have always been attracted to crystals. Some might think it is because they are so beautiful, but my studies have led to the energy. Everything around has a certain vibrational frequency including our bodies. The energy from the crystals can aid us with issues in our every day lives. Some are grounding, absorb negativity, are calming the list goes on.

I wanted to bring the benefits of crystals to others, so I started making jewelry, key chains and prisms to sell at the market. The majority of what I create is unique one of a kind items. After us women do not like to see another woman wearing the same thing. There are some items I have duplicated due to requests. I also create one of a kind items upon request at the market and on my website. 

Essential Oil Diffusers

Right now the thing that I am asked the most is if I have diffuser bracelets, the answer is yes. I create diffuser bracelets with lava beads, wood beads and crystal beads. I do not use any other materials because I feel the interaction with the oils may cause a negative effect. 

The diffuser necklaces I create does have a silver bead cap that the lava bead sits in, but it sits up on it rather than in it. Some of my customers us them in their cars over the rear view mirror. Love products that are versatile. 

Closing

So as you have read I am busy!! I do miss blogging, but a lot of the blogs I write require research. I spend hours doing research to ensure I am writing the most factual information I can. Looking at website after website to seek out consistences. I also listen to various speakers and webinars that deal with living a happy, healthy natural life while I tend to my many artistic creations. Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again real soon. Oh almost forgot, my Southern Man and I are working on starting an online radio station in the near future, so watch out for that also.

Do you sell at a local farmer's market? If so what do you sell?




Friday, February 23, 2018

Fleur De Lis Jewelry Set Giveaway


Peshah from 12:13 Jewelry is giving away one of her most popular items, a Fleur De Lis necklace and earring set. She has been designing jewelry for 32 years.

Currently her designs are sold in various museums and stores. She designs one of a kind pieces for non-profits, which receive a portion of the funds generated by that specific piece. Designing one of kind pieces for individuals and also wedding parties. This design is the  #1 seller on her website and in the museums. 

Peshah has been featured on WLOX radio, "Gulf Coast Women" magazine, along with other media.

Peshah designs with the following materials.       
  • Sterling Silver chains 
  • Pearls                                              
  • Alloy
  • Wood
  • Semi Precious stones
  • Cut glass
  • Crystals
  • Stainless steal earring wire
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Salt Scrubs vs Sugar Scrubs


Getting certified as a Boutique Skincare Designer was the best thing I have ever done. Before I use to use recipes off the internet or that I found on Pintrest. What I didn't know was the difference between some of the ingredients or even if they were good for my skin. I was really interested when we discussed salt scrubs vs sugar scrubs during the course.

The image on the left is my daytime scrub, which is one of the first homemade products I made to use for myself I also created one for night time. This scrub contains Himalayan Pink Sea Salt. Turns out I did something right with this ingredient.

Salt for Exfolating

Salt is a gentle exfoliate for the face. Turns out that the minerals in the salt are actually absorb into the skin and therefore the skin is feed. It is great for oily skin and for those who deal with acne as it absorbs oil, tightens the skin and is beneficial for those with large pores.

Benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt

Just the rubbing motion with the salt aids with fluid flow which hydrates the skin. It can be used in areas where cellulite is an issue to reduce the problem. The salt contains various minerals and trace minerals which are absorbed into the skin giving it a more healthy look, even skin tone and beautiful, radiant texture. 


Not all Salt is Equal

If you plan on creating your own salt scrub be aware that not all salt is going to be beneficial for your skin. The regular table salt one might purchase is bleached and contains no nutrients for the body or the skin. Himalayan Pink Salt is the best option for the cost and the nutrients. 
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Fairy Dusting

Beware of products that claim to shrink pores as pores do not shrink. You can tighten them up, but not shrink them. This is what we call Fairy Dusting, using gimmicks to get people to buy your products. The industry is full of companies who use this tactic in order to sell their products.

Sugar Scrubs

Sugar scrubs are excellent for the body, but should never, never be used on the face. The granules are to harsh for the sensitive skin on our face, so only use them on the body. Now while they are excellent for the body they do not feed the skin the way that salt does.

Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin I don't recommend using salt on your beautiful face, but instead use manuka honey. One of the biggest surprises I learned while taking my skin care course is that honey is a natural exfoliator and very gentle for those with sensitive skin. It also has minimal preservative properties as well depending on the formulation you are using. 






Monday, November 20, 2017

Perimenopause/ Menopause?

So, when I had the signs of perimenopause I knew I had to find a natural way to deal with this. One that would support my body to do what it is suppose to do instead of fooling it into thinking everything is okay.


I'm always listening to natural health talks and doing research on different health issues me or my family is dealing with to learn how to deal with it naturally. Just before I started going through perimenopause I listened to a week long webiner on women's hormones. I took away many great points on how to deal with this issue naturally and applied some and also created a tincture to deal with my symptoms. Here are some of the ways we can produce the hormones are bodies are lacking naturally.

  • 'Exercise helps to create hormones
  • Eating green vegetables helps to create hormones
Taking anything to replace hormones causes are bodies to stop producing them naturally, yes even herbs


Support the Body Naturally

I went to our naturopathic doctor to find out which organs I needed support for to deal with the symptoms of perimenopause. I tried the Dong Quai and while it helped I found I needed to be careful as it would trigger menstruation and I was having irrational thoughts, so I stopped taking it. So, let's try the Black Cohosh, it is suppose to aid with hot flashed, nope no go. 

Locally I sell organic skin care, Kombucha, handcrafted crystal jewelry and key chains. While I was at a local event another vendor wanted to barter for my Night Time Facial Scrub. I'm totally up for a barter and knew they had some tinctures, so I asked if they had anything for menopause. They did and I noticed a difference in my symptoms within 2 weeks. I went to order some more and that didn't go to good, so I decided to do some research and make my own tincture. 


Herbs

I took a piece of paper and wrote down categories for all the symptoms myself and others deal with.
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  • Hot Flashes
  • Regulating Hormones
  • Energy
  • Menstrual Cycle
  • Mood Swings, Anxiety, Stress
  • Vaginal Dryness

I then set out on my research cross referencing all the herbs I found to be sure they would do what was previously said. I also searched for any warnings of any sort on each herb I came across. By the end of my 2 weeks of research my paper looked something like this.

Hot Flashes                                    Regulating Hormones                           

Red Raspberry Leaf                          Red Raspberry Leaf                        
Dong Quai                                         Dong Quai                                      
Licorice Root                                     Licorice Root                                  
Black Cohosh                                     Chasteberry
Elder Flowers

Energy                                             Menstrual Cycle

Red Raspberry Leaf                       Red Raspberry Leaf
Oatstraw

Mood Swings, Anxiety, Stress          Vaginal Dryness

Red Raspberry Leaf                                Dong Quai
Dong Quai                                               Oatstraw
Chasteberry
Licorice Root
Oatstraw


Warning

As I said I searched any warnings and side effect of these herbs. Now keep in mine my research was for perimenopause/menopause, so keep this in mind if you are planning on creating something for yourself. The only warning I came across multiple times during my research was for Licorice Root. Oh and by the way the Licorice Root also amps up the medicinal properties of the other herbs. Okay if you have any of the following health issues Licorice Root might not be for you. Always consult with a health care professional.
Licorice Root

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Kidney Issues
  • Liver Issues
  • Diabetes 
My tincture has a very small percentage of Licorice Root, but we still need to be aware of issues. For this reason I ask anyone if they have any of these issues and omit this ingredient for precautions. Do your own research on this root before ingesting. 


My Tincture

Instead of using alcohol I decided to infuse apple cider vinegar with the herbs. So, I ordered my herbs and waited, and waited, and waited some more. Meanwhile I had bought something from the local health store to hold me over, it didn't work as good as the tincture I had bartered for, but I had no choice at that point. Once it was ready I anxiously filled my bottle and started taking a dropper full every night. Well it wasn't really a full dropper as it will not fill the full dropper, so it was more like 2 half droppers. Once again after 2 weeks I noticed a difference in how many hot flashes I had, bye bye mood swings, night sweats still happening, but not as bad. 


Time Elapse 

So, getting symptom free at 53 didn't happen over night. It took about 4 to 6 months before all the symptoms were gone. However, they were less and less over the months of taking the tincture. I continue to take it and not sure if I will for the rest of my life, I mean it can't hurt and the herbs have other benefits besides aiding with the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. 

How About Others?

Purchase 

Now to find out if other women would have the same experience as I did. I gave 3 friends a 2 oz bottle of the tincture, which lasts about a month, and yes!!!!!! They all had a positive experience and one has even come back for more. The others still have some, but they'll be back.

So, how about you? Taking medications and hormones is not the solution however, for some it might be, not me. What are you doing for your symptoms during perimenopause/menopause? Is it working? If not you might consider "Change" menopause tincture. 

If you found this helpful please share.



                               

Thursday, November 16, 2017

KoKum Butter

I first found out about Kokum butter while shopping at one of my favorite companies for ingredients to create skin care products. Because I want to be unique and different from other formulators I'm always looking for unique ingredients.

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Where Does Kokum Butter Come From?

Kokum butter comes from a tree, Garcinia Indica, which yields a fruit commonly used as a spice in the southern part of India where this tree grows. However, the seeds of this fruit is where the oil is extracted from to create Kokum butter.





Benefits for the Skin

  • Absorbs into the skin quickly
  • Does not clog pores
  • Aids with acne
  • Soothes dry skin quickly
  • Tightens pores
  • Regenerates skin cells
  • Fights free radicals
  • Promotes skin elasticity
  • Softens the skin 
  • Aids in repairing skin damage
  • Aids with rashes
  • Aids with burns
  • Aids with scalds 
  • Aids with skin ulcers
  • Aids with skin infections
  • Reduces stretch marks
  • Reduces scarring
  • Reduces callouses
  • Reduces dry, rough skin on feet 
  • Has antioxidant properties due to the vitamin E
  • Antibacterial properties

Benefits for the Hair

  • Reduces dandruff
  • Doesn't clog hair follicles
  • Aids with dry hair
  • Aids with split ends
  • Aids with hair growth 
  • Aids with stronger hair
  • Manageable hair
As you can see Kokum butter has many benefits for both the skin and hair, view products that contains this butter. 


Have you ever used Kokum butter? If so leave a comment sharing your experience. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Full Moon Elixirs & Energizing Crystals

Tonight, Wednesday September 6, 2017, is a full moon this is the perfect time to create elixirs and energize our crystals. It is also a great time to start infusions. My time is tight, so I am not able to include all the research. This means you will need to do some work to find out certain information, but I will give you the basics and what to look for along with links to some of the websites I use and trust.

Creating Elixirs with the Full Moon 

Creating elixirs during the full moon aids with creating a more powerful elixir as the water is energized by the moon along with the crystals. Chose a crystal or crystals for the purpose you desire, this may require some research be sure they are of 5 hardness or higher and non-toxic. If you wish to use a crystal that is toxic see how to use them below. 
  • Cleanse the crystal/crystals only use polished crystals
  • Program the crystals with your intentions
  • Place the crystals in a glass container with filtered water the size depends on how much you want to make 
  • Place a cloth over the container, such as a paper towel secured with a rubber band to keep debris out
  • Put the container outside in the sun on the day of the full moon until the next day or just put it out for the energy of the full moon
  • You can also write your intention on a piece of paper and place it under the container

Creating an Elixir with Toxic Crystals

Place a small glass bowel into a bigger glass bowel, put the toxic crystals inside the smaller bowel and fill the bigger bowel with water.  This will infuse the water with the energies and healing properties of the crystals while keeping the water free from toxins. 

Using the Crystal Infused Water

As I said above the amount of water will depend on how much you want to make and how you will be using it. An elixir created to heal may be ingested or used to wash the area of concern or both. Elixirs can be created for healing, protection, love or prosperity. Using just the infused water does not hold the energy for more than a day or two, so keep this in mind when determining how much to create. It can be added to vodka, brandy or apple cider vinegar to preserve the energies for a longer period of time. You can also create tea with the water if you wish, but I would not heat the water as you will lose the energizes instead let sit in the sun after removing the crystals. This is something I have not done at this time only researched it, so check out this video if you are interested. In the video she speaks about infusing Reiki energy into the water. You can easily do this as well, as water can be programmed. This video will show you how, I know she might be a little annoying to listen to, but it's a good video.
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Energizing Crystals

If you just want to fill your crystals with more energy this is a great way to do it, is simple and takes a small amount of time. Just gather up your crystals, I like to cleanse mine before the next step, and place them somewhere outside where they will not get rained on or disturbed by wildlife or pets. They do not have to be directing in the moon light. You can place them on a tray if you want or something else to keep them off of any dirt or just make it easier to transport them from in doors to out doors. 

Infusions & the Full Moon to New Moon Cycle

Okay here is a little bonus for your. When we start our infusions on the day of the full moon we do not have to wait the traditional six weeks to use it. This is because between the full moon and the new moon the energy is stronger and aids in extracting the medicinal properties from the herbs. Herbal infusions are commonly used to create skin care products or a herbal elixir. If you wish to learn more I suggest taking a look at some videos on YouTube. Mountain Rose Herbs has a channel, but those are more for skin care.

All in a Day

Okay, thank you for reading I hope this was helpful. Now I am off to prepare my crystals for the full moon for both energizing and creating an elixir. I love using Rose Quartz for it's loving energy plus it makes the water taste sweeter. I also have to infuse my herbs for my elixir that I use for dealing with the change of life and my Soothe & Cleanse.

Helpful Sites for Crystal Information





If this has been helpful please share, have a question? Ask away, just want to share your experience? Please do always love to hear about what others are doing or have done. 



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Homemade Skin Care Products


In today's society more and more woman are creating their own skin care products. Five years ago I became one of those women, creating my own skin care products. Like the rest of the women I searched the internet looking for recipes for homemade skin care. I researched ingredients and started creating my own skin care products.

Slowly others were coming to me asking me about my products and wanting to buy them. For the past 3 years I have been selling my skin care products, but I felt something was missing. I longed to create my own recipes instead of searching the internet and revamping someone elses recipe. It was then that I started looking at courses I could take to learn how I could do this. Little did I know I was going to gain a whole lot more knowledge about skin care products then what I thought.

Homemade Skin Care Products

The problem with using books for recipes is that they can become quickly out dated. Using the internet brings us to other bloggers who do not know everything there is to know about creating homemade skin care products.

Coconut Oil

A few years back coconut oil became popular for various issues and made the appearance in homemade skin care products all over. However, coconut oil is not good for all skin types. As a matter of fact turns out that this amazing oil is a pore clogger. 

Vitamin E as a Natural Preservative 

One thing I my self came across was using vitamin E as a natural preservative. Turns out this is not true it is an antioxidant which means it will aid with avoiding rancidity in oil based products. If we use any type of water based products in our homemade skin care products vitamin E is not preserving it. This includes any hyrosols, aloe vera, water, tea or any plant based materials. Products that do not include the types of ingredients mentioned are referred to as anhydrous.

Natural Organic Preservatives

For a long time I did not incorporate any preservatives in my skin care products. While taking a course to create organic skin care products I learned that there are a variety of natural organic preservatives we can use. The one that was recommend by the instructor was Leucidal Liquid, which is the one I now use. 

Recipes for Homemade Skin Care Products

The other thing I learned is that skin care products do not use measurements as in cooking. This is another issue with recipes on the internet and some books they use cups, tablespoons etc. In the professional world of skin care the term creating does not exist, it is formulating because that is what it is a formula not a recipe. Making Cosmetics has a great section just for formulas. 

Organic Ingredients

For me it makes no sense to create my own skin care products and not use organic ingredients. Anything that we put on our skin goes into our blood stream within 26 seconds. Many non-organic ingredients are toxic to our bodies, for this reason always be sure to use only organic ingredients. There are many businesses out there that supply skin care formulating products however, not all are organic. At the same time many businesses supply both organic and non-organic. At this time there are 2 places I purchase my ingredients from with the exception of the preservative. 

Organic Skin Care Courses

If anyone is interested in learning more about creating organic skin care products I suggest you do what I did. I searched the internet for courses and signed up to get notices. By doing this it not only allowed me to keep updated with courses, but also special offers and scholarships. I was actually able to do the course because I did because I received a scholarship. If I didn't it would have been a longer period of time before it was in my budget to do so. 

Wrap it Up

Okay I hope I was able to shed some light on some issues with recipes in books and the internet. I want to write more blogs and miss it very much, but my time is taken up formulating skin care products and coming up with new ones. Let me leave you with this tidbit of information. Earlier I mentioned that coconut oil clogs the pores, well I am going to supply you with a list of oils that are fine for most people to use.

  • Jojoba
  • Grapeseed
  • Sesame Seed
  • Almond
  • Aragan
  • Squlalane
  • Monol
  • Rosehip Seed
Now those are for most people please remember there is always an exception to the rule and it might be you.

Do you formulate your own skin care products? Was this blog post helpful to you?

I am always looking for individuals to aid with the testing of new products. If this is something that is of interest please visit the website and sign up for the newsletter. Currently I am seeking women in menopause, like my self, to test a tincture I have formulated. It works for me, but what about others email me at heavenlybodies7 @ gmail dot com if interested.