The 3rd Step in Skincare, Moisture.

So we have learned about cleansing acne prone skin and then following up with a hydrosol toner. Now we will learn about moisturizer and serum.

Moisturizer is needed to add hydration to the skin. By adding hydration, the skin is protected from dryness, which may prevent premature aging.  For those of you in a desert climate, I know you agree that you can never have enough moisture! An added benefit of applying moisturizer is that your foundation will go on smoother.

Moisturizer is usually made up of water and oils, made to hydrate the skin. By applying serum and cream to your skin, it gets nourished from the outside which is just as important as nourishing from within!.

STEP 3   Serum and/or Moisturizer

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Acne? Spot treat with our Acne Serum or use it as your facial moisturizer. It’s made with jojoba oil, grapefruit seed oil and skin healing essential oil and that’s it. We keep it simple! Jojoba is non-comediogenic and grapefruit seed oil is awesome at diminishing scars, which of course may be present after a breakout and the essential oils are antibacterial to shut down that zit! Apply it to your problem areas or your entire face.

Once breakouts have healed and skin is clear, start applying Glow to fade the scars acne leaves behind.

Scars, fine lines, uneven skin tone? Apply our Rosehip & Primrose oil. Evening Primrose Oil is soothing, reduces itch and smooths the skin.  It’s loaded  with antioxidants and is gentle enough to use daily. Rosehip Seed Oil is added which contains fatty acids (omega 3,6 and 9) which are nourishing to the skin. Full of vitamins c, e and a. It is easily absorbed into the skin for deep moisturization. Restores skin’s vitality.  For best results, use 2x daily.

Aging skin? We suggest using Argan oil. Hydrate and soften your skin by applying argan oil as a daily moisturizer. Argan oil is not greasy and will not clog pores. It is often referred to as liquid gold. Full of vitamin e and fatty acids which are great qualities when looking for age defying results.

Our facial creams are made with all natural ingredients and are paraben free.  We have for all skin types!  Lavender for normal skin…Rose for dry skin and Calendula for mature or sun damaged skin. Hydration is the key to beautiful skin! Drink plenty of water and what you put into your body reflects through your skin.  Quit the sugary drinks and fatty foods, and replace them with healthy alternatives and your skin will glow!

Here’s a recap…..First, face wash, African Black Soap or microfiber cloth. Second, use a toner (it removes what cleansers leave behind). Third, Serum/Moisturizer (hydrates) and last but not least, Eat healthy and drink plenty of water. Your skin depends on it!


Hydrosol Water, the Forgotten Step In Skin Care

imageLavender Hydrosol

Hydrosol waters are produced in the same or similar manner as essential oils. However, the essential oil floats to the top of the hydrosol where it is removed, leaving behind the water. In the past, these essential waters were only considered a byproduct of distillation, but now they are considered an important co-product.
Hydrosol waters contain diluted essential oils and also contain many more of the plant acids than pure essential oils, making them skin friendly. A pH between 5-6 makes them suitable for use as facial toners.  Facial toners…. the second step to properly cleansing your skin.

In our last post, we discussed cleansing acne prone skin with our African Black Soap Face Wash and now the next step is to tone the skin. Most people skip this important step, yet it only takes a few more seconds and aids your skin by removing the oils and/or makeup that your cleanser left behind. It then closes the pore and tightens and tones the skin. Men benefit  from hydrosol waters as well. Hydrosols can be used in place of aftershave to close the pores and tone the skin.

After cleansing your skin, spritz the toner directly on your face. Let it set for approximately 20 seconds before removing with a cotton ball. Rub cottonball in a circular and downward motion until excess oils and makeup are removed.
Lavender water is excellent at toning sensitive and acne prone skin and is well known for its therapeutic properties such as being anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and skin healing. Lavender is soothing to the skin and an excellent choice for All skin types.

How to Cleanse Acne Prone Skin, Ugh!

Sometimes cleansing your skin can be confusing. We’ve spent a lot of years with our teenage kids trying  to find out what causes breakouts and how to heal them. We are on child #3 and dealing with his skin issues and have finally found a solution. From dealing  with two previous children here is what we have learned:
1. Do not switch cleansers. Your skin needs at least 30 days to adjust to a cleanser. Switching
cleansers causes breakouts!
2. Microfiber cloths are all that’s needed to cleanse and remove dirt from the pores. Simply wet
the cloth and clean away the dirt.
3. Washing too much actually causes breakouts!

Daughter #2 decided to become an Esthetician due to all her skin issues. So we have developed a skincare line with less chemicals and irritants. So here is our suggestion on getting rid of acne the Natural way.

If you suffer from acne and would like to heal your breakouts then that really takes a lifestyle change. What you put in your body really does matter! Drink water, no sugary drinks. Milk causes breakouts and it’s best to eliminate milk from your diet. Eliminate slowly and if possible its best to try eliminating foods for at least 30 days.  If your skin looks better, don’t start eating these foods that trigger your breakouts. This can be hard but health and better looking skin, takes work. Try eliminating dairy, grains and SUGAR. Oh Sugar, “sigh”. Sugar is another post for another day! I can’t get myself going on sugar right now.
So here we go, let’s get rid of the acne!
Sometimes microfiber cloths can irritate breakouts so I suggest Raw African Black Soap. This is an amazing product that will dry up your blemishes from the outside. So diet heals the skin from the inside and Raw African Black Soap will work on the outside. This soap is sourced from Africa and is very healing to the skin and great for psoriasis, eczema, acne, dry skin, clear skin. Nature’s cure for all skin problems.
Made with aloe vera, honey, shea butter, camwood, palm kernel oil, cocoa pod ash, palm . It is a soft soap and all you need to do is cut off aa piece and keep the other piece in a sealed container. Use this cut piece for your face and if you have body acne, use the larger piece for bathing.  To keep it soft you will need to keep it in a sealed container, but if you’d like it to harden then keep your soap exposed to air. It works great both ways!
Wet soap, rub in your hands and apply it to your face massaging in circular motion. Add a little more water to your hands and massage some more. massage for at least 1 minute. Rinse and Follow up with our Minty Yarrow Facial Toner and Green Tea Face Cream. Spot treat your breakouts with our Blemish made with jojoba oil, grapefruit seed oil and skin healing essential oils.
Watch for our next post on Facial Toners.

Henna, The Natural Alternative To Coloring Your Hair

Are you trying to go Natural, yet can’t stand those gray hairs that sneak up on you? Instead of coloring your hair, you may want to try Henna powder. This is a natural alternative to chemical hair dyes. It comes from the leaves of North African shrubs. You will want to make sure that they are grown 100% organically. You don’t want to add pesticides to your hair, right? Look for henna that is free of PPD (p-Phenylenediamine is a chemical often found in black henna sold in the tattoo industry). Henna comes in many colors and you can customize it by combining different colors of henna powder. Add an egg for extra conditioning or add essential oils. You may not like the smell of henna and that is why I would recommend using essenital oils.  For my dark hair, I mix my henna with strong coffee or black tea. To cover gray, you add 2 T of apple cider vinegar. Next, you mix it up and it begins to look like mud.

How it works: Henna covers each strand of hair. The shade of Henna is reflected through the hair while enhancing your hair’s natural color. The gray hairs will look more like you have natural highlights. You can also use Neutral henna as a wonderful natural conditioner . The hair’s cuticle is smoothened by  the Henna’s sealing action, giving hair a natural healthy glow. Because the hair’s cuticle is tight and flattened, the hair is protected from atmospheric conditions such as sun damage. Using Henna will add texture to your hair, giving it more body and the longer you use it on your hair, the more evident the changes will be. I have been using henna for over a year now and loving it. I don’t like using chemicals and since discovering henna, I can now color my hair, the natural way!

Here are my latest results from using Black Henna at 3 oz and Sherry at 1 oz.. I use Henna every 6 weeks. At 4 weeks it was looking like light highlights and then by 6 weeks I needed to get rid of the gray. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap and cover with a towel. Leave it on your hair for 90 minutes and then rinse and wash. Voila! New shiny hair and no gray! I purchase all my henna, from Henna Color Labs.

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Living with Migraine Headaches, Oh my!

Migraine headaches are a Pain! Yep, literally! They put you in bed anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

I am so happy that I have only had a couple in my lifetime. Yet, my daughter has been plagued the last 8 years with them. They started at the age of 12! Poor girl, she had a lot of sleepovers with friends that would also put her in bed the next day. She also had many sleepovers that she had to decline. Now most likely this was contributed to not enough sleep and crappy food. Excuse my language, but all the junk food and processed foods these kids eat now a days, are doing a number on our kids. You can’t control what your kids eat when away from home, right? You can tell them not to eat this and that, but when they are with friends and they can’t eat pizza, um, they are going to eat it anyways. We found out that pepperoni pizza causes Migraines for my daughter as well as MSG which is in ranch dressing. She ate ranch with so many foods. So when looking at labels, look for msg or monosodium glutamate.  Fresh and Easy is the only place that I have found a Ranch dressing without msg or propylene glycol. It’s best to make it yourself, but sometimes you just can’t make it all.   We eventually weaned our whole family from processed foods, to whole foods and then eventually to a Paleo Diet.

She would get 2 to 3 migraines a week, so Doc sent her for a MRI. That came back just fine. So Doc put her on birth control pills to help with hormonal headaches. My daughter also suffers with Hashimoto Thyroiditis, she would wake up with headaches and the Endocrinologist said the headaches had to do with her thyroid and how your body works throughout the night. Ok, but what can we do? Nothing…. Just take Ibuprofen.

After that we sent her to a different Endo and he tells her, that he wants her off the birth control. Yay, Yay, because mom didn’t want her taking this stuff! After 6 months of seeing this Doctor with no help, we decided to try an alternative doctor. This Doctor has changed our lives! Dr. Pfau at Renaissance Health Centre was a Godsend.  By this time we were already eating Real Food. No processed foods and were eating gluten free. Every now and then we’d cave and have bread and pizza and pasta. NO NO NO. We learned the hard way. Migraines were coming again.

Long story short… Dr Pfau helped her so much! Acupuncture and homeopathic remedies really work! Remedies for so many different ailments, hormones, depression, no energy, emotional. You Know, all the feeling teenagers have to deal with.

Migraines are now only around her menses. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen do not help her. They don’t even touch it. Prescription pain meds don’t either, she just throws up. So I have had to find natural ways to help her. During this time we have started our Naturally Pure Bath and Body Business. Natural products without the endocrine disruptors. You can read more here.

Here are some of the remedies we use with her. Petodolux, a natural product made from Butterbur. This is something you need to take daily. That has come and gone, but will always be something to go back to, if her migraines come back.

So now when she feels a migraine coming on, she will use our Naturally Pure Releave. This is a spray that helps give her relief.  Made with hemp oil, arnica oil, black currant seed oil and essential oil.

Magnesium  also helps, so she will take a bath in our Bubbling Bath Salts.

We will make her a Migraine Relief Smoothie. I am not sure why exactly this helps, but it does.

Try this….


Chayote Squash

We are off to an awesome 2015! The holidays are behind us and the sugary foods are gone! We are back on track with our diet. Our family has been living a Paleo Lifestyle for 2 years now, actually more Primal than Paleo. For those of you unfamiliar with this lifestyle, let me explain a bit.

We eat protein with every meal, good fats, and vegetables. Fruit is limited but is still consumed. For me, I stay away from fruit unless it is berries. Fruit has too much sugar which raises my insulin. Sugar is not consumed except for raw honey and  real maple syrup. We also eat raw nuts and plenty of eggs. No processed foods as well. Coconut oil is a staple in our house. Feed the brain good fats and lower your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease (that’s another post I’ll have to write about). Momma has Alzheimers.

We avoid potatoes. Potatoes have 37 g of carbs and cause insulin spikes. Here is where the Chayote Squash comes into play. We picked these chayotes from my Dad’s garden and he told me to make it like a baked potato. OMG! I made it and it was SO similar to a potato. Yet, get this, the chayote squash only has 6 g of carbs! Yay, we have now found a substitute for mashed potatoes, baked potatoes and any other way we would eat potatoes.

Chayote Squash

Chayote Squash

We are so thrilled about this that we took a chayote squash that was sprouting and planted it! It’s growing. We planted it in a pot and will transplant it once it takes off. These grow on a vine, so this will be a beautiful landscape as well as great for our health. Look for them in a Hispanic market. We got lucky by finding this in Dad’s backyard. Another wonderful fact about this squash is that the whole plant is edible. Yep – all of it. From the roots to the tip of the vine and everything in between including the big seed inside the squash. Learn more about Chayote and the nutritional and medicinal benefits it provides at

Pumpkin Season

Pumpkin season is here and  Pumpkin is everywhere. Pumpkin Lattes, muffins, scones, cookies, pies and even candles. Year after year I still get excited and Pin Pumpkin recipes. We eat homemade Pumpkin Pancakes and drink Pumpkin Lattes yet, I haven’t had one Pumpkin Latte this season! What? I think I’m due for a trip this season for a Latte and scone. Oh the comfort and aroma of a coffee house.

So, even though I haven’t consumed much pumpkin this season, my garden produced two!


Our first garden.

Only two but they will definitely get used!  For now, they are sitting on my table being used as our Halloween decorations.

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After Halloween, I will use them again, but not for baking……I am going to dehydrate the pulp and grind it into powder. Oh boy, does my dehydrator get used!

Pumpkin powder is in our Pumpkin Face Scrub. The fruit enzymes are amazing for your skin and complexion. Pumpkin also provides alpha hydroxy acid, which helps brighten your complexion. Vitamin A and C are antioxidants found in pumpkin, which boosts collagen production and reduces the signs of aging. This Pumpkin Scrub is in our product line, and not just for Fall. We’ve decided to keep up the production throughout the year!

I infused my own oil with cinnamon, clove and ginger which produced a pumpkin pie scent. Zinc is found in the seeds of the pumpkin which is awesome for acne sufferers. So Pumpkin isn’t only for eating this Fall! Apply it to your skin for awesome benefits.

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