DIY Herbal Facial Steam for Skin Care and Colds

DIY Herbal Facial Steam for Skin Care and Colds

Posted by: on Feb 27, 2016 | No Comments

One of the cheapest and easiest skin care regimens is an herbal facial steam. It only requires herbs often found in your kitchen and takes no more than 5 minutes to prepare.

Infusing Oils

Infusing Oils

Posted by: on Jun 12, 2013 | 2 Comments

We absolutely love the herbal goodness we get from calming lavender and soothing calendula. Here we made an oil infusion of lavender and calendula.

Calendula (also known as marigold) is said to have soothing properties and a gorgeous golden color.

Lavender is said to be calming.



We hope to incorporate this rich infusion in our body care products!

Update: Oil Skin Cleansing Method

Posted by: on Jan 12, 2010 | No Comments

Hi Everyone!

So far I have implemented a new cleansing regime called the Oil – Cleansing Method. To visit the post click here.

A week has gone by and I have noted that my skin feels smoother with hardly any troubles.  I did get a bump on my chin area a couple of days after starting the routine, but keep in mind that any bumps, pimples, etc are usually the end result of a couple of weeks of oily activity under the skin.  It is the skin’s self-cleaning method.

I did however decided to use a blend of coconut oil (50%) and walnut oil (50%).  Why the change?  Coconut oil has a high cleansing property.  While using coconut oil may be too drying for some I decided to keep it at 50%.  That’s where the walnut oil comes in.  Since it has moisturizing properties and high Vitamin E content I feel that it will be a nice balance to the coconut oil.

Stay tuned for next week as I keep you updated on week number 2.

The Oil Cleansing Method

Posted by: on Jan 4, 2010 | 5 Comments

The Oil Cleansing Method

Your skin naturally produces oil to moisturize and protect itself from the elements. Although it would be easy to believe that adding more oil to your face would just make it oilier, the case is not true.  Vegetable oils or nut-derived oils have cleansing and moisturizing properties that your skin can benefit from. Castor oil for example has a high cleansing property.

I started a facial cleansing regimen on the 1st day of the year called the Oil Cleansing Method. The purpose is to use a vegetable oil suited for my skin type. I have combination type skin with a couple of fine lines already forming. You can use any oil that is appropriate for your skin type or you can use a blend of oils. A good place to start is using 25% Castor Oil and 75% Jojoba Oil.

In my case I used Walnut Oil. Walnut Oil (cold pressed) is said to have properties that are suited for dry and mature skin.  Your skin needs more or less 2 weeks to adapt itself to a brand new regimen.  It’s best to do the oil cleansing method at night as it will also help in the removal of makeup. I will follow this regimen for at least 2 weeks.

How to do an oil cleansing:

  1. Steam your face for 5 minutes to open up  pores.  You can easily do this by boiling a pot of water on the stove.  Drape a towel over head and very carefully lower your head until you feel the vapors reaching your face. If it feels too hot pull away from the pot.
  2. While skin is still moist, apply 3-4 drops of  oil and spread all over face using circular motions.
  3. Take the liberty to do a quick facial massage always sweeping upwards towards the  forehead. Do not pull the skin down – we are trying to defy gravity here!
  4. With a wet and warm cloth drape the cloth over the face. Allow the pores to open once again and let the oil sink in.
  5. With the same cloth wet it using warm water and remove the oil off the face.
  6. Splash cold water on the face to quickly seal up the pores and let the face dry naturally.
  7. If your skin feels tight or dry dab 1 drop of  oil on your fingers and quickly spread over your face to seal in moisture.

My results (1/1/10-1/3/10):

My skin feels smoother with no dryness. My skin so far does not feel icky or dry when I wake up in the morning.

I will post my updates every 7 days and report any changes with my skin.

For more information and discussion forum regarding this cleansing method visit

Grapeseed Oil

Posted by: on Sep 22, 2009 | One Comment
One of the things that I love about Nature is it many uses.  Of them is grapeseed oil.  Although many prefer to eat the seedless kind, bare in mind that the seeds are very beneficial for everyday use.

Grapeseed oil is a vegetable oil and that is taken from the seeds of the grape plant.  The extracted oil is used in salads for its nutty taste but is also widely used in skin-care.  It is a lightweight oil and the skin can absorb it rather quickly.

I love using this oil mainly because how it feels on my skin once it dries and it is great for oily skin (which I have).  It is extensively used as a massage oil base and it is noted for its skin-repairing capabilities for the skin around the eyes.  I love to use grapeseed oil in bath bomb and lotion recipes and I find it to be a great alternative to sweet almond oil.

You can easily find grapeseed oil in the ‘oils’ section of the supermarket or online from skin-care suppliers.