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Rose Body Butter Recipe – A Vegan Friendly Moisturizer DIY

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Looking for a vegan friendly moisturizer DIY? This rose body butter recipe fits the bill! Made with only natural ingredients, this rose body butter nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy.

Looking for a vegan friendly moisturizer DIY? This rose body butter recipe fits the bill! Made with natural vegan ingredients, this divine body butter nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy or heavy. #diy #skincare #beauty #rosebutter #vegan #natural #recipe #naturalskincare #naturalbeauty #moisturizer #antiaging

Inspired by Nourish Organic’s Rejuvenating Rose Butter, my rose body butter recipe contains refined shea butter and coconut oil, rosehip seed and sunflower oil, and natural rose kaolin clay. I also added a touch of frankincense essential oil for a light scent and for frankincense’s valuable astringent properties when used in skin care applications.

Because frankincense can help to protect skin cells, it’s useful in preventing acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores, and wrinkles. It’s also believed to help lift and tighten skin which can deter the signs of aging.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, my rose body butter recipe also absorbs quickly so you can get on with your day without leaving oily marks everywhere you go!

Looking for a vegan friendly moisturizer DIY? This rose body butter recipe fits the bill! Made with only natural ingredients, this rose body butter nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy.

Which frankincense essential oil should I use?

There are four main types of frankincense. They are Boswellia Serrata, Boswellia FrereanaBoswellia Carteri and Boswellia Papyrifera. For this application, I’ll be discussing the differences between Boswellia Serrata, Boswellia Frereana, and Boswellia Carteri essential oils.

Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata) essential oil is the oldest documented Frankincense and is believed to have been used in both Ayurvedic medicine and as the frankincense mentioned in the Bible. It contains high amounts of alpha thujene, alpha pinene, and limonene which give it strong antiseptic, decongestant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has a sweeter and more delicate fragrance than the other frankincense varieties with top terpenic-pine notes and costs less as it yields a higher amount of essential oil.

Frankincense (Boswellia Frereana) essential oil, which is grown at a higher altitude, contains high amounts pinene, thujene, and cymene. These natural constituents yield strong anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, and analgesic (pain relieving) properties making it especially suitable for inflammation caused by arthritis, swelling, and allergies. This type of frankincense has strong citrus-lemon top notes with an earthy, resinous heart.

And finally, Frankincense (Boswellia Carteri) essential oil is the most well known of all the frankincense varieties. It has the smooth, richa aroma that people are most familiar with when they think of frankincense. Frankincense (Boswellia Carteri) essential oil contains high concentrations of alpha pinene, and other monoterpenes making it useful both in skin care and aromatherapy applications. When used in skin care applications it can help to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scars. When inhaled it is particularly beneficial at fighting the effects from acute colds and asthma.

I used Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata) essential oil for my rose body butter recipe, however, you can use whichever frankincense essential oil you prefer for this application.

Looking for a vegan friendly moisturizer DIY? This rose body butter recipe fits the bill! Made with natural vegan ingredients, this divine body butter nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy or heavy. #diy #skincare #beauty #rosebutter #vegan #natural #recipe #naturalskincare #naturalbeauty #moisturizer #antiaging

Natural Rose Body Butter Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

3 oz. refined shea butter
.5 oz. refined coconut oil
.25 oz. rosehip seed oil
.25 oz. sunflower or sweet almond oil
.1 oz. arrowroot powder
.05 oz. rose kaolin clay
2 mL frankincense essential oil (of choice)
3-5 drops vitamin E oil

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh out the all of the ingredients for my rose body butter recipe except for the frankincense essential oil and the vitamin E oil. For the frankincense essential oil you’ll need to measure out the amount called for in the recipe with a graduated plastic transfer pipette.

Begin by weighing out the shea butter and coconut oil. Combine in a glass Pyrex measuring cup or similar and heat in the microwave at 50% power until melted. Alternately, you can also use a double boiler.

Now weigh out the arrowroot powder and whisk into the melted shea butter and coconut oil.

Next, weigh the rosehip seed and sunflower oils and stir into the body butter mixture.

Add a few drops of Vitamin E followed by the frankincense essential oil.

Finally, weigh out and add the rose kaolin clay.

Mix well, then set the body butter in the refrigerator briefly. As the clay will want to sink to the bottom, you’ll need to cool the body butter down in order to evenly distribute the clay.

Once the body butter starts to thicken, remove it from the refrigerator and remix until the clay stays evenly distributed throughout the body butter and no longer sinks to the bottom.

Pour the body butter evenly into two 2 oz. straight sided amber glass jars with black phenolic lined caps. (I got mine from SKS Bottle & Packaging here.)

Looking for a vegan friendly moisturizer DIY? This rose body butter recipe fits the bill! Made with only natural ingredients, this rose body butter nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy.

Once your natural rose body butter has completely solidified, screw on the caps and label as desired for personal use or gifting. You can find free printable labels for my natural rose body butter recipe here. Simply print the PDF onto a full size sticker or label sheet and cut out the labels.

To use, simply massage a small amount of the body butter onto your skin as desired and wait for it to absorb completely. I personally love this on my hands!

Substitutions?

If you are allergic to coconut oil then you may substitute the coconut oil with babassu oil. Babassu oil is very similar to coconut oil with just a slightly higher melting point. (Learn more about babassu oil here.)

It is also important to note that my rose body butter recipe yields a very soft body butter. If you live in a particularly warm climate in which coconut oil will not stay solidified for you, then I suggest adding a small amount of emulsifying wax to this recipe. I’d start with around .25 oz.

If you actually want your rose body butter to smell like roses, substitute the frankincense essential oil with 1 mL of rose absolute.

Want to sell this product?

If you plan to sell your rose body butters, you’ll need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

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DIY After Sun Moisturizers to Soothe Sunburned Skin

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Well, spring is here and it’s in full force. I got sunburned on my neck and collarbone yesterday simply driving the car with the windows down! Luckily I had sunscreen on my face but it was an important reminder that we should be applying sunscreen to our décolletage as well.

DIY After Sun Moisturizers to help soothe sunburned skin and promote healing.

Of course, there are times we do forgot sunscreen. Or we didn’t apply it often enough. Or it wasn’t strong enough. So here are three DIY After Sun Moisturizers to help soothe sunburned skin and promote healing.

3 DIY After Sun Moisturizers

Quench parched sunburned skin with this easy spray on silky after sun moisturizer recipe. Hemp and jojoba oils naturally moisturize skin without clogging pores while cyclomethicone helps give this after sun moisturizer a silky smooth feel that's not heavy or greasy.

This Silky After Sun Moisturizer Spray Recipe quenches sunburned skin with moisturizing hemp seed and jojoba oils. The addition of cyclomethicone adds a silky smooth feel that’s not heavy or greasy while also helping to protect skin from irritating clothing. It also contains natural vitamin E to promote healing while calming lavender and chamomile essential oils round off the finished product for an after sun moisturizer that’s sure to please. Learn to make it here.

This natural After Sun Skin Soother Cream Recipe is made from natural skin nourishing oils, shea butter, essential oils and aloe vera gel. It's perfect for replenishing those stubborn spots of dry skin or for soothing and speeding up the healing process after a sunburn.

My Sun + Skin Soother After Sun Cream Recipe is made from natural skin nourishing oils, shea butter, essential oils and aloe vera gel. It’s perfect for replenishing those stubborn spots of dry skin or for soothing and helping to promote healing after a sunburn. It’s made with Mountain Rose Herbs’ Restorative Skin Oil which is also lovely all on its own. The much revered and time-tested formula is well suited for mature skin, and perfect to use when running into problems with dry and other “leathery” or “lizardy” skin appearance. Learn to make this sun + skin after sun moisturizer here.

This natural burn relief spray recipe was created for a friend with breast cancer to help soothe the pain caused by radiation treatment and promote healing. However, you'll find this burn relief spray also works great on run of the mill sunburns.

My natural burn relief spray recipe is also a wonderful after sun moisturizer that you can spray on. It contains a special blend of natural ingredients to soothe the pain caused by sunburns. It’s ingredients include arnica infused oil and neem oil. Arnica, like neem oil, not only has analgesic (meaning it relieves pain) properties, but it also helps with inflammation. Learn to make it here.

What are your favorite ingredients to include in DIY after sun moisturizers? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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Spray On Silky After Sun Moisturizer Recipe

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Spray on after sun moisturizer recipe! Quench parched sunburned skin with this easy spray on silky after sun moisturizer recipe. Hemp and jojoba oils naturally moisturize skin without clogging pores while cyclomethicone helps give this after sun moisturizer a silky smooth feel that's not heavy or greasy.

The summer sun can really sap skin of moisture. Quench it with my easy spray on silky after sun moisturizer recipe. Hemp and jojoba oils naturally moisturize skin without clogging pores while cyclomethicone helps give this after sun moisturizer a silky smooth feel that’s not heavy or greasy. Natural vitamin E helps to promote healing while calming lavender and chamomile essential oils round off the finished product for an after sun moisturizer that’s sure to please.

Spray on after sun moisturizer recipe! Quench parched sunburned skin with this easy spray on silky after sun moisturizer recipe. Hemp and jojoba oils naturally moisturize skin without clogging pores while cyclomethicone helps give this after sun moisturizer a silky smooth feel that's not heavy or greasy.

Silky After Sun Moisturizer Spray Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. hemp seed oil
.45 oz. jojoba oil
.45 oz. Cyclomethicone
.05 oz. vitamin E oil
12 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops chamomile essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the hemp seed oil, jojoba oil, cyclomethicone and vitamin E and combine in a container with a spout such as a small glass beaker or small glass Pyrex measuring cup. Using a graduated plastic transfer pipette or dropper add the lavender and chamomile essential oils. Mix well to combine, then use a small funnel to then pour into a 2 oz. glass bottle with a fingertip spray mister.

If you prefer a fragrant body oil spray, simply substitute the essential oils with 1 ml (measured out using a graduated plastic transfer pipette) of skin safe fragrance oil of your choice.

To use simply spray on and rub in!

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Bacuri Butter: The Most Magical Beauty Butter for Natural Skin Care Recipes

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Unravel the mystery behind bacuri butter and discover how this prized beauty butter from the Brazilian Amazon Forest can transform your natural beauty and skin care products. Plus learn how to make a natural bacuri butter body balm recipe to promote skin health and reduce the appearance of aging.

Bacuri butter as a natural home remedy and anti-aging skin care ingredient for your holistic beauty and natural skin care recipes. Bacuri Butter: The Most Magical of Beauty Butters for Natural Skin Care Recipes. Unravel the mystery behind bacuri butter and discover how this prized beauty butter from the Brazilian Amazon Forest can transform your natural beauty and skin care products. Plus learn how to make a natural bacuri butter body balm recipe to promote skin health and reduce the appearance of aging.

I’ve been in a creative slump as of late. I’ve been short on supplies. More than that, however, I’ve just been using a lot of the same ingredients over and over in different ways for so long. It kind of becomes uninspiring. If you’re a creator, you’ve likely also hit a similar wall at some point in your own process. So you get what I mean.

In fact, a creative slump was one of the main reasons I stopped selling my homemade soaps on Etsy and at my local farmer’s market. That constant demand for the same exact products over and over. I rarely had a chance to formulate any new homemade soap recipes. Instead I was selling my product downtown five days a week and making soap in the evenings. Then somewhere between all of that there was social media, etsy listings and product shipping. So my creativity extended about as far as swapping out colorants and fragrance oils for the same boring homemade soap recipe.

Recently however I was introduced to an entirely new line of exotic butters and carrier oils by way of Paris Fragrances. Paris Fragrances carries a fantastic line of natural butters and vegetable carrier oils from the Brazilian Amazon Forest. All of these natural ingredients are unrefined, cold pressed and sustainably sourced from the Amazon region of Brazil. They’re also perfect for use in natural skin care and homemade soap recipes!

Bacuri Butter: The Most Magical of Beauty Butters for Natural Skin Care Recipes. Unravel the mystery behind bacuri butter and discover how this prized beauty butter from the Brazilian Amazon Forest can transform your natural beauty and skin care products. Plus learn how to make a natural bacuri butter body balm recipe to promote skin health and reduce the appearance of aging.

The Most Magical of All Beauty Butters

With the rise in both artisan and natural skin care products, many of us are now familiar with exotic ingredients from locations like Africa. Shea butter, a natural ingredient used in everything from body butters to soaps, is a major part of Africa’s economy. Known as African Gold, shea butter offers valuable economic opportunities for women and girls.

However, there are lesser known butters from a different region of the world that also have their own unique properties and benefits when used in skin and hair care recipes. Bacuri butter, in particular, comes from the Brazilian Amazon Forest. A somewhat unattractive butter, this natural butter is a dark brown that resembles both the color and consistency of fudge. It also offers some rather amazing skin care benefits. After just one use, bacuri butter was instantly promoted to the most magical of all beauty butters in my natural beauty and skin care arsenal.

Some of my favorite properties of bacuri butter include the fast absorbency rate and its highly emollient and moisturizing properties. I also love bacuri butter’s rich natural color and its anti-fungal and anti-bacterical properties. It’s versatility, both as a natural home remedy and as a quality ingredient in skin care products, also makes it a must for my own home apothecary.

Bacuri Butter: The Most Magical of Beauty Butters for Natural Skin Care Recipes. Unravel the mystery behind bacuri butter and discover how this prized beauty butter from the Brazilian Amazon Forest can transform your natural beauty and skin care products. Plus learn how to make a natural bacuri butter body balm recipe to promote skin health and reduce the appearance of aging.

What Is Bacuri Butter?

Bacuri butter is extracted from the seeds of the fruit that grows on the Bacuri tree. These trees are found in Northern Brazil, within the state of Para, where the fruit is harvested in the wild. The dark brown solid butter is then extracted from the seeds for use using the cold-pressed processing method. Bacuri butter has a pleasant, moderately strong natural scent. This natural fragrance is often described as earthy or mossy. However, for me bacuri butter smells sweet and earthy with nutty undertones.

Bacuri butter has a melting point of 95°F which is similar to that of shea butter. The melt point of unrefined shea butter ranges between 89 to 100°F making bacuri butter a suitable substitution in your beauty and body butter recipes. Suited for all skin types, including oily and sensitive skin, bacuri butter leaves skin feeling velvety smooth upon application. It also has firming, moisturizing, astringent, soothing and cell renewal properties when used in your choice of a variety of homemade skin care formulations.

Benefits of Bacuri Butter for Health & Beauty

Bacuri butter offers a number of natural beauty benefits for skin and hair when used in natural beauty recipes. Commonly used in a number of skin and hair applications, bacuri butter is also prized as a natural home remedy for a number of ailments.

Bacuri butter as a natural home remedy.

Traditionally, bacuri butter has been used by the local natives of Brazil as an effective home remedy against both snake and spider bites. It’s also been shown to be an effective  home remedy for treating earaches. Additionally, bacuri butter is also viewed as what is considered a miraculous, indigenous remedy against rheumatism and arthritis. You can also use bacuri butter as a natural insect repellent to protect against insect bites.

When utilized in natural remedies for skin issues, bacuri butter reduces inflammation and redness. It’s also effective at reducing rashes, acne, hyper-pigmentation and scarring. Therefore bacuri butter makes a great addition to natural salves and creams that target acne, rosacea, eczema, scars and stretch marks. It’s also a recommended ingredient for natural pain relief products to help ease muscle pain.

Bacuri butter as a natural home remedy and anti-aging skin care ingredient for your holistic beauty and natural skin care recipes. Bacuri Butter: The Most Magical of Beauty Butters for Natural Skin Care Recipes. Unravel the mystery behind bacuri butter and discover how this prized beauty butter from the Brazilian Amazon Forest can transform your natural beauty and skin care products. Plus learn how to make a natural bacuri butter body balm recipe to promote skin health and reduce the appearance of aging.

Bacuri butter for natural beauty & skin care recipes.

Bacuri butter has many wonderful properties that make it an especially useful ingredient in skin and hair care applications. Part of this is due to it’s high methionine content. Methionine is an essential amino acid that plays a critical role in the metabolism and health of many species. It’s also a natural source of sulphur – an element crucial for healthy skin, hair and nails.

Due to this amino acid and it’s high tripalmitin (fatty acid) content, bacuri butter is able to help stabilize skin’s elastin and collagen production as well as promote hair and nail growth. Therefore bacuri butter makes a both a beautiful and effective addition to scar treatments and stretch mark creams, anti-aging products, hair masks, cuticle balms, body butters and hair conditioners.

About My Bacuri Butter Body Balm

I’ve been working on several natural skin care and homemade soap recipes formulated with bacuri butter – all of which I’ll be sharing over the coming weeks. In the meantime I wanted to share the first of those recipes with you for my natural bacuri butter body balm. My bacuri butter body balm recipe is formulate with just over one third bacuri butter. It also contains passion fruit oil – an unrefined vegetable carrier oil also from the Brazilian Amazon region.

Like bacuri butter, passion fruit oil oil also has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids. It’s rich in linoleic acid, which aids in the restoration of the lipid layer of the skin. This yields exquisite moisturizing and emollient properties that increase the silkiness of the skin. Soap and skin products that are formulated with passion fruit oil offer a relaxing and anti-stress sensation.

Other ingredients in my bacuri butter body balm recipe consist of jojoba oil (or fractionated coconut oil) and lanolin. The lanolin is added to my body balm recipe for additional skin protection and to help lock in moisture. Additionally, my bacuri butter body balm recipe also contains cera bellina wax, a hydrophilic derivative of beeswax that has the ability to convert oils to gels, and candelilla wax. There is no added fragrance in my bacuri butter body balm. Instead, this simple recipe allows the natural scent of the bacuri butter to shine through.

Bacuri Butter Body Balm Recipe. Bacuri butter works wonders as a natural home remedy and anti-aging skin care ingredient for your holistic beauty and natural skin care recipes. Bacuri Butter: The Most Magical of Beauty Butters for Natural Skin Care Recipes. Unravel the mystery behind bacuri butter and discover how this prized beauty butter from the Brazilian Amazon Forest can transform your natural beauty and skin care products. Plus learn how to make a natural bacuri butter body balm recipe.

Bacuri Butter Body Balm Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. bacuri butter
1 oz. jojoba oil (or fractionated coconut oil)
1 oz. passion fruit oil
.25 oz. cera bellina wax
.25 oz. pharmaceutical grade lanolin
.1 oz. candelilla wax

Instructions:

Weigh out the ingredients.

To make my natural bacuri butter body balm recipe, you’ll need to use a digital scale to first weigh out all of the ingredients. Combine the ingredients in a glass Pyrex measuring cup or double boiler.

Bacuri Butter Body Balm Recipe. Bacuri butter works wonders as a natural home remedy and anti-aging skin care ingredient for your holistic beauty and natural skin care recipes. Bacuri Butter: The Most Magical of Beauty Butters for Natural Skin Care Recipes. Unravel the mystery behind bacuri butter and discover how this prized beauty butter from the Brazilian Amazon Forest can transform your natural beauty and skin care products. Plus learn how to make a natural bacuri butter body balm recipe.

Heat the ingredients.

Melt the ingredients for the bacuri butter body balm using the double boiler method. I recommend using a double boiler insert. Alternately you can also use a glass Pyrex measuring cup by resting the measuring cup on a canning lid in a pot of water.

Mix to combine.

Once all of the ingredients for your bacuri butter body balm have melted, remove the liquified body balm from heat. Then mix the ingredients thoroughly until well combine.

Pour into your containers.

Pour the bacuri butter body balm evenly into two 2.3 oz. glass jars (like these from SKS Bottle & Packaging.) Allow to cool then screw on the lids and label as desired for personal use or gifting.

Usage:

To use your natural bacuri butter body balm, simply massage onto skin as desired to moisturize and soothe skin.

Bacuri Butter Body Balm Recipe - a natural remedy for eczema, acne scars and other problematic skin conditions. Perfect for maturing, oily and even sensitive skin, bacuri butter is the most magical of beauty butters for your natural skin care recipes. Unravel the mystery behind bacuri butter and discover how this prized beauty butter from the Brazilian Amazon Forest can transform your natural beauty and skin care products. Plus learn how to make a natural bacuri butter body balm recipe to promote skin health and reduce the appearance of aging.

Other Ways to Use Bacuri Butter

Other than my bacuri butter body balm recipe, another great way to use bacuri butter is simply solo! When applied as is to skin, bacuri butter gives skin a light golden brown sheen. So it’s the perfect substitute for your body bronzer. Especially when your skin is craving a luxe moisturizer.

While bacuri butter can stain clothing, it absorbs quickly and easily. So not only does this butter not feel greasy after application, once absorbed, there’s no longer a risk of it staining clothing. And because a little dab will do you, bacuri butter is extremely cost effective when compared to beauty products that perform a similar beauty benefit. Additionally, bacuri butter also offers some SPF skin protection and works wonderfully as a natural after sun moisturizer.

In addition to direct skin application, bacuri butter is also well suited for hair care. It’s a great natural moisturizer for dark, curly or ethnic hair as it helps to protect hair against external agents.

You can buy pesticide free, fair trade and sustainable bacuri butter online from Paris Fragrances.

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12 Summer Skin Care Recipes for Dry Skin with Camellia Seed Oil

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Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you’re free from dry skin. Summer causes dry skin too – especially after excess sun exposure. Therefore, in order to help you tackle your summer skin care needs, I’ve put together a collection of 12 summer skin care recipes for dry skin. Plus discover six summer skin care beauty tips to help protect your skin from further sun damage.

12 Summer Skin Care Recipes for Dry Skin with Camellia Seed Oil. Naturally care for your skin this summer with this collection of natural summer skin care recipes for dry or maturing skin. Plus six summer beauty tips to keep your skin hydrated and ready to fight aging caused by sun damage.

As a kid I loved summer. The heat seemed to never slow me down. I’d spend an insane amount of time outdoors romping through the woods that lined our street. I’d pull up seedling sassafras trees for their roots to make tea. I built tee pees from giant, broken tree branches and the patchwork quilts my grandmother made. I climbed trees and made my way onto low lying roofs. I made grass dolls and clay pots with mud and clay. I drew neighborhoods in sidewalk chalk along the entire cul-de-sac with roads and parking lots for our bikes.

When I was a kid I didn’t care about sunburns or tick bites. I didn’t worry about aging. And I certainly wasn’t worried about dry skin. It’s amazing how things have changed since those carefree summer days.

What hasn’t changed however is my desire for adventure and exploration of the world around me. While I now approach those desires with more caution than I did as a child, I like to think I’m still a kid at heart. Now if only I could coax my skin into that same line of thinking. (Am I right?!)

Unfortunately, as we age, our skin does as well. And likewise our skin’s needs also change. As a woman over forty, I’ve found that the key to youth is moisturizing. (And then moisturizing even more.)

One might think that in the summer you wouldn’t need to moisturize. While you may not need a thick body butter type moisturizer like you do in winter, your skin does still need stay hydrated throughout summer. This is especially true if you spend a lot of time outdoors during the summer months. So before we get into my collection of camellia oil summer skin care recipes for dry skin, I first wanted to share a few summer skin care tips.

Summer Beauty Tips. Learn how to care for your skin this summer to prevent sun damage that can cause aging. Plus 12 summer skin care recipes made with camellia seed oil.

 

Summer Skin Care Beauty Tips

1. Exfoliate.

Hot summer heat means a lot of sweating. This also means a lot of excess oil, dirt and bacteria on skin that may not only lead to breakouts, but can also cause skin to look dull. Exfoliating skin with a natural body scrub is a great way to slough off dead skin cells to brighten skin. It also allows for improved skin hydration. So when you apply a moisturizer, it really sinks in to moisturize and protect your skin.

Be sure to exfoliate in the morning. Then follow with a toner, moisturizer, SPF and then your makeup for the day. Exfoliating will also help keep your makeup in place. However, if your makeup tends to slide off in summer heat, try a makeup setting spray. (You can learn how to make your own setting spray here.)

2. Moisturize.

In addition to moisturizing daily, give skin an extra boost of hydration by using a moisturizing face mask once or twice a week. This better prepares your skin for accidental overexposure to the sun and helps to keep your skin in optimal condition. (This DIY sheet mask for sensitive skin is a great choice.)

I also recommend taking a spray toner with you on the go. In addition to using a toner under your facial moisturizer,  it’s also a great hydration boost while you’re at work or after you hit the gym. (I love this moisturizing facial toner recipe with rooibos tea. Or try a natural hydrosol spray.)

3. Drink a LOT of water.

I know you hear this a lot, but drink lots of water. It’s recommended that you drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day. This helps to maintain a healthy moisture balance between your skin and your body. Plus it helps with your body’s natural detoxification process.

You can infuse your water overnight with fresh fruit or vegetables in a large pitcher for flavor if desired. Or try your favorite infused water recipes in an instant pot. (Learn how here.)

Keep in mind, however, that if you drink caffeinated beverages,  you need to triple your daily water intake. (If you’re having trouble ditching the caffeine, give ashwagandha root and a vitamin B complex a try instead.)

4. Go operation overkill where sunscreen is concerned.

Sunscreen doesn’t only help to prevent sunburns, it can also help to prevent skin cancer. Even if you aren’t fair skinned, you should still be applying sunscreen. The UV rays from sun affect all skin tones  – not just those of us who freckle.

So play it safe and apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF before and during exposure to the sun. Experts recommend reapplying sunscreen liberally every two hours. What does liberally mean exactly? Basically you should be applying a teaspoon of sunscreen to your face alone.

12 Summer Skin Care Recipes for Dry Skin with Camellia Seed Oil. Naturally care for your skin this summer with this collection of natural summer skin care recipes for dry or maturing skin. Plus six summer beauty tips to keep your skin hydrated and ready to fight aging caused by sun damage.

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Also keep in mind, that when combining multiple skin care products with an SPF, you aren’t actually increasing skin protection against harmful UV rays. Instead, your SPF averages out to the total of the SPF of all the products combined. So if your day cream has an SPF of 40 and your foundation is SPF 20, you’re actually getting the protection of SPF 30.

Additionally you should also avoid sun exposure between mid-morning and late afternoon whenever possible.

5. Soothe sunburned skin.

If you do get a sunburn, be sure to take measures to soothe sunburned skin. A cooling gel or an organic aloe vera gel can help calm inflammation and soothe skin. (You can even make your own after sun skin moisturizers.)

However, if skin blisters, treat the blisters as a wound to avoid infection and seek medical attention in the case of any 3rd degree burns. Your doctor can prescribe an antibacterial cream for bad burns that are more prone to infection.

6. Treat sun damaged skin.

While a tan may look great in the summer, suntans are actually a sign of sun damage. And sun damage can actually accelerate your skin’s aging process resulting in brown spots, coarse skin and even wrinkles. To counteract this, look for products that offer anti-aging skin care benefits. Anti-aging products can help to undo some of the damage caused by the sun’s UV rays as well as protect skin from further damage. (Learn how to make your own anti-aging products.)

So skip the tanning bed and avoid laying out. If you must have a summer tan, instead opt for a sunless tanner or try one of the many natural bronzing products available on the market today.

Usage & Benefits of Camellia Oil (Tea Seed Oil) in Skin Care for Natural Beauty. 6 Great Summer Beauty Tips Plus 12 Summer Skin Care Recipes for Dry Skin with Camellia Seed Oil.

Recently Mountain Rose Herbs, one of my favorite suppliers for natural ingredients, began carrying camellia seed oil. I am pretty excited about this addition to their line. Therefore I wanted to highlight this wonderful carrier oil as well as provide some recipes that utilize this amazing ingredient.

What is Camellia Seed Oil?

Camellia seed oil, also known as tea seed oil, comes from the seeds of the tea plant. The same tea plants that are used to make the tea we drink. As such, camellia seed oil has some of the same benefits as say green tea. This includes its antioxidant properties. Additionally, camellia seed oil is also rich in unsaturated fats, minerals and other nutrients including vitamins, A, B, and E.

Comprised of 80% oelic acid, camellia oil also contains linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, stearic acid, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, triterpenes, saponins and squalane. These properties make camellia seed oil well suited for both natural skin car and hair care remedies and formulations.

Similar in nature to fractionated coconut oil, camellia seed oil is the perfect luxurious alternative. Like fractionated coconut oil, camellia seed oil is liquid at room temperature. Similarly it also has a long two year shelf life, and like fractionated coconut oil, camellia seed oil is quickly and easily absorbed by the skin.  As such, camellia seed oil won’t leave your skin feeling greasy after application.

12 Summer Skin Care Recipes for Dry Skin with Camellia Seed Oil. Naturally care for your skin this summer with this collection of natural summer skin care recipes for dry or maturing skin. Plus six summer beauty tips to keep your skin hydrated and ready to fight aging caused by sun damage.

What are the Benefits of Camellia Seed Oil for Skin?

One of the best kept secrets in the cosmetic and hair care industry, camellia seed oil is an extremely hydrating carrier oil. Studies have shown that camellia seed oil can improve the tone and texture of skin. It also can help to reduce the appearance of aging as well as strengthen brittle nails.

Additionally, camellia seed oil is also a wonderful choice for hair care. Traditionally used as a hair conditioner, this natural carrier oil also helps to eliminate dandruff as well as strengthen hair to prevent split ends and breakage.

Unlike coconut oil however, camellia oil won’t clog pores. And it’s suitable for all skin types and skin conditions, including eczema and acne prone skin. This lush carrier oil has the ability to calm inflammation and therefore can be especially beneficial at soothing irritated skin. For dry, flaky skin, using camellia seed oil results in softer, smoother skin with an overall healthier appearance. This makes camellia seed oil the perfect ingredient for your own summer skin care recipes.

12 Summer Skin Care Recipes for Dry Skin with Camellia Seed Oil. Naturally care for your skin this summer with this collection of natural summer skin care recipes for dry or maturing skin. Plus six summer beauty tips to keep your skin hydrated and ready to fight aging caused by sun damage.

Summer Skin Care Recipes for Dry Skin

Using camellia seed oil as part of your  summer skin care formulations helps to speed absorption rates of those products. I’ve found that camellia seed oil makes a nice addition to facial serums and hair care products. Other similar carrier oils – like grapeseed, safflower, marula, and macadamia nut oil – make great substitutions for camellia seed oil in a pinch.

An easy way to use camellia seed oil is to simply apply several drops of oil to the palm of your hand. Then rub your palms together and smooth over your hair to instantly add shine and smooth flyaways.

Following is my collection of summer skin care recipes. Each of these skin care recipes contain camellia oil and create wonderful products suited for dry skin and hair. Don’t just reserve these recipes for summer though. They are also beneficial to use throughout the year to tackle other seasonal dry skin issues.

Love your locks with these leave in coffee hair conditioner & shine spray recipes! Formulated especially for dry or damaged hair, these recipes both utilize the power of camellia seed oil and babassu oil. Both of these oils have similar properties in hair and skincare as coconut oil making them especially suited for those sensitive to or allergic to coconut oil.

Leave In Coffee Hair Conditioner & Shine Spray Recipe

Love your locks with this leave in coffee hair conditioner & shine spray recipe! Formulated especially for dry or damaged hair, this recipe both utilize the power of camellia seed oil and babassu oil. Both of these oils have similar properties in hair and skincare as coconut oil making them especially suited for those sensitive to or allergic to coconut oil. Learn to make it.

DIY Cucumber Eye Cream that targets under eye puffiness, wrinkles and fine lines! Naturally packed with vitamin C and caffeic acid, this homemade cucumber eye cream recipe targets inflammation to help soothe skin irritation and reduce swelling. Learn how to make this natural beauty recipe now at Soap Deli News blog. #diy #beauty #skincare #recipe #antiaging #antiwrinkle #cucumber #eyecream

Natural Cucumber Eye Cream Recipe

This cucumber eye cream recipe is formulated to target under eye puffiness, wrinkles and fine lines. Naturally packed with vitamin C and caffeic acid, this homemade cucumber eye cream recipe targets inflammation to help soothe skin irritation and reduce swelling. While additional ingredients – including camellia seed oil, baobab oil and carrot seed essential oil – work together to help skin look and feel more youthful. Learn to make it.

This homemade blueberry sugar scrub recipe with tea seed oil is perfect for summer! Not only does this summer blueberry sugar scrub gently exfoliate and moisturize skin to keep it looking healthy all season long, but it smells simply amazing! Plus free printable labels for gifting!

Blueberry Sugar Scrub Recipe for Summer Skin Care

This homemade blueberry sugar scrub recipe with camellia seed oil is perfect for your summer skin care needs! Not only does this amazing sugar scrub gently exfoliate and moisturize skin, it also smells pretty amazing! Plus, as a bonus, this summer skin care recipe also comes with free printable labels for gift giving. Learn to make it.

This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely homemade gift!

Natural Rose Body Balm Recipe with Camellia Seed Oil

This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using camellia seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely handmade gift idea for friends and family! Learn to make it.

This scented DIY dry oil body spray for dry skin is made with natural "dry" oils that won't leave your skin feeling greasy but still nourish and moisturize skin in need. The addition of a fragrance means you can wear your favorite scent while still caring for your skin!

Dry Oil Body Spray Recipe for Dry Skin

This scented dry oil body spray recipe is made with natural “dry” oils like camellia seed oil. So your skin won’t feel greasy after application. Plus this moisturizing body spray can easily be scented with your favorite fragrance! Learn to make it.

Rose Skin Care Recipes for Natural Beauty & Gifts! Vegan DIY 3-in-1 Beauty Stick! Learn how to create your own rose scented DIY 3-in-1 beauty stick for lips, eyes and cheeks. This vegan plant based beauty stick is glides onto skin with ease and blends beautifully. It also makes a great eyeshadow base!

Vegan 3-in-1 Beauty Stick Recipe with Camellia Seed Oil

Learn how to create your own naturally scented 3-in-1 beauty stick for lips, eyes and cheeks. This vegan plant based beauty stick is glides onto skin with ease and blends beautifully. It also makes a great eyeshadow base! Learn to make it.

This coffee & black tea under eye cream is an energizing antioxidant balm that's perfect for tired eyes and skin. Made with anti-inflammatory coffee essential oil and antioxidant rich darjeeling tea, this coffee & black tea under eye cream recipe helps to blur the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also lending its nourishing antioxidant skin care properties.

Coffee & Black Tea Under Eye Cream Recipe

This coffee & black tea under eye cream is an energizing antioxidant balm that’s perfect for tired eyes and skin. It’s made with anti-inflammatory coffee essential oil and antioxidant rich darjeeling tea infused camellia seed oil. So this coffee & black tea under eye cream recipe helps to blur the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also lending its nourishing antioxidant skin care properties. Learn to make it.

These lemon scented DIY solid salt scrub donuts are naturally scented and are a great way to exfoliate and moisturize skin for summer! Plus they're so easy to make! Grab a friend and make this delightful project over the weekend!

DIY Solid Salt Scrub Donuts

These naturally scented lemon DIY solid salt scrub donuts are a great way to exfoliate and moisturize your skin for summer! Plus they’re so easy to make! Grab a friend and make this delightful summer skin care project over the weekend! Learn to make it.

Don't let bugs ruin your summer fun! Repel mosquitoes and deer ticks with this non-greasy insect repellent body butter recipe made with natural essential oils! This insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which has been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well.

Insect Repellent Body Butter Recipe with Essential Oils

Part of your summer skin care routine should also include protection from mosquitoes and ticks. This non-greasy insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which has been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well. Learn to make it.

These DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars are made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea to create a luxurious solid lotion bar that melts onto skin upon application. Unlike recipes for traditional solid lotions bars, these naturally green tinted DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars absorb quickly and won't leave your skin feeling greasy.

Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars Recipe

These DIY matcha green tea butter bars are made with skin nourishing camellia seed oil and matcha green tea. These luxurious solid lotion bars melt onto skin upon application. And unlike recipes for traditional solid lotions bars, these naturally green tinted solid lotion bars absorb quickly and won’t leave your skin feeling greasy. Learn to make it.

This homemade moisturizing sugar scrub recipe is formulated for exceptionally dry skin. Made using luxurious and richly hydrating moringa oil and skin soothing oat butter, this moisturizing sugar scrub can help to calm and soothe dry, itchy skin and inflammation. And it's scented with a jackfruit & kiwi fragrance oil for a to-die-for tropical fruit fragrance that's perfect for summer.

Jackfruit & Kiwi Moisturizing Sugar Scrub Recipe

This homemade moisturizing sugar scrub recipe is formulated for exceptionally dry skin. Made using luxurious and richly hydrating moringa and camellia seed oils and skin soothing oat butter, this moisturizing sugar scrub can help to calm and soothe dry, itchy skin and inflammation. And it’s scented with a jackfruit & kiwi fragrance oil for a to-die-for tropical fruit fragrance that’s perfect for summer. Learn to make it.

If you love doughnuts but they don't love you, try making this DIY donut soap instead! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, these DIY donut soaps are formulated to be low cleansing/high conditioning bars. They're naturally colored with rose kaolin clay to mimic a "baked" pink donut and also contain watermelon fruit extract powder which is high in vitamin C and and amino acids that can help to promote rejuvenated looking skin.

Cold Process Donut Soap Recipe

Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, these DIY donut soaps are formulated to be low cleansing/high conditioning bars. They’re naturally colored with rose kaolin clay to mimic a “baked” pink donut and also contain watermelon fruit extract powder which is high in vitamin C and and amino acids that can help to promote rejuvenated looking skin. Learn to make it.

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