Handmade Under Eye Anti-Wrinkle Cream

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Natural Handmade Anti-Wrinkle Under Eye Cream with Pure Rosewood Essential Oil

I am so excited to get started on formulating my new all natural anti-wrinkle under eye cream. As I’m getting older – I turn the big 3-8 this June – not only are the wrinkles around my eyes becoming more pronounced, but I have been getting dry patches under my eyes as well. Because of this it’s really sunk in that if I want to keep looking young, then I need to start working at it. Maturing skin really does need extra love to stay looking its best. So based on some various natural ingredients I’ve been experimenting with, I am finally ready to craft my own natural under eye anti-wrinkle cream. After all, our eyes are one the first places you start to notice the effects of aging. I’m also quite keen to minimize the scar under my right eye from a dog bite and hopefully minimize some of the under eye puffiness that afflicts me during allergy season and on those nights I just don’t sleep well. In addition I really want a super concentrated cream, rather than a cream with unnecessary fillers like water, and one that was free of chemicals and preservatives.

My handmade under eye cream will include a mixture of moisture rich oils, butters and botanicals prized for their skin conditioning, healing, and anti-inflammatory properties. Just a few of the ingredients that will be incorporated into my new recipe include calendula flower extract, evening primrose oil, olive squalane, grape seed oil, argan oil, hemp seed oil, calmelina oil, kokum butter, cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin E and rosewood essential oil.

Once I get a recipe together, I have some very willing co-workers of all age ranges and skin types – including extremely sensitive skin – on stand by to help me test it out over a period of several weeks.

Curious about some of the ingredients I’ll be working with? Here’s some information on a some of the less common ingredients I’ll be using in my natural anti-aging skin care recipe.

Rosewood Essential Oil has a lovely light fragrance thought to ease stress and headaches – not to mention it doesn’t irritate my allergies – and is great for treating dry, dull skin, stretch marks and scars.

Calendula Flower Extract is praised for helping to heal chapped and irritated skin. It aids in skin regeneration, eases eczema and also has anti-inflammatory properties which really comes in handy for those puffy eyes in the morning.

Evening Primrose Oil is praised for it’s moisturizing and skin softening effects. It also helps to relieve eczema, redness and inflammation and aid in healing wounds.

Kokum Butter is prized for its essential fatty acids. When applied to skin it provides emollient and regenerative properties making it a wonderful choice for treating damaged skin as well as inflammation.

Argan Oil is rich in vitamin E and is highly valued for its healing, conditioning, and anti-aging properties.

Camelina Oil is naturally high in Omega-3 and contains over 50% polyunsaturated fats. It nourishes skin and helps to heal skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well as improve the elasticity of skin.

Olive Squalane Oil helps to boost your skin’s ability to naturally regenerate, nourish, hydrate, oxygenate and protect itself. It is often used to help with skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and cracked skin. Additionally it can help to prevent the formation of brown age spots as well as add some protection for skin against UV radiation of the sun.

Grape Seed Oil is believed to help preserve moisture in aging skin and help to repair damaged skin, wrinkles around the eyes, and stretch marks.

Hemp Seed Oil is one of my newest favorite oils as it works so well to fight against dry and damaged skin as well as the effects of aging. It is known to help heal skin lesions, balance dry skin and combat skin inflammation. Much like jojoba oil, hemp oil is non-greasy, emollient and moisturizing.

Do you use an under-eye or anti-aging cream now? What’s your most favorite and least favorite thing about it?

On to the Black Friday Sale!

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I went over to my brother’s house for Thanksgiving and we all – meaning the girls because men apparently have trouble being silly – played a game called HedBanz. It was pretty neat and definitely a great family game. You basically wear a headband and you get a card for it that you can’t see. You then have to guess what you are by asking the other people playing what you are. Like “Am I an animal?” “Can you eat me?” “Do I have hair?” etc. I was a dragon first. Then I was a giraffe. My mom ended up being spaghetti, ketchup and a shirt!


So now that Thanksgiving has come and gone for the year, I suppose it’s time for the shopping to commence. I won’t be braving the malls – I never do having worked in retail at the mall for many years – but I will be shopping online and of course supporting other artisans like myself. For Black Friday this year I’m offering 45% off everything – including sale items – from my shop, Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen, through November 23rd, 2012 11:59pm ET. Just enter coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY at checkout for the discount on great bath and body products including my Handmade Pumpkin Pie Milk Soap (pictured) that comes wrapped and ready for gift giving or stocking stuffers. Happy shopping!

A Scrapbooking Magazine Feature for one of my DIY Projects

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My DIY Washi Tape Stash Tin Project that I blogged about in August, was featured in the October 2012 issue of the UK Magazine, Scrap365. This news is a little late, but I only just found out myself when I received a parcel in the mail today from England. I knew it was coming, I just didn’t know when. If you missed this DIY project you can find it here.

Speaking of magazines, the December issue of Whole Living Magazine has a scrumptious recipe for making Spiced Hot Chocolate. Simply combine 1 cup of almond milk, 1/2 cinnamon stick, a bit of grated nutmeg, and a pinch of cayenne in a sauce pan. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Once your spiced almond milk has steeped, whip in 1/4 cup (or 1oz.) of your favorite chopped dark chocolate and enjoy. The same issue also contains some interesting drink recipes for creating festive cocktails using Prosecco – a sparkling Italian white wine.

And of course, being the tea lover that I am, all this talk of beverages has me in the mind to buy a whole slew of spices in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs to create chai tea mix blends to gift for the holidays.

Also today, you can grab the ebook, Holiday Cookies: 14 New and Delicious Cookie Recipes (including one for Fido), at no cost for a limited time. It includes information on cooking cookie basics – hey, we can’t all be pros – and recipes for moon cookies, thumbprint cookies, molasses cookies, peppermint swirls, chocolate chunk cherry cookies, reindeer pellets, homemade dog treats and more!

Will you be making gifts for your friends and family this year?

New Handmade Soaps and a little Nom, Nom, Nom.

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I have three new handmade soaps curing as of several days ago that I think all just smell fabulous! I have also ordered some lavender essential oil so I can make an all natural lavender soap for spring, and of course, I have my order in with my co-worker’s daughter for some super awesome, tasty Girl Scout Cookies. Yes, I am a bonifide Girl Scout Cookie addict. My favorite Girl Scout Cookies are the Peanut Butter Sandwiches or what used to be called Do-Si-Dos. (Psst. Serious Eats has a knock off recipe for their tasty peanut butter sandwich cookies on their blog.)
But on to the soaps! You can look forward to these beauties being available for sale from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen in about three weeks.
Bella’s Kiss Handmade Shea Butter Soap – A lovely, soft and feminine blend of Violet, Gardenia, Jasmine, Grapefruit, Vanilla, and White Woods. This scent is perfect for teens and young women! Though I’m late 30s and love it too!
Abalone & Sea Handmade Salt Bar Soap – A fresh, unisex scented sea salt bar soap with shea butter that combines the scents of Daylily, Sea Shell Abalone, Lime, Ozonic, Sea Spray Accord, Rose, Jasmine, Freesia, Lily, Beach Daisy, Woods, Musk, and Marine. I made this one for my boyfriend who was a huge fan of my Big Lick Salt Bar.
Pomegranate Cream Handmade Shea Butter Soap – I’ve had this one before it just looks a little different this go ’round. This soap boasts a fabulous scent combo of exotic, spicy pomegranate, wild bergamot, dewberry, iris, and jasmine followed by spicy notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, with base notes of precious woods and cedar. Currently you can buy a goat’s milk lotion from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen in this scent here!

And just in case Peanut Butter Sandwiches are not your favorite cookie, I won’t tease you by just giving you just one recipe for making Girl Scout Cookies. There are also recipes for making Caramel DeLites or Samoas at Yum Sugar, Tagalongs at Baking Bites, Thin Mints at Baking Bites, and Trefoils or Shortbread Cookies at CDKitchen. What’s your favorite Girl Scout Cookie to buy?

New Handmade Soaps in the Works!

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I’m making new handmade soaps today! Earlier in the week I cut out some Red Currant scented, cold process shea butter soaps into hearts with heart shaped cookie cutters.
Today, I’m making some Red Velvet Cake cold process soap to use with those hearts. I’ll be embedding my heart shaped soaps inside of the Red Velvet Cake Soaps. The Red Velvet Cake soap will turn a dark brown. So when I cut my soap loaf into slices, you’ll see a red shaped heart inside every bar surrounded by a deliciously scented, brown colored cake soap. These soaps will be available in the New Year and are definitely love inspired for Valentine’s Day! Also for Valentine’s Day, I have a pink and brown White Chocolate Raspberry Soap on my curing rack.

Additionally I’m also making a new cold process gardener’s soap today for you early spring gardeners! My gardener’s soap is being made with the same great, handmade goat milk soap recipe as my bestselling Unscented Goat Milk Soap so it’s gentle and non-drying no matter how many times you wash your hands during the day to get rid of garden dirt and grime. It’s scented with a fresh fragrance blend of lettuce, rain and spearmint.

It contains fine ground pumice, apricot kernel meal, and calendula petals for tough exfoliation. Don’t just use this one after getting dirty in the garden though. It’s also a great soap for artists and mechanics! Look for both of these fabulous new soaps in the New Year at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen!