So happy to announce that my Etsy shop is now officially open: ShopBranchandVine. This has been a goal of mine for a while so I’m really excited to have my products available to you for purchase!
More to come soon, but the three products below are currently ready for you to enjoy:
Ultra Healing All Purpose Balm ($7) ~ an all purpose balm that is ultra healing for the driest of skin and an array of other common skin ailments. It contains some of nature’s best healers including beeswax, olive oil, and coconut oil.
A Winter’s Eve Aromatherapy Room + Body Spray ($11) ~ all the best scents of winter combined: balsam fir needle, cinnamon leaf, and clove brightened by tangerine and orange. Friends and family have been obsessed with this uplifting blend.
Branch + Vine Botanical Perfume Oils ($29) are handmade in small batches with the intention of creating fragrances that not only smell good, but encourage good health and a positive state of being. I have spent over two years testing, researching, and pouring a ton of thought and love into these botanical perfume oils. I wanted to create scents that do not have negative health effects (like synthetic scents), but actually have positive effects on your health and mood. I hope you’ll smell good + feel good when you wear them :) The scent currently available for purchase (Saint Remy de Provence) is one of many to come!
My favorite perk: There is no room for improvement in the consistency of this hand cream. It is so rich, yet not greasy, and absorbs perfectly. I also love the strong geranium scent. I don’t normally like strong scents, but because they actually use essential oils, the scent is really natural and very calming (geranium is known for that). I highly recommend using it before bed so you can reap the aromatherapy benefits and maybe even fall asleep a bit easier.
**Since I wrote this post The Soap & Paper Company has unfortunately discontinued the geranium scent. Very sad, but I’m sure the consistency of the other hand creams are the same and the scent options are pretty amazing. I can’t wait to try the Neroli Hand Cream! What will it smell like? Pure orange blossom aka heaven.
Key natural ingredients: Rich and therapeutic seed oils including Grape Seed, Sunflower Seed, Jojoba Seed and Safflower Seed. This Seedology® is calming, protecting, anti-aging and extremely moisturizing.
I recently had the opportunity to provide some of my favorite homemade, natural beauty recipes to WebMD. I’m really excited to have three of my recipes now featured on the site and I’m even more excited to see WebMD’s interest in the realm of natural beauty!
Here are a few recipes to try at home that will help you get 2013 started off on a naturally beautiful foot:
A belated Happy New Year everyone! I hope it’s a very happy and healthy year for you. I want to thank you for being a reader of AllNaturalAnnie.com. This blog started out as an outlet for my love of holistic health and natural beauty back in 2008. While I’m still just as passionate about these topics, I know my posts have been a lot less frequent this past year. I truly appreciate everyone who continues to be a reader and I plan on having posts be a lot more frequent in 2013!
Hope everyone had a great weekend! I wanted to start this week off by talking about a company I’ve always wondered about and finally tried. Farmaesthetics is a 100% natural line that uses certified organic herbs, flowers, oils and grains from American family farms to create their wide range of skincare products.
Farmaesthetics’ Midnight Honey Bath & Beauty Oil is my latest favorite product for moisturizing, especially now that the weather is colder and my skin is drier. The best time to use this incredibly sweet and rich smelling oil is post-shower when you’re still a bit damp and pores are open so the oil is more easily absorbed by the skin. With just 3 ingredients (sweet soy oil, honey absolute and vitamin E) the Midnight Honey Oil is just like the rest of the Farmesthetics line — a really simplistic yet well thought out and highly effective combination of ingredients from nature.
I hate to bring this to everyone’s attention, but we are now just a month and a few days away from the official start of winter! With that said, the colder weather has already been shocking a lot of us and that shock often comes in the form of dry skin – like really, really dry skin, which is not very pleasant or pretty.
If you’re someone who experiences dryness and is looking for a really rich yet natural facial moisturizer I would highly recommend Pomega5’s Healing Cream. It is ultra nourishing and reparative with key ingredients like pomegranate oil, shea butter, calendula oil and carrot oil. It’s a tad pricey ($70), but a little goes a long way and the ingredients are sooo therapeutic. Let me know if you give it a try!
As the colder weather crawls in for many of us, there are definitely two things you’ll want to have on hand – lip balm and hand cream. No one wants chapped lips or rough hands so here are two recommendations to keep them both smooth, bright and well-hydrated.
Eco Lips makes some of the best petroleum-free lip balm on the market with a line that includes both 100% organic options as well as a vegan balm. They have a flavor for everyone, especially since they teamed up with Honest Tea® and Dagoba® chocolateto bring us some seriously fun and unique flavors (like the one above). AND they have tinted options as well! For the quality, you can’t beat the prices – lip balms are all under $3.50 and the tinted are under $4.50.
This Exfoliage Natural Hand Cream by TonicCare is normally $24.99, but with the current online sale it’s now $12.99. It’s specifically designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on hands (aka one of the places where aging often shows the most and the soonest). Some of the beneficial natural ingredients include Grape Seed Oil, Algae Extract, Chamomile Oil, Almond Oil and Papaya Fruit Extract.
More fall beauty recommendations to come! Have a great Monday.
Neem is an ancient herb from India, which is known for its medicinal benefits externally and internally. Neem’s extremely high antioxidant content, high levels of fatty acids as well as its anti-inflammatory properties and antibacterial abilities makes it an excellent choice for people with chronically dry or irritated skin. Some people have even reported healing of precancerous cells!
When taken internally, neem is said to support the health of skin, immune system response, blood purification, and healthy bowel function.
The one thing I must warn you about is that neem has a VERY distinct odor. I would say it’s like a mix of peanuts and garlic. I know that doesn’t sound very appealing, but when mixed with other scents, it’s not so noticeable. Plus, its benefits can be well worth getting used to the unique scent.
Here are some beauty products with neem that I really love:
You might remember my previous post about Skincando’s Combat-Ready Balm — the wonder salve that’s even effective for troops in the harshest of conditions. Now, there is a version for babies and kids! This miracle cream has similar ingredients, which soothe and heal some of the most delicate skin on earth aka a baby’s. But this is totally an adult product as well. Baby skincare products are great for adult skin, especially if it’s sensitive. I just love how multifunctional this one is — it’s magical for dry skin, eczema, diaper rash, eczema, bug bites, sunburn, and more! I can’t wait to buy this for some of the soon-to-be new moms in my life.
Here are 2 more easy, natural masks to add to your beauty routine! Both masks are excellent for reducing redness as well as moisturizing and refining skin.
If you have sensitive skin, try this single ingredient mask twice a week:
Apply a tablespoon of full-fat sour cream to skin for 20 minutes.
Why it works? The lactic acid gently smooths skin and improves textures. This is a great alternative for people who react badly to store-bought masks.
Another similar option:
Apply a tablespoon of full-fat cream cheese to skin for 20 minutes.
My mom actually told me to do this one jokingly when I was complaining about dry skin. I laughed at first, but gave it a try (remembering that my mom’s beauty suggestions for me always seem to work best). She was right, again! Definitely opt for the full fat version for best results and organic, if possible.
For a while, I didn’t have jojoba oil on hand and I really missed it! It’s definitely my favorite oil when it comes to natural beauty. Jojoba oil is just such a great, versatile natural beauty product to keep on hand. Chemically, jojoba oil is perfect for us humans because its molecular structure is identical to our skin and hair sebum. Jojoba oil has a wide range of uses, but some of my favorites include using it as a makeup remover and facial moisturizer, and also on split ends. These are just a few of its many uses (there are at least 15). My favorite 100% Pure Jojoba Oil costs around $12 and is made by Desert Essence. For a little under $3 more, Desert Essence also makes a 100% Pure Certified Organic Jojoba Oil. Either way you go, you’ll find so many uses for this natural beauty aide, and a little goes a long way so it should last you quite a while!
For a great, all natural face and body spray, try one of Pangea Organics Facial Toners. These sprays are truly skin and mood enlivening with herbal and fruit mixtures like Italian Green Mandarin with Sweet Lime, Argentinian Tangerine and Thyme, or French Rosemary with Sweet Orange. I’m currently enjoying the Rosemary and Orange, which is great for dry skin, especially in the warm weather when you don’t want to use a lot of heavy moisturizer. I also love spraying this toner in my hair for added moisture, bounce, and fragrance.
Oasis for Faces Cleanser for Dry/Sensitive Skin by Garden Girl – This gentle, non-drying face wash is ideal for parched and/or sensitive skin. This cleanser features aloe, hydrolyzed oats and silk protein to thorougly clean the skin while nurturing it at the same time!
For more info about the Garden Girl Skin Care line: Garden Girl
Mychelle Dermaceuticals makes a face mask that truly transports your senses to a warm and sunny place instantly! This face mask is appropriately named Tropical Skin Smoother. The two key ingredients in this face mask are Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Cream) Fruit and Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Zest) Peel. The coconut cream fruit smoothes and softens skin with its rich vitamin, mineral and fatty acid content. Meanwhile, the lemon peel acts as a natural astringent and brightens the skin.
Glycolic acid, derived from rhubarb, is also a very key and powerful anti-aging ingredient, making this mask a great choice for mature skin. I love that this face mask only needs to be left on for 1 MINUTE to experience its benefits!
I’ve been a fan of Mychelle since I found out about them about 2 years ago. I love what the products do have (a lot of fruit-derived ingredients) and what they NEVER have (phthalates, parabens, propylene glycol, ureas, EDTA, fragrances, particles, and artificial colors).
If you’re someone who wants to start using a high-quality natural face mask on a regular basis, but don’t have a lot of extra time, then this is a perfect choice for you!