Skin Care Basics | Oranges

I don’t know about any of you but I am a huge citrus lover, especially for oranges with their acidic sweetness and bright color.

I love incorporating citrus such as oranges into my skin care for their many properties and skin lightening abilities.

However, with any citrus it is very important to keep in mind that they are very light sensitive and can cause you to burn or blister in the sun.

You can still enjoy the benefits of citrus in your skin care but only use any citrus products several hours or even overnight before you will come into any direct sunlight.

Anti-Aging | Oranges are very high in antioxidants and vitamin C which means that they can protect your skin against free radicals which can help to slow down signs of aging such as age spots and fine wrinkles.

The amount of vitamin C can also help your skin to produce more collagen and elastin which will create more supple, youthful looking skin.

Oranges also contain citric acid which acts as a natural exfoliant which can also help skin to appear more youthful as old, dead skin is removed and improves the overall look of your skin.

Skin Blemishes | The citric acid in oranges can help to treat acne by removing excess dirt and oils as well as acting as a drying agent on breakouts.

The natural vitamins in oranges not only helps with anti-againg but the encouragement of collagen and elastin production can also help to speed the healing of breakouts and skin blemishes.

Collagen and elastin also help to create less scarring from acne.

Skin Whitening | As most people know oranges are naturally lightening to the skin and can act as a toner to even out skin tone and to remove dark patches over time.

The abundance of vitamin C and antioxidants in oranges help them to maintain the balance of natural oils on the skin, making them a wonderful option for oily and dry skin types.

Orange toner also acts as a way to freshen up dull looking skin and giving it a natural glow and suppleness.

 

 

February 14th Soap Release

February has already rolled around which still baffles me and with a new month comes another new product release into the Tangerine and Me Etsy shop.

Three new soaps will be added to the shop this month and though I will not be going into detail about each one, you can find a full description and ingredient list on each soap here.

One soap that is included this month is a very local supporting soap with local, Oregonian honey as well as a soap that includes a beautiful, Egyptian loofah. So there are plenty of new and exciting soaps to look forward too.

February Releases:

– Carrot Soap

– Bee Kind Soap

– Peppermint Eucalyptus Loofah Soap

All About Infused Oils

Today I wanted to do a little introduction of sorts that has to do with infusing oil and why many people do it.

I am in no way an expert in the art of infusing oils but I have done it upon numerous occasions in many different ways and have collected a few insights into how a beginner might experiment with it.

First of all if you are new to the term infused oils, it is simply a carrier oil of your choosing, such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, and so on, that has been infused or steeped with herbs and spices.

Infusing Methods | Two ways of infusing oil is solar infusing and stove top infusing.

Solar infusing is the age-old method of infusing oils and takes quite a bit more patients and time than the other method mentioned.

Once you have formulated your infusion, put it in an airtight jar and place it on a window seal where sunlight shines often to allow the suns gentle heat to slowly infuse your oil over the course of a few weeks or even months.

To infuse over a stove top place your jar of oils and herbs in a water bath on a stove top on a very low setting for several hours over the course of a few days.

Take care that you do not overheat or get water into your infusion while using this method.

Some prefer to use a crock pot over the stove top method which also works very well.

Why Infuse? | There are several reasons why someone might decide to make an oil infusion but I will only list a few of them.

Many decide to infuse a carrier oil with herbs and spices for their beneficial properties. Whether that be chamomile and lavender for relaxation, peppermint and eucalyptus for stimulation, or white willow bar for its healing properties.

Another reason that some will infuse oil is to extract a certain scent, this is more commonly used for spices such as star anise, cinnamon, clove. But can also work for herbs such as rose, lavender, and spearmint.

Those who make soap even occasionally infuse their oils to extract a certain color but this only works for certain herbs such as alkanet and green tea.

Using Infused Oil | Now that we have talked about the ways to infuse and why you may want to infuse its time to talk about the ways that you can use your infused oil.

Infusing is a wonderful way to get a fragrant and beneficial massage oil to help ease the tension of the day that you are storing in your muscles or to create a relaxing, winding down habit before bed with a calming infused oil.

If you enjoy experimenting with your natural skin care, infused oils just might be your next obsession.

Perhaps you want to make an infused oil for acne you might choose herbs such as calendula and rosemary. If you are looking for an infusion to help with those pesky scars perhaps try infusing some marshmallow root and lavender.

Infused oils are even good on your hair to promote healthy, growing hair. Herbs such as horsetail, rosemary, peppermint, and stinging nettle are a good option for an infused hair oil.

How To | To create your own personalized infusion simply pick out your choice of oil and your desired herbs and spices according to what you plan to use it for.

Put your dried herbs or spices into a sealable jar, like a mason jar, and pour your oil over the top making sure to have at least an inch of oil covering the top.

Once you have done that and have infused with whichever method you prefer, you can strain and bottle your infusion until further use.

 

Skin Care Basics | Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter has been a long time favorite of mine and I have used it in a broad amount of skin care products since several years ago.

It is one of the main ingredients in chocolate and has a very noticeable chocolate-y scent as well as a light brown color.

It is a very brittle butter which makes it a perfect addition to soap, lotion bars, and any kind of oil based product that you would like to thicken up or add a pleasant scent to.

Moisturizing | Cocoa butter is naturally moisturizing since it is filled with fats that help to heal dryness and cracking all over the body.

Cocoa butter is also an emollient which means that it adds a protective layer over the skin, sealing in the moisture as it does so. This ability makes it an excellent choice for a homemade lip balm.

This particular butter is a popular choice amongst those with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis since it deeply moisturizes while still being gentle on sensitive skin.

Anti-Aging | There are many skin care related ingredients that have numerous claims of being anti-aging and what it usually comes down to is using simple ingredients on your skin.

As I mentioned earlier, cocoa butter is an emollient which allows it to create a protective and nourishing layer over the area of skin that it is applied to.

It acts as a very mild, natural sunscreen which helps to preserve young and supple skin and it also contains three types of fatty acids that help to keep pollutants and free radicals off of your skin.

The antioxidants in cocoa butter can help to lighten age spots, even out skin tone, and help to reduce the appearance of scars.

Cocoa butter is also popularly used to treat stretch marks though there is no positive testing to back that theory up.

 

Cocoa butter is an all around, wonderful ingredient to have around whether you are a creator of your own skin care or you simply need that extra bit of moisture for your skin.

Even all of my soaps contain a small percentage of cocoa butter because it’s just that good.