My Favorite Flower Toner

I have been making my own toners for quite some time now and have tried out many different variations but always seem to drift back to one specific recipe.

If you are not familiar with what exactly a toner is but want to try it out it is probably one of the most user-friendly bits of skin care to make on your own.

A toner is simply an astringent liquid that is applied to the skin to improve complexion and to battle oilyness.

Two astringent liquids that I use for my toners are apple cider vinegar and witch hazel, both being very easily accessible, but today’s recipe only calls for witch hazel.

Recipe |

– 1 cup of Witch Hazel

– 1/2 Tsp. Lavender Buds

– 1 Tsp. Calendula Flowers

– 1 Tsp. Chamomile Flowers

Pour your witch hazel into a sealable container and add in your flowers to begin the infusion process.

You can either put the flowers directly into the container or you can put them into a tea bag or fabric satchel to avoid having to stain the flowers out later.

Let the witch hazel infuse for three to five days, shaking the container occasionally and within a day or two your infusion should be the color of chamomile tea.

Once you are happy with it strain out the flowers or remove the bag they are in and pour into a spray or dropper bottle for easy use.

This toner is my favorite specifically for its simple and easy to find ingredients that are soothing and anti-inflammatory to any skin type.

Skin Care Basics | Plant Milks

Today’s topic is on the exciting benefits of using plant milks in your skincare routines.

Animal milks also have their individual benefits for your skin but since I avoid using all animal derived products, besides honey, in my skincare and soaps, I will only be talking about the benefits of plant derived milks.

Coconut Milk | Now coconut milk is my favorite plant milk to work with since it is so naturally moisturizing and indulgent when applied to your skincare.

It contains high levels of vitamin C which aids in your skin remaining flexible which helps to prevent skin sagging and wrinkles.

As you would imagine, coconut milk is also one of the most moisturizing plant milks with its rich consistency and natural oil and fat content.

This is the plant milk that I use the most in my soap making since it is amazingly moisturizing when added to soap and creates a luxurious, whipped cream like lather.

 

Almond Milk | Since almond milk is made with almonds and water it is naturally very hydrating when applied to the skin and works well with all skin types.

Almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E which helps to protect your skin from sun exposure and sun damage, it even helps to sooth sunburns.

Almond milk has a handful of hair friendly vitamins such as A, D, and B1 as well as many more which work together to condition and nourish hair strands and scalp.

 

Oat Milk | Oat milk is another plant milk that I often add to soap recipes to not only add a moisturizing component but to also make it more sensitive skin friendly.

Everyone is aware that oats are a wonderful option for those with sensitive skin or skin conditions and the same rule applies to oat milk.

It is anti-inflammatory and soothing to all skin types and can treat rashes, itching, and scaly skin.

Oats are known for their ability to lighten skin tone as well as smooth out bumpy skin and tone uneven skin pigments.

One of the best things about oat milk is that it is simple and cost effective to make from scratch which allows you to have full control over the ingredients that go into the oat milk.

Skin Care Basics | Tea Tree Oil

A few weeks back I wrote a blog post on a few essential oils that are good for your skin and I briefly mentioned tea tree oil.

Tea tree oil is by far my most beloved and most used essential oil and is the one that I have also been using the longest out of any essential oils.

I believe whole heartedly in this oil’s ability to help everyone’s skin in some way which is why I decided to write a more in-depth post on its benefits.

Acne | Tea tree oil is both antibacterial and antifungal which makes it a wonderful option for those who suffer from mild to sever acne.

It is much more moisturizing than most acne treatments while also being drying enough to nip problematic acne in the bud.

Tea tree oil will even help you with the scars that acne leaves behind which makes it a wonderful, all in one product for acne sufferers who don’t want to be left with yet another skin care problem to conquer.

Anti-Inflammatory | If you have problems with sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis than tea tree oil is a good skin care option for you as well.

It’s anti-inflammatory properties makes it a fast healing oil for skin conditions that create itching or irritation. It even works to heal cuts and mild infections.

Tea tree oil works to quickly reduce any redness and irritation as well as to quickly heal any growing pimples or blemishes. For these reasons, many people use tea tree oil as a spot treatment.

Hair | Not only is tea tree oil beneficial for skin but it also has many positive hair qualities.

It works to unclog hair follicles which allows for faster and thicker hair growth as well as eliminating dandruff and an irritated and itchy scalp. It even acts as a solution for removing lice.

As with all other essential oils, it is important to exercise precaution when using tea tree oil since it is highly concentrated and could cause irritation.

Tea tree oil is also considered toxic if taken internally so always keep it away from your mouth and eyes and do a patch test on your skin to eliminate the possibility of any kind of irritation or allergic reaction.

 

Skin Care Basics | Honey

Honey is the only animal made ingredient that I include in my soap making and skin care routine, mainly because I think that it is very important to support local bee keepers to keep our little friends pollinating.

I include honey in several of my soap recipes which always adds that extra luxurious flare to an otherwise average skin care product.

Break Outs | One thing that honey is well known for is its antibacterial properties.

Often times any kind of skin break out or acne can be treated by removing the excess build up of bacteria on the skin. There are plenty of commercially made antibacterial cleansers and soaps for skin but none of them are as sweet and gentle as honey is.

It’s calming abilities also make it a good option for a less intense, over night spot treatment that will allow you to wake up to less inflamed break outs.

Hydrating | Honey is a natural humectant which is a long word that simply means that it draws moisture from the air into the skin.

That extra benefit is what makes honey a fantastic option for those who suffer from dry or sensitive skin that is in need of a little extra hydration.

Honey is a good ingredient for those who are looking for moisturizing face and hair masks.

Anti Aging | The antioxidants in honey make it a great ingredient to include in a more mature skin care routine.

The purpose of antioxidants is to protect your skin for the harsh chemicals and climate as well as to improve the appearance of skin. Honey is a harmless and natural way of providing that extra boost to dry, tired skin that might not be getting enough antioxidants on its own.

It is important to keep in mind that there are numerous different kinds of honey and that not all are made equal.

Manuka honey is widely praised for its strong antibacterial abilities while a honey made from a specific plant, such as orange blossoms, will have different benefits for your skin.

One common rule to always follow when picking out your honey is to choose locally made or from a trust worthy company and to always choose raw and unfiltered since many benefits are lost in the purifying process.

Essential Oils: The Basics

Something that I’ve really gotten into lately is essential oils and how to incorporate them into my daily routines.

When I first began making my own beauty products years ago, it took me a while to buy my first essential oils. In my ignorance I only purchased the least expensive oils I could find and ultimately ended up wasting money.

It has taken quite a while for me to find the quality of essential oils that I am happy with but now that I have, I have been experimenting with blends and different uses for them.

I still have yet to really begin growing my collection but I have a pretty lovely group of oils that I use regularly and I wanted to share some of them.

Sweet Orange Oil

– I love any kind of citrus oil so sweet orange is one of my most reached for essential oils. I use this oil with a nighttime blend for most of my baths since it pairs nicely with just about any other scent.

Eucalyptus Oil

– Eucalyptus should be one of your first oils to buy if you want to start experimenting with essential oils. It is amazing in nasal steams for when you are sick or battling with seasonal allergies. Eucalyptus often makes an appearance in my essential oil diffuser blends as well.

Cinnamon Leaf Oil

– This essential oil was my first good quality essential oil and I still enjoy and use it quite regularly. I often put a few drops in my diffuser to make my space smell very much like christmas or I use it in the form of a diluted perfume.

Peppermint Oil

– Peppermint essential oil is another one of those oils that you should buy right away if your looking into essential oils. It’s uses are endless but some of the ways that I regularly use it are in facial steams, roll ons for headaches and overheating, and in my diffuser.

Earth and Wood Synergy Blend

– When I first received this essential oil blend I really didn’t like it at first since it was much more woody than I had expected but as I continued to use it, it really began to grow on me. It is made with a blend of cardamom, fir needle, patchouli, and sandalwood which I imagine would be a great scent for men.

I enjoy this blend the most in baths since the water dilutes the scent enough to mellow the earthiness out just enough.

Those are a handful of my most used and liked essential oils and I hope to soon share a post on my favorite essential oil blends for diffusing.

Thank you for taking the time to read today’s blog post and let me know in the comments if any of you have essential oil suggestions.

 

 

Tangerine and Me is Officially Open

I have never mentioned the fact that I have been working on opening a shop with the same brand as this blog so surprise, surprise.

I am opening a soap shop on Etsy which has been in the making for quite some time and I guess that I have never mentioned it strictly because it just didn’t really seem to fit into any of my content.

A little over a year ago I taught myself how to make soap since, as I have mentioned before, I love natural skincare.

Soap making is a pretty extravagant hobby since it takes a few pricey ingredients and is usually made in batches of ten bars and upwards which is quite a lot of soap for one person to use on their own.

My very first batch of soap smelled weird and looked even weirder but despite the numerous ingredient calculations and a mild chemical burn, I fell in love with the process of making something that most people would never think of making at home.

I remember anxiously waiting six weeks before I could try out my new creation and though it might have not been the best smelling or prettiest soap out there it worked better than any other soap I had used before.

So that was the beginning of my soap making adventure.

That being said, there is a much more detailed about page that I have written on my Etsy shop where you can read more about how my soaps are made, what the ingredients are, and what my shop stands for.

Tangerine and Me has been a long time in the making and I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the news to all of you who are reading this.

If you would like to check out the shop just click on this link here.

 

Licorice and Peppermint Face Mask

 

It has taken me a long time to really get back into skincare after losing my passion for it in the midst of health issues and the hustle and bustle of life.

I stopped making time for one of my favorite things because it felt unproductive when I could be doing more important things than just lounging around with a green face mask on.

Finding the realization that not everything we do in life needs to be productive and time managed is incredibly important. Whether you have ten minutes or an hour, setting aside time to do the things that you love is never a waste.

With that being said, I wanted to share this herbal face mask with all of you.

There are only three ingredients in it which make it a breeze to throw together and all of the ingredients are relatively easy to find if, like me, you buy everything online.

Peppermint is antibacterial, anti inflammatory, and very healing which is great if your suffering from any break outs or unsightly redness.

Licorice root is one of my favorite herbs for reducing redness and for skin lightening, it is also very good for those with sensitive skin.

Matcha is an amazing purifier for the skin since it is very concentrated. It is also anti inflammatory and helps to reduce redness while still being gentle for those with sensitive skin.

You can see that I went with a theme here since this mask’s main characteristic is its ability to reduce redness while being anti inflammatory and gentle.

I usually use equal parts matcha to peppermint leaves with just a pinch of licorice root. You will want to grind all of the ingredients together to get a loose powder.

For your own convenience, buying licorice root that is already ground is a must in order to avoid a long grinding process that will usually result in splinters.

Make as much as you want then combine a teaspoon of the mask in enough water to create a loose paste and store the rest of the mask in a container.

This face mask is a bit cold and tingly so if your sensitive to that you might want to add more matcha than peppermint leafs.

Leave the mask on for fifteen minutes or until dry.

Let me know in the comments if any of you try out this mask and if you would like to see my last blog post where I talked about my thoughts on creating balance, click here.

 

 

 

Peppermint and Tea Tree Oil Facial Steam

I was very excited about writing this blog post since its going to be the first wellness post on this blog. Before I created this newer blog I originally wrote about natural beauty and I’m so glad that I can incorporate a bit of that into this blog too.

Recently I have been dealing with a variety of skin issues such as clusters of cystic acne and a few small, scaly rashes on my chin and neck. I have terrible allergies which might be the cause of the rashes but I used to have a skin infection that caused me to get cysts on my knees and face.

The doctors never found the cause of the infection but the fact that it has returned and has been spreading over my face led me to take matters into my own hands.

Anything that required me to touch my face was just too painful so any special face washes or scrubs were out of the question which led me to doing a facial steam.

Facial steams are amazing for any kind of break outs since it doesn’t require you to be aggressive with your skin in any way and it gives your skin a deep clean that just washing your face can’t achieve.

Peppermint is anti-inflammatory as well as soothing for skin issues and tea tree oil is very well known for its anti-bacterial qualities. Together these two herbal treatments make a simple but powerful skin treatment for any kind of break out or ailment you might have.

To make the facial steam heat up several cups of water until a steady flow of steam is visible then add one peppermint tea bag or a few drops of peppermint oil,  as well as a few drops of tea tree oil into the water.

Gently wash your face with water then cover your head with a towel and sit with your face comfortable close to the water for five to eight minutes then splash cool water onto your face to remove any sweat or oils and pat dry.

You should see a noticeable difference in the clearness of your skin, some of the pimples will turn into scabs and others might rise to the surface to be gently cleaned.

Even if this facial steam isn’t a magical cure for the skin issues you might have it’s still worth the effort to give yourself a little pamper since any kind of facial steam has a way of relaxing even the most anxious of people.