Beauty Base Recipes

November 09, 2021

Beauty Base Recipes

When I created Beauty Base Tea I wanted something that could be used both internally and topically to support healthy skin but also something to inspire people to use herbs in their everyday routine. To me it is such a luxurious and grounding ritual and I hope it makes you curious to try creating your own versions with things from your own garden! 

 Facial Steam:     

A facial steam is a luxurious treat for the senses, the skin and the lungs. It is the ultimate in relaxation and in my opinion the perfect way to end a long day. The warm, botanical enriched vapour will gently open the pores allowing a deep cleanse of any impurities while bringing fresh blood to the skin giving a healthy radiance and glow. Steaming is an ancient practice to relieve congestion both in the skin and sinuses, especially perfect to do when you are feeling a little under the weather. Each healing plant in this blend was selected to support healthy vibrant skin leaving it clear, bright, calm and supple. 

To prepare your facial steam add a small handful of herbs to the bottom of a bowl and pour boiling water overtop. Steep for 5 min covered then remove the cover, find a comfortable seat in front of the bowl and place your head over top. Grab a towel and place it over your head and the bowl to create a tent to trap the steam in and sit for as long as feels comfortable. 

 

Herbal Infused Ice: 

Herbal infused ice swept over the skin is the perfect way to de-puff and revive the skin, a wonderful way to start your day feeling and looking fresh! It feels especially nice to use in the bath or shower when the body is warm. The herbs will melt into the skin drenching the skin with minerals and botanicals while the cool ice  eases swelling and inflammation, calms acne or heat related sensitivities, reduces signs of aging and gives a beautiful glow to the skin. This works wonders for puffiness around the eye area. 

To make Herbal infused Ice pour boiling water over small handful of herbs and let steep for 5-15+ min. Strain the herbs from the liquid, let cool and pour the liquid into ice cube trays then setting them into the freezer. Once frozen pop out one or two cubes and sweep along the jawline from the middle of the chin out to the ears, then up the rest of the face working from the inside out to assist lymphatic drainage. This should feel great! Massage in any liquid on the face and follow with your Solar Infused Facial Oil or your regular skin care routine. 

*Add 1 or 2 cubes to your water infusing minerals, flavour and antioxidants to sip throughout the day! 

 Solar Infused Face, Body and Hair Oil:

A solar infused oil is a great way to infuse the minerals and vitamins from your herbs into the oil to then be absorbed into the skin. To me its like a personal anointing and nourishing elixir that I love to add to baths or apply after a steamy shower. To make a solar infused oil place herbs in a sterile, DRY glass jar and pour high quality fresh pressed vegetable oil overtop. Seal tightly and let the mixture infuse on a sunny windowsill for 2 -3 weeks and strain out the herbs using a muslin or cheesecloth. The oil can be applied directly to the face, body and ends of your hair. 

* Seabuckthorn, Milk thistle, Hemp or Grapeseed oil are examples of lighter carrier oils for oily, acne or blemish prone skin

*Almond, Jojoba, Rosehip or Argan oil for normal skin

*Olive, Marula or Avocado for dry skin 

Your oil should last a year depending on the freshness of the carrier oil you choose, be sure to keep it away from heat and light after you have strained the oil to help prevent degradation. To further preserve freshness and add healing benefits you can add a capsule of vitamin e to your oil, just pop it open and squeeze the contents out into your oil. You can also add essential oils of your choosing (be sure to research first or feel free to reach out and ask us, lavender, frankincense, chamomile or geranium are safe options that greatly benefit skin) or add a few drops of tea tree oil to help preserve your infused oil.

Get creative and enjoy the process! We are always here if you need any guidance. 

Face, Hair and Scalp Tonic:

To make a mineralizing, vitamin rich and PH balancing toner pour apple cider vinegar over the herbs in a sterile, dry bottle or jar. Let the infusion sit for minimum two weeks to extract all the beneficial ingredients from the herbs. Once it is ready, strain the herbs from the liquid and pour into an airtight glass bottle. Then in another bottle (I like to re use an old toner or nice face mist bottle, sterilized of course, pour some of the infusion into the bottle then dilute with filtered water. About 4 parts water 1 part vinegar infusion (dilute with more water if you are sensitive).

-Use as a toner on the face to keep the skin clear, bright and balanced and apply using a cotton round or mist with your eyes tightly closed. 

-Apply on the scalp after shampooing to ward off dandruff and to encourage hair growth 

-Apply on your hair after shampooing to close the cuticle and remove buildup giving the hair a beautiful shine

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback! We are always here to help. 

Colette 

(Jess, looking stunning as always, is featured throughout. This is who expertly answers many of your questions and perfectly packs your boxes! She is wearing the last light robe which we are obsessed with!)