‘Wine tasting in Burgundy’ DIY Lipstick

‘Wine tasting in Burgundy’ DIY Lipstick

Health is something that I don’t often fully appreciate until it’s compromised. I guess that is one perk of not being well; when you get well again you are so grateful for your vitality that you vow to take better care of yourself from then on. With my health being less than optimal these last few months I decided I needed to get myself back on track. I took myself to a naturopathic physician to find a solution. A bunch of tests were taken and a few things were discovered. First discovery, I have borderline hypothyroidism, which I will get more into another day. Second, my cortisol levels are too high, which I am now controlling with magnolia root. Third, I tested in the high range for a few toxic metals; aluminum and lead. High levels of aluminum in the body has been linked to Alzheimer’s. High levels of lead in the body has been linked to nerve disorders, memory and concentration problems and muscle and joint pain. The aluminum is from using aluminum based non stick cookware and the lead is from using store bought makeup. Crazy isn’t it? I have since thrown out all my cookware and replaced it with either stainless steal or cast iron to reduce my aluminum exposure. I started making my own makeup a few months ago but I didn’t replace everything. Now that I have these results back I am newly committed to replacing all of the toxic makeup in my makeup bag. The only makeup that I use is lipstick, concealer, mascara and very occasionally blush/bronzer for a little sparkle. I made my own organic blush from beets and hibiscus a few months ago so I’ve got that covered. Next and arguably most importantly on my list is lipstick. I wear it nearly everyday and the store bought lipsticks contain unnatural dyes filled with lead. Considering the fact that this stuff goes on your lips, it is safe to assume we ingest a bit of it every time we put it on. I’m done poisoning myself. I can give my lips the color I love without sacrificing my health to do it. I measured, melted and mixed some of my favorite natural ingredients and created a really beautiful, deep red lip color with a hint of purple. I’m simply in love and frankly I’m never buying a lipstick again.

‘Wine Tasting in Burgundy’ DIY Lipstick

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Ingredients – makes about 2-3 lipsticks depending on size of container. I used .15 ml Chapstick tubes

  • 2 grams beeswax  (I use a scale here because hard beeswax is easier to measure this way)
  • 1 tsp mango butter
  • 1 tsp Shea butter
  • 1/2 tsp meadow foam seed oil
  • 1/2 tsp sweet almond oil
  • 1/4 tsp vitamin e
  • 3/4 tsp Australian red reef clay
  • 1/4 tsp bentonite clay 
  • 6 drops essential oil (I used Ylang Ylang)

Process

  1. Melt together butters/oils in a double boiler or in a glass bowl atop a boiling tea kettle
  2. Take off heat and add in vitamin e
  3. In another bowl mix together red reef and bentonite clay 
  4. Add melted oils/butters to clays and mix until well combined 
  5. Add in essential oil and pour into tubes
  6. Let sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes to harden
  7. Apply to lips
  8. Leave natural lipstick marks on a lucky lover

DSC_1066 The rich burgundy color evoked images of me with a wine stained mouth in the rolling green hills of France; hence the title of the lipstick. If your lip color can transport you all the way to Burgundy, you know you’ve got a winner. 😉 If you like your lip color a little less dramatic, just use a little less red reef clay. Enjoy your gorgeous red lips without sacrificing your health. XO ~ Sam

DIY Natural Blush and Lip Gloss

DIY Natural Blush and Lip Gloss

Makeup and I have had a long tumultuous relationship. I first met eyeliner in middle school and after a few years of abusing it mercilessly, dumped it for globs of chunky mascara and bright pink lip gloss. It took me until after high school to finally start treating my makeup with proper respect and these days I finally feel like we enjoy a symbiotic relationship. I’ve learned that a little goes a long way to helping me feel put together. A swipe of mascara, a slight blush on my cheek, a glossy tinted lip and voila! I’m ready for my day. I’m not one who enjoys the look of heavily pigmented makeup, I feel like I get lost in it. I want something that highlights my natural glow without making me look clownish or clogging my pores full of chemicals. The solution? Beets and hibiscus! They offer gorgeous color and are completely natural. Plus you can add a few different natural ingredients to lighten, darken and/or add a boost of shimmer.

To make your all natural blush and lip stain you are going to need beet root powder as your base. You can acquire this one of two ways. You can make it or you can buy it. I made my beet powder by slicing a beet very thin and then dehydrating for 8-10 hours on 115 or until crispy.
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I then threw dehydrated beets in a coffee grinder to form a powder.

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If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can buy beet root powder here. You can also purchase hibiscus powder and/arrowroot from this company. They are wonderful! They offer high quality products and ship quickly.

Now that you have your beet root powder,

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you can add things to it to change the shade.

Cacao will darken your blush.

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Arrowroot powder will lighten your blush.

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Hibiscus powder will change it to a different pink.

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Ginger powder will add shimmer to any shade

The possibilities are endless here. Play around and you will find a shade perfect for you. You can store these in airtight containers in the fridge for a few months and use as a powder blush, or you can use this powder blush to make a cream blush/lip stain.

Ingredients

• 2 tsp Beet root powder

• 1 tsp organic Shea butter

• 1 tsp organic Beeswax

• 1/2 tsp organic Rosehip oil

*1-2 drops of essential oil for scent – I used grapefruit. This is totally optional

Process

1. In a double boiler on low heat (if you don’t have one, put a glass bowl over the top of a kettle) melt your shea butter, beeswax and rosehip oil together.

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2. Once melted, add your beet root powder and stir until thoroughly combined.

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3. Pour your mixture through a cheesecloth to strain out any gritty particles.

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4. Repeat this process until all beet particles are gone and you are left with a smooth finished product.

5. Place into small airtight container and allow to cool.

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Once cooled, your lip stain/cream blush is ready.

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Enjoy your chemical free glow!!

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Bone Broth (and why gelatin will change your life)

Bone Broth (and why gelatin will change your life)

I apologize in advance – this recipe will be short on photos. Chicken carcass is not very pretty on film and I didn’t want unappetizing photos to dissuade you from attempting to make this easy and incredibly nourishing super food. All you really need for this recipe is time, skill in the kitchen is completely unnecessary.

Before I go into my cooking process, let me give you some bone broth history and highlight a couple of reasons that adding it to your diet is an excellent idea.

Back in the proverbial day, bone broth was a huge part of out diets. We relied on our local butcher to supply us with animal bones which we would use as a base to make soup, gravy, etc. These days people have little to no relationship with their local butcher so they look to MSG to flavor their broth. This is due to the rise in agriculture conducted on commercial principles and using advanced technology starting in the 1950’s. Industry severed that tie and we no longer look to our butchers for the bony leftovers that are so vital to our health. The bulk of the meat that we are eating today is the breast of the animal. The problem with that is, we are missing the good stuff. The bones are where the nutrient treasure trove awaits. The benefits of consuming bone broth are many but here are a few exciting ones to wet your appetite:

1. Strengthens your bones and joints
2. Improves look and strength of hair and nails- makes skin glow
3. Improves digestion and overall stomach health
4. Regulates hormonal imbalances
5. Improves sleep
(I can attest to all of these)

When you simmer bones on low heat you are pulling out compounds in the cartilage and tendons like glycine, glucosamine, collagen, gelatin and proline which are extremely beneficial to your health. Bone broth is also rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and sulphur. Honestly, I didn’t realize sulfur was anything I wanted in my body until a few months ago. I recently came across this article on the benefits of sulfur, check it out of you’re curious. Here are a few excerpts from another article touting the benefits of bone broth,

Dr. Francis Pottenger promoted the stockpot as the most important piece of equipment in the kitchen. He advocated liberal use of homemade stock because it attracts digestive juices to itself in a manner similar to raw foods. Foods that attract digestive juices are much more easily digested and assimilated by the body.

Homemade stock used frequently in the diet offers protection from gastrointestinal illness, as the natural gelatin acts a neutralizer of intestinal poisons helping to relieve diarrhea and even dysentery.

Convinced yet? Even without all of these health benefits, the flavor of bone broth alone will convert you. Store bought broth will be a thing of your past.

When you add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your broth, you help to draw out even more of these compounds and minerals, so be sure to do that!

The bones are typically roasted before simmering to enhance flavor, it’s not completely necessary if you find yourself without the time, but I would strongly recommend it. Who doesn’t want a tastier broth?

Bone Broth

Ingredients:

• 2 pounds or more of organic animal bones

I used a carcass of an organic chicken that I roasted that night and added another organic chicken back and 4 organic chicken feet. Chicken feet are loaded with gelatin.

• 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• Onion – green, white or yellow
• 2 celery stalks
• 2 large carrots
• 1 head of garlic
• 1 zucchini
• 1 bunch basil
• 2 sprigs rosemary
• 1 inch of ginger
• 2 tbsp turmeric
• salt to taste
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You can use whatever vegetables you like. They add extra minerals to your broth. I just threw everything I had in the fridge in there. Onion, garlic and herbs will add an incredible depth of flavor.

Instructions:

1. Roast bones with a little salt in the oven at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.
2. Place bones in a large stock pot and fill with filtered water until bones are just covered.
3. Add apple cider vinegar and let sit for 30 minutes.
4. Bring water to a boil and skim off any foam that comes to the top. This foam consists of impurities.
5. Add all chopped vegetables, leave garlic and herbs until the last 30 minutes of simmering.

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6. Cover pot, reduce heat to very low and leave simmering for 24 hours.
7. Add garlic and herbs 30 minutes before 24 hours is up.

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8. Strain the broth of meat and veggies.
9. Store in airtight containers in the fridge if you plan to consume within the week or put in freezer to save for later use.

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10. If all goes perfectly, your broth will gel when cooled. Once heated it will turn back into broth.

Note:
*Sometimes bone broth does not gel. There are many possible reasons for this.

1. You simmered on too high a heat. This will destroy the collagen and your broth won’t gel.
2. You didn’t add enough of the bones that are high in gelatin, like feet.
3. You used factory farmed animals for your broth.
4. You used too much water for the amount of bones.

Even if your broth doesn’t gel, it is still incredibly good for you as it is still packed with minerals. As long as you use organic free range animal bones, your stock will be a potent health tonic. If it does gel, the benefits will be even greater. My last attempt didn’t gel, I think I used too much water. So, I’ve been taking a gelatin supplement. This stuff has changed my life. My hormonal pimples have calmed down, my menstrual cycle has regulated; I’m enjoying shorter, less painful periods, I’ve even noticed that my flexibility has vastly improved. The best part? I’m sleeping through the night, every night, without tossing and turning before hand. This is huge for me. I’ve had trouble sleeping for years now. Victory!!!

Bone broth can change your life, it has certainly vastly improved mine. With improved digestion, better sleep, and glowing skin, I’m a convert.

Please let me know if you tried this and how it turned out. I’m going to try again in a few weeks and get that sucker to gel! 😉