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Gentle Body Polish for Oily, Blemished Skin

Here’s a nice addition to your shower routine, if you’d like to get your skin to be exceptionally cuddly-soft and smooth in just 5 minutes flat.

This very mild, yet effective all-over body polish serves both as an exfoliant, and if allowed to dry for an additional 5 minutes, as a nourishing and detoxifying mask. It works well on the face too, especially if you’re prone to acne breakouts.

I use a base combination of ground organic oats and adzuki (red) beans together with french green clay to coax away dull skin and also draw out excess sebum and impurities from oily, blemished skin. Also in the mix is a blend of carrier and essential oils that leave your skin with an undeniably silky, soft finish after you rinse off with warm water.

How to use:

May be used on your body, face, and even the soles of your feet.

Best used after a shower and while your skin is still slightly damp.

Recommended amounts: for face, 1 teaspoon; for whole body, 1.5 tablespoons

Using a clean dry spoon, take the desired amount of body polish from the jar and mix it with a few drops of water. Gradually increase the amount of water until you end up with a fairly thick but easily spreadable paste. Gently massage the paste onto clean, damp skin while in the shower (don’t tug at your skin), then rinse off with warm water. You need not shower again after using the body polish.

Optional: let your body polish act as a nourishing, clarifying mask by allowing it to work on  your skin for 5-10 more minutes, before you rinse it off. The results are great, trust me on this! 🙂

You may wish to follow up with a moisturizer if you like.

Storage Instructions

Keep in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight (a drawer in your dresser would be ideal). Use within 1 year of purchase.

Precautions

This is not a medical product. Always perform a skin patch test, and discontinue use of the product if you notice any adverse reactions.

Ingredients List

Organic oats, adzuki (red) beans, jojoba oil, camellia oil (certified organic), french green clay, essential oils of virginian cedarwood, cypress, tea tree and eucalyptus, rosemary oleoresin.

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Gentle Body Polish for Dry Skin

Here’s a nice addition to your shower routine, if you’d like to get your skin to be exceptionally cuddly-soft and smooth in just 5 minutes flat.

This very mild, yet effective all-over body polish serves both as an exfoliant, and if allowed to dry for an additional 5 minutes, as a nourishing and cleansing mask. I use a base combination of ground organic oats and adzuki (red) beans together with ghassoul clay to soften and coax away dull skin. Also in the mix is a blend of carrier and essential oils that leave your skin with an undeniably silky, soft finish after you rinse off with warm water.

How to use:

May be used on your body, face, and even the soles of your feet.

Best used after a shower and while your skin is still slightly damp.

Recommended amounts: for face, 1 teaspoon; for whole body, 1.5 tablespoons

Using a clean dry spoon, take the desired amount of body polish from the jar and mix it with a few drops of water. Gradually increase the amount of water until you end up with a fairly thick but easily spreadable paste. Gently massage the paste onto clean, damp skin while in the shower (don’t tug at your skin), then rinse off with warm water. You need not shower again after using the body polish.

Optional: let your body polish act as a nourishing mask by allowing it to work on  your skin for 5-10 minutes, before you rinse it off. The results are great, trust me on this! 🙂

Storage Instructions

Keep in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight (a drawer in your dresser would be ideal). Use within 1 year of purchase.

Precautions

This is not a medical product. Always perform a skin patch test, and discontinue use of the product if you notice any adverse reactions.

Ingredients List

Organic oats, adzuki (red) beans, jojoba oil, camellia oil (certified organic), ghassoul clay, essential oils of roman chamomile and lavender, rosemary oleoresin.

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Baby Bliss Oil

100ml Baby Bliss Oil

I’ve sat on this idea of making an unscented oil blend that’s gentle enough for even infants’ skin for the longest time, and I’m glad to announce that it’s finally available! Baby Bliss is a straightforward blend of jojoba, camellia and macadamia nut oils that serve to moisturize and protect babies’ delicate skin, right from birth when their sebum production is at its lowest. Just a drop or two warmed up in the palms of your hands should suffice. 

Essential oils were intentionally omitted as I wanted to make the blend as unobtrusive and mild as possible for babies, and also for those who prefer an unscented alternative to the other Skin Treats oils that are available.

Even though I formulated Baby Bliss for the little ones, it’s great for adults too! If you have sensitive skin, this one’s for you.

Is it greasy?

As long as you use as much as your skin can absorb, it isn’t. I made sure that this oil blend is light and should sink easily into your skin.

How to use:

Shake the bottle well. Warm up a small amount of oil in the palm of your hands before massaging it into areas that need attention, e.g. sore eczema patches, or areas of skin that are dry. Can be used on the face as well. For babies try to avoid applying the oil on their hands or fingers, especially if they are particularly fond of sucking their fists (as most young babies are wont to do).

How about trying it out as a nightly facial cleanser?

Apply a more generous amount in gentle, circular motions on your face. Take your time–the warmth from your hands will encourage the oils to be absorbed into your skin. Jojoba oil effectively dissolves dirt and grease (it’s my favourite ingredient for this purpose!), lifting them away from the pores of your skin. Finish by washing off the oil using a little soapy water and rinsing off thoroughly. You may not need to use a moisturizer after this–just be attentive to how your skin feels!

Storage Instructions

Keep in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight (a drawer in your dresser would be ideal). Use within 1 year of purchase.

Precautions

This is not a medical product. Always perform a skin patch test, and discontinue use of the product if you notice any adverse reactions.

Ingredients List

Jojoba oil, camellia oil (certified organic), macadamia nut oil, rosemary oleoresin.

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Music Monday – Baba Yetu

Now here’s a musical treat that even my children have been enjoying almost daily (Brandon can even sing the entire chorus on his own!) – this is Baba Yetu, composed by Christopher Tin and was used as in the introductory video for the popular game Civilization IV. In hunting for the links for today’s post I also learned that Baba Yetu is the only piece of videogame soundtrack ever to be nominated for, or win (!) a Grammy award.

Let the sunshine in with this uplifting track! Hope you’ll enjoy today’s Music Monday pick. Have a terrific week ahead. 🙂

p/s: The lyrics are a Swahili translation of the Lord’s Prayer.

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So Much Catching Up To Do!

Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know that yes, the blog is still alive. :p After Urbanscapes, I think I have a little more time on my hands to update the products list (there’s a new Skin Treats oil and two different kinds of scrubs waiting to be listed, whee!), and catch up on blogging.

Timecheck: 8:25am on a Saturday morning. We’ve gotta get the kids ready for their capoeira class soon! 🙂 Have a lovely weekend y’all.

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Songbird Is GO!

I tweaked and tweaked, made notes and plotted, after the first trial batch I made last month… and now I’ve arrived at a formulation for Songbird that looks set to stay (if you all enjoy breathing it in and admiring it as much as I do, that is!).

Voila!

Locked down on the scent too. The virginian cedarwood, cypress, pine, eucalyptus all stayed, but I did away with the bergamot because it wasn’t really contributing much to the blend (it had faded away so much that it wasn’t really there anymore–and it’s way too expensive for me to use for now). So our study is now bursting with mildly minty, woodsy scent that definitely brings to mind a verdant, mountainous scene under a bright blue sky, populated with coniferous trees as far as the eye can see.

It’s a brief respite from the lousy haze that we have outside now, for sure!

These will be ready in time for Urbanscapes on June 16th. If you do come (and you really should, if you love all things art), I’m hoping you can follow your nose to locate my stall. :p It’ll be PACKED, for sure.