Thursday, June 5, 2014

Miri Textiles: Photo Shoot With Acacia: Sunny Day!

Miri Textiles: Photo Shoot With Acacia: Sunny Day!: Acacia and I met again this Sunday for a new photo shoot and it was an AMAZING DAY!!! We went back to that same place along the Rio Grand...

Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Homemade Sunscreen, Version 2

Hi beauties! The hemp oil/zinc oxide blend I presented in a former post works really well as a sunscreen, but I wanted to take it a step further. 

My skin is almost 50 years old, and I've recently lost a bunch of weight (probably 30 pounds or so). Consequently, my skin looks pretty saggy, and I've been doing everything I can think of to get it straightened out! Moisture and SUNSCREEN are key, here.

So I decided to make a sunscreen for my body that will help with these issues. I LOVE body products that can multi-task!

The result of this recipe is a thick, lotion-ish sunscreen that melts on contact with the body. It works GREAT. 


TWO CAVEATS: 

1. this stuff smells like a Thai restaurant, which can be somewhat unpleasant on the body. Still trying to come up with a way to scent it and will let you know when/if I do!

2. It's GREEEEEEZYYYY!!!!!! Put this on before you get dressed and let it sink in for awhile. I usually put it on after my morning shower and walk around in a towel for a half hour or so. It will stain your clothes if you're not careful. This is what happens when you use natural ingredients. Totally worth it.


very cool canning funnel from my sister!

Here's my recipe for 8 fluid ounces of sunscreen with an SPF of 6-11:


  • 2 fluid ounces (1/4 cup) Coffee-infused sweet almond oil
  • 2 fluid ounces (1/4 cup) Coconut oil
  • 2 fluid ounces (1/4 cup) Hemp oil
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Butter
  • 1.6 ounces (by weight) Zinc Oxide

Instructions:
Put everything in a jar. Place in a sunny window. Shake and stir frequently until everything's melted together.

I keep this on my countertop. On hot days, it melts and separates. I just shake it up and apply as normal.


You can adjust the ingredients/vary the proportions according to your needs. I live in a hot climate, so I use more cocoa butter and coconut oil and less of the liquid oils to get a thicker product.

You can also adjust the amount of zinc oxide according to your SPF needs.

For SPF 2-5: Use 5% zinc oxide
For SPF 6-11: Use 10% zinc oxide
 For SPF 12-19: Use 15% zinc oxide
For SPF >20: Use 20% zinc oxide

How to use:
Apply liberally 15 minutes prior to going out. Apply again 15 minutes after you've been out in the sun. 

That's it. It's a physical sunscreen, so it will continue to work for several hours unless you swim or sweat a lot. I've been using it for about 2 weeks and my skin looks really really good. It's very soft and I haven't even gotten tan even though I've been out by the pool in the hot New Mexico sun. It's awesome. If you are prone to clogs, don't use this on your face. It will clog your pores for sure. I use this on my son's face and he's fine with it. He's not as prone to clogging as I am.




Looking yummy!



Great texture after a cool night. Sometimes it's runnier than this...





Friday, May 2, 2014

Coffee Vanilla Body Treatment

Hey Beauties!

As some of you know, I've been experimenting with coffee treatments for sagging skin. It all started here.

There were some problems with the oil I made, though. First of all, it SMELLED AWFUL!!! Second of all, it's CRAZY CAFFEINATED!

So I decided to create a more user-friendly version. Please be aware, though, that this version still has caffeine in it. Don't use this stuff right before bed, chicas!


My Recipe

1/3 cup Sweet Almond Oil (I used vanilla-infused oil)
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
1/3 cup Coffee-infused oil
1-2 ounces Cocoa Butter
Vanilla Beans


  • Put all ingredients in a heat-safe vessel (I used a pyrex measuring cup).
  • Heat slowly until the cocoa butter is completely melted.
  • Pour the whole thing into a glass or PET container (if using PET, wait until the mixture cools somewhat).
  • Keep in the fridge!

The result is a really nice, awesome-smelling body balm. It feels a bit grainy in the container, and melts immediately on contact with your hands. Rub this on your freshly-bathed bod. It's supposed to be good for cellulite and sagging skin.

Cocoa butter and chopped vanilla beans


Add the oils to the heat-safe vessel

Heat gently over low flame



Pour it into a jar and let it cool!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Non-Clogging Homemade Sunscreen with Hemp Oil

Hi beauties! I finally made my own sunscreen that is GUARANTEED not to clog your/my pores!

Yay.

Okay, you all probably know by now that I like simple recipes with as few ingredients as possible. That way, it's easier to tell if any of the ingredients is causing problems / clogs. This recipe has two ingredients: hemp oil and zinc oxide.


The Recipe


To make 2 ounces of sunscreen with 20 SPF:

Approximately 2 ounces of hemp oil
0.4 ounces of zinc oxide (measured on a kitchen scale)

Mix together in a non-metal vessel and then pour the sunscreen into a PET container. Keep in the fridge!

You can adjust the measure of zinc oxide in the recipe according to your desired SPF. The percentages are of the total weight of the final product. 

For SPF 2-5: Use 5% zinc oxide
For SPF 6-11: Use 10% zinc oxide
For SPF 12-19: Use 15% zinc oxide
For SPF >20: Use 20% zinc oxide

I have been using this sunscreen on my face, arms, back, neck, and chest for about a week now, and it's working very very well! No clogs, no sun damage so far.



The stuff.

Choosing the Zinc Oxide

The most important factor to consider when choosing your zinc oxide is the size of the particles. A lot of products use Nano or Micronized zinc oxide, which is an ultrafine powder that turns clear when applied. Unfortunately, nanoparticles have been found to cause health problems because they are so small that they can enter the body through the skin.You want a particle size of MORE THAN 100 nm.


How it works

Zinc oxide is a physical barrier sunscreen. This means that it creates a barrier on your skin that blocks UVB and UVA rays (Murphy 1999).

Here's a great article explaining the mechanisms of sunblocks: 
Sunblocks: Mechanisms of action


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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Product Review: Kerafiber

Okay. I'm going to admit this: sometimes I use that spray-in hair stuff like in those horrible infomercials!!! It has come to this, people.

I received an invitation to review this particular brand, Kerafiber, and a very nice man sent me a free kit with the fiber and the holding spray.

I tried it this weekend and liked it!

First, you shake the stuff onto your problem areas.

Then you pat it in.

Then you spray it with this fixative spray. This was hard for me. The stuff smells WICKED SWEET and is obviously a synthetic fragrance. Plus I'm very very cautious about what goes on my head, as you all know, I'm sure.
 























It worked well, though. It fills in the thin spots temporarily. I wish it made my hair look thicker throughout, but what are you going to do.


I wanted it to add coverage/volume to the lower part of the hair... it didn't.


It filled in the spaces.
It didn't rub off during the day.
It was easy.

Before: spaces in hair at temple



Before: spaces in hair at temple

AFTER PICS! No added volume, but nice coverage. 










Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sagging Skin and Cellulite: Coffee Oil


Guys, I was horrified to find out that the skin all over my body is STARTING TO SAG! Or HAS been sagging. Or something. I never noticed this until I was trying some things on in the mall the other day. Someone should tell Frederick (of Hollywood) that he'd sell a lot more of that shit if he turned the flourescent lights in the dressing rooms DOWN A NOTCH!

Anyhoo, yes. I'm not posting any "before" pictures because I'm not going to sacrifice my one remaining shred of dignity to you people. Let's just say I'm 49 years old, have recently (five years ago) had a baby, and have also recently (like, recently) lost maybe 25 or 30 pounds. 

So now I'm looking for ways to perk up my body! What you want to do is moisturize, tighten, and blast the area with rejuvenating anti-oxidants. I'm going to try a few things:
  1. Dry brushing every day. I started this today, and it feels awesome. I'll do a whole post on this soon.
  2. Coffee ground scrub on problem areas (thighs, butt, stomach, breasts, upper arms. Damn.).
  3. Tightening and rejuvenating coffee body oil!

So caffeine is supposed to help tighten skin. You can infuse any kind of oil with coffee, but I chose a blend of oils with great anti-aging anti-oxidant properties. Here's how I made the oil:


EDITED TO ADD A NOTE TO YOU ALL! This stuff is WICKED STRONG! I applied this all over my body after my morning shower at 10 am. My heart was racing and I was shaking from caffeine by 11 am. I could still feel it at 8:00 that night. I advise you to dilute.
On the plus side, I did a lot of stuff: cleaned the whole house; did all the laundry; cleaned out the yard; did an hour of yoga; did three 1.5-minute long planks; jumped on the trampoline for hours with my son; hula-hooped for a long time; plus a lot of other hamster-on-a-wheel type stuff.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry coffee grounds (organic, dark roast. I don't know if this is what I was supposed to use, but that's what I had. I've seen a lot of recipes with green coffee, too)
  • 10 ounces hemp oil
  • 2 ounces vitamin E oil
  • 1 ounce vitamin A (fat soluble)
  • 3 ounces coconut oil
  • 4 ounces vanilla-infused sweet almond oil
I used a 20 or so ounce mason jar to mix these in.



How to Make It

First, pour in the coffee grounds, then cover with all this other stuff. Let sit on a countertop for at least a couple of days. I think you could let this sit for weeks, and it would just get better and better. Shake the jar every few days.

Since I made mine with hemp oil, this will be a little more volatile, meaning its shelf life is fairly short at room temperature. I'm leaving this on a countertop for a week (so the coconut oil is liquid and can accept the coffee), then I'm going to leave it in the fridge.

Strain the oil through a fine strainer and pour oil into a container for use. Keep in fridge!







wicked dank stuff.

This stuff SMELLS CRAZY! It's very concentrated. You may want to dilute this with some almond or hemp oil (like, half and half or something). The smell does get fainter after an hour or so on your skin. It definitely smells like very strong coffee. I like it. My man does not.

How to Use

Rub this on your problem areas after bathing. Massage it in. Feel the tightening begin! 


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