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stop & smell the roses

diy rose water homemade rose petals

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DIY rose-water because…..well…..I LOVE ROSE WATER!

Rose water has moisturizing and anti inflammatory properties making it refreshing on hot days – use it on your face as a toner – put some in your bath water – use it to mop your floor – pour some into your rainbow vacuum water – use it to freshen up bedding or furniture – want a natural perfume? bam rose-water – or even use it to cleanse unwanted / stagnant energy!

It can also be used to flavor certain dishes such as tea or lemonade (but I find myself using it most frequently in my skin care routine.

diy rose water homemade rose petals
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To make rose-water you will need to choose a rose that is fragrant. (I used (what I believe is) pink fragrant roses originally from the Hand Rose Farm in Tyler, TX)

Pluck the petals from the roses – discard the bulb and stems.

diy rose water homemade rose petals

Place the rose petals in a large pot and fill with just enough purified/distilled water to cover the rose petals – too much water will dilute the rose-water and you want it to smell as strong as possible.

diy rose water homemade rose petals

Place a heat safe bowl in the center of the petals, and cover the pot with a lid.

Place on a medium heat.

As the petals simmer, steam will collect on the lid of the pot and drip into the bowl – that rose-water will be a more pure form than the rose-water that is in the pot (but the rose-water in the pot is still good stuff).

diy rose water homemade rose petals

Simmer until the petals lose their color.

Drain/strain the liquid into a jar and voilà! That is your rose-water!

diy rose water homemade rose petals

Store in the refrigerator.
diy rose water homemade rose petals

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i got it from my mama

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Raise your hand if you wanna age gracefully…

Is your hand raised!?

Mine too.

My mom taught me the importance of proper skin care from a young age and she looks pretty awesome for a 55 yr old!……(Hi, mom! Don’t be mad at me for telling the world your age 😉 )

A consistent skin care routine is key to keeping your skin young and vibrant. Over the last few years I have been trying to make an effort to add less toxic products to my routine. After all the whole point of cleaning your face/ body is to remove dirt and grime…not add to it!

If you look at the ingredients in most grocery store brands you will find chemicals you can’t pronounce and parabens that can actually damage skin.

Your skin is your biggest organ, anything you put ON your body goes INTO your body….take a second to really think about that…kinda scary, huh?!

the cottage greenhouse skincare natural healthy

 

Mom has introduced me to hundreds of products throughout the years. The Cottage Greenhouse being the most recent….

She gifted me the ginger and agave set for Christmas and I am really liking it (…almost time to restock).

 

 

My sister and I have eczema so we have to be careful what we use. This brand is gentle enough for both of us and is inspired by fresh and wholesome ingredients….based out of Denver, CO it is paraben free, never animal tested, & formulated with up to 98% natural ingredients….(not 100% natural but definitely a step in the right direction).

 

 

Side Note: My biggest tip to you (that I learned from my mom) is to never pull on your skin… if you have eye makeup that won’t come off, NEVER scrub with a wash cloth……use a cleaner, lotion, or oil to help remove the leftover mascara. I feel like this is common sense but scrubbing/pulling stretches your skin and can cause premature wrinkling. (…and fuck wrinkles, am I right!?)

 

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coffee face mask

 

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This is a recipe I found in one of my favorite magazines called Willow and Sage, originally from Sarah Howard’s blog.  I really liked it and thought you might too! Coffee is surprisingly great for dry winter skin helping to improve blood flow making your skin appear radiant and bright.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground coffee beans (I used Folgers)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened whole milk/unsweetened almond milk (I used coconut milk)
  • 1T raw honey

Mix the ground coffee beans with the cocoa powder. Mix in the milk, and stir until it creates a paste. For a thicker paste, use less milk. Fold in honey. Apply to skin and let dry for up to 20 minutes. Rinse off, and store any extra mask in the fridge for up to three days.

 

Let me know if you decide to try it out!

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