March 10, 2014 § 1 Comment
I have a secret. When I began making farm-fresh skin care products, I wasn’t sure that anyone would want to purchase them. I was a bit scared to put them out on the table, unsure of the feedback I would receive. After all, my body products are my works of art and I was about to be juried at our local farmers market. I thought, “Is what I have made special enough?” The answer is yes. There is beauty and appreciation in everything handmade.
With so many products coming from abroad, we can forget the time, care, and thoughtfulness that an individually created item encompasses. In fact, handcrafted is becoming a lost art. Quality and uniqueness is being set aside for mass production. We forget that when someone makes something by hand, they are infusing themselves into the product. Something that can be felt and appreciated. When you run a bar of handmade soap across your body, you feel the difference. Besides the quality of ingredients, you pause to consider all the steps that went into the process of its creation. Having made soap, this is no small feat and worth every penny.
Another reason handcrafted items are beautiful is the relationship that develops between the producer and consumer. When you choose to purchase something that is artisan made, you become a part of their ‘ohana as we say in Hawaii. Think about it. How often do you have direct contact with the person who made with their own hands that product you purchased? You don’t feel that connection when shopping at a drugstore for your face wash or a grocery store for a jar of jam. Over the past six years, it is those connections that are the best part of my experience as an artisan, farmer, and entrepreneur.
As to the beauty of something handmade . . . it doesn’t get any better than that.
March 4, 2014 § Leave a comment
Like cures like. Oil dissolves oil. It is a basic principle one learns in chemistry class. Cleansing with oil sounds a bit counter intuitive but it is a healthy, simple, and effective way to keep your face clean and glowing.
Washing with harsh soaps and detergents only strips away our skin’s own oil, sebum, and then our bodies have to create more oil to replace that which was lost. It becomes a viscous circle.
Plant-based oils used in specific combinations balances the skin’s own natural oils. At the same time, your body is nourished and moisturized without the use of toxic chemicals. When you gently massage oil into your skin, it dissolves impurities – dirt and bacteria and hardened oils – found lodged in your pores. A warm face cloth will open the pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Add a tiny drop of the oil following the cleanse at night keeps the body from over-compensating in its own oil production.
For some individuals, there is an adjustment period when the skin is detoxifying from the impurities pulled from deep within the body and from the chemical “beauty” products used over the years. This may take a few days. When done properly and consistently, cleansing with oil over the long term can help solve skin issues such as oily or dry skin, sensitive skin, and blemishes. The result is a healthy, balanced and properly moisturized body.
The method is simple:
1.) Use a pure, plant-based combination of oils. Be sure you can identity each ingredient in your product of choice. Place a few drops in the palm of your hand and add a drop or two of water. Massage gently onto the face using a circular motion. A minute or two is all you need to saturated your skin. Use a cotton pad to remove gently make-up from around the eyes. No need to use a separate product for make-up removal. You can leave your cleansing oil on the skin for up to 10 minutes if you want to clean deep into your pores.
2.) Follow with a hot washcloth.
Place it over your face and allow the steam to remove the oils and impurities. Leave the cloth on until it cools, about a minute or so. Repeat if needed. You want to remove all the dirt but leave a thin layer of the oil. If time permits, enjoy infusing a bit of lavender or lemon balm in the basin and placing a towel over your head to capture the beautiful steam.
That’s it. No moisturizer is needed. If you have very dry skin, add a touch of the oil. This can be especially beneficial if you cleanse with oil at night. In the morning, you do not need to cleanse deep again. Simply use a cool washcloth and a hydrating spray to freshen the face. Once a week or so, treat your skin to a bit of mashed, ripe avocado or papaya, or a tad of organic honey to your oil regime. Just blend it together and massage onto damp skin. Allow to sit for a few minutes and then follow with the very warm washcloth.
Simple – balanced – good food for the skin. Give it a try and enjoy your new found glow.