I call this recipe my little “miracle.” Prior to being introduced to a version of this recipe I had a life situation which was tough to say the least. The worst time of my life, and a time I never want to experience again.
In 2011, I moved from San Diego to Austin after being homeless, living on couches, and eating on less than a dollar a day. Between the stress and the issues I was having being able to eat, my face showed the results. As you can see from the picture included, for over a year my face was covered in cystic acne. After moving to Austin, and getting back on my feet I met the most wonderful aesthetician. Wendy is the angel who helps all of our skin woes at Beau Petit Ange. She had me come for a year of facials, microdermabrasia, and a daily protocol using organic face cleansers, toners, and sunscreens to heal my skin of the extreme scarring I had developed. After this year she had erased the scarring, my skin was healthy, healing and looked fabulous! This is where the devastation occurred. For one year, my skin was healthy and looked phenomenal! At this point is when my hidden dairy allergy reared it’s ugly head and viola … pepperoni pizza on my face and décolleté!
Thankfully the damage wasn’t as intense as it was after my move to Austin. I couldn’t go through the same treatments again, and was provided this recipe. During this time, I was also enrolled in my first aromatherapy course. I used what I was learning and perfected my face oil blend. The starter kit we provide here at Kleen Apothecary Shoppe allows you to take this recipe and build upon it, creating a unique face and body oil designed just for you!
Now while I may call this a “miracle,” in reality this is not as much a “miracle” as it is simple science. When my friend first gave me this recipe, she mentioned that she had used this exclusively as an oil for her face for years. She has porcelain skin! You would never imagine she had ever had any skin issues. It was enough for me to at least try it. The original recipe uses olive oil as the base oil, however, I have a t-zone, coupled with oily, sensitive skin spots. This does not bode well for exclusively using olive oil. Over time I modified the recipe, had some friends try the base recipe (the result of which is our Face & Body Oil Starter Kit).
The recipe for this starter kit includes equal parts dead sea salts, kelp, green tea, pomegranate, epsom salts, food grade diatomaceous earth, baking soda and lavender. I add frankincense and grapefruit essential oils to my oil, and use a combination of rosehip and camelia base oil. Camelia is an excellent base oil for those of us with sensative skin. It is light, not greasy, and absorbs easily without clogging our pours. The gist of this and any other natural product is to feed our bodies wholesome, clean, unrefined substances from the outside in. This recipe allows me to do just that. My face LOVES it!! My legs, and the rest of my body are really showing the results as well (see before & after pics on this post). Below is a bit more detailed information for each of the add-on’s I include in my personal Face The World Face & Body Oil.
There are a few oils specifically which aide our skin in regeneration, reduction of scars and softening of wrinkles. When I first included rosehips I had no clue what the results would be, but I was game to try it. Rosehips is known as one of the best oils to choose for your skin. You can use it on your eyelids as an eye cream, or even on your lips as a moisturizer. There’s no reaction! Seriously, no burning whatsoever!
My next find was a recipe for rosewater and lavender water as a toner. I dilute a 50/50 blend of rosewater and lavender water into a separate bottle. The recipe is 25% lavender water, 25% rosewater, and 50% distilled water. It feels amazing!
What were my results after using this regimen for a bit of time. Well see for yourself…
Now before you go running off to snag the oils from our store, let’s talk safe use of essential oils. They can be very toxic if you don’t know what you are doing, or if you use too much. This is most definitely an instance where too much is really too much! A little goes a long way, as you see above only about a dime size oil on my face twice daily elicited this result.
Essential oils and aromatherapy are meant to assist in a healthy holistic lifestyle. I eat holistically 80% of the time. What that means is organic produce, grass fed beef, free range chickens, wild caught fish/shellfish and I rarely eat anything grain which isn’t organically grown. Eating unprocessed (aka holistic) helps our bodies regenerate new cells, and will help our organs and internal systems operate efficiently. Basically, we provide the fuel our bodies need to work like a well-oiled machine!
Here are some facts about each of the add-on oils I chose for my Face the World Face & Body Oil:
Rose Hips Oil
Essentially what this all means is it can assist in preventing cancer cell regeneration; and cardiovascular disease. In other words: Along with a healthy lifestyle, Rose Hips Oil can softening wrinkles, healing acne and other scars in our dermis, and protects our skin from bacteria and viruses.
This chart shows all the wonderful benefits of using frankincense. I noticed a difference in how my skin looked in the mirror within a few weeks after I included frankincense. Which means that my skin was craving the properties found within frankincense.
Grapefruit is in the citrus family. Citrus is known for its disinfectant and diuretic properties. Additionally, grapefruit is a “happy food” – aiding our mental and emotional health as an antidepressant and stimulant for mood enhancing. It truly can turn our mood from blah to happy in a few bites (or sniffs if you are using the essential oil). The antiseptic properties help prevent and protect our skin against microbial infections, as we experience with acne. Grapefruit can be applied to cuts and bruises, although open cuts may sting a bit when this is applied. A drop or two combined in a base oil makes an excellent skin oil. Hence my adding it to Rose Hips Oil.
While all of this information sounds wonderfully healing, we need to be aware of some safety precautions as well. First and foremost, our face and body oil starter kit is designed for external use only. Grapefruit is photosensitive, which means when you include it you are more susceptible to burning, and skin damage due to sun exposure. Therefore you really want to be aware of what you are using, and if you include citrus be strict about using sunblock or using another sun protection method you choose on your face or any other part of your body where you apply this oil regularly.
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Pictures from https://www.organicfacts.net. Referenced American College of Healthcare Sciences databases, and Organic Facts blog.