Growing older and experimenting with different body and skin products, I have stopped buying department store perfumes.
Often commercial colognes and perfumes found in retail and department stores are overpriced and just come in a pretty bottle. They are endorsed by popular celebrities but its scent is made mostly of water and alcohol. And the worst part is putting it on and after a few minutes realizing the scent does more harm than good by making you smell bad.
Perfume or cologne shouldn’t reek the old cliche ‘baby prostitute.’ Like the proper application of make up it should not be over done but it should be there to accent and enhance.
It’s common knowledge to always try on perfume before buying to make sure it mixes well with your own scent.
It was a couple of years ago that I discovered hand made linen spray and hand made face misters, rosewater and lavender calming skin sprays. This is where the inspiration came about for a scented skin mister.
It’s definitely better to make your own perfume out of raw, organic, hand picked, natural botanical materials. This way you can personalize it yourself to match your own essence, and you know there isn’t anything in it that can irritate your skin or mess up your clothes.
You will need a small spray bottle, there are 1,2 and 4 ounce bottles available at Wal-Mart or Target. You will also need distilled water and the essential oil of your scent of choice. For this one we are going to make my favorite combination of scents, lavender, freesia and bergamot. We are making 2 ounces of spray.
Pour 1.5 ounces of distilled water in the bottle, add 5 drops of lavender, 3 drops of bergamot and 2 drops of freesia, shake the bottle and enjoy. I use this as car freshener, linen spray, pillow spray and on my skin.
Create a face mist spray by adding 5 drops of aloe, 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of tangerine into 1.5 ounces of distilled water, rose water or a mix of the two, refrigerate or use room temperature, use it after the gym or anytime you want to freshen or hydrate your face or skin.
I see people sleep with cucumbers or teabags on their eyes, and overnight face masks. I have never tried any overnight treatment, until I came up with this one. First of all this is very light and we are going to use the rule, that a little goes a long long way. It’s probably not good to leave anything on your skin on that long anyway, plus you don’t want anything too sticky because let’s face it, it’s uncomfortable. We are going to go for a convenient one this time around, minimal, not messy but meaningful to the skin and mild enough to be a nightly ritual.
First you will need an eye mask. We will skip out on tea bags and cucumbers. Ulta has a couple of types of eye masks for only $6. One is just a plain cooling eye mask with the liquid inside that you can chill before using it, and the other type is a lavender eye mask with removable lavender packets that you can warm or chill before using it. Either one is good, but I like the diversity of the lavender packets, plus if you are going to use this with your nightly regimen, might as well take advantage of the calming effects of lavender to help you wind down.
I don’t recommend heavy, thick creams or oils overnight because it could just do more harm by clogging your pores. I wouldn’t recommend using ingredients that have an astringent effect like honey, lemon, or citrus this can cause drying of the skin that can lead to blemishes as well. Essential oils shouldn’t be directly applied to the skin better yet left over night, so what do we have left? Water, nutrient infused water for our skin. We will make a simple light mister, and you can leave this on your bedside and apply as desired.
You will need one 8 ounce spray bottle, 4 ounces distilled water (or mineral water), 1 vitamin E capsule (for its contents), 4-6 organic rose petals, ½ teaspoon green tea (or chamomile or red tea), 1 tbsp Japanese sake (or red wine). In the spray bottle add the water, vitamin E, sake, rose petals, tea, and shake well before each spray. Simple as that! So when you go to bed tonight put on your eye mask and sprits your face with this natural face overnight rejuvenator. Use it as often as you desire or can remember, even a couple of times throughout the night. Remember to be cautious of food allergies or medical conditions. Discard any leftovers after 2 weeks.
How often do you hear the words: Times are pretty rough these days? We hear them so much because it’s true and the economic situation is felt. But this shouldn’t mean that we should neglect taking care of ourselves. The economic situation leaves most of us with no room for unnecessary expenses such as spa visits. Here are some drugstore ideas for a day at home and being able to care for yourself as if you physically paid that expensive spa a visit.
Try these drug store products to take home that compare and hold up against the expensive spa and department store products. For a day at your at home spa here are some recommendations:
Aveeno Foaming Stress Relief Bath: For about $5, it’s good because it’s made with natural oat extract, with hints of the scent of lavender, chamomile and ylang-ylang oils that are noted for its calming effects. This soap is fragrance free and soap free, suitable for sensitive skin.
Aussie Moist Shampoo and Conditioner: For less than $4, it’s good because it’s a shampoo and conditioner in one and it’s infused with aloe and jojoba oil that is good for thirsty dry hair that need replenishment. An added bonus, it’s made in the USA.
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion: For about $3 you can buy the travel size bottle to try it out before committing to an 8 or 18 ounce regular size bottle. But from experience you will fall in love with this lotion because, yes, it is paraben free, it is almost odorless and goes on light on the skin while leaving it truly moisturized, suitable for dry, sensitive skin. This lotion has received so many great reviews all over the web, and now there’s a version available with SPF. It’s also good to know that the moisturizer is the same brand as your cleansing agent, this makes the products work better since coming from the same brand in some way they are meant to work in harmony.
Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask: This face mask for about $4 will help with impurities of blackheads, whiteheads and acne. The combination of the ingredients with its clay content, this mask gives a calming effect helping in relaxing facial muscles, thus minimizing some of those lines and wrinkles. While is shows it contains parabens, aside from increasing its shelf life, it is needed to preserve the clay to stop growth of mold or bacteria, this product is not animal tested and proudly made in the USA..
So far we’ve spent $16 and we have our hair, face and skin taken care of, before heading to the checkout counter pick up a cup of Yoplait and a bottle of Arizona Organic Tea Water; and that should take care of the $4. Now you’re ready!
Set the atmosphere by making sure you have set aside this time or yourself and you will not be interrupted. You can enhance the ambiance by playing relaxing music to your choice, nature sounds or Celtic would be more ideal; (assuming you have candles laying around) and add candles by the tub for a more subtle lighting instead of the bright bathroom lights. Make your bath warm about 98.8 degrees or the temperature of your body because if you make the bath too hot it will just dry your skin. Wash you face and apply your face mask, bring your yogurt and tea, served hot or cold with you to eat and drink while relaxing and just clearing your mind and enjoying.
After your bath turn on the shower and rinse off the face mask and wash your hair, dry up and apply some moisturizer. I feel better just thinking about it.