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Video: Hemp & Baking Soda as a Simple Skincare Routine

Hemp & baking soda: a simple 2-ingredient skincare routine for naturally clear skin. Read the full blog post here including substitutions and techinque.

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Homemade & Organic Sunscreen!

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Homemade & Organic Sunscreen

Summer is upon us! For my family, that means many hours outside gardening, around the pool, walking Kona, running, exploring, kayaking, etc. With that in mind, I have an elevated sense of urgency to have lots of organic sun protection on hand for my family. I’ll be honest, I really enjoy the sunshine–as a Florida-born girl, and my skin absorbs the sunlight readily. It doesn’t take much sunlight for me to have a solid base tan. But, I do try to be mindful of when I am getting a little too much sun.

Besides enjoying having a good tan (as a reason to not always apply sunscreen), I have steered away from generic, drug store bought sunscreen because….well, have you ever read the ingredient lists? I have rambled a whole lot more about the sunscreen issue in this post.

So, my thoughts on sunscreen are:

1. Know your skin and how easily you burn; use sunblock and clothing accordingly.

2. Skin temperature is important in skin damage. In other words, your skin can withstand sunlight for longer if it is cooled off–like in the pool or the ocean, for instance.

3. Rely mainly on clothing to cover up your skin. Use sunscreen when needed–and always reach for the good stuff! There are a few good brands out there: Aubrey Organics makes a great, natural sunscreen.

4. To go completely organic, have control over your ingredients and be creative, make your own! Furthermore, ALWAYS look for “non-nano” sized Zinc Oxide. This is the safest, physical sunscreen ingredient available. Many sunscreen ingredients are chemical sunscreens, which is a whole lot of what-we-don’t-want! Non-nano sized zinc oxide will sit atop your skin (appearing white–this is a good thing, as it means your skin isn’t absorbing it. It is simply serving its purpose as a sun barrier).

Make your own sunscreen/sunblock using this recipe:

(I merely always eyeball measurements, so I use the word “recipe” loosely”

Ingredients (keep in mind, these are approximate):

-2 tablespoons of Zinc Oxide

-1/4 cup of Coconut Oil

-1 tablespoon of Beeswax beads (optional–will thicken the mixture)

-1/4 cup of Shea Butter

-1/4 cup of Hemp Oil, Almond Oil or Olive Oil.

Instructions:

-Melt Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter and Oil of choice in double boiler

-Take off of the heat and add Zinc Oxide

-Sunscreen is ready when it has cooled and solidified

**It is most helpful to clean your bowls while the ingredients are warm, as they will come off more easily.

Enjoy! Please share if you make this recipe for yourself–I’d love to hear about it.

Persian / Parissa Wax Review

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Parissa / Persian Cold Wax & Strips

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Alley at Parissa Waxing was extremely friendly and generous in helping me acquire samples from their sister company, Persian Wax. Here is a bit of background about Persian Wax:

“Each box of Persian Wax is a validation of the traditions of the past, where time spent on oneself is celebrated and satisfying, and results in not only looking beautiful on the outside but feeling beautiful on the inside.

Familiar to generations of Eastern women, this age-old recipe has become the benchmark against which all other hair removal products are measured. Now, at home is the Western world, this authentic, all-natural hair removal product brings delight to women in search of dazzling, extraordinarily smooth, hair-free skin.

A combination of exotic craft and premium ingredients, Persian Hair Remover® remains unchanged in both formula and contents for over thirty years. It is artistry – not chemistry, that produces a hair remover of inimitable quality in the spirit of Eastern beauty and elegance.”

Alley also provided me with some more tidbits about these products:

“Persian Wax which is specially formulated for sensitive skin.  Like Parissa, Persian Wax has only 3 ingredients, sugar, lemon and water – and is held up to the same ethos and eco-standards which include the use of quality, food-grade ingredients, no chemicals, parabens or fragrance and of course, completely animal friendly.

You’ll find the packaging bold and elegant, in keeping with the 3000 year old Middle-Eastern  recipe from which the product stems. We’ve added the quick & easy-to -use Persian Wax Strips – formulated with gentle cream wax, also for sensitive skin.”

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Cold Wax

Persian Wax’s Description:

“Persian Cold Wax is the original time honoured recipe that women have been trusting for centuries. And now in celebration of Eastern elegance and beauty we have repackaged our luxurious cold wax – but kept the recipe unchanged. Because Persian Cold Wax works – beautifully so.

Ingredients:

Wax:  sucrose, aqua, citric acid.”

My Description & Thoughts:

The idea of waxing is intimidating and time intensive in my mind, or at least it was before discovering a product that makes this process easier. Persian Wax (sister company of Parissa Wax) does this with products that work well by way of great ingredients.

The waxing routine is something that can be expensive to have professionally done on a regular basis. I find that having a great brand like Persian or Parissa wax on hand is a way more economical choice.

In regards to cold wax in a jar versus strips that come with wax already applied, I think it is a personal preference and is also dependent upon which area of the body you are waxing. For example, if I am  are waxing areas on your face that require extra attention and precision, then using the cold wax in a jar is what is most effective because it allows me to control exactly where I am placing the wax and which areas have hair that need to be removed. These areas, for me, are my upper lip and eyebrows. On the other hand, if I am waxing an area with a larger surface area of hair, or an area that the wax strip size just happens to suit well, I prefer to use the strips with the wax already applied. For me, these areas are the bikini line, legs and arm pits.

This jar of is a great size to travel with (8 oz.–wouldn’t fit in a carry-on, but wouldn’t hardly take up any room in a checked bad if flying). The wax itself is comprised of simple, pure ingredients that prevent the skin from being irritated. The simplicity of the ingredient list might suggest that this product is not effective. However, the contrary is true. They have this mixture right–it does a great job getting all of the hairs that the wax is applied to. I see myself going back to Parissa & Persian wax strips in the future for all of my waxing needs. Only improvement would come from entirely organic ingredients.

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Wax Strips

Persian Wax’s Description:

“Luxurious cream-wax formula designed specifically for sensitive skin. Convenient, mess-free, easy to use and 40 strips/box means you’ll always have enough!

Ingredients:

Wax: glyceryl rosinate (pine resin), ricinus communis (castor oil), cera alba (beeswax), titanium dioxide

Aftercare oil: canola oil, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), lemon and orange blossom, menthol.”

 My Description & Thoughts:
After reading my thoughts above about the cold wax in a jar, you will have an accurate depiction of how I feel about these wax strips. What I have to add is that I prefer these strips, if I could only pick one of the two. You can’t beat the fact that they are readymade. Pop them out of the box and you are ready to wax. I find that the width of these strips are perfect for my bikini line, no need for me to trim the strips to fit. They do a thorough job of removing hairs and leaving my skin clear looking. My skin was not irritated at all after using them–just stung initially after the hair removal, as expected. These wax strips are my “go-to” for waxing. Simple, practical, portable, effective, and made of quality ingredients. Only improvement would come from entirely organic ingredients.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.