Natural sunscreen – coming soon!

15 Jul sunscreen

These past few months I’ve been hibernating from posting. Sorry fans, but what I’ve been up to I hope you will like! I’ve been researching and learning how to make a high quality, all natural sunscreen. Yes! It can be done. So far I’ve made 1 test batch and given it out to my volunteer human testers for review.

sunscreenSunscreen is one of those sought after products once sandals, shorts & t-shirt season arrives. But, the ingredients in most name brand products can leave you scratching your head thinking do i have to put this on my skin if I don’t want a sunburn? Yuck.

10348786_10152296462169934_8770765450764216646_oWondering what brands on the market have a good rating and which ones to avoid? Check out the SkinDeep database and this info from the Organic Consumers Association for information. Not all sunscreens are alike.

  • According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) annual report, two-thirds of sunscreen on the market either contain harmful ingredients, including cancer-causing oxybenzone, or do not provide sufficient protection. Learn how to avoid these products: http://orgcns.org/SvMKTS

 

What’s in my sunscreen? I will be continuing testing and developing my product this summer, but so far here is a teaser of what some of the ingredients are that you will find int my sunscreen: beeswax, organic fair-trade shea butter, calendula infused extra-virgin olive oil, vitamin E, and non-nano zinc oxide. It will have a SPF rating of about 25-30.

What makes my natural sunscreen superior?

  • Calendula infused olive oil – Calendula is soothing and anti-inflammatory. oil makes a cream smooth and absorbs into the skin
  • Zinc oxide – is a natural mineral. It is the active ingredient in the sunscreen and provides broad protection from UVA and UVB. It’s also fairly water repellent.
  • Shea butter – is moisturizing and has a natural rating of about 6-10 SPF.
  • Beeswax – excellent for skin repair and acts an a natural emulsifier in the cream holding all the ingredients together without separation, plus the smells is delicious!

Bloomin’ Garden & Art Sale, May 31, 10am-4pm

29 May

Spring has sprung here in Edmonton. Leaves have popped out on the trees with their beautiful greenery and tulips are up. Soon Iris’ will be too! I’ve ben loving my daytime walks with my daughter Iris watching how everything is coming up in the neighborhood.

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 8.09.22 AMIf you haven’t made it out to the different gardening events going on around the city to get your plants, drop by the Bloomin’ Garden & Art Sale at Alberta Avenue Community League this Saturday. In addition to getting some great plants, there are artisans selling their crafts, a little gallery of excellent art works, a permaculture film, a live sculpture demonstration for the sculpture garden that is going in and a fruit growing talk!

I’ll be there and hope to have some new items for you including my natural sunscreen!

IMG_3913IMG_4951If you are looking for a father’s day gift, I have some great soaps such as ‘Oh my Guinness Beer & Oats’ made with real guinness beer and the ‘Boreal Forest Musk’ blend that is also very popular with men.

DIY recipe: Little Acorn’s baby wipes solution

26 May

Well, it’s almost June and I don’t know where May went! Life with a little babe means time flies by at lightning speed I guess. ;) It’s true what they say about time flies when you are having fun. It’s been such a joy being a mom so far.

I promised to post my recipe for making your own diaper wipes solution a little while ago and completely forgot. Sorry readers. Hear it is. Simple, easy to make, and long lasting! You will love it!

 

iStock_000010064198SmallLittle Acorn’s Diaper Wipers Solution

This solution is excellent for using with reusable cloth wipes or on the go with DIY disposable cloth wipes (paper towels work great). The recipe makes a concentrate that you then dilute into a spray bottle 1:1 with water. The recipe makes 250mL of concentrate which is enough for two 250mL spray bottles.

Ingredients:

  • 4.5 ounces aloe vera juice
  • 2.5 oz. ounces witch hazel extract
  • 1.25 ounces extra-virgin olive oil (or sweet almond or avocado oil)
  • 40 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops vitamin E oil (or contents of 2 vitamin E capsules)
  • 20 drops peppermint oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil (optional)

Aloe vera: gentle, soothing on the skin and moisturizing.

Witch hazel extract: cooling and evaporates quickly without being drying.

Extra-virgin Olive oil is a great moisturizer! It’s been used for centuries in skincare to soothe, moisturize and repair skin as well as protect it from wear and tear. You will find olive oil in all my products from my soaps to creams to baby products. It’s also one of the gentlest oils to use on the skin which is why I swear by it.

Vitamin E is restorative for the skin helping sooth and repair damaged skin.

Lavender essential oil: One of the most gentle essential oils that is helping for sensitive, irritated skin thanks to it’s nerve calming properties. It is often a key ingredient in natural eczema creams, facial creams, and more. It also has antibacterial and anitmicrobial powers.

Peppermint oil is cooling, which can help sooth babes bums and prevent inflammation, plus it smells great.

Tea tree oil has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl or glass measuring cup. Stir together and transfer to a bottle using a funnel. Next, fill half a spray bottle with your diaper solution, then add water. Easy right?

How to use it? Spray onto cloth or directly onto baby’s skin and wipe away. Repeat as needed.

 

 

The Royal Bison starts today!

9 May

Today the Royal Bison starts and it’s going to be a great show!

Hours are:

  • Friday, 5pm-9pmbison_spring2014_bloggraphix-07
  • Saturday, 10am-5pm
  • Sunday, 11am-5pm

Location: 8426 Gateway Blvd at the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Building

Hope to see you there!

At a store near you!

5 May

I’m excited to announce that you will find more of my products at the new Sabrina Butterfly store in the Enjoy Centre!

 

Be sure to drop by Cocoon and see for yourself.  My luxurious facial & body scrubs are there now as well as my lip butter collection. My wonderful wool dryer balls have been there since the store opened in April. So, if you missed me at Make it Edmonton and can’t make it to the Royal Bison next weekend, you will find some of my products at this great little local store. I can’t believe how many local designers and artisans that Sabrina has included in her new location. It really is a gem!

 

The Royal Bison is coming! May 9-11

30 Apr

bison_spring2014_bloggraphix-07The Royal Bison is almost here! It’s my favourite art & craft show that I get to do in Edmonton and I’m happy to be back again this spring!

What can you expect this time around?

The classic favourites!

I’ll be bringing my classics: olive oil soaps made with local ingredients like oats, honey, rosehips, and lilacs, beeswax creams, herbal infused lip butters, and our reclaimed wood soap holders.

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In addition to the classics, we have some new items to offer: baby care items! As some of you know, my amazing husband and I had a baby girl a couple months ago. We had called her ‘little acorn’ all through my pregnancy as we wanted to wait to find out at the time oIMG_1696f birth if it was a boy or girl. We still call our beautiful Iris our little acorn and that is the name we chose for our new baby skin care line as she helped inspire it all for us. So far, we have:

  • baby bum butter to scare away any diaper rash and leave their bum oh so soft,
  • baby wipes solution whichis gentle on their skin and works great. We’ve include the recipe for those DIYers among us,
  • a bath time soap,
  • and something to be released for the first time at the Royal Bison is our baby massage oil! It’s perfect after a bath! It’s infused with calendula, rosehips to add anti-inflammatory properties and leave a delicious scent! You might want to even rub some on to you too!

little acorns baby wipes solution

 

Earth Day!

22 Apr

Today was earth day and it’s also my mom’s birthday. A day to take green action for mother earth and to notice what we do and can improve upon to lead a greener lifestyle.

One thing I did recently which I consider green is to get a stroller. How is this green? I have found since having a baby I am driving way more than I used to and it was bothering me especially when it was somewhere close that i used to walk to, but now felt it was too far to walk if i was carrying a car seat. I do walk around the neighborhood with Iris in a carrier and she loves it, but for getting groceries etc. i thought a stroller would be handy to have. Now, i can stroll to many places in my neighborhood and I have already noticed a decrease in my driving and an increase in my walking again!

IMG_5068It’s spring time and many of us love to spring clean once it get’s warm enough. me included! Be sure to check out my post about a DIY citrus cleaner I posted on earth day in 2013,  that is oh so easy and very cheap to make!

Ingredients to have on hand for DIY spring cleaning include:

  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Washing soda
  • lemon juice
  • liquid castille soap
  • essential oils (optional)

Another go to resource for eco-friendly and budget friendly resource is the Queen of Green’s “Green Cleaning Recipes” guide. Excellent recipes are in here!

green_clean_bookWant a book to have on hand for reference? Check out “Green Clean”. I’ve had it for years and it’s definitely a great reference tool.

What’s the difference between a cream, salve, and a lotion?

10 Apr

I get this question a lot at craft shows and I have sometimes had a hard time explaining in a simple way the differences. Thanks to the awesome blog called The Little Herbal for such a clear and succinct explanation. I’m a big fan of her blog.Image

What is the difference between a Lotion vs. Cream vs. Salve?

Salve- A salve is simply a combination of oil and beeswax.  Beeswax is melted with the oil and then when it cools it will harden into your desired consistency.  It can also have other things added to it (essential oils, butters, vitamin E, etc.)  but it does not contain water.  This gives it a long, stable shelf life.

Lotion: A lotion is created when you take oil & water and blend it together using an emulsifying agent, typically emulsifying wax or beeswax.  Lotion usually has a higher concentration of water to oil (70% water, 20% oil, 10% emulsifying agent).  Depending on whether or not you use preservatives, lotions will have a shorter shelf life due to the high concentration of water.

Cream: A cream is also created when you take oil & water and blend it together using an emulsifying agent, typically emulsifying wax or beeswax.  Creams have a higher concentration of oil in them than lotions (45% water, 45% oil, 5-10% emulsifying agent), making them thicker, heavier and more moisturizing.

Body Butter: A body butter is created by blending natural butters like shea butter, cocoa, butter and/or mango butter.  My body butter recipes usually tend to be a blend of butters and liquid carrier oils making them more malleable and easy to apply and absorb into the skin.

From: The Little Herbal

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I currently make both salves and creams for Ameya Studio and will have several of them @ Make It Edmonton this coming weekend. (April 11-13) Stop by to try them and banish that dry skin away. They are luxurious, made with rich moisturizing beeswax and fair trade shea butter, plus have healing essential oils in them for both scent and therapeutic properties. Whether you are looking for something for your face, your hands, or a little babe you know, I’ve got you covered! 

Happy thursday!

Make it Edmonton is almost here! (Apr 11-13)

9 Apr

mike and iris sales teamThings have been super busy in the studio and in life in general as I adjust to life as a new mom with my little beautiful girl Iris. I can’t believe she is 2 months old already! Time flies and it’s been amazing so far. I feel very blessed these days. Here is a picture of her and my lovely husband having fun at a previous craft show this spring. They are the newest members of my sales team and will both be joining me for the show!

make it spring flyerWell, with that said…Make It! Edmonton is almost here! Have you got your tickets yet? If not, grab the info. here and get them ahead of time or pay at the door.

What have I been up to and am excited about bringing to Make It!? I’ve been busy developing some new baby skincare products under a new product line I am calling “Little Acorn”. My own little acorn (now called Iris), inspired me to branch out my skincare line to include babes. Some new items you can find are:

  • Little Acorn’s baby wipes solution
  • Little Acorn’s baby bum butter

The baby wipes solution is a concentrate that you mix in a spray bottle with water. It is handy for at home or in your travel bag when out and about with your little one. An added bonus is that I’ve included a DIY recipe with this wipes solution so that you can make more when you run out. pretty neat, right? This is the fist time I am giving away one of my recipes, so I think that’s pretty awesome and hope you do too! After Make It show, I will post up the recipe on my website.

The bum butter helps soften their skin and keep diaper rash at bay. It’s made with my own herbal infused calendula extra-virgin olive oil to add some anti-inflammatory elements to the butter as well as aloe vera, organic shea butter, and the ever powerful skin hlittle acorns baby wipes solutionaler: beeswax.

Have a great week and I’m looking forward to seeing some of you there!!

Mercer Collective, March 29, 10-4pm – I’m having a spring sale!

28 Mar

ImageWell folks, I’m back at it and so excited for tomorrow! This is my first event with my wee Iris and hubs along to help out. Stop by out booth at the Mercer Warehouse tomorrow for the awesome Mercer Collective running from 10am-4pm.

I’m having a sale to move out the end of season inventory! Creams are 50% off and soaps are discounted too!

Hope to see you there!

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