Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Came out with some new items

I have been so lazy lately. I am sitting here, on the computer - but doing actually NOTHING. My daughter was sick and waking up at night way too many times, then waking up way too early in the mornings. I was royally pooped! Wouldnt you be?

So, I got off my lazy butt and made some new things for my virtual store.

I love, just LOVE Almond Biscotti....oh, they are so good, crunchy and a bit bitter and they go so good with a cup of tea or coffee. So, I just had to make this Almond Biscotti Lotion for all those biscotti crazies out there. Yeah, yeah, I'm talking to YOU! LOL

Another thing that I have been hearing lately was this white tea and ginger scent. Hmmmm....is it really that popular? Well? Is it? Anyways.....I decided to give it a try and just do it. Make the darn thing and see for yourself. It DOES smell good though. Fresh, a little bit spicy, a bit of exotic tea.....ah, if I could just be somewhere else :-)

What do you think of a scent with apples, pears and melons? All the juiciness in one bottle. How about the name for it. BUTT NAKED. Yeap! You heard it right. Dare to bare!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I am looking for testers for my products

I need testers for my aftershaves, scents for lotions, shampoos or conditioners and sometimes for my skin care products. If you want to participate, can you please sign up? The sign up box is on the right.

I want to see how many people are interested so I can know a round number of sample bottles to buy. Thank you :-)

I am gonna send you e-mail asking you what you prefer to test and I am going to wait for a honest feedback.

Thank you :-)

Monday, November 10, 2008

What can girls do at a slumber party? DIY lotions, potions, mists, perfumes and bath salts projects!

They can play with essential and fragrance oils and make their own lotions and potions!!! They can create their own perfume oils! Their own bath salts and body mists!

I was thinking a lot while watching my 6 year old all in my stash of bottles, oils, lotions, shampoos, conditioners. We have made few mists together and I've seen her enjoy every second of it. Most importantly - she is so content and happy after she has done her own masterpiece :-)

So, I have created a DIY kit for girls. I have also given you your own choice of fragrances so its more personalized.

8 oz of unscented lotion
2 2oz empty lotion bottles
1 oz of your choice carrier oil
6 vials of 4ml fragrance and/or essential oil
1 1/2oz empty roll on perfume bottle
1 dropper

Choice of fragrance and essential oils:

Champa fragrance oil
Cinnamon fragrance oil
Juniper fragrance oil
Green tea fragrance oil
Lotus fragrance oil
Mandarin fragrance oil
Mimosa fragrance oil
Nerolli fragrance oil
Spearmint fragrance oil
Verbena fragrance oil
Water lilly fragrance oil
Water lotus fragrance oil
Wintergreen fragrance oil
Yuzu fragrance oil
Jasmine fragrance oil
Pineapple fragrance oil
Lilly of the valley fragrance oil
Sensual amber fragrance oil
Sandalwood FO
Musk FO
Lemon blossom FO
Vanilla FO
Coconut cream FO
Pomegranate FO
Mango madness FO
Chocolate FO

Peppermint Supreme essential oil
Sweet orange 5 fold EO
Lime EO
Eucalyptus EO
Anise EO
Lemon EO

Choice of carrier oil:

Jojoba oil
Sweet Almond oil
Grapeseed oil
Olive oil
Sunflower oil
Apricot Kernel oil
Hemp Seed oil

If you prefer already mixed fragrances, the choices are:




ANGELICA - FO (A light and airy blend of aquatic notes, delicate citruses balanced with soft rose, soft sandalwoods and musks. )

MEDITATION KRISHNA - FO (Strong robust woods infused with spices, spiritual nag champa and frankincense)

ORIENTAL - FO (Asian blend of ylang ylang, cherry blossoms and vanilla secured patchoulis, sandalwoods, vetiver)

ABSINTHE - FO (Anise, sugar, juniper, spices and citruses leading to a unique version of this legendary underground favorite)

ANOMALY - FO (Sexy and complex, this fragrance is beguiling, with notes of white florals, musks, sandalwoods, and grapefruit)

LOVELY - FO (Light musks to sandalwoods, delicately mixed with earthy champa and vetiver)

MOONLIGHT PATH (TYPE) - FO (The scent is the familiar one of lavender, mandarin, bergamot with the invigorating florals like rose, jasmine, violet, ylang, lily of the valley....all of it held together with mysterious and enticing sandalwood, vetiver, oakmoss, vanilla, amber and musk)

ALMOND BISCOTTI - FO (a delicate biscuit with hints of toasted sweet almonds)

BUTT NAKED - FO (fresh green apples perfectly harmonized with refreshing melons and juicy pears)

DRAGONS BLOOD - FO (warm, woody and earthy scent, with notes of amber, vanilla, sandalwood, light tones of powdery musks and hints of asian florals to bring out subtle spice undertones)

JAMAICAN ME CRAZY - FO (Think fun, fruity, fresh and edgy with a sly kick, an original of passion fruit, mangoes, citrus and SSHHH...secretly introduced splash of cannabis)

WHITE TEA AND GINGER - FO (Fresh and slightly spiced, this fragrance is invigorating with subtle notes of exotic tea. Its Refreshing to the senses while evoking a warm feeling timelessness.

ZEN GARDEN - FO (Aquatic water lily, green tea and osmanthus grounded with sweet sandalwood)

I am working on making a kit that would include bath salts, mist bottles, mesh pouches and again - your choice of 6 oils! And for the ones that want it all - I will have a DELUXE kit that includes all of the above! Isnt that great?!


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Creme for psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, dry itchy skin

Eczema is usually a very persistent, itchy skin condition consisting of skin dryness and inflammation manifested by redness of the skin, crusting and thickening of the skin. Eczema is an inflammation of the skin and may be associated with an allergic reaction, although the cause is not always known.

In adults, eczema is commonly found on the inner elbow or behind the knee. If you also have acne, this will treat acne too and is better than most chemical acne products. Once skin is exposed to a trigger, it releases chemicals to the surface of the skin, which causes a patient to itch.

To get control of your skin condition it does take time and energy to follow a successful skin care routine. Serious types of eczema include nummular, discoid and dyshidrotic. We know that when someone is experiencing stress they are more likely to feel itchy and then start scratching the skin.

I am using an extra thick lotion (creme) with Jojoba Oil and Coconut Oil. I added my most precious absolutes and essential oils for this one, just so every single one can add to the fullest effect of giving relief to eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

Violet Leaf Absolute - is very good for the skin. It opens up the pores, , it soothes red, irritated, dry, itchy and sensitive skin. It helps A LOT with psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. Used it with Rose Morroc, they become powerful antioxidants known to help, clean, detoxify and sooth the skin while assisting in the prevention of free radical damage.

Rose Morocc is especially good for dry or sensitive skin. Used routinely it provides a soothing and healing effect on Dry Skin, Atopic Eczema, Irritant Contact Dermatitis, Infantile Seborrheic Eczema, Varicose Eczema, Discoid Eczema.

Carrot Seed Oil has been used to treat psoriasis, skin ulcers, acne, eczema and other skin problems. It is good for general skin health and may reduce wrinkles while improving elasticity and tone.

Patchouli Essential Oil is used in aromatherapy to treat skin complaints. It is thought to have a regenerative effect on skin tone and to help clear conditions such as eczema and acne.

Coconut Oil - An emollient pressed from coconuts. It is frequently used for its lathering and moisturizing properties. Unprocessed organic virgin coconut oil soothes the area immediately and goes to work on healing eczema, dermatitis or just about any skin condition.

Bergamot oil, expressed from the peel, assists in avoiding infectious diseases, it is used in preventing oily skin, Psoriasis and acne.

In case of skin irritations or chronic conditions like eczema, soreness, itchiness, dryness and inflammation, almond oil is the best carrier for medicines. It absorbs quickly leaving the skin soft and toned, hence is ideal massage oil.

This is perfect for ANY skin condition. If you prefer this mix in a carrier oil, please contact me at MeaCulpaBodyandBath.etsy.com . The best carrier oil would be Sweet Almond.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Essential Oils and the eyes area

The eyes are said to be the seat of the soul. We spend enough making them look attractive, but no amounts of mascara or eyeliner can hide the problems that afflict the very delicate skin that surrounds the eye, the crow's feet wrinkles, creased skin, bags under the eyes and darkening around the whole area can depress even the brightest of souls!

With regular use, the essential oils applied around the eyes can diminish the creasing and smooth out the tiny cracks and crevices. The skin around the eyes, however, is extremely fragile and it is important only to use the lightest of base oils and the minimum of essential oils. If any oil gets into the eye, flush it out immediately with water.

Use the oil relevant to your age group.


18 TO 25 YEARS

2 teaspoons Hazelnut Oil
2 drops Borage Seed Oil
1 drop Chamomile German
1 drop Carrot Oil

25 TO 40 YEARS

2 teaspoons Hazulnut Oil
2 drops Botage Seed
3 drops Evening Primrose
2 drops Lavender
1 drop Lemon
1 capsule Vitamin E
2 drops Carrot

40 TO 45 YEARS

2 teaspoons Hazelnut Oil
6 drops Evening Primrose
2 drops Borage Seed
2 drops Palmarosa
2 drops Lavender
1 capsule Vitamin E
3 drops Carrot


2 teaspoons Hazulnut Oil
5 drops Jojoba Oil
2 capsules Vitamin E
1 drop Lavender
1 drop Lemon
1 drop Bois de rose
3 drops Carrot

* 1 capsule Vitamin E = 250 IUs

Mix the ingredients together well and use the lightest amount around the eye area. Weight around th eye area causes it to sag - and that applies to all oils and creams. Leave the oil for a few minutes and then gently wipe off the excess. Apply th eoil every night.

To treat puffy eyes and dark shadows around the eyes, these are the ingredients you need:

2 teaspoons Hazelnut oil
1 tablespoon Witch Hazel
2 drops Fennel
2 drops Chamomile German

First, dissolve the oils as far as possible in ice cold witch hazel, and place it in the fridge. Wrap an ice cube in a cotton-wool ball, dip it in the essential oil and witch hazel mixture and place it over your closed eye and the puffy area. Leave it in place for a few seconds and then, while the skin is still wet, apply a small quantity of hazelnut oil to the area.

Tired eyes benefit from dabbing with a cold rosehip or green tea. Make up the tea and keep it in the fridge and just dab it around the eyes when they feel that they need it.

You can make up your own eye oil, using the following . It would be ideal to use this while g yourself a face k reatment, for your eyes will be closed and relaxing , and you can lie down and take it completely easy for 5 minutes or so. Apply the oil around the eye area, not on the eyelids.


Chamomile German




Evening Primrose
Borage Seed

If you would like anything done, you can contact me at www.MeaCulpaBodyandBath.etsy.com

If you would want to use the info for DIY, have fun creating and playing with the oils, you will enjoy it!

Monday, November 3, 2008


Lavender is best known and loved for its fragrance.
The herb has been used since ancient times in perfumery.
As an aromatic plant, lavender lifts the spirits and chases
melancholy. Taking just a few whiffs of this sweetsmelling
herb is said to dispel dizziness. Traditionally,
women in labor clutched sprigs of lavender to bring
added courage and strength to the task of childbearing. A
decoction of the flower may be used as a feminine
douche for leucorrhoea. The dried blossoms, sewn into
sachets, may be used to repel moths and to scent clothing,
or may be lit like incense to scent a room. Because
of its fumigant properties, the herb was hung in the home
to repel flies and mosquitoes, and strewn about to sanitize
the floors. Lavender essential oil was a component
of smelling salts in Victorian times.
The essential oil of certain lavender species has a
sedative, antispasmodic, and tranquilizing effect. Lavender
has been long valued as a headache remedy. It can be
taken in a mild infusion, or can be rubbed on the temples,
or sniffed like smelling salts to provide relief from
headaches caused by stress. Lavender oil is antiseptic, and
has been used as a topical disinfectant for wounds. In high
doses, it can kill many common bacteria such as typhoid,
diphtheria, streptococcus, and pneumococcus, according to
some research. The essential oil has also been used as a
folk treatment for the bite of some venomous snakes.
When used in hydrotherapy as part of an aromatic,
Epsom salt bath, the essential oils of some species will
soothe tired nerves and relieve the pain of neuralgia. They
are also used topically on burns and have been shown to
speed healing. It is also a fine addition to a foot bath for
sore feet. Lavender essence makes a pleasant massage oil
for kneading sore muscles and joints. Acting internally,
lavender’s chemical properties increase the flow of bile
into the intestines, relieving indigestion. Its carminative
properties help expel intestinal gas. Lavender is an adjuvant
and may be used in combination with other herbs to
make a tonic cordial to strengthen the nervous system.
A 2002 report from Korea showed that aromatherapy
massage with lavender oil and tea tree oil on patients
undergoing hemodialysis for kidney failure received
relief from the itching the treatment often causes.

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The medicinal properties of lavender are extracted
primarily from the oil glands in the leaf and blossom. The
plant contains volatile oil, tannins, coumarins, flavonoids,
and triterpenoids as active chemical components. These
phytochemicals are the plant constituents responsible for
the medicinal properties. Lavender’s volatile oil is best
when extracted from flowers picked before they reach
maximum bloom and following a long period of hot and
dry temperatures. The flower spikes dry quickly when
spread on a mat in an airy place away from direct sun.

Distilled oil: The essential oil of lavender is extracted
by steam distillation. Just a few drops of this essential
oil are effective for topical applications. Commercial distillations
of this essential oil are readily available.

Lavender tea: An infusion of the fresh or dried flowers
and leaf can be made by pouring a pint of boiling
water over one ounce of the dry leaf and flower, or two
ounces fresh herb, in a non-metallic pot. It can be
steeped (covered) for about ten minutes, strained and
sweetened to taste. It should be drunk while still warm.
Lavender tea may be taken throughout the day, a mouthful
at a time, or warm, by the cup, up to three cups per
day. Lavender works well in combination with other
medicinal herbs in infusion.

Lavender oil extract: In a glass container, one ounce
of freshly harvested lavender flowers can be combined
with 1-1/2 pints of olive oil, sufficient to cover the herb.
It should be placed in a sunny windowsill for about three
days and shaken daily. After three days, the mixture
should be strained through muslin or cheesecloth. More
fresh flowers should be added and the process repeated
until the oil has the desired aromatic strength. Lavender
extract can be safely used internally to treat migraines,
and nervous indigestion. A few drops on a sugar cube
can speed headache relief. Externally, a small amount of
lavender oil, rubbed on sore joints, can relieve rheumatism.
The essential oil has also been used to minimize
scar tissue when applied to burned skin.

Lavender sachet: Dried lavender blossoms and
leaves can be sewn into a small cloth bag to scent linens
and deter insects. The bag may be placed beneath the pillow
as an aromatherapy.

Lavender vinegar: Fresh leaves and blossoms may
be steeped in white vinegar for seven days, then strained
and stored in a tightly capped bottle.

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Lavender has a long history of use as an essential oil
and as a mildly sedative tea. When taken in moderation
the tea is safe. It is important to note that, as with all essential
oils, high or chronic doses of lavender essential
oil are toxic to the kidney and liver. Infants are even
more easily overdosed than adults.
Interestingly, lavenderís relaxant effects were put to
the test in a 2002 study on aromatherapyís effects on improved
mental or physical performance. It seems that
study subjects who smelled lavender actually did worse
on mental tests than those who smelled nothing at all. So
those choosing to use lavenderís soothing effects should
perhaps choose the timing carefully.

Side effects

No known side effects.


As an adjuvant, lavender can enhance the helpful
properties of other herbs when used in combination.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) leaves can be combined
with lavender as a headache infusion. For cramping, an infusion
of lavender and valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
makes a soothing tea. Lavender’s pleasant scent works
well to cover disagreeable odors of other herbs in medicinal
combinations. A tonic cordial can be made by combining
fresh rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) leaves, cinnamon,
nutmeg, and sandlewood with the lavender blossoms
and steeping the mixture in brandy for about a week
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