Natural Body Care

  • Learn to make your own soap!

DIY: Herbal Soap Making From Scratch

Handcrafting soap from scratch is a mesmerizing and enchanting process.  Watching the transformation of oil and water makes you feel like a scientist, chemist, alchemist, or perhaps an herbal magician.  There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of lathering up with a luscious bar of your own homemade soap, and I’m beyond excited to share this DIY skill with you! After bathing with your homemade soap, you’ll be hooked.  Industrial soap companies remove the glycerin from soap in order to produce bars that are firmer and longer lasting.  Glycerin occurs naturally during the soap making process, providing a moisturizing quality to soap. Since handmade soap retains glycerin, it is gentler and more moisturizing to the skin than conventional store-bought soaps.  This is also why handcrafted soap should be placed on a well-draining surface, and not left standing water where it will quickly dissolve. Making soap is a little dangerous because […]

  • VIDEO: Aromatherapy Basics: Rose Medicine

New Video! Aromatherapy Basics: Rose Medicine

Aromatherapist and author Kathi Keville shares the uses and herbal history of the beloved Rose as a healing aromatherapeutic plant. From lotions to bouquets, this flower has been used to calm us and to inspire love for thousands of years. Learn about uses for rose essential oil, rose elixirs, creams, and more! Looking for more information and rosy products? Rose Essential Oil Kit Rose Hydrosol Rose Skin Cream  Rose Face Wash Rose Essential Oil Love Tea  Aromatherpay: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art  

  • How To Make Tinted Lip Gloss

How to Make Naturally Tinted Lip Gloss

Many of us au naturale gals forgo sticky chemical lipstick for a nice homemade lip balm. While always soothing and moisturizing, sometimes a little pop of color strikes your fancy and you want a hint of rosy tint. Thankfully, it is surprisingly easy to make a gorgeous pot of red lip gloss with a few simple ingredients. Alkanet root has traditionally been used as a dye plant for fiber arts, soaps, cosmetics, wood stains, and was even employed in the past to give cheap wine a deeper garnet color so it would appear to be higher quality (although, alkanet is not recommended for internal use as a food dye). This incredible color from the root is easily drawn out by oil, making it the perfect herbal choice for lip balms, gloss, and lipstick!  While this recipe won't color your lips, it will provide a silky shine with a natural pink to red hue that will make your kisser look […]

  • Spring Body Wash Ingredients

Make Your Own Herbal Body Wash!

Purchasing body wash from the store might sound like an easy task, but sometimes it just isn't. Researching ingredients, reading labels, re-reading labels, and considering company politics, I always want to use my wallet as a vote for a healthier world. I've gone through my exploration of soaps and body washes and settled on a basic organic castille soap for quite sometime. Pure, natural, and easy – especially when you buy in bulk. If you properly dilute castille soap with water you only need to purchase one large bottle every couple of weeks or months, depending on the size of your family.  Finding a great organic castille soap is a huge transition point for so many people looking to fill their cabinets with natural body care products. However, only using castille soap for a bit, I started to miss those lovely floral or woodsy scents, as well as the extra moisturizing ingredients. We shared a Midwinter Body Wash recipe on our DIY Holiday Gift Guide and it got […]

  • Hazelnut Oil

New in the Shop: Organic Hazelnut Oil

Our new Organic Cold-Pressed Unrefined Hazelnut Oil is simply divine!   This NEW organic and unrefined oil is quite different than the refined Hazelnut oil we have sold in the past. In comparison, our organic Hazelnut oil has a light, fatty, nutty, aroma and a darker color than the refined oil. It is also the newest addition to our culinary oils! A wonderful astringent oil for skin care preparations, Hazelnut oil is ideal for oily or combination skin formulas. It absorbs into the skin quickly, and should not leave an oily residue. It is often used as a carrier oil for massage oils blends and essential oil dilutions. This unrefined oil may add a light nuttiness scent to the finished aroma of a blend. Our organic unrefined Hazelnut oil can also be added to your favorite culinary creation. This low-heat oil is mostly made up of oleic acid which is […]

  • Vanilla Neroli Lip Balm Recipe

Vanilla Neroli Lip Balm Recipe

When I think of spring, of course I think of flowers.  As a spring baby, the smell of flowers blossoming in the rains was a part of my annual celebration. The field behind our house was filled with daffodils in white and yellow and I picked a fresh bouquet for my mother every day when she got home from work. When we moved from that house, spring became a celebration of my mother's hard work the year before as her transplanted bulbs regained their outward life and popped into the spring breeze. The air filled with sweet calming scents from the floral rainbows that surrounded us. This recipe was inspired by these sweet spring memories and made with beautiful neroli essential oil (orange flower blossom). This precious essential oil can also be used to make incredible perfumes and body sprays that are perfect for the season – light, sweet, and floral. Instead of using vanilla absolute oil, I infused organic jojoba oil […]

  • Organic Skin Cream from Mountain Rose Herbs

We Love These Organic Skin Creams!

We are excited to share that our handcrafted Organic Skin Creams have a beautiful new look. Don't worry though, none of these classic formulas have changed! Each jar is still made with organic oils that are now Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth. These luscious creams have been a Mountain Rose Herbs favorite for decades. Our talented staff in the herb kitchen have been handcrafting these creams in small batches to create the freshest cream available, all completely free of synthetics, chemicals, and preservatives, but filled with pure botanical goodness. Your skin will feel the difference! Rich and nourishing, these were formulated as facial creams, but why stop there! They also make a wonderful body lotion and moisturizer for dry spots. The scented options will lightly perfume your skin while the the beneficial properties of the herbs work their magic. The unscented cream is perfect for anyone with sensitivities or folks looking for a scent-neutral product.    Choose from […]

  • DIY: Whipped Body Butter

Make Your Own Whipped Body Butter

I'll be the first to admit that I've been a little timid about making a lotion or a cream on my own. While I'm a big fan of facial serums for moisturizing my face and maintaining healthy hair, there is something so luxurious about a fluffy, buttery, moisturizing spread of organic carrier oils and essential oils that I just had to try it! The main difference between most body butter recipes and general cream and lotion recipes is that body butters are composed of mostly (often all, as in this recipe) carrier oils and butters – rather than the addition of an aqueous ingredient like water, hydrosols, aloe vera gel, etc. This makes body butters great for dry skin, as they instantly coat the skin and create a protective barrier between you and the elements.  If there's one season that makes me take extra notice of my skin, it's spring. Just after the long winter, when the weather begins to warm up […]

8 Tips for Buying and Using Essential Oils

#1: What is an essential oil? First let's define what an essential oil is and how it's made. An essential oil is not an infused herbal oil. This is a very common misconception. Essential oils are the volatile aromatic oils produced by plants. Imagine fresh lemon balm leaves warming in the sun, rubbing rosemary between the palms of your hands, or bringing lavender flowers to your nose for a deep inhalation. Plants create smelly resins and oils to attract pollinators, warn predators, and to protect themselves against disease. The product you buy called "essential oil" is this aromatic substance concentrated through various methods. For example, it takes 60 whole roses to make just one drop of precious essential oil! That's a potent drop of plant material. Essential oils can be extracted in several ways… Steam Distilled Most plant aromatics can be captured through vaporization. Click here to view an infographic outlining the steam distillation process. You will find that most essential […]

  • DIY: Tamanu Oil Skin Serum Recipe

DIY Beauty: Nourishing Skin Serum

Growing up, I was fed this beauty myth that oily skin is bad. The cosmetics industry pushes the use of really harsh, drying soaps and products that strip natural oils to help you get rid of shine. However, those oils actually help protect delicate skin! This can result in overly dry and rough skin, rather than soft and supple. Really what you want is skin-loving oils like the serum recipe below paired with a nice, gentle astringent like Wild Rose Facial Toner or Rose Hydrosol for a balanced regimen. Using natural plant oils is a wonderful way to help nourish, replenish, and plump skin cells. Some of my favorites are organic rosehip seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, and tamanu oil. I love how quickly they absorb into the skin, leaving my face super soft, but not greasy. Organic plant oils like these are used in the base of most homemade lotion recipes. Lotions often include butters or […]

  • New Organic Flower Waters from Mountain Rose Herbs

New in the Shop: Helichrysum & Neroli Hydrosols!

We are excited to offer these two new Certified Organic Hydrosols!   Organic Helichrysum Hydrosol This divine hydrosol smells much like a diluted version of its essential oil counterpart. It has a dry-green floral aroma with earthy tea-like back notes, which some consider to be an acquired odor. If you enjoy the aroma of Helichrysum essential oil, you will appreciate this lovely hydrosol. The similarity to the essential oil make this hydrosol a cost effective alternative for incorporating the healing power of this little flower into skin care formulations and perfume blends.   Organic Neroli (Orange Blossom) Hydrosol This delightful hydrosol has an uplifting, bitter-sweet, citrusy, floral aroma that is quite complex. It is a very mild version of its essential oil counterpart, making it a beautiful addition to formulations. It has a gender neutral aroma making it a great hydrosol for the whole family.   Visit our website to see our full line of […]

  • Wild Carrot Herbal Tour - Mountain Rose Herbs

Inside Wild Carrot Herbals

In the far Northeastern reaches of Oregon, tucked quietly away beneath a mountain range and a lake cut away by ancient glaciers, a family run herbal business calls this remote landscape home. Wild Carrot Herbals has been making its high quality herbal goodies for 14 years and just recently transitioned from their Salem area home base to the wild side of the state, settling in Enterprise, Oregon. Jody Berry is the founder and creator of Wild Carrot’s well-loved blends and runs the business with her family and seven employees. Jody welcomed Mountain Rose Herbs to visit and take a tour behind the scenes of her small herbal business.     On a very brisk October, we made the beautiful drive through canyons and golden farm lands to the base of the Wallowa Mountains just south of Joseph, Oregon and Wallowa Lake. We took Main Street and drove down the […]