Archive for the ‘Natural Body Care’ Category
Posted by|24 February 2014
We rediscovered this recipe while sorting through boxes of Mountain Rose history. Handwritten notes, catalog artwork, photos, and other keepsakes from throughout the decades inspired us to revisit old favorites. Herbalist, gardener, and Mountain Rose President, Julie Bailey created this gorgeous solid perfume and it has become a classic that we just love. Easy to keep in your bag or pocket, enjoy a dab of this sensual aroma on your wrists and décolletage before heading out for an enchanted evening.
Earth Aroma Balm
1 ½ cup organic almond oil
1 tsp Vitamin E oil
½ cup beeswax pastilles
Organic Essential Oil Blend
Clary Sage – 20 drops
Sweet Marjoram – 20 drops
Vetiver – 20 drops
Juniper – 10 drops
Lavender – 10 drops
* Mix essential oils together in a glass bottle and roll between the palms of your hands to combine. Set aside.
Using a double boiler, gently warm carrier oils over medium heat. Add the beeswax and stir together until completely melted to liquid, but do not boil! Remove from heat and stir in the essential oils. Immediately pour into 1oz containers and screw lids on tight. Makes 14.
Posted by|18 February 2014
When you think about how we create our skin creams, salves, and massage oils, you might be imagining a large factory kitchen with fancy machinery, but that’s not quite how things are done around here. We’ve kept our production kitchen small by choice so we can continue to make the much loved recipes created by Rosemary Gladstar and Julie Bailey years ago in exactly the same way—in small batches by hand, with care and patience.
Our production kitchen team is involved in every single step—from infusing oils to putting on the labels, and when a jar of cream leaves the kitchen, it is sent out to be carefully wrapped for one of our customer orders. You might be surprised to discover how closely our process resembles the way many home herbalists craft their own creations!
We start by infusing our organic carrier oils with our own high quality organic dried herbs. Using the sun infusion method, the jars are actually placed in a windowsill here at Mountain Rose Herbs where they are infused for 2 weeks before being strained. The herbs are then composted and the infused oils are hand-labeled and organized on a shelf to be used in our recipes. Did you know that the oil used in our Autumn Moon Massage Oil is still infused on the quarter moon and pressed (the herbs strained from the oil) on the 2nd full moon after the infusion? This commitment to our roots is important to us!
The busiest times of the year for crafting these creations are the winter holidays and around Valentine’s day, so the crew gears up to make sure we’ve got plenty of infused oils ready to meet the requests. However, we still don’t stockpile finished products, preferring to create them as the need arises.
This careful, intentional process lends itself well to our organic and sustainability standards. We use drip pans when pouring oils and cleaning containers so that we can recycle as much as possible—keeping the oils out of the sink and the water supply. These oil drippings are then donated to SeQuential for biofuel production!
While we must meet commercial manufacturing standards, our Quality Control Lab manager has created a special sanitizer so we don’t have to use toxic chemicals. Still, our Kitchen Manager, Toni, admits that doing dishes is the least favorite part of her job (sounds familiar!) while the fun of creating skin and body care products with the team is what has kept her coming happily to work at Mountain Rose Herbs since 2005.
When hand pouring salves, lotions and oils, we always create a sample that is sent to our Quality Control lab for each and every batch. This is just one of the ways we ensure quality and as much consistency as possible while working with the variables of organic ingredients grown in nature. Batches are not always exactly the same, despite the fact that we’ve made these recipes thousands of times—depending on the herbs, oils, butters, and essential oils, there may be slight variations that remind us all of nature’s dynamic beauty.
With patience and a steady hand, and guided by a passion for creating truly useful and beautiful body care products, our Kitchen Production team meets the high standards set by our mentors. As they explain, this is a process that can’t be rushed and each and every tin, jar, and bottle of botanical goodness is crafted with care and pride.
Posted by|14 February 2014
We are excited to introduce a new favorite for aroma crafters everywhere!
This intoxicating aromatic absolute is solvent extracted from the wood of Quercus robur. It has a rich smoky wood aroma, that is reminiscent of whiskey, with oaky vanilla undertones. This absolute is quite viscous and a little will go a long way in an oil blend. It’s mostly used in perfumery and can also be blended into therapeutic diffuser blends. The rich base note properties will round out a blend and weigh it down for a longer lasting aroma.
Oak is the quintessential wood that vintners utilize to bring flavor and color into a bottle of wine through the use of oak barrels or chips. It was once thought that these barrels were used to extract oakwood absolute. This may have been true at some point, but today this exquisite oil comes from virgin wood that is usually a waste byproduct from the local lumber industry.
Click here to learn more about this exciting new oil!
Please visit our website to see our full line of Essential Oils and Absolutes.
Posted by|03 February 2014
Spring is on the way and love is in the air!
This time of year we celebrate the return of light and renewal of life after a long cold winter. This change of seasons is the perfect time to honor the special sweetheart in your life with a little herbal pampering and we want to help spread the love.
Are you crafting something fabulous for your Valentine this year? Herbal cordials, aphrodisiac truffles, or a special meal? Share your ideas with us for a chance to win these gorgeous gifts…
Prize #1 - Herbal Romance Package
This collection includes some of our favorite bliss inspiring products. Light a candle and soak in a warm therapeutic bath. Then give your sweetie a soothing massage with all natural botanical-infused oil. Set the mood with a little aromatic spritz, dab on some flower-kissed perfume, and take a taste of mood boosting tincture for a night to cherish!
Prize #2 – Lovers Essential Oil Kit
Our beautiful Lovers Essential Oil Sampler was created specifically to incite feelings of love, passion, and attraction. This collection of sensuous and arousing aromas is sure to kindle flames! Try them individually or combine to create your own aromas. It comes packaged in a lovely gift box with printed usage guidelines on the back of the liner tray. Contains a 1/8 ounce vial of organic Clary Sage, organic Ylang Ylang, organic Palmarosa, organic Sandalwood, organic Patchouli, and a 1/24 ounce of our Rose (Chinese).
How to Enter:
There are several ways to enter. You can submit up to 5 entries for a chance to win this amazing collection of herbal love inspiration!
1. Leave a comment here on the blog telling us what herbal treat you’ll be making for your honey this year.
2. Post a link or share our Herbal Romance Giveaway on your Facebook page and leave a comment here to let us know you’ve posted. Follow us on Facebook!
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4. Tweet about our Herbal Romance Giveaway on Twitter using the tag #HerbalGiveaway and leave a comment here to let us know that you’ve tweeted. Be sure to follow us on Twitter!
You have until Wednesday, February 5th at 9:00am PST to enter. We will pick two winners at random on the morning of Wednesday, February 5th. We ship blog prizes to US addresses only!
Looking for more aphrodisiac gift ideas and DIY projects?
Posted by|28 January 2014
Who doesn’t long to have their aches and pains soothed away by touch? How about elevating that experience with an herb-infused aphrodisiac massage oil? Yes, please!
Valentine’s Day is coming up in a just few weeks and imagine how sweetly surprised your partner will be when you gift a bottle of homemade massage oil, light a few candles, and show them your love through relaxation. Even if the holiday isn’t really your thing, there’s little in life more precious than time shared connecting with the ones you love. Plus, this fun project is quick, easy, and allows you to formulate something really special for your sweetheart, as there are many wonderful ingredient options to experiment with and enjoy.
Basic Massage Oil Recipe
Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle, add carrier oil or herbal infused oil, and roll bottle between palms to blend oils. Decorate with a pretty label if desired. Shake well before each use.
Wondering which oils to use? Here are some good options to explore!
Organic Carrier Oils:
Organic Herbal Infused Oils:
Here’s a wonderful how-to for creating herbal infused oils at home.
Organic Essential Oils:
This guide will help you create the perfect essential oil blend:
Scent Combination Ideas:
Looking for a special massage oil to buy?
Share the herbal love!
Posted by|17 January 2014
While going through the Mountain Rose Herbs recipe archive for our latest catalog, we found new inspiration to craft these Organic Baby’s Bath Herbs!
This herbal bath blend has a sweet floral aroma that is calming for both infants and adults. Adding herbs to your little one’s bath is a gentle way to absorb the healing properties of these soothing botanicals. These loose bath herbs come with a reusable muslin bag, so you are free to add as much or as little of this aromatic blend to a bath as you wish. The filled bag also makes a gentle washcloth for sensitive skin, or a delightful squishy toy to play with as your kiddo splashes around.
Posted by|17 December 2013
Sweet oranges studded with whole cloves are hung in houses for their wonderful scent or tossed into pots of bubbling cider this time of year. The perfume they emit reminds us of fire-warmed homes filled with family and friends. Traditionally, what we now call pomanders, were mixtures of aromatic herbs and resins kept in glass vases or lockets and used to purify the air or to protect against sickness. Today people carry on the custom by decorating oranges with cloves and allowing them to dry out. The fragrance can last for several years and may be stashed to freshen winter linens.
If you are looking for a great last-minute gift for the holidays, lip balm is always a great choice. Who doesn’t love lip balm? This recipe is a special celebration of the season with sweet and spicy notes and a creamy, soothing consistency that anyone can enjoy.
Pomander Lip Balm
1 TBSP organic Cocoa Butter
2 TBSP organic Sunflower Oil
1 TBSP organic Olive Oil
1 TBSP plus 1 teaspoon Beeswax
15 drops organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil
5 drops organic Clove Essential Oil
A few drops of Vitamin E Oil (optional, but recommended)
Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax, butter, and oils in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax and butters have melted. Remove from the stovetop and add essential oils and Vitamin E Oil. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm containers. Allow to cool completely before placing caps onto the lip balm containers. Your lip balm is finished! Makes approximately 10 lip balm tubes.
Posted by|09 December 2013
Making your own gifts this year? Need a little last-minute inspiration?
We’ve collected some of our favorite recipes for all sorts of homemade goodies from sweet treats to natural bodycare formulas and medicinal staples to help you share the herbal love with friends and family. Most of these recipes can be made in just one day and none of them take longer than a week. There’s still time to craft all of these delights!
Did you know that most perfumes are manufactured using synthetic chemicals, even petroleum? Many of these ingredients don’t have to be listed on the labels, but are known allergens, hormone disruptors, and irritants. The majority have never even been studied for cosmetic use! This is pretty scary, but the good news is that we can easily create our own perfumes using natural ingredients. Here are three of our favorites.
This blend truly smells like the forest. Uplifting, grounding, meditative, and comforting.
4 drops Spruce essential oil
2 drops organic Fir Needle essential oil
2 drops organic Cedarwood essential oil
1 drop organic Vetiver essential oil
1 drop organic Bergamot essential oil
1 tsp organic Jojoba Oil
Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle and roll between palms to evenly mix the oils. Add Jojoba oil, and roll again. Add additional essential oils if you desire a stronger perfume.
Sweet Summer Perfume
A relaxing and warming blend reminiscent of summer, with a lightly floral aroma complemented by hints of spice and cedar. Especially useful during times of stress, anxiety, irritability, or depression. A great lift-me-up during the cold and dark winter months!
10 drops organic Lavender essential oil
5 drops organic Chamomile essential oil
4 drops organic Cardamom essential oil
1 drop organic Cedarwood essential oil
1 drop organic Geranium (Rose) essential oil
1 tsp organic Jojoba Oil
Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle, and roll between palms to evenly mix the oils. Add Jojoba oil and roll again. Add additional essential oils if you desire a stronger perfume.
Rejuvenating, uplifting, energizing, and stimulating. This blend is good for mental clarity, lack of focus, and fatigue.
13 drops organic Peppermint essential oil
13 drops organic Rosemary essential oil
5 drops organic Lemon essential oil
5 drops organic Sage essential oil
5 drops organic Juniper Berry essential oil
1 tsp organic Jojoba Oil
Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle and roll between palms to evenly mix the oils. Add Jojoba oil and roll again. Add additional essential oils if you desire a stronger perfume.
Cocoa Calm Lip Balm
Taking some cues from aromatherapy for this silky lip balm recipe, we decided to try a relaxing combination of lavender and clary sage. Both of these sweet and floral essential oils are associated with calming properties that also uplift one’s mood. It turned out to be a wonderful blend! Of course, you can always experiment with your favorite essential oils to create a custom fragrance, or leave them out completely and allow the cocoa butter and coconut oil scents to shine through. This is a great basic formula that is easily transformable!
1 Tbsp organic unrefined Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp organic Cocoa Butter or 4 organic Cocoa Butter Wafers
2 Tbsp organic Sunflower Oil
1 Tbsp plus 1 teaspoon grated Beeswax or Beeswax Pastilles
10 drops organic Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops organic Clary Sage Essential Oil
a few drops of Vitamin E Oil (optional, but recommended)
Place chopped beeswax and oils in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax has melted. Once melted, remove from the stove top and stir in the essential oils and Vitamin E oil. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm containers. Allow your balm to cool completely before capping the containers. Makes enough to fill 10 lip balm tubes or three 1/2 oz tins. Enjoy!
Rose & Geranium Bath Bombs
This is such a fun project! These wonderfully rosy smelling bath bombs are fizzy and all-natural.
Combine dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Slowly drizzle in Olive Oil and essential oil while stirring to prevent fizzing. Slowly spritz with hydrosol while stirring constantly until the mixture begins to clump together. The blend should be just moist enough to hold when pressed together with your hands, be careful not to add too much moisture. Add rose petals, press into molds, and allow to dry 2-3 hours before unmolding. Let bath bombs cure for one week before using them, then store in an airtight container. You can shape your bath bombs by using a melon baller, ice, candy or soap molds, clear plastic two-sided Christmas ornaments, egg cartons, or anything else you have on hand.
Chai Spice Oatmeal Cookies
On the hunt for the perfect seasonal cookie, we spiced up oatmeal cookies with some very special homemade chai powder. These cookies are crunchy, sweet, salty, warming, spicy, aromatic deliciousness. Go ahead and make a double batch if you plan to share these at a gathering – they go fast!
1 cup organic all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 teaspoon sea salt
1 3/4 sticks softened organic butter
1 cup organic sugar
1/4 cup packed organic light brown sugar
1 large organic free-range egg
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups organic old-fashioned rolled oats
Powdered Chai Spice Mix
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, powdered spice mix, and sea salt together.
3. In another bowl, beat butter and sugars until fluffy and creamy. Add egg and vanilla to the butter and sugar mixture and beat until combined. Scrape bowl with spatula.
4. Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until it just becomes smooth.
5. Gradually add oats and mix until well combined.
6. Roll 2 tablespoons of dough into balls with your hands. Place on parchment lined baking sheets about 2 1/2 inches apart. Gently press down each ball to about 3/4-inch thickness using fingertips.
7. Bake until cookies are golden brown, about 13 to 16 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack to cool. Makes 22-24 amazingly delicious chai cookies!
Making mustard from scratch is so easy! It’s also wonderfully versatile since you can spice it up, experiment with different vinegars, or mix it into all sorts of other recipes. They look lovely as a set in glass jars with pretty labels and twine.
Brandied Honey Mustard Recipe
Combine mustard seeds, 1/3 cup water, brandy, and vinegar in a bowl and stir well to completely submerge the seeds. Cover and allow to soak at room temperature for 3 days. I like to swirl the bowl around a little each day to see the transformation. After 3 days, pour the mixture into a blender, add honey and salt, and blend until smooth. Store in a sealed jar and refrigerate. I recommend using a plastic lid or using some kind of barrier to keep the vinegar from corroding the metal.
For variations, follow these tips:
- Add 1 tsp to 1 tbsp of aromatic seeds during the soaking process.
- Dried fruit should be added during the soaking process.
- Add dried herbs, seasoning powders, or fresh fruit just before blending.
- For less sweet mustards, cut the sweetener by half.
Hoppy Ginger Brew
This homemade sparkling soda is a delightful non-alcoholic option for hop lovers! Refreshingly gingery and floral, this pop makes a wonderful treat when served ice cold. Feel free to experiment with this concoction as a mixer for cocktails too. It goes beautifully with bourbon or rum. The recipe below makes one 16oz bottle of soda, but you can quadruple it (at least) to make a larger batch. You can also swap out the hops for another herb that you enjoy or even chai!
1 ounce fresh organic ginger juice
2 ounces fresh organic lemon juice, finely strained
1.5 ounces organic hop flower simple syrup
1.5 ounces unflavored simple syrup
10 ounces warm water
25 granules of dry champagne yeast
You can use bottled ginger juice or grate and squeeze the juice from fresh ginger root pulp using cheesecloth. I always fresh squeeze my ginger and the result is definitely worth the extra labor. Pour the ingredients into a 16oz bottle, cap tightly, and shake well to mix. Store the mixture in a warm, dark place for exactly 48 hours. After 48 hours, refrigerate immediately to stop the fermentation process and enjoy chilled.
To make Hop Simple Syrup, bring 1 cup of organic white sugar, 2 cups water, and 2 cups of dried organic hops just to a boil and stir. Remove from heat, allow to cool, strain into a jar and store in the refrigerator. To make unflavored simple syrup, follow the same directions but leave out the hops.
Berry Rooty Syrup
Keep your loved ones well this year! Our good old friend elderberry syrup is a definite go-to when we feel our immune systems weaken, but with the addition of adaptogenic schisandra berries and eleuthero root, along with more immune support from echinacea, this formula packs a big punch. You can also modify the recipe a bit by leaving out the echinacea for a delicious pancake, waffle, ice cream drizzling syrup!
3 cups cold water
¾ cup organic elderberries
¼ cup organic schisandra berries
¼ cup organic eleuthero root
¼ cup organic echinacea root
1 organic cinnamon stick
¾ to 1 cup raw local honey
1.5 ounces brandy (optional)
1 tsp fresh grated ginger root (optional)
Combine herbs with cold water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat and mash the berries in the liquid mixture. Strain the herbs through cheesecloth and squeeze out the juice. Measure the liquid and add an equal amount of honey. Gently heat the honey and juice for a few minutes until well combined. Do not boil! Stir in brandy and bottle in sterilized glass. Label and keep refrigerated for up to 6 months.
Mama and Baby’s Massage Oil
Any new mamas or babies in your life? Selecting the best products and ingredients for skincare can be daunting, and baby’s skin is even more delicate and sensitive. Many commercial baby care products even include toxic ingredients that have been linked to allergies, cancer, developmental problems, and organ dysfunction, in addition to many other harmful side effects. No thanks! This soothing and gentle massage oil is perfect for nurturing mama’s and baby’s sensitive skin. Apply after bathing for massages, cradle cap, or anytime that skin feels dry. You can also pour a small amount into bathwater for a luxurious pampering bath.
Organic Sunflower or Sweet Almond Oil
2 parts Organic Lavender flowers
2 parts Organic Calendula flowers
1 part Organic Rose petals or buds
1 part Organic Chamomile flowers
1 part Organic Comfrey leaf
Vitamin E Oil
Fill a glass jar ¼ – ½ full with the herb mixture, then fill to the top with Sunflower or Sweet Almond oil. Pour into a crock-pot, double boiler, or electric yogurt maker, and make sure there is at least an inch or two of oil above the herbs. Gently heat the herbs over very low heat (preferably between 100 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit) for 1-5 hours until the oil takes on the color and scent of the herbs. Some texts recommend heating the oil 48-72 hours at a controlled temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn off heat and allow to cool. Once the oil is ready, strain using cheesecloth, and bottle into dry and sterilized amber bottles for storage. Store in a dark and cool place. Vitamin E Oil may also be added to prolong the shelf life.
Happy Holiday Crafting!
Posted by|02 December 2013
The holiday season can be a hectic time with feasts and gatherings and traveling, but it also offers a special opportunity to reflect on all of the precious things that bring joy and comfort to our lives. A hot cup of tea, a spoonful of elderberry syrup, a bowl of delicious curried soup, or a dab of homemade perfume on the wrist are all small reminders of how herbs enhance our everyday experiences.
In celebration of all that we’re thankful for, we decided to give away tokens of our gratitude. For the next 10 weekdays, we will be offering up our favorite herbal goodies to help support your health and wellbeing - because what we are most grateful for is you! We are so thankful for this passionate, creative, and conscientious community of people who truly care about protecting our natural treasures and sharing the tradition of herbal healing. You all inspire hope in the world. Thank you!
Today is Day 1 and we’re giving away one of our Classic Essential Oil Samplers!
Posted by|29 November 2013
The holidays are here again and what a truly wonderful year it has been! To help you along with your holiday gift planning, here’s a little list featuring some of our favorite herbal goodies. From the DIY enthusiast to the last minute shopper, we have a wonderful selection of botanical gifts for you to share with the ones you love. What could be better than the gift of health and healing?
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For Tea Lovers
This BPA-free Tea Glass Infuser is the perfect way to take loose leaf tea on the go! Featuring the Mountain Rose Herbs logo, and easy to use, this 12.85 oz (1.5 cup) travel infuser keeps your hands cool and your tea hot. Each glass has a durable poly exterior, glass interior, and comes with a leak proof removable stainless steel screw-on tea strainer and water tight screw-on lid. Complete with brewing instructions, care, and safety guidelines. Watch our video here!
From our delicious herbal blends to classic caffeinated favorites, you can find the perfect tea for anyone in your circle. For those who need a little kick, we have an extensive selection of Black, Green and White loose-leaf teas, with our newest additions including Mint Chocolate Mate, Green Sunrise, and Vanilla Black.
We also have a large selection of caffeine-free Organic Herbal Loose-Leaf Teas that are handmade in small batches to ensure the highest quality, flavor, and freshness. Some of our favorites include Hibiscus High, Firefly Chai, and Winter Spice. The little ones in your life may enjoy a nice cup of Quiet Child, Fairytale, or Lemon Tea.
Watching these gorgeous hand-sewn tea buds blossom into delicious works of art is a true wonder to behold. Crafted in remote gardens of China’s Yunnan province, young certified organic tea leaves are picked in early morning, flattened, and sewn with cotton thread into bundles with fragrant flowers. Best enjoyed in one of our Glass Tea Pots, so you can watch this unique gift unfurl.
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These sampler kits contain some of our favorite and most popular oils for blending and diffusing. Packaged in beautiful 100% post-consumer waste gift boxes, these kits are an economical way to explore a variety of oils without the commitment of a larger size. Choose from: Chakra Blends, Favorites, Classic, Lovers, and Rose.
Diffusers are a practical, effective, and convenient way to enjoy essential oils in your home or office. Our Ceramic and Soapstone Diffusers utilize the heat from a tea light candle to fill a room with enticing aromas and a warming glow. Terra Cotta Pendent Diffusers are a wonderful way to scent you car or a small area naturally (they also fit well in a stocking). Our newer Ultrasonic Diffuser utilizes a ceramic plate to create a steady, silky plume of essential oil into the air.
These handcrafted oil blends and sprays make wonderful natural perfumes and body fragrances. Blended in small batches here at Mountain Rose, these enticing scents are hard to resist. The aroma oils are made with pure plant resins and essential oils in an organic jojoba oil base and the sprays are formulated with high quality flower waters, witch hazel extract, and pure essential oils – nothing synthetic!
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Pamper with Natural Bath and Body Care
Our handcrafted Facial Washes are certified as made with organic aloe vera and organic extracts, and the castille soap that we use is certified as made with organic oils. These all natural botanical facial washes are mild enough for any skin type and lightly aromatic for a refreshingly clean experience. They make a wonderful body wash too! Our facial wash contains no synthetic ingredients, perfume oils, preservatives, or harmful chemicals, and we make them in small batches to ensure the highest quality for bathing bliss. Choose from Lemon Facial Wash or Rose Facial Wash.
These luscious body butters are crafted by our friends at Wild Carrot Herbals, and make a decadent gift for yourself or a loved one. Choose from Citrus Sunrise or a warming Ginger. Each comes packaged in a reusable glass jar with two-piece lid.
From Fawn Lily Botanica, comes these artisan bars of soap. These cold processed soaps are cleansing, yet gentle, soothing, nourishing, and moisturizing. At a generous 5 oz, these bars make a long lasting gift with 5 amazing botanical combinations to choose from: Chai Spice, Ginger Honey, Lemongrass and Matcha, Soothing Herbal, and Woodland.
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Let your loved ones choose their own botanical treats with a Gift Certificate! The recipient of your gift card can choose freely from all the lovely items available at Mountain Rose Herbs. Each gift certificate comes with a complimentary card, which we will fill out and include with the order if you’d like. Available in $25, $50, and $100 quantities.
Wishing You Happy Holidays!
Posted by|01 November 2013
We’re excited to bring you Soap Crafting, a new book from The Soap Queen, Anne-Marie Faiola!
Throughout Soap Crafting, Anne Marie shows you how to make perfect cold-process soap – which is sooo much nicer than what you can buy at the store! Simple instructions and great photography walk you through every step of the process.
With 31 fantastic recipes, it’s easy to master the techniques you need to produce the soaps you want. You’ll find chapters on colors (neon, oxides, mica), molds (milk jugs, yogurt containers, pipes), food ingredients (pumpkin, oatmeal, coffee, beer, avocado), and building techniques (embedding soap in soap, funnel pour, swirling). This colorful book offers everything you need to make your own soap safely. Such a fun, creative, and satisfying project, especially with the holidays approaching!
Herbal Soap Recipe
Now is the perfect time to start making soaps for gift baskets, so here’s a little recipe from the book. You can find lots of the ingredients needed on our website:
(Click on the page images below to enlarge for easy reading.)
Posted by|07 October 2013
Selecting the best products and ingredients for skincare can be daunting, and baby’s skin is even more delicate and sensitive than our own. The lists of ingredients on baby care products are often a mile-long and contain hard-to-read and unrecognizable ingredient names. Many commercial baby care products even include toxic ingredients that have been linked to allergies, cancer, developmental problems, and organ dysfunction, in addition to many other harmful side effects. No thanks!
This soothing and gentle massage oil is perfect for nurturing mama’s and baby’s sensitive skin. Apply after bathing for massages, cradle cap, or anytime that skin feels dry. You can also pour a small amount into bathwater for a luxurious pampering bath.
- Organic Sunflower or Sweet Almond Oil
- 2 parts Organic Lavender flowers
- 2 parts Organic Calendula flowers
- 1 part Organic Rose petals or buds
- 1 part Organic Chamomile flowers
- 1 part Organic Comfrey leaf
- Vitamin E Oil
Fill a glass jar ¼ – ½ full with herbs, then fill to the top with Sunflower or Sweet Almond oil. Screw a tight-fitting lid onto the jar, shake well, and place in a warm windowsill to infuse. Shake the jar daily or as often as you remember. After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs out using cheesecloth or muslin. Add Vitamin E Oil to the infusion, then pour into glass jars.