Suddenly September

Adios August; you were wonderful. Welcome  September.

basically how I’ve felt all summer (ok; almost all the time!)

Notice a psychological shift that happens after the end of August? Even though technically summer doesn’t end until September 21st it certainly starts to feel different. Like summer is basically over. Kids back to school, the days are shorter and cooler.  We can still have many great sunny days in September but we’re gearing up for fall. And we adapt.  Fall is a great season.  New beginnings.  Speaking of new beginnings…

I’ve decided to start September off by launching a new product…or rather, perfecting an old one. Soon to be on my shop page.  I’ve formulated a luxuriously hydrating facial oil. It’s concentrated like a serum to be applied at night before bed but light enough to use for day before applying sunscreen.

Some of my friends know that I’ve been sourcing and buying exotic essential oils for many years now.  I used to sell my homemade products including an excellent makeup remover and a wonderful eye balm on another website. When I finally ran out of product I decided to take a break and compare mine to other similar skincare including cult favourites – vintner’s daughter (expensive but good) & olio lusso (acquired by Estée Lauder from founder/stylist Linda Rodin in 2014).

Even though the market is saturated more than before, I believe that mine works as good or better than others I’ve tried. Maybe a bit of a presumptuous claim, however I’ve comprised what I believe to be the best skin serving superstars – good for all skin types. Check out The Delightful Dozen:

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The Basics:

Coconut Oil in its unfractionated form is rich in hydrating properties that helps to soothe and soften your skin.

Argan Oil is loaded with ingredients that are considered the best for maintaining skin’s health. Rich in vitamins A and E, omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, argan oil is especially effective in firming skin and improving elasticity, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles and increasing hydration. I’m told Argan oil is now the rarest vegetable oil out there because of the scarcity of Argan trees. This one was brought back for me direct from the Atlas mountains in Morocco.

Jojoba Oil is nourishing, hydrating and soothing.

Sweet Almond Oil has fatty acids and vitamins A + E to help skin retain moisture and heal irritated skin. *Note: Do not use almond oil if allergic to nuts. Please specify if you are allergic. I’ll be happy to make one without.

The Essentials:

Frankincense Oil strengthens, tightens and improves skin tone.  If you were to go back in time to Ancient Israel or Asia, many people would consider Frankincense to be more precious than gold. Today, Frankincense essential oil is still worth its weight in gold in a number of applications.

Evening primrose oil has emollient properties, meaning it helps soften and smooth the skin, improving the skin’s overall texture. It also helps lock in moisture to minimize water loss.

Rosehip Seed Oil helps to brighten and exfoliate.

Carrot Seed Oil has antibacterial, antifungal & anti-inflammatory properties.

Sea Buckthorn is excellent for reducing acne breakouts, because it signals the oil glands to stop creating excess amounts of sebum. Also helps to reduce inflammation in the skin.

Jasmine acts as an effective antibacterial, soothing dry skin and eczema. Not to mention that heavenly scent.

Baobob is luxurious and nutrient rich. High in linoleic acid, a kind of omega-3 fatty acid that has anti-inflammatory properties. For this reason, baobab oil may help reduce skin redness and irritation.  

Ginseng has firming properties and helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

In addition I’ll be making a facial spray in an orange blossom water base with essential oils of eucalyptus which is purifying (good for reducing redness) and sweet orange which is refreshing.  Enzymes in orange are cleansing. The spray can be used anytime but best to spritz over face before applying a few drops of the oil. Skin requires access to water and oil, so underlying moisture is required.

Moving along through upcoming posts I’ll tell you where the oils come from and how they’re extracted. Almost all have been used by many cultures around the world for centuries.

Until then enjoy the sunny days of September.



Beauty benefits of Avocado oil

Could Avocado oil dethrone coconut oil?oil4

Coconut oil has had way more than the allotted 15 minutes of fame and now we’re hearing about the skin care benefits of yet another fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) – that of Avocado.  In the oil game I think there’s still room for everyone and even better if they can learn to work together.

Of course now every major cosmetics company makes one. Combine this newfound fascination with oil and consumers’ desire for all things “natural,” and you can understand why people are now shopping the grocery store for beauty products.


It’s kind of crazy to me because I’ve been mixing oils for years, way before it became fashionable for the face or body. Oh, and let’s not forget hair.  Apparently Lupita Nyong’o uses it on her hair and skin – enough said.

Celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau explains “It has a high amount of vitamin E in it, which is an antioxidant. And it does hydrate deeper and better than coconut oil.” Avocado oil also contains fatty acids, phytosterols, and a substance called sterolin. There’ some evidences that phytosterols can help repair skin, although, as with most things on the internet, the claims far outweigh the proof. But still, avocado oil seems to be at least as legitimate, if not more so, as coconut oil for hydration and moisturization.

FYI: Avocado oil is one of the few oils not derived from seeds, but is extracted from the pulp of the avocado fruit.

Avocado Oil Skin Benefits

In addition to providing the skin with moisture, the antioxidants found in avocado oil — particularly vitamins A and E — can help soothe sunburned skin. Avocado oil also contains sterolins, which are natural steroids. They may be effective in boosting collagen production and in treating age spots. With its high level of vitamin E, avocado oil may reduce itching and inflammation of the skin and is also beneficial in softening rough and cracked skin.

Aside from adding it as an ingredient for two of my skin care products (facial oil & makeup remover) I love to add avocado to salads, spread it on toast and of course to eat in guacamole.  Now my favourite salad dressing oil is very simple – it’s a bottle I bought at a California Farmers Market,  hand-crafted on a family grove in San Diego (non GMO) extra virgin, cold pressed Avocado Oil with lime.  It’s so superb on fish too that I’ll have to make a special trip back just to buy more bottles even though I can order it online. oil1

I love this body lotion that has added Jasmine - a favourite essential oil.
I love this Avocado body lotion with Jasmine.

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Source: Elle

Beauty biz – Money well spent??

Women are obsessed with these CULT BEAUTY PRODUCTS…cult

Are you willing to spend two months rent on a face cream? Money can’t buy everything, but as it turns out it can buy the prettiest nails, best anti-aging products and most over-the-top eyelashes. Shop (or just gawk) at the most outrageously priced beauty products on the market and decide for yourself if looking like a million bucks is worth spending just under that.

From 24k-gold eyelashes to a platinum-infused moisturizer, these luxury beauty products are by far the most expensive picks on our wish list.


This is how grown-ups do press-on nails. These engraved brass nail shields will set you back $450, not including the cost of hiring a professional to apply them. Are they practical? Not exactly, but since when did we let being practical get in the way of being fabulous?


Even we know to invest in a good set of makeup brushes, but this collection blows ours out of the water. This 14-piece set tackles everything from application to blending, as it should with a $650 price tag.


What does 865 dollars smell like? We’ll tell you: *Tahitian vanilla and rose. Promising to make a woman radiate as if she were wearing a diamond necklace, this big-ticket perfume is not far off from the price of actual diamonds.


Platinumthe rarest element on earth—can now be applied topically to your face. This anti-aging cream puts into action advanced skin science that promises climate-activated hydration and protection of the skin’s DNA. All we know is $1,080 for a face cream is no joke.


The most luxury our lashes have ever experienced is a trip to the salon for a set of extensions. Looking to up your game a little? Try giving your eyes a $1,350 makeover. These 18k white gold and .2 carat diamond lashes take the windows to your soul to a whole new level.

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With a staggering $1,500 price tag, this 24k gold-infused night elixir hydrates skin, leaving behind a radiant and youthful glow. Using this blend of essential oils improves the appearance of aging, which means you can turn back the hands of time, but it’ll cost you—natch.


It’s no secret *La Mer’s face cream has a cult following, but this superluxe option is only for the truly beauty obsessed. Promising to increase firmness and diminish wrinkles, this moisturizer comes in at a whopping 2K.


Got 28 days and $1,520? That’s all you need to get rid of wrinkles and revitalize your skin. This at-home treatment focuses on the regeneration of skin with a four-week process. (Note: It’s recommended you do it every 6 months.)

*Tahitian Vanilla & Rose – I love these two aromas and used them as part of the mix in creating my own perfume from scratch. It was fun trying to tailor a personalized scent but it is a science and there is a formula to follow. Even though I was happy with the first time results I’m still trying to perfect the end result so that it turns out to be more of an eau de parfum rather than an eau de cologne.  The one from Clive Christian is obviously more concentrated.

Has anyone else tried doing this at home??


*La Mer – FYI you can buy a 30ml for approx. $200.  I did that once and found it a bit too rich for my skin. Most people find it amazing though. Unfortunately it felt a little heavy.

Source: Zoe Beautiful