Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The back story of Naked Skincare

Hello beauties,
 It has been quite some time since I've made an appearance over here, mainly due to not really knowing where I wanted this space to go.  After much contemplation and almost starting a whole new blog, I came to the decision to keep with The Naked Collective and focus more on showcasing Naked Skincare products and ingredients, and a more creative lifestyle blog where I can show behind the scenes on running my company. The reason I chose for this blog to be more of a creative lifestyle area is because I wanted to not only share, journal and discuss my life and things that I'm loving,  I also wanted to share my journey in starting a business and take everyone along with me for the ride. To start this new journey I want to share with you the back story of Naked Skincare and why its my passion.

Naked Skincare was created in the spring of 2015, from a love and passion of natural plant based ingredients.  For several years prior to starting this business I had experimented with making my own skincare just for personal use, it all started with replacing my store brought cleansers with a big tub of coconut oil and then trying to recreate the Clinique Cleansing Balm which I had been obsessed with, though creating a  perfect match never quite happened I had made a pretty sweet cleansing balm which I used for a year, before just recently changing it into an Oil Cleanser.  Once I realized how much fun I was having in making my own cleansing balm, I set out to create a moisturizer for myself and that's when the salves came into existence, I am planning on changing them to a Facial Oil in 2016 because I want to prevent oxygenation as much as possible so providing it in a pump bottle instead of a jar will guarantee the oils to hold their healing properties for longer.

I entered the professional beauty scene in 2010 when I went to school to become an Esthetician where I learned all things Nails, Skin, Waxing and Body Treatments.  Since graduating I have worked at some of the best known spas in my city, gaining more and more knowledge at each place I went.  My interest for natural products was sparked when I worked at my first spa that also made and sold all their own natural products and I learned a lot about the process and ingredient knowledge of what goes into skincare.  I've also worked with some amazing professional lines and been taught by some pretty incredible people in my chosen field.  I do still currently work full time as an esthetician at an incredible spa full of amazing supportive women! Though one day I would love to see Naked Skincare be my full time adventure, until then, working a full time job makes sure I can pursue my dream and still pay the bills.





My products are 100% natural, no fillers, no preservatives, no artificial scents or coloring, just all natural plant powered ingredients.  This was something that was very important to me when I set out in creating a skincare line because there really aren't many all natural products that have zero preservatives and zero artificial fragrance.  The reason I can get away with not using preservatives and still have a decent shelf life is because all my products are oil based so they naturally have a higher shelf life, it is also the reason why I don't offer any creams or moisturizers because as soon as you add water into your formulations you need a preservative as water grows bacteria at a much quicker rate.  I wanted to showcase the amazing natural ingredients that mother nature has provided us, its a line of pure simplicity with no more that 10 ingredients in each products.

Naked Skincare products are,
Free of synthetic preservatives
Free of synthetic fragrances
cruelty free
palm oil free
Made with organic ingredients
SLS Free
Made in small batches

Naked Skincare products are created with,
100% Natural ingredients

Plant Based Cold Pressed Carrier Oils
Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
Primarily Organic Ingredients
High Grade Clays 
Plant Derived Butters




For more information about Naked Skincare you can check out my Etsy store.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Peppermint Body Wash


If you happened to read my Make-up brush cleanser post, then you know that I have only recently started experimenting with Castile soap.  Why it took so long....one will never know and now I find myself dreaming of ways to use this bottle of liquid beauty.  As I've gotten my skincare down to a pretty green and natural routine I thought why not move further down my body and test out a body wash.  There's no point in using natural products on my face when I'm still using chemically laced products on my body, also the body wash my husband picked up last time had those plastic exfoliating beads so I was quite happy to throw the rest of the store brought wash in the trash, in fact I rinsed it out and used the container for my very own homemade wash...win win situation! 

There where quite a few recipes out there so I just kind of took others suggestions and tweaked it to my own taste a wee bit.  Its a super simple recipe that can be adjusted so easily depending on what oils or essential oil you choose to use.


Ingredients

2 cups  /  Castile Soap (where to buy)
2 tsp    /   Jojoba Oil (where to buy
1 Tbsp /  Coconut Oil (where to buy)
1 Tsp of your chosen essential oil I chose peppermint

For your choose of essential oils here's a little list of suggestions.

Vanilla- Softens and smoothes
Neroli (orange blossom) Stimulates the production of new cells, reduces scaring
Rose- moisturizes and soothes
Ylang-Ylang- Balances the skins production of sebum. Beneficial for both oily and dry skin.
Grapefruit- Stimulates collagen production. Beneficial for mature and acne prone skin.
Chamomile- Soothing, healing, stimulates production of new skin cells.
Sandalwood- Balances skin and helps to prevent scarring
Tea Tree- good for oily, acne prone skin in moderate amounts.  Too much can be drying and might actually trigger increased sebum production.
Lavender- Soothing and relaxing
Geranium- Good for oily, acne prone skin.


Recipe

Basically just take your ingredients and either pre mix them in a container or just pour them all into your body wash container and give it a little shake.  Place in your shower away from sunlight.  The body wash should have a shelf life of a year, not that it will last that long if your using it every time you shower.

With the addition of the oils it really leaves your skin feeling soft and to finish of the showering experience I kept the hydration train going and massaged my Whipped Coconut Body Butter all over my freshly cleansed body!

Have you tried making your own body wash before? What essential oil is your favorite to scent your body wash with?? 




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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Whipped Coconut body butter


I'm going to start off by saying that I love fall, don't be mad! I know we still have some warm weather around the corner and people are grasping hold of the last days off summer, but, I love the slight cooler weather in the morning, the possibility of hot chocolates on chilly days.  What I'm not liking is that my body is already starting to dry out and get all itchy from the cooler weather rolling in.


We sadly can't deny that winter is getting ready for it's yearly 6 month visit, I thought what better way to start preparing our skin now and making sure we are keeping it nourished and hydrated so the dry winter weather wont make us want to itch our skin off.   A lot of the homemade body butters out there I find always get to hard once they've fully solidified so the whipping doesn't really do much for long.  I wanted to create a body butter with a softer consistency so it would be easier to scoop out of the jar and apply, because I really don't like having to fight at getting my body butter out of its container.  I came up with a recipe that will give you a softer version of the typical coconut body butter and makes your skin feel silky smooth.



Ingredients

1/4 cup- Shea Butter (where to buy) or (grocery/health store)
1/4 cup- Coconut Oil (where to buy) or (health store)
2 Tbsp- Avocado Oil (or any other hydrating oil, olive, apricot, jojoba) (grocery/health store)
3 Vitamin E capsules (vitamin/supplement store) I poke a knife or pin in the capsule to break the seal.


Directions

1. Melt your shea butter and coconut oil in a double broiler.
2. Pour in your hydrating oil into the mixture and let everything melt/combine together
3. Once melted remove from heat and let cool for about 10 minutes
4. Add in your vitamin E capsules and stir.
5. As there is the extra oil it will take a little longer than usual to set and harden, I left my mixture in the fridge for about an hour.
6. Use a hand mixer to whip up. Or if your like me and don't have one use a wooden spoon to whip/smooosh up the butter.
7. Once whipped/smooshed just scoop it into your jar.

At first it will be a little harder as it was refrigerated but once left out at room temperature for about an hour it will soften up and be a lovely consistency to massage all over your body to hydrate and nourish your skin.


This should keep for 6 months and depending on the temperature in your home the consistency may alter slightly :) Always use clean dry hands when scooping out the product, as its oil based a little bit goes a long long way!




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Sunday, 30 August 2015

How to get beautiful skin with our Naked Scrubs

Whats up my Naked Beauties...did you know that my Naked Skincare Etsy store launches in 15 days!! ahhhh so many feels.  It's been so much fun creating these products and making a line that is pure, simple and all natural.  Launch day products will be limited quantities to start so if you are wanting to bring Naked Skincare into your life and home make sure to mark you calendars for September 14th 5:00pm central time.  It truly does mean so much to have your support through this very exciting journey! Shipping will be available to Canada and United States only at the moment.

Today I wanted to talk about the Naked Scrubs.  As you know, when I sat down and decided what I wanted to create, I knew I wanted products that for the most part had more than one purpose to help simplify life just a wee bit and cut down on all the bathroom products we seem to collect, I am just as guilty! I have a basket full of products I've purchased throughout the years, that now just sit there staring at me and I think its time for me to say farewell and throw away what ever is left because it's probably all gone off anyways so why keep it around for it to just take up space.  Take a look at all the ways to use our Naked Nourishing Balm

Before we get into the scrub party, on the topic of tidying up, have any of you read The Life-Changing magic of tidying up by Marie Condo, I've been hearing so many great things about it but am un-certain if I should buy it or not. Apparently it's meant to change the way you think about belongings and make it easier to purge items you don't really need, which sounds amazing because I want to do a major clean through of our house.  Let me know if you or anyone you know has read it and if its worth the buy? 

Detox Scrub and Bath Soak

I knew when I started this process that I wanted a product that would be an amazing body scrub but would also be lovely for a bath soak, so after much research and some experimenting I created this detoxing scrub + bath soak.  As a scrub it will help exfoliate, hydrate and heal the skin for the best exfoliation I would suggest using it on dry skin before you turn the shower on and massage all over your body, except the face, the epsom salts would be to aggressive for a facial exfoliant. As a bath soak you would take about a handful or 1/4 cup and add it into your bath for a relaxing, nourishing soak that will help reduce inflammation, tone and stimulate the skin.



Epsom Salts

To name a few of the countless health benefits that Epsom Salt have include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion and drawing toxins from the body.

Brown Sugar

Full of glycol acid and alpha-hydroxy acid that is crucial for maintaining healthy skin, cleansing and preventing breakouts to achieve a natural balance.

Lemon Essential Oil

Vitamin C

Olive Oil

Anti-inflammatory and helps heal the elasticity of the skin.

Peppercorns

Peppercorns contain potassium, magnesium, iron, Vitamin K and Vitamin C.  The high amount of anti-oxidants present in black pepper help your skin by protecting it against symptoms of premature aging as well as tone and stimulate your skin.

Rosemary

Rosemary has healing properties that will kill bacteria, fungi and viruses on the skin, help sooth problem skin affected by dermatitis, acne, eczema or psoriasis and will help stimulate cell renewal which will promote healthy healing.

Vitamin E

Full of antioxidants, this vitamin fights of free radicals that cause dryness and fine lines.  It works to prevents cellular damage and the effects of pollution, while acting as an anti-inflammatory.

Coffee Scrub

I love the smell of coffee so much that basically I just wanted a product that meant massaging myself with coffee with the end result of smelling delightful all day.  The added benefits where all just a big old bonus.  I also wanted a scrub that would work for both the body and face, I have finely ground the coffee to be gentle enough for the face if used with gentle pressure! But just beyond amazing as a body scrub, use in the morning to wake up your mind and body and go out into the world to kick some butt and  be awesome!

I would suggest only using this scrub in the shower, even when just using on the face because its a little messy.  Again I would use on dry skin for the best exfoliation then turn the shower on and continue to massage onto your skin.

My husband loves this scrub because its not "girly" scented and he uses it on his hands all the time, certainly if he's been working on his car or out in the garden, says it makes them super smooth...so if your looking for a gift for a guy in your life, this is a great option!!


Coffee

Not only does it smell like happiness it stimulates blood flow, targeting cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, varicose veins, eczema, acne and scarring.

Coconut

Anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, coconut is great at targeting breakouts and skin infections, while providing a boost of moisture.

Brown Sugar

Full of glycol acid and alpha-hydroxy acid that is crucial for maintaining healthy skin, cleansing and preventing breakouts to achieve a natural balance.

Olive Oil

Anti-inflammatory and helps heal the elasticity of the skin.

Vitamin E

Full of antioxidants, this vitamin fights of free radicals that cause dryness and fine lines.  It works to prevents cellular damage and the effects of pollution, while acting as an anti-inflammatory.



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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Homemade Natural Makeup brush Cleaner



Confession: I've been making a huge beauty mistake and the sad part is that I've known for a while....dun dun duhhhhh!!!!! I know, you are all probably brushing to judge me right meow..being an aesthetician and running a skin care blog, I should know better!



I am slightly embarrassed to even admit that I don't even remember the last time I cleaned my makeup brushes...it's gross I know! For the most part I've gotten my skin to a happy place, my breakouts usually only happen for hormonal reasons, but there are times where I get a random clusters or breakouts pop up and I'm not sure why I didn't put the two together sooner, I mean I hear it all.the.time from girls at work and the makeup gurus of the inter-webs to always clean your brushes.  Yet it is one step that I have never taken. Bad amber...Bad!!

Basically...bacteria=breakouts. Breakouts will contaminate your brushes and in turn using said contaminated brushes will cause more breakouts.  It's a vicious circle and one that I wish I fixed sooner, I mean I'm a skin care freak, it is literally what I do for a living and yet I couldn't follow this one easy rule.  Well my friends that time has changed, no more living with dirty brushes, from now on I am cleaning them on a weekly basis!!

There are some dedicated ladies out there who clean there brushes on the daily...but I don't have time for that, so once a week for now is better than once a year...ssshhhhh don't tell anyone!!  I even may bring it up to twice a week if i'm feeling extra adventurous. 




So to get on the band wagon of actually taking care of my brushing and cleaning them.  I thought what better than to make up my own version of an all natural makeup brush cleaner.  I made an all natural makeup remover a little while ago and thought if it works to remove my face makeup that it would also clean my brushes, I added an extra cleaning agent but this recipe is still super easy with only 4 ingredients.



Did you notice the switch in containers, the little guy just wasn't working for the gigantic powder brush, it needed some serious soaking. So the Mason Jar 'brushed' to the rescue (hehe)

The moment of truth came, to see if this natural product would be strong enough to clean through months and I mean MONTHS of dirty make up brushes and the result was a disgusting success!!! The little jar instantly turned brown full of all my nasty germs, skin cells and caked on makeup...ew ew ew.  I was surprised at how quickly it actually cleaned the brushes, I thought they would have to soak in there for hours to get rid of all the gunk, but it probably took about 10 minutes of good soaking to cut through the left on makeup.  I'm actually really excited to use them now they've been cleaned...oooooo the excitement!!!

If you take a peak at the picture below, pay close attention to the clean kabuki brush...now go back up to some of the before pictures and take a look at the difference of colouring.  I'm so embarrassed for myself....don't judge to harshly friends, I was contemplating not even posting this due to the horrible state of the before brushes...but thats life and some times you just have to brush it off and go for it..ok ok enough of the puns!  The brush before was like a tanned colour and turns out it started off white!! Well at least now it is back to its original shiny state.


Ingredients

1/2 cup witch hazel (where to buy)
2 tsp castile soap (where to buy) I chose to use the baby mild for this recipe
1 tsp of a nourishing oil, olive oil, jojoba, almond, apricot or avocado
1 cup distilled (or boiled and cooled) water.

In a bottle or mason jar, combine all the ingredients together and give it a good shake.

To Use

Fill a container about half way with your brush cleaner and then pop in your brushes that need to be cleaned and let soak any where from 5-10 minutes.  Once soaked take them out and rinse them under warm water.  Form the brushes back into their natural shape and lay flat to dry.


Is there anyone else out there who's terrible at cleaning their brushes?? or is it just me?

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