Lavender Cocoa Kiss DIY Sugar Lip Polish

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With the winter's chill in full force, there are lots of dry, flaky kissers happening around here. Here is a simple, 4-ingredient lip scrub that you can whip up in seconds to exfoliate, smooth and soften your lips.

2T plus 2t organic cane sugar
2t coconut oil (melted or use liquid coconut oil)
1t cocoa butter (melted)
1 drop lavender essential oil 

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl, allow to cool to room temperature and transfer to an airtight jar.

Apply to dry lips in a gentle circular motion for about 15 seconds. Wipe scrub off with a warm, damp cloth and immediately massage a bit of cocoa butter or your favorite lip balm into your lips. Treat yourself to this lip scrub weekly and use within one month.

Don't have cocoa butter or lavender oil on hand? Make a simple 2 ingredient lip polish with just the sugar and coconut oil! Add a few sprinkles of cocoa powder for an extra treat. ;)

A few tips to prevent dry, flaky lips:
  • Apply lip balm prior to going outside into the elements - every single time.
  • Look for lip balms that are rich in natural moisturizing oils and butters, as well as beeswax, which helps lips retain moisture.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Avoid the urge to lick lips when they feel dry, as this will continue the cycle of dry lips. Apply lip balm instead.
  • Apply a nourishing lip balm or lip oil, like Lip Serum No. 14, prior to bedtime to regenerate lip tissues while you sleep. 

LIP SERUM NO. 14: Lip Oil, Lip Rouge, Handmade, Natural, Artisan, Botanical, Tinted, Renewing, Lip Treatment, Herbal, Lip Tint

DIY SWEET LOVIN': Edible Chocolate Body Paint

The loviest, doviest day of the year is nearly here. Are you ready? 

Here is a quick and easy, last-minute DIY idea to kick your swoon-fest up a notch this Valentine's Day - DIY Chocolate Body Paint!

DIY Edible Chocolate Body Paint

1 oz chocolate (white, milk or dark to allow for different colors, or you can even tint white chocolate with a natural food color, like India Tree)

1 teaspoon organic coconut oil (or more to get your desired consistency)

Gently melt ingredients in a glass bowl set in a warm water bath inside of another pan (the fancy word for this is a "bain-Marie" ). Stir and use while still slightly warm (but not hot - please test the temperature before painting any body parts, for goodness sake!!!). 

Alternately, you can use 1 t or more of cocoa powder in place of the chocolate. 

You can double the recipe for more paint and any extra can be stored in a covered container and rewarmed for later use. You can even use leftovers as a moisturizing and toning face mask.

Have a super-sweet, chocolatey, sticky, love filled, ooey gooey Valentine's Day!


:::THE PAINTED POUT::: Membership Winner & A Special Offer!

Congratulations to Sharry B. - the winner of :::THE PAINTED POUT::: 3-Month Handcrafted Lip Lovers Membership! Thank you to all of you who participated in the contest.

As a thank you to all of my blog friends, I will be offering 10% off both :::THE PAINTED  POUT::: and :::PLANT GLAMOUR BOX::: Memberships in my etsy shop between now and Monday, January 19. Just enter MEMBERSHIP10 at checkout. Ordering by the 19th will ensure that you will receive your first package in February - the Valentine's Edition. However, you can choose to join at any time.

Both THE PAINTED POUT and PLANT GLAMOUR BOX memberships allow you to try a variety of handmade, artisan botanical body care products at a price point lower than what the items would be listed for individually in my shop. All items are crafted by myself with natural ingredients to enhance your beauty and support your wellness. Some products that will be found in your surprise product shipments will be offered in the Autumn Moon Boutique, however, many will not. Members will receive these special items exclusively.

The 10% off bonus could save you up to over $20, depending on which membership you choose.

For more details about each available membership and if it is a good fit for you, please click on the image below. It will take you to that offering in the Autumn Moon Etsy Boutique:



In addition to handcrafted botanical surprises delivered to you, all Autumn Moon Memberships include all shipping and handling fees and sales tax for MI residents, as well, so there are no extra fees. 

Please join me in a unique way to make luxurious, pampering time for yourself. You deserve it.

Much Love,
Camille xoxo

Glycation: Why Sugar is Making Us All Wrinkly

It is no secret that excess sugar consumption can lead to health issues. But did you know that it is also a major contributing factor to aging - including premature aging of the skin - by a process called "glycation?"

What is glycation? Well, when there is too much sugar in the body, protein molecules can cross-link with sugar molecules, creating new sugar proteins (also called AGE's, ironically) that the body does not recognize.This process produces antibodies that cause inflammation in the body, resulting in accelerating the aging process. This is a very simplified description of the process, but is basically what is happening with the sugar swirling around inside you.

How does this make us wrinkly? The inflammation created by the glycation process causes inflammation in our skin. In fact, AGEs tend to affect dermal collagen and elastin, specifically - the stuff that keeps our skin youthful, supple and resilient. This results in wrinkles, skin sagging, premature aging and can also compromise skin's barrier function that regulates moisture and hydration. 

And the crazy part? It doesn't matter if it is refined sugars (like donuts and pastries) or natural sugars (like agave and honey). Glycation occurs when there is an excess of any sugars - the body doesn't discriminate.

Such a bummer. 

So what can we do to minimize this process? Here are a few general tips:
  • Omit refined foods, simple carbs, alcohol and sugar as an ingredient from your diet, to minimize the amount of sugar in your body. Many foods (like simple carbs) turn into sugar in your body after you eat them, even though they may not be sweet.
  • Use natural sugars, like honey and agave as needed, but sparingly.
  • Use stevia - a naturally sweet plant that is readily available now at your grocery - in beverages, baking and cooking. It does not cause the same response as sugar in the body and is a great alternative to artificial, sugar-free options that do scary things to the body. Here is a great post from Mountain Rose Herbs on making your own stevia extracts at home to flavor your foods
  • Look for skin care ingredients that are anti-inflammatory and calm and soothe the skin when applied, such as licorice root, aloe, jojoba, honey, seaweed, chamomile, green tea and oats.
  • Strive to include antioxidant rich foods in your diet, such as blueberries, nuts and dark, leafy greens. These antioxidants in the diet help to fight the aging process.
  • Get your Omega Fatty Acids with foods such as salmon and walnuts. The Omega Fatty Acids have also been shown to help to minimize inflammation in the body.
  • Follow a generally healthy lifestyle with plenty of rest, exercise, fresh air and love.
There are, of course, a myriad of things that contribute to premature aging - pollution, lifestyle, genetics - but minimizing sugar in your diet is one way to surely help support the health of your skin. And healthy, happy skin - our own best skin - is what it is all about. Not the airbrushed version of what we think things should look like.

On that note, one thing I would like to add, to finish this post, is that each of our faces tells a story. It carries memories of our years in our body - life's joys, sorrows and dreams. 

Every line and every crease is a part of you that makes you unique. With a society so obsessed with youth and aging, let's all take a moment to just look at ourselves in the mirror and love what we see. Touch those creases and remember all of the times you smiled at your child or pet. Remember the difficult times that you triumphed over. Remember all of the love and magic and good in the world that face has seen. 

You are beautiful.


Win a FREE Membership in :::THE PAINTED POUT:::!

Oooooh! I love giveaways! 

So, beginning today, I am going to be giving away a membership to :::THE PAINTED POUT::: 3-Month Artisan Lip Treat of the Month Club beginning this February! Squeeeee!

Some of you joined me for THE PAINTED POUT this past summer and it was so much fun to surprise you all with your monthly packages. And this time, it could be free surprises for one lucky winner!

For those of who who may be wondering: What the heck is this lip membership all about?
I will share with you the 3 lip treats that were received by members this past summer...

:::FLUSHED::: LIP ROUGE: A modern lip treatment based on a historic recipe. An alkanet root tinted lip rouge with moisturizing and renewing jojoba, coconut and rosehip seed oils. Paired with essences of lavender and spearmint - reminiscent of an English Garden. A similar version of this - Lip Serum No. 14 - is available in my etsy boutique.

:::DIAPHANOUS::: SHEER ESSENCE BALM: A natural, sheer mauve mist balm with essences of cocoa, vanilla, rose and cardamom. Revitalizing with cocoa and shea butters, golden jojoba, rosehip seed and beeswax. 
:::STRAWBERRY SMOOCH:: A throwback to the days of youth with swirls of strawberry and coconut, with a berry pearl sheen. Mango and shea butters, coconut oil and natural mineral pigments reflect the sweetness of summertime.

I am already dreaming up the offerings for February and beyond and can't wait to share them with you!

To enter to win ONE membership to THE PAINTED POUT, simply enter using the Rafflecopter giveaway below. There are several ways to enter (all optional) and the more you select, the better your odds are of winning.

The contest begins today and ends at 12:00 AM on January 15, 2015. Good luck and Botanical Blessings!


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