Essential oil for skin care: It’s all about fringe benefits

Birdy Botanicals-The Grapefruit & Lemongrass Collection

Birdy always looks for fringe benefits when it comes to organic skin care products.

Our 100% Natural scent combinations not only smell great but provide your skin with additional advantages because of powerful essential oils. Grapefruit and Lemongrass are powerful examples.

Essential Oils for Skin Care: The Benefits of Grapefruit & Lemongrass

Grapefruit essential oil benefits:

  • Brightens skin tone
  • It’s an antioxidant
  • Reduces pores
  • Stimulates lymphatic system
  • Improves skin elasticity

Lemongrass essential oil benefits:

  • Energizes
  • Tightens pores and wrinkles giving better skin tone
  • Helps body eliminate toxins

I’ve combined these two amazing scents in one great smelling combination. Check out our Grapefruit and Lemongrass kit. It’s kind of a big deal.

Here at Birdy Botanicals, we eat blue lollipops because they turn our tongues blue. Fringe Benefit. That’s just how we roll….

The DIY pumpkin honey face mask—you can put it in a pie and wear it on your face!

DIY Pumpin Honey Face Mask

See, you can have it all! Pumpkin isn’t just for pies anymore.

Pumpkin is a dynamic and effective ingredient to use in your next DIY facial. Since you’re already cracking a can of pumpkin for your holiday fare, and you’re a multi-tasking dynamo, this is a amazing face mask to put on while you’re cooking, baking or preparing for guests.

Pumpkin benefits for skin:
Naturally high in Vitamin A and C, pumpkin will reduce the effects of environmental toxins and regenerate skin cells and collagen. In the skin business, vitamin C is used to help the skin readily absorb more vitamins and nutrients. Also, natural pumpkin enzymes lightly exfoliate dead skin cells leaving your skin hydrated and rejuvenated.

Use cool or cold puréed pulp of pumpkin. If it’s canned, make sure pumpkin is the only ingredient. I used Trader Joe’s organic canned pumpkin. You should get great results regardless if you choose canned or plan to roast your own.

DIY Pumpkin Honey Face Mask Recipe
Eyeball it:
2 T. cooled & puréed pumpkin pulp
1 tsp. honey

And if you just can’t stop there, you can try loads of different ingredients. Add one or all from the list if you desire, or just stick with the basic recipe above:

For dry skin add:

  • Yogurt
  • Egg yolk
  • Milk
  • Avocado
  • Banana

For sensitive skin add:

  • Yogurt
  • Oats
  • Aloe vera
  • Cucumber

For oily skin add:

  • Yogurt
  • Egg whites
  • Lemon or lime juice

Mix chosen ingredients in a bowl. Make sure it’s not too thin so it won’t drip off your face. Add more pumpkin to thicken.

Apply on skin and leave for 5-15 minutes. Rinse, tone and moisturize.

* Apply patch test first if you have sensitive skin.
* Mask may tingle but should never burn.

DIY Pumpkin Face Mask from birdybotanicals.com

The 3 scariest things you put on your face

The 3 Scariest Things You Put on Your Face

There’s a never-ending list of chemical ingredients to avoid in your products. This is a list of 3 ingredients I personally will NEVER allow to touch my skin—if I can help it.

Before we begin it’s important to give you some background on me and my experience.

Fact: I am not a chemist or any kind of scientist and I have a hard time with the periodical table of elements.

Fact: What I can tell you is that I have really sensitive skin and I research lots and lots of ingredients on a regular basis.

Fact: I created my line of products for myself so ultimately my goal is to keep myself healthy and well. Sorry, but honestly, it’s all about “yours truly.”

What ingredients I steer clear of in my skincare and cosmetics for myself and why:

Parabens:

What it looks like on the label:
Most commonly listed as Methyparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben or Propylparaben.
From my research at the American Cancer society, and Personal care: Truth or Scare, The scare about the effects of parabens started when a scientist found paraben chemicals in breast cancer tissue samples. There is NO substantial evidence that parabens cause cancer or mimic hormones but an important fact is that they are the most widely used ingredient besides water in skin care products. Because they are so prevalent in our products then maybe we should just lay off for awhile. Especially since there are other safe preservative alternatives.

Phthalates:

What is looks like on the label:

  • DBP (dibutyl phthalate): found in nail polish, personal care products
  • DEP (diethyl phthalate): found in perfume, deodorant, cologne and aftershave
  • Fragrance: Phthalates are often hidden in this super vague ingredient listing

Phthalates are a plasticizing chemical used to prolong fragrance on the skin. They’re used in the automotive, construction, household, cosmetic and packaging industries. They’re associated with that “new car smell.” Phthalates have been known to cause reproductive and development toxicity.

Synthetic Fragrances:

What is looks like on the label:

“Fragrance”

Anticlimactic, you say? Don’t let that little 9 letter word fool you. Fragrances may be labeled “Fragrance” on your label but they are made up of dozens of hidden chemicals that include allergens, asthma triggers and hormone-disrupters.

Kathleen Doheny, a health and wellness journalist for WebMD points out that…

“The fragrance industry has 3,100 stock chemical ingredients to choose from.” Because of the FDA and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973, according to Doheny they are allowed to “lump together all fragrance chemicals as “Fragrances.””

And FYI, if you see “Fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance it contains Phthalates.

Where do I get my information? After extensive research I have found a few places that I trust, mostly because they don’t try to sell me anything and they give information about their experts and resources.

So now what do we do? Don’t worry. Use common sense and read your ingredient labels.