By Tina Hedges, LOLI Beauty
LOLI Beauty was built on the importance of clean and simple beauty treatments, with the purest of ingredients. Each month, we deliver to your doorstep a carefully curated parcel of nasties-free beauty ingredients — wild harvested, food grade, organic, and fair trade — paired with DIY recipes so you can easily blend up your own personalized skin, body, hair, and bath treatments.
The ethos behind LOLI — including pairing an affirmation with each recipe — is based on a belief in beauty happiness: by fully immersing ourselves in the rituals of BIY (blend-it-yourself), we connect and create intention in our beauty regimens. There is a refreshing wholeness to using seasonal, natural ingredients to customize your beauty regimen to your daily needs.
For centuries, beauty was made by our ancestors with garden and sea-sourced ingredients. Even 5,000 years ago, the Sumerians crushed gemstones to color their faces and lips with the first “makeup.” Industrializing the process of making beauty just introduced chemicals and beaker-derived molecules into recipes we have treasured since the Egyptians and Romans.
So how do we go back to basics again? Let’s try a “sweet” take on some easy-to-blend recipes, made from ingredients found in your own beauty kitchen.
Quick tips for making any LOLI recipe:
- Always start with clean hands, and sanitized utensils, containers, and surfaces to minimize the chance of contamination.
- Wherever possible, substitute distilled or filtered water for tap water. Where indicated, you can also substitute a hydrosol if you have some at home.
- Remember to never double-dip or use the same utensil to measure several ingredients.
The Sweet Scent of Summer
Perfume and Eau de Toilette are two different approaches to fragrance. Perfumes have higher concentrations of precious, pure (or essential) oils with less of a diluted alcohol base, and Eau de Toilette or “toilette waters” are mostly water and alcohol with a blend of the fragrance oils. Hydrosols, on the other hand, are usually copper distillations of various flowers and herbs. Through the distillation process, the water created is infused with medicinal or therapeutic properties + a scent.
To make your own sweet summer fragrance, try this recipe:
· 1 cup vodka
· 1 cup distilled or filtered water
· 2 tablespoons rose petals (you can also use the contents of 1 bag of rose petal tea)
· 1 tablespoon hibiscus flowers (you can also use the contents of 1 bag of hibiscus tea)
· 1-2 teaspoons of finely chopped (clean first) orange peel rind
· 1 tablespoon fresh or dried rosemary
· 2-5 drops lemon or lime essential oil
· 2 glass jars with top (approximately 16 oz. each)
· 1 un-bleached cheesecloth
· 1 small strainer
· 1 glass bottle with spritzer
· Alcohol wipes or spray
Make sure to rinse thoroughly any of the ingredients that are fresh, not dried. Chop all the flowers and herbs and place into a clean, dry 16-ounce glass jar with the water and the chopped orange rind peel. Pour in the vodka, filling to the very top of the jar. Push the flowers, herbs, and rind down as you are topping off the vodka. Screw the top on tightly and shake vigorously. Let it infuse for two weeks, shaking the jar every few days.
When you are ready to decant, make sure you have the second 16-ounce glass jar clean, dry, sanitized, and handy. Put the strainer on top of the opening, line with the cheesecloth and begin to slowly pour the infusion into the second bottle. When there is no more liquid to pour, add the infused ingredients into the cheesecloth and with clean, sanitized hands, twist the cheesecloth to press out any remaining oils, add the drops of essential oil, close the lid, and shake. Discard the remains of the flower, herb, and rind mix. If you keep this fragrance in the refrigerator it should last approximately 2-3 weeks. For an extra refreshing scented experience, pour 1-2 ounces at a time into a glass spritz bottle to carry with you to use anytime. After 2-3 weeks throw out any remains and start again.
Yield: Approximately 16 ounces
A Soft & Sweet Powder Scrub
To make the powder base:
3 tablespoons (*) of rolled oats, cornmeal, or shelled, finely ground almonds
1/16 of an inch of ground vanilla Tonka beans
2 tablespoons almond flour
(*) If you have only one or two of these ingredients in your cupboard, just substitute by adding more of the ones you do have to equal 3 tablespoons
To make the scrub:
½ teaspoon almond oil
½ teaspoon honey
½-1 teaspoon slightly warm water (*)
1-2 drops lavender or rose oil (optional)
(*) If you have some lavender, chamomile, or rose hydrosol, you may use as a substitute
· 1 glass jar with top (approximately 2 oz.)
· Food processor or blender
· Clean bowl
· Alcohol wipes or spray
Freeze the shelled, raw almonds for 30 minutes, remove and crush in a food processor or blender. Add in the vanilla bean and pulverize till you make a fine powder. Transfer to the glass jar, add the cornmeal & oats and mix well.
Every night, in a small bowl blend the almond oil, honey, and water, with 1 teaspoon only of the powder. To make your scrub thicker or thinner, adjust the amount of warm water used. Once blended well, feel free to add in a drop or two of lavender or rose essential oil to enjoy some extra skin & soul soothing benefits, and mix again. Apply to your face and scrub. Rinse well and pat skin dry.
- As long as you store the powder in an airtight jar, it will last.
- Only blend in the water, honey, and almond oil to a pre-measured amount of the powder when you are ready to use your scrub.
Yield: 3-4 ounces
Tina Hedges is the Chief Recipe Keeper for LOLI Beauty. A beauty marketing innovator and seasoned entrepreneur, Tina is an island girl at heart with a global sensibility. Of Cuban decent, raised in Jamaica and growing up in NYC, Tina has a great appreciation for diverse cultures, and living and working around the world. Always ahead of her time, Tina spent many years product trend spotting for global beauty companies in beauty and wellness.
During her 20+ year career, Tina parlayed this intuitive understanding of consumer trends into developing many of the best-selling and award-winning beauty products in women’s bathroom cabinets.
In 2004, Tina went on a personal beauty and wellness quest after finding out that it was neither stress keeping her up at night, nor jet lag from accumulated years of international travel, but rather she was going through early menopause at 37. Doctors couldn’t explain it but Tina intuitively knew that being a guinea pig for all these new beauty products didn’t help matters. Despite her many resources, searching for trustworthy beauty advice came up empty. She was motivated to go back to her roots and Cuban grandmother’s recipes, using effective, pure, and potent oils, and personalizing her own beauty rituals.
Through a series of “aha” moments and serendipitous encounters, which included shopping for beauty ingredients from the shelves at health food stores, LOLI – which stands for “living organic loving ingredients” – was born. It became Tina’s mission to create a place to personalize, share, and explore beauty ingredients, recipes, and rituals while also making valuable connections with other women around the virtual table in LOLI’s Kitchen of Beauty community.