Sunday, June 12, 2011
Making Elegant Lotions with Nutritive Rich Plants From the Garden
Each year, I harvest the most vibrant and unblemished grape leaves. I carefully dehydrate them and store them until I'm ready to grind them and infuse them in oil. Today, I made a wonderful lotion featuring a combination of my grape leaves and raspberry leaves (harvested earlier this year).
This lotion is rich and luxurious. Raspberry leaves, grape leaves, calendula blossoms, mango butter and other butters simply make skin smile the moment you glide on this lotion. Oh, and the smell is wonderful - light and sweet! I used hints of mint and chamomile in this recipe. I am looking forward to sharing this with my friends - it's delightful!
In this case, the raspberry and grape leaves are my secret heroes in anti-aging crèmes. The skin drinks up these pants and becomes smooth and radiant with each use. I've noted when real plants are used in our products, they last longer, they are more effective and the visual effects linger well after the product has been applied. Experiencing the vibrancy of plants in skin care products makes it hard to go back to stale, artificial, lifeless lotions at the stores. There simply is no comparison.