give your skin a rich diet of plant-based products
We know that the body uses food-based nutrition more efficiently than it can use synthesized or hyper-processed ingredients.
We know that colorful veggies are packed with vitamins in a way their duller cousins are not.
We know that what we put ON the body is absorbed by the body.
This Alchemy golden beauty balm is packed full of nutrients especially for treating the delicate areas around the eyes. Rose, Saffron, Neroli and the super-rich Sea Buckthorn Oil.
Ingredients: saffron infused jojoba oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Neroli essential oil, Rose absolute, Saffron Absolute.
-why beeswax? Because the key to healthy skin is to heal and protect the acid mantle (more) and beeswax, even a tiny amount, can offer protection against moisture loss.
Neroli, Rose and Saffron are some of the most exquisite oils distilled from flowers. Prized for their aroma and for the benefits to the psyche and the skin.
The leaves AND the berries of Sea Buckthorn are bioactive, the fruit of this shrub that has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. The pressed oil of the berry contains vitamins, flavonoids, carotenoids and beneficial fatty acids (used sparingly as it can temporarily pigment the skin).
2 c. whole milk or almond milk
1/2 vanilla bean
10-12 saffron threads
Slice the vanilla in half long-ways add to the milk in a sauce pan. Warm gently (barely a simmer).
When the milk is warm, stir in the saffron threads - turn off heat and allow to steep, cooling slightly.
remove from heat and strain - sweeten with honey or maple syrup - enjoy.
(I like to use my Bodum milk frother to warm the milk and vanilla bean in the microwave, add saffron, froth, pour, enjoy)
Where to buy saffron:
Rumi Spice Company, Chigago
I have only recently learned of Rumi Spice company, and in future our saffron will come from here. They work with farmers in Afghanistan to turn opium poppy fields to one as lucrative, and more peaceful: crocus sativus.
monique herzig, alchemist, aesthetician