Getting a little oily from the Summer heat? Make a Toner.

Posted on July 22, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Just in time for the Summer heat… loads of toner recipes! Refresh yourself with natures bounty by using watermelon, lemons, and roses in your toner ingredients. Bottle toners in misters and store in your fridge to give your self a cooling treat to beat the heat.

Also included is information on how to make your own vinegar, red yeast rice vinegar, and rice water toners.


This first link includes info on:

How to dilute vinegar to make the toner suited to your skin type–

• Sensitive skin: 1-part vinegar to 5-parts water;
• Dry skin: the ratio would be 2:5;
• Normal skin: the ratio would be half and half;
• Oily skin: 4-parts vinegar to 2-parts water (although some extremely oily MUAers reportedly use apple cider vinegar neat!!).

More helpful information like this is in the link below:


There are many types of toners, the link below gives a recipe for vinegar/papaya toner (do a spot test first, that baby sounds strong!):


This link has a short bit about apple cider vinegar:


More toner recipes:


Skin care ingredient glossary (find the right toner ingredients):


Opps, somewhat off the subject– cleanser recipes:


Vinegar info, many good uses listed here:


Skin care from India, how exotic: 


Ahh, refreshing watermelon toner:


More toner recipes. I like the idea of sage and vinegar together, like in one of these recipes:


How vinegar can improve your skin when used internally and externally:


Vinegar to treat acne. Recipe for green tea and vinegar toner included in this link:


More toner recipes, plus recipes for skin revitalizing:


Info about toners, moisturizers, etc.:


Everything you wanted to know about apple cider vinegar, but was afraid to ask:


Home spun recipes with a click-able ingredient glossary:


Frugal body splash recipe (excerpt):

…The apple cider vinegar as a toner balances the ph of your skin, so it can be used for both dry and oily skin. Moisturizer may not be needed. Keep your eyes closed when using the vinegar! Splash immediately with water. And be sure it’s diluted. One teaspoon to a 1/2 gallon. Incidentally, I also use apple cider vinegar in the same quantities for an after washing splash in the shower – full body, followed by a clear water rinse. Skin feels as good as it ever could. No need for moisturizer…

For more ideas check out this link:


Ahh, Lemon-Mint Toner sounds delightful!:


For some environmental info on toners and some gentler store brands, check here:


How to use vinegar on acne:


Rice water toner recipe:


Red rice vinegar toner.  After checking out these prices, keep reading and you will be able to make your own:


If your a chem major, this info will be stimulating for you:


O.K. more chem speak… this is about red yeast rice:  http://www.search.com/reference/Red_yeast_rice

General stuff about rice vinegar. Not required reading, but helpful:


More on rice water toner:


Everything you ever wanted to know about vinegar is right here:


More recipes, one uses pine needles in the toner:


Now you have many toner recipes to try and many ways to stay fresh as a daisy! But try as I might I could not find a red yeast rice toner recipe, so I just used my experience to come up with the recipe below.

If you would like to make your own Red Yeast Rice Toner, here is what I suggest:

Take a 1/4 cup measure of red yeast rice, add it to 1 full cup of warmed rice vinegar (both of these ingredients should be found at Asian markets). Let the mixture cool in a glass container. Put it in the fridge for one week and shake the bottle everyday. After one week, strain out the rice (keeping the liquid, this is your toner). Discard rice. Use the strength as is or dilute using the guidelines mentioned previously… or glance at them below:

How to dilute vinegar to make the toner suited to your skin type– (reminder: Use distilled water for purity or your toner may turn cloudy from chems in your drinking water):

• Sensitive skin: 1-part vinegar to 5-parts water;
• Dry skin: the ratio would be 2:5;
• Normal skin: the ratio would be half and half;
• Oily skin: 4-parts vinegar to 2-parts water

Bottle toner in a clean glass container. Lable. (Spot test to make sure you are not sensitive to ingredients). Use once or twice a day, if you have no sensitive reactions. Enjoy this cool refresher… and you’ve just saved about $20!

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Green Skin Care One Month at a Time

Posted on January 25, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

If you are reading this blog, I am hopeful that one of your New Year’s resolutions is to go green with your skin care (and hair care, make up, nail care, etc. as well).  One really simple, low cost and painless way to go green is to pick just one product every month out of your beauty regimen and find a greener substitute.

Say you have a tube of cleanser and you are not too happy with how your eyes burn after using it and you feel that when it washes down the sink and gets into the ocean, the “fishies” will have burning eyes too.  (Especially, if thousands of people are using the same product and washing it into the same ocean.)  But you are not sure just what is making your eyes burn because the 25 letter chemical name for most of the ingredients on the package is Greek to you.  No fear, Sheila’s Code Buster Chemical Dictionary Service is near.  Actually, they are listed right below as links.  And I warn you some of the stuff is scary.  Saving the planet is not for sissies.  But when you have the little nasty tube of eye burning cleanser in you hand and you are looking up the ingredients, there is an empowerment you would not believe in that.  You are becoming an Informed Consumer.  Congratulations!

So, First Step:  Select one product for the month.  Pick the one that is almost run out or the one that uses the harshest ingredients and investigate what the ingredients are.  Here are links to the chem dictionaries:

Quick shopper’s guide:  http://www.pioneerthinking.com/ls_naturalcosmetics.html




Scary, but true info.  http://www.natural-skincare-authority.com/cosmetic-chemicals.html


See how many of these chemicals are harming the environment:


Second Step:  Write down what you want the next product you purchase to do.  Do you need something that moisturizes?  Clears up excess oils? Exfoliates?  When you know what you want from the product, then it is so much easier to make a choice.

Say you are giving up a product that promotes itself as a “deep pore cleanser” and the side affect is blurred vision after use (true story!).  You decide to check out what may be causing this and, frankly, the information you find about this product is giving you a panic attack.  O.K. Calm down.  There IS a greener version “deep pore cleanser”  it is called papaya and it is totally natural and effective.  See this link for more on the Four Good Chemicals: https://greenyourskincare.wordpress.com/2009/07/27/the-four-good-chemicals-in-natural-skin-care/

Third Step:  Research your natural alternatives.  Admittedly this is kind of tricky because the big cosmetic firms simply don’t want you to know this stuff.  I say, use their research. Go to the boutique shops and ask questions to find out what “natural products” (in tiny amounts) they are using.  If they have a toner with rice flour and rice vinegar, check for recipes on the internet and make up your own. That way you save $$$ or you can look for something similar at a shop that promotes pure, natural and organic products.

Forth Step: Find out how lifestyle changes can improve your skins condition and over-all health; then, the beauty products don’t have to do all the work:



Fifth Step:  Enjoy knowing that the beauty product that you are using is not harming the planet and doing an effective job at helping your skin look it’s radiant best.  To see how others have created a green skin care routine for themselves, check out this link:


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Green New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on January 13, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

It is already 2010, can you believe it?  Time for those New Year’s resolutions and while we have got lots of links for you with great green ideas:



















Pick out some green resolutions and save YOUR planet.  

NEXT POST:  Green your skin care one month at a time in the New Year.

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Green Gifts for the Holidays

Posted on December 11, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Ever wonder what a real green Holiday Season looked like?  Just click on these links and see that wonder and joy is also organic and earth friendly.  If you are thinking about making homemade body scrubs and bath salts, well that’s as easy as one-two-three right here with Sheila.  You’ve got the recipes on this blog and it is so easy.

You might be wondering about the best way to extend the shelf  life of a recipe.  Just mix the dry ingredients and put them in a pretty gift bottle (ala cookie mix in a jar).  Then give the lucky recipient instructions on how to prepare their green skin care by using moist ingredients that they have on hand in the kitchen (honey, egg whites, apple juice, whatever).  Have some fun being creative and save some money too.

When you want to see what other gifts are in Santa’s bag take a look at these links:











*Eco packaging for skin care gifts* http://www.ecofriendlypackaging.net/








Hope you enjoyed the ideas here and have a merry and safe holiday.

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Winter Skin Survival Guide

Posted on November 30, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

How’s your skin holding up under this cold weather?  Tis the season for dry and itchy skin, if you are not doing extra things to keep it protected.  That means more than spreading on the moisturizer.  Keep your sunscreen (and lip balm!) applied on those bright, sunny days while playing in the snow.  Read the links listed under Resources to get neat tips on the steps you can take to help protect your skin from those frosty winds.

Green Your Skin Care is all about making your own skin care products to make sure you are only applying the purest materials to your skin (and avoiding the waste that empty bottles create in landfills).  So, instead of going out and buying something in the store… be adventurous and make your own body butters and creams.  Here are some links to get you going.  They range from the very basic to the exotic:

Honey for skin softening:  http://www.pioneerthinking.com/honeybeauty.html



Sunflower skin cream, oh my! http://www.womanjunction.com/topic/skincare/moisturizing/


Green Tea Moisturizer:  http://crabappleherbs.com/blog/2007/02/09/winter-skin-care-green-tea-moisturizing-cream/


This looks likes a Spa Party winner, and it has a great name too.  http://www.beautyden.com/beautyrecipes.shtml

Mayo hair mask:  http://www.thegreengirls.com/blog/post/2009/11/Homemade-Moisturizing-Hair-Conditioner.aspx

natural moisturizer:  http://www.natural-skin-care-info.com/natural_skin_care_moisturizer.html








mbg:  http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-184/MBG-Skinny-5-Tips-to-Protect-Your-Skin-This-Winter.html

10 Skin Savers:  http://www.pioneerthinking.com/ss_10winterskin.html


Sheila’s Gems:  https://greenyourskincare.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/all-about-lips/

Sheila’s Bookshelf

This book has great information on how to make your own balms and creams from herbals: http://www.amazon.com/New-Book-Herbs-Jekka-McVicar/dp/1405305797/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251657859&sr=1-3

Next Issue:  Green Gift Giving!

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Have a Merry Spa Celebration!

Posted on November 15, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The Holidays are almost here and I just want to wish you all a very happy celebration season.  On this post, we will be looking at some stress busters for the parts of the  holidays that you might not be looking forward to  (ie… shopping, high volume cooking, industrial-sized cleaning, and more shopping, etc.).

All we really need is a plan, some great little techniques, and to think positive!  Don’t be afraid to treat yourself right and relax after a hard day of bargain hunting and such.  Here is a quick video to help you relax and unwind from the Mayo clinic:  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/MM00623                                                      (and it has a candle, how Christmas-y). 

To see some simple stretches that chase away headaches, check out this link:  http://healthy-lifestyle.most-effective-solution.com/2008/10/02/simple-stretches-to-keep-common-headaches-at-bay/  and to find a great head massage to relieve tension, check out Indian Head Massage on this video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbudpK3505U (but you will need a partner for this).

O.K. You know how I love the spa stuff, so why not make it part of your de-stress routine this holiday season?  First some terrific home spa tips for just yourself:  http://stress.about.com/od/generaltechniques/ht/homespa.htm

Wow, wasn’t that lovely.  But, you know we can share the fun, so while passing out the gingerbread and eggnog… let’s throw a spa party!  Here are some NEW LINKS for spa party fans.  (I know you are out there.)


http://www.celebrations.com/article/An-At-Home-Spa-Party  (the chocolate daiquiri looks good!)





And… here are some fun NEW SKIN CARE RECIPES.   Remember to moisturize when the cold weather sets in!  http://spas.about.com/od/homesp1/a/homespaday.htm

Well, I hope you have a great Holiday Season and enjoy the time you have with your family and friends.  Remember to tell them about Sheila’s Blog, that’s a gift in it’s self.  Wink, wink!

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Green Skincare Journals — Finding Aloe Vera

Posted on November 5, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I am very lucky because finding Aloe Vera and it’s healing powers did not take me a long time to do.  My Grandmother always had some of these amazing plants in her yard.  Dabbing the cooling gel on a burn from a hot stove top was second nature to my grandmother, but the magic of this succulant herb did not reveil itself until she had a serious burn that required medical treatment.  When she got past the initial healing stage, she naturally turned to her Aloe plant to help prevent scarring that sometimes happens after a burn heals.  Thanks to her Aloe gel applications, she never had a scar from her second degree burn and no one could tell which arm was burned. 

Here are some resources and reference materials to get you started in discovering the healing of Aloe Vera:


growing:  http://www.thegardenhelper.com/aloe~vera.html


Recipes from cranberrylane:  http://www.cranberrylane.com/recipes-body-care.htm




lip gloss:  http://www.kinderinfo.com/aloe-vera-lip-gloss-recipe/




video:  http://www.livestrong.com/video/423-aloe-vera-facial-mask-recipe-/

loads of recipes:  http://www.bathandbodyrecipes.com/bath-body-recipe-554/aloe-vera-gel-lotion-recipe.html


recipes:  http://www.kitchencraftsnmore.net/bath.html

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Have a Green Halloween

Posted on October 26, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Halloween is almost here, and if you don’t have some crazy-fun Green Halloween ideas already,  just keep on reading for terrific tips and ideas to keep the fright going on through the night.

When we are talking about a Green Halloween, we are trying to make our celebration a little (o.k., a lot) more earth friendly.  For a general idea about getting things going in that direction, check out this link:  http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/sgw_read.asp?id=1141369282006 

The difference between a Green Halloween and an orange (caution light) Halloween is simple.  Just check out this post by Squidoo.  All the ideas about recycling are so cool.  After all, wasn’t Frankenstein the first real attempt at recycling? http://www.squidoo.com/green-halloween

Mahalo.com always has great party ideas, these will make your party a success:  http://www.mahalo.com/how-to-have-an-eco-friendly-halloween-party

Party games, party crafts, and party food.  These are not all green, but you can pick and choose to find some fun ideas as you read through these links:

party games:  http://www.crazystudent.com/parties/halloween/halloween-party-activities.htm

and more party games:  http://www.blackdog.net/holiday/halloween/

monster party: http://www.halloweenhowl.com/monster-party.shtml

more games:  http://halloweenalliance.com/party

dinner party ideas:  http://www.divinedinnerparty.com/halloween-food.html

party food…:  http://www.ourbestbites.com/2009/10/easy-halloween-party-food.html

free craft patterns:  http://www.allcrafts.net/halloween.htm

One more idea for a party is to have a Halloween Spa Fright Night.  Get out all the mask recipes… all bumpy and green.  Anything that was too scary for a regular spa party should fit in here.  Watch an old horror movie and relax while you wait of your pore peel to dry, then thrill your friends by removing your “skin” at the scariest part.

Tons of ideas?  Sheila’s loving it. So, have a Green Halloween.  Have fun, be safe, be green!








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Get the Lead Out (of Your Lipstick… and more)

Posted on October 18, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Well, Sheila’s so relaxed from the retreats and spa treatments that she has recharged her batteries and now it is time to put on her green environmental battle boots to get the lead out of products sold to women and girls.

Did you know that after banning lead from paint and gasoline, that lead is still allowed in your lipstick?  Oh my, how did that slip through?  And though lots of hoopla surrounded the lead found in paint on toys a few years ago, it can still be found in girl’s toy jewelry?

The Daily Green has an interesting post about lead in lipstick:  http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/lead-lipstick-47072702.  How do you know if something you have purchased contains lead?  This link gives you info on how to test for lead:  http://www.ceh.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=195&Itemid=207

So, which lipsticks are painting our lips with neuron toxifying lead?  Here is the name dropping list:  http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003946692_lipstick13.html .  The way to change things is to let the make up manufacturers know that lead is not something we want on our lips and in our systems.  The next WebMD link will help you know who to contact and let your voice be heard:  http://blogs.webmd.com/health-ehome/2009/03/lead-in-lipstick-parabens-in-perfume.html (Rachel, who wrote the article, has a blog you can check out too.  http://www.ecostiletto.com/).

Now here is the really scary part.  The lead is that cute bracelet your little girl may have on could be full of lead too.  It has been going on for years and lead in toy jewelry also has to stop.   The UK is on top of it and gives us the scoop:  http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/families/article2284276.ece and check out what ABC News has to say about the lead problem:  http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Story?id=3900505&page=1 .  More names being named here, shop accordingly…  http://www.ceh.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=53.

The bottom line is,  lead is bad for you and if you are pregnant, it is really bad for your child.  Become an informed and resourceful consumer.  Here are some links to give you natural choices that get the lead out:

“Lips Against Lead” is a must read:   http://www.ecostiletto.com/index.php?/Beauty/comments/lips_against_lead-worthy_lipstick_from_terra_firma_lavera_suki_and_physicia/

Leaping Bunny checks lipsticks out:  http://www.leapingbunny.org/lip.php

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Tuning up your Toner

Posted on October 9, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Do you really need a toner?  That’s a tricky question.  But if you want something to calm your skin after cleansing or something to give your skin a little tingle, toner is a must.  Since some formulas of toner (astringent, etc.) contain strong drying ingredients, it makes sense to create your toner at home to make it the right strength for your skin.  Read today’s post and learn how to Tune Up Your Toner. 

Find out about some of the little nasties hiding in your toner bottle (like boric acid) by checking out this link:  http://www.101lifestyle.com/beauty/bodycare/skin/cleanskin3.html

The strength of your toner should be compatible with your skin type.  Going from a weak solution of skin soothing herbal tea (dry/sensitive skin) to a more potent blend of astringent ingredients (oily skin) and lots of places in between.  A really easy personalized toner would be to use a herb or herb combination that is good for your skin type (check out some here:   http://www.easyhomeremedy.com/beauty_care/various_skin_type_herbal.html), make a tea or infusion with the herbs you choose and play around with the astringent ingredients — like witch hazel — to make it stronger or more mild as you like.  Below are a range of toners that have an extra bonus, like built-in moisture, and great scent.

Some toners are gentle and soothing and have ingredients that can replace a moisturizer, like this one:  http://www.smartskincare.com/tips/skinrecipe_lighten_20051129.html  Other toners use herbal anti-bacterial ingredients to help defend skin against environmental damage: http://www.skincareresourcecenter.com/toner-recipe.html

For a good strong toner that clears oily skin try this Apple Toner:  http://www.spaindex.com/HomeSpa/AppleToner.htm

Rosemary Water Astringent is a nice fragrant combination that has ingredients to fight oilyness.  Maybe it should be strained and refrigerated in the last step, that may have been omitted in the instructions:  http://www.easyhomeremedy.com/beauty_care/rosemary_water_astringents_recipes.html

So as you can see, it is easy to tune up your toner.  Making the right strength to suit your skin type is the beauty of homemade skin care products. 






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