Hi there beauties
I wanted to say hi and give you a little insight in my day to day life as a "beautytioner". A big part of my work, creating handmade organic skincare and beauty recipes, is gardening, organic gardening isn't for the lazy one, when you don't want to use pesticides, you have to get down and dirty ;-) Actually, to tell you the truth, I really love doing it, it's very meditative and satisfying, because you see a direct result of your work! - the image you see with me picking weeds (in reality there is no weeds, as a lot of them are actually edible, but I have to remove the ones that are suffocating valuable crops), is the most recent caption of my organic vegetable garden.
In the background, uphill, you see my herb and flower garden - I let the flowers grow among wild flowers and herbs, because nature is naturally diverse and so, monoculture seems unnatural for me, I only remove, what must me removed in order to let my herbs get some air and light.
It's absolutely beautiful when everything is in bloom, which it isn't yet, but you can trust me to post pictures (and maybe even a short video) when it is!
Wooaa! I had been away for a few days and this was how the garden looked like when I came back - well, on with the gloves!
So this is how it looked after some good hard hours, yay!
On exciting news - as you might have seen on the facebook page
, I've been working on a new product - the tinted lip balm, the balm base is a steady love affair, but as for the colour, it's complicated - as you might know about me, I really want to keep everything all-natural and apparently there isn't many options out there, when it comes to natural colourants - so I'm currently researching and experimenting and awaiting some herbal powders that I found, which have natural colour, that I'm very excited about, because I'm sure they'll be great for my balms! So stay tuned for updates on this! I love to prove that going natural and organic, does absolutely NOT mean boring or dull, right? So I can't wait to be able to offer you this lip balm to spice it up!
My gorgeous niece in lab-coat, helping me out with the formulation for the new tinted lipbalm. We tried some real interesting things, such as beetroot powder, which gave some very nonexpected results.
And finally, tadaaaa, I wanted to share a REAL treat with you today:
I got inspired to try out creating a super tasty variety of the already tons of raw wrap recipes out there - the result was surprisingly yummy, me and my hubby had these for lunch, two days in a row and I'm craving them again today. Try them! Even if you're new to raw food - you won't regret it, I promise - the extra bonus is that they are super healthy and beautifying, they have a lot of micronutrients and healthy fatty acids to replenish and restore from the inside! Eating a raw meal a day really helps you build a glow that lasts!
Absolutely amazingly yummy (and super duper healthy + beautifying: Raw wraps Recipe
- 4 large leaves of pointed cabbage
(I like these the best), collard or kale leaves
- 1 red bell pepper or tomato or both ;-)
- 1 avocado
- 2-3 ounces of sprouts of choice
- 1 lime or lemon
The pecan nut "minced meat"
- 1 cup pecan nuts
- 1 tablespoon tamari
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon curry
- 1/2 minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- To prepare pointed cabbage leaves- wash leaves, cut off white stem at the bottom that has no leaves and place them in a bath of warm water with juice of half a lemon. Let soak for 10 minutes. Dry the leaves off with paper towels and using a knife thinly slice down the central root (to make it easier to bend the leaves for wrapping).
- Slice avocado and pepper.
- In a food processor combine pecans, tamari, cumin, curry garlic and olive oil. Pulse until combined and mixture clumps together.
- Place a pointed cabbage leaf in front of you and layer nut mix, red pepper slices, avocado slices, a drizzle of lime juice and sprouts. Fold over the top and bottom and then wrap up the sides. Slice in half and serve.