We love a good skin care routine. And what better way to amp up your daily game than with a simple skin care regimen. From Morning to Night, we’ve created some fabulous natural products to take care of your skin care needs.
Why Artisanal Booty?
Let’s go back to the beginning. Our journey started when we started paying more attention to the products we were buying and putting on our skin. Where did they come from? What was in them? Were they really helping us or making problems worse? Eventually through discovering that natural products are just as good, or even better, we realized creating our own natural skin care products was the only way to know the “what where and why”! We came to the great conclusion that what we had crafted was amazing, and we knew that it had to be shared. So here we are today, to help you take our natural skin care products and use them to their full benefit to give you amazing skin!
Every good skin care routine starts with a great cleanser. The problem we had was most cleansers stripped our skin of the good oils leaving our skin dry, dull, and more prone to break outs, over active oil production, and poor reactions.
Once we discovered oil cleansing, all of the negative reactions we had to other cleansers began to disappear. While using oil can sound daunting (read all about why it’s fantastic here!) it’s actually so good for your skin. Oil gently removes dirt from your pores and balances your skins natural oil production. And it works wonders for quick and easy make up removal.
So, we created Face Cleanser oil, with different blends suited for all skin types and to help focus on specific skin issues.
To use, apply about a nickel to quarter size into your palm and massage on face. To enhance the effectiveness use a steam bath, hot damp towel, or just stand in your hot shower for 5 mins, then use a damp face cloth to scrub away the oil.
Check out our etsy shop for our citrus Face Cleansers!
One of our biggest concerns using off the shelf face creams was the fact that water and other chemicals were listed in the ingredients. While drinking water is a huge part of life, saturating your skin with water tends to dry it out.
If you read the full list of ingredients on any bottle or jar of face cream, somewhere one there should be oils or butters. Those are the ingredients we want! And love!
We’ve tried Face oil samples from time to time and found we really enjoyed using them. It was a no brainer for us to add our own Face Oil to our product line.
To use; post cleansing, we recommend using a few drops (less than the size of a dime) and massaging into your skin. It’s non greasy and absorbs beautifully to protect your skin and balance the natural oils.
Check out our fantastic line up of Face Oil here on our etsy shop!
Don’t stop at Face Oil!
There are 3 very important things your skin needs that while we’d love to give you, you have these things already!
1. Sleep. Like your body and your mind, your skin needs rest too. You know the saying, “I need to get my beauty sleep” ? Well it’s true. Your skin is your biggest organ and needs just as much rest as the rest of you! Creating a regular sleep routine will help, and your skin will love you for it.
Check out this article by the Alaska Sleep Clinic how "lack of sleep is ruining your skin".
2. Water. Your body needs water. And plenty of it. I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times. So we’ll stop here. ;)
Read all about the advantages of drinking water by Livestrong.com here!
3. SUNSCREEN. And not just in the summer, all year long! While your body may be covered in the winter, your face is still exposed and needs protection from the sun. Here are some of our favourite sun screens for all budgets!
Tarteguard 30 Vegan Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 by TARTE
$40.00* CAD at Sephora
Ultra Sun Protection Cream SPF 50 by SHISEIDO
$28.00* CAD at Sephora
Active Naturals Protect + Hydrate SPF 60 Face & Body Sunscreen by AVEENO
$12.67* CAD at Walmart
ClearlySheer SPF 50 Face Sunscreen Lotion by Coppertone
$8.88* at Walmart
*Prices as of July 15, 2018 via website links, check your local stores for current pricing and availability
Have a favourite sunscreen? Tried our skin care products? Leave us a comment below!
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Our 2018 segment of Loving Local has come to a delicious end. Delicious? Oh yes. We love getting to meet new makers and seeing all of the beautiful crafts they curate; but there’s something about our foodie friends that stands out (maybe because we get to eat it and we love food, hehe!)
At the beginning of June we sat down at Rise & Grind downtown Victoria with the lovely and talented (Patricia) Trish Francis of Kettle & Hive. Kettle & Hive creates a delicious Citron Tea, which comes in several yummy flavours.
What is Citron Tea? Popular in Korea, Trish has brought this lemon and honey beverage to Victoria for us Canadians to fall in love with! Citron Tea has a consistency similar to a Marmalade, made with Honey and Lemon, which you mix with hot water. It’s that simple!
Trish has always loved experimenting with food. She started making a lot of marmalade, and after creating a lemon and ginger marmalade that was so delicious, she thought it must be able to work as a beverage base. And not only did she want to be able to make a tea, she wanted to make sure she could create a product free of added pectin, citric acid, and white sugar. Through much trial and error, she succeeded, and her version of Citron Tea was born.
At first her tea was just a honey and lemon base. But because of the benefits many other plants and spices have for us humans, she created a few more blends. Currently available are Citron Tea with Extra Honey, Turmeric, Ginger, Cayenne, and her newest blend Mighty Medley (with all three; Turmeric, Ginger, and Cayenne). You can enjoy any of these flavours hot or cold!
Kettle & Hive has be running since May 2017. She struggled perfecting the recipe, and finding the right person to work with to help create a label, but everything came together and it definitely shows. Her Citron Tea quickly became a hit! So much so that trying to balance a full time job and running a small home business turned into her quitting her job and doing this full time!
And not only does she operate Kettle & Hive, but she also owns a candy company, Island Specialty Sweets! You can usually find her standing behind the booth for one of these great businesses at many of the markets in Victoria (and surrounding areas). While the candy business takes up a lot of Market time, you’ll be able to find Kettle & Hive at the Crafted Farmhouse in September, the Out of Hand christmas market, and the first chance & last chance christmas markets in Sidney this Winter.
While you can’t buy her products online yet, you can find Kettle & Hive in stores at Peppers (in Cadboro Bay), Belinda’s Biscotti in Sidney, and Sea Cider in Saanichton.
Trish is looking forward to be able to spend time creating new flavours for her citron tea, with different citrus bases, and cold beverage teas as well. But for now you can enjoy the five delicious flavours ready to go hot or cold, and in some fantastic drink (and food!) recipes we got form Trish too!
Kettle & Hive Citron Tea Recipes:
Lemon Drop Martini
2 oz Extra Honey Citron Tea (dissolved in water and cooled)
1.5 oz Vodka
Mix and pour into a martini glass rimmed with sugar and garnished with lemon! Enjoy!
1 Cup Frozen Mangos
2 Scoops Turmeric Citron Tea
Splash of Peach Juice (add more if needed)
2 oz White Rum
Mix in blender. Pour blended mixture in a bellini glass. Enjoy!
Ginger Cocktail (created by a customer!)
2 oz Ginger Citron Tea (dissolved in water and cooled)
1.5 oz Gin
Topped off with Ginger Ale
Pour ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Enjoy!
Lemon Ginger Glazed Chicken
3 TBSP Lemon Ginger Citron Tea
2 TBSP Olive Oil
2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste
Marinate chicken (or pork, salmon, or tofu) in half of the mixture for at least 1 hour. Bake in the oven (follow standard baking times for your meat/tofu). Halfway through baking, brush the remaining mixture on top as a glaze. The honey caramelizes on top and the lemon gives a fresh bright citrus taste perfect for a summer dish! Enjoy!
These recipes are amazing and we can’t wait to try them over and over again! Follow Kettle & Hive on Instagram and watch out for upcoming market dates, and hopefully more yummy flavours!
And remember to keep on Loving Local!
Robyn & Beki