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Hair Masks | Soft & Silky Hair Mask Recipe

By |Hair Care|

Hair masks adds nourishment and deep conditioning to the hair and helps to repair damaged hair, add manageability and promote smooth and shiny hair. Read on to learn more about how to use a hair mask and for our Soft & Silky Hair Mask recipe. Masks can be emulsions, clay masks, herbal masks or fresh masks. Masks are left on the hair for a few

All About Ylang-Ylang | Types | Uses | Benefits

By |Aromatherapy|

Ylang ylang essential oil, pronounced EE-lang EE-lang, comes from the tropical tree known as the cananga tree that is native to Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The essential oil is produced from the flower and has a rich, sweet floral smell. It is often used in natural perfume and aromatherapy due to it's soft floral scent. Ylang Ylang Types Ylang ylang essential oil is unique

Natural Sunscreen: Does it Exist?

By |Aromatherapy|

As consumers are becoming more aware of ingredients in their body and skin care products, they have been looking for more "natural" products. Here are Joan Morais Naturals all of our product formulations are derived from nature, using organic when possible, and contain no harmful ingredients. You will notice we do not have any formulations for a natural sunscreen, although we have been asked about

Summer Skin Care | Protect, Hydrate and Glow

By |Aromatherapy|

Now that summer is here we need to rethink how we take care of and protect our skin. With longer days and more sunshine, protecting our skin is of utmost importance. Proper protection is important to ward off skin cancer as well as to prevent premature aging of the skin, wrinkles and sunspots. Read on for our top tips for summer skin care. Protect Skin

Rosemary Essential Oil | Types | Uses | Benefits

By |Aromatherapy|

Rosemary, rosmarinus officinalis, is a woodsy herb with fragrant needle-like leaves and small white, purple, pink, or blue flowers. It produces a strong, fresh and woodsy-like scent. Rosemary the plant is often used in a variety of culinary dishes. Rosemary essential oil can also be used for a variety of health, skin, body and hair care benefits. Read on to learn more about the uses and benefits

All About Lavender Essential Oil & Lavandin Essential Oil

By |Aromatherapy|

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil is one of those all-around every-day types of essential oils. It can be used for stress release, relaxation, sleep induction, soothe irritated skin, heal a burn, ease headaches, muscle relaxation, kill germs, etc. Lavender essential oil is quite popular and is a great oil to have in your collection. Lavandin (Lavandin intermedia) essential oil is a variety of lavender that is

Aromatherapy | Essential Oils | Absolutes | CO2 Extracts

By |Aromatherapy|

Let's explore the world of aromatherapy! Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plant extracts or essential oils for physical and/or mental wellbeing. Absolutes and CO2 Extracts are also commonly used in aromatherapy. We will explore each of those in detail in this blog post. Aromatherapy also encourages the use of complimentary natural ingredients including plant oils, herbs, salts and sugars. Synthetic ingredients including fragrance and

Sugar Scrubs | Organic Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe

By |DIY Recipes: Body & Hair|

One of the secrets for beautiful skin is routine gentle exfoliation. Sugar scrubs are a great way for your skin to go from looking dull to radiant by removing the dead skin cells that sit on top of your skin. They leave the skin feeling soft and moisturized. Sugar is a natural preservative and moisturizer with natural alpha hydroxy properties. There is no need to

Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products | Happy Earth Day!

By |Natural Home|

Earth Day is this Sunday on April 22nd, 2018. In honor of our Mother Earth, pledge to make a change to help better our planet. Even one small change can be a big change in time. One way is to make your own natural cleaning products. Not only is it easy, but it's cheap! Cleaning products have become a big source of urban pollution and contribute

Natural Baby Skin Care | Make Natural Baby Care Products

By |Aromatherapy|

A baby’s skin is pure, sensitive and delicate. The baby has been in the mother’s protective womb and then suddenly the baby’s skin is exposed to the atmosphere and the environmental elements. There are many baby skin care products on the market now. Many of these products claim to be "natural," however they may still contain harsh elements. Natural, Organic Ingredients Products applied to a

How to Make Soap | Cold Process Soap Making

By |Soap Making|

Learn how to make soap at home!  Soap making is an art. It is fun and rewarding to make soap and the result is a wonderful natural body care product. Soap can be used for personal use, to give as gifts, or to sell. Cold Process Soap is the traditional way that soap has been made for many years. What is Soap? Soap is made from

St. John’s Wort Oil | Make Your Own St. John’s Wort Oil

By |Aromatherapy|

Have you heard about St. John's Wort? It is often taken as a supplement and some studies have shown it may benefit those with mild depression (make sure you check with your doctor prior to taking, as St. John's Wort does have interactions with other medications and supplements). St. John's Wort is a flowering plant also called Hypericum perforatum. St. John's Wort oil, made from

Spring Skin Care | Refresh, Renew and Revive Your Skin

By |DIY Recipes: Body & Hair|

Now that it's Spring, it's time to think about changing up your skin care routine. In winter, our skin becomes very dry and moisturizing is key. Our skin is always changing so for our spring skin care, it's important to reassess what our skin needs for the current season. Spring is all about refreshing, renewing, and reviving our skin. Read on for some tips for spring

Ingredient Spotlight | Cupuacu Butter

By |Ingredients|

Our ingredient spotlight today is on cupuacu butter. Have you heard of cupuacu butter?  Cupuacu butter is from the cupuacu tree that grows in the Amazon rainforest by cold-pressing the seeds of the fruit. It is related to the cacao tree and has been used to make white chocolate. It is also very nourishing and a soft emollient when used in body care products. Nourishing

All About Flower Essences | Make Your Own Flower Essences

By |Ingredients|

Happy Spring! The arrival of spring brings us increasingly warmer and brighter days and a promise of summer. Spring is a perfect time to plant new seeds (both figuratively and literally), start new projects, and take action! Spring also brings with it a beautiful natural landscape of flowers. In this blog post we will be exploring flower essences- what are they, how to connect with

Cosmetic Formulating Blog Series | Testing the Formula

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

Cosmetic Formulating Blog Series | Testing the Formula Now that we went over some of the basics of cosmetic formulating and how to build the formula, let's go over testing the formula. Cosmetic formulation testing is an important step before going to market with your final product. Adjusting the Formula It is rare that you will have the exact product you want on your first

Cosmetic Formulating Blog Series | Building the Formula

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

Cosmetic Formulating Blog Series | Building the Formula In our last blog post on Cosmetic Formulating we went over some formulating basics, including what a formula is, whether it will be organic, natural and/or cruelty-free, understanding measurements and synergy of your ingredients. In this blog we will go over how you build the formula. Factors to Consider Prior to making your formula, you must consider

Cosmetic Formulating Blog Series | Formulating Basics

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

Cosmetic Formulating Blog Series | Formulating Basics Have you been making your own skin and/or hair care products? Or do you aspire to make your own? Developing a good, basic formula is a must. Cosmetic Formulating can be very confusing and overwhelming. At Joan Morais Naturals we have two in-depth courses on developing your own professional natural skin or hair care products. In these courses

How to Make Natural Bath Bombs | Cocoa Butter Bath Bomb Recipe

By |DIY Recipes: Body & Hair|

How to Make Natural Bath Bombs Bath bombs also called bath fizzy, bath fizzies and bath fizzers are an exceptional and fun product to add to the bath. Bath bombs are dropped into a tub of water and they fizz in the water releasing aroma, salts, oils and herbs into the bath tub. They are convenient to travel with to create a luxurious bath in a hotel and they make

Make Your Own Rosewater | Rose Facial Toner Recipes

By |DIY Recipes: Body & Hair|

Make Your Own Rosewater | Rose Facial Toner Recipes Rosewater has been used since ancient times to create smooth and beautiful skin and hair. It is a well known beauty secret. Rosewater is astringent. Additional ingredients can be added to rosewater to moisturize and soften the skin and hair. It is very easy to make your own rosewater. Rosewater can also be used in facial

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