DIY: Clay & Poppy Seed Face Polish

Exfoliating Poppy Seed and Clay Face Polish | elodiebeauty.com Healthy skin starts with exfoliation!

Exfoliating is the number one habit you can start today that can dramatically improve the texture and appearance of your skin.

Exfoliating your skin 2-3 times per week will:

  • help clear congested pores of dirt and dead skin cells
  • help moisturizer penetrate better (therefore making it more effective)
  • smooth rough and textured skin
  • help with makeup application

Try making this DIY exfoliator at home!

Clay & Poppy Seed Face Polish

1 Tbs poppy seeds
5-8 drops of essential oils (tea tree for oily skin, lavender or geranium for dry skin)
1 Tbs kaolin clay
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbs dried and ground chamomile flowers
1 Tbs dried and ground lavender flowers

First, add drops of essential oils to poppy seeds. Mix together. 

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Next, add all other ingredients and mix together. Exfoliating Poppy Seed and Clay Face Polish | elodiebeauty.com

Pro tip: If you want a very fine and even texture, use a mesh sieve to sift clay, baking soda, and herbal flowers. Once you’ve done this, go ahead and add the poppy seeds.

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To use: Mix 1 tsp of polish with some water to create a paste. Gently massage onto skin for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Rinse off and follow up with a serum, moisturizer, and oil.

Store dry face polish in an air tight container for up to 6 months.

How to Make a Soothing Herbal Tea Bath

How to make a soothing herbal tea bath for pregnancy and postpartum | elodiebeauty.com via Joyous Health

Photo and video via joyoushealth.com

After the whirlwind three weeks I’ve just had, relaxing and soothing my body with an herbal tea bath is just what the doctor ordered!

My little man (aka baby Isadore) decided to arrive 5 weeks early — well, it was actually because I had preeclamia. He probably would have stayed in there, nice and cozy, if he had the choice. As a result of these unfortunate circumstances and my symptoms persisting even after birth, I stayed at the hospital for a week and little Izzie was in the NICU for 2 weeks.

Now that we’re both home and getting into a new routine, these herbal tea baths are incredible for soothing my tired and sore (!) body, and calming the little guy. I actually filmed this video with Joy McCarthy of Joyous Health a few weeks before giving birth, but obviously was a bit delayed in sharing it with you!

These tea baths, made with soothing herbs like lavender, chamomile, and calendula, aren’t just for mom and baby but can be used by anyone. They are perfect for calming irritated, itchy skin, and relaxing both the body and mind. For the full recipe, head on over to the Joyous Health website.

Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide + Giveaway (closed)

Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide Review on elodiebeauty.com Beauty starts from within!

Here at Elodie Beauty, we certainly talk a lot about how to beautify this and how to beautify that, but as I’ve always stressed, it’s not all about what we put on our body that makes us beautiful. I believe that beauty starts with how we take care of ourself, from the food we eat to the thoughts we think.

” When you focus on feeling beautiful, you’ll find that there’s nothing you need to cover up, laser off, Botox, or sacrifice to the surgeon’s knife.” – Joy McCarthy

That’s why I love Joy McCarthy’s newest online book, the Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide.
Joy, who is a Holistic Nutritionist (and so naturally beautiful herself!) follows this philosophy. She says, “I know that it’s the food I eat and lifestyle I live that have the biggest impact on my outside beauty.” Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide contains 14 DIY Beauty recipes plus amazing tips on staying beautiful from the inside out! This gorgeous online guide has a little bit of everything, from Joyous Health beauty principles, to tips on healthy digestion, and what foods to add or ditch in your diet. Also included are 14 awesome DIY beauty recipes to make at home.

Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide DIY Beauty Recipes My personal favourite is the Refreshing Avocado Mask, which is a mix of creamy avocado (sooo moisturizing and full of amazing fats!), antioxidant rich matcha powder (bye, bye wrinkles!), and hydrating almond milk. This mask feels so silky smooth, it left my skin feeling super soft and nourished. It will be a lifesaver for combating dry and chapped skin during the upcoming winter months!
Elodie Beauty Bonus tip:
heat up some leftover almond milk and blend these ingredients (with a hint of honey) into an ultra decadent matcha latte while you put up your feet and enjoy this comforting mask.

It wouldn’t be fair to tell you all about this fantastic beauty guide, though, without giving you a chance to get your hands on a free copy! So I’ve joined with Joy to offer one lucky Elodie Beauty reader a chance to win a copy!

Only one person can win, so make sure to also visit the Joyous Health website and buy a copy of the Joyous Health Beauty guide, which is 72 pages of beautiful images and jammed packed with so much Joyous Health wisdom! ($34.95)

To Win a copy of the Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide: 

Head on over to the Elodie Beauty facebook page and join the conversation! I’m asking you all “what’s your favourite, ‘go-to’ DIY beauty recipe”? Contest ends Friday, September 23 at 6pm (EST)

Summer Vacation: Stowel Lake Farm

As long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. ” –Michael Pollan

Stowel Lake Farm Barn This summer I escaped to the other side of the country for a little R&R and to spend time with my entire family (parents, siblings, nieces, and nephew). The destination: Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, to visit my sister who lives and works at a beautiful place called, Stowel Lake Farm.

But before I get into that . . . here’s a little back story. I grew up in South Western Ontario, and spent the first 6 years of my life living in a tiny town called Shakespeare (yes named after that famous guy). Shakespeare is essentially a tiny four-way intersection surrounded by farm land, and I spent a lot of time on farms and with farmers (well more like with farm kids).

As I grew older my perception of farming was drawn from those early years of vast mono-coloured fields, and giant barns filled with dairy cows, chickens and pigs. Almost 800 farms in the area surrounding Shakespeare grow grains, which are largely used to support animal farms –there happens to be over 1000. Just to give some perspective, according to the last county census, there are about 50 farms that produce vegetables and fruit . . .

So, it’s not surprising then that when my sister first told me she was going to live and work on an organic farm I conjured up images of her driving a tractor in huge fields of corn surrounded by cattle.

Stowel Lake Farm

But this is what I found . . .

An idyllic space brimming with diverse gardens, fruit trees, herbs, and wild flowers. For someone who spends the majority of her time sitting in, or walking among concrete boxes, this was something special. It was so refreshing to reacquaint myself to food – both plants and animals- and remember how things really should be. No packages, no processing, just real, whole food.

I do make a point to go to farmers markets here in Toronto and my husband and I grow what we can on our back patio, but it obviously cannot compare with being on the land, surrounded by practically unlimited organic produce –ohhh, the premium we pay to get it in the city!

Meal time basically went like this: My sister, “hey what do you want to eat for dinner”. Me, “hmm I don’t know maybe we can make a really nice frittata with zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, maybe some herbs….”. My sister: “Okay, sounds good I’ll just go pick everything and be back in 10”. For a city girl, I felt very spoiled. For my sister though, that’s just her everyday.

Stowel Lake Farm Lemon Tree

Lemon trees growing in one of the farm’s glass houses

Stowel Lake Farm harvest

Rows of beets – (this photo was taken by my sister earlier in the season)

lavender fields

My sister harvesting lavender for our facial treatments later that night. This was our “cosmetic store”.

Forest Walking Salt Spring Island

Enchanting forest walk with my whole family.

I hope you had a wonderful summer! Wishing you all the best for the new season ahead!