Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My Abeja Candles..in the rough, yet...


I used a glass, flower pot-esque holder, and inserted a tiny Calla Lily into the 100% Colorado Beeswax candle!

So far I have Sandalwood and Patchouli scents!

Also, the fantastic artist that painted this gorgeous Queen Bee is on etsy @ Illustrated Ink!
Here is the original, Abeja Reina,


What to do with that half used bottle of lotion, or shower gel?





Take regular household items that you have on hand, like brewed coffee grounds, cornmeal, and even almonds if you have them!

Why throw out those lotions, cleansers, shower gels that your got sick of?
Try living a little greener and frugal. Instead of those bottles going to the landfill, use the remaining contents and mix with 1/4 of a cup, (or to your preference) of any of the ingredients listed.
Try any of these household items to recreate your boring lotion or cleanser. Add a few drops of essential oil too!
*Raw Sugar
*Brewed Coffee Grounds
*Cornmeal
*Sea Salt
*Crushed Almonds
*Dried Orange Peels, ground up in a food processor

Try and use your mixture within a couple days! Store in a cool, dark place to preserve.

*If you have more than you will use, have a DIY/ BYOS (Bring your own scrub), facial party with your friends..

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Just thought of a new lip balm flavor!



Marshmallow Cookie Dough.....


Oat Chamomile Scrub






 Normal to oily skin types
Benefits:
 Calms the skin, and exfoliates for deep cleansing.
1/4 cup chamomile tea brew and cooled to room temperature.
1/4 cup oatmeal (lightly ground)
2 tbsp honey
2 drops of almond oil, or whatever carrier oil you have on hand.

Combine the ingredients.
Rub over face and neck gently but still with enough pressure to exfoliate the skin. For deep cleansing, leave the scrub on to create a mask, or simply wash off with warm water and pat dry.
Here is another recipe you can use by just adding a couple more ingredients!


Gardener's Hand Scrub

Wash hands normal before applying.
 Combine all ingredients and mix in a bowl, creating a paste.
Smear the scrub all over hands, gently rubbing together to exfoliate.

1 TBSP oatmeal

1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon grapeseed or jojoba oil (or other oil you have on hand)
1 teaspoon lemon juice (juice of 1/4 lemon), or more if needed

1 TBSP of brewed Chamomile tea




Monday, February 27, 2012

Giveaway!

*This giveaway is expired now*


Follow our blog for your chance to win a "Singing Tall Grass" lip balm! We need more participation to get you this chance!


"Like" us on Facebook. Become an "admirer" on etsy. Or become a "follower" of this blog!


As the participation grows, we will announce a winner this Friday but we do need some more people to become a possible winner...

Whilst we search for the miracle moisturizer....




As we search for that miraculous, age defying cream, we should reevaluate our water supply.


The largest organ of the body is the skin. Naturally, whatever you expose or drench it with, it absorbs. Our water supply has tons of chlorine to kill micro-organisms, but it comes with a high price in regards to the health of our skin.
Chlorine in the water can create dry, unhealthy skin.
So if you buy a shower filter, it will make a world of difference.



Another way to moisturize your skin, is an after shower body oil spray. Kukui Nut oil, is an amazing, light oil used for many years by the Hawaiian people. Kukui Nut oil is also great in treating and relieving the symptoms of acne, eczema, and psoriasis.  
 Grab a clean spray bottle, fill it with the Kukui Nut oil, and spray body after showering, rub in gently.


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mesmerizing Patchouli Massage Oil



Recipe:


* 10 teaspoons grapeseed oil
* 7 drops of patchouli essential/fragrance oil
* 4 drops jasmine essential/fragrance oil
* 2 drops rose essential/fragrance oil

*1 glass bottle or jar
Blend ingredients well.
After each use, store away from light.

Another way to use this recipe, is to fill into a clean  spray bottle, and use as a body oil mist for after showering.



Friday, February 24, 2012

Reverse time with Cranberries...




Cranberries are packed with vitamins A and C plus, the fruit acid acts as both a natural exfoliator and a toner, leaving your skin feeling completely refreshed.







  • Recipe:
  • 1 cup fresh preferrably organic cranberries
  • 1 cup organic seedless red grapes
  • 2 teaspoons organic grapefruit juice
  • 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin.


  • Mix ingredients until it becomes paste-like. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes and let it thicken. Remove from the fridge and let sit about 10 minutes. Spread the mixture on clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area. Relax for 15 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water. Finish this facial with a Basil face toner.  Here are the ingredients..



    Basil face toner




    Recipe:
    1 rinsed spray bottle2-3 tsp. dried basil leaves,1 cup boiling water.
    Steep 10-20 mins.
     Strain into a glass container using a coffee filter.
    Let cool.
    Now pour into your spray bottle. Spritz face a few times about 6 inches away from face. Wait 5 minutes and apply your daily moisturizer.
    

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

    Mint-aloe Mouthwash


    Peppermint essential oil helps fight odor-causing bacteria, and aloe vera soothes the gums.
     Try this simple recipe at home.
    The aloe plant is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, acting as a natural perservative.
     Shelf-life is 2weeks, keep out of direct light, and store in a dark room temperature place, like in a cabinet.

    Recipe:
    1 container with lid.
    1 cup distilled water.
    1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin.
    1 teaspoon aloe vera juice.
    6 drops of peppermint essential oil.

    Mix the ingredients together and store in a covered container. Shake well and use with 1-2 weeks.


    

    Wednesday, February 22, 2012


    So check this out..as we grow our business, a portion of the proceeds will be invested in a fund. When that fund accumulates, we will be pursuing an opportunity to develop a community garden, and some honey bee hives. My hopes are to start in my stompin grounds of South Dakota.
    Pine Ridge would be very cool as a ground breaking place :) What do you guys think?!
    Please leave a comment!
    Brain Juice

    Here is a juicing recipe to get your brain pepped and alert. Better memory, sharper thinking. Great for studying and any brain related work. You are what you eat!

    Juicer
    1 orange
    1 hard pear
    1 yam
    1 grapefruit
    1 apple

    Use organic fruit and veggies if you can. Farmers market's, CSA's are a great, inexpensive way to get good, healthy produce.

     I drink a honey and lemon water before any juicing, to coat the stomach. *You can also use a teaspoon of coconut oil or olive oil as well to coat the stomach and strengthen the digestive tract. Coconut oil acts as an anti-inflammatory, and helps in recovery and repair of the digestive system.

    Add your fruit, one at a time.
     A juice to stimulate the brain of the unused portion of your brain back into activity. For greatest activity, you'll need a five-day juice fast to clear the caffine , and junk food out. Then this nutrient-rich juice will stir your brain into super-activity. You can't get a healthy appearance without taking care of what is inside too. Start juicing!

    Tuesday, February 21, 2012






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    Cocoffee Milk Mask


    Bowl, spoon.
    4 tablespoons very finely (organic if you have it) ground coffee.

    4 tablespoons cocoa powder.
    1 teaspoon of honey.

    8 tablespoons whole milk or cream.
    Good for 1 application.

    How good is this for your skin? Coffee feels great on the skin, and the caffeine will tighten and shrink blood vessels. Coffee promotes circulation as well. Honey is a natural humectant, along with milk or cream, a great moisturizer. Cocoa is a rich antioxident, mineral and vitamin rich, dark chocolate contains Vitamins A, B12, B-complex, D and E, great for absorption of calcium, tissue growth, and releasing energy.

    This facial smells very good, nice uplifter to get your day started!
    •  Mix together the ground coffee and cocoa powder. Add the milk. last, add the honey and stir to achieve a pudding like texture.
    • To use, spread across your clean face and neck, avoiding eye and mouth area. Rest for 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.

    Monday, February 20, 2012


    Follow our blog and win!




    Follow our blog, under "followers" to the right, and  you'll automatically be entered for a chance to win a "Singing Tall Grass" lipbalm!



    Also, if you become an "admirer" on "etsy" you will have more chances to win!

    *We will select a random winner and announce the winner via blog post and email the winner, note: You have to be a follower of this blog to be entered! Winner will be announced Friday, March 2, 2012!
    Enter now!


    Orange Hairspray for fine hair.....



    • 1 Orange
    • 2 C Water
    • 2 oz. Bay rum
    • bowl, double boiler pot
    Quantity: Makes about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of Orange Hair Spray.
    To Make: Chop up an orange in a wooden bowl so that you don't lose any of the juice. Add the chopped Orange to the water in the top of a double boiler. Simmer the mixture until the liquid has been reduced by half. Strain through cheesecloth or fine cloth and pour the liquid into a bottle that will fit a pump-type sprayer. A washed and rinsed old hair spray bottle will work. Add 2 oz of Bay rum to the mixture, shake bottle well.

    To Use: Spray your hair with this mixture whenever necessary.
    Should be made fresh every few days and kept in the fridge between uses.

    *If mist is too sticky, thin it out with another 1/2 cup of water. With all natural DIY projects, it takes a couple times to get it right, like with anything, practice makes perfect. You can also use lemons as a substitute, but it may lighten your hair if your exposed to alot of sunlight.  Don't hesitate to add to this recipe, essential oil of your preference, but make sure you research the oil for it's properties and uses.
    

    Sunday, February 19, 2012

    Minty Footsy Scrub and Honey Aloe Coconut Oil pack.

    If you don't have these ingredients already, they are a great health and beauty item to have on hand for many uses .
    Find these ingredients in your local health food grocer.
    You will also need a small bowl and a mixing spoon.
    Mint Tea Tree Footsy Scrub

    •1 cup of sea salt.
    •½ cup of organic or white sugar.
    • ½ a cup of almond oil or whatever you have on hand, vegetable oil works too.
    •5 drops of peppermint oil.
    •4 drops of spearmint oil.
    •5 drops of tea tree oil.

    Pour the sea salt, sugar, and almond oil into your small bowl. Add the drops of essential oils and mix it into all the ingredients in the bowl until you have a nice gritty mint smelling foot scrub to exfoliate your feet and heels with.

    Apply a good amount of the minty mix on your feet and scrub.
    Rinse with warm water.
    Pat dry.

    Recipe for Honey Aloe Coconut oil pack.

    •bowl, mixing spoon.
    •old socks.
    •1 tbsp of Organic coconut oil.
    • 1 tsp of organic aloe vera gel.
    • 1 tsp of honey.

    Combine all ingredients in bowl and blend together. Create a paste, it will be slightly sticky.
    Apply the mix to already scrubbed feet.
    Grab your old socks and carefully put on the socks over the feet.
    Leave socks on with feet up for 20 minutes, stay put.
    Hop to the tub and remove socks, rinse with warm water.
    A DIY, mini foot spa no one could have did better!





    Saturday, February 18, 2012

    Tomato mask:
     
    So simple, yet so effective in combating blackheads and controlling oily skin.
     Here is the simple recipe...
     
    • 1 tomato, rinsed.
    • bowl
    • chop tomato, continue to mash into the bowl
    • wash your face with a mild soap, rinse
    • apply the mashed tomato paste to the face
    • allow the paste to set as a mask for 10 minutes
    • rinse with warm water, and then changing to cold water

    The cold water will let the pores tighten. Your skin will feel so clean!

    Recommend this mask once a week for lasting results.


                    ...Contest!!

    Put your skills to the test!
    We would like to offer our fans an opportunity to submit a drawing, painting, photograph, digital art, ect., in a contest to compete for being the new featured label on a "limited edition" product!
    We offer a product called "Mix'd", an all organic, and natural lip balm and body spray. The concept is a customizable scent or flavor for spray's and balms, hence "a mixed tape."

    Although this is not what you will be "creating" , you will design an artistic, appropriate, image with a theme. And like "Mix'd", you will choose the scent and flavor combinations, up to three flavors for lip balm and scents for the body spray. The artist will name it too.


    The winner of our contest will be the credited artist and featured on my Facebook page,
    Singing Tall Grass and my etsy, and possibly a few more!

    *Contestants must be or become a fan on this blog.

    Also, to include both lip balm and body spray, with your creation, complete with your label design on the product, mailed to you, along with "Abeja Reina" lip balm, "Singing Tall Grass" lip balm, and "Girly Q'z" detangler spray, (works for adult hair too)!

    So gear up and get ready, we will be starting soon!

    Friday, February 17, 2012

    The Frizz...

    Here is a great, all natural remedy for curly, frizz prone hair. I whipped this up for someone, who has a wicked case of unmanageable locks!
    This is also a great detangler and shine booster, glycerin is an incredible ingredient and stretches along way at a minimal cost.
    Here you go!

    Glycerin keeps hair hydrated by drawing moisture from the air to the hair shaft. As a conditioner, it's especially beneficial for curly hair, which tends to be drier due to the shape of the hair shaft. It helps curls form better and works against that dreaded curse of the curly hair frizz.

    Recipe:

    • Spray bottle, rinsed, anything empty and available.
    • Distilled water
    • Stickers/tape, and a marker for labeling, name it and date it. 
    • 5 drops of Essential oils of choice, recommended, (Lavender, rosemary, cedarwood)
    • 2 tbsp, Vegetable glycerin (Natural grocers carry this in their "health and beauty" dept.)
    • 2 tsp., Aloe vera gel
    • Shake it up baby...
    • Skin test for irritation..(always do a test on the wrist, wait a few minutes for indication of reaction).
    • Go ahead and give it a spray!
    • 2 week shelf life, away from alot of light, room temperature, store in a cabinet.


    *Disclaimer-
    These are homemade tips that have been tried without harm or negative reaction. Use at your own discretion folks.

    Thursday, February 16, 2012

    We are brand new to the blogging world...

    Hello everyone!

    I'm very new to this...

    My name is Iris. I create organic and non gmo products. They are all handcrafted. You can find my products on Facebook and etsy.com.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/ORGANICBEAUTYBYMIXD?ref=seller_info

    https://www.facebook.com/singingtallgrass

    What started my idea was the ingredients listed on a product, (lip gloss) my daughter wanted to buy. I couldn't pronounce or recognize it. Needless to say, if it isn't simple and recognizable, it doesn't seem wise to use it..

    I have researched recipes...after recipes..

    I have found some great recipes through tireless, yet rewarding searches! I feel great and relieved that I have an alternative in what I wash, apply, and consume, for myself and family.

    During the holidays, I put my products to the test and sent them out to relatives and friends. The feedback was great! From that good feedback I decided that others would possibly benefit from a great, healthy, all organic product!

    My "Singing Tall Grass" line is inspired by my home, South Dakota. Choke cherries are a common food that we use alot. "Wojapi" is a popular pudding type dish common to the Lakota. Very tastey! I wanted to bring a familiar flavor to a lip balm that I could not find through scouring the net and shops, so I created "Singing Tall Grass Choke Cherry Organic Lip Balm."

    My plan is also to give back. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity.
    Our hopes in making these products are to build and uplift communities and restore cultures. With a direction and a plan, there is possiblility. Starting community gardens, and bee hives are a great kick off to this plan!

    A purchase of this product casts a vote for organic and natural products, and helps set a plan in motion to enrich and uplift communities.
    This is very exciting for me and my family, thanks so much for joining me on this new journey!


    "A warm spirit essence...a delicate wind capturing the blessed elements of nature, and the tall grass celebrating the harmony of your every step..."