Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bars

Who has two thumbs and hates a heatwave? ALL OF US! The heat at the moment is unbearable and it causes profuse sweating on our face, which attracts pollutants in the air, germs, and other horrible microscopic things just like a magnet. The dirt and grime clog our pores which means… you guessed… acne for a longer period of time. Ugh, none of us want that!

Thankfully, Nature’s Flavors is here to save your day from boredom and pimples with these Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bars recipe we just made! 

They’re made from natural and organic ingredients, and they’re amazing for your skin. 

Here are the many benefits of coffee beans for your skincare:

Coffee is full of antioxidants, polyphenols, stimulants, and chlorogenic acids (the caffeine). Antioxidants protect your skin by reducing pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles to help keep you looking younger and radiant. Polyphenols can act as a sunscreen and protect your skin from UV rays. These two ingredients combined will exfoliate your skin, serve as an acne treatment, and protect you from UV rays (please continue to wear sunscreen; the intake of polyphenols will not replace sunscreen).

LET’S MAKE SOME LOTION BARS!

Start by setting the stove or hot plate to a low heat and place the bowl on the appliance (the bowl should be empty). In separate small bowls, put the beeswax and cocoa butter in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Pour the beeswax and cocoa butter into the medium bowl on the appliance. Add the sunflower oil, vanilla fragrance oil, and golden jojoba oil. The liquid in the bowl will look a dark yellow.

Use a spoon to stir and mix all of the ingredients together. The liquid should be ready after a couple of minutes.

Use a towel or mitten to carefully remove the bowl from the appliance. Pour the liquid into the silicone molds. Fill a quarter of the molds and put in as many coffee beans as you would like. Place the silicone molds in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to cool them off. This is the first layer of the lotion bars.

After the 10 minutes, take the molds out of the refrigerator. Pour the rest of the liquid into the molds and add more coffee beans. Put the molds back into the refrigerator and wait 1 hour.

Take the molds out of the refrigerator and voilà! You just made yourself some DIY Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bars!


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Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bars

This nourishing Vanilla Coffee Lotion Bar will have your skin feeling baby soft! It not only nourishes but the coffee beans help exfoliate too! 
Prep Time30 mins
Passive Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Keyword: all natural, bar, beans, beeswax, butter, clean, cocoa, coffee, diy, exfoliate, exfoliating, fresh, grounds, hyrdating, lotion, natural, oil, organic, scrub, skin, skincare, sunflower, whole
Yield: 6 lotion bars

Equipment

  • Glass/Stainless Steel Bowl (Medium)
  • Spoon
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • Silicone Molds
  • Stove or Hot Plate

Materials

Instructions

  • Place the beeswax, sunflower oil, cocoa butter, and the vanilla fragrance oil in a bowl. 
  • Place the bowl on a hot plate or stove and set it to a low heat.
  • Mix until all of your ingredients are well combined.
  • Next, fill your silicone molds about a quarter of the way and add some coffee beans. You’ll have to allow it to set before you add more of your mixture in. We want to avoid your coffee beans from floating to the top. 
  • Once each mold is ¼ filled, place them in the fridge for 10 minutes. Continue to heat the bowl with the remaining mixture on low.
  • After the 10 minutes, remove the silicone molds from the refrigerator and finish filling each mold with the remaining mixture and coffee beans. Then, place them back in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Once your lotion bars have set, pop them out and moisturize! We hope you enjoyed!

Notes

  • You can swap out the vanilla fragrance oil for any fragrance oil you’d like! Find more fragrance oils here!
  • Our fragrances are natural or organic, and because of that their scent won’t be as strong as synthetic fragrances. Synthetic fragrances include harsh chemicals that can negatively affect your skin. If the fragrance isn’t strong enough, feel free to add more. 
  • Store your lotion bars in a cool place to keep them from melting. 

DIY Refreshing Shower Bombs

DIY Refreshing Shower Bombs

Happy Thursday Nature’s Flavors fam! We’re back with another DIY for you. We know everyone could use a morning refresher so we made shower bombs! They’re perfect if you’re on the go because let’s be real, a lot of us don’t have time for a bath. These DIY refreshing shower bombs will have you feeling like a million bucks. Here are a couple of things that you’ll need.

Tools

  • Small mixing bowls (2 bowls)
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Whisk
  • Disposable pipette
  • Silicone mold

Ingredients

lemon essential oil

Steps

  1. Begin by combining the baking soda, cream of tartar, and Nature’s Flavors citric acid in a small mixing bowl. With a whisk, combine all the ingredients together. Set aside.
  2. Pour the water into a small mixing bowl. Add five drops of Seelect Tea’s Natural Blue Food Coloring into the water. Use a disposable pipette. Mix well.
  3. Add the coconut oil to the first bowl (citric acid, baking soda, and cream of tartar mixture) and mix.
  4. Then, add the water with the blue food coloring into the first bowl. It will fizz so don’t be alarmed! Allow it to fizz for about 20 seconds and then mix.
  5. Add the sea salt and whisk the mixture.
  6. Using a disposable pipette, add 25 drops (or more depending on your preference) to the shower bomb mixture. Whisk away!
  7. Scoop your mixture in to your desired silicone molds and allow them to set for 3-4 hours.
  8. After they’ve set, remove them from the mold and enjoy these DIY refreshing shower bombs!
    • Be sure to use these quickly because you want to avoid mold
  9. Happy showering!
DIY Refreshing Shower Bombs

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Benefits of Sesame Oil + DIY Hair Mask

What is Sesame Oil?

Sesame oil is derived from the drought resistant crop that’s been India’s staple oilseed since 800 BC. You read that right folks! Sesame oil has been around for thousands of years. The oil is extracted from sesame seeds, a long and meticulous process. The crop is usually cut by hand and it is stored upright to allow the seeds to fully ripen. If the seeds burst during the process, the crop is no longer useful. Therefore, the oil extraction must be performed when the seeds are ripe and intact.

What are the benefits?

Sesame oil is mainly used in the kitchen but it’s benefits go way beyond that. It’s rich in natural antioxidants that help fight free radicals! Some free radicals are the toxins in smoke, air pollution, alcohol, and too much sunlight. Too many free radicals can lead to a wide variety of human diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. Antioxidants have the power to clean up those free radicals and cleanse our systems! You can read a more in depth article about the importance of antioxidants here.

Top 5 benefits

  • Fatty acids like, Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty can be found in sesame oil
  • Studies have shown that these essential fats may help in hair growth
  • A lack in fatty acids has shown hair loss in some people
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  • Too much sun can cause harm to the scalp and to the hair follicles
  • Sesame oil can act as a natural hair protector from UV rays
  • Massaging the scalp and applying it to the hair creates a protective coating that may aid in fighting off rays from the sun
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  • Sesame oil contains antifungal and antibacterial properties
  • These properties help maintain a clean and healthy scalp free of dandruff
  • Since sesame oil contains moisturizing properties, the moisture can help fight the itching sensation that dandruff usually causes
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  • The fatty acids found in sesame oil can help combat dry hair
  • It’s emollient properties get deep into the roots of the scalp which then aid in hydrating the hair
  • It not only treats the hair from the root but it also makes your hair appear healthier and shinier
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  • Graying of the hair is mainly due to age, however, environmental stressors can add to the process by causing build-ups of toxic chemicals in the hair
  • Since sesame oil is packed with antioxidants, the antioxidants help fight off the buildup which then prevents premature hair graying
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DIY organic sesame oil hair mask

What you’ll need

Steps

  1. Combine all of your ingredients together in a sterile bowl. Use a spoon to make sure that your ingredients are well combined.
  2. Apply the mask onto your hair for about 30 to 40 minutes. This will allow the mask to really penetrate the scalp and the hair.
  3. Rinse the mask off with a mild cleanser.

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Marcy Goldman’s London Fog Earl Grey Cake

We’re so excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Marcy Goldman for this delicious London Fog Earl Grey Cake! Marcy created this cake from scratch and we’re so thrilled to hear that she used our Organic Earl Grey Flavor Concentrate. Marcy Goldman is a cookbook author and professional pastry chef based in Montreal, Canada! Make sure you check out her website, betterbaking.com, for more yummy recipes! 

London Fog Earl Grey Cake

Marcy’s Words

A creation that takes a detour from the usual Red Velvet approach and is a gorgeous celebration cake made unique and extra flavorful with organic Earl Grey Flavor Concentrate from our friends at Nature’s Flavors.

This is one hot and trendy cake! It features all the elements of an Earl Grey Latte (whipping cream, vanilla and Earl Grey tea) in a cake but it also features the sumptuous flavor notes of Organic Earl Grey flavor concentrate from our friends at Nature’s Flavors. This cake is beyond a keeper and celebration cake; it’s an instant classic and perfect for Valentine’s Day.

For the earl grey tea flavor, find a strongly flavored, flowery Earl Grey tea to use. For the vanilla paste, use Nielsen Massey brand or the scrapings of Nielsen Massey vanilla beans. However, the real capper is the Earl Grey concentrate from Nature’s Flavors. The tea flavor on its own is somewhat delicate, but the natural Earl Grey concentrate is a game changer. An original creation from Marcy Goldman’s Betterbaking.com.

Ingredients

Earl Grey Simple Syrup

London Fog Earl Grey Cake

White Chocolate Ganache

  • Whipping cream (1 cup)
  • White chocolate (1 ½ cups, chopped)

Cake

  • Milk (1 cup, warmed)
  • Egg whites (4 egg whites)
  • Eggs (2 eggs)
  • Pure vanilla extract (2 teaspoons)
  • All purpose flour (½ cup)
  • Sugar (1 ½ cup)
  • Salt (⅜ teaspoon)
  • Baking powder (4 teaspoons)
  • Cold butter (¾ cup, diced)
  • Ground earl grey tea leaves (2 tablespoons)
  • Vanilla paste or vanilla beans (2 teaspoons)

Vanilla Buttercream

  • Unsalted butter (1 cup, softened)
  • Confectioners’ sugar (¾ cup, sifted)
  • Salt (⅛ teaspoon)
  • Pure vanilla extract (2 teaspoons)
  • Almond extract (¼ teaspoon)
  • Orange oil (¼ teaspoon)
  • Nature’s Flavors Organic Earl Grey Concentrate (½ teaspoon)
  • Whipping cream (3-4 tablespoons)

Whipped Cream Topping

  • Whipping cream (1 ½ cups)
  • Pure vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
  • Confectioner’s sugar (2 tablespoons)
London Fog Earl Grey Cake

Directions

Earl Grey Simple Syrup

  1. The night before, in a two-cup measure, add the tea bags, water, vanilla, Earl Grey flavor, and orange oil.
  2. Let it stand and brew overnight.
  3. Strain the next day and place the mixture in a small saucepan with the sugar.
  4. Heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

White Chocolate Ganache

  1. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl.
  2. Heat the cream to scalding and pour over the white chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  3. Refrigerate overnight.

Cake

  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 350°. Generously spray two 9-inch round pans with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the milk, egg whites, eggs, and vanilla together.
  3. In a mixer bowl, blend the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, ground tea leaves and vanilla bean paste.
  4. Add the butter in bits and mix to make a grainy mixture.
  5. Add in the liquid ingredients and blend for about 3-5 minutes until the batter is smooth.
  6. Pour half the batter into each pan.
  7. Bake until the cake springs back when touched, about 28-32 minutes. Allow it to cool.

Vanilla Buttercream

  1. In a mixer bowl with the whisk attachment, blend the butter and confectioners’ sugar. 
  2. Add in the salt, vanilla, almond extract, orange oil and Earl Grey flavor to the whipping cream and increase speed to make the mixture light and fluffy.
  3. Add in more confectioners’ sugar for the right consistency.

Whipped Cream Topping

  1. Whip the whipping cream with the pure vanilla extract and confectioners’ sugar until stiff peaks form.
  2. Spoon into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip.

Assembly

  1. To assemble the cake, sandwich the buttercream between the two layers of cake.
  2. Ice the top and sides of the cake with the remaining buttercream.
  3. Allow the cake to chill for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, rewarm the White Chocolate Ganache to the right consistency and pour it over the cake. Allow it to set for a few minutes.
  5. Dust the cake with the ground earl grey tea leaves and pipe whipping cream rosettes in the center. 
  6. Enjoy this London Fog Earl Grey Cake!

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Ice Cream Cone Bath Bombs

They’re not ice cream, they’re bath bombs! These Ice Cream Cone Bath Bombs are the perfect DIY gift for all friends for Valentine’s day!

Tools

Bath bombs

  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Bath Bomb Molds
  • Ice cream cones

Ingredients

Directions

Bath bomb

  1. In a large bowl combine Nature’s Flavors Citric Acid, baking soda, cornstarch, epsom salt, Nature’s Flavors Natural Red Food Coloring Powder and Nature’s Flavors Organic Rose Fragrance Powder. Whisk well so that there are no clumps in the mixture.
  2. Using a smaller mixing bowl, combine Nature’s Flavors Sunflower Oil and water.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry mixture until all of your ingredients are evenly mixed.
  4. Your bath bomb mixture should be a similar to dry sand. You don’t want it to be too wet because it’ll cause the fizzy part of your bath bomb to activate too soon.
  5. Pack the mixture into both sides of the bath bomb mold. Make sure it’s tightly packed.
  6. Press both sides together and allow your bath bombs to set overnight.
  7. After the bath bombs have set, lightly tap around the mold with a spoon and carefully remove it.
  8. Place the bath bomb on an ice cream cone.
  9. Enjoy your Ice Cream Cone Bath Bombs!

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DIY Watermelon Lip Scrub

In case you’re following us on instagram and you guessed watermelon…you’re right! We’re back with a DIY Watermelon Lip Scrub! Exfoliating your lips is just as important as exfoliating your skin. Especially if you wear lipstick, chapstick, or lipgloss. All of these products build up on your lips and can cause your lips to become cracked and dry.

DIY Watermelon Lip Scrub

Tools

Sterile…

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing spoon
  • Lip scrub container with lid
  • Disposable pipette

Ingredients

DIY Watermelon Lip Scrub

Directions

  1. Begin by mixing all of your ingredients, except Nature’s Flavors Natural Red Food Coloring, together in a sterile mixing bowl.
  2. Once all of the ingredients have been well combined, use a disposable pipette and drop in 2 drops of food coloring into the mixture. You don’t want to add too much color because too much color will stain your lips.
  3. Apply the lip scrub on a small area of your skin to make sure that your skin does not have a bad reaction to the scrub.
  4. Exfoliate your lips 3-4 times per week and remember to apply a lip balm after each exfoliation.
  5. Enjoy your DIY Watermelon Lip Scrub!
DIY Watermelon Lip Scrub

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