Pore Shrinking Basil Toner Recipe

Pore Shrinking Basil Toner Recipe

The recipe for this pore shrinking basil toner is from a previous review of Sunny Subramanian’s recently published book, The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty: 125 Recipes for Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skin and Hair Care Products. 

As I promised in that post, in order to give a thorough review, I would be taking the time to make the recipes. The first one I have for you is the Pore Shrinking Basil Toner, which I would rate as very easy to make. In fact, the only things that I personally had to purchase were lemons, and a glass spray bottle. I already had fresh basil growing in my garden, a mortar and pestle, a fine-mesh sieve, and boiling water. Yes, that’s it!

First, why would you want to make this recipe. Sunny makes that perfectly clear in the introduction. I wasn’t aware of the fact that basil shrinks the appearance of pores. Then, as in all of the recipes, there is a note as to whom the product is best for, and tips and possible cautions (in case you may be allergic to an ingredient, etc.).

So, here I am with the first step, washing off the freshly picked basil.

Pore Shrinking Basil Toner

Here you can see that I have Sunny’s book open to the Pore Shrinking Basil Toner recipe. Notice the easy-to-follow recipe and the beautiful photographs of the steps. You’ll want to buy the book, so I’m not writing out the exact directions.

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Following the easy directions:

 Pore Shrinking Basil Toner

I have a two piece lemon juicer. Sorry, I washed and dried the top part (the juicer/strainer)—so you see it after the fact on top of my book. The bottom half has a lot more lemon juice than you actually need for the toner. I thought it might look like a silly photo with a just a few squeezes of the lemon that is required.

Sunny writes about the superstar ingredient in the toner, the basil, and how it helps your skin with redness, acne breakouts, and helping to fight wrinkles.

Pore Shrinking Basil Toner

And this, my friends, is how it looks in Sunny’s book! A beautiful presentation that I am not going to try to compete with!

 Pore Shrinking Basil Toner

Pore Shrinking Basil Toner Recipe

The directions are clear, and the Pore Shrinking Basil Toner Recipe is very easy to make. The toner should be stored in your refrigerator and will be fresh up to two weeks.

I highly recommend the The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty: 125 Recipes for Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skin and Hair Care Products. I think the recipe is great! It’s available in bookstores and online at Amazon.com.

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Mario Badescu Cruelty Free Products

Mario Badescu Cruelty Free

Here’s my latest instagram photo with my Mario Badescu Cruelty Free products! I wanted to revisit my 2013 post about Mario Badescu cruelty free products. Since that time, I’ve continued to purchase the skincare for myself and my family. From time to time, I’ve been asked publicly, and privately, on social media, if Mario Badescu cruelty free status is still current. Yes, it is! Mario Badescu does not sell in China, and so I can fortunately write that Mario Badescu cruelty free products will continue to be purchased by me, and recommended to readers!  I love when I can trust a brand to not sell out!

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Alba Botanica AcneDote Review

Alba Botanica

The first time I tried Alba Botanica AcneDote Clean ‘n Treat Towelettes was when I received it for review from the Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit. Alba Botanica I loved that the Alba Botanical AcneDote was cruelty free, 100% Vegetarian, had no Parabens or Phthalates, and was Leaping Bunny certified. Alba Botanica After I finished the sample size, I purchased the full size package of the Alba Botanica acne-fighting towelettes, which contains thirty. As advertised, they are terrific at removing make up and grime; and I was sold on the fact that the towelettes are free of parabens, sulfates and synthetic fragrances. The towelettes feel very soft, and are at a good price point (approximately $6.oo).

Alba Botanica

Because there are ingredients that can be drying to your skin, the directions are to use one application per day, and then gradually you can increase to using the towelettes two or three times a day. If you have too much dryness or any peeling, check with your doctor and reduce how often you use it! I have only used this once a day, and I never use it anywhere near my eye area. I just think it’s great for my cheeks, forehead and neck area, and excellent after working out– before I get to the shower. Cons?  The Alba Botanica towelettes have 2% salicylic acid, which is great to fight acne, but there is also witch hazel, which can be really irritating on some guys and gals skin. Also, learn from me: if you’re not careful to make certain you have tightly resealed the package, they will very quickly dry out! Alba Botanica

 Alba Botanica

alba botanicaThe Alba Botanica towelettes are also available in a pack of ten, which is great to throw in your handbag or gymbag. While the thirty pack is easy to find, the pack of ten has been difficult for me to locate, so I’ve had to order that size online.

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Nuance Exfoliating Facial Gel Review from Salma Hayek

Nuance Exfoliating Facial Gel is cruelty free product with which I think you’ll be able to see a difference in your skin after you use it just a few times. This is not just some celebrity product that has a name slapped on it. This was inspired by Salma Hayek’s grandmother!

You only have to squeeze out a little bit of the Nuance Exfoliating Facial Gel and massage it onto your wet face in circular motions. Leave on for up to 5-6 minutes and then rinse with water or remove with a moist towel. I rinsed with warm water. Love the feel and smell of the product.
You do not need the amount of product I have photographed below to get a great exfoliation!
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Mario Badescu Skin Care Review: Solve Acne Problems!

Mario Badescu Skin Care is a cruelty free range first introduced in 1967 in New York.  Mario Badescu is named after the founder, Mario Badescu, a chemist and a cosmetologist, who developed his botanically-based skin care product line. The Skin Care line is designed to provide customers with a personal plan of their own customized treatment plan for beautiful and healthy skin.

Mario Badescu skin care line has continued with the original goal to have skin care products at great prices because he believed everybody deserves good skin care.

Mario Badescu skin care

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