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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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).

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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

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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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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.

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Relogy natural skincare to clear up acne

What is Relogy?

Relogy,  pronounced,  rel-oh-jee, is a new skincare line that is formulated to clear up acne in two steps. Relogy is botanically-based, and the three products are 95-100% derived from natural ingredients; and they are benzoyl peroxide free. Relogy is also 100% vegan, which means that there are no animal by-products, and it is cruelty free. There is absolutely no animal testing, as certified by PETA.

Although I have not yet tested it, I wanted to bring this new skincare line to my readers attention as Relogy states that.. “It’s the easiest, fastest, most effective acne care treatment you can find. If you don’t agree, we’ll give you your money back!”


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How is Relogy different from other acne products on the market?

Relogy has products that are quick and easy to apply, as they know that adults are busy and want to spend as little time as they can treating their acne!

Relogy has a Dual Action Treatment Foam is different from other acne care products because it can be used just like a topical acne treatment, that does not require rinsing, or it can be used as a treatment cleanser, with rinsing.

Relogy also has active ingredients that are different than other acne care products. They are botanically based ingredients and have no harsh chemicals.

Relogy has a 100% Natural Skin Balancing Lotion with Coconut Milk, that is to prevent side effects, and keep your skin well hydrated and nourished.

Relogy also has a product for acne flare-ups, called the Targeted Spot Treatment, which has Seaweed Extract. This is a rollerball applicator and is very cooling.

The goal is to have your blemishes fade quickly and completely, and to do so as quickly as possible.

More information about Relogy:

Relogy has two steps, and there are three products. It is used once a day for acne prevention, and twice a day for those who have moderate to severe acne.

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A Cruelty Free acne drying serum!

Could this be a “solution for that occasional third eye?” Yes! Sircuit Cosmeceuticals (Sircuit Skin) sent an 1/8 oz. amber vial sample ($9.00 US) of Fixzit™ +, an acne drying serum, for me to decide. Fixzit™ is an acne (blemish) drying serum to help fight against ongoing conditions that can occur with blemished skin.

Easy to use!

Simply spot-treat your blemished areas. 

Who can use?

This is suitable for all skin types to reduce the appearance of breakouts and blemishes. However!  If you are allergic to aspirin (which is salicylate based) or you are pregnant, do not use this serum. 

Fixzit+ is free of phthalates, artificial preservatives, colors, or fragrance and, of course, is cruelty free.

Featured Ingredients:
Azelaic Acid – brightening, blemish fighting.
Retinol – 2% Cavamax® (encapsulated Vitamin A, INCI: cyclodextrin, retinol) for cell turnover, infection fighting, and improved skin condition.

From Sircuit Skin:

  • Retinol addresses acne. Retinol is widely used for the treatment of acne, but it is also used to combat skin damage that results from the sun and aging. While Retinol works to help reduce telltale signs of aging, it also treats “acne-ridden” skin. Adult acne is common, affecting 50 percent of women and dealing with both aging and acneic skin, and it can be particularly depressing. Fortunately, because of Retinol’s exfoliating benefits, it can also help in the treatment of acne by helping to remove dead skin cells that can clog pores, ultimately helping to prevent breakouts.
  • Retinol is less irritating than Retinoic Acid. Pure Retinoic acid is only available by prescription from your dermatologist. Though considered more potent than the over-the-counter counterparts, they are also more irritating to the skin with potential side effects like peeling and redness.

Salicylic Acid – helps keep the pores clear, exfoliation.

Banana Extract – antioxidant, helps speed healing.

Wine Extract – antioxidant.

Biotin (D) – chirally correct form, part of the Vitamin B complex, has healing properties for blemish-prone skin.

Lactic Acid (L) – Chirally correct form, exfoliant, skin softening.

Astaxanthin – powerful antioxidant.

Limonene (L) – has antiseptic properties, helpful for blemish-prone skin, Chirally correct for skin care, a bioflavonoid found in citrus rinds, and is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal.

Watch out! Sunburn Alert: This product contains a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterward.

Here are all the benefits to Fixzit +:

Fixzit + can’t stop your acne, but it did quickly minimize a breakout I had.

Absorbs sebum and gently exfoliates to decongest pores.

Antimicrobial action combats the spread of breakout-causing bacteria.

Reduces inflammation.

Fades the visible redness of current and past blemishes. This was not immediate, but it most certainly did work!

Any further notes? Be extra cautious about getting sun exposure. To store: Fixzit should be kept out of sunlight and stored away from any heat source, in a cool, dark place. The smell is not great, but fixzit+ kept my skin soft and smooth, and I recommend this as a solution!

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