Fall is the season I come alive both figuratively and literally. I was born in October in the wee hours of the morning. It seems to have set the pattern for my life. I am a morning person. I wake early and create what I need to before most people (or most people in my house) are awake. That may be cleaning, cooking, medicine or beauty products.
Saturday morning I was up making a fresh batch of toner and vanilla sugar scrub. For the toner calendula flowers need to steep in hot water a few hours. The water is deeply colored from the orange blossoms. I mix it with witch hazel. I use this daily as part of my beauty routine.
The sugar scrub is a combination of coconut oil and sugar. I usually add a few drops of essential oil but this time I used vanilla sugar. Any time I use vanilla beans I take the pods and stick them in a jar of sugar. This infuses the sugar with flavor and a heavenly scent. I often use this in cooking for added flavor. In one of those middle of the night inspirations I thought to put it in the sugar scrub. Yum! It smells divine. The sugar makes it a gentle exfoliater as opposed to a salt scrub. It can be used any where on the body. I'd use a little caution on the face though I tend not to use it there. Friends who have tried the sugar scrub have come up with additional uses. I have one friend who uses it on her bikini line after shaving to prevent those little red bumps. I must say I was skeptical at first but it really does the job. Another uses the scrub on his dry itchy psoriasis patches.
I also started three batches of tincture. These will be steeped for six weeks and are part of a menopausal formula.