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A Sensual Spritz Of Floral Water (Video)

September 14, 2015

Hey-oh! I made a video!

Don’t pee your pants though, it’s just a short teeny clip of me spritzing some floral water on my face.

Floral Water 

If it looks like I’m having an intimate experience with my bottle of floral water in the video… well, it’s because I am.

A spritz of chilled fresh floral water can be an exhilarating and sensual experience!

If you’ve read about my love for rose floral water before, then you’ll know that true floral water or hydrosols are the by-product of steam distillation from plant materials.

For the sake of simplicity, I use the terms “floral water” and “hydrosol” interchangeably.

Remember, not all floral waters are created equal.

So when looking for good floral water, look for pure hydrosols.

Their only ingredient is the plant from which the hydrosol is derived. Which means they embody the simplest skincare.

Some of the best I’ve found are from Aroma Zone in Paris. When I go back, I will most certainly stock up!

The hydrosol featured today is this one…

Fleurs d'Oranger Hydrosol by Aroma Zone
The Fleurs d’Oranger by Aroma Zone is “Orange Blossom” floral water.

Its benefits as touted by Aroma Zone are:
– Regenerative
– Brightening
– Calms and soothes the skin

Other than these purported skincare benefits, the three main reasons why I love hydrosols are:

1) Aromatherapy. Smell can be very therapeutic. In this case, the scent of the Fleurs d’Oranger is light, bright but not overly orangey. There is zero percent synthetic ingredients in this. So it is naturally divine.

2) It feels good. I keep my hydrosols in the fridge to help preserve them. And when I use them on really hot days, they feel ah-mazing. Just watch my face in the video 😉

3) Better absorption. Having damp skin allows for better absorption of creams and moisturizers. So it’s natural that you use floral waters before putting on your creams.

OK! So without further ado… here is the video!

ps. I am not wearing any foundation, powder or tinted cream on my skin whatsoever. But I did use this rice paper mask :)

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New Products In The Ziba Shop!

April 23, 2015

Hello my darlings!

I finally got my butt in gear and updated the Ziba Shop with new items! Hooray!

You may notice that the lineup is heavy on waters.

You’ll find plenty of micellar waters aka magical water and floral waters aka holy water.

The Micellar Lineup

That’s because I’m deeply enamored with cleansing waters that possess subtle and special properties.

Aroma Zone Floral Waters

Hello, floral waters from Aroma Zone! From left to right, Bitter Orange (Neroli), Rose and Lavender pure hydrosols.

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I’ve also got a few moisturizing creams for the face and the eyes. And even an after-sun care cream!

Most special of all, I’m offering a few bottles of Bioderma Micellars in the shop.

Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water

As you may know, the Bioderma micellar water is THE cult product favorite among beauty people.

It has become one of my staples and it’s almost impossible for me to get my hands on it. Which makes me cherish it all the more.

Actually, I don’t even know why I’m selling my stash of Bioderma. I should be hoarding this!

By the way, I’ve lowered my shipping cost. So shipping is just a flat $5.

Right now I only ship to the U.S. and Canada. BUT… if you are one of my loyal readers, then get in touch and I’ll see what I can do for you 😉


Check it out!

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Leona DIY All Natural Body Butter Kit

March 2, 2015

For the holidays, I received this fun package of ready to make all natural body butter!

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This is the first I’ve come across something like this.

Leona is a brand that specializes in Hand Craft Kits of all-natural personal care products.

Their ingredients are simple, high quality, natural and organic. All very good things!

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The kit comes with shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil and lavender essential oil, as well as a step-by-step guide on how to whip up the body butter.

All ingredients are organic and fair trade.

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Contents shown above, from left to right:

Empty container for finished product
Shea Butter 2.0 oz
Coconut Oil 1.0 oz
Jojoba Oil 1.0 oz
Lavender Essential Oil .03 oz

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Step 1

Boil water on low heat in a  double boiler or a small pot with a heat-safe mixing jar (pyrex or mason jar).

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A metal mixing bowl placed inside a regular sauce pan works just as well!

Step 2

Place shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil in double boiler/mixing jar. Mix every few minutes.

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Step 3

Heat until mixture turns to pure liquid form. Liquid should be translucent yellow color.

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Step 4

Remove from heat and add lavender essential oil to the mixture.

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Step 5

Place mixing jar in refrigerator to cool for 1+ hour. Leave in fridge until top layer is solid and bottom layer is solidifying.

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Out of the way, old chinese food!

Step 6

Remove body butter from refrigerator. Use a large spoon or whisk to whip body butter for 10 minutes.

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If you have a small hand mixer, even better!

Step 7 and 8

Place mixture back in the fridge for ten minutes. Then take out from fridge and whip for another 5 minutes.

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Step 9

Once body butter has consistency of fluffy cream, add body butter to provided container.

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And voilà! You have made yourself a very buttery body butter.

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Mmm… just like making cake batter!

I couldn’t resist the yummy scent of the shea butter, I had to taste it! The best part is that I know exactly every ingredient that went into this.

Closing thoughts

The process itself was a lot of fun and reminded me that I’m terrible at following directions! Especially at keeping track of time. So instead of leaving it in the fridge for an hour, I left it for 2 hours. But all’s well that ends well :-)

At $40 for the kit, it’s admittedly a lot pricier than what it would cost if you were to just buy these ingredients individually at a health food store. But you’re paying for the convenience and the quality of the ingredients.

The finished ready to use body butter is available on the Leona website for $25.

Leona also offers two other DIY kits, “Make Your Own Lip Balm” and “Make Your Own Hard Lotion.”

Go check it out at www.leonamade.com!

What beauty products have you made at home?