Well I’m not quite sure how to begin, so let’s start with today. Valentine’s Day.
Not a happy day day for a lot of folks, I know. But I can’t complain, I have a lot of love coming my way and a lot to be thankful for, not the least of which is my studly husband, and awesome crazy kids. Love is indeed in the air today on this full moon, as I listen to the sounds of our horny, lovelorn pet dwarf rabbit chasing our poor, confused Maine Coon cat about the kitchen. But enough of that, let me give you a taste of the raison d’etre for this blog, to familiarize you all with the goings on Bellair Farm. We are a small, chemical free homestead in Central Missouri. Right now, in the offseason I am keeping busy by launching a natural bodycare line, you can check it out here: Bellair Apothecary
Today I made a fabulous rose cream
Is there anything more perfectly fragrant than a rose? Well, maybe the smell of a newborn’s scalp, but few smells can really compete with the Queen of Flowers. And she is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. One of the featured ingredients in this blend is rose floral wax. At first glance it bears a striking resemblance to black tar, but when you lean in the smell it, that unmistakably rosy perfume rises to meet your nose. Floral wax is composed of natural plant waxes, generally from flowers which are too delicate to be steam distilled such as rose, jasmine, and tuberose, and adds fragrance and body to the final product when blended into creams. Another notable ingredient is rosehip seed oil. It has wonderful antioxidant properties, and thus is used in many anti-aging formulas. And the final rose component is rosewater, an ingredient with timeless appeal which was a great favorite of Cleopatra’s. Rosewater has its origins in ancient Iran, where its use dates back 2,500 years.
To complement the rose’s natural beauty, I have added essential oils of rosewood, clary sage and geranium, as well as rejuvenating carrot seed oil. I will go into more detail with these ingredients in a another post, but for now I must sign off and figure out how to post this! Wish me luck!
Here’s hoping your Valentines Day is full of love, in it’s many many forms!