Okay, this photo was actually taken in March, but it still applies today as I listen to the hail pounding on our roof. These are no gentle spring rains we’re having now, the creeks are churning and swollen with debris. We showed 2 inches in our rain gauge this morning, but I’m sure we had more than that as the wind probably blew the gauge around a bit. Storm totals in our area are rumored to be 4-6 inches, and tornadoes were reported south of us. The Midwest might not always be at the bleeding edge of culture (and living on a country road as I do only exacerbates matters), but the weather is never dull out here! They have a saying that really is true here in Missouri: If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it’ll change. From one year to the next, conditions are very different too. Notice how brown the land is in the above picture. Soil temps are only in the 50’s. Last year was a whole different story. I’m a little concerned about the seeds I sowed last week. Have they been washed away by the torrent? Time will tell, I may have to re-sow the whole bed of greens and radishes. If I were really on top of things I would have mulched immediately, but nobody’s perfect, right?
I was approached by someone on Etsy a few days ago with my first custom order request! She had dry sensitive skin and wanted me to make her an unscented cream. As a woman who lives in a world of scent (admittedly both pleasant botanical scents, and unpleasant animal and kid related scents), I was mystified at first, why would you NOT want scent? Once I held the cream in my hands, I was won over by its simplicity and purity. Here, after all, is a gentle nourishing balm for any number of sensitive individuals: anyone whose nerves are fried and overwhelmed by our hectic and often overstimulating world. Consider it a blank slate upon which you may do whatever you wish: use it as a primer for use under makeup, or as an unassuming-yet-fortifying overnight moisturizer at day’s end. Because it includes elasticizing cocoa butter, it would even be suitable to use as a balm for the pregnant belly, and would be gentle enough for baby as well with the inclusion of healing calendula oil. It would work as well for men who don’t want to smell like a French whore OR like that nasty smelling stuff with the awful misogynistic commercials we’ve probably all seen (so…hot women are inexorably drawn to smells that could strip the paint off a wall, dull lackluster attitudes, and painstakingly messy hair does? Mmmmkay), but would still like something to smooth on after shaving. So versatile, a quality which I value more and more with the unpredictability of life!
I was recently contacted by Out of the Box Sampler and invited to participate in their monthly sampler boxes. What an exciting opportunity, and a great chance for me to get some of my great smelling stuff into the hot little hands of some (hopefully) interested people! They are basically a Birchbox type monthly sampler, with a focus on homemade products. They offer several different size box options, filled with handmade food, bath and beauty, jewelry and who knows what other goodies! Each month has a different theme, March’s box is named “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs”, and is pet themed. Next month’s will be called “For Peep’s Sake”, and I submitted an assortment of natural perfume samples, solid lotion bars, and moisturizing cream samples. If you would just like to try out a sample perfume set by the way, they are now available in my store. I like to throw in a nice little sample with every order but if you want to try them ALL for just a few bucks, now you can. Because really, who can tell what something smells like just from reading some words on a screen or looking at a picture? Perhaps if my descriptive powers were greater, but alas. Too bad smell-o-vision didn’t catch on!
Next month if all goes well I will be submitting again, I’m already planning some new goodies so that people won’t be getting the same products. Hmmm, I’m thinking sugar scrub, bath salts, lip balms…. what else?
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!