The 21st Century Herbalist

Smell like the internet, HelloGiggles Style

Have you ever wondered what your favorite websites would smell like if it were scratch-n-sniff?  Sure you have!  That’s a perfectly normal thought.  Sadly, technology has not granted us this wondrous ability and we are left to imagine it instead.  Turns out, I have a pretty vivid imagination and as I was reading HelloGiggles, the scents just came to me.  I started to imagine that the creativity, humor and general good vibes would mesh together into a lovely, delicately floral scent.  Then I had a fun idea!  Since it’s the last week of Lotion Making Month, we need a HelloGiggles inspired lotion recipe.

I got busy brewing and blending in the kitchen and came up with something soft and sweet, with just a kick of girl power tough enough to melt leathery skin into a puddle of rose petals. Use the recipe below to mix up a batch of your own HelloGiggles inspired lotion and you too, can smell like the internet….HelloGiggles style.  *inhales*  Ahhh, I love the smell of giggles in the morning.

Softening Rose, Apple and Honey Face Creme
The two main base oils for this lotion (apricot kernel and grapeseed) are light and fast absorbing, so they don’t leave you feeling greasy.  These oils are wonderful for oily skin (like mine) because they replace the oil that your face loses when you wash it.  You may think that losing oil on oily skin is a good thing, but by replacing it with these beneficial oils, you slow down your skin’s natural production of sebum.  Less sebum equals less shiny forehead.

The honey in this recipe is a natural humectant and will draw moisture from the air to your skin, ensuring it stays moisturized all day long.  The floral water made directly with dried rose petals, will act as a natural toner that helps balance your skin’s pH.  This can help prevent breakouts, blotchiness and skin tone discolorations.

Base or Carrier Oils:

  • 5 tbsp. apricot kernel oil
  • 2 tbsp. + 1 tsp. grapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. beeswax


Additional Oils
  • 5-7 drops of vitamin E oil

How To Make Lotion From Scratch
In my week 1 video tutorial, “How To Make Lotion”, I walked you through the lotion making process using easy, step-by-step directions. Replace the base oils and waters shown in the video with the recipe above and follow the directions in the video.  From start to finish (not including time spent making a floral water), it takes me about 25 minutes to make a batch of lotion.

Once you’re done, pour your lotion in your favorite container.  Remember our chat about containers from last week? Make sure it’s opaque to keep the lotion at its freshest!

To Use
Use this lotion on your face in the morning or evening, after washing and applying a toner to it.  Gently apply a thin layer of lotion, evenly over your skin’s surface and don’t panic when it initially appears greasy.  Wait about 10 minutes (I like to make a cup of tea while I’m waiting), then gently massage your face.  You’ll notice that most of the lotion has dried and absorbed, your skin will feel hydrated but not greasy.  Rub the rest of the lotion in and that’s it.  Your skin will thank you for it!

I hope you enjoyed Lotion Making Month, next week we’ll start our month of “One Ingredient, One Great Fix”.  Until then, happy brewing!