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Hi there! I hope this message finds you well and thriving. At JBHomemade, we're all about natural beauty and holistic well-being, and we're excited to share an exclusive offer with you!

From Monday, September 25, 2023, through Monday, October 2, 2023, we're running a special sale that you won't want to miss. Use code SAVE25ON4NOW during checkout on our Etsy shop to get a fantastic 25% off your order when you purchase four items or more. This is the perfect opportunity to stock up on your favorite botanical skincare products or try something new.

We're particularly proud of our Botanical Skincare Collection, where you'll find a wide range of products crafted with love and care. From our soothing Lavender Hollyhock Aloe Masks to our nourishing Rose the Age Away Serum, each item is meticulously handmade and infused with the goodness of nature.

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Top 6 Reasons to Use or DIY Natural Skin Care Products

Unlocking Radiant Skin: 6 Compelling Reasons to Embrace Natural Skin Care

Hey there, lovely readers! I'm Jen, a seasoned herbalist with 16 years of crafting organic remedies at JS&S. Today, I'm here to reveal the secrets of why you should make the switch to natural and organic skincare. Buckle up as we dive into the world of revitalized, glowing skin, naturally.
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1. Soothe Your Skin: Nature's Healing Touch

Are you tired of your skin throwing tantrums and looking like it's in a constant state of rebellion? Say goodbye to those chemical-laden products that leave you feeling dry and irritated. Natural and organic skincare products are the soothing balm your skin craves. Think zinc oxide, tea tree oil, and lavender extract—gifts from Mother Nature herself, leaving your skin smooth and nourished, not sore and irritated.

2. Ancient Wisdom: Tried and True

"De Materia Medica" by Dioscorides is a pharmacopoeia of medicinal plants and the medicines that can be obtained from them. The five-volume work was written between 50 and 70 CE by Pedanius Dioscorides, a Greek physician in the Roman army. It was widely read for more than 1,500 years until supplanted by revised herbals in the Renaissance, making it one of the longest-lasting of all natural history and pharmacology books.
"De Materia Medica" by Dioscorides is a pharmacopoeia of medicinal plants and the medicines that can be obtained from them. The five-volume work was written between 50 and 70 CE by Pedanius Dioscorides, a Greek physician in the Roman army. It was widely read for more than 1,500 years until supplanted by revised herbals in the Renaissance, making it one of the longest-lasting of all natural history and pharmacology books.

Natural and organic ingredients have been in the skincare game long before synthetic chemicals came along. Our ancestors, wise souls that they were, harnessed the power of these botanical wonders for centuries. The best part? No nasty side effects. These ingredients are the real deal, proven through the ages, unlike those synthetic impostors with their laundry list of side effects.

3. If You Wouldn't Eat It, Don't Wear It!

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Our skin is a master absorber, like a sponge ready to soak up whatever we apply to it. If you wouldn't eat the ingredients in your skincare, why let your skin feast on them? It's time to be conscious not only about what goes into your body but also what goes on it. Flip those product labels and ask yourself, "Would I ingest this?" If the answer is no, it's time for a skincare makeover.

4. Quality Over Quantity: Saving Your Skin and Wallet


Here's the deal: quality natural and organic ingredients not only benefit your skin but also your bank account in the long run. Whether you whip up your potions or trust reliable sources, you'll save money. These top-notch ingredients mean you use less product each time, ensuring your skincare lasts longer. Unlike chemical-based products that require layers upon layers, leaving you with dry skin and a lighter wallet.

5. Eco-Friendly Beauty: A Gift to the Planet

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Synthetic chemicals harm more than just your skin; they pose a grave threat to the environment. The production process behind traditional skincare products wreaks havoc on ecosystems, from pollution-heavy mining to toxic emissions. Natural skincare ingredients, on the other hand, are Earth's own gifts, leaving a gentler footprint. Let's protect our planet while we pamper our skin.

6. Cruelty-Free and Ethical: Beauty with Compassion

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Let's talk ethics. It's shocking how many skincare giants still test their products on innocent animals. But the good news is that natural skincare artisans stand on the side of compassion. They champion cruelty-free practices, ensuring no harm comes to any living beings. Choosing natural skincare products means you're taking a stand against cruel testing methods and supporting a more empathetic beauty industry.

Ready to DIY? Here's Your Blueprint!

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Now, you might be wondering how to dive into the world of DIY natural skincare. Fear not! My journey started with my Master Herbalist certification, hours of online research, and delving into century-old botany books. Research is your friend, and trust me, it's worth every moment. For a head start, check out my website, where I've compiled a list of sustainably sourced botanical ingredients. It's a treasure trove to kickstart your natural skincare adventure.


Grow Your Own
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So, there you have it, folks—six compelling reasons to embrace the beauty of natural skincare. Your skin will thank you, Mother Earth will thank you, and you'll bask in the glow of radiant, ethical beauty. It's time to make the switch and discover a world of natural wonders for your skin.

JBHomemade Sugaring Tutorials: How to Make Sugaring Paste at Home

How to Make Sugaring Paste at Home

Basic Recipe:

2 Cups Sugar - choose your sugar carefully. White sugar yields a softer sugaring paste than raw sugar.
You have three choices:
  1. Regular White Sugar - softest results, however, if you really want to stick with the all natural aspect, keep in mind that regular white sugar is processed and bleached.
  2. Natural / Organic Cane Sugar - Medium consistency results
  3. Natural / Organic Raw Sugar - Firmest Results
*Edited and corrected
18 tsp (3 oz) Lemon Juice - for best results squeeze the lemons yourself. Bottled Lemon juice does work but keep in mind that there are added preservatives and bottled lemon juice is typically "from concentrate". The juice from two lemons usually yields about 1/4 cup, but be sure to strain it to get rid of any pulp or seeds.
6 tsp (1 oz) Water - for best results use bottled water. Tap water contains added chemicals such as Liquified chlorine, Fluorosilicic acid, Aluminium sulphate, Calcium hydroxide, and Sodium silicofluoride

I previously had 1/4 cup and 1/4 cup - this IS the general recipe however I find the edited amounts 18 tsp & 6 tsp works the best.

What you need: 

A good, heavy aluminum saucepan with no teflon.
  • As you heat your mixture it will boil and bubble up, so make sure your saucepan is big enough that it doesn’t overflow. 
  • Using a heavy sauce pan is especially important. If the sauce pan is thin it can throw off the entire temperature and overheat the sugar, making it cook too quickly. Cooking fast isn't good, it needs this time to slowly simmer.
A Candy Thermometer
  • Some recipes found "across the web" for cooking sugaring paste will tell you that color is the indication for when your sugar is cooked properly (a medium to medium dark amber color). I respectfully disagree. Yes, your sugar will change color to the dark amber, however, making sugaring paste is a bit of a science and does require temperature accuracy. Sugaring paste is traditionally cooked to HARD BALL. Remember that you ARE cooking sugar. What's the main ingredient in candy? Sugar. 
A good metal whisk. Don't use a silicon whisk - the sugar will stick to it like you wouldn't believe. Very messy. Been there, tried that.


  1. Pour your sugar into the saucepan first, then the liquids. Use your whisk to distribute liquids and blend well. Attach your candy thermometer to the saucepan. Make sure the end of the thermometer is 1/4" deep into the sugar. Otherwise, the thermometer will not read accurately.
  2. Turn your burner on - low - medium low. Any higher you will risk burning the sugar...and making a mess with boilover. **Don’t step away from the stove, especially if this is your first time making body sugaring paste.
  3. Stir the mixture continuously with your whisk until the sugar reaches a continuous, steady boil.  Allow to slowly low simmer for at least 25 minutes. This time window is required to get the final paste just right. If it's not cooked long enough, the end sugar hair removal paste will be too sticky to work with.
  4. As your sugar reaches a boil, it will begin to thin out. Continue stirring with your whisk. Stirring also helps control the boil level so that it does not boil over. You will see the sugar gradually begin to change to a darker color. Keep in mind: The sugar CHOICE you use will determine the end color result. Bleached sugar will yield the dark amber color, while raw sugar will yield the darkest almost black.
  5. Your mixture should reach 250 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the "hardball" candy stage. As SOON as it reaches hard ball 250°, remove from heat. 
  6. Allow the mixture to cool off. This is especially important if you are going to use some of it right now for hair removal. You want it to be warm, but not hot, or else you can seriously burn yourself while pouring. Even if you aren’t going to use it immediately, let it cool off before you transfer it into a container. I usually leave my candy thermometer in the sugar until it is cooled to a pourable 210 degrees. I prefer mason jars, as well, because they are tempered heat safe. Use a silicone spatula to scrape the saucepan - try to get it all out so that there is no waste. Use multiple containers if you want to set some aside for a later date. 
  7. Pour your paste into a heat safe container. 
  8. Store your body sugaring paste at room temperature.
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