Maia Singletary
I'm Maia. I've been creating my own body care, skin care & fragrances since 2008 at AstridaNaturals.com. I'm excited to share my knowledge and experience with you.
Tutorials
  • Crafts & DIY
    How to Make a Soothing Face Mask Cucumberfacemask
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    In this quick tutorial, you'll learn how to make your own natural face mask with homemade cucumber water, rose water and chamomile essential oils. Homemade cucumber water is a simple way to add an extra boost of calming hydration and the anti-inflammatory properties of rose water and chamomile contribute to the overall soothing effects of this face mask.Read More…
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    How to Make a Moisturizing Face Mask with Banana, Avocado and AloeBananamask final400
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    Need a moisturizing boost? In this tutorial you'll learn how to make your own moisturizing face mask treatment with fresh banana, avocado and aloe juice. This mask is packed with nourishing vitamins and minerals and is great for dry or sensitive skin. Let's get started!Read More…
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    How to Make a Soothing Aftershave Balm for MenAftershave final400
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    Put your lotion-making skills to work and make a soothing aftershave balm for men. Formulating products for men isn't very different from making a regular moisturizer, but men usually want a lighter-feeling lotion, so I've used a higher water-to-oil ratio to formulate a thinner product. This recipe makes approximately 250 grams or 8oz of finished lotion.Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    Make an Exfoliating Face Mask with Pineapple, Papaya & Yogurt400px papayamask final
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    Ready to brighten your skin? In this tutorial you'll learn how to make your own exfoliating face mask. We'll be using fresh fruits to make this natural treatment. Pineapple and papaya are both rich in naturally exfoliating enzymes that help to break up and dissolve unwanted dead skin cells that can leave your complexion looking dull. Yogurt, meanwhile, is rich in nutrients and lactic acid which also helps to slough away dead skin cells and brighten your skin. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    How to Make Your Own Vanilla Sugar Scrub CubesScrubcube final400
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    Ready for another sugar scrub project? In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make gorgeous sugar scrub cubes, which make fantastic presents. A sugar scrub cube is a solid, single-use dose of sugar scrub. They're super convenient because they don't create a lot of mess, but still deliver all the exfoliation you need. Sugar scrub cubes also travel well (no need to take the whole jar, just take a few individual cubes) and they're easy to make. This recipe is made with pure cane sugar and vanilla extract. The decadent smell from the vanilla extract is warm and alluring. This recipe makes about 30 one inch cubes.Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    5 Things You Need To Know About Using Preservatives in Skin CarePreservatives final400x400
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    Are you ready to make your own body and skin care items? Great! Making your own bath and beauty products is rewarding and fun, but you need to make sure that you're being safe with your craft - and that involves using preservatives. Read on to learn about the basics of using preservatives: what they are, when to use them and how to test your product. We're going to get a little scientific, but stick with me!Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    Quick Tip: Make a Facial Toner With Fresh BasilToner final400
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    Looking for something to do with those beautiful fresh basil leaves you've been growing? In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a quick and easy facial toner with fresh basil leaves and witch hazel. The resulting toner has astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Use it after cleansing and before moisturizing to naturally balance your skin!Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    Make A Cooling Peppermint and Thyme Foot ScrubPeppermintscrub final400
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    In this tutorial you'll learn how to make a cooling peppermint and thyme foot scrub using all natural ingredients. This simple recipe is so easy and fun. Peppermint essential oil has a cooling and deodorizing effect on your skin - perfect for feet during hot weather. Dried thyme adds color and extra exfoliating power. The finished product makes a great gift for family and friends - or for yourself as a special treat! This recipe makes about 6oz/170g of foot scrub.Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    Quick Tip: How to Add Essential Oils to African Black Soap400px blacksoap final
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    Black soap or African black soap is an all-natural soap made from shea butter, plantain leaves and cocoa pod ashes. It's a very mild soap that can be used for gentle facial cleansing or hair care, and is often praised for relieving oily skin and eczema. The 'formalator' in me likes to add essential oils to black soap for aromatherapy benefits, however, unlike melt-and pour-soap bases, black soap can be difficult to alter. It doesn't melt easily unless you add water, but this only makes the soap very soft and it evaporates quickly. Here's a quick tip on how to successfully add essential oils or other fragrances to black soap, while retaining a solid bar format. This recipe makes two 3oz bars or two 85 gram bars.Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    How to Make Your Own Natural Lip BalmLipbalm final400
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    Lip balm is probably one of the simplest and easiest body care items to make and only uses a few basic ingredients and supplies. We'll be making a small batch of lip balm, flavored with essential oils. This lip balm is 100 per cent natural, flavored with essential oils and uses no preservatives.Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    Quick Tip: Make Pretty Lip Balm Packaging Using Spare Card & Paper400px lipbalmbox final
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    This is a fun tutorial for making a pretty craft paper box for your lip balm. You can create lots of little boxes to use as packages for presents - simply pop a tube of lip balm in each box for a gorgeous gift. All you need is some craft paper and a bit of glue. You don't need to buy any new paper - try to reuse leftover scraps from other projects. Let's get started.Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    Make Your Own Solid Perfume with Essential OilsSolidperfume final400
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    One of the best things about solid perfume is that you can experiment by layering different fragrances to find your signature scent. It's also easy to throw in your handbag for a handy go-to perfume, and it's also a gorgeous personalised present to make for family and friends. In this tutorial you'll learn how to use essential oils to make your very own natural solid perfume.Read More…