Saponins are a category of organic chemical compounds that occur naturally in various plants and marine lifeforms. Their functions appear to vary from species to species, and are not very well understood in general. Saponins do have amphiphilic/amphipathic properties, meaning they are attracted to both water and fat (at different ends of the molecule), and they produce a soapy foam when added to water and shaken.

In some plant species, saponins appear to act as a defense against fungi and microbes, and even produce a bitter taste that discourages hungry herbivores. Saponins can also be toxic to other organisms in certain conditions, and Asterosaponin-1 is an example of such, being one of the toxins produced by the Crown-of-Thorns starfish, which is one of the only known venomous starfish species in the world.

Posting this a day late because it just took so bloody long to finish. It was nice to have Sulfur and Sodium back in play though.


March 2018 Favorites

Skin Care:

Eve Lom Cleanser & Muslin Cloths

You know when you try a luxury product and you’re like “oh wow I didn’t know how good ____ could be, and now that I know I’m spoiled forever”? That’s me with the Eve Lom Cleanser. It’s just SO good! The texture is like buttery silk on the skin. It leaves my skin feeling so hydrated and plump after. Also, this converted me to the hot cloth cleansing side. The idea of rubbing my face with a washcloth has always turned me off. However, the Eve Lom Muslin Cloths are soft and thin, but strong and provide a gentle exfoliation. It’s such a more convenient and effective way to remove your cleansing oil. Overall, I’m just really blown away by these 2 products.

NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

This was the month of the cleansers. Sanskrit Saponins is a revolutionary product. It’s technically a “balm/cream” cleanser, but it deep cleanses like a boss without stripping the skin. If you’re dry and acne-prone, this product is designed for you. (though any skin type could enjoy this) I also notice a more refined skin texture when I use this cleanser. I wouldn’t use this twice a day, but rather as a morning cleanse or after a day with a full face of makeup.

Herbivore Botanicals Jade Roller

I’m a jade rolling fiend at this point- it’s the best way to wake your face up in the morning. First, I wake up and cleanse my face. Then, on still wet skin, I use the jade roller all over my face and neck, rolling in outward and upward directions. The roller is cool, which along with the massage, helps to depuff. It also just feels so good. My jade roller is a morning staple for me.


Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Mangoes Wild

I’ve already expressed my love for the Lancôme Juicy Shakers many times in the past, but I felt like I had to mention them again. They’re my favorite lip product on the market, second only to the YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil (and for $10 less). Mangoes Wild is a beautiful reddish pink. Pairs wonderfully with the MEMEBOX crayon I mentioned in last month’s favorites.


Lush Butterbear Bath Bomb

A bear shaped version of the classic Butterball, from Christmas time. It has a comforting cocoa butter/vanilla scent. In general, I’m not crazy about bath bombs because I have dry skin and need something more moisturizing. Butterbear addresses that need in spades. The cocoa butter does a great job at moisturizing the skin.


Chocolate Raspberry Cold Brew at Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters

If there is anything in this world that I love, it’s iced coffee. Not only does Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters (a local coffee shop chain) make a killer cold brew, period, but they’ve re-released their seasonal chocolate raspberry flavor. I’m in love.


Hell’s Kitchen

Yes, I’m a little more than 10 years late to the party. Well worth the wait, because I’ve been barreling through the seasons. What can I say? I love food shows and Gordon Ramsey telling people to fuck off.


Cleaning with Soap Nuts

Couple weeks ago, Tumblr introduced me to a natural, cheap, almost odorless, hypoallergenic, and sustainable cleaning agent called soapnuts (or soapberries)! The dried husk/shell of this fruit contains resin that is high in saponins, a naturally occurring chemical compound that reduces the surface tension of water so that it can penetrate and dislodge the solid/other liquid more effectively. Extraction of the active ingredient only requires that soap nuts be agitated in warm water; a lot of lathery foam will form. I’ve tested soap nuts as a

  • laundry detergent
  • body and hair cleanser
  • fruit/veggie and dishwashing cleanser
  • insecticide for my indoor plants

So far so good, although not fond of using it as a body cleanser; it’s too awkward to apply IMO. There are plenty of other uses, but I think this would be a particularly excellent ecofriendly way to bring along a camping trip to clean your wares.

To my gardeners: Trust me, I checked every pod. No leftover seeds, otherwise I would definitely plant a soap nut tree!

anonymous asked:

drop the routine!!

My routine? Lol, I guess I haven’t updated in a while.

Spring 2018 Skin Care Routine


  1. Either a water cleanse, Glossier Milky Jelly, or NIOD Sanskrit Saponins
  2. Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner
  3. Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Power Essence
  4. Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap
  5. Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream or Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen (on days when I wear the DE, I don’t use the Moisturizing Lotion) for my face
  6. Make P:REM Blue Ray Sun Fluid on my neck and décolletage. 


  1. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
  2. Glossier Milky Jelly or NIOD Sanskrit Saponins (occasionally I’ll use my Foreo Luna at this step)
  3. Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner
  4. Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Power Essence
  5. Benton Fermentation Eye Cream and/or Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum
  6. This is where I go off the rails LOL. I’ll use any number of different products that are moisturizing, but often have different properties. Sunday Riley Luna, UFO, and Juno oils, The Ordinary Squalane or Retinol 0.2% Squalane, Drunk Elephant Marula Oil, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, etc. It just depends on the day! I love all of them!
D&D Homebrew Poisons

So, im working on a mini series for badassdanddpics and was wondering if you guys had any ideas. im calling the mini series “Bewildering Botany and Perilous Poisons” that will basically showcase magical plant homebrew that will aid adventures and villains alike. for the poison section of it, i put together some basic information from D&D about the rules as well as how they are applied and used against others as well as common symptoms from plants in the real world.

different poisons are applied to victims by

  • contact
  • ingested
  • inhaled
  • injury
  • smoke from being burned

common rules (for 5th edition D&D regarding poison)

  • A weapon coated with poison will dry out in one minute.
  • When you are poisoned, you will usually suffer from the poisoned condition.
  • Poison can be bought or crafted using the downtime rules and a poisoner’s kit.
  • Cures for poison include low level spells or anti-toxin.
  • Truth Serum is listed under poisons, and is something I think could be useful in your campaign in many different ways.
  • Poisoned: A poisoned creature has disadvantage on attack rolls and ability checks.
  • each round until you make a saving throw.

Common symptoms of poisoning include nausea, vomiting, convulsions, liver failure, disables nerves, lowers blood pressure, and can stop the heart, muscle twitches, and sometimes paralysis, irritation of skin throat and mouth, swelling, burning pain, breathing difficulties and stomach upset. dilated pupils, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, tachycardia, loss of balance, staggering, headache, rash, flushing, dry mouth and throat, slurred speech, urinary retention, constipation, confusion, hallucinations, delirium, convulsions and photo-toxicity

underneath the “keep reading” i have included some actual plants that could help with creating realistic homebrew.

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anonymous asked:

What can I use for my face for dry skin?

i have dry skin too so i know just how complex it can be to nurture it! my solution is to find the right balance between hydrating & moisturizing. there’s so much emphasis on moisturizing the skin but when our skin is dry or dehydrated we have to ensure that we’re hydrating it too! without hydration, moisturizers (like oils and creams, which lock in hydration) don’t heal the skin the way that they were intended to, bc there’s not enough water in the skin. some tips / recs: 

  • oil cleanse or use a gentle cleanser free of sulfates - cleansing dry skin needs to be gentle to ensure that natural moisture and oils won’t be stripped away and compromise the skin barrier 
  • use hydrating toners - this is an essential step for hydrating the skin because toners tend to contain a high water content. witch hazel with aloe vera or essence toners (essences tend to be thicker than regular toners) that contain hydrating plant extracts are my favs. to get max hydration, use your hands to gently press the toner or essence into the skin. you can do this multiple times, creating more “skins” and increasing hydration  
  • serums - look for serums containing hyaluronic acid or squalane, two natural hydrators. using serums is my fav step in a routine, bc you can use multiple at a time! they’re an effective way to deliver hydration & nutrients directly to the skin 
  • oils - i don’t use creams or butters bc, with the previous steps, my skin is so hydrated that a simple oil will suffice at locking the hydration in! oils offer other benefits too, like antioxidants and essential vitamins. if you feel like oil isn’t enough, don’t skip this step! just use your regular moisturizer pre or post-oil. here’s a post i have for oils by skin type :-) 

i hope this helps! 

well I said on twitter I wasn’t gonna be making any more of those food posts but now I’m like man it would be fun to do a southwestern/tex mex version of fallout foods since I’m more familiar with that sorta thing and also the local foragables… so I could add in ingredients.


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🍃 Cleansing Whisk: Vihta 🍃

🍃 Vihta (Finnish) or vasta is made for the sauna. They are usually made out of birch as its fresh leaves are soft and have a lovely fragrance. The branches are tied into a broom like above. In the sauna vihta is put to a bucket of chilly water.

🍃 Sauna is a substantial part of Finnish culture. The average amount is one sauna per household. Sauna is a place of physical and mental relaxation that you can enjoy alone or with friends and family (and, of course, naked). There’s nothing sexual about sauna despite the nakedness. Sauna has always been a holy place to Finns, it used to be a place to be born and to die.

🍃 When going to a sauna, vihta can be taken from the bucket and carefully shaken just above kiuas, the stone covered hearth of the sauna. This makes the fragrance of the birch fill the air.

🍃 After doing some rounds of sauna, vihta is taken from the bucket and used for whipping the body with chilly water. This increases circulation and metabolism, removes died skin cells and is known to chase off all the bad energies.

🍃 The essential oils from birch leafs prevents infections and relieve muscle and joint pain. They also have saponins that work as mild soap.

🍃 If you don’t have a sauna, using vihta in the shower or bath should also work.

🍃 For your magic spell throw the whisk on the roof of the sauna after use. Climb up after it and see whereto the stem of the whisk points. That is the direction from which your future spouse will come.

anonymous asked:

Could you do a post of every product you use?

i’ve been simplifying my routine & trying to regrow it with products focused on antioxidants, plant extracts, ayurveda, and cellular health & rejuvenation. right now this is a work in progress, i will keep editing it as things change ✨


  • oil cleanser, sanskrit saponins - sanskrit saponins is a gentle cleanser inspired by ayurveda
  • witch hazel toner with cucumber & aloe or botanical / fermented essence - witch hazel, aloe vera, fermented plants, and root extracts enrich the skin and promote hydration and healing
  • vitamin c serum w botanical hyaluronic acid & ferulic acid, & vitamin e - antioxidants to brighten the skin, heal scarring & dark spots, and encourage cell turnover 
  • niacinamide (vitamin b3) - vitamin serum that is anti-inflammatory, helps oxidative stress, and promotes clear skin 
  • resveratrol & ferulic acid - powerful antioxidants found in plants, helps protect the skin from environmental stresses 
  • plant-derived acid exfoliators like mandelic acid for glowing, clear skin 
  • argan oil, avocado oil, hemp oil, marula oil, green tea seed oil, etc 
  • mineral sunscreen - natural mineral sunscreen to help protect the skin from the sun and sensitivities from acid exfoliation 
  • aztec healing clay or chlorophyll mask 
  • crystals for gua sha, jade roller - helps drain the lymphatic system, reduces inflammation  


  • shea butter 
  • dry skin brush 
  • agave fiber cloth 
  • oils 


  • shea moisture cleanser / conditioner / masque  
  • curl creams from shea moisture or ouidad, herbal spray 
  • oil before cleansing


anonymous asked:

I don't wanna sound weird but u have the best skin i've ever seen. What do you use!?!

thanku sm! i use the sanskrit saponins facial cleanser once every other day in the shower. it’s plant-based and kind of magical how fast it clears your skin. and for the occasional pimple i just put a dab of oxy cream or tea tree oil


Double-Flowering Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) seeds

Bushcraft, homesteading, and survivalism folks: this pretty pink flower is for you.

Also known as ‘Bouncing Bet,’ this European native has long been naturalised in North America and other parts of the temperate world, as it is an extremely useful patch-forming perennial that thrives in poor, dry, or rocky soils.

The roots have an approximately 20% saponin concentration, so they can be soaked in water and used as a natural surfactant. This means they can be used as soap, detergent, insecticide, and to poison fish (not that many people fish that way these days)!

The flowers are pollinator-attracting, and the plant itself will spread rhizomatically forming monotypic clonal patches. Harvesting is in order to keep the plant from overtaking an area.

Though this plant is widely-grown and naturalised outside of Europe, do your due diligence and check your local invasive species registries before ordering.

Up in my shop

On today’s episode of “Odd Looking Plants That Grow Near My House!”:

Arum Maculatum

Known Also As: Cuckoopint, Lords and Ladies.

Arum Maculatum is a common woodland plant species belonging to the family Araceae. It is widespread across Europe, as well as Turkey and the Caucasus.

This plant is toxic. The berries contain oxalates of saponins. The needle-shaped crystals within these chemical compounds irritate the skin, mouth, tongue, and throat, resulting in swelling of the throat, difficulty breathing, burning pain, and an upset stomach.

Philadelphus lewisii “Lewis’ Mock Orange” Hydrangeaceae

Missoula, MT
June 11, 2015
Robert Niese

This species of Philadelphus was discovered by Meriwether Lewis in 1806. It’s flowers and scent are reminiscent of orange blossoms, thus it’s common name, the mock-orange. Unlike oranges, these attractive shrubs produce dry, 4-parted capsule fruits that are wholly inedible. Their leaves, however, contain saponins and can be crushed to make a mild soap. They are a popular ornamental plant here in the eastern PNW and are the state flower of Idaho. Look for them scattered throughout drier slopes in the west, where they tend to grow singly or in small populations. Here in Missoula, they cover the hillsides with gorgeous white blooms at the beginning of summer, much like Amelanchier in the spring.


Horse-Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

There are few sights in this world that compare to a horse chestnut tree in full bloom. Everything about this tree seems to be larger than it should be: it stands about 35 metres tall at maturity, with leaves that can be 30 cm x 60 cm, and flowers borne on 50 cm tall panicles.

The only placental wildlife that can safely eat the seeds of this tree – called “conkers” in the UK – are deer. For the rest of us mammals (including horses) the “horse-chestnut” is poisonous, being only distantly-related to the true chestnut (Castanea).

The tree is not without utility: It’s an abundant source of forage for bees.

I’ve planted one for use as a topiary: despite their towering size in nature, these trees are popular candidates for bonsai. Owing to their vigour, regularly-pruned trees provide an abundance of biomass for soil-building.

Seeds can be collected as they fall to the ground, and are easily germinated by sowing in Autumn – allowing for natural cold-stratification to occur over winter.

Trees have been planted around the temperate zone in various climates, and exhibit remarkable adaptability. Some individuals have been grown as far north as my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, which is at times colder than Mars!

Herb of the Week-Blue Cohosh

Common names

Blue Cohosh
Blue Ginseng
Papoose Root
Squaw Root
Yellow Ginseng

The blue cohosh, also known as squaw root or papoose root, is amongst the oldest medicinal plants native to America. This herb comprises underground or concealed parts, which include the roots and rhizomes of Caulophyllum thalictroides - a perennially growing herb that has a purple color when young. Blue cohosh possesses a smooth stem growing up to a height of anything between one and three feet and at the terminals has a pyramid shaped cluster of yellowish green blossoms. When the herb becomes mature, it has a strange bluish green hue and produces deep blue fruits. Therefore, it is little surprising that the herb has derived its name - blue cohosh - from the color of its fruits. It may be noted here that the blue cohosh belongs to the family Berberidaceae.

In effect, the genus Caulophyllum comprises five species - two from the eastern region of North America and the remaining three from the north-eastern region of Asia. The North American species are C. giganteum and C. thalictroides. On the other hand, one of the Asian species is C. robustum, whose rhizome has been utilized in traditional medicine to cure menstrual problems.

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“Spiny Starfish” (Marthasterias glacialis)

The sole member of the monotypic genus Marthasterias, the spiny starfish is a species of Asteriid seastar that is native to the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Its range extends from Iceland to the Azores and the Mediterranean Sea, it has also occasionally been observed in South Africa. Like other Asteriid starfish, Marthasteria glacialis is predatory and feeds mainly on bivalve molluscs and other marine invertebrates. Secondary metabolites known as saponins are found withing the tissue of M. glacialis, these metabolites are known to cause convulsions in the musculature of molluscs at high enough concentrations. 


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Image: tato grasso


We hit a chestnut jackpot 🌰  not too far from where we live, there is a street full of chestnut trees and we managed to collect easily around 8kg, from which we’ll use about 5-6kg for our laundry for a whole year. 💚 

If you haven’t already, head over @_wastelandrebel_ she has a blog where she guides you towards a #zerowaste lifestyle. From her book we learned that #chestnuts act just like the #soapnuts because they have the same “saponin” which basically do the washing. So, even better because we don’t have to buy them, more local can’t be and is 100% natural!

(via @ecogreenlove • Instagram)


Viola nuttallii is in the family Violaceae. Commonly known as Nuttall’s violet, it is native to the western United States, from Idaho to Minnesota. This species is found in open grasslands and woodlands and mountainous areas up to 11,500 feet high. The leaves and flowers of Nuttalls’s violet are edible, and high in vitamins A and C. The rhizomes, fruits, and seeds contain saponins, which are glycosides found naturally in many plants. Saponins are considered non-toxic to humans, but in high enough concentrations can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even death in grazing livestock.