Eye Cream

While this eye cream was in the works, a friend had been going through some tough times. I was pretty much their sounding board. I really didn’t mind being there for them – whatever helps keep folks going. However, days later, when my life boat got rocked and I made a choice that friend didn’t agree with, instead of thinking that ‘things must be really wild for her to even consider that’, a back was turned and the punitive behaviors began – returning little things, not speaking, nasty little digs, etc.
It was a heart rending eye opener. In a flash of anger I said a couple things – not hateful things, but more in the vein of ‘fine, I don’t need you around’ things. I try so hard not to to that, but seriously, my stress level was already off the charts and at that point in time, when I made a decision that made me physically ill, I needed a friend, not a turned back (or a kick in the head).
I guess I am human after all.
I find it highly amusing, however, the way people work – when they do and say angry things, I’m supposed to be OK with it because they feel they are somehow justified.  When I do or say angry things back, I have a ‘problem’.  LOL😀
During all this I tried to stay focused on formulating this eye cream.  Would it be this? Did we want that?  I have to be honest, I was amazed myself when it came out so nice on the first try. I had fully expected – even though I try to ‘calculate twice and blend once’ – a disaster because of how messed up I had been emotionally.
The friend/customer who suggested the eye cream (it’s based on one from a very popular natural company that has been discontinued) is pleased even though I got the texture just a bit lighter (hint: it will be easier to apply in the cold months).
Enriched with Royal Jelly, olive squalane (your skin absorbs this right away), cholesterol esters and lanosterol esters (your skin absorbs these right away too), frankincense essential oil, collagen peptides, a little aloe vera, vitamin E, and apricot oil.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!  :)  Get yours here.

Gift Cards

You may have realized that we’ve had Gift Certificates available online for sometime.  Well, we now have Gift Cards, too.img_0762

What is the difference?

Gift Certificates are purchased online and either delivered via email for you to send to your recipient OR we can print the certificate up, send it to your recipient for you.  The Gift Certificates are redeemable only ONLINE.

Gift Cards may be purchased in person at any of the markets.  To avoid confusion, they aren’t available for purchase online right now.  Gift Cards can only be redeemed IN PERSON.


The Markets this week. 

Come see us Saturday at the Tucson Organic Gardeners Fair 10-2, St Philips Plaza @ Campbell & River 8-12; and Sunday at St Philips Plaza (Campbell & River) 8-12.  :) img_0584

Healing Aloe and Hemp Cream

The other day, I was explaining the ingredients in this cream to a customer. img_0641

How do you remember all the stuff you’ve put in this?

I made it!

But that explanation really isn’t deep enough. When I get an idea – whether it’s a ‘simple’ soap or a complex cream, it’s always exciting for me. Maybe I should add this, maybe that ingredient.  The intention of the persons who will be using the item is usually behind these ideas. For instance, I have quite a number of customers who are allergic to a very commonly used oil.  I make items just for them.  These products become like people to me.

So, my target with this Aloe cream was to make a cream that nourishes, encourages healing and finishes smooth without an oily feel.  It’s vegan friendly and SO nice.   The Organic Olive oil used in this one is infused with St. John’s Wort, Comfrey root & leaf, arnica, calendula, and echinacea.  Before this cream is made, another infusion is created with the aloe juice – rose buds, lavender buds, calendula, chamomile, rose hips, Willow bark, witch hazel leaf, and green tea.   All the oils are Organic – Hemp, Jojoba, pumpkin seed, flax seed and Olive oil.  This cream is truly a delight to use!

Get yours here 

Healing Lip Balm

Hi everyone!  I have to admit, my motivation for making this lip balm was a little selfish.  Working outside during the summer, I got a little dehydrated a couple of times and my lips got chapped.  Well, I grabbed my favorite lip balm (it starts with a C and ends with an x) – especially at night.  One night my left leg was just screaming in pain and I couldn’t get comfortable.  Used the lip balm and took a look at the ingredients.  Dang.  Seriously.  You put that on your lips and basically eat it – even if you don’t think you eat it, your body absorbs it.  Where do you think it goes?

The thing about people who are chemists and such – they really believe the chemicals they use are the only way to achieve a certain result.  Well, I don’t believe so.  With each product I create to eliminate chemicals from our lives, I am affirmed that my belief about being able to have quality, natural personal care products without toxins IS possible – REALLY – my ingredient lists are pronounce-able and understandable!

At any rate, much like with the original lip balm, this balm has menthol and camphor to stimulate blood flow – this increases healing, but it also gives the lips a nice, natural blush.  This one also has my “healing oil” which is olive oil infused with herbs.  Here’s my ingredient list.

Hand Crafted with Organic Cocoa  Butter, Organic Olive oil meticulously infused with Calendula, Comfrey root, Comfrey leaf, St. Johns Wort, Arnica, and Echinacea,  Beeswax, Lanolin, Organic Hemp Oil, Shea Butter, Camphor, Menthol, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract

Get yours here

All Veg Options

Hi everyone!

There’s some new items here at Ancestral Herbals.  Vegan-friendly stuff. :) 

Vegan Dandelion Salve – Organic Olive oil double infused with Dandelion flowers, then made into a salve with Candelilla wax and ginger essential oil.

Healing Salve – All Veg – Organic Olive oil infused with St. Johns Wort, Comfrey, Arnica, etc., and made into a salve with Candelilla and a little lavender essential oil.

Vegan Lotion Bar – Smells like chocolate!

Deodorant – vegan friendly.  Currently scented with Organic Lemongrass essential oil, but I’m thinking an unscented version may be in order.🙂  get it here

The new Healing Aloe Cream is also All-veg/Vegan Friendly as it is made with an olive-based emulsifier that is Eco Cert approved for use in Organic Food products.🙂

Check these out on the new Vegan Product page here

As far as soaps go, there are a few all-veg choices available.  They’ll always say “all veg” somewhere in the title or description.  I’m sure you’ll find that the all-veg options are superior!🙂

Prickly Pears are in season….. :)

Prickly Pear FruitAnyone who’s been up around 4 in the morning looking for something on TV has seen the ad for the super juice made from the fruit of the nopal cactus.  Well, that’s prickly pear.  They grow in my yard.

We pick the fruit with tongs, then burn the spines (spikes! LOL) off with a torch.  Then we put them in a bucket.  Once we’ve got as much as we want or need (depends on what we’re doing), we take the bucket inside.  I don my kevlar gloves – even though we’ve burned the ouchiest parts off them, there can still be little tiny spines that will burrow into the skin – and peel the fruits.   Each one has many tiny black seeds inside.  Those seeds are hard as rocks!   Once the fruits are peeled and seeded, they’re edible.  To me, they taste a little like melon.   I think they make pretty good syrup for our gluten free/grain free pancakes and waffles.  They also seem to make pretty nifty soap!

img_0431Enriched with prickly pear fruit, goat milk, aloe vera, beer, jojoba oil and avocado oil, with a super fat of 7%, this is a super bar of soap.  It also has meadowfoam seed oil and can be used as a solid shampoo.

The fragrance is a blend of phthalate free fragrance and essential oils.  It’s quite a sweet floral, but to us it isn’t cloying.    This is now a zero coconut formula, meaning it will cleanse, but not be too drying.

As always, the colors are obtained with herbs and natural minerals.

  Click here to purchase

This Week’s Markets

Hi Everyone!  This week, Ancestral Herbals is very busy!Bacon Soap

Saturday, we are at Arizona Hops & Vines participating in Bad Decisions 2016 Campout, at Rincon Valley Farmers Market til 1pm, and at St Philips Plaza Farmers Market until noon.

Sunday, we are at St Philips Plaza Farmers Market from 8 am until noon.

See you soon!


Healing Oil

If you’ve ever tried the healing salve, you know how wonderful it is for rashes, burns, etc.

Well, this is the oil that goes into making that salve – it’s more potent.

Olive oil infused with St. John’s Wort, Comfrey, Calendula and others, this is a best seller at the markets.!

.5 oz bottle with reducer – $9.00

2 oz dropper bottle  – $30.00

Get yours here

Lotion Fail

Hi everyone!

There was a batch of lotion where I woefully miscalculated an ingredient. I was working very late at night, was too tired, had a voice in my ear telling me I’d better have EVERYTHING the next day. I unfortunately listened, drove myself too hard and made a mistake.

I stand behind my brand – if I hadn’t been so over-tired, this batch of lotion would never have made it out to the markets that weekend.

There’s a word for this lotion. If you got some of it, you know the word. Let me know you got it or return your bottle and I will replace your lotion.

Have a great day!

So, just what is RSPO Palm?

It’s important to me to know as much as I can about each ingredient that goes into my products.  I research each one pretty meticulously and I’m happy to pass the info on to you!

Palm oil is, frankly, becoming one of my favorite ingredients. I love it as a shortening in certain recipes, too.

But it’s very important to choose carefully when purchasing palm oils. Because unscrupulous people do terrible things in the pursuit of a profit. So, I use ONLY Certified sustainable organic Palm oils (CSPO). It costs more, but in my opinion is worth every penny.

This week’s markets – 7-8-16

Hi everyone! 

I tripped yesterday evening and hurt my foot. Yes, the ‘screwed’ foot. Have been advised to stay off of it for at least a week or until the pain and swelling abate. So, I will miss this week’s markets entirely. 

I seriously don’t want to screw up my screw and end up under the knife (or screwdriver! LOL ) again. 

If you need something, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll do my best to get it to you. 

Have a great weekend! 

At Maynard’s til 8

Scrubby Stix – Sedona

Form meets function in this one.  It’s pretty to look at and smells good!  The design came to me through mixing up an essential oil/fragrance oil blend.  When I smelled it, these colors came to mind.  :)

Not only does it get you clean, it also scrubs the heck out of the ‘sandal foot’ areas, elbows, etc.  The scrubbing action is from super fine pumice and walnut hulls.

This is a coconut-free formula, so it won’t dry the skin excessively.  The colors are created with minerals and herbs – no fear of toxicity!  :)

Get yours here

Castile Soap – liquid body wash/shampoo and bars

So, you think that stuff with ‘Dr.’ in the name is REAL castile soap?



True Castile soap is soap made with olive oil ONLY.  So, while the good Dr.’s soap may be all vegetable oils, all vegetable oil soap does not a castile soap make.🙂  In fact, the ingredients on both the bar and the liquid soap list coconut oil FIRST, meaning that there is more coconut oil in them than the other oils. In both the bar and liquid, olive oil is down in the FIFTH position on the ingredient on the list.

So what?

Well, first of all, coconut oil saponifies into an extremely cleansing soap – in fact the detergent SLS/SLES found in dish detergent and most shampoos is coconut oil based.  That means that here in the Southwest, where we all battle dry skin at some point in our lives (most of us our entire life), the coconut oil isn’t the best idea for cleaning. It strips the top layer of oil off the skin, leaving it vulnerable to the elements.

If you’ve ever visited my booth during a market or event, you’ve no doubt heard me talk about how soap made with coconut oil can be so very drying and how soaps made without coconut oil are so nice and kind to the skin! TRUE castile soap is soap made with Olive Oil ONLY and that is EXACTLY what we have here. Bar soaps and liquid soap made with Olive Oil ONLY. It’s gentle to your skin, easy on your hair and will not dry either out.  I’ve been using  both the True Castile liquid soap and True Castile bar soap as my shampoo on my dry, curly hair and they’ve both performed extremely well – I’ve got to say, I’m impressed with both, but prefer True Castile Liquid in my hair.  I’m so pleased and I believe you will be too.

The True Castile bars are enriched with dandelion leaves and lemongrass essential oil.

True Castile Liquid is unscented. Feel free to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you’d like.

Get yours here.

If you want a liquid soap that is good for laundry, cleaning your house and such, my Super Clean Shreds or Super Clean Liquid soap is the best! Stay tuned for info.

And now I’m getting In Your Hair

What a nifty name for a conditioner, huh?  In Your Hair


Lemongrass, hops, Lemon Balm, chamomile, nettles, burdock, calendula, horsetail, marshmallow, oat straw, and rosemary are infused into fresh, warm water for a time.   Also included are Raw organic Cocoa butter,  organic olive oil, a small amount of castor oil, and Vitamin B-5.

Now, some of the ingredients SOUND scary, but they’re not.  Cetearyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol derived from vegetable oils.  Environmental Working Group has determined that this ingredient is safe in concentrations up to 25% of the product.  In this conditioner, it is much, much less than 5%.   Behentrimonium Methosulfate is an organic compound derived from plant oil and is not on EWG’s restricted or unacceptable list.   It also makes for happy curls if you have them!

The preservative is Eco-Cert approved for use in organic products.

I use this conditioner every day and I have great fear of chemicals in and on my body.  So, if that doesn’t set you at ease any, nothing will.  :)

Get yours here



Wanna guess why it’s named the way it is?  Because it is made from 100% Grass Fed Beef Tallow sourced locally!  100% seemed like a natural choice for a name.

Made ONLY with tallow from grass fed Beef raised in the Tucson area, this soap is exquisite.  The color is naturally occurring and the scent is a blend of lemon essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil.

Beautiful.  $8.50 – get yours here


Crushed Velvet Scrub Redux

Any time I break a product down and completely redo it, the plan is to make improvements.  The img_2950original version of Crushed Velvet wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t a super scrub.  It was a super product for very oily, acne-prone skin – doing double duty as a mask, then scrub.  It still is, but those with dry skin may find it useful as well.  At least as a scrub.

Added Dead Sea Mud – the mineral benefit alone is wonderful, but it is also tonifying for the skin.  This time around, we’ve added Argan oil – touted for it’s uses as a moisturizer and works with Acneic skin as well, Flax Oil (highest levels of Omega 3 fatty acid ALA among vegetable oils), vitamin-rich Avocado Oil, and Jojoba oil (closely resembles skin’s naturally occurring sebum & has fungicidal properties).

The base is still our Cream Soap – originally formulated to be a shaving soap with a low, close lather, Cream Soap has taken on new life in recent years.  The longer cream soap rests (also called the ‘Rot’), the better it gets. The cream soap used in this is 2 years old.   Cream soap is one of the more complicated soaps I’ve made.  It utilizes both Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) and Potassium Hydroxide (KOH), quite a lot of added glycerin and either added stearic acid or oils and fats naturally high in stearic acid.  Because stearic acid contributes to the creamy consistency of Cream Soap, I use both high stearic fats (stearic acid is naturally found in tallow and moreso in Grass Fed Tallow) and added stearic acid.  I won’t wear you down with further details about Cream Soap (because I’m a bit of a Soap Nerd, I think, and not everyone is always super happy to hear details that I find exciting), save it to say that this is a VERY nice scrub and I think much of that is due to the Cream Soap!

Enriched with Rhassoul Clay, French Green Clay, Activated Charcoal, Dead Sea Mud,  Apricot Seed Powder (the scrubby action), this cleanser/mask/scrub will not disappoint!

Available in 2oz jars and 4oz jars – because of the density of this product, each jar holds about 1/2 ounce more.  So the 2oz jar has 2.5 oz of scrub and the 4oz jar contains 4.55 oz of scrub.  Get yours here.

Travel Sets

These have been a surprise hit at the Markets!   I have a dear friend who makes the bags for these, and they go about as fast as we can put them together.   The price is $15.  In the photo to the right, there is a set all put together on the left.  On the right in the photo is a bag disassembled – the generous sample of Avocado Aloe bar is standing up behind the jars.  Below, you’ll see a closeup of the products usually included in the Travel Set.   All products, except the Avocado Aloe Soap, come in a .25oz double wall plastic container.

1 – super emollient cream, 1 – Healing Salve, 1 – Sunscreen,
1 – muscle rub, 1 – healing body butter, 1 – nail/cuticle cream, 1 – glucosamine msm pain cream, 1 – TLCream, 1 – travel size Avocado Aloe soap.

That’s 9 products!  It’s a great way to get to know Ancestral Herbals.

Now for fun.  :)  All of that, PLUS a travel size Bison Balm – Medicine Woman is $20!


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Bison Balm

Surely you’ve heard about how good pastured, grass fed meats are for us. The saturated fats are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and help keep our bodies’ levels of Omegas in balance. 

Our cell membranes are made up of a double layer of fatty acids.  Saturated fats constitute at least 50% of the cell membrane.  Because saturated fats tend to be more solid, they help give the cell membrane a stiffness necessary for proper function.   Healthy skin cells with sufficient fats would make for healthy, toned skin.  Interestingly, tallow fat is around 50% saturated fat – just like our cell membranes, so its logical that tallow would benefit our cell biology.  Tallow also contains the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K which are found only in animal fat.  Tallow from grass-fed animals also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as palmitoleic acid, which has natural antimicrobial properties.

One of the things I’m constantly telling people is “everything that goes on the skin should be edible – because your skin absorbs everything!”  People light up when we get to talking about this – such a basic truth rests well on their hearts.

I’ve had so much fun working on the formulae for these. And to have customers asking for them was such a confirmation!

I KNOW the beef and buffalo tallows in this are grass fed because I obtained the suets from reputable grass fed outfits and private hunters and rendered it myself.  (See my post titled Grass Fed for more info).

Bison Balm is available in a few different formulations:

Bison Balm – In Your Face – Balm is enriched with cholesterol Esthers, lanosterol esthers, olive squalane, jojoba oil and organic lemongrass essential oils.

Mr. Bison Balm – Balm with a manly scent – Cedar & Sage

Bison Balm – Medicine Woman – Balm enriched with herbal oils that encourage healing.

Bison Balm Bare – Plain, unscented balm.

Get yours here

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