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This is the new home for Soleluna Cosmetics updates, news and events. Formerly this was the home of our blog with natural beauty DIYs - they're still up for you to browse and enjoy!



Kenna Whitnell

Soleluna Cosmetics


By Soleluna Cosmetics, Aug 10 2016 03:59AM

If you don't exfoliate your skin - you should start! Exfoliating your skin should be part of your weekly skincare routine as it is essential to healthy skin. However, over-exfoliating or exfoliating too strongly can have negative effects on your skin. Always test new products on a small patch of skin!

Learn when to exfoliate and what to use below.

Exfoliation 101

What is Exfoliation and Why Do People Do It?

There are two types of exfoliation. The first is the physical removal of dead skin cells by a fine solid material and mechanical action. The second is removal by a chemical exfoliant. Exfoliation removes the top layer of skin cells, exposing new cells

How Often Should One Exfoliate Their Body?

A physical exfoliant should be used once or twice a week. A chemical exfoliant (at safe concentrations) may be used every 24 hrs, most likely at night, as they usually are phototoxic*.

*phototoxic = increases the skin’s sensitivity to UV rays when exposed to direct sunlight.

Is Over Exfoliation a Bad Thing? What Can Happen?

Yes! When you over exfoliate your skin you are constantly stripping down the skin cells, leaving them open to infection and irritation. You can also destroy the good bacteria that keeps your skin healthy.

How To Exfoliate (Physical Exfoliant)

Exfoliation should happen before cleansing but after removing makeup. From the legs up in small, circular motion towards your heart to increase blood flow.

What To Use When Exfoliating

Hand Exfoliator, Old Coffee Grounds, Sugar, Store bought, a quick DIY natural exfoliator

Body Exfoliants: natural sponge, coffee grounds, sugar, ground oats, ground almonds, sea salt - mix with honey or oil to apply

Face Exfoliants (physical): apricot shells, sandalwood powder, colloidal oatmeal, ground almonds

Face Exfoliants (chemical): lactic acid, glycolic acid, papaya extract

DIY Natural (& yummy) Lip Scrub

In a small jar, mix honey, sugar and coconut oil together until a paste is formed. Rub gently on lips and wash off with warm water and washcloth. Apply Soleluna Cosmetics Natural Lip Balm to replenish moisture!

Image: The CHICago Life Blog,
Image: The CHICago Life Blog,

Questions? Send me an email @ or tag us on social media using the hashtag #AskSolelunaC

Happy Scrubbing !



By Soleluna Cosmetics, Jul 31 2016 04:50PM

Today I wildcrafted some St. John's Wort flowers. There are so many plants nearby where I live, and I will defiitely be continueing to harvest over the next week. The flowers smells beautiful and can be used in so many different ways! You can tell it's St. John's Wort by the tiny holes in the leaves, when holding it up to sunlight.

I decided to use them in an infused oil. After weeks of sun bathing. St. John's Wort oil will gradually turn deep ruby red. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory oil that is used for healing bruises, burns, cuts and sprains. It is soothing to inflamed nerves and helpful for conditions like neuralgia, sciatica and fibrosis.

After applying this oil, skin should not be exposed to direct sunlight for 12 hours, as it may increase phototoxicity.

By Soleluna Cosmetics, Jul 26 2016 06:22PM

Since starting Soleluna Cosmetics, I've had friends, family and clients ask me endless amounts of questions about skincare and beauty. It challenges me to think creatively and continue my research on how to incorporate natural ingredients into our daily skincare and beauty routines. To spread the wealth of knowledge and for those of you who may have questions, I've decided to launch a monthly Q&A!

If you have any questions regarding natural skincare, skincare concerns, beauty and whatever else is on your mind - please use the hashtag #AskSolelunaC and tag Soleluna Cosmetics on Instagram and Twitter . Enjoy!


Question #1: I'm in my mid twenties - when should I start to use anti-aging products?

Answer: Anti-aging is easy when you take the prevention approach. Everyone should be wearing sunscreen, EVERYDAY. This will be the biggest factor in preventing wrinkles, sun spots and dehydrated skin. Teenagers can begin preventing aging by using skincare high in antioxidants. This will provide your skin with an extra boost to help clear away damaged DNA and eliminate harmful free radicals. Our Antioxidant Punch Serum is perfect for a first time anti-aging product. Keeping a good skincare regime free of cheicals, perfumes and toxic preservatives, will ensure your skin is staying healthy. If you have dry skin - signs of aging may start to appear in your early twenties: fine lines, sun spots and sensitive skin. I recommend using a night cream with lactic acid to to remove dead skin cells and promote healthy regrowth. Our Honey Night Cream has 1% lactic acid, which is the perfect introductory anti-aging product. If you have oily skin - you lucked out in the aging department! Those with oily skin tend to age more slowly, as their sebum keeps the skin soft and supple. If you have oily skin you may be able to get away without anti-aging products until your late twenties, but it never hurts to start early.

Question #2: What's the best way to prevent and heal ingrown hairs?

Answer: For prevention of ingrown hairs there are a few common tips that work well. First, exfoliate your skin once a week. Look for ingredients like white willow bark extract (natural source of salicylic acid), papaya extract, apricot shells, sandalwood powder and colloidal oatmeal. You must remember to exfoliate the areas you are going to be shaving - legs, bikini area, under arms, all of it! Second, it is very important to shave "with the grain", in the direction the hair is growing. This can be hard to follow if you really want that smooth shave, but your skin will thank you! To heal ingrown hairs, massage the area twice a day with an oil such as jojoba - which has antimicrobial and anti inflammatory properties.

Question #3: I have sun spots and acne scarring on my face - is there a good way to minimize the appearence of them?

Answer: Sun spots can be reduced by wearing a zinc oxide containing sunscreen daily. Zinc oxide lightens the skin naturally. With gradual use it will protect the spots from further development and reduce their overall appearance and size. Acne scarring can be healed with essential oils. A blend of jojoba oil, helichrysum essential oil and lavandin essential oil is a powerful trio that with regular use, will reduce acne scars. Contact me to discuss a custom serum for acne scarring -

Question #4: How often should makeup brushes be washed and how often should they be replaced?

Answer: Makeup brushes should be washed after EVERY USE. I know I know, that just doesn't happen. If you are using them everyday - wash at least once a week. If you use them here and there but not daily - you can go every two weeks without washing. Spot washing with alcohol and a papertowel is okay for non-face brushes (eyeshadow brushes). If you use a makeup sponge to apply your base, this must be washed after every use. Sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria! Replacing your brushes should happen every 1-2 years, depending on the quality of the brush. Once the brush is no longer shaped, soft or hairs fall out - it is time to be replaced. Cleaning your brushes with a natural soap like Liquid Castile Soap will extend their lifespan.

Question #5: What is the best natural way to minimize pores?

Answer: This question has a very simple solution. Witch Hazel Distillate. This magical water is a natural astringent - meaning it contracts skin. After applying witch hazel to clean skin, your pores will contract and appear reduced. Pores can never actually become smaller, your pore size is your pore size. However, we can reduce the APPEARANCE of pores, which is what we are really looking to do. Essential oils of Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry and Rosemary are all powerful astringents. They can be added to water (or witch hazel), shooken up and applied to the skin to reduce the appearance of pores. Our Hydrating Lavender Toner is made up of 50% witch hazel and will minimize the appearance of pores.

Have a question but didn't see it on this month's Q&A?

Follow @SolelunaCosmetics on Instagram & @SolelunaC on Twitter and use the hashtag #AskSolelunaC for your question to be answered and featured in Augusts Q&A!

Don't have social media? No worries - send us your questions via email!


Kenna Whitnell

Owner and Product Manager of Soleluna Cosmetics

By Soleluna Cosmetics, Jul 25 2016 01:05PM

Hillside this year was incredible! Amazing artists, great company and so many laughs. After a weekend well spent in the sun, my skin needs a little bit of TLC. This is my favourite time to do a moisturizing and re-balancing mask. This mask is perfect for hydrating, softening and cleansing the skin.

1 T raw honey (warm for 5-10 s in the microwave)

2 t macadamia nut oil

2 t jojoba oil

5 drops tamanu oil

a glob of turkey red oil

a glob of glycerine

5 drops bergamot essential oil

5 drops rosewood essential oil

5 drops geranium essential oil

Raw honey is perfect for rebalancing the pH of your skin, moisturizing and cleansing. It has antimicrobial and anti inflammatory properties, making it the perfect base for this mask.

Macadamia nut oil and jojoba oil are hypo allergenic and non-comodogenic. These oils help dissolve excess dirt, sweat and oil from deep within your pores.

Tamanu oil is extremely antibacterial and healing. I've noticed a few new spots show up on my skin after the weekend, and this oil will help clear that up.

Turkey red oil will help the water soluble (honey + glycerine) ingredients blend with the oil-soluble ingredients.

Glycerine is a humectant, meaning it prevents moisture from evaporating off your skin, causing dry-ness. This will lock in all of our beneficial ingredients.

Bergamot essential oil is the perfect oil for combatting infections and overly oily skin.

Rosewood essential oil is extremely soothing and mild on the skin. It is perfect for dry skin.

Geranium essential oil is perfect for boosting a dry, dull complexion. It gives a youthful glow to the skin.

Since this mask is not exfoliating, it can be massaged gently into the skin when applied. To remove, rinse most of it off with water and use a damp cloth to carefully remove the excess. Your skin should be left smooth, soft and hydrated.

By Soleluna Cosmetics, Jul 21 2016 11:28PM

Hillside 2016: Top 3 Natural Skincare Essentials

Hillside has officially arrived and we couldn’t be more excited for this year’s three day outdoor music and cultural festival! The next three days we’ll be sharing with you our top natural skincare and makeup essentials to make sure you’re looking fab and having fun all weekend long.

Don’t Skip on Good Skincare

First things first – let’s talk skincare. With the excitement of listening to our favourite performers live, visiting local vendors and seeing various artists, it’s easy to overlook your weekend skincare routine. We’ve made it simple – keep your skin clean and hydrated all weekend long with these three all natural products.

Everyday Natural Cleanser

A good cleanser will do wonders for your skin. While you’re out and about for three days this weekend you’ll want a cleanser that is gentle on your skin but powerful enough to cleanse off oil, makeup and dirt. Tea tree oil, red raspberry seed oil and 7 other active plant ingredients will cleanse, tone and soften skin while reducing the appearance of enlarged pores.

Hydrating Lavender Toner

This weekend’s weather is looking to be very hot! Which is great – if you’re cold blooded. Just kidding! We couldn’t be happier about the weather this weekend (we’ll take it over rain) but that means that we’ll have to stay hydrated as much as possible! Introducing our Hydrating Lavender Toner – pack this in your bag and you’ll be thanking us later! Active plant based ingredients such as Lavender Essential Oil naturally purifies and balances skin while Witch Hazel naturally tones, clears and moisturizers skin.

Moisturizing Day Cream w/ SPF 15

It’s one of our best sellers for a reason! You’ll be getting lots of sun this weekend so sunscreen is a MUST (along with a hat and a good pair of sunnies!). This natural day cream with SPF 15 is rich in vitamins that contain soothing and protecting properties from high quality oils such as jojoba, babassu and rosehip seed.

You’ll find me spritzing my Hydrating Lavender Toner at the festival this weekend! Tomorrow I'll share my beauty essentials for Hillside 2016.



By Soleluna Cosmetics, Jul 13 2016 12:26PM

Ever Wonder How to Distill Essential Oils at Home?

This past weekend I picked up some Lavandula x intermedia (Lavandin) from the Guelph Farmers Market to distill my own Lavender Essential Oil at home. I was so excited that I accidently forgot to weigh the fresh flowers, leaving the percentage (%) yeild of oil unknown this time around (I know, I know - rookie mistake on my part!). The whole process was successful and I am very happy with the result :).

Continue reading to learn a bit about the process and how to distill your own essential oils at home!

Disclaimer: Due to the initial investment of product, materials and equiptment ($$$), I would not recommend trying this distillation at home unless you have experience in this area. Feel free to email me @ for questions or concerns regarding this process.


- Hot plate

- 2L flat-bottom flask

- 2L dual-ended flask

- Connector glass tube

- Graham condenser

- Separatory flask

- Distilled water

- Fresh/ dried plant material

- Water pump

- Bag of ice

- Bucket

- Water

Step 1: Hand pick the flowering tops off of the stems and put in a bowl.

Step 2: Now it's time to add them to the still. I plugged in the water pump to keep the condenser cool and turned on the hot plate to start boiling the distilled water.

Step 3: Once the water is boiling, steam rises into the flask with the lavender flowers. The oils and soluble parts of the flowers are lifted with the steam and allowed to condense in the graham condenser (glass part on the right). I kept it at medium heat for 1.5 hours and then turned off the heat and allowed it to cool for 30-40 minutes.

Step 4: The liquid on the bottom is the hydrosol, it contains the light-weight water-soluble components of the plant and trace amounts of oil. The liquid on the top layer is the essential oil of the plant. It is composed of small aromatic molecules such as alcohols, monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, esters, aldehydes, etc.

Results: I ended up with 3-4 mL of oil and about 70 mL of hydrosol. The oil can be used to diffuse in the air, added to essentail oil blends and incorporated into skincare. The hydrosol makes a wonderful toner, or addition to skincare.

Notes: The oil has been dried with ammonium sulfate and is currently being analyzed by GCMS to determine the chemical composition. I will post the GCMS spectra soon!

Lavandula x intermedia has a different chemical composition than True Lavender/ English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). It is more citrusy, with a wintergreen oil note and a higher content of 1,8-cineole.

To learn more about this process or purchase hand distilled products, please contact me at

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