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Natural Beauty and Balance with Simply Divine Botanicals!

Simply Divine Botanicals is a lovely skincare company that handcrafts chemical free products with your mind, body and soul encompassed in each of them. Made with what Master herbalist and healer, SDB Founder Barbara Rogers, calls complete and unconditional love and gratitude as well as all natural ingredients. I was recently sent a massive and incredibly generous amount of samples from the lovely Simply Divine Botanicals, so much so that I cannot really review them all at once, though I am likely to review more in the future as I go through them. That being said, here are a few of my favorite so far!

Feet Treat Foot and Leg Cream – A Stimulating Experience! – This one I only received a small sample of, but it really helps to take the stress out of my feet! I am on my feet a lot of the time and there’s a lot of pressure in them by the end of the day so this truly relaxes and takes the pressure off of them. It has a semi-medicinal smell to it and feels very balmy and  nourishing. I like to massage it in a bit and it really feels hydrating to my heels and relaxing to my muscles and mind!

You’re My Everything! Beautify – Detoxify – Energize – Nourish – This is an all natural supplement made with all natural greens, activated Barley, Spirulina blue green algae, Cayenne pepper and MSM meant to give you more energy, vitality, beauty and health. I have experienced more energy throughout the day using this than any other supplement! The only thing is that it literally smells like hamster food and has that green sea taste. It’s masked a bit when you mixed it with a bit of juice or in a smoothie, but honestly, I down it like a shot to avoid tasting it because the results are totally worth it to me!

Keeping Abreast Of It! Lymphatic Drainage and Circulatory Breast Cream – This cream is very hydrating and nourishing, but the real benefits come when it’s that time of the month! I don’t know the mysteries behind this one, but it really helps with soreness in the breast tissue. Also, if I’m feeling sore in the breast area even from working out, this seems to really help. It also seems to help with neck soreness as well!

Crystal Ally Body and Foot Spray Deodorant – I want to make a point of saying that this spray is not an antipersperant. It will not stop you from sweating like a conventional drugstore deodorant. What it does do is utilizes zinc and silver to neutralize body odor, which it does very well! I was still sweaty when I used this on an extremely hot day, but I smelled like pleasant citrus instead of B.O. which is fine with me! This is a really pleasant and super light spray that I have been keeping in my bag for super hot days when I know I can’t really stop the sweat, but I can control the odor. Yeah, it’s gross, but hey, this helps, even in 100+ F heat!

You Glow Girl! Glitter Butter – This is a really softening body butter that includes glitter in the formula to give you a nice shimmer perfect for Summer days. It really looks nice; it’s not too over the top in appearance and the formula includes hydrating oils, butters and essential oils for a moisturizing butter that offers a simple natural fragrance and perfectly toned, shimmery skin.

How Now Brown Cacao Body Butter – This body butter is seriously lovely! It smells delicious, literally want to eat it, because it smells just like chocolate. Do NOT eat this even though you’ll want to when you smell it! It is incredibly softening, hydrating and absorbs really well into the skin. Also, the chocolate smell is apparent when you’re applying, but once dry, someone will only be able to smell it if they’re right up in your personal space.


Gypsy Rose Tea Toner – This is a lovely tea toner that I have been spraying on my face any chance I can get throughout the hot weekdays. It doesn’t have an extremely strong smell, but the hint of apple cider vinegar is definitely apparent. It goes away once dry, though. I found this toner is great for calming redness and helping keep oily skin free from bacteria.



Pack Your Bags, They’re Leaving! Eye Gel – This eye gel is so hydrating and cooling! It includes cucumber and vitamin E to help moisturize and de-puff your under eyes. It definitely works well for me on mornings when I’ve gotten less than the desirable amount of beauty sleep!

Plump Up the Volume! Facial Mist – This mist utilizes the powers of seaweed to hydrate and plump the skin throughout the day. It really seems to work because I notice when I use this my skin looks firmer, more supple and soft than usual.


Face the Day! Firming C-Weed Serum – This serum has a large amount of seaweed in it to help your skin hold moisture, firm the skin and prevent and treat UV damage while also aiding your skin in becoming more tolerant of the sun. I love using this in the morning along with my sunscreen! It has a great texture, a pleasant citrus-y scent and does actually feel very hydrating and firming.

Honey I Shrunk the Pores! Biologically Active Skin Polish and Face Mask – This awesome face scrub and mask combo works really wells to gently slough off dead skin cells, fend off bacterial and free radicals, and also brighten and even out the skin’s tone by harnessing the power of fruit enzymes. It smells a lot like berries and honey, but spreads great and it works well as both a scrub and mask. It helped clear up a few breakouts in about 3 days, but it instantly made my skin look clearer and more radiant!

Have you tried any products from Simply Divine Botanicals?

How do you feel about creating products that affect the mind as well as the body?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Simply Divine Botanicals for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

DIY Toners & Other Fun DIY Ideas

I love DIY beauty.

I think it has something to do with the fact that I’m really cheap.

I love a good bargain so if I can find a way to do something simple and get the same effect in my beauty routine, then I will definitely try it!

That being said, I have found there are some really easy DIY beauty recipes that I always go back to when either I run out of my store bought products (or more detailed self handmade items)  or I don’t have the cash to re-purchase or make a more detailed item for my skin.

Green Tea All Purpose Toner 

I love green tea! My favorite is jasmine, but I’ll drink it any time, any way, whatever. This recipe is super easy. All you need is green tea and a container! Simply steep your green tea for up to 30 minutes (if you want a good concentration) and then pour it into your desired container. It’s a very affordable toner that will cleanse, provide free radical protection, soothe dryness, smell pleasant, plump fine lines (due to caffeine content!) and calm any redness and irritation. Although it doesn’t last as long as store bought toner, it’s so easy to make that you can toss it out after a week or so when it starts to smell odd or lose its potency. Also, I like storing mine in the fridge in a spray bottle so I can refresh my skin whenever I think it looks tight, tired, dry or irritated. This is especially pleasant during the summer as I live in Southern California, USA and it can get extremely hot.

This toner can work for any skin tone including sensitive, acne-prone, mature/dry, and oily skin.

Other Green Tea Ideas: If you have the raw leaves, you can mix them up with warm water to create a paste and use it as a face mask. It works really well to calm under eye puffiness and redness in the face. Otherwise, you can mix natural clays such as kaolin or French green clay with green tea toner instead of using plain water.


Honey & Lemon Brightening Acne Toner

This toner requires a little more effort, but not too much!

All you do is mix the juice of 1 lemon with 1 tablespoon of honey and then add enough water to it to fill up your container. Stir all ingredients together; the honey should dissolve easily once mixed with water. Andddd you’re done!

This toner may not work well for those with extremely sensitive skin, but should work for mostly everyone as it’s not harsh with only 1 lemon in it.

This works great as a brightening toner for those who often experience dullness and can also help to calm and dry up acne breakouts with the natural vitamin C content from the lemon and the soothing, healing properties of the honey.

Again, I like to keep mine in the fridge as it keeps fresher longer and feels awesome on my face when it’s really hot.

With this toner, I recommend you wear sunscreen during the day to avoid any photo sensitivity which can be caused by the natural vitamin C in the lemon. If you don’t wear sunscreen, you can cause hyper-pigmentation or irritation from the sun.

Other Lemony Ideas: I sometimes like to use lemon juice straight on my face by itself as a natural exfoliant. I simply use a cosmetic brush to apply the lemon juice to my face like a mask and leave on for 10 minutes. It works like a mini-peel without the extreme chemicals so you will experience some redness, but it really helps with dullness in the skin and any hyper-pigmentation or scarring if you use it over time.


Rice Water Whitening/Lightening, Softening, Anti-Aging Toner

Extremely popular in Asia, rice water is often used in beauty products for it’s natural whitening abilities. It also helps to soften skin and fine lines while also calming any irritation.

This is easy super easy to make, but needs to be replaced often as it can start to smell funny after a week or so.

Simply put 1/4 cup of rice (any kind) in a bowl and fill with water until all the rice is completely covered with water. Stir until the water looks cloudy and leave for 15 minutes sitting in the rice.

Drain the water into a separate bowl and fill your container with the rice water.

That’s all you have to do!

Super easy and effective to use.

It works well for all skin types and can help improve a number of skin concerns.

If you want the benefits of rice, but don’t want the hassle of soaking water in rice, you can always use plain sake (rice wine) as it is fermented rice water and will offer the same effects and likely last longer due to its fermentation.

For all of these recipes, I recommend using only organic ingredients to avoid petrochemicals that are found in food.

There are so many options for easy at home toners!

Too many to list here, but some others include orange blossom water for all skin types, rose water mature skin, sage water for acne, and many others.

If you are someone who definitely will never make their own toners or beauty products, feel free to shoot me an email at TiannaSicilia@yahoo.com for a custom made skincare item or otherwise convo (conversation/message) me on Etsy an I can make you a custom listing for any item you would like! Convo me here.

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That’s all for now!

Stay Beautiful


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