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Apotheca Borealis on Global News + a DIY Rose Oil Recipe

So many exciting things have happened this month, which has kept me very busy so this blog post has been late to send. As I mentioned in my last post, Apotheca Borealis was in British Vogue's Fresh Faced Beauty section. As a result, there's been a lot more people discovering the amazing skin benefits of Saskatoon Berries and I couldn't be more thrilled!

Last week I did a live to air interview on Global News' Morning Show, which had me waking up 10mins before going on camera because I forgot that Saskatchewan doesn't recognize Daylight Saving Time and I thought I had another hour before camera time... Despite a lack of caffeine, not brushing the back of my hair and a case of nerves, I think I did ok! Check out the interview here:

I wanted to release this part of the blog last week, but time escaped me. Obviously this can be done whenever you should find yourself with a bouquet of beauties (preferably a few days after they are received/cut from your garden etc), when the petals start to wilt. All you need for this creation is sunflower oil, a glass jar, vitamin E (tocopherol) and an unbleached coffee filter.

Step 1. Gently remove the petals from the buds

Step 2. Fill a clear glass jar 1/3 with rose petals and fill the remaining 2/3 with sunflower oil. Add 4 drops of Vitamin E oil.

Step 3. Place a natural (unbleached) coffee filter over the top of the jar and secure with an elastic band

Step 4. Allow the jar to sit on a window sill for a minimum of 2 weeks and ideally up to 1 month. Gently shake the jar once daily for 1 minute. This is the infusion process.

Step 5. After 2-4weeks, strain the oil in a sieve or cheesecloth to remove the plant matter. Bottle the oil and store in a cool, dark place. It should last for up to one year.

Voila! your own DIY Rose Oil. If infused correctly, it should have a sweet smell. Rose oil is wonderful for dehydrated, damaged winter skin. Enjoy!

Please note - Be careful not to use it before you apply make-up to your skin as rose oil will open your pores, making them readily able to receive what you put on your skin. If you're using make-up after a rose oil application, guess what happens? That's right, all those cosmetics will get sucked into your pores - clogging them and likely causing a break out.

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