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written by Raulla S. Mitchell

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”

Carl Jung (psychologist)

How do you celebrate Halloween?

Do you dress up in a fave silly or ghoulish costume for a party?

Do you toss together something last min to surprise unsuspecting trick-or-treaters when you open your door?

Do you chaperone the kids (and dog, in costume too), joining in their shrieks of laughter and calls to each other as they run in the dark from home to home in your neighborhood?

For years, I used to dress as Wilma Flintstone.  My husband as her stone age hubbie Fred.  Our next door neighbor created these costumes for us.

One year my Fred no longer wanted to go barefoot.  He determined that an oversized bright orange tunic with black patches and a royal blue tie were sufficient to signify Fred, without his big bare feet at the bottom.

That was the year of our descent from full-on Wilma & Fred,  as I recall it.

Who IS Fred with shoes on?  He’s NOT Fred, that’s who.

Wilma’s white jig-jag bottom white dress has shrunk over the years.  Maybe, I’ve put on a few, or things have shifted… No, it’s shrunk.

I choose to thrive in the land of deNile.  Free choice is a good thing.

My other sartorial option: a femme fatale vampire feline – homage to Don Taylor’s 1977 flick “The Island of Dr. Moreau”.

Cinephiles, or femmes d’un certain age, remember, Dr. Moreau, the mad scientist who experimented with inter-species breeding on his lost island filled with the sounds, dreams Grey Tiger with Blue Eyes and Red Nose - BONNE NUIT CHERE TIGRESSE - Crop - Blog - Smand nightmares of human-tiger-leopard-jaguar creatures, starring the gorgeous Barbara Carrera? Unforgettable.

I searched far and wide and finally discovered a beautiful faux fur black tail and leopard ears to pair with a royal purple velvet hooded victorian cape.  My ancestral Romanian-Ukrainian-Lithuanian-Russian DNA (black hair and anemic complexion, a natural Goth) brings me nearly to completion without much make-up beyond a good pair of fangs.  Not all fangs were created equal.   Some are better than others, and you get what you pay for where fangs are concerned.

For those of you who know me, any other ideas?

What about you?          Fuschia Feather Mask - SPLENDOR IN THE LEMONGRASS - Crop - Blog - Sm

Any plans to dress up this year?

Please tell me that you still leap into the spirit of Halloween dress-up!

The last thing I have to say about dressing up for Halloween is “pourquoi pas?”

When is there a better excuse to dress up and pretend to be someone else, even if just for one night?

Come on, have some fun, let out those primal screams, giggles, roars,.. – You know you want to!

Remember: play is instinctual and vital to the creative spirit.  Why wait?  If not now, when?

Since this is after all a skincare blog, have you thought about a DIY pampering facial or mask made with just a few yummy ingredients from your fridge?

‘Tis the season for pumpkins!  What else will you do with your leftover Jack O’Lantern?  There’s pumpkin pie, pumpkin crisp, pumpkin soup, and salted (or sugared) pumpkin seeds…and pumpkin facials!

This is much easier, more fun, and your skin will love it!  Whip it up in the kitchen, and apply it before stepping into your warm bath.

This super moisturizing pumpkin facial mask is naturally rich in enzymes to gently exfoliate dead surface skin cells (and last bits of heavy Halloween make-up), and skin-loving vitamin A for a smooth radiant glow (okay so it’s a little messy when it’s from your kitchen and not squeezed out of tube, but just go with it, and let me know if you like the results?  Hey you’re in the bathtub, so if it’s messy, there’s plenty of water to clean up):

  • 3 tablespoons mashed fresh pumpkin (from chopped pumpkin cubes without the rind, or you may use puree of organic pumpkin if your pumpkin seems a little less than fresh by this time)
  • 1 tsp sunflower seed, sweet almond, or apricot kernel oil (or avocado oil, melted mango, or cocoa butter if you have very dry skin)’
  • 1 tsp buttermilk, plain yogurt, milk or creme fraiche
  • Boil pumpkin until soft (10 min). Mash slightly to make 3 tablespoons pumpkin. Puree in blender with oil and buttermilk, yogurt, milk or creme. For a thicker consistency, use buttermilk, natural yogurt or creme.
  • Apply to face, neck and decollete while relaxing in a warm bath for 20-30 minutes. The warm air from your bath will help the buttermilk or yogurt to gentle exfoliate dead surface skin cells and the pumpkin’s nutrients and vitamins to penetrate your skin to repair and hydrate. Rinse off after 10 minutes with warm water. Apply a facial moisturizer.
  • So, what do you think?  Radiant, soft, smooth goddess skin?
  • *TIP: for more exfoliating that’s still gentle, add a tsp of sugar and gently massage in mask.

What about fall fragrances?  Searching for new warmer, spicier fragrances now that there’s a chill in the air?

PLAY with new fall and winter fragrances and moisturizing treatments in your skincare regime to adapt it to a colder drier environment.

Listen to your skin.  Feel its texture to see if you might want to “step up” from a lotion to a creme or body butter, especially to treat certain dryer parts of your body like neck, Neil Photography 40z-group-15439-RET-web-feather - bb collection Facebook - Crop - Blog - Smdecollete, elbows, hands and feet.

Explore. Allow your senses and instincts to playfully delight in new favorite products and fragrances that celebrate your spirit and make your skin feel more beautiful than you could imagine.

Feel and express something uniquely you whenever you wear fragrance. When you fall in love with new must-haves, they become a part of you, loved by you and those dearest to you.

Fragrance is always a statement about YOU, and the best part: you make the statement!

Looking for more Halloween DIY skin and bath recipes, make-up, costumes, and other fun stuff?  Check out our Happy Halloween Pinterest Board!  

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How about you?  Tell us about your newest, favorite, or best costume ever.  Did it give you the freedom to feel like someone completely new and different, be silly, scare even yourself, just a little?

Enjoy a super fab Halloween, celebrate the spirit of play AND keep it safe!

Bisous xoxo

About Red Note Botanica

RED NOTE BOTANICA formulates fresh natural skincare for the bath. Luxury soaps, sugar scrubs, lotions, cremes, body butters, and perfume cubes are made with only the highest quality ingredients to make lusciously fragranced skincare that is always seriously safe, effective and eco-friendly.

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