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Build The Ultimate Facial Skin Care Routine

Batty's guide to building a customized skin care routine plus Batty's Bath product guide

Click the image to be taken to the full size product guide & facial routine builder!

I love to help people build their ultimate facial skin care routine! And since I’ve been too busy to do any 1-on-1 consults this year, I’ve been revising, sharing, and developing skin care resources as often as I can!  Today I want to share with you the revised Batty’s Bath product guide! And here’s the thing, it’s so much more than just a product guide!

With is resource you can build a customized routine that addresses all your skin concerns (without ending up with some big elaborate routine that you have to devote hours to executing!). You can easily see which products address multiple concerns, when certain groups of products (moisturizers for example) should be used, what key elements go into a balanced routine (just look at the titles of the columns at the top of the chart!), plus get my ultimate skin concern specific tips for building routines! It’s almost  like I’m right there with you!

Another handy feature of this resource is if you’re trying to decide between two different products to use, you can just click the product name and you’ll be whisked off a page with additional info! Compare the additional info for each product and bada boom bada bing, you’ve narrowed with the perfect product for your personalized routine!

It’s my sincere hope that this guide proves to be super helpful for anyone looking to build a completely natural (and personalized!) routine that targets their biggest (and smallest) skin concerns!  If you find the new product guide helpful please let us know over on the facebook fan page or by sending your feedback to VA Lauryn (lauryn@battysbath.com).

Happy routine building!

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Customer Review: Mild Jojoba Facial Scrub

 mild jojoba facial scrub unscented natural

Thank you so much to Effie for her review of my Mild Jojoba Facial Scrub! Check out Effie’s review below:

“I absolutely love love love this soap. My face feels squeaky clean after I’ve washed it and my skin looks amazing. You only need a tiny bit of the product and it makes so much soap and takes ALL your make up off! I have used every cleanser out there and this is my favourite.” – Effie V

Thanks again Effie! You rock!

If you’d like to read more reviews for this scrub (or post your own!), click here.

Weekly Photo Recap & Little Man Update

Here’s this week’s photo recap! There’s lots of little man news in this one because his surgery was this week! Enjoy the doggie cuteness ;)

Pictures are displayed from the oldest to the most recent (dates are included in the description of the picture). If you’d prefer to see my picture updates as they are posted, follow my instagram feed – that’s where I post these pictures during the week and then recap them here on the blog once a week. (This is a relatively new feature on the blog but to see previous photo recaps, check out the “My Week So Far” tag).

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An appropriate throw back thursday for this week: little man as a baby :) (April 10th)

An appropriate throw back thursday for this week: little man as a baby :) (April 10th)

 

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This morning in the studio: body balm cooling down and setting up (April 10th)

This morning in the studio: body balm cooling down and setting up (April 10th)

 

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I was up super early this morning and got a head start on my "studio to do list"... I've already made shampoo, conditioner, and leave in conditioner! Now on to a few other things on the list before switching gears after lunch. After lunch: order packing time! (April 11th)

I was up super early this morning and got a head start on my “studio to do list”… I’ve already made shampoo, conditioner, and leave in conditioner! Now on to a few other things on the list before switching gears after lunch. After lunch: order packing time! (April 11th)

 

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April 12th

(April 12th)

 

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I just heard about this so I'm posting for anyone else who hasn't heard about it yet either. (April 12th)

I just heard about this so I’m posting for anyone else who hasn’t heard about it yet either. (April 12th)

 

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From my studio: my bin of misc soaps! Any soaps that don't turn out "pretty enough" to be sold as Batty's Bath soaps end up here. Don't feel bad for them - it's not a soap graveyard ;) lol. They are all full functional (just a little on the fugly side lol) so I fill my soap dishes around the house with them, my family and friends occasionally snag bars from this bin to take home and use for themselves, and any time I need to make more laundry soap (<a href="http://battysblog.com/2012/10/04/how-to-make-laundry-soap-with-my-cp-soap/">how-to here</a>) I use the bars from this bin. I also turn these bars into rebatched liquid hand soap or general purpose liquid household soap when I need it. There's all kinds of soapy gems to be had from this bucket :) (April 12th)

From my studio: my bin of misc soaps! Any soaps that don’t turn out “pretty enough” to be sold as Batty’s Bath soaps end up here. Don’t feel bad for them – it’s not a soap graveyard ;) lol. They are all full functional (just a little on the fugly side lol) so I fill my soap dishes around the house with them, my family and friends occasionally snag bars from this bin to take home and use for themselves, and any time I need to make more laundry soap (how-to here) I use the bars from this bin. I also turn these bars into rebatched liquid hand soap or general purpose liquid household soap when I need it. There’s all kinds of soapy gems to be had from this bucket :) (April 12th)

 

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The weather was perfect to try out my new instax mini camera! I love how the polaroids turned out! Such a fun little camera. I've been really missing taking insta pix since I ran out of film for my joy cam... and haven't been able to find more at a decent price. The instal mini is a perfect substitute/upgrade. (April 12th)

The weather was perfect to try out my new instax mini camera! I love how the polaroids turned out! Such a fun little camera. I’ve been really missing taking insta pix since I ran out of film for my joy cam… and haven’t been able to find more at a decent price. The instal mini is a perfect substitute/upgrade. (April 12th)

 

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The morning light has arrived in my office (April 13th)

The morning light has arrived in my office (April 13th)

 

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Super long day of work but another record set with the number of orders we packed up today! Conclusion = long but bliss filled day! I'm pretty sure I'm going to sleep sweet and deeply tonight! Thanks to momma batty and VA lauryn for all your help! (April 13th)

Super long day of work but another record set with the number of orders we packed up today! Conclusion = long but bliss filled day! I’m pretty sure I’m going to sleep sweet and deeply tonight! Thanks to momma batty and VA lauryn for all your help! (April 13th)

 

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So I killed my blender yesterday. Momma batty came to the rescue and brought me her vintage olive sunbeam blender (which is at least as old as I am) to hold me over until I get a new blender. I'm kind of nervous that I'll kill this beautiful relic lol. (April 14th)

So I killed my blender yesterday. Momma batty came to the rescue and brought me her vintage olive sunbeam blender (which is at least as old as I am) to hold me over until I get a new blender. I’m kind of nervous that I’ll kill this beautiful relic lol. (April 14th)

 

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In my office (top pic) and in my studio (bottom pic). (April 14th)

In my office (top pic) and in my studio (bottom pic). (April 14th)

 

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Spent the day in bed feeling like crap. Pain levels are high and on the rise. As I predicted on my blog, I'm facing a flare up this week. Now I do face elevated symptoms every week - I have about two full days each week (on average as of late) where I'm feeling well enough to be uber productive... and 5 days of elevated symptoms... but I can usually predict which weeks are going to be better than others. This is one of those "other" weeks. My prediction for this week was based on the stress of little man going in for surgery - stress increases my symptoms. I drop little man off for surgery in less than 7 hours. Eek. I'm going to be a ball of stress until he's back at home. At the moment he's curled up against me sound asleep (April 16th)

Spent the day in bed feeling like crap. Pain levels are high and on the rise. As I predicted on my blog, I’m facing a flare up this week. Now I do face elevated symptoms every week – I have about two full days each week (on average as of late) where I’m feeling well enough to be uber productive… and 5 days of elevated symptoms… but I can usually predict which weeks are going to be better than others. This is one of those “other” weeks. My prediction for this week was based on the stress of little man going in for surgery – stress increases my symptoms. I drop little man off for surgery in less than 7 hours. Eek. I’m going to be a ball of stress until he’s back at home. At the moment he’s curled up against me sound asleep (April 16th)

 

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My boy in now in the hands of the surgeon! Eeeek! This doggie mommy is a huge ball of stress! Send little man your positive vibes and prayers! (April 16th)

My boy in now in the hands of the surgeon! Eeeek! This doggie mommy is a huge ball of stress! Send little man your positive vibes and prayers! (April 16th)

 

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Sassy girl has been super stressed since I came home without little man. she’s been pacing and watching out the windows (for little man to return) all day. This is one of those times that I wish doggies knew English. I’ve told her a few things that I always say when I’m leaving for a short time to try to let her know that he’s only gone for a short time but her actions tell me she’s not getting it. Poor girlie. (April 16th)

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Sharing the good news with sassy earlier tonight: little man made it out of surgery and they said it was a success! (The bad news? His X-rays showed signs of hip dysplasia) (April 17th)

Sharing the good news with sassy earlier tonight: little man made it out of surgery and they said it was a success! (The bad news? His X-rays showed signs of hip dysplasia) (April 17th)

 

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Little man is back home and resting. (That's an ice pack btw). As suspected, he stole the hearts of everyone he came into contact with during his stay at the vets! My sweet boy is making friends all over the place hehe. (April 17th)

Little man is back home and resting. (That’s an ice pack btw). As suspected, he stole the hearts of everyone he came into contact with during his stay at the vets! My sweet boy is making friends all over the place hehe. (April 17th)

 

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Sassy immediately came to lay by little man now that he's home. She's finally stopped pacing and is relaxed now that her best friend is right by her side. (April 17th)

Sassy immediately came to lay by little man now that he’s home. She’s finally stopped pacing and is relaxed now that her best friend is right by her side. (April 17th)

 

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Our dining room. (April 17th)

Our dining room. (April 17th)

 

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Early this evening. All tucked in to sleep + recover + look so darn cute! (April 17th)

Early this evening. All tucked in to sleep + recover + look so darn cute! (April 17th)

 

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What I wore: all smiles today because little man is back home. He was only gone for about 28 hours but because of the circumstances, it felt like a very v..e..r..y long 28 hours! I'm wearing a #handmade reconstructed / upcycled sweater and fleece lined thick stretchy pants - such a comfy outfit! Plus I love that the colors in the sweater match (and complement) my current hair colour (not that you can tell that well from these pix) (April 17th)

What I wore: all smiles today because little man is back home. He was only gone for about 28 hours but because of the circumstances, it felt like a very v..e..r..y long 28 hours! I’m wearing a #handmade reconstructed / upcycled sweater and fleece lined thick stretchy pants – such a comfy outfit! Plus I love that the colors in the sweater match (and complement) my current hair colour (not that you can tell that well from these pix) (April 17th)

 

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A win! Let's be next ontario! (April 18th). Posted on this instagram account

A win! Let’s be next ontario! (April 18th). Posted on this instagram account

 

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Our living room. This room is on the main floor of our house and where I'll be spending a substantial amount of time over the next few months while little man recovers. Since he can't do the stairs that go up to the bedrooms, studio, office, etc, the living room will be my temporary workspace so I can keep an eye on him. Thankfully momma batty will be coming over on a regular basis so I can head upstairs to work in the studio ... Cus let's face it, there's only so much of my work I can move to the living room lol. Things like labeling products and online/computer/admin stuff will be happening in the living room for now but everything else I'll need a doggysitter for so I can jet upstairs to the studio for a few hours at a time. It seems momma batty will have a co-host to help her keep an eye on little man ... Sassy hasn't left his side since he came home! I also spent my first night sleeping on the couch in I don't know how long last night! And I use the word "sleeping" loosely.. "waking up often" would be a more appropriate description of last night's activities lol ... doggie mommy duties don't stop at night! You might be thinking why don't i just leave the dogs downstairs together at night... well, sassy gets all worked up if I don't let them upstairs ... monkey screeches ensue... (and I'm sure her having to pick between going upstairs like usual at night or staying with little man would send her into a full blown anxiety frenzy! ). So we're camping out in the living room like a bunch of swatters for the next little while lol. Right now I'm going to sneak upstairs to soak in the tub while the dogs saw logs ;) shhhh (April 18th)

Our living room. This room is on the main floor of our house and where I’ll be spending a substantial amount of time over the next few months while little man recovers. Since he can’t do the stairs that go up to the bedrooms, studio, office, etc, the living room will be my temporary workspace so I can keep an eye on him. Thankfully momma batty will be coming over on a regular basis so I can head upstairs to work in the studio … Cus let’s face it, there’s only so much of my work I can move to the living room lol. Things like labeling products and online/computer/admin stuff will be happening in the living room for now but everything else I’ll need a doggysitter for so I can jet upstairs to the studio for a few hours at a time. It seems momma batty will have a co-host to help her keep an eye on little man … Sassy hasn’t left his side since he came home! I also spent my first night sleeping on the couch in I don’t know how long last night! And I use the word “sleeping” loosely.. “waking up often” would be a more appropriate description of last night’s activities lol … doggie mommy duties don’t stop at night! You might be thinking why don’t i just leave the dogs downstairs together at night… well, sassy gets all worked up if I don’t let them upstairs … monkey screeches ensue… (and I’m sure her having to pick between going upstairs like usual at night or staying with little man would send her into a full blown anxiety frenzy! ). So we’re camping out in the living room like a bunch of swatters for the next little while lol. Right now I’m going to sneak upstairs to soak in the tub while the dogs saw logs ;) shhhh (April 18th)

 

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The extras…

I’ve decided to add a little “extras” part to these recaps where I share what I’m currently watching, reading, etc. This will provide a little space for me to also share things that I’m excited about, fun finds, or any other random  tidbits.

This week the extras section will just showcase what I’m watching and reading right now (and I suspect this will be the case most weeks).

I’m currently watching:

  • Medium. I’m surprised I haven’t watched this show before. I’ve been having a harder and harder time finding tv shows to watch on netflix while I work lately… mostly because I’ve watched all the tv shows on netflix that I think would interest me. I’ve even watched some of them several times lol.  Now I’m just grasping at straws for shows that will at least keep me mildly entertained, or at least not annoy me lol.
  • I watched Revenge earlier in the week but got bored of it after a while, and finished watching the available seasons of Sons of Anarchy on netflix the week before. I didn’t think Sons of Anarchy would be a show that would get or keep my attention, but my sister recommended it so I gave it a try. To my surprise I got sucked into the storyline super fast and was hooked!
  • As always, there’s two shows that I don’t do anything but watch when there’s a new episode (re: I don’t work while I watch these shows! I just sit back and enjoy!). Those two shows are Grimm and The Vampire Diaries. 

What I’m reading (non-work related):

  • For the past few weeks I’ve been reading a collection of books I got for my kindle (via amazon) for dirt cheap. The collection is called Magic After Dark and has 6 books in it. The first 3 (Sacrificed in Shadow, Crimson Night, and Influential Magic) were interesting enough. The 4th book (Fairy Tales and Ever Afters) didn’t grab my attention at all. I always give novels at least 3 chapters before I give up on them. After the 3rd chapter of the fourth book I skipped ahead to the 5th book (Maggie for Hire). The last book is called Sterling. To see the authors and whatnot, here’s a link to the collection on amazonalthough I’ve noticed they only have 5 books in the collection now (they’ve removed Fairy Tales and Ever Afters … which is the book I skipped over anyways).

 

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Q&A: What products do you recommend for hyperpigmentation?

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Hi, I have severe hyperpigmentation on my face, neck and chest. Dermatologists have no idea what the cause is but suspect it might be e result of infertility drugs I used to get pregnant over the last 6 years. I ready about you on beautylish.com where you shared that you create masks for hyperpigmentation but didn’t know what product to choose from your website, so I thought it best to reach out directly to you :) I look forward to hearing from you!
Cheers!
batty's answer

hydra healing skin rescue gelHere’s my super quick product suggests for hyper pigmentation (in order):
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- dry clay mask

- hydra healing skin rescue gel 

- after acne serum

- balance serum 

 Additionally, Facial Primer Facial Moisturizer gives a low dose of the clay found in the dry clay mask (that reduces redness)
Please see my acne scars video and my vitamin deficiency + skin care video (posted below) for even more suggestions! The acne scars video also includes how to use these products to reduce hyper pigmentation, what to avoid, and more! The vitamin deficiency + skin care video includes suggestions for steps you can take to boost your skin healing power internally!
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I hope that helps :)
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Honest Review of Detox Kit from Teenager with Cystic Acne

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An anonymous review was submitted to ShopBattysBath.com a while ago (the site screens reviewers to ensure they are in fact customers who have purchased the products), and I couldn’t help but share it here! The review is of my Detox Skin Care Kit from a teenager with cystic acne. And while they didn’t use only the Detox products (as the routine recommends), they still saw (in their words), “the results were amazing“! They also share the ups and downs of their experience over several weeks of using the kit and provide tips based on their journey. It’s definitely worth a read! Thank you so much to this amazing teenager who stuck with it and bravely shared their results!

Here’s what our reviewer posted to the Detox Skin Care Kit page:

“So first off I would just like to say that I have cystic acne mostly with the occasional pimple and clogged pores (mostly on my forehead). 
At first, my skin seemed angry and broke out even more (but it was still within the first two weeks) and when the second week was up, and I still had just as bad acne as before I was horrible upset because it was hard to convince my family (i am a teenager) to go the natural route and they all seemed to say ‘i told you so’. But I decided to keep going and to see since it does take a pimple a week to form. 

And thankfully the results were amazing! my clogged pores even from before the two weeks were a lot better, and i stopped getting the occasional pimple there. I still have slightly clogged pores but it is MUCH better than before. 
I tend to get cystic acne on my cheeks and sometimes on my chin and those two problem areas stopped breaking out. I do two right now, unfortunately but I think that was due to the monthly gift. My redness has definitely gone down in both areas, and my scars seemed to look better though I can’t say for sure it was these products that worked for those (I do use some other all organic products not from here) but i can definitely vouch that my acne is so much better due to batty’s products so thank you so much!! 

I for some reason started getting pimples on the sides of my face (which is a little weird, i normally don’t get them there) but they’re looking better and it’s probably cause i didn’t focus as much on that spot. 
So I can say I am a lot happier about my skin, going from having at least 5 cysts on my face to most of the time none (even the 2 i have right now is better than before) and I’m super happy about it. 

This was only the detox, and if i continue breaking out I’ll probably just get some of the products from acne kit but even this has done an amazing job! 
I would like to warn though, for my face in the winter (its like below freezing/freezing) the facial primer is not hydrating enough but that’s cause of the winter. So I would recommend if you live in a cold area to probably get the other one as well. 

I hope this helps others with a similar situation with mine and convince you guys to buy it cause i swear it’s worth it. 

(the four stars* is cause i still get a few breakouts and during the beginning made me break out before but i probably just need to switch to the acne one and this is still amazing product and will probably eliminate the problems for those who do not have as bad acne as i did). “

*out of 5

 

 




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