With silent grace she walks the wood by day, then transforms with the emergence of evening as she floats through the veil of night—sun and starlight weaving through her hair, kissing her skin, and dancing in her eyes. A vision of beauty, she enchants, even as she works her mischief alongside her magic. Effortless grace, radiance, charm are her birthright.
And yet, though the queen of the fae always appears perfect in her natural state, she does get a little help from her forest friends: The trees extend their branches to her, the flowers their petals, and the plants their essences to bathe her in the beauty of nature. Celestial shimmer is naturally captured within these offerings to give her eternal cosmic glow, whatever mystical adventures should arise. I’ll let you in on a little secret: If you get on her good side, she might just share these potions with you.
Ah! What luck! You have been wonderful, I see! Here they are, each conjured with love and light from the earth and the heavens, representing different facets of the gem that is the faerie queen and resplendent in her powers of beauty and magic. Enjoy them with delight and abandonment, mes belles fées.
Yields approximately 3 ounces
Just like its namesake, this light and seemingly delicate potion is actually a force of nature. Designed to gently cleanse and tone the face, it keeps balance during seasonal shifts and mood swings (ahem, Titania) and generally disrupts anything that would endanger your precious skin. Use it morning and night, with a washable facial pad, followed by your favorite serum or crème. It is suitable for all skin types and smells divine.
2 ounces rose water
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
8 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops neroli essential oil
3 drops cedarwood essential oil
Seeds of one vanilla bean
Begin with the rose water in a 3-ounce glass bottle. Add the jojoba oil, then each essential oil, one at a time. As you concoct, ask each ingredient for its unique magic, feeling and visualizing not only personal power but the ability to temper it. Infuse your potion with this energy, so that your skin may always be protected from emotional and elemental stresses. Last, carefully slice the vanilla bean lengthwise, then gently scrape the tiny black seeds into your potion bottle. Cap it, and swirl vigorously in a clockwise direction. For best results, conjure this at the new moon and set it out in a window to receive the magic of the evening-into-morning light. With each use, give it a good swirl, as ingredients will settle.
Rose Beloved bringer of beauty and love, exquisite rose provides potent skincare powers and an opening of psychic awareness. Her magic includes strength that belies her delicate appearance.
Jojoba Similar to the skin’s natural sebum, jojoba balances its production and absorbs quickly as it provides long-lasting hydration.
Lavender This treasured flower eases inflammation, cleanses, and gently clears away negativity (including blemishes) while relieving anxiety, negative feelings, and even restlessness. Its magical gifts include protection, love, and peace.
Neroli Sweetly scented, solar neroli keeps the oil in skin balanced and has potent antiseptic and regenerative powers. It brings love, luck, and abundance.
Cedarwood This beautiful, solar-ruled tree grants protection, abundance, healing, and the capacity for clearing negativity. Its beauty magic keeps skin youthful while soothing, repairing, and protecting from harmful bacteria.
Vanilla Venusian vanilla is rich in copper, which helps promote collagen and elastin production. It soothes, protects from environmental stresses, and carries an enchanted scent alongside powerful love and beauty magic.
Beauty Witch Secret: You can decant some of your potion into a small, travel-size spray bottle for on-the-go cleansing or for use as a hydrating mist whenever you need to lift your complexion and your spirit.
Queen Mab’s Potion
Yields approximately 3 ounces
For your seductress side, this body oil is not only potent but is a ritual of sensuality all its own. Use this nightly to repair and fortify your skin all over, heighten your dreamtime visions, and inspire creativity. Better yet? Use its magic as you prepare for a moonlit rendezvous deep within the enchanted forest. It leaves your skin irresistibly smooth, soft, and scented for romantic intrigue. Rose, naturally, makes a second appearance here.
2 ounces grape-seed oil
1 piece cut damiana, or 1 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon rose petals
.05 ounces vitamin E
8 drops jasmine essential oil
5 drops vetiver essential oil
3 drops patchouli essential oil
3 drops lime essential oil
Beneath the full moon, pour grape-seed oil into a glass bottle. Add the damiana and then the roses. You are conjuring a lusty, bewitching blend kissed by beauty, so make sure your visions and feelings are both powerful and optimistic. Add in the vitamin E and then the essential oils, one at a time, harnessing the power of each one. Seal the bottle, and give it a good clockwise swirl. Whether you use it right away or wait until the moment is upon you, set it out under the stars overnight. You’re going to love this one.
Grape seed Lunar-ruled grape seed is rich in vitamins A and C for supreme skin support. It moisturizes deeply, protects from damage and moisture loss, reduces fine lines, and improves elasticity.
Damiana Ruled by fire, lusty damiana has long been revered by witches as an aphrodisiac. It elevates your stamina, enhances mood, and is an excellent tonic for overworked kidneys. A lesser known gift of this sexy plant is its ability to induce visions.
Vitamin E One of the most effective oils in any beauty potion, vitamin E heals damaged skin, including fine lines and wrinkles.
Jasmine Known as the Queen of the Night (à la Mab), sensual jasmine is an intoxicating aphrodisiac that knows a thing about beauty. A brilliant oil for reducing fine lines and strengthening skin’s elasticity, jasmine also helps fade scars and hyperpigmentation.
Vetiver A time-tested witches’ herb, vetiver brings luck and abundance, and protects that considerable wealth. Its earthy, lushly wooded aroma calls in the green spirits. It also heals skin and boosts cellular regeneration.
Patchouli Feminine and earthy, patchouli is more than a ubiquitous festival oil; it holds strong lust magic! It also brings forth creativity and abundance while providing relaxation, easing depressive feelings, and treating dry, irritated skin conditions.
Lime Fiery, solar lime brings love and protection while helping skin rejuvenate with vitamin C and antioxidants.
Beauty Witch Secret: A few drops of this on your face will go a long way as an age-delaying beauty oil. Test it first on the inside of your forearm, as ingredients are active.
Brew la Fay
Sometimes even a faerie queen needs her rest. With all that healing and shape-shifting, the legendary Morgana deserves a recharge, and so do you. Try this restful brew any time you feel overextended and desiring of a soothing sip. It will also help you get the beauty sleep that so often eludes us.
1 cup spring water
1 teaspoon magnesium powder
1 teaspoon chamomile flowers
1 teaspoon passionflowers
Squeeze of lemon
As you prepare to unwind for the evening, put the magnesium citrate into a teacup or mug. Pour the spring water into a pot, add the flowers, and slowly heat to a near boil. When the brew is ready, add the lemon juice, and strain into your vessel (though you can certainly leave the flowers in there if you like). Stir quickly to dissolve. The brew will fizz wildly at first—this is the best sip of all! As you are drinking, allow the calm to wash over you and settle deep within. Breathe slowly and deeply as you enjoy it. Now settle into your flower bed for the rest you seek.
Magnesium Magnesium is a necessary mineral that fights inflammation in the body, alleviates depression, detoxifies, and promotes restful sleep.
Chamomile Solar power comes from gentle chamomile, added here for a soothing balance for your skin and your spirit. Besides its heavenly, calming scent, it carries the magic of love and harmony.
Passion Flower Ruled by Venus, this beautiful flower calms and brings peace. It is a potent relaxation herb that promotes restful sleep.
Lemon This cheerful lunar fruit brings love and happiness, lifts the spirit, balances pH, and gently detoxifies.