Spices in Silverlake + A Homemade Beauty Recipe!

It seems as though I always stumble upon the best stores on the days when shopping is never intended.

They have the tendency to just pop up out of nowhere, and Spice Station was one in the same. While I was exploring LA back in February, a quick pass was made through Silverlake and I stumbled upon Spice Station after having a delicious meal at The Black Cat. A couple doors down from the popular brunch spot, I found myself wandering down a boardwalk, following signs that said “Spices”. Not sure why, but they caught my attention; I don’t generally see “spice” signs, so I was curious.

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The boardwalk dropped me into the cutest little courtyard where two french doors opened up into Spice Station. The first thing you see when you look in, is the back wall lined all the way to the ceiling with glass jars full of spices. The colors were so beautiful! Cooking spices, loose teas, herbs, salts… it’s like opening up the mecca of all spice cabinets. Little jars, morter and pestles, and other trinkets are sprinkled about a reclaimed wood shelving system. One thing that was so helpful was the tiny index cards underneath each spice that explained what it was, multiple ways to use it, and its medicinal properties. It felt like I was reading my own personal spice encyclopedia — so helpful!

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I wanted to take a couple things home with me that I’d never used before, something harder to come by in Philly. Per suggestion of the man on duty that day, I left with some licorice root and tomato powder. I’d never used either before, but I was curious as to what I could do with them when I got back home.

The licorice root is still sealed tightly in the bag… I think I’m going to try making some homemade root beer with it soon. As for the tomato powder, the color is so rich, I thought the deep red would look great as a blush or a lip stain. It has the same consistency as beet root powder, and this post inspired me to try making an all natural tomato powder blush! Check out the recipe below:

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All Natural Tomato Powder Blush

you need:

Tomato Powder

Arrowroot Flour

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Combine some tomato powder with a little arrowroot flour. This will lighten up the color a bit and make it easier to apply on the skin. If you want a darker shade, you could sub in cocoa powder instead of arrowroot flour. Using a blush brush, apply to the face right along the cheek bones. Voila!

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I want to try making a lip stain with it next! Has anyone ever done so? Do you have any other uses for tomato powder or licorice root? Let me know in the comments!

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Beautiful photos – and I love the warmth of that orange! I can only imagine the smell of that place. Spices are so yummy and amazing for cooking and exciting the brain. Lovely!

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Alexandra
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What a great find. These colors here are so dreamy. I sort of love that you turned that tomato powder into a blush, never would have occurred to me. xo

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If you’re ever looking for a good book on spices and their culinary/medicinal uses, try the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs by Jessica Houdret. It’s an amazing resource for stuff like this.

Such an interesting remedy! I wonder if cinnamon also has some skin benefits?

Xiao

Tomato powder is also really good for removing inflammation and redness from skin, known to help treat acne and sunburn. This would be a great makeup product for any sufferers of acne or sensitive skin!

karina

i have been trying to develop a lip stain with powdered beets… such an amazing color! alas, beet powder is NOT oil soluble, it sinks to the bottom, does not color the cocoa butter+beeswax base, and looks like you have crumbs on your lips. :/ what i’m thinking is infusing the oil with the beet powder and then strain it, but i have not tried this method yet! good luck, and if you are successful, please share with us!

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karina

Eugenia

You could add a bit of cinnamon for a darker shade, tumeric for more of a glow etc etc!! Oh the possibilities… I’m sure you could work up a lip stain with some shea butter/bees wax and coconut oil/ olive oil etc. Can’t wait to see a follow up!

Leah

You could infuse oil with any colorful herb to make a lip balm. A mixture of beet, hibiscus, and tomato could be great!

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The way you have presented the post with all the examples is also very impressive.We have the details of some of the best and useful Spices for those who want to Spices Suppliers in India we will Supplies you Overal India

It is a nice post keep share the valuable information like this

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