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Easy Natural Homemade Shaving Cream That Clears Up Your Skin

This amazing homemade shaving cream with natural lubricants and essential oils improves razor glide for a close, comfortable shave and will leave skin silky smooth and moisturized. Makes a perfect homemade gift for men and women alike. Oh, and don’t forget to make a jar for yourself ;-).

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You will need

1/3 cup shea butter
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
5 drops Sandalwood essential oil (optional, but highly recommended)
5 drops Peppermint essential oil ( “ )
5 drops Melaleuca essential oil ( “ )
Large mouth jar or other container

Benefits of using Essential Oils for your skin

  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oil has strong cleansing properties. Research has shown Melaleuca to be effective against acne.
  • Peppermint works great for toning the skin and prevents clogging of pores.
  • Sandalwood essential oils is great for softening the skin, relieve itching, and to clear complexion.

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients except for essential oils in double boiler (or glass bowl in a larger pot with about an inch of boiling water). Stir until melted.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and let sit 3 minutes.
  3. Add essential oils and stir until combined.
  4. Let shaving cream rest until hard (can be put in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process).
  5. Using hand or stand mixer, whip shaving cream until light and fluffy.
  6. Place in container of choice.

Tips for even better homemade shaving cream

  • Choose organic ingredients when possible
  • You can find most of the ingredients in your local health food store or online at amazon
  • We only use 100% pure essential oils of the best quality. Find out what we recommend here.

Recipe adapted from https://doterra.com/US/en/blog-products

 

homemade hair wax

All Natural Homemade Hair Wax Made Easy – Look good and Smell good

Men and women through the ages have used styling products for the perfect hairdo. Unfortunately, today’s hair products can be expensive and are loaded with undesirable ingredients. This homemade hair wax is easy to make, economical, natural, and works great! The pure essential oils add a pleasing scent and is healthy for your hair and scalp. Great for that picture-perfect-do!

homemade hair wax

Foto: Library of Congress

Benefits of using Essential Oils for your hair

  • Rosemary essential oil can has some great benefits to your hair. Francesc Casadó Galcerá made so very interesting discoveries in his research on hair. He made a patent for a shampoo after his studies showed that a mixture of hops, rosemary, and swertia gave a
    • 22.4% increases in new hair growth
    • an increase in “rapid” hair growth
    • a decrease in hair loss after shampooing.
  • Peppermint essential oil is shown to actively promote hair growth and naturally thicken and nourish damaged hair. See for instance this interesting Pub Med research on peppermint oil for hair growth

You will need

.75 ounces beeswax
.5 ounce shea butter
.75 ounces Fractionated Coconut Oil
10 drops Peppermint essential oil (optional, but recommended)
10 drops Rosemary essential oil (optional, but recommended)
Tin or glass jar with lid

Tip to get the most out of this homemade hair wax

  • For harder hair wax, use 1 ounce beeswax and .5 ounces Fractionated Coconut Oil.
  • For softer hair wax, use .75 ounces shea butter and 1 ounce Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients, except for essential oils, in glass container.
  2. Place jar in saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of boiling water.
  3. Stir ingredients until melted and thoroughly combined.
  4. Remove from heat and let rest for three minutes.
  5. Add essential oils and stir.
  6. Pour mixture in empty tin or glass jar with lid.
  7. Let hair wax rest 1-2 hours.

To use

Apply a small amount to fingers and style as desired. A little wax goes a long way

Tips

  • Choose organic ingredients when possible
  • You can find most of the ingredients in your local health food store or online at amazon
  • We only use 100% pure essential oils of the best quality. Find out what we recommend here.

Recipe adapted from https://doterra.com/US/en/blog-products

 

Boost Your Baby’s Immune System with Essential Oils

Lynn’s Essential Oil Story

What makes one essential oil different from another? It is their focus on quality and purity. I remember wanting to try essential oils a couple of years before being introduced to pure EOs, but temporarily abandoned the idea after the following experience:

In 2010, I walked into a popular health and vitamin store with the intention of buying some essential oils for reducing stress and pulled a lavender oil off the shelf. The front label read “100% pure lavender”. However, when I turned it around to read the back, the label stated a warning that this oil was harmful if ingested or used on the skin. I had thought to use it aromatically, but the idea of breathing into my lungs something that was harmful to my body did not appeal to me, so I put it back and left.

Fast forward to January 2013. I was visiting Utah when I was introduced to certified pure essential oils. I got a few samples and a quick rundown on how great the oils were and how they could be used. I was Intrigued, but had some natural skepticism.

While in Utah, I was staying with a friend. A couple of days or so after receiving my sample EOs, my friends daughter and son-in-law popped by the house with their baby boy. They had just been to the doctor about respiratory and sinus issues their newborn was experiencing. Poor thing was glassy eyed and completely stuffed! The doctor didn’t want to give the little guy any medication, but he did say to keep an eye on him and to bring him back if it got worse.

The mom was pretty frustrated with the situation. I told her that I learned that pure therapeutic peppermint oil can support respiratory health and showed her the protocol for babies in a great resource book I had. After researching oil safety and babies, we were ready to try it out.*

We diluted a little peppermint oil in some neutral carrier oil, rubbed it on the baby’s feet, and laid him down on a blanket in the living room. I know, many of you are thinking – why feet? Besides being less sensitive than other areas, the feet have larger pores that are able to absorb these volatile oils in a faster (and with peppermint oil and babies, safer) manner.

After about five minutes we went to check on the baby. Well, what we found when we entered the living room was a pleasant surprise to all of us. Right there, in the middle of the floor, was a happily cooing baby, all bright-eyed and bushy tailed!

If you want to know more about essential oils, check out our FAQ page here.

*Be responsible. Make sure to use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. Read the labels, do your research, and read about oil safety before using essential oils. If you are pregnant, nursing, on medications, or have health issues, talk to your doctor.

Tummy Tamer Tea with Essential Oils Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I have a terrible habit of overindulging during the holiday season. I love the food, but I hate the bloated, uneasy feeling I get afterwards. Since I doubt I will curb my appetite this season either, I will just have to unbutton my jeans and enjoy a cup of […]

Revitalizing Sugar Body Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils

 

Homemade body scrub that’s easy to make and good for your body

This Revitalizing Sugar Body Scrub is both effective and gentle, plus it has a wonderfully fresh aroma that lifts your mood. Fun and easy to make, why not a whip up a big batch to give away as gifts… or just use it up yourself!

Recipe

1 Cup White or Brown Sugar

½-¾  Cup Olive, Almond, Grapeseed, or Fractionated Coconut Oil (I like FCO)

10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

15 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil

Combine all the ingredients. Feel free to add more sugar or neutral base oil to achieve the consistency you want. Store in an airtight glass container. Enjoy in the bath or shower!

 

Feeling creative? Experiment with different EOs to achieve a scent that resonates with you. New to essential oils? Read more about Essential Oils here

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Clean Naturally with This Cheap and Easy Recipe

I have been on a quest to find a DIY natural, effective, safe, and cheap granite countertop cleaner that even my kids can use. I found tons of recipes and variations of recipes out there and put together my favorite conglomeration for an environmentally friendly granite cleaner recipe that will also clean many other surfaces in your home.

So, in my research I found out that stone surfaces do not do well with acidic cleaners (lemon juice, vinegar, etc). These ingredients can actually “etch” your countertops and traditional cleaning products like Windex can strip the sealant off your stone. There is always soap and water, or even just water, but this leaves your countertops looking streaky or dull.

So, what’s a girl to do besides buy the special granite cleaner at $7 a pop for a mere 12 ounces? Check out this inexpensive recipe for a clean, shiny, streak-free, granite countertop (and some):


Recipe

  • ¼ cup Rubbing Alcohol (70%)
  • 3 drops dishwashing liquid
    I recommend castile soap or an organic brand, but check the label for citric acid
  • 2 cups of water
  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil (optional)
    Lemon essential oil masks the alcohol smell and has great shining, cleansing, and purifying properties. Don’t worry, there is no citric acid in the essential oil, so I am not contradicting myself. Also, I only use pure essential oils.
  • Spray bottle
    I am not a big fan of plastic, so I recommend using glass

Place all the ingredients in the spray bottle, shake gently, and you are ready to go!

Here is what you can use this amazing cleanser for*:

  • granite countertops (of course)
  • mirrors
  • stainless steel
  • porcelain
  • fiberglass
  • plastic
  • laminate
  • cooktops
  • microwaves
  • doorknobs
  • toilet seats

I am sure the list can go on and on. Let us all know if you come up with other uses or tweaks for this recipe. Happy cleaning and be well! -Lynn & Jon

 

*Here’s my little disclaimer. I haven’t tried this out on ALL surfaces but have read of other’s success. Check with the manufacturer and test this on a small area if you are uncertain.