all natural homemade bubble bath

Homemade Bubble Bath That Soothes Your Muscles and Relaxes Your Mind

Who doesn’t love a great bubble bath? Unfortunately, most commercial bubble baths are full of artificial chemicals and fragrances and can be irritating to your skin. Now, while this homemade bubble bath is not going to provide the big, lasting bubbles you get from synthetic ingredients, it is a great way to avoid chemicals while still enjoying the fun and relaxing elements of a bubble bath. This bubble bath is gentle on your skin and can be customized with your favorite essential oil. I love lavender for times when I need to stress down and relax and peppermint with wild orange for an energizing bath.

homemade bubble bath

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You will need

1 cup unscented castile soap
1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
2 tablespoons water
15 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional, but highly recommended)
Glass jar for storage

Recommended essential oils:

  • Wild Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender

Benefits of using Lavender Essential Oil for stress

Lavender is well known for its relaxing properties and this is being studies more and more. Read for instance this study where they investigated the effects of lavender oil on the central nervous system, autonomic nervous system, and mood responses in humans after inhalation (See https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22612017)

Directions

  1. Combine castile soap, glycerin, and water into glass bowl.
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Stir until well combined.
  4. Pour into glass container. To use, add 1/4-1/2 cup of bubble bath mixture to warm, running bath water.

Tips for the best homemade bubble bath

  • 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

natural homemade shaving cream clears up skin

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 ;-).

natural homemade shaving cream

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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

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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

 

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Can This Body Wrap Make You Slim and Sassy?

Body wraps are all the rage right now, and according to many wrap enthusiasts, is a perfect way to tighten up that tummy for a special occasion. Apparently, the results don’t last forever, but still it’s not a bad deal when you need a quick fix. However, it is important to keep in mind that wraps should in no way replace good nutrition and exercise.

I haven’t tried any wrap method yet, but I am willing to give this one a go. There are different kinds of wraps out there, but the Slim and Sassy Body Wrap Detox Body Wrap uses certified pure essential oils and seems like a good one. The oils can penetrate the skin to support the body and aid in detox.

So, if you want to try the Slim and Sassy Body Wrap Detox Body Wrap with me*, read on.

What to get:

  • 40 drops Slim & Sassy essential oil blend (Metabolic essential oil blend?)**
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 15 drops Wintergreen essential oil
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 5 drops Cypress essential oil
  • 4 oz. of fractionated coconut oil
  • 4 oz. glass spray bottle
  • Over large cotton muslin or t-shirt (pure cotton, best washed in organic detergent. You might need 2 t-shirts if doing multiple areas)
  • Plastic wrap

What to do:

  • Add the essential oils and fractionated coconut oil to the spray bottle and set aside
  • Take measurements of your target areas (tummy, butt, thighs, upper arms)
  • Prepare the muslin or Cut the t-shirt across the chest, right under the arms and along the side, then cut into strips large enough to wrap around your target areas
  • Spray the Slim & Sassy Wrap Detox Body Wrap Solution directly onto your target areas
  • Wrap first with the cotton strips and then wrap the plastic wrap tightly (but not uncomfortably) around the cotton strips 3-5 times
  • Leave the wrap on for at least 2 hours. I’ve heard of some people sleeping through the night with the wrap, but it may be messy and uncomfortable
  • Make sure that you drink more water than normal during and after the wrap session. Oils break up toxins in your body and water flushes your system. Extra detox bonus if you add a few drops of certified pure lemon essential oil in the water
  • Remove the wrap and take your measurements again

I’ve heard that you should limit your wraps to once a week, but that you can rub the solution on your target areas everyday.

Citrus oils dissolve plastics so make sure you use the muslin/t-shirt before the plastic wrap. You don’t want the petrochemicals from the plastic to enter your body.

I am looking forward to trying this on my tummy. I will give it a month, wrapping once a week and rubbing the solution on everyday. Wish me luck!

Oh, and if you are going to try this yourself, let me know what you did and how it worked. Happy wrapping!

 

*If you have health concerns be sure to consult your health practitioner. This wrap is not for breastfeeding mothers as peppermint can lower milk supply.

**It is important to use 100% pure essential oils! I can only vouch for one oil company. Click here and look under 8 to see how important quality is and to find out what I recommend.

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