Hydrating Lip Balm

Hydrating Lip Balm

hydrating lip balm

It’s Winter, and that usually means chapped skin, especially lips! Did you know lips are the thinnest skin on your entire body? This makes them especially vulnerable to outside elements like the cold and wind.

Add in dry weather, and you can have some serious lip issues. It’s important to hydrate your lips and protect them. Ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter are ultra hydrating to lips, and beeswax seals that moisture in and protects.

Let’s make a simple hydrating lip balm to protect those fabulous lips of yours from the elements and from premature aging.

What you need

How to make it

The process is very easy! Melt down the shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax pastilles. Do this by using a double boiler on low-medium heat.

Stir well when done, and then add in your Vitamin E and essential oils. Stir well again, and then put it in your desired containers. Place the containers in the fridge or freezer until it’s solid.

Voila! Now you have ultra hydrating lip balm. It protects your lips from the elements, as well as hydrates deep within the skin.

You don’t need to worry about chapped lips when you have this lip balm with you. Simply re-apply as needed.

It’s our goal here at Southern Zoomer to help you and your family use less chemicals, and more organic ingredients. The best way to start is by replacing skin care products in your home.

Check out our online store for fantastic organic products including essential oils, coconut oil, almond oil, and more. We have a ton of recipes in our blog, so we hope you stick around, browse, and enjoy!


Best Skincare Products 2018

Best Skincare Products 2018

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Organic skincare is definitely the way to go! It’s 2018, and we all know by now–the less chemicals, the better.

Our bodies are our temples, and we have to treat them right. This includes our skin, our largest organ. It’s also the outer shell we show to the world, so let’s let it shine inside and out.

Our skin can glow and be beautiful, with less signs of aging if we use organic skincare and take care of our skin as well. After all, we are stuck with this skin our entire lives!

There are no full-body skin transplants, so we better take care of what we’ve got. Let’s review the best skincare products 2018 has to offer!

Carrier Oils

These oils are a cut above the rest both in quality and in skincare benefits they provide.

Essential Oils

These essential oils are not only extremely high in quality, but they have dozens if not hundreds of uses, each!

Moisturizers & Cosmetic Butters

Now you know the best skincare products 2018 has to offer – and it has to offer a lot! The benefits of using these organic products are truly endless.

You can combine these ingredients to make a plethora of different skincare recipes. These include body butters, moisturizers, facial cleansers, oil blends, and more.

Step into 2018 feeling like you have skin as young as the age you feel inside. It’s time to glow, and stop putting chemicals on our bodies.

It’s our goal here at Southern Zoomer to help you and your family make organic choices. There are plenty of ways to be green and save some green while you’re at it!

We wish you the best of luck in your skincare journey. Check out or blog for tons of recipes!


[Video] – How To Get Rid Of Acid Reflux And Heartburn Naturally

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In this Video I’m going to share with you How To Get Rid Of Acid Reflux And Heartburn Naturally.

This list of natural remedies can be used in lieu of antacids, which have unwanted side effects and contain aluminum. They have also been associated with senility and Alzheimer’s disease.

  1. Anise, Peppermint, and Lavender Herbal Tea
    Mix together equal amounts of Aniseed, Peppermint and Lavender.
    Make an infusion of this tea…
    Boil 2 ½ cups of distilled water.
    Pour the boiling water over a teaspoon of the herbal mixture.
    Let the tea sit for 3- 5 minutes.
    Strain the tea and add a little bit of honey if you like.
    Place the tea in a thermos.
    Drink up to 8 oz in the morning and 8 oz in the evening to help you reduce the amount of acid you have in your stomach.Aniseed or anise is a powerful herb that helps in digestive conditions and has many other benefits for your body. Use only the ash-colored anise called green anise, European anise or sweet anise. Note, there are two other types of anise, which are star anise and caraway. These types should not be used for this recipe.Peppermint is another powerful herb for stomach conditions or heartburn. It helps in digestion, stomach distension, cramps, ulcers, and gas.Lavender is most widely known for its scent. However, this herb has enormous healing properties for your body. Lavender is useful in reducing acid in the stomach.
  2. Betain, Pepsin, and Papaya Digestive Enzymes
    As you get older, your stomach weakens in its ability to produce hydrochloric acid to digest protein. It is undigested protein that leads to acid reflux or heartburn.Use digestive enzymes that contain Betain, Pepsin, or HCl with each meal to make sure you digest all of your protein.
    Papaya digestive enzymes, which contain papain, are also excellent for protein digestion and you can use them with each meal. Use 500mg or more of papaya enzymes per meal.
  3. Pineapples
    Pineapples are a store house of enzymes and contain bromelain, an enzymes that reduces protein. Pineapples support digestion, reduce inflammation, and aid in wound healing. The fresh juice has a high level of enzymes that will help stop your acid reflux.
    You can also buy bromelain as a tablet and take 200 – 500mg at every meal.
  4. Chicory Root
    Chicory comes from a family of bitter herbs that contain endive and escarole. Boil 1½ cups of chicory root for 5 – 10 minutes. After it cools to room temperature, drink this tea to aid in acid reflux or heartburn.

Adding a salad to your diet everyday, along with these herbs, will also help you to avoid the bouts of acid reflux and heartburn.


Best Skincare Habits

Best Skincare Habits

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We’ve all been guilty of it before – leaving makeup on overnight, not exfoliating, or even forgetting to wash your face. They are not good habits to have.

We need to care for our skin, because it’s our largest organ and also because we are stuck with it for life. Hair grows back, nails can too.

Our skin, however, needs to be maintained and taken care of with the utmost of care. Let’s review the best skincare habits – call it a 2018 resolution!

Take off that makeup

It’s so easy when you are tired from a day at work to think, “oh well, it’s just one night.” However, makeup is not good to leave on your skin. It clogs pores, and drains moisture from your face. You can end up with acne or even worse, premature wrinkles and age spots.

Instead, if you are very tired or in a rush, try using some coconut oil and almond oil. You can apply this to your face and rub it in small upward circles, and then dampen a cloth and wipe it off. It will still remove your makeup and add moisture, while not taking much time or effort.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

Moisture is what keeps skin healthy, and prevents all kinds of pre-mature aging! Your skin craves moisture constantly. Moisturize in the morning, as well as at night before you go to bed.

Your face is the most important to keep moisturized – however, the rest of your body needs it too. Hands age quicker than most parts of the body, and your lips do too. Try using lip balm regularly, facial moisturizer, and hand cream. Body butter works wonders for the rest!

Use Natural Products

Perhaps one of the very best skincare habits is to use natural products. Your skin absorbs a lot of what you put on top of it. If it is regularly absorbing chemicals and preservatives, chances are your skin may age prematurely.

You can make your own all natural skincare products at home with ingredients such as coconut oil, almond oil, essential oils, and more. Take a look at our other blog posts if you aren’t sure where to start. We have plenty of recipes!


New Year New Skincare Routine

New Year New Skincare Routine

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It’s about to be 2018, and it’s very exciting! Each new year brings a new chance and a potential fresh start.

Everyone has a New Year’s resolution, what’s yours? If you don’t have one or would like another, why not switch to an all natural skincare routine?

After all, what you put on your skin is partially absorbed into your body. You don’t want nasty chemicals getting in there! Preservatives, fillers, and other gross ingredients are in cosmetics and skincare products all of the time.

Just try reading the ingredients list on your favorite moisturizers, foundations, lotions, and soaps. If you have to google them all to know what they are, chances are they are not good.

Instead, create a new all natural skincare routine! We have a list of replacement products to use in your New Year New Skincare Routine!

All Natural Skincare Routine

First, you need a good moisturizer – it’s the basis of any skincare routine. Try making this body butter for all over moisture, and this face moisturizer for facial application.

Next, you need something for those lips! Make your own lip balm to keep those lips pretty and protected.

Do you work with your hands, or perhaps garden? You are going to LOVE this hydrating hand cream with extra moisturizing properties.

Are you a makeup wearer? You need some all natural makeup primer for that pretty face!

Your aching feet deserve a break – treat them well with some peppermint foot scrub.

Lastly, you need a body wash that’s all natural and includes ultra-hydrating coconut oil. Wash away the day’s troubles!

We’re here to help you with your resolution of creating a new year, new skincare routine for the New Year. Follow our blog and find out how to make all natural skincare products to fit all of your skin’s needs!


[Video] – How To Make Healthy Christmas Treats

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In this video I’m going to share with you How To Make Healthy Coconut Oil Christmas Treats.

With Christmas just a couple of days away, many are probably frantically shopping for last minute gifts and either already baking or planning to bake Christmas goodies this weekend.

Even though we’re running around and think we’re getting plenty of exercise, some people actually gain weight during the holidays, thanks to readily available food, snacks, and desserts.

This season why not consider a healthier version of holiday treats for when you need to indulge? Not only will you be making healthy treats, they are delicious too!

Here’s what you’ll need to make these divine and healthy Coconut Oil Christmas treats…

And, here’s how you make it…

  1. Melt your coconut oil using the double boiler method.
  2. While it is melting, combine all other ingredients in a large bowl. You can also use a food processor for this task.
  3. Once your coconut oil is melted, combine all ingredients well.
  4. Pour your mixture into chocolate molds of your choice. A Christmas type shape works well and is very cute!
  5. Optional – add a couple of peanuts to some for people who like some crunch, or a sprinkling of cinnamon for an added flavor.
  6. Place the molds in the freezer for half an hour, or in the fridge for 3-4 hours.
  7. Gently pop your chocolates out of the molds. Store in a Tupperware container in the fridge until you are ready to set them out to eat.

These chocolates are loaded with healthy fats and wholesome ingredients. The sweetness is natural and comes from natural sugars instead of refined ones.

I guarantee your family and friends will enjoy these healthy Coconut Oil Christmas treats.

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Have a Merry Christmas!

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

Last Minute Gift Ideas

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Whoops – Christmas is in less than a week, and you forgot about something… or maybe two things. Could it be, a relative who doesn’t normally make it into town, is finally making it? Or maybe your third cousin twice removed decided to invite themselves.

Whatever the case, it’s the final count down and you need to have some additional gifts ready. It may be tempting to run to the store, but is it really tempting to go shop at a store where hundreds of other people are last minute shopping?

It’s the busiest time of year for all retail stores. So, what’s the alternative? Make a home made gift! It doesn’t have to be complicated or take too much time. These are some fantastic last minute gift ideas, sure to please.

Peppermint Bath Salts

This one is super easy! Take a mason jar, and pour in epsom salts to the top. If it’s a small (mini) mason jar, then add in 15 drops of peppermint essential oil. If it’s a large regular size mason jar, then add in 30 drops. Mix well, replace the lid, and add an adorable bow and gift tag. Voila!

Lavender Lotion

To simplify this recipe, we’ve cut out extra ingredients. Mix 1/2 cup coconut oil and 1/2 cup shea butter using a hand mixer or stand mixer. Once it is fully combined and fluffy, add in 2 TBSP almond oil and 20 drops lavender oil. Mix again for three minutes. Plop it in a jar, add a cute label, and you have a last minute gift!

Peppermint Fudge

This is by far one of the best last minute Christmas gifts! Who doesn’t love fudge for Christmas? Put it in a cute container or jar, and add some ribbon and a tag to personalize it. Trust me, you will get a big thanks and a hug on this one!




[Video] – 3 Simple DIY Stocking Stuffers You Can Do At Home

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In this video I’m going to share with you 3 Simple DIY Stocking Stuffers You Can Do At Home.

Christmas is just around the corner, and most of us have been busy shopping for gifts. Some of the most treasured gifts are homemade with love!

Stocking stuffers are easy to forget about until it’s almost time to stuff them. Here are 3 simple DIY stocking stuffers you can give as gifts this Christmas!

#1 —> DIY Lip Balm

For a DIY lip balm, you only need a few ingredients.

This gift is truly one of the easiest and simple DIY recipes that you can make.

#2 —> DIY Lip Scrub

All you need for a quick DIY lip scrub is sugar, coconut oil, and your favorite essential oil.

#3 —> Holiday Perfume

For a DIY perfume, you will need a glass roll on bottle. Use a carrier oil like sweet almond oil.  And, the favorite scents of the love done you are making it for. Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Ginger makes a lovely light and fresh scent anyone can enjoy.

  • Place 2-3 drops of each essential oil.
  • Then, fill the rest of the roll on bottle with sweet almond oil.

These perfumes will be a hit!

If you have not had any time to make stocking stuffers this year, don’t worry. These 3 DIY stocking stuffers only take a few minutes to make.  And, a few all natural ingredients in each.

Your family and friends will appreciate these gifts and use them! What’s your favorite
DIY Stocking Stuffer? Leave your comments below. We’d love to know your thoughts!

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

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Whether you’re a naturalista or your friends are, these stocking stuffer ideas are an absolute must! We know some awesome gift ideas, but we’re talking about smaller gifts that fit into Christmas stockings.

These are the gifts that make Christmas morning oh so very special! There’s nothing like opening presents and gathering with friends, and then waking up to open more smaller presents.

Natural Skincare Stocking Stuffer Ideas

  • Bath Bombs – These fizzy balls of wonderful can put a smile on anyone’s face. Make your own and add a cute label.
  • Lip Balm – This gift is especially wonderful for the Winter months. Soothe someone’s chapped lips. It’s the perfect size for a stocking.
  • Peppermint Essential Oil – This is one of the most useful essential oils out there. The peppermint scent is a huge Christmas hit. A small bottle will make a wonderful addition to a stocking.
  • Perfume Spray Bottles – Is the stocking owner a fan of making their own DIY skincare? You can either make perfume to stuff the stocking, or include the spray bottles themselves.
  • Diffuser Necklace – If you know an oil lover, you know someone who needs this necklace!

Other Stocking Stuffer Ideas

  • Candy – Try for organic candy made from wholesome ingredients.
  • Multi-tool – Find something compact and handy like this one.
  • Funny socks – It’s a fact – the older you are, the more you appreciate receiving socks.
  • Jewelry – Who doesn’t love jewelry? Watches, earrings, necklaces… there are many options. Try something beautiful that shows you care.

The best part about our list of stocking stuffer ideas? Shipping for all of these items is lightening fast! The clock is ticking, so make sure to get your stocking stuffers before time runs out. And remember, enjoy this holiday season and spend time with those you care for. Happy holidays!




Peppermint Coconut Oil Fudge

Peppermint Coconut Oil Fudge

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Fudge always reminds me of the holiday season. Growing up, my mother always made fudge for neighbors, the mail person, the trash collectors, as well as friends and family.

It’s a treat I love… a bit too much. It’s hard to eat just one piece of fudge! Over-doing it is easy, especially during the holidays. When someone makes an extra special treat to bring to the table, it sits there waiting for you to eat it!

When you bring a tasty dish for everyone to share, why not make it a healthy alternative? This peppermint coconut oil fudge is just as delicious, if not more so, than sugar filled fudge.

It uses coconut oil, which has healthy fats and all sorts of benefits. Cocoa has naturally occurring antioxidants, and research tells of all kinds of benefits cocoa has to offer. This treat is delicious, healthier, and doesn’t leave you feeling guilty for grabbing that second – or third – piece.

What you need

How to make it

  • Using a double boiler on low heat, fully melt the coconut oil.
  • Turn the heat off, and fold in the coconut milk and maple syrup.
  • Add in the cocoa powder or nibs, stirring to melt them in the mixture.
  • Finally, add the vanilla and peppermint extract.
  • Use a hand mixer to fully blend all ingredients.
  • Line your baking dish with parchment paper, and pour the mixture on top.
  • Put your dish in the fridge for 3-4 hours.

Voila! Now you have delicious peppermint coconut oil fudge, ready to share with friends and family. You can easily double this recipe to make a bigger batch. Bring these to the table at Christmastime, and everyone will appreciate it!


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