Spring Skincare Must Haves

Spring Skincare Must Haves

spring skincare must haves

The season of flowers, showers, and warmer weather is finally here! I’m talking about Spring, and could not be more excited about it.

Skincare needs change with the weather and seasons, and we have some Spring skincare must haves to stock up on starting now.

Skin is a little less dry, and cool winds are not affecting our lips as much as previous months. This is great, but we still need to treat current skincare issues as well as prevent potential problems.

Moisture is important whether you’re in the dead of Winter, or a hot as heck Summer. It’s time to think about even more sun protection (You were doing that during Winter too-right?) and that means sunscreen! Don’t worry, there is an all natural version you can make yourself. It has wonderful skincare goodness in it.

Let’s review your Spring Skincare Must Haves!

Lip Balm

Lip Balm is essential for all sorts of weather, and every season. Winter may dry them out, but Summer can take it’s toll as well. The sun can damage lips, so proper moisture application is key. Coconut oil based lip gloss is great! It protects and seals in moisture.

Sunscreen

Sun protection is year round, and now is the time to get serious about it. Sunscreen lotion bars with coconut oil, shea butter, and zinc oxide powder are ultra moisturizing while protecting at the same time.

Face Cleanser

This is essential, because faces become more oily as the weather heats up. Make sure you use a gentle, DIY formula including lavender oil, the most gentle of essential oils.

Exfoliate

It’s important to exfoliate now that it is Spring. Over Winter months, you probably built up some dead skin. Sweat doesn’t help either, so make sure to exfoliate regularly. A good DIY sugar scrub needs to be kept on hand!

What’s on your list of Spring Skincare Must Haves?

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DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs

DIY Easter Egg Bath Bomb

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Easter is just around the corner! Every holiday is a new opportunity to make some really fun and unique skincare products.

Today, we are making some DIY easter egg bath bombs – they’re super easy, too. Bath bombs have ingredients that exfoliate, moisturize, and soothe skin.

That is of course, if you use all natural ingredients with wonderful skincare properties! Epsom salts, baking soda, and citric acid exfoliate and draw out toxins, while almond oil and lavender soothe and moisturize.

Are you ready for an awesome DIY recipe? Here it is!

What you need:

How to make it:

Mix all dry ingredients very well, and next mix in your almond oil. Fully incorporate the almond oil before moving on. Then, add in the essential oil and incorporate fully.

Add in your food coloring, but make sure you mix very quickly. It does cause a slight fizzing reaction, so this is why it needs to be done fairly fast.

The consistency should now be that of wet sand, but not over-saturated. You should be able to use your hands to push it together and have it stick.

Over-fill two sides of a plastic Easter egg, and then press together firmly. Excess will come out of the sides, so simply push that away.

Very gently twist off the Easter egg halves and lay the bath bomb on a towel. If it crumbles, add another tablespoon of oil to your mixture and incorporate, then try again.

Once you have your Easter egg bath bombs ready, let them dry on a towel or paper towel for a couple of days.

Voila! You now have some awesome DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs to use whenever you’d like. Store them in a cool, dry place before use.

 

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Shamrock Cocoa Lotion Bars

Shamrock Cocoa Lotion Bars

shamrock cocoa lotion bars

It’s March, and almost St. Patrick’s Day! It’s a celebration of Irish heritage, which this country has plenty of.

In fact, I took a DNA test recently and discovered I’m 30% Irish. It’s always a fun time celebrating your heritage.

I thought it would be fun to make some shamrock cocoa lotion bars, combining some of my favorite things. St. Patrick’s Day lore says that St. Patrick used the three leaves of a clover to explain the holy trinity. Clovers and four leaf clovers are also symbolic of luck, and are a truly beautiful plant.

Cocoa Butter is an ultra-hydrating skincare ingredient that is very diverse. It’s harder than shea butter or mango butter, making it perfect for creating lotion bars. Alright, let’s make some fun shamrock cocoa lotion bars!

What you need

How to make it

Use a double boiler on low-medium heat to fully melt the cocoa butter. When the cocoa butter is almost fully liquid, add in the coconut oil.

The coconut oil melts much faster than the cocoa butter, so it doesn’t require as much time. Remove from the heat, and stir well.

Next, add in your colorant if you are using any, and then the lavender oil. Lavender oil truly compliments the cocoa smell beautifully!

Very carefully pour the liquid into your silicone mold. Let it sit in the freezer for a couple of hours, or the fridge for several hours.

Take them out, and carefully pop out of the molds. Store it in a sealed jar or container. Rub the shamrock cocoa lotion bars over your skin for a silky smooth experience.

Have a safe and joyous St. Patrick’s Day!

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Best Coconut Oil Smoothie Recipes

Best Coconut Oil Smoothie Recipes

best coconut oil smoothie recipes

Coconut oil is full of healthy fats, the good cholesterol, and many other healthy properties. There is a ton of evidence supporting that consuming coconut oil daily can be beneficial for your health.

Smoothies have a few different elements to them. Normally, this includes fruit, ice, a liquid, and any supplements you add. I can’t think of a more delicious way to get my daily dose of coconut oil! Not only do smoothies allow you to consume the nutrients from each fruit and ingredient, but it is highly customizable to your own taste.

We have some of the best coconut oil smoothie recipes to try at home. They’re super easy to make! We highly recommend using a high power, high quality blender such as a Ninja. With a quality blender, you don’t have to worry about blades dulling early, or getting stuck on some ice. Without further ado, here are the best coconut oil smoothie recipes for you to enjoy!

Pineapple Meal Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup Pineapple
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Ice Cubes

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup Frozen Strawberries
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 3 TBSP Organic Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Oil

Anti-Inflammatory Berry Smoothie

  • 3/4 cup frozen Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup compressed Kale
  • 3 Strawberries
  • 1 Serving Liquid Turmeric
  • 1 TSP Ginger
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Oil

Green Coconut Oil Smoothie

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup compressed Kale
  • 1 TBSP Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup Ice
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Oil

These smoothies are not only healthy – they’re super delicious! You can replace the fruit with whatever your favorite fruits are. You can easily enjoy your daily dose of coconut oil, and include some yummy, healthy ingredients that are full of vitamins, fiber, and other helpful elements. What’s your favorite coconut oil smoothie? Let us know your favorite recipe in the comments!

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Hydrating Aloe Face Cream

Hydrating Aloe Face Cream

hydrating aloe face cream

Aloe Vera Gel is known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and cooling properties. It’s a fantastic ingredient for skin care recipes, especially if you have redness or inflammation.

People put aloe vera gel on minor abrasions quite often, and even take it internally for stomach soothing benefits. Personally, I like it for the cooling and hydrating effect it has on skin!

Coconut oil mixes wonderfully with aloe vera gel to tackle all sorts of skin care issues. To make an ultra hydrating aloe face cream, you need ingredients that are all natural and high quality. For face creams especially, gentle ingredients are a must.

If you have a slight sun burn then this hydrating aloe face cream can provide a bit of relief and moisture. Aloe vera gel is considered a natural burn relieving ingredient.

We love all of the wonderful properties it has to offer! This particular recipe works best when you keep it in the fridge and scoop a small amount out by hand before applying. Hello, moisture!

What you need

How to make it

Put your coconut oil, almond oil, and beeswax pastilles in a double boiler on low-medium heat. Mix well after it is fully liquid. Remove from heat and let cool for two hours in room temperature, or an hour in the fridge.

Slowly incorporate the aloe vera gel using a hand mixer after everything is cool. Add several drops at a time of your lavender, and mix again.

Transfer into your container. You can store this in room temperature, but we highly recommend using the fridge.

Because of the aloe vera gel, this recipe will last about 2-3 months, give or take. Make sure you keep it sealed and cool. Enjoy!

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Very Berry Coconut Fat Bombs

Very Berry Coconut Fat Bombs

very berry coconut fat bombs

We all know the benefits of eating coconut oil by now. It has good fats that the body loves, and it’s a REAL food! No preservatives here, no way. It’s delicious, and you can even mix it with coffee for a sweet flavoring sans the creamer and sugar.

If you are struggling to find new ways to include coconut oil in your diet, these very berry coconut fat bombs will do the trick. Not only are they healthy, but they are delicious and all natural.

It does not matter if your family prefers sweets and cake, they will still love this little treat! Isn’t it great when you can call something super healthy and filled with antioxidants a treat!? We think so.

Enjoy this recipe, and make as much as you want. You can store extras in the freezer to enjoy later on.

What you need

How to make it

Use a double boiler on low heat to melt the coconut oil. At the same time, set your packaged berries out on the counter so they can slightly thaw.

When the oil is fully melted, use a food processor to process the berries. Remove the oil from the heat, and add in your berries while stirring.

Fully incorporate the berries, and then pour your mixture very carefully into the molds. Set the molds in the freezer for about two hours, and then pop them out carefully. You can eat one at a time, or even grab a second or third!

You can use whichever kind of frozen berries you like. You can even use fresh berries, it just needs some extra time in the freezer. Enjoy your very berry coconut fat bombs!

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Three Ingredient Sweetheart Lip Balm

Three Ingredient Sweetheart Lip Balm

three ingredient sweetheart lip balm

Pucker up! It’s Valentine’s Day, and we are so excited to bring you this recipe!

It’s a super easy three ingredient sweetheart lip balm and it’s pretty self explanatory. You can literally make this in the next few minutes and be prepared for a Valentine’s Day kiss.

Get ready for soft, smooth, and pink lips!

Ingredients like coconut oil nourish lips while providing a base for other ingredients. Beeswax protects lips and keeps the balm on your lips. Mica powder adds a beautiful pink hue of color just for the day.

We like to call it a sweetheart lip balm because it’s absolutely perfect for pink, supple Valentine’s Day lips. Get those kissers ready, ladies!

What you need

How to make it

Using a double boiler on low heat, melt together your beeswax pastilles and virgin coconut oil. Once it is fully liquid, remove from the heat and add in your mica powder.

Mix well, and set out in room temperature for about half an hour. Once again, mix well.

Now, transfer the mixture to your cute tin containers. Stick a cute sticker on each one.

Now, you have a three ingredient sweetheart lip balm which makes your lips shine! Your lips will ‘thank youuu’ for these natural ingredients to be put on them.

You may even get some compliments, the color is so pretty! Get out there and have a crunchy, DIY Valentine’s Day!

We love this shade of pink mica powder, however you can use whichever color you’d like, as long as it is cosmetic grade and approved for use on lips.

What color are you using in yours? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Valentine’s Day Massage Bars

Valentine’s Day Massage Bars

valentine's day massage bars

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we have an easy DIY gift for you to create! These Valentine’s Day Massage Bars use natural ingredients.

Cosmetic butters, carrier oils, beeswax, and essential oils make up these massage bars. You can use your own heart shape silicon molds, or use conversation heart molds like this for an extra sweet touch.

Everyone could use a massage once in a while. Don’t waste money at the spa – these massage bars give a spa-like experience when a loved one uses them on you. Add some cute wrapping and a tag, and you have yourself a Valentine’s Day gift!

What you need

How to make it

Use a double boiler on low-medium heat to melt the beeswax, cocoa butter, and coconut oil together. Stir every so often.

Once completely liquid, add in the coconut oil and almond oil. Stir well once again, and then remove from the heat.

Let the temperature cool to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and then add in your essential oils. Mix well, and then immediately pour into your molds.

Place the molds in the freezer for a couple of hours. Gently pop the Valentine’s Day Massage Bars out of the molds and voila! Now you have a home made with love gift to give your sweetheart.

We love using DIY and organic ingredients to make gifts, don’t you? It cuts down on costs, chemicals, and adds a touch of extra love to your gift.

These bars are great for massaging backs, arms, and legs. You can even use them on yourself, but it’s very heavenly for a partner to do so! Enjoy, and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Cooling Hand Balm

Cooling Hand Balm

cooling hand balm

Our hands do so much for us. Think about it – they wash dishes, do work, garden, fold clothes…the list goes on and on! Sometimes our hands deserve a break.

Luckily, there is a cooling hand balm you can make at home to soothe those hands. Apply it yourself, or even better have your partner massage your hands with this balm. Their hands will reap the benefits too!

Peppermint and Eucalyptus oils provide a cooling sensation. Both of these oils are said to have pain reducing properties, as well as anti-inflammatory properties.

Coconut oil moisturizes and helps the balm to “glide” across your hands, while beeswax adds a protective layer from outside contaminants. This cooling hand balm comes in handy during the entire year, but especially in cooler months which can cause hands to dry out or even chap.

What you need

How to make it

Using a double boiler on low to medium heat, melt together your coconut oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax pastilles. Stir occasionally, and then remove from the heat once fully liquid.

Once the temperature is 90 degrees fahrenheit or below, add in your essential oils. Use a hand mixer to mix the concoction well.

Place it in your desired container, and let it set overnight in room temperature – OR place it in the fridge for three hours.

Once it is set and in a solid state, you are ready to put the lid on and store it in room temperature. Make sure to keep it away from heat and moisture.

To use it, simply take a nickel size amount and massage it all over your hands. Make sure not to touch your face afterwards – essential oils like these can irritate your eyes and face.

Enjoy!

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Pump Bottle Recipes

Pump Bottle Recipes

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We all love to make DIY all natural soaps and lotions. Sometimes a jar of whipped body butter is exactly what we need.

However, sometimes it’s nice to have a recipe in a pump bottle. It’s convenient, works well for a number of recipes, and it looks pretty!

You can slap a cute little label onto pump bottle recipes to make them pretty, and to remember what they’re for. No one wants to accidentally lather some shampoo onto their skin mistaking it for lotion.

To make any of these recipes, start by melting down the cosmetic butters and solid ingredients, such as shea butter, cocoa butter, or coconut oil.

Next, add your liquid oils such as almond oil, jojoba, or essential oils. Finally, add in any other ingredients.

Blend well using a hand mixer or Kitchen Aid, and then pour it into your pump lotion bottle.

Pump Lotion Recipe – Fresh Scent

Hydrating Hair Treatment

Stimulating Scalp Shampoo

Moisturizing Hand Soap

  • 3/4 cup Castille Soap
  • 1 TBSP Shea Butter
  • 1 TBSP Almond Oil
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus Oil

Now you have four fabulous pump bottle recipes to try at home. Shake any of these recipes well before use to ensure the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Each recipe is a mixture of natural and organic ingredients, which help to hydrate instead of dry out. Kick out the chemicals – it’s 2018, and it’s time to switch over to all natural, wholesome ingredients!

It feels better to put ingredients on your skin you can pronounce. No more fillers, unnecessary chemicals and additives, or preservatives. How are you making the commitment to make the switch this year? Let us know in the comments!

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