The Secret to Long Lashes, Naturally

32253750_10156502454881474_8865046686330781696_nLet’s talk lashes…gorgeous, full, and NON-TOXIC LASHES

Did you know there is a toxin-free option to boost your lashes that not only works just as well as the chemical filled products, but it’s waaaaaayyyyyy less expensive and much better for you? AND…even nourishes your lashes with essential oils! Oh yeah, there is.

You just need:
Organic Castor Oil/Eyelash Serum
— Lavender Essential Oil —> get the good stuff here

Add about 10 drops of Lavender right into the bottle of castor oil, shake really well. It comes with several special little lash brushes. If you want to really give it a big kick add a few drops of Cedarwood essential oil too!

Using the brush just brush the serum with the oil in it along the base of your lash line in the evening after all makeup has been removed! Voila!

You have just made your very own TOXIN-FREE LASH BOOST that will probably last for a year for less than $15! Enjoy!

5 DIY Father’s Day Gifts…with essential oils!

DIY Father's DayFather’s Day is right around the corner.  Need some inspiration for great homemade Father’s Day gifts?  I’ve got a handful of DIY gift ideas that I’m sure any Dad will enjoy!

1.  Homemade Aftershave Balm – no chemicals, just soothing and natural!

My husband loves this aftershave balm for his face and scalp, it leaves them both super soft.  And I love the way it smells too!   This is a simple recipe that you can whip up in no time: DIY Aftershave Balm

2.  Frankincense Natural Homemade Shaving Soap – for the vintage Dad in your life

This homemade shaving soap recipe from Grass Fed Girl has that old timey barbershop feel.  You’ll want to get a natural shaving brush and classic stainless steel razor to complete the gift.

3.  Homemade cologne – non-toxic and smells amazing!

In a 10ml roll-on bottle add 10 drops Idaho Blue Spruce and 5 drops Cedarwood essential oils.  Top off with your favorite carrier oil, I like sweet almond oil.

4.  Muscle Soothing Roll-on – for the athletic Dad in your life

In a 10ml roll-on bottle add 15 drops PanAway essential oil and top with your favorite carrier oil.  This is the perfect solution for a hard-working Dad with achy muscles and joints.

5.  Man Moisturizer – Dads get cracked heels too

This DIY Lotion is thick and perfect for soothing work-worn man hands and dry, cracked feet.  Add a few drops of Cedarwood essential oil for a woodsy scent.

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All Natural Homemade Vapor Rub

Homemade Vapor Chest Rub This 4-ingredient chest rub provides all the support of a vapor rub without the chemicals, petroleum, and parabens.  Popular store-bought vapor rubs contain far more ingredients than seem necessary, including turpentine, turpentine??!  No thanks.  This simple to make homemade version includes all the proven active ingredients, without the toxic additives.

And this is seriously the easiest recipe – it will take you less than 5 minutes to make this rub.

Eucalyptus Radiata – supports respiratory functions

Lemon – supports immune functions

Peppermint – encourages proper nasal function

Natural Homemade Vapor Rub

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil*
  • 6 drops Lemon essential oil*
  • 6 drops Peppermint essential oil*

*I only use therapeutic grade essential oils, learn how to get your essential oils HERE

Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil in a double boiler
  2. Remove from heat and add essential oils
  3. Pour into a glass jar and let cool until firm
  4. Apply to chest, throat or under nose to help alleviate congestion

I consider this a relatively mild vapor rub because I wanted it mild enough to be comfortable using small amounts on my toddler.  You could up the vaporizing action of this rub by increasing the drops of Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil.

Learn more about getting started with therapeutic grade essential oils HERE!

All Natural DIY Aftershave Balm

all natural aftershave balmSoothe your freshly shaven skin with this cooling all natural aftershave balm.  This aftershave balm has a hint of a woodsy scent, so it is perfect for the guy in your life.  That being said, there is something about that outdoorsy scent that I find really appealing, so I have been known to borrow the jar of aftershave I made for my husband and use it myself!

My husband uses this on both his face and scalp to soothe and moisturize post-shave.

All Natural DIY Aftershave Balm

  • 20 drops Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil*
  • 10 drops Idaho Blue Spruce essential oil*
  • 2 drops Peppermint essential oil*
  • 15 drops Valor essential oil blend*
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

*I buy therapeutic grade essential oils HERE

Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil in a double boiler
  2. Remove from heat and add essential oils
  3. Pour into a glass jar
  4. Apply to freshly shaven skin to soothe and cool

That’s it!  Super simple, all natural, no hard to pronounce ingredients – Enjoy!

Learn more about getting started with essential oils HERE

Save Money With This DIY Facial Moisturizing Serum

IMG_9003Rather than pay a fortune for skin care products laced with toxic ingredients, make your own all-natural facial moisturizer for a fraction of the cost!

I love lotions, creams, serums – basically anything to moisturize my skin and make it feel young.  Being of an age that I now consider myself to have ‘mature’ skin, I have spent my fair share of money on expensive face creams.

After making and using this simple 4-ingredient facial serum, I will never go back to the pricey, conventional stuff.  The department store options cost an arm and a leg, PLUS they have toxic chemicals in them that wreak havoc on our body systems.

The key to an awesome DIY facial moisturizing serum is using a hydrating carrier oil that absorbs quickly and leaves the skin feeling nourished.  I’ve found that pure Argan oil is the key for me.  It is light, absorbs quickly, and works well for all skin types.  In addition to a good carrier oil, I add Young Living essential oils that support and nourish the skin:

Lavender – excellent for soothing the skin 

Frankincense – amazing for aging, ‘mature’ skin, visibly tightens the skin

Geranium – supports healthy blood circulation below the surface of the skin 

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Organic Argan Oil
  • 10 drops Lavender oil*
  • 15 drops Frankincense oil*
  • 5 drops Geranium oil*

* I buy 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils HERE

Directions

Add the essential oils directly to the bottle of Argan oil.  Use as needed after washing your face.  I typically use 8-10 drops in the cold and dry Chicago winter months.  In the summer, I only need about 4-6 drops.

DIY Facial Moisturizing Serum Cost Breakdown:

  • A 15 ml bottle of Lavender oil is $23.50 (wholesale cost) or about $.08 per drop
  • A 15 ml bottle of Frankincense is $71.75 (wholesale cost) or about $.26 per drop
  • A 15 ml bottle of Geranium is $41.25 (wholesale cost) or about $.15 per drop
  • A 2 ounce bottle of pure organic Argan Oil is $24.95
  • Total cost of serum = $30.40

Now, you may think that $30.40 does not sound all that inexpensive, but when you consider that there are about 1100 drops in a 2 ounce bottle – the overall cost breaks down to less than $.03 per drop – or about $.22 per use.  One bottle lasts me up to 4 months, so my total facial moisturizing costs for the year are less than $100 – this is a SIGNIFICANT improvement over the costs of the fancy and chemical laden face creams I have used in the past.

Get Started with Essential Oils HERE