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!

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

DIY Lavender Baby Balm

Lavender Baby Balm
Lavender Baby Balm

Diaper rash.  Skin irritations.  Scrapes and scratches….All things that you baby’s soft and perfect skin will encounter at some point.  Up until very recently I used standard diaper rash cream and ‘natural’ baby lotion to address these issues.  Unfortunately many of these products, even those labeled ‘natural’, contain harsh chemicals and petroleum products.  They also tend to be pretty pricey.

The alternative I’ve started to use is a very simple, 3-ingredient baby balm that can be used for all these things.  This balm cleared up my 8 month old baby’s irritated skin in days.  Now I slather it on him after every bath.  I’ve also used this balm to soothe a scrapped chin which healed up in no time.

Coconut oil – antiviral and antimicrobial properties, moisturizing

Beeswax – antibacterial and antiviral benefits, acts as a barrier and protects skin

Lavender – soothing for skin irritations

DIY Lavender Baby Balm

  1. Melt together the coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler
  2. Remove from heat and add essential oils
  3. Mix all together and pour into a glass jar

Apply liberally and as needed!

Get started with essential oils HERE!

DIY Body Lotion with Lavender and Frankincense Essential Oils

Lavender and Frankincense DIY Body LotionThis lotion is super moisturizing and perfect for cold, dry winter weather that leaves my skin dehydrated and flaky.  I have been tinkering with several body lotion recipes and have finally found a combination that I love!  The addition of Lavender and Frankincense essential oils kicks up the power of this lotion.

Lavender Essential Oil – soothes and cleanses skin irritations and bruises, aids in relaxation

Frankincense Essential Oil – promotes healthy cell regeneration, can help support healthy skin and diminish signs of aging

Lavender and Frankincense Body Lotion

Ingredients

DIY Body Lotion - Lavender and FrankincenseInstructions

  1. Melt coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax together in a double boiler (I use a large glass jar in a small pot of water)
  2. Remove from heat and let cool slightly
  3. Add essential oils and pour into containers (I like these jars for this lotion)
  4. Enjoy!

I use Young Living Essential Oils in all my DIY skin care products, to learn more about getting started with essential oils, Click Here.