Wednesday, October 15, 2014

All About Thieves and the {NEW} Premium Starter Kit

You may or may not know that I'm totally obsessed with Thieves essential oil. It's this amazing blend that smells like Gingerbread cookies and Christmas in a bottle. And there is a bonus!! It has some major germ fighting and immune boosting properties, too.

#Thieves Premium Starter Kit from #YoungLiving
I forgot to take a picture with the Thieves 15 ml bottle! Ooops!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Lip Gloss

This year is a DIY Christmas! I'm really excited because I have a lot of great things planned, but I thought I'd start making gifts early so I don't get too overwhelmed as we get closer to the holiday season.

Easy homemade chocolate peppermint lip gloss for #christmas #diy #gifts.

My first project is a super easy homemade lip gloss. Of course, the flavors have a holiday feel, but it is very easy to substitute other flavors for different seasons. Lavender and Coconut are one of my favorites for when it starts to warm up while Peppermint/Grapefruit is perfect for summer. For fall, you have to try Cinnamon Orange! Yuuuum!!!!

My friend Joanne made a Peppermint Chocolate Lip Balm for her family and friends which was a huge hit! She inspired me to create a very simple recipe to share with you, but by request I made a lip gloss instead of a lip balm. I hope you enjoy it!

Chocolate Peppermint Lip Gloss
Homemade Peppermint Chocolate lip gloss for a #holiday #gift #diy #yleo
Makes about 1 dozen tins
Add the beeswax, coconut oil and cocoa butter into a double boiler over medium heat until melted. While still over the heat, add the castor oil, vegetable glycerin and vitamin E and give it a quick stir. Once the ingredients are throughly mixed, remove it from the heat and add the Peppermint Essential Oil.

Quickly pour the melted liquid into the chosen lip gloss containers. If the lip gloss mixture starts to become a solid before you've filled all the containers-- just put it back over the double boiler until melted.

If you are using lip balm tubes, I recommend using an egg carton to hold them in place by turning it upside down and cutting holes big enough to slide them into. If you want to use the same tins that I did for my lip gloss recipe, then you can find them here: Lip Balm Slide Tin Set (0.25 oz) with Labels

After you pour the lip gloss mixture in to the containers, let them sit until the liquid hardens into a solid before you move them. If you are in a hurry, you can quicken this process by carefully putting them in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.

This lip gloss recipe has a nice soft mild flavor, but it's definitely tasty! I love the cocoa butter, but if you aren't a chocolate fan you can always use shea butter instead.

Lip Gloss vs Lip Balm
For fun I made this recipe twice with all the same ingredients except only teeny tiny substitution. In one batch I used castor oil (for gloss) and in the other I substituted jojoba oil in equal parts for the castor oil to make a balm.

Lip balm vs lip gloss

You can definitely see the difference that just one ingredient makes! I hope you enjoy this lip gloss recipe. Are you making any DIY holiday gifts this year? I would love to know what you have planned.
Sunday, October 5, 2014

Easy Homemade DIY Face Wash for Any Skin Type

Over the last few years I've changed my skin care routine from prescription meds, expensive face creams, and spa treatments to simple DIYs and the results have been amazing! I wanted to scream from the rooftop when DIYs gave me better skin at a fraction of the price of what I was spending.

I absolutely love this DIY face wash and I'm going to share my recipe, but since we all have different skin types I wanted to talk to you briefly about different ingredients that can be used. It's so important to find what works for each of us as an individual so feel free to mix and match until you find your perfect combination.

Building A DIY Face Wash
When constructing a face wash, a base is important. There are lots to choose from such as raw honey, rose water, yogurt, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, castile soap and more. The base will make up the majority of the face wash so it's important to find the one that works best for your skin type.
Thursday, September 18, 2014

4 Easy Homemade Remedies for Congestion

The worst part of having the cold or flu is the congestion. I can't sleep, I can't breathe, and I end up feeling like I have a sore throat from all the mouth breathing and post-nasal drip. It blows. {snickers}

Now every time anyone in my family gets sick we reach for one of these homemade congestion remedies and boy do they work! My poor friend is sick right now so I hope some of these recipes can help her feel better soon! {hugs}

Easy Homemade #Congestion Remedies for #cold and #flu season #DIY

Congestion Roll-on
I've made a super simple recipe to help decrease sinus congestion and reduce the feeling of that yucky inflammation, but it can also work for any kind of nasal stuffiness.