All natural skin care routine

So when I tell people I want to do everything all natural, homemade or organic in my home I get questions on beauty or skin care. So I’m going to share what I currently do for skin care and also which remaining store bought items I plan to replace next!

 

This is my little stack of homemade, all natural face products. I do not make all of these. The two that have little labels a friend of mine in New Mexico makes. She is an esthetician and knows what she’s doing and I met her a few years ago here in Arizona and after she taught me how to understand MY specific skin, I bought a few products from her to work with my skin and the results were amazing! So now she has moved to NM and I order these from her online either through her site or her Facebook page. You can find her business Facebook page here!

 

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Okay, so please don’t judge my plastic containers as I AM on a mission to replace all plastic containers with glass but that is actually pretty hard to do and a process to find all different shapes and sizes if you don’t want to just go on Amazon and buy them all brand new. That being said…

 

My products are:

Organic coconut oil (top left container): this is the remainder of my organic coconut oil that stays in its glass jar until it gets to the bottom and I put it in this thing to make it easier to use each time in the shower.

Use: I use this to wash my face, remove make-up, remove dirt, you name it. It gets all the make-up off including water proof mascara in a breeze! You just wet your face, put some on your fingers, rub it in all over you face and eyes then use a warm wash clothe to wipe it off. You will see the dirt and make up come off on the cloth! AND…it’s so gentle that after I rub it in on my eyes I can open my eyes to find my wash cloth, which I often do, lol, and it doesn’t burn or anything!

My homemade facial/body sugar scrub (left bottom container): I make this and you can find the recipe about half way down through this blog post of mine.

Use: I use this on my body daily and my face every few days as a gentle exfoliator. Sugar is actually gentle enough that you can use daily on your face if you want but someone with more sensitive skin might want to do every few days on their face. I could handle daily but honestly I just don’t take the time to do it.

Raw Shea Butter with Tea Tree Oil (glass black container front and center): This is a homemade mixture my friend does that is specially blended for my skin. The shea butter is whipped because I prefer that texture over any other after a few different tries. The Tea Tree Oil in it is necessary for MY skin to help kill bacteria as I have skin that is prone to that cyst acne which is the kind that happens under the skin and then you get white heads. Basically due to excess toxins, dirt on pores, pores being too big or too open and the dirt getting trapped in said pores. Also, she pointed out to me that people who are Native American tend to have issues processing cheese and so sometimes they/we can have acne or white heads caused by the cheese basically trying to escape the body, lol! Sounds crazy but makes total sense to me as I LOVE cheese…..tremendously! And I won’t give it up to have a 100% clear face, that’s for sure.

Use: This is my daily moisturizer! After washing (and the side effect of moisturizing) my face with the coconut oil in the shower, I then add this moisturizer as soon as I get out. A little goes a long way and so any morning I forget to use it within a couple of hours my face feels tight and dry.

Peppermint Epsom Salt for bath (back right green glass bottle): this is a therapeutic salt bath mixture I made and you can find the recipe here!

Use: This is good to use for the therapeutic benefits of Peppermint or just to soften skin in the bath. I shower more than I take a bath but when I do this is what I use to spoil myself.

Lemon Burst DIY natural deodorant (bottom right small container): this recipe I just made yesterday and after I’ve had a few days to use it and try it out in different situations then I’ll finish my blog post about it with an honest review of what I think of it.

Use: Deodorant….dur. =)

Lemon Cream Face Mask and Scrub (middle right glass container): this is another one my friend in NM makes for me. After working out on the property here all summer I noticed I had a few dark spots above my upper lip and also above one eye brow (odd, huh?) and I freaked out. I sent her a message and asked what was happening to my skin. After many questions she determined it was likely sun damage =( due to me being outside so much and not using any SPF or wearing a hat. Another sad face moment.

Use: This mixture was created for me after her trial and errors and the lemon in it helps stimulate skin to have new growth of healthy skin. So this is a powder mixture that when I want to use it as a mask I just mix it up in a tiny bowl and I actually use one of those hair color mixing bowls and brushes and mix it up into a paste. Then I get my face wet with warm water, apply the mask generously and let sit for 30 mins. Then I wipe off with a warm wash cloth. This is something that could heal the sun damage but she said it could take 2-3 times a week for a few months to see the difference. I’m patient and all but in truth I do this maybe once a month when I remember. It isn’t high on my list of things to do. But if I want to feel like I’m pampering my face (or say I’ve spent all day outside working) then I’ll wash my face (to get it clean), do my sugar scrub (to exfoliate dead skin) and follow up with the lemon mask (to replenish and pamper my skin) and my face feels super happy after!

 

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Shameless selfie! Lol! I took this picture not smiling so you can just SEE my skin. I love my skin! This is post shower, after putting on my tea tree oil moisturizer and yes…I’m wearing mascara. But that’s it. I try to not wear make-up much. If I’m home (which I generally am for days at a time) I wear no make-up and not even mascara. If I have to run a quick errand or something I’ll put on mascara because I am blessed with long eye lashes and without mascara I feel like I look tired. If I am “dressing up” I wear powder, blush, eye shadow and mascara. But really all that stuff is nothing but crap for your skin. So I try to really limit it. My esthetician is working on an all natural powder for make-up now made out of something wonderful but she’s still ironing out the kinks so when that is done I will totally try it!

 

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These are the ONLY remaining beauty/hygiene culprits, which I will be eliminating in the near future; herbal essences shampoo (15 year avid user), Vaseline lotion (6 year avid user), herbal essences spray gel for curly hair (10 year avid user), Dove bar soap (probably 15 year user), Dial liquid hand soap (I’ve always loved Dial) and then Arm and Hammer tooth paste. This tooth paste I’ve only been using about 6 mths but I really love it and the results I’ve had, which I think is thanks to the baking soda in it!

 

So since I just switched to natural deodorant I think my next change will be the toothpaste, when I run out of this because I don’t want to waste what I have on hand. I also have like 12 bars of Dove soap, lol (I shop at Sam’s Club) and I hope by the time I run out of that not only am I making my own homemade soap but that it has cured and is ready to be used. I am reaching out to my NM esthetician about ordering some of her homemade soap to replace all the dial liquid soap I have at each sink in the house. We’ll start there and not buy any more of that and then replace the Dove once I run out of it.

 

I have been researching all natural shampoos but I have some ingredients to buy before I can try a few recipes. I also have found a lot of info on LOTION BARS home made and I’m super excited to try some of those. I’m totally confident I can find a luxurious diy recipe for lotion to replace Vaseline…which I use religiously (daily) on my entire body head to toe, okay…foot to collar bone! And if I ever go a day without lotion (I forget or I’m in a rush post shower) I can tell all day long and it kills me. So I need a good solid replacement. And this bottle is running low and I really do not want to buy another…

 

So there ya go! If you have recommendations on diy all natural shampoo, conditioner AND the light spray gel for curly hair I am all ears! I am most concerned about what exactly I’ll replace my spray gel with because it took me years of trial and error to find this 1 product that works perfect for my naturally curly hair and makes my hair feel just the way I want it too, not too firm, not too loose. So, please comment here and share any recipes you have tried that work!

 

XoXo,

Elizabeth

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Many uses for Peppermint Oil

 

 

 

 

 

Now I’m not talking about actual peppermint candy, although it is delicious and there are NUMEROUS recipes (especially sweet treats and especially THIS time of year..you can find MY personal favorite peppermint treat recipes here) that have glorious peppermint candies in them…this post is about the fabulous uses for Peppermint Oil!

 

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First and foremost, the facts!

Peppermint is actually a HYBRID MINT PLANT that is a mix between a water mint and spearmint plants!

 

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Peppermint can basically grow anywhere but they do prefer moist, shaded locations and they expand underground. Because they can grow so rapidly, for a home gardener it is often recommended to grow them in pots to try to control just how much they grow or spread out.

 

Interestingly, Wikipedia says:

“Pliny the elder, 79 AD, an ancient Roman author, natural philosopher and naval and military commander wrote Naturalis Historia. It tells us that the Greeks and Romans crowned themselves with peppermint at their feasts and adorned their tables with its sprays, and that their cooks flavoured both their sauces and their wines with its essence.”

Find the full content here!

Most people won’t grow peppermint plants and go through the process of making peppermint oil THEMSELVES and so for the sake of that I won’t include that information here. But, I do hope to do that in the future myself just to see how it goes and when I do I’ll definitely share the details!

 

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So most people who are accustomed to using any essential oil knows that they can just go out and buy in a wide variety of places. You can get them online, health food stores and also a lot of direct selling companies do oils now as well. So get it where ever you get it...as long as you feel it is a good product then you’re good to go!

 

 

 

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Uses I’ve found to be amazing AND work:

-peppermint sugar scrub for the skin (peppermint acts as an antibacterial)

-peppermint oil and water in a spray bottle sprayed on anything itchy (bug bite, bee sting, etc) not only has a cooling affect but also somehow takes the itch right out. (Since this is sprayed directly onto the skin I heavily dilute it and only use about 5-7 drops of peppermint oil to the whole container of water)

-stomach aches! If you or a child have a stomach they can not only suck on an actual peppermint candy but  you can also get peppermint oil on your finger and rub it onto the stomach. It tends to work just as fast as something like pepto bismal.

-homemade peppermint bath salt, my own recipe found here.

-use peppermint oil and other oils in a homemade mosquito repellent! Here is the recipe I’ve tried.

 

 

Uses I’ve researched but not personally tried yet:

-externally it can be used for muscle pain and nerve pain.

-in folklore peppermint oil has long been used for nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, indigestion, irritable bowel, and bloating.

-in aromatherapy the smell of peppermint oil tends to provide alertness and so it can be good to use in your homemade bath products (as long as you follow the proper ratio for essential oil and carrier oil in the recipe so that the peppermint doesn’t cause any skin irritation, do your research)

-make a homemade peppermint lip scrub and find the directions here.

-make a homemade flea shampoo for dogs, directions here.

-try a homemade diy peppermint toothpaste recipe here.

-use honey and peppermint oil to make a homemade facial toner, found here.

-make a heatwave peppermint spray to cool you down! You can find info on that here.

 

If you are eager to research peppermint oil more I urge you to do so. It is but one tiny plant but as you can see, so many uses! And if you’re living the homestead life, I can see why Peppermint Plant is one that we all need on our homesteads, if only for upset stomachs and bug repellent!!!! =D

 

XoXo,

Elizabeth

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DIY Peppermint Bath Salt

This time of year I always make peppermint skin care – something! Not only is peppermint notoriously our “seasonal scent” around the holidays but for me personally it is a smell I love year round, it has numerous health benefits and…it just makes me happy!!!

 

So this year I made 2 peppermint skin care products and one I’m going to share how to do with you now is the DIY Peppermint Bath Salt!!!

 

This was my first time trying to make a bath salt as I’ve been making sugar scrubs for years but I did a little research on the bath salts first to make sure I knew what I was doing. If you check out this blog post she explains in depth the importance of understanding how to use essential oils in your bath water! In order for it to work properly and not risk causing skin irritation you have to use a carrier oil in your mixture and also put your essential oils in the salt that will help disperse the essential oil throughout your bath water! Good info!

 

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Your ingredients are:

2 cups of epsom salt

1 tablespoon carrier oil (jojoba, coconut, olive, or other) 

15-30 drops of essential oil

 

***Warning; as I’m using peppermint oil in this recipe please note that peppermint is one that can cause a skin irritation and so it is essential to use it properly. That’s why this recipe calls for a carrier oil, which you should use with all essential oils, not just peppermint. But be especially mindful of peppermint in facial products and use less than you would of other essential oils. This recipe calls for 15-30 drops and I honestly used about 17 drops, as the smell was prevalent and more didn’t seem necessary.

 

I had found this adorable green glass bottle with a cork at the Dollar Store for…$1!!!! So I had to have it. When I decided to put together this bath salt recipe I knew this was the bottle for it because how cute will that bottle be sitting in the shower or tub!?! Right!

 

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You put your epsom salt in your mixing bowl and when you add your liquid oil (I did coconut oil – for moisturizing) and then add your drops of essential oil on top this is what it’ll look like.

 

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But after mixing it around a bit by hand it turns into THIS! What I lovely refer to as “Peppermint Snow” because the texture of it reminds me of fluffy snow!!!

 

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Now I included this photo as a full disclosure that I am not always the smartest nor do I always just know the best ways to do things. Trial and error is the theme of my life! =D I did not have a funnel (and as I write this now I wonder why I didn’t just grab the funnel out of the trunk of my car…doh!) So I thought “Hey, I’ll grab some paper, make a funnel and we’ll be good to go, right?” Wrong! The paper was too flimsy, the peppermint snow was just clumpy enough and the bottle of this adorable glass was TINY! None of which make a good combination. So after a few failed attempts at that, I refused to give up on the glass bottle so I just started paddling it in the top of the bottle with my kitchen utensils, about 1/2 teaspoon at a time! Haha! Yes…it took awhile!

 

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And…it made a mess! BUT…messes can be cleaned! My whole recipe didn’t fit in the glass bottle but I knew it wouldn’t so I had a little plastic container for the extra that I saved it in to use that first before I break into the glass bottle.

 

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And so since messes can be cleaned…3 easy minutes later, here is the finished product! A super easy, very simple and rather quick process if you don’t choose a small mouth glass bottle!

 

Also, you can make this recipe with any essential oil and even a combination of a few different ones. Pick oils that either are scents you love, are mood boosting or relaxing or even have health benefits for you!!!

 

XoXo,

Elizabeth

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