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Sugar Scrub

Mmmm. Sugar scrubs. Nothing else makes my skin as buttery soft as a good sugar scrub.

Store bought sugar scrubs can be soooo expensive and are full of yucky chemicals that I do NOT want to be rubbing into my skin!! The natural version is very easy to make and definitely more affordable.

Sugar scrubs only require 2 ingredients!! How easy is that?? All you need to create your very own sugar scrub is some sugar and some oil.

What kind of sugar you use is up to you. I find white sugar makes a “scrubbier” scrub while brown sugar is a bit more gentle. That said, I have used white sugar on my face and didn’t find it to be too rough.

What oil you use is also optional. There are so many options!! I usually use coconut or olive oil. Sweet almond oil is also a popular choice, although I haven’t tried it myself. I have to say, coconut oil has been my favorite. I need to do a post on coconut oil soon. It’s magical stuff, I’m telling ya!! I personally prefer it in scrubs because it is a little lighter than olive oil and not so thick and greasy. That’s just me though.

Once you have chosen your sugar and oil, measure equal amounts of each and blend together. You can use the scrub as is, but I like to scent mine with essential oils.

I usually like to use citrus essential oils because they are great for improving skin tone, just be careful not to use a citrus scrub before spending time in the sun! Some citrus oils can increase photo-toxicity.

Here are some of my favorite blends-

Grapefruit-Lime-Tangerine

Lavender-Orange

Lavender-Peppermint

Peppermint-Rosemary

Ylang Ylang-Lavender-Orange

Play with the oils until you find a scent you love!!

Once you have mixed your scrub, store in a clean airtight glass jar. Using the scrub is easy! I just bring my scrub in the shower with me and I let my apple cider vinegar rinse sit on my hair for a bit while I turn the water off and massage the scrub into my skin. Work the scrub into small areas, sloughing off the dead skin. Then I rinse off with warm water to reveal silky skin that has been polished by the sugar as well as moisturized by the oil. Voila!!

Let me know what essential oil combination you tried and how your scrub worked for you!!

Click here to see all the 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils Young Living has to offer.

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Soaping up a storm…

Today has been a soaping day for me. I am trying a couple new recipes for the fall festival booth I am doing. Today I created a “double mint” soap. I used a basic soap recipe and added peppermint and spearmint essential oil as well as a few handfuls of oats for a little texture. The batch is currently hardening in the mold and will be ready to take out and cut in the morning. It smells heavenly! I’m really excited to see how it turns out.

Tomorrow I’m going to try a lemon herb soap. Same basic recipe as the double mint soap, but with lemon essential oil, lemon zest, and crushed dried basil. In theory it sounds good so I’m hoping it will turn out just as good as I’m dreaming!

I’m trying to think of some other soap recipe ideas to try. Do you have any suggestions??

p.s.- I haven’t forgotten about the sugar scrub recipe. It’s on the way, I promise!!

p.s.s.- I added some new stuff to my etsy shop <—- do me a favor and check it out, favorite it, share it with your friends, post it on your facebook… yeah this is shameless self promotion. After all, this is MY blog! 😉 

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Easy-peasy Bath Salts

Hey y’all! I’ve been MIA for a little while… it has been a wild past couple weeks. My younger brother was bitten by a copperhead a week and a half ago and it seems like life has been going non-stop since then! Thankfully he is okay and appears to be recovering just fine, but it was quite the scare.

I am also preparing to do a booth at a local fall festival with my soap and bath and body products next month. I’m really excited about that but also a little stressed because I have no idea how much inventory to bring! It’ll be a good experience though so I’m looking forward to it.

Riding lessons are also picking up now that school has started which is GREAT but requires me to split my brain a bit between crafting and horses, something I’m still learning how to do!

When I get the overwhelmed I find the best thing I can do is take a little time to clear my head and jump back in refreshed, rather than just try to push through it. This is hard for me because I feel like I’m just slacking off, but in reality I am so much more productive when I take the time I need. As an introvert this is especially important to me.

One of my favorite ways to relax and clear my head is soaking in the bath. Using essential oils I create different aromatherapy blends that can relax my mind, soothe sore muscles (great for when I have had lots of lessons and have been working outside!), or even energize me!

The thing with using essential oils in the bath is you want to blend the oils with another substance before putting them in hot water because they have a tendency to just vaporize. One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to do this is by creating bath salts.

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[photo cred- RJ Stonecipher]

Bath salts are soooo easy and so rewarding to make. You can be so creative with 

them. The salts detoxify your body, gently soften and purify your skin, and soothe achy muscles. Does it get any better than that?! I am going to give you a base recipe I use, but you can add all sorts of different ingredients to create blend that is entirely your own.

The 3 main ingredients I use are:

Epsom Salts

Sea Salt

& Baking Soda

You can search online for different types of salts that can be added that are more extravagant than sea salt and epsom salt, but these ingredients are a good place to start! You can also add different types of clays for added detoxifying and skin purifying benefits.

I usually fill a 4oz jar about 2/3 of the way full with epsom salts and then top off with sea salt and baking soda. I add a teaspoon or so of liquid glycerin, and also some 

moisturizing oils. I usually use jojoba oil as a moisturizing oil and add about a teaspoon, but you can pick which oil (if any) you would like to add and play with the amounts until you find the right blend for you. 

The best part is deciding on your essential oils and blending them with the salts.

Here are a few blends I really like-

Relaxing

Lavender, Orange, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Tangerine, & Patchouli

Energizing

Peppermint, Lemon, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Clary Sage

Decongestant (great for cold and flu season!)

Peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, tea tree, lemon, spearmint

Play with these blends until you find a scent you like. You don’t necessarily have to use all the oils I suggested in each blend, or you can even add others that you think would make the blend even better!

If you are looking for essential oils to use in this recipe, please click here to purchase 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils.

Thanks for reading!! Next time we’ll move away from salt and talk sugar scrubs!!

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Sea Salt Spray

I hope everyone is having a lovely day today! It’s rainy here which puts a damper on my horse work but is also my favorite blogging and crafting weather.

Are you ready for post 2 on hair volume tips and tricks? I am! Here we go…

-Use your blow dryer effectively. I used to spend wayyy too much time blow drying my hair after getting out of the shower only to have heat damaged hair and very sore arms. As my hair got longer and it took even more time to dry I knew something had to change. So I stopped blow drying it to find out my hair tends to weigh itself down a lot and dries pretty limp. So I found a very happy in between that doesn’t require frying my hair or losing volume!

Whenever I shower, I leave my hair in a towel as I get dressed, do my make up, brush my teeth, etc. Once I’m done with all of that my hair is about halfway dry. I let my hair down, get out my blow dryer, flip my head over, and blow dry my hair upside down for 5 minutes max.

Blow drying it upside down gives my hair the volume it needs, and waiting until it is partially dried makes the process so much easier! It usually isn’t 100% dry when I am done with my blow dryer, but I’m not really wanting it to be DRY, just to have some lift. I let it air dry the rest of the way.

So after I have flipped my head right side up, I shake my hair out (I usually resemble a very large feline… think lion king) to soften it up. I style my bangs and loosely run a flat iron over the pieces of hair around my face if necessary.

That is usually all I do on the day I shampoo my hair and it works pretty consistently. 

On day 2 after shampooing, my hair is getting just a tad greasy and starting to go wet noodle on me. That’s when I know it’s time to bring out the salt water spray….

My hair loooooves my homemade salt water spray!! The salt dries the hair just a teeny bit and gives it great texture. I find it also gives my hair a hairspray-ish hold which is nice. I add some moisturizing oils into the spray to condition and add shine to my hair. 

You can spray the salt water in damp hair for beachy waves, but the way I use it for my second day hair is just simply spraying it on top of my head until my roots and scalp are damp. I don’t really want it on the ends of my hair, just from my ears up.

Then I flip my hair over, hit it with the blow dryer for just a minute or 2, and all done!

I actually like my second day hair a lot better than the first day. It has a lot more texture and if I want to curl it, braid it, etc, it holds a lot better on the second day.

Oh, and before I forget, here’s the directions for the spray!

I fill a small cosmetic spray bottle with water and add a couple spoonfuls of salt.

I add around half a teaspoon of liquid glycerin and a little more than half a teaspoon of either jojoba or coconut oil, depending on what I have on hand.

Then I add essential oils. You can really add whatever you like at this point! I like to add tea tree oil to my spray because it really helps my scalp between washes.

Lavender is another good one. It is really soothing for your hair and scalp.

Rosemary and peppermint are both very stimulating and great for hair growth.

One of my new favorite essential oils for hair is grapefruit. It adds great shine and smells sooooo good!!

Play with the essential oils and see what works best for you. If you missed my post on how to purchase Young Living essential oils wholesale, check that out here.

Let me know if you try making some salt water spray and how it worked out for you!!

Thanks for reading 🙂

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