Tag Archives: Essential oil

Make your own lotion from coconut oil!

18 May

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If you’ve read my post on coconut oil then you already know all of the benefits it brings…but making your own lotion from it is one of my favorites!  It lasts longer than store bought lotions and is really good for your skin!  You don’t need much to make the lotion, you probably have some of these things in your kitchen already.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup  olive oil (or almond oil)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  •  1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil

You can also add essential oils if you would like!

All you have to do is:

  • mix the ingredients into a glass jar (any kind will do as long as it’s big enough to contain the ingredients)
  • heat a couple inches of water in a sauce pan (enough to submerge the bottom bit of the jar)
  • place the jar in the hot water and watch the ingredients melt, shaking around occasionally
  • pour into small jar or container of your choice and put on lid and you’re done!

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Make your own natural bug spray!

8 May


Unfortunately I am like a magnet for mosquitos, gnats, ticks, and any other nasty little bug out there…but I refuse to douse myself in DEET or other chemicals they put in non-natural bug sprays.  Sure, there are bug sprays that are now made for people like me…but why buy them when you can make your own?  If you don’t already have essential oils in your home, I recommend grabbing some…they sure do come in handy!  You can find them in natural or health food stores, drug stores, and even some grocery stores, or online from places like  doTerra.  I grabbed this specific mixture from a website called Garden Therapy (they even added the cute label to print out and stick on your bottle):

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Ingredients

  • 4 drops citronella essential oil
  • 4 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 4 drops mint essential oil
  • 1/4 cup pure witch hazel

Mix these oils into a glass or plastic atomizer, shake and you’re all set!  Keeps the bugs away and smells good too! (And no unwanted chemicals of course)

 

 

DIY Simple Summer Body Scrubs

28 Mar

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Want to get rid of your dry Winter skin and beach body beautiful?  Here are two DIY scrubs that you can make at home and will leave your skin silky smooth!

For a yummy coconut-scented scrub:

you will need

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a jar/container to hold the mixture

To make this scrub, add the coconut oil to the brown sugar and mix it really well, adding the vanilla extract at the end and mixing a little more.

For a nice summer glow:

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • a couple drops of essential oil (we used lavender)
  • a jar/container to hold the mixture

Just whip these ingredients together, put into a container, and you’ve got your scrub!

(TIP: keep scrubs in airtight containers and keep water out to preserve for a few weeks)

ENJOY!

Penny Pincher: DIY Beach Sea Salt Spray for Hair

22 Mar

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Love the look of beachy waves in your hair?  While it may not yet be Summer, you can still obtain the look by using Sea Salt spray…and I’ve got a DIY version that works just as good as the kind you can buy in the store. Just a few simple ingredients which you may already have at home:

  • Plastic spray bottle
  • Sea salt
  • Coconut oil (or even olive oil will do)
  • 8-16 oz water depending on the size of your bottle
  • Yummy smelling essential oil (if you want to add a nice scent along with the coconut)

Just mix the water, essential oil, coconut oil (no more than 1 tbsp per 8oz), and the sea salt (more salt=more texture) in the plastic bottle. Shake it up until the oil mixes well.
Now you’re ready to go! Just spray onto damp hair and scrunch with your fingers to get nice, natural, beachy waves!

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