gwynnmikara asked:

I saw your post about using a home made facial scrub earher then store bought. Awesome idea (I'm constantly fighting breakouts) and rather then getting lost in Pinterest, what is your recommended recipe? I have coconut oil and can buy some epsom salt. Thank you for your time!

I buy the coconut oil and epsom salt at Walmart (Lou Ana and Dr. Teals). There are a ton of different scents of the epsom salt, but I love the mint and eucalyptus. I combine them in a glass mason jar.

Supplies: coconut oil, epsom salt, mason jar, spoon

1. Scoop coconut oil with spoon and put a small layer into the bottom of the jar

2. Sprinkle a LITTLE BIT of epsom salt onto first coconut oil layer

3. Repeat until the jar is full

I would make sure it is mostly coconut oil. You don’t want to over exfoliate. I then kind of stab and stir at the mixture until I feel it’s mixed well. I use it in the morning on my face before I put on makeup and within my nightly shower on my whole body. I use it for shaving, for makeup removal, and for exfoliating. You can even use a little in your hair while conditioning. Make sure to be careful because the oil may make the tub slick!

Monthly Favorites // January 2016

Yeyy for being slightly productive this month! This year, I have a new series for my blog. I was inspired by youtubers actually but I can’t just make a video and speak in front of it my monthly favorites so I’m just going to blog it!

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💕💕 total VDAY PKG  💕💕


1 herbal bath bag

steep in this herbal bath to stimulate the senses & relieve achey muscles.
use the muslin bag to lightly exfoliate your whole body, improving circulation.
hold the bag of herbs over the heart like a poultice to assist in healing after emotional heartache.
ingredients: rose hips, rose petals, comfrey leaf, agrimony, hawthorn berry, peppermint, wild sarsaparilla root, red clover leaf & flower.
blended and scooped into a reusable 100% bleach free muslin drawstring bag.

1 hawthorn berry tincture ½ oz

wild harvested in the philadelphia autumn, hawthorn berries are an herbal ally for heart health & emotional strength

1 balm for body + massage

rose hips, sage, calendula, grapeseed oil, shea butter, beeswax, geranium e o
*luxurious balm, perfect for moisturizing or massaging. excellent all over.*
((this is my favorite product to use right now ^__^))
packaged in a 2 oz push-up cardboard tube.

1 tea blend

ingredients: lemon balm, peppermint, skullcap, rose hip, elderberries, calendula, chamomile
recommended use:
one spoonful loose tea per cup of water.
pour just boiled water over the herbs & allow to infuse for 10-15 minutes. longer if you desire.
herbal tea blend formulated for feelings of love & well being.
suited for day or night.
packaged in a 12 oz glass jar.

1 smoking blend

mullein, raspberry leaf, marshmallow
*** a relaxing & satisfying smoke ***

1 lips 2 kiss

lip balm label art inspired by Khalil Gibran. attributed to “the prophet”.
ROSE HIP, CALENDULA, SAGE infused in grapeseed oil, shea butter, beeswax, geranium essential oil.
packaged in a .15 oz oval tube.

all wrapped up with dried flowers & love === 50.00

free delivery in / around philadelphia on FRIDAY, FEB 12
(if you are doing the free delivery, don’t use etsy- just msg me & paypal or cash)

here it is on etsy

anonymous asked:

hello! where do you buy your aztec healing clay?? and is there a particular brand of apple cider vinegar that you suggest?? also how exactly do you use it?? thank you!!

Amazon! I got two things of it and its gonna last you about 3-4 months 

for the apple cider vinegar use the Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and you can get that off Amazon and I think somewhere in stores im not sure lmao. 

When you do the mask, take a teaspoon of the clay and add 1-2 cap fulls of the apple cider vinegar and mix it together until its like mud. Apply it like a regular mud mask and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes. You’re gonna feel your face start to pulsate which means its working. Wash it off with warm water and your face is gonna feel/look red after a few minutes but the end product is amazing

Use this mask once a week because its VERY exfoliating and you don’t want to strip your skin of your natural purities

I suggest after, using a toner then putting on joboa (sp?) oil because it’s close to the same PH balance as our skin or your regular moisturizer. 


Your personal care products could be contributing to an increase of plastic pollution in the environment.

We’ve all seen the advertisements for facial washes and body scrubs that have “gentle microbeads that smooth away roughness without over-drying or irritating your skin” (*cough* Neutrogena *cough*). It sounds great and all, but those face-smoothing microbeads are anything but gentle.

The beads are made of polyethylene and polypropylene micro-plastic particles. With a diameter of approximately .5mm, the beads can easily travel through sink drains and filtration systems, quickly working their way into local waterways. Once in a body of water, the plastics soak up pollutants such as pesticides, hydrocarbons, and other industrial chemicals from the surrounding air and water. While that may sound great, the now chemically-soaked micro-plastics (whose rounded shape resembles tasty fish eggs) are consumed by fish and aquatic reptiles. These beads have also been discovered in the digestive and circulatory systems of mussels and worms. The beads continue on their journey through food webs, impacting every species along the way–including humans.

In 2012, 5 Gyres–an organization who aims to reduce plastic pollution–took water and sediment samples from the Great Lakes. They discovered that these microbeads could be found in numbers of more than 107,500 particles per square mile. Add that number to the amount of particles found in aquatic organisms and you’re looking at a minefield of toxins. Brief note: One tube of Neutrogena’s “Deep Clean” contains an estimated 360,000 microbeads. Let that sink in for a second.

Recently, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill that would call for a ban of microbead-containing products. By 2018, companies will have to stop producing these products, and any product containing beads can no longer be sold by the end of 2019. A similar bill is currently being reviewed in California, showing proof of progress in the ban of microbeads. Though progress is occurring, it is important to note that plenty of damage can be done in Illinois alone before the products are banned. More and more companies are adding microbeads to their face cleansers, body scrubs, and even toothpastes as a result of a consumer’s desire for “icy blue microbeads” that “exfoliate and clean deep down to pores!”

The best way to reduce the amount of microplastics in waterways is to simply cease purchasing products that contain microbeads. BeattheMicroBead.org has provided a frequently updated list of products containing microbeads. For those of you who cannot give up your beady exfoliants, there are products out there that use sands and organic materials (such as plant wax) for the same deep-cleansing and face-smoothing purpose. This is the simplest way to help the environment without even having to change your personal care routines! Please help, and visit the links below for more information.

Photograph and information from: The Atlantic

Information from: 5Gyres

Skincare Basics: Why You Should Exfoliate

Cleansing and moisturising on a day to day basis is great for your skin, but you should also be doing a few things weekly to keep your skin in tip top shape for example: exfoliating.

Exfoliating is one of the best things you can do for your skin and it’s super simple. There are hundreds of different exfoliating products out there, but generally speaking the most gentlest and effective forms are chemical exfoliants which are enriched with AHA’s and BHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids) they sound scary, but they’re not and the right ones can be incredibly gentle on the skin. 

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Some people say the coffee (or rather, the caffeine in the coffee) could make this work as an anti-cellulite scrub when used at least twice weekly for 10 minutes at a time.

Stop throwing away used Coffee Grounds! It is a cheap, natural, and excellent exfoliant! There may also be potential to get rid of cellulite if applied regularly (as mentioned above)! Learn how to Use Coffee Grounds as a Body Scrub.

Drink your coffee, and have it too.

                              Build Your Own Face Scrub

Build a face scrub that best fits your skin type from the comfort of your home. The best part of DIYs is knowing exactly what is going onto your skin—avoid dealing with hidden fragrance and/or chemicals. Face Scrubs is a versatile skin exfoliant that can improve dry, oily, acne prone and uneven skin tones. In other words, its damn near for everyone! Exfoliating your face can slough away dead skin cells to help you achieve a more even complexion, and can help revive dry, dull skin. Learn below how to build your own face scrub and customize it for YOUR skin!

(Top 4: Exfoliants)
Oatmeal- Scrubs and removes surface dirt and impurities while hydrating and softening your skin. Effective for oily skin, acne, blemishes, dry and sensitive skin (Grind in coffee grinder for easier use)

Baking Soda- Gently buffs away dead skin cells while absorbing excess oils. (Please use with caution. Some research shows it can be damaging to the skin. Yet, a lot of do-it-yourselfers seems to have a good experience with it).

White sugar- What can I say about this exfoliant? Besides the fact that sugar is the first choice for all scrubs! Sugar gives a healthy glow to your skin and gets rid of toxins and impurities. Frequent use of sugar makes skin smoother and helps the hydration process (Recommended for Normal skin types)

Brown Sugar- Contains alpha-hydroxyl acid which increases blood flow, so it minimizes fine lines and wrinkles and aims to achieve smoother younger looking skin. Brown sugar also conditions the skin and helps keep moisture locked in (great for sensitive skin types).

(Bottom 4: Moisturizers)
Honey- The natural antibacterial, probiotic, and humectant properties prevents acne and effectively reduces breakouts. It moisturizes dry skin and balances oily skin (recommended for all skin types).

Plain Yogurt-The zinc and lactic acid helps smooth out fines lines, hydrate dry patches and brighten complexion.

Egg Whites- Its astringent properties draws out blackheads while tightening the skin and reducing the appearance of pores. Also works in reducing oily skin.

Coconut Oil- Extremely hydrating and can soften skin. Not recommended for acne prone skin (May clog pores).

Find out more about the essential oils and bonuses to add into your face scrub AND which ingredients are best for oily, dry, and sensitive skin types. This site will give you the recommended measurements for a small jar.

sorry--notsorry asked:

“Whenever I apply foundation on my dry skin it always looks dry and flaky. What’s the trick to preventing that? ”

Having dry skin I know the struggle of flaky, dry, unnatural looking foundation all to well and it’s something I used to constantly suffer from on a day to day basis. Luckily over time I’ve found a few cures to fixing flaky skin and making makeup look great.

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teasydoesit asked:

What products/techniques would you recommend for exfoliating skin with acne/acne prone skin?

Acne can be frustrating and exfoliating can be great, as long as it’s done right. Exfoliate the wrong way and you may have a recipe for disaster, AKA even more acne.

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FRIDAY FRENZY | etsyfindoftheday 1 | 12.18.15

bath and body finds by mulleinandsparrow

this etsy shop has awesome product photography — it entices me to want to try their beauty products!! this rose hydrosol spray hydrates, tones, and freshens. the mint coffee-and-shea butter body exfoliant looks like a great way to relax. i’d love to try both!

This is definitely not the glamorous, great-smelling lotion we all want to have. This guy is the utilitarian, yet almost magically effective, skin care necessity for those of us with dry, rough, or uneven skin. It’s a necessity for those of us with keratosis pilaris

AmLactin Alpha Hydroxy lotion doesn’t smell nice, doesn’t really moisturize, and doesn’t come as cheap as most drug store lotions (at $18). However, it exfoliates. Unlike physical exfoliation methods, it doesn’t irritate already angry skin (plus it’s easier. who has time to scrub their whole body everyday?). I use it all over my body after I shower and follow with a moisturizing lotion (ginger souffle if I’m lucky). A regimen of this stuff transformed the bumpy chicken skin I’ve had since childhood into the smooth, touchable skin I’m no longer ashamed to show off. In short: life improving.


               Pina Colada Coconut and Lemon Scrub

  • 1 cup Desiccated Coconut 
  • 1 cup Epsom Salts 
  • 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil (available at Heath Food Shops)
  • 4 drops Vitamin E Oil (optional)
  • 1 Lemon (peel finely grated)
  • Air tight container

(CLICK HERE for instructions on how to combine the ingredients & benefits)