DIY Whipped Shea Butter Moisturizer For Skin & Hair
“I try to keep my hair maintenance routine as minimal and low cost as possible. I’m not a product junkie and I pick products based on my specific hair problems. Dryness is a huge issue for me. My hair has always been prone to dryness even more now that I bleach/ dye it. So I favor creams and butters versus oils for my moisturizing needs. I personally find oils just sit on top of my hair causing it to feel greasy and does nothing to help my dryness. The heaviness of a butter helps tame my thick coily while providing a light hold.
My favorite moisturizer is a combination of raw Shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil and a few essential oils like tea tree and peppermint. All of these ingredients are natural and can be found in a local health food store. In less than 5 minutes you can have a custom moisturizer made especially for your hair or body.”
Pink Himalayan salt is known for doing wonderful things for the body
and mind, as it contains 84 trace minerals and a unique ionic energy.
It detoxifies, reduces soreness, regulates hydration, balances ph levels
and strengthens the body. Himalayan salt soaks have become renowned as a
way to relax while getting rid of toxins and improving circulation. I
typically take showers over baths, so when I caught wind of Himalayan
salt bars, I had to find out more. If you don’t have time for a
soak, but still want to reap the healing benefits of salt, try out this
easy recipe for Himalayan salt bars!
Have you ever been told you look tired, or asked if you didn’t sleep well the night before? Usually the restless night of sleep, late night out, or early morning wake up call is evident on our face. When we sleep our skin goes into repair mode and when we shorten those hours of rest, we are shortening the time our body gets to rebalance itself. Beauty recipes you can leave on overnight have a better chance of making a difference on tired, dull or over stressed skin and hair.
Here are three simple, all-natural overnight masks to make the most of your sleep.
From headaches to cracked heels (so, literally, head to toe), herbal balms are a game-changer. And we promise, they’re really easy to make, just as long as you’re patient enough for your herbs to dry and oils to infuse. From there on, the possibilities are endless! Read more about the dos and donts of herbal balms here, and have a look at some of the best balm and salve recipes we found.
Maintaining Clear & Healthy Skin - The Honey Cleansing Method
Having trouble with your skin? I posted a video discussing The Oil Cleansing Method for beautiful clear and glowing skin a few months back. A lot of you have been loving it! But a few of you said it didn’t work out for your skin type and asked for yet another all-natural alternative against acne and dark spots. Have you ever tried using Honey as a cleanser? Raw and Manuka are my personal preferences as cleansers. One ingredient so not only is it super healthy but it’s also super affordable! Watch this video to see how it works! Hope you love it!
“Fill a spray bottle with distilled water, and pop in some plants like sage, rosemary, lemon balm, and lavender. Let sit for a few hours, then mist in the air to create a beautiful, fresh aroma in every room! This spray should stay fresh for at least a few days — store in the refrigerator for maximum freshness.”
DIY All-Natural Skin Exfoliator For Silky Soft Legs
“The sugar rubs off all the dirt and dead skin, the lemon juice works as a mild skin peel revealing brighter, smoother skin, and, of course, the olive oil penetrates deep into the skin and provides long-lasting moisture.”
Whipped Green Tea & Coconut Oil Moisturizer (Light)
Henry Happened writes:
Having scraped out every last bit of coconut oil, it was time to whip up a replacement. A gallon-sized Costco tub is better for hand access but not so much for a tiny bathroom. Which brings us to a perfectly good invention: green lotion. Something that’s totally awesome for your skin.
You might remember green-tea infused oil from this SPF lip balm. I love this stuff. You get the benefits of coconut oil and green tea all in one. Coconut oil hydrates without clogging pores, and green tea can actually reverse sun damage. Whipping it makes a nice frothy texture that’s easier to apply and feels less greasy (if that bothers you). And did I mention that it’s green? No it won’t turn your skin green, but it does make me smile every time I see it.
One of my biggest fears about summer is going sleeveless. Because let’s face it, underarms are kind of ugly. And
if you have the red upper arm bumps (technically called keratosis
pilaris) it feels even worse.
“I’m always on the hunt for natural alternatives to everyday beauty products. As the temperatures start to warm up, the only thing on my mind is long days spent in the sunshine. For me, I always feel healthier (and a little bit happier) when I have some color on my skin. Exposure to direct sunlight is a key way that your body absorbs Vitamin D. From building up the immune system to providing just the right amount of calcium and phosphorus for healthy bones, vitamin D is essential for proper growth. Spending a little time outdoors is the easiest way to take in Vitamin D, but it’s important to protect our skin while doing so.
There are hundreds of sun protectants out there, but most of them have unfamiliar chemicals and ingredients in them. When I read that there are some essential oils that naturally contain SPF, I was surprised by how powerful many of them in fact are. Oils from everyday ingredients, like carrots and avocado, can supply sun protection that is chemical free!
There are a ton of recipes out there for homemade sunscreen, so using those and knowledge of my skin type, I came up with a recipe for an all natural SPF sun oil that will help protect my skin while supplying ultimate moisture for my upcoming days spent at the beach.”
Looking for a way to shape and define your eyebrows? Well, maybe my routine can help guide you or help you get some ideas on how to create your own! Either way, this is how I do mine and I’ve been doing them for about 3 years now. Sometimes doing your own eyebrows is best since you know exactly what you are looking for. I hope this can help! I love you!
If you’re wondering what exactly a ritual bath is and if you need one, Reiki master and energy healer (not to mention licensed psychologist) Paulette Sherman can help. Her new book, The Book of Sacred Bath Rituals,
is all about channeling the ancient, cross-cultural practice and
applying it to your tub sesh. She’s adamant that the process is a sacred
oasis for mental, emotional, and spiritual maintenance (AKA the modern
“Rituals usually take a normal thing and elevate it to make it
special,” says Sherman. “A bath ritual is your time to spend 25 minutes
getting clarity and setting intentions for different aspects of your
life—and let everything negative go down the drain.”
We all live with our own aches and pains. A twinge here, a pulled
muscle there. Some of us more than others. Personally, I look upon the
able-kneed with a great deal of envy, my own lower joints nearly spent
after years of cross country running, skiing, snowboarding, track,
lifting and general living of life. You’d think that, after two
decades of dealing with joint pain and flareups, I would have learned by
now how to take the time for a little self care post-workout. Learning
to slow down can be a slow process, but a new workout routine this fall
led me to discover my latest obsession, one that’s put an entirely new
spin on restorative post-gym recovery: Epsom salt soaks.
Now, I’ve never been much of a bath person, always preferring the
speed and efficiency of showers over a long soak, but Epsom salts are
truly a cure all and worth, well, sitting around in a tub for. Contrary
to the name, Epsom salt is not actually a salt at all, but a naturally
occurring mineral compound made up of magnesium and sulfate. These two
materials (a chemical element and a polyatomic anion, respectively) are
readily absorbed through the skin, reducing inflammation, aiding in the
absorption of nutrients, easing migraines and flushing toxins from the
system (to name but a few of their many benefits). Along with soothing
tired, achy muscles and reducing muscular inflammation, Epsom salts can
boost your mood and ease stress by replenishing your body’s
magnesium levels, which helps produce serotonin and lessen the effects
While Epsom salts work beautifully on their own, for this simple and
effective DIY beauty treatment, I’ve paired them up with a few other
stress-relieving, mood-boosting ingredients: