Simple DIY Face Serum With Essential Oils

How did it become the norm to think that good skin care had to cost a fortune?  Luckily,  the move toward natural living is proving this wrong.  Great skin care be affordable.  Make our Simple DIY Face Serum With Essential Oils to see what we mean.

Simple DIY Face Serum With Essential Oils

The Benefits of Rosehip Seed Oil

Due to fatty acids like linoliec, linolenic, and oleic acid, Rose Hip Seed Oil easily absorbs into the skin.  A terrific carrier oil for both dry and mature (ahem) skin.

Finally, Rosehip Seed Oil is a great addition in many skin care products, like lip balms and even bath bombs.  Therefore, it is an oil you want to always have on hand.

Simple DIY Face Serum With Essential Oils Ingredients

Containers: 1/2 ounce dark Boston Round bottle with dropper OR 10ml roll on bottles with metal roller balls.

PRO TIP:  Hosting an essential oil Make and Take?  Go with these 3ml/0.1oz MINI glass roller bottles.

1/2 ounce Organic, Unrefined Rosehip Seed Oil

4 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

2 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil

3 drops Lavender Essential Oil

2 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Next, combine ingredients by rolling bottle in your hands to disperse everything evenly.  Apply a SMALL amount to face after washing.

PRO TIP:  If using roller bottles, make up your Simple DY Face Serum in one of these 4 ounce squeeze bottles, and then squeeze the amount needed into each roller bottle.

Looking for a high quality company to order your essential oils from? My choice is Young Living. Here is how you can order Young Living Essential Oils too!

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Organic Gardening With Essential Oils

I love organic gardening with essential oils.  Therefore, anytime I can address fungal threats and pests with non-toxic, chemical free alternatives, I’m a happy gardener.  Let’s explore all the ways we can effectively use essential oils in the garden.

Organic Gardening With Essential Oils

Rosemary

The woodsy scent of Rosemary may help repel garden pests. Simply put a drop or two on a few pieces of broken clay pot and scatter the pieces around your garden.  You’ll need to reapply the Rosemary essential oil to the clay pieces every few days, or after a rain.

Peppermint

The sweet scent of peppermint essential oil sends aphids, flies, and spiders running in the opposite direction.  Our DIY Peppermint Essential Oil Garden And Home Spray is easy to make!

Organic Gardening With Essential Oils

 

Easy Peppermint Essential Oil Garden And Home Spray

Use 4 drops of Peppermint essential oil per 2 ounces of water in a spray bottle on the leaves of plants. Shake often. You can even use this spray indoors around your baseboards and doorways to get rid of spiders.

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PRO TIP:  Want to learn more about organic gardening?   I LOVE this book by Barbara Ellis,
The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control. 

DIY Organic Gardening With Essential Oils Spray

Unlike the easy peppermint essential oil garden and home spray above, our DIY Organic Gardening Essential Oil Bug Spray is meant to be sprayed directly on bugs.    I’m adding this to my arsenal of squash bug defense this year.  Ugh.  Squash bugs.    I’m an organic gardener and do NOT want to have to resort to chemicals to control the squash bug population.

It contains:

Orange Essential Oil

The D-limonene found in orange essential oil is harmless to humans, but deadly to most insects.
Because D-limonene  dissolves the waxy coating on the exoskeleton of insects, they die of  asphyxiation and dehydration.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Virginian Cedarwood’s claim to fame in the bug killing business is it’s ability to disrupt octopamine, a compound that pheromone bugs need to live. Consequently, Cedarwood is bad news for ticks and fleas, but safe to use around kids!

DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray With Orange and Cedarwood


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In a 16 ounce spray bottle, combine the following:

1/8 Cup Dr. Bronner’s Soap
38 Drops Orange Essential Oil
38 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
Fill the rest of the way with warm water.
Shake well. Store in a cool dark place.

Unlike the Peppermint Essential Oil Garden Spray above, this gets sprayed directly on the bug, not all over the leaves.  It may take a moment before they die, but dead they will be.

Have you been thinking of using essential oils in the garden? Need to order a couple to get you started?  Here’s how you can order Young Living Essential Oils, like I use.

If you are interested, I’m running a special deal on your first order of a Young Living Premium Kit.  I’ll refund you $25.00 either in the form of an Amazon Gift Card or Pay Pal.  I also provide you with weekly information via email to help you build a solid foundation with your new essential oils.

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Two Tone Honey Calendula Melt And Pour Soap Recipe

Wondering how to make a two tone melt and pour soap recipe?  Well, I’m happy to tell you that it’s much easier than you think.  My two tone Honey Calendula Melt and Pour Soap Recipe will show you how to make a vertically layered soap.

Honey and Calendula Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Ingredients For Two Tone Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

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1 pound Organic Translucent Melt and Pour Soap Base

1 pound Honey Melt and Pour Soap Base

Calendula Petals    (Now, most botanicals wind up looking like dead bugs in melt and pour soap. While Canlendua Petals do the best, they aren’t perfect. This is a soap you are going to want to USE, not sit out as a decoration. Just sayin’. And with all the goodies in this bar, why wouldn’t you run off to the tub with it asap?)

Manuka Honey    Opps…  No Manuka Honey?  That’s okay.  Take a look at our DIY Manuka Honey Recipe.

3×2 Rectangular Soap Mold (This recipe makes approx. eight bars of soap using this mold.)

Small Spray Bottle filled with Rubbing Alcohol

Pyrex Measuring Cup

Bread Dough Scraper

Young Living Orange Essential Oil

Young Living Lemon Essential Oil

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The Method For Honey Calendula Two Tone Melt and Pour Soap

Chop the translucent melt and pour soap into chunks and put them in the pyrex measuring cup. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until soap is totally melted.

Organic Melt and Pour Soap Base

Add calendula petals. (I added about 3 Tablespoons, you can add more or less.) Stir the calendula petals and soap until soap cools down enough to allow the petals to be suspended. (About 60 degrees.) Add Young Living Lemon Essential Oil and stir.  Pour soap into molds and allow to set up and harden.

Pop out the bars of calendula soap. Using a *this post contains affiliate links bread dough scraper, cut each bar evenly in half. The dough scraper will help you make sure your cut is straight and even. I find this is MUCH  easier done with the scraper than with a knife.

Let the soap halves dry overnight.

Two Tone Honey Calendula Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Pouring The Honey Side Of This Melt And Pour Soap Recipe

Put the halves of calendula soap back into the mold, one half per mold. Press the soap halves tightly into each mold.

Cut the Honey Melt and Pour Soap Base into chunks and microwave in 30 second bursts until melted. Add in 2 teaspoons of Manuka Honey and stir until melted. Add Orange essential oil.

OPTIONAL: Add ONE drop of yellow soap colorant to enhance the color of the honey melt and pour soap base.

When the honey base is about 120 degrees, use the finger of one hand press down the calendula soap half down as you pour the honey side of the soap. Spritz with alcohol to remove any bubbles. Continue with the rest of the soap.

PRO TIP: Spritz the cut side of the calendula soap before you pour the melted honey base.  This will help both sides stick.

Two Tone Honey Calendula Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

 

Lookie There!  You Did It!

See, it’s easier than you thought, isn’t it? Okay, so it took a minute to get that pesky honey soap base temperature thing nailed. But, it was SO worth it! And when someone asks you how you made this bar, just smile and reply; “Magic”.

Hosting A Make And Take?

I think these two tone bars would be terrific for a Make And Take. What I would do, is pour the calendula side the night before and cut the halves. Then the next day your guest will only have to melt the honey base, add the honey, scent and pour! Viola!

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Would you (pretty please) share this melt and pour soap recipe on Pinterest for us?  60 seconds and your good deed for the day is DONE!  Thank you!

DIY Chocolate Mint Lip Balm With Essential Oils

Our DIY Chocolate Mint Lip Balm gets it chocolaty taste from real cocoa powder and it’s mint zing from peppermint essential oil.  It’s like a peppermint patty for your lips.  However, the real star of the show  is the carnauba wax.  This vegan wax enhances emoliency and moisturizing properties of the avocado oil and cocoa butter, while keeping a smooth consistency.

DIY Chocolate Mint Lip Balm

Tell Me More About Carnauba Wax

Carnauba is an edible wax from the leaves of a Brazilian Palm tree. It’s a hard, natural, vegan wax that is known for it’s ability to keep the texture of skin applications smooth. Carnauba wax gives a glossy polish look to lip balms. It’s an inexpensive way to give your lip balms a polished upscale feel and look.

Finally, carnauba wax is one hell of a terrific addition to beard balms. Speaking of beards, have your tried our DIY Beard Oil Recipe yet?

DIY Chocolate Mint Lip Balm

I Chose Avocado Oil For This DIY Chocolate Mint Lip Balm Recipe Because…..

I’ve seen SO many recipes on Pinterest for chocolate pudding recipes using avocados for those on Paleo diets, I thought I’d tie that trend in here, with this fabulous DIY Chocolate Mint Lip Balm recipe.

For those of you looking to sell your wares, tying a recipe to a trend will increase your sales….promise! So, you could present this as being vegan and/or having a Paleo twist!

DIY Chocolate Mint Lip Balm Recipe With Essential Oils Ingredients

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1 Tablespoon + 2 teaspoons Carnauba Wax

1  Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Coconut Oil  Optional: Not a fan of Coconut Oil? Sub it out with Mango Butter

6  Tablespoons Avocado Oil

3 Tablespoons  High Quality Cocoa Powder

10-15 drops Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil

2 ounce HOT PINK TINS. People! Are these tins not the BOMB? Plus, when I have a terrific lip balm recipe, I prefer to pour it into larger tins. That way they don’t get lost as easily. *blush*

PRO TIP: This is a SOFTER lip balm.  If you would like it a bit harder, sub out 1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil  for 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil or Mango Butter. You could also add an extra 1 teaspoon Carnuaba Wax.

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The Method

1. Sift your cocoa powder. Yes, I know it’s a pain in the butt. Do it anyway. Over low heat, GENTLY WARM the Avocado Oil. Add cocoa powder to warm avocado oil and stir. Then stir some more. And since your already there, keep stirring until the cocoa powder has incorporated into the avocado oil, rewarming if necessary. Then set it aside.

DIY Chocolate Mint Lip Balm

Taking the time to sift your cocoa powder and then gently warm the avocado oil does two things.  First, it insures you won’t get a gritty feel from the cocoa powder, as the powdered has been absorbed by the oil.  Second, it helps give the finished product a shiny top.

DIY Chocolate Mint Lip Balm

2. Gently melt your coconut oil and wax in a double boiler. I swear by this *this post contains affiliate links melting pot. It’s the perfect size and has a spout made to pour from.  I LOVE it so much, I bought two.  And I used both of them making this DIY Chocolate Mint Lip Balm. .  One for the powder and avocado oil and one to melt the coconut oil and wax.

DIY Chocolate Mint Lip Balm

3. Add your avocado oil and cocoa butter mixture to the melted butters a little bit at a time, stirring well.

4. Remove mixture from heat, stirring as it cools down some and add your peppermint essential oil.

5. Pour the chocolate and peppermint goodness into your tins and allow to cool. Remember, if you want less of a divet (dimple?) in the middle of your balm, you can do one of two things:

Pour at a lower temperature.

Over pour your container until a round bubble takes shape……then make sure you don’t touch the container until it solidifies.

 

Planning A Make And Take?  Try This Suggestion!

I’m always perplexed when I find out that someone had trouble with a recipe when the very first time they tried to make it was at a Make And Take.

ALWAYS do a test batch at home FIRST! Even if the recipe looks so simple that you think you could do it in your sleep…..do a TEST BATCH.

A test batch allows you to become comfortable with a recipe. It allows you to understand how the ingredients melt, how the essential oils interact, ect.

Most importantly, test batching allows your to anticipate anything unexpected and trouble shoot it ahead of time.

Finally, take pictures of each step as you test batch. Add those pictures to your instructions for your Make And Take. This tells people that you are a pro at what you do, and anytime they have a question about lip balms OR essential oils, YOU are the person they should go to.

And, yes. As a matter of fact I do need to take my own advice and incorporate it into my essential oil recipe posts.  <g>

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