Beauty Products You Should Make Yourself

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It’s easy to get caught up in the bustle of the holidays.  It can be stressful on your body as well as your pocketbook. 

Don’t think you need to head to an exclusive spa for top notch aromatherapy treatments—it’s super easy to DIY your way into the chill zone with  beauty products you can make at home and give as gifts as well! 

(if you’re pregnant or have health concerns, be sure to talk to your doctor before using essential oils in any amount)
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MOJITO FOOT SOAK

The soothing, homemade mixture of Epsom salt, lime zest and various natural ingredients make a welcome gift for for tired feet. 

To make the foot soak:
  1.  combine 2 cups of Epsom salts with 1/2 cup baking soda and zest of one lime in a large bowl
  2. add  3-4 drops of lime essential oil and 3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil
  3.  Stir with wooden spoon to mix thoroughly. (optional, you could add just a drop of green food coloring if you’d like)
  4. Pour the mixture into a jar or bag, and use within a few weeks.
*store in a cool dark place, like refrigerator if using lime zest.  If you’d like it to keep longer, omit the zest.
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CHOCOLATE FACE MASK

Why is this Chocolate Face Mask good for you? 

Chocolate is a great mood booster.  Its scent and properties elevate levels of serotonin – a natural antidepressant. Chocolate produces endorphins in the brain that create feelings of happiness which help reduce stress.  

Cocoa powder is a wonderful and powerful antioxidant. It protects and frees the skin from free radicals, that cause significant damage to skin layers.   

Oatmeal is gentle on the skin, yet highly powerful. Not only is it a gentile exfoliant for removing dead skin, it can also provide soothing relief from sunburn, poison ivy or other irritations.   

Honey is a great anti-bacterial agent, deeply cleanses your skin, and opens up clogged pores. 

Cream adds moisture to your skin.  Hydrates your skin and softens delaying the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. 

1/4 cup  cocoa powder 
3 tablespoons honey 
1/4 cup oatmeal 
2 tablespoons milk (or cream) 

To Make: 

Grind oats in blender or  food processor to form a powder. 
Stir together oatmeal powder, cocoa powder honey and milk. 
Apply to a clean face, leave on for 20 minutes, then wipe with a warm towel. 
Place any remaining mask in a storage container and keep refrigerated for up to one week. 
* * Do a patch test if you have sensitive skin.
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CHOCOLATE FACIAL

CHOCOLATE FACIALI first learned about chocolate facials when I visited a mountain resort in Vermont .  I don’t know about you, but the words chocolate facial sure piqued my interest!  The staff told me they make the chocolate face mask right in the spa with 2 simple ingredients….   Coconut Oil and Dark Cocoa Powder.  I knew when I got home I need to make my own Homemade Chocolate Facial. 

The Health Benefits 

Dark Cocoa Powder – high level of antioxidants that promote cell repair, helps firm & prevent wrinkles, high vitamin & mineral content, increased hydration, decreased skin roughness, increased defense of UV damage.   

Coconut oil is a must-have in almost any natural beauty recipe,  it has so many benefits for your skin. It boastsantiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Coconut oil also penetrates deep into your skin, providing long-lasting moisture that doesn’t feel greasy or cause breakouts.  Perfect for maintaining clear skin, and added bonus…… it smells really good too!! 

*Not all Coconut Oil is created equal.   

TIP:  For the most health benefits make sure your coconut oil is at the very least ORGANIC and VIRGIN (unrefined) . At best, the product should also be certified RAW and come in GLASS packaging, as well . 

I made enough for just one chocolate facial.  But you could easily increase the recipe and keep it in an air-tight jar.   If you use quality oil, you can be expect it to stay fresh at room temp for 3-6 months. 

1 tablespoon Coconut Oil 
2 Tablespoons Dark Cocoa Powder 

Instructions
  • using a small microwave safe bowl, soften coconut oil in microwave for about 5-6 seconds.
  • Add cocoa powder and stir until well combined. Continue stirring until creamy.
  • Apply to face with brush or fingers. Let site 15-20 minutes, then wash off with warm wet cloth.
Note:    If you are going to store it, just remove a tablespoon or two and heat for just a few seconds in the microwave to soften. If you heat it too long and it's too runny, just let it cool until it thickens enough to cream onto your face with out running. 
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SUGAR SCRUBS

 Sooth dry winter skin with an easy to make homemade sugar scrub .  It can exfoliate and repair dry skin for only pennies to make, and dress them up for a beautiful homemade gift anyone would love to receive. 

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub 

1 cup granulated sugar 
1 cup light olive oil 
4-5 drops vitamin E oil 
5 or 6 drops of cinnamon essential oil 
1/2 tsp  vanilla extract 
1-  16oz.  glass container with lid 

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl until well blended. Using a spatula, transfer mix into the container and secure lid. Contents will settle, mix before using. Scoop a teaspoon or two of the scrub on your hands and gently massage in circular motions onto your skin. Leave on for 3 to 4 minutes before thoroughly rinsing. The scrub will tighten on your skin. 

Brown Sugar Scrub

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup  granulated sugar
¾ cup light olive oil
2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon ginger, powdered
2 teaspoon nutmeg, powdered
1 16 oz. – glass container with lid
Cinnamon sticks, optional garnish

In a  medium-sized bowl, combine all ingredients until thoroughly blended. Be sure to break up any lumps from the brown sugar or from the spices. Spoon into the glass container and secure with lid. Scoop a teaspoon or two of the scrub on your hands and gently massage in circular motions onto your skin. Leave on for 3 to 4 minutes before thoroughly rinsing. The scrub will tighten on your skin 
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LEMON ROSEMARY BATH SALT

After a long, busy day, there's nothing better than a hot bath -- except, of course, a hot bath enriched with lemon and rosemary.  

Lemon is one of those natural cure-alls. Besides promoting blemish-free skin, its scent is cleansing, uplifting, and a perfect balance with rosemary. 

2 cups epsom salt 
1/2 cup  baking soda 
2-3 tbsp fresh rosemary; finely chopped 
6-8 drops lemon essential oil 
2-3 tbsp lemon zest (optional) 

In a bowl combine epsom salt and baking soda. Add in half of the essential oil drops, mix, then add in the remaining drops. Mix in the chopped rosemary and lemon zest if you decide to use it until fully combined. Store in an airtight container.
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