Honey Face Wash

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Why is honey so good for the skin?

Honey contains natural antibiotic properties and naturally cleans and purifies the skin. Honey is easily absorbed by the skin and it contains a high antioxidant content.

Directions:

  1. Wet your face.
  2. Scoop a nickel-size glob of honey onto your hands.
  3. Rubbing in circles, massage the honey into your face.
  4. Let sit as long as you desire. (And maybe lick your lips! Yummm yummm)
  5. Wash your face with warm water.

This is a completely chemical-free, toxic-free face wash alternative. In my experience, using honey as face wash just feels wonderful. My skin feels clean and purified after the cleanse and I really feel like it keeps those zits under control.

You don’t need to buy face washes that are loaded with chemicals from companies that claim their products will take away your acne. Do you know how many chemicals are in those face washes? I can guarantee you, as much as they say their product will help, it’s not good for your skin.

Important notes:

  • Use LOCAL honey. (Using honey from other locations may cause allergies because you are not used it!)
  • Use 100% organic and pure honey. (You can buy it from your local organic store).

Has anyone else tried this? What do you think?!

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DIY Beauty: All-Natural Exfoliating Scrub

Great post from Society Swan about an All-Natural Exfoliating Scrub! I absolutely love using sugar as an exfoliator. Take a look:

A Chemical-Free Body Lotion

So for those of you who are making the switch to go chemical-free in your beauty routine, you may be wondering, “What is the best alternative to store-bought body lotion?”

Well the answer is… COCONUT OIL!

Any organic coconut oil will do the trick. Just make sure it’s 100% pure. The great thing about using coconut oil as lotion is that it is 100% natural, moisturizes your skin, and lasts forever! I bought a small jar of Dr.  Organic Coconut Oil and it lasted me months! Every time I get out of the shower, I just scoop a little (dime-size) of coconut oil and spread it all over my body. I love the feeling of it on my legs and arms. It takes a little bit to soak in, so don’t put your clothes on right away! Otherwise, your clothes might get a little oily.

If you live in a cold climate, your coconut oil will probably be solid and firm. But as you rub it into your skin, it will soften and soak in. If you live in a warm climate, your coconut oil will be liquid. Solid or liquid, it works exactly the same.

I use Dr. Bronner’s Organic Coconut oil and I absolutely love it. I love all their products, so if you want other organic, chemical-free products, I would highly suggest any of their products. You can get their products online here, or you can buy them at your local organic store.

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This mason jar of Organic Coconut oil is about $10.00. It may seem expensive when you are buying it, but I promise you, it’s worth it! It will last so long, it leaves a wonderful, coconut smell on your skin, and it’s ten billion times better for your skin than lotion composed of chemicals.

I would stay away from using Coconut Oil on your face, because it might cause your skin to break out. The skin on your body and the skin on your face are very different, so we have to treat them differently!

ENJOY! And please, don’t forget to tell me what you think!

Make Your Own Rosewater

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What is Rosewater? When rose petals and water are distilled, the leftover liquid is pure rosewater.

What is so cool about Rosewater? Well, first of all, it smells incredible. Secondly, rosewater can be used for SO many different things! It’s incredibly easy to make, as well.

What are some uses for Rosewater?

1) Facial Toner. Spray it on your face for natural face toner.

2) You can make use in to make natural make-up setting spray. <– Click on that link for my very own recipe! 🙂

3) Spray it on your bed sheets before you get into bed.

4) Body mist. It’s a great, freshening smell. However, the scent only lasts about 10 minutes.

5) You can cook with it! Click here for recipes using Rosewater!

6) Add a little to your lemonade. Rose and lemon taste wonderfully together.

7) Hair Rinse. After you shampoo and condition your hair, you can pour a little rosewater on your scalp and hair, rub in, and rinse. It’s very good for your skin and hair. (Befoer your shower, mix 1 cup water with 2 tablespoons rosewater and use this mixture for your rinse).

Okay… so here’s how ya do it! Super, super easy.

Step #1: Pick the rose petals from the roses in your garden. If you don’t have roses, you can buy rose petals at your local organic store. It’s always better if they’re fresh! (Make sure there was no pesticides or chemicals used in growing the roses… that’s why it’s better if you grow them yourself!) Use only the petals, not the stem or leaves.

Step #2: Gently wash the petals to get rid of all dirt and bugs.

Step #3: Place rose petals in a large pot and fill with water so the petals are just barely covered. Too much water will dilute the finished product.

Step #4: Cover with a lid and simmer on a low flame until the rose petals lose their color.

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(Those are my pretty little rose petals, simmering away…!)

Step #5: Strain and store in a container or spray bottle (depending on what you want to use if for). It will keep longer if you keep it in the refridgerator.

If you don’t want to make rosewater, but want to buy it instead, make sure you buy 100% pure rosewater. Some companies add other ingredients to their rosewater and it’s not 100% pure. This is the kind I buy! I buy mine at my local organic store, but you can get it on Amazon as well.

Have you tried this? What else do you use rosewater for? Please share with me!

DIY Body Mist

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My Favorite DIY Body Mist Recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons of base oil (sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, or apricot kernel oil)
  • 2.5 tablespoons of water (distilled water or rose water)
  • 1 tsp glycerin
  • 1 tsp argan oil (optional… I added it just because I love argan oil. It has a yummy nutty smell, but may mess with the smell you’re going for. However, it’s extremely good for your skin and hair, so I like spraying it on myself).
  • 10 drops of essential oil of your choice (you can mix and match)

I used 3 drops of lavender, 5 drops of lemon, and 2 drops of rosemary essential oils. I really like it! But I want to try some other combinations too… like vanilla. J Yumm.

Store your body mist in a dark glass spray bottle. You can get these at your local organic market. (I got mine at Sundance in Eugene.) They are only about $2.00! And it’s actually pretty important because the dark glass will keep the essential oils smelling good and fresh.

Here are some more body mists and perfume recipes I have found! I haven’t tried them yet, but I can’t wait to test them out. 🙂

Fresh and Sweet Perfume Blend –AuraCacia

  • .5 fluid ounces of a light carrier oil (grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, or apricot kernel oil)à you can get any of these at your local organic store
  • 10 drops vanilla essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 9 drops lavender essential oil

Mix all the ingredients. Let sit for at least three days, mixing occasionally.

Rich Floral Perfume Blend AuraCacia

  • .5 fluid ounces of light carrier oil (grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, or apricot kernel oil)
  • 2 drops jasmine essential oil
  • 6 drops bergamot (bergaptene-free) essential oil
  • 3 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 5 drops vanilla essential oil
  • 2 drops rose absolute essential oil

Mix all the ingredients. Let sit for at least three days, mixing occasionally.

This one sounds incredible. However, some of these essential oils are a bit spendy, so either save up or buy them slowly one by one!

Here are some homemade body mists that include alcohol. You can mix and match whatever essential oils you’d like, creating your favorite scents. Here’s a rule of thumb: Hold up the essential oil testers together and smell. Do you like it? You’re nose will tell you YES or NO.

Basic 2 Ounce Body MistKyla Botanica

Add these ingredients to a 2 ounce glass bottle. (Preferably, use a dark glass bottle to keep the essential oils fresh).

  • ½ teaspoon vodka, brandy, or other alcohol
  • ½ teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • ½ teaspoon glycerine
  • ½ teaspoon witch hazel extract

Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. Shake well.

  • Add 8-20 drops of essential oils of your choice. (You don’t need as many drops for the higher quality essential oils. You can tell if they are higher quality essential oils if they are more expensive).

Shake again. Spray and test the concentration and adjust, if needed.

Another Basic Repice for a 2 oz. bottle of body spray (without alcohol):

Lavender Lime Body Spray:

  • 2 Tbsp vodka or distilled water
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops lime essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary (optional)

So, with all these homemade recipes, you can kind of get a sense of how homemade body mists are created. You can be really creative and use whatever ingredients you like and whatever scents you like. Let me know if you try them and what your favorite concoctions are!

DIY Rosewater Make-Up Setting Spray

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I really like this make-up setting spray. It smells SO good because of the rose water. mmmm mmm mmm! I just love spraying it on my face because of the smell. It also feels really nice!

Ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon glycerin
  • ½ cup rose water
  • A few drops of argan oil (Optional)

Store in a spray bottle. Spray it on your face, let it air dry, and then apply your make-up. If you want, you can spray it on your face again after make-up is applied. This should hold your make-up in place longer!

BUT! Before you leave this post… look at this HOMEMADE MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY I found! AH! I want to vomit! PLEASE don’t EVER EVER EVER do this! It could not be any worse for your skin!

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Photo Credit: Allie B. Nelson

Homemade Eye Shadow

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Such a fun recipe! And you can be so CREATIVE.

Ingredients:

  • Cocoa Powder
  • Corn Starch
  • Activated Charcol 
  • Mica (optional for shimmer!)

Just mix cocoa powder, corn starch, and activated charcoal. Any combinations!

You can use just cocoa powder for a solid brown color. I’ve literally just put cocoa powder on my eyelids and it’s natural and pretty. Super easy and totally not weird! (Actually, just don’t tell anyone that you put chocolate on your eyelids this morning.) Add corn starch to make it lighter and activated charcoal to make it darker. Add mica for shimmer! Have fun with this and make all sorts of natural colors!

You can either use your fingers to apply or a small brissle brush. I would suggest a brush, because I think it works better. BUT, totally up to you!

If you think this is a little strange, I have the BEST alternative eye shadow. It’s completely vegan, chemical-free, and natural. It’s super shimmery, lasts ALL day, and comes in lots of colors. It’s about $5-$6 per color but each little container lasts forever!  It’s called Herbs of Grace. Here is the website if you’re interested. I use this eyeshadow everyday and LOVE it.

Orginal DIY Recipe: Alex Raye         Photo Credit: http://www.artfire.com