I started “back to school” August 3rd, and our students’ first day was August 17th. It has been non-stop crazy since then!
Before things got too frantic though, Becky and I hosted a Back to School Make and Take. We had a great time preparing some oily items to help us prep for this school year! (I’ve used up all of my Stress Away bath soak – it’s time to make more! :))
If you weren’t able to join us, here are some pictures of our set up below. I’ve included the recipes so if you missed our event, you can still join in the fun and get ready for this school year!
As y’all know, I love replacing conventional chemical-laden personal products with all natural homemade products infused with essential oils. Some essential oils are used in my recipes more than others – melaleuca alternifolia, or tea tree essential oil, is one such powerhouse.
This essential oil is used in almost all of my skincare DIY essential oils recipes! I use it in my facial oils, my make up removal wipes, my blemish roll-on…you get the idea. 🙂
I wanted to share with you my recipe for make up removal wipes. I use these every evening, and they work so much better than the store bought ones!
To get started, you’ll need the following:
fractionated coconut oil
Young Living melaleuca alternifolia essential oil
a little jar to keep it in(I used a 4 oz. jar I had on hand)
All you have to do is pour enough distilled water in the jar to fill it about halfway. Add 2 T of FCO, and about 8 drops of tea tree oil. (I like to add a few drops of lavender too, but it’s totally optional!) Close the jar and shake. Open the jar, and add 20-40 cotton rounds. Close and shake again.
Now you’ve got your make up remover wipes!
(If you like camping/backpacking, pack a few of these in a little zip loc bag. They’re so refreshing to use after you’ve spent a day in the woods!)
So on my quest to clean up my lifestyle this year, hair products have definitely been one of the hardest to switch over! I’ve tried so many different things- no poo, Dirty Poo, NaturOli shampoo made from soapnuts (my fave, but a little pricey), Morrocco Methods, shampoo bars…you name it, I’ve tried it! I have several that I still use from time to time, but not one that I could use daily and have my hair look decent. Until, I found this recipe from Hippy Homemaker.
It’s perfect! The marshmallow root gives the recipe the ‘slip’ that I missed from commercial shampoos, but I still know I’m using good, healthy ingredients for my hair. The recipe made about 12 ounces, and I only use a quarter size dollop to wash all of my hair, so I should be able to go a few weeks before making my next batch. I don’t even need my lavender/ACV conditioning spray afterwards! My hair is happy. 🙂
This year, I’ve been moving away from store bought cleaners, cleaning supplies, soaps, etcetera. One of my very first recipes I made was my liquid hand soap. Not only do I know EXACTLY what’s in my soap, it’s super cheap to make and lasts forever!
Here’s what you need:
1 gallon distilled water ~$ .88
2 5 oz bars of castile soap – $4.69 each (I buy mine from thrivemarket.com for $2.95 each! It’s a steal! If you click on my link to Thrive Market, you’ll get 25% off your first order too!)
20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil (I only recommend Young Living essential oils. To learn why, click here.)
Total Cost: $10.26(If you paid retail for soap), or $6.78 if you buy your soap from Thrive Market.
Cost per bottle: Less than 56 cents/bottle(from Thrive) or about 90 cents if you paid full retail price for the soap!
Honestly, it’s probably even less than that per bottle of soap. I’ve refilled all of my soap dispensers twice already and still have a bunch left. It’s so much cheaper than buying all of your soap at the Bath and Body Works semi-annual sales(like I used to do), AND you’re not being exposed to all of the sulfates and artificial fragrances in the BB&W soap!
Here’s what you do:
1. Grate both of your soap bars into a nice big pile of shredded soap. 🙂
2. Heat up your water in a big pot. *If you’re not using distilled water, heat your water until it’s boiling! Then, turn it down until it’s just hot.
3. Dump your pile of grated soap into your big hot pot of water and stir.
4. Keep stirring.
5. Keep stirring, until all of the soap has dissolved into the hot water.
6. Take your pot o’ soap off of the heat, and let it rest for 12-24 hours. The mixture will continue to thicken throughout the day. Stir it when you can, but don’t worry about it too much.
7. Stir in any essential oils, if desired. Start with a few drops and keep building until your soap is “smelly” enough for you.
8. Pour into containers. If you’re messy like me, I recommend using a funnel to fill all of your containers!
This makes a ton! I filled up four soap dispensers and several mason jars with my hand soap.
9. Repeat this process when you start running out.
(Don’t worry, it’s gonna be a while! I made my first batch 3 months ago, and still have a TON left. I like DIY projects that I don’t have repeat too often!)
After yesterday’s post about the best bug spray ever, I realized I had not posted about my Itch Away roll on! This was actually my very first essential oil blend I ever used. A week after receiving my PSK (premium starter kit), I had a flare up of a recurring condition. I was itchy and in some pain and so desperately trying to avoid the months-long recovery I dealt with during my first flare up.
I was very new to essential oils, so I relied on my handy-dandy pocket reference and the wonderful Simply Natural Facebook group as resources. Not only did the blend reduce the itching/pain from that flare up, it’s now a staple in my oily medicine cabinet. Any time I have a minor skin irritation(bug bites, rash, contact dermatitis, etcetera), I pull out my new roller blend!
Here’s my recipe:
Itch Away Roller Blend
10 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops fractionated coconut oil
Want to know the only essential oils I recommend? Check here for why I only use Young Living essential oils!
Use a small metal funnel to pour all ingredients into the roller bottle. Now you’ve got a great remedy ready to go whenever you need it!
I love the outdoors. I love camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing, backpacking, laying around in the hammock by the lake…you get the idea. 🙂
However, my love of the outdoors often seems like a one-sided love affair. As much as I love being outside, at this time of year, I can walk out in the yard to let my dog out and come back in with ten mosquito bites. 😦 Not cool.
So, my husband and I went on our first backpacking trip this spring. I wanted to enjoy the trip AND come home without looking like I had a bad case of the chicken pox. However, I also wanted to avoid those chemical-laden sprays I had relied on in the past. I started researching DIY solutions, and found several that looked good.
Homemade hints had the most information about what works and why, so I used many of the same ingredients they did, but with my own twist. I was a little concerned about coming home with 30+ bug bites(which is what usually happens), but I brought my homemade spray and only had FIVE bug bites when we got back! FIVE! I usually get more walking out to pick up the mail!
I’m so excited to have a safe, all natural solution that I wanted to share my recipe with you all!
This recipe will make a 2 ounce bottle of spray. You need:
15 drops of Purification essential oil blend
10 drops of Thieves essential oil blend
5 drops of peppermint essential oil
Want to more about what essential oils I use? Click here to learn more!
1 tsp vanilla extract (Vanillin makes the spray last longer!)
a little less than an ounce of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
a little less than an ounce of fractionated coconut oil (Also increases the protection time of the essential oil blend.)
Combine all ingredients into the small glass bottle. I used a measuring shot glass for the coconut oil and rubbing alcohol, and then just counted the drops of essential oils that I dropped into the funnel. Cap the bottle once you’ve added all of the ingredients, and then roll the bottle gently on its side to mix.
That’s it! Let me know how it works for you! Happy Oiling!
Since I started using essential oils, I have been so excited about how wonderful they are that I talk about them(a lot)! Since both my mother and Mother-In-Law have been listening to me wax rhapsodic about how much I love my Young Living Oils, I decided to share my love of oils with them in their Mother’s Day presents this year!
On a trip last month, I introduced my mom to lavender essential oil. It’s a rock star oil! Lavender is great for so many things.
I use lavender daily. I diffuse it, I use it for my LLP allergy bomb(more on that in another post!), and in my homemade skin care products. It is gentle enough that it can be used neat, or without a carrier oil.
So – my mom (now) loves lavender too, and asked that I get her some “oily” stuff for Mothers Day. I was so excited that she wants to learn more about oils, I decided to gift her some homemade products to show her how easy it is to use lavender!
I made lotion bars, relaxing bath salts, and rejuvenating facial oil to share my moms. I found this website called canva and made cute little instruction sheets to go with each. Click here to see my easy peasy printables! For the labels, I just used some dissolvable mason jar labels with a bright marker.