Antiwrinkle Cream for a Smoother Complexion

Your face does a lot of work during the day and could use a little love at night. Try caring for your complexion with an all-natural, antiwrinkle cream! This cream is formulated to benefit a mature face with wrinkles, but it can help any skin look younger longer.

Though an optional ingredient, bentonite clay is important for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals. It can do all this because it carries a strong negative charge that bonds to the positive charge in these damaging substances. As bentonite clays draws toxins, it releases minerals for the skin to absorb. Bentonite clay also pulls excess hydrogen from skin cells, allowing them to admit oxygen. Bentonite clay can be found at your local health food store or online. If you do use bentonite clay, be careful to not let it touch anything metallic, or it will lose its effectiveness.

Antiwrinkle Cream

  • Servings: 4 oz.
  • Time: 15 minutes active; 10 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler (or a heat-proof glass measuring cup placed in a saucepan of water), heat the beeswax pellets and shea butter together.
  2. Once melted, add honey and coconut oil until melted again. Then add almond oil and vitamin E oil. Remove from heat and stir until all combined.
  3. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Add aloe vera gel and whisk for 2 minutes to combine. Add bentonite clay and essential oils and stir in with a plastic spoon or fork.
  5. Note: Do not use metal utensils after adding the bentonite clay, as they will decrease the clay’s effectiveness.
  6. Pour into lotion bottles or salve jars.
  7. To use, rub antiwrinkle cream on face after removing makeup.

*Shea butter contains latex (a natural rubber). If you are allergic or sensitive to latex, do a skin patch test before making this recipe with shea butter.

Oatmeal Shower Scrub Bags

Do you like the moisturizing effects of an oatmeal bath, but don’t like having all that oatmeal in your bathtub? These Oatmeal Shower Scrub Bags are the solution! Simply rub the bag over your skin when you shower, bathe, or wash your hands. The oats moisturize, the soap cleans, the lavender soothes and scents, and the organza bag gives a gentle exfoliation. Scrub bags make great gifts for friends, family, or essential oil class members. In fact, this recipe is a fantastic make-and-take class idea!

Oatmeal Shower Scrub Bags

  • Servings: 18–20 bags
  • Time: 5–10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4–1/2 cup unscented, grated bar soap (or add a little liquid soap to bag right before using)
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20 small organza bags

Instructions:

  1. Mix ingredients in a glass bowl.
  2. Add about 2 Tbsp. of the mixture to each organza bag or until about 3/4 full.
  3. To use, wet the bag with water before massaging it over your skin in circular motions. Rinse well with water.

Simply Luxurious Moisturizing Lotion

So many of us use lotion every day, but many of the commercially available lotions contain ingredients that could actually be harmful to our bodies when used daily. Skin is very porous and absorbs just about everything put on it, so it’s best to use lotion made of natural ingredients. And the best way to know what is in your lotion is to make it yourself!

This lotion recipe is really simple to make. First, melt your hard oils (cocoa butter, beeswax, and coconut oil). Then add your soft or liquid oils (sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, and jojoba oil). Finally, blend together the water and oils until the mixture emulsifies. You’ll hear and feel a change, but keep blending to prevent the water and oil from separating later. Watch the video at the end of this post to see how simple this lotion is to make!

The best part about making your own lotion is that you get to customize the scent! Essential oils make that really easy. You can simply add your favorite essential oil or blend, or you can add oils that help with specific health issues. Whatever you choose to create, this lotion makes a great base because it is simple to make, absorbs easily, moisturizes well, and feels so luxurious!

Moisturizing Lotion

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (240 ml)
  • Time: 15–20 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt cocoa butter and beeswax pellets over low heat. Once melted, add the coconut oil, and continue heating until almost melted. Remove from heat, and stir until everything finishes melting.
  2. Stir in the sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, and jojoba oil.
  3. Heat distilled water until warm.
  4. Using a hand mixer, start beating water, and slowly add the oil mixture while continuing to beat. Keep beating for a few minutes. As you blend, you will hear a change and feel the lotion thicken. Let stand for a few minutes. If lotion separates during this time, continue to blend it again for a couple more minutes. If it doesn’t separate, then it has emulsified properly.
  5. Mix in the essential oil.
  6. Pour lotion into a plastic zip-top bag. Snip off a corner of the bag, and squeeze the lotion into your container of choice.
  7. To use, pump a little into your hand, and massage into the skin as needed.

Here are some lotion containers we recommend:

Acrylic Lotion Pump Bottles: These will turn your lotion into a fancy personalized gift.
8 oz. Bottle with Pump Top: These are the perfect size for making a batch to use at home.
Small Lotion Tottles: These are small and portable—perfect for your purse or bag. You can even add a carabiner to clip it to the outside of your bag.
For an extra touch, try adding this cute vinyl “Moisturizer” label!

If you’re a visual learner, watch this video to see just how simple this lotion is to make.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Cinnamon

Cinnamon essential oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is steam-distilled from the bark of the tree. It contains antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-infectious (intestinal, urinary), anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic (light), antiviral, astringent, immune-stimulant, purifying, sexual-stimulant, and warming properties. It also enhances the action and activity of other oils.

Cinnamon essential oil is commonly used for airborne bacteria, bacterial infections, bites/stings, breathing, diabetes, diverticulitis, fungal infections, immune system (stimulates), infection, libido (low), mold, pancreas support, physical fatigue, pneumonia, typhoid, vaginal infection, vaginitis, viral infections, and warming the body.

Historically, this most ancient of spices was included in just about every prescription issued in ancient China. It was regarded as a tranquilizer, tonic, and stomachic and as being good for depression and a weak heart.

This oil may be beneficial for circulation, colds, coughs, digestion, exhaustion, flu, infections, rheumatism, and warts. Cinnamon oil fights viral and infectious diseases, and testing has yet to find a virus, bacteria, or fungus that can survive in its presence.

Applications of Cinnamon Essential Oil and Safety Data

Cinnamon essential oil is one of the strongest essential oils, and care should be taken when using it.
Topical Application: Before applying cinnamon oil topically, make sure to dilute it 1:3 (1 drop essential oil to at least 3 drops carrier oil). Please note that repeated use of cinnamon essential oil can result in extreme contact sensitization, so make sure to dilute well, avoid when pregnant, and frequently give your body a break in between uses.
Aromatic Application: When diffusing cinnamon essential oil, be careful to not inhale directly from the diffuser, as it may irritate the nasal membranes.
Internal Application: Cinnamon essential oil can be used in cooking, but make sure to start with only a toothpick and add more if needed.

5 Ways To Use Cinnamon Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
Try this blend in your diffuser to increase your mental alertness:

2. Use in a Romantic Massage Oil
Because cinnamon essential oil is known to be an aphrodisiac and is a warming oil, it makes a great addition to a romantic massage oil. Here is a great recipe to help you and your spouse enjoy an intimate massage together:

Romantic Massage Oil:
5 drops ylang ylang
1 drop cinnamon
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, or Jojoba Oil.

3. Add to a Breath-Freshening Spray
Try adding 2–3 drops each of cinnamon and orange essential oil to this Essential Oil Breath Spray recipe.

4. Add to Cooking Recipes
Cinnamon essential oil is great to add to any of your favorite recipes. We had a difficult time picking from our recipes that use cinnamon essential oil, but here are some of our favorites:

5. Protect Your Plants with This Gardening Spray
Keep birds and bugs from eating your plants with this garden spray.

Protective Gardening Spray

  • Servings: Yield=1 gallon (about 4 liters)
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. To a small glass bowl, add the emulsifier, essential oils, and dish soap in order; gently stir after adding each ingredient. Pour a little (up to 1 cup or 250 ml) water into the bowl, and stir to combine.
  2. Pour mixture into a gallon-sized (4-liter) water jug (mostly full of water). Place the cap on, and carefully shake to combine. Pour mixture into your 16 oz. glass spray bottles.
  3. To use, spray the tops and bottoms of the plant leaves. It is best to spray on a cloudy day or in the evening so the sun and cinnamon essential oil combination doesn’t burn the plants. Apply every couple weeks or as needed. Wait 2–3 days after spraying to harvest any food.

To learn more about cinnamon essential oil, see the book Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

Sources: Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, pp. 48–49; 329–30.

DIY All-Natural Face Mask

The skin on your face is delicate and should be pampered with healthy ingredients. The harsh chemicals in many skin products destroy the natural balance of the oils in your skin and can cause peeling or acne. Try this simple homemade mask at home to clean your skin and restore a healthy glow to your face!

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DIY All-Natural Face Mask

  • Servings: Yield=1 mask
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (60 g) plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) raw honey
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Mix ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Using fingertips, spread the mask over your face, avoiding eyes.
  3. Leave on for 5–10 minutes before gently rinsing with warm water and a cloth.

Pamper yourself by having a wonderful at-home spa night using this face mask and taking a warm bath with your favorite essential oils.

 

Peppermint Candy Soap

Bring the fun of the winter holidays into your home with peppermint soap. The aroma and splash of color will make hand washing seem festive!

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Peppermint Candy Soap

  • Time: 20 minutes active; 2 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • Soap molds of holiday shapes (muffin liners in a muffin tin also work)
  • Cooking spray to coat molds
  • Pure solid glycerin soap (this can be found in cubes at craft stores)
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Chopped peppermint candy

Instructions:

  1. Coat the insides of your soap molds with cooking spray (or use muffin liners).
  2. Melt soap.The size of your molds will determine how much soap you’ll need. Place cubes of soap in a glass measuring cup, and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Add 10 seconds at a time if needed.
  3. Stir several drops of peppermint oil into the melted soap.
  4. Carefully fill your molds almost to the top with the hot soap. Let it cool for about a minute, and then add chopped peppermint candy.
  5. Let cool and harden for at least 2 hours. Once cool, turn the mold upside down, and pop the soap out.

These soaps add holiday flair to your kitchen and bathrooms or make a great gift!

 

DIY Sugar Scrubbies

Simply exfoliating your skin can be so refreshing and leave you feeling pampered. Want to do it every time you shower? Here’s an easy way to do it while you soap up—we call them Sugar Scrubbies.

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While you are in the shower and ready to wash up, just grab one of these and rub it all over your body like you would soap. The soap helps get you clean, the sugar helps exfoliate your skin, the coconut oil replenishes moisture, and the essential oils refresh the skin and provide a lovely scent. It’s a great way to pamper yourself while showering!

If you find you like them so much that you want to share them, don’t forget that these Sugar Scrubbies make a great addition to any “pamper yourself” gift!

Sugar Scrubbies

  • Servings: 20+
  • Time: 10 minutes active; 30–60 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unscented soap, shredded
  • 1/4 cup (48 g) Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar (white or brown)
  • 2–6 drops essential oil
  • Optional additions (see below for some ideas)
  • PET Jar or other airtight container

Instructions:

  1. Put the unscented soap and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 10-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted (or mostly melted). You can also melt the ingredients on the stove top with a double boiler if you prefer.
  2. Allow soap/oil mixture to cool for a couple minutes before adding in the sugar, essential oils, and any optional additions.
  3. Press the mixture into a silicone mold, muffin tin lined with paper cups, or a glass dish (to cut into cubes).
  4. Let sit in the fridge or freezer to allow mixture to firm up before transferring the Sugar Scrubbies to your PET jars or other airtight containers.
  5. To use, simply rub a Sugar Scrubby over your skin while showering. Rinse off with water.

Scent Ideas:

  • Autumn Spice: Use brown sugar. Add 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) maple syrup and 5 drops cinnamon essential oil.
  • Pumpkin Pie: Use brown sugar. Add 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) honey, 1 tsp. (2 g) pumpkin pie spice, and 2 drops cinnamon essential oil.
  • Peppermint: Use white sugar. Add a drop of red or green food coloring to 1/2 the sugar before mixing with the other ingredients, and add 5 drops peppermint essential oil.
  • Lemon Rosemary: Use white sugar. Add 3 drops each of lemon and rosemary essential oil. Add 1 tsp. (1 g) lemon zest and 1 tsp. (.5 g) minced rosemary (optional).
  • Grapefruit Mint: Use white sugar. Add 3 drops grapefruit and 2 drops peppermint essential oil. Add 1 drop red food coloring (optional).
  • Lavender: Use white sugar. Add 5 drops lavender essential oil. Add 1–2 drops purple food coloring (optional).
  • Create your own scent! The possibilities are endless.

Essential Oils For Him

Some men don’t always take the best care of themselves. However, even a busy man can find easy ways to slip healthy habits into his daily routine. Getting a good night’s rest and regular exercise can be a challenge but can be achieved by planning ahead and prioritizing time. Eating well and taking supplements are also important components to a healthy lifestyle, as well as eliminating toxic chemicals from commonly used body care products.

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Essential oils are naturally beneficial and are a wonderful alternative to harsh chemicals, fillers, and perfumes that are in many of the products men use daily. DIY body care can be healthier and save you money!  Here are some links to great essential oil recipes and tips that men can try:

Shaving Cream and Aftershave

Body Wash

Deodorant

Lip Balm

Essential Oils for Sports

Hand Degreaser

Hand and Foot Salve

Dry Shampoo

These would also make fantastic holiday gifts to show the men in your life that you care!

Learn more about how you can use essential oils for body care in the book Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition.

 

 

Kool-Aid® Lip Balm and Holiday Gift Guide

These colored lip balms are so fun to make for any woman, young or old! The Kool-Aid® not only gives the lip balms a vibrant color, but also a fun taste. You can even add peppermint essential oil to give your lips a cooling sensation with each use! With the recipe provided below, you can make a big batch of the same color/flavor, or you can get creative and make a bunch of different ones!

Kool-Aid® Lip Balm

  • Servings: 4–10
  • Time: 15–30 minutes active; 30 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Using a kitchen scale, measure out the beeswax and cocoa butter, and place in a double boiler. (Note: you can create a double boiler by placing ingredients in a heat-proof glass dish and placing the dish in a water-filled pan.) Heat over low heat until melted.
  2. Meanwhile, place drink mix in a glass dish, and add just enough hot water to make a paste.
  3. Once the beeswax and cocoa butter are melted, add jojoba oil and honey, and keep warming until everything is melted. Let cool slightly, and stir in essential oil if desired.
  4. Add oil mixture to drink mix, and stir/mash with the back of a spoon until it is thoroughly combined.
  5. Place lip balm in a zip-top bag, and snip off a small hole in a corner with scissors. Squeeze the lip balm into the containers by twisting the bag and squeezing down. Tap the container against a hard surface to help it move to the bottom of the container. Continue until the containers are full.
  6. Place containers in fridge until the lip balm has fully cooled.

Note: If you want to make multiple flavors, just prep your drink mix in separate
bowls, and only use 1/8–1/4 tsp. per dish. Then stir in 1/2–1 Tbsp. (7.5–15 ml) of the oil mixture. This should fill 1 lip gloss container or 2 lip balm dispensers.

This recipe was featured in our new online Gift Guide. Take a look at all the other fun recipes and gift ideas!
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Winter Hand and Foot Salve

Do your hands and feet get really dry in the winter? If so, you may want to try this deeply moisturizing Winter Hand and Foot Salve this year!
at_winterhandsalveThis salve is a little bit on the oily side, but that just makes it even better for dry winter skin! Rub it into your hands and feet each morning and night, and you will notice a huge difference.

Making a salve is actually pretty simple to do. Simply follow these instructions, and you’ll do just fine!

Winter Hand and Foot Salve

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz. (120 ml)
  • Time: 15 minutes active; 1 hour inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Using a kitchen scale, measure out the beeswax and cocoa butter in a heat-proof glass container.
  2. Create a double boiler by placing the glass container in a pan filled with an inch of water. Melt the beeswax and cocoa butter over low heat until completely melted.
  3. In a separate glass dish, measure out the avocado oil, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil on the kitchen scale. Add these oils to the melted beeswax and cocoa butter, and continue to heat until all oils are melted and incorporated.
  4. Remove from heat, and allow to cool for 5–10 minutes before adding the vitamin E oil and essential oils. Stir to combine, then pour mixture into your final container(s).
  5. To use, rub salve on hands and feet as needed.

Extra Ideas:

  • A little bit of this salve can go a long way! You can use this recipe and place in four 1 oz. glass salve jars or two 2 oz. glass salve jars and give away to family or friends.
  • Try making a twist-up lotion bar by pouring this recipe into 2 large deodorant containers or 8 small deodorant containers.
  • If you have really dry hands or feet, try this technique: apply a fair amount of this salve on the area, let it sit for 5–10 minutes, and then brush the area with a nail brush or other soft-bristle brush to release all the dead skin and deeply moisturize the area.