DIY Moisturizing Hand Cream

diy moisturizing hand cream

 

This week I want to share a very quick and easy for DIY moisturizing hand cream. As a testament to how easy this recipe is, it was one of the very first things I made with my oils when I got my Premium Starter Kit from Young Living. When I first got my kit I had been struggling with some patches of dry skin, and had even gotten to the point where I saw my dermatologist for help. The cream she gave me seemed to be helping somewhat, but then I found this recipe. When I realized it was not only natural and very nourishing for skin, but also smelled sooo wonderful and soothing, I could not wait to use it. It took all of 5 minutes to make and I jumped in to soaking myself in it several times a day. šŸ™‚ After just a few days the dry patches that had stubbornly bothered me for months started to clear up. They were completely gone in a few weeks and haven’t returned! So without further adieu–

DIY Moisturizing Hand Cream Recipe

-1/2 cup coconut oil

-15 drops Lavender essential oil

-15 drops Frankincense essential oil

For this recipe, simply mix the essential oils into the coconut oil and voila! It stores best in an airtight container, and is easiest to mix if the coconut oil is slightly melted. Depending on where you live and the time of year, your coconut oil might be very firm or it might already by soft enough to stir together. I store my cream in a small mason jar, and scoop out and apply directly to my hands as needed. It should last through the expiration date on your coconut oil.

Another thing IĀ love about this recipe is that is also doubles as a calming nighttime cream since it uses two oils not only great for skin, but also for promoting relaxation and positive emotions. Apply to hands and/or feet before bedtime to promote feelings of calm and restful sleep. There are several other recipes I can’t wait to share that involve more ingredientsĀ and are also great for various skin needs, but I thought this was a great one to start out with! It has made a huge difference for my skin especially during the dry winter months, so I hope you all find it useful šŸ™‚

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, andĀ cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before usingĀ essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only.

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Bentonite Clay Mask

bentonite clay maskTo be honest, this post doesn’t have anything to do with essential oils. BUT I want to share that this bentonite clay is a FREAKIN AWESOME natural method of detoxifying skin. I learned about this stuff through one of my Young Living Facebook groups because people use this mask to detox armpits before starting to use a natural deodorant. (I know, sounds weird. I’ll get there on this blog eventually.) It worksĀ wondersĀ as a face mask for clearing blackheads and makes my skin super soft and clear. Ā I bought mine off Amazon (like everything else), and the clay itself looks like this:

Oily Livin Bentonite Clay Mask clay
Bentonite Clay

After a little research, I learned thatĀ Bentonite clay is composed of ash made from volcanoes in Fort Benton, Wyoming. (Source) It has amazing detoxifying properties. I love using natural ingredients rather than a chemical-filled mask that leaves who knows what on my skin!Ā The process for this is also super simple.

Bentonite Clay Mask Ingredients:

1 tablespoon bentonite clay

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons water

Mix together in a nonmetalĀ bowl and apply to face.Ā Here’s what mine looked like mixed:

Oily Livin Bentonite Clay mixed ingredients
Mixed Bentonite Clay Mask

You can actually see the vinegar and water activating the mask ask you mix it. Leave it on anywhere from 5-20 minutes! If you have sensitive skin I would start with less time. I can usually only stand about 7-10 minutes because the mask hardens and gets tight. The more water you add, the longer it can take to harden. I just wash it off with warm water whenever I’m ready, and like I said it leaves my face feeling super clean and smooth. I’ve been using it about 3 times a week and seen great results–fewer blackheads and breakouts! I’ve also found I can store it in a cool, dry place for about a week before making a new batch, and add more water if it starts to dry out. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, andĀ cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before usingĀ essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only.

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DIY Sugar Scrub Recipes with Essential Oils

This week I want to share two recipes I tried recently for exfoliating sugar scrubs! I LOVE making these scrubs for myself and for friends and family. I use them on my face and all over for extremely soft and moisturized skin! I usually make mine with citrus oils (lemon and orange) but wanted to try something new based on some posts I’ve seen on Pinterest. So here they are!

Oily Livin Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Recipe

Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sugar (I used white and brown)

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

5-6 drops lavender

Oily Livin Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Recipe Lavender Vanilla Scrub Ingredients
Lavender Vanilla Scrub Ingredients – sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and lavender essential oil

Directions:

I started by measuring out and melting the coconut oil in the microwave.

Melting Coconut Oil

Then measured out my sugar in a measuring cup. This ball jar only holds about a half cup, but I find if I use a deeper jar I can’t get all the sugar out. I like using a combination of white and brown sugar; the brown sugar is a little heavier and adds a pretty color and smell to the recipe. You can really use whatever kind of sugar you like. I just eyeballed how much I wanted of each sugar, and then added in the melted coconut oil, vanilla extract and essential oil. You can also add more or less coconut oil (or other carrier oil) depending on how heavy and moisturizing you want the scrub. (If it seems like I’m saying you can do whatever you want with this…it’s because you can!)

Mixing together sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract and essential oil

Once it was all mixed together I just added it to my glass jar, and I keep it in the shower to use on my face and body a few times a week. Since this was my first time making this specific recipe, I thought I would add my thoughts on it as well. To be honest, I was a little skeptical of the vanilla extract after I added it; it smelled really strong and somewhat alcohol-y. I cut the amount of vanilla extract in half for you all from what I used, andĀ I will definitely use less when I make this again! So try the 1/8 teaspoon and let me know what you think.Ā I did find, though, once I was in the shower using it the vanilla did not smell as strong and definitely complimented the lavender šŸ™‚

Oily Livin Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Recipe Lavender Vanilla Scrub Finished Product
Finished product: Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

This recipe is my NEW FAVORITE! It smells like peppermint bark and I’m just in love. This was my first time making my own scrub with coffee, although I have used a coffee scrub before and really liked how invigorating it was in the mornings.

Oily Livin Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Recipe Peppermint Coffee Sugar Scrub Ingredients
Peppermint Coffee Sugar Scrub Ingredients

Ingredients:

1/2 cup white sugar and coffee

1 teaspoon coconut oil

3 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions:

Again, my jars only hold about a half cup so I eyeballed a ratio of sugar to coffee and ended up using about two spoonfuls (teaspoons) of coffee and the rest sugar. Then just added in my teaspoon of melted coconut oil and three drops of peppermint oil! You absolutely do not need much when it comes to peppermint. My husband and I both instantly thought of peppermint bark when we smelled this scrub, it is to die for!

Oily Livin Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Recipe Peppermint Coffee Sugar Scrub finished
Finished product: Peppermint Coffee Sugar Scrub

I cannot wait for you all to try the sugar scrubs for soft, moisturized skin and let me know what you think!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, andĀ cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before usingĀ essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only.Ā 

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Organic Lip Balm Recipe

I want to share my recipe for DIY organic Ā lip balm tubes that I made a few weeks ago! These plastic tubes came from Amazon (of course) and were super simple to fill with my own moisturizing lip balm mix. I did this on a freezing cold/snowy day this winter, and the recipe made about 14 tubes so I have plenty to share with friends and family! I meant to make it before Christmas so that I could give them out as little gifts and stocking stuffers, but of course I did not get that quite done šŸ™‚ Better late than never! This organic lip balm even got my hubs’ seal of approval, which is definitely saying something.Ā So here it is!–

Oily Livin Organic Lip Balm Recipe With Essential Oils

You will need:

  • Double boiler
  • Empty lip balm tubesĀ (or containers)*
  • 1oz of organic beeswax (I used these pellets)
  • 1oz unrefined shea butter
  • 10z coconut oil
  • 6-12 drops essential oil(s) of your choice
  • Small spoon or funnel to transfer liquid

(*NOTE: again, I would recommend metal or glass containers if choosing to add any citrus essential oils)

Organic Lip Balm Directions:

Okay so I had never heard of a double boiler before finding this recipe. Is that like a millennial thing, or is it because I know nothing about cooking?…I honestly had to Google how to do it, so in case you have no idea what a double boiler is either, here’s aĀ nice picture and instructions. Basically I added some water to medium sized pot, brought it to a boil, and then began adding my ingredients to a metal bowl on top. The hot water heats the ingredients in your bowl slowly and evenly. I measured out 1oz of each of my three ingredients, which (after more Googling) I learned is equivalent to 2 tablespoons. The double boiler nicely melts the three ingredients together, along with some stirring. When they were all melted and mixed, I turned the burner off and added my essential oils. I chose lavender for this recipe because I love my lavender lip balm from Young Living and wanted to see if I could make my own version for when that tube runs out. I used about 8 drops, which I think turned out great but you could add more for a stronger scent! Once you have the mixture you can begin transferring it to your lip balm containers. That part can be a little tricky so be careful! Once they’re full you just wait for the mixture to cool and harden and then you have your very own organic lip balm.

Tips:

  • Make sure to keep the mixture over top the hot water as you’re pouring into your containers to prevent it from hardening (it will do so very quickly!).
  • You could change up the ratio of the three ingredients to make the lip balm firmer or softer depending on your needs. I haven’t had the chance to play with this too much yet, but common sense says adding more coconut oil would make it softer and adding more beeswax would make it firmer.
  • Be careful when pouring the mixture into your tubes or containers! I spilled a bunch and had VERY moisturized hands after I was finished šŸ™‚ A small spoon or a funnel might help do the job of getting the mixture into those tiny tubes.
  • I found there was a little room left at the top of my tubes after the mixture hardened. You might consider adding more mixture to the top of your tubes at the end to get them all the way full.
  • You could make a bigger or smaller batch depending on what you need; just remember to use equal parts of the three ingredients unless you’re looking for a different consistency! (See first tip.)

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried a lip balm recipe or what you think of mine! Be sure to subscribe with your email over on the right for updates from Oily Livin’!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, andĀ cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before usingĀ essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only.Ā 

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DIY Beard Oil with Essential Oils

Okay, I figured it’s time to put my first post out there with a recipe I’ve tried recently. This was nowhere near the first thing I tried when I got my Starter Kit, but it’s an easy recipe to get started with and guaranteed to get the man in your life on board with an oily lifestyle šŸ™‚ My husband actually came to me asking for something like this after he read a few things online. He likes (read: is obsessed with) growing a beard and basically just hates shaving so he will let it grow for weeks until it starts to look to “scraggly” and then start fresh. I’ve suggested beard oil a few times to make his beard softer and more tamable, but sometimes it takes him awhile to hear me šŸ˜‰

Oily Livin DIY Beard Oil With Essential Oils

So my husband asked for a beard oil to make his growing beard softer, less itchy, and moisturized. This recipe did the trick, not to mention it smells amazing! I ended up basing my recipe off of this oneĀ we found online with some good information about carrier oils and choosing an essential oil. My hubs requested jojoba oil as a carrier based on what he read. Other carrier oils that would be great are grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, or fractionated coconut oil. For essential oils, Hubs chose Cedarwood and Peppermint because he liked their smell. I suggested Tea Tree for acne or Lavender for skincare, but his choices are good too šŸ™‚ Other oils I think would smell great are Idaho Balsam Fir, Orange, Rosemary, or Bergamot. So here’s the run down of the recipe:

DIY Beard Oil Ingredients:

  • 1oz dropper bottle*
  • 1oz carrier oil (jojoba oil)
  • 10-20 drops of essential oil

*Be sure to use a glass bottle if using any citrus oils!

Directions For Making Your Own Beard Oil:

Like I said, this recipe is super simple! Just add desired amount of carrier oil to your dropper bottle (mine holds about 1 ounce), then add essential oils. I wouldn’t add more than 20 drops of essential oil for 1oz of carrier oil. I used 10 drops of Cedarwood and 3 drops of Peppermint to create a manly-woodsy scent. I didn’t need more than a few drops of peppermint because it is a very strong scent and didn’t want it to be overwhelming to him! Then shake and apply a few drops to beard 1-2 times a day.

My hubs gives the oil an “A+” and says it’s like conditioner for his beard. It makes it less “crazy” and “smells like candy canes” šŸ™‚ I can’t wait to experiment with different smells and carrier oils for this. Feel free to leave me comments if you try this recipe and share what you think works for you!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, andĀ cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before usingĀ essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only.Ā 

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