natural beauty routine

For Him: Natural Cologne

There are certain scents and oils that I gravitate towards because they remind me of my husband. Most of them are woodsy like cedarwood and vetiver, and they remind of being on top of a mountain or out in the woods with my man - a place where we both feel connected to our Creator and to each other. We diffuse these oils a lot in the evenings, and I love how our home smells of the memories we have together. So we decided to make a woodsy oil blend for my husband to wear daily and ditch all of the conventional, chemical-laden colognes. I'm pleased to say that the final product smells so much better than anything store-bought and he gets the added benefit of the aromatherapy from the oils themselves. 

Woodsman Cologne:
13 drops Idaho balsam fir essential oil
10 drops Northern Lights black spruce essential oil
8 drops Idaho blue spruce essential oil
5 drops bergamot essential oil

Add essential oils to a 10 or 15mL roller bottle, then top with a carrier oil. (We like fractionated coconut oil.) Apply to wrists and neck daily as desired. You can also adjust the amount of oils to your liking!


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Lavender + Rosemary Dry Shampoo

One of my favorite beauty products (and one I wanted a natural alternative for) is dry shampoo. My hair does best when I wash it once or twice a week, but I find that since having a little one, my roots get somewhat oily after a day or two. Plus, dry shampoo makes my morning routine all the much quicker. Those of you with long hair know what I mean ;) Sadly, the store bought options have a long list of ingredients I can barely pronounce, so here is the recipe for making your own.

For light hair:
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
3 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops rosemary essential oil

For darker hair:
2T arrowroot powder
2T raw cocoa powder
3 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops rosemary essential oil

Add powders to a food processor and pulse to incorporate. Add essential oils and gently pulse again. You may have to play with the amount of cocoa powder that you add in order to get a shade that is perfect for you. I have a mix of blondes and light brown in my hair, so just 1tsp of cocoa powder was enough for me. I suggest adding the cocoa powder 1tsp or 1T at a time and test it to your root color, adding more if you need. If your mixture becomes too dark, add a little more arrowroot powder to lighten it.  Store your mixture in a glass jar (I like mason jars). When ready to use, apply the powder to the roots of your hair using a makeup brush. And enjoy the calming yet uplifting aroma of the lavender and rosemary as you go throughout your day!

Other oils that would be great if lavender + rosemary isn't your thing: rosemary + peppermint, lavender + peppermint, lavender + copaiba, grapefruit + bergamot, bergamot + patchouli. You can find other ways we use essential oils here and check out a getting started guide here.


Because I love our oils and other Young Living products so much, and because I want everyone to have a chemical-free home, I'm giving away a bottle of rosemary oil to all new members this month! It's a great oil to have on hand during the winter months (we diffuse it a lot!), for making this dry shampoo, for making detox bath salts, for adding to finishing salts for grilled meat, even for making salad dressings! Just create your membership with a premium starter kit, and I'll send you a bottle of rosemary and some other goodies! If you aren't ready to take the plunge with oils but are wanting a chemical-free home, I recommend the Thieves Premium kit which has Thieves oil, household cleaner (favorite!), hand soap, waterless hand purifier, spray, toothpaste and mouthwash as well as some other things. Email me to let me know you're getting started, so I can send over your rosemary! xo
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Lavender + Gentle Baby Bath Salts

I love using essential oils in our home for everything, and my beauty products are no exception. We create our own favorite combinations of oils and make roller blend, make our own cleaning products, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. This weekend I decided to take a little 'me time' and created a mini spa experience in my own bathroom. I plugged in the diffuser with balsam fir + lavender (my favorite combo for unwinding!), ran a hot bath, grabbed a book and soaked in the warm water infused with lavender + gentle baby bath salts. This is such a great way to relax and involves almost no effort! 

Gentle baby is one of my favorite oil blends for relaxing! It helps calm emotions and therefore great during pregnancy and for troubled littles. It's also amazingly soothing to the skin, so it's a great choice for adding to bath salts, either for me or for Elliot! Interestingly, many of the oils contained in this blend are used in high-end cosmetic products to enhance a 'youthful appearance.' And no home should be without lavender, the Swiss Army Knife of oils. We use it for so many things! 


Lavender + Gentle Baby Bath Salts:
1/4 cup epsom salt
1/8 cup coarse himalayan salts
3 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops gentle baby essential oil

Mix epsom salt and himalayan salt together, then add in essential oils and mix well. Store in an air-tight glass jar. When you are ready to use the bath salts, scoop out about 2T of the mixture and place it under the running water. This allows the aroma to diffuse throughout the water. Relax and enjoy!

Summer Hair Serum with Geranium

One of the disadvantages to natural curls is the insane amount of frizz that can occur during hot or dry months. To combat that I use my beloved Young Living copaiba vanilla shampoo, a mix of essential oils, and a coconut oil spray. I mentioned before about using coconut oil as a hair mask before shampooing during the winter, but I wanted to share an updated summer version as well! 

Geranium Summer Hair Oil:
1T fractionated coconut oil (or jojoba oil)
3 drops geranium essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
Distilled water
8oz spray bottle

Place coconut oil and essential oils into a spray bottle, then top with distilled water. Spray onto damp or dry hair as needed! Other oils that would be great: rosemary, cedarwood, Roman chamomile, clary sage. You could even add about 1tsp sea salt to this for a delicious beach waves spray! 

Bergamot + Mint Sea Salt Scrub

One of my favorite things about summer is walking around barefoot. In fact, you will find me most Saturdays on our back patio, shoeless, in the hammock swing, with a book in hand. E loves being outside, so we spend a lot of time in our swings, armed with a large outdoor fan and our natural repellent. But all that walking around barefoot, and even just daily wear and tear on our feet can often leave them calloused. I've been using this bergamot mint sea salt scrub on my feet, and it is divine. Just the right amount of exfoliation, and the peppermint lends a nice tingle. This would also be great for getting smooth summer legs!

Bergamot + Mint Sea Salt Scrub
1 cup coarse sea salt 
1/4 cup almond oil or fractionated coconut oil
4 drops bergamot essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil

Place the sea salt in a medium bowl and slowly mix in the almond or coconut oil. Add the essential oils and stir well to combine. Store in a glass jar.

To use: scoop out some of the mixture and rub onto desired area, using slight pressure to gently exfoliate the skin. If using on the feet, pay particular attention to the heels, pads of the feet and any calloused areas. Allow the scrub to sit for 5-10 minutes, then soak off in a tub or foot bath. This is a great way to create a spa-like experience at home! Added bonus: set up your diffuser with your favorite oil for relaxing. I like lavender, Idaho balsam fir, Peace & Calming, or Joy.


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In the Bag

I love having a peek into the lives of other people... what they keep in their fridge, what their pantry looks like, what they keep in their bags... those tiny details and nuances that make their world spin. Sometimes it's a camera or a pencil and paper. Sometimes it's a book or magazine or a favorite lip balm. I find it interesting to know what items people can and can't live without, what things they take with them wherever they go. So here's a peek into my life, the things currently residing in my day to day tote.

+ The standard things: a kelley green wallet, my iPhone, car key, weekly planner, sunnies.

+ As much as I love real books, I keep my Kindle loaded with some of my current favorites. (And the case for those interested)

+ My favorite vannila-mint lip balm + a turquoise hair tie.

+ A lovely turquoise moleskine journal from my husband + a pen for writing all the lists, ideas and dreams.

+ Oily info + oil samples for sharing with friends.

+ Thieves spray and waterless hand purifier for all the public things... shopping carts, gas stations, child seats, door handles, things that fall on dirty floors (which is everything with a toddler!). Also, DIY foaming hand soap to go so we don't have to use the terrible-smelling chemical-laden stuff in public restrooms.

+ Oils (naturally) + a gorgeous case gifted from a now dear-to-me-friend*:
- Stress away roller for braving the grocery store with a toddler. It's also my summer perfume because hello lime + vanilla.
- Sunshine roller blend because, hello happy. Another great summer perfume.
- Diluted peppermint for tension, digestive support, icy cool relief!
- Seasonal trio + Breathe again rollers
- Owie for little man 
- Lavender aka my swiss army knife for everything


*I am constantly amazed by the incredible friendships that I have built through this oils community and the ways that the Lord has blessed me through those relationships. There are so many strong, intelligent, inspiring women that I now call friends that I would never have met otherwise. This community is such a blessing in my life and one of the reasons I am so passionate about sharing oils and helping people start this journey. 

Jog to Java Facial

If you follow along on Instagram, you may have seen that I've been doing the Tone It Up Bikini Series workouts, which I have loved! I needed to mix it up a little and was weary of deadlifts and squats, so mixing in the TIU workouts has been great! I have to say though, that fitting in workout time in addition to two jobs and a wife + mama gig is a lot. So whenever I have 15 minutes or so during my day, I'll often do a strength workout - abs, arms, etc. The Mermaid Workout is one of my faves! If I don't have time for a full-on shower, I spend just a few minutes freshening myself up before heading out the door. This is also a great way to freshen up after a jog or hike when you have errands to run. I keep all these oils in my purse for just that reason! Here is my one-minute jog to java facial:

Step 1: Place a drop of peppermint oil on a cool, damp rag, and place the rag over your entire face. Leave on for about 20 seconds to support the respiratory system, pull oil from your pores, and bring cool relief to your skin. 

Step 2: Place a drop of tea tree oil onto a cotton ball and swipe across the forehead, bridge of the nose and/or any other areas on the face that feel oily. 

Step 3: Place a drop of joy, stress away, peace & calming, or other desired oil behind the ears and onto the wrists for a quick + natural perfume! I like to keep a roller top on my bottle of joy and on my bottle of stress away for just this reason. Plus, you get the added mental and emotional benefits of inhaling the oils! 

Step 4: Hit the door!


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DIY Summer Salve

DIY Summer Salve (Not waterproof, read on for the waterproof recipe):
30 drops lavender or myrrh essential oil
30 drops carrot seed essential oil (SPF 38-40)
Optional: 2T non-nano zinc oxide powder (SPF 20)
1 cup organic, raw unrefined shea buter*
2/3 cup solid organic coconut oil* (SPF 8-10)

Mix the shea butter and coconut oil in a mixer until smooth and fluffy, about five minutes. Add in essential oils and mix until well combined. Store in a glass container (we like these wide-mouth ones) or a BPA-free, high quality plastic tube, and use as needed! Be sure to re-apply this recipe after getting out of the water.

If you decide to add the zinc oxide for extra SPF follow this procedure:
Heat the coconut oil and shea butter on the stove in a double boiler. Stir continuously to combine. I do this with a mason jar in a small sauce pan to make mixing in the zinc oxide easier. Once the shea butter and coconut oil are melted, remove the jar from the water and add in the zinc oxide powder. Place the lid on the jar and shake well to dissolve the zinc oxide. Wear an oven mitt for this as the jar will be hot! Once the zinc oxide is dissolved and the salve has cooled a bit, add the essential oils and stir well. The salve will harden slightly as it cools. Store in a glass container (we like these wide-mouth ones) or a BPA-free, high quality plastic tube.
DIY Waterproof Sun Salve:
30 drops lavender or myrrh essential oil
30 drops carrot seed essential oil (SPF 38-40)
Optional: 2T non-nano zinc oxide powder (SPF 20)
1 cup organic, raw unrefined shea buter*
2/3 cup solid organic coconut oil* (SPF 8-10)
1/4 cup organic beeswax pastilles

Heat the beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter on the stove in a double boiler. Stir continuously to combine. I do this with a mason jar in a small sauce pan to make mixing in the zinc oxide easier. Once the shea butter and coconut oil are melted, remove the jar from the water and add in the zinc oxide powder. Place the lid on the jar and shake well to dissolve the zinc oxide. Wear an oven mitt for this as the jar will be hot! Once the zinc oxide is dissolved and the salve has cooled a bit, add the essential oils and stir well. The salve will harden slightly as it cools. Store in a glass jar or a BPA-free, high quality plastic tube.

*If you do not want your salve to smell of shea butter or coconut oil, use refined versions of both of these products.


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#MyOilyDay

Yesterday on Instagram, some of my fellow Golden Droppers and I shared some images about how we use essential oils on a daily basis. Since I didn't want to overload Insta with too many words, I decided to share a little more in depth here for those who may be interested. 

I think that the lifestyle shift to using essential oils on a daily basis and replacing conventional products with DIYs can be incredibly overwhelming. In fact, the idea of making my own laundry detergent or deodorant was overwhelming to me until I actually tried it. And it is so easy! Very much the same way, we started using essential oils to promote a healthier lifestyle, and now they are such an integral part of our daily routine that it is second nature. Here's a peek at what a typical day looks like with oils and oily products.

MORNING:
+ Shower with satin mint facial scrub (so delightfully tingly and invigorating), copaiba vanilla shampoo + conditioner, DIY lavender body butter, geranium deodorant, thieves toothpaste, progessence plus on my neck.
+ While getting ready, I drink a large glass of water with lemon oil, sometimes warmed, and joy or orange + peppermint in the diffuser to help me wake up and start the day on a positive note.
+ Meditation and prayer with Oola balance + Oola Faith in the diffuser, vetiver or frankincense behind my ears.
+ Supplements: SuperC (vitamin C tablets), Multigreens, Ningxia Red
+ Peace & calming or white angelica behind my ears, wellness blend on the wrists and forearms, grounding or Oola balance in my diffuser necklace before heading out the door!
 

DURING THE DAY:
+ I keep the following in my bag at all times: diluted peppermint roller, diluted peace & calming or joy roller, stress away, lavender, endoflex, deep relief, thieves spray and hand purifier.
+ Thieves spray for shopping cards, cell phone, gas stations, etc. Diffusing a favorite oil in the car via cotton balls in the air vents. My current go-to is citrus fresh, but thieves, eucalyptus and orange are some of my other faves. 
+ LOTS of water with citrus oils: grapefruit, lime, tangerine, citrus fresh. Currently, my go-to combination is grapefruit + lime. Grapefruit is great for boosting metabolism, so I especially like to do that just before and after a workout. Also, La Croix + citrus fresh is an amazing combination, so refreshing and tastes like a treat! 

AFTERNOON:
+ Diffuse citrus oils +/- peppermint or something more relaxing like peace and calming or Oola balance + Oola family.
+ Peppermint + rosemary is another favorite diffuser combination, and I really like this one for when I'm organizing and planning our meals for the week. 
+ Post-workout routine: quick 'facial' with tea tree oil (add a drop to a cotton ball and swipe across the face!), lavender body lotion or massage oil, water with grapefruit or other citrus oil.
+ Peace & calming or lavender bath for E, followed by a little massage with gentle baby oil, tender tush diaper rash cream if we need it. 

EVENING:
+ Dinner prep: diffuse thieves + lemon or other citrus oil or RC, sometimes we even add oils to our meals. Favorites include: lemon, oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary, cinnamon bark, ginger (great for stir fry!), marjoram, lime, tangerine. Citrus oils are great to add to dips and dressings.
+ Kitchen clean up with our DIY cleaner with lemon and thieves, clean the high chair and floor with thieves household cleaner. Maybe start a load of laundry with eucalyptus or purification oil. 
+ We like to diffuse calming and grounding oils such as peace & calming, balsam fir, Oola family, or frankincense + joy at the end of the day when we are all winding down.
+ About 20 minutes before bed: cedarwood and lavender in the diffuser. As we get into bed, rutavala on the bottom of our feet, and zzzzzzzz.

You can find the recipes for most of our DIYs here.


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Giveaway Winner + Natural Beauty Month

We are wrapping up Natural Beauty month, but things are not quite over yet. I have been so overwhelmed with encouragement and an outpouring of love from my oily family, The Golden Drop Society, so until the end of the month, I am offering new members* a Satin Mint Facial scrub. This is a great way to jump start your natural beauty routine! This is one of my favorite non-toxic beauty products and one that I use daily. I'd love to send one your way! Sign up step-by-step here.

Image via my lovely friend Rebecca of Flora & Pine Essentials

Image via my lovely friend Rebecca of Flora & Pine Essentials

Also, the winner of our Root Pretty gift card is Eileen! Yay! I'll email you the e-voucher.


Happy Wednesday friends!


*Details: offer is good for new wholesale members who complete their enrollment with the purchase of a premium starter kit (everyday oils, thieves, Ningxia Red kits) before 5pm EST on March 31st. Make sure to comment here or email me at apothicholistic@gmail.com to make sure you receive credit for getting your product!