DIY Natural (No BS) Body Butter

14 Jul

MOMACEUTICALSAwhile back, I mentioned that I make my own body butter after reading up on all the chemicals that are in most store bought products and since then I’ve had several requests to share my recipe. Well, todays the day I’ll pass it along to you. I call this my “NO BS BODYCARE” because it doesn’t contain any  …..bad stuff.;)

Knowledge is power as they say and after I realized all the junk they put in beauty products, I decided to just start making my own. I wondered if I could really make products that were anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, provide great moisture & smell great...the verdict, yes it’s possible with just a few, simple ingredients.  I found some basic recipes, researched the individual ingredients & then tweaked them to suit my needs and this is my version. If you want to know more about the benefits, I list them at the bottom of this post.

Treats very dry skin/ezcema & rashes: My daughter had dry skin/ezcema, so I was having to apply lotion all the time & none of it really did the trick. Sure, it would make her skin soft but the dry patches were still there & the eczema never went away…I felt terrible for her. That’s where this body butter comes into play, it’s only a few natural ingredients so it’s safe, it’s an awesome moisturizer that keeps her skin soft longer than lotion & this recipe makes a big batch so I can slather it on her all I want. Her skin was also prone to infection since her eczema would crack, so I add Tea Tree Essential oil to her batch because it’s a natural disinfectant. Since using this butter daily (in addition to altering a few things in her diet) she no longer has eczema  flare ups, hasn’t had another skin infection and her skin has never looked better; yea!

What has the experience of making my own body care products been like? Honestly, it can be a tad messy if you’re not careful & takes up a little time, but to me the end result is worth it. This body butter is the best moisturizer that I’ve used and I feel comfortable using it on myself & my family because it only has a few ingredients. Better yet, I can create the base & add any essential oil I want, so I have several lovely scents in my cabinets 🙂

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Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • Double Boiler OR I just use a saucepan & glass jar
  • Mixer
  • Mixer Safe Bowl

Here are the ingredients needed:
(see instructions for substitutions if you don’t have all of these) 

Where to get the ingredients: I picked my ingredients up at my local health store, Good Life Nutrition Company, who carry a great variety of natural products. I really enjoy shopping here because there are a million products out there,which can sometimes make deciding what to use confusing, but they have knowledgeable staff that can answer all of my questions. If not local, you can also find these products at your local health store or online, just make sure you get a good, quality product.

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IMG_0509Instructions: (Photo examples below) 

  • Fill saucepan about 1/3 full with water & put on medium heat
  • Combine all ingredients, except for the essential oils, into a glass bowl. I actually resuse a mason jar.
  •  As ingredients start to soften, stir mixture until completely melted
  • Once melted, turn heat off & let mixture cool for a little while (I let it sit for prob 15 mins)
  • If using a mason jar, pour into mixing bowl & then put in fridge for about an hour. if using a bowl, you can obviously skip the pouring step & put the bowl right in the fridge. After an hour the mix will be firmed up on top, yet still soft inside.
  • Whip with hand mixer until fluffy (10 mins or so). About 1/2 way through the mixing, once it’s getting fluffy, I add the essential oils & finish fluffing it. Note: I’ve also used my stand mixer for this DIY also but since I make this so often, it became easier to have a designated bowl for making home products, so I use the hand mixer method now.
  • Once fluffy, scrape mix out into glass jars. I buy those cute, wide mouth mason jars with lids. I personally love them & if you choose to use some of the mix as gifts, you’re gonna look like superwoman for whippin’ up such a fab looking body butter.
  • I then put back in the fridge for few hours (in the summer when my house is warmer) &  once it’s firmed up I just leave it out in my cabinet. If you house is over 75 degrees you may want to consider refrigerating yours more often so it won’t become liquidy.

 

Benefits: (just a few, there are SO many benefits to each ingredient, but I’m going to just touch on some of the broad ones)

Shea Butter:

  • Great, Natural Moisturizer
  • Anti Aging Properties
  • Anti-inflammatory properties known to heal scrapes, cuts and burns; relieve sunburn and rashes; take the sting out of insect bites; and ease the pain from muscle fatigue and arthritis. (Livestrong

Coconut Oil:

  • Retains skin moisture
  • Anti Aging properties
  • Anti Microbial-Protects from infection, good for eczema acne &  psoriasis (OrganicFacts) 

Sweet Almond Oil: 

  • Healthier Skin: it’s rich in vitamin A, B and E, which are great for skin health
  • Improves Complexion & glow
  • soothes skin  (Stylecraze)

Essential Oils:
There are so many Essential Oil benefits, but they vary depending on which one you use. Click HERE for a handy chart that lists what each oil smells like etc.

 

*The essential oils & shea butter were donated by GoodLifeNutrition Co but my opinions are all my own.

20 weirdly awesome uses for vodka

17 Jun

31701_1395If you aren’t a vodka fan, you might be after seeing this list. Thanks to EcoSalon, I now know that there are 20 weirdly awesome ways you can use vodka for much more than just making drinks. I used to have 1 primary use for vodka (yea girlie cocktails) and that was the only use I was interested in. Now, I don’t drink very often but I can surely appreciate all of these uses for Vodka and if you are a cocktail lover, this will be a win-win for you (Cosmos anyone?)
Here are just a few of the uses:

  • Flower Preserver
  • Insect Repellant
  • Remove stickiness from stickers & bandaids

Check out EcoSalon for their full list of uses.

Extra 30% off clearance at Express.com

9 Apr

expressExpress.com has their Semi Annual sale going on right now. You can take an additional 30% off clearance items & receive free shipping if your order is over $125. No coupon is needed. Sale ends 4/13/13

 

Organize Makeup Using Desk Organizer

9 Apr

makeuporganizerWant an easy way to organize your makeup brushes & makeup?  Just use a rotating desk organizer. I have a couple of these & frankly, I never use them for what they’re intended for. Forget storing pens & office supplies, I use it to hold my phone, accessories, makeup…basically anything other than an office supply 😉 If you need an inexpensive way to organize some of your beauty supplies, try this workaround.
Until next time,

Erin

 

Clean Your Microwave…Naturally!

8 Apr

microwaveOver Easter, I was back home visiting my parents. Whenever I’m there, I revert back to my teenage self…suddenly I’m sleeping in (what a luxury!) and my PJ’s are my uniform of choice…it’s awesome. Unfortunately, I also manage to make a few messes (unintentionally.) One of them, was in the microwave; I thought I had covered up a bowl of chili, but sadly I did not. This lead to a volcano-like eruption, not cool! In the past, my microwave explosions took awhile to clean, which was SO frustrating. I mean, who wants to spend their day cleaning? Not this girl…

Fortunately, I knew how to clean it up quickly & chemical free! Here’s the recipe..

What you’ll need:

  • White Vinegar
  • Glass Measuring Cup or Bowl
  • Water

Here’s all you do:

  • Pour equal amounts of Water & Vinegar into glass cup/bowl (I use 1 cup of each)
  • Microwave for  6-10 minutes (depending on microwave power) 
  • Remove cup/bowl 
  • Wipe down with wet rag
  • High-Five someone…because dang that was easy! 

 

My Favorite (baby) Things

5 Apr

baby-gift-and-printableCute & Creative baby shower gift, with free printable tags!

At my age, I have several baby showers to attend each year and coming up with a cool gift 20 times (slight exaggeration)  isn’t always easy. Luckily, I found this great idea that will make the process of putting together a creative gift much easier.  I love this because it sets the new momma up for success by having tried & true products plus it’s cute! I honestly had no idea what to register for when I was pregnant & I really appreciated my guests giving me products that they know work (in addition to all the tutus…those are also very necessary 😉

 I saw this great idea over at My Sister’s Suitcase to put all of your favorite baby things together & label them with some cute, printable tags (they’re available on their page for free). There is only 1 minor downside…I will have the song “My Favorite Things” in my head for the rest of the day…the Momasaurus version anyway…

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Sippin on lattes while batting eyelashes
Wine on the weekends thank goodness it’s spring
These are a few of my favorite things 🙂

Happy Friday All!

 

Create Your Own Chalkboard Printable

3 Apr


chalkboard art eat drink and be merry

Want to create your own cool chalkboard art? (pst..it’s easy!)  LiterallyInspired has a great tutorial, check it out!

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