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DIY Simple Salt Scrub

DIY Simple Salt Scrub

DIY Simple Salt Scrub

 

I really value the art of DIY. It is something that makes me happy especially when it comes to beauty products. Maybe it is just me but I feel like DIY beauty products seem more luxurious when you put the time and effort to make them your own. The more natural the product the better I feel they work and the better I feel about using them. Now that doesn’t mean you can’t mess up the recipe or find one that isn’t so spectacular but with anything DIY it is mainly trial and error. The same can be said for products you purchase in a store as well. At least when you make them yourself you know exactly what goes into your beauty product and how much. That isn’t always the case for store bought items.

Ingredients:

Sea Salt (any kind you have ready to use)
Organic Essential Oils (any scent or scents of your choice )
Oil (any oil except baby oil)

Directions:

1. Find a clean jar that is easy to scoop the scrub out of but that won’t leak and can be opened quickly in the shower. I would suggest using a plastic container as this does have oil and you are in the shower so a glass jar may be risky. Plastic has its disadvantages too. A plastic jar will absorb any essential oils you add into the scrub, and that means that you can never use the jar in any other purpose.
2. Choose a salt to use. Almost any kind can work for example; sea salt, Epsom salt, kosher salt, or table salt which is usually the cheapest. Table salt tends to have smaller granules, which means you don’t have to break up big salt clumps. Epsom salt has relaxing properties, while sea salt is often used in bath salts. You can also mix salts to have different textures in your scrub. When you have found a salt or salts that you like, fill about half of your container with it. I used sea salt because I had a huge container of it that I am sure I would never have used.
3. Pick an oil to mix with the salt. Almost any kind will do just not baby oil as it does not absorb into the skin. I had a few different kinds at home so I mixed olive oil with a small amount of coconut oil. Coconut is a favorite scent of mine and I considered not even using essential oils but being that I have plenty of them it couldn’t hurt to use both. Coconut oil is very good for your skin as is olive oil so mixing the both I thought might work very well and smell delish. I also added some honey to this mixture which is also supposed to be great for your skin but it isn’t a must.
4. Fill the jar with oil until the oil covers the salt. Make sure the oil gets on to all of the salt. I poured some oil in then shook around the salt and continued until the oil looked like it had covered all of the salt in the container. You can use a utensil such as a spoon or spatula to mix your oil and salt together as well if you like.
5. Add a few drops of essential oils into the mixture. Some popular scents used in many store bought scrubs are lavender (relaxing), peppermint (energizing), orange, lime/lemon, rose, sandalwood, and vanilla. Or you can try extracts, like vanilla, almond, peppermint and coconut. Stir the salt scrub after you put add the essential oil.
6. Use your salt scrub on particularly dry areas of your body. The scrub works especially well on hands and feet too. I use loofah gloves for my body and pumice for my feet. I put the salt scrub on the pumice and scrub my feet with that which removes the dead skin just as well as any pedi place does. If your skin feels a bit oily, you can wash it off with some soap or body wash, but it is not necessary because usually the skin would absorb all the oil depending on how much you added to your scrub. Your skin should feel soft, moisturized, and exfoliated. You don’t have to but for added moisture I lotion my body after I dry off to make sure I am fully moisturized.

Indie Lee Hydrating Body Balm

Indie Lee Body Balm

Indie Lee Body Balm

 

Right now Beautorium is offering an amazing deal for you to be able to try Indie Lee” target=”_blank”>Indie Lee products NEW Indie Lee – Save 15% Today at Beautorium + Free Gift. You can’t go wrong with free gift with purchase now can you!  Indie learned a valuable lesson after suffering from a brain tumor that pointed to environmental toxins being at the root of the issue.  Indie decided to do something about this and help other people who might suffer as she did.  This is the kind of business/business leader I love to read about.  Stories about people who care and have learned from personal experience totally make me more interested in being a customer of theirs.  While cancer/tumors are always scary at least Indie Lee learned and continued to learn in order to help other people and possibly prevent what happened to her from happening to someone else. That is all she/we can ask for right?
Indie’s Story: After conquering a life-threatening brain tumor that pointed to environmental toxins as the culprit, Indie Lee awoke on April 22, 2009 with a new lease on life and the passion to create a chic and eco-friendly namesake collection. Comprised of the finest all-natural ingredients around the world, the line is designed to enhance the face and body with gratifying green glamour. Indulge in the luxurious feel and beautiful benefits of Indie Lee products while protecting the Earth– and your body. Unleash your inner and outer beauty with Indie Lee, an eco-chic collection of skincare products that combine style and sustainability without sacrifice. Click here for some more Indie Lee info. You can watch her story here too!!

Product Description: Indie Lee Hydrating Body Balm: Dab this all-natural, skin-softening formula over chapped elbows, dry heels, and anywhere that needs extra hydration. Formulated with jojoba oil, avocado oil, and beeswax to seal in maximum moisture.
Ingredients: Indie Lee Hydrating Body Balm is an all natural balm that helps to moisturize and heel skin without leaving it sticky and greasy. Because the Hydrating Balm does what it says it will do, and is non-drying like other products of its kind, it does not need to be reapplied constantly throughout the day to be effective. When used to hydrate heels, the user need not wear socks to keep from damaging linens as this balm penetrates and heals versus sitting on the surface of the skin.

If you are interested in other Indie Lee products click here!

Back to School 2013 Save Your Green

JuiceBeauty.com FREE SHIPPING

 

Back to school season is here already can you believe it! Time just flies and I feel like summer only just got here. I am not at all ready for fall no matter how much I love it. I am ready however to save you money on your fave green stuff for back to school! There is no reason to pay full price for items that you have to purchase. As always if you can reuse or recycle anything you have from last year I say go for it but that is not always a possibility so here are some great deals and discounts I have found from some great ethical stores!

Save 35% on Glob – Paint Set at GreenCupboards! Offer ends 8.18.2013.

Save $10 off $50 in our back-to-school category at GreenCupboards! Offer ends 9.15.2013.

Eco-Friendly Products on sale!! Just in time for Back to School!

Receive 10% OFF all lunchbox orders with code LUNCHBOX2013. Code Expires 9/30/2013

Take an Additional 10% off Eco-Friendly Furniture

Gaiam Annual Sale – SAVE UP TO 75% OFF Now At Gaiam.com & Get Free Shipping On Any Order Over $100! Click Here! Use Code: AFGASHPJ3 At Checkout!

Get 5% off Keetsa Tea Leaf Supreme Mattress plus FREE Ship. Use code “KEETSA5POFFSUPREME” at checkout. (Exp 08/31/13) – Shop KEETSA Now!

On sale at VivaTerra. Save up to 50% on natural home décor, organic gifts and more.

FREE SHIPPING! Yea! In the United States on orders over $100 (after discounts)

ethicalDeal.com

Sale On Fair Trade iPad Cases – Over 15% Off

Vegan Soaps and bath products at LUSH.

Save 20% on All Trilogy Rosehip Oil PLUS Great Free Gift

Free Shipping AND 20% off Entire Purchase at Abe’s Market!

Receive FREE SHIPPING on orders over $49 with code SUMMER2013! Coupon only valid for UPS Ground Shipping. Coupon does not include furniture, over-sized items and orders shipping outside of the contiguous 48 United States.

Ethical Cashmere = Click Here

VITAMIN SALE!! Buy 2 or more and Save! Plus get FREE SHIPPING on any order of $25! Hurry, sale ends soon!

FREE shipping when you spend $100 from Coyuchi.com. Use coupon code: Organic100

DIY Organic Body Butter

DIY Body Butter

DIY Body Butter

 

 

I have just run out of body butter. This annoys me to no end and lately I have been annoyed at the prices of good quality body butters as well. I like my skin to be smoothed and moisturized just like everyone else but I don’t appreciate paying an arm and a leg for good ingredients. I am not sure why it didn’t occur to me to make my own as I have made plenty of other beauty products. I have almost all of these items at home with the exception of the raw shea butter. I have looked at a bunch of recipes for body butter so below is a compilation of a few I liked best. If you make your own you can customize the scents and as you get better at it you can add other ingredients specific to your skin type. A little goes a long way with making your own so even if the ingredients may be a little costly you can make much more than what you would purchase at a store.

Ingredients:
1 cup Organic Raw Shea Butter
½ cup Organic coconut oil
½ cup Organic almond oil
Several drops essential oils like these Organic Pure Essential Oils Set (a few drops goes a long way so be careful) *Not all essential oils are skin friendly or child friendly. Please do your research before adding.
Glass or plastic jar or canister to put the butter in.

Instructions:
1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler.
2. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
3. Stir in almond oil and essential oils of your choosing.
4. Place oil mixture in freezer or outside to chill for 20 minutes.
5. Whip until the mixture has a buttery looking consistency.
6. Put in canister or jar.

Tips:
You can use what ever oils you prefer if you have allergies or preferences, just make sure you keep the ratio recipe ratio is 75% solid to 25% liquid.
The chilling step is the most important. If you don’t let the mixture cool properly, your butter won’t whip correctly or stay whipped. About 20 minutes in the freezer for this recipe works best. Make sure you scrape down the sides before mixing.

Priti Dark Winter Kit

Priti Dark Winter Kit

 

 

Just in time for the cold weather! The Priti Dark Winter Kit includes 4 polishes that are sure to make you and your nails happy! Priti Polish is toxin, cruelty, gluten, and dairy free. The polish is made using Fair trade and sustainable production as well as being vegan and implementing smart packaging.  Priti has a variety of colors and sets to make anyone happy.   Now you no longer have to worry about the strong smell polish generally emits and you can still keep your nails pretty!  Priti Polish sets are great gifts for the fashionista you know and love! Shop the end of year clearance sale at ecomom. 35% Off Over 1000 Items. Ends Dec. 31st.
Details: Kit includes 369 – Magic Man Iris (Deep glossy opaque plum), 603 – Nigra (Dark glossy charcoal grey), 678 – Silver King (Sheer with silver glitter), Packaged in an eco-friendly brown purse.
THREE FREE NAIL ENAMEL INGREDIENTS: Butyl Acetate – an organic compound common used as a solvent. Colorless, soluble found in many types of fruit. Such as red apples and used as flavoring in candy, and baked goods. It also has the sweet smell of banana. Ethyl Acetate – an organic compound has a pungent smell like pear drops. It is colorless and used as a solvent. Nitrocellulose – a long lasting film forming agent derived from cellulose. Acetyl Tributyl Citrate – colorless non-toxic liquid used as a food adadative. Phthalic Anhydride/Trimellitic Anhydride/Glycols Copolymer – intermediate for the synthesis of surface coating in dyes and adhesives. Isopropyl Alcohol – the non-toxic alternative to formaldehyde Stearalkonium Hectorite – a thickening agent to make sure all the glitter doesn’t sink to the bottom. Adipic Acid/Fumaric Acid/Phthalic Acid/Tricyclodecane Dimethanol Copolymer – an organic compound used as a food flavorrant ingredient found in mushrooms, and lichen. Citric Acid – obtained from citrus fruits. ALL COLORS HAVE BEEN FDA APPROVED

Hopscotch Kids Nail Polish Review &Give Away Again

Hopscotch Nail Pollish

Hopscotch Nail Polish

 

 

I love nail polish! I change mine all of the time and I really love making it my own. What I don’t like is the smell and chemicals that go into making nail polish. Even my pooches cringe when I am applying. This made me think about a few things, one being what about children? I know mom’s love making their little ones look extra cute by painting their finger and toe nails but are they considering what is actually in the polish might be harmful? I never really did until I went on a mission to find some non-toxic nailpolish brands.  I found Hopscotch Kids Nail polish at Nature’s Basin. Hopscotch Kids Nail Polish comes in 16 incredibly vibrant colors that are super fun!

I tried a bottle of the color Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater to see how it worked. I won’t lie I kind of thought the colors would need many coats to look as thick and vibrant as they do in the bottle but that wasn’t’ the case at all. The polish went on smoothly, the color was gorgeous. It was also easy to remove and didn’t stain my nails. I was glad I tried it. This is a brand we can all feel comfortable using. Hopscotch Kids Nail Polish is also made in the USA!! That is something you know I can get behind! To find Hopscotch and other great products visit Nature’s Basin. Free shipping on orders over $49 and free samples!

Product Description: This natural nail polish is the premier non-toxic, kid-friendly alternative to solvent-based nail polish. The water-based formula is free of the harsh, smelly chemicals that most nail polishes contain, helping condition your little one’s nails with long-lasting, salon quality vibrant color. Hopscotch Kids is free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, nitrocellulose, butyl and ethyl acetates, acetone, FD&C, coal tar and lake colors.

If you want to try your very own bottle of Hopscotch Kids Nail Polish click to enter here and read the contest rules! The contest ends on July 2nd so enter ASAP before it is gone.

Tiare Jasmine Tea Body Milk

Tiare Jasmine Tea Body Milk

Tiare Jasmine Tea Body Milk

Summer sometimes makes your skin dry. You are out in the sun for long periods of time and that definitely takes a toll on your skin with or without sun block.Tiare Jasmine Tea Body Milk seeps in to your skin to nourish and replenish your skin. JUARA Skincare utilizes active botanicals such as rice, tamarind, turmeric, candlenut oil, healing teas and red sandalwood, JUARA combines time-honored recipes for skin health and well-being with the best in modern technology and innovation to deliver efficacious and elegant treatments of the highest quality.

Product Description: Tiare Jasmine Tea Body Milk Evoking the scent of fresh jasmine tea leaves on the hills of Indonesia,this silky body milk combines  antioxidant-rich white, black, and green teas with softening and nourishing oils to quench thirsty skin.
Triple-tea extracts of Green, White and Black teas soothe and calm skin stressed by sun exposure and environmental aggression. A nourishing combination of plant oils (candlenut oil, rice bran oil, avocado oil and illipe butter) soften and moisturize the skin in this milky formulation that absorbs quickly and leaves a signature velvety finish, pleasant to the touch.
Paraben-free. Dermatologist Tested.

Organic Dry Hair Shea Butter

Organic Dry Hair Shea Butter

Organic Dry Hair Shea Butter

 

 

Warm weather is creeping up on us and with all of the outside time your hair will take a beating! Especially those of you who may color it. You don’t want your hair to look like fried straw right? Here is a great organic/vegan dry hair treatment from one of my fave places Just Natural Organic Care. Here is a little blurb about this super awesome leave in dry hair shea butter:
Dry hair needs instant hydration and nourishment to keep it looking and feeling healthier.Natural butters nourish, soften and protect hair leaving it shiny with fewer flyaways. This natural shea butter for dry hair restores moisture and adds volume to your hair. It closes hair cuticles to make your hair less porous and therefore more resistant to damage.
This leave in treatment is rich in vitamins and nutrients that promote
strong, healthy hair growth.This natural hair butter will moisturize, de-frizz and give you definition with soft hold without leaving residue or weighing hair down.

I always like to look at the ingredients on products who make claims that they are organic, vegan, natural so if you are like me and want to know what you are putting on your body here is a list Just Natural Organic Care provides as they do with all of their products:
Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Shea Butter, Kokum Butter, Illipe Butter, Mowrah Butter, Fenugreek Extract, Grapeseed Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Rosehip Oil, Essential Oils of Sweet Orange Blossom, Rosemary, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Atlas Cedarwood, Chamomile Extract, Horsetail Root Extract, Nettle Root Extract, Marigold Extract.

Organic Hair Products

Cocoon Facial Cleanser

Petal Purity
Petal Purity

 

 You must know I love body scrubs because I write about exfoliating all of the time! I generally like to make my own but sometimes you don’t have time for a fresh beauty treatment so you must go to the next best thing! If you have to purchase a cosmetic or beauty product make sure you are choosing a responsible one. Remember whatever ingredients are in the product are going in and on your body. I know the words are difficult to sometimes understand on the back of the bottle but that should be the first clue that maybe you should rethink using that product. Cocoon Apothecary has a wide variety of skin care products that are perfect for the green beauty inside all of us.  You can see for yourself in their ingredient listings.  Nothing crazy in there.  You can pronounce all of the ingredients and probably have seen most of them in nature. I am actually drawn to the site simply because I think it is pretty. It is simple and almost elegant much like their products. No flashy designs or adds to confuse the customer, their products speak for themselves which speaks volumes about the kind of business Cocoon Apothecary really is.

Product Description:

This gentle exfoliating cleanser combines the purifying powers of lavender and geranium with spherical jojoba beads to remove dead skin cells and keep pores clean and clear. This facial cleanser is for all skin types so don’t be afraid to give it a try.

BENEFITS:

•Promotes skin-cell turnover, a process that slows down with aging.
•Keeps skin pimple-free by keeping pores clear and unclogged.
•A gentle formula that can be used daily as a scrub and a cleanser.

KEY INGREDIENTS:

•Jojoba Beads Non-abrasive beads that gently exfoliate skin.
•Lavender Essential Oil Anti-bacterial, healing, combats acne.
•Geranium Essential Oil Astringent, balancing.

GOOD STUFF:

•Biodegradable with eco-friendly beads
•Cruelty-free and vegan
•Made with certified organics
•Rated 0 on the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database
•Amber glass bottle, corn label, pre-cycled pump and cap

INGREDIENTS:

Distilled water, certified organic sweet almond oil, jojoba beads, certified organic virgin coconut oil, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, vegetable glycerin, certified organic geranium essential oil, certified organic lavender essential oil, sodium anisate, sodium levulinate, sodium cetearyl sulfate, rosemary leaf extract.

organic skin care

March’s Beauty Fave

Juara Milk and Red Sandalwood Facial Mask

Milk & Red Sandalwood Facial Mask

Just until the end of April! Receive 10% off JUARA Skincare when you enter APRIL10 at checkout. (click to purchase)

PURIFIES PORES AND CALMS SKIN!

Used for centuries in the Indonesian herbal tradition, red sandalwood is a remedy for calming and cooling skin stressed by environmental aggression or skin conditions. This unique softening mask combines the exceptional soothing properties of red sandalwood with the softening benefits of pure milk. Milk’s natural exfoliating power in the form of lactic acid works with the skin’s own mechanism to gently refine and soften skin texture.

Fragrance-free. Suitable for oily, combination, and sensitive skin.

*Note: This is one of the only two JUARA Products not yet paraben-free. The other is the Glow-on-the-Go Travel Kit. The rest of the line is 100% Paraben-free.

Key Ingredients:

Milk
Milk protein has excellent water-binding properties, making this ingredient an ideal moisturizing agent. It also has film-forming capacity, which helps give skin radiance and a soft touch. When milk protein is hydrolyzed, its smaller components are also referred to as milk amino acids or casein amino acids. Part of the alpha hydroxy acid family (AHA), lactic acid is naturally found in milk and has intense hydrating benefits as well as exfoliating properties. By gently removing the dry, clean outermost layers of skin while moisturizing the new layers, lactic acid has the ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and help promote a radiant, more even-toned complexion.

Sandalwood
Sandalwood has been used in Southeast Asia for centuries as a topical anti-inflammatory agent to help treat skin conditions including acne, eczema, sunburn, or whenever skin suffers from itching and irritation. These calming and cooling properties have made sandalwood powder an ideal remedy for delicate and sensitive skin, or any skin type stressed by environmental aggression.

All Ingredients
Rice (Oryza sativa) Starch, Kaolin, Milk Powder, Red Sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinus) Powder, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Propylparaben, Methylparaben.

Free samples with every JUARA Skincare order and Free shipping on orders of $75 or more. (click to purchase)

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