I have shared my deep and abiding love of all things coconut before. I cook with coconut oil all the time and I use coconut in lots of recipes. I use coconut to clean my teeth, I use coconut in my shampoo bars, I use coconut as a moisturizer, and I use it in many homemade essential oil products…it is a deep, deep love. My only big no-no with coconut oil is putting it on my face. It has a high comedogenic rating which makes it likely to clogging pores.
I was super jazzed to try some new products from Skinny & Co Coconut Oil. I got some lovely little jars with coconut for oil pulling, sugar scrubbing, removing make-up (not for me), moisturizing and healing, and boosting metabolism, energy, and clarity. They supposedly have the only 100% raw alkaline, coconut oil in the world. They have a patented system that crafts the only coconut oil under 100ºF. In my humble opinion you can see, smell, and taste the difference. Their products are fantastic!
I loved the oil pulling oil because they have infused it with yummy peppermint. It tastes pretty darn good and oil pulling isn’t usually the most enjoyable process. I think I found my preferred brand for sure. Oil pulling helps keep teeth clean, remove plaque, improve breath, and can even help whiten teeth – naturally.
The metabolism boosting moisturizer has the yummiest coconut smell. The inflammatory moisturizer has essential oils in it and it smells quite nice as well.
My fave though is the sugar scrub which uses coconut sugar and vanilla. I use in the shower daily to exfoliate and it is does the job while still being gentle. Love the smell too! It is like rubbing myself with fresh baked cookies. It is so natural you can add it to your coffee and tea! Wowsa!
If you want some new coconut products to try that are ethical and raw, give these products a go. They have no toxic chemicals, no fillers, and no solvents. There are never more than five ingredients. The coconuts are wild harvested, handpicked, and cold processed. I was super impressed and I know you will be too.
Disclosure: I received these products free from Skinny and Co but I was not monetarily compensated, nor did I have to write about them. I almost always say no to product offers but I had to say yes to these because hello…coconut oil! I am glad I did.
Who needs expensive beauty counter anti aging lotions and potions? This anti-aging face cream can be made at home using natural ingredients such as basil and avocado oil. It is soothing and hydrating and it uses non oily avocado oil, though you can use any carrier oil of your choosing. If you have problem skin pick one that has a low comedogenic rating (see this chart for ratings). It also provides the option of the three different essential oils. All are great for your skin and anti-aging in general but you can pick the one you have on hand.
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves and stems
1/3 cup witch hazel
1 tsp. avocado oil (or your favorite carrier oil)
2 tsp. Shea Butter (or your favorite butter)
1.5 tsp Emulsifying Wax
7-10 drops frankincense, rosehip, or geranium essential oils
Using a food processor combine witch hazel and basil leaves and witch hazel and blend well. Strain the now-green witch hazel into a half-pint canning jar, until you have ¼ cup of basil liquid. If you don’t have enough liquid add a little water to reach the ¼ cup.
In a microwavable bowl add Shea butter, Almond oil and emulsifying wax. Heat in 30-second increments until melted and smooth.
Add basil mix to the butter mix and slowly stir and allow it to cool and thicken. Once fully thickened add 7-10 drops of your desired essential oil. If your skin is dry add 10. Once fully thickened and cooled pour into half pint storage jars and seal. Keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!
In our lifetime we will take lots of showers and wash our hair quite a bit. We may use body wash, shampoo, conditioner, facial scrubs, lotions, etc. I know my shower and bathroom is fairly full of these products and I consider myself more of a minimalist than the average person. I seem to go back and forth between a “no poo” routine and using a natural shampoo and conditioner. It really depends on the status of my hair, my current lifestyle, and how my thyroid is performing.
Mostly though I do like to use shampoo but not the stuff sold in most regular stores. Their ingredients do not cut it with me. I am looking for:
- ease of rinsing (no residue)
- no irritation
- pleasant natural fragrance or no fragrance
- low/no toxicity (no SLS, for instance)
- good biodegradability
- no damage to my hair
- gluten free ingredients if possible
I want products that are safe for everyone in the family to use with no ingredients that give me the heebie jeebies. I like products that come from companies that are transparent with their marketing and their ingredients.
Just recently I was introduced to a company (through a friend) called Lifestyle in Green. Their products are great and they are committed to not using any synthetic fragrances. The oils used in their care products are derived from certified organic farms. They care about what they put in their products and how each ingredient impacts individual health and the environment.
- Sustainable and environment friendly: Raw materials are procured to support organic and sustainable permaculture farms
- No harmful junk or synthetic garbage: All personal care products are manufactured with organic, wild crafted ingredients. Non-toxic chemicals, no parabens, artificial fragrances, no formaldehyde or anything in any way unnatural finding its way into your body through your skin
- Local industry, farmers and artisans: Source raw materials to support fair trade and craft communities
I could not ask for more. Some of their products that I have tried are:
Tea Tree and Lavender Normalizing Shampoo
Lemon and Sage Refreshing Body Wash (love this combo!)
Lavender and Tea Tree Soothing Conditioner
Lavender and Coconut Face and Body Lotion
All the ingredients are listed on the bottle and I have no issues with any of them. I love that they indicate which ones are certified organic, such as rosehip, lavender, olive oil, marigold, burdock, etc. They do not try to deceive you into thinking everything is organic just because most ingredients are. I also love the fact that they use essential oils in their formulations. Not only are they beneficial for a variety of reasons, they are a lovely way to create a non-toxic scent. The lemon and sage combo really is heavenly and very refreshing and I am not usually a body wash kind of girl.
The plastic bottles are a drawback and because certain essential oils can cause leaching in plastic I plan to use up my supply immediately. But I will totally reuse the bottles for homemade dish soap and hand soap! I can understand why products such as these are not sold in glass bottles (safety) so I just have to get creative with recycling.
I love the products so far and I love the commitment the company makes to personal health and planetary health. Add in the way they source their ingredients and the way they support fair trade and craft communities and you have a winning recipe for an ethical, green, safe product line. Enjoy!
This post was written in partnership with Lifestyle in Green and I received product to review. All opinions are 100% mine and I stand behind this product as a supporter or I wouldn’t blog about it!
Everyone wants gorgeous, healthy skin that looks and feels youthful right? Well, mother nature has already provided everything that you need to accomplish this task. Before there was an expensive beauty product to address every woe from rough cuticles to dry skin, women took a more natural approach. Below are some natural recipes and methods for attaining healthy and youthful looking skin.
Avocado Oil – The fatty acids in avocados help balance your skin moisture levels and give you a dose of anti-oxidant vitamins A, C, and E to protect your skin from damage.
* Combine equal amounts of avocado oil and evening-primrose oil in a sealable bottle and shake. Optionally a couple drops of rose or frankincense essential oils. Massage 5 or 6 drops into your skin and then cover with a warm washcloth for a few minutes.
Almond Meal – This simple ingredient makes the easiest every exfoliating cream for you skin and is gentle enough to use on your face.
Egg Facials – Yes, eggs are more then just edible. They can be a key ingredient to fabulous skin! Their high protein levels also help restore luster to your hair.
* Beat an egg white until stiff. Add one teaspoon of honey. Stir together and fluff onto your face. After 30 minutes, splash off with cold water.
* Using a cotton puff, apply egg white to your face and let it dry for up to 30 minutes. Splash off with lukewarm and then cold water.
Milk – The lactic acid in milk serves as a gentle skin exfoliant and the fat acts as a moisturizer.
* Add a gallon of whole milk to your bathwater and soak.
Oatmeal – It is more than just breakfast food. Oatmeal is soothing and anti-inflammatory.
* Put a handful of oats in a washcloth and secure with a rubber band. Dip the oats into a sinkful of warm water, squeezing every time you lift it out. Do this until the water is cloudy and then splash the water on your face and allow to air dry.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Beside having amazing healing properties, apple cider vinegar keeps skin supple. It’s heavy concentration of enzymes helps peel off dead skin cells.
* Instead of using cleanser, moisturizer and/or toner, mix about 2-3 cups of distilled water with a 1/2 cup of raw organic, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.
* Mix apple cider vinegar in your bath water along with Rosemary and Lavender essential oils for an invigorating bath.
Sugar Scrub –
* Oat and Brown Sugar Scrub – Mix all ingredients in a clean bowl until you have a smooth paste. Gently massage onto damp skin, and rinse off with warm water.
Carrots – Carrots are very high in vitamin A and a source of vitamin C, folacin and potassium.
* Cook 2-3 carrots, then mash. Mix with 4 teaspoons honey. Apply gently to the skin, wait 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
Don’t need to visit the beauty counter, visit your own fridge and pantry!
Are you looking for a facial toner or facial spray that is soothing, hydrating, refreshing, and ever so gentle? Well, this may be the the recipe for you. It is all of the above and oh so good for your skin. The witch hazel and floral water cleanse the skin, the glycerin helps lock in moisture, and the aloe, lavender, and chamomile soothe and balance.
Rose essential oil is amazing for the skin but it is also very expensive. A hydrosol is a floral water leftover from the steam distillation of plant materials. It is like an essential oil but far less concentrated and in the case of rose hydrosol, it gives us affordable access to this lovely plant essence.
Make it according to your own needs and skin type. If it feels a tad sticky then use less glycerin. If your skin feels dry and not supple then add more glycerin and perhaps a touch of almond or avocado oil. It’s an easy to make facial cleanser and it is a snap to use. No muss, no fuss beauty!
Rose & Lavender Facial Cleanser & Toner Spray
2 ounces rose water or rose hydrosol
1 ounce witch hazel
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
6 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops chamomile essential oil
Add all ingredients to a small glass bottle with a fingertip mister, shake, and voila! Shake before each use and keep it in a cool, dark place for up to six months. After spritzing allow your skin to air dry.