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Ingredients Spotlight: Squalane

Squalane is an up and coming beauty product that has numerous benefits and when sourced properly, is organic, vegan and great for all skin types! Squalane belongs to the oil family.  It is found naturally in our skin and helps with cell function, elasticity and hydration.  By around the age of 25, the amount of squalane in our skin begins to rapidly decline.  By age 50, we have only 5% left.  Just like it's cousins, collagen, coQ10 and hyaluronic acid-they don't stick around indefinitely and … [Read more...]

Shea Butter Benefits-Encourage Collagen!

I LOVE shea butter.  It's in my top 5 DIY ingredient must-haves but I actually don't always end up putting it in a recipe.  I like to use it all on it's own!  Shea butter has so many amazing properties.  Basically, you get a lot of bang for your buck with shea butter.   Shea butter has tons of uses and offers so many benefits for not only the skin but also the hair! Shea butter comes from the nuts of the shea tree in western parts of Africa.  It has been used for centuries to nourish skin and … [Read more...]

Homemade After Sun Relief Lotion

Lately I have been a lotion makin' fool!  If you haven't caught the bug already, once you get the hang of it, you will probably be one too!  It's just so rewarding to create a rich, creamy moisturizer that your skin literally drinks up!  Being aware of each and every ingredient is a rare thing in the skin care world.  Did you know that the skin care industry isn't regulated like the food industry?  There is no guarantee that what is printed on the ingredient list is actually every ingredient … [Read more...]

The EASIEST Lotion Recipe Anyone Can Make!!

Many of you have asked me if you can ditch the emulsifying wax in my other DIY cream recipes and use beeswax instead.  With quite the know-it-all stance, I quickly assured you that beeswax would not properly bind oil and water.  I had tried this method in my early days of experimenting with DIYs and created the most greasy, non-cohesive "cream".  It was super gross and I reluctantly had to throw away a lot of wasted ingredients. I don't know what got into me this morning but I decided to give … [Read more...]

DIY Coconut Lotion Bars

Lotion bars are really popular in the "DIY skin care world".  They are all over Pinterest.  I have avoided them due to possible messiness and inconvenience.  Well, I'm glad I bit the bullet and made some because they are so helpful for dry skin.  Plus, for those of you looking for something a bit more solid then yesterday's Body Oil, these are for you! Plus, they are just so cute! What You'll Need: Molds Coconut Oil Shea Butter Beeswax Vitamin E Oil (optional) Essential Oils … [Read more...]

Gardener’s Soothing Hand Salve

Gardening is a favorite past time for many people-I get it-you literally make life out of nothing!  It's so rewarding, yet can be so grueling!  I live amongst A LOT of nature, some of which is not wild.  Meaning-I've got a whole lot of weeding to do almost on a weekly basis!  My hands get wrecked and ravaged after a day of gardening.  I'm talking cuts, raw skin and rough dry patches.  I'm sure you fellow gardeners know exactly what I'm talking about. After a particularly rough day in the … [Read more...]

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