The Best Homemade Body-Wash Recipe

The Best Homemade Body-Wash Recipe

I’m pretty obsessed Essential Oils lately. The idea of using them to make new beauty products has become my obsession. I am constantly googling new ideas on how to make lotions, scrubs and lip balms. It’s been super fun. If you’re going through your cabinet trying to figure out what products to replace with a DIY, I highly suggest starting with your body wash. This homemade body wash recipe is easy to follow and smells super great. Ready? Set? Go!

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Before You Try this Homemade Body Wash Recipe

You should check the label of your body wash to see what ingredients you’ve been lathering up with. Big companies that mass produce cheap products get to stay cheap for a reason: They use lots of chemicals that are low in cost and bad for your body.

These two harmful chemicals were in my body-wash, and they were the reason I decided to come up with my own homemade body wash recipe.

Parabens. Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Sounds good, right? Not so fast, they do more than that. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers. You can also find them in food and pharmaceutical products.

Triclosan. Tricolson is widely used antimicrobial chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor — especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant. Studies raise concerns that triclosan contributes to making bacteria antibiotic-resistant. There also wasn’t enough supporting evidence that washing with antibacterial soaps containing triclosan provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water. Tricolson can be found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants

Huf-Po has a great article about the 10 Toxic Beauty Ingredients to Avoid  you can go ahead and check it out and compare your labels to the list to see just how safe your beauty products are.

Homemade Body Wash Recipe Ingredients: 

Pure Raw Honey 1/4 Cup

Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 1/4 Cup

Pure Castile Soap 1/2 a Cup

And your favorite oil 8-10 Drops (I used Lemon)

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The Lemon oil is fresh and rejuvenating — and works well with another awakening scent. Young Living is a Theraputic Grade of oil that you cannot buy in stores.. But they are the best of the best! I get mine Here.

You can get all of the other ingredients at Whole Foods or Target in case you are wondering. Castile Soap comes in Unscented and Scented.. This one is Eucalyptus and smells awesome.

How to Use the Homemade Body Wash Recipe

-Melt 1/4 cup of Coconut oil in a bowl.

-Then add your honey into the mix and stir it as best you can.

-The honey is very thick so its okay to take some time mixing it up. When you feel you’ve mixed it evenly, add in the Castile Soap!

-you want to be sure to mix in the castle soap slowly and mix it occasionally.. Stirring the mix too fast can cause bubbles so be careful.

-When you are done, and have an even mix, add in your oil. I always add the oil last to get the perfect scent for my wash.

-This is the second batch I’ve made, and in all honesty, it saves you a ton of money in the long haul, averaging about 40 cents a bottle! YAY!!!

 

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Total At Home Spa Day!

Total At Home Spa Day!

Whenever I have a rough couple of weeks, I know I am in desperate need of some TLC. But once my wheels start turning and I overwork myself, it is hard to remind myself to take a break, stop, relax and care for myself. Anytime this happens and I have a hard time decompressing, I know one simple quick fix to solve my problems: A total at home spa day!

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Having an at home spa day is an easy way to treat yourself without breaking the bank.

I love using an at home spa day as a way to relax and regroup. It’s especially useful when I want to relax but have zero energy to leave my house to do it.

Forget the spa, the massage parlor and the nail salon. I’m gonna do all that fun stuff without having to put on mascara or get in my car.

Because all I need is a good girl magazine, a face mask and a jam out session in my bathroom to boost my spirits.

Oh.. and bubbles in my bathtub. I also really need bubbles in my bathtub.

So here are a few tips and tricks for how I leave behind the stress and jump into relax mode with an at home spa routine.

The first step in having an at home spa day:

Make an announcement that you are having an at home spa day.

Don’t laugh. Seriously, do this. You’ll thank  me later when your boyfriend isn’t banging on the door and your kids aren’t shouting to ask where you left the Apple TV remote.

 

When I have my at home spa day,

I NEED TO LET EVERYONE KNOW WHAT’S ABOUT TO GO DOWN. 

I tell everyone in the house that it is time to leave me alone. I’m not kidding.

I literally go around the house and broadcast this public service announcement: 

“Okay, I’m having a Lauren Day,” – I call it that so people no they aren’t invited.

“I’m running a bath and taking my time.” – This also let’s people know I’m not pooping. Because for some reason, that’s important to me. 

“I’ll probably be in there for a while.” – This is my way of politely saying F*** off and go find some other bathroom to use for the next three hours.

If you need anything, nows the time to let me know.” Because yes, I will be playing ALL the tracks of that old Michelle Branch playlist I have saved on my spotify. And I will be singing. Loudly. Thank you. 

If your a mom, or live in a house with other people, this is a major major “must do” on the check-list for having an at home spa day. Because nothing is relaxing about being interrupted when you are trying to relax. Come up with your own natural script if you’d like, but feel free to use mine. It works.

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Now that you’re alone for your at Home Spa Day…

Pump up those jams, light some candles, apply a face mask and sing your heart out. 

It’s game time, yo. 

You can make a face mask at home, or you can grab a cheep one at your local drug store. Target has a really good one that I featured in these pictures. It’s like three bucks.

While my face mask is sitting, I treat myself to a nice dry brushing session. If you don’t know what that is  you should check out my post on dry brushing to get the deets. I gently brush my whole body from head to toe using a special routine motion until I feel refreshed and energized.

Then I draw my bubble bath. I love adding a few drops of essential oils in there. And sometimes if I’m feeling bold, I’ll go with a full detox bath recipe.

Now it’s time to have nice calm ME moments. I read my magazine, recite some positive affirmations and dream about some new goals I want to accomplish.

I usually like to soak in my bath anywhere from 15-20 minutes depending on how much time I have in my day.

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This is the time where I love shaving my legs and using my favorite sugar scrub. Find a sugar scrub that has oil in it and isn’t too dry on your skin. I love following this easy to make DIY Sugar Scrub recipe This is great to do right at the end of my bath soak and before I shave. It gets all that extra dead skin off!

If you want to take that skin care up a notch grab one of those hand gloves that exfoliates the skin. Again, Target. Seriously is there anything you can’t get there? 

Once I am done with my bath, I like to paint my nails. It is the best thing for feeling pretty from head to toe. I follow a simple step by step on getting the perfect manicure at home.

I spend the time reading my magazine and just relaxing. Taking time to just let my mind wander and stay calm. Surrounded by my candles and some good tunes you can’t go wrong!

Once My manicure is done and dry, I run a nice cold water under the sink and let my nails soak. Soaking the finished manicure in cold water is great for keeping it fresh and solidifying your coat so you don’t mess it up!

Then I draw my shower and rinse off. Wash my hair, maybe put in a nice hair treatment and sing along to my tunes. This is by far the most relaxing routine ever. Am I missing anything ladies?? Any thing else you love adding to your routine?

Don’t forget to grab: THE FREE AT HOME SPA GUIDE 

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Oh, and Here’s My At Home Spa Day Checklist:

I try to do my best to get everything on my list. You don’t have to have ALL of these things to enjoy a relaxing at home spa day, but these are all the things I usually grab for my me time:

Your Favorite Nail Polish
A Polish Base
A Polish Top Coat
Nail File
Nail Buffer
Dry Brush
Face Mask
Candles
Magazines
Nice Calm Music That Makes You Happy
Sugar Scrub
Epsom Salts
Oil or Lotion for Your Skin and Face

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Amazing DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe

Amazing DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe

I am a big fan of skin care, as you know. I am always posting Skin Care Tips and how important it is to exfoliate and moisturize on the regular. But sometimes it’s easy AND affordable to do both at once! I made this Amazing DIY Sugar Scrub that is an easy recipe, simple to share, smells awesome, and is.. just…. amazing.

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The recipe is so easy to follow and literally takes seconds to make. All you need is Sugar, an essential oil of your choice and coconut oil. I opted for the unrefined coconut oil, which I got in the skin care section of Whole Foods.

The difference between refined and unrefined coconut oil? Well, refined coconut oil tends to be more processed. It is usually bleached and sometimes stripped of it’s natural yummy scents. Unrefined is a little more expensive, and a little more natural. You can use either one though for this DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe. A while  back I did a post on Coconut Oil benefits and Why I loved it so much for my skin.

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DIY SUGAR SCRUB

The recipe is Simple: 

1 Cup of Sugar

1/4 Cup of Coconut Oil

and 5-8 Drops of Whatever your favorite scent is.

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It’s importan to pick an essential oil that smells good.. DUH. I took some time picking out this one… I made mine with this special Aura Cacai Essential Oil – Lemon and Eucalyptus. The scent is brightening, energizing and makes me feel …. well.. awake. Hence the name of the scent. Whole Foods sells a ton of essential oils in store. But you can also search online For tons of different scents.

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For the best results, melt the coconut oil in a small bowl first. Then mix in the Sugar and the scent of your choice. Once it’s finished up, pack it all tight in a small container. Use it to exfoliate your skin, feel refreshed and get that extra boost before your shower each day. I like to exfoliate my skin about 3 times a week… sometimes less. But getting rid of all that dead skin is awesome. Sometimes I like to use my DIY scrub after a nice dry brushing routine to get my energy flowing. It is a great way to change my energy level on the fly.

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Do you have a favorite scent to use for your scrubs? Try Lavender for a calming effect or a nice citrus scent for some extra pep in your day!
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My Favorite Makeup Obsession

My Favorite Makeup Obsession

Okay guys. I am ridiculously obsessed and I need to share my new crazy favorite Makeup Line: Kat Von D Beauty.

There is absolutely no way around it. Her Makeup line is fabulous.

Any other awesome adjectives? Throw them in there.

Kat Von D Has The most Amazing Makeup Collection Ever. The End

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I used to be a total sucker for drug store cosmetics. I would buy new eyeliner, shadows, gloss — whatever I needed — at the local pharmacy. It was great…. when I was twelve. But then about a year ago my best friend convinced me to put my big girl face on and take a trip to Sephora. Since then, life has never been the same.

Getting high quality make up products has been the biggest game changer for my skin, my self confidence and my image. I find myself having fun with new colors that actually last — lip, eye, and all of the above. Spending the extra cash on high quality makeup is really a great investment. And if you take care of it, it lasts a really long time and is totally worth the cost. Even if you are like me and don’t wear it too often …. all the more reason to look fantastic and feel good about yourself when you do!

I have to admit, walking into a fancy makeup store like that was overwhelming the first few times. Everything is super expensive and there are like… 40 different versions of every shade of any makeup product you can think of. Which one do you choose?

Well.. I found my dream Makeup Line: Kat Von D makes the most amazing liquid eyeliner that lasts, looks great, and is easy to apply. I absolutely swear by her product, “tattoo eyeliner” with the felt tip.

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But as I am trying more and more of her makeup line, I am falling in love with her amazing lip colors — bold and bright — they last, they are super amazing, and they don’t dry out on me after a few hours of wear. This gorgeous shade of red from her makeup line is my go to fierce look. It’s called “underage red.” It has a little tint of orange hue that goes great with my skin tone. And while I don’t wear it often, I feel totally sexy when I do.

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She has tons of amazing awesome shades that I can’t wait to add to my collection. Having a few shades of lip to play with in my pocket when I am getting dolled up makes things super fun and gives me some variety. Glossy looks are a thing of the past now since I found her makeup line. There are so many lip colors to choose from.

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Her awesome makeup line includes these really cool mini liquid lipsticks that are simply to die for. I was hesitant to get them when the last color I wanted was out of stock in regular lipstick form, but her liquid lipsticks were even better! They are small and compact so I can bring them anywhere, and I don’t have to worry about them leaking in my purse. Plus, using liquid lipstick (hers is long lasting p.s.) completely rids the need for any liner. Getting ready is simple, faster and far more convenient with liquid lipstick – I swear.

Okay.. That’s the end of my makeup line rant. Seriously… it’s amazing. And I love it.

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4 Ways to Treat Yo Self This Winter Season!

4 Ways to Treat Yo Self This Winter Season!

Winter is finally upon us. Now that we’ve experienced the winter solstice, the days will slowly get longer. And when I say “slowly” I really mean “at a glacial pace.” Until sometime in March, you can expect it to be pitch black outside whenever you wake up for work, and when you leave work. It’s a total bummer I know. But it doesn’t have to be! There are plenty of ways you can treat yo self to feel happy in the middle of these winter time woes.

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Between these short days, paying off those holiday credit card bills (did I buy more gifts for myself or others?!), and trying to catch up on that sleep from your New Year’s Eve bash, winter can be downright stressful and put you in a funk.

Here’s a few things you can do for yourself as we bounce back from the holiday season to give yourself a special treat.

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Four Awesome Ways to Treat Yo Self This Winter

Treat Yo Self  Tip 1: Get a facial. This is my top favorite thing to do for myself, although it’s a little pricey. Our skin reacts to the change in weather, and a facial can help balance your skin as it faces the cold winter air. Ever since I’ve started getting facials regularly, I’ve noticed amazing changes in my skin. You can even do a mask at home, like I mentioned in my other awesome post about ways to feel beautiful.

Tip 2: Snuggle up with a movie. Sometimes we just need to chill out by ourselves! Pick a movie you’ve never seen, pop some popcorn, and relax! Snuggling up to some random chick flick you used to love and haven’t watched in forever is a great way to enjoy your YOU time. This past week I’ve been watching the original Star Wars trilogy. Yes, I’m a little late to the Star Wars party. Do you prefer a TV show binge? Do it! Just don’t pick Scandal, you’re wasting your time (this season BLOWS).

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Tip 3: Focus on a new goal and plan for it. This can be anything you want it to be! It can be something simple, like finally cleaning out your bedroom closet. Or something huge, like putting money in your savings so you can move. Right now my goal is to have a strong and safe training season, and finish my half marathon this coming February.

Tip 4: Create a new daily ritual. Perhaps start each and every day with a positive mantra. You can try doing yoga once a day (I recommend Yoga with Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga Challenge … it’s free!) I like making a cup of decaffeinated tea before bedtime. Give it a whirl! And if you want to add a shot of brandy to your tea and make it a hot toddy… I won’t judge you. Whatever it is, pick something small that brings a little more joy into your life and try to make time to do it once a day!

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What are some things you like to do for yourself in the wintertime? Leave us a comment so we can see the awesome ways you ladies treat yo self each day!

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