Wow, what a month April was! I finally started Make & Take classes at Hobby Lobby, which have been SO fun, but extremely time consuming. I also found out that the company I was working for was going out of business by the end of the month, so I’ve been preparing myself for the big job hunt. Another bummer, that also means I had to give back my computer with Photoshop, but life goes on!
That hasn’t left a lot of time for me to blog or really check in with my website at all! As I have more free time on my hands for the time being (besides applying and interviewing for jobs!), I want to get back into the swing of things with my blog posts!
Today I bring you my favorite face mask recipe to date! An amazingly clarifying Activated Charcoal Mask, enjoy!
- 1 tbsp Amazonian/Bentonite Clay
- 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tablet of Activated Charcoal (found in the supplement section of most grocery stores)
- 2 drops Aloe gel
- 2 drops Young Living Purification essential oil
- [Optional] 2 drops Young Living Tea Tree essential oil (when you’re trying to stop a spot in its tracks)
Just mix the ingredient together and store in an air tight container to enjoy all week long!
**Note** You can change up this recipe in SO many ways just by adding different essential oils- some of my other favorites are Lavender, Frankincense or Geranium!
Oh man, have you ever researched what exactly makes traditional candles smell so good? Well, as it turns out, the fragrances used in candles (and tons of other products that are “scented”), are actually HARSH CHEMICALS! [Read this article from TIME, if you don’t believe me… or if you just want to know more 😉 ].
When I started using essential oils, I began making a lot of my own products. It saves money and it’s better for me and the environment I live in. I went from being a candle and room spray ADDICT to being a diffuser abuser (in a good way 😉 )! And don’t get me wrong, I still love all of my diffusers, but one day I just felt like making candles, so here’s what I came up with! It is super simple and straightforward. They also make for some cute and inexpensive gifts!
Here’s what you’ll need (per candle):
- 2(ish) cups Soy Wax (I got mine on Amazon. It’s 100% soy wax with no fragrance or additives and it’s already shaved into small, easy to melt pieces)
- 1 Wick (Such as these from amazon)
- 1 Small Tin (mason jars work too!)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Double Boiler (or a make shift one)
- 20 drops Your Choice of Essential Oil
- Labels, ribbon and other decorations of choice
Some of my favorite Essential Oil combos for candles:
- Lavender & Lemon
- Peppermint (with a couple drops of vanilla extract or a teaspoon of cocoa powder)
- Stress Away and Orange
Here’s how to make it:
Heat up about an inch of water in the bottom part of your “double boiler contraption” (i.e. an old metal popcorn bowl that fits nicely into a pan of boiling water). While your water is heating up, glue the wick to the bottom of your tin (I use a shorter wick and it seems to stand up on its own, but if you’re using a longer wick or yours isn’t staying up, use a straw and wrap the wick down until the straw rests on top of your tin). When the water is boiling, add the second piece of the double boiler and add the soy wax. Melt it down into a liquid then turn off the heat. Let the wax cool slightly before adding in your essential oils, mixing and pouring into your tin. Let it cool down and harden then cut the wick to the top of the tin and decorate with a label, wash tape and/or ribbon!
There you go! So simple and cute… the only downside is that is does take a lot of precious essential oil to make it scented. I tend to stick to my diffuser and make a couple candles for special occasions and gifts!
Check out this tutorial I made demonstrating how to put together your own tassel diffuser necklace in under a minute! I LOVE wearing my diffuser necklace daily because I get to bring all the amazing benefits of my essential oils wherever I go. My favorite oil to wear is Grounding. It makes me feel calm and collected no matter what obstacles I face throughout the day!
If you aren’t feeling crafty, but still want a necklace, you’re in luck! In honor of my birthday month, I’m giving away a diffuser necklace (along with the regular goodies) to all of my new oily members all month long!
To get your kit and diffuser necklace, email me or sign up here.
Here’s something you may not know about me… I’m a bit of a Pinterest addict! Not only do I pin, but sometimes I actually try to MAKE the cool things I see on Pinterest. I would say about 50% of the time, what I make turns out to be a FAIL, but every once in a while, I’ll stumble upon a craft that even I can’t mess up (for the most part)!
Here’s what you’ll need to make one of the easiest and fanciest mugs you will ever see:
- Plain white mug
- Nail polish of your choosing
- A bucket (big enough to fit your mug in)! Notice how small my “bucket” is compared to my mug… yeah that made things a bit difficult
- Warm water
Here’s how to make a Marbled Mug:
Step 1: Fill bucket about 3/4 of the way full with some warm water. On my first attempt I tried to fill up my little bucket all the way full AND stuff a mug in there and as you may guess, I had water and nail polish all over the floor! (Luckily I had some lemon grass essential oil to get the nail polish of my floor!)
Step 2: Drip in some nail polish and give it a second to disperse
Step 3: Use the toothpick to swirl around the colors a little bit
Step 4: Dip the part of your mug that you want marbled into the water and then remove it. The nail polish will stick automatically and it shouldn’t be too drippy.
Step 5: Let the mug dry completely. Once it’s dry, you can use some dishwasher safe mod podge to seal the polish in place.
*Note: The mugs are NOT dishwasher safe!
Finally, add some ribbon, tags and tea to turn your DIY mug into a thoughtful gift for a friend, teacher or coworker!