Clarifying Face Mask Recipe

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!

Ingredients:

  • 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)

 

Directions:

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!

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Cleaning up some SERIOUS grime

thieves-cleaner-setAlright, so here’s an embarrassing fact about me: I used to HATE cleaning my shower… to the point where I completely ignored it and let the grime build up until theres a very noticeable (and nasty) brown tint to it.  It’s not because I’m a necessarily dirty person, I like to keep a mostly clean home. I just had a really unpleasant way of cleaning the shower before I met my best friend, Thieves Household Cleaner.

This may be TMI, but I used to literally clean the shower while taking a shower, and let me tell you, being naked in a small enclosed space with steam and bleach is NOT fun!

When I couldn’t stand doing that anymore I would try letting bleach and other harsh cleaners soak on the ground and scrubbing furiously on my hands and knees for an hour to try to clean the tub, but it never really felt totally clean and my eyes and lungs would still burn, even if I kept the window open.

After some experimenting with different combos, I finally found a solution! I made a quick paste, scrubbed it onto the floor, let it sit for 20 minutes, scrubbed off for under 8 minutes and BAM, cleanest tub I’ve ever seen!

Here’s how to make the paste:

  • 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 3/4 cup of Baking Soda
  • 2 drops of Lemon

Mix in a glass bowl and use a sponge to rub onto the grimy surface, scrub off with a sponge and some water!

My shower has never been cleaner and it smells AMAZING and clean! How did I live without this amazing cleaner for so long?

CAUTION: Here’s a before and after picture of the process.. it’s pretty gross, so brace yourself!

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3 Day Juice Cleanse

About 4 years ago I was going to school for a kinesiology degree with the intent of becoming a personal trainer and nutritionalist.  Though that is not the same path that I am on today, health and fitness still have a special place in my heart.

fatsickandnearlydeadIn my classes we watched tons of documentaries, which I sometimes find myself rewatching on Netflix as background noise while I’m working.  One documentary in particular that I really enjoyed was “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead,” which you can actually watch on the internet for free, here. In the film, Joe Cross, an obese man loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, goes on an all fruit & vegetable juice diet to loose weight and get healthy.  I don’t mean to spoil the ending for you, but he loses the weight and was able to get off all of the prescription drugs that he was taking!

I think it may have been a day or two after watching the documentary for the first time that I bought my juicer… a Breville Juice Fountain Plus.

I probably juiced everyday for two weeks after getting the juicer, but I’m not going to lie, it’s A LOT of work!  After that, the juicing became less frequent and my juicer found a home on top of the fridge where it has lived for a solid 4 months without use now.

WELL, that is about to change!  I’m taking inspiration from Joe Cross and starting a 3 day juice cleanse.  I know I’m not obese and I’m not taking any medication, but a juice cleanse can still have an array of benefits for an already healthy adult.

Though weight loss will likely be a side effect of a short term juice cleanse, it shouldn’t be the main goal.  The weight you lose in the first few days will be mostly water weight and you will likely gain it back when you begin introducing solid food into your diet again.  Here are some of the attainable goals of a short term juice cleanse:

  • Rest the stomach
  • Repair the gut
  • Rest the liver
  • Reduce appetite
  • Ease food decision making
  • Improve energy
  • Rehydrate the body
  • Detoxify

My personal goal for this juice cleanse is to reset my pallet so that I can make healthier choices while eating.  I am currently a vegetarian, but it is a personal goal to work my way to a mostly vegan diet.  Cheese has been the hardest food group (yes I consider it a whole food group!) to eliminate from my diet, so I need the extra help!

I’ve laid out my plans for my 3 day juice cleanse below, including a shopping list, so that you could follow along!  I will be posting my results and thoughts after my cleanse is over, but I would love to hear about your own experiences.  Leave a comment, message me on social media, or email me at bridget@goodkarmaliving.com.

Good Luck & Positive Vibes!

Bridget


 

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Shopping List:

  • 9 Medium Apples
  • 8 Cucumbers
  • 8 stalks Celery
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 2 cups Grapes
  • 1 box Spinach
  • Small bag Kale
  • 6” Ginger
  • 9 Medium Carrots
  • 5 Beets
  • 6 Lemons
  • 8 cups Pineapple
  • 2 Oranges
  • 3 Large Tomatoes
  • 2 cups Coconut Water
  • 1 Cup Aloe Vera Juice
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Black Pepper or Black Pepper Essential Oil
  • Pink Himalayan

I will also be buying some extra fruits and vegetables to eat whole (limiting fruits because of the sugar). Nutrients in juice form are easily and quickly absorbed by the body, which is why juice will be the main source of nutrients over the three day period, but it doesn’t have to be the only source. A juice cleanse isn’t about starving yourself, it’s about fueling your body with all the good stuff and giving your body time to eliminate all the bad stuff you’ve been building up!

Please note that I am NOT a doctor and you should always consult a trusted physician before any drastic diet or exercise changes if you have a health issue.  


Update: Results

Hey guys, I’m back with the results of my juice cleanse!

I’m not going to call it a failure, but I will say that I didn’t exactly stick to the plan.  On Thursday Night I was starting to feel sick, but after diffusing my killer flu blend, I felt a lot better on Friday morning.  I made my way to the store, bought all the supplies (which came out to around $60) and made my first juice.  It was delicious, but it took me all day to drink… it was A LOT of juice.  So by the evening I made my second juice and finished out the day at the bowling alley with my juice.  At the end of day 1 I felt fine.  A little hungry, but not ravenous.

Day 2 was a bit worse.  I woke up feeling under the weather and it took me awhile to get out of bed.  When I did finally get up, I started the day (at about 12pm) with a juice and it was probably the best juice I’ve ever had in my life (pineapple- orange, yes please!).  I spent most of the day drifting in and out of sleep, half from sickness and half from hunger.  I made a second juice later in the evening, but it was not good (Saturday PM juice)… I think I used way too much ginger!  At that point I broke down and had some mashed potatoes for dinner.

Day 3 I planned a hiking trip and that was a BIG mistake! I’m not sure how I though I was going to make it up the mountain with a cold and little solid food to keep me going.  I did make a pineapple-orange smoothie and had a banana, which helped a little.  After hiking I had another berry protein smoothie, took a quick nap, then went about the rest of my day. For dinner I had more mashed potatoes and a couple onion rings (it was a special occasion, so I had to indulge! (;)

Overall, I didn’t feel much different. I was still craving pasta and cheesy foods… not vegetables. For a few days after the cleanse, I did refrain from the less healthy foods and mostly ate vegetables and grains, but I slid back into my normal eating habits over the next 2 weeks.  Cheese really is addicting, kind of like drugs (watch this short video) and I would have needed to have a much longer cleanse to kick the addiction, but paired with a cold, it just wasn’t something I was ready for at this time.  Maybe I will try again later, but for now I will just continue to plan out some cheese-less meals each week and cut down where I can!

Makeup Brush Cleaner

Here is a little recipe for making your own makeup brush shampoo at home! It uses four Young Living essential oils from the Premium Starter Kit:

  • Purification (blend of Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary and Tea Tree oil): antibacterial, tissue regeneration, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, disinfectant and purifier
  • Lemon: antiseptic and fights acne and anxiety
  • Lavender: antiseptic, antifungal and combats skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and scarring
  • Tea Tree: antibacterial, disinfectant and fights acne

It’s so important to give your brushes a regular deep cleaning! They can be a breeding ground for bacteria and rubbing old makeup all over your face will lead to breakouts!

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In a small glass jar or lotus bowl, mix together the ingredients above. Saturate bristles under warm, running water and dip into soap/oil mixture. Gently rub bristles in a circular motion against the palm of your hand for about ten seconds. Rinse soap under running water until bristles are clean and void of makeup. Lightly shake out the brush and lay them flat on their side on a towel to dry out over night. DO NOT let them dry upright or water may back into the handle and weaken the glue bonding.


 

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In between deep washes, use this makeup refresh  spray to clean and disinfect your brushes after every use.

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Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle and replace lid. Spray cleaner 1-2 times directly on bristles. Rub bristles in circular motion against a clean tissue to remove makeup for about 5 seconds.


 

Get your Premium Starter Kit, including all of the oils you will need for this recipe, here. Member benefits include wholesale pricing on oils (that’s 24% off!), monthly promo offers (yay free stuff!) and the choice to enroll in an Essential Rewards program that allows you to earn points on each purchase and use the points for even more free stuff!

As always, feel free to email me with any questions you may have at bridget@goodkarmaliving.com. I would love to chat with you about how essential oils can benefit YOU!

Positive Vibes,

Bridget

 

Cleaning Up Your Cleaning Products

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So, I’ve been using my Thieves cleaner for awhile now, but for some reason I still kept a stock pile of other cleaners under my kitchen sink just in case. Well, that just in case moment has never come up, so I have finally decided to clean out my cleaning cabinet and completely rid my house of these chemical-filled cleaners!

Household cleaners are paradoxical products… on one hand they are meant to cleanse and purify your home, but on the other hand, they are full of harmful chemicals and toxins!

Just look at a few of the harmful chemicals that were in the products that I was using:

  • Phthalates: Phthalates (found in most products that contain ‘fragrance’) are known endocrine disruptors.  Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps, which is a significant problem because, unlike the digestive system, the skin has no safeguards against toxins… absorbed chemicals go straight to organs.
  • 2-Butoxyethanol: Law does not require 2-butoxyethanol to be listed on a product’s label. According to the EPA’s Web site, in addition to causing sore throats when inhaled, at high levels it can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage.
  • Ammonia: Ammonia is a powerful irritant and will affect you right away. The people who will be really affected are those who have asthma, and elderly people with lung issues and breathing problems. It’s almost always inhaled. People who get a lot of ammonia exposure, like housekeepers, will often develop chronic bronchitis and asthma. Ammonia can also create a poisonous gas if it’s mixed with bleach.
  • MEA (monoethanalomine), DEA (diethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine):  Can react with nitrites to form carcinogenic nitrosamines. Nitrites may be present as preservatives or contaminants in other products, or in some water sources.

 

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Going from about 12 products to one seemed a little strange to me at first.  Was one bottle of cleaner really able to do the work, and get the same results, as all of these specialized cleaners?

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The answer is YES! My Thieves Cleaner cleans the toilets just as well as my Toilet Brite, leaves the mirrors just as clean and streak-free as the Windex and cuts grime in my shower even BETTER than bleach! It really is a miracle worker.

I couldn’t believe it cleaned as well as the products with all the heavy duty chemicals, so I looked to the bottle to see if there was a catch.  I admit, a few of the ingredients sounded a little scary, so I sat down and did a little research.

Here is what’s in Thieves Cleaner (besides all the essential oils!):

  • Alkyl Polyglucoside: A non-ionic surfactant derived from sugars. It is admired for its readily biodegradable & foaming properties.
  • Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate: It is derived from coconut oil and is a mild, non-drying cleanser. The Cosmetics Database labels it as a surfactant and foaming agent.
  • Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate: A high purity, versatile and readily biodegradable chelate based upon L-glutamic acid, a natural and renewable raw material.

Usually, I just dilute a cap or two of cleaner in spray bottles of water (one a little less diluted for surfaces and one a little more diluted for glass cleaner). If you’re feeling fancy, here are a few recipes you can make with your Thieves Cleaner to make it even more effective!  Happy Cleaning!

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Get your Thieves Cleaner today! Become a member by purchasing your Premium Starter Kit, here, and add on a bottle of Thieves Cleaner. Member benefits include wholesale pricing on oils (that’s 24% off!), monthly promo offers (yay free stuff!) and the choice to enroll in an Essential Rewards program that allows you to earn points on each purchase and use the points for even more free stuff!

If you want to take it slow and just get the Thieves Cleaner, click here. You won’t get the discounts or the free stuff, but you can always become a member at a later date!

As always, feel free to email me with any questions you may have at bridget@goodkarmaliving.com. I would love to chat with you about how essential oils can benefit YOU!

Positive Vibes,

Bridget

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Use Coconut Oil in Your Beauty Routine

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Other ways I incorporate Coconut Oil into my daily beauty routine:

  • DIY Purifying Face Lotion
  • Bi-weekly Hair Mask
  • Protect hair from heat styling
  • Lip Balm
  • Massage Oil (pairs well with almost any essential oil!)
  • Shaving Cream
  • Mix with some sea salt & essential oils for a great exfoliator
  • Oil pulling (for oral care and eliminating toxins)

Grow Nails Long & Strong!

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After almost a year of continually getting shellac (or gel) nails done, my nails are getting a long awaited and much needed break.  I finally decided to give it a rest and let my nails BREATHE! Did you know that nails, much like your face, crave fresh air? I definitely did not, but like I take breaks from makeup every so often, I’m now taking a break from the nail salon.

Above you will find my blend for restoring my thin, weak nails.  I’ve been using this twice a day for 5 days now and I have already seen a HUGE difference!  My nails are no longer peeling and they have already grown a few centimeters. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my oils?!