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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Lavender Lemonade Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 5-8 c cold water
  • 1 c raw honey
  • 6-8 fresh lemons, squeezed
  • 2 drops lavender Young Living Essential Oil
  • 1 drop lime Young Living Essential Oil
  • ice to serve

Directions:

In a small saucepan, boil 2 ½ cups water. Remove from burner and add raw honey. Stir until dissolved. Add 2 drops lavender essential oil. Squeeze lemons into glass pitcher. Add honey water to lemon juice in glass pitcher. Add another 2 ½ cups of cold water (or more to taste). Add 1 drop of lime essential oil. Refrigerate or add ice.

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Learn more about purchasing your own Young Living essential oils at 24% off, here.

Easy DIY Soy Candles

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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!


 

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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
  • 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! SAria_Diffusero 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!

 

 

DIY Diffuser Necklace

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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.

Happy oiling!

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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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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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?!