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Friday, March 23, 2018

DIY: Acne fighting gel

March 23, 2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

I am back again with an amazing DIY recipe for your skin.  You only need two simple ingredients to make your own acne-fighting gel; aloe vera gel and essential oil with antibacterial properties.  

I've been using this concoction on my face for many, many years.  So much so that I had to search this blog because I was sure that I had already told you about it.  As it turns out, I haven't so let's get started...

aloe vera gel and tea tree oil

  • 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel
  • 6-12 drops of tea tree oil or lavender essential oil
If you don't like the smell of tea tree oil, a lavender essential oil is a good alternative.  The combination of tea tree oil (or lavender) and  Aloe vera gel kills the bacteria that causes acne and has anti-inflammatory properties which soothe the skin.

  1. In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera gel with 6-12 drops of tea tree oil (or lavender).
  2. Store in an amber glass bottle. 
  3. Use as a spot treatment if you get occasional pimples, or apply it to the whole face daily to prevent acne.

Note: Tea tree oil is a highly concentrated essential oil and it is recommended to use diluted.  So test your level of sensitivity to the oil first.  I use undiluted tea tree oil on my skin regularly, but 12 drops diluted in Aloe vera gel might be a bit much for some.  If you try this DIY I recommend starting with 6 drops and testing it out first.

  • Or you could also take a small amount of Aloe vera gel on your hands and mix just one drop of essential oil, rub your hands to warm up the mixture and apply it to your face.

If you like this DIY then don’t forget to comment below and share it with your friends!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Blending essential oils for beginners

March 21, 2018 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Last Sunday I posted An introduction to aromatherapy and I told you that I was planning to post more on this subject.  In this post, I will give you a basic guide to blending essential oils.  Have you ever wanted to make your own essential oil blend but felt totally lost on where to begin?  Perhaps you want to make a solid perfume or a diffuser blend with an appealing smell. 

Essential oils are often grouped together based on their aromas, and these groups are called categories.  Some oils fit into more than one category.  Here are some examples of specific essential oils and the categories they fall into...

essential oil bottle with a dropper

Essential oil categories
  • Floral: Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Violet
  • Exotic: Palmarosa, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
  • Resinous: Benzoin, Camphor, Fir Needle, Frankincense, Galbanum, Myrrh, Vanilla Absolute
  • Spicy: Aniseed, Bay, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander, Ginger, Nutmeg
  • Woody: Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Myrtle, Pine, Rosewood, Tea Tree
  • Herbal: Angelica, Basil, Carrot Seed, Celery, Clary Sage, Dill, Fennel, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme
  • Citrus: Citronella, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin, Orange, Tangerine, Verbena

Generally, oils within the same category blend well together.  Floral oils typically mix well with exotic, citrus, or spicy scents, while citrus blends nicely with spicy, floral and herbal oils.  Woody oils usually blend well with every fragrance category.

Blending essential oils for beginners

Feel free to experiment with your own cross-category blends, you never know what fragrances you may discover!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ways to bring spring into your home 🌷🌼🌱🍃

March 20, 2018 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Spring is finally here, and that means it's time for spring cleaning.  But this year, more than previous years, I didn't just stop at spring cleaning, I'm also obsessed with spring decorating.  During this charming season, I'm embracing floral patterns, pastels, bright colours, indoor plants, fresh scents, and everything "spring".

Ways to bring spring into your home

Today I came across an infographic about simple ways to add a pop of spring to your home and kiss those winter blues goodbye.  Seeing as this is precisely what I'm doing at the moment I want to share this info with all of you.

Ways to bring spring into your home

Did you know that your skincare routine needs some spring cleaning tooRead more about it hereAnd if you are looking for spring beauty tips, check out more related posts here.

Are you ready for spring? 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Fact or Fiction? - Beauty myths, debunked! #3

March 19, 2018 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

As you can see from the title, this post is all about beauty myths.  I haven't posted a Fact or Fiction? post in such a long time, but this is actually my third "beauty myths" post.  Let's get started!

Fact or Fiction?

1. Dry skin will give you wrinkles.

Fact or Fiction? Fiction.

Wrinkles are caused by a lot of things but dry skin is not one of them.

2. Toothpaste can heal pimples.

Fact or Fiction? Fact.

Ingredients found in toothpaste have been shown to dry pimples.  However, use cautiously because the harsh chemicals found in toothpaste can also irritate and over-dry your skin.

3. Tight ponytails and buns can make your hair fall out.

Fact or Fiction? Fact.

Tight hairstyles can add stress to hair follicles and cause breakage.  Try to keep tight styles to a minimum. I wrote a blog post about this subject titled Give your hair a break, check it out!

4. Rubbing your eyes causes wrinkles

Fact or Fiction? Fact.

Rubbing your eyes doesn't directly cause wrinkles, but the pulling motion causes the thin skin around the eyes to crease, which over time leads to the appearance of premature ageing.

5. Rinsing with cold water after shampooing makes hair shinier.

Fact or Fiction? Fact.

Cold water closes the hair follicles, giving it a glossy finish.

6.  The neck ages faster than the face.

Fact or Fiction? Fact.

The skin on the neck is a little thinner than the face and the muscle and skin tissue are also weaker than the face.

That's all for this post...  If you enjoyed it, I’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread by sharing it on Twitter, Facebook, etc.  Thank you!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

An introduction to aromatherapy

March 18, 2018 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

I've been using essential oils for a very long time, ever since I fell in love with aromatherapy about 20 years ago.  I always have oil burners, scented candles and reed diffusers around the house and I also use essential oils regularly in my skincare routine. 

For those of you who might not know; aromatherapy is the practice of using essential plant oils for healing body, mind and spirit.

An introduction to aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can be performed in several ways, namely:
  • Diffusing a combination of essential oils into the air (or just one single oil)
  • Inhaling oils through the nostrils directly off of a cloth or from the bottle
  • Receiving massage therapy utilizing oils
  • Soaking in an oil-infused bath
  • Rubbing oils directly onto the skin (diluted with a carrier oil, such as almond, jojoba or coconut oil)

Each essential oil delivers different benefits, some of which include: calming, awakening, energizing, easing pain and more. Aromatherapy can be used to treat a specific condition, like indigestion, insomnia, acne, aches, and anxiety, or as a way to enhance mood or set the ambience in a room.
If you are ready to take a more holistic route to feel your best, aromatherapy has many benefits. 
What is aromatherapy?

I hope you enjoyed this post.  I plan on posting more about aromatherapy in the near future.  Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Friday, December 01, 2017

My Christmas wishlist 🎅🎄🎁

December 01, 2017 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

It's the first day of December and I am super excited about today's post.  I will be sharing my Christmas wishlist with you.

🎅 Dear Santa, 

I have been very good this year!  Here are the things I am wishing for:

Dafni hair straightening ceramic brush
Braun Silk-epil 1

Seasonal scented soy candles

Moment de Bonheur by Yves Rocher 

Christmas pajamas 

What's on your Christmas wishlist this year?