Have a Blessed New Year
Lips are for kissing and they should always be at their best and ready for a little romance. None of us like it if our lips become lined, infected or the site of a herpes virus infection or a cold sore. Dry cracked lips are unattractive whether they got that way from too much sun, too much cold weather or from ill health. Many commercial lip gloss products contain petroleum or animal fat which I don’t want on my lips so here is an all natural alternative that you can make at home.
Protective Lip Gloss Base
Lip Gloss Essential Oils
Use a double boiler to melt the beeswax, then add the sweet almond oil stirring constantly. Next add the jojoba oil, carrot oil, and vitamin E and stir again. Finally, mix in 10 drops of your chosen essential oil from the above list. Store your lip balm in a small container and keep it in a cool dry place.
Since I have recently been having a lot of trouble with the smell of my home on the whole, I have been working on finding some different scents that I can use to cover up the smell or even to eliminate it. It is so important for me to be able to find all of the right kinds of diffusers that I can use around my home to make sure that I am able to get beautiful scents into the air.
To make this at all possible, I have been working on getting some different kinds of diffusers that might work perfectly. There are plenty of great essential oils that I could diffuse easily, so finding the right kinds of items to make this possible would be really wonderful. It would definitely be great to be able to have the diffusers that could make these scents prevalent in my home.
Having so many different types of diffusers that I can use in my home is something that I really cannot wait to do on a regular basis. With just one aromatherapy diffuser so far, I am already starting to notice a considerable difference in the way that everything smells in my home.
Shea butter is a 100% pure and natural cream containing vitamin A and vitamin E which has exceptional healing properties for the skin. The vitamin A in shea butter is important for improving skin conditions including blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis as well as properties that treat skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns, frostbites, and many other common skin conditions. The vitamin E in this rich creamy extract may serve as an anti-free radical agent that aids in preventing the harmful effects of the sun and environmental exposure on the skin.
Shea butter is derived from the seed of the shea tree and is extracted and prepared without the use of chemicals. The best shea butter for skin use is prepared by cold press methods without the use of added chemicals or preservatives. You can get pure shea butter with no added ingredients or a shea butter blended cream that includes liquid shea oil.
Shea butter is a marvelous product that can be used on any skin type for the following:
Your regular exfoliating practice is probably effective during the warm months, but it could prove to be too much for the cold season. Frequent or vigorous scrubs and cleanses will expose your new young skin to the harsh, dry air of winter without enough protection. If your moisturizing routine is still leaving you dry after exfoliating, consider cutting back on your weekly scrubs and instead use a natural exfoliating soap that can be used daily.
The following oil works very well when used after the drying conditions of winter activities. It is a thick oil but is great in protecting your face when it is exposed to sunburn after skiing, sailing, or hiking.
Blend these ingredients together well and gently massage into the skin every night before bed and also during the day as a sunscreen.
Have you ever had to dig your way out of your driveway so you could go to work? The weather had cleared but there were snowdrifts in our yard that were 12 to 16 inches high. We had to keep going back into the house to warm up because the temperature was 3 degrees but the windchill factor made it feel like negative 15 degrees. I had to keep wiping my face because the wind caused tears and the tears felt like they were freezing on my face.
During the winter months, choose face cream and makeup that works hard to protect your skin from blustery breezes. Choose products that might be heavier than your regular brand, but not so heavy that they clog your pores. Look for solutions that are particularly effective on your T-zone, as this area is most prone to dryness.
Cooler temperatures always make effective skincare more difficult so make the switch to winter skincare products early. Use your winter-ready products daily to help fight the effects of winter weather and keep your skin healthy.
February 23 is my granddaughter’s birthday. I can’t believe how quickly she is growing up. It was just yesterday when I held her in my arms for the first time. It’s really true, the older you get, the faster time flies! I remember when I was 8 years old thinking how I wanted to be grown so I could be on my own. Ha! If I only knew then what I later found out. Oh, well. I never get my gifts off on time so my grandchildren expect them to be late as usual. I tell my grandchildren I’m on CP time – that’s Cool People (not Colored People or, as my friend Jeannette says, Caucausian People) time.
I thought I would help you out if you are like me and need to get a gift out quickly. I make up jars of creamy shea butter to have as gifts for friends and relatives on birthdays and other holidays. I am too lazy to make my own video of myself or my husband making the cream but I have a cool one that I learned a little something from too. We usually just put the cream in the jar but this video has a cute little twist to that part. Have fun making your gifts. If you are in the Topeka area, you can get all the ingredients you need for the homemade body butters at Fragrance World of Topeka. If you’re not here, you can visit our online store.
Essential oils can be used in your bath four different ways. First, you can just add them neat to your bath water and swish it around. You will have a luscious aroma plus the therapeutic properties of whichever oil you use. The oils can also be used to make homemade bubble baths, bath oils, and bath crystals.
If you like bath crystals, you will love the fact that you can make your own and not pay a lot of money for fancy packaging like you do when you buy them in the stores. To make your own you will need some attractive glass jars. You can save them over the year for next holiday season or for any occasion when gifts are given. If you don’t have any for this season, you can put the crystals in a small gift bag from a party store or simply put them in a plastic sandwich bag.
All you need to make your bath crystals is washing soda crystals, a little food coloring, and the essential oils of your choice. Just crush the washing soda crystals, add a little food coloring (your choice of color) and the essential oil you want for that color. Use a corresponding color for the essential oil you choose like yellow for lemon or red for peppermint. To each 9 ounces of colored crystals add 20 drops of essential oils. Tie a ribbon around the jar or bag and voila, you’ve got your holiday gift.
Women have been using oils to make their skin beautiful for hundreds of years. All the beauties of history used oils; first vegetable oils with flowers and herbs and then essential oils when they became available after the process of distillation was invented. Oils give the skin a sheen that catches the light and makes people stop and stare. You won’t need artificial body gleamers, they pale next to the oils.
There are many essential and carrier oils to choose from to make a good body oil. The essential oils are great for pampering your body and their properties will also do you a world of good both physically and mentally. Make your body oil using 5 drops of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of base vegetable oil. You can purchase a one ounce bottle of oil and scent it with 25 drops of your blend of essential oils or you can use just one oil. For a 2 ounce bottle of oil, use 50 drops of essential oil and so on.
My favorite body oil includes two base oils, sweet almond and evening primrose, plus chamomile, geranium and lavender essential oils. You can make your body oils with one carrier oil and one essential oil or a combination of five essential oils, it’s all up to you. The rest of this week’s blogs will be about different ways to incorporate body oils into products you can give as gifts no matter what the occasion. I hope today’s blog will get you interested in making an oil for yourself before you start making gifts to give away.