Switching to All Natural Deodorant..you may need to detox!

Making the Switch doesn’t have to be a smelly one! I have been making my own deodorant for 2 years now. But when I made the switch I didn’t know there may be a detox period so I thought the deodorant wasn’t working, but it wasn’t the deoderant it was my body getting rid of all the chemicals I had been putting on it!! ūüė≤

So let me me share with you what I have learned. When you are going from store bought deodorant to all natural there is sometimes a detox period that we must go though. So when you have been using deodorant that contains chemicals and begin using an all natural one here are some tips to help the transition! After doing a armpit detox I have noticed that I just don’t smell, in fact many days I don’t even need deodorant although when I am going to be out in the summer heat, out of the house for the day or when I go running I do apply because no one wants to stink like BO!

Read on for how to detox and 2 DIY deodorant recipes!

Detox your pits! through trial and error and lots of research I found a great way to do this from Wellness Mama. (I just love her)

You’ll just need bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar and water.

This is the bentonite clay I use: https://www.amazon.com/Aztec-Secret-Indi…/…/ref=sr_1_7_s_it…

I use braggs apple cider vinegar

Ingredients
1 tablespoon bentonite clay
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1-2 teaspoons of water (to get right consistency)

Instructions
1. Mix all of the ingredients in a glass bowl (do not use metal!) with a wooden or non-metal spoon until about the consistency of sour cream.

2. Spread in an even layer over the armpits and allow to sit for 5-20 minutes. I suggest starting slowly and working up to a longer period of time once you see how your body adjust. If it hurts at all, remove immediately.
(This may cause some redness as it will increase blood-flow to the area, but it will go away quickly.)

3. Wash off in the shower or with a warm, wet washcloth.

4. Repeat daily or as needed until under-arm odor goes away and natural deodorant is non-irritating.

Also, make sure to drink a lot of water any time you stimulate lymph flow (dry brushing, massage, detox, etc) to help flush the body and avoid getting dehydrated.

The deodorant I use:
1 tbs baking soda
2 tbs kaolin clay
3 tbs coconut oil
2 tbs shea butter
1 tbs arrowroot
1 tbs beeswax
1 tbs rosehip (can use sweet almond or grapeseed)
20 drops Purification, 10 drops Lavender & Cypress (or you can use 20 drops purification and 10 lavender)

Directions:
1. combine shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil in double broiler (or use a large glass measuring cup in pan of boiling water)

2. Remove from heat when all is melted.

3. combine baking soda, kaolin clay, and arrowroot to melted shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. Mix well.

4. in a separate bowl mix rosehip and essential oils.

5. combine rosehip/essential oil mix to deoderant base mix. Stir well.

6. pour into containers and allow to cool completely before use.

**If you need additional support while detoxing use one drop of purification to each armpit before applying this deodorant or other natural deodorants.

The deodorant my son likes and is a SUPER easy option for natural deodorant: make a 5ml roller bottle with jojoba or grapeseed oil + 20 drops of Purification

Not into DIY no problem!! Young Living has deodorant as well!!

Here is links to the ingredients I use to make my own.

XO,
Faith

Labels can be Deceiving

When I first started my head first dive into a healthier lifestyle back in 2009 I began with food. Reading labels looking for simple ingredients and if there was an ingredient I wasn’t sure what it was I looked it up. What I found is that if I can’t pronounce it generally it wasn’t good for my body and my health, with the exception of quinoa that one is the only exception! With my new found wisdom I am now in the habit of reading all food labels and that determines if I will buy a product or not. Then I got to thinking just last year what about the cleaners I use, the body wash, shampoo, makeup, lotion, and my face products?The skin is the largest organ of the body after all!! If I am big on taking care of my inside what am I doing to protect the outside?

I started reading ingredients again, this seemed even more complicated than the food because the labels portrayed that I was buying something that was a safe and healthy alternative to all the toxins found in typical products. I knew from research I was looking for products that were paraben free, sulfate free (SLS), free of phthalates, free from dyes, gluten free (for my son who has celiacs), Cocamidopropyl Betaine free, triclosan free, Polysorbate free, Behentrimonium Chloride free, Quaternium-15 free, Retinyl palmitate free, Phenoxyethanol free, and Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) free. Why are these not good for you? Let me briefly explain.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)
A surfactant found in many cleaning products. Also an insecticide. The sodium and ammonium laureate sulfates are known cancer-causing ingredients. Also causes liver damage, skin rashes, depression, diarrhea and eye damage.

Fragrance
Fragrance of any kind isn’t good. It clogs the lymphatic system and induces major organ system toxicity. Also causes endocrine disruption.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine
This foaming agent has been associated with skin and eye irritation and allergic contact dermatitis. Although the government regards it as safe, many people have negative reactions to it.

Triclosan
With a moderate hazard rating, triclosan should be avoided at all costs. It can accumulate in our fat cells and keep our body in a state of toxicity. It causes irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs, and causes endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity.

Polysorbates
Used to dissolve fragrance or other oil additives. Often found in conditioners. It leaves a residue on the skin and scalp, disrupts the skin‚Äôs natural pH and destroys the natural protective barrier of our skin and scalp. Polysorbate-80 is the worst of the bunch ‚Äď but stay clear of all!

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
Often found in conditioners, PEG contains dangerous dioxin levels, often found as a by-product of the ethoxylation process in manufacturing. Dioxins have a direct link to cancer, and also cause organ system toxicity.

Potassium Sorbate
Potassium sorbate is used as a preservative in hair-care products. It causes skin and organ system toxicity.

Phenoxyethanol
Another preservative used in cosmetics and hair care products. Causes organ system toxicity, and is an irritant to the skin, eyes and lungs. The FDA even warned that phenoxyethanol can cause shut down of the central nervous system, vomiting and contact dermatitis.

Retinyl Palmitate
Retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, can speed the development of skin tumours and lesions, making it a possible carcinogen. Causes reproductive toxicity and organ system toxicity.

Dimethicone
Dimethicone is a silicone oil that can make the scalp and skin incredibly dry and irritated. It forms an almost plastic-like barrier on the outside of the skin and traps bacteria, sebum and impurities with it. It is also an eye irritant and is non-biodegradable and horrible for the environment.

Behentrimonium Chloride
Behentrimonium Chloride is a type of ammonium salt used as a preservative and surfactant. It is a toxic compound, with concentrations of 0.1% and higher having been shown to damage the eyes. It is irritating to the skin and causes inflammation.

Quaternium-15
This lovely chemical is another quaternary ammonium salt used as a surfactant and preservative in personal care products. It acts as a formaldehyde releaser and is definitely not safe. Formaldehyde is extremely carcinogenic, and should be avoided at all costs.

PABA
This is an ingredient in many different cosmetics, sunscreen, and other beauty products, stands for para-aminobenzoic acid. Paba is linked to Dermatitis and can lead to a variety of skin abnormalities when applied topically, ranging from discoloration to cancer, Female Infertility, Liver damage, and Vitiligo.

I downloaded the Think Dirty app and to my surprise I found what I had been buying wasn’t better after all. Here is an example of how labels can be misleading and deceptive. I bought this because from the labeling it appeared to be a good alternative, as the label clearly states it contains ZERO sulfates, parabens, dyes, gluten, phthalates, propylene glycol. So what is missing? It contains fragrance, diazolidinyl urea, SLS, and iodopropynyl butycarmate. Which on a 1-10 scale, 10 being the most toxic this rates a 9 in the Think Dirty app. ¬†I highly recommend that you download this app and start scanning products in your house that you use everyday, see what’s exactly in them and why they aren’t good for you.

 

 

Why don’t we want fragrance? because it is a Hormone Disruptor, it clogs the lymphatic system and induces major organ system toxicity.

What about Diazolidinyl Urea? it allows chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin and has been shown to release formaldehyde!! Health impacts of this one is skin irritation, may trigger Eczema, and allergies. Did you know The EU commission limit the use of this chemical at .5% because it is a formaldehyde releasing agent which is considered carcinogen.

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate this is used as a foaming agent and cause cause skin irritation and Japan has restricted it in the use of cosmetics.

As for Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate it is a water base that was originally used in the wood and paint industries and is now common in cosmetics and personal care products, it has health effects of endocrine disruptors. 

A great place to researching some of these ingredients and more is Pub Med.

After learning all this and still continuing to be shocked when I scan things in the store with the Think Dirty app…This is why I fell in love with Young Living, I don’t have to worry about what
I am putting on my skin, my kids skin, or using on my animals. They only use quality ingredients, that won’t cause harm to our bodies. This is a great option and it makes your hair feel amazing! Plus when I order from Young Living on Essential Rewards I get 25% back in rewards points that I am able to use on more products and as as additional bonus I get many freebies each month just for ordering my everyday products such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, dish soap, house cleaner, and more. If you already know about Young Living and are ready to order click here (if not read on)

If you would like to Learn More about Young Living visit their seed to seal website. If you would like to know more about essential oils or toxic free living, email me I would be happy to send you the link to my Essential Oils 101 class or Toxic free living recording. If you are on Facebook and would like to join my private Essential Oils group to learn more friend me on Facebook and send me a private message, let’s connect, I want to help you!

Before I end this post I want to share with you about Young Living just incase your like me and need information before you decide anything. I do encourage you to research and if you need help at any time please email me, I sincerely want to help!!

So here is the bottom line when ordering from Young Living;¬†You can buy the oils retail from my site by clicking here¬†However to buy the oils in the most economical way (this is the way I got started and I am all about being frugal) you can become a ‚Äúwholesale member.‚ÄĚ In return you get the oils at a wholesale discount of 24% off retail, plus access to other offers such as Essential Rewards which is the program I mentioned earlier, and Young Living gives you free products when ordering at different price points every month. When you sign up, I get a commission {I think it is super important to be clear on that!}. If ‚Äď and ONLY if ‚Äď you choose to sign someone else up, will you get a commission, it’s an option you are not required to sign up anyone at any time. For a whole year, I didn‚Äôt actively try to sign anyone up. ¬†(I don‚Äôt recommend waiting that long if you love the oils and want to share) You never have to sign anyone up or share the oils. ¬†You can simply enjoy the wholesale pricing with zero strings attached. For real. I recommend starting with the Premium kit because you get lots of oils in actual jars, and a diffuser. {see more below}

But here is where Young Living differs from others other than their Seed to Seal Promise (which is HUGE): There is NO regular purchase commitment! In other words, you don’t have to maintain a certain order amount, and you are not locked into any specific purchase commitment, you can simply order when you need to. (I must state that in order to keep your wholesale membership you do need to purchase 50 PV ($50) per year but this can be anytime in the year) For me, this was the kicker other than the products themselves and the seed to seal promise. When you don’t NEED something, why in the world should you HAVE to buy it? {Of course, you will probably find, like me, that you have a zillion reasons why you need your oils.} which leads me to better explain Essential Rewards.

Young Living does offer a monthly order program I like to call it my monthly box…you know like bark box or birchbox? It’s called Essential Rewards, but this is totally optional. Yay!! I did this from the start because I wanted all the oils. With ER {Essential Rewards} ¬†I like that I get a percentage back in product credit as I build my collection of oils and replace the oils that we run out of every month because we use them everyday, hello Lavender!! In addition Young Living has what I like to call Specials every month, they call them promotions. There are different price points, 100 only on ER, 190, 250, and 300. With each of those price points you are given FREE products and every month is different products. Check out this month’s specials!!

If you’re interested in joining up to purchase wholesale, click here

Step by step instructions on how to join Young Living Essential Oils:

1. Click here to begin the enrollment process. It’s super easy!

2.¬†Wholesale Member will already be selected. Again, this is the¬†wholesale membership‚Ķwith NO strings attached.¬†It is AMAZING!¬†If you select ‚ÄúRetail Customer‚ÄĚ you will not receive wholesale pricing, you won‚Äôt have access to starter kits and you will pay retail cost which is 24% more than wholesale.¬†Yikes!

3. Make sure my member number {2588702} is in both the Sponsor ID and Enroller ID spots.

4. PLEASE be sure to include your email address. If you don’t, I have no way to invite you to the Dream Team Oilers University Facebook support group and I can’t support you as you begin your journey with essential oils. I love this FB page and am on there a lot learning more and more everyday how people are using and having success with the oils.

5.¬†Choose the kit you want.¬†{I highly recommend the PREMIUM KIT.}¬†It‚Äôs the first kit you see when you are signing up. ¬†Then proceed to checkout. You can skip the Essential Rewards part for now unless you would like to join ER right away. If you would I suggest Thieves Household Cleaner and one of the shampoo’s and conditioners, or some body wash or bar soap.

6. That’s it! Your oils will be on their way to your doorstep! Welcome to Young Living!!!

If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. My email is faithfanniel@cox.net

xoxo,
Faith

Young Living Distributor #2588702

 

GamePlan Review and Resources

If you are a Young Living Distributor you need this book! If you are thinking about turning your love and passion for essential oils into an income you need this book! What book am I talking about?? Gameplan: The complete Strategy Guide to go from Starter Kit to Silver by Sarah Harnisch. I got this book off Amazon the end of February this year and could not put it down once I started reading it!

I was amazed at the amount of information in this book, all the tips, tricks and tools that I wish I had when I first started my oil journey back in February 24, 2015.¬†There is a lot of books, groups, videos, and people out there to help you but nothing like this one. It is a step by step guide that you can use over and over and over again. It’s easy to duplicate, making the simplest way to build your business! The book itself is easy to read and follow along with and there is past recorded videos that the author did that is available on her website to anyone. This book has been a big blessing to me. I love her positivity and I love that she shares her knowledge and experiences. This is a¬†phenomenal tool available to all Young Living distributors, no matter who your enroller or sponsor are! After reading this book I was so excited about what I had learned and I knew everyone would benefit from it!

Another leader and I put together a book study using this book, workbook and videos for our team. We are only half way through it now, but I can say I have seen confidence grow, people not letting their fears stop them from what they want anymore, they are going forth boldly with a heart filled with Hustle and grabbing their dreams by the horns.

In following Sarah’s lead to share with others, I created a few things for my team during this book study and would like to share them with you as well.

When she goes over follow-up in Chapter 10 she gives you step by step instructions and to follow with those I took the wording from her book and created a how to order card and starter kit card to put in my follow-up bags. Each one will print 4 to a 9×11 cardstock paper, then you just use a paper-cutter or scissors and cut them into 4 separate cards to fit in 4×6 bags for simple sharing.

Here is the link to my google drive for those printable files: Printable Files
 

 

You can find the books here:

Gameplan The complete Strategy Guide to go from Starter kit to Silver

Gameplan workbook

Gameplan Bootcamp Videos: http://oilabilityteam.com/gameplan-bootcamp/

If you’re a planner girl like me I also made stickers for my planner and have them available in my etsy shop. You can find them here:¬†GamePlan Stickers
If you would like to learn more about my oil journey please visit me here: http://theoilery.net/team-members/faith-2/
xoxo,
Faith

Natural Skin Care

SkinCare¬†‚̧ԳŹ¬†what is your skincare routine?

Most of us in the past or currently have an arsenal of facial products and have spent an insane amount of money on beauty products trying to keep our skin clear and healthy while fighting the inevitable aging process. One of the most natural and effective ways to cleanse skin is with an oil cleanse. Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principles of chemistry is that ‚Äúlike dissolves like.‚ÄĚ An oil cleanse will remove makeup and balance skin, it covers it all and all you need is a washcloth, and oil base and some essential oils.

 
When I first did this I had a breakout, which is normal; it’s your skin detoxing. I personally do this 3-4 times a week. Over cleansing can cause an imbalance in your¬†skin’s natural oil production, causing skin irritations to your skin. I do this in the shower but you can do it at your sink as well. I have found before bed to be best for me. If your skin still needs a little extra care‚ÄĒmaybe a toner, moisturizer, or serum‚ÄĒcheck out Young Living’s ART¬ģ line here:¬†Art Skin Care
 
If you would like to learn more about the oil cleansing method check out this site: http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/
 
Where to start? Here is a base guide to get you started.

Cleanse Recipe:
 
1. Start with a good cleansing base oil and pour ¬ľ cup into a clean glass bowl. (you may have to play with this to find the perfect fit for you, using one or two of the base oils)
 
CLEANSING BASE OILS
All Skin Types: Olive, Sunflower, Tamanu
Oily Skin: Jojoba, Grapeseed, Sweet Almond
Dry Skin: Avocado, Apricot Kernel, Argan
 
2. Add 1‚Äď3 drops of one or more of the essential oils listed below:
 
ESSENTIAL OILS
All Skin Types: Lavender Oil, Geranium Oil, Frankincense Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Royal Hawaiian‚ĄĘ Sandalwood Oil
Oily Skin: Bergamot Oil, Helichrysum Oil
Dry Skin: Myrrh Oil, Rose Oil
Instructions:
1. Open pores by rinsing your face with warm water.
2. With upward rotations, massage oil mixture all over face for 1‚Äď2 minutes.
3. Leave mixture on face for 1 minute.
4. Saturate a clean washcloth with warm water.
5. Place towel on face and leave for 15‚Äď30 seconds.
6. Slowly and gently wipe off oil.
 
Repeat steps 5‚Äď6 until your face feels clean. Your skin will love an oil cleanse anywhere from twice a day to once a week, depending on how your skin responds.

If you would like to learn more about essentials oils visit me here: Merely Essentials
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

Pink Himalayan Salt DIY’s

I Love Pink Himalayan salt for multiple reasons, but some of my favorite ways to incorporate it into my life is with simple DIY projects to replace a few of our body care products. I wanted to share with you three of my favorite recipes. Bath soak, scrub, and soap but first let’s talk about why I love himalayan salt!

Why Pink Himalayan Salt?

Some of  the benefits of himalayan salt include:

  • Detoxifies the body by balancing systemic pH
  • Improves hydration by providing trace minerals
  • Improves mineral status of the body
  • Reduces muscle cramps by improving minerals and hydration
  • Helps balance blood sugar
  • Supports hormone balance for everyone, no matter what hormonal issues you face
  • Helps balance blood pressure because it provides unrefined, mineral-rich salt in an ionic solution
  • Improves sleep by supporting blood sugar and hormone balance
  • Acts as a powerful antihistamine
  • Supports weight loss by balancing hormones and improving energy
  • Supports thyroid and adrenal function

Pink Himalayan Bath Soak

1 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup pink Himalayan salt (this is the one I use Fine Pink Himalayan Salt)
1 tsp organic unrefined coconut oil
essential oils of choice (optional) 10-12 drops

  1. place himalayan salt in food processor or bullet and grind until powder
  2. add epsom salt and himalayan salt into a bowl and mix well
  3. add coconut oil and essential oils, mix well
  4. store in airtight container

add 1/4 to 1/2 cup to warm bath

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Some Suggested Essential oils

Eucalyptus and Peppermint = sinus clearing

Lavender and Bergamot = Relaxation

Lemon and Rosemary = restful mind

Panaway and Lavender = relaxed muscles

Black Pepper, Marjoram, and Rosemary = sore muscle relief

Lavender and Eucalyptus = unwind

 

Pink Himalayan Scrub 

This one I use as a face scrub twice a week, it is also great as a body scrub. I mix mine in a 4 oz mason jar. You will need:
Pink Himalayan Salt
Organic Unrefined Coconut oil
Essential oils of choice (I use Young Living tea tree and Lavender)

  1. place himalayan salt in food processor or bullet and grind until powder
  2. add coconut oil until you’ve reached a creamy consistency, mix well
  3. add essential oils of choice and mix well.

 

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Pink Himalayan scrub shown here next to lavender honey soap.

 

Pink Himalayan Soap

(this will make 4lbs of soap)
22 oz organic unrefined Coconut oil
6 oz Olive oil
2 oz Apricot oil
2 oz Mango Butter (I get mine here Mango Butter)
4-6 oz Pink Himalayan Salt
12 oz Water
4.6 oz lye (I get mine here Lye)
Essential Oils of Choice
mica (I get mine here nurture soap)

I make this as a Hot Process Soap but you can use this for cold process also. I have added mica to give it a pink color, you can add your favorite color choice. Here is two examples of how I have done it in the past. One I added glitter to the top. (always use skin safe glitter)

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2lbs batch

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4lbs batch

*when making soap make sure that the supplies you are using are only used for soap making* You will need a designated crockpot, mixing bowls, stick blender, spatula, kitchen scale, and molds. **If you have never made Hot or Cold Process soap I highly recommend Youtube, there is a ton of videos available to show you the process, also Soap Queen has some great tutorials as well.

  1. measure your coconut oil, olive oil, apricot oil, and mango butter separately and place them in the crockpot. Turn your crock pot on High and allow them to melt. (I usually measure one at a time using the same bowl and just adding to crock pot after each one is measured)
  2. Measure out your water and lye SEPARATELY (I use a disposable red solo cup for my lye, using a new one each time, I throw away after each use. for water I use a glass bowl that is designated for mixing lye)
  3. While oils and butter is melting I mix my water and lye. This is critical NEVER mix water to Lye ALWAYS mix lye to water. slowly mix in a little of the lye at a time I use my spatula, stirring well but slowly. Your water bowl will become hot. Once mixed allow lye water to sit for 5 – 10 min
    *Safety: wear long sleeves, use gloves, and wear a mask when mixing. The fumes that come from the lye will stop within a minute or so. I use the fan from my overhead microwave above stovetop to aid in pulling the fumes out of the house.
  4. Turn your crockpot to low and slowly add in lye water while mixing with stick blender until a thick trace is achieved. *it will look like pudding*
  5. Put your lid on your crockpot and allow soap to cook for 15 min. After 15 min you will want to check your soap to see it’s progress. Your soap will grow in volume, if it starts to spill out of your crockpot stir like crazy to bring it down. It will start to fold in on itself, if you notice browning around the edges stir soap with your spatula so it will cook evenly. Continually check soap every 15 min to see progress. Once your soap looks like mash potatoes your ready for the next step.
    *To ensure that your soap is ready there is two ways to check it.¬†You can use a pH strip to test the levels. It should be showing below a 10 or you can do a zap test, take a small dab of soap and allow it to cool slightly so you won’t burn your tongue. just dab the soap with your tongue if it zaps you it’s not ready and will need to cook a little longer, if you just taste soap it’s ready.
    NOTE: The amount of time that the soap takes in the Crockpot phase can depend on the size and shape of your Crock Pot. The flatter ones meant for roasts may go a bit quicker because the soap will be spread out thinner on the heated surface. For my standard sized Crockpot, 4lbs takes about 50 min to cook.
  6. Turn crockpot off and Add Himalayan salt and stir well to ensure that it’s fully incorporated into your soap. (you will want to work quickly as soap will start to harden)
  7. Add essential oils of choice (or fragrance) for essential oils depending on the essential oil you are using it may take a whole lot for your soap to retain the essential oils scent. To create a candy cane soap I used spearmint and peppermint, it took 30 drops peppermint and 20 drops spearmint. Be sure to stir in well.
  8. Now time to add mica. when using powder mica I use a shot glass add 1/4 full of olive oil and 1-2 scoops mica, mix well. If you want one solid colored soap you may need to add more. There are many ways to add color. One of the simplest ways is to make a small hole in your soap while it’s still in your crockpot and pour in color, then take your spatula a swirl the color making a fairly random pattern. but you have to work quickly.
  9. Using a large spoon or your spatula, transfer the soap into your mold, tapping the mold down on the counter in between each scoop, so you don’t have air pockets in your soap.
  10. Allow your soap to sit in mold for 24 hours.
  11. After 24 hours you may remove from mold and cut, although I find that in the winter even here in AZ you may need to let it sit for another 48 hours once demolded. to allow for it to completely set.

 

XO
Faith

DIY Winter Wellness

With winter fast approaching I wanted to share with you some of the small easy DIY staples that my family and I use. Hand purifier, rice sock, bath soak, and tea. Not only are these great for home but make a super nice gift basket.

The hand purifier we use daily, it’s simple to make and very convenient to carry in your purse, car, or backpack. ¬†I got my containers, vitamin E, and AloeVera from Amazon, here:¬†On the Go Containers¬†¬†Aloe Vera Gel¬†¬†Vitamin E

For the Rice sock, we love this simple little thing, you can tie it off at the end, sew it closed with machine or hand sew it, whichever is easiest for you. When we need heat for aching muscles we throw it in the microwave in 30 second intervals until warm, if we need it cold; toss it in the freezer for 20-30 min.
(note I have not had the rice burn in the microwave but you could add a tsp water to the sock before microwaving to ensure it doesn’t)
What you will need:
Plain Rice
: you can find this typically at Dollar Store or will be cheapest at local retailer. If you need gluten free this is an option: Gluten Free
Sock: I got mine at the local Dollar store, Any sock will work. I prefer to use adult size. Like these: Fun Socks you can also use one of the fuzzy socks.
Bath soak, I love my hot baths in the winter. This bath soak is one of my favorites for winter. I use a mason jar to store them in, but any airtight container will do. I use Young Living oils.
What you will need:

Epsom salts:Epsom Salts
Baking Soda: baking soda
Essential oils: Essential oils information
Wellness tea, I love this not only in the winter but year round. You can use whatever your favorite tea is. I choose organic unfiltered raw honey. I get ours from a local beekeeper…oh it’s delicious and good for you!

what you need:
Tea Variety pack tea

Honey Raw Honey
Cute coffee mug!
Essential Oils

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XOXO,
Faith

All Natural Aluminum Free pit paste

I have been traditional deodorant free for more than a year now. I have been making my own pit paste, a version of primal paste but at the fraction of the cost. My previous recipe used beeswax and baking soda which worked awesome but I couldn’t use it without a little irritation after shaving.

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I Revised my pit paste, recipe below. I removed the beeswax and baking soda. Some found the baking soda too abrasive. This one is made with Shea butter, coconut oil, arrowroot, kaolin clay, and essential oils.

  • Essential Oils: I used lavender for its skin loving and ¬†a Young Living’s blend called purification for the stink elimination.
  • Shea butter will not only heal pits, make them softer, help to keep paste solid but will also soften hair for less frequent shaving.
  • Coconut oil for its awesomeness for skin & is the base for this.
  • Kaolin clay is gentle and amazing for sensitive skin.

Glides on smooth, no staining, lasts all day, aluminum free all natural protection.
all natural deodorant. non-abrasive.

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Ingredients
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup shea butter
1/2 cup arrowroot
1/2 cup kaolin clay
and essential Oils..I use purification and lavender 12 drops each.

Directions:
1. Melt shea butter in double broiler. (or your can use a mason jar or large measuring glass cup and place in a pan of water)

2. While Shea butter is melting, mix softened coconut oil with powders.¬†(if yours is not soft may need to warm it up a little, but don’t melt it all the way)

3. Once shea butter is melted mix with coconut oil mixture that you have prepared. mix well.

4. Add complete mix to freezer for about 15 min, until edges are solid and center is liquid.

5. Remove from freezer and get out your mixer and add essential oils to mix.

6. Blend all until whipped into a paste. Store in 4 oz glass jar.
Links where I purchased some of my supplies:
Kaolin clay: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001K2HY74/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Shea Butter: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RM35FYE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s02?ie=UTF8&th=1

Arrowroot and coconut oil I purchased at local food store, but you can also find these on amazon.
NOTE: When switching from chemical filled antiperspirants to natural deodorant, you may experience a very sensitive detox period. Some people experience rashes in their armpits and even some pain, though this severe of a reaction is uncommon. If you experience a painful rash due to detoxification, you can use aloe vera gel to help soothe skin during this detox period.

Price Break Down:
Shea Butter 1lb (16oz) @ $8.99  (.56 per oz)
Kaolin Clay 1 Pound @ $9.00 (.56 per oz)
Arrowroot powder 16oz @ $4.49 (.28 per oz)
Coconut Oil 56oz @ $14.98 (.26 per oz)
Lavender EO 15ml @ .9 cents per drop
Purification EO 15ml @  .7 cents per drop

2 oz shea butter = $1.12
2 oz Kaolin clay = $1.12
2 oz arrowroot = $.56
2 oz coconut oil = $.52
12 drops lavender = $1.08
12 drops purification = $.84
TOTAL: $5.24

A little goes a long way, just need a pea size amount. This 4 oz jar will last months for both my husband and I.

Wishing you a great day and thanks for reading!
XOXO
Faith