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

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

Skin Loving DIY

I made  some awesome skin Loving goodies this week as gifts!! I love these two and l wanted to share with you just why I Love them and recipes so you can make some too.

Cinnamon Orange Body Scrub smells amazing but also is made with ingredients that has many benefits for your skin!

cinnamon Orange Scrub

*Coconut oil is AMAZING all around but also very beneficial for your skin. Moisturizing, anti-aging, contains vitamin E, and when used in a body scrub aids in removing dead skin cells to reveal smoother skin.

*Cinnamon is great for skin!! Cinnamon has many benefits but some are to help to sooth and soften dry skin, also improves skin tone, reduce signs of aging, and aid in cleansing.

*Orange is great for moisturizing your skin, aiding in signs of aging, and refreshing for your skin!

Cinnamon Orange Body Scrub
1 cup organic sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp coconut oil
9 drops Orange EO
1 tsp organic ground cinnamon
zest of 1 large Orange

In a small bowl mix up sugar and coconut oil, add zest of orange stir well and then add orange oil and stir well. then spoon into container and label. (these will keep for about 2 months) will make about 10 oz
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Joyful Rose Sea Salt Bath Soak has a very relaxing scent, is skin nourishing and detoxifying.

Joyful Rose soak

*Himalayan salt is great for detoxification.

*Dried Rose petals are relaxing, moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory.

*Epsom salt is a natural exfoliant and anti-inflammation that is great for dry skin and sore muscles.

*Baking Soda helps to detoxify and soften skin.

*Joy Essential Oil is uplifting and smells wonderful. Joy contains Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine. Jasmine, Roman chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose essential oils. Which is why this oil is one of my very favorites!

Joyful Rose sea salt bath soak
1/4 cup Himalayan salt
2 tbsp dried rose petal or buds
1/2 cup epsom salt
1/4 cup baking soda
5 drops Joy essential oil

You will want to use a food processor (I use my NutriBullet) to grind Himalayan salt until it’s finely ground. In small bowl combine himalayan salt, epsom salt and stir well. Then add baking soda and mix well. Next add your rose petals, these you will want to light crush and mix in well. Next add EO and mix well. Then spoon into container and label. will make about 10 oz

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XOXO
Faith

DIY Coffee Scrub

Did you know that coffee scrubs are great for helping to reduce cellulite? They are refreshing, pampering and beneficial. After  K&K posted today about their top tips for reducing cellulite I thought I would share some of my favorite scrub recipe. Coffee Scrubs not only help to reduce cellulite but they smooth and and firm skin.

See Tone it Up 7 tips here :: https://www.toneitup.com/lifestyle/how-to-get-rid-of-cellulite/?utm_campaign=How+To+Get+RID+of+Cellulite%21+%28pvmLUs%29&utm_medium=email&_ke=bGlsbWFtYTIzQGNveC5uZXQ%3D&utm_source=Full+Mailing+List Number 4 is coffee scrub!

First I use essential oils in my scrubs and I only use the best because I am very careful about what I am putting into my body and on my skin…since your skin is your largest organ. Your skin absorbs 60% – 80% of what it comes in contact with. I prefer not to rub chemicals all over me, I eat healthy, workout daily..why would I sabotage myself with chemicals on my skin? I wouldn’t. To see the essential oils I use click here ::  http://theoilery.net/team-members/faith-2/

So what oils do I add to my scrubs? here are a few suggestions, I like to switch them up!

  • Grapefruit :: it  detoxifies and helps to remove cellulite. I also eat grapefruit on a weekly basis, it has vitamin c and aids in weight loss.
  • Cypress :: it improves blood circulation, prevents fluid retention, and detoxifies.
  • Germanium ::  not only does this one help with reducing cellulite but it’s also skin toning. I also use this on my face.
  • Rosemary :: because I love the smell for one but it’s great for blood circulation.
  • Cinnamon :: increases circulation and re-enforces connective tissue. I also eat a lot of cinnamon, love it sprinkled on my apples and trail mix.
  • Citrus Fresh ::  this is one of my favorites because it’s great for blood circulation, water retention, tightens skin, and strengthens blood vessels.
  • Lemongrass :: is an awesome oil but it has an amazing way of reducing cellulite.

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Ingredients
  • 1 Cup ground organic coffee
  • 1 Cup organic sugar or salt
  • ½ Cup organic coconut oil
  • ½ Tablespoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 6-8 drops essential oil
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil and allow it to cool but not solidify.
  2. Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container or mason jar.
  3. Use 1-2 times a week (or every day if you like).

HOW TO USE

Using a palm full of the scrub, start towards the end of your body (towards your feet) and work your way up exfoliating in a circular motion until you’ve reached your neck. You can use this on your face if you’d like, it just depends on your skin’s sensitivity to exfoliants. (If you have a caffeine sensitivity you may want to use these only in the morning so it doesn’t prevent you from getting to bed on time) Let set for 15 to 30 minutes and then rinse.  Store in an airtight bag or mason jar if you have any leftover.

Note :: be prepared to get really messy in the shower before you get clean, the coffee grounds will go everywhere! But that’s the fun of it, right?

Additional Option :: You can also make individual scrubs. simply add the mix to muffin tin, freeze for about 25-35 minutes, pop them out and then store in airtight container in the freezer until you’re ready to use one. Grab one and head to the shower.

XOXO
Faith