Homemade Peppermint & Rosemary Shaving Cream

Homemade Peppermin and Rosemary Shaving cream made with essential oils and shea butter

Before kids, when I could take my time in the shower, I remember purchasing the most smell-good ladies shaving cream I could find. It was pink and foamy and smelled so divine. I had one of those purple netted plastic scrunchy-thingy's, (what do you call those things?) hanging in my shower. I really felt like I was pampering myself. Sadly, it didn't take me very long to figure out that my skin would get irritated and bumpy whenever I used it. Then, I tried using my shampoo or bar soap and even just plain water. Again, my skin was left dry and bumpy. Ugh.

Now, look how dirty my shave cream was that I was applying daily to my open pores. This rating is from the THINK DIRTY APP and rates them on levels of toxicity from 0-10. 10 being the highest in toxicity.

Ladies Shave Cream Think Dirty App

Meanwhile, my husband also ditched his shaving cream he had been using for years. He would get tiny bumps on his neck and his face would get red. No wonder, his shave cream was filled with ingredients that were more irritating to his body than helpful. He opted to just using water and shaving while in the shower. Which left him dry and red. 

DIY shaving cream for men sensitive skin think dirty app

Fast forward to 3 years ago when I started using essential oils for ERRYTHING!! I had already been making my own skin cream with shea butter and coconut oil, Frankincense and Lavender and it was HEAVENLY!!

I came across this shaving cream recipe by Food For Family on Pinterest and immediately knew it was doable with similar ingredients to my skin cream recipe.

For Christmas that year, I made the shaving cream for the guys in my family. I have lots of brothers, plus my dad and father-in-law. I designed some cute labels to put on top of the small mason jars. I know guys don't care, but I wanted it to feel special, like pampering for the guys. I got requests for refills. It was so luxurious.   

The oils create a protective layer between the skin and the razor and leave the skin moisturized and not dry like soaps. Reducing razor burns. The best part is, there's no need to wash it off. You can let it stay on your skin. Then, wash your razor in some water and a touch of castille soap.  

Peppermint & Rosemary Shaving Cream

from FoodForFamily.com

1/3 cup shea butter
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup jojoba or sweet almond oil
10 drops Young Living rosemary essential oil
3-5 drops Young Living peppermint essential oil

Directions:

In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the shea butter and coconut oil, stirring until just melted. Remove from the heat and transfer to a heat-safe bowl. Add in the jojoba oil and the essential oils. Stir to mix.

Place the bowl in the refrigerator and chill until solid. Remove from the refrigerator and whip using a hand beater or a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Spoon into a jar. Lid and keep in a cool, dry place.


Makes 8 ounces.

Head over to my Etsy store to get these Shaving Cream printable labels 

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The Easiest Way To Get Healthy Hair - Plus Dry Shampoo Recipe

How to get Healthy All Natural Hair with essential oils

Ok moms, we all know that we don’t often get the time to care for our hair. We aren’t even guaranteed a shower most days! How many of us live in a ponytail? Um, Me. And dry shampoo has become an answer to prayer. (Recipe for natural dry shampoo at the bottom). But, how could I get healthy hair that I didn't mind leaving down and didn't cost me an arm and a leg? This one switch that I made took me a lot of research to get to, but the results were crazy awesome.

For hair care, I thought I was using the best hair care products I could. The bottle said natural and safe, full of botanicals and oils from Trader Joes and only $3. WOW! Sounds great for hair, right? I thought so, and I was using it on my kids as well. I mean, it was better than anything else I had used in my 30-something (cough) years of life before. It must be great for my hair! Right?

Natural Healthy Hair: Scan Your Shampoos

To my dismay, my heart was broken when I decided to scan my shampoo with the "Think Dirty" App and discovered the shampoo I had been using was a 9 our of 10 in toxicity! NOOOOO!!!!!!! Say it ain't so, Trader Joe's! Don't worry, I still love you Trader Joe's but I don't buy your shampoo anymore. 

Think Dirty app Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Shampoo

Now, I was on a mission to scan all the shampoo's in Target, Trader Joe's, and Sprouts to find a shampoo that was in the 0-2 range in toxicity. You know what I found?? NOTHING!! Even the brands that claimed to be natural were super high on the scale. 

Think Dirty App Cantu Shea Butter Shampoo
Herbal Essence Think Dirty App shampoo

The lowest brand I found was the Alba Shampoo Colorific and their coconut conditioner were a 3! MUCH BETTER but it left my hair EXTREMELY oily. I didn't like how it stayed in my hair.

Think Dirty App Alba shampoo

Natural Healthy Hair: Check 3rd Party Testing

I started using Young Living's shampoo because I love their essential oils (Why I love Young Living) and I wanted lavender to give me some volume to my thin, lifeless hair. Plus, I know they are completely transparent with all their ingredients in their products, even when they are not required to. There are no hidden items under industry terms like "perfume" or "Natural scent." Even better, they have their products tested by reputable 3rd party companies to uphold their integrity. Which is not required of them, and not many companies do that. Definitely look for 3rd party testing on any product you are ingesting and putting on your skin. 

Natural Healthy Hair:Supplemental Hair, Skin & Nail Support

Something as important as what we put on our hair is what we put in our bodies. Eating healthy foods, healthy fats and getting lots of clean water is important. One product that has received rave reviews for hair is Young Living's Sulfurzyme. Sulfurzyme is supplemental support for Hair, Skin and Nails, look for naturally occurring sulfur. It combines wolfberry with MSM, a naturally occurring organic form of dietary sulfur needed by our bodies every day to maintain the structure of proteins, protect cells and cell membranes, replenish the connections between cells, and preserve the molecular framework of connective tissue."

Natural Healthy Hair: Do You Love The Results?

Healthy, Natural, Hair DIY Homemade

Right away, I noticed my hair was shinier and healthier than I'd ever seen it before. It was like it was being fed nutrients instead of being coated in harmful chemicals. My hair was bouncy and it held curls better than ever. I couldn't believe my eyes. My hair had never been this healthy in my entire life. 

Not only was I happy with the ingredients that I was putting on my hair and soaking into my skin, but I felt safe knowing it was good for my kids as well. 

If you're interested in getting some Young Living hair products, make sure and get a wholesale account so you can get them at 24% off! One bottle of shampoo is highly concentrated. I will sometimes split it into two different bottles and fill the rest with water, to stretch it farther and it's still works great. Because there are pure essential oils in the shampoos, they can be oily if you already have oily hair. You can dilute half the bottle with water, or use small quantities and rinse really well.

Young Living Shampoos come in Copaiba Vanilla, Lavender Mint, Lavender Volume, KidScents and Animal Scents. 

Dry Shampoo Recipe:

Light Hair:

Dark Hair:

  • 3 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 drops each: Lavender, Peppermint, & Rosemary essential oils

Directions:

Mix ingredients together and store in spice shaker. Sprinkle on head instead of washing. Fluff hair with hands.

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Muscle Rub Recipe You Need

Muscle rub recipe you need made with essential oils

Sore after a new workout routine? Or that kink in your neck after a night in bed with a kid that sleeps all crazy? You know what I am talking about!! Ahem!?! Foot here, a foot there, all night long!! What about that terrible position your head is in when you look at your phone forever? You're so caught up in something you forgot to move your head for an hour... or two. Ooops. 

Before using essential oils, I used the muscle relaxing products from the drug store, like the one in the image below.  I had no idea that the ingredients in these products were made with synthetic ingredients, and were potentially toxic. Yikes.

One of my favorite apps to tell if a product is healthy or toxic is the Think Dirty App. You can scan your products and see how they rate. If it's between a 0-2 on the dirty meter, that is good. Anything higher and you start to wonder if the risks outweigh the benefit. Below is a brand I would have bought before. It is at a level 8 on the dirty meter. What?! That is nasty high! Big red flag NOT to buy it.  

 
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There are so many essential oils that are great for muscles, it can be overwhelming. I always recommend these 3 oils for newbies.  If you get your oils from the grocery store, beware that you probably won't see the power that you would with a highly potent brand. Not all essential oils are created equal. As someone with scoliosis, I use Young Living oils (see why I recommend them), and have seen amazing support for my muscles.

  • PanAway (a blend of oils that support bones, muscles and joints)
  • Peppermint (soothing and cooling)
  • Copaiba (Supports muscles and bones)
Muscle rub recipe you need made with essential oils

You can use these oils separately for muscles and joints with awesome support. Or you can take it to new heights by making this homemade DIY muscle rub. This recipe is my absolute fave for massaging over those worn out or tight muscles after a long day or after a rough night. Made with all natural ingredients, products you can actually pronounce like Young Living essential oils and coconut oil. That's it!

You will seriously be telling everyone on the block about this recipe, it is THAT GOOD.

Muscle Rub Recipe You Need:

  • 10 drops PanAway
  • 10 drops Valor (optional but a crowd favorite)
  • 10 drops Peppermint
  • 10 drops Copaiba
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • Small glass jar
     

Directions:

  1. Melt organic, unrefined coconut oil in pot
  2. Let cool before adding in oils
  3. Add in Young Living essential oils and mix
  4. Pour into a small mason jar and let cool back into a cream

 

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Want the recipe printed directly on the jar so you always remember how to make it? No more searching for recipes on Pinterest or looking through recipe books. Download these printable and editable labels that fit on a 2" circle label or print on cad stock.  The best part is the recipe is completely editable by you to fill in whatever ingredients you want. You could even add your contact info.

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Mother's Day Bath & Body Gift Ideas!

Mother's Day Bath and Body DIY Gift Ideas with essential oils

Mother's Day can be a bit stressful trying to find the perfect gift that shows mom she is extra special. I love making a little pampering basket for my mom's that gives them something they can't buy at a store and shows that I put the time into making something special for them. These diy's are very easy if you have all the ingredients. Most of these have essential oils in them, although not a requirement, they do add that extra special touch.

I highly recommend getting high quality essential oils whenever possible. Just like our food system, it's important to know how your oils are grown and distilled or you could be adding more harmful ingredients to your body. You can see why I choose the Young Living oils here. 

1. Bath Soak in a Jar:

Epsom Bath soak recipe with essential oils

One of the easiest gifts I like to give is a Bath Soak in a Jar. It contains only a few ingredients, Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate) baking soda (neutralize the bath water) and therapeutic grade essential oils for the ultimate in pampering. You can create so many different scents with oils, it's a great way to get creative and have fun. 

Check out my Bath Soak recipes blog post for variations on this gift, plus editable and printable labels for a super cute presentation. 

2. Peppermint Sugar Scrub:

If you've never tried sugar scrubs on your lips, you are missing out. Yes, you can use sugar scrubs for your entire body, great for hands and feet. But, my favorite is for the lips. Forget the toxin-filled lip balms from the grocery store, I'm telling you, this will change your life. With just 3 ingredients, Sugar, Coconut Oil and Essential Oils, your lips and skin will be in heaven. 

Get the editable and printable Sugar Scrub labels here.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in glass jar. Seal tightly with lid.

3. Body Butter:

This body butter is the ULTIMATE of luxury. It's almost crazy to think how easy it is to make but it's so full of good ingredients. 

Get a FREE download of Body Butter editable and printable labels here.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Organic Shea Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Almond Oil
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Frankincense

Directions:

1. Melt Shea butter and Coconut Oil together in pan.
2. Allow shea butter and coconut oil to cool
3. Stir in almond oil and essential oils.
4. Use a hand mixer to fluff the ingredients into a whipped butter
5. Apply to dry, cracked and aging skin.

4. Muscle Cream

This muscle cream recipe is amazing for all things muscles. Use it to massage tired shoulders and neck. Rub over overworked wrists. Apply to calves and knees for muscle support.

Get a Muscle Cream editable and printable sheet of labels here.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops Valor
  • 10 drops PanAway
  • 10 drops Peppermint
  • 10 drops Copaiba

Directions:

Melt coconut oil in pan. Let cool before adding essential oils. Add your essential oils and mix through. Store in a jar with lid.

5. All Natural Makeup

All Natural makeup line

Want to skip making homemade items? Hey, I am with you 100%. We don't always have the time to make a cute gift, right? Young Living has created the most adorable kit with all the basics to a beautiful face with the Savvy Minerals Makeup line.

This mineral based makeup blends in with your skin fantastically, no matter what color you pick. The mineral spray is essential to get a look that last all day long. The brushes are made in Italy with the highest fiber count I've ever seen (no wasting makeup that falls through the brush). The best part is it's made with the highest, purest and safest ingredients for your body.

Get a Young Living wholesale membership for yourself (24% off all of Young Living's over 500 healthy products) and gift the makeup kit to your mom. This kit is absolutely gorgeous! 

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