Nontoxic Homemade Beard Balm Recipe

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The beard has come back in style for men everywhere. When I was a kid you didn’t see them as much. Now, you can’t go a day without seeing a manly beard complete with stylish glasses and beanie. My husband jumped on the beard bandwagon and grew a fabulous beard. It was gorgeous but, the longer it got, the hair got drier and coarser. As well as the skin underneath, dry and coarse. That is no bueno for the wifey who wants to get close to her man. 

I priced out some store-bought beard balms and they were upwards of $40,  which is crazy! Hence, why I decided to make my own. Plus, no toxins in a homemade version which means my hubby can maintain his manliness without getting toxin overload. 

This homemade manly beard balm is made with simple ingredients and I believe the simpler, the better. The less chemicals the oils have to compete with, the better. Men don’t need to worry about a dry Brillo pad beard (you know, those round scrub brushes made of stainless steel). They can have a soft and supple beard you can run your fingers through. Um.......Yes, please. 

Manly Beard Balm Recipe:


1/4 cup Grapeseed oil
1/2 cup raw shea butter
5 Tbsp soy wax
4 Tbsp Bourbon (optional, only if you like the smell)
10-15 drops of Cedawood (see which brand I use)

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients except Bourbon and Cedarwood essential oil.

Nontoxic, homemade beard balm that every man needs. Perfect for sensitive skin

2. Add to a double boiler, melt all ingredients.

Nontoxic, homemade beard balm for your manly man.

3. Once totally melted take off heat and Cedarwood essential oil. If you like the smell of Bourbon, add that in as well. Customize the smell to your liking by adding more or less of each.

Nontoxic homemade beard balm for sensitive skin and made with essential oils

4. Then pour into your tin or jar or fancy-dancy holder and let set.

Nontoxic homemade beard balm made with essential oils,

This beard balm is perfect for gifts. Father’s Day, Christmas, birthdays or any day of the year. I can't wait to hear how you like it. Let me know in the comments below. 


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Author Bio:
Hi I’m Lindy, I live a very simple life and I love every minute of it. I am vegan & gluten free and love making my own foods and products. I want to share what I have found and show you how you can live a vegan & toxic free lifestyle while not breaking your budget. You can find me over at slapbrokevegan.com


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Top 2 Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes Every Mom Needs

Homemade sugar scrub recipe with lavender essential oils

Years ago, I was gifted a sugar scrub for Christmas and, this is a little embarrassing but, I had no idea what to do with it. Am I the only one who was totally clueless to these things? I'd never used one before and the thought of rubbing a sugar scrub on my skin in the shower did not sound enjoyable. So the jar of homemade sugar scrub sat in my bathroom for months, unused. So sad.

When I got into essential oils, I read about a sugar scrub recipe that was made with coffee grinds and grapefruit essential oil that was good for smoothing skin on cellulite areas. Um, yes please!!! I can definitely try that. 

I put together the ingredients and slathered it all over myself in the shower. Naturally, it made a huge coffee mess, ha ha. It was pretty comical. "Don't mind me, just taking a shower with coffee all over me." Seems a little contradictory, doesn't it? It was quite the shower adventure. 

The results were super soft baby skin, like butter. It does a great job of smoothing the skin and lessening the appearance of cellulite. I'll take it.

HOMEMADE COFFEE GRAPEFRUIT SCRUB


Ingredients:


• 1/4 cup EVOO 
• 1/2 cup coffee grounds (I've read reviews from using both used and unused coffee grounds, see what works best for you)
• 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
• 10 drops Grapefruit Essential oil (don't use the cheap stuff from the store, get high quality - see where I get my oils)
• 10 drops Citrus Fresh Essential Oil (a Blend of citrus oils from Young Living)

Directions:


1. Mix all together and place in a small glass jar with a lid. 
2. In a warm shower, after your pores are nice and open, rub scrub on desired area and let sit. The longer it sits the better up to 15 min. 
3. Rinse off in shower.
4. Use daily for 1-2 weeks

Homemade Sugar scrub recipe with lavender essential oils
Homemade sugar scrub recipe with lavender essential oil

HOMEMADE LAVENDER LIP SCRUB


Now that I was a pro at making sugar scrubs, I decided to make sugar scrubs for Christmas presents for my friends. I picked out a SUPER easy Lavender Lip Scrub. There's literally only 3 ingredients, coconut oil, organic cane sugar and Lavender Vitality (safe for internal use). 

So as a good friend, I should probably try out the scrub before I give it out, right? So, I rub a little of the Lavender Lip Scrub on my lips and OHHHHHHH MYYYYYY GOOOODNESSSSSS! Where has this lip scrub been all my life? It's edible, totally non toxic, and tasted delicious. The best part was my lips felt like butter. So smooth and soft. I couldn't stop rubbing my lips together. It tasted so good I wanted to keep tasting it all day. See recipe below

This scrubs as it exfoliates and it also moisturizes, as we get older we need all the moisture we can get too help us look as young as we can. When I use my homemade sugar scrub it makes my face feel so soft, made with all natural ingredients is a way to give myself a mini spa day. I deserve a mini spa day actually I deserve a big, huge spa day but I’ll take what I can get. Us mamas always take what we can get.

LAVENDER LIP SCRUB


Ingredients:
2 cups Organic Cane Sugar
1 cup liquid carrier oil (olive, grapeseed, jojoba, coconut)
10 drops Lavender Vitality Essential Oil (Safe for internal use)

Directions
1. Mix cane sugar and carrier oil together to resemble wet sand.
2. Add essential oils and mix thoroughly
3. Pack into jars and seal tightly
4. Decorate and share

Variations:


Use 10 drops Peppermint Vitality essential oils for a minty fresh feeling on the lips.

BENEFITS
Exfoliating your skin with a homemade sugar scrub with high quality essential oils is a great way to care for your skin. The sugar scrubs away all the impurities on your skin. It helps open up your pores to clean and minimize or get rid of acne and blackheads. 

FOR THE FACE

I do not recommend sugar scrubs for your face, just because, it can be too harsh. For a gentle exfoliator for the face I would definitely recommend getting the Mint Satin Facial Scrub from Young Living. It uses all natural ingredients like sunflower seed oil, mango butter, raspberry extract and peppermint essential oil. It wakes your face up and leaves it feeling so smooth and clean. I love this exfoliator.  (You can purchase it at retail or get 24% off wholesale pricing when you get a Starter Kit)

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Sugar scrubs are so easy to make and super affordable for any occasion. Christmas, teacher gifts, make and take parties, new mom and definitely birthdays. I even got you covered with a cute editable and printable label over in my Etsy store. You can add your own ingredients and print onto 2" circle sticker paper or use a 2" circle punch to cut out. 

What are your favorite sugar scrub recipes?

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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? These few switches 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?

1. Natural Healthy Hair: Stop Washing Your Hair & Skin with Toxins

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?? VERY FEW!! Even the brands that claimed to be natural were super high on the toxicity scale. 

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

The lowest brand I found was at the health food store Sprouts, was Alba Colorific and Honest Shampoo! You'd think all of their shampoos would be low on the toxicity scale at the health food store. Sadly, not according to the Think Dirty App. 

Think Dirty App Alba shampoo

2. Natural Healthy Hair: Ditch the Household Toxins

About 3 years ago, I decided to try out a wellness subscription box from Young Living. Obviously, 3 years and I'm still loving it. It's so nice because I can get all my household products delivered each month and I don't need to worry about hidden toxic ingredients. 

Young Living is committed to all natural ingredients of the highest quality. They show it with their open door policy on all their farms, anyone can visit and see the entire process (no oil brokers-Farm to Family).  Plus, they disclose every ingredient even when they are not required to. There are no secret ingredients disguised 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 putting on or in your body. 

I can finally keep my cleaners under the sink because they are all natural. I get things like All-purpose cleaner (Thieves Cleaner is the best cleaner on the planet if you have not heard of it, you're seriously in for a treat), toothpaste, hand soap, makeup, skincare, diffusers, essential oils, and about 500 other healthy products to choose from. 

Plus, these are not just your regular grocery store essential oils. Young Living is the founding company of the essential oil craze of today. They have over 25 years experience growing, distilling and testing their essential oils for the highest potency.  (Why I love Young Living). 

 

3. Natural Healthy Hair: Hair Supporting Nutrients

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."

4. Natural Healthy Hair: Is it Bringing You Results?

Healthy, Natural, Hair DIY Homemade

Ditching the toxic shampoos, feeding my body good nutrients, plus getting rid of the toxic cleaners and air fresheners that I was surrounding myself in each day, gave me amazing results. My hair dresser, who is one of those blatantly honest hair dressers, finally told me that I had such healthy hair. WHAT??? I HAVE NEVER heard a hair dresser tell me that before. It's usually "dry, damaged and split."

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. 

What do you do to keep your hair healthy and strong?

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

 

Homemade DIY prodocuts made with essential oils

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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