Posts Tagged Essential oil

Do It Yourself – Face Moisturizer

I live in an area that has horribly hard water. I thought I had hard water from where I was from…. oh heck no where I am now is by far worse.

I used to only use coconut oil on my face after a shower or face wash. Now I need even more moisture, and this is what I now do and keep at my sink.

(PS Largely influenced by One Good Thing by Jillee.)

What do you need:
-6 tablespoons coconut oil
-2 tablespoons olive oil
– 4 capsules of Vitamin E Supplement Oil (Or Straight Vit E Oil)
– (Optional) 3 drops of lavender essential oil & 3 drops of lemon oil
What to do: Poke holes in your Vitamin E Capsules and squeeze out the oil into a bowl. Take all remaining ingredients and mix them together in a bowl. Once everything is mixed well put everything in an air tight container and put into the freezer for approx 10 minutes. (This is so the coconut oil can solidify again.) 
After a shower apply about a dime size (more or less) amount to your finger tip and rub between your fingers, then message into your face in circular motions. Don’t forget under your eyes and your neck!  Let the mixture soak into your skin. If you absolutely must, only blot with a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt.

FYI: Coconut oil’s liquify point is 76 degrees, so after a hot steamy shower could begin to melt your moisturizer. Don’t worry if doesn’t so anything to the chemical make up to it, just changes to a liquified state. The oils do not separate.

FYI: A 3:1 ratio is the best when you use coconut oil to olive oil


Q: Susan, will these oils cause me to have break outs? A: Here is the thing, OIL isn’t the culprit to out breaks per say. Dirt, Bacteria, and Unhealthy oils are your culprits. 

S: This made my face way too oily I can’t use it. A: Wait! Give it a chance. What happens is we use very harsh sulfates on our skin and face and most of the time we’re using moisturizers that actually cause more drying or have silicone filers in them. Your face then works extra hard to try and replenish it’s natural oils. It takes a transitioning time to become accustomed your face and skin not having to constantly over compensate. 

S: I have waited and waited for this transitioning time to end and I still feel like a grease bucket! A: Don’t fret! We’re all made differently, and some people have naturally much oilier skin. Here are some alternative oil suggestions to replace the olive oil with. 

Almond Oil – Medium oil, absorbs semi-quickly.
Grapeseed Oil – Very light Great for skin that breaks out easily or clogs easily. This is a good start Oil.
Jojoba Oil – Light and silky oil, absorbs very well.
Safflower Oil – Light oil with healing properties. This is best for scars and acne healing. It has the highest levels of nutrients than other carrier oils.

So you see? We can work with this mix pretty well! Experiment.

Did You Know? 

Vitamin E Oil helps decrease the visual of scars and helps decrease wrinkles. 
Coconut oil contains Lauric Acid which has properties of being antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and offer free-radical-fighting antioxidants.
Vit E, Coconut Oil, and Olive Oil act as a super punch for healing wounds! Oh and let us not forget Honey on that one too!

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Do It Yourself – Skin Exfoliating, Shaving, and Brightening Solution

This is one of my favorite finds. It’s another goody brought to you by One Good Thing by Jillee. (slightly altered)

Men, you can use this mixture too! Don’t knock it before you try it!

Firstly, I’ll start with my mistake. When I applied this mixture I did not let my skin soak in the water and become saturated first. I found that the mix was too harsh then! Thus this being the reason why it was in the instructions for using this scrub!

What you need: (NON sensitive skin)
-1 & 1/4 cup of sugar 
-1/2 cup of Olive Oil
-1/4 cup liquid coconut oil
-3 tbs of lemon or lime juice OR 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil
-Optional – Your preferred scented oil. I used Acacia for my last batch
What you need:  (FOR sensitive skin)
-1 & 1/4 cup of BROWN sugar 
-1/2 cup of Olive Oil
-1/4 cup liquid coconut oil
-3 tbs of lemon or lime juice OR 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil
-Optional – Your preferred scented oil. I used Acacia for my last batch
What to do: Melt your coconut oil in the microwave for 10 seconds or until melted. Gather all your ingredients and add them into a bowl mixing them all together. One mixed thoroughly place the mix into an air tight container and head off to the bathroom! 
****Soak your skin in the shower or bathtub for at least 5 minutes****
****Caution, you bathtub will become slippery from the oils****
****Sugar on the outside of your skin will not cause outbreaks in acne****
Scoop out a small amount of mix into your hand and begin to work over your skin in circular motions. The sugar will begin to break down from the water. Rinse at your leisure with cool water. (Why cool water? It closes up your pores. Always rinse you conditioner and your face with cool water.)

I do use this to shave with. I just rub it into my legs and go. I find that it is not only VERY moisturizing, but I last longer in between shavings! I went from once every week to once every two weeks. I believe it also lightened the hair on my legs.

My legs turned out very smoothe, moisturized, and no red bumps. Ill never use shaving cream again.

I have used this mixture on my face. I highly recommend using the brown sugar sensitive skin version as it is not as harsh. I just rub and rinse. I often do not even need to add moisturizer to my face after my shower. I blot lightly with an old cotton t-shirt (that is mostly used for hair) and go on my merry way.

Let me know how this works for you!

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Do It Yourself – Vicks Vapor Rub

Why bother paying for some Vicks Vapor Rub when you have all the materials right in your very home? When the little guy gets a stuffy nose mom is to the rescue!

First thing is first a nice soothing warm bath with toys and bubbles! I don’t care how sick my son gets he loves a bath and a nice bath with some Eucalyptus Essential Oil and Lavender Oil it is the perfect relief for that congested chest and stuffy nose. 

(For Adults) I came across this gem from My Crazy Blessed Life for vapor shower discs. One Good Thing By Jillee also has a formula for this!  Oh it’s genius! You could use this to make a relaxing aroma infused shower. A nice hot lavender shower after a long day….. I’m drooling as I type this!  (PS I can’t take a bath in my bath! Their like half size tubs, oh how I miss a nice big garden tub)

Anyways, back on track (you’re getting a two for one deal here) Easy Peasy Vapor Rub. I did explore a few blogs on the topic, and this time it came down to materials I had on hand.

Here are a couple to look at.

Wellness Mama

Mommy Potamus

Wholistic Living with Melissa

One Good Thing By Jillee

As much as I really love the idea of adding cocoa butter and bees wax I don’t have those materials so I went with good ol’ faithful straight up coconut oil. 
What you need?
-1/4 cup coconut oil
-10 drops Eucalyptus Oil
-10 drops Rosemary Oil
-10 drops Lavender Oil
What to do? It’s simple. Melt, mix, cool and store in a dry cool place. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees. After you have a solid form just take some into your hands and rub the chest, under nose, and feet. 

Being sick is no fun and companies take too much out of our pockets by playing to our ignorance. We don’t need to spend our hard earned money on dozens of medicinal items when for thousands upon thousands of years natural remedies have been used just fine and just as if not more effective. I’m not saying everything needs to be hand or homemade, but let us be practical, and in my mind items that I use everyday that have multi purpose use out of them is by far more practical than the one shot, one use item. Think About It.

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Do It Yourself – Make Up Remover Wipes

I hate spending money on a bunch of beauty products. Why spend a bunch of money on anti-aging stuff or removers that have harsh drying agents and silicones in them? NOPE not for me, I find quality ingredients in my kitchen.

We hear all the time how good olive oil is for our skin and hair. Coconut oil is not a new kid on the block either. Best of all, most people are not allergic to oils in general. If you can’t tolerate Olive oil you can try almond oil or grapeseed oil.

For those times I do wear makeup I often start taking it off before my shower. These wipes are perfect for getting those eyes clean of make up w/o hard scrubbing those very sensitive eyes and the sensitive skin around the eyes.

My version is modified and originally sparked by One Good Thing By Jillee (I just adore her) Anyways, it’s a combo between her wipes and olive oil coconut oil mash up.

Make-Up Remover Wipes 

(Similar to the refresher wipes)
What do you need? 
-1 container to hold a 1/2 ream of paper towels
-1 half ream of bounty paper towels
– 3 cups warm distilled water
-2 tablespoons coconut oil
-1 tablespoons olive oil
-3-5 drops lavender oil or lemon oil
What to do?   Mix all of your ingredients together and with the paper towels in the container add the ingredients. Cover and let sit for about 3 minutes and then flip to let the other side soak up. 
Some people do add no-tear baby wash, I don’t think it’s needed, but it doesn’t hurt either. 

Ready to use immediately!! This will not sting your eyes, and your make up should slid right off.

I do this right before my shower and then I wash my face in the shower with my exfoliating mix.

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Do it yourself – Wipes (*Multiple Kinds Including Sanitizer & Make-up*)

Do it yourself wipes! I love these things and I’m not spending a small fortune anymore on baby wipes. The simplicity to create this is fantastic AND versatility. You can make sanitizer wipes to make up wipes out of these recipes and baby wipes. I’m going to list them all right here!

They ALL need the basic ingredients number one being a storage container and number two bounty single roll paper towels.

The following list is from websites and blogs with recipes I have tried and I will also add my personal favorite recipe.

DIY – Baby & Personal Refresher Wipes

The Living Well Network

The Sensible Mom Blog

Saving Addiction

One Good Thing By Jillee

The winner? The Sensible Mom Blog (with tweaks)

What you need: 

– 1 container suitable to store 1/2 or a whole roll of paper towel (I use a Sterlite plastic box that’s often used for shoes. It fits two halves squished.)
– 1 single roll of Bounty paper towels
– 2 & 1/2 – 3 cups of warm water
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
-2 tablespoons of baby body wash
– Optional: Some essential or scented oils to your preference.

What to do: It’s pretty basic. First use a very sharp knife and cut your roll of paper towels in half. In a bowl add 2 cups of warm water, oil, body wash, and essential oil. Mix it up and pour it into your container then add your paper towels. Let it sit and absorb for about 5 minutes, then flip the towels over to the next side adding you 1/2 to 1 cup of extra water as needed to the bottom. At this point you can take out the center roll. It works much easier while wet. Begin the unravel from the center and store.


Q: This mixture has a yellow tint to the towels is that supposed to be there? A: Yes; you used olive oil it happens.

Q: Do I have to use olive oil? A: No; you can substitute for mineral oil, Bert’s Bees body oil, almond oil, etc. Coconut oil I personally found it a little slicker and didn’t like it for cleaning my kiddos bum.

Q: Do I have to use baby body wash? A: No; you can use regular body wash or liquid castile soap or 1/2 teaspoon of grated castile soap bar (melted).

Q: What scents to you use in your wipes? A: I mix it up. The most typical is Lavender oil for Nathan and Citrus scents for personal wipes.

Q: Can you use other brands of paper towels besides Bounty. A: I have read that people have used just a very strong paper towel. I have no found a brand or off brand that I liked better than Bounty (plus I always find coupons for them!)

Q: I don’t have a container that will fit a 1/2 roll or whole roll. Any recommendations for a substitute? A: I’ve seen people use a Folgers plastic coffee canisters! The large on is perfect for a 1/2 roll. See it featured here.

DIY Sanitizer Wipes

The Living Well Network

One Good Thing By Jillee

Stacy Makes Cents

Home Jobs By Mom

Moms Confession

The Winner? One Good Thing By Jillee (with tweaks)

What you need:

-1 box for wipes (see blogs listed for examples including travel size)

-1/2 roll of Bounty paper towels or napkins

-1 & 1/2 cups of very warm water

– 1 tbs of coconut oil

-1 tablespoon of witch hazel (my tweak) OR 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol (her version)

-5 drops of lavender essential oil (my tweak) vs 3 drops of lavender oil

– 3 drops of lemon oil (or 2 drops tea tree oil)

What to do: Mix all the ingredients and then pour it into your container, set in your towels or napkins and let the it soak. Flip over the towels to soak the other side and use.


Q: Why do you choose witch hazel over rubbing alcohol? A: I find it less drying and it is still anti bacterial.

Q: I looked at other recipes and this one is very different from the majority. Why do you choose this? A: I chose Coconut Oil over Aloe because Coconut Oil is more moisturizer to my skin. Coconut oil also has a lot of anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Match that up with the essential oils and witch hazel you’re good to go!

Q: What type of container do you use? A: I use Jillee’s travel kit idea AND a baby wipes container at home.

DIY Make-Up Remover Wipes

Passion For Savings

One Good Thing By Jillee

The Cox Quads

Marrie Dinmn

Mommy Needs Her Coffee

The Winner? Jillee wins this one again! Cox Quads was close second. The water ratio in Jillee’s I like better.

What you need:

-1/2 roll of Bounty paper towels

-1 Air tight container

-4 cups of warm water

-1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (I use 2)

-3 drops of lemon oil (as needed)

-Optional, 1-2 tablespoons of baby wash. (I don’t use it)

What to do: Mix your ingredients. The warm water should melt your coconut oil if it isn’t already. Pour it into your air tight container and put in your Bounty roll, flipping it over after 5 minutes. Pull out the center cardboard piece.

Q: EWWWW I have mold on my wipes. What happened? A: people have reported mold. Most of these reports are for a couple of reasons. One, the wipes sat for a long period of time. Two, you live in a high humidity state. Three, you stored them in your bathroom.  To solve this it’s very simple, add lemon oil or lavender oil even baking soda. A couple of drops will keep the mold away. Making a smaller batch helps if you are not a daily make up wearer. Lastly keeping things like make up, vitamins, and medications in your bathroom is actually not good for products because of the build up of humidity. I do it anyways, but I’m just putting that out there.

Q: Will this wash my face too? A: No; it is designed to take off your make up not to wash your face and clean out oil and dirt from your pores.

Q: Can I use regular body wash instead of baby body wash? A: I don’t recommend using regular body wash simply because it can sting your eyes. Baby body wash is designed not to sting.

DIY Clorox Wipes

Live Renewed

One Good Thing By Jillee

Tips From A Vegan

Crafty When You Can

The Winner? CONFESSION! I haven’t tried any of these, but I think they’re nifty! I always use a spray and a rag. It’s just how I roll, but other’s maybe interested in some of these ideas! 🙂

Well that is it for this section; feel free to comment, tweak, or share more ideas!

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Do it yourself – Laundry Detergent

I have tried a couple of “detergents” for laundry and I have to say I’m pretty impressed by the results. I have pulled myself away from the Gain and into another DIY homemade product that will forever be a staple in my house!

There are a ton of different yet similar recipes out there. What I have learned about this is the recipes effectiveness can rely on several different factors. For example;

  • Do you have city/town water or well water?
  • How HARD or SOFT your water is.
  • How much chlorine content is in your water.
  • Whether or not you have a top loader washing machine or front loader.
  • Whether your washing machine is a high efficient (newer models are) or something a little more old school.
  • It also depends on what items you are washing.

I recommend doing a few testers before sticking to a recipe for laundry soap that works the best for you. Listed below are a few blogs with recipes that I have tried.

Cherished Bliss

One Good Thing By Jillee

Frugally Sustainable

Crunchy Betty

One Good Thing By Jillee (revisited laundry soap)


ANDREA with Frugally Sustainable! This is her second win for me. I love it for its versatility too!

-1 bar grated castile soap (vegetable fat based soap)
-1 1/2 cup baking soda
-1 cup super washing soda
-1 cup borax
-Optional: your favorite good smelly scent. I went with Lemon Essential Oil (20 drops)

– 2 Gallons of distilled water

Directions: To the stove!! Use a large pot and pour about one quart of your distilled water and begin heating it up on about medium heat. Once the water is heated but not boiling; add your grated soap slowly stirring as it melts. After all the grated soap is added and mostly melted you can begin to add the other ingredients (minus the scented oils or essential oil). Keep stirring to help everything process and dissolve.  Once it has dissolved all the way pour the your concoction into a bucket (I used a kitty litter bucket) and add the rest of your distilled water. At this point you should add your preferred oils and scents then stir everything again. Now put it away for 24 hours and let it all gel together.

I use about 1/2 cup per load. I add white VINEGAR to my white loads in the softener compartment to act as a whitening agent instead of bleach.

That is it! It’s SOOOO simple and it doesn’t cost a fortune. You’re also left with more product to make more. This batch has lasted me for MONTHS so far. It works great imo.

NOW to the FAQs! Let’s clear up some questions you might all have.

Q: Can I use liquid castile soap instead of grating a bar? A: Absolutely, the recipe would need to be adjusted to fit. Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap is VERY popular to use in general. Here is the change-up. 

You Need:

ONE cup of Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap.

1/2 cup of baking soda

1/2 cup washing soda

1/4 cup of coarse salt (IE: Sea Salt)

TWO cups of warm distilled water.

OPTIONAL: Scented or Essential Oil (10 drops)

Direction: This makes for a gallon so grab a sturdy jug and pour/funnel the mixed ingredients then add more distilled water to fill up the jug. Shake it up and let it sit. Use about 1/4 cup for a full load.

Q: Why don’t you use the above recipe instead it seems easier? A: I feel like the bar soap versions work better.

Q: Instead of doing gel/liquid detergent can I do powdered  A: Yes you can. I like the liquid because you can run it in cold water w/o dissolving issues. The powdered version you always need to use warm/hot water to make sure it dissolves correctly. It’s merely preference.

Q: I tried the recipe(s) and they didn’t gel, it’s just runny liquid. A: As with the dish soap sometimes you do get batches that just do not seem to congeal correctly. No Harm; it still works just as well. I have had this happen and I just stirred my liquid up and used it all the same. It works just as well.

Q: This detergent has zero suds, what is wrong with it? A: This is a low-suds recipe and works for high-inefficiency washers. Suds is merely a side effect of sulfates it does not mean it is cleaning.

Q: Why doesn’t my laundry smell as it would with store-bought detergents. A: There are a lot of extra chemicals companies put in their stuff to keep that “fresh” clean scent in the laundry. You could add the softener scented crystals that have come out, but again you could save your money and try this Jillee’s version of making your own fabric softener and good smelling stuff it’s genius!

Q: What are these “Ingredients”? What do they do? How do they work? And where can I find them? A: I personally has NO idea was Borax was until I started doing this stuff so investigated and now I’m sharing my results with you all. 

20 Mule Team BORAX: What is it? It’s a water softener. It helps break down hard water. It is often labeled as a laundry booster. It is also a naturally occurring product. It’s technical name is  sodium tetraborate. It’s a mineral and salt based powder.  Is it Toxic? Not Really BUT it can irritate the skin and not to be ingested just like baking soda. If you’d like to know more. Crunchy Betty did a lovely write-up about the Borax.

Super Washing Soda: Not to be confused with Baking Soda. Arm and Hammer makes it. It’s Sodium Carbonate (baking soda’s big brother) and it is also considered another detergent booster and helps break down hard water. 

Baking Soda: Is Sodium bicarbonate and has been a useful cleaning and cooking agent for years.

Fels Napatha:  Although I do not mention this in my recipe it deserves an honorable mention because a lot of people use this as their “castile bar soap”. I also see Kirk’s castile soap running around too.

Where can I find this stuff? I found all of the above items at Wal-Mart put together on one shelf. Including an extra-large box of Baking Soda; it all cost me about $10 and have several uses. Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap I find at Target along with Kirk’s soap. I find that Target has a larger collection of natural items including castile bars of soap. 

Easy Peasy! Please list anymore questions you may have and I will get add them to my FAQ section. Happy Experimenting!

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