Posts Tagged Lemon

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

FAQ:

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 – 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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Water & Making It… Yummy!

One of the biggest battles I have is getting myself to drink more water. I have a medical condition called Orthostatic Intolerance (have fun Googling that!) and it is very important that I stay hydrated especially in the warmer months. So I must drink water, but I water always seems to take on the taste of the container that it is in which means bottled water tastes like plastic to me. YUCK!

My solution had always been to just add some lemon to my water and then I ran across this blog and I had the biggest “why didn’t I ever think of that?” moments in a long time.

Take a look at this from The Yummy Life

Beautiful right?!

I have this wonderful old glass 2 quart jug sitting in my cabinets collecting dust.

What do you need for Yummy Water?

-Fruit (Get inventive)
-Ice
-Filtered Water
-Smasher
-Herbs
-Something fun
 

What I did: My first run was Citrus. I took two large slices of Orange and two large slices of Lemon. Threw the slices in the jug and used my potato smasher to squish some of the juices out. The I piled on a bunch of ice cubes and filled up the jug with some filtered water from my Britta and let it sit for an hour.

I loved it. I didn’t need sugar and I didn’t need a ton of flavor but it gave it a nice filtered water with lights traces of orange and lemon. Wonderful and refreshing. I’d imagine a packet of splenda maybe nice for those needing it sweet.

Other Flavors I dig:

Strawberry and Apple Mint Leaves

Blackberry Sage

Orange, Lemon, Mint

Peppermint and Mango

Peach & Mango

Kiwi & Strawberry

Raspberry & Lime

 

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Homemade – Jeanette Lemon Italian Cookies

One of the best things about where I work is the amount of cooking that goes on around here. Most specifically, baking! Someone is always having a birthday, baby, married, holiday….. something is going on and food is about. It can be a very dangerous place if you’re not careful. Haha!

On of these food perks is being able to grab recipe’s from my co-workers. One of the ladies in my department made these sinfully delicious lemon based cookies and I knew I just -had- to have the recipe.

Most commonly know as Jeanettes; they are a lemon zippy soft cookie that are very simple to make.

What you need:

 -2 cups unbleached white flour
-1/3 cup canola oil (or other flavorless oil)
-1/2 cup sugar
-2 eggs
-2 tablespoons of milk
-2 tablespoons of baking powder
-2 tablespoons of lemon extract (or other extract. I used lemon rind of the same amount)
 
Icing
 -1 & 1/2 cup of confections sugar
-Desired amount of milk for desired icing thickness

What to do: This makes roughly 2 dozen cookies; Oven should be pre-heated to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together well blended. The dough should be pretty sticky so a little flour on the hands doesn’t hurt. Scoop up some batter and roll it into about an 1 inch ball and place ball onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Cook for roughly ten minutes.

Mix confectioners’ sugar and milk. I preferred mine to be a very thin icing.

Once you Jeanette’s are done let them cool for a couple of minutes until they are bearable to touch. While still nice and warm lightly dip the top of each cookie into the icing. I then added a nice extra touch of Raspberry coarse sugar to the tops.

These are light, fluffy, lemony, and not too sweet. They vanished quickly in my house! My boys give me two thumbs up on this treat.

 

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