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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Palmolive® soft touch™

I have tried Palmolive before in the past, and never found it to be something I would recommend, then I was sent this in the mail to do a review about. My first impression was the way they designed the bottle, its nice looking and fits perfectly in your hand. The smell is AMAAAAZING...especially the cocoa butter one. It just smells like summer! So I cooked a large dinner so I had a dish full of dishes so I could really see it put to use. I put the same amount that I normally use of my Dawn dish soap so I could really do a fair comparison. The soap soaked into the sponge right away, which worried me that it was going to be very watery and not last for an entire load of dishes. Boy was I wrong!! The little bit that I put on the sponge lasted the whole time...and I could have done more! My hands were not left dry or tight feeling. I used the pink bottle with Vitamin E and really did love it! I really think that after my bottles of  Palmolive Soft Touch is out...I will be picking this up again! 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

DIY With Coconut Oil

So as I promised I will give you step by step on how to make your own natural goodies with coconut oil. Below I put links on where you can get containers for each DIY project as well as the essential oils, beeswax and shea butter.

 This recipe makes about 1/2 cup or 4oz. You can easily double this depending on how much you need for you and/or your family. This makes a very soft balm which makes the application easy, if you prefer something more firm you can easily add more beeswax. I have found that 2oz jars (I have attached a link on where to get them below) are the most convenient size, they fit in any purse, backpack and even a diaper bag. But if you have an empty jar around the house feel free to use that.
 1/4 cup coconut oil
 1/8 cup shea butter
 4 tsp. beeswax granules 
 12 drops citronella essential oil
 8 drops rosemary essential oil
 8 drops cedar wood essential oil
 8 drops lemongrass essential oil
 8 drops eucalyptus or tee tree essential oil
 Jar(s) for finished balm
 Metal Whisk
 Metal Spoon
 Double Boiler
 Bring the water in your double boiler to a boil and then lower the heat to medium-low. Now add your coconut oil and shea butter and let the two melt while whisking together. Add the beeswax and whisk in the granules in to the coconut oil and shea butter mixture, until it is completely melted.
 Remove the pan from the heat, let the liquid cool for about 5 minutes and then whisk in the essential oils. Make sure you whisk it well to ensure everything is combined. Poor the liquid into your jar(s), let cool uncovered at room temperature before putting the cap on.

 A lotion bar is not intended on being used in the shower, you can but that's not how its normally used. You just rub the bar until its warm and then apply it on your skin like a lotion. I have found keeping then in tins is convenient and also a great way to dress them up to give as gifts.
 Coconut Oil (1 part)
 Pure Beeswax (1 part)
 Essential Oils (optional)
 Lotion Mold
 Heat coconut oil and beeswax together in a saucepan over low heat. Because the beeswax takes a while to melt down it helps if you break it up into small chunks. Once the coconut oil and beeswax are melted you can add in whatever scents you prefer in the form of your essential oils. 
 Pour the melted mixture into lotion bar molds, let them sit out until cool. If you need to speed the process up a bit you can put them in the refrigerator. After they are cool you can pop out the molds and place them inside the tins, and they are ready to use.

 This sunscreen is somewhat but not completely waterproof, so you should still reapply after swimming or even after sweating a lot. Also a VERY important note...make sure you do not inhale the Zinc Oxide
 1/2 cup almond oil, can also use olive oil
 1/4 cup coconut oil
 1/4 cup beeswax
 2 tbsp zinc oxide
 1 tsp vitamin E oil (optional)
 2 tbsp shea butter (optional)
 Essential oils for fragrance (optional) 
 Glass jar
 Plastic container to keep sunscreen in
 Metal spoon
 Combine all ingredients except for the zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar. You can use a mason jar or even an old pickle jar. Fill the saucepan with a few inches of water and place over medium heat. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place it in the saucepan filled with water. As the water heats the ingredients in the jar will start to melt, shake or stir occasionally. When all ingredients are completely melted add the zinc oxide, stir in well and then pour into whatever container you will be using. It does not pump very well in a lotion pump though. As it begins to cool make sure you really mix it up to make sure the zinc oxide is really mixed in. You use this as you would normal sunscreen, it is best if used within 6 months.

For Lotion Bar Molds Click HERE

For Lotion Bar Tins Click HERE

For Bug Repellent Jars Click HERE

For Sunscreen Tube Click HERE

Essential Oils Click HERE

Shea Butter Click HERE

Beeswax Click HERE

Monday, May 6, 2013

Summer Time With Coconut Oil

So the newest and latest thing is Coconut Oil! I really wish I new what took the world so long to realize just how amazing it is and how many different uses it really has. I'm going to list a few things that I know it can be used for, I will do another blog on how to make some of the things. With summer coming you really should go buy a jar of the infamous coconut oil because you will really find it comes in handy!

  1. On the skin for lotion
  2. Homemade lotion bars
  3. Eye-makeup remover
  4. Rub on age spots to lighten them
  5. Prevents stretch marks during pregnancy
  6. Sunscreen, helps avoid burning
  7. Massage oil
  8. Can boost metabolism
  9. Tiny bit rubbed through hair will get rid of frizz
  10. Intensive night time moisturizer
  11. Sugar scrub for the shower
  12. Natural chap stick
  13. Intensive hair conditioner
  14. Has been shown to sooth psoriasis and eczema
  15. Rub on the inside of your nose to help allergy symptoms
  16. Homemade bug repellent lotion bars
  17. Can help the appearance of varicose veins
  18. Speeds healing of sunburns
  19. Use as a shaving cream and an after shave lotion
  20. Helps resolve acne when used regularly
  21. When rubbed in scalp daily it can stimulate hair growth
  22. Helps nails grow when rubbed on your cuticles
  23. Soothing body butter