DIY MANGO COCONUT BODY LOTION!

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DIY's are all about experimenting. The beauty of making things like your own lotion is that you have complete control over what goes into it. You can customize your own scents, texture and the amount that you make at one time. They make very personal gifts and it's just great all around!!

Originally, when I set out to make my own body cream, I made a body butter. I melted the butters and oils together, added my scent and was really pleased with the result and how soft my skin was. My problem with it, was that it hardens and it was very hard to get out of the jar (similar to trying to get hard coconut oil out of the jar with your fingers) I thought I would try and create a similar body cream rather than a butter. The result? creamy, luxurious, whipped, fluffy, amazing body lotion!!

What you will need:

Mango Butter or Shea Butter (I prefer Mango personally)

Coconut Oil

Honest's all natural baby lotion (or any baby lotion. I just always prefer all natural!)

Essential oil of your choice (optional)

Hand mixer

Bowl

Jar for storage

spatula or spoon.

Directions:

Put the mango butter in the bowl (how much is up to you, depending on how much you are making)

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Add a little bit of coconut oil (ratio should be about 90 percent mango, 10 percent coconut oil) I don't like to put too much coconut oil because I don't want it to be too greasy. Then add the baby lotion (as much as you want!)

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Mix together with a hand mixer about 5 minutes or until you reach desired consistency.

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Add about 20 drops of oil (optional) and then continue to mix additional 20-30 seconds. Then, using the spatula or spoon, scoop the lotion into a jar.

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Finished lotion!

Leave a comment below and let me know what you guys think! I always love your feedback, especially with the DIY's! Xo

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DIY: ASPIRIN ACNE MASK (AND WRINKLE ZAPPER!)

aspirin_acne_mask1-720x720 *I have been a guest blogger on Sarah Howard's incredible blog Beauty Banter I originally posted this DIY on there. Check out her site for amazing beauty tips as well!!

I have and continue to suffer from the occasional WTF breakouts. The aspirin acne mask has been around for a very very long time and it is a tried and tested way to treat acne and aging! I originally learned about this when my aesthetician suggested I try it instead of using a prescription right away. I never ended up having to fill said prescription because this worked so well! The best part is it takes about 2 minutes to make and 15 minutes to see results.

*If you have an aspirin allergy, do not attempt this mask!

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What You’ll Need: 5-7 Uncoated aspirin pills Distilled Water (bottled water like Fiji or Evian) 1 tsp Organic Honey

Benefits of the Ingredients: Aspirin – An anti-inflamatory so it will immediately reduce redness. Contains salicylic acid which is one of the most commonly used ingredients in acne products as it cleans out pores and exfoliates the skin (which is ideal for sloughing away fine lines and wrinkles too). Honey – The antibacterial properties in honey benefit acne-prone skin by reducing breakouts and healing current flair ups. It’s also a natural humectant so it locks in necessary moisture to keep skin hydrated and glowing.

Instructions: In a mug, drop the aspirin in with just enough distilled water to create a paste consistency. Let the aspirin dissolve in the water (you can mix a bit if necessary). If it seems a bit too pasty, add more water. If it is too liquidy, add another aspirin. I’d advise not to use more than 8 aspirin. Once you have your paste at the consistency that you like, you can apply to skin as is. However, I find that by adding 1 teaspoon of organic honey, the mask is less drying to the skin. You also receive the added benefits of honey (and I love honey for acne-prone skin) so I have included honey in my directions. You could also sub the honey for olive oil if your skin is extra dry or irritated. I’ve read that people use jojoba oil and tea tree oil as well. It really is a matter of personal preference and what benefit you are going after.

How to Use: Apply to the face, jaw, chest, back – any area that is prone to breakouts. Leave on for 7-15 minutes. This is great for men too as aspirin is wonderful for ingrown hairs (i.e. beard acne). Use up to two times a week but make sure that you make a new batch each time you use.

*You will notice an immediate glow to the skin once you rinse off the mask. Skin will feel heavenly soft and look luminous. Blackheads should decrease after the first use as well. Let me know if you try it and how it works for you!

 

 

DIY COFFEE SCRUB

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I love making my own body scrubs. They're all natural, easy to make and they actually work! They're also really cheap!! This one is perfect to use in the morning to wake up and get you going. The caffeine is great for circulation and preventing cellulite. The peppermint is refreshing and promotes circulation, and the olive oil is very moisturizing and makes the skin so soft!

Warning: This is really messy so be prepared to clean your shower after!

I usually don’t use exact measurements, I use my eye but I suggest only making a few days at a time. If you store it in the refrigerator, it will last longer.

Mix about 4 scoops of coffee grinds,  olive oil (sweet almond oil and coconut oil work too) and a few drops of peppermint oil in a bowl or container.  The peppermint oil is strong, so start with a little and build up If you want more. Mix it together with a spoon and it’s ready to go!

Here's a video so you can see how quick and easy it is to make!

http://youtu.be/wmpbjXdTzzU

 

DIY CANDLE MAKING!

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The number one reason that I am so into DIY lately, aside from the fact that it’s fun and creative, is that it is so rewarding! When you make something that you can use and say that you did it, is so much more rewarding than going to the store and buying it. Plus, it’s much healthier and more cost effective. My latest DIY is candle making. I love candles, I have them all over my house and burn them everyday. I figured I would give it a shot and thought it would be so much more complicated than it was. It’s easy, fun, and you can customize them exactly how you want. Pick any kind of glass container (get creative with this- you can even use a martini glass!) and choose your color and scent.

I chose to make soy candles with natural essential oils because I don’t like having chemicals or ingredients that aren’t natural in my house. but feel free to modify however you like. You can use candle fragrance which will have a stronger scent.

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What You’ll Need: Glass Containers – try anything from an old salsa jar to an actual candle holder. You can buy cool ones at any craft or home store too. Get creative with this! Soy candle wax Wicks Thermometer Dye blocks (if you want color) Essential Oils of your choice (I chose to use lavender oil) Crazy Glue or a Glue Gun Pencils Double Boiler Pot

Instructions: 1 – To start, clean the container well and make sure the glass is room temperature. 2 – Secure your wick to the bottom of the glass using a glue gun or crazy glue. Depending on the size of the container you are using, you may want to try a few wick lengths. It’s always better to use a longer wick as you can trim. Securing the wick with glue prevents it from moving around once you pour the hot wax in. 3 – Wrap the top of the wick around a pen or pencil and place horizontally at the opening of the glass. Make sure the wick stays center (it will get soft when you put the wax in) 4 – Melt the soy wax in a double boiler to 180 degrees F. Use a thermometer to monitor temperature. Once it has reached 180, turn off the heat. 5 – If you want to add color shave off the desired amount from your dye block and stir into the hot wax. *Keep in mind that soy wax is very opaque so the color when wet will appear much darker than when it hardens.* For example, a dark blue will likely end up being baby blue. 6 – Add your scent. I just go by feel, it will smell much stronger in the boiler so you can add a little more just to be sure you get a lively scent. 7 – Let wax cool to about 135- 140 degrees and then pour it into the container making sure the wick stays secure. 8 – Allow the candle to cool for about an hour and then trim the wick to desired height. 9 – After about 4 hours of cooling your candle is ready to burn!”

* This article was originally posted on www.beautybanter.com

 

DIY: LEMON & HONEY FACE MASK

Honey and Lemon - ingredients for the face mask *This article was originally posted on the amazing beauty site www.Beautybanter.com by Sarah Howard

Actress Kelly Kruger goes on the hunt for the face mask of all face masks: one that will lighten, tighten and brighten – and leaves the beauty counter empty handed. Yet, from her refrigerator, she concocts the perfect facial remedy. Feast your eyes – and your face – on this: a natural, homemade face mask that will soothe, smooth, heal and even out skin tone for under $7 dollars! And the genius of DIY beauty products is that they can be made with contents that you likely have in your kitchen.

Explains Kelly: “When I think of lemon and honey together, the first thing that comes to mind is a soothing tea for a sore throat. I never would have thought that these 2 ingredients would be the answer to all of my beauty prayers. I have really sensitive, acne-prone skin and I have spent thousands of dollars trying to find the right creams and serums to help with my problem. Until a really sweet lady at a Neiman Marcus counter (where I was yet again going to spend more money on stuff that probably wouldn’t work) gave me this amazing advice:

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Honey is a natural antibacterial and anti-infammatory. It absorbs impurities from the pores and the skin. Ancient beauties used honey and milk on their skin regularly to keep their complexion looking young, radiant and smooth. You can use honey as a wash, toner or mask. And you can mix it with so many other ingredients depending on your needs (apples, pumpkin, papaya. yogurt). It’s quite versatile.

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Lemon brightens and exfoliates. It’s great for acne prone skin, age and sun spots or uneven skin tone. It is also a natural source of vitamin C and rich in alpha hydroxy acids.

Here’s how to make the DIY Honey/ Lemon Mask: Squeeze 1/2 a lemon (organic is always better) into a bowl, add 2 tbsp of honey (0rganic, raw, natural ). Mix it with a spoon until it’s a liquid consistency. Apply it all over a clean face avoiding eye area. *Also make sure that your hair is pulled back away from your face as the mask is rather sticky! Leave on for 15-20 min and rinse off. If you’re feeling really adventurous, try and sleep with it on.”

Let me know if you try it and how it works!