rMy dear friend and I decided to hosted our very first Make & Take oils holiday gifts party this past weekend. We, as in my wonderful friend Claire who also uses oils in her daily life, wanted to host a fun gift making holiday celebration for our family and friends where we could share some fun ideas and recipes that you can make with essential oils. I am very happy to say it was a huge success! I am so grateful to our friends who decided to join us in this crazy holiday gift making oily party.
We all gathered around and made a beauty inspired theme set using essential oils. My friend and I decided to make recipes that featured Doterra Essential oils; therefore we found recipes that ladies use everyday with the use of 3 simple oils. Our list of gifts to make is as follows.
Girls Gift Beauty Basket
- Lips Scrub
- Lip Balm
- Body Scrub
- Bath Salts
- Linen Spray
- Essential Oil Roller
- Essential Oil Lava Bead Bracelets with cutie charms
Party planning was so fun! One being that my friend and I can chat it up all day and night, so spending time together is always fun, then add essential oils to mix and we are having a oily-thon lol!! We came together for a coffee planning date and searched good old Pinterest together for essential oil gift recipes. I actually had one recipe that I really liked “the body scrub” so I knew we had to throw that one in mix to make in our gifts set.
We also thought about what we use daily as women, as well as what we like to pamper ourselves with daily. Like beautiful smelling bath salts, body scrubs, and lip care. We both also love to smell beautiful aromas that essential oils naturally have to offer. So making a essential oil roller oil, linen spray (which I personally use as a pillow spray at night, or even a bathroom spray -for ya know bathroom stank)! Oh, and we both love love love lava beads. Just one drop of essential oils on a lava bead ball can be smelled for hours on you, looks stylish and cute! All of these DIY essential oil beauty recipes make great gift for friends and family!
Do We really Need Sunscreen?
Does your sunscreen keep skin cancer away, or is it actually causing it? Lately there’s been a lot of information about how sunscreen can cause more harm than good. But why? Well, shockingly – ingredients matter!
Active ingredients in sunscreens come in two forms, mineral and chemical filters. Each uses a different mechanism for protecting skin and maintaining stability in sunlight. The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters. These products typically include a combination of two to six of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. A handful of products combine zinc oxide with chemical filters.
Lab studies indicate that some chemical UV filters may mimic hormones or cause skin allergies, which raises important questions about unintended effects on human health from frequent sunscreen application. The most worrisome is oxybenzone, added to nearly 70 percent of the non-mineral sunscreens in EWG’s 2016 sunscreen database. [Read the full article here for the Trouble With Oxybenzone and Other Sunscreen Chemicals on EWG’s website.]
Here are some tips to keep you safe in the sun, according to EWG – Sunscreen Should Be Your Last Resort:
- Wear Clothes: shirts, hats, shorts and pants shield your skin from the sun’s UV rays, reducing risk by 27%.
- Plan Around the Sun: go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is lower in the sky.
- Find Shade – or Make It: Picnic under a tree or take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade, reducing the risk of multiple burns by 30%.
- Don’t Get Burned: Red, sore, blistered skin means you’ve gotten far too much sun.
- Sunglasses are Essential: not just a fashion accessory, sunglasses protect your eyes from UV radiation.
- Check UV Index: The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent sun exposure.
If you’re going to wear sunblock, you’ll want to make sure it’s a SAFER mineral-based sunscreen, instead of chemical-based. If it works for my FAIR family, it can work for you!
Are you familiar with the EWG? If your not familiar with the EWG ratings, the website has a search engine of most products we use on our skin; such as makeup, face, and body products.
The EWG has a rating system of 1-10. 1 being great the products have low levels of toxin and harmful chemical exposures, as well as endocrine disruptions, and 10 being horrible! 10 means you might as well bathe in lead paint lol!
To learn more about the EWG’s rating system and how to use their web-data base to check your favorite products, you can click here to read more. They also have a handy phone app I use all the time when I am out and about in the stores shopping and want to try a new product out, but don’t know if its a “safe product” or not. I like to stay between a number rating of 1-3, these are numbers I feel safe/comfortable with. However you may feel comfortable with going higher depending on the product.
A good rule of thumb is; if it’s going to stay on your body for awhile (like sunscreen) you should stick with a lower EWG ratings. If its something like hand soap that you immediately wash off then it might be okay to go a tad higher on the EWG rating if you absolutely can’t part with that product.
MOTHERS DAY GIFT GUIDE
Mothers day is just around the corner, so WE have put together a gift guide for the most important woman in our lives. Our moms do so much for us, things we don’t even know that they do, so I always feel they deserve some extra special pampering.
I love giving gifts, however my mom is gal that has everything and sometimes its so to hard shop for her, she loves everything I usually get her but it takes some thinking outside of the box . As great as gifts are, remember to tell your mom just how important she is to you, and how much you love her.
GIVE AWAY TIME
I teamed with a few friends who work their businesses from aka work at home moms. I love supporting women, even better I love supporting women who run small business. So we all came up with a great list of mothers day products that will be perfect for any special mother in your lives. Weather it be your own mom, stepmom, grandmas, sister, aunts, friends, etc.. we have a list for everyone.
I personally love shopping from each of these vendors. I am killing two birds with stone by supporting a friend, helping their business grow, and getting my shopping done easily.
Each company is different in their own way so I often buy from them all and can vouch to YOU, as well as your special mother will love these companies and their products too. In our guide we have everything ranging from makeup, jewelry, fitness, skincare, nail care/ manicure, essential oils, comfy adorable clothing wear, cooking tools, wellness care such as; chiropractic care and nutritional therapy care .