DIY Face Mask Perfect for Hormonal Breakouts

That time of the month? Tame those hormonal breakouts with this clarifying face mask. This mask is a brightening, nourishing, and deep cleansing powerhouse. Harnessing the antioxidant-rich duo of Maca and cacao, your skin will totally thank you. (Makes one mask)

Maca Cacao Clay Mask

ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon raw maca powder (find it here)
  • ½ teaspoon raw cacao powder (find it here)
  • ½ teaspoon bentonite clay (find it here)
  • 1 teaspoon light oil such as jojoba, sweet almond oil, or liquid coconut oil

directions

  • Mix all ingredients to make a paste (your mixture should look a lot like chocolate syrup)
  • spread the mixture evenly on your face and neck avoiding your eyes
  • let the mask set for about 15-20 minutes
  • gently rinse with warm water
  • repeat once a week

Source: Peaceful Dumpling

Homemade Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

The older I get, the more I realize how dependent my mood is on the changing seasons. Winter always leaves me feeling bummed out and run down. The smell of firewood, peppermint, cinnamon, and cloves always makes me feel strangely nostalgic and sleepy all at once. I’m not complaining exactly. I kinda like the fact that my spirit goes into hibernation mode during the Winter months. It tends to make Spring and Summer that much more energizing. The smell of roses, citrus, mown grass, and the salty breeze from the Atlantic, always perk me up and make me want to live!

Over the weekend I made this amazing coconut lime sugar scrub just in time for Spring and Cinco de Mayo! This stuff is the real deal. The fresh scent of lime is totally energizing and the coconut oil leaves your skin feeling super smooth. I use some variation of this sugar scrub every summer at least twice a week. This recipe makes a lot, so if you don’t need as much you can tweak the proportions to suit your needs. Happy Spring, you guys!

Homemade Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1 c. coconut oil
  • 1.5 c. sugar
  • zest from one lime
  • lime essential oil

Directions

  • Combine coconut oil, sugar and lime zest. Mix until combined.
  • Add 7 drops of lime oil and stir. If the smell isn’t strong enough, add more oil, 2 drops at a time.
  • Store in an airtight glass jar (the jars pictured here are from Target).

Image and Recipe: Homemade Mood

Take Your Shower to Spa Heights: DIY Oatmeal Rose Face Mask and Homemade Eucalyptus Body Oil

Last night was one of those nights when you get home and you just want to let the horrendous day you just had melt away in a soothing oatmeal bath. I was pretty tired though, so I needed to find a way to capture that long bath soak feeling into a quick shower. I’ve been fooling around with oatmeal skin care recipes for a while now, and I absolutely love the silky smooth texture that oats give the skin. I was feeling drained and sluggish, and the malaise of the day was definitely showing on my tired skin.

Because these oatmeal eucalyptus bath salts is one of my absolute favorite pampering recipes, I decided to whip up an oatmeal mask to use in the shower. I found exactly what I was looking for while drooling over Lauren Conrad’s incredible DIYs. These recipes are just what the doctor ordered!  Instead of using eucalyptus in the oatmeal mask, this recipe calls for a little rose water. Rose water revitalizes and moisturizes the skin, all while helping to improve the appearance of scars, and giving the skin a healthy glow. As much as I love rose water, I didn’t want to cheat myself out of the relaxing effect of eucalyptus. I followed up the oatmeal mask with a soothing eucalyptus body oil, and let me tell you! I felt amazingly calm. Long story short: if you’re dog tired but still in need of a luxurious, I-just-bathed-in-royal-splendor kinda feeling take these recipes and create your own spa shower tonight!

DIY Oatmeal Rose Face Mask

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup fresh or dried rose petals
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, or rose coconut oil if you want the mask to be pink!
  • 1 tsp honey

Directions

  • mix oats and rose petals in a blender until the consistency is fine and gritty
  • pour mixture into a glass bowl and add rose water, coconut oil, and honey
  • stir well
  • apply to your face and leave it on while you shower (about 10 minutes) and rinse

Homemade Eucalyptus Body Oil

ingredients

  • 2 tbsp jojoba oil
  • 2 tbsp rosehip oil
  • 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil

directions

  • combine all oils in a small dropper bottle
  • shake well to mix the oils
  • apply to any dry areas of your body and allow it to absorb into your skin
Summer Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Summer Grapefruit Sugar Scrub—Spa Days at Home

The right sugar scrub can mend fences, y’all. No joke. My loving father stepped on my foot the other day. He was losing his balance and to keep himself from falling, he came down hard on my big toe. I will neither confirm nor deny whether I cried a little bit (my dad felt awful). I will admit, however, that my first reaction wasn’t to worry about broken bones or any of that. Nope. I was way more concerned about my fresh pedicure… because, priorities. I was also pretty upset with my dad because pain tends to make me totally irrational.

Fortunately, I didn’t have a broken toe and my pedicure was completely spared. Still, I felt like I earned a little pampering for handling that pain like a decorated soldier and for recognizing that even the best dads can make pretty bad mistakes. Since I’d just paid for the whole mani/pedi thing a few days before my Olympic injury, I decided to treat myself to a relaxing foot soak at home.I whipped up a nice sugar scrub inspired by Salt & Ritual’s amazing summer body scrub. With a fresh citrus scent and a smooth coconut oil finish, this is my absolute favorite scrub for the summer months! This scrub also features beet root powder. It’s totally optional, but beet root powder is a natural food coloring, and I just love the color that it gives this scrub. Added bonus: if you have any left over, you can totally add beet root powder to your morning smoothie or your lunchtime salad. It’s really quite the little superfood. You can read more about it here.

So without further ado, here’s the awesome sugar scrub I used. Seriously, folks, this scrub repaired my temporarily strained relationship with my father. It’s just that good.

Summer Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Summer Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

  • beet root powder (optional) — find it here
  • sugar
  • coconut oil
  • grapefruit essential oil

Directions

  • Using a 4oz  mason jar, pour in the sugar a little more than halfway up
  • Mix in a tsp of beet root powder
  • Add in a tbsp of coconut oil and stir
  • Soak your feet for about 5 minutes prior to using the scrub
  • when you’re ready, massage the scrub into your skin before returning your feet to your foot bath
  • relax and enjoy!

***your feet may be a bit oily after using this scrub, so be careful not to slip on tile or un-carpeted floors! Bailey cares!

Image Credit: Salt & Ritual

The Only 2 DIY Yoga Mat Cleaners You’ll Ever Need

My love affair with essential oils continues! From skin care to household cleaners, I put drops of essential oil in everything. I was a bit scared at first because the last thing I wanted my house and my body to smell like was a hippie. No offense, I know some hippies that I absolutely love, but I sure do gag at the smell of patchouli (shout out to Ithaca, NY! i love you guys!).

Anyway, the other day, I was about to start my home yoga routine because I’m like #yogaeverydamnday. I rolled out my mat and was greeted by the ghost of workouts past. My yoga mat smelled like the rankest of gym bags. Horrified, I ran and grabbed my pillow mist from my bedside table and sprayed the yoga mat down. I did my routine, but I knew that I had only masked the odor of sweat and that my poor little, hard-working yoga mat still wasn’t clean.

DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner With Essential Oils

So, armed with essential oils, white vinegar, and distilled water, I was able to disinfect and freshen up my mat in no time at all! Here are two quick recipes that I alternate between about every two weeks.

DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner

DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner with Essential Oils

What You Need

  • small spray bottle (I’ve been using these glass bottles for all of my green beauty products)
  • distilled water
  • witch hazel (fun fact: if you don’t have witch hazel, you can use Vodka instead!)
  • essential oils (peppermint + lavender +tea tree= what I imagine heaven smells like)

Directions

  • fill your bottle about 3/4 of the way with distilled water
  • add about 1/8 tsp of witch hazel or vodka
  • add anywhere from 5-15 drops of essential oils (I used about 5 drops each of peppermint, lavender, and tea tree oil)
  • Shake the bottle and spray your mat
  • Wipe the mat down with a clean damp dish towel
  • Allow your mat to dry before you try to do King Dancer Pose!

DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner without Essential Oils

What You Need

  • Small spray bottle (I’ve been using these glass bottles for all of my green beauty products)
  • distilled water
  • white vinegar
  • fresh lemon

Directions

  • Fill your bottle about 3/4 of the way with distilled water
  • Add about 1/8 tsp of white vinegar
  • Squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon juice.
  • Shake the bottle and spray your mat
  • Wipe the mat down with a clean damp dish towel

Store your yoga mat cleaner the right way!

  • The mat cleaner containing essential oils can be stored in your gym bag, or any cool dry place.
  • The mat cleaner containing fresh lemon should be refrigerated.

Image Credit: Sophie Uliano