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DIY Lavender Honey Facial Cleanser Made With Just 2 Ingredients

DIY Lavender Honey Facial Cleanser Made With Just 2 Ingredients

Get ready to make the easiest facial cleanser EVER. What I love so much about this Lavender Honey Facial Cleanser is that it’s simple to make, it smells amazing, and leaves your face feeling incredibly clean.

Honey is one of my favorite ingredients to use in homemade skincare products thanks to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties (1). You can use honey on its own or add skin-supporting essential oils such as Lavender, Palmarosa, Tea Tree, or Ylang Ylang to give this simple cleanser a boost. I chose Lavender essential oil for this particular recipe because it soothes and calms your mind, body, and skin – something so many of us could use after a long day.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo, and tag me on Instagram @rachelsunley. I’d love to see your creations. Enjoy!

DIY Lavender Honey Facial Cleanser

Supplies

  • Double boiler (optional)
  • Stainless steel spoon
  • 1 (2-ounce) glass jar with tight-fitting lid

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add the honey and Lavender essential oil to a small glass bowl. By hand, vigorously mix the ingredients together until well combined. If the honey is too thick or crystalized, warm the honey in a double boiler over low heat first following the instructions below.
  2. Honey Too Thick? Add the honey directly into the top pot of a double boiler and melt slowly over very low heat. Once the honey is warm enough to become a liquid, turn off the heat. Cool to room temperature. Add Lavender essential oil and vigorously mix the ingredients together until well combined. Carefully lift the top pot of the double boiler off the bottom pot and dry the outside of the pot with a hand cloth to ensure water doesn’t drip into your mixture when transferring to a storage jar. Using a silicone spatula scrape the mixture into a clean (sterilized) glass jar. Cap the jar and store in a cool, dark place. This recipe yields 4 to 6 applications.

How To Use

Lather the cleanser over your face and gently massage it into your skin with your fingertips for 2-3 minutes. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Notes

  • Use local organic raw honey when possible.
  • Only use pure, authentic essential oils to avoid synthetic fragrances and fillers.

If you’re looking to get your hands on 100% pure, authentic essential oils and get ongoing education and support from me, click here.

DIY Whipped Body Butter

DIY Whipped Body Butter

I’ll never forget the time I made my first batch of homemade body butter. It was Christmas time and I wanted to make something different for the special ladies in my life. Years past I would always share my favorite sugar scrubs or bath salts, but this time I wanted to attempt to recreate a famous holiday body butter I used to love gifting to family and friends (until I found out it was chock full of harmful synthetic chemicals and fragrances). I set out on a mission to create a simple yet luxurious vanilla peppermint body butter and it was a huge success! Everyone LOVED it. I found it to be a little too “greasy” for my liking so I started to play around with the ingredients until I found a body butter consistency that worked for my dry winter skin. I’m excited to share it with you!

Whipped Body Butter With Essential Oils

Once you know how to make body butters with essential oils, you can customize them to your liking. For every 1 cup (8 ounces) of coconut oil/butters, you can add anywhere from 24 (.5% dilution) – 96 (2% dilution) drops of essential oils. The total number of drops will vary depending on the strength of the essential oils you’re using and who you’ll be putting it on (e.g., child, adult, elderly). For instance, Roman Chamomile essential oil has a potent aroma so a little goes a long way, whereas, Sweet Orange essential oil is subtle and more drops are required to smell its beautiful aroma. To keep things simple, stick with a .5% or 1% dilution ratio (as provided in this recipe) since both are safe for children over the age of 2 and adults with sensitive skin.

Essential Oils for Beautiful Skin 

Essential oils that work well in homemade body butters include, but are not limited to: Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine Absolute, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lime, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, and Ylang Ylang.

Try this relaxing essential oil blend: 40 drops Sweet Orange + 8 drops Lavender

I encourage you to mix it up and experiment for yourself!

Safety note: Certain essential oils like Grapefruit, Lime, and Bitter Orange are considered photosensitizers – avoid direct sunlight for 12-24 hours after applying body butters made with these essential oils to your skin.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo, and tag me on Instagram @rachelsunley. I’d love to see your creations. Enjoy!

DIY Whipped Body Butter Recipe

Supplies

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add the coconut oil and shea butter directly into the top pot of a double boiler and melt slowly over very low heat.
  2. Once the coconut oil and shea butter are melted, stir to combine. Add the jojoba oil, stir again, and turn off the heat.
  3. Carefully lift the top pot of the double boiler off the bottom pot and dry the outside of the post with a hand cloth to ensure water doesn’t drip into your melted mixture when transferring to your mixing bowl.
  4. If you’re using a stand mixer, pour the melted mixture into the glass or metal bowl you use with your stand mixer. If you’re using a handheld mixture, pour the melted mixture into a large glass or metal bowl. Set aside and let cool for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Once the bowl is no longer too hot to touch, transfer it to the refrigerator. Let the bowl sit inside the fridge for about 1 hour, checking periodically. You will know the mixture is ready to whip when the edges are solidified, but the center is somewhat soft (not gooey).
  6. Using the mixer’s whisk attachment, whip the mixture on high for 5 minutes.
  7. Pause the picture and use a silicone spatula to scrape the mixture down from the sides of the bowl. Whip for another 5 minutes, until the batter starts to look light and fluffy.
  8. Add essential oils and mix well using the spatula.
  9. Transfer the body butter to clean, sterilized glass jars and cap tightly. Store in a cool, dark place. To prevent hardening, do not refrigerate. The body butter will last for 3 months (if you don’t use it all by then).

Notes

  • *I recommend using glass jars if possible since they are better for our environment and can easily be cleaned, sanitized, and reused. If you have young children at home and prefer plastic for safety reasons, be sure to use BPA-free PET plastic jars
  • Use organic unrefined coconut oil, raw unrefined shea butter, cold-pressed jojoba oil, and high-quality, 100% pure essential oils to ensure the ingredients are free from pesticides and synthetic chemicals.
  • Consider using herbal infused carrier oils like vanilla-infused jojoba oil or calendula oil. They add a beautiful aroma! Vanilla infused jojoba oil combined with Sweet Orange essential oil smells like a creamsicle. Absolutely delicious!

If you’re looking to get your hands on authentic, 100% pure essential oils and get ongoing education and support from me, click here.

Organic Hair Salon Review & DIY Nourishing Hair Spray

Organic Hair Salon Review & DIY Nourishing Hair Spray

When you find a product or service you love, you share it right?! I have to tell you about my experience with Colby at Pure Organics Salon​. Plus, I’m going to share my favorite DIY nourishing hair spray with you at the end of this post!

I’ve been highlighting and styling my hair for nearly 20 years. Like most women, I had NO CLUE about the harmful ingredients aka carcinogens (ingredients linked to cancer) and neurotoxins (ingredients known to poison our nervous system) I was applying to my body and breathing in every time I styled my hair or got it highlighted. I won’t go into detail here, but I encourage you to head over to the Environmental Working Group​’s website and search “hair products.” They do an incredible job summarizing the research. You can also download the Think Dirty App and search for the products you’re currently using to determine whether or not they’re safe.

Enter Pure Organics Salon. I’ve been wanting to make the switch for YEARS. Who knew breaking up with your hairstylist would be SO HARD? I’ve been going to the same girl who I absolutely adore for 16+ years. It’s terrifying to go somewhere new. Will they be welcoming? Will this organic stuff even work?

Mind blown. Colby is beyond welcoming and talented. My hair is beautiful. The products that they use have NO smell. No burning. No headaches. 💃🏼 I’ve seen her twice now and I feel like she’s a sister from another mister. She speaks my crunchy, non-toxic language. We chat essential oils, dogs, fitness, and business. She’s incredibly sweet and down to earth. If you’re local to Buffalo and looking to make the switch, I highlight recommend!

So, how about that hair spray? This DIY nourishing hair spray is great for hair growth & makes my hair feel super soft. It’s incredibly simple to make and it smells incredible. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

DIY Nourishing Hair Spray

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 3 drops Cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop Clary Sage essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon unscented witch hazel
  • Distilled or purified water

Instructions

  1. Add essential oils and witch hazel to an empty glass bottle, swirl to combine.
  2. Fill with water, cap it with spray top.
  3. Add label to spray bottle.
  4. Shake vigorously before use; then lightly spray on wet hair.
  5. Dry and style hair as normal.

If you’re looking to get your hands on pure essential oils and get ongoing education and support from me, click here.