Wednesday, November 27, 2013

DIY Natural Eye Makeup Remover

We all know how important it is cleanse your face and neck before bedtime. Removing makeup and impurities from our crazy day time routine. One never what’s to wake up with raccoon eyes with without a good reason. Right? Which I remember would often happen in my teenage years.
The eye makeup removers available in the stores are packed with nasty chemicals, plus they are not cheap, so I have a great DIY recipe that I’m sharing with you! The best part is that It’s inexpensive, natural and super simple.
DIY Natural Eye Makeup Remover
Cotton Pads
Organic Coconut Oil
  1. Place a small amount of coconut oil on your finger tips.
  2. Gentle rub the coconut on your eyelashes, to take off your mascara and eye shadow.
  3. Gently wipe your eyes with a damp cotton pad.
  4. Enjoy your make free moisturized eyelids and eyelashes.
I hope that you have enjoyed this post and thanks for stopping by.
Do you have any eco-friendly skincare tips to share?
Smiles, Paula

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I'm Back . . .

I’m back from my short blogging break.  I missed checking out all of your blogs and soaking up all of your creative ideas in the last few weeks.
I absolutely love this time of the year with two very specials holidays
ahead Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I surely have so much to be thankful for in my life and my heart is filled with gratefulness.
I’m  pleased to announce the winner of my blog giveaway.
The winner is Madalyn with Home Hearted.
You WON a dōTERRA's Essential Oils Introductory Kit with CD generously sponsored by Michelle with On A Wing And A Prayer.
Congratulations Madalyn!
I know that your will truly enjoy the benefits of these dōTERRA's Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint.
Madalyn I will be connecting with you via email for your shipping arrangements.
Check back and catch my new giveaway for the month of December
that I will be posting very soon.
Smiles, Paula
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Short Blogging Break

You may have noticed that I haven’t been around much this week sharing in the blog community or on social media. Unfortunately due to a family issue I will be taking a break from blogging for a short time until November 18th of this month. I am extending the deadline to enter last month giveaway as well, so feel free to enter to WIN. Be assured that I will be back mid November with new skincare DIY’s and other fun stuff. I will miss you all, and I am asking for prayers for myself and my family.
Thanks for your understanding.
Smiles, Paula

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Selling At Market

For the past three weekends I have been selling my soaps at craft shows. Selling my handmade soap is one my favorite things about my job. I love meeting new people and connecting with my loyal customers. I enjoy sharing information about my soap with my patrons. I love to strike up a conversation and spark a new relationship.
Over the last five years selling at craft shows I have made invaluable connections with fellow crafters and artisans. These amazing people have offered me valued advice, have always been available to lend a helping hand when needed, and have become my cherished friends. We all check on each other throughout the day and offer moral support. It's so nice to arrive at a show and see friendly faces that are conscious of the craft show world.
The last few weekends I have been setup at Hunsader Farm Pumpkin Fest in Bradenton, Florida. This event is crazy busy and my sales have totally rocked. Everyday is completely unpredictable, which can be both terrifying and exciting, but in its own way makes the whole experience that much more thrilling. Somedays I sell tons of soap bars and other loads of body scrubs. I never know what the day may bring, which to me is super exciting.
Happy Fall You All! Smiles, Paula

Monday, October 14, 2013

DIY Shimmering Body Gel

Diamonds, heels, glitter, heck anything that sparkles has my name written all over it. I know that I am not alone in my love for sparkly things. Right Ladies? You are in luck. I am sharing a do it yourself recipe for a Shimmering Body Gel. The fabulous thing about this recipe is that it is made with only two natural ingredients, mica and aloe vera gel.

Most of us know that aloe vera gel is wonderful to treat a sunburn. Did you know that it is an amazing moisturizer? Aloe moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel.  Aloe vera is wonderful when use prior to makeup application to prevents skin drying. Aloe vera gel can be used as an shaving gel or aftershave treatment as it contents powerful healing properties.

Do you ask what is mica? Mica is an all natural mineral powder used in mineral makeup. You can find it in many colors. I used pink and white mica. Feel free to experiment with gold, white or other fun glittery tones of color. Mica is commonly available at local stores, online or craft stores.

DIY Shimmering Body Gel
  • 1 cup Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 teaspoon Mica Powder
Smash the mica into a very fine powder, then simply mix together the aloe vera gel and mica powder. Store in a bottle or jar of your choice with a tight fitting lid.
Rub the body gel on your arms, legs and body as desired.

I hope that you will give this recipe a try? This is a fun project to make with girls of all ages from two to a hundred.
Smiles, Paula

Monday, October 7, 2013

DIY Lavender & Lemon Facial Cleanser

Greetings Everyone! Michelle here, the gal behind the blog, On A Wing And A Prayer. I feel especially honored to have been asked to guest post here with Paula. When I found Paula's blog I fell in love with her recipes for making your own bath products. And if you haven't tried her natural garden soaps, you're missing out!

One such gift I would like to share with Paula’s readers today is a facial cleanser you can make yourself with just 4 simple ingredients. I used a recipe originally posted by Aubrey @ Homegrown & Healthy.

DIY Lavender & Lemon Facial Cleanser
1 Cup of Distilled Water
1/2 Tablespoon of Unscented Glycerin Soap
5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

1. Chop or shred the glycerin soap.
2. Using a double boiler, bring the water to a boil.
Remove from heat and stir in soap chips until melted. Cool.
3. Add essential oils and stir until well blended.

What I love about DIY projects is you can tailor them to suit your needs. I used distilled water because all of the impurities have been removed. Glycerin soap helps the skin absorb the moisture in the air, causing it to stay softer. Lavender essential oil has antibiotic properties making it perfect to treat acne, blemishes and skin infections with a calming and relaxing effect. Lemon essential oil has astringent and antiseptic qualities. Plus it's loaded with Vitamin C, a necessary to healthy skin.

There is one thing I would like to point out. If you regularly use a commercial facial cleanser, you will be use to lathering up with lots of suds and/or foam. Foam is the result of chemicals such as sodium laureth sulphate in the product which actually strips your skin of all oils. When the oil is removed, your skin will actually produce more to replace what was lost.

Take control of your health. It's really pretty easy. Your body, and your wallet, will thank you!
Signing Off, Michelle

I hope that you will take a few minutes to visit Michelle online at the links below.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.
Smiles, Paula

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Essential Oil Giveaway

I am happy to announce a new giveaway for the month of October sponsored by Michelle with On A Wing And A Prayer. She is generously giving away three bottles of wonderful dōTERRA® essential oils.

Here is what Michelle has to say about her amazing essential oils:
“Last year I was introduced to essential oils and the benefits they can provide to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The healing powers of essential oils has been around for centuries. Before modern medicine, people relied on herbs, roots and flowers for their healing power. dōTERRA (meaning Gift of the Earth) provides essential oils that are 100% certified pure therapeutic grade. What does this mean? Pure essential oils are distilled from the roots, leaves, bark, flowers and stems of plants to extract the natural aromatic compounds, just as our ancestors did so long ago. There are no synthetic fillers, chemicals or additives. Because dōTERRA’s essential oils are 100% pure, they can be used in a wide variety of ways to enhance your physical as well as emotional well-being. And because they are completely natural, not synthetic, they can be used aromatically, topically and ingested internally.”

“Using dōTERRA essential oils has become a daily routine in my household and I am excited to share their therapeutic benefits with others as an Independent Product Consultant. Stop by my blog for DIY beauty recipes, health and household tips, shop my online store and see how you can empower your health and well-being with dōTERRA essential oils.”

WIN a dōTERRA's Essential Oils Introductory Kit with CD
The dōTERRA® Introduction to Essential Oils Kit includes the introductory audio CD, booklet and a 5 ml bottle of dōTERRA's Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils. The stunning presentation box also includes suggested uses of the included oils providing your prospects with an immediate experience of the life-changing benefits of essential oils.
Retail Value of 26.67

How To Enter:
{ Follow, Comment and WIN! }
Follow my Blog and leave a comment on any post from now until the end of October.
Good Luck!
Please remember to leave a way for me to contact you if you win, I prefer an email address. PLEASE NOTE: Must be US resident.
Smiles, Paula

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Winner Is . . .

Happy October 1st!
The beginning of the month marks the time to announce
the winner of my monthly giveaway.
After thirty days of some truly incredible comments left here on my blog.
I have randomly selected a winner.
Sherry with A Happy Valentine.
You have won a jar of Vanilla Chai Tea Sugar Cubes
by Natural Garden Soaps.
I will be contacting you via email.
Check back and catch my new giveaway for the month of October
that I will be posting later this week.
Smiles, Paula

Monday, September 30, 2013

Aromatherapy Body Wash

I love adding my favorite essential oils to unscented body wash
to make my own aromatherapy body wash.
Yea, if I wake up in the morning, and feel like I need a swift kick in the butt
to get me moving, I use uplifting grapefruit body wash.
The alternative is that my sweet hubby is always happy to lend me a foot,
for a good kick.
No, but No thanks, grapefruit body wash works for me.
If I need to relax and unwind from a long day filled with mixing together
skin care concoctions, making soap and developing new products.
I splash on some lavender body wash in the shower to wind down.

DIY Aromatherapy Body Wash
Simply mix together one part water with two parts of organic
unscented body wash of your choice.
This body wash is gentle yet efficient for cleansing.
Add your choice of essential oils to the soap mixture, and stir thoroughly.
Store in a plastic squeeze top bottle, and shake well before each use.

You ask? Why organic soap?
I look for bath care items that are made from one hundred percent
plant oils, no animal products or harsh chemicals.
A true soap, not a chemical detergent, soap that's
completely earth loving and biodegradable.

Enjoy the essential oil blends listed below for fun
homemade aromatherapy body washes.

Uplifting Body Wash
25 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
15 Drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil

Calming Body Wash
25 Drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil
10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
5 Drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil

Energizing Body Wash
20 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
10 Drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
10 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

Mood Boosting Body Wash
20 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
10 Drops of Geranium Essential Oil
10 Drops of Bergamot Essential Oil

Sensual Body Wash
25 Drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil
10 Drops of Rose Essential Oil
5 Drops of Patchouli Essential Oil

Simply add each aromatherapy blend to four ounces of body wash.
It is super fun to create a body wash for every mood,
or to create a mood.
Thanks again for taking the time to visit,
I love to hear from you so leave a comment below.
Smiles, Paula
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Monday, September 23, 2013

4 Quick Steam Facials

I love the feeling of a steam facial, it makes my face feel so fresh and hydrated.  Facial saunas are a wonderful way to bring a healthy glow to anyone's complexion. The warm steam opens pores, washes away impurities, and hydrates the skin. Fresh herbs, teas and essential oils increase the benefits.
I am sharing with you today four quick easy ways to add a little steam to your face.

{ #1 }
Lavender Glow Steam Treatment
Dip a soft washcloth into a basin of warm water mixed with a few drops of lavender essential oil.  Wring out the cloth and hold it to your face for a few seconds, or until cooled.  Repeat each morning for a week to bring back a glowing complexion.

{ #2 }
Aromatherapy Facial Steam
Pour four cups of hot boiling water into a large bowl.  Add two drops of lavender essential oil and let it steep for five minutes.  Then make tent over your head and the bowl with a large towel.  Breathe deeply, and stay under the towel for 10 minutes.  This steamy therapy effectively soothes and refreshes.  I love IT!

{ #3 }
Floral Facial Sauna
Combine four cups of water, and one tablespoon of each of the following dried herbs.  Dried rose petals, chamomile, and lavender buds.  Bring the water and herbs to a boil in a large pot.  Let the herbs steep for about five minutes.  Pour into a bowl and make a tent over the bowl with a towel.  Enjoy the steam and the amazing smell for about 10 minutes.  You will love the feeling, and nourishing effects on your complexion.

{ #4 }
Green Tea Facial Sauna
Make a large cup of hot freshly brewed green tea, pour into a basin or bowl.  Dip a washcloth into the bowl and gently wring it out.  Hold it on your face for a few seconds, or until cooled.  The antioxidants will calm  inflamed skin, evening your skin tone.
Another great advantage of steaming is that it can boost the blood circulation which is essential for the reproduction of healthy and new cells.  After each treatment follow up by rinsing your face with warm water, spray on a toner and apply a facial moisturizer.
I hope that you will get steamy very soon.
Smiles, Paula

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