Natural Skin Care

My Top 5 Favorite Lip Balms {stocking stuffer ideas}

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Lip balm, anyone? Lip balm, to me, is life. I’m a bit obsessed, yes. But who doesn’t need a bit of lip balm in their life? And it’s a super-easy and cheap way to pamper yourself.

Or, as we scoot closer to Christmas, giving away lip balm is a simple way to bless others.

I’ve rounded up my top 5 favorite lip balms that make great little gifts or stocking stuffers for the special people in your life.

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My favs!

 

1. Aubrey Organics. Treat em Right Lip Balm, Raspberry flavor.

This is the best raspberry flavored lip balm I have ever tried. The eos Pomegranate-Raspberry lipbalm is similar but not quite as good.

What I love:

I love it that this product is organic (not vegan because of the beeswax though).

It has rose seed oil and vitamin e in addition to the 4 other oils listed.

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This product is currently $5.03 on Amazon.


2. Burt’s Bees. 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm, Beeswax.

This one is a true classic. I use quite often. I have yet to find another minty lip balm that holds a candle to Burt’s Bees.

What I love:

The flavor and texture of this lip balm is perfect. Beautifully minty, but with a touch of rosemary to give it that extra layer of flavor.

Lanolin has been added to it, which is great for chapped skin.

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This lip balm is $8.62 for a 4-pack on Amazon but can be purchased in single at just about any store or drugstore.


 

3. Covergirl. Natureluxe Gloss Balm, in anemone.

This lip balm is a cross between lip gloss and lip balm. Although to me, it is more like a sheer lipstick.

What I love:

This lip gloss/balm isn’t as natural as most of my other lip balms, but it does have slightly better ingredients than most lipsticks..like lanolin, calendula wax and shea butter.

Plus I love the colors. I have one in anemone (coralish red color) and hibiscus (a mauve-ish berry shade).

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I’ll tell you a secret. These are typically $9 at places like Wal-Mart but I bought mine from a discount store (Odd Lots) for $1!


 

4. Primal Pit Paste. Chai Pucker Paste Lip Balm.

This is a new lip balm that I ordered with my deodorant from Primal Pit Paste just to try it out. I’m a sucker for chai flavors and I was very pleasantly surprised with this one.

What I love:

I love pretty much everything about this stuff. It has 6 ingredients, 4 of them organic. There are no harsh chemicals, propylene glycol, aluminum, parabans or synthetic fragrances in this product. Sweet!

The texture is nice, a tad on the buttery side and the fragrance is wonderful. I’m not sure what they’ve used as fragrance but I imagine it has cinnamon and cloves, which gives off a slight tinglyness.

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Primal Pit Paste is currently having a 6-day sale on their products and this lip balm is currently $3.96.


 

5. Smith’s Rosebud Salve.

This salve I tried for the first time 5+ years ago and it is everything they say! A true beauty classic. And versatile! A salve can be used on any dry skin, not just lips.

What I loved:

The smell is lovely and the texture is similar to Vaseline. It does work very well. The ingredients are somewhat mysterious so I’m not 100% sure what makes this stuff so awesome. I like it that this product comes in a tin or tube, because the tin is super hard to open.

Because I do not currently own any, this is what it looks like⤵⤵⤵

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photo credit: Amazon

I first purchased this product at Bath & Body Works. It is available on Amazon for $6.50.


 

Found any new favorite lip balms lately? Or have any old favorites that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear all about it, I’m always looking for more lip balms to try 😊 And, er, gift. 😉

~Rachel

Note: I did not receive compensation for my reviews of these products. I just really like them!

DIYs, Natural Skin Care

Healing Sunshine Salve {with Calendula, Dandelion and Goldenrod}

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I made a lovely Autumn inspired salve yesterday and I had a lot of fun with it 🙂 Sometimes I just need to create something. You know what I mean? It’s therapeutic. And its good to invest in hobbies.

In this diy I am combining several hobbies and passions of mine. Foraging, gardening and herbalism all come into play here. Plus a bit of aromatherapy as well 🙂

Foraging: I found the dandelion in my backyard and the goldenrod in a family member’s yard.

Gardening: I grew the calendula 🙂

Herbalism: What benefits will result from the infused oils used in this salve?

Why calendula? 

-it is gentle to use on children, helps skin heal and good for inflammation.

Why dandelion?

-it is good for sore muscles and rough, chapped skin.

And lastly, why goldenrod?

-it helps heal wounds and burns. It also helps with muscle aches and arthritis pain. And most interestingly, it is said to help with winter blues.

Step 1: Harvest and Prepare Plant Materials

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Goldenrod. I hung it upside down inside a small paper bag to minimize messiness.
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Lovely brilliant orange calendula.
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Dandelion flowers. These ones I foraged from my backyard last spring.
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Ready to make the infused oils!

Step 2: Prepare the Infused Oils

Sweet almond oil allows the delicate scents of the flowers to shine, without altering the golden colors.

I filled the jars with oil. The dandelion jar got about a 50/50 ratio of sweet almond oil to extra virgin olive oil because I ran out of almond.

To make my infusion I followed the “fast way” directions as per The Nerdy Farm Wife.

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Before infusion.
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After infusion, ready to strain.
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Coffee filters with canning rings worked well.

 

Step 3: Assemble and Prepare Ingredients

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Oils ready for measuring. From left to right: Dandelion, calendula, goldenrod.
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Other ingredients: lavender and neroli essential oil blend, cocoa butter, beeswax, argan oil.
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Cocoa butter, beeswax, infused oils and argan oil measured out.

Step 4: Melt and Pour

I don’t have any pics (of good quality that is) of this part. This is a fairly fast step. Melting the beeswax will take 5 minutes or so. The cocoa butter melts within minutes and it all comes together rather quickly.

Be careful and quick when pouring. Melted beeswax can be troublesome to clean up.

Step 5: Let Set

Here are some pics of the gradual cooling process. I love the change of colors.

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Healing Sunshine Salve {with Calendula, Dandelion and Goldenrod}

Makes: 4oz

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons+2 teaspoons calendula infused sweet almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon goldenrod infused sweet almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon+1/4 teaspoon dandelion flower infused sweet almond oil/extra virgin olive oil (I used a 50/50 ratio because I ran out of almond oil.)
  • 11 drops argan oil
  • 4 drops lavender and neroli essential oil blend (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons+1 teaspoon+1/4+1/8 teaspoon cocoa butter
  • 1 Tablespoon+1 teaspoon+scant 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped beeswax

Supplies/Kitchen Equipment:

  • A medium saucepan
  • 2 glass jars, for cocoa butter and oils
  • A clean tin can
  • A wooden or metal skewer
  • An oven mitt
  • A small clean glass jar, for the finished salve

Directions:

1. Measure cocoa butter into a glass jar. Measure oils (all except essential oil) into a separate glass jar. Place the chopped beeswax into the tin can.

2. Fill a medium saucepan with a few inches of water and turn the burner on medium high heat. Melt the beeswax in a tin can submerged in the hot water. It will float so you will need to hold it with an oven mit. Stir with the skewer till melted.

3. Melt cocoa butter in a glass jar, next to the can of beeswax. Remove from heat when almost melted. (Some small peices will remain but they will melt.)

4. Add oils to beeswax. Stir and allow beeswax to re-melt before adding melted cocoa butter. Stir and remove from pan.

5. Stir well and pour quickly into prepared salve jar. Add essential oils quickly and stir well.

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Cost:

It cost me $2.39 to make this salve. That’s about 60¢ per oz. The jar was gifted to me so that cost was excluded.

So yeah that sounds pretty cheap, right? But a salve like this is most cost effective when you collect the ingredients over time. All of these ingredients, minus the sweet almond oil I use for other things. I would have paid $31.33 if I bought everything all at once.

I loved it that I was able to save money by foraging and growing my own flowers 🙂 It took a bit of patience to wait for the harvest, but it was worth it.💛💙

~Rachel

All photos are my own.

Natural Skin Care

My {Simple} Coconut Rose Facial Routine

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Note: I’ve received no compensation for my thoughts on these products. I just enjoy using them ☺

For about a year, I have been using a skin care regimen that I love. It is easy, cheap and smells divine. It lacks harmful chemicals and the cleanser I use adds $ to a local small business. It is also versatile because it can be used every season of the year.

So what is it? Very simple. Unscented goats milk soap, rose hydrosol and coconut oil. I will discuss all of these below and finish with a description of my facial routine.

#1: Goats Milk Soap {Cleanser}

The first product I use is unscented goats milk soap. You can check out the one I use here. I’ve been using soap from this company for about 2 years and I love it. They use fresh, raw goats milk directly from their farm. Really cool.

What’s so good about goats milk? It has naturally occurring capric-caprylic triglycerides. This is a fancy pants term for “good fat”. It also has a pH that helps keep the soap balanced and not too harsh for your skin. A soaper friend shared this with me when she introduced me to goats milk soap.

This bar of soap lasts me a long time. I think I buy maybe 2 bars a year, if that.

#2: Rose Hydrosol {Refresher}

Product numero dos is my organic rose hydrosol (also called rose water). You can read a bit about it here, on the Plant Therapy website. In a nutshell, a hydrosol is scented water.

Hydrosol is is the “leftovers” of the distillation process. While it is not as potent as the essential oil, it still retains some of the scent and therapeutic properties associated with the essential oil.

The rose hydrosol that I use (Rosa damascene or Damask Rose) is helpful for some skin issues, such as dry skin, eczema and wrinkles. For emotional issues it works to bring balance and feelings of well-being. Something to think about next time you smell a velvety beautiful rose.

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Check out any deals that PT has to offer so you won’t have to pay full price. I wait for a good one until I purchase a new bottle.

#3: Coconut Oil {Moisturizer}

I use the organic brand from Aldi. It is unrefined and cold pressed. Coconut oil is good, cheap and useful for many things. I use it for my face, for popping homemade popcorn, for greasing my pans and for making salves.

Coconut oil is one among many oils that can be used as a facial moisturizer. I’ve tried a few different types but this one works the best for me thus far.

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This is my face on a very good day. Probably because I was nursing and forced to eat healthy & be super hydrated!

Now that my hormones have leveled a bit and the seasons are changing my skin is becoming less dry. So I’m wondering after reading this, if coconut oil is really the best choice for my face right now. This nifty list is a good resource to help you choose the best non-comedogenic oil for your skin type. I’m thinking about trying argan oil. I will let you know how it goes!

Method

The steps are very simple. Wet face. Lather and rinse. Exfoliation optional. Dry. Here I go to the fridge and take out my rose hydrosol and spritz some on. Let my face dry a bit. Make sure my hair is tied up, then I rub in some coconut oil on my face and neck. Finito.

Occasionally I will use some witch hazel on a cotton ball to get rid of any residual soap.

I wash my face at least once a day. Two times if its warmer out or if I’ve worn makeup that day.

And that’s it. Very easy. Smells so good. And cheap.

How cheap? For one year, I calculated that it costs me about $1.89 a month. When I was buying stuff from Wal-Mart I was paying something like $15 every month. $15 for stuff that wasn’t doing me a lot of favors. I love it when things are cheap, good and most importantly work well.

~Rachel

Resources:

www.brambleberry.com

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health and Well-Being (2013) by Julia Lawless