the summer of DIY

Ladies and gentlemen – summer is here!

Show your skin (and wallet) some extra love this summer season by making simple and nourishing skin care creations, right from home! Shaving cream, bug spray, sunscreens, face scrubs…..they are all actually reeeeeaaally easy to make. Here are my favourite summer staples to make from home – for yourself or as gifts 🙂

Basic Ingredients you’ll want these on hand anytime you feel a craving to create!
Oils – olive, avocado, sweet almond, coconut, apricot kernel, grapeseed….
Essential Oils – sweet orange, pink grapefruit, peppermint, lemon, jasmine, vanilla, eucalyptus, lavender. More masculine scents are patchouli, cedar, cardamom, pine, lemongrass or vetiver.
Food – avocado, pureed pumpkin, raw honey, coarse sea salt, brown sugar, coconut sugar
Liquids – witch hazel, distilled water, aloe vera juice

pic from here

Bug Spray
Bugs aren’t really that complicated so try not to spend too much money on fancy gadgets and sprays to repel them. This recipe  adapted from Wellness Mama works great!
* Fill a spray bottle 1/2 full of distilled water. Fill the other half with witch hazel. Add 30-50 drops of any of the following bug-repelling essential oils (or make a blend!):
Rosemary, Clove, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Citronella, Geranium, Neem, Lavender, Catnip, Thyme, Mint, Cinnamon

Did you get bitten anyways? Dab some tea tree oil or lavender oil right on the bite. It will stop the sting, stop the itch, and disinfect the area.

Shaving Cream
I have a secret……y’all have the ingredients for a silky smooth moisturizing shave cream right in your cupboard.
* Shaving oil: straight olive, jojoba or coconut oil will do the job and leave your skin supple and smooth. Just put a few drops on your legs/face/underarms and go to town.
cream consistency* Shaving cream: requires a little more work but still worth it. Melt 2/3 cup Shea butter, 2/3 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup olive or grapeseed oil. When this is melted, stir it together and add in a few drops of essential oils if you like (gents – cedar, pine, cardamom or vanilla are all very masculine). Let the mixture cool, then start whipping it either with a stand mixer or elbow grease 🙂 You’ll end up with something that looks like delicious whipped cream!

this kid knows whats up

Summer Mist Hydrating Toner
 I didn’t know what toners were until a few months ago but now I just think of them as cooling refreshing mists to spritz on my face in the heat of summer. Realistically toners are used to help close pores, hydrate and tighten the skin, but whether or not you need that kind of treatment doesn’t really matter – the ingredients will be hydrating and refreshing to your skin no matter what.
* Take an empty spritz bottle and fill half with distilled water and half with aloe vera juice (I like Aubrey’s Aloe Vera). Add in about 30 drops of essential oil, whatever scent you find most refreshing. Shake it up and spritz away! Good refreshers are rosewater, orange blossom, lavender, pink grapefruit, lemon and peppermint.

Sunscreen
Check out my previous blog on sunscreens, then consider the following plant oils to help you on your way to a burn-free summer!
Almond Oil – SPF 5
Coconut Oil- SPF 4-6
Red Raspberry Seed Oil – SPF 25-50
Carrot Seed Oil –  SPF 35-40
Wheat Germ Oil – SPF 20

Did you get burned by the sun anyway?  Lavender essential oil helps heal sunburns and repair damage to skin. Always slather on a good layer of pure aloe vera gel to cool the skin and promote healing as well.

Solid Perfume/Cologne
Stop smelling like everyone else and make your own signature scent this summer! Does it feel like the summer of “sweet orange and vanilla” or maybe the summer of “lemongrass and cedar”?
DSC07580* In a pot melt 1 tbsp beeswax and  3 tbsp jojoba oil. When they are melted together, add in 45 drops essential oil of your choice (I made sweet orange/vanilla by doing 25 drops of each). Stir together then pour into a shallow glass jar to cool. Once set, dab and go!

 

Delicious Body and Face Scrub
After a long day at the beach, it’s nice to come home to a shower to wash off the day. Pamper yourself while you’re in there with this easy dirt-cheap recipe!
* Take 1 mashed avocado OR 1 cup pureed pumpkin (for extra vitamin A – great for more mature skin or sun-damaged skin). Add in a teaspoon of raw honey and 2 tbsp either coarse sea salt or coarse sugar. Stir it all together, then rub onto face and body for a truly delicious exfoliating experience!
Got cellulite? (who doesn’t) – mix 1/4 cup jojoba oil with 2 tbsp each coffee grounds and coarse sea salt. Rub onto skin. The caffeine in coffee grounds promotes circulation and tightness!

 

I think that’s enough to keep you busy over the summer! If you have questions about ingredients, substitutions, or want any more recipes let me know 🙂 Hope this has inspired you to unleash your creative self, all inspired by nature and beautiful summer ❤
-Emily

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