3 Easy DIY Christmas Gift Body Scrubs!

Winter is here and our skin is prone to getting dried out from this cold weather!

This would be a perfect gift for a loved one or you could use on yourself as well!

If you decide to gift these scrubs, I’d recommend buying small mason jars and decorating with a nice ribboned bow!

8 oz Mason Jars

Here are the recipes below!

Ingredients Needed With Benefits Listed

-sea salt : exfoliant, stress reducer, detoxifier, increases circulation

-honey : antibacterial properties, slows down aging, antioxidant

-sugar : natural humectant, exfoliant

-coffee grounds : antioxidant,exfoliant, contains caffeine which’s tightens skin and reduces cellulite, reduces swelling and inflammation

-shea butter : promotes tissue cell regeneration and softening of skin, reduces wrinkles,

-olive oil : antioxidant, has antibacterial properties, and vitamin E

-coconut oil : antimicrobial and has healing properties

-tea tree oil : antibacterial, heals inflammation, removes odor

-peppermint essential oil : helps with odor, helps muscles relax

-lavender essential oil : provides deeps sense of relaxation, helps relieve aches and pains

1. Homemade Body Scrub

1/2 cup coarse sugar

1/4 cup sea salt

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons coconut oil (if allergic, substitute for olive oil)

5-10 drops peppermint essential oil

1/8 cup shea butter

Directions: place sea salt and sugar into a bowl and blend well with a spoon. Add coconut oil, honey, and Shea butter and blend well. Add drops of peppermint oil to mixture and blend one last time. Transfer mixture to small glass jar with a lid and label it. Store in the fridge to help preserve it.

To use: after you’ve cleansed your body, use fingers or washcloth to massage body scrub onto body for about 10-15 seconds. Rinse off scrub and pat dry to leave your skin feeling smooth and soft!

2. Homemade Foot Scrub

1 cup sea salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon coconut oil

5 drops tea tree oil

5 drops peppermint essential oil

8 drops lavender essential oil

Directions: place sea salt in bowl and add olive oil and coconut oil. Blend mixture with a fork. Add the essential oils and blend with other ingredients.

To use: place small amount in your hand with a spoon. Do this treatment in the shower or tub to avoid a mess! Leave Scrub on for 10-15 minutes and just relax! Once done, rinse with warm water then pat dry and follow with a moisturizer. Store mixture in refrigerator after use.

3. Homemade Lip Scrub

1/4 cup coffee grounds

1 cup honey

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 tablespoon coconut oil (if allergic do not add)

Directions: place coffee grounds into a bowl and blend with honey and olive oil and blend well with a fork.

To use: apply small amount with a soft toothbrush or washcloth to the lips. Gently massage in circular lotion, for about 20 seconds. Rinse and apply lip balm. Store in refrigerator to preserve mixture.

Try out these easy do-it-yourself body scrubs for smoother skin or turn into a gift for a loved one! 😊

Source: draxe.com

5 Ways To Naturally Whiten Your Teeth!

Before we get into how to whiten our teeth, let’s see what leads to having yellow teeth! 

WHY DO YOUR TEETH TURN YELLOW! 

-drinking coffee or tea

-smoking cigarettes 

-thinning tooth enamel due to aging

-poor diet which includes consuming processed foods high in acid 

-excessive fluoride intake 

-genetic factors

Now let’s get to the fun stuff! 

1. BRUSH AFTER DRINKING OR EATING

Not always the easiest but the best way to whiten teeth naturally is to brush right after eating or drinking something.

2. BAKING SODA AND HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

Hydrogen peroxide is an antibacterial Agent and works great as a total mouth and gum cleaner and keeps the mouth free of germs.

Directions: Mix 2 parts of hydrogen peroxide with 1 part of baking soda to make a paste that’ll help remove plaque from your teeth.

Make sure to have enough hydrogen peroxide mixed skin as the baking soda can be rough on your enamel. 

Brush the paste on your teeth for about 30 seconds and rinse well.

3. COCONUT OIL PULLING

Oil pulling works by detoxifying the oral cavity by sucking the dirt (toxins) put ofbyour mouth and creates a clean, antiseptic oral environment.

Directions: put a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish between your teeth for 5 – 20 minutes or add a few drops to your toothbrush and brush it on

Another option is to apply coconut oil to a corner of a clean washcloth and rub it on your teeth!

A bonus: Coconut oil has antimicrobial properites so its great for protecting and cleaning your gums too!

4. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR 

ACV works as a natural antibiotic, teeth/gum cleanser, and is able to remove those stubborn stains on the teeth. Since it’s naturally acidic, it helps break down plaque or other substances stuck to the teeth. Be careful not to brush too hard or too much as it can remove the enamel from your teeth. 

Directions: Brush with ACV. Afterwards, brush again with regular, non-fluoride toothpaste, or you can rinse your mouth really well. 
5. ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

Activated charcoal can help whiten teeth by absorbing plaque and microscopic tidbits that cause staining.

Directions: wet a toothbrush and into powdered activated charcoal. Brush teeth as normal, paying close attention to areas showing the most staining. Sip some water, swish around thoroughly and spit it out. Rinse well, until spit is clear. 

For best results, brush with activated charcoal 2-3 times per week but avoid using if you have crowns, caps, or porcelain veneers. 

Get your activated charcoal here: 

So give these a try and see which method works best for you! =)

13 Best Ingredients For Your Natural Skin Care Regimen!

There are so many chemicals in skin care products! So I try my best to incorporate natural ingredients into my skin care as much as I can! Here are a 13 best natural ingredients for your skin care regimen:

1. Coconut Oil


-strengthens underlying epidermal tissue, removes dead skin cells, protects us from sunburns.

-is also used to help cleanse, moisturize, remove makeup, heals wounds or scars, and prevents razor burns.

-can also be used for dry hands, as a face wash, massage oil, night cream, shaving gel, and for stretch marks. Click picture below to purchase!

2. Tea Tree Oil

-has natural inflammatory, anti bacterial, and anti fungal properties.

-it is said to be one of the best home rermedies to treat acne.

-can also help treat bacterial infections, cold sores, psoriasis, dry cuticles, itchy insect bites, sores, and sunburns. Click picture below to purchase!

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

-helps kill pathogens like bactereria, clears skin problems caused by gut issues, helps prervent acne.

-can also be used to balance pH, skin toner, heals poison ivy, removes warts, and eases varicose veins. Click picture below to purchase!

4. Raw Honey


-it’s one of the best natural sources of nutrients, enmzymes, vitamins, and skin boosting acids.

-reduces breakouts, provides moisturizing properties, and helps reduce scars. Click picture below to purchase!

5. Sea Salt

-loaded with tons of minerals and nutrients like maghnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium.

-can be used in homemade facial masks, toners, and scrubs in combination with coconut oil, lavender oil, and raw honey. Click picture below to purchase!

6. Avocado


-includes vitamins A,D, and E that are able to penetrate the skin.

-can boost collagen production, treat age spots, and reduces skin inflammation. Click picture below to purchase!

7. Lemon Essential Oil

-used to diminish breakouts, fades scars and age spots, exfoliates skin, brighten and lightens skin, tones oily skin and fights wrinkles. Click picture below to purchase!

8. Argan Oil

-has healing properties because it’s rich in vitamin A and E, various antioxidants, and omega-6 fatty acids. 

-apply oil directly to normal or troubled skin twice daily to help heal irritations like acne, bug bites, eczema and psoriasis. Click picture below to purchase!

9. Aloe Vera


-has soothing ingredients together that fight inflammation, redness, and itching. 

-it’s a natural skin remedy for burns, frostbite, psoriasis, and cold sores. Click picture below to purchase!

10. Jojoba Oil

-one of the most widely used carrier oils that is extremely moisturizing.

-can help heal burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, and wrinkles.

-also used to reduce balding because it encourages hair regrowth, soothes skin, and unclogs hair follicles. Click picture below to purchase!

11. Almond Oil

-has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties. 

-great carrier oil for other essential oils to naturally treat skin rashes, acne, or dryness.

-also blends easily with many different smells so it can be used in homemade washes, masks, or lotions. Click picture below to purchase!

12. Shea Butter

-excellent for moisturizing dry skin types, reduces flaking, redness or peeling. Click picture below to purchase!

13. Castor Oil

-can be used to cleanse the skin.

-for face cleansing use about a teaspoon of castor oil, mixed into 1/4 cup of another oil like coconut or almond. Rub and massage ino face, then rinse with warm water to carry away impurities. Click picture below to purchase!

*always do a patch test on your skin to make sure that you do not form an allergy or rash from using these ingredients*

Do your best to have these ingredients stocked at home to easily treat any skin problems you may be experiencing!