All Natural, Zero Waste, DIY, Vegan, Facial Toner!

I’ve never really been big into all of the hype of beauty products in general. I see people using 10+ different creams, toners, soaps, moisturizers, etc. on their face 2x a day, and I’m not quite sure I understand. Is this necessary? For me I’m just a water kind of girl, like seriously, I pretty much only put water on my face. My skin is so super sensitive to chemicals that it’s just not in the cards for me.

However, since I have been using essential oils, I have discovered some really great things about them. For example, lemon and frankincense can lighten your skin and even out your skin tone, rosemary can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and more! While I have a great complexion, I have very uneven skin tone due to melasma from pregnancy. But I have found a way to aid in this by using essential oils! I am so excited about this because my skin is not sensitive to them at all, they are vegan, made 100% from plants, pure therapeutic grade oils, and I only need a few drops!

I have been doing two things to help my face in the past few weeks. I created a skin lightening/evening cream made with coconut oil, melaleuca, lemon, lavender, and frankincense essential oils. I have also created this AMAZING skin toner!

Skin toners are so great, and have wonderful benefits! But don’t forget, they are not all alike. Common skin toners often include sodium laurel sulfates, petroleum, synthetic fragrance, acetone, lanolin, phthalates, and more! This is not good, and I do not want that on my skin! Did you know your skin is the largest organ in your body, and whatever you put on it can enter your bloodstream within 4 minutes. Now just take a moment to think of all the things you put on your skin…

So I have come up with a super simple, all natural, zero waste, homemade DIY toner that will not only improve you skin, but it can also:

  • Reduce the size of your pores. (All)
  • Even your skin tone. (Frankincense)
  • Balances the pH of your skin. (Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • Prevent ingrown hairs. (Apple Cider Vinegar, Melaleuca)
  • Gently cleans. (All)
  • Adds a thin layer of protection. (Frankincense)
  • Reduces the chance of breakouts. (Melaleuca, Rosemary)
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles. (Rosemary)
  • Brighten your skin. (Frankincense.
  • And more…

So here it is

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All Natural, Chemical Free, Zero Waste, Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Toner

1 cup (8 oz.) water

2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar (Make it yourself! Find the recipe here.)

5 drops dōTERRA Melaleuca Essential Oil

2 drops dōTERRA Frankincense Essential Oil

1 drop dōTERRA Rosemary Essential Oil

Mix together in a small spray bottle or jar. Apply to a cotton facial round (preferably reusable) and evenly apply to your face.

Watch the magic happen!

Now, I know essential oils can seem very expensive, but if you purchase a pure therapeutic grade oil, each drop is only a few cents, and usually you only need a few drops. This toner only cost me $1.02 at my wholesale cost! (25% off)

Total – $1.02

Now that’s an all natural, chemical free bargain – wouldn’t you say?

If you want to get the same discount I do on essential oils, click here and sign up for your own wholesale account! I’d love to be your oily mentor and share all my tips and tricks with you too!

Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar!

This post have been a long time coming.

So I’m not a fermenting expert or a scientist (yet), but I can tell you how to throw together some apple cider vinegar and it will most likely turn out.

Water – Sugar – Apples – Air – Wait…

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Nice and pretty!

For a 1 gallon container (glass preferably)

I like to fill my 1 gallon container with a 1/2 gallon of non-chlorinated water, then add 1 Tbsp raw sugar. This is your basic ratio. The reason this isn’t quiet as complicated as normal ferments is because you are adding a bunch of extra sugar with all the apples, so if your water/sugar ratio is off then oh well….

Then I add a bunch of cut up apples. I like to save cores, scraps, skins, etc for this. We also have an apple tree, so I pick up the bruised ones, chop them up and throw them in. Add quite a bit. If there is more room to spare in your jar then add more of the sugar/water mix until it’s pretty full. Put a cloth (non cheesecloth, unless you want fruit flies) over the top and secure with a string or rubber band. I use all those pesky produce rubber bands for my ferments.

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A little action in there!

For the first week, open and stir your mix about 3x a day with a plastic or wooden spoon.

For the second week, stir 1x per day.

I usually forget about it on the third week.

At this point it’s usually done. Taste it. If you want more vinegar flavor then let it go longer. If not then go ahead and strain it and keep it in an air tight container.

If you would like to grow your own mother to do this whole process a bit faster, strain and then put the cloth back on and let it sit for awhile… maybe a month or two.

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Stir, stir, stir! Love those bubbles!

That’s it. So easy.

Questions?

Things I use ACV for:

Making “buttermilk” – if you add 1 tsp ACV to 1 cup plant based milks it will curdle and make “buttermilk.”

ACV shots. Yep I take a shot ever now and then. It’s good for you.

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Getting… ugly – and vinegary!

I use it as conditioner. 1/2 water, 1/2 ACV. This is where the homemade vin comes in handy, because Bragg’s isn’t cheap and if you are dumping it on your head, it will go quick.

Bread! My new bread maker calls for a little white vinegar in all the recipes, I just use ACV.

Salad dressing.

MORE.

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Ready to strain and consume!

GOOD LUCK! – Leave questions in the comments!

Homemade Zero Waste Cashew Milk

 

cashew-2Why on earth would someone make homemade nut milks when they could just buy it so easily at the store? No straining, no mess, perfectly sweetened…

In terms of zero waste, plant based milk is almost always packaged in Tetra Pak. Although the cartons just seem like cardboard, they aren’t. Something has to keep the milk from seeping though, and we all know cardboard is not waterproof. So what is Tetra Pak anyway?

Let’s start from the inside out…

6 LAYERS – Polyurethane, polyurethane, aluminum, polyurethane, paperboard, and finally another layer of polyurethane.

So now it’s a bit easier to understand why these packages are not recyclable at all. Do your recycling center a favor and quit putting them in there already!

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Talk about bulk! This is 25 lbs. for only $1.5o a lb! 

Reasons why you should drink homemade nut milks…

Creamy

Nutty

Yummy

Homemade nut milks are so EASY! If you’ve been afraid to try, you have no reason to! This is my simple recipe that I use for most nut milks. Cashew milk is one of my favorites though because you don’t have to strain it, so you aren’t left with a bunch of pulp. Sometimes pulp is great, and there are many things you can use it for, but it’s just easier to skip the straining part. If you don’t have a pretty good blender you may still have to strain, but it might be good enough, just give it a try.

Homemade Zero Waste Cashew Milk

3/4-1 Cup Raw Cashews (soaked in enough water to cover for at least 4 hours)

4 Cups Water

2 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup (optional, but I like mine sweet!)

1/2-1 tsp. Vanilla (You decide! I like 1/2 tsp.)

Pinch of Ground Cinnamon (optional)

Pinch of Sea Salt

Directions – Blend, blend, blend, drink!

Stores in the fridge for about 4 days. If you can’t drink that much, then half the recipe.

If you are doing another kind of nut, then you will want to soak the nuts, blend with water, strain, then add the rest.

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