Ok so ive now been using my at home made facewash. Made with doTerra essential oils and a mixture of coconut oil and jojoba oil.
I gotta say. Its fantastic! I occasionally have a break out, but it goes away within 2-3 days instead of a week or two. My skin is so much clearer and cleaner. Im amazed every night when i wash my face and see how much dirt i pull off! Most of my breakouts are hormonal so i do have a couple break outs here and there around that time, but my skin overall looks fantastic.
And as another bonus, I dyed my hair and spilled some on my skin. I always do… However i washed it the next day with my face wash and it pulled all the dye off my skin. So i didnt have to walk around with a red spot on my cheek!
So yeah, of all the OTC meds ive tried, perscription and otherwise. My home made oil based facewash with doTerra essential oils is the winner!
Well it works! It actually surprises me how much oil i pull off my face. Well not oil persey, But how much DIRT comes off my face.
I ended up adding in jojoba oil a couple days ago. It thinned the coconut oil so that the face wash is constantly liquid. I did alot of reading that jojoba oil is awesome for the skin and is the closest oil to the kind your skin produces so it is great to combat it.
Anyway it works. I cant say im NOT breaking out. Because i am, Quite a bit. But for one, the pimples are TINY now, And they go away super fast, as long as i dont pop them. Like by morning.
I also found that the jojoba oil dosent really SINK into your skin the way the coconut oil does. So i put it on before bed, when i can pull my bangs off my forehead and let the oil really sink in. Otherwise its holy shiny batman!
BUT the key thing is, so far, i like it! Im going to give it some more time too, see how it goes!
I really wanted to try to make some face wash with my oils. So i did my thing. I googled and googled and googled.
I have an Oily T zone, if you know your face. its my forehead, nose and chin are super oily and the rest is pretty dry. So i break out. Bad. Regardless of what i do. I occasionally break out on my cheeks too, but not as often.
Really i know that breakouts have to do with unbalanced hormones and oily skin is often caused by overwashing your skin. For years i didnt wash it at all, Then with only water, Then with all sorts of chemical/commercial products. It didnt HELP! So im trying something new. This is day ONE!
Most websites called for castor oil. Which i dont have. So i went with that i did. Organic coconut oil. ( its my new bestie) I picked up this cheap squeeze bottle from walmart. I filled it 2/3rds the way full with coconut oil, I pre-melted it so it went in easier. Then i added 2-3 drops each of Lavender, Peppermint, Meleluca and one drop of rosemary. Closed it up, shook it and then put a few drops on a cottonball and wiped my face down. I had prewashed my face with water earlier and i was amazed at how much crap came off!
In one of my doTerra groups, I saw several times popping up, Melaluca for breaking out and Lavender for soothing the skin, I decided to add Peppermint ( wakes you up) and Lemon after seeing on a few blogs that it helps clean your skin. Prety much this is my newest trial and error thing. I want to know how its going to react. After washing once, my skin feels soft, NOT oily.
Here is a list of essential oils from THIS BLOG.
- Lavender (acne, oily, or even dry skin – lavender is healing, but a little, tiny bit goes a long way)
- Peppermint (like lavender, peppermint is great for oily and acneic skin, and like lavender don’t use much! It’s very astringent, but it might also tingle your skin right off its bones)
- Chamomile (my favorite chamomile is Roman – and roman chamomile is wonderfully healing and soothing, so it’s great for ALL skin types. Really. Very, very great, but also very expensive)
- Rose (wonderful for aging, dry and normal skin, it’s also pretty expensive, unless you find the “mixed with jojoba” kind, which just means it’s diluted and you can use more in your blend than if it were “neat”)
- Rose geranium (another great, all-around healing essential oil – this is especially good for dry, sensitive, aging, and normal skin)
- Palmarosa (my skin loooves this oil, and it’s great for any skin type, but it does seem to work well for breakouts, in addition to being softening and soothing for aging skin, which, yes, I have)
- Lemongrass (brightening and toning, this is a great oil for normal, oily, or acneic skin)
- Rosemary (got acne and oily skin? You might just want this)
One of the first things i was lucky enough to make with doTerra essential oils was Hand sanitizer.
Traditionally it has alcohol which is drying plus there is a bit going around about alcohol just making virus’s and bugs stronger instead of killing them off. :D
You will need.
Small bottles. I prefer a small bottle to carry in my car and purse over a large bottle. Although recycling pump bottles would be great for this.
Aloe Vera Gel. Or if you want to be really creative, the pulp from an aloe very plant.
Vitamin E Oil
And essential oils of your choice. antibacterial types such as:
doTerra On guard
Mix equal parts aloe and vitamin e oil. Fill your bottle about 2/3rds the way full with your gel. Add in your witches hazel to thin out your gel mixture. Add in 3-5 drops of your essential oils of choice. I have a lemon and melaleuca blend, a on guard blend and a lavender.
Any of these oils and more can make amazing hand sanitizer that can help you and your loved ones stay healthy without harsh chemicals.
I found this link on another blog when i was reading up on what other people like to use on their hand sanitizer. There are tons of different instructions out there that you could try. I hope you check them all out!
This link is about the risks of sanitizer.
A bit over a month ago, i was really introduced to doTerra. Long story short, i have terrible migraines and i got something from it that helped. Not perfect, but much better then taking medication including my prescription drugs.
I was given a sample of past tense and peppermint, They really didnt help me though.
I was later given a sample of frankincense and instructed to put one drop in the roof of my mouth. And wouldn’t you know it, it worked! It didn’t get rid of the entire migraine, but it helped it scale back.
Recently i had the start of a bad migraine and was given a drop of the oil DDR Prime, i rubbed it on my temples and the migraine really was TOTALLY gone at that point. Ive learned so many amazing things about DDR Prime, but I’m totally getting ahead of myself.
Back to the start! I signed up with doTerra and got some amazing information. There are some websites which were great, Groups on facebook, oh so many groups! Friends who are interested. I got the book Modern Essentials and it has been an amazing resource to read and re read.
I’m a bit of a hippie, which is great. I love doing things that don’t involve medication which i know has so many side effects. I like things that work. I love things that have MANY uses. I like versatile and i love making things myself. I think its fun, and you have a sense of accomplishment when you do. So really Essential Oils are right up my ally.
In my first few weeks i was sold. I started putting lavender on the bottoms of my 2 year old son’s feet and he started sleeping through the nigh. He was waking up 5-6 times a night prior. I started using my frankinsence on my migraines, we had a chemical burn in the house and i used lavender and frankinsense to treat it. He had no lasting burn marks, it was gone by morning. We soothed bug bites, yeasty diaper rash. Battled congestion and colds with Breathe. And so much more.
I went to classes and did a make and take for some bathroom items, learned how to make more products myself. Just totally exciting. You may have to forgive my excitement, or not, but i plan on writing more about the things im learning and here soon, i plan on making more items and writing about them!
Im making a very neat prop right now in the form of a pea pod cocoon. Its going to be a surprise in the end BUT i wanted to put a wee little flower on it. Ive grown sugar snap peas for years so i know how the pod grows out of the flower. They dont really grow at the same time. But really. For a girl. You need a flower hehe.
My pea pod flower is super easy! Worked in two parts.
I used scrap worsted weight yarn in cream and pink and a K hook.
You will ch1 and turn after each row.
Yarn A will be your large petal ( cream)
Yarn B. will be your small petals ( pink)
Create a magic circle with yarn A.
Hdc 8 in circle. Do not pull tight. Ch1 turn.
Row 2- hdc across ( 8)
Row 3. Hdc 2 together. Hdc 4, hdc 2 together ( 6)
Row 4. Hdc 2 together, hdc 2, hdc 2 together ( 4)
Row 5. Hdc 2 together, hdc 2 together ( 2)
Reattach yarn to the magic circle. Leave a 4 inch long tail.
Rept first petal.
You will have two petals opposite one another.
Close magic circle and use your long tail to lace your two petals half way up ONE side only. This will draw them together.
With color B.
Create a magic circle.
Ch2 hdc 4.
hdc 2 together twice. (2)
Cut ties, retattach yarn
rept the first petal again.
Using your long tie. Sew your two smaller petals in color be facing down to the center of petal A. Looking at photos of sweet pea flowers. the center petal points down while the two larger petals on the sides furl in and out cupping it. I took photos of my flower with several i found on google image search as i tried to make them similar.
Here it is attached to the pod. It is dissproportionate but its ok as its an accent.