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Aromatherapy: sleep

lavender vanilla lotion

lavender vanilla lotion

lavender vanilla lotion

lavender vanilla lotion

I first smelled this lotion on a toddler, at the preschool I work. She smelled heavenly, and her skin was so soft. One day, I asked her mom what lotion she uses. Next thing I know, she brings in this pretty blue 6.5 oz bottle. I love this lotion and thought I’d share it with you.

It’s the Bath & Body Works aromatherapy sleep lavender vanilla body lotion, which comes in a high quality glass bottle and a plastic pump. The scent is soothing and relaxing and helps me get to sleep easier. The lotion is non sticky and makes my skin feels nice.

This lotion and a cup of tea… my kind of evening. But, there’s more. Bath & Body Works carries other aromatherapy lotions that would be fun to try.Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Lotion - Bath And Body WorksAromatherapy Orange Ginger Body Lotion - Bath And Body Works

Aromatherapy Black Currant Vanilla Body Lotion - Bath And Body Works

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Homemade Shea Butter Lotion

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For Christmas this year, I made lotions and lip balm. They made cute stocking stuffers. The recipe for my lip balm is here. I have been making my own lip balm for almost a year now and I love it. I used these container tubes for the lip balm.

When it came to making my own lotion, I kept things pretty simple: Shea butter, olive oil or coconut oil, essential oils. The result is a rich and buttery cream that keeps the  skin healthy and soft. I use this cream daily after washing my face, and love how it makes my skin feel.

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This lotion is so easy to make.


4 ounces  unrefined shea butter

2 tbsp  olive oil or coconut oil

Drops of essential oils

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Shea Butter

This recipe includes shea butter which is very emollient and soothing to dry skin.  It is the white fat from the shea nut which grows mostly in Africa.  Shea butter is highly moisturizing and rich in vitamins A and E.  I bought a pound of unrefined shea butter and was able to fill six full 4 oz jars.

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Gently melt the shea butter over the stove using a double boiler. I just fill a small saucepan with a couple inches of water, then fit one of my bowls over the top to create a make-shift double boiler.

shea butter

Olive Oil/ Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for the body.  It soaks in quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy feel. Some people don’t like coconut oil so olive oil works just as fine in this recipe. I don’t have one particular brand of coconut oil that I use exclusively but I like this coconut oil.

Olive oil has been used on the body since ancient time. It’s such a simple ingredient yet it’s packed with anti-aging antioxidants and is great for skin, hair, and nails.

Stir the olive oil or coconut oil and essential oils into the melted butter, then place the mixture in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes, until it’s at least half-way solidified again.

Essential Oils

I added a few drops of lavender essential oil but there are many essential oils that would be great for the skin. You could also add beeswax. I saved mine for my lip balms.

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Then all you have to do is use a hand mixer to beat the butter until the lotion has a creamy texture.

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Transfer the lotion into a jar, and use as often as desired. It should last several months.

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Enjoy your soft skin!

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Honestly, do you know what’s in your shampoo?

Like most people, I really want what’s best for my family and expose them to as few chemicals as possible. Yet I find it so hard to find a balance. Every time I turn around there’s some new article on how ‘bad this is for you’ or how ‘this is actually good for you now but wasn’t a few years ago.’ Right now I’m in a battle whether we really need milk, considering all the hormones in it.

As much as I want to buy organic all the time, it is not cheap, and I don’t know about you, but in my area money doesn’t grow on trees.  I try my best to read labels and avoid things that are high in fructose corn syrup, sugar or sodium, but I feel like my hands are tied because of the financial expense. Luckily, ALDI is around the corner – the only place I can afford organic – but the selection is still fairly limited.

I make my own household cleaners using ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice, and they turn out great. I love my homemade lemon face scrub – much better than anything store-bought.

That being said, whenever I can get a great deal on organic products, I’m all over it. So when the Honest Company sent over a few of their products, I was delighted.

So far, I have tried the Honest Shampoo + Body Wash and the Honest Face + Body Lotion. One of the things I’ve noticed about the lotion is the scent – or the lack of – which is how I like it. After all, I don’t need perfume on my face. The shampoo and body wash combo has a mild orange and vanilla scent – just enough to leave a light fragrance in your hair. The consistency is not too thick or too thin, and it left my fine hair soft. Lovely.Honestshampoo

The lotion has a nice consistency – not runny, not greasy. It glides on easily and absorbs quickly.HonestLotion

I love that their products contain no harsh chemicals and many contain coconut oil (my favorite), chamomile and aloe.

I also compared the ingredients. The main ingredients in ‘regular’ shampoo are water and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS). SLS is an oil remover and is also used as an engine degreaser.  Basically, this stuff strips our hair and skin of beneficial oil.

The Honest Company shampoo lists these ingredient: Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Laurylglucoside Crosspolymer, Sodium Coco-Glucoside Tartrate and Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate. These may sound similar, but are actually mild, non-irritating, all natural, plant based surfactants.

One good thing about products like shampoo, conditioner and body wash (organic or not) is that they are made of 90% water so therefore are mostly natural.

While I love the Honest products,  I don’t love their prices. Paying $9.95 for an 8.5 fl. oz. shampoo bottle just doesn’t seem affordable. I usually stock up on the 40 oz. shampoo bottles at Costco for under $7. I’d love to try the Honest conditioning detangler, but once again, a tiny bottle for $5.95 is just not realistic.

I understand that whenever you buy something that is not mass produced, you’ll pay more, but shampoo and body wash (even organic) shouldn’t be luxury items.

Want to try an Honest sample? You can get a free sample pack at Honest Essentials Trial.

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