Katie Sue’s Favorite Bath! – DIY Bath Salts

Well, readers, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Like, months. I haven’t lost my passion for essential oils, or Young Living products, but I’ve been struggling (and gotten out of the habit) with blogging. It’s a lot of work! I have a full-time “day job” and a life, and it’s hard to find the motivation to use my free time to blog (I know, I know, there’s an oil for that 😉 ). I’m trying to do better!

Today I want to talk about one of my favorite things; BATHS! I absolutely love taking a long, hot, relaxing bath! But what makes a bath awesome? What you add to the water, of course! 

There are so many options!
Epsom Salt
Himalayan Pink Salt
Baking Soda
Bath Bombs/Bubble Bath
Oils, oils, oils

How to choose?!

I like to mix and match! Below I’ll tell you the benefits of adding each of these to your bath, and give you a recipe to try out!

Epsom Salt¹

Epsom salt (chemical name: magnesium sulfate), named for the Epsom region of England. It has anti-inflammatory properties, making it great for relieving minor aches and pains. It is also full of magnesium (which promotes a better night’s sleep; among other things).

Historically, Epsom salt has been used to relieve many issues**, including:

  • Itching caused by poison ivy
  • Skin irritations and inflammation
  • Sore feet & muscles
  • Sprains
  • Stiff joints
  • Stress
  • Sunburn
  • Constipation (especially when added to a glass of drinking water)

For me, adding Epsom salt to my bath water makes the water feel softer, and makes it easier to relax. 

Note: this is salt, so if you have a cut/open wound, you may experience discomfort if you submerge broken skin into the Epsom salt water. If you have never used Epsom salt before, consider testing it on a patch of skin first. 

Himalayan Pink Salt² ³

I LOVE Himalayan Pink Salt! I cook with it, use it as a scrub, add it to my bath, plus I have two salt lamps! It is simply wonderful! Pink salt is known for being full of minerals such as magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, and zinc. These minerals are known to help fortify bones, skin, and connective tissues that may contribute to soreness. When you soak in anything, you absorb it into your skin, so taking a bath in pink salt, you are getting all of these essential minerals absorbed right into your blood stream!

In addition to providing you with necessary minerals, it also helps your body detox, as well as help to regulate your body’s pH balance (I find this to be especially true!)**.

Baking Soda 4

Baking soda is comprised of sodium and bicarbonate ions that help prevent bacterial growth, odors, and acidity. Baking soda can help soothe dry, itchy skin, making it great for many skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, poison ivy, oak or sumac, and chicken pox**. It promotes detoxification, especially when mixed with Epsom salt. It also helps makes the water feel “soft”.

Bath Bombs 
Bubble Bath

Bath bombs are basically a mixture of baking soda, salt, citric acid, and cornstarch, along with synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, various extracts, and “other” ingredients. 

Bath bombs are great (and fun to use) if you don’t want to mix your own salts & oils together. I love dropping one into the bath and watching it slowly disintegrate as it floats around the tub! HOWEVER, you need to be very picky about which ones you use. Remember, anything you put on your skin (or soak in), gets absorbed into your body, so use only products with the best, completely safe ingredients, and with no synthetic dyes or fragrances. 

Young Living offers two truly amazing, relaxing, wonderful-smelling bath bomb options: Lavender, and Stress Away™. 

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They are phenomenal! They are made without colorants, synthetic preservatives, parabens, or animal-derived ingredients. The product description says, “Instead of artificial ingredients and harsh chemicals, we’ve made these vegan bath bombs with a mineral-rich formula and skin-loving ingredients such as coconut oil and sweet almond oil. That means they’re not only fun and relaxing-they also leave skin soft, smooth, and moisturized.” I haven’t tried the Stress Away ones, but I have used the Lavender Calming Bath Bombs, and they’re fantastic! They are pure white, smell wonderful, and make the water feel like silk!

Like bath bombs, most bubble baths are full of synthetic dyes and fragrances, and filled with even more harmful, synthetic chemicals, some that are known carcinogens. Obviously, each company has a different formula, but, as always, you want to steer clear of anything fake – even things that say “all natural” and “organic” can be bad for you. Arsenic can be organic – that does not make it safe to consume arsenic. So, read your labels! 

As of now, YL does not offer a bubble bath, but you can find lots of recipes for safe, homemade bubble baths made out of Castile soap, vegetable glycerin, aloe vera juice, and essential oils! I haven’t made my own yet, so I don’t feel comfortable endorsing a recipe, but search Google or Pinterest and you’ll find tons of safe options!

Essential Oils

Used by people for thousands of years for skin and body care, essential oils make a great addition to any bath! There are so many options, too! My favorites are
Lavender
Valor™
Stress Away™
Peace and Calming™
Cypress
Wintergreen
Copaiba 

Mostly, I just stare at my oil collection and grab any that stand out to me at that moment. Sometimes I’ll use up to 8 different oils! If you’re reading this, then you likely already know a bit about oils and why they can be beneficial, so I won’t go into all that. I will say, however, that each oil and oil blend has a whole host of uses and things that it can help with, so listen to your body and use oils that will help you achieve your bath goal: relaxation, better sleep, balance pH, aid in aches & pains, skin conditions, etc. 

My bath*

I take a fair amount of baths — like one a week (at least that’s the goal). I take one after my monthly chiropractor appointment, when I feel stressed or tense, when I want to sit and do nothing, when I feel particularly “extra”, when I’m sad, when I’m happy, when I’m cramping; any time, really! Baths are the beeeeest! 

I started really loving baths about a year ago when I moved into my new apartment. I now have a tub with arm and back rests which makes baths so much more comfortable! For 26 years I only had standard tubs with nothing comfy going on, but now I feel so luxurious in my new tub! I go all out. I got an awesome tub-shelf-thing that goes across the tub and holds a book (or phone for watching Netflix), my oil-infused water, and even a special slot for a wine glass so it won’t slide around. I have a neck pillow. I have the Lantern Diffuser that has a flicker mode so it looks like a candle burning. They say to soak in a warm tub for 20-30 minutes, but I love it so much that I soak in my hot (not warm) tub until the water/I get cold (I think my record is about two hours…).homemade-bath-salts-with-essential-oils

What I do is keep a 24 ounce-size mason jar & lid in my bathroom and I fill it completely with a mix of salts, baking soda, and oils. I keep a 1/3 Cup-size scoop in my Epsom salt bag, and I fill my jar parfait-style. I start with 1/3 cup Epsom salt, 4-6 drops essential oils, then a layer of baking soda. Put on the lid and shake, shake, shake. This helps the oils to be distributed more evenly. Then a layer of pink salt (not quite as much as Epsom), 4-6 drops oils, more baking soda. Lid; shake. Repeat layering process until full (leaving just enough room at the top to shake that final layer). Then, I let the sealed jar sit for at least 10 minutes. This allows the essential oils to really saturate the salts.homemade-bath-salts-with-essential-oils

While the oils are infusing, I typically make a face mask to wear while bathing. I love the YL ART Beauty Masque – it’s divine! However, it is a bit pricey, so I only get it when I have extra ER points and want to splurge! But I find making masks at home to be equally beneficial (check out my next post to find some recipes!). Make sure you wash your face before applying a face mask in order to remove any makeup or excess oils.

After 10 minutes or so, fill your tub up and add your salt mixture. I use my legs to swirl the salts around so help them dissolve.

Slide into the tub, and soak your cares away! Stay in as long as you feel like!

The salts can sometimes leave a slight residue on the skin, so I always shower off after my bath so that any remaining salt is gone, and so I can exfoliate. I emerge feeling so relaxed and clean! 

Katie Sue's Bath Salts

  • Servings: 1 1/2 Pint (24 oz)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print
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Materials Needed:

-Glass jar with air-tight lid
-Scoop/measuring cup
-Pure Epsom Salt (make sure you get plain, pure Epsom salt, not scented or with “essential oils” already added)
-Himalayan Pink Salt (you can get a 5-lb bag on Amazon for under $15)
-Baking Soda 
-Young Living Essential Oils of your choice (however many you want; get whatever jumps out at you) 

Begin by scooping a layer of Epsom salts into your jar. I use a 1/3 cup measuring cup as my scoop. Add 4-6 drops essential oils to the jar, and follow with a layer of baking soda; about 1/8 cup. Tightly screw on the lid and shake the salt mixture together making sure to saturate the salt with oils (it’s easiest to tell this is happening when using a brightly colored oil blend such as Stress Away or Valor). Remove lid and add a layer of pink salt (the same amount as the Epsom salt you added previously), and repeat with essential oils, baking soda, lid, shake. Repeat this layering and shaking process until almost full (you want to leave just enough space at the top to shake the last layer). 

Once your jar is full, screw on lid and let the salt mixture sit for at least 10 minutes to allow the oils to really saturate the salts. Add the whole jar to a warm bath, and enjoy!

If using more than 2 different essential oils/blends, use different oils on different layers – 2-3 drops per oil per layer. For instance if you use 6 different essential oils, you want oils 1 & 2 on layer one, 3 & 4 on layer 2, 5 & 6 on layer three, repeat.

Bath salts are a wonderful, easy make-n-take activity for any Oil class or party. They also make great favors and gifts!
 

Now, go and enjoy a relaxing bath; you deserve it!
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~Katie Sue
Striving for wellness, and a chemical-free life one oil at a time.

 

 

*Taking a hot bath can lower your blood pressure, so check with your doctor before taking long, hot baths if you have low blood pressure. 

**These statements are have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

¹Information on Epsom Salt found here.

²Information on Himalayan Pink salt found here

³and here.

4 Information on baking soda was found here.

5 Young Living Bath Bombs information found on it’s product page.

 

Medicine Cabinet Swap Part 3 – Insect Repellent

Ok, this post is kind of scary. I was appalled to learn the ingredients used in the most popular brand of insect repellent in the U.S. I knew it was bad for you, but geez! 

Brace yourself, we’re diving in. 

Off! FamilyCare Insect Repellent | Smooth and Dry¹

You see the product name “FamilyCare” and think, “ok, it’s safe for the whole family. That’s gotta be ok for us to use.” NOPE! It is touted as a “mosquito repellent you can feel good about” simply because it dries instantly, isn’t sticky, and lasts up to 6 hours. So, you’re not “feeling good” about it because it’s safe, but because it literally feels good on. Nicely played, Off! marketing team. Sneaky.

This product contains 15% DEET; which it what makes it lasts 6 hours (the amount of DEET in a product correlates with how long it lasts²). 

So what is DEET? We’ve likely all heard that it is not safe, but why?² ³ 

The science behind DEET is actually kinda neat. DEET works by confusing mosquitoes’ odor receptors by creating an aromatic barrier making it difficult for the flying vampires to land on us and bite.² ³ So, it doesn’t kill the bugs, it just confuses them so they leave you alone (personally, I’d be fine if the bugs died, but I’m sure it’s environmentally important that we have them…). Great concept. 

If only this synthetic chemical didn’t have side effects including rash and other skin irritations, numb or burning lips (my lips have definitely gone numb when I accidentally touched my mouth without washing my hands after applying bug spray), nausea, headaches (the smell alone gives me a headache), dizziness, and difficulty concentrating.³

From 1961 to 2002, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry reported eight DEET related deaths. Three from deliberate ingestion, and five from DEET exposure in both adults and children.³ Eight deaths over 41 years may not seem like a lot, but why risk it? It seems like kids are the most sensitive to the effects of DEET resulting in headaches, tremors, lethargy, seizures, involuntary movements, and convulsions. Prolonged use may also be linked with brain deficits.³ 

In addition to the possible side effects listed above, more serious side effects are possible as well:³
DNA damage
Negative impact on the nervous system
Muscle and joint pain
Weakness
Fatigue
Memory loss
Shortness of breath
Disorientation
Hallucinations

All of this, and yet Americans use about 6 million pounds of it per year.³ 

That is the only active ingredient in this Off! insect repellent, but they have several scary inactive ingredients.† Such as:

Fragrance – the list of chemicals in the “fragrance” alone are a lot to list, but eight of them are listed on SC Johnson’s list of skin allergens. Most “fragrances” are known estrogen disruptions and carcinogens. 
Butane – can cause gastrointestinal issues including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Prolonged exposure can cause sudden collapse, coma, respiratory failure, liver and kidney failure, and even death. 
Propane – yes you read that correctly; Propane! VERY toxic to inhale. It can cause hypoxia, which is a form of oxygen deprivation that can lead to death. Plus, as we all know, it’s highly flammable. Stay away from open flames, lighters, and torches if using. 
Isobutane – extremely flammable and an explosive. Breathing it in can cause shortness of breath and suffocation. If used during cold weather, it can increase your risk of frostbite. 
Ethanol – highly flammable. Consuming can result in a coma and even death.
Isopropyl Myristate – while not considered dangerous, it can cause skin irritation, clogged pores, and acne inflammation. 
Dimethicone – although it is used to soften the skin, prolonged use can cause skin and eye irritations
Corn Starch
Water
Magnesium Carbonate
Aminomethyl Propanol
Sodium Benzoate

Can you believe that?! I knew bug spray was flammable, but seeing Propane as an ingredient really surprised and disgusted me! Plus so many of these ingredients can cause skin irritations yet this is something meant for your skin! Am I the only one baffled at what the FDA allows us to put on our skin, breathe, and ingest?!

If you have this product lying around the house, you definitely want to keep it out of reach of children as ingesting this insect repellent can lead to serious illnesses and even death. Also, don’t use it if you’re going to be around flames. So, if you’re grilling, at a bon fire, smoking (which I am not advocating), lighting candles, around tiki torches, or anything else involving fire, don’t put on this “bug dope” (as my Granddaddy calls it). It’s better to get bitten by a couple of mosquitoes than it is to burst into flames. 

“But, Katie Sue, some mosquitoes carry terrible diseases! How I can protect my family without using something toxic?” 

Well, I’m glad you asked! Young Living makes a 100% natural insect repellent! Off! brand says it keeps mosquitoes away, but Young Living’s says it keeps ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes away!‡ It’s a powerhouse!

Young Living Insect Repellent‡young-living-insect-repellent

Combining essential oils such as Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Geranium, Spearmint, Thyme, and Clove with soft Sesame oil and Vitamin E‡ it is the best way to enjoy your time outside without pesky bugs flying around (while also not worrying about bursting into flames or toxic ingredients being absorbed into your blood stream)! 

It is formulated without DEET, parabens, fillers, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colorants.‡

It rubs easily into skin without being greasy or sticky.‡

It is dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic.‡ 

Child safe.‡* 

Vegan friendly.‡ 

I LOVE this insect repellent and take it to every outdoor gathering – it’s a must have! It is very effective, smells wonderful, and is completely safe.* I can apply it and not be bothered by bugs the whole time I am outside. Plus, it is actually beneficial to your skin, and will leave it feeling so soft!


I told you this post was a little scary, but I’m so glad and thankful we have a safe, effective alternative we can use! Do you have this awesome bug dope yet? If not, you can get yours here.

Thank you for learning with me!
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~Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time. 

 

 

¹Basic information for Off! FamilySafe Insect Repellent | Smooth and Dry was found on their website.

²Some information on DEET was found of OFF!’s information page.

³Additional information on DEET was found here.

†The ingredients list for Off! FamilySafe Insect Repellent | Smooth and Dry was found on the “What’s Inside SC Johnson” product page.

‡Information on Young Living’s Insect Repellent was found their product page.

*As always, when using Essential Oils, you want to avoid eye contact. When using with children, do not apply insect repellent or essential oils to their hands in order to protect their eyes from accidentally being rubbed by oiled-up hands.

Medicine Cabinet Swap – Part 2: After Sun Spray

So you’ve read last week’s post about how bad store bought sunscreen is and you’re going to buy some Young Living Sunscreen so that you can your family have the best protection out there. Maybe your sunscreen hasn’t arrived yet, though, and you got burned! Pull out your Lavaderm After Sun Spray! lavaderm-after-sun-spray
This 100% safe, very cooling spray will help relieve the pain and itch associated with sunburns. It is even safer than store bought burn relief gels which often have synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrance (which we know is a carcinogen and that it mimics estrogen in the body, causing an estrogen overload), preservatives, and other questionable ingredients. 

Lavaderm After Sun Spray is formulated without alcohol, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colorants¹. Plus is smells amazing! 

It’s uses and benefits include¹

  • Temporarily relieves the pain and itching associated with minor burns, sunburn, minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, and minor skin irritations
  • Dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic
  • Soothes and cools skin
  • Provides immediate relief
  • Moisturizes to help prevent peeling
  • Promotes healthy-looking skin
  • Made with plant-based and naturally derived ingredients

So, before you plan your Labor Day events, grab some Mineral Sunscreen Lotion and Lavederm After Sun Spray so you can have as much fun in the sun as you want! lavaderm-after-sun-spray

You can get yours here.

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~Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time. 

Medicine Cabinet Swap – Part 1: Sunscreen

It’s already August! How did that even happen? Summer may be coming to a close, but there is still time to squeeze in a short vacation, weekend at the lake, outings to the zoo, plus Labor Day is coming up, and we’ll all be eating BBQ outside all weekend. To prepare for all these fun outings, we gotta have sunscreen! 

You’ve most likely heard that traditional sunscreens are bad for you and can even be more harmful than sun exposure. What makes them so bad for us, though? I mean, everyone and their mom has been using sunscreen since it was invented in the 50’s. My mother lathered up my siblings and I within an inch of our lives, and then, thankfully, in the late 90’s just sprayed us down. It’s a part of summer. If you don’t have a faint Banana Boat Kids scent on you all summer, are you even summering right? 

Turns out, there really are a lot of toxic, harmful ingredients in most sunscreens! You may think, “well if I just use it every now and then at the pool, it can’t do that much harm.” You would be wrong. These ingredients can do a lot of harm. Check out what this leading sunscreen contains:

Banana Boat Sport active ingredients:

(Banana Boat does not list its ingredients on their website [FISHY!!], but some are listed on the Amazon product listing. I don’t think all of the ingredients are listed because it ends with “…” and there is no way to view more, so who knows what else is in there.)
Homosalate: a potential endocrine disruptor and studies in cells suggest it may impact hormones. In addition to direct health concerns following homosalate exposure, the chemical may also enhance the absorption of pesticides in the body. (See more below)

Avobenzone: degrades in the sun, resulting in the release of free radicals that may actually increase the risk for cancer

Oxybenzone: also called “benzophenone-3” or “BP-3” has been increasingly linked to early puberty in girls, low sperm count and male infertility, and an increase in hormone-related cancers in men and women

Banana Boat Sport inactive ingredients:

BHT: In addition to liver and kidney effects, BHT applied to the skin was associated with toxic effects in lung tissue. BHT has been found to enhance and to inhibit the humeral immune response in animals. BHT has been shown to have tumor promotion effects. (BHT is found is almost every “beauty” product. Sunscreens, makeup, face wash, soaps, etc. It’s everywhere, and it’s dangerous.)

 Triethanolamine (TEA): hazardous short term and long term effects ranging from skin and eye irritation, to damaging the respiratory and immune systems and inciting cancer. Can cause inflammation on a short term and long term basis. Its immediate affects include itchy, watery eyes, dry and brittle hair and itchy skin. Over time, Triethanolamine use can cause chemical damage to skin such as blisters, a hot, burning sensation, hives and flakiness. Used in up to 40% of beauty items that are currently on the market.

So many scary ingredients with terrible side effects! Ross gets it. Kinda.

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This is just to be funny, I have no idea if Ross’ point is valid or just humorous.

Even the leading natural sunscreen isn’t that natural or great!

Alba Botanicals Continuous Spray Active Kids Sunscreen SPF 50 active ingredients:

Homosalate (15%):  has a mild hormone-disrupting activity. Studies have found that human breast cancer cells, when exposed to homosalate, grew and multiplied 3.5 times more than normal. The estrogenic activity of the chemical has also been observed in human placental tissues, raising concerns about pregnant women who may be exposed to the chemical. (See more above)

Octocrylene (8%): acts as a photosensitizer, actually increasing the production of free radicals when skin is exposed to the sun. Free radicals damage skin, increasing the risk of premature aging and skin cancer.

Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (another name for Avobenzone; 3%): see above 

All of these active ingredients are listed on Anne Marie’s list of  7 potential damaging chemicals in sunscreen.

Luckily, Young Living offers a TOTALLY SAFE broad-spectrum sunscreen! 

Its only active ingredient is Zinc Oxide¹ (10.5%), which acts as barrier between our skin and the sun – and it’s completely natural and 100% safe! Why would other companies even use other active ingredients when this natural sun-protector exists?! Banana Boat and Alba Botanicals don’t even have Zinc Oxide on their ingredient list – the “sunscreen” part of their products are all chemicals and the rest are fillers/chemical fillers to help the active ingredient chemicals work harder and absorb into your skin faster! Clearly, they don’t have your best interest at heart like Young Living does. 

Other ingredients found in Young Living’s sunscreen include essential oils, nut and cocoa butters, nut and fruit oils such as grape seed, coconut, vegetable, jojoba, sunflower, raspberry seed, and others. 

It goes on smooth, smells amazing, and works so well! It comes in SPF 10 and SPF 50. young-living-sunscreen

I have been using this sunscreen for most of the summer and the only time I’ve been burnt was before I bought this and my other “natural” sunscreen failed me. I’m tellin ya; it’s awesome!

You can get your bottle here. Don’t have this sunscreen and were burnt? Subscribe so you don’t miss next week’s post about Young Living’s After Sun Spray!

Stay protected!

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~Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time.

 

 

¹Young Living Sunscreen info found here.
Other links are built into the main page – anything that is underlined.

Makeup Savvy! Part 3: Contouring

What’s the deal with contouring, anyway? What’s the point? Doesn’t it take a lot of time? Won’t it just make me look clownish? Don’t you have to be a makeup guru or hire the Kardashian’s glam squad to contour correctly?

These were my questions before beginning my research for this post. Learning to contour quite frankly seemed impossible. I just knew that if I tired I would muck it up and look ridiculous; so why try? I like to look as natural as possible and just assumed that contouring always meant you looked like you’re wearing a ton of makeup. But you know what they say about assuming… 😉

As it turns out, contouring can be as natural-looking as you want.  Basically, contouring can help make your face look slimmer, or can downplay features you don’t love, while highlighting features that you do love. It also makes your face look positively radiant! Done wrong, however, you can look pretty silly.

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A dramatic, comedic example of bad contouring!

The point of Savvy Minerals makeup to is provide light weight, full coverage, all-day wear with a flawless finish. It helps your beauty shine through as opposed to some makeup that covers up your natural beauty altogether and makes you look like a totally different person. Savvy doesn’t have a wide range of products, like some makeup lines, but that is because you can use most Savvy products for more than one thing. For instance, Veil is a setting/finishing powder that gives you an “airbrushed” finish, but it can also be used as a highlighter, or can be used alone (without foundation) to make you look radiant without wearing anything else on your face. 

“So how do I contour? I’m no makeup artist!”

Good news, you can be a total amateur, like me, and still get a great, contoured look!

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Example of good contouring from Kim Kardashian – the queen of contouring.

Face Shape

The first step is knowing your face shape. Every face shape will need to be contoured differently to give you the right look.

This guide will help you determine your face shape and show you where to apply each product. If you can’t determine your face shape, just ask someone close to you. contouring-for-your-face-shape

Contouring Phases

There are three phases to contouring: contour, highlight, and blush.

Each phase uses a different Savvy Minerals product –
Contour: Bronzer (I wear Crowned All Over)
Highlight: Diamond Dust Veil
Blush (I wear I Do Believe You’re Blushin’)
– and each will go on a designated part of your face.

I have a rectangular face shape, so I will

  1. Apply bronzer to my jaw line, the hollows of my cheeks, and “corners” of my forehead.
  2. Highlight with Diamond Dust Veil in the center of my chin, upper lip, apples of my cheeks up towards my ears, center of forehead, and very top of my forehead.
  3. Apply blush to the apples of my cheeks overlapping with the bronzer and veil.

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For me, contouring with bronzer makes my face look not as long and also accentuates my cheek bones, which creates a slimming effect. Highlighting with Diamond Dust Veil gives my face a luminous glow, while blush gives me healthy, youthful color.

To determine which shade of bronzer and blush you need, see Makeup Savvy! Part 2: Skin Tone to learn about your skin tone and which Savvy product will look best on you.

For a more dramatic look, choose a shade or two darker than you would normally wear – the darker bronzer & blush. Or you can even use a darker shade of foundation or one of the multi-taskers in place of bronzer in you do not like the slight shimmer that the bronzer has. If you use Diamond Dust Veil as your setting powder (as opposed to the Matte that I use which is great for people with oily skin), you can use one the light eyeshadows as a highlighter – choose Best Kept Secret, or Wanderlust (or you can use Diamond Dust as a highlighter and setting powder). There are so many options and it is so fun to play around with the different products until you get just the right look. 

Blending

Now that you know what goes where, it is time to make everything look natural and smooth. If you don’t blend you can look really clownish and have harsh lines of color all over your face. To blend, apply a light layer of Matte Veil to your entire face, making sure you pay extra attention to the areas you’ve contoured. This will not erase your contouring, but will blur it together to help you achieve a natural, airbrushed look. 

Tutorial

A visual guide on how to contour with Savvy Minerals.

 

It’s that easy! It’s quick, simple, and ends up looking great!

If you would like to buy these products so you can contour in three easy steps, click here and select the “Savvy Minerals Premium Starter Kit” that matches your skin tone. 

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~Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time.

Makeup Savvy! Part 2: Skin Tone

Did you know one of the biggest mistakes you can make when buying your makeup is buying a color that doesn’t complement your skin tone? Doing so can either cause you to look washed out, or like your face, and nothing else, has visited the sun. No one likes to see a big makeup line from neck to face, and no amount of blending will save you when you inevitably hold your hand close to your face and people see a dramatic difference. Thus, it’s crucial to buy the right color and shade for your skin tone.

But how do I determine my skin tone? 

First, there are three main categories: cool, warm, and neutral. They are categorized like this:

Cool

  • Hair color: can range from very dark to light blonde
  • Veins: the veins in your forearm have a blueish tint. Cools can also be very fair to very dark (think Cate Blanchette and Viola Davis – both cools)
  • Go-to jewelry: silver
  • Your favorite cool colors to wear: a range of bright colors like blues, purples, and greens, as well as lavender and lilac.
  • Your favorite warm colors to wear: bright reds and pinks like cerise, ruby, and rose.
  • Your favorite neutral colors to wear: gray, and bright white.
  • Colors you avoid: oranges and yellows.

Warm

  • Hair color: anything from dark blonde to dark brown
  • Veins: your veins tend to have a green or even yellowish tint
  • Go-to jewelry: gold
  • Your favorite colors in the cool family to wear: warmer blues and greens such as olive, deeper turquoise, moss, fern, and red-purples
  • Your favorite colors in the warm family: think autumn colors like oranges, reds, golden yellow, amber, and honey.
  • Your favorite neutral colors to wear: taupe, chocolate, creamy whites, wheat, latte.
  • Colors you avoid: icy shades, and jeweled tones (amethyst, sapphire, ruby)

Neutrals

  • Hair color: anything from ashy tones to warm
  • Veins: neutrals have a hard time determining how their veins look/veins are more purple
  • Go to colors of both cool & warm: typically lighter colors such as blush-toned pinks, muted blues, jade green, and cameo green
  • Neutral colors to wear: taupe, grays, off-white
  • Colors to avoid: anything too bright or vibrant colors that can be overwhelming such as reds and yellows

Before I really did my research I thought I was a warm because I think I look best in gold jewelry. However, now I’m convinced I’m neutral and lean towards warm. My veins appear more purple than blue or green, I look good in earth tones, but the color I look best in is purple (it really makes my eyes pop and look green as opposed to hazel!) and cannot wear white at all – it totally washes me out, although I prefer gold, I can wear silver just fine. My hair looks best when I add red to the blonde as opposed to ash or silvery tones (naturally I’m dark blonde/light brown). Therefore, I am call myself warm/neutral.

Once you determine your skin tone, it’s time to judge how fair/dark you are. Different makeup companies will call their shades different things but the principle is the same: light, medium, and dark.

Lightest will always be those of us who are very pale and can’t tan.

Medium is exactly what it sounds like; not too light, not too dark.

Dark is dark; those with deep tans, dark olive skin, or beautiful ebony.

I am about as pale as they come. So, on the Savvy spectrum, my foundation color is Warm 1. Here are all of the lovely shades that Savvy offers. As you can see, Dark 1 is fairly light, and could be a great option for neutrals or those with olive skin tones.
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Now that you’ve picked out your foundation it’s time to pick the rest of your makeup! Next in my routine comes bronzer. I wear the Crowned All Over shade which is a medium nude. If you are fair skinned, neutral, or cool, this is a great option for you. If you have darker skin or are a warm, the Summer Loved is perfect for your skin. Although I am can wear warm, Summer Loved is too dark for me.
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Next is blush, which has always been a favorite of mine (possibly because blush was the first type of makeup I ever wore). I wear I Do Believe You’re Blushin’a lovely neutral pink with a hint of shimmer. If you are cool, you will want to try Smashing, Captivate, Awestruck, and Charisma. Warms should buy I Do Believe You’re Blushin’, and Serene. Neutrals look best in Passionate, and I Do Believe You’re Blushin’, but can wear any color depending on how fair/dark they are. Darker skin tones are going to benefit the most from Passionate and Charisma.


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Savvy also offers a lot of eye shadow choices. In addition to the eyeshadow colors, you can also use the Multitaskers as eyeshadow. Most of these can be worn by more than one skin tone. As a neutral/warm with hazel-green eyes, I gravitate toward purples/plums to help bring out the green in my eyes. When I am going for a more natural look I like Crushin’, Inspired, and the Light Multitasker. For me, my eyeshodow choice has more to do with my eye color and what I want accentuated than it does my skin tone. The new pressed palette is also gorgeous! It came out last month and I can’t wait to try it!
Savvy-minerals-eyeshadow The Multitaskers can be used for a couple different things: eyeshadow, brow filler, eye liner, and even dry shampoo! To use as brow filler, choose the color that is closest to your eyebrow’s natural color. Mine is Dark. Even though I’m very pale, I have pretty dark brown eyebrows. If you want a slight shimmer to your eyebrows, you can even dust on a bit of Determined from the eyeshadow collection.

To complete your look, you will of course need eyeliner, mascara, and veil. All of which can go on any one, no matter how pale or dark you are and no matter what your skin tone is.

For the finishing touch, the lips! Savvy has several beautiful options. There are three types of lipstick: classic, tangerine-infused, and cinnamint-infused (cinnamon & peppermint), and lip gloss. The tangerine-infused collection is soft and hydrating, and the cinnamint glides on easily and plumps the lips for a fuller look.

I have Adore and WishThey both look pretty nude on me, but give me a touch of color and shine. I would love to try Uptown Girl!
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I have Mic Drop which is very pink and bold. It’s a great summer color and to wear as a statement color when you’re going out.
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I am ordering Untamed for a natural, sophisticated look.
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I don’t have any of the glosses, but my mother loves them!
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Still unsure what you need? Don’t worry, you can get a makeup kit that has everything you need for your skin tone. They come in Cool 2, Warm 2, Dark 1, and Dark 4. For now; I am hoping that soon they will offer a starter kit for each foundation color (so I can order everything that goes with Warm 1 in one easy click!). Each comes with foundation, blush, three eyeshadows, lip gloss, a makeup brush, Misting Spray, and a bottle of Lavender. For only $150!
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There are so many gorgeous choices! I wish I could try them all.

Hopefully this post has given you an idea of what skin tone you are and which Savvy products you need. Stay tuned next week when we talk about different ways to apply Savvy!

To buy the Savvy Minerals Starter Kit, click here.

Thanks for learning with me!

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~Katie Sue

Striving for wellness, and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time.

Makeup Savvy! Part 1: Why Savvy Minerals

Young Living unveiled some incredible new products at the 2018 Grand Convention last month, and I thrilled about the new additions to the Savvy Minerals makeup line! I am obsessed!

I’ve never really cared that much about makeup though. I’ve worn it since I was in the 6th grade (just blush and cover up as a kid, don’t worry!), but have never been super into it. It was exciting when I was little and would gaze up at my Mama while she carefully applied hers, and I anxiously awaited the day when I could wear it, too. That novelty wore off pretty quickly though. I always want to look nice, but as far as contouring, highlighting, all the trends, a million steps, spending hours playing with makeup to get the right look, yada yada,  I’ve never cared. “Go with whatever is going to be the quickest so I can get every minute of sleep possible” has always been my motto. Makeup has never excited me, it’s just been a necessary part of my morning routine. Until now!

The Savvy Minerals makeup line by Young Living is AMAZING and has me super jazzed!


Why did I choose Savvy?

The last year or so since going off the pill and figuring out how to support my hormones properly, I have really suffered with acne. Horrible, ugly, embarrassing acne. It was worse than it has ever been – far worse than it ever was during puberty. There were times I didn’t want to leave the house because of how ugly I felt. I needed makeup to cover it up, but my typical makeup seemed to irritate my skin, even the “good” expensive stuff I had started buying. Catch 22. Then, right on time, Young Living introduced Savvy! Total game changer! (I’d like to state that I’ve worked REALLY HARD to correct and heal my skin. I’m doing everything I can to support my hormones, being very diligent in my skin care regimen, using high-quality Savvy makeup, taking my YL vitamins & supplements, staying hydrated, etc., and my face has cleared up remarkably! The acne is about 90% cleared up and now I’m focusing on healing my skin and restoring my skin tone. *Bursts in to an off-key rendition of “I Feel Pretty” *)

I decided to try out Savvy Minerals because it is full of good things that are beneficial to your skin, and devoid of the harmful stuff found in most makeups that can actually irritate the skin and can cause acne. Plus it offers full, buildable coverage. Also, since I’m definitely going to be buying makeup anyway, it only makes sense to buy it from a company that gives me points that spend like cash for every dollar I spend – thank goodness for Essential Rewards!

Savvy Minerals is always formulated without¹

Talc 
Bismuth
Parabens
Synthetic Fragrance
Phthalates
Petrochemicals
Synthetic Colorants
Gluten

That’s right, this line is all na-tu-ral! It minimizes the appearance of pores, brightens the complexion, absorbs excess oils, provides lasting, all-day wear, is great for those with sensitive skin, is non-irritating, won’t clog pores, is gluten free, totally vegan and is never tested on animals.¹ Awesome stuff!


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My Savvy collection

Savvy Minerals by Young Living now offers the following (as of July 2018):

Primer (Hydrating and Matte)
Foundation (10 shades)
Bronzer (2 shades)
Blush (7 shades)
Eyeshadows (12 loose powder colors, and 1 pressed powder palette – which is gorgeous)
Eyebrow filler/Multi-tasker (4 shades of brown that can also be used as eye shadow and eyeliner)
Eye liner (black)
Mascara (black)
Veil (setting powders in Diamond Dust and Matte)
Lip scrub (poppy seed)
Lipstick (in three different types, in a total of 16 colors)
Lip gloss (5 colors)
Misting Spray
Full set of brushes, of course

Everything you could need or want! The colors and shades are all gorgeous and can be used in a variety of ways. For instance, some people use the bronzer as eyeshadow, the lipstick as blush, foundation and multi-tasker as dry shampoo, etc. 


I could talk more about how awesome it is, but ya’ll should just see it for yourself. 

Before:                                                                  After:

Without-Savvy    With-Savvy-Minerals

Watch below for a tutorial on how I apply Savvy Minerals and see my face come together!

See?! It’s AWESOME!! It provides flawless, all-day wear, no matter the weather. Full coverage with a light-weight feel. Plus my skin loves it!

Stay turned for the rest of the series to learn how to determine your skin type, how to apply makeup for different face shapes, details on the Savvy products and more!

Would you like to order your own? You can do so here, just select the Savvy Minerals kit.

 

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~Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time.

 

 

 

¹Information on Savvy Minerals was found here.

ART Beauty Masque

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Ready for a spa-like facial at home?! The ART Beauty Masque is
HEAVENLY! Within one application I noticed a difference in my skin. My face felt as smooth as a baby’s bottom and looked soft and radiant. My face was noticeably brighter, healthier, and more refreshed.*

What’s in this sheet mask that makes it so magical? Well lemme tell ya.

ART Beauty Masque contains¹:

Water – gotta have water
Glycerin – a natural sugar-alcohol compound to support soft, supple, more radiant skin, beneficial for oily skin*
Trehalose – a sugar used to moisturize*
Lactobacillus Ferment – a probiotic that is great for the skin*
Sea water
Astragalus membranaceus (Huang Qi) root extract – soothes skin, full of antioxidants, used to condition the skin by fighting bad bacteria*
Speranskia tuberculata whole plant extract – aids in pain relief and diminished puffiness*
Morus alba leaf extract – gives you a bright, glowing appearance*
Sodium hyaluronate – beneficial for ageing skin; helps moisturize*
Torenia concolor whole plant extract – supports a youthful appearance*
Phalaenopsis orchid extract – supports a bright, glowing appearance
Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) resin extract – helps diminish the appearance of blemishes*
Carthamus tinctorius flower extract (Safflower oil) – beneficial to those with dry or damaged skin*
Angelica polymorpha sinensis root extract (Dong Quai) – helps with skin blemishes and irratations*
Dipotassium glycyrrhizate – a salt  derived from the licorice plant, beneficial for dry or damaged skin, soothing*
Macrocystis pyrifera (Kelp) extract – beneficial for aging skin*
Copaifera reticulata (Copaiba) oil – helps restore skin*
Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) oil – promotes radiant skin*
Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood) wood oil – promotes even skin tone*
Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) fruit extract – soothes and calms*
Ocotea quixos (Ocotea) leaf oil – promotes healthy skin*
Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil – soothes, calms, and promotes healthy skin*

The ART Beauty Masque does NOT contain:

Harsh chemicals
Fragrance/Perfume – it just naturally smells divine
Gluten
Parabens
Phthalates
Petroleum
Synthetic dyes & colors – in fact, it’s practically clear
BHA
Sodium Sulfate
Carcinogens 

Basically, it is full of only beneficial, all natural ingredients and no harmful, artificial junk. Plus, this masque is formulated for all skin types¹!

It is recommended that you use this masque 3-4 times a week¹. Which would put you using one box a week. Four boxes a month. One box is $47.50 wholesale, and I don’t know about you, but I cannot spend $190 a month on face masques. So I found a little trick to make it stretch further!

When you take the sheet masque out of its pouch, look into the bottom of the pouch… see all that goo? That’s the good stuff! There is enough extra goo in there that you can do a goo masque (as opposed to a sheet masque) 2-3 more times, maybe even more if you stretch it. What I do is I put the pouch in a Ziploc bag to keep air from getting to it (I don’t know what would happen if it was exposed to air for too long; would it dry out? Evaporate? Get weird? No clue, but it seems safest to seal it back up as best I can), and pour out a quarter-sized amount into my palm, as needed. I rub the goo onto my face; let it dry, and rinse. So, day 1 I do a sheet masque, let my skin rest a day, and then use the goo. So I use the ART Beauty Masque/Goo every other day. Or at least I should. I’m trying to get better at it. This way you stretch the use of your masque and you don’t waste anything. You can use one box a month as opposed to four. You can even stretch it more by doing a two-day gap, or just using it once or twice a week. The goo will keep for a while, so make that puppy last!

You may think that a sheet masque isn’t important to your skin care regimen, but let me say that I LOVE it! I can tell a difference when I use it regularly versus when I don’t. Since it is a tad pricey for my budget, I like to buy it with my Essential Rewards points; getting this awesome facial for free is always nice! 

I could write more and explain why I love this masque and what it does for my skin, but I’d rather show you so you get the full effect! 

Now, go draw a bath, put something relaxing in your diffuser, put on a masque, and let your at-home spa night begin! Or put on your masque, pour a glass of wine, and watch the Bachelorette like I do. Don’t have these masques? You can get them here.

Thank you for reading about these masques and watching me look like a mummy! Don’t forget to subscribe over to the right so you can get weekly information on the wonderful products that Young Living offers!

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~ Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time.

¹Information on the ART Beauty Masque and it’s ingredients was found on the Young Living website.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure and disease.