DIY Face Masks – for every skin type

If you’re a regular reader of mine, or follow me on social media (Instagram: katiesuesessentials & kwebb819) then you likely know how much I love a good face mask. Young Living offers several face mask options; my skin type likes theART Beauty Masque best; I can’t say enough good things about it. However, it is a little out of my price range to use on a regular basis. I try to do 2-3 face masks a week, so the Young Living masks are definitely something I can only do occasionally, and I always buy them with ER points as a splurge! So, to fit my budget, and satisfy my craving to DIY as much as possible, I make my own face masks! Making them yourself can be a wonderful and cheap way to care for your skin, but it’s important to pick a mask that is going to assist you with your skin care goals and that is a good fit for your skin type. I had so much fun researching for this post and trying out different masks (I even got my family involved!); I can’t wait to share them with you!

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My dad, sister, and I trying out the Honey & Baking Soda mask – we all loved it! Our skin looked plumper and we had visibly fewer blackheads!

Why should I make a mask at home when I can buy one at the drug store for a couple bucks?

I’m glad you asked! There are several reasons to make masks at home.

  1. Store bought masks (even the “healthy” or “natural” ones) contain artificial preservatives, artificial dyes and fragrances, unethically sources ingredients, and chemicals. I don’t want any of that on my precious skin! A lot of the ingredients are known to be linked with health issues and can actually cause more irritation to your skin. 
  2. DIY masks are actually much cheaper than store bought ones! For instance, the mask below with the most ingredients contains: Activated Charcoal ($22 for 12 oz = 72 teaspoons; $0.15/mask), Bentonite Clay ($12 for 10 oz = 60 teaspoons; $0.20/mask), ACV ($6 for 16 oz = 96 teaspoons; $0.06/mask) and essential oils (about a penny a drop) making the most expense mask below only $0.45! The ingredients cost $40, but you will get over 70 masks and can make multiple types of mask if you don’t always want to do the same one. It would cost you over $100 to get that many masks at the store!
  3. Making them yourself is just plain fun. There are few things that relax me more than making a mask, applying it, and soaking in the tub. So luxurious!  
  4. You can rest easy knowing that you have hand-picked each ingredient in your mask. You get to decide which companies you buy from are up to snuff. You’re the master and commander of your skin care! I try to research the ingredients in everything I put on my skin and only pick things I am totally comfortable with. 

Today we’re going to learn about 7 common at-home face mask ingredients and why they’re awesome, and get some DIY mask recipes that are super easy to make.  

A couple of things to know about face masks before we dive in: 

  1. Always wash your face before applying a mask to insure your mask has a clean canvas to work with.
  2. Try steaming your pores open before applying your mask so that the mask can penetrate deeper into your pores and clear out the gunk. You can do this by using the glass bowl method: boil a pot of water, pour the water into a glass/metal bowl, and lean your head over the water allowing the steam to roll over your face. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel to trap in steam and heat. Stay like that for 10 minutes.
  3. You may experience a slight breakout after doing a mask treatment. This doesn’t mean the mask didn’t work! It only means that the mask went into your pores and is banishing the bad stuff like it was supposed to. Just be mindful that this is a possibility.
  4. No mask is a “cure all”. Different masks target different areas of concerns (black heads, dry skin, acne, excess oil, fine lines, etc.), so don’t expect to wake up the next morning with celebrity-perfect skin. It takes time, a strict skin care routine, and, likely, a cycle of a couple different masks. 
  5. Adding essential oils to your face mask and skin care regimen can give skin a much needed boost and can help your mask be more effective!

Ready? Let’s go!

Baking Soda

Baking soda1 is a gentle exfoliate, has antibacterial properties, can lighten blemishes, can tighten pores with it’s astringent properties – it’s the Swiss Army Knife of skin care! It can remove dead skin cells, help treat and prevent acne, fight blackheads, shrink pores, and give your skin a vibrant glow. Bring it on!  It is a wonderful option for those with combination/oily skin, but works well for all skin types. However, some people find they have a sensitivity to baking soda when using topically. Note: baking soda is great for drying out active acne, but this also means it can dry out your skin; make sure to apply moisturizer after using. If you have never used it on your skin before (or in your deodorant) test a small patch of skin first by creating a baking soda & water paste and applying it to the underside of your forearm. 

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil2 is naturally moisturizing, containing Vitamin E and saturated fats (which help repair your skin’s natural oil barrier while moisturizing), as well as having antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is wonderful for cleansing and moisturizing the skin — fighting acne-causing bacterial while leaving your face soft and smooth. A word of caution though, coconut oil is comedogenic, which means it can clog pores (I know, this is shocking given that it’s been hailed as the end-all-be-all in skin care the last several years, but it’s true). On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the worst), it’s a 4. :/ This means that too much of a good thing can be bad. So, if you are prone to clogged pores, use sparingly (no more than once a week). It is a great option for those with dry/aging skin, but can be used by any skin type.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay3 (a powdered clay you mix with water) is awesome! It detoxes skin, cleans out pores, pulls out excess sebum (thereby treating acne, reducing oily skin, treating and preventing blackheads), aids in skin regeneration, reduces the appearance of pores, reduces inflammation, and is great for skin issues (such as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea)! It can do it all! Great for all skin types, especially those with oily, acne-prone, or sensitive skin.

Note: When handling bentonite clay, using metal (which contains positively charges ions) will neutralize the clay, making it much less effective; make sure to use glass, plastic (when not combining with essential oils), or wood only. It is also important to buy clay from companies who do not use metal in the extraction process. I prefer Redmond Clay. 

Young Living Mirah Luminous Cleansing OilMirah

While technically a cleanser, I use the Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil as a mask more than I use it do to wash my face. I have never heard of anyone else doing this, but I do it all the time and I love it! Mirah is very nourishing and moisturizing. It is made with 10 essential oils and 10 carrier oils that have all been touted for their abilities to improve skin conditions and appearance*. The product page says it “removes pore-clogging impurities without stripping away the natural oils your skin needs.” To use as a cleanser, you just massage into your skin and rinse off. People use it as a makeup remover/cleanser combo. When I use it as a mask, I add a couple other essential oils to it, massage it into my face and leave it for 15-20 minutes. It is great for any skin type!

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal4 is fabulous for clearing out pores! It binds to the gunk in your pores and gently sucks it out, leaving you with clearer skin and smaller pores. It can balance oily skin by pulling the excess oil. It can be drying to some, so only use once or twice a week. It is not recommended for those with dry skin. Note: Activated charcoal is black and easily stains. Either wear old clothes/something you don’t mind getting dirty and lay a drop cloth on the floor, or just use these masks in the bath tub. If you notice it staining your tub/sink, don’t worry, it can be easily cleaned. If you use activated charcoal as a scrub, 100% do it in the shower or it will go everywhere! 

Raw Honey

Raw honey5 has been used as a skin treatment for hundreds of years! It is packed full with natural antioxidants making it great for aging skin. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being clarifying, making it perfect for tackling acne and preventing breakouts. It’s also known for helping the look of your complexion, and unclogging pores. Although great for any skin type, those with sensitive skin should definitely add it to their arsenal! 

Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used in skin care for thousands of years. Some are moisturizing, some drying, some balance your skin’s oil. Some fight acne, or scars, or blackheads, or dark spots. Some cleanse. Some heal. Some traditionally used in skin care are:
Tea Tree                                Neroli

Frankincense                       Carrot Seed
Myrrh                                    Roman Chamomile
Ylang Ylang                          Sandalwood
Lavender                              Geranium
Helichrysum                        Lemon
Lemongrass                         Rose               
Juniper                                 Clary Sage

They all have many uses. Do some digging to find out which essential oils would benefit your skin the most.

Choosing the right mask for your skin type is very important. Choosing the wrong one can do more harm than good, and can cause breakouts. In doing my research, and by trial and error, I’ve learned that I can’t use coconut oil on my upper body – it clogs my pores and I will breakout. I still love coconut oil, though, and often use it in place of lotion on my legs and hands. 

Take a look at the categories below and choose a mask that will work on your areas of concern, and then pick a mask in that category that best suits your skin type. It’s highly unlikely that every single mask will be right for you, so choose wisely and enjoy the results!

Fight Blackheads/Minimize Pores

For dry, oily, combination skin (not recommended for sensitive, acne-prone, or aging skin): 

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Bye-bye Blackheads!


This baking soda & coconut oil mask cleanses and helps moisturize while it penetrates the pores to dig out blackheads.

Ingredients

  • Small glass bowl
  • 1 tsp organic coconut oil (fractionated, or melted and cooled)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 drops Young Living Tea Tree essential oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Lemon essential oil
 

Directions

In a small glass bowl (never plastic) melt 1 teaspoon coconut oil in microwave (or melt in a double boiler on the stove). Allow to cool, but not reconstitute. During the cooling period, steam open pores, if desired. This can be done by using the glass bowl method.

Once coconut oil is cool, stir in 2 teaspoons of baking soda (adding more, if necessary) until a thick paste is created. Stir in essential oils. Rub a thick layer of paste onto your face using gentle, circular motions. It will be gritty because of the baking soda, this exfoliating power allows it to clear our pores. Let it sit on your face for 20 minutes, massaging your face periodically throughout. Rinse with lukewarm water, and pat your face dry. You should see an immediate visible decrease in blackheads. Use 2-3 times per week, or as needed. Do not use more than once per week if you are prone to clogged pores.

For all skin types (except dry!): 

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Blackhead Eraser

Blackhead Eraser


This bentonite clay mask is great if you have oily skin that is prone to clogged pores. Make sure to moisturize after use.

Ingredients

  • Small glass bowl
  • 1 tsp bentonite clay
  • 2 tsp water
  • 2 drops Young Living Lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Tea Tree essential oil

Directions

In a small glass bowl combine bentonite clay and water. Only use enough water to make a creamy paste; you don’t want it runny. Add more clay or water if needed. Stir in essential oils. Massage clay into your face using gentle, circular motions. Allow to sit on your face 15-20 minutes, or until dry. Rinse face with lukewarm water and pat dry, and apply moisturizer. Use 2-3 times a week, or as needed.

The Blackhead Eraser mask is my favorite to use to fight blackheads. Because of my oily, acne-prone skin, the bentonite clay is a wonderful option for me.

For combination, oily, acne-prone, or aging skin:

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Honey, ACV, and Tea Tree Mask

Honey Apple Cider Vinegar Mask

This mask is great at dissolving and eliminating gunk out of pores and minimizing their appearance. Great for combination, oily, acne-prone, or aging skin.

Ingredients

  • Small glass bowl
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2-4 drops Young Living Tea Tree essential oil

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a small glass bowl. The mixture will be very liquid. Apply a layer to your face, massaging your skin as you go. Apply another layer, if desired. Let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse face with lukewarm water and pat dry. If there are leftovers, keep in an air-tight container (or wrap with cling-wrap). Use within 4 days.

Moisturize Skin

For all skin types:

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Moisturizing Mirah Mask

Moisturizing Mirah Mask

This mask using Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil is very nourishing and restorative. It is beneficial for all skin types. I like to start by steaming my pores open using the covered bowl method before applying the mask.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Pumps Young Living Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Geranium essential oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Frankincense essential oil 
  • 2 drops Young Living Ylang Ylang essential oil

Directions

Remove lids from all essential oils, and the cap from the Mirah oil. In the palm of your hand (or in a glass bowl if you prefer) carefully pump Mirah 3-4 times. Add essential oils and stir with your finger. Rub your hands together, and then rub your ace over your hands, gentle massaging the oil into your skin as you go. Let sit 15-20 minutes (or as long as you can) and rinse with lukewarm water. Pat face dry.

For dry skin:

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Moisturizing Coconut Oil mask

Moisturizing Coconut Oil Mask

This mask is so sublime! It is very moisturizing and nourishing; making it a great choice for dry, and/or again skin.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp coconut oil (fractionated or melted)
  • 2 drops Young Living Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • 1 drop Young Living Myrrh essential oil
  • 1 drop Young Living Frankincense essential oil

Directions

This mask works best if you steam pores open first using the covered bowl method. Combine all ingredients in the palm of your hand (or small bowl, if you prefer), and rub mixture evenly over face. Let sit and soak in for 15-20 minutes. Rinse face with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Fight Acne

For all skin types:

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Acne-Fighting Tea Tree and Honey Mask

Tea Tree & Honey Mask

Containing antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties, this mask is great for fighting infections and bacteria on acne-prone skin while also minimizing the appearance of pores.

Ingredients

  • 2 drops Young Living Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) essential oil
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey

Directions

Mix essential oil and honey in a small glass bowl. Apply mixture your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash face with lukewarm water, then pat dry. Use twice a week.

Tip: If you also have blackheads, add 1-2 drops of Young Living Lemon essential oil.

For all skin types (except dry!):bentonite-clay-essential-oils-face-mask 

Tough-Action Bentonite Clay Mask

This bentonite clay mask is wonderful for treating and preventing acne and blackheads all at once. It works well for any skin type, especially those with oily or sensitive skin.

Ingredients

  • Small glass bowl
  • 1 tsp bentonite clay
  • 2 tsp water
  • 4-6 drops essential oil (one oil, or combination of oils – all great for fighting acne*)Young Living Lavender essential oil (for any skin type)
    • Young Living Geranium essential oil (for any skin type)
    • Young Living Rosemary essential oil (for acne-prone and oily skin)
    • Young Living Frankincense essential oil (for any skin type)

Directions

In a glass bowl stir together bentonite clay powder and water using a plastic spoon or your finger (do not use metal with bentonite clay!). Add 4-6 drops of the essential oils of your choice. Spread clay onto your face and leave on for 20 minutes, or until dry. Rinse your face with warm water using gentle, circular motions; pat to dry.

For combination, oily, and acne-prone skin6:

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Activated Charcoal, Bentonite Clay, Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Powerhouse!

 

Charcoal, Clay, ACV, Tea Tree Powerhouse!

Combining activated charcoal, bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils means this mask is tough on blemishes, but gentle on skin. Because charcoal and bentonite clay can be drying, it is not recommended for dry, sensitive, or aging skin.

Ingredients

  • Small glass bowl
  • 1 tsp bentonite clay
  • 1/2 tsp activated charcoal
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 drops Young Living Tea Tree essential oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Lavender essential oil, if desired

Directions

In a small glass bowl, stir together all ingredients. Add a couple drops of water, as needed, if the mixture is too dry. Apply to face in an even layer; let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water using gentle, circular motions. Pat face dry and moisturize. If your face looks stained, simply wash face with normal cleanser. Use once a week.

The above recipe turned out to be my favorite mask! There are several that I love, but the Charcoal, Clay, ACV one blew my away! It is one I will be using often!

Cleanse Skin

For all skin types:

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Cleansing Mirah Mask

Mirah Cleansing Mask

This mask using Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil is beneficial for all skin types. I like to start by steaming my pores open using the covered bowl method before applying the mask.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Pumps Young Living Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Tea Tree essential oil 
  • 2 drops Young Living Frankincense essential oil

Directions

Remove lids from all essential oils, and the cap from the Mirah oil. In the palm of your hand (or in a glass bowl if you prefer) carefully pump Mirah 3-4 times. Add essential oils and stir with your finger. Rub your hands together, and then rub your ace over your hands, gentle massaging the oil into your skin as you go. Let sit 15-20 minutes (or as long as you can) and rinse with lukewarm water. Pat face dry.

This Cleansing Mirah Mask is divine! It smells heavenly and leaves my skin so soft and radiant! Because Mirah is moisturizing and I have oily skin, I use this mask when I am dryer than normal.

For all skin types:

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Honey-Baking Soda Cleanse

Honey-Baking Soda Cleanse

This honey and baking soda mask is so cleansing! It fights acne, blackheads, shrinks pores, exfoliates, and cleanses. It’s awesome! This recipe works best if you steam open pores using the covered bowl method first. It beneficial for all skin types. The stickiness makes it fun to use – I even got my dad and sister to try it out!

Ingredients

  • small glass bowl
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey
  • 2 drops Young Living Tea Tree essential oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Geranium essential oil

Directions

Note: this mask is very sticky! Putting on a robe or towel to protect clothes may be a good idea in case of drips. Stir all ingredients together in a small glass bowl using a metal utensil. Spread a generous amount over your face. If you apply a very thick layer, or if it is warm, the honey may begin to melt a bit, so watch for drips! Leave on for 20 minutes. You may notice it starting to dry in some spots (that’s the baking soda drying), or if you have active acne you may notice open pimples are oozing – this is normal and means the mask is pulling out the excess oil and debris causing your acne. Rinse face with lukewarm water and pat dry. This recipe makes enough for 2-3 masks. If you have leftovers, cover your bowl with an air-tight wrap and leave at room temperature. Use within 4 days.

The Honey-Baking Soda Cleanse mask is another favorite of mine. I use it when I’m more oily than normal and/or have clogged pores. 

I hope you have a blast trying out some of these masks – I know I did! Let me know which ones are your favorite!

Katie Sue's Essentials

 

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

 

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


  1. Info on baking soda found here 
  2. Info on coconut oil found here 
  3. Info on bentonie clay found here 
  4. Info on activated charcoal found here 
  5. Raw honey info found here 
  6. This awesome recipe was adapted from Root + Revel’s Charcoal Mask. Their site has some great info! Check them out here 
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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 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.
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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:

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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.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood is the best ever! It is my favorite smelling oil; one whiff and I instantly relax! Lavender is the most famous oil for being relaxing, but there is something about Cedarwood that just makes me melt. I also think it smells incredible! Its scent is sweet and woodsy; reminiscent of the tall, strong trees that it comes from. Cedarwood oil is steam distilled from the bark of the Cedar tree, which is part of the pine family. 

In addition to smelling incredible, Cedarwood is also

  • Used for relaxation and a good night’s sleep*
  • Great for supporting healthy skin (for people with dry skin)*³
  • Used for focus
  • Supports healthy hair follicles*¹
  • The tree mentioned most in the Bible – the Cedars of Lebanon
  • Considered the Lord’s tree, “The trees of the Lord are full of sap; the Cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted” KJV.

Cedarwood stimulates the pineal gland*, which releases melatonin, making it the perfect oil to add to your nighttime routine to assist in a good night’s rest. You can sprinkle a couple of drops right onto your pillow and  sheets, rub it onto the collar of your p.j.s or your chest, and/or add it to your bed-side diffuser. For a coma-like sleep, my favorite diffuser blend is:

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Cedarwood Diffuser Blend

Cedarwood is used in many of Young Living’s personal care products and is most beneficial to those with dry skin. However, Cedarwood is most known for potentially being beneficial with hair growth and supporting hair follicles!*³

Why does our hair seem to thin as we age? Did you know that when you are born you have all of the hair follicles you’ll ever have? You have around 100,000 in your scalp; that’s a lot on a tiny baby, but as we grow, our scalp stretches but we do not gain more hair follicles; hence, our hair looks thinner. Hair loss can also be a result of stress, hormonal imbalance, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, and plain ole genetics. When a strand of hair falls out, a new one typically begins to grow in the same follicle, however hair growth can decrease if DHT (a hormone) is too high.¹ But don’t hurry off to the wig store just yet! Cedarwood may help stimulate hair growth!*¹ Try this at-home nourishing hair treatment² and let me know how it works for you!

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Nourishing Cedarwood hair treatment

Want soft, silky hair? Try this Mermaid Hair spray!

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Mermaid Hair spray for luxurious locks

Since Cedarwood is relaxing, it is also great for focus. It allows you to slow down and focus on the task at hand. This is especially true when it is added to your diffuser. When inhaled, the oil particle travels directly to your brain causing you to instantly relax and focus.

I use Cedarwood every night to help me sleep, and I use it in my hair after every shower! It’s one I always have in my oil arsenal. What do you use Cedarwood for?

Would you like to purchase your own Cedarwood essential oil? You can do so here.

Thanks for learning about this awesome oil with me!

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

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
¹Information about hair loss/growth was found here.
²Hair treatment recipe was found here.
³Additional information about Cedarwood was found here.

Shutran – A line for manly men!

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Young Living Shutran Essential Oil Blend for Men

This week is National Men’s Health Week, so I thought I would use this post to talk about some of the wonderful products that Young Living offers that have been specially formulated for men (and some that are just beneficial). 

Did you know that Young Living has an entire men’s personal care line? Enter Shutran! Shutran is a blend made just for men (it even says so right on the bottle), although women like to smell it, too. 😉 Starting with the Shutran Essential Oil Blend, Young Living offers a line of products featuring that wonderfully woodsy, manly scent in products that your guy uses everyday – but these don’t  have any harsh chemicals!

The scent seems to smells differently to different people. Some people really smell the conifer oils (tree), some smell spice, while others think it smells sweet. To me, it smells sweet. Not like a flower, or candy, just sweet. It’s hard to describe; definitely unique, but wonderful smelling. To my parents it smells like a high-end cologne. This blend will not only smell differently to people straight out of the bottle, but it will also smell differently depending on who wears it. We are all made up with a unique chemical-makeup and our pheromones will mix with scents differently. 

Love the smell? Check out this awesome “Man Cave Diffuser Blend”

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Man Cave Diffuser Blend with Shutran

Shutran Essential Oil Blend

The Young Living website describes the blend has “specially formulated for men to boost feelings of masculinity and confidence.”¹ Something I think we all want our men to feel. Most men wear it in place of a cologne because of it’s perfectly-blended scent and the confidence it brings. 

Shutran contains:

Idaho Blue Spruce – which has a fresh, sweet, and earthy aroma that relaxes the mind and body. May support testosterone production.* Many people use it in the bedroom…

Ocotea – helps aid in healing skin irritation and injury.* It has natural cleansing and purifying properties.

Ylang Ylang – has a long history in skin and hair care products (I use it to promote luxurious hair). It can help you feel confident. It has a pleasant, fresh, floral scent. Commonly used to increase libido (historically, the flower was placed on the marriage bed).

Hinoki – is energizing and uplifting, and supports hair growth. It is used as an odor eliminator because of it’s spicy, lemony scent. (Someone once told me it “brings all the boys to the yard”…)

Coriander – has a sweet, warm fragrance. It is great for the skin; it helps to restore your skin to a healthy balance (regardless of if you have oily or dry skin). It can increase libido and may help with impotency.*

Davana – can help ease stressful feelings and nervousness; it’s very uplifting.*

Lavender – commonly called the “Swiss Army Knife of essential oils” for it’s many, many uses. Historically used for relaxation.

Cedarwoord – has an earthy aroma that can give a sense of security (it is my favorite smelling oil ever! One whiff and I instantly relax.). It is calming, purifying, and grounding. Can promote hair growth.

Lemon – another oil that has a myriad of uses. It is a powerful detoxer, with cleansing and purifying properties which may be beneficial to the skin. Great for people with oily hair (especially it if it blonde or light brown in color).

Northern Lights Black Spruce – very relaxing. Helps the appearance of dry skin.


Let’s say that your man showers and shaves every day. If he isn’t using the best products available that means he is putting hundreds of harmful chemicals directly onto his skin before he even leaves the house. Young Living offers high-quality products to help men get ready for the day, without the use of chemicals, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic fragrance, or synthetic colorants.¹ 

Shutran 3-in-1 Body Wash and Shutran Bar Soap 

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Young Living Shutran 3-in-1 Body Wash for Men
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Young Living Shutran Bar Soap for Men

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s face it, guys can get gross, and when they do, they STINK. Like, really bad. Girls can get gross and smelly, too (we don’t always go around smelling like a rose), but man-smell is just different, and can be hard to get rid of. Just because they smell like they’ve been in a cow pasture after they come back from the gym doesn’t mean they need strong chemicals to scrub away the stank. The 3-in-1 Body Wash for his hair, face, and body effortlessly removes grime and odor without stripping the hair and skin, and leaves him smelling like a lumberjack (well, like he’s been in a forest all day without sweating. A tree; he’ll smell like a sexy tree). The Shutran Bar Soap is similar, but is recommended for skin use only (may not be the best in place of shampoo). It contains olive, shea butter, wolfberry seed, and jojoba oils for added moisture – great in the Winter months, or for those with dryer skin. It also contains activated carbon which gives it it’s light gray color and is added for it’s deodorizing and cleansing properties.¹

Shutran Shave Cream and Aftershave Lotion

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Young Living Shutran Shave Cream for Men
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Young Living Shutran Aftershave Lotion for Men

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When your man shaves he wants his face to feel smooth and nourished. That is exactly what the Shutran Shave Cream and Aftershave Lotion will give him. The shave cream is formulated with hydrating palm, grape seed, and olive oils, plus naturally derived Vitamin E, and mango and cocoa butters. It’s silky-smooth texture provides a frictionless glide to reduce razor burn and nicks.¹ While the Shutran Aftershave Lotion soothes, freshens, and calms the skin after shaving, it is moisturizing, non-greasy, and absorbs into the skin quickly.¹ 

Shutran Beard Oil – for more than just his beard! 

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Shutran Beard Oil for Men

For all those bearded beauties out there, this if for you! It is created to soften, condition, and add a healthy-looking shine to facial hair, while moisturizing the skin underneath – without clogging pores.¹ With the superior quality you’ve come to expect from Young Living and the wonderful Shutran Essential Oil Blend; this is a spectacular beard oil! Like all YL products, it is heavily concentrated; it only takes a dime-sized amount, so it lasts a really long time.  

Did you know this beard oil can be used on more than just your beard? It makes a great leave-in conditioner for your head-hair (after washing with the Shutran 3-in-1 wash, of course), and will help protect hair from heat styling (such as a hair dryer). 

 

You can also make your own beard oil if you’d like a different scent. Check out my Instagram to find out more!

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DIY Beard Oil with Shutran

In addition to the Shutran line, Young Living also offers products that are perfect for the active man! 

Pure Protein Complete

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Pure Protein Complete

Pure Proein Complete is a powder used to make a protein shake. It comes in chocolate and vanilla spice. It’s foundation is made up of a full range of amino acids, ancient peat and apple extract, cow and goat whey, pea protein, egg white protein, and organic hemp seed protein. It is made of a special blend to deliver 25 grams of protein per serving.¹

Cool Azul Pain Cream 

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Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream

Cool Azul Pain Cream gives cooling relief from minor muscle and joint aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains. It combines the powers of Wintergreen (historically used for pain) with Cool Azul Essential Oil blend for the ultimate pain relief.¹

 

AminoWise

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Young Living AminoWise

AminoWise is perfect for your post-workout recovery. It has three blends for one powerful result:

  1. The Muscle Performance blend to aid in muscle building and repair
  2. The Recovery blend to reduce muscle fatige
  3. The Hydration Mineral blend helps replenish important minerals that are lost during exercise.

 

 

These are just a few of the wonderful products that Young Living offers that are beneficial for men. Follow me to get more product info in later posts, and head to the Young Living website to find out about other vitamins, supplements, personal care items, and oils! Would you like to order your own? You can do so here.

What do your guys use to be their healthiest selves?

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Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical free home one oil at a time. 

 

 

¹ This information was found directly on the Young Living website.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

It’s About Lime!

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Young Living Lime and Lime Vitality Essential Oils

Young Living’s Lime and Lime Vitality Essential Oils are two of my favorites! I love the smell of lime – it instantly takes me to Summer days spent by the pool! Other than smelling wonderfully summery, and tasting great, did you know Lime has also historically been used for skin blemishes (dark/age spots, and overall skin radiance), as well as used to decongest  the lymphatic system, and as a gentle detoxer?

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Young Living Go Getter Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

 

 

I currently have a blend in my diffuser called “Go Getter”. It uplifts my mood when I have the “blahs” or am feeling stressed, and motivates me to stay focused and get stuff done! 

 

 

 

Lime contains a powerful antioxidant called Gamma Terpinene. Antioxidants are wonderful for your skin! Not only do they help restore an even skin-tone, they also penetrate the skin to heal dark/age spots.* To use Lime Essential Oil in your skin care regimen, add a couple of drops to your nighttime moisturizer.¹

Let’s talk about the lymphatic system. Until recently I didn’t know much about the lymphatic system at all. I knew we have lymph nodes throughout our body, and that they swell when we get sick. Now I know that the lymphatic system acts as a… sewer treatment plant for the body, if you will (gross analogy, don’t think about it too much). Basically, the lymphatic system is found throughout your whole body, and it removes waste from every cell while also helping regulate the immune system! The lymph fluid (which I had never heard of until doing my research) is made up of 95% water and flows through the lymphatic system (including lymph nodes, the spleen, the thymus, adenoids, and tonsils). If the lymph cannot flow freely, the flow becomes stagnant and congested, causing toxins to build up in the body. This can cause a variety of health issues, and you may experience²:

  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Stiffness (especially in the morning)
  • “Brain fog”
  • Itchy and dry skin
  • Cellulite (say it ain’t so!)
  • Weight gain
  • Chronic sinusitis, sore throats, colds, and ear issues
  • Breast swelling during menstration
  • Swollen glands
  • Cold hands and feet

Don’t fear – Lime is here! Getting your lymphatic system moving isn’t as difficult as you may think! Here are three easy steps you can take to make that lymph flow freely:

  1. Stay hydrated – as mentioned above, lymph is made up of 95% water. Adding a couple drops of lime to your glass or stainless steel cup can help to flush toxins and assist in hydration. 
  2. Avoid tight clothing – lymph nodes lie close to the skin and wearing restrictive clothing suppresses lymph flow. Try wearing a bra without a wire (and when you can, no bra at all); this does not mean a sports bra, as most sports bras are too tight and hold things in place, as opposed to letting them move (you can find my favorite wireless bra here: rubyribbon.com ). Avoid tight briefs and jeans. Think bounce; you want your body to move. 
  3. Get up off of that thang! – If your legs/feet swell during travel, or when you’ve been sitting for too long, that is because of stagnant lymph flow. Stagnant lymph flow can be prevented by frequent moving, self-massage, and stretching (see below for Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil). 

So, drink your oil-infused water, keep your body moving, and use Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil for added lymphatic system support. My family and I went out of town last weekend and spent over 7 hours in the car driving to our destination. My mother’s feet and ankles always swell! Since I was planning this post, I made up some Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil for her to use in the car, the results were definitely noticeable! She still swelled a little, but nothing compared to normal. Note: She only put the massage oil on once, at the beginning of the trip, and didn’t stretch when we stopped for breaks. I suggest putting the oil on every time you stop for a break (or, if flying, get up to move around), and to stretch every chance you get. Keep that lymph moving!

Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil
Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil

Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil


  • 7 drops Young Living Lime Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Young Living Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Young Living Geranium Essential Oil
  • Carrier oil (such as olive, fractionated coconut, avocado; I used grapeseed oil as it is easily absorbed into the skin and shouldn’t clog pores)
  • 5 ml glass bottle (I used an empty Lime essential oil bottle I had lying around)
  • Roller ball tip, if desired

Add all essential oils to your glass bottle. Carefully top the rest of the bottle off with your carrier oil of choice (if you have a funnel small enough to fit in your bottle, that is very helpful, I get mine here: https://www.amazon.com). Pop in your roller ball, if desired. Close bottle and shake well before each use.

To use, rub oil on your neck, just below the jaw and ears, and work your way down using deep strokes toward your heart. This can also be used on your legs; start at your hip and work your way down to your feet. 

Remember, as a citrus oil, Lime may cause photo-sensitivity, so be sure to avoid applying to exposed skin up to 48 hours before being in the sun.

As a natural detoxer, Young Living’s Lime Vitality Oil is very beneficial when used internally*. Of course, adding lime to your water is the easiest way to reap the benefits, but my favorite way is in delicious Summer recipes such as Cilantro-Lime Bean Dip, and Strawberry-Lime Daiquiris!

Cilantro-Lime Bean Dip

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Cilantro Lime Bean Dip with Young Living Essential Oils
Cilantro-Lime Bean Dip with Young Living Essential Oils

Cilantro-Lime Bean Dip 

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz) bag of frozen corn
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of black beans, drained 
  • .5 – 1 oz fresh cilantro (I use the little packages cilantro from the produce section)
  • Young Living Lime Essential Oil to taste (I use 12-14 drops)
  • Lime wedges for added prettiness, optional
 
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Cilantro-Lime Bean Dip with Young Living Essential Oils

 

Directions

  1. In a medium/large glass or stainless steel** bowl dump frozen corn and drained tomatoes and black beans.
  2. Pick off cilantro leaves, and, if desired, shred into smaller pieces. This is the most time-consuming part of the recipe. Add to bowl with other ingredients.
  3. Drop in desired amount of lime oil (if you aren’t sure how much you want to use, start small and add more if needed). Using a wooden or metal** spoon, stir everything together.
  4. Add a lid or plastic wrap and keep refrigerated when not eating – if you’re serving at a party it’ll be gone in the blink of an eye!
 

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  • Serve with tortilla chips.
  • To have a little thicker consistency add a second can of drained black beans.
  • Add a little more “zing” by using flavored beans, or mix in just a little taco seasoning, or a bit of garlic powder and onion (this option is best if eating the dip right way, as any leftovers will have a strong onion smell).

**Since all citrus oils are gentle detoxers, using glass, metal, and wooden utensils is important, and the citrus will pull the toxins out of plastic, and those will, in turn, enter into your body. Gross. 

 

Strawberry-Lime Daiquiri


Strawberry-Lime Daiquiri 

Strawberry Daiquiri with Young Living Lime Essential Oil
Strawberry-Lime Daiquiri with Young Living Essential Oil

 

Ingredients

  • 1+ cup of frozen strawberries, diced
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Young Living Lime Essential Oil to taste (1-4 drops)
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • Sugar/Stevia to sweeten, optional
  • 1-2 oz rum, optional
  • Whipped topping, optional

Directions

Blend all ingredients together (except whipped topping) in a blender until there are no visible strawberry chunks. Pour and serve with a dollop of whipped topping.

  • Add more sugar and/or lime according to taste
  • Add more water for a thinner consistency 
  • For a creamy consistency, add a little vanilla yogurt

When travelling this Summer, don’t forget to stay hydrated, use your Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil and to get up and stretch every chance you get on long car/plane trips. And try out those wonderful recipes at the beach or by the pool (or a Monday night when you’re watching the Bachelorette…. or is that just me? 😉 ). Let me know what you think!

If you would like to order your own Young Living Lime or Lime Vitality Essential Oil, you can do so here: youngliving.com/signup

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

 

¹YL Blog: https://www.youngliving.com/blog/
²Lymphatic system: https://chopra.com/  

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

**Since all citrus oils are gentle detoxers, using glass, metal, and wooden utensils is important, and the citrus will pull the toxins out of plastic, and those will, in turn, enter into your body. Gross.