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.

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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!

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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.