Coconut for DIY Body and Beauti

Coconut 2-Part Series

Welcome to part 2 of this series on Coconut. Part two is all about Coconut for DIY Body and Beauti.

When we think of coconut, we usually think about it as a food ingredient.

However, you will learn some of the benefits of coconut used as an everyday beauti & body product outside the kitchen!

In part 1 of this 2 part series, you will read about the nutritional benefits of coconut and some delicious dairy-free receipts!

Take a look at part 1 here  Coconut the Dairy-Free Replacement.

Coconuts are known for their wide range of uses, from food to cosmetics to making rope, matting, and gardening!

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These are the four coconut products for DIY body and beauti that I will cover:

  1. Coconut Oil
  2. Fractionated Coconut Oil
  3. Milk from a Coconut
  4. Water from a Coconut Water

Coconut Oil  (1)

Coconut oil is cold-pressed from the flesh found inside the shell. It is an excellent carrier oil for itchy, sensitive skin. (1)

Always look for unrefined coconut oil to get the best results! And, it’s resistant to rancidity. (1)

Plus, it has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties. Which is especially important for skin health. (2)

For instance, many types of skin infections, including acne, athlete’s foot, and yeast infections, are caused by bacteria or fungi. (2)

The fatty acids found in coconut oil have anti-microbial properties that effectively kill bacteria and fungi. (2)

Therefore, applying coconut oil directly to the skin may prevent the growth of these microorganisms. (2)

In addition, it can be moisturizing and serves as a protective layer, helping to retain the moisture in your skin. (1)

However, I would not use solid coconut oil on your face.

Coconut oil is mild and generally safe for people with inflamed, irritated, and sensitive skin. (1) 

Can also reduce symptoms of eczema. (2)

Another study shows its effectiveness as a weak sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. (2)

Plus, coconut oil can also be protective against hair damage.

Coconut oil is also used in a process called oil pulling. Oil pulling can kill some of the harmful bacteria in the mouth, improve dental health, and reduce bad breath. (2)

Fractionated Coconut Oil (2)

  • Fractionated coconut oil: Mainly used for various household and personal care purposes, like a moisturizer, hair conditioner, and massage oil.
  • Liquid coconut oil:  This is an ideal addition to vegetarian, vegan, raw, whole food, paleo, ketogenic, and gluten-free diets.

  

Coconut Water (3)

Using coconut water for skincare has hydrating and re-mineralizing properties.

Plus, coconut water is a natural acid sterile solution. Rich in essential amino acids, sugars, vitamins, mineral salts, and cell growth factors.

Therefore, coconut water can be very beneficial to your skin when applied topically.

Here are some of the positive results you could have when using coconut water as a natural moisturizer, toner, or cleanser:

  • Glowing skin
  • Wrinkle reduction
  • Even skin tone
  • Reduced oil and greasiness
  • Natural moisturizer

Coconut Milk (4)

There are various anti-aging benefits that can happen when using coconut milk. (5)

For instance, coconut milk is rich in various vitamins and minerals. Because of this, it can help promote healthier skin, boost hair growth, and treat common skin ailments. (4)

Coconut milk can alleviate wrinkles and give skin an overall firmer appearance. It’s made up of protein, copper, and distinctive fatty acids. (5)

Plus, lauric acid contains antibacterial and anti-viral properties. Which helps fight the free radicals that our skin and hair are often exposed to. (5)

Note: Coconut water and coconut milk need to be refrigerated after opening.

So, if you plan to make DIY beauti products with these two items, you will want to make small batches and use them within 7 to 10 days. Store in the refrigerator between uses.

You can also, you can make it for single-use.

DIY Body and Beauti Recipes

Coconut/Cocoa Hand and Body Butter 

Makes 8 oz.

Cocoa butter is super moisturizing and has the delicious aroma of chocolate!!! What a great way to have chocolate on your hips without adding any extra pounds, HA! 😉

Coconut for DIY Body and Beauti

Ingredients:

Add 1/4 cup Cocoa butter  – Antioxidants, vitamin E, moisturizing

Plus 1/8 cup Beeswax  –  Natural moisturizer,  prevents parts from separating

Then 1/4 cup Coconut oil – Moisturizing, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial

Add 1/4 cup Shea butter – Healing, cell renewal, vitamins A&E, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory

Optional – 1 tbsp. Avocado oil  –  Increases Collagen, moisturizer, skin tightening

Instructions:

  • In a double boiler over low heat, add beeswax and cocoa butter until melted
  • Then add Shea butter and coconut oil, heat until melted
  • Add avocado oil (optional)
  • Remove from heat, let cool a bit 5 to 10min
  • Then blend with a hand mixer for 4 to 8 min
  • Store butter in an airtight 8oz. jar

A little goes a long way! Start with a half of a pea-sized amount or less, and add more as needed.

Vaginal Health and Lubrication

Makes 4oz.

Coconut oil is excellent for your vaginal health and makes a very effective lubricant.

After menopause, it gets pretty dry down there, and having sex can be pretty uncomfortable and painful.

Not anymore! Coconut Oil is the best lubricant for any age!!! It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

So, it helps to fight infections. As a result, it’s great for keeping the vaginal area healthy at all stages of life.

Ingredients:

Coconut Oil

Store in airtight 4oz. glass jar

Instructions:

  • When there is any itching or discomfort
  • Apply to the inside of the vagina area
  • Use after sex
  • Apply liberally to both partners. Enjoy!

For more info. look at this post called:

Coconut Oil for Vaginal Dryness & Sex

Fresh Wash 

An all-natural cleanser for vagina, bum, underarms, anywhere!

Makes 8oz.

Fresh wash cleanser is fantastic! It is great to use every day for personal hygiene. And, any time you need to freshen up. It’s also great to take when camping too!

Coconut for DIY Body and Beauti

Ingredients:

2/3 cup Alcohol-free Witch hazel  – Fight bacteria relieve itching, irritation, and burning, antioxidant, cleaning

1/3 cup Rosewater – Antibacterial, antiseptic, vitamin C, antioxidant, cleaning

1 tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s castile soap unscented  – Cleaning

8 pumps fractionated coconut oil – Moisturizer, kills bacteria, antioxidant

Instructions:

  • Add all ingredients to an 8oz glass spray bottle. Shake well before each use.
  • This cleanser is very gentle on your skin and will leave you feeling clean and fresh every day!

I first discovered this cleanser from One Good Thing by Jillee.

However, I tweaked it a bit to my liking. For instance, I don’t add any essential oils to this blend.

Note: During my essential oil studies at Aromahead Institute, I learned how essential oils penetrate the skin.

It all depends on the permeability of the skin. The more porous the skin, the quicker the oils cross the layers and enter the bloodstream. (1)

The genitals are very porous, and is not the best place for essential oils unless you are dealing with an infection.

Then you must speak with a aromatherapist trained in this type of application! (1)

Happy Feet

Makes 4oz. ~ 1% Blend

Sometimes our feet get a little itchy & tired and need a little love! This receipt will do just that by keeping your feet soft, and itch-free!

Ingredients:

3 oz. Coconut oil – Moisturizing, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial

1 oz. Shea butter – Healing, cell renewal, vitamins A&E, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory

8 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil – Antibacterial, anti-fungal

6 drops Peppermint Essential Oil – Cooling, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal

Instructions:

  • Heat coconut oil and Shea butter over low heat until soft, not melted
  • Blend  with a hand mixer for 4 to 8 min. until creamy (If the butter is warm, let cool for a bit before adding the essential oils)
  • Add in the tea tree and peppermint essential oils
  • Blend essential oils for 10 to 20 seconds to disperse
  • Store in airtight 4oz. glass jar

Apply a pea-size amount to feet and rub in, especially between toes and on toenails.

Let absorb a bit before putting on your socks or walking around. *For best results, apply before bed.

*Caution ~ Coconut oil could be slippery with bare feet

Some other uses for DIY Coconut Oil:

  • Makeup remover
  • Oil Pulling
  • Tame frizzy ends
  • Soften cuticles

In Conclusion:

So, there you have it! Coconut is a fantastic product to add to your body, beauty, and health routine!

Here’s to Coconut for DIY Body and Beauti!!!

Susie ∞

 

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References

1 – Aromahead Institute

https://www.aromahead.com/

2 –  Healthline

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil#section8

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coconut-oil-and-skin#section2

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/fractionated-coconut-oil#section6

3 – Devera Naturals

https://deveranaturals.com/benefits-of-coconut-water-for-skin/

4 –  Mercola

https://foodfacts.mercola.com/coconut-milk.html

6 – Bustle

https://www.bustle.com/articles/79637-coconut-milk-benefits-hair-skin-so-whip-up-these-5-recipes-as-your-next-natural

Loving your Hair with Silk!

Loving your Hair with Silk!

Are you tired of waking up with dry, frizzy hair? I was, too, until I started using a silk pillowcase.

My cousin Jill shared with me that she was using a silk pillowcase and loved it, so I gave it a try, and WoW, what a difference it has made for my hair and skin too! I can honestly say I will not be using my cotton pillowcases again!

What is silk?

Silk a natural protein fiber from silkworms that is soft and breathable.

The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the silk fiber’s triangular prism-like structure, which allows silk cloth to deflect incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colors. (1)

Several different insects produce silk, but, generally, only the silk of moth caterpillars has been used for textile manufacturing. (1)

Loving your Hair with Silk!

Benefits of silk for your hair! 

When we move around in our sleep, our hair rubs against the pillowcase, causing friction that can lead to frizzy hair, tangles, and even breakage.

Silk pillowcases reduce friction and are not as absorbent of moisture as traditional cotton pillowcases; therefore, they can reduce frizziness and help you maintain moisture in your hair throughout the night. (2)

All hair types can benefit from silk pillowcases, but people with dry, fine, curly, or blonde hair may find a silk pillowcase especially helpful. (2)

Blonde hair tends to be more fragile, and curly hair tends to get frizzy with the friction of cotton. So, a silk pillowcase will help your hair ‘glide’ across the pillow instead. (2)

If you have oily hair or skin, a silk pillowcase may not be the best choice for you since a cotton pillowcase will absorb the oil better than a silk pillowcase.

Benefits of Silk for your skin! 

Anyone who invests in a nightly skincare routine will benefit more from sleeping on a silk pillowcase than a cotton one.

Less absorption from your silk pillowcase also means your serums and other beauty products will absorb into the skin, not your cotton pillowcase.

For those who suffer from dry skin or live in dry climates, extra overnight hydration can mean your skin stays more hydrated through the night, and you’ll wake up with a less tight and dry face. (3)

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Cost of a Silk Pillowcase?

Click on the Purple links to find a silk pillowcase that’s right for you!

Silk pillowcases are a bit more expensive than cotton and other kinds of fibers. They can range from 17.00 to 99.00!

It is soo worth the investment! (you’ll thank me later ; )

Silk pillowcases also come in the most beautiful colors and patterns! (Remember to buy only 100% silk for the best results.)

Here’s to loving your hair with Silk!

Susie ∞

For more info. on hair, take a look at this popular post:

“How I Thicken my Thinning Hair!”

 

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References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk

https://www.cnet.com/health/why-you-should-try-a-silk-pillowcase/

https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/blog/are-silk-pillowcases-really-better-for-your-skin/

Healing Itchy Scalp with Essential Oils

Healing Itchy Scalp with Essential Oils

I started my research on Healing my Itchy Scalp with Essential Oils.

After I had a small patch of benign skin cancer removed from the top of my head.

I remember sitting in the dermatologist’s exam room, as he was cutting out the small patch.

Then I saw chunks of my already thinning hair falling into my lap while holding back my tears :(…

In that moment, all I imagined was that I had a huge bald spot on the top of my head. Fortunately, it only left a small bald spot.

But a bald spot is a bald spot. Ugg. And, it wasn’t easy to cover up.

Then after surgery, I developed dermatitis on my scalp, and it was very itchy.

Now, I had these two new problems to solve?            

  1. My itchy scalp (I will share how I healed my itchy scalp in this post!)
  2. My new bald spot (more on how I cover my bald spot HERE)

After surgery, when my itchy scalp began, I found some products made for scalp dermatitis.

So, I ordered the products online and used them for a while, but my scalp was still itchy, and the products were expensive.

That’s when I looked into some natural ways of Healing my Itchy Scalp with Essential Oils & other DIY Hair Care.

While I studied at Aromahead Institute, I learned how effective essential oils could be at solving issues with the body. Such as, skin conditions, allergies, and other health concerns.

Healing Itchy Scalp with Essential Oils

After adding essential oils to my DIY hair care products, I saw a significant difference in my hair and scalp.

Wow, I’m soo glad I gave them a try because my scalp does not itch anymore, and my hair looks and feels so much healthier! Yes!

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Here a list of effective essential oils and excellent ingredients you can use to create your anti-itch DIY hair care products.

  • Pure-Castile Liquid Soap – Made with Natural & Organic ingredients, Non-toxic, Non-GMO, Vegan, and Cruelty-Free Liquid Soap (1)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar –  Un-tangles hair, bring back body and shine, stimulates the scalp, decreases dandruff, unclogs hair follicles which may help with excess shedding or hair loss (2)
  • Rosewater (disambiguation) ~ Healing dermatitis, hair growth, soothes inflammation, antibacterial, antiseptic, vitamin C, antioxidant (3)

However, before you use essential oils

in your DIY Hair-Skin-Body Care products,

Check out this important and informative post on:

 “Safely Using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care”

Healing Itchy Scalp with Essential Oils

Below are three DIY hair care products that can be beneficial in relieving your itchy scalp and hair loss.

Plus, they are super easy to make!


DIY Honey Shampoo

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in an 8oz squirt bottle and shake well to mix.

Honey will dissolve overnight and mixes well with the other ingredients.

Shake well before each use.

Apply to wet hair and work into a lather. Let sit for a few minutes before washing out.

Store in the shower.


DIY Honey Conditioner

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Un-tangles hair, brings back body and shine, stimulates the scalp, decreases dandruff, and unclogs hair follicles which may help with excess shedding or hair loss

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in an 8 oz. glass spray bottle and shake well to mix.

Honey will dissolve overnight and mixes well with the other ingredients.

Shake well before each use

Apply to wet hair only (This way, the ACV will be well diluted by the shower water.)

Spray on top of the hair or in your hand, then work into the hair and scalp.

Store in the shower.


DIY Leave-in Rose Conditioner

  • Rosewater (disambiguation) – Hair growth, moisturizing, soothes inflammation, dandruff, astringent, makes your hair smell great too

Mix rose water, rosemary, and tea tree in a dark 8oz — glass spray bottle.

Instructions

After you wash and towel dry your hair, lift sections of damp hair and spritz directly on the scalp and hair, and massage in.

This can be drippy, so have your towel nearby.

Shake well before each use.

Store in the bathroom cabinet.

Healing Itchy Scalp with Essential Oils

For the best results, add EO drops to your DIY hair care products.

But, if you don’t want to make DIY hair care products, you can add the essential oil drops to your shampoo.

However, I highly recommend you use a shampoo that does NOT contain ‘Sodium Lauryl Sulfate’ (SLS) or Parabens.

What are Sulfates and Parabens?

Did you know that over 95 percent of all commercial shampoos and other body care products on the market use Sodium Lauryl Sulfate’ (SLS) and Parabens?

“Sodium Lauryl Sulfate” (SLS) is the ingredient in shampoos that we recognize as the lathering agent, but it can also cause many hair loss issues.

So, when you use a shampoo that contains SLS as its main ingredient, you are drowning your head in a harsh detergent.

And is considered among the most irritating surfactants associated with skin dryness and redness.” (4)

“Parabens” are used as a preservative. They prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus in shampoos.

Here are the different types of parabens to lookout for ~

  • Butylparaben
  • Ethylparaben
  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben

Unfortunately, parabens have been linked to irritation of skin conditions such as dermatitis and rosacea. It can also cause allergic reactions in some small children. (4)

Another scary thing about parabens ~ (4)

“Parabens can increase estrogen levels and may cause breast cancer. It has been found that parabens actually attach themselves to estrogen receptors.

The result is that parabens cause a weak estrogen effect on the body. This is why they are referred to as phytoestrogens.”

This may or may not cause breast cancer, depending on which research you believe.

But why take the risk when you can simply switch to a paraben-free shampoo! 

Here are two Sulfates and Paraben Free Shampoos to Try

In conclusion:

So, why use costly, store-bought, chemical-packed hair care products when you can make your own!

You can, heal your itchy scalp with essential oils. And it’s easy when you make your own DIY hair care!

Plus, when you make your DIY products, you’ll be confident knowing you are:

  • Using safe ingredients

  • You know precisely what you’re putting on your body

  • No hidden ingredients

  • They are effective at addressing skin and hair issues

  • New hair growth

  • Healthier scalp and hair

  • DIY hair care is super easy to make

  • Plus, you’ll save money, Win-Win-Win!!!

Let me know if you try any of the DIY Hair Care recipes or if you have a favorite of your own. Leave a comment below!

 

Here’s to a Healthy Scalp and Hair!

Susie ∞

 

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*Please understand that we are not offering any medical advice. We do not attempt to diagnose, treat, or cure anything. In addition, we can’t promise that any natural remedy will solve a particular health/skin issue. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your discretion.


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References:

1 – Healthline

https://www.healthline.com/health/castile-soap

https://www.healthline.com/health/honey-for-hair#treatment

2 – Charinvalley Soap and Salve

https://www.chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com/blog/posts/make-your-own-apple-cider-vinegar-rinse/

3 – Beauty Munsta

https://beautymunsta.com/10-benefits-rose-water-for-natural-hair/

4 – Shampoo Tree

http://www.shampootree.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-switch-to-a-sulfate-and-paraben-free-shampoo/

“How I Thicken my Thinning Hair”

Hair loss and thinning are more common than you think and can happen to anyone. *According to Dr. Eric Schweiger of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC.(1)

Causes range from ‘androgenetic’ or hormone-related hair loss to stress-related hair loss, called ‘telogen effluvium,’ and dandruff.

Medications, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disorders, excess styling, and autoimmune disorders can all cause hair loss and thinning.” (1)

So, what’s a girl to do? I’ve had a Love/Hate Relationship with my hair all my life! HA! I always wanted thick, shiny hair, but that didn’t happen.

As the years go by, my hair has gotten shorter and thinner, mainly on the crown of my head ugh. ☹ 

NO one wants thinning hair, right!

So, I have been experimenting with different options to improve my relationship with my hair for the last several years! 

I have tried different hairstyles, hairpieces, and DIY hair care products to find something that worked.

I’m happy to say; that I found a hairstyle and some DIY products that finally give me the fuller hair that I have always wanted!

Yippee! And I mean, Yippee!!! (all of you with thinning hair know what I’m talking about)

For the first time in my life, I can say, “I really like my hair.” (I don’t want to commit to saying I love my hair; I don’t want to mislead anyone, but I really, really like my hair now! 🙂

Here’s how it all began!

I started experimenting with different hairstyles and DIY hair care products after I had a small patch of benign skin cancer removed from the top of my head.

So, there I was sitting in the dermatologist’s exam room, as he was cutting out the spot, and seeing chunks of my already thinning hair falling into my lap while holding back my tears 🙁

All I imagined was that I had a huge bald spot on the top of my head. Well, fortunately, it only left a small bald spot.

Still, it wasn’t easy to cover up. Also, after surgery, I developed seborrheic dermatitis, so my head was very itchy. Ugg.

*Side note: When the Dr. was stitching up the area where he removed the benign skin cancer, he and his assistant had to pull the skin together pretty tight to stitch it back together. So, I did get a mini eye lift from the whole experience… Bonus!!!

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OK, so now I had these two new problems to solve:            

  1. My new bald spot (I will be sharing the solution I found in this post.)
  2. And my itchy scalp (Read more on healing itchy scalp HERE).

Here are the options I looked into to cover my bald spot:

  • Hairpieces
  • Supplements to help grow hair
  • DIY Dry Shampoo

Hairpieces

Attach to your hair using clips or combs. They are easy to work with, washable, and affordable. And they come in an array of colors, and most of these options come in synthetic or real hair.

Here are a few more options when it comes to hairpieces:

  • Wigs A full wig would be a good choice if you have significant hair loss.

Pros:  They are quick and easy to put on. Plus, you could have fun wearing different hairstyles and colors on different days and occasions.

Cons: It could be hot, and clips can be uncomfortable after wearing a while

  • Wiglets/Toppers – Good choice for short thinning/balding hair on the crown of the head.

Pros: Natural-looking, easy to clip on, blends nicely into your hair, cool to wear

Cons: Clips can be uncomfortable after wearing a while

  • Integration hairpiece – These are great for short to long thinning/balding hair on the crown and sides of the head. You clip on and then weave your hair into the hairpiece.

I wore an integration hairpiece for a while but didn’t feel it was right for me, at least not for right now.

Pros: Very natural-looking, lightweight, and cool to wear

Cons: Clips can be uncomfortable after wearing a while

Supplements

Taking daily supplements like A, Biotin, C, D, E, Iron, Zinc, and Protein can benefit hair growth. (2)

Pros: Easy to get these vitamins from eating healthy food and taking a high-quality Multi-Vitamin. Plus, great for overall health too.

Cons: This could take time for new hair to grow, with no guarantee there will be new hair growth.

DIY dry shampoo

My original thought for trying DIY dry shampoo was that since dry shampoo has color in it, my scalp would then have color on it.

This way, it would deflect light off my scalp and cover up my bald spot, and it worked!

After applying the DIY dry shampoo to my bald spot, it concealed it, and I am soo happy with the results!!!

How to make DIY Dry Shampoo:

  • 4 Tbsp. Arrowroot Powder – dry shampoo blends are built around a base of organic arrowroot powder, a super lightweight starch that becomes invisible once applied.
  • 1 to 3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder – gives the dry shampoo the color. This combination is good for light to med blond hair or med. to dark brown hair.

Your hair color will determine how much cocoa powder to use. (The lighter your hair, the less cocoa you will use, and the darker your hair, the more cocoa you will use.)

I suggest starting with 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder and mixing; then, you can add more at 1 tsp of cocoa powder until you get the best match. That’s it!

After I had been using my DIY dry shampoo for a while, I started to notice some unexpected benefits, and it has turned out to be so much more than just covering up my bald spot; It also has:

  • Added fullness to my thinning hair

  • It hides that see-through to the scalp look of thinning hair

  • It helps cover my roots, so it prolongs the time between coloring

It’s a win-win all the way around! Since I discovered that DIY dry shampoo worked at helping these other concerns, too, I needed to learn how to apply it a little differently.

Therefore, when I started experimenting with dry shampoo, it wasn’t as simple as just putting the DIY dry shampoo in the hair.

Because if you put too much dry shampoo in your hair, it makes your hair look and feel like straw. Plus, it won’t be easy to comb through.

On the other hand, if you don’t put enough dry shampoo in the hair, you wouldn’t get the fullness you want, either. Because of this, it was trial and error when I first started using dry shampoo.

Pros: Easy to make and apply.

Cons: It can make your hair feel dryer (totally worth it for fuller hair!) and can leave color on your pillowcase (easy fix, I put a bandana over my pillowcase so that it won’t get discolored).

Steps for applying DIY shampoo!

  1. Finger dry your hair. Best to not use a hairdryer on thinning hair
  2. Use a good hair oil with rosemary essential oil, add 8 to 10 drops per oz. of argan oil and apply to the tips and top of hair only, don’t apply the oil to your roots
  3. Apply oil to the hair before applying the dry shampoo
  4. Add dry shampoo with a powder brush – Dip the powder brush into DIY dry shampoo, turn the brush with hairs facing up, and lightly tap the handle on the counter so that the powder will fall into the brush hairs
  5. Lift sections of your hair and apply the DIY shampoo to the scalp and roots only
  6. TIP: the shorter the hair, the less dry shampoo you need. Start with a small amount and add more as needed
  7. Allow the dry shampoo to sit for a few minutes
  8. Work into the scalp and hair with your fingers to distribute evenly
  9. Backcomb hair at the roots, on the top, and sides of the hair, for extra lift
  10. Lift hair and spray under the hair with hair spray
  11. Style as usual

I know the first tip of putting oil on thin hair doesn’t seem like a good idea, but hear me out. Applying oil to the hair first will counteract the dry powder, so your hair won’t feel as dry.

The hair oil I recommend is Argon Oil. This oil is lightweight and won’t weigh your hair down. It won’t make your hair look greasy either as long as it’s applied to the tips of your hair only, not on the scalp!

*Argan oil, also known as Moroccan oil, is derived from nuts produced from Argan trees. Rich in fatty acids, antioxidants, and Vitamin E. Argan oil makes your hair look incredible and has many protective qualities. (3)

It is sometimes referred to as “liquid gold” due to its rich golden color. All-natural, organic Argan oil is best to use since it is minimally processed and contains no chemicals or additives. (3)

If you decide to give DIY dry shampoo a try, you may need to experiment with it a few times before getting the right balance. I would give it a test run on the weekend when you have time to play with it.

I definitely, wouldn’t try the dry shampoo before a big meeting, first date, or a big event, just in case you put a little too much dry shampoo in the first time; just sayin! 😉

This is “How I Thicken my Thinning Hair!” by using DIY Dry Shampoo! Don’t forget to look at how to heal an itchy scalp HERE!

Leave a comment below and let me know what you have tried in helping your thinning hair, and please let me know if you have any questions about the DIY Dry Shampoo. I am happy to help!

 

Here’s to liking (loving?;) your hair again!

Susie ∞

P.S. Update: I have found that I get the best results when I apply the DIY dry shampoo mainly to the roots at the crown of my head. I have less dry hair and overall better results with lift and fullness! 🙂

 

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References:

(1) – Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC,

https://www.schweigerderm.com/skin-care-articles/hair-loss/hair-loss-awareness-dealing-with-hair-loss-for-women/

(2) – Healthline

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/best-vitamins-hair-growth#section1

(3) – LA TOURANGELLE Artisan Oils 

https://latourangelle.com/general/8-best-

“Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care”

Here are a few guidelines for “Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care.”

My interest in essential oils started several years ago when I worked in the health and beauty department of a local health food store.

I discovered that when you add essential oils to DIY skincare products, they could address several common issues such as:

  • Hair loss
  • Itchy scalp
  • Dermatitis
  • Acne
  • Nail fungus
  • Large Pores
  • And so much more!

While researching, I learned about some questionable ingredients in many of our standard beauty products and wanted a better option.

As a result, this motivated me to start making DIY skincare products.

So, I started my DIY Skin Care products makeover!  

I planned to replace all of my current skincare, haircare, and body care products with healthier and safer DIY products using essential oils!

However, the biggest mistake I made in the beginning was that when I was looking up information about essential oils, I would skip most of the vital safety information and go right to the recipes.

After all, essential oils are 100% safe. They come from plants, seeds, bark, and resins!

But then again, poison ivy and poison oak are plants too. No one would ever pick those plants and rub them on their skin.

Essential oils can be very safe to use, as long as they are used correctly!

Meanwhile, I continued to search in books and online for recipes. However, some of the online information I came across didn’t seem safe to me, and some of it wasn’t very clear.

I noticed the recommended drops on different sites for making DIY skincare products varied so much per 1oz. I didn’t know what was accurate?

Then I watched a video of a gal who claimed to be a Doctor, and she said:

“I just put a drop of X essential oil on the back of my hand and lick it off” What???

I didn’t know much about essential oils at that time. But, that did not seem to be very good information to be throwing out there to just anyone. (Even the essential oil experts recommend never to use essential oils internally unless under the supervision of a trained clinical Aromatherapist.)

Because certain groups of people may not receive essential oils well, it could cause them some unforeseen severe issues.

*Please understand that we are not offering any medical advice. We do not attempt to diagnose, treat, or cure anything. In addition, we can’t promise that any natural remedy will solve a particular health/skin issue. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your discretion.

These groups are:

  • People with certain health conditions
  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding moms
  • Children under 5yrs
  • The elderly

After seeing this, I rethought my choice to skip important safety information. I started to question whether or not I was safely using essential oils?

Through all of my searching, I found Aromahead Institute and loved its approach to teaching and learning.

I decided if I would be making products using essential oils for my friends and family and using them for myself, I needed to enroll in the “Aromahead Aromatherapy Certification Program”!  

Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care

Therefore, I did, enroll that is, and earned my certificate as a “Certified Aromatherapist.”

Now I know how to use essential oils safely, and I have many resources to go to when I have questions!

 

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Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care products comes down to a few rules. (1)

1. “Safe Dilutions”

Some essential oils can irritate the skin, so they are often diluted for safety. Essential oils are typically diluted with a carrier like water, witch hazel, aloe, or carrier oils.

Carrier oils are made from plants and plant parts. They’re not volatile the way essential oils are, and they tend to be heavier than essential oils.

Some great carrier oils are jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, and fractionated coconut oil, to name a few.

2. “Blending Guidelines”

This is so very important to know because the number of drops you use per 1oz (30 ml) of carrier oil will determine:

A. If your blend will be effective at addressing the skin concern, it’s made for

B. And even more importantly, it will determine how safe the blend will be to use on the skin.

 “Blending Guidelines and Dilutions” from Aromahead Institute: (1)

“There are approximately 500–600 drops of essential oil in a 1oz (30 ml) bottle.

1% of 500 drops = 5 drops ~ 1% of 600 drops = 6 drops

  • Use the following dilutions, for pregnant women and children, for anyone with a compromised immune system, and for using directly on the face:

1% dilution = 5–6 drops total of essential oil in 1 oz. (30 ml) of carrier

2% dilution = 10–12 total drops of essential oil in 1 oz. (30 ml) carrier.

  • Specific injury of muscle, tendon, and bone: 3–10% depending on the individual, age, situation, and oils being used:

3% dilution = 15–18 total drops of essential oil in 1 oz. (30 ml) carrier.

  •  For local issues such as chest congestion:

3–10% depending on the individual, age, situation, and oils being used (If 1% dilution is 5–6 drops, then a 10% dilution is 50–60 drops)

  •  If the problem is acute and severe, you can only go up to 25% dilution for short-term use.

Acute situations include headaches, superficial cuts, bee stings, and burns. (1)

Severe problems include muscle cramps, intense spasms, significant bruising, or pain.

  • “Neat” (means undiluted essential oil and no carrier oil) oils can be used for the following:

~ Small areas, local use, acute situations, short-term use. These must be the highest quality, non-oxidized oils. (1)

 

Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care

3. Use “High-Quality Essential Oils.”

These oils will be therapeutic grade, GC/MS tested, and unadulterated. Tisserand and Young(2) define adulteration as:

Intentional dilution or fabrication” of essential oils.

He goes on to say that essential oils can be adulterated with odorous or non-odorous substances to dilute an essential oil or absolute. (2)

Odorous adulterants; can include other essential oils, essential oil fractions or residues, synthetic aroma chemicals similar to those found in the oil, or aromachemicals not found in the oil. (2)

Non-odorous adulterants, or extenders; include substances such as ethanol, mineral oil, isopropyl myristate, glycols, phthalates, and fixed oils such as rapeseed and cottonseed. Tisserand and Young (2)

Adulteration can happen at any point, from distillation/extraction to reaching the end-user.

Some points along the way can include: (2)

  • Co-gathering or co-distillation of several varieties (for example, several types of lavender gathered and distilled together)
  • A distiller may adulterate an essential oil before selling it to a distributor.
  • Distributors may adulterate an essential oil before selling it to a retailer.
  • The retailer may adulterate an essential oil before selling it to a customer.

4. Never use essential oils that have “Oxidized.” (2)

Degradation/oxidation is the natural process of the chemical breakdown of essential oils.

This commonly occurs from oxygen, heat, and light. The length of time that this process takes to occur can vary significantly based on the essential oil and storage conditions.

It is essential to reduce exposure to oxygen, heat, and light.

Some things that will help to slow down the process of degradation/oxidation of essential oils include storing them in:

  • Dark glass containers
  • Store in a dark and cool environment like the refrigerator
  • Keep essential oil caps tightly sealed to minimize exposure to oxygen

5. Lastly!

Be mindful when using essential oils with pregnant women, breastfeeding women, young children, the elderly, or anyone with a compromised immune system.

Consequently, using essential oils in an unsafe manner with any of these groups could cause some unforeseen issues.

If you are ever unsure, the safest thing to do is NOT use essential oils with these groups.

Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care

Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care rules quick view:

  • “Safe Dilutions” – Best to use essential oils with a carrier oil
  • “Blending Guidelines” – Use the correct number of drops per 1oz. (30ml)
  • “High-Quality Essential Oils” – For best results, use oils that are therapeutic grade, GC/MS tested, and unadulterated
  • “Oxidized” – Never use essential oils that have oxidized
  • “Be mindful” – Do NOT use essential oils with anyone in an unsafe manner; this could cause some unforeseen issues.

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In Conclusion:

When I first started making my DIY skincare, I wasn’t following these safety guidelines.

I know; I was overdoing it with the number of essential oil drops I used per ounce.

My thinking, at the time, was, “If one drop makes my face look younger, then 500 drops will make my face look 30 again”… Yippee!!!

A bit of an exaggeration, only to make a point. Well, unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

By overusing essential oils in this unsafe way, I was causing problems with my skin.

As a result, I started having some skin irritations on my face, and my eyes started itching and burning.

Once I learned about the dilution chart and guidelines for blending safely, it made a difference in my DIY skincare products!!!

Take a look at this popular post with one of my most effective DIY essential oil products called:

“Healing Itchy Scalp with Essential Oils”

 

Do you make DIY skincare? If so, have you tried using essential oils in your DIY skincare? Let me know what your favorite essential oils are! Leave a comment below!

 

Here’s to “Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care!”

Susie ∞

 
 
 
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*Please understand that we are not offering any medical advice. We do not attempt to diagnose, treat, or cure anything. In addition, we can’t promise that any natural remedy will solve a particular health/skin issue. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your discretion.


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References:

  1. Aromahead Institute – https://www.aromahead.com/
  2. Tisserand and Young – https://roberttisserand.com/