Oily DIY’s

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Alright, I rant about this so much I think it’s time to post. As I had said before, I got into oils to help me out with my anxiety (I was born high strung, not sure if it’s a gift or a curse). After weeks of researching I was like oh shit, I can use these to prevent wrinkles too? Hair growth? Eyelash growth? Uhm, yes. I live for a good home made face mask.

Before I share my current beauty hacks, please note that there are so many oils out there that promote the well being of your skin, hair, nails, etc. The following featured only the ones I have fallen in love wit thus far. I still have so many on my list of beauty oils. Check em out. Don’t have a kit? Sign me up baby!

 

Thieves Wipes

Grab some empty wipes off of amazon, add one or two cap full pours + lemon eo + tea tree eo

Dry Wipes

Bug Spray

20 citronella + 15 eucalptus + 15 lemongrass + 15 peppermint + witch hazel. Many recipes say to add water but I say no because water attracts flies. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Stain Remover

Thieves dish soap, thieves cleaning solution, lemon eo, thieves eo, water. I put mine in a roller and I have a large spray of it in my laundry room. Gold baby. Solid gold.

Hair Growth/Thickening Spray or serum (up to you!)

Everyday Spray// 20 drops of lavender + 20 drops of cedarwood + 20 rosemary + 15 clary sage + 15 peppermint + 15 thyme + witch hazel + distilled water in a spray bottle. Spray in dry or wet hair!

Serum// + 3/4 grapeseed + 1/4 jojoba oil.  I can’t get over the benefits of this spray. What I do is apply as a hair mask before I get into the shower. Sometimes I will leave it on overnight. If you’re hair tends to get greasy fast maybe just a few hours while you clean your house!

Face Mask

Carrier oil + your fav face oils, mine are frank, lav, geranium, copiaba and ylang ylang + 16 oz of water. Mix to your own consistency! I place the masks in a bowl and add all ingredients, let sit for hours. Be your own judge here!

Kitchen/Bath Scrub

2 cups baking soda + 20 drops of lemon EO + 2 caps thieves cleaner + splash vinegar + little bitta wataaaa (h2o)

Pregnant Belly Butter//Stretch Marks

10 frank + 10 lav + 10 gentle baby, cocoa butter, shae butter and vitamin E oil. As your beautiful baby bump grows, so does your skin. Use this butter to prevent stretch marks and keep your baby feeling nice and relaxed in the womb. What a tiny miracle. 🙂

Facewash

20 ylang ylang + 20 frank + 20 lav + 20 lemon (add tea tree if you tend to break out) + 2/3 cup of castille soap + 1/3 cup of witch hazel + 2 tea spoons of vitamin E oil. Add all of this to a foaming soap dispenser. Peep My Finds for the goods. ALSO, if you do not have all of these oils feel free to make it your own. Instead of Ylang Ylang I use geranium which is amazing for the skin, lemon is as well. Do you child.

Makeup Primer

It took me a bit but I finally got a concoction down. 10 drops of each. Lav, Cedarwood, Geranium, Frank, Lemon. Rosewater and organic Rosewater. Peep My Finds for the rose sprays.

Face Moisturizing Everyday Cream

15 frank, 10 lav, 5 cedarwood. In a baby mason jar add raw shea butter and organic coconut oil, heat them until they’re soft, almost liquid. Add the oils, jojoba and sweet almond oil. Place in your fridge overnight and voillaaaaaa.

Eyelash Serum

Okay so you can either add lavender to your mascara or create the serum to use at night before bed. Mix lavender, cedarwood and rosemary with castor oil and sweet almond. I would use 6 drops of each and more sweet almond than castor. The castor oil tends to be thick.

Face Moisturizing Serum

This weather has been tough on my face so I made this overnight serum that packs a little more punch for the winter wind. 15 frank, 10 lav, 10 geranium, 7 ylang ylang. Fill the rest with jojoba and sweet avocado carrier oil. I had bad patch of eczema (self diagnosed) on my neck for like a month so I’m extra thankful for this serum. This bad boy should get your skin back to the moisture level of a Caribbean island overnight.

Hair, Body + Face Mask

Grab a jar of organic coconut oil, add frankincense, lavender, cedarwood and grapefruit. This will act as your hair, body and face mask. I use this every single night on my face and body and on as a hair mask when I’m relaxing, cleaning the house, etc. I made an under eye roller out of these oils as well, for morning and night use. Promise, you’ll never buy a CVS face mask again.

Dandruff, Pimples, Bumps, Athletes Foot, etc.

Tea tree works miracles. This anti-fungal oil clears unwanted dandruff and buildup, surprise pimples and so much more.

Friggin Lavender/Sleep Roller

Not only good for sleep! Add lav to your mascara, shampoo, condition and face products. Major improvement in all aspects. Lavender is used for skin rashes as well. Idk how people live without it, gotta be honest. For the sleep roller, add 10 drops of lav, 10 drops of stress away (I also add oregano oil which is great for calming as well). Add a carrier and roll this down your spine at night, under the feet as well.

Rosewater Spray 

Organic rosewater spray (My Finds), frankincense, rose, lavender, cedarwood and geranium. This I use all day, every day. This little homemade gem keeps your skin moist and refreshed at all times. Doesn’t F with your makeup either, if anything it sets it throughout the day. You know when you’re flying and your skin gets all dried out from the high altitude? Never again, guys. Never again.

Under Eye Roller

Lavender, cedarwood, frank, geranium, ylang ylang and copiaba. Mix with your favorite carrier oil. I used jojoba for my skin. Literally obsessed with this roller. UPDATE: I’ve added new oils that mix well with my skin such as blue cypress, royal hawaiian sandalwood, rose and jasmine.

Teeth Whitener

Orange eo + clove eo + baking soda and a smidge of water for consistency. Leave on your pearly whites for about 20 mins every other day.

I’ll keep this doc updated for my oils peeps out there. Got you guys. 

The Curly Journey

 

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I have fought the good fight with this hair of mine. My mom doesn’t have these locks (thanks, Dad) so growing up she would brush it. All my fellow curlies are definitely cringing at the thought of brushing through dry, curly hair. In the end you look like Ludacris on the cover of his Word of Mouf CD holding the angry pit bull. As I grew old enough to do my own hair and buy my own products, I had to learn how to handle this situation on my own.

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Don’t get it twisted, I was in straight denial that my hair was curly and would straighten it every single day for years and years. Even colored it blonde which was terrible for my already dry, brittle strands. It wasn’t until 2016 that I finally embraced my inner afro. I’m telling you it was a long road to figure out how to style and what was right for me, but to date my hair is the healthiest it’s been since I was a toddler and it’s only getting better with the right routine and products.

Why going natural is the best route (for me):

  • I no longer have to apply heat to my hair on a daily basis
  • I can get my hair wet at the beach or a pool and not live in fear of how it’s going to dry
  • My morning routine is cut in half
  • Literally never have to wash my hair
  • Even a top knot looks good with a crown of curls

Now here are the rules when you’re dealing with a head of curls. Not all curls are the same, but the rules remain consistent across the board:

  • Use sulfate free hair products and only wash once or twice a week.
  • When you are not shampooing you can still use your conditioner in your bathing routine. Don’t rinse out all of the conditioner. You need all the moisture you can get.
  • Do not use a bath towel to dry your hair, use a microfiber towel or a cotton T shirt.
  • Comb, never brush, while wet (always while wet). Like I said, you mess with dried curls they’re just going to retaliate *cough Ludacris*.
  • Sleep with a silk wrap around your head (LOL I am so serious). Replace your pillow case with a silk one. This prevents rubbing and frizzing while you toss throughout the night.
  • Always use a diffuser while blow-drying, if you even are blow-drying. Heat settings on low and cold or else, Luda.
  • Whenever you can, hair mask it up. I use one when I work out, when I clean the house and every Sunday when I don’t have to leave the house.
  • Add some rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree to all of your hair products. This has worked wonders on my locks.
  • Use a curl cream concoction (whichever works best for you) I love my MoroccanOil Curl Cream and a little of Mirah Lustrous hair oil from Young Living.

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Oily Products and DIYS to bring your mane back.

  • Mirah Lustrah Hair Oil. Add it when wet and apply to ends when dry.
  • Make this spray: 20 drops of lavender + 20 drops of cedarwood + 20 rosemary + 15 clary sage + 15 peppermint + 15 thyme + witch hazel + distilled water in a spray bottle. Add this to your hair wet or dry. Watch it grow wider and longer. SO GOOD FOR YOUR LOCKS
  • Leave-in Serum: so the once a week you wash your hair, apply this serum all over your bean head. The recipe is your spray in previous bullet with jojoba oil and grapeseed oil. From scalp to ends baby.

Now go out there and rock that fro baby. Do not give up on your curls!