DIY | Dry Shampoo + Volumizing Hair Powder

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It’s is best not to wash your hair too often so that your scalp can restore it’s natural balance and produce the perfect amount of sebum for healthy hair. Twice a week is my goal. Between washes I like to use something to keep oily roots at bay and also to give my hair some added lift and volume!

I am actually in the process of creating a small line of products which I can’t get into too much detail about just yet because it’s still in the beginning stages (if you follow me on instagram you have probably seen some teaser photos + videos) but I have some haircare items I have concocted recently. In the process of creating I came up with this really easy to make dry shampoo and volumizing powder (it really does add instant lift to your roots!).

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My Mom has been using this powder for the past few weeks and told me her “hair has never looked or smelled better!” and that is coming from someone who is really picky about her haircare products and who tends to have limp and hard-to-volumize hair! After seeing her results and mine I knew I had to share this simple and effective recipe with you all.

I have purchased dry shampoo’s in the past and liked them all but I actually prefer this recipe I created myself. You can tweak the ingredients based on your preference for scents and such but for this recipe I will be using the following ingredients:

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  • Arrowroot Powder

Is the perfect base for any dry shampoo and does wonders at soaking up excess oils from the roots.

  • Raw Cacao Powder

Not only does cacao smell absolutely wonderful, it works very well for brunettes because it doesn’t leave any streaks. It also is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which are great for the scalp and hair.

  • White Kaolin Clay

Kaolin Clay is rich in silica and can also detoxify hair along with restoring moisture to dry and brittle hair. The clay will also help to get rid of excess oils.

  • Lavender Essential Oil

Not only is the scent of Lavender instantly relaxing and intoxicating but it’s actually great for the hair and helps to promote a healthy scalp.

 

*You can purchase most of these ingredients at your local health food store or on my favorite bulk-ingredient site Mountain Rose Herbs.*

Mix together all ingredients in a bowl until completely blended. This is the finished result:

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Notes & Ingredient Substitutes:

  • I use one tablespoon of each powder and 5 drops of Lavender EO.
  • Instead of Arrowroot powder you can use Cornstarch and/or Orris Root Powder.
  • Instead of Raw Cacao you can use Cocoa Powder. If you don’t have light to medium brown hair skip the cacao powder altogether and use yellow cornstarch or extra Arrowroot Powder.
  • You can use any essential oil of your choice. Lavender is my favorite because it’s calming and smells delicious. Other great EO’s for this mixture would be: Sage, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Neroli, Peppermint.

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How To Apply The Powder:

  • To apply this powder I use a foundation brush. It helps to evenly distribute the powder to the roots. I dip the brush in the mixture and apply to sections of my hair (focusing on the roots). I then leave the mixture on my head for a few minutes. I start to massage the mixture into my hair as you would with any regular liquid shampoo. Last but not least; Stand over the bathtub or go outside and flip your head down, comb through your hair with your fingers and gently shake off any remaining powder. Flip your hair back up, brush through and you’ll see that your hair is thicker and your roots should no longer be oily (if they were before). Your hair will smell like a field of Lavender Flowers!

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If you end up making this mixture PLEASE let me know how you like it. With the Holidays not too far around the corner, this would be a wonderful gift to give to loved ones! I would love your input :)

xoxo,

Britanie

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DIY | Lemon and Honey Facial Treatment For Glowing Skin

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We all know how much I love to make DIY tutorials! I am especially excited to bring you this super easy, affordable and EFFECTIVE facial treatment that uses only TWO INGREDIENTS. I love to use this homemade scrub once a week. It helps keep my skin glowing and clear of blemishes! Keep reading below for more photos and instructions and you can watch a quick video I made using this mask here:

 

Benefits of this Facial Treatment:

  • Lemons are high in vitamin C and antioxidants. It’s natural acid and sugars are wonderful for acting as an exfoliant, blackhead remover, blemish fighting, skin brightener and treatment for sunburn. It also leaves your face GLOWING!
  • Lemon juice is rich in alpha hydroxy acids that help exfoliate the skin and get rid of dead skin cells.
  • Honey is extremely high in anti-bacterial properties and can help fight and prevent acne and skin disorders like eczema.
  • Honey is moisturizing and will leave your skin feeling soft and supple.

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What To Do:

  1. Cut Lemon in half, pick out any seeds
  2. Add 1 teaspoon Honey to the Lemon
  3. Gently exfoliate your face with the Lemon and Honey
  4. Leave mixture on for five minutes and then rinse with warm water

Notes:

  • Be careful to not get Lemon in your eyes, it will sting!
  • If you feel a stinging sensation on your face, that is normal! it is the acids doing it’s job of deeply exfoliating your skin.

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Have you ever tried this treatment before? If you do use it please let me know what you think!

xoxo,

Britanie

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DIY | Ayurvedic Inspired Hydrating and Purifying Face Mask

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One of my favorite things to do is to create different concoctions in my kitchen. I recently came up with this recipe after reading some of my favorite Ayurvedic books on beauty and health. Ayurveda is based on the premise that the mind and body are unified on the level of consciousness, and through this unifying “field” have direct reciprocal effects. Indeed, as the first psychoneuroimmunological science, Ayurveda has emphasized the causative role of thought and behavior in health and disease for thousands of years. As a result, when Ayurvedic practitioners see a skin problem, we observe the person who has it, not just the symptoms themselves.

In Ayurveda, “a line or a blemish on the face–like any sign of stress or illness– is only one puzzle piece in a diagnostic picture that encompasses the entire range of and individuals life, from the innermost aspects of mind and emotions to the outermost aspects of lifestyle and environment.”

One of my favorite Ayurvedic herbs, Triphala is an herb that I cannot be without. I decided to play around with mixing Triphala and some other powerful spices and eventually came up with this recipe and cannot even begin to tell you how amazing it has been for my skin. My skin literally glows after using this. I have also noticed that it gets rid of redness, prevents any acne from forming and leaves my skin feeling so hydrated and toned. I would recommend using this mask once a week to get the full benefits of this powerful skin miracle face mask!

The Ingredients:

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  • Triphala – is an herb that I swear by. I even did an entire post on it here. I take it internally every night to cleanse but I also use it in my skincare regimen. It is one of the most powerful herbs you will ever come across and it is equally as beneficial internally as it is externally. I love to use the powder in face masks and cleansers.
  • Turmeric – renowned for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce pigmentation on your face and even out your skin tone. Turmeric has also been dubbed the wonder product because of its ability to fight free radicals. Super anti-oxidant and is great for rashes and inflammation.
  • Nutmeg – I used nutmeg in one of my most recent diy face masks that I created for eczema and sensitive skin. It is so calming and soothing and ideal for irritated, sensitive, eczema or acne prone skin. When nutmeg is added to other healing herbs and spices it helps to further prevent inflammation, acne and skin irritations.
  • Raw Honey – probably my favorite skincare ingredient of all time. It is full of anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties making it ideal for fighting blemishes.
  • Rose Petals – I added these petals to further boost skin-healing properties and to have aromatherapy benefits as roses can be extremely calming for the skin and the senses. The petals also help to add more exfoliation to this mask.

Directions:

  1. 1 teaspoon Triphala powder
  2. 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
  3. 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  4. 1 tablespoon Raw Honey
  5. 1/2 teaspoon Rose Petals

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* Mix all ingredients together until the consistency is creamy like smooth peanut butter! Apply to a clean face and leave on for 10-15 mins. Gently exfoliate the mixture with warm water and then wash off with warm water or wash cloth. Note: You may have a slight redness to your face after using this mask but do not fear – that is a good sign that the blood is circulating and that you got rid of many dead skin cells! Once you apply a moisturizer, the redness should dissipate within a few minutes to fifteen minutes.

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 P.S. – It’s completely normal for your sink to be left over looking like this…

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When you do this face mask you can also make it your sink-cleaning day as well! ;)

If you try out this recipe please let me know how it works for you!

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If you enjoyed this post, you might also like:

DIY | Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse for Shiny, Healthy Hair

DIY | Calming Face Mask for Eczema, Sensitive and/or Acne Prone Skin

DIY | Spirulina and Honey Face Mask

xoxo,

Britanie

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DIY | Clarifying Rooibos Facial Toner

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I love to use facial toners, especially during Spring and Summer months when the weather is warmer and extra hydration and oil control is needed. This DIY recipe is super easy to make and use and you will notice benefits almost immediately!

Facial toners are super hydrating and calming. There are many different recipes you can play around with and you can add in more ingredients or leave out any depending on your skin type and preference. I recommend using an essential oil in your toner for the extra aromatherapy and skin benefits. I chose to use Sandalwood as it’s very calming, soothing and hydrating.

You could substitute the Sandalwood for other essential oils like Lavender, Tea Tree, Geranium, Neroli, etc. I also chose to use Coconut water in my recipe but you could substitute the coconut water for rose or diluted water. If you have a sensitivity to Apple Cider Vinegar you can leave it out entirely but I like to use a small amount as I find it helps to tighten my pores and fight blemishes.

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I have tried many different combinations and this recipe is the one that works best for my skin. I love to use this toner after cleansing my face and before moisturizing.

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What You Will Need:

  • Rooibos Tea – This is the main ingredient in the facial toner. The benefits of Rooibos for skin and health are endless. It’s great for dry skin, eczema, acne and plumping the skin.
  • Coconut Water – You can use this in place of water for added skin-loving benefits like extra hydration and anti-aging benefits.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – ACV is wonderful for deep cleaning the skin and getting right down into the pores and shrinking them!
  • Sandalwood Oil – Great for sensitive skin and those with eczema (mine is diluted in Jojoba Oil but you could also use pure Sandalwood – or skip the Sandalwood)

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What To Do:

  • Add 1 heaping tablespoon of Rooibos Tea to teapot and add boiling water, let steep for atleast 15 minutes – do not pour tea into bottle or other storage container until it is cooled down.
  • While the Rooibos is steeping, add 2 teaspoons of Coconut Water into bottle or jar of choice. Add 1/2 teaspoon – 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar into same bottle (the amount will depend on your preference. if you have more oily skin and battle with acne you may want to add more of the ACV. I like to only use 1 teaspoon as I have more normal to dry skin and don’t need the extra amount of vinegar. Stir the Coconut Water & ACV.
  • Add in 2-5 drops of diluted (or pure) Sandalwood Oil.
  • When the Rooibos Tea is cooled down, pour the desired amount into bottle or jar and stir or shake (with the top on!) until the mixture is well blended.

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Use a cotton ball, pad or spray bottle to apply the mixture to your face! I like to use two cotton pads morning and night after washing my face.

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Storage:

Because this toner contains no preservatives it will only stay fresh for a few weeks. I would recommend keeping in the fridge if you want it to last even longer. I keep it in my bathroom but use it daily and make a fresh batch every week or two. You can always add Vitamin E to this mix to act as a natural preservative and make it last longer!


Do you have a favorite DIY facial toner mix? Have you ever tried this recipe or anything similar? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

If you liked this post you might also enjoy:

DIY | Calming Face Mask for Eczema, Sensitive and/or Acne Prone Skin
DIY | Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse for Shiny, Healthy Hair
DIY | Spirulina and Honey Face Mask
DIY | Organic Lavender and Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub

xoxo,

Britanie

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DIY | Natural and Non-Toxic Black Eyeliner

There are many amazing eyeliners on the market but many of them contain extremely harmful ingredients. I have searched for really clean eyeliners that work well and don’t irritate my eyes and although I have come across a few eye pencils that I do love, my current favorite gel eyeliner from 100% Pure that I use regularly. I also like the idea of having my own back-up recipe in case I run out of the eyeliner or if I just want an even more natural eyeliner to use. I really love to create glamorous, cat-eye looks. I was tempted to make something myself that was not only affordable but easy to create, that would last me all day! Let’s face it, raccoon eyes are not ideal!

I decided to try Activated Charcoal as I have bottles of the capsules around my house (activated charcoal has amazing benefits for the stomach, intestines and is sufficient at pulling toxins out of our bodies). I noticed how rich and black the powder in the capsules were and thought to mix it with water to make an eyeliner. After researching online I found out that it is a pretty popular ingredient to create homemade eyeliners.  You can make the eyeliner with just the charcoal and water but I find that the oil helps to make the liner more creamy and long-lasting, almost like a gel-liner or liquid-liner. This liner lasted me all day without smudging or getting runny!! I’m impressed!

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This recipe calls for only two ingredients and is extremely easy to make, a little messy, but oh-so worth it for cleopatra-like eyes ;)

What You Need:

What To Do:

  • Open up 1-3 charcoal capsule and pour the powder into a tiny bowl or empty eyeshadow pot.
  • Add in a 1/2 teaspoon of Coconut Oil. (more or less depending on how thick you want your liner to be)
  • Stir the charcoal and the coconut oil with your finger, a spoon, sticks or an eyeliner brush until the eyeliner is liquid and paint-like.
  • Store the mixture in an empty eyeshadow pan or pot or any type of jar with a lid that you can keep the eyeliner in.
  • Use an eyeliner brush to apply the liner to your eyes and you’re all done!

Tips:

  • For blacker liner: Add more activated charcoal to mixture
  • For thicker liner: Add less coconut oil to mixture

Notes: Making this eyeliner can be a bit messy as you can see above. Try not to get it on your clothes! It will wash off skin but you will see that it is very long-wearing as it took me a few washes to get the mixture off of my fingers and hands!! The coconut oil makes the liner last longer than if it were just mixed with water. You can also make mascara and eyeshadow using these ingredients.

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Have you ever made your own eyeliner or other makeup products?

If you enjoyed this post you might also like…

DIY | Calming Face Mask for Eczema, Sensitive or Acne Prone Skin

DIY | Spirulina and Honey Face Mask

DIY | Lavender, Rose and Green Tea Facial Steam

DIY | Organic Lavender and Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub

DIY | Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

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Britanie

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My Week of Creations

If I’m not creating, I’m not living.

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It’s no secret that I suffer with chronic health issues that can sometimes severely impact my daily life and my ability to get as much done as I would like to. Instead of just feeling sorry for myself and not doing anything with my time when I am having a bad day, I discovered that one of the things that truly helps to not only make me feel happier mentally and emotionally but also helps to get my mind off of the pain is to create and be to be inspired.

Particularly at night I create and concoct. It is my time to delve into my inspirations and play around with different ideas. I am very excited about working on my upcoming Etsy shop which I plan to open hopefully within the next year, though I will start selling some products or sending samples in the  mean time if requested. I will be offering a very small collection of homemade organic skincare, hair and body care, and tea blends on Etsy, as well as some random hair accessories and jewelry.

Before I begin anything I have to get my recipes perfect. I have been spending my nights in the kitchen creating all different types of concoctions. I have almost mastered my Organic Rose Lavender Clay Face Mask and I have also come up with a super hydrating Lip Balm, a few wonderful Tea blends and a luscious body oil. If there is anything you’d like to see me create, please feel free to leave suggestions as I am open to sharing my own creations with all of you.

Onto the creations…

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I recently did a post on my homemade Organic Rose Lavender Clay Face Mask and Scrub. I had a giveaway and picked five winners. I sent out the products in Mason Jars and decorated the tops with individual artistic collages wax-sealed with the letter “B” (for Britanie or Beauty or Beauty By Britanie). I am still working on the packaging for this Face Mask. I recently got in a huge shipment of different types of recycable jars and tins and am playing around with different ideas.

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I made this tea using a mixture of Organic herbs and flowers like Rooibos, Dandelion, Lavender, some shredded Organic Coconut and Cacao nibs. It is so good. I am calling it my “Delicious Dessert Tea”. You can indulge in this tea without feeling guilty as it’s extremely detoxing and sooo good.

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Organic Lemon Cookie Lip Sugar Scrub. This scrub is good enough to eat and so clean that you could eat it if you wanted to!

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This is my all over body butter wash. It contains a blend of Raw Honey, Rosewater, Organic Coconut oil and a blend of Organic Flowers and Vitamin E. After you rinse this mixture off, your skin will be left feeling so soft and supple and will smell of Roses, Chamomile and Honey.

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My DIY Calming Face Mask for Eczema, Sensitive and/or Acne Prone Skin was a huge success and I have since added a few more ingredients and am considering selling it in my future Etsy shop. It is a combination of only a few ingredients but has helped my eczema flare so much. It’s also super hydrating and makes my skin feel amazing. This mask is also great for spot-treating.

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My homemade face masks all ready to ship off to the giveaway winners!

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I have three extra Face Masks for some friends. These are wrapped in micro-fiber cloths.

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I made Vanilla and Lemon Lip balms using only Organic oils, waxes and Shea and Cocoa Butters. These are delicious and super hydrating. I plan on making more and using different essential oils to create all different scents. I am also working on making some tinted lipbalms as well.

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Creating is the essence of life.

I am off to create some more!

xoxo,

Britanie

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DIY | Calming Face Mask for Eczema, Sensitive and/or Acne Prone Skin

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I recently woke up to a horrible Eczema flare all over my face and eyelids(you can see in the photo above that my eyelids are completely swollen). I have never suffered from Eczema before but have always had severely dry skin, especially in the winter months. I couldn’t figure out what would bring on Eczema, especially when I have never had it before. I tried to figure out if it was something I had put on my face and then it dawned on me that the only thing different I had done recently in my diet was include some Dairy.

I had been Dairy-Free for ten years, up until a few months ago when I started to try to re-introduce little bits of it into my diet while taking Lactaid. I thought I was okay with it even though I started noticing that I was having worse dryness on my skin, especially around my eyes. It wasn’t until two nights ago that I realized I passed my threshold with the dairy and it clearly was the reason behind my random flare up of Eczema. I plan to not have any dairy ever again. I shouldn’t have even tried to re-introduce it, knowing that I have always had a dairy sensitivity but after ten years of having none it was so nice to feel like I could indulge every now and then! It is not worth what my skin went through and I definitely won’t ever take my skin for granted again. There are also many connections between Eczema and Dairy Intolerance.

While I was suffering from this bout of Eczema, I literally wanted to rip my face off because the itching was so severe. I didn’t want to use any over the counter medications or lotions that contain nasty and harmful ingredients so I decided to concoct my own mixture of completely natural ingredients and I came up with this recipe that literally within seconds of applying to my skin, completely got rid of the terrible itching and reduced the redness immensely. I have been using this everyday to help with the Eczema and so far my skin is healing very fast. I am also using a few other ingredients (listed at bottom of the post) and I am staying away from makeup until my skin is completely healed again.

The Recipe:

This easy to make and powerful face mask only consists of three ingredients: Vitamin E Oil, Ground Nutmeg and Raw Manuka Honey.

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About the Ingredients:

Nutmeg is full of antioxidants and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which can soothe painful and irritated skin and can help relieve painful itching from Eczema or other skin conditions. Nutmeg can also help remove blackheads, unclog pores and buff off dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking and feeling smoother. Nutmeg can also be used to reduce scars, including acne scars.

Raw Manuka Honey and other Raw Honey’s have been used for centuries to treat all sorts of ailments. It can be applied topically to heal wounds, rashes, skin burns, abrasions and other skin conditions. Raw Honey has powerful antioxidants which provide protection against free radicals that are known to be one of the main causes of aging. It is full of anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties properties which make it ideal for anyone suffering from acne. In cases of Eczema it has been shown to improve the condition very fast. Raw Honey promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, eliminates allergies, and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections.

Vitamin E  is easily absorbed by the epidermis layer of the skin and can be used for treating sunburn or protecting you from the sun. It is a strong antioxidant that prevents premature aging and helps to heal the skin. It’s also great for wrinkles, scars and irritated skin.

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What You Will Need:

1 tablespoon raw manuka honey
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg powder
½ teaspoon vitamin e oil (or 1 capsule vitamin e)

How To Use:

Mix all ingredients together until it’s a thick paste. Apply mixture all over your face, focusing on problematic areas. Leave mixture on for 20-60 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. You can also lightly massage this mixture in circular motions on your face before rinsing off to promote extra exfoliation. Be extra careful to pat your face dry with a soft towel!

Note:

You could use any type of Honey that you prefer for this face mask but Raw Manuka Honey has been shown to have the most benefits when it comes to skin and health. I prefer Raw Manuka Honey for my face masks but it can be very expensive. If you can’t afford the Manuka honey than I suggest using Raw Honey which you can find on Vitacost for only $4.99. Just remember Raw and Organic are always the best when it comes to Honey. If you can’t find Vitamin E Oil than simply purchase Vitamin E capsules and open one or two up to use in this face mask! Nutmeg is readily available in most grocery stores. For storage: I usually make double the recipe and store my mixture in a small mason jar and keep in my cabinet. I like to use an intensely hydrating cream after this or any other mask and right now my moisturizer of choice is the Weleda Soothing Almond Facial Cream. it’s rich enough to hydrate my skin but does not irritate my skin at all. It’s calming and helps to get rid of redness and dry patches!

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Have you ever suffered from Eczema or severely irritated, itchy or dry skin? Please share your experiences in the comments and feel free to share any remedies you have tried that have worked for you. If you try this face mask please let me know if it helps you!

If you liked this post you might also like these posts…

DIY | Honey and Egg Face Mask

DIY | Spirulina and Honey Face Mask

DIY | Lavender, Rose and Green Tea Facial Steam

DIY | Organic Lavender and Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub

xoxo,

Britanie

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GIVEAWAY | Beauty By Britanie’s Organic Rose Lavender Clay Face Mask and Scrub (CLOSED)

**Note: Due to the overwhelming response I received on this post I decided to have more than just one winner. I WILL BE ANNOUNCING FIVE WINNERS back on this post on 2/12/13. Thank you so much for all of your support**

**The Winners Are: Jana, Rena, Vivi, Vanessa Yang and Lynne.**

I am excited to share with you all one of my personal skincare recipes that I came up with on a whim while I was in the kitchen concocting different skincare treatments for myself. I love to try out and review many Skincare companies but what many don’t know is that behind the scenes I am constantly coming up with my own creations for myself and loved ones and am extremely passionate about starting with my own line in the near future.

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This Rose Lavender Clay Face Mask & Scrub is one of my favorite creations. It’s wonderful because it doubles as both a mask and a scrub. This is the product that has inspired me to consider selling my own products on etsy at some point. I have wanted to start my own Skincare and Bodycare line for years now, which is what motivated me to start blogging in the first place. I have studied Herbalism and Holistic Health and have integrated it into my daily lifestyle for many years now and have seen the difference that living a cleaner lifestyle can make.

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I figured what better way to get my own product creations out there then by doing a giveaway? I’d love to do more of these in the future depending on the feedback. Please let me know if you’d like me to do more giveaway’s of my own creations.

What You Will Win:

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You will win a 2oz container (pictured above) of my handmade Organic Rose Lavender Clay Face Mask. I handmade the entire batch and used only the finest and organic ingredients. This mask consists of Organic Rose and Lavender Powder, Organic Rose Petals, Raw Organic Honey, Organic White Sugar, Organic Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Gel and French Green Clay. The only ingredient that is not certified organic is the French Green Clay.

Just a heads up:

I am going to be switching the Clay’s in my mask formula. The one I used was French Green Clay but I will be using a more gentle clay in the future batches as I have found the green clay can be a little too harsh for every day use and can dry the skin out if used more than a few times in a week.

How To Use:

To use as a purifying mask: Use 1-2 times per week as an intense facial mask.  Dampen face with a little bit of water and apply one or two teaspoons of mixture on your face with either fingers or foundation brush. Leave on up to 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and follow with serum or moisturizer.

To use as a scrub: Can be used daily for a gentle or intense facial scrub. Add one to two teaspoons of mixture in the palm of your hand. Moisten face with warm water and scrub your face with the mixture for two minutes. Focus on problem areas or dry patches. Scrub gently! The Organic Rose Petals and Sugar will serve as gentle exfoliants and will remove dead skin cells.

Who It’s For: This mask and scrub is perfect for all skin types, especially sensitive or acne prone. It also will be hydrating to those with dry skin like myself.

Storage: I make this mixture for myself every few months and keep it in a jar or plastic container and either leave it in the fridge or by my sink. This mixture will last at least a few months(if not more, depending on how much you use) if sealed properly.

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You can wear this scrub and mask either light or heavy depending on your preference!
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How To Win:

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DIY | Organic Lavender and Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub

This is  currently my  favorite body scrub that I have created! The mix of fresh lavender and subtle vanilla is such a relaxing scent and great to use before bed!

Body scrubs are so easy and fun to make and are extremely affordable.  It’s not necessary  to spend money on high-end body scrubs when you can make your own with an infinite amount of options! Once you start to use body scrubs on a regular basis, you will be hooked!

This scrub will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized! You may not even have to moisturize with lotion or oil after bathing or showering when using this scrub. I have severely dry skin and find that when I use this  my skin stays moisturized long enough to not even need to use anything else for moisture!

Another bonus is that while making this, the entire kitchen smells like Lavender and Vanilla! So you are not only getting softer skin, but aromatherapy benefits as well!

Ingredients:

  1. Organic Lavandin Essential Oil
  2. Vanilla Essential Oil
  3. Organic Coconut Oil
  4. Organic Brown Sugar
  5. Fresh Lavender Buds

Directions:

  1. Crush fresh Lavender buds (I used 1/2 cup) and mix with Sugar (1 cup) with a mortar and pestle (if you have one).
  2. Add in five drops of Lavandin or Lavender Oil and Vanilla Oil
  3. Mix the lavender buds, sugar and essential oils
  4. Stir in one tablespoon of Coconut Oil, mix well until everything is blended
  5. Store in glass jar and leave in bathroom or fridge

Notes:

  1. I used Lavandin in this recipe because I was out of my Lavender Oil but you can use either! They are essentially the same.
  2. You can substitute white sugar for the brown if you prefer a lighter exfoliation.
  3. Organic Essential Oils are always the best but again sometimes more expensive so don’t fret about it too much!
  4. I usually buy my oils and jars from Mountain Rose Herbs, but was out of the ingredients from past scrubs! I am expecting a big shipment soon!
  5. Please be careful after using any body scrub with oil in it as it will make your tub slippery! Make sure to wash after using!

What is your favorite body scrub? If you make this body scrub please let me know what you think of it!

If you liked this post you might also like these posts…

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DIY | Lavender, Rose and Green Tea Facial Steam

DIY | Calming Face Mask for Eczema, Sensitive and/or Acne Prone Skin

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Britanie

DIY | Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse for Shiny, Healthy Hair

This is my secret to shiny, beautiful hair. I swear by this hair rinse. My hair has never, ever looked healthier than when I started to use this!!

This is such an easy at home hair recipe. It literally takes seconds to prepare! I promise just after doing this one time you will see an immediate difference in your hair! It’s amazing. Apple Cider Vinegar works by removing unwanted hair build up. It restores the natural pH balance of your hair and can kill bacteria that may be caused from buildup left behind by your hair products. The rinse can also help to sooth itchy and dry scalps and dandruff.

Be sure to get the good stuff. Choose an organic brand of raw apple cider vinegar for the most beauty benefits.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 part raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 part water

Directions:

  • Mix apple cider vinegar and water together.
  • After shampooing, pour mixture into your hair. Massage into scalp. Let sit for 5-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, finish with cold water.
  • No need to use conditioner after! The apple cider vinegar will leave your hair feeling so soft!

Notes:

  • The smell is strong at first but it will fade away!
  • Repeat this rinse once a week to maintain shiny and healthy hair.
  • You can store your ACV mix in a jar or spritz bottle. Whatever you prefer! best if stored in a cool, dry place.
  • Be careful not to get the ACV in your eyes!!!

Have you ever used Apple Cider Vinegar for your hair? Feel free to share your experiences!!

xoxo,

Britanie

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