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Fluffy, Soft Towels and Sheets with Essential Oils

 Is there anything more luxurious than stepping out of a hot shower on a cold morning to super soft, enveloping towels? Wrapping up all warm and cozy, with a large soft towel--that is one of the simple pleasures in life!But if you are using fabric softener to get there, then your towels aren't as soft as they can be--and you're wrapping your body with all kinds of toxic chemicals, as … [Read more...]

Handmade for the Holidays–10 Easy Homemade Gifts

Pinterest, blogs and Facebook, oh my! The internet is awash with projects that put Martha Stewart to shame. One project after the next, and they're all labeled "Easy!" and "Simple!"--but the honest truth is, they're far from simple or easy. Now, I love making homemade gifts. I do it every year, for friends and family alike. But handmade gifts should make your life simpler, not more complicated! … [Read more...]

Natural Anti-Aging Makeup Remover

  I have always been one of the worst at removing my makeup every night. I hate the process, because it seems so time consuming. After washing you have to moisturize and protect your skin, especially those of us with sensitive skin. About nine months ago I began using a totally natural oil-based method that has totally changed my opinion on makeup removal. I have wanted to … [Read more...]

Homemade All-Natural Gumdrops

 One of my favorite treats of the holiday season are spiced gumdrops. My grandmother used to keep a big bowl of them in her living room every year--and now my mother has carried on that tradition. Last year while we were making our holiday gifts, LittleMissSunshine asked me if we could make our own gumdrops and give them away. I thought that it must be a terribly complicated recipe, one … [Read more...]

Homemade for the Holidays: Lucious Lotion Bars

 Have you ever seen those fancy lotion bars at craft fairs or expensive beauty boutiques? They look so pretty and smell SO good! They promise all kinds of great benefits for your skin over the stuff you buy at the department store counter. But here's a little secret: while they are fantastic for your skin, you don't need to pay the high price!  They are very simple to make, use only a few … [Read more...]

All Natural Moisturizing Shaving Cream–for Pennies!

One of the easiest ways to save a little cash and make your beauty routine more natural at the same time is to make your own shaving cream. This recipe is very simple, takes only a few minutes to whip up, and leaves you with a close shave and soft, smooth legs. This doesn't whip up into a big foamy lather, but instead a thick, supple liquid that foams as you rub it over your legs, leaving you with … [Read more...]

Ten Everyday Uses for Peppermint Oil

 Peppermint, Peppermint, Oh how I love thee peppermint!Seriously, have you discovered how awesome this stuff is? We are in LOVE with peppermint around our home. It seems like every day we find a new use for Young Living Peppermint essential oil. It is our most-used oil, used several times a day around here. Here it is, not even noon, and I have already used it four times today! From a … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Germ Killing Foaming Handsoap for Pennies!

 In my Naturally Frugal Essential Oils group on Facebook, one of the most popular questions is how to make your own foaming hand soap. Y'all...if you haven't done this yet, you NEED to! It is super-simple, costs pennies to make, and kills germs to boot! Not to mention, do you know all of the dangerous chemicals and even warnings from the FDA against using those store-bought anti-bacterial … [Read more...]

Lush, Healthy Hair with Essential Oils

This week I celebrate an odd, but important, anniversary: three years of no shampoo.  No-poo, for those in the know.Odd, because really, how many people would YOU tell if you stopped using shampoo? The reaction that crosses people's faces is usually first one of disgust, then a double take "What do you mean you DON'T USE SHAMPOO?!?" Next, the not-so-subtle attempt to gauge how greasy my hair … [Read more...]

Naturally Frugal Essential Oils: The Basics, Part Two

Yesterday we kicked off our Naturally Frugal Essential Oils series with the first part of The Basics--a list of common questions and information needed before we can use essential oils wisely. There is just so much information, that even boiling it down to a very simple form, it is just too much to fit into one post. This is part two of The Basics, covering more of the day to day usage of … [Read more...]