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Essential oils have been used in beauty and wellness rituals for thousands of years. But it seems lately there's been a resurgence of awareness and a quest for mindfulness and wellbeing with a focus on natural ingredients. Aromatherapy is said to have widespread benefits and healing properties, and these botanicals can yield everything from homemade household cleaners to headache and cold remedies to anxiety relief. (With all that's going on in the world today, we could all use some peace and relaxation.) But one of our favorite uses for essential oils is to make our very own beauty products at home. Our skin might be strong, but it deserves to be treated with care. Read on for a few combinations from Young Living Essential Oils expert Amanda Pinzon, who has worked hard at making her home—especially her beauty routine—chemical free. (And here's the friendly advice she gave us: Most oils are not for using directly on the skin unless diluted. If you're not using Young Living oils specifically, make sure you're using 100% therapeutic-grade oils and check the labels. Oh, and download the Think Dirty app. Trust us.)
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Sweet almond oil
A few of your favorite skin-nourishing oils (Lavender, Rose, Frankincense, etc.)
Your favorite foundation
Add 1 tbsp of sweet almond oil to your bottle, followed by 2-3 tbsp of rose water (depending on consistency preference). Add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils, 1 tsp of Rose Ointment, and finally your foundation and shake all together.
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1\4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
6 drops Frankincense essential oil
6 drops Lavender essential oil
6 drops Peppermint essential oil
3\4 cup distilled water
Mix apple cider vinegar and essential oils in a container, preferably a glass one. Swirl the container to make sure all the contents are mixed. Add the distilled water and your toner is complete. It is advised to store this mixture in the fridge.
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SLEEPY BATH BOMBS
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup Epsom salts
1 tsp water
2 tsp essential oil (oils good for sleep include Lavender, Chamomile, Orange and Cedarwood)
3 tsp olive oil
food coloring (any color you want)
bath bomb mold
Mix all dry ingredients. Mix all wet ingredients. Slowly add wet to dry, being sure to stop any fizzy reactions.
Place in molds and wait to dry!