Thank you to everyone who came out for Saturday's Make & Take. I had a lot of fun and hope that you are enjoying your goodies. If you missed it, never fear, I am trying to do these monthly.
Here are the recipes for the items that we made:
I whipped up a batch of homemade DIY "Tiger Balm" because sometimes at night my leg muscles get tight, uncomfortable and crampy and it keeps me awake. I've used the other sore muscle rubs before, which helps too, but I wanted a little more oomph, as it were. The balm that I made smells really soothing and spicy with hints of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Ravintsara (Camphor.)
I decided to look at the cost breakdown of the money that I would regularly spend on skincare, personal care, health & wellness, cleaning products and more since swapping everything out with my own DIY essential oils based products. My husband challenged me to look at how much I am spending and saving, so challenge accepted!
I did some basic querying via Amazon to get an idea of what these products would cost if I bought them retail. I didn't include high end products, choosing to hover around the low to moderate cost. The last eye cream I bought cost $56, I've been using the dark circle under eye roller since October and have barely made a dent in it, while that $56 tube of eye cream would have lasted a month or so.
The products that I have listed below are ones that I have made on my own and many of them I have made multiple batches of since the beginning of the year. For example, I have probably made about 10-12 batches of Hand Soap, 2-3 of Night Cream, Day Cream and Hand Cream. The average total for the items listed below comes out to around $800+ (not including the items I made multiple batches of)
Anti Aging Clay Mask - $20
Sugar Scrub - $15
Bust Serum - $15 - $25
Cellulite Cream - $15 - $25
Cuticle Cream - $10
Dark Circle Under Eye Serum - $20 - $56
Day Cream - $20 - $50
Deep Pore Cleansing Mask - $22 - $20
Belly Firming Lotion - $20 - $50
Foot Cream - $10 - $20
Himalayan Salt Scrub - $15
Hydrating Honey Face Mask - $15
Eyelash Serum - $15 - $35
Hand Cream - $ 10 - $15
Moisturizing Lotion for Dry Skin - $10 - $20
Night Cream - $20 - $50
Enzyme Peel - $25
Stretch Mark Cream - $20
Body Wash - $5
Lip Balm - $5
Makeup Remover Wipes - $15
Pain Cream/ Sore Muscle Rub - $10 - $15
Hand Sanitizer - $5
Hand Soap - $5
Health & Wellness
Breathe / RC Roller - in place of nasal strips $10 - $20
Headache medication - $10
Sleep Aids - $10 - $20
Stop Snoring - $10
Tiger Balm - $10 - $37
Glass Cleaner - $5
Multi Surface Cleaner - $5
Bathroom Cleaner - $5
Hardwood Floor Cleaner - $5
Wood Furniture Cleaner - $5
Toilet Bowl Cleaner - $5
Dish Soap - $5
Manicure - $25
Pedicure - $45
Facial - $100
As a bonus, I have eliminated that many chemicals from my body and from my home!
The term Comedogenic as it pertains to carrier oils and essential oils is a determination of whether or not certain oils with a rating of 0-5 will cause your skin to breakout because of clogged pores. My skin is pretty resilient and I use Coconut Oil and Shea Butter in most of my skincare recipes. Essential oils on their own are non-comedogenic, but in most cases you will be using them with some sort of carrier oil. The types of commonly used carrier oils have comedogenic ratings from 0-5 based upon how likely they are to clog pores and cause breakouts.
Here is a breakdown of the ratings:
Here is a list of the most commonly used carrier oils and their comedogenic ratings:
If you end up with clogged pores and breakouts you can always use a deep pore cleansing mask on occasion and/or sugar scrubs or salt scrubs. The sugar and salt scrubs that I use contain a small amount of coconut oil, which helps prevent the sugar and salt from irritating my skin. The coconut oil can be replaced with Argan Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil too. I alternate using them throughout the week.
Who doesn't love getting a pedicure from time to time? Did you know that you can do them at home with all-natural ingredients and essential oils? I didn't either, but I did some research and found a combination of several recipes that work great for doing an at home DIY pedicure. From start to finish, it will take about an hour to do. Enjoy! I still love going to the spa or salon for pedicures too, these recipes are great for relaxation at home in between spa visits.
I wear a lot of hats most days and require a lot of self-care since I am also Bipolar/ADD, which can make simple things challenging. A year ago, I formed a local Philadelphia Feminist group. The group membership exploded after the election and we struggled with what direction to take this group in as we were also organizing in-person discussion group meetings. The organizers have been deliberating for a few months on the purpose and direction of the group. We decided to start formulating a self-care model for activists and for anyone who may be interested in learning more about self-care. So I will be crossposting the self-care content to this blog.
Last month, I outlined a scope for the self-care model. It is still in the planning process at this time.
The Self-Care model will provide content and will foster collaborations with local businesses and persons who provide services and resources for self-care for the activist community and beyond. All are welcome! Special emphasis will be placed on having dynamic options for all income levels. Thursdays will be dedicated to self-care on the Facebook group and website or blog.
Model #1: Essential Oils for Self-Care: This will be a mix of free and/or lost cost introductions to using essential oils in your life.
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