Moisturizing Coffee + Sugar Body Scrub (diy + oil-free)

from THE FREE SPIRITED  click link for full recipe and instructions

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Blend up your brown sugar if you want it finer

Mix in vitamin C powder – it’s great for skin and also can act as a preservative to prolong shelf-life

With a spoon mix in vegetable glycerin

Add in coffee grounds and mix again

Store in airtight container

To Scrub: Apply to damp skin and scrub in circular motions, rinse clean and moisturize

enjoy making your own coffee sugar scrub and get all the details at the link below.


Organic Face Shea Chantilly

organic and easy to make! cold process so no double boiler needed… just whip it good.

Organic Beauty Care Recipes

This organic face shea chantilly recipe is as easy as it can get; you can whip it up in 5 minutes. No water/oil phase, no double boiler needed, this is a cold process, all you need to to is WHIP IT BABY!
This is the perfect face moisturizer for cold and dry weather as it contains no water and act as a protective barrier. Shea butter is well known to have anti inflammatory, emollient and humectant properties.  Argan oil has been used for centuries by Moroccan woman to reduce wrinkles and hydrates the skin… they call it “liquid gold”. Argan oil is full of rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, carotenoids, ferulic acid, sterols, polyphenols, vitamin E and squalene. Camelia seed oil is non greasy and has a light texture.


2 tbs organic Camellia seed oil

2 tbs organic Argan oil

4 tbs Shea Butter refined organic


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This is probably the easiest and least expensive eye gel recipe in the world.

It requires just cucumber and Aloe vera gel and is a powerful anti-inflammatory helping to reduce eye puffiness and keep your under eyes looking young and beautiful.

To find out how to make this, click the link below…




Today, I tackle a subject that no one really wants to talk about- body odor. More importantly, I will tackle it naturally. Chances are, you’ve probably experienced body odor at some point. I am posting this because it was a touchy subject for me for a long time, and I’m hoping my (embarrassing) plight might be able to help someone!

Eating a good diet and drinking enough water can really cut down the odor, but sometimes you need something else. Sure, the conventional antiperspirants work great, if you don’t mind infusing your armpits with cancer causing aluminum, but for those of us who have sought a more natural option, you may have noticed that the pickings are rather slim. There are a lot of natural deodorants out there, it’s just that, well… most of them don’t work well. I say this from experience, as a woman who has been pregnant four times in the last 5 years (pregnancy increases sweat) and worked out through the pregnancies.

So what to do? Sweat like a horse or get Alzheimers and breast cancer? Is there no other option? Fortunately, there is! Unfortunately, it takes more time than going to the store, but it lasts a lot longer and is a whole lot healthier!  In my pursuit of healthy armpits, I finally found a recipe that works and is still healthy. This is after trying every natural variation I could find (which didn’t work or caused a rash) and after several very failed attempts at making it.

I did find in the process that pure baking soda or plain coconut oil work pretty well, so if you aren’t into making your own, maybe try that. Both of the recipes below work really well. I prefer the softness of the first recipe, but if you don’t have shea butter lying around, the second recipe works just as well.

I present to you:



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sweet and bittersweet

as i sat in the restaurant looking out the window, i saw them pull into a parking spot.  he, large, burly and friendly looking, hops out of the driver’s side and walks around to the passenger side to open the door. she, tiny, white headed and stooped over from age, slowly begins to maneuver out of the vehicle with his help.  he gently guides her arm and helps her.  as they walk, very slowly… his steps matching her tiny steps, into the building, they are holding hands as a small boy would hold his mother’s hand. it made me smile in my heart.

they enter the restaurant and decide to sit near us where we had been alone, in the atrium.  i hear him gently scold the woman,  “stand up straight”.  as she slowly moved toward the booth and began to get situated he guided her tenderly, by her elbow.  she is trying to be seated and i hear him say, “be sure to get you whole tookus seated…hahaha… not just half your tookus.”

the woman was obviously in her late 80s, perhaps 90s. the man, was in his 50s.  he appeared to be very kind and possibly italian.  she was frail, snow headed, bent over, and obviously had genetically the same nose as the man, just smaller.  

i wondered to myself.. is this his mother or perhaps grandmother?  

i hear him trying to help her decide what to order.  mother, how about a shepherd’s pie?  you like that.  ahhhh… it IS his mother.  i can’t hear much of what mother says, but she is very happy.  why not? her son has taken her to lunch.   they place their order and yes, he ordered her the shepherd’s pie.  

we are eating our meal and enjoying the day and once in a while i glance in their direction.  he so lovingly speaks to his mother and treats her like a china doll.  i see him get up from his seat across from her and move close to her.  he puts a sweater around her shoulders with so much loving care, gingerly arranging it “just so”,  that i began to weep.   it was so sweet and yet bittersweet.  

i told my husband, who was my lunch partner, that i had bitten my tongue, so that was why my eyes were watering so much.  i simply could not explain the love and tenderness, (and really privileged) i felt watching this private moment with mother and son.  

each time i glanced at them, he was speaking to her in the sweetest manner with his big man voice.  he treated her like the most delicate flower and made sure her every want and need was met. he had the utmost respect and love for her, his mother. 

i reflected in my mind to my own son… and i wondered if, i were 80 and frail and he was 57 and big and burly (like he is now) if he would care about what i wanted to eat or if i was cold, would he put a sweater around my shoulders? would he hold my hand like he did when he was a little boy?

and somehow, it made me sad to think about.  it was sweet to watch this couple interact but sad to think of myself in the same situation….

it was sweet and bittersweet. 

it reminded me of this book:




Nothing is more relaxing that a warm bath… except perhaps a relaxing warm detox bath that also helps cleanse the body…

Seriously- these detox baths will help remove toxins from the body and they also tend to make you tired so I suggest doing them before bed!

If you struggle with toxins or skin issues these natural recipes are a simple, easy and inexpensive way to boost health! I’m always up for a warm bath, and these natural add-ons help improve health while you relax!






I’ve finally reached a point where I make all of our toiletry products by hand. I’ve saved a lot of money doing this with bulk ingredients, and I love that I’m not putting any chemicals on my family’s skin. (Finally even replaced my make-up with homemade versions and more on that coming soon!)

I’ve made lotion in the past, but was excited to stumble on this great variation, which is solid at room temperature and looks like a bar of soap. It is also even easier to make than lotion because it doesn’t require any emulsifying with water, which is the tough step. These are solid at room temperature like a bar of soap, but when rubbed on the skin, a tiny amount melts and is transferred to the skin, leaving a highly moisturizing and very thin layer.