Be Kind To Yourself + A Self Care Giveaway

Last month I announced that I’ve partnered with the folks from MightyNest, an online store specializing in natural, non-toxic products for the kitchen and home, on a series of giveaways: I am so excited about this partnership! Valentine’s Day is behind us and I am betting you doled out lots of love to others this … Read more

Homemade Skin Cream

Homemade Skin Cream from www.healthygreenkitchen.com

I am honored to be guest posting over at Gourmande in the Kitchen today! Head over to Sylvie’s blog so you can read about my homemade skin cream recipe :) ps If you like the idea of caring for your skin with 100% natural products you can make at home, please be sure to check … Read more

Tangerine Sugar Body Scrub

Tangerine Scrub from www.healthygreenkitchen.com

I love making homemade body products, and scrubs made with sugar (or salt) are particularly easy to put together. They are pretty inexpensive and another plus: they’re free of the potentially toxic chemicals that similar store-bought products may contain.

Tangerine Sugar Scrub from www.healthygreenkitchen.com

I’ve got a bit of an obsession with tangerines lately, so I used tangerine essential oil, as well as tangerine zest, to scent this scrub. Tangerine essential oil is said to be calming to the mind as well as uplifting to the spirit, which all sounds good to me, but you could certainly use a different essential oil (such as lavender) if you like. In fact, in the photo above, the brown sugar scrub was made with lavender essential oil.

Though I do enjoy the way my skin feels when I exfoliate with sugar (or salt) scrubs, it’s important to note that these can be pretty abrasive. I wouldn’t use this or a similar product on a daily basis because you will quickly strip away your skin’s natural oils if you do. I like to use this type of scrub once or twice a week at most. (According to Dina Falconi, author of Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Every Body, it’s better to use scrubs made from ground grains and seeds if you like to scrub frequently. These gently cleanse and polish, without stripping away the skin’s protective oils.) Another caution: be sure to use care on sensitive areas of your body, such as your face.

I store my scrubs in pretty glass jars. Weck jars are perfect (I used the 1/5 L size, which are slightly smaller than these, but both sizes will work).

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Homemade Bath Salts

herbal bath salts

The holidays are closing in fast at this point- Hanukkah begins tonight, in fact. I’ve got another simple, yet lovely, homemade gift idea for you, though…one you can throw together in a flash. Making your own bath salts to give away is fun and pretty inexpensive, and you can buy all the ingredients you need … Read more

Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub

As promised, I am back with another DIY holiday gift idea: a homemade Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub that smooths and nourishes the skin. I’m a total sucker for natural sugar and salt scrubs, and I’ve been playing around with all different versions of these since I discovered how easy they are to make at home. … Read more