Essential Oil Recipe Box Review: September – Soap Box

Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this review. Affiliate links are contained herein. The opinions are my own.

For the last few months I’ve been sharing with you the latest Essential Oil Recipe Boxes from Simply Earth.

If you missed these great posts, please go back and take a look:

Simply Earth‘s Essential Oil Recipe Box is a monthly subscription program, where they send you a box each filled with four oils and other materials you need to create recipes and DIY projects included with the box, and all the recipes and materials follow a fun and unique theme!  Each subscription box is a $150 value for just $39! [Read more…]

Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box for August – Skincare Box

Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this review. Affiliate links are contained herein. The opinions are my own.

Another month is upon us and today I have a new box from Simply Earth.   When you subscribe to their Essential Oil Recipe Box, they send you a box each month with four oils and other materials you need to create recipes included with the box, and all the recipes and materials follow a fun and unique theme!  Each subscription box is a $150 value for just $39!

The subscription is already a great deal, but to make things even better, when you first subscribe, they also send you an awesome BONUS BOX for FREE!  The bonus box has several bottles as well as other great items like coconut oil, beeswax, and almond oil.  Anyone who’s ever used essential oils, knows that these items are definitely staples, and I think it’s great that they include these bonuses.

And if you order today using my referral link and coupon code: SSHOMEFREE you will also get a $40 gift card!  (It’s basically like getting your first box free, so it’s a win-win!)

So far I’ve shown you a summer box and kid’s box, and today’s is even more exciting for me. It is a skincare box!

I absolutely love checking out new skincare products, particularly facial skincare products and especially organic skincare products, so a box with materials to help me make my own organic skincare products is right up my alley!

Let’s go over the items included in this month’s box:

4 Oils:

  • Clove Oil 
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Frankincense Oil
  • Clear Skin Oil Blend (with Tea Tree, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Juniper Berry, and Lemon)

Other Materials

  • Lavender Hydrosol
  • Compressed Mask

Plus, colorful sticker labels and 7 recipe cards!

Let’s talk about what you can make with this month’s box.  First off, there’s a diffuser blend.  Each box always has a recipe for a diffuser blend, and this month the diffuser blend is Feel Good Morning Diffuser (made with Frankincense, Clove, and Rosemary essential oils).

Apart from being a skincare themed box, the recipes in this month’s box are particularly unique, because they are a complete 6 step skincare regimen. When I saw the recipe cards I was so excited about this! 

Here’s a quick run down on the 6 recipes:

  • Frankincense Face Scrub
  • Rosemary Facial Steam
  • Skin Renewing Face Mask
  • Hydrosol Facial Toner
  • Moisturizing Face Cream
  • Clear Skin Roll On

According to instructions in the box, it is recommended that you use the products you make in the skincare system once a week, but you can feel free to use the toner or cream daily, and the acne roll on can be used as needed.  You can also consult the Simply Earth website to find out how you can customize these recipe for your particular skin type.

If you love essentials oils, or your thinking about getting started with essential oils, I recommend Simply Earth’s Essential Oil Recipe Box!  Please order today using my referral link and coupon code: SSHOMEFREE you will also get a $40 gift card + the BONUS Box!





Tree Hut Sugar Scrubs and Body Butter Review

With the summer season upon us, it is a great time to stock up on some of your favorite bath and body products.

I absolutely love natural skincare lines and Tree Hut has become one of my favorite brands. Their products smell good enough to eat and they come in a huge varieties of scents. 

For smooth beach and poolside ready legs I recommend their shaving oil, sugar scrubs, and body butters! 

I personally recommend the Coconut Lime. I absolutely love this scent any time of year, and it really puts you in the mood and sets the tone for summer.

The sugar scrubs are great for exfoliating, and body butters leave your skin feeling so smooth.  I’ve actually used the body butter after a bath, and the following night when I went to get another bath, I could feel the body butter washing off of my skin! That’s amazing!

Check your local retailers for Tree Hut products or order online

Simply Earth Review and Unboxing

Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this review. Affiliate links are contained herein. The opinions are my own.

I am very excited today to introduce you to Simply Earth.  They offer essential oils at an affordable price.  They also have a fun subscription program called the Essential Oil Recipe Box.  Each subscription box is a $150 value for just $39, and it is a fantastic deal.  For that $39, you get 4 bottles of essential oils,  you also get several recipe cards, and extra materials you need to create the recipes included.

When you subscribe, they also send you an awesome BONUS BOX for FREE!  The bonus box has several bottles as well as other great items like coconut oil, beeswax, and almond oil.  Anyone who’s ever used essential oils, knows that these items are definitely staples, and I think it’s great that they include these bonuses.

And if you order today using my referral link and coupon code: SSHOMEFREE you will also get a $40 gift card! [Read more…]

11 Favors You Should Be Doing For Your Skin Every Day

Your skin is a vital organ, and failure to take care of it can result in all kinds of issues, from premature ageing, to sun damage. You should be taking steps to care for your skin every single day. If you’re only doing it sporadically or when you feel like it, you’ll likely run into problems at some point.

To give you a good idea of how you should be caring for your skin, below we have 11 favors you should be doing for your skin every day. Take a look and you should notice a huge difference in your complexion, whatever your age!

  1. Applying SPF

The earlier in your life you start applying SPF, the better. Just know that it’s never too late! SPF provides protection from the sun and the elements, and is a must even if the sun is not out. You don’t have to be able to see the sun for it to damage your skin. Apply it to your face, hands, and any other area of your body that won’t be covered by clothing.

You can usually find facial moisturisers that contain SPF to make your job easier.

  1. Drinking More Than 2 Litres Of Water

Many people find it difficult to drink enough water, but when it comes to going out with friends, they find they can drink a bottle of wine, lots of cocktails, or whatever their drink of choice is with no problem.

It can be tough to get used to drinking a lot of water, but there are ways you can make it easier. Buying a hydrator jug to carry with you each day will give you a good idea of how much you’re drinking. Aim to finish the whole jug and you know you’ve drank enough. You might also want to invest in a water filter for your tap water for cleaner, better tasting water.

If you don’t like the taste of water, try adding some fresh fruit and mint. Flavored water that contains sugar doesn’t count towards your intake! When you begin drinking enough water, your skin should look more plump, brighter, and clearer.

  1. Avoiding Cigarettes  

Whether you’re a full time smoker or a social smoker, you’d be doing your skin a favor if you just quit altogether. Not only are cigarettes becoming more expensive, there are so many downsides to using them. They make your hands, hair, and clothes stink. They make your teeth look yellow. They can cause all kinds of horrendous diseases. They also prematurely age your skin and make it look dehydrated. Stopping smoking will be one of the best things you decide to do!

  1. Applying Your skin care Products

It’s no good to simply have skin care products sat on your shelf, waiting to be used. They expire, you know! Make sure you’re consistent with your skin care routine, applying your products in the morning and at night. If you want a perfectly beautiful sio face you can try their tips for healing dry facial skin if you need them! If you’re still in the dark when it comes to skin care, make sure you do the following:

  • Find out your skin type. If you’re unsure, visit a dermatologist.
  • Get familiar with the ingredients in skin care products.
  • Experiment with different products after giving each one a chance. Don’t swap and change too quickly. It can take at least a few weeks for a product to work well. Putting too much on your face at once can also be an issue, so take it easy.
  • Start simple with a cleanser, toner, and moisturiser before making your routine a little more complex. When you feel ready, you can include products like serum, eye cream, and even facial oil.
  1. Reducing Stress

Stress is so much more than a horrible feeling. It can actually show on your body! Physical symptoms of stress include hair loss, weight loss/gain, and a dull, fatigued look to the skin. It can cause all kinds of issues, so if you want great skin (not to mention a great quality of life), then make sure you find ways to reduce things that stress you out. For example, if you feel like you have too much on your plate every day, ask for help. Find ways to cut down that to do list. Go easy on yourself!

Don’t forget to stop and take a deep breath from time to time, too. Meditation can help, as it can help us to learn to live in the moment rather than worrying about the future/past.

  1. Getting Micronutrients Into Your Diet

Micronutrients are the great vitamins and minerals found in fruits and veg. Fill up on them and you’ll feel and look great! Your diet does not have to be ‘perfect’ – what is perfect any way? – but you should pay attention to how your skin reacts when you eat certain foods. For example, some people find that when they cut out dairy, they have a much clearer complexion.

  1. Being Mindful Of How Often You Touch Your Face

Thing of everything you touch in a day. Surfaces many other people have touched. Keyboards with bacteria and dead skin. Your phone. All of these things can transfer dirt straight back on to the face, making it a dirty mess. Do not touch your face throughout the day and you’ll likely have a much better time with your skin.

  1. Avoid Showering Too Much

Most people have at least one shower a day, but actually, dermatologists gave admitted that unless you’re working out or doing something particularly dirty, then you don’t need to shower every single day. Try going a day without if you’ve been fairly inactive and relaxed. Your skin will likely thank you!

When you do shower and bathe, avoid super hot water, as it dries out skin. Always moisturise after, too.

  1. Getting Plenty Of Sleep

How much sleep you have can show on your skin, too. The amount you need will depend on various factors, such as your age, how active you are, your stressed you are, and all kinds of other things. Make sure you pay attention to how you feel in the morning and you’ll get a good idea of whether you’re sleeping enough. Some great tips to get a higher quality sleep include:

  • Invest in a fitness tracker that also tracks sleep to give you more insights.
  • Make sure your room is the right temperature.
  • Ensure your mattress is right for your unique needs.
  • Don’t drink caffeine later on in the day.
  • Exercise earlier on in the day, not too close to bedtime.
  • Make sure your room is completely dark and free of technology.
  • Wind down before bed with a book, avoiding TV and anything too stimulating.
    Dim the lights at least an hour before bed, too.
  1. Getting Active

Getting a sweat on can actually make skin glow, providing you wash the sweat off as soon as you can. Leaving it on there can cause spots and clogged pores, but being active over time will help you to improve your complexion, not to mention other areas of your life!

  1. Taking Your Makeup off Properly

If you wear makeup, don’t neglect to take it off properly. The Face Halo is a great new invention that takes makeup straight off the face with nothing but water – unlike makeup wipes that are bad for the environment and can actually move makeup around the face rather than take it straight off!

Double cleansing is a must if you’ve worn makeup, after which you can follow with your usual routine.

Useful Makeup Tips

Makeup choices vary on many levels, from different shades to various textures. The type of makeup you’re looking for as a customer is unique to you. This can make shopping online for cosmetics such as blush frustrating, especially if you can’t afford to pay the top prices that the high street demands for top brands.

Buying makeup online is unique to you, whether it’s blush, eyeliner, or lip colour you’re searching for. When it comes to blush, your skin tone is the prime consideration. You’ll know that if you have fair skin, it brings with it a host of unique problems such as freckles or swift tanning on the beach. You’ll need the lightest blush shade, highlighting with something like champagne, and don’t apply too heavily.

Most women fall into the medium skin tone category, and this can be tricky to get right with blush products. You don’t want to look too pale, but you don’t want to look like a clown either. Choose rosy pink colours or perhaps deep peaches to make the most of your natural skin blend. Similarly, darker skin is a beautiful opportunity for blush so go with deep oranges or rose colours to enhance your natural skin shade. Of course, adding blush is one of the final touches, and so it is a good idea to read this contour and highlight guide by Avon if you need some assistance with the steps that come before the finishing, blush touch.

What about eyeliner?  There are no “one shade fits all” solutions when it comes to eyeliner. Cosmetics have evolved over the years to better suit the individual face. In just the same way as we all wear different bronzers and lip glosses to accentuate the contours and unique features of our faces, eyeliner can be used to similar effect. If you want your eyes to stand out, you need to find the best eyeliner for your eye colour. For instance, contrasting shades are great for bringing out the natural colour of the eye and making the most of your natural beauty. So, if you have blue eyes, why not try copper shades or even gold to bring out the blue that little bit more? Similarly, using touches of blue to highlight brown eyes is an effective way of drawing attention.

The best part of it is that you have complete control over your eyeliner. If you only want to delicately enhance your lids, you can line only the water lines, or you can rim the eyes entirely with colour if you want something more striking. The choice is yours. You’ll find many top eyeliner brands when you shop for cheap makeup online from one of the reputable suppliers of big brand names.

Hopefully, you now feel more prepared next time you go makeup shopping.

Tree Hut + Walmart $250 Giveaway

Disclosure: I received free products for sharing the information in this post. Affiliate links are included.

I LOVE trying organic beauty products.  I recently sampled some products from Tree Hut, and they are amazing.  First off, they smell good enough to eat! And secondly they have a great variety of products from sugar scrubs to lotions and body butters.  And they have many amazing scents and formulas to fit your unique tastes.  They also have high quality products at an affordable price!

I received the above products, and I’m looking forward to trying other scents like their Coconut Lime.  They also have products containing charcoal and hymalayan salt, which I’d love to try!

Be sure to check your local Walmart or Amazon for their products.


Giveaway! Want to win a $250 Walmart Card plus Tree Hut Sugar Scrubs?  It’s easy!  Just Follow TREEHUT on Instagram.  Then click the link in their profile.  It will take you to a place where you can enter your email, and you’ll be entered. Very Simple!  The giveaway is open through December 28.

Relief from Baby Eczema with AVEENO

Disclosure: This post contains product recommendations based on my own experience as a mom.  Please consult your doctor if you suspect your child has eczema or other skin conditions. This post contains affiliate links. The opinions are my own.

I love that face!  Skin conditions can be a pain and annoyance for adults, but it is even worse when your child suffers from them. As a new mom I was very diligent about keeping our son’s face clean. I was constantly wiping away spit up and applying lotion as needed to avoid skin irritations. However, when Thaxton was around 3 months old I noticed some redness in his cheeks. [Read more…]

A Beginner’s Guide to Contour and Highlight

It’s been around for centuries but Kim Kardashian made it famous – contouring is a beauty technique that’s got women (and men!) all over the world channeling their inner artist and sculpting out the jawline and cheekbones they wish they had. It can really transform and elevate a makeup look, defining the features and helping certain areas of the face stand out. However, it can be a little daunting, especially for those just starting out on their makeup journey. Below, we break the contour game down for beginners:

Choose your products wisely.

Just like there’s no one way to paint a picture, there also isn’t just one way to contour your face – aside from there being several different methods of application, there are also different kinds of contouring and highlighting. Determine if you’d like to go natural and subtle or well-defined and cut to perfection. We recommend the former for daytime looks and save the latter for a dramatic night out full face.

From here, you can narrow down your products. Powder is the perfect choice for a natural daytime contour and highlight, as it is lighter and leaves a more subtle shading effect than a cream or liquid product would. Try Son & Park’s Face Lighting & Shading palette, an Allure Korea Best of Beauty Editor’s Pick for 2016. Koreans tend to go for a more understated contour, and this palette contains two perfect shades that help you define your features without looking too obvious.

Meanwhile, a liquid or cream bronzer is your best friend for cheekbones that really pop.

Mix textures for maximum longevity.

Expert makeup artists have discovered that the secret to keeping your cheekbones and nose looking like they’ve been chiseled by the gods is by mixing products together: using a liquid first and then sealing the pigment in with powder. If liquid is too tricky or hard to handle, try a contour stick or a cream formula to help you draw clean lines quickly.

As for which colors to use, you only need any product to be two or three shades darker or lighter than your natural complexion for contouring and highlighting respectively. For those who really want to go the extra mile, highlighter products with megawatt gleam and shine can make you look and feel like your favorite celebrity. You can opt for something with a subtler sheen, too; the beauty of highlighter is that you can go as bold or as faint as you want.

Color in the lines.

Contour goes on after foundation if you’re using liquid or cream, just before putting on powder. You can consult a guide on the internet on where to start drawing and how, but here are some basic guidelines: your contour should go just under your cheekbones, in the hollows of your cheeks, close to your hairline, and over the sides of the bridge of your nose going up to your brows. Of course, these instructions may differ depending on your face shape. Meanwhile, highlight should be applied to the high points of your face such as the peaks of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and forehead, and your cupid’s bow.

Blend, blend, blend.

In order to avoid looking like you’ve traced over your face with war paint, blend. Which tool you use to do so will depend on the product you’ve chosen. Use a makeup sponge to pat liquid or cream product in and keep the shade in place; swiping it all over your skin is a no-no, because this makes you lose the definition you’ve drawn on in the first place. Meanwhile, an angled or flat brush with densely packed bristles is your best friend when it comes to dealing with powder products, allowing you to achieve depth and dimension with just a few determined flicks of the wrist.

Or make the sun do the work for you.

If putting so much product on and drawing lines all over your face isn’t something that appeals to you, create a natural contour next time you go sunbathing by using sunscreen with different SPFs on your face. Sounds crazy until you try it yourself: apply a sunscreen product with, say, SPF 20 all over your face and then use something with SPF 70 or higher down the bridge of your nose and in the dip of your cupid’s bow above your top lip. You may be surprised at the results after you wash it off – you’ll look like you’ve put contouring makeup on, except you haven’t. Sunscreen, by the way, also makes for an excellent highlighter, delivering just enough flashback under light to make your features pop.

And that’s it for our guide! Contouring isn’t rocket science and there’s no need to fear it. Arm yourself with these tips and you’ll be on your way to being a pro in no time.

Silken Threads: Learning To Care For Your Hair

With all of modern sprays, foams, gels, and electronic devices hair is exposed to, nowadays, it’s quite amazing that anyone has any of the stuff left. While these products are testing on people before they are sold, ensuring that they are safe, they will almost certainly cause damage to your hair if they are used in correctly. This isn’t the only aspect of your life which can impact the health of your hair, though. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the different areas of life which can be adapted to not only protect your hair, but also improve its overall health.

The Chemical Protection

To begin this journey to healthier hair, it’s a good idea to start with the products out there which can be used to protect your hair from the various treatments you give it. Shampoos are one of the most common examples. Some will keep the colours you add to your hair lasting longer, while others will make your hair more resistant to heat. Different products will always provide different levels of success. So, to make sure that you’re using the right ones, it is worth reading some reviews before you buy anything.

When you’re trying to protect your hair against a chemical, one of the best options you have is to simply get rid of it. Of course, this sort of move can be hard, especially when it’s something you rely on as part of your routine. If this is the case, finding an alternative which doesn’t include any nasty ingredients will be your priority. Over the last few years, loads of companies have started which offer natural and healthy approaches to normal products, giving you the chance to find loads of suitable replacements.

Lifestyle Changes

Along with making sure that you aren’t leaving your hair to deal with harsh chemicals, a lot of people will want to take this further. The health of your hair is directly impacted by loads of different parts of your life. Like your skin, eyes, and pretty much any other part of your form, you may have to adapt your lifestyle.  Below, you can find some of the most common area which people will alter in this pursuit.

Diet: Being the building blocks for the way your body builds itself, the food you eat is very important to your hair. If you ignore things like Omega 3 and caffeine, you hair could quickly start to look a little bit dull. Making sure you have a diet which is good for your hair will take some link clicking and searching before you find the right answer. To help you out with this, there are loads of blogs posts out there which can take you through the best food for your hair.

Sleep: Along with food, a healthy body also requires plenty of sleep, and this is something which a lot of people will overlook. In most cases, getting between 7 and 9 hours each night will be enough to keep yourself in good condition. This part of life will be hard to change, and a lot of people will feel reluctant to go to bed earlier than they feel they have to.

Emotions: Stress is one of the fastest ways to leave yourself without any colour left in your hair. Of course, grey hair doesn’t look bad, and a lot of people really like this sort of look, but it’s something which most people will want to leave until as late as possible. Avoiding stress can be hard in the modern world. Taking this sort of action won’t only improve your own work, though, but will also drive the people in your offices to do more.

Bad Habits: As the last part of your lifestyle which could do with some change, a lot of people will have little habits which could do harm to their hair. Excessively using a hairdryer or set of straighteners all the time is a good example of this. Likewise, though, things like smoking can also have an impact, and it’s worth thinking about this when you’re choosing what you want to do to protect your hair. It’s easy to leave stones unturned which will leave you ignoring important areas of consideration.

Adding Some Science

The research you do to protect this part of your body will only have value if you’re learning in the process. Adding a dash of science to your hair is nice and easy, with loads of online resources going through the chemicals which are bad for your hair. By figuring this out, you can limit your exposure to them almost entirely, along with getting rid of troubling things like stress and frustration. Taking a scientific view is good because it will help you to detach yourself from your normal routine. Now, instead of your hair regimen consisting of a harsh mix of different treatments, you will be able to balance what your hair wants to the most with lighter products which won’t cause any harm.



Covering All Of The Bases

Covering all of the bases in this post won’t be an easy task. To achieve the best results with this sort of work, you will have to make some big changes to other parts of your life, and a lot of people will want to avoid this. With the benefits this can bring, though, it could be well worth sacrificing a couple of things for your hair. There are loads of ways to make small improvements, but those that make as many as possible will always shine out from the rest.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the ways that you look after you rhiar. This part of your body is important for an array of different reasons, and most people will feel at their best when they know that their hair looks good. If you need some extra help with this, most salon professionals will be happy to help out with your hair health education.