Lavender Dish Soap
1/4 cup soap flakes
1/4 cup castile soap
10 drops lavender oil
Combine in a 24 oz. squeeze bottle, fill with warm water and shake well.
For a homemade soap that’s gentle on skin but still powerful enough to get dishes gleaming, mix soap flakes and castile soap (which cut through tough grease) and lavender essential oil (which delivers antibacterial action). Bonus: The soothing scent will make washing the dishes a little more pleasant!
Shipping Breakable Gifts? Try This!
Wrap the breakables inside a bunch of quart size bags filled with popped popcorn.
Skin Calming Face Wash
Now that the cool, fall weather is setting in, you may start enjoying oatmeal for breakfast. But did you know the yummy hot cereal (with all the toppings!) can actually be made into a facial cleanser that can help reduce redness and irritation caused by the changing seasons? Here's what you need:1 cup milk
1/2 cup dried oatmeal
1 Tbs. honey
3 Tbs. brown sugar
Simply combine all the ingredients in a large bowl until creamy, then massage onto damp skin for 10 seconds and rinse. (The mix can be refrigerated in a resealable container for up to 5 days.)
How it works: The coarseness of the oatmeal works as an exfoliant to remove dead skin while its anti-inflammatory avenanthramides help calm the skin to reduce redness. Plus, the antimicrobial honey disinfects and the milk’s lipids soothe and moisturize. The result: skin that’s soft, even-toned and stunning!
We love how the temperatures are finally starting to cool off, but we recently found out the hard way that the sun is still in full force…and can still burn!
So when you’re seeing red—on your face, that is—try this ultra-soothing mask created by celebrity aesthetician Joanna Vargas: Mix 1/4 cup of yogurt (lactic acid exfoliates and soothes redness),
3 Tbs. of aloe vera gel (an anti-inflammatory and humectant) and
2 Tbs. of wheatgrass juice (revs lymphatic drainage to reduce bloat). Apply to your face and wait 10 minutes, then rinse for soft, glowing skin.