essential oils

what is toner anyways?


until a year ago, i thought toner was a just a pointless step in skincare routines! then i got on one of my research kicks & learned my face was missing out on some serious hydration + nourishment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
lemme make it easy & break it down for ya:
toner is simply a liquid that gives your skin a quick hit of hydration 💦 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
〰 helps remove dead skin cells AKA rejuvenated glow ✨
〰 balances the PH of your skin 〰 can shrink your pores!
〰 removes any excess makeup/dirt your cleanser missed 👌🏼
〰 acts as a primer for your moisturizer/serums
it gets ridda the bad stuff 👎🏼 balances the necessary stuff 🙌🏼 & preps your face for the good stuff 👍🏼
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PROTIP: put your toner on no longer than a minute after you cleanse to maximize its effect! some people like to just spritz it onto their face but i like to spray it onto a cotton pad & wipe outwards!
i personally rotate through different toners! DIY green tea toner, ACV + water toner, young living’s toner, etc. my skin likes the switch up ☺️
today’s concoction is a combination of micellar water + young living’s ART toner & it’s glorious! this pretty bottle is from Kuishi Home—i absolutely love the shape of it! & it works so so well.

coconut oil hair mask

a friend shared this recipe with me recently & i got hoooooked. bouta put this in my hair right now & leave it in overnight & i can't wait for how soft & bouncy my hair will be after showering tomorrow morning💆🏼😌 it's simple. like real simple. & cheap & nourishes your hair far better than any store bought hair mask. & let's be honest - what is in those packets anyways?!

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in a small bowl, combine:⠀⠀
- 1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil. i use organic, unrefined coconut oil!
- 2 drops lavender EO + 2 drops rosemary EO + 2 drops cedarwood EO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- mix together & apply throughout hair, focusing mainly on the ends with slight application to the roots/top. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- leave in anywhere from 1 hour to 24 hours! feel free to start with a shorter amount of leave-in time at first. i leave mine in for 24 hours & just braid my hair, & throw a hat on!

2 things to note:
1. if you're sleeping with it in (which i love to do), lay a non-precious towel down on your pillow case to prevent staining!
2. the key to not having coco oil in your hair for days is to wash it out REALLY good. scrub your hair with high quality shampoo for at least 3 minutes!⠀⠀⠀⠀
& on the topic of hair...if you battle dry scalp or constant oiliness, chances are it's not your hair's fault but your shampoo & conditioner's fault 😬 i used to deal with both & i thought i just had finicky hair but really it was the intense products stripping my hair of all of the good stuff. our bodies are amazing & so smart. your hair can regulate itself, but not when your washing it with chemicals that dry out your scalp & strip your natural oils. it basically gets addicted & overproduces oil, in between showers. 

comment below with your favorite natural shampoo + conditioner!

DIY 5 min. facewash

guys. i LOVE this facewash. it's sooo cheap, so moisturizing & leaves your skin feeling so clean & soft! & the best part? takes 5 minutes or less to whip up.

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〰 8 oz of Dr. Bronners castile soap (if you haven't used castile before, it's a really natural, concentrated soap! you really can't go wrong with any scent but i particularly love eucalyptus & lavender!)
〰 8 oz of distilled water
〰 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil
〰 10 drops lavender
〰 10 drops lemon
〰 add all ingredients to foaming soap dispenser & use morning + night!

making my own beauty + household products has been one of the most empowering experiences. if you have been intimidated to make your own products, this is an excellent recipe to start with! it's so easy & you will love it so much 🙌🏼 pro tip: you can use it as your hand soap too!