Basic Exfoliating Tools For Healthy Glowing Skin | Tried and Tested

Finding the perfect exfoliating tool may feel like a never ending job. I have used product after product searching for the elusive Perfect Exfoliator. See the good and not so good shower exfoliators I have found so far.

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I am tough on my skin and don’t give it nearly enough attention. When neglected, my skin is prone to ingrown hairs and stays dry and flaky. Exfoliating every few days keeps my skin cells from building up and causing those extremely annoying ingrown hairs.

I love making natural homemade body scrubs and tend to use these more often than other products. But when I don’t have the time to throw one together it is handy to have the right tools ready to get the job done.

EcoTools Dry Brush

All of ECOTOOLS products are made cruelty free and with recycled materials.

The dry brush from ECOTOOLS is an amazing pre-shower exfoliator. This dry brush is designed with synthetic bristles to exfoliate and smooth for soft, glowing skin.

The Benefits Of Dry Brushing

  • Increasing the circulation to the skin reduces the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite is toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells. Reducing these pockets of toxic build up is on the top of most womens beauty wish list. Try this brush out for 30 days to see the difference it can make for you!!
  • Dry body brushing helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin. It can also help with any pesky ingrown hairs.
  • It assists in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. By releasing toxins, it encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic wastes so the body is able to run more effectively.
  • It helps with muscle tone and gives you a more even distribution of fat deposits.
  • Dry skin brushing helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores.
  • And, in my experience, dry body brushing first thing in the morning can actually set up a perfect day! By doing something solely for yourself first thing in the morning, you can develop a beautiful follow-through effect. Try starting with a morning boost detox drink – do this to boost all the good work you just did?

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Started by 2 sisters with a mission to create an environmentally friendly, chic + high quality, yet still affordable brush set. They recycled materials, renewable bamboo, and use the best manufacturing processes.

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The Bathery Charcoal-Infused Gentle Facial Brush

Plastic hand-held facial exfoliating tool from Target.

Highlights

  • charcoal-infused bristles
  • ergonomic handle
  • ultra-soft
  • ideal for sensitive skin

The ultra-soft bristles are made for sensitive skin and the ergonomic handle ensures a secure hold for controlled daily deep pore cleansing. I enjoy using this facial brush because it fits into the palm of my hand nice and always leaves my face feeling extra smooth.

CONS

  • Hard To Clean
  • Plastic
  • Leaves my skin a little Dry

Overall this is a nice deep cleaning exfoliating tool for your face. I enjoyed using it while I had it but I will be on the lookout for something better.

The Bathery® 4-in-1 Foot Wand

Highlights

  • 4-in-1 foot tool eliminates the need for additional tools
  • Removes rough skin to make your feet feel smooth
  • Keeps your foot care tools organized and ready for use

I really enjoy having this foot wand in the shower. The metal file is amazing at getting thick callused skin from long walks on neglected feet. And using the pumice keeps your feet nice and smooth in between times when you need a real foot treatment and the scrub brush keeps my toes polished and pretty.

The only complaint I have is I happen to really dislike the bright colors and the fact that it is plastic. ( But Thanks Mom, I swear I love it!) I am currently on the lookout for something to replace my well-used and loved, in shower foot exfoliating tool.

Exfoliating Shower + Bath Mitt

Many different brands make this style. Not A Fan.

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This is the second in shower exfoliating accessory I used and while it worked fine and opened my eyes to exfoliating tools, I am Not A Fan. I still like it better than the gloves but I wouldn’t recommend them by any means.

The mitt is loose and falls off easily. My small hands didn’t hold the bath mitt well, and I usually ended up just using like a rag. Bunching it up and scrubbing with it awkwardly.

Moroccan Clay Pumice Disk

This red moroccan clay pumice disk is a powerhouse of an exfoliation tool.

This little disk is amazing at softening the tougher areas of my body. Mainly my knees and elbows. I love how easy it fits in my hand.

I keep my knees and elbows soft, and my underarms bright, by using this little guy once a week. Slathering my body with Raw Honey in the shower is a favorite indulgence of mine. And by gently rubbing these problem areas with Skin Canteens Moroccan Clay Pumice Disk, while coated in honey of course, I keep them soft, smooth, and bright.

I love supporting small business and Skin Canteen is one shop I love recommending!

ECOTOOLS Cleansing Mitt

Natural Exfoliator that works great and is easy to use.

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This is a great exfoliating accessory for in the shower! It is made of ramie natural fibre and molds to your hand when wet. The band fits nicely around your wrist so that it stays snug and is easy to keep on.

This cleansing mitt feels nice and soft when you buy it but it does get a little course after use. But I find this perfect for my legs. Especially before I epilate.

Woven Exfoliating Sponge

I find this sponge at my local commissary. It is a heavy duty exfoliating tool. While it has some major power, I feel like it may be too rough on the skin. Although I did enjoy using it when I felt I really needed a good scrub though.

The bad thing about it is that after only a few washes this cheap exfoliator will be pretty torn up. You can see in the photos what happened to mine after just a few scrubs!

The Exfoliating Glove

The tried and true, most popular option available.

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Everybody loves these gloves. I do not.

It is not that they don’t work. They do and everyone recommends them for good reason.

  • They offer a healthy exfolitaion when used daily
  • Don’t over-exfoliate your skin.
  • They are cheap
  • They are widely available
  • They are easy to use

So what don’t I like about them?

I am all about efficiency. It may be a bit ridiculous, saying that I feel this way.. BUT I can’t stand having to put on a pair of gloves in the shower!! Seriously, I just want to grab something and get to scrubbing!

They feel dirty to me. I don’t know why I feel this way about this one and not most of the others but after just one use I want to toss them.

So which of these Exfoliating Tools do I Recommend?

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The ECOTOOLS Dry Brush By Far!

Dry brushing is the easiest and most beneficial way I have found to keep skin firm, healthy and ready to Glow!

Add it to Your Amazon Cart NOW to try it for yourself!

What are your favorite Exfoliating Tools? Leave me a comment and let me know your Favorite Products, Tips, and Secrets!!

Best Raw Honey For Natural Beauty + Organic Health Recipes

Raw Honey has to be My Favorite Ingredient Ever. I use it in my facial masks, body scrubs, hair therapy, and of course my food and drink recipes.

Since my family of 5 will be living in a Mercedes Sprinter Van soon traveling the states I have been going pretty hardcore in my minimalism journey. But just because we will have no space, and most of our time will be spent adventuring, doesn’t mean I am going to just throw my skincare and health out the window!

Quite the Opposite.

Now I am getting together the best of the best Simple + Natural Recipes to make sure I can still get my good Goddess Glow on while I’m climbing mountains. I don’t like spending a lot of time on my skincare routine. Instead I opt for High-Quality and Super Simple.

When I found Royal Raw Hawaiian Honey I had to try it. I am a fan of Crystallized Honey and prefer it that way. It usually melts into my diy beauty recipes easily with a good stirring and makes a perfect thick usable consistency.

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Like Royal Hawaiian Honey knows and states right on their products… The Best Raw Honey is minimally processed, preserving the pollen and active enzymes honey naturally contains. Raw Honey is a living food and it soon crystallizes after harvesting.

I first started with the Royal Hawaiian Raw Wildflower Honey and love it in my Super Simple Organic DIY Body Scrubs and Morning Detox Drink.

Then I found this Magic!

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Royal Hawaiian Raw Honey Cinnamon, Turmeric, and Ginger Infusions. I already put all 3 of these things in most of my food and health recipes. I had to try them infused in my favorite wildflower honey.

On the box it states:

Royal Hawaiian Honey Infusions are restorative blends of Big Island Honey and spices. Our gift pack includes three distinct combinations of raw honey infused with cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric. The pungent, warming spices perfectly compliment our mild wildflower honey, creating a unique and invigorating trio from Hawaii.

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Royal Hawaiian Honeys are 100% raw, single-source varietal honeys harvested by a family-owned apiary on the Big Island of Hawaii. They are dedicated to producing the finest quality, artisan Hawaiian Honey.

Unfortunately ,this honey is quite elusive. I am seriously considering buying out all of Costco’s supply and filling up the van. I guess thats the cost of being dedicated to a sustainable, low energy, local family run business. Luckily their Raw Hawaiian Wildflower Honey is almost always available. Thank you amazon.

My favorite Way to Use Raw Honey

In the shower!! Thats right I love smothering my skin in this superfood! Mixed with my favorite Essential Oils, some vegetable glycerin, and an exfoliant (baking soda, salt, sugar, etc) it is magic on my dry skin. My go to is Brown Sugar, Raw Honey, Tamanu Oil, Vegetable Glycerin. See my Recipe Here.

Honey is super moisturizing and nourishing and my dry skin soaks it up. I don’t have to worry if I don’t have the time to apply a moisturizer out of the shower if I have used Raw Honey + vegetable glycerin. The Glow Is Real.

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Do you use Raw Honey in your Beauty + Health Routines? I would love to hear about your favorite uses for this superfood.

Best Essential Oils Brand and How To Use Them

I do not write this article to sell you anything, but I do include affiliate links. If you do choose to purchase Oils from one of these links I will get a small compensation. I purchase these oils myself and only want to share my knowledge and love of them! Thank you very much if you decide to try them by purchasing through my site. All Photos are mine unless otherwise stated. 

Now on to the Oils!

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Cinnamon Bark EO, Sweet Orange EO, Clove Bud EO, Tamanu Oil, Bargamot EO, Patchouli Dark EO, Ylang Ylang EO

The hype around essential oils has become bigger than ever. This is partially thanks to all the health activist out there and the ever present MLMs. Even though most people know about them, not enough people are actually bringing these little miracles into their lives. 

For me that was because of MLMs and thinking they must be a money making scam.

I just don’t trust reviews from people who are getting paid to use a product!

So  A ton of research later and a life changing jump in and I ended up with Plant Guru. They are a small family run business that takes Quality, Ethics, and Oils to heart. 

I first noticed them due to their low prices and wanted to see if the I could trust a company that offered the lowest prices I had found for Organic, Cold Pressed, Quality Oils.

Their about page won me over right off the bat with these words..

Our business was born online offering quality essential oils at a fair price. No advertising, No marketing plan, No multi-level pyramid pricing…. From our experience if you stick to your principles, the business will take care of itself. These beliefs have allowed us to do great things.

from the Plant Guru website

I am surprised the MLM (multi-level marketing) companies Young Living and Do-Terra are even around anymore after all the controversy and having proof that their oils have been diluted and adulterated with synthetic oils, chemicals, and fragrances. Not to mention their ethics are wildly misplaced. I mean just Google Young Living Controversy  and Do-Terra complaints

You will find no such articles with Plant Guru. 

This is the kit I used to start my Essential Oil Journey and have made the same purchase along with others again and again.   

What Are They Good For?

Everything.  Seriously.

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The best part about oils is they can be beneficial for anything you can think of. I started with them for beauty and health reasons and have implemented them into every part of my life. They have replaced all the harsh chemicals in my home and I use them for everything from cleaning, mood control, and skin care, to headaches and massages. I now use Plant Gurus Essential Oils for my entire families health, wellness, and happiness.  

My favorite oils to use are: 

Lavender

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The most commonly used oil, good for any and everything, even people with sensitivities. My favorite ways to use it are for aromatherapy for relaxation, sleep time for the kids, when I feel fancy and mix up my own fragrance, and also in my diy cleansing face oil and hair masks.

 

Frankinsence

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This is on my everyday use list for 2 main reasons. Mindset and Skin Care.  Frankincense essential oil is a powerful astringent that can be used to help reduce acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores and wrinkles and is  one of the best essential oils for skin tightening. It is also great for anxiety and depression and I love mixing it with Bergamot and Yling Ylang in my diffuser for a daily mental health boost.

Bergamot

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Bergamot reduces nervous tension, anxiety, and stress and depression by releasing certain hormones like dopamine and seratonin. For skin care it is amazing at keeping the skin bright and youthful.  Its fades scars, uneven skin tone, and acne.  It is also one of my favorite smelling oils with a earthy citrusy scent.

 

Carrot Seed

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Carrot Seed is also in my daily face care regime. This oil offers a high level of antioxidant support and promotes skin health and cell regeneration. Perfect for aging and mature skin, or environmentally stressed skin. 

 

Clove

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The first EO I ever used was Clove and I used it heavily diluted for my teething babies. It worked instantly and I was hooked on oils from then on out. (Do your research on safety and using oils with children and never apply undiluted oils!) I now use it for its pain relieving and anti inflammatory in my body scrubs and deep muscle rubs for my husband.  I also replace my lemon household cleaner with clove in the fall due to its earthy spicy smell and strong antimicrobial properties.

Ylang Ylang

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I use Ylang Ylang all the time in my diffuser for all kinds of mental and physical benefits. It is known to promote relaxation, lower high blood pressure, and increase sexual desires… Need I say more?

 

Rosemary

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I love the smell of Rosemary when I cook with the herb in the kitchen and I love it just as much in my diy beauty care. I use it in all my hair recipes by mixing it with water, carrier oils, and other EO’s like peppermint, sage, and cedar wood.  It has amazing hair growth and thickening properties!

 

Lemon

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I use Lemon Essential Oil for Everything! Teeth whitener, dark spot eraser, household cleaner, air freshener, mood stimulator, and when I was pregnant it was my favorite nausea reliever!   

 

Patchouli Dark

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Patchouli Dark is a very spiritual oil.  If you have a hippy in your family I bet you have heard or know the distinct smell of Patchouli. Patchouli is believed to create a cohesive connection to the mind, body, and spirit, creating a centering affect. Thus relieving emotional anxiety, and enhancing sexual energy. I love it for its earthy smell that reminds me of my childhood, thanks to my moms hippy ways, and the uplifting mood it brings with the nostalgia. 

Tea Tree 

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Due to its strong anti-fungal, antimicrobial and bacteria killing properties I use tea tree for my heavy duty cleaning needs and breakouts. The smell is quite strong so I use it sparingly but always have it on hand. 

 

Plant Guru also offers Synergy Blends that I use when I do not have the time to play alchemist and mix oils myself. 

My favorites are 

Happy

The name says it all and it is my favorite synergy scent.

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Contains: This wonderful blend has a combination of – Pink Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) Lemon (Citrus Limonum) Cassia (Cinnamomum Cassia) Ginger (Zingiber Officinalis) Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)

Characteristics: This blend is sure to create a happy and warm ambiance in any home, room, office, or car.

New Beginning

 I use this when I feel “stuck in a rut” and want a sense of moving forward. It was in my diffuser the entire last month of moving and packing and kept me filled with hope for our future.

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Contains: Blended with pure  Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinensis)  Lemon (Citrus limonum), Spanish Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata),  Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia),  Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus)

Characteristics: Refreshing and Buoyant this blend is a proprietary blend of oils designed to uplift and renew oneself. Bright and energetic this oil is for new beginnings.

Breathe

 I love using Breathe when I stretch at night or practice Yoga.

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Contains: This wonderful blend has a combination of – Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus), Peppermint (Mentha Piperita), Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Lemon (Citrus limonum), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), Bay (Laurus nobilis)

Characteristics: This essential oil synergy blend contains oils that together increase the lungs capacity to help breathe.

Deep Muscle

 My husband always asks me to rub this on his back when he’s hurting.  He says it makes a huge difference in the tightness of his back!

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Contains: This wonderful blend has a combination of – Wintergreen (Gaultheria Procumbens), Peppermint (Mentha Piperita), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus), Camphor (Cinnamomum Camphora)

Characteristics: This blend combines powerful analgesic oils designed to mitigate pain and discomfort. Natural therapeutic solution to the challenges of muscle discomfort. Eases achy joints and sore muscles. Its effects are deep, cool and penetrating with lasting therapeutic results.

Alive

When I need the motivation to get moving and out and about this blend helps me get my mindset back on track.  Its all about your Mindset!

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Contains: Juniper Berry (Juniperus Communis) Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Flexuosus) Clove (Syzygium Aromaticum) Siberian Fir Needle (Abies Sibirica) Nutmeg (Myristica Fragrans) Black Pepper (Piper Nigrum)

Characteristics: Energizing, Uplifting and Invigorating. Oils used in this blend increase the senses and help people snap out of lethargic tendencies.

Stress Relief

My husband always ask for this oil to be in the diffuser after a hard day at work. It smells great and gives a sense of calm immediately.

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Contains: This wonderful blend has a combination of – Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia), Patchouli (Pogostemon Cablin), Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinesis), Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata), Pink grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), Gurjum (Dipterocarpus Turbinatum)

Characteristics: Stress Relief blend is an excellent blend to uplift and relax individuals who are in need of stress relief. Bright and soothing a must have blend.

You can find all of these amazing oils in The 64 Count 10-ml Kit from Amazon.  It is the first step I took to a life of Oils and I haven’t looked back.

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If you need something to organize and preserve your precious new Oils Here is the storage solution I use !!  It is a beautiful wood box that fits the glass rollers I use to mix a lot of my concoctions. 

Follow my Organic Goddess beauty board on Pinterest to find Simple Organic Beauty recipes and tips!  

Let me know what oils you use and your favorite recipes!

Morning Detox Drink For A Healthy Happy Start To Your Day

My mornings have changed drastically since having babies and starting businesses. I went from thinking 11am was an early start to the day to now being up well before the sun (and hopefully the babies).

My mornings are sacred to me now and something I look forward to. Having a great morning ritual helps so much for those early morning hours and creating a happy healthy feeling to kickstart any and every day.

One of my Must-Do’s is to Drink Something Healthy!

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Pro Tip: Find Somewhere That Makes You Feel Happy and/or Serene 

Some days I follow the 30 in 30 rule made famous by Tim Ferriss. Which is to consume 30g of protein within 30min of waking up. I nearly accomplish this by drinking a Vega Shake and eating 2 eggs. Technically 26g but it works wonders for me. 

But other days when I need a little more feel good, that dig down deep, all encompassing, happy feel good to start my day,

I Detox.


Lately that has been most mornings. And it is an addicting accomplished feeling that lends an unparalleled way to start your day.

So without Further ado

The Best Day Inducing Detox Drink

What You Need

  • 2-3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Half of a Lemon
  • 2 Dashes of Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Dashes of Cinnamon 
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Local Honey
  • 2 – 3 Cups of Warm Water

These numbers are estimates as I tend to just throw my drink together and eye it but it always comes out pretty close and I would say these numbers aren’t far off from what I would make. You can always add however much of each ingredient your tastes lean towards. 

There is nothing difficult about making this drink and It takes all of 3 minutes. Simple.

  1. Put some water on the stove
  2. Cut and squeeze half a lemon in my cup
  3. Then pour 2 or 3 glugs of ACV in
  4. Add about 2 dashes of cayenne (because I like it spicy hot)
  5. 2 dashes of cinnamon (to balance the heat)
  6. Add a spoonful of honey
  7. Pour my warm water in, Mix it up and then Sip and Enjoy! 

The Ingredients

Apple Cider Vinegar

Make sure you get the ACV with the “mother” in it. These are strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky appearance. Full of probiotics, acetic acid, and the nutrients, this stuff works wonders inside and out. 

Lemon

I love lemon! Something about it is so fresh and invigorating. It also has a slew of Health Benifits that will make your day even brighter like keeping you hydrated and increasing your metabolism.

Cayenne Pepper

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I am a spicy lover and add a little heat to most things in life. Even my water. This yummy pepper can stimulate your body’s circulation and reduce acidity; it’s a powerful, spicy little pepper that offers many health benefits.

Cinnamon

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At the end of the day, cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits

Raw or Local Honey

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I am quite obsessed with Raw Hawaiian Wildflower Honey.  I even add it to my diy beauty products! For this detox drink it lends a distinct, sweet flavor my typical raw mountain honey I use for food, just doesn’t touch. And since I am in Hawaii I get the Local benefit of added allergy protection from the pollen that I am already breathing in.

The Benefits

A prebiotic for a healthy gut

  • Eases gut health issues including
  • poor memory,
  • fatigue,
  • headaches,
  • depression,
  • sugar cravings,
  • and yeast infections.

Eases Digestive Ailments

  • helps with indigestion,
  • bloating,
  • gas
  • and even heartburn

 And Numerous Other Benefits Include

  • Boosts Energy
  • Improves Heart Health 
  • Helps to Regulate Blood Sugar
  • Help Lower Blood Pressure
  • Clears Skin Ailments
  • nutrient and vitamin dense
  • helps keep the body hydrated as it provides electrolytes to the body.
  • Increases Metabolism helping with weight loss
  • anti-inflammatory to help reduce muscle and joint pain
  •  

Basically, it is a power house and you should see why drinking this in the morning can be such a powerful boost for your day.

 

Product Buying Guide

Royal Hawaiian Honey Raw Island Wildflower -This stuff is amazing. Royal Hawaiian 100% raw, unfiltered honey is harvested on the Big Island and is light golden colored, with a silky mouth feel, with butterscotch overtones and floral bouquet.  I use this in my DIY beauty routines, Health Detox Drinks, and Recipes! 

Braggs Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

Reusable Stainless Steel Straws – Good for the planet, saves money, what better way to enjoy your drink.

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Let me know how your detox went!

Top 3 Favorite Raw Honey and Brown Sugar Scrubs That Are Incredibly Easy and Effective

With fall in full affect exfoliating is as important as ever. These DIY exfoliating scrubs will have you glowing cozy whether your combating dry skin from the cold weather or, are blessed like me in tropical Hawaii, and need help to remember it even is fall.

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Living on the beach in Hawaii has made me more aware of my skin than ever. And after years of battling mentally and physically with my skin appearance I have found a favorite healer in exfoliating. Simple and effective with little time or effort involved keeps it at the top of my beauty regime.

For fall I like to stick to earthy, warm, uplifting, and spicy smells.

Cinnamon, Honey, Tamanu, and Clove are all favorites of mine. Something about these smells makes me feel grounded and invigorated at the same time. It’s extremely easy to whip up a healing mask or scrub with just a few ingredients.

I happen to be a little obsessed with raw Hawaiian honey right now. It makes an appearance in all of these recipes as I have been using it since I found it. I cannot convey how amazing it is to use in the shower. It leaves your skin silky soft, especially when mixed with vegetable glycerin.

Cinnamon and Honey Facial Mask

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  • Baking Soda – 1 tsp
  • Raw Honey – 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 tsp

This simple recipe is probably already laying around in your kitchen just begging to be made.

Baking soda is an extremely fine exfoliant and cleanser making it perfect to slough away any dead skin cells on the sensitive skin of your face and neck. It is an excellent remedy for existing acne while also preventing future breakouts.

Raw Honey or Local Honey works as a humectant and attracts and locks in moisture to help rejuvenate your skin.

Cinnamon also helps to control acne and blemishes by bringing blood and oxygen to the surface of the skin causing a beautiful dewy glow.

To make a mask or daily face wash just combine about a tablespoon of raw or local honey, with about a teaspoon each of baking soda and cinnamon. You can add a bit of water if you want a thinner mix for a wash.

Massage into face gently and let sit for a moment for a feel good face wash or let sit up to 10 minutes as a mask.

Can be kept indefinitely in a sealed air tight container, left in a cool dry place.

Clove and Brown Sugar Body Scrub

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This delightfully spicy concoction is a perfect fall scrub.

  • Clove Essential Oil – 3 or 4 drops
  • Brown Sugar – 1/2 c
  • Carrier Oil (jojoba, almond, olive, etc) – 1/2c

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Store in an air tight container.

Clove oil is a natural antibacterial and anti fungal that works wonders in treating skin ailments such as acne and ingrown hairs. The anti-inflammatory properties ease the redness of inflammation and can even help with muscle and joint pain.

Brown sugar is a finer choice of sugar that is rich in antioxidants that can eliminate harmful free radicals. Another beneficial compound of cane brown sugar is Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which can penetrate your skin and break down the compound that binds the skin cells. This promotes rapid regeneration and rejuvenation.

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Carrier Oils

There are a multitude of carrier oils depending on your skin type. A few easy to find favorites for this recipe are Jojoba or Almond.

Jojoba Oil which closely resembles the natural oils our skin makes and is a great all oil for repairing every skin type. It helps tame chaffing and chapping, reduces redness caused by drying, and eases the effects of eczema and rosacea.

Almond Oil is full of health benefits such as vitamin E, Zinc, proteins, and potassium making it great for healing UV radiation damage, and keeping your skin soft, smooth, and free of fine lines. It has a lighter texture than other natural oils, such as olive oil. Sweet Almond oil should be avoided for sensitive skin types.

Raw Earth Moisturizing Scrub

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  • Tamanu oil – 10 pumps or 2 Tbsp
  • Brown Sugar – 2 cups
  • Vegetable Glycerin – 1/3 cup
  • Raw Honey – 2 Tbsp

By far my favorite fall scrub. It leaves you with soft, supple, glowing skin from head to toe.

Tamanu oil otherwise known as, “green gold” is a valuable oil that is a beneficial skin oil for a multitude of reasons. Thanks to a unique fatty acid, calophyllic acid, it is extremely effective at combatting and preventing signs of aging. Its skin softening properties allow the skin to become supple while preventing environmental damage. But best of all is its ability to heal scars. From stretch marks, acne, age spots, rashes, bites, dermatitis and more. This rich oil is amazing.

Vegetable Glycerin is another natural humectant that draws water from the air into the skins outer layer. When used with other natural oils and ingredients, it can seal that moisture into the top layer of skin while the other oils work there way deep into our cells to provide long-lasting moisture.

And since you already know the amazing benefits of Raw Honey and Brown Sugar Im sure you can see why this is a favorite scrub I use often!

If you have other essential oils you love start mixing them in and seeing what you can create. Plant Guru is my absolute favorite oil company and these are some of their oils I am using for my fall line up and have been making everything from body scrubs and facials to foaming hand wash and cuticle creams!

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Now go forth and make yourself amazing!Product Listbee_6828-2Royal Hawaiian Raw Unfiltered Island Wildflower Honey 44 Ounce Jar – This stuff is amazing. Royal Hawaiian 100% raw, unfiltered honey is harvested on the Big Island and is light golden colored, with a silky mouth feel, with butterscotch overtones and floral bouquet.  I use this in my DIY beauty routines, Health Detox Drinks, and Recipes! 

Plant Guru Essential Oils – Plant Guru is a small family ran business with a passion for essentials. Tired of the multi marketing companies making healing oils unattainable their passion and goal is to keep high quality oils readily available to everyone. From their website : Our business was born online offering quality essential oils at a fair price. No advertising, No marketing plan, No multi-level pyramid pricing. This allows us to pass on huge savings to our customers. We provide quality essential oils at the most affordable prices. From our experience if you stick to your principles, the business will take care of itself. These beliefs have allowed us to do great things.

Carrier Oils – Used for so many different beauty and skin care regimens it is a good idea to figure out which ones work best for you. Try the variety pack from Plant Guru, or you can even stick with good old Vegetable Glycerin for an all around amazing moisturizer.