DIY Hunting Cover Scent

I come from a large extended family. My grandpa, his 9 brothers, their sons, grandsons, pretty much all of them…hunters.  They have lots of hunting land and it’s a big part of life for them.

To be honest, I prefer to stick my baby in front of my great uncle’s deer camera for entertainment.  Yet, I am surrounded by folks for whom hunting is an important part of life.  I won’t pretend to know much about it, but I get the basic concept that you don’t want the animal to observe you.  Animals have very attuned senses and that includes the sense of smell. So, let’s make a Hunting Cover Scent Spritzer!

DIY Hunting Cover Scent

You’ll want to choose Essential Oils that are closely related to the environment you are hunting in.  Here are some ideas:

  • Pine
  • Idaho Balsam fir
  • Vetiver
  • Northern Lights Black Spruce
  • Cypress
  • Cedarwood

Supplies:

  • 2 ounce colored glass spritzer
  • Distilled Water, a bit less than 2 ounces
  • 1 Teaspoon Witch Hazel
  • 20 drops of Essential Oil

Steps for DIY Hunting Cover Scent

  1. Pour Witch Hazel into glass spritzer
  2. Pour Essential Oil into glass spritzer
  3. Top off with Distilled Water
  4. Cap & Shake

 

 

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DIY Beard Oil, only 5 cents a drop!

DIY Beard Oil:  no need to run out to the shop and drop $10-30 on beard oil for your man.  You can DIY this Beard Oils so easily and affordably!

DIY Beard Oil

I’m not exactly an authority on this.

My husband does not have a beard or a mustache….in fact he creates mustaches you can stick on your face.  It’s true

I’ve been checking out blog and comments and it seems oily men do this different ways.  Some pre-mix their oils in glass containers (ones with an eyedropper seem the best to me), others just mix their oils as they apply.

Obviously if you are making them as a gift, you’ll want to get a container and pre-mix them.  I like to use these blue ones

Ingredients for DIY Beard Oil:

Woodsy & Fresh

  • 2-4 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 3-5 drops Bergamot Oil
  • 5-8 drops Cedarwood

 

Wintry

  • 2-4 drops Wintergreen
  • 2-3 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
  • 5 -8 drops Citrus Fresh

Holiday Inspiration

  • 2-4 drops Wintergreen
  • 2-3 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce
  • 5-8 drops of Tea Tree

Subtle Woods

  • 2-4 Vetiver (be patient, it’s very viscous and takes a long time to come out)
  • 3-5 Sandalwood
  • 5-7 Lime

The Sacred Outdoors

  • 5-10 drops Cedarwood
  • 5-10 drops Frankincense

Manly & Oily: Shampoo Hack, with other ideas to get his head more natural

Today I share a simple shampoo hack to oil-infuse your man’s life.  Think of these ideas as phase 1 in converting him over to the dark side….I mean oily side.

Shampoo Hack

Supplies:

  • Bottle of Shampoo
  • 24-30 drops Essential Oils (based on 14-22 ounce bottle of shampoo, adjust as needed)
  • Strong Arm for Shaking

Suggested Oil Mixtures

Dry Scalp

12 drops Cedarwood

8 drops Lavender

4 drops Sandalwood or Geranium

4 drops Patchouli

Oily Scalp

12 drops Peppermint

8 drops Lemon

4 drops Lavender

Thin Blend 1

10 drops Cedarwood

10 drops Sandalwood

10 drops Lavender

8 drops Rosemary

1 drop Juniper

Thin Blend 2

10 drops Lavender

8 drops Cypress

6 drops Rosemary

4 drops Clary Sage

4 drops Palo Santo

Thin Blend 3

10 drops Lavender

10 drops Frankincense

4 drops Clary Sage

6 drops Eucalyptus Blue

2 drops Peppermint

Thin Blend 4

8 drops Rosemary

8 drops Thyme

8 drops Lavender

8 drops Cedarwood

4 drops Frankincense.

Easiest Instructions Ever

  1. Open your bottle of Shampoo
  2. Drop in Essential Oils
  3. Shake
  4. Lather, Rinse, Repeat ….. As needed.

Friends, I confess I am slap-happy tonight.  I apologize for the brevity of this post and all the goofiness.  My 2 year old woke up like 4 times last night, my 4 year old once and I just did not get enough sleep to produce the finest quality post.  It’s my hope that you get a little pop-culture laugh from this and some great oily ideas to start the man in your life on his journey to natural wellness with essential oils.

 

DIY Deodorant: Oily & Manly

Day 3 of Oily and Manly recipes with essential oils.  Let’s make some DIY deodorant today!

DIY Deodorant

Slow Movement From Conventional Deodorant

This process began very slowly in the spring of 2009.  Hernando and I had just been dating a few months, he was living with his dad and became really ill one day.  He had terrible symptoms, so much that he actually went to the doctor without insurance for a strep test.  The rapid and 48 hour culture came back negative so we just did some OTCs and waited it out.  A few days later he was back to normal.

Life moved on and his routine returned to normal, what I mean to say was he wasn’t using deodorant at the tail end of that illness.  He started using deodorant again and he got sick again.  He determined on his own that something in the deodorant was bothering him.  So he began to search for better alternatives and the first ingredient he dropped was aluminum.

Fast-forward to January 2011, we were on our honeymoon in Chicago and went to the cutest apothecary I’ve ever seen (okay, maybe the only real one) in Andersonville.  He picked up a deodorant that seemed like it should work well.  If I remember correctly it contained butane which he also believed he reacted poorly to.

Six Years Later….

So by now, he’d settled on a deodorant brand from Target that didn’t cause any obvious issues.  However, I’d gone far down the “natural living” rabbit hole and was really disturbed by the blue coloring and propylene glycol.  Feel free to call me crazy on that last one, but when you spend  a shift in a coffee factory coating beans in synthetic flavors that require hazmat gloves, you earn a certain disdain of the active ingredient.

A few times we’d tried popular “natural” brands without success, but paying MORE and getting less odor control wasn’t appealing to our senses.  About 1 year into my Young Living journey, I decided to try a DIY deodorant people had been sharing in oily groups.

Hernando’s only complaint?  “Can you make it smell more masculine?”  Yes, honey I can.  I added 10 drops of another essential oil and HOME RUN!

DIY Deodorant Ingredients & Materials

Heads Up

If you are brand new to using a DIY deodorant, you will likely experience a detox period in your armpits. Although we haven’t had this reaction, you might and I don’t want you to be surprised by it if it occurs.  Some people experience redness and bumps and it commonly takes up to 3 weeks for the body to process out the previous exposures.  If that happens, press through, but also consider cleaning up your diet during that time as it will support a faster process.

If it continues past 3 weeks, try reformulation of the recipe: drop out the baking soda and add extra arrowroot or cornstarch, sometimes the baking soda is just too strong for folks.

Make Your DIY Deodorant

  1. Melt your coconut oil in your pan over low-medium heat.
  2. Turn off the heat and stir in your baking soda and cornstarch or arrowroot powder.
  3. Remove from heated surface and drop in your essential oils, stir to blend thoroughly.
  4. Pour mixture into your container.
  5. Allow to cool
  6. If you use a mason jar, keep a craft stick with the jar.  This way you can easily remove a bit for each day without contaminating the jar.  Then take out what you will use and use your hands to rub it on to your armpits.

***Extra sweaty day tip: keep a little purification or lemongrass essential oil with you.  I actually do this on days I forgot to put deodorant on.  It puts the kibosh on odors instantly.

 

Enjoy your non-toxic, super cheap (less than $3 a pop!) Deo for you B.O.!

 

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DIY After Shave

Welcome to Day 2 of “Manly and Oily” DIY is After Shave.  As I was making the recipe, I thought “this is basically facial toner for men.”  There are some ingredient differences, it’s true.  However, it’s basically the same concept: smooth skin supported by amazing essential oils.

Manly & Oily: DIY After Shave

Confessions of a DIYer

Let’s talk about ingredients, because I came across some judgement errors when hitting the local drug store.  Ingredients matter, and while you can certainly make some substitutions without much of an impact, you want your ingredients to be pure, safe and green.

I realized today that my last bottle of Vitamin E oil, isn’t pure Vitamin E oil.  It’s corn, sunflower, wheat germ and a few other oils with a splash of Vitamin E oil.  Yet it’s labeled “Vitamin E Oil” in big bold font.

On that same trip, I realized I grabbed a witch hazel that contained alcohol! For that reason I added a moisturizing ingredient (not included in the original recipe below) to my husband’s after shave to compensate for the unexpected alcohol.

So, the bottom line is: check your labels and know your source.  It’s back to Amazon for me friends, it’s just too much work for this hot mess mom to stand in a store and read 10 different labels.

On to the Ingredients!

  • 2 ounce spray bottle
  • Metal Funnel
  • Distilled Water
  • 1 ounce alcohol-free witch hazel
  • 1/4 t vegetable glycerin
  • 1/2 t jojoba oil
  • 10 drops Essential Oils: I did Northern Lights Black Spruce and Idaho Blue Spruce.
  • 2-3 drops Vitamin E oil.

Frugal Friendly

I actually did not buy a spray bottle for today, I have some on hand actually but I reused a vanilla extract bottle!  My husband previously used an aftershave that you splashed on, so I figured this would feel more natural to his routine.

Manly & Oily: DIY After Shave instructions:

  1. Using your metal funnel carefully add vegetable glycerin, jojoba oil, essential oils and vitamin E to your jar.
  2. Pour in your your witch hazel and distilled water, it’s roughly and ounce of each, so don’t overfill.
  3. Next you have to Shake, Shake, Shake.  The witch hazel should disperse the essential oils nicely throughout the liquid.  However, it will probably be wise to always give a gentle shake before use.

Other inspiring Essential Oils

Due to the fact that I am newly growing our essential oil collection, I don’t have all the oils I would love for my husband to try on had.  Some lovely ideas are: Patchouli, Pine, Mister, Shutran, Valor and En-R-Gee, are in my opinion great choices for men.  Please note that incorporating oils such as:Sandalwood, Cedarwood and Myrrh with a few drops of a favorite citrus would give a very balanced “perfumers” effect to your blend.

 

 

 

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DIY Kids Toothpaste

Ever considered a DIY kids toothpaste?  I bet you were sure it has to taste horrible and be just like brushing with baking soda.  Well, friends, it can be much more appealing to the tastebuds than that.  And let’s just be real: kids toothpaste on the store shelves DOES appeal to their tastebuds.

Materials:

  • non-metalic spoon
  • non-metalic bowl
  • squeeze bottle (but honestly, I just use a 4oz mason jar)
  • 1/3 c softened (not melted) coconut oil
  • 1T baking soda
  • 1T bentonite clay (bentonite clay as I understand it should not come into contact with metal)
  • 30 drops Slique Essence (you could substitute this for 1/4 t of liquid stevia)
  • 2 drops Thieves Essential Oil Blend
  • 10 drops Orange (or Tangerine) Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Citrus Fresh Essential Oil Blend

How To DIY Kids Toothpaste:

  1. In your non-metallic bowl combine coconut oil, baking soda and bentonite clay until well blended.
  2. Add essential oils.  The Slique Essence has non-gmo, organically grown stevia in it.
  3. Put in your container of choice.

Making the Switch:

This is probably the real “kicker”:  how do you  transition your child(ren) from blue, glittery toothpaste to this “blah” (as my 5 year old would call it) looking toothpaste?

I think gradually is the answer.  I am not expert, but let me just share my experience. my kids were 1.5, 3 and 5 when I switched toothpaste.  That being said, we still get a conventional toothpastes from our dentists when they have check ups.

I started by switching every other tooth brushing from their exciting blue stuff to Slique Kids Toothpaste by Young Living (my kids call it “monster toothpaste”).

Then I would do  mostly the Slique one wit a little blue glitter toothpaste on the brush.

Eventually my kids were totally fine with the Young Living brand.  Then tragedy struck: it went out of stock one month (1 tube lasts us 2 months).  My 5 year old and I had to make our own, because I couldn’t “go back” to the blue stuff.  It was abrupt and bumpy but my kids adjusted for the few weeks I couldn’t get the monster toothpaste in.

I actually still buy the monster toothpaste and have the DIY as a back up.  It took some tweaking to get it to have a “sweetness” to it, that didn’t worry me about tooth decay and the kids purposefully ingesting toothpaste.

We go low on the Thieves, high on the citrus and could stand to use more Stevia, I am sure.

 

DIY Hand Purifier: Safe, Effective and Affordable!

DIY Hand PurifierHand purifier is such a great thing to keep in your kids bags, diaper bag or your own.  It seems there is always a need when you are out and about.  Learn how to DIY Hand Purifier for just a few bucks and a few minutes.

A few months ago, my daughter went on a cross-country weekend trip with my mom.  This is one of the projects she did in preparation for her trip.  Everything she made fit TSA standards for a carry-on bag.  We re-used a Young Living Thieves Hand Purifier for her container. She enjoyed taking ownership as she prepared for her trip.  I loved knowing that all her products were made of ingredients we know are body-safe.

Materials

2 ounce squeeze bottle

Metal Funnel

Bowl

Spoon

3T Aloe Vera Gel

1/8 t Vitamin E oil

1T Filtered Water

5 drops Thieves Essential Oil Blend Thieves Essential Oil is one of the 11 starter kit oils!

Thieves?  What?

Yes, Thieves Essential Oil Blend is one of Young Living’s most popular products and has inspired an entire line of cleaning products.  Have you hear the story of the Thieves? Inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals used while robbing the dead and dying, Young Living offers it as an essential oil blend that no home should be without!

How to DIY Hand Purifier:

  1.  Combine Aloe Vera Gel, Vitamin E Oil, Filtered water and Thieves Essential Oil in a bowl.
  2. Use your funnel and pour the mixture into your squeeze bottle.
  3. Shake before use, a little goes a long way!

Triclosan & “Fragrance” Free!

Besides the cost savings of making your own, you get control of the ingredients.  The Environmental Working Group advises against using hand-sanitizers containing triclosan and fragrance as they are dangerous to your health.  The EWG suggests alcohol-based purifiers instead, provided you avoid artificial fragrance.

In 2016, the FDA ruled that companies can no longer market over-the-counter anti-septics that contain Triclosan, many products continue to use triclosan that fall outside of the jurisdiction of the FDA so it’s something to be aware of as a consumer.

You get the moisturizing benefits of Aloe & Vitamin E, and the fragrance and cleansing power of Thieve Essential Oil

This recipe costs you about $2.25 plus the cost of the squeeze bottle.

 

DIY Foaming Soap: Make your Kids Happy & Clean

Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Soap, this is so astonishingly affordable, I can’t believe I didn’t do it for all these years. This recipe is simple enough for a child to make it, and you know you can trust all the ingredients.  Plus, kids love foam soap so hand washing is fun again! Shout-out to Elizabeth Lencho for sharing this recipe with me! She also made the beautiful label.

Materials for DIY Foaming Soap:

Foaming Liquid Soap Dispenser

  • please make sure the container you purchase is BPA free, the link I have provided is BPA free.

4 T Unscented Castile Soap

  • I like Dr. Bronner’s (despite all the mumbo-jumbo on the label) very high-quality products.  I bought mine at the co-op because it was $5 off this week.  WOOT WOOT.

20 drops Essential Oil

  • choices, choices, for now Thieves and Peppermint, but I’ll likely change it up as we approach Thanksgiving and then Christmas.

1/4 t Vitamin E Oil

  • Again, I believe I have provided a link to a safe product, but I did noticed when I was looking to buy Vitamin E at my local store that some of them were not Vitamin E only and some of them had parabens.  Please take a minute and be sure to read your labels and get the real deal.

Water

Labels are always nice

Directions:

  1. Pour Castille soap into the container, add in Vitamin E Oil and essential oils.  Fill 3/4 full with water.
  2. Put the cap on, give a little shake and have some good, clean fun.

Essential Oil Ideas:

Lavender is always a crowd-pleaser.

Thieves is a good one and smells amazing.

Orange is usually also a hit.

I am doing both Thieves and Peppermint because I love the smell of peppermint, but want the cleaning confidence I get from Thieves.

Get creative: if you are making other types of soap: face wash, body wash just check out your reference guide for oils that are helpful to your needs.

I apologize, my first batch tonight did not yield good “Pumping” photo as I added too much water.  I adjusted accordingly to get a good consistency, but did not photograph it.  Because, hot mess mom y’all, hot mess mom.  It’s 11pm,  I can’t recall what time my husband works tomorrow,tomorrow is also my mom’s birthday and I want to attempt to get a few more rows done on my daughter’s scarf (by the way I am a terrible knitter)

I hope you like the recipe!

Kids Immune Gummies

Kids Immune Gummies are a sneaky way to add extra nutrition to your kids’ diets. They enjoy the taste and you know that it’s good for their bodies!

Your little ones can help with this recipe too, both my 5 year old and 4 year old have assisted me when I make these.

I’m working on a flavor that they all like, so I’ll continue to tweak it.  The current batch I have only my girls will eat.  = (

Supplies:

Silicone Molds (this recipe makes 30-50 gummies)

Stainless or Glass pitcher (for easy pouring)

Stainless or Enamel pot

3 Cups of fresh, chilled juice  (Ningxia Red, Orange Juice, Elderberry Tea, Tart Cherry, Cranberry)

1/2 Grass-fed Gelatin

1/4 cup Raw Honey

15 drops Orange Vitality Essential Oil

8-10 drops Thieves Vitality Essential Oil

Ingredients:

Grass Fed Gelatin:  I do not claim to be any sort of nutrition expert, I am just a mom who is learning as I go.  Gelatin is a derivative of skin, tendon, ligaments, bones, generally from cows or pigs.  We use bovine gelatin because we don’t consume pork.  Grass fed is important because it is generally an indicator to the health of the animal, it is able to eat it’s natural diet (versus being corn or grain fed) and is more likely to be healthier all the way through: down to the sink, tendon, ligaments and bones. Grass Fed gelatin delivers 12g of protein per tablespoon.  Depending on the size of your silicone molds you’ll get 1.6 (if you make 30) – 3.2 g (if you make 50) of protein per gummy!

Orange Vitality Essential Oil: this oil is for internal use and can be added to capsules, beverages, food and more.  It is high in the constituents limonene and provides a sweet, citrus boost to this recipe.

Thieves Vitality Essential Oil: combines Lemon, Clove, Eucalyptus Radiata, Cinnamon Bark, and Rosemary essential oils to create one of our most popular products. These ingredients synergistically combine to offer one of the key benefits of Thieves Vitality oil: overall wellness and support of a healthy immune system. Additionally, Thieves Vitality may also help support a healthy respiratory system when taken internally*.

Ningxia Red: ingredients include juices and extracts from superfruits such as aronia, plum, blueberry, and pomegranate, plus a whole-fruit puree of exotic wolfberries. This delicious supplement packs a big punch, offering NingXia Red benefits that include support for normal eye health, cellular function, and energy levels.  It’s so yummy, I have to ration it with my kids because they love it so much!

How to Make Immune Gummies for Kids

  1. Pour your chilled juice into a large glass or stainless measuring cup, or bowl.
  2. Add grass-fed gelatin and mix with a metal spoon until the gelatin dissolves fully.
  3. Pour your mixture into an enamel or stainless pot, warm over LOW-MEDIUM heat and add your raw honey (or stevia).
  4. Taste for sweetness, you want it to feel TOO sweet at this stage, once it cools the sweetness will mellow out.
  5. Pour back into your glass measuring cup and drop in your Vitality Essential Oils and stir.
  6. Pour into molds.
  7. Allow to gel slightly, then transfer to the refrigerator.
  8. Allow to cool a minimum of 30 minutes.
  9. Pop out and serve.
  10. Keep unused gummies in the refrigerator until you are ready to consume them.

Side Note:

I get nervous about things sticking in molds, so I used greased my molds with coconut oil.  I honestly don’t know if this is necessary as it is not mentioned in the original recipe my friend gave me.  However, mine do have a bit of “cool coconut oil flakes” on them.  Let me know how it goes if you skip the greasing step.

Kids Immune Gummies

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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DIY Disposable Baby Wipes

DIY Wipes

DIY Disposable Baby Wipes are a wonderful worry free alternative to conventional wipes, and not quite so “crunchy” as reusable wipes. When you purchase better brands of baby wipes, such as Young Living’s Seedlings you are looking at a higher price tag. But, when you consider that most brands of baby wipes won’t even list their ingredients, you know something is amiss.  You don’t have to compromise and you don’t necessarily have to add to your laundry.

Personally, I am not making this DIY now because I am not due for another 8 weeks and everyone else is potty trained.  We mainly use Thirsties Cloth Wipes at home, and I just use with water.  My husband, who for the record washes most of our cloth diapers, strongly prefers that we carry disposable wipes in our diaper bags.  This is a nice middle-of-the-road option to keep cost down while controlling ingredients.

DIY Disposable Baby Wipes Supply List:

  • 1 Roll of Paper Towel.  I have not tried them all, but have appreciated Brawny select a size the most.
  • 2 containers.  I have seen people use Costco’s Kirkland brand empty coconut oil container, but I use Ziploc Containers Large Round
  • Knife
  • 4 Cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon mild soap: Dr. Bronner’s is a great choice, very few ingredients, make sure it’s unscented!
  • 20 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Frankincense
  • 4 Tablespoons coconut oil

*If you are only making 1 container, then divide the recipe by half.

Instructions:

  1. Combine warm-hot water with coconut oil, soap, essential oils and stir until coconut oil is fully incorporated.  If possible, use a pitcher for this step to make pouring clean and easy.
  2. Cut the paper towel roll in half, place half in each round container.
  3. Pour water evenly over the paper towel(s), and cover with the lid(s).
  4. Wait 5 minutes, then turn each container upside down and set a timer for another 5 minutes.
  5. Next, take the lids off and gently remove the cardboard from the papertowel roll.

***if you want to get REALLY fancy, you can save flip lids from old baby wipe containers to create your own.  I am not this ambitious, but I bet my husband would get on board if I sent him the instructions!

  1. Remove lid from wipes container, place on your new DIY container and trace the ends with sharpie on your new lid.
  2. Cut out on your trace line and dispose of the unneeded plastic appropriately.
  3. Hot glue your flip lid onto your DIY container.
  4. Enjoy a simpler time at the changing table!

Other Great Essential Oil Blends to Consider:

Gentle Baby™ essential oil blend is formulated with Coriander, Geranium, Palmarosa, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Bergamot, Jasmine and Rose.  It provides a comforting aroma as well as supporting healthy skin.

Myrrh + Tea Tree: Myrrh is used around the globe in cosmetic products and has wonderful moisturizing properites.  Tea Tree is also a cosmetic staple and has cleansing and moisturizing benefits for your little one’s delicate skin.

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