Glow Serum DIY

Has everyone seen the new Face App situation going around social media?! Where you post a photo of you with wrinkles and saggy skin? It’s amusing but also a smidge alarming I mean… check mine out:

 
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Craziness right?! I’m actually pretty ok with this photo - if I’m still rocking the long hair and lipstick look at 70+ things will be just fine. This photo did spark some pretty intense responses ranging from “you look amazing!” to “put some oils on that” HAHA!! The timing was perfect because I had JUST made some face serum a few weeks ago and had been using it at night so I was prompted to share about it.

This Glow Serum is packed with some pretty fancy oils so I included a few alternatives just in case. Here is some info on why:

  • Blue Tansy (found in Valor) - calming + known for helping with inflammation

  • Frankincense - it’s just straight magical + known for slowing the aging process down (yas)

  • Rose - anti aging + antiseptic + emollient properties

  • Geranium - breakout reducing (yes please)

  • Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood - helps reduce the appearance of blemishes + promotes the appearance of younger-looking skin

  • Copaiba - very safe + known for healing properties + soothing skin

Vitamin E oil is known to fight free radicals and even moisturize skin which is a huge bonus for my combination skin. Jojoba oil is my go-to for carrier in this serum because it is packed with incredible skin benefits! Check out the DIY below and let me know what you think!

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I use this at night (a few drops) after washing my face with the Young Living Orange Charcoal Facial Wash. Honestly, my skin has never felt better. I can’t wait to hear how this has worked for you so don’t forget to share!

xx



Tangle Spray

I’ve always had long hair (except for that awkward year in 6th grade when I had a nice “my so called life” bob) so hair tangles are just part of the deal. It wasn’t until I had a 3 year old daughter with beautiful curly hair and reports of “head bugs” at her school that I needed a solution. Enter: YLEO. I did some digging and found several recipes for preventative care (aka no lice) and mixed it in with a DIY detangler using all my oils and the Young Living Lavender Mint conditioner.

 
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Here is the recipe:

Supplies:

  • blender (just trust me)

  • 16oz clear glass spray bottles (here)

  • funnel

Instructions:

  • Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. You’ll notice the conditioner is super thick so this helps the solution blend easier + faster.

  • Let it sit for 5-10 minutes while the foam rests (this is totally normal).

  • Using your funnel, pour into spray bottle.

  • Add water if necessary.

 
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I ended up having extra so I filled a few smaller bottles and put one in the car, one in our pool bag and one in the bathroom for backup! I know I sound like a broken record but there are so many things you can use these oils + products for. The best part of all of it is that I know the products are clean + safe for my kids.

Here are some fun reads if you feel like getting nerdy:

TEA TREE + LAVENDER: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20727129 + https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17442090

ROSEMARY + CEDARWOOD: https://draxe.com/hair-thickener/ + https://www.healthline.com/health/essential-oils-for-hair-growth

xx

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Summer Travel Essentials

It’s finally summer time… queue the suitcases and travel plans! Our summer this year is actually fairly low-key which after last summer, is more than welcomed. We are taking our annual vacation to Maine at the end of July but outside of that, I’m just living vicariously through all of the amazing vacation pics my friends are posting until then.

I had a friend reach out to me recently asking about an oily travel kit for her to take on a cruise. Although I’ve never been on a cruise, I whipped up this Summer Travel Essentials pack and was so excited about it, I made extra and fully plan on taking it to the beach in a month for myself! The only thing I added that is not pictured is a small dram of Peppermint Vitality Oil so that she can find some relief if she is feeling woozy.

I decided to stick with the basics of summer time travel and (assuming you are already equipped with a safe + clean sunscreen) this is just about everything you’ll need.

 
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I decided to include Thieves Hand Sanitizer and Thieves Spray to keep it clean during travel - you just never know. I also included the Young Living Grapefruit Lip Balm to keep your lips moisturized and protected, after sun gel with the purest ingredients like Aloe, Peppermint Essential Oil and Lavender Essential Oils along with a “Girl Relax” roller! Lastly, I was thinking about what the cabins might be like on a cruise and decided to throw in a Pillow Spray that can dub as a room spray… I’m sure it get’s a little musty and that will help! The Pillow Spray has Dreamcatcher Essential Oil, Tangerine Essential Oil and Lavender Essential Oil…. DREAMY.

Let me know what you think + go make the most of your summer!

xx

Roller Recipes + Kids

One of the biggest reasons I brought oils into our home 18 months ago was to support my kids’ bodies without stressing about the ingredients in everything single thing. I honestly had no idea what was in their vitamins, shampoo and chest rub and I never really stopped to consider it either. I totally trusted what was on the store shelves and thought I was making the best purchase decisions if it was “natural” and “all clear”. It wasn’t until I started researching the ingredients in these things that I had to take a step back and really take a close look at what I was buying.

 
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To get the kids on board, I made these roller sets for their Easter baskets (because yes, Jesus + the Easter Bunny love oils) and I just wanted to share that empowering your kids to support their bodies from a young age is really an incredible process. Ruby LOVES rolling the sleepy roller on her feet and her health roller on her spine before bed. Mason reaches for the brave roller before school and the "magic" roller when he gets home and is antsy. It’s not something we remember to do every single day but we certainly try and we both agree that it’s important for the kids to have their own oily versions of a first aid kit.

 
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Here are the roller recipes using some of my favorite YL oils - I hope you enjoy and make your own kids oily first aid kits!

 
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[Recipes adapted from the Oil + Glass book | Rollers from Root and Petal | Labels from Flair and Festive]

I hope this is helpful as you support your sweet kiddos + empower them to use these oils! Ask me questions, let me know what you think and share your own recipes below!

xx

Sam


April Diffuser Blends

It’s April so we know the weather is going to be nuts and our emotions will be all out of whack. Here are some Clean + Simple diffuser blends to help you deal with it all!

XO Massage Oil

Ok friends! Raise your hand if you have ever needed a massage?! Yep, every single person needs a massage. Life is rough on our bodies and sometimes a nice back rub is what it takes to fully relax. Your Young Living essential oils can help with this “wind down” (or wind up…) so break them out and put them to good use. Not only will it smell amazing but this blend of Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Orange will absolutely put you in the mood…. to relax.

xx

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Lucious Lip Scrub

I have to be honest, I’ve never been a huge lip scrub person. It’s practically an early Christmas miracle if I remember to remove my mascara at the end of the day. That is, until I made this lip scrub. Game changer for real especially this time of year where the air is so dry and it feels like no amount of water is going to keep me hydrated enough to avoid chapped lips. I’ve been doing this at night (ahem, after removing my mascara) and Lord have mercy, it’s glorious.

Everything you need is already in your kitchen! So grab a tiny bowl or even a cup, mix up these ingredients and prepare to have the silkiest lips of your life. Everyone from your baby’s cheeks to your partners kisses will appreciate this new found lip care regimen. Let me know what you think after you’re done smooching!

xx

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February Diffuser Blends

Put a little oil in that diffuser and set the tone for the most romantic month of the year.

Beauty Sleep Roller

Just popping in with a quick Beauty Sleep Roller I just made yesterday! I used it last night and I was out like a light in 5 seconds… I had to share.

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Sounds amazing right? FCO is Fractionated Coconut Oil and this is what I typically get (aff link) it comes with an easy dispenser and it’s cost effective! Outside of the oils, you’ll need a 10ml roller - these rollers are staples in my house and they’re so pretty. (aff link)

I rolled this on the bottoms of my feet (just trust me) and my forearms before completely sinking into my bed last night. The Valor makes it this beautiful blue color (because of the Blue Tansy) and it smells divine. Go get your beauty sleep on and sweet dreams!

xx

Sam

Gym Bag Must Have: Workout Rub

It’s the new year and along with the rest of everyone-and-their-moms, I’ve renewed my vows to get as many steps as possible and hit the gym when life allows. I know I’m not alone here so I wanted to share my favorite gym bag must have - a workout rub. It’s for everyone and anyone who knows the feeling of waking up the day after you hit the gym hard. Check out the recipe below - it’s crazy easy and the best part is that all of the oils you need are in your starter kit… again proving it’s the best thing ever.

Simple right?! It smells amazing and refreshing too. I keep this in a small jar in my gym bag and have some at home too. Happy muscles will help you keep those goals and make it a priority to get the steps in. No excuses!

XX

Sam

EO Kitchen: Tangerine Yogurt Bites

Here is the most simple + satisfying snack recipe that your whole family will love! It’s healthy, quick and EO infused. Break out your hand mixer because you’ll want this ASAP.

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I love making these and putting them into fun ice cube molds for the kids! It’s super simple and easy for breakfast, snacks and even dessert. Not a big tangerine fan? You can use any Young Living Vitality Oil in this recipe - just sub it out for the Tangerine! I think Lemon + Spearmint would be amazing combo.

Tell me what you think + Enjoy!

xx

Sam

DIY Recipe: Essential Oil Infused Lotion

Hello winter and hello dry, cracking + sad skin. Not to worry! It’s so easy to whip up some heavenly lotion and the best part is that you probably have everything you need in your house right this second. Not only will this lotion smell amazing but the oils in it are amazing for your skin! Frankincense and Lavender both have incredible restorative properties that will support happy skin year round. Check out the recipe below!

DIY Essential Oil Lotion Recipe Part One

Ingredients + Supplies:

  1. 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (not fractionated) (afflink)

  2. 10 drops Lavender

  3. 10 drops Frankincense

  4. Small glass jar

  5. Hand mixer

  6. Medium mixing bowl

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How to:

Put 1/2 cup coconut oil into medium mixing bowl. Add 10 drops of YL Lavender and 10 drops of YL Frankincense. Whip on high with your hand mixer for 5 minutes at least. Lotion should be a thick white consistency. Pour into glass container and voila! You’ve got a perfectly easy and incredibly soothing lotion to put in your bathroom, kitchen, bedside or office.

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Mom life… amiright?! Anyways, I hope you enjoy - let me know how you like this lotion recipe! Also, keep an eye out for more DIYs, just as simple as this one, coming soon.

xx Sam

The 2018 Young Living Holiday Catalog

The holiday catalog is here and it’s absolutely glorious! We’ve highlighted our favorites and one of the best things is it’s all available on Essential Rewards as long as it’s in stock! YAY! Click the image to go to the listing on Young Living’s website where you can login and get your holiday shopping done and done.

Young Living has put together the best gift bundles for everyone on your list (including yourself) so check it out and try to contain yourself (or not)!

XX