Radha Beauty Tea Tree Oil – The miracle oil!! (claims not approved by the FDA, merely my opinion)

I have been a fan of Melaleuca Oil for years, in fact long before Essential Oils became trendy, this was a staple in my home. Also known as Tea Tree oil, this has many uses and I will simply talk about how I use it.

I have begun making my own health and beauty products, and three that I use the most are my homemade shampoo, homemade laundry detergent and a skin softening healing salve. There are so many chemicals in the commercial versions of these products that I wanted to find healthy, organic or more natural versions, and tea tree oil is a prominent ingredient in each of these. I’ve been buying the small 15 ml bottles and if you make any quantity of these products, it can be quite cost prohibitive.

This product by Radha Beauty is of top quality, and by selling this in 4 oz. bottles, you can incorporate it in many ways without worrying about running out when you need it for something else. It comes in a lovely blue glass bottle, with a glass eyedropper so you can measure it precisely. I also rub it into my nails (both hand and toes) and while it strengthens my fingernails, it is rapidly clearing up a fungal toe nail infection I’ve dealt with for years.

My doctor gave me a product that has more health warnings on it than benefits, and I used it for two months with little results. Within two weeks of using tea tree oil, I can see new, healthy nail growing in. Granted nail growth is a slow process, but I’ve got a nice supply now to ensure I’ll finish the treatment with new healthier nails. Every house needs one of these bottles (in my humble opinion) because this one bottle can replace dozens of products. Wonderful!

**I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**

I am simply providing the link where I found the product, I do not sell any of the items found on my blog, I am simply giving my honest opinion.

http://www.amazon.com/Tea-Tree-Oil-Therapeutic-infections/dp/B00VKHKH8C/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

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Calily TM Starter Gift Set of Essential Oils – 14 Bottles

While I am a relative novice at essential oils, I’ve been dabbling off and on for the last several months with using different blends for use in diffusers, as well as in several DIY health and beauty products I’ve been making. Both my husband and I are learning the benefits of different oils, and different oil combinations, and collecting the variety of oils needed for the different preparations can be quite expensive. This Set by Calily is a godsend. It contains fourteen (14) different oils, most of which are some of the more commonly used ones. Some are duplicates to oils I already have, so I was able to compare the aroma and the consistency of the oils, and how well they work in products I make regularly. The oils in this batch that I already have by other oil companies are lavender, Rosemary, Sweet Orange, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Tea Tree. Those are also the ones I use the most in my diffuser. Additionally, others that I had heard of and wanted to try are Bergamot, Clary Sage and Patchouli. To round off this kit, it also contains Spearmint, Grapefruit, Cinnamon Leaf and Lime, and while I do not know their use, I am certainly open to learning and experimenting with them. Each oil is in a dark 10 ml bottle, which is quite generous for the price they are charging.

My only complaint is that the label is extremely difficult for my old eyes to read, so I am going to have to add little labels so that I can tell what is what. These oils compare positively with the ones I already have, and seem to be of similar quality. If someone is just starting out with essential oils, this is the set I would recommend because it contains most of the oils in the more common aromatherapy formulas, so the newbie can get started immediately with oils.

I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

http://www.amazon.com/Calily-Premium-Aromatherapy-Essential-Starters/dp/B00UGHNIWO/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Tenergy Wireless Bluetooth Beanie…yes a Bluetooth Beanie and it ROCKS!

This beanie is really a great product that I am thoroughly enjoying. When my husband first told me that we were receiving Bluetooth beanies to review, I thought he was joking, but indeed this is a beanie, and it is Bluetooth. Before I even talk about the audio part of this beanie, I want to talk about the beanie itself. This beanie, as you will see in my video is well made. (I haven’t figured out how to upload videos here yet, but you can see my video on the product page at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/review/R1J6O1S1LTASCL/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm).

The knitting is quality, with no knots or snags, even stitching and is obviously made of fine yarn. There is a fleece lining, both of which have enough stretch to fit on my head which is fairly large, but in addition to that I have a lot of hair, so finding these types of hats is always difficult for me. It is snug, but it fits. I would expect to pay at least 20 just for this quality of beanie, but then add in the Bluetooth headset built in to the beanie, and this is a remarkable product. This beanie has ear flaps for warmth, but they also hold the earphones. This unit paired effortlessly with my LG G2 phone, and I was able to begin listening to music within moments of pairing it. I charged it for about an hour before trying this, and it has held its charge through a couple uses over two days. If you tie the braids under your neck, the earpieces will rest more snugly against your ears allowing for even better sound, but the sound is pretty good considering the non-conventional type of headset this is. This is great for any kind of cold weather activity, sledding, or even taking a run (which I don’t do) in the winter. You can answer your phone easily and have a conversation through with the built in microphone, as well as listening to your favorite tunes while enjoying the cold. A wonderful idea and a product I hope that others will get to enjoy.

*I received a complimentary product sample in exchange for an honest review, and I am truly pleased with this product!*

http://www.amazon.com/Tenergy-Wireless-Bluetooth-Beanie-Tassles/dp/B00QR3ASSI/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Natures Alchemy – Citronella Essential Oil, .5 fl. oz oil

I bought this at a local vitamin store because I was bored and my husband was in the ColdStone Creamery nearby. I was thrilled to find out that this store has essential oils, because all the others I have bought have been online, and the few I had seen in stores in my area were either overpriced, or not pure. I bought Citronella essential oil to use in my own blend I am making as an insect repellent. I have been experimenting with essential oils only for the last 3-4 months, and through research found out that not only outdoor candles use citronella, but it can be used in other preparations as well, often more effectively. It smells heavenly,  a lot different than the commercial candles I’ve had, so I am hopeful that this will work well.

http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Alchemy-Citronella-Essential-Oil/dp/B005P0JQWS/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Nanshy StandUp Brush Holder – Extremely Versatile for more than brushes.

I am not a make up artist, nor am I someone who wears make up often, but with that being said, I do have a lot of small containers of make up and appliers including some brushes. For a portable solution, this holder is ideal. And not just for make up and brushes. I am a teacher at a local community college, and I often transport the things I need for my classes (pens, pencils, small stapler, electronic presenter, etc.) in my pocket or in the bottom of my carryall bag, which means that they can be misplaced or damaged by bouncing around, and using this holder, I can keep all these small items organized and secure.

The holder comes in two pieces, both made from washable material, that fit together snugly and are secured by two plastic clips, one on either side. When the two pieces are together, and the clips employed, this is a very secure storage and travel solution for small items like I mentioned in the previous paragraph. Each half is extremely roomy, if you want to use them as storage cups for desktop or on your make up counter to hold your essentials.

I love this product and may order another for its intended use, but I think that this should be marketed for multi-use purposes since it is so versatile and sturdy.

I received this brush holder from Nanshy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review, so I am going to do my best to be thorough and detailed so that other customers can make an informed decision.

http://www.amazon.com/Nanshy-StandUp-Brush-Holder-Essential/dp/B00A2C6DRA/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Natural Stress Relief Remedy from Essence of Cleopatra – Wonderful fragrance and great stress relief!

I received a complimentary bottle of this oil blend in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. I have been experimenting with and educating myself about essential oils for the last couple of months, and am really beginning to appreciate the benefits they bring to life. We as a household are also trying to eliminate chemicals and other things from our lives since we aren’t getting any younger. This particular blend by Essence of Cleopatra is absolutely lovely. I usually “poo-poo” exorbitant claims of effects from the literature of different essential oil companies, enjoying them solely for their fragrance, but this is a blend that may have converted me.

The name and packaging claims stress relief, so I stuck the bottle in the pocket of my jacket at work, knowing I had to sit through several meetings yesterday, some of which were on topics that can make my blood boil a little. Every so often I would discreetly take the bottle out, unscrew the lid, and take a whiff. Either I made myself de-stress by taking action like this or the blend really does work, because I could really feel the effects of being able to stay calm and relaxed during these meetings. I will definitely use this oil often in this manner, but also plan to make some homemade body butter with it, because the fragrance is simply divine.

http://www.amazon.com/NATURAL-Stress-Essence-Cleopatra-Aromatherapy/dp/B00OWFDNDA/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Homemade Lip Balm using multiple products – products linked to my reviews

Alright, I must confess, I have a new hobby.  A couple different merchants (Rahda Beauty & KateS Essential Oils) have sent me products for review and in order to be fair to them, I had to educate myself on them.  I was (am) an essential oils novice.  But doing my research on these oils, I found all kinds of sites describing how to make my own health and beauty products, that are all natural and free from preservatives.  I’m going to list the recipe I used with links to my individual reviews for the specific products that I used (although there are a ton of options for these different items out there).  I am not suggesting that those that I used are the best, only they are what I have and it worked out pretty good!

I adapted my recipe from one I found here  and it made 9 tubes and 1 little pot.

1 T beeswax pastilles 

1 T organic coconut oil 

1 T Shea butter

10-15+ drops peppermint essential oil – KateS

1-2 gel caps of Vitamin E

put all the ingredients in a 1 cup glass measuring cup and either heat on a double boiler or heat on 15-30 second intervals in the microwave until all items are melted (beeswax takes awhile).  Once heated thoroughly (it will be VERY hot), add the liquid from 1-2 Vitamin E gel caps, and at least 10-15 drops of peppermint oil (I added about 20 since my husband and myself love to ‘feel’ the lip balm working.)

I bought empty lip balm tubes and little pots so used both, as well as getting pipettes for transferring the hot liquid to the tubes/pots without making a mess.

I let it cool slightly before filling, and topped off each tube as the liquid settled and began to cool.  It was so easy.  Some things I would do exactly the same, others I would do differently.