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

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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.

Plastic Transfer Pipettes 3ml, pack of 100 – Ingenious invention!

I have been acquiring different essential oils and other all natural beauty products, and have begun making my own DIY beauty and health products, both to save money and to begin eliminating some of the chemicals from our lives.  These pipettes make it easier to transfer hot liquid waxy products to their container, to measure out essential oils and other liquids without cross-contaminating or spilling too much into a container. I am sure I will find other uses for this, like measuring flavorings into my baked goods, or as I have seen others do, as a decoration full of chocolate liquor or other goodies stuck in a gourmet cupcake.  But for now they are helping me be less messy, and if you ask my hubby, that is always a good thing!  I will definitely buy these again, but the pack of 100 is A LOT and they should last a long time.

http://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Transfer-Pipettes-Gradulated-Pack/dp/B005IQTSE0/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

50 Clear Empty Brand New Lip Balm Tubes & Caps,Contains NO BPA, Made in the USA – LOVE these

I purchased these from simplenatural on eBay, and wasn’t sure whether or not I was going to be able to do what I wanted to do with these.  I am just starting to experiment with DIY beauty and health products, and I wanted my first project to be lip balm.  Both my husband and I use lip balm, neither of us drink enough water, and therefore our lips are often dry.  So I found a good recipe but needed to put it in something, so I searched for lip balm tubes, and this one seemed to be the best price.  I am completely happy with these.  I made my first batch last night, and every lid fit every tube perfectly.  None of the tubes leaked, and the mechanism that turns to push the balm up works flawlessly on each.  I will definitely buy these again (although it will be awhile before I use all these…50 is a lot for the amateur!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/181475402064?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

KEllis Natural Beeswax 4 ounces – Doesn’t seem like a lot but it goes a long way

I bought this in preparation of making a few all natural beauty products, since organic and DIY seems to be my new hobby.  I chose this particular brand because of the price, and I didn’t want to buy in bulk since I didn’t know if I would continue the hobby.  I am glad I did.  The only thing I have used it for so far is a DIY Lip Balm.  The recipe only called for 1 Tablespoon, so 4 oz. is enough to supply a grocery store chain with lip balm :D.  I am going to be making other things, so I may end up ordering more, but this size package was perfect for me.  Now, as far as the quality goes, I am no expert.  All I know is that the pestilles make measuring a breeze, and while it took a long time for them to melt, they blended perfectly with my other ingredients and the end product (on my first attempt), turned out perfect.  No complaints at all!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/371231581992?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT