Pumpkin Spice Coffee Scrub

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Want to surround yourself in the season of fall while keeping your skin soft and glowing. All you need is your food processor some coffee grounds, fresh pumpkin, a few skin-softening oils, and a little bit of spice to create the essence of fall-time bliss - this scrub will definitely have you running up your water bill.

Want to surround yourself in the season of fall? I Know I do, that is why I am sharing this wonderful body scrub, because I can bet I’m not the only one. In the second installment of my Autumn-themed posts in honor of the fall equinox I have concocted a Pumpkin Spice Coffee Scrub that will definitely leave your skin feeling smooth and smelling like pure fall, you’ll love it so much you wont want to leave your shower.

All you need is your food processor some coffee grounds, fresh pumpkin, a few skin-softening oils, and a little bit of spice to create the essence of fall-time bliss. 

Take your fresh chopped pumpkin and puree it in your food processor, next add your pumpkin pie spice or individual spices – I used lots of Ginger, some Nutmeg, lots of Cinnamon, some Allspice, and a few dashes of Cardamom and pulse.

Next scoop your pumpkin puree (which is totally edible right now!) into a large bowl and mix in your coffee grounds of choice ( (I used this kind, infused with coconut) along with some coconut oil and jojoba oil. (sweet almond oil works, so does apricot kernel oil, olive oil, safflower oil, vitamin e oil, etc.) 

Find a cute little jar, fill, and keep refrigerated. This should stay good for about 5-7 days so feel free to share with your friends they will love you for it.

For more scrubs to help keep your soft and supple skin and wake you up in the morning try my Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub or some of my other coffee scrubs like the Coconut Coffee Sugar Scrub or my personal favorite the Peppermint Coffee Scrub

Sunshine Juice

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For a taste of sunshine:

1 – 2 Cups Coconut water from Mature (or Young Thai) Coconut

1/2 Pineapple

4 Oranges

1 Carton Strawberries

1 Lime

This tastes super scrumptious all by it self, first juice your Oranges, Pineapple, and Strawberries and then strain and set aside. Open your coconut and add the coconut water to your juice, hand-squeeze your lime and tada!!! You have the most refreshing, nutritious and hydrating breakfast. It looks pretty, like the sun rising over the clouds and it tastes even better (who likes cumulus clouds? not me!)!

This makes around 64 oz. of pure delight and the only thing big enough to hold all of it is my blender so feel free to share since it’s pretty big – drink nutritiously!!!  Sunshine Juice 1-2 Cups Coconut Water (from coconut), 1 Carton Strawberries, 4 Oranges, 1/2 Pineapple, 1 lime

Coconut & Maca Beauty Smoothie

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Coconut & Maca Beauty Smoothie: Chalk Full of Nutrients That Not Only Keep You Fuller Longer, But Contribute To Your Natural Beauty

I thought I had perfected my super smoothie, but when I ran out of my Homemade Almond Milk I  had to improvise and what better substitution than coconut water?!? I drink a variation of this almost everyday since it is easy to make on the go (I’m usually making this at 4 am before work) especially when I have all my ingredients readily available. Luckily this time I didn’t have anywhere pressing to be so I didn’t have to worry about time because we all know how difficult it is  to open a coconut and get it’s magical water. I actually purchased the young Thai coconuts thinking they would be easier to open, but maybe I am just challenged because I had the hardest time. I even cut my self in the process! This will keep you full for several hours and is an awesome breakfast for those always on the run because it gives you so much energy. Enjoy!

Your Ingredients:

3 Bananas

2 Cups Coconut Water (water from 1 Thai Coconut)

1 Tbsp Camu Powder

1 Tbsp Maca Powder

1 Tbsp Cacao Powder (Carob works too!)

1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon

1/2 Tbsp. Coconut Palm Sugar

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1 Tbsp Flax Seeds

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

Blend and Drink Nutritiously!

Here is why this energy-boosting smoothie enhances your natural beauty while keeping you full longer and nourishing your body with much needed nutrients!

You stay full because of Chia Seeds which are high in fiber and contain an unreal amount of omega-3 fatty acids, both  also present in Flax Seeds. Flax Seeds are also a great source of anti-oxidants which combat free radicals that cause several tissue issues (…tehe) under the skin. Another ingredient that helps beautify our skin is Coconut! There is definitely lots of coconut in this recipe for a reason. Coconut oil is a fantastic way to boost your energy, aids in weight loss, and increases the good cholesterol which makes your heart happy and we wont even go into the awesome beauty miracles it can do. Coconut Water straight from the coconut contain enzymes that  aid in detox and hydrates us inside and out thanks to electrolytes which also energize our bodies. It also keeps you feeling full and helps to reduce cravings(I can vouch for that). Coconut Palm Sugar has a low GI which means that it doesn’t skyrocket our blood sugar levels. It’s also rich in the B Vitamins along with potassium, iron, and zinc. Speaking of Potassium which is what comes to mind most when thinking of this super-food, Bananas are awesome for weight loss (probably due to it’s high fiber content).

Then there are the powders that I add and these aren’t just any powders, these are super-food powders. Maca is famed for it’s ability to increase your sexiness and also for its increased libido and vitality properties, it’s also energizing and is awesome for the skin. Camu Camu makes our skin glow and is high in anti-oxidants and phytochemicals, not to mention the outrageous amount of Vitamin C strengthens our immune system. Cacao is awesome for keeping us happy, full and beautiful all while satisfying that chocolate craving. Thanks to Sulfur, Cacao promotes strong nails, healthy hair  and radiant skin, not to mention it is anti-oxidant rich. Cinnamon is fantastic for increasing your metabolism which ultimately leads to weight loss and when combined with coconut oil  it works miracles especially since they both regulate blood sugar levels.

If this isn’t enough reason to incorporate at least one of these amazing ingredients into your life, I don’t know what is! Until next time! Drink Nutritiously! Gulping down that super smoothie!

Peppermint Coffee Scrub

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This is a super simple scrub that takes ten minutes at max ( 5 minutes without love). I made this for the lovely Lady X who got a little toasty while gallivanting in the woods with her beau. It will definitely exfoliate your skin and leave it hydrated, soft, and smooth for those intimate moments *wink* *wink*.Image

There were no measurements for this scrub since I made it from the heart, so I just added the ingredients until it became perfect! Anyways, here is what I put in it roughly in order from the most used to the least used.

Brown Sugar for exfoliation

Raw Sugar for exfoliation

Coffee Grinds for exfoliation and eliminating varicose veins and cellulite(!)

Coconut Oil for building new skin cells (since you just rubbed off the dead ones), for hydrating the cells, and for it’s free radical combative skills (that means less wrinkles, yay!!!) and it’s awesome tropical scent and so much more!!!

Vitamin E Oil for it’s nourishing, hydrating and healing properties, especially useful for SUNBURNS, since it teams up with the coconut oil to combat those free radicals (even less flaky, dry skin, scars and wrinkles, yay!!) to create smoother softer skin.

(Sweet) Almond Oil for promoting healthy skin. It’s also a great way to nourish your over treated hair too and the best part? It is the least greasy out of all the good for you oils so it doesn’t clog your pores!

Jojoba Oil for softer skin and it’s great for your hair too since their chemical make-ups are almost identical! It’s also fun to say.

100 % Pure Vegetable Glycerin for the excuse not to use soap! But also because it only makes since to add this go-to massage oil since it nourishes and hydrates the skin.

Avocado Oil for it’s many vitamins that help protect and rejuvenate skin, calms the redness in your skin and cleanses pores. Oh yeah!

Epsom Salt for it’s exfoliating and soothing properties

Essential Oil for a sexy, sweet, or rejuvenating scent to make you smell wonderful!!

Also check out my first ever body scrub, Coconut Coffee Scrub I made it, i really did!!

DIY Henna Hair Dye

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DIY Henna Hair Dye

I was flipping through my Family Herbal book by Rosemary Gladstar for some shampoo alternatives, besides the baking soda rinse I use and came across not only a pluthera of herbal rinses and more but she also had a section dedicated to henna. I have always wanted to use henna, but definitely do not have the artistic capabilities to do any of the fancy designs, so when I found out that you could dye your hair with it, I figured why not? So here is my extremely messy journey of how I dyed my hair with henna. I used Gladstar’s recipe for Copper tones: 1 part Copper, 1 part Medium Brown, and 1 part Red (wish i used more red!).

You will need:

Gloves,

Shower cap(plastic bag will do)

towel

hair clips,

mixing bowl,

wooden spoon,

measuring cup(not pictured)

Henna

3 Cups Boiling Water

Jojoba Oil (optional)

Wear something you don’t mind getting messy in, remove anything you don’t want to get stained, grab a towel or protective cover and get ready to get messy!!

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First you want to boil 3 cups of water. While that is working measure out your henna, since i used three different kinds I did a 1/2 cup of each. So I measured 1/2 cup Red, 1/2 Cup Medium Brown, 1/2 Cup Copper and then mix it all together. I had to transfer it into a larger bowl than what is pictured above for better mixing and so I could add the water. Also I massaged some jojoba oil into my hair, focusing on the tips just for some extra moisture since henna is known to dry hair out in some occasions if misused.Combined Henna

Second, I transferred my boiling water into a measuring pitcher for easy cup by cup pouring. I added one cup at a time and then slowly added 1/4 by 1/4 of the last cup to make sure I didn’t get it too runny. You want a mud-like consistency, each time you do it, you will get better and better at knowing what it should look like. Just make sure that you stir out all the clumps (pictured below) so that it isn’t too dry and starts flaking on you.

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Third, apply a cream or some oil around your face so you don’t get stained, really just a preventative measure so you don’ t look all crazy. Drape the towel over your shoulders, put your gloves on and apply liberally to your hair. Most instructions say to separate your hair into 1″ sections and apply with an applicator brush thing. I started off like that, but became impatient and just started applying with my hands, which I honestly prefer, massaging it into my scalp and throughout my hair. Don’t be alarmed, it gets pretty thick, which is especially useful because you don;t even need a hair tie. I was able to twirl my hair into a bun and it stayed put.

Henna Bun

Put your shower cap on and wrap a towel around it to insulate your body heat and keep on anywhere from 1-6 hours. I only had time to keep it on for two and I wish it would have been longer. The reason for this step is so that the henna absorbs into your hair just like regular dye and the longer you keep it in there, the deeper the color.

henna coat

Your last step, very vital for preserving your color!!! I only wash my hair in baking soda and water and I gotta be honest, it isn’t always the softest, but since henna is an amazing conditioner in itself I was thrilled when I washed it out how soft and lustrous it was. Full of volume and all shiny and not to mention it smelled awful. Yes, awful. Like spoiled matcha powder, if that is possible. Even my extra drops of essential oil could not cover the very distinctive smell of henna.

So my best advice and what I have concluded from my resources is to just wash your hair normally. If you use regular shampoo and conditioner, do just that. If you normally deep condition your hair, do so, although I can guarantee you wont need that extra step nor conditioner for that matter. Whatever is left you can just comb out, you don’t want to wash out all the wonderful henna you just spent hours waiting for to infuse into your hair!beautiful henna hair beautiful henna hair

The Aftermath… If you can I would advise immediately washing whatever henna you have spilt away( i did mine over my bathtub and it made a terrible stain). If it stains, you can try using apple cider vinegar and baking soda, but i had to break out good ole’ bleach to get the stains out. (sorry environment!!)the aftermath

DIY Lavender Shampoo… of sorts

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In my journey to find an alternative to chemical-laden products I have come across several simple recipes for hair and skin care. I hardly wash my hair, maybe every other day and I ration my products to save as much money as possible so when I ran out of shampoo and conditioner, I didn’t really want to go out and spend $7-$15 dollars a piece on a supposedly all natural, Eco-friendly shampoo or conditioner (I was an avid Aveeno fan).

So I started researching and came across a honey, olive oil, and lemon hair mask, i tried it before I went to work and skipped the shampooing step – that was a huge huge huge mistake. Since I was in a hurry, i threw it up in a ponytail and went on with my afternoon, but since I skipped that vital step i never got all the honey out and my hair was still extremely oily – someone asked if i had used a whole bottle of gel on my hair – it was bad. Needless to say I went home, borrowed some shampoo and washed it very thoroughly. The next morning it looked amazing, but in the end I still had to use bad-for-you shampoo.

Then I found all these claims about how baking soda worked wonders for your hair and skin, just as long as you dilute it properly. I bought a box and didn’t premix it first, i just kinda dumped it in my hair and rubbed it around a little – do not do that. One, it’s not very effective and two, my hair was really gross and dry. So I ditched that idea and just started taking a lot of baths adding Vitamin E oil and Jojoba Oil and sometimes Avocado Oil and a few drops of some essential oils so I would still smell pretty, but I wasn’t satisfied. So I went back to backing soda after actually reading recipes and now that I do it properly, I love it! It’s a real simple recipe that takes five minutes tops to do, which is good for me because I am always on the go.

You Will Need 1 1/2 Cup Water, 1 Tbsp Baking Soda, 2 Drops Essential Oil DIY Lavender Shampoo

You may need to tweak the recipe based on individual needs and how your hair produces it’s oils. Simply mix the baking soda and water together and add the essential oil, just two drops will do since they are highly concentrated, trust me. Apply liberally, you will feel it working it kinda suds a little, not like normal shampoo, but just enough to give you that clean feeling and rinse. You will smell amazing and your hair will look amazing. I did this before I had to go to work, so I used my blow dryer on low setting for my bangs since they have a mind of their own and then drove with my windows down, fluffing my hair, here and there.