DIY Detox Salt Scrub

I bought some salt scrub from Amazon and loved it, but didn't want to spend $12 every time I wanted a new jar of the stuff, so I decided to make my own (way more affordable) version.

This recipe uses all natural Himalayan sea salt, essential oils and conditioning oils, and is awesome for disinfecting and exfoliation.



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Why use a Salt Scrub?

Don't get me wrong, I love a good spa treatment as much as the next girl, but what really are the benefits of using a salt scrub? Why salt? Why not sugar, or coffee, or mud, or clay? What's the difference and the benefits between all of them? Aggghhhhh!!!

They're all good, but salt scrubs fill a specific need.

Well, 3 needs, actually.



1. Salt disinfects and cleans. That's why it's used in tons of DIY Cleaning recipes.

2. Salt conditions and softens. I don't know the science behind it, but it works! It'll make your skin softer, and some people use salt water as fabric softener.

3. Salt Exfoliates. Before it dissolves, you can get a nice scrub in. 

If you mix the right ingredients, your salt scrub can pull toxins to the surface of your skin, grab hold of them, and pull them right off!

Hence, my salt scrub.

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What's so special about Pink Salt?
Himalayan sea salt comes from salt mines thousands of feet below a mountain range in the Himalayas. A lot of people say it is better for you and has more minerals and a better balance of stuff in it. Other people say it makes no difference.

Personally I use it for 2 reasons.
1. It's cheap (when purchased in the right place)
2. It's pretty.

^yeah I know those reasons aren't phenomenal, but that's why!

Why these ingredients?
  • Salt - see article above
  • Healing clay - pulls dirt and toxins to the surface of the skin
  • baking soda - softens skin
  • Activated charcoal - adsorber (read all about it here)
  • Rosehip, Coconut, and jojoba oil - softens and conditions, and does lots of other great stuff!
  • Essential oils all have their own unique benefits, but almost all of them kill bacteria and balance hormone levels. 

Detox Salt Scrub

Ingredients
  • 2 cups Himalayan pink salt (I got mine from Homegoods or Marshalls. So cheap! You can also do 1 cup pink salt, 1 cup Epsom salt).
  • 1/4 cup Indian Healing clay
  • 2 tbs baking soda
  • 1 tsp Activated charcoal (or 2-3 capsules)
  • 1/3 cup rosehip oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut or sweet almond oil
  • 1/3 cup jojoba oil
  • 10 drops of essential oils (your choice for the combination, but I like Lavender and Peppermint, or Grapefruit and Lemon)

1. In a small bowl, mix all the oils (carrier and essential) together until fully combined.

2. In another (larger) bowl, mix the salt, clay, soda, and charcoal until fully combined. drizzle the oil mixture over the dry mixture, mixing and folding and cutting to fully distribute it.

3. When fully combined, store in an air-tight container. Do not fill the container all the way up, because the oils will seep out and make a huge mess. Mix gently before using.

To use: Scoop into your hands and scrub all over, leave it on for about 5-10 minutes, and wash off.
To store: keep in an air-tight container.


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Oops it's almost June! Here's a recipe.

OMG you guys, I've been so scrambled lately. Recital is 2 weeks away and I'm losing my mind. I haven't blogged in like 2 weeks!

I've been obsessed with Crock Pot cooking lately, and Monday we had this amazing roast that blew my mind. It's my new favorite! I wanted to share the recipe with you.

(We ate it all before I had a chance to take a picture of it, but I'm totally going to make it again!)


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Steak and Rosemary Crock Pot Roast

Note - this recipe is adapted from Slow Cooking for Two. We got 3 bowls of food out of it, but I served it with bread on the side. In the adapted version below, I included more steak and more carrots, which will make the proportions work out better! The below recipe should serve 4.

Your New Favorite T-Shirt Company!

You know what's awesome? Cute t-shirts. In fact I have a whole Pinterest board of clothes that you should check out (and totally buy for me. I'm a women's Medium. Thanks!).

But you know what's better than cute shirts?

Design By Human shirts.

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I was lucky enough to get myself a free DBH t-shirt and I wear it at least once a week. I wear it at home while Hubs plays games, I wear it at the dance studio when I teach kids, and I wear it at work (because my work-place dress code is "wear clothes." I have the best job).

So without further adieu, here are some great reasons to stick with this company!

5 Reasons to shop at Design By Humans

1. $8 (25% of profits) goes to a verified charity. So when you buy cute clothes you're also helping others.

I mean, you're gonna buy a cute shirt anyway, why not buy it from somewhere that actually has some morals?
Sushi Pug shirt

May Goals, April #Roundup and Wedding Photos!

May Goals:


  • Post at least 1 recipe
  • Make 1 video tutorial
  • Finish the draft blog posts I've started so I can actually share them with you! (there's like six).


April was a fast month for me. I had one goal. Get married. We succeeded!


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Here are just a few of my favorite photos from the wedding (on the 7th). Our photographer was amazing.

Also.

I made my own wedding dress.

(that'll be another post, another day.)
Before the wedding

Healing Skin Balm - All Natural Remedy for Scarring, Acne, and Itching skin

My Husband had a bad habit all through college... one I didn't discover until recently.

He bought the cheapest laundry detergent and fabric softener he could find.

*face-palm*

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Of course as you can imagine, that resulted in skin rashes, acne, scarring, and itching. I caught him scratching at his arms one day and noticed all the little red bumps.

"Hey," I said. "You're allergic to your laundry detergent and softener."

"Oh. Huh."

*second face-palm of the day*

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So what did I do? Three things.

1. Made my own laundry detergent
2. Made my own fabric softener
3. Made Hubs his own special jar of healing skin balm!

He's still dubious of the detergent and softener, but he loves the skin balm.

3 Essential Oil Blends That Will Get You In The Mood For Summertime

Summer is coming! I'm so excited! What is Summer to you?

To me, summer is a beautiful time of lazy mornings, late nights, good beer, friends and family, and cookouts. Beach trips, hiking, shopping downtown, playing with dogs in the park, and getting projects done that I don't have time for during the busy school year.



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I wanted to share a few of my favorite EO blends for summertime with you! I'm currently working on a super big and exciting project, and this is just a part of it!

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If you'd like more oil blends, stay tuned, and also check out my EO Blends Pinterest board.


What is your favorite part of summer?



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Calily Argan Hair Treatment - Soft and Luxurious

Admit it - you looooove doing a good deep condition that does wonders for your hair, right? It's annoying because sometimes it takes hours of leaving stuff in your hair to get the softness and silkiness you crave.

Well not today, girl! I did my hair mask for five minutes.

And the results are off the charts.

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Calily's Argan Oil Hair Mask Treatment is a conditioner made from all natural oils and extracts. This product is one I originally got discounted via EDC. I ended up loving it so much I added it to my dash buttons and buy it regularly. It is amazing.

all natural hair oil treatment


    The ingredients are all natural essential oils and carrier oils, with no perfume or preservatives.
    Ingredients:

    • Shea Butter
    • Coconut oil
    • Argan oil
    • Vitamin E
    • Rose Hip Seed Oil
    • Vitamin B5
    • Cilantro Extract
    • Geranium Extract
    • Horsetail Extract 
    • Shatavari Extract
    • Alfalfa Extract
    • Ginger Extract
    That's it!


    There are 3 ways to use the product:

    1. While showering, work into wet hair, leave for 5-15 minutes, and wash out.
    2. wet or dry hair: work copious amounts into hair and wrap in plastic, leave for up to 8 hours
    3. damp or dry hair - after washing, use a VERY SMALL amount and work into hair as a leave-in conditioner.

    I've used the treatment in all three of these methods, and I can't tell you which is better. They all work wonders!

    My hair always smells incredible, feels soft and silky and luxurious, and is smooth and shiny.


    Enjoy!



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    Review: The Black Book

    I've read a lot of James Patterson books over the past few years, and this isn't the worst one, but it's definitely not on my list of recommendations for crime thrillers.

    The Black Book by James Patterson
    Genre: Crime Thriller
    ISBN: B06WVJ7V8H
    Pub date: March 27, 2017
    Rating: 3



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    What makes a good crime thriller? A confusing crime scene, interesting characters, a complex plot, and unexpected bad guys.

    The Black Book had only one of those: Good characters. Patterson is great at character development and creating vivid dynamic unique characters.

    All the rest has really been lacking lately.

    Out of 9 CDs of the audiobook, I figured it all out by the middle of disk 3.

    So all things considered, if you want a good crime thriller and an exciting court case, try a James Sheehan instead.

    *also, why is there a chick on the front cover? 



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    3 Secrets to Actually Checking Off Your To-Do List and a Freebie!

    We all have sh!t that needs to get done... and most of the time we don't want to do it. I'm a professional procrastinator, and have learned a thing or two about productivity!

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    1. Make a 5-3-1 list

    This list is a special way of organizing and prioritizing. It will make your to-do list more manageable.

    Here's how to do it:

    March Roundup and April Goals

    It's the last day of March. My wedding is exactly 1 week away.

    You will not hear much from me for a while ;)

    But here is the roundup for March and a few goals for April!


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    April Goals:
    • Get Married
    ^that's it.

    Yeah, like I said, you won't see much of me ;)

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    March Roundup

    My most popular post and my favorite post happened to be the same this month! My 5 Wedding Survival tips.

    Most Popular Posts


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    Aphrodisiac Essential Oils
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    Activated Charcoal - What's The Big Deal?

    Tablecloths for your Home


    Most Proud Of

    I'm Too Sober For This - An Introvert's Guide to Wedding Survival
    Whispers of the Heart


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    That's all, folks! What were your favorite posts this month?



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    Blog Post Planner - Freebie

    How often do you forget to do things when preparing a blog post? Do you have a check-list or planner to keep you on track?



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    I know there are a lot of blog post planners out there! So many in fact that yesterday I was looking for the perfect one for me... but I couldn't find it.

    So I made my own.

    My Wish List - Kitty Edition

    We've moved into our new apartment! SQUEEEEE I'm psyched, guys. I love it.

    I haven't moved Ariel in yet, but I will after the honeymoon. I want her to love our new home as much as I do!

    I was going through Pinterest the other day and noticed just how many cat-themed things I have on my Wish List board (btw Pinterest is a much better vehicle for Wish Lists than Amazon. Just sayin'.)


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    For My Kitty
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