I've always been a bit of a product junkie when it comes to makeup, skincare, etc. About 6 years ago I read a book called "The Green Beauty Guide" that rocked my world. Thanks to sites like EWG's Skin Deep, awareness about the unregulated cosmetics industry has increased, and more and more consumers are saying no to conventional products and yes to more natural approaches.
The exciting thing about taking a more natural approach to skincare is that it can be a LOT cheaper. No, I'm not talking about pricey organic products, though those can be fun to splurge on sometimes. I'm taking about making your own! I am not the world's most crafty human (AT ALL), but I can get excited about an easy DIY recipe if it means at the end of it I'm left with something that I can use every day. Here is the recipe I've been using for the past 8 or 9 months as a toner. It's cheap, easy, and so effective!
ACV Geranium Toner
1 glass bottle with spray top
Equal parts purified water and Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar
5 drops of Young Living Geranium Essential Oil
3 drops of Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
Mix together in the bottle, shake well, and store in a dry place.
To use, spritz a few times on a cotton pad and wipe over your face after cleansing. I usually go through 2 cotton pads (both sides) until all the makeup is gone.
Apple cider vinegar is an incredible thing to have in your beauty arsenal. In this toner, it helps balance the skin's ph, sloughs off dead skin cells, and is an incredible detoxifier. I also love using it as a clarifying treatment on my hair, and I mix it with my favorite clay mask for an intensive skin detox. Now, the smell of pure ACV is very strong, and my hubby and band guys (when I wash my face on the bus) are not fans, but I found that when mixed with essential oils, the smell is easier to handle.
Geranium essential oil has a rosy scent and supports the skin in a wonderful way. I love it!
Lavender essential oil is one of my all-time favorites, and I love it in this toner.
***The only oils I recommend are the ones my family and I use daily: Young Living pure therapeutic grade essential oils.
Essential oils have been a mainstay in my family, and I'm excited to have a space to share some of our stories with you about how oils have supported our family. What I love most about essential oils is that they come from plants, trees, and living things that God created. He gave us everything we needed for health and healing right in His creation, and there is something so comforting about that to me. It's like an earthly father who hides easter eggs around the backyard and tells his kids to go find them, with a big smile on his face.
I don't know...that's just the way I like to think about it! :)
I will do an in-depth post about these wonderful oils soon, but to learn more, or to sign up to receive a wholesale discount now, go to youngliving.com and sign up using my sponsor and enroller number: 1417446
Until next time, dear ones!