Pure Aromatherapy ~ Summer Skin Care

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Summer is just about here! Soon you’ll be exposing skin, so it’s time to think about summer skin care. Care for your skin naturally and make it healthy and vibrant without expensive store-bought products and their potentially harsh synthetic chemicals, fragrances or preservatives. These easy recipes will give you four basic products that you can use all summer long. Each recipe features a variety of pure ingredients available from Aura Cacia and is gluten-free, petroleum-free and has no genetically modified ingredients. Have a natural, beautiful summer!

Cleanse — Get squeaky clean without drying soaps or synthetic body washes. In fact, you may never use them again after adding this creamy, gently exfoliating and replenishing body scrub to your cleansing routine. 

Oat, Almond, Honey & Yogurt Body Scrub

Ingredients

12 almonds

1 packet Aura Cacia Organic Milk & Oat Bath

2 tablespoons honey

4 tablespoons plain yogurt

18 drops lavender, geranium or chamomile essential oil

Directions
Grind almonds to a medium-coarse powder and combine with other ingredients in a bowl. Mix until creamy. Sprinkle in water to thin the mixture if necessary.  Smooth onto skin, working the mixture in a gentle circular buffing motion. Rinse.

Hydrate and Moisturize — Creams and body lotions are fragile emulsions of water and oil that are prone to microbial growth. In order to make these products shelf stable, formulators need to add a whole host of preservatives and thickening agents that don’t contribute anything to healthy skin. This recipe for a homemade, non-emulsified moisturizing mist is easy, fresh and provides a delightfully light and sheer application of moisture. It features toning rosehip oil that won’t clog pores or feel greasy.

Cucumber, Rose & Rosehip Body Mist

Ingredients

1/4 to 1/2 of a medium cucumber

1 tablespoon Aura Cacia Organic Rosehip Oil

20 drops Aura Cacia Rose Absolute or Rose Otto Precious Essential™ Oil

Directions

Juice and strain cucumber. Combine the juice with oils and place in a 4-ounce mist bottle, adding more water to fill if necessary. Shake contents vigorously and mist a generous application over entire body. Store unused portion in the refrigerator. Discard any unused portion after 3 to 4 days.

 

Nourish — Creamy, natural shea butter has skin-nourishing properties. Try this recipe for a natural skin-supporting butter that combines Aura Cacia shea and gentle lavender essential oil.

Summertime Shea Butter

Ingredients

4 oz Aura Cacia Shea Nut Butter

3 tablespoons avocado oil

1 teaspoon beeswax flakes

32 drops lavender essential oil

Directions

Place shea, avocado oil and beeswax in a simmering, double boiler or crock pot. Melt until clarified. Remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly then add essential oils. Pour into a tin or jar. Replace lid and allow to cool. Apply to clean skin.

 

Soothe and Protect — The protecting oils of geranium and citronella are the active ingredients in this natural alternative to petroleum-derived mineral oil products.

Geranium, Citronella and Grapeseed Skin Oil

Ingredients

4 oz. grapeseed oil

18 drops geranium essential oil

18 drops citronella essential oil

Directions

Add essential oils to grapeseed and shake well. Apply to exposed skin.

Geranium

 

The plant that gives us geranium essential oil is a semi-succulent herb that was originally native to arid parts of the African continent. The distinctive aroma of Pelargonium graveolens consists of many of the same constituents that make up rose oil — thus “rose-scented geranium.” Geranium is a gentle oil that combines cooling and refreshing aroma nuances with soothing/relaxing benefits. These properties combine to give geranium an overall balancing aromatherapy effect. Geranium physically cools and soothes, and is mentally calming and emotionally easing.

Refreshing Geranium

Facial Wipes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon water

3 drops geranium essential oil

3 drops lavender essential oil

soft cotton towelette

Directions

Mix water and oils in a small bottle; shake vigorously. Dribble over towelette, and use to wipe face, neck and arms.

Tip: store several moistened towelettes in a re-sealable bag and carry with you.

Rose & Geranium 

Linen Mist

Ingredients

4 ounces purified water

3 drops Aura Cacia Rose Absolute or Rose Otto Precious Essential™ Oil

29 drops geranium essential oil

bottle with spray-mist cap attachment

Directions

Mix ingredients in the bottle. Shake vigorously and mist linens.

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