DIY

Quick Tip

Today’s quick tip is one that has become a must have for me. I’ve been having a hard time finding a good eye makeup remover. Anything I’ve tried has either not worked very well, or has irritated my eyes even though it specifically says that it won’t irritate eyes. So I set out to create my own.

The combination I have come up with uses coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and a little vitamin E. The nice thing about using this is that you do not have to wash it off completely once you are done. The oil can stay on the area around your eyes and will moisturize the skin. The skin around your eyes is delicate, and this is the perfect blend for it. I have actually used this formula on my whole face. It sounds like it wouldn’t work, but it does! The good oils fight the bad oils and provide your skin with nourishment that it may be lacking. I’ve seen a huge improvement in my skin since starting to use this. It has even cleared up breakouts.
Here is the recipe!

1 part coconut oil to 2 parts almond oil and a few drops of liquid vitamin E.
I usually use a teaspoon as my measuring method, a little bit will go a long way. The vitamin E is used for the obvious benefits, but also as a natural preservative to prolong the life of the mixture.

(You can substitute and use olive oil, apricot oil, grape seed oil, etc if you do not have almond oil. Different oils can have a different impact on different skin types as well. If one oil doesn’t seem to work, swap out for a different oil.)

Melt the coconut oil either in the microwave or by double boiling it. You want to heat it only enough to melt it. Do not let it boil. Add in the almond oil (or substitute) and vitamin E. Stir and store in a sealed container.

Once you are ready to use it, grab a washcloth or small towel. Get it wet with warm water and wring out excess water. Using your fingers, rub a small amount of the oil onto closed eyes. Massage on lids gently. Then use the warm wet cloth to wipe it off. All makeup should come off easily! If the makeup was applied heavily, I suggest leaving the oil on closed eyes for 30 seconds to a minute and then wiping off.

When I use the oil for my whole face, I rub it on and then lay the warm wet cloth over my face for a minute and then use the cloth to wipe all of it off. No need for rinsing and no need to apply lotion afterwards!

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If you decide to try this, I would love to hear how it worked for you! Please feel free to comment below with any questions you may have. Thank you for reading this Quick Tip!

xoxo
Mint & Peaches

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DIY, Hair care

DIY: Miracle hair repair

Our family moved to the Bitterroot Valley in November of last year. Between the change in water and the change in climate, my hair became very dry and just wouldn’t style right. I tried many products but nothing seemed to work right. So I did a little research and did some trial and error with products I had on hand. And when I mean products, I mean items I had in my kitchen. Here is the recipe I have put together and it has transformed my hair! I use it every few washes because one time seems to nourish my hair long enough to only need it every few washes. You can use as often as needed though.

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Here is what you need:

4 oz of pure Castile soap (I prefer this brand: Dr. Bronner Castile soap, I chose peppermint)

4 oz brewed herbal tea ( black tea, chamomile tea, green tea, ect.)

1 Tbs Coconut oil

A container to keep it in that seals. I used a jar, which works perfect!

You can also add 5-15 drops of essential oil (lavender, peppermint, orange, ect.) I did not need to add any though because I chose the peppermint castile soap.

 

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Instructions:

Get 4 ounces of water hot enough to brew your tea. Let the tea bag sit in water for 3-5 minutes and then remove the tea bag and let cool for a few minutes.

Add in 4 ounces of Castile Soap.

While still warm, stir in 1 Tbs of coconut oil. Stir until mixed well and it is ready to use! You will notice that when it sits for a while the coconut oil will settle to the top of the mixture, this is normal. Shake again and it will mix itself.

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To use: poor mixture into hands and apply to wet hair while in the shower. Massage into scalp and make sure all of your hair is covered. You will notice that your hair won’t have that squeaky clean feel after you rinse, that is because it is cleaning and adding nutritional oils at the same time. Regular shampoo has chemicals that will strip your hair of natural oils that are good for your hair, while this restores that. ¬†Some may notice their hair looks more “oily” the day they do this.. which is good! I usually do it on a day that I know I will be home most of the day.. Some don’t have this issue at all, it all depends on hair type.

And that’s it! Repeat as needed. Please feel free to comment with any questions you have, and I would love to hear your feedback if you decide to try it out! Please do me a favor and share with friends and loved ones :-)

xoxo,

mint & peaches

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