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DIY Autumn Hair Mask: Cinnamon, Honey & Coconut Oil

The temperature has dropped, and in Texas, it is storm season. While it’s not quite cold enough to be wearing all your favorite winter wear something needs to be done to keep those tresses tamed as the weather changes.

Lately, I’ve been feeling rather ravaged and in much need of a little pampering. When it comes to hair and facial treats I want it natural and I want it effective. We’ve got great hair masks at Soap Hope and sometimes it is fun to make your own using items in your kitchen and a little help from the Soap Hope shop. How about a DIY Autumn Hair Mask?

This treatment takes minutes to make and only uses three simple ingredients and will be leaving you feeling pampered with luscious, glossy, soft locks – what’s not to love about that!?

Ingredients

Steps

  • Mix the ingredients into a small bowl and blend them all together.
  • Place the ingredients into the microwave for a few seconds (you don’t want it hot, just warm).

Next

Brush your hair out and dip your fingers into the ingredients and begin to massage into your hair starting at the temples and working over the whole scalp down to the tips of your hair.

Twist your hair up into a towel or a shower cap if you are wanting to go for that extra sexy look.

Leave it in for a few hours while doing things around the house or just reading a book to relax.

This mask has a lovely warm feeling and smells great too! Cinnamon, honey, and coconut oil are all renowned for their benefits to healthy glowing hair and skin – some even believe it promotes hair growth, adds a glossy sheen, and can create natural gleaming highlights. Keep this treatment going once a month throughout the whole season and your hair will thank you!

To remove the mask, just rinse with warm water (not too hot) and gently massage the hair and scalp to remove fully. You might think that the oil would be hair to remove and will leave your hair feeling yucky. I find that it rinses away really easily, and leaves my hair clean, glossy, and super soft. Say goodbye autumn frizz and hello gorgeous!

Pumpkin Please! 3 DIY Pumpkin Facials to Make at Home

If you want naturally glowing skin you need to take proper care of it. Here’s a secret: the best skin food you can use this fall is pumpkin. We are all about pumpkins this fall. The next time you buy a pumpkin, don’t just eat it, reserve some for a DIY pumpkin at home facial.

Pumpkins contain retinoic acid, antioxidants, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, C, and E. Talk about powerful! This vegetable isn’t just for your latte, so reap (yes, that was a fall pun) all its benefits this season and make your own mask. Here are three of our favorites.

PUMPKIN SKIN RESTORATIVE MASK

Benefits of this Mask
This mask maximizes moisture and restores balance. The raw honey locks in moisture and lightens dark spots. The healing frankincense essential oil acts as an astringent that reduces pore’s appearance and can also aid in the reduction of acne. The egg in this mixture nourishes, hydrates, and moisturizes dull skin. The best use of the egg in this recipe depends on the skin type you have. If you have dry, flaky skin only use the egg yolk and if you have oily skin only use the egg white.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 2 tablespoons fresh pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey
  • 1 egg (read benefits and select which part of the egg is best for you in this mask)
  • 3 drops of frankincense essential oil

Instructions

  • Beat 1 egg into the fresh pumpkin puree.
  • Mix in the two teaspoons of raw honey into the mixture.
  • Mix in the few drops of frankincense essential oil to this mask.
  • Finally, store the mask in the fridge or apply immediately on clean skin and leave on face for 15 to 20 minutes max. Rinse with lukewarm water and after the skin is cleansed rinse with ice cold water.

PUMPKIN AND WALNUT SCRUB

Benefits of this Mask
We know the benefits of pumpkin full of enzymes and vitamins to nourish your skin, but when pumpkin is mixed with walnut oil and yogurt you can scrub away dead skin cells to reveal fresh skin underneath.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons natural sugar
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon walnut oil
  • 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Instructions

  • Mix the pumpkin puree with the natural sugar.
  • Add raw honey and Greek yogurt to this mix.
  • Sprinkle in the cinnamon powder and mix all of the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Save this scrub in the fridge or apply this scrub to damp skin in a circular motion. After you’ve scrubbed leave it on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the oils to seep in.
  • Rinse off with cold water and pat dry.

PUMPKIN SPICED MASK

Benefits of this Mask
Bentonite clay is a naturally smoothing, soothing, and powerful skin. This clay helps rid the skin of dead cells and help resurface your skin. The honey aids in the skin feeling softer and nourished, while Cinnamon helps to prevent bacteria growth for acne. Is your skin sensitive? Skip the cinnamon.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 1 teaspoon fresh pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • ½ teaspoon bentonite clay
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder (skip for sensitive skin)

Instructions

  • Mix the pumpkin puree and bentonite clay together well.
  • Add the raw honey and blend until it forms a paste.
  • Add in cinnamon if your skin allows it.
  • Apply to cleansed skin, leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Any masks stored will only last for a week max.

 

Make Your Own Aromatherapy Candles

Who doesn’t love candles? Candles are lovely! The scents can affect your mood, lifting you up with happiness, energy, or calming your spirit. But sometimes we have to find our own scent that we cannot find anywhere. Here is the opportunity to experience and put those old mason jars to use. You just need wax, wicks, and your favorite essential oils!

Pro Tips

When pouring your candles, do it over newspaper or old magazines. This will prevent wax drops from getting everywhere. If you are like me, you aren’t passionate about cleaning off the stovetop.

You’ll want to secure your wicks with an anchor. Some will place a wax paper on the bottom of your jar or container, but I like to use little pebbles. I think it adds a bit of an earthy look to the bottom of the container. But you’ll want to ensure your wick is straight, it isn’t straight it won’t burn properly.

Environmental note, do not put your wax down the drain. This will save you a big mess.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Total Time: 3 Hours | Yield: 4 Candles

What you’ll need

  • A jar for the candle
  • Wax flakes (we always shoot for sustainably sourced wax)
  • Essential oils (You can select from Aura Cacia’s wide selection found here at Soap Hope. I’m partial to the Citronella since it is summer time.
  • Flower or plant leaves
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Wick
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • A container that can be boiled safely

Instructions

  1. Turn up the heat! The first step is to melt down your wax flakes in a pot over low-medium heat. They should melt quickly, so you’ll want to pay close attention, but if it takes a little longer than expected, just turn up the heat. While it is melting, be sure and stir using a wooden spoon. I like to mix in a few flower and plant leaves for texture.
  2. Now that your wax flakes are melted add 70-100 drops of your favorite essential oils. This amount depends on how potent your essential oil selection is and how much of a scent you want. You can select from subtle to sensational.
  3. At this point, you are going to want to anchor your wicks to the bottom of the container you have chosen using either a bit of wax or a stone.  Make sure it is straight.
  4. Tape the wick in a vertical position. Lay something across the top of the container and tape the wick to it so it stays upright. I’ll use a stick.
  5. Pour baby pour! Pour that wax into your container and then repeat this skilled move until all the containers are full.
  6. Let them cool and sit for about an hour or so.
  7. Cut it out! Cut those wicks to your desired height and now you have your candle.
  8. The final step, you worked hard, grab a book, a cup of tea (find the perfect cup here), and light up that candle for a cozy, well deserved afternoon!

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