Which Bar is Better? How to Choose the Right Natural Soap

How to Choose the Right Natural Soap

Natural soaps beat the everyday drugstore options for more reasons than you might think.

Sun damage, pollution and the number of products we apply on our face take a toll on the skin. Which makes keeping your face clean and free from the residual product or dirt essential. But following a proper cleaning process is easier said than done.

Different brands of soap flood the market, mostly alkaline soaps and fat are still used as the main ingredient with the other ingredients mixed in or replaced to meet the needs of different skin types.

Today’s soaps are made with different needs in mind. Some are specialized to help moisturize the skin; others are specifically made to control breakouts or other skin conditions, while several other soaps have been developed to make your bath time more enjoyable through aromatherapy.

With this large number of options from natural to commercial, it becomes difficult to choose a soap that really good for you. Having proper knowledge of various soaps and understanding your needs can help make the purchase a bit easier and more useful.

Soap is one of the things we use every day, and it should be noted that each type of skin, its soap. Making it crucial to define your skin before choosing your soap to avoid obnoxious or even unhealthy surprises.

Below are some tips to help you choose the right natural soap.

Butters, Oils, Fat Bases 

Natural soaps contain all kinds of ingredients that are good for you, but how do you choose the right natural soap, the one that best suits your skin?

Natural soaps are a very versatile product; they allow an infinity of ingredients that combine with more or less difficult to obtain rich products that hydrate, improve and take care of the skin.

Natural soaps preserve the integrity of the oils, fats, and butters. Coconut, caster, palm or olive oil goes in, saponified (made into soap) coconut oil, caster, palm, or olive oil comes out. Shea butter goes in, and shea butter comes out. Because of this, the oils, fats, and butters maintain their vitamins, minerals, and skin-loving qualities in the final soap product.

We love the nourishing elements of Indigo Wild’s goat’s milk and oil bars. Nubian Heritage brings the benefits of shea butter to the surface. Dr. Bronner’s brings the aged art of Castille Soap to use with their all-in-one collections. A Wild Soap Bar utilizes sunflower oil and other vegetable oils to bring you highly effective bars. Check out all our Soap Makers.

What Natural Soap is Best for Me?

It is without exception the great doubt for those who start to try natural soaps. And it is not a casual question; considering some soaps work very well on some people but not so much in others.

For a good answer to that question, you have to know a little about the ingredients that make up each soap and also know your skin type even possible problems you have had on the skin.

Let’s learn the facts first:

Which lathers best? This is a trick question, both bars and liquids tend to make the same volume on bare hands. Regardless, you’ll get more suds for your buck and conserve the soap longer if you use bar soap.

Which lasts longer? Bar soaps by far outlast liquid soaps. We tend to overuse liquids and to further sustain a bar’s lifespan, you need to store it in a dry, well-drained spot instead of a damp dish, so it doesn’t get gooey when not in use. Hands down the best soap stand for your bar is the Spire Soap Stand. This soap stand is guaranteed to keep your bar high and dry. You’ll never go back once you start using this little spire of hope!

Which is more sanitary? A lot of people believe that liquid soaps are much more sanitary than bar soaps, but let’s debunk this myth now and forever. Numerous studies have shown that even though there are a tiny bit more bacteria on a used bar than that of a brand new one, it all gets rinsed off as it’s being used, right along with the dirt and muck on your hands. In other words, we can call this one a wash.

Which is best for the environment? Bar soaps most always come in less packaging, which is a big plus in our book. They are minimal, effective, and ready to use. Plus you don’t have to figure out if the plastic is recyclable or not. We need a less-plastic problem world.

What Type of Skin Do You Have?

It is better to know your skin type before using different soaps or other natural cosmetics. There are four types of skin in general, dry, oily, mixed and normal skin. The latter is considered the ideal skin because it is neither too dry nor too oily.

Dry skin lacks lipids and oily skin has an excess of sebum. Dilated shine, pores, etc. characterize it. For various reasons skin can become oily by pollution, cosmetics, and hormonal reasons, etc.

Mixed skin, for its part, is the combination of two types of skin. This skin type is characterized by the dry or normal skin on the cheeks and oily skin on the forehead, nose and the chin (the T zone).

Goat’s Milk Soap, Calendula Soap, and Soap of Castile 

Almost any of the natural soaps will work very well in those people who have dehydrated skin considering they always provide extra oil content. However, inside them, the best ones will be those that contain very moisturizing oils (argan, olive, coconut, evening primrose, sunflower, and palm) or butter such as shea butter that provides a lot of hydration. Argan, Candela, Bitter Orange, Oats, Castile, Cucumber or Goat’s Milk are examples of these soaps.

Lavender Soap, Mint Soap, Chocolate Soap, and Green Tea Soap

Mint and chocolate soap are always recommended for people with a tendency to oily or acne. The balance of the skin which in cases of acne is what fails precisely is being restored by the help of cocoa butter. With the unmistakable aroma of lavender soap and the with the tea tree or green tea soap also work very well.

Witch Hazel and Sunflower oil soap are recommended for people with skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis, considering, its combination of plant extracts and essential oils significantly improves the effects of these ailments.

It should also be noted that some natural soaps manufactures are not limited to vegetable oil, but they may include animal oil. Besides, be sure to read the labels when buying natural soap or any product to understand the ingredients. Natural soaps provide excellent moisturizing properties for the skin and the well-being they bring to the body.

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Natural Beard Grooming Tips

With No-Shave November creeping up quickly here are our natural beard grooming tips to get you started!

Did you know that the average man grows about 1/2 millimeter of beard length and develops about 20,000 beard hairs every day? You need to understand how to take care of your beard with this kind of growth.

A lot of people who have tried to groom beards have given up; the reason is quite simple; they did not understand that a beard requires special care and grooming. Hence, this resulted in the growth of uncomfortable facial hair. Do not give up, if you find yourself in this situation, considering that beard hair is different than normal hair, and, require different types of care.

Understanding the right way to take care and groom your beard will give you refreshed joy, and you will be able to improve your beard game.

In spending on beauty and toiletries, one might think that men are far behind women, but recently we have seen an incredible increase in the average amount that men spend on make toiletries and products.

This can be determined by several factors; firstly, men take care of their appearance more than before and thus spend on clothes and accessories. Secondly, it could very well be that this increase is due to men shaving less than before. And you must know that a beard, it can be expensive. Hence, the essential and basic care of the beard must not be neglected.

Beard Cleanser and Conditioner

Often we hear men complaining of trying to grow his beard off without success, due to the irritation. The reason being that when a man stops shaving something happens; the dead skin remains trapped in your newly grown hair.

To avoid irritation of the beard, washing it with suitable shampoo will help a lot. The natural oils stripped by other soaps will be replenished while protecting your skin. We recommend this Olivina All-In-One Shower Gel to keep your routine simple, but effective. Looking for extra care? Check out this Shave Soap. Organic shea butter hydrates and softens skin, while organic hemp seed and olive oils comfort and moisturize.

When cultivating a beard, another thing to consider is that they can trap the smells of smoke or food, a good reason to wash and condition your daily beard with proper care.

Beard balms and Butter Oils

In the grooming routine of every bearded man, essential beard treatments such as beard balms, beard oils or shaving butter are also a must. While softening the hair and preventing dry, scaly skin (beardruff) they follicle and moisturize the skin. Another element to consider is that they will help you get good control over the stubborn hairs on your beard. In addition to helping you maintain unruly hair, a product like shaving balm will provide the desired condition effect, making your beard to smell like Zeus’s and be bright like the stars.

Combs and Beard Brushes

Massaging you beard with hands with some beard oil or combine it with a beard comb is also essential. Firstly, you want to comb with a wide teeth comb and then finish with a fine tooth comb. Why it’s important to tame your beard with a comb or brush is that the hairs on your beard need to be trained to grow to the desired orientation you want.

Cut, Trim and Shave the Beard

Last but not least is the cutting, thinning and definition of your beard. Any big ‘beards man’ knows that trimming his beard is the key to success. All hairs do not grow at the same speed in the direction. Start with the ears; continue along your neck taking care to keep a good length. The difference between a “lousy beard” and a gentleman’s beard can be as thin as a proper beard grooming. Hence that’s’ the importance of it. In addition to cutting and thinning, trim the lines of your beard with a razor.

You and Your Beard

These tips will undoubtedly give you some points of virility and respect for “Beard King”!

If you follow these beard care tips and with little effort, you will soon achieve a more beautiful overall picture of your beard splendor.

P.S. When November is over or you decide you are over your beard, check out our favorite Standard Shave Collection.

Natural Ways to Fall Asleep

Sleeping is incredibly important to our health and to those around us. I’m not a morning person, but I’m even worse if I don’t get good sleep. After having a baby sleep is even more important. So I had to reset how I approach sleep. That’s really something to think about. We train ourselves to eat healthily, workout, but many may not think about the benefits of creating a healthy sleep workout or routine.

Here are the basic rules we recommend adding to your routine to create a strong foundation (adjust as needed – we are all different):

  • No caffeine after 4PM
  • Limit alcohol intake 2 hours prior to bed
  • Avoid screens an hour before bed (this is absolute)
  • Eliminate light entirely (try blackout blinds or sleep masks)
  • Regular exercise (3-5 days per week, but not late in the evening)
  • Dim the lights in the house (think about screens, and atmosphere lighting)

Now add a few of these to the menu for the perfect sleep routine:

Essential oils

Breathing in essential oils has been proven to provide benefits, but did you know it can help you sleep? The use of essential oils for medicinal purposes has an ancient history, going back to early Egyptian, Chinese, and Roman societies. Ever hear of the Hippocratic Oath? That’s the ethical pledge taken by physicians for centuries (now, often taken by students upon graduation from medical school). It’s named for Greek physician, Hippocrates, who studied the effects of essential oils and was a proponent of their healing, health-promoting properties.

Researchers have found that a blend of sleep-promoting essential oils worked more effectively to improve both sleep quality and quality of life than acupressure.

We recommend Lavender, Jasmine, or Sandalwood to get you feeling sleepy and relaxed. We love

Batting your eyes

Have you heard of the asleep paradox? One University of Glasgow study found that if you try to stay awake, your brain will actually make you fall asleep. So I’ve found it very helpful to lay down and drift my eyes open and shut telling myself to stay awake, my body response is to fight me trying to keep my eyes open and I fall asleep. Give it a try, it may just work!

Meditating the mind

Meditating apps are abundant, meditating on your to-do list, your day, whatever helps you. There are even meditating options just for sleep. Just clearing your mind helps you find sleep an easier dance partner. I meditate by writing down the most pressing things on my mind so that my brain can relax and know that it doesn’t have to worry. I also like to mix this with a diffuser of essential oil blends into the bedroom. Try this Diffusers Delight Collection.

Supplements to induce sleep

Melatonin is a hormone that regulates your sleep and awake cycles. and this supplement can be taken for those who really need help balancing those cycles. We love this in lozenge form from Nature’s Way.  Melatonin, not your thing? Check out these Bach Original Flower Essences Sleep Melts that harness the power of White Chestnut to help the mind relax and easy into sleep.

Drinking a warm beverage

Drinking a cup of hot water with lemon or a cup of tea (sans caffeine) can do wonders for the body to put it in a sleepy state. The warm beverage has an effect that makes some relaxed to welcome sleep. We recommend trying Mighty Leaf’s Chamomile Citrus Blossom Herbal Tea or Pukka’s Night Time Herbal Tea.

Breathing exercises to calm the body

Lying in a comfortable position in bed, follow this sequence about five or six times:

  1. Breathe in for 4 seconds
  2. Hold breath for 7 seconds
  3. Slowly breathe out for 8 seconds

White-noise app to drown out the noise-pollution

When my daughter was born we used a white-noise machine for her and it was so soothing. So we turned up her monitor a little louder in our room and it really started to help us. You can download an app on your phone to play white-noise or rainstorms. Having this to drown out external noises like traffic or city noises works wonders.

 

7 Best Uses for Body Oil

We’ve all heard about body oils, but have you ever tried using them? If you are looking for an alternative to lotion or a good addition to the mix body oils might be right for you! Plus with the winter weather, you’ll thank us for adding this easy to use oil to your routine.

Body oils do everything from enhancing your favorite moisturizing lotion to taking care of those hard to nourish places.

Here are our best uses for body oils:

Add a few drops to your bath

This is a place your normal lotion can’t assist you in nourishing your skin. Just add a few drops of your favorite body oil to your bath to let the moisturizing process take place as you soak. I call this my multi-tasking holiday helper. Too much to do and not enough time. Relax, moisturize, and stay calm.

Post-shower skin power

Before stepping out of the shower and while your skin is still wet, drop some body oil into your palm and massage over your entire body. A little goes a long way and works wonders to replenish and revive your dry winter skin. Currently, we are loving Hugo Naturals Indonesian Patchouli and Sandalwood Body Oil. Keep in your shower for easy access.

Target dry spots like a pro

Give those dry and dull skin problem areas the boot with a little extra TLC from heel to head with body oil. An extra dab of body oil provides the extra love and care you need to make the difference this winter.

Diminish stretch marks

For those with stretch marks, we are always looking for a solution. Oils are a perfect solution because they penetrate deep beyond that first layer of your skin. They reduce the appearance of stretch marks and you’ll notice over time as the oil does its magic that it will help promote elasticity and preventing additional stretch marks from showing up on your beautiful skin.

Doubles as a massage oil

Need some self-care or some S.O. care? Perhaps get together in the evening and give each other a massage on your back, feet, or wherever you need it the most. This will do wonders for your skin, your senses, and your stress. Basically a win-win for everyone.

Razor burn be gone

If you have every nicked yourself shaving, then you know how important prepping your skin pre-shave is. Also in the winter, our skin gets extra dry and this will help you immensely. Just apply a small amount to your legs for a clean shave sans the razor burn and bumps.

Ditch the pantyhose

I love taking a little concealer or foundation powder and mixing it in with some oil and then applying it to my legs for perfect legs without the pantyhose in the mix. You can do this any season really and it makes your legs look amazing.

Looking for that perfect scent or oil? Check out New Arrivals and others on our shelves.

Mint Foot Scrub and Soak: Reduce stress, anxiety, and inflammation

When I’m feeling overwhelmed with too much on my plate you’ll find me each night doing a foot scrub and soak. I’ve seen such great benefits from doing it and it has become my therapy. Plus it is super easy to do and doesn’t take much time. As the holiday season starts to approach I find myself doing this more and more.

Foot scrubs are a great way to relax your whole body and get the benefits of foot care. If you don’t have time to take a bath you can pretty much get the same benefits by doing a foot scrub and soak. You don’t need a tub, so it’s very convenient to do anytime and anywhere.

Every time I do a scrub and soak, my S&S (think R&R), I feel a difference in just 20 minutes of soaking my feet! I notice I feel less stressed and more relaxed. The nights when I do this, my sleep is vastly improved. I get to sleep easier and don’t wake up as often in the middle of the night.

What you need

  •  Large container of any kind big enough to soak your feed in.
  • Your favorite foot scrub (I opt for Deep Steep’s Candy Mint Therapeutic Foot Scrub)
  • Warm water (not too hot)

If you want you can add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil. I like Lavender. Lavender gives a soothing and calming effect which aids in relaxation. Great if you do this around bedtime.

You could also add a few tablespoons of baking soda to help with detoxification and this will also soften your skin.

Steps

  • Add your essential oils and baking soda (if you choose) to a tub of warm water.
  • Find a relaxing area to do the soak because you need to do it for at least 20-30 minutes.
  • Take the foot scrub and rub it into your clean feed, massaging and paying special attention to any trigger areas.

Place your feet in the tub and relax!

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!

Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili

It’s Fall time and people are coming indoors and gathering at each other’s homes. I have found that serving something that warms one’s belly to be the perfect way to warm their heart. Pumpkin chili is on the menu this year! This is friendly for all. It is vegetarian, gluten-free, and little one approved. If you aren’t vegetarian I recommend a little crumble of bacon over the top to serve. This dish serves 8-10 people with very generous portions.

Ingredients

  • 1 (3-pound) pie pumpkin, or other orange-fleshed squash such as butternut or acorn.
  • 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup finely ground cornmeal
  • 2 medium turnips, diced
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 (10-ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 2 (16-ounce) cans chili beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups frozen or fresh corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Several dashes of Worcestershire sauce (vegetarian type)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Sour cream

Steps

Peel and cut into 1-inch pieces the pumpkin or squash. To make it easier to peel the pumpkin, cut in half, remove the seeds and set aside for roasting. Microwave each half cut-side down in a shallow baking dish of water for about 5 minutes, or you can roast the halves at 450 for about 15 minutes. When the pumpkin is cool enough to handle, shave off the skin with a sharp knife or peeler.

In a 6-quart or large Dutch oven or soup pot (I prefer the Dutch oven), heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat. When melted, whisk in the cornmeal until smooth, then stir in the pumpkin, turnip, bell peppers, onion, garlic, and tomato paste. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes.

Add the broth, diced tomatoes, and their juices, beans, and corn. Stir in the chili powder, cinnamon, cumin, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring back to a simmer. Reduce the heat and simmer for at least 1 hour, or until the pumpkin and turnip is tender. The longer you simmer the better – believe me!

Before serving, taste and season with salt and pepper and a dash of balsamic vinegar. Serve hot with the chopped green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, and sour cream if desired.

This will store nicely too. Just freeze!

Let your Vacuum Infuse Your Home With the Scent of the Holidays

Add a little essential oil to your vacuum to infuse your home and elevate the mood. There are lots of essential oils to select from, but it’s more than just a beautiful fragrance. From insomnia to anxiety and depression to stress, essential oils are powerful and it is easy to add to your vacuum.

  1. Clean your vacuum thoroughly prior to putting in your essential oil. Wipe down the vacuum outside with a damp cloth. Make sure the bag is fresh, or empty and clean the canister on your bagless vacuum. Starting with a fresh, clean vacuum will allow you to infuse your home 100%, rather than dealing with competing odors still remaining in your vacuum.
  2. Open your vacuum cleaner filter pad or dust cup, depending on the type of vacuum you have. Clean reusable parts with running water, refer to your manufacturer handbook or prepare a new filter if the filter is disposable.
CHOICES TO ADD ESSENTIAL OIL TO VACUUM
  1. Use only two to three drops of the essential oil of your choice. Drop, one at a time, onto the filter or dust cup. Wait a moment or so to allow the oil to drive before replacing. Refresh the oil as scent wears or as desired.
  2. Drop two or three of the essential oil of your choice on a cotton ball or small cloth, place in the vacuum canister or vacuum bag. Refresh as needed.
  3. Drop two or three of the essential oil of your choice in the water reservoir. Refresh as needed.

You can do this seasonally, infusing your home with the scents of the season, to calm, energize, or whatever mood you are looking to create in your home. I’m looking forward to cinnamon, sandalwood, and the scents of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Enjoy!

Healthy Mini Pumpkin Muffins

Looking for a healthy, pumpkin pleasing snack for the fall? This recipe is sure to tantalize your pumpkin-loving taste buds and also help you keep tabs on the calories you are taking in as the holiday seasons start to approach. You can enjoy this sweet snack at a mere 50 calories per bite. If you are looking to take them up a notch you can mix in some walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 and 2/3 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon liquid herb (we recommend Herb Pharm’s, Cinnamon Liquid Herb)
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 cup fresh Pumpkin Puree
  • ¾ cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil (we recommend Dr. Bronner’s Organic Coconut Oil)
  • ½ cup unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare mini muffin pan by wiping Coconut Oil to make sure the muffins don’t stick.

Whisk together ground flaxseed with water in a small bowl with a fork and let it sit for a few minutes to get to a gel-like consistency.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and combine the wet ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl and blend well.

Fold in the liquid mixture to the dry and stir well.

Pour batter into the mini muffin pan by using a tablespoon and place on the center of the oven. The batter should be enough to make 32 mini muffins.

Bake for 10-14 minutes depending on your oven’s heat gauge and be sure and check a muffin before pulling from the oven the tool should come out clean.

While cooling sprinkle a little bit of Chia Seeds on the top to give it the extra health benefits for a daily fall snack.

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.