DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera® + An Almond & Oats Exfoliant Recipe

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DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera // Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from bountiful nature to create products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge, natural clays, and organic butters and oils.

On November 1st, Oleum Vera® launched their new line of DIY beauty kits, with each kit focusing on the natural, the fresh and the edible. I was the lucky recipient of their “Off to a Good Start” beauty kit which arrived beautifully packaged last week.

Not only was this DIY beauty kit filled with wonderful organic ingredients, but the ingredients also came in very sturdy, quality containers that allow them to be re-used again and again. I was honestly floored by the quality and truly impressed with this new beauty brand.

DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera // Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from bountiful nature to create products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge, natural clays, and organic butters and oils.

Who is Oleum Vera®?

Based in Montreal, Canada, Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from nature in order to create natural beauty products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge along with natural clays, organic butters and oils.

This new beauty brand is anti-GMO, pro-customization, pro-organic and pro-sustainability. Their philosophy is to provide women and men with the ingredients and the knowledge needed to re-appropriate their body care routine and tailor it to meet their own unique skin and hair needs.

In opposition of the mainstream beauty industry which has long relied using on harmful chemicals, one-size-fits all mass production, and unsustainable sourcing, Oleum Vera® hopes to be a breath of fresh air for increasingly knowledgeable consumers.

DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera // Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from bountiful nature to create products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge, natural clays, and organic butters and oils.

Each of Oleum Vera®’s DIY beauty kits includes an assortment of plant-based oils and essential oils, and in some cases, powdered clays, algae, and dried flower petals. All of the ingredients are handpicked for their numerous benefits to the skin, hair and senses, always with sustainability in mind.

These DIY beauty kits are certified 100% organic, and each one comes with a booklet filled with customizable recipes and illustrated how-to’s. Each kit retails at $74.95. You can find their full line of DIY beauty kits now available here.

The "Off to a Good Start" kit, available here, is a Do-it-Yourself Organic Face Cleansing Kit. It comes with three organic plant based carrier oils (moringa, avocado, castor, and sweet almond), four essential oils (lemongrass, tea tree, peppermint and oregano), white kaolin and bentonite clay, rose petals, and lavender buds. It also includes a glass bottle for mixing your custom face cleansing oil, a jar with a lid and spoon for creating exfoliating grains, and a tiny funnel and dropper.

The “Off to a Good Start” kit, available here, is a Do-it-Yourself Organic Face Cleansing Kit. It comes with three organic plant based carrier oils (moringa, avocado, castor, and sweet almond), four essential oils (lemongrass, tea tree, peppermint and oregano), white kaolin and bentonite clay, rose petals, and lavender buds. It also includes a glass bottle for mixing your custom face cleansing oil, a jar with a lid and spoon for creating exfoliating grains, and a tiny funnel and dropper.

DIY Beauty Kits from Oleum Vera // Oleum Vera® takes inspiration from bountiful nature to create products that empower consumers to reclaim their beauty regimen, using fresh ingredients from their pantry and fridge, natural clays, and organic butters and oils.

These ingredients, combined with a few fresh ingredients from your pantry, allow you to create three cleansing oils, three facial scrubs and three deep-cleansing masks. Each natural skin care recipe is designed to adapt to your skin’s changing needs. Also included, is a booklet filled with not only skin care recipes, but also information on each of the ingredients included in the DIY beauty kit.

DIY Exfoliating Facial Grains with almonds and oats for normal or combination skin!

Using a recipe from the informational booklet inside my kit, I created their almond and oats exfoliant for normal or combination skin.

DIY Exfoliating Facial Grains with almonds and oats for normal or combination skin!

DIY Exfoliating Grains Face Scrub

To make your own DIY Exfoliating Facial Grains with almonds and oats for normal or combination skin, you’ll need:

4 Tablespoons (60 mL) organic oats, finely ground
2 Tablespoons (30 mL) organic almond meal
1 sachet (.7 oz.) kaolin clay
half a sachet (.17 oz.) bentonite clay
half a sachet (.05 oz.) organic rose petals or lavender buds

Crumble the petals or buds between your fingers, then combine all the ingredients.

To use your exfoliating grains:

To use your exfoliating facial grains, place a small amount of the scrub into a small dish or the palm of your hand. Add a bit of your favorite cleansing oil – also from a recipe in the kit! – and mix with your fingers.

Allow the oil to soak into the scrub for 30 seconds or so, then massage the scrub onto your face using a circular upward motion.

All the the scrub to rest on your face like a mask, or simply rinse off right away and pat dry.

DIY Milk and Honey Exfoliant for Dry or Sensitive Skin

A milk & honey exfoliant for dry or sensitive skin (pictured above) was yet another beauty recipe included with the “Off to a Good Start” DIY beauty kit.

If you’d like to discover all of the beauty recipes that Oleum Vera® has to offer in their new DIY beauty kits, you can visit their website here.

Mocha Scrub Bar Recipe to Reduce Visible Cellulite

There you’ll find an array of DIY beauty recipes for body, face and hair care like this beauty recipe (pictured above) for making your own mocha scrub bar to reduce visible cellulite. There are also beauty recipes for body butters, solid lotion bars, face masks, massage oils, toners, facial serums, hair masks and more.

For even more information on this amazing new company, you can read their blog as well as follow Oleum Vera® on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

For more of my favorite bath and beauty products be sure to visit my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here. Or check out my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board here for more natural skin care and beauty recipes you can make at home.

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Sunday Spotlight: Unique Bath and Body Products & Shops

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Sixteen unique bath and body products from four fantastic bath and body shops that offer a fun twist on skin care. Browse for inspiration or shop for unique homemade gifts!

Sunday Spotlight:  Unique Bath and Body Products & Shops

Sixteen unique bath and body products from four fantastic bath and body shops that offer a fun twist on skin care. Browse for inspiration or shop for unique homemade gifts!

Skin Food by AB

Skin Food by AB is a cruelty free skin care company sells artisan organic skincare products that are handmade in small batches from raw ingredients. Superfoods, butters, herbs and oils are used to create products with a purpose that soothe, cleanse and restore skin and their ailments.

Skin Food by AB is a cruelty free skin care company sells artisan organic skincare products that are handmade in small batches from raw ingredients. Superfoods, butters, herbs and oils are used to create products with a purpose that soothe, cleanse and restore skin and their ailments.

From Skin Food by AB: Detox Organic Charcoal Soap // Tomato Lip Balm with Turmeric + Honey // Organic Coffee Scrub // Orange Ginger Soap

Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare

Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare offers delectable soap cupcakes, artistic soap bars, shaving sets, all-natural lip and body balms, and luxurious bath products.

Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare offers delectable soap cupcakes, artistic soap bars, shaving sets, all-natural lip and body balms, and luxurious bath products.

The owner of Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare, Stephanie, is a former NYC pastry chef who started making all-natural body balms after becoming pregnant and learning how much of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies. After looking around at all the wonderful oils and butters at her fingertips, she decided to try her hand at making cold process soap and fell in love! As a result, Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare was founded out of Stephanie’s desire to help others treat their skin better, while indulging their senses.

Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare offers delectable soap cupcakes, artistic soap bars, shaving sets, all-natural lip and body balms, and luxurious bath products.

From Stephanie Street Soap & Skincare: Rose Vanilla Soap Cupcake // Morocco Hand & Body Soap // Tea Tree Soap Face & Body Soap // Pineapple Cupcake Soap

Sweet Suds by April

Sweet Suds by April offers a delectable, realistic collection of handmade food and dessert inspired soap treats and more! A writer and journalist by trade, April has recently started a family and now has the opportunity to stay at home with her son, Luke, while at the same time pursue her passion for soapmaking.

Sweet Suds by April offers a delectable, realistic collection of handmade food and dessert inspired soap treats and more! A writer and journalist by trade, April has recently started a family and now has the opportunity to stay at home with her son, Luke, while at the same time pursue her passion for soapmaking.

From Sweet Suds by April: Chocolate Half-Dipped Swirl Butter Cookie Soap // Lemon Cream Tart Soap // Salted & Sprinkled Caramel Apple Soap // Set of Three Handmade Donut Soaps

Lotus Flower Soap

Lotus Flower Soap sells exclusive gift gem soaps handcrafted using natural butters and aromatherapeutic essential oils.

Lotus Flower Soap sells exclusive gift gem soaps handcrafted using natural butters and aromatherapeutic essential oils.

From Lotus Flower Soap: Malachite Soap Rock // Amethyst Soap Rock // Turquoise Soap Rock // Citrine Geode Soap Rock

For even more unique bath and body products you’re sure to love, visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen here. Or visit my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here. Also be sure to check out last week’s Sunday Spotlight that features Artisan Bath and Body Favorites. You can also browse all of my handmade favorites by following me on Etsy here.

Do you have any tried and true unique bath and body products that you can’t get enough of? Be sure to share them in the comments below.

Want to learn how to make your own unique bath and body products? You can browse my own collection of homemade soap recipes here. Or find my homemade bath and body recipes here. I also have a huge collection of bath and body ideas and recipes that I’ve saved on Pinterest from across the web.

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Sunday Spotlight: Artisan Bath and Body Shop Favorites

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Artisan Bath and Body Shop Favorites: Three artisan bath and body Etsy shops I’m crushing on right now!

Artisan Bath and Body Shop Favorites

Three artisan bath and body Etsy shops I’m crushing on right now! (Because, yes. I am both an Etsy addict and an artisan bath and body addict regardless of whether or not I make my own bath and body products. It’s an addiction. But quite a fantastic addiction in my humble opinion.)

Four Foxes Candles

Four Foxes Candles sells luxury hand poured soy candles in fragrances that delight including scents like bamboo ginger and buttermilk pancakes. There’s even a Game of Thrones inspired candle line for favorites characters like Sansa Stark and the various houses including House Baratheon. You’ll also find handmade bath salts, sugar scrubs and even yoga mat sprays to fill your needs.

Four Foxes Candles sells luxury hand poured soy candles in fragrances that delight including scents like bamboo ginger and buttermilk pancakes.

From Four Foxes CandlesEgyptian Amber Bath Salts // Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub // Bamboo Mint Soy Candle // Red Ginger Saffron Soy Candle

Simple Traditions

Simple Traditions offers an array of bath and beauty products hand crafted by a stay at home mom. You’re sure to find many favorites here among the wide selection of whipped soaps, body scrubs, solid lotion bars, lip tints and solid perfumes. How can you possibly resist whipped soaps scented like an island margarita or an almond biscotti scented sugar scrub?

Simple Traditions offers an array of bath and beauty products hand crafted by a stay at home mom. You’re sure to find many favorites here among the wide selection of whipped soaps, body scrubs, solid lotion bars, lip tints and solid perfumes.

From Simple Traditions: Pistachio Macaroon Whipped Soap // Cake Batter Solid Lotion Bar Moisturizer // Vegan Chai Tea Soap Bar // Moisturizing Coffee Break Lip Tint

Kopa Kauai

Kopa Kauai sells tropically inspired organic soaps handmade in Kauai, Hawaii that contain natural clay, seeds and other botanicals and are made with ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil.

Kopa Kauai sells tropically inspired organic soaps handmade in Kauai, Hawaii that contain natural clay, seeds and other botanicals and are made with ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil.

From Kopa Kauai: Orange Blossom (Neroli) Handmade Soap // Coconut Sandalwood Handmade Soap // Lavender Mint Sea Salt Soap // Papaya Passion Handmade Soap

For even more of my artisan bath and body Etsy favorites visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen here. Or visit my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here.

Which artisan bath and body products are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

Looking for great handmade gift ideas? Check out my gift idea collections on Etsy created for pretty much everyone on your list: Gift Ideas for GuysGift Ideas for DIY-ersGift Ideas for Pet OwnersUnique Handmade GiftsGift Ideas for HerHousewarming GiftsGift Ideas for KidsGift Ideas for Little GirlsGift Ideas for SweetheartsGift Ideas for Coffee + Chocolate LoversGift Ideas for Unicorn LoversPumpkin Spice Gift IdeasGift Ideas for Pin Lovers and Gift Ideas for Co-Workers.


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Product Highlight: Super Matte Surface Oil Nail Polish Frosted Top Coat

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If one of your top five beauty products includes nail polish, then you'll want to check out this Super Matte Surface Oil Nail Polish Frosted Top Coat! This frosted top coat surface oil gives any of your favorite nail polish colors a dull flat matte finish! This surface oil top coat can be used with all of your favorite nail polish options including standard nail polish, UV gel and acrylic nails for some really cool effects! If one of your top five beauty products includes nail polish, then you’ll want to check out this Super Matte Surface Oil Nail Polish Frosted Top Coat!

If one of your top five beauty products includes nail polish, then you'll want to check out this Super Matte Surface Oil Nail Polish Frosted Top Coat! This frosted top coat surface oil gives any of your favorite nail polish colors a dull flat matte finish! This surface oil top coat can be used with all of your favorite nail polish options including standard nail polish, UV gel and acrylic nails for some really cool effects!

If one of your top five beauty products includes nail polish, then you'll want to check out this Super Matte Surface Oil Nail Polish Frosted Top Coat! This frosted top coat surface oil gives any of your favorite nail polish colors a dull flat matte finish! This surface oil top coat can be used with all of your favorite nail polish options including standard nail polish, UV gel and acrylic nails for some really cool effects!

This super matte surface oil frosted top coat gives any of your favorite nail polish colors a dull flat matte finish! This surface oil top coat can be used with all of your favorite nail polish options including standard nail polish, UV gel and acrylic nails for some really cool effects! Buy it here.

Right now when you subscribe to the monthly Julep Beauty Box they’ll send you a free Coveted 12 Piece Mini-Nail Color gift valued at $84!

For other cool nail polish effects and nail art be sure to check out Julep. Right now when you subscribe to the monthly Julep Beauty Box they’ll send you a free Coveted 12 Piece Mini-Nail Color gift valued at $84! Get it here.

For more of my favorite products, be sure to follow my Bath + Beauty and my Products I Love boards on Pinterest. Or discover even more fun product highlights on my tumblr blog here. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’FacebookTwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Natural Skin Care Products for Him & Her

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Natural skin care products for him and her. Fantastic natural and handmade beauty and skin care products that you must try!

Natural skin care products for him and her.

Stuck in a boring skin care routine? Spice it up with something new! This wonderful collection of fantastic natural and handmade beauty and skin care products are a must to try!

1. Bear Man Pure Organic Beard Oil // For him. This leave in beard conditioner is made with a proprietary blend of of organic oils that help to maintain a healthy looking beard with shine and manageability. Plus it’s unscented so it’s great for even sensitive skin!

2. FieldWorks Another Close Shave Shaving Gel // For him. This all-natural men’s shaving gel is made with bentonite clay and hydrating aloe and shea butter along with healing calendula. Great for sensitive skin and all skin types.

3. FIG+YARROW Organic Cardamom + Coffee Body Scrub // For him or her. This body scrub is a deliciously invigorating blend of firming, exfoliating and antioxidizing ingredients for smooth and supple skin. It includes Caffe Vita’s Theo Blend Coffee – a perfectly roasted marriage of organic fair trade Peruvian and Indonesian beans with enticing aromas of vanilla bean, black pepper and chocolate – and cardamom.

4. baebody Coconut Milk Body Scrub // For her. This body scrub is a unique blend of organic and natural ingredients that softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking. The addition of coconut milk and safflower oil help to reduce the appearance of age spots and aging, while Dead Sea salt helps to gently exfoliate skin.

Natural skin care products for him and her. A wonderful collection of fantastic natural and handmade beauty and skin care products that you have got to try!

5. Soapbox Fox Sexy Lumberjack Soap // For him. This skin soothing powerhouse of a soap was specifically formulated for the outdoorsy manly men of the world. It contains burdock root, nettle leaf, dandelion leaf, spirulina, and comfrey leaf to facilitate skin healing. It’s perfect for those suffering from dry itchy skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. This super moisturizing formula can help soften even the most hardened and callused skin.

6. Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Gentle Cleansing Soap Bar // For her. This handmade soap bar contains ingredients that draw out impurities and toxins in skin while also nourishing, hydrating and replinishing your face and body. Has an invigorating citrus and floral scent.

7. French Girl Organics Henri & Claude Organic Absinthe Lip Balm // For him or her. This lip balm contains an essential oil blends based on traditional flavors of liqueurs & aperitifs from the South of France where they travel every year leading their Cuisine & Wine tours. You’ll love the licorice-spice flavor derived from organic anise seed oil and the infused oils of warm spices and vanilla.

8. FIG+YARROW Organic Mustard Soak // For him or her. This traditional sore muscle soak contains mustard to help facilitate body detoxification and stimulate circulation. Magnesium salts aid detoxification and promote mental and physical relaxation while Dead Sea salt offers vital minerals.

Natural skin care products for him and her. Stuck in a boring skin care routine? Spice it up with something new! This wonderful collection of fantastic natural and handmade beauty and skin care products are a must to try!

9. Sort of Coal Shampoo // For him. Created by a pioneering Danish company, this paraben and sulfate free shampoo contains white charcoal. White charcoal is 90 percent pure carbon and has a powerful ability to absorb due to its extremely porous surface. It is at the heart of centuries old Asian traditions surrounding well-being and purification.

10. Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo // For him or her. Formulated for brunettes, this handcrafted dry shampoo contains activated charcoal to naturally deodorize hair and kaolin clay to absorb oil. Scented with peppermint and eucalyptus, this dry shampoo is all natural, vegan and cruelty free.

11. Mr. Cherrywood Handcrafted Shampoo & Conditioner // For him or her. Made in small batches, this natural shampoo and conditioner is designed specifically for athletes and adventurers that may need to shower more than once a day. It’s crafted with an Aloe Vera Juice base that’s packed with vitamins and amino acids to help keep your hair pleasantly satisfied.

12. French Girl Organics Mineral Lip Tint // For her. This amber noir mineral lip tint is a super lustrous, emollient lip balm and mineral color all in one! The color is a beautiful medium bronze amber that is both earthy and delicious with a hint of glint. It’s perfect for most all skin tones.

Which one is your favorite?

For more natural skin care products be sure to follow my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’,Tumblr, FacebookTwitterG+ and Instagram for more product suggestions as well as homemade skin care recipes.


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