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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Homemade Chamomile Balm Recipe

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This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Made using natural chamomile infused olive oil, this homemade chamomile balm recipe is perfect for hands, feet, body and even lips! (Use only lip safe fragrances or flavor oils if using on lips.) If you’re sensitive to fragrances you can leave your balm unscented. Or use cocoa, ginger and espresso for a fantastic fragrance that’s just as divine as this balm itself. (I have to admit I’m a sucker for all three of these things.)

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Once you’ve created you own homemade chamomile balm, package it in sustainable, eco-friendly brown paperboard jars. Then top each container with cute bee sticker embellishment for a thoughtful homemade gift idea. These are perfect as homemade stocking stuffers, DIY wedding favors or even as part of a handmade gift basket. Here’s the recipe…

 This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Homemade Chamomile Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. chamomile infused olive oil (or other infused carrier oil of choice)
.5 oz. shea butter
.25 oz. mango butter
.25 oz. beeswax
25 drops cocoa absolute
15 drops fresh ginger essential oil
12 drops espresso fragrance oil

Instructions:

You’ll need to begin by making the chamomile infused olive oil. (Alternately you can use any other “liquid at room temperature” carrier oil of your choice.) I made mine by filling a mason jar with organic chamomile flowers – and few lavender blossoms just because – then covering the chamomile completely with olive oil. I set it in a cabinet for a several months, shaking occasionally.

DIY Chamomile Infused Olive Oil for natural skin care recipes.

However, you do not need to wait months for your chamomile infused oil to be ready. (I was saving mine for the perfect recipe!) Your chamomile infused oil should be ready for use within about two weeks. Or, to speed up the process, you can simmer the chamomile flowers in olive oil on the stove, covered, for 30 to 60 minutes.

DIY Chamomile Infused Olive Oil for natural skin care recipes.

DIY Chamomile Infused Olive Oil for natural skin care recipes.

DIY Chamomile Infused Olive Oil for natural skin care recipes.

Once you’ve infused the olive oil with chamomile, you must now strain it for use. You can do this by either using cheesecloth or a coffee filter. I chose to use a coffee filter to keep my chamomile infused olive oil free of any plant material for a clear oil.

You can easily strain it by inserting the cheesecloth or a paper coffee filter onto a mason jar then using a canning ring to hold either the cheesecloth or coffee filter in place.

Once you’ve strained your chamomile infused olive oil, it’s now ready to incorporate into your homemade chamomile balm recipe.

How to make a simple homemade chamomile balm recipe.

Begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the beeswax and mango butter. Heat until melted in a double boiler or at 50% power in the microwave.

Now weigh out the shea butter and stir into the melted beeswax and mango butter. Heat again so the shea butter melts completely.

Next, weigh out the chamomile infused olive oil. Stir into the melted beeswax and butters.

If you would like to scent your chamomile balm recipe, use a dropper or plastic transfer pipette to add the cocoa absolute, ginger essential oil and espresso fragrance oil.

I found my cocoa absolute at my local co-op. However I had to purchase the ginger essential oil online. The espresso fragrance oil is the same one I had left over and on hand from my homemade orange and espresso soap recipe here.

The amounts listed within this chamomile balm recipe for the cocoa absolute, ginger eo and espresso fo will give your homemade chamomile balm a light scent of gently spiced mocha espresso. For a stronger fragrance, increase the amounts of each ingredient slightly until you’ve achieved your desired scent strength. (Be sure to stay within use guidelines for the essential oil and fragrance oil!)

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Mix these ingredients so they are fully incorporated into the base of your chamomile balm then pour into your containers.

For my homemade chamomile balm recipe I used eco-friendly 1/2 ounce brown paperboard jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging. I was able to fill six containers, each with .3 oz. of my homemade chamomile balm.

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Once the chamomile balm solidifies, place the lid on each of the containers.

I then decorated the lids of my homemade chamomile balm with Jolee’s Boutique’s Bee Dimensional Embellishment Stickers.

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Leave it unscented or scent yours with cocoa, ginger and espresso like I did mine. Then top off the sustainable and eco-friendly packaging with cute bee sticker embellishments to give as homemade gifts!

Your homemade chamomile balm is now ready for use or for gifting! If you are selling your homemade chamomile balm, label accordingly with and INCI ingredient listing, your DBA or business name, and contact information.

If you like my homemade chamomile balm recipe you may also enjoy the best selling book, Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive, by Petra Ahnert. This book provides a multitude of exciting uses for beeswax including beauty and skin care recipes, homemade soaps and candles and even scented beeswax ornaments that are simply perfect for the upcoming holidays! You can learn more about this book here.

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Getting By On a Budget – Books to Read

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I got divorced just over a year ago, and I’m finally to the point where I’m going to be able to move out of my parents’ house and back on my own again. Except this time around it’s not going to be as easy because my income is significantly reduced over what it was when I was married and my ex-husband was the bread winner. As a result, I’ve really been researching ways to save money but to still be able to enjoy life on a budget. In doing so, I came across a few great books that I thought you might be interested in too!
I am super excited about the book, Make Your Place: Affordable & Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs. I think this book is beautiful and it brings back memories of when ‘zines were a trend and mail order was god, before the internet took over the masses and amazon made it’s way into the world as the first big internet retailer. Sort of in the way that mustaches are trendy now. Except this book is much more useful than a mustache on a mug! Written and illustrated by Raleigh Briggs, this book is a DIY collection from the author’s ‘zines and illustrations containing her amazing ideas for making and keeping a DIY household. There are how to’s and recipes for making cleaning solutions, using herbs to heal, dealing with “women” related problems, setting up a garden, and so much more. If you’re interested in becoming more sustainable and a little more green, this is definite one book you’ll want to buy!

You may also be interested in the book, The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency — On a Budget! by Kate Payne. This book is your source for decorating, homemaking, and dining on little to no money. It’s the perfect book if you’re on your own for the first time – especially if you have a limited budget – or just want to explore new ways of saving money. This book contains ideas for thrift shopping with a purpose, urban gardening, cleaning, cooking, decorating, saving space and more!

And if you are REALLY into growing as much of your own food as possible, definitely check out The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series).

It’d love to hear some of the things you do to save money in your household as well as inexpensive ways to entertain or have fun!


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