When we mistakenly ordered 2 pounds of dried rose petals, I was eager to discover all the different ways I could incorporate them into my DIY skincare and beauty routine.
Roses have been a skincare standby for centuries, and for good reason. No matter your age or skin type, you can benefit from the inclusion of rose-infused products in your skincare regimen.
You can infuse anything with rose petals. Not only do they smell intoxicating, but they also possess a plethora of therapeutic properties. This makes them a wonderful addition to your DIY skincare arsenal.
Who doesn’t love a soaking in a warm bath with a good book and a glass of something delicious? Added bonus if you add a fragrant, fizzy bath bomb to your bath water.
Unfortunately, far too often store-bought bath bombs smell like you overdid it in the perfume aisle. Not ideal for the scent sensitive folks, or for those who want to avoid synthetic fragrances. Store-bought bath bombs can also contain toxic dyes which have been linked to UTI’s and yeast infections. And at $8 or more a pop, they’re far from economical.
Maybe it was a night of drinking. Maybe it was too much refined sugar, salt, or carbs — only to follow it up with a 2am bedtime.
Cue puffiness, bloat, and angry, inflamed skin the next morning. The kind of irritation that even the best face mist can’t quell. And the kind of carbohydrate-induced water retention that takes a day or two to resolve, sending your cheekbones on an extended vacation.
Store bought room sprays and deodorizers may smell good, but they can be very bad for your upper respiratory system as well as your overall health. Common ingredients in these products include formaldehyde, phthalates, and dangerous aerosol propellants such as butane and propane — not to mention the thousands of other endocrine-disprupting chemicals that are not required to be disclosed on the product’s label. Exposure to these ingredients has been linked to cancer, pulmonary damage, asthma, and skin issues, among other concerns.
While experimenting with my new diffuser, I wondered why the room suddenly smelled like I’d just opened a can of cola.
At first, I thought my nostrils might just be confused from the steady stream of different essential oils they’d been exposed to that day. (I had been really excited about my new diffuser, after all.)
But sure enough, that wasn’t the case.
That was the moment I knew I’d struck essential oil combining gold.
If you’ve spent any length of time browsing Sephora, you’ve likely noticed the collection of products devoted to removing makeup. I don’t know about you, but when faced with hordes of wipes, micellar liquids and bottles of oil, part of me starts to believe I need 11 different steps to wash my face.
Choosing what kind of makeup to put on my skin is already hard enough without worrying about which product (or two, or three) is best at taking it off. For that reason, and to avoid mental exhaustion, I usually stick with good old virgin coconut oil.