self-care/,self’ker/noun: the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health
If Annie had asked me four months ago to participate in a post round-up on self-care, my answer would have been “I don’t do that”.
Because if the definition of self-care is “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health”, then I definitely did not qualify (my morning iced coffee, nightly bourbon and occasional “spa” pedicure notwithstanding).
But THREE months ago I began a journey that was nothing BUT self-care – putting my health front and center, along with my entire environment – from the air quality of my home, to the detergent that washes (and lingers on) our sheets, towels and clothing, to the cleaning products that cover every surface we touch.
So now let’s have some fun, with two easy, delicious smelling DIY’s that are the sweet, indulgent side of self-care:
If you’ve been hanging out here for a while you know that I LOVE my body scrubs. Like, LOVE LOVE. I’d already done lavender, brown sugar and rose, and was in the mood for something bright and fresh during this exceptionally gray and grim winter.
Orange – like all citrus oils, has a sweet, invigorating aroma, and I just knew that it would combine beautifully with brown sugar. Here’s how to make it!
Orange Brown Sugar Scrub
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup refined coconut oil
20 – 25 drops Orange essential oil (start with 20 drops; you can always add more!)
Thoroughly combine all ingredients in a small bowl, then transfer to an airtight jar (these make GREAT gifts in small mason jars!).
Next up? DIY perfume (stay with me here)!
Back story: I’ve worn the same fragrance exclusively – every day – for over 30 years. And even after watching the movie “Stink” – and ridding my home of everything with “fragrance” in it – I didn’t think to look at……….MY FRAGRANCE. And then I did.
Here’s part of the description from the product website:
“Formulated with aromatic essential oils of citrus fruit, Patchouli, Bitter Orange, Rosemary, and White Thyme, this invigorating fragrance promotes a feeling of freshness, vitality, and well-being. Natural plant extracts of Aloe Vera and Ginseng leave skin feeling soft, hydrated, and toned.”
What could be more pure and natural, right? Now here’s the ingredient list:
Alcohol, Water, Fragrance, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acanthopanax Senticosus Root Extract, Ginger Root Extract, Panax Gingseng Root Extract, Harpagopytum Procombens Root Extract, Plantago Ovata Seed Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl CIinnamal, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol
See the “Fragrance”? Red flag. This term is a catchall for 10,000 DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS. And since trade-secret laws protect perfume and cosmetic makers from divulging the specific formulas for their scents, there’s no way to know exactly which of those 10,000 ingredients you’re dabbing onto your neck or wrist. But pretty much all scented cosmetics contain a group of petroleum-based chemicals called phthalates (read more about the dangers of phtalates here).
So my beloved fragrance – my “natural”, “plant-based” fragrance that I’ve been DOUSING MYSELF in for decades – likely contained truly horrible ingredients.
And now I make my own perfume. Here’s what’s in it:
I’ve made a few different blends so far; here’s what I’m loving currently!
from Nesting with Grace
10 drops Orange essential oil
5 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil
2 drops Geranium essential oil
2 drops Vetiver essential oil
Carrier oil (jojoba, sweet almond and fractionated coconut are all good choices)
Place essential oils in a 10 ml roller bottle; top with your choice of carrier oil.
And while I’ve shared the impact these changes have had on our sleep, health and overall wellness, I’ve not emphasized nearly enough the psychological benefits I’ve experienced. Aroma is truly powerful, and taking it in through all of the products we now use has had benefits that I couldn’t have imagined.
Self-care doesn’t get any better than that!
If I’ve piqued your interest feel free to e-mail me at Sheri@sherisilver.com to chat further. And be sure to check out my fellow bloggers’ posts for even more lovely self-care ideas!
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