Well, I think thought that coming from Perth meant that I was accustomed to the heat, but then I moved to Queensland...
I guess it's called the Sunshine State for a reason, but the humidity is something else!! Surprisingly, I actually don't mind it. It's not as hot as Perth. In fact, my husband recently played in Perth for basketball and he complained that the "sun was hotter than the Brisbane sun". Ummm same sun babe, just different part of the world LOLLLLLL.
But anyway, here are my Summer Essentials:
After Sun Spray
Get the top 10 oils so that you can make the below recipe...
Perfect to use if you've had a little too much sun and are feeling 'pink'. Just spray it over those sore spots (I don't rub it in but you're welcome to do that!).
- 10 drops Peppermint: the main chemical component in Peppermint is menthol. Not only does menthol have outstanding digestive benefits, but it is also the reason why it cools you down when applied topically (great if the sunburn is making you burn up, literally...)
- 10 drops Lavender: helps to soothe skin irritations (i.e. redness from sunburn).
- 10 drops Frankincense: fantastic for skin rejuvenation, which is particularly important if you have burnt badly enough to peel!
- 1 tablespoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil.
- Top with distilled or tap water (distilled just means it has been boiled - tap water can contain bacteria but no biggie seeing as the oils are anti-bacterial).
Tip: keep it in the fridge for added 'cooling'.
Live in QLD?
Try the recipe below...
Perfect to cool down agitated kids (or mama's).
- 10 drops Peppermint: see above.
- 10 drops Spearmint: even though Peppermint has a higher quantity of menthol, the aroma of Spearmint is out of this world! It is also energising and uplifting.
- 10 drops Patchouli: this is always great with Peppermint - sometimes I apply it to my forehead after a long day as it is immediately calming, and it cools the skin.
- 1 tablespoon of witch hazel.
- Top with distilled water.
Tip: you can also use Peppermint by itself.
Spritz for some lovin'
Hot flushes? Stressed? Anxious? Try the below recipe...
I love to spritz this on my face to not only reduce imperfections and soothe any irritations, but because the oils I use are incredibly calming.
5-10 drops each of:
- Ylang Ylang: supports healthy skin (and hair - so if your blow dry is a week old then spritz on there too), while also lifting your mood! I also like to apply a couple of drops of Ylang Ylang to the back of my neck when I'm feeling stressed.
- Geranium: supports even skin tone and has a grounding/calming effect on your emotions. Geranium is also fantastic to put in your shampoo and conditioner, FYI!
- Patchouli: promotes a smooth complexion, reduces the appearance of wrinkles/blemishes, and helps to calm emotions. Patchouli also goes in my 'Be Cool' spray (see above).
- Helichrysum: great for rejuvenating the skin, reducing the appearance of blemishes, and promoting glowing skin! This is also great for bruising and scarring and I add it to my 'Boo Boo' roller blend.
- Frankincense: this is THE skin oil. It's great for cellular support and inflammation, which in turn helps with collagen production. The chemical properties of the oil itself will also help to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
- Lavender: so soothing! If you are prone to acne, and the kind which gets red and sore (ME!), then this is the oil for you! It helps to reduce skin imperfections, and is great to add to some epsom salts for a relaxing bath (if you are a subscriber then you already know this!).
- 1 tablespoon witch hazel.
- Top with distilled water.
Tip: other beautiful oils that you could use are Hawaiian Sandalwood, Indian Sandalwood, Grapefruit, Manuka, and/or Myrrh.
Mozzies love you?
Try the non-toxic recipe below...
Keep those pesky bugs away with this natural, non-toxic recipe!
- 5 drops Lemongrass.
- 5 drops Lavender.
- 5 drops Geranium.
- 5 drops Peppermint.
- 5 drops Cedarwood.
- 5 drops TerraArmour.
- Top with Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Tip: you DO NOT need to use all of these oils. You could simply use TerraArmour, which is specifically a repellent blend, or just Peppermint. I also add Peppermint to cotton balls and place these in my cupboards to keep ants and other bugs away.
I hate sun screen with a passion. I apply it every day, but it just makes my skin feel yucky - it's greasy and slimy, and it's just shit in general (in my own, very vocal, opinion). So, here's a recipe you might like (I'm hard to please and I really love it!)
- 1/2 cup olive oil.
- 1/4 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil.
- 1/4 cup beeswax.
- 2 tablespoons shea butter.
- 2 tablespoons zinc oxide (this is the ingredient that stops sunburn).
- 1 teaspoon vitamin e oil (this is a second ingredient for protection if your skin's natural antioxidant defenses are overloaded).
- 12 drops Helichrysum (see Face Mist recipe above).
- Put all ingredients (except zinc oxide and Helichrysum) into a glass mixing bowl.
- Fill saucepan with some water and place on medium heat.
- Place glass bowl on top of saucepan and melt down ingredients.
- Remove from heat and add zinc oxide and Helichrysum.
- Pour into glass jar and VOILA!
Tips: you can also use a Thermomix to melt ingredients. BUT, it can be hard to clean so use an old mixing bowl if you have two.
The consistency is very thick - if you prefer liquid sun screen then the recipe will need to be tweaked slightly. I have the sun screen in a pump bottle, but I unscrew the lid to apply, as its too thick to come through the pump.
Please feel free to send me an email if you have any questions about the recipes!