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Roller balls are one of the easiest was to make up and apply oil blends. I have been using frankincense as part of my skin care routine for a few months now and definitely notice my skin being brighter and softer. I was applying it with some coconut oil but mixing it in my hand each night but it was a bit messy so I decided to make this handy little roller ball bottle.


Coconut oil can be a little heavy so I swapped it out for almond oil in my recipe and added some cedarwood to boost the skin loving magic. Each night and sometimes in the morning I roll some under my eyes, on my forehead and neck then massage in.


Frankincense can help support cellular function, so it's often used to soothe skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes. It's aromatic properties are said to promote feelings of relaxation, peace, and overall wellness. This is one clever little oil!


Cedarwood oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. This may make it beneficial for skin conditions like acne. One case study indicated that the addition of cedarwood oil to traditional acne treatments was helpful for alleviating and reducing stubborn breakouts. It is emotionally grounding and promotes the feelings of safety and tranquility so can help with sleep.


Recipe


10 ml Roller Bottle

15 - 20 drops Doterra Frankensense Oil

15 - 20 drops Doterra Cedarwood Oil

Almond Oil



I usually add my essential oils first then the almond oil so there is less chance of it overflowing, shake the bottle with your finger over the end and smell test to see if you want to add more oil.

You can uses other brands of oil but you may need to increase the amount of essential oil used as cheaper brands often contain filler oils.


Want to buy you own oils? Click here to visit my Doterra shop or contact me to find out more about saving 25% on all products by becoming a member.


Doterra Membership is only $35 and is often included in essential oil sets like this one which is reduced from $245 to $184 for members.





I also make starter kits with smaller quantities of oil and roller bottles that are available for collection in Mindarie, Perth. From $14 for 4 roller bottles plus carrier oil. Contact me for more information.

My dad collected glass bottles and newspapers before recycling was really even a mainstream thing, and certainly way before we had the convenience of a recycling bin in our garden. I love that this influenced me to feel motivated to be eco friendly. I upped my game last year when I decided to try to not just recycle but reduce the waste out family creates.


Like all mums, I'm pretty busy so these needed to be things that were quick and hassle free.

Here are 10 of the ways I've found easy to cut back on waste.



  1. Soap bars instead of bottles of shower gel and hand wash. Took a while to get my husband into this but a year in and he is almost converted. I also got the kids on the side by making some easy soap at home using Aussie Soap supplies melt and pour soap. They loved picking essential oil blends.



2. Bulk buy Cleaning Cloths I bought 20 microfiber cloths and just chuck them in the wash after a day or two then reuse. So much better then the sponges I used to use that fell apart and ended up in the bin.



3. Shampoo Bar to replace bottles of shampoo. I've been using the Lush ones which last for ages if you keep them in a little box so they don't get squishy. I'm going to look into their chemical ingredients as I try to go more low tox. I tried the conditioner bars but didn't love them so they are on my 'to find' list.




4. Packed lunch box with compartments or tupperware we were using a LOT of plastic sandwich bags in lunch boxes which wasn't good. I tried buying thick ones and washing them but it was a pain to dry them. This SMASH box is the best one I've tried, it has two dividers you can remove and they are still in great condition after a year of use.

5. Big snack bags Instead of buying multi packs. I try to buy large bags of crisps, popcorn etc for the kids packed lunched to reduce the amount of packaging we have to bin. This is where the conpartment style packed lunch is great, my main tip from the kids is to add the snack in the morning as they tend to go soggy if they are in the fridge all night.




6. Water Bottles I used to buy cartons of juice for the kids but since coming to Australia we just always use double lined metal water bottles.


7. Reuse food bags if like us you have a dog, bread bags and similar work well to pick up poo. I also try to buy the dog poo bags that decompose.



8. Invest in some fruit and veg bags, I got a pack of these net ones on ebay and keep them in the car with my reusable shopping bags. Remembering them is not always my strong point!


9. `Home made cleaners so we reuse bottles. I recently bought the book " Naturally Inspired" as I am keen to reduce the amount of chemicals in our house. One of the recipes I've loved so far are cleaning fizzies. These little tablets keep your loo fresh, only use 3 natural ingredients and you can use an old yogurt pot as packaging. I'll be sharing a video of how to make them and other recipes soon.


10. Worm Farm, so this one is on my 'todo' list as my kids learned all about it in their school garden. They tell me worms a greedy wee buggers so loved food scraps and you can use their pee (Nice!) to feed your plants! Win win!





I recently started learning about the ingredients in the products my family uses to clean our house and ourselves. I was pretty shocked to discover the chemical cocktail we use on our skin every day. The biggest surprise was the carcinogenic byproduct in our foaming handwash.


This low tox bath salt recipe is one of my favourites as Its super simple, makes a beautiful present and is a lovely way to take a little bit of time out to relax. Epsom salts are also an awesome way to relax muscles and tension. Not a fan of a bath, no problem! Pop some in a basin and soak your feet.


LOW TOX BATH SALTS


Ingredients


3/4 cup of Epsom Salts

1/4 cup sea salt or pink Himalayan salt

1/4 bicarb soda

10-15 drops of your favourite essential oil


My favourite Doterra essential oil blends:

Lavender & Cedarwoor - calming and helps sleep


Wild Orange & Bergamot - Uplifting


Arborvitae & Wild Orange _ Grounding


1.Mix epsom salts, bicarb soda and essential oil in a bowl.


2. Spoon into your jar or container, alternate between a layer of the salt mix and pink Himalayan salt to create a pretty layered effect.


3. Add dried flowers like lavender or rose petals for decoration. Tie some cute twine round to make a kind gift.


You can use any jar, I like to keep any glass jars from food in our house or Red Dot and Kmart have some pretty and very reasonably jars.


Want to get you awesome smell on? Pop over to my Doterra site to order your own oils.

(Or message me to find out about becoming a Doterra member to benefit from wholesale prices)


I've found the cheapest place to get ingredients is Aussie Candle Supplies or Diffusional

Bulk Source or your local supermarket can also be handy but a little more expensive.


A big thank you to Sakura Holistic for teaching me this recipe.

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