On Beauty: Essential Oils

Barbara is a lovely person and she always smells good. A better smelling, happier world, will benefit us all. Thanks for sharing your secret tips. -jen

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Lately, I have been trying to do with more than less…money. Here are some helpful suggestions to save money on things that you enjoy.

On Beauty

Beauty products are meant to enhance your natural radiance. So, why spend money on things that you can make yourself?

A key component is an essential oil or two. Figure out what scent you like and add it to non-scented lotion and presto, you have yourself some nice, new body lotion. I like to add lavender & peppermint to a tin of .99¢ hand cream. When you apply it, you’ll feel savvy, relaxed and decadent.

I also like making shower scrubs. Below is a makeshift recipe for the shower treat:

In a bowl, add together a teaspoon of salt, 2 cups of sugar and ½ teaspoon of baking soda.

Then, add a tablespoon of olive oil at a time with a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil and mix until the consistency is right for you. If you like a really scrubby scrub, go less with the olive oil and substitute sea salt for table salt. If your skin is on the dry side, more olive oil, please. If you skin is oiler, more likely in the summertime, add a teaspoon of baking soda—it’ll help absorb the oil in your skin. The olive oil makes your tub a bit slippery, so be careful! I think peppermint is a nice scent in general, but you can use whatever kind you like and that’s the best part.

If you want different containers for your new products, canning jars are a good deal, or check out your local thrift store. These products double well for presents too! You’ll feel good giving and receiving these steals.

by Barbara Jacobson

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