Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Guest Post - Paula from Living At Blessed Life

Today, I would like to introduce you to my blogging friend, Paula. I "met" Paula when I purchased some of her wonderful soap products from her Etsy shop. I absolutely love her Lavender Shea Butter Body Lotion - it smells so good and leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft. I really cannot get enough of it; it's one of my favorite scents on earth. Her soaps are great as well. Paula is so friendly and sweet and always has a kind word to share. She writes a lovely blog and often offers giveaways of her natural, homemade skincare products. I'm so happy that she agreed to come over and share some beauty tips in a holiday guest post. Welcome Paula....

First, I would like to say “Thank you Kari” for inviting me to be featured on your blog. You are the Best!

Hello my name is Paula Parrish from Living at Blessed Life. I would like to share with you some Natural Beauty Recipes made with Kitchen Staples.

Simple and Natural Beauty Recipes

This time of the year, everyone is super busy making yummy treats for Christmas.

I believe in keeping things simple and natural. We all want to look our best, so why not use some of the yummy kitchen ingredients that you currently have on hand during the holidays to create natural beauty products. I love using natural skincare recipes because they save me money and I avoid tons of chemicals. Here are a few recipes, I hope that you will try out at home.

Brown Sugar and Honey Scrub
Simply mix up brown sugar and honey. Sprinkle in a few dashes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg from your kitchen spices. The brown sugar exfoliates the skin doing away with dirt, oil and dead skin cells causing blemishes. Honey is naturally antibacterial, so as the brown sugar scrubs away the things clogging pores, the honey cleans out the sources for buildup to prevent future breakouts.

Pumpkin Pie Face Mask
Pumpkin naturally contains high levels of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that the body naturally converts into vitamin A. Pumpkin also contains antioxidants and enzymes that speed up cell turnover, revealing brighter, younger looking skin. Combine 2 T of pumpkin, 1 T raw honey and 1/8 t of cinnamon. Blend the mixture gently, then apply a thin layer of it onto your face, avoiding the eye area. Relax for 15 minutes as you enjoy the amazing aroma of yummy pumpkin from your skin. Wash off with warm water and pat to dry.

Replace Conditioner with Vinegar
To remove the usual problems with hair like dullness, build up, dullness or lack of luster, replace your conditioner with vinegar 2 to 3 times a month, depending on your hair type. Just use it as you need it. And don’t worry about buying the best stuff for the best results, common white vinegar will do the job.

Smooth Fizzy Hair With Honey
Simply add a tablespoon of honey to one litre of water. After shampooing, rinse your hair with this mixture to tame your frizzy hair. I love this natural hair rinse.

Soften Skin With Oatmeal
There are many beauty recipes that involve oatmeal, but you can use oatmeal by itself to help your skin. Ground up about 1 cup of oatmeal using a blender or food processor, and then add it to your bath water to soften skin.

I hope that you will give some of these super simply and fun skincare recipes a try at home. I would love to hear about how they work for you. Leave a comment here and don’t forget to stop by my blog at Living at Blessed Life and leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you.

If you are on the look out for more natural skincare products? I have on hand handmade soaps and other products that your skin will love.
Check out my featured soap this month, Honey Bee Oats & Cinnamon Soap Bar.

This soap has a yummy smell of cinnamon and honey. The Beeswax is great for Eczema and Psoriasis, while the honey helps to naturally moisturize your skin. Honey is a naturally healing moisturizer, full of natural enzymes and vital nutrients, such as vitamins C, D, and E, to leave skin soft and healthy. Organic oatmeal added to gently exfoliate and unclog pores. It soothes irritation and softens skin.

Do you have a favorite handmade soap scent?
Smiles, Paula



Paula Parrish said...

Hello Kari,
Thanks so much for allowing me to take up space here on your blog today. You are the Best.
Smiles, Paula

Jenn said...

I love Paula's stuff, I have switched over completely to her soaps in my home and used her sugar scrub recipe and "dinosaur egg" recipes to make gifts this holiday season