Saturday, March 12, 2016

DIY Time! Do It Yourself Lotion! ಥ◡ಥ

So I was rolling around in bed while life passed me by and I thought to myself, I could use a good natural lotion! So I wobbled to my computer and scrounged around for some Cocoa ButterYellow Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, and Vitamin E Oil and got cookin!

I first started by using a double broiler and put my Cocoa and Shea butters in to melt on a low temperature. Once they melted I took it off the stove and added in Coconut oil, Vitamin E, and some Almond oil!
 (A double boiler consists of a bowl placed on top of a pan of simmering water. The bowl does not touch the water, but creates a seal with the bottom pan to trap the steam produced by the simmering water.

For measurements I just kind of eyeballed it I just placed chunks of the butters in the bowl and plopped out how ever much of the oils I saw fit so just do you and put what you like the most in it at what ever measurement you prefer!

Once everything was done I poured it into left over containers I had used and cleaned out and placed them into the fridge to solidify. Now I took them out a lil early because I didn't want it too hard and I'm glad I took it out because its the perfect consistency for me. This stuff melts right in the palm of my hands it goes on great and feels amazing and smells like really dark chocolate which is a plus to me! Now if you don't like the harsh smell you can find unscented Cocoa butter and buy a different kind of Shea butter as well.

Now a friendly warning, using the yellow Shea butter will leave residue sometimes especially if you wear white and rub it on and quickly put clothes on! So pat dry or let it fully absorb into your skin if you are going to use yellow Shea.

I recommend everyone take a spin at making their own lotion! It's fun, easy, inexpensive, and best of all you know exactly what's going into and onto your skin!

I hope this was helpful to you!
As always good vibes until next time~ ôヮô

Thursday, March 3, 2016

GRATiAE Peeling Gel and GRATiAE Moisturizing Cream! ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

So on a whim, we traveled an hour and a half away to a gigantic outlet mall and of course I picked up some goodies.
You know the kiosks on the sides as you walk? Well I usually never stop at them because I'm on a mission to scurry my little legs to Nordstrom rack, Off The Rack Saks, or Neiman Marcus Last call. On this day a man named Tony happened to snag me off the course of my mission and get my attention with a nail kit at first, but then he showed me a Peeling gel. Boy when I tell you the dead skin flew off my arm... It horrified me and made me reevaluate my skin care routine.

He sold me on the Peeling Gel and Moisturizing Cream combo by GRATiAE. Now it is VERY expensive if you can't find a kiosk to try to get a better deal then I don't know if I can say you HAVE to go buy these products. If you're lucky enough to find a kiosk or seller near you I hope you can find someone as nice as Tony who sold me my products. I recommend getting a demonstration of the peeling gel with the moisturizer because you will be blown away.

Now I'm not always about high end products, but when it comes to your money maker, you shouldn't skimp. You want to use the best ingredients and what ever you feel you need to keep your biggest organ feeling great!

The Peeling Gel is amazing, it removes the dead skin effortlessly without causing irritation. I've used this on my sensitive skin, My mothers dry skin, and on dry elbows! It has yet to give me a reaction or cause massive drying or anything of the sort. It just takes the thin layer of dead skin off. Most chemical peels instead of removing only dead skin cells they remove the entire top layer of your epidermis. Which is a huge no thank you for me!

 Also, It doesn't have a bad odor it has a light scent but you can hardly smell it, but when you do it's pleasant. 

Aqua/deionized water, butylene glycol, carbomer, sodium chloride, AQUA/"Three graces" Thermomineral water, sodium hydroxide, parfume/fragrance, aloe, barbadensis leaf juice/aloe barbadensis*, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, hamamelis virginiana extract/witch hazel extract*, anthemis nobilis extract/chamomile extract, tocopheryl acetate. *Ecocert certified organic

The Moisturizing Cream is a great consistency. It's not watery, but also not too thick and is white in color. It's not greasy or oily when you massage it into your skin. You could probably use any moisturizer you want or like along side the Peeling Gel. I just bought the combo because Tony was such a nice guy talked to me for a long time gave me great information, I know it's his job to sell these products but he seemed down to earth and I didn't have a moisturizer so why not get the combo!

a Aqua/Deionized Water, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Buxus Chinensis oil/ Jojoba Oil, Prunu Amygdalus Dulcis oil/ Sweet Almond Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Myristate, Aqua /"Three graces", Thermomineral Water, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract / Oat Extract, Citric Acid, Perfume/Fragrance, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Hamaelis Virginiana Extract/ Witch Hazel Extract, Lechitin (Lipsome Complex), Retinyl Acetate, Tocopherol, BHT, Mentha Piperita Oil. Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice/ Aloe Barbadensis.

I'm glad I wasn't having the wool pulled over my eyes, and I'm glad I stopped to see what they had to offer. These products are very nice and I hope the next time I'm up that way I can purchase some other things by this line.

Do I recommend GRATiAE Peeling Gel and Moisturizer? Yes and no. Yes because I do like how the products work and feel on the skin. No because they are OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive and I can't see a working class human being buying these products consistently for the price tags on the site.

That's all for this review, I hope this was of help in some way.

Good vibes, until next time! (°ヮ°)