Summer’s winding down, and by now we’ve all put our hair and skin through the ringer! Luckily there’s not need to look beyond the kitchen cabinet to ease sunburned skin and keep our tousled beach hair well into the Fall. These DIY beauty recipes are all created with Nutiva (my all time favorite Coconut Oil); they work amazing and smell like a Hawaiian getaway!
- 3 tsp Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
- 4oz Purified Water, warm
- 3 tsp Sea Salt
- 4 drops Rosemary Essential Oil (I use DoTerra)
- Put coconut oil in an 8 oz canning jar and place in a pan filled with several inches of water. Melt the coconut oil over low heat.
- Meanwhile, fill an 8 oz spray bottle about ¾ full with warm, purified water and add the sea salt. Stir until the sea salt is dissolve in the water.
- Use a funnel to add the coconut oil and essential oil to the spray bottle.
- Shake the bottle to incorporate. Then fill to the top with purified water.
- Yields 8 oz. Sometimes the oil solidifies. If this happens, run the bottle under hot water and it will melt. Shake the product and it’s ready to use.
To use: Shake the bottle and spray 2-5 pumps on damp hair. Try different amounts to see what works best for your hair.
After-Sun Calming Balm
A soothing blend of coconut oil, shea butter, calendula, aloe and lavender to calm the skin after time in the sun. Shea Butter is available at most natural foods stores. I suggest Everyday Shea by Alaffia.
- 6 Tbsp Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Shea Butter
- 1/4 cup Aloe
- 2 Tbsp Calendula Oil (like the one by Herb Pharm)
- 1 tsp Vitamin E oil
- 25-60 drops *Lavender Essential Oil (I use DoTerra)
*Lavender is well known for its skin healing properties and is especially soothing for burns. Be sure to use lavender and not lavendin, which can actually cause more inflammation.
- In a double boiler over low heat, gently warm the coconut oil and shea butter. Be careful not to melt the oil and butter – heat just enough to blend easily. Once incorporated, transfer the oil and butter mixture to a bowl.
- Using an electric mixer, blend the coconut oil and shea butter mixture on low to medium speed until well incorporated, 1-2 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and avoid having clumps in the final product.
- Add calendula, aloe vera and vitamin E oil. Blend for 3 to 5 minutes until thick and creamy.
- Add essential oil and blend to incorporate.
- Yields 8oz. Transfer to a container like a wide-mouth canning jar for easy scooping. Keep out of direct sun as the oils and butter will separate if melted.
About Essential Oils:
• Essential oils are powerful. Be careful not to use more than called for as doing so can cause irritation to sensitive skin.
• Essential oils often have a specific purpose. Different scents can be soothing, invigorating or calming. If you wish, you can substitute different oils in these recipes to achieve a particular effect. I’m a huge fan of peppermint in my hair and citrus on my skin.
• You can find essential oils online or at natural foods stores. Like I mentioned before, I love doTERRA– but you can also find oils at Mountain Rose Herbs and Aura Cacia.
Tips & Tricks:
• Coconut oil melts at warm temperatures; I recommend that you do not place these products in direct sunlight or leave them in your car.
• If you enjoy the scent of coconut, use Nutiva Organic Virgin coconut oil. If you want the nourishing benefits of coconut oil without the coconut scent, use Nutiva Organic Refined coconut oil (available at Whole Foods Market).