Natural Fingernail Polish Remover

Doterra Lemongrass Essential Oil
Photo by Lauren Witt

Well ladies and gents, I just got WAY too excited over this DIY Natural Nail Polish Remover I put together!  Have you ever tried to take nail polish off without nail polish remover? It’s typically pretty impossible, right? Not anymore! Keep reading to find out the super simple 2-ingredient recipe below.

Now I’ll be honest, I’ve tried a few methods using the same doterra Lemongrass Essential Oil but tonight I hit the jackpot.  So keep reading this and at the very end I’ll post the recipe!  I’m not going to bore any of you with the different ways I’ve put this remover together, but what I can tell you is they all worked I just happened to like this the best.

So let’s back track a sec here.  A few years ago I started following this UH-MAZINGGG Beauty Movement called Beauty Lies Truth.  You can and should totally check out their blog as you may find some of your “clean” products aren’t so clean after all at www.beautyliestruth.com.  Yikes, right?  Well anyways, I started reading the labels on everything I owned and legit freaked out.  Now, I was in no position to just throw away everything, but I had to start somewhere.  So I started researching with the help of above said blog and figured out where I wanted to start first.  I started with makeup and facial cleansers/lotions.  Within a month I had gone completely clean with those items and couldn’t have been happier.  Really makeup isn’t the focus here so we can always save that for another day.

So how can we take off layers of nail polish without chemicals, you ask?  I’m honestly thrilled you did:  The answer is doterra Lemongrass Essential Oil!  Exciting right?  I can’t be the only one who might be amazed by this answer.  So what I did was take a small ceramic dish and dropped in 8 drops of the Lemongrass EO.  I then added a couple splashes of Witch Hazel so I could soak my fingernails.  I set my fingernails in this dish for 30 seconds.  I then dipped the cotton ball into the same mixture and just started rubbing like I would with regular nail polish remover. You will be amazed at how effective this works.  What did I do next?  My other hand!  I couldn’t believe how safe and easy this was.  So you have polish on your toes as well?  No worries–just take another cotton ball to the same mixture, let it soak some of the liquid up and do the same.  Without the soaking you might have to work just a midge harder to remove it all but it really wasn’t all that serious.

Afterwards I tossed a little doterra Fractionated Coconut Oil on my cuticles and went about my evening.  It really was that simple and I avoided inhaling all kinds of nasty chemicals and leaving a gross smell behind on my hands.  Have I also mentioned that my hands smell amazing?

Until next time, friends!  I hope you enjoyed this recipe, and please feel free to leave comments, questions and ideas below!

-Lo!

DIY Nail Polish Remover

-Ceramic/Glass Dish
-6-8 drops of Lemongrass EO
-Witch Hazel (depending on dish size just use enough to soak your fingernails)
-Cotton Ball
Have fun!

Essential Oils for Sunburn – DIY After Sun Spray

DIY After Sun Spray
DIY After Sun Spray

OMG everyone! HOW IS IT JULY?! Maybe I’m just having a little too much fun, and the summer is about to fly on by. In reality I had a crazy busy June, and I now feel like I’m truly enjoying summer. I even got out to the pool this past weekend which brings me to the awesome news I have for y’all! I’ve put together a DIY After the Sun Spray with some amazing dōTERRA oils and a few other simple ingredients. Exciting right? Keep reading for all the details.

So I’m going to assume, even though you shouldn’t EVER assume, that we can all get a little too much sun sometimes. Am I right? Well to give you the best idea of my skin if you don’t know me, it’s pretty fair. Even since moving from the North down South, I’m still pretty fair and get rosy-gold in the Summer. I am very into organic sunscreens made with little to no chemicals but we all know you can still get some unwanted sunburn. Once you have the sunburn, there’s no turning back or time to apply more sunscreen so we need to now worry about aftercare. First and foremost: STAY HYDRATED! That’s going to be key in the healing process, but next you’re going to want to apply something for the burn itself.  Good thing you can use essential oils for sunburn! I can’t tell y’all enough how after using this spray I’d wished I’ve had this spray forever. I have extremely sensitive skin and sometimes there’s just no avoiding getting some extra sun sometimes. So why punish yourself when you can soothe and hydrate your skin with ingredients you have right at your fingertips?

The first dōTERRA oil I am going to talk about today isn’t going to be the most obvious but it’s important and is in my spray. It’s dōTERRA Basil Essential Oil. Basil itself acts as a cooling agent to the skin so I figured why not add this in there! ….and to clear it up yes Basil is mainly used in the culinary world but Basil has a rich history of medicinal uses! So I would say most definitely add this in!

The second oil I’m going to talk about for the DIY Spray is dōTERRA Lavender Essential Oil. Y’all probably saw this one coming a mile away as Lavender is a natural antiseptic so it has its own built in healing properties. How cool is that? To me this screams “YAY I don’t have to slather a cream or a lotion full of chemicals all over my already irritated skin”! Does anyone else feel that way? So for obvious reasons I have added Lavender EO to this as well.

Last but certainly not least I have added some of dōTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil. Did the thought cross my mind that maybe I’m making an intense cooling spray? It did but only for like 10 seconds. I really won’t get to into Peppermint EO here as really I generally use it for stomach upset or to cool me down when I have a migraine so I also thought this would be a good feature for my spray. Another reason I wanted to add Peppermint EO to the spray has everything to do with the fact that even if you are NOT sunburned and just want to cool off for the summer you can just give your skin a few spritzes and go about your day! You can’t ever apply too much and it’s safe and free of chemicals.

Now I realize that there are several other EO’s that would be good for being a natural antiseptic including Bergamot, Lemon, Clove, Myrrh, Thyme and many many more; just pick the one you have the best experience with or try Lavender! I find for skin irritation Lavender is what I have had the best luck with. If you differ from my recipe I would love if you share your experience. I am always up for trying new things or even adding to what I’m already including ingredient wise.

At the end of this post will be my full recipe. If the bottle you are using is larger than mine please just adjust your measurements accordingly. I love the 10ml spray bottles as they are easy to just toss in the bag I am carrying with me that day. I hope y’all enjoy making and using this spray. Please keep enjoying your summer and keep this spray handy. Until next time KEEP COOL!

In a 10ml Spray Bottle:

15 drops Basil EO
10 drops Lavender EO
8 drop Peppermint EO
5 drops FCO

Fill the rest of the bottle with Organic Rose Water and shake it up!  I would also recommend shaking before each application.  Enjoy!

See you next time,

Essential Oils for the Skin: DIY Facial Toner

Photo by Emily Michelle Jones

Hello everyone and hello Summer! I really hope everyone is having an amazing June so far. Things have been a bit crazy here with some travel and moving this month. It’s been a minute since we’ve posted but I promise we are back and ready to deliver some really awesome content from here on out! I’d also like to thank everyone for hanging around and keeping up with our Instagram @thatmidnightoil in the meantime. We are thinking of doing a series on Essential Oils for the Skin and this is our first post in the series.

So today I am coming to you guys with an awesome DIY Facial Toner! It was really simple to make and I chose the oils based on wanting to combat oily skin for these hot and muggy summer months. I already have oily combination skin so when the weather is muggy and constantly warm, I need a little more help taking care of my skin. So if you’re someone with skin similar to mine or just want to control oily skin for the summer this could be the toner for you!  In a 10 ML spray bottle I put 10 drops doTERRA Geranium Essential Oil, 12 drops doTERRA Cypress Essential Oil, and last but not least 5 drops doTERRA Juniper Berry Essential Oil.  After that I filled the bottle to the halfway point with Witch Hazel, and then the rest of the way with pure Rosewater. Put the top on and give it a good shake! Now if you wanted to make this in a bigger bottle just adjust the measurements accordingly.  You could also swap an oil for one of your choice as well. Please don’t feel limited, but just know that the doTERRA Cypress Essential Oil was the main one I chose to help with the excess oil on my skin so I’d keep that one in there for sure!  I chose doTERRA Geranium EO for its anti-aging properties, and doTERRA Juniper Berry EO based on its ability to be a natural skin toner.
I do recommend shaking before each use–just a few sprays goes a long way! I personally use this morning and night after washing and before moisturizing, but feel free to use in the middle of the day as well!
I hope you all try this at home, and please leave comments on your thoughts!
See you next time,
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Geranium Essential Oil Benefits

I don’t know about you, and I cannot speak for everyone BUT my hair has been through HELL the last 16 months. I would get my usual which is called a “bleach and tone”. If you’re not familiar it’s when the hair is pretty much bleached and toned every 4-6 weeks. Well there happened to be an incident which left my hair very damaged, and unable to come back from what had happened. I politely changed salons and immediately had to cut several inches off my hair. Now I know you don’t know me (just yet), but this crushed me. I get it-it’s just hair right? “It will grow back” they say! These are all things I know, but just didn’t want to hear.

In the last 12 months I have taken extra good care of my hair. I have been getting routine trims/cuts every 3-4 months and have only applied some basic color (at the advice of my colorist) to my hair twice. I did the whole root grow out which I absolutely fell in love with, but I’m ready to be close to platinum again! So this is where Essential Oils comes into play for me, and dōterra Geranium Oil to be exact. I’ve been looking into many different dōterra oils for the effects of helping hair become stronger. When I stumbled upon dōterra Geranium Essential Oil I just HAD to get my hands on it.  Some of the benefits of the dōterra Geranium EO are giving hair a vibrant and healthy glow, promoting the appearance of clear and healthy skin, a natural stress reliever, reducing blood pressure, naturally repel insects and that’s just to name a few.  The beauty side of this EO is really what grabbed my attention.

Hair mask in bun
So you’re probably wondering at this point what I’ve been doing with this oil right?  Well you’re in luck!  I have been taking Organic Unrefined-Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and mixing it with some dōterra Geranium EO.  There isn’t an actual method or calculation–for however much you are going to make, I would suggest using 1/4 parts Geranium EO with either 1/2 or 3/4 parts Olive Oil.  I haven’t made a large batch yet-I just make it as I want to use it.  All I do is section my hair into three parts and start at the ends and work my way up each section.  I then just top knot it and let it sit for a minimum of one hour.  You could technically leave this mask on for as long as you want including overnight, but generally I do about three hours while I clean up around my house or sit and relax.  My only suggestion to you is if you’re going to sleep or sit on something porous put a towel down, or a sheet you don’t mind getting some oil on temporarily.  So the results!  You want those right?  I only have to shampoo my hair once and I put in a very small amount of conditioner but what I find when my hair dries is the smoothness and shine!  Whether I apply heat to it or wear my natural curls my hair feels and looks so much healthier.  Now I can be pretty forgetful so I will sometimes go weeks without doing this mask and let me tell you when I do I regret not being on a better schedule with this thing!  I am no professional but I’d like to say giving my hair some extra love now and again has truly helped my hair grow and become strong again.  Lastly have I mentioned how awesome my hair smells afterwards?  Have a spa night, and give this a try!  You owe it to yourself!
Have any of you ever used Geranium EO for a hair mask or beauty treatment of any kind?  If you have please leave a comment below to share your experience as we would love to hear!  Also feel free to ask any questions!  Thank you so much for stopping by-until next time,
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.