Mar 15

DIY Natural Version of Vicks VaporRub

by Lesley Kim

There’s nothing worse than a cold that lasts for several days..  So when I got a little cold, I decided to make my own DIY Natural Version of Vicks VaporRub.   If you know me, you know I prefer to use natural products to minimize the chemicals I put in my body.  My “natural” Vicks VaporRub is easy to make, and free of harsh chemicals and preservatives.

DIY Natural Version of Vicks VaporRubIn a microwave safe dish, melt 1 part beeswax to 7 part coconut oil in the microwave for 15 seconds interval until the two are melted. (Be careful as the mixture will be very hot!) Carefully stir the oils and let cool.

DIY Natural Version of Vicks VaporRubAdd 5 drops of Vitamin E oil, 15 drops of Eucalyptus Oil, 15 drops of Peppermint Oil, and 7 drops of Spearmint Oil.  (The essential oils you need may vary due to the potency of your oils).

DIY Natural Version of Vicks VaporRubCarefully mix the mixture with a metallic spoon.  Then gently pour the mix on a clean, sterilized container with a cap.

DIY Natural Version of Vicks VaporRubLet your natural Vicks VaporRub cool and  label your container.

DIY Natural Version of Vicks VaporRubNow you have your own DIY Natural Version of Vicks VaporRub that you can feel at ease putting on your body to soothe the discomfort of a cold.

Dec 14

DIY Peppermint and Citrus Hand sanitizer

by Lesley Kim

One of the easiest DIYS ever are hand sanitizer sprays.  They literally take about 2 minutes to make.  When my Everyone Peppermint and Citrus Hand Sanitizer Spray ran out, I washed the bottle with soap and water so I can reuse it and make my very own DIY Peppermint and Citrus Hand Sanitizer.  I wiped the bottle with a clean towel and let it air dry until fully dry.

DIY Peppermint and Citrus Hand sanitizer

Now the fun part!  Pour 1/3 purified or bottled water in the clean bottle and then add 2/3 rubbing alcohol.  Gently swirl around.  Then carefully add about 7 drops of lemon essential oil, 5 drops of peppermint oil, 5 drops of lavender oil, and 3 drops of tangerine oil.  Add a few drops of Vitamin E oil and cap the bottle.  Gently shake the mixture, and you have made your very own DIY Peppermint and Citrus Hand Sanitizer!

DIY Peppermint and Citrus Hand sanitizer

For your ingredients:  You can purchase an essential oil sampler from online stores like amazon.com.  Rubbing Alcohol can be purchased at Target, and Vitamin E oil from CVS or Walgreens.

DIY Peppermint and Citrus Hand sanitizer

Dec 14

LemonGrass Lip Balm Recipe

by Lesley Kim

The scent of lemongrass just takes me back to a relaxing spa.  This calming scent seems to just dissipate all my stress away, which is why I probably like to use this essential oil in many of my DIY homemade skincare.  Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite homemade lemongrass lip balm recipe, featuring of course, the lemongrass essential oil.

LemonGrass Lip Balm Recipe

In a clean, microwave safe bowl, combine 6 parts coconut oil to 1 part beeswax.  Melt in a microwave in 5 seconds interval until the two ingredients are melted.  Be careful as the mixture will be very hot.  Gently stir and mix with a spoon.

LemonGrass Lip Balm Recipe

Once  the coconut oil and beeswax have mixed and slightly cooled, add a few drops of Vitamin E oil.  Add about 3-5 drops of lemongrass oil, depending on the strength of your essential oil.

LemonGrass Lip Balm Recipe

Gently pour the mixture in your lip balm containers and allow to harden, which should take approximately 15 minutes.  Your lemongrass lip balm is ready to use!  I hope you enjoy this LemonGrass Lip Balm Recipe. =)

Nov 14

Hemp Milk and Oatmeal Face Mask

by Lesley Kim

My skin has been parched and dry lately. In need of a new, moisturizing, and anti aging DIY face mask, I made a simple hemp milk and oatmeal face mask.  I love hemp milk, and if you haven’t tried it, it’s worth a try.  I have found this vegan milk from places like Whole Foods, Ralphs, and other health food stores.  Hemp milk tastes creamy and delicious, though more on the thick side.  It also works well in DIY face masks, as you can see from this post =).

Hemp Milk and Oatmeal Face MaskIngredients:

1 teaspoon raw oatmeal

2 teaspoon hemp milk

1/2 teaspoon of honey

Hemp Milk and Oatmeal Face MaskMix all the ingredients with a hand blender or with a spoon, mashing the oatmeal.

_MG_0715Add a few drops of moisturizing oil.  I like to use evening primrose oil.
With a cotton ball, apply all over the face.  Let dry for about 10 minutes. Then with a wet towelette, wipe off.  Rinse again with warm water and apply your favorite moisturizer.

May 14

Delicious Cocoa and Coconut Lip Butter Recipe

by Lesley Kim

I typically go through a number of lip balms, partly because I misplace most of them, but also because I do use them often. Kiehls lip balms have been my favorite for years. But lately, I have been experimenting with my own lip balm recipes and love how they are coming out.

Cocoa and Coconut lip butter recipe

Homemade lip balms are fun to make, super easy and best of all, inexpensive. You can also customize them to your liking and give them away as gifts. I usually make my homemade lip balms, like the one using the cocoa and coconut lip butter recipe, as I need them. I purchased small containers from Michaels, which holds these concoction perfectly. I do caution that since lip balms can melt in high heat, it is always important to buy a container that seals tightly. If you want, you can reuse small containers from skincare samples. Amazon also carries a number of great containers that are perfect for homemade lip balms.

Cocoa and Coconut lip butter recipe

In this post, I wanted to share a yummy cocoa and coconut lip butter recipe.


1/4 tsp of melted beeswax
3/4 tsp of coconut oil
1/10 tsp coca powder
1 drop of vitamin e oil
1 drop jojoba oil

Mix the melted beeswax and coconut oil together. Slowly mix in the cocoa powder. Add the vitamin E oil and jojoba oil.  Carefully mix the mixture until everything has blended well. Then transfer the mixture to a clean, sterile container for storage. Refrigerate for an hour or two to harden the mixture.

Apply this cocoa and coconut lip butter recipe liberally and often for moisturized lips.

Apr 14

DIY Hand Mask for Younger Looking Hands

by Lesley Kim

The back of the hands are often neglected. Mine definitely are, especially after numerous washing though out the day.  I usually try to put lotions or a mask when I can to counteract the drying effects of the weather and water on my hands.  As you know, I love to experiment with what I have to make my own homemade skincare. Today, I want to share a homemade hand mask that will leave your hands soft and youthful looking.  I used 2 ingredients that are easily found in most homes to make this easy, homemade hand mask.

homemade hand mask

1 tsp of full fat sour cream
1/4 tsp of cumin

 Mix the two ingredients in a clean, sterile container. Apply the mixture to the back of the hands with a clean brush. Let dry, about 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

homemade hand maskI know…. It’s strange to use this two ingredients for a homemade hand mask. It kind of smells like delicious Mexican food. But sour cream and cumin are actually wonderful for the skin. Sour cream is high in fat, moisturizing and nourishing the dry patches of the back of hands. Sour cream also contains lactic acid, gently exfoliating the skin to reveal younger looking skin.

Cumin is a spice that is beginning to find its way into beauty products. Cumin has Vitamin C and E, which are important for youthful skin.

Together, cumin and sour cream makes an amazing moisturizing and anti aging homemade hand mask for dry, neglected skin.


Apr 14

Clarifying Strawberry Mask Recipe

by Lesley Kim

I usually like to keep fresh berries in my refrigerator, hoping that if they are readily available, I will be more likely to eat them. I usually do eat most of the fresh fruit I buy,  but sometimes, some of these nutritious berries begin to go bad before I can get to them. Instead of trashing these over ripe berries, I like to use them for homemade masks. Now that I am more conscious of my skin, I try to apply a moisturizing or clarifying mask as much as possible. Whether the mask is homemade or store bought, the benefits are always a plus.

clarifying strawberry mask recipeIn this post, I wanted to share a simple way of saving those over ripe strawberries to make a clarifying all natural mask that will leave your skin free of blemish, radiant, and glowing.

clarifying strawberry mask recipe

 Clarifying Strawberry Mask Recipe

1 ripe strawberry
1 teaspoon honey

Strawberries make an amazing mask because they contain Vitamin C, salicylic acid, and antioxidants. The Vitamin C and antioxidants keep the skin youthful by removing free radicals and damage while the salicylic acid exfoliates the skin and tightens the pores.

Honey is an excellent, all natural ingredient that removes blemishes and acne. Honey has antibacterial and cleansing properties that will leave your skin smooth and clear.

clarifying strawberry mask recipeCarefully mash the ingredients in a small container. Once the honey and strawberry is fully mixed, apply the mixture on clean face with a brush. You can reapply a second layer once the first application has dried off. Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes. Apply the rest of the mask to your hands, or discard.


Apr 14

Nourishing Vitamin E Facial Moisturizer Recipe

by Lesley Kim 

I don’t know what it is, but my skin has been going through a dry spell lately. I am always  on the lookout for great facial moisturizer, the kind that leaves my skin soft, supple, and moisturized through out the day.

I like to use an oil blend on my face on the days that I stay home, sans makeup.  But the problem with oil blends  is that the oil usually need to be massaged on the face a good few minutes for the oil to truly soak in.  I wanted a more simple facial moisturizer that would immediately sink right into the skin.  Check out my Nourishing Vitamin E Facial Moisturizer Recipe below.

Nourishing Vitamin E Facial Moisturizer Recipe

Nourishing Vitamin E Facial Moisturizer Recipe

1 teaspoon 100% Aloe Vera Gel
5 drops of 100% Vitamin E Oil
5 Drops of Jojoba Oil
5 drops of Avocado oil

In a small, sterile container, place all the ingredients and slowly stir until well mixed.

Nourishing Vitamin E Facial Moisturizer Recipe

I like to make small batches to prevent my homemade skincare from spoiling or getting contaminated.  I also like to wipe every tools and containers with cotton balls soaked in alcohol to sterilize. I am a homemade skincare fanatic, but I want to caution those who make their own skincare, which usually does not have preservatives, to always be careful of spoilage and contamination.

I typically will never make anything with water (which can cause mold, yuck!) unless it is for one time use only.  I have seen many skincare recipes which uses water.  I personally would not make such recipes.  Good luck and have fun making your own homemade skincare! =)

Apr 14

Make Your Own Tinted Lip Balm

by Lesley Kim

Waxelene is probably one of my favorite products to use. A petroleum jelly alternative, waxelene is made up of organic soy oil, beeswax, vitamin E oil and organic rosemary oil.  I use waxelene for everything, from a lip balm to a foot cream.  I also love to use waxalene for my homemade skincare. In this post, I wanted to show you a super quick way to make your own tinted lip balm using waxelene and your favorite lip color.

make your own tinted lip balmIn a clean, sterile container, melt 1 teaspoon of waxelene and a small amount of your favorite lip color.  Mix well. Transfer to a clean container.

If you don’t have waxelene, you can combine 1/4 teaspoon of melted beeswax with 3/4 teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil.  Waxelene is fairly easy to find in places like Target, CVS, or Walgreens, costing about $10 for a 9 oz jar. Online stores like Amazon also carries them. Waxelene is definitely a beauty must have!

make your own tinted lip balmFor my tinted lip balm,  I used a matte lip color from MAC.  MAC is usually my preferred makeup brand because they are not too expensive and are very camera friendly.  Their products are also highly pigmented, making them perfect for mixing with products like waxalene.

make your own tinted lip balmWhat do you think of this super easy way to make your own tinted lip balm?

Mar 14

How to Make a Cream Blush

by Lesley Kim

There’s nothing worse than when your favorite cheek blush breaks into little pieces. When this happens, I typically crush the pieces to a powder form and turn this powder into a cream blush.

As I get older, I tend to lean towards cream blush because of its multi-tasking properties.  Cream blush is perfect for dry skin, creating a dewy finish while moisturizing the skin. Today, I want to share an easy way to make your own cream blush from broken powder blush.how to make a cream blushhow to make a cream blushFor this tutorial on how to make a cream blush, you will need:

about 1 tsp of blush, crushed into powder
3/4 tsp of shea butter
1/2 tsp of shredded beeswax (I used  a cheese grater on my 1 lb block of beeswax)
7-10 drops of oil (I used rosehip oil, but you can use coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, or any other oil that you prefer)
a clean, sterile container (I used an old MAC blush container)how to make a cream blushDirections:

  • Melt the beeswax in the microwave until it turns into a liquid form.  I did about 10 seconds intervals until it was fully melted.  Be careful as this will be very hot.
  • Melt the shea butter and mix with the beeswax.
  •  Add the oil and stir until everything has mixed together.
  • Add the crushed powder and mix well.
  • Transfer to a clean container.

how to make a cream blushNow you have a personalized cream blush that will not only look dewy, but will also moisturize your skin.  If you like, you can mix different shades to create your own unique color.  Adding different types of oils will also add a variety of antioxidants to your cream blush.

What do you think of this tutorial on how to make a cream blush?