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The Spring season means spring cleaning. And if you haven’t gotten around to tidying your space just yet – today’s DIY is a great way to start freshening up your living space.
Meet our DIY Linen Mist! A product so easy to make, you’ll want to make one for everyone you know. Conventional linen mists and home fragrances can be full of nasty, harsh ingredients we wouldn’t want anywhere near our face or body so you can feel better knowing this DIY mist only calls for 4 safe and natural ingredients (making it safe for use on the body too!).
Depending on the essential oils you use, your mist can pack aromatherapeutic benefits too. Want to promote a sense of calm and prepare for a restful sleep? Opt for lavender. Want your space to uplift and energize? Go for our Lemon or Sweet Orange oils. Want to promote focus and invigorate your senses? Eucalyptus and Peppermint are for you. Here’s how to do it:
One of nature’s most versatile products, Coconut Oil is full of nutrients, moisturizing fatty acids, and antioxidants that moisturize and protect skin and hair. You might be wondering then, why do we offer 2 different types? And further, why is one a hair/body product and the other just for the body? Read on for the answers to all of your Coconut crazed questions.
Before we get into the key differences between our Fractionated and Extra Virgin Coconut Oils, though let’s start with the basics: Extraction. All Sky Organics oils, unless noted otherwise, are extracted using the cold-pressing method, which presses the raw material to extract the oil. There are alternative ways to extract oils, using heat and chemicals, but we opt for cold-pressing because it maintains all of the oil’s nutrients to ensure you get only the good stuff. Now onto why they’re different:
1. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is Solid at Room Temperature
The most obvious difference between Fractionated and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is the texture. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil has a thick, buttery consistency that melts down almost instantly when warmed up in your hands. Fractionated Coconut Oil is liquid at room temperature. How? The long chain fatty acids were removed via hydrolysis and steam distillation. These long chain fatty acids are what require a higher temperature to melt, so without them, Coconut Oil remains liquid – hence Fractionated Coconut Oil. One key fatty acid that isn’t found in Fractionated Coconut Oil is lauric acid, a saturated fat that helps moisturize and cleanse the skin. Which brings us to our next key difference.
2. Fractionated Coconut Oil is Fast Absorbing & Lightweight
While Fractionated Coconut oil has been stripped of long-chain fatty acids that would otherwise make it solid, it still has medium chain fatty acids and antioxidants that help moisturize and protect the skin. Fractionated Coconut Oil’s ability to sink into the skin quickly and provide non-greasy hydration, is why it’s more commonly used as a body oil or in skincare. Unlike Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil will not clog pores as it is more readily absorbed by the skin.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is often considered too rich for use on the face and is more appropriately used as a natural hair mask where it is able to fully coat strands and sink into the hair cuticle. It can also be used as a body moisturizer, but that’s ultimately up to personal preference as Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is thicker and takes a bit longer to absorb into the skin.
3. Fractionated Coconut Oil is Soluble with Other Oils
Because Fractionated Coconut Oil is liquid at room temperature, it’s easier to combine with other oils. Making it an ideal carrier oil for essential oils, and other oil ingredients – allowing them to be more easily absorbed into skin. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil needs to be melted down for most DIYs, and due to its fatty acid content we mentioned earlier, maintains a richer, more buttery consistency, and isn’t soluble in other oils.
So there you have it! We hope all of your Coconut Oil related questions have been answered. Did we miss anything? If so, leave your questions in the comments!
This week, wellness expert Mackenzie Bennett, the blogger behind The Good Balance on IG, is talking us through how she rethinks and resets her routine for the spring season, and works towards a balanced lifestyle. Check out her Instagram feed here, and her website here. Happy reading!
Spring is such a magical time of the year: the sun starts shining, the days are longer and the world around us turns a bit more colorful. Spring is a time of re-birth. We pull ourselves out of lethargy, the day to day grind of winter and start to perk up with energy and excitement to finish the end of the year.
I like to take time before each season begins to set intentions and my goals for the coming quarter of the year. I review all areas of my life- as my wellness philosophy is all about finding a “good balance” in your lifestyle. It takes regular adjusting and polishing in order to keep a balanced lifestyle. Just as we are all bio-individual with our diets; the same diet and lifestyle may not benefit us our entire lives, it's important to keep evolving.
The journey to finding a “good balance” requires you to evaluate many areas of your life including diet, mindful movement, your self-care routine, your relationships, your home and truly check in with yourself mentally.
The Bathroom Detox
My bathroom is like my little home oasis, it’s clean and minimal in design, and my plants hang out in there. Everything has its place so I can find it easily. I have my collection of non-toxic face masks, serums, and mists and this is where a lot of self-care time is spent.
Do yourself a favor and go through your bathroom drawers and medicine cabinet. Again, check expired medicines and toss them out- and as you’re doing so take a look at the labels on your personal hygiene products. Can you pronounce all the words in the ingredients list?
As you’re cleaning all the drawers and have all your products laid out, take a mental note. Every single day these products are going on your skin, in your hair, in your mouth or you’re inhaling them. Today, choose just ONE product that you can part with and replace it with a non-toxic alternative.
Using Sky Organics has made switching over to non-toxic products so much easier. I know I can trust the ingredients and the price is so affordable-its comparable to conventional products. The wide variety of products they carry makes everything less stressful.
Some of my favorite products right now are Indian Healing Clay Mask and the Rosewater Facial Mist. These are both great products for spring, the clay mask is a deeply detoxifying mask and is a great way to pull additional toxins from your body. The Rosewater Facial Mist is a great way to keep your skin hydrated during the warmer seasons. I love spraying the mist after washing my face and before applying my serums. I also love to mist my face throughout the day to refresh my makeup.
A Good Balance Diet
Spring is naturally a detoxifying time of the year. As the weather starts to warm up we tend to crave light foods and more fruits and veggies. I'm a big advocate of detoxing through food and spring is my favorite time to focus on supporting my body for detox. I tend to naturally gravitate towards more juices and smoothies, salads and raw foods that are so powerful for detoxification.
Simple ways to support daily detox:
Ensure you’re getting plenty of water (lemon water is a great way to boost detoxification).
Focus on nutrient dense foods like fruits, vegetables, and greens rather than choosing foods based on their caloric or macronutrient values.
Support your lymphatic system by eating plenty of hydrating fruits and vegetables and dry brushing.
Detox your conventional beauty and personal hygiene products.
Find ways to include mindful movement every day.
This time of year is the perfect time to make a weekly farmers market trip part of your routine- here all throughout the country, signs of spring are around. I wrote a nutritional guide inspired by the season, which you can find here.
Moving your body is not a chore, it's a luxury! We all know we need to do it, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. I love changing the way I practice mindful movement with the seasons. It’s a great way to try out a brand new workout class or just simply change the way you move. Even if it's just a couple times a week, it can really inspire you to move more.
Instead of going to the gym every day, take your workout outside, head to the park and do a bodyweight workout or go for a jog around your neighborhood.
It's also a great time to reevaluate your dedication to being mindful. Take a step back and figure out the areas that need a little work and implement a plan to get back on track. It could be spending just 5-10 minutes and starting your day with a guided meditation, getting outside and grounding (placing the bare feet on the earth) or spending a day out in nature by taking a hike.
It can be simply taking a walk around the neighborhood and appreciating the sound of the chirping birds and stopping to literally smell the flowers. Lately, my favorite thing to do is sit out on our patio next to my cactuses, sip my morning coffee and sunbathe for a few beautiful moments.
I urge you to take a few moments and plan out how you can revisit these areas of your life for a spring cleaning.
CBD: The controversial ingredient that has everyone talking and is taking the beauty and wellness worlds by storm. Still not sure what it is or what the fuss is all about? We’ll break it down for you. CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of many compounds found in Hemp. Unlike THC, another hemp derived compound, CBD is non-psychoactive, therefore will not get you “high” when ingested or applied topically to the skin. CBD is also not to be confused with Hemp Seed Oil, which is a carrier oil cold-pressed from Hemp Seeds - you can find our Hemp Seed Oil here.
CBD is most popularly known for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain relieving), and stress-relieving properties (ever been told to take CBD oil to help improve your sleep, or help manage stress or anxiety?). However, CBD’s benefits don’t stop at its ability to promote relaxation and overall wellness. Read on to learn what CBD infused products can do for your beauty routine.
1. Calm Blemishes
Fun fact: Inflammation is often the root cause of blemishes, redness, and most skin irritations. Which means CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties go to work on angry, blemished skin – calming zits and breakouts, doing away with redness, and keeping skin cool, calm, and collected.
CBD is packed with vitamin E and essential fatty acids that moisturize and hydrate skin and hair, making dry patches and dehydrated strands a thing of the past. CBD’s moisturizing properties also allow it to boost the effectiveness of whatever moisturizing products you use along with it.
3. Protect Skin from Environmental Damage
CBD is full of antioxidant properties, which on top of combatting inflammation, work to protect skin from free radicals and help prevent sun damage (the number 1 cause of fine lines and wrinkles).
4. Strengthen Skin’s Barrier
Fatty acids found in CBD nourish and moisturize skin, keeping it plump and hydrated. They also help reinforce and strengthen skin’s barrier – which enhances skin’s ability to hold onto moisture and combat dryness, and its ability to keep blemish-causing bacteria out of your pores.
5. Slow Signs of Aging
CBD contains Vitamin A (a group of compounds that includes retinol and retinoic acid) which is known for its age-defying properties. The vitamin promotes skin cell repair, helps even skin’s tone and texture, and keep skin looking radiant and youthful.
Beauty trends come and go, but there is one remaining constant that unites us all: the desire for longer lashes. While falsies, lash extensions, lifts, perms, and tints have been able to give the appearance of longer, thicker lashes, they can cost a pretty penny (and maybe some natural lashes in the process) and aren't really the long term solution we're after. So before you reach for the lash glue, we implore you to make these small but effective changes in your routine so your natural lashes can live their best life.
1. Pat – Don’t Rub
Call us dramatic, but our hearts cry whenever we see someone aggressively rub and pull at their eyes. Not only does vigorous rubbing put serious stress on the delicate skin surrounding your eye area (which can cause wrinkles over time), it negatively impacts your lashes too! The same goes when removing your makeup: instead of violently tugging at your eyes with a makeup wipe or cotton round, hold a Micellar Water or Jojoba Oil soaked cotton round over your closed lid and allow it to dissolve eye makeup, then gently swipe it away.
2. Ditch the Waterproof Mascara
Sorry, loyal waterproof wearers! Waterproof mascara is notorious for drying out your lashes (hence the longer wear time) which makes them more prone to breakage. Opt for a water soluble formulas that are gentle on lashes and make the removal process easy. If non-waterproof isn’t an option, try to save it for special occasions or use a nourishing lash primer beforehand.
3. Remove Eye Makeup Before Bed
For the same reasons you’ll want to avoid waterproof mascara, falling asleep with mascara still on your lashes is a big no-no. Tossing and turning while you sleep puts added stress and body heat on your lashes which are already being dried out by mascara that’s been on for too long – which could mean you wake up to a few stray lashes (and mascara stains) on your pillowcase come the morning time. Who wants that?
4. Make Beauty Foods + Supplements Part of Your Routine
Lashes are hairs after all, so incorporating foods that promote hair growth into your diet (eggs, berries, spinach, fish, for example) is a great way to support your lashes from the inside out. Biotin supplements that strengthen hair and support growth are also fair game when it comes to promoting lash growth.
5. Try Castor Oil
Instead of opting for pricey lash serums that can stop working once you stop using them, or worse - cause irritation and discoloration around the eyes, look to Organic Castor Oil as a natural, more affordable alternative. Rich in Ricinoleic Acid, a compound known for supporting hair growth, Castor Oil has long been touted as a natural solution to longer, thicker lashes. Castor Oil’s hair-strengthening benefits also help prevent pesky lash breakage while promoting the growth of new lashes at the same time. Just swipe some on your lashes every night before bed (consistency is key) and you’ll notice less lash fall out and increased length and fullness in as soon as 3 weeks. Pro-tip: If you really want to see results, ditch the mascara during the day and use Castor Oil instead! Naturally thick in texture, the oil instantly make lashes appear fuller once applied – so you can soak up its lash boosting benefits all day long.
If you're a skincare junkie like we are, then you know one of the most important things you can do for your skin is always remove your makeup before bed. Sleeping with your makeup on not only clogs and enlarges your pores and accelerates the signs of skin aging, but it also leads to the accumulation of bacteria that causes blemishes.
These DIY Makeup Remover Wipes are made with skin moisturizing Jojoba Oil and Unscented Castile Soap and gently remove face and eye makeup in just a few swipes. Made up of plant-based oils, our Castile Soap gently cleanses skin and dissolves makeup, while our Organic Jojoba Oil hydrates and works its magic on hard to remove eye makeup.
It's no secret that conventional bathroom cleaners can be harsh. Full of ingredients like bleach, alcohol, and ammonia - many bathroom cleaners have been shown not only to irritate skin and send us into coughing fits due to their strong fumes, they've been shown to have damaging effects on our health over time.
Enter our DIY Bathroom Cleaner. Made with our new all natural Castile Soaps, baking soda, and essential oils, our safe and gentle cleanser is free of the toxic chemicals found in most storebought cleaners - and is just as effective. Here's how to make it:
WHAT YOU NEED
2 cups Filtered Water
1 TB Baking Soda
2 TB Castile soap (we love our Florida Citrus scent for this!)
30 drops Tea Tree Oil
20 drops Orange Oil
16 oz Glass Spray Bottle
WHAT TO DO
Pour the water into the bottle, and add the baking soda. Shake the bottle gently to combine the ingredients. Add the castile soap and essential oils, shaking the bottle after adding each to combine.
Use this spray to clean the tile, toilet, sink, and even the tub and floor (particularly around the toilet.) Spray the surface, allow the cleaner to sit for a minute, then wipe with a damp cloth.
The temperatures are starting to drop, and if your scalp is itching at the mere thought of the colder months ahead and the dry air they bring– this one’s for you. It’s easy to forget, but the skin on our scalp is no different than the skin on the rest of our bodies. So as we stock up on rich moisturizers, butters, and oils for our faces and bodies during the winter months, we can’t afford to skip giving our scalps the extra hydration they need. Here’s how we turn up the moisture levels and keep scalp dryness at bay during the colder months in 3 easy steps:
By now we all know that shampooing too often strips the hair and scalp of their natural oils that keep them strong, hydrated, and healthy. Knowing this, it’s even more important to cut down your shampoos (not showers!) to twice or (dare we say it) once weekly. Skipping the shampoo will give your scalp the opportunity to produce more oil and keep itself moisturized. And if not washing your hair is completely out of the question, we recommend opting for a cleansing conditioner or co-wash. Co-washes are a great shampoo alternative because they deposit tons of moisturizing conditioners, and gently cleanse the hair and scalp without stripping them dry.
Exfoliating is a must to prevent the buildup of dry, dead skin on the face, so it’s just as essential when caring for the skin on your scalp. We love this DIY Scalp Scrub Recipe, because it calls for Coconut Oil and Manuka honey, which boast moisturizing and anti-bacterial properties that hydrate the scalp and keep skin clear, minimizing irritation and hydrating pesky dry patches. We recommend exfoliating your scalp in the shower once a week, and letting it sit on your scalp for 5 to 10 minutes before following with shampoo or conditioner. Take the time to really massage the scrub onto your scalp to polish away all of the dead skin. The exfoliation will allow whatever conditioners or oils you follow it with to absorb more efficiently.
We couldn’t talk about scalp health without talking about our go-to Invigorating Scalp Treatment. With just 3 ingredients: Castor Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, and Castor Oil – this balancing treatment conditions the skin on the scalp, while cooling Peppermint oil soothes inflammation and minimizes itchiness. Bonus: It strengthens strands and promotes healthier hair growth, too! Warm up your oil treatment in the microwave and massage it onto a dry scalp for 3-5 minutes. Let the mixture soak in for 30 minutes, an hour, or even overnight before rinsing it out with shampoo. We love applying the treatment 30 minutes before getting in the shower for a quick shot of moisture and relief. Find the full recipe here, and the products here.
Can’t find the perfect body cream to soothe and moisturize dry, winter skin this season? Make your own! That’s what Aimi, aka @earthsignmama did when she created her own ultra-calming body butter using Sky Organics ingredients. Featuring our raw Mango Butter, anti-inflammatory Hemp Seed Oil, calming Aloe Vera Gel, and lightweight Jojoba Oil, Aimi’s Body Butter recipe works wonders on very dry, sensitive skin, and is even a safe bet for those who experience body acne. Want to see how she made it? Read on. Have a recipe of your own you want to share? Post it on Instagram and tag us! Yours could be featured next.
In a double boiler on low/medium heat, melt the mango butter, once melted, pour in the hemp and jojoba oil and give it a mix. Then, set it in the fridge for an hour or two until it is completely cooled and has hardened just a bit. Then, add the aloe vera, lavender, and sweet orange essential oil. Use a mixer to mix them up until you get a creamy texture. Store it in a jar in a cool place, and apply whenever your skin needs some TLC.
If you’re a Sky Organics regular, you probably know we can’t get enough of Rosewater. Not only does Rosewater smell absolutely heavenly, but we’re also obsessed with its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and pH balancing properties: it’s the reason why we’ve made it the one and only ingredient in our Rosewater Facial Mist. We love using the mist as a hydrating toner after cleansing, after a deep cleansing face mask to tone down redness and rebalance skin, pre-moisturizing, as well as before and after makeup for a hydrated, dewy glow. But Rosewater is more than a hydrating skincare step – read on to discover some of our favorite non-facial care related ways to use it!
As a Hydrating Hair / Scalp Mist
Rosewater will hydrate dry strands and soothe an itchy scalp thanks to its moisturizing and soothing properties. It’ll leave your hair smelling pretty great too.
As a Calming Pillow Mist
You hear us go on and on about Rosewater’s scent, but it actually does help relax the mind and de-stress after a long day. Spray some on your bed sheets/pillow before bed and get back to us.
As a Body Mist
Add a few drops of essential oils to your Rosewater and use it as a natural perfume/body mist! Because smelling like roses is never a bad thing.
As a Bath Time Skin Soother
Add some rosewater to your next bath for some added luxury and skin softening benefits. Throw some of our Epsom Salts into the mix to calm sore muscles and detoxify skin as you moisturize. Bonus points if you add actual rose petals too!
Add it to your Laundry
Combine some Rosewater with your usual laundry detergent to add some extra softness and sweet floral fragrance to your clothes, or use it to fill your clothing iron or steamer to give your threads a soft rosy scent.