Giveaway: Win 1 of 3 $50 Gift Certificates to Apple Valley Natural Soaps!

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Stephanie’s note: Today’s giveaway is from Apple Valley Natural Soap, whose soaps and skin care products I’ve been using myself for years. And let me tell you… whoever wins these gift certificates is in for a treat, but even if you don’t win, check out their site anyways! You will be hard pressed to find more pure, natural or luxurious soaps. Since Natalie is the genius soap maker behind it all, I’m going to let her tell you all about these lovelies and why they fit in so well with the standards that I know KOTH readers have for what they put onto their family’s skin.

What Are Your Skin Care Standards?

If you want safe skin products that…

  • only contain natural, high end ingredients
  • will improve the health and quality of your family’s skin
  • won’t break your wallet
  • come from a reliable source
  • support charities like Give Her Wings and Crisis Pregnancy Centers
  • are packaged beautifully and shipped quickly for only $6 (US packages only – please see our website for details about Canadian shipping.)
  • look, feel, and smell incredible (bathing is one of life’s greatest pleasures)
  • are already beloved by hundreds of bazillions of women just like you
  • provide an endlessly satisfying shopping experience
  • are addictive (in a totally good way)

…then ENTER below to win one of three $50 gift certificates good for anything at Apple Valley Natural Soap!

(Don’t wait to see if you’ll win—do some guilt-free shopping all week long and take 15% off every single soap in the shop PLUS get LOTS of free samples! I’ll tell you how at the end!)

Black Walnut and Cedar Wood Soap Decks by Apple Valley Natural Soap

What Awesomeness Can You Get for Your $50 Prize?

Your family needs clean, healthy, safe skin. With almost 100 different varieties of products, we guarantee you’ll find exactly what you need and have a blast doing it!

1. Your Family Needs CLEAN Skin

Soap is our specialty with over 50 kinds to choose from. (And did you know you can get FREE bars? Find out how HERE!)

Shampoo Bars

Select from a variety of over 30 kinds of shampoo bars. (Find out how to use one!)

Rosemary Orange Shampoo Bar by Apple Valley Natural Soap

Our #1 selling bar is the MAN 2.0 shampoo, shaving, and body bar. Other favorites include Peppermint Tea Tree, Coconut Milk and Citrus, Green Tea and Nettles, Marshmallow and Aloe, the new Cowboy Bar – and for girls and boys, we’ve got Princess Buttermilk and Lil Man. Check them all out HERE!

Shampoo Bar Sampler Set by Apple Valley Natural Soap

We sell individual sample sizes of all of our bar soaps as well as sampler packs of our Shampoo Bars and Face & Body Bars.

I love your soaps! I’ve been experimenting with several different companies shampoo bars/soaps and I’ll have to say every single one of those other companies’ soaps dried my hair and flaked my skin. But not yours. It baffles me because the ingredients are so similar. I don’t know what you guys do to make your shampoo/soaps so good and different from the other companies, but I’m glad to have discovered them. I really love the intoxicating aroma of your Rhassoul Avocado shampoo bar. Today after I shampooed my hair with it, I thought I would use it on my body too because it smelled so good! I’ve been using the Calendula Castile bar for my face and I am really liking the results. It’s great for my mature skin. Thanks again for such fantastic products.

Patricia

Salt Bars for Your Sinks

These are mammoth sized, rock solid bars made to last forever by your kitchen or bathroom sink. Rub a scrub sponge on them to make a lather and wash your dishes. We’ve got four kinds to choose from: Pink Himalayan, Lime Spa, Lavender Lemon, and Kitchen Spice (removes garlic, onion, and fish odor!)

Pink Himalayan Salt Bar by Apple Valley Naturals Soap

I will keep this bar stocked in my kitchen as long as AVNS keeps making it. It works great on getting all those icky scents off your fingers after you’ve been chopping onions or mincing garlic. The scent is amazing and it is even more moisturizing to my hands than I expected it to be.

Michelle

Organic Coconut Bars

Our Organic Coconut Bars make terrific body, facial, and hand bars because they are uber moisturizing, full of lather, hard, long lasting, and made with 100% pure, organic coconut oil.

Organic Coconut Bars by Apple Valley Natural Soap

Choose Unscented, Rosemary Lavender, Wildflowers, Spearmint, or Lemon Verbena.

This coconut oil soap is amazing! I hadn’t intended to purchase it, but when I saw the other great reviews I knew I had to try it. Boy am I glad I did. It is so luxurious – great lather, moisturizing, and smells amazing (I purchased the wildflowers scent). I honestly don’t think I can bring myself to use any other soap. The best part is I never feel like I need to use any kind of lotion after using it. My skin is so soft!

Sarah

Facial and Body Bars

Need something to fight acne, detox your facial skin, or boost the moisture and antioxidant quotient? Our best selling Acne Battle Bar packs a powerful punch when alleviating symptoms of acne prone skin. For more mature skin, try our Antioxidant Beauty Bar or our Honey Carrot and Tangerine Facial Bar.

Charcoal Detox Body Bar by Apple Valley Naturals Soap

I’ve never taken the time to write a review on anything before but I love the Acne Battle Bar so much I had to! My face has cleared up so much since using this bar! I had tried many things to stop my skin from breaking out including creams and medications from dermatologists and this bar by far works better than anything else I’ve tried! It also makes me feel so much better to know that I’m using all natural products and saving money!

Lindsey

2. Your Family Needs HEALTHY Skin

The way to keep your skin healthy is to regularly exfoliate and moisturize. You might want to cash in your $50 prize for one of these luxurious necessities:

Sweet Rosehips Sugar Body Polish by Apple Valley Natural Soap

Try an exfoliating soap like Grapefruit Peppermint Luffa and Lemon Blueberry. We’ve also got deliciously divine sugar scrubs for your body that will not only exfoliate dead skin cells, but they’ll leave your skin moisturized and softly scented as you exit the shower. Try Sweet Rosehips, Vanilla Sugar, Matcha Mint, and Citrus Sugar.

Organic Moroccan Argan Oil by Apple Valley Natural Soap

Your $50 prize will be well spent on one of our organic moisturizers. Try our #1 selling Organic Moroccan Argan oil on your face and hair, Organic Jojoba all over your body, or one of our solid organic lotion bars like Lavender Chamomile on extra dry patches of eczema-prone skin.

I have always had hair that wasn’t quite curly, or straight, or anything. Just there. With frizz. This argan oil is amazing. My hair actually looks fantastic. Gorgeous curls, just a rub in and shake head. Neat straight coif, comb through. Not oily, not clumpy, doesn’t look wet all day. FANTASTIC! Thank you for finally making me happy with my own hair.

Anonymous

I had done some reading about Argan Oil and had been really wanting to try it. I am thoroughly pleased with my purchase. The price was right, the service was awesome, and the oil is everything I expected it to be. My son even uses it to keep his acne at bay, and his skin is looking so much better.

Barb

3. Your Family Needs SAFE Skin

So many of the products we use on our skin every day, like deodorant, bug repellent, topical medications, and perfume, have dangerous ingredients in them. Here are some natural alternatives that are effective, yet safe for your skin to absorb:

Natural Deodorant Creme by Apple Valley Natural Soap

Our all natural deodorant creme really works, and we’ve got loads of raving customer reviews on our website to prove it.

Let me tell you, this stuff works! I’ve survived entire days of warmer weather and moderate outdoor activity, with little to no stink. I was hesitant to use the cream as opposed to the stick form, but I like that you can control the amount, and it absorbs very well without leaving residue. The combination of essential oils also smells great without being too obtrusive. With this awesomeness, it may be a while before I go back to making my own deodorant again. :)

Anonymous

All Natural Bug Repellent by Apple Valley Natural Soap

Our Natural Bug Repellent is available during the summer months. Made with alcohol-free witch hazel and essential oils bugs hate, this spray will keep your skin safe from bugs and toxins all summer.

But if you do get a bug bite, bee sting, burn, or scratch, we’ve got a multi-purpose Organic Herbal Salve chock full of eight organic herbs historically used for pain relief and healing.

Organic Herbal Salve by Apple Valley Natural Soap

BEST PRODUCT EVER! Been using it for over 8 years I think. Started using it for bleeding diaper rash on a baby. We now keep one on each house level, in each car, a small one in my purse – any skin “condition” my family knows to immediately ask for the salve.

Sara

All Natural Perfume Oil by Apple Valley Natural Soap

If you love to wear a scent but hate fake fragrances, you’ll want to try our natural perfume oils made with costly plant absolutes. You can buy full sized bottles HERE and samples HERE.

Fossilized Texas Limestone Soap Rocks

Now it’s time to shop, because I’ve only scratched the surface of what we’ve got for your family. I didn’t mention our hair rinses, dry shampoo, organic lip balms, and therapeutic salt soaks. Plus I’ve got free gifts just for KOTH readers who place an order this week!

Natural Volcanic Pumice  Stone by Apple Valley Natural Soap

Save 15% this week!

Use coupon code KOTH15 to get 15% off all our delectable soaps until midnight July 23!

And if you like shopping with us, be sure to sign up for our weekly news and specials. We put an exclusive coupon code and exclusive caffeine induced craziness in every newsletter. You can also sign up for our Friday Flash Sale. We always have one of your favorites ridiculously priced on Fridays. Sign up HERE!

Want to compare us with other major natural soap bar companies? Check out one of our recent newsletters with the scoop on what we found during our latest comparison shopping HERE.

Lil' Man Shampoo Bar by Apple Valley Natural Soap

FREEBIES!

Double Soap Samples

We always tuck in a free sliver sample of a soap with every single order, BUT if you place any size order this week during the giveaway, and make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter, I’ll give you TWO free sliver samples! Just let me know you found us through KOTH when you check out.

Free Facial Care Samples

If you place an order of $30 or greater (before shipping and after any coupon codes have been applied) I will ALSO give you a sample of our Pineapple Strawberry Yogurt Facial Scrub OR a sample of our Coconut Milk and Honey Facial Masque! You pick and let me know when you check out!

And if your order comes to $50 or greater (before shipping and after any coupon codes have been applied) you’ll also get a free sample of our best selling, rich, organic Moroccan Argan oil.

Free Lip Balm

If you place an order of $75 or greater (before shipping and after any coupon codes have been applied), you’ll also get to pick your choice of organic lip balm. Three kinds to choose from! FREE ($4.00 value)! Again – be sure to let me know what you want when you check out!

All you need to do to get all of these free items is make sure your order qualifies, you’ve signed up for our newsletter, and you’ve let me know in the “instructions to seller” portion of the check out page that you saw this offer on KOTH. I can’t wait to help you make it Christmas in July!

Wheat and Honey Almond Shampoo Bar by Apple Valley Natural Soap

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What are you waiting for?! Come on over to Apple Valley Natural Soap and have some clean, healthy, safe fun!

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Real Deals: This Week’s Sales and Discounts on Natural Products You Really Use

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How to Make Honey Sweetened Summer Berry Preserves

 

It’s no secret that we get a little excited about fresh berries around here. And rightly so! They’re not only absolutely delicious, but they’re chock full of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants too! Here's how you can make your own berry preserves with HONEY instead of sugar!

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer

Summertime is filled with a bounty of the most amazing fresh produce. But by far, one of our favorites is berry season! First to appear are red and delicious strawberries, followed by sweet-n-tangy raspberries, plump blueberries and one of my personal favorites – blackberries.

It’s no secret that we get a little excited about fresh berries around here. And rightly so! They’re not only absolutely delicious, but they’re chock full of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants too! That’s why they’re a favorite for enjoying in fruit salads and adding to grain-free granola, homemade yogurt and some of our favorite summertime desserts.

You'll love this simple method for making your own healthier homemade summer berry preserves using your favorite seasonal berries and pure honey.

Of course, ripe summer berries also make amazing jams and preserves, which is why I’m sharing a simple method for making your own healthier homemade fruit preserves using your favorite seasonal berries and pure honey. A key part of this method is a little secret that allows you to skip the powdered pectin mixes, yet still produce a deliciously thick jam.

The secret? Cranberries! By using a small amount of whole cranberries, you can avoid using powdered pectins to set your preserves. That’s because cranberries are high in natural pectin. So by including them in the recipe, your preserves will set-up nicely with just a little touch of fresh-squeezed lemon.

You'll love this simple method for making your own healthier homemade summer berry preserves using your favorite seasonal berries and pure honey.

Plus, this simple refrigerator jam recipe enables you to create virtually any jam of your choice, such as delicious raspberry preserves, strawberry jam or my personal favorite – blackberry preserves. You can also combine berries to create a delicious “jumbleberry” jam. Yum!

More than just a sandwich spread!

Of course, homemade jam is perfect for spreading on toast, or making the ultimate PB&J sandwich. But it can be used to create lots of delightful treats too! Our favorite way to use homemade jam is to bake-up these incredibly easy and delicious grain-free Raspberry Crumble Bars. And, fresh preserves are also perfect for making your own healthier Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt and Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies.

You'll love this simple method for making your own healthier homemade summer berry preserves using your favorite seasonal berries and pure honey.

Money-Saving Tip

Overripe berries make the best jam! So as you’re enjoying fresh berries this summer, don’t toss those overripe berries out. Instead, be sure to freeze them, since this honey-sweetened fruit preserves recipe works great with frozen berries too!

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Honey-Sweetened Summer Berry Preserves
 
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Serves: Four 8-ounce jars
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of your favorite fresh berries, such as raspberries, strawberries or blackberries (or use thawed frozen berries)
  • 1 cup whole cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 to 1¼ cups mild honey, such as clove (depending on how sweet you prefer your jam)
  • 1 tbsp of fresh-squeezed lemon juice (about ½ of a lemon)
Instructions
  1. If making strawberry preserves, remove the stems and quarter the strawberries before measuring out 4 cups. For raspberry or blackberry jam, simply cut the berries in half before measuring. If making blueberry jam, no need to cut the blueberries.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium/medium-high heat, bring the berries and honey to a boil while stirring. Then, reduce the temperature until the mixture remains at a constant simmer. Allow berries to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once you reach the 20-minute mark, use the back of a wooden spoon to mash the cranberries against the side of the saucepan. This helps to release all of their natural pectin.
  4. Maintain a gentle simmer, making sure to stir the mixture frequently, so it does not scorch. While stirring, use the "back-of-spoon" method to break up any large pieces of fruit into smaller pieces. Or if you prefer less chunky preserves, thoroughly mash all of the berries.
  5. After 10 minutes, if the mixture is somewhat thick and no longer runny, turn off the heat. It will thicken more as it cools. If it is not thick enough, continue cooking at a gentle simmer, while stirring constantly until it thickens a bit more, then turn off the heat. (Keep in mind, preserves are looser than jellies, so once the mixture is chilled, it will be thick, but not gelatin-like.)
  6. Pour the fresh-squeezed lemon juice over the warm preserves, stir well and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  7. Evenly distribute the cooled preserves among four 8 oz. glass jars making sure to leave about an inch of space between the top of the jam and the jar lid to accommodate for expansion. Then, cover and refrigerate or freeze. (Or you can preserve the jam by following the classic hot water bath canning method.)
  8. Because homemade jam/preserves do not contain any preservatives, I recommend placing one jar in the fridge to enjoy now, and freeze the three remaining jars for future use. Enjoy!

 

It’s no secret that we get a little excited about fresh berries around here. And rightly so! They’re not only absolutely delicious, but they’re chock full of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants too! Here's how you can make your own berry preserves with HONEY instead of sugar!

What are your favorite ways to enjoy healthier homemade summer berry preserves?

Weekend Links

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Links for this week:

The iPhone Is Ruining Your Summer @ Smartter Each Day

I Wish Someone Would’ve Warned Me About These BIG FEELINGS @ TODAY.com

Homemade & Natural Bug Bite Stick @ GNOWFGLINS

Enjoy today, mama. @ Life Your Way

After Seeing Photo Of Greek Man Crying Outside Bank, CEO In Australia Vows To Help Him @ Huffington Post

Raspberry Ginger Soda @ Nourished Kitchen

The Pieces We Allow Into Our Lives @ Becoming Minimalist

When parenting well is simple yet difficult @ Simple Mom

There are lots of great reading contests going on at local libraries over the summer! What are your kids reading?

A Two-Week Real Food Dairy-Free Meal Plan

Going dairy free, but not sure where to start? Here's a two week dairy-free meal plan to help you continue to eat yummy real food while staying dairy-free!

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer

I have now nursed three babies. (By the grace of God, by the way … it never came easily to me!) And do you know that for EACH baby, I had to take dairy out of my diet for one reason or another?

I’m sort of a resident “allergy” expert, because my oldest son has severe food allergies to milk, peanut, and egg. And you would not BELIEVE the number of times that a nursing mom has e-mailed, called or texted me – desperate, crying, at the end of her rope, sleepless, oh, and HUNGRY! She’s decided to eliminate dairy from her diet and has absolutely no clue what to eat!

Of course, the challenge becomes infinitely more difficult if you eat real food. You can subsist on Oreos, Poptarts, and frozen chicken nuggets for so long if need-be (yes, they’re all dairy-free … scary, huh?). But if you’re saying farewell to yogurt, cheese, and milk for one reason or another, it can be very difficult to find nourishing replacements.

Relax! I am here to help. If you are going dairy-free on a real-food diet, here is a play-by-play of what you can safely eat. And how you can not starve! If you have other suggestions, please comment below!

Breakfast

Lunch

If you are going dairy-free on a real food diet, here is a play-by-play, two-week real food dairy-free meal plan of what you can safely eat. (And how you can not starve!)

Dinner

If you are going dairy-free on a real food diet, here is a play-by-play, two-week real food dairy-free meal plan of what you can safely eat. (And how you can not starve!)

Snacks
If you are going dairy-free on a real food diet, here is a play-by-play, two-week real food dairy-free meal plan of what you can safely eat. (And how you can not starve!)

Dessert

If you are going dairy-free on a real food diet, what do you like to safely eat?

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Real Deals: This Week’s Sales and Discounts on Natural Products You Really Use

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Cool Down with 10 Iced Tea Recipes

Iced tea is a great way to cool down during summer – but even better, it has properties that benefit your health! Here's 10 great iced tea recipes to inspire you to keep on sipping while staying healthy!

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer

By this time every summer, I’m searching for easy ways to cool down. I love iced drinks – but after drinking a lot of iced lemon water, I need a little change.

Iced teas are a great way to add some variety to your summer sipping. As long as it’s unsweetened, any kind of tea – black, green, or white – can benefit your health:

Herbal teas aren’t known to include as many health benefits, but they’re not harmful. And they taste great! (Check out Stephanie’s 3 simple methods for making herbal iced teas here.)

Iced tea is a great way to cool down during summer – but even better, it has properties that benefit your health! Here's 10 great iced tea recipes to inspire you to keep on sipping while staying healthy!

In case you’re stuck in an iced tea rut this summer and could use some inspiration, here are 10 different recipes for iced tea:

  1. Citrus Mint Iced Tea from Nature’s Nurture
  2. Goji Berry Iced Tea from Brittleby’s Corner
  3. Iced Chai Tea from Accidentally Green
  4. Lemon Pineapple Refresher Tea from Keeper of the Home
  5. Lemony Iced Tea with Whey from Healthful Mama
  6. Raspberry Ginger Iced Green Tea on Richly Rooted
  7. Red Raspberry Leaf Pregnancy Tea from A Proverbs 31 Wife
  8. Surprising Lemon-Lime Ginger Tea from Keeper of the Home
  9. Sweet Peppermint Iced Tea from Authentic Simplicity
  10. Tropical Iced Green Tea from Everyday Alternative Medicine

What’s your favorite flavor of iced tea?

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Weekend Links

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Links for this week:

The Birth Story That Made Me Bawl in Panera @ Lisa-Jo Baker

In Praise of the Imperfect Photograph @ Intelligent Travel

Three Ingredient No Cook Banana Custard Recipe @ Kitchen Stewardship

How a Devastating Diagnosis Taught me How to Really Live @ Be More With Less

How to look good on the Internet. @ John Acuff

Grain-Free Double Chocolate Banana Muffins (made with coconut flour) @ Red and Honey

That thing others are shaming you for? Do it anyway. @ Money Saving Mom

Somewheres @ Sarah Bessey

July Sponsors

Are you looking for companies that share the same values you do? Here at Keeper of the Home we curate a fabulous selection of companies that fit well with our audience. Here are our sponsors this month!

Plan to Eat | Eating at Home is About to Get Easier

Jenuinely Pure | Finally! Natural products that are truly natural and organic!

Homemaker’s Depot | Helping the Homemaker succeed

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Tropical Traditions | America’s Source for Coconut Oil

MadeOn Hard Lotion | Hard Lotion For Dry Skin

The Healthy Lunchbox | Sandwich-free Secrets to Packing a Real Food Lunch

What are your plans this weekend?

The Best Tips for Using Oils on Face and Hair

Oil-free products tend to be all the rage to avoid breakouts. Unfortunately, products that were oil-free dried out our skin, which then produced more oil, so we ended up with more breakouts. You can have your moisturized skin AND avoid breakouts by using oil for your skincare routine! Here's how to use oil for both your face and hair!

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer

When I was growing up, the advice we received on skin and hair care was to avoid oil as an ingredient at all costs.

This advice wasn’t all bad. Many conventional moisturizers contained mineral oil. A non-plant based oil, mineral oil can clog the pores and lead to breakouts. 

To counteract the breakouts caused by products containing mineral oil, we used products that were “oil-free.”

Unfortunately, products that were oil-free dried out our skin, which then produced more oil, so we ended up with more breakouts.

GAH!

Having been taught that oil is the enemy to good skin and hair, it’s hard to embrace the new knowledge that oil is actually the best thing for our skin and hair.

My own experience

For years I suffered from red bumps on the back of my arms. Every doctor I saw recommended I use a product to dry it out.

It never worked.

In fact, it often times made it worse.

A few years ago, I tried something new. I used an oil-based scrub in my quest to get rid of the red bumps on the back of my arms.

This scrub has been the most effective treatment for those bumps I’ve ever used.

That’s when I learned that oil is not the enemy. In fact, oil is oftentimes the solution!

If you are new to using oils on your face and hair, read on.

Oil is not the enemy of your face or hair. In fact, oil is oftentimes the solution! If you are new to using oils on face and hair, read on.

The best tips for using oils on face and hair

Tip #1 – Natural is always better.

Look for oils that come from plants and flowers.

Our bodies naturally secrete sebum to keep our skin moist.

Oils from plants and flowers like avocado oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, and apricot oil are closely related to sebum in their make-up. The fact that they are closely related to sebum means they are readily and easily absorbed.

Tip #2 -Don’t worry about skin type.

Oily, dry, combination …We’re taught early to identify our skin type and to use products that are tailored to them.

Most natural skin care oils are suitable for any skin type; however, each oil can help with different areas.

For example, if you want to improve your skin’s elasticity, use avocado oil. If you want to rejuvenate skin, grab the apricot oil.

The exception is if you are using oils on the face for the oil cleansing method. In that case, you’ll want to follow the recommendations of the oil cleansing method.

Tip #3 – Apply oils to the skin while the skin is still moist.

When you apply oil to the skin while it is still moist, it helps your skin to retain moisture. So hop on out of the shower, towel dry, and slather on your favorite oil.

Bonus: Oils are easily absorbed, so you don’t have to worry about any oily residue.

Try making Lavender Body Oil for a great smelling and totally moisturizing after shower body oil.

Oil-free products tend to be all the rage to avoid breakouts. Unfortunately, products that were oil-free dried out our skin, which then produced more oil, so we ended up with more breakouts. You can have your moisturized skin AND avoid breakouts by using oil for your skincare routine! Here's how to use oil for both your face and hair!

Tip #4- Add oil to your conditioner.

Adding a few drops of oil to your conditioner is an easy way to nourish your hair.

You can add avocado oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil. All will work to boost the moisturizing benefits of your conditioner.

Tip #5 – Massage oils directly into your scalp.

If your scalp is dry and itchy, go ahead and apply an oil directly to your scalp and massage. A great oil to use, and one that you probably have on hand, is coconut oil.

Start at your scalp and massage coconut oil in. Then move down the hair shaft and make sure to apply to ends. Allow to sit on the hair for 15 to 20 minutes before washing as usual. You’ll love the results!

What are your favorite tips for using oils on face and hair?

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Real Deals: This Week’s Sales and Discounts on Natural Products You Really Use

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This week’s top deals:

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Half Price!  The Essential Oils Revolution is back on sale July 1-4th at only $47.  Regular price $97.  31 life-changing talks from the Essential Oils Revolution, with over $1,000 in expert bonus materials.

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