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Yogurt Face Mask

If your spring has been anything like ours, then you’ll know that your skin has had to deal with a number of crazy conditions. One day it’s warm, dry and sunny, the next it’s bone chilling wet and windy.

Hot and cold fluctuations have a negative effect on the skin and it often causes an imbalance in our sebum production.  The result: dry patches, breakouts, and oil slicks…ick.

Try this fabulous balancing yogurt mask I stumbled upon in Body & Soul Magazine:

1 egg white

1 tsp. steeped green tea

1/2 Tbsp. plain organic yogurt

2 Tbsp. oatmeal (finely ground)

1/2 tsp. organic honey

Prep: Whip egg white until foamy. In a bowl, mix 1 tsp. of green tea and 2 Tbsp. oatmeal. Combine with egg white, yogurt, and oatmeal; mix in honey. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 8-10 minutes, then rinse.

The Result: Soft, dewy, balanced skin. I highly recommend it.

Have a gorgeous Monday.



Image via luisamöhle

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Get up and go coffee body scrub

I’m a self-confessed coffee addict so this scrub recipe is one of my favorites. The coffee’s rich aroma, mixed with vanilla and peppermint really gets you going in the morning. The olive oil moisturizes, the sugar and coffee exfoliate and the caffeine can actually tone, tighten and diminish the look of cellulite!  Bonus.

Try it out and let me know what you think!



Tools and Materials
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup pure turbinado sugar
15 drops peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)
1/2 cup used coffee grounds from a freshly brewed pot

Wake-Up Scrub How-To
1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; using a fork, thoroughly blend. Transfer the scrub to a wide mouthed jar, and store in a cool place until ready to use. The scrub will keep for one to two weeks, longer if refrigerated.

2. While showering, apply handfuls of the coffee scrub to wet skin in circular motions, starting at the feet and working up. The scrub contains oil, so it’s best to do this over a rubber mat to avoid slipping. Pay particular attention to rough spots such as heels, ankles, knees, and elbows.

3. After scrubbing, cleanse skin as usual using a mild natural soap or body wash. Pat skin dry with a fluffy towel, and follow with lotion to seal in the moisture.


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Tiny bottles and jars

I spent the afternoon listening to John Mayer, playing with Grace and bottling up samples of Grace & Ivy’s products. I’ve decided to offer a skin care starter kit at our Etsy Store. I know I love to try things out before I commit to a whole line.

Plus cute little bottle and jars are just plain fun.

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Brave Borage

Need a dash of courage? A dollop of gusto? Borage may help you out, or so they believed back in the day…

The legend that Borage invoked bravery is a long one reaching back to  the Iron Age when Celtic warriors would drink wine spiked with Borage leaves when preparing to enter battle. I’m guessing it was the liquid courage that often accompanies alcohol that vanquished their fears rather than the powers of this herb.

However, Borage does have its own qualities that makes it a valuable ingredient in skin care. It’s inherent tannins and mucilage offer both an astringent and soothing effect on the skin and its precious seeds contain a high level of Gamma-Linoleic Acid (20%), a fatty acid that provides wonderful nourishment and helps cell replenishment. So my thoughts on all this…

Bravery is over-rated anyway. Young, healthy looking skin is far more important. Right?

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A spoonful of honey

My New Year’s resolution is showing up on my face. Yes, I am smiling more since I started my exercise regimen but I’m also releasing toxins…resulting in spots. Lovely. Just a few, but one is too much as it is.

My remedy – Honey. Pure simple honey… and a drop or two of something extra.

Try this to calm irritated skin when blemishes appear:

1 tablespoon of organic honey

2 drop of tea tree oil

2 drop of lavender oil

Mix and smooth over skin. Leave on for up to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Follow with toner and moisturizer.

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