All Natural Facial Care Regimen

If you’re just joining me in my all natural journey, then you might want to read a little more about my issues with acne in this post. I’ve been dealing with acne since I was in middle school and I’ve probably tried every acne product on the market. NOTHING ever worked for me. It wasn’t until I started focusing on using more natural, non-toxic beauty products (because of issues with migraines) that I realized a lot of what I was using on my face was making my acne worse. As I researched other options for skin care, I ran across something called the oil cleansing method. It has truly been a lifesaver for me. I went from having horrible cystic acne to hardly ever getting a pimple. All of the products I currently use are ones I have created and they are available for purchase in my Etsy shop! Now for the good stuff. Below you will find instructions for how to use my facial care products in 5 easy steps.  Please feel free to ask questions in the comments!


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Step 1: Cleansing Oil

For so long I was convinced that I couldn’t put anything oil based onto my skin because I thought it would cause a break out. As I did more research, I found this not to be true and that nourishing skin oils actually work to dissolve the oil on your skin. Like dissolves like. My cleansing oil comes in three different variations based on your skin type. Each variation contains nourishing oils to help balance out oil production and leave your skin feeling like you stepped out of the spa.

Oily/Acne Prone: 
castor oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, tamanu oil, sunflower oil, grapefruit essential oil, juniper berry essential oil, geranium essential oil, and lavender essential oil

Normal/Combo:
castor oil, avocado oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, tamanu oil, sunflower oil, grapefruit essential oil, juniper berry essential oil, geranium essential oil, and lavender essential oil

Dry/Mature:
castor oil, avocado oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, tamanu oil, rosehip seed oil, grapefruit essential oil, juniper berry essential oil, geranium essential oil, and lavender essential oil

Directions: 

  1. Before bed and in the morning, drop a quarter-sized amount in your hand and rub over entire face (this also removes makeup).
  2. Place a washcloth under hot water (I usually get it as hot as I can stand) and place the wash cloth over your entire face. Leave it for one minute or until it cools. As the cloth cools, wipe the oils off of your face.
  3. Continue rinsing your cloth with warm water and repeating until the oiliness is gone.

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Step Two: Complexion Mist

My lavender + rose complexion mist is a facial toner that balances, soothes, and hydrates the skin. It is suitable for all skin types. It also has just a hint of peppermint which is a great pick-me-up!

Ingredients/Benefits: 

  • Lavender Hydrosol: soothes damaged or inflamed skin, calming
  • Rose Hydrosol: tightens pores, helps to heal irritated or acne prone skin, moisturizing
  • Aloe Vera Gel: helps to hydrate and moisturize skin
  • Witch Hazel: tones and helps reduce inflammation
  • Peppermint Essential Oil: uplifting aroma that acts as a pick-me-up
Directions: 
Spray onto face after using Some Call Me Crunchy Cleansing Oil. Another favorite way to use this mist is to spray it over top of your makeup to add a boost of hydration during the day.

My all natural eye serum offers hydration and nourishment to the delicate area around the eyes and helps to reduce puffiness and add moisture to the skin.

Ingredients/Benefits: 

  • Carrot Seed Oil: nourishes, tightens, and rejuvenates skin
  • Castor Oil: increases circulation and reduces swelling
  • Infused Almond Oil: anti-inflammatory properties which helps to decrease puffiness under the eyes; good source of vitamin K which helps decrease discoloration under the eyes
  • Evening Primrose Oil: helps with age-related structural and functional changes in skin tissues, such as redness, firmness, roughness and fatigue resistance
  • Rosehip Seed Oil: full of vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids that can help correct dark spots, reduce scars and fine lines, and hydrate skin

Directions: 
Apply morning and night after cleansing around the eye area. Use your fingers to gently pat and distribute as needed.


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Step Four: Facial Serum

My facial serums combine a variety of nourishing oils with a unique blend of essential oils for each skin type.

Balance Serum
This serum for acne prone/oily skin combines a variety of skin nourishing oils with essential oils of grapefruit, wild orange, ylang ylang, and geranium to help balance out skin tone and oil production.

Restore Serum
My all natural Restore Facial Serum for dry/aging skin combines a variety of skin nourishing oils with essential oils of helichrysum, frankincense, geranium, and sandalwood to help repair and regenerate the skin, smooth out wrinkles, and promote youthful looking skin.

Soothe Serum
Soothe Facial Serum for normal/combination skin combines a variety of skin nourishing oils with essential oils of grapefruit, lavender, and cedarwood to help nourish and maintain beautiful looking skin.

Directions: 
Apply 2-3 drops to face after applying Some Call Me Crunchy Complexion Mist. For extra moisture in the winter months, add a pea-sized amount of shea butter or my lavender body butter and mix in hand before applying to skin.


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Once Weekly: Facial Steam

Herbal Facial Steams are a wonderful addition to any skin care routine. Facial steams are beneficial to your skin because they help to open up your pores, cleanse, promote healthy circulation, hydrate, and calm. The boost of circulation and hydration will leave your skin with a beautiful and healthy glow. This can also be used as a tea! Insert this step after cleansing once per week.

Ingredients: 

chamomile buds, rose petals, lavender buds, comfrey, fennel seeds, rosemary leaves, and nettle

Directions: 
Once weekly after cleansing with Some Call Me Crunchy Cleansing Oil, place 2-3 tablespoons of herbs in a bowl with 4 cups of boiling water. Allow to steep for 1-2 minutes. Drape a towel over your head and the bowl and breathe deeply for 2-5 minutes.


Still have questions? Ask away in the comments or email me at somecallmecrunchy@gmail.com.

Welcome, Elias!

He’s here! Elias James Jones was born on August 11, 2017 at 12:49 am. We arrived at the hospital at 11:30pm (just in time) and his delivery was super fast. He weighed 9lbs 5oz and was 22 inches long. We’re all doing well and adjusting to being a family of four. Our favorite photographer (Emma Frances Logan) came out to take newborn/family pictures a couple weeks ago and I’m so excited to finally get to share them with you.

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Maternity Family Photos

You guys. I know it’s after the fact and I’ve already had Baby Elias (he came a little earlier than I thought since I figured he’d be two weeks late like his sister), but these pictures are too good not to share. Emma Frances Logan Photography is AMAZING. She takes all of our family pictures and is also the mastermind behind the branding and photography for my Etsy shop. Also, these are the first pictures of Elias’ nursery that I’ve shown!! His little nursery was so fun to create and I’m super happy with the final product. Enjoy!

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hospital bag packing list

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I’m just about 36 weeks along and if you know me at all, then you know that I’m a type A planner of all things. So, of course, I’ve already starting packing my hospital bag. Since this is my second pregnancy, I feel a little more confident about making decisions as to what I will need/want. A lot of the body care items are things that I make and sell in my Etsy shop. I have included a ton of links* so that you can see the specific types of things I’m packing!

First of all, I knew that I wanted to have a good bag to carry everything in. With my daughter, I felt like I had 3-4 different bags and was so worried they wouldn’t get transferred with us to the different rooms we were in. I decided to go with this Birdling Weekender Bag and am SO glad that I did. I already used it on a weekend anniversary getaway a few weekends ago and am obsessed with it. It’s huge, has lots of compartments, and looks pretty too!

*some affiliate links included


|for the mama|

  • Blanqi Postpartum + Nursing Support Leggings: I bought these leggings early on in my pregnancy and wore them a ton during the first trimester. I’m already obsessed and know that I will basically live in them postpartum. They are great because they offer lots of postpartum support and allow your torso to still be covered when you lift up your shirt to nurse.
  • Robe: I’m using a basic robe (like this one) that I used with my first. I’m not much of a robe wearer normally, but having a robe is a must at the hospital.
  • Pajamas: I’m planning on taking a pair of Lularoe black leggings and this nursing tank top from Ingrid & Isabel. I had two of these tanks with my first and wore them until they were basically falling apart.
  • Nursing Friendly Going Home Outfit: I chose this beauty by Roolee. The creators of these nursing mom dresses inserted zippers into the sides to make nursing super easy. And they are gorgeous!
  • Shoes: I plan to have my Birkenstocks and a pair of flip flops for the shower.
  • Pillow: I’m extremely partial to my pillow and will definitely be bringing it along.
  • Lavender + Rose Complexion Mist: I’m obsessed with this stuff and use it as a toner, to freshen my face during the day, and as a body mist.
  • Dry Shampoo: This is a must for me. With my first, I wasn’t able to shower right away and I didn’t have any dry shampoo with me. It was one of the first things in my bag this time.
  • Lavender Body Butter:  This is the only lotion I use. I’m taking the subtle lavender scent for the hospital so that it will be calming for baby as well.
  • Chapstick: But, of course!
  • Other Toiletries: toothpaste and toothbrush, facial care (oil cleanser and serum), hair ties, basic Beautycounter makeup (tinted moisturizer, blush stick, and mascara), contacts (and glasses).

 

|for nursing/recovery|

  • Diffuser + Essential Oils: I plan to use a lavender + chamomile blend for the recovery room. I’ll also be diffusing wild orange and doTERRA Balance during labor.
  • Nursing Salve/Baby Balm: I make and sell a Baby Balm in my shop that has a very small amount of lavender. I’ll be using it as a nursing salve and for the baby.
  • Soothing Gel PadsThese help a ton with initial nursing discomfort. I’ll also have some regular disposable nursing pads in my bag.
  • Postnatal Vitamins: I prefer to take these instead of the ones that they give you at the hospital.
  • Bottom Spray: I was going to make my own, but wanted to try this one first. Last pregnancy I only did the sitz bath with essential oils (which I’ll still do), but I’m hoping the spray will be helpful as well.
  • Depends: Trust me. These are way better than the pads that the hospital provides.
  • Snacks: I’m taking granola, dried fruit, and Oat Mama Lactation Bars.

 

|for baby|

  • Baby Balm (mentioned above)
  • Lavender Rollerball: for calming and sleep
  • Clean Hands Spray: I prefer this to alcohol based hand sanitizers any day.
  • Going Home Outfit
  • 2 Zip-Up Sleepers: These are way better than the button down ones and make diaper changing much easier.
  • Swaddle
  • Pacifier: I plan to try and wait until breast feeding is well established before using a pacifier, but I’ll be bringing one with this pacifier clip just in case.
  • Fox Lovey: My wonderfully talented friend over at Emergolde makes the most adorable loveys. I sell them in my Etsy shop as a baby gift set (lovey, lavender body butter, and baby balm).

 

|other|

  • Stuff for Hubby: change of clothes, toiletries, pillow
  • Technology: phone (camera), computer (with labor playlist), and chargers
  • Birdling Weekender Bag (mentioned above)

 

Are you an expecting mother? Use code NEWMAMA to get 15% off your first order in my Etsy shop!

Spring Cleaning + Essential Oils

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Photo by Frances Logan Photography

One of the first ways I began using essential oils was to create my own cleaning products. After years of battling chronic migraines and completely changing my diet to help balance out my hormones and heal my gut, I began researching other things that might be endocrine disruptors (which can cause hormone imbalance). One of the things I kept seeing over and over again was that many of our typical household cleaning products are full of toxic chemicals that are harmful to our bodies. I desperately wanted to find an affordable way to clean my house without those products when a friend introduced me to essential oils.

Making your own cleaning products is super simple. You just need a few base ingredients (many of which you may already have) and some essential oils to get started.


Natural Cleaning Shopping List

  • Baking Soda: Instead of your typical cleaning spray, use baking soda. This is a well-known deodorizer, but it will also whiten surfaces and cut grease.
  • Liquid Castile Soap:  Combine with baking soda for an amazing tub scrub or add a few tablespoons to your mop water with a citrus essential oil. You can find this in your local health-food store and online. Unscented is usually best for most purposes.
  • Vinegar: cuts grease, deodorizes, and dissolves mineral deposits. To cut the smell, add in a few drops of Lemon essential oil.
  • Borax*: disinfects, whitens, cuts grease, and deodorizes.

*Although it is natural, borax is toxic when ingested, and can cause skin irritation. Keep away from children, pets, and food preparation areas. I use this one sparingly.


Essential Oils for Cleaning

You can use a variety of essential oils to cleanse, deodorize, and protect your home. Here is a list to get you started!*

  • Bergamot: antibacterial, antifungal
  • Cinnamon Bark: antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral
  • Clove: antiviral, antibacterial, antiparasitic
  • Cypress: antibacterial
  • Eucalyptus: antiviral, antibacterial, insecticidal, disinfectant
  • Lavender: antibacterial
  • Lemon: antiseptic, antibacterial, disinfectant, degreaser
  • Lime: antiseptic, antibacterial, disinfectant
  • Marjoram: antibacterial, antifungal
  • Melaleuca: antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral
  • Oregano: antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antiviral, immunostimulant
  • Patchouli: antifungal, insecticide
  • Thyme: antiviral
  • Wild Orange: antiseptic

Note: Want to know how to get your hands on high-quality essential oils? Email me at somecallmecrunchy@gmail.com and I’ll share my favorite essential oils and how you can get them at wholesale price! 


All Purpose Spray: This basic spray is a great way to start and will clean just about every surface in your home!  

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. glass spray bottle
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1¾ cups distilled water
  • 30 drops essential oils

Recommended essential oil combinations:

  • 15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
  • 10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange
  • 15 drops each of Cypress and Lemon
  • 15 drops each of Grapefruit and Marjoram
  • 15 drops each of Thyme and Lemon

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to spray bottle.
  2. Shake thoroughly

Natural Cleaning in the Kitchen

Note: Use the All Purpose Spray above for countertops and surfaces.

  • Trash Can Deodorizer: Add 3-5 drops of a deodorizing essential oil (peppermint, clary sage, melaleuca, lavender, geranium, eucalyptus) to 1 TBS baking soda. Sprinkle into trash can.
  • Dishes: Add a few drops lemon and 5 drops white fir for sparkling dishes and a great smelling kitchen. You can add the essential oils to your dishwasher tabs as well. 
  • Fruit & Veggie Wash: Mix ½ cup apple cider vinegar, 3 drops lemon, and 3 drops Immune Blend (i.e. On Guard or Thieves) in a glass bowl. Add fruit and top with water until the fruit is covered. Let set for 5-10 minutes and then rinse.
  • Drain Cleaner: ¼ cup baking soda, ¼ cup white vinegar, 3 drops wild orange essential oil. Pour essential oil directly down drain followed by baking soda, and then vinegar. Allow to sit for 15 minutes. Pour hot water down the drain, followed by cold water to unclog drains.
  • Sticker & Goo Remover: 1 Tablespoon baking soda, 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil, 2 drops lemon essential oil. Mix into a small glass bowl. Apply a small amount to the sticker or label and let sit for one to two minutes. Use a cloth or paper towel to remove. Apply again as needed.

Natural Cleaning in the Bathroom

  • Soap Scum Remover: 2 cups hot water, ¼-½ cup borax (or baking soda), 10 drops lemon essential oil. Add ingredients to spray bottle and shake well. Spray on affected areas and wipe dry.
  • Window & Mirror Cleaner: 2 cups distilled water, 2 Tablespoons white vinegar, 2 Tablespoons rubbing alcohol, 5 drops peppermint essential oil. Add ingredients to a spray bottle and shake well. Spray windows or mirrors and wipe dry. Store in a cool place for one to two months.
  • Disinfectant Cleaning Wipes: 12 thick and durable paper towels, 1 cup boiled and slightly cooled water, ½ cup white vinegar, ¼ cup rubbing alcohol, 5 drops lavender essential oil, 5 drops lemon essential oil. Cut paper towels in half and stack in a neat pile. Roll up and stuff into a quart sized wide mouth mason jar or a large ziplock bag. Mix ingredients and pour over paper towels. Put the lid on or zip and shake to moisten towels.
  • Mold & Mildew Preventer: 2 cups water, 30 drops melaleuca essential oil, 10 drops peppermint essential oil. Add ingredients to a spray bottle and shake well. Spray directly on mold or mildew. Do not rinse. Repeat daily or as needed.
  • Disinfecting Toilet Bowl Cleaner: ½ cup baking soda, ¼ cup white vinegar, 10 drops melaleuca essential oil. Mix ingredients to dissolve baking soda. Add to toilet. Let set for 5-15 minutes. Scrub with a toilet brush and flush.

Natural Cleaning in the Living Room/Bedroom

  • Natural Scratch Remover: 1 teaspoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar, 3 drops lime essential oil. Mix ingredients in a small bowl. Dip cloth into solution and rub onto wood surface. Rub on scratches until they disappear or on deeper scratches until they are managed. Buff away any residue with a dry cloth.
  • Leather Cleaner: ¼ cup olive oil, ½ cup regular vinegar, 3 drops eucalyptus. Mix the ingredients together in a spray bottle. Spray the leather down and wipe it clean with a cotton cloth. Note: This recipe is for regular leather, not suede.
  • Upholstered Fabric Cleaner: ¼ cup warm water, 2 teaspoons castile soap, 3 drops lime essential oil. Mix ingredients together in a container. Dip cloth in the mixture and dab onto the stain for quick spot treatments on any fabric.
  • Carpet Freshener: 2 cups baking soda, 10 drops lemon essential oil, 10 drops orange or grapefruit essential oil. Combine all ingredients in container. Sprinkle on carpet or rug and let sit for 15 minutes. Vacuum thoroughly.
  • Carpet Stain Remover: 4 cups warm water (divided), ½ teaspoon clear castile soap, 10 drops lemon essential oil. Mix 2 cups warm water, soap, and essential oil. Soak a rag in the mixture, wring out, and gently blot the stain. Use a clean rag soaked in the remaining two cups water to remove the residue. Alternate the soap solution with the fresh water until the stain is gone. Remember to blot, not rub, to remove carpet stains.
  • Hardwood Floor Cleaner: 1 gallon warm water, ½ cup distilled white vinegar, 3 drops lemon or orange essential oil. Mix water, vinegar, and oil in a large bucket or container. You can mop as normal or spray solution onto floor and mop up with a microfiber cloth.

Note/Credits: Many of these recipes are from The Essential Life book. I highly recommend adding it to your collection!