Bling out sister!!!
When you look good, you feel good or make it until you fake it. Both of these sayings apply to image and self-esteem. When I’m wearing a cute outfit I walk a little taller, hold my chin a little higher, and heads turn when I walk by. When I first began my fitness journey, I was carrying extra weight and I hid under baggy workout gear. Often times I didn’t even bother to match, which is a big thing if you know me at all ;-). But as the weight came off and the muscles emerged, I began to desire more style in my gym attire. I’ve blogged in the past about shopping for deals online and clearance racks at the mall. Now comes a new chapter….
Take for example this ensemble from a previous post. I am wearing a fedora with white band. A custom shredded tank top with silver glitter fabric paint details over a silver bikini top. The coordinating yoga pants feature a white asymmetrical waistband customized with silver glitter paint and Rhinestone accents. The whole outfit came in under $40 and was the envy of that days Zumbathon 😉
I’ve been on a blinging frenzy, buying up hotfix rhinestones on Ebay and glitter paint from Joann Fabrics in every color.
Tell us what tricks do you use to feel excited about working out? A new outfit? New running shoes? Fabulous smelling lotion to smooth on after working out? Download new songs to your playlist?
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by Katie Wellnessmama.com
Coconut Oil‘s nourishing properties make it an excellent skin lotion and
homemade lotion bars make it even easier to apply. Lotion bars are very
moisturizing and incredibly easy to make with only a few ingredients.
No liquid ingredients are used so no emulsifying or preservatives
Uses for Lotion Bars:
I often give lotion bars as gifts since they can be easily customized with
essential oils or natural scents. They are completely natural and
safe on babies and children. The coconut oil and shea butter
create a natural SPF of about 5, which make them ideal for
outdoor activities. My personal favorite uses for lotion bars are:
- To soften and protect dry skin
- During pregnancy to prevent stretch marks
- On sensitive baby skin to help sooth diaper rash or eczema
- To sooth dry skin from rashes, eczema or psoriasis
- After shaving to prevent dry skin
- As a nighttime facial moisturizer
- After doing dishes to moisturize hands
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
- 2/3 cup Beeswax Pastilles or grated beeswax
- Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- Optional: Essential Oils for scent
How to Make:
When I first started making this recipe I used a double boiler and blender
before I realized that there was a much easier way that didn’t require
excessive dishes. Here’s the easy way (my blender thanks you!):
Combine ingredients in a quart size or larger glass mason jar or
reused glass jar. Fill a medium size saucepan with a couple
inches of water and place on a burner over medium high
heat. I recommend putting a lid on the jar to prevent water
from getting in as this ruins the lotion bars.
Bring the water to a simmer and stir or shake the contents of
the jar until completely melted. This should take about ten
minutes. Quickly pour into whatever molds you are using.
I highly recommend silicon muffin cups or molds if you
have them because they are so easy to clean. Regular muffin tins
or even small glass jars also work. You can even use small
jelly-size glass jars if you want to keep the lotion bar in the
jar for travel or to give as a gift. This recipe will make
approximately 6 lotion bars if using muffin cups or small jars.
Leave in molds for at least 4 hours or overnight (preferable)
and carefully pop out of molds. I wrap in cellophane bags
and tie with burlap and twine for gifts.
How to Use Lotion Bars:
Lotion bars are designed for use on dry skin in place of lotion.
Apply the same way that you would use soap in the shower
but on dry skin with no need to wash off. The heat of your skin
will transfer a very thin layer of moisturizing lotion to
the skin, which will absorb in 3-5 minutes.
The great thing about lotion bars is that you can customize them
to your own preference. Here are a few ideas or I’d love to hear
*Add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil for scent.
I like lavender or ylang ylang.
*Add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and 1/2 tsp of powdered
ginger for use on sore muscles after working out.
* Add 1/2 cup organic arrowroot powder and a tablespoon of baking soda
to make a natural deodorant bar that puts most regular deodorants to
shame. Leave out the baking soda if you have sensitive skin. You can
also add the powder of a couple capsules of shelf-stable probiotics for
extra odor protection.
*Infuse the coconut oil before making with some common kitchen herbs to
make a bug-repellent bar that works great without chemicals.
*Add a couple of tablespoons of Zinc Oxide Powder (non-nano) to make
sunscreen bars. The powder will settle a little which is normal.
Be careful not to inhale the powder.
Ever made your own beauty products? How did it go? Share below!
Katie is a happy housewife and work at home mom of four. She’s a real
food crusader dedicated to cooking healthy, whole-food recipes for her
family and helping other families do the same. A lover of books,
kettlebell junkie, scuba diver, and coffee addict who can finally do
a pull up. Stop by and say hi at her blog: WellnessMama.com
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Posted on July 9, 2012