Better than Bath & Body

We are all familiar with Bath and Body Work’s signature Warm Vanilla Sugar scent that most of their products come in.  No matter what you get at that store, there is no going wrong with that one.   Though this is true, nothing can beat real vanilla sugar.  It is pretty difficult to mess up a sugar scrub , but if you cannot seem to get the proportions right, here is a good recipe.

Warm Vanilla Sugar Scrub

1/2 cup melted Coconut Oil

Two tablespoons Olive Oil

1 cup regular sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

Teaspoon of vanilla extract

Optional: vanilla pod seeds


In a big bowl, add all of your ingredients with the exception of the coconut oil.  Make sure to split the first layer of the vanilla pod in half, careful not to completely cut it in half, using a chef’s knife.  Then scrape the seeds using the edge of the knife, out of the pod, and add it to the bowl of sugar.  If it is not melted already, pop the measured out oil into the microwave for 30-60 seconds, or until completely liquid.  Add the oil to the bowl of sugar and mix everything thoroughly with a wooden spoon.  Remember all of the ingredients can be adjusted to your preferences.  If the mixture is too dry, add more oil and vice versa.

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Beauty, featured

Give Your Makeup a Second Life





It is a fact of life that makeup is overpriced and does not last forever.  Most of us use makeup well past its expiration, so you might as well make the most of it.  For these recipes, all you need is old makeup, coconut oil, and water. Below I listed a few great things you can make from various makeup products that are either broken or “expired”.  I have made and tested out all of these as pictured above, and can tell you that they turn out awesome.

Lip Tint: blush
1. Crush the product into a fine powder in a small bowl.
2. In another bowl, microwave two tablespoons–give or take of coconut oil for 30 seconds (until it becomes a liquid fully).
3. Incorporate the oil into the blush powder and blend it with a fork.
4.  Clean your old blush container, and dry fully.  You can pour the mixture into this, or buy little containers especially made for homemade beauty products on amazon.
5. Close the container and put it into the fridge to set for half an hour.

I love this one because your lips will remain the color of the pigment you use–without having to reapply, but it comes off easily with makeup remover.

Cream Eyeshadow: old eyeshadow
1. Crush the makeup into a fine powder in a bowl.
2. Clean the container.
3. Add a normal spoonful of water (1/4 the amount of bronzer) to the powder.  Start with a small amount of water, and add more if needed.  Mix thoroughly.
4. Scoop the eyeshadow into your old container.

Adding more moisture to old eye shadow makes the pigment stronger, look cleaner, and stay longer–take my word for it.

Moisturizing concealer/ lip primer: face powders
1. Take an already broken face powder and add 1-2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil.  The mixture should be thicker than the consistency of the lip tint.
2.  Pour/ scoop into the previous container, and refrigerate for 30 minutes so it can become more solidified.

*Note: If you have very oily skin, this concealer might not work well for you.  As a primer, it is absolutely amazing, and if you have dry skin you can use it as you prefer on your face, skipping regular moisturizer.

Save your mascara:
1. Boil some water and pour it into a bowl.
2. Place the sealed mascara into the water, and let it sit for 10 minutes.