These healthy energy balls are, as the title suggests, full of pumpkin, spiced to perfection, and contain a great combination of cashew butter, oats, almond flour, vanilla, coconut oil, and pure maple syrup which create a delicious rich and decadent texture, but there’s one more ingredient that really takes these energy balls to the next level…sea buckthorn!
Sea buckthorn also known as sea berry, is a resilient little fruit that grows in the Himalayas containing an array of nutrients. It is known to be the world’s richest source of Omega-7, an essential fatty acid (which is hard to come by!) that promotes collagen production, healthy skin, hair and nails and has other fantastic health benefits. We always hear so much about Omega 3,6, and 9 (which sea buckthorn is also rich in), but not so much about Omega-7!
There is nothing better than spending the day at a day spa being pampered. Salt scrubs, massages, facials . . . the list of goes on and on. But if a day at the spa isn’t exactly in your budget, don’t worry. Planning a DIY spa day is easy and so much fun!
An at-home spa day might seem like it would take a lot of planning and work. But pampering yourself in the comfort of your own home couldn’t be easier and more inexpensive. Why pay hundreds of dollars when you can get the same luxurious DIY spa experience at home?
What do you love most about going to the spa? Is it the low lighting? The soft music? The fluffy towels? Yes, yes and yes! Day spas are well known for creating an atmosphere of relaxation and you can achieve that same atmosphere at home during your DIY spa day. Here are a few things to have on hand:
Nice towels – Invest in some soft, thick towels you can use during your at-home spa day. You don’t have to spend a lot to get some nice towels that will leave you feeling totally pampered.
Bathrobe – Skip the yoga pants and instead, opt for a nice soft bathrobe. You’ll be able to totally relax and enjoy your DIY spa without worrying about getting your clothes dirty.
Add something green – Bring a vase full of flowers or a nice green plant into your DIY spa. They are nice to look at and can help you connect with nature.
Create a relaxing playlist – Set your phone to do not disturb and put on your most relaxing playlist. It will help you feel better and set the perfect DIY spa feel.
Cucumber and fruit water – Add a glass pitcher filled with ice cold water, cucumber slices and your favorite fruit and some pretty glasses to your DIY spa day. Sit back and relax while sipping your favorite fruity water. Don’t forget to add a splash of Omega-7 Blend to make it even healthier.
Exfoliation is a great way to rejuvenate your body from head to toe and an essential part of any DIY spa day. Using simple ingredients at home like oatmeal, coconut oil, coffee grounds, sugar, and essential oils, you can great a great smelling, exfoliating scrub that will leave your skin looking and feeling like a million bucks. Here are a few of our favorites for your own DIY spa day:
Coffee Scrub – Mix 1 cup of used coffee grounds with 1 cup of sugar, ½ cup of melted coconut oil and a few drops of Sea Berry Seed Oil until they are combined. Store in a glass jar with a lid. Keep it by the shower and use it to make every day feel like an at-home spa day.
Brown Sugar Scrub – Mix 1 cup of brown sugar with 1 cup of raw oatmeal, 1 cup of olive oil, and a few drops of SIBU Luxe Oil until combined. Apply the mixture and rub in slow circles all over your skin while standing over a towel. Once you scrub of the majority of the scrub, jump in the shower and rinse the rest off. Try to get as much off your skin before you shower so you don’t clog up the pipes with the oatmeal.
Hydration for Your Skin
When your skin is feeling dry, a DIY spa day can be just the ticket. After exfoliating your skin, be sure to apply some deep moisturizing products like the SIBU Miracle Stick, the Moisturizing Body Cream, or your own body butter, whipped up with this easy recipe:
Melt equal parts of shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes until it starts to set up slightly. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils (we love adding Sea Buckthorn Fruit or Seed Oil) and whip the mix until it thickens to a butter consistency. Store in an airtight jar and apply as often as needed.
Creating your own spa treatments is not only financially smart but it’s better for your skin as well. Feel free to experiment with these recipes and switch things up until you get it the way you like it.
Free of chemicals and preservatives, DIY spa products can help you feel pampered without the hefty price tag. SIBU has a wide variety of amazing products for your whole body, including sea buckthorn, that will make your DIY spa day a regular occurrence.
Sugar scrubs (and salt scrubs) are pretty simple to make. By simply combining oils and sugar, and a little bit of fragrance, anybody can create a workable skin care product in just a single step. However, the simple scrubs may get the job done, but they leave much to be desired when compared to professional products like emulsified scrubs. Well, the good news for you is that you can easily make your own emulsified scrub, as well!
Emulsified scrubs are similar to a sugar scrub, but on contact with water they become a rich and creamy exfoliating lotion, soothing and cleansing, leaving behind no oily residue – just soft, pristine skin. Emulsified scrubs are fairly simple to make, so if you’re new to DIY skin care products, don’t feel overwhelmed. They’re a great way to make personalized product for yourself or a unique and useful gift for friends, and of course, they’re wonderful to use.
Today we’ll cover a basic recipe for an emulsified scrub which you can tweak for your own needs and tastes, giving you plenty of room to flex those creative muscles.
The Secret of Emulsified Scrubs: The Emulsifier
If the emulsifier is the “secret” of an emulsified scrub, it’s a poorly kept one – I mean, it’s in the name. Even still, the key of what makes an emulsified scrub work so well is just what you’d think. The emulsifier’s job is a simple one: it allows oil and water to mix. A simple enough concept. However, when you make your emulsified scrub, you’re not going to be adding any water.
So, why use the emulsifier, you may ask? Because the water is added when the emulsified scrub is used! By adding an emulsifier to a water-free scrub, it only starts doing its thing when water is introduced – in other words, this is a product that starts working when you start using it!
The instant water is introduced to the emulsified scrub, the whole mixture turns from a familiar, scrub-like mixture into a creamy lotion which rinses away clean, leaving no oily gunk behind (because the oil gets mixed into the water. When you’re done, you’re left only with clean skin and a wonderful aroma. Pretty cool!
So, now that you know how an emulsified scrub works (basically), let’s talk about making one.
Let’s Make an Emulsified Scrub
Here are the basic ingredients you’ll want to put together in order to make an emulsified scrub:
When we say “softer” butters, we mean butter with a low melting point. The most common example here is Shea butter, but there are others. Harder butters include butters with higher melting points, like cocoa butter or kokum butter. Some butters lie in between, like mango butter – this could be used in either category. You can use whatever combination of butters you like (or have on hand). Have fun and be creative!
Oils for an Emulsified Scrub
You are free to get creative and use any oil (or combination of several oils) that you like. If you have infused oils, you can use those to add a little extra magic – try to pair it with the other fragrances and materials you’re using. For instance, a coffee-infused oil with a brown sugar exfoliating scrub is basically heaven in a tub.
Emulsifiers are sold in most places that sell essential oils and other such products. Conditioning emulsifiers (which are usually intended to be used in hair conditioner) work well, but the go-to for emulsified scrubs tends to be emulsifying wax. There are plenty of varieties to choose from, made from a variety of natural ingredients. Feel free to experiment with these, and talk to your supplier about what you’re looking to do, what materials and fragrances you intend to use, and they’ll be able to help you pick the best emulsifier for your needs.
A co-emulsifier is technically optional, but they help to stabilize and thicken the mixture, so I like to use them. Common co-emulsifiers include cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, and soy lecithin.
Preservatives for an Emulsified Scrub
Whoa – why are we talking about preservatives in a natural skin care blog? Aren’t these bad things? Listen – your emulsified scrub doesn’t necessarily need a preservative. However, if you choose to skip it, you have to make sure that you keep the mixture and the container completely free of moisture. For the purposes of an emulsified scrub, that means dipping wet fingers into the mixture is forbidden!
Without a preservative, one wet finger could contaminate the entire product, leaving you (or worse, your client) with a useless tub of goo. Let’s avoid that by using a broad-spectrum preservative. There are several natural options for this – I like Optiphen Plus, a natural paraben free preservative, but feel free to talk to your vendor about other options.
Exfoliant Grains for an Emulsified Scrub
Exfoliant grains in an emulsified scrub can be the same sort of material you’d use in any other body scrub. You can use finely ground walnut or almond shells, or, if you want a grain that will dissolve completely, sugar, salt, or brown sugar are lovely choices.
I enjoy using brown sugar, but I’ve also had great success with raw sugar, fine Himalayan salt, and plain old fine granulated sugar or salt. Want to mix them up? Do it! Get creative and see what feels (and works) best on your skin.
When choosing an exfoliant grain, just make sure that the pieces aren’t too big, that there are no sharp edges or rough surfaces. If you use nut shells, make sure you get them ground fine enough for use in a body scrub. Remember, the whole idea here is to exfoliate, not to scratch. Fine salt is a perfect benchmark to use – choose an exfoliant around the same texture (or finer) and you’ll be very happy.
Putting It All Together: Making Your Emulsified Scrub
Once you’ve assembled your ingredients and measured them out using the percentages provided, it’s time to put it together:
Melt butters and emulsifiers slowly, using low heat.
Remove mixture from heat, stir, and let cool.
Add preservative and whip until the mixture is light and fluffy (5 minutes or so)
Add exfoliating grains and essential oils (or other fragrance)
Give it a final whip to distribute grains and fragrance
Transfer to final container – try using a piping bag for easy transfers
And that’s it! You’re all done. Now get to work and make yourselves beautiful! Let us know how it turned out in the comments.
Giving your mom an at-home facial is a thoughtful way to show her that you love her and to spend some quality time together.
An oil to remove makeup or makeup-removing wipes
A clean face towel or cotton wipes
A basic cleanser, exfoliant, face mask, and moisturizer
A facial steamer and cleansing brush (optional but will make the experience feel more special and premium)
Step 1: Cleanse
First, you’re going to cleanse her face. In other words, you’re going to remove any dirt or oil so that you’re starting with a clean canvas.
Apply a dime-sized amount of cleanser onto her face. The SIBU Polishing Facial Cleanser is perfect for this occasion because it works for any age to gently remove impurities but leaves the essential nutrients in tact.
You can apply the cleanser using your fingers or you can use a facial-cleansing brush. These nifty little brushes will apply gentle exfoliation to her skin; whisking away any dirt and oil, and giving her pores a deep cleanse.
With this step, you should take your time and make sure that the face is fresh and clean before proceeding. Rinse the face with lukewarm water before patting it dry with cotton pads or a clean face towel.
** No additional exfoliation is needed if you used a facial cleansing brush.
Step 2: Exfoliate
If a brush was not used, you can gently massage a physical exfoliant, such as a facial scrub, into the skin. You can even make your own exfoliant using ingredients that you probably already have at home, such as fresh yogurt or brown sugar.
You can also apply a chemical exfoliant, instead, which fall in one of two categories: AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids). AHAs are best for normal to dry skin, whereas BHAs are preferred for normal to oily skin. A common AHA is lactic acid while a common BHA is salicylic acid.
Whether you use a physical or chemical exfoliant, you should rinse the face with warm water before the next step.
Step 3: Steam
Next, you’ll want to steam the face. Steaming helps by opening up the pores, preparing the skin for the next step. You can perform a facial steam in a variety of ways:
One way is by running warm water over a washcloth or towel and then and then draping it over her face. You can also cut out a nose area so there’s no discomfort with breathing, especially if you use a towel.
If you want to get fancy and really bring the spa home, you can use a facial steamer, which is fairly inexpensive and will improve the quality of her skin.
Step 4: Mask
Next, you’re going to apply a face mask. This is probably the most fun and flexible part of the facial due to the wide variety of masks that can be used.
You may even decide to join in and apply one to your face as well! Some of your options are:
Bentonite clay masks – these help to draw toxins away from the skin and stimulates blood flow to reveal a smooth, radiant and even complexion. Most people with normal or oily skin swear by bentonite and other clay masks, and with good reason!
Charcoal masks – these do much of the same things as bentonite clay, attaching to impurities and whisking them away to improve the look and feel of her skin.
Sheet masks are fun and trendy and there is a sheet mask for every skin type and the packaging will usually state what it is intended for, whether it’s hydrating, fading dark spots or plumping the skin.
DIY Masks – Charcoal and clay masks are considered DIY masks by some but in this article, we’re talking about mask ingredients that may already be in your pantry or can be easily sourced. For example, you can create a diy mask to tighten pores and and brighten skin by combining an egg white, 1 teaspoon of lime juice and a ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder and applying for 15 minutes. (check out our BULK Sea Buckthorn Oils for DIY)
Step 5: Moisturize and Massage
Lastly, you’re going to want to moisturize and massage her face. Applying a facial moisturizer to her skin will keep it hydrated and make her face feel cool and fresh.
The SIBU Hydrating Facial Serum is your go to here, containing a host of ingredients which will not only nourish, but help to repair damaged skin and help stimulate collagen production. Gently massage the serum into her skin using the guidance seen in the video below about giving a facial massage:
Soap is something we all use, and we bet there’s a bar or two sitting in your shower right now. However, even though we all use it, not all of our skin’s react the same way to the ingredients found in commercial soaps.
Don’t be fooled by a nice scent or a creamy lather, as it’s usually the result of sulfates or artificial fragrance. Not only do these synthetic ingredients put your health at risk, if your skin is even slightly sensitive then you want to look the other way, trust us!
Fortunately, there is a natural way to make soap using healthy ingredients that won’t put your health at risk or aggravate your skin. In fact, your skin will feel like silk and simply glow with radiance!
Keep reading for our favorite DIY soap recipes for even the most sensitive skin.
Shea Butter Coconut Milk Soap with Calendula Flowers
Sounds fancy, but even though this soap is pretty luxurious, it’s super easy to make.
Creamy Coconut Milk is one ingredient you want to keep around if your skin is sensitive because it’s loaded with fatty acids that will fight inflammation in your skin. We should also mention that it feels positively decadent on the skin too!
Rich Shea Butter is a superstar ingredient for sensitive skin as it’s also rich in fatty acids along with vitamins A,B,C,D,E,F and K. Shea butter has been proven to treat everything from burns to stretch marks and is especially beneficial if you suffer from eczema or psoriasis.
Calendula Flowers don’t only add a gorgeous swirl of color to these bars, but their powerful anti- inflammatory properties will help to soothe inflamed and sore skin.
You sure can’t go wrong with soothing oatmeal when it comes to calming and protecting sensitive skin, thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Hydrating Honey adds wonderful moisture to the skin, which is very important when dealing with sensitive skin, as one of the main characteristics of sensitive skin is often skin that flakes and peels. Raw honey is also loaded with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that will fight bacteria in the skin and leave it glowing.
Goat’s milk will not only leave the skin silky soft, it’s loaded with fatty acids, and antioxidant vitamins like selenium and vItamin A to keep the skin at it’s healthiest best.
While there are some ingredients you may need to avoid if your skin is ultra sensitive, lavender sure isn’t one of them!
Lavender has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that offer excellent benefits when applied topically to the skin. Just one whiff of this fragrant flower is also sure to bring an instant sense of calm and peace to your frazzled mind.
Goat’s Milk provides skin lovin’ nutrients and a few drops of lemon essential oil is perfect for uplifting the spirits. This one is best to keep when you need a little pick-me-up!
Sticking to a 30 day plan is tough, especially if you’re just “going for it”.
A well laid out plan and schedule makes all the difference between success and failure.
So why not have it all done for you?
Our friend Angela at www.eat-spin-run-repeat.com, a self-labeled foodie, shopaholic, runner, and group exercise instructor just launched her 30 Day Smoothie Challenge. Check out the freebie recipe below made with our very own SIBU Omega 7 Pure
In her book you’ll find:
30 smoothie recipes that are vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and most importantly, delicious
A 30-day progress tracker
A mini-guide to greens
Smoothie making essentials and her favorite ingredients
Pro tips for smoothie perfection every time
Starting AND finishing your first 30 day challenge just got that much easier.
Enjoy this freebie recipe from Angela made with our very own Sibu 7 Pure.
Orange Sherbet Smoothie by Angela Simpson Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 0 mins
Ingredients (1 serving)
1 scoop Vega Sport Performance Protein Powder in vanilla
Add all ingredients except the ice and chia seeds to your blender jug and blend until completely smooth.
Pour in the chia seeds and ice. Let them sit for about 2 minutes, allowing the chia seeds to soak up some of the liquid and thicken the smoothie’s consistency.
Blend once more until the ice is completely crushed.
Pour and serve!
Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? Have you made your Sibu smoothie creation? Be sure to share it in the comments below.