Summer is almost over, and these goodies are helping me transition from bright, hot days to cooler, cloudy ones.
That in-between layer. You know what I’m talking about. At this time of year, it’s good to have a little something on hand in case the air conditioning is a little chilly or you are out and about when the sun goes down along with the temperature, but isn’t heavy or bulky. I found this lovely linen scarf/towel from Fog Linen Work at a local sidewalk sale in the beginning of August, and I’ve been using it pretty much daily ever since. It’s the perfect thing to cover up with in this season. I took it on a rafting/camping trip a few weeks ago and it was PERFECT. I used it as a shawl when cozied up around the campfire with friends and after the inevitable swim while the raft floated us downstream. And I’m sure it’ll be a good layer come autumn, too.
Angels On Bare Skin. This Lush scrub is called that for a reason. Lavender-y and full of ground almonds that gently exfoliate everything from the face to the feet, it leaves my body feeling heavenly (pun totally intended).
Everything’s coming up roses. This rosehip oil makes my skin feel like a metaphorical flower field. I find summer to be too hot to use traditional lotion, and this oil is juuuust rich enough to give my skin moisture and light enough to sink in fast (a.k.a. I’m not sweating in it). My skin has been loving this stuff; I even rub a few drops into the ends of my wet hair after a shower. It’s kept split ends and dry skin at bay– yay!
Avoiding the lobster look. The summer sun can be mean to pale folks like me, which means spraying myself down with Solar Recover. This spray does the job of those ‘sunburns relief’ gels, but in a spray that’s all natural and cruelty free (bonus! it smells like lavender goodness).
Ruby Red. I got this tin of lip tint from Fat & The Moon for my birthday in late July, and it’s been my go-to lip product since then. It gives a bit of burgundy colour along with moisture, so I kill two birds with one stone. And the scent! Gosh! It’s a clove+cinnamon+orange dream.
What self care things are you carrying with you into the fall season?
I don’t know about you, but as I get older, it is getting harder to find beneficial skin care that doesn’t break the bank. Every time I think I’ve found a moisturizer that’ll do me good, the price tag makes me want to cry. No more! After a bit of internet research and some know-how, I finally composed a DIY facial serum that works– and that’s economical! (*insert hands-raised emoji here*)
stuff ya need:
– carrier oil (almond oil, jojoba oil, etc. I used Young Living’s V-6 Complex– use anything that keeps at a liquid state)
– lavender oil– to keep inflammation to a minimum
– frankincense oil– to heal damages from blemishes, the sun, etc.
– glass dropper bottle or some other small glass container
1. measure out 4-6 teaspoons of your carrier oil into your container
2. for each teaspoon, add 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of frankincense
3. give it a good swirl to mix everything together
Now it’s time to give your skin some love. Simple as that!
Yes, I know that it is practically summer, but better late than never, eh?
Lip love. I dug this Honey Lips lip balm out from the bottom of my lip care dish in early April, and have been using it every day since. I think I scored this marvelously scented stick at a maker’s market a while back, from this local brand. As a gal with perpetually dry lips, this stuff has kept them hydrated and happy.
The balm dot com. It’s not quite the trendy stuff that comes in a tube, but Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is the next best thing. The formula is creamy enough to moisturize thoroughly, but it feels light and sinks in promptly (you know what that means– no sticky feeling skin! woo-hoo!). It smells subtly like lemonade, so it’s perfect for these warmer days. I confess, I refuse to use this cream exclusively for my cuticles; it’s nice for elbows and heels and everything in between.
Skin care. After a couple of rough months testing out various products and methods, I finally found a skin care routine that works for my me. Hallelujah! After washing my face in the morning, I rub in some DIY lavender-frankcinscense serum I keep in an amber dropper bottle. This serum is sooooo good; the lavender helps to keep blemishes and other inflammations (like eczema and rosacea) at a minimum thanks to its antibacterial properties, and frankincense has been known to help heal damage from blemishes and the sun due to the cicatrisant and cytophylactic properties it contains. Come evening, I apply a bit of Young Living’s Rose Ointment. This salve is a life-saver, especially after I had an allergic reaction to another moisturizer a few weeks back. The scent of this emollient reminds me of an elderly hippie because of the essential oils of rose and patchouli, and I love it.
Good scents. I dream of being one of those super-chic ladies with a classy signature scent in a pretty little bottle, who gives herself a spritz on the way out the door as a effortless almost-afterthought. Until then, there’s the Stress Away essential oil blend from Young Living. The aroma is fresh and delicately sweet and bordering on unisex with its woody tone. This roll-on is convenient and useful as a tool to calm frayed nerves, and gosh does it smell good.
Self-care is something I am learning to embody. The notion of giving myself grace through a period of rest– even if it’s only for a couple of minutes. Be it soulful words, lotions and potions, or garments that feel like home, this feels so selfish somtimes. But it is not. I have observed that I am more of a gracious, hearty, generous gal when I have taken care of myself. I thought recording them would be such help to remind me that this is important, this is essential. And hey, maybe it’ll help others to embrace the okayness of self-care.
Words for the soul. Darling Issue 14 has been an ample restorative for my heart. This magazine is an empowering, inspirational read that simultaneously reminds me of two vital things: 1) I am so very adequate and 2) to keep growing and keep going. It is important to remember both, no?
Homey garments. I’ve been wearing my first knitting project allllll winter long, and I almost don’t want the season to end, for that’ll mean having to put this scarf away. It’s like wearing a blanket at all times. A blanket made by my own hands, with boatloads of love.
Lotions and potions. The essential oils of peppermint and clove have been a godsend this season. Clove helps relieve the congestion in my lungs when mixed with coconut oil and rubbed on my chest like Vick’s vapor rub, without the nasty menthol smell and sensation. I dab peppermint oil under my nose to clear my sinuses and on my wrists and back of my neck to get rid of the lethargica the mid-winter blues tend to bring about. Burt’s Bees Almond and Milk Hand Cream is a lifesaver for my cold-chapped mitts. I’ve gotten in the habit of applying the rich moisturizer when I go to bed, so that my hands get the whole night to soak up the love. Badger Cuticle Care has kept my cuticles from giving out on me, as they are prone to do in the colder months. A bonus of using this ointment is the magical citrus-y scent. Gosh, I wish I could make that into a room spray… Since I’ve been too lazy this season to bother with the upkeep of lipstick, I’ve been using Vasaline Rosey Lips as an alternative. It is a marvelous balm with the added bonus of the sublest pinkish tint. It’s very Parisian– no fuss, not muss– and I love it.