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Posted by Isabelle Louis XVI on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
  • Homemade Fun Soap Making – Spice it up!!!

    What’s in your soap?  Do you know?

    The easiest way to know what’s in your soap is to make it yourself.

    It is also a great activity to do with the kids, with friends and even alone.

    Wanna try?

    Let me give you some ideas

    Short cut – Melt & pour soap base

    I personnaly chose to buy good quality soap base instead of making my soap from scratch.  It is faster and easier to do. I don’t have to use caustic soda or lie. The soap base has already been transformed so you don’t need to saponify the fat in order to make the soap.  I only need to melt the base into a double boiler and then seasonned, flavor and color my soap base in order to make it my own!

    Use an unscented and uncolored soap base.  You can buy those soap melt and pour blend from most craft store and online. Please make sure to read the list of ingredients.  Sometimes, they can be as toxics as the one you are trying to avoid.   You don’t want to use soap base that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, fragrance, PEG, Dimethicone in it.

    Organic Oils Clear Glycerin Soap

    Aloe Vera Glycerin Soap

    Shea Butter Glycerin Soap

     

    Step 1- Melt your base in a double boiler

    One of my favorite thing to do is to melt my soap with a pouch of tea in it.  I find its the perfect way to incorporate the benefit of tea into your soap.  It will also allow the scent to get into your soap. Try using Green Tea, Black Chai Tea, Chamomile herbal tea…

    While the soap base is melting, you can also add other ingredients to improve the soap base.  I usually add 1-2 tbsp and it doesn’t prevent the soap from hardeing.   I like to add Cocoa butter or Honey or Coconut oil or Shea butter.

    There are no rules here, just be creative!!!

    Make sure that you don’t bring the soap to a boil, you just want to melt it.   Once the soap base is well melted, you can season it.

     

    step 2 – Seasonning the soap

    At this time, you will decide what kind of soap you want, what benefit are you looking for?

    Do you have a theme? Is it for Holiday?  Detox? Cellulite?

    There are plenty of things that you can possibly use in your kitchen to color, to add a scent or to texture your soap.  You can use herbs, spices, citrus rind, used coffee grounds, flower buds,  poppy seeds, grinded oats, corn meal, heamp seed, salt, sugar, grinded nuts, activated charcoal, ESSENTIAL OILS

    Lets have fun and create original soaps

    Here are a few ideas…
    Here’s are some ideas if you want to add color to you soap – Naturally
    • BROWN: Used ground Coffee or Cacao powder
    • GREEN-BLUE: You can use spirulina
    • GREEN: Chlorophyl powder
    • YELLOW: Turmeric or curry
    • BROWNING-PINK: Beets
    • ORANGE: Paprika, Orange zeste

    – You can also use food coloring gel, which can be found in any good food store.

    I always add essential oils at the end, just before pouring into the mold

    Step 4 – For Molding

    Once your blend recipe is made, it is time to pour it into a mold so you can let the soap solidify.  Mix it well just before pouring, especially if you have exfoliant inside it.  You want it to be well diffuse so you have them everywhere in your soap.

    I have all kind of shape molding because I like to have differents shapes of soaps.  Here are a few places where you can purchase them :

    Amazon 

    Flowers soap mold

    Honey comb bee soap

    Chakras soap mold

    Celtic soap molds

    Massage soap bar

    DeSerres

    You can also use ice tray, chocolate mold, cake mold or bread pan.

    You can add a few decoration at the bottom of the mold before you pour in the soap base.  Use decoration such as cedar branches, fir, flower buds, Loofah

     

    Leave the soaps in the mold until they had fully harden.

    When ready, remove it from the mold and wrap them up. I personnaly wrap them into wax paper until ready to use.

    You can also add some cardboard paper, rubbans, cords and offer them as a gift.

    I hope you enjoyed this article and that it will inspire you.

    Have fun making soap and share with others. Its a great gift for hostess during this Holiday period.

    If you get good ideas, please share with me.  You can find me on instagram and facebook.

     

    Have a wonderful Holiday period.

    Be kind and Smile!

    Isabelle – Votre Amie Essentielle

  • Life Happens – Hot Chocolate Helps

    Hot Chocolate is like a  Hug from the inside

    If you are like me, you love Hot Chocolate, but not at any price.

    The hot chocolate you find at the store are often filled with sugar.

    Here is an easy and quick recipe that will allow you to drink Hot Chocolate and feel good about it.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup of Almond milk
    • 1 Tbsp of
    • 1 Tbsp of monk fruit sweetener
    • 3 squares of Himalayan Sea Salt Dark chocolate.
    • Handful of Dandies all natural mini vanilla marshmallow
    • 2 drops of Orange + or Orange Vitality essential oils
    • 1 drop of Peppermint + or Peppermint Vitality essential oils

    Preparation:

    Mix together Almond milk, cacao, monk fruit sweetener, 2-3 dark chocolat square and warm up.
    You can warm up on the stove at medium temperature.  Stir often and do not boil.

    I used my cappuccino machine milk frother.

    Transfer hot chocolate into a mug
    Add dietary essential oils
    Mix well
    Add the marshmallow on top

    Keep some melted chocolate to pour on too of your Hot Coco!!!

    Yummy 😋!

    Bon Appétit!

     

    When you use raw cacao and the sweetener Monk fruit you reduce the sugar load.

    The fruit was first cultivated by Buddhist monks 800 years ago, hence the unusual name of the fruit.

    It has a sweetening power 200 to 300 times higher than that of sugar.

    Sweetener made from monk’s fruit does not affect blood sugar and contains zero calories

    It is available as a liquid, granules and powder.
    It is safe for children, pregnant and breastfeeding women.

    So here’s a great alternative to replace some or all of the required sugar in your recipes.

     

     

  • Detox your armpit deodorant

    Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body?

    The most important functions of your skin is :

    1. Protection: The skin act as our first line of defense against toxins, radiation and harmful polluant. It prevent also the loss of important body fluids.
    2. Absorption of basically anything that you put on it
    3. Excretion of toxic substances with sweat
    4. Secretion of sebum in order to hydrate the skin but also to create the acid mantle barrier.
    5. Regulation of the body temperature
    6. Sensation of heat, cold, pain and pressure
    7. Creation of Vit. D
    8. Immunity

    Are you still using antiperspirant?  Perhaps you should reconsider, because a lot of harmful ingredients are found in this product such as:

    • siloxane
    • aluminum
    • mineral oil
    • dimethicone
    • talc
    • petrolatum
    • Fragrance/parfum

    Do you still wanna use it now?

    Once I started to be aware of all the toxic chemicals that could be found in the daily products that I was using, I started to look for better and healthier alternative.  I have been using deodorant instead of antiperspirant for a couple of years now.  At first, I hated the fact that I was sweating and I notice that I needed a little bit of time to detox before I could successfully use deodorant.

    When your body releases sweat, it is either trying to regulate your body temperature or it is releasing toxins.  You actually want to sweat and release those toxins, don’t you?

    What’s great about deodorant is that it will allow you to sweat, but it will prevent bad odors.  The odors are created when the bacteria that are living on your skin get in contact with your sweat.

    The name says it all: a deodorant is use to deodorize, but it may also be capable to diminishes your sweat a little bit by shrinking the pores.

    Detox your armpit

    When you stop using an antiperspirant, it is possible that your body react to this and that you find that your are sweating more at first.  Don’t let your body odor try to turn you off this good action.  It is totally normal to have a reaction when you stop using a chemical.  Remember, you have been using these toxic chemicals under your arm for quite a while now, your body will start detoxing when you stop.

    I recommand that you start with a good Armpit Detox first.

    Here’s a quick and easy recipe for armpit detox.  I recommand that you do this once or twice a week for the for month when you start using natural deodorant.  It will help control the odours and speed up the adjustement period for your body towards natural products.

    Armpit Detox:

    • 1 Tbsp Bentonite clay
    • 2 tsp of Apple cider vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp of Water
    • Witch hazel   “To use after as a tonic lotion“
    First make the detox paste

    Mix together the bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar and water to create a paste.  Use a ceramic or glass bowl.  Do not use metal spoon or bowl as it will lessen the efficacy of the paste. Rub the paste under your armpit and keep for 10 to 30 minutes.  If it irritates your skin, remove right away.

    You can do this everyday or a couple of time a week for a month or as needed.

    After removing the paste, apply some witch hazel on your armpit.  It will act as an astringent and close the pores of your skin.

    You will have enough to do a face mask also if you want…

    Apple cider vinegar contains malic and alpha hydroxy acids that will help remove dead skin and reveal healthy and vibrant new skin. Bentonite clay is know for its ability yo absorb, remove toxins, impurities and other junk from your pores.  You can also add a 2-3 drops of lavender and frankincense essential oil to your face mask.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After 20-30 minutes, remove mask gently.  I suggest not to wait for the mask to be fully dried.  When you will be rinsing the mask and armpit detox, you may find that your skin is red.  There is nothing to worry,  this is normal.  This is just an increase of blood flow to the surface of your skin.  It will get back to normal after 20 to 40 minutes.

    Make sure to hydrate your face well after.

    Now that you detoxed your armpit, let me show you how to make your homemade detox deodorant.

     

     

    DIY detox deodorant

    Ingredients:

    • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
    • 3 tbsp Shea Butter
    • 2 tbsp Aloe Vera
    • 1/4 tsp Vit E
    • 15-20 drops of Essential oils ***
    • 5 tbsp Arrowroot powder
    • 1 tbsp Baking soda
    • 1 tbsp Zinc oxide
    • 2 tbsp Bentonite clay
    • 1/4 tsp activated charcoal

    Essential oils:***

    Use 15-20 drops of any essential oils below.  You will see the number of drops of essential oils that I use to make my deodorant inside of the brackets (number of drops) You don’t have to make it exactly with the same essential oils as I did.  Make it as you wish, be creative.  I recommend to use purification, petit grain, tea tree and geranium if you want to use only a few EO.

    • Purification (5)
    • Petit grain (5)
    • Tea tree (3)
    • Geranium ( 2)
    • Ylang Ylang (1)
    • Peppermint (2)
    • Sclary sage (1)  Do not use if you are pregnant.
    • Cistus (1)
    • Juniper (1)

    Preparation:

    Mix the wet ingredients together

     

    Then, add 15 to 20 drops of essential oils that are pure and naturals and non adulterated.

    Anything that your skin will get into your blood stream. You don’t want to add pesticides or synthetics chemicals to your natural deodorant.

    Make sure that you use only therapeutic grade essential oils.

     

     

     

     

    Add the dry ingredients to the mixture and mix well until you get a creamy and homogeneous texture.

    You can now eat it (just kidding) or transfer it into a glass jar.

    When ready to use, take a pea size of the deodorant and apply it directly on your armpit.  Massage to help it penetrate.  The gray color will disappear as you rub it on your skin.

    Let me know if you tried it and how it went.  I love to read your comments.

    Have a great day.

    Isabelle – Votre Amie Essentielle

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Healthy Break Fast!

    Think about breakfast differently!

    When you are BREAKING your FAST, it’s important that your first meal of the day be healthy. ❤

    INTERMITTENT FASTING has been shown by some experts to contribute to accelerated cell repair and weight loss. When ever I can, I try to keep a window of 12 hours fasting.

    Here’s how I do it:

    I usually have dinner around 19:00 and I am done eating by 20:00. That means that I won’t have anything else to eat except water until 8:00 the next morning. 🕗
    I will be sleeping through most of this 12 hours, which makes it easier to achieve.
    Choose your food wisely when you are breaking your fast. Don’t go for junk food loaded with sugar. Eat real food as much as possible. If it doesn’t grow somewhere or wasn’t once alive, perhaps you should avoid it.

    “When you start your day with sugar, you kick off an addictive cycle of sugar and carb cravings that will last all day long,” Quote: Dr. Mark Hyman

    Instead, focus on a combinaison of good protein and fats.  Keep carbs at their minimum and choose good quality carbs. 😉
    Why? Because…..

    • Great source of energy for the day ahead
    • Improve the feeling of satiety
    • Reduce evening snaking
    • Help regulate blood sugar
    • Help with brain function

    Next time that you prepare your breakfast, think of these food:

    • Free run chicken eggs (excellent for your health and this is not true tht eggs increase the level of bad cholesterol)
    • Nuts butter (good source of protein and fat)
    • Greens (low impact on blood sugar and lots of fibers)
    • Good fats such as avocado 🥑
    • Choose a good source of protein
    • Flax seeds, Chia seeds, pumpkin seeds can easily be added to a smoothie
    • Choose high quality carbs

    Ok, I admit, english muffin are not a good choice of carbs.  But eh, I love their taste and once in a while I allow myself to cheat. When you are not too strict on your daily eating habits, it make them easier to follow.
    Have a great day

    XOXO

    Isabelle Votre Amie Essentielle