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Friday Favorites // 053 ::

  1. Another good summery crochet top in black. Thank you, ModCloth! Black can be for summertime, too! While warm weather and sunshine definitely bring out my more colorful side, I’m still the most comfortable in black and earth tones. And, of course, I will wear all the crochet.
  2. This dusty pink lace bra from Journelle is gorgeous. And, of course, matching briefs.
  3. I’ve been testing the newest Meow Meow Tweet deodorant options for the last few weeks, and let me tell you, game changer. If you need a vegan stick deodorant, look no further. Lavender Bergamot is my favorite of the two scents, but both do a really good job.
  4. I am candle obsessed, and I love them even more when they’re made with essential oils.
  5. This pin!
  6. How gorgeous is this graywood and lava stone aromatherapy necklace (currently OOS) from Lava Essentials!?
  7. I once purchased a Natural Life mug from a thrift store for $.99, and it was one of my favorites until it got lost (or broken?) in my move last summer. It had such a great feel to it. This “cup of sunshine” mug would be a suitable replacement.

Happy Friday!

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Nota bene: I am an Independent Young Living Distributor, and this post talks about essential oils. You can follow all essential oils related posts here.

Now that you’re a Young Living member, which oils should you buy next? If you find yourself using any of the oils in the Premium Essential Oils Collection on a daily basis, I would go about replacing those first! I started by purchasing full sized bottles of grapefruit (not in the kit, but still a staple), lavender, lemon, and peppermint, and those are still the most used in my arsenal!

Young Living Oils Under $20 ::

Thankfully, there are plenty of useful Young Living oils that are reasonably priced under $20. Items marked with a [*] are among my favorites. I’ve included current (May 2016) pricing for both retail and wholesale.

Premium Collection Replacement Oils Under $20:

  1. Purification 15ml | $24.67 retail / $18.75 wholesale *
  2. R.C.™ 5ml $13.49 retail / 10.25 wholesale
  3. DiGize Vitality™ 5ml  $18.09 retail / $13.75 wholesale *
  4. Lemon Vitality™ 5ml $8.22 retail / $6.25 wholesale *
  5. Peppermint Vitality™ 5ml $13.16 retail / $10.00 wholesale *
  6. Thieves Vitality™ 5ml $19.08 retail / $14.50 wholesale *

What is Vitality™? Vitality™ is Young Living’s dietary oils collection. Vitality™ oils come in 5 ml bottles, and are all safe for consumption. If you are already familiar with Young Living, these are the same oils they’ve always been, just with different labels!

Vitality™ Oils Under $20:

  • Basil Vitality™ 5ml $14.14 retail / $10.75 wholesale
  • Bergamot Vitality™ 5ml $17.11 r / $13.00 w
  • Black Pepper Vitality™ 5ml $24.67 / $18.75
  • Celery Seed Vitality™ 5ml $15.46 / $11.75
  • Citrus Fresh Vitality™ 5ml $9.54 / $7.25 *
  • Clove Vitality™ 5ml $9.54 / $7.25
  • Dill Vitality™ 5ml $20.72 / $15.75
  • Endoflex Vitality™ 5ml $16.45 / $12.50 *
  • Ginger Vitality™ 5ml $17.43 / $13.25
  • Grapefruit Vitality™ 5ml $9.87 / $7.50 *
  • Jade Lemon Vitality™ 5ml $14.14 / $10.75
  • Lavender Vitality™ 5ml $15.46 / $11.75 *
  • Lemongrass Vitality™ 5ml $8.22 / 6.25 *
  • Lime Vitality™ 5ml $7.57 / $5.75 *
  • Orange Vitality™ 5ml $7.89 / $6.00 *
  • Oregano Vitality™ 5ml  $15.46 / $11.75
  • Rosemary Vitality™ 5ml $9.87 / $7.50
  • Spearmint Vitality™ 5ml $14.14 / $10.75
  • Tangerine Vitality™ 5ml $9.87 / $7.50 *
  • Thyme Vitality™ 5ml $18.75 / $14.25

Oil Singles Under $20:

  • Black Pepper 5ml $24.67 retail / $18.75 wholesale
  • Cedarwood 15 ml $14.80 r / $11.25 w *
  • Citronella 15ml $25.66 / $19.50
  • Clove 15ml $20.07 / $15.25
  • Cypress 15ml $25.33 / $19.25
  • Dill 5ml $20.72 / $15.75
  • Eucalyptus Blue 5ml $19.74 / $15.00
  • Eucalyptus Globulus 15ml $19.08 / $14.50
  • Eucalyptus Radiata 15ml $24.34 / $18.50
  • Fennel 15ml $22.70 / $17.25
  • Geranium 5ml $24.67 / $18.75
  • Ginger 5ml $17.43 / $13.25
  • Goldenrod 5ml $20.07 / $15.25
  • Grapefruit 15ml $22.04 / $16.75 *
  • Jade Lemon 5ml $14.14 / $10.75
  • Lemon 15ml $14.80 / $11.25 *
  • Lemongrass 15ml $14.80 / $11.25 *
  • Lime 15ml $16.12 / $12.25 *
  • Nutmeg 5ml $17.11 / $13.00
  • Orange 15ml $14.14 / $10.75 *
  • Palmarosa 15ml $25.99 / $19.75
  • Pine 15ml $19.74 / $15.00
  • Rosemary 15ml $20.39 / $15.50 *
  • Spearmint 5ml $14.14 / $10.75
  • Tangerine 15ml $21.05 / $16.00 *
  • Wintergreen 15ml $23.36 / $17.75 *

Oil Blends Under $20

  • Christmas Spirit™ 5ml $13.49 retail / $10.25 wholesale
  • Citrus Fresh™ 15ml $20.07 r / $15.25 w *
  • Envision™ 5ml $24.67 / $18.75 *
  • Grounding™ 5ml $23.36 / $17.75 *
  • Melrose™ 15ml $25.99 / $19.75
  • Sacred Mountain™ 5ml $20.39 / $15.50 
  • Taste of Italy™ 5ml $25.00 / $19.00

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It’s been so long since I’ve posted a Focus entry. Today is a bit gray and rainy, a nice break from the heat and humidity, so it seemed like an appropriate time. It feels like ages since my mind and body worked together. I suppose the rain feels a bit cleansing.

I’ve always thought snowflake obsidian was lovely. This volcanic stone has been a favorite of mine for ages, but it also is associated with some strong emotional healing properties. Please feel free to post any questions or share an experience in the comments!

Focus: Snowflake Obsidian ::

Snowflake Obsidian is commonly used to/ balance body, mind, and spirit

provide center and focus in a chaotic environment or situation

remove negativity from a person or space

bring attention to ingrained behaviors and patterns, bring negative emotions to surface

found/ worldwide, easily obtained

astrological sign/ Capricorn, Virgo | chakra/ root

for aromatherapy and meditation, pair with / to clear negative energy in a space: cypress, frankincense, palo santo, sage

release negative emotions: blue tansy, cedarwood, orange, SARA blend from Young Living (contact me for information on wholesale pricing with YL)

Strangely, aside from a ring, I do not have a single piece of snowflake obsidian in my own collection. Nuts, right? I’d like to remedy that as soon as possible. I love the wand shown below.

Focus: Snowflake Obsidian ::

1. oxidized sterling earrings : Erin Austin / 2.  6-sided wand : Healing Crystals / 3.  crescent moon ring : Rising Tide Jewellery

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DIY Black Tea & Rose Petal Body Scrub ::

The scent of black tea is one of my favorites just on its own, but it pairs really well with both citrus and some floral elements. Not to mention that tea leaves make for a nice addition to your all natural exfoliation arsenal. I decided to combine the tea with sugar and coconut oil to make a dreamy all over body scrub. I threw in a handful or so of fallen rose petals (because straight up picking what I assume are my neighbor’s roses would probably be rude), and here we are! Homemade body scrubs are so, so easy to put together, and can be ultra luxurious depending on what ingredients you use. Experiment! No need to bead.

To make this scrub, you will need the following:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • (+/-) 1/2 cup solid coconut oil
  • 1+ tablespoon black tea (preferably loose leaf)
  • handful of fresh rose petals

Measurements are approximate and can be changed based on personal preference.

Check rose petals for any insect friends, then rinse and gently pat dry. Remove any stems or other dirt and debris. Also remove any overly wilted petals, or any that have lost their scent completely. Coarsely chop the petals, and combine with sugar in a bowl. Mix thoroughly with a spoon, using the sugar to further break the petals down. You’re using the sugar as a mechanism to extract the oils from your rose petals, which in turn makes the sugar mixture (and your scrub!) smell delicious. Coarse raw sugar would do the best job, but I used ordinary table sugar in this batch. Stir in black tea. Add the coconut oil (you may not need to use all of it!), and stir to combine. If you have rose essential oil on hand, feel free to add one or two drops. Rose geranium is nice here, as well, and is a less expensive alternative.

Store in an airtight container. The coconut oil will melt at warmer temperatures, but you can bring it back to solid form by storing it in a cool place. If you don’t like coconut oil (the smell can be strong), try a substitute. Sweet almond would be wonderful, here, just be aware that your scrub will be liquid and will require stirring before use.

DIY Black Tea & Rose Petal Body Scrub ::

Tortoise Tidbit: Tortoises may sometimes enjoy rose petals (pesticide free, please) as a treat. McCoy wants absolutely nothing to do with them. TIL.

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Dry, chapped lips need some love. Sometimes we forget that exfoliating is important. You can make a beautiful lip scrub with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

You will need:

  • 1 part raw honey (not pictured)
  • 1 part granulated sugar (or brown sugar, or raw sugar)
  • 1 part jojoba, olive, or sweet almond oil (or you can use a combination)
  • drop of vitamin E oil
  • essential oils of your choice (optional)


Amounts will be dependent on the size of container you use, but the ratios should stay about the same. This isn’t an exact science. Feel free to use more oil or honey based on your needs or preferences! The amounts of essential oils you use, and if you use them, is up to you. Be sure to use only oils that are safe for consumption, because you are putting this on your mouth. Read all labels. Just a few basic options:

  • lavender – healing
  • lemon – antiseptic, brightening
  • orange – antiseptic, boosts immunity
  • peppermint – increases blood circulation, antiseptic, improves skin’s texture

Those are four oils that I really think everyone should keep on hand; they are super useful for day-to-day household use and for skincare. If you are interested in learning more about using essential oils, please contact me or leave an comment. I’d be more than happy to send you in the right direction. I primarily use Young Living, but there are a lot of options out there.

I made this tiny batch for a friend, and I used an equal amount of jojoba and sweet almond oil. Coconut oil will also work, but this particular friend has a coconut allergy (which is the saddest thing ever), so I opted for other oils. For my essential oils, I used a few drops of orange and one drop of vetiver. Vetiver speeds up healing and has antiseptic properties; when used in aromatherapy, it helps to calm anxiety. Vetiver oil is thick, and a  little goes a long way. Pipettes are a pretty good investment if you plan on doing a lot of fine-tuned measurements with your essential oils.



Combine ingredients in a small bowl and transfer to your container. Simple!


To use your lip scrub, apply a small amount and rub into lips for 30 seconds to a minute. Allow to sit on lips for a couple minutes, then wipe off with a warm, damp washcloth. Apply lip balm of choice.

Store product in its sealed container  in a cool, dark place. The honey and the vitamin e will help extend the shelf life, but keep an eye on it. I recommend making small batches as needed.

This is super easy to make vegan; just omit the honey and use raw/turbinado sugar!

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