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Quick Tip for Those Using Natural Sunscreens!

I have been loving this sunscreen from Vive Sana (see review for it – here!), but I actually have a special way of applying my natural sunscreens which I thought that maybe not a lot of people thought about and which I think makes using natural sunscreens a hell of a lot easier than straight out of the bottle. Though, if you can manage it and the consistency doesn’t bother you, then that’s cool too.

You see, a big issue a lot of people have with using natural sunscreens is that they often times are extremely thick, leave a white cast, and can be really difficult to spread on the skin so it’s no wonder that many avoid using them.

That being said, using a natural sunscreen is worth it in the long run to avoid unnecessary chemicals, pesticides and preservatives from causing bodily harm so what I do to counter balance the aforementioned problems with using natural sunscreens is I like to mix them with a nickel size amount of serum or natural vegetable oil to help them spread more evenly on the skin, dim the white cast and even last me longer.

Many people don’t know that there are natural vegetable oils that actually offer natural SPF protection. That’s not to say you should replace SPF with a vegetable oil because the protection of natural vegetable oils is too low to offer sufficient protection in such a hot climate, but it certainly does help and works well for spreading my sunscreen out!

Here are some favorites that I like to use either alone or sometimes mixed together:

  • Olive Oil (lower than SPF 4)
  • Jojoba Oil SPF 4
  • Macadamia Oil SPF 6
  • Soybean Oil SPF 10
  • Wheatgerm Oil SPF 15 – 20
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil SPF 28 – 50
  • Carrot Seed Oil (Essential Oil – this must be mixed with a carrier oil such as soybean or olive – DO NOT USE UNDILUTED!) SPF 38 – 40

I hope these tips help you in your quest to an all natural lifestyle!

Natural Sunscreen That Protects and Improves Your Skin While You Wear It!

I’ve been searching for the perfect natural sunscreen for ages and it’s not as easy as it may seem. Companies boast a “natural” formula that’s usually anything but or it’s natural yet gives me a horrible white cast and a greasy residue of a face when applied. I’m so happy to report I finally found one that ticks off all the right boxes in all the right places!

Vive Sana Solar to Polar Ultra SPF40 Sunscreen is everything I ever I wanted in a natural sunscreen and more:

  • 70% Certified Organic, 100% Natural Ingredients
  • Broad spectrum mineral-based UVA/UVB Protection
  • Phthalate-Free, Paraben-Free, PABA-free, Petroleum-free
  • Sustainable US packaging
  • Healing, Hydrating and Gentle Ingredients that Benefit the Skin

Included in this formula are also a host of natural sun and free radical fighters such as Green Tea and Raspberry seed as well as other more skin calming ingredients like chamomile and oat to soothe the skin. Aside from that, beneficial vegetable oils such as apricot, safflower, jojoba, avocado and olive all work to condition, soften and hydrate the skin and, of course, percentages of 8.5% titanium dioxide and 3.5% zinc oxide help shield the skin from UV damage. Also, it does not include water in the formula so this will last a lot longer for you and your family and is more concentrated than cheaper mainstream sunscreens that are made with water as the main base ingredient.

What I love about this sunscreen is not just that it’s all natural, though that certainly is a huge plus, but I love that it is pretty much skincare built into a high SPF sunscreen. One thing I will say about this that is kind of annoying is the fact that the formula is really thick and it comes in a tube with a small little hole to get the product from, but it’s so thick the product is a pain to squeeze out. Also, it’s pretty thick so I like mixing it with my Alpha-H Liquid Gold Perfecting Daywear, which I use as a primer, in the morning to give it a bit more slip and it spreads super easily that way and leaves no white cast on my face as so many other natural sunscreens have in the past. Also, there’s none of that typical chemical type sunscreen scent which I find repulsive; in fact, there’s hardly any scent at all. I also received a small sample of the Solar to Polar Baby SPF42 Sunscreen which I kept in my purse for re-applying throughout the day and it was actually much smoother to apply than the Ultra, but other than that, they are basically the same.

I highly recommend Vive Sana sunscreens because they are natural, green, and potent for sun protection from UVA and UVB rays. The fact that they include natural ingredients to help protect your skin as well as other skin beneficial ingredients makes this sunscreen that much more awesome!

Also, Storybook Apothecary readers get a special discount if they purchase anything from Vive Sana’s website within the next 2 weeks and use Coupon Code – Storybook20; they will receive a whopping 20% off their order so hurry on down and pick yours up at this great low price!

Check out the Solar to Polar Ultra – here!

Check out the Solar to Polar for Babies – here!

How do you feel about natural sunscreens?

Do you prefer natural or chemical sunscreens to protect your skin from harmful UV damage?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Vive Sana for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

DIY Lip Recipes

Lip Recipes are actually a lot easier to do than you think.

In fact, you probably have all the ingredients you need to make at least one of these recipes.

Although there are more complicated recipes, I like these because I find that the fewer ingredients, the more often I am inclined to make them as opposed to purchasing lip balms.

Plus, a lot of the ingredients are easily used for a multitude of things so you don’t just need to use it to make your lippies.

Experiment and Be Creative!

You may find you like your custom lippies better than the store bought kind as you can really customize the tints, if you want a tint that is, and you can control what moisturizing ingredients go into the formula.

Before I get into the easy ways to make lippies, I will give you the breakdown for a more complicated formula that you can manipulate if you really want a really put together lip balm recipe. You can make a lot at once to last you also or for parties.

Basic Lip Balm Recipe:

  • 2 Tbs. Shea Butter
  • 2 Tbs. Beeswax
  • 2 Tbs. Any Oil of Your Choice – some good options include Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Olive Oil, or any other natural vegetable oil that you like.
  • 1-3 Drops Flavor Oil of your Choice – Cherry, Strawberry, and Grape are popular varieties! Try cinnamon essential oil for a stinging lip plumping effect (no more than 1-2 drops for the whole recipe!!) Otherwise, you can use spearmint for a cooling effect (again no more than 1-2 drops!)
  • Lip Balm Containers – Either Tubes, Tins or Jars work depending on your preference.
Now, if all of that seems like WAY too much work, then read on for the easier lip recipes!

The first thing you need to decide when making an easy lip balm recipe is what you want to use for your base.

Some of my favorites include coconut oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, and olive oil for lip glosses and balms. The harder oils/butters such as shea butter, kokum butter, and coconut oil can work well for balms, though coconut will melt quickly in the heat and may be better suited as a gloss in the summertime, depending on the climate. Any liquid vegetable oil will work for a gloss.

If I want a tint, I pick one from extra eye shadow pigments that I have sitting around. I have made red, coral, pink and beige. For beige, I use face powder or bronzer or a mix of the two, depending on the tint I want. For red, I usually use some old blush, but depending on the colors you have lying around, you may not be able to get the exact red you want. I had some old goth shadow that was blood red sitting around so I use that, but whatever you have on hand is fine!

If you get it from a hard pan compact eye shadow, you have to take a butter knife to chip off some of the shadow onto a plate. Then you use the outside of a spoon to smash up the shadow into small pieces. If you have loose shadow already, you can use that or if you have a mortar and pestle sitting around, that may be more convenient than using a spoon to crush up the pigment.

After your shadow is crushed, pour your chosen oil/butter into an old lip gloss container (you may want to wash beforehand to avoid bacteria!)  or otherwise an old lip balm jar. If you use a jar, you will have to apply the gloss with a brush so it’s up to you! Otherwise, you can purchase lip containers for gloss and balm very cheaply on Ebay or other websites online.

Once your container is 3/4 full with oil/butter, add in the pigment and shake until evenly distributed. You will only need about 1/8 teaspoon for one lip gloss.  This really is my lazy way of doing things, but there is a more orderly way.

If you prefer, you can mix 1/8 cup of oil with a fair amount of pigment in a separate bowl and keep adding pigment until you get the desired color that you want. Then, when you’re finished, you can pore a small amount into your container and keep the rest in a tupperware until you are ready to use or refill your tube.

You can customize your lip recipe by adding a flavor oil (you can find these online or at craft stores such as Michaels – if in the USA). You can add essential oils such as cinnamon for plumping effects or spearmint for cooling effects as desired also.

Other really SUPER easy ways to make a lip balm/gloss are by mixing petroleum jelly (Vaseline) / petroleum jelly natural alternative – like this one – with pigment. I have also applied Egyptian  Magic Cream to my lips when they are especially dry just by itself and it works really well as a nighttime treatment, although the smell may be off-putting to some.

 Other DIY Lip Recipes: 

  • Honey Sugar Lip Scrub – Mix 1 Tbs of Honey and 1 Tbs. of Brown Sugar together and apply to lips in circular motions, massaging lips for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Rinse and apply a lip treatment.
  • Healthy Lip Stain – Soak 1 Cooked Beet or 1/2 Cup Pomegranate Seeds In Very Small Amount of HOT water for up to 30 minutes, or until the small amount of water takes on a dark color. You can put the liquid into a container or simply use a lip brush to apply directly to lips. You can also mix Kool-Aid Fruit Punch with a Small Amount of Water, then apply directly to lips. Make sure lips are moisturized before applying.
  • Sea Salt Olive Oil Lip Scrub – Mix 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt with 1 Tbs. Olive Oil. Apply to lips in circular motions, massaging lips for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Rinse and apply a lip treatment.

Do you like DIY Recipes?

What DIY Lip Recipes Have You Tried & Loved?

Let me know in the comments below!

Also, Feel Free to Request DIY Recipes for Anything of Interest in the Comments As Well!

I will do my best to make it happen!

Hope you’re all having a lovely Saturday!

Stay Beautiful

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