The Magic of Vitamin C in a Facial Serum

I call this Vitamin C-hange.

This is exactly what happens when you incorporate vitamin C into your skincare regimen.

If you are not currently using vitamin C on your skin then you are truly missing out on many important benefits.

We are all aware of the benefits vitamin C has when we eats foods rich with it but those same benefits we also gain by applying it properly to our skin.

Benefits of Using a Vitamin C Serum in your Skincare Regime:

  • You are seeing these strange dark spots on your skin and although probably harmless, they are unwelcome.  Using a Vitamin C serum will help reduce the signs of hyperpigmentation, the excess of melanin that creates spots on the skin due to sun damage.

Vitamin C Serum is a powerful antioxidant and will help to brighten your skin                  effortlessly.

  • Vitamin C partners with enzymes to develop healthy collagen.  This allows for mega support to heal wounds and blemishes.
  • Photoaging is premature aging of the skin caused by repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV), primarily from the sun but also from artificial UV sources. Photoaging differs from chronologic aging: the damaging effects of UV rays – from the sun or artificial tanning sources – alter normal skin structures. Vitamin C in clinical studies and used on the skin has shown significant improvements on average 74% in their skin after 3 months of use.  These studies showed improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, texture, photodamage and skin tone.

Don’t forget about your hands and your upper chest!

Here is what I make and it only takes a few minutes.  Please remember Vitamin C is strong and can give you a tingling effect when applied.

If the stinging is unbearable or you are showing signs of hypersensitivity please discontinue use immediately.   As such I recommend using this initially 2 to 3 times the first few weeks and gradually work your way to nightly.

Use on clean skin and be sure to use only in the evening as it can cause sensitivity to sun exposure.

You should see visible results in just 3 short weeks.

For the fun of it take a picture of your skin prior to use.  After 3 months take another and I am positive you will see changes!

Use a 1.5 ounce amber bottle with a dropper.  The amber bottle protects the precious ingredients from exposure to light which can reduce the effectiveness.


  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin C powder (you can get this on amazon)
  • 1 teaspoon filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon of glycerin (vegetable)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of aloe gel
  • 1/8 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil
  • 6 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil


Use a bowl and mix all the ingredients together with a miniature whisk.

Using a small funnel, empty your mixture into the amber bottle.

Viola!  You just save yourself upwards of $50 plus dollars in professionally manufactured Vitamin C serums!



DIY Hand Sanitizer-It’s what I am bringing on my trip

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UGH traveling via plane to another country brings on my germ anxiety big time!

The hand sanitizers we find in the store generally contain a large amount of alcohol which is terrible for the skin.  How do we make our own with the same effectiveness?


I used a purse size hand sanitizer squeeze bottle and emptied the contents.  From there I added the following:

Aloe Vera Gel- soothing for the skin

Alcohol free witch hazel-Very soothing for the skin and great for sunburns and diaper rash

Tea Tree Oil- Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Antiviral, and Antiseptic.  There isn’t much this great oil can’t defend against!

Vitamin E- Super great for your skin


  • Fill the squeeze bottle 3/4 of the way to the top with Aloe Vera Gel
  • Add 1 tbsp Alcohol Free Witch Hazel
  • 6 drops of Tea Tree Oil find it here
  • 1 tsp liquid Vitamin E find it here

Combine all ingredients into the squeeze bottle and shake well.



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You know the feeling.  Stuffy or runny nose, watery eyes, dry cough headache, fatigue.  You have a love/hate relationship with spring-summer-fall.  We love the sunshine, warm weather and outdoor activities that spring-summer and fall bring us but with that comes the dreaded effects of pollen.

Essential Oils have been used for centuries to combat seasonal allergies with great success.

The following is a list of essential oils that when combined in specific blends, offer enormous relief:

  • Chamomile- Known for its calming effect can dramatically reduce anxiety and irritability.  It is widely known to sooth and reduce inflammation.  It has also been used to relieve pain. Used for dry skin, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and is excellent to relieve irritated nasal passageways.  find it here 
  • LemonBalm/Melissa- Also calms the body and is great for the respiratory tract and skin irritation such as skin allergies, cold sores, bites etc. find it here
  • Bergamot-Excellent for any skin type allergy.  It is a powerful antiseptic.  Offers a relaxing and sedative state. find it here
  • Lavender-Is one of my favorite EO.  It is one of the best calming essentials.  Calms skin, mind, heart and our nervous system.  Helps the body defend against stressful situations and environmental factors that lessens our immune system. find it here
  • Peppermint-Praise the peppermint!  Another favorite of mine.  I typically keep it at my desk all day.  It is amazingly uplifting and prevents that afternoon fatigue.  Peppermint is my go-to for headaches.  find it here
  • Helichrysum-also helpful for any skin condition as it reduces inflammation and has the ability to battle infection and microbial infections.  Excellent to clear mucus from the sinus or respiratory tract.  find it here
  • Eucalyptus-Can’t live without this oil when cold or flu season approaches and is the absolute best for seasonal allergies as well.  Anti-inflammatory it is used to relieve throat infections, sinus infections, cold & flu symptoms.  Perfect for hay fever, sneezing or coughing.  find it here

Hay Fever or General Allergy Blend


  • 7 drops Chamomile find it here
  • 5 drops Lavender find it here
  • 8 drops Eucalyptus find it here

To use as a massage oil to apply on your chest, back, and soles of the feet use a 5 ml dropper bottle and add Sweet Almond Oil close to the top then add 8 to 10 drops of the Allergy Blend above.

To use in a diffuser simply add 15 drops to your water.

A GREAT decongestant and to be used in steam inhalation is the following:

  • 4 drops Peppermint find it here
  • 4 drops Eucalyptus find it here


I hope this offers some relief this season!


My skincare regimen at 54

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Ugh can either be our best friend as in spending time with those you love or it could be our worst enemy, as in aging.

Nothing exists today in a lotion, gel, cream or serum that can miraculously remove years of lines, wrinkles and scars,  I am sorry to say.  You can, however,  find incredible improvements with a combination of good ingredients, healthy diet/exercise, and reduction of negative environmental influences (stress, pollution, smoking, alcohol, sun)

I posted 3 recipes that I use every day exclusively and have seen a really nice change in my skin since using them in the last year.

I always opt for the most natural ingredients whenever possible.  I sometimes change up my recipes according to season or even when stressful times become present.  That is the beauty of making your own.

I will be doing videos very soon to demonstrate the ease of making your own products.  I tend to be a visual person and get bored easily when forced to read lengthy posts so videos can be much more affecting to me.  Stay Tuned!

So my daily routine consists of wash, tone and oil once in the morning and once at night.  I tend to tone throughout the day as well.   I haven’t found a DIY moisturizer I am completely fond of yet.  When I finally find THE ONE, you can bet I will share it with you.  I know I should be using an SPF every day and found a few really cool recipes for DIY sunscreen.  I will test them out soon and post my reviews.

Please refer to my prior blog posts listing the recipes for Facial Cleanser, Toner and Serum.

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Imagine a Miracle Facial Cleanser!

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I have struggled with facial cleansers for years.  My skin is combination, both oily and dry.  I became frustrated with each purchase.  Many worked well to cleanse the face but left me with a terribly dry feeling.  Some products I couldn’t use to remove my eye makeup so naturally an additional product was necessary.

My quest was to find a cleanser that was economical, safe, natural, good for my skin, and left me feeling like I didn’t need to add moisturizer after cleansing.  Hmmmmm….tall order!

After MUCH research, trial and error I made my own.

This recipe makes one 12 ounce bottle and I love to use my foaming bottle.

Imagine Anti-Aging Facial Cleanser


1 cup of distilled water

2 tbs castile soap- find it here

2 tbs coconut oil- find it here (some people cannot use coconut oil as it make cause breakouts.  I have no issue with it.  If you want, you can substitute with 2 tbs argon oil.

1 tbs aloe vera gel

1/2 tbs sweet almond oil- find it here

1 tsp xanthan gum

1 tsp citric acid- find it here

8 drops of Lavender essential oil- find it here

4 drops of Frankincense essential oil- find it here

4 drops of Orange or Lemon essential oil – find it here

4 drops of Carrot Seed essential oil- find it here

I use my magic bullet to blend most of my recipes but you can use a blender or hand mixer.

Leaving out the Castile Soap, add rest of the ingredients into your mixer.  The longer you mix the thicker and more luxurious your cleanser will be. This should be about 60 seconds.  Lastly hand stir the Castile Soap in.  Take a funnel and pour into your preferred bottle.  Shake really well.  Label and use!

Be sure to shake before each use.  Always test a spot on your wrist.


“Witch” Toner Should I Use For My Face?

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I can assume you figured it out from the title of this blog post…..Witch Hazel!

For thousands of years a plant,  Witch Hazel native to North America and parts of Asia, was used  as a skin-healing astringent that’s capable of naturally reducing acne, blisters, insect bites, poison ivy, inflammation and much more!

Witch hazel has been used for centuries to naturally help heal and prevent:

  • acne
  • skin sores
  • bruises
  • redness and swelling
  • ingrown hairs
  • psoriasis or eczema
  • oily skin
  • excess sweating
  • cracked or blistered skin
  • insect bites
  • poison ivy
  • irritated scalp
  • sun damage
  • melanoma
  • razor burn
  • mucous membrane inflammation
  • hemorrhoids
  • allergic reactions
  • varicose veins

The most popular use for witch hazel is on the skin.  A strong antioxidant and astringent which is perfect for killing bacteria that lives within skin’s pores.  This also helps prevent signs of aging, cellular damage and speeds up healing.

After using Witch Hazel with the other ingredients I have listed in the recipe below, I have noticed a significant change in my skin, tone and firmness.  I particularly love to put a few drops of this recipe on a cotton round pad, gently press around my eyes or even leave for a few minutes while resting.  This is especially good after a night minus good sleep and I wake to circles and bags.  Almost instantly you will see a reduction on puffiness.  Be very careful  not to get any of the ingredients below into your eyes.  Do not over saturate the cotton round and you should be able to apply it to your eye area without worry.

I also use this formula throughout my day as a quick pick me up!  Great for sunburn (although you should be wearing SPF).

Imagine and Tone


  • 8 ounces Witch Hazel (Alcohol Free)
  • 16 Drops Lavender Essential Oil- find it here
  • 16 Drops Tea Tree Oil- find it here
  • 16 Drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil- find it here 

Combine together in either an amber pump bottle or a dropper bottle.  Take two or three pumps to a cotton round and apply to your face.  I typically do this a couple of times until I no longer see any trace of dirt on the round.

It is important that you find alcohol free witch hazel.  Alcohol is very drying to the skin and I would never recommend using a product that contains it.  toner


Can you Imagine streak free Stainless Steel?

Good morning world!

What I love the most is to rise before anyone else does, start that magical pot of coffee, open a few windows and start cleaning.  I know….I know….cleaning?  I can’t help myself but I have loved cleaning most of my adult life.

For me the satisfaction of completing a task, seeing the amazing results and knowing I am showing a true act of love for my family is a great feeling.  Even better is when I can grab all my DIY supplies and feel that extra boost of pride.

So, this morning I looked at my stainless steel appliances and as the sun was shining through my kitchen windows it displayed those infamous Stainless Steel streaks.  Yikes.  I went to my cabinet and realized I never refilled my Stainless steel cleaner, so off I went into my ingredient cabinet to quickly whip up a batch of this magic cleaner.

I am attaching before and after photos of my dishwasher and stove.  I realize you may not be able to see the hand prints, smears and grease as clearly but hopefully you will see a remarkable improvement in the after shots!

Before shot of my stove

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After shot!

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  • Fractionated Coconut Oil – Find it here
  • 8 drops of Orange Essential Oil – Find it here
  • 8 drops of Lavender Essential Oil – Find it here

I use a 4 ounce spray bottle as seen in the picture.  Fill the bottle to the top with fractionated coconut oil then add all the essential oils.  Shake well then shake before each use.

As I’ve mentioned in previous cleaner recipes I have found the best cloth to use are microfiber.  I keep a clean one designated for each cleaner in a plastic bag next to the stored bottles.  This method prevents streaking as it is very common to have your microfiber clothes retain a bit of oils even after washing.

And there you go!  It takes all of 30 seconds to whip that up!

Imagine Anti-Aging in a Bottle!

I LOVE this serum and have been using it for close to a year now with amazing results.  I have spent thousands of dollars throughout the years on every face cream and serum imaginable.  Some of those products did produce results however I was never entirely sure of their safety and long term effects.  Most of them worked initially then fell flat after a month or two.

After researching the benefits of numerous essential oils I decided to arm myself with the ingredients and DIY.  You can add or substitute any other EO’s into this serum recipe.

  1. Jojoba oil resembles that of your own skin sebum and as a result makes it the number one carrier oil used for all skin types. It has incredible skin-softening properties, and can minimize fine lines and wrinkles.  It can promote skin suppleness and assist with the rejuvenation of skin. Jojoba oil helps to break down sebum in clogged pores.
  2. Sweet Almond oil is jammed packed with Vitamins D, E, B1, B2, B6, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.  Sweet Almond oil is perfect to fight wrinkles and has the added benefit of firming up the skin.  It LOVES to re-hydrate ski, renew skin cells and revs up that circulation.  Excellent choice in carrier oils to truly reverse the signs of aging.
  3. Cypress oil is anti-bacterial, anti-septic and offers astringent properties which  makes it a prime addition to acne serums.  Due to the circulatory benefits, cypress essential oil can awaken dull complexions, regulate blood flow, and has an overall toning effect on the skin.
  4. Frankincense oil my absolute favorite of all oils.  Frankincense essential oil is a powerful astringent, meaning it helps protect skin cells. It can be used to help reduce acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores, prevent wrinkles, and it even helps lift and tighten skin to naturally slow signs of aging.  I love it in my serums but also use it abundantly in my house by diffusing and inhaling.  GREAT for relaxation.
  5. Carrot Seed oil – This little treasure is extremely high in antioxidants which makes it a perfect compliment into an anti-aging serum.  Carrot Seed oil also has moisturizing vitamin E and protective vitamin C, which work together and brings new life to skin. Great for helping with sensitive skin too. If you have dry or oily skin, you don’t have to fret because like many natural oils, carrot seed oil has the ability to balance both! It gives skin just enough moisture without clogging pores. Which makes it perfect for all skin types.
  6. Geranium oil used by the Egyptians for radiant skin, this essential oil is a wrinkle reducer and because geranium oil is an astringent, it induces contractions in several parts of the body. It has the power to minimize the look of wrinkles because it tightens facial skin and slows down the effects of aging.  It is very healing and will even out the overall tone of your skin.

And if you find a winning recipe be sure to share in the comment section!

Imagine Anti-Aging Serum


  • 2 Tbs Jojoba oil -you can find it here
  • 2 Tbs Sweet Almond oil-you can find it here
  • 5 drops of Cypress essential oil-you can find it here
  • 10 drops of Carrot Seed essential oil-you can find it here
  • 10 drops of Geranium essential oil-you can find it here
  • 5 drops of Frankincense essential oil-you can find it here

You will need a 2 oz amber or blue dropper bottle.

Combine all ingredients and shake well.  Can be used both morning and evening. Shake before each use and store in a dry area away from sunlight.

WARNING:  a little goes a long way so only apply a small drop or two onto your fingertips then apply liberally over your face and neck in upward strokes.

As with all oils it is best to see how your skin adapts to the concentration.  If you find you are breaking out then only apply once per day.  I do not break out and my skin looks pretty darn amazing.  You will notice your pores appear smaller immediately.

I am confident you will LOVE this recipe!

Imagine Headache Relief!

I’ve been on a roll (pardon the pun) to utilize roller balls for various recipes.  I love the ease of use, convenience and cost.

I purchased clear 10 ml roller balls bottles to use for lip gloss and I purchased blue 10 ml bottles to use for essential oil blends.  Whenever you are using essential oils you will want to store them in either blue or amber bottling as to preserve from any light exposure.

I can usually count on one wham of a headache every couple of months.  Typically stress induced.  I would say they are migraine in nature as I am extremely light sensitive and become very sick to my stomach.  A dark room, cold compress and aspirin for 24 hours did the trick.

I still require a dark room, cold compress and aspirin however I have added my beloved essential oils and have now reduced my time in the “headache chamber” from 24 hours to a mere couple of hours.

If you are sensitive to smell or if certain smells trigger your headaches then this might not be for you.


  • 10 ml roller ball
  • enough fractionated coconut oil, or sweet almond oil, or olive oil (your choice but I prefer fractionated coconut oil)to fill the bottle
  • 10 drops of peppermint oil – you can find it here
  • 7 drops of lavender oil- find it here
  • 4 drops of Frankincense oil- find it here
  • if you have magnesium oil you can add a bit of that as well.  I would use 1 part magnesium oil to 2 parts any of the carrier oils I listed above.

Add your essential oils into the bottle first then add your carrier oils of choice.  Shake well and shake before each use.

I use this on my temples, shoulders, back of my neck and bottoms of my feet.  Always consult a doctor before trying anything transdermal.

Lavender is excellent for a calming and soothing effect.  Peppermint is my favorite and I love it for any type of muscle pain.  It is cooling and offers me immediate pain relief when mixed with a carrier oil to the affected area.  Frankincense is my absolute go to oil for stress and help with sleep.  It is also a strong anti inflammatory.

Imagine that!


Roller Ball Lip Gloss-Imagine it’s the 70’s

Back in the late 1970’s while in high school the beauty trend was lip gloss….kissingpotion75

and lot’s of it!  I fondly remember my Etienne Aigner burgundy purse filled with gum, a brush, pens and pencils, blush, maybe $1.00 in change to purchase lunch and of course….2 roller ball bottles of flavored lip gloss.  Bubblegum was my favorite.

Fast forward to today.  I am now 54 years old and can still imagine that smell and the feeling of the lip gloss.  I DIY almost everything in products and love to challenge myself so with that I decided to research ingredients to make my own.

Follow this recipe and take a trip to 1976 with me don’t forget your disco dress 🙂

Roller Ball Lip Gloss-Imagine it’s the 70’s


Add all your ingredients into a bowl.  Melt the Lanolin and allow to cool.  Add it into the bowl.  Use a small whisk and mix well.  You will need a dropper or very small funnel to add to your bottles.  This recipe should make approx 4 to 5 – 10 ml bottles.

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