DIY: doTERRA All Natural Organic Insect Repellent


When it comes to outdoor protection, no defense is better than Mother Nature’s offerings. Among these are essential oils which provide a vapor barrier for plants, protecting them from potential threats in their environment. TerraShield Outdoor Blend contains powerful essential oils and other plant oils known to provide outdoor protection in a natural, safe way. This newly updated formula contains a select blend of essential oils including Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea, Arborvitae, Nootka, and Vanilla Bean Absolute—all of which possess specific chemical compounds known to protect against environmental annoyances. The addition of Tamanu oil provides added support and through doTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing®, the harvesting of Tamanu oil is positively affecting the livelihood of harvesters in Madagascar. TerraShield Outdoor Blend is a powerful yet safe formula that can be used by every member of the family, outdoors and throughout the home.

• 1/4 cup vodka
• 1/4 cup water
• 20 drops TerraShield
• Scent of choice

Add additional oils to your desired scent and benefits. Combine all in spray bottle and shake before each use. Spray over exposed skin. It will generally last about 5 hours.

• Apply TerraShield to the legs, arms, and neck before going outdoor.
• Diffuse on your patio.
• Take TerraShield on camping trips or to outdoor events.
• Spray TerraShield around your door, window seals, and tent.

Oils that mosquitoes dislike:
• TerraShield (repellent blend)
• Melaleuca (AKA tea tree oil)
• Cedarwood (5 drops)
• Citronella (5 drops)
• Lemon/Orange (5 drops)
• Clove (1-3 drops – use sparingly — it’s very strong!)
• Peppermint (avoid if nursing) (3 drops)
• Lavender (5 drops)
• Eucalyptus (5 drops)

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3 Ways Your Skin Isn’t Ready For Summer


Today is the official start of summer!  If you haven’t planned your summer skin prep yet, now is the time to shed that scaly winter skin and tackle “bacne” (and yes, that word means exactly what you think it does: acne that plagues your back and other body parts).

Here are 3 ways your skin isn’t ready and how to solve your summer skin problems

After a long winter confined by pore-clogging clothes, your skin needs special attention for those breakout-sensitive areas – especially the back.

1) You have an unsightly case of “bacne”.
Get skin ready for swimwear season by targeting problem-prone areas. After a long winter confined by pore-clogging clothes, your skin needs special attention for those breakout-sensitive areas – especially the back. We recommend our Herbal Spot Serum for your summer skin problems – this treatment addresses the appearance of problem skin and diminishes the look of redness.

2) Your skin is dull and scaly.
It’s time to slough off that lackluster layer of dead skin cells to reveal smooth and glowing summer skin. Browse here for our selection of sugar scrubs, specially formulated for full-body exfoliation. From our antioxidant-rich Blueberry Soy Sugar Scrub to the hydrating Coconut Sugar Scrub, get ready to uncover beautifully polished skin.

3) Your skin is dry and flaky.
The final step for your summer skin care routine is intense hydration, counteracting seasonal weather with its increasingly long, dry days. After exfoliating, your skin will be prepped and ready to soak in moisture for a revitalized appearance. Try our Coconut Firming Body Lotion which hydrates deeply while leaving skin tight and firm.

What do you do to get your skin ready for summer? Let us know in the comments below.

This post was written by Karen Young Chester from Eminence Organics.
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DIY: Essential Oils For Dad


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Fortified with natural lubricants and essential oils, this shaving cream improves razor glide for a close, comfortable shave. Great for men and women, this shaving cream will leave skin smooth, healthy, and moisturized.

1/3 cup shea butter
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
5 drops Sandalwood essential oil
5 drops Peppermint essential oil
5 drops Melaleuca essential oil

1. Place all ingredients except for essential oils in double boiler.
2. Once melted, remove from heat and let sit 3 minutes.
3. Add essential oils and stir until combined.
4. Let shaving cream rest until hard.
5. Tip: You can put it in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.
Using hand or stand mixer, whip shaving cream until light and fluffy.
Place in container of choice.

DIY: Essential Hair/Beard Wax

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Hair wax helps add texture and style to men and women’s hair. This easy DIY hair wax made with essential oils is healthy for your hair and will be loved by all hair types.

.75 ounces beeswax
.5 ounce shea butter
.75 ounces Fractionated Coconut Oil
10 drops Peppermint essential oil
10 drops Rosemary essential oil

Tip: For harder hair wax, use 1 ounce beeswax and .5 ounces Fractionated Coconut Oil. For softer hair wax, use .75 ounces shea butter and 1 ounce Fractionated Coconut Oil.

1. Combine all ingredients, except for essential oils, in glass container.
2. Place jar in saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of boiling water.
3. Stir ingredients until melted and thoroughly combined.
4. Remove from heat and let rest for three minutes.
5. Add essential oils and stir.
6. Pour mixture in empty tin or glass jar with lid.
7. Let hair wax rest 1-2 hours.
8. To use, apply a small amount to fingers and style as desired. A little wax goes a long way.

DIY: Essential Cologne

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These cologne recipes have been tried and tested by both men and women and have all been unanimously given two thumbs up. Feel free to switch up the oils to make your own personal blend.

These cologne recipes are approximately 20% oil and 80% carrier oil based. If you want a stronger scent, you can make it a 30/70 ratio. The cologne recipes below are for a 10mL vial.


This recipe provides an “Earthy Spice” scent.

1/3 oz. roll-on vial (10 ml). You can purchase them here.
10 drops Clove essential oil
20 drops White Fir essential oil
40 drops Bergamot essential oil
5 drops Lemon essential oil
280 drops doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil

Tip: A dropper may be helpful in order for you to get the exact amount.
1. Combine all essential oils and Fractionated Coconut Oil in bottle.
2. Attach roll-on cap and shake until combined.
3. Let mixture sit for 24 hours before use.
4. Apply cologne to wrists for best results.

Tip: To see if you like the scent, make a small sample first. If you like it, make a larger batch. You can always add more oils to the mixture later. 

Other Cologne Mixtures:

Spicy Pick-Me-Up:

36 drops Cinnamon essential oil
12 drops Cassia essential oil
12 drops Peppermint essential oil
12 drops Grapefruit essential oil
280 drops doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil

Fresh Cut Grass:

12 drops Basil essential oil
6 drops White Fir essential oil
13 drops Wild Orange essential oil
13 drops Bergamot essential oil
26 drops Citrus Bliss® essential oil blend
280 drops doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil

Woodsy Black Licorice:

8 drops Fennel essential oil
8 drops Cypress essential oil
8 drops Wild Orange essential oil
32 drops Sandalwood essential oil
8 drops Lime essential oil
8 drops Wintergreen essential oil
280 drops doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil

Sweet Musk:

32 drops Lime essential oil
24 drops Fennel essential oil
16 drops Patchouli essential oil
280 drops doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil

Musky Cinnamon:

28 drops Cinnamon essential oil
12 drops Rosemary essential oil
12 drops Wild Orange essential oil
280 drops doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil

This post was written by the Doterra Blog.
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Beard Care: Shaving Tips & Tricks

beard careMen have skin care needs too, so in honor of the bearded (and clean shaven) men out there, we’re sharing a few of our quick and easy tips on how to get that perfect shave.

For the clean shaven man

The Shave Prep:  

The key to a good shave is preventing those inflamed, post-shave bumps. One thing that men can do to avoid ingrown hairs and raised bumps is proper exfoliation. “Deflake with an exfoliating facial scrub. It will help you get a closer shave while reducing ingrown hairs,” suggests Men’s Health Magazine.

Prior to shaving, we suggest our Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser (named Best Facial Exfoliator for Men by Harper’s Bazaar). This cleanser and exfoliant combo will help wash and buff away dead skin and unclog pores.

The Shave:
Shaving creams don’t necessarily make a good shave. Some shaving creams are filled with unnecessary perfumes and foaming agents which can irritate the skin. Instead, we suggest opting for a cream-based cleanser like our Lemon Cleanser and our Calm Skin Chamomile Cleanser which are both free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, synthetic dyes and petrochemicals. These cleansers have a pleasant herbal scent and contain antioxidant-rich ingredients that help hydrate and nourish the skin while softening the pre-shave stubble.

The After-Shave:
Serums are light-weight in consistency but high in concentrated nutrients so they are the perfect option to help calm, hydrate and protect the look of skin post-shave. Our Calendula Oil and Couperose-C Serum are a couple of great options. Couperose-C Serum contains peppermint which provides a soothing and cooling sensation to freshly shaved skin while our Calendula Oil is loaded with alpha and beta carotenoids that enhance your skin’s natural healing systems.

For men that are prone to ingrown hairs – our Facial Recovery Oil is another great after-shave treatment as it contains the anti-bacterial qualities of tea tree.

For the bearded man:
Beards are back, and we know a good beard when we see one. Keeping a beard sleek and well-groomed can sometimes involve just as much maintenance as shaving every day. When it comes to a dapper looking beard, any type of conditioning care would be beneficial for softening and smoothing coarse facial hair as well as the skin underneath.

We suggest adding a few drops of our Facial Recovery Oil in the palm and then gently smoothing over the beard for a hydrated and shiny finish.

Another one of our product picks is our Apricot Body Oil. A key ingredient in this hydrating solution is jojoba oil which mimics the activity of your body’s natural oils and contains almost all of the vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin and hair (Wellness Today).  And with the honeyed scent of apricot, this is a great option for men who aren’t afraid to show off their “sweeter” side.

The SPF Factor
Beard or no beard, SPF protection is a must every day, especially after a shave when exfoliated skin tends to be more sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays. If you’re looking for an SPF moisturizer with a fresh, masculine-friendly scent, we suggest our Tomato Day Cream – SPF 16 or for a higher protection factor, our Bright Skin Moisturizer with SPF 30.

This post was written by Christie Pike from Eminence Organics.
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DIY: Essential Oils for Car Care

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Here are some ideas for some pretty inexpensive DIYs that you can make in a short amount of time, along with their instructions for use.

Window Cleaner
• Add 4 ounces of vinegar to a glass spray bottle along with 3 drops of Lemon essential oil. When it comes time to use it, shake well and spray onto windows, allowing it to sit for a few minutes before wiping with a piece of dry newspaper for a streak-free shine.

Interior Protectant
• Combine 1 cup olive oil and 5 drops Lemon in a glass spray bottle or bowl. Use a clean cloth to wipe a small amount of the mixture into your dashboard and any other plastic or vinyl surfaces. Wipe off excess with another cleaning rag.

Carpet and Upholstery Stain Remover
• To form a paste, mix 1 part white vinegar, 2 parts baking soda, and 2-6 drops of Purify, Lemon, Lavender, Melalueca, or Wild Orange. Work the paste into any stain using a toothbrush. Allow the paste to dry and then vacuum the stain away. For a stubborn stain, this process may need to be done more than once.

Air Freshener
• Trace out a pattern (we like the drop pattern) onto wool felt or cut a pattern freehand. Punch a hole at the top. Thread through it a piece of twine and tie it into a loop to hang from your rearview mirror. Put several drops of your favorite essential oil onto the wool for an all-natural air freshener.

This post was written by the Doterra Blog.
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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016

fathersdayblogPrepare for Father’s Day on June 19 with a range of products and services chosen just “For Him” specially selected to keep skin and body feeling great and looking revitalized.

Stone Crop Collection Tube

This exclusive Stone Crop Collection tube is filled with hydrating skin care products that will leave your skin looking kissable and smooth. It comes housed in a beautiful hand-made wooden tube.

Gift Set Includes:
❧   Stone Crop Gel Wash (0.5 oz / 15 ml)
❧   Stone Crop Gel Hydrator (0.5 oz / 15 ml)
❧   Stone Crop Masque (0.5 oz / 15 ml)
❧   Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer (0.5 oz / 15 ml)
❧   Stone Crop Serum (1 oz / 30 ml)

Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser


Cool and balance your skin with our Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser. This clarifying cream-gel cleanser treats oily and problem skin with cucumber and tea tree oil. Sweet almond milk and yogurt reduce the visible signs of problem skin and breakouts without stripping the skin of moisture. Cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan. Retail Size: 8.4 oz / 250 ml

Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer


Use this ultra-light daily moisturizer to detoxify and clear the appearance of problem skin, while leaving behind the appearance of irritation or clogged pores. Cucumber and tea tree help prevent the appearance of blemishes and reduce the appearance of inflammation while probiotics exfoliate and soothe the complexion.
Retail Size: 2 oz / 60 ml

This post was written by Eminence Organics.
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Green Spa Services Just for Him!

BIOFREEZE Deep Tissue Massage
Reduce pain and get the knots out menthol and deep tissue therapy.
90 Minutes   $155


The Instinctual Detox
❧ Volcanic Black Sand Body Exfoliation
❧ 21 Mineral Bath & Dead Sea Mud Detox Soak
❧ Warm Ginger Hydration Treatment
60 Minutes   $125


Sedona Mud Massage with Indonesian Ginger
Intoxicating Indonesian Ginger aromatherapy & soothing Sedona Mud will be massaged into your skin from head to toe leaving your skin silky smooth. Perfect post summer body treatment and massage combination.

Includes: Firming Body Mask, Skin Hydration & Massage with Indonesian Ginger Aromatherapy Mud.
90 Minutes   $165


Men’s Deep Cleansing
 Facial & Scalp Rx
In honor of Men’s Health Awareness Month indulge in this treatment exclusively targeting Men’s Skincare Health including Anti-bacterial deep pore cleansing combats ingrown hair, razor bumps, & blemishes and a Complimentary Scalp Rx.
75 Minutes   $105


Come into The Green Spa & Wellness Center at 8804 3rd Avenue, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to purchase your Eminence products for dad!

Green Spa’s Top 10 Essential Oils for Summer


1. Wild Orange

As with many citrus peel oils Wild Orange contains powerful antioxidants that help maintain overall health.

Flavor your iced tea and water.

Add a drop to your water every day for a burst of flavor and to promote overall health.

Put on back of neck for refreshing pick me up or spray around office to keep the energy high and the air fresh. Diffusing Wild Orange will energize and uplift the mind and body while purifying the air.

Wild Orange enhances any essential oil blend with a fresh, sweet, refreshing aroma.

It can be taken daily to cleanse the body or used on surfaces as a natural cleaner.
Use in an all-purpose spray to cleanse and purify surfaces.

For an energizing boost, dispense one to two drops in the palm of your hand along with equal parts peppermint and Frankincense. Rub palms together and inhale deeply from palms then rub on the back of neck.

2. Frankincense

The king of oils! Presently getting a lot of attention for its immune support and cancer killing properties. The most precious of ancient oils, Frankincense is highly sought after by modern consumers for its many uses, including immune system support, and mood enhancement.

To use internally – Place 1 drop on roof of mouth

3. Aromatouch or Deep Blue oil, Vitamins and Cream

Deep penetrating Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Osmanthus works together to soothe sore muscles and cool.  Deep Blue is perfect for a soothing massage after a long day of work.

4. Breathe

Use to open up lungs, support healthy lung function.

Battle seasonal allergies.

Promote comfortable sleep.

5. Digestzen

Settles stomach issues and supports healthy digestion. Great for traveling on planes and cruises!

6. Peppermint

Promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing.

Promotes digestive health and repels bugs naturally.

Flavors water.

Add to water spray bottle to cool the body off, bring down body temperature and fever.

Put on back of neck to alleviate neck pain.

7. Terrashield

Natural bug repellent

Use directly on body, dilute in spray bottle, add to lotions, diffuse indoor/outdoor for protective shield.

8. Melaluca

Tea Tree oil is a natural anti fungal. Use daily for clear and clean nails and skin.

9. Lemon

Refreshing in water.

Mix with oil on salad.

Natural cleanser for kitchen and office.

10. ON Guard

Take internally daily to enhance healthy immune system.

Diffuse at home and in office to keep germs at bay.

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