Kokum Butter – My New Favorite Skin Loving Ingredient & DIY Face Balm

Kokum butter is something I have not heard of until recently. Now that I have, I will never be without it! This amazing butter leaves your skin with a matte finish all while nourishing and hydrating your skin. This beautiful butter restores elasticity, softens fine lines and does not clog your pores. It is not typically used alone due to the fact that it is a chalky texture by itself, unless you are using refined kokum butter, then it has a different texture. I never recommend using refined ingredients because of the loss of nutrients to the ingredients. When ingredients are bleached, extracted chemically or with heat they lose a lot of the good stuff in them. With chemical extraction there is no guarantee that the ingredient is chemical free and high heat destroys a lot of the ingredients nutrients. Therefore it is always good to make sure your ingredients are cold pressed and unrefined, why do you need them to be bleached anyways?

So with this amazing ingredient and it’s high stearic acid content, it is a great replacement for palm based ingredients. Palm oil isn’t bad, but there is a lot wrong with the palm harvesting industry and destroying the environment. I decided to use in a few of my skin care products and absolutely love it!!

Here is a simple recipe for you to try:

DIY Kokum Butter Balm

  • 1/4 cup kokum butter
  • 1/4 cup plant oils (I used a blend of jojoba, hemp & sunflower seed oil)
  • 2-3 drops essential oil (optional – I use Young Living)
  • 3 drops vitamin E

Heat up kokum butter in a double boiler on medium just until melted. Remove from heat and add plant oil blend, essential oils and vitamin E. Pour into a clean disinfected jar and put in the refrigerator to cool. Keep away from light, use and enjoy within 6 months. Can be used on face and body, make sure you are not sensitive to any essential oils before using them on your skin or face. 

Please let me know how you use it! I love hearing innovative ways to use beautiful plant ingredients that benefit us. 

Cheers & Love,

Sara Kaitlyn

Why Young Living?

I am late to talk about this but I am so excited to share that I joined an amazing team with Young Living! For those of you that do not know what Young Living is, click here. So far, I love it. Not just the essential oils, but every product I have tried. I was very hesitant to try it, it seemed like a lot of money and then I had to place an order every month and that seemed like a lot too. Well, I now am excited every month for my order, and looking forward to spending the money on it.

There were many reasons for me joining Young Living, first of all, I am a health nut. I have always believed that health, inner beauty, outer beauty, intestinal wellness, mental health, taking care of yourself, etc., are all intertwined. I work with older people at my day job and you certainly notice which ones have cared for themselves and which ones haven’t.

So on my health and wellness journey, I have tried essential oils, and not been impressed. I must stress this, I never have thought much of essential oils. The ones I have gotten from the health food store have seem harsh, ineffective and not always pleasant smelling. The only way I can describe the essential oils from Young Living is that all of them have a very clean smell them, nothing funky going on. The best part though? Is that they are miracle oils. Yes, little bottles of miracles. Somewhat pricey miracles? Well after they perform miracles for you, they become worth it.

My biggest testament so far with Young Living is lavender. I have always read about how amazing lavender is, how beneficial it is and so on. Well the lavender I always got seemed to have a sweaty smell to it. It never worked on my skin and seemed harsh. So naturally when I opened my first box from Young Living, I had to go straight to the lavender, I needed proof that this was going to be better than what I had. It totally was. So not only did it smell 100% better, it healed my boyfriends spider bite right up, it reduced my daughters swelling from mosquito bites and helps with the itch. To top it all, no irritation.

There is so much that I love besides the lavender. I love their protein shakes, they taste like cake batter to me. I love the Thieves hard candy, it helps me when I feel like I have seasonal allergies coming on. I love their essential oil blends that help with upset stomachs and stress. The list is endless.

So you may wonder why I joined Young Living instead of doTerra. Well, I think they are both great companies. Some people think that one is better than the other, or get hung up on the fact there was a dispute between the two. Well, in my eyes, they are both good, competition is good for consumers and at the end of the day if you prefer one over the other then that is great. My reason for joining Young Living was the team I was offered to join. I have read that your success in network marketing has a lot to do with your team leaders. As soon as I read that I knew I wanted to join Ashley and Alex’s team. They are amazing! They provide training, resources for training on your own and are always available to help with questions or guidance. To have a group that has the organization, video training, and community they have created is amazing and helpful.

So now that I am just diving into the world of essential oils, stay tuned for the many ways to utilize them in your health and beauty routines.

If you are ever interested in learning more, feel free to contact me here!

xo Sara Kaitlyn

 

This Beauty Ingredient Isn’t Just For Your Necklace

Pearls are beautiful, fascinating gifts from nature. We string them on necklaces and wear them in our ears. These glistening gems of the sea are not just a fashion statement. Did you that they are excellent for your skin?

The benefits of pearls are many, they contain over 30 trace minerals, amino acids and conchiolin, which is a protein that hydrates and plumps the skin.

You can take pearl powder internally or apply it externally. It has been used for hundreds of years in China for skincare and medicine and also in Ayurvedic medicine. In ancient Egypt Cleopatra used it in her beauty regimen. So as you can see, it has been around for awhile.

I am about to try it internally, I am trying this one that I have heard good things about! I have incorporated pearl powder into my makeup line which you can find here :).

Let me know if you have tried pearl powder, or if there are any products you love that have it!

xo Sara Kaitlyn

This Method Of Washing Your Face Works

Have you heard of washing your face twice at night?  When I did, I didn’t believe it would be that drastically different.  Well, I was wrong.  I found out that doing a double face wash at night is very effective.  I actually do not wash my face in the morning, and still don’t.  I splash my face with cool water, give it some moisture if I need it, and then put on my sunscreen balm, then makeup and go!

I found that my skin looked better, my pores look smaller and it seems to get all the makeup off.  I will not go back to washing my face just once at night!  I do not wash my face in the morning still because I do not want to strip my skin of it’s natural oils, I do that at night and find my face gets oilier if I wash it in the morning and then put my moisturizer and makeup on.

My favorite face wash that is all natural and gentle on the skin right now is here.

Let me know what you think!

Xo Sara Kaitlyn

Zoja Beauty

Makeup has been one of my many passions since middle school. I didn’t have a mother that wore makeup, but for some reason I was drawn to it. I have always been artistic and was fascinated with the art of changing one’s appearance. Fast forward to the age of Instagram and makeup influencers and tutorials. It’s a fun time in the makeup industry and also a great time to learn an art on your own easily.

I personally love makeup, in case you didn’t pick up on that, but have not always been thrilled with the selection in the less toxic makeup brands. I have some makeup favorites that I just couldn’t find good replacements for that were not full of nasty chemicals. So I started a journey to make them myself.

I have had a fun journey, researching, researching, researching, creating, experimenting, crafting, and using my knowledge of color to start my own makeup line. You can check it out here. I have many products to launch still so be patient. Single mom life seems to like to keep me busy. I would love for you to join me on my journey, you can follow me here on my blog, or my Instagram, @sarakaitlyn and for product updates, @shopzojabeauty. I am in the process of getting my setup for vlogs and showing my products, along with many other tips, DIY’s and reviews.

Thanks beauties!

 

3 Natural Easy Hacks For Beautiful Skin

Here are some simple and natural beauty hacks for when you are in a pinch or just would like to try something new. I love finding ways to use things that I already have or are easy to find and are handy multitaskers. Hope you enjoy

  1. Grapefruit

Grapefruit is not only good for you and your skin when you take it internally and have it for breakfast or a tasty treat, but the skin of the fruit can be used to clean your own skin. If you have ever heard of foods being alkaline or acidic, you might know that ideally the body should be in balance around 7.35 to 7.40. With modern diets generally being more acidic, it is good to eat foods that are alkalizing.  Excess acidity in the body creates inflammation, puffiness, and contraction of the tissues.  Luckily, grapefruit is an alkaline fruit, so eat up!  Also, take the skin of the grapefruit and use the inside of the skin to exfoliate and cleanse your own skin.  Simply rub it on your skin to receive a cooling and refreshing cleanse.

  1. Avocados

Avocados are great for the skin internally as well as externally.  They contain omega-6, which author David Wolfe writes about as being beneficial for those with dry skin.  My further research showed that there is a big debate on omega-6 being bad for you.  The thing is, I found it depends on your source of omega-6 (fried and battered fish are not healthy source of omega-6, go figure) and also if you are getting some omega-3 while eating food with omega-6.  Luckily, avocados have both! Use avocados in this simple mask, one pureed avocado, one tsp fresh squeezed orange juice and one tablespoon hemp oil mixed together and left on the desired part of the skin for 20-30 mins.

  1. Raw Honey

Make sure you use raw honey since the beneficial properties of honey are destroyed when heated.  Raw honey is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and is great for acne prone skin.  Apply honey to freshly cleansed and/or exfoliated skin and leave on for 10 minutes.  Exfoliating helps to clear dead skin off for honey and other products to work more effectively.

Let me know your thoughts, hope you enjoyed!