The Body Detox You Haven't Tried!! My 30 Day Challenge!!

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October 1 marks some pretty unique changes. Fall is officially here, the leaves are starting to change, that brisk chill runs over your warm summer bones and naturally it is "supposed" to be the start of getting my summer... AGAIN! 

Over the past couple months, I have been reading up on some new ways to detox my body without having to change to some weird diets and cutting out all things that make life worth living. Of course, with every detox you should consult the advice of a doctor. And of course I didn't see one before I started this detox so PLEASE take this advice at your own risk. 

Now I'm not really one for diets or quickest treatments but feel it may be worth a shot. Ive decided that my new 30 day challenge detox will be  "DRY BRUSHING"!! Now for those of you who don't know what dry brushing is. It is exactly how it sounds. You literally brush your entire body with a natural bristle dry brush. (You know, the ones you get from the "spa/relax" sections at Duane Reade or those big back ones) That's it! Why? You ask. Because after doing some reading, there really seems like there is no reason not to. It seems to have so many interesting great benefits for your body. And in addition my my workouts and attempted better eating (I like sweets), it seemed like a failsafe plan. Let's take a look shall we?! I've compiled the top 5 (a short list) benefits to dry brushing and maybe why you should try it. And if you are still not convinced, it was worth just noting it here. Here we go!! 

Scrub away dull, dry, lifeless, flaky skin to reveal new glowing skin.

 #1 - IT IMPROVES SKIN TEXTURE AND ELASTICITY! 

It is said that dry brushing is known to improve the appearance of dry, dull, flaky skin by pretty much shedding off the excess skin and helping to reveal the new skin underneath, giving your skin a natural glow with greater elasticity. 

#2 - STIMULATES CIRCULATION 

Any claim that says you can improve circulation I always try and listen to. Poor circulation may be plaguing you and you may not know it. Poor circulation can shows symptoms as numb hands, and toes, cold feet etc. definitely something to check out if you experience some of these issues. It can also lead to a whole host of or be a sign of other problems as well, such as diabetes, heart disease etc. Check your health!! 

#3 - FACILITATES DETOXIFICATION  

There are A LOT of claims that so many things can detox the body. From natural juices to vitamins to specific foods. The only other thing I know for sure detoxes the body naturally is water. So I'll keep that on my list in conjunction with starting the dry brush. Supposedly, your skin alone is responsible for removing 15% of the body's toxins and by unclogging your pores by way of brushing the skin you help increase this number and make the system more efficient at releasing toxins from the body. I guess that's worth a try. 

 Improves Overall Circulation in body helping to remove toxins.

Improves Overall Circulation in body helping to remove toxins.

#4 - STRENGHTENS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM  

Your immune system is a huge deal, like a big deal! More specifically, your lymphatic system is a crucial part in acting as a filtration system so pathogens don't pass through to the blood stream. Pathogens equals illness!!! Illness equals... Well you know that that goes! By brushing you are helping the liver reduce its waste and toxic by products from the body, making your immune system more indestructible and as flu season rolls around (ahem, EBOLA), you will want to be prepared.  

#5 - HELPS REDUCE CELLULITE - THE MAGIC WORDS!!  

Now being that I already make a product that helps to slowly minimize the look of cellulite, (shameless plug: >> http://amenaturals.com/bathandbody/coffee-scrub) Caffeine in coffee is a natural stimulant and can over time if scrubbed on the skin can help reduce the look of cellulite. I like to sip my coffee and scrub on me. So I'll take that one step further and incorporate dry bursting to see just how much of this old cellulite I can shed. I mean I've always had cellulite so let's see what I can do for 30 years worth. 30 years in 30 days!!! Like I said I'm trying to get ready for summer!! 

Here are the steps they suggest you use for dry brushing.  

Follow these steps if you want to get started! It takes commitment. 

 WORKING ON MY FITNESS THIS WINTER!!! 

WORKING ON MY FITNESS THIS WINTER!!! 

So those are my top 5 reasons to try dry brushing. If you are a still a skeptic, there is tons of websites and research to help you decide if you want to take this journey with me. I will be tracking my progress over 30 days to see if any of the following happens; improve skin in texture and tone, improve circulation in my body (will I feel different?), improve cellulite appearance (PLEASE EXCUSE MY CHUNKY LEGS), and finally see if I can remain Ebola free. That last one is a joke but hey gotta get war ready, the zombies are coming. 

Stay tuned for my progress!!  

 -S. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Saturday: Soy Wax Container Candles

Hey everyone! I am a huge fanatic of DIYs, from Pinterest to YouTube, you name it. Since I had a large order to make, I thought I would share some of my secrets with you today and hope that maybe you learn a few things, or just pocket  this in you memory banks for later use. Let's get started!

Here are some supplies you will need:

 - 1lb of soy wax or other wax blend. (I use soy wax because it burns cleaner).  - candle pouring pot (you can pick this up from your local craft store)  - food scale to measure wax and fragrances  - thermometer  - stirring spoon, can be wooden or plastic  - container for measuring fragrances  - candle fragrance of your choice  - wicks and glue dots (you can find at craft store  - candle container and label!

- 1lb of soy wax or other wax blend. (I use soy wax because it burns cleaner).

- candle pouring pot (you can pick this up from your local craft store)

- food scale to measure wax and fragrances

- thermometer

- stirring spoon, can be wooden or plastic

- container for measuring fragrances

- candle fragrance of your choice

- wicks and glue dots (you can find at craft store

- candle container and label!

Now candle making is very easy and doesn't really take any brain cells to make. If you can heat water, and use a scale, then you can make candles.

  STEP 1: MEASURE YOUR WAX   I am making 24 container candles, but I like to make small batches at a time (keeps things easy), so in this case, I will measure out 2 lbs (32oz), which will make 6 containers at a time (depends on the size of your container). Makes this order go a lot smoother and it helps me separate out my various scents and not get confused.

STEP 1: MEASURE YOUR WAX
I am making 24 container candles, but I like to make small batches at a time (keeps things easy), so in this case, I will measure out 2 lbs (32oz), which will make 6 containers at a time (depends on the size of your container). Makes this order go a lot smoother and it helps me separate out my various scents and not get confused.

  Step 2:     MEASURE YOUR FRAGRANCE.   Certain waxes has certain fragrance load amounts. For my particular wax, I usually do the maximum amount allowed, which is 12% total fragrance per pound of wax. This gives me the best scent throw. "Scent Throw" is the scent that comes off the candle when its cold and when its hot. The best candles IMO, have pretty strong scent throw. I used 4oz fragrance per 2lbs of wax in this case. Sorry I measured before I took the picture! 

Step 2: MEASURE YOUR FRAGRANCE.
Certain waxes has certain fragrance load amounts. For my particular wax, I usually do the maximum amount allowed, which is 12% total fragrance per pound of wax. This gives me the best scent throw. "Scent Throw" is the scent that comes off the candle when its cold and when its hot. The best candles IMO, have pretty strong scent throw. I used 4oz fragrance per 2lbs of wax in this case. Sorry I measured before I took the picture! 

  STEP 3: MELT YOUR WAX   This is the slow, annoying part for me. I hate waiting for my wax to melt. It just slows down. LOL. But it is the most crucial. For this process, I use the double boiler method. It is when you place one pot on the stove, fill the bottom with water, and then place another pot inside that. Double Boiler!! Very easy. The key to heating anything up on the stove, as your mother once told you is to KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE STOVE! Wax CAN and WILL burn and COMBUST if you are not careful. I have  heard horror stories. But anyway! Melt your wax on low, and wait! I melt my wax to 180 degrees. I use my infrared digital thermometer. Makes things easy. Other wax have a specific maximum melting temperature. Make sure you follow those instructions carefully, cause like I said, wax CAN combust if it gets too hot. 

STEP 3: MELT YOUR WAX
This is the slow, annoying part for me. I hate waiting for my wax to melt. It just slows down. LOL. But it is the most crucial. For this process, I use the double boiler method. It is when you place one pot on the stove, fill the bottom with water, and then place another pot inside that. Double Boiler!! Very easy. The key to heating anything up on the stove, as your mother once told you is to KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE STOVE! Wax CAN and WILL burn and COMBUST if you are not careful. I have  heard horror stories. But anyway! Melt your wax on low, and wait! I melt my wax to 180 degrees. I use my infrared digital thermometer. Makes things easy. Other wax have a specific maximum melting temperature. Make sure you follow those instructions carefully, cause like I said, wax CAN combust if it gets too hot. 

  STEP 4: POUR AND STIR YOUR FRAGRANCE   The next crucial step in this process is to pour and mix your fragrance. The way you do this determines if your candle will have excellent scent throw. When I first started, it took me a while to get this exactly right. I've made weak candles before, and trust me it sucks! I mean it also depends on the strength of the fragrance as well, but that's a whole other conversation. Once you take the wax off the heat, be sure to check the temperature to get the desired temperature. Mine is 180 degrees and I like to mix my fragrance at that same temp. Stir for 2 minutes, then WAIT! Your candle has to cool down before you pour. 

STEP 4: POUR AND STIR YOUR FRAGRANCE
The next crucial step in this process is to pour and mix your fragrance. The way you do this determines if your candle will have excellent scent throw. When I first started, it took me a while to get this exactly right. I've made weak candles before, and trust me it sucks! I mean it also depends on the strength of the fragrance as well, but that's a whole other conversation. Once you take the wax off the heat, be sure to check the temperature to get the desired temperature. Mine is 180 degrees and I like to mix my fragrance at that same temp. Stir for 2 minutes, then WAIT! Your candle has to cool down before you pour. 

  STEP 5: WAIT... and WAIT... and WAIT!   This step I hate because I just want my candle already, but while I work on my patience, it allows me to do other things in the meantime, like clean the kitchen, wash the dishes, type a few emails, rewind the DVR, oh and the important thing. Prepare my containers. In this case, I will be using these glass containers. They are a great seller in my line, so I wanted to have a pretty container that people would love. I prepare my wick and place a glue dot on the bottom of the base, and stick inside the container. I apply a little pressure so that my wick can stay in place. Now sometimes these wicks can be unpredictable, so they do come out of the container or slide around when the heat of the wax hits them but that's when popsicle sticks come in handy. You can see them in the supply picture.

STEP 5: WAIT... and WAIT... and WAIT!
This step I hate because I just want my candle already, but while I work on my patience, it allows me to do other things in the meantime, like clean the kitchen, wash the dishes, type a few emails, rewind the DVR, oh and the important thing. Prepare my containers. In this case, I will be using these glass containers. They are a great seller in my line, so I wanted to have a pretty container that people would love. I prepare my wick and place a glue dot on the bottom of the base, and stick inside the container. I apply a little pressure so that my wick can stay in place. Now sometimes these wicks can be unpredictable, so they do come out of the container or slide around when the heat of the wax hits them but that's when popsicle sticks come in handy. You can see them in the supply picture.

  STEP 6: POUR YOUR WAX   Once your wax has reached the desired temperature, it is now time to pour. I like mine to get to around 120 degrees before I pour. After many tests, I just prefer it that way. Other waxes have different temps they like to be poured at and you should follow it. Helps with smooth texture of the candle when its completely done. Ill get more into that later.

STEP 6: POUR YOUR WAX
Once your wax has reached the desired temperature, it is now time to pour. I like mine to get to around 120 degrees before I pour. After many tests, I just prefer it that way. Other waxes have different temps they like to be poured at and you should follow it. Helps with smooth texture of the candle when its completely done. Ill get more into that later.

  STEP 7: WAIT! AGAIN!   Once you pour your candle, let it set up completely. This usually can take anywhere from an hour to a few hours, depending on the temperature of the room, etc. Mine usually take about an hour to be nice and white. But I like them to sit overnight so that they really complete. Gives them time to gel properly and all that fun stuff. Whatever it does inside the container when I'm not around!

STEP 7: WAIT! AGAIN!
Once you pour your candle, let it set up completely. This usually can take anywhere from an hour to a few hours, depending on the temperature of the room, etc. Mine usually take about an hour to be nice and white. But I like them to sit overnight so that they really complete. Gives them time to gel properly and all that fun stuff. Whatever it does inside the container when I'm not around!

  STEP 8: CUT YOUR WICK AND DECORATE   At this final step, I like the cut my wick about 1/4 inch. Sometimes I leave a little more that that customer can cut it themselves, I stick a warning label on the bottom, a custom label with my fragrance name and logo and VOILA! DONE!

STEP 8: CUT YOUR WICK AND DECORATE
At this final step, I like the cut my wick about 1/4 inch. Sometimes I leave a little more that that customer can cut it themselves, I stick a warning label on the bottom, a custom label with my fragrance name and logo and VOILA! DONE!

And there you have it! It takes no time at all, and you can have something you can use over and over again at home, or give them as gifts. Comes in handy for those last minute mother's day gifts! I hope you enjoyed this DIY, and learned something new. Ill be back with some more DIYs real soon. If you want to learn more about candle making, there are tons of great blogs and websites dedicated to candle making. The internet is your friend! Enjoy.

 

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