“thank you” give-away

happy friday, crunchies!

as a *small* token of my gratitude, i wanted to do a little give-away for you! you guys are incredibly supportive of each other and this blog. you make me smile every single day!

so – THANK YOU… for everything.

although it’s a small token of appreciation, i wanted to give you a little something to have a few nights to pamper yourself and RELAX! i hope you enjoy it!

i will be giving away an HERBAL FACIAL KIT!

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this kit comes with:

  • herbal facial steam
  • cleansing grains
  • green clay mask
  • wild rose facial toner
  • rosewater toner

it’s enough for 5 complete facials – aka, 5 nights to unwind… did someone say wine?

TO ENTER, YOU MUST:

  • be 18+
  • be able to ship within the US (apologies!)
  • submit entries before 10am EST on 5/27 (only 5 days to enter!)

please note that i will need your personal address to mail it to you, as this is not a sponsored give-away. i wanted to be upfront about needing personal information, but i PROMISE your address will NOT be shared nor will i keep it.

THANK YOU- CLICK TO ENTER

GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL!

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exposed: hibiscus

for this installment in the “exposed” series (showcasing various all-natural ingredients), we’ll talk about my current obsession: hibiscus.

it’s beautiful and it’s versatile. it can be used both internally and externally. it’s available in different forms.

it’s great.

hibiscus - the beautifying power plant

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GOALS – holistic certifications!

it’s been almost 4 years since i began AlmostExactly. FOUR YEARS. i can’t believe it!

as my blog has grown, so has my passion for holistic, “green” beauty, and my appreciation for YOU. so much so, that i’ve decided to hit the books and become CERTIFIED. heck yea!

my goal is to have 3 certifications in the next year and a half – Holistic Esthetician, Herbalist, and Aromatherapist.

and do you know what has inspired me to do this? honestly… YOU. every single one of you that has continuously supported this blog and other AE readers.

i know i have always made a strong point to be fully self-funded in all things relating to this blog. i take pride in the fact i’ve placed simply helping others find ways to become more natural in various aspects of their lives. i am in awe of the ideas you readers give each other and the help you offer one another.

today, i come to you with heart in hand to ask that you help me reach my goal of raising a “kickstart” fund to help pay for the cost of classes, supplies, and textbooks for these 3 certifications.

please know that any donation is a complete blessing to me. i am forever grateful to you. of course, i’m forever grateful to you now for your support of AE over the last few years anyway! ;)

my goal is to ultimately sell my own line of beauty products, and these certifications are the first steps in qualifying me to do so! 

ANY money raised over the amount posted will go DIRECTLY BACK TO YOU readers.

if you wish to, please DONATE HERE

i’m so excited to start this chapter of my life! and i’m even more excited that i can share my experiences with YOU!

so much love from me!

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easy DIY spray deodorant

warm weather can mean extra sweating and extra smelling for some of us! i usually stick to my homemade deodorant made up of coconut oil, kaolin clay, and essential oils, which works swimmingly. however, in higher temperatures, i’ve found coconut oil to feel greasier than usual when used as deodorant… and that could very well just be me!

here’s a very easy DIY spray deodorant that’s anti-inflammatory (if you shave your underarms), anti-bacterial, and anti-stink.

easy DIY spray deodorant

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • high quality salt (himalayan pink salt; Real Salt; etc.)
  • witch hazel
  • apple cider vinegar
  • essential oil(s) of your choice

HOW TO:

  • in a small bowl or cup, add 1/2 tablespoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of acv, 5 tablespoons witch hazel, and 5-8 drops of an EO of your choice.
  • mix well until salt is dissolved.
  • put into spray container. apply to underarms and enjoy!

i have found this to be most effective when applied 2 times. i spray once, let it dry, and spray again.

my favorite combo so far has been peach witch hazel with lemon EO. it smells just like peach lemonade, and the smell of acv is completely (pinky swear) masked!

BONUS – this spray is also great for breakouts on your back and chest! spray onto dry skin wherever you have breakouts, and let air dry. reapply up to 2 times a day to diminish existing blemishes, and use once daily for upkeep. this will definitely be a necessity for me in the upcoming southern heat!

have you ever tried a salt deodorant spray? what are your favorite scent combinations? what have you found to be most effective at combating underarm stink?

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spotlight on spirulina

today we’re all about ALGAE!

spirulina has long been touted for its health benefits when ingested, but let’s explore some topical uses for this great green growth!

spirulina - your new beauty secret weapon!

spirulina is a type of edible algae that is high in antioxidants, protein, and B-vitamins. you’ll most likely find it in its dark green powdered form, but when hydrated it’s a beautiful deep green-blue color. it’s widely known as a green “superfood”, but is lesser known as a possible amazing addition to common DIY products!

when researched, spirulina has been shown to increase elasticity of the skin, even skin tone, decrease fine lines, decrease darker spots, and improve the appearance of dark circles. quite the power food, right? try adding it into some of your daily beauty products:

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hair smoothies

hairsmoothies

doesn’t that just sound fantastic?! luckily, they leave your hair feeling and looking as fantastic as they sound like they do!

today is officially SPRING! and with that comes warmer weather, brighter colors, and cooler drinks! and now – your hair can join in the fun!

hair smoothies can be thick or runny, made with vegetables or fruits… but they’re all 100% edible!

so go ahead –

play with your food

BONUS – they can go on your face, too!

all of these smoothies use pure aloe vera gel as a base. the aloe is scalp-soothing, adds a nice punch of moisture and shine, as well as helps chunks of fruits/veggies be less likely to get stuck in your hair (especially with fine or curly hair).

here are all of my yummy favorites! all of these hair smoothies are targeted towards moisture first and foremost, and then shine/softness/clarity. 

these hair smoothies are great for weekly use!

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treat yourself

i firmly believe in pampering or treating yourself regularly, no matter your schedule or lifestyle. for some, this could mean grabbing that treat you deserve, or mixing up that face mask you’ve been dying to try. it’s about taking a small time-from everything to focus on YOU and give yourself some time. after all, you work hard to be that great, don’t ya? i knew it!

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from small things to more time-consuming things, i always find little ways to indulge myself… and let’s be honest – keep myself even-keeled after hectic days or weeks. it can be as simple as drinking tea and catching up on my favorite blogs while my face mask has time to soak in, or it can be as long as scrubbing, then oiling, then washing my feet. anything i can fit into my schedule that makes me feel better, i try to do.

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moisturizing face masks

with the cold weather upon (most) of us, dry skin can be a problem, even if we don’t battle it year-round. the air is naturally drier, as is our hair, scalp, and skin.

keeping your face clean is a must, but we don’t want to dry it out even more as we wash it. the OCM (oil cleansing method) is a great way to keep our skin clean and moisturized, but it doesn’t work for everyone, and can be time consuming for a regular routine.

face masks are a great way to pamper yourself and  your skin, all while keeping it clean and toxin-free.

these masks are for dry skin (of course you can use them year-round!) and are completely DIY… my favorite! you can do these masks 2 to 3 times a week, as they will not clog pores and are geared towards sensitive skin (yes, even acne-prone skin).

moisturizing face masks

 

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