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As an oily face girl myself, and an Esthetician I empathize and understand why some get confused with the use of oils in skincare for our skin types. I fought with oiliness and breakouts from my teens until I created Nurture Me Natural in 2012.

Our products for oily skin are balanced, and with consistent use, give you that "normal skin" look and feel. It's pretty nice, and I wish I had created these products in my twenties.

I am going to share with you why many essential oils are very beneficial for oily, acne and combination skin.

Many companies, particularly commercial brands boast of oil-free formulas for oily skincare lines, but, those knowledgeable of the benefits of natural ingredients are well versed in the many properties of key elements and components of organic essential oils such as Clary Sage, Tea Tree, Geranium and Rosemary, just to name a few.

Below is a list of some of my favorites that I include in my proprietary essential oil blends for face

  • Tea Tree oil - great antiseptic and bacteria-fighting properties. Lessens inflammation and effectively reduces breakouts.

  • Neroli - helps to reduce excess sebum.

  • Clary sage - reduces excess oil and breakouts, while having beneficial anti-aging properties.

  • Carrot Seed - lessens hyper-pigmentation, rich in vitamin C.

  • Rose oil - vitamins A and C promote cell production, resulting in brighter, healthier overall appearance for all types of skin.

  • Jojoba - lightweight and very similar to skin's natural oils. Contains beneficial fatty acids that help to repair and protect the lipid layer of skin.

  • Geranium - helps balance oil, and aids in diminishing dark spots from old scars and breakouts.

  • Lavender - soothes irritation and redness.

  • Lemongrass - fights breakouts, antimicrobial.

Unlike oil-free formulas that do not offer all of the benefits of natural essential oils, skincare that has a balance of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and soothing ingredient properties will create healthier looking and feeling skin that is properly hydrated, with improved tone and youthful appearance. It's all about the right ingredients and the correct balance that best benefits the skin.

So, don't be afraid of oils in skincare. Many wonderful oils, such as lemon, Tea Tree and Rosemary actually help reduce excess sebum (oil) and will get you on your way to clearer, brighter and healthier skin.

Have a healthy happy spring and summer!


MJ Sanders

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Personal preference aside, there are key differences to these two cleansers.

Body washes gained popularity in the 80's and 90's, but recently bar soaps have made a come back, particularly natural, hand-crafted soaps.

Large production commercial body washes are primarily composed of water and surfactants, like sodium laureate sulfate, sodium laurel sulfate, and other chemicals. Although these products can appear silky, pearly and creamy looking, surfactants can strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dehydrated, dry and tight.

In the past, bar soaps got a bad rap for their high PH, however, well-crafted soaps are made with skin-loving saponified oils of olive, sunflower, coconut, etc. These excellent naturally sulfate-free cleansers blended with nourishing ingredients such as Shea Butter, and Aloe Vera creates a product that is balanced, moisturizing, and great for most skin types, including Psoriasis and Eczema.

One of my favorite properties about hand made bar soaps is how superior they are at exfoliating and removing dead skin cells. You know the dreaded "soap scum" that annoys us so much? Well, that happens when using bar soaps versus store body washes because the base ingredients used to create hand crafted soaps naturally exfoliate and remove more dead skin cells than watered down commercial body washes. To me, that healthier skin is worth a bit of rinsing of the tub or shower.

Whatever your preference, remember, soap kills germs, bacteria and many viruses. Wash your hands often to keep skin clean, and follow with a healthy, plant-based moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

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Updated: Jul 4, 2021

Did you know that many essential oils of therapeutic quality can repel insects just as well as chemical and DEET repellents?

The right blend of oils such as:

  • Lemongrass

  • Citronella

  • Peppermint

  • Geranium

  • Lavender

…. and many other beneficial essential oils are tremendous in helping to fend off offensive and even dangerous insects.

Essential oils as repellents have gained popularity because of their safety and health benefits. Also, many repel multiple varieties of insects, for example, Citronella and Peppermint are both great for repelling Mosquitoes, Ants and Spiders.

The same such oils will dissipate and/or lose potency over time as they blend with the natural oils in your skin, and they require reapplication about every 2 hours or so, which isn’t a bad thing, since they are also very beneficial to the skin and body overall. 

Others, like Lemongrass can last for 4-6 hours. The perfect blend of essential and carrier oil is the key to a great overall insect repellent that is both effective and safe.

We blend our Bug Be Gone with a balanced blend of more than a dozen different repellent, therapeutic grade essential oils with soothing Aloe Vera and other moisturizers that smell great to us, but terrible to those pesky mosquitoes and other insects.

No insect repellent is 100%, and you must always be careful and mindful of insect activity and aggression around you when outdoors.

To check out our BUG BE GONE click here

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