One day Annmarie Gianni, a known health blogger who always cared about what she put into her body, decided to research what she put on her body. Just like me, what she found was shocking to say the least and just like me, she began digging.

What she found is that the beauty products we use each and every day contained unsafe ingredients and were highly under-regulated, even so called “natural” skin care products. Companies are not required to put small amounts of an ingredient on the label even if these ingredients are chemical.

During her research, Annmarie did find a few products that were truly natural however these products just weren’t effective enough.

She decided that she would take matters into her own hands and created a line of skin care products she could feel good about recommending, a line that was truly natural and effective.

Annmarie Gianni Skin Care was born, providing an effective, affordable natural skin care line free of chemicals and alcohols, giving women beautiful, glowing, youthful skin. The line has received awards from Natural News and Fig and Sage and has been reviewed on hundreds of blogs written by happy customers.

The Annmarie Gianni Skin Care company is also committed to finding the best possible ingredients, great and personable customer support, fair product markup, no GMO ingredients, fair trade, no animal testing, using primarily vegan ingredients (two contain honey) and other conscious business practices.

I am not an affiliate of this product, just happened to get an email from a well known nutritionist and decided to take a look at the line more closely. I have not used the products so I can’t vouch for their effectiveness yet. So why am I sharing?

The company is offering what I consider and incredible “no-brainer offer” to try the products for only $10. Choose from five sample kits for mature skin, normal or combination skin, acne prone skin and even get free shipping! If you love the products, you can redeem a $10 coupon, included with your sample kit to make a purchase.

Did I purchase the kit? Hell, ya. Like I said, a no-brainer.

Easy DIY Body Butter Recipe

Easy diy body butter recipeMaking your own beauty care products is the healthiest, safest and most economical way to ensure that you are putting the most natural ingredients on your skin. It can be difficult to find time for this but there are some ways to squeeze some time in if you make it a hobby.

For example, one day each week you can have your kids join in and experiment with making homemade body care products at your kitchen table for yourselves or for gifts or have friends over and make enough natural bath and body products to last a month. Buy your ingredients in bulk and make enough to freeze them.

My favorite, easy Diy body butter recipe:

This body butter is made from just three ingredients: coconut oil, cocoa butter and essential oil. No crazy chemical ingredients, no drying alcohol, no parabens, just three ingredients!

Coconut oil

Not only is coconut oil great for your health, but because it contains mostly fats, it acts as an emollient, softening and smoothing skin, even healing small wounds and scars. Coconut oil limits the amounts of microbes on the skin, cleaning up various conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and many other skin infections. It also seeps deep into the skin eliminating dryness. It eliminates dead skin cells and reduces skin flakiness.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter provides deep hydration and is high in antioxidants, fighting free radicals which are the cause of skin aging.

Essential Oil

Essential oils have their own benefits and depending on what your skin type is or what your skin concern  is will determine which oil you should use. For example, carrot seed essential oil smooths skin and helps with skin regeneration. Lavender essential oil helps lighten age spots and scars, great for mature skin and why I chose to use this oil in the recipe. Tee tree, thyme, basil and eucalyptus oils can be used for acne prone skin. Learn more about essential oils and acne here.

Directions

Measure out one cup of coconut oil and one cup of cocoa butter. The coconut oil should be soft and the coconut oil will be hard and will need to be cut up in chunks to fill one cup.

Put the coconut oil and cocoa butter into a small to medium saucepan on medium heat. Melt the contents until completely liquid, and there are no longer any chunks. It usually takes 4-5 minutes.

Transfer to a mixing bowl and refrigerate until the liquid becomes a soft solid, sometimes taking a few hours.

Add your essential oil to your liking. For this batch,  I used two cap-fulls of lavender essential oil.

Mix with a stand mixer on high until light and fluffy, similar to whipped cream consistency.

Fill jars and store at room temperature. Also you can read about “top filler injector” here