Frugal Ideas

DIY Beauty Serum

by GettingFreedom on August 27, 2015

As many of you already know, I’ve been using essential oils for many years now, mostly in our cleaning supplies.  Recently I started exploring different ways to incorporate them into my everyday life and how I could use them to support my overall wellness — and possibly get rid of some of the chemicals that are in the things I use every single day.

Last week I decided to whip up some facial moisturizer using expeller pressed coconut oil and frankincense essential oil.  Let me tell you, that was 5 minutes very well spent!

DIY Beauty Serum

Benefits of Coconut Oil:

  • Helps Hydrate Skin
  • Helps with Premature Signs of Aging
  • Delays the Appearance of Wrinkles

Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil:

  • May help Smooth the Appearance of Skin
  • Supports Skin Health when applied to Wrinkles, Age Spots or Scars
  • Lifts Moods and Increases Inner Strength.
  • Inspires Balanced Emotions
  • Helps to Ease Tension


As you can imagine, when you combine coconut oil and therapeutic grade frankincense essential oil — you have a powerhouse beauty serum!

The batch I made was big enough for a half-pint canning jar (the size typically used for jellies).  From there, I’ve separated it into little tubs, which should be plenty for at least a month’s worth.  You need very little of this beauty serum, like just a fingertip (or two) for your whole face. Amazing I tell you!  Each little tub cost me less than $1 to make!  Great things DO come in small packages!

Beauty Serum with Essential Oils
How to Make your Own DIY Beauty Serum

In a mixing bowl, add 1 cup of coconut oil, in its solid state.
Whip for about 5 minutes until it is light and airy.
Drop in 20 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil.
Combine the oils by mixing again.
Then store and enjoy the benefits of using essential oils!


Are you interested in learning more about essential oils and how you can be empowered, taking over your wellness?  To learn more about getting started with Young Living Essential Oils and what sets Young Living apart from other companies, click here.

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FREE Halloween Printables

by GettingFreedom on October 8, 2013

How is it already October?!  Holidays do not have to be expensive, especially when you choose to do a DIY Holiday.  Halloween is no exception to that.

Take advantage of these FREE Halloween Printables to do crafts with your kids or spoof up your home.

6 Free Frameable Printables

Printable 3D Jack’O’Lantern

Free Printable ‘Don’t Eat Frank’ Game

Free DIY Halloween Bunting Flag Banner Printable

‘Boo!’ Frameable Printable and Matching Cupcake Toppers

15 Spooky Bottle Labels

Halloween Pinwheel Printable Template

Printable Halloween Banner with Complete Set of Letters and Numbers

Printable Party Kit with banner, favor bags, food cards, cupcake toppers, and more!

Printable Halloween Treat Boxes

Printable Party Pack with invitations, banner, game, treat cones, and more!

Pumpkin Pop Printables

Candy Pillow Box Template

Printable Ghost Box Template

Printable Coffin Template

Printable Halloween Party Checklist

Fall Colors Halloween Party Pack with cupcake wrappers, banner, treat holders, cupcake toppers, and more!

Halloween Chevron Printables

Halloween Lunchbox Message Printables

Frameable Halloween Subway Art



Don’t forget to check out these other DIY Halloween Ideas!


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