Category Archives: Beauty

Essential Oils | Tea Tree Oil

In the last few years, I have enjoyed discovering and learning about essential oils. While I am certainly not an expert on using essential oils, I have learned a few things that I hope you can benefit from. Disclaimer: I am not an essential oils expert. Stop using any oil if it irritates your skin. Fully research an oil before you try it. 

I recently discovered the value of using tea tree oil to treat acne. In the past, I’ve used various creams to treat facial acne. When I found out that tea tree oil worked the same way, I had to try it. So far, I’ve had great success.

Tea tree oil is good for inflammation and reduces the scarring from the acne. I highly recommend that you use a good moisturizer while using it because it does dry the skin. Apply one drop to the problem area each morning and evening until it clears up.

We bought our tea tree oil from Beeyoutiful a couple of years ago and it’s been great. Check out other uses for it here.

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Benefits of Coconut Oil | Hair Moisturizer

One of my readers suggested that I share some benefits of coconut oil. The last several months have found me experimenting with different ways to use this wonderful oil. Here’s one of my favorite uses of coconut oil.

I love using coconut oil as a deep conditioning treatment for my hair. My hair is medium-long, slightly wavy, and thick. I use heat on it (curling, straightening, etc.) 4-5 days per week. I like to use TreSemme’s Climate Control Shampoo and Conditioner when washing it.

Here are two ways that I’ve done it. The overnight treatment takes a little longer but works better.

Overnight treatment: Take a couple teaspoons of coconut oil and melt it in your hands. As it melts, begin running your fingers through your hair. Repeat as often as necessary to coat all of your hair in oil. Focus especially on the ends of your hair. Gather your hair into a bun on top of your head. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap or a plastic bag (like a Walmart bag). Tie a old t-shirt on your head to keep the plastic in place and the oil off your pillow. Sleep on it. In the morning, shampoo, rinse, shampoo, rinse. Dry and style.

30-minute treatment: Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in the microwave. You’ll want the oil warm, but not hot. Thoroughly coat your hair with the oil. Gather hair into bun and let soak for 30 minutes. Shampoo, rinse, shampoo, rinse. Dry and style.

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Healthy, happy hair.

As always, contact me with any questions you may have.

Home Business Feature | The Kimberly Collection

I am excited to share yet another successful home business. Kimberly, a good friend of mine, is incredibly creative and recently opened her own store. Kimberly carefully makes each of her own products.

Kimberly has created a variety of lovely accessories that she sells at affordable prices. Kimberly currently has bracelets, earrings, necklaces and scarves for sale.

 Silver and Light Sea Green Bracelet

Purple Pearl Linked Bracelet

All of Kimberly’s bracelets are only $12. Check out her entire collection here.

Green Earrings

Pearl and Blue Earrings

Kimberly’s earrings range in price from $7-$8.

Blue-Green Chain Necklace

Green Pendant Necklace

Chocolate and Ice Blue Pearl Three-Strand Necklace

Turquoise Pendant Necklace (This is one of my personal favorites.)

Kimberly has many more necklaces in a variety of styles and colors. All of the necklaces are $16.

Kimberly also makes these cute ruffle scarves. More colors are available on her website and are $18.

I highly encourage you to check out The Kimberly CollectionAny of Kimberly’s products would be lovely additions to your wardrobe. Kimberly has even offered a special deal for all of The Blue Tree House readers. Enter the coupon code “bluetreehouse15” to receive 15% off your entire order. Coupon expires December 31, 2013.

Messy Bun with Braids

I love experimenting with different ways to style my hair. I’m blessed to have thick hair that can be styled in a number of ways. Getting pictures or showing someone else how to do it, however, can be a challenge. For this style I didn’t get pictures while actually doing it, but hopefully my description will suffice. 🙂

Curl hair. This will make it easier to create your messy bun. Separate hair from your ears forward. Pin it out of your way.

Lightly tease at the crown to create some extra volume. Gather hair and create a messy bun. I like to start with a ponytail but only bring the hair halfway through the last time. Twist and pin until you get the desired “messy-ness” of your bun.

Take the hair you separated earlier and create two small braids. Braid toward the bun so it will lay nicely against your head. Pin each braid securely over the top of the bun. You can see how I did it in the first picture.

With a little practice, you’ll be a pro! This style is great for casual events, around the house, or those days when just you need your hair out of your face. Feel free to comment with any questions.