For example, in the Face Cleansing Kit, you can make a mask, cleansing oil or exfoliant based on your immediate needs. Bad acne breakout? Dry skin the next day? Dry scalp? Dry hair? It's different and unique! I'm used to just buying a face or hair mask and applying. The Oleum Vera company allows you to be actively part of the beauty process as you choose the ingredients and manually mix them up.
Pros to the DIY Oleum Vera Kits
- The 100% pristine, organic ingredients. Pure essential oils and cold-pressed plant-based oils of the highest quality.
- I haven't mixed and experimented this much since my high school chemistry class. So it's fun!
- You made it....so you know exactly what you are putting on your face & hair. No fake, phony chemicals or ingredients.
- I've never gotten the chance to make a face mask with castor oil, moringa oil or sweet almond oil before. Unique. Innovative.
- Highly customizable, you make what works for you and skip the recipes that don't make sense. No acne?...then don't make that one!
- Oleum Vera gives you a spa experience in a box, no need to leave your house. Or a big tip at the spa either.
- Kits last about 4 months, and even longer if you are a frugal gal like myself and strive to use less product with each use.
- The kits are packaged wonderfully and come with a little tub and bottle to put your masks and face washes in. There is also a little syringe and scoop for mixing. These extras make it a little easier to dive right in. But you will need your own measuring spoons.
- Your tween/teenage daughter or even the one in college is gonna LOVE these kits!
Cons to the DIY Oleum Vera Kits
- It takes a little effort on your part. Granted...fun effort but time and effort nonetheless. Make sure you block a bit of time off before experimenting.
- These are recipes for your face and hair after all so it wouldn't be feasible for the company to include certain ingredients in the kit (think eggs yolks and avocados). Can you imagine? Ewww. So you'll have to have certain ingredients on hand.
- And maybe you have 100% organic honey ready-to-go in your pantry for that recipe...then again...maybe you don't. You may have to buy a few extras to make these recipes and that's always a bit of a pain.
- The rose petals and lavender buds didn't do it for me. They just made the masks chunky. Yes, they smell great but in my opinion weren't needed.
- Come to think of it, the rose petals, lavender buds and avocado clogged my bathroom drains a bit. And Drano is definitely not cheap and not organic!
My first DIY face mask ~ deep-cleansing rose & avocado mask
Instead of 6 tablespoons kaolin clay, I used just one tablespoon and adjusted the rest of the recipe accordingly. It came out perfect. Just the consistency I like for one really good face mask. And I should add that you'll want to use these masks right away. Had I attempted to do the recipe as written, I would have gotten frustrated when I didn't have enough of the clay. It would have been way too much product to boot! Besides, the clay is thick, I don't want too much on my face all at once.
The mask smelled terrific with the hints of rose and the avocado oil made my face feel fantastic. It was totally different than any mask I've tried before. My skin looked rejuvenated. I like!
My first DIY hair treatment ~ creamy avocado mask
Okay, I mixed and mashed the eggs and avocado down to a pulp and added the oils. Then I applied the mask to my hair. It was still chunky and shedded a bit over my clothes and house. I decided quickly that sitting at the kitchen table and reading the paper would be my best option to prevent further bits of avocado falling everywhere. A little icky. And perhaps it's fair to say...I spend so much time in the kitchen as it is so I don't need any more fuss.
The next time round, I made just a mask with the oils called the nourishing pomegranate seed oil serum. For me, this one was so much better. It worked well in my hair, didn't make a mess and didn't require any extra ingredients from my kitchen.
Biggest take home message....
2.) Don't try to make any recipes unless you are sure that you have all the ingredients on hand. It will just frustrate you.
3.) If you do run out of ingredients, you can order ingredients such as the oils individually to replenish your stock. They are reasonably priced, especially the organic frankincense!
4.) Make sure you block enough time to invest in the experience. This is supposed to be fun after all! The day of an 8 a.m. doctors appointment isn't the day to whip up a homemade mask. The Saturday your husband is taking all three kids to the YMCA? Bingo! It's go time. Invite a friend over and have a girls spa moment at home.
- First place gets the "Off To A Good Start" DIY Face Cleansing KIt! (ARV $60)
-Second place gets the DIY Hair Treatment Set! (ARV $25)
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