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Coffee and Conversation #124 – Winter Skin Care Recipes

Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #124 – hosted by PatAndCandy.com!

Welcome to Coffee & Conversation this month, where we're sharing some easy-peasy recipes, using essential oils, to combat dry winter skin!


OK, tell me whose skin is starting to get dry and itchy already…anyone else?

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I was sitting on the couch the other evening, curled up under a blanket and watching yet another Christmas movie. My foot was sticking out from under said blanket, and my daughter’s hand casually dropped onto my ankle. She looked down, scrunched up her face, looked at me and pulled her hand away. Sigh… I knew what her look was referring to.

Yes, my annual winter-time alligator skin had settled in.

Every year around this time, besides my perennially-dry hands, my legs get ugly. You know what I mean – that yucky, scaly skin that develops with the drier weather (at least where I live). To combat that, Candy and I came up with two recipes that have become staples around my house. Add a few drops of essential oils and they double as wonderful Christmas/birthday/thinking-of-you gifts (wink-wink). Hope you enjoy them, too!

Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Easy-peasy, and using ingredients you’re likely to have around the house, this one’s a keeper. Added bonus: you can pronounce all the ingredients!

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp honey (optional)
  • 3-5 drops essential oil (I use peppermint or lemon for an energizing scent; lavender is a good choice for an end-of-the-day scrub)


Mix together in a jar with a lid and use just before you step in the shower to slough off dead/dry skin. Follow up after your shower/bath with some…

Homemade Body Butter

  • 1 cup solid coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp (use extra virgin to avoid the greenish tinge it may have)
  • ~1 Tbsp Aloe Vera gel (optional, but it helps the coconut oil stay soft and adds extra healing properties for cracked skin)
  • 2-3 drops of essential oils (optional; use the ones above, or use a combination of 5-6 drops of eucalyptus oil and 5-6 drops of peppermint oil for a natural chest rub that may ease congestion)

Place ingredients in a bowl and mix with a hand-held mixer until soft peaks form. Keep in a small jar (I use small Mason jars) in a cool, dry place. Note: coconut oil liquefies over 76°.


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I know I’m not the only one feeling a pinch this Christmas season. I recognize that I’m quite a bit more frugal this year…and watching my Christmas shopping oh-so-closely. From Heather at HappyHumbleHome.

The holidays can be a stressful time when you’re struggling financially. We all want to give our loved ones gifts that they will love, but how can we do this when we’re struggling to get by as it is? Well, today we are going to tackle that problem and try to find a solution to the problem: What should you do when you can’t afford the holidays?

Related feature: 10 Best Christmas Budgeting Resources on Pinterest




Regular readers will recognize this recipe, coming from Marilyn’s blog Marilyn’sTreats. This looks super-easy, and who doesn’t love Andes Mints?! Can’t wait to try this one out this weekend!

What is your definition of cozy? Mine is this treat of white and dark chocolate, peppermint and colored sugar. Just need to let this bark harden in the fridge and you are good to go. Add some hot cocoa, pj’s, a crackling fire and a good movie for that warm and cozy night with someone special! #mint #bark





This post brought back such special memories! How wonderful would a trip to Israel be at Christmas?! From Jen at WordTraveling...

I am blessed to share this interview and incredible photos about the experience of our dear friends, Chelsea and Sean Loomis. Sean is the amazing Worship Director and one of the Pastors of our incredible body of Christ, Generation Church. His beautiful bride Chelsea captures images to take your breath away. Be blessed and dream of what it was like for Jesus to walk these steps and rest in this garden as you read their story. And perhaps dream of taking your own journey some day.


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14 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #124 – Winter Skin Care Recipes

  1. Katie Jenkins December 17, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

    Hi there, Pat and Candy! I discovered your wonderful blog a couple weeks ago, so I thought I’d join in on the raging party you ladies have got going on here! 😉 Woot woot!

    First off, my name is Katie and I am the blogger behind Hungry Beastling, a light-hearted healthy living blog covering any and everything related to living a long, strong, and happy life.

    Secondly, I want to thank you so much for hosting Coffee and Conversations. It really does help us bloggers out who are trying to build relationships as well as increase traffic. I also just LEARN a lot in general.

    I hope you two are having the most wonderful weekend!

    Thanks so much again, you guys.

    Katie Jenkins
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    • Pat December 19, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

      Hi Katie!!
      So happy you found us, Katie! Took a look at your blog and see I have a lot to learn! Hope you’ll be joining us often in 2017. Coffee and Conversation is a highlight of our week…and two of our favorite things 😉

      Warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!
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  2. Marilyn December 14, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

    Thank you o much for featuring my bark! It is one of my most favorite Christmas regulars. Thank you for hosting all year. I always look forward to this party. Have a warm and safe week!
    Marilyn recently posted…Aunt Sally’s 7 Up Lemon JelloMy Profile

    • Pat December 19, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

      And thank you for sharing it! Made it over the weekend and it was DEElish! Unfortunately, my guests ate it up before I could snag a picture… Which means I’ll have to make it again – awww, shucks 😉

      Merry Christmas, Marilyn!
      Pat recently posted…Word of The Year for 2017My Profile

  3. Tori Cole December 14, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

    Thanks so much for hosting!! Have a Merry Christmas!
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  4. Michele Morin December 14, 2016 at 7:47 am #

    Thanks for the par-tay!
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    • Pat December 14, 2016 at 10:38 am #

      Our pleasure, Michele 🙂
      Hope you’re having a great Christmas season!
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  5. Mother of 3 December 14, 2016 at 7:25 am #

    What perfect timing! I was just complaining last night that my skin is driving me nuts! Pinned!!
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    • Pat December 14, 2016 at 10:35 am #

      Oh YAY! I love hearing that our words have blessed someone! Let me know how your scrub and/or butter turn out – and also what type of essential oil you added, if you do… It’s so much fun to get ideas from other people!

      Merry Christmas! Come back soon 🙂
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  6. Heather @ HappyHumbleHome December 14, 2016 at 7:13 am #

    Thank you so much for the feature! This is a great party and I love being a part of it every week.
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  7. Helen Reynolds December 14, 2016 at 12:47 am #

    Thanks for hosting! Hope you are having a beautiful holiday season!

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