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Life-changing Natural Beauty Tips

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I have tried a few new natural beauty tips recently that I am in LOVE with. I wanted to make sure I shared them with anyone who might be interested.


Tumeric Oil : This stuff is amazing! I had some old scars and new wounds. At night, I used a very thin layer on just the areas needing attention. Within 2 or 3 days, there was a remarkably noticeable decrease in their appearance. I was astounded. I have to warn you that this stuff will stain any fabric yellow (and skin till it's thoroughly washed). That's why I used it at night and made sure not to sleep on my stomach. If you know you'll end up there, I'd recommend covering the areas with a bandaid or something to protect your linens. I haven't had the occasion to try it on pimples yet (I hardly get any now that I've decreased wheat intake and stopped using soap/shampoo), but I will assume that it will do wonders on them, too. You should be able to purchase it in a health food store. If not, don't forget the web.


Cornstarch & Milk of Magnesia: Ok, these blew my mind like you would not believe. I have extremely oily skin. I mean, I'm shiny within 20 minutes of washing my face in the morning. I will say it has improved a little since eschewing soap, but it's still bad news bears. You can imagine the kind of havoc that wreaks on makeup. (Yes, I've tried mineral makeup. I like it, but I want fuller coverage and I don't like the mess.) By lunch, I look like I'm wearing a brown/yellow oily mask. NOT attractive.


First tip: use milk of magnesia under you foundation. What?! I tried it. It really works. You can put it all over or just on the problem areas. It's easier to apply if you put it in a smaller squeeze bottle or something. You can use cotton balls, your fingers, or whatever you're most comfortable with. If you use primer (I always do for special occasions or nights out on the town - as if I get those), you apply the MOM under that. Seriously, NO SHINE ALL DAY.


Second tip (my fave from the last TEN YEARS): Use cornstarch to set your makeup. No joke. This changed my life. First of all, many of the more expensive setting powders are similar to cornstarch or are exactly cornstarch. Second, when it's not cornstarch, it's most likely some awful chemical that in ten years will be discovered as horribly carcinogenic or something. As with any natural ingredient, you may want to test to make sure you're not allergic. Let me tell you: I used this and very late that night, my make up looked like I had just put it on. I didn't even have that crazy eyeshadow crease mash up. Amazing. It's not necessary, but I dusted the cornstarch under and over the eyeshadow for extra protection. You will NOT believe how amazing this is. 

Catching Up

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 3:12 PM Comments comments (2)

I haven't disappeared; just haven't been disciplined enough to write!

 

Deodorant update: I've moved from the liquid salt crystal spray for deodorant to the baking soda/cornstarch mix. The liquid just wasn’t enough for me, but I still use it for feet, etc. I did modify the previous powder recipe I’d posted. It called for 1 part baking soda to 6 parts cornstarch, but I had to increase the baking soda. You have to find what’s right for you, but since baking soda can irritate some people, I’d be cautious. I know it’s not more than 50/50.

 

I bought something called soap nuts (aka soap berries) that are AMAZING! I’ll write more about it later, but if you’ve been on my Facebook page at all, you may have already followed the link I posted. They wash your clothes WITHOUT chemicals and for WAY cheaper than detergent. I paid about $25 for 2lbs on Ebay and that is supposed to clean 320 LOADS! Seriously, get them. In some climates/seasons, static is still a problem, so I’m getting the dryer balls.

Homemade Deodorant

Posted on February 16, 2011 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (2)

That’s right, I’m looking into making my own. The Tom’s of Maine gave me a rash, so that’s been dumped. Some sites I’m reading express concern over the ingredient propylene glycol, which that deodorant uses. I already had the sea salt/water spray, so I’m using that with lavender oil as I research. It works really well. ’ve found a few alternatives, so I’ll list the different kinds and a simple recipe with the title being the link to the original.

 

Powder

This is the easiest. All you need is baking soda and cornstarch. The site I’m citing recommends 1 part bs to 6 parts cs, because straight baking soda can irritate some people. I made a foot powder from these ingredients years ago, and it was SUPER. I may have to make some more.

1. In a reusable and resealable container, mix 1 part baking soda with 6 parts cornstarch.

2. Close the container and shake vigorously for about a minute, to thoroughly mix the two powders.

3. Then dab a small amount to the skin of your armpits with a soft cotton cloth, cotton ball, or cosmetic applicator. Apply as if you were lightly applying baby powder or cosmetic powder.

Cream

3 Tablespoons shea butter

3 Tablespoons baking soda

2 Tablespoons corn starch

2 Tablespoons cocoa butter

2 vitamin E oil gel caps (puncture and squeeze out the oil)

Essential Oil (I used ylang yang and orange)

[She] melted all the ingredients (except the oils) and gave it a good stir. This only took about 30 seconds in the microwave. Then added the oils, stirred again, and poured it in a jar, then placed it in the fridge to set. This recipe filled the jar in my hand, which is a 1/4 pint.

 

Liquid

2 tsp. zinc-oxide powder

2/3 cup witch-hazel extract

2 tbsp. aloe-vera juice

30-40 drops essential oil(s)

Directions:

In a small bowl, stir the zinc-oxide powder into the witch-hazel extract, and add the aloe-vera juice and essential oil(s). Fill an 8-oz. dark-glass spray bottle with the fluid.

 

Solid

I have a couple suggestions to add to this recipe. You might want to add a little beeswax if you want it a little more solid, especially since coconut oil melts at 76. You would need to melt the beeswax first, then add the powers and stir in; take off heat and add any essential oil if you want fragrance, and stir; leave to set or you can even put it in the fridge. Also, if you’re concerned about talc, use arrow root powder instead of cornstarch.

 

Also try:

1 1/2 tbspn beeswax (yellow is best)

1/2 tbspn cocoa butter

1 tablespoon coconut oil

15 drops white thyme essential oil

15 drops rosemary essential oil

25 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops castor oil

Directions:

Melt beeswax in a glass jar standing in hot water, add the cocoa butter, and when it has melted, add the oils. Stir to mix thoroughly, then pour into a clean, discarded deodorant stick case and leave to cool and set.

 

All of these are super options; it’s just a matter of choosing which type is best for you. I’ve always been a solid person, but I’m liking the spray. I may stick with this for a while then try a solid. Let me know what you think if you try any!

Petrol Purge

Posted on January 18, 2011 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (1)

I’ve always known that tree huggers eschewed any petroleum jelly products, but I didn’t know why. Also called petrolatum, this jelly-like substance is used in many lip balms, body oils, etc. It was discovered as a by-product the equipment on America’s first oil rigs. Chemist Robert Chesebrough worked with the waxy film and discovered that once distilled, it had many beneficial properties. According to the Organic Consumers Association, it’s one of the Ten Synthetic Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid (by the way, that list also includes sodium lauryl sulfate – commonly used in shampoo). So, now I’m trying to be more aware of what I use, I figure I better know why the Natural set doesn’t like petroleum jelly.


According to the research I’ve done (admittedly, not much), the petrolatum itself is not the problem. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are contaminants used in the processing of petroleum jelly. If PAHs are used, THAT’S what is showing links to breast cancer.(article) The European Union is has banned the use of petrolatum in cosmetics/food if its purity is in question. So, if you can find out if the petrolatum in your favorite body oil has been properly purified and no PAHs were used, you’re golden. Good luck with that. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet.

 


No poo update 1

Posted on January 15, 2011 at 8:58 AM Comments comments (1)

I have already noticed that my facial skin isn’t as oily. I have struggled with that forever. Within half an hour of washing my face (with soap or cleanser), I’m already starting to shine. I went 6 hours today before having to blot! I have showered with no soap and felt/smelled just as clean as with, but didn’t have to smother myself in lotion afterward. I will be looking for a “good” soap (something totally natural-may have to make something) for when I have actual dirt to wash off. Most likely castille soap.

Teeth, too?

Posted on January 15, 2011 at 8:56 AM Comments comments (2)

I forgot to mention that toothpaste is another thing I’m getting rid of. Did you know that every tube of toothpaste has to include the number to Poison Control? That has never sat well with me. Anyway, in doing my research, I came across this article and decided to try alternative toothpaste, too. Last night was the first night. I used peppermint castille soap. No, it doesn’t taste like soap. In fact, there’s not much taste at all, even with the peppermint oil. It’s a liquid made of mostly plant oils. Anyway, what I’ve noticed so far is that I don’t have morning breath! Also, you know how when you buy a new toothbrush, it’s nice and soft, then you use it and when it dries, it’s much stiffer? My brush was soft again when I used it this morning. I’m liking just those small results already.

Natural Bug Spray

Posted on July 23, 2010 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Since many have asked me about making natural bug spray, I thought I'd find some good information to share. It's SO easy to make and more effective than store-bought. You can adjust it to your needs.

 

Natural Bug Spray