clothing: Fad or fab?
all know that wearing stylish clothes can make us feel more
confident and attractive. But what if our clothes could actually
make us physically better?
Clean About Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
lauryl sulfate (SLS) has received a lot of bad press over the
last few years due to its widespread use as a surfactant, or
cleansing agent, in personal and household products, as well
as for its tendency to be corrosive to the skin, eyes and respiratory
That’s Good for Your Skin!
luminescent, healthy skin is the face of beauty in 2006. More
and more of us are breathing a sigh of relief as we say good-bye
to the traditional make-up routine of pasty matte powder and
heavy foundations. However, few of us are blessed with perfect
skin from the get-go and need some help in achieving that rosy-cheeked,
nature girl look.
Problem Skin Naturally
you have problem skin? Have you tried many different products
promising you blemish-free skin? Chances are they didn’t
work, leaving your skin sore, irritated or dry. ZENMED
is a natural cosmetics company based in Colorado specializing
in products for problem skin that work from the inside out.
and organic skincare has shaken off its homespun image. Replacing
the odd-smelling concoctions are luxurious products the stars
can’t get enough of.
Natural Nail Polish: Is it Possible?
all know that nail polish smells awful, and most of us have
assumed that those fumes are not good for our health — but
what exactly are those smelly chemicals and what are the specific
dangers to human health? Is there a polish out there that is
completely and unquestionably safe?
Do “Natural” and “Organic” Really
and organic food and beverages have finally made their way
into the collective consciousness of mainstream America,
and those all-important words — “natural” and “organic” — are
spilling into the cosmetics and personal care products arena
Trend: Nantucket Natural Oils
do Madonna, rock singer Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and actress
Kate Bosworth all have in common? According to the press, they’ve
all been raving about a company called Nantucket Natural Oils. Specializing
in natural perfume and cologne, Nantucket Natural Oils features
hundreds of different designer and specialty fragrances.
Beauty in Harmony With Nature
product lines are big business these days, but many so-called “natural” products
are filled with chemicals, dyes, petroleum products and
other undesirable ingredients. Cosmetic companies of
all stripes claim to offer “natural” products — but
obviously, not all are being completely truthful.
The Delicate Gender (Their Skin, At Least)
a fact. Men’s skin is more delicate than women’s.
The daily shaving ritual aggravates the skin, destroying the
hydrolytic film on the skin’s surface, thereby increasing
dryness and reducing the skin’s natural protection. What’s
more, men — especially
outdoor men — tend to expose their skin to a torturous array of damaging
conditions including sun, wind, water, salt, building products, chemicals,
cuts, scratches and grazes.
You see these people at fairs of all sorts: smiling,
hopeful people with handcrafted wares to sell. I remember a Christmas
fair in Crockett, Texas. The whole downtown (don’t blink,
or you’ll miss it) was solid with crafters. Beautiful, stay-on-the-shelf
bears in moiré satin, toilet paper dispensers that took
the shape of wide-mouthed frogs, and the thing my husband shoved
money in my hand for and said, “Just keep walking straight
and you’ll know”: a cake stand in the shape of strawberry
shortcake. I didn’t make a buck that day, but I made my
mind up not to get discouraged.
Cure for What Oils You
Once you have an idea what you want to do with your soaps, you
can get even more creative. Make a batch of soap; divide it into
two or more sub-batches. Add complementary colors and/or scents
to each. Pour them in the same mold, then swirl! Or make some
opaque soap and some transparent soap. Cut the transparent soap
into small cubes and add them to the opaque soap. Once you get
the hang of soapmaking, you can have tremendous fun. If you get
to be like me (heaven forbid!), you’ll have a stash of soaps
on hand, ready to mix and match or toss in a gift basket. It’s
gratifying to know what is in the shampoo or body soap you’re
using, because you made it.
Nuts and Bolts of Soapmaking
All soapmaking starts out
the same: an alkali mixed with water and a base, which results
in a salt. But once the two are mixed, where you go after that
is up to you. See my previous article for an introduction to basic
ingredients and recipes.
You Should Go No ‘Poo
Almost three months ago, I was introduced to the
idea of no longer using shampoo. I was intrigued. After looking
into it somewhat, I figured I didn’t have anything to lose.
So I picked up some baking soda and apple cider vinegar and then
took the plunge. I love the results! There was an adjustment period
where I had to play around with the measurements a bit but I finally
got the hang of it. I have straight-as-a-board, baby-fine hair
that has never held a “do.” After “no ‘poo,”
I don’t even have to use styling products. I just blow dry
and go; my hair now keeps any style. It’s awesome!
Tea Natural Remedy & Beauty
Most of us know
all about the health benefits and pleasures of drinking black
tea. What you may not know is that tea is also a fabulous beauty
aid. When applied to skin, black tea’s strong antioxidants,
along with vitamins E and C, fight the free radicals that can
cause premature aging. And tea is also an astringent that will
help with puffy eyes and blemishes as well as toning lips, perking
up the complexion, highlighting hair and making your feet smell
sweet. Its tannins are great at soothing sunburns.
Your Skin With Moisture from the Soap Lounge
looking for a special gift, a fun theme party idea or just the
right products to pamper your own skin, chances are you’ll
find the perfect fit at The Soap Lounge. All products are hand
crafted with high quality ingredients and no harsh chemicals.
Care for Varicose Veins
system is made up of a complex web of arteries and veins. Our
arteries carry oxygen rich blood to the cells of our bodies, while
the veins are designed to pump oxygen-poor blood back to the heart.
This is accomplished through a series of one-way valves that do
not allow blood to flow backwards into the vein.
Acne with Homeopathy
do like the father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and spray
something on it, but there’s that annoying ammonia smell
that squelches all serious emotions.
Skinny on Skin - Sun Protection
It’s easy to protect your skin from the sun naturally. There
are a number of natural ingredients that offer some sun protection.
to Cure Your Eczema
But while it’s true that food allergies can trigger eczema
flare-ups, eliminating allergenic foods doesn’t address
the root of the problem.
ABCs of Treating Your Kid’s Excema
a common, recurring skin condition characterized by a dry, flaky,
itchy rash, which can affect different parts of the body. Its
appearance may vary depending on its severity and topical location.
Another commonly used term for this condition is atopic dermatitis.
Those Bug Bites with Easy Herbs
means insect bites and stings. Ouch! Take a leaf from Susun S.
Weed's storehouse of natural remedies: Soothe, heal and prevent
bites with safe herbal remedies that grow right where you live:
north or south, east or west, city or country. The best natural
remedies for insect bites are right underfoot.
Natural Beauty Homemade Gifts
I must say that I cannot stand to go to the mall during the holiday season
-- the parking, the crowds, the prices ... So I like to make and have on hand
a selection of quick and easy natural gifts I can give for whatever occasion
comes up. And with adult supervision, I think it is fair to say that these
projects can be made safely with children, too.
to Make Lip Balm - Natural Lip Balm
Make your own natural lip balm in any shade you desire from pink to red.
Your Own Bubble Bath
it be nice to relax into a bubble bath that you'd created?
Indulge yourself and make your own bubble bath that's simple
and fun. It can make wonderful gifts for friends and loved
ones for the holidays or other special occasions.
Chocolate Milk Bath Sachets
Enjoy a relaxing, aromatic
moment to yourself after making sachets with this milk
These also make wonderful family projects and homemade holiday
Cloth diapers are more economical in the long run, but the initial investment
can be a real obstacle for some families. Here are a few tips on getting started
without breaking the bank.
So you'd like to use cloth wipes? You could buy them, but why not make them
yourself out of that stack of 425 receiving blankets you got at the baby shower?
Luxury Bath Products
If you like the beautiful designer
bath products you see in the trendy department stores but
you don't want to fork out the big bucks for them, then
why not try making your own?
your own Toothpaste
Uses For Essential Oils In Your Home
guests first enter your home, the first thing that greets them
is the aroma. Essential oils may often be used to create a homely
atmosphere within the home.
What essential oils would you recommend for someone
who is new to natural body care?
I keep hearing
about cloth menstrual pads, and it sounds like a great idea –
I think! What’s the scoop?
Bath & Body
Salves & Balms