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!
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.
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
a relaxing, aromatic moment to yourself.
Do I Avoid All This Glop in My Skin Care Products?
Imagine paying money for a so-called “beauty product”
that when applied regularly increases your risk of developing
cancer. Sound crazy? According to recent reports, some scientists
believe this is exactly what millions of people innocently do
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
When 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