30 April 2013

DIY Apple Cider and Beer Hair Rinse Recipe

This DIY apple cider and beer hair rinse recipe tames frizzy hair and leaves your hair shiny.  The vinegar strips off product buildup, so your hair gets clean and more manageable.

You can make this recipe without using the essential oils, but it will not smell pleasant.  The oils cover the scent, but you will get the same results if you use just the apple cider vinegar and beer alone.  

DIY Apple Cider and Beer Hair Rinse



What You Need

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup beer
20 drops lemon essential oil
20 drops rosemary essential oil
20 drops sage essential oil

Directions

1.  Mix all ingredients well.
2.  Wash hair and rinse well.
3.  Pour apple cider and beer rinse over wet hair.
4.  Massage in to scalp and let sit for several minutes.
5.  Rinse with warm water.

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29 April 2013

Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Conditioner Review

I have good news!  You don't have to spend a small fortune to get gorgeous, soft hair.  There are drugstore products that work just as well as expensive brands.  The trick is finding the ones that work best with your hair.

A few weeks ago, I picked up a bottle of Suave Professional Moroccan Infusion Conditioner (affiliate link) at my local drug store.  I really like using argan oil on my hair after I straightened it, so I thought this would be a good formula to try.  To be honest, I didn't have high hopes for a bottle that cost less than $3.

The first time I used it, I noticed that my hair was a lot shinier and smoother.  I thought it was a fluke because there was no way an inexpensive conditioner could leave my hair that healthy looking.  I continued to use it every day for a week, and my hair looked better and better every day.  Now I won't use anything else!

I think it really does work better if you use both the shampoo and the conditioner, but you can certainly use the conditioner by itself.

I have dry, curly hair, but the argan oil really moisturizes my hair, so it feels great all day without getting oily.

I wasn't paid for this post.  I didn't receive anything free.  I just really love this conditioner and its price!


19 April 2013

DIY Peppermint Foot Cream Recipe

This soothing foot cream recipe stimulates and cools tired, achy feet.  Vitamins from the oils soften skin, so your feel feel pampered and look great.  This recipe is easy to make at home.  You can find most ingredients at the grocery store or a health food store or Amazon.  Just click on the ingredient to go to the buying page.

Peppermint Foot Cream Recipe



What You Need

1/2 teaspoons borax
1/4 cup distilled water
1/4 cup grated beeswax
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon wheat germ oil
1 teaspoon lecithin
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E
30 drops peppermint essential oil
Double boiler
Blender

Directions

1.  Combine borax and water in a small bowl.  Stir until borax is dissolved.
2.  In double boiler, heat beeswax and coconut oil.  Remove from heat when melted.
3.  Stir in wheat germ oil and lecithin.
4.  Transfer beeswax and coconut oil mixture to blender.  Slowly add the borax mixture.
5.  Blend until creamy.
6.  Pour in to a bowl.  Add vitamin E oil and peppermint oil.
7.  Pour in to a plastic or glass jar.

This recipe makes about one cup of peppermint foot lotion.  It will keep for about 3 months.

18 April 2013

DIY Loofah Body Scrub Recipe

Most body scrub recipes use salt or sugar to exfoliate your skin, but this uses ground loofah.  Loofah is scratchy when dry, but it turns soft when wet, so it is an excellent way to remove dead skin cells.  Use a coffee grinder or herb mill to grind loofah for this recipe.

Loofah Body Scrub Recipe


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What You Need

1/2 cup liquid glycerin soap
1/4 cup green clay
1/4 cup finely ground loofah
1/4 cup ground oatmeal
1/4 cup rose water (sub distilled water if you want)
1/4 cup sea salt

Directions

1.  Mix all ingredients well.
2.  Transfer body scrub in to a wide mouth jar.
3.  Use within 3 weeks to prevent bacterial growth.

This body scrub recipe makes 2 cups, which is enough for 8 uses.  Do not use on your face.

16 April 2013

Remington S5500 Digital Anti Static 1 Inch Ceramic Hair Straightener Review

When flat irons became popular a few years ago, ceramic straighteners were very expensive.  I received a flat iron as a gift, so I was stuck with metal plates.  I recently picked up a Remington S5500 digital ceramic straightener, and I am in love.

A few weeks ago, I blogged about the benefits of a ceramic straightener.  They promise sleeker hair and less damage.  I knew my metal plated flat iron was damaging my hair, but a $200 ceramic plated model was not in my budget.  


Then I came across the Remingon S5500 digital flat iron.  It's list price is just $19.99, but it sometimes goes on sale.  I was skeptical because of the low price, but I read the reviews.  The reviews are very positive, so I ordered it to try it.

I am in love!  The plates are smaller, so it is easier to hold- even with arthritic hands.  It's lighter and more comfortable for me, too.  

The ceramic plates glide through my hair without tugging or pulling like my old flat iron.  My hair does look smoother and shinier.

Its too soon to tell if this will reduce the damage to my hair, but it does feel softer and look better today.

DIY Body Polish Recipe

This body polish recipe is wonderful to use all year round.  It gently exfoliates dead skin cells to leave your skin glowing.  The oils moisturize your skin, so your skin looks and feels  healthy after using this recipe.

Body Polish


Sea Salt
What You Need

3/4 cup liquid castile soap (click here for an easy recipe)
3/4 cup jojoba oil
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
1/2 cup fine sea salt
2 tablespoons course sea salt

Directions

1.  Combine liquid castile soap and oils in a bowl.
2.  Add both salts and mix well.
3.  Transfer in to a plastic or glass jar with a lid.  Try to use a container with a wide mouth.
4.  Store in a cool, dry place.  This will last for a year.



15 April 2013

DIY Disappearing Bath Oil Recipe

Most bath oils sit on top of the water, so you don't get as much benefit from the oils.  This disappearing bath oil recipe gets dispersed through the water, so your skin will be soft after soaking in this tub.  You can add your favorite essential oils or use it without any fragrance.

Disappearing Bath Oil




What You Need

1 cup sweet almond oil
1/2 cup glycerin
1/2 cup liquid castile soap (click here for a recipe!)

Directions

1.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
2.  Store in a sealed container.
3.  Use 1/4 cup per bath.
4.  Store up to six months.



14 April 2013

DIY Almond and Jojoba Lip Butter Recipe

This lip butter recipe helps heal dry, cracked lips while it moisturizes and protects your lip.  The beeswax coats the lips to prevent moisture loss, and the oil heal dry lips.  Tea tree oil and lavender oil heal cracked lips.

You can omit the tea tree oil and lavender and use your own body-safe essential oil or flavoring oil.

Almond and Jojoba Lip Butter Recipe


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What You Need


  • 3 tablespoons glycerin
  • 3 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba
  • 1/4 cup grated beeswax
  • 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 2 drops tea tree oil
  • 2 drops lavender oil
  • Lip balm pots
  • Double boiler


Directions

1.  Combine glycerin, jojoba, sweet almond oil, and beeswax in double boiler.  Heat on low and stir until beeswax melts.
2.  Remove from heat and add vitamin E, tee tree oil, and lavender oil.
3.  Pour in to lip balm pots.  Let cool completely.

This recipe makes about half of a cup.    Use within 3 months.

12 April 2013

DIY Tea Tree Tooth Powder Recipe

I have to admit, this DIY tea tree tooth powder recipe really intrigued me.  I've heard of tooth powders before, but I never used one before.  This recipe is easy to make with common ingredients, and it is very effective at cleaning your teeth and reducing bad breath.

Tea Tree Tooth Powder Recipe



What You Need

2 tablespoons green clay
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sea salt
4 drops spearmint essential oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil

Directions

1.  Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender.  Blend about 30 seconds, or until well mixed.
2.  Place powder in a clean glass container.  Store in a cool, dark place.
3.  To use, place 1/2 teaspoon on a plate or piece of waxed paper.  Dip wet toothbrush in to the powder.  Brush as normal.  Do not swallow the powder.
3.  This recipe is good for 4 days before it should be discarded.


10 April 2013

DIY Cucumber Moisturizing Mask Recipe

This gentle cucumber moisturizing mask recipe is great for sensitive skin.  Cucumber cleans and refreshes the skin.  Eggs and honey are both natural emollients, so they penetrate the skin and provide protection against the elements.  Use weekly for best results

Cucumber Moisturizing Mask Recipe

What You Need

1/3 of a cucumber
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons ground almonds
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons ground rolled oats

Directions

1.  Peel the cucumber.  Slice in half and remove seeds.
2.  Puree cucumber in a blender or food processor.
3.  Add the rest of the ingredients and blend for about 30 seconds until smooth.
4.  Spread on face and let sit for 10 minutes.  Rinse well and pat face dry.

This moisturizing mask recipe for sensitive skin makes enough for one mask.  Discard leftovers.

09 April 2013

DIY Apple and Yogurt Facial Cleanser Recipe

This apple and yogurt facial cleanser recipe is easy to make and pampers your skin.  Apples are a natural astringent, so they tighten and clean pores.  Apples also dissolve grease because of their high vitamin C and malic acid content.  The enzymes in the yogurt restore your skin's pH balance, so your skin is glowing and healthy.

Apple and Yogurt Facial Cleanser Recipe



What You Need

1/8 of a medium size apple, peeled
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon olive oil

Directions

1.  Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender for 30 seconds, or until smooth.
2.  Pour in glass or plastic jar with lid.
3.  Use one tablespoon on dry skin and massage gently.  Rinse with warm water.
3.  Store in fridge up to 4 days before discarding.

This recipe makes enough facial cleanser for 3 or 4 washings, so you shouldn't have much left over after 4 days.

08 April 2013

What Temperature Should I Use to Straighten My Hair?

My flat iron is from the days when ceramic plated ones were very expensive, and cheap ones just had a dial for the temperature.  I think it is stuck on high, so I ordered a new ceramic flat iron last night.  I read a lot of reviews and found a great deal on one with a digital temperature display.  Since I'm used to a dial, I wondered what temperature should I use to straighten my hair?

The answer depends on your hair type and thickness.  You want to use the lowest temperature that will straighten your hair with just one pass.  Try not to make more than one pass through each strand because it can cause serious damage to your hair over time.

These are general guides to help you find the perfect temperature for your hair.  You might need a higher or lower temperature.

Remington S2014 Gl├Ątteisen

What temperature should I use to straighten my hair?

Fine or damaged hair - 300 degrees
Normal hair - 300-380 degrees
Thick, course, or very curly hair 350-400 degress

Both of these ceramic flat irons have great reviews, and both are priced great.  I ordered the purple one because...well, because it is purple!


07 April 2013

DIY Nail Strengthening Massage Cream Recipe

This easy nail strengthening cream will nourish your nails to make them stronger and healthier.  Use daily for a week, and use weekly after that to keep nails healthy.  This recipe doesn't have a preservative, so store in the fridge.

Nail Strengthening Cream

French tip

What You Need

1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons olive oil (can also use almond oil)
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

1.  Place egg yolk in a bowl and beat with a wire whisk.
2.  Add honey, oil, and salt.  Mix well.
3.  Rub the mixture on your nails and massage in to the nail and cuticle.  Take about 5 minutes per hand.
4.  For best results, leave on all night and rinse off in the morning.  Wear gloves to bed if desired.


06 April 2013

DIY Overnight Acne Treatment Recipe

This is a wonderful DIY treatment to get rid of acne overnight.  It may not work for all blemishes, but it should shrink acne overnight if it doesn't get rid of them completely.  Dab a bit of this on a blemish just before going to bed, and wake up with clearer skin!

Overnight Acne Treatment




What You Need

2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 drops tea tree oil

Directions

1.  Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
2.  Wash face and pat dry.
3.  Dab small amount of mixture directly on the blemish.
4.  Rinse with warm water in the morning.

Yogurt contains lactic acid, which kills bacteria that causes acne.  Tea tree oil is antifungal and antibacterial, so it helps heal acne.

This overnight acne treatment recipe doesn't have a preservative, so store it in the fridge for a few days before discarding.

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04 April 2013

DIY Astringent for Enlarged Pores Recipe

Unfortunately, there isn't anything you can do to permanently shrink large pores, but you can make them look less noticeable by keeping them clean.  This astringent for enlarged pores recipe will clean out your pores and make them appear smaller.  For best results, use twice a day after washing your face.

Astringent for Enlarged Pores Recipe


Chamomile Tea 
What You Need

1 chamomile tea bag
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Sterilized bottle

Directions

1.  Place tea bag in a bowl and pour boiling water over the tea bag.  Cover the bowl and let sit until cool.
2.  Remove tea bag and strain solids if necessary.
3.  Add apple cider vinegar.
4.  Pour in sterilized container.

Since this DIY astringent for enlarged pores recipe uses tap water and doesn't have preservatives, it needs to be stored in the fridge to prevent bacterial growth.  Use within one week.

Chamomile soothes your skin, and apple cider vinegar kills bacteria and removes dirt that clogs pores.

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02 April 2013

Oatmeal Poultice for Sunburned Skin

Yesterday, I gave a recipe for an after sun oil, but you can't use it on sunburned skin.  If your skin is burnt from the sun, try this oatmeal poultice for sunburned skin.

Don't let the name poultice scare you:  it is very easy to make, and it helps soothe your skin quickly.  The best part is that you probably already have all of the ingredients at home!

Next time you are in the sun, be careful and use sunscreen.  Don't forget to reapply your sunscreen every hour to hour and a half and after you sweat or get wet, even if your sunscreen says that it is waterproof.  Sunburns can be very painful and can cause serious damage to your skin.

Oatmeal Poultice for Sunburned Skin

01 April 2013

DIY After Sun Oil Recipe With Tea

Use this after sun oil to soothe your skin and rehydrate.  This is not a burn treatment, so don't use it on sunburnt skin.  This is to help you keep moisturize your skin and get a healthy looking tan.

DIY After Sun Oil Recipe

What You Need

4 tablespoons sesame oil (you can also use sweet almond oil or olive oil)
4 tablespoons coconut oil
4 tablespoons of strong tea 
4 drops lavender essential oil

Directions

1.  Brew one tea bag in 2 to 4 ounces of water.  
2.  Melt coconut oil in a double boiler and add sesame oil.  
3.  Add tea and mix well.
4.  Remove from heat and add lavender essential oil.
5.  Let cool completely before using.  Store in a plastic or glass container.  Shake before using.

Tea helps cool your skin and improves your tan.  Sesame oil helps moisturize your skin, but you can substitute another carrier oil with healing benefits.