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DIY Strawberry Tooth Whitener
What You Need
3-6 ripe strawberries
2 teaspoons baking soda (divided)
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup water
1. Puree the berries in a blender and pour in to a small dish.
2. Use a toothbrush to paint your teeth with the berry mixture. Let sit for 5 minutes.
3. Combine water, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and cream of tartar.
4. Swish in your mouth for several seconds.
5. Brush your teeth with the remaining teaspoon of baking soda.
6. Rinse with cool water.
Bonus: this tastes better than other tooth whitening products!
Talk to your dentist before using.
DIY Honey Paste
What You Need
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- 1 tablespoon almonds
- 1 tablespoon oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon zinc oxide paste
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 pair of soft gloves
- Spice mill
1. Grind almonds and oatmeal in a spice grinder. They will scrub away dead skin, so leave some grit.
2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
3. Rub all over hands.
4. Put gloves on to keep the paste on your hands.
5. Leave on for several hours. Overnight is best.
6. Rinse paste off with cool water.
See how easy that was? Do this once a week for best results.
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DIY Nail Soak Recipe
What You Need
1/2 packet unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup boiling water
1. Place gelatin in a glass bowl. Pour boiling water over the gelatin and stir well.
2. Let mixture cool until just warm to avoid burns.
3. Soak your fingertips and nails for 5 minutes.
4. Take fingers out of the solution and massage the mixture on your nails and cuticles.
5. Rinse well.
Discard any leftover solution.
I did some research and found that heat protection sprays are used to moisturize your hair so it doesn't get damaged. If you're a regular reader you know my oil of choice to moisturize my hair: coconut oil! It's inexpensive, smells divine, and it works!
I used my DIY heat protection for hair while my hair was wet, but you could also use it on dry hair. What I do is warm some coconut oil by rubbing it between my hands. Then I rub my hands on my head to distribute the oil everywhere, especially the highlights on the top of my head. When my hair is dry, I use my flat iron as usual.
My hair isn't greasy at all, and it feels so soft! I think my hair actually got smoother with the coconut oil in it versus not using any heat protection spray. My hair even stays smooth and straight after sleeping all night!
You can also try one of the following oil to protect your hair from heat:
UPDATE I've been using coconut oil as a heat protection "spray" for several weeks now with blonde and red highlights in my dark brown hair. My highlights are healthy and look amazing. My hair is smoother and straighter, and it lasts two full days after I straighten it! I do spritz a teeny tiny bit of argan oil on my hair just after straightening and brush it out. Too much argan oil and your hair will be greasy the next day, so go lightly.
When I first started using them, I wasn't sure exactly how I was supposed to get a good arch on my eyebrows. Maybe I'm not the first person to think of this solution, but I thought it was pretty smart. And it works great!
|Crappy iPhone pic!|
1. Warm the wax by rubbing it between your hands for a few seconds.
2. Hold the wax strip up to your brow line, and since they are transparent, you can see your brows through the wax.
3. Use an eyeliner or lip liner and make draw your brow line on the wax strip. Since the pencil is waxy, it works well. You could also use a Sharpie or other alcohol based marker.
4. Cut the wax strip with scissors.
|The bottom line is just the bottom of the wax line.|
5. Peel the wax strips apart and carefully place them under your brows.
6. Press them down firmly with a finger.
7. Gently pull the skin on the outer part of your eye away from your eye so your skin is taut.87. Grab the wax strip on the outer part of your eye with your other hand and pull quickly.
8. Cut the strips to get between your brows.
9. Finish grooming with tweezers as needed.
See how easy that is? I think these strips hurt less than a professional wax, and my sensitive skin isn't as red afterwards. I have more grooming to do with tweezers, but that's OK for the price and convenience.
If you use rose petals just after they've fallen off the plant, you will get the same great effect for your skin and hair, but the fragrance won't be as strong. If you want a strongly scented vinegar bath, use young petals that are still in bloom.
DIY Rose Petal Vinegar Bath
What You Need
2 cups rose petals
1 quart apple cider vinegar
Sterilized wide mouth mason jar
Plastic lid for jar
1. Spread rose petals on paper towels and let dry overnight.
2. Bring vinegar to boil on medium heat in saucepan.
3. Place rose petals in wide mouth mason jar.
4. Pour vinegar over rose petals.
5. Cap jar with a non metal lid and let sit for 2 weeks.
6. Strain and place in sterilized mason jar bottle with a plastic lid.
7. Use 2 cups in a bath. Soak for 10 to 20 minutes.
I love this recipe so much, I used it for several years. The only reason I stopped was because we moved to a home with the master bedroom on the second floor, and this DIY hair gel recipe must be kept in the fridge. I recently started using it again for my curls and to spike my son's hair. I love that I'm not using any chemicals on his little body, and it washes right now! No product buildup or other gunk weighing down my hair!
DIY Hair Gel Recipe
What You Need
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup water
Container with a lid
1. Add 1/2 cup warm water to container.
2. Ad 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin.
3. Stir until completely dissolved, and then stir some more. You should stir for 3-5 minutes.
4. Place in fridge until set.
5. Use like you would hair gel.
Use 1/4 teaspoon for a light hold.
Use 1/2 teaspoon for a very strong hold. This much will make your hair stiff, but it washes right out.
This recipe must be stored in the fridge! Use within two weeks.
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DIY Bubble Bath for Kids
What You Need
1 egg white
2 packets of unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup liquid castile soap
1 tablespoon oil (olive oil, almond oil, or apricot oil)
6 drops of essential oil
1. Beat the egg white slightly.
2. Fold in the unflavored gelatin.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
4. Start filling the tub with water. When it is half full, add the DIY bubble bath for kids.
5. Rinse with cool water after the bath to remove residue.
This recipe makes enough for one bath. Do not store leftovers. Do not use with children who may drink the bath water because of the egg white and essential oils.
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DIY Salt Glow Recipe
What You Need
- 2 cups coarse sea salt
- 1/4 cup water
1. Place salt and water in a bowl and mix until salt is wet.
2. Fill a bath tub with 2-3 inches of warm water.
3. Scrub your entire body, except your face or broken skin, with the salt scrub while standing in the water.
4. Lie down or sit in the salt water for several minutes to let the salt moisturize your skin.
5. Rinse with warm water.
You can substitute sweet almond oil or jojoba oil for the water for a moisturizing scrub. If you use an oil, be very careful because your bathtub will get very slippery!
Discard leftover body scrub.
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DIY Apple Pulp Pomade Recipe
What You Need
15 medium apples
1/2 cup apricot kernel oil
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1. Quarter apples and place in a large stock pot.
2. Add a little bit of water so the apples don't get too dry and burn.
3. Simmer until the apples are soft like applesauce. Add more water as needed so it doesn't burn.
4. Cook for half an hour.
5. Pour off extra water, if there is any.
6. Add apricot kernel oil and lemon zest and mix.
7. When the mixture is warm to the touch, slather all over your body. For easy clean up, sit in the tub or shower.
8. Let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.
First, I soaked my feet to soften the skin and relax a little bit. I grabbed my iPad and read while my feet soaked in the warm water. I filled a basin with liquid castile soap and baking soda. The soap softens your skin and cleans it, and the baking soda naturally deodorizes them. Pat feet dry for the next step.
Next, scrub your feet with a sugar scrub to get rid of the dead skin. I made my Easy Sugar Scrub recipe with half olive oil, half coconut oil, and all white sugar. I used coconut oil mainly for the smell, but it did work very well in the recipe. You can use any oil you have on hand. Scrub your feet all over for several minutes. Don't forget to get your toes so they look great after you use polish!
Keep your feet moisturized to keep them soft. I used the Peppermint Foot Lotion recipe I shared several weeks ago.
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