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29 July 2013

7 Itchy Scalp Home Remedies

An itchy scalp isn't just uncomfortable; it can be very embarrassing! The constant itching can be caused by a few different things, but here are some itchy scalp home remedies that should help you find some relief!

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27 July 2013

Fun Melt and Pour Soap Techniques

If you are new to soap making, melt and pour soap is a great way to get started.  You'll need less equipment and supplies than you do with lye soap, and it's less expensive to start.  With lye soap, you'll need a lot of butters, oil, and lye, which can get expensive unless you buy in bulk.  Melt and pour soap can also be customized with many different ingredients, so you can make a bar that is perfect for your skin type.

Never made soap before?  Here's an easy to follow tutorial to make soap that I post several months ago.

Once you are comfortable making this easy soap, you can start to get creative by using different techniques!

Embedding Objects

A fun way to make soap for kids is to embed objects inside the soap.  To do this, pour a thin layer of melted soap in to the mold.  Spray the surface with rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles and let the layer set up.  Add your object (toy, scrubby brush, rubber ducky, etc.) and pour melted soap to the top of the mold.

Don't give embedded soap to children under 3.  Only use plastic or rubber with no sharp edges for children.

Embedding Soap

If you have soap left over from a batch, embed it in a new batch of soap.  Cut leftover soap in to small squares or shapes.

Pour a thin layer of melted soap in to a mold and spray with rubbing alcohol.  Spray the soap you want to embed with rubbing alcohol and insert in to the mold.  Let a thin skin form on top of the soap before filling up the rest of the mold with melted soap.

Layering Soap

Layering soap is a great way to mix scents.  Try fun combinations like orange and vanilla, strawberry and cream, or your favorite combination.

Pour the first layer in to the mold and spray with rubbing alcohol.  Let a skin form on top of the soap.  Spray again with rubbing alcohol.  Pour the next layer.  Repeat until you fill the mold.

Swirling Soap

Swirling soap is very easy, but it looks very pretty.  Melt two colors of soap in separate glass measuring ups.  Add any additives you want to use to the melted soap.  Pour each color of soap in to the mold at the same time and same rate.

Both soaps should be about the same temperature for this to work, so use a thermometer and reheat as needed.

If you pour the soap too hot, the colors will mix together.  Let the soap cool until a skin forms on top before pouring.  Gently pull the skin off with a wood spoon before pouring.

After you pour the soap, create a swirl with a chopstick or wooden spoon.

Have fun experimenting with these melt and pour soap techniques!

DIY Makeup Remover Recipes

A few weeks ago, I highlighted some great eyeshadow recipes and makeup recipes, so today I'd like to post some DIY makeup remover recipes.  It's important to take your makeup off each night so it doesn't clog your pores.  I wear mineral makeup, which is supposed to be safe to sleep in, but I still like to take it off each night.  Even washing with facial soap can leave some makeup behind, so try these easy makeup remover recipes.

Natural Eye Makeup Remover Recipe - Rebecca's recipe will remove even waterproof mascara, and it nourishes your delicate eye area!

DIY Whipped Coconut Makeup Remover - Not only is this recipe an excellent makeup remover, but it can also be used as a moisturizer!

DIY Makeup Remover Wipes - Love the convenience of makeup remover wipes?  Yes, you can make your own!

Eye Makeup Remover - The blogger tried several eye makeup DIY recipes and posted her results.

Easy Makeup Remover - I like this recipe because it has common ingredients that you can find at nearly any store.

With these great DIY makeup remover recipes, you can pick the one that works best for you!  I love the wipes for every day, and I can't wait to try the Natural Eye Makeup Remover from Soap Deli!

22 July 2013

7 Ways to Fight Acne Naturally

Acne isn't just a problem for teens -- it can affect your skin in your 20s, 30s, and beyond.  These easy ways to fight acne naturally will help heal existing acne and prevent future breakouts.  The best part?  They are inexpensive, natural, and don't use chemicals!

1.  Honey 

Try a honey facial mask to heal acne naturally.  Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it kills the bacteria that causes pimples and blackheads.  Try this banana and honey facial mask for a gentle way to heal acne.  

2.  Baking Soda

Baking soda dissolves excess oil while it exfoliates, so it helps heal acne in two ways.  Use a baking soda scrub once a week to treat and prevent acne.  

3.  Toothpaste

White toothpaste contains silica, which dries out blemishes.  For a spot treatment, dab a little bit of toothpaste directly on a blemish and let sit overnight.  

4.  Ice

Ice won't heal a blemish, but it will reduce inflammation and redness.  Hold an ice cube directly on the blemish for 20 minutes at a time.

5.  Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is antibacterial and antifungal.  Dip a cotton swab in the oil and dab directly on the blemish. 

6.  Stay Clean

You may be tempted to wash your face several times a day, but you should only wash it twice a day.  Washing more often will overdry your skin, which makes you produce more oil.  Change your pillowcase every other day to keep your face clean.

7.  Don't Pick

As much as you want to squeeze - don't!  Bacteria on your hands can make acne worse or cause it to spread.   

Don't try all of these 7 ways to fight acne naturally at the same time.  Pick a few -- like keeping clean, exfoliating once a week, and one spot treatment for best results.

20 July 2013

5 Easy Lotion Recipes

Have you looked at the ingredients on your favorite lotion lately?  Preservatives, parabens, and other chemicals.  Yuck!  Luckily, making an easy lotion recipe isn't as hard as you think!

Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion - Coconut oil is wonderful for your skin!  This recipe uses emulsifying wax, which helps the oil and water bind together.

Two Ingredient Body Lotion - This is super easy to make!  Just uses almond oil and aloe vera gel.

Easy Intensive Hand Lotion - Substitute coconut oil for the petroleum and organic lotion for the baby lotion.

Homemade Hand and Body Cream - This is a little harder when set because of the shea butter and cocoa butter, both of which heal damaged skin.

DIY Homemade Lotion - This page gives you a basic formula and directions, but you can use your favorite ingredients!  Perfect if you already have a few ingredients on hand.

I like to store my easy lotion recipes in mason jars.  The plastic lids are perfect to keep them fresh and easier to use than traditional mason jar lids.

17 July 2013

4 DIY Lip Gloss Recipes

It's nearing 100 degrees today, so I am definitely going light on my makeup.  I switch from lipstick to lip gloss for the summer because it's lighter and the nice glow looks better with more natural makeup.

Lip gloss is very easy to make, and you can read a few recipes to get some ideas for customization.  Just have fun playing because you can really have fun experimenting.  Here is a collection of DIY lip gloss recipes perfect for summer!

DIY Lip Gloss Recipes

Birthday Cake Lip Gloss - This has coconut butter and shea butter to protect your lips from the sun.

Natural Lip Gloss - Use essential oils for natural flavor.

Kool Aid Lip Gloss - Very easy to make!

Custom Lip Gloss Recipe - Teaches you how to make DIY lip gloss with your favorite ingredients.

For a natural lip gloss recipe, use natural ingredients.  You can usually substitute coconut oil for petroleum, but you will need to test each recipe.  If you don't like the coconut flavor and scent, use refined coconut oil.  It doesn't have the same benefits for your skin as unrefined coconut oil, but it is healthier than petroleum.

Storebought lip glosses usually have chemicals and even alcohol in them.  The alcohol can irritate your lips and dry them out, which means you'll need to use more lip gloss.  It's a vicious cycle!

These are so easy to make!  My 6-year-old daughter loves to make lip gloss with me because she gets to get messy and make something fun.

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11 July 2013

Are pricey nail polishes worth the money?

If you are a regular reader, you know that I like to save money.  That's why I started making my own beauty products!  But there are some products you can save money on, and others that you should splurge on.  Nail polish is one time that it makes sense to spend more.  Are pricey nail polishes worth the money?


Expensive polishes tend to last longer with less chips and cracks.  This means your manicure lasts longer, which means you save time and polish.  Cheap polish will start to crack the next day, especially if you use your hands for work.


Pricey nail polishes are thicker than cheaper polishes, so you may only need one coat.  At the most, you'll need two coats versus three coats of cheap polish.  Again, this saves time and money.

Shelf Life

In my experience, pricey nail polishes have a much longer shelf life.  This means you'll spend less money in polish because the expensive bottle will not separate as quickly.


Are pricey nail polishes worth the money?  Yes, if you paint your nails every day and stick with a few basic colors.

I do buy inexpensive polishes in funky colors for my toenails where chips don't matter as much.  They separate after a year, but  by then, I'm ready for the next year's hot colors anyway.

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09 July 2013

DIY Makeup Recipes

A few weeks ago, I highlighted some DIY eyeshadow recipes that are very easy to make.  Did you know that you can also make your own makeup with easy to find natural ingredients?  Most grocery stores carry the ingredients you need, and if you can't find them there, try a bulk food store or health food store.  Here is a round up of some great recipes to help you get started!

Bronzer - Includes directions to make a powder or a creamy bronzer.

Foundation - No matter what your skin tone is, you can create the perfect powder foundation.

Cream Blush - Uses beet powder for color.

Powder Blush - Also uses beet powder.

Lip Balms - A collection of lip balm recipes.

Eye Liner - Easy to make and easy to use.

Black Eye Liner - Uses activated charcoal.

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02 July 2013

DIY Sunscreen Recipe

Skin cancer is prevalent in my family, so I won't go out without it.  I use sunscreen on my face every day, even in the winter.  I don't like using chemicals on my kids, so I set out to make my own.  It's cheaper and there are no nasty chemicals to leech in to their little bodies.  Making it is easier than you think: Just use zinc oxide powder or a zinc oxide paste like diaper rash cream!

Natural Sunscreen Recipe - This uses zinc oxide powder, but the rest of the ingredients are easy to find.  It also uses coconut oil and shea butter, both of which have natural SPF properties.  

Homemade Sunscreen - This uses beeswax, so it is thicker than other DIY sunscreen recipes.  

Nontoxic Sunscreen Recipe - This recipe uses a lotion base, so you just add the zinc oxide.  

Natural Sunscreen - This recipe gets its SPF from natural ingredients.  This is great to protect your skin from everyday sun damage, but the SPF is not high enough to protect you if you will be in the sun all day.  

Homemade Sunblock - This recipe uses zinc oxide diaper rash cream instead of zinc oxide granules.

Try this after sun tea recipe to soothe and rehydrate your skin after spending time in the sun.  If you do get a burn, this oatmeal poultice will help your skin heal.  

It is not recommended that you use these DIY sunscreen recipes if you are very prone to burning or are taking a medication that increases the risk that you will burn.  

01 July 2013

Natural Ways to Protect Your Hair When Swimming

Chlorine from swimming pools can damage your hair and turn blonde hair green.  Take steps to protect your hair from damage with these easy tips and homemade DIY products to protect your hair from chlorine.

Before Swimming

Wet your hair thoroughly with unchlorinated water.  This saturates your hair, so it won't soak up as much chlorine from the pool.

Slather coconut oil on your hair before swimming to protect it from chlorine.  Coconut oil is also a mild natural sunscreen, so it helps protect your hair from UV damage as well.

After Swimming

Dissolve 1 teaspoon of vitamin C powder in two cups of distilled water.  Spray hair with the mixture after swimming to neutralize chlorine.

Dissolve 8 aspirin tablets in warm water.  Saturate hair with the mixture and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing.

Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo.  Wash hair with this mixture just after swimming to neutralize the pH of your hair and prevent damage.

Tomato juice can remove the green hue from hair.  Simply dump 8 ounces of juice on your hair in the shower.  Let sit for 5 minutes and rinse well.  Wash hair as usual.

If you swim often, use one of these hair masks once a week repair damage:

Avocado hot oil recipe
Egg protein conditioning treatment
Hair mask for damaged hair
Coconut oil hair mask