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Archive for September, 2014

Natural Beauty

From the minute we get out of bed in the morning, to the time we climb back under the sheets at night, we are exposed to countless thousands of synthetic chemicals, many with known harmful consequences to our biology.

We go into the bathroom, we brush our teeth.  We rinse our mouths with mouthwash.  We shampoo and condition our hair.  We wash our faces and bodies.  We moisturize our skin.  We have been awake for scarcely half an hour and we have already slathered ourselves with sodium laureth sulfate, parabens, etc.

The society in which we live teaches us to go to the pharmacy, buy all these products, and use them daily so that we feel clean and *smell nice*.  But what if you discovered that none of them were necessary, and that you could achieve the same or better results by using products that you already have in your kitchen, and that are safe to put inside your body, as well as on it?

Here are some recipes I’ve found or developed:

Shampoo:
One egg yolk
Warm water to measure one cup.

Stir and pour over wet hair.  Massage into scalp and rinse.  No conditioner necessary.

Alternate shampoo:
1/2 tbsp baking soda
Warm water to measure one cup.

Conditioner:
Juice of one orange
One egg white
1/2 tbsp cocoa

Whip with stick blender until thickened.  Very luxurious and smells great 🙂

Face wash:
1 tbsp ground oatmeal
1 tsp plain yogourt

Mix into paste.  Apply to wet face, massage and rinse.

Moisturizer:
Pure cocoa butter.

Solid at room temperature.  Scrape flakes off with spoon and melt in warm hands. Apply to dry skin.

Lip Balm:
2 tbsp cocoa butter flakes
A few drops pure vanilla extract

Warm cocoa butter flakes in microwave or over low heat.  Stir in vanilla extract.  Pour into small round case while still warm.  Apply to dry lips with finger.

Toothpaste:
1/4 cup baking soda
1/8 cup hydrogen peroxide
A dash of peppermint extract

Stir into paste.  Keep in dark-coloured container, as light will degrade the peroxide into oxygen and water.

Mouthwash:
Pure vodka
Fresh herbs

Way better than Listerine 🙂

Exfoliating scrub:
3 tbsp dark brown sugar
2 tbsp sea salt
About 1 tbsp sunflower oil, just enough to make a paste
A few drops of essential oil (I like orange)

Feels great rubbed in anywhere you have rough or dry skin.

“Soap”:
Unrefined coconut oil

Rub it on, rinse it off.  It will leave your skin clean but feeling moisturized.

Sugaring (for hair removal):
2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup water

Bring to a boil in saucepan, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes until solution is dark amber in colour.  Remove from heat, let cool for 10 minutes and transfer to glass dish (so it may be re-heated later).  To use: rip clean cotton fabric (old sheets or pillowcases work great) into 1-2” wide strips.  Use a butter knife to apply solution to skin in direction of hair growth, cover with cloth strip, hold for a few seconds, tear off against the grain in one swift motion.  Unlike wax, this solution will not clog your pores or follicles, can be rinsed easily with water, and the fabric can be rinsed, dried and reused again and again.  Also your skin will feel incredibly smooth and nourished.

Kitchen cosmetics