• WELLNESS

    Two Natural Alternatives to Shaving Cream

    Shaving cream. It’s something I haven’t used in years and now when I think of it I am kind of appalled at the waste that goes into one tiny container that doesn’t even last very long.

    Because it’s been so many years since I’ve used it I kind of wonder if anyone still uses it? Was I behind on the times and everyone moved on from shaving cream before I did? I’m assuming people must still use it since stores are still selling it so under that assumption I thought I would share my two favorite natural alternatives to shaving cream.

    I have actually shared these methods before in my post about things I no longer buy but I wanted them to have their own dedicated post, plus I have tweaked one of them a little bit since that post. 🙂

    Two Natural Alternatives to Shaving Cream - cheap and better for the environment

     

    TWO NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO SHAVING CREAM

    #1 NORWEX BODY CLOTH

    I’ve been using a Norwex body cloth as my main alternative to shaving cream for a year now. I still don’t understand how it works but if you scrub in the shower with a Norwex body cloth before shaving you can shave without getting razor burn. I don’t understand how it works I just know that it does!

    The body cloths come in a pack of three and are initially more expensive than shaving cream but they aren’t something you need to continue buying so it doesn’t take long before it starts saving you money.

    Because you don’t have any kind of container with the cloths or any chemicals going down the drain they are also a lot better for the environment than shaving cream is.

    Also, we just came back from Mexico last night (a post on our trip to come!) and I took my Norwex cloth with me. It meant that there was one less liquid I had to deal with going through security because after our debacle coming home from South Africa we refuse to check baggage and every liquid counts.

    #2 GRAPESEED OIL

    For most people in most climates I think the body cloth would be a good year round alternative to shaving cream. For those of you that live in drier climates like myself may find you need something a little more moisturizing in the winter months.

    I have used a number of different oils before picking grapeseed oil as my favorite.

    I originally started by using coconut oil but because I mainly wanted to use it in the winter it was pretty much in a solid form when I went to go use it and I started to wonder if that would clog the drain, so I switched to almond oil cause I had some on hand and while almond oil works well it is fairly pricey. So I eventually came to grapeseed oil which is moisturizing, inexpensive and doesn’t clog the drains!

    If you are used to shaving cream you’ll notice that grapeseed oil doesn’t lather, but I promise your legs will feel so smooth afterwards and it doesn’t take long before you forget that once upon a time you used shaving cream.

    Do you have any natural beauty tip to share?
    I’d love for you to let me know in the comments below!

    Like this post? Check out the rest of the natural beauty posts here.

  • WELLNESS

    DIY Moisturizing Natural Lotion

    This winter is like every other Saskatchewan winter – cold and dry.

    We have spells of -40 weather and the furnace is running constantly, sucking all potential moisture out of our home and leaving our skin dry and itchy.

    It doesn’t help that we have a problem with dry skin to begin, Raeca has a long struggle with dry skin and eczema and Ephraim’s beautiful African skin needs a lot of moisturizing.

    So, I’ve been experimenting with some different lotions and have come up with one that we love!

    I originally intended to make a body butter but it turned out more lotion-y and that ended up being a pleasant surprise because it works even better than I expected!

    In the last few years as I’ve been turning to more and more natural products (or more like, DIY-ing natural products), I’ve realized how horrible beauty store lotions smell. I’m not even sensitive to smells and I think they smell overpowering and unnatural. With this recipe you can ditch the store lotion and just use this.

    The fact that it only takes a few ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil, grapeseed oil and essential oils makes it even better!

    I’ve only been using grapeseed oil for a little while now but I’ve been reading up some of it’s great benefits for your skin and I love how affordable it it is, so it’s perfect in this recipe.

    The essential oils I used are all supposed to be moisturizing and good for skin so I used: frankincense, ylang ylang, rosemary and lavender, though you can feel free to use your own preferred combination of oils.

    DIY Natural Lotion - simple to make

    DIY Moisturizing Natural Lotion

    • 1/2 cup shea butter
    • 1/4 cup coconut oil
    • 1 1/2 tbsp grapeseed oil
    • 2 drops frankincense essential oil
    • 2 drops ylang ylang essential oil
    • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
    • 1 drop lavender essential oil*
    1. Place the shea butter in a microwave safe container and microwave for 30 seconds at a time until partially melted, mine took one minute.
    2. Add the coconut oil and using an electric better whip the two together until smooth.
    3. Add in the grapeseed oil and essential oils and mix with a spoon.
    4. Place it in a container and use just like lotion! I like to use this lotion out of the shower and for extra moisturizing for my son, after he has the lotion on I rub plain grapeseed oil on his skin.

    *Neither my daughter nor I really like the smell of lavender oil, hence the one drop, if you love it feel free to use two drops.

    Do you have a favorite DIY natural lotion? What kind of ingredients do you use?
    If you try this recipe let me know how it goes!

  • WELLNESS

    Natural Homemade Deodorant (that actually works!)

    I’ve been wanting to make deodorant for quite awhile. Like many people I’ve heard of the harmful ingredients that are put into regular deodorant and I didn’t like the idea of that going on (and eventually into) my body, and especially not on my daughter’s when she gets old enough to need it.

    I know there are a lot of natural deodorants that you can buy but honestly, they are more expensive and I didn’t want to have to buy 30 different kinds just to find one that works.

    So awhile ago I asked my Facebook friends if anyone had a recommendation and one friend shared a recipe that I’ve been using for the past few weeks and loving so I thought I would share it.

    Natural Homemade Deodorant that actually works!

    I am definitely a bit of a sweaty person (TMI?), one of my friends said she doesn’t wear deodorant, I know if I did that I would be smelling bad before 10am, so that route was definitely not for me (but power to those that can do it!).

    The recipe that I am going to share does have a few essential oils, another one of my friends says she uses the same recipe but without the EO’s, I tried that at first (because I didn’t have the oils) and I found that by 2pm I needed to reapply it. But once I added the essential oils in I could go all day.

     

    A super simple homemade natural deodorant recipe that actually works!

     

    Natural Homemade Deodorant

    1/3 cup coconut oil
    1/4 cup baking soda
    1/4 cup corn starch
    couple drops of each tea tree, peppermint and thieves essential oils

    I melted the coconut oil in a pot over medium-low heat and then added the baking soda and corn starch so they could dissolve a little and the deodorant wouldn’t feel gritty. Then I removed it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes before mixing in a few drops of each tea tree, peppermint and thieves essential oils. I then poured it into my mold. I didn’t have a deodorant stick so I just used a container that I had, though I will definitely look into getting a deodorant stick to use in the future. Because it can begin to melt when warm I prefer to store mine in the fridge (in a special area so no one mistakes it for something edible).

    And just like that you have a natural homemade deodorant!

    Side note, this deodorant has been fun to talk to with a few people, there are some who believe they would stink too bad to attempt this recipe, and let me tell you, I was one of those people! I had used antiperspirants for years and years and in hot days in the summer would often have to put it on twice. That being said, switching to a natural deodorant like mine will probably give you a transition period where you don’t smell that great, it’s just your body getting rid of all the nastiness antiperspirant has been keeping in for all those years. It was about a week of transition for me and then afterwards I noticed I sweat a lot less and didn’t smell. There are still some hot days in summer where I’ll put it on twice but at least I know I’m not putting cancer-causing chemicals into my body any more!

    This post was actually written back in the fall, now I’ve been using this deodorant for months and still love it! And bonus: this recipe lasts for quite a long time!

    Edit to add: I used these oils specifically because of some of their benefits. Peppermint is antibacterial, tea tree is antibacterial and antifungal and thieves is great for eliminating odors and good for boosting the immune system.

    Do you have a recipe for deodorant that you like to use?

  • One Month Without Shampoo
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    One Month Without Shampoo

    Okay, I’ve been promising an update and here it finally is!

    As of right now I have officially gone 5.5 weeks without using shampoo or conditioner.

    Going no shampoo (or no-poo as it’s called) was something I stumbled on a few weeks prior to starting, and got most of my information from this blog.

    I’ve read all sorts of reasons for people taking the leap to going no-poo and honestly, the one that got me was that I read it can make your hair grow faster -count me in! Another huge benefit is the fact that you don’t have wash your hair nearly as often, a huge time saver for me.

    Instead of using shampoo I now use baking soda and water and my replacement for conditioner is a vinegar and water mix.

    I’ve messed around a bit with the ratios I’ve been using with the baking soda and vinegar but what seems to be working for me is mixing two tablespoons of baking soda with one cup of water and pouring that into a spray bottle. In the shower I spray this all over my scalp (not on the length or ends of my hair) and leave it in for a few minutes, then I wash it out really well (it takes a bit longer than regular shampoo).

    For conditioner I mix two tablespoons of vinegar with one cup of water into a separate spray bottle. This I spray into the length and ends of my hair (not onto my scalp) I leave it in for a few minutes and then rinse it out.

    If you are concerned about the smell of the vinegar -it does smell a bit when you apply it to your hair but once it’s dried you can’t smell it at all. I’ve read about some people using apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar but I’ve found that it smells stronger when I am spraying it and doesn’t work as well in my hair.

    So far I have not noticed my hair growing any faster -boo. But that might change, I’m totally willing to stick it out longer and hope that it does!

    As for the frequency that I wash my hair . . . before going no-poo I washed my hair every other day pretty consistently. When starting the no-poo routine I slowly started increase the amount of time that I go between washes. The first time I went three days, then stretched it to four and did that for a few times, and at this point I can wash my hair every five days.

    There is a transition period where your hair will feel a little weird and if you are increasing the amount of time between washing your hair you will probably have some oily days but it is definitely worth it to stick to it. Prior to going no-poo when I would wash my hair every other day on days when I didn’t wash it I definitely needed to use my diy dry shampoo but now I can go till day three or four without even needing it, my hair produces so much less oil.

    Another benefit has been the fact that my hair is getting much less damaged. I usually only curl my hair the day that I wash it which means I’ve gone from curling it 3-4 times a week down to 1-2 times.

    At this point the pros to going no-poo far outweigh the cons and I definitely plan on sticking with it, at least for a few more months.

    I would love to hear from you!
    Are you no-poo? How does it work for you?
    If not, is it something you plan on trying in the future?

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  • DIY Dry Shampoo for Brunettes
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    DIY Dry Shampoo – For Brunettes

    I started using dry shampoo (from a can) about two years ago. I found it to be exactly what my hair needed on days I didn’t wash it, the dry shampoo soaks up the oil so well and seems to breathe the life back into my hair. Since I’ve been going no-(sham)poo for the last month dry shampoo has been a life saver (I’m planning a full update on the no-poo next week, I promise!).

    I loved what the dry shampoo did for my hair but definitely was not a fan of the nice white streaks I was often left with, the skunk look wasn’t one that I was going for. Plus, you’ve really got to watch some of the chemicals in some of those dry shampoos, I’m not into everything being organic or anything, but putting butane in my hair? That definitely crosses a line with me.

    I’ve been seeing diy’s for dry shampoo all over the internet over the last year or so and a few months ago I finally took the plunge and made my own, it’s so easy I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner!

    I had read about blondes that used straight corn starch or baby powder in their hair and found this super easy “recipe” for brunettes:

    • 1 part corn starch
    • 2 parts cocoa

    I used 1/3 cup of corn starch and 2/3 of a cup of cocoa and then use an old makeup brush to brush it in to the roots of my hair where it’s the oiliest. The nice thing is, if you have darker hair you can use more cocoa to match your hair. I’ve also read that those with red hair can use cinnamon, my hair turns more red in the summer so I might add some of it to my mixture.

    I’ve been using it for about two months now and have to say that I’ve been loving it, I no longer have to ask Jared if I have white streaks in my hair (it happened people), and my hair smells like cocoa, not all the time or in an overpowering way, but just sometimes I’ll get a little whiff, that’s a lot better in my books than putting butane in my hair!

    Do you use dry shampoo?
    Do you use it from a can or diy your own?

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