Creating a Home

Saving Money on Cleaning Supplies

This year I have been in the process of “detoxifying” our home and our lifestyle. Lately I have been learning to make my own”safe” cleaning supplies.

Making your own homemade cleaning products typically involves combining specific products, such as…

 1. Baking Soda...Baking soda is an ideal deodoriser, disinfectant, anddegreaser.

2. Borax…Borax consists of soft colourless crystals that dissolve easily in water that can be used to make a very effecti all-purpose cleaner that can clean just about everything.

3. Detergent…Detergent helps lift dirt and grime. When shopping for detergent, look for a detergent that is PH neutral, fragrance free and septic tank safe…such as Earth Choice, Morning Fresh, and ecostore.

4. Essential Oils...Essential oils help make both your home and your cleaning supplies smell lovely and fresh. Some of the best essential oils for cleaning are lemon, lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, and wild orange.

5. Microfiber Cloths…Microfiber cloth are reusable. Simply throw them into the wash and then hang on the line to dry.

6. Salt... Salt is an effective scouring agent, deodoriser, and degreaser.

7. Spray Bottles…Spray bottles are obviously important when you are making and using homemade cleaners.

8. Vinegar...Vinegar, a great natural anti-fungal and antibacterial,  can be used so many different ways to clean -to disinfect, cut through grease, de-scale, clean glass, and so much more.

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Creating a Home

Saving Money in the Kitchen

 Essential oils are great for diffusing and cleaning.
Cleaning with essential oils will help keep your home free of toxic chemicals and leave behind a fresh, clean scent.

It is important to remember that essential oils and green products can react with plastic, so always make and store your cleaning products in glass containers.

Also be sure to print and use cute and colorful labels to help you stay organized and know what each container contains.

Moving on ahead, here are a few essential oil recipes to help keep your kitchen cleaner…

 1. All Purpose Cleaner …Combine.1 gallon water, 2tsp Dawn dish soap, 1/2C vinegar, 1/2C baking soda. Put in a spray bottle to clean showers, toilets, sinks, counter-tops, and floors.

2. Dishwasher Detergent Tablets…Stir together 2C cups baking soda, 2C borax, 1/2C epsom salt,1/2C vinegar, and 20 drops of lemon essential oil. Transfer the mixture into a ice cube trays or silicone molds.

Press down until each compartment is hard packed with detergent. Put them in a dry, sunny spo and let them sit for at least 24 hours. Store in a container with a tight-fitting lid.

 

3. Disinfectant...Combine 1Tbsp witch hazel, 5 drops orange essential oil, 5 drops lavender essential oil,2 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 7 drops tea tree oil in 8oz spray bottle.Fill with 1C distilled or filtered water.
Shake well before each use. To use, spray on hard surface, such as counter-top and let air-dry.

4. Garbage Disposal Bombs…Mix 3/4C baking soda with 1/2C salt.

Slowly add 1Tbsp dish soap and 10 drops lemon essential oil. Scoop the mixture into Tablespoon-sized “cookies” onto tin foil or parchment paper. Let /dry 24 hours. To use, store in a jar by the sink and run a couple of bombs through the disposal as needed.

5. Room Spray...Combine 2tsp witch-hazel, 15 drops of lemon essential oil and 4oz water in a small, fine-mist spray bottle.

Getting Dressed

Vegan OTBC Face Masks

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Face masks are a great addition to any skincare regimen. They can help keep your skin clear and healthy, and help you unwind after a long day.

 

And doing a face mask while you are already in the shower is great because the steam from the shower opens your pores and allows the nutrients and vitamins to actually be absorbed into your skin much more easily.

 

 

Key factors to consider when choosing a face mask include…

  1. Skin Type (best for)...People with oily skin should look for a mask that helps control oil and shine, while those with dry skin need a hydrating mask that will restore moisture to the skin.
  2. Specific Issue…such as acne, wrinkles, dry skin
  3. Time Commitment
  4. Type Mask…Masks can be found in several different types…such as vegan sheet masks, powder masks you can mix with water or your favorite skin serum, gel-like masks, and clay masks

 

Some popular cruelty-free and vegan face masks that are available include..

 

  

1. Acure Radically Rejuvenating Face Mask

  • Availability…Walgreen’s
  • Best for…aging skin
  • Ingredients…Moroccan red clay, marshmallow root extract, aloe vera
  • Price…$15
  • Specific Issue…cell repair
  • Time Commitment…10-15 minutes
  • Type Mask…clay

 

2. AHAVA Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask

  • Availability…Ulta, Macy’s
  • Best for…acne prone skin
  • Ingredients…Dead Sea mud, kaolin, vitamin B, chamomile
  • Price…$35
  • Specific Issue…helps clear acne and prevents further breakouts
  • Time Commitment…two minutes
  • Type Mask…mud

 

3. Aubrey Organics Age-Defying Therapy AHA Mask

  • Availability…Amazon, iHerb, Vitacost
  • Best for…aging skin
  • Ingredients…sea buckthorn oil, natural fruit acids, rice spheres
  • Price…$15
  • Specific Issue…exfoliating
  • Time Commitment..5-10 minutes.
  • Type Mask…clay

 

4. Camu Clay Invigorating Anti-Aging Clay Masque

  • Availability…Live Ultimate website
  • Best for…all skin types and needs, from acne control to hydration to anti-aging
  • Ingredients…organic green tea extract, bentonite clay, kaolin, walnut extracts, acai, Camu Camu berries
  • Price…$34
  • Specific Issue…exfoliating
  • Time Commitment…10-20 minutes
  • Type Mask…clay

 

5. Dr. Alkatis Organic Universal Mask

  • Availability…online
  • Best for…acne-prone or sensitive skin
  • Ingredients…seaweed, vegetables, organic grass juice complex
  • Price…$39
  • Specific Issue…deep cleansing
  • Time Commitment…10-20 minutes
  • Type Mask…powder

 

6. Lush Cup O’ Coffee Mask

  • Availability…online or Lush stores
  • Best for…oily or acne-prone skin
  • Ingredients…coffee grounds, cocoa extract, kaolin
  • Price…$12
  • Specific Issue…under-eye bags and circles, oil control
  • Time Commitment…15 minutes
  • Type Mask…scrub

7. Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Super Hydration Sleepover Mask

  • Availability…Target, Ulta
  • Best for…dry or sun damaged skin
  • Ingredients…sunflower oil, shea butter, avocado oil
  • Price…$15
  • Specific Issue…moisturizing
  • Time Commitment…overnight, does not require rinsing
  • Type Mask…leave-on
Getting Healthy

  Rub-a-Dub-Dub…Why Use a Sugar Scrub?!

  

 

 Sugar is an excellent ingredient in skincare that has many beauty benefits to offer. This is why so many brand-name body scrubs are on the market.

So  incorporating sugar into your regular body care routine adds to the recipe of overall natural beauty.

Several of the enefits from exfoliating the skin on your body at least twice a week are…

  • 1.  Sugar scrubs help hydrate your skin. 
  • 2.  Sugar scrubs help speed up the cell regeneration process.
  • 3.  Sugar scrub help you to have fresher, younger-looking skin.
  • 4.  Sugar scrubs remove dead surface skin cells from the top layer of skin. 
  • 5.  Sugar scrubs help moisturizers work better and longer.
  • 6.  Sugar scrubs unclog pores from excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells     without drying the skin.
  • 7.  Sugar scrubs can help reverse early signs of aging, such as fine lines and uneven skin tone. 
  • 8.  Sugar scrubs enhance blood circulation. 
  • 9.  Sugar scrubs increase collagen production.
  • 10.  Sugar scrubs help prevent acne, whiteheads, blackheads, breakouts and other skin blemishes. 
  • 11.  Sugar scrubs refresh tired, dull looking skin.
  • 12. Sugar scrubs can decrease the symptoms of skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.
  • 13. Sugar scrubs help maintain younger looking skin. 
  • 14. Sugar scrubs tone and tighten the pores of the skin. 
  • 15. Sugar scrubs help prevent ingrown hairs and make hair removal easier
  • 16. Sugar scrubs smooth razor bumps.
  • 17. Sugar scrubs reduce stress.
  • 18. Sugar scrubs help protect skin against harmful toxins. 
  • 19. Sugar scrubs can actually improve the health of your skin. 
  • 20.  Sugar scrubs make excellent gifts, especially homemade sugar scrubs in classy, well-labeled jars.
Getting Dressed

Hostess with the Mostest…(looking the part)…Face

  

  

    If like me, one of your main goals for the year has been to live a simpler and more minimalistic lifestyle and to start practicing more “intentional” shopping of quality both “nontoxic” foods and products, you’re on the upswing of a learning curve.

    This learning curve involves finding more products and brands that are comparable to your favorites, but even better.

    So in my own personal attempt to find “politically correct”  makeup, here are some of the “facial” products that seem highly recommended…
      

      

    1.  Face Primer..

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    Primers seal in your skincare products, help fill in pores and fine lines, create a smooth surface on which to apply your foundation, and help your makeup last all day. Look for an oil-free, water-based primer…such as this Vapour STRATUS SOFT FOCUS SKIN PERFECTING PRIMER… a 3–in–1 moisturizer, primer, and no-color foundation. 
       

    2.  Foundation..

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    Opt for an oil-free foundation. Oil-based products improve the risk of your makeup “sliding” out of place. Use a beauty blender to apply light layers to create a smooth, natural look. 

      

      
     1.  Alima Pressed Foundation

    • Ingredients…made from a proprietary blend of all-natural essential oils—Sunflower Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Argan Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Lavender Oil, Sweet Orange Peel Oil, 
    • Price…$34
    • Shades Available…17
    • Where to Find…The Detox Market
    • Review..    The Vegan Crazy Cat Lady

       
     2. Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation

    • Ingredients…include avocado fruit extract, jojoba seed oil, and sea fennel extract
    • Price…$28
    • Shades Available…6
    • Where to find…Whole Foods, Sprouts
    • Review… Influensters

      

    3.  Ilia Vivid Foundation

    • Ingredients…water, glycerin, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, rosehip seed oil, jasmine extract, lavender extract, clove extract, grape extract, orange peel wax, cranberry fruit
    • Price…$44
    • Shades Available…9
    • Review…We We’re Raised By Wolves    

      

    4.  Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation

    • Ingredients…plankton extract, algae extract, pine bark extract, pomegranate extract
    • Price…$44
    • Shades Available…24
    • Review…Makeup Alley    

      
    5. Kjaaer Weiss Paper Thin Foundation

    • Ingredients…sweet almond seed oil, coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil
    • Price…$68
    • Shades Available…10
    • Review…Organic Bunny    

      

     6.  Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder Mineral Foundation

    • Ingredients…mango juice extract, white tea leaf extract, sea kelp extract, rooibus red tea leaf extract, licorice root extract, pomegranate seed extract, aloe vera extract, cucumber extract
    • Price…$33
    • Shades Available…15
    • Where to find…Whole Foods, Sprouts
    • Review…Makeup Alley 

      

     

     7.  Nu Evolution Pressed Powder Foundation

    • Ingredients… oregano leaf extract, thyme extract, cinnamon bark extract, rosemary leaf extract, lavender flower extract, lemon peel extract
    • Price…$45
    • Shades Available…6
    • Review…Organic Beauty Lover

      
    8.  Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation

    • Ingredients…camellia seed oil, sunflower seed oil, castor seed oil, beeswax, tomato extract, myrrh gum oil, frankincense gum, holy basil leaf extract, lotus leaf extract
    • Price… $50
    • Shades Available…12
    • Review… This Organic Girl

        

      3.   Concealor…

      Concealor should be lightweight and actually help get rid of undereye dark circles, allergy-induced redness, and occasional breakouts…not simply hide them…

      And of course, a natural concealor should contain no skin-irritating synthetics, chemicals, wax, preservatives, parabens, phthalates, or talc…all without looking dry or cakey.

      Choosing the best under-eye concealer depends on what you’re trying to cover up…

              • To cover bluish undereye circles, use a yellow-tone concealer.To cover brown or yellowish circles, peach-tone concealers are best.
              • To cover fine lines around your eyes, pat moisturizer all around the eyes, using your ring finger. Allow it to sink in for a few minutes before applying concealer. Creamy, hydrating concealers work best for the delicate and dry skin around the eyes.
              • To cover pimples, dot a pigment-rich, opaque concealer directly on the pimple. Sweep the brush around the base of the pimple, using tiny strokes in order to precisely blend the concealor without using your fingers. 
              • To cover redness, choose a concealer that matches your skin exact

              Never apply concealer to…

              • 1. Crow’s feet…this draws attention to them
              • 2. Eyelids…this makes them look heavy
              • 3. Undereye bags…this highlights them…instead press a touch of foundation on the bags, and then dot a highlighting cream (peachy for fair skin, golden on darker skin) at the inner corners of the eyes and just underneath the bags. 

              Using Concealor..

              .(1)Place three tiny dots of concealor under the eyes from the inner corners to the centers, using a synthetic concealer brush. A synthetic brush is best for applying concealor. Applying concealer with your fingers results in creasing and caking. Applying concealer with a natural bristles results in applying too much color..
              .(2)Blend in with your fingertips.
              ..( 3.) Apply a lightweight, loose translucent powder to set the concealor and prevent any shimmer and shine…Pressed powder can draw attention to fine lines by settling into creases.

              Here are a few of the best natural concealors currently on the market…

                 

                 

              1. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Brightening Concealer With SPF 20..

              • Ingredients…caffeine-rich green tea, green coffee, anti-aging vitamins, antioxidants, nourishing rosehip oil, and pigments from fruits and vegetables
              • Price: $25 per tube
              • Shades Available…six shades available, ranging from pale to medium

                
              2. Dr. Hauschka Concealer

              • Ingredients…antioxidant-rich carrot and calendula extracts, shea butter, avocado extract, mineral pigments 
              • Price…$25
              • Shades Available…three  

                

               
               3. Ecco Bella, FlowerColor Cover Up,

              •  Ingredients…castor oil, palm oil, candelilla wax, beeswax, organic calendula oil, organic chamomile oil, organic jojoba oil, 100iu Vitamin E, titanium dioxide, and flower wax iron oxides.
              • Price…$21.95
              • Shades Available…two

                

              3. Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer

              • Ingredients…avocado oil, aloe vera leaf, cuppacked seed butter
              • Price…$24
              • Shades Available…six

                 
               4. Jane Iredale Circle Delete Under Eye Concealer

              • Ingredients…moringa butter, avocado oil, green tea extract
              • Price…$30
              • Shades Available…two    

                
              5. Jane Iredale Disappear Concealor 

              • Ingredients…jojoba, green tea, willow bark extract, radish root extract
              • Price…$30
              • Shades Available…five
              • Review

                

                 6. Lavera Natural Concealer

                • Ingredients…shea butter, jojoba and coconut oil, licorice root and sea buckthorn extracts, Vitamin C 
                • Price…$21
                • Shades Available…two  

                  

                4. Powder...A lightweight translucent pressed setting powder sets your makeup for longer wear and can easily be taken with you and used to soak up any excess oil throughout the day. A good option is this Jane Iredale pure Matte Finish Powder.

                  

                  

                 

                5. Setting Spray...Setting sprays seal your makeup for a very natural look that lasts all day and refresh your makeup throughout the day. 


                Dr. Axe’s DIY Makeup Setting Spray with Lavender Oil

                1.  Mix together…

                • 1Tbsp aloe vera gel 
                • 1Tbsp witch hazel
                • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
                • 2½Tbsp purified water

                2.  Funnel into glass spray bottle. Shake well.

                3.  To use…Hold the bottle a few inches away from the face and mist the face with one or two pumps of this spray after applying your makeup…Allow it to air dry.

                6. Blotting Papers...Blotting papers may soak up oils during the day, but often take off more of your makeup than you would probably like. Try using Beauty Blender’s Bloterazzi Sponge instead.