DIY 3 Ingredient Coffee Body Scrub

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Are you a coffee drinker?  If you are, you probably throw away cups of previously brewed coffee grinds each day.  But whether you’re a coffee drinker or not, you can use coffee grinds to make your own three ingredient coffee body scrub that softens your skin!

There’s no need to spend money on $50 scrubs if you can make it at home in minutes, and with no complicated ingredients.  All you need are coffee grinds, some honey, and oil of your choice (I use argan oil).  My mom, who has thick and dry skin, uses this after doing the laundry, and says that it is extremely good at getting rid of dead skin.  In fact, it’s so good that my brother found it odd that her hands were that soft!

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The 4 Ingredient Baby Powder

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Remember the days when your parents would sprinkle baby powder all over you?  Maybe not.  But when you think of a baby’s scent, Johnson and Johnson’s (J&J) baby powder almost always pops into your mind.  Let’s face it, you don’t have to be a baby to enjoy this product – many have been using it their whole lives.  Nevertheless, this beloved product has recently been under scrutiny, as women are blaming pharmaceutical giant J&J for their ovarian cancer.  You might be thinking:  How is baby powder even related to ovarian cancer?

The answer is talcum powder.  Talcum powder is the primary ingredient in J&J’s baby powder, and comes from talc: a clay mineral constituting of hydrated magnesium silicate.  Although there is some conflicting research, numerous studies indicate that with years of dusting around or in intimate personal parts, women have a higher risk of getting ovarian cancer.  (Around your private parts can even include dusting it on your underwear.) In a recent study in June 2013 published by the Journal Cancer Prevention Research, researchers analyzed data of 2,000 women from 8 different studies.  They concluded that women who use talcum powder for their vaginal hygiene were 20-30% more likely to develop ovarian cancer.  I think many women would agree that even an elevated chance of ovarian cancer is serious enough for you to stop using it.

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So, what are your options if you want a better baby powder that’s cheap, effective, and reliable?  DIY baby powder with only 4 ingredients:  tapioca starch, arrowroot powder, oats, and lavender.

Tapioca starch (or flour, same thing) and Arrowroot powder:  Both have the natural and best qualities of talcum powder – they’re able to absorb moisture, keeping you or your baby cool and comfortable.

Oats:  Perfect for even the most sensitive skin, oats naturally have vitamin E.  Vitamin E, also known as tocopherol, has antioxidants which prevent aging, and also has natural moisturizing qualities since it’s a lipid.  Also, oats help treat rashes, eczema, and even acne.

Lavender:  As some of you may know, lavender has a plethora of skin benefits such as soothing irritations, and combating eczema to name a few.  You’ll probably be happy to know that lavender has antibacterial and anti fungal  properties.  Plus, it smells great!

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For roughly $6 (for a 4oz container), Johnson and Johnson offers a product that keeps both body moisture and odor under control… And I have to say that making this baby powder does all this – but in the healthiest ways possible, and due to its ingredients, it even tackles other skin issues. Think these ingredients are too expensive?  Well, I’m glad to tell you that for a 4oz container of this diy baby powder, you only spend roughly $2 (using the ingredients in the links above).  That’s four dollars off J&J!   One of my favorite parts about this is that you don’t have to continuously waste plastic – or even use plastic at all.  I like to use these metal shakers, but if you go through baby powder quickly, opt for a bigger shaker.  Also, add fun little labels to make it personal!  Considering the cheap cost, the beneficial ingredients put in, environmentally friendly factor, and of course, your health, there’s no reason you shouldn’t put 5 minutes aside to make your own baby powder!

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The 4 Ingredient Baby Powder
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Recipe type: Baby Product
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup tapioca starch
  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder
  • 2 tbsp oats*
  • 1 tbsp dried lavender seeds
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix tapioca starch and arrowroot powder.
  2. In a blender, blend oats and dried lavender together until it reaches a flour-like consistency.
  3. Add oat-lavender flour to the starches and mix.
  4. Spoon it into your shaker.
Notes
*If you are celiac or have a gluten allergy, make sure to get gluten free oats.

 

Works Consulted

“Talcum Powder & Ovarian Cancer – Claims from Women.” DrugWatch. DrugWatch, 2016. Web. 22 Aug. 2016.

“Talcum Powder Lawsuits: Johnson and Johnson Ovarian Cancer Claims.” DrugWatch. DrugWatch, 2016. Web. 22 Aug. 2016.

2 minute DIY Hand Sanitizing Gel & Spray

Since elementary school, we’ve been told to use hand sanitizer to wipe off any germs that could be left on our hands, and from there, people have immersed themselves in the world of Purell.  Little did we know that those sanitizers we have liberally been putting on our hands were actually toxic.  It may get rid of 99.9% of germs, put with a product so strong, it is doing more than just that.

Companies such as Purell do not want to disclose their exact scents as a trade secret, and therefore, are allowed by the FDA to simply list “fragrance” among their ingredient list.  This allows the company to slip in harmful ingredients under one word that appears innocent. “Fragrance” is generally synthetic and is loaded with toxic chemicals, containing phthalates, which are endocrine disruptors (could alter genital development).  Also, many hand sanitizing brands have parabens.  Our skin is semipermeable, so all the toxicity of the sanitizer we use everyday, is getting into our bloodstream – something we don’t want.

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Enter my easy hand sanitizing gel and spray – it’s easy, and works.  Not to mention, it has a small ingredient list, all of which are natural and simple:

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Avocado Oil – Sometimes with Purell, people tend to get dry and itchy hands, however with the use of avocado oil in this hand sanitizer, this doesn’t happen.  Avocado oil reduces inflammation and itching due to its high content of oleic acid.

Witch Hazel – Witch Hazel has natural disinfectant properties, and is an astringent, therefore having the ability to remove excess oil from the skin, while reducing appearance of pores.

Aloe Vera –  Aloe Vera has powerful antioxidants and some of the antioxidant compounds can help prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil has incredible antimicrobial properties, and even has the ability to kill parasites and fungal infections.

100% Pure Spearmint Essential Oil – Spearmint is a disinfectant.  You can really play around with the oils for the hand sanitizers.  I recommend lavender, lemon, and Young Living Thieves essential oils for the best results.  Also, make sure to check that your oils are 100% pure because many times, companies add other fragrances and chemicals in their oils.  The best essential oil brand I have come across is Young Living.

The recipes are so quick to make, and worth it.  There’s also an environmental plus because you are reusing the bottles, rather than throwing them away.  Put it in your bag for school, in the car, and you’ll know that what you’re putting on is authentic, natural, and works!

Hand Sanitizing Gel

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp aloe vera
  • 1 tbsp witch hazel
  • 5 drops 100% pure spearmint essential oil  (or others such as lavender, lemon, Thieves, etc.)
  • 2 drops tea tree oil
  • 1 tsp avocado oil (almond oil, coconut oil works well too)

Combine all ingredients and put in a small bottle.

Hand Sanitizing Spray

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp witch hazel
  • 2 tsp aloe vera
  • 2 tsp avocado oil (almond oil, coconut oil works well too)
  • 10 drops 100% pure spearmint essential oil (or others such as lavender, lemon, Thieves, etc.)
  • 1 drop tea tree oil
  • filtered water

Combine all ingredients together, and put in spray bottle.  Then fill the bottle with filtered water until the top.

*I got all my bottles from Bed Bath and Beyond for under a dollar*

 

DIY 2 Ingredient Makeup Remover

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For those of us who haven’t gotten the chance to give our mother anything but a card, it is never late to gift your mother with dose of health!  And, easy thing is, you probably already have these ingredients in your home. Today, I made a homemade makeup remover that will ensure everyone’s skin is nice and glowy!

The truth is: makeup removers aren’t as simple as you think they are.  Take the trusted brand L’oreal for example – they advertise themselves as the “skin experts”.  Meanwhile, when you take a look at the ingredients you’ll notice that you’ll have problems pronouncing some ingredients.

Water, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium Cocamphodiacetate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Magnesium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Laureth 8 Sulfate, Magnesium Laureth 8 Sulfate, Sodium Oleth Sulfate, Magnesium Oleth Sulfate, Potassium Phosphate, Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance

Some concerning ingredients are:

  • Methylparaben – This paraben can be an endocrine disruptor.  The endocrine system is several glands that make hormones which controls metabolism, growth, tissue function, sleep, and more.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate – A cheap ingredient that companies use to make their product foam.  It can be extremely irritating, as it denatures skin proteins, making one’s skin dry.  It is also found in fabric glue!  Since our skin is permeable, SLES also gets into our body system, it can get our organs toxic.

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Luckily, you don’t have to worry about those strange ingredients!  This makeup remover is only two ingredients, and works even better than the store bought type.  It doesn’t strip you of any moisture, and it leaves your face feeling softer and healthier than before.  Let’s take a look at the ingredients:

Witch hazel, organic coconut oil, (optional – frankincense essential oil)

Witch hazel is an astringent, and therefore minimizes the appearance of pores.  It also can reduce the inflammation of a blemish.  Coconut oil heals the skin with it’s antioxidants, and it’s antibacterial properties balance out anything that may cause skin irritations.  Plus, it has Omega 3!  If you decide to use the frankincense essential oil, it is wonderful for reducing acne, the appearance of large pores, and has anti-aging properties.

Your mom will surely enjoy the product (especially since it’s made by you, from scratch), and appreciate being one step closer to non toxic living!

It’s up to you to decide – chemical filled makeup remover or a natural, two ingredient makeup remover?

DIY 2 Ingredient Makeup Remover
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Recipe type: Skin
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp tbsp witch hazel
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
Optional
  • 1-3 drops frankincense oil
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a mason jar.

 

Snickerdoodle Body Scrub

Do you you have dry, dehydrated skin?  Do you hate spending countless dollars on unpromising beauty products?  Do you like snickerdoodles?  Well here’s your answer – snickerdoodle body scrub!  Just mix, apply, wash, and enjoy your smooth, moisturized skin.

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Inspired by the classic cookie, this scrub itself kitchen staples like brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and oil.  The sugars leaves your skin feeling super soft, and the brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla make you smell like a snickerdoodle dream!

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Personally, I don’t love when my scrubs are dry and abrasive.  I found that using more oil than a typical scrub will make my skin much softer.  My favorite oil is grape seed oil because it is a gentle and helps skin issues like acne, and itchy, dry skin.  Plus, it’s light and sweet smelling.  If you don’t have grapseeed oil, simply replace it with almond oil or jojoba oil.  I would not recommend using olive oil because the smell is strong, so it wouldn’t really go with the cinnamon!

Any secret santa or white elephant gift exchange coming up?  Just package it in a cute jar, and gift to someone you know!

(Or keep it to yourself.)

Snickerdoodle Body Scrub
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Recipe type: Beauty
Prep time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup oat flour
  • 6 tbsp grape seed oil (or almond oil or jojoba oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or a couple of drops of vanilla essential oil
Optional
  • vanilla beans
Instructions
  1. Mix dry ingredients together.
  2. Add in wet, and mix.
  3. Apply to dry or dampened body, and rinse with warm water.

 

Quick, Easy, (Delicious) Lip Scrub

The holiday season is up and running, so what does this mean?  It means that you’re up and running as well – from one place to the other, leaving no time to yourself.  When you look into the mirror, you see yourself with cracked, faded lips.  Does this sound familiar?

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No problem!  This is the solution.

It only takes one minute, and has 2 ingredients!  No complicated recipe here.  In fact, all you need is a 1:1 ratio of honey to sugar.  I used 1/2 a tablespoon for each.

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Mix it up, and you have yourself a lip scrub.  Gently massage it on your lips to exfoliate for softness.  Then, I like to apply my everything balm to keep my lips moisturized.  If you haven’t made it, I recommend you do!  If not, lip balm will suffice.


Do not store this lip scrub because the sugar will dissolve in the honey.  If you have extra and the sugar has dissolved, don’t worry.  I have used it as a face mask and hair mask.

For the face mask:  Apply some of the honey sugar mixture onto face.  Leave on for 3 minutes.  Wash off with warm water.

For the hair mask:  Apply some of the honey sugar mixture onto hair ends.  Leave on for 1-3 minutes.  Wash off with water, and then wash your hair as normal (shampoo, conditioner,etc.).  Once your hair is dried, run your fingers through your hair with a little of the everything balm for optimal shine!

The Everything Balm

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I’ve been on the hunt for a beauty product that will do just about everything – and I’ve made it.  All you need is 4 ingredients for this amazing balm!  It’s made out of olive oil, argan oil, coconut oil, and beeswax and can do so much more!  If you don’t have any of the oils, simply replace it with another.  Since this product does not contain water, it lasts a long time.  Also, you can customize this balm anyway you want by just adding essential oils and playing around with the oils.  Maybe replace an oil with rosehip oil to plump the skin, or add a few drops of lavender oil to help  eczema.

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These are the ways I use it:

  1. A swipe on the lips for lip balm
  2. Smooth on face for an instant moisturizer
  3. Rub hands together and comb through your hair with fingers for shiny hair
  4. Shower gel: spread on skin before shower for soft skin
  5. Hand cream

I put the balm in a small jar, and carry it everywhere!

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The Everything Balm
Author: 
Recipe type: Beauty product - balm
Prep time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp argan oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp beeswax
Options
  • essential oils
Instructions
  1. Blend oils in a heat proof bowl.
  2. Place the bowl on top of a pot of warm water and stir oils until they're warm.
  3. Remove the bowl from the pot of warm water, and stir in the beeswax until it dissolves.
  4. Pour the mixture into a small jar and let it cool.