Monday, August 30, 2010

Dry hair remedies

So a lot of women that I know have a problem with dry hair... I do too. I have done 2 basic things for a few years to try to control this issue. First, I don't wash my hair everyday, unless I really need to and second, when I do wash my hair I put the conditioner in and than put a shower cap on and continue with my shower. I then rinse my hair right before getting out. I have also herd that doing a final rinse with cold water at the end closes the hair follicle and creates shinier hair, but I have never really noticed a difference on this one. Sometimes our hair needs a super conditioning treatment so here are 2 natural ones that I have found.

This recipe from "Homemade how to make hundreds of everyday products fast, fresh and more naturally" by Reader's Digest
says to use 1/2 ripe avocado and 1/4 cup of coconut milk, or as needed
Mash the avocado and mix in the coconut milk until it forms a thick gel-like substance.
Apply to clean hair and comb through. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and than rinse.

The second recipe also calls for an avocado but this time mixed with mayonnaise. See the link below. I love avocados!

DIY Organic Hair Remedies: Deep Conditioning Mask - Planet Green

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

All Natural....Aluminum Free Deoderant Recipe

So me trying to find the perfect deodorant came about in 2 ways, first my boyfriend kept having allergic reactions to every deodorant he tried, even natural ones! His underarms would turn bright red, get chapped, peel and were pretty painful. Secondly, I'm from Florida and it can get pretty hot in Florida so I needed something that would work! Also, if you do some research on antiperspirants and deodorants you will find tons of information about how aluminum is really harmful for your body. It has been linked to Alzheimer's disease and possibly breast cancer. Your underarms are a super sensitive part of your body and by putting deodorant/antiperspirant on, all those chemicals are absorbed by your lymph nodes and carried through your bloodstream. Yuck!
I came across the blog: Bonzai Aphrodite about a year ago and she often lists some great DIY, natural recipes, and one happened to be for deodorant. I think it wasn't until March that I finally got sick of my boyfriend trying every deodorant and still having problems so I thought I would give her natural, homemade recipe a shot. I made it and love it!! My boyfriend has no more problems with his underarms! We both went camping one weekend and we didn't reapply the deodorant the whole trip (over 48hrs) and we still did not smell! I recommend this recipe to everybody. I have made some for my friends and family and they all love it as well. It smells great and keeps you smelling great! It actually amazes me how well it works. It doesn't say in her recipe but definitely purchase the baking soda and corn starch from a health food store, I think regular baking soda has aluminum in it. So anyways here is the link to the recipe:

Let me know if you try it and how it works for you!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Conscious cosmetic, beauty product consumer

The Environmental Working Group, is a great website that I discovered a few months ago. They have a lot of really great links and tons of information on the environment, food and beauty to name a few. They have a great link from their website that takes you to a cosmetic safety database, where you can put in almost any beauty, cosmetic product and it will rate on a scale of 0-10. 10 being the most toxic, 0 being the least. It then breaks all of the ingredients down and says why that particular ingredient is toxic or not and what the side effects could be. When I found this site I think I put in every product I owned and I learned a lot. Some of the products that I was using were bad and some conduct animal testing :( It has definitely made me a more conscious consumer.
There is tons of information that is becoming more prevalent about the issue of toxins in your products. The Huffington Post also did a great article "Toxic chemicals in beauty and household products" check it out as well.