This stuff makes me happy, happy, happy.
I have funny skin. Funny as in it just doesn’t want to pick one skin type! Dry around the mouth, black heads & oil in the ‘T-zone’. For years I’ve tried product after product without success; if it targets oily skin it dries the rest of my face out, if it targets dry skin I’ll break out, if it’s for combination skin it will do nothing for me. Anything any friend suggested I’d give a try & every time I would be disappointed! Meanwhile I was still trying to remove chemical ridden products from the rest of my life, examining ingredients lists & ruling out even most “natural” or “organic” items due to long lists of things I couldn’t pronounce or chemical preservatives & “fragrances”. The biggest exception in this lifestyle change was my face. When I found a face wash & a lotion that both “kind of” worked, I just stuck with them, purposely ignoring the label. I didn’t know what else to do & was tired of wasting money on products that didn’t work.
Fortunately, something magical happened to my life when I met Pinterest, it was like we were made for each other. Pinterest just gets me! Ok I’m done…..but really….Pinterest is wonderful. Anyway I started to see all of these pins about using everyday items found in your kitchen on your face & what sort of modern hippie would I be if I didn’t leap for joy at the chance to rub banana peels on my chin for 5 minutes at a time, three times a day??? **Actually I really found the banana peel thing to be massively tedious & couldn’t bring myself to do it enough to see any results. If this has worked for you, let me know. Maaaaybe I’ll give it another shot.** After trying a number of other ridiculous things….I have found a simple 3 step skin care routine that 1) WORKS for me & 2) I like enough to ACTUALLY do every night. Those are two big points people. I take no credit for this regime, so I will happily give links to the different pages where I found the info along with credit where it’s due.
At this point I feel like you can only still be reading because you’re either super excited to rub Honey on your skin or your morbid curiosity is forcing you forward so that you can gain information to mock me with later. Either way, here’s the list with links!
- 2 Ingredient Makeup Remover (I only use on my eyes): Jojoba & Vitamin E! Prior to this I used Coconut Oil which worked but had issues. It never seemed to go away, so I’d take off my mascara at night, wash my face, get up the next day & reapply make up. But I felt like my waterproof mascara would “bleed” throughout the day. I’d glance in the mirror & there would be a little bit of black under my eye, like the Oil was still at work. Jojoba oil doesn’t do that.
- Honey Face Wash – Oh yes. Pure, raw, organic unfiltered, unheated, sticky goodness. Oh yes, it does sound gross & yes, I am serious. The good news is, it’s really not gross! In the link above ‘Bohemian Kate’ explains that you do first, wet your face as usual, & then apply the honey.
- I don’t use any more than about 3/4 a tsp on my whole face, & once it touches my wet skin it really does kind of dissolve. I rub it around real good just like a normal face wash, & then I rinse it off with coldish water. *Insert face wash ad with girl flinging tons of sparkling water on her face, somehow that’s what my counter always looks like when I’m done*
- I have found it helpful to wear a head band (like the thick sporty cloth ones) when washing my face, it keeps my hair out of the honey & the honey out of my hair! The head band can get a little sticky but if so, I just wash it in the sink, hang it up & let it dry to use again.
- It’s really important that you’re using raw honey, not the stuff that comes in the cheap honey bear at your local super market. ‘Bohemian Kate’ has a link in her article to another post detailing the glories & benefits of raw honey
- No my face is NOT sticky when I’m done! It’s actually quite soft!
- 2 Ingredient Moisturizer – Coconut oil and Tea Tree Oil! As stated before, I have probs with CO messing with my eye makeup so I keep this away from my eyes, also because I can’t imagine the burn of Tea Tree in the eye *shudders in fear*. I used to moisturize with JUST CO but found that too greasy. I also have used Tea Tree in the past as a toner/astringent & it was way too drying, but a little bit of both works together wonderfully – they are antiseptic & antibacterial, will reduce redness & can dry out pimples while moisturizing! I scoop a little bit of CO into my palm with one finger(less than a tsp), add 1, single drop of Tea tree to it, then swish it around with my finger till it’s all melted & mixed. Usually that is enough for my face, neck & chest. Be mindful to not put too much on your face though, as again, that can leave your skin feeling greasy.
Ta-Da! That’s it! I’ve been using this routine for over a month & I’m noticing real improvement in my skin. I mentioned it to my hair dresser and yes, like you, she also thought it a little strange that I’m washing with honey. BUT! Skeptical as she was she did say that she had noticed my skin condition was improving before I had mentioned it to her. That is a good thing to hear from someone who has to be all up close & personal with your details.
A couple of tips –
- When you get Ketchup or jelly or honey at some restaurants or hotels they come in tiny glass jars. Keep those. Because they’re really small & cute, but ALSO because you can wash them out & reuse them! I use these to hold my eye make up remover & CO in, thus saving space in my bathroom cabinet.
- I am currently using Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil, which is a total game changer if you ask me. It’s cray expensive, but you can save money by buying in bulk. I signed up for their newsletter & wait until they have sale prices for bulk orders, then I get people to jump in & split a 5 gallon bucket with me. It’s glorious. I may have a blog post coming up with all the ways I use CO.
- All of my Essential Oils come from DoTerra. I do not recommend using EO’s unless you know they are pure (sorry Whole Foods, HyVee and Trader Joes!). If you do not have a local EO representative who can explain the need & benefit of pure oils, or a way to purchase them, please feel free to contact Katrina Bocanegra through her DoTerra page. She’s awesome and would love to help you
I first wrote about this in A Beginning of a Crunchy Conservatives Guidebook. Go there if you want to read the why’s 🙂
This recipe comes straight from Donielle at NaturallyKnockedUp.com and if you click on that link, you’ll be able to watch her tutorial video, also, she’s great. If you don’t want to watch the video, below is my step by step instructions, following her method and recipe.
Store bought “all natural” or “organic” deodorant is expensive and frankly, doesn’t really work. The fact is, there is not a homemade or natural deodorant type of product that is going to work similar to the crap full of chemicals stick that we all grew up using. If you’re trying to find or make products that help you to minimize your chemical & aluminum intake, prepare yourself for a process and give yourself time to adjust. Whatever you try, use it consistently for some weeks before you try something else.
That being said, I like this one better than anything I’ve bought. You use very little, and know immediately if you’ve used too much! I’m comfortable with every ingredient in it, it’s easy to make and so cheap! And also, depending on whether or not and how many essential oils you use, it smells so, SO good!
Things You’ll Need:
- A medium – small sized mixing bowl
- Small wisk or spoon
- An empty Deodorant tube – some of them leak, or break when you’re trying to screw the plastic piece back to the bottom so that the tube can be filled, but I’ve found the Tom’s tubes do NOT leak and can be used multiple times.
- If you don’t have a deodorant tube, any small plastic or glass tupperware will do. I’ve found it best to use something that is waterproof if you plan on taking this on trips, to the gym, or basically anywhere outside of your bathroom in the summer time.
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- 1/4 cup of organic cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- 5-6 T of coconut oil, melted or at least softened
- 10-15 drops of Essential oils of your choice
Now that you have all of your supplies and ingredients together you can begin! It’s easy peasy 😉
- Mix everything together, stirring until it’s all incorporated
- Press it into your deodorant tube or container. If you melted the coconut oil than obviously it will be runny. Once you pour it in the container, put it in the fridge and it will firm up quickly.
A couple of things to note – CO has a melting point around 70 degrees, so in the summer your deodorant is simply going to melt. I have used the following options:
- Keep it in the fridge. Wake up, groggily walk to your fridge and put the deodorant on the counter while you finish the rest of your morning routine – hair, face, clothes, breakfast, whatever. It should reach room temperature quickly and you can swipe it on easily
- Keep it in the fridge. When its time to put it on, take it out and stick the c-c-c-cold tube on your skin for a couple of seconds to melt, then swipe it. I don’t like this option.
- Leave it in your medicine cabinet. In a waterproof (aka, spillproof) container , and also leave some sort of stirring utensil with it. When it’s time to use, simply stir it up, and scoop some out.
I always need to use my hands to rub it in, regardless of whether it was cold or room temperature, so make sure you’re by a sink where you can wash your hands.
The End! Let me know how it works for you!
*January 2016 – I’ve now been using this laundry concentrate for almost 6 years and on average I think that I make 2 batches a year. The author of the recipe whose blog is linked in the original post below – and you really should read her post because she has helpful hints – say’s that if using 1 Tablespoon per load of laundry, 1 two-jar batch of concentrate will last 128 loads of laundry and estimates that the total expense (again for 128 loads of laundry) comes down to $1.76. Total. Can we just think about that for a second? And this is a great alternative for those of you with sensitive skin issues in your family, just try it!
I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for about 4 years now. It is incredibly easy, VERY cost efficient, and really reduces the number of chemicals and “who know’s how to pronounce that” ingredients that make up most store bought detergents.
In A Beginning of a Crunchy Conservatives Guidebook I linked to a website that has 10 different homemade detergent recipes, both powdered and liquid, and talked about how I was using the Fourth recipe. I have since started using this whipped laundry concentrate, or Liquid Detergent Recipe from Budget101.com. You can click the links in the previous sentences to go to pages. However for those of you that want to read it right here, I’ll tell you ^_^
Things you’ll need:
- To make sure that you have 4-5 hours of wait time. Don’t begin this process before bed!
- 1 bar of Fels Naptha Laundry Soap
- 1 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax
- 1 cup of Washing Soda (veeeery different than baking soda, do NOT try to substitute)
- 4 cups of hot water
- 2 quart size small mouth canning jars
- Blender with a detachable blade that can screw onto your quart jars (hint – most blenders are this size 😉
- Large heavy saucepan
- 2 Mixing Bowls
- Cheese Grater (For the soap, or you could food process it)
- Solid spoon, like a wooden spoon, or a wisk.
Now that you have all of your supplies and ingredients together you can begin! It’s easy peasy.
- Put 4 cups of water in the large heavy pan and turn it up so that it will boil
- While water is heating, thoroughly mix the Washing Soda and borax in your mixing bowl
- Grate the soap into your other mixing bowl, then add it all at once to your now, boiling water, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the bowl until it has completely dissolved, approximately 10 – 15 minutes. DO NOT LET IT BOIL OVER, you should have a nice rolling boil with limited foaming that doesn’t grow when you stop stirring.
- Remove the pan from heat and stir in the bowl full of Washing Soda and Borax, stirring constantly until dissolved (about 5 minutes). You shouldn’t feel any grit on the bottom of the pan. If you do, keep stirring.
- Pour liquid equally into your two jars.
- Add water in your jars, but make sure that you have a good 1.5 – 2″ of head space at the top. (I put hot water in the pan that I’ve mixed it in, swirling it around to get all the soap residue off and used in the detergent)
- Put the lids on the jars and let them sit UPSIDE DOWN for about 4-5 hours. The liquid will separate into layers and crystalize on the bottom, which, if it is right side up, will be the actual bottom of the jar and will NEVER come off.
- After 4, but no more than 5 hours, flip your jar right side up and take the lid off. Unscrew the bottom and blade off of your blender and screw it straight onto your mason jar.
- By the time I went to blend the “top” or bottom layer was REALLY hard, so I used a butter knife and cut an “X” through the top layer because blending wasn’t really working. It worked fine after that.
- Whip for about a minute until the contents of your jar are smooth and creamy dreamy.
- Scrape down the blade, without hurting yourself, put the contents back in the jar, screw the lid on.
- Repeat with second jar and viola! You have 2 jars of smooth, homemade laundry concentrate. Use 1-2 T per load of laundry, it works fantastic and last F-O-R-E-V-E-R.
**Added January 2016 – Tips and Tricks!
- You really do want to mix the ingredients in the order she lists. I’ve accidentally done it out of order or tried to combine steps to save time and it does NOT turn out correctly.
- Doing laundry for just myself, I make 2 batches a year. That’s it! And I tend to use 2 Tablespoons vs the recommended one Tablespoon, just for good measure. If you have a bigger family you could easily double the recipe and make 4 jars at a time. Just see how long it will last you! Since there is so much stirring involved this may be a job you’d want to incorporate your kiddo’s in on, or assign as one older child or teenagers specific responsibility to make. Make sure they’re using a bandana around their mouths & noses if they are vigorous stirrer’s as the powders can get in the air.
- My laundry day is Sunday. When I’m just about out I will make a note in my phone that I need to make it the following week. I start it in the morning and that way I have time throughout the day to whip it and still get my laundry done.
- When the jar is almost empty I put a little bit of hot, hot water in it, screw on the lid and shake it until all the residue comes off, then pour the water in the washer. The jar is clean and all the detergent used!
- Our laundry room is in the basement and not heated so it can get pretty cold in the winter. I generally have no problem with the detergent dissolving in the wash water unless it’s REAL cold, or the wash water is cold. In which case I put some hot water in a cup or small jar and add the measured out concentrate. Then stir, or add a lid and shake until dissolved and pour it in. Easy peasy.
- I use it plain, but you could easily add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oils if you want it scented. ** I made a batch today and used EO’s in both jars. I used 10 drops in the first jar before blending and literally can’t smell it a bit. I used 30 drops in the second jar before whipping and can juuuuust barely catch a whiff that maybe it smells like something other than FN. So if you are planning on using EO’s just know a head of time that you will need to use a lot!
- I have tried this recipe with Zote a couple of times – another bar form of laundry soap – and it did not work as well. Since then I’ve stuck with FN…..however as I type this a friend who sells her homemade soaps is mixing up a batch of homemade laundry soap bars that is made with far more natural ingredients than FN. She will be sending me some to try and I’m excited to review it here!