Sunday, January 22, 2012

Makin' It From Scratch: Toiletries Update

I've come across some new homemade toiletries blog posts and recipes that I thought I'd share.

Natural Beauty: Clean Skin, Teeth, and Lips (see recipe below)

The Oil Cleansing Method

How to Clean Your Hair Without Using Shampoo

Homemade Soaps and Body Care

Basic Homemade Toothpaste

2 Tablespoons of coconut oil
2 to 3 Tablespoons of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of Stevia powder
a few drops of pure peppermint extract

Mix it all together until it resembles toothpaste.

Coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees Fahrenheit, which means this toothpaste feels more liquidy during warmer weather. It doesn’t change its effectiveness, though.

The Stevia provides a bit of natural sweetness, making the toothpaste palatable, as does the pure peppermint extract. You could try a variety of flavors to your liking.

Right now, I’ve got this toothpaste in a small lidded jar, and I scoop out a tiny bit with a tea spoon onto my toothbrush. But you can also get empty squeeze tubes, often found among camping supplies at stores.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Really Cool Article: Reusing & Dehydrating

I came across this really cool article about reusing glass bottles and dehydrating - frozen vegetables!! The work is done for you because the veggies are already washed, peeled, chopped and blanched. I can't believe the genius of that! I haven't used my dehydrator for a while, but this might be a great way to bust it out again. I get my frozen vegetables in bulk at Costco (and they're organic - yay!). I could realistically dehydrate that whole bag, store it on my shelf and save all that storage in the freezer. (It's a big bag.) So cool!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

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