March 23, 2015

About my DIY

I love DIY. And if you can do it for cheaper, why not?

I’ve been currently researching DIY cosmetics and hygiene items. And I found a lot of them use arrowroot and baking soda.

Here are some things that I am currently testing:
1) Deodorant: Use equal parts coconut oil, baking soda & arrowroot powder. Melt coconut oil in microwave or double boiler just until thin and remove from heat. Mix in dry ingredients until fully incorporated. Store in container and use pea-size amount for under arms ((note: be cautious about using this immediately after shaving. It burns!))

2) Perfume: 100% pure essential oil of choice (make sure it’s not a skin irritant before using!!). Rub a single drop on wrists and temples.

3) Toothpaste: Baking soda! Scoop a pea-sized scoop onto toothbrush and brush away! ((Concerned about enamel erosion? Check out this article: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/07/11/is-baking-soda-a-good-alternative-toothpaste/ ))

4) Mouthwash: Mix 2 cups warm water with 10-12 drops peppermint essential oil plus (optional) 1 T baking soda. Use like normal mouthwash.

5) Shampoo: Mix 1 T baking soda with 1 cup warm water. Shake until dissolved, then pour onto scalp and massage all over. Rinse and follow with conditioner recipe below. (Once a week cleanse-it’s good to alternate shampoos every week to protect your hair from build up)

6) Conditioner: Mix 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar with 1 cup warm water. Shake until mixed, then pout onto roots, avoiding the scalp,and rub in. Rinse well (you will NOT smell like vinegar after rinsing!).

7) foundation: start with several tablespoons arrowroot powder, and slowly add cocoa powder, 1/4- 1/2 teaspoon at a time, mixing well, until desired shade is reached. Test on wrist and face often, because a little cocoa goes a long way!

8) Body wash: Same as shampoo

9) Face wash: Same as shampoo (Can also use regular baking soda NOT mixed in water as an exfoliator)

10) Face wash II: Wet face and hands. Massage 1-2 teaspoons honey all over face using gentle, circular motions for several minutes (it will be soft, not sticky). Rinse and enjoy soft skin!

11) Face wash III: Heat a wet washcloth in the microwave for 1 minutes. While face and hands are completely dry, massage about 1 tablespoon coconut oil all over face. Once washcloth is cool enough to be handled, lean head back and lay cloth over entire face for about 1 minute. Relax! This is the good part!

Next, gently rub oil off face with washcloth, making sure not to rub too hard. Pat face dry and rub any excess oil into skin.

12) Lotion: Use coconut oil just like regular lotion.

13) Baby wipes: Mix together 2 cups warm water with 1 T baby shampoo (non DIY), 1 T coconut oil, 1 t baking soda and 1 t apple cider vinegar. Pour mixture over a roll of paper towels cut in half width-wise. Allow to soak 5 minutes, then remove cardboard middle. Pull wipes from the center for pop-up effect. Keep in air-tight container to keep wipes from drying out.

I got these 13 from a woman who is on youtube at this link. (I added some stuff) She uses them for herself and her daughter, and so far my trials seem to be working. What’s funny is that I had already been using 11 and 12 when I watched her video.
I found that powder foundation gets everywhere and its not that great. You can mix your powder with moisturizer to make it liquid foundation, making it easier to apply and easier on your lungs when it gets in the air…

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