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Hair Masks | Soft & Silky Hair Mask Recipe

hair maskHair Masks | Soft & Silky Hair Mask Recipe

Hair masks adds nourishment and deep conditioning to the hair and helps to repair damaged hair, add manageability and promote smooth and shiny hair. Read on to learn more about how to use a hair mask and for our Soft & Silky Hair Mask recipe.

Masks can be emulsions, clay masks, herbal masks or fresh masks. Masks are left on the hair for a few minutes before rinsing from the hair for maximum benefit of the nutrients onto the hair.

Fresh Hair Masks

Avocados

Bananas

Coconut Yogurt

Coconut Milk

Hemp Milk

Almond Milk

Plant-Based Mayonnaise

How to use a Hair Mask
Depending on the type of hair mask, these are the general instructions. Some hair masks should be followed by shampoo and conditioner.

  1.    Shampoo hair and squeeze out excess water.
  2.    Apply hair mask onto wet hair.
  3.    For split ends apply generous amount on ends, for damaged hair apply to entire hair.
  4.    Put shower cap or towel over hair.
  5.    Leave mask on for 5-20 minutes depending on mask.
  6.    Rinse hair thoroughly removing all traces of mask.
  7.   Apply mask once a week to once a month.

Tips for Formulating Hair Mask

Use smooth powders in hair masks such as fruit powders. Test the smoothness by adding a small dab of fruit powder into the palm of your hand, moisten fruit powder with water and rub into your palm. It should feel smooth with no rough residue so it doesn’t stick to the hair.

Soft and Silky Hair Mask Recipe

This hair mask is soothing to the scalp and leaves the hair soft, silky and shiny. Plant-based yogurt soothes the scalp and relieves itchiness and adds moisture and protein leaving the hair soft and silky. Spirulina is a super food, an algae, a nutrient rich dense food adding nutrients and bringing vitality to hair. Double the recipe for thick, textured and long hair.

  • 1/4 cup plant-based yogurt (soy or almond) *see note
  • 1/4 teaspoon or 1 capsule powdered spirulina (blue or green, I used blue)

optional: 1-2 drops plant oil (avocado, argan, coconut, sunflower, baobab, moringa, marula, almond, broccoli or olive oil) *see note

optional: add 1 drop lavender essential oil or chamomile essential oil

  1. Mix ingredients making sure the spirulina is dissolved.
  2. Apply mask onto wet or dry hair with a brush or your hands. Do a scalp massage.
  3. Allow the mask to sit on the hair for 2-5 minutes. Wash mask off, shampoo and condition the hair.

Note:
-Use cold plant-based yogurt to soothe the scalp.
-I first apply the mask to my scalp and top of my head and then mix in 1 drop plant oil and apply the mask to the ends of my hair as my hair easily absorbs oil and oil weighs down my hair.

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Happy product making!

Sugar Scrubs | Organic Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe

Sugar Scrubs | Organic Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe

One of the secrets for beautiful skin is routine gentle exfoliation. Sugar scrubs are a great way for your skin to go from looking dull to radiant by removing the dead skin cells that sit on top of your skin. They leave the skin feeling soft and moisturized. Sugar is a natural preservative and moisturizer with natural alpha hydroxy properties. There is no need to use a lotion after use.

Basic Sugar Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup carrier oil
  • 3/4 cup- 1 cup sugar (If you want oil to sit on top, use 3/4 cup sugar)

Directions: Mix ingredients together. For a smoother and finer scrub, blend ingredients in a food processor.

Containers: It’s best to use plastic in the shower or bath. Glass can easily slip and break as the oils make the container slippery. An option is to leave the scrubs outside of the shower and use a small container to scoop your scrub into before getting into the bath or shower. Do not get water into the container with the scrub and store it away from sunlight and water and keep the lid on the product when storing it.

How to use: dampen your skin in the shower or bath and gently massage the salt or sugar scrub onto your skin. Rinse with warm water. Be careful, the tub or shower will be slippery after use. Try using no-slip mat.
After use: sprinkle the tub or floor of the shower with baking soda to absorb the oil and then rinse off with water.

Organic Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe

This revitalizing and moisturizing body scrub leaves the skin feeling soft with a fresh glow.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup organic raw cane sugar
  • ½ cup organic brown sugar
  • ½ cup organic extra virgin coconut oil- melted

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spoon into 8 ounce container. Cap and Label.

How to Use: When in the shower or bath tub, in a circular motion, gently massage sugar scrub on your body, starting at the feet and massaging upward, avoiding the face. Rinse off. You will see and feel the difference!

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Natural Cleaning Products

Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products | Happy Earth Day!

natural cleaning productsMake Your Own Natural Cleaning Products | Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is this Sunday on April 22nd, 2018. In honor of our Mother Earth, pledge to make a change to help better our planet. Even one small change can be a big change in time. One way is to make your own natural cleaning products. Not only is it easy, but it’s cheap!

Cleaning products have become a big source of urban pollution and contribute to high levels of “volatile organic compounds” in our air. Start with changing just one synthetic and non-natural cleaning product that is used on the regular in your household for a natural alternative. In doing so you are making the world a better place for us all to live. Let’s work together to make the world a safer and more beautiful place to live, starting within our own homes.

Natural Cleaning Products

Natural Glass Cleaner

In a spray bottle combine the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
  • 2 cups of water

Shake to blend and spray on your windows and glass surfaces.

Antibacterial Spray

  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 cup water

Add the ingredients to a spray bottle, shake to mix. Spray the air, table tops, door knobs, counter tops, etc.

Herbal Floor Cleaner

  • 1/8 cup liquid soap
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup herbal tea (try a peppermint tea, it is antibacterial)

Combine all ingredients in a bucket and swirl around until sudsy. Proceed to mop as normal.

Wood Furniture Polish

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • A few drops of oil (olive oil and jojoba work well)

Brass Cleaner

Any ingredients that contain a natural acid, such as vinegar, Tabasco sauce, ketchup, tomatoes, lemon or lime juice.

Dryer Sheets

Make your own easily! Mix together 15 drops of spearmint essential oil and 12 drops of lavender essential oil. Put mixture on a clean cloth, fold cloth several times. Wrap another cloth around that and toss into dryer!

Top 10 Natural Cleaning Uses for Baking Soda

A commonly available mineral full of many cleaning attributes and is slightly alkaline (it’s pH is around 8.1; 7 is neutral). It neutralizes acid-based odors in water, and adsorbs odors from the air.

1. Drain cleaner: Pour one cup down the drain followed by three cups of boiling water.

2. Chemical smells out of clothes: Soak clothes for two to three hours or overnight, in one cup of baking soda. Agitate the machine occasionally. Repeat if necessary. Wash as usual. (This method is great for removing the new smell out of clothes.)

3. Cat urine: Alternate sprinkling baking soda, which will neutralize acid odors, with white distilled vinegar.

4. Dog odors and urine: Sprinkle with baking soda. Let set for a few hours before sweeping up.

5. Silver polish: Make a paste of baking soda and water, scoop some onto a clean, soft rag, and polish the silver. Rinse and polish dry.

6. Soft scrubber: Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl and add enough liquid soap or detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop onto a sponge and clean the bathtub or tiles. Rinse.

7. Scouring powder: Simply sprinkle baking soda into a sink and scrub.

8. Oven cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Squirt with enough water that the baking soda is damp. Let set overnight, making sure the baking soda is damp before you go to bed. In the morning, simply scoop the baking soda and grime out with a sponge. Rinse.

9. Refrigerator deodorizer: Place an open box in the back of the fridge. It will “adsorb” odors, which means that it will draw odors to the baking soda molecules.

10. Cutting board deodorizer: Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse.

3 Ways to Kill Mold Naturally

1. Tea Tree (strong scent of tea tree)

  • 2 teaspoons tea tree oil
  • 2 cups water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.

2. Grapefruit Seed Extract (odorless)

  • 20 drops grapefruit seed extract
  • 2 cups water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.

3.  Vinegar Spray (strong scent of vinegar)
Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy area, and let set without rinsing.

If you are interested in creating a more natural and earth-friendly home, check out our online class- Natural Home: Cleaners and Room Scents.

What are you doing for Earth Day? We’d love to hear about it in our comments!

Bath Bombs

How to Make Natural Bath Bombs | Cocoa Butter Bath Bomb Recipe

Bath BombsHow to Make Natural Bath Bombs

Bath bombs also called bath fizzy, bath fizzies and bath fizzers are an exceptional and fun product to add to the bath. Bath bombs are dropped into a tub of water and they fizz in the water releasing aroma, salts, oils and herbs into the bath tub. They are convenient to travel with to create a luxurious bath in a hotel and they make great gifts for bath lovers.

The two main ingredients that make bath bombs fizz are baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and citric acid.  Bath bombs can also be made with sea salt, Epsom salt, plant oils, cornstarch, oat flour, butters, essential oils and powdered herbs.

There are so many different recipes.  One of my favorite recipes contains cocoa butter. I also like to add sea salt, herbs and soothing grains. I share my basic cocoa butter bath bomb recipe with you below.

Bath Bomb Ingredients

Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a natural mineral salt found throughout the world.  Baking soda softens the bath water. It soothes, deodorizes, and cleanses the skin. Baking soda also helps to relieve itching.

Citric Acid is from natural organic acids from the fermentation of fruit sugars from citrus fruits; lemons, limes and oranges.  Citric acid is also obtained from sugar, dextrose and molasses. It is used as a preservative in many drinks and foods.

Essential Oils come from plants, add scent and therapeutic properties.

Clays can be added to help draw impurities and they naturally color the bath bomb.

Cocoa Butter is an excellent moisturizer for the skin, creating soft and silky skin.

Cocoa Butter Bath Bomb Recipes

The cocoa butter moisturizes and softens the skin. It also has a long shelf life.

Yield: 5 medium bath bombs

1 cup citric acid (8 ounces)

2 cups baking soda (16 ounces)

1 teaspoon melted cocoa butter

½ -1 teaspoon essential oil

Directions to Make

1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.

2. Mist mixture with distilled water or witch hazel and form a ball with bath bomb molds or bath bomb press.

3. Allow to dry

4. Enjoy!

Learn how to make natural bath bombs, shower fizzers and bath melts using herbs and essential oils in the below instant download eBook.

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