New conditioner recipe and “Saran wrap” DIY

So last week I tried my own Conditioner recipe which was 1 cup of water, 4 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, and essential oils. I found it OK, but didn’t do as good of a job as mainstream conditioners.

This week I did the same recipe but added about 1 tsp of sweet almond oil.

It worked way better, except I poured it through my scalp which left my hair a little oily looking once dried. The rest of my hair though felt great. Next hair wash I am going to just try dunking the ends of my hair in the Mason jar and see how that works.

I also made my own “saran wrap” Yesterday. It was actually insanely easy. I just chopped a chunk of beeswax of of my block (which I bought un-packaged!) and I melted it on a low heat in a pot on the stove. Once it was melted I dunked my previously cut out squares of cotton fabric. I used tweezers to pull the fabric out and let the excess drip until it was dry. It only took about a minute to dry so that I could handle it with out sticking. Now i just have to test and see if it holds properly. I used pinking shears on the edge of my fabric but you could probably just cut regularly and not have any fraying since its pretty well coated.

This is the tutorial I used

http://nourishingjoy.com/diy-homemade-cling-wrap/#_a5y_p=1524087

Wasteful grocery shopping

Isn’t there a saying, something like if you want it done right you have to do it yourself? (Be warned this post is mostly a rant but maybe you can give me a helpful tip or 2!)

Yeah that was how I felt this weekend. My boyfriend graciously offered to go grocery shopping for me this weekend. I figured sure why not? he knows I am trying to cut down on plastic and waste.

I couldn’t be more wrong! He came back with almost everything wrapped in plastic after I told him to use the reusable bags I sent with him. I have some cloth produce bags I keep in there as well, but he didn’t even bother using them. Even the bunches of celery came wrapped in a different piece of plastic which is a completely unnecessary waste!

Well I definitely learned my lesson this week, which was starting to look so good! I managed to convince him to let me plan only vegetarian meals this week which would have cut down on the majority of the waste we still do produce, and yet he managed to reverse this process by double!

Does anyone else have this issue with their partner? probably just me haha!

Well in other better news, he did offer to take everything out to donation finally! and he even said he would help me reorganize the house and maybe we will actually cut down on the clutter. I guess he is not all bad!

My Ruby Cup!

I finally made the purchase and received in the mail, My Ruby Cup! For those of you who don’t know what that is, It is a little silicone cup that inserts to collect all the blood while on your period, It is washable and sanatizable, and it lasts for up to 10 years!

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The reason I went for the Ruby cup instead of one of the other brands, like La Luna cup or Diva Cup, Is because for only 18 dollars, you can send one to a girl in a Africa who needs one and doesn’t have access to tampon/pads!

Another great surprise when I received my Ruby Cup, Is that the Packing it cam in is made of a biodegradable material.

I love when companies do stuff like that. It makes you remember the good in this world, and that there is still hope for the future 🙂

Here is the link for the donation!

http://w ww.ruby-cup.com/shop/ruby-cup-donation/

Hair Conditioner

In addition to this weeks Dish soap, I made my hair conditioner.

I used 4 tbsp, apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp olive oil (I am going to switch to almond oil and use 2 tbsp) and 1 cup of water. I added lavender and vanilla essential oils for scent.

I simply poured it from the container into the bottom half of my hair, let it sit for a min and rinsed it out. I defiantly want to keep experimenting on this one, my hair wasn’t unmanageable with it but not as good as it could have been. My hair is thick and wavy and long, so normally I load up on conditioner.

Next time I wash my hair I will try mixing it into the hair a little bit more so it gets all the strands, and leave it more a couple minutes. Maybe use a spray bottle instead as well?

It is harder to use because it watery, not like usual conditioner that it jelly like.

but over all I am not ruling it out yet! please let me know if you have any ideas or recipes.

Homemade Dish soap

Over the weekend I made my own dish soap. I tried pure Castille soap but wasn’t a fan. So this is my recipe and so far and I love it!

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This portion is 2 tbsp washing powder, with 2 tbsp vinegar and 1/2 cup castille soap. Next I added 1 1/2 cups of boiling water and mixed until everything is dissolved. Lastly I added some essential oils. I used about 10 drops lemon and 10 drops tea tree (both are antibacterial)

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I waited for it to cool a bit more, and Voila! I am currently re using my old dish soap bottle, until I can find a better alternative.

Got my Washing Soda! and some reviews

I never thought I would be excited to get cleaning products in the mail!

After lots of searching and confused looks when I asked where I could find Washing soda, I gave up trying to find washing soda here in town. I did find some at the health food store, but it came in a plastic bag and it was about 1/4 of the amount I found on Amazon.

So today it finally arrived after what felt like weeks, but was only days, now i can finally make my own dish soap, dish washing powder, and laundry detergent among other things! The best part it that it comes in a cardboard box so I can recycle it! I don’t even have to worry about that little metal spout/tab thing you sometimes get.

I will be posting recipes for all the products I make coming up soon! as for first and second products (toothpaste and body wash) I think its time for a review.

The Toothpaste: I made it with 2 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp baking soda, 30 drops of spearmint essential oil and I added 2 capsules of charcoal for whitening.

The verdict: It’s great! it was strange to get used to at first being salty and not foaming, But I gotta say, my teeth are a bit whiter, and just as healthy(not verified by a dentist, they just seem like it to me). They feel clean and I don’t have that overwhelming minty feeling after brushing (great for if you need to eat before this goes away). I haven’t had any tooth pain or sensitivity which I usually associate with cavities, so I assume its working for me! the compostable bamboo brushes are great too! Still in great condition and its been about 2 months.

The Body Wash: I used 1/4 cup castille soap, 1/2 cup water, 2 tbsp honey, essential oils, 2 tbsp vitamin E oil, and 1 tbsp olive oil.

The verdict: This is pretty good, I might add a bit more oil just to stave off the dryness of the soap, Although I still wanted it to lather a bit, and don’t want to feel greasy afterwards. I will try adding 1 more tablespoon of oil and re-posted another verdict later.

Homemade Body Wash

The other day I ran out of body wash. Now some might say the logical step is to get a locally made/package free bar soap, but unfortunately I do not have that option here, nor do I like bar soap.

I decided just to try using pure castille soap. It wasn’t the worst, but I found it quite drying. So I started the search for liquid homemade body washes!

The recipe I went with I just kind of collaborated a few ideas I had found (so I don’t have a source for you). Now with out further ado here are the instructions and recipe!

Ingredients: 1/4 cup Castille soap (any scent, I used Lavender)

1/2 cup Water

2 large droppers full of vitamin E oil (maybe 2-3 tbsp?)

1-2 tbsp olive oil (because that’s what I had, you can use any liquid oil)

2 tbsp of honey( I melted it in the microwave because mine was the hard kind.)

And lastly essential oils (i used about 10 drops of lemongrass, and 5 of lavender)

Just mix everything into a bowl, stir and funnel or pour it into your container, I used a small soap container I already had, while I look for a nicer glass one. This makes almost 500ml of body wash.

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There was virtually no waste in this recipe! minor exception is the plastic surrounding the cap on the glass bottle of Vitamin E oil.

I tried it out and it felt way better! When the time comes to refill it I might try using more oil, maybe almond or something. let me know what you guys think! (Shake before using)

Hope you enjoy!