Magic Potions, Part 2

Hi there, everyone! Last week, I did a post outlining a few easy ways to get started making your own toiletries, and promised you all another round for the things that I left out. This will be an ongoing saga, as there are still several more things I want to add to my repertoire.

Without further ado, here is round 2:

 

Shampoo, Amended

Last week, after I posted the simple recipe I have been using for shampoo for a bit, I did some research on the effects of baking soda on hair and scalp. While initially, your hair and scalp will feel very clean, squeaky even, the baking soda is actually sucking all the moisture out of your skin and hair, stripping it much in the same way as if you dyed your hair often. The result? Dandruff, thin and brittle hair, itchy scalp…not good. So, I immediately went to work to make a shampoo that would replenish my hair instead, and here it is! I have been using it for a week, and I think it’s great! NOTE: this shampoo recipe is very strong, meaning that, if you use too much, your hair will be extremely oily. For my long hair, I use about a teaspoon on my entire head. What can make this easier to disburse is to bring a 12 oz cup into the shower with you, and put the shampoo into it along with some water.

  • 1/2 c aloe vera gel
  • 1 Tbsp sweet almond oil
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp vitamin E oil
  • 1 Tbsp shea butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp calendula ointment
  • 1 Tbsp vitamin E cream (optional)
  • 2 c water
  • ~25 drops essential oil of choice for fragrance (optional)

Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl, and voila! My hair LOVES this shampoo! Just be sure to heed my warning about the strength of it, and your hair should love it, too! I know what you may be thinking: if it’s so strong, why not just make it weaker? The thing is, if you make it stronger, you have more to last you longer, and you can just mix with water later. Plus, if you go out of town or anything a lot, you can bring a small container with the “concentrate” with you, instead of a big, full bottle!

 

Sugar Face Scrub

Since I started using this to wash my face, every morning, my skin is absolutely glowing and super soft! You may be cringing at the thought of scrubbing your face every morning, but hear me out: since there is a fair amount of oil to this recipe, if the idea of even a gentle daily scrub seems too much for your skin, don’t grab the sugar part of it, and just rub the oil on your face as a “wash”, actually scrubbing only every few days. Believe it or not, as it would seem a bit counter-intuitive, oil can be great for your skin – you just need to use the right type. And, by golly, sweet almond oil sure is right!

  • 1/2 c. brown sugar of choice
  • 1/2 c. sweet almond oil

Yep, that’s it! Feel free to add any essential oil for fragrance, crushed herbs for added texture, or to experiment with the oil level. This recipe will at least give you an easy place to start!

 

Tooth Powder

For about four or five months now, I have been using tooth powder to brush my teeth instead of toothpaste. What?! you may think, incredulously. So far, though, the powder hasn’t steered me wrong! It cleans adequately and feels fresh, plus it doesn’t include any of the detrimental ingredients that even many natural toothpastes include. I wish I could say I came up with this myself, but the credit actually must go to Wellness Mama, as it comes from her blog. If you are interested in checking her out, click here. This woman has some wonderful recipes for all kinds of things, and I look up to her blog in so many ways.

  • 4 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay
  • 3 Tablespoons Calcium Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Powdered Mint Leaf (optional, or can use essential oil)- Powder in blender, food processor or coffee grinder.
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon Powder (or this kind)
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of Cloves Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon (or more to taste) Xylitol Powder
  • Essential oils for taste- completely optional but Peppermint, Spearmint and Cinnamon are good.

Just brush your teeth with it! Wet your brush, put some powder on it, and you’re ready to rock!

 

And that’s all I’ve got for you this week! Stay tuned, as I take a little more time to gather information on some budding tinkerings, as well as start new ones!

 

Do you have any recipes you may want to contribute? Have you tried any of these, and made revisions? Please let us know in the comment section below, and help us all cleanse our lives!

 

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Mami

Mami is an artist, aspiring entrepreneur, and first-time, full-time mother. She enjoys long walks with Mr. Sweetie, good food and cooking, her family and dear friends, writing, arting and crafting. She doesn't know everything, but wants to learn, and loves to do research and share what she finds. She thinks life is like a box of puzzle pieces: you keep trying until it fits, because every piece has its place. She owns and operates whatever she sets her mind to, and knows that the sky is only the limit if you haven't left the ground yet.

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