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Hair. Makeup. Wax/sugar. Nails. Annie’s Winter Lip Balm Formula. Nothing takes years off our looks like smooth, soft lips.

Annie’s Winter Lip Balm Formula

Since lips don’t have their own oil glands, keeping them moist and smooth can be quite a responsibility, especially in winter when chapping and cracking are often a problem. That’s where this elegant naturally-protective and humectant formula comes in. It is deliciously creamy and easy to apply, with a delightful vanilla scent. Best of all, it will keep your lips beautifully moist all winter long. Here is the formula: INGREDIENTS 1 ounce apricot kernel oil or almond oil 1 ounce coconut oil 1/4 ounce beeswax 1 teaspoon honey Vanilla natural flavoring oil, to taste 1. 2. 3. 4. The mixture will keep for 6 months. Makes about 1/4 cup of balm. By Annie B. 8 Beauty Tips with Strawberries. By Cait Johnson, author of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air (Skylight Paths, 2003).

8 Beauty Tips with Strawberries

Have we ever picked a luscious crop of strawberry beauty tips for you! Those pretty little berries do more than just please our palates: they clear up acne and oiliness, make skin younger and smoother, whiten teeth, reduce under-eye puffiness, leave hair glossy and beautifully conditioned, and so much more! Find out the secrets of strawberry, right here: Quickest Strawberry Scrub Ever Strawberry’s main skin-pleasing ingredient is alpha-hydroxy acid, a great little substance that helps us slough off dead skin cells so that new, youthful skin is revealed. Here’s a ridiculously easy way to get some of strawberry’s benefits in a New York minute: just cut a berry in half, rub it over your face, and let it sit there for a few minutes, then rinse. Strawberry Foot Scrub Feet can use a little help in summer, when sandals expose rough dead skin for all to see.

Slather Your Lips With DIY Cocoa Lip Balm. What could be better than protecting your lips from the winter’s chill by slathering on chocolate? Not much, and I bet if you went to the Environmental Working Group’s, Skin Deep website and checked out what’s lurking in lipstick (lead, yikes!) You’d ditch the lipstick and opt for healthy, homemade Cocoa Lip Balm. Here at Care2 we’ve posted about all that nastiness here and here. Why Cocoa? The cocoa bean is used to make chocolate. “Cocoa contains large amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants that protects the body from aging, vitamins and minerals for overall health and…chocolate.

DIY Cocoa Lip Balm What you need: 1 teaspoon beeswax 2 teaspoons pure Fair Trade organic cocoa butter 3 teaspoons organic coconut or olive oil 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil recycled containers What to do: Slowly melt ingredients in a double boiler or in 30-second spurts in microwave. Honey Do: Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Tips. There is simply no sweeter way to bring a smooth glow to your skin and hair than with glorious golden honey.

Honey Do: Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Tips

Here are some fabulous uses for this almost-magical substance, held in the highest esteem by wise ones—and savvy beauties—for millennia. After all, honey is one of the oldest and most effective beauty aids ever. Discover a few ancient secrets, right here. They’re the bees’ knees! Reduce Cellulite and Get a Tan! Olive oil has long been known for its beauty benefits.

Reduce Cellulite and Get a Tan!

It offers optimum moisturization for the skin and soothes damaged skin exposed to UV rays. But, did you know that combining coffee grounds and olive oil can reduce the look of cellulite … and you can get a great tan at the same time? Next time you go into your local drug store, look at the major ingredients of those expensive cellulite creams. You will notice that the majority of them will contain caffeine. The connection between cellulite and rubbing coffee grounds on the skin is that circulation is increased which help breakdown fats underneath your skin. In addition, caffeine can boost natural skin tanning. What you need: 1 cup warm used coffee grounds1 – 2 tablespoons olive oilNewspapers to line the floor of your bathroomDisposable plastic glovesPlastic wrap and rolling-pin (optional) What you do Note: for an extra treatment and to detoxify, wrap the area in plastic wrap for several minutes.

Modern Alternative Mama - Blog - Green Personal Care: No 'Poo and Oil Cleansing. Image by OrganicBeautyCare Quite awhile ago, I did write about Natural Personal Care Products.

Modern Alternative Mama - Blog - Green Personal Care: No 'Poo and Oil Cleansing

But they can get expensive and many of them are not safe. Even “organic” beauty products in health food stores are filled with sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate, polysorbate 80, and lots of other unsafe chemicals (did you know that?). It can be really hard to figure out exactly what is safe, and what is just a more expensive “organic” version of the same old stuff. It’s much simpler to just skip the fancy organic brands and use homemade, frugal options instead! No ‘Poo This method refers to not using shampoo. Instead, the no ‘poo method uses baking soda, which gently cleans your hair of oils without actually stripping it.

Get an old shampoo bottleAdd 1 tbsp. baking sodaAdd 1 c. waterShake, and apply to your hairWork through, then rinse well That’s it! Be aware: there is an adjustment period. Here are what a few other bloggers had to say about it: Recipe for Oil Cleansing and No Poo?