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Arnica. DIY: Best Nontoxic Sunscreeen Ever. I probably don't need to tell you that regular sunscreen is potentially full of toxins which can do more harm than good.

DIY: Best Nontoxic Sunscreeen Ever

Of course, certain organic brands are exceptions, but when it comes to skin care and beauty products, my motto is: nothing beats DIY! Homemade recipes and vitamin cures are fun to make, often a lot less expensive than store-bought alternatives, and with a little know-how they work incredibly well. This is the sunscreen that's been protecting me and my blond and redheaded toddlers for the last two years: Ingredients 1/4 cup beeswax 1/2 cup coconut oil 2 fluid ounce raspberry seed oil 1 fluid ounce soybean oil 1 fluid ounce wheat germ oil 2 Tbsp. carrot seed oil 2 Tbsp. aloe vera gel 4 vitamin E capsules 15 drops lavender oil (or your favorite essential oil) Instructions Melt the beeswax in an old pot placed into a large pot with boiling water. If So Many Basic Grooming Products Are Filled With Toxins, What *Can* We Use?

I made the decision about four years ago to clean up my grooming routine.

If So Many Basic Grooming Products Are Filled With Toxins, What *Can* We Use?

I’ve had severe allergies and asthma my whole life. Being a makeup artist on set, I quickly realized the effects that the cosmetic powders, sprays, and fragrances had on me. My allergist also warned me that if I was going down this path, I’d better take care. I read several books on how to live a healthier life and I became aware of the risks associated with many ingredients in my makeup. I learned that cosmetic companies are not regulated by the FDA, so I studied up on healthier alternatives.

So how do I approach my personal care routine? The most important tool you can possess is knowledge of your ingredients! You can find the no-no list of ingredients here and here. Stay away from the majority of drug store products. Many mainstream cosmetics are filled with petrochemicals and synthetic fragrances. It's estimated that 60 percent of what you put on your body gets into it and then stores itself in your tissues. 2. Want to Feel Great in the Morning? Start the Day off Right with a Morning Ritual. ~ Nicole Carlin. Tired of feeling, well, tired in the morning?

Want to Feel Great in the Morning? Start the Day off Right with a Morning Ritual. ~ Nicole Carlin

Yeah, I was too. It didn’t matter how much sleep I had the night before, I still woke up feeling sluggish, blurry-eyed and plain ol’ tired. Using my knowledge of nutrition, yoga and ancient Ayurvedic health practices, I created a morning ritual for myself that not only helped increase my energy levels, but was so nourishing to my body and soul that I actually wanted to get up in the morning to start my day.

I find pleasure in committing to a morning ritual. Which Essential Oil Companies Should YOU Buy From? My surprising findings on my quest to find the best - TheHippyHomemaker. I am most likely going to piss off some people with this post, but the information that I found was too good to keep to myself and keep you guys in the dark.

Which Essential Oil Companies Should YOU Buy From? My surprising findings on my quest to find the best - TheHippyHomemaker

As always, you should do your own research and question everything (even me!!). I ALMOST fell for the ploy. DIY: All-Natural Coconut Deodorant. For years, deodorant was something I applied every day without question because that’s what society has told us to do since our underarms started perspiring and giving off odor.

DIY: All-Natural Coconut Deodorant

Then one day a few years ago I did indeed stop to think about what was in my deodorant, and I freaked out! I saw something that looked like this: Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex 15.4% Inactive Ingredients: Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil; Stearyl Alcohol; Cyclomethicone; C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate; PPG-14 Butyl Ether; Hydrogenated Castor Oil; Hydrogenated Soybean Oil; PEG-8 Distearate; Fragrance; Hydrolyzed Corn Starch; Behenyl Alcohol After several years of trying to find a good all-natural deodorant that didn’t make me stink or break out in a rash, I finally decided to make my own. It turned out to be one of the easiest and most beneficial recipes that I’ve ever created.

All-Natural Coconut Deodorant Prep Time: 5 minutes Cool Time: 15 minutes. DIY Lavender Tea Tree Surface Cleaner. This guest post comes from our contributor FP Naomi.

DIY Lavender Tea Tree Surface Cleaner

This general-use cleaner is chemical free and a gentle eliminator of harmful bacteria. Why is that important? Believe it or not, our bodies and health depend on a rich environment of microbes. We don’t want to wipe them all out. Strong anti-bacterial products have their place in hospitals and things of the like, but not so much in your home. You can easily make your own surface cleaner to avoid chemicals and microbe extermination.

You’ll Need (Makes 12 oz 1 Spray Bottle 1 Cup Water ¼ Cup Distilled White Vinegar 10 Drops Tea Tree Oil 10 Drops Lavender Oil Directions: Add water & vinegar to spray bottle. 2. 3. 4. 5. Enjoy a clean, lavender-smelling home! More DIY projects from the BLDG 25 Blog. Check out Naomi’s blog Numie Abbott! Tags: diy projects, diy surface cleaner, homemade surface cleaner.