Which Essential Oil Companies Should YOU Buy From? My surprising findings on my quest to find the best - TheHippyHomemaker | 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. As always, you should do your own research and question everything (even me!!). I ALMOST fell for the ploy. I got really excited, because I felt like I was about to embark on a journey into the world of “top quality essential oils”. I thought that the lines I was being fed about these oils being “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” (or “CPTG”), “100% pure therapeutic grade”, and “therapeutic quality” meant that these essential oils HAD TO BE THE BEST. I was about to find out that all of these descriptions meant nothing in the eyes of the FDA and the aromatherapy world; they were just that, descriptions. In my ever growing quest to find the healthiest options in my life, I began to wonder what about my essential oils? What is in a smell? You may be asking yourself, “so, which brand would you recommend I buy, Christina?”
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. 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. All-Natural Coconut Deodorant Prep Time: 5 minutes Cool Time: 15 minutes Ingredients Directions Combine coconut oil, baking soda, cornstarch, and arrowroot in a mixing bowl. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com
Recycled Book Keepsake Growing up, I was never really one to keep a diary or journal. My mom would always buy me blank notebooks, but I would use those to sketch or doodle instead of writing down my secrets. Over the years, I have acquired many sketchbooks and I have stored away many drawings in all of them. They all seem to be in different places though — some are back at my childhood home in Florida, a few are at the foot of my bed, and then there are the random ones that I find in old purses or in my car. I recently picked up an old book and decided that this was going to be my next sketching medium, but in addition to sketches, I wanted this to be a place where I could store little things that were special to me. This recycled book keepsake is going to be by my side until all of the pages are filled up. Where do you store all of your inspirations? More inspiring posts from the BLDG 25 Blog.
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? 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. 1. Nicole Carlin, MA Sexuality, E-RYT is a dynamic, playful and fiercely feminine vinyasa, Yin and fertility yoga teacher and teacher trainer. Assistant Ed: Terri Tremblett About Nicole Harlow Nicole Harlow is an international bestselling author who teaches laser-lucid business, writing + marketing skills through her signature program, Brand Better.
15 DIY crafts you need to make right now It's cold, it's raining and quite frankly, it's utterly miserable outside at the moment. So stay in! But then it hits you. It's not that great inside either. You're young, so you haven't got all of that furniture and all of the little decorative trinkets that accumulate over time, and if you have, you haven't got nearly enough. So we say, make them! Instead of spending your time sitting around moaning about the weather, why not spend your time doing something useful? Why not spend your time crafting some of these? Freshers Fields is back for 2013! 1. Source Stick your button collection around a balloon (and importantly) to each other. 2. Source Glue, buttons, cardboard and a bit of artistic ingenuity and you'll have yourself a great sign for your bedroom door (assuming you use the first letter of your first name). 3. Simply wash out a screw top spirit bottle, find a screw top soap dispenser and put it together. 4. Source 5. 6. Source 7. 8. 9. Source 10. Source 11. Source Hollow them out and plant.
DIY Beach Glass Photo Transfer My Aunt and Uncle have been collecting beach glass for years. When I was recently at their house for a visit, I was fascinated by how many pieces they have acquired over time. I picked up a few and started looking at them. I thought to myself, “There has to be something cool that you can do with all of this glass.” What you need: White beach glass Mod Podge Paint Brush Laser printed images (I made sure all of the images were a resolution of 300 and sized them down to fit my glass. Hand towel Step one- Apply Mod Podge to the front side of your image. Step two- Place the image onto a piece of beach glass and press it down to be sure all of the air bubbles are out. Step three- Once all of your pieces are dry, lay them out on a towel and cover them with a damp one. Make sure the towel is wet enough but not soaking. Step four- Start to rub away the white paper gently with the towel. Step five- Once all of the white paper is removed, apply another coat of Mod Podge.
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. 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. 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. 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. Be wary of “greenwashing.” Companies that care about people, the planet, and profits will have their philosophy and purpose statement on their website. My Basic Grooming Routine 2. 3. 4. 5. 8. 9.
50 Things You Should Stop Buying & Start Making As a society, we have become over-reliant on “ready made” products. We have lost the ability to make things from scratch. Rather than blend up some peanuts to make delicious, tasty and fresh peanut butter, we’ll spend many dollars on a jar from the store that contains artificial preservatives, unnecessary packaging and that simply lines the pockets of huge, unethical multinational corporations. Aside from foods, you can also make your own personal care products, beauty and make up products, cleaning products and home accessories that taste, work or look better than store bought, without the harmful chemicals and toxins and free from excessive, earth damaging packaging. Foods Homemade Ketchup – This ketchup won’t brake the bank, tastes better than the real deal and contains no added sugar – so it’s nutritionally good for the whole family. Peanut Butter – It is so simple to make this pantry staple it would be silly to buy it. Want to learn more about making your own foods? Next Page >>>
3 Ways to Make Your Clothes Smell Good Have you ever given someone a hug and been pleasantly surprised with a full inhale of the most delicious scent? It could be the scent of the products they use on their skin or hair – or it could be their clothes. Many fabrics have the ability to absorb and hold scents quite well. This can totally affect your mood, too, depending on the scents you use. Here are some ways I’ve discovered that will make your clothes smell delicious. Lavender water I feel like I’m always talking about how good lavender is at calming the soul. Fresh air After washing your clothes, hang them out to dry! Extra tip: If you still opt to dry your clothes with a machine, be careful not to dry them for longer than necessary. Scented soaps Place a bar of your favorite scented soap inside your closet or dresser drawers. What do you do to get your clothes smelling delicious?
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. 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. Pour the beeswax and coconut oil into a food processor (I use one specifically for all my DIY recipes).
25 Homemade Beauty Tips 1. Old Buttons Repurpose spare buttons by using them to keep pairs of earrings together: Most buttons have at least two holes in them, so simply place an earring in each opening to neatly store when not wearing. Photo: Jupiter Images 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. How To Make Tea There is something really beautiful about tea…the scent, the dried herbs and flowers, and of course the taste. In all of my years of drinking tea, I don’t know why I’ve never attempted to make my own blends. It’s so much fun mixing all of the different ingredients to get a custom tea just to your liking, and it’s also a great gift for others! Have fun with it and experiment with different ingredients and ratios until you find a mixture that’s just right for you. I got my hands on some ingredients and made a few homemade teas that I can’t wait to try. The important thing to note when making your own tea is to be sure that all of your ingredients are safe for consumption. For this first blend I used peppermint, chamomile and jasmine flowers for a soothing, relaxing tea. I wanted to make a more invigorating tea as well so for this one I used black ceylon tea leaves, rose petals and vanilla bean. Once you’ve mixed your teas, have some fun with the packaging!
10 Disney Quotes To Brighten Your Day We all grew up watching Disney movies, yet we often forget how profound some of the messages and themes in Disney movies can be. Here are the top 10 quotes from Disney movies that will put a smile on your face! 1. “Your Only Limit is your Soul (which btw, is infinite ;)” 2. Who says dreams have to stay dreams? 3.”Live my own life!” 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Bonus: FROZEN There is a reason why we have good memories of Disney. Images edited by Team Spirit Geo Painted Wooden Kitchen Tools I always love incorporating natural wood into my home – especially in the kitchen. I was feeling really inspired by our Sacred Geometry lookbook, and thought it could be cool to interpret the idea using wooden kitchen tools like a cutting board and some spoons. Geometric shapes are so simple, yet very impactful at the same time. All you need to do this are wooden kitchen items of your choice, food-grade paint (I used black), and paintbrushes. Before I got started, I wanted to first test out some geometric shapes by drawing them on paper before transferring them to the wood. I then lightly drew my designs on the wooden surfaces with pencil to make sure that I’d be 100% happy with the placement. Next it’s time to paint away! I liked having some of the designs spill over onto the sides of the wood. Finish off with a food-grade wood sealant to protect your designs during use! See our tutorial on geometric nail art – and have a look at our Sacred Geometry lookbook. :)