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Hardly Housewives: Rethink: Homemade Cleaners & Deodorant Tutorial. Hi everyone! Hope you had a great long weekend. We've got a guest post today. Mary is a friend of my brother's - he's been telling me for ages that we need to get together because we're very likeminded. Check out Mary's recipe for homemade deodorant (something I plan to try making myself soon since this no-deodorant policy on maternity leave can't last forever) & information about her Eco-Friendly Product Parties with Rethink. I think Rethink sounds SO cool & would love to host a party once I make some friends around here have some free time.

Rethinking Choices I t all began with ice cream. Guests gathered to “make and take” six products. We hope that guests will either make the products again at home, or ask use to refill them at a reasonable price. When Caitlin asked for uses of coconut oil, I immediately thought to share the deodorant recipe that we use. Once all of the ingredients have been incorporated, transfer into a container of your choice. Make your own SPF with Coconut Oil. Today is the first day of winter and here in Pennsylvania it’s cold and snowy.

Make your own SPF with Coconut Oil

What a great day to day dream about our up coming vacation to Mexico and being preparing by making my own SPF with Coconut Oil! Coconut Oil is the most logical oil to use for SPF, since it naturally protects your skin from the sun. During the summer months, I frequently use coconut alone when I’m in the sun… However when my skin hasn’t seen the sun in months and I’m going to spend 7 days in sunny mexico, I do protect my skin with a little SPF also (Zinc Oxide is the natural-healthy SPF to choose – remember the old-time lifeguards with white noses? That was Zinc Oxide!) Did you know that there are studies showing that using chemical based SPF on your skin increases your risk of getting skin cancer MORE than sun exposure! With my dark hair and medium skin tone, it’s no surprise that I don’t burn easily.

Combine everything in your blender, and blend until well combined/emulsified. Home Facials - Get Natural Skincare Ideas at Facials are a great way to keep your skin glowing, but they can be pricey.

Home Facials - Get Natural Skincare Ideas at

We asked Louisa Macan-Graves, author of Hollywood Beauty Secrets: Remedies to the Rescue, and Elda Argenti, owner of the Plantogen skincare line, for their favorite make-at-home face masks crafted from common household ingredients. For All Skin Types Brighten: Cut a slice of ripe papaya and remove the seeds and pulp (save the pulp for a snack later—it’s great for digestion). Rub the inside of the papaya peel on your cleansed face, focusing on lines around the mouth and eyes, crow’s feet, thinning temples, neck and hands.

Let it dry for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with tepid water. Exfoliate: Combine 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp olive oil. Cleanse: “Believe it or not, I love to cleanse with oil,” says Argenti. For Oil- and Blemish-Prone Skin Lift & Tighten: Combine 2 Tbsp plain yogurt with 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (the juice of one lemon) and apply to your cleansed face and neck. How to Make Bath Bombs. Edit Article Making Basic Bath BombsMaking Ultra Softening Bath BombsMaking Milky Bath Bombs Edited by Nicole Willson, Versageek, Dave Crosby, Krystle and 27 others If you love bath bombs but can't justify the price of fancy store-bought bath fizzies, then quench your skin-moisturizing thirst by making your own bath bombs at home!

How to Make Bath Bombs

The process is simple, requires only a few ingredients, and will leave you soaking in relaxation. Try one of these three bath bomb recipes and give yourself a spa day at home. Ad Steps Method 1 of 3: Making Basic Bath Bombs 1Gather all your ingredients. 7Store the bath fizzies. How to make your own pore strips.

You know those Biore pore strips you buy at the drugstore for about $12 a pop?

How to make your own pore strips

Yeah, those. Today I’m going to teach you how to make your own homemade pore strips. Why? Skin Brightening Toner. I love everything skin and especially when it comes to making and trying new skin care recipes. A few weeks ago (after giving up with the toner I was currently using) tried a new toner recipe and since then have been, dare I say, in love with it. Ingredients: 1/2 Cup Lemon juice 1 Cup Water 2/3 Cup Witch hazel (can purchase at any drug store) Plastic bottle or jar Facial toner recipe for those with normal to dry skin. *For oily skin add 2 Tablespoons Alcohol* STEP ONE: Mix ingredients in a bottle or jar. STEP TWO: Cleanse skin with facial cleanser and rinse. STEP THREE: Apply toner with a cotton pad, sweep upward and outward over entire face and neck. STEP FOUR: Apply moisturizer. Benefits: Witch Hazel: Tightens pores and reduces inflammation.