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Coconut Oil Giveaway (+amazing recipes how to use it)

Today I’ve got something special for all my readers and guests.

I’ve got something what I truly love myself.

COCONUT OIL!!!

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.

Let me explain to you why I love it so much and share with you a few of my favorite recipes with coconut oil in them.

It’s been 2 years since I bought my last body lotion or facial cleanser.

A year from my last purchase of deodorant or shampoo.

For a few months now I’ve used home-made body wash as well.

Body scrub, Eye cream, face cream, diaper rash cream, all home-made.

For a long time I had made body lotions based on olive oil or almond/hazelnut oil, where the emulsifier was an emulsifying wax. At some point I have decided to try to make something that do not require any artificial ingredients.

Then I found out about coconut oil and about how wonderful it is for our bodies.

I’ve made a coconut oil-cocoa butter deodorant and I was hooked. This deodorant is the best one I have ever had in my life. (download the recipe in pdf from here).

After that I made a coconut oil eye cream which has become a face cream and a diaper rash, since then (pdf file with the recipe here).

Later I discovered something called whipped coconut oil and have decided to experiment with it. I was able to make whipped coconut oil-cocoa butter body butter and I loved it (download the recipe in pdf here)

Just for this post I have made something special:

Ingredients:

2/3 cup coconut oil,

1/2 cup fresh brewed strong coffee, cold *

4 capsules vitamin E

* coffee can be substitute by GREEN TEA. In this case this cream is great to use as a baby body lotion.

Directions:

So, I am going to tell you from my experience how it works for me EVERY SINGLE TIME I make it.

The coconut oil HAS to be in its hard state. Preferable if you put it in the fridge for 10 minutes before starting to work with it.

Using KitchenAid whip the coconut oil like you would beat egg whites, until stiff peaks form. It might take time and you might have to put the bowl with the oil to the fridge for a few minutes once or twice.

When the oil is whipped and have a silky gloss, add 1/2 cup cold coffee. At this point you will have to cover the mixer with a towel if you don’t want to get yourself and everything around splashed. 

Turn on the mixer on high-speed and whip for another 3 to 5  minutes stopping and scraping the sides of the bowl a few times. For sometime it will look like the coffee is separated from the oil and it doesn’t want to combine well.

Just keep mixing and it will all come together as a wonderful mocha coffee scented cream.
When the cream is almost ready, with a sharp knife, poke a hole in vitamin E capsules and squeeze the content into the cream. Mix the mixture for a few more seconds.

Done!

With a clean spoon transfer it to a clean glass jar. Preferably if the jar and the spoon were sterilized (5 minutes in a boiling water will do).

Store the jar in the fridge. The cream will get hard like butter.

For all my home-made cosmetics I use plastic spoons to scoop it out whenever I use it.

I reuse those spoons (washing them in a dish washer).

For easy use take the jar to the bathroom every time you go to take shower or a bath. While in the bathroom it will soften and get easier to scoop out. I NEVER PUT MY BARE FINGERS INSIDE THE JAR. That way I limit the amount of bacteria that can get inside the lotion/cream and cause it to go bad quickly. As you need to realize those lotions do not have any artificial preserves!

This butter melts almost immediately on skin. It applies easily and absorbs wonderfully.

It smells like heaven, too!!!

Using COCONUT OIL in homemade cosmetics is not the only way I use it. 

Here are a few of my my favorite ways to use it in foods:

- in pasta salad instead of dressing. It gives it an amazing and light coconuty flavor.

- drizzled over a mango-avocado salsa!!!gosh! it is DELICIOUS!

- 1 tsp to my morning cup of coffee – check my previous post with the link-up. Gabby@veggie nook shared her recipe for it!!! it is awesome!!!

- or to my apple cider vinegar detox drink

There is many more uses for coconut oil but I’ll stop here as I have to get to the point of this post. Thanks to Tropical Traditions

I am giving away, here on my blog:

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.

1 quart of Gold Label
Virgin Coconut Oil!

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Want to know Tropical Traditions better? Here are some information about them:

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want Tropical Traditions to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Feel free to check out this video about “How to use coconut oil“:

or click on to read about Frequently asked questions about COCONUT OIL

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I wish you all GOOD LUCK!!!

Disclaimer:

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All coconut oil related LINK-UP and a coconut oil – coffee face scrub recipe

This is a special post for all of you who love coconut oil and all the things you can make with it.

On Monday I’ll have something special here on my blog; I am hosting a GIVEAWAY. Thanks to Tropical Traditions there will be a big jar of coconut oil to win.

That blog post will have a few extra recipes for homemade body care products, as well. They are all made with coconut oil. I can’t say which one is my favorite one. I love them all. Each for something different and all of them for the coconut oil and its wonderful properties.

Just because the post with the giveaway can not have any links to an external websites (except Tropical Tradition) I am writing this post to give you all a chance to share with me and others YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE WITH COCONUT OIL in them.

As for myself I am going to share very simple recipe for every day face scrub. As some of you might know already, I do not use any commercial face cleansers, or body lotions, or shampoos, or deodorants.I went through a period in which I had tried the oil cleansing method. You can read about it here.

I ended up with a very dry skin, actually. YES! You read it right. Washing my face with a mixture of olive oil and hazelnut oil had made my face look like I had a facial dandruff.

After trying a few different mixes I have finally settled for coffee grounds-honey-coconut oil facial scrub.

I made it fresh every other day or every two to three days. It depends on the amount of the coffee grounds I use each time.

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp. fresh coffee grounds (from my morning coffee)

1 Tbsp. organic honey

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients.

Each morning apply about 1 tsp. of the mixture on your face and rub it very gently with circular motion.

You can leave it on for a few minutes before washing off.

Note:

My face is and always has been an oily kind. For this kind of skin it is OK to use scrub every day, while for sensitive skin using scrub every day is not a good idea.

This scrub works great on the entire body. For this purpose you may want to add cinnamon and orange or lemon juice. I use it all the time and after each use my skin is so soft and moisturized that I do not feel the need for use of any lotion.

this is a picture from 2010, so you can see for how long I’ve been using this scrub. Before I’ve  discovered the coconut oil, I had been using olive oil and although it was a good body scrub it was not as fantastic as it is with the coconut oil in it.

Please link-up as many recipes as you wish but, please, keep it in mind that all of them should have coconut oil as one of the ingredient!!!

P.S 

For some reason my link-up tool has stopped working, so if you want to participate just post your recipe as a comment!
Thank you for participating!!!
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Homemade and fresh: Coconut Milk

Coconut milk, delicious, creamy and thick, that’s how I like it… with a hit of sweetness.

It’s been a while since I bought coconut or almond milk. I like to make my own and the way I like it. It’s not only cheaper but it’s made fresh and it taste better.

Normally I buy peeled coconut which I have to open on the top and scoop out the white soft part. I keep the coconut water for smoothies or soups.

It’s pretty hard work to open it but it’s really worth it.

Most recipes for homemade coconut milk call for:

3 cups of water

1 coconut (the white soft part)

Of course, this way the milk is less thick and you get more for your buck.

I normally use only:

2 cups water, filtered,

1 coconut,

1 Tbsp agave nectar

This way I get more thick milk (if I don’t strain it, it’s even thicker).

The white part after it’s scooped out needs to be washed.

Then blend everything together, add whatever sweetener you use and blend a little more.

Enjoy or store in the fridge for further use.

It stays fresh for up to 4 days in the fridge.

All the recipes I found online say that you need to strain it after blending. I do not do that and I LOVE IT that way. It’s really thick and creamy. Yumm!!!

I think that if you have Blendtec, Ninja or Vitamix kind of blender it does pretty good job in blending and you don’t need to strain it but it’s only my opinion.

I can drink it just as it is without anything else.

Have a wonderful Monday and stay thirsty, my friends :)

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Whipped coconut oil-cocoa butter body cream

Since the day I made my first cream from coconut oil I am in love in it. In coconut oil, I mean. It works wonderful and it smells pretty darn good, too.

Lately I run out of my last homemade body lotion and at the same time I run out of emulsifying wax as well, so I went without any lotion for a while.

Looking for an inspiration for a new homemade cosmetic I came across Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter. I instantly fell in love in this VERY SIMPLE recipe. So I’d decided to make it.  

By that time I didn’t have KitchenAid just a simple electric hand mixer.

The recipe is simple. You pour a certain amount of coconut oil to a bowl and whip it until it looks like whipped cream.

So, the first time it took me about 30 minutes to finally give up on this project. I whipped and whipped and whipped and the consistency hadn’t changed almost at all. I thought the cocoa butter I added to the mixture was the main problem. I ended up with something that had the raw honey consistency. I used it all anyway.

A few days ago I decided to try it again. This time in my KitchenAid. I thought: “oh well, at least this time I don’t have to stand and hold it for so long. I’ll just turn in on and leave to do something else.”

And I did that.

I pour about 1/4 cup of coconut oil to the mixing bowl, turned the mixer on and went to play with my kids. After about 10 minutes It looked at it and there was almost no changes in the oil. I turned a little more white and it looked more thick.This time I’d decided not to give up so easily.

I turned the mixer off and put the bowl to the fridge for about 5 minutes. It was a really hot day when I was making it so I thought maybe the warm temperature at the house is the main problem why my oil doesn’t want to get thick.

After 5 minutes in the fridge I whipped it again for about 5 minutes. Turned it off and put it back to the fridge for 5 minutes. While the oil was in the fridge I melted 2 oz cocoa butter (over double boiler). When it melted I put it to the fridge to cool it down and I took the bowl with coconut oil out.

This time while whipping the consistency finally started to change and it got to the point where it looked like that:

And then I got very excited. FINALLY!!!

It smelled wonderful. Just like a coconut. The scent was so vivid and strong. Normally you can’t smell that coconut strong scent in regular coconut oil but when you whip it, oh… it’s just amazing. I love it!!!

At this point I took the cocoa butter from the fridge, it was cold but not hard, it had the consistency of honey, and I added it to the bowl with whipped coconut oil.

Then I added about 6 capsules of vitamin E and a few drops of grapefruit essential oil and whipped it for additional 5 minutes.

This is what I ended up with: smooth and silky whipped cream that smelled like coconut. 

The thing is that I do store it in the fridge and at this point it’s hardened. It didn’t stay soft and silky. I didn’t want to keep it in room temperature because I am afraid it will melt in this hot weather we’ve got here. 

Now it has the consistency more like a hard butter. It’s not REALLY hard but I need a spoon or a knife to scoop it out from the jar. Whenever I take a shower I take that jar with me so it gets softer in the moist and hot bathroom environment and after that it’s easier to scoop it out. 

It’s easy to apply on my body because as soon as it touches the skin it melts beautifully and it’s absorbs really good, too.

So far I think, I have found my second favorite recipe for body lotion :)

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B-day Girl and Nola’s Iris Garden

Uff…

Finally I got a chance to sit down with a cup of my favorite green tea and write a post.

Finally, because lately  for most of the days I look like that: 

Our Sleeping Beauty has changed into Not So Sleepy or Sleeping Only When You Hold Me and If You’re Not I Scream Beauty. I can’t decide what’s better: me worrying all day long about her not eating and loosing weight or her being such a needy Little Stinker. My poor back is hurting me terribly because not only that she doesn’t sleep much BUT she eats a lot which means she gets heavier and heavier each day. In addition it’s really hard to have anything done around the house.

So, this is what’s happening with our No 2.

Last week our No 1. turned 2. We have a small family celebration at Chuck E. Cheese’s. She loved it and I was happy I didn’t have to bake or cook anything that day.

On Saturday we went to THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE ON EARTH:

Nola’s Iris Garden!!!

The thing is that I really don’t care about Irises. I think they are not that pretty or interesting as flowers. 

BUT

For me that place is magical. I wrote about it last year when we visited it for the first time.

It’s magical maybe because while I do not like irises this place full of them is my favorite place. I haven’t found anything better than that. 

Maybe I like it so much because this is how I would want to live. On a farm, with a few horses and cows and chickens running around. I want to have a  place full of dogs. I want to have gardens.

This place looks like that only for a few weeks while the irises bloom. For the rest of the year the owners support themselves by selling bulbs and grass-fed cows (for meat, of course). They do rent horses as well.

This young creature was abandoned by its mother after birth and the owners had fed him from the bottle for a while. Now she is on a mixed diet: grass + grains. It’s an experiment as normally those people have only grass-fed cows this time they want to see if feeding her with grains will make a change in the taste of the meat. Yes, this cute thing is going to end up in our food chain in a near future.

Scattered Horizons

Last year our daughter was barely walking when we visited this place. This year she was everywhere. It was hard to stop her from running all over those flowers. It was like she was on a sugar rush.

From time to time she would lost her chips. Myself I do believe in a rule of not having many rules when it comes to eating from the floor. So while she was cleaning up the mess she made I was watching my husband’s “a little bit concerned face”. Nope, we do not agree on many things. Eating from the floor is one of them but anytime it’s not his food we’re talking about (picking from the floor) he let it go ;)

(And that’s why he stopped watching me cooking in the kitchen. He was simply afraid that if he continues to do that he wouldn’t want to eat what I cook.)

Anyway, our daughter strongly believe that what fell on the floor is as good as something what is on the plate (or in a  bag in this case).

There is all kinds of small sculptures placed all over the garden and I love it.

So for now I’ll leave you all here. My quiet, dreamy time came to the end.

Have a great evening, my friends!

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Our waste in use

Finally, this year we are able to use the soil from our compost bin.

Last year we used just a little of it because it wasn’t ready and we didn’t grow much of our food. This year it looks like we are going to have plenty of different kinds of tomatoes, yellow squash, and herbs. Growing herbs is always my job. The rest of it I leave to my husband including taking care of worms and the compost bin.

Over the past few years he experimented with different compost bins a lot and we actually didn’t have anything from it for a long time. The hard part is to have a compost bin in an apartment. Luckily we have a small outdoor patio where he keeps those creatures (worms).

Since we moved here his worms are in one place and in the same bin what, I think, had a big influence on how good they are doing.

This is how our soil looks like. You can see a few pieces of egg shell and paper:

We started out seeds about two weeks ago in a toilet paper rolls. So far they are doing great.

This is my basil and cilantro… but cilantro is not growing. I need to start another batch and more kinds of herbs, as well. Dreaming about dill, parsley and oregano in my herb collection this year.

It’s still a little bit too cold at night so we keep our growing greens at the house at night but my husband transferred a few of them to bigger containers. We’ve got plenty of sunflowers growing from that soil because last year the compost bin was standing under a bird feeder and many of those seeds ended up inside.

Meet my husband’s cute and friendly looking friends:

and his bigger version:

So, hopefully this year we are going to have many jars of homemade pasta sauce and salsa made from tomatoes grown on our own organic soil. Looking for good recipes already :)

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My experience with Oil-Cleansing Method plus Homemade face cream recipe

Months ago I came across a post from where I found out that it is good to wash your face with oil(s). Yes, THE oils that you cook with. I was sceptic at the beginning so I started reading more about it just from a curiosity. I am not going to re-write here what I read on those many blogs I have found, and you would be surprised how many people actually do it (use oil to wash their faces with). Instead, if you’re interested, I’m posting links to a few of those posts I think are filled with good information about OCM (Oil-Cleansing Method) on the bottom of my post (look at related articles).

I’ve decided to try it.

I do have an oily skin and almost every day I had to wash it with water a few times a day in order to get rid of that oily shining.

I mixed my first batch of oils about two months ago using:

3 tsp Olive Oil

9 Tsp Hazelnut Oil

I keep it in a bottle of my old store-bought cleanser in the bathroom.

I’m almost out of my first batch but, for sure, there will be another one. I really like the way my skin feels and looks. I do not have to wash my face with water every few hours in order to stop shining :)

In my entire life I might have used one or two face creams but for the last few years I used non. Using the OCM has made my skin REALLY dry in some areas. From what I read I know that it happens when you chose a bad mix of oils for your skin or the proportions are not right. Next time I’m going to use more olive oil and less of the second oil (not sure yet which one I’m going to use).

So far to get rid of that dry patches on my skin I’ve decided to make my own face cream that would help me but not make my skin oily again.

I choose to use coconut oil. This oil is very moisturaizing and it suppose to be one of the best to use on your skin. I bought mine in our local store for $6  (14 oz.). I used it before to make deodorant and there is still plenty left in the jar.

For the face cream I used only 1.5 oz. I didn’t want to make a whole lot in case if it turned out bad and in addition I had a very small jar (2.3 oz) kept after my last store-bought face cream cleanser.

For the cream I used:

1.5 oz coconut oil

2 pills of vitamin C (crushed) *

3 capsules vitamin E

This cream is super easy to make. Coconut oil melts when it touches the skin but to dissolve the vitamin C and E in it I had to melt it in a double boiler. It took only a few minutes for the oil to change its consistency. It didn’t even have the time get warm. I powdered 2 pills of vitamin C and mixed it to the oil. I made sure that the oil is cold and then I mixed in the vitamin E (poked a whole with a sharp knife in every capsule and squeezed the liquid out).

* When I was making this cream the temperature in my kitchen was too warm for the coconut oil to set to its natural consistency so I put it in the fridge for 5 minutes. After I took it out I’d noticed that most of the powdered vitamin C is on the bottom of the jar. I left the cream to sit on my counter for 10 minutes until it became very soft and almost melted again. After that I stirred it really good with a toothpick and put it back to the fridge for one minute. I took it out, gave a good stir and put it back to the fridge again. I repeated it for a several times. To get rid of that problem I’m going to get a liquid vitamin C for my next batch.

This is what I ended up with. Very soft and easy to put on the skin cream.

When the temperature is below 75 F this cream won’t melt, so you can keep in the bathroom, for example.

When the temperature reaches above 75 F this cream will melt so it is better to keep it in the fridge. At this point it will  get hard. It is still easy to apply and absorbs quickly.

Love, Love, Love this cream!!!

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Metal cans and plastic bags don’t have to end up in trash

I’ve been working on this one project for sometime now. I would’ve done it weeks ago but I lost my interest in crocheting for a while and in addition my scissors are so dull it’s really hard to use them so, many times I just would lose my patience and stop working. I need to get a new pair but there is always something more important to get… .

So,

my first idea was to “dress” nice my metal cans. I wish I had more ideas to use them for because I throw away so many it makes me sad :/

The ones that I keep I like them to look nice, at least.

Few days ago using my old yarn scraps I made a can cover:

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The next day I made different basket. I planned it to be a cover for my second can but when I got to a certain height I’ve noticed that it will work without the can inside :)

 

I named this yarn “Charmin ultra Strong“. Not very creative considering that it was made from Charmin Ultra Strong toilet paper plastic packaging (now you know what kind of toilet paper we use.lol). Here is a great tutorial of how to make plarn – yarn made from plastic bags.

Now I need to  finish my different plarn. This one will be called “The rest of it” as it’s made from all kinds of plastic small bags like the store-bought bread bag. When I started it we were still buying breads from the store. These days we don’t so to finish this plarn ball I’ve started using all kinds of bags.

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I do not use the regular plastic bags that you get in the store to pack your groceries in (those I keep for a different plarn ball). I use every plastic package of already pre-packed in plastic produce that we buy at the store, like tortillas or diapers. My husband buys many things online for his office so every single thing that comes to us is packed in plastic bag. I keep those, as well. It’s fun and great for the environment and thanks to all of it I received a nick name: “miss recycling girl”.

For those who are interested this is the pattern I used for both of my projects:

free crochet basket pattern pdf file

Of course I modified it a little and if you’re interested in details just leave me a comment asking about it.

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Homemade deodorant with cocoa butter and coconut oil

Finally!

Finally I got rid of all of my store-bought deodorants. 

I make my own body lotions, scrubs and face creams so, I asked myself, why haven’t I made a deodorant yet :)

For years I’ve been using Tom’s because it does not have Aluminum in it which:

has been linked to breast cancer in women and has also been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Than I discovered that the main ingredient in Tom’s is propylene glycol. Weirdly enough reading about it I discovered a quote: 

The Material Safety Data Sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

to read more about it check out “related articles” on the bottom of this post

Since that day I barely would use a deodorant but that isn’t working for me. At the same time I’m not willing to pay $7 for an 2.5 oz. of organic deodorant.

So, while still using my old deodorant I’ve looked for homemade deodorants on Internet. I have pinned a few recipes I found. Finally, when the time to make it had come, I looked at all of them. In almost all cases I lacked one or two ingredients.  The easiest recipe made of ingredients I already had in my pantry was from How About Orange. Having that recipe and the one from Angry Chicken blog as a base I came up with something that would, kind of, combine both.

This is what I ended up with:

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. cocoa butter

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

2 oz. baking soda

1.5 oz arrowroot (or corn starch)

4 capsules vitamin E

10 drops essential oil (your choice)

Directions:

Melt cocoa butter with coconut oil over double bath until combined and there is no cocoa butter pieces remaining and it looks like that:

Wait until the mixture is cool and add baking soda, arrowroot, essential oil. Poke a small hole in vitamines E capsules and squeeze the content to the mixture. Mix it well until everything is well combined.

At this point the mixture won’t be very thick. It will get there, don’t worry. You need to stir it from time to time and, if you inpatient like me, put it in the fridge for 10 minutes.

In my case, after those 10 minutes in the fridge, my mixture got very hard. Definitely it wasn’t a consistency I was hoping for. I let it sit in a room temperature for 10 minutes and after that it got soft again, a little bit too soft. I figured it out that the temperature in my kitchen (as I was baking and cooking at the same time) might be to high for the coconut oil to get thick again. So I moved the jar to my bathroom where the temperature is much lower. That did the trick. My deodorant set perfectly. The consistency is thick-soft. I can use my finger to apply it on the skin without any problems.

To store it I used jar after Fleischmann’s dry yeast (4 oz.). From this recipe I filled that jar to about 3/4.

Not bad!

So far I really like it. It works way better than Tom’s and I use only tiny bit on my skin. It seems like that jar will last for a long long time.

I’ve been using it for a few days now and I have to say that the results are beyond my expectations. It smells nice. It’s safe to use. It’s cheap and fast to make and IT REALLY WORKS!!!


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Green and sustainable living

Speaking about green and sustainable living….

I never thought I will go that way, but so far I really like it, and I’m planning to do much more. Since I started making body lotions I’ve read dozens of websites and articles about how toxic are the ingredients that cosmetic companies use in their produce. Body lotions, shampoos, conditioners, body washes…, you name it… it’s everywhere. Many of those ingredients are carcinogens, and not only…  Many are not even listed on the labels.

“Most cosmetics and personal care products on store shelves today contain five major categories of toxic ingredients. These are: frank carcinogens (cancer causing); precursors of or “hidden” carcinogens; endocrine or hormonally disruptive; penetration enhancers; and allergens.” (Major Risk From Cosmetics & Personal Care Produce)

These days I make my own facial cleansers, body lotions, body scrubs and I practice the “no poo” method of washing my hair. I’m totally satisfied and I’m planning to do the same with our daughter. After I read an article that cancer-causing chemicals were discovered  in Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo I laughed (yes, I did… ups). If you look at the labels of almost any (baby or not) body lotion, body wash, shampoo, toothpaste or even deodorants you’ll see a few ingredients that are on the list of carcinogens. It doesn’t have to be J&J… and that fact is known for years. In 2009 L’Oreal was listed as one of 100 most sustainable companies and Burts Bees wasn’t. Where the first one uses chemicals in their personal care produce and they do tests on animals and the second one does not. Oh well, it doesn’t do tests on animals but I saw a few ingredients on their labels that shouldn’t be there, but still… .

It’s all about the money and we all go for it.

Many people just don’t care. I didn’t. I used to buy without using my brain… only eyes and nose, and listening to what commercials would say and show.

Today I think first, and it’s obvious to me that PAYING for something that’s toxic and putting it on my body it’s suicidal and simply stupid.

Yes, I still use commercial body wash and deodorant (without aluminum) but it’s not going to be for too much longer. I’m planning to switch to glycerin based soaps and homemade deodorants.

The same is with all kinds of household cleansers. I don’t remember when I bought them for the last time. A year ago…?! For most of the time I use vinegar (link will take you to 131 uses for Vinegar) and baking soda (40 uses for baking soda) and essential oils.

A few months ago I started making my own laundry detergent…, and this post was planned to be only about it…

There is plenty of tutorials online how to make your own “almost everything”. The most useful place to look for is Pinterest, I think. This is mine homemade beauty products board and it’s growing :) Feel free to follow me or let me know about great tutorial for homemade stuff so I can add it to my boards.

Anyway, this is my recipe for homemade laundry detergent:

1/3 bar of soap, (The most typical type of soap to use is Fels Naptha.  It is an old-fashioned type of soap usually found in the laundry aisle.  The other options for soap are Ivory or another brand called, Zote.  Any of these will work)

½ cup washing soda (I’ve heard that’s easy to get at pool supplies store or in Wal-Mart. I make my own.)

½ cup borax powder (20 Mule Team)

and a small bucket, about 2 gallon size

I found my soap in Home Depot ($0.99 per soap)

Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan.

Add 6 cups of water and heat it until the soap melts.

Add the washing soda and the borax and stir it until it is dissolved. Remove from heat.

Add 4 cups of hot water to your bucket. Now add your soap mixture. Stir it well. Add 1 gallon and 6 cups of hot water. Stir now and then until the mixture cools down. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will become a gel.

Use 1/2 cup per load.

From my experience I know that this detergent won’t clean heave stains. It’s not a bleach. The way I deal with it is simple. Before I wash or even right after the stain appear (after my daughter spill something on her cloths) I treat it with apple cider vinegar and baking soda. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Give it a quick wash in hands (for bigger and more stubborn stains I use some kind of brush) and wash it as usual with the rest of the clothes. It works great so far.

For whites I use natural bleach – lemons or lemon juice. For my face cloths and kitchen towels I normally fill a pot with water and add thinly sliced fresh lemon.

Bring the water with lemons to a boil. Turn off heat, add my towels and clothes, and let it to soak for an hour or even longer.

For some it might look like it’s a pain in the ass to mess with all that stuff and I totally get it. It’s actually not that hard or time taking. If you get to a routine it’s really easy.

I know that green and sustainable living is much more, but Rome wasn’t built in a day… . We do what we can afford these days hoping that in the future we will be able to do much more in our life to make it more green and sustainable.

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