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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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Cocoa Butter Coffee Lotion with a hint of grapefruit juice

Doesn’t that sound great!?!?!? :)

It feels even better!

I got very happy when I saw on Rebbeca’s Soap Deli News that she is talking about my coffee body lotion. Thanks a lot! It made me even happier when I saw my crochet camera strap cover being featured at J&M Eye Candy.

Back to my coffee lotion.

I just ran out of it and yesterday I made new jar. This time with cocoa butter and grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed) !

To those who made it, or want to try to make it – forget about my previous recipes, because I just made THE BEST COFFEE COCOA BUTTER (with grapefruit juice) body lotion EVER!!!!!!

Actually, I almost didn’t make it, or should say I almost failed to make it. It was my first time I was making lotion with cocoa butter. It didn’t want to thicken. I had to fix it and come up with new measurements. Now, proudly I can share it with you.

The directions along with the basic recipe how to make it step by step is here.

Yesterday I made a few changes that made all the difference. I added:

  • 3 tbs of cocoa butter and I melted it all together with e. wax and almond oil over double bath,
  • instead of using 1 1/2 cup of coffee I used 1 1/4 cup plus 1/4 cup of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (NO, THIS LOTION IS NOT STICKY because of that juice. It’s perfectly smooth and very creamy! )
  • I added the juice to the mixture after it cooled down a little, all together with vitamin E, and essential/fragrance oils (grapefruit essential oil and amber rose fragrance)

This lotion is AMAZING! After you use it you won’t need any perfumes! Seriously. It smells a little bit like coffee (not too much though) but the cocoa butter added delicate sweet scent to it, and it’s much better than my previous lotions. My skin is soooooo soft!

WHY GRAPEFRUIT JUICE?

Grapefruits are high in the carotenoid phytonutrient lycopene. Lycopene provides your skin with strong antioxidant protection against environmental damage. Lycopene has the highest capacity to help fight oxygen free radicals among the common dietary carotenoids. Lycopene also strengthens skin and helps to prevent wrinkles by enhancing its ability to produce collagen and reducing DNA damage.
Raw grapefruit contains the skin-cleansing enzyme, bromelain. This enzyme is found in the peel. Try rubbing the inside of the peel against your face as a cleanser. Bromelain also helps to reduce inflammation. Rubbing the peel over itchy inflamed skin, psoriasis or mosquito bites can help to alleviate the itching. Grapefruit drops are also available that will provide the same benefits when applied to your skin.
Grapefruit stimulates the circulation, tightens the skin and diminishes the cellulite.
WHY COFFEE?
One of the most beneficial ingredients in coffee is its caffeine. Just as drinking coffee wakes up your nervous system, it has also been shown to “wake up” the skin. Many anti-aging creams and moisturizers contain caffeine as an active ingredient for its anti-inflammatory qualities. Researchers at the Seoul National University reported in a 1981 study that caffeine reduces inflammation almost as well as aspirin. Coffee has also been added to many body scrubs to diminish the appearance of cellulite. In a 2007 study at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, researchers reported that topical creams containing caffeine decreased hip diameter in almost 70 percent of the subjects over one month.

Overall, use of skin care products containing caffeine will reduce and prevent inflammation and redness, leaving you with a beautiful, even skin tone.

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WHY COCOA BUTTER?

Those who had or have used PALMER’s cocoa butter formula know how good it is for you skin. Especially when you’re pregnant, or after being pregnant. It has many more benefits.

If you want to read about cocoa butter more go here, or here, and great info here.

Yesterday I went even further using my coffee. Instead of throwing out those used coffee grounds I made coffee sugar body scrub.

My recipe calls for:

whatever coffee grounds you’ve got left (in this case it was about 3/4 cup),

about 3/4 cup sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice (you can add olive oil instead)

This body scrub is very messy!!!

Used coffee filter went straight to my husband’s worm’s. YES, he keeps worms on our patio. It looks pretty gross. Mh… tell me more about it but, despite that look it’s nothing more than our food waste, coffee grounds, used tea bags, dirt from vacuum cleaner and shredded paper. The dark brownish matter is the soil… almost ready to be used. Few more weeks and we will be using it in our pots :)

This time I went totally green making this lotion  :) I’m happy about that!  As well, my husband should be proud of me that I take such a good care of his worms.  We used to fight about a few things that go along with having your own worm composting set up. A few months ago we compromised to a few things and it works since. It works really good! I feed his worms, he takes care of the rest of it. He acutally takes a very good care of it.

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