How to Make Healthy Toothpaste My Newest Recipe

toothpasteI’ve posted before about making my own toothpaste and mouthwash, including the reasons why and links to the recipes I use. You can read about it here. However, I am constantly trying to improve what I make for my family’s health. So I have been doing research and tweaking my recipe. I’ve come up with a completely new recipe, with more beneficial ingredients for oral health. Plus this one is a lot easier to make. Before I share the recipe, let’s look at the ingredients and why they’re good for you. Continue reading

DIY Oil Free Mascara

mascaraI make a lot of our personal care products myself. It usually saves me money and I know that it’s natural and chemical free. One product I’ve always been nervous about making myself is makeup. I was waiting for my current supply of makeup to run out and then replace it with natural products. But my eye shadow and mascara started to irritate my eyes, so I had to throw it out. I started looking for natural products to replace them, and then I saw pricing! I simply can’t afford it, so I knew it was time to bite the bullet and figure out how to make my own. Continue reading

The Beginner’s Guide to a Fragrance-Free Life

fragrance-freeI’m very sensitive to artificial fragrances. For me, they cause headaches ranging from mild to migraine, coughing fits, irritability, and more. Now I’m not talking about naturally occurring fragrances, such as from pure essential oils or other natural sources. Those don’t cause me any problems, though some are very strong and can still have negative effects for some people. But fake fragrances can cause severe health problems. Why does this happen, and how can you live fragrance-free? Continue reading

9 Natural DIY Essentials

DIY NaturalIf you’ve read any of this blog, you know I love to make my own cleaning and personal care products. Getting started can be a little overwhelming, though. What are the basic products you need for natural DIY? How do you know you’re getting a quality product? Is it expensive to get started? These are all questions that were swirling in my brain. I did a lot of reading and collected recipes for DIY products, but ultimately I had to just dive in to really figure out what was going to work for us. So if you’re looking to get started on the natural DIY path, I’d like to help you sort out the confusion. Continue reading

DIY Natural vs. Store Bought

DIYWhen I began looking to DIY personal care and cleaning products, I was concerned about the cost of supplies. A gallon of castile soap at $55 seemed a bit steep. But buying all natural products is pricey too. A constant struggle for me is balancing the desire to use natural products and be healthier with what we can actually afford. Many of you probably have a similar struggle, so today I’m breaking down the cost of a few homemade products versus buying them. Continue reading

DIY or Store Bought?

store boughtThe more I learn about the ingredients in store bought products, the less I want to use them. There are some great natural and organic products available, but they can be on the pricey side. When finances are tight, it’s hard to make room in the budget for expensive cleaning products and toiletries. What can you do? DIY! I make several of our home products myself. There are a few that I still buy, though. Which products do I buy, which do I make, and why? Keep reading!

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DIY Anti-Itch Clay That Works!

anti-itchMy husband suffers from extreme skin allergies. It doesn’t take much to make his skin itchy, especially his arms. We had a difficult time finding anti-itch products that work. He’s woken up in the middle of the night bleeding from scratching. This clay mix works when nothing else will. The peppermint oil has a cooling effect, and baking soda relieves itching. Bentonite clay will draw impurities to the surface. (Read more about the benefits of bentonite clay here.) Give this anti-itch remedy a try! It’s great for allergies, bug bites, and more. Continue reading