The Best Tips for Using Oils on Face and Hair

Oil is not the enemy of your face or hair. In fact, oil is oftentimes the solution! If you are new to using oils on face and hair, read on.

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer When I was growing up, the advice we received on skin and hair care was to avoid oil as an ingredient at all costs. This advice wasn’t all bad. Many conventional moisturizers contained mineral oil. A non-plant based oil, mineral oil can clog the pores and lead to breakouts.  To counteract the breakouts caused by products containing mineral oil, we used products that were “oil-free.” Unfortunately, products that were oil-free dried out our skin, which then produced more oil, so we ended […]

How to Make Your Own Sunscreen Lotion

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This post was originally published in June of 2008, but this topic is always an important one as the days grow longer and the summer sun returns each year! I have a small list of things I never thought I would make myself, and sunscreen happens to be on that list. It feels good to prove myself wrong, and realize that yet another product that felt so elusive and out-of-reach to me is actually dead easy to make. Last week, a friend and I gathered in my […]

How to choose a natural, non-toxic nail polish

How to choose a natural, non-toxic nail polish

Just because I can’t reach (or barely see) them past my 9-month pregnant belly, doesn’t mean I don’t like having cute, painted toenails in the summer time. I’ve never been a huge fan of fingernail polish, because I find it chips too easily with cooking and cleaning, but I’ve always loved to keep my little piggies brightly polished. Painted toenails helps my feet to look pretty and makes me feel more put together and cheerful. Sometimes it’s the little things, right? What I’m not so […]

My love of BendSoap and 30 reasons I use it in my “NEW” Natural Home

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Stephanie’s note: I’m pleased to introduce you today to Jennifer, who works on our Keeper of the Home team, connecting naturally-minded companies and products with our conscientious readers! I’ll let her share her story with you… A few years ago I had a life altering experience that changed my life forever. I was exposed to Toxic Black Mold in a previous home I lived in. Needless to say it’s been an uphill climb for my family and I, as we’ve struggled with our health and […]

Floral Body Scrub (plus gift ideas & DIY links for Mother’s Day!)

Homemade body scrubs are easy to make: mix sugar and oil and you're good to go! But, if you add a few extras, you can take this floral body scrub to the next level.

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer After the depths of winter have passed, skin is often dull and dry. Heated indoor air and lack of moisture are two of the main culprits in creating such thirsty skin. Thankfully it’s quick and easy to get skin soft, smooth, and vibrant again. A gentle exfoliation via a simple body scrub will usually do the trick. Scrubs made with sugar are quite effective in removing dead skin cells, and revealing fresh, glowing skin beneath. You are likely aware of how simple […]

The Top Five Occasions When You Should Take A Detox Bath

If you haven't taken a bath in a while, I encourage you to think twice. Here are 5 circumstances when I would definitely consider taking a detox bath...

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I used to think baths were for kids. Who takes a bath when they can take a speedy shower, after all? However, I have recently gotten over my reservations with taking baths. Change that – I have recently become addicted to taking baths. Detox baths, to be specific. Now I make up excuses and squeeze in the time, because I have found it incredibly rewarding. If you, too, haven’t taken a bath in a while, whatever the reason – I encourage you […]

Quick & Easy Spring Cleaning Chores

Whether you have a lot of time or a little time to clean, use this handy checklist of spring cleaning chores to tackle your home.

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Each spring I get the itch to start deep cleaning my home. It doesn’t matter if I’m living in a tiny apartment or a house – once the weather starts to warm and the days are sunny, I feel compelled to get rid of the dust and cobwebs in my home. Some years I have all sorts of time and energy to dig in and clean. But most years, I don’t. I’m tired or busy or I just don’t feel like spending […]

Easy DIY Cuticle Cream

Cuticles are supposed to be soft. If yours aren't, this recipe for a luxurious and easy DIY cuticle cream will heal and protect your cuticles.

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Cuticles are supposed to be soft. Mine are anything but. Thanks to cold, harsh weather, my cuticles are dry and cracked and messy. But the weather isn’t the only reason my cuticles dry out. I find if I’ve washed a lot of dishes, spent a day in the garden, or handled a lot of paper, I end up with dry cuticles. The problem with dry cuticles is once they crack, you can easily get an infection. Not to mention it’s uncomfortable. […]