17 Awesome Ways to Use Castile Soap

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As a busy wife and mom, I’m a pretty big fan of multi-use products and that makes liquid castile soap a staple in my house. I started using it many years ago. First, I tried it as body wash and liked it. Then I used it for my kids skin and hair, and was more won over. Eventually I learned to use it for household cleaning and was completely sold. Since then, I just keep finding more and more uses for this versatile soap. Castile soap originated […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Identifying and Avoiding Toxins in Beauty and Personal Care Products

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This post was originally published at Simple Organic. Have you ever received a topical prescription from a doctor, such as an anti-fungal or anti-bacterial cream? Or used a topical pain reliever for a mouth sore (or for your baby’s teething)? What about a birth control patch that slowly releases hormones? Why do these products work so well when applied to our skin, rather than taken orally? The reason is that our skin readily absorbs chemicals and other substances deeper into our body– through our skin […]

Make a DIY Bath and Body Gift Basket in 30 Minutes or Less

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By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Homemade gifts are fun to give, but can seem overwhelming to make.  I’m here to tell you that this does not have to be the case. It’s possible to give something made with your own hands without spending days getting it ready. My favorite method of creating homemade gifts, is the fast and furious approach. I’ve even been known to make 100 gifts in an hour. (And it wasn’t that hard. I promise.) Today I’m going to show you how to make a […]