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 […]

9 Hair Care Products You Can Make for Yourself

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  By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer It’s routine for me now, but when I think about it I realize that I do a lot of DIY’ing. Mostly with kitchen and bathroom items. Sometimes it even feels as if I’m on a personal quest to put certain companies out of business. I mean, that would be a nice side effect in some cases (particularly the companies that malevolently market their junky products to unsuspecting consumers), but that’s not really the primary reason why I do it.  I […]

DIY Skin Soothing Salve

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By Nina Nelson, Contributing Writer Living in the Central Oregon high desert, certain things are a given. There’s always, always a week of beautiful spring weather in April that you just can’t get used to because it’s inevitably followed by six weeks of cold. Summer is construction season and any road can be a target, no matter how remote. And as soon as winter hits, the dry climate and cold temperatures mean chapped, irritated skin. Because I had very sensitive skin, I dealt with it year-round and […]

Why I Quit No ‘Poo and My Beauty Routine These Days

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When something isn’t working for me, I’m learning to stop the madness. Put down that boring book I’m halfway through. Switch up the daily routine to accomodate when I’m most productive or a toddler’s morphing nap time. Drop that homeschool curriculum that yes, I paid good money for, but is causing tears and friction each time math rolls around. So when the “no ‘poo” method of shampooing only with baking soda stopped working for me, much as I was infatuated with this simple and uber-frugal […]