Winter Giveaway Week: Win 1 of 3 Gift Certificates to Apple Valley Natural Soap

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There are very few things that I would consider important enough to put in the crazy expensive FedEx package that we’re having shipped to Argentina. My Apple Valley Shampoo Bars? They made the cut. Seriously, I am in love with my shampoo bars. Back in the summer, I made a massive order from Apple Valley Natural Soap, buying enough shampoo bars, a few regular body soap bars, and our favorite healing herbal salve to last for the entire year that we’ll be traveling. Every few […]

Natural Shampoo and Body Bars from Apple Valley Natural Soap (Plus a Giveaway!)

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Update: Giveaway has now ended. Thanks, all! I have to let you know, I’m a bit of a natural soap junkie. Underneath my bathroom cupboard are baskets, literally full of various kinds of handmade soaps– ones with oatmeal for scrubbing, with essential oils, with herbs, for oily skin, for sensitive skin, shampoo bars, regular body bars, soap that cleans your bathroom all by itself (just kidding on that one- don’t I wish?). You name it, I’m pretty sure we have it. With all of those […]

My Frugal Beauty Routine

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A stylin’ self-portrait of me in my bathroom seemed right for a post that takes you through a day-in-the-life of my frugal beauty routine. Beauty and skin care doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive (or toxic, for that matter). I’m choosy about the few things I use and I like to keep things simple when it comes to the time I spend in front of the mirror. Ever wondered what products grace my bathroom counter? Wonder no more. 7:07 am – I take a […]

At Simple Organic: Identifying and Avoiding Toxins in Beauty and Personal Care Products

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Ever wondered what the big deal is about using more natural shampoo or soap or even makeup? Maybe it makes sense why we’d want to be careful with the things that actually go in our mouths (ie. food or toothpaste), but why do products that simply go on our skin make a difference? 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)? […]

Video Blog: Making My Own Shampoo and Conditioner (Using the No ‘Poo Method)

One of the themes at Keeper of the Home this month has been making your own beauty supplies. Beth has showed us how to make our own soap, and Angela gave us a plethora of simple options for making beauty supplies like facial moisturizer, body scrub, even hairspray and more! As for me, I’m breaking out of my comfortable little mold. I happen to enjoy “hiding” behind my writing and my computer. It’s tidy and safe and it has a delete button. :) Behold, I […]