Elegant Rose Boutique Review (Natural Beauty, Hair & Skincare for the DIY Challenged)

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Many of our Keeper of the Home readers are big on DIY, and I can understand why. You can create your own products, customized just the way you like them, with ingredients you know are safe and pure, for much less than you can buy them for. But, it’s not for everyone. Many of you want the home-crafted quality in your beauty products, but you’re overwhelmed at just the thought of making them yourself.  I do really enjoy tinkering around in my kitchen, creating skin […]

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 […]

Spring Giveaway Week: Natural Skincare Bundle From Third Day Naturals (With Review!)

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By Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer I’m not a girly-girl. Never have been. But let me tell you something…I like smelling pretty. Maybe that comes from years of smelling like spit-up, pee-pee, or “oh-my-goodness-when-did-I-last-have-a-bath?” Something about taking a bath with smell-good stuff and then rubbing some on my body just makes me feel better. Even if the day has been a bit rough, a shower and some lip balm just perks my day right up. It seems easier to handle things when you don’t smell like […]

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 […]

Homemade Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap

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By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Over the course of the past couple of years, I’ve enjoyed learning how to make homemade products–like homemade liquid dish soap, homemade deodorant and various homemade food products, like bread crumbs and cream of chicken soup. Today I’m giving you a recipe for a safe antibacterial foaming hand soap. Besides being void of the harmful triclosan found in conventional, store-bought antibacterial soaps, this soap recipe is easy, frugal and 100% natural! The antibacterial ingredient in this soap is thieves essential oil. […]

Homemade Laundry Powder: 3 Ingredients. 10 Minutes.

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I’ve been making a lot of my own cleaning and beauty products over the years, but for some reason, laundry detergent is one that I haven’t given a try until now. Now that I know how easy and inexpensive it is to make, I probably won’t be going back! This recipe actually comes from a good friend of mine. Renee and her family have lived overseas as missionaries for years and hope to be back on the field in the near future, so she’s always […]

Summer Giveaway Week: Win a $75 Gift Certificate to Apple Valley Natural Soap

If you want skin care products that are: absolutely pure and non-toxic made with short and simple ingredient lists (that you can actually read and pronounce) that are gentle enough for the whole family … then you’ll probably like today’s giveaway from Apple Valley Natural Soap! There are a growing number of companies making “natural” and “organic” skin care products. Many of them are now brand names that we are familiar with and they line the health food store aisles. Many of these products are […]

5 Tips for Saving Money on Natural Skincare

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer As we learn more about how our skin absorbs the products we slather on, it’s only natural that we desire to use safe alternatives as part of our regular skin care routine. If you’ve taken a peek at some of the organic/natural skin care products on the market, you already know how expensive they can be. When we are seeking to do what is best for our health and the health of our family, this can be really frustrating. […]