natural beauty http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/2694/all en-US 5 Wise Uses for Milk of Magnesia http://www.wisebread.com/5-wise-uses-for-milk-of-magnesia <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-wise-uses-for-milk-of-magnesia" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5661300892_9bc12ac0ff_z.jpg" alt="mother and baby" title="mother and baby" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most bathroom closets have a bottle or two; the famous, white liquid is a go-to solution for tummy troubles of all types. While milk of magnesia is remarkably affordable, it is also one of those cabinet staples that can sit and get crusty in between the times you really need it. Here are five other sticky situations that milk of magnesia is good for handling. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-money-saving-uses-for-mouthwash">19 Money-Saving Uses for Mouthwash</a>)</p> <h2>1. Diaper Rash</h2> <p>I addressed this issue a while back in an article on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-baby-care-for-your-cheap-bum">homemade baby products</a>, and it&rsquo;s still one I use with my fifth child. You can choose to apply milk of magnesia solo to baby&rsquo;s red and rashy bottom, or mix it with a little talcum powder for a pastier product. (Note: Since diaper rash can be a nasty symptom of a larger yeast problem, using corn starch in the mix is NOT recommended. Starch feeds yeast, thus compounding the issue.)</p> <h2>2. Poison Ivy</h2> <p>While many turn to the traditional calamine lotion, it is sometimes difficult to find regular calamine without added pain relievers. Milk of magnesia works just as well, as it dries out the oozing blisters and is not harmful if some is ingested. We used only milk of magnesia to help ease the pain and itching of my son&rsquo;s poison ivy this summer; when we took him to the doctor, she was very impressed that it worked so effectively!</p> <h2>3. Cystic Acne and Sebaceous Cysts</h2> <p>This is one that I don&rsquo;t have personal experience with, but those who struggle with large pimples that come up under the skin have found relief from their painful <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-rid-of-acne-effectively">acne blemishes</a> by applying milk of magnesia immediately upon their appearance. Milk of magnesia won&rsquo;t cure pimples overnight, but it has been known to decrease the amount of swelling and further irritation that occurs. Some all-natural beauty experts swear by using it as a purifying mask once a week as well.</p> <h2>4. Adhesive Irritation</h2> <p>If you are sensitive to bandages or athletic adhesive tape, you may find that your skin gets red and puffy where it comes in contact with the glue of certain products. Many have tried putting a thin layer of milk of magnesia on their skin where it will come in contact with the adhesive, then allowing it to dry completely before taping. The adhesive will stay put, while the milk of magnesia protects the skin.</p> <h2>5. Body Odor</h2> <p>There are many reasons people avoid traditional deodorant products, but milk of magnesia is commonly used as an underarm odor solution, and it&rsquo;s very affordable. Simply fill a spray bottle with milk of magnesia, apply under your clean armpits, and allow it to dry before dressing. This is popular in foreign countries, as well as with those who are opposed to some of the chemicals in traditional consumer deodorants.</p> <p>If you search the boards of many natural health sites, you will likely find dozens of other uses for using milk of magnesia (or MOM, as it&rsquo;s often called). While most of these ailments involve the skin (eczema and burns are commonly mentioned), I don&rsquo;t have much experience with them personally. Milk of magnesia is a relatively mild solution, so you&rsquo;re probably safe to try it on a small area of most any skin affliction, keeping in mind that the active ingredient is magnesium hydroxide. Many versions on the market include other components (some that may actually cause irritation). Look for the purest form of it you can, and if you have a hard time deciphering the bottle, ask your pharmacist.</p> <p>One other thing to note is that milk of magnesia used internally can block iron and folic acid, two very important components for unborn babies and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-breast-feeding-saves-money">women who are nursing</a>. If you&rsquo;re pregnant, use it wisely, and always consult your doctor before using MOM to treat something you are not familiar with.</p> <p><em>Do you have a unique use for milk of magnesia or an example of using it for one of the problems above?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-wise-uses-for-milk-of-magnesia">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-serums">The 5 Best Serums</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-facial-toners">The 5 Best Facial Toners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-beauty-tips-and-hacks-for-summer">18 Beauty Tips and Hacks for Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens">The 5 Best Sunscreens</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty milk of magnesia natural beauty skin care Tue, 07 Aug 2012 09:37:13 +0000 Linsey Knerl 946076 at http://www.wisebread.com Homemade Lotion Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-lotion-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/homemade-lotion-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/1416744902_6c81f98081_z.jpg" alt="woman applying lotion" title="woman applying lotion" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever looked at the ingredient label on your face or body lotion? Most brands of lotions contain parabens, alcohols, and other ingredients that may be harmful to your skin. (There&rsquo;s a reason to <a href="http://www.thegoodhuman.com/2007/06/21/what-are-parabens-and-why-should-you-avoid-them/" title="parabens">avoid parabens</a> in particular &mdash; they may be hormone disruptors.)</p> <p>Sadly, even my Kiss My Face lotion, which I bought because it is paraben-free, has over 40 ingredients in it. (The lotion works well, and I&rsquo;m thankful for the lack of parabens, but because of the number of ingredients, it&rsquo;s definitely not ideal in my book.)</p> <p>Many lotions labeled &ldquo;natural&rdquo; and &ldquo;organic&rdquo; have more ingredients than you need and may still include ingredients that harm your skin. If you&rsquo;re looking for a commercially-sold lotion, check out the site <a href="http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/" title="Skin Deep">Skin Deep</a> for a list of the safest lotions.</p> <p>A great alternative to buying lotion is making your own. Not only can you avoid unwanted chemicals, but many of the lotion recipes will save you money because the products are cheaper. This is because homemade lotions are more concentrated, and you need a much smaller amount than store-bought lotions. (See also: <a title="10 Budget Beauty Products You Can Make at Home" href="http://www.wisebread.com/ten-budget-beauty-products-you-can-make-at-home">10 Budget Beauty Products You Can Make at Home</a>)</p> <p>Here are some of my favorite homemade recipes.</p> <h2>The Easiest Homemade Lotion<strong><br /> </strong></h2> <ul> <li>Olive oil, or</li> <li>Grapeseed oil, or</li> <li>Vitamin E oil</li> </ul> <p>Any of these oils will provide a lot of moisture to your hands without needing to mix any ingredients.</p> <p><strong>Instructions:</strong> Purchase a small bottle of the oil. I find that <a title="5 Things Other Grocery Stores Should Steal from Trader Joe's" href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-other-grocery-stores-should-steal-from-trader-joes">Trader Joe&rsquo;s</a> or local Middle Eastern grocery stores have some of the cheapest prices for olive oil. (You may want to smell the olive oil to make sure it&rsquo;s not extremely smelly.) The other oils can be found at a local pharmacy or health foods store. Place a small dab of oil on your hand for the perfect amount of moisture.</p> <h2>Honey Lotion<strong><br /> </strong></h2> <ul> <li>5 tbsp emulsifying wax</li> <li>1 tbsp liquid lanolin</li> <li>1/4 cup coconut oil</li> <li>1 teaspoon honey</li> </ul> <p><strong>Instructions:</strong> Over medium heat in a double boiler, melt the ingredients until smooth.</p> <h2>Almond Lotion<strong><br /> </strong></h2> <ul> <li>1 tbsp vitamin E oil</li> <li>1 tbsp grapeseed oil</li> <li>1 oz grated beeswax</li> <li>1-1/4 cups almond oil</li> <li>1/4 cup coconut oil</li> <li>1/2 cup water</li> </ul> <p><strong>Instructions:</strong> In a double boiler over low-medium heat, melt the beeswax with the almond and coconut oil. Let cool. In a separate container, mix the remaining ingredients. Using a whisk or blender, mix these ingredients into the beeswax/almond/coconut mixture.</p> <h2>Grapeseed Oil Lotion</h2> <p>Grapeseed is a lighter oil and won&rsquo;t be as rich as the other recipes above.<strong><br /> </strong></p> <ul> <li>3 tbsp beeswax (or emulsifying wax)</li> <li>2/3 cup grapeseed oil (or mix 1/3 grapeseed and 1/3 olive oil)</li> <li>2 tsp coconut oil</li> <li>4 tbsp water</li> </ul> <p><strong>Instructions:</strong> In a double boiler over low-medium heat, melt the beeswax or emulsifying wax and add in the grapeseed oil and coconut oil. Mix everything well. Let cool slightly and blend or whisk in the water.</p> <p>In all of the above recipes you can add in drops (usually around 15-20) of your favorite essential oils for a great-smelling lotion. (Lemon and lavender are some excellent options.)</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll want to store the lotions in a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sanity-saving-ideas-for-canning-jars">glass jar</a> in a cool and dry place. They should last several weeks to several months depending on your climate.</p> <p><em>Do you currently buy organic/natural lotion? Have you ever considered making your own?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-lotion-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products">50 Amazing, Easy DIY Bath and Body Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-avocado-face-mask-and-other-natural-beauty-experiments">The Avocado Face Mask and Other Natural Beauty Experiments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-serums">The 5 Best Serums</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Health and Beauty beauty products Homemade lotions natural beauty Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:36:16 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 657838 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/natural_hair.jpg" alt="Woman flipping her hair" title="Woman flipping her hair" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might think of beer, bananas, and coconut oil as the main ingredients to an awesome banana bread, but to use in a natural hair conditioner?</p> <p>According to Cristi Nunziata &mdash; The Herbal Education Coordinator at <a href="http://www.citymarket.coop/">City Market</a> in Burlington, VT &mdash; there are many items from your kitchen that you can use to make natural beauty products. And aside from saving money, there are many reasons to make your own, including taking better care of your skin and hair.&nbsp; I have picked out five easy recipes for homemade hair conditioners that treat dry or damaged hair, along with some excellent general advice from Nunziata's natural hair care workshops. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ten-budget-beauty-products-you-can-make-at-home">10 Budget Beauty Products You Can Make at Home</a>)</p> <p>While these are simple recipes, Nunziata does say it takes practice to get it right and that there are some important things to remember about using conditioners:</p> <blockquote><p>Conditioning lubricates the hair shaft, causing softness and preventing breakage and tangles. Most are applied after shampooing, but some are used prior and left on for 20 minutes or even overnight.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>From &quot;Herbal Hair Care&quot; by Cristi Nunziata</em></p> <h3>Avocado Deep Conditioner</h3> <ul> <li>1/2 mashed ripe avocado</li> <li>1/2 tsp olive oil</li> <li>3 drops lavender or rosemary essential oil</li> </ul> <blockquote><p>Combine ingredients and apply to hair, focusing on the ends. Leave on for at least 10 minutes, then rinse.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>From </em><a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Beauty_by_Nature.html?id=3eb7OiuZIDMC">Beauty By Nature</a><em> by Brigette Mars</em></p> <p><strong>Cost: </strong>Around $10 for two to three treatments. The essential oil will be the most expensive item here (around $8.50). You can always buy a small amount of olive oil in bulk if you don't already have it on hand. Unless you plan to eat the other half of the avocado, keep the pit inside the flesh of the avocado and store it in a container in the refrigerator; this will keep it from turning completely brown when you are ready to use it again. Use the other half within 24 hours.</p> <h3>Oil Hair-Conditioning Treatment</h3> <ul> <li>Small amount of jojoba, olive, or coconut oil</li> <li>Herb mixture of choice (optional)</li> <li>Essential oils of choice (optional)</li> </ul> <blockquote><ol> <li>Warm the oil to 100-105 degrees in a double boiler. If using, add herbs and essential oils.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dampen hair. For long or thick hair, use 1-2 teaspoons of the oil mixture, and for fine or short hair, use 1/4 teaspoon of the mixture. Massage oil into the scalp and work through the strands, covering all hair completely. Cover hair with a shower cap or plastic bag and if possible sit in the sun or by the woodstove. Heat facilitates the process. Leave the oil in for an hour or two, and then, shampoo and rinse.</li> </ol> </blockquote> <p><em>From Rosemary Gladstar&rsquo;s </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rosemary-Gladstars-Family-Herbal-Vitality/dp/1580174256">Family Herbal</a></p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> Less than $15 if you don't use jojoba or essential oils. This cost should include at least 20 treatments, since a jar of coconut oil lasts a long time if you use a moderate amount for each treatment. Same with the essential oils if you decide to use them, which will increase the cost to between $20 to $25, depending on which essential oils you choose (some are more expensive than others).</p> <h3>Vinegar Rinses</h3> <blockquote><p>Vinegar rinses relieve itchy scalp, dandruff, and dull hair and restore the scalp&rsquo;s natural acid mantle. They are best for normal and oily hair, rather than dry. Use white vinegar for blondes, apple cider vinegar for brunettes, and red wine vinegar for red-heads. Leave the rinse on for at least five minutes if you are going to rinse it out. You can, however, leave it on and any smell will disappear once the hair is dry.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>From &quot;Herbal Hair Care,&quot; by Cristi Nunziata</em></p> <ul> <li>Herb blend: For blondes, calendula and chamomile; For dark hair, nettle and marshmallow; or make up your own</li> <li>Apple cider vinegar</li> <li>A few drops of essential oil</li> <li>Distilled water</li> </ul> <blockquote><p>1. Fill a quart jar half way with herbs. Cover with vinegar and cap tightly. Place the jar in a warm spot for 2-3 weeks, shaking daily.</p> <p>2. Strain the vinegar and add essential oils. Store in a plastic bottle.</p> <p>3. Dilute the rinse with distilled water. For oily hair, dilute one part rinse with four parts water. For dry hair, dilute one part rinse with six parts water. After shampooing and rinsing, pour vinegar rinse slowly over hair, massaging it into the scalp. Rinse with water.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>From Rosemary Gladstar&rsquo;s </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rosemary-Gladstars-Family-Herbal-Vitality/dp/1580174256">Family Herbal</a></p> <p><strong>Cost: </strong>Less than $15 to make the initial quart, which should provide 20 or more treatments. You can find many herbs in bulk at your local co-op or health food store, and possibly even vinegar. Even if you can't find <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">vinegar</a> in bulk, it is usually around $10 for a 32 oz. bottle, and it's a useful health-food staple to keep on hand. You can find really good prices online, such as this gallon of Bragg's at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OP1W0S/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&amp;pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&amp;pf_rd_t=201&amp;pf_rd_i=B000FIISBA&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_r=1YDF7ZR35BVKXV3XMVXB">Amazon.</a></p> <h3>Anti-Dandruff Herbal Hair Rinse</h3> <ul> <li>1 quart water</li> <li>Large handful of rosemary, nettle, thyme, and lavender</li> <li>2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Use vinegar if your hair is dry or lemon juice if it is oily.</li> </ul> <blockquote><p>Bring water to a boil and add the herb mixture. Stir, cover, and steep for 30 minutes. Strain and add either vinegar or lemon juice. After shampooing and conditioning, squeeze out excess water, then pour the liquid over your hair and don&rsquo;t rinse it out.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>From </em><a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Beauty_by_Nature.html?id=3eb7OiuZIDMC">Beauty By Nature</a><em> by Brigette Mars</em></p> <p><strong>Cost: </strong>Less than $10 per treatment, if you can find the herbs in bulk or grow your own herbs.</p> <h3>Disappear Dandruff Treatment</h3> <ul> <li>1/4 cup coconut oil</li> <li>1/4 tsp tea tree oil</li> </ul> <blockquote><p>Combine ingredients, massage into scalp before bed and cover head with a breathable shower cap.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>From </em><a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Beauty_by_Nature.html?id=3eb7OiuZIDMC">Beauty By Nature</a><em> by Brigette Mars</em></p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: Between $10 and $15 for 20 or more treatments (see note about coconut oil in second recipe from above).</p> <p>For more information on general hair care, here are some additional tips from Herbal Ed Coordinator Cristi Nunziata:</p> <blockquote><ul> <li>Hair is made up of protein (95-97% protein and 3% water), so be sure you are getting enough of it. Other hair essentials include: biotin (eggs, organ meats, dried fruit, molasses), iron, iodine, B12, and Omega 3s.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Teas for hair health include: alfalfa, burdock root, ho shou wu, horsetail, nettle, and oat straw.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Seaweeds are said to keep hair healthy and dark.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Rinsing hair with cold water will flatten hair and make it better able to reflect light.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Scalp massage can prevent hair loss, stimulate sebaceous glands, and increase circulation. Add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to fingertips.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Brushing hair distributes hair oils. Natural bristles are best because they absorb and distribute the oils and trap dirt and dust.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Minimize blow dryers, hot rollers, curling irons, and chlorinated swimming pools. If you use a blow dryer hold it at least 6 inches away from the hair and use a low setting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Ditch stress, which can cause hair loss and lackluster hair. Try yoga, meditation, massage, or a cup of calming tea.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Get your hair trimmed every eight weeks to remove frizzy, split, or frayed ends.</li> <li>Wear a hat to protect your hair from sunlight, which can be drying or color-altering especially for color treated hair).</li> </ul> </blockquote> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-watson">Ashley Watson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-avocado-face-mask-and-other-natural-beauty-experiments">The Avocado Face Mask and Other Natural Beauty Experiments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cleaning-house-with-dr-bronner">Cleaning House With Dr. Bronner</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/id-rather-be-a-brunette-10-tips-to-save-on-hair-care">I&#039;d Rather Be A Brunette: 10 Tips To Save On Hair Care</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Health and Beauty conditioner hair care natural beauty Fri, 01 Jul 2011 23:26:12 +0000 Ashley Watson 600976 at http://www.wisebread.com The Avocado Face Mask and Other Natural Beauty Experiments http://www.wisebread.com/the-avocado-face-mask-and-other-natural-beauty-experiments <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-avocado-face-mask-and-other-natural-beauty-experiments" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/114394_1099_0.jpg" alt="avocado" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In my ongoing effort to use natural resources and still stick to my frugal lifestyle, I do things that perhaps the average person may not do. In fact, when I wrote about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment">washing my hair in baking soda</a> for a week and making my own laundry detergent, many of my friends laughed at me, until I explained the savings. This time we're talking about putting something on my face or body that would normally go in recipes, and am here to tell the tale. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home" title="5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home">5 Hair Conditioners&nbsp;You Can Make at Home</a>)</p> <h2>Face Masks</h2> <h3>Egg</h3> <p>I remember as a kid that a sweet old lady in our church had the most amazing skin. As I got into my teens, I asked her about it and giggled when she revealed her secret: egg.</p> <p>Egg? On your face?! At 15 I wasn't as willing to try such a treatment as I am now, but with a little encouragement, I did as she suggested: baked a batch of cookies! Now, this isn't the key to the story but it sure helps because you're not using the whole egg. Once you've used the yolk, the white part that remains in the shell is what you need. Yup, that tiny little bit at the end. Simply rub it on your face and wash it off when it turns hard.</p> <p>It's not the kind of thing I do every day, by any stretch, but when I'm baking, I always use the leftover egg as a quick, inexpensive face mask.</p> <h3>Avocado</h3> <p>Mashing up an avocado until it looks like guacamole and then putting it on your face is not only incredibly cheap, but it's good for you and easy to apply. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes while you relax and then wash off with warm water.</p> <h3>Banana and Milk</h3> <p>I have a friend who swears by this one, and once you get beyond the thought of adding breakfast to you face, it is a fun recipe that makes your face feel soft. Simply mash up one ripe banana, and then add enough milk to make a paste. Apply to your face for 20 minutes, and then rinse off.</p> <h2>Hand Exfoliator</h2> <p>What do oatmeal, an egg, and lemon juice make? If you're thinking yummy cookies, you're a little off base. While most people use such ingredients to cook with, some friends and I used them as a relaxing hand exfoliator and love it. Sure, it's a little gooey and gets all over (towels required!), but it works and we all gave it a hearty thumbs up. This gently exfoliating scrub will make your hands noticeably softer and smoother.</p> <p>In a small bowl, mash:</p> <ul> <li>1/4 of a peeled avocado</li> <li>1 egg white</li> <li>2 tablespoons oatmeal</li> <li>1 teaspoon lemon juice</li> </ul> <p>Combine well and apply to your hands. Leave the mixture on for 20 minutes, then rinse in warm water and pat dry.</p> <h2>Foot Bath</h2> <p>For smooth and pretty feet, combine these ingredients in a foot bath:</p> <ul> <li>1 cup of lemon juice,</li> <li>2 tablespoons olive oil,</li> <li>1/4 cup milk and enough water to fill the basin.</li> <li>Optional: Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance.</li> </ul> <p>Soak feet for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Do this once a week for several weeks for noticeably softer, smoother feet.</p> <p>These recipes are not only simple and frugal but probably include many ingredients that you already have on hand &mdash; making them perfect for a relaxing evening.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Clair Boone. She bought diapers for 20 cents a pack and earned the applause of the cashier checking her out. Over the past year, Clair's money-saving tips has helped thousands of people all over the U.S. save hundreds of dollars. Read more articles by Clair at her blog, <a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/">Mummy Deals</a>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/2009/01/why-i-do-my-own-hair-coloring.html">Save Around $400 Per Year by Doing Your Own Hair Coloring</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/2010/01/my-ink-cartridge-just-cost-me-mere-2.html">My Ink Cartridge Just Cost Me a Mere $2</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.mummydeals.org/2009/11/upromise-helping-you-save-for-your-kids.html">Upromise: Helping You Save For Your Kid's College</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clair-boone">Clair Boone</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-avocado-face-mask-and-other-natural-beauty-experiments">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-lotion-recipes">Homemade Lotion Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cleaning-house-with-dr-bronner">Cleaning House With Dr. Bronner</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Health and Beauty beauty products natural beauty Thu, 26 Aug 2010 13:00:13 +0000 Clair Boone 217633 at http://www.wisebread.com Would You Stop Coloring Your Hair? http://www.wisebread.com/going-gray-grey-hair-stop-coloring <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/going-gray-grey-hair-stop-coloring" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/144577104_035a66e548_z.jpg" alt="owl" title="owl" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My hair started turning gray when I was a teenager. At first, it was just a weird little wiry white hair here and there. Then, a few longer strands. But it wasn't until I was 21, living on my own in the big city, that I noticed that I was really, really going gray. It wasn't a big deal &mdash; I was young and favored home coloring kits. I went from black to blonde to brown and over to red. It was fun.</p> <p>As I got older, I started caring a bit more about the kinds of chemicals that I was putting on my hair and skin, so I decided to grow my gray out for a while. With shortly cropped hair, this didn't take long, and before long, I was able to march into the hairdresser and have the remaining colored ends trimmed away, revealing my now natural gray and light brown tresses. What should have been a fairly liberating moment was dampened only by the fact that I suddenly looked, after a few snips of hair had fallen away, about 15 years older than I actually was.</p> <p>My face was suddenly washed out. Crow's feet that I had never noticed waved happily from the corners of my eyes. My cheeks, normally rosy and flushed, suddenly looked wan and sallow. Not only was I gray, I was unevenly gray. My dreams of having great streaks of white and gray strands across the top of a chic hairdo were crushed when I realized that I had inherited my father's hair color: white and gray in a big band that stretched from temple to temple along the back of my head, in a definite mimicry of what I would look like with male pattern baldness. To make matters worse, I only had some gray (mixed with a pale, mousy brown) on the top. I was no <a href="http://www.realistichair.com/store/images/helen_mirren.jpg">Helen Mirren</a>, that's for damn sure.</p> <p>I gulped, smiled bravely at my stylist, who was gazing worriedly at me in the mirror, and then ran home to dye my hair back to a flattering shade of chestnut. That was about three years ago.</p> <p>Recently, I decided to give it a second try. Gray hair is tricky &mdash; it does age one's face. Men seem to get away with gray hair more readily than women. Jon Stewart, Keith Olbermann, and Anderson Cooper are just some examples of men I see in the media who wear gray hair very well. It's harder for women to get away with, partly because the popular media considers us largely past our prime by the time we hit 35, whereas men are still considered foxy and desirable well into their 50s (or... well, however Paul Newman was.... rrrrowr).</p> <p>But even without cultural idiosyncrasies dancing around in our heads, there are certain indicators of youth that, when removed, are shocking. (Check out this doctored photo of what <a href="http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1658058,00.html">Condoleezza Rice</a>would look like with gray hair.) Other odd things that make or break one's youthful look? Longer canine teeth and full lips. Who knew, right?</p> <p>Anyway, this time I am sticking with the gray, both for the sake of saving $75 every three weeks, and also to be free from the tyranny of having to constantly alter so much of my appearance to suit society's needs. I already shave my legs and wear makeup and style my hair and wear deodorant and all other kinds of things to make myself societally acceptable (you're welcome). In a way, I feel like I'm giving myself a break.</p> <p>I won't say that I'm 100% comfortable with my hair right now. When I wear my tan trench coat, I am convinced that I look like Colombo. Whenever I put on reading glasses, I truly feel like I am channeling my inner, elderly librarian (not that librarians don't rock &mdash; they do). At 31, I sometimes feel like I should be wearing bold, daring colors and multiple nose rings, but the truth is, I'm too lazy to maintain an eccentric personal style. I wear black not because I am chic, but because I spill coffee down the front of my shirt every single morning. So allowing my body to do the things that it seems ready to do is a natural choice. And easy choice. A really, really lazy choice.</p> <p>And I'm happy with lazy.</p> <p>Below are some beauty tips I've compiled from a variety of other online articles about how to decorate your face once you let your grays grow out. These actually do make a bit of a difference in countering the slightly aging effect of my hair.</p> <ul> <li>If you have fair skin, you may need to consider a slightly darker foundation. Just a smidge darker, nothing too orangey.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You will need more blush. Period. Highlight those cheekbones and don't be afraid of those slightly iridescent highlighting creams that are meant to make you look all dewy and youthful.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Don't fake tan or apply bronzer. Unless you have an olive complexion or very warm tones in your non-grey hair, brown and tan tones look oddly muddy against white or gray hair.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Some people will tell you that you can no longer where bright shades of eye shadow or lipstick. This is certainly true for me, but there's no reason why you can't experiment a bit.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Try colors that never looked good on you. I could never wear blue mascara before I went gray. Now, it actually looks really good, and not at all like a throwback to the 1980s. I used to favor burgundy eye shadows, but now they make me look a bit like a vampire, so I've toned them down to warm mauves and lots of soft pinks, which make me look all glowing and lovely.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Devote effort to your eyebrows. They now work to frame your face more than ever. Keep them professionally manicured (this, fortunately, doesn't cost more than $15-20).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Gray hair can be coarse and brittle. Condition it like mad, and rinse it well.</li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/going-gray-grey-hair-stop-coloring">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-great-hair-without-the-salon">10 Ways to Get Great Hair Without the Salon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-mistakes-that-may-be-ruining-your-skin">7 Beauty Mistakes That May Be Ruining Your Skin</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-wise-uses-for-milk-of-magnesia">5 Wise Uses for Milk of Magnesia</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-makeup-hacks-from-the-pros">12 Makeup Hacks From the Pros</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty colorist going gray going grey gray hair hair color hair dye lazy makeup natural beauty personal style salon stop coloring Fri, 21 Nov 2008 01:01:29 +0000 Andrea Karim 2593 at http://www.wisebread.com Cleaning House With Dr. Bronner http://www.wisebread.com/cleaning-house-with-dr-bronner <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cleaning-house-with-dr-bronner" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cleaning-bottles.jpg" alt="cleaning bottles" title="cleaning bottles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few years ago, I noticed that, not only did I seem to spend a little more cash than I was comfortable with on cleaning products for my house, but I was having a sort of reaction to them: headaches, sudden fatigue and a weird taste in my mouth. At first, I wasn’t sure what it was; but I eventually made the connection between the various chemicals I was using around the house and these symptoms.</p> </p> <p>I started reading about some of the <a href="http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_279.cfm" target="_blank">products</a> and cases of compromised immune systems, skin irritation and respiratory problems in some people. Of course, I knew that furniture polish may smell “lemony” (or, to paraphrase George Carlin, doesn’t contain any actual lemons) but probably doesn’t make good mouthwash, and that bathroom cleaners will release a bunch of talking, mustachioed suds that will leave the room sparkling – but probably shouldn’t be added to my overpriced latté.</p> <p>You get the idea.</p> <p>I had 2 cats and lived near a busy street. I’m no Felix Unger, but I don’t like dust, grit, etc. </p> <p>Cats + street = dust x (grit + dander). </p> <p>So I typically purchased, on a semi-regular basis, disposable dusters, the aforementioned citrus-scented furniture polish, glass cleaner (why is it always blue?), bathroom cleaner, an “all-purpose” cleaner (for… well, I don’t know, actually. It just sounded good to have) and a few other things like air freshener spray and various laundry items. Sometimes I really went crazy and bought something to turn the water in the toilet blue for a month. </p> <p>Wild times, I know.</p> <p>I noticed that it added up to a lot, over time, so I started looking at the alternatives. A Whole Foods opened near me and I started shopping there, out of curiosity. Before anyone jumps on me about how expensive a lot of their stock is, I’ll say this: I know, I know.</p> <p>One day, I picked up a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds. The bottle says that Sal Suds will clean everything in your house – wood floors, laundry, dishes, and cars. Sounded like a good alternative to the stuff I was using; but, really, it caught my eye because –surrounding the list of natural ingredients (each defined for clarity), various uses and pledge that it was not tested on animals – was written an entire philosophy of life. </p> <p>Granted, the bottle seemed a little pricy for just one cleaning product, but I found that it would last me for, literally, months. Just a little bit mixed in water, applied using a spray bottle, will tackle just about any job. And, as promised, it did a great job on both my laundry and my car (even the inside).</p> <p>I also checked out liquid soap for the shower and found that, not only did they smell great, but worked out, in the long run, to save me some dough that I’d have spent on whatever was available at the supermarket.</p> <p>So, the symptoms I’d experienced were gone, I felt better about using products produced by a company that seemed to actually care about both the quality of its soaps as well as the well-being of its customers and, admittedly, reading the words on the bottles is actually very thought-provoking.</p> <p>For both the uninitiated as well as existing fans of Dr. Bronner, hopefully you can catch <a href="http://www.magicsoapbox.com/doc/" target="_blank">the documentary</a> that’s now being screened. Also, check out the <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11813678" target="_blank">NPR interview</a> with the film’s director, Sara Lamm.<br /><a href="http://www.drbronner.com/" target="_blank"><br />http://www.drbronner.com/</a> <br /><a href="http://www.seventhgeneration.com/" target="_blank"><br /></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ed-oreilly">Ed O&#039;Reilly</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cleaning-house-with-dr-bronner">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-avocado-face-mask-and-other-natural-beauty-experiments">The Avocado Face Mask and Other Natural Beauty Experiments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom">Alternative Uses for Everything in Your Bathroom</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/three-products-that-rock-my-world">Three Products That Rock My World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-remember-when-choosing-natural-products">5 Things to Remember When Choosing Natural Products</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Health and Beauty Shopping animal safety Dr. Bronner environmentally friendly green shopping natural beauty soap Wed, 18 Jul 2007 08:26:01 +0000 Ed O'Reilly 858 at http://www.wisebread.com