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Lavender Body Scrub Recipe

13 Aug

This is a quick and easy recipe for a lavender body scrub. This one follows the same recipe as the Peppermint Body Scrub . In this one, you switch out the peppermint castile soap for lavender castile soap.

What You Need:

  • Sea Salt- choose the grain size that works best for your skin. The one you see in this photo is fine grain. I also made one that was medium. The smaller the size, the gentler the scrub will be.
  • Lavender Liquid Castile Soap
  • Oil of your choice
  • Clean jar or container

What to Do:

I mixed the castile soap and the salts together first. Then I added the oil. I used jojoba, but you can use a different type. I didn’t measure. I just poured it in small amounts until it was the texture that I wanted. It only took a few minutes to make.

Give this a try. You can always use different types of castile soap to get a different scent.  This scrub will leave your skin hydrated and soft. It’s a great way to treat yourself without spending a lot of money.

Bentonite Clay Hair Cleanser Recipe

5 Jul

Laura shares her recipe for a bentonite clay hair cleanser. She also uses this recipe as a face mask.

What You Need:

1 part Bentonite Clay

1 part Water

1 part Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix together well and use.

If you have a recipe you’d like to share, please send it to naturalbyl@gmail.com.

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Homemade Sugar Scrub and Salt Scrub Tutorial

30 Jun

Sheealyoung shows how to make two different homemade body scrubs. The first is a sugar/coffee scrub. The second is a salt scrub. Give them a try.

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Product Review: Beurre Mousse from MissShe Body Cocktails

26 Jun

Description from MissShe’s site:

Shea, cocoa, mango, aloe and cupuacu butters with essential oils make up this drink delicacy for the skin, in your favorite cocktail fragrance. Also contains
emu, acai, chamomile, argan and a variety of exotic fruit and nut oils. Naturally aiding skin affected by eczema and psoriasis. Also with ant-aging and
antioxidant qualities.

5 Things I Like About Beurre Mousse:

  1. It’s lightweight but extremely moisturizing
  2. It’s available in more than great scents
  3. Available in sizes 1/2 oz to 8oz ($1.50-$20.00)
  4. Has a great whipped texture that makes it easy to use
  5. Great ingredients

I’ve tried several products from MissShe’s line, and this is definitely one of my favorites. MissShe has taken different butters and oils that are great for skin and combined them into one. There are so many awesome scents. Some of those scents include Lemonade Ice, Peppermint Schnapps, Pink Lady, Margarita, Green Apple Martini, and Vanilla Solstice. Some lotions have a great scent, but you can’t smell it on your skin after a few minutes. This does not work that way. It lingers on the skin without having a heavy perfume smell.

The 1/2 oz is only $1.50. It’s a great way to buy a few to try different scents and to test the product. They also make great additions to gift bags. One word of warning: DO NOT LEAVE IN THE CAR DURING WARM WEATHER. This is true of any product that is a whipped butter. If you leave it in the heat, it will melt. You want to keep it with that same texture.

Another warning is to keep these away from my family because they love them. You might lose yours. My aunt loved the citrus scent of the Gin & Juice mousse. My sister loved the fruity scent of the Tropical Punch.  My favorite are the Pink Lady and  Cosmopolitan. A friend of mine has the Lemonade Ice, and she can’t stop using it. I need to get that one because I love lemonade scents.

To try this product for yourself, visit MissShe Body Cocktails

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Whipped Hair & Body Butter Tutorial

20 May

Sheenalyoung shows how to make a whipped hair and body butter with her guest Hank Chen. Check out the other videos on her channel.

If you have a recipe you would like to share, please send it to naturalbyl@gmail.com

Healthy Eating Challenge~ Phase 3

26 Apr

Here are the details:

  • The challenge will be three consecutive 4-week challenges
  • Phase One: February 28th-March 27th
  • Phase Two: March 28th- April 24th
  • Phase Three: April 25th- May 23rd

Phase Two Recap:

I went off track during Phase Two, but I am ready to do better for Phase 3. I still haven’t been eating as badly as before, but I had too many sweets. I also haven’t improved my water intake enough.

My Phase Three Goals:

  • I am going to do mostly homecooked meals for the second phase.
  • I will drink at least 64 oz. of water per day
  • I will eat 5-6 times per day (including snacks)
  • I will focus on adding more fruit and vegetables into my meals
  • I will eat breakfast every day

My support system:

  • My sister is going to do the challenge as well. We aren’t in the same city, but I will discuss ideas with her.
  • I also have a friend who is working on improving her eating habits. We can share tips with each other.
  • I’ll also seek inspiration from the other participants.

I have to watch out for:

  • My sweet tooth
  • My best friend. I won’t let her bad eating habits tempt me.
  • Going out to eat
  • Events

My resources (a few):

  • Eating Well Magazine
  • My many cookbooks
  • Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry
  • Native Style Cookbook: A Family Oriented Approach to the Plant-Based Diet by Ayida Honor

Also, join the NR Healthy Eating Challenge Team on SparksPeople

Saved from the Funk Hydrosol Recipe

21 Apr

This recipe was submitted by LaVida of LaVida Given by Nature

 Saved from the Funk (Hydrosol)

It’s Wednesday afternoon. 80 degrees with 61% humidity…..I have less than 10 minutes to spare, to run down the hill 3 blocks and through the state capitol bldg to catch a shuttle back to my building.
10 minutes before:
Do I choose a graphite pencil, medium, soft or hard charcoal w/ peel away sharpening, or a plain charcoal pencil… ooh, look at these… what is this? What is graphite anyway? “Writes like a pencil but dark like chacoal….” I mulled over several erasers as well….. OMG…I snatch a medium charcoalpeel pencil and a gray kneading eraser….. it’s 12:46!!!
I have 9 minutes….. I run ( which wouldn’t be described assuch) down the way. I pass a few carefree citizens who have formed a horizontal line across the side walk. UGH! When you’re in a rush, no one else is. I am in no shape or form or prepared to even remotely run down the 3 blocks, but I put my best foot forward – which is my left. .. and glide around the barricade of people enjoying the nice weather.
Upon block three, at the last moment I decide to vacate all plans to run through the “basement” (concourse) of the Plaza and take a sharp left down a steep hill, turn into a bend, which is the mouth of the bus turn-around, and through a tunnel where a state trooper happens to be waiting. I ignored the fact that I possibly could get a pedestrian ticket for going through this tunnel. I perspire more but, I make my shuttle!! I can relax…… or can’t I? I made it, but has my deodorant? I am perspiring like crazy and I’m not feeling so fresh…..The light bulb went off. When I am back at my cubicle I reach into my tote for my homemade body elixer! My trusty, loyal hydrosol blend!
 
What are Hydrosols?
Hydrosols are the distillate product left over during the process of producing steam distilled Essential Oils.
 
What are the benefits of Hydrosol?
Hydrosols are non-abrasive and not irritating to the skin. Although hydrosols are not as concentrated as essential oils they still hold the essential oils therapeutic properties.How can I use hydrosol?
Many artisans use hydrosols in water-based cosmetic products and for non-toxic linen sprays. My favorite ways of using them are for an after work-out body refresher (when a shower isn’t nearby), hair moisturizing mist or a scent mist to keep on my desk at work.
 
How do I make hydrosols? Where can they be purchased?
In order to make potent safe hydrosols you would need special steam distilling equipment and be knowledgeable in Herbology. I for one do not make my own hydrosols nor essential oils. One place I do recommend, although it can be a bit costly is Fromnaturewithlove.com. Try searching the net for hydrosols and I’m sure you will stumble upon several others as well.
 
Could you please share a recipe?
Absolutely!
AFTER WORK-OUT REFRESHER
1 Part Rose Hydrosol
1 Part Lavender
3 Parts Witch Hazel Hydrosol
1 part distilled water
A splash of Isopropyl Alcohol (optional – mixture should be refridgerated)
tsp jojoba
6 – 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (excluding citrus’ & almond eo’s- can cause skin damage due to photosensitivity. Mints should not be used on the face.)
 
Do You have another recipe?
Why not. We all as woman have gone a bit too far and shaves a bit too much and a bit too low. When it grows back! YOUCH!
BIKINI AREA PAIN EASE
3 Parts Witch Hazel Hydrosol
1 Part chamomile
1 Part Floral Hydrosol (rose, lavender or something else)
1 part distilled water
A splash of Isopropyl Alcohol (optional – mixture should be refridgerated)
tsp jojoba
3 drops patchouli
2 – 3 drops tea trea oil

Shake and pour liquid onto a cotton ball or what I like to use, dry cotton pads.

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Product Review: Nzuri Elixir (Liquid Hair Vitamins)

3 Apr

I took 1 oz of this elixir each day for 30 days. Read below for my thoughts and results.

Product Description from the Container:

Nzuri Elixir is rich in key, scientifically proven nutrients that have been shown to grow and maintain a healthy head of hair. it can increase body, shine, thickness, strength, volume, and sheen.

5 Things I Like About Nzuri ElixirLiquid Hair Vitamins Plus Growth Stimulants (32 oz $39.95)

  1. It combines several vitamins that are great for your hair and body including Vitamin A 1,000 IU 20% Vitamin C 30 mg 50% Vitamin E 30 IU 313% Thiamin 1.5 mg 100% Riboflavin 1.7 mg 100% Niacin 20 mg 100% Vitamin B6 5 mg 250% Folate (as folic acid) 800 mcg 200% Vitamin B-12 and co-enzyme B-12) 250 mcg 400% Biotin 600 mcg 200% Pantothenic acid (as D-panthenol) 20 mg 200% Iodine (as potassium iodide) 150 mcg 100% Zinc 7.5 mg 50% Selenium 70 mcg 100% Copper (as copper citrate) 1 mg 100 Propietary Blend of vitamins and minerals
  2. It can be taken alone or mixed with water or juice
  3. My hair feels great after using it for 30 days
  4. It can also be used on your skin
  5. It’s also great for people who don’t like to take pills

I always tell people that products, drinks, vitamins, etc… won’t magically make your hair grow. However, vitamins are a great addition to a hair regimen. A good regimen and vitamins can promote growth and length retention. I am very happy with the condition of my hair after the thirty days. Also, I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. I expected it to taste awful, and it doesn’t taste bad at all. I mixed it with different beverages and drank it alone. It worked well either way. For those of you who are watching your calories, these vitamins are only 20 calories per serving. Thanks to Nzuri for giving me a chance to try this elixir.

To purchase, visit HERE . You can also read more reviews.

If you are interested in trying the Nzuri Elixir, leave a comment below. I have two 1.5 oz bottles. Two people will be selected randomly.

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Product Review: Whipped Body Sorbet Butter

3 Apr

The After Affects was kind enough to send me a sample of their Whipped Body Sorbet Butter to try. This product was formulated  for dry skin.

5 Things I Like About the Whipped Body Sorbet Butter (1.6 oz $10)

  1. This product moisturizes skin without a greasy residue
  2. It has great ingredients including Ingredients: Cupuacu Butter, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Sunflower Oil, Peach Kernel Oil, Borage Oil, Avocado Oil, Meadow foam Oil and Vitamin E
  3. It comes in 10 different scents or unscented. I tried the Passion Blossom, and it is a nice, delicate floral scent.
  4. This product worked even on skin that was extremely dry
  5. The compact size makes it easy to take with you wherever you go

I used this immediately after showering, and I only needed to use a small amount. At first I didn’t think the little container would last very long, but I have used it several times. I still have plenty. The directions say to put a quarter-sized amount in your hands. You’ll be surprised how much skin that covers.

If you are interested in this product or other natural skin care products, visit The After Affects HERE.

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NR Healthy Eating Challenge~Phase Two

27 Mar

Here are the details:

  • The challenge will be three consecutive 4-week challenges
  • Phase One: February 28th-March 27th
  • Phase Two: March 28th- April 24th
  • Phase Three: April 25th- May 23rd
  • Each person will need to set specific goals to adhere to. Those goals can change for each month-long challenge
  • We will have a few fun contests throughout with prizes of course (only for active participants)
  • Check back regularly for recipes, updates, announcements, and other fun things. There will be a new post for the challenge at least one a week.

Phase One Recap:

I had my ups and downs in Phase One, but overall it went well. I am feeling more energetic, my skin looks better, and I am paying more attention to what I eat. The part that I really need to focus on is my water intake. I didn’t meet that goal during the last phase. I am adjusting my goals for part two.

My Phase Two Goals:

  • I am going to do mostly homecooked meals for the second phase.
  • I will drink at least 64 oz. of water per day
  • I will eat 5-6 times per day (including snacks)
  • I will focus on adding more fruit and vegetables into my meals
  • I will eat breakfast every day

My support system:

  • My sister is going to do the challenge as well. We aren’t in the same city, but I will discuss ideas with her.
  •  I also have a friend who is working on improving her eating habits. We can share tips with each other.
  • I’ll also seek inspiration from the other participants.

I have to watch out for:

  • My sweet tooth
  • My best friend. I won’t let her bad eating habits tempt me.
  • Going out to eat
  • Events

 My resources (a few):

  • Eating Well Magazine
  • My many cookbooks
  • Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry
  • Native Style Cookbook: A Family Oriented Approach to the Plant-Based Diet by Ayida Honor

Also, join the NR Healthy Eating Challenge Team on SparksPeople