Jan 03

How To Make Coconut Oil Lotion With Grocery Store Ingredients

Every time my skin gets dry, I turn to my very favorite bath & body ingredient, coconut oil! Coconut oil is so moisturizing to the skin, that I can’t use anything else except for pure, natural lotions these days. To be honest, I never liked most store-bought lotions anyway, because they always had a chemical smell that I didn’t like. Knowing that I’m using natural ingredients and using a lotion that doesn’t smell synthetic makes a world of difference. This mixture comes out smelling fresh and leaving me extra moisturized when my skin gets dry.

One of the greatest things about this simple recipe is that you can get all of the ingredients at your local grocery store. Here’s a rundown of the other reasons that I love these ingredients:

Coconut Oil is known to be incredibly moisturizing and has also been known to act as a softener to hard skin. It is all natural when purchased in its pure form (just make sure it says “pure” on the label), and safe for all kinds of bath & body uses, including being a great hair conditioner and a wonderful ingredient in soaps.

Because of coconut oil’s naturally moisturizing properties, this is the main ingredient in this recipe. I use this in all of my handmade soaps in my Etsy shop, White Fox Bath & Body, and I get wonderful feedback from customers on how soft it makes their skin!

Olive Oil is also naturally moisturizing, and it contains a great vitamin for the skin, vitamin E! Many recipes for lotion call for vitamin E, however it can be a bit expensive, so olive oil is a great alternative. This recipe calls for one tablespoon of olive oil, which has 1.94 milligrams of vitamin E.

This is another one of the healthiest oils that you can use, both as a food and as a bath & body product. It is also very moisturizing and has been said to brighten the skin and add a youthful glow.

I also use olive oil in this recipe to prevent the coconut oil from returning to such a hard solid state. Note that coconut oil has a melting point of 75 degrees F, so if it does get hot, for instance in summertime, it will turn to a liquid.

I like to add a few drops of fragrance oil or essential oil to mine, but it is not necessary. This lotion is particularly nice with a warm vanilla. Don’t try to use vanilla extract or some other extract from the grocery store, trust me on this one, I’ve tried it and the scent does not come out very nice, plus the alcohol in the extract beads up. The scent of the coconut oil is nice and very subtle on its own, so like I mentioned, adding scent is not really necessary unless you just want to.

What you can do, however, for a very nice touch, is to ground a bit of pure vanilla bean to add a bit of scent and texture to your lotion.

Coconut Oil Lotion


  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Several drops of fragrance oil (optional)


  1. Melt the coconut oil just until it has reached a liquid state and no more. I melt mine in a Pyrex bowl in the microwave.
  2. Stir in the olive oil until the oils are well mixed
  3. Add any fragrance oils at this point, if desired.
  4. This step is optional, but at this point you can whip the mixture with an egg beater or in a KitchenAid until the consistency is fluffier to make whipped lotion.
  5. Store in a tin or a little jar. I like to carry these around in my purse, but you do have to be careful to ensure that it won’t leak out if it does get hot!
  6. Let the moisture cool down, and it is ready for use!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. It’s winter here now, and this feels so natural and nice on my dry skin, and smells wonderful!

If you like this and want to try your hand at soapmaking, then check out my recipe for How To Make Pure Coconut Oil Soap!

Jan 01

Condition Your Hair Naturally in the New Year with Coconut Oil

Natural Hair Conditioner… Use Organic Coconut Oil!

Last week, while we were preparing for our niece’s wedding, Rob took a picture of me with Katie and Ricky (bride and groom) at the wedding venue. When I saw the picture, I said, “What is that on my head that’s supposed to be my hair?!” Granted, it was very humid that day, but I looked like Phyllis Diller had stuck her finger in an electrical socket!

I set off on a mission to change that and ended up in the hair care department of my local drug store. I was desperate. What I found was stuff that cost at a minimum $35 – $40.00, and I would only use it once and throw it away. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and as a rule, I wouldn’t even consider using chemical junk on my hair.

Ultimately, I left without buying anything. I just couldn’t bring myself to buy the expensive poison.

Back at home, I searched on the net for a natural hair conditioner and came up with coconut oil!

I worked a tablespoon of Cold Pressed Organic Coconut Oil into damp hair and combed it through. I then put a shower cap on and left it that way overnight. I was quite the vision of loveliness, but again, desperate times…

The following morning, I washed my hair to get the oil out. The instructions said to shampoo twice to remove all the oil, but I shampooed once. To my amazement, my hair was soft and shiny; not frizzy. Phyllis had left the building…

It was such a dramatic improvement that someone in my office the following day commented on how shiny my hair looked. Unsolicited, I swear.

I forgot to mention that after I shampooed my hair, I put a pea-sized drop of the oil on my hands and worked it through my wet hair, combing it through thoroughly and concentrating on the ends for a leave-in conditioner.

I’m sold on this easy to do, healthy and not at all expensive method to condition my hair. Give it a try; I think you’ll be as surprised as I was!

Here are the full instructions so you can try it too! Let me know what you think!!

Coconut Oil Leave In Conditioner


  1. Pour some very warm to hot water into a small bowl.
  2. Scoop 2-3 tsps. of coconut oil out of the jar (depending upon the length of your hair), using a clean spoon, and put it into a glass cup.
  3. Put the cup of oil into the bowl of warm water. Leave the cup in the bowl until the coconut oil melts. Pure coconut oil is solid at cold temperatures but melts quickly at 76 degrees F or above. If it’s summer and the environment is warm, you may not even need to include this step. The oil may already be liquid.
  4. Massage the oil into your hair. Again, if your hair is long or very thick, you may need to use an additional amount of the oil. Apply the coconut oil to dry or damp hair, whichever you prefer. The oil is easier to distribute if your hair is damp.
  5. Comb your hair for a few minutes to evenly distribute it and to work it into your hair and scalp.
  6. Put a shower cap on your head, and tuck all of your hair inside of it. Leave the oil on your hair for one hour or better yet, for overnight. The longer you leave it on your hair, the more it will condition.
  7. Shampoo your hair once or twice to remove the coconut oil completely (depending upon the level of dryness you are trying to remedy).
  8. Melt a pea-sized amount of coconut oil in the palms of your hands by rubbing your hands together, and apply it lightly throughout your hair for extra conditioning, concentrating on the ends of your hair. Skip this step if your hair doesn’t need extra conditioning. You can do this on a regular basis to keep your hair shiny and soft.

It’s important to purchase pure, unrefined organic coconut oil. Pure, unrefined coconut oil is processed without chemicals; it’s the chemical processing that destroys the oil’s valuable nutrients. Unrefined coconut oil is sold in health food stores. I just used a bit of the coconut oil I keep on hand for cooking. Perfect!


Cheryl Major blogs about health and clean eating to lose weight and feel better, deal with depression, and about how to use food as your medicine. Get a FREE copy of her 10 Tips to Lose Weight without Dieting at http://www.ThinStrongHealthy.com


Oct 11

Pumpkin DIY Beauty Recipes

Homemade Pumpkin Sugar Scrub

Homemade Pumpkin Sugar Scrub

Let’s be honest, what else is there to do with all that leftover pumpkin you have from Halloween? Buckets and buckets of the stuff, all the insides from those carving-jobs you did with the kids. There’s only so much pumpkin pie you can make plus it’s not a recipe to suit everyone’s taste. There is something you can do with it all though…

Pumpkin DIY Beauty Recipes

You have yourself a very smart way of saving a small fortune for Christmas here if you play your cards right. Pumpkin season is upon us now and that’s great because there are so many benefits to both eating pumpkin and plastering it all over your face. However come Christmas-time, there will be fewer pumpkins so you can’t reap the benefits this nutrient-rich food has to offer.

Give your friends and relatives the benefits of pumpkin all year round with these pumpkin DIY beauty recipes. Package them up in old, recycled jars, throw some festive ribbon around them and what do you have? A bunch of Christmas gifts ready to go. Or ready to keep handy in case a forgotten friend comes to visit…

The good news is that you can freeze pumpkin too! The raw flesh can be cut into cubes, thrown into freezer bags and kept for when you need it. You could even puree the flesh and pack it into ice cube traps too, grabbing one as and when you need it. For a quick fix when you need a last minute face mask, it’s a really great idea. Plus you’ll have some handy for those pumpkin spiced lattes you crave when the coffee shops stop making them…

There’s so many beauty products you can make with all that leftover pumpkin you have from Halloween. As long you follow the recipes properly and store the products in the right way, you have your very own personal line of cosmetics and beauty treatments that, in reality, bring many more benefits than the expensive store-bought stuff anyway.

Pumpkin Spiced Sugar Scrub Squares

This is such a great idea for Christmas and you can make great use of those festive ice cube trays you NEVER remember to use too! Using them as moulds, you could make pumpkin spiced sugar scrub shapes and squares which are perfect for throwing into an old jar for a Christmassy pumpkin DIY beauty recipe.

You’ll only need a handful of ingredients – a quarter of a cup of coconut oil, one cup of brown sugar, half a cup of unscented and shredded soap, one teaspoon of pureed pumpkin and one teaspoon of pumpkin spice or cinnamon.

You can amend this recipe to suit your own tastes and you could even add coffee beans, white sugar, maple syrup, or anything you like to the mix too! It’s all about trial and error so get trialling and have a bit of fun.

The sugar in this recipe acts as a natural exfoliant for your skin and when you mix that with the antioxidants and enzymes found in the flesh of the pumpkin, you have something that will help fight back against wrinkles and give you a glowing complexion. The old skin cells will be brushed off by the rough sugar and the coconut oil will help to finish things off with a nice, thick, luxurious body moisturizer that’ll leave you feeling soft for days.

Pumpkin & Honey Fix-It Face Mask

If you’ve been partying hard or just working too many hours, you’ll probably find that your face is the first place to give the game away. Your complexion may be grey and sallow and wrinkles or dark circles more obvious than they were before. You can get rid of all of these things in as little as one sitting with the pumpkin and honey fix-it face mask – just another of the pumpkin DIY beauty recipes you could throw in a jar and give to a relative or friend for Christmas!

If you want to make an individual face mask, this is what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp’s pureed pumpkin

This is more a make-as-you-need kind of recipe as the milk makes it a treatment that won’t last much longer than a week or so when it’s stored in the fridge. When you’re ready to use it though just mix everything together, add to your face, sit back and relax for ten minutes before washing off.

The honey in this recipe is a humectant which means it holds onto moisture. This helps to retain the moisture in the skin on your face while the antioxidants in the pumpkin flesh work their magic on giving the skin cells the nutrients it needs. The milk helps to cool and soothe any problem areas and the cinnamon – that’ll work as a natural cleanser although it should be omitted if you have sensitive skin. Just leave it out.

There are so many pumpkin DIY beauty recipes you can put to good use with all the leftover pumpkin you have this Halloween. You don’t even need to focus on those Christmas presents either – with all the benefits this food has to offer your skin, you could just pamper yourself. You don’t need many ingredients and the treatments cost just pennies to make. With face masks, sugar scrubs, hair beautifiers, pedicure treatments and more, there’s plenty of body parts you could pamper post-Halloween.


For more DIY beauty recipes to treat your skin and save a small fortune, check out 135 DIY Beauty Hacks & Recipes All Smart Girls Should Know from UK-born freelance writer J Humphreys – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00Z58YNKA

With many ingredients you’ll already find in your kitchen and with plenty more benefits to boast about, you may kick yourself for not simplifying your beauty regime sooner!

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Aug 04

Four Fantastic Body Scrub Treatments

SpaWith so many spa treatments on offer these days, choosing the perfect spa treat can be a tricky business. This article focuses on body scrub treatments to give you an idea of what’s currently popular.

The Purification Body Scrub

Purification Body ScrubThe Purification Body Scrub is a technique taken from the Imperial spas in South Korea, aimed at both improving circulation, invigorating the skin and energizing the body. The treatment starts with an exfoliation of dead skin to prepare the area for a nourishing massage. This is then followed by an application of essential oils combined with cucumber, yogurt and milk, used to re-hydrate the skin and give it a silky and renewed feeling. The spa treatment is then traditionally topped off with a head massage.

The Bamboo Green Tea Scrub

Spa Body Scrub with Green TeaWe have another Asian treatment up next, the Bamboo Green Tea Scrub, this time influenced by bathing rituals in Japan. This invigorating treatment involves and exfoliation with a mixture of green tea, bamboo, cleansing grains and essential oils, perfectly balanced to leave the skin feeling fresh. The treatment is then followed by a traditional rice buff shower rinse with a twist of cherry blossom. Finally, the skin is moisturized by a mixture of wild lime silk oil or plum blossom silk cream.

An Indulgent Grape Body Wrap

Body WrapNext up, we have a grape-themed body scrub, inspired by the world famous grapes of Napa. The grape-based treatment starts with a grape seed scrub to exfoliate the skin, leaving it with a smooth and supple feeling. A grape-seed oil mask is then applied to the body and enveloped in a warm mylar cocoon, to give the antioxidants in the grape-seed oil time to sink into the skin. The final stage is an application of warm grape lotion to leave your skin firm and glowing.

The Chamomile Body Scrub

Chamomile Body ScrubWe finish up with a more traditional treatment, the traditional Chamomile Body Scrub. It may be traditional but it’s still a popular treatment in the modern day. The body scrub starts with a gentle French pumice scrub to exfoliate and loosen the skin. The pumice used in the exfoliation is infused with chamomile essence, a relaxing fragrance. The gentle exfoliation will leave the skin feeling silky and vibrant.

This is obviously just a small taste of all the treatments currently available, there really are many more to discover, so why not head on down to your local spa to find out more?


This article was written by Thom Sanders on behalf of Titanic Spa. They offer a fantastic range of Spa break experiences, perfect for spa seekers.

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Aug 02

How to Make Your Own Bath Salts – Easy As A-B-C!

lavender bath saltI’m just like every other stay at home mom struggling to make end meets and, I have to admit, finding it a great challenge to make my own products for less than I would normally pay in a store. In this article I’m going to show you just how easy it is to learn how to make your own bath salts. I’ve been making bath salts for some years now and actually sell them at a local Farmers Market along with a whole lot of other spa products. Fortunately for you, making bath salts is easy and the great thing about making your own is that you determine what goes into them so you can tailor make them for specific needs.

Every bath salt starts with the main ingredient which is – wait for it – salt! Now you may just think of salt as that condiment you have on your dinner table but there are many different types of salt to choose from. Some people like to use just one salt, but many people combine different salts to vary the texture of their bath salts. My favourite choice of salts include Epsom Salt, Dead Sea Salt, Atlantic Sea Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt and Breton Organic Grey Sea Salt.

Next, when learning how to make your own bath salts, you need to add a colorant. Naturally it will have to be one that is not irritating to the skin or that dyes your skin. Just imagine stepping out of the tub with your skin turned bright blue! Some of the salts are already colored, so no problem there, but you can add powdered mica, which has a pearl like iridescence that is very attractive or FD&C dyes.

If you want to add botanicals to your salts such as dried herbs or flower petals, then go on ahead, but I would recommend packaging them in a bag and using them like a teabag.

Last, but not least you need to choose the oils to put into your salts. For moisture, you can add a variety of oils such as avocado, olive, castor or apricot kernel. For perfume, you can choose from a wide range of essential oils but do not choose basil, oregano, thyme, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon or bay leaf as these are well known skin irritants.

One of my personal favourite recipes that I use after a day in the garden to sooth aching muscles is below:

Soothing Muscle Bath Salts


16 ounces Epsom Salts

5 drops Eucalyptus Oil

15 drops Lavender Oil

Place the salts in a mixing bowl and then add the essential oils and mix well. Store in a glass jar and use one third to half a cup of the gorgeous scented salts per bath to soothe away your aches and pains.

That’s all there is to it! Now you know how to make your own bath salts!

Whether you are looking for fresh ideas for a hobby or looking to generate a much needed second income, then I have just the product for you. I have written an informative e-book which contains all the information you need to be successful at selling your products, plus it contains over 80 different and original recipe ideas. So if you want to learn more about how to make your own bath salts [http://homemadeskinproducts.com/] and other spa quality products then visit my website at www.homemadeskinproducts.com [http://homemadeskinproducts.com/]. I also include extensive information about starting up your own business from home.

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Aug 02

How to Make Body Scrubs at Home

Ginger Body Scrub

Ginger Body Scrub

If you’ve ever wondered why anyone would want to know how to make body scrubs, it’s really quite simple. Body scrubs can be made at home, easily for just a few cents, and best of all they can be tailor made to suit your specific skin type. What’s more these fragrant indulgent spa type products make wonderful gifts for friends and family.

Body scrubs are a real treat for our skin because they gently exfoliate, removing all the dead cells, leaving the skin healthy and glowing and ready to receive any moisturiser we care to throw at hit. When you learn how to make body scrubs tailored for your skin’s specific needs, you really are giving your skin a much needed makeover.

Don’t worry that you won’t be able to make your own scrubs – honestly, they are so simple that a child could make them. Exfoliating body scrubs can be made with a variety of ingredients but generally consist of an exfoliant, which can be salt, sugar or other natural ground product such as coffee or oatmeal combined with some form of liquid. Some people prefer to buy their own liquid bases such as shampoos or lotions, whereas others like to make their own bases from a combination of nourishing oils, essential oils, fragrances and/or soap bases. How luxurious or simple you make a scrub is totally up to you.

There a few things to take consideration when you want to know how to make body scrubs. Firstly, you need to decide what type of fragrance you want. Essential oils can be quite costly but you get a lot of bang for your buck. Because they are totally natural and contain oil extracts from plants and herbs they are very concentrated, so a little goes a long way. Different essential oils convey different meanings. For example lavender is well known to be relaxing, citrus or peppermint is invigorating and gives a good wake up call and patchouli or sandalwood are earthy and sensual.

When it comes to choosing the type of exfoliant to use in your scrubs, it can be determined by skin type. Salt is generally best for oily skin because it has a dehydrating effect but should only be used once a week at most. Sugar is best for dry skin because it has a hydrating effect and can be used daily, if wanted, with no problem. Oatmeal is a good base for itchy skin and it has a natural soothing effect plus if you combine it with an oil, such as almond or olive, the end result is a scrub that will soothe as it gently exfoliates and moisturises. Coffee works well on normal skin and is unique in the fact that it can help to shrink varicose veins!

One of my personal favourite body scrubs that can be used on normal to dry skin is Ginger Bread Delight and the recipe is below for you to try.

Ginger Bread Delight Recipe

This scrub smells so yummy!


1 teaspoon ginger powder

2 tablespoons almond meal

1 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons honey granules


Mix all the ingredients and place in a jar. To use, add enough water to make into a thick paste. Scrub on to your skin gently. Rinse.

Just bear in mind when learning how to make body scrubs that because a lot of scrubs that you make contain fresh ingredients, you will need to keep them refrigerated and their shelf life will be limited.

Now I’ve got you interested in making bath scrubs why not go even further and learn how to make other spa quality products either for fun or profit? The spa industry is the fourth largest industry in the States so people are obviously keen to purchase in that sector.


Whether you are looking for fresh ideas for a hobby or looking to generate a much needed second income, then I have just the product for you. I have written an informative e-book which contains all the information you need to be successful at selling your products, plus it contains over 80 different and original recipe ideas. So if you want more recipes on how to make body scrubs then visit my website at www.homemadeskinproducts.com. You will also find a ton of information relating to setting up your own small business.

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Jul 31

Easy Breezy Homemade Body Butters

moisturizers and raw shea butterHow to make All Natural Body Butters

Body butters are easy to make using 3-4 main ingredients. They do not require any special jars or containers and the ingredients are easy to find. They quickly absorb leaving your skin smooth, soft and moisturized. You can scent them with your favorite fragrance or leave them unscented. Or you can get creative and add essential oils that promote specific benefits such as lavender for minor skin problems and irritations or a citrus essential oil for that much needed energizer in the morning. Body butters make wonderful inexpensive gifts for family, friends and co-workers. You can get the ingredients from your grocery store, on-line craft store or a craft store in your area.


  • 3 ounces olive oil
  • 3 ounces butters (Shea, mango, cocoa, etc.)
  • 1 ounce bee’s wax
  • 4 drops of fragrance oil

Things you will need:

  • Stove or hot plate
  • Small pot
  • Jar or small glass container with lid
  • Measuring cup
  • Spatula
  • Whisk


  1. In a small pot on low heat melt the oils and bees wax.
  2. Remove the melted oils from the stove and stir to mix well. The butters will start to turn opaque when they have begun to cool.
  3. At this point stir in fragrance oil and whisk to mix well.
  4. Pour into jar or container, using the spatula to scrape the sides of the pot and apply the lid.

NOTE: The bee’s wax acts as a preservative, but using a cosmetic spatula or Popsicle stick will keep your butter from becoming contaminated with germs from your fingers.


Visit http://www.grandmaandmesoaps/Products.com to see all the wonderful products I make.

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Jul 30

8 Honey Beauty Tips

honey with acacia blossomsAccording to the dictionary, honey is a sweet yellowish or brownish fluid produced by various bees from the nectar of flowers. Besides using honey as food, did you know that honey is one of the oldest and most effective beauty aids?

Honey contains waxes, sugars, and traces of minerals. It is a natural moisturizer, as well as an anti-irritant making it suitable for sensitive skin types. Honey can be found in many of the beauty products you find in your local drug store or favorite beauty supply store. Some of these products can be very expensive to purchase and many of these products can be made at home.

Try some of the following honey beauty tips below. Please be sure not to use honey on your skin if you are allergic to it!

1. Honey mask: Apply pure honey to your face and allow it to set until dry. This will take about 15 minutes. Once dry, rinse your face with warm water.

2. Body glow bath: To moisturize, smooth, and get an all over body glow, keep a jar of honey next to your bath. Apply honey on your skin and pat dry using both hands. While patting your skin, the honey will get sticky and gently pull up your skin. Rinse away the honey when you are done. The results will be great circulation and beautiful, glowing skin!

3. Honey bath: For sweet smelling and soft skin, add ¼ to ½ cup of honey to your bath water.

4. Honey scrub: Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with a little almond flour into the palm of your hand. Gently apply on your face for a facial scrub. Rinse your face with warm water to remove honey scrub.

5. Daily facial cleanser: Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with a little milk powder into the palm of your hand. Apply on your face to clean away dirt and makeup and then rinse with warm water.

6. Shiny Hair: To add some shine to your hair, mix 1 teaspoon of honey, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and 1 quart of warm water. Shampoo your hair as usual and then pour the honey mixture on your hair. Allow your hair to dry as normal. You do not have to rinse out the honey mixture.

7. Hair conditioner: For healthy hair and scalp, combine ½ cup of honey and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Saturate your hair with the honey mixture, put on a shower cap and allow it to remain on hair for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, shampoo and rinse your hair as you normally do.

8. Skin toner: To firm, smooth, and moisturize your skin, combine 1 peeled, cored apple with 1 tablespoon of honey in a blender. Pulse honey mixture until smooth. Gently apply honey mixture on face and allow it to remain for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water to remove the honey mixture.

With the above beauty tips, you can create affordable spa-like products at home. Honey is a wonderful beauty product because it contains naturally occurring enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Be sure your honey is all natural by purchasing only 100% pure honey to create your beauty products.


Lesley Dietschy is a freelance writer and the founder of http://www.HomeDecorExchange.com – The Home Decor Exchange is a valuable website full of information and resources about home and garden decorating.

In addition to editing the Home Decor Exchange website, Lesley is a crochet pattern designer and needle fiber artist. You can view her crochet patterns and needle fiber designs at: http://www.ErinOliviaDesigns.Etsy.com

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Jul 25

Baking Soda Beauty Tips

Baking Soda

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a versatile and natural substance that is made from sodium carbonate, soda ash, or sodium bicarbonate. It is a known fact that baking soda has numerous uses including baking, deodorizing, everyday cleaning, and best of all beauty.

Many beauty products can be created in the convenience of your own home using a box of affordable baking soda and a few other ingredients. Below are ten beauty products that you can easily make using baking soda.

1. Relaxing bath: To create a relaxing bath, add ½ cup of baking soda to your bath water. This will leave your skin feeling refreshed and smooth.

2. Foot care: To give your feet a treat, mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub or basin of warm water. Soak your feet for desired amount of time. Then, create a paste of baking soda and water and gently scrub your feet with it. Your feet will thank you for this!

3. Clean brushes and combs: To clean brushes and combs by removing natural build up of oil and hair product residue, soak combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small tub or basin of warm water. Rinse combs and brushes thoroughly and allow them to dry before use.

4. Skin exfoliant: To create a gentle skin exfoliant, create a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub the mixture in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate your face and/or body. Rinse baking soda off with warm water.

5. Hair care: For beautiful, shiny, and more manageable hair, sprinkle a quarter-size of baking soda into the palm of your hand and mix it with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo your hair as normal and rinse thoroughly. The baking soda and shampoo mixture will help remove product residue allowing your hair to be cleaner.

6. Whiter teeth: For whiter teeth, brush your teeth with baking soda. Rinse out your mouth with water when finished.

7. Baking soda bath oil (for 1 bath): To create a soothing bath oil, you will need:

  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 8 fluid ounces of honey
  • 16 fluid ounces of milk
  • 16 tablespoons of sea or cooking salt
  • 4 fluid ounces of baby oil.

In a large bowl, mix the baking soda, honey, milk, and salt; stir well. Pour the mixture in a bath of warm water and add the baby oil. Use your hands to stir the mixture with the water and step into your soothing bath.

8. Rough skin: To smooth rough skin on your elbows, knees, and other areas, make a paste of baking soda and water and rub on skin. Rinse away paste with warm water.

9. Nail care: To soften your cuticles and clean your nails, apply baking soda to your cuticle brush. Now, scrub your nails and cuticles for great looking nails.

10. Dry shampoo: Running late and don’t have time to shampoo? Mix 1 part baking soda, 1 part baby powder, and 3 drops essential oil. Apply the mixture to the roots of your hair, including bangs, and comb through. This mixture will absorb excess oils and freshen up your hair.

Grab your box of baking soda and start creating your own spa-like beauty products today!


Lesley Dietschy is a freelance writer and the founder of http://www.HomeDecorExchange.com – The Home Decor Exchange is a valuable website full of information and resources about home and garden decorating.

In addition to editing the Home Decor Exchange website, Lesley is a crochet pattern designer and needle fiber artist. You can view her crochet patterns and needle fiber designs at: http://www.ErinOliviaDesigns.Etsy.com

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Jul 25

Beauty Tips

Simple Beauty Tips For Everyone

Autumn girlThere are so many expensive beauty products, beauty treatments and beauty spas selling the mainstream standard of beauty to women all over the world. I am going to give you the most important free beauty secrets for real beauty.

Get 6-8 Hours of Sleep
Fast asleepMake sure that you are in bed by 10 pm to ensure that your body and brain receive the optimal sleep benefits. Between the hours of 10 pm and 2 am is when your brain release chemicals that heal your body and slows down premature aging. Studies show that people who do not get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night are at a higher risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. Looking healthy, radiant and well rested is a simple tip that everyone can take advantage of.

White Teeth
Brush your teeth twice a day. No matter how symmetrical your facial features if your teeth are stained, yellow or dirty this subtracts away from your physical attractiveness. Buy a good mouth wash and toothpaste and take care of your pearly whites. It cheap and simple and it’s a simple bit tip for everyone.

Maintain Excellent Hygiene
Keep your body extremely clean by showering at minimum once a day. Lotion or oil your body. Ashy skin is not attractive on men or women. Many people take the simplest things for granted and would much rather purchase $100 perfume than take a good shower. Many people think that others are unable to notice their lack of cleanliness because they are surrounded by people who are immune to their natural body odor. However, when you socialize with people outside of your social network they are immediately repelled by a person with poor body hygiene.

You don’t need to join a fancy gym in order to take care of your body. Buy a jump rope and go outside and jump rope for 20 minutes each day. Do 50 jumping jacks, sit ups, push-ups and waist -bends. You could also go for a walk in your neighborhood, the local park or the mall. If you don’t feel safe walking in your neighborhood, buy an exercise DVD so that you can exercise in your living room or basement. Don’t exercise to lose weight-exercise to feel great. Taking the time to take care of your body is the number one way to show that you love yourself. Real beauty always expands from the inside to the outside.

Eat Healthy Foods
Incorporate spinach, kale, broccoli, blueberries, strawberries, almonds, walnuts and salmon in your daily diet as much as you can. These foods are good for your brain, heart, and eyes. But most importantly, if you eat a diet rich with these foods you will have glowing, radiant youthful skin.

Drink Green Tea
morning green mint teaTea is high in antioxidants that help fight against disease and act as a natural anti-aging agent. Some studies show that drinking green tea blocks the growth of cancer cells and lowers bad cholesterol. Additionally, researchers have found that green tea prevents tooth decay and help dieters burn more calories.

Focus conversation on others
This is weird simple beauty tip for everyone but studies show that people who focus conversation topics on other people are perceived as being more attractive and charismatic than people who like to talk about themselves. The next time you meet someone ask them how they feel or think about various topics that are friendly and light-hearted, such as their job, favorite book or movie. Stay away from religious and political topics because they can be very emotionally explosive.

Before you purchase an expensive anti-wrinkle cream, new lip gloss, or shoes to enhance your appearance try these simple beauty tips for everyone.


Dr. Cassandra George Sturges MA, MA, is a mother of two teenagers, a full-time psychology instructor, advice columnists for Today’s Black Woman Magazine, Seminar facilitator, author of “A Woman’s Soul on Paper” ISBN: 0595171435; The Illusion of Beauty: Why Women Hate Themselves & Envy Other Women; Men Interviewed Tell: 101 Things Women do to Turn Men Off; Success & Beauty is an Attitude: A Woman’s Guide to finding herself and making her dreams come true. Email me:authentikbeauty@yahoo.com, visit me at Http://authentikbeauty.blogspot.com.

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