DIY Skincare & Beauty

Bentonite Clay: What It Is & How I Use It Every Day, Week, & Month

Bentonite clay belongs in every natural medicine cabinet AND natural beauty routine! But what is bentonite clay? And how exactly do you use it? In my bathroom I have about 7 small paper bags filled with an identical substance. Bentonite clay. They’re basically… everywhere. (Note to self: consolidate their contents into a single glass jar.) Needless to say, I’m kind…

All-Natural Moisturizing DIY Hair Mask for Dry or Damaged Hair

Looking for an all-natural homemade hair mask recipe to moisturize and nourish dry, damaged, or frizzy hair? This All-Natural Moisturizing DIY Hair Mask for Dry or Damaged Hair is a miracle worker AND just 3 simple ingredients! Try it and see for yourself… My friend, I have a little gift for you. The gift of naturally smooth, healthy locks that begged…

DIY All-Natural Toning & Clarifying Foaming Facewash

This DIY All-Natural Toning & Clarifying Foaming Facewash cleanses and keeps skin clear using just a few simple, natural ingredients! Some — like honey and tea tree oil — are tried-and-true natural remedies for acne and blemishes, making this homemade facewash recipe the perfect addition to your anti-acne and all-natural skincare routine. Let’s take a closer look… I made a lot of…

DIY All-Natural Rich Mocha Mud Mask

What’s stranger? Rubbing mud or food on your face? Trick question! Because if you’ve been around these parts before (and if you truly belong in The Cool Kids Club) you know that neither is weird. Nope, not at all. Around here, we know that skincare doesn’t need to be overly complicated to give amazing results. And it especially doesn’t need…

DIY All-Natural Blackhead Busting Blackout Mask

This DIY All-Natural Blackhead Busting Blackout Mask is the perfect natural remedy for blackheads and blemishes! Don’t be fooled by the simple ingredients — activated charcoal and bentonite clay help to keep skin clear by drawing gunk and oil from pores. Let’s take a closer look and get rid of blackheads once and for all…! Can you see me? There…

DIY All-Natural Pumpkin & Spice Exfoliating Face Mask

I want to make it clear that this post is for a DIY all-natural pumpkin & spice exfoliating face mask. Why is she telling me this? It’s in the title, duh. Yes, I know. But the recipe could also easily be called “Homemade Pumpkin and Spice Pudding” or something along those lines since all of the ingredients are 1) foods…

DIY All-Natural Soothing Antioxidant After-Sun Spray

Sunny days ahead! Ooh I don’t know about you, but I just can’t wait to head to the beach and stick my toes in the sand. But nothing ruins a great beach day like sunburn (except maybe that family sitting near you that’s feeding the seagulls… why!?). Sunburn isn’t just uncomfortable — it produces free radicals in the skin, which damage DNA, promote premature…

DIY All-Natural Hydrating Face Toner

This DIY all-natural toner is the perfect remedy for dry skin! It helps balance the skin’s pH, reduce the appearance of pores, and leaves skin oh so soft. Dry winter air got your skin calling for HELP? DIY All-Natural Hydrating Face Toner to the rescue! The star of this toner is an ultra-hydrating ingredient and one of my wintertime skincare must-haves: vegetable…

DIY All-Natural Hair Serum For Frizzy Hair

This DIY All-Natural Hair Serum For Frizzy Hair nourishes and conditions hair while smoothing fly-aways to reduce frizz. It’s as effective as it is simple — made with just a few natural ingredients! Let’s take a closer look… Got a case of the fly-aways? A mane that just can’t be tamed? Oh my friend, I feel ya. I may have straight…

DIY All-Natural Essential Oil Perfume: Solid and Roll-On

If there’s one thing I really miss since adopting a non-toxic lifestyle… It’s perfume. (OK and if I’m being totally honest, junky “cheese” crackers too.) Nearly all perfumes on the market today contain a chemical cocktail of synthetic fragrance, most of which act as endocrine distuptors. This means that they interfere with the body’s natural hormones and can lead to a slew of health issues from…

6 Fantastic All-Natural Exfoliants for Face & Body

Smooth like a baby’s bottom. #SkincareGoals Just after face oils, my skincare and beauty must-have is a great exfoliant. And it’s a very close second. Because gently and regularly exfoliating the skin not only prevents blemishes by getting rid of dead skin cells (after all, a zit is just oil and dead skin cells coupled together in one sticky, pore-clogging mess!) but…

4-Ingredient DIY All-Natural Lotion Bars

Smooth like butta. That’s all that was running through my mind as I popped these DIY all-natural lotion bars out of their molds and rubbed them over my skin for the first time. Because they’re so silky smooth and… well, kind of look like butter. I’ve been meaning to make lotion bars for so long and am THRILLED I finally got…

DIY All-Natural Vanilla Latte Body Scrub

Mmm is there anything better than the smell of coffee in the morning? I’m not even a coffee drinker but that smell just perks me right on up. And it turns out coffee may also help perk up your derrière. Well kind of… Coffee helps decrease the appearance of cellulite when applied topically. Cellulite and I are old frenemies. We’re friends…

DIY All-Natural Holiday Spiced Cookie Lip Scrub

Have I got the perfect last minute holiday present for all of you procrastinators… DIY all-natural spiced cookie lip scrub. Mmmm, right!? This seriously takes 2 minutes to make and is sure to please its recipient. After all, the winter air (let’s pretend for a second that we’re NOT currently experiencing a heatwave in December) can be really drying, and no…

DIY All-Natural Blemish Eraser Herbal Spot Treatment

Nothing ruins a perfectly good morning like noticing that a zit has made a home of your face overnight. Ugh. Go Away! Now while I’ve been able to eliminate 99% of my adult-acne with a properly balanced diet (including a lot of necessary gut healing) and my natural skincare routine, I still get the occasional blemish (typically right before my period). Such…

DIY All-Natural Mojito Body Scrub

At long last… it feels like summer is just around the bend! The days are getting longer, the trees are budding, and I’ve even been shaving my legs fairly regularly. (Oops, maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned that last bit.) To distract myself and help move the waiting game on a little more quickly (if you live in the North East,…

DIY All-Natural Pore-Perfecting Rose Facial Toner

Many people associate roses with beauty and romance. But me? Roses make me think of my grandfather. Specifically his nose. You see, my grandfather’s honker was a bit bulbous, and my dad had this joke: “Before Pop-Pop was born, God asked him what type of nose he wanted, but he thought God said ‘rose’ so he asked for a big red one.” Good…

DIY All-Natural Fizzy Bath Bombs

I’ve recently rekindled my passion for the tub. Or really, my toddler niece did. She LOVES baths. She begs for them. She starts stripping right in the middle of the living room or kitchen or front yard as soon as you give into that ridiculously adorable little face and say “OK!” And why not? She has so many fun little…

DIY All-Natural Rich & Creamy Moisturizing Hand Soap

Want to know a super-crunchy secret? I bring my own hand soap to work. I’m telling you this because I figure if there’s anyone out there who won’t judge me, it’ll be someone looking for a DIY all-natural hand soap recipe 🙂 Sup, sister? Now, it’s not just about triclosan and body burden. I mean, yes, it’s 95% about those…

DIY all-natural lavender & lemon sugar scrub

My skin does not like the changing seasons. Uh uh, no way. It gets all irritable and cranky and begs for me to scratch it furiously. So I need to give it a little extra attention to calm it down. This DIY all-natural lavender and lemon sugar scrub is the perfect antidote. The sugar exfoliates the skin, sloughing off dead…

DIY all-natural bug repellant (salve + spray)

Oh, summer. We have a love-hate relationship, you and I. Some things I love about you: BBQs, gorgeous greenery, the beach. Some things I hate about you: stifling humidity, bugs, bugs, bugs. Did I say bugs? Bugs. Unfortunately, an active ingredient used in most store-bought bug repellants may pose a serious threat to your health. I’m sure you can assume…

DIY All-Natural Sunscreen Lotion

It’s all fun and games until someone has to go ahead and ruin it all. Yeah, we’re looking at you, nasty-filled sunscreen. Fun in the sun suddenly ain’t so much fun when you take a closer look at your sunscreen ingredient label: we’ve got chemicals that are known endocrine disruptors (i.e. mess with your hormones), possible or probable carcinogens, and…

Activated charcoal: The unlikely all-natural teeth whitener

Sometimes I find myself smack dab in the middle of a natural remedy and think, “I’ve really gone off the deep end.” Sitting in a tub of apple cider vinegar… instinctively grabbing honey when I have any sort of skin issue (and then shamelessly licking my fingers after applying)… brushing black black BLACK activated charcoal on my teeth. But then…

DIY All-Natural Herbal Mouthwash for Healthy Teeth & Gums

Looking for a homemade natural mouthwash recipe that not only freshens breath but improves oral health? This DIY All-Natural Herbal Mouthwash for Healthy Teeth & Gums is exactly what you’re looking for! Ah, there’s nothing that compares to that fresh and clean feeling of mouthwash! It doesn’t matter if you’ve been stuck on a bus with busted AC all day…