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My Super-Simple All-Natural Skincare And Beauty Routine

Looking to make the switch to an all-natural skincare and beauty routine? Wondering where to start and which products actually perform!? Take a peek inside my super simple routine, targeted to prevent blemishes and fight the signs of aging… naturally of course! A lot of readers ask me for all the details on all the things I put on my…

Super Relaxing Detox Bath Recipe

Unwind and do your body good with this relaxing detox bath recipe! It’s a simple way to rev up your body’s detox pathways while letting stress melt away. Wouldn’t it be great if something as pleasurable as a nice, long soak in the tub could also be healthy? Well have I got news for you: it absolutely is with a…

DIY All-Natural Antioxidant Turmeric Face Mask

Turmeric is renowned for its powerful antioxidant properties, and has been used in skincare for centuries. This DIY All-Natural Antioxidant Turmeric Face Mask protects skin from free radical damage with just a few simple ingredients. It also provides great moisture and a gentle exfoliation to boot! Let’s take a closer look… I’ve been mixing things up lately. It’s all because of the…

Super Simple DIY Natural Teeth Whitening Paste (just 3 ingredients!)

Looking to polish up those pearly whites naturally? This DIY all-natural teeth whitening paste is made with just 3 ingredients and works like a charm! I used to use those horrid teeth whitening strips. You know the ones I’m talking about. I don’t know about you but they left me in complete and total pain! If the wind blew, that…

The Many Skin Benefits of Manuka Honey

Have you heard about the skin benefits of manuka honey? Let’s take a look at what sets manuka honey apart from regular ol’ honey + how it helps keep skin naturally healthy, clear, youthful, and hydrated. Yes, all that! Miracles do happen, my friend. And every week or so, I apply a little miracle to my skin: manuka honey. Manuka honey…

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…

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 is a pumpkin & spice exfoliating face mask recipe. 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 Edible Sure do make for…

DIY All-Natural Laundry Powder

The average 4-person American family does a whopping 80 pounds of laundry a week. Wowza, that’s a lot of laundry! It’s also a lot of laundry detergent. Unfortunately, most common, store-bought laundry detergents are filled with unhealthy chemicals. We and our families are exposed to the chemicals in laundry detergents both when they are made airborne during the laundry process,…

6 Simple & Natural Home Cleaning DIYs Made With Just 6 Ingredients

It’s ironic that home cleaning products are often a major source of indoor air pollution. After all, we buy them with the intention of making our homes healthier, safer places — not chemical dumping grounds! But many of the chemicals found in conventional cleaning products have health implications ranging from headaches and skin sensitivity to endocrine disruption and increased risk of…

DIY All-Natural Detoxifying Deodorant (i.e. “The Anti-Antiperspirant”)

Looking for a safe, natural deodorant that works? This DIY All-Natural Detoxifying Deodorant is a tried-and-true favorite among Body Unburdened readers. Not only does it stop odor naturally, but it contains an ingredient that actually helps to draw impurities from the skin. Plus, it’s so easy to make with just a few simple ingredients! I’m a multitasker… A check-my-email-while-brushing-my-teeth, cook-dinner-while-catching-up-on-Downton-Abbey type of…

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…

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…

What Are Soap Nuts? + How To Use Them

Clearly, I’m into natural. Uh, duh. I have no qualms about rubbing clay on my pits, brushing my teeth with charcoal, or eating clove upon clove of garlic to stave off a sinus infection. So when some strange natural goodie pops up on my radar, I don’t bat an eyelash before trying it out. But I’ve gotta say… this one…

16 Super Duper Simple Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

The Holidays are HERE. And if you’re a procrastinator like me, you likely still have a list of people who need gifts as long as a drugstore receipt. (Seriously, what’s with that? You buy one little thing and unwillingly manage to kill an entire tree in the checkout process. Not cool.) But no sweat – these super duper simple homemade…

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 citrus zest all-purpose cleaner

Goodness gracious, are there a lot of home cleaning products on the market. We’ve got kitchen cleaner, bathroom cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, floor cleaner, tile and grout cleaner… oof, I’m starting to feel like Bubba from Forrest Gump (mmm maybe I’ll make shrimp for dinner tonight). And of course, most of these products are chock-full-o’-nasties, poisoning your family’s indoor air…

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…