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Pinterest- Homemade Personal Products

November 29, 2012

I think most of us have some concerns about the chemicals we use in daily personal care.

I’ve been reading up on a few of the most commonly used hygiene products and the list of chemicals will make you a little sick to your stomach!

When I came across this recipe for toothpaste, and this recipe for deodorant, I couldn’t resist trying them….I had everything I needed on hand and they seemed rather easy.

Courtney actually ended up mixing both for me.

First, the toothpaste.

I didn’t have mint or stevia to add. Surprisingly, it wasn’t so bad and my teeth felt amazingly clean after I brushed!

Two weeks now since I first started using it and I’m still happy! From what I’ve read, coconut oil is very good for your health….and I can tell my teeth are whiter even after a couple of weeks. I’m VERY happy with the results!

Coconut Oil Toothpaste

  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp baking soda
  • 25 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 packet stevia

Place the coconut oil and baking soda in a bowl and mix until blended. Add the peppermint essential oil, and stevia. Continue to mix until you’ve reached a toothpaste consistency.

I placed mine in a small tupperware container in the bathroom cabinet.

Second, the deodorant was a big surprise!

Natural Deodorant

  • 2-3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/8 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/8 Cup Cornstarch
  • (I also added a few drops of lavender oil)

Mix the dry ingredients until well blended. Microwave coconut oil until liquified and add to dry ingredients. Mix well and spoon into a small container. Again, I added mine to a small tupperware container. Once it cooled and hardened, I was able to use it as a stick. Nice!

Oddly, nothing in this would have made me expect it to work. It will not stop perspiration. That said, I’ve also used it for a couple of weeks and have no odor issues. None. Why have I been paying $3 per stick of deodorant all these years? The worst thing I can say is that when you apply the stick, it can flake off a bit.

Do you make your own personal products?? Care to share a recipe??

This Week on Pinterest- Room Deodorizers

October 30, 2012

I’ve very much enjoyed making our own cleaning and personal products.

Following last week’s post on deodorant and toothpaste, we decided to try this recipe for homemade room deodorizers.

I happened to have the heart shaped silicon molds. Target almost always has these for a dollar or two in their dollar section at the front of the store. I know I’ve seen flowers, hearts, shamrocks, and snowflakes. I’m sure there are others.

I thought they might be a nice way to freshen the new van.


DIY Deodorizing Disks

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 – 2 cups distilled water (or you can boil your water for 10 minutes.)
  • Essential oil
  • Silicone mold or muffin pan

boiling water…I never keep distilled on hand.

I like the idea of these, but I had trouble in a couple of areas.

First, I will definitely add more essential oil than I think I need. We used lemon. You can hardly smell it now. That said, obviously baking soda removes odors which is what I ultimately needed for the big van. If you are wanting to add a nice scent, you will certainly want to add more oil.

Second, I wasn’t thrilled with how dry these were when you remove them from the pan. If you aren’t really careful, they will almost fall apart in your hand. We were able to keep most intact. Our plan was to add them to a jar that could be placed in the van….that worked out- just don’t expect to handle them a whole lot. (I’m wondering now, could you add a bit of coconut or olive oil to keep them together?? Would this still allow the baking soda to be as absorbent? Thoughts, anyone??)

Sock Day…..

October 9, 2012

New Sparkle Shoes- Thrifted Finds

October 4, 2012

Many of you know Emma has had a long-time love for those Wizard of Oz red sparkle shoes.

We found her a pair a couple of years ago. Of course, she’s grown and they have not. She wore them proudly, pretty much everywhere we went for that period of time.

She’s missed them. I’ve looked for a replacement and finally found one:

They were new, with tags(!), at the local thrift store!!

While we were there, Courtney and I also happened upon a light fixture (also with tags from a local lighting store!). For $6 we couldn’t resist.

We had a little help from Jacob–

and now we have this:

Wow! It made such a nice difference outside of our door.

I wish I had taken a “before” picure. We had a small light- this is so much better.

It’s amazing what you can find at those thrift stores!

This Week on Pinterest– Pumpkin Pictures (October 2, 2012)

October 3, 2012

We don’t celebrate Halloween, but I’m a sucker for fall decorations!

About a year ago, we screwed little cup hooks into each of the bedroom doors.

They are specifically for hanging little seasonal decorations. Just something to add a warm touch to the hall. 🙂

In any case, I loved this idea on Pinterest for fall. (Don’t you just love Pinterest?!)

With our own spin, I decided to re-create them for our home. (Sorry I don’t have step-by-step pictures, but you’ll probably get the idea!)

We bought frames from the Dollar Tree and gave them a quick spray with Krylon’s Glitter Blast. (A quick note, this spray can be a little difficult when you first use it– just spray a small piece of cardboard for a minute to get the paint started!)

We took the glass out of the frame and covered the back with scrapbooking paper (a different color for each door).

I glued half of a styrofoam pumpkin (these are in the floral section) that I had rubbed down in brown paint.

When you buy them they are a really bright, sort of tacky orange. Rubbing them down with paint really helps make them look a little more realistic (about as much as half of a styrofoam pumpkin can!).

They can be cut easily with a utility knife.

Please do keep them away from any toddlers you may have:

We didn’t.

We have been trying so many of these projects lately. I can’t wait to share more! I actually started a Pinterest board called “ideas we’ve tried” for all the things we’ve been making.

Fun!

POTD

January 15, 2012

Making More Detergent…..

I definitely like the ZOTE soap better than Fels-Naptha! It works better than anything I’ve tried for removing laundry odors!