Homemade Cinnamon and Wild Orange Lip Plumper!

lipplumpHello Natural Beauties!

Would you like to attain luscious and naturally voluptuous lips without the harsh chemicals that store-bought plumpers contain? Look no further! I have created a citrusy-cinnamon lip balm that will wake those luscious lips up!

Back in my high school days I was obsessed with the very popular lip gloss called Lip Venom. Have you ever used it? It works great! But the problem is this:

Hydrogenated Polysobulene, Jojoba oil, Natural Essences, Propylparaben, D&C Red #6.

Yup, those are the ingredients of Lip Venom. Not really sure what hydrogenated polysobulene is but I’m pretty sure it’s  not something I want to eat. And I definitely don’t want to be eating propylbaraben and D&C Red #6. Thanks, though! Not to mention, it goes for a whopping 20 bucks! Um, hello, I can make something just as good for a fraction of the cost!

Without further ado, here are the ingredients you will need:

7-8 drops of Cinnamon Bark essential oil (if you have sensitive lips you may want to use less–this stuff can burn but it sure works! 😉

Note: I experimented with different things for the plumping effect. I tried peppermint oil, clove oil, cinnamon powder, cayenne tincture, etc. Nothing works as well as cinnamon bark oil. Peppermint oil won the runner up position so if you do not have cinnamon bark oil, try peppermint!)

5-6 drops of Wild Orange essential oil (you can experiment with your complimentary oil…I thought cinnamon mixed well with orange)

1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (or enough to fill the size of your lip gloss pot, whatever that amount may be)

an empty/clean lip gloss pot

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Directions:

In a small bowl mix melted coconut oil with essential oils.

Pour or spoon carefully into emptied pot

Let the mixture dry–I set it in my freezer for a little while so that it could harden.

REMEMBER: The point at which coconut oil melts is 78 degrees. Be very careful with putting this in your purse or pocket as it may melt and spill when you open it. Keep it in a cool place so that it doesn’t become a mess!

Viola! Apply that and pucker up! I’m sure your sweetheart will love it too!

This post is a part of Thank Your Body Thursday! Check it out!

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Homemade Charcoal & Coconut Oil Eyeliner

I’ve been using activated charcoal as a natural teeth-whitener (inspired by Mommypotamus’ guest post at The Healthy Home Economist Blog) and it got me thinking about what else I could use the charcoal for. Thus, my homemade charcoal eyeliner was invented.

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I love homemade beauty and body care products. I enjoy making them and I also enjoy the savings that entail. So I thought, why not try to make a natural eyeliner? I had never really worried much about the ingredients that were in the store bought liquid eyeliner I usually use but so I did some research. It’s amazing all the crap they squeeze into an eyeliner formula:

Water(Aqua), Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Xathan Gum, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Yellow No. 5 Lake (CI 19140), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090

At first glance I see three huge offenders: two types of Parabens and Sodium Laureth Sulfate.

In a study done by the Department of Opthamology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, researchers found that even in small amounts, eye drops containing Methylparabens are likely to damage eye tissue and/or cause ocular surface disease. Granted, you do not put eyeliner on your eyeball but I still feel that such a toxic substance is not a good idea to apply to the delicate skin surrounding your eye. Not to mention, if any gets in your eye is it likely to be quickly absorbed by surrounding mucous membranes.

Regarding the Sodium Laureth Sulfate, I am actually shocked to see it in eyeliner. Normally it is used in shampoos, soaps, toothpastes, and detergents as a surfactant. For cryin’ out loud, why would you need it in your eyeliner? According to the Environmental Working Group:

“[SLS is a] harsh skin irritant that may also result in the formation of potentially carcinogenic nitrates and dioxins. Animals exposed to SLS experience eye-damage, central nervous system depression, laboured breathing, diarrhoea, severe skin irritation and even death.”

In numerous studies SLS has also been linked to

  • Irritation of the skin and eyes
  • Organ toxicity
  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity
  • Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes
  • Possible mutations and cancer

Of course if an animal has a forcible large intake of toxic chemicals the results will be sudden disease. However, in humans, it’s the gradual intake that we must be worried about. Dr. Mercola pointed out, we do not have evidence or studies done to see the long term effects:

“But high levels of SLS intake, either orally or through the skin, are not ordinarily experienced in normal cosmetics use—it’s the gradual, cumulative effects of long-term, repeated exposures that are the real concern. And there is a serious lack of long-term studies on ALL of the chemicals in these products—so we don’t really know what the long-term effects are.”

After knowing this, and knowing how easy it is to make this two-ingredient eyeliner, I’ll be sticking with homemade hippie eyeliner, thank you very much! 😉

Here are the supplies you will need:

1 empty eyeshadow or gel eyeliner pot. (I just emptied an old cream eyeshadow and used the pot)

1 teaspoon of melted coconut oil

1 280 mg. capsule of activated charcoal (sold in the supplement aisle of your co-op or health food store or sometimes in the bulk section)

toothpick for stirring

angled eyeliner brush for application. (see above picture for what that looks like. you can also use a thin paintbrush)

Directions:

Empty the capsule of activated charcoal into the pot.

Melt your coconut oil and pour into pot.

Mix it up evenly with your toothpick.

Note: You can adjust the measurements to how desired blackness. This is a very workable combination.

Before you use your eyeliner, run it under some hot water if the coconut oil has solidified. You can still use it in the solidified form but it will be more like a black eyeshadow.

Here is what mine looks like painted on:

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Let me know how this works for you. Have fun!
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My New Favorite Thing

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coconut oil in your bathwater. like bathing at a tropical beach.

Coconut Oil in the bathtub.

I just returned from the most luscious bath experience ever.My skin is so soft and supple.

Try putting 1 1/2- 2 T of coconut oil in your bathwater as its running.

I also added several drops of Juniper essential oil (a woodland scented oil great for detoxification)so I smell lightly of Juniper which is lovely as well.

Juniper Berries

Juniper Berries

If you missed my post on why coconut oil is miraculous for your skin read it here.

If you missed my post on why baths are better for you than showers read it here.

Don’t forget, running water is full of chlorine which is really irritating to your gut health and skin. It is easily remedied with one of the dechlorination bath balls.

I hope you try it and like it!

Weird but Good Wednesday!

Coconut oil

What’s something you can use for face cream, body moisturizer, leave-in conditioner, sauteeing, baking, smoothies, and tea?
COCONUT OIL OF COURSE!
This is the first of many posts I will be doing every Wednesday outlining the weird but good things I do in the name of health. Don’t worry, I won’t run out of things to post…my life is a weird but good post in itself. If you look up weird but good in the dictionary you would see a picture of moi.
Anyway, I am dedicating this very first Weird but Good Wednesday to Coconut Oil.
Coconut Oil is a miracle food in my eyes. Actually coconuts in general are miracles to me because they are so versatile (flour, water, juice, cream, oil) but that’s a different post for a different day. Let’s just focus on the oil for now.

I have a jar in my bathroom and a jar in my kitchen.

I have stopped using any commercial of conventional face creams and body lotions. All I use is a half teaspoon or less of coconut oil on my face everyday and viola! the best face lotion EVER. It smells tropical, can help control dandruff, has strong natural anti-bacterial properties to help with acne, is fully of essential fatty acids for tissue building (ahem! anti-aging!), and it’s small molecular structure makes it readily absorbed for prolonged moisturizing.

According to Bruce Fife, author of “The Coconut Oil Miracle”,

“Pure coconut oil is the best natural skin lotion available. It prevents free-radical formation and the damage it causes. It can help prevent the skin from developing liver spots and other blemishes caused by aging and overexposure to sunlight. It helps to keep connective tissues strongand supple so that the skin doesn’t sag and wrinkle. In some cases it can even restore damaged or diseased skin. I’ve seen precancerous lesions completely disappear with the daily use of coconut oil.”

Bruce also says that coconut oil is regarding highly by beauticians for being the best conditioner even surpassing expensive salon quality products. Distribute evenly a spoonful of melted coconut oil through your hair before you go to bed and wash it out in the morning. Your hair will be soft and have a delightful shimmer.

In a toxic world, the simpler the products we absorb epidermally, the better! Not only is coconut oil pure, simple, and natural, but it is quite affordable seeing as such a small amount goes a long way.

Then once you’ve done your morning routine, you can mosey into the kitchen for some scrambled eggs in coconut oil. The benefits of this? The Thermogenic Effect.  From the book “Eat Fat, Lose Fat”,

“Coconut oil has a “thermogenic effect,” which means that is raises your body temperature, thus boosting your energy and metabolic rate. A study in Japan, reported in Journal of Nutritional Science Vitaminology, 2002, found that consuming medium chain fatty acids caused greater thermogenesis than did eating long chain fatty acids, regardless of what kind of MCFA-containing food was eaten.” (Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid)

Plus, coconut oil is a slow burning energy so it keeps you feeling satiated longer. Melt some in your morning tea for an extra energy and nutrition boost.