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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Also linked to GNOWFGLINS.com Simple Lives Thursday!
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Easy Hibiscus Rinse for Enhancing Light and Dark Hair

Dried Hibiscus

dried hibiscus.

I’ve recently transitioned to washing my hair with baking soda and rinsing with Apple Cider Vinegar thanks to my friend Megan over at FamilyNaturally. She gave me the tip of rinsing with something so that your hair doesn’t smell like salad dressing!

Here’s what you need:

Sauce pan

4 cups water

3-4 tablespoons dried hibiscus leaves

strainer and cheesecloth (or just papertowel)

storage container (mason jars always work)

Here’s what I did and it was so simple it’s almost ridiculous.

1. I went to the co-op and bought about 3-4 tablespoons of dried hibiscus leaves. Your natural foods store should have these or you can order from Mountain Rose Herbs.

2. I boiled about 4 cups of water in a sauce pan, turned off the heat, and added the hibiscus.

3. I let it steep for 30 minutes in there with the top on.

4. I strained the liquid from the hibiscus through cheesecloth and a metal strainer.

5. I put the liquid in a mason jar.

That’s it!

Now you have a hibiscus rinse that accentuates the golden and red tones in in hair. It can be used for either dark or light hair. Either way it will work.

When you use it just allow the hibiscus rinse to sit on your hair for about a minute. Then rinse.

How to Make Julia Child’s Hollandaise Sauce

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Sometimes I just have a hankering for the fattiest thing I can get my hands on. The thing that satisfies me the most? Hollandaise sauce. The perfect combination of fat, fat and more fat. It’s one of those things that when you eat it, you know it’s exactly what you needed.

My recommendation: If you are finding you are craving fat…EAT IT. Your body clearly needs it and is begging you for it. Good saturated fat is important for properly functioning brain and hormones. Since incorporating fat into my diet my mental stability and depression/anxiety tendencies have decreased.

Thank you Julia Child for your simple hollandaise sauce recipe…so easy, even I can do it! And it’s a great arm workout too 🙂

Here’s what you’ll need:

A whisk

A sauce pan

3 eggs (and two more if you are putting it atop poached eggs)~(I’ve been using duck eggs for this and they work GREAT. Try to get your hands on some organic pasture raised duck or chicken eggs)

a tablespoon or two of lemon juice

a tablespoon or two of water

6- 8 oz of soft unsalted organic butter

1 teaspoon sea salt

pinch of cayenne

pinch of paprika

1/2 tablespoon of pepper

fresh parsley chopped (optional)

Directions:

1. In sauce pan, add 3 egg YOLKS only, water, and lemon juice.

2. Whisk constantly over low hear until mixture is quite thick, you will know when it reaches this point. You may take the sauce pan off the heat occasionally while whisking so yolks dont harden.

3. When you’ve reached the desired thick consistency turn off stove.

4. Add butter by the spoonful and whisk in until totally melted.

5. Add salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne.

6. Add more lemon juice or water to taste.

7. Serve over poached eggs as eggs benedict or atop anything your heart desires. It’s great over roasted asparagus as well!

This post is part of Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday & Gnowfglins Simple Lives Thursday & Butter Believer’s Sunday School

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”  ― Julia Child

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Mexican Street Snack: Cucumbers with Lime and Chili Powder

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If you’ve ever been to Mexico, or Downtown LA, you know what I’m talking about! These spicy-tangy snacks are so refreshing and absolutely picture perfect on a hot day!
In Mexico street vendors sell these cucumber snacks. They also make similar treats with corn, mango, and papaya. They sell them to you in plastic beer cups!
They are so simple to make which is great for when you have a one-track mind focused on getting outside. Cucumbers are hydrating and the sea salt and lime will replenish your mineral needs after sweating.

Here’s what you need:
2 large cucumbers
1 tablespoon of New Mexico chili powder blend (the one to use for this recipe is a brighter orange color. Mountain Rose Herbs makes a great blend you can buy it here)
1 teaspoon of course sea salt (buy it here)
1/4 cup lime juice

Don’t forget to buy organic!

Here’s what you do:

1. Chop the ends of the cucumber off

2. Slice in half long ways. Then slice in quarters. Then slice the quarters in half long ways

3. Pour lime juice over the cuc slices. Toss.

4. Sprinkle with salt and chili powder.

Sip with your favorite beverage outside and you have yourself a mini Mexican staycation!

This post is linked to Gnowfglins Simple Lives Thursday #96, Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday, and the Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter.
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