Problem skin friends: I have news for you! We can make our own products and save many dollars. Skincare is something very dear to me as I have the most troublesome face. I have always been willing to invest in pricey products in hopes of stopping my annoying breakouts without completely drying out my skin. Lately I have been leaning towards more natural ingredients, which I have been finding at Kiehl’s. As you may know, Kiehl’s can become pretty hurtful to your bank account, so to make my products last longer, I have tried out some DIY treatments as well. This green tea face scrub is one of them! Green tea is now a very popular ingredient in many face masks and washes, because of its antioxidant properties, so that’s why I decided to give this a go.
TIP: If you have sensitive skin like me, I would use this lightly on your face (weekly or every other week is best), BUT you can use it on other body parts as much as you want!
Ingredients you need:
- 1 tablespoon green tea leaves. These are super easy to find in any grocery store or stores like Target, etc.
- 1 cup organic sugar (brown or white, and it should be soft)
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 10 drops essential oil (this is optional, and you can choose the scent!)
All you have to do is mix the ingredients together in a bowl and store what you don’t use in an air-tight container.
Directions for use:
Use a spoon to scoop the scrub from your container, then gently massage the skin with the scrub for 30 seconds. Rinse of with water afterwards, and blot your face dry with a clean towel.
If you’re interested in an all-natural all-purpose cleaning spray, look no further! One of my favorite all-natural cleaning solutions is made with just orange peels, vinegar and water! With this simple recipe you can save money and protect your family from products with harsh chemicals. The ingredients used are not toxic or harmful to health, and can disinfect your home while also leaving a pleasant aroma behind.
- The peels from 3 oranges
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white vinegar
- A large bottle (preferably glass)
Cut the orange peels into pieces and put them inside the jar, adding a cup of water and a cup of vinegar, seal the jar and let it stand for about 2 weeks. After the 2 weeks passes, open your jar and split it in equal parts and, if you’d like, add a teaspoon of olive oil to one part – making sure to shake it every time you use it to properly incorporate the oil. This mixture with the olive oil is perfect for cleaning your furniture as it will leave it shiny and give it bright and fresh citrus aroma. Put the other part into a spray bottle and use to clean surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom. If you’d like it to be an even more effective disinfectant, add a spoonful of rubbing alcohol.
There you go! A super easy and effective all-purpose cleaning spray made from ingredients you likely have around the house already! You’ll save money while also protecting your family from harmful chemicals.
The only times I had any real issue with acid reflux was during both of my pregnancies. It was so annoying that I remember being in the hospital after having each baby and realizing that I could eat and not get reflux! Nothing compared to the joy of the new baby. However, the absence of the reflux was delightful! 😉
Well, I recently seem to have developed a case of reflux again. No pregnancy. Just reflux. 🙁 I think it may be related to the fact that some of my very favorite foods/drinks, I’m learning, trigger reflux. Coffee, chocolate and tomatoes. Did I mention that Mexican food (with red sauce) and Italian food (like spaghetti sauce) are my absolute favorites?
So, I’m beginning to figure out what specifically triggers the condition for me. But, in the meanwhile, I’ve begun attempting to lessen the uncomfortable symptoms naturally.
So, I thought I’d share some of these methods with you, just in case you know someone who may sometimes have to deal with acid reflux.
- Apple cider vinegar. Add 2 teaspoons or almost 10 ml to a glass of water and drink three times per day.
- Glutamine. Add 1 tsp or almost 5 ml of this powdered amino acid with 4 ounces of water and take with each meal.
- Licorice root extract. Take 600 mg or 0.6 g of this herbal extract twice per day with meals.
- Aloe vera liquid. Take up to 4 ounces per day, preferably before eating.
- Carrot or cabbage juice. Drink one cup per day.
- Sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda!). Add 1 tsp or almost 5 ml of baking soda in a glass of water to alleviate acid reflux symptoms. I’m sipping on my glass of baking soda water even as I write this.
What do you do to alleviate acid reflux symptoms?
If you are like me, then you are always looking for ways to both cut costs and cut the amount of toxins, preservatives and chemicals around the house. Sometimes, that combination is a difficult one. It’s wonderful to discover all natural substitutes that are also inexpensive. Recently, we had a post about all natural and very inexpensive shampoo. Well, there’s also a wonderfully all natural, easy and cheap alternative to your store-bought hair conditioner!
Although the shampoo alternative utilized a household item most people have in their kitchens (baking soda), the conditioning alternative is not necessarily something that everyone has around. The key ingredient: apple cider vinegar.
If you don’t have it around, I have two things to say to you.
1. It’s easy to get. Check out deals here and here.
2. You should have it around anyway. Here is one reason and another to keep it around.
Now, back to your homemade, all natural, inexpensive hair conditioner. Prepare for EASY!
1 cup of hot tap water
1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
Simple mix the apple cider vinegar with the hot water and shake. Then, work it into your hair, one section of your hair at a time. Be sure not to dump it all into your hair because that could burn your eyes a little!
The end result is great shine for pennies on the dollar. And, did I mention that it takes about two minutes to prepare it?
What a great way to take good care of your hair at a price you just can’t refuse!
What DIY all natural and inexpensive beauty products have you tried lately?
If you are like me, you look for the best deals on what you would already buy (or really want to buy). I always want to buy all-natural or organic but can’t always do it. As such, I’m always looking for the best deals and ways to get the best deals on organic items, produce, meats, baking ingredients, etc… Here are some of this week’s best Natural and Organic deals. Happy–and healthy–shopping!
Abe’s Market is offering $10 off any order to new sign-ups through 4/30! Shipping is free on orders over $49 or flat rate of $3.99 for smaller orders.
Pastariso Instant Brown Rice, Mac and Cheese Meal Cup, 2-Ounce (Pack of 6), $8.49 shipped with subscribe & save. That’s $1.42 a cup, and it’s gluten-free!
Jovial Fig Fruit Filled Gluten-Free Organic Cookies, 7-Ounce (Pack of 5), $14.14 shipped with subscribe & save.
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix, 16-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6), $18.24 shipped with subscribe & save.
Kay’s Naturals Protein Chips, Crispy Parmesan, 1.2-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12), $7.91 shipped with subscribe & save. These are gluten free and made with soy protein.
SunButter Creamy Sunflower Seed Spread, 16-Ounce Plastic Jars (Pack of 6), $21.76 shipped with subscribe & save.
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My best organic or natural deals are at my local grocery store. However, I have found myself buying more gluten-free items (brown rice flour, tapioca flour, etc) at Amazon lately because my local store simply can’t compete with those prices! What are your best all natural or organic deals?
Here’s a sample I’ll be stalking my mailbox for. Ever since my kids have been brushing their teeth I have wanted to try Tom’s all natural toothpaste. However, I didn’t want to buy a whole one and them not like it. That’s why samples are perfect! Sign up for yours HERE.
We are always looking for an alternative to my husband’s Coke addiction. Maybe this will be it! You can try all natural Zevia by signing up HERE,
Those little kits for dyeing Easter eggs are all over the place. I have seen them for as little as $1.50 and as expensive as $15 for some really fancy dyeing. But you really don’t need to buy these kits if you have food coloring and even some crayons.
1. Hard boil your eggs as usual.
2. Let cool or decorate with crayons. If you want to use crayons to decorate, you’ll want the eggs to be warm. That way when you go to draw on the eggs, the wax from the crayons will melt nicely. This is great for the little ones and is VERY little mess. Just make sure the eggs aren’t too hot for little ones to touch.
3. Break out the food coloring. Grab how ever many bowls you have as colors and pour water in them. Then, add some drops of food coloring to each bowl. The amount of drops really depends on the intensity of color you want. Also add some vinegar to your water, as this will help the colors be brighter! A teaspoon or two should be enough for a regular size bowl.
Looking for something more natural? Check out these recipes from Williams and Sonoma.
Robin’s Egg Blue
- 2 cups (6 oz./185 g.) coarsely chopped red cabbage
- 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
- 2 large beets, peeled and shredded
- 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
- 2 cups (1 oz./30 g.) loosely packed yellow onion skins
- 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
- a big pinch of saffron threads
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml.) thawed frozen Concord grape juice concentrate
- 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
- 3 cups (24 fl. oz./750 ml.) water