I’m picky about what I put on my skin and even pickier about what I put on my son’s. Many beauty products on the market are chock full of toxic ingredients. There are some fantastic organic, non-toxic varieties out there however you certainly pay a premium for them which is why making your own is a great solution. This recipe sounds so good I want to eat it!
Orange Vanilla Handcream (for full recipe & instructions visit Blah Blah Magazine)
12 g/0.4 oz cocoa butter
12g/0.4 oz beeswax
30ml/1 fl oz almond oil
10 drops of carrot or borage seed oil
10 drops orange or tangerine and vanilla essential oils (optional)
There are so many things these days that are harmful to your health. You don’t think of household cleaners as one of them! I just recently learned that cleaners, especially the ones that come in spray bottles can be very harmful. The ones in spray bottles are particularly bad because as you spray them, you are aerosolizing all of the chemicals, and breathing them in. This is especially bad for little kids, and pets who have fragile lungs. So, here is a recipe (very similar to the laundry soap recipe from last week) for an all natural cleaner that you can make for very cheap, that is very effective, and far better for your health.
- 2 cups hot water
- 2 tsp borax
- 2 tsp white vinegar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 5-6 drops essential oil. (any flavor you want, I like lemon)
Just ad all of those ingredients together in a spray bottle, (you can reuse an old spray bottle from the store bought cleaners you used to use) shake it up, and use as you would a normal cleaner, on the stove, counter tops, the floor, etc.
Photo from amybayliss.com
Laundry detergent is just one of those things that we have to buy all of the time, and it is not cheap at all. For a family of four, it seems like we are constantly doing laundry. I can only imagine the effect that all of that laundering is having on the environment. This recipe is for an all natural DIY laundry detergent that will not only help save the environment, but will also save your wallet! If you have hard water at your house, this detergent may even work better than your typical store bought detergents. It is worth giving it a try! I got this recipe from ProjectGreenify, and they have recipes for a few other types of detergents, including liquid if you prefer that.
My husband and I do our best to mindfully select products and food that are the best for our health and the environment. It can be tricky with so many different labels (ie organic vs natural) and products claiming to be good for you and with the constant flow of contradictory information coming out on what’s okay and what’s not. Confusing at the very least! There is a site that I visit regularly for good solid information. This is my “go to” especially when it comes to selecting the very best products for our son, The Environmental Working Group or EWA. In a nutshell they’re:
The nation’s leading environmental health research and advocacy organization. Our mission is to serve as a watchdog to see that Americans get straight facts, unfiltered and unspun, so they can make healthier choices and enjoy a cleaner environment.
Now that the temperatures are warming up and my son is over 6 months old I’ve been doing some research on the safest, most effective sunscreen. I figured while I’m at it I should see about a great sunscreen for my husband and I as well. I went through many of them and found the top ones that are rated the safest according to the EWA, are at an affordable price point and can be found/purchased easily.
For Children (6 months and older)
Badger SPF 30+ Baby Sunscreen about $13 (plus free shipping) on Amazon
Think Baby SPF 50+ about $13 on Amazon
Seventh Generation Baby Sunscreen SPF 30 about $13 on Amazon
Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 about $13 on Amazon
ThinkSport Livestrong Sunscreen SPF 50 about $15 on Amazon
That’s right, spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about your garden. This year we finally have a space to do a bit of gardening. Living in NYC last year certainly didn’t allow for that. For me having produce that’s free of GMO’s, harsh chemicals and pesticides is even more important than ever now that we have our son. I found some seeds that I’ve bought to get our garden started this summer and wanted to share them with you!
Ferry Morse Large Organic Vegetable Garden – $16 on Amazon
Custom Collection of 12 Organic Herbs – $9.50 on Amazon