4 ingredients, 1 jar, and a toothbrush is all you need to accomplish this! Coconut oil, baking soda, activated charcoal, and peppermint essential oil, that’s all. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking, putting BLACK charcoal on your teeth to WHITEN them!? Activated charcoal works through absorption. Absorbing any plaque in your mouth or on your teeth that might cause staining. It also helps prevent cavities, bad breath, and gum disease by changing the PH and absorbing toxins in your mouth.
This recipe is so simple, you just toss all the ingredients together and mix well. Then, just store in an airtight container. I am all about reusing jars but I’ll tell ya what, do not use an old minced garlic jar! Yeah, I accidentally did that my first time making this toothpaste and my mouth tasted like garlic all day. So, any jar but an old garlic jar will work. Also, this toothpaste is coconut oil based, we all know that consistency depends on the weather with coconut oil. When it is cool outside the paste is thicker and easier to handle. When it’s hot, the toothpaste is a little looser. just take a spoon and pour it onto your brush unless you would like to keep it in your refrigerator.
For best results use this toothpaste 2-3 times a week. I personally switch off between this and oil pulling.
4 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 teaspoon of activated charcoal
2 tablespoons of baking soda
10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil
Mix all ingredients together.
Brush your teeth.
Rinse your sink very well after brushing, if charcoal is left in the sink it can cause staining.
I am so excited to share this 4 ingredient all natural DIY eyeliner with all of you! When I was younger (late teens early twenties) I was obsessed with make up. Imagine big make up cases with hundreds of dollars worth of MAC makeup kind of obsessed. Yeah, that was me. I always loved that time before going out or getting ready for work when I sat in front of my mirror, jammed to my music and applied away without a second thought. As I got older I started learning about negative effects toxins and chemicals from the make up have on your body and how everything you apply in your skin ends up in your body through absorption. In addition, learning about brands that test on animals and it being all the brands I was using, I felt horrible, these are things that did not even cross my mind in my younger years. So I quit cold turkey… I quit buying and wearing make up with the exception of the occasional wedding or holiday party. Years have gone by with no make up but lately I have been missing that me time in front of the mirror where I can be in my own girly world listening to music and dressing myself up for date night or special occasion. So I decided to make my own beauty products. I am having tons of fun with it and I know exactly what goes into my product and onto my face and into my body.
I recently purchased a 1/2 oz reusable container from the herb store but any small container with a lid will do. You will also need activated charcoal, beeswax, coconut oil, water and an eyeliner brush to apply. This recipe is quick and easy but I must say if you are not careful it could get messy and activated charcoal can stain. I highly recommend laying a junky rag down at your work station beforehand. If you have a double boiler that will work, I don’t, so I added all my ingredients to a glass mixing bowl and put it in a hot water until all ingredients were melted and well mixed. As soon as everything is melted and mixed pour the eyeliner mixture into the container and then quickly run your bowl under hot water to clean right away. The beeswax in this recipe can firm up quickly and once it gets hard it is a bit harder to clean. Let your eyeliner sit for about 20 minutes, then it should be ready for use.
1/2 teaspoon activated charcoal
1/2 teaspoon finely grated beeswax
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
Add all ingredients to double boiler or glass mixing bowl dipped in hot water
Wait until all ingredients are melted and mix well
Add your eyeliner mixture to reusable container
Wash your pan or bowl right away in hot water to avoid the excess mixture from hardening in the pan.
So this week I started a fun new community page on my Starting From Soil Facebook. Folks can ask questions, share tips, and recipes relating to health and wellness. You are all welcome to join! While on the topic of natural deodorants, arm pit detoxing came up and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to write about the benefits of bentonite clay and different ways it can be used.
The name Bentonite stems from where most of the clay has been found and is still harvested to this day, Fort Benton, Wyoming. The clay is composed of volcanic ash and has a number of beneficial minerals such as calcium, magnesium, silica, copper, iron, and potassium. This explains why it has been used in traditional healing methods for centuries along with using it as a detox method. When activated by liquid, Bentonite also has the ability to draw out toxins from the body by acting as a magnet to heavy metals, chemicals, and toxins.
Lets get to the armpit detox! Your armpits are an entry way for toxins, especially if you are still using an antiperspirant rather that a natural deodorant. So lets switch that around and let your armpits work as an exit point instead with a bentonite mask. This can be especially helpful If you are looking to make a switch from antiperspirant to natural deodorant. When transitioning, some can experience excessive sweating, odor, skin discomfort, and rash. A detox will help eliminate or shorten this pitfall… see what I did there 😉 If you have already made a successful transition and you just want an extra way to cleanse your body of impurities than this is for you too!
The recipe I am going to provide for you will give you enough to include a face mask in with your pit detoxing. I figure kill 2 birds with one stone right? Using bentonite clay topically has amazing benefits. Earlier, I mentioned this clay was rich in minerals, one of them being Silica, this mineral in particular helps with skin regeneration. Along with beneficial minerals and it being able to bind and release toxins from your skin it also has antibiotic properties and has been used to treat eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, reduce blemishes, unclog and tighten pores, removes dead cells, and leaves your skin feeling soft and fresh!
Although I use bentonite clay specifically for armpit detoxing and face masks there are lots of other ways this clay can be used. Unfortunately, our bodies are exposed to toxins all day, everyday… With that being said, toss some clay in your bathtub for a detox bath. You can also use bentonite clay as a replacement for baby powder, some folks even mix it with water and rinse their mouth with it daily to help fight bacteria. Bentonite clay has also been used to help relieve digestion by neutralizing gut bacteria and killing off viruses. If this is something that you think you will benefit from, I would look into the liquid form of bentonite rather than the powder. It’s my understanding that if you take the powder form internally there is a possibility it may clump up and back things up a bit and we don’t want that to happen.
Ok, so here’s how to make the mask. Mix 1 part clay to 3 parts water or apple cider vinegar. That’s it! I like to do a half and half mixture of water and apple cider vinegar, I find if I do all ACV it irritates my eyes and nostrils a little bit. You will want to avoid mixing your mask with metal utensils. The clay has the ability to pull the metals from your utensil into your mask to avoid leaching mix with wooden spoon. Once the mask is mixed well use a clean brush to apply evenly to face first and then to armpits. Leave on skin for 15-20 minutes, if you have sensitive skin cut that time in half. Remove clay by washing with warm water.
Have you ever looked at the ingredients on the back of your body wash bottle and not known what they are or how to say them? Well, I have a solution! Yes, This is another diy, but it is simple, quick, and only uses 5 natural ingredients. All off which you can pronounce and some possibly found in your kitchen. As mentioned in a previous post about diy make up, your skin is your body’s largest organ. Everything you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. If you think about it that way, do you really want to use anything topically that you wouldn’t want to eat?
Unfortunately, our body wash does not fall into the vegan category because this recipe does contain honey (Sorry friends). Honey is so good for our skin because it has natural antibiotic properties, it is full of antioxidants and it’s very moisturizing. Along with honey, jojoba oil will be included in our wash and is also amazing for your skin. If you are not familiar with Jojoba oil it is a liquid extracted from a seed of the jojoba plant, native to parts of Mexico, Arizona and Southern California. This oil is commonly used to treat psoriasis, acne, sunburn and chapped skin. Next, lavender essential oil, not only does the oil smell amazing, it is another skin health powerhouse with anti-aging antioxidants. Also, due to its anti-microbial properties this oil also helps speeds up the healing process for any cuts or burns you may have. Lastly, we will be using some unscented castile liquid soap and water. A mason jar with a soup dispenser top is the only hardware you’ll need. I purchased These tops. Or a reusable BPA free plastic dispenser will work. This recipe makes 2 cups enough to fill a 16oz mason jar.
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of honey
2/3 cup unscented castile soup
2 teaspoons of jojoba oil
Glass bottle with dispenser or BPA free reusable plastic dispenser
A little over 3 years ago, I started breaking out along my jaw line. No one likes acne, but especially at the age of 28! I had only struggled with this one other time in my life, around the age 24, when I started, and very quickly quit taking a birth contraceptive. To help with this new development, I made a little change in my daily routine. A great friend of mine suggested I try tea tree oil, so that very same day I ran out to my local health food store and picked up a bottle. When I got home from the store I immediately ran to the bathroom to dampen a cotton ball with some water, added 2 drops of tea tree oil to it, and started wiping my face down. I was so impressed (and a little grossed out) with how much dirt had I just wiped off my face and I haven’t turned back since. My acne along my jaw line cleared almost immediately. In fact, this cleans my face so well I don’t even own or use face wash at all anymore, no need to do both and it is one less plastic bottle in my shower now. They are also awesome for those nights you are in the mood for a face mask, they help scrub any excess mask off that you may have missed in your shower.
So today I will be sharing with you how to make your own face cleansing wipes. Here are some of the ingredients, and supplies you will need. Tea Tree also known as Melaleuca oil, which is derived from a plant in Australia and has many uses! This oil can be used for skin, hygiene, or DIY cleaning products as it has been documented to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Coconut oil will also be playing a role in our cleansing pads to add a little moisture. I found the tea tree was drying out my face a little bit in the beginning so the coconut oil comes in to balance things out. You will also need some cotton rounds, I use and recommend organic because you don’t want to wipe your face or skin down with something that has been sprayed with a bunch of chemicals! You also need water, and a clean jar to fit your rounds. I chose the regular mouth 8oz ball jar, I put 45 pads in my jar but could probably fit up to 60 if I really wanted.
1/2 cup of water
2 teaspoons of melted coconut oil
10 drops of tea tree oil
organic cotton rounds
mix all wet Ingredients together well
place 45-50 cotton rounds in a clean jar
pour mixture over cotton rounds while pressing down on the rounds to help all rounds absorb the liquid
Over one billion toothbrushes are thrown away each year, this is enough to circle the earth 4 four times! These toothbrushes end up either overflowing our landfills or polluting our waterways while destructively impacting our ecosystem. Not to mention the greenhouse gases that are produced while making these plastic handles and nylon bristles that take an average 450 years to completely decompose.
Simply switching from plastic to bamboo will help our environment immensely! This purchase can be the start of your journey into a zero waste life. If the phrase “zero waste” sounds like a little too much of a commitment for you, it could just be the start of a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Many of us, including myself until a couple of years ago, are blind to how the products we use on a day-to-day basis affects our environment and our health. By making the switch you will be reducing your exposure to toxic chemicals like BPA, PVC, and Phthalate. These are just some of the ingredients found in the typical plastic toothbrush.
There have been a good amount of bamboo toothbrush companies popping up within the last couple of years. Bamboo is the quickest growing plant on earth and has natural antimicrobial properties, so there is no need to treat this plant with toxic pesticides or fertilizers. It is a pretty awesome, sustainable choice! Bamboo handles are 100% biodegradable but unfortunately sometimes the bristles are not. With that being said, I always recommend reading up on the company before purchasing. For example, Humble Brush does not state what their bristles are made from but the packaging is made from 100% recycled materials and each purchase goes towards the Humble Smile Foundation which helps fund sustainable projects for children in need of oral care. Brush with Bamboo is a company that uses plant based bristles and compostable packaging along with their bamboo handle and is a certified green business. This company seems to be the most promising choice for bamboo.
We really have a good amount of eco-friendly options here so breaking up with your plastic toothbrush wont be too hard!
What if I said you could make your own finishing powder out of food? Yes, that’s right! More specifically out of items you find in the baking and spice isle of your local grocer. This three ingredient make-up will leave your face looking, smelling, and even tasting good.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and has the ability to absorb everything you put on it.”Under the law,cosmetic products and ingredients do not need FDA premarket approval, with the exception of color additives.” This was sited from the FDA website that I will provide a link for if anyone is interested in reading further. Also, Huffington Post put out an article last year stating the average women puts about 515 synthetic chemicals on their body a day without even knowing. These are just some of the facts that are incredibly worrisome to me. this is why it is extremely important to eliminate the use of harmful chemicals, colors, fragrances, and preservatives found in most beauty and hygiene products.
My rule of thumb is if you can’t or won’t eat it then you should not put it on your body. This is why I took myself to the kitchen to see what I could come up with!
Making your own products is also eco-friendly. Some grocery stores have spices and flours in bulk. Bring your own reusable bags if you can. I also continue to use the same glass jar every time I make a batch so not having to throw out plastic every time I need new makeup reduces trash.
We all have a different yet beautiful complexions, due to this I can only provide the base of the recipe. As everyone’s measurements will be different, you will have to have fun and play with the amounts of the ingredients to match your skin.