Make Natural Mascara – DIY Recipe!

natural mascaraMake you own mascara and ditch those toxic conventional products! Care must be taken when applying products near our eyes. Personally, I do not want to use a product ladened full of chemicals near my eyes, but I know that many people will.

Some people even suffer from itching and red eyes as a result of those harmful ingredients that are applied on their lashes. These reactions are usually attributed to ingredients, such as, methylparaben, aluminum powder, ceteareth-20, butylparaben, or benzyl alcohol. (source)

The best way to avoid exposing yourself to toxic substances is to use products that are natural and organic. Why use a chemical product when there are natural alternatives available that are just as good, if not, better?

I personally use the Ere Perez Waterproof Mascara when I go out to socialise because it lasts for the whole day without flaking and keeps my eyelashes in place. At the end of the day, I just remove the mascara by wiping some almond oil with a cotton ball over my eyes. 

ere perez waterproof mascara

Ingredients:

Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Palm (Elaeis Guineensis) Oil, Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Oil, Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum) Oil, Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia) Oil, Beeswax, Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera) Wax, Palm Kernel Wax, Soybean (Glyicine Soja) Seed Wax, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, CI 77499 / Iron Oxide Black, CI 77510 Pussian Blue / Ferric Ferrocyanide

This mascara is available at Amazon. (CLICK HERE!)

Recipe For Natural Mascara

If you don’t want to purchase mascara, you can make your own and use it within 3 months. It is very easy to make with a few safe and natural ingredients. Doesn’t take much time at all. It will darken your eyelashes without damaging your health!

Ingredients Required:

          or 1/2 tsp cocoa powder (for brown)

  • Sandwich Bag
  • Clean Mascara container & wand (Buy here!)

Method:

1) Combine coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and beewax in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted (approx. 3 – 4 mins).

2) Remove from heat and whisk in charcoal powder. Let it cool for a few minutes.

3) Pour the mixture into a plastic bag and mush it into one corner of the bag. 

4) Cut a tiny hole in the opposite corner of the bag and place the tip into an empty mascara tube. Slowly squeeze the mixture into tube.

5) Use like regular mascara.

Note: Mascara can also be placed into clean containers with lid, it doesn’t have to be in a mascara tube. You can just use a wand to dip it in and apply onto your lashes. Removal of makeup can be done with warm water and washcloth or olive oil.

Conclusion

Either using a safe and natural mascara or making your own is better than using conventional products that are full of harmful ingredients.

Hope you have enjoyed this article. Would you make you own mascara? Leave me some comments below.

My Natural Deodorant Reviews For 2015

apply deodorantUsing deodorant to control body odour is something that many people include in their daily routine. There are many brands of deodorants that people can choose.

The cheap ones are normally full of harmful chemicals. This is the reason why they are cheap!

But I would like to encourage people to switch to natural alternatives to control body odour to minimize your exposure to harmful chemical ingredients that are present in the personal care products.

Have a read of this article about ‘Toxic chemicals in personal care products’ HERE!

In a previous post, I compared the difference between deodorants and antiperspirants and recommended people to switch to a natural deodorants to avoid toxic chemical exposure. I also emphasized that using antiperspirants will disrupt our normal sweating process because of the presence of aluminium salts and ions that closes the pores on the skin.

So it’s best to choose a natural and aluminium free deodorant that do not contain harmful chemical ingredients and still works by killing the bacteria on our armpits which then controls our body odour.

If you haven’t read my article on ‘Deodorant VS Antiperspirants – Which Is Better?’, you can read it HERE!

Now I will review some brands that people can consider if looking for natural deodorants that work.

Natural Deodorant Reviews

Weleda

Welada is a global natural cosmetics company that offers a comprehensive product range for the skin, body, baby, and pregnancy. This brand have deodorants that are FREE from aluminium, phthalates and synthetic fragrances, colors and preservatives.  

The Weleda deodorants are available in the fragrances citrus, wild roses, and sage. They are non-aerosol sprays that can keep you feeling fresh during the day.

These can be purchased online at eVitamins.com and Amazon.com

eVitamins Vitamins and Supplements up to 70% off!

But, I have found that eVitamins offer a lower price compared to Amazon. They can be found in health stores and pharmacies too.According to Amazon, the Weleda Deodorants have been rated at least a 4 star by the many customers who have purchased them.

Weleda Citrus Deodorant, 3.4 Fluid Ounce

Weleda Citrus Deodorant

Ingredients:

Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral* and Farnesol*.

* from natural essential oils

To purchase Weleda Citrus Deodorant, click on the below link.

Deodorant Spray 3.4 fl oz by Weleda at eVitamins

 

Weleda Wild Roses Deodorant, 3.4 Fluid Ounce

Weleda WildRose DeodorantIngredients:

Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Rosa Moschata (Rosehip) Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Extract, Glycerin, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate.

* from natural essential oils

To purchase Weleda Wild Roses Deodorant, click on the below link.

Deodorant Spray 3.4 fl oz by Weleda at eVitamins

Weleda Sage Deodorant, 3.4 Fluid Ounce

Weleda Sage DeodorantIngredients: 

Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Coumarin*.

* from natural essential oils

To purchase Weleda Sage Deodorant, click on the below link.

Deodorant Spray 3.4 fl oz by Weleda at eVitamins

Miessence

Miessence is a global natural and organics company that offers over 70 certified organic products online for your skin, hair, oral, body, cosmetics, household, and nutrition. This brand have roll on deodorants that are 100% natural and 84% organic. 

The Miessence brand have three deodorants are available. There are two fragrances called Ancient Spice and Tahitian Breeze. The third product is an Aroma Free roll on deodorant for those who are sensitive to fragrances/essential oils. The most popular deodorant sold is the Tahitian Breeze!

The Miessence deodorants based on the traditional remedies of bicarbonate of soda to eliminate odors and aloe vera to soothe.

Ancient Spice Roll-On Deodorant (60ml/2.02 Fluid Ounce)

Miessence Ancient Spice DeodorantThis deodorant is lightly scented with a rich and vibrant arrangement of ancient oils and spices.

Ingredients:

Organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, sodium bicarbonate, non-gmo xantham gum, organic citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, organic citrus aurantifolia (lime) essential oil, boswellia carteri (frankincense) essential oil, organic cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon) leaf essential oil, organic syzygium aromatica (clove) bud essential oil, organic vanilla planifolia (vanilla) CO2 extract. Limonene, linalool and eugenol are naturally occuring component of the organic essential oils in this product.

To purchase Miessence Ancient Spice Deodorant, CLICK HERE!

Tahitian Breeze Roll-On Deodorant (60ml/2.02 Fluid Ounce)

Miessence Tahitian Breeze DeodorantThis deodorant has a warm and balmy blend of intense floral and citrus aromas including ylang ylang, lime and patchouli.

Ingredients:

Organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, sodium bicarbonate, non-gmo xantham gum, organic citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, organic citrus aurantifolia (lime) essential oil, organic canaga odorata (ylang ylang) essential oil, organic pogostemon cablin (patchouli) essential oil,  organic pelargonium graveolens (geranium) essential oil. Limonene, linalool and geraniol are naturally occuring component of the organic essential oils in this product.

To purchase Miessence Tahitian Breeze Deodorant, CLICK HERE!

 

Aroma Free Roll-On Deodorant (60ml/2.02 Fluid Ounce)

Miessence Aroma Free DeodorantThis deodorant does not contain any essential oils.

Ingredients:

Organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, sodium bicarbonate, non-gmo xantham gum.

To purchase Miessence Aroma-Free Deodorant, CLICK HERE!

 

 

 

 

Schmidt’s Deodorants

Schmidt Deodorants from Portland, Oregon are all-natural, vegan and cruelty-free deodorants made in USA. They are packaged in glass jars and are available in five scents:

1) Bergamot Lime

Ingredients: Shea butter, Baking soda, Arrowroot powder, Theobroma cacao seed butter, Hop extract, Bergamot essential oil, Lime essential oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E)

2) Cedarwood + Juniper

Ingredients: Shea butter, Baking soda, Arrowroot powder, Theobroma cacao seed butter, Hop extract, Himalayan Cedar Essential Oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Juniper Essential Oil

3) Lavender + Sage

Ingredients: Shea butter, Baking soda, Arrowroot powder, Theobroma cacao seed butter, Hop extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Clary sage Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil

4) Ylang-Ylang + Calendula

Ingredients: Shea butter, Baking soda, Arrowroot powder, Theobroma cacao seed butter, Hop extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Calendula Essential Oil, Ylang-ylang Essential Oil

5) Fragrance-Free

Ingredients: Shea butter, Baking soda, Arrowroot powder, Theobroma cacao seed butter, Hop extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E)

Schmidt’s deodorants are Free from aluminium compounds, phthalates, parabens, and gluten. Cruelty-free as they are not tested on animals. They can be purchased in Amazon.com. Customers have given a 4 star rating for these products.

The below video is a review of the schmidt’s deodorants.

Conclusion:

I have reviewed three different brands that sell natural deodorants: Weleda, Miessence, and Schmidt’s Deodorants. There are many more brands of natural deodorants available at an affordable price.

Just do a search in Amazon, which is located on the right column for your convenience.

Natural deodorants work well so it’s a good investment to make that switch to a natural product rather than applying chemical-laden products under your arms on a daily basis. 

What are your thoughts about this review? Do you have a favorite brand that you use? Share you experience by leaving comments below.

Antiperspirant VS Deodorant – Which One Is Better?

stinkyPersonal hygiene is a topic that is important to every individual. We all want to control our body odor and smell nice so that others won’t avoid us.

Sweating is a normal function of the human body. The whole point of sweating is to release accumulated toxins from the body. It is a very healthy detoxification process. 

Sweat Glands

There are two types of sweat glands called eccrine glands and apocrine glands. Eccrine glands cover all over the body and is responsible for thermal regulation.

While apocrine glands are mainly located in the armpits, genital area and around the nipples. These glands are slightly larger and are more related to stress and emotions rather than thermal regulation.

Sweat is mainly salt and water. But the sweat glands under the armpits (apocrine glands) secrete a thicker and stickier substance, which contains a mixture of things such as hormones, fatty acids and proteins.

Sweat generally are odorless. The odor is actually a result of the reaction between the sweat and the bacteria on the skin. So to stop odor, you must apply an anti-bacterial substance under the armpits!

Antiperspirant vs Deodorant

apply deodorantDo you know that difference between an antiperspirant and a deodorant?

Deodorants DO NOT STOP sweating, it just kills the bacteria under the armpits. 

Conventional deodorants contain all kinds of toxic substances such as petrochemicals (eg. triclosan and propylene glycol), synthetic fragrances, and paraben preservatives (which are associated with breast cancer).

So it’s better to choose a natural/organic deodorant as an alternative!

Antiperspirants, however, is the opposite of deodorants. They DO NOT allow sweating! This is due to the presence of aluminium salts, such as aluminum chloride.

When the aluminium salts or ions enter into the cells via the pores, it irritates the cells so that they swell and close up the pores to prevent sweat from escaping. This is why people feel dry for some time.

Which One Is Better For You?

As mentioned early in this article, sweating is a healthy detoxification process. It removes toxic heavy metals and other substances from our body.

So if you use antiperspirants to control the sweating process, how can your body remove the accumulated toxins? It basically interferes with our sweat glands, which isn’t good. 

Aluminium based compounds frequently left on the skin may cause hormonal or estrogen-like effects. This may be a risk factor for breast cancer, although there is no conclusive evidence. 

The best thing to do is to let the body carry out its normal function. We should let our body sweat frequently, not hinder the process.

Sweat doesn’t smell, so just use a natural deodorant to kill the bacteria. You don’t need a chemical deodorant to do this type of job when there are natural alternatives available. 

Shaving Armpits Before Applying Deodorant

shaving armpitsIf you choose to stick with conventional products, take note that shaving your armpits before applying deodorant or antiperspirant may increase the absorption of the toxic substances present from those products. Nicks and cuts may also let those toxins enter the body. 

Conclusion

A natural deodorant that lets the body do it’s normal sweating function and detoxify is the best advice that I will give to people.

To read my review of some natural deodorants, CLICK HERE!

Thanks for reading this article. What are your thoughts? Would love to hear about it. Just leave comments below.

How To Use Coconut Oil For Skin And Hair

coconut oilLast year, I was given a jar of certified organic coconut oil for christmas and wondered what I should use this oil for other than cooking.

The appearance of this coconut oil varied depending on the surrounding temperature. It looks white and solid when the room is below 18 degrees. It becomes liquid when the room is warm, especially during warmer days.

Coconut oil is a multipurpose oil. There are 100’s of ways that you can use coconut oil. But, I have come up with 10 great ways that coconut oil can be used topically.

10 Ways To Use Coconut Oil

1) Lip Balm/Lip Gloss

This natural oil gives a lovely glossy sheen when applied on the lips. It’s great for people with sensitive lips who may be allergic to some of the chemicals in conventional lipbalm. Coconut oil is all you need for a chemical-free moisturizer on your lips.

2) Eye Makeup Remover

The skin around our eyes are delicate. With coconut oil, you can use a cotton ball and gently remove your eye makeup. It even removes waterproof mascara. Why do people need to buy those branded chemical-laden eye makeup remover products in the supermarket? Just use coconut oil!

3) Cuticle Treatment

Apply coconut oil on your finger and toe nails to keep them strong and healthy.

4) Body Scrub

An all natural body scrub and exfoliant can simply be made with a mixture of coconut oil and sugar. You can add in other ingredients such as cinnamon, baking soda and oatmeal too if you like. 

5) Gets rid of infections

Coconut oil has anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. So applying this to the affected area will kill infections and speed up healing.

Coconut oil is useful for treating problems such as Athlete’s foot, acne, cold sores, yeast infections and chicken pox. You can add a bit of tea tree oil to increase the strength and kill infection quicker. 

coconut oil uses

6) Stretch Marks

It helps prevent and soften stretch marks on the woman’s body. Just rub some coconut oil for soft and supple skin.

7) Hair Treatment

Coconut oil can be used as a hair conditioner. Massage it in your hair and rinse it out after 10 minutes to condition, strengthen and repair damaged hair. This oil can also be used to ease symptoms of dandruff such as itching and flaking. 

8) Natural Deodorant

It’s antibacterial properties mean that coconut oil can be applied straight onto your armpits to keep smell under control by killing bacteria. If you need to have the sweat absorption too, just add some baking soda and corn starch.

Like with any deodorant, don’t apply straight after you have shaved. It would really sting!

9) Shaving Cream:

No need to buy those expensive shaving creams, just use coconut oil. It will keep the razor gliding smoothly while leaving your skin soft and smooth.

10) Sunburn/After Sun Care

Coconut oil is great for preventing sunburn for short exposures. For long exposures, you will need to use sunscreen, as coconut oil does not provide enough protection for your skin. 

Coconut oil is also great to use as an after sun care as it helps speed up healing and moisturize the skin. When you do get burned, just make sure you wait until the heat on the skin has cooled down or after a cold shower.

It does depend on the extent of the burn though. Otherwise coconut oil can trap the heat in and do more damage to the skin. 

Conclusion

It’s amazing how this natural oil can be used for many things. It’s usages are endless!

It’s useful to keep a bottle of coconut oil at home just in case you need to use it. You can find coconut oil in Amazon, which is located on the right panel for your convenience.

So how about you? What do you use coconut oil for? If you have a favorite usage for coconut oil that didn’t make the list, would love to hear about it. Just leave comments below.

Do 100% natural beauty products cause allergies?

skin allergyIt is very common for people to assume that just because a product contains 100% natural ingredients that it must also be hypoallergenic. In fact this is not always the case. Natural products and allergies have been reported before.

A recent article appeared in ABC13 Eyewitness News about a severe allergy reaction caused by a common preservative found in natural and hypoallergenic products called methylchloroisothiazolinone. You can have a read of this article here. CLICK HERE

Like any new product that you have not tried before, regardless of whether it is natural or certified organic, it is highly recommended that you do a patch test first to see how your skin reacts to the ingredients of that product.

Patch Test Prior To Trying New Product

Patch test is so important when it comes to trying out new products and should not be ignored regardless of your age or ethnic background.  A 2004 study reported that 10% of adults in the United States and Europe suffered from adverse reactions to cosmetics, as well as 30% being vulnerable to allergic contact dermatitis.

A patch test can simply be conducted by dabbing a small amount of preparation onto sensitive areas such as the pulse of your wrist, the crook of your elbow, or the back of your ears. Leave it on for 24 – 48 hours and watch for any adverse reactions.

Typical signs of allergic reaction includes redness, a rash, any form of breakouts on the skin, itchiness, pain, flaking etc. Other possible signs may also include nausea or respiratory reactions. But if any signs are present, it’s best not to use the product. If you do, it is highly likely you are going to experience an allergic reaction with that new product that you just bought.

Be Careful of the ‘Natural’ or ‘Organic’ claim

shock lookIt is without a doubt that people are choosing more natural alternatives for their lifestyle. So there is that demand for natural products in the market. But the problem is that there is no regulation for using the word ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ in packaging.

A  company or brand can still state that their product is made with natural ingredient’s even though a small percentage of a “not so natural” ingredient is used in their product.

If you are not good with reading labels, you should consider natural products that have the third party certification such as the Natural Products Association Seal. This certification is your assurance of authenticity when shopping for natural products.

The same principle applies for organic products too. Choose organic products that have been certified by a third party such as ACO (Australian Certified Organic) or USDA (US Department of Agriculture). Read more on certification here. CLICK HERE

Another great article that I recommend reading is called Benefits of Using Organic Skin Care. CLICK HERE

Detox Process With Natural And Organic Products

wash hairDo you know that when you switch from using chemical products to natural and organic ones, there is a detoxing process that your body goes through?  The detoxification process means that your body is trying to get rid of those toxins that have accumulated in your body from years of using chemical-ladened products.

This detoxification process may last for the first few weeks when you start to use natural and organic products. Everyone may experience different things during the detoxing process. Some people don’t experience anything at all. It just varies from person to person.

For example, commercial hair products usually contain ingredients such as dimethicone, cylcomethicone, other chemicals with ‘cone’ in it. These are silicone derivitives that give your hair this ‘plastic’ coating. When you switch to a natural or organic hair product, your hair may feel dry and knotty for the first few weeks because your hair is basically going through a detoxification process to eliminate the silicone or other chemicals from your hair. Once this process is complete, your hair may feel soft and silky.

Another example is the detoxification of the armpit. The switch to a natural deodorant may initially cause the individual’s body to be more smelly. This is due to the accumulated chemicals from using conventional deodorants that had blocked the body’s natural ability to function properly like sweating.

Regardless of how long it takes for your body to naturally detox, there are things you can do to speed up this detoxification process.

Tips To Quicken Detoxification Process

DETOX YOUR BODYFOR DETOXING YOUR HAIR:

1) Prepare a bath with 1 cup sea salt, 1 cup apple cider vinegar, and 2 cups bicarb soda. Hop in the bath and swish your hair around in it. This needs to be done with a few baths for maximum benefit.

or

2) Make a paste of bicarb soda and your natural/organic shampoo and wash your hair with it a few times.

or

3) Make a paste of clay with your natural/organic shampoo and wash your hair with it a few times.

FOR DETOXING YOUR ARMPIT:

Mix 1 tablespoon of bicarb soda or clay, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, and 1-2 teaspoons of water together in a glass bowl. Then spread in an even layer over the armpits and let it sit for 5 – 20 minutes. (recommended to start with 5 minutes then gradually increase to longer time). If it hurts, then remove it straight away.

This application may cause some redness as it will increase blood-flow to the area, but it will go away quickly. Wash off with warm water. Repeat this daily or as needed until odor goes away and natural deodorant is non-irritating.

Thanks for reading this article, If you have enjoyed this article, please leave a comment below. If you have other ideas for detoxing the body, I would love to hear about them.