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DIY Deodorant

A DIY Deodorant? You might be asking yourself now, why you should even border to make your own when there are plenty on the market and very affordable!

I have got, to be honest; I felt a little like a Hippy while trying this DIY out! It does not get more back to nature than this. Ok, maybe making your toothpaste is taking it up a notch.

DIY Deodorant is a perfect recipe for those that want to live a frugal life and cut down on chemicals they use in their day-to-day life!

I was intrigued when I came across several DIY Deodorant recipes on Pinterest and wanted to try it out for myself.

It is easy and fast to whip up, and the best, a batch only costs you mere pennies!

DIY Deodorant Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • Jar with lid

Mix you dry ingredients in the jar and add the coconut oil using a fork. Work in the tea tree oil and you are done!

To use it, just take a small amount and massage into your armpit! Keep in mind “less is more”!  Wait a couple of minutes before getting dressed!

DIY Deodorant tips

If your bathroom is warm, keep it in the refrigerated, so the coconut oil does not liquefy.

Use only a small amount (pea size or less) for each arm pit

A few people experienced a rash in the first few days of using a DIY deodorant. This can happen because of the baking soda and the change of your PH-level. But most people reported that the rash went away after a few days.

My experience with the DIY Deodorant

I am very surprised how well this works! No stink was going on, and the underarm wetness were reduced! One of the things I was worried about was that the coconut oil would stain my clothing! I am happy to report that there was absolutely no staining!

DIY Deodorant vs. Store Bought

Both work equally well, so the DIY version can replace a store-bought one. Obviously the DIY has none of the nasty chemicals and is cheaper to make. But the convenience of using just a deodorant stick and being done with one swipe makes the switch to going all DIY with this very hard.

For more ideas on natural deodorant options check out this article by mnn.com

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DIY makeup remover

Between my daughter and I, we go through tons of makeup wipes and eye makeup remover! I am not extravagating when I say that these items ended up weekly on my shopping list!

When I saw an FB video about how to make your makeup remover wipes, and realized that I have all the ingredients already on hand, I whipped up a batch for my daughter and me right away, and was convinced.


DIY Makeup Remover – The Ingredients

  • 3 TBSP Coconut Oil (or any other oil you have on hand)
  • 1/2 cup filtered Water
  • 1 TBSP baby shampoo
  • 1 TBSP Witch Hazel
  • 1/4 tsp Tea Tree Oil
  • Vitamin E (optional)
  • a package cotton rounds
  • air tight container 

A lot of people use only coconut oil to remove makeup, but personally it is just a bit too oily for me. The Vitamin E is optional but has the benefits of a moisturizer and anti-aging agent.

The baby shampoo helps with the very hard to remove waterproof eye makeup, and the Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Oil will, in additional to skin care benefits, keep the cotton pads bacteria free and prevent molding!

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How to make the DIY Makeup Remover

Melt the coconut oil and mix it with the water. Now add the rest of the ingredients and give it all a good stir. Place a few cotton pads in the container, and soak them in the mixture. Repeat this step until you have your desired amount.

Don’t just dump the whole mixture over the pads. They will probably get too soggy. Go slowly, and always check on the consistency. If you do end up with too wet pads, layer a few dry ones in between, and press down. That way they will soak up the excess.

My experience with the DIY Makeup Remover

DIY makeup remover

The way we use them is, we take one and wipe off all the makeup, concentrating on the eye area. But no scrubbing! It is more along the line of gentle pressure, to loosen the makeup a little. After, we wash our faces with our regular facial cleanser, and finish up with one more DIY Makeup remover pad, to make sure that all makeup residue is gone.

We use them daily, and have no issues what so ever with them. And I was surprised how well they worked with removing the usually very hard to get rid off waterproof makeup!

The DIY Makeup Remover pads are also less irritating to our skin, and with all the extras I added in, our faces are getting a real boost when it comes to skincare.

Molding is also not a problem, as I make small batches, and we use them up rather quickly! This is going to save us a lot of money in the future! And they are economical because making this takes less than 5 minutes with a cost of less than a dollar per batch.


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DIY Pore Strips

Today I am sharing with you a recipe for DIY Pore Strips! With only three ingredients, they are cheap, easy, and just as effective as the store-bought ones

What are Pore Strips for?

Pore strips a great for anyone with clogged pores, as they get rid of the dirt in our pores and leave behind a clean skin. They do not prevent blackheads or acne. But what they do is, they reduce the appearance of not so pretty sights.

Do not use pore strips more than once a week! Using it more than that will only irritate your skin more.
DIY Pore Strips

How to make DIY Pore Strips

Ingredients

  • One tbsp milk
  • One tbsp unflavored gelatin
  • One egg white

Mixology

Mix the ingredients together. Put the bowl in the microwave for one minute. Be prepared for an awful smell!

Dip a paper towel (cut to size) into the mixture and apply to the area. Let the DIY Pore Strip dry completely and peel off.

Do not use the DIY pore strips as an all over face peeling! People tried this, and their experience was rather painful! Keep it to the area on your nose, chin, and between the brows. But be careful not to apply to the brow hair, because you will rip out the hair when you remove the strip.


Color me surprised on how well these work! Defiantly just as good as a store-bought! The DIY Pore Strips are quickly made. But the smell after heating the mixture up is horrendous!

I also gave the mix a few minutes to cool down a bit before applying it to my face. I used it on my nose and chin area!

I did use a tiny bit on above my eyebrow area (which is in desperate need of a groom) to test if it actually will pull out the hair when removed. And yes it does! So maybe this could be a good base for a DIY Brow Wax? I am definitely making a note for a future DIY project!


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DIY Eyemask

DIY eye mask is up! And not the one you use for sleeping. I am talking about the ones that fight the under eye bags, dark circles.

I am big on the eyes! They are my favorite part of my face. I have tried tons of store-bought products, but my skin around the eyes is so sensitive that I have yet to come across one that doesn’t cause burning and irritation.

So the trusty DIY route it is. And what I like best about this DIY eye mask is that you can make a large batch, and the mask is ready to use whenever you need it.diy eye mask

DIY Eye Mask Ingredients

  • Two bags of black tea
  • 10 drops Vitamin E Oil
  • One tsp Witch Hazel
  • Large cotton pads
  • Zip lock bags

DIY Eye Mask Preparation

Steep the tea in a cup of hot water, and let it cool down. Mix in the Vitamin E and Witch Hazel. Soak the cotton pads with the mixture, and squeeze out (between your palms) any excess liquid.

Layer the pads flat in a single file within the Zip Lock bag, and put them in the freezer for later use (tip from thebeautybean.com)

DIY Eye Mask Use

Take two pads out the freezer and let it thaw for a bit – this can be done overnight in the refrigerator. Place them on your eyes, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes (whatever your time permits, but the longer, the better.

In just a couple of minutes, you will start feeling that your eye area begins to tighten and tingle. You can feel it work.

After the time is up, massage in the residue oil into your skin.

At this point, you can skip eye cream, as the Vitamin E oil will moisturize the area, or go ahead and apply your favorite product.

For you next At Home Spa Day, whip this DIY eye mask up! And your peepers will look their best again in no time!


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DIY Hair Masks

Today I am sharing 3 DIY Hair Mask for different types of hair. We all have some kind or another issue with our hair. Too dry, too oily, or to dull. The list goes on and on. And the hair product industry makes quite a pretty penny because of it.

But you really do not need to spend that much on products to help you getting your hair back into shape. Because you probably have already the things you need to make the DIY Hair Mask on hand. So let’s beginDIY Hair Mask

DIY Hair Mask for dry and/or frizzy hair

What you need:

  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1 Tbsp oil – the best would be coconut oil, but any will do
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise

Mash up Avocado in a food processor until smooth, add coconut oil and combine, mix in the mayonnaise. Massage into hair, concentrating on your tips. Leave it in for 30 minutes. Wear a shower cap for best results (or go old school, with a grocery bag 😉 ) Shampoo and condition as usual.

DIY Hair Mask for oily/greasy hair

What you need

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 Tbsp honey

Mix everything together, apply to hair, concentrating on the scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse out with cool water. Shampoo and condition as usual.

DIY Hair Mask for shiny hair

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup water (or more depending on length and thickness of hair)
  • 1 Tbsp (per 1/2 cup water) vinegar

 Dull hair is caused by product build-up, which the vinegar breaks done. Mix together, pour over hair, comb through hair to help distribute. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse. Try to avoid shampooing after, if you can handle the vinegar smell.

Bonus Tips

Hair care tips

Hair care tips

  1. Brush hair before washing – not if you are curly, just detangle with your fingers
  2. Shampoo on scalp, conditioner on ends – very important if you have oily hair
  3. final rinse with cold water – this will close the cuticles, and gives extra shine
  4. pat dry, do not rub! Ideal would be cotton (like an old T-shirt) because that will reduce frizz
  5. Do NOT brush while wet – this can cause split ends and breakage. Hair is the weakest when fresh out of the shower. Give it some time to air dry a bit before combing
  6. If you have to brush it wet, only use a wide tooth comb

I personally use the DIY Hair Mask for dry hair every couple of weeks, and I swear by it! My hair never felt softer and looked smoother before! In combination with the Hair care tips, my hair is in pretty good shape. Despite lots of coloring and bleaching!

So go ahead, raid your pantry and fridge! And emerge with the best hair ever!

These hair masks are not what you are looking for? Let me know in the comments what your hair type is and what problem you have, and I will let you know the best way to tackle it!

Are you going to try one of these or already have a favorite DIY Hair Mask? I would love for you to share it with me!

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February 3, 2015 2 comments
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DIY Eyeshadow Primer

Want to make a DIY eyeshadow primer? You came to the right place!

Eyeshadow primer is essential to make your eye makeup last all day and to get the most color payoff from your eye shadow! There are some great ones you can buy. My favorite primer is from Urban Decay. I also discovered that cream eyeshadow make for an excellent primer.

As I have hooded lids, I need to use a primer every day, or my shadow will start wandering up into my crease within a couple of hours.

I came across maskara.com recipe as that seemed to be the most popular with the best results. And I gave it a try myself.

What you need for the DIY eyeshadow primerDIY Eye Shadow Primer Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon all natural chapstick (no essential oils or fragrance)
  • 1 teaspoon of cornstarch (1 1/2 teaspoons for oily lids)
  • 1/1/2 teaspoons Foundation (matching your skin tone or one shade lighter)
  • small container to keep it in (contact lens cases work great)

Microwave the chap stick for a bit to soften it (low setting for about 1 minute). Mix everything together, stir until you have the desired consistency (creamy smooth) and voila there you have it your DIY Eyeshadow Primer

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How did the DIY Eyeshadow Primer hold up in the end?

 I have to say I am very surprised on how well this works! And can give the store-bought ones a run for their money. You only need to use a small amount. The first time I used too much, and it caked into my crease. Make sure to blend this in well as it is very thick. The colors are vibrant, and the shadow stayed in place all day! I am quite impressed with this little concoction.

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