Since the beginning of July, I have been living in St Petersburg, Russia. After the move, I have been forced to make some change in my sustainable and natural living. Not only did I not have the possibility to bring any of my essential oils and other raw material, things like organic food and recycling seem to be completely unknown in this country. Nonetheless, I have tried to take the most out of the situation, and try to look at what I can do in Russia instead of what I can’t do. And there’s a few things that they do better than many, maybe even any, other country. Such as honey. And vodka. I’ll hopefully get back to those later, but for now I wanted to share a quick tip with another type of food that the russians love: beetroot.
Okay, so imagine a scenario where you find yourself with an extra can of beer. I know, I know, it doesn’t necessarily happen all that often, at least not in our household. But for the sake of argument, let’s just say you do. What to do with said can of beer? Well I have the perfect solution for you – put it in your hair! It’s true – a beer hair rinse will actually give you very shiny, smooth hair and even gives your hair nice volume and body. A beer hair rinse will also enhance natural curls and give life to dull hair. After reading this post, I bet you’ll go out to buy a batch of special hair-rinse beer.
In the beginning of May, the people of Sweden were in panic. A few nights of frost meant that the strawberries might not be ready for midsummer. And a Midsummer without Swedish strawberries is not a proper Midsummer!
Luckily, there was no cause for alarm. The strawberries are ready and we can go out and celebrate a proper Swedish Midsummer.
But strawberries are not just a tasty reminder of summer, they are in fact very nutritious and good for you! And things that are good for you to eat, are probably also good to put on your face. I will now share a few easy beauty recipes with strawberries. Just put a few of the more squishy strawberries to the side and use them on your face instead of eating them!
When buying strawberries, make sure you get local, preferrably organic, strawberries. Strawberries are actually one of the fruits that are the most toxic when bought non-organic.
With its mild soothing and cleansing properties, oatmeal is one of the best cheap ingredients that you should always have in your beauty pantry. I’ve previously written about oatmeal’s properties, with a few recipes, but there are so many great recipes out there apart from these. That’s why I decided to gather a few from some of my other favorite green bloggers.
A couple of years back, I wrote about how to make your own aloe vera gel from aloe vera leaves. In this tutorial, I used the leaves as they are, just cut them up and put them in a food processor. But there’s a couple of problems with doing it this way. First of all, you will still have som green larger pieces in your gel, which doesn’t work very well if you want to use it as a hair gel or as an ingredient in lotion etc. To make this work, you would have to strain the gel to get the larger pieces out. Secondly, there are some who claim that the green part of the leaf shouldn’t be used and can in fact be toxic. In any case, the green parts of the leaf doesn’t really do much good, it’s the gelly substance on the inside that we want.
I’ve been aware of this, but haven’t really found a good way to get the gel out of the leaf. In many instructions, they just say that you should press the gel out, but that hasn’t worked for me at all. The other option was to cut the green parts out with a knife, but then there are till lots of gel left on the green parts that are wasted. But the other day, I found a really effective way of getting the gel out.
With the Easter holidays soon over, I bet you have more than a couple of extra eggs lying around in your fridge, just waiting to be used. What better way to use then than to use them in your skin care regime? Eggs will strengthen and rejuvenate hair as well as skin. Here’s a few of my favorite egg recipes!
One of the ingredients that should be in every DIY beauty crafters cupboards is rose water, or another herbal water. Rose water is exactly what it sounds like – roses steeped in water, where the good components of the rose has soaked into the water. The great thing about these herbal waters, or herbal hydrosols, is that they are very versatile. They can be used as such as a face toner, or in a hair rinse. They can also be used in any recipe instead of water, and in that way you will get a lot of benefits from the hydrosol, instead just a filling agent (which water is). According to Livestrong, rose water is a mild antiseptic and is good for all skin types, especially sensitive skin, red and irritated skin as well as acne skin. In this post, I will discuss how you can find quality rose water in the shops, and how to make your own herbal hydrosols.
Did you read my 7 days acne treatment, in which I praised the acne-fighting properties of African black soap? Did you go out and buy yourself one? If my last post didn’t convince you, here’s some more info about african black soap that I’m hoping will convince you.
Many people raise their eyebrows when they hear about people not using shampoo in their hair and only use conditioner or put baking soda and vinegar in their hair. But I must admit that even I was a bit sceptical of the water-only, or WO-method. Not using anything in your hair whatsoever? Only water? That sounds … odd, to say the least. I first read about it on the Long hair community where people, inspired by an article about a woman who hadn’t washed her hair for 11 years, experimented with cutting down on everything and only washing their hair with water. This was years ago, and it wasn’t until a few months back that I actually started toying with the prospect of trying it out myself, inspired by a few success stories from the swedish no ‘poo facebook group.
But does it work? First, let’s have a look at the theory behind WO, and then I will share how this worked for me. (more…)
I’m pretty sure I’m not alone when I say that my hair is a very important part of how I choose to present myself. Few things can change ones appearance so drastically as a new hair cut and color. And the conclusions that people draw from just a hair cut are incredible; I’m sure you get associations just from these words: dreadlocks, peroxide blonde, mohawk, ginger.
Although I am well aware of the mighty impact of hair, alas I am too lazy to doo much about it. I rarely make special up-dos and always forget to redye my hair, leaving nasty regrowths. So for my own sake just as much as for yours, I gathered some super-easy tips on how to improve the quality of your hair with almost no effort. Some of these tips are more a matter of changing your habits, but I assure you, if you just try out a few of these, your hair is indeed going to look amazing.