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Homemade Rhassoul Clay Face Mask Recipe

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Skin & Hair Care | 7 comments

Homemade Rhassoul Clay Face Mask Recipe

Rhassoul clay is unique because it’s rich in magnesium, silica, potassium and calcium. The magic of rhassoul clay is that it exchanges its minerals with the toxins in your skin to clarify and condition it, so it’s both a cleanser and rejuvenator. Here’s a rhassoul clay face mask to rejuvenate, soothe and tone your skin.

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An Eco-Friendly Men’s Shaving Routine (No Beard Required)

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Skin & Hair Care | 2 comments

An Eco-Friendly Men’s Shaving Routine (No Beard Required)

For years, I talked about wanting to change my shaving habits because I was tired of paying almost $4 per cartridge for the Mach insert-some-absurd-number-here refills. On top of that, I spoiled myself by buying shaving gel instead of shaving cream, which worked so much better for me that I couldn’t go back. But a can of men’s shaving gel was three times more expensive than the shaving cream and only lasted half as long. I needed to make a change, and although it was cost that got me motivated it was a very green thing to do too. Shaving Razors: Cut-Throat Straight vs Double-Edge Safety Cheap disposable razors are so uncomfortable that I think it would be less painful to pull out each hair individually with tweezers. Electric shavers are less painful but, over the years, I’ve come to enjoy the close shave that comes with blades. Plus, I didn’t want to invest almost $100 in an electric model to find out that I didn’t like it. I first looked into the cut-throat straight razor. This is just cool. It really can’t get any more badass than wielding a deadly weapon near one’s jugular. Plus, it gives the closest shave and it’s an environmentally friendly option since a high quality razor can last a lifetime.  I could say good-bye to wasteful disposable cartridges and their plastic packaging. After doing some research, I decided that the up-front cost was worth the savings in the long run. When I finally set out to buy my own straight razor the sales associate at the shaving store convinced me that it wasn’t such a great idea. He informed me that, even after I actually got the hang of it, I would need about 45 minutes each time I shaved. Face-prep with a hot towel and  pre-shave lotion, surgically slow strokes, and lathering up between each of the multiple passes are requirements for each shave. While this approach works for some people, I’m not a morning person. To wake up that much earlier and wield a deadly weapon didn’t sound like a great idea to me. The sales associate suggested that I go for a double-edge safety razor instead. It gets almost as close as a straight razors but without the risk of severing any arteries and at less than half  the cost of a quality cut-throat. While the routine for a safety razor is similar to the cut-throat, the shaving strokes can be much faster and longer, making the actual shaving time a fraction of what it is with a straight razor. This option also provides environmental advantages. Replacement blades are needed for a safety razor, but it’s possible to recycle used blades. The packaging is substantially smaller than traditional cartridges, and the blades can cost just pennies a piece when purchased in bulk. For me, they also last longer than the thin multi-blade cartridges. A Better Lather: Use A Shaving Brush And Shaving Soap The last piece to the puzzle was the lather, which I actually...

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How To Clean Makeup Brushes Naturally

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Green Clean, Skin & Hair Care | 3 comments

How To Clean Makeup Brushes Naturally

Replacing disposable or one-time use makeup applicators with reusable makeup brushes is the green thing to do but you have to clean them regularly to keep them sanitary. Reusable makeup brushes collect dirt, oil and dead skin from your face and that can turn them into a breeding ground for bacteria. So let’s talk about how you can easily clean makeup brushes naturally. Before you begin, collect everything you need. all your dirty makeup brushes brush guards 3 cups a plate clean towel (optional) extra virgin olive oil castile soap (or any mild soap) warm water white vinegar Now your ready to start cleaning your brushes. Throughout the cleaning process remember to be gentle with your brushes. Don’t press the bristles too hard, splay the bristles or tug at the bristles. Also keep in mind that you are only cleaning the bristles, you don’t want to dip the shaft of the brush into the water or vinegar since it may ruin the the glue that keeps the bristles on the brush. In one of the cups mix warm water and castile soap to make a bath for your brushes. Fill another cup with enough vinegar to dip the bristles of your longest brush. Pour a small puddle of extra virgin olive oil on a plate. Dip a dirty makeup brush in the olive oil and run it back and forth across the plate until it stops leaving dirty streaks. This step helps clean the brush, but it’s also important if you have natural bristle brushes because the oil conditions the bristles to keep them soft. Next, dip the brush in the soapy water. Remove the brush from the soapy water and gentle swirl it in the palm of your hand. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until the brush is clean. Gently squeeze the bristles to remove excess water. Dip the bristles in white vinegar to sanitize them, then rinse them under a faucet with warm water. If you want to clean the handle of the brush, wipe it with a moist, clean towel. Place the brush in a brush guard, leaving about an inch of the guard past the bristles. Always pull the brush through the brush guard by the handle to keep from bending the bristles. Stand the brush on the brush guard, bristles down, in a cup to dry. It’s obvious you wouldn’t want to dry your brush by standing it on the bristles alone because that would ruin them, but most people don’t realize that standing it on it’s handle to dry will cause the water to seep into the shaft of the brush, thus loosening the glue that hold the bristles on. Additionally, the water could cause wood handles to swell and split. I know it looks like a lot of steps, but it probably took you longer to read this post than it will to clean your brushes, so get to it and let us know how it works out! Like this post? Subscribe...

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Rice Water Toner Recipe

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Skin & Hair Care | 3 comments

Rice Water Toner Recipe

Normally I stay away from all recipes that result in a personal product with a short shelf life because I don’t think it’s realistic for anyone to make the same product day after day or week after week. Today I’m making an exception because this rice water toner goes along with the DIY Gentle Pore Strips article I posted yesterday, and you don’t need to use either daily. This toner will cleanses dirt and oil, while nourishing your skin and tightening it to close the pores, leaving your skin feeling extremely soft. This is another one of Michelle Phan’s recipes, so you can watch her toner video or reference the recipe below. To make this toner you only need rice and water. Get the most benefit out of the toner by using organic rice, so you aren’t putting harmful chemicals or pesticides on your skin. Also use distilled water because it doesn’t contain fluoride which can break down collagen and cause wrinkles, according to the Consumer Health Organization of Canada. Rice water spoils quickly so if you make too much you can bottle it and put it in the refrigerator to use within the week. Or you can do what I do and use it to condition your hair. When you’re done making your toner, don’t throw the rice away. It’s still perfectly good for eating, so cook it and enjoy. Rice Water Toner 2014-12-07 17:01:10 A rice water toner cleanses dirt and oil, while nourishing your skin and tightening it to close the pores. It will leaving your skin feeling extremely soft. Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 1 min Cook Time 5 min Total Time 6 min Prep Time 1 min Cook Time 5 min Total Time 6 min Ingredients 1/4 cup rice (organic) 1 cup water Instructions Heat water until warm. Do not boil. Pour water over rice so that it is covered by 1 inch of water, and stir until the water is cloudy. Separate water and rice, then wet a cotton towel or cotton ball with the rice water and apply to face. Adapted from Michelle Phan, YouTube Video Adapted from Michelle Phan, YouTube Video A Green Routine http://agreenroutine.com/ Like this post? Subscribe to our email list, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for more green living...

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Gentle, Homemade Pore Strips

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Skin & Hair Care | 0 comments

Gentle, Homemade Pore Strips

Depending on your skin type you many occasionally need something that cleans a little deeper than your daily face wash. Pore strips, which remove dirt, oil and sebum from clogged pores are a good solution, but in my experience they are incredibly painful to remove and they often rip off the top layer of skin. When I first saw Michelle Phan’s video for making your own pore strips gave it a try and I’ve been making my own ever since. To make your own pore strips you only need plain gelatin, milk and a makeup brush that you don’t plan to use for anything else, since it’s difficult to clean it completely after using it to apply the sticky pore strip mix. The recipe and directions for making and applying the pore strips are below. Always wash and exfoliate your face before using the pore strips, and use a toner and light moisturizer after removing the pore strip. When applying the mix to your face avoid the sensitive skin around your eyes because you don’t want it to get tugged when you remove the strip. Gentle Pore Strips 2015-05-11 18:59:08 A simple, gentle pore strip. Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 teaspoon gelatin (plain) 1 teaspoon milk Instructions Wash and exfoliate your face. Mix milk and gelatin in a glass cup, then microwave for 10 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir until well mixed. Using a makeup brush apply mix to areas of your face with clogged pores. Avoid the sensitive skin around your eyes. When the mask is dry, which usually takes about 10 minutes, peel off the mask. Wash away any pieces that remain stuck to the skin with warm water. Apply toner to close your pores and moisturizer as needed. Adapted from Michelle Phan Adapted from Michelle Phan A Green Routine http://agreenroutine.com/ Like this post? Subscribe to our email list, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for more green living...

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Gentle Rosemary Mint Face Wash

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Skin & Hair Care | 0 comments

Gentle Rosemary Mint Face Wash

Recently Kim posted her recipe for a makeup remover and although I use it for my eye makeup, I’ve stuck with my regular face wash for cleansing my face and neck because, in addition to removing my makeup, it improves my skin tone. The recipe contains castile soap which is an effective cleanser while the vegetable glycerin helps soften, soothe and moisturize skin. The witch hazel is a gentle astringent and toner. Rosemary essential oil can lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles as well as clear acne, blemishes and dull dry skin by fighting bacteria and regulating oil secretions while improving circulation to promote healing. The peppermint essential oil is for scent and leaves you with a cool, soothing sensation but it doesn’t do anything for your skin and can be left out if you don’t enjoy it. This is recipe is so gentle I only have to moisturize after cleansing my face in the winter but the essential oils do irritate eyes, which is why you want to use the makeup remover for your eye area. Rosemary Mint Face Wash 2015-01-03 20:21:45 This is recipe is gentle and will leave your skin soft and healthy looking. It's perfect for anyone with acne. It also helps rejuvenate mature skin and improve your skin tone. Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 2 ounces liquid castile soap 1 ounce vegetable glycerin .5 ounce witch hazel 1 drop rosemary essential oil 1 drop peppermint essential oil Instructions Mix ingredients together with a fork or whisk then pour into squeeze bottle for use. Notes Yields 3.5 ounces. A Green Routine http://agreenroutine.com/ Like this post? Subscribe to our email list, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for more green living...

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Sunflower Face Scrub

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Skin & Hair Care | 0 comments

Sunflower Face Scrub

After using the same face scrub for about a year I was bored, but I liked the texture of the scrub and the results so I didn’t want to try something completely new. Instead of making a big change, I tweaked the recipe to include sunflower seeds and dried parsley. Besides being inexpensive and already in my pantry, sunflower seeds are full of vitamin E and fatty acids which help keep skin healthy and can decelerate aging. Parsley, which was already in my spice rack, helps regulate sebaceous glands to keep skin from drying out, it tones skin and it reduces blackheads. The new ingredients livened up my old face scrub without dramatically altering what I liked about the original. For me, the fact that this type of customization and tweaking can be done on a whim is one of the best parts about making my own personal products. Sunflower Face Scrub 2015-03-06 18:34:17 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 5 min Prep Time 5 min Ingredients 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar 1 tablespoon oatmeal (ground) 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds (ground) 1 pinch dried parsley Instructions Mix all of the ingredients together. A Green Routine http://agreenroutine.com/ Like this post? Subscribe to our email list, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for more green living...

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Homemade Makeup Remover

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Skin & Hair Care | 0 comments

Homemade Makeup Remover

Whether you need a quick fix because you’ve just run out of your makeup remover or you’re looking for an inexpensive alternative to your current product, this homemade makeup remover recipe is the answer. Just mix sweet almond oil, castor oil and vegetable glycerine and use it as you would any other make-up remover – apply it to your damp face and rinse it off. Both sweet almond oil and castor oil remove makeup, but they can be difficult to apply because one is very thin while the other is very thick. So I mix the two to create a gel that is easier to use. It’s worth noting that castor oil should not be used alone because it will dry out your skin. The vegetable glycerine acts as humectant to help your skin absorb the moisture in the oils and it helps the makeup glide off. You can use an oil other than sweet almond but do your research first. The oil must be safe to use on your face and – most importantly – near your eyes. I have read that olive oil is also an effective and safe make-up remover but I haven’t tried it yet. Homemade Makeup Remover 2015-01-01 19:34:11 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil 2 tablespoons castor oil 2 tablespoons vegetable glycerine Instructions Mix the ingredients together and store in a bottle. To remove makeup, apply the solution to your damp face and rinse off. A Green Routine http://agreenroutine.com/ Like this post? Subscribe to our email list, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for more green living...

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