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Product Of The Month: Organic Argan Oil

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Skin & Hair Care | 0 comments

Product Of The Month: Organic Argan Oil

I chose to feature argan oil this month because it’s been a very trendy product for the past few years, but I only recently started experimenting with it. I first began to pay attention to the buzz about argan oil after overhearing the owner of a hair salon schooling a customer on the benefits of using argan oil for her face and skin. The product the owner had in her hands was Moroccan oil, which is really just a small amount of argan oil mixed with a bunch of chemicals you are better off avoiding. After witnessing the exchange of misinformation shared about argan oil and the product in the salon owner’s hands, I decided to go home and educate myself, which lead to some experimentation and results that I would like to share with you. So let’s talk about argan oil! What Is Argan Oil? Argan oil is extracted from the fruit kernels of the agran tree, through a manual process. The argan tree only grows in North Africa, and mostly in Morocco, which is why imitation products are often called Moroccan oil. According to Mountain Rose Herbs “argan oil is rich in natural tocopherols (vitamin E) and phenols, carotenes, squalene and fatty acids.” And that’s why argan oil is the talk of the town. It’s jam packed with the goodness that your hair, skin and nails need to look beautiful and healthy. Also, argan oil is pleasant to use because it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy, however, some people are bothered by they mild nutty, spicy scent of the oil. I’ll talk more about that later. How I Use Argan Oil Argan oil penetrates your skin, nails and hair quickly to hydrate, strengthen and heal. No matter how you use this golden oil remember the golden rule and only use a little bit. I’ve started using argan oil in my hair routine as heat protection. Before blow drying or flat ironing my hair I take one drop of argan oil, rub it into my palms and then rub my hands through my hair. One drop of argan oil is enough to protect 16 inches of hair from heat, and leave it looking healthier and shinier than before. I noticed the most significant improvement at ends of my hair which started to dry out when the cold, wintery weather hit a few weeks ago. The cold weather has also resulted in a need to moisturize my face before bed, so I tried argan oil as a night serum too. To moisturize my face and neck I rub 4-5 drops of argan oil into my palms, then gently massage it into my skin. Argan oil works well as a night serum, leaving my skin hydrated and toned. Unfortunately I can’t get used to the smell, which lingers on my skin for hours. Before you write off using argan oil as a night serum, I should mention that I am particularly sensitive to smell and am often bothered...

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Peppermint Leave-In Conditioner

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Skin & Hair Care | 0 comments

Peppermint Leave-In Conditioner

It’s winter in New England but over the last few months my hair has undergone some serious heat. Last fall I left my work-from-home job for an office job. The change meant I went from air drying my hair most days to hitting it with heat from a hair dryer at least five days a week. The heat combined with the dry winter air has taken its toll. Since the apple cider conditioner I was using was no longer enough, I decided to make my own leave-in conditioner. This article on BecomeGorgeous.com features a bunch of ideas for homemade conditioners. I tried the fifth which uses jojoba oil, peppermint essential oil and distilled water. The jojoba acts as a moisturizer. Peppermint oil has several uses in hair treatments. Peppermint can treat oily scalps because it acts as an astringent, it can neutralize dryness and it can stimulate hair follicles and promote growth. Peppermint oil is pretty potent so it must be diluted, I use one drop per 1/4 cup of liquid. The distilled water dilutes the solution. Spray the conditioner on your wet hair, comb it through your hair and then dry your hair naturally or with a hair dryer. For me, the conditioner made an immediate difference. Initially, I used the conditioner three days in a row, but now that my hair is back to normal I’m scaling back to using it twice a week. While I like this conditioner so far, there are a few drawbacks. First, using too much can make your hair look flat and a little greasy. I recommend trying it at night or on a day when you don’t need to look your best, until you know how much to use. For me, 3-4 spritzes is enough. If you use too much, just rinse it out and try again a few days later. Second, the oil and water separate very quickly. That means I shake the spray bottle and can only get a couple of spritzes out before the liquids separate. It’s not awful since you only use a little bit a few times a week, but it’s a little inconvenient Peppermint Leave-In Conditioner 2015-01-16 20:03:08 Use this twice a week to hydrate your hair. Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 2 ounces 1 drop peppermint essential oil 2 tablespoons jojoba oil 1/8 cup distilled water Instructions Put jojoba, water and peppermint oil in a spray bottle. Shake before use and spray on wet hair. Then comb it through your hair and dry your hair naturally or with a hair dryer. Notes Makes 2 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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Soothing Aloe Shampoo

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Skin & Hair Care | 0 comments

Soothing Aloe Shampoo

If your scalp is dry and itchy, this soothing shampoo might be the cure. The key ingredients are: Liquid castile soap – a natural cleanser. I use Dr. Bronner’s baby mild soap for my shampoo. Aloe vera gel – a cooling anti-inflammatory and moisturizer. Buy the clear kind, not the aloe that’s artificially colored green. Jojoba oil – a moisturizer. Tea tree & lavenderessential oil – both are antibacterial oils, so if you have dandruff they will kill the fungus that causes it. The lavender is also soothing. Combine the ingredients in a bottle and then slowly turn the bottle back and forth to break up the aloe vera gel. I usually leave the bottle on the counter so as I walk past it later in the day, I can shake it up again. Once the aloe is pretty well dissolved into the castile soap – usually within a day – it’s ready to use. After using the shampoo for about a week you should notice you’re only scratching your head when you’re confused! Soothing Aloe Shampoo 2015-01-03 09:13:21 If your scalp is dry and itchy, this soothing shampoo might be the cure. Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1/4 cup liquid castile soap 1/4 cup aloe vera gel 1 teaspoon jojoba oil 3 drops tea tree essential oil 10 drops lavender essential oil Instructions Combine the ingredients in a bottle. Slowly turn the bottle to break up the aloe vera gel. Within a day most of the aloe will dissolve and the shampoo will become liquid. 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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Rosemary Hair Growth Shampoo

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Skin & Hair Care | 0 comments

Rosemary Hair Growth Shampoo

Thinning hair may be the result of under-performing hair follicles. Hair follicles have the potential to grow up to eight hairs each, but most don’t because they are clogged. The petrochemicals in commercial shampoo are one of the common pore clogging culprits. If you are already using an all-natural shampoo but are under a lot of emotional or physical stress, sebum may be the problem. For more information, read more about petrochemicals and sebum. No matter the cause, this homemade shampoo will unclog your pores and encourage new hairs to grow. Unlike many commercial shampoos, castile soap does not leave behind pore clogging residue and the tea tree essential oil calms the pores to keep the sebum production to a minimum. The rosemary essential oil stimulates blood flow to encourage new hair to grow and existing hair will grow faster. It’s simple, but it works. Give this shampoo a try with an all-natural conditioner and you will see results in about a month. If you know someone with thinning hair, use one of the share buttons below to send them this article. They will tbe forever grateful! Rosemary Hair Growth Shampoo 2015-01-19 14:39:29 This shampoo keeps your pores clean and stimulates blood flow to your scalp to encourage hair regrowth and faster growth. Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 2 min Total Time 2 min Prep Time 2 min Total Time 2 min Ingredients 3 ounces liquid castile soap 5 drops rosemary essential oil 3 drops tea tree essential oil 1/2 teaspoon sweet almond oil (optional, for dry hair) Instructions Put all ingredients in a small shampoo bottle and shake to mix. Notes Yields 3 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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Lavender Oatmeal Dry Shampoo

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Skin & Hair Care | 2 comments

Lavender Oatmeal Dry Shampoo

My friend was having trouble switching to an all natural shampoo because her roots were extremely oily, so I made her dry shampoo. She reported it was working well for her. I tried it over the weekend too, because I woke up with oily roots Sunday morning. The dry shampoo immediately dried my roots and added volume, leaving my hair looking as good as usual, with a nice lavender scent. Instructions for Using a Dry Shampoo To use a dry shampoo, divide your hair into sections and sprinkle the dry shampoo onto your scalp. Massage the dry shampoo into your scalp, then brush it out. I have been avoiding dry shampoo because I was concerned it would be difficult to brush out and leave me shedding oatmeal all day, but it actually came out very easily.  The tricky part is figuring out where you should brush your hair for the easiest clean up. I chose to brush my hair in the bathroom because it would be easy to brush it off the tile floor. You could also brush the shampoo out in the shower or over the sink and wash it away, but I would recommend you only do this if you have a drain strainer to catch any large pieces of oatmeal that may have been left in the mixture. Since oatmeal expands when it’s wet, it has the potential to clog a drain. Shopping for This Project I doubt you need to be told where to buy oatmeal, but lavender flowers can be hard to come by. One of the best places to purchase lavender flowers is a specialty tea shop. Lavender flowers sold for ingestion are safe to use in your personal products; be wary of those sold for crafts as they may have been sprayed with something to preserve them. Pittsburghers can go to Prestogeorge in the Strip District and they have a great selection online for anyone else interested in shopping there. You can also purchase lavender flowers on Amazon. If you don’t have a coffee or spice grinder I recommend the Cuisinart Grind Central Coffee Grinder. It works well, it’s easy to clean and it’s an a great gadget for anyone to have, even someone like me who doesn’t drink coffee. Lastly, if you are looking for a shaker, be green and try a tag sale, flea market or vintage store to find a unique salt, pepper or sugar shaker. Lavender Oatmeal Dry Shampoo 2015-03-06 15:59:13 Dries oily roots to adds volume. Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 2 teaspoons lavender flowers 4 teaspoons oatmeal 2 pinches rice (optional) Instructions Roughly grind the lavender flowers. Add oatmeal and finely grind the mixture. Pour mixture into shaker and store in dry place. If you are worried about humidity causing the shampoo to clump, add rice to the shaker to absorb moisture. Notes Yields 1/4 cup. A Green Routine http://agreenroutine.com/ Like this post? Subscribe to our email list, like us on Facebook, and follow...

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Orange Creamsicle Shampoo

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Skin & Hair Care | 2 comments

Orange Creamsicle Shampoo

This simple shampoo will leave your hair healthy and shiny. If you have dry hair, add 1/4 teaspoon of sweet almond oil. Some sources list sweet orange essential oil as phototoxic while others say that it is not phototoxic. I have been using this essential oil for several months it has not lightened my hair, however, you should proceed cautiously if this is a concern for you. If you haven’t already switched to a natural shampoo but are considering it, read our guide to help you make a smooth transition. Orange Creamsicle Shampoo 2015-01-03 21:17:07 This sweet smelling shampoo is perfect for summer and will leave your hair healthy and shiny. Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 3 ounces liquid castile soap 3 drops sweet orange essential oil 2 drops vanilla fragrance oil 1/4 teaspoon sweet almond oil (optional) Instructions Put all ingredients in a small shampoo bottle and shake to mix. Notes Yield 3 ounces. A Green Routine http://agreenroutine.com/ Kim’s 2¢ I’ve always used equal parts castile soap and distilled water to make shampoo. You may like to try the shampoo with just castile soap and a mix of soap and water to see what you prefer. I’ve also used sweet orange oil in shampoo and lotion and do not believe it is phototoxic.  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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Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse And Conditioner

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in Skin & Hair Care | 6 comments

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse And Conditioner

This apple cider vinegar rinse and conditioner is ideal for people switching to an all natural shampoo because it cleans your scalp and hair of the petrochemicals left behind by your old shampoo. There are lots of other benefits too. Apple cider vinegar conditioner also leaves your hair feeling incredibly soft, is a great detangler and is safe for dyed hair. Due to the high acidity it will actually close the cuticles and help prevent the dye from fading. Just remember to wait 48 hours after dyeing, to allow the dye before using the apple cider vinegar conditioner. I thought I would hate this conditioner because of the smell, but it actually doesn’t bother me. However, if it bothers you, substitute another vinegar or add essential oils to change the scent. Also, when you make the switch be sure to assess your needs daily rather than continuing with your old habits. I only have to condition once or twice a week now, instead of every day like I used to. To make this solution mix equal parts of distilled water and apple cider vinegar. Use distilled water because the impurities in tap water cause it to go bad when bottled for long periods of time. To use, tilt your head back squeeze the solution over your hair, massage it in and rinse out. It is worth noting that this vinegar rinse will sting your eyes. I had trouble dispensing this solution from a normal conditioner bottle without getting it in my eyes, so I purchased New Direction Aromatic’s Damia Bottle which has an insert that allows me to squeeze the conditioner right into my hair. This solution is also thin enough to be dispensed from a spray bottle if you prefer. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse and Conditioner 2014-12-26 11:56:07 This solution will cleanse and condition your hair, leaving it incredibly clean and soft. Apple cider vinegar conditioner is also a great detangler and safe for dyed hair. You may substitute another vinegar or add essential oils if you prefer a different scent. Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 1 min Prep Time 1 min Ingredients 2.5 ounces apple cider vinegar 2.5 ounces distilled water Instructions Pour both ingredients in bottle and shake to mix. Notes Yields 5 ounces. A Green Routine http://agreenroutine.com/ Kim’s 2¢ I like the routine of conditioning daily, so I dilute the solution to 1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts distilled water and use it every day. 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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Cleansing And Calming Homemade Shampoo

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Skin & Hair Care | 4 comments

Cleansing And Calming Homemade Shampoo

This homemade shampoo is perfect if you are switching to an all natural shampoo because switching shampoos stresses the pores on your scalp and stressed pores produce more sebum which will make your hair oily. The tea tree essential oil calms the pores to keep the sebum production to a minimum, while the lemon essential oil acts as a detoxifier and an astringent. This is also a great winter shampoo because tree essential oil is antibacterial, so it kills the fungus that causes dandruff. The lemon essential oil will give your hair a nice shine too. It is important to note that lemon essential oil is photo-toxic, so it should not be used on dyed hair and it will lighten hair if you don’t rinse well. If this concerns you, an acceptable substitute is petitgrain essential oil. Looking for a conditioner too? Check out our Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse and Conditioner. Cleansing and Calming Shampoo 2014-12-25 13:40:10 The perfect shampoo for people switching to an all-natural shampoo or people who suffer from dandruff. Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 2 min Prep Time 2 min Ingredients 3 ounces liquid castile soap 6 drops tea tree essential oil 6 drops lemon essential oil Instructions Put all ingredients in a small shampoo bottle and shake to mix. Notes Yields 3 ounces. A Green Routine http://agreenroutine.com/ Kim’s 2¢ The consistency of this shampoo this very thin so I recommend putting it in a spray bottle rather than trying to pour it into your hands. 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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