Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Homemade leave-in conditioner/ detangler

This was a hard one to figure out. Having blonde hair means you can't use the normal leave-in recipes you find online. That's right! Mayonnaise will not make my hair silky smooth. It will leave it a greasy mess. So after doing tons of research and trials, I found an amazing leave-in recipe.

You'll need an eight oz squirt bottle, distilled/filtered water, jojoba oil, and your favorite essential oil.
In the squirt bottle pour in about a tablespoon of jojoba oil and add the distiller water to the top. Leave a little bit of room for the top to go on. Lastly add a few drops (to your liking) of the essential oil of your choice. Put the top on, shake, and spray!

Only spray a few sprays. You don't need much at all. I spray my ends and then one spray for the rest of my hair. Brush or comb to make sure it evenly distributed and your done! Enjoy! Let me know what you think! :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Great Soap Adventure! Part 1

So I took my class and bought my supplies and now its time, time to make some soap! My friend and I get all the supplies ready, mix the Lye and get it and the oils (Coconut, Palm, and Olive oil) to the right temperature. At this point our essential oils and botanicals are out and ready.
We begin to mix the Lye and oils and get the perfect consistency.  Now to add the goods, in goes the scents and botanicals. The room smelt heavenly as we mixed the two parts into the soap mold. Our next step, WAIT!

This is the hardest part! Waiting! After the soap is placed in the mold it's ready to come out and be cut in 24 hours. Although, if you wait to cut it 3-4 days you get a better soap.  So come Wednesday we will see what we made. During this time the soap is covered and you can't see it.  So Wednesday can come and we find out it didn't mix right or at all. Or it smells horrible! You really don't know what you are getting!

So we wait till Wednesday. Too bad it doesn't stop then. After cutting the soap you have to wait till it cures! UGH! That takes 3 weeks! So we really won't know what we get till December 11th! I'll keep you posted on each step but till then we just wait and hope it turns out awesome. :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rash that last!

We have been battling this rash forever it seems! For those who don't know we are a cloth diapering family, and love it. When using cloth you can't just put on any rash ointment, it can destroy your dipes. There are cloth diaper safe ointments and we are putting them to the test!!

CJ Butter, we heard so much about how wonderful you are. I think as a preventive your great but you didn't really seem to put a stop to this rash.

Burt's Bee, you seemed to keep this rash from getting worse but after a few days we didn't see much improvement. I did really like the smell.

Grandma El's, I was so bummed with your performance! I love your products. Just didn't seem to do the job. I did mix this with Earth Mama Angle Bottom Balm and saw some improvement!

I also mixed Burt's with Angle Bottom Balm and saw some improvement. So naturally, I started using Angle Bottom Balm solo and so far I have seen a huge improvement this morning! Hoping this works, I really don't want to do disposables and harsher creams. I will if I have to! Ugh, Lord let this rash go away!!!

Any moms out there have cloth safe rash creams that worked wonders? Let me know I would love to try them!