I washed my face with honey this morning.

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Honey in honeycombs

Honey in honeycombs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Yep. I did. I am always on the lookout for healthy, DIY beauty alternatives. I hadn’t heard of this type of use for honey until a couple of days ago when a friend on Facebook said she was using honey as a face wash. Apparently it has all sorts of beneficial properties. So why not. I’ll try it and report back on how it goes.

Incidentally, my first experience with it this morning was weird but good. It, obviously, was very sticky but my skin feels very soft and smooth today. The breakout I’ve been fighting all weekend seems to be clearing up. So, yay!

If you are interested in trying it, I am using this blog post at Crunchy Betty for directions.

Adventures with henna

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I have been wanting to dye my hair with henna for years. I was intrigued when Wendy of wendyknits started using henna to dye her own hair. I suppose this has been something on my unconscious “Awesome List” for several years! I am just realizing this. Something prompted me to take the plunge a couple of weeks ago (I don’t recall what that catalyst was) so I bought some from hennaforhair.com. I remembered reading that for the best results you want to use “body art quality” henna, and this place has it. It’s kind of spendy, though. And shipping is outrageous (So I would love to find a local seller of it).

It came in the mail and, no time like the present, and, “don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today” and all of that. I decided to just do it this weekend.

It is quite the process. You have to mix up the henna with something acidic. I chose straight lemon juice. Mix up and let it sit overnight.
Mixing up the henna with lemon juice.

Beer drinking optional.

Another quirky thing about this process is that it has to sit on your hair for-fricken-ever. So I got up at 5:00am and started the process. I washed my hair, dried it, had a cup of coffee, then I started smearing the goop in my hair. It took a long time to do this. And it was really disgusting. It was the most disgusting thing I have ever done in the name of beauty. I tried to coat sections of hair and when I was done I looked like Medusa. I couldn’t take a photo of myself looking like this because my gloves were filled with green goop. But here is a shot of my head right before I put the saran wrap on it.

This is, hands down, the most disgusting thing I have ever done in the name of beauty.

Yes, saran wrap. You wrap your head in saran wrap and then wait for hours and hours. I waited 3.

Wrapped in plastic

Then I rinsed it out. This was very difficult, as well. The mixture dried on my head and my hair was matted together. It didn’t come out easily. But, eventually, it did.

Here is what it looks like now:

red head!

It is supposed to deepen in the next few days. But I actually really like it a lot! My hair actually feels pretty fantastic, too. Also, it covered up the gray hair really well. Admittedly, I don’t have very many gray hairs but they are there and I know exactly where they are and I don’t like them. Here is another snapshot of it in the sunlight. Do I like it enough to do it once a month? No. Perhaps every other month, though.

Noodle Soup

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I posted a photo on Instagram of a bowl of noodle soup that I made for dinner and was asked for the recipe. So I thought I would post it here. I found the original recipe at the blog, Where There’s a Vegan, There’s a Way and I didn’t really change it up that much so I won’t re-type it up here.  The only thing I do differently is add an inhuman amount of rooster sauce to both the soup and the seitan. It’s really yummy and you can find the ingredients in the health food section of you local grocery store.

CraftyMoni’s tip for getting wrinkles out of your clothes without an iron.

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A spray bottle.

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Scenario: the khaki pants you want to wear to work are found in a ball at the bottom of your pants drawer and are all wrinkled. What’s a  girl to do? “Iron them!” you say. Iron? Fuck that. No. CraftyMoni is too lazy for ironing. I have a much better way.

1. Fill a spray bottle with water. If you feel like being fancy add about 25 drops of essential oil (I like lavender).

2. Lightly spray water on pants.

3. Pull out wrinkles.

You’re done and wrinkle free! Yay!

DIY: Homemade lotion

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The ingredients

I’ve been making my own lotion for more than a year and I love it. It’s very inexpensive and easy to make and the best quality lotion I’ve ever used. It occurs to me that I’ve never talked about how I make it on my blog. Well then. That changes right now.

I found the recipe that I use on A Sonoma  Garden‘s blog. I’ve used her basic recipe a number of times and it always turns out well. The only thing I do differently is I put my lotion in bottles so that I can squeeze it out through the cap (a means to prevent bacteria from invading your lotion).  You can buy the bottles at Mountain Rose Herbs. In fact, most of the ingredients I use for this I bought from Mountain Rose Herbs.

The basic recipe only requires 4 ingredients and literally takes minutes to make. The ingredients are:
1. water
2. emulsifying wax
3. oil
4. essential oil

So if I were going to make a basic olive oil lotion this would be my recipe:

1. 1 1/4 cup water
2. 1/4 cup emulsyfying wax
3. 1/4 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
4. 30 drops of essential oil (like lemongrass or lavender).

Combine the wax and oil in a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup and melt in the microwave for 1 minute.
emulsifying wax

Take it out and then heat the water up for 1 minute (I like to use a pyrex measuring cup to heat the water up because it is easier and safer to pour). While water is heating up stir the essential oil into the wax and olive oil. When the water is done very carefully and slowly pour it into the oil and wax mixture, stirring it in. The mixture will turn into the consistency of milk. Pour the mixture into plastic bottles and let them cool overnight with the lids off. My recipe will fill one and a half 16 oz. bottles.

The finished lotion

That’s it! In the morning you will have lovely lotion that you made yourself. Store it in the refrigerator because it contains no preservatives.

I tried something a little bit differently yesterday. Instead of using olive oil I thought I would try coconut oil and cocoa butter.

Ingredients:
1. 1 1/4 cup water
2. 1/8 cup coconut oil
3. 1/8 cup cocoa butter
4. 1/4 cup emulsifying wax
5. 30 (or so) drops of essential oil of your choice. I like to use lemongrass or lavender.

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Same instructions, essentially. Combine the emulsifying wax, coconut oil, and cocoa butter together and melt for one minute in the microwave.

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Heat up the water for 1 minute. While the water is heating up add 30 drops of lemongrass oil to the wax and oil mixture. When the water is heated, very carefully pour it into the oil and wax mixture. Watch it turn milky (I love that part).

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Put in plastic bottles and let cool.

This is the first time I’ve tried cocoa butter and I suspect it will be a lot creamier than the olive oil lotion I’m used to.

Enjoy!