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Baby butt balm

My sister is having a baby in October. I will be an auntie! Of course I have been busy crafting for my nephew. I have knit sweaters and hats, crocheted hats and booties and today I want to make something different. I have been researching Baby Butt Balm/Cream. I found some great posts about making it, what it replaces and how to use it. I know my sister and her husband feel very differently about raising children, but hopefully that one night at 3 am when the baby can’t sleep and just keeps crying because of a diaper rash my sister will find my baby butt balm and everybody will feel better and get some sleep. My son is 8 years old now, and suffered from horrible rashes all over his body for his first two years. I found that letting the rashes air out and using the least amount of creams, lotions or pastes (even prescription stuff didn’t work very well) was the best. If I would have had the knowledge that I do now when my son was born I would have made his rashes disappear in just a few days. I hope my homemade balms and creams will come in handy and my sister will find them useful.

Here is the first one I found. It is from my favorite blog, The Humblebee & Me. Her blog site is worth looking around and reading as many posts as possible.

http://www.humblebeeandme.com/baby-bum-balm/

This one is REALLY simple. I like the very basic feel to the site as well.

http://www.simplyrealmoms.com/posts/diy-baby-butt-balm-safe-for-cloth-diapers/

I love that this one gives a lot of background info on the various causes of diaper rash. There is also a list of very expensive baby products that are very simple and have no extra additives. A great balance for the do-it-yourselfers and the buy-it-I-am-lazies.

http://www.greenchildmagazine.com/caring-diaper-rash-naturally/

This one is very well done. Nice photos, well done descriptions and it’s easy to follow.

http://blog.shoporganic.com/how-to-make-organic-diaper-cream/

Awesome photos, very pretty, easy to follow directions and I love the use of mason jars! This is one you don’t want to miss.

http://www.lovelifenaturally.org/naturally-made-diy-baby-bum-paste-aka-diaper-cream/

This one is from one of my favorite crafting/DIY/how-to sites, Instructables. It has great photos, step-by-step instructions and you can comment with any questions you have on each step. The person who posted it might even have other awesome how-tos to look through.

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Diaper-Rash-Cream/

Now I just need to get some squeeze bottles. I only have one right now. As I typed this I have had coconut oil steeping with chamomile. I made a small batch to see how it would turn out and I have to say I am quite impressed. Next step is to break out the mixer and whip the balm into a cream. I test every batch to make sure it works on my sensitive skin. So far I am loving this light baby balm on my knuckles and eczema patch. I bet it would be great on my cracked heels too.

Good luck and happy crafting hand-crafters!

-Bobby

Deodorant alternatives

My husband asked me to make some deodorant for him. He doesn’t like that ALL store bought men’s deodorant has aluminum in them. I have browsed Pinterest and come across a few. A google search yielded a lot of different recipes. It’s almost the same as most of the skin care products I make. There’s baking soda, arrowroot powder, beeswax, coconut oil, and vitamin E oil. The only thing I’m missing as the funny shaped tube to put the deodorant into when I make it. I don’t want to reuse an old tube, because I feel like the harmful ingredients will contaminate the home made stuff. Even washing it with hot water and soap I don’t feel like I could get all the icky goo out. That’s a technical term, “icky goo,” it refers to anything gross that is squishable.

 

After a little research I found that beeswax is great to add to a deodorant that you would use during hot weather, like Summer time. Like in lip balm adding beeswax stabilizes the deodorant. I once read about someone using a half a lime, stored in the fridge, as deodorant. You really shouldn’t have to refrigerate something that goes on a sensitive part of your body, it gives me goosebumps just thinking about smearing something freezing cold all over my pits!

 

Here are the beeswax recipes I found and liked:

http://wellnessmama.com/4901/deodorant-bar-recipe/

http://becomingpeculiar.com/homemade-summer-deodorant-that-wont-melt-in-your-cupboard/

http://www.scratchmommy.com/effective-easy-homemade-deodorant/

Personally I don’t like the way tea tree oil smells, even mixed with other oils. It smells too much like rotting leaves, mold and dirt. Tea tree oil also reminds me of a guy who got kicked out of culinary school (yes, I went to culinary school). This guy thought he could treat a gash on his leg, that needed stitches, with tea tree oil, after it got infected. He smelled like rotting flesh and mold. I did not like the idea of preparing food while the guy working next to me smelled like that. So, I avoid tea tree oil.

 

For those of you who don’t like, or don’t have, beeswax I found a few recipes without beeswax:

http://doterrablog.com/diy-deodorant-stick/

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Stick-Deodorant

I really like that these two are so well done. Great pictures (or gifs) that are clear and make sense. A step-by-step breakdown. Clear ingredients lists. Proper use of tools. I really couldn’t do better myself. When so many great blog posts already exist I find it hard to try and out-do the 100s of recipes that are so easily found on the internet. 

 

I hope these links help anyone interested in home made deodorant. I have been meaning to try it, but just haven’t had the time, or ALL of the supplies. I still need to pick up some Shea butter or Cocoa butter and some deodorant tubes.

 

Happy crafting, and good luck

-Bobby

Hair care

Sorry it’s been so long since I posted. The last two weeks of school were nuts. Lots of events going on, then it was SO nice to relax for the first week of summer vacation. We got the garden established and even had a chance to put some seeds in the ground, hopefully they sprout soon and we can nourish and love some carrot, turnip and potato plants in addition to our cucumbers, sugarsnap peas, marigolds, tomatoes, chives, bail, garlic and snap dragons planted three weeks ago. with the garden started I have been spending more time outside. My hair has lightened and gotten fizzy. Like a mop. 

At one point in my adult life I took VERY good care of my hair. Every day. I used Garnier Fructis anti-frizz serum for years. I blow dried, straightened and curled my hair. There was a lot of cutting and dying too. After I got married I didn’t dye my hair. I have only cut it once since I got married in 2012. Basically I have put it in lose bun on my head and ignored it. It’s dry at the ends, always frizzy and really only looks good bundled up in twin braids. The state of my hair got me looking into leaven-in conditioner and hair balm. Well, looking into making my own. 

My mom had a leave-in conditioner spray when I was a teenager that worked like magic. I was always in wonder when I put it in my, even dry, hair. So hard to believe that my hair could be that soft and shiny. To this day I have NEVER found anything that works as well, and the stuff my mom used has since not been manufactured. I started looking for it when I was in my early 20s with no luck. Aside from going to beauty supply stores that sell $20 bottles of shampoo I couldn’t even find leave-in conditioner at all. Target, Wal-Mart, Wallgreens, CVS and Rite-Aid didn’t carry the leave-in conditioner in a spray bottle. I doubt that I could replicate the same product I loved when I was 16, but I have read a lot about making some different hair care products. Hopefully my research will help anyone else willing to put the effort into making a natural hair care solution.

 

This lady, Marie, who writes the Humble Bee & Me blog, is amazing. Natural beauty product tutorials like crazy. Really great tutorials and recipes for a whole universe’s worth of effective beauty products. I can spend hours, or even days, going through all her posts. Beautiful bright photos, very detailed directions and usually she mentions alternatives if you can’t easily find what she uses. I highly recommend this blog for a variety of beauty d.i.y.

I haven’t tried this one yet, but I really want to try making it. It looks like a great replacement for my Garnier Fructis anti-frizz serum.

http://www.humblebeeandme.com/ultimate-homemade-hair-serum/#more-1887

 

A list of REALLY simple leave-in conditioner recipes. A lot of them are made with items you will find in most kitchens.

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Leave-in-Hair-Conditioner

 

I believe this site’s target demographic isn’t married white women, but it still seems like the do it yourself leave-in conditioner would be really effective for anyone and everyone. I can’t say I like the adds all over the side of the page, but the directions are easy to read.

http://blackgirllonghair.com/2014/04/4-simple-recipes-for-homemade-leave-in-conditioners/

 

This one is complex with a long list of ingredients. Hyperlinks are helpful to identify and possibly purchase ingredients. I recommend this to the adventurous DIYer with a few extra dollar to spend. Some day I would love to try this one, but not in the next few months.

http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2013/09/hibiscus-silk-leave-in-conditioner.html

 

Hair balm is a very new concept to me. Lotion bars are something I discovered about 8 months ago. The idea that something I use to soothe dry cracked lips might actually help my hair is very new. Hair balm is not the same as lip balm. Hair balm doesn’t need a sweetener, but it needs a stabilizer, like wax, and oil. I find that straight coconut oil and beeswax stays a lot softer and might be better suited to something like hair balm than lip balm. I usually add coconut oil to my lip balm, but I add it with olive oil so the balm is more solid and stays in the tube a little better. 

Again, The Humble Bee & Me is my go-to and a great place to start my search for hair balm recipes:

http://www.humblebeeandme.com/make-your-own-super-nourishing-hair-balm/#more-125

 

If you want a great starting point with hair balm, though it’s not called hair balm but instead pomade, this is great. Very clear and many alternatives listed.

http://www.thehippyhomemaker.com/diy-all-natural-hair-styling-pomade-that-rocks/

 

Over the last few days I have read a lot about how great rosemary oil is for hair, but I don’t like the way rosemary smells. This is an amazing way to deal with the rosemary oil AND add a floral feminine touch to the hair balm.

http://www.freshpickedbeauty.com/2012/09/jasmine-sandalwood-hair-balm.html

 

I love how simple and straight forward this post is written. It’s not that different than the last few, but I wanted to include it because it looks so nice.

http://www.chicandgreendaily.com/2009/06/diy-thursday-natural-hair-pomade.html

 

This is a video, and I don’t normally like videos about beauty products because the ladies who they find to stand in front of the camera usually have such shrill annoying voices. I don’t know if it’s just me or if more people feel that way. This particular video isn’t that bad. It’s short and very well done.

http://www.bellasugar.com/DIY-Hair-Skin-Moisturizer-Recipe-31023726

 

Don’t by shy, do a google search, or just explore a few blogs here on WordPress. Read as much as you can about what hair care products you want to try and make. There exists more information than one person can absorb in one lifetime on the internet. Find out what hair type you have and go from there. I have thick curly hair prone to frizz and grease buildup. My scalp gets sunburnt sometimes then I have itchy dryness for a few days. That is a great starting point for me to research how these home made hair care products might effect my hair. If you have straight hair maybe you want to look up heat-less curls? The possibilities are endless, and I hope I gave a great starting point for anyone to jump from. Now it’s time for me to find an empty spray bottle and get to work. 

 

Happy DIYing crafters.

 

-Bobby

Tuesday Tutorial

I forgot to post a blog post yesterday. My kiddo has had a cold, and I have had an on-going migraine. Pills help take the edge off so I can function but noting has quite driven it completely away. I decided the treat of a Tuesday Tutorial was in order. 

Today I want to talk to you about make-up. MAC is great. E.L.F. is awesome. Revlon. Cover Girl. Wet’n’wild. It’s all make-up. It’s all…. full of preservatives. Artificial colorants. Talcum powder. Sure, they add Aloe, flower extracts, vitamin E oil and even coconut oil, but is it worth it? I went on a hunt to find some great natural colorants and more basic bases. What would replace minerals in a mineral power foundation? How do you finish without a finishing spray? How do you make a perfect match for your skin tone? I had a lot of questions on my hunt. Here’s what I found:

-Arrowroot powder or corn starch replaces Talcum Powder

-Beet root powder makes a great blush

-Spices like turmeric, all spice, cinnamon and ginger can color a multitude of make-up products

-Mica powders are made from minerals and are readily available to purchase online

-A little color goes a long way

-Liquid or cream foundation is easy to make

-Vitamin E oil is amazing

-Witch hazle is my new best friend

-I will never have enough containers for all the make-up I could make

 

I collected a few of my favorite tutorials from Pinterest then I collected all my materials and sat at my desk. After a few hours, and a change of shirt, I had a foundation, a bronzer, a blush and a finishing spray. The next trip I took to the local Target I picked up a pack of Diamond Daily Mini Cups with lids. The 2 ounce plastic tubs for dressing, snacks or in this case-home made make-up. I also grabbed the travel sized pump spray bottles. A trip to the grocery store and I had arrowroot powder. Then it was back to my desk with all the materials. 

I used:

-corn startch

-Cocoa powder

-cinnamon

-nutmeg

-rosewater

-witch hazel

-vitamin E oil

-a stir stick

-a 2 ounce container

I used about a table spoon of the corn starch, a teaspoon of cocoa powder and a pinch of the nutmeg and cinnamon. Just a few drops of vitamin E oil before string it all up with a stir stick. The oil may create lumps, just smash them. It’s kind of like baking. The butter has to be “cut” into the flour. After a few swatches on the back of my hand I remembered my reserve of mica powder under my desk. I have copper, pink and ruby, which made the color a perfect match. Without the mica powders I could have added some more cinnamon or nutmeg. Mica powder adds just a touch of shimmer so I was very satisfied. The blush was almost the same process. I left out the oil, cinnamon and nutmeg and I added much less cocoa powder. It just wasn’t rosy enough with only mica powder. Of course it was set aside, to be fixed at a later date… instead of being thrown across the room, an arch of powder over the living room to rain down on the carpet and couch, in frustration. Next was the finishing spray. Half witch hazel, half rosewater. Give it a good shake before each use. It smells like a musky rose bath, but on your face. 

I think I need a moment to talk about Witch Hazel. During the Colonial days, back when the United States was just a few forts protecting some small villages and the natives taught them how to survive on the land, Witch Hazel was distilled and mixed with alcohol to preserve it. The natives showed the Colonists how useful it was in healing wounds and reducing infections. Witch Hazel is an anti-inflammatory aid, mild disinfectant and mild fungicide, much like honey. Over the years the Colonies mass produced Witch Hazel and eventually events like The Civil War industrialized the mass production and it was readily available to purchase in most general stores. As we expanded the need for such natural remedies shrank and now less, and less such remedies are used or talked about. Let me tell you, Witch Hazel is the best skin care aid I have ever used. Eczema, adult acne, oily skin, dry skin, hives, rosy spots, pale spots, puffy eyes- Witch Hazel reduces all of it. I use it every day as an astringent and I saw improvement in just two days. Give it a try. Soak a cotton ball in it and rub it all over your face before bed AND when you wake up in the morning. Add a moisturizer in there too. 

After two weeks of this powder foundation and finishing spray I ordered Beet Root Powder. It made the blush perfect. After so much struggle with the stir stick I grabbed a paper plate and a fork. The powder mixed so smoothly with the fork. I only wished I had a funnel to pour it into the tiny container from the huge plate. I added a touch of the beet root powder to my foundation for a rosy glow and a dash of arrowroot powder. After mixing on the plate I realized I forgot to measure anything. Basically just add colors slowly, just a pinch at a time until a swatch matches your skin tone. Cocoa powder makes it darker, for a more medium to dark skin tone. For more of an ivory skin tone start with the corn starch or arrowroot powder and slowly add the cocoa powder and beetroot powder. Experiment. Make more than one batch. Make two shades of bronzer. Go nuts! I get my arrowroot powder from the bulk section at my local grocery store ( a small locally owned chain of health food stores) for around $.30 for two ounces. It’s $3.95 a pound in the bulk section. Also, it’s organic. I prefer the arrowroot powder, but the corn starch might be easier to purchase for most people. For those more adventurous Amazon is amazing for ordering some of these powders, so is Etsy.

 

A lot of blog posts exist out there to help direct you to the perfect natural make-up tutorial for you and your skin type and tone. Here is my list of the best ones I have found:

http://www.scratchmommy.com/smooth-finish-diy-organic-foundation-sunscreen/

http://wellnessmama.com/4948/homemade-makeup-recipes/

http://mycrazyblessedlife.com/2013/01/05/diy-face-powder/

http://www.ablossominglife.com/2013/06/diy-natural-powder-foundation.html

http://www.pure-jojoba.com/diy-all-natural-makeup/

http://beautyhigh.com/diy-beauty-products-pinterest/

http://www.yourbeautyblog.com/2013/10/diy-foundation-recipe-powder-and-liquid.html?m=1

 

Good luck crafting your make-up. Come back next week, I’ve always got something cooking.

 

-Bobby