How to make natural deodorant – DIY

Here is a reflection theme for today:

best diy deodorant for men who seeatHealth is beauty, but what do we do when beauty gets in the way of health?

The cosmetics industry today is all about compromises, and none of it sounds reasonable enough for us to make a choice. It just doesn’t seem fair to be in the position to only choose one between basic daily cosmetics and health. Let’s take, for example, some good deodorants for excessive sweating which we can find in regular stores: everyone knows that antiperspirants and some compounds of the deodorants are bad for our health, even to the extent of causing cancer. So I’m not exaggerating when I say that we basically end up having to choose between a normal social life and cancer. So much for a choice, right?

Fortunately, the DIY trend is kind of hot right now, which gives us more alternatives, so freedom of movement. This means that we have more resources and available information to start providing these goodies ourselves. This is the best way we can make sure what we are using daily is not killing us softly.

So I am going to share with you some DIY recipes to replace standard deodorants with homemade ones. No worries, their efficiency is proven and you’ll have the chance to test it yourself, if you follow some simple steps described below.

There are many ingredients known for their help in the fight against body odor, but there is a special mix I have tested myself, which I hope will help those of you who want to smell pretty and be healthy at the same time. 100% natural, cross my heart and hope to… well, live happily ever after!

What you will need: 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and the same amount of baking soda, 2 of shea butter, 2 of cornstarch and 5 drops of essential oil (it can be any flavor).

How to do it:

Fill a small pot with water and put a small glass jar with the shea butter in it. Keep the pot simmering until the shea butter has melted. Next, take the pot away from the heat and add the baking soda and the cornstarch, mixing all these elements until you have a homogeneous and smooth result. Then all you have to do is to pour in the essential oil and let the composition cool. Voilà! There you have your shiny new, completely safe and efficient homemade deodorant.

How to use it:

After it has cooled down, you will see that the composition is solid. So you can take out a small amount using a tablespoon, rolling the substance to make it more compact and applying it onto your armpits. Then rub the area until the composition is soaked into the sensitive skin. Some choose to use an old deodorant tube as tool to help them apply it, it’s up to you to see which way fits you best. And if you’re thinking about stains on your clothes, there is no need to worry. Still, just to reassure yourself, you could wait 5 minutes after you apply the deodorant in order to put your clothes on, so the skin is completely dry when it gets in touch with the texture of the clothes.

So you see, it’s not so hard to do it yourself. It’s true, it is not so time efficient as going to the store and buying the best skin friendly deodorant you see on the shelf, but this one lasts longer and is incomparably healthier, so it is definitely worth the effort in the long run.

I’m very interested in finding out any alternatives to the “classical” commercial deodorants. Do you have any secret ingredients which you are using? Don’t hesitate to share with us below!

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Homemade Hair Straightening Treatments

nume flat ironsGoing to the salon to have your hair straightened requires time and can be costly depending on your hair condition and length. Whether you are on a tight budget or you simply have no time there’s still hope to straighten your hair naturally at home in your convenient time! You can use a flat iron once in a while, but don’t overuse it.

These homemade hair straightening treatments are easy to do and with ingredients you have at home! No need for appointments, a smooth and silky hair is just a trip away to the kitchen! However, most homemade hair straightening treatments do not straighten your hair right away, but rather in a gradual manner. The more frequent you use these homemade treatments the faster it’ll straighten and smoothen your hair. Most people do these regimes twice a week sufficient to let the hair get used to the elements applied and enough to let the hair breathe. If you absolutely have to use an iron, read these reviews on Nume hair irons, and see which one fits you best.

Let us start with the most basic and most available ingredient in the kitchen, eggs! The longer your hair the more eggs you’ll need. Start with four eggs for short hair. Whip the eggs until the texture is smooth. Apply all over your hair, including the scalp. A lot of us concentrate only on the upper half of our hair and tend to leave out the ends when in fact it should actually be the other way around. The closer the hair is to the roots the healthier it is, the healthier it is the faster it absorbs elements. But to ensure that your entire hair is well treated, apply evenly all over. Leave it on for about 20-30 minutes. Rinse using your daily mild shampoo.

Now let’s try eggs and olive oil. Start with two eggs, while beating, gradually add olive oil. Pour the mixture slowly onto your hair and scalp. Let it stay in there for an hour and wash with mild shampoo. Do this treatment at least twice a week for faster results. If eggs sound too raw for you, how about mixing it with milk? Sounds good! Beat one egg and add 2 cups of milk. Beat the mixture to blend them properly. Apply all over your hair, again including the scalp. Leave it on for a good 15 minutes. For better results, at this point, wrap your head with a shower cap or that old plastic bag that you have in your kitchen cabinet –make sure it is clean. Let the mixture treat your hair for 30 minutes. Rinse using your daily shampoo, apply conditioner and rinse again.

Milk and honey, sassy! Not only does this mixture straightens your hair, but strengthens it as well! Add a teaspoon of honey in a cup of milk. Stir. Apply the paste on your hair and wait for at least 2 hours. Wash with mild shampoo.

The vinegar in the kitchen is used to add flavor, marinate or preserve food. Outside the kitchen it can be used as a cleanser. For your hair, a straightener! Vinegar as we know is acidic and our scalp is sensitive, therefore vinegar should be mixed with water. Add a few drops of vinegar in a glass of water. Stir. Slowly pour the mixture onto your hair as if washing it. Leave it on briefly, then rinse with water. You may apply conditioner and rinse.

If you still not sure, you can read Prime Hair Tools – best hair irons; this way at least you can have one that doesn’t burn your hair or your pocket.

Offered in many salons is the hot oil treatment. Hot oil treatment initially treats damaged hair; additionally it straightens the hair, gradually. Simply mix an amount of coconut oil and olive oil. It’s best to store the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray this mix all over your hair and massage your hair and scalp. This way it’s working through your hair and at the same time it relaxes you! Just like in a fancy hair salon!

The most complex homemade straightening treatment is the celery juice treatment. Start off by chopping celery. Extract the juice from the leaves using a blender. Add half of cup of water to be followed by the celery leaves. Keep the blender on low speed. The juice should be done in less than a minute. Store the celery juice in a bottle overnight. Apply them on your hair and scalp the next day and leave it on for an hour. Rinse off the mixture with mild shampoo. Apply conditioner and once again, rinse.

These homemade hair straightening treatments are only some of the easiest among the many straightening treatments that you can do at home. Make sure to follow the steps accordingly and spare enough time for the regime. Your hair needs vitamins, therefore should be well nourished.
All these will work very well if your hair is in good condition, meaning your hair isn’t over dyed or colored, you are taking care of your hair by washing it thoroughly and regularly, and most importantly keep the stress away.

flat ironsAlso, avoid using heating tools. As mentioned earlier, these homemade straightening treatments do not work in a snap. It takes time to see the results. Being impatient and using heating tools to straighten your hair will eliminate the wonderful effects of the treatments. It can damage your hair too! Over exposing your hair to heat will cause it to be dry, stiff and oily! So be gentle to your hair and have patience.

  • Tips on taking care of your hair:
  • Do not use shampoo everyday.
  • Use hair conditioner more often than shampoo.
  • Brush your hair as often as you can. Brushing and detangling your hair will make it soft and appear smoother.
  • Dry your hair every after shower. Leaving it to dry on its own will cause product build up in your hair and scalp resulting in dandruff!
  • Treat your hair every once in a while, at least twice a week.

Your hair is your crowning glory hence it is essential that you look after your hair. Your hair adds up to your whole appearance and can show who and how you are as a person. A healthy looking hair reflects your effort in taking good care of yourself. Correspondingly, having smooth and silky hair gives you exactly the confidence you need!

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Prom Makeup

prom makeupTo many people, prom is one of the most important events of High School. We spend a lot of money on our dresses, hair, shoes, and we go to great lengths to make sure our makeup is absolutely perfect. But, how do we know what to do with our makeup for this famously special occasion? We’ve compiled a few ideas for you to check out, maybe you’ll find the perfect prom makeup idea.

First, we’re going to talk about eye makeup. There are endless amounts of styles and ideas you can try out. We’ve put together a list of our prom-worthy favorites.

1. Matching Colors: Colorful eye shadow is a timeless favorite that women have been wearing for decades. Using an eye shadow, or mixture of a few that are similar to the color of your dress can give you a uniformed and beautiful look that people are sure to remember. You don’t want your eye shadow to be too loud or too bright, especially when you’re using a similar or matching color to what you’re wearing. The best way to avoid this is by using a highlighting color along with the brighter, matching color. Use a small swipe of the highlighting color along your lash line, then use your matching color from there up to your eye crease. You can even extend this color past the end of your lash line to give your eyes a slight cat-like look. After you’re done with that color, use the highlighting color again above the matching color. This can give you a subtle yet bright look. The best makeup brushes for this style are slanted eye shadow brushes, or eye shadow blending brushes. You can pair this with some lengthening mascara and simple black eyeliner. If you have a moment I’d suggest you check out this makeup brush site for a more in-depth review of various makeup brush sets.

2. Simple and Elegant: If you want to keep your eye makeup simple and sweet, then this is definitely the look for you. You’ll want to use a soft pink color of eye shadow and a white, shinier highlight color. The best makeup brushes for this look are a thin, curved eye shadow brush and a fluffier, dome-shaped eye shadow brush. Using the dome shaped brush, sweep the soft pink eye shadow into the corner of the eye closest to the nose and then outward, up into the crease. Next, use the thinner brush to apply the shiny white color to the curve on the inside of your eye. Make sure you apply this to the entire curve, both top and bottom. Next you’ll want to use the same brush to apply the white color from the crease up to the brow bone, and then along the lower lash line. Once that’s done, take the fluffier brush and blend the soft pink and white highlight color together where they meet in the crease. This will give you a princess-like, elegant look. Pairing this with subtle eyeliner and minimal mascara will keep the simple and elegant look consistent.

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How to Handmade a Friendship Bracelet

We all know what friendship bracelets are, what is their importance and also how fashionable they are.bracelets

You can create your very own collection of bracelets either to give them to your best friends, to increase your personal collection or to sell them in order to make a profit.

Believe it or not, it’s not that difficult to create personalized handmade friendship bracelets if you follow a few simple rules and tips.

1. Choose a few colorful strands of embroidery. In theory, there is no limit to the number of strands you choose, as long as you have at least three. Another important aspect is to make sure that the colors you choose go perfectly together.
Tip: 4-6 strands will result in a narrow bracelet, 8-10 strands will result in a thicker one.

2. Make sure you measure correctly. The proper way to make sure the length is correct is by measuring from your fingertip to your shoulder. Of course, it is always a good idea to cut the strands longer, than to have problems at the end. After you cut the first strand, do the same with the others by comparing them with the first one.

3. Tie all the strands in a tight knot and using a tape-scotch, pin it to a stable surface that will allow you to make your next movements.

4. Spread all the threads so you can arrange the colors in the order you plan on obtaining the print.
Tip: it is better to make a few braids before you start the pattern. They will arrange better.

5. Now it is important to pay attention. You have to knot the thread on the left around the one on his right. Now it’s time to create a half-hitch, which is leaving a loop from the 2 threads you mixed in order to thread the first strand through the loop and pull it up. Now the first strand becomes the second.

6. Now it’s time to knot the other strands with the first one you started until it becomes the last one. Continue this way until the strand you started with, will end up in the right.

7. Continue like this until every thread follows the same pattern and your bracelet has the required length. The ideal length while wearing it, is that you can introduce 2 fingers between the bracelet and your wrist.

8. Remember that if you started the bracelet with a few braids, you should remember to finish in the same way and with the same length.

9. If you are interested in a finishing touch, you can add different types of beads or charms. By doing this, you will add a touch of personality to your handmade creation.

10. The final step is to cut any additional strings and then tie the bracelet together.

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How to Make Handmade Soap

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Photo credits to mzeynepd @ freeimages.com

It’s an incredible sensation to know that you have created something as special, unique and useful as soap. It gives you the feeling of being unique and imaginative, and you will be able to obtain a perfectly personalized soap just for you.

Leaving aside all the fun and pleasure, there are some ingredients that must be handled with extreme caution and there are ingredients that must be added, otherwise you won’t be able to obtain soap.

Let’s start with the beginning and say that the most essential ingredient in hand making soap is lye. This ingredient will cause a chemical reaction among the other ingredients that, in the end, will offer the finishing product.

When using lye, it is important to pay attention as it is a corrosive substance, and if handled wrong, could cause burns, injury and scars.

Today’s modern methods have made it possible to experiment on your own the process of hand making soap without using lye. One of the most well-known methods is using the Ivory soap and then adding your favorite essential oils and even herbs.

A touch of imagination is shown when you decide to use different types of molds which will allow you to create different themes for your finished product.

Here are the essential steps that must be followed in order to obtain a perfect result:

1. Choose a handful of your favorite herbs, torn them in small pieces and put them in a mixing bowl. If you are looking to obtain a concentrated scent of only one herb, you can use just that one. The most common choices include mint and lavender. Over the herbs in the mixing bowl, add ¼ cup of boiling water.

2. Choose your desired essential oil and add 5 or 6 drops into the bowl. It is important not to mix many types of essential oils because you will obtain an overpowering scent that will become unbearable. Mix the ingredients until they are evenly blended.

3. The next step is to take another bowl and add tiny pieces of Ivory soap. On top of the soap, add the resulting boiling mixture until it completely covers all the pieces of soap.

4. With a wooden spoon, mix all the ingredients until the pieces of soap have melted completely. Remember to check and see if the herbs are distributed evenly.

5. This next step is the easiest one as you only have to wait for 15-20 minutes. By this time, the mixture is hard enough, but still pliable to put it into different types of molds.

6. Now it’s all up to you. You can separate the mixture into smaller parts, you can roll the parts into medium sized balls or you can add them to your molds and press them gently. If you do choose to use the molds, it is better to coat them with vegetable oil so that you can safely remove the soap when it’s hard enough.

7. The final step is to put your resulting pieces of soap on a glass plate and place it in a room where it’s cool and leave it for around 3 or 4 days. After that, you are free to enjoy your very own handmade soap.

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How to Select Fabric for Quilting

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Photo credits to Lizewiek @ freeimages.com

Believe it or not, hand making a quilt on your own can be really entertaining and amusing, if you don’t let yourself overcome by emotions and stress.

You shouldn’t let yourself trapped by worries of not choosing the right fabric or not having enough imagination. Don’t worry because in time, you will learn all the tricks and tips in order to obtain perfect results.

Obtaining a perfect quilt is all about choosing the right type of fabric, even though imagination and talent take an important part in the process.

This being said, it is important to follow a set of rules or tips that will make you an expert in quilt making.

Here there are:

1. Always buy only fabrics that are made from 100% cotton and keep away from any polyester material. Cotton has always been a traditional choice for any quilting material, is not slippery and it handles easily.

2. The materials you choose must always compliment each other. Let’s take, for example, that you plan on having a floral print as your focal point on the quilt. It is important not to use other prints that will remove attention from the main focal point.

3. Be bold. Don’t choose only small scale prints that will make your quilt look stiff and solid when you see it from the distance. It is important to change the scale of the design because it will increase the flow of the quilt.

4. Be open to new ideas. Mix your fabrics between fuzzy flannel and woven plaids, or flannel with simple cotton; it doesn’t matter as long as you use quality materials and colors.

5. If you ever have doubts, the safest way is to buy materials from the same collection. In general, manufactures make the materials in such a way so that they do the work in your place. They create entire collections using different prints, designs and colors that are actually meant to go together. All you have to do is pay attention and be attentive.

6. Before you store it in a closet waiting for further ideas, wash the fabric in the washing machine, dry it and properly store it.

All this being said, it is important to take into consideration all these tips and pieces of advice, as they are meant to help you in your pursuit of creating a fun, interesting and quality quilt.

By following these, all you need is just free time, great ideas and inspiration.

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11 Tips for having a fabulous hair

Our hair is that special touch that tends to define us as individuals, to complement our personality and to highlight different parts of our face and body.

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Photo credits to cherubciwi @ freeimages.com

This is why every woman should know certain things about her hair and how to treat it in the right manner so that her hair alone will be able to turn eyes on the street.

Here are the 11 most important tips for having a fabulous hair:

1. Before you decide how to cut it, ask for a professional opinion. This is an amazing opportunity to see what a hair specialist has to say about your hair, about what perfectly fits you and what should you do to keep it healthy.

2. Never keep the same style for long periods of time. This is one of the biggest mistake women tend to do. The hair style might go out of date or it simply may not flatter you anymore.

3. Never keep your gray hair. Gray hair is a traditional stereotype that transforms a person into an aging one, and it is also dull. Maintain a constant program for coloring your hair. A great hairstylist will always evolve your color.

4. Be careful of what you eat. The diet you are following is a decisive factor in your hair’s health. It is important to know that the first places your body will look for essential nutrients are your hair, nails and skin. This is why it is important to maintain a healthy diet and drink lots of water.

5. Massage your scalp every day will increase the growth of hair follicles. It is best to do it before you go to bed.

6. Get professional advice about the type of shampoo you should be using.

7. Ask for professional advice when it comes to coloring your hair. A hair stylist is capable of making the correct decision that will complement your skin tone and your eye color.

8. It’s Ok to be inspired by celebrities. Many of them manage to create hairstyle trends and although that specific hairstyle might not fit you perfectly, it may be used as a reference in obtaining that special style that fits you like a glove.

9. Always use the right types of brushes. Learn more about the different types of brushes and use them accordingly to your style.

10. When you see that split ends started appearing, the only positive solution is cutting them off.

11. It’s better to ask, than to do it wrong. In case you are having problems with styling your hair, it’s better to ask a professional rather than doing it all wrong.

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