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Home Made Natural Lip Gloss

12 Apr

I am an un-ashamedly girly girl.

With that little secret out of the closet. I can now tell you how much I love lip gloss. I have probably owned a pot of every colour known to man; from shocking pink to clear, to full on glitter. You name it I have had it. Gloss fixes everything – right?

Well after reading about all of the nasties that go into lip gloss, I thought my little love affair was over. That was until I started making my own lip gloss & fell in love all over again!

Now I can slather on gloss without a care in the world; knowing that I am not licking, sucking and eating nasty chemicals & petrol by-products off my lips – yuk!.

This gloss is what I would call a finger gloss as it can be applied with your finger. The consistency is not hard enough for a chapstick tube, but not soft enough to be applied with a wand. It has beeswax to protect & nourish and castor oil to give it a nice slick shine, the addition of stevia & sweet orange essential oil will have you wanting to eat this from the pot – and guess what? –  you can!! – because there are no nasties!

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Finger Lip Gloss a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need

  • 6gms beeswax – I use lovely unrefined honey infused beeswax
  • 15gms cold pressed castor oil
  • 6gms sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops liquid stevia
  • 5 drops sweet orange essential oil

Place the beeswax, castor oil & almond oil in a glass or ceramic bowl over a double boiler (I use a ceramic coffee mug in a saucepan of simmering water – it does the trick). Slowly heat the oils & stir to dissolve the wax. Once the wax has dissolved take it off the heat & leave to cool. Once you can start to see it setting around the edge, quickly stir in your stevia, essential oil & any iron oxides or mica’s you might want to use to colour the lip gloss.

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Being a girly girl I do like to tint mine with some red iron oxide and other mica’s depending on the batch!

This recipe would also work great with all castor oil if you don’t have any sweet almond oil, it would just make the gloss that bit slicker & give you more of a wet lip look. You can even make it with coconut oil as that gives the gloss a nice subtle taste & fragrance. The stevia can be omitted, I just like it as it makes the gloss feel more like the ones you buy from the cosmetic counter with its sweet orange flavour – but I do warn you, it is good enough to eat, so you may find yourself licking your lips!

If you decide to play around & add colour to your gloss with iron oxides, just add it a pinch at a time as the colour goes a long way. I have experimented with the iron oxides & made gloss that could double as lipstick all the way down to a light tinted gloss. The difference in the amount of iron oxide used is minute – so go slowly adding your iron oxides or your subtle pink gloss can turn into racy red gloss before you know it.

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Enjoy & have fun, this is a great activity to do with the girls in your life and say good bye to petro-chemicals on your lips – woo hoo 🙂

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Home Made Natural Toothpaste

12 Apr

Homemade toothpaste was my first attempt at going natural. I wanted to create a simple product that would be better for our health & our hip pocket as natural toothpaste can cost a small fortune.

Now I must warn you that this toothpaste will in no way, shape or form represent that nice shiny tube of toothpaste you are currently using, but on the upside, it is cheap to make, completely non toxic & will leave your teeth feeling smooth & pearly white 🙂

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Home Made Natural Toothpaste a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 T Bicarb soda
  • 4 drops stevia – it is almost unpalatable without this – but more power to you if you decide to omit it 🙂
  • 4 drops Spearmint essential oil
  • 1 T Coconut oil

Take all of the ingredients & mix together till they form a firm paste, I make small batches, often & keep it in a jar in the bathroom which we just dip the bristles of our toothbrushes into.

The bicarb soda & coconut oil make this toothpaste great for stained teeth as both are purported to naturally remove stains & whiten teeth – so get  ready for a big white smile 😉

The stevia makes the toothpaste palatable & takes the edge off the nasty bicarb flavour, the spearmint gives nice fresh minty breath & the coconut oil leaves your teeth feeling glossy & gives it more of a paste feel. You can adjust the amount of stevia in your toothpaste, I suggest making it a little sweeter to begin with until you get used to the  bitter bite of the bicarb soda!

You can also choose to make a spice flavoured toothpaste using clove & cinnamon oils, this would have the added bonus of the anti-bacterial properties of the spices or a sweet orange flavour for the kids if they don’t go for the spearmint.

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This toothpaste may take a little getting used to, as it is nowhere near as tasty as the commercial brands but on the upside you know exactly what you & your family are putting in your mouths!. There are no hidden nasties and you will never find your little ones eating the toothpaste ever again!

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