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Exfoliating Grains, dry scrub mix

20 Oct

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This is my first time playing around with exfoliating grains & I have to say I love them. They are so quick & easy to make & can be used as a cleanser, mask & skin treatment.

Blend with a little water to make a great scrub cleanser to use as your daily cleanser. Add a little yoghurt, honey or an oil of your choice & you have a great treatment or mask to give your skin an anti-oxidant burst.

I like to use it each morning to wake up my skin, I leave it on while I brush my teeth, for a mini treatment – the kids call it my shrek face!!

I have chosen the ingredients of these exfoliating grains so that they not only cleanse & exfoliate but they also have great anti-oxidant & anti-ageing properties.

The kaolin clay cleanses & soothes your skin, the ground oats exfoliate & soften, the almonds create a lovely soft exfoliation, the milk powder moisturises, the brown sugar & bicarb soda polish your skin giving you a healthy glow.

The spirulina is our secret super ingredient, its full of anti-oxidants & chlorophyll  which cleanses the skin, strengthens tissues, helps skin to store moisture, improves elasticity & diminishes fine lines. Its soothing & hydrating & will assist in healing up any blemishes or skin conditions you may have.

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Exfoliating Grains a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 3 Tablespoons kaolin clay
  • 1 Tablespoon ground oats
  • 1 Tablespoon ground almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon milk powder
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon bicarb sida
  • 2 Tablespoons spirulina

Take all your ingredients & mix well in a bowl. Pour into a bottle or jar that has an airtight lid as any moisture will cause your grains to go clumpy & start spoiling.

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How to Use:

Always pour your grains out onto your hand & then add your liquid medium, so that no moisture can get into your exfoliating grains jar.

This dry scrub can be used with what ever liquid you feel will best serve your skin, I have to admit to just using plain old tap water, but I’d love to try using it with witch hazel or rose water for additional skin loving benefits.

If your skin is dry you can even use an oil of your choice to make your scrub, just be sure to wipe off all traces with a wet cloth or you may have a little green sheen going on.

To make your exfoliating grains into a mask, simply mix with plain yoghurt, honey, aloe vera or some coconut oil, smear on your face & relax, add some water & scrub off to gain the full benefits of your grains.

Enjoy

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Baby bum cream to prevent nappy rash

9 Oct

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This baby bum cream is fantastic, it can be used with cloth nappies or disposables & can be used as a soothing all over balm for your baby’s skin. It works wonders on that dry skin babies often get behind their ears & can even be used to gently lift cradle cap.

With the addition of lavender essential oil its great to use as an all-over massage balm, perfect for naturally soothing your little one off to sleep after bath time.

This Baby bum cream is full of a host of goodies that will protect & soothe your babies skin, like coconut oil which is anti-bacterial & anti-fungal as well as being highly moisturising. The shea butter is full of fat soluble vitamin A & E for a soothing, emollient base. The beeswax creates a protective layer on the skin to keep moisture at bay. The chamomile is soothing, anti-infalamtory, anti-bacterial & helps to keep fungal rashes at bay.

But best of all its really quick & easy to make, this is a melt & stir recipe.

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Baby Bum Cream a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1/4 c coconut oil
  • 1/4 c shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa butter
  • 5 drops chamomile essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

Measure out all of your ingredients except the essential oils. Place the ingredients in a glass jar. Put a pot of water on the stove to simmer & place your jar in the pot of water to melt & combine all the ingredients. Once it has all melted, gently stir to combine. Let your cream cool to just above room temperature, add in your essential oils & stir well. Leave to cool in the jar if your going to keep it in the jar or pour it into your chosen containers.

Store in a cool, dark place preferably. You can always split your cream into several small bottles so that you can keep a couple in the fridge so that they don’t spoil as this recipe contains no preservatives.nappy-cream

When using make sure that you don’t double dip as you can contaminate the balm with fungus cells if your baby has a fungal based rash.

 

Enjoy

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Tinted Lip Balm 100% natural

17 Feb

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Our little girls love Lip Balm – the brighter the colour & the more crazy the flavour the more they love it.

But on reading the label of a Lip Balm one of our girls received for her birthday, I knew I had to find an alternative they would like just as much just without the petroleum products, dyes & chemically derived flavours.

After much research I settled on using Organic Hibiscus flower powder & cacao powder to tint our homemade Lip Balm. We made a Hibiscus only balm which produced a nice pink/red colour & then we created a 50:50 mix of hibiscus & cacao powder to make a yummy chocolate nude version.

Instead of using artificial flavours we used sweet orange essential oil & the cacao powder to add a yummy favour to our lip balms, but you could use cinnamon or peppermint essential oils if you are more adventurous (our girls are not!).

The Lip Balms are made on a base of organic coconut, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter & beeswax. You can use candelilla wax for a vegan version but our girls prefer the slight sweetness that the beeswax imparts.

We have poured them into little round pots, but this recipe would work just as well with lip balm tubes.

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Naturally tinted Lip Balm a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 25grams coconut oil
  • 12grams sweet almond oil
  • 5grams cocoa butter
  • 12grams beeswax

Measure out all ingredients into a glass jar, place in a simmering pot of water to gently melt. Once your Lip Balm base has melted & mixed together you can add your tint.

To Make a Pink/Red Tint with Orange flavour

  • 3grams hibiscus powder
  • 5 drops sweet orange essential oil

Simply stir the powder & essential oil into your balm, mixing well before you pour it into your containers or tubes

To Make a Nude Brown Tint with a Chocolate Orange Flavour

  • 3grams cacao powder
  • 3 grams hibiscus powder
  • 4 drops sweet orange essential oil

Simply stir the powder & essential oil into your balm, mixing well before you pour it into your containers or tubes

Enjoy & happy Lip Balm making

 

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Make your own decadent eye cream

14 Jan

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My most sincere apologies I have been such a slack blogger of late. I won’t give you my list of excuses – because that’s all they really are, excuses.

But I promise I will be blogging more frequently.

Starting with this (peace offering) eye cream formulation that is heavenly. This eye cream will work just as well as all your fancy store brought ones just without the chemicals & hefty price tag.

I make it in a double batch & use it as a face cream too – just because I can.

It is light, silky & ultra hydrating with Rose hip & jojoba oil & our wrinkle busting, super restorative carrot seed oil. The organic green tea is chock full of antioxidants to start reversing the ageing process & get to work on those wrinkles.

Start using this & watch your wrinkles melt away……….You’re Welcome!!

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Natural Wrinkle busting Eye Cream a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1/8 c organic green tea
  • 12gm Rosehip oil
  • 12gm Jojoba oil
  • 12 drops carrot seed oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 1/2 teaspoon Emulsifying wax
  • scent with your choice of essential oils or leave it plain as it is going around your eyes!

Place your organic tea in a clean, sterile glass bowl or jar & place in a gently simmering pan of water. Measure out the Rosehip & jojoba oil & wax, combine all three items in another sterile glass bowl or jar & place in the simmering pan of water to melt.

When the wax has melted, remove both jars from the simmering water & pour the liquid into your melted oil & wax mix & blend well with a stick blender, whisk or at worst a fork.

Be sure to blend well for a minimum of three minutes to combine your cream, once your cream is well combined add the Vitamin E & carrot seed oil & any essential oils you may want to add – blend well to combine & then let cool.

I preserve mine with .5ml of Leucidal so it keeps for forever, but an un-preserved batch will keep in the fridge for many months & you get the added soothing effect of cool lotion -great for treating puffy eyes.

Enjoy

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At home Microdermabrasion with ingredients from your pantry

18 Mar

In my previous life I used to have the odd diamond microdermabrasion session with my local beautician. I loved how my skin (although a little beet red) felt so soft & smooth after. It was one of my little luxuries……….little did I know I could be achieveing the same results at home for literally cents.

When I first tried this, I thought there is no way it can work as good as a professional microdermabrasion session but I have skin that says otherwise.

I stumbled upon this by accident as I had quite a few ghastly blackheads on my nose that did not want to go away, I tried honey treatments, scrubs, clay masks, you name it & none of them moved those stubborn blackheads, that was until I tried this treatment & scrubbed them all away, so I now have silky smooth skin again.

I now have the ultimate luxury of having an at-home microdermabrasion once a week. And the best thing about this other than the fact that it is super cheap compared to the real deal is that you can customise it to  suit your skin.

In summer when my skin is oily & threatening to break out on me – I use the apple cider vinegar when its winter & my skin is a little dryer I choose to use jojoba or olive oil instead. So I still get the sloughing off of the dead skin but without the drying factor.

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So what two pantry ingredients do all of this for your skin – bicarb soda & apple cider vinegar.

At Home Microdermabrasion a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 heaped teaspoons bicarb soda
  • 1 teaspoon Apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg’s Organic)

Now for the hard part!. Mix your bicarb & vinegar together to make a paste. Wet your face & gently apply your mix in gentle circle motions, rubbing your face. Go gently as you can always do it again & you don’t want to scrub your skin off.

Rinse off with water & then apply your favourite serum or moisturiser as your skin will be ready to suck up all the goodies.

Feel free to mix this routine up, I like to do it once per week & vary using vinegar or oil depending on what I think will benefit my skin best at that time.

PS – Don’t tell your beautician, it’ll be our little secret 🙂

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Make your own Natural Hair Styling Gel

10 Oct

hair-styling-gelThis recipe is so easy, its almost embarrassing to post. But it works so well that I just have to post it!!

A few ingredients from your pantry is all you will need to make this Super easy Styling Gel. It really makes me wonder why I ever brought styling gel??

All you need is gelatine, peppermint tea bags, a spray bottle & your choice of essential oils, that is it!!!

This styling gel leaves my hair soft, shiny & supple, not gunky or glued together & it washes out easily just with water, if you have gone “no-poo”.

This tames my un-ruly & sometimes fluffy curly hair, effortlessly. I have used a whole host of costly, chemical, synthetic concoctions to try to tame my hair over the years & this simple little Styling Gel is up there with the best of them, but it only costs cents to make 🙂

The only draw back is that it does need to be kept in the fridge or it will go off, even in the fridge it has a limited shelf life of several weeks. To get around this I make small batches often, it only takes minutes to whip up a new batch so its not that much effort!

You can make your Styling Gel with water if you like, but I like making mine with peppermint tea as it is purported to help stimulate the hair follicles &  promote hair growth. I use orange essential oil as it is also great for promoting hair growth. But mainly because I am in love with the combination of peppermint & orange, it just smells so fresh, zesty & clean.

Zesty Fresh Hair Styling Gel a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1/4 teaspoon unflavoured gelatine
  • 1/2 c hot water
  • 2 peppermint tea bags
  • 4 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint oil

Place peppermint tea bags in the hot water to steep for 5 – 10 minutes, remove the tea bags & add in the gelatine & stir to dissolve (you can do it in a pot on the stove if your peppermint tea is too cool). Once the gelatine has melted place your mix in the fridge & let it set for several hours. Once it is completely cool & set add your essential oils & stir through.  Use a funnel to pour it into your spray bottle. Keep your gel in the fridge, to stop it going off.

This Styling Gel works equally well on dry or wet hair, I prefer to style my hair wet, as a comb & dry curls always results in a very attractive afro.

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You can see the patch at the back that got no Styling Gel & is still frizzy!

You can tweak the recipe to suit your hair & preferences by changing your tea base & essential oils:

Chammomile tea is great for blondes & will add natural shine & enhance natural highlights. It can also help to tame coarse hair, helping to smooth the hair follicles

Rosemary tea is great for dark hair & is the best tonic for dry hair, it will keep hair glossy. Its well known for its antioxidant & growth stimulant properties.

Lavender is great for conditioning all hair types.

Horsetail tea is high in minerals & strengthens hair while adding  a healthy shine.

So get into that pantry of yours & start making your own chemical free styling products for cents.

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DIY Natural dish washing detergent

26 Sep

I am a Mama trying to Go Natural.

I am by no means a perfect Mama & I fail (a lot) at the whole “going natural” thing.

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One area that has been weighing on my mind lately is “the washing of our dishes” you see I am kind of addicted (yes, I said addicted!) to my bright green store brought (very, very un-natural) dish washing liquid.

It bubbles, it froths, it smells so clean, it cuts through grease & leaves my dishes gleaming. But it is made from ingredients that are known endocrine disruptors & possible carcinogens.

And we are eating & drinking it’s residue off our cups, plates & cutlery. Well no more!!

After much research & trialling several different home made detergent variations I have found our new “more natural” way to wash the dishes.

Does it smell as good as my store brought dishwashing liquid – YES. Does it cut through grease the same – NO. Does it froth & bubble the same – Sadly NO.

BUT, although it takes a little more effort to wash the dishes it is a small price to pay for the health of my family.

So my addiction to the lovely bright green detergent has been broken.

Now I know a lot of recipes that are floating around the internet call for washing soda & borax in them & seemingly these products make for nice, clean shiny dishes. But on the side of my packet of electric washing soda it says “wear gloves when using”. Now  I don’t wear gloves when washing our dishes nor when eating off them!. I think that any product that calls for the usage of gloves should not be ingested in any form – that is just my personal opinion. I know that many claim that borax is fine to use, but the Environmental Working Group claim that it is an endocrine disruptor amongst other nasty things, so I just don’t feel 100% comfortable using it. If I am going to be ok with using a hormone disrupting product- I will stick with my bright green dish washing liquid!

So my dish washing powder does not use either borax or washing soda & as a result may not work as good as other recipes – but it is healthier & that is the object of the exercise after all.

Dish Washing Powder a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1 Plain bar of  Soap (I use sunlight soap here in Australia, I hear it is on a par with Dr Bronners)
  • 2/3 cup Bicarb soda
  • 3 Tablespoons Salt
  • 20 drops Eucalyptus oil
  • 10 drops Lemon oil

I have a thermomix style machine that just eats bars of soap. So I place all the ingredients in my thermomix & blend for 30seconds on power 10 & viola you have yummy smelling dish washing detergent, that is the consistency of laundry powder. Keep it in airtight sealed jar & try not to introduce any moisture to it or you will end up with damp, clumpy soap mush.

This soap powder can be made in any blender or food processor (you just might want to pre-chop your soap bar) or at a pinch you could grate your soap bar & mix in with the other ingredients, I just don’t think it will melt into the water the same.

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How to Use

I am lucky to live in a home with a double sink so I fill one sink with hot water & 1 teaspoon of our dishwashing powder – to wash the dishes in & the other with some water with a dash of white vinegar – to rinse my clean dishes in. I find this helps to remove that greasy feel that you get from using natural soap. If I have a burnt pot (who me 😉 ) then I add 1/2 a teaspoon of powder direct to the pot & scour it to get it clean. If there are quite a few dishes to wash sometimes I have to let the washing water out & re-fill the sink, so that there is enough soap power to get them all clean.

How do you wash your dishes, what are your green cleaning recipes, I would love to hear them.

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Soap Nuts in your wash

11 Jun

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I have recently swapped to washing my clothes with Soap Nuts & I am loving them!!

These magic nuts (which are actually the dried berry of a tree) are amazing, with very little effort you can boot all of the nasty chemicals from your wash & still have lovely clean, fresh clothes.

They require slightly more effort than your normal washing powder (if you wash in cold water – like I do) but it is well worth it.

I use about 6 – 8 nuts in my wash bag & find that they generally last me about 4 – 5 washes. Most websites that sell the nuts will tell you that they can be used for 5 – 7 washes until the saponin runs out, I have not found that to be the case. So while it may not be the cheapest alternative it is definitely a healthy, green alternative to the chemical cocktail that I used to use.

But the best part about the Soap Nuts is that my laundry comes out super clean & fresh smelling (as in no smells!) & the waste water from the washing machine can be used as a natural insecticide & bug repellant for our plants & garden. This is fantastic for us often drought stricken Queenslanders & a great way to minimise our waste & environmental foot print. So a win for us & the environment 🙂

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So how do I use my Soap Nuts to get the best I can out of them in cold water washes?

I place about 6 – 8 nuts in my wash bag & place my wash bag in a glass of hot water to get them to start activating. I do this before I sort my laundry so that they can soak in the water for a good 5 minutes while I am hunting down dirty towels, missing socks etc. I pour the hot water & the wash bag into my laundry load & set my washing machine to agitate for about 10 minutes & then soak for a minimum of half an hour before it re-continues the agitating phase. This allows the saponins to be further released from the nuts & seems to make the clothes come out cleaner. If you can’t set your machine to soak, then manually pause it & re-start it after an adequate soaking period. I also add a good dash of white vinegar to the rinse to freshen, deoderise & soften the clothes.

One important thing to remember is to not overload your washing machine, do medium sized loads so that there is ample room for agitation which is a vital part of ensuring your clothes come out clean.

So why don’t I make the liquid from the Soap Nuts that everyone talks about?

  1. Because it takes more effort, you have to boil up the liquid & then cool it & store it – this takes time & effort!
  2. The liquid has to be frozen or refrigerated & used within a few days (so this requires strategic laundry planning to ensure your not wasting your liquid letting it go rotten in the fridge).
  3. You use more Soap Nuts to create the liquid & more liquid is used per wash load so it ends up costing roughly 25% more per load.
  4. So more time + more effort + more planning + more expense = No for Mama Going Natural

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Soap Nuts 101

How do you tell if your Soap Nuts are still doing their job or if they need replacing?

Place your wash bag (filled with your soap nuts) in warm water, squeeze your wash bag a few times & if it becomes sudsy they are still good to use, if they are a little less sudsy than normal you may want to think about adding a few new soap nuts to the batch or retiring this batch of soap nuts & starting afresh.

What do you do with retired Soap Nuts?

I let mine dry out & then I grind them up in my food processor & make a paste that I add to water to clean the bath, sinks etc – waste not, want not 🙂

I accidentally put my Soap Nuts through the dryer, whoops?

You too?? To check if you can still use your Soap Nuts let them soak in warm water for a few minutes & squeeze them to see if they still suds up, if they do – your fine to keep going. If they don’t – you might need to make some bathroom cleaning paste out of them, so all is not lost 🙂

Best way to store un-used Soap Nuts?

In a dark cool place in an airtight container – moisture is the enemy of the Soap Nut

How to store your wash bag filled with Soap Nuts between loads?

I let my Soap Nuts dry out between loads, I open the drawstring wash bag & place the Soap Nuts on top & leave them on the laundry shelf to dry out. If you are a frequent washer you can store them in a glass of cold water, but this does keep them active & the resultant juice (because they are a fruit) can go rotten & rancid if not used up often.

If the Wash Bag is left in throughout the wash cycle do your clothes come out soapy?

Come on admit it, thats what you were thinking, right?

Me too, but no – they don’t come out soapy. If your rinse cycles use cold water the Soap Nuts will release very little saponin & the bit they do release just leaves your clothes soft, my air dried towels are no longer hard & scratchy boards, they are soft & fluffy without the added electricity expense of using the dryer – so its a win for me. The Soap Nuts also release no harmful or skin irritating agents so any residue is not harmful but could actually be beneficial as they have found Soap Nuts to be anti-fungal. You can also get away with just one rinse as your clothes are not covered in chemicals from the washing powder, so that means less use of natural resources.

Stain Removing???

I have a wee one, who is a dirt, food & paint magnet, the best stain remover I have found at this stage it to wet the stain cover it with bicarb soda, leave it to soak over night & then rub it with a warm water activated wash bag of Soap Nuts until all sudsy & wash in cold water. This is the best stain remover I have found so far, but I am open to any & all suggestions as I still have no idea how I will keep my daughters clothes not looking like they came from the rag bag without our dreaded “NapiSan” laundry soaker.

Any ideas???

Anyone???

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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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