Sunday, October 19, 2014

things i DON'T do homemade.

you all know that i try to do a lot homemade.

diy deodorant, toothpaste, hairspray, lotions, dish and laundry detergents, hair conditioner, baby wipes and spray, house cleaners, etc.
and we try to get as minimalistic as possible too, with shampoo bars, organic soaps, essential oils as remedies, cloth napkins, cloth diapers, and etc.

but there are some things that i just can't live without. 
or can't homemake. 
or (shh!) haven't tried to homemake yet. 

here's my guilty pleasure list:

nail polish/remover.
cannot live without my nails being "dun up". any suggestions on diy or organic nail care?

i know there are organic products out there but i haven't found one that beats maybelliene mascara. i only ever wear eyeliner, mascara, and blush so i don't feel too terrible about this one...
although! i found a "recipe" for homemade beet-root blush that i will be trying, post-haste!

ok. help on this one. we've tried so many diy remedies from essential oils to old wives' tales but darnit if i can't find one that beats good, old-fashioned OFF. especially in texas in the summer. 

aaaaaany and all recipes welcome! i've seen many a recipe but haven't tried any yet. does your work? i've seen many including carrot seed essential oil...anyone with diy experience on this? i'd love to try but i don't want to spend $40 on a tiny bottle if it's not gonna work...

i (kinda) like to sew.  i am not very good. i make the boys' stockings, curtains, Halloween costumes, and the occasional miscellaneous item or two. but clothes are always probably something i'll go shopping for. 

so, that's about it. but i'm sure there are more.  what suggestions do you have for me??  i would love to try your recipes and tricks!!


  1. Oooh...I am all about 100% Pure's make up. They also have nail polish, and I'm anxious to try it. I have friends use use Piggy Paint polish and love it, but i haven't tried it.

    My friends and I used this sunscreen recipe all summer (and on the babes too!): There is controversy of zinc oxide, so some of us used it and some didn't, but it was still effective. It's think, but rubs in easily. It smells like honey (yum!), and needs to be reapplied about every 90 minutes.

    For bug spray, I use Young Living's Purification, Citronella, Lavender, and Peppermint (about 10 drops each) in a spray bottle with distilled water. It doesn't work when the mosquitoes are out in full force after several days in a row of rain, but for most of the summer it did wonders.

    1. Thanks Laura!! I'm def going to check all this out!

  2. I've read a lot of studies about the proposed effects of certain "bad" sunscreen I ingredients. I've also read studies on the positive results of taking Fermented Cod Liver Oil, if not regularly (which I've done for the past 4 years), at least before, during, and after prolonged sun exposure. FCLO paired with 30spf titanium based sunscreen has been amazing for us. JR is "clear" - a new level of skin tone - and this has even worked for him when he was "away".

    1. Stacey, first of all hahahahahah about JR :) But really, I'm going to look into FCLO for our South America trip! Do you know about how/if it works with little ones??


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