I believe I have shared some of my au natural, homemade, “old wives” tale beauty in a previous blogpost. I am back at it, but this time I want to add laundry detergent, fabric softener and sunscreen/moisturizer.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) ~ I use this as a toner. Just straight up! I keep a small glass bottle in my medicine cabinet and pour it on a cotton square, then wipe my face after washing.
Witch hazel, tea tree oil and lemon juice ~ Another toner option. The witch hazel is an astringent and is anti-bacterial. The tea tree oil is antibacterial and anti-fungal. The lemon juice is for lightening dark spots.
Witch hazel ~ I keep plain witch hazel in a small spray bottle for use before and/or after a workout. We get very sweaty here in Florida and I find that my upper back breaks out easily, so I like to spritz it with the witch hazel throughout the day, also.
Aloe ~ I FINALLY have my own aloe plant! Thank you, Mom, for a start of my own! I will certainly go to my aloe for cuts and scrapes!
Coconut oil sunscreen ~ I am going to make my own facial moisturizer with sunscreen. Coconut oil, non-synthetic zinc oxide powder and another carrier oil, like carrot oil or raspberry seed. I will use this all over my body, but it will not be my beach sunscreen. Keep you posted once I get the ingredients.
Fabric softener ~ I went to the interwebs for a homemade liquid fabric softener. Then, I went to my Facebook family. I have decided to simply use distilled vinegar (in my Downy ball). How awesome is that?!
Detergent ~ Another Facebook friend gave me a link to a homemade powder laundry detergent. All of 3 ingredients: laundry soap (or any bar soap, really), Borax and Arm & Hammer washing soda. I still have liquid detergent, so I won’t be making this very soon. I would like to get good at combining the ingredients and then share with my family!
Dry shampoo ~ If you don’t want (or like) to wash your hair daily, and are a blonde, you can use tapioca powder or corn starch. Have darker hair? Add unsweetened cocoa powder to the corn starch. Auburn? Add cinnamon!! Store in a clean spice container, sprinkle on your scalp, rub in, let sit, then comb or brush. Here is one recipe I found.
Facial steam ~ Bring water to a boil, add some essential oil. Let it cool slightly. Drape a towel over your head and the pot and steam away for several minutes. (I like to set the kitchen timer for 3 minutes.)
Have any at-home health and beauty you can share? I would love to learn!