March 5, 2013

Natural Beauty

Today's ingredients are not for a cake. 
Or a cupcake. 
Or a cookie. 

For the past three weeks I've been experimenting with baking soda as a natural facial cleanser. 

I've also been treating myself to bi-weekly honey and cinnamon face masks, 
 as well as a weekly olive oil and egg hair treatment. 

The results? 

I'm quite certain that I will never purchase chemical concoctions for my face or hair ever again.


The benefits that I've experienced while using these products as part of a natural beauty routine (as well as additional tidbits that I found by Google researching) are as follows:

Baking Soda for the Face 
Natural exfoliant 
Antibacterial (less breakouts!) 
Brighter appearance 
Gentle on the skin (compared to chemical products) 
Environmentally friendly 

Honey for the Face 
Antibacterial 
 Hygroscopic (keeps skin hydrated by drawing moisture into the skin) 
Full of antioxidants (which fight skin damage and lighten scars)

Cinnamon for the Face 
Naturally dries out oily skin, then 
brings blood and oxygen back to the skins surface 
Excellent exfoliant properties 

Olive Oil for Hair 
Lightweight, great for moisturizing 
Improves the strength of hair 
Wonderful to massage into scalp; promotes hair growth 
A more moisturized scalp = less dry flakes/dandruff 
Quick fix for split ends 

Egg for Hair 
Contains essential vitamins and nutrients (which help strengthen hair follicles)
Egg proteins can temporarily "stand in" for keratin protein loss/damage 
Fatty acids in eggs help to brighten dull hair 
The sulfer and B12 in eggs can aid in hair growth


Do you have a natural beauty tip, trick or recipe?
Share it in the comment box below! xo

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  1. Yeah! Apple cider vinegar as a toner after you do up your face with some honey. just mix it with some water (1:1) ratio. balances out your skin tone + ph levels. hooray!

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  2. I use olive oil on my dry feet in the winter. How long do you leave it on your hair? I'm so afraid I would look like a grease ball even after a shower.

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    1. I use olive oil about once a week on my face as a moisturizer, and if I happen to actually do my makeup, I use olive oil to take my eye shadow/mascara off :)

      I keep the hair mask on for between 20-30 minutes. Surprisingly, it comes right out!!

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  3. I've been shampoo/conditioner free for over a year and love it. I use baking soda (for 'shampoo') and apple cider vinegar (for 'conditioner') twice a week. My hair has never been healthier. If anyone is interested, there is a good post about it here: http://bit.ly/JEOdPs

    I also love coconut oil, for everything! It is anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial; so great! I use it as a body moisturizer, frizz tamer, hair mask, and mixed with a bit of baking soda for an exfoliating face wash.

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    1. THANK YOU so much for passing that link along! I was considering looking for a natural shampoo and conditioner, and this may be the ticket! :) Do you notice a change in your hair color or anything? I'm nervous about the vinegar, but I'm sure it's better than some 35 letter chemical!

      I love love LOVE coconut oil. I use it as a moisturizer and I'm also guilty of snagging a quick teaspoon of it when I have a sugar craving! I read a really informative blog post once by Jenna Marbles (lol), and it has so many tips and tidbits about coco oil: http://jennamarblesblog.com/this.html

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  4. Thanks for sharing! I love using baking soda for my skin and as a hair shampoo surprisingly enough it left my hair lighter and easy to comb out. I have yet to try the honey and cinnamon, but I think I'm going to now!
    xoxo- Kaara
    http://inthekitchwithkaara.blogspot.com

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    1. Really?! I'm going to have to give the baking soda shampoo a try!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Kym, this is a REALLY cool post. Do you literally just bring all these things into the bathroom with you? Or is it a mixture you make? I really really want to know about the olive oil and baking soda!

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    1. For the baking soda scrub, I have a snap top container that I keep in our bathroom. I use it every morning in the shower, and I scoop about a tablespoon or two into my hands and gently massage it into my wet skin. One thing that I noticed initially when I started using the baking soda is that 3 pimples on my chin finally came to a head (I always get these hard "hidden" pimple/bumps on my chin during "that time of the month", that never come to a head - the baking soda helped kill the painful little suckers!

      With the olive oil and egg hair mask, I make that up in the kitchen in a large bowl (I use 3/4 cup oil and two eggs), then I go stand in the tub, hang my head over the bowl, and carefully distribute the mix in my hair and comb it through. This can get a little messy so I like to do it in the tub so that I can just turn the water on and easily clean up. I keep this in for about 20-30 minutes. I haven't trimmed my hair since October and I don't have a single split end!

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  6. Girl I loveee this post!! Kym you rock! I absolutely love homemade remedies for things like this, I've heard really good things about all these ingredients. Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory so it's great for cuts and splinters too, and also for your insides!! Coconut oil is my go to...and it keeps my skin clear!!

    XO Jenna
    Demureindiamonds.com

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    1. Thanks Jenna! Yum, I've been sneaking a tablespoon of honey at night to try to curb late night sugar cravings, and we actually have bee pollen tablets that I sometimes remember to take. According to WebMD:

      "People take bee pollen for nutrition; as an appetite stimulant; to improve stamina and athletic performance; and for premature aging, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), mouth sores, joint pain (rheumatism), painful urination,prostate conditions, and radiation sickness.

      It is also used for weight loss, bleeding problems including coughing orvomitingblood, bloody diarrhea, nosebleed, brain hemorrhage, and menstrual problems.

      Bee pollen is also used for gastrointestinal (GI) problems including constipation, diarrhea, enteritis, and colitis. Some people use bee pollen as a general tonic, to increase urine flow, and for alcohol intoxication.

      Bee pollen is used topically for skin care in skin softening products, and for treating eczema, pimples, and diaper rash."

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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    1. YW! The recipes are great - the ingredients are usually staples in every kitchen, and they're cost effective, too :)

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  8. this is so interesting! i can't wait to try it out! Especially since I hate spending money on things like this!

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  9. I loooove using baking soda on my face! Talk about smooth afterwards!!!

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  10. I am right there with ya! I am all about finding things in your home or kitchen to make some great beauty products with. I wrote a whole post about it, you should check it out :)

    http://storiesofkel.blogspot.com/2012/11/diy-facial-masque.html

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