Category - How To

The No-Poo Movement

8 Apr

Ok so it sounds worse than it is. Back here, I mentioned that I was going to try no shampoo for the month of March. When I told my mother, she thought I’d lost my mind. Maybe I had, but it seemed like a good idea to me, you know, just to try something different and new.

The no-shampoo thing basically involves using baking soda and water to wash your hair, rather than store bought shampoo, which usually has way too many chemicals. The above photo is of my hair the day after a wash, and straightened out a bit. I still used conditioner, albeit completely organic, but still store bought.

So here’s my thoughts and list of pro’s and cons.

PRO’s:
- It’s a cheap option.
- It actually works. I had my doubts, but this head was not greasy after a wash.
- It felt really nice once it was washed out. You know how it’s usually the shampoo that makes your hair feel gross and the conditioner leaves it feeling soft? Well this felt amazing after washing out and I could have skipped the conditioner, if it wasn’t for my dry hair.
- The baking soda is gritty and gives a good cleaning feeling as you rub it in.
- I can see how it could be a great camping or travel companion.

CON’s:
- I found I needed to use a lot of it to cover my scalp. I do have longer hair but I still went through half a box in a month.
- No foam. I’m still unsure if this is a con, as I know it’s the chemicals that make the foamy stuff, but there is something about a good lather that makes you feel squeaky clean.
- My hair is very dry, and as a result I never needed to wash it much. I found that this method required washing more frequently. I’m not talking everyday, but it was more regularly than I was previously washing it. Again, not sure that it’s a bad thing. I guess it means that the chemicals in the store bought shampoo might have been making my hair dryer.
- I found that it takes longer to wash. I really had to work the gritty soda into all areas of my hair, and if I didn’t use enough, it would need the next wash sooner.

So my conclusion? I’m going back to shampoo! For the simple reason that it’s more convenient to just squeeze it from a bottle and I don’t like to dither about when it comes to beauty stuff. How first world of me right? Well at least I know that if I ever need it, baking soda will always be there for me.

Pinterest DIY: Fabric Fun

27 Mar

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Kind of obsessed with the whole fabric do-over idea. I’ve got so many boring plain tshirts in my cupboard, and my couch is in dire need of some new cushions, and lets not even get started on my boring white sheet set. So of course, I’ve been hunting through Pinterest to find the best options for do overs. I’m totally obsessed with these five – I’ll report back soon on my attempts.

Coffee Vanilla Sugar Cubes

6 Mar

As part of my attempt to “learn new things”, and having been conscious of what I put onto my skin for the last few years, I thought it would be fun to go DIY with skincare. For a while now, I’ve been a coconut oil convert. I use it in my hair, in my food (great for the digestive system), on my skin and recently I bought a tin to put next to my bed, and along with some vitamin E oil, I lather the coconut oil mixture on my skin after a shower. Living in this awfully dry climate that the cold weather creates, and having dry skin anyway, I just can’t seem to get enough moisture.

So when I came across this fun recipe, I thought I’d give it a go. It was WELL worth it. The best part is, they are REALLY easy to make, you can get all the ingredients at the supermarket, they are solid, and one cube is the perfect amount for your shower or bath.

You just need:

- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup of sugar (I find brown is nicer)
- 1/2 cup of unscented soap, shredded (I just grated mine)
- 1/4 cup coffee (ground)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (I used organic)
- Mixing bowl & spoon
- Ice cube tray or other mold

Just mix the oil and shredded soap together in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 10 second intervals stirring in between each. Continue until the soap is melted into the oil, but I found that if your soap doesn’t melt, it doesn’t matter too much because it’s so fine, and adds to the texture of the cube. Add in coffee, sugar and vanilla and quickly move mixture to your mold and let firm up (putting it in the freezer helps). Once they are solid, pop them out and into a storage container.

If your house is a sauna, like mine, just keep them in the fridge and grab one before your shower (the coconut oil in them will melt a little if kept in a warm area). Otherwise you can put them in a cute jar in your bathroom. The coffee is a really good wake up first thing in the morning, and your skin will feel amazing thanks to the coconut oil.

This brave soul is out to try the “no-shampoo movement” for the next month. I’ll update you on that soon.

Pinterest DIY: Valentines Day

13 Feb

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I’m so completely and totally inspired by the amazing things that people make, and now are able to share through Pinterest. I’m constantly pinning things and thought it might be nice to share my finds every now and then. How cute are some of these Valentines DIY ideas? I’m pretty sure I’ll be making those fruit roll up fortune cookies for my love this Valentines day.

In the spirit of trying new things – something I mentioned back here – I’ve got a board of DIY things I find along my inter-web travels, and am desperate to try – one of these things being the variety of paper flowers that people make. I’m still in a bit of a paper flower craze, needing to perfect it first, and have plans for a big wall of them or something crazy like that, but in the mean time I’m quite happy with my latest desk accessories. Love it or hate it, I hope you have a fun day tomorrow… whatever it may hold.

Elsewhere // Polka Dot Decal DIY // Dipped Pastel Bangle DIY // Recent Thoughts

How To: Perpetual Calendar

21 Sep

It’s the time of year when I start thinking about my diary for next year (more on that later), and that includes desk calendars. So why not make your own. Here goes:

Things You’ll Need:

* 2 square blocks of Balsa wood (you can buy them as squares)
* 3 long blocks of Balsa wood.
* Month and Number Stickers. I made my own by printing out numbers on sticker paper. You can also buy some from your local craft shop. You could also paint the balsa wood and draw on numbers and months.

NOTE: The balsa wood can be any size, however the long blocks need to be the length and width of the 2 square blocks together. I custom cut mine, which is easy enough because it’s easy to cut. I used 2 square blocks, 35mm on all sides, and the 3 long blocks are 70mm long and 17.5mm wide.

Make It:

1. Stick the numbers onto the square pieces of balsa wood, on one piece stick the numbers 0,1,2,3,4 & 5, and on the other stick 0,1,2,6,7 & 8.
2. Stick the months onto the long blocks, one month on each side.
3.To display, place the three long blocks at the bottom, in a row and the square blocks onto – see the picture at the top of this post.

Have a nice weekend.