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Let’s talk about fresh, baby

8 Apr

Listen, this is my blog. So of course I’m going to talk about things I want to talk about. I’m hoping that my things will help you with your things, though. Like armpits. Or underarms if you want to be classy.

Why are we talking about armpits? Because I recently switched deodorant. In my efforts to be more green and be nicer to my body, I thought I’d switch to Tom’s of Maine, which I’m now seeing was a mistake, and you’ll see why soon.

I used to use this deodorant, by Suave:

sauve

I liked it well enough. It kept the smells at bay, but it didn’t do a whole lot for antiperspirant. It’s also full of chemicals.

So I switched to Tom’s antiperspirant:

toms

What I didn’t realize until later is that you have to buy the specific Aluminum-free Tom’s if you want to get the supposedly non-cancer causing deodorant.

Now, there are some pros and cons to this antiperspirant.

Pros
– it has a nice smell.
– it has alleviated my sensitive skin issue so that when I shave, it doesn’t get as irritated.
– it’s more natural than my previous deodorant.

Cons
– it has nearly 30% aluminum (the Suave had less than 9%!)
– it is not a very good deodorant; I find myself pretty obnoxious by the end of the day.
– because it’s made from a lot of natural oils, it has a more solid consistency than most deodorants.
– IT HAS NEARLY 30% ALUMINUM! the more I think about it, the more I need to switch to the aluminum-free version.

You never realize how much research you have to do until later when you realized that the chemicals and harmful products you were trying to get away from are the ones that are pumped right into the products you thought were best!

Also, I would like to apologize for the lack of a post about my recent DIY projects. My poor 6-year old MacBook is too ancient to want to let me use WordPress. So uploading a post FULL of pictures can get very tedious. Along with that, the battery in our garage door opening died, leaving us shut out of the (detached) garage for a couple of days, so we only just got the spool inside as of yesterday. I promise to share pictures and how-tos this week!

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It’s not easy being green

8 Mar

Last night, Todd and I watched the documentary “No Impact Man.” Basically it made me feel like I’m not doing enough to be “green.”

I use 98% biodegradable shampoo (not only when I’m camping, but also for daily use).
I use the Method cleaning products from Target.
I reuse shopping bags.
We recycle most glass/plastic/paper items.

But I still use a lot of paper products for cleaning, like paper towels. And we produce a good amount of garbage. We leave electronics and chargers plugged in all the time. We drive cars. And I feel like there’s so much more we could change.

This past week, I had a state car for the use of commuting to some county offices, and I was lucky enough to snag a Nissan Leaf. (Note: I am in no way affiliated with or being paid by Nissan.) This car was … awesome. To say the least. I had to plug it in a couple of times to recharge it since it only gets about 100 miles (max) if you’re not using the A/C or stereo or things like that. It would be wonderful for shorter trips around town and things of that sort and would make so much less impact than a gasoline car. And because it doesn’t have a traditional motor, it’s got a lot of space inside, despite being compact. And of course it was tons of fun to drive. That little car has some ZIP! I would definitely consider getting an all-electric car, and it might be something that I think about more seriously in the future.

But what about right now? What do you do that is “green?” Do you make your own cleaning products? I want to do so much more but I think I need to start in smaller steps, implement things over time, like I have been with my shampoo and other cleaning products and toiletries.

My Adventures in Bath Scrubs: A Conclusion

27 Feb

I’ve come to a final verdict about the bath scrub that I made. I will not be using olive oil again. At least for bath scrubs. It’s delicious with veggies 🙂

I used it again this morning and tried a different method. I used the scrub before using body wash, hoping that it would rinse away some of the oily feeling, but it did not. And the oil overtook the delicious scent of peppermint oil so that I felt like I had never even put any in. Despite all of this though, my legs did feel a bit smoother.

I think it was a good starting place for getting into DIY bath scrubs. I’ve decided that next time I’m going to use coconut oil. Or maybe I’ll even go crazy and use unscented lotion instead, like Aveeno, for extra healing power.

Making that scrub the other night though really got me in the mood to DIY all of the things. But the canvas board that I had needed to be primed, so I couldn’t paint those. I perused pinterest and found this site for two free mandala print-outs.

mandala

I printed one and spent about an hour painting it. I still had some pearlizing medium so I used that in some of the blue as well to liven it up a bit. I plan to frame it and include it as part of my gallery wall, whenever I get around to doing that.

After making bath scrub and then painting this (with primed canvas boards drying in the garage), my creative itch was scratched. Do you ever feel like you just need to be creative or you might explode?

DIY Body Scrub: Half of a Verdict

26 Feb

Good day, all. Yesterday I talked about DIY body scrub and how it’s all the rage now (is that saying still all the rage too? I can never keep up). So I decided to whip up a batch for myself.

Ingredients:

– oil (from what I read, most kinds will work: baby, olive, veggie, coconut; I used olive)
– granulated sugar or salt (I used sugar since I have sensitive skin; if you’re skin is extra sensitive, try brown sugar)
– essential oil (optional; I used peppermint!)

Directions:

Mix one part oil to two parts salt or sugar. Add a few drops of whichever oil you prefer. Because I used olive oil in mine, it looks yellowy green, like olive oil… mixed in sugar … ah, yeah. I know, obvious. But it smells like peppermint! Which is divine, and soothing. I like soothing.

This morning, after my usual shower routine, I scrubbed some of the concoction on my legs and ankles, where I’m usually the driest, then rinsed. Ladies, make sure you do this either before shaving your legs, or at least 24 hours after, since the mixture is meant to be slightly abrasive (hence the term scrub). If you don’t mind being a little grizzly (I don’t, it’s wintertime! My gams are hidden under tall socks and stockings!), go for the no-shave option.

After I stepped out of the shower, I patted my legs dry… and felt oily. I hear you, you’re saying, “duh?” I know. I rub oil on my legs, I should expect to feel oily. And since I hadn’t shaved my legs, I felt oily and stubbly. My legs felt softer though, and I think after a few more days of using the scrub, I’ll see better results. And next time I think I might use baby oil or coconut oil instead, so I don’t feel like I’m getting ready to turn myself into a stew.

The Evolution of Hair

23 Jan

If you’ve followed along with my blog for the past year, then you know I had a rather horrific hairtastrophe right after Christmas 2011. I went to my mom’s hairdresser and she must have mistaken me for my 89 year old grandmother.

Here’s a picture to remind you of how horrid it was:

short hair

Everyone SWEARS that I looked good and it was a nice haircut, but it was absolutely NOT what I wanted, nor did I agree with any of them. I didn’t suit me at all. Speaking of suits, how handsome is my guy? 🙂

After it grew out for a couple months, it was looking pretty shaggy and I was lucky enough to be turned onto an amazing hairdresser in Sacramento: Sara. My first experience with her was wonderful. I might have been in the chair for 2 hours, but she knew what she was doing, and she did it well.

middle hair

This was taken at my cousin’s wedding in May. It was growing out, but not quite to where I wanted it to be.

After that, I let it grow out until I couldn’t stand it any longer.

old hair

(Ignore the weird face. The reasoning behind that is that whenever I get all dolled up, I feel like my glasses detract from everything I just did. So it goes.)

At this point, it was long enough and the layers had grown out so much that I was having trouble doing stuff with it. It usually ended up in pins (like above) which I do love doing (since I adore the 1940’s look) and sometimes even a ponytail which I don’t really like doing.

This month I knew I’d be getting an overtime check so I made an appointment with Sara, the magician of hair, and was itching to get into that seat. She again, worked wonders on my hair. I showed her a picture of the style I had in mind and she executed it perfectly.

new hair

Is she not wonderful? (She is.)

The picture isn’t that great quality but it’s never easy taking a selfie 😛

I’m so happy that my curls are no longer mad at me for shearing them off. They all together disappeared for awhile and once they were back, they did not want to look right or do what I told them to. Now they’re back, and I’m pampering them with some Moroccan Oil curl cream, which I highly recommend if you want soft, light curls.

And that’s my hair’s story of 2012 🙂