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Making your own Facial Toner – Part 1

January 17, 2015

My skin has always suffered in some area or another from adolescents and far into my 20’s.  It is probably one of the most continuous battles in which I’m glad I have never given up on.  From the time of getting pimples till far past graduating college, I have suffered from very sensitive skin.  I feel like I’ve tried it all – from over the counter you name it, to ‘as seen on TV’ Proactive etc., and even further onto the high end makeup at the department stores.  My skin just didn’t seem to like anything I tried.  (During all my trials my diet was average, however, until recently I was an avid milk drinker but now only drink almond milk.)

Finally, after pretty much trying it all, I found my perfect match and balance!  As much as I would love to some day also conquer homemade face wash and moisturizer, I will stick to what has worked best for over 3 years for me – Burt’s Bees face wash and face moisturizer.  But for a face toner, I have opted for my own handmade mixture that has worked WONDERS!

Face toner, you ask?  Yea, it may seem old school for some but is the perfect natural refresher for many.  By taking apple cider vinegar, an assortment of herbs and a few weeks in the sun, you’ll get the perfect start for a toner {this is called a tincture}.  Take this brew and sift it through a cheese cloth and then add witch hazel.  After adding a few drops of carrot seed and rose essential oil to this mix, pour into individual jars for use.

A toner helps further cleanse and tone the skin after cleansing, it removes any further dirt and residue, leaving the face feeling refreshed and balanced.  Toner also helps tighten the pores, thus making the skin feel remarkably fresh and clean!  An astringent differs only in that it’s alcohol based, usually with salicylic acid to help with oily, combination skin while also helping remove further dirt and oil.

Anyways, until just recently (the past few years) I have finally found the balance my skin needs to be happy and clean of any acne, etc.  It took a lot of you name it, I tried it.  I didn’t have a LOT of acne (thank goodness!) but I never could seem to be break out free for any longer time frame.

I bought all the dried herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs, a wonderful trustworthy, organic company and began soaking everything in apple cider vinegar for a month.  This part was simple – just had to shake the jar 1-2 times a day as it sits in the warm window-lit sun, then leave it be.

 

Detailed Directions:

Equal parts of: lemon balm, rosemary, calendula, witch hazel bark, yarrow, lavender, and calendula (no more than total of 2 ounces of dried herbs or 4 ounces of fresh herbs.) in organic apple cider vinegar (cover enough to just drown herbs, about 2 inches above plant material).  Then let this mixture sit a few weeks in a ‘warm’, sunny window; shake once to twice daily.

(Other dried herbs which can be used, based upon availability – chamomile, rose petals, elderflowers, peppermint, comfrey leaf, lemon & orange peel, sage)

FYI: This above step essentially is making a ‘tincture,’ which is a fancy word for concentrated herb extract.  Tinctures are the best way to draw out the essential compounds of plants and absorb them via the skin.  They are also the best way to preserve nutrients for a long period of time.

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2-4 weeks later, strain mixture through a cheesecloth-lines, fine mesh sieve.  Reserve the herb-infused vinegar and compost the plant material.

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Combine the herb-infused vinegar with equal parts witch hazel and a few drops of carrot seed and rose geranium essential oil.

Store in a dark-colored glass bottle, in a cool place for up to a year.

USE : Once a day, or as necessary, after washing face to help clean off any extra dirt and residue left behind.  You’ll notice a wonderful, clear sheen within a few days of use and you’ll never go without this toner again!  Plus, people will notice and ask you what your secret to such clear skin is.  🙂  Wear it proud because you deserve it!

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If you are interested in trying this toner, you can buy it fresh and have it at your doorstep by Valentines day.  I also have a previous batch of this toner which I’m selling half price because it needs to be used sooner than later and I would hate for it to go to waste.  So please check out my Etsy Shop to purchase this toner and remember if you are local {Phoenix} I offer free pick up too!  Thanks! 🙂

A New Desk, A New Space

December 24, 2014

After our recent move {about 7 months ago} I lost any designated ‘work area’ I had but recently I have gained my own space back again YAY!!  I feel like everyone needs that niche place where they feel comfortable enough and in their ‘zone’.  I found this awesome, simple, wood desk from this app called ‘Offer Up’, which is a new place to sell and buy stuff.  I just wanted a simple desk, which is apparently hard to find these days, but I was so excited to finally find exactly what I was hunting for, in a great price range too!  So check out my new ‘creation’ space:20141223_014641

I’m a very scatterbrained type so in order to feel the groove and organized, I need to have a place to call ‘my space‘.  I wanted a desk where I could move it into our extra room when there’s not a bed in there for guests.  For now though the desk is in our room and I’m enjoying having a desk and space to call my own.  🙂  The best part is – I’m able to incorporate the exercise ball I’ve had for a while which as been collecting dust, as a work desk – so it’s perfect!  {The only drawback having the desk in the bedroom though is hubby snoring once he goes to bed…}

Some writers get writers block, I get ‘space block’.  If I don’t feel at home within ‘my space’ then I have to re-vamp my settings.  I probably do this to cope with writers block, however I feel it’s necessary before true writing can happen for me.  🙂  Not that I can’t write any other place, I just prefer a desk space where I know I don’t have to pick up when I’m done.  Some of my other favorite places to write are: outside, the kitchen table or outside.  I find comfort with natural noises like animals, people walking by, traffic buzzing along and when its pitch black out and only the full moon and stars are shining above.  Such a great time to create and be outside – my favorite!  But I digress….

Do you have a special place you enjoy creating?  I would love to hear about it! I hope there’s a few others like me out there?  Maybe you cope with space in your own ways… please share below!  🙂

 

My other drawback to writing has been electronics.  I am cursed with the worst of luck.  My actual laptop (a Dell) is no longer reliable enough to work on for any long period of time due to multiple issues that aren’t worth the headache anymore to fix.  And if I am able to use it, it’s just luck until some program stops working on me!  Long story short, I now use my Surface RT as my main device and my hubby’s computer if I need an actual computer (since mine’s technically a tablet).

So whether its a space issue or a technical issue, I always feel like something is bogging me down from creating and writing.  But things are on the upswing and I’m excited for all 2015 has to bring!!

I appreciate the continued support!  Be on the lookout for more blog posts now that I have ‘my space‘ up and running!   🙂

I hope each and everyone of you enjoyed the holiday season and brought the New Years in with a Bang!!  Happy 2015 and beyond 🙂

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(Belated) Etsy Grand Opening Promotion

December 13, 2014

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{Completely overlooked this and thought I already published this post but better late than never!}

Who doesn’t like a discount, especially around the holidays??  Well I’m all about them.  So in celebration of the Natural Mommas Etsy shop opening, I’d like extend a 20% OFF discount {WELCOME14} when used at checkout in my new little Etsy shop.  Plus, FREE SHIPPING (within the US) through December on orders over $30.

So come check out what’s available, see if anything perks your interest!  And please contact me to let me know if you have any questions, requests, feedback, you name it!  FYI: The Etsy shop is still in the works so if I missed anything which you have questions about, please let me know, thanks!

Posts in the works – Breaking soap norms, face toner, and much more!

I Thank you all and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!!

Changes, Choices, & Lessons Learned: A Reflection about becoming a Parent and how Natural Mommas Evolved

October 3, 2014

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Budding Parenting:

As we grow up we always are looking up to our parents and others around us, as our teachers and mentors in our life.  So now that I’m a parent myself I have a whole new perspective and respect for such roles.  There are many days thus far in my three years or so of being a parent that just zoom by, where my son teaches me more about life from a completely new perspective!  I love every minute of it and wish I could burn every moment (well, almost every moment) in my memory forever!

He’s essentially a clean slate.  What he’s learning is mostly through observation, exploration, touch, and experiences from those around him.  So it’s a pretty wild experience to truly watch in front of my eyes, how he assimilates life from his innocent perspective and melds that information into his own ideas about the world!  For him to then translate this into his own ways/motions/sounds, etc. is even more astounding to watch and be a part of!  At the end of the day, he amazes me beyond words; and his ever expanding imagination and zest for life is the perfect daily reminder. 🙂

Zooming By….

Becoming a parent changes a person in SO many ways!  Before I had D, I always heard the same cliche comments – “time goes by so fast – cherish it”, “I can’t imagine what my life was before (he/she) was born”, etc. and I just brushed it off because I couldn’t truly yet relate or understand.  However, now that I’m experiencing that chapter of life, I TOTALLY get it all!  Cliche or not – it’s all true – becoming a parent is a life-altering, once in a lifetime experience, and the most rewarding role ever!  The gift of life is a magical one and the best gift ever!  Whether your family grew as grass-roots or by other means – at the end of the day, we’re all family and all beautiful humans!  So whichever tree your family may have stemmed from, you’re always family for life and beyond, no matter what!  Without family, who are we anyhow?

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Difficult Choices (IE. Being an Adult):

Now to shift subjects to the role of a parent – it’s one of the most toughest jobs yet also the most rewarding too!!  Decisions you face as a parent could be a matter of life or death for your child and we must live with those choices, whatever the outcome may be – forever.

Things I never used to think twice about and assumed I would just do the ‘norm’ (what I had as a child) are decisions I now research about (such as vaccines, and many other health decisions), to reach my own informed and educated decision for my child.  I want to make sure that my personal decision is something I feel comfortable with in all such possible ways and outcomes.  That’s what an educated decision is all about and I believe that especially as a parent, I have every right to choose differently if I deem necessary.  I want to ensure that others around us are also not at risk, and that is also taken into account during the decisioning process.

Never Ending Decisions….

Such decisions that you can’t reverse, which are some pretty tough life-long decisions, are the most stressful and scariest decisions I’ve had to face thus far in my life.  Things I always followed the norm about, such as using Johnson’s & Johnson’s baby wash/lotion/oil on babies. However, after doing some research I opted out using their brand all together.  I also opted out of many other popular baby toiletries too – due to their countless harmful chemicals, which are known to be harmful on humans and the environment.

Since my early discoveries shortly after pregnancy about harmful chemicals I was putting on my skin daily, I became a personal advocate for safer, chemical-free products.  Learning all this new information about harmful chemicals we use in everyday household cleaners and personal products, I wanted to have a fresh start raising my son in the most chemical-free environment I can control.  It truly just takes discovering a few key ingredients to avoid and why and from there it becomes common sense to switch wherever possible.

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1.  Becoming a Mom truly sparked my interest and motivation in wanting to change things for the better; wanting to know more about how to help our future generations make healthier and better choices for the world.  While also helping save our precious planet Earth too!  I have always been passionate about what I believe in.  I also thrive in finding ways to make life easier and greater for the future, especially when things seem gloomier by the day…

2.  It’s been about three years since I first began switching over to less chemically filled products.  I now make and use about 85% of my own toiletries, cleaners, laundry soaps, etc. and I absolutely LOVE it!!  I will never turn back after realizing how much time and money I’ve saved and I hope I can help transform others too :).  I would happily choose the smell of vinegar and lemon when cleaning rather than choking on the harsh chemicals from commercial cleaners, and I’m sure you would too!

I have a natural passion to spread what I’ve learned with others and love trying new avenues for a healthier and smarter future.  We are all more than capable to return back to our natural ways and methods like our ancestors, but this time with a whole new innovative swing to it (hooray for the internet)!  🙂

3.  I also love the feeling of knowing exactly what I’m applying on my skin or breathing in!  Being able to count all the ingredients of the items I use in the bathroom while getting ready.  Compared to using a long list of unpronounceable ingredients, some with numbers at the end {which can never mean anything good, right?} and the list of side effects from said ingredients is way more longer than this run-on sentence!

……I could go on but I’ll cut myself off for now and will return to this in more depth in a future post.

At the end of the day…

We are all parents of some form in this world, together on Earth; we’re all caretakers for the next generation and beyond.  We are all human so we are very capable of ensuring satisfaction as well as being let down too.  Knowledge is limitless – the possibilities of learning are priceless and never ending.  We all must teach and share with each other what we’ve learned, experienced and beyond to move forward to a brighter future!

Spreading knowledge with each other and beyond, for the sake of sharing, for friendship, for survival, for health, and beyond – it’s endless!  Let’s not close our world up any smaller than it already is – let’s reach out more each and every day to others – for we are all here for the greater good and to help each other out and grow stronger together (not against or apart).

In Conclusion….

I would love for Natural Mommas to be a space to share various talents, tips, tricks, you name it, with others.  I am wholeheartedly passionate about something that has become a part of our ever changing lifestyle and would love for others to learn more about how they too can benefit in endless ways!  I don’t have any special secrets or formulas –  just a strong passion to help others to also lead a longer, healthier and beautiful life.  We’re all the same at the end of the day and sharing our endless talents and knowledge with others which makes us that much more interconnected.

Passing down traditions and talents from generation to the next is a huge past time that will soon be lost if we don’t start to truly become more interconnected.  Let’s no loner be ‘strangers’ with our neighbors and become acquaintances with one another and have each other’s backs.

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First Giveaway @ the Etsy Shop

October 2, 2014

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Natural Mommas is celebrating reaching 100+ likes on Facebook with a free giveaway!  So come check out how easy it is to enter and win a chapstick and product of your choice! 🙂

Click here to start the process…

 

Natural Mommas Nominated for the Liebster Award!

September 5, 2014

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Natural Mommas is happy to have been nominated by another new blog ‘The Herbal Healing Mama” for the Liebster award!

The Liebster award is a series of questions given from bloggers to new bloggers with under 200 followers. I think it’s a beautiful way to get to know other bloggers in the community.  Here’s the rules:

Rules:

1. Answer the questions given and then come up with 10 new ones to ask your nominations.

2. Nominate 8 other blogs, let them know you have nominated them and put a link to their blog in your post.

3. No Tag backs.

4. Nominations must have under 200 followers on any platform.

5. You must tell all the blogs that you nominate that you have nominated them.

The Questions:

1. What got you started blogging?

I began blogging when my son was born so that he would eventually have a electronic baby book to look back on.  Then after his blog was well established, I realized how much fun it would be to have another space where I could share my learning experiences from parenting, life and beyond.  So I started Natural Mommas and have diligently been working on it whenever I have spare time.  Recently I was finally able to achieve my next goal of having an Etsy shop to share my homemade goods with others.  Now here I am and ready to share more and share often with my readers and beyond!  I want others to learn how fulfilling and easy it is to make more natural choices for yourself, your family and friends.

2. From where do you draw your inspiration?

My inspiration is drawn from the many things I’ve researched and realized about how detrimental our everyday products have become for our bodies, the planet, and beyond!  I want to help put at least a slight dent in helping others choose a new, better path for a stronger, healthier self and more.  I feel that if I can do it, so can anyone else; it just takes a little motivation and consideration and I’ll help you with the rest.

3. What’s a day in your life like?

I live a pretty simple life with my little family of 3.  My son is the light of my life and my fiancé is pretty awesome too.  I am a full-time working parent as well as juggle the shared life-responsibilities with my fiancé too.  We live in a beautiful place where its sunny 9 days a week 😉 and the temperature is usually 95% perfect all the time.  We may suffer a little in the summer with some hot days but its far from any other place where natural disasters happen and the weather is far from predictable.  Best part is we have the beach, the forest, and sin city all within a short trip away….if only life allowed these short trips more often.

4. What’s your favorite thing to blog about?

I love sharing with others how I’m making better choices and saving more money for my family.  I enjoy letting know others how simple it is to also benefit and lead a healthier living.  I enjoy sharing random tips/facts/stories/and experiences, so that we can all learn together and strengthen each other through sharing and beyond! 🙂

5. Where’s your favorite place to be? Doing what?

My favorite place to be (if it were a perfect world) would be a beach someplace with beautiful picturesque weather.  But if it must be summed down more, it would be anywhere outside, at night, enjoying the peaceful sounds and feel of the night; with no interruptions from anyone or anything.  I am an only child and I loath for peace and quiet; to be in harmony with my own thoughts and ideas.  But not completely alone, of course.  I would also wish for at least one other friend to be with me to keep company with.  Then I think I would be set just enjoying life, each other’s company, writing, reading, sharing, and laughing till forever and ever….

6. Have you experienced writers block? What do you do to overcome it?

Of course, who hasn’t!  However, I think I have more of a ‘procrastinators block,’ where as much as I want to work and share a post, I just don’t have the energy to do so.  Then I continue on with the next days tasks, only to realize the same path has happened and now its end of day again.

I overcome such days by re-grouping and motivating myself to accomplish what I can, in the time I’m able to.  I have a terrible attention span and especially when writing, I just need peace and quiet, which is hard to get with a busy, inquisitive toddler around.  I like to be able to read out loud what I’m writing/expressing, so I find time when I can to do this and go from there.  I figure practice makes perfect, so some day I’ll achieve tasks quicker but I’m always a work in progress.  Aren’t we all?? 

7. What’s your most visited website or blog? Why?

I don’t have any one website in particular since I love to venture wherever pages and topics may lead me.  I feel that allowing ones agenda and mind to run free is the best way to learn.  I also believe that we should always be open minded to new or different viewpoints first before just shutting down.

8. What’s your favorite summertime drink?

A ice cold Blue Moon beer in a frosty mug on a beach somewhere….or a floatie in the pool.  Wherever the stars are clear as night can allow and peacefulness is greatest.

9. Do you have any creative hobbies that you don’t blog about?

I do, actually!  I’m a flautist, so I secretly would love to have time to practice but I never do.  Maybe when I’m older and closer to retirement or something, or in my next life…. who knows where this hidden talent may arise in my life’s future but I know some day my calling we arise!   But music is my passion and always will be.

I also love to take pictures when I get the chance.  That’s on my hobby to do list, next to endless of other dreams.  But for now, I’m loving living out my dream hobby of sharing my passion of making and using homemade products.  I believe that if we all choose outside of big brands that they will truly hear us and things could really change for the better of our inhabitance here on Earth.  Otherwise, I fear any further conversations are null if nothing is done as a whole, and soon!

10. What is your decor style?

My dream house would be to have a modern, contemporary décor (that is if I didn’t have a toddler running around my house ruining anything possible considered contemporary, making it his own ‘modern’!!)  But all in all, I’m a very easy going, nothing too fancy, simple and comfortable style of living.  My dream gift certificate would be to The Container Store….oh how I could organize every nook and cranny of my house.  🙂

 

Natural Mommas Blog nominations for the Liebster Award:

Crafted In Carhartt

Clicky Chick Creates

Homeiswhatyoumakeit

1st Time Momm

The Holistic Practioner

Mommy Cook for Me

Mamma Needs Coffee

Follow The Highline Home

 

10 Questions for the Nominees:

1.  Is this your first blog and/or how’d it get started?

2.  Where’s your favorite place to blog from/at?

3.  Morning or night?  What’s your favorite time of day and why?

4.  Inspiration is huge, where does yours stem from?

5.  What do you value most in life?

6.  If you were a character from a movie or a different world (e.g. from Space), who or what would you be, and what would your story be?

7.  Your most favorite word(s) you use and least?

8.  What’s your mission statement?

9.  Awards are cool to receive, any other awards you or your blog has received you want to share?

10.  How are you going to remember your life at the moment in a few years time?

 

Thank you so much for participating and thanks also to The Herbal Healing Mama for the nomination!  ❤

 

Ways to Cut Corners and Save LOADS more!

September 5, 2014

To Make Laundry Detergent Are you sick of constantly adding cleaning supplies to your shopping list?  Why not try a few new ways to cut a few corners when cleaning and save more money too, while using less chemicals doing so?  I’ve got a few great tips to help you out:

1.  Make your own laundry detergent

I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for over three years and I’ve loved the results that I never turned back since then!  I guess after learning and knowing how easy it is and just as beneficial (and better for you) that I just never turned down that aisle again.  Check out how I’ve made my detergent and learn yourself or try out my DIY starter kit in the Etsy shop and go from there 🙂

A few natural ways to cut your laundry detergent usage is:

* Cut asking amount in half if using HE washer

* Add more washing soda if you have really hard water.

* Increase castile soap and borax if more cleansing is needed

* Add a scoop of baking soda to the initial wash to help loosen and reduce dirt and stains

* Borax helps reduce tough stains and helps eliminate odors plus also softens water.  (Borax is a great alternative to color-safe bleach too!)

2.  Vinegar is your best friend – stock up! vinegarsmall

* Vinegar helps brighten whites, removes odors, and is also a great fabric softener.

* FYI – don’t mix vinegar with the soap at the start, mix late in the wash or best to add during rinse cycle.

* In place of vinegar, hydrogen peroxide added to the wash cycle (1/2 cup about) works great too!

3.  Lemon juice and/or Lemon Essential oil

* Lemon acts as a degreaser – add up to a 1/2 cup or a few drops to wash cycle to help remove stains.

* You can also add lemon juice or lemon essential oil to stains before sunning outside with lemon.  Then after sunning the clothes, rewash regularly before use.

* Tea tree oil is also a great help with odors – add a drop or so when needed during the rinse cycle.

4.  Rinse, Spin, Repeat!

I always find that an extra rinse cycle (when needed) with any additional ingredients (vinegar, lemon juice, tea tree, etc.) after the first rinse/spin cycle, are helpful and also reduces the drying process too.  IE. after initial full wash/rinse/spin cycle, do another rinse/spin cycle, then spin ONLY to reduce the clothes dampness before drying.  (Thus reducing the drying time and energy usage!)

5.  Ball Dry, Sun Dry and/or Air Dry – Dry clothes on a low heat and hanging clothes 20130704_220123that you can/want on a clothes line in the sun, is best.  The sun is a natural stain remover, so use this wonderful energy saving source to your best advantage too.  Then, if any clothes need a little fluffing from the suns stiffness, just stick them in the ‘no heat’/fluff cycle in the dryer as needed.

There’s nothing wrong with using dryer sheets but their far from necessary!  A great way to reduce your cost and usage with dryer sheets is to cut a bunch up of dryer sheets into smaller squares.  I usually take about 6 sheets laid flat on top of each other, then cut into smaller squares and store the smaller sheets in the dryer sheet box.  Then I use 1-3 smaller sheets per load (if I’m not using the wool balls) and you’ll notice the same softness then if you had used a huge regular dryer sheet.

Also, on the subject of drying, you could use wool balls in the dryer (5+) as well, to reduce electricity further by not turning the dryer to a long, hot, dry setting.  Instead, just let the clothes dry on a low heat setting (15-20 mins.) with some wool balls and take the clothes out to finish drying after that.  Save LOADS more on your energy bill by using wool dryer balls.  I also love splashing the balls with some of my favorite essential oil(s) to help scent the clothes just perfectly 🙂  I will have wool dryer balls for sale in my Etsy shop shortly too!

6.  Conclusion

Let’s all save the Earth, our wallets, and families further, by choosing a less chemically ridden life.  Let’s make these few small changes when cleaning our clothes and become a few steps further in a stronger, more positive direction.  Whether its one little change or multiple, it’s all beneficial to us all in the end!  We all know life’s busy and we can’t change everything over night but making a few small changes in small increments can be SO much more beneficial in the long run then not doing anything (and much more enjoyable too!)  🙂   And at the same time, your family will be exposed to hundreds of less harmful chemicals and lead a much healthier future too!  So what’s your hesitation?!?!  Let’s get started!

SO, I challenge each and every one of you to make 5 more healthier, less-chemically ridden choices towards a better future you this month.  Its SO easy and I know we can all do it!

How are you going to lead a less chemically-ridden life this month?  I would love to hear, please share with us all!  The first 5 people to respond here about how they plan to make better changes to be more green on this blog post will receive my Natural Mommas DIY Detergent Kit for free!

Natural Mommas thanks each and every on of you for your support, now let’s share together!

 

Stay tuned here for more ways to save and cut corners with Natural Mommas soon!  

Venturing Down The Homemade Deodorant Aisle Next…

August 29, 2014

After realizing how quick and easy it was to make my own Chapstick, I continued onto my next goal of making my own deodorant.  Now, if I was asked to try something out like this two years ago, I wouldn’t have given it much of a thought to try.  Fast forward to present day – where I have YET to try anything I haven’t liked and/or found beneficial I’ve made.

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{NOW AVAILABLE IN THE NATURAL MOMMAS ETSY SHOPCOME CHECK IT OUT!}

After stumbling upon this wonderful blog, Frugally Sustainable, I was instantly drawn towards a completely new direction into making my own healthier, more educated choices for my body, self, and beyond.  I realized how truly simple it was to make my own products, in place of the expensive commercial brands.  I had been using the ‘Crystal’ stick deodorant for about a year, so my body had adjusted to the daily life of ‘open Pitt’s’ per se, instead of ‘antiperspirants’.  My body had detoxed plenty from switching over to a natural deodorant but I was still stinkin’ (at least to myself I was).  Then after trying this deodorant from Frugally Sustainable with a probiotic mixed into it, it all fit perfectly together!  Now I smell like roses. 😉

From ‘Frugally Sustainable ‘s website:

“There are many reasons why we should be concerned about using anti-perspirants and commercially prepared deodorants! Here are just a few:

  1. There are hidden dangers in the active ingredients of conventional deodorant (i.e. Aluminum, Parabens, Propylene glycol, Phthalates, and Triclosan).  Current research shows a strong link between anti-perspirants containing aluminum and breast cancer, birth defects, allergies, and hormonal imbalances. These potentially hazardous chemicals have no place in our homes and certainly no place under our arms.
  2. Even with all of the options for an all-natural, “green” deodorant, it is simply too pricey for this frugal chick!
  3. Let the body do what the body will do! I believe that when we attempt to inhibit the natural functions of the body we negatively effect the rhythms created for a purpose.”

After using this type of natural deodorant, I had to try to make it myself to see if it was really that easy.  It took a few tries to get the right consistency that didn’t chunk up too much or was too hard on the skin to use.  Now its been over a year or more of using my natural probiotic deodorant and I absolutely LOVE it!  The latest and most favorite deodorant I made has the best smell by far too.  It has lavender, rose, and a little wild orange… mmm!  Needless to say, my pitties smell great!  🙂

{NOW AVAILABLE IN THE NATURAL MOMMAS ETSY SHOPCOME CHECK IT OUT!}

Ingredients used

Ingredients used

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon Cocoa Butter

1 Tablespoon Shea Butter

1 Tablespoon Beeswax

2 1/2 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder (add slight amount if omitting Baking Soda)

(1 Tablespoon Baking Soda, per preference)

1/4 Teaspoon Vitamin E Oil

2 capsules Probiotics

15-20 essential oils (depending upon preference of strength)

Here’s the Scoop:

1.   Melt the butters and wax in a ‘double’ boiler (whatever you may have created, nothing fancy),  then remove from heat.

Wax and butters melting

Wax and butters melting

2.  Let cool slightly, then add the powder, vitamin E, essential oils and stir with either chop sticks or a whisk.

Well wisked ingredients

Well wisked ingredients

3.  After the mixture has cooled down some, add the probiotic powder (empty capsules & pour) then stir, stir, quickly stir to get the probiotics mixed well.

5.  Let the mixture sit in the bowl to cool for about 20 minutes.  Then stir well and scoop into the deodorant container.  I’ve found it easiest to spoon a glob in then lightly pound container on counter and repeat until full.

6.  Then place container in the freezer over night to let things settle.  And your ready to use as you would any other deodorant.  However, not much is needed, so a swipe or two is all (or three if necessary).  FYI: If you’ve just shaved, try to wait about an hour before putting it on, to let your pours settle first.

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Our skin around the armpits area is really sensitive so its crucial to let your skin just breath as naturally as possible.  If we don’t give it a break, then the toxins just build up more and more, thus stinking things up more, and who wants to be around Mr. stinky anyways!  😉

Please come try my deodorant in the Natural Mommas Etsy shop!  I would love to hear of others natural deodorant ways as none of us are the exact same and all require different balances.

Thanks,

Natural Momma Jen

The Etsy Shop is Open!

August 24, 2014

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I promised to have my Etsy shop up and running shortly and I am very proud to say it is officially open for business, YAY!! 🙂  I still have some pictures to add and I’m sure I’ll be making some changes but for now I’m just glad to finally be to this point!  It has taken many months and lots of trial and error with labels, designs, printers, you name it – but it was all worth it.  Now I’m just crossing my fingers that I get a few sales.  Here’s the direct link to my Etsy store: HERE.

I have been slowly working on the next post but have had to wait on some pictures still.  But it will be about how I make my deodorant and how the probiotics help too!  I’m not much of one for bragging but I’d have to say that this probiotic deodorant is THE BEST ever!  After trying many different brands and types over the years, nothing could beat my deodorant.  However, every person is unique so what may work for me may not work for others.  But its all about discovering why your body may be reacting the way it is first and foremost.  If you miss this crucial step then your wasting your money and time.  So stay tuned but in the mean time, please check out my new Etsy store and let me know what you think!!

 

Much Thanks,

Natural Mommas Jen

Busy & Unexepected Hurdles but Natural Mommas is Back!

August 6, 2014

New Home

So I had these huge grandiose plans after my last post, in APRIL {oh my, where has the time gone}, but a few bumps in the road caused me to take a break for a bit.  But I’ve been anxious and itching to get my Etsy shop going soon, as well as share a bunch more here on the blog.  I’m excited and can’t wait for others to also experience some wonderful homemade products from Natural Mommas!  🙂

Update from the past few months:

My first bump in the road happened when I decided it would be better to have an actual domain name but with a little research the domain name I wanted was taken/bought {this happened in December 2013 when I had done this search and found out it.  In fact, it had just been purchased a few weeks prior, boo!}.  BUT just the other day I did a search too see if things had changed and it had said it was available.  Unfortunately though, it still wasn’t available after further research.  :(. So I went with the second best option –

NATURALMOMMAS.US !!!.US Domain

So, I’m elated to have that all squared away so I can finally complete the product labels and get my Etsy shop up VERY SOON, I promise!

Which brings me onto the next bump in the road from the past few months…My hubby’s work buddy offered to design a logo for free and give the ‘rights’ to me but after 2+ months of getting the run around from this fellow, he never followed through.  So needless to say, as thankful as I was for the offer, I wish I had just continued on.  However, I’m glad I didn’t…

This ended up being a blessing in disguise because now I can put my official NEW domain name ON the labels (instead of having to include the WordPress part) when I open my Etsy shop soon, WOOHOO!!  And I’ll just go with the original logo I had because it was easy and worked perfect anyways.  🙂

The second milestone recently was a purchase of our first home in May, YAY!!  So I’ve been Über busy with packing, moving, cleaning, fixing, unpacking and organizing the new place.  Also, it didn’t help that Hubby has been recovering from clavicle surgery since April too.  So, needless to say, I’ve had a lot on my plate but we finally feel settled in and we’re definitely enjoying our pool a lot during this hot summer!

It has certainly been quite the balancing act with work and family visiting, a mini-vacation, and D starting Pre-School!!  So lots of positive changes recently but I’m glad life is calming down a little (for a while at least, crossing my fingers).

Needless to say, I am ready to get back on track with this exciting project and I will be checking back soon!

Peace ❤

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