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DIY: Natural Health and Beauty Recipes

All the Ingredients You Need to Replace 7 Health & Beauty Products: Apple Cider Vinegar, Corn Starch, Baking Soda, Organic Coconut Oil, Water (not shown)
All the Ingredients You Need to Replace 7 Health & Beauty Products: Apple Cider Vinegar, Corn Starch, Baking Soda, Organic Coconut Oil, Water (not shown)
The Finished Products! Toothpaste, Shampoo, Conditioner, Facewash/Mask, Deodorant (before I moved it to the Deodorant stick)
The Finished Products!
Toothpaste, Shampoo, Conditioner, Facewash/Mask, Deodorant (before I moved it to the Deodorant stick)

Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Face Wash, Face Mask, Face Cleanser, OH MY DIY!!! Enter Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Corn Starch, Water, and optional Peppermint Oil and Tea Tree Oil….and some empty containers or jars. I have concocted and experimented with these every day bath and beauty products, and I have to say I am impressed with the results!

Most of the recipes I found at Natural Living Ideas at their 24 Uses for Baking Soda Article.

As I have mentioned in the past, I have spent some money on hair care products and such, but now I have cut my bill by 90% by just using these few ingredients to replace almost all of my bath expenses! Baking Soda usually costs around $2 for a medium box that is the size like I used. $3-$4 for Apple Cider Vinegar, $2-$4 for Corn Starch, $10-$50 for Coconut Oil, $7-$15 for Essential Oils from and all of these should last you 6 months- a year to make these mentioned products. I have been using my EOs for over a year and I still have a lot left, despite using it a lot!! Not only do I save money, but I am not putting any of the chemicals found in each of these products in or on my body..or my family’s body for that matter!

There are many ingredients that are terrible for you in these everyday products, and you can check them out in my article about some of those ingredients if you want more information.

First Up, Toothpaste! Did you know that Baking Soda is a natural tooth whitener? It is also kind of grainy feeling, but it is too fine to scratch your pearly whites!

Toothpaste DIY

Toothpaste Ingredients
Toothpaste Ingredients

* 2/3 Cups Baking Soda

*1 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt

*Warm Water

*10 drops Peppermint Oil *optional

Toothpaste Consistency: Go off your own judgment here
Toothpaste Consistency: Go off your own judgment here

Second, Mouthwash! This is easier than the toothapaste to make, and again, replaces all those other chemicals with natural ingredients!

Mouthwash DIY

Mouthwash Ingredients:  Baking Soda, Water, Container, Optional Peppermint Oil
Mouthwash Ingredients:
Baking Soda, Water, Container, Optional Peppermint Oil

*4 oz. Warm Water

*1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

*1-2 Drops of Peppermint Oil per 4 oz. of Water used


Shake well before each use! I doubled this recipe so it will mostly fill the container I am re-using.

Follow your brushing and swishing up with some coconut oil pulling (swish in mouth and in between teeth for 5-20 minutes) and your breath will be better, and it is also rumored to have cavity healing properties. It is als absorbed through your mouth and gives skin a nice moisture treatment.

Check out the other Health & Beauty uses for Coconut Oil in my article, here.

Next up, SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER! I am a freak with my hair. I have even taken up cutting my own hair at home..not as terrible as I thought it would be, and I even learned how to layer! I practice on my girls hair too, no mullets accedentally made in this barber shop! 🙂


Shampoo Ingredients
Shampoo Ingredients

*16 oz Warm Water

*4 Tablespoon Baking Soda


Rinse this out of your hair with cool water, or the Conditioner recipe below. This is great for getting any hair product build up, grease, oil, or chlorine out of your hair!


Conditioner/Hair Rinse Ingredients: Apple Cider Vinegar
Conditioner/Hair Rinse Ingredients: Apple Cider Vinegar

*Apple Cider VInegar

*Container *Optional

You could place some ACV in a container, or just plop the whole thing in your shower. Rinse with cool water to help protect your hair from too much heat.

I never knew I had gunk in my hair until I used these DIY recipes. Wow my hair felt so much better after wards! There was a slight vinegar smell, but it was gone after it dried. I used a small amount of coconut oil on the ends of my hair while it was still wet before brushing. This helps lock in the moisturize during the winter and  detangle my fine hair:)

Facewash & Mask DIYs are the same exact ingredients, so it is a dual purpose for whichever you want. I like the way my skin feels after using it, very smooth!


Face Wash/Face Mask Ingredients
Face Wash/Face Mask Ingredients

*Warm Water

*Baking Soda


*Mix until it makes a paste

What is great about this recipe is that you can use it as a daily face wash and gently massage in a circular motion, or wear it as a mask for 10 minutes to help with blackheads, or spot check on stubborn pimples and let sit for an hour. Rinse with cool water. The little “grainies” scrub your pores and really clean them out! My face is so soft after using this! I will also use a cotton ball with some tea tree oil on it and apply to my face. Tea tree oil does not strip my face of its natural oils like other cleansers, and helps control dryness and my rosacea without using pharmaceutical grade lotions.

Finally the last one, DEODERANT! The one I am really excited about sharing! This is one I have been wanting to make for a long time! I just never had all of the ingredients that I thought I needed, like arrowroot powder. Well, I found a few recipes that used cornstarch! So far, it works great and keeps me and Crab both protected without the nasty aluminum found in most other commercial deodorants. It even lasts through a Shaun T insanity Workout!


Main Deodorant Ingredients
Main Deodorant Ingredients

*Plastic Container (for mixing)

*An Old Deodorant Container (optional, but well worth it)

*5 Drops Tea Tree Oil (optional, great for antibacterial effect)

*1/2 Cup Baking Soda

*1/2 Cup Cornstarch

*5 Tablespoons Organic Coconut Oil

View from the top.
View from the top after packing into the recycled deodorant stick.

My deoderant turned out smelling much like coconut oil, and no hint of tea tree oil. Which is fine, but I do want to try it with Lavender alone, and then Lavender & Tea Tree Oil next. I think it would be best if you want less coconut fragrance and more EO, to use the Refined Coconut Oil. Let me know if you have tried this by commenting below!

When getting ready to pour the deodorant into the old deodorant stick, make sure it is CREAMY texture! I made the mistake of pouring it while it was still liquid and it leaked out the bottom. Creamy/thick is the best texture and just pack it in! The recipe will fill one container. Also, if you travel with this, it ight be a good idea to place in a ziplock bag just in case the coconut oil causes a little melting from heating up.

I hope these DIY recipes show how easy it is to go chemical-free, and save a little bit of money. Please share your successes and recipe mix ups below!

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Health & Beauty=Toxic Nightmare? What’s Hiding in Your Bathroom?

Have you ever looked on the back of your beauty product labels? Can you pronounce half of them, or do you know what half of them actually are? I will tell you from my own research that there are one too many harmful ingredients in most of them, unless it is manufactured by an organically minded company. I wanted to write this article in association with my other article on how to DIY your own Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Shampoo, Conditioner, Face Wash, Face Mask, and Deodorant, which you can find HERE(will post shortly).

I did not list all of the ingredients in the above listed products, but simply a few examples to show the dangers that we put on and in our bodies every day. I also listed the sites that I retrieved the information from after each one! Of course, I encourage everyone to do their own research, because at the end of the day, only you are the one really looking out for you or your family.

  • Sodium Fluoride: Used in toothpaste, also in pesticides, fungicides, insecticides because it is poisonous and to make steel and aluminum products, glass frosting, wood preservatives, and drinking water at public water treatment facilities (yeah its poison in your water people). Check out this excerpt from

The most common form of fluoride used in toothpaste and fluoride mouth rinse is sodium fluoride, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fluoride toothpaste sold in the United States typically contains between 1000 and 1500 parts per million of sodium fluoride. Because ingesting too much sodium fluoride can result in poisoning, you should only use a pea-sized amount when brushing and avoid swallowing. Symptoms of sodium fluoride include abdominal pain, drowsiness, vomiting and unconsciousness.”


  • FD&C Blue Dye #1 &2: In toothpaste. Artificial coloring, used in ice cream, gelatin, soda pop, candy, and many other low nutritional products. Oh and did I mention these are derived from petroleum? Yummmmm…

“Blue 2 has been known to cause hyperactivity, chromosomal damage, nausea, high blood pressure, vomiting, breathing problems, allergic reactions and skin rashes. This chemical has been found to cause brain cancer in rats. Blue 2 has been banned in Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, France, Belgium, Australia and the British Commonwealth.”

  • Benzalkonium Chloride: (aka alkyldimethylbenzylammonium) Used as a disinfectant in mouthwash and microbial corrosion inhibition in oilfields, as well as many other industrial uses.

“Benzalkonium chloride is highly toxic to fish very highly toxic to aquatic invertebrates, moderately toxic to birds. A solution of 10% or more is toxic to humans, causing irritation to the skin and mucosa, and death if taken internally.”

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Found in 90% of shampoo and conditoners and has been blamed for premature hair loss. Found in Car wash soaps, engine degreaser, toothpaste, lotions, and garage floor cleaners.

“Exposure to SLS can lead to a burning sensation, coughing, wheezing, laryngitis, shortness of breath, headache, nausea and vomiting, according to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of the U.S. government. SLS penetrates your eyes, brain, liver and remains there long-term. It degenerates cell membranes because it is a mutagen that can change the genetic information in your cells and damage your immune system. It can cause blindness (scientific studies have proven that this compound damages protein formation in the eye tissue) and can lead to cataract formation. After damage to the eyes has been done, your eyes cannot heal properly because SLS retards the eye healing process.”

  • Propylene Glycol: Derived from petroleum products, used in antifreeze, de-icers, paint, and laundry detergent. This one can also cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested. Of course, we are not eating this stuff…but we are putting it right on top of our brains. What the What?!

  • Aluminum: The main and sometimes the only active ingredient in deoderant. It is also used in other beauty products as well. It has been linked to breast cancer and alzheimers disease.

“Aluminum-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in antiperspirants. These compounds form a temporary plug within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Some research suggests that aluminum-based compounds, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen-like (hormonal) effects. Because estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer.”

There are many other ingredients not even listed here, but honestly, that should be enough proof for any person! If you can’t pronounce the ingredient, it probably isn’t good for you. Just a good rule of thumb to think about with any ingredient you ingest or put on your body, food included. So, how to fix this? You DIY IT! And it is super easy! Vote with your dollar and live self reliantly. The fate of you and your family’s health depend on it. Most Americans have ingested and absorbed numerous toxins since being in the womb…I can at least say that about my generation, when everything was made “cheaper and better” with no prolonged scientific studies of what the long term effects would be on humans.

We just recently made this switch to our own DIY products to hopefully decrease the number of toxins entering our bodies. The important thing to remember is that every day is a new day. The sooner you start, your chances of decreasing the amount of toxins and bad junk are astronomically higher!! You can always buy from more natural ingredient focused companies, but that can get expensive. Why not try DIY easy recipes that can be whipped up in no time!

See my next article on how to make all of these awesome products yourself with just 1-4 ingredients you have in your pantry! HERE

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Simple Semi-Half Up Hair – For Non-Poo Chore Day:)

Homestead/Homeschool Hair Style for a Non-Poo Chore Day

If I don’t have outside chores, I love this super Simple Semi-Half Up style. I used coconut oil on my hair as a heat shield and fly away tamer, it also  helped me gain my grip on the pieces I pulled back. We had homeschool this morning and I wanted my hair out of my face, and I did the yuck chores yesterday, so I knew I wouldn’t be using a pony tail until way later in the day when I was working out or cooking. Anyway, steps are below the picture…Enjoy your Poo Free Chore Day and bask in your beautiful do:)

Coconut Straight Style with Simple Semi-Half Do
Coconut Straight Style with Simple Semi-Half Do
If your hair is long enough, grab one 1/2"-1" pieces of front hair from each side. I tied mine in a half knot and then criss crossed the pins in the back. I know they don't match, but I am cool like that.
If your hair is long enough, grab one 1/2″-1″ pieces of front hair from each side. I tied mine in a half knot and then criss crossed the pins in the back. I know they don’t match, but I am cool like that.
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Uses of Coconut Oil: Hair, Beauty, Diet Part 1

I have been preaching about coconut oil for a few months when I finally took to time to buy some and experiment with it. So far I have used 2 different kinds, both were great for cooking and beauty products, I just lean more towards the cheaper ones. You can find it by the olive and vegetable oil sections at your favorite retailer. SAMS Club actually has a HUGE container for like $15, which is CHEAP! You can get a large jar at Walmart/Target/HEB for about $10. One tub lasts me about 3 months, so you get a GREAT amount of use out of it. You do not need a lot and I use it for a lot of stuff. ALWAYS REMEMBER: A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY! Also, if you are not fond of coconut smells, you can buy the Refined Coconut Oil and that is much less coconutty than the unrefined kind. I am not sure if there is a huge difference between them other than the coconut smell.

Coconut Oil $7-$10
Coconut Oil $7-$10


Leave-In Conditioning Treatment

Heat Protection Oil

Straightening Oil

Curl Holder Stuff

Apply before using the Diffuser

Split End Repair

Dry Damage Control

*Remember: Less is More!*

Coconut Curls! Using Coconut Oils instead of mousse, hair spray, and other styling chemicals!
Coconut Curls!
Using Coconut Oils instead of mousse, hair spray, and other styling chemicals!
Bouncy Coconut Curls!
Bouncy Coconut Curls!
Coconut Straight Style with Simple Semi-Half Do
Coconut Straight Style with Simple Semi-Half Do

Coconut Uses Part 2: Body

  • After Shower Body OilLock in the moisture before you dry!
  • Daily Body Balm– Rub into those dry patches, Sparingly!
  • Make-up Remover– Use Cotton Ball and gently massage the area
  • Stretch Mark Cream– Old and New, Give your beauty marks some TLC and you may be surprised!
  • Lip Balm Love this on my lips!
  • Night Eye Cream– After you use it as a make-up remover, just wipe away the excess and you have instant creamy eyes!

Coconut Uses Part 3: Oral

Oil Pulling (Swish oil in your mouth for 5-20 minutes every day or a few times every week)

Stronger, Healthier, Whiter Teeth

Cavity Repair

Fights Bad Breath

Promotes Healthy Gums

Absorbs through mouth and promotes healthy skin

Appetite Suppressor

Eat/Drink 1 Tablespoon (Do this once a day!)

Appetite Suppressor

Promotes Bowel Movements/Regularity

Toxin Cleanser

*SANITARY RECOMMENDATION: If you will be using your coconut oil for multiple things, seperate your oil into smaller tupperware containers and label them. Always wash your hands before using the oil too. It will keep your containers bacteria free.*


I use to buy top brand hair gels, creams, conditioners, sprays, masks, etc. every time I would get my hair cut. Every 2-3 months for spending an extra $50-$100 did not seem bad. I was not going to some Hollywood Salon, but it was a nice salon with natural products. On average, my hair cuts would be about $50 for my medium to long hair. When I decided to spend time as a blonde and wander from my brunette roots, my bill was around $200 every 6-8 weeks:/. When I worked a corporate job, I always “needed” something. Well, this time, I needed to go blonde. Not to toot my horn, but I looked pretty awesome. lol! Blondes definitely get more head HAS to be the bright color, per my experience. Needless to say, after I lost my job my hair was the first to feel the effects! I had some major repair to do, but first, I needed to dye it dark to hide my roots. Looking back, I should have just let it grow out since the fade into blonde look was a big deal, but whatever! Honestly, I was only blonde for about 6 months, but was desperately missing my brunette hair. I missed “Me”. I got a little bit of an attitude from the blonde I think, HAHA!

A year after growing out some new locks, my hair was still fried. I was not spending anything on hair products except different conditioners and shampoos I couponed that month. I finally found coconut oil and fell in love. Some days, I just put it in my hair in the AM and wash it out at night, if I don’t have anywhere to go at least. Or, I dip a couple of finger tips in and run it through my hair (away from my scalp b/c my hair looks greasy easy!) before I style it with a straightener, diffuser, or curling iron. It holds well and conditions my hair all day. When my curls starts coming out, I put it in a pony tail for a coconut curly pony tail :). I also use it to tame fly aways!


I heard of baby oil and its effects on your body if you put it on right after you shower, before you dry off. So I wanted to test that theory with coconut oil. Again, you do not need a lot. Simply step out of the shower or bath, grab some coconut oil and rub it all over your body! Then pat dry with a towel, or do what I do and Air Dry…at least as long as your kids will allow you to, haha! It works wonderfully and gives a nice coconut smell! I realized I love this way more than applying any lotion or cream straight to my dry skin.

Using it as a lotion to help with ashy skin is okay too, just be careful with the amount you put on. You don’t want bugs and grass sticking to your skin through out the day. I also use it as a suntan lotion 🙂 I randomly rub it on my knees, ankles, elbows and feet throughout the day to help with those rough areas too. Using it on your lips is great for locking in moisture too. I ran out of my normal eye make up remover, and instead of grabbing a bar of soap I tried out my oil. Worked Wonderfully! I used toilet paper to wipe up and it even conditioned my eyes (I usually only wear eye make up) for the night. So you may say it helps fight wrinkles too! Don’t forget to use it on those stretch marks ladies and men! From working out, having babies, gaining weight, losing weight, whatever, or even to use as a preventative, Coconut oil helps give the skin the moisture it needs to help your skin repair and stretch the way mother nature intended.

I have developed a sort of dry skin irritation one one side of my face by my mouth. I thought it was from allergies, then I realized it was from this strong store type facial cleanser with who knows what chemicals in it. It was so strong it messed my face up for two or three months. It would get itchy and so irritated. I had to wear make up sometimes because I was self conscious about it, but most of the time I did not because I did not want to irritate my skin anymore. I used neosporin and hydrocortisone mixed together to help it, before I found coconut oil. But then I researched and found that steroid creams are the worst thing you could do. Great. So, I stopped. I found tea tree oil, and that cleared it up after a week (that is for another article!) Now I use a combo of Tea Tree Oil and Coconut Oil if I develop an irritation again. Yes, it happened one other time a few months ago..and that is when I realized it was from that facial cleanser! UGH oh the life lessons (shaking fists in the air)!


Eat a tablespoon of coconut oil every day or a few times a week to help with your digestion, regularity, cleaning toxins out, and giving your body some major nutrients. It will help suppress appetite too if you are trying to lose weight. Oil Pull with coconut oil for a healthy smile. I have my kids do this for a few minutes when I can, but hey it is better than nothing in my book. Swish oil in your mouth for 5-20 minutes and it will promote healthy gums, good breath, healthy and strong teeth, help heal cavities (yes this is for real, google it), and suppress your appetite. However you orally use it, it will also help your skin by absorbing through your mouth.

All in all, coconut oil is great. There are many other uses you can find to use this magic oil for I am sure! I have even had my bearded husband use it as a leave in treatment! Massage oil, acne spot treatment, face moisturizer, etc. the possibilities are endless. Just buy some and try it. Cook with it! I can’t afford to only use coconut oil when I cook, but Olive Oil takes place of that. I have used coconut oil to cook some asparagus and other veggies and always turns out wonderfully!


After 2 or 3 months of using coconut oil I have seen a dramatic difference in the health of my hair. I started cutting my own hair in July and every time my ends start looking frayed, I trim. It is not always straight and perfect, but I will get better watching you tube and practicing on the girls. I have shaved Crab’s head for over 11 years, I am sure I can figure this trimming stuff out:) My hair is very strong, I don’t suffer from dry scalp during this seasonal change of dryer/colder weather. During the winter I feel applying coconut oil will be very important because of the humidity change. Everyone is different though. I started seeing flakes and I let the coconut oil set in my scalp over night and it was gone. My hair is always shiny, I have a lot of new growth, and I feel like it is getting its thickness back finally! Going blonde was fun, but the damage to my hair was not worth it. I have had bad haircuts…like really bad ones. I cut everything and got a “Posh Spice” angled cut. It was super cute, I even got pregnant during this time 😉 but when I was missing my curls and ready to grow it out again (After 4 months) there came the time I needed to get it all evened out so it would grow in one length. Some cheap salon later, I came out looking like a 17 year old skater boy:(. I had a 6 month old baby bump and looked ridiculous. I felt, ok I am gaining weight and carrying another one of my husband’s chirren, I don’t feel incredible…but my hair? YAK! The point is, even after all of those bad haircuts I still stayed positive. “IT is JUST HAIR! IT WILL GROW BACK!” attitude helped me through the ugly phases my hair cut put me in..LOL. But going blonde really f***ed my hair up. That is about as nice as I can put it. I am an Infantryman’s wife, so swearing happens;) Just don’t get offended and move on, hooah? 😀


Use your coconut oil as a liquid or solid! The cooler it is, the more solid and “balmy”. The warmer it is the more liquid it is.

Most people do not drink enough water in a day, me included! Coconut Oil will help lock in any moisture and keep your skin and body healthy if you drink your recommended amount of water every day!

This is all my opinion from using, researching, and experimenting with coconut oil.

Check out my other article for making your own DIY Beauty Products from things found in your kitchen!

And my other article about why you SHOULD be using more all natural products!

Send suggestions in the comment section please!!

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Easy Braid Wrapped Bun

More Homestead Hair High Fashion! Who says you have to be boring “pony tail mom” everyday? Dress up your ponytail or bun with this cute braided twist to an all too common up-do. This one is much like the Braided Headband, and you can even combine these two and have a pretty cool looking up-do! Here is how you get started!

1. Grab a section of hair (It can be as big as you want really, as long as you can wrap it around the bun. The bigger the more noticeable. I like this size, but sometimes I like bigger sections) and braid it down. Secure with a small elastic. Try to grab the hair that is more directly behind the bottom of your ear close to your neck. This helps keep the start of the braid discreet.


2. Braid Each Side and Use Small Elastic to Secure















3. Twist your pony tail and then wrap into a bun. Secure with a Big Elastic Over the whole thing. Or leave as a ponytail Messy is fine b/c we are not posers! We actually work hard 🙂
4. Wrap one braid at a time whichever direction you are comfortable with around the bun. You can secure with bobby pins in the bun or I used a small elastic and just plopped it over the whole thing when I was done. When you wrap the first piece, you can use the second piece to secure the first one by starting off tightly criss crossing it.


5. From the Top! Looks like your bun/ponytail is held together with your own hair. So Pretty!