Three Bath and Body Hacks for When You’re On a Tight Budget

Big things are happening with YourEarthIt so stay tuned to new design and potentially a business out of this thing I started as  hobby. Sorry is has been a little while since I’ve been on here!

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With that, my husband and I have been a pretty strict budget these past few months. We’ve had job and housing transitions. Like-make veggie pot pie without the creamy inside…or mixing coconut yogurt to make ‘milk’ for cereal-kind of budget. Some of that was out of laziness or unplanned-ness BUT we did have to tighten up our budget quite a bit; and what came out of it was some pretty frugal and useful tips for bath and body. Less than $5-10 that lasted me around 4+ months!

Three Bath and Body Hacks for When You’re On a Tight Budget.

  1. Don’t use conditioner. Really? Really. If you have average-ish hair (not too greasy, not too dry) than you can definitely can get away with no conditioner. Especially if you use a great all- natural shampoo like I use at Plaine Products. My advice would be to not shampoo your hair every day, ain’t nobody got time for that anyway AND use a tiny bit of oil (see below) or DIY body dew to give it a conditioned feel. As a good family friend always says- dot dot not a lot!
  2. Use inexpensive oil- for everything. In my frugalness, I used olive oil and grapeseed oil for a plethora of uses, like body and face moisturizer, facial oil cleansingDIY dandruff treatment, nail bed treatment, hair conditioner, and MORE!
  3. Use green tea as a tonic/moisturizing spray. Get a box or even better bulk loose leaf organic green tea or tea bags, brew some up, store tea in a glass container in the fridge and use to your liking for a week or so until you need more! It’s easy as that. I use this tonic prior to moisturizing my face, spritz before and after makeup application, spritz my face a dewy look, spray whole body for out of shower rejuvenation and moisture. It also fights acne, is anti-inflammatory and has great anti-oxidant properties (Source). BONUS!

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Just days in of June: A Month of Zero Makeup

Not a lot beats some sunshine in a grassy field, makeup or not.

May 31- Taking advantage of my “last day” to wear makeup
June 1- Day 1 of June: A Month of Zero Makeup

Thoughts Lessons Emotions Questions

Only 6 days in and I’ve already learned a lot about myself. For one, its not as climactic and exciting as I thought, not a lot of people notice or say anything if they do. I guess its not ‘proper’ to ask why someone isn’t wearing makeup. Funny, because I would gladly tell ya! Maybe now I will start complimenting people when I notice that they aren’t wearing gobs of makeup, they usually look like themselves more anyway! Better yet, complimenting peoples smiles and achievements rather than go for the superficial stuff first. A weakness I have found is that I find myself envying peoples hair color, texture and style. Maybe it has to do with frustration that the world is full of toxic options for the earth and our bodies, and those are the norm! That I choose not be ignorant and use chemicals, dyes, waste, fragrances and plastics. I thought I was going to be nervous to go to work, where it’s assumed that one will wear makeup to seem more ‘professional’, but surprisingly it hasn’t really phased me that much. With that said my acne has been a tad bit more controlled so that makes it easier. I also have gotten used to not doing my makeup for my getting ready routine. It’s kind of nice to take that decision out of my day. It’s just in the beginning so we’ll see what else is in store these next few weeks. Will I just go back to my same exact feelings and routine at the end of this?

DIY Zero Waste Face Powder Foundation With Pressed Option

Makeup can be expensive, wasteful, an enabler and crutch of insecurities, toxic, and time-consuming. But it can also be easy, fresh, natural, balancing and healthy.

The past 6 or so months I’ve been using this DIY face powder. It’s not my original idea, much smarter people figured this out way before me. But the goal of this blog to be an encyclopedia of environmentally friendly, DIY, low consumerism insights, ideas and inspiration. This face powder is perfect to use solo for light coverage, or in junction with liquid foundation for heavier coverage. I feel that it balances natural fluctuations of skin tone on the face instead of just covering up everything. I am a firm believer in less is more. This doubles as my bronzer (not shimmery kind). I strive for zero waste. I have goals of demolishing societal beauty and rewriting my definition of beauty starting with Beauty vs Makeup, trust me theres a difference. So to conclude, I am an eco-freak  (I seriously want to coin that term<—-I don’t even know what that means), which makes this DIY perfect for my fellow frugals.

DIY All Natural Face Foundation Powder Makeup with Pressed Option Made From Common Household Items.

Ingredients

(bought them all in bulk stored in mason jars)

1/4 cup Arrowroot powder

1-4+ tablespoons cocoa powder (1.5-2 tablespoons for light/medium)

Optional Ingredients (these are estimates)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground ginger

To press half the recipe 10-20 drops Other Oils (oil you like for your face) Jojoba, grape seed, fractioned coconut, almond, argon oil etc.

1-3 drops essential oils (optional)

Rubbing alcohol or vodka in a spray bottle

Instructions

Start with a base of 1/4 cup arrowroot powder. Mix/sift/whisk in cocoa powder 1/2-1 tablespoon at a time until desired shade (aka test it on your face to see if color matches). Add ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon for added warmth and yellow tones. This all depends on your skin tone and shade and so therefore optional. Best to start with a little and add more if needed. But if you add too much of something slowly stir in more arrowroot powder, no biggie.

For pressed method

Drops other oil and essentials oil in and stir. Pack down. Spritz powder with 1-3 sprays with rubbing alcohol or vodka press down with a spoon, fingers or lid of some sort until packed down. It might take a couple rounds of oil and spray and packing since the powder is dry. It gets a little messy but you don’t want it too wet so slow and steady. Have patience. Eventually it packs down (about 1/3 as much as the powder). It may look darker and uneven color in some spots, that’s okay! Let it harden/evaporate overnight with the lid off and use as normal the next day.

How to use

Skip pressing if you like loose powder. Dip brush and tap off excess. Brush it on your face gently before and after liquid foundation. Or after DIY Tinted Daily Sunscreen to soak up the oils for a natural SPF-kind of day- look. Store in a sealed container in a dry, cool place. I.E a make up bag in a drawer in the bathroom.

Tips/tricks/insights

  • I like the press method, it’s not as messy as powder to apply. Mine broke apart and clumped up a bit towards the end but still works fine when I rub my brush on it to get the powder (I guess I could sift it..too much effort). See photo below
  • I use little mason jars or a cardboard container that was the packaging for the blush I use. check out Zero Waste Makeup vs Beauty I give some reviews of products.
  • Other liquids for spritzing could be witch hazel, vinegar, aloe juice, rose water etc but I’ve only used rubbing alcohol- worth a try though, let me know how it goes!
  • This supply lasted me about 6 months, so frugal? um yes
  • Test on a small patch of skin to make sure your not sensitive to any ingredients
  • No I don’t smell like chocolate during the day but yes you may smell the ingredients when applying it
  • My skin felt happier and healthier once I ditched my store crap and switched to this, my wallet loved me and I think the earth loved me a tad. Traditional powder foundations can contain harmful chemicals/plastic as well as the cultivation of the minerals to produce them can harm the environment. See resource link. and The Dirty Dozen, cosmetics to avoid
  • Don’t throw away your old stuff, use it all if you like and properly dispose of containers. Posts coming in June on disposal, alternatives and reasoning about makeup during my Month of Zero Makeup Challenge, contact me to join.
  • Yes this isn’t literally zero waste, rubbing alcohol usually only comes in recyclable plastic and some oils are hard to find in bulk, but we do what we can right?
  • Shout out to all my sisters, God’s daughters are meant for greatness now go have a great week & weekend!

Disclaimer: I am not a professional aesthetician, dermatologist, shade artist, herbalist or cosmetologist and have zero responsibility when it comes to your face or life. It’s nice that way for both of us.

DIY Eyebrows and Eyelashes FAIL; lessons learned. Saturday- A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

Hey my people. Lets get real and talk about the DIY life. We all know this is MUCH more than just doing it yourself. It’s caring, researching, contemplating, winging it, testing, succeeding and…..FAILING.

Day 6. A big fat fail. DIY eyebrows and eyelashes. A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition.

Aloe gel, beeswax, coco powder, 5 tries, 2 glasses of wine, black tears. DIY eyebrow tinted gel and DIY mascara DOESN’T work, at least not right now with the tools I have currently. Humidity done-zo. Sweating, No. Swimming, don’t even think about it. So cheers, to my go-green, frugal sisters (and brothers, but letzbehonest) out there. I have also given DIY mascara a fair shot, using it for 6+ months.

My first public fail. There will be more I promise you that. I learn and grow more with fails, unfortunately.

The lessons I’ve learned:

-humility is key

-be a tad bit more prepared

-don’t procrastinate (will always be learning)

-failing is good, it’s real, it’s life

-screw vanity, societal beauty, and fame

-nothing is THAT important, the world doesn’t revolve around me

-sometimes zero waste is the opposite

-laugh at yourself everyday

-dishes suck (already knew that)

Wow, I should do this more.

COME BACK TOMORROW FOR THE LAST DAY OF THE CHALLENGE AND EARTH DAY—–WHAT WHAT. 🌏🌻


A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

Monday DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask.

Tuesday DIY Lip Balm.

Wednesday DIY Anti-Dandruff, Moisturizing Hair Mask.

Thursday DIY Healing Lotion Bar.

Friday DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer.

Sunday- Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day

DIY Healing Lotion Bar. Thursday- A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

Thursday- A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition. DAY 4 PEOPLE!! We can do this. You know those days where you are just exhausted to think. I think I’m there. Thank God for rest and Friday’s to come and sleep and snuggling with a book.

DIY Healing Lotion Bar

I seriously love these things, any kind of any sort. My auntie gifted some to me for my birthday OVER 6 months ago and I just ran out..so what do I do? I make it myself. These are my pointers: I only use them when I’m real dry and crusty, need extra moisturizing like after shaving, or have have any dry spots. I use them before bed or in the winter whenever because your going to bundle up in clothes anyway BECAUSE they can feel a little sticky (with beeswax) and greasy (without beeswax). BUT who cares they work and are SOOO easy to make AND use. You jut rub a dub dub and your skin does the melting and rubbing at the same time. mind blown.

What you need for BEESWAX ones (makes roughly 2 bars or 4 small ones) 

1/4 cup Shea butter

1/4 cup Coconut oil

1/4 cup Beeswax

Other oils- vit E, apricot kernel, grapeseed, argon, jojoba, safflower etc. -optional

10-15 drops Essential oils-I used lavender and frankincense- optional

molds or muffin tins

What you need for NON-BEESWAX ones (makes 1 bar or 2 small ones)

1 tablespoon Shea butter

2 tablespoons coco butter

1/2 teaspoon Other oils (see above for examples)- optional

5-10 drops Essential oils- I used Young Livings JOY blend- optional

molds or muffin tin

Instructions

Melt all ingredients together except the essential oils via double broiler method (see my bootleg version below). Take off heat, add essential oils. Pour into molds (see photo for small and large) or muffin tin, or make a big batch by multiplying ingredients into bread pan and cut into bars (tell me how that goes I haven’t tried). Let sit out to harder or put in fridge/freezer and use when hardened. They should stay solid at room temp. Store extras in the fridge/freezer. Rub on designated area and enjoy the lather, smooth goodness of fresh -radiant-dewy skin.

Day 1- DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask

Day 2- DIY Lip Balm

Day 3- DIY Anti-Dandruff, Moisturizing Hair Mask

Day 5- DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer

Day 6- DIY Eyebrows and Eyelashes FAIL; lessons learned

Day 7- Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day

DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask. Monday- A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

Welcome to A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition. Lets start with something super easy! Check out Tuesdays DIY Lip Balm.

DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask

What I love about this, is that it is made from pretty common, natural-living household goods therefore quick, cheap and readily available to mix up a batch when I run out.

What you need

  • 1/2 teaspoon Green Clay
  • 1 teaspoon White Bentonite Clay
  • 3 capsules Activated Charcoal supplement
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda (optional, are bottom notes)
  • 1 teaspoon+ liquid- water, green tea, aloe juice, rose water ext.

Activated charcoal can be used for many different ailments because it soaks up toxins. Baking soda is the backbone of going all natural; being a key ingredient in DIY Deodorant, baking (DUH), cleaning and MORE! Bentonite clay is a little less common (I had to research and buy some after going all-natural, natural grocery store and amazon) but very useful, detoxing and nourishing! I still haven’t figured out exactly green, white, red Bentonite clay. The Indian Healing clay I have has a green tint and the Redmond Clay is more white. They have a little different properties/strengths I’ve noticed from experience. If I use only Indian healing clay my face is red afterwards. And If I only use the Redmond’s, my face doesn’t feel as detoxed. They come in recyclable plastic and will last my at LEAST a couple years, but I intend to find a zero waste alternative next time. On the bright side it’s better than using those pre-packaged masks- so much trash!

Ingredients/Instructions

Mix together dry ingredients and store with a tight lid in dry place. To get activated charcoal out twist and pull apart veggie capsule to reveal the black powder. I keep the empty capsules to use to homemade essential oils tabs. When ready to use the mask, mix 2 parts dry to 1 part liquid into a paste(may have to add a couple more drops liquid) and shmear on face. Leave for 10-20 mins. It’ll get dry and cracky. Wash/rinse off. Use a nourishing facial oil and tonic afterwards (or whatever your face moisturizer routine is) you’ll feel brand new!!

The important thing is knowing your skin, I’ll just go right out and say it, I have acne, the bad cystic scarring grueling stuff. So I use this daily during breakouts and once a week for maintenance. For you it might be once a month when your feeling grimy, only spot treatment on those buggers we call zits, or twice a year during a girls night in with cucumber eyes and all. TIP: use before or in shower for less of a mess!

Notes: omit baking soda(or any component to that matter) if you are sensitive to it or don’t have mod-severe acne. Also, I just use water, anything else is a lot of effort.

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical provider, just in case you didn’t know.

A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

Day 1- DIY Detox, Soothing Face Mask

Day 2- DIY Lip Balm

Day 3- DIY Anti-Dandruff, Moisturizing Hair Mask

Day 4- DIY Healing Lotion Bar

Day 5- DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer.

Day 6- DIY Eyebrows and Eyelashes FAIL; lessons learned

Day 7- Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day

A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition

JOIN ME for A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition. Who is pumped? I am!

Daily recipe and/or review of a brand new do-it-yourself beauty product.  I will also push you to exchange plastic for re-usables, challenge you to swap chemicals for natural ingredients and pass out exclusive little pearls of wisdom for zero waste living.

Day 1- DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask

Day 2- DIY Lip Balm

Day 3- DIY Anti-Dandruff, Moisturizing Hair Mask

Day 4- DIY Healing Lotion Bar

Day 5- DIY Daily Sunscreen Face Moisturizer

Day 6- DIY Eyebrows and Eyelashes FAIL; lessons learned

Day 7- Rest, Celebrate and Mourn Earth Day

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