Charcoal Facial Cleanser

I love all of the charcoal products on the market! However, as with all store bought products, you are usually getting much more than just a few pronounceable ingredients. Of course, that’s not even mentioning the price…yeesh.

So, again it’s back to the drawing board. We can do it at home, we can do it purer, and we can do it cheaper!

Activated charcoal works by attaching to toxins and absorbing them. It has been used for years in Emergency Rooms across the world for alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses. The charcoal is used to draw out the toxic substances in the stomach, before it can be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Using the same logic, we can use the charcoal in our facial cleanser to draw the toxins from the skin. We’ll also be using some baking soda, which absorbs dirt and oil, and lemon juice that not only cleans and tones the skin, but it also levels out the PH from the baking soda, making it much more gentle for the skin.

Charcoal Facial Cleanser

  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp solid coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp Jojoba oil
  • 1/4 cup liquid Castile Soap
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1/2 tsp Guar Gum
  • 5 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 5 drops Eucalyptus Oil

Add all ingredients in the order they are listed, mixing thoroughly between each.

Transfer to glass pump bottle.

Baby Hair and Body Lotion

I came up with this recipe specifically for my curly girl. Initially I pretty much used coconut oil for her hair and her skin, but there was something missing.

With her hair there was such a fine line between too little, and too much. I felt like if I used enough to actually get the tangles out, then it was a little to oily once it was dry.

Her skin gets extremely dry, but the coconut oil didn’t seem to stick with her. It went on really silky, but kind of sat on top of the skin, and didn’t soak in.

One thing I did like, however, was only having to use one product. So I set out to find ingredients that would work well with her curly locks and her dry skin.

So this is my recipe for a baby hair and body lotion, for curly hair and dry skin. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Baby Hair and Body Lotion

Directions: Warm coconut oil and shea butter using double boiler (or microwave). Mix all other ingredients and store in a glass gar.

Optional: Whip with hand or stand mixer for whipped/fluffy consistency.

Natural PH Balanced Deodorant/Antiperspirant

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Ok, so there are like a million natural deodorant recipes out there! Some of them use baking soda as the main ingredient, and some don’t due to skin irritation.

Well, let me tell you I have tried most of them, and even tried variations  combing recipes. The fact is, if you are anything like me (and sweat like a construction worker), then the deodorant recipes without baking soda just don’t work well.

Unfortunately for me, even though I sweat like a guy (standing in the Sahara roasting marshmellows in July), I still have the girly sensitive skin. This got me to thinking, what is it about the baking soda that is so irritating?

After a little research (figured it was worth a google), I found that the irritating nature of baking soda is due to the PH level. Baking soda is considered alkaline, with a PH of 9.

So, remembering cosmetology school (forgot to mention I am a cosmetologist/esthetician), that the PH of alkaline substances can be neutralized by acidic substances.

AH HA! Now I had to figure out which acid to use. After spending a little more time with my friend Google, I decided that lemon juice (PH 2) would be the best solution. Lemon juice actually has some preservative properties as well, and smells good, so viola!

Now for calculations… So, the ideal PH would be 7 (which is the PH of pure water), so taking the baking soda with a PH of 9 and lemon juice with a PH of 2, we would need to use about 2/3 baking soda, to 1/3 lemon juice.

Now we’re cooking with bacon grease! Alright, so the rest of the recipe is a concoction of my favorite, tested, ingredients.. I am also including some links of my favorite products, at the cheapest prices I could find (causer you know mama on a budget!)…. Enjoy!

  Natural PH Balanced     Deodorant/Antiperspirant Recipe

Use double boiler, or do like me and use a Dollar Tree glass bowl over a pot of boiling water, add coconut oil, carrier oil, shea butter, neem oil, and beeswax.

Once all ingredients are melted, slowly add arrowroot powder, diatomaceous earth, and baking soda. Sifting dry ingredients makes this much easier.

After dry ingredients are dissolved, remove from heat, then add lemon juice and essential oils.

Pour immediately into deodorant containers. Here is a link to some deodorant containers, but I luckily had a couple and didn’t have to buy them, thank god ’cause they are a little pricey for empty containers, but this was the best price I could find) or soap molds.

(This deodorant is solid and keeps just as well as store bought solid antiperspirant/deodorant, even if you are in a warm environment.)

Let sit an hour or two, or if you are impatient like me, stick it in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.

To be honest, this recipe works better, for me, than the store bought crap with all the icky chemicals! And after recently having a child, and breast feeding, this is definitely something I have been thinking about. I meant, lets face it, their little baby heads are practically halfway in your armpits all night and day, and, at least for me, going no deo is just not an option.

Well, there you go, you now have the secret formula. Please feel free to leave comments and let me know how it worked out for you.


Being a chicken

Who ever said being a chicken was a bad thing? Especially when you have “free range” of a blackberry patch! 

Out here in “the sticks” we have blackberry bushes that grow wild all over the place…. And after a good rain, boy are they yummy!  As you can see, our chickens very much agree. 

In addition to being a tasty treat, blackberrie are also a great source of Vitamin C and fiber for your chickadees. So,  don’t chop up the blackberry bushes! Your chickens will thank you.. 

My first blog post..ever

Welcome! So, as my title suggests, this is my first blog.. and my first post on my first blog… ever. So, I guess introductions are in order; I’m Amanda, a new stay at home mom of a curly-headed 8 month old (hence kirlygurls), a long time-do-it-yourselfer (I just finished an herbal remedy class, so of course I think I am a doctor and a pharmacist too), seamstress, and freelance writer. In addition to raising my husband (hehe) and daughter, we also have eight chickens, a mini rooster, a veggie and herb garden, and the random small animal that wonders up every now and then. I have been married three years as of April, live in a tiny little country town in Florida (the sticks, we live in the sticks) and absolutely love to travel! My husband is half African-American (hence our curly girl) and half German. We visited his family in Germany two years ago, and are gearing up to go back very soon! So I will probably be hitting the “traveling with a child under one” hacks pretty hard. Well, that’s me in a nutshell, and if I haven’t bored you to tears yet, stick with me, because it’s only going to get more interesting from here…

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