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.


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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