DIY Two Ingredient Dry Shampoo

DYI Two Ingredient Dry Shampoo

No poo, it seemed like the way to go.

People reveled in the amazing benefits of washing your hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. One of my friends even embraced only using water.

I jumped on the bandwagon years ago. At first it was amazing, I loved how my hair felt. It was less greasy and full of body, which is saying a lot for my straight, oil prone hair and scalp.

Sadly I was soon I was left with split ends from the top of my head to the roots. It took my hair over two years to recover from the damage. My friend Kristen over at Smithspirations wrote about her experience which mirrors mine.

I ditched “no-poo” for natural shampoo and slowly saw my hair recover. A couple years later I jumped back on the no-poo movement, this time with a twist.

I tried washing my hair with honey, tea, and eggs… yes you read that right, eggs. Just ask my friend who’s fiance met me for the first time when I admitted to having “scrambled” eggs in my hair. (Side note I still wash my hair with eggs once or twice a month.)

It was also around that time that I discovered the wonderful world of dry shampoo, thanks to the awesome Beth of Red and Honey.

This is the time is where the alternate title for this post comes into play, I could have titled it, “Hi, my name is Katie Mae and I wash my hair with chocolate.” 

Do I sound a bit crazy yet? I you already knew I brushed my teeth with dirt so, tried washing my hair with eggs, so should chocolate really surprise you? If you didn’t think I was a crazy, crunchy lady before…. 😉

This simple DIY two ingredient dry shampoo is made with just arrowroot and cocoa powder. You mix them together, dab on your hair, brush, and move on with your day.

I agree that our hair needs a break from daily washing. Thanks to dry shampoo I am able to shower every other day and use the dry shampoo to liven up my hair a bit on the off days.

The base is arrowroot powder, cocoa powder is added to preference. The recipe below has the amount of cocoa powder that matches my light brown hair. Use more or less for your preference.

DIY Two Ingredient Dry Shampoo

1/2 cup arrowroot powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder (more or less to fit your hair color)

Add both to a small jar. Screw on the lid and shake well. Allow the shampoo to settle before opening.

Methods of application:

  • Pinch with your fingers and sprinkle on. Brush your hair to spread the dry shampoo evenly.
  • Makeup Brush- Dip the brush in a jar, tap gently to remove access. Brush across your hair starting at the roots, covering any oily spot. Brush with your hair with your regular hair brush spread the shampoo evenly.

DIY Two Ingredient Dry Shampoo 2

Have you used dry shampoo before?

Easy DIY Toothpowder

 

Easy DIY Toothpowder-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

What would you say if I told you I gave up toothpaste 6 years ago?

You might look at me like I was a crazy person and then try to sneak a peek to see if there were any teeth in my mouth. Or you might back away to avoid the expected bad breath.

Perhaps I should clarify a bit. I didn’t give up brushing my teeth, I just gave up conventional toothpaste.

Most of the ingredients in conventional pastes make me shudder. Even “natural” ones tend to have

Even “natural” ones tend to have glycerin which coats your teeth, preventing them from being able to heal themselves through remineralization.  (Wellness Mama has an excellent article about remineralization.)

I am a DIYer, I was making my own things long before I knew it was the cool thing to do. It all started with my “tooth soap“, and then evolved into making deodorant, lotion, and cleaners.

I always get the itch to create new things so when I saw BHS’s toothpaste recipe featuring bentonite clay a few years ago I knew it was time to experiment again, that is how this easy DIY toothpowder was born.

Head over to Bulk Herb Store to learn how to make your own easy DIY toothpowder

Easy DIY Toothpowder-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

 

 

Jump Start Your Healthy Living Journey

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Don’t you wish you had affordable short-cuts to make healthy living easier? Are you tired of trying to make a Whole Foods lifestyle work on a Trader Joe’s budget? Or maybe even make that Food-4-Less…

I get it. You want the best for your family. You want to raise healthy kids, have strong immune systems, be more fit and energetic, and be intentional about creating a natural home, but sometimes it just feels so hard. I’m in the exact same place.

There’s a lot to learn and the internet can be more than a little overwhelming at times.

I know what it’s like to feel that healthy living shouldn’t be this difficult, and it shouldn’t have to cost so much, either! Don’t you ever wish someone would just tell you exactly what you need to know and how to make these changes for less?

When you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it all comes together so much more easily. You know what to cook for your family. You’re more confident in choosing natural alternatives. You can easily replace store-bought products with DIY options that really work. You feel better (and even look better, too). Healthy living becomes less stressful and more enjoyable.

That’s why Stephanie and her team have put together the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle for the fourth year in a row. Each year, they’re amazed at how many families are saying “yes!” to their health and taking them up on this super short opportunity to get a complete collection of natural-living resources for a crazy low price.

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes over 90 digital products on topics like natural remedies, essential oils, real food recipes, paleo & allergy-friendly eating, fitness & weight loss and much more. All together, it’s worth over $1900!

I know that I won’t use every single resource and I am okay with that. The price is one that can’t be beat.  Between my bonus offers that have been coming in the mail and five favourite picks of books (that I will share later today) I am already saving money and found the Bundle 100% worth it!

There are several catagories but the essentail oil books and allergy friendly cooking books are two that I am most excited about! They are great places to jump start your healthy living journey!

Plus, it comes with $225 worth of bonus products including:

  • ePantry – FREE hand soap + $8 credit on one shipment, FREE dish soap + $8 credit on the next shipment, AND 60-day VIP access with FREE shipping ($30 value)
  • Plant Therapy – Lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oil set ($22.92 value)
  • NaturOli – FREE travel essentials facial set: deep conditioning facial wash (1 oz.), new radiance facial creme (1 oz.), exfoliating walnut scrub (1 oz.) ($16.95 value)
  • Bloom Naturals – FREE SPOT treatment for acne & eczema OR a $15 gift certificate toward Bloom Naturals products ($15 value)
  • Lexie Naturals –  FREE natural care gift set: lip balm (.15 oz.), lotion tube (1 oz.) and trial-size deodorant (.35 oz.) ($15 value)
  • Perfect Supplements – $15 gift certificate toward any Perfect Brand product ($15 value)
  • Strawesome – $15 gift certificate toward the straws and accessories of your choice ($15 value)
  • TriLight Health – FREE 2-oz liquid herbal formula or $15 off larger bottles ($15 value)
  • Craftsy – 1 FREE online class ($44.99 value)
  • Once a Month Meals – $32 toward OAMM membership + a free mini menu ($35 value)

Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $2000 worth of amazing products for a whopping 97% off!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click “Get my copy now!” to go through their simple 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus products.
  3. Use their Getting Started Interactive Guides to pick the area you want to tackle first and start making healthy changes!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just 6 days! After Monday night, September 14th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

It’s even backed by a full 30-day guarantee, so you can know for sure that it’s right for you.

No one should have to put off a healthier lifestyle because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need. Our family has felt so much better by making changes to the way we eat, the products we use, and how we take care of ourselves. It’s made all the difference in the world and I want the same for you and your family.

Homemade Squeezable Bentonite Clay Toothpaste

Homemade Squeezable Bentonite Clay Toothpaste-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Brush your teeth with dirt they say… it’s good for them!

Hum,  dirt = clean, now that’s a thought.

When I first told people I make my own toothpaste they were surprised. Then I told them I now brush my teeth with dirt, oh they loved that one! Sometimes people think it’s cool but most of the time they think I’m nuts. Like I didn’t know that already….

I’ve been making my own toothpaste for many years now. I started with a coconut oil based one about 6 years ago. I have happy with it’s results overall, but I was looking for a little something more. As I started looking I read Bulk Herb Store’s Toothpaste recipe, I was intrigued. I immediately started experimenting with new recipes. I would think I found one I loved and then I would ditch it for another one. I was determined to create a blend with coconut oil and bentonite clay. I even had a post all ready to go two years ago, but it didn’t save… Then my friend Liz told me that while she loved it, her hubby didn’t like using it.  I was so frustrated that I took a step back.

 

That actually ended up being a good thing.  I got a couple tubes of Earthpaste in the mail for free and discovered a whole new world. 😉 Honestly, though, it made me realize that I was overthinking my recipe and adding two many ingredients. Guess which was the first to go? My beloved coconut oil. I already oil pull most mornings, plus it just wasn’t blending right with the clay so I cut it out. It also gave me a chance to create a toothpowder.

I LOVE Earthpaste, but my budget doesn’t allow me to keep more than a tube or two on hand in case I run out of my homemade version.

Homemade Squeezable Bentonite Clay Toothpaste-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

I get chills when I think about using a tube of “Insert Name Here” toothpaste from the store. I used to love that beautiful swirl of white, green and red, ahem… no name calling. We use or at least should be using toothpaste twice a day 365(6) days a year. With something that we use as frequently as that we need to take care.

Really let’s be honest here, how many of swallowed toothpaste growing up?  Yes, you over there get your hand up I just watched you  squeeze some in and swallow. Life with kids right? There are warning labels on toothpaste telling you to call poison on control if swallowed. Which happens, every. single. day. if you have kiddos.

Why not give them something that is safe to eat since it’s inevitable? That’s what is so great about this toothpaste, even though I don’t suggest eating it, you can. If you have concerns about using essential oils feel free to leave it out or use an organic extract. I personally am comfortable with the minimal amount used, they are high quality and extremely diluted.

Homemade Squeezable Bentonite Clay Toothpaste

  • 4-6 TBS purified or distilled water
  • 3 TBS bentonite clay
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp powdered stevia (or about 10 drops of liquid stevia)
  • 1/4 tsp charcoal (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp real salt
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (peppermint, clove, lemon, or orange) (ask me my favourite brands)
  • GoToob or small glass jar

Mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl using a plastic or wooden spoon. You never want your clay to touch metal.

Add the essential oils and stir again.

Add one tablespoon of water at a time, stir until you reach the consistency you desire. Spoon into a GoToob or small glass jar.

 

Homemade and Natural Bug Bite Stick

Homemade and Natural Bug Bite Stick- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Summer days are here at last! There are lighting bugs to be caught, vegetables to be harvested, berries to be picked, and BBQs to attend.  Kids young and old have the itch to spend as much time outside as possible.

Speaking of itching, with summer comes hand-in-hand with bugs. Even with homemade bug repellent. Even with homemade bug repellent, somehow you still get a bite or two. To easily and inexpensively relieve the itch, pick a plantain leaf (one that you know has not been sprayed), chew it up, and place it on the bite. However, this is messy and not everyone has plantain around, so this only works for some people.

Let me introduce the “bug bite stick”. It is a simple salve made from plantain, echinacea, and lavender, stored in a chapstick tube. Join me at Traditional Cooking School to learn how to make it!