It kind of feels like natural beauty products are "trendy" right now, but they can be really beneficial for your skin and body if you're willing to put in a little time (and money) to try something new. While it may be convenient to pick up the usual drug store beauty products, some things are worth more research, and natural beauty products don't always have to be expensive. I've been researching all natural beauty products a lot the past six months, and I've learned what I like and don't like, but I've also learned what's affordable and what's not. While some products seem pricey, you also have to look at the quantity of what you're purchasing because a $50 bottle could last you an entire year!
I like to re-invent and create things around my home. And I like to do so inexpensively and with my own little flair. So today, I have a low cost, simple and organic recipe for DIY Lip Balm.
My hubby and I go through inordinate amount of lip balm. And at $3 a tube, it was beginning to add up. I wanted to find a way that I could circumvent the cost, the unnecessary added chemicals and the need for store-bought lip balm. For approximately $.25 a tube, I had my very own lip balm without the chemicals.
It's been a long time now since I made the switch to organic skincare and I've never looked back - the ingredients used in natural products are just so good for my skin! But although I've been using these items for awhile, I always bought them from our local store without a second thought until I realised just how easy it is to make your own. See below for some of my favourite natural DIY alternatives to storebought beauty products.
Oh snap! Looks like we've got stumps on the brain. Stump stools, stump tables, and now stump lights! If you're ready and willing to embrace the stump craze, we have not one but two DIY lighting projects for your consideration.
Remember Shawn Soh's sweet tree bookcase? Jordi Mila's Wisdom Tree takes the idea in a slightly Tim Burton direction. It's made of wood, acetate
This tree bookcase's creator, Shawn Soh, was inspired by a memory of folding pieces of paper and tucking them between the branches of a tree.
Oh, the design ingenuity of the gifted and talented! Made from glued and what looks like stitched together toothpicks, the stamen light is one of the bendable organic designs of daisuke hiraiwg that was shown in the british section of the ICFF this past week. This talented Tokyo born designer uses humble materials to form organic expressions.
Branch, good. Chandelier, good. Branch Chandelier, very good. From David Wiseman.
The epitome of DIY-ing in this economy is being played out in the growing (sorry) number of dutiful stewards planting a victory garden. This week the L.A. Times shined the light on this trend and environmentally responsible activity of good old-fashioned garden tending.
This is a really quick, easy and inexpensive way to create images pretty enough for framing.
- Acrylic craft paint (I used a luscious turquoise)
- White acrylic spray paint
- A paint brush
- Something to serve as a canvas like a piece of plywood or MDF
- Several leaves from an indoor or outdoor plant (for the picture above, I used silk leaves purchased at my local craft store
- Paint your ‘canvas’ with a...
New from Gaiam is their Cork Lamp, which is ‘crafted from sustainable eco-friendly materials’. The cork used ‘comes from the tree’s bark, which grows back, while the base is made from fast-growing rubberwood.’ The lamp ($198) is a perfect example of the minimalist nature of organic materials.
I long for the days where I'll have enough space to properly compost my food waste. But, until then, I can find certainly find room
Solarcone's Green Cone is an enclosed system - a "four-part injected molded unit" -that helps release the nutrients from organic products back into the groundsoil. "The Green Cone reduces food waste to its natural components of water, carbon dioxide and a small residue. The solar-heated garden unit...
A weekend in the woods has left me feeling...well...woodsy. To bring a bit of that feeling inside, a perfect choice is Viva Terra’s Entwined Root Table. Described as "rustic yet refined", the 40.5"L x 14"W x 31"H will set you back 479 bucks. Just as interesting but cheaper is their Entwined Root Stool for $149. (If it wasn’t illegal to pilfer wood from state parks, I could totally envision a DIY attempt.)
Re-Gifts isn’t just a cleverly named gift shop; it is a small, family-owned store located in South Minneapolis that sells eco-friendly gifts "made with recycled, reclaimed, repurposed, organic, and natural materials." Check out their on-line store for a growing selection of products available. Here are just a few very Curbly items.
Bicycle Cog Votives, 12 bucks each.
Recycled Chopstick Lamp, 36 bucks.
Absolut salt & pepper shakers, 16 bucks. (Made...