Fermented Food Guide: the basics + 19 beginner recipes

Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste

My family has finally, fully switched over to homemade toothpaste. I have been using it for a while now, but my husband has been hanging onto his last, empty tube, somehow squeezing out a little more each time, for what seems to be a couple of months now. Once he had no other options (because I wouldn’t buy anymore), he decided to try my “hippie toothpaste”– I think he was pleasantly surprised. See ya later Colgate–we’re out!

Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste

Sun Protection 101 + Homemade Moisturizing Sunblock Recipe

I’ll admit it – I’m a sun-worshiper! I LOVE basking in the sunlight and having a golden tan. I also know now that I’ve probably done some damage from “extreme” sun-tanning as a teen, and tanning beds during University years. As I get older (and slightly wiser), I’m realizing that I don’t want to look like a leather-face in 20 years. I need to start being more conscious of my exposure to the sun and protect my skin, my freckly husband’s skin, and my fair and delicate-skinned daughter—so that’s my mommy mission.

How to Make Modern Hippie Sunblock

Soothing Body Butter with Aloe Vera

So another weekend unfolds, and my kitchen, once again, resembles a meth lab (Breaking Bad fan over here.) This weekend I’ve been experimenting with body butter. And I don’t mean to “toot my own horn” but, after some trial and error, I’ve really nailed it–this body butter is one-of-a-kind!

Soothing Body Butter with Aloe

Homemade Facial Cleanser with Avocado Oil & Honey

I’m really excited to share my homemade facial cleanser recipe with you. Like many, I have acne-prone skin (which fluctuates with hormones) and winter-eczema on my face. However, since using a combo my homemade facial cleanser with avocado oil & honey, and lavender face moisturizer, my hormonal pimples, and eczema have drastically diminished! I’ve really had great results with this combo, and I sincerely hope someone else can benefit from this too. Using three simple ingredients, avocado oil, honey and castile soap, I’ve concocted a homemade, facial cleanser that has changed my life. 

Homemade Facial Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin

All-Natural Deodorant with Tea Tree

For me, making my own deodorant was the pivotal turning point from regular housewife to hippie housewife. But am I really a hippie, or just an informed, realistic, wife and mother who’s concerned about the health and wellness of herself and family? Perhaps a bit of both…

Homemade Deodorant with Tea Tree

Lavender Face Moisturizer

I’ve replaced my cleaning products, pillaged my pantry, and now my focus is detoxifying my toiletries and beauty products. I’m proud to say that I have now replaced my hair spray, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizers, deodorant and toothpaste with homemade alternatives. Today, I’m excited to share my Lavender Face Moisturizer with you!

Lavender Face Moisturizer