Ecoconscious Momma's Blog

The guide to living a natural and frugal lifestyle

Natural Massage! August 16, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoconscious momma @ 5:58 pm

So I am on my honeymoon and to my surprise the spa I had my massage at offered a natural lotion. I had a tahiti escape spa massage package and they used pure virgin coconut oil. I was so happy i didn’t have to put a chemical laden product on every inch of my skin.

Well I am off to the buffet! Happy natural living =D

 

POLL August 9, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoconscious momma @ 9:04 pm
 

Throwing A Party, The Green Way

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoconscious momma @ 11:15 am

This Saturday is my wedding! We are attempting to throw this wedding to make it less wasteful and more green! I am using Origins makeup and sticking with my beauty regimen of baking soda and castile soap. I swapped out my lavender essential oil to rose essential oil to give myself a feminine bridal feel. My dress, worn once before by a lady whom I bought off of ebay. Invites, on simple white card that are made from recycled paper and I never sent save the dates. But you can also throw green birthday parties, graduations, and dinner parties:

TIPS:

  • Rent plates or china to save waste, and they really are not expensive!
  • Same with silverware, serving dishes, and cups.
  • Use linens instead of plastic table cloths, and use cloth napkins
  • Repurpose, Repurpose, Repurpose!
  • Make sure when you clean up you recycle all bottles and cans!
  • Try to use nature to cool your event, don’t shove everyone into an air conditioned banquet room.
  • Decorations lay around your house all day, the way you put it together adds the finishing touch!
  • Buy local flowers or use potted plants and display in vintage vases borrowed from you grandmother or mix and match all the vases you have!
  • Cloth scraps can be turned into cloth flowers! Look online for DIY Decor
  • Buy all your products in recyclable packaging, or none at all! Think cardboard and instead of using plastic, use cloth!
  • Don’t turn on decorative lights until it gets dark! Leaving them on during light hours is a waste.
  • Buy your new outfit from a vintage store, or a thrift store, give a killer dress a new life!
  • Think local, local wines, restaurants, and flowers support your community and are fresh! If it is local it hasn’t been shipped thousands of miles on planes, trains, and trucks to get to you!
  • Serve a vegetarian dinner, It will save you money and you can go more elaborate with the food, serving indian, and greek dishes like falafel and fancy salads! You save carbon emissions eating a veggie diet.

Well thats all I have for today! I’m going to paint up some old chalk boards to make them look glamourous to direct my guests for the day! Have a good week!

 

Aluminium- the toxin you liberally apply daily August 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoconscious momma @ 5:08 pm

Here is a task for you. Go get your deodorant/antiperspirant. Read the ingredients label and see if it contains aluminum which is a known toxin to store in your brain and cause Alzheimer’s and an increase of breast cancer. I don’t know about you but even if that chance is slim, I am not willing to take that chance! So i have a homemade frugal remedy for you!

I found this recipe from natural homemaking. I’m going to make it once my toms of maine is out and im going to scoop this paste into its empty container!

http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2010/02/homemade-all-natural-deodorant.html

 

Homemade Facial Masks for everyone August 5, 2010

Filed under: Personal Care — ecoconscious momma @ 4:54 pm

In 9 days my husband and I are having our wedding. Due to deployment and not knowing where we would end up we decided to get married quick in the winter and then when my family could travel from Germany we would have our Wedding. Well the big day is almost here! I may not blog the next week or two, but im sure you understand =D

I already talked about the strawberries and honey, now i have three new ones I’ve been doing this week.

Cucumber redness calming mask:

Ingredients:

1 cucumber

plain yogurt

mashed fresh cranberries

Directions:

grate the entire cucumber with a cheese grater. Then add 1 tbls plain yogurt and 1tbls of the mashed cranberries. Mix to create a paste

then leave it on 5-10 minuets and wash with warm water. I recommend spritzing with cool rose water when finished.

Papaya Brightening Facial:

Ingredients:

3 tbls Mashed Papaya

2 tbls Mashed bannana

2 tbls milk

1tbls coconut water

1tbls plain yogurt

Directions:

mash all the ingredients in a bowl to have a thick consistency

stick it into the refrigerator for an hour or two.

Smooth over the face and leave on for 5 minuets. Then rinse with cool water and spritz clean skin with rose water.

Pumpkin for Acne prone skin:

Ingredients:

1tsp canned pumpkin puree

1tsp honey

1tsp cider vinegar

1tsp flour (i use whole wheat)

1 egg

Directions:

Beat mixture until smooth

Avoid your eye area and smooth onto skin and leave on for 20 mins

rinse with lukewarm water and spritz with rose water.

Hope these masks work for you guys! And remember to check for food allergies before using these! Oh and try not too eat them! lol, oh wait you can!!!!!


 

How safe are your cosmetics? August 4, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoconscious momma @ 11:06 am

Origins Clear Improvement charcoal mask

Today I want to talk about http://www.skindeep.com

It is a cosmetics safety database where you can look at the safety of your products with a rating 0-10. 10 being the most toxic and 0 being the safest. I try to get all my cosmetics within the 0-1 range. On a daily basis I do not wear makeup. And as i discussed in my first post i cleanse my skin with baking soda and water and spray with rose water for moisture. Now i have very fair skin and my concern is skin cancer. I have already had over 5 biopsies and they have found atypical cells within a mole at 19!!! So I must go in for surgery and get cut up because of too much sun exposure. I am on the search for a good, safe sunscreen because using a natural oil for protection is not going to work for me. I currently use proactive moisturizer with SPF 15 which is not adequate enough for long term. I currently am not outside much except for a quick watering of my garden so I am not concerned for now.

The research i have done on sunscreens was rather startling.

http://www.aolnews.com/health/article/study-many-sunscreens-may-be-accelerating-cancer/19488158

Sunscreen causing cancer?!?!?! Oh my! So now i have banned sunscreen until i find one within the 0-1 range of safety.

I am going to go with california baby or badger sunscreens from now on!

http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/finding-the-best-sunscreens/?ptype=sunscreen

Stay out of the sun or wear a heavy, chemical free sunscreen! Happy summer everyone!

 

Sugaring for hair removal

Filed under: Personal Care — ecoconscious momma @ 10:41 am

So I ventured into having my hair removed naturally without spending tons of money and without using chemicals. I found sugaring, not sugar gel but paste.

Ingredients:

2cups white sugar

2tbls lemon juice

1cup water

Directions:

Put all the ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a boil stirring constantly.

Once it boils bring it down to medium heat and let it simmer until it turns an amber brown. Not carmel but amber color.

Remove from heat and let it cool.

WARNING: This is HOT!!!! Do not even attempt to touch it for at least 20 mins!!!

Once it cools down safe enough for heavy duty plastic pour into that container and refrigerate for 30 mins. It should be like a hard gel.

Take a glob of it into your hand and roll it into a ball. Then apply it onto freshly washed skin with baby powder or cornstarch lightly powdered on. Apply it against the growth of the hair and pull it off with the hair growth. this is opposite to waxing. Or you can add more water to your mixture and use it like you would wax with a gel. When mine became to warm and soft i used leftover strips from making my cloth napkins for waxing. It  takes some practice to get this all just right. I have found exfoliating and doing this after a shower works best. Each glob of sugar paste can be rolled up and used several times.

more articles on the process:

http://hairremoval.about.com/od/sugarwaxing/ss/how-to-sugar_4.htm

GOODLUCK and remember: BE VERY CAREFUL not to BURN yourself! And this mixture can be stored in the fridge for later use. Think NADS!