Feeling pretty crafty if I do say so myself!

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I couldn't stand the thought of being cooped up sick doing nothing for another day, so I decided to get creative.

I made 9 bottles of magnesium oil, 5 bottles of sea salt spray (so I can rock out some beachy waves if I ever decide to style my hair), 2 containers of homemade facial cleansing wipes, 2 bottles of different mixes for my oil cleansing method cleansers, and lots and lots of lotion bars.

It would have been a lot more satisfying had I been at my house and had access to my full arsenal of stuff (like essential oils, a wider variety of carrier oils, raw honey, etc.) So I could also have made stuff to make me feel not so sick!

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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
I couldn't stand the thought of being cooped up sick doing nothing for another day, so I decided to get creative.

I made 9 bottles of magnesium oil, 5 bottles of sea salt spray (so I can rock out some beachy waves if I ever decide to style my hair), 2 containers of homemade facial cleansing wipes, 2 bottles of different mixes for my oil cleansing method cleansers, and lots and lots of lotion bars.

It would have been a lot more satisfying had I been at my house and had access to my full arsenal of stuff (like essential oils, a wider variety of carrier oils, raw honey, etc.) So I could also have made stuff to make me feel not so sick!

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Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl

Wow!


Would you post a link with more information? (esp. Mg oil and facial wipes, and the cleansing oils, well I m interested in everything!)


Hope you are feeling better!
3a/b, CG mostly.
Mexico City.
I surely can! I kind of stumbled upon a blog called One Good Thing by Jillee. She lives in the state I live in (not important, just a random fact). She's pretty funny and has all these homemade recipes for household cleaners, laundry soap (liquid and powdered), bleach alternative, mix to get the yellow stains our of your white shirts, the sea salt spray, facial cleansing wipes, homemade boogie wipes (how freaking awesome is that?!) and so much more!

One Good Thing by Jillee

Just click on the categories and explore to your heart's content! The recipes for some of the stuff I used here was under "Homemade Solutions." But she has a whole recipe sections full of gluten free meals, etc. It is a really well done blog.

Some other blogs I liked were:

Wellness Mama | Health, Nutrition, Recipes, Natural Living, Fitness

The Whole Crunchy Blog | Crunchy Betty
(^This website is where I got the idea to break some of my batch into pieces and store them in altoid tins for my purse, work, etc., so I'm not trying to lug around a block of solid lotion bar)

Little House in the Suburbs

Those were just some of the blogs I really found fun.

It all started with searching for recipes for OCM, so here is what I found on that along with the other more creative stuff!

Natural Skin Care: Oil-Cleansing Method : Nature's Nurture

The Oil Cleansing Method - A simple, cleansing facial massage for clear skin!

Oil Cleansing Method Tutorial for Beautiful Glowing Skin
(^Her site is pretty pimp overall)

Okay. Those are some websites you can play with until I can get recipes on here for you!
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
Okay...here we go!

Sea Salt Spray For Hair Recipe 1:
1 cup water (I mad mine warm, but I don't think the recipe specified)
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 tablespoons hair gel (great way to get rid of that "little teensy-tinsy bit, or a gel that wasn't working too well on it's own)
2 teaspoons coconut oil (hence the warm water)

-Mix until all ingredients are incorporated. I put mine in a larger sized Magic Bullet blender and blended it that way, then put them in the spray bottles.

Sea Salt Spray for Hair Recipe 2:
1 cup hot water
2 tablespoons Epsom Salts
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel or regular gel
1/2 teaspoon conditioner or a couple drops of oil

-Add all ingredients to bottle and shake well until all ingredients are dissolved. Again, myself, I put everything in a larger sized Magic Bullet, then poured the mixed ingredients into the spray bottles.

I did notice that both the Sea Salt Sprays got a little foamy and separated a little. Just be aware that you might need to shake the solution to re-emulsify the coconut/oil/conditioner/gel back into the sea salt mixture.
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
For someone who cannot use bleach, prefers not to use bleach, doesn't want to use bleach on baby's clothing, OR has a septic system and cannot use bleach with a septic system, here is an alternative bleach option:

12 cups water
1/2 cup lemon juice (the kind from the bottle is just fine, no need to freshly squeeze this)
1 cup hydrogen peroxide

Mix in a container large enough to hold all the liquid. Fill machine up with hot water like you would with bleach, add detergent like normal.

For HE washers, add 2 cups of the solution per load through the detergent section and/or bleach section of the dispensers.

For other washing machines, allow the machine to fill with hot water and detergent. Once it is ready to start agitating, pour 2 cups of the solution to the load of laundry.

For both washers, allow wash to agitate and wash for about 10 minutes, then turn it off and let it soak for about 1 hour before finishing the cycle. It works pretty well!
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
I purchased Magnesium Chloride Flakes at a local health food store for $20.00 for 44 oz. of flakes. Doesn't seem like a lot, but at least for the Magnesium Oil spray, it does go a pretty long way! The Vitamin Shoppe supposedly had it, but it wasn't in store, so I would call to double check before trekking to try and find it!

Here is what the recipe called for:

1/2 cup Magnesium Chloride flakes
1/2 cup distilled water

Here is what I did:

2 cups Magesium Chloride flakes
2 cups distilled water

Other needed items:
-Glass bowl or large measuring cup
-Spray bottle(s) *duh*

-Put Magnesium flakes in bowl or heat proof measuring cup. Pour boiling water over magnesium flakes. Stir until all flakes are dissolved, let cool and pour into bottle(s).

I made about 2 of these. About 6 of these. And 2 of these, but mine were colored. I like the one with the pull trigger rather than the push nozzle better. Just my own preferences inserted in there!
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
Sorry, I'll get you my lotion bar recipe's later. I'm going to crash and burn. I'm starting to nod off in front of the computer screen!
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
Sorry! Forgot about the facial cleansing wipes recipe!

Find a container that will be water tight and can hold a roll of paper towels cut in half.

Cut the paper towels in half, so it looks a little more like a toilet paper roll. Pull the cardboard holder in the middle out and it will start the center pull like a tube of Wet Ones.

4 cups warm water
1-2 tablespoons (add more or less, this is your call...) coconut oil
1-2 squirts of baby wash or your favorite face wash.

-Mix wet ingredients together until coconut oil is melted, then pour 1/2 of the mix over each half of the paper towels. More mixture may need to be made depending on how large the roll of paper towels are (I highly recommend only using the paper towels that are normal size...not select a size. It just creates problems).

I've used them last night to wipe my hands of vaseline from trying to salvage my poor cracked and bleeding feet and wiping off my face in between OCM's (right now I'm doing every other day or about 3 times a day for OCM so I needed something gentle to clean my face in between. Worked wonderfully!

ETA: Rather, I'm doing OCM every other day or about times a *week*...not day! Could you imagine doing OCM 3x a day?!
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.

Last edited by SunshineGrrl; 01-12-2013 at 06:53 PM.
Sunshine, Thank you so much!
I was also feeling very sick for all last week, and at some point I NEEDED to do something like this.
Thank you again! Hope you are feeling better.
3a/b, CG mostly.
Mexico City.
What do you use the magnesium oil for? I heard it's good to spray our feet to absorb the magnesium without intestinal upset. Do you use it for that or something else?

And thank you for the recipe, I'll have to try it!

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What do you use the magnesium oil for? I heard it's good to spray our feet to absorb the magnesium without intestinal upset. Do you use it for that or something else?

And thank you for the recipe, I'll have to try it!
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
You can spray it all over too not just feet. Great for sore painful muscles.
My massage therapist uses it with her oil so I get the additional benefits of mag.
I also add it to my flaxseed gel to enhance curl.
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I've bookmarked all of the sites you listed. Thanks for sharing and way to go for being super productive on a rainy day!
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What do you use the magnesium oil for? I heard it's good to spray our feet to absorb the magnesium without intestinal upset. Do you use it for that or something else?

And thank you for the recipe, I'll have to try it!
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
You can spray it all over too not just feet. Great for sore painful muscles.
My massage therapist uses it with her oil so I get the additional benefits of mag.
I also add it to my flaxseed gel to enhance curl.
Originally Posted by crimsonshedemon
Thanks! I remember you posted in the mag thread, but I only remembered spraying it on the feet. good to know!

SF Bay Area, CA * "The Angel-Goddess-Guru of Haircoloring"
3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
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I fogot the websites for some of the lotion bar recipes. For all but a couple of mine, I just spread it thin-ish on some parchment paper until it cooled, then broke it into little pieces. That way, I don't have to try and find a container that will hold a larger size lotion "bar" in my purse. I can make the container as large or as small as needed and replace the pieces as needed, too.

First site: I don't like her site overall because I'm not really into the whole Paleo thing, but it has some really good info with a slamming trick on how to melt the lotion w/ beeswax because it simply won't come off stuff you've used on it without some major, major effort. The mason jar idea with lid on top is ingeniuous and you can chuck the whole shebang once done if you were able to get them for cheap-ish.

Homemade Lotion Bar Recipe: All Natural and Easy to Make - Everyday Paleo

Site Two: Some really insightful ways that I like a lot.

Faith * Hope * Love * Happiness: DIY Lotion Bar Recipe (Or the post alternatively titled {How to Turn A Failed Pinterest Attempt Into A Semi-Success}

Site Three: Not such a fan of this except for the lotion bar recipe. But be warned, you need a scale to make this one.

HerbMentor News 73: Lotion Bars Recipe


**Once last thing on here, and I'm not sure if I mentioned it on this thread or not**

If you need to purchase products, I highly, highly recommend www.thesage.com. I happen to know her (worked for years with her sister) and she has only the best quality products and tons and tons of fun stuff on there like molds for soap or lotion bars. A bajillion containers. And great customer service! Love her!

Also, if you only have candelilla wax and not beeswax, you can use that for these recipes, it'll just turn a little harder and initially be a little greasier to rub in. Otherwise, it acts very much the same.
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.

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