You Can Make Your Own Perfume. Seriously!

We all love fragrances, and a branded perfume is actually a fun way to stand out from the crowd. Unfortunately, many of those pretty bottles in department stores are filled with toxic and dangerous chemicals. Studies show that the ingredients found in store-bought fragrances and colognes can trigger health problems ranging from allergic reactions, asthma-like symptoms to chronic headaches. Even more alarmingly, toxicity levels can be so high that they have been linked to certain cancers and thyroid complications.

However, there is good news! Making your own fragrance is as simple as getting a few key ingredients from a health food store. Instead of dealing with all those horrible chemicals, let’s make our perfume the Green Planet way!

To Start Off

To begin, choose a neutral base for your fragrance. For a liquid consistency, choose alcohol, such as vodka. Another option is to use an excellent oil (jojoba or almond oil is ideal). The most used formula is a 1:1 mixture of alcohol and oil, but using both is certainly not necessary. Coconut oil is another excellent option for a fiercer fragrance. Consider making a body mist by starting with filtered water and essential oils if heavy oils aren’t your thing!

A Liberal Touch of You

That’s where it gets fun! It’s time to experiment and discover which fragrances speak to you and your personal style. Spend some time in the natural products section of your grocery store, or even in the bulk herbs and spices section! Focus on the fragrances that stand out from you and the type of ambiance you are looking for. Do you like flowers or prefer to smell like a decadent dessert? While there are countless ways to mix and match fragrances to your taste, having a free formula will help you find one unique and complex one. Simply choose an essential oil you like and play with the quantities until you find one you want.  

It’s Application Time!

Once you’ve found your winning combination, it’s time to choose your preferred application method. Roller-blades are perfect for oil-based fragrances because they let you know exactly where you’re applying them and prevent them from depositing on your clothes or other valuables. Spray bottles are perfect for mixtures of alcohol or water. If you started with a more substantial base such as coconut oil, a lovely tin or glass container would be more effective. Solid fragrances are a great addition to your beauty travel bag, as they are convenient and mess-free. There may also be a few ways to keep your scent by reusing items you already have on hand. Now that you know all the basics, we hope you have fun creating your very own fragrance. In case you’re still scratching your head, here’s a quick recipe for inspiration. Do-it-yourself Perfume (Fills small container with roller-ball)  

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. jojoba oil
  • 1 oz distilled water
  • 5 drops of jasmine oil
  • 3 drops of lemon oil
  • 3 drops of orange oil
  • 3 drops of sandalwood oil
*Note* (You can buy essential oils anywhere online or in health food stores. Buy pure essential oil to make sure it is 100% safe).  

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients in a small container and mix lightly by tilting the bottle back and forth. Apply to wrists, behind the ear and in the neck. On average, the fragrance should last 2-3 hours. Feel free to reapply throughout the day if necessary. You can smell amazing and be chemical-free at the same time. Your body and your health will thank you for the years to come. The best part? Everyone else will be dying to get to know your characteristic (green) scent! Are you ready to make your very own perfume?
Lips care

Lips Care 101 (DIY lips exfoliator).

Do your lips crack and dry out very often? Are you tired of buying a new lip balm and feeling moisturized for a few days, only for the issues to resurface after a few days?
Don’t wait for them to crack and hurt! Moisturize them the right way. In this article, we’ll walk you through step-by-step how to care for your lips with the right products and even create your own lip scrub and balm like a pro!

How do our lips work?

Our skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis. The skin is the barrier between the internal organs and the environment, and its function is to maintain the balance between the interior and exterior. So, if we think about our lips, they need to breathe, be hydrated, and be nourished. Moreover, the skin of our lips is in constant renewal to resist the big changes of temperature, the sun, and the digestive enzymes in our saliva. It is, therefore, necessary to help it get rid of dead skin.
Here are our tips for you…

Do not:
Expose yourself to the sun for too long
Lick your lips
Use lip balms with allergenic fragrances.
Use lip balms made with petroleum (even if it protects the lips, it doesn’t let them breathe, and you have to admit that petroleum on your skin doesn’t have any good properties).

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Guide To Taking Care Of Your Lips.

What to do:
Exfoliate your lips once or twice a week to remove dead skin that would interfere with exchanges with the outside.
Remember to moisturize them, protect them from the sun and extreme temperatures on very cold or hot days.
Don’t forget to drink water. Water is even more important on dry days and when you eat salty or spicy foods.
To start a good routine, you can always use a natural exfoliant like sugar mixed with the oil of your choice and honey.
You can protect them from dehydration with shea butter (deodorized if you don’t like the smell), castor oil or lanolin. Using these oils, butters and fats is very good and can even be sufficient, but we know that it might not be pleasant for everyone.

For this reason, we end up using our conventional lip balms with pleasant smells and textures. That’s why it’s important to learn how to choose products for our lips so that we don’t harm them.

The natural exfoliator
Find a container that you like to use your exfoliator in.
Wash the containers and utensils you will use (especially the storage container).

Fill the storage container with the sugar of your choice
Put the sugar in the bowl to mix.
Add vegetable oil of your choice and the honey and mix until you get the desired texture (you don’t want it to be too oily). I recommend adding half a teaspoon at a time.
Add coloring or flavoring, if you like, and mix it all.
Pour the mixture into your container and now you are ready to use it.
This recipe is very easy and can be easily modified. The sugar will help to gently remove the dead skin on your lips and the oil with the honey will leave your lips silky smooth. You can always do it with either honey or oil, but the two together are always a plus!

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Lips Care 101

Which products to choose from?

I chose deodorized shea butter (so filtered with clay) because I don’t like the smell of shea butter, especially when wearing the mask, but that’s up to each person! Otherwise, I use the other ingredients because:
Shea butter is very rich, it protects, softens and restructures the skin. It can be used for the lips, the body and the hair.
The coconut oil will protect our lips and will make them soft while bringing a good smell.
Sweet almond oil is very popular for massages because of its beautiful light texture and its soothing and softening properties when dry and delicate skin. So it is perfect for our lips.

Well, now that you know the importance of taking care of your lips, you can do your routine with a homemade lip scrub and lip balm and let us know!

Candles

Candles to Treat Anxiety.

Whether it was mild anxiety before speaking in front of an audience or severe anxiety that led to a panic attack, we have all experienced a certain level of anxiety at some point in our lives. Either way, it is important that you know how to calm yourself because an accelerated heart rate and difficulty breathing are not pleasurable.

While it is important to seek professional advice, your therapist, unfortunately, won’t be available 24-hour. There are different methods that you can use at home to help you feel relaxed. In this article, we will talk about therapeutic candles that may help you whenever you are feeling a bit anxious.

Candles are known to set the mood, so whether it is at home or in your office, they will help you establish a calm environment.

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For relaxation.

Scents For Anxiety…

It is known that you can use grounding techniques to relieve your anxiety. What do I mean by grounding techniques? This technique allows you to stay away from negative thoughts by staying in the present. One of my favourite grounding techniques is using your five senses to resolve unwanted anxiety. Here we are talking about ‘smell’, where lighting a scented candle will help you to stay grounded.

We have listed some scents that are well-known for calming anxiety and stress.

Lavender: Lavender has been well-known to help us sleep, but do you know why? Because lavender actually calms our nerves making more easier for us to sleep. Some use it as bath soaks, others as a body mist. Either way, it is very useful. I prefer it in the form of a candle, as it releases the scent slowly, giving me time to focus on my breathing and immerse myself in relaxation.

Rosemary: The benefits of rosemary are unlimited but we will focus on its stress reliever benefit. Rosemary essential oil can help you to decrease cortisol, which is the stress hormone in our body.

Vanilla: Who does not love vanilla flavour? It is the basis of everything and you cannot go wrong with vanilla flavour, right? For me, the scent of vanilla reminds me of my childhood when I come back from school and smell the vanilla scent from the muffin my mom baked for me. Vanilla aroma contains relaxing properties, which is why they are often used in bath products as they promote peaceful sleep.

This DIY project will help you decorate your house with candles that will also promote a relaxing atmosphere.

What you’ll need:

 

  • Wax
  • Candle Wicks
  • One of the aforementioned fragrance oils
  • A spatula
  • A heat-proof glass container
  • A pan

Steps:

 

  • Melt your wax into the pan for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Add your fragrance.
  • Put the wick in the heatproof container.
  • Let the wax sit for 3 to 5 min.
  • Pour the wax

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DIY candles.

Allow it to set completely for a minimum of 4 hours.

Light one candle up as soon as you come home, but please do not ever leave a candle unattended as it may potentially cause a home fire. Make sure to put your candles in a safe place, far from curtains. You can do some research as there are plenty of other scents known to relieve anxiety.

Be aware that some essential oils are toxic to pets and children so I would suggest you store your essential oils out of your children’s reach.

Aromatherapy candles will help set the mood, to help you relax but if you have chronic anxiety I suggest you go onto therapy rather than relying on aromatherapy candles. Let us know in the comments which scents you prefer…

bullet journal

Bullet Journaling 101: A Beginner’s Guide.

Bullet journaling has become very popular on social media for being ‘aesthetic’, with more and more people picking up the hobby and making it part of their daily routine. Are you looking to dive in as well? This article covers everything you need to know to join the wonderfully creative world of bullet journaling.

Before starting, keep in mind that everyone’s bullet journal is different. Yours does not have to be like the ones on Pinterest. It has to be yours, a space where you feel comfortable writing and can therefore be as simple or as fancy as you want…

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You Will Need Some Basics.

All you really need to get started is a notebook and a pen. You can grab a few colouring pens or crayons if you want to add a splash of personality to the whole thing, or you prefer stickers and glitter, those are also options.

Now that you are all set and ready to start journaling, what are you actually going to write about? In a bullet journal, you can log your weekly or monthly goals, the current projects you are working on or your to-do lists. At the end of the day, it is your bullet journal you can add whatever you want. Since I like mine to be a little bit more interesting, here are some of my favourite bullet journal logs.

Goals

As I mentioned above, you can log your weekly and monthly goals, but you can also log your weight goals, food or water intake goals. Once you’ve prioritized your goals, break them down into smaller, more achievable steps.

I suggest you write down your bucket list in your bullet journal, too—things you want to accomplish by the end of the year. Every time you open your journal, it will automatically remind you to work towards your goals.

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Log Ideas….

Gratitude

These journals are used to jot down at least one or two things you are grateful for, which will help you be more conscious and cheerful. Gratitude logs might help you find pleasure and tranquillity. I suggest you do that daily before going to bed. It will help you relax and focus on the positive rather than on a load of tasks that may be waiting for you tomorrow.

Along with gratitude, you can also log some affirmations. Write down your positive thoughts for a better life.

Budget

One of the most difficult things to keep track of is one’s finances. If you don’t learn how to manage it, it may be a source of tension and anxiety.

A simple and efficient method to stay on track is by using a financial tracker bullet journal layout to keep track of your finances. You can opt for a budgeting plan and log your monthly expenses into your journal to have a clearer idea.

Pro Tip: Add up your receipts so that you know exactly where your money has gone at the end of the month.

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Log In Your Budget, Mood or Goals.

Mood Tracker

Do you want to discover if your good days exceed your bad days? Mood trackers are a fun and effective way to keep track of your feelings throughout the day. The mood tracker can also be used to assist you in discovering mood-altering factors throughout the day.

What I love about the mood tracker is that you can be as creative as you want. Sometimes I am lazy and keep it as simple as colouring small squares, but sometimes I draw flowers, mandalas or leaves where each part represents a day.

You can have a creative and colourful bullet journal or a plain one with only black and white designs. It depends on how much time you can devote to this activity. Let us know in the comments below if you have a bullet journal or if you are now thinking about having one.

D.I.Y Gummies

How To: At-home Gummies

Gummy bears are a popular treat among both children and adults, and while store-bought versions are high in sugar and chemicals, creating your own is surprisingly easy. If you want to treat your kids to something healthy, try this recipe for homemade gummies.

Remember that this is a basic recipe that you may want to alter and add your own delicious twist to. Supplements can be added to make them more nutritious or to keep them hidden from fussy kids.

Before we get to the recipe, let’s take a look at how store-bought gummies may damage your health in the long run. To begin with, the major component in these gummies is glucose syrup. Regular intake of glucose syrup can result in obesity, high blood sugar, poor oral health, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Sugar is the second ingredient, followed by gelatin and dextrose. The four main components of these little gummies are simply sugars in different forms. We don’t have to look far to know that they aren’t healthy foods.

Let’s jump to the fun part, making your own gummies…

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D.I.Y Gummies.

For the recipe you will need:

  • One and a half cups of fresh juice or vegetable juice.
  • 4 tablespoons of gelatin, I suggest grass-fed gelatin but you can use the plain one.
  • 2-4 tablespoons of raw honey. You can use any type of natural sweetener too.
  • Half teaspoon vanilla extract.

Steps:

  1. Then, set the saucepan over medium heat. Allow the liquid to warm but not boil. You want the gelatin to totally dissolve and become thin and runny. Do not worry if it is grainy at the beginning after a couple of minutes in the heat, it should dissolve completely. Combine the honey, vanilla extract, and any other ingredients you’ll be using in a mixing bowl.
  2. Refrigerate the liquid in a small jar, or in a loaf pan or in your fun gummy molds for around 2-3 hours.
  3. Remove them from the refrigerator then from the mold, this shall not be difficult. Cut your gelatin into little squares if you’re using the loaf pan.
  4. Refrigerate your homemade healthy gummies for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container. They will last even if left outside, but I recommend storing them in the refrigerator.

 

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Turn Them Into Vitamins Bomb.

Turn Them Into Multi-Vitamin Gummies:

Providing your kids with the right dose of vitamin daily is essential. But we are all aware that things like cod liver oil, while incredibly beneficial to your child’s health, doesn’t taste good.. Trick them into taking their vitamins through your homemade gummies.

You can choose your own flavours, but I suggest going with natural flavours such as fruits and vegetables as our body absorbs best from natural sources. You can proceed by juicing your fruits and veggies, however, keep in mind that you may lose some fibre.

The best part of making your own at home gummies is that you can add anything, they will be your personal health bombs pack with whatever nutrients you want. You should be careful though, do not switch your prescribed vitamin with the gummies, this is just a supplement. If you have been prescribed a vitamin, take it as prescribed by your doctor. Let us know down in the comments if you are willing to give our recipe a try.

Face Mask

How To Make Cloth Face Masks

As many countries have mandatory masks due to COVID-19, we wanted to create a simple fabric mask design that can be made at home.
When wearing the mask, make sure your mouth, nose and chin are covered and adjust as best you can to leave no gaps, and avoid touching the front of the mask while wearing it. This design is reusable; simply wash at home with hot water and detergent. It is advisable to wash it after each use and remember to use clean hands while putting on and taking it off.

Cloth Face Masks
Cloth Face Masks

Picking the Right Fabrics

The fabrics used to make the mask are very important. The mask must comply with the guidelines used in the United States. Make sure you follow the fabric specifications listed in our materials list below:

  • Outer layer – 100% water-resistant synthetic like Polyester 26 X 26 cm
  • Middle layer – poly/cotton blend 25 X 25 cm
  • Inner layer – water-absorbing fabric – linen or cotton 25 X 25 cm

Cloth Face Masks
Cloth Face Masks

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Dressmakers pins
  • Fabric chalk
  • Small safety pin
  • Bamboo skewer or similar
  • Matching thread

How to Make a Cloth Face Mask

  1. Cut your fabric to size; the fabric of the middle layer and inner layers’ fabric must be 25 cm square and the outer layer 26 cm square.
  2. Place the middle layer on top of the inner layer of fabric. It doesn’t matter which middle layer is facing, but make sure your inner layer faces the right side out. Pin the outer perimeter of the fabric and sew them together using a straight stitch 5 mm from the edge inwards.
  3. Take your outer layer of fabric and lay it flat with the right side facing down. Place your inner and middle layers on top with the inner layer facing up. Fold back the edges of the outer layer of fabric, iron flat and secure. You may want to cut a diagonal from the material to get the corners right.
  4. Along two parallel sides, fold back 1cm and iron flat.
  5. Using straight stitch, sew the two edges in place and sew over the line created in step 3 for a clean finish.
  6. Fold back 1.5 cm in the other two sides, pin and stitch as above. In the next step, you will thread the elastic through their sides, so do not sew the ends closed and be sure to leave enough room for the width of the elastic bands or fabric.
  7. If you use elastic straps: cut the rubber bands into two 20 cm lengths. Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic straps and thread through the channel created in step 5. Fold it back around itself and secure in place. Sew the loop closed either by hand or by machine. Check the fit and tighten if necessary. For a correct finish, you can pull this join back into the ruched channel.
  8. If you are using fabric straps: cut two 140 X 4 cm lengths of fabric. Fold them in half lengthways, right side inwards. Then sew a straight seam 5 mm from the long edge, leaving one of the short edges loose and closing the other edge.
  9. Next, we turn them out using the blunt edge of your skewer (or whatever you have). Start with the short edge that you twisted in the previous step, and use the skewer to push that edge into the channel. Continue pushing the length of fabric along the rod until the short edge comes out the other end. When it does, carefully pull it all the way through. Iron the tie flat and sew the short open edge closed, either by hand or machine.
  10. Attach a safety pin to the end of your tie and thread it through the side channels of the mask, repeating on both sides.

 

Let us know in the comment section if you have tried or plan to make a face mask before.

Tie and Dye

The Complete Guide to Tie-Dyeing for Beginners.

At-home tie-dyeing isn’t a brand-new concept. Tie-dye is a simple and inexpensive DIY activity for adults as for kids. It is so easy that it is almost impossible to go wrong. With the help of our complete guide, you will be able to achieve the perfect tie-dye outfits.

Step 1: Choose Your Fabric.

First, you’ll need to decide what you’re going to tie-dye – sweatshirts, t-shirts, socks, and underwear are all readily available and ideal for at-home wear. Cotton is amazing at absorbing colours and holding them even after several washes, so 100% cotton shirts work best. You may also use a 50/50 blend of cotton and polyester, but the end product will be less vivid. Only natural materials, such as cotton, silk, and rayon, are fully compatible with dyes.

Pre-Wash Your Shirt: Before dyeing your clothes, give the garment a good wash in hot water, especially if it isn’t brand new. This process ensures that any oil, dust, or other substances that could resist the colour are thoroughly removed.


Step 2: Choose Your Dye

Dye kits are readily available at craft stores. Everything you need for the process, such as rubber gloves, rubber bands, soda ash, urea, and detailed, easy-to-follow directions, are included. All you need is warm water, as the colours are already in squeeze bottles. If you do not want to buy the kit, you can still purchase single packets of dyes, and then you will have to buy your squeeze bottle separately.
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Step 3: Choose Your Design

Bulls-eye: Determine the location you want to be the center of your bulls-eye. Pull your item upward from that point until the remainder of the cloth hangs down. Tie one rubber band just below the center point and then a second one a bit farther down.

Continue to apply rubber bands to the cloth in short intervals until you reach the bottom. The position of the rubber bands is where white rings will emerge, so you may choose any colours you like for the bulls-eye circles! Each banded part might be a different colour, or it can all be the same colour you choose.

Sailor Strip: Start by pleating your fabric vertically. Attach your pleated fabric with rubber bands uniformly spaced. You may add as many rubber bands as you wish. You may make broad stripes by spacing the rubber bands further apart or narrow strips by placing them closer together. It’s up to you.

You may use as many dye colours as you like with the striped tie-dye design, whether it’s one or six. Have fun with it and try new things; there’s no wrong way to tie-dye! If you wish, you may change the colours or skip portions to leave them white. As you apply the dye to the pleated fabric, rotate it to ensure that the dye is applied to the underside and sides of the piece.

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Sailor Stripe Tie and Dye.

Spiral: Place your wet T-shirt (or fabric) on a covered surface and lay it flat. Locate the middle of the collar and the area immediately under the sleeves for a perfect center spiral. This will be the focal point of your spiral tie-dye! At this stage, pinch the cloth and twist it into a swirl. Continue to tightly twist the fabric until the entire garment has taken on a spiral shape.

To keep your spiralling shirt in place, use three rubber bands and crisscross them to make six wedge shapes. You can use as many or as few dye colours as the wedge forms created with the rubber bands allow.

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Spiral Tie and Dye.

Step 4: Let It Rest

Allow any extra colour to drop off the fabric once it has dried. We know you’re tempted to have a look at your work, but really, do not unwrap it for now.

Allow 6 to 8 hours or more for the dye to be fully set. Put in a zipper bag or cover with plastic to keep wet while the dye cures for maximum results. Wash once the dye has completely set.

Step 5: Rinse And Wash!

Remove the rubber bands from the shirt and unwrap it. Make sure to use gloves during the whole process. Using cold water, rinse it until the run-off is clear. Then wash it in cold water in the washing machine without putting any other clothes in (to avoid transferring colours). The garment is now dry and ready to wear!

Tell us in the comment which one of the designs mentioned above appeals to you the most.

DIY Cardboard Box

6 Things You Can Create Using Crates and Cardboard Boxes

Decorating with wooden boxes and crates is a fun and easy way to create your own style. The boxes can be made of wood or cardboard. Both are very easy to obtain and can be chosen according to the purpose of use.

Cardboard boxes come in a variety of shapes, and most importantly, they are very versatile. In other words, they are useful for recycling. Besides, finding other uses for them can help reduce their impact on the environment.

On the other hand, wooden crates can be used to make things more sturdy. They can be used to carry more weight. However, it would be best to be careful when handling wooden crates as they may produce splinters.

1) Keep Your Desk Area Tidy

Pens, pencils, and markers are everywhere. To avoid this, you can make a nice organizer out of a cardboard box to store them.

Materials Needed:

-Cardboard box
-Empty toilet rolls
-Paint
-Glue

Method
-Decorate the box as you wish.
-Glue the toilet paper roll to the inside of the box.
-Paint the inside of the roll.
-When the paint is dry, put a pen or pencil in the roller.

Use
-Place the organizer on your desk.
-Use the smaller rolls for small items.
-Use the long rolls for rulers.
-Put different kinds of objects into groups.

You can be creative!

2) Box to Store Toilet Paper

One of the easiest ways to decorate your bathroom is to use boxes. Toilet paper rolls can eventually be placed in a box without a lid and put on a table or shelf in the bathroom.

Materials Needed
-Box that holds four rolls of toilet paper
-Glue
-Rope

Method
-First, apply glue to one side of the box.
-Attach a string to the glue and cover the entire box with it
-Then let it dry.
-Put toilet paper rolls inside.

3) Tea Box

There are many types of tea available today, and keeping them all in the same box is not only a practical solution but also very attractive.

The best way to do this is to use a wooden box. This is because wood is more durable.

Materials Needed
-A small piece of wood to make a divider
-Wooden box or crate
-Glue
-Paint
-Lacquer

Method
-First, cut small pieces of wood with a small saw to create the partitions.
-Then glue them together and let them dry.
-Paint the wood with your favorite color.
-Finally, use lacquer to keep the wood in place.

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Tea Box

4) Accessory Storage System

This is a fun and convenient way to store accessories that always end up in drawers. It is organized and easy to see at a glance.

Materials Needed
-Small and shallow box
-Wardrobe or wrapping paper
-Pieces of fabric
-Glue

Method
-Cover the box with decorative paper, inside and out.
-Roll the fabric and put them in the box
-Place rings in between the rolls of fabric, tightly next to each other
-The result is a beautiful box for organizing and storing accessories.

5) Storing Towels

Like toilet paper, towels can make your wardrobe look cluttered. It is best to roll them up and store them in a fabric-covered box. The lid can also be used to hold smaller towels or cloths.

6) Underwear Organizer

Searching for underwear in an unorganized drawer is a waste of time that could be used in other ways. Besides, a cluttered drawer is not aesthetically pleasing.

This is why we recommend that you make your own underwear organizer using cardboard boxes that can be placed inside the drawer.

Materials Needed
-Medium-sized cardboard box, like a shoebox
-Leftover cardboard
-Cloth to cover it
-Adhesive for cloth

Method
-First, cover the entire box, inside and out, with the cloth.
-Then, cut out a piece of cardboard to make a compartment inside the box.
-Cut out the fabric to cover the walls of the compartments.
-Place the box inside the drawer and stuff the underwear inside it.

 DIY Tidy Plastic Grid Drawer Divider Container
Underwear Organizer

Do you have any other ideas about how we can recycle and reuse cardboard boxes? Share it with us in the comments below!

How to make lipstick at home?

How to Make Lipstick at Home?

Lipstick has a rich and long history, I’d say, which goes back to the queen of the ancient Sumerian Period.

Some wear lipstick to boost their self-confidence. Some to complete their look. Others to draw attention to their lips and appear more attractive to the opposite sex.

Whatever your reason for making it your “go-to” makeup item, have you never felt the need to make your own homemade lipstick?

Method 1:

Method one of making lipstick

Step 1 – Gather Your Supplies:

Before we come to the ingredients, decide on the container you will use. Lip balm tubes or small pots with lids are excellent choices (and these should be made of metal, glass or plastic). And, if you are reusing any containers, make sure to soak them in hot water and clean them thoroughly with a cotton ball soaked in white vinegar or alcohol.

Other materials you’ll need:

  • small heatproof bowl or glass measuring cup
  • saucepan or double boiler
  • glass dropper or pipette
  • spoon or spatula

Now, what you’ll need for the recipe:

  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) beeswax or beeswax beads, which can be easily found at any local craft supply store.
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) shea butter, mango butter, almond butter or avocado butter. This ingredient amplifies the smooth-rolling side of the lipstick.
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) oil, like almond oil, extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil or oil of soya.

Once you’ve got your basic supplies, it’s time to select a color for your lipstick. Different substances can be sued to create a range of red, pink, brown and orange shades and here are some options:

  • Create the typical bold, dauntless bright red lipstick with beetroot powder or crushed beet chips.
  • If you are more for the brownish hue, take some cinnamon from your kitchen.
  • Mix haldi(mostly known as turmeric) with some other substances to give birth to a more coppery tone.
  • For a powerful and deeper brown shade, use cocoa powder.

Step 2 – Melt the Ingredients Together and Mix In the Color:

  • Place all the base ingredients in the top of your double boiler or heatproof bowl.
  • Heat around 2 inches (5 cm) of water in a large saucepan over medium-high heat and then add the ingredients in a small pan and place it inside the first one.
  • Let the water simmer until the mixture is melted.
  • Here’s the fun part: when you add in the ingredient for the color of the lipstick.

Step 3 – Pour the Mixture Into Containers:

With a dropper, transfer the liquid into the tube or any other container. Do not forget to leave a little bit of space at the top as once the mixture will cool down, it will expand. And, please do not close the lids until it’s hardened (better is to wait for at least 30 minutes).

Method 2:

Making lipstick with eye shadow

Step 1 – Get Your Eyeshadow:

You can either use that old eyeshadow that’s been lying in your drawer for ages or buy a cheap one. Be careful not to use the gel form but the loose or compacted powder.

It’s pretty difficult to find green, blue, black in lipstick shades and that’s why we are using eyeshadows as they can work as color pigments. And, if you like sparkling lipstick, add a little shimmering eyeshadow to the color you’ve chosen.

Scoop a big chunk of the eyeshadow in a bowl and mash it up with the back of a spoon.

However, do not let this slip from your mind: some eyeshadows are not safe at all to be used on your lips. How to figure this out? Check the list of ingredients. If it consists of ultramarines, ferric ferrocyanide, and chromium oxides, forget about making your own lipstick.

Step 2 – Mix the Eyeshadow Powder With Petroleum Jelly:

In a microwave-safe bowl, add about one tablespoon (15 ml) of petroleum jelly and one teaspoon (5 ml) of eyeshadow powder. Heat the mixture until it melts.

Step 3 – Pour the Mixture Into Containers:

Once again, you can use an old lipstick tube, a cosmetics pot or any other container.

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DIY Coffee Scrub To Fade Stretch Marks

As you make healthy and positive changes to the way your body looks and feels, it only makes sense that you might want to improve the appearance of your body’s largest organ: your skin.

Stretch marks, also called striae or striae distensae, happen when your skin changes shape rapidly due to growth or weight gain. They are not a sign that anything is wrong with your health.

Both men and women can get stretch marks as pregnancy and puberty are the two most common times in life for these to appear.

Stretch marks begin as reddish or purple lesions which can appear anywhere on the body but are most likely to occur in places where larger amounts of fats are stored; the most common areas are the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, underarms, back, thighs and hips. Eventually, most stretch marks fade and take on a lighter coloring.

This DIY fading scrub has two simple everyday ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen. Coffee has been gaining ground for its beneficial skincare properties. Like any treatment, it takes time to see results, so be patient. As a bonus, if you use this scrub in the morning, the aroma of the coffee will make you up and start your day strong.

The Ingredients & Why They Work

Ground Coffee

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You have two choices when it comes to using ground coffee. You can take it directly from the package or repurpose the used coffee grounds from your coffee machine. Either way, the caffeine in coffee stimulates blood flow and circulation when directly applied to the skin, improving cell regeneration. This ground coffee’s texture is also an exfoliant, removing dead cells and loose skin. This process allows new skin cells to receive proper moisture from the next ingredient.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is capable of penetrating the skin to work on the different layers of your epidermis. Since stretch marks are located beneath the surface of our skin’s outer layers, olive oil works wonders to get to the location of the actual skin damage.

How to Use:

For the best results, start with clean skin. If you are using spent coffee grounds from the machine, you are good to go and can skip the first step. Otherwise, start with step one and move on from there.

  • Prepare the Coffee

If you are using coffee straight from the package, you will want to moisten the coffee first. Pour about ½ cup of coffee grounds into a large bowl and moisten it with warm water. You don’t want to drown the grounds, but you do want them to be wet.

  • Create a Paste

Add olive oil to the bowl with coffee and stir the mixture until it has a paste-like consistency. This should take anywhere from ¼ to ½ cup of oil, depending on how moist the grounds are. Ideally, the ending mixture should produce a paste that can stay on your skin for an extended period of time.

  • Rub It Into Your Skin

Once the paste is ready, gently rub it into the area where the stretch marks are present. Apply it on the skin around the area too, as stretch marks extend past the area we can see. If the stretch mark is the size of a golf ball, apply to the area as if it were a tennis ball. Continue to rub it in light, gentle strokes for 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Let It Sit

Once the paste is applied, leave it on for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, use a damp, non-abrasive cloth to remove the mixture from your skin gently.

  • Moisturize

After removing the paste, apply a natural moisturizer to the affected area two to three times throughout the day.

  • Repeat

Repeat the process once a day until you see a noticeable difference in the area. Everyone’s skin is different, and some stretch marks are more severe than others. Fading can take longer than you anticipate but be patient. It will work over time.

 

If you don’t feel like making the scrub daily, you can place the paste in an air-tight container and store it at room temperature. It will be ready to use whenever you are ready.

In the comment section below, let us know if you have ever used a stretch mark remedy and if it worked for you.