Oil treatment for dry and/or itchy scalp

So AB is super dry not to mention beyond any amount of static electricity I’ve ever encountered…My hair has been suffering. It literally flies out in all directions and zaps me when I try to control it. Dryness also leads to itchy skin unfortunately so I made this hair mask to try and tame it!

All I used are these simple ingredients. A base oil to moisturize and carry, and essential oils to treat! I chose Jojoba because I’ve had it for a long time and never really known what to do with it and I read that I can be good for dry hair. I chose these three oils because 1. Peppermint is stimulating and may help to increase circulation to the area. It’s also cooling which I love the feeling of and smells ahhhhmazing. 2. Melaleuca (Tee Tree) is said to treat dandruff and itchiness. 3. Lavender is soothing and calming so naturally good choice for itchy or irritated skin.

2 tbsp of base oil and 5 drops of each essential oil. Swirl and apply. It’s pretty greasy so I wouldn’t do this while wearing your favorite shirt.

Throw on some sweats, grease up your hair, toss it in a bun, put on some gangster rap and handle that shit.

I left this concoction in my hair for 3+ hours while I did stuff around the house, made dinner, homework etc. Then I shampooed twice.

Next day….


Not greasy but just look at that shine ✨

Better yet my scalp was not itchy today and my hair although still had some static, less and super soft 🙂

Hand Sanitizer 

Do you ever look around at work or school and notice that the people on either side of you are hacking and sniffling and it strikes you that you don’t want to catch whatever it is they have!?! Yes, well this is the case for me right now. I have a good collection of essential oils going now so I want to use them for practical things. Below is a few that have antibacterial properties. I got this idea because I wanted to clean my hands during class and wanted to avoid the harshness of store bought sanitizer so I googled essential oil hand sanitizer.

I added 10 drops of lavender

and 5 drops of every other oil pictured above. You can use any combo you like and there are others with antibiotic properties.

Swirl together the oils. Add 1 tbsp vodka, swirl.

add 1/4 tsp of vitamin e oil, swirl. This makes the sanitizer moisturizing, not drying.

8 ounces of aloe. I used aloe juice based on a recommendation from the guy at the store. He said the inside of the plant naturally turns into a juice and that the gel is that with added thickener. Also because I got spray bottles and wanted to make sure it would spray out!

I realized after that I should have mixed directly into the spray bottle. I recommend labeling all your bottles because it is easy to forget what is in each.

TIP!* Pure aloe is actually perishable. This means that you’ll have to store the remaining of the large container of it in the fridge. It also means that eventually your hand sanitizer could be “past it’s prime.” The vitamin e oil and the vodka act as preservatives and should allow you to take it to work or school with no refrigeration, should last a few months. I plan to keep mine in my back pack and spray my hands after we work on the computers. It is not meant to replace hand washing but it is extra help or for when you simply cannot wash your hands.

Suggested Uses

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sanitizer for your electronics (keyboards, phone screens…you know the ones we are attached to and put our faces on…)
  • Yoga Mat Spray – deodorizes and antibacterial
  • Air Spritz – if you’re trying to get a clean fresh feel to your place
  • Bathroom counter spray – wipes away soap marks
  •  Kitchen sink spray
  • Door handle spray
  • Frequently touched services – fridge door handle in my house :p

Makeup remover

I saw this “recipe” shared on fb so I decided to give it a try.

3 tbsp melted coconut oil

1 tbsp “baby soap” but I used peppermint castile soap
1/4 tsp tea tree oil

  

1 pack of cotton pads and 1 jar. Pour liquid into the jar and put 1/3 of the cotton pads at a time so they evenly soak it up.

     

Before with Makeup ^

After without

The tea tree oil may cause some irritation if in the eyes if you get it directly in them. I made these with the intention of using them for eye makeup remover but it’s a bit stingy so either just be careful or omit the tea tree.

The coconut oil and tea tree oil are both anti bacterial and are natural so shouldn’t dry out or irritate your face and could even help clear up your skin. I rinsed my face with water afterwards so the soap didn’t dry and get itchy, and then moisturized as usual.

 

Deodorant

Wait what? Yes, deodorant. This is where it gets weird and I understand if you don’t want to be my friend after this … (haha…)

So a couple of years ago I started looking into the contents of antiperspirants. I came to understand that although we commonly refer to everything as deodorant, there’s a major difference. Deodorants, as they sound de odor. Antiperspirants as they also sound, stop you from perspiring (sweating) by blocking your sweat ducts with aluminum….yes, aluminum the metal.

http://www.ei-resource.org/illness-information/related-conditions/heavy-metal-toxicity/

Now get this, sweating is how our body eliminates toxins and even cools our bodies down on a hot day. If we block that ability, where do the toxins and the sweat go instead? There is definitely some debate about the toxicity of antiperspirants. Some say it’s linked to breast cancer due to the proximity of the underarm, others claim it’s harmless. It’s really hard to say but I wanted to know more.

This is what started my mission to find a natural deodorant, and believe me I tried MANY. The unfortunate thing I found was that “natural” brands were at least $5 or more per stick. I tried so many brands, and each one left me extremely irritated with a fierce burning sensation under my arms. WTF…? Okay so I couldn’t settle for that either. And this is why for the last year and half, maybe longer I’ve made my own, and used nothing but. IMG_9142I apologize for the photo, there was no way to make it appear pretty. For me this was simply the only way to know what was going into the product I was using every day, and that didn’t cause irritation.

  • 6 T coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup aluminum free baking soda (it will clearly state)
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • essential oils (optional)

I will be very honest, there is a “transition” period that you will likely experience between conventional store bought deodorants and homemade. BUT if you stick with it (and your friends stick around 😉 ) than I don’t doubt you will eventually love it. (haha) I would never ever go back. I have saved money, as well as my pits. The first batch I ever made I omitted the essential oils as the only one I had was tea tree (way to strong). I have since made multiple batches and my favorite is peppermint (surprise). If you want to you can divide one batch into 2 or 3 glass jars and add a different oil to each, I also enjoy Orange.

Tip: You can recycle an old empty deodorant stick and put your homemade batch into the tube and apply as you would usually, or you can get over the ick factor and put it in a glass jar and apply with your finger…your choice!

Soap and Lotion

My skin is sensitive and dry. Sounds weird but it’s not uncommon. I used to use a whole array of different fun smelling facial lotions that cost me $14 for a tiny bottle. But I decided to try and clean up my routine in regards to what I’m putting on my skin, especially my face. I actually used to work at a non toxic hair salon, and we sold products aimed at people who had severe allergies to toxins or additives. One of the brands we sold was Curelle. At the time I didn’t try it or even sample. A few years later, I sort of discovered it by accident. I was given a bottle of the unscented “hand and body” lotion, and I decided to try it on my face. AMAZING. Seriously I kid you not, it was the only lotion I ever tried that actually moisturized and didn’t leave a greasy film. Not only did it not cause me to break out, it actually completely changed my complexion for the better. My skin became clearer than it has ever been. I even used it twice daily, morning and night and it only got better. To this day I still use it daily. Love.IMG_9151

You can see that the ingredient list is less than 10 items long. Here is another in-depth review of this product that I found. It get’s a bit “sciency” but I got through the positive information and thought I would share. http://www.ingredientsofstyle.com/2013/08/curelle-simple-and-effective-body-care_23.htmls

 

As for soaps, for me it also traces back to that same job at the salon. I was introduced to Dr. Bronner’s pure castile soap. Castile soap means it’s derived from either coconut oil or olive oil.

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I hope you can see the tiny writing, but the ingredient list here is also less than 10 items long. And again peppermint my fav 😉 It’s not over yet, the really cool thing about this castile soap is that it claims to have 18 uses!!! That’s ALOT. You can use this one soap to make laundry detergent, hand soap, dish soap, etc. I like it as face was because you only need a super tiny amount and it lathers really nicely and it leaves a cool fresh minty sensation that I love.

 

Toothpaste

Okay, so you go to the store and you look at your options; Colgate, Crest, Aquafresh, etc… Do we really know what is in those little tubes that every one buys without a second thought? Well have you ever noticed that every fluoride toothpaste tube contains a warning “If swallowed more than using for toothpaste seek medical attention.” Well you might now. It’s actually required to label the warning due to some health risks associated with ingesting fluoride.

SLS which stands for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is also a common ingredient in cosmetics like soap, shampoo, and you guessed it; toothpaste! It concerns me when toxins are so casually put into things we use in our MOUTHS!? Anyone else? SLS is a foaming agent which can make you feel nice and sudsy but actually can present risk of neurotoxicity and is a known carcinogen.

So what can we do about it?

Well after experimenting with quite a few different brands, flavors, and types of toothpaste I have found one that I would finally recommend. Jason powerful peppermint toothpaste is both fluoride and SLS free as well as free from preservatives, artificial color, artificial sweeteners, and propylene glycol (which “is used by the chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries as an antifreeze when leakage might lead to contact with food.”) Nice hey!!! Take a look at a more in depth write up if you wish. http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/toxsubstance.asp?toxid=240

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Anyway, this is one of many that I have tried but this is the first that doesn’t leave me wishing for something else. The texture is the same as typical toothpaste, as well as the cleaning ability. I found it bubbled just as nicely and even has a strong peppermint oil flavor – my fav 😉

Shampoo and Conditioner

It’s all really confusing actually because ingredients are really difficult to understand. Pull out some classic beauty products and count how many ingredients down the list it takes until you can no longer pronounce or understand what the heck it’s saying…. I guess 3. Anyways my point is that if I’m going out of my way to avoid harmful ingredients in my food, I also want to be mindful of ingredients on my skin.

I started shopping at Rocky Mountain Soap Company a few years ago. There was a period of time where I kind of let all my standards go but they’re back! ha

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I like their brand because I can for the most part understand the ingredient list, even when it’s difficult to pronounce it is usually followed by it’s “common” name, which I know. For example Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut oil). And although when a label says All Natural, there’s seriously no accountability to that and anyone can make that claim, their company swears their products “contain NO sulfates, parabens, phthalates, or any other nasty ingredients.” Those are definitely some main things I am steering clear from so it gives me some peace of mind. Oh and it smells heavenly….