Getting Fit After Giving Birth – one program at a time

Sweet, sugary Brach's lemon drops. Made with r...

Sweet, sugary Brach’s lemon drops. Made with real lemon juice! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I like to experiment with different things.  Really I wouldn’t care if it was store bought and full of chemicals, but that stuff is usually more expensive, so I mostly experiment with natural products that I would normally have around home anyways.


For example, there’s a “no poo” idea floating around the internet on the idea that store-bought shampoos are bad for your health.  So, I gave it a try.  It involved using a baking soda water mixture in lieu of shampoo, and a vinegar and water mixture in place of conditioner.  I had some interesting results.  I couldn’t much tell that it did anything special to my hair except made it smell like vinegar (I used white distilled vinegar in this instance, which might have made a difference).  Using store-bought shampoo and conditioner (the cheap suave stuff), I usually only wash my hair 3-4 times a week, so it didn’t much make a difference to me.


I’ve also tried a sugar wax on my legs.  I’ve always wanted to try waxing my legs instead of shaving.  Curiosity.  I wasn’t too impressed with it on my legs.  I am planning on going back and using it on my eyebrows though, I suspect there will be a greater success rate with a smaller area to work with.


Just recently I created my own face mask recipe.  Albeit there are TONS of recipes online, but I didn’t have the ingredients for most of them (I mean, where do you even get green clay, or those other exotic oils and stuff?), so I mixed and added my own.  My goal was to get rid of the horrible dark circles that have been lingering under my eyes since I got pregnant with my oldest 4.5 years ago.  It actually smelled pretty good (in my opinion anyways), and I think it worked wonderfully too!  My recipe was as follows


  • 1.5 teaspoon greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 capsules Vitamin B Supplement
  • 2 capsules Acetaminophen (Ibuprofen, or Tylenol works great!)
  • Contents of 1, unused, black tea bag


That was it!  I rubbed it on my face, leaving an extra thick layer right beneath my eyes (be very careful not to get it in your eyes, AT ALL…remember, there is lemon juice in there).  Then, I left it on for an entire episode of “Being Human” which was about 45 minutes, enough time for it to dry.  Then I washed it off.  The caffeine in the Tea continued to work throughout the night to tighten and tone, the lemon juice toned up all of the splotchy coloring, the acetaminophen soaked into the dark circles and almost vanished them completely, the yogurt and vitamin B tightened and drew out the yuckiness that likes to settle in your pores.  I will definitely be using this simple recipe (maybe with some tweaking) again in the future!


Have you ever experimented with making your own beauty products with natural home ingredients?  I’d love to hear what you tried and how it worked for you!




Comments on: "Beauty product experimentation" (2)

  1. Thanks for having my article about vinegar/baking soda clarifying in your related posts! (: Sorry it didn’t work for your hair!
    Awesome blog that you have here..

    Jenny xox

    • Jenny, I suppose the same can be said of any beauty product, everything doesn’t always work for everyone. It was fun to try, and it didn’t cause any damage, I just also didn’t notice any significant improvement either. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂

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