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Beauty product experimentation

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!




New plan – Cycling AND Running??

Pictograms of Olympic sports - Cycling (road)....

Well, as I discussed a few days ago, it seems that my running ability is not on par with the C25K Beginner’s program.  My body is just so messed up.  In all truth, it really is my fault.  I was a HUGE couch potatoe throughout all of my pregnancies.  With my son, I had mild edema, pre-ecalmpsia, and high blood pressure, so I was *ordered* to take things easy.  With my oldest daughter, my hips were SO messed up that it was extremely painful to be active.  The more active I was, the worse my hips would be and the less my mobility became.  When you already have one child, you really cannot afford to lose your mobility.  Plus, I was so super sick during my pregnancy with her (lost 20 lbs. the first HALF).  Then, with my youngest daughter, I was just doing my best to survive.  I really was just living day by day, struggling to get my chores done, and taking every advantage of nap times.  Emotionally, I was a wreck, had no clue how I was going to deal with 3 children under two and a half years of age (another story for another blog).  Any type of exercising was out of the question.  I wouldn’t say that I was lazy during any of my pregnancies, if your a stay at home mother, you really are anything except lazy.  But, I wasn’t too terribly physically active…couldn’t handle it.

Now that I’m trying to get up off my butt and doing something, my body is fighting back.  My lungs can handle it.  I can push my lungs, control my breathing.  However my legs are not liking the *abuse*.  My knees disagreed with my shoes, my tibias are arguing with my shins, and my glutes have strife with my pelvis.  Running 3X a week just isn’t going to work RIGHT NOW.

So, I’m going to start slower than beginner.  At first I was really frustrated at myself, I hated my body, I was angry that the wonderful gift of children came with such an unexpected burden.  But I have a plan now, and I’m ok with everything that’s gone on.  Allow me to share my plan, and maybe someone else who has similar issues may want to join in?

I go running twice a week.  I follow the idea of the Cool Runnings program, but what would take a normal person two weeks to complete will end up taking me three weeks.  And then, on days that I’m not running, I cycle, twice a day.  Running is something that I can do by myself without my children, and cycling is something that I can do with my whole family, and also help my husband get into shape.


So there you have it.  A plan.  Having a plan is the first step to correcting a situation.  I’ll be sure to keep you updated on how this plan works, so far, I’m quite happy with it!

Today’s cycling stats (using Strava cycling app for iphone):

First time

  • 1.6 miles
  • 16:06 minutes
  • 6.0 mph average
  • 10.4 mph max speed

Second time

  • 1.6 miles
  • 19:04 minutes (had to stop to adjust the kids…silly)
  • 5.5 mph average
  • 9.6 mph max speed

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