Rose Petal and Olive Oil Eye Makeup Remover

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Eye MakeUp Remover

part of the I’ve Got a Secret series

To keep my skin healthy and looking younger, I started using non-toxic goodies like face cleanser, shower wash and body lotion.  But they can be expensive and you still might not know what’s really in them.

About a year ago, I began the gradual journey toward making my own skin care products. At first, it was rather intimidating.  There was a LOT of research to be done and then experimentation.  I also dragged my feet a bit.  I was scared.  What if they didn’t work?  How long would it take my skin to recover if it’s awful and I had to go back to the tried and true products?  Would my skin recover?

When it comes to health and aging, I will not go down without a fight!
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Rose Petal and Olive Oil Eye Makeup Remover”

Honey and Glycerin Face Cleanser (MIY)

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I’ve tried different facial cleansers and this Honey and Glycerin Face Cleanser is my favorite. It’s simple to pull together and it’s good for all skin types, including sensitive and maturing skin. I’ve been using this for about a year now and am very happy with the way it works for my skin.
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No Fuss NOT-Paper Towels

I am a glutton for DIY non-toxic cleaning recipes and ideas. Cannot get enough of them. Something I keep running across is the great idea of non-paper towels.  Most methods I’ve found involve cutting and sewing squares of broadcloth onto squares of terry cloth, turning right-side-out, basting closed then fastening velcro or snaps so they attach together like a paper towel roll – which we all try not to use so we  can save money, avoid chemicals and diminish our ecological footprint, right?!   I love the idea of these fabric towel rolls. They are economical, convenient and pretty. I love them every time I see them!

Going Green with Face Cloths - No Fuss NOT-Paper Towels
No Fuss NOT-Paper Towels

Yet, there’s something that stops me from using this method.  Besides the sewing.  Well, ok.  Maybe  sewing is the deal killer here.  But most some of the reason is that there’s another option I like better.

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Rosewater and ACV Toner

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UPDATE 20 March, 2017 – Mr. Nest and I were recently in Hope Town in the Bahamas visiting friends when I ran out of my toner (that I buy here these days and like very much).  We were on a small cay with limited shopping. What to do?

I headed here to my own post from a few years ago and threw an abbreviated version of this together using 2 ounces filtered water, about 1/8 teaspoon (or less) ACV and a few drops of AMEO’s Pure Tranquility essential oil blend. It still works great! Which leaves me wondering… why did I stop making my own?

Rosewater and ACV Toner
Rosewater and ACV Toner

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As shared on Homestead Barn Hop #153 and Homemade Mondays Week 74

Apple Cider Vinegar is the main active ingredient in my toner and I’ve been very satisfied with it for about a year now. However, my skin has begun feeling a little too tight after toning.  I blame Winter.  Tweaking it (the toner, not Winter… although, hmmm!) has been on my mind, but it’s taken awhile to decide what to do about it.

So, it simmered on the back burner while daily life continued.

Do you know how important toner is for keeping your skin healthy? It took me years to understand the point of toner.
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DIY Hydrating Facial !Spritz!

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part of the “I’ve Got a Secret” series

Last year, I fell in love…

… with an anti-aging, hydrating facial mist made by a prestigious skin care company. DESPITE its price tag, which was comparable to a new pair of casual shoes, I really LOVED this stuff! It felt so good. Smelled so nice. Kept my skin sooo fresh.

I was hooked, I tell ya.

Thing is, we’ve become very conscious of all the nasties that are used to make personal care products. I’ve been making more and more of the products we use on our skin like body lotions, facial moisturizers, liquid hand soaps, shaving cream… You get the idea.

What was I going to do? Before this bottle of wonder was gone, I had to find a way to keep this love affair going.
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