DIY Coconut Conditioner for Natural Hair

When I first went natural I was strictly a DIY girl. I experimented with all sorts of butters, oils, powders, etc. I haven’t done a DIY hair mix in a long time but I plan on slowly incorporating more in my natural hair routine.

Coconut is something I always used in my beauty routine. I wrote an article all about the benefits of coconut oil. This recipe is strictly coconut from the meat, oil, and milk. Coconuts have so many amazing benefits here are just a few:

Coconut Manna/ Butter– moisturizes and prevents hair fall. Strengthens hair follicles and repairs damage  and prevents further damage made by chemicals, heat, and other harsh treatments.

Coconut Oil– penetrates the hair shaft bringing in additional moisture and shine

Coconut Milk– nourishes hair providing natural moisture from root to tip. Stimulates hair for healthy strong growth.

 

DIY Coconut Conditioner Recipe

1/2 cup Coconut Manna

2 tablespoon Coconut Oil

1/2 cup Coconut Milk

I didn’t accurately take measurements. Usually I just eye ball it and depending on the length of your hair is how much you need for successful application. You can use this as a hot oil treatment, pre-poo, or deep conditioner. Watch the video below to see how I made my mixture and applied it to my hair.

 

 

How to Fight Acne with French Green Clay

Perfect skin is not something I would honestly say I have. But what I can say is that it has gotten better. I have suffered from adult acne and trust me I understand that it is not pretty nor is it fun. It’s definitely a struggle and what works for some may not work for all. Clear skin is a commitment to constantly work on your skin and ultimately find a routine and or products that will produce the best results.

In my last post on Infinity Jars I talked about getting back into DIY beauty products and treatments. In comes french green clay also known as sea clay. This clay contains healing properties such as bentonite, magnesium, calcium, potassium, silica, and selenium. French green clay is green in color like it’s name states; the pigment determines the quality. You want to make sure your clay is green in color and not too gray.

If you’ve never heard of this powerful clay here’s a couple facts:

  • Great clearing blemishes
  • “Drinks” oils, toxic substances, and impurities from your skin
  • Helps to remove dead skin cells and promote circulation for new healthy skin cells
  • Used in acient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to treat skin and digestive problems

There’s really no wrong way to go when making a clay mask. You can mix it with water, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera juice, or any other form of liquid. I used apple cider vinegar because of it’s astringent properties and the ability to tone, heal and treat blemishes. Plus ACV is great for removing dark spots and evening out the skin tone.

French Clay Mask for Acne Recipe

  1. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of french green clay
  2. add enough liquid to form a paste
  3. apply to face with finger or a brush
  4. allow to dry, rinse and cleanse face as normal

As an oily girl I try to use some form of a clay mask at least once or twice a week. You can purchase french green clay at Mountain Rose Herbs or From Nature with Love.

Infinity Jars Review

I love DIY beauty and cosmetic formulations using herbs, oils, and butters. I haven’t made my own products in a while but I’ve been itching to get back into it. There was a time when I made my own deep conditioners and body oils. So when Infinity Jars sent these to me for review I thought this would be the perfect time to start again.

Infinity Jars is an ultra violet glass which blocks out visible light and keeps contents fresh with an air tight seal. Plus they are gorgeous! They just motivate the kitchen chemist in me to start concocting beauty treatments. You can also use these to store herbs, spices, and other kitchen items as well.

I decided to get the 100 ml jar for DIY deep conditioners and face masks, 50 ml spray bottle which is great for hair or facial mists, 100 ml pump bottle for gels and oil mixes. I’m so excited to start making us of these jars. Stay tuned for some DIY beauty mixes coming in the next few weeks.

5 Healthy Documentaries on Netflix You Must Watch

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle I’m a total documentary nerd. Like any other nerd I enjoy a good Netflix and chill night. Netflix is great for binge watching your favorite classic sitcoms and learning something new by watching documentaries. If you’re new to the non toxic lifestyle or even if you’re a pro you must watch these 5 healthy documentaries on Netflix. These will open your eyes about the food you eat and even the personal care products you use.

 

  1. Hungry for Change– This documentary exposes hidden secrets about diet, weight loss, and the food industry as a whole. It creates a conversation about why you crave bad foods that ultimately provide no nutritional value.
  2. The Human Experiment– This talks about the many hidden dangers in our personal care and household cleaning tools. You hear from real people whose lives have been negatively effected from the poisonous chemicals and what current legislation looks like to protect us from them.
  3. Food Choices– I loved this one because it takes an in depth look at what it means to eat a plant based diet. Redefining what a vegan or vegetarian is and whether or not it’s truly healthier. This documentary also shed like on fad diets like the paleo diet and others that have gained notoriety.
  4. Forks over Knives– This is a classic documentary that discusses processed foods and gives you a behind the scenes look at just how produce is grown and the inhumane way animals are treated prior to landing on your plate.
  5. Minimalism– Great documentary that makes you wonder exactly how much stuff do you really need in order to live a happy life. In a time where people collect the latest gadgets, clothes, and other items it looks at the lives of 2 men who have decided to cut out all the excess.

 

Have you watched any of these documentaries? If so what are your thoughts? Please share any other documentaries on healthy living in the comments.

 

 

Roasted Red Pepper, Kale, and Chickpea Curry

In my efforts to eat a more plant-based diet I’ve learned how to be more creative with the foods I prepare. I think it’s healthy to experiment and try new things. I’ve never been a huge Indian food lover however I do enjoy curried dishes. So when I saw a recipe for chickpea curry I thought about how I can switch it up a bit and make it my own. So here my delish rendition of Roasted Red Pepper, Kale, and Chickpea Curry. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

2 cups dried garbanzo beans or chickpeas

1 large orange bell pepper

2 medium tomatoes

6 grape tomatoes, cut in quarters

3 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 medium red onion, chopped

1 large bunch of purple kale

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tbsp paprika

2 tbsp curry powder

2 tbsp grapeseed oil

sea salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Clean and rinse dried chickpea beans. Cover with water in a medium pot and cook until tender about 2 hours.
  2. Drain chickpea water in a separate bowl and set both water and chickpeas aside
  3. Heat oven to 400 degrees and roast orange pepper and medium tomatoes for about 20 minutes or until slightly charred
  4. In a medium pan sauté red onions and kale until tender and onions are translucent. Add garlic and continue to cook until fragrant.
  5. Once veggies are done roasting in the oven transfer them into a blender with the water from cooked chickpeas and almond milk.  Blend until smooth
  6. In a medium pot place cooked chickpeas, sautéed kale, chopped grape tomatoes, and red pepper blend, and remaining spices into the pot. Cook on medium low setting stirring occasionally.
  7. Combine well and cook for 15 minutes.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste

You can serve this with rice or quinoa. I served this with thai purple sticky rice. It was so yummy!