Household all natural beauty tips

Household beauty hacks out of this world!

DIY dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is a girls bestfriend, sadly it doesn’t last very long and it isn’t exactly cheap… Cornflour! Yes cornflour, I no longer buy dry shampoo and feel guilty for spending nearly £4 on a bottle. I use a small amount in my hands and rub them together, smooth it into my hair focusing on the roots with my finger tips, I usually repeat around 2-3 times.

DIY translucent powder

Baby powder is the ultimate alternative! I apply it with an angled sponge, under my eyes, above my cheekbones and under to create a sharp edge. Leave for a few moments, maybe do your eyeshadow? Then brush away and violà.

DIY hair serum

Both extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil are great for hair you can use them for hair masks or apply the oil to the ends of your hair for instant repair.

More to follow…
Love always x

The ultimate coconut curl

Hello all, today I thought I’d share my beauty routine and the products I use, any questions? Please ask!

  1. I wash my hair with a moisturising shampoo and conditioner because curly hair has the tendency to become dry and damaged and it needs as much moisture as possible. Palmer’s coconut oil shampoo and conditioner, they aren’t too expensive, they’re large bottles so they definitely are worth it! (Superdrug have put these beauties on offer several times in the past couple of months) I shampoo and condition as normal, then I comb through the conditioner with a wide tooth comb (perfect for curly hair) I use a green sandalwood comb which becomes more green with sun exposure. Awesome. Palmer’s also do a coconut oil leave in conditioner, to those with curly hair this is also a must! I’ll come back to that later.
  2. I love body washes that are creamy and fragrant! I use either Original Source (currently I have mango) or I buy a similar body wash from Superdrug, it’s Superdrug’s brand, cruelty free and inexpensive, don’t forget to collect your points! Once a week I use a little body wash with exfoliating gloves and gently scrub my body to remove of any dead skin, making it silky smooth. I rinse the gloves and gently scrub my face with Urban Veda rose face wash.
  3. After showering I wrap my hair in a cotton T-shirt because the fibres on standard towels quickly dry out curly hair causing frizz. (Try to avoid touching your hair at all costs to avoid frizz) I take off the T-shirt towel, shake my hair and let it do it’s thing.
  4. Meanwhile I apply face serum to my forehead and cheeks, I use U skin retinol serum, I wait for it to dry and then apply No.7 beautiful skin day cream. Afterwards I moisturise my body with Palmer’s coco butter, this is my all time favourite body butter, it smells chocolatey and heavenly.
  5. When my hair is slightly dry and slightly wet, I scrunch leave in conditioner and argan oil into my hair (less is more) I usually let my hair air dry but to create volume and fuller curls I dry my hair with the hair dryer on the lowest setting and dry areas whilst I scrunch them. Don’t over dry otherwise it may go frizzy!

Love always x

How to become a greener version of yourself

Taken Vienna 2014

Hello all, I moved into my first home a couple of months ago and I was determined to become a green goddess, no plastic, less packaging, less waste, fresh food and so on! So here is my step by step guide to become a greener, more natural version of yourself.

1. Ditch plastic – Cutting boards, cooking utensils etc replace with glass (glass is the easiest material to recycle, it’s simply melted down and formed into a new bottle) or replace with wood/bamboo.

2. Buy in bulk – I buy large bags of pasta, rice and flour to reduce packaging. I then store them in air tight jars.

3. Buy fresh fruit and vegetables – I take a cotton bag with me instead of using the plastic bags in supermarkets.

4. Make your own condiments – I make pasta sauces and barbecue sauce a lot using chopped tomatoes and other ingredients. Jam and peanut butter is also really simple to make.

5. Bake your own bread – For you sweet tooths out there cake too.

6. Make your own cleaning products – I haven’t invested in one single cleaning product and I’ve been in this house for nearly 4 months, it feels great! I clean with homemade vinegar solutions, homemade febreeze and lots of baking soda, all of which can be found on my blog!

7. Recycle and reuse – I made a double bed and a garden table from scrap pallets, authentic and simple. You can recycle jars and bottles to make vases or storage jars for make up, spices, a toothbrush/pen pot etc

8. Shop second hand – Well this one is really easy, one mans trash is another mans treasure.

9. Start a compost bin – Or simply bury the scraps in the earth.

10. Eco friendly beauty kit – Invest in bamboo make up brushes, hair brushes, combs etc Eco tools have the best selection!

Feel free to ask questions, it’s really as simple as 10 steps. Love always x 

Homemade toilet fizzies

Hello all, I’ve made these little beauties a few times, they’re quick and simple to make, only 3 household ingredients needed. They whiten and brighten and keep the bathroom smelling glorious.

DIY toilet fizzies

Gather the following supplies, mix together, spoon and press into moulds (an ice cube tray works great) leave them to set for 24 hours. Store in an air tight container (I used a salsa dip jar and spray painted the lid copper)

  • Baking soda 1 cup
  • Citric acid 1/4 cup
  • Washing liquid 1tbsp
  • Essential oils 5 drops of each (I used eucalyptus as it’s a strong scent and eliminates odours and lavender)

I use 1-2 fizzies, drop them into the toilet and wait a couple of minutes for them to fizz, then scrub with a toilet brush, flush and voilà.

Love always x

DIY natural febreze

Hello all, this is my ultimate favourite tip, you can experiment with different scents and of course it’s cheap and cheerful and simple to make.

DIY febreze – lavender, lemon and eucalyptus

Fill an empty spray bottle with water, a tablespoon of baking soda and 10 drops of essential oils for each scent, with strong oils such as eucalyptus I use around 5 drops. I also use lavender, which is an antiseptic and lemon. Both eucalyptus and baking soda eliminate strong odours. I spray it on my sofas, cushions, tapestries and carpets and it truly lasts.

Love always x

DIY budget barbecue must makes

Hello all, as summer is just around the corner here are a few barbecue must makes… These were also made for my budget barbecue when the U.K had a little sun.

Citronella candles and DIY decor 🌞

Candles

I absolutely love making candles because it’s so quick and easy. You can make them any colour using dyes, any scent using essential oils and they look great in jars and tins.

  1. Melt the wax of your choice in a double boiler (I used organic beeswax)
  2. Meanwhile cut a piece of wick (I used hemp wick) insert it into the wick sustainer and clamp it to keep it in place, you can do this using scissors.
  3. Once the wax has melted, take it off the heat and dip the sustainer into the wax to create a glue for it to stick to the bottom of the jar, insert the wick into the jar and stick in the centre.
  4. Now add 20 drops, per candle of citronella oil, which is an insect repellent and stir well.
  5. Finally pour into the jars and let them set for 24 hours.

Recycled wine bottle decor

Wine bottles look amazing displayed, the colour is amazing. You can also decorate with twine, spray paint etc

Removing labels can be an absolute pain, I did all the research so you guys don’t have to… White vinegar, a baking soda and water paste and furniture polish.

  1. Firstly I peeled off what I could and soaked them in hot water for a couple hours.
  2. I scrubbed what I could again with the rough side of a sponge and squirted white vinegar over the sticky area (do this part over the bath) I scrubbed again and then rinsed. It didn’t seem to tackle all of it so…
  3. Next I made a baking soda and water paste, scrubbed and then rinsed. The sticky residue is almost gone…
  4. Finally I sprayed the area with furniture polish and scrubbed (hopefully for the last time) and then rinsed and finally!! This removed of all the residue. Wine bottle labels are huge… I gave it a quick wash in soapy water and now it’s time for you to make them look pretty with flowers etc

Macrame hanging

These things look awesome! Indoor and outdoor! You can make them in different sizes with either tea lights or plants. Head over to YouTube now to find a tutorial, they are quick and easy to make and you only need string!

Happy barbecuing! Love always x

Ginger, lemon & honey tea

Hello all, feeling under the weather? Read below!

Ginger, lemon and honey healing tea 🍋

  • Ginger helps to maintain the immune system, it has anti-inflammatory properties and it also helps with pain relief and nausea. 
  • Lemon is a high source of vitamin C.
  • Honey is antibacterial and helps to soothe a sore throat.

Peel and chop small chunks of ginger, a small handful will be perfect, add to a mug. Slice a piece of lemon and squeeze it slightly into the mug. Add boiling water, let it cool, once cooled add one tablespoon of honey, stir in and smell the goodness. Instant relief, pure magic. 

  • Feeling chesty? Add a pinch or 2 of ground cloves, they help to reduce phlegm, they have antiseptic properties and are packed full with antioxidants.

Love always x

DIY natural orange all purpose cleaner

Hello all, it’s time for tip number 1

DIY orange all purpose cleaner 🍊

Find an empty jar and fill it with orange peels, add white vinegar to the top. Let it sit for 2 weeks, strain and add water 50/50 to a spray bottle. I added 20 drops of organic, orange essential oil to make it more fragrant. You can experiment and use lemon peel, rosemary, lavender etc

Stay tuned, love always x

Care for yourself and the environment

Welcome to the all natural blog

I’ve been buying and making organic, natural products for a couple of years as they’re truly beneficial for both beauty purposes and more importantly health, they’re of course environmentally friendly, chemical and cruelty free. I’m here to share all of the secrets I’ve learnt along the way. This will be products, the best ones to buy and where to buy them, several recipes for DIY cosmetics and cleaning products and many more. This is a reflection of my lifestyle and passions, all things natural, writing and photography, I hope you enjoy. 

Ditch chemicals, care for yourself and the environment and of course your wallet!! Become all natural today. Stay tuned, love always x