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Shampoo Bar Recipe

shampoo barsAlright ya’ll this is a request from Erin from over at Home & Grace. She did a great post about the no-poo method to wash your hair. Sometimes though that just doesn’t get out all the goop and nasties, especially if you have had a long, hot, hard, messy day outside. So I said I would share my Shampoo bar recipe. Please not this is not a soap making tutorial this is just a recipe.

To find out more about soap making go here and here.

I get my lye and some of my oils and essential oils at Essential Depot and for just about everything else I use Mountain Rose Herbs. Essential Depot has quite a few certified organic ingredients and almost all of Mountain Rose Herbs ingredients are certified organic through Oregon Tilth and the USDA when possible and many are even wild harvested. MRH also has great teas if you like tea (which I do, I absolutely love their teas, but that isn’t what this post is about…but if you like tea then you should totally try theirs). Anyways enough of tea, back on to the shampoo bar. Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Beeswax
  • 6 oz Coconut Oil
  • 15 oz Olive Oil
  • 3 0z Jojoba Oil
  • 4 oz Sweet Almond Oil
  • .5 oz Essential Oils at trace
  •  Lye
  • Frozen/Slushy Coconut Milk (in place of water)

You’ll notice that I did not include the amount of lye  or coconut milk, that is because it is good soaping practice to ALWAYS run every soap you plan on making through a Lye Calculator. Even if you already have the amounts you still need to run it through a lye calculator because there could have been a mistake.

When running this recipe through a lye calculator you need to decide on the amount of superfat you want I do mine at 7% usually, but it depends on your hair type, you may need to make a few batches and see what works best for you.

Okay now that I am done with that I will give you basic instructions for making this soap. Melt your oils. While they are melting take your frozen/slushy coconut milk and add a little bit of lye to it at a time making sure it does not over heat and cause the coconut milk to burn. Remember to always add lye to your liquid, never add liquid to lye it could cause a bubbly lye volcano of doom! Once you have finished incorporating your lye into the coconut milk continue like you would making any other soap using either the hot process or cold process method.

Essential Oils: Choose whatever you like either for scent or their properties. Two combinations that I always like are Lavender & Tea Tree and Rosemary & Mint.

After you use your shampoo bar you may want to do an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse to condition your hair, just add 1 tablespoon ACV to one cup water and squirt or pour over your hair and then rinse it out. You can also do a conditioning masque or hot oil hair treatment before you hop in the shower to condition your hair.

 

If you try this recipe or have a shampoo bar recipe that you really like let me know! If you have any questions about this recipe feel free to ask in the comments.

If you have never used shampoo bars before Sherri at Overthrow Martha has a great post about them.

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New Certified Organic Product Line!

MiessenceProductRangeHigh2 Moms Natural Skin Care is so excited to be selling a new product line Miessence. This line is certified organic. Many of it’s products are certified food grade organic which means you could technically eat them! They use the freshest ingredients possible and none of the ingredients are exposed to synthetic chemicals. They do not use water in their products instead they use aloe vera so that their products are not tainted with any of the chemicals in tap water.

All of their products are made fresh every month then delivered straight to your door. They do not use any fillers so the products are muchmore potent than others on the market. They may be a little on the pricey side but in my mind it is totally worth it for the quality of ingredients and the openess of their company.

I will be putting up a whole section about the company and the products soon, until then if you have any questions just ask me and I will be glad to answer.

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DIY At Home Spa Day

aromatherapy-massage-spa-fashion-health-free_408857  So we had a bunch of snow here a few weeks ago and I was stuck in the house for the week with my husband and babies. I decided that since he was going to be home, I could take a day and treat myself while he watched the kids.

I started off with a nice hot oil hair treatment.

After that I did a great facial steam using essential oils.

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Hair Loss After Pregnancy

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Hey ya’ll it’s Kayla and I am going to share a story with ya’ll about one of the strangest after pregnancy effects ever. This is one I had no idea about and it kinda freaked me out…Okay maybe kinda isn’t the right word, I was completely terrified!

I had my two beautiful babies at the end of August. I was so happy, they were the two most precious babies ever (I know every mom thinks that about her babies). Fast forward a few months to the first week in December.

I was in the bathroom brushing out my hair and looked at the brush. It was full of hair and I had just cleaned it a few days ago. I was a little weirded out this had never happened to me before. So I went all…Internet Hooo (um, yeah I watched the ThunderCats when I was a kid…a lot)! Yeah, this was not very helpful because I had no idea what I was really looking for.

So I thought, seasonal shedding (it’s a real thing read about it here). Yeah, that sounds good, it hit me a little late but the symptoms fit, so I should only have a few weeks of this. Now lets skip ahead to after the New Year.

My hair is still falling out my mind is totally in hypochondriac overdrive. I would just run my hand through my hair and pull the stuff out by the fist-full. I must have lupus, or cancer, or my husband was poisoning me(he would never really because he would be hopeless without me).  I was dying…I just knew there was no other explanation. I only had a few months to live, because really what besides some horrible deadly disease is going to make your hair fall out like this.

I was talking to my doula, friend, and now business partner one day Anisha and we were talking about hair falling out and she said the same thing happened to her.  So….Internet Hooo, again to find the answer. The answer was actually pretty simple. Hormones…those damn hormones! They really like to screw with us women.

Turns out that the reason our hair gets so nice and thick during pregnancy is because the hormones that cause you to shed hair every day is produced less so your hair stays in. Then after you have your baby and your hormones get in some sort of normal balance. BAM…your hair just drops. All those hairs that stayed in start falling out at the same time.

After about two months the hair fall finally stops, although your temples may end up looking a bit bald, and after six months your hair is supposed to be back to normal. I’ll update ya’ll when I reach that point and tell you if it is really true or not. So for any of you other Mama’s out there freaking out about your hair…it is normal and it will pass.

 So What Can I Do About It

Unfortunately, you can’t stop the hair from falling but you can help it grow back faster.

  1. Keep up those prenatal vitamins; they do wonders for your hair.
  2. Get some gelatin and have that every day about 3 tablespoons worth.
  3. Do some hot oil treatments.

DIY Avocado Face and Hair Mask (great for dry skin)

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What You Need

1/2 Avocado
2 Tablespoons Honey
4 Tablespoons Raw Sugar*
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
1 Teaspoon Chamomile
1 Teaspoon Calendula

Directions

  1. Put the oil on a double boiler and turn on low.
  2. Add the chamomile and calendula to the oil and steep for thirty minutes then take of the heat.
  3. Strain using either a coffee filter or cheesecloth. Be sure to really squeeze it out so you get the all the oil you can. **
  4. Using either a fork, a blender, or a hand blender mash up the avocado and add the olive oil until it reaches a creamy consistency.  (You may need to add more oil depending on the size of your avocado.)
  5. Add the rest of your ingredients and stir together with a spoon.
  6. Apply part of the mask to your face and scrub for a few minutes. Once done scrubbing apply the rest of the mask.
  7. Let the mask sit for fifteen or twenty minutes. Sit down, relax, drink a glass of wine. Read a good book or watch part of a great movie.
  8. Once the time is up just rinse it off and pat dry.
*To make the hair mask leave out the sugar and follow the rest of the instructions. Apply to your hair and put on a shower cap. Either use a blow dryer on low for a minute or two to heat  up the mask to help it sink in or wrap a hot towel around your head. Let sit for thirty minutes Then hop in the shower rinse off shampoo as normal and condition if it feels like you should (some people may not need to condition).
** You can leave the herbs in if you want and if you don’t mind cleaning up a bit of a mess.

Why These Ingredients

Avocado– These are packed with tons of nutrients and vitamins A, C, and B6. It is also full of essential fatty acids and is great for dry skin or hair.
Honey Honey is a humectant which means it attracts and locks moisture into your skin and hair.
Olive Oil– This too is packed with essential fatty acids and vitamins E, K, omega 3 and 6.
Lime Juice– This has great cleaning and anti-bacterial properties
Chamomile-Helps irritated and inflamed skin it is also full of antioxidants. Helps eliminate dandruff and soothes an irritated scalp.
Calendula– This herb has anti-bacterial properties and helps stimulate the production of collagen at wound sites. Helps soothe the scalp.

DIY Hot Oil Hair Treatment

So today we are going to talk about hot oil hair treatments. We absolutely love them. They are a great way to pamper yourself and make your hair look and feel amazing! So first thing let’s talk about oils and what you should use for different hair types.

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Coconut Oil: This is great for all hair types and really helps with dandruff.

Castor Oil: This adds strength to your hair so if you have damaged breaking hair use this. It also has drying properties so use it if you have oily hair.

Jojoba Oil: This is another great choice for those of you with oily hair because it is similar to our skin and hairs natural oils.

Sesame Oil: Has been used for thinning hair and to slow down hair loss it also adds great conditioning and shine to your hair.

Avocado Oil: This oil is very moisturizing and is great for dry or frizzy hair.

Olive Oil: This is great for moisturizing, deep conditioning, dandruff, and improving hair strength.

Sweet Almond Oil: This is a sealant locking in moisture. It also promotes hair growth and thickness and helps prevent hair loss.

Herbs

Now let’s talk about some herbs for your hot oil treatment and what they do.

To Strengthen HDuftkräuterair: Chamomile, horsetail, nettle, arnica, or burdock

To Clarify Hair: Rosemary, parsley, sage, witch hazel, or nutmeg

To Moisturize Hair: Calendula, chamomile, lavender, catmint, dried rose petals, or aloe.

To Stimulate Hair Growth: Peppermint, parsley, horsetail, sage, chamomile, ginger, and cinnamon

Now that you have picked out you oils and herbs here is how to infuse the oils with the herbs.

  1. Take about 3 Tablespoons of the oils you are going to use place them in a double boiler.
  2. Turn the heat on low.
  3. Add 1 Tablespoon of herbs into the oil.
  4. Let steep for thirty minutes.
  5. Strain into container using cheese cloth or coffee filter.
*Please note you do not have to infuse your oils you can just pick out some oils and follow through with the next step.

Apply Your Oils

What You’ll Need

  • Glass jar of oil blend
  • Bowl of hot water
  • Hot Towel
  • Shower Cap

Now take the jar of your oil blend and place it into the bowl of hot water to let your oils warm up. Next take some of your oil and start at the front of your head liberally massaging the oils into your scalp. Work your way back and massage for 3-5 minutes. This not only feels great but does great things for your hair and scalp. It stimulates the scalp to help promote hair growth and helps the oils sink in to create soft silky hair. Once you are done massaging you scalp you can start working the oils down the shafts of your hair.

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Done with getting the oils all spread out in your hair? Now put on a shower cap and wrap the hot towel around your head. (You can warm the towel by soaking it in hot water then wringing it out.) Let it sit for 30 minutes up to 2 hours. Then hop in the shower go about your normal showering business and shampoo it out last. It will probably take 2 shampoos, do one with the water as hot as you can stand and the last one with the water close to or below body temperature (this helps get out the oils for some reason). Your probably won’t need to condition your hair afterward but you know your hair best and if you feel like you need to then do by all means condition it.

If you do not have the time or the ingredients to make your own hot oil treatment go to our custom order page and we can make one for you!

10 Tips For Skin and Hair in Winter

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#1 Stay Hydrated

This is probably the most important thing you can do to help your skin and hair in the winter. The cold and wind sap the moisture from your body leaving your skin dry. It’s cold out so sip on some hot herbal teas to hydrate your body and help warm you up!

#2 Oils

Olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil are all great to hydrate both your skin and you hair. Do a hot oil treatment on your hair (we will be doing a post about this soon) or just rub some onto your skin. These are also great to include in your diet, you need 2-3 tablespoons of these a day to make a difference. Coconut oil is great to cook as is olive oil. Both olive oil and avocado oil are great to use in salad dressings. Avocado oil is higher in calories than the others so if you are dieting watch out for this and plan carefully!

#3 Butter not lotions!  

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Put body butter on right after a shower. (Try our lotion bars, we are making a batch this weekend and they will be for sale next week, or we can custom make you a body butter depending on your skin type and scent preference). Butters lock in moisture while lotions don’t.  Lotions are great in summer but butters are best in winter.

#4 Humidifiers

As soon as you turn on the heat in the house say goodbye to moisture! Cold air already has very little moisture in it when you heat it you are taking out most of what remains and you are left with very, very dry air. To help combat this get a humidifier! Put it in whatever room you spend the most time in. You could also invest in a couple of humidifiers and place them throughout your house. You can also do potpourri hot pots, not only do the help get moisture in the air they also make your whole house smell great!

#5 Cover Up

When you go outside be sure to cover up all the skin you can and your hair. Exposure to the cold air and wind can take moisture out of both. So invest in some cute hats, gloves, and scarves.

#6 Shorter Showers

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I know you want to stand under all that hot water for long periods of time and really warm up (we do too) but it is not good for your skin or hair. Long hot showers get rid of the natural oils on our skin and hair drying them out. So shorten the length of your shower and lower the temperature.

#7 Exfoliation

Be sure and get rid of all those dry, dead skin cells and exfoliate regularly this winter. Exfoliation not only gets rid of dead skin cells but also stimulates the skin to regenerate new cells. Can’t find a good exfoliation product ask us about custom making one just for you.

#8 Gelatin

This is not for any of you vegetarians or vegans. Gelatin is great for your skin, hair, and nails. It strengthens both your nails and hair and has collagen, which is great for skin. Gelatin also has many other benefits health benefits. We recommend using Bernard Jensen and Great Lakes Gelatin both are from grass fed cows and minimally processed!

#9  Low Heat on Hair

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No heat is best but we know that is hard to do. So we’ll settle for low heat because the more heat you apply the more you dry out you hair. If you have the time either towel dry or air dry your hair. If you use any kind of heat on your hair be sure to use a heat protectant! For a natural heat protectant take a teeny (we mean really teeny tiny) amount of coconut oil rub it in your hands and spread through your hair starting at the ends.

#10 Avoid Products That Can Dry Your Skin and Hair Out

  • Alcohol based sanitizers
  • Menthol  and camphor in lip balm both dry skin out.
  • High lather soaps
  • Antibacterial soaps can really dry out your skin.
  • Surfactants like:
    • Sodium lauryl sulfate
    • Sodium laureth sulfate
    • Ammonium lauryl sulfate
    • Salicylic acid
    • Willow bark
    • AHA Acids