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Deluxe Foaming Face Wash

Deluxe Foaming Face Wash

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I already have a few foaming wash recipes.

One for the face, body and hands. So why introduce another face wash recipe?

Because this is AMAZING! It is delicious, divine, lush. I am officially in love with this Deluxe Foaming Face Wash, and my face is a fan too! The inclusion of rose water is a luxurious ingredient in this recipe (it helps to calm irritation, soothe and hydrate skin) however, it may be out of budget for some.

If this is the case, you can try lavender water; plain ‘ol water works too – it just won’t have the same blissful aroma in my opinion. 

Note that the video below is for my hand/face/body wash. The only difference is that you’ll use switch out the water for rose water.

Deluxe Foaming Face Wash


Makes
: 200 g | 7.1 oz Prep time: < 5 min.

Ingredients

65 g | 2.3 oz liquid castile soap

15-20 drops of essential oils

135 g | 4.8 oz rose water

 

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are ylang ylang and frankincense, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Special container required…

Foaming Pump Bottle

 

Method

1. Add castile soap and essential oils to a bowl and mix until combined.

2. Wait a few minutes (this gives the essential oils time to disperse within the castile soap), add rose water and mix until combined.

3. Transfer into foaming pump bottle.

To Use

Massage 1-2 pumps of foam over face and neck. Rinse with warm water.

Recipe Notes

  • You might find it easier to add ingredients directly into your soap dispenser (a foaming pump bottle must be used for this recipe).
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under Recommended Reading. 

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.

She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.

Her recipes have taken her to the screen on more than one occasion, with morning TV appearances, and she received recognition as a ‘Woman Who Will Change The World’ in the AusMumpreneur business awards in 2018.

Natural Fabric Softener

Natural Fabric Softener

This is my simple recipe for natural fabric softener. Fabric softener as we know it – the commercial stuff that is – is really not good for us. It’s not good for the environment either. It often contains some very questionable ingredients that are known to stick to clothing, irritate skin and aggravate allergies.

Companies (in Australia anyway) are not required to tell you what is in cleaning products, so we often won’t see panels on packets of softener which makes it hard to make educated decisions when out shopping. It often takes a little searching on the internet to find comprehensive lists, and even then, it is the companies choice whether they publish them or not.

Here is an example of ingredients within one popular supermarket brand of softener. From what I can see, most softeners available are similar in their contents.

Here’s a brief look into these ingredients:

Water

Any time you see water in a product, look for preservatives. Usually, not a good sign.

Quaternized Triethanolamine Diester

I can’t find much reputable data on this but Triethanolamine is petroleum-derived and may cause contact dermatitis.

Isopropyl Alcohol

not much to worry about in a cleaning product but not something I would use on my skin.

Quaternary Ammonium Acrylate/Acrylamide

Quaternary ammonium compounds rate poorly with EWG (my go-to for chemical research and advice). Although the data covers a broad scope, there is mention of toxicity to aquatics and moderate concern for asthmatics.

Fragrance

A toxic minefield and my most hated ingredient, unless derived from essential oils! Watch out for this one. There is a list of hundreds of chemicals used for fragrance formulation, and companies don’t have to tell you what they use – it’s their trade secret. Fragrance is associated with allergies, skin irritation, asthma, headaches etc.

Preservative

Interesting that they don’t tell you WHAT preservative. Some preservatives, such as Formaldehyde, are known to be carcinogenic to humans, others, salt, for example, is fine. So I’m dubious here.

 

You know how when you’re at the supermarket, you can smell the softener aisle a mile away (if you’ve been living a lower-toxin lifestyle for a while now, you’ll know what I mean!)? It really is something I like to avoid. I can even smell people’s washing when I take my daily walk if they’ve used softener – that’s how potent this stuff is! It sticks to your clothes, it coats your machine in slime making it hard to clean, and it’s terrible for septic systems and our waterways in general.

Have I convinced you to make the switch to natural yet?

For a long time, I have been using straight vinegar as a natural fabric softener. And it works well, so if this recipe seems like a little too much effort for you, then stick with that. But this recipe for natural fabric softener, ooh-la-la, it really does make my laundry nice and soft!

 

Natural Fabric Softener

Makes: 1.1 lt | 37.2 fl oz Prep time: < 5 min.

Ingredients

½ cup | 140 g | 4.9 oz fine salt

1 cup | 250 ml | 8.5 fl oz hot water (see recipe notes)

3 cup | 750 ml | 25.4 fl oz white vinegar (look for naturally fermented)

2-3 drops of essential oils (per use)

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon and eucalyptus, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

 Method

1. Add salt and hot water to a bowl and mix until salt has dissolved.

2. Add vinegar and stir until combined.

3. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Shake well, then pour approximately ½ cup of liquid and essential oils (if using) into the designated softener compartment of your washing machine.

 

Recipe Notes

  • Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.
  • If the salt doesn’t fully dissolve, don’t worry too much – it will dissolve over time.
  • If you’re concerned about your washing machine then don’t use this recipe. I personally have had no issues at all, after years of using vinegar in my washing machine, but it is ultimately up to you.
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading”.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.

She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.

Her recipes have taken her to the screen on more than one occasion, with morning TV appearances, and she received recognition as a ‘Woman Who Will Change The World’ in the AusMumpreneur business awards in 2018.

Charcoal & Turmeric Peelable Face Mask

Charcoal & Turmeric Peelable Face Mask

I was blown away when I looked into the contents of a few mainstream charcoal peelable face masks. With such a simple concept, how on earth can one little bottle pack in so many ingredients, and how can anyone put so many questionable chemicals into a product and feel ok about it?

Ingredients such as Triethanolamine, Parabens, Ceteareths, Phenoxyethanol and Benzyl Alcohol are common offenders in some of the store-bought bottles I investigated, but the DIY versions on the net encourage the combination of activated charcoal and GLUE! What the?!!

It is mainly for this reason that I created this Charcoal & Turmeric Peelable Face Mask recipe – to give the DIY-eager peeps a healthy alternative.

But before you go and get all excited, applying a mask a week to suck out all of your blackheads and unclog your pores, please know that a mask like this is designed to be used infrequently. I recommend no more frequently than every 8-12 weeks. The reason for this is the skin on our face is covered in fine vellus hair which serves the purpose of regulating body temp and helping sweat evaporate, so we don’t want to be ripping that off. Also, the smoothing effect you feel afterwards is also enhanced because your skin’s natural oils and sebaceous filaments (mistaken for blackheads on the strip) may also be removed, compromising the skin’s barrier, which protects our skin from infection and harmful bacteria. The little sebaceous plugs will be replaced in 30 days anyway.

So with all of that in mind, use this mask occasionally IF you feel compelled. Just please don’t go using a DIY recipe that involves glue!

 

Charcoal & Turmeric Peelable Face Mask


Makes: enough for single use Prep time: < 5 min.

Ingredients

2 tsp gelatin powder

½ tsp activated charcoal powder

½ tsp turmeric (ground)

¼ tsp jojoba oil

4 drops of essential oils

2 tbsp hot water (see recipe notes)

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon and lavender, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Method

1. Add gelatin, charcoal, turmeric, jojoba oil and essential oils to a small bowl.

2. Add hot water and mix quickly until smooth and combined. Add a little extra hot water if required.

To Use

Using a make-up brush, apply a layer of mixture to face, avoiding all sensitive areas such as eyes, eyebrows, hairline and top lip – ouch! Keep brushing and dabbing mixture over face until a thick layer forms. Wait 20-30 minutes or until mask is dry and peel off carefully. Use a wet washcloth to remove any excess.

Recipe Notes

  • Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.
  • I like to exfoliate gently (with this) after I apply the mask, and before I moisturise (with this).
  • You might like to make up a double/triple batch without water and keep it dry in a jar, only adding a tablespoon of mix and enough water to make a paste as you need it. This is perfect if you only want to treat your nose, chin and T-zone. Also makes a super-cool gift idea!
  • If the complete mix is left too long it will set. Add a little more hot water and mix until smooth.
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading”.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.

She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.

Her recipes have taken her to the screen on more than one occasion, with morning TV appearances, and she received recognition as a ‘Woman Who Will Change The World’ in the AusMumpreneur business awards in 2018.

Cleaning Your Oven the Non-Toxic Way

Cleaning Your Oven the Non-Toxic Way

I’ve created a simple guide to cleaning your oven the non-toxic way, so you can avoid using commercial oven cleaners. Have you ever looked into the ingredients in some commercial oven cleaners? A few of the common and worst offenders, found to be detrimental to our health and the health of the environment include:

  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Potassium Hydroxide
  • Butoxyethanol
  • Ethanolamine
  • Fragrance
  • Butane
    … and the list goes on.

It can be hard to even find complete ingredients listings on packaging (Australian law doesn’t enforce it), or online. I respect companies that are transparent and list all ingredients on packaging (even if sometimes there are a few less than desirable ones). It shows us they have nothing to hide, allowing consumers to make educated choices.

So, let’s clean our ovens with a few simple ingredients and, wait for it… elbow grease!! Don’t be lazy 😉

 

Steps to Cleaning Your Oven the Non-Toxic Way

Step 1

Wait until you have used your oven and it is hot (or, you could heat it first but that seems like a waste of energy).

Step 2

Add about 1 litre of boiling hot water, 2 tablespoons of bicarb and one lemon (halved, squished and squeezed) into an ovenproof dish.

Step 3

Place dish on top rack and shut the door for at least an hour. The steam will soften any build-up.

Step 4

When it is all steamy, wipe down walls and door with a soft cloth, rinsing well between wipes in a bucket/sink of hot water and a tablespoon of castile soap.

Step 5

You may need to use a scouring sponge (or ‘steel-o’) on the racks, roof and tray if you cook roasts and fatty meats often. If you find the racks and bottom tray need even more work, soak them in your laundry sink with HOT water, ½ cup of bicarb and ½ cup vinegar overnight, and try scrubbing again. Another option is to use my Cleaning Paste.

Step 6

Make sure you wipe down your oven completely before use.

Bonus Tip

Stay on top of it rather than try to deal with months of build up!!!

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.

She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.

Her recipes have taken her to the screen on more than one occasion, with morning TV appearances, and she received recognition as a ‘Woman Who Will Change The World’ in the AusMumpreneur business awards in 2018.

Creamy Body Wash

Creamy Body Wash

If you’re looking for a change from my super-simple foaming body wash or hand wash and want something thicker and creamier, then look no further.

This recipe for natural hand and shower wash is seriously amazing and with 5 ingredients, you can’t go wrong!

Enough with the chemicals hiding in even so-called ‘eco’ and ‘green’ brands. Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine – all ingredients we need to steer clear of.

Read this blog post for some more info on chemicals to avoid. If you have a spare 2 minutes, whip up this natural hand and shower wash, your body and the planet will give you a big high-five for it!

 

Creamy Body Wash


Makes: 380 g | 13.4 oz  Prep Time: < 5 min.

Ingredients

50 g | 1.8 oz hot water (see recipe notes)

25 g | 0.9 oz coconut oil

1 tsp xanthan gum

200 g | 7.1 oz water – additional (see recipe notes)

100g | 3.5oz liquid castile soap

30-50 drops of essential oils

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are peppermint and orange, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Method

1. Add hot water, coconut oil and xanthan gum to a bowl and whisk until smooth and combined.

2. Add remaining ingredients and whisk again, either by hand or with an electric beater, until mixture is light and fluffy. This could take quite a few minutes if you’re whisking by hand. Periodically, scrape mixture down from sides of bowl.

3. Transfer into soap dispenser.

Thermal Appliance Method

1. Add hot water, coconut oil and xanthan gum to thermal appliance bowl and mix for 5-10 seconds on medium/high speed, or until smooth and combined.

2. Add remaining ingredients and mix for 5-10 seconds on medium/high speed. Scrape down sides and repeat if required, until ingredients are combined.

3. Using a silicone spatula, make sure all of the xanthan gum is unstuck from around the blades, and scrape down sides of bowl.

4. Mix again for 5-10 seconds on medium/high speed, or until mixture becomes light and fluffy.

5. Transfer into soap dispenser.

 To Use

Dispense body wash as required and massage over body. Rinse with warm water.

Recipe Notes

  • Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.
  • It’s so important to ensure you’re mixing the xanthan gum fully into the mixture.
  • You may need a wide-mouth funnel to get the mixture into your dispenser. I found that using a skewer to gently swirl/push the mixture through a funnel helped a lot.
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading”.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.

She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.

Her recipes have taken her to the screen on more than one occasion, with morning TV appearances, and she received recognition as a ‘Woman Who Will Change The World’ in the AusMumpreneur business awards in 2018.

Whipped Magnesium Cream

Whipped Magnesium Cream

Those with low magnesium levels are often prescribed tablets. Research is suggesting that we absorb more magnesium transdermally, hence the growing trend of magnesium oil and magnesium cream.

As low magnesium levels are typically diagnosed by symptoms, it is hard to get an accurate gauge through blood tests alone. Here are a few symptoms of magnesium deficiency:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • High stress levels
  • Insomnia, difficulty sleeping
  • Restless legs
  • Nausea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Headaches, migraines, cluster headaches
  • Muscles aches and pains
  • Hair loss

I love my magnesium oil. It is so easy to make, it is super cheap and it has been my saving grace as this ‘Little Pot’ grows up at a super-speedy rate! With a few sprays of magnesium oil on my abdomen every night before bed, I sleep better and I feel more awake when I am awake – rarely do I have a 3pm slump.

I honestly feel a million bucks most of the time (although, I am sure that also has something to do with our lifestyle and the huge amount of water I flush through my body on a daily basis)!

Despite my love for the simple oil spray version, I have been working on the perfect magnesium cream recipe. For some people, it is easier to apply a cream rather than a liquid spray, to specific areas of the body.

According to my research (but do your own of course!), magnesium oil and cream is safe for anyone to use; pregnant women, children, the elderly, etc., and due to the lower percentage of magnesium in this recipe (25% approx. versus 50% in the spray), the Whipped Magnesium Cream may be a better option for children (and sensitive adults) as the tingle isn’t quite as strong.

It is best to share a batch of this cream with friends or family if you don’t think you’ll use it within a month or two. Despite the fact it contains vitamin E, magnesium and essential oils, which all act as preservatives, it does contain water (although I have kept this to the absolute minimum), and water allows for quicker bacteria growth.

If you’re looking for a lush cream, with the benefits of magnesium, then this is the recipe for you!

 

Whipped Magnesium Cream

Makes: 330 g | 11.6 oz Prep time: < 10 min. (plus setting time)

Ingredients

80 g | 2.8 oz magnesium chloride flakes

30 g | 1.1 oz hot water (see recipe notes)

70 g | 2.5 oz coconut oil

50 g | 1.8 oz carrier oil  (fractionated coconut oil and sweet almond oil are popular choices)

40 g | 1.4 oz shea butter

30 g | 1.1 oz beeswax pellets

20 g | 0.7 oz evening primrose oil

10 g | 0.4 oz vitamin E oil

30-40 drops of essential oils

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are wintergreen, peppermint and frankincense, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Method

1. Combine magnesium chloride flakes and hot water in a separate bowl, stir until dissolved and set aside.

2. Add coconut oil, carrier oil, shea butter and beeswax to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted. (Double boiler method – place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method – heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently).

3. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients including the magnesium mixture, stirring until well combined. Set aside to cool (you might like to pop your bowl in the fridge).

4. When the mixture is almost set, scrape away from sides of the bowl. Use a hand or electric beater, and whip until light and fluffy.

5. Transfer into container of choice.

6. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

Thermal Appliance Method

1. Combine magnesium chloride flakes and hot water in a separate bowl, stir until dissolved and set aside.

2. Add coconut oil, carrier oil, shea butter and beeswax to thermal appliance bowl and melt: 4-5 minutes | approx. 70˚C (158˚F) | low speed. Extend time if required, until ingredients have completely melted.

3. Add remaining ingredients including the magnesium mixture and mix on low speed until well combined. Set aside to cool (you might like to pop your bowl in the fridge).

4. When the mixture is almost set, scrape away from the sides of the bowl and whip for 30-40 seconds on medium/high speed until white and fluffy.

5. Transfer into container of choice.

6. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

To Use

Using clean fingers, scoop cream and apply to body. It may be helpful to apply to areas that hold tension, such as shoulders and back, but also to sore joints and muscles.

 

Recipe Notes

  • Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading”.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.

She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.

Her recipes have taken her to the screen on more than one occasion, with morning TV appearances, and she received recognition as a ‘Woman Who Will Change The World’ in the AusMumpreneur business awards in 2018.

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