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Created August 07, 2012 at 1:22 AM

anyone know of paleo (eco, whatever you want to call it) blogs more aimed toward homemade skin care and beauty recipes? thanks!

Adeb72a71b7cd3f4dd75795eb9c11ad9

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on August 08, 2012
at 05:09 PM

I don't have any recommendations on any one kit. We used in the salons and when I was in cosmetology school for learning purposes a basic paper strip kit with a scale from 1-14. Most detergent or soaps will register higher than the 4.5-5.5 usually in a range of 7 if it's a decent shampoo and your conditioners are gonna be more acidic since they are meant to moisturize or close the cuticle for smoothness. Which is why vinegar makes the hair feel so soft and smooth.

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on August 07, 2012
at 11:16 PM

Many people are allergic to citrus oil directly on the skin! Dilute them first & Do a spot test before wearing new essential oils.

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

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on August 07, 2012
at 09:20 PM

I'm interested in testing my homemade concoctions' ph levels - can you recommend a test kit?

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on August 07, 2012
at 08:36 PM

yup i am looking to make soap this is great, thanks!

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on August 07, 2012
at 08:27 PM

i actually already have a ph tester kit but never thought to use it for this, thanks!

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on August 07, 2012
at 08:24 PM

This looks great. Thanks!

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on August 07, 2012
at 08:23 PM

I just discovered the site. Very cool!

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on August 07, 2012
at 06:56 PM

Jamie, I use wellnessmama's recipe (recipe 2 from http://wellnessmama.com/1523/how-to-make-natural-deodorant-beating-the-b-o-with-natural-deo/) and it works great! I used to get stinky at the end of the day with Dove antiperspirant, and now I smell good all day. I can even skip days without needing to reapply.

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on August 07, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Great recommendation! It's where i started.

1398eff69b192c35de5e0dbaad59052a

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on August 07, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Yes I agree that are are some responsible people out there, but there's a lot of blech to wade through.

1398eff69b192c35de5e0dbaad59052a

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on August 07, 2012
at 02:34 PM

@Karen. I'm not bashing handmade soap; I make the stuff. However, the PH of soap vs a detergent-based shampoo is very different, regardless of your lye discount/superfatting. Also, it's not true to say soap is more gentle on skin than detergent-based cleansers. Like pretty much everything, it depends on the skin in question.

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on August 07, 2012
at 12:24 PM

Id love to know how to make a simple deodorant (say, citrus oil based or something, made with stuff the body can actually tolerate). Then I could go no soap, and no poo and maybe score myself a miswak stick!

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on August 07, 2012
at 11:33 AM

Vinegar unsaponifies the soap and basically turns it back into its original components (fat/oil). Individually, they're great, but hey should not be mixed. http://lisa.drbronner.com/?p=292

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on August 07, 2012
at 11:07 AM

I agree with you on the other issues, although there are responsible people out there who give recipes for home made products with information on how to keep safe and sterile, storage life, etc.

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on August 07, 2012
at 11:05 AM

All real soaps are made with lye. It's a necessary ingredient in the soap making process. Homemade lye soap can easily be neutralized with super-fatting. I don't use homemade soap for hair because mine is long and it doesn't rinse out well anymore, but it was great (if made properly) when I had short hair with a vinegar rinse. Well made soap is also much, much more gentle on skin than detergent "soaps". It's not your great-great-grandmother's lye soap.

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on August 07, 2012
at 06:46 AM

Totally agree! If you make something like that, make it in quantities that you'll use within about two weeks or so, and refrigerate. That isn't stuff that you should make a six month supply of and keep under the sink!

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at 02:55 AM

Hahah. Okay. Sounds yuck

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on August 07, 2012
at 12:44 PM

I think there is a paleo blog by a chick called "Cave girl eats". From memory she had some cool homemade natural body products and no 'poo stuff etc.

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on August 07, 2012
at 02:31 PM

I'm a fan of crunchybetty.com as far as homemade DIY beauty treatments. She has some really great ideas on her site.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on August 07, 2012
at 08:23 PM

I just discovered the site. Very cool!

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on August 07, 2012
at 11:48 AM

I'm addicted to Wellness Mama's blog and have tried out a bunch of her lotion, lip balm, tooth paste, deodorant and body scrub recipes. I cannot, however, recommend her coconut milk/Dr. Bronner's shampoo recipe - it did NOT work for me!

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on August 07, 2012
at 08:24 PM

This looks great. Thanks!

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Adeb72a71b7cd3f4dd75795eb9c11ad9

on August 07, 2012
at 03:49 PM

I have a cosmetology license, I'd say before you go slapping DIY stuff in your hair or on your skin you might want to buy a Ph tester kit to test anything you do make just so you don't damage your hair or dry out your skin. The Ph of you hair and skin is around 4.5 to 5.5 which is slightly acidic but for a reason. It wards off pathogens that can cause disease so you want to kep it at the Ph level intended or at least neutral which would be at 7. Anything higher than 7 you're opening up the cuticle layers and letting things penetrate to the cortex. I will say that Pureology is a great hair product line that is sulfate free and plant based. I'm not sure of any other ingredients but you can look up the info off the website and I'm sure you can contact them if you have questions.

Adeb72a71b7cd3f4dd75795eb9c11ad9

(130)

on August 08, 2012
at 05:09 PM

I don't have any recommendations on any one kit. We used in the salons and when I was in cosmetology school for learning purposes a basic paper strip kit with a scale from 1-14. Most detergent or soaps will register higher than the 4.5-5.5 usually in a range of 7 if it's a decent shampoo and your conditioners are gonna be more acidic since they are meant to moisturize or close the cuticle for smoothness. Which is why vinegar makes the hair feel so soft and smooth.

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

(4528)

on August 07, 2012
at 09:20 PM

I'm interested in testing my homemade concoctions' ph levels - can you recommend a test kit?

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on August 07, 2012
at 08:27 PM

i actually already have a ph tester kit but never thought to use it for this, thanks!

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on August 07, 2012
at 11:11 AM

The best site I know of for good, reliable and safe information on soapmaking is Miller's Homemade Soap Pages If you make soap, be sure to read all her site first. It's old and not at all stylish looking, but excellent and in depth.

1398eff69b192c35de5e0dbaad59052a

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on August 07, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Great recommendation! It's where i started.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on August 07, 2012
at 08:36 PM

yup i am looking to make soap this is great, thanks!

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1398eff69b192c35de5e0dbaad59052a

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on August 07, 2012
at 03:34 AM

I've posted about this before, so sorry if a repeat, but I would honestly be careful of most homemade beauty product recipes, particularly if they entail using water without proper preservatives. A lot of the stuff out there is just begging for mold and fungi and other nasties. I think some of these people are just plain irresponsible, putting these things out there. Plus, you get stuff like that ick shampoo recipe above. (NOTE: any soap made of lye is going to strip the hell out of your hair because of its PH level. Some people don't mind this. most do.)

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 07, 2012
at 11:07 AM

I agree with you on the other issues, although there are responsible people out there who give recipes for home made products with information on how to keep safe and sterile, storage life, etc.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 07, 2012
at 11:05 AM

All real soaps are made with lye. It's a necessary ingredient in the soap making process. Homemade lye soap can easily be neutralized with super-fatting. I don't use homemade soap for hair because mine is long and it doesn't rinse out well anymore, but it was great (if made properly) when I had short hair with a vinegar rinse. Well made soap is also much, much more gentle on skin than detergent "soaps". It's not your great-great-grandmother's lye soap.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 07, 2012
at 06:46 AM

Totally agree! If you make something like that, make it in quantities that you'll use within about two weeks or so, and refrigerate. That isn't stuff that you should make a six month supply of and keep under the sink!

1398eff69b192c35de5e0dbaad59052a

(2024)

on August 07, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Yes I agree that are are some responsible people out there, but there's a lot of blech to wade through.

1398eff69b192c35de5e0dbaad59052a

(2024)

on August 07, 2012
at 02:34 PM

@Karen. I'm not bashing handmade soap; I make the stuff. However, the PH of soap vs a detergent-based shampoo is very different, regardless of your lye discount/superfatting. Also, it's not true to say soap is more gentle on skin than detergent-based cleansers. Like pretty much everything, it depends on the skin in question.

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on August 07, 2012
at 02:03 AM

There are quite a few out there. One that you should beware of instructs you to mix Dr. Brommer's Liquid Castille Soap, Tea Tree Oil, Water, and Apple Cider Vinegar. Everything starts out great, and then your hair turns into a gummy, greasy mess... Just watch out for that one. I don't want you to have the same experience I did!! Good luck :)

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

(4528)

on August 07, 2012
at 11:33 AM

Vinegar unsaponifies the soap and basically turns it back into its original components (fat/oil). Individually, they're great, but hey should not be mixed. http://lisa.drbronner.com/?p=292

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on August 07, 2012
at 02:55 AM

Hahah. Okay. Sounds yuck

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