Earthsprout Guide – Greenylicious Skin & Hair Care

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Once my lips wore a bold’n gorgeous dark red color thanks to Chanel and I smelled like Miss Dior Cheri perfume. My hair must have been washed with some very fragrant and absolutely not natural shampoo (ohh, maybe one of those ’silver’ shampoos) and topped off with an icky hair mask. I was seventeen and the world was at my feet. Oh gosh, those were the days.

After a couple of years came the weird urge to get into gardening + gardening school, followed by natural nutrition studies. The result? A full on hippie-town makeover.

Although I’ve always sneaked in some natural stuff (born and raised forest gal and all) like homemade face masks or having lemon juice dripping down my face for those desirable summer highlights I kinda enjoyed the fake stuff. The big brands, the fancy packaging (or why not the cheap stuff at the 1 dollar store) in short, the things that we think we need because ’we’re worth it’ or some other crap excuse companies make to sell more. So I’ve done the whole bottles and jars that lists over 30 ingredients, half (at least) of which I cannot pronounce or have any clue what they are made from. And you know what? I wasn’t any more happy or fulfilled and I certainly wasn’t saving any time or money. Using things on my skin and hair that doubles as food, medicine and other things needed around the house on the other hand is way easier on my wallet, that’s for sure.

Truth is I feel far more radiant and beautiful than I ever did before now that the things I use ON my skin are things I could actually put IN my mouth. And that right there is my rule of thumb. See, if I wanted to, I could totally add some raw cacao and dates to my face cream and have raw truffles in a jiffy. Or nut milk to my face mask and end up with a healthy smoothie. Weird? Maybe so but consider this, isn’t covering our skin and hair with heavily chemical laden concoctions slightly err, more questionable?

The main reason however doesn’t have anything to do with myself, my time nor my finances. The passionate Planet Earth-lover in me (pretty much all of me) sleeps so some much better when I do all I can to sustain and even boost this grand organism. Because is letting chemical cocktails flow down the drain sexy? Not so much. Is covering our highly absorbable skin with something we’d never in a million years put into our mouth delicious? Try ’disgusting’.. Also, you will feel like a freaking magician when whipping up awesome edible face masks, beautifying skin cream and totally high vibe 3-ingredient exfoliants in the kitchen. This, my friends is using whole foods at it’s best AND.. it’s so darn Greenylicious!

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Fun & Fabulous Facts

-The dirty on skin & hair care

Your gorgeous skin is your largest organ and since it is porous, it will obediently absorb whatever you put onto it. Studies have found that our skin absorbs at the very minimum 60-70% of what we put onto it. The skin on our face is more porous and will absorb even more. Same goes for underarms and genitalia where absorption rate is up to 100%. So.. not very sexy, eh? The good news is that I have collected both the no-no’s and the solutions below to help you steer clear of carcinogens, allergens and irritants found in the mainstream stuff.

Personally I drew the line and began ditching unnatural products when studies surfaced about how incredibly nasty parabens were. These widely used preservatives (Ethyl-, Methyl-, Butyl-, Isobutyl-, and Propyl-Parabens) are estimated to be in 60-90 of all makeup and skincare products. Even though it certainly was a major wakeup call for me I didn’t stop using some non organic products that didn’t have parabens in them. Now this is a big thing, see even though a product might use another preservating agent we don’t really know how those substitutions might harm our bodies or the earth either long- or short-term. Replacing bad stuff with new chemicals isn’t very cool in my book. It’s also wise to think twice and do your research with products labeled ’organic’, ’natural’ or even one that may lure our senses to think it’s really a kind and good product by looking a certain way (anyone notice the common ’organic’ design-looks out there).

Anyway, I think I was around 17 when this all started, I just recently turned 26 and feel like it’s just these last few years that I’ve gotten the hang of not using conventional products just because that’s what we’re used to. I still seek out and use the best of the best organic non-animal tested fouride-free toothpaste and some makeup but that’s about it. All other things are prepared in our kitchen. It’s not really crazy hippie nor very time-consuming. It’s the hugest investment you can do for yourself, for your family and this earth. Yeah, no biggie, right?

I wish I could tell you to simply stop using and buying the conventional products all together but I understand that the situation is more complex. As human beings we’re very attached to habits and therefore I’ll give you this basic list of things to look for and preferably NOT put on your or your family’s skin/hair. I get that you have some die-hard routines that makes your hair shine, your lips pout and keep your kiddos skin silky soft – just know that you can have ALL of that with natural skin/hair care as well! What I think we have to remember is that we’ve come to a point where we as a collective need to understand that it’s not only about ourselves anymore. Stepping up to take our awesome responsibility (& honor!) and leave a lush green footprint, one that will have made tremendous change – that’s where we’re at today.

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So, open up that bathroom cabinet, empty your makeup bag and have a full on investigation party. These are some of the things you do not wish to see as a listed ingredient (..and you’ll soon be pretty clear on the why).

Parabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl, Isobutyl) have been found in breast cancer tumor and is linked to hormone imbalances since it’s a known endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen. It is also linked to male sterility and early puberty for women as well as skin irritations and rosacea.

Formaldehyde (Dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM), imidazolidinyl urea, and diazolidynyl urea to name a few) is banned in Sweden and Japan since it’s linked to leukemia, asthma, allergic skin reactions as well as being considered a carcinogen for humans.

Petroleum Byproducts – PVP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol (PG) PEG’s & Butylene Glycol. You are very likely to find Propylene Glycol in nearly 70 % of all skin/hair care products and The EPA considers it to be so toxic that it requires gloves, clothing, goggles & disposal by burying. Propylene Glycol is considered a neurotoxin and also makes your skin even more penetrable for other chemicals to reach your blood stream.

Frangrance/Perfume – DEHP, DEP, DHP, DBP5, Dibutyl Phthalate is one of the most easily absorbed chemical compounds and since fragrances are considered to be a trade secret there are 3000+ chemical that aren’t listed on your go-to products. Fragrances have been linked to infertility, hormone disruption, cancer, asthma, allergies and even possible birth defects. Note that Phthalates are often labeled as a “fragrance” (see below).

Phthalates – You may have noticed that some products now state ”phthalate free” on the bottle. Phtalates are otherwise not listed among the ingredients since it lurks behind fragrances and other ingredients. Phthalates have been linked to decreased sperm counts, damage to liver and kidneys and birth defects.

Dyes – Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5&6, Red 33, FD&C, D&C, Aminophenol, diaminobenzene, p-phenylenediamine, CI followed by 5 digits. These are banned in EU as a carcinogen, they may be contemned by heavy metals and are linked to tumor growth, AHDH in children among other things.

Heavy Metals – Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, Nickel, lead acetate, thimerosal, mercurius solubilis, mercurius sublimates, mercurius corrosives, mercuric chloride. Sounds pretty heavy for your silky creams, eh? Higher levels of heavy metals have been found in women with breast cancer and both males and females with muscle disorders, mood swings, nausea, headaches and hair loss to name a few.

DEA, TEA, MEA, and Nitrosamines. These are foam booster and they are found in almost all personal care products like baby shampoo, regular shampoo, sunscreen, foundations, shave soap, cleansers and mascara. They are banned in Canada and EU and repeated use may cause cancer and precancerous states in skin, liver and thyroid.

Triclosan – This is an antibacterial registered by EPA as a pesticide. Sounds like something you want your skin to absorb? It’s in anti-bacterial products, facial tissues, baby wipes, deodorants, hand sanitizers and cosmetics amongst other things.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is used for car washes, engine degreasers ..and in around 90% of all personal care products that foam. Yay! Not so much.. SLS has the potential to form a specific carcinogen by interacting with other chemicals and the list of other health risks linked to these two is way to long for this post.

Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea. Antimicrobial preservative used mainly in cosmetics. Diazolidinyl urea acts as a formaldehyde releaser (see info on Formaldehyde above) and may cause joint pain, depression, cancer, ear infections and insomnia only to name a few health risks.

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Greenylicious Skin & Hair Care

Eating for healthy hair & skinWhat you put into your mouth will also determine the quality of your hair skin and nails as well as all other parts of your body and overall health. Foods that boost your hair and skin are whole foods rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals (especially zinc and calcium) and vitamins (vitamin C, E and B’s in particular). So load your plate with avocado, olives, nuts, seeds, whole grains, berries, leafy greens, raw cacao, concentrated superfoods like moringa leaf, maca, chlorella, camu camu, bee pollen etc. Also, drink lots of pure water as good hydration is key! It’s basically the overall Greenylicious way of eating/drinking. If you have no idea to begin or need a little boost of inspiration I highly recommend grabbing my 30 Raw Breakfast’ app which is packed with delicious and healthy treats. Yum!

Hair
Traditionally a persons hair have been viewed as something that mirrors the overall health and vitality of that individual. Letting ones hair grow to it’s full length is in yogic traditions considered as something incredibly powerful and also that your hair are intelligent antennas and something that can help raise the creative life force when left uncut. However much of that is true (and I believe a lot of it is) I think it’s really nice to take care of those locks. Healthy hair just feels good.

Washing. I’ve gone from conventional shampoo to organic shampoo, to washing with a mixture of baking soda + water for a long time (which didn’t work for my hair type at all as it got super brittle and dry). So back to organic shampoos and then I found out that you can wash your hair with Moroccan Rassoul clay and I fell in love. I add 1 tbsp worth of dry clay (buy as powdered or in pieces) and around 4 tbsp warm water to a small jar, let it sit while I hop into the shower, wet my hair and then pour some of the mixture of water and dissolved clay onto the top of my head, both sides and lastly on the backside of my head. Then I massage thoroughly (important) to make sure the mixture covers my whole scalp. After this I might do a body scrub (recipe below) just to let the clay work it’s magic for a while but you could also rinse it out straight after applying. Note that this mixture doesn’t foam and may take some getting used to but the results I experience makes it all so worth it. My hair has tons of volume (never did before), looks way healthier, has more shine and I only need to wash it 2 times a week or less (without it looking oily at all). I highly recommend you give this a go. You can order Rassoul clay online or find it in bigger health food shops.

Conditioning. I always thought I needed copious amounts of conditioner to make my hair look and feel soft and lush but find I get the same effect by using Rassoul clay to wash my hair. However, I do apply a few drops of almond/jojoba/coconut/argan oil to the tips of my wet hair after washing it. This is something that will deeply nourish and make a noticeable difference to your hair. I also do hair masks once in a while (once a week is ah-mazing but my reality is more like once every three months..). I figure something is better then nothing and my hair does love those masks once I do them (recipe below).

Brushing. I’m pretty passionate about having a minimum amount of plastic in our lives and so I stopped using a plastic brush (even if it did have a wooden handle) and comb and started using a boar bristle brush. This obviously isn’t something for those of you don’t use any animal products and if that’s the case, I urge you to skip the all-plastic thing at at least opt for a brush with a wooden handle a non-synthetic brush. Brushes made of plastic makes the hair more porous and brittle (hello frizzy hair) while natural brushes help close the hair and allow it to keep it’s natural oils, nice bounce and shine. Brushing your hair every day helps with keeping it healthy by massaging the scalp and evenly distributing it’s natural oils. It’s advised not to brush your hair while it’s wet but that’s not something I stay away from.. yet.

Body
You’ll want to nourish your skin according to it’s specific needs. Is it dry, oily, rough, sensitive? Diving into Ayurvedic knowledge about body constitutions (doshas) definitely cleared up some questions for me and I can definitely recommend doing that. Maybe your skin is best nourished by applying sesame oil and not coconut oil and maybe calming lavender essential oil to go with it works better then fiery ginger. Perhaps a salt scrub works wonders while a sugar scrub doesn’t. Who knows? Only you.

Dry Brushing. Giving yourself a little moment of dry skin brushing before hopping into the shower has got some amazing health benefits including tighter skin, better digestion, stronger immune system and the quicker cell renewal. Since dry brushing stimulates your lymphatic system it also helps the ever ongoing process of releasing waste and toxins from the body through the skin. HERE’S my honey Sarah’s guide to dry skin brushing.

Exfoliating. This is also a nice treat for your skin. One that nourishes both by moisturizing and being gently exfoliating. There’s a recipe below for my go-to exfoliant. Play around with which carrier oil, essential oil and exfoliating ingredient works best for you.

Moisturizing. I’m pretty basic when it comes to making my own skin care and for my body I usually use a mixture of sesame oil, almond oil and some essential oil that I keep in a bottle. As previously mentioned though, your skin might love coconut oil or shea butter better. Experiment and know that you can never go completely wrong. It’s still awesome ingredients you’re using and your skin will greatly benefit from them.

Deodorant. As noted before, the skin under our arms have the ability to absorb 100% of what we put onto it so if you use deodorant, needless to say a natural and non-toxic one is very important. There are many different options so visit the natural skin-care section in your nearest health food store or do a quick search on the internet to find a good web shop. It may take some trial and error before finding your favorite but your body will thank you.

Soap. We use a trusty organic olive oil Aleppo soap as our go-to by the sink and in the shower. It’s all natural, have really few ingredients and doesn’t come with a plastic bottle that you need to dispose of. Win-win in many ways.

Face
Gentle Exfoliant. If you’ll make the recipe for my basic exfoliant (below) you can absolutely use this in your face as well as on your body. This is a good way to get rid of dead skin cells and help rejuvenate your skin on your face. Just do it gently. 

Cleanser + Toner. You can remove any makeup by simply massaging your face and the area around your eyes with a little virgin coconut oil. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and dry by gently dabbing your face with a clean towel. For a quick cleanse and toner apple cider vinegar is great. To do this you simply add a few drops of apple cider vinegar to a cotton pad and wipe the pad over your entire face and neck. Wait a little while before applying moisturizer.

Face Cream. The cream I use on my face is really easy to make and saves me many bucks compared to when I bought that super expensive organic face cream for a while.. My current fave face cream has three basic ingredients and I may change it slightly depending on season or mood. You’ll find the recipe + instructions below. You can also use some virgin coconut oil as face cream which in all simplicity works wonders on your skin.

Mouth. I use a tounghe scraper (which I swear by), then I floss and lastly brush my teeth with a non fluoride toothpaste. I’ve started exploring the world of natural and non-toxic tooth brushes and even though I’m loving the wooden one that we have for Caspian, the adult size isn’t as great. See what you can find and remember plastic isn’t good in anything weather it’s your tupperware or toothbrush. A great tip for a natural teeth whitener is brushing your teeth with a pea-sized amount of turmeric paste once in a while (as crazy as it sounds).

Babies/ Kids
Things to know when it comes to babies and skin care is that not only do they absorb more then adults, they are also more affected by the cocktail of toxins and chemicals since they are still in such an early state of development. Virgin coconut oil and lavender essential oil are our go-to’s for Caspian. A gentle oil like sesame or almond with a drop of lavender essential oil in the bathtub goes a long way. Arrowroot powder instead of talc if needed during the diaper period. Coconut oil or cacao butter with a little lavender essential oil is nice if you want to do a massage. Wait for as long as possible with shampoo and allow your babe’s hair to do it’s own thing. It won’t get oily for years. If the hair is dirty because of sand, food or any other things then rinsing with warm water and maybe some coconut oil works well. Please use either organic baby wipes or non at all and opt for warm water and a little organic olive oil soap to wash when changing diapers instead. Remember that the skin around genitalia absorbs 100% of what we put onto it and really, water and olive oil is also the cheapest option if you feel like organic wipes are to costly. Also cloth diapers = awesome.

Men
Fabian uses a really cool old-style shaving kit complete with a sandalwood shave soap and a wooden brush. These kits can stay with you for a lifetime if cared for as opposed to that regular metal bottle of shave foam that needs disposing of once empty. It’s kind on the skin, earth friendly and I also thinks it’s kinda sexy. Fabian also use the same boar bristle hair brush and face cream as I do. Simple, smart and all kinds of goodness. For his hair he uses an organic styling wax.

Women
Apart from natural face, hair and skin care that I’ve talked about above it’s important to consider using natural products when it comes to the monthly moon cycle. Organic tampons and sanitary napkins are crazy important, your body will absorb all the bleach (almost all tampons contain bleached rayon – a material that creates the possibly carcinogenic byproduct dioxin), fragrances, dyes and nasties that’s in the conventional kinds. A silicone menstrual cup such as Divacup or Mooncup is the best option according to me. No adding to land-fills and no toxins. Gentle, cheap and good in many ways.

Products / Brands I Love
There are a few amazing filled-with-heart brands out there and two (yes, I’m picky) of my favorites for ready-made natural skin care Living Libations and MoonRise Creek (as seen in some of the pictures). Specific ingredients like coconut butter, shea butter and the like I order from Råvarubutiken and Organic Makers. You are very welcome to add your favorites in the comments below!

Other Goodstuff
Essential Oils for infusing massage oils, face creams, body oils, bath water and to use in oil burners. Maybe a few drops while showering for a quick aromatherapy sesh? ..or while cleaning the house or clearing out stagnated or unwanted energy.

Soap Nuts. We use both soap nuts and organic really kind laundry detergent when doing our laundry. This is practically the same as the importance of using organic and natural skin and hair care. Soaking your clothes in chemicals will of course result in your skin absorbing those same chemicals from your clothes. Not so hot..

Crystals for high vibes all over the place, please.

Palo Santo Sticks & Sage Smudge Sticks for the same reason as crystals and essential oils.

Glass Jars/Bottles/Droppers. If you’re making your own skin care product you’ll want t o store it in glass jars (preferably dark toned) because plastic-free is the best way to be. Also, glass won’t allow toxic chemicals to leak into your precious concoctions as plastic will.

My Routine
I’m all about an overall minimum of stuff and fuss as possible and my skin & hair care routines mirror that. In the morning I’ll wash my face with some water and apply a pea-sized amount of my face cream. I may use some natural makeup but not every day. It depends on what my plans are. I’ll floss, use my tongue scraper and brush my teeth. In the evening before going to bed I’ll repeat the floss, tongue scrape, brushing-routine and if I’ve used makeup I’ll remove that with some coconut oil, rinse off the oil, maybe do a apple cider vinegar toner and then after a while, apply my face cream. Roughly once a week I’use my body scrub to exfoliate and moisturize while in the shower. I also love dry brushing before showering and one of my favorite things to do on an evening is apply a face mask or/and a hair mask (after putting Caspian to sleep because he’d freak if he saw me looking like Shrek). Note that during these 1.5 incredibly full and messy years since Caspian was born my routines have been thrown out the window and they have just recently become sort of a possibility again. I’m not perfect but I do what I can to support this earth in my everyday life.

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My Basic Recipes for Natural Skin + Hair Care

These recipes below are my go-to’s. You won’t believe the effect of the face masks that leaves your skin super nurtured and soft. The body scrub is seriously amazing, the face cream addictive and the hair mask such a heaven sent. Have fun!

Face Cream

3 tbsp shea butter
3 tbsp cacao butter
3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
5 drops palo santo essential oil or any other essential oil of your liking.

1. Gently heat all oils in a water bath (using a metal or glass bowl). Add your essential oil of choice once oils/butters are liquid. Give it a stir and refrigerate until almost solid which may take around 2-4 hours so check every once in a while. Using your immersion blender you’re now going to ‘whip’ your face cream which will make it soft and sort of fluffy. So blend your cream base with the immersion blender for 20-30 seconds, transfer to an airtight glass jar and keep in a cool, dark place. Apply a pea-sized amount to your face (or your body) when needed.

Face Mask – 2 ways

Green

1 tsp matcha tea powder
1/2 avocado
2 tsp raw honey (vegans use 1/4 banana)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 drop essential peppermint oil

1. Halve, pit and scoop out 1/2 avocado and add to a bowl along with the rest of the ingredients. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Apply to clean face but not too close to your eyes (there is a picture of me using this face mask below). Let sit for no more then 10 minutes. The important thing is to not let it dry. Wash off with warm water, gently dry your face with a clean towel and if you please, moisturize after a little while. Stores for 2-3 days in the fridge

Yellow

1 tsp rose hip powder (or 5 goji berries if you can’t find rose hip)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup rolled oats
1.5 tbsp water
1 tsp turmeric powder

1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Apply to clean face but not too close to your eyes (there is a picture of me using face mask below). Let sit for no more then 10 minutes. The important thing is to not let it dry. Wash off with warm water, gently dry your face with a clean towel and if you please, moisturize after a little while. Stores for 3-4 days in the fridge

Body Scrub

1/4 cup coconut sugar/ muscovado sugar/ cane sugar
1/3 cup virgin olive oil
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
4 drops rosemary essential oil

Add all ingredients to a glass or metal bowl and thoroughly combine using a fork. Transfer to an airtight glass jar, store dark in your bathroom cabinet. Upon using take desired amount with a spoon and exfoliate your skin while in the shower. Enjoy the amazing smell!1

Hair Mask

Hair mask-time means play-time in the kitchen. Follow the guidelines below that lists possible ingredients to use depending on your hair type. Aim for 1/3 cup worth of mixture depending of course on how much hair you have. You may use various essential oils here as well. I usually go for a basic one like: 1 banana or an egg and then 2 tbsp raw honey. Blend until smooth with an immersion blender and apply hair mask to brushed hair. Make sure tips and lengths are covered and let it sit for 20-or so minutes. Rinse it out with warm water and finish off by applying a few drops of argan/almond/jojoba oil to the tips of your hair.

Pick ‘n mix from the components below. For example try 2 tbsp Coconut oil + Lemon juice + 1 banana.

For Dry Hair: Organic Free Range Egg (1), Coconut Oil (2 tbsp), Olive Oil (2 tbsp)

For Oily Hair: Apple Cider Vinegar (2 tbsp), Lemon (1/2 a lemon, the juice)

All Hair Types: Banana (1), Honey (2 tbsp)


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I hope with all my heart that you’ve found some new inspiration and nuggets of wisdom in this guide. I’d love for you to share your two cents/tips and tricks in the comments below or on Instagram using the hashtag #earthsprout

Please share this with the world, your friends and family. Greenylicious skin & hair care is much needed and wildly awesome on so many levels!

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83 Comments

  1. Heather
    4 april, 2015

    Yay!! This blog post has made my day, and I’m so excited (yet again) to read your gorgeous words of wisdom! I am all for creating edible body-care creations in the kitchen and using the pure ingredients that nature has to offer. I can’t wait to try these greenylicious and nourishing recipes.
    Also, I’d like to recommend a some other awesome skin care brands that are safe for the planet and our beautiful bodies. Eminence Organics, Dr. Hauschka, and Evanhealy are all great choices.
    Also Eleanor, what makeup brand(s) do you recommend? And could I replace coconut oil with a different (possibly thinner) oil in the face cream recipe? (My skin doesn’t react well to coconut oil). Thanks!!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      Hey Heather! I ‘m super thrilled you like the guide and I hope you’ll enjoy using the recipes :) Thank you for adding your tips too and I’ll start thinking about a guide for natural makeup! I’d recommend you try either almond oil or jojoba oil! Love!

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      • Heather
        18 april, 2015

        Thanks darling Eleanor!! I’m going to make your face cream recipes with one of your recommended oils, I can’t wait!!
        Blessings. <3

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    • Christine
      8 april, 2015

      Hi Heather! I was wondering in what way your skin doesn’t react well to coconut oil? Is it just in your face or on your body too? Because i suspect I am experiencing something too, but i wasn’t sure since everyone loves coconut oil haha!

      X

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      • Heather
        18 april, 2015

        My face always breaks out when I use coconut oil. My body reacts fine (thank goodness) but I’ve found that the large molecules in coconut oil clog the pores on my face. I think coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer if well tolerated, but for some reason my skin just says ”no.” Eleanor says that jojoba and almond oils work as subs for the face cream recipe. :)

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  2. Heather
    4 april, 2015

    Also, how long did it take your hair to adjust to the clay shampoo?

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      My hair responded so well to the clay and there wasn’t really any adjustment..

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      • Heather
        18 april, 2015

        Fabulous! I can’t wait to try it out!

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  3. Lise
    4 april, 2015

    Eleanor, loved this post!! With the hair side of things, I use organic shampoos as I found the baking soda really stripped my hair. I do an occasional apple cider vinegar was though but biggest find has been rinsing my hair at the end after conditioning with cool & then cold water!! My hair lasts a week without a wash whereas before with hot water if get 2 days or 3 at a pinch before my hair was oily again. I have thick long hair & it has made all the difference!! Hugs xxxx

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      That’s so great Lise! I’ll be trying the cool + cold rinse too :) Great tips! Thank you so much for boosting this space with your brilliance :)

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  4. Shannon Rosenberg
    5 april, 2015

    Dear Elanore, Just love everything you do but would like to know with with your skin creme, when you say ”heat oils in water bath” do you put the oils in water on stove and just how much water or are you heating the oils over a pot of water? Also what is an ”immersion” blender? Is it anything like a food blender?

    Thank you

    With love

    Shannon

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      Hi Shannon! Sorry if I’m being too vague! So.. you put butter/oils in a glass or metal jar that you heat on top of a saucepan that’s half filled with boiling/hot water.

      An immersion blender is a super simple hand blender!

      All the best to your week!

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  5. Alexandra
    5 april, 2015

    Thank you so much, Elenore! I’ve slowly shifted to an all natural, kitchen-based beauty routine over the past couple of years, including making deodorant (my fave!) and I’m happy you’re writing about how easy and wonderful it really is. You’re gorgeous!

    The products I buy are only available in Canada, but if you’re ever here for a visit, they’re great products! Green Beaver toothpaste and Earthsafe shampoo/conditioner are both awesome.

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      So cool that you’re making your own deodorant! I love it! Power to the people and not the brands! Yay! Thank you so much for giving us your tips here, Alexandra!

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  6. Emelia
    5 april, 2015

    Hey Eleanor. I just wanna know which site you ordered or bought your clays to wash your hair from? :) I’m an Asian girl from a small Country called Malaysia (we are on top of Singapore). Really in need of some help with my hair as my hair is limpy and it becomes oily quickly 6 hours post hair wash :( really appreciate your input and reply on this. Thank you!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      Hey Emelia!
      I ordered my clay from swedish sites so I’d recommend you do a little google search to find a shop that’ll send to Malaysia! Lise wrote about a really good tips for oily hair a few comments above yours about rinsing with cool then cold water after conditioning, maybe give that a go?

      /Elenore

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  7. Clara P
    5 april, 2015

    Hola, thank you so much for an amazing post!!!!
    Im deffinetely trying your recipes this next week.
    I do have 2 brands that I like : Dr. Hauschka and Dr. Bronners for nice soaps.
    I need to buy some make up because I have NONE so could you recommend any brand? thanks again and have a lovely easter!
    xx

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      Hi there beauty!

      Nice to hear you’re enjoying the guide :) awesome! I’ll start planning for a makeup guide so I’ll hopefully have some goodies for you in that department soon :)

      Reply
  8. Aurélie
    5 april, 2015

    So many tips I’m going to try (and probably use cause, coming from you, I do not doubt they’re amazing!
    My hair never adjusted to the no-poo (as we wall it in France) but rhassoul works wonders!
    For my oily skin, I apply jojoba oil in the morning now and nigella the evening (with a couple drops of tea tree essential oils when I have breakouts), if this can interest anyone.
    Also I think it’s worth mentioning that you can make your own reusable cotton pads with used tees (or other clothes,organic is better ‘course, I used an old linen tablecloth) : just need to cut them the size you want (and wash them ;)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Much love!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      You are TOO kind Aurélie! I LOVE using nigella oil too – smells so good! And superb with the cloth ideas! I use a few good pieces for help textile for my face a lot – hemp is the best :)

      Thank you so SO much for letting us in on your tips and tricks! lots of love /elenore

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  9. Anna
    5 april, 2015

    thank you so much for this post!! I already did the look the ingredients in my make up thing… and I want to change it all now haha
    xx

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      I think that sounds pretty darn awesome Anna! Thank you for sharing your light here <3

      Reply
  10. Carol
    5 april, 2015

    Fantastic post Elenore! I am also a big fan of natural skin & hair care, after spending a small fortune, in my younger years, on the seemingly glamourous products found in fashionable department stores. Like you, I love Rhassoul clay, argan oil, and all the amazing edibles already found in my pantry. I discovered rhassoul clay 7 years ago & have never looked back. Not only is it economical (a little goes a long way) it exfoliates & conditions my dry skin (unlike other commmerical clay products, & the like), and leaves my hair soft & shiny. A bit of argan oil & coconut oil to moisturize & life is good.

    I live in the UK & would love to recommend the company that I use to buy my clay, argan oil & soapnuts (and more!) from. They have really expanded my world :)

    http://naturalspasupplies.co.uk/

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      Hi Carol! Gosh, I couldn’t agree more on all you say about Rhassoul clay – it’s a freaking wonder! Love it so! ..and thank you for your link – I’ll be checking that out <3 <3 Lots of love to you clay sistah! ;)

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  11. Brittany
    5 april, 2015

    This post is just so helpful. Thank you Elenore for sharing with us. It is so hard to find trusted information on natural homemade body products. I was about half way there with the greenylisious beauty but now I have all the information I need to go all the way! Weeehooo!
    I don’t use a tongue scraper, I heard somewhere that it wasn’t good, though I cant be sure. I oil pull(when I can) for 10-20 minutes and also lightly brush my tongue with my bamboo toothbrush. The toothbrush I have now is a different brand and it is too hard so next time I will try the baby one, like you mentioned.
    I can’t wait to just dive into my new greenylisious routine head first. Thank you Elenore!
    Love and green vibes for you and the earth.
    Brittany xx

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      Hi Brittany! M-mm oil pulling is awesome! I’m feeling like maybe it’s time to do that a little more regularly, it really do work wonders! And I’m so happy you’re enjoying the guide! Here’s to a happy Greenylicious bathroom! Hugs!

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  12. Maria
    5 april, 2015

    Hello Elenore,
    Thanks for yet another great post! I have very similar experiences as you do. I haven’t tried the rhassoul clay for my hair yet, mainly use it for my face and body, but will definitely try it for my hair. I use an indian (?) herb called shikakai as schampoo and conditioner. I find it works very well. But I guss it’s like you say that some things work for some and not for others. I find that moisturizing my skin is hard using oils. Maybe I have tried the wrong ones for me. Do you have any ayurvedic readings to recommend regarding this? Svenska funkar också! :)
    I also wonder what floss you use? I have only seen ”conventional” floss and my big consience about my footprint on our earth is a bit concerned every time I throw them away.
    Thanks again for a great post!!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      Hej Maria! Då kör vi på svenska då :) Hoppas att rhassoul leran fungerar bra på ditt hår också, det är verkligen en dröm här i denna familjen i alla fall! Toppen på SÅ många vis! Jag använder den tandtråden som liksom är i små plast ”hållare” – sköljer av noga efter användning och använder tills den är alldeles sliten, kanske tar 1.5 v – sedan åker den i plaståtervinningen. Kanske finns det något mer miljövändligt alternativ men det har inte jag snubblat över ännu i alla fall.

      Varm Kram!

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  13. Naira
    5 april, 2015

    Amazing post Eleonore! You should talk more about this from time to time.
    When we introduce natural elements in our beauty routine we can come back, it’s wonderful, I feel myself more wise and beautiful now.

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  14. Julia
    5 april, 2015

    Wow, Elenore, thank you for sharing all your secrets of your beauty with us! This post is incredibly detailed and informative, i loved reading it. And i will definitely try your face cream asap (need to get some shea butter first) and also the face masks sound very appealing. I love to use kefir on my face as i´m experimenting with nutmilk and coconutmilk kefir at the moment and my skin loves it!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      Oh yeah! Thumbs up for Kefir face treatments! Sounds amazing! Thanks for adding your tips here Julia! :) Hugs /E

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  15. Kathleen
    5 april, 2015

    This is such a great blog post! Thank you for sharing your tips. I also like the fact that is saves the earth by making such things as well. I’m sharing this with my friends and sisters! Thanks!

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  16. Mari
    5 april, 2015

    Wow, what an amazing post! Love love love it! Where have you studied these kind of things, I would really love to learn more. Could you please share, would be so thankful! <3 Or maybe som books to read? Love and Thank you!

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  17. Victoria
    5 april, 2015

    Elenore,
    Thank you so much to clear up ideas with this precious guide. It is a need to make a change. Please keep going! Love from France

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  18. Thea @ Baking Magique
    6 april, 2015

    Hi! What a great post! My mother is a nutritional therapist so in my family we’re very selective with our hair and bocy care. Ever since I was 12 years old I’ve been making my own hair masks of different oils, yoghurt, honey, essential oils and eggs and the results are far superior than what any Loréal conditioner in the world can achieve. Your blog is inspiring, keep up the good work! :)

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      Hey beauty! Thanks for introducing me to your amazing blog <3 In love!

      Reply
  19. Metha
    6 april, 2015

    This post is beautiful and very inspiring, Elenore! Thanks! Differently going to try rhassoul clay and your recipes, hugs

    https://fundamentalchocolate.wordpress.com/

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  20. Marie-Hélène
    6 april, 2015

    What a great post Elenore! Thank you!
    Do you have some tips or recipes for eye contour? And for nails?

    Reply
    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      It seems there are lots of requests for a guide to natural makeup and the like so keep your eyes open for something like that in the near future <3 <3 <3

      Reply
  21. Olia
    6 april, 2015

    Amazing info! With a toddler as well , I feel like I never have the time to take care of myself as before, but I’ve decided to join the make-your-own bandwagon.

    What is the name of the boar brush you use?

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      Oh gosh.. I know what you mean ;) I’m not sure what the name of my brush is and I don’t have the packaging anymore.. Sorry! I hope you’ll find a good one though, It’s really made a difference for me using that one.

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  22. Eve
    6 april, 2015

    I follow you on Insta and saw your message about this post. I patiently waited for the baby to be asleep. I made a cup of tea and crawled into bed and read it. It was like a good book. You know? Thanks for that.

    PS – You totally NAILED it.

    Happy Day.

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      Eve, I cannot tell you how happy your comment made me. My heart and soul smiles to know that this post could give you something good during that precious alone-time.

      Sending all love!
      E

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  23. Karolina
    6 april, 2015

    Thank you for your fabulous post!

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  24. Alicia
    6 april, 2015

    Amazing post! Thank you so much for sharing. I love it. You have totally convinced me to make a change in my life.

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  25. Eleanor
    6 april, 2015

    Lovvit!!!

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  26. Nathalie O' | Green Kokoro
    7 april, 2015

    Elenore, thank you so much for your extensive post on natural skin and hair care! Our routines look so much alike :-) Skin brushing, using all kinds of edible oils and essential oils, avocado, coconut sugar, clay, bamboo toothbrushes, soap nuts for the laundry etc. etc. And hey, I’m also sharing a boar bristle brush with my man, haha ;-) I have to try your face cream though, it sounds heavenly!! I use organic cold pressed jojoba oil at the moment but I feel it’s a bit to dry/astringent on my skin. I read that Fabian uses an organic hair wax. Has he ever tried homemade flaxseed gel? My man adores it, it takes about 15 minutes to prepare, yeah it looks like snot ^^ but it does wonders for curly hair ;-) It is very easy to prepare (first soaking and then cooking the flaxseeds, then straining through a very fine mesh, letting cool and adding a few drops of essential oil if desired (my dude loves grapefruit or sandalwood) and storing in an airtight container in the fridge). For shampoo, we’re both using an Ayurvedic herbal shampoo powder (with fullers’ earth, shikakai and herbs) and it works great for those with a sensitive scalp :-) I was wondering, have you ever tried ”oil pulling”? And if so, did you find it had some benefits for you? Much much love to you, Fabian and Caspian! Xoxo, Nat

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    • Eve
      7 april, 2015

      My man has CRAZY curly hair and my 9-month-old has her Papa’s locks. Will give the gel a try. Thanks for sharing :)

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      Hey Nathalie!

      You guys are so rad! Flax gel – how awesome is that! I’ll have fabian try that for sure (although he’ll be looking at me like I’m crazy –which I am ;) Hehe! I do oil pulling for time to time but I don’t think I’ve done it regularly enough to notice any very apparent benefits. It just feels good and I know it’s a really great way to help the body heal and detoxify naturally. It’s just that it’s kinda hard doing that with a lil’ one around.. ;)

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  27. Clem @ The Vegan Cookie Fairy
    7 april, 2015

    Eleanor, this guide is BRILLIANT! There is so much information here that I did not even know about. I’ve been telling myself for years now to switch to a moon cup and this has spurred me to try it. (Scary but necessary! I had no idea tampons contained bleach. BLEACH. WTF.) I’ve recently switched to Faith In Nature shampoo and conditioner, though I was worried it would affect my dry scalp, but it’s been ok so far, and it’s all vegan, not tested on animals, organic, etc.

    Re: the green face mask, can you recommend a substitute for the honey? Or could I just omit that?

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      Hey love! Wohoo! YES! I’m so happy this guide is making you take that next step (and I know..bleach. Seriously -SO freaking crazy!!). Faith in Nature is what I used for years before finding the awesomeness that is Rhassoul clay. I loved the Meadow Foam Shampoo + Conditioner.

      You could use 1/4 banana instead :)

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  28. Leah
    7 april, 2015

    beautiful post elenore! i’ve been making my own plant based beauty and wellness too for about six months now. rosemary gladstar’s books are really fantastic. xoxo

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  29. Lina
    7 april, 2015

    Hello ! this is so great! but i am vegan, and i wonder if you could share with me some advice on what to use instead of for example eggs and honey.

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      Hi Lina! Of course! For the green face mask you can use 1/4 of a banana instead of the honey. For the hair masks you just use another base like banana or avocado or even rolled oats + water instead of egg. Good luck! Love /E

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      • Lina
        17 april, 2015

        Thanks ! :) also i wonder, where did you buy the aleppo olive oil soap? i did find a version on amazon, it has sodium hydroxide in it. And when i google it, it doesnt sound to pleasant.

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        • Lina
          18 april, 2015

          oh wait…also, the palo santo essential oil, why did you choose that one exactly and where did you buy that one..as well as a non toxic deodorant? i probably have more questions coming….(sry lol) ah yeah, the rhassoul clay, where did you buy it. Er du svensk btw?

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  30. ola
    7 april, 2015

    Sweet Elenore, I’ve never been much into cosmetics, although had my share of cheap make up as teenager ;) I’m also quite bad with routines, but every now and then I use shea butter instead of a face cream and a lip balm. I started making my own soap, and been experimenting with homemade shampooing and body butters. and wanted to let you know, that there is a very special lady down in Copenhagen, who makes wonderful hand&wild crafted cosmetics http://herbalsalvation.dk/ hugs from the other side of Øresund

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    • ElenoreEarth
      7 april, 2015

      Thank you so much dearest Ola for adding your awesome tips to the Greenylicious party! Sending so much love back atcha!

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  31. Charlotte
    7 april, 2015

    Thank you for sharing. I use a mix of virgin coconut oil and baking soda as both deodorant and tooth paste. No itchy, red arm pits (or smelly for that matter) and wonderfully clean teeth. Some people add essential oils (peppermint for instance) to the tooth paste batch, but I find the taste tolerable and the results are great.

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  32. melanie
    8 april, 2015

    Thank you for generously sharing all of that wonderful information and scrumptious photos. It was studying Ayurveda that stopped me in my tracks and now, like you, if I can’t eat it it doesn’t go on my skin and I’ve found that Chickpea flour and powdered rose petals makes a lovely gentle face scrub. I’m really looking forward trying the Rhassoul clay instead of shampoo.

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  33. Isabel
    8 april, 2015

    How amazing is this guide? I just ordered some stuff to start to make my own skincare a couple of days ago and now here is your post!
    The recipes I found before to make a face cream f.e. were an emulsion of oil + flower water (and essential oils), so you need an emulgator (f.e. tefose) to make the blend.
    What is your opinion on this emulgator? Are you familiar with it? Would it be completely safe?
    Thanks a lot!

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  34. Amalie
    8 april, 2015

    Thank you very much Elenore! Such an inspirering post, you are a great role model and I really enjoy following your green footsteps!

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  35. Lana Jankovic
    8 april, 2015

    This is INCREDIBLE honey! Love love love the recommendations. My skin has changed completely ever since I started moisturizing with sea buckthorn oil and using ACV as a toner every single day. LIFECHANGING! xoxo

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  36. Samantha Raine
    8 april, 2015

    Hi Elenore! Do you reckon if Bentonite Clay can work as a shampoo instead of Rassoul Clay?

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  37. Daniella
    9 april, 2015

    Thank you SO much for this post! Already a total convert of everything you describe, it’s so wonderful to see, and be inspired by, how you and others are doing it. Regarding deodorants, something I’ve found is that I have a range of great organic options (even just plain ol’ baking soda), but I have to rotate between them every few weeks for max effectiveness. If I do that, I never have an issue. Keep up the great work XX

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  38. Agnes {Cashew Kitchen}
    9 april, 2015

    Tack för ett superinspirerande inlägg!!
    Det är verkligen en djungel att försöka orientera sig i naturlig hudvård, så detta var väldigt hjälpsamt! Jag har kört mandelolja till sminkborttagning och återfuktning i flera år och har fått sååå mycket bättre hy av det! Har däremot dragit mig för att övergå till naturliga hårtvättar för alla recept jag har snubblat över har innehållit så många olika ingredienser som ska blandas ihop och det ska köras sura eftersköljningar och det ena med det andra, så en längre tid har jag stannat i någon slags transitionsperiod av ”balsammetoden” hehe :) Men är pepp på att beställa rassoulera nu! Verkar ju lätt som en plätt!
    Hoppas du har en toppendag fina! <3

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  39. G
    9 april, 2015

    I would like to add a Scandinavian favorite: Sauna! Such a treat for the skin (and the soul). No weird ingredients :) I go many times a week, and combine it with dips in ice cold water/throwing myself into the snow. My daughters are 2 and 4 and they are totally hooked as well (seriously!). Thanks also for a great post and important reminders.

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  40. Clémentine
    12 april, 2015

    Elenore! What a great and insightful post, really I have been reading quite a few on the topic over the last year and yours is really on the top of the list :)
    I’m not really good at following recipes thus I’m often ”playing” in between the kitchen and the bathroom when it comes to face mask! I quite often add half a banana to it… But most of themes it’s merely oat flour with water, a bit of honey and a pinch of tumeric – thanks for your tip in a previous as I was already a big fan of urucuma oil, how could I not love the glowy touch of tumeric!
    I just tried the banana mask but skipped the blender step, I thought the annual option (i.e. fork) would do… Big mistake! What a mess to get rid of the little pieces of cooked banana with hot water ;)
    Keep writing and sharing your knowledge and energy!
    Take care!

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  42. Crista
    16 april, 2015

    Hi there! I have been experimenting with new and non-toxic ways to clean my hair. Lately, I have been using baking soda (once a week or so – very drying) and diluted apple cider vinegar rinse, which I love. I enjoy reading your blog and thought that the rhassoul clay approach sounded great! I was lucky enough to find some at our natural foods store in Anchorage, Alaska. I mixed about 1.5 teaspoons with filtered water and poured it onto my wet hair. I massaged it into my scalp and left it for about 2-3 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. I followed with a ACV rinse. I don’t know if I used too much, or if I left it on too long, but my hair (which is long and straight) feels ”gummy”, I can’t run my fingers (much less my boar-bristle brush) through it, and it is super static-y! Any ideas on how I could adjust? Thanks! :)

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    • Veronica
      22 maj, 2015

      Hi Crista! I’ve been having the same issue with the ”gummy” feeling, though it’s not every time. Sometimes the clay works great and my hair looks awesome but other times it just looks greasy and when I touch it, it feels like there’s clay in my hair. I’ve been rinsing a lot after but can’t quite seem to get the trick. Perhaps I’m using too much? Were you able to remedy?

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  43. Kathy-Lee
    19 april, 2015

    What a lovely post! You are such an inspiration! I love the whole idea of putting things on your skin which you could actually eat because after all, our skin in a big organ itself with bloodvessels in it which all lead to our heart and from it, through our whole body. So it’s important what we put on it!
    Right now I’m wearing the yellow face mask after a nice shower and I may or may not have eaten a bit of the left over mask after I put on a layer on my face hehe. It tastes actually amazing! (I love curcuma!)

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  44. Em
    23 april, 2015

    Elenore, thank you for this post! You present everything so beautifully it will certainly become a favorite resource of mine when spreading the word about natural skin and hair care! Tonight I added rhassoul clay to my shikakai, which I didn’t think needed any improvement, but oh, was I wrong.

    It is no small feat to publish independently and your dedication and talent are so apparent in your work.

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  47. amy joyous
    11 maj, 2015

    I love your creativity and passion.
    When reading your articles they give me a huge smile and boost of uplifting earthy vibes thank you…. i feel like i am reading my own thoughts and notes also……. truly inspiring
    Just wondering…. what essential oils do you use? I use Young Living…. they are incredibly high vibrational and fun to use in the kitchen… yummo raw dishes!I can send you some samples if you like ;)
    XX from Australia XX

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  48. Ena
    8 juni, 2015

    Hi Eleonore,

    first: I loooove your blog! Everything I made from it was delicious!
    I was just going to try some of your skincare, but I wonder: is rassoul clay the same as helaing clay? Because that’s what I could find in the shops around here (Germany)..
    And for your Face cream – which I am dying to try – can the shea butter be replaced with almond oil?
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    xo

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  49. Magdalen
    31 juli, 2015

    Hi Eleonore! Thanks for sharing all these tips. I’ve tried to make my skin and hair care routine become more earth and skin-friendly over a few years, but I have a few products that I simply can’t seem to make work for me. For example, I’ve tried several deodorants that are natural and earth-friendly, but I could never seem to make any of them work well for me. I live in a very hot climate and just always find myself uncomfortably sweaty when I don’t wear a conventional deodorant, so I feel like I’m in a lose-lose situation when it comes to those. Any suggestions?
    I’m also wondering what you do for sunscreen? Again, I live in a really hot and sunny climate, so a daily face lotion that helps shield my skin from too much sunshine is a must. I’ve had a lot of success with Yes To Carrots… but that ”97% natural” label doesn’t make me feel very good about it.
    Now for some more positive things I’ve tried :) . I really love and trust Lush’s cosmetics and have been using their Ultrabland cleanser and dry shampoo for ages. I had no luck with their deodorant, but I’ve been majorly pleased with everything else I’ve tried from them. I’ve also been using almond or grapeseed oil for a face and skin moisturizer for years, and I love that. I make my own chapstick/hand cream with a combination of almond oil, beeswax, coconut oil, and essential oil and that’s been totally perfect.
    As for teeth, my family’s had luck with a local apothecary that makes a tooth powder using arrowroot. We could probably make it at home if we tried, but giving them business is important to us–but if you were interested in making your own toothcare products, it might be something to look into.
    I also really like a simple hair mask that I make when I mash up an overripe banana and mix it with a tablespoon of honey and leave it on my hair for 15 minutes. It makes my hair seriously soft and wonderful.

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    7 oktober, 2015

    This is an amazing guide Elenore! So much wonderful information. <3

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  52. Mona
    28 mars, 2016

    Hi Elenore!
    Thank you so much for the recipes…
    I will soon start to make my first natural face mask.
    I was just wondering: for the face mask, is it also possible to substitute the matcha tea powder with something else that’s easier to find? Because I live in egypt, it’s not really easy to find it here, at first sight. Can you help me with that?
    Thank you so much..

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  53. Laura
    2 juli, 2016

    Hei Elenore,

    I just wanted to tell you, that I made the face cream according to your recipe the first time last year in April. For me honestly it is to rich an oily on my face but I do LOVE it as a after shower moisturizer / body cream for my whole body!!! My mother loves it to. The last time I made it, I added some drops of jojoba oil to make it a little less rich and wiped it with my handmixer. It turned out like a mousse and stayed that way!!
    For my face I use coconut oil to clean it, using wet pads to wipe it of, then I don’t even ned another moisturizer in the evening. For moisture I simply use some drops high quality jojoba oil which I apply on a slight damp and wet skin. It is absolute perfect for my face! It never gets oily anymore but is always nourished, shiny and it also works wonders against pimples ;-) my skin is the best since then. Even the natural cosmetic face creams from the store didn’t do that job. And a small bottle of jojoba oil goes a really looong way. so it’s cheap as well ;-)

    P.s. I love the Rhassoul Clay too!

    Love, Laura

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