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Monday, September 26, 2022

DIY: Head lice prevention

September 26, 2022 2 Comments

Hello everyone!


It's back to school time again! Back to school can be an exciting time for both children and parents. Starting a new school year requires plenty of preparations, such as shopping for stationery, a new bag, shoes and clothes/uniform. One thing most parents do not prepare for when sending their little ones back to school is head lice.


As any reader of this blog will know, I believe in the power of natural ingredients, particularly essential oils. When you do a simple Google search, you quickly find out what essential oils are good at repelling lice, but the question is, what to do with that information? How can you use essential oils to repel head lice?


The following essential oils have been shown to effectively repel lice:

  • Lavender oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Clove oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Geranium oil
  • Lemongrass oil


These are other essential oils that can repel head lice but are not recommended for children under six (6) years:

  • Peppermint oil  
  • Anise seed oil
  • Eucalyptus oil 


You can use these essential oils to make a DIY lice prevention spray or shampoo. Just follow the recipe below!


For the spray, you will need:


mother taking care of child with head lices
Image by Freepik

For children under 6 years of age-

  • 1/2 cup of distilled water
  • 2 tsp of fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of lavender oil
  • 5 drops of geranium oil
  • 5 drops of lemongrass oil


For anyone over 6 years of age-

  • 1/2 cup of distilled water
  • 2 tsp of fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary oil
  • 5 drops of geranium oil
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil
  • 10 drops of lemongrass oil
  • 10 drops of lavender oil


How to use:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake well before use. 
  3. Generously spray on scalp and hair. 
  4. Brush through and style as usual.


For the shampoo -


Add the essential oils directly to a shampoo bottle and shake well. This way, you will have a DIY lice prevention shampoo! You do not need to add the coconut oil and the distilled water. 


A few head lice prevention tips:

  1. Keep long hair tied up.
  2. Remind children not to share brushes, hats, scarves, etc.
  3. Use the prevention spray on brushes, combs and even backpacks!


I wish you and your kids a happy, productive and lice-free school year! 


Talk to you soon!


Friday, November 19, 2021

Four (4) DIY vegan scalp scrubs

November 19, 2021 0 Comments

 Hello everyone!


Many of us regularly use face and body scrubs to remove dead skin cells. However, we may be neglecting a part of our body that needs exfoliation just as much. The scalp is no different than the skin on the rest of our body. Our scalp can benefit from a little extra TLC as well!


Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp! Daily use of hair products can cause build-up. In addition to typical dead skin cells accumulating on the scalp. This can result in clogged hair follicles, dull, greasy hair, and slower hair growth. To return the scalp to a healthy state, you need to free hair follicles from what’s building up at the roots. A scalp scrub might be the best solution. 


If you’re looking for natural DIY scalp scrubs, here are four (4) easy DIY vegan recipes that can cure and prevent dry, flaky scalp, improve scalp health and overall hair health. 


sugar scrub

Ingredients:


DIY vegan scalp scrub #1
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of vegan shampoo
  • a few drops of lavender essential oil 

DIY vegan scalp scrub #2
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt (ideal for oily scalp)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

DIY vegan scalp scrub #3
  • 1 tablespoon of vegan conditioner or coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt (for oily scalp) or raw sugar 

DIY vegan scalp scrub #4
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of raw sugar
  • a few drops of tea tree essential oil 


Because of its high level of acidity, apple cider vinegar can help balance the scalp’s pH. This is especially helpful if you need to clarify your scalp of hard water build-up.


Method:

  1. Choose one of the DIY recipes.
  2. Mix all of these ingredients together.
  3. Gently massage the scrub into your scalp. 
  4. Leave it on for about 5 minutes. 
  5. Rinse it out with warm water.
  6. Shampoo and condition.


By massaging a scrub into your scalp, you’ll stimulate blood circulation, remove stubborn oil and build-up, and deliver oxygen to your scalp. In turn, this encourages hair growth. Give it a try! 




Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Canine beauty routine | DIY tips for grooming your dog at home

November 17, 2021 0 Comments

 Hello everyone!


All dog guardians know that our pups need a beauty routine too. Dogs are more than just man’s best friend; these furry companions are members of our family. And what proud pet guardian wouldn’t want their family to look their best?  Grooming consists of several tasks. Rascal (my Maltipoo) needs regular grooming! I brush his coat daily, and at least two or three times a week, I need to clean his teeth and remove tear stains. He hates having his face touched, so this is a nightmare every time! Then, once a month, I bathe him, trim his nails, clean his ears and give him a haircut! Keep reading to see Rascal's before and after pictures...


Here are ten (10) tips to help with at-home grooming:


dog resting its head on a pillow

  1. Stay calm and give treats. Start with short sessions and reward your pet with praise or high-value treats. 
  2. Brush your pet regularly. Just a few minutes of brushing helps remove dirt, excess hair, tangles and mats while distributing oils that help keep the skin and coat healthy. Use a dog hair detangler, if needed.
  3. Bathe regularly. You should bathe your dog about once a month unless it seems smelly or dirty.
  4. Do not skip the conditioner. If your dog has long hair, then a dog conditioner is a must. Long coats can quickly become tangled and prone to matting, so conditioning will make brushing easier.
  5. Remove tear stains. White dogs are more likely to have visible tear staining on their faces because the pigments in their tears can easily dye light-coloured fur. Also, dogs with long hair on their faces may be more prone to excessive tearing. I use a cotton disc to wipe Rascal's tear stains with Optrex Eye Wash. I tried tear stain remover wipes and pads but found that Optex is just as effective and less expensive. And it's perfectly safe to use on your dog.
  6. Trim nails regularly. Regular walks on cement roads and sidewalks can help wear down your dog’s nails. However, when you can hear your dog’s nail clicking on the floor, it’s time for a trim. Start by handling each paw and rewarding your pet with treats or praise when they remain calm. Then begin to touch the paw with the nail trimmer and follow with a reward. Work your way up to trimming a single nail. Then gradually trim more nails as your pet allows. 
  7. Use a scratch board. A scratch board is like a giant nail file for your dog! It's a flat board with sandpaper glued to it. Most dogs are comfortable dragging their nails across 30-40 grit sandpaper, which files down nails fast. This can be an alternative for dogs who are afraid of nail clippers!
  8. Avoid the quick. You’ll want to avoid cutting the quick, it includes a blood vessel and nerve and is easier to see on light dog nails. If your pet has dark nails, trim the very tip of each nail and continue making small cuts until you see a black dot in the centre of the nail. If your dog is using a scratch board, keep the sessions short to keep the dog from accidentally quicking his nails.
  9. Use ear hair powder. Shih Tzus, Poodles, Maltipoos and Bichon Frises are just some of the breeds that grow thicker hair inside their ears. Unfortunately, hair growing inside the ear can impede the flow of air that is needed to keep the ear passages dry. It can also trap excess ear wax, dirt, and debris. All of these can increase your dog’s risk of infection. Dog ear powder is used to make the removal of excess hair easier, by making the hair inside a dog's ear easier to grip. It can also help control ear odour and keep ears dry, helping to prevent infection.
  10. Do not neglect oral hygiene.  Not all dogs will accept a toothbrush in their mouth. Rascal hates his dog toothbrush and toothpaste, he runs away as soon as he sees them. As an alternative to brushing, rubbing coconut oil on your dog’s teeth and gums can assist with reducing plaque-causing bacteria. I use a finger toothbrush for dogs to massage the coconut oil on Rascal's teeth. Do not use human toothpaste!

This is a photo of Rascal before grooming!


And this is a photo of Rascal after grooming! He looks like a different dog!





Do you have a furry companion as well? Leave a comment with your pets' names below!

Talk to you soon!
 



Thursday, April 15, 2021

Beauty heck | Baby shampoo as a face wash

April 15, 2021 6 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share a little heck with you.  A week ago, I started using Johnson's Baby Chamomile Shampoo instead of my regular facial cleanser.  I always favoured a foaming face wash over a milky or creamy cleanser.  I used it a few times as an eye makeup remover and decided to try and wash my face with it and see what happens.  

Some of the products out there are too harsh and strip all the natural oil from the face.  I also tend to be a little sceptical of products with very long ingredients lists.  Here's the ingredient list of  Johnson's Baby Chamomile Shampoo:

Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Polyquaternium-10, Coconut Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, BHT, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum 

Johnson's baby shampoo is free from dyes, parabens, phthalates, sulphates, alcohol, and soap and has been proven to be gentle to use on babies and young children.  Baby shampoo is tear-free, so you can rub around your eyes without worrying about burning or irritation.  This makes it an excellent eye makeup remover; it's especially good at taking off stubborn mascara and pencil in the waterline.  If you are sensitive to fragrances and want to try this heck, choose a fragrance-free or unscented baby shampoo.

If you try it and do not like it, or it does not work for your skin you can; 
  • Use it to clean your makeup brushes and sponges.
  • Replace your shaving cream with it.
  • Wash your dog with it (or any other pet).  I use it to wash my pup's tear stains!  When I used to have guinea pigs I used to wash them with baby shampoo too.

I'm going to try it for a month to give it a fair shot.  You need to use a product for roughly a month before you can see a difference.  So far, it's working just as well as any other facial wash.  It's not too drying and leaves my skin soft and dewy, but not oily.

Have you ever tried baby shampoo as a face wash?  Did you like it?  Leave a comment and let me know!

XOXO, Cosette





Monday, December 21, 2015

Reverse hair washing

December 21, 2015 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

I've been reverse washing my hair for quite some time now, since co-washing was no longer working for me.  I believe I finally found the hair cleansing method that works best for my hair. 

What is reverse hair washing?

Simply put, it's washing your hair in reverse.  You apply your conditioner first, then your shampoo.  

If your hair is thin, oily and/or prone to product build-up, reverse washing may be the best hair cleansing method for you too.  Reverse washing means your hair still gets all the moisturising benefits of using conditioner but you're not left with that weighted, almost-greasy feeling.



My hair:

Let me tell you a bit about my hair.  I have medium length, naturally wavy hair that's oily at the roots and dryish at the ends. My hair is prone to "halo" frizz  and I also colour-treat it about once a month. You can see photos of my hair in previous posts HERE and HERE.

Reverse washing tips:
  1. Make sure that your hair is fully saturated with water before you apply your conditioner. This will help you distribute your conditioner evenly. 
  2. After you apply your conditioner, leave it in for a few minutes
  3. Don't rinse.  If you rinse your conditioner out and then apply shampoo, you'll end up with dry and tangled hair.  Here's what I do: after my conditioner has been in my hair for several minutes, I add a little bit of water to my scalp, to get my roots a bit more wet.  Then, I apply shampoo to my scalp only!  After I apply my shampoo, I lather and massage my scalp, then I rinse as usual.
My results:

My roots are less oily and my ends are well moisturised, even when I don't use a hair mask and before I even apply my leave-in products. Yay!


Do you reverse wash?  I would love to hear your experiences!  If you have any tips, leave them in the comment section below.



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Friday, October 12, 2012

Baby products for your sensitive skin

October 12, 2012 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

Do beauty products or detergents cause your skin to become irritated?  If you answered yes, you may have sensitive skin.  For less irritated skin, you could try substituting some of your regular beauty product with baby products.

Here’s a list of five baby products for your sensitive skin:
  • Baby wipes are great at removing make-up.  I was pleasantly surprised by the power of baby wipes; one wipe removes all of my make-up (even eye make-up) without any sign of irritation.  


  • Sunscreens that are formulated for babies are perfect for sensitive skin, and they won’t irritate your eyes.  
  • Baby lotions are the best body moisturisers for sensitive skin.  These lotions come in a variety of scents too.  You can find baby lotion in lavender, vanilla, chamomile, and other scents! 
  • Diaper rash cream can be used as a facial mask and an acne spot treatment.  Read Smooth as a baby’s bottom! to find out more about the cream’s active ingredients and why it works.


  • Baby shampoo is great too.  It won’t irritate your skin (scalp, hairline or forehead), and won't strip your hair either.

If a product is safe to use on babies, it is probably save for your sensitive skin too! 


Hope you find this helpful! J
XOXO
Euphrasie85


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Monday, September 17, 2012

Is your shampoo stripping your hair?

September 17, 2012 2 Comments

Is your shampoo stripping your hair of moisture?  Does your shampoo contain sulphates?  

Sulphates (sulfates) are the agents that make cleansing products lather.  Most shampoos contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate These ingredients, which are standard for most shampoo (and household cleaning products), strips the hair from natural oils, over-dry the hair and cause frizz (especially in curly hair).  Sulphates also damage coloured hair.  In fact, after a chemical treatment, colouring or hair extensions, hair stylists will often recommend a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner.


Without sulphates there is no lather when you wash your hair so it takes some getting used to.  Cleansing your hair with a sulphate-free shampoo is very similar to co-washing (washing with conditioner only).  If you choose to co-wash, always use a sulphate-free and silicone-free conditioner.

However, if you use silicone-based hair products (conditioners, gels, creams, serums, etc.), you do need to use a sulphate shampoo to remove build-up!

So what can you do to make it less harsh?  Diluting your shampoo will help you get that perfect clean feeling while limiting the hair stripping and damage.

How to dilute your shampoo:
Mix 1 part water and 1 part shampoo in a spray bottle or applicator bottle.  You could also use an empty shampoo bottle.

Benefits:
  • You can target your scalp with the spray bottle or applicator bottle.
  • Makes thicker shampoos easy to spread and lather.
  • It’s less concentrated so less of your natural oils are being stripped out of your hair (less drying).
  • You use less shampoo and save money in the long run.

Do you dilute your shampoo?  What about co-washing and sulphate-free shampoos?  Have you tried any?  Let me know in the comments below.

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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