Going natural in a lot of my daily routine uses such as household products and beauty products is something that I have thought about for a long time. As a matter of fact, when I was in 4-H, we had to make something homemade and I came up with a recipe for homemade laundry soap. My Oma still swears by it and uses it to this day. Back then, she used it to wash her clothes, the horse blankets, etc. while I used it to wash the white stockings on my horse’s feet. The ingredients were so basic and it would make large quantities but most importantly, it was natural and it lasted which seemed like forever.
I never really did anything with the process after that. I toyed with a few household cleaners, even had a roommate who tried different things off of Pinterest to see what worked best. When I had a home-based business, I met a fantastic lady, R who had the same home based business and was a fantastic business learning tool. After we both departed from the business, we would catch up on Facebook and I would get a glimpse of her mom life with three boys (that always was the part that made my head spin). She started a “product line” if you will, and invited her friends to become testers of these products. This just enhanced my craving for wanting to go natural. Below is the list of products that I received in my kit and my thoughts about them:
**please note that I do not know the recipes and even if I did, I would not give them away for the sake of R’s beautiful hard work**
Shampoo bar: It was softer than a bar and when I tried it, it left my hair beyond the wet feel to almost the greasy feel. I have really healthy hair in a normal shampoo base, so I think it would be a good shampoo for someone with super damaged hair that is really dry and brittle. So being the little innovator that I am, I turned that shampoo bar into my face wash in the shower. MUCH better! My face feels soft, not tight and not dry.
Shower puck: The puck in its originality was designed to be like one of those vapor pucks that they vapors come up and help you with your cold and sinus in the nice hot shower. It was a great idea and it dissolved very nicely in the bottom of the shower but the aroma was a little lacking. That is not to say that I couldn’t smell it but that I am used to Vick’s Vapor Rub’ strong scent.
Lotion Bar: This is one of my favorites. After using the shampoo bar on my face, I took the lotion bar and rubbed it on my face, then using my finger tips to circulate it further into my pores. It was a good base to put powder on my face and with the coverage it gave for my powder, I only needed concealer on the inner corners of my nose and under my eyes like I usually do. It didn’t feel sticky or like it could run right off of your face if the humidity in your bathroom was still high.
Vapor Rub: I joke about this product because at the time when I received my goodie bag, I had lost my voice and I was struggling with an Upper Respiratory Infection and ear infection. I put the vapor rub on after my evening shower and reapplied before bed and miraclously the next morning, my voice had come back. Coincidence? Maybe but at least I know that the scent was amazing and it helped me lull myself to sleep.
Lip balm: This special lady actually went out and bought the Chap Stick tubes to put the balm in. How she got it in there is beyond my patience level and she deserves an award just for that daunting task! However, I received the peppermint version and while it wasn’t as smooth as I was expecting, I applied it from the tube with my finger and the small pieces seemed to smooth out. It had a great flavor and made my lips a little tingly which I loved on a brisk morning. My recommendation here was to just put in a balm bowl and I would be happy to use it that way too.
Deodorant: I always have this issue of getting the streaks on my dark clothing (even if the deodorant says it doesn’t provide that) and I can’t seem to figure out how to get rid of it. This homemade deodorant is applicable by a pea size amount with the finger tips. Let me just tell you that not only does it last all day for me, I don’t smell like unwanted roses, nor is my perspiration increased with the use of it. It is simply amazing and a little bit goes a long way.
BODY BUTTER: I put that in caps because THIS is my all-time favorite and I have requested that I buy a 4oz. container from her. The body butter I received was unscented and I am fine with that! I applied it all over my body and with my increasing problem of my ashy legs during the winter, it soothed them and they are not as itchy. The Suave brand would work until about noon then I could sense my legs getting itchy and dry again. This butter doesn’t do that. It has also made my elbows very supple.
I wish I had time, creativity or even a piece of mind to come up with my own recipes. However, since my dear friend is so gracious to do it for me, I am grateful to support her new adventure. I am very lucky that she asked me to be a tester.
I know that using natural products are good for my body, pocket book and soul. Finding other ways to be able to save such as creating the urban garden that I would like to with Daniella will teach me and her a few things. If you do not have such a special friend as I that makes you great products, respects your feedback and enjoys making people happy, please go to your nearest all natural store and buy the product. Your body and mind will thank you.
**Special thanks to R for bringing me something so simply yet just what my body needed** Madame Watters has done it again!