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7 Beauty Mistakes You’re Making In The Shower — Turns Out A Hot Shower Might Not Be As Great As You Thought

Some of the world’s best inventions, philosophies, and ideologies were probably thought up mid-bathe. Most of us do our best thinking (and best beautifying) in the shower. But where did the genius concept of bathing come from, anyway? Our earliest understanding of showers started with the waterfall. Ancient people would immerse themselves in natural springs for a good scrub. Then, there is evidence of upper-class Egyptians and Mesopotamians having indoor bathing rooms in their homes. Sure, these involved a jug, some cold water, and servant doing the work, but it was the closest thing to hygiene they had available. The first real showers, with pipes and all that hip, modern technology, were brought to us by the ancient Greeks, who created communal showers for the elite and commoners alike. Save water by showering with the whole town, as they used to say. I think.

Today we have the modern elegance of rubber duckies and rotating shower heads. So much has changed since the inception of showering that it is practically a concept all its own. With any brilliant idea comes a series of rules, and bathing is no exception. However, what you know as some basic Shower Do’s and Don’ts might just be ancient history. Here are a few mistakes you’ve probably been making in the tub.

1. Shampoo First, Conditioner Second. Every. Single. Time.


If bathroom etiquette exists, this is probably rule number one. But if you want the kind of hair that is so bouncy that it practically defies gravity, it’s time to mix it up. Not only is it a good idea to condition before using shampoo, but I also encourage you to deep condition (aka put conditioner on your dry hair and leave it there for 5-10 minutes) before you even step foot in the shower. For especially dry tips, this is the best way to get in that extra bit of moisture. Leave the shampoo for later.

2. Not Using It To Get The Perfect Manicure

Some of us just aren’t artistically inclined. When I try to give myself a manicure (big emphasis on try), I end up looking like I wanted to give my entire hand a pink ombre. But that doesn’t stop me. Art is subjective, OK? I like to plan my DIY mani so that I have time to let it dry, and then hop right in the shower and use a soothing scrub on my hands to get them soft and manicure-ready, and to remove all the excess nail polish from my horrible paint job. By the time you’re done shampooing, you’ll basically be a hand model. Or something.

3. Shaving Too Soon

Even if you’re in a hurry — like getting ready for a date last-minute or rushing out the door for work — shaving your body the second you step in the shower just isn’t a good idea. Your skin needs a little prep in order to avoid the terrors of razor burn or ingrown hairs. Your best bet is to wait until the end of your shower to start shaving. The hot water and steam soften your hair, making it less likely to tug and cause irritation. Then, use an exfoliator— even your daily face scrub will do — in order to get rid of dead skin, so you can enjoy a smoother shave.

4. Using A Loofah. Period


I’ll be upfront about it: Loofahs aren’t really hygienic. I’m sorry if you have an emotional attachment to yours, but it’s time to find a new bath-time security blanket! Basically, all the bacteria and dead skin you scrub off of your body just gets trapped in the loofah, and every time you use it, you’re actually just spreading that gunk all over yourself again. It’s a vicious, vicious cycle, and by tossing it, you really aren’t losing much.

5. Making The Water As Hot As Possible

Sure, in the winter, nothing is nicer than a hot shower after enduring a polar vortex or two. But there are some very real benefits of giving a cold shower a try. Medical Daily claims that it can help with everything, including circulation, muscle soreness, immunity, and even depression. The benefit I can speak to? Adding five minutes of cold water to the end of my shower made my hair and skin noticeably softer. If not for all those awesome health benefits, at least do it for the shiny hair!

6. Not Taking Your Makeup Off Beforehand

f you get in the shower with a full face of makeup, TERRIBLE THINGS WILL HAPPEN. OK, not terrible, but not ideal. A lot of cleansers aren’t intended for makeup removal, so even after washing your face, you might still go to bed with residue, meaning you might up your chances of getting blemishes. Save yourself from a serious skin faux pas by removing that cat eye before you suds, or invest in a face wash with makeup remover built in!

7. Using Too Much Product

If you go through body soap way faster than you should, you’re probably using way too much at a time. The more body wash you lather up, the more natural oil is extracted from your skin. So basically, the more harsh soap you’re using on your skin, the drier it will be! And nobody wants skin that’s in a drought. Stick to bar soaps that contain moisturizing ingredients, like aloe and shea butter, to keep rough skin at bay while still keeping you clean!


3 Natural Ways to Whiten Teeth at Home

Whiter teeth, like thick, shiny, hair, is something that many people in our cosmetically driven world desire today. In fact, Americans spend over $1.4 billion dollars in over-the-counter teeth whitening products every year-that’s a good chunk of money just to achieve a different shade of teeth. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve tried OTC teeth whitener-I even paid to have my dentist do it once. It worked for a bit, but my teeth got so sensitive I couldn’t stand it. I also felt I really didn’t need to be so obsessed with the color of my teeth that I paid a bunch of money for a bunch of who-knows-what that made my teeth hurt, so I started looking into more natural alternatives. With a bit of patience, I think you can naturally restore whiteness to your teeth. They may not get to be scary sear-out-somebodies-corneas –when-you –smile white, but they’ll appear more like you took good care of your pretty pearly whites rather than just bleaching them like crazy.

Why do teeth get yellow?

To figure out how to whiten our teeth, we have to know why they get yellow in the first place. There are several factors that play a part, including genetics, what kind of food and drink you consume, and how well you practice oral hygiene. A tooth is made up of 4 tissues-enamel, which is the strong white covering that protects the tooth, dentin, which supports the enamel and is a hard yellow material that carries nerves, pulp, which is at the center of the tooth and contains blood and lymph vessels, and cementum, which covers the root of the tooth.

The enamel and dentin is what play the biggest role in color. Certain food and drinks will directly stain the enamel, yes, but over time the two biggest culprits are the nasty food and drink that actually break down the enamel, and weakening enamel as we age. As the enamel breaks down, it reveals the yellow dentin underneath. These remedies will focus on whitening teeth that have already lost some white enamel, but it’s also good to keep in mind that doing things to strengthen enamel is just as important so you can keep it from breaking down further. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure (or whitening!)

1. Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Paste

Baking Soda isn’t a shocker here. Sodium bicarbonate (its official name) is mildly abrasive; gently scrubbing away surface stains to return teeth to a whiter shade. It’s also very alkaline (the opposite of acidic) so I would think if you have a very acidic mouth or eat a lot of acidic food, it could help balance out the Ph, which would be useful as acid breaks down enamel-this is strictly speculation on my part. It will also reduce the acidity of the lemon juice, which acts as a natural bleach of sorts. I use a mixture of baking soda and water on some days, and use the lemon juice on others, as I don’t want to overdo it.

You will need…

-Several teaspoons of baking soda
-Enough lemon juice or water to form a paste
-A toothbrush


Mix several teaspoons of baking soda with enough fresh lemon juice (or water) to make a paste. Wipe your teeth and any extra saliva off of them with a paper towel. Put a good amount of paste onto your toothbrush and apply. Leave the paste on for 1 minute, then rinse, so as to avoid the acid effecting enamel. If you are using just water you can leave it on for up to 3 minutes.



2. Strawberry, Salt and Baking Soda Scrub

Strawberries are high in Vitamin C, which can help break-down plaque that is causing your teeth to look yellow. It also has an enzyme called malic acid, which may help to remove surface stains. The salt acts as an abrasive portion of the paste, physically scrubbing away stain-causing gunk, and the baking soda is an extra touch that you can choose to leave out if you’d prefer (I just like to add it to anything involving my teeth.)

You will need…

-1-3 large strawberries
-A pinch of seat salt
-1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (optional)


Mash the berries into a pulp, and add a pinch of sea salt and ½ teaspoon of baking soda, if you’re using it. Wipe any extra saliva off your teeth with a paper towel, and then apply a generous portion of the mixture to a toothbrush and apply. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, then rinse. Do this nightly.



3. Coconut Oil Rinse

I know this sounds absolutely mad (I thought it was crazy too when I first read about it) but rinsing your mouth with coconut oil (called ‘oil pulling’) is a unique, old, remedy that people swear by to help whiten teeth. It doesn’t sound like the most pleasant thing in the world, but I actually don’t mind the taste, and I think it does make a difference in the color of your teeth. It won’t make a difference by “bleaching” per say, but lauric acid in coconut oil can rid your teeth of bacteria found in plaque that can make them yellow. It is also supposed to promote gum health, and help keep your breath fresh.

You will need…

-About a tablespoon of coconut oil


In the morning, before you brush your teeth, scoop out a tablespoon or a little less (depending on the size of your mouth) of coconut oil. You can either soften it, or just put it in your mouth (I usually do the latter, and just let it soften.) Push, swish, and “pull” the oil through and around your teeth for 10-15 minutes, then spit it out, rinse with water, and brush your teeth.



Note: You can use either of the pastes after you have brushed your teeth at night if you prefer.

Are these remedies going to guarantee ridiculously white teeth within a week? No. You may start to see a difference, but it won’t be as instant as the commercial products. In the end, will your teeth be so white people squint when you open your mouth? No. And I like it better that way. I’ve found that since using these my teeth are indeed whiter, my mouth overall feels healthier and it doesn’t look like I bleached the life out of myself. We live in a world where photo-shopped faces (and teeth) and make-up covered celebrities set the standard for how we look, which makes life hard for people who like, well, real people. As a result we seem to forget what’s good for ourselves, and spend a ton of money just to look like the ideal. By going natural here, you can save the money for something else, feel better about yourself, and have a healthier mouth (and health is what, in the end, creates real beauty.)


– Routine. Set up a routine using these remedies and stick to it, at all costs, to get the most out of them.

– While not “natural” per say, using 3% (I repeat, 3%) hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse can whiten your teeth through the process of oxidation. It is an active indigent in many OTC whitening kits, but is often times found in much higher (and expensive) combinations in them.

– It’s fairly common knowledge, and difficult in today’s world, but try to avoid dark drinks, such as coke and coffee that stain your teeth.


4 Honey Treatments for Dry and Damaged Hair

Hair is pretty incredible. Although technically dead when it is outside of your scalp, it can still be “healthy” or damaged. Today we put so many products into our hair, apply high levels of heat to it, just to sculpt it a certain way, achieve a certain look, without second thought about what we’re actually doing. In my opinion, beautiful hair is healthy hair, and healthy hair is not the product of what you find on the shelves in stores, but rather in your own kitchen.


Why Honey (and the other stuff)?

If you have dry or damaged hair, honey can help. A natural humectant, honey attracts moisture. It’s also full of antioxidants and nutrients to feed hair follicles that house the live part of hair, encouraging hair growth. That being said, it also needs a medium to help spread it around, otherwise you can end up with just a sticky mess, so the recipes include other natural ingredients that help you restore dry hair to a health and luster, from the scalp up.

1. Just Honey

This recipe contains just honey and water, nothing extra added or needed!

You will need…

-1/4 cup of organic raw honey
-Fresh water



Mix ¼ cup of organic raw honey with just enough fresh water to thin it out to the point where you can spread it around your hair (add it tablespoon by tablespoon.) Obviously this depends on how much hair you have-you can up the amount of honey if you need to. When you’re ready, apply as you would shampoo to damp hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.


2. Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is added here as it leaves hair with lovely shine and acts a natural conditioner.

You will need…

-1/4 cup of organic raw honey
-10 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar



Mix together honey and ACV. Apply as you would shampoo to damp hair, and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse out with warm water.applecidervinegarandhoneyfordryhair

3. Honey and Olive Oil

Olive oil can create a big difference in moisture after just a few uses, and promotes a healthy scalp and hair roots. It also helps smooth and coat dry and damaged hair shafts.

You will need…

-1/2 cup of honey
-1/4 cup of olive oil



Mix together ½ cup of honey and ¼ cup of olive oil, warming the mixture slightly if you need to. Apply to hair as needed.oliveoilandhoneyhairtreatment

4. Honey and Coconut Oil

Coconut oil, like olive oil, helps moisturize hair and hair roots. It seems to add a little bit more shine (in my opinion) and is a little lighter as well. It’s packed full of nutrients that make it an automatic go to ingredient in hair treatments.

You will need….

-1/4 cup of honey
-3 tablespoons of warmed coconut oilcoconutoilandhoney


Combine coconut oil and honey and blend thoroughly. Work into damp hair as you would shampoo. Let sit for 10 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

coconutoilandhoneyfordamagedhairMuch of what you see in stores is just different ratios of basically the same stuff with different fragrances. With honey , you know what you’re getting every time, and personally, I love the results. I like to think of my hair as fairly healthy overall, but with the dry winter months coming up, a little extra moisture and conditioning is always wanted.


-Stick to raw organic honey. If you have to warm it a little bit that’s fine, but the ultra-pasteurized clear stuff you buy at the supermarket really doesn’t have many benefits.

-Try adding some honey to your regular shampoo or conditioner if you don’t feel like making up a separate treatment.

-Avoid harsh products and heat treatment (like straightening your hair every day.) Natural is beautiful!

-Be aware of the type of hair that you have. Applying olive oil and honey to limp, thin, hair that is prone to getting oily will probably just make it greasier and heavier.

-There’s no need to use these treatments every day. Once or twice a week should be sufficient.

-Be patient. Applying honey to damaged and dry hair is not going restore it to perfect condition right away.






How to Make Sea Salt Soap

I love salt soap. It’s a nice alternative to baking soda when it comes to abrasive cleaners, but still not too harsh. Soap is a unique fat in how well it cleans, with its molecules containing one hydrophilic and one hydrophobic end. This means that one end of the soap molecule loves water, while the other “fears” it-or is attracted to oil. When soap cleans something, one end of its own molecule will attach to the water molecule (which normally just rolls off of the oil) and one end will attach to the oil. When you rinse away the water, the oil goes with it. The same thing goes for dirt, which is either coated in oil or attached to something with oil. It also disrupts surface tension, which makes water “wetter” by disrupting its ability to stay in a spherical drop. The salt mixed in gives it that scrub power to really get things clean.


I can use this for just about any job that requires some good de-gunking skills, but know that it may not work quite as well if you have hard water. Hard water, which is what ultimately results in bathtub rings and soap scum, disables the molecules in soap so they cannot properly do their job.

You will need…

-4 tablespoons of Himalayan pink salt, or coarse sea salt
-8 tablespoons of liquid castile soap
-A glass jar with a tightly fitting lid



Thoroughly stir together the liquid castile soap and your choice of salt. Place in a glass jar with a tightly fitting lid and store out of direct sunlight. To use, slightly dampen the surface that needs cleaning and sprinkle over the rough side of a sponge. Scrub away!


This mix will eventually harden-this is the ultimate goal! Use a small hard chunk to scrub at greasy pots and pans. If you are impatient for it to harden, pop in the refrigerator for several hours and then break into chunks to use.



5 Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies (Beyond Local Honey)

Runny nose, itchy eyes, and the infuriating sensation of not being able to sneeze? Pollen count is on the rise as the weather warms up which means one thing-allergies. When it comes to home remedies for allergies you hear a lot about local raw honey preventing them. It is supposed to work because the gradual intake of local pollen will help build up your immunity before the symptoms start, thereby providing relief when the season actually hits. And while it does work for some people, let’s not forget that there are plenty of remedies you can try at home to help relieve the common symptoms of seasonal allergies.

1. Nettle-Peppermint Tea

Nettle has such a negative image, but it’s one of the most incredible herbs you will use once you add it to your repertoire. From relieving arthritis, lowering blood pressure, and (of course) helping seasonal allergies, it performs a wide variety of functions thanks to its (find property names.) The peppermint contains a type of flavonoid called luteolin-7-O-rutinoside which can help inhibit the activity and secretion of anti-inflammatory enzymes, such as histamines, and greatly reduce the dreadful discomfort that comes along them.peppermintforallergyrelief

You will need…

-1 teaspoon of dried peppermint OR ¼ cup chopped fresh peppermint
-1 teaspoon of dried nettle leaf OR ¼ cup chopped fresh nettle leaf
-Honey and lemon to taste (optional)
-8 ounces of fresh water


It doesn’t get much simpler than this recipe! Place the nettle and peppermint in a mug and cover with boiling water. Steep them for 10-15 minutes, strain; add honey to taste, and drink 2 times daily as needed for allergy relief.

2. Bee Pollen

If local honey isn’t doing the trick for you, try bee pollen. The same concept lies behind how it works-starting in small amounts and gradually increasing the dosage daily will help build up your immunity to the pollen in your area. This is a play off what is known in medicine as “the hygiene hypothesis”, in which childhood exposure to germs and bacteria are vital to developing an immune system that can handle those same things down the line. Here you expose yourself to allergens before allergy season so your system doesn’t take a huge blow when the air fills with pollen. There are two vital parts to this remedy-first, make sure you are not anaphylactic or severely allergic to bees, or so allergic to pollen that you experience anaphylaxis. Second, get local pollen. This will not work unless the pollen is local, as you need to build up a tolerance to the plants in your area. You also need to make sure that your pollen is coming from a good source, and free from insecticides. There are 3 forms (granules, capsules, and powder) but I prefer granules. Bee pollen is crunchy, musty, and very floral-enjoy it plain or sprinkle some over yogurt or oatmeal in the morning!beepollenforallergies

You will need…

-LOCAL bee pollen granules


Start taking pollen 5 months before your allergies flare (so February if they start in May, for example.) Start with 1 or 2 granules under the tongue and let them dissolve or chew them. The next day increase the dosage by 1 granule. Continue this until you feel confident that you will not have a reaction (I recommend doing this for about 2 weeks.) If you experience no adverse reaction, you can take up to 1 tablespoon daily throughout allergy season.

3. Refreshing Citrus Drink

Since many allergies peak in the spring and summer, they happen to coincide with warm, sunny days that you want to enjoy by frolicking in the great outdoors. As healing as tea is, sometimes you just need that tart, cool, refreshing drink at your side. This citrus filled drink contains plenty of vitamin C, which can provide relief from seasonal allergies, thanks to its incredible ability to nourish the immune system. Since the immune system is struggling to function right when you experience allergies, the benefits of this are obvious!citrusdrinkremedy

You will need…

-1/2 lemon
-2 oranges
-1 tablespoon of local, raw, organic honey


Squeeze the juice from the lemon and oranges and chill for several hours. Stir in the honey, add some ice cubes, and drink daily.

4. Red Onion Water

Onions contain a water soluble chemical compound called quercetin, which has been demonstrated in preliminary studies to reduce the amount of histamine produced by the body, therefore reducing symptoms of allergies. It is, essentially, nature’s version of an anti-histamine. Quercetin itself has also been shown to inhibit inflammation, as well as act as a bronchodilator, opening up airways and helping you breathe easier.onionwater

You will need…

-1 red onion
-4 cups of water
-Organic, raw, honey to taste


Thinly slice the onion and add it to the water. Allow it to infuse for 8-12 hours before drinking 1-2 times daily. It will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Stir some honey into individual glasses when you drink it if you like (I personally recommend it).

5. Apple- Walnut Trail Mix

This mix will help you hit the trail in no time, without the sneezing and itching. Walnuts are a daily snack that you can enjoy to help ease allergy symptoms. High in magnesium, they help tamp down any wheezing or coughing that’s taking place, while their vitamin E content can boost immunity and protects your body from reacting to allergens. Apples, like onions, contain quercetin, and naturally reduce the production of histamine. Several studies have confirmed that an apple a day really does keep allergies at bay.appleandwalnuttrailmix

You will need…

-1/2-1 cup of walnuts
-1 apple


Chop the walnuts and cut the apple into medium-small chunks. Place both in a bag and toss until thoroughly mixed. Feel free to substitute pecans or walnuts if you prefer. You can also add in some other little tasty ingredients if you like (I like adding dried cherries and sunflower seeds).


-Be aware that line drying your clothes can contribute to allergies as all of the pollen sailing around sticks to it (and consequently, sticks to you.)

-If you simply must open your window, don’t fling it open all the way. Allergens will fly into the house and settle on everything.

-At the end of the day, briefly rinse off with cool water. Doing so will rinse any pollen stuck in your hair or on your skin off, and also ensures you don’t transfer a bunch to your bedding!




Today, I’m sharing a new recipe. One you can easily whip up with that hodge podge of natural ingredients. A recipe to replace yet another chemical found in our homes, toothpaste. A homemade toothpaste that’s revolutionized my teeth and dental health. The same clay used to make foundation powder, rich is potassium and calcium and effective at removing toxins. Baking soda and coconut oil help to whiten and clean teeth. Mineral-rich salt is also added.  Stevia and peppermint essential oil add a delicate, sweet peppermint flavor to the salty mixture. Each ingredient comes together to create a homemade toothpaste that cleans and nourishes teeth, in a simple, chemical-free fashion.


  • ¼ cup + 2 TB coconut oil, soft, but not liquid
  • ¼ cup good-quality baking soda
  • ½ tsp Real Salt
  • 1 tsp bentonite clay
  • ¼-1/2 tsp liquid pure stevia, depending on taste, I use ½ tsp
  • 5-7 drops peppermint essential oil, the amount will depend on taste preference



  1. In a medium bowl, combine the coconut oil and baking soda. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix.
  3. Store in a jar or for squeezable toothpaste, use these.
  4. Note: When mixing bentonite clay, please use a wood or plastic spoon. Bentonite clay should not come in contact with metal because it deactivates the clay.
  5. The consistency of this recipe can vary depending on the temperature where the toothpaste is stored, due to the nature of coconut oil.


How to make Homemade Deodorant

You know how antiperspirants are aluminum-laden and store-bought deodorant just leaves you smelling like fruity B.O.? Try this. So simple, and it works!

  • 1 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 8 drops tea tree oil
  • 20-24 drops essential oil of choice (I used lavender)

Melt coconut oil in a small pan over very low heat. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and arrowroot powder. Let cool for a few minutes, then stir in tea tree oil and essential oils. Pour mixture into empty, clean deodorant containers or a glass jars (apply with fingertips if using jar). Store in the fridge if your house is warmer than 75 degrees. Recipe makes a double-batch.



A simple homemade body butter that works great for shaving your legs too I began by creating a body butter of sorts with only three ingredients we usually have on hand: coconut oil, honey, and citrus. A simple mixing of the three created a fresh, smooth cream that I’ve used to shave my legs, as well as a moisturizer for really dry areas, especially my dry, cracked cuticles. How to make Homemade Body Butter:

  • 1 1/2 cups of coconut oil measured as solid
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons zest of grapefruit or other citrus (substitute essential oil to preference)
  1. Mix all together until combined and smooth.
  2. Transfer to a container and cover.

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10 Amazing Tricks With Coconut Oil


Alright the moment you’ve all been waiting for! This is the best list of things that you can do with coconut oil. Did you know that you can use coconut oil to remove warts? Yep – It’s totally possible! Check out all the amazing uses for coconut oil below.

1. Hair Treatment.

With all the compact nutrients of coconut oil – it literally heals flaking scalp, dry hair and all sorts of hair problems. Check out this Home Made Coconut Shampoo via beautyalsohealthy and the hair problems shall be gone in no time.


2. Skin Moisturiser.

Whether as face mask, scrub or cream.  Coconut oil as known for its collagen properties and is best for cellular regeneration therefore giving that promising smooth skin results.  Combined with coffee will yield to a cellulite free skin. Checkout beautyalsohealthy‘s recipe on Coconut Coffee Anti-Cellulite Scrub.


3. Nipple Creams.

Breastfeeding moms or not. Those nips need that TLC too.  Bring it back to that rosy glow with your good old coconut oil and lanolin.


4. Shaving Creams.

As versatile as it’s contents – Men and Women can share the love with coconut oil. And yes you can use it before and after shaving.  Amazing! This homemade body butter from beautyalsohealthy is a must try!

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5. Wart Remover.

How good are you with pain? Do you have the guts for the cauterization process? Coconut oil is here to rescue!


6. Deodorant.

Amazing! Who can say that coconut oil can also be a deodorant. Some may have that irritations but beautyalsohealthy has that practical tip to not feel that irritation.



7. Tanning Oil

Want that Caribbean Tan ASAP? Thanks to coconut oil’s amazing tanning accelerator components.  Getting that Caribbean tan is inexpensively easy.  Check the this homemade tanning lotion at beautyalsohealthy .



8. Vapor Rub.

I was like for real? Coconut Oil for Vapor Rub. This awesome Vapor Rub idea by wellnessmama works best for babies as  you know what you are making it with.


9. Supplement.

A tablespoon everyday in the morning will boost the immune system, mental alertness, hormone production and promotes weight loss!


10. Toothpaste.

Are you conscious of what chemicals are you putting onto your teeth? Here’s a plant based, animal testing and cruelty free toothpaste that you can do at home.  Check this homemade toothpaste at beautyalsohealthy!




7 Beauty Uses For Lemons

We all know how many great uses lemons have around the house, in the kitchen and even in DIY projects. But have you considered using lemons in your beauty routine? Surprisingly, lemons many great uses when it comes to beauty and skin and can save you a lot of money! The added bonus to using lemons in beauty care, is that you’re using an all natural solution to  products that most times carry chemicals or additives. Check out the list below for 7 beauty uses for lemons:

  1. Anti Aging: Lemons can help slow the aging process and keep you looking younger for longer. Try and drink warm lemon water with fresh squeezed lemons at the start of every morning. This will helping with the signs of lines and wrinkles and also helps repair damaged skin.
  2. Whiten Nails: Did you know you can whiten your nails with lemon and water? Not only will this soak whiten your nails it will also leave them with a clean looking finish. Combine lemon juice from half of a lemon with a bowl of warm water and let your nails soak. Finish by using the lemon peel to shine and buff nail beds.
  3. Blackhead Removal: Use half of a lemon and rub it in slow circles over all blackhead areas.  Let the juice soak in to your face for 5 minutes or so and rinse with cold water.
  4. Soft Skin: If you want to achieve soft skin fast, try using a lemon! Use a half of a lemon or fresh lemon juice and rub over any dry skin or dry spots.  Your skin will re hydrate and shine!
  5. Acne: Lemon is also a great fighter when it comes to acne. Apply a few drops of fresh lemon juice to acne anywhere on the face and body. Make sure the spot is covered and repeat nightly until you have reached your desired result! Lemon not only will reduce redness it will help reduce scarring.
  6.  Teeth Whiten: Mix equal amounts of fresh lemon juice and baking soda together in a small bowl until a paste forms. Apply the paste to your teeth and let sit for 1 minute only. The acid in the lemon can be strong so it’s important not to leave it on for longer then 1 minute. Finish by rinsing and gently brushing as normal.
  7. Chapped Lips: That’s right, lemons can be used as a natural lip balm! Simply, rub a sliced lemon on like chapstick and leave it on overnight. Rinse in the morning for moisturized lips!