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Homemade shower gel for super soft and healthy skin

This homemade shower gel for super soft and healthy skin is the product of a failed attempt to make my own shampoo! 🙂 Well, the best things have been invented by accident. And as a shower gel it is absolutely amazing! My legs always used to pretty dry, but since using this shower gel I haven´t applied moisturizing cream once!

Homemade shower gel for super soft and healthy skin; learn how to easily make it yourself

Before diving in to how to make your own homemade shower gel for super soft and healthy skin, I want to explain a few things to the ingredients:

Camomile:

Camomile has anti-inflammatory properties and helps wounds to heal.

Peppermint:

Peppermint is antiseptic, helps improve blood flow and protects the skin from spots.

Rosemary:

Rosemary has also got antiseptic properties and helps to revitalize your skin.

Lavender:

Lavender is antiseptic, repels insects such as mosquitoes and it´s scent has a calming effect on your mind.

Lemon grass:

Lemon grass not only repels mosquitoes, it has cleansing and antiseptic properties and it helps your skin and tissue to re-gain firmness.

Almond oil: Careful! It needs to be sweet almond oil, not bitter almond oil!!!

Almond oil is high in minerals and vitamins A, B, D and E. It is very good for dry skin, regulates greasy skin, reduces signs of skin ageing and makes the skin feel soft and smooth.

Coconut oil:

Coconut oil is rich in minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. It has ant-bacterial properties, leaves any skin soft and smooth, moisturizes dry skin, works against spots, protects and makes skin firm.

Marseille soap:

Marseille soap helps to neutralize the PH of your skin.

Argan oil soap:

Argan oil is ideal for all skin types as it helps the skin to regulate back to it´s natural state. It keeps skin healthy and firm, plus it´s got anti-inflammatory properties.

Okay, so now I explained why I used those ingredients, let´s get started!

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Homemade shower gel for super soft and healthy skin

One more thing before I begin: I don´t know how it reacts to sensitive skin, so try carefully first! Somme of the ingredients could lead to skin irritations.

Same counts for possible allergic reactions: please try a little amount first to see if you are! And if you know you are suffering from allergies, asthma, heart problems, skin conditions etc. please check with your doctor before trying this recipe!

What you need to make this homemade shower gel for super soft and healthy skin:

Homemade shower gel for super soft and healthy skin; learn how to easily make it yourself - ingredients

Please note that all ingredients used are natural! I just don´t write it to everything.

  • 250 ml water,
  • A pot or kettle,
  • 1 tbsp rosemary leaves,
  • 1 tbsp peppermint leaves,
  • A tea bag camomile,
  • A bowl,
  • 10 g / 2 tbsp Marseille soap, like this one
  • 5 g / 1 tbsp argan oil soap, I used this brand (I couldn´t find the argan oil one there, sorry. Will update when it comes)
  • A grater or kitchen knife,
  • A strainer,
  • 1 tbsp almond oil, like this one
  • 1 tbsp hard coconut oil, (in other words, not liquid) like this one
  • 10 drops lemongrass essential oil, here is a set containing all 3 if you are just starting out
  • 5 drops tea tree  essential oil,
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil and
  • A glass jar or an old shower gel bottle.

I have not put links to products in bulk on purpose. In my opinion, bulk buying is only worth it, if you then use all of it. So, try first and then you can still buy bigger later on.

Instructions:

Bring the water to boil and pour it in the bowl. Add the tea bag, rosemary leaves and peppermint leaves.

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Let soak for about 15 minutes. In the meantime grate the soaps or use a kitchen knife to grate off small pieces. Make sure the pieces are small, so they dissolve easily.

Add the soaps and the coconut oil and mix to dissolve them totally. Once the soaps are dissolved, filter the mix through a strainer.

Note: if the soaps don´t dissolve properly, the mix is probably too cold already. Place your bowl over a pot with water without it touching the water. Put it on your cooker at medium heat to warm everything up again. Take carefully off once everything is dissolved.

Homemade shower gel for super soft and healthy skin; learn how to easily make it yourself - after filtering

Let cool down to room temperature. Then add all the oils and stir well.

Fill the mix into a glass jar or an old shower gel bottle and let cool totally for about 12 hours before using it.

Homemade shower gel for super soft and healthy skin; learn how to easily make it yourself - after filling

Congratulations! You´ve just managed to do your own homemade shower gel for super soft and healthy skin!

Homemade shower gel for super soft and healthy skin; learn how to easily make it yourself

Noticed, it changed colour over night? It now has a more gel-like consistency. Little warning: it feels a bit slimy, but you should get used to it.

Very important:

Shake well before every use!

One last note that might be interesting: I´ve had a toe nail ingrown at the bottom and was thinking of having to go to see a doctor. After starting to use this shower gel, not only my skin felt so extremely soft that for weeks I couldn´t stop myself from stroking over it. The toe nail came out and is slowly moving up now! I as well noticed that my feet feel super soft and free of old skin without me removing anything.

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Mosquito repelling deodorant; DIY using 4 natural ingredients

Let me explain first a bit, why I decided to make a DIY mosquito repelling deodorant…

My husband and I are very conscious about the harmful chemicals that many products contain. Even more when it comes to our son. He is now nearly 8 and one of the few kids in his class not using cologne, hair gel, wax etc. We want him to grow up getting in touch with as few chemicals as possible. In my opinion, they are worse while the body is still developing.

One day, my husband spoke about exactly this to one of his customers. This customer used to work in the industry and the conversation got to deodorants at one point. He told my husband about the aluminium chlorhydrate which is contained in deodorants and has been proven to cause breast cancer, Alzheimer’s… In his words, the industry has the confirmed studies since a while, but there is obviously no interest in making these public. Now you can find much more information on this subject, but you still have to look for it yourself…

When my husband came home and told me about it, we first had a look at our deodorants and both contained it! They went straight in the bin and we went shopping

. In the supermarket, standing in front of the shelves with all the deodorants, we decided to look for the well-known brands first, then we went through the top 2 shelves… They ALL contained aluminium chlorhydrate! So we went over to the roll-on section. The whole shelf was a no… Back to the sprays we finally found 1 brand without. Just 1!!! Seeing that we both only liked the smell of one of those, w

e have both been using this one for several years now.

Starting my blog, I naturally started looking into a lot of alternatives as well and experimented with deodorants. Living in an area with lots of mosquitos, I wanted to make a mosquito repelling deodorant, to reduce product use. This one keeps you protected for at least half a day. Now let´s get to how to make the:

Mosquito repelling deodorant:  In this post I show you step by step how easy it is to make your own mosquito repelling deodorant using only 4 natural ingredients!

 

DIY mosquito repelling deodorant

I promise you, it is very easy to make and does not take long.

One more thing before I begin: I don´t know how it reacts to sensitive skin, so try carefully first! My son has tried it a few times and he has been okay with it, but that still doesn´t mean anything.

Same counts for possible allergic reactions: please try a little amount first to see if you are! And if you know you are suffering from allergies, please check with your doctor before trying this recipe!

Every skin is different, so you might be protected from mosquito bites for longer of for less time.

What you need to make your mosquito repelling deodorant:

  • a big pot and a small pot that fits into the big one without touching the bottom,
  • water,
  • scales that measure to the gram,
  • spoon,
  • a glass jar (I used an empty salsa dip one),
  • 52 g coconut oil,
  • 16 g baking soda,
  • 38 g cornstarch,
  • 20 drops lemongrass essential oil (seeing that we want to avoid chemicals, get a natural oil!)

Note: I have not linked up the ingredients here as I do not want to recommend you to bulk-buy, unless you know that you will use it all. As you may know, I blog about living environmental friendly and bulk buying is only environmental friendly if you don´t throw half of what you buy away…

The original recipe of beatymunsta uses spoons and a different essential oil. I prefer grams, I feel it´s more accurate to measure, so I changed it over.

How it´s made:

Measure all your ingredients for the mosquito repelling deodorant, apart from the essential oil and keep them at hand.

Fill your glass jar with boiling water to make sure it is clean and fill some water into the big pot. Make sure the water doesn´t touch the bottom of the small pot. Then place the pot together with the small pot onto the cooker and turn the cooker on low heat. Put your coconut oil into the pot and melt it. Once it is melted, add the other ingredients apart from the essential oil. Mix well and stir until you get an even liquid consistency.

Empty the water from your glass jar and let it dry.

Turn the cooker off and take the small pot out. Let everything cool down for a bit, add the essential oil, stir again to mix it in properly.

Once you added the essential oil and have mixed it well, pour into your glass jar and let it cool. It will get harder, so you can take it out with a little wooden spoon/spatula when you need it.

I keep mine in the fridge at the moment, as it is too hot (30 degrees C in the house) here and it just turns liquid again. Just take it out about 5 minutes before you need it. If you live in a milder climate, you can probably keep it outside of the fridge. I will find out in winter…

Another warning: If you wear black clothes, you might be better off to put your clothes on before applying the mosquito repelling deodorant as it can leave small white marks. or apply a good while before putting your black clothes on. I like my black dresses, so I will definitely try to come up with a deodorant which doesn´t leave any trace… keep an eye on my posts, if you are interested. Or even better: sign up to my newsletter and be the first to find out when I have done it 🙂

A few notes to the ingredients:

Coconut oil: moisturizes your skin and prevents rashes.

Baking soda and corn starch: neutralizes smell and absorb sweat. I still sweat in the summer heat, but sweating is healthy. What I can confirm is that since using this deodorant, I don´t stink after half a day of working. I had to go back to using our normal deodorant for one day and after a few hours of physical work, I couldn´t stand the way I was stinking already.

So, yes, it doesn´t only keep your body safe from at least some chemicals, but prevents bad odors as well for quite a while.

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Mosquito repelling deodorant:  In this post I show you step by step how easy it is to make your own mosquito repelling deodorant using only 4 natural ingredients!

Jewellery cabinet makeover

Jewellery cabinet makeover; I show you exactly how I have done this cabinet step by step;

Jewellery cabinet makeover

Today I am going to show you how to do a jewellery cabinet makeover.

I found this little gem in a charity shop and fell in love with it! It was in need of a little tlc, but overall still in a very good condition. And they only charged me a tenner! 🙂

Unfortunately my “before” picture has disappeared. No idea, how…

Jewellery cabinet makeover; I show you exactly how I have done this cabinet step by step;

What you need:

– screwdriver,

– cloth,

– sandpaper,

– paintbrush,

– water-based paint (white),

– acrylic paint (colours of your liking),

– a piece of a sponge and

clear sealant.

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Instructions:

First give the whole cabinet a good clean with a damp cloth. If there should be grease on it, then put a little drop of washing up liquid on your cloth.

Then take your screwdriver and take everything off that’s screwed in. In this case the door, the top, the glass and the magnets. The handles can be unscrewed sometimes as well.

Next lightly sand the whole cabinet and the pieces down. When working with sandpaper on wood, please always go with the grain of the wood. Never against it!

Now clean the dust off that the sanding has caused.

Make sure everything is dry and then apply the first coat of paint evenly. Depending on how much you want to cover the old colour, you will have to apply 2 or 3 coats.

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Once the paint has dried, I took the yellow acrylic paint and applied it with the piece of sponge on the sides, top, door and the draws. You use the sponge to dab the paint on. I show you the door as an example.

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Let this coat dry, then apply the green in the same way. Dab more on some places and less on others. This is totally down to how you like it most. As long as the paint is fresh, you can always use a lightly damp cloth to quickly wipe paint off again where you think you applied too much.

The distressing is still coming, so don´t overdo wiping paint off again…

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Nearly finished!

Once the last coat is dry, take the sandpaper and lightly rub to distress the paint.

Obviously, you can leave it as it is as well. This technique allows every single piece to be “individual”.

The only thing left now, is to apply one last coat: the sealer. Here again it depends on your taste: you can give the cabinet a shiny look or get a mat sealant.

Jewellery cabinet makeover; I show you exactly how I have done this cabinet step by step;

Jewellery cabinet makeover; I show you exactly how I have done this cabinet step by step;

Jewellery cabinet makeover; I show you exactly how I have done this cabinet step by step;

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post. Feel free to upload your own jewellery cabinet makeover either in the comments or send me a picture by email (tjalva tjalvasdiy.com). I would love to see it!

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How to make a doormat from plastic bags

How to make a doormat from plastic bags; In this post I explain to you how to make a door mat from plastic bags. One great way to recycle plastic bags into something useful. I will show you step by step how to do it

How to make a doormat from plastic bags

In this post I will explain to you how you can make your own doormat from plastic bags.

Before we had to pay for the shopping bags, I used to use them as bin bags. Ever since they started charging, this is not possible anymore as they got holes in the bottom… Very annoying as I don’t just want to throw them away. So I tried finding various uses for them. This here is one.

What you need:

– about 30 plastic bags (depending on size),

– scissors,

– crochet hook (I used n° 6)

– iron,

– baking paper,

– cardboard or cereal box,

– pencil,

– carpet knife,

– double-sided tape or clear tape,

– acrylic spray paint,

– acrylic outdoor sealant spray.

How it´s done:

First take 10 of the plastic bags to prepare your “yarn”. I really don’t recommend you to do all bags at once. It is a bit boring and seems to take forever, if you do too many and you will end up not making anything… If you don’t have a lot of patience, start with 5 bags. It’s easy to attach more when needed.

Fold each bag in half lengthwise, then half again. Cut the handles off, so that you end up with a straight top. Then cut the bottom part off as well. Now cut the rest into strips of about 2 cm (~ 0.8 inches) width. Unfold the strips, then lay one over another and pull a loop through. Pull carefully or the plastic will break. Repeat with the next strip…

On Blog A La Carte you can find a very good graphic on how to make the yarn.

Once you connected all strips and have made a ball from it, it should look more or less like this

How to make a doormat from plastic bags; In this post I explain to you how to make a door mat from plastic bags. One great way to recycle plastic bags into something useful. I will show you step by step how to do it

As you see, it is very easy to add more plastic bag strips when needed.

Now you make a slip knot and I made 40 chain stitches. Make sure to not work too “tight”, as this will make your work unnecessary hard.

Once you done the chain stitches, start adding rows with single crochet. In total you will have to make about 60 rows, depending on how tight or loose you work.

If you don’t know how to crochet, Sigoni from Sigoni Macaroni has got a very good tutorial.

How to make a doormat from plastic bags; In this post I explain to you how to make a door mat from plastic bags. One great way to recycle plastic bags into something useful. I will show you step by step how to do it

After you finished the 60 rows, it should be the size of a doormat. If not, then add more rows.

How to make a doormat from plastic bags; In this post I explain to you how to make a door mat from plastic bags. One great way to recycle plastic bags into something useful. I will show you step by step how to do it

Weave in any loose bits of string to improve the overall look.

Now get your baking paper and pre-heat the iron. Turn it to just underneath of the heat with steam. Do NOT use steam!

As the ironing board is too small, best chose a table or lay the mat on the floor. Place the baking paper over your mat and iron. Do not put too much pressure on or the mat will be uneven as a result. Repeat several times until the mat seems a bit harder and more stable. Repeat on the other side.

The baking paper is very important or the plastic will stick to your iron and ruin it!

How to make a doormat from plastic bags; In this post I explain to you how to make a door mat from plastic bags. One great way to recycle plastic bags into something useful. I will show you step by step how to do it

Get your cardboard and write the outlines of the letters you want. Check the sizes with your mat, if you are not sure. Cut them out with the carpet knife and place them on the mat. When you are happy with the positioning, tape them to the mat. If you shouldn’t have double-sided tape, make a hoop with clear tape, so it will stick to the mat and the cardboard letters.

How to make a doormat from plastic bags; In this post I explain to you how to make a door mat from plastic bags. One great way to recycle plastic bags into something useful. I will show you step by step how to do it

You are 2 steps away from finishing your doormat!

Apply 2 coats of the acrylic spray paint of your choice waiting the time indicated on the can between coats. I picked red as it’s my son’s favourite colour.

How to make a doormat from plastic bags; In this post I explain to you how to make a door mat from plastic bags. One great way to recycle plastic bags into something useful. I will show you step by step how to do it

If you are happy with the colour, let dry, then take the cardboard letters off and apply sealant.

Congratulations! You just made your own doormat from plastic bags 😊

Should your floor be slippery, I recommend you to get a non-slip mat (for carpets) for underneath, as the doormat is a bit slippery.

How to make a doormat from plastic bags; In this post I explain to you how to make a door mat from plastic bags. One great way to recycle plastic bags into something useful. I will show you step by step how to do it

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