Who doesn’t love a soaking in a warm bath with a good book and a glass of something delicious? Added bonus if you add a fragrant, fizzy bath bomb to your bath water.
Unfortunately, far too often store-bought bath bombs smell like you really overdid it in the perfume aisle. Not ideal for the scent sensitive folks, or for those who want to avoid synthetic fragrances. Store-bought bath bombs can also contain toxic dyes which have been linked to UTI’s and yeast infections. And at $8 or more a pop, they’re far from economical.
The majority of store-bought cleaning sprays contain endocrine disrupting chemicals that can be harmful to your health. As well, the synthetic fragrances used in these products can irritate those who are sensitive to scents. As someone who suffers from chronic migraines, it’s important to avoid these chemical fragrances as they can trigger a headache.
Also, for those with little ones at home, avoiding harmful fragrances is equally as important. And while there are definitely a variety of fantastic green cleaning products on the market, we have yet to find a natural cleaning spray that not only works well, but is affordable.
Maybe it was a night of drinking. Maybe it was too much sugar, salt, or carbs — only to follow it up with a 2am bedtime.
Cue puffiness, bloat, and angry, inflamed skin the next morning. The kind of irritation that even the best face mist can’t quell. And the kind of carbohydrate-induced water retention that takes a day or two to resolve, sending your cheekbones on an extended vacation.
For those mornings, this is the recipe I wish I’d had years ago.
Store bought room sprays and deodorizers may smell good, but they can be very bad for your upper respiratory system as well as your overall health. Common ingredients in these products include formaldehyde, phthalates, and dangerous aerosol propellants such as butane and propane — not to mention the thousands of other endocrine-disprupting chemicals that are not required to be disclosed on the product’s label. Exposure to these ingredients has been linked to cancer, pulmonary damage, asthma, and skin issues.
I have a thing for tropical prints — palm trees, palm leaves, beach scenes and pineapples. They remind me of relaxing, serene summer days and warm tropical vacations. They also remind me of trips to Australia with sexy 6’3” Australian men. Okay, well maybe not that last part…sorta. I digress.
Anyway, what I don’t have a thing for is the price tag on some of my favourite framed tropical prints. For example, there’s a black and white tropical palm tree print that I adore but the price tag is over $200. If that’s within your budget, by all means support artists. (As someone who has sold original paintings, I’m all for supporting artists when possible.)
There’s a reason why there are so many options on the face mist market. Whether you’re looking to hydrate your skin or set your makeup, there’s something extremely refreshing about spritzing your face.
Judging by the price tag of mineral water in an aerosol can, it’s clear that brands know this too.
That being said, finding a mist that hydrates, nourishes and soothes skin (while giving your makeup extra staying power) is easier said than done. This is especially true for those who are sensitive.
As the weather gets warmer, it becomes increasingly important to be mindful of what goes on your skin. We all know that sunscreen is crucial for protecting against the destructive effects of ultraviolet light. So put on some SPF and you’re set, right?
Actually, that might not be enough.
Even if you choose a natural, zinc-oxide based sunscreen, your best attempts at anti-aging could potentially be impeded by the oils in your favourite skincare products.
While experimenting with my new diffuser, I wondered why the room suddenly smelled like I’d just opened a can of cola.
At first, I thought my nostrils might just be confused from the steady stream of different essential oils they’d been exposed to that day. (I had been really excited about my new diffuser, after all.)
But sure enough, that wasn’t the case.
That was the moment I knew I’d struck essential oil combining gold.
I picked up this set of 3 small bud vases from IKEA recently. I liked the size and the shapes, but the colours (specifically the mint and pink) didn’t go with our decor. Since I still had some gold leaf and adhesive left over from the gold leaf jewelry trays project, I decided I’d use the same gold leaf technique on two of the three vases.
I’m not sure if this actually qualifies as an IKEA hack, but since it changes the style of the vases from a little bit country to a little more glam, let’s call it a hack.
I recently bought a set of small, plain white rectangular 7″ x 5″ serving plates to use for jewelry and other odds and ends. However, since the trays I purchased were plain, with a very simple etched pattern, I thought that adding interest to them with gold leaf might make them more appealing.
I’ve seen similar gold and white jewelry trays retailing for significantly more than the less than $20 I paid for my supplies, which were used to create 4 trays. For instance, wiithout naming names, one well-known designer retails a very small gold and white jewelry tray for more than $70.