We try to get in a good spring cleaning every year. We work from home, homeschool, and use wood heat during the winter, so it’s always a welcome opportunity to make sure there are no cobwebs in the corner and get rid of any fingerprints on the wall, and make sure all of the things that have accumulated over the winter get taken back to their rightful place. After SO much at home time in 2020, our spring cleaning this year is going to be a little bit more of a job than in years past.
The benefits of natural cleaning
You feel good about it! You know that your surfaces are clean and germ free without leaving behind questionable chemicals, or inhaling them while you’re cleaning. I know my lungs are very sensitive to chemicals in the air, so much so that I can’t even use some store bought cleaners without choking!
Save time & money
Making your own cleaning products is much less expensive than store bought cleaners. You can make an herbal cleaner for just pennies a batch. Most recipes are also simple and quick to throw together using ingredients from your pantry.
Unclutter your cleaning closet
Most herbal cleaners are multitaskers, so the number of products needed to clean your home is greatly decreased.
Fun & Creative Packaging
You can let your creativity run wild! Use re-purposed container with a piece of masking tape for a label, or buy elegant containers with a label from etsy, or even one your designed yourself.
Recipes for Basic Natural Cleaners
Basic Sink Cleaner:
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar
3 drops rosemary, lavender, lemon, lime, or orange essential oil.
This recipe is safe for porcelain or stainless steel sinks. Combine all ingredients. Rinse sink with HOT water, then apply sink paste. Scrub with a rag or brush. Rinse again with hot water.
Citrus Floor Cleaner:
1 gallon of hot water
2 Tbs castile soap
15 drops sweet orange essential oil
8 drops lemon essential oil or 1/4 cup lemon juice.
Combine all ingredients in a large bucket. Dip mop in bucket and squeeze extra water from mop. Clean floor. Rinsing is not necessary. For scuff marks or difficult stains try a few drops of orange oil neat, then wipe up with cloth.
No Scrub Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Before bed, add 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of vinegar, 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of lemon essential oil to your toilet bowl. Let sit overnight, then flush in the morning.
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of vinegar
6 drops lemon, grapefruit, or orange essential oil. (Alternately you can use 5 drops of tea tree and 3 drops of thyme to disinfect walls.)
Combine ingredients in a plastic spray bottle and shake before use. Spray on walls, then wipe with a clean cloth.
Spring Morning Air Spray
2 drops lavender
2 drops sweet orange
1 drop geranium
1 drop rose
1 drop rosemary
8 oz of distilled water.
Add to spray bottle, shaking frequently while using.
As you can see, with a few staples from your pantry, a couple containers, and some of your favorite essential oils, you can be well on your way making all of the cleaners needed to keep your home sparkling and smelling great. These recipes were excerpted from The Naturally Clean Home by Karen Siegle-Maier. If you would like to learn more about natural cleaners, please check out her book!
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This post was originally written in 2019, and was updated July 2020.
Everyone lets loose a little in the summer. Long weekends, picnics, days at the beach, vacations, fun drinks and bbqs under the summer sun are good for the soul, but maybe not as much for the complexion. Here are some quick and easy tips to keep your complexion glowing while you’re livin’ easy.
Summer Beauty Guide: 10 Tips for beautiful skin all summer long.
You’ll be spending more time in the beauty of the outdoors, exposing your skin to sun, wind, water, possibly chlorine, and maybe a more rigorous shaving routine than you applied this winter. All this can leave you with an irritated complexion. With just a little time and planning, you can avoid the pitfalls of sun, razor, and wind burn.
1. Stay Hydrated
With warmer weather (eventually) upon us, you need to stay on top of proper hydration. You can become dehydrated from even simple tasks while working and playing in the hot summer sun. Proper hydration keeps your skin and body functioning at optimum levels, so load up on water based drinks and watery fruits and veggies such as melons and cucumbers to stay hydrated.
2. Wear SPF?
It’s important to remember to apply sunscreen. Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that has at least an SPF of 30. Apply a generous layer (about a shot glass for your entire body) to all exposed skin about 15 minutes before going out into the sun. Remember to reapply after sweating or swimming, or about every 2 hours. Always look for a sunscreen that has the active ingredients listed, and please don’t make your own. (Zinc is a charged particle, and it’s difficult to make a formulation that doesn’t end up having microscopic holes in the coverage because the zinc microscopically clumped together over time.)
Newer studies are showing that being in the sunlight without sunscreen may increase your risk of skin cancer, but won’t decrease your life expectancy. In fact, being in the sun has been shown to actually increase your life expectancy (as well as your risk of non-lethal skin cancers). Sporadic and extreme sun exposure has been shown to increase your risk of lethal skin cancers, while consistent exposure increases nitric oxide in the blood, which decreases blood pressure. See the study by Lindqvist and this blog post discussing Dr. Weller’s work for more information.
This obviously doesn’t address the dreaded sun spots and premature wrinkling from being in the sun, but it’s really given me food for thought and some good information about sunscreen!
3. Boost Your Topical Anti-oxidants
Free radicals are not your friends, and unfortunately, sunlight, chlorine, alcohol, some of the best parts of summer are full of them. The best defense is to avoid them, but that’s not always possible. Using a cream that contains green tea extract, niacinamide, vitamins C and E, or CoEnzyme Q10 will help minimize the damage to your skin from free radicals. (Keep an eye out for our newest product, Repair and Restore After Sun Cooling Gel)
Our Repair and Restore After Sun Gel is full of antioxidants and vitamins to protect skin from the after effects of too much sun. It also contains cooling essential oils and aspen bark extract to help with the heat.
4. Protect Your Eyes from Sun Damage
The skin around your eyes is delicate and all the sunlight and swimming can be especially harsh on it. Wear a hat and/or sunglasses with UV protection and wear goggles while swimming. A soothing anti-oxidant rich cream, like our Bright Eyes Vitamins + Minerals Eye Cream can soothe delicate skin and provide a bevy of topical vitamins and minerals.
The best way to recharge your skin and keep it looking bright and beautiful is to exfoliate your skin once a week. Apply a natural body scrub once a week to slough off dead skin cells and reveal younger, glowing skin.
Sweating, swimming, salt, chlorine, sunshine and air conditioning all take a toll on skin. The need for moisturizing might not be as obvious during the warm summer months, but you still need to moisturize. Using a gentle all natural body butter can keep skin plump and rejuvenated.
7. Eat your SPF
Eating a healthy diet full of anti-oxidants, healthy saturated fats, omega 3 fatty acids, and leafy greens can boost your body’s ability to handle the free radicals from UV light. Drinking iced green tea can help keep you hydrated, as well as provide your body with a powerful poly-phenol called EGCG. You could also try supplements like astaxanthin, vitamin D3, and resveratrol to boost your anti-oxidant protection. You should avoid sugary and processed foods, as well as too much alcohol, as these promote inflammation and hinder the body’s ability to handle free radicals.
8. Get a Faux Glow
We all know that too much sun isn’t good for us, but who doesn’t love a healthy, sun-kissed complexion. You can opt for a sunless tanner to get your glow on. Sunless tanners do still cause some oxidation on the outer layers of skin, so it’s not ideal for every day, but it’s a safe way to glow for special occasions. Make sure to shave and exfoliate before applying sunless tanner, and take your time making sure there are no streaks.
9. Keep Bug Bites at Bay
It’s only a matter of time before a biting insect finds you too delectable to pass up. Itchy bug bites can lead to infection and scarring. Ward them off with a natural insect repellent like our Happy Camper Lotion. You’ll keep mosquitoes away while moisturizing skin with organic oils and probiotics. You can also lather up with a gentle soap scented with insect repellent essential oils, such as our Happy Camper Bar. (Keep the bar in your dresser drawer until you’re ready to use it to impart the scent of essential oils onto your clothes.)
10. Wear Breathable Fabrics
Loose, billowy clothes made out of natural fabrics, such as cotton or linen, allow air flow on your skin and help wick moisture away. This protects skin from staying damp and chapping and chafing.
Don’t neglect your skin the summer!
Summer is full of fun and busyness, and it’s easy to neglect your skincare routine, but the effects of dehydration and too much sun can last long after summer is gone. It’s important to take time to take care of yourself. You only get one body, and it’s got to last your entire life!
This cold process shave soap contains almost 3 bars worth of our famous shave soap, and comes with a boar’s bristle brush. It’s scented with a clean scent that’s reminiscent of Cool Water for men.
Our shave soap has a high percentage of castor oil, so it gives a luxurious shaving cream like lather, and bentonite clay give slip to the razor. (Bentonite is also great for detoxing the pores of your skin!)
This honey bar soap, beeswax hand salve, and solid cologne gift box is the perfect gift for the man in your life! It contains a full size 4+ oz bar of our cold pressed Honey Bar Soap, a 1.5 ounce tin of Men’s Beeswax Hand Salve, and a tin of Solid Cologne. You can mix and match scents to fit your man’s personality. The Honey Bar Soaps come in the natural scents of Woodsman, Mechanics, Buffalo Man, and Hair and Body. Our Men’s Hand Salves and Solid Cologne come in Woodsman, Bourbon, Mechanics, and Buffalo Man scents.
Our thick beeswax hand cream seals and protects cracked, dry skin by combining beeswax with organic plant oils and water. It also contains allantoin, the active ingredient in aloe and comfrey root to soothe skin. Available in assorted scents and unscented.
Our infused honey gift set makes a sweet gift for the awesome grill master or foodie in your life. It also makes an excellent addition to your next BBQ party. If the drinks at your next party tend to be on the harder side, buy a set for your bar and let guests sample the various flavor nuances in their drinks. Muddle a little fruit and a basil leaf in the bottom of your glass, sweeten with honey and top it off with lemonade, seltzer water, or your favorite cocktail. Each set includes 4 9 oz jars of infused honey in orange zest, lemon ginger, lavender bud, and vanilla bean.
Give Dad a useful, yet luxurious gift with cold process honey or propolis soaps. Each bar is specifically formulated to be gentle yet effective. Our Bee Rugged Men’s Soaps include hunter’s soaps, mechanic’s bar, Buffalo Man Shave Bar, and Hair and Body Bar. Shop our entire collection of men’s soap here.
With cold weather finally upon us, many of us are beginning to feel the dreaded drying effect of winter. The following article describes the best and most effective ingredients to protect skin from trans-epidermal water loss in cold weather.
It might seem counter-intuitive to some people, but having water as an ingredient in your skincare is a definite boost. It activates the Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) in your skin. NMF include sodium lactate, sodium PCA, and amino acids molecules. These compounds are meant to hold water and keep skin moisturized. When the air around us is very dry, or we become dehydrated, these NMF dry out and can’t do their job. Using a cream or lotion (make sure it’s a true cream and not a balm) will plump those little guys up. Then those skin loving oils have a little more to work with. Another way to keep your skin hydrated is to make sure you’re drinking enough water. Running a humidifier helps, too.
You had to see this one coming. The reason beeswax is such a great ingredient in cold weather skincare is because it is so hydrophobic, meaning it does not like water. It seals skin to keep the water in. That keeps skin hydrated, and looking plump and full.
Another benefit of the anhydrous nature of beeswax is that it isn’t easily rinsed away. If you’re in a profession that requires frequent hand washings, look for a good beeswax cream to stick around after the first rinse.
True beeswax emulsions contain significantly less water than traditional creams and lotions. That means that while they have enough water to activate the Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) in your skin, they’re still thick and rich and protect skin.
Lanolin is pressed from sheep’s wool after it’s shorn. Lanolin is the only oil I know of that can actually absorb 30% of it’s weight in water. It’s molecular structure is remarkably similar to human sebum.
These properties make it an excellent barrier cream, that actually stores moisture for the skin once it’s finally absorbed. It’s important to make sure to use USP (US Pharmacy) grade lanolin to ensure that it is pure lanolin. Our hand creams and our Mint and Honey Lip Balm Tin harness the power of beeswax + USP lanolin.
Allantoin is the active ingredient in aloe and comfrey root. Studies have actually proven that allantoin speeds wound healing. (Araujo et al) Studies have also shown that allantoin helps with itching.(Veraldi, et al) That’s good news if your skin get so dry that it becomes cracked and itchy.
Bee Lovely Botanicals™ beeswax skincare was formulated to protect and nourish dry skin. To read more about our women’s hand creams, with organic oils, beeswax, lanolin, and probiotics, click here. For our even tougher Bee Rugged line that contains beeswax, lanolin, allantoin, organic oils and probiotics click here.