All-Natural Beauty: DIY Deep Hair Conditioner

I’ve enjoyed playing with make-up and hair since I was a little girl. I still love beauty products, so made an event out of throwing out my old school cosmetics for new clean and green ones. Since I’ve changed my lifestyle to eliminate toxins, I’ve come to appreciate all the many organic and natural products with few ingredients. At first, I scrutinized ingredients myself, then looked to well-credentialed sources like the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. This is a fun adventure, but also can be time consuming and pricey. So, I set out to create some of my own. This short video demonstrates how to make a deep hair conditioner using only three ingredients.

All-Natural Beauty: DIY Deep Hair Conditioner

Have you ever created your own beauty products? If so, please share. If not, what is stopping you?

Natural Beauty Routine: Oil Pulling

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed oil pulling trending within health and wellness publications. Since I’m all about investigating healthy practices that promote a clean lifestyle, I figured I would look into it further. In this video, I discuss what oil pulling is and the presumed benefits of adding it to my natural beauty routine.

Natural Beauty Routine Oil Pulling
Natural Beauty Routine: Oil Pulling Quick Notes

Oil pulling is an ancient Indian Ayurvedic practice that involves swooshing oil in your mouth. Its antimicrobial properties are thought to promote mouth hygiene, as well as fight off bacteria, viruses and yeasts. While it’s been around for more than 3,000 years, there’s little medical research supporting this practice. Though some doctors and natural practitioners believe it’s a clean way to boost oral health with little harm.*

My Experience

I started out taking baby steps, using 1/2 tbsp. of coconut oil to swoosh in my mouth for only a few minutes. It took a few days to get used to the chunky oil settling between my teeth. Though, after 30 seconds, it liquified making it easier to swoosh. Once used to the oil pulling technique, it became super easy to add to my morning beauty regimen. Since I’m swooshing for 15-20 minutes, I now wake up and shower first, or do something that doesn’t entail talking for a few minutes. I then brush my teeth afterward and my mouth feels as clean as a fresh dentist polish. I’ve noticed my teeth look a little whiter too. As for the immunity boosting properties, I’ll keep you posted to see whether I get a cold this winter.

What is a part of your morning “get-ready” routine?

Sources: WebMD.com and CNN.com

*Though most publications I read didn’t show any harmful side effects, I suggest talking to your medical or natural practitioner before starting any new wellness practice.

DIY Non-Toxic “Green” Counter & Glass Cleaner Product, Pretty Wellness TV, Episode 12

When I first went “green” with household products, I researched a few days on the internet and then spent several hours at Whole Foods. I enjoyed sharing my adventures learning about the importance of using more natural ingredients with far less chemicals. However, I wish I would have stumbled upon this super quick and easy DIY non-toxic counter and glass cleaner product earlier. It takes a minute to make, uses only two ingredients and works on counters, glass and even produce.

Enjoy our new one-minute “How To” videos. This week, we demonstrate how easy it is to make a vinegar and water cleaning solution.

Let us know if you would make your own cleansers knowing it’s cheaper and easier than buying the pricey brands?

Healthy Holiday Treats: Pretty Wellness TV, Episode 11

I love the holiday season and all the festivities. However, it’s easy to over indulge and feel sluggish because of it. So, what better way to keep your eating in check (and impress the hosts) by bringing your own creations to share. Whether you love to cook or would rather pick a treat up at the store, here’s our holiday episode on healthy Hanukkah and Christmas inspired side dishes and desserts. Please comment and share your favorite holiday recipes or Pinterest inspired creations.

Dining Out Healthy

I’ve always loved eating out. I have such fond memories devouring meatballs and spaghetti off the children’s menu at east coast diners. As I grew older, my family celebrated honorable report cards, choir concerts, dance recitals and mini-milestones at what I thought were fine-dining establishments: Mandarin Yen or Shakey’s Pizza. Even in high school, after football games, we congregated at Davanni’s, Carbonni’s, Perkins or my all-time favorite, Taco Bell. Whatever happy (often made up) non-traditional holiday we celebrated was at a restaurant. Truth be told, my mom was a fine cook, we just enjoyed the hassle free, family or friend focused meal. My mother also cooked healthy dinners, so dining out included gorging on cheesy pizzas, fried rice dishes and creamy pastas. I know better now that eating out doesn’t mean I have to let go of all inhibitions and start “my diet tomorrow.” While it’s tempting to overdo it, I’ve learned a few tips to keep my diet clean while enjoying a night out for travel, on business or just for fun.

Starting a Non-Toxic Beauty Regimen, #BeautyCommunityUnite, Pretty Wellness TV, Episode 9

I can’t seem to remember my first makeup purchase. However, I have many vivid memories of embracing beauty trends ever since I was in elementary school. Many days were spent scouring the drug store for the right iridescent pink Wet & Wild lipstick. All the shops also sold Almay plum eyeliner, navy blue mascara and multi-colored Lee press-on nails, so my caboodle was filled with vibrant colored make-up. Though I spent a considerable amount of time getting dolled up with my girly friends, we only have a few Kodak Disk photos to show for it.

Today, us make-up lovers have many ways to share our experiences. Since changing my diet toward organic and non-toxic foods, I’ve also revamped my beauty routine. It took some researching and experimenting with various brands, but now, I’ve figured out how to easily shop clean for my skin-care regimen. I share with you how I started on this journey. Episode nine on Pretty Wellness TV showcases how to take small steps toward eliminating toxins in your beauty routine.