Sometimes when I’m bored, I like to look at the keywords that people google to find this website. And sometimes, I notice that people have found their way here, but have searched for something that I haven’t answered in a blog post. That’s why I decided to take some of the most common search queries and answer them in this post. So I present to you some of the most interesting, tricky and downright odd things that people want to know.
Let me present you with my very first tutorial video: how to make your own lip balm. The recipe is incredibly simple and very customisable. This recipe is inspired by these lip chap recipes that I wrote about on Urban Earthworm (but even more simplified).
Here’s a few other points to keep in mind:
- You can buy beeswax online, or if you can get in touch with a local beekeeper, that’s even better! Look for beekepers in farmers markets or try looking them up online and contact them directly. If you go through a personal beekeper, the beeswax will probably be cheaper than online – some even hand it out for free! At the same time you support a local entrepreneur, and you can be sure where your wax comes from.
- If you are vegan, or don’t want to use beeswax for other reasons, you can substitute the beeswax with a vegetable wax, such as carnauba, candelilla, jojoba or soy wax.
- This lip balm recipe is good for one small jar of lip balm but you can easily double the amount to make more at the same time!
- Pick any essential oils that you like, some suggestions are: peppermint, rose, lime or other citrus fruit, lavender.
Hope you like the video! And let me know if you have suggestions for other YouTube tutorials
Funny how these things happen. In the beginning of July, not more than a few days after I had moved to St Petersburg, I got an email from a reader asking me if I knew anything about this skin care brand called Recipes Grandma Agafia (Рецепты бабушки Агафьи). This skin care product line is a russian brand, which isn’t very well known outside of Russia. However, you can buy it cheaply from Amazon.
Naturally, I got very curious and set out to see if I could find this product in St Petersburg. And I did find it at the first place I looked, the big shopping center called Gostiny Dvor. And I was surprised by the cheap prices! I knew it was a relatively cheap brand – at amazon, the products prices averaged at $5. Here, it was much cheaper; a product could be around $2 (and this is still quite the touristy, fancy shopping center). And it’s organic! So I simply bought a bunch of products, to check them out when I got home.
I haven’t contacted this brand to ask about their philosophy, like I’ve done with the other products in the company checkup post series, but I still wanted to give a review of the products I bought and let you know what I think of Grandma Agafia’s recipes.
Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve spent the past few months in St Petersburg in Russia. This is also part of the reason to why I have been so quiet lately (the other reason is that I’ve been focusing on getting my graphic design business up and running full time). I didn’t have more to do than normally while I was away, but this blog and everything around it just felt like a whole different world. My daily life was so different from my life back home and I had to change many of my good habits for the worse. Things like eating vegetarian food, recycling and making my own skin care products were so much more difficult, often downright impossible, that after a few weeks I just stopped caring. And I even started enjoying it. It felt kind of … rebellious. ”Look at me, throwing this PET bottle into the trash can! I’m not recycling and I DON’T CARE! YEAH!”
A few weeks back, I wrote about what to do with leftover beer. This time, there’s another alcoholic drink that you could put on your face instead of in your mouth. Although, I would recommend doing both, preferably at the same time.
This face mask combines red wine and chocolate, two of the best ingredients in the whole wide world. And they are not just good for eating – using these red wine and cacao powder in skin care will give you clear, young looking skin. Red wine contains an antioxidant called reservatol, which is proven to have anti-aging and acne fighting properties. Cocoa powder also contains heaps of antioxidants and will work great for anti-aging and help fight acne, eczema and other skin disorders.
Red Wine Chocolate Face Mask
For any skin type, especially mature skin or acne prone skin. If you have very sensitive skin, use with caution.
1 tbs red wine
1 tbs cacao powder
about 1 tbs sour cream (or yogurt, or other thick dairy product)
Combine all the ingredients. How much sour cream you use depends on how thick the cream is. Start with a bit less and add until the consistency is to your liking.
Since the beginning of July, I have been living in St Petersburg, Russia. After the move, I have been forced to make some change in my sustainable and natural living. Not only did I not have the possibility to bring any of my essential oils and other raw material, things like organic food and recycling seem to be completely unknown in this country. Nonetheless, I have tried to take the most out of the situation, and try to look at what I can do in Russia instead of what I can’t do. And there’s a few things that they do better than many, maybe even any, other country. Such as honey. And vodka. I’ll hopefully get back to those later, but for now I wanted to share a quick tip with another type of food that the russians love: beetroot.
Next up in the company checkup post series is Yves Rocher, a company that has been on the green beauty market for a long time. Personally, I’ve always associated Yves Rocher with coupons – all those coupon magazines that were sent to our house without anybody really being interested, always contained a full page of Yves Rocher coupons. Before now, I’d never really tried any of their products, but now I got the chance. Let’s take a close look at Yves Rocher – their brand, their claims and their products. read more…
Okay, so imagine a scenario where you find yourself with an extra can of beer. I know, I know, it doesn’t necessarily happen all that often, at least not in our household. But for the sake of argument, let’s just say you do. What to do with said can of beer? Well I have the perfect solution for you – put it in your hair! It’s true – a beer hair rinse will actually give you very shiny, smooth hair and even gives your hair nice volume and body. A beer hair rinse will also enhance natural curls and give life to dull hair. After reading this post, I bet you’ll go out to buy a batch of special hair-rinse beer.
A while back, I came across this interesting article about toothpaste. The blog post claims that toothpaste is unnecessary and will quite possibly do more harm than good. In fact, the author uses soap to wash her teeth! Sounds pretty nasty, don’t you think?
I am still very confused about using or not using fluoride. On the one hand, I do believe that fluoride helps prevent caries and cavities, but that’s not really the issue. The question is, are the negative effects of fluoride bad enough to skip it. And would it be enough to use a bit less fluoride, and if so, how much fluoride should you use? Many countries add fluoride to the water, so it’s more or less impossible to completely avoid fluoride. read more…
In the beginning of May, the people of Sweden were in panic. A few nights of frost meant that the strawberries might not be ready for midsummer. And a Midsummer without Swedish strawberries is not a proper Midsummer!
Luckily, there was no cause for alarm. The strawberries are ready and we can go out and celebrate a proper Swedish Midsummer.
But strawberries are not just a tasty reminder of summer, they are in fact very nutritious and good for you! And things that are good for you to eat, are probably also good to put on your face. I will now share a few easy beauty recipes with strawberries. Just put a few of the more squishy strawberries to the side and use them on your face instead of eating them!
When buying strawberries, make sure you get local, preferrably organic, strawberries. Strawberries are actually one of the fruits that are the most toxic when bought non-organic.