August 13th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Soaps to Live by is giving away, to one lucky winner with a United States address, three of their handmade soaps of the winner's choice. Yesterday I reviewed the Bliss oatmeal cloves soap, the Dream peppermint rosemary organic soap, and the Shine citrus lavender soap, but perhaps you're more into patchouli orange--then Hope is YOUR soap! Prefer thyme lemongrass? You'll want to ask for Live.
Whatever your preferences, get your wish list ready, and then read on to see how you can enter to win your own three soaps from Soaps to Live by
August 12th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Soaps to Live by soaps are made by real people, using real ingredients, in small batches, with eco-friendly practices. Read on to see how I liked them, and how Soaps to Live by is going to give even more soap away to one of you!
July 29th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
There's nothing like hopping out of the pool and into a comfy, soft, bounteous towel.
But big beach towels are hard for little kids to manage, and that bleached, dyed terrycloth can be scratchy and harsh on damp, delicate skin.
It's an organic terrycloth hooded towel to the rescue!
June 24th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
This travel toothbrush holder isn't the kind of fancy holder with a pocket for your toothpaste and another pocket for your floss. It's not monogrammed, it's not sewn from cute fabric, and it doesn't match anything.
What it is, however, is functional and quick to make. It's the kind of travel toothbrush holder that you sew the day before your trip when you need a break from packing, the kind of travel toothbrush holder that you'll actually use because you can just throw it in your bag, the kind of travel toothbrush holder that, if you accidentally forget it in your hotel room, won't break your heart because you'll know you can sew another one in about ten minutes.
Here's how to make THAT kind of travel toothbrush holder
June 11th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Yes, you can buy bubble solution anywhere. Yes, it's super cheap.
No, you don't really know what's in it
February 18th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Like everything else handmade, handmade makeup is the way to go when you want something just a little different from what everybody else has
February 4th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Need some sparkle? DIY body glitter takes just seconds to make, is perfectly customizable, and works even better than expensive, store-bought body glitter with freaky ingredients.
And, by using the secret ingredient that you probably already have in your cupboard as the base agent, your body glitter not only won't be freaky, but will actually be healthy for your skin
December 31st, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Solid lotion contains all the ingredients that are really good for you, like coconut oil and shea butter, but none of the artificial ingredients that make it squeezable through a plastic bottle. A solid lotion bar just sits on your dresser looking pretty until you need it, and then melts with your body heat into your skin right where you want it.
Store-bought solid lotion bars can be REALLY expensive, but DIY solid lotion is an easy homemade project--all you have to do is melt, stir, and pour!
December 22nd, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
Is holiday stress getting you down? Indulge in a little self care and whip up some soothing bath salts to relax your muscles and help quiet your mind.
September 15th, 2012 | by Feelgood Style
Who says you need to buy expensive beauty products at the big box store? From deodorant and perfume to facial masks and scrubs, you can whip up these DIY beauty recipes using materials that you probably already have at home
September 12th, 2012 | by Feelgood Style
You don't need harmful chemicals to smell great. Instead of relying on the perfume counter, grab your favorite all natural essential oils and make your very own perfume from scratch! Here's how
June 26th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
A bar of soap is easy to carve even with simple, blunt, household tools, which makes it an extremely satisfying activity for a kid, who probably doesn't get a lot of chances to carve something these days. If you make or buy organic, natural-ingredients soap, soap carving is also a wholesome activity, and it won't add anything to the waste stream
June 4th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
For headache or stress relief, or just a nice, long nap, an eye pillow weighted with natural buckwheat and sewn from soft fabric is just the thing you need to help you really relax. You can fill your eye pillow with your favorite herbs, sew it from silk or organic cotton, store it in the freezer to keep it soothingly chilly, and make a few extras to give as gifts later on
May 26th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
Former CAGW writer Karen Lee and green beauty pro Mary Kearns have teamed up on a brand new endeavor: Herban Crafts. The duo is creating eco-friendly craft kits for folks who want to make their own beauty supplies but don't know where to get started. Herban Crafts was kind enough to send me a kit to try out, so earlier this week I tried my hand at making my own lip balm
May 22nd, 2012 | by Julie Finn
There are a ton of crafty uses for mint, ways to add it into your bath and beauty routine, and medicinal aspects to it, so much that once the cupboard and freezer are full, you still have plenty to do with all that hardy mint growing in your garden all summer
May 19th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
Ever wanted to make your own beauty supplies but wasn't sure how to start? A couple of my favorite crafters are launching a line of DIY beauty craft kits, but they need your help to get started!
March 12th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Read on for several recipes for liquid soaps that you can make yourself--some are very frugal, some are very fancy, and some will clean your dishes or your laundry as well as your hands
March 6th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Even though there are a lot of great manufacturers of reusable menstrual supplies out there, if you're feeling crafty, there's no reason why you couldn't make nearly everything that you need all by yourself. When you DIY, you can make your stuff extra comfy, extra cute, of just the right absorbency, and even completely from stash, if you're super-resourceful
February 29th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
We have been all about the beeswax this week! Julie shared a recipe for natural beeswax furniture polish on Monday and then a whole roundup of beeswax crafts yesterday. I've got to say that as a vegan crafter, I want to get in on all this eco-friendly waxy action! But since beeswax comes from bees, that makes it off limits for vegan crafting purposes. So! I did a bit of digging and turned up a great vegan beeswax alternative!
February 28th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Because I'm always looking for a way to reduce the toxic chemicals that we keep in our home, I also like to make my own cleaning and bath supplies, and beeswax has proved itself to be just as versatile, and just as useful, in recipes that keep our house and bodies clean and happy as it is in all the other ways that we use it. Here are some of the best beeswax recipes for bath, body, and cleaning supplies that you can make yourself
February 15th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe
It can be tricky to scale your production up and keep that packaging green. Minimal packaging is always best, but when it comes to beauty products there are some things that just need a package. You can't exactly spoon a glob of lip gloss into your customer's hand, right
July 11th, 2011 | by Julie Finn
You'll feel better soon with these five projects that craft some homemade comfort into all your ouches and illnesses