Most shampoos on the market today are synthetic detergents. Most shampoos will clean, but they can also strip your hair and scalp. These detergents can be very drying. Some products on the market use synthetic lathering ingredients, petroleum, animal fats, sulfates, silicone, parabens, artificial scents, fragrance and artificial colors. Some detergents can be very mild others not so much. Have you ever noticed you absolutely need conditioner after using some of these shampoos? Haircare does not have to be so complicated or does it?
I made the switch to soap based naturally based shampoo in 2015. I was about 5 months pregnant and it was the start to our 100-degree summer we have here in Arizona. Natural shampoo is the last nontoxic product switch I made in my house.
I started off using Rosemary Gladstar‘s recipe in her book Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. I love this book she has other fantastic recipes for hair care and recipes for the whole family. Rosemary's shampoo recipe consists of herbal tea, castile soap, essential oils and jojoba oil. This shampoo recipe does need to be refrigerated.
The switch to a natural soap shampoo was not what I was expecting. I had read about a transition time where your scalp adjusts to new products. I want to say it was about 2-3 weeks of very oily hair, not stinky, not dirty just oily for about 2-3 weeks. I never had oily hair before, I always run on dry side. I was ready to give up maybe a week in. I was determined to get thru this, I used homemade dry shampoo of 2T arrowroot powder/ 2T cocoa powder applied with a makeup brush to my roots to help absorb the oils between washes. After this transition my hair is less oily between washes, I do not need to wash it as often, bouncy and just healthy. I did not need conditioner just the occasional oil at the ends. After the initial transition I started to think about what was in my commercial shampoos? What was this transition about? Did my scalp need to detox? I truly believe the products I was using before on my hair and scalp were over compensating removing too much and not leaving any of the good stuff! I really can not say, I just know that I was hooked on using the natural approach to haircare.
I used Rosemary Gladstar's recipe for several years. I did find that making it was sometimes a struggle when I have so much more to do. In 2018 I started making solid shampoos bars. Making solid shampoo is more advanced soap making if you are interested please do let me know and I will point you in the right direction. Switching to a solid does have its own challenges if you are not use to it! I recommend lathering in your hands or directly on your head. Concentrate on cleaning your scalp not your hair. You want to dry your bar between uses or it will stick to your counter. Best part of the solid bar is you get what you need you are not washing it all down the drain. No plastic waste and it really does last a lot longer. A friend of mine with long hair stated that one bar of shampoo #1 lasted 72 washes. Shampoo #1, #2 and #3 are soap based and can be found here.
There is a great debate about solid hair products out there. One being that the ph. of soap-based shampoo is too high and could possibly be damaging. I do on occasion have issues with soap build up. Soap build up could be because of our hard water in Tucson or it could just be its hard to rinse all this hair I have without a nice removable shower head! I do not color my hair, nor use heat and I wash every 2-3 days. I like to use an apple cider vinegar rinse to help with soap build up. I want to believe that synthetic detergents and all these chemical additives are not needed. Really these detergents have not been around as long as soap has in human history. In truth I can only go off my own personal experiences and I can tell you that I love solid soap-based shampoos.
Everyone has their own personal experiences and preferences. My daughter enjoys liquid, we make Rosemary Gladstar's recipe for her hair. I would love to hear about your thoughts and experiences with natural hair care and solid shampoos, please comment below!
If you do color your hair and would like to know more about more naturally derived detergent-based shampoo bars #4 and #5 check back later! Thank you :)
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Do you ever wish you could bring your essential oil diffuser with you? We live such hectic lives and put so much pressure on ourselves — what we need is a way to calm ourselves down, no matter where we are.
There’s a lot of options out there for diffusers, in fact it seems like everywhere you turn there’s another new place to put your diffuser. USBs, car ports — the other day I even saw one to attach to your shower head.
For me, there’s one diffuser that combines ease and quality in a way that keeps me coming back. Aromatherapy jewelry always allows you to bring the relaxing and soothing scents with you. There’s no remembering to bring a cord or a big honking diffusing machine — all you need is a bracelet and some drops to apply on it. 👍
My aromatherapy bracelets are not only gorgeous — they also come in multiple colors and the 2 mL bottles don’t let a lot of essential oil come out at once. I can just apply one drop when my bracelet is on and I am set. I usually wear one calming scent on the left arm and another pleasant scent on the right.
Do you enjoy naps, meditation and massage appointments?
If the answer is yes? Let’s pillow talk!
Did you know eye pillows are so versatile? My family is obsessed and absolute in love with these pillows!
Let me count the ways.........
2. Massage 💆🏻 appointments
3. Yoga 🧘♀️
5. Sleep 🛏
7. Tired eyes 👀 and bags
8. Headaches 🤕
9. Stuffy sinuses
10. Airplane ✈️ flights
I bet I am missing a few!? 🤗🥰
These pillows are not too stuffed about 2/3 full so they can conform to your face and when your laying down or on your side they don’t drop off as easily. 100% cotton fabric, flaxseed and dried herbs.
Warm, cold or room temperature aromatherapy with actual plants!
Gentle aromatherapy and blocking out light perfect for mediation or massage 💆🏻 appointments.
I personally love my eye pillow for daytime naps! The eye pillow blocks out all the light 💡and helps me unwind. Just enough gentle pressure and relaxing scents I use whenever I sleep.
If your eye pillows scent is fading a bit you can gently roll the pillow and crush the herbs.
Keep your pillow dry and clean. Replace your eye pillow every 4-6 months.
1. Use at room temperature.
2. Microwave- place pillow in clean towel and microwave 15 seconds. If it's not warm just yet do another 5-10 seconds. Not too hot!
3. Chill in fridge or freezer
FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. We make no medical claims and our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or heal medical conditions. Women who are pregnant or nursing or persons with medical conditions should consult their physician before using any herbal products.
Have you seen lava essential oil diffuser jewelry, but have yet to try it?
I want to tell you how excited I was when I realized you can scent your jewelry! Your love of essential oils and gemstones can unite? Yes, they sure can!
Aromatherapy jewelry combines simplicity and quality in a way that will keep you coming back.
Q. How do I use the diffuser jewelry?
A. Lava stones are wonderful little natural diffuser for on the go! The lava rocks are naturally porous and absorb your essential oils.
Add 1 drops of essential oil to a lava stone. Allow the stone to dry/absorb a moment. If you like you can evenly distribute with a cotton swab. When the scent fades, reapply.
You are going to want to put your oil on the side of the beads that will not directly be exposed to your skin. The little 2ml bottles don’t let a lot of essential oil come out at once. You can apply a small amount to just one bead.
Q. How long will the scents last?
A. This will depend on how fast they evaporate.
Citrus will evaporate within a few hours. Frankincense will last several days.
You can keep your jewelry in a glass jar or plastic container when you are not wearing your jewelry. If you prevent the oils from evaporating when not in use, the essential oil scent will stay on your stones for a few days.
A little caution and research is sensible when using your essential oils. Essential oils are derived from medicinal plants, florals and are highly concentrated materials. Various plants are endangered. Some essential oils require pounds of plant substance just to produce a few drops. I always advice to use your essential oils with respect, honor and pleasure. 😊 Aromatherapy jewelry always allows me to bring the relaxing and soothing scents wherever I go.
Would you wash your mouth out with that soap? Do you believe in feeding your skin? Do you believe in soothing your skin?
Commercial skincare products can have a host of nasty ingredients. Ingredients to prolong the shelf life, provide a lingering scent and just the right color. Unfortunately, the ingredients used in many skincare products have had questionable results in medical studies. I am not a trained medical professional but as a mother I want to know exactly what is in the products used in my home.
Most "soaps" on the market today are synthetic detergents. Look at the ingredients closely. Market bars will clean, but they can also strip your skin. These detergents and commercial soaps sometimes use synthetic lathering ingredients, petroleum, sulfates, parabens, animal fats, artificial scents, fragrance, artificial colors and lab made micas.
When shopping I use my favorite website to look into ingredient information and even the food on market shelves is Environment Working Group https://www.ewg.org/.
The EU has banned so many ingredients but, in the USA, not so much.
If your avoiding animal fats lookout for the word’s sodium tallowate and sodium lardate in your product labels. There is no way to tell what kind of antibiotics or medicines these animals received while living their lives. As well as how the fat was processed once the animals have passed. I just stay clear!
I started making skincare products and soap because I really wanted to know exactly what I was using on my body. "If I cannot eat it, I don’t want it in my skincare routine." I started off making deodorant and transitioned to body scrub, soap and I am still exploring new products. Of course, I am not going to eat these products but at least I know that what is going on my body. It is amazing all the natural and edible ingredients you can incorporate into your skincare. Skin is the largest organ in the body its quite protective, but your skin can and does absorb particles. So, treat it right!
Find a soap that lets you answer all those ingredient questions with a resounding "YES"
Do you find your silver designs are not a shinny as they once were? This isn't too uncommon many factors can contribute to tarnishing your sterling silver.
I once made a DIY beautiful display of my jewelry right in my restroom near the sink. It was wonderful for getting ready in the morning and I could see all my favorites right there! After months of this I soon began to see the how my silver was turning from bright, to dull and then just nasty. The moisture in the restroom had tarnished all my sterling silver jewelry. Cleaning my silver pieces was a must!
How do I care for my sterling silver?
Keep your sterling silver away from moisture, don't swim with your jewelry. Sterling silver can tarnish easily if it is not rhodium plated. I recommend keeping products in closed container between uses. The ‘silica do not eat packs’ can help keep moisture at bay in your jewelry box.
Sterling designs should be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent tarnishing. Cleaning and polishing your sterling jewelry can be tricky. Please be aware that some gemstones such as turquoise and opals are very delicate you don’t want to use anything harsh on them. To clean your jewelry, soak the pieces in a mild soap and warm water. Take a soft brush, like a toothbrush, brush clean and thoroughly dry with a soft cloth.
You can always send in your jewelry in for cleaning, ask about pricing.
I used a product that was too harsh on this pair of earrings now the pearls are damaged. Pieces containing pearls require special care. I recommend that hand creams, hair sprays, and perfumes do not come in contact with your pearls.
This kit online is quite delicate and effective
If the answer is yes...I would be happy to help! As a former employee of Laura Gibson Designs I just maybe able to help you with your repair or lost item.
You can contact below or send an email.
I worked at Laura Gibson Designs from 2004-2016. Laura was very inspiring and introduced me to the wonderful world of gemstones. Laura was an amazing mentor. I learned so much from her and the staff too. I started off in production and soon moved thru the company to everything from production assistant, inventory, design manager, sales and operations manager. We then closed shop in 2016. It was a wonderful experience and my first real job in a field I absolutely loved! I do miss Laura and I am still reminded of her often.
Repairing these items brings back memories from when they were first designed! What better way to keep someone’s memory alive then to wear her pieces again and share their vision long after they have passed.
Have you ever received a new essential oil and were super excited about it? Then once you get it open and take a whiff and whoa! Not sure if you like it? I recently received a new oregano essential oil. Nothing wrong with it :) just new to me. I was super excited about my oregano oil, I generously applied to my bracelets. This was a bad idea! I had a headache within minutes as the scent was too strong!
In all reality all you need is a drop. Dilution is key with some essential oils even with diffusing. Essential oils are very potent and must be investigated before you go wild! Handle essential oils with care. These are highly concentrated plant substances and have naturally occurring chemicals that can be dangerous. Some oils are not safe for your pets, children and individuals with medical issues.
If you ever use too much essential oil on your bracelet, leave it out in a well-ventilated area. Maybe outside or in the garage out of smelling range. I personally stuffed these bracelets in the cup holder of my car, put a bunch of tissues over them and left them there for a few days! Haha, in any case let the essential oils evaporate out of site .
If you can’t wait that long, you can wash your bracelet too. Use a mild soap and warm water, dry with a towel and air dry. If you spill undiluted essential oil on your skin use a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, any cooking oil to wipe it away as quickly as possible.
Normally, I don’t go crazy with essential oils. I would rather have the scent last several days. Your top note essential oils such as orange, lemon and lime will evaporate quickly possibly within a few hours. Base notes such as cedar wood and frankincense will last several days. If you would like to prevent the essential oils on your lava jewelry from evaporating, you can use a glass jar, plastic bag or plastic container to store your diffuser jewelry when you're not wearing them. The plastic container is great for on the go. I throw it in my purse and put my jewelry on once I arrive. I also have a few pairs of earrings and small bottles of essential oils in there too.
This one is great for when your on the move! Just throw it in your purse and get ready on the way.
Helping you relax, getting back to nature and natural living.