Homemade Skin Care Cleanser

There are a few reasons that I am a convert to making my own skin care cleansers and products:

  • I know what every ingredient is and can pronounce it.  (not that there is anything wrong with a chemical too complicated for me to pronounce, I’m just kind of controlling)
  • No animal testing was done. (Well…I might have slathered a few of my homemade recipes over the dogs but nothing on chicken, I swear!…oh actually…)
  • There’s no GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
  • The packaging is reusable
  • They are inexpensive

Along with all the accurate information on skin care out there in magazines and the internet there are also a lot of myths.  Wading through the information is a formidable task.   When looking for a good skin cleanser I look at the big picture- how can I clean my pores from smoke, dust, toxins, sunscreen and the occasional dab of make up I may stick on my face.   But wait!  I also don’t want to over clean and create a war on my skin.

Here’s the guide I use:

“Ideally, an effective facial cleanse washes the daily amount of dirt, oxidized sebum, and dead skin cells off your face while leaving behind enough of the skin’s own oil (sebum) to naturally moisturize your skin.  If a cleanser, used alone or in a double-cleansing ritual, leaves your skin feeling dry, it is removing too much of this natural moisturizer.  If it leaves your skin feeling greasy and sticky, either it isn’removing enough oil or it contains heavy emollient and film-forming ingredients that clog pores.”

The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel

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LOST: Bees

The bees seemingly active

We love being beekeepers.  We buy special smaller (more natural) sized bees and don’t treat them with any chemicals.  We only feed them honey and Mike makes them special homes that allow them to live closer to how they would in the wild.  We started with two colonies two years ago and added three more last spring for a total of 5 beehives.

After last winter’s unusually cold temperatures (25 below) and the drought that followed in the spring and summer we decided to take them down to my parents house this winter to give them a little R & R.  My parents live a quarter mile from the Rio Grande river in the middle of an area full of small farms filled with alfalfa and flowers.  One night late last fall we waited until after dark so that we were sure everyone was home and sealed the hives.  We packed them in the truck and drove them down to their winter home.  All seemed well.  We set them up and filled their feeders with honey to help them get through the winter. » » »

DIY Honey Lip Balm

Today I’m talking lips.  Out here in the desert it’s dry (I know, big surprise).  The lips seem to be the first thing to go when you come here from humid parts of the country.   The skin on your lips can get destroyed quickly.  A few hours out in the wind can leave them dry and chapped for days. I’ve learned that being a little proactive has helped prevent my lips from going from luscious to cracked and peeling!

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Molly, The Tattooed Lady

Warning: There are pictures of Molly’s belly and a little bit of her ass-cheek.  If you feel funny, weird or uncomfortable about seeing that sort of thing we suggest you skip this post!

One day about 20 years ago I decided to get a tattoo.  I’ve always wanted to get a giant sunflower done on my armpit.  The center of the flower would be the actual armpit with the stalk going all the way down my side.  I couldn’t see going through that much discomfort for this glorious design so it just sat in my head for years…and years.

Last March I decided that 2011 was the year for the tattoo.  I ended up deciding on a departure from the sunflower in the armpit theme (I opted for a bunch of flowers winding up my side instead) and went to Dawn, the greatest tattoo artist EVER.  There was only one problem…she was booked all through 2011.  What did I care? I had already waited over 20 years.  What was 9 more months?  2012 is the year of the tattoo! » » »

The Benefits of a Beehive

A few weeks ago we gave you the low-down on why we started beekeeping.  We knew nothing about beekeeping when we decided to become beekeepers.  In the months before our first hives arrived we found ourselves pouring over every book on the subject we could find.  We also attended a day long workshop for beginning beekeepers.  One of the big surprises about keeping bees was the amazing assortment of things we could harvest from the beehive besides honey.  We’ve done a brief overview; if you’d like to go more in depth, click on the heading of each title.

Honey

Benefits of the Beehive

Honey from our first year

 The taste of honey will differ depending on the time of year and what type of nectar the bees are bringing in. It’s a simple sugar (glucose and frutose) that contains enzymes and antioxidants.

Mike: Did you know honey is actually bee vomit?

Molly: Yeah, thanks for reminding me.  Technically it is but they have a special stomach just for honey making.   I have a spoonful every morning and cleanse my face with honey.  It’s a humectant and has antibacterial qualities. My skin has never been more balanced or healthy since I started using it a year ago.  Before I started using it I was having redness and dry skin.  I was spending more and more money on products that were organic and expensive but none of it helped. » » »

Adventures in Beekeeping

Combed Honey

Two years ago we decided to become beekeepers.

Molly:  I think I came home from work one night after talking to some women who wanted to start keeping bees and said wouldn’t it be fun if…

Mike:  and I ran with it? » » »