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why i’m a dr. bronner’s fan for life

My dude Dr. Bronner is a legend.

Emanuel Bronner, a third-generation soap maker from a German-Jewish soap-making family, founded the company in 1948. His message, which wasn’t only about an all-natural, top-notch soap, was to emphasize unity across religious and ethnic divides. “We are All-One or None!” became the company’s mantra.

Dr. Bronner’s soap is fairly traded, vegan, not tested on animals, biodegradable, and although the bottles are plastic, they’re made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. And the bottle is completely recyclable once you finish it.

Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap continues to be used by people across the world for it’s gentle quality, noteworthy affect and versatility. My dude boasts 18 uses on each bottle — and that’s no joke.

Although I don’t use the soap for all of those 18 ways, I use it for a whole lot.

Castile soap is super concentrated, so a little goes a really long way. There are loads of measurements out there that give you the exact amount you need to make shampoo, detergent and dish soap.

Castile soap is made with coconut, olive and hemp oils. It originated from Castile, Spain (hence the name) and is known to be super gentle and plant-based. You can use it on your cat, your kids, your plants and your booty.

And I’ll tell you what, I’ve got super sensitive skin and I love using it in my face wash mixed with some other essential and carrier oils.

Here are a few things you can use it for….

CASTILE SOAP USES

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FACE WASH
BODY WASH
SHAMPOO
HAND SOAP
DETERGENT
DISH SOAP
DISH DETERGENT
HOUSEHOLD CLEANER
DOG CLEANER
ANTI-BUG SPRAY FOR PLANTS
DE-GREASE CLEANER
TOOTHPASTE
DEODORANT
FLOOR CLEANER
BABY SOAP

And so many other things! You can use this for just about anything that you’d use to clean with.

Personally, I use in my face wash, body wash, shaving soap, multi-purpose cleaner and hand soap. I’m interested in trying the soap out as a detergent though!

Unfortunately, I haven’t found a Castile soap concoction I like to use as a dish soap yet…. Mike and I don’t have a dishwasher so we wash everything by hand and I’m pretty particular about the consistency of the soap. But once I find a concoction I like, I’ll be sure to share that!

For hand soap, face wash, shaving soap, etc. I use the following for a 12-16 ounce foaming container:

–2 TBSP CASTILE SOAP
(I use the baby unscented one, but all the scents are great!)
–1.5 TBSP CARRIER OIL
(I like avocado or almond oil)
–10-20 DROPS OF ESSENTIAL OILS
(Rosemary, lavender and frankincense are great for the skin, but so are oils like geranium, lemon and lots of others! Thieves is great for killing germs!)

–FILL WITH WATER
(TIP: Fill the container with water first, then add in the soap and oils)

If you’re on a waste-free journey and you’re looking to make some of your own products — I’d recommend buying Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap. Start off by buying a foaming soap dispenser (check Amazon or Target or a second-hand store!) and making your own face soap and/or hand soap!

Oh, and Dr. Bronner’s is available just about anywhere from your local health food store to Walmart, Target and grocery stores.

There are LOADS of DIY recipes to try on Pinterest. But if you’re looking for specific recipe ideas, please let me know! I’d love to suggest some oils for ya 🙂

dryer balls trump dryer sheets

I’ve never been a big dryer sheet person. Tha’s probably because my mom doesn’t use them. She, along with my sister, dad and me, have suuuper sensitive skin. My dad can only use one kind of detergent — it’s nuts.

I remember how noticeably fresher my clothes smelled anytime I borrowed some from my roommate in college.

But only recently did I find out that, that “fresher” smell wasn’t necessarily cleaner or actually fresher. It was just riddled with miscellaneous fragrances.

You might think “fragrance” is synonymous with essential oil or plant-based or natural, or any of the other trendy words people use nowadays when marketing.

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But actually the term “fragrance” is a bit ambiguous. It’s an umbrella term that’s used to describe chemicals that are found in your products. Sadly, a lot of those chemicals have been linked to hormone issues and even cancer. And “fragrances” can be found in tons of products we use everyday, from cosmetics and cleaning products to pads and tampons.

I’m not a purist. I don’t think everyone HAS to use organic or that you should be terrified to ever touch something that has government-induced chemicals in it. Good luck getting through life that way, fam!

But I do think it’s better to be safe and opt for sustainable/environmentally positive products as much as possible. There are plenty of studies that show phthalates and parabens aren’t good for us… so I’m gonna steer clear from those bad boys as much as I can.

There’s a whole lot of research that’s been done on this topic, but here‘s one source that’s helpful from Huffington Post. And here’s another one from the Environmental Working Group. In the EWG post, it talks about how styrene (styrofoam) has been found in some of the products that contain “fragrance.” Interesting!

Anyways! Back to dryer sheets….

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I recently bought some wool dryer balls from Package Free Shop. They’re 100% compostable and will last for years! Hooray for zero waste/sustainable stuff!

All you’ve gotta do is put a few drops of essential oil on your dryer balls and throw them in the dryer with your clothes.

I really like to use eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, tea tree and citrus. Sometimes I mix a few essential oils together and other times I just use eucalyptus or lavender the whole time.

If you’re interested in finding out where I buy my essential oils, check out my essential oil page here. I choose Young Living essential oils for lots of reasons. 🙂

Do you use dryer sheets or dryer balls? What essential oils do you like to use on your dryer balls?

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say goodbye to ChapStick brand chapstick

My husband is a huge chapstick person. I mean HUGE.

He always has a tube on him and he puts it on throughout the day.

But chapstick tubes are a bit tough to recycle. Depending on what plastics your local recycling company takes, chapstick tubes might not be recyclable in your area.

So I thought I’d try making my own chapstick! I bought compostable paper tubes and aluminum reusable tins.

I decided to make two different versions — one with beeswax and the other with Candelilla wax (a vegan wax substitute).

The process was super easy and it only took a few minutes to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

BEESWAX OR CANDELILLA WAX
SHEA BUTTER
COCONUT OIL
ESSENTIAL OILS
ALUMINUM CONTAINERS OR COMPOSTABLE TUBES
PIPETTE OR EYE DROPPER

Personally, I like the application of a compostable tube better when I’m applying chapstick, but it can get a bit messy transferring the liquid into the tube containers. Plus, oily wax dripping on the sides of a paper tube doesn’t look that great 😉 aluminum containers are much easier to use for this recipe and they are easy to clean off if you make a mess (like I did!).

Here’s the process for making the chapstick/lip balm.

1. Use a double boiler (or put a glass bowl over a sauce pan with boiling water) on low heat and mix:

3 TABLESPOONS OF WAX
2 TABLESPOONS OF SHEA BUTTER
2 TABLESPOONS OF COCONUT OIL

2. Once liquified, take it off the burner and let cool for just a moment (don’t let it wait too long or it will harden!).

3. Mix in 15-20 drops of essential oil (most people use peppermint, but I used a vanilla mint blend from Young Living called Stress Away and it’s EXCELLENT!).

4. Use an eye dropper to transfer the liquid into the tubes or containers. I already had my containers on a cutting board so it was easy to transfer the board into the fridge.

NOTE: WHEN THE CHAPSTICK IS HARDENING, IT WILL NOT BE AS FULL. LEAVE SOME EXTRA LIQUID TO TOP OFF THE CHAPSTICK WHEN YOU NOTICE IT’S NOT AS FULL.

5. Put the chapsticks in the fridge over night (or a minimum of 5-6 hours).

These measurements should make around 6 chapstick tubes worth. If you don’t want to purchase new chapstick tubes off Amazon, repurpose ones you already have!

Some recipes call for honey and others call for oils like vitamin e oil. Try out some concoctions and let me know how it goes! My next recipe might include beet root power for a little pop of color. But we’ll see! 🤞🏻😊