5 Recipes For All-Natural, DIY Housecleaners

I’ve preferred more natural products for some time now, but since becoming a mom, I’ve become completely obsessed with making sure all the products we use in our home, from personal hygiene products to cleaning products, are as safe and natural as possible. Recently, my husband and I stumbled across the documentary Chemerical (which you can watch for free here) which is all about the toxicity of conventional housecleaners and how they affect our health. We learned so much and were so inspired by it that we began making our own all-natural household products! Here are some recipes that we’ve used to make our home a safer and cleaner place for the whole family!

All it takes to make an array of household cleaning items is a few simple ingredients!

L A U N D R Y  D E T E R G E N T

What’s great about this laundry detergent recipe is that it cost about as much to make a six months supply as we spend on one week of laundry detergent. It was also a really fun project for us to do as a couple. Here’s the recipe we used:

Grate the bar of soap. In a large pan, pour in two quarts of water and the grated soap. Gradually heat and stir constantly until the soap has totally dissolved. In a five gallon bucket, pour in four and a half gallons of super hot tap water. Pour in borax, washing soda, and soap mixture. Stir thoroughly and let sit overnight. The next day, stir again until smooth.Use one half to one cup per load depending on size. (via Wellness Mama)

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8 Beauty Products To Wear This Halloween

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I’m a sucker for packaging—throw some neutral colors, floral patterns and good type on something and there’s a pretty good chance that I’ll buy it. And when it comes to my favorite holiday, my wallet doesn’t stand a chance against a well-designed product with a flair for the supernatural. Here are a few of my favorite products that would be perfect for October (or any other time, really)… 

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How to Style a Varsity Jacket

The varsity jacket has been hovering around the fashion scene in the past few months, and it looks like it is here to stay for a while. The varsity jacket, also known as the letterman jacket, is a throwback to high school or college where athletes would wear these as a symbol of team pride. The body would mostly be wool while the sleeves would be leather, and the look was always pretty casual.

Nowadays, however, this jacket has received a total makeover. It’s pretty common to see varsity jackets made of different patterns and materials other than bi-color wool and leather–I’ve even been seeing floral prints and faux fur! Even though the jacket might look different than the traditional ‘letterman’ style, it naturally is difficult to incorporate into your wardrobe because of its history. But with the right outfit, you can definitely wear this piece anywhere–even in the workplace.

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11 Items From Your Kitchen You Can Use As Skin Care!

I love skin care products as much as the next woman, but I am also a huge fan of creating DIY beauty products at home. It’s pretty amazing how many simple products from our kitchen can actually make a huge impact on our skin. What’s even better is that these homemade treatments won’t contain any of the damaging preservatives or chemicals that may be found in conventional skin care products. Try using one of these 11 common kitchen items on your skin and see if it makes a difference!

Y O G U R T 

Plain yogurt makes a great moisturizing treatment when applied as a mask. Just slather it on, let sit for 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly. I personally like to blend mine with blueberries or strawberries for an extra antioxidizing kick!


Lemon juice makes a great toner for oily or acne prone skin and it’s high vitamin C content make it wonderfully brightening. Using lemon as a toner is as easy as swiping a fresh slice across your face!

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Bananas are a wonder fruit when it comes to at-home skin care. They can moisturize the skin, reduce oiliness and prevent wrinkles all at the same time! Mash up half a ripe banana, spread all over your face, let sit for 10-15 minutes and rinse.

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Allison’s Cult Favorite Beauty Product Wishlist

When I’m scrolling through my Pinterest feed, I always see the same products with the same ‘miracle!’ and ‘best product ever’ descriptions. Seeing review after review has definitely led me to believe that I may be missing out on a few products—I mean, thousands of reviews can’t be wrong, right? Here are a few products that I’ve seen floating around that I can’t wait to try…

1. Kiehl’s Soy, Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter | 2. Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment | 3. Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment | 4. Mason Pearson Bristle Brush | 5. MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo | 6. Seche Vite Top Coat | 7. Dior Addict Lip Glow | 8. Frederic Fekkai Glossing Styling Creme

1. While I normally just use a bit of coconut oil after I get out of the shower, I am looking for something a little heavier to keep my skin smooth and hydrated before it gets too chilly. Kiehl’s body butter isn’t too thick or sticky, but manages to hydrate and leave skin smooth. An added plus is that it isn’t formulated with parabens, which can be difficult to find with a body cream. Countless reviews have also remarked on how great the product smells—and that’s a wonderful incentive for me to remember to apply it every day!

2. I’ve recently colored my hair, and I’m definitely in need of a great hair treatment that I can use once a week to help repair damage. Living Proof has a wonderful reputation for quality hair products (their hairsprays are top notch), so it’s no surprise that their mask treatment has been so highly regarded. This mask contains PolyfluoroEster, which increases hair’s resistance to breakage up to nine times. I also love that it is sulfate-free, so it won’t dull my color.

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What’s In My Bag: 10 Items I Always Carry in My Purse

1. Instant Nail Polish Remover Wipes: For a nail polish fanatic like myself, remover is a must. I always carry it wherever I go because these wipes are an easy fix for my more weathered manicures.

2. 1.25 Oz Vaseline Jelly Original: I never leave the house without a container of vaseline. I can easily use it as lip therapy, hand protectant, moisturizer, and make up remover. It soothes the skin and does the best job at wiping away the most stubborn of makeup.

3. Polka Dot Compact: Like most girls, I reapply my makeup throughout the day. I’m constantly touching up blemishes and darkening my eyeliner to help me look my best. A compact mirror, which is small enough to fit within the confines of my purse, helps me magnify the spots I need to retouch.

4. Powerocks Super Magicstick 2800mAh Portable Charger : My smartphone is the worst at holding its battery, which is why a portable charger comes in handy. This item restores my phone’s juice while I’m on the go. It makes sure I’m never without a life line.

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Girl Crush: Julia Sarr-Jamois

Julia Sarr-Jamois is the fashion editor at large for i-D Magazine, queen of European street style, and my role model. It wasn’t until SS12 that the fashion industry (and I) took notice of her. That season, she wore a fuzzy blue Net-A-Porter coat and starred in a Tibi campaign, and since then her presence has been duly noted.

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via Meow Telegraph

The fashion industry is dominated by Caucasian individuals, so my love for the industry has wavered time and time again. As a middle-class African American women, I am part of the industry’s under-represented population. However, Julia Sarr-Jamois has made me optimistic again. Her editorial position at i-D makes her a serious player in the fashion game, while her effortless beauty and eccentric style makes her admired. However, the main reason I’m in awe of her is because isn’t afraid to be herself; her amazing hair, which she choses to wear natural, is evidence of that.

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