August 14, 2014

i may have found a skincare routine.

A few months ago, I wrote about trying to find a skincare routine and was just getting into making my own facial scrubs out of ingredients found right in my home. I have been using the scrub that for a little over three months now {using it 3 to 4 times a week, and I also use it as a body scrub twice a week} and have been satisfied with it. I had some stubborn acne scars that have lightened up. Not all, but a couple. 

In the past, I used products that were cruelty free - everything from home cleaning products, make up to skin care - and even meat and dairy produce we ate were bought from local farms. For products, my trusted sign was the Leaping Bunny logo. For me, it was important that the whole product as well as the individual ingredients were all cruelty free {versus, each of the individual ingredients being tested on animals while the finished product wasn't - you can read more about this here}. 

But when I quit my job, we needed to do a little reshuffling of our expenses and unfortunately things like buying cruelty-free took a back seat. We began to buy products from big name brands because grocery stores had cheaper deals and sales. I felt guilty and thought maybe I wasn't trying hard enough to make it work so that we would be able to continue and buy everything cruelty-free.

Then 2 months ago, I started using apple cider vinegar for my hair and scalp {using 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part water}. I was told that using conditioner was actually more damaging and a friend recommended I try this mix as my rinse a few times a week. It was hard at first. I couldn't take the smell {which goes away after your hair dries, but still}. And then I started reading more about making natural products for your skin and for the home. Apparently apple cider vinegar does wonders in more ways than one. That's when I began to use apple cider vinegar and water as my morning and night time toner. I'm still getting used to the smell but it's definitely doable. 

After more research I found the amazing benefits of jojoba oil. That has now become my face and body moisturizer. 

As for my cleanser, I decided to give Trader Joe's Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil a try again. I used it many years ago. It doesn't have the Leaping Bunny logo on it, and it may have to do with licensing and buying the logo (? -- I'm not too sure and I may be treading on a really complicated topic here), but I have decided to include it in my daily skin care routine for now.

Along with my cleanser, toner and moisturizer, I also continue to make and use my lemon scrub. 

So how has it been?

Surprisingly, very good. Sometimes The redness I occasionally get has disappeared and my skin in general looks lighter and feels smoother. And what is more, I haven't found this to break my wallet. I am definitely planning to continue this routine.

This doesn't mean that we have gone 100% cruelty-free in our home, but we're trying to figure things out. 

Have you concocted things using natural ingredients in your own home? Tell me about them! I'm curious to know more. 

ps - cruelty-cuttter. have you seen this app? 

37 comments

  1. Lovely post Jane! I've enjoyed reading about your apple cider adventure.

    I do make a few of my own things. I make my own nail oil using a mix of grapeseed and camellia oil with lemon and frankincense essential oils. I also make my own lip balms too. Thinking about making my own hair oil now...

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    1. Apple cider vinegar has definitely been interesting. It still is! Nail oil sounds great. I never thought to apply to my nails. And lip balms! That would be great. I need hair oil too. I'm definitely using a major brand version right now and would love to transfer over to a more natural remedy. I tried jojoba oil but it made my hair look too greasy.

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  2. Such an interesting post friend! I will have to try some of these as I am into using natural products as much as possible. I use baking soda all over my house from the stove to the shower. And to be honest I don't do much in the way of skin care but I do use the exact cleanser from trader joes! Oh and I do use the natural shaving balm from whole foods for my legs. I would really like to try the oils as you mentioned as I get super dry from our cold winters. Keep us posted on how this all evolves!! Great tips you! Nicole xo

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    1. I definitely use baking soda all over and especially to clean the stove and oven.

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  3. I have used Apple Cider Vinegar for at least a year in my kitchen mainly to rinse fruit. It makes fruit especially berries last longer in the fridge. Bragg was the first brand that my mother in law introduced me then i found another organic brand that is a little cheaper since i buy almost every 2-3 weeks. As far as skin and hair, i tried it but can't stick to a routine. I used olive oil and honey as hair mask every weekend, very messy but works wonder. I cant deal with any oil stuff as a skincare as they seem to just sit on top and won't absorb.

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    1. That sounds like a great mask. I thought it was so odd to apply oil on my skin. To be honest, I did try this a few years ago and I just couldn't do it as a routine. I have definitely changed though and like jojoba oil on my skin. Hopefully in a few months my skin will still think so too. :)

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  4. Hm I keep hearing about apple cider vinegar! I'm looking for ways to make my hair nicer so I'll look into that.

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    1. hope you'll try it! the smell is hard at first, well it was for me, but now i'm (almost) used to it. it does go away after it dries but i did find that the following day when i didn't use ACV i still smelled it on my hair and scalp when it was wet. but again it did go away once it was dry again!

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  5. I'm glad you found a skin care routine that works for you! My friend has told me that she uses coconut oil as a hair mask once a week and her hair looks great! After shampooing, she leaves it on for about 30 minutes, and rinses it out. I might try it this weekend.

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    1. i may definitely try that as well too!

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  6. I heard about apple cider vinegar and I've been wanting to try it someday :DD

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    1. if you try it definitely let me know! i would love to hear about others' experience with apple cider vinegar!

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  7. Ohhh The apple Cider Vinegar is interesting! I also love using natural oils for my skincare. I use Lavender oil as perfume and for the ends of hair. xx Kat


    Love and Ace

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    1. sounds lovely! i just bought dried lavender to make another kind of scrub!

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  8. Thanks for sharing this, Jane. I don't use apple cider vinegar a lot, but my hubby does coz he's really against using a lot of synthetic stuff. I should start using it for my hair too.

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    1. neat! if you start using it let me know or blog about it! would love to hear your take on it!

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  9. I haven't started doing this yet, but I'm now looking at some products and brands more closely. It's much better for you.

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  10. I love how natural you're keeping your beauty products and hope to delve into your ways soon. I've heard great things about ACV rinses especially within the natural hair community and could be what my hair needs to revitalize it, because maybe it's a little sick of conditioner haha. I love that you use jojoba oil. Is it pure? I am starting to use almond oil as those things. Mostly just for the body for now though

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    1. the one i'm using is 100% pure but i think i may get the organic version next!

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  11. Interesting uses for vinegar! Good to know that the smell evaporates along with the vinegar :). I'm mostly shopping and trying to use "natural" or "organic" skin care and cleaning products but it's so hard to say what is truly natural or organic unless you make it yourself. So I have to give into convenience over doing solid research.

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    1. i so know what you mean about convenience over solid research. it's definitely a commitment especially for people who are super busy. but leaping bunny has a list of companies that do offer natural and organic products. it might be a good place to start although the list is pretty comprehensive which may also mean that you would need time to sift through to find the right one for you. ah. everything takes time! :)

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  12. We use apple cider vinegar for lots of things! We even use it to clean the dogs ears, diluted in water of course. Works great on hot spots as well, being goldens we are prone to get them! Great post, thanks for sharing!

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    1. that's great! i actually just heard about apple cider vinegar on dogs with hot spots and itchiness. i think i saw it on dogs naturally magazine on facebook! piri definitley has itchy skin and hot spots as well. he has been on fish oil supplements for a very long time but he still gets hot spots. perhaps i should try on him!

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  13. You've really inspired me to think deeper about my skin products. I'm planning on trying out the lemon honey scrub ... I have some stubborn acne scars and I've heard lemon and honey does wonders for it.

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    1. i was pretty surprised too. i had some acne scars that went away on my forehead and on the side of my nose bridge. i still have others but it was a good sign after being diligent with the scrub!

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  14. I use the oil cleansing method in the evening and then an oil free cleanser in the morning. I also use a salt scrub on my face once a week & I make my own clay mask using a combo of green & rhassoul clay. Been meaning to try apple cider vinegar as a toner, still working my way through a giant bottle of stuff I got in Japan. Have no idea what's in it, and I'd kinda rather not know at this point. ;P

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  15. Super cool doll, sounds like something to try. I love using natural products that actually work. Never tried the vinegar as a toner, will have to see how it goes. Happy Friday doll xx

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    1. i'm definitely having fun trying out different natural products and find it fruitful when i find out in a few months that it's working. :)

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  16. I've been leaning more and more towards natural and eco-friendly products myself. I'm not perfect and we certainly have a ways to go but, I've really enjoyed the change. This also includes beauty products for me. My mom used to use apple cider vinegar a lot (even drinking it!) and she always spoke highly of its benefits. I haven't yet done this myself (I still cringe at the smell!) but, I feel like I can finally wrap my head around incorporating it more!
    xo,
    nancy

    http://www.adoretoadorn.com

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    1. i know what you mean. we're all not perfect. i know some folks are able to switch 100% but i know for me it's not that easy. but i do keep myself informed and am trying little by little. i heard that drinking apple cider vinegar is super healthy and good for you. i am just too chicken to do that! :)

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  17. Thanks for sharing Jane - I have a bottle of apple cider sitting around, the smell did deter me slightly but I've been re-inspired. I'm also keen to try this jojoba oil :)

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    1. i kinda really like jojoba oil! and if you end up trying apple cider vinegar i hope you blog about it! i would love to hear your take on it!

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  18. I've heard lots of good things about apple cider (apparently it's great as a mosqito repellent too) but just can't get past the smell. Jojoba oil is amazing

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    1. apple cider vinegar can do so many things!

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  19. I LOVE ACV for my hair, coconut oil too. I'm obsessed. But I'm with you on the cruelty free thing, I wish it wasn't so much more expensive and I always feel guilty :[ But thanks for sharing the app and also I had NO idea that people get around the animal testing thing by testing the individual ingredients...that's not ok.

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