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The reason why I started making my own cosmetics is simple. It’s because I’m a control freak.
I suppose it’s no revolutionary in saying that I want to be in control of my own body. In fact, I’m pretty sure almost everyone of you would agree. But when you start thinking about it, this is easier said than done. Without starting to discuss feminist politics, let’s just focus on some more tangible issues. The food we eat, the hormonal contraceptives we use, even the clothes we wear affect us in ways that we often can not control ourselves. Not to mention the skin and hair care products we use. Lotions, perfumes, shampoos, sunscreens, lipsticks, antiperspirants, night cream, day cream, eye cream, hand cream, foot cream, cuticle cream… The list goes on forever and ever. The average person uses literally hundreds of different chemicals every day. And even though these are “safe” (other wise they wouldn’t be allowed to be sold) it doesn’t mean they are good for us. Read more…
For weeks, no, make that months, I’ve been wanting to write a something about the view of women and women’s bodies presented in media an advertising. About how it affects all of us, how it makes women feel like they’re never good enough and how it makes men not feel good enough about the women they have (and about themselves too). Then, a few weeks back I came across this video made by Jean Kilbourne about all of this, and so much more. I had seen this video many years ago and now that I came across it again, I was just as shocked by everything she talked about as I was the first time I saw it. I realize that there is not much for me left to say, because she’s already said everything. Therefore, I only urge you to take the time to watch these couple of video clips: Killing us softly.
Like a true Finn, I sometimes take day cruises over to Estonia. Like many other Finns, I come home with a bunch of strong vodka. But many other Finns, I don’t drink the vodka. Instead, I make stuff out of it. Stuff like this:
The great thing about vodka is that it doesn’t smell much in itself. So when making perfume or as in this case, after shave, vodka is perfect, it can carry the other smells real well. The stronger the vodka, the better, but it should be at least 40%. I use 80% – that’s the kind of stuff you only get on the ferry to Estonia.
I made this after shave together with L to go with the shaving kit that I got him for Christmas. The recipe is based on this bay rum after shave recipe from the fantastic The Art of Manliness blog. We more or less followed the recipe, only didn’t measure out the herbs because, well, I never bother to measure out anything really. Also we don’t have any allspice so we substituted that with a mixture of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, and instead of orange we used clementine. The result was a bit too christmasy, so I think a bit less cinnamon and clementine would be in order. Here’s the recipe
- 4 Ounces Vodka
- 2 Tablespoons Jamaican Rum
- Dried Bay Leaves
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves
- zest from clementine (or orange or other orange-like citrus fruit)
Combine all the ingredients in a glass bottle or jar, close the lid and leave in a dark place. Soon, the vodka will get colored, which means that the smell and benefits of the spices are extracted into the vodka. For our mixture, only a day or two after we made it the clear vodka had shifted into a deep ambery brown. I don’t know if it was this quick because the vodka is so strong or because we used a lot of spices. However, it’s good to keep them steeping for at least two weeks.
Then, strain the spices very well. If you have used any ground spices, be extra careful not to leave any residues (the link suggests using several coffee filters for this). If you do, your product will stay fresh and zingy for a very long time.
Now that you have your after shave, you definitely need to learn how to shave like your grandpa.
If you’re interested in making a herbal perfume, you can get some suggestions here. Or just experiment with smells that you are fond of.
You may like winter or you may not, but your hair sure doesn’t. I personally get huge problems with static hair especially during the dry winter months. Leading a no ‘poo lifestyle is no help: when using the no ‘poo-method I had big problems with static hair, and using a boar bristle brush, which is one of the gentler ways of combing your hair can give you a truly hair-rising experience. Static hair can be caused by many things, for instance if your hair is too dry, or chemically or heat treated. The reason why no ‘poo causes static hair is that the pH value of your hair can get slightly off. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to calm your unruly winter’s hair.
Lately, there has been a rush to the pharmacies here in Sweden. Girls and boys all over have almost queued outside of the pharmacy just to get a single small bottle of … castor oil?
No, there’s no epidemia causing constipation going around.. The castor oil is actually going into their hair!
The Swedish blogosphere has lately been filled with pictures of long-haired girls who want even longer hair, and use castor oil to get it. Before and after pictures, where their hair has grown 4 times as much as it usually does, have convinced readers and more bloggers to run straight to the pharmacy.
So what’s up with castor oil anyway? Why is it better than other oils? Is it better than other oils? Let me break it down for you, and explain how you should use it in your hair like the Swedish bloggers and on your face using the oil cleansing method or OCM. Read more…
If today had a theme, it would have to be timing. As Leslie over at Chrunchy Betty posted some improvements to my scrub candy recipes, she talked about the perfect timing with Valentine’s just around the corner. Now here’s my so-timely-I-can’t-beleive-it-story: this delicious body butter!
Also, do check out the bath candy thingies over at crunchy betty. I’m sort of proud of them, and Leslie has only improved them. Read more…