DIY all-natural bio-degradable hair shampoo

Hello friends! I hope you’ve already read my previous blogs – DIY all-natural pre-wash nourishing hair conditioner & DIY all-natural hair serum to manage frizzy hair. If not please do, as I have written on why I have chosen these for my hair.  If you have one of these problems and are sick n tired using false promising & chemical laden shampoos, look no beyond than this DIY shampoo…

  • Hair fall?
  • Damaged & brittle hair?
  • Dandruff?
  • Early grey hair?

I have been using this diy shampoo since my childhood until my teens… Yep I did get carried away by the misleading advertisements 😬, and departed from it for few years… I have a very thick, long and wavy hair and never had faced any hair problems other than frizzy hair. Suddenly a year after having a baby, every time I washed my hair I noticed a handful would fall 😮. I changed my shampoos, tried x,y & z only to notice more hair fall… In between I was greatly influenced by the zero waste lifestyle by Bea Johnson & the zero waste girl Lauren Singer, watched their tedex talks & read few wonderful books which changed my perspective and made me realise how the small things that we do unknowingly on a daily basis can impact nature… And cause of these two major reasons I went back to my basics and started using this all-natural shampoo.

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DIY fresh n all-natural  aloe vera gel n cubes

The aloe vera plant is about one or two feet tall with prickly and bitter leaves, which act as a defence to keep animals and insects from feeding on the plant. The leaves hold a gooey translucent gel, also extremely bitter, and known all over the world for it’s unbelievable healing properties. This translucent gel is made up of around 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds, a type of protein which contains 18 of the 20 amino acids found in the body and lastly, vitamin A, B, C, E and beta carotene which gives it its nourishing and anti-ageing qualities. Aloe vera gel can be used in the winter 🌥 as well as in the summer ☀️ and by people of all skin types. Aloe vera is one plant that works wonders on skin, it treats the cells on the epithelial level of the skin which is why it’s ideal to remove tan, treat sunburn and stretch marks. Once you apply it to your skin, you’ll notice how soothing 😇 and cooling ❄️ it is! Aloe vera gel is even good for your hair, it contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair all smooth and shiny. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair.

Other than this it has an amazing healing power. Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and has antioxidant properties that aid in healing. Ayurveda refers to aloe vera as the miracle ✨ herb that can be used to treat wounds, minor cuts, dry skin and severe burns. 

When ever my LO 👦 or anyone at my home 🏡 gets hurt ( minor cuts / burns / wounds), nope I don’t use band aid / antiseptic, instead I get some aloe vera from my garden and apply the fresh gel to it, allow it to air dry and then leave it. It magically gets clotted & healed very quickly. After experiencing and practically seeing it’s healing power I’ve felt in love with this miraculous ✨ plant. 

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Homemade rice pancake with coconut milk / appam 

Appam is a traditional Kerala 🏝 breakfast dish – it is a type of pancake 🥞 made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk. It is crispy on one side and soft as cotton on the other n tastes yum. This is one of my favourite breakfast and a must try dish for those who haven’t tasted it yet. Get set 👩‍🍳👨‍🍳 n started!

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DIY Strawberry 🍓 Splash all-natural lip balm

I have tried another flavour and tint of lip balm, this time it’s strawberry 🍓!

Ingredients:

  • Grated Beeswax
  • Raw & pure Cocoa butter
  • Raw & pure Shea butter
  • Coldpressed & virgin organic coconut oil
  • Coldpressed organic sweet almond oil
  • Coldpressed organic castor oil
  • Organic ghee
  • Dried strawberry 🍓 powder

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DIY all-natural mango lip balm 

Despite the scorching sun ☀️ there is something I look forward to 😍 this season – what else could it be other than the sweet and juicy mangoes! No wonder it’s our <Indian 🇮🇳> national fruit… My love for mangoes made me experiment and so here comes the all-natural mango lip 👄 balm 😊.

But since I do not use preservatives, chemicals, artificial flavours and colours this was a challenge for me until I found the spray dried mango powder with shelf life of a year! 

Ingredients:

  • Grated Beeswax 
  • Raw & pure Cocoa butter
  • Raw & pure Shea butter 
  • Coldpressed & virgin organic coconut oil 
  • Coldpressed organic sweet almond oil
  • Coldpressed organic castor oil
  • Organic ghee
  • Spray dried mango powder 

How to prepare?

  • Follow my all-natural super-moisturising tinted lip balm recipe and instead of vanilla pod n alkanet root powder add a tsp of the spray dried mango powder. This will give a light mango fragrance & a golden yellow tint to the mixture.
  • Then as usual filter using a metal mesh into the mini glass jar.

However if you are not in a DIY mode, I do sell a very limited of these on my facebook buy sell group – eco friendly ma. Interested folks do join the group!
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DIY all-natural anti-acne n anti-scar green face mask 

Hello friends, this green mask is very effective in controlling acnes & fading acne scars! All you have to do is walk into your garden and pick a hand full of mint leaves & holy basil leaves 🍃and you can make it in a minute. 

Holy Basil(Ocimum Sanctum) undoubtedly is one of the best medicinal herb. It has endless miraculous and medicinal values and has been worshiped and highly valued in India for thousands of years. It is antibiotic, disinfectant, antibacterial and antifungal in nature. 

Mint(Mentha sachalinensis) juice is an excellent skin cleanser. It soothes skin, and helps to cure infections and itchiness. In addition to being a good way to reduce pimples, it can even relieve some of the symptoms of acne and is effective in fading scars too.
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Beauty and the Beast

Yes I did watch the recent Disney blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” but this post has nothing to do with the movie, except for the dialogue that I would quote from it 😉.

This post is specially targeted for all the teen girls & young women out there. Let’s discuss on – What is beauty? What is body shaming & racism shaming n how to psychologically overcome them?
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