DIY all-natural organic Beard oil – Man of Woods

For some men, growing a beard is not easy and for others, it comes so fast that it is a challenge to keep up with it. But for those that sport the beard, taking good care of it is important; in fact, most beards need daily care or they go from a sexy look to a scruffy and unkempt look. You need to wash, trim and condition it to help keep it well-groomed. So, yes, beard maintenance is crucial if you plan to wear one.

I’ve done this specially for my beardy cousins (they grow it for style) & my hubby (being very occupied with his r&d shaves weekly once n so has a little beard on weekdays 😉)! I’ve come to know through them that there are few problems they face with the beard –

  • Since beard hair is typically quite coarse, men often experience itchiness and even in-grown hairs on the delicate facial skin underneath.
  • A full beard also makes it difficult to access the skin so common skin problems like dryness, acne or inflammation can be compounded.

Why Beard Oil?

Homemade Veg BBQ

One of my favourite starters have been the veg BBQs, ever since I had them in the BBQ nation <a restaurant that is known for its BBQ starters>… We started re-visiting the restaurant just for the starters. I badly wanted to try them @ home and since I didn’t have the equipment & charcoal on hand, kept postponing the trial… Then on one fine day I did try the mushroom BBQ on gas stove top and it turned out real good almost like the restaurant one <btw I say almost as burning on charcoal gives a special taste and since I did on stove top, that flavour was missing but other wise it was 90% similar and close to the taste!> Once the mushroom BBQ turned out good I tried with few more veggies and it was a success, yah! So here comes the recipe..

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DIY all-natural organic almond n castor oil kajal / khol / eye liner

Hi friends eyes are the most important feature that can make you look glamorous 👁👩🏻… When it comes to eye makeup, kajal or kohl is the most important product. But what is a commercial kajal, eye liner n mascara made up of??? 📢 Check this out to know the ingredients n the harm they might cause to your eyes!

I have already tried the almond khol and mascara, which I have been using from many months now, the mascara is just perfect but I wasn’t fully satisfied with the Kajal outcome, though the colour was perfect black it had some not so fine particles that would cause a little discomfort to the eye when applied. After lots of attempts I finally got the perfect Kajal done in a very authentic Indian Ayurvedic way!

What is required to prepare Khol powder:

  • Earthen / bronze diya/deepam
  • A cotton wick
  • Lots of castor oil to burn the lamp
  • Lots of almonds to burn
  • A sheep edge knife or long needle to hold almond
  • A copper plate
  • 2 tumbles for support

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Homemade lotus seed / phool makhana curry

Phool makhana / lotus seeds / fox nuts are the seeds of the plant Eurayle ferox. These seeds are popped before they are brought to the market to be sold and hence they are called phool makhana. It is an amazing source of calcium, protein, fiber & antioxidants and has wonderful health benefits, check this article to know the nutrition facts.

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Homemade soaked almond / badam powder

Almonds are just amazing in taste and are powerpacked with super nutrients like – biotin, vitamin E, manganese, copper, vitamin B12, phosphorous, magnesium, molybdenum & fiber! My LO loves having variety of nuts & dry fruits for snacks daily. Thanks to the Ajfan dates & nuts store near by that I get them, all fresh n that too unpacked, I carry my tins n jars n they fill it up for me! All I have to do is place them in the shelf, isn’t that cool! <Well if u think 🤔 it’s kinda crazy learn more about  zerowastehome here.>

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Homemade watermelon 🍉 popsicle / ice lolly

The most thirst-quenching & juicy fruit of all is definitely watermelon 🍉 since it has an extremely high water content, approximately 92% and has a sweet and delicious taste too… It is particularly refreshing on a hot summer ☀️ day, and is the ultimate summer fruit!

Watermelon is a good source of vitamin C and contains decent amounts of potassium, copper, vitamin B5 and vitamin A (from beta-carotene). It is a good source of two powerful & beneficial plant compounds, the amino acid citrulline and the antioxidant lycopene, that have been linked to lower blood pressure, improved metabolic health and decreased muscle soreness after exercise. For more nutrition details read this article.

We <family of 3 👪> consume half a small watermelon 🍉 everyday – I like eating them as is, my hubby likes the juice with breakfast & my LO loves having these popsicles!

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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 environment… And cause of these two major reasons I went back to my basics and started using this all-natural shampoo.

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