Brown Rice Cleansing Grains

After I shared my RODIN inspired Luxury Facial Serum back in June, I took a look at the rest of their product line, and their cleansing powder caught my eye. Their marketing brags about rice bran and “asea algae” (carrageenan), but the reviews mentioned lather, so there had to be a surfactant in there somewhere. $45 seemed a bit steep for something that’s basically cereal that lathers, so off I went to the DIY kitchen to see what I could whip up.

How to make Brown Rice Cleansing Grains


Smokey Corn, Black Bean, & Honey Salsa

I’m not usually a salsa person. It’s not that I have anything against a delicious combination of tomatoes, onions, and other goodies, it’s just that they’re often not that… delicious. Store bought salsas are often runny, heavy with the vinegar, and straight-up boring. But this salsa… no. This salsa was a delicious revelation.

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Jojoba & Almond Cuticle Oil

Zil let me know about this oil, and I’m glad she did. It’s the perfect DIY project: a few, inexpensive ingredients, easy to make, and expensive to buy. If you’ve got the ingredients you can pull this together in about a minute for about a dime, but buying it would cost you about $6 (and would definitely take more than a minute). The reviews are pretty darn good, and it works. Awesome!




Ingredients That Aren’t Worth Buying

It’s probably no surprise to you that I have an ingredient problem. So many things are just $3–$5 for the smaller size, and then the descriptions and reviews sound so promising… and before I know it I’ve justified a cart full of mysterious powders, oils, and miscellany. Unfortunately, not all of my little investigative gambles have paid off. Some have been full on regrets, and some have been the sort of thing where it’s only useful for a select few things. So, here’s my list of things I don’t think are worth buying, or should at least think twice about. Hopefully I can save you a few dollars and a few regrets.


Every colour of mica & oxide
If you just take a moment to brush up on your colour theory, you can get by with just the primary colours (red, yellow, and blue… plus brown, black and white [titanium dioxide]) for most things by blending (yellow + red = orange, etc.). Same with micas—get silver and maybe gold or copper, and then shift the colour with oxides.


7 Natural Soap Additives

After writing about ways to naturally colour soap, I thought I’d better complete the story with a list of natural soap additives that I love. So, how did I decide what goes in the “additive” category and what’s a colourant? There’s definitely some overlap, to be sure. The things on the “additives” list are generally insoluble, so they can act as a bit of an exfoliatant. They also aren’t already on my list of colourants, so while clay can be both, it’s already on the colourant list, so there it will live. It’s hardly a science, but it’ll do. This list is, of course, far from complete, but I think it’s a great starting point, and these are the additives I just keep coming back to.

The little dark yellowish flecks are bits of calendula petals.

The little dark yellowish flecks are bits of calendula petals.


Lemony Cuticle Butter

Cuticles are a funny little bit of the body. Oh so tiny, but potentially so problematic. I suppose they do suffer quite a lot of abuse between hand washing, nail tending, and all the other mean things that happen to your hands, so I’m not surprised they complain from time to time. Anyhow, this lovely lemony cuticle butter (inspired by Lush’s Lemony Flutter) will help soothe and pamper your cuticles, along with any other bits of unhappy skin.



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