DIY Shampoo

Hello all my DIYers,


I want to share a new do-it-yourself recipe with you on how to make your own shampoo. This is a great option for those of you who want to go the all-natural, and even vegan, route. And yes, I double and triple checked: this recipe IS vegan!

This is also great for those of you with babies or large families: it’s something everyone can use!

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1/3 Cup of Castille Soap (like Dr. Broner’s- I like the peppermint kind because it’s tingly, you can go with one of the milder scents if that’s your jam)

1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil (organic and virgin)

1 Teaspoon Almond Oil (100% pure)

1/4 Cup of Coconut Milk

10-20 Drops of Essential Oil (any scent you like)


A little bit goes a long way with this product. I keep a small bottle of it in the shower and store a bigger bottle in the fridge for later use. Your hair will smell amazing! Click below to watch the steps:


Home-Made Olive Oil Body Scrub


Happy Hump Day! Valentine’s Day is almost here, and what’s sexier than soft, smooth skin? I’m a huge fan of DIY body scrubs and have come up with another recipe to share with all of you. These are all ingredients you can find easily at a natural foods grocery store like Whole Foods.


Turbinado Sugar– it’s just big particle sugar, I recommend Trader Joe’s Turbinado Raw Cane Sugar. It’s all natural with no added preservatives or yucky stuff!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil– I recommend Cat Cora’s Kitchen by Gaea. Gaea is a sustainable and eco-friendly business, which I love. Plus, a portion of their proceeds goes to Chefs For Humanity in their fight to end hunger.

Essential Oil– I picked jasmine because I’m a floral-notes kind of girl, but you can pick any scent you want! Vanilla or Orange would smell delicious, too. I don’t have a favorite brand, but I do recommend supporting your local small businesses and purchasing one from a neighborhood farmer’s market if you can.

Jar– I got this 8-ounce mason jar at Smart & Final, but you can also use old pasta sauce jars (wash them first, of course!)




It’s very important that you use an Extra Virgin Olive Oil. What’s the difference, you ask? Extra-virgin olive oil comes from the first pressing of the olives. Extra-virgin olive oil has higher levels of Vitamin E, Vitamin A, chlorophyll and magnesium than regular and “just virgin” olive oils. We need all those high-level vitamins to feed our skin and boost its glow!



STEP 1: Pour 1 cup of Turbinado sugar into a mixing bowl


STEP 2: Pour 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil into the mixture.IMG_4372

STEP 3: Pour 5-6 drops of your favorite essential oil into the mixture.IMG_4373

STEP 5: Stir until you get a grainy, lumpy consistency. It should literally take you 10 seconds. IMG_4376

STEP 6: Pour it into a glass jar of your choice. Done!



I suggest using this body scrub in the shower after you have already washed and shaved. Scoop out a small amount and work this in circular motions onto your arms and legs, focusing on dry areas like elbows and knees. It’s amazing on feet too! Rinse off and pat yourself dry with a towel. You won’t even need lotion afterwards. I like doing this twice per week in the winter, and once per week in the summer.


The sugar granules will slough off dead skin cells that collect on the top layer of your skin. The extra virgin olive oil will hydrate the new skin underneath and leave your skin glowing. The essential oil will make you smell yummy. What’s not to love?

Here’s a step-by-step video I did on another body scrub made with almond oil, which is tougher to find than olive oil. Just replace the almond oil with olive oil for this body scrub.

Let me know if you try this DIY body scrub, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


DIY All Natural Lip Balm

A couple evenings ago, I got a little crafty and came up with this all-natural lip balm. What’s great about this recipe is that it’s easy to make and has very few ingredients. This yum-tastic lip balm is a great stocking stuffer for the holiday seasons, and is great for everyone on your list from moms, dads, boyfriends and kids!



Coconut Oil

Almond Oil


Side note: you can purchase beeswax pellets online to make the process easier, but it’s pricier. I stuck to buying a beeswax candle and grating it to little pieces.


Combine 1 Tablespoon of Coconut oil, 1 Tablespoon of Almond Oil and 1 1/2 Teaspoons of Beeswax in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave until it’s all melted.

Mix the melted liquid and add 1 1/2 teaspoons of honey. Whisk together then pour into individual containers.

Let the lip balm harden for 30 minutes before closing the lids.