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Perfect for Fall- Homemade Body Butter!

I recently found an enticing recipe for homemade body butter and HAD to try it! The description “body butter” has always tempted me but I haven’t found any that was free from chemicals that I try to avoid. This recipe was sure to be chemical free- and it sounded delicious!

The “Luscious Pumpkin Body Butter” recipe was posted recently on Care2.com which is one of my favorite websites for everything green-living!! You can also follow them on Twitter- @Care2 or @Care2Green or @Care2Causes. The simple recipe is as follows (Full article here: Luscious Pumpkin Body Butter)

1/2 cup pumpkin puree, preferably organic
1/2 cup solids from a can of coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Mix ingredients in a bowl. Apply generously to clean skin (standing or sitting on a towel, if you like), massaging gently to work well into the skin.

2. Allow to remain on for 10 minutes or so, then rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Some comments on the original article mentioned how “weird” or “difficult” it would be to sit with pumpkin all over yourself…here’s how I dealt with that. I did a quick shower so my skin would be “clean” as specified in the recipe instructions. Then I sat in the empty bath tub and applied the body butter and sat there reading for the specified “10 minutes or so” – making it then easy to rinse off under the shower and not making a mess on anything. It worked great. Now, for my review…

PHENOMENAL. Truly- it was SIMPLE to make, smelled heavenly, and really did moisturize my skin! Not to mention- it was absolutely well, intoxicating, to sit with fresh food rubbed all over! It felt so natural and nourishing- not like rubbing some mass-produced, chemical-laden, over-priced lotion all over. It not only made my skin feel great- it made ME feel great. It made me want to toss all my products (even those claiming to be “safe”) and turn to purely natural fruits and veggies for my all my skin and beauty care. Seriously.

Now, there is one caution I would mention that is NOT mentioned in the original article. Cinnamon CAN burn the skin or cause sensitive skin to react- so do NOT overdo the amount of Cinnamon in this recipe- especially if you have sensitive skin. It felt terrific- and warming- as the recipe promises, but I would be careful putting it on your face if you know you have sensitive skin. It wouldn’t do any horrible damage, but it might make your skin a bit red. It can be combated by taking an anti-histamine (if extreme) or probably by applying witch hazel to the skin. I did not experience this anywhere on my body except slightly on my face and the slight redness quickly disappeared.

Enjoy! Please try it- and come back and let us know what you thought! Any recipe variations you would suggest? Any similar concoctions you’ve tried and loved?

Book Review- Green Bride Guide

As any current, former, or future bride might know, when planning a wedding it is helpful to have some sort of “guidebook” to reference. There are many out there to consult- but I’d like to highlight one that is very unique, helpful, and GREEN.

The book (and accompanying website) is called The Green Bride Guide by Kate L. Harrison. This book boasts the ability to help you “create an earth-friendly wedding on any budget” – and it delivers! I think a lot of people tend to consider green options expensive. The suggestions this book offers cover the gamut of price ranges. There really is something for everyone in here.

The major pluses of this book are its organization, its resource list, its worksheets, and the comprehensive coverage of topics. The information you need is easy to find and references for more information are well cited. The book covers everything you can think of – jewelry, dresses, transportation, wedding registries, invitations, flowers, honeymoon travel, decor, make-up, catering…etc. It’s a grand accumulation of all things wedding and how to make them more “green”. This was a phenomenal discovery for me because when initially browsing for “green wedding tips” I was disappointed to find most resources focused their attention on the invitation aspect and recycled paper products- along with other cliche ideas. Not that recycled paper invites aren’t a good idea- it’s just a little obvious and over publicized. Not to mention, that’s only ONE aspect of the whole wedding process!

The Green Bride Guide starts off by discussing general topics like supporting local businesses, watching out for “greenwashing”, and communicating your “green” vision to vendors. As specific topics are covered in well-organized chapters specific suggestions are given a rating of $, $$, or $$$ based on price. For example, in the location section, a rating of $ is given to “Natural Surroundings” (among others), whereas a rating of $$$ is given to “Green Resorts” (among others).

To give you a taste of what you can find in this book, I will share some of the topics I’ve found most helpful and/or informative.

  • Section about the risks associated with bottled water and the importance of offering guests water from glass pitchers rather than plastic bottles.
  • The registry section with suggestions of how/where to register for more eco-conscious mainstream items (appliances etc) as well as unique green lifestyle items.
  • Clean-up and Waste information. Helpful reminders on using decoration that is reusable or creates little/no waste. Including an excellent idea for a Co-Op of commonly used wedding event items.

In addition to itself providing excellent factual information, tips, and unique ideas, the book provides an abundance of external resources to consider – both within the text and as a handy list in the back (sorted of course by topic). Invaluable.

This book does NOT contain glossy pages full of photographed weddings. For that you must seek Martha Stewart et al. This book – true to its mission- is printed on recycled paper and doesn’t waste space with photos. However, if it’s photographs you desire, visit the Green Bride Guide website as a colorful supplement to the book!

If you (or someone you know) has a role in an upcoming wedding, consult this book or give it as a gift (perfect for an engagement gift!)! Also, feel free to share some of your own tips here! In future posts I hope to share some of the “green” ideas I’ve come up with for our wedding- I’d love to hear from others as well!

For the Ladies- Bra Recycling!

I recently moved and in this move I discovered things I didn’t use anymore but didn’t quite know how to get rid of. Such as old bras. Bras with unruly straps, bras with not enough oomph, bras with too much oomph, bras with scratchy decor, bras with painful wires….I had bras that weren’t broken or worn out per se, but they weren’t in my rotation anymore. Some were no longer comfortable for me but by no means were they trash.  And, for the price we pay for some of these undergarments, tossing them in the trash seems just ghastly! So, what to do? It’s not like other clothing that can be nonchalantly passed along to friends or family. It’s not like Goodwill asks for my old bras. What do to?

Luckily, I found the website for a group called “The Bra Recyclers” – the solution to my old bra conundrum!  In a nutshell, as posted on their website, this group is “a textile recycling company specializing in recycling bras and providing deserving women in our communities who are facing challenges with a basic lingerie staple.” I get rid of my excess bra baggage and it goes to people who are in need of such an item! Fantastic!

The Bra Recycling program is simple to use. If you live in New York, California, Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, or Wisconsin you can take your bras to a drop-off center. For everyone else you simply print off and fill out a “Bra Recycling Form” from the website, package your bra(s) in a box or envelope and send them in to:

3317 S. Higley Rd, Ste 114-441
Gilbert, AZ 85297

The Bra Recyclers are specifically looking for :

  • Bras in good condition; Clasps and straps need to be functional
  • All sizes and styles of bras, especially larger-sized bras (38 and up)
  • Special needs bras, post breast surgery and maternity bras

You can visit their website, follow them on Twitter (@brarecycling), or “Like” them on Facebook! In addition to collecting our unwanted bras, they also host events and link up with charities. You can even become a “Bra Ambassador”! Check them out and see how you can be a part of this great endeavor!

Be sure to come back and share your experience and encourage others to participate!