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For years and years and years, women in Asian cultures have been using rice water as a way to cleanse their skin. Read more »

Goaterina -Jul 21, 2014, 1:36PM
My Puerto Rican grandmother makes me do this! But she doesn't use jasmine water. Most PR's I know wash our rice before cooking it anyway, so it's not an unusual concept.
dell -Jul 14, 2014, 6:57PM
I was wondering if rice milk might also be good for this ??

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First of all, I’d like to start this post off with a friendly little reminder that you do not need makeup. You are gorgeous on the inside as well as the outside. There’s nothing that the presence or lack of a little makeup can do to change this about you. Know that. But for those of us who enjoy wearing makeup — especially on those days when we just aren’t feeling as on top of the world as usual… I wanted to share a little tip I came across.

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Jazmin -Mar 31, 2014, 11:34AM
I love this! Definitely trying this. I wanna go more natural this spring & summer. I love make up, don't get me wrong, but I would like to wake up & not wear too much make up & feel good about myself. So thank you guys so much <3 Keep Being Awesome xx
Haley -Mar 19, 2014, 8:55PM
I'm so excited to try this! Thanks for the tip. www.chasingvelvetskies.blogspot.com

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Update: This post originally ran February 10th, 2014, but we wanted to bring it back to get your cheeks all rosy for spring!

Making your own natural makeup is a beautiful way to feel good about what you’re putting on your skin, and this recipe only has a few ingredients.

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Judy -Jul 07, 2014, 7:55PM
Thank you so much for this blog. I need blush for doll making and this is perfect. I make so many different colors of skin tones ...depending on colors of fabric I find. I also make ethnic dolls so the darker colors will help with that. Also, I'm of the age that I don't want bright colors on my cheeks so I can make the lighter colors with the arrowroot. Again...thank you.
Meg -May 30, 2014, 12:58AM
I've been trying this in different forms. I can't seem to get the color to stick. I've tried dehydrating, glycerin, and coconut oil. Nothing seems to get the color to really stick. Any suggestions from those who have tried this?

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Jeanette -Apr 22, 2014, 5:33PM
Are you sure of the safety of these ingredients on the eye lids? Being a pharmacist, I know from my training and dealing with natural products, that the eyelids are very thin and can absorb ingredients through the lid. Also, is there any information on what happens if any of these ingredients get in your eye? Just because it is natural, does not mean it's safe for the eye area.
Sydney -Apr 22, 2014, 4:39PM
Can the spices be dry sautéed rather than microwaved? I don't have a microwave, but would like to try this route. If anyone has done this, how long would you recommend?

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One to make as soon as you wake… to take with the sun and breathe life into your day. The other to sip by the side of the moon… relaxing the soul and preparing the body for a night filled with restful dreams. Read more »

Mariel -Jul 18, 2014, 7:49PM
They are at present functioning on an update for this application, so keep a close eye out!
Molly -May 11, 2014, 11:28PM
I think this the best post you've had. I have frequent headaches and daily pain. I just got a hold of some Ashwaghanda last week and started making the sun tonic. Now, I'm a believer. From day one I have felt better. It seems to have erased all of the knots in my back and shoulders and neck, and I haven't had any headaches. Also, I've been able to get up earlier and last longer at work. I still get tired when I work out, but there is nothing like the tension before.

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We all know that girl... Or at least have watched her, half dumbfounded, half in awe, as she glides across the streets with that perfectly imperfect mane. Read more »

Sidney Marie -May 14, 2014, 8:14PM
Does anyone know the name of the model in this video? she's beautiful
Hans Peterson -Apr 25, 2014, 12:29PM
Great Post. I see a lot of comments about how this look turns out just plain messy instead. I like to use keratin based products to avoid Bed-Head hair from looking too messy. It helps to keep my hair without frizz.

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UPDATE: This post originally ran on February 4th but wanted to share this useful beauty tip again! Read more »

Organic Fiji -Jul 22, 2014, 9:40PM
Love this! Coconut Oil is so beneficial to your beauty, skin, face, hair, and overall health! Oil pulling is very common and is a great way to strengthen your oral health. Looking for some USDA certified organic cold pressed coconut oil or other coconut oil products? Check out www.organicfiji.com for some of the best :)
Bridget -Jul 11, 2014, 4:13PM
Tried OP last night and again this morning using organic coconut oil. Was able to swish for the full 20 minutes both times. It's true what they say, you don't have to treat it like a mouthwash, slow and steady seemed to be the key. This morning on my drive in I noticed my throat seemed much less dry. Not sure if that is even possible after only having done this twice, but time will tell. Decided to give this a full 30 day try to see if the pain in a lower tooth I have will go away. Have regularly gone to the dentist every 6 months and have very healthy, good teeth except for this one area. I've had x-rays and exams done to rule out a fracture of any kind - everything checks out so my dentist hasn't been able to do anything about it. Am hoping this might help alleviate any discomfort from that tooth considering that that the dentist wasn't able to find anything wrong.

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Rachelle -Apr 08, 2014, 3:25AM
I love henna. I have tried Surya, and, while it is not completely harmless or natural, it is certainly preferable (IMO) to many of the commercial stuff you can buy. You can buy a lot of powdered henna online. I've tried Lush henna and it was okay. I got some from Mountain Rose Herbs that I liked, and I also bought some from Amazon. It is VERY cheap and does a great job of covering grey hair. I've never seen a chemical dye color hair as beautifully as henna does. However, like others have said, you can't really go lighter with it. It also smells, kind of like hay or spinach (I think) but that dissipates. I like to use oil with henna on my hair, then it is like a deep-conditioning treatment. I've also used cocoa powder and coffee to color my hair...be warned that the hair will smell like either chocolate or coffee afterwards. :-) Cocoa powder made it a beautiful color but it didn't last long.
Gaby -Mar 14, 2014, 8:33AM
Agree with Jess. Been using Surya for years now, even living in Sweden -whenever friends or family from Uruguay visit me, they bring me loads of packets for storing.

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Winter is such a tough culprit on our skin. From the cracks and flakes to the itchy dryness, it’s hard to transition into these next few months of sunshine. Read more »

Juliette Laura -Mar 08, 2014, 3:49PM
Lovely tips! So excited for winter to end! http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com
Patti -Mar 08, 2014, 12:37PM
Steam has done wonderful things for my face. I splurged and bought the Dr. Dennis Gross facial steamer. I love it! It was definitely worth the $. It allows me to lay down and have the steamer steam my face – very relaxing.

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UPDATE: This post originally ran on January 22nd, but we wanted to share it again as we look towards spring and hair styles for festival season! Read more »

k -Mar 02, 2014, 2:26PM
I love this look & tutorial, but layered hair makes braids an impossibility. Anyone have any tips for this?
B. -Mar 01, 2014, 5:42PM
This looks so nice. I have to wait for years until i can probably be able to do this hairdo. Breathe Me www.breatheme101.blogspot.com

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sindura -Jul 17, 2014, 2:06AM
Any good replacement for rose hips? i don't get them here.
Mary -Jun 27, 2014, 3:47PM
Where is the cup from? so lovely

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A year or two ago, if you were to look at my beauty cabinet, you’d have probably been dumbfounded by the overwhelming amount of chemical-filled products in there. Lotions and cleansers and self tanners and hair serums and deep conditioners and astringents… I could go on forever. You see, I’ve always been a lover of beauty products — I still am — but I haven’t always been such a huge advocate for natural beauty. Read more »

Emily -Jun 23, 2014, 1:45AM
I love me some natural products but remember......you still are using chemical filled products. Everything is made up of chemicals even the most natural and simple products. Also natural does not automatically mean safer. Think of poison ivy, hemlock, arsenic, asbestos, lead, snake venom, mercury, etc....these are all perfectly natural substances but also pretty dangerous. And some synthetic substances are virtually non-toxic. So natural does not automatically mean safer and better and synthetic does not automatically mean unsafe or bad. To say otherwise is the naturalistic fallacy. And another thing to keep in mind is that the dose makes the poison for substances. Something **may** have certain bad effects at a certain level....but there can be levels where the substance is completely harmless; this can be true for both synthetic and natural substances. This whole 'dose makes the poison' thing is toxicology 101 and applicable to things as innocuous as water!
DA -May 19, 2014, 11:14AM
Thank you for sharing these! Personally, I encountered some difficulties when I decided to go natural. But after going over the hump, it was all worth it! Glad I stayed on course: http://www.naturalhaircarenews.com/2014/05/13/my-hair-journey-dominique-alexis/

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