DIY Armpit Deodorizer - vodka vs witch hazel

There is an adjustment period for those of us just starting on the zero waste/natural deodorant journey. Or I could just be a stinky kid. Either way this armpit deodorizer works great at the end of a busy day. Drop a splishy-splash on a wash cloth and wipe the stink away. 

If you find your natural deodorant not holding up it's end of the bargain, make this for yourself. Be careful if you shave your pits, it may sting if you use it right after. 

Here's the recipes I used:
Vodka Deodorizer
Vodka - fill your container 1/2 way
Filtered water - fill your container the rest of the way
10-20 drops of essential oils - I used bergamot
Shake before use
*This one worked the best! WEIRD

Witch Hazel Deodorizer
Fill your vessel with witch hazel
10-20 drops of essential oil
Shake before use.
*This one was not as good. I was shocked. 

Thank you to Tara Swiger for offering fans of Break + Remake a free oil with their purchase! More info can be found here!

And thank you to Crunchy Betty! She did a whole round up of natural deodorants and deodorizers
https://crunchybetty.com/this-is-a-secret-carry-along-freshenerdeodorizer/ 

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DIY Essential Oil Roller Ball Bag - with elastic loops to keep oils in place

This bag turned out so cute! It's a great way to keep your essential oil roller balls from knocking around your bag. I love to carry oils around with me for a quick-pick-me-up but they always get lost at the bottom of my bag. With my crystals... ANYWAY this project is also a great use of scrap fabric as the dimensions are 4" x5", plenty of sewing projects leave that much left over. 

Materials:
fabric - outer fabric and lining cut 4x5", with one rounded edge
zipper
5 1/2" elastic - you don't need to do the elastic part if you don't want to, it's if you want extra control

Do you want some essential oils? Head over to Tara's site and tell her I sent ya!

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DIY Natural Deodorant - diatomaceous earth vs baking soda

You want me to put my fingers where? Making your own natural deodorant is easier than I thought. I tried two different recipes, one with diatomaceous earth and one with bakings soda. Diatomaceous earth is less harsh than baking soda, and I found that to be true as I tried both for a week. While I like the diatomaceous earth recipe better, the baking soda worked better. Maybe if I try again and add more goo it will work?

Here are the recipes:
Baking Soda Version
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon coconut oil
10 to 15 drops of essential oil

Diatomaceous Earth Version
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon diatomaceous earth
1 tablespoon coconut oil
10 to 15 drops of essential oil

Do you see the similarities? It was the same recipe but switching out baking soda for diatomaceous earth. I really liked the diatomaceous earth version because I got less irritated, and am trying it again this week. There are things I can try, like shaving my pits or exfoliating to help decrease stinkiness. If you want me to try the spray deodorizer for pits, let me know in the comments. 

Do you want some essential oils? Head over to Tara's site and tell her I sent ya!  https://www.essentialenthusiasm.com/start-here/

Here are the links that inspired me:
Wellness mama
https://wellnessmama.com/1523/natural-deodorant/

Mommypotumus
https://www.mommypotamus.com/easy-homemade-deodorant/
Sensitive: https://www.mommypotamus.com/homemade-deodorant-recipe-for-sensitive-skin/

Pronounce Skin Care
https://pronounceskincare.com/effective-easy-homemade-deodorant/

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DIY Vegan Reusable Food Wraps - candelilla vs soy

Here is the best recipe I have come up with for reusable food wraps made with vegan wax. In this video I try candelilla and soy waxes, and guess what, the candelilla worked the best. Using tree resin was the key I was missing in my earlier recipes, which you can see on this playlist: 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOX77G0f2fvJMyYCSbfhgt7m5LcCnNgGw 

Here is the recipe:
3 tablespoons Candelilla Wax
1 teaspoon Jojoba Oil
1 teaspoon Tree Resin

Preheat oven to 185*F. Melt all the ingredients in a double boiler. Place fabric on a pan dedicated to wax, or line your pan with aluminum foil. When fully melted use a pastry brush to brush on fabric. Place in oven for 3-6 minutes until all wax is fully melted and the fabric has absorbed as much as possible. 

Clean with cold water and dish soap.

Let me know if you try this recipe in the comments below. I always like to hear of your adventures/mis-adventures. 

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DIY Halloween Decoration

Happy Halloween! Here are some great decorating DIYs to get you in the spoopy festive mood! 
https://www.youtube.com/playlistlist=PLOX77G0f2fvJOJJu5cqiaE3txUF0tWoQS

What are you going to be for Halloween?! I think I'm going witty this year and am going to dress up as super scary STUDENT LOAN DEBT! OOoooOOO!

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DIY Hand Sanitizer - use essential oils and vanilla extract

In California, we are headed to fall. So to combat cold season, make this easy DIY hand sanitizer. This recipe is customizable so you can use any essential oil you'd like!

Ingredients
Rubbing alcohol 70% - I wonder if you could use witch hazel for this as well? Let me know if you try it!
Filtered water
2-3 drops vegetable glycerin
2-3 drops essential oil
2-3 drops vanilla extract

Fill your spray bottle up 2/3rds of the way up with the alcohol. Fill the rest of the bottle with filtered water, leaving room for the next ingredients. Add the drops of vegetable glycerin, essential oil, and vanilla extract. 

Here is the tutorial on making your own vanilla extract: https://youtu.be/IpoDbdXUfkI

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DIY Wood Utensil Care - use sandpaper and oil

Caring for your wooden utensils - spoons, spatulas, is so easy. Anytime your spoons get ragged edges, or it starts catching your sponge it's time to give it some TLC! All you need is sandpaper and coconut oil. Or walnut oil. Or any oil of your choice really. Let me know in the comments what oil you want to try!

Before you start sanding, however, you need to disinfect your utensils. Check out this link for more information. 
http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-and-Disinfect-Wooden-Cooking-Utensils

These are the pages I found most helpful! Thanks guys!
Overall longevity and care
https://housewifehowtos.com/clean/how-to-care-for-wood-spoons/

Walnut oil tips and tricks
https://richsoil.com/wooden-spoon-care.jsp

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DIY Lip Balm - vegan vs beeswax - recipes for both

If you DIY your bath and beauty products you can control what goes on/in your body! This lip balm was super easy, I think getting the double boiler and all the containers was harder.

Here are the recipes

Vegan Lip Balm
3 tbs coconut oil
2 tbs cocoa butter
2 tbs candelilla wax
3-ish drops of vitamin E oil
Melt in a double boiler, pour into a container with a small spout. Fill lip balm containers.

Beeswax Lip Balm
2 tbs cocoa butter
2 tbs beeswax
1 tbs + 1 tsp coconut oil
3-ish drops of vitamin E oil
Melt in a double boiler, pour into a container with a small spout. Fill lip balm containers.

Thoughts: the vegan one would do well with 1 more teaspoon of coconut oil, a soft oil to make it more spreadable. Other than that, these are both great bases for all you lip balm experiments. 

Here's where I found the recipes.
vegan lip balm
http://www.instructables.com/id/Vegan-Lip-Balm/
And of course Mommypotamus to the rescue for the regular one!
https://www.mommypotamus.com/homemade-lip-balm-recipe/

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DIY Succulent Planter - native succulent plants - plant care

Making a can into a planter was way easier than I thought it was going to be, even though I did have to use a hammer! You can use any kind of can, I wanted one that was printed so it was pre-decorated. 

Weina from @mypoppyandfitch helped with some tips and tricks for planting succulents:
-Their roots like to be compacted
-They like good drainage, so holes at the bottom of the pot are a must
-lots of indirect sunlight. Too much and they can dry up.

To find My Poppy and Fitch go here:
www.poppyandfinch.com

For tips on planting and maintaining your plants head to Sunshine and Succulents:
https://www.succulentsandsunshine.com

Concrete planters! If you have no fear of power tools, from Becky Stern: https://youtu.be/N5qEwKVWDek

Native Plants: 
I'm in Southern California, so that's where I did the research for native plants. Here are some links if you are a local.
Theodore Payne Foundation, Burbank CA http://theodorepayne.org/
A list of California native plants from WIKI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_California_native_plants#Selected_succulents
Botanical Gardens and Nurseries in the Greater LA area: https://lasmmcnps.org/index.php/horticulture/native-nurseries-and-botanic-gardens

Please consider planting native-to-your-area plants, this helps the wildlife and bugs thrive!

Happy planting!

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DIY Dry Shampoo - corn starch vs arrowroot powder - with activated charcoal

I tried 2 different powder bases for this dry shampoo, cornstarch and arrowroot. And the mystery ingredient is activated charcoal for coloring. Do you use dry shampoo? How do you apply it? Mama Remake says she uses cornstarch and a salt shaker! I just use a comb

Here is the recipe:
2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon activated charcoal

This was great for my dark hair, and if you make it you can probably back off the activated charcoal to 1-2 teaspoons. 

Thank you to the MAMAS again for the recipes!
Mommypotamus - https://www.mommypotamus.com/diy-dry-shampoo-recipe/
Wellness mama: https://wellnessmama.com/5047/dry-shampoo

There are some spray dry shampoo recipes out there too, I know mommypotamus has one. If you want me to experiment and try it out let me know

And here is the article I reference in the video from Hello Giggles. I disagree with it, I think you should try what you want. If the dry shampoo gives you ANY TROUBLE, stop using it. And for sure talk to your DR if you have any medical questions about using anything different than your normal routine.  

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DIY Waxed Canvas Tote Bag - easy sewing project - use upcycled belts for handles

This waxed canvas bag is great for toting all your junk, I mean awesome stuff around. It is also a great beginner sewing project. The fabric I'm using in the tutorial is the canvas that I dyed with onions skins, and you can check it out here:
https://youtu.be/Sns3BAoutRI

Waxing canvas to make it waterproof or life proof is easy if you are patient. I have more tutorials here for waxing if you still have questions: 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOX77G0f2fvJMyYCSbfhgt7m5LcCnNgGw

I used upcycled belts for handles on this bag, but you can use anything you'd like. If you have extra fabric or webbing, like what cloth belts are made of, you can use that to make your handles as well. 

Materials:
18" x 40" piece of canvas - you can really make it any size you want, but if you are just starting out with sewing, use this measurement
2 belts cut to 19" - again it's dealers choice, but this is what I used
Lipstick chalk
Clear ruler
Scissors
Seam gauge
Craft knife
Sewing needle
4 parts carnauba wax
1 part beeswax
Melter for wax - however you melt the wax, it will be wax forever.
Pastry brush
Iron
Scrap fabric/towel
Sewing machine/thread
Serger

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DIY Natural Dye - eco-print or bundle dyeing and low water immersion

I couldn't decide on which method of dye I wanted to do, eco-printing/bundle dyeing or low water immersion. So I tried both! The results are pretty cool. and I can't wait to experiment more. Materials and some explanations are below.

You should totally view this as an experiment if you try natural dyeing. Some stuff is going to turn out exactly how you planned and some are not. HAVE FUN! And be safe, read up on dyeing safely. I've been dyeing with chemical dyes for YEARS, so I kinda know what's up. 

If this something you are into, check out these links and books!
Dye safely!
http://www.wildcolours.co.uk/html/safety.html

Modern Natural Dyer by Kristine Vejar 

Natural Color by Sasha Duerr 

Dyeing with red onion skins from Folk Fibers
https://www.folkfibers.com/blogs/news/6579481-natural-dyes-red-onion-skins

Scouring and mordants from Wild Colours http://www.wildcolours.co.uk/html/cotton.html

If you are in Oakland, go to A Verb for Keeping Warm!
https://youtu.be/cKAoAh3vezw?t=1m45s

Materials
Water, a pot, and a stove.
Soda ash- and a washing machine to wash your fabric on hot and remove sizing. I used about 1/2 cup for 2 yards of fabric
Fabric - any light-colored natural fiber fabric will work. Think linen, wool, silk, or cotton. I used cotton canvas here.
Dyestuff - I used leaves and onion skins. The onion skins were in my freezer, and I keep adding to the collection as I cook.
Alum - I didn't use that much! I used 2 tablespoons for both projects. You can get this at the grocery store!
Twine or floss - this is to tie-up the bundles if you eco-print/bundle dye. 
Container for Low Water Immersion dyeing - something you can pack the fabric into pretty tight.

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Reusable Containers at the Bulk Bins - wins and fails!

You may be scared to use your glass jars or glass storage containers at the store bulk bins. Let me tell you this: it's not as scary as you think! I was scared to try it at first, to look like a nerd or a weirdo. But the store I was shopping at was TOTALLY USED TO PEOPLE bringing in jars. Big shout out to Lazy Acres in Long Beach, CA for putting me at ease and cleaning up my mess. Yipes and stripes. 

I still looked like a nerd though. sigh. 

Here's my adventures in reusable containers at the bulk bins!

This is another great resource if you need more inspiration! https://www.litterless.co/journal/howtobulkaisle

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DIY Reusable Straw Holder - green on the go

You can be green on the go with this reusable straw holder. I made mine with pre-washed canvas, so the straw can be used and thrown back into the bag and washed when it gets gooey. 

I gave myself a straw challenge last week: https://youtu.be/n2wq2l-W7oo

The fabric in this video is from MonaLuna and is organic! Check them out here: https://monaluna.com

Materials:
Fabric -  an 11 inch by 11 inch square of fabric. If your straw is bigger, you'll want to measure and make the bag longer than the straw by 3-4 inches. The width can be the same. 
Velcro - I found the velcro wasn't the best option, use a bit of elastic or twine and a button to keep your bag closed.
Scissors
Sewing machine
Thread to match your project

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Reusable utensils - Reusable straw challenge!

600 million single use utensils go into the trash every year! Yikes! Here are my favorite ways to help combat the waste. And to learn more about being straw free check out. https://www.ecocycle.org/bestrawfree

To Go Bamboo Travel Utensils
Pure Ripple from Spruce + Pine: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SpruceAndPineCo
Reusable straws from Mulled Mind:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MulledMind
Glass straws

I'm challenging myself to use metal straws instead of plastic when I get drinks in the wild. Next week I'll be making a straw carrier for my purse so I can have them with me at all times. 

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DIY Air Dry Bowl - pinch pot vs rolled and stamped with lace

Make these pinch pots to hold your jewelry, keys or change. Rolling out the air dry clay was harder than the pinch pot, but if you're patient you'll be able to figure it out. It only took me 2 tries, HA! I used acrylic paint and gold fabric paint, just cuz that's what I had around. But you can use just acrylic, or whatever you have around the house. 

Materials:
Air dry clay of your choice
Earth clay - this is what I am using
Air dry modeling clay
lace
roller - if you can't find one at a second-hand store or don't have a glass or wine bottle, use this one
acrylic paint
brushes
cutting tool
rag

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Oakland and East Bay Sustainable Crafter's City Guide

Summer ROAD TRIP!

Here's a sustainable crafter's guide to Oakland and the East Bay. I went over a course of 2 days to hang out with friends, thanks for showing me around Kiffany! 

0:00 Monaluna in Walnut Creek, CA
www.monaluna.com
I loved this store! And it's a good place to stock up on supplies and notions. I had to refrain from getting all the Merchant & Mills notions and scissors. But I did get some canvas for MAOR WAX PROJECTS.

1:07 East Bay Depot Creative Reuse
http://creativereuse.org
Gotta dig, but fun stuff to be found for sure. I found great tins, but they have gently used art supplies, yarn and cool stuff for assemblage. 

1:34 Flax Art and Design
http://flaxart.com
Really fun place, more traditional art store. They have a great selection of recycled content art pads. 

1:45 A Verb for Keeping Warm
https://www.averbforkeepingwarm.com
I'd really like to take a class here! It's a really lovely store filled with treasures! So much cool yarn, fabric, everything. Would live there if possible: 10/10. 

2:03 Free Up Oakland
http://www.freeup.us/free_oakland_up
Really cool idea and fun shop. Lots of treasures to be found. Support them by giving them cool stuff!

2:17 Long Weekend
http://longweekend.virb.com
There are some really awesome supplies at this store, I got some Toronto Ink Co ink in iris root violet. And I got some rose and Palo Santo mist from Woodlot.  

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