There are some good things about being broke. Not poor – poor can be painful and sucks ass, but broke is an education. Starting a business and having a baby has left me pretty broke. Dork Dad is a fabulous provider and we have everything we need – but we try to be careful about the extravagances like getting my car heating and a/c fixed.
I have discovered I’m something of a frugal genius. This all started when I got preggers and got a crazy bad case of acne. I mean I had acne everywhere. It was horrible. All of the medications have warnings for pregnant women so I started looking online for natural solutions. You know what worked best? An Epsom salt bath and then tea tree oil rubbed onto the skin. What floored me about that was that it was SO MUCH CHEAPER than all of the acne washes.
Scanning the shelves in the drugstore these days I see so many products that have argan oil or coconut oil added. The have tea tree oil in everything too. This stuff is expensive. The cheap versions are still expensive. It made me wonder…
THEN all this news about sulfates started coming out. Sulfates are in all kinds of shampoos and some conditioners. Turns out they aren’t that great for your hair AND they could cause cancer. The exact amount of the risk is up for debate – I’ll let you do your own research.
So I started using sulfate free shampoos and conditioners packed with natural oils. My hair (curly and tangly and THIRSTY!!!) started doing better, but my wallet was hurting big time.
Back to the internet I went.
Did you know that you can wash your hair with baking soda? Did you know that apple cider vinegar is a fabulous detangler? Did you know that you can wash your face with olive oil? Mama is about to school you, kiddos 🙂
Here’s my super cheap beauty routine:
Skin: Combination and acne prone
Nighttime – GENTLY rub a small amount of olive oil onto the skin and let sit for two or three minutes. Follow with a steaming facecloth on your face until it cools. Use the facecloth to wipe the excess oil from your face. Believe it or not this will actually remove dirt and oil from your face. I then put on some coconut oil as a moisturizer.
Morning: I made an awesome face wash from honey and Tiny Tyrant’s all natural – organic baby wash. Pick your favorite baby wash or the mildest soap you can find – cut it in half with honey and you have an every day wash that is anti bacterial and moisturizing.
Facials: First is brown sugar, honey and cinnamon. You have to be extremely gentle with this but it’s a wonderful exfoliant. The second is powdered buttermilk – yes, buttermilk. Make a paste of the powdered buttermilk and smear it all over your face. Let it dry and wash it off. Last but not least – greek yogurt and honey. Make a lotion of two to one yogurt and honey and keep it on for five minutes.
Hair: Whether you use any of my formulas or not PLEASE stop washing your hair so much. Seriously. Now, my hair is dry, twirly curly and it breaks and tangles like it’s being paid to. I was a product junkie and I still haven’t been able to totally give up my Paul Mitchell. The best thing I’ve done for my hair is to cut back to washing it only once a week and to stop using shampoo. I filled a bottle with equal parts baking soda and water. Shake it up, pour some onto your hair, scrunch it all around and rinse it out. This will actually gently exfoliate your scalp and will remove dirt and sweat without stripping your hair of the oils you need. It’s pretty much a miracle.
On the baking soda days I also use unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar on my hair. Again it’s a 1/1 mixture. I actually use a sippy cup and shake it directly onto my wet hair after the “wash”. I use a lot because my hair is long and super tangly. Comb it out while you’re still in the shower and rinse really well. When you can’t smell it anymore you’re all done.
After my shower I use coconut oil on my hair. It doesn’t break anymore, I have less hair fall in general and it’s way less dry – the result is less frizz and more manageability for waaaaaaaaaay less money.
This is just the beginning. Housecleaning and freshening, gardening and… well… that’s pretty much my whole plan for now. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you updated!
Oh and if you have a natural recipe to share please leave it in the comments – CARING IS SHARING!
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