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Back and posting! Natural cosmetics, is it possible?


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Hi everyone!

Do you remember the time I opened another category under ” Natural recipes ” and promised to post anything from cakes to cosmetics or natural household products recipes?
Well, here it is…
As I mentioned in another post, in the past I had immersed myself for a year and a half in the possibility of living a ” cleaner ” life on a daily basis not only with the foods I was eating which was already a habit but with the products I was using day in day out for the household as much as for the family’s hygiene as soaps, shampoos, creams…
I found on the internet a lot of material which I adapted to my needs, some recipes were amazing, so I suggest you all do your own research too but others I tried were not practical or were too time consuming to produce so, I had to find my own solutions, something faster and more effective which brings me back to the blush problem.

I tried many which were too powdery, sticky, bland… A lot had beetroot powder in, I did my own as I was not yet familiar with Ebay but it was not fine enough so, eventually I got down to ordering on Ebay a packet which was really cheap considering how long it lasts and applied it directly on my moisturizer (of natural unrefined Shea butter with vitamin E I add to it which is very good for the skin as a healing agent) I had applied on my face even though someone had told me it could stay as a permanent color which would not be that tragic, it could save time 😉

Just kidding it never stayed that long and gave a beautiful color if put in small amount obviously.

Much later I got to know about a 98%-100% natural blush which seemed a better option, maybe because we tend to use more the bought stuff which looks professional and appealing to the eye and started using the two, according to my mood.
I’m am sure each country or state must have their own natural cosmetic brand but it could also be bought on the internet.
Mine is called UNE and I found out England and the U.S have their own brand too.

I hope this information was of some value to my readers and would love to hear from your brand if you have one and how you purchased it.

100% natural talc substitute, Rice flour, for odorless shoes, slippers and much more!


rice flour

Talc absorbs moisture but we know all the side effects it has.
In short, it is a health hazard. I’ve come up with a very easy
alternative answer!

Rice powder! It absorbs moisture too. You surely remember
having seen in restaurants, grains of rice in salt cellars to keep
the salt dry.

I use rice flour for slippers to keep them odorless and it really helps!

I use it as a seasoned starch to coat my fish before frying it, as a soup
thickener, to manufacture my own toothpaste, or powder deodorant…
but that will be for other posts to come.

There are a million ways to use rice flour.
It is cheap, practical, free of chemicals, preservatives or coloring.

The perfect natural ecological answer 🙂

Very easy Sourdough starters with bread recipe ( available in wholewheat too )


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Sourdough bread
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I never dared to adventure in the sourdough ” area ” thinking it was the hardest thing to do but, it really is not.
It is the easiest thing possible, the healthiest, doesn’t contain sugar ( only if you wish so ) it is good for those who are
yeast intolerant or have egg intolerance but you have the choice to use it if you want.

The sourdough starters just needs time to pick up. It takes a few seconds to do, you then let it work for a few days.
The taste doesn’t have to be a strong one, it is up to you to choose if you want it to rise longer or not. The taste
will be determined by that factor.
With time, you will know the exact way you want it.

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Sourdough starters
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The lengthy time used for the starters is just a one time thing. After that you keep it in the fridge, take it out a day
before you want to bake another loaf and just add a cup of flour and one of warm water before you make a loaf. Then, add once again the same amount of flour and water in the starters, before you store it back in the fridge,
so you have enough for the next time you feel like baking.

Let me know how it came out for you!

Sourdough starters recipe
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Day one
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1. 1 cup of flour ( you can choose white, wholewheat or Spelt )
2. 1 cup of warm water

Whisk and leave it 24 hrs in room temperature, cover with paper or cloth. Stir a couple of times.

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Sourdough ready
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Day two- Feeding the starters
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Mix again. Remove half and add more flour and water.

1. 1/2 cup flour
2. 1/2 cup warm water

Whisk it cover again. Stir a couple of times. leave 24 hrs.

Day 3-Repeat
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Day 4
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Bubbles build up. Add half a cup of warm water and flour, stir and leave 24 hrs.

Day 5-Sponge
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Sourdough is ready!

1. Add 1 cup flour
2. 1 Cup warm water

Mix. Let it sit. Cover with cloth or paper for 8-10 hrs ( depending on how warm the kitchen is )

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Italian style
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Day 7-Dough
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Ingredients
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1. 2 cups of sponge ( sourdough starters )
2. 2 tsp salt
3. 1/2 tsp rice syrup or sugar ( I put 2 Tbsp when I wanted sweeter and 4 Tbsp for real sweet )
4. 2 Tbsp oil ( of your choice. Sesame, olive, sunflower… )
5. 2 1/2 cup flour ( wholewheat, white, half white regular or Spelt )

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Wholemeal & crispy!
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Method
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1. Throw all ingredients in bowl, stir by hand, add another 1/2 cup of flour if necessary ( it should be soft enough to scoop it with a spoon, you don’t have to shape it )
2. Put in a glass or stainless steel loaf tin with baking sheet in, if you put a minimum sugar or syrup, you can improvise a Italian bread by sprinkling Oregano herbs, olive
oil, salt, Paprika powder and pepper, they’ll love it!
3. Let it rise overnight but remember to cover it. Then, slide in unheated oven on 175 Degrees Celsius = 347 Degrees Fahrenheit for 40 mn if it’s a flatter shape and 50 mn for
a regular loaf.
4. Take out and enjoy with your close ones, they’ll love it! 🙂

5. Please! Remember to add one more cup of flour and one of warm water in the starters glass jar so, you’ll have enough to store back in fridge for future recipes. you can seal
the jar and place in the fridge for as long as you want. I was told it stays good for just a few weeks but, was proven otherwise when I left it for much longer without it spoiling in the least.

I hope it was clear enough, if you have any question let me know.

Natural face wash… Honey!


Honey

As I posted yesterday James Wong Natural remedies, I thought of starting today, with the simplest and easiest discoveries I made ( after my holidays ) while researching on the internet for any natural solution to the regular use of soaps, cosmetics, face wash…

Face wash was my priority. I have a very dry skin and up till then I had to wash it with pure… water! Soaps or anything chemical gave the sensation of my skin pulling to the extreme.

So, I went to work for quite a long time until I found on you tube someone who had about the same problem and found that Honey was the best answer. It had antiseptics and antibacterial properties, it can fight infection in wounds, can fight allergies… and as it’s for external use, there’s not much counter indication in case people have some kind of intolerance ( unless their skin is sensitive to it which I have never experienced. )

It can be applied straight on the face, in the shower or bath so it can wash off properly.
I have since then, advised close ones who used it and were very happy with the results. Let me know what you think of it 🙂

P.s Up till one year of age, children should not eat Honey as it contains Botulinum Endospores!