Friday, February 27, 2015

DIY Homemade Organic Shampoo

So, recently, I've been trying to make many of my own cosmetics and beauty supplies. I've been making my own sugar and salt scrubs, and oil moisturizers for a while now. Those are pretty easy, and I love the results I get. I've also done melt and pour soaps that turned out really well.
But shampoo, that's a whole different ball game. Getting the right ingredients for your hair is a lot easier said than done. However, I recently made the foray into shampoo making because my husband has been having some hair loss recently and wanted me to make something that would help. (Don't tell him I told you that!)
So, the first one I tried was this one {above} that I found on Pinterest. (You can follow my Bath/Beauty Board on Pinterest at: ).
Anyway, I modified it. Quit a bit. 'Cause that's what I do with recipes. (I don't know. It's a thing with me...moving on..) OK so, my recipe isn't too different except that I used Tamanu Oil instead of Vitamin E oil, and I used even more essential oils.

This is my revised recipe:
1/2 cup Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Hemp Rose Soap
1/4 cup Organic Coconut Milk
1/4 Cup Raw Honey (not pictured)
2 Tbs. Coconut Oil (melt first in warm water)
1 Tbs. Tamanu Oil (I got mine from Mountain Rose Herbs)
1 Tbs. Powdered Rose Hips (Again from Mountain Rose Herbs)
2-5 drops each (you should have at least 30 drops total) of Young Living:
Basil, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Orange, Cedarwood, Lemon, Roman Chamomile, and Hyssop.

*"Why these oils?", you ask.
Well, these are all of the oils mentioned in my Young Living Essential Oils Guidebook that are supposed to be beneficial for those experiencing hair loss. 
You do not have to use all of these oils if you don't have them. 
Rosemary & Lavender are the two must haves. The other oils are very helpful, but not absolutely necessary.
Just add more of each of the oils you do have.

Mix all of the ingredients together, by shaking them, in a GLASS container. 
*Make sure it's glass because some of the oils will dissolve plastics.
I got mine from
They have a pretty large selection to choose from.
I purchased the 12 oz. bottles.

It's ready to use! 

This shampoo worked great for my husband and littlest one who both have somewhat frizzy and poofy hair. However, it did not work for me or my other girls because it left a little bit of a residue behind. 
If you do use this recipe make sure to shake the bottle well before every use. 
Also, make sure to rinse your hair really well. 
*Do not use on colored hair. Castile soap darkens hair and damages the color. 

~So, it's back to the drawing board for me. I really want to find a homemade way to cleanse my hair. I will also be tweaking the one I made for my hubby. I will keep you updated as I do! 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Daily news post

Today was a busy day. I've been reading my Young Living Essential Oils guidebook. I love it so much, but sometimes I have to put it down and step back because I get so excited about all the wonderful things that I can help my family with, with essential oils.

I have so many "success stories" of my own with these oils that I get almost giddy when learning more. I'm sure I'm not alone on that. "Talking oils" is a favorite pastime of many of my friends, as well as myself. We even had a gentleman come to the house to give us a quote for siding, found out he was a friend of one of my uplines, and we ended up talking much more about the oils than the siding. Lol!

Btw, if you are interested in using these oils you can contact me at mielkemail dot gmail dot com. 

In other news, we are getting much closer to being done with the house.
I'm mentally and emotionally exhausted by this remodel, to be honest.
I had NO idea it would take over 3 years to complete.
It's going to be amazing when it's done though.
Our plan for now is to finish everything this summer. The girls and I are all going to live in our 5th wheel camper, in GALVESTON (Eeek!), while my hubby stays here and gets everything finished. Hopefully, with us, and out stuff out, the project will go much smoother and faster.

Have you ever remodeled? Got any tips? Leave a comment!

Have a beautiful day!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Texas Bluebonnets

Aren't they just gorgeous? I love bluebonnet season.
One of the best things about living in Texas is the annual bluebonnets that bloom. Since I was a small child I have gone almost every year to sit in them, smell their delicate scent, soak up the sun, and of course take some beautiful pictures with the gorgeous, ready-made back drop. Recently a lot of land owners have gotten wise and started to charge a few bucks to enter into their fields and take pictures. (I'm more than happy to pay the small fees because I've seen the damage to property that some of the picture takers make. Just be friendly ya'll. Take care of other people's things. This is Texas after all. :) After we take pictures we always head to the little touristy town of Brenham, TX (where they make Bluebell ice cream) and get a sandwich and an ice cream for the kiddos. Then we toodle around the town and visit some of the little antique and old book shops. Sometimes we even head to the miniature horse farm in Chappel Hill. We didn't make it this year, but it's always a treat when we do.
I love to have everyone dress in white to take the pictures. It looks so beautiful and clean against the blue and green.
 The sun was very bright, but they were good sports about it.

She really enjoyed looking at all of the flowers. It was hard to get a picture of her with her head up; she was so entranced.

Can't say that I blame her. They are really beautiful flowers.

When I was little they always told us that picking the bluebonnets was illegal, and that the cops would come and arrest us if we did. Ha ha! I think that rumor was spread around to keep people from decimating fields. It isn't illegal though. I still tell the girls to only pick one or two so that we leave them for others to enjoy.

It's just so easy to get good pictures when you have fields of bluebonnets and pretty subjects.

She kept lifting her dress up, but fortunately put on these adorable pink ruffled bloomers, and it made for some really adorable pics! Isn't she just so cute?!

One of the few pictures she let me take. Most of them I had to take with my long angled lens when she wasn't paying attention.

She was getting pretty tired of taking pictures by this time. She just wanted to run around in the flowers.

Caught her.

Run little one, enjoy the fresh air and sunshine!

Sometimes the bluebonnets come up white. I love these rare ones. I always look for them each season. It's like a treasure hunt.

She wanted to give her little friend a flower. He thought it was amazing!

She looked so precious out in the fields of bluebonnets with her little white dress and cowgirl boots. My little Texas girl. I had a hard time stopping the picture taking.

These were taken with the long angle lens. She just sat in the field and contemplated the world. It was lovely to see.

She discovered the seed pods.
I think she looks like a little angel in this picture.
Bluebonnets as far as the eye can see.
Have a beautiful day! XO-Michelle