I wanted to start by semi retracting a bit of what I brought up yesterday; that being me declaring I'm not doing this for others. I am fibbing a bit. I think if I could really reach anyone with these posts it would be the type of girl I was in high school. Fuck; I was a god damn mess. I didn't really look up to anyone at the time besides my older brother who is also an artist, although I love him dearly it's not the same as having a strong female to guide me. I don't regret the rough around the edges path I took to get to where I am today, but I think it might have been a smoother ride had I knew there were women that had gone through some rough shit and made it out on top; made it out thriving in life instead of surviving. That idea is behind much of the work I am showing at city hall.
It's about thriving as a female. Not hiding. Not surviving. Just Killing It.
This is also why i'm very excited to be a high school art teacher. I want the troubled youth to know they are not alone!!!!! I felt alone, even though I had tons of friends and seemed to be a social butterfly, inside I was a different person.
Back to this thriving topic, one thing I have taken a lot of pride in is becoming more self sufficient. I hate relying on others so this really works for me. As a way to reduce the chance i'll get cancer from all of the harmful chemicals put in almost everything now days, I make a lot of my own health care products. I have yet to master homemade shampoo or conditioner. The ones I have made thus far leave my hair greasier than prior to washing.
Below are a few homemade products. If your are too lazy to put these items together, let me know and I'll do it for you! I'm sorry, I shouldn't have called you lazy, but these are so easy to make and affordable. For a while I was hell bent on selling these on Etsy and then I realized how flooded the current market is with these products and I'd rather just tell you how to make them for free.
1 can of pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup of buttermilk, 1/2 cup of honey, 2 tbls of cinnamon (makes about 16oz)
Mix all of these together with a whisk or blender and put on your face for 12-15 minutes ( no longer). Wash with warm water. You may notice a slight reddening of your face after you wash off. This will fade, all this means is that the enzymes in the mask have opened up your pores and cleaned them!!!! If you are really really really red, NO NOT USE AGAIN.
Store in fridge after making. Lasts about 2 weeks.
Peppermint Body Scrub:
I use this scrub for my lips, body and feet! I realize your feet and lips are a part of your body, but I have seen so many products that have separated this into three different scrubs and it's just a marketing scam, so save yourself some $!
1 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup olive or coconut or almond or grape seed oil, peppermint essential oil, and green coloring. (makes about 8oz)
Mix together and store in shower! Shelf life is about 6 months.
Peppermint Body Butter:
1 cup almond or olive oil, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup beeswax. OPTIONAL- 4 tbls of cocoa butter or 4tsp vitamin e oil, peppermint essential oil (makes about 16oz)
Combine all of the items besides the essential oils into a large mason jar or glass jar and place it into a pan of boiling water. Stir occasionally and let completely melt until all is one consistency.
Poor into a 16oz glass jar and add in 20 drops of essential oil, then stir this in with the lotion. Let sit for an hour and you have body butter!!!
Shelf life is about 3 months, try to keep out of the heat because it will melt.
Grapefruit Hair Rinse:
This product will refresh your hair and bring out highlights.
3 cups of water, 2 sprigs of rosemary, 2 sprigs of mint, and 1/2 grapefruit juiced.
Bring three cups of water to a boil, add in rosemary and mint, take off of the heat and let the herbs seep for 15 minutes. Pour into a mason jar. Juice 1/2 grapefruit and pour into the mixture. Let cool for at least an hour.
Pour over hair and leave in for up to an hour, followed by washing out with shampoo! Will leave your scalp feeling awake!
Shelf life of about 1 month.