DIY: Coffee and Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Lately I have been loving making/trying to make my own beauty products. Not only is it cheaper to make my own products, it also gives me a feeling of accomplishment that I am making something that is healthy and good for me.

Another reason I really like making some of my own products is that it is helping me with my goal to start living a more zero waste lifestyle. Since I am not buying these products anymore, I am not throwing away the packaging that these products come in. Sure you can recycle, but most packaging cannot be recycled and not having any paper or plastic packaging at all, whether recycled or thrown away, is still and will always be the best alternative.

Now, I am not making every single beauty product that I use, nor am I going to for a while. This is true for multiple reasons, one of which is that I don’t know how to make all of them right now, and because it is a lot of trial and error to figure out what recipes you like and what works for you. You may have to go through quite a few experiments until you find the right one that works for you.

At the moment I am just enjoying getting my feet wet and trying out something new. Who knows, in the future I may be making all my own health and beauty care products and selling them at the local farmers market, or I may still be making a select few personal items and buying the rest. The point is that I am trying, and that I’m having some fun in the process.

One of the easiest and best things, in my personal opinion, to start making first is body scrub.

Body scrub can get to be really expensive and they all seem to come in small plastic squeeze bottles that you can never quite get all the products out of, and are not recyclable, by the way.

They are filled with artificial and unhealthy fragrances and perfumes. Not to mention the ones that are psychedelically colored, to be a rad blue or a gorgeous green. Hello, nothing is actually that color. Also when they smell too good to be true, and you all know what I mean, they probably are.

I love the smell of coffee, so naturally I decided to make a coffee body scrub and seeing as that I am a bit lazy, when it comes to making things this is super easy too.

What you will need:

  • 1/2-cup olive oil
  • 2/3-cup brown sugar
  • 6-Tbsp. coffee grounds (fresh or used, it really doesn’t matter)
  • 1/2-Tsp. cinnamon

What you do:

  • Mix all ingredients until well-combined and then place it in a reusable jar, such as a mason jar, then store it in your bathroom or shower.
  • Yes, I promise it is that simple.

If you like the smell of coffee and having skin as soft as a baby, I highly recommend that you try out this scrub. I love it and I hope you do too.

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Hemp Seeds, Are They Worth The Hype?

What are hemp seeds, you might be asking? It sounds an awful lot like marijuana, and you would be right, well sort of.

Hemp seeds are from the same species as cannabis, but they only contain trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC; for us smaller minded folk, the compound that causes the drug-like effects of marijuana. So if you were looking for a cheap and legal, in all states, way to get high, you have come to the wrong place my friend.

This article is about the nutritious and health benefits of hemp seeds, commonly known as hemp hearts, which contain healthy fats, minerals and protein. They are a great addition to your every day, healthy diet.

Hemps seeds almost remind me of sesame seeds in texture and appearance, but they have a bit of a nutty flavor that slightly reminds me of pine nuts.

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I use hemp seeds in my smoothies, on top of pasta or stirred into a stir-fry, see what I did there, stirred into a stir fry, pretty punny if I do say so myself. I also put it on top of my salads for an added crunch. Quite honestly, you can “literally,” and I do “literally,” put that shit on everything.

Hemp seeds are a super easy and relatively inexpensive way for me to add protein, fiber and essential fatty acids to my diet with a quick sprinkle, dash or teaspoonful, of those little buggers on one to two of my meals per day.

Nutritional Uses and Benefits of Hemp Seeds

  • Hemp seeds contain over 30% fat.
  • They are rich omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Hemp seeds are also a great source of vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc
  • Hemp seeds can be consumed raw, cooked or roasted.
  • Hemp seed oil is also very healthy and can be used in food, medicine, and body care products.

Great Source of Plant-Based Protein

  • About 25% of the calories in hemp seeds come from protein.
  • 30 grams, or 2–3 tablespoons, of hemp seeds provide about 11 grams of protein.
  • Hemp Seeds are considered a complete protein source, which means that they provide all the essential amino acids.
    • Essential amino acids are not produced in the body and need to be supplemented in your diet.
  • The digestibility of hemp protein is also very good.

May Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease

  • Hemp seeds are a great source of arginine and gamma-linolenic acid, which have been linked with a reduced risk of heart disease.
  • Additionally, animal studies have shown that hemp seeds may reduce blood pressure, decrease the risk of blood clot formation and help the heart recover after a heart attack.

Along with being nutritious and beneficial to our health, hemp seeds also have other great properties that make them worth your while to try.

  • Hemp seeds are a known natural appetite suppressant and can help you feel full longer.
  • Hemp seeds are high in fiber and help aid in digestive health, and keep you regular, if you know what I mean. 
  • Hemp seed oil is very beneficial for your skin and hair. Hemp oil can help to improve dry, red, and flaky skin. You can find it in lip balm, lotions and soap.

I hope that this article inspires, even just a few people, to pick up a bag of hemp seeds the next time they are out at the grocery store and give them a try. I swear you won’t be disappointed, and if you are, then just send your partially used bag on over to me, I would greatly appreciate it.

As in all great works of art, we can’t always do it all on our own, so here are a few links to sites that I collected data and information from, during my research process of this article.

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5 Inspirational Celebrities, That Are Using Their Fame For Good

I think that we have preconceived notions of whom or what celebrities are. The truth is they are just the same as us, only their lives are put on public display at all times. They are subject to rash, snap judgments by the general public for no other reason than because we can. I think that some celebrities are idolized for trivial and materialistic reasons, but there are quite a few celebrities who use their fame and recognition to bring awareness to causes that they care about and believe in.

These are the celebrities that I look up to and admire. I respect them for using their fame to help the world or animals or hunger, whatever the cause they may care about.

I am also inspired by celebrities who are unapologetically themselves. I think we take for granted that we can be whoever we want and do whatever we want with out thousands of people judging us. Sure people still judge us, but our lives are for the most part not on public display for the whole world to see and judge.

I can admire the strength and self-confidence it takes to be who you are, eat what you want, say what you feel, wear what you want and not care what people might be thinking or saying about you. A mentality like that is something to strive for in my opinion, and everyone on this list exemplifies these traits. I am inspired by their actions and the way that they carry themselves, in business and in their everyday lives.

Nikki Reed

Nikki Reed has recently become one of my most favorite celebrities, not because of the work she has done on screen, although she is a great actress, but because of all the wonderful things that she does and represents in her everyday life. Her recurring beauty and nutrition column, Take 5 with Nikki Reed, on Elle.com, is amazing. I wish that she would post more often as I am constantly checking the site to see if she has posted anything new and I just missed it!

Nikki lives a very active and healthy lifestyle and from what I can tell is holistic in the things she eats and puts on her body. She is also an avid animal lover and advocate. She has also collaborated with Freedom of Animals to help promote their vegan and cruelty free bags, which look lovely.

Also, before I forget, I have major brow envy. She probably has some of the best eyebrows I have ever seen. I can only hope one day that my eyebrows and my lifestyle choices will look slightly similar to hers.

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Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham has been a long time favorite of mine since my days of watching back-to-back reruns of “Gilmore Girls” when I got home from school.

I have enjoyed watching the different roles she has played both on screen and off. She was amazing on “Parenthood”; I am so guilty of getting too emotionally invested in that show and crying along with her in almost every episode, like I’m sure many other fans did too.

I devoured her book “Someday, Someday, Maybe” and am anxiously awaiting the sequel, which hopefully is coming soon! I absolutely loved her writing style and the way she told her story. It made me want to try to write a book that was just as relatable and down to earth as hers was.

I have loved her commitment to the characters she has played and the way she can make you feel like you know her. I also admire her attitude and take on life. She is hilarious on twitter and in interviews; I always love seeing what she is up to next.

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell has been one of my favorite actors since I first starting watching, and instantly becoming obsessed with, Veronica Mars. I soon realized that she is a completely honest, funny and confident woman; all traits that I aim to have in my own life.

In every interview that I have seen, she seems to be so down to earth and really loves her life and what she does. She is hilarious and isn’t afraid to say and act how she really feels, even if it makes her look a bit ridiculous at times.

And I have to mention her relationship with Dax Shepard, which is something to strive towards. They seem so happy and carefree and loving and I feel like that is how a relationship should be.

Plus, PS, she is vegan and an environmental activist too!

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester is the epitome of an indie, cool girl. She has taken the indie movie world by storm, in my mind anyway, and I have liked almost everything she has done. I think that she has really come into her own as a person and with her style since “Gossip Girl” ended. Don’t get me wrong I like “Gossip Girl;” I just like Leighton more now since the show has ended.

She is also a singer and I absolutely love her songs and her vibe. I feel like it has kind of an indie rock feel, with a bit of a folky vibe weaved into it. I went to see her perform in person and she just seemed like a very chill person. A lot of people were there because they wanted to see Blair Waldorf, but my friend and I were there to see Leighton. You could kind of tell that she wanted to be recognized for herself and not the character she played, but she was still polite and welcoming to all her GG fans.

It seems like she is completely comfortable being herself and doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her and that is an outlook that I am trying to adopt for myself. I love her fashion sense and her carefree attitude; she never tries to be anyone but herself and I like that about her.

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JK Rowling

All of the other celebrities that I mentioned I admire because of their lifestyle choices and their business endeavors, as well as their personal beauty and fashion styles, but I admire JK Rowling for entirely different reasons.

She is an amazing writer and a successful businesswoman, but she is also so much more than that. She is strong, independent, fearless and determined. She has taught me to never give up on my dreams.

I will leave you with the speech that J.K. Rowling gave at the Harvard commencement ceremony in 2008. It’s a bit long, but so worth it.

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Favorite Night Cream of The Moment

I have been using the same night cream for the last 6 months and I have really been enjoying it. I figured if I have been using it this long and still like it, I should probably share it with all of you. I use Reviva Labs, Alpha Lipoic Acid Vitamin C Ester and DMAE Cream, which I realize is quite a mouthful, but I pretty much like everything about it. I feel like that is a bold statement, but it hasn’t disappointed me yet. It could be a bit thicker, when I have some dry patches or flakey skin, from an acne scar, that I most likely picked at, sorry if that’s gross, but I’m human. However that is normally my own doing and not the creams fault that it can’t fix it, anyway besides that it normally does exactly what I expect it to do.

I realized I just complained that it could be thicker, but I actually like the consistency of this cream, it is just thick enough for night time, but light enough that I can, and have, used a very thin layer of it in the morning in lieu of a day cream, if I have run out, or if my face is feeling a bit dull and dry in the morning and it needs a little pick me up.

 

The cream is an antioxidant; this is the alpha lipoic acid, which helps to prevent future damage, as well as to treat past damage. I can definitely see this in regards to my acne scars. It also contains DMAE which helps to firm and tone skin.

I buy my cream on, surprise surprise, Vitacost. I buy most all of my skin and body care products there. I find that they have the best deals and everything ships out very quickly; I think I have gotten every order I have placed within a week or less. The only hitch is that you only get free shipping if you spend fifty dollars or more. I normally don’t have a problem finding enough stuff to fill up my cart to reach that amount, but my bank account might have a bit of a problem with it. Besides that I couldn’t be a bigger advocate for their site.

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Why I Use a Glass Water Bottle: Steps Toward a Zero Waste Lifestyle

I have recently become interested in the zero waste lifestyle. I just started looking into this lifestyle about a month ago when I saw a video on Refinery29 with Lauren Singer. I then proceeded to internet/YouTube stalk her life, as one does. I then found Bea Johnson and her family, who were Lauren’s inspiration. I listened to one of my favorite podcasts, featuring Bea and was inspired to start, with baby steps I must add, to become more conscious about the waste I produce in my life and the harm that it causes. I found myself making small changes to eliminate and reduce the amount of trash that I create and one of those ways is to use a glass water bottle, or reusable bottles in general.

  • Glass bottles are a natural choice for a cleaner and purer taste
  • Glass bottles are also 100% recyclable, which is great compared to some other plastic or metal bottles that cannot be fully recycled or recycled at all.
  • Glass is a better choice than metal or plastic because there is never a fear of chemical contamination leaching into our drinks
  • Glass is also much easier to clean and environmentally sound since it does not contribute to trash in our landfills.

Using a glass water bottle for water, or taking a mason jar with you to fill up with coffee or tea at your favorite local spot or any type of beverage really will save you both time and money in the long run. You can also feel good about helping the environment out as well.

I plan to slowly but surely make small changes in my everyday life to stop creating waste and contributing to landfills with unwanted trash. I think that this lifestyle seems hard, but if we take it one day at a time, one change at a time and think of all the good that you are doing by making these changes, it makes the transition much easier. I am not saying I will ever get my trash production down to as low as the women I mentioned above, but I think that striving to be better everyday and produce less trash is a great start.

I will be documenting my journey on my blog and sharing my small changes with you and hopefully inspires a few of you to start making these changes with me.

“The earth is what we all have in common” – Wendell Berry

 

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