What’s the difference between God and Bono?
What’s the difference between God and Bono? God doesn’t think he is Bono.
And that my friends is the only joke I know.
My friend Megan recently opened a natural makeup store, The Green Kiss. I interviewed Megan a while back about all the nasty stuff you find in regular cosmetics and how best to avoid harsh chemicals when it comes to buying beauty products. I’ll be honest, until that point I had been pretty naive about ‘green’ products and have, on more than one occasion, been duped by the words ‘mineral makeup’ and ‘all natural makeup’ only to have someone explain that even these products can have hidden chemicals and that the ingredients I can’t pronounce are not in fact Latin for roses, daisies and daffodils but are more cancer promoting nasties. Harsh but true.
I have pledged to make even more of an effort to go all natural when it comes to products in my bathroom cabinet. I have yet to go down the baking soda shampoo and vinegar conditioner route, though I am tempted, but what I have done is make an all natural dry shampoo that will help me go back to an every other day hair wash schedule (my hair was recently wrecked by a shampoo claiming to be all natural). It was my friend, acupuncture practitioner and all round holistic health guru Julia Dascalescu who gave me the link to this dry shampoo for dark hair and let me tell you it is super easy to make and works like a dream. PLUS, I smell like chocolate.
As a heads up, you want to wash your hair every three days if you can, according to stylist Vanessa Hamilton of Victoria’s Lab Salons. She says; ‘ It’s easier to start with every two and work your way up. Products like dry shampoo help!’ So check out this easy peasy dry shampoo recipe for dark hair!
All you need is: 1/2 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons cornstarch and voila! No seriously VOILA! That’s it you’re done! The original recipe recommended a few drops of an essential oil but I didn’t bother as I was in to smelling like cocoa!
I put my mixture into a salt shaker and have been using it all week. It works like a dream and smells so good! Give it a try if you are an everyday hair washer, your hair will thank you for it. All you need to do is sprinkle, rub, leave for two minutes and brush out. (I stop at rub as I like the tousled look.)
And for your purses, here is a link to the David Suzuki PDF that lists the ingredients to stay away from when you are shopping for beauty products, it’s called The Dirty Dozen. And if you have any DIY natural beauty secrets you want to share or a have a joke to make us chuckle, let me know, I’d love to hear them!