• ESSENTIAL OILS,  NATURAL BEAUTY,  WELLNESS

    Natural Homemade Deodorant (that actually works!)

    I’ve been wanting to make deodorant for quite awhile. Like many people I’ve heard of the harmful ingredients that are put into regular deodorant and I didn’t like the idea of that going on (and eventually into) my body, and especially not on my daughter’s when she gets old enough to need it. I know there are a lot of natural deodorants that you can buy but honestly, they are more expensive and I didn’t want to have to buy 30 different kinds just to find one that works. So awhile ago I asked my Facebook friends if anyone had a recommendation and one friend shared a recipe that I’ve been…

  • ESSENTIAL OILS,  WELLNESS

    My Favorite Places to Buy Essential Oils

    Welcome to the second installment of skeptical Chantel’s journey with essential oils! (Check out the first post here.) In order to get the full experience with essential oils I’ve ordered a variety of different oils from a few different suppliers especially since some had better prices for some oils and others for other oils, or some had certain blends that others just didn’t have. Just to give a little spoiler alert for a future post: I haven’t tried all my oils yet but I’m definitely seeing a difference thanks to a few of them, more of that to come. So when I was on the search to figure out where to…

  • ESSENTIAL OILS,  WELLNESS

    Official Hippy Status Achieved?

    Essential oils. They are all the rage right now. The rage made me interested and skeptical. I shared the above photo and some of my skepticism on Instagram (and Facebook) the other day and judging from all the comments, I’m not alone! There were two main reasons I was skeptical: #1 no other “natural” recipe ever works for me, thinking of using baking soda in my hair, oil pulling for teeth whitening . . . etc. #2 and probably the biggest one: everyone who is singing the praise of essential oils also just happens to sell them and claims that their brand is the only brand you should use, it…

  • NATURAL BEAUTY,  WELLNESS

    One Month Without Shampoo

    Okay, I’ve been promising an update and here it finally is! As of right now I have officially gone 5.5 weeks without using shampoo or conditioner. Going no shampoo (or no-poo as it’s called) was something I stumbled on a few weeks prior to starting, and got most of my information from this blog. I’ve read all sorts of reasons for people taking the leap to going no-poo and honestly, the one that got me was that I read it can make your hair grow faster -count me in! Another huge benefit is the fact that you don’t have wash your hair nearly as often, a huge time saver for me.…

  • NATURAL BEAUTY,  WELLNESS

    DIY Dry Shampoo – For Brunettes

    I started using dry shampoo (from a can) about two years ago. I found it to be exactly what my hair needed on days I didn’t wash it, the dry shampoo soaks up the oil so well and seems to breathe the life back into my hair. Since I’ve been going no-(sham)poo for the last month dry shampoo has been a life saver (I’m planning a full update on the no-poo next week, I promise!). I loved what the dry shampoo did for my hair but definitely was not a fan of the nice white streaks I was often left with, the skunk look wasn’t one that I was going…