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Weekly Recap: 1/11/13

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We’re putting Proper Green to the test with a DIY home beauty experiment. Plus, check out the latest articles and comments posted in Live Green!

DIY eco-friendly beauty products sound complicated? That's what I thought. While I've made the move to more natural hair and skin care products, I've never tried my hand at making them myself. But after reading this week's Proper Green article all about natural shampoos and conditioners, I was inspired to give them a try.

So, I thought I'd start simple. Considering I had all the ingredients in my pantry already, I set out to make my very own organic facial scrub. The "recipe" I followed was pretty lenient, so it seemed relatively fail proof.

I added equal parts oats and sugar (organic, of course) then added a bit of water to make a paste.

I applied it to my face, rinsed with warm water and said hello to cleaner, softer looking skin. It was a little messy rubbing oat paste on my face and I couldn't quite bring myself to share a picture with you all, but the results were totally worth it! I'll definitely be adding this scrub to my weekly beauty regiment — it's the perfect remedy for my winter-chapped skin.

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Have you ever made a DIY natural beauty product? What did you do? Do you have any tips?! Share your ideas with me in the comment box!

Have a great weekend! Until next time…

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Each week the Recyclebank Weekly Recap will feature the latest articles and comments published in Live Green. It will also highlight a few standout member posts from our Recyclebank Facebook fans and Twitter followers - so be sure to let us know what you're doing to be more sustainable for your chance to be featured!

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Natalie Ghio
Natalie Ghio

Besides composting, I love traveling, yoga, exploring new flavors, supporting local farms, and cooking for friends at my home in Brooklyn.

  • Regina C. 5 years ago
    Coffee grinds and olive oil are great for exfoliating and the coffee reduces cellulite. I use apple cider vinegar nearly everywhere, but when diluted with water and essential herbs it makes a great toner. Apple Cider vinegar is also a great addition to henna when covering grey hair. I use baking soda as a "shampoo" and apple cider vinegar as "conditioner". Of course oats and sugar are great, too!
  • Diane W. 5 years ago
    I made a facial exfoliant with baking soda and water to form a paste.
  • Anne Lalli F. 5 years ago
    Someone asked about how to make hair less frizzy. One thing I know is that hair becomes a lot more soft and loses frizz when harsh shampoos are stopped. Trade in your shampoo filled with sulfates and parabens for a natural shampoo bar. Over time with use, you will notice that the frizz is substantially reduced. I buy mine from an independent soap maker at
  • Beth D. 5 years ago
    My mother swore that if you had "smelly feet" soaking them in brewed tea would relieve the odor-and you know what it works if done regularly!
  • Natalie G. 5 years ago
    @Michelle M - Try Pamela's suggestion of lemon juice and oatmeal!

    @Ginniebez - Have you ever tried massaging warm olive or coconut oil into your scalp? Simply rub in, slip on a shower cap for about 45 minutes, then rinse!

    @Jerry S - Please email

    Keep the comments coming!
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