HelloNatural.co http://hellonatural.co Natural Beauty, Healthy Recipes + Green Cleaning Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:22:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 No-Fail Plan: Fix Your 10 Biggest Face Washing Mistakes http://hellonatural.co/fix-10-biggest-face-washing-mistakes/ http://hellonatural.co/fix-10-biggest-face-washing-mistakes/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=49247 It’s the end of a long day and evening, and all you want to do is crawl into bed for a good night’s sleep. But first you’ll need to wash away all the pollutants, dirt, make-up and dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your skin. All that time and effort spent washing your face and yet you might be making some of the biggest face washing mistakes without even realizing it! Let’s correct those mistakes.

1.Wrong Cleanser

Choosing the wrong cleanser for your skin could mean the difference between clear skin, moisture loss, or not getting your skin clean at all! Generally, you can choose from cleansers that are cream, foaming, or gel. If you have acne-prone skin you won’t want to pick up the cream cleanser. And likewise if you have dry skin, the gel cleanser will strip you of needed moisture. You can find easy homemade cleansers for dry, oily and mature skin here.

Fix Your 10 Biggest Face Washing Mistakes | HelloNatural.co2. Hot Water

Never wash your face with hot water. It can strip your face of natural oils, inflame rosacea, and overall it can be harsh on your skin. Lukewarm water is ideal for cleansing and rinsing.

3. Facial Wipes

Washing your face should never be substituted with a facial wipe. They can occasionally be used for a quick post-workout wipe down, but they won’t get your pores as clean or thoroughly remove your makeup.

4. Over or Under Cleansing

Twice daily is the recommended number of times to cleanse your skin. Too often and you’re not giving your skin’s pH level enough time to balance, and too seldom means you’re probably leaving behind free radicals from the environment.

5. Under Rinsing

Be sure you’re completely rinsing all of your cleanser off with water. Leaving behind a residue will eventually clog your skin and could interfere with your moisturizer’s absorption.

6. Towel Drying

While there is nothing wrong with using a towel, you’ll want to avoid rubbing your skin dry. Gently patting is ideal after cleansing. Any tugging and rubbing can damage your skin’s elasticity and lead to premature wrinkles.

Make Your Own Makeup Remover7. Not Using Eye Makeup Remover

If your cleanser stings your eyes, or doesn’t remove your eye makeup thoroughly, you’ll want a separate eye makeup remover (and it’s easy to make your own!). If you don’t use one, you’ll be tempted to pull and rub the eye makeup off with a washcloth or towel. Never pull at your lashes to remove mascara, the delicate skin around the eyes is the first to show signs of aging.

8. Stopping Short

Many women and men are great at washing their face but stop short and forget about their jawline and neck. You’ll want to bring that facial cleanser all the way down to your décolleté (where your neckline and chest meet). Just like you’ll want to moisturize and protect that area with sunscreen, you’ll also want to regularly cleanse it.

9. Too Much Pressure

Try washing your face in gentle circular motions with just 2-3 fingers of each hand. The more pressure you use does not mean you are getting any cleaner.

10. Waiting to Moisturize

Moisturizer should be applied to damp skin, never wait for your skin to completely dry after washing your face. Following recommendation #6, pat with a towel, but leave your skin damp. This will allow your moisturizer to absorb more easily into your skin.

Are you guilty of any of these mistakes or did you pass with flying colors?

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3 Easy (and Vegan) Energy Ball Recipes http://hellonatural.co/3-easy-and-vegan-energy-ball-recipes/ http://hellonatural.co/3-easy-and-vegan-energy-ball-recipes/#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=49246 Sometimes you need a quick hit of energy, but don’t want to down an entire energy bar. That’s where funny-sounding—but extremely handy—energy balls come into play. They’re exactly what they sound like: a concentrated ball of energy-packed food, made into a naturally sweetened, bite-size sphere. And they’re extremely easy to make; just mix up the ingredients (see our guide to protein powder to find the right kind for you). Then roll into balls and freeze for 30 minutes to set. Store in an airtight container in the fridge (they’ll keep for about 5 days), and grab one when you need it! Here are 3 of our favorite energy ball recipes:

Coconut Love Bites

3 Easy (and Vegan) Energy Ball Recipes | HelloNatural.co

Coconut Love Bites
Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 4 balls

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seed butter
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, excluding the unsweetened shredded coconut. Line a tray with wax paper. Form the ingredients into little balls. Roll each ball in the unsweetened shredded coconut. Add the balls to the tray, then put into the freezer for 30 minutes to form.

Tahini Power Balls

3 Easy (and Vegan) Energy Ball Recipes | HelloNatural.co

Tahini Power Balls
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Serves: 6 balls

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Line a tray with wax paper. Form the ingredients into little balls. Add the balls to the tray, then put into the freezer for 30 minutes to form.

Peppermint Madness Balls

3 Easy (and Vegan) Energy Ball Recipes

Peppermint Madness Balls
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Serves: 4 balls

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 3 dates, soaked (pit removed)
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs
  • Raw cacao powder (optional)

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, excluding the raw cacao powder. Line a tray with wax paper. Form the ingredients into little balls. Dust with raw cacao powder (optional). Add the balls to the tray, then put into the freezer for 30 minutes to form.

Photos by Ana Stanciu

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No Time To Dry: 10 Quick Styles for Wet Hair http://hellonatural.co/10-easy-wet-hairstyles/ http://hellonatural.co/10-easy-wet-hairstyles/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=49583 When do you wash your hair? If you’re anything like me, it can happen at various improper moments of the day or night. Like, for example, 10 minutes before I have to be out the door, or 10 minutes before inexplicably falling asleep on the couch. So what’s the solution? You know what they say: if life gives you wet hair, make a wet hair style! Or something like that. Here are 10 easy wet hairstyles for life’s last-minute moments.

10 quick hairstyle tutorials for wet hair | Hello Natural1. How to have greasy hair and not look crazy by The Cut. This girl definitely doesn’t look crazy! She looks sleek and trendy, as if she just came down from a spring 2015 runway. And you can emulate it with this tutorial.

10 quick hairstyle tutorials for wet hair | Hello Natural2. Chain link chignon by Refinery29. Look like you’ve just returned from the beach by knotting your hair in a messy chignon. It looks great wet, and fantastic as it dries off.

10 quick hairstyle tutorials for wet hair | Hello Natural3. Low twist & pin buns by Hair Romance. Be ready to get out the door within minutes, by twisting several small buns at the back of your neck. You get beachy waves for later!

10 quick hairstyle tutorials for wet hair | Hello Natural4. Wet hair styles by The Beauty Department. With a couple of good quality hair products and a little back braid, you’re good to go straight out of the shower.

10 quick hairstyle tutorials for wet hair | Hello Natural5. French braided low messy braid by She Knows. Most braids work on wet hair, but this one will leave it looking beach-worthy as soon as you untie it.

10 quick hairstyle tutorials for wet hair | Hello Natural6. Wet hair look by Elle UK. A slightly masculine, edgy way to wear wet hair is if you pull it all back. It emphasizes your features and can be very Rooney Mara on the red carpet.

10 quick hairstyle tutorials for wet hair | Hello Natural7. Sleek, back knot pony by Babble. Probably the easiest way to style wet hair is a high ponytail. With a knot, it looks stylish and intentional.
10 quick hairstyle tutorials for wet hair | Hello Natural 8. How to recreate Beyonce’s wet Grammys look by The Cut. If Beyonce can pull it off, so can… we? A look that’s not for the uninitiated, but can look really cool when done right.

10 quick hairstyle tutorials for wet hair | Hello Natural 9. The deconstructed top knot by Refinery29. Instead of a simple top knot, this version features asymmetry and loose ends, which makes it so much more interesting.

10 quick hairstyle tutorials for wet hair | Hello Natural10. How to sleep on wet hair without hating your life by Byrdie. If you must go to sleep after you washed your hair, there are ways to prevent it from being a huge mess in the morning!

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A Guide to Protein Powder http://hellonatural.co/guide-to-protein-powder/ http://hellonatural.co/guide-to-protein-powder/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=49593 Protein powder has always seemed foreign to me. I remember working at a smoothie bar (which is so not as fun as it sounds, BTW) and trying it a few times, thinking it just tasted like chalk! We’re always told we need more protein, and that’s true, especially if you don’t consume a lot of nuts, eggs, meats and fish. Protein powders have come a long way since their chalk-like days, and as vegetables are increasingly looked to as a good source of protein, there are more plant-based options on the market (good news for vegans!).

Should You Use Protein Powder?

The average adult requires about 45 to 56 grams of protein per day. To give you an idea of whether you’re meeting that, here’s the protein content of some food-based sources:

  • 3 ounces chicken: 28 grams
  • 3 ounces steak: 26 grams
  • 1 egg: 6 grams
  • 3 ounces salmon or tuna: 22 grams
  • 1/2 cup beans: 7 to 11 grams
  • 1/2 cup quinoa: 4 grams
  • 1/2 cup peas: 4 grams
  • 1/2 cup spinach: 3 grams
  • 1 ounce nuts or seeds: 4 to 9 grams
  • 6 ounces Greek yogurt: 18 grams
  • 1 ounce part-skim cheese: 7 ounces

Most people don’t need protein powder, but if you’re consistently falling short on your protein intake, are active or exercise a lot, or need an on-the-go protein option, protein powder can be great to keep on hand.

Types of Protein Powder

Guide to Protein Powder | HelloNatural.coWhey Protein Powder

Whey protein is derived from milk (casein is the other protein) or as a byproduct of cheese-making. It’s a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids. It’s sold in varying degrees of processing. Whey protein concentrate is about 30%-80% protein content, while whey protein isolate is further processed to remove all fat and carbohydrates. Whey protein hydrolysate is processed even more, making it easier to digest and less prone to provoke allergies. (WPH is also what you’ll find in infant formula.)

You’ve probably seen muscly dudes at the gym or the health-food store stocking up on whey protein. It has a reputation for being popular with body-builders, and that’s because it’s a quick source of energy that’s especially helpful right before or after a workout. Whey protein helps build muscle by promoting the growth of lean tissue mass. Meanwhile, studies have also shown that it can help reduce body fat. However, those with any sort of milk allergy risk a reaction with whey powder. If your goal isn’t to build muscle and lose body fat, it might not be right for you; if it is, look for a whey protein powder with at least 50% protein.

Try: NAKED WHEY | Tera’s Whey Organic Whey Protein | Nature’s Bounty Protein Shake Mix

Casein Protein Powder

Casein is the other protein found in milk. It has similar nutritional effects, but is slower-digesting than whey. With casein, the amino acids stay intact and don’t break down as much, keeping you full and energized (without the spike that whey has) for longer. While whey is ideal for right before or after a workout, you’ll still need to consume some protein an hour so after taking it. Casein is ideal when you know you won’t eat for a while. You can also combine casein and whey protein powders (or keep both on hand) to complement each other. Egg white protein is also available, but it’s not as common anymore due to its…unique taste.

Try: Optimum Nutrition 100% Casein Protein | Micellar Casein | GNC Pro Performance® 100% Casein Protein

Plant-Based Protein Powder

Soy, rice, pea, and hemp based protein powders are also becoming more popular, as not everyone wants or needs a milk-derived protein powder. Soy and hemp protein have the benefit of providing all the essential amino acids. Often these will include sprouted ingredients and whole foods like brown rice, quinoa, millet, spirulina and chia. (If you’re gluten free, make sure to check what grains are used.) PopSugar has a roundup of plant-based protein powders, and Oh My Veggies has some good suggestions for vegans and vegetarians.

Try: Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Hemp Protein Powder | Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla | PlantFusion Protein Vanilla Bean

How to use Protein Powder

The easiest way is to use it is in a smoothie, but you can also use it in baked goods, oatmeal, energy balls, homemade ice cream, pancakes or waffles. Some recipes to try:

Chocolate Chia Protein Balls

Banana Mango Chia Protein Smoothie (Oh My Veggies)

Big Batch Pina Colada Green Smoothie

Add it to Overnight Oats

Chocolate Almond Raspberry Smoothie

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The Beauty Benefits of Avocado + An Avocado Soup Recipe http://hellonatural.co/the-beauty-benefits-of-avocado-an-avocado-soup-recipe/ http://hellonatural.co/the-beauty-benefits-of-avocado-an-avocado-soup-recipe/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=48061 There are few foods better for your skin and hair than avocado. Full of nutrients like antioxidants, minerals, carotenoids, protein, fiber, phytosterols and omega-3 fatty acids, the benefits of avocado are seemingly endless—here are just a few.

Beauty Benefits of Avocado

The Beauty Benefits of Avocado + An Avocado-Cucumber Soup Recipe | HelloNatural.coA few of avocado’s many beauty benefits:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-skin cancer properties
  • Reduces wrinkles and age spots
  • Soothes and heals psoriasis
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Relief for dry skin and hair
  • Protects against UV rays and pollution
  • Increases circulation
  • Reduces split ends
  • Makes hair shiny
  • Stimulates hair growth

Kind of makes you want to go on an all-avocado diet, right? (Or maybe even bathe in them.) Read up on topical avocado beauty treatments, like this SPF lip balm and this anti-wrinkle mask and hydrating hair treatment, then try out this delicious cold soup—perfect after a workout or as a quick lunch or dinner. The water content of cucumbers and the circulation-boosting powers of cayenne make this soup even better for the skin.

Beauty-Boosting Avocado-Cucumber Soup

The Beauty Benefits of Avocado + An Avocado-Cucumber Soup Recipe | HelloNatural.coIngredients

  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Dash of cayenne
  • Fresh cilantro, minced


Blend the cucumbers, avocado, lime juice, sea salt and cumin. Add a dash of cayenne and garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve immediately.

The Beauty Benefits of Avocado + An Avocado-Cucumber Soup Recipe | HelloGlow.coMore Avocado Recipes

Want more avocado recipes? Try Beet Greens with Avocado and Tahini Dressing, Kale and Avocado Hummus Wraps, Southwest BLT Salad with Zesty Lime Dressing and Avocado Detox Smoothies.

Photos by Ana Stanciu

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12 Healing Crystals and Their Meanings + Uses http://hellonatural.co/12-healing-crystals-and-their-meanings/ http://hellonatural.co/12-healing-crystals-and-their-meanings/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=49252 Crystals aren’t just for hippies—they’ve been used for ages to heal ailments and generally provide good vibes. (Okay, that does sound a little hippy :) Like essential oils, crystals have a variety of uses and applications, ranging from insomnia treatment to pain relief.

12 Healing Crystals for Every Ailment (+ How to Use Them)Some stones and crystals are said to align with our chakras (still with me?) and heal maladies in the associated areas of our bodies. Some can increase energy or bust a bad mood. Simply keeping crystals in your environment can do the trick, but you can also wear them (try making jewelry!) or place them on your body to harness their healing powers.

Here are the most common healing crystals and their meanings and uses for all sorts of purposes.

1. Onyx: Cleanses the air and rids your home of negative energy.

2. Quartz: Helps relieve stress and frustration, eases anxiety.

3. Amethyst: Helps relieve headaches and fatigue, promotes good dreams and good skin, supports bones, joints and the respiratory system.

4. Citrine: Use to boost concentration, boost memory and spark creativity.

5. Lapis Lazuli: A touted ancient migraine remedy, supports the immune system.

6. Opal: Increases inspiration and creativity, helps with PMS and headaches.

7. Topaz: Works to balance hormones and combat aging.

8. Aquamarine: Aids with acid reflux and gastrointestinal disorders.

9. Jade: Supports the adrenal glands and relieves headaches.

10. Garnet: Good for back pain, calcium deficiencies and tissue regeneration.

11. Bloodstone: Helps regulate blood pressure and supports the circulatory system. Good for colds.

12. Agate: Detoxifies, eases anxiety.

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100 Handmade Gifts for Mom http://hellonatural.co/100-handmade-gifts-for-mom/ http://hellonatural.co/100-handmade-gifts-for-mom/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:50:51 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=14655 Shopping for Mom can be tough. Moms always say they want nothing more than a card saying you love them. And now that I’m a mom myself, I can attest that this is true. Ok, maybe with some flowers thrown in. Or breakfast in bed. If you are looking for something lovely and meaningful for the moms you know, here are 100 handmade gifts that mom would love almost as much as that mushy card.

100 Handmade Gifts for Mom | HelloNatural.coBecause in my family, the card truly is the most important thing. Because, you see, you had better fill every available space in that card. And we’ve been known to even use 2 cards to truly express our sentiments. That’s the kind of card I’m looking forward to getting – as soon as the kids learn to write. :)

100 handmade gifts for mom

100 Handmade Gifts for Mom | HelloNatural.coHandmade Jewelry Gifts

1. DIY clay charm bracelet – Hello Natural

2. Planting Pot Necklace – Sincerely Kinsey

3. DIY Vintage Button Earrings – Twinkle and Twine 

4. Stamped Metal Monogrammed Pendant – Shrimp Salad Circus

5. Painted Wood Bead Necklace – The Most Delightful Adventure

6. Gold Vermeil Chain and Disc Necklace – For The Love Of

7. J Crew Inspired Pearl Necklace – Delightfully DIY

8. DIY Wrapped Ombre Bracelets – Rock Mosaic

9. Name Bracelet with Tassel – Swellmayde

10. DIY Necklace from Ponytail Holders – Madigan Made

11. Black and White Washi Tape Bracelets – Starburst Studio

12. DIY Clay Bead Necklace – The Sweetest Occasion

13. Gold Fringe Earrings – Dotcoms for Moms

14. Storybook Brooches – Patchwork Cactus

15. Embroidery Thread Hoops – Flax & Twine

16. Swirl Ring – Bettina’s Blog

17. Chain Earrings in Less than 5 Minutes – Remarkably Domestic

18. Rosette Accessories Using Duct Tape – Brit & Co.

19. DIY Painted Tribal Bracelets – Dismount Creative

20. DIY Fiona Paxton Necklace – Thanks, I Made It

21. Shrink Plastic Jewelry – Craft and Creativity

22. Stacked Ombre Cording Bracelets – Flamingo Toes

23. Mother’s Necklace – Crazy Little Projects

24. Vintage Lace Brooches – Positively Splendid

25. Isabella Sequin Bracelet – For The Makers

25 Homemade Beauty Gifts | HelloNatural.co25 Homemade Beauty Gifts

26. Cocoa mint soap – Hello Natural

27. Super Easy Sugar Lemon Scrub Recipe – Craftberry Bush

28. Lavender Oatmeal Tub Tea – My Own Ideas 

29. Lemon and rosemary body scrub – Make Life Lovely

30. DIY Butter Balm – Kipi

31. DIY Soap Gift – Latika

32. Rosemary Foot Soak & Olive Oil Scrub – A Bird’s Leap

33. DIY Makeup Brush Holder – Centsational Girl

34. Coconut Lime Soap – Offbeat and Inspired

35. DIY Lotion Bars – All For The Everyday

36. Brown Sugar & Vanilla Lip Polish – That Winsome Girl

37. How to Make Rose Water – Blah Blah Magazine

38. DIY Bath Bombs – Idle Wife

39. Sugar Cookie Foot Scrub – So Let’s Hang Out

40. Comforting Eye Mask – Wild Olive

41. Mother’s Day Body Scrub and Free Printable – Poofy Cheeks

42. Whipped Shea Butter Lotion – nataJane

43. Lemon Sugar Scrub – Oh So Pretty

44. Homemade Bubble Bath – Coordinately Yours

45. DIY Tinted Lip Balm – Le Zoe Musings

46. Homemade Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter – Sweet Anna’s

47. Crystal Light Beauty Products – Love U Madly

48. DIY Make-up Brush Box – Smart School House

49. Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm – Hello Homme Shoppe

50. Coconut Sugar Scrub – The Pinterest Project

25 Gifts for the Home | HelloNatural.coHandmade Gifts for Home

51. Recycle Old Candles and Make Ice Candles – Hello Natural

52. Stenciled Tea Towels – No. 2 Pencil

53. Arrow Print Picture Frame – Girl Loves Glam

54. DIY Chalkboard Ceramic Containers – Oh So Very Pretty

55. Copper Vase DIY – The Felted Fox

56. Craft Circle Box – Tara Dennis

57. DIY Paint Dipped Mugs – Merry Thought

58. DIY Striped Tea Towels – Studio DIY

59. DIY Faceted Gem Mouse Pad – Popsicles & Pinatas

60. DIY Yarn Wrapped Bottle Vase – Inside My Hideaway

61. Kitchen Tablet Holder – Mamie Jane’s

62. Beeswax Candle DIY – What. No Mints?

63. Confetti Glassware – Feathers of Gold

64. Mother’s Day Bouquet – Paper & Stitch

65. DIY Hand Stamped Polka Dot Coverlet – Say Yes To Hoboken

66. No Sew Pillow Tutorial – The 36th Avenue

67. DIY Monogrammed Candles – Damask Love

68. Painted Fabric Gift Bags – Lotts and Lots

69. Wood Burned Spoons – Alisa Burke

70. Gold Dot Vase – Hi Sugarplum!

71. Patchwork Pots – A Bit of Sunshine

72. Memory Pillow – Crafting Connections

73. Paper Flower Blooming Branches – Handcraft Your Life

74. DIY Geometric Coasters – Ciera Design

75. Stitched Journals – My Chic Life

25 Handmade Fashion Gifts | HelloNatural.co25 Handmade Fashion Gifts

76. DIY West Elm Initial Tote – Hello Natural

77. Mum & Me Shoes – Penelope & Pip

78. Sweet Cotton Panties – Go Make Me

79. Tie Dye Shoes – I Love To Create

80. 5 Strand Braided Headband – Make It & Love It

81. Ikea Tote with Leather – I Still Love You

82. Reversible Apron – Luv in the Mommy Hood

83. DIY Pipe Clothing Rack – Black Oak Vintage

84. DIY Floral Pin – Caught on a Whim

85. Tote from a Tea Towel – Petit Elefant

86. Clutch from a cushion – My White Idea

87. T-Shirt Pom Poms Tutorial – Craftaholics Anonymous

88. Printed Linen Circle Scarf – Oh So Very Pretty

89. DIY Polka Dot Shirt – I Spy DIY

90. High Waisted Sash Skirt Tutorial – This Big Oak Tree

91. DIY Sunglasses Pouch – Lovely Indeed

92. Pyramid Wrist Pouch – A Splendid Assemblage

93. No Sew Pocket T-shirt – Oh the Lovely Things

94. DIY Cat Toe Shoes – Kittenhood

95. Bleach Pen Decorated Scarf – Pink Stripey Socks

96. DIY Pocket Mirror – Lemon Jitters

97. Zipper Card Pouch – Craft Passion

98. DIY Lace Flats – Dream a Little Bigger

99. DIY Fringe Kimono – Daily Dose of Dress

100. DIY Heart Cutout Dress – Stars for Streetlights

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DIY: Natural Age Spot Remover for Hands http://hellonatural.co/diy-age-spot-remover-for-hands/ http://hellonatural.co/diy-age-spot-remover-for-hands/#respond Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=49264 Have you ever heard that you can tell someone’s age by looking at their hands? Well, hands can be a definite indicator of your age if you have sun damage and the pigmentation that goes along with it. The best way to prevent age spots on hands is by using sunscreen every single day. But if your hands are starting to age you, we’ve got a great at home age spot remover prescription for you. It hydrates and lightens, while exfoliating the top layers of the skin.

DIY: Age Spot Remover for HandsNatural Age Spot Remover for Hands

  •  1/4 cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

In a blender, combine all the ingredients. Use the scrub by rubbing it in small circular motions all over the backs of your hands. Use light pressure for 1-2 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Follow with sunscreen.

DIY: Age Spot Remover for HandsYou can use a similar treatment for the face, but if the lemon juice feels a bit strong you can dilute it with water. Apply to clean skin, avoid the eye area, and then rinse with warm water. Follow with moisturizer. Ideally, this treatment should be done at nighttime as the lemon juice can make you photo sensitive to sunlight.

Have you ever worn a pair of white driving gloves? As I get older, I definitely think they are in the ‘would’ve should’ve’ category for me!

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11 Best Detox Teas to Make + Buy http://hellonatural.co/11-best-detox-teas-to-make-buy/ http://hellonatural.co/11-best-detox-teas-to-make-buy/#respond Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=50148 Whether you are going full bore or are simply looking for a little something to help you feel refreshed, detox teas are a perfect accompaniment to larger detoxes or on their own. Here are some of the best detox teas, both homemade and store-bought, for all your wellness needs.

Detox Tea | 11 Detox Teas1. My New Roots’ Ultimate Detox Tea combines a number of detoxifying herbs you can gather from your local co-op or health foods store, including dandelion leaf, lemon balm, plantain and more, that aid in the health of the liver and gastrointestinal tract.

Homemade Detox Tea from Food 52 | 11 Detox Teas2. Looking for something a bit simpler (and with a boost of caffeine)? This Homemade Detox Tea from Food 52 only has four ingredients—green and mate tea, mint and lemongrass.

Ginger Detox Tea | 11 Detox Teas3. Ginger has many properties that make it an ideal detox tea ingredient, including aiding the digestive tract, acting as an anti-inflammatory and contributing to healthy skin. Check out Living Pretty, Naturally’s Detox Ginger Tea recipe for a great way to incorporate this wonder root into your detox routine.

11 Detox Teas4. When it comes to commercially available teas, we can’t argue with Pressed Juicery’s favorite five on The Chalkboard, including Yogi Tea’s delicious Skin Detox. Check out the full list here.

Ginger Green Tea Ice Cubes | 11 Detox Teas5. Not feeling like sipping on a hot beverage? For a chilled option, Hello Natural’s Detox Green Tea and Ginger ice cubes can be added to water to get all the two ingredients’ great detoxifying benefits.

 Primally Inspired’s Turmeric Tea | 11 Detox Teas6. Turmeric aids the liver in detoxification and, like ginger, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Primally Inspired’s Turmeric Tea recipe doesn’t just help your body detoxify—it also boosts immunity and helps sooth cold and cough symptoms (a must for the upcoming cold and flu season).

It’s a Love/Love Thing’s “Butterscotch” Tea |  11 Detox Teas7. Dandelions, the bane of many a homeowner’s existence, can act as a base for a sweet and satisfying detox tea, as found with It’s a Love/Love Thing’s “Butterscotch” Tea recipe. As a bonus, this tea can act as a substitute for sugary, milky coffee drinks, while aiding your liver, kidneys and gallbladder.

11 Detox Teas8. AO at Home’s Best Detox Tea Remedies include favorites like ginger and lemon, while also showing how peppermint and stinging nettle teas can aid in the detoxifcation of the digestive system, skin, liver and more.

Nourished for Free’s Herbal Detox Tea in a jar | 11 Detox Teas9. Nourished for Free’s Herbal Detox Tea recipe includes some of our favorite detox standbys including dandelion and milk thistle, while adding rosehips, orange peel and hibiscus, for a liver-healthy, Vitamin C-rich blend.

Daily Cleanse Water | 11 Detox Teas10. Want a detox tea alternative? Hello Natural has several, including the beyond simple mug of hot water with lemon. Check out other options (as well as how to fit the beverages into a larger detox plan) here.

Paleo Grub’s Lemon, Ginger and Basil Iced Tea| 11 Detox Teas10. Whether you prefer the term “spa water” or “iced tea,” Paleo Grub’s Lemon, Ginger and Basil Iced Tea is one more detox tea alternative that combines the detoxifying properties of ginger and lemon with the freshness of basil for an energizing, refreshing beverage.

11 Best Detox Teas to Make + Buy11. Linda Wagner’s Lemon-Ginger Detox Tea is packed with antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory and helps clear out the lymph system. It can also help with heartburn, migraines and cramps, among many other ailments.

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DIY: Whipped Homemade Natural Sunscreen http://hellonatural.co/diy-whipped-homemade-natural-sunscreen/ http://hellonatural.co/diy-whipped-homemade-natural-sunscreen/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://hellonatural.co/?p=49650 It’s the time of year when I start slathering the kids with sunscreen before heading out to school. And man, it’s a challenge! This homemade natural sunscreen uses zinc oxide and red raspberry seed oil as the primary skin-protecting ingredients while the coconut oil, which has a natural SPF of about 4-6, makes it easy to apply and adds moisture. You can’t beat the texture of whipped coconut oil – so soft and creamy!

DIY: Whipped Homemade Natural Sunscreen | HelloNatural.coIngredients for natural sun protection


Using an oil to protect your skin seems counterintuitive, but several oils not only provide your skin nourishment but a dose of UVB ray protection as well.

  • Avocado oil – SPF 4-15
  • Olive oil – SPF 2-8
  • Coconut oil – SPF 4-6
  • Almond oil – SPF 5
  • Jojoba oil – SPF 4

Shea butter

It naturally protects and conditions skin which has been damaged and offers a low level of UV protection (approximately SPF 6).

Red raspberry seed and carrot seed oil

Both oils have naturally very high SPFs because the vitamin A, vitamin E and fatty acids they contain are at just the right balance to protect against UV rays. Red raspberry seed oil has a natural SPF of around 30 and carrot seed oil provides SPF 40 protection.

Zinc oxide

Zinc oxide is unique among sunscreen ingredients in that it is truly a broad-spectrum blocker, protecting from UVA, UVB and even UVC rays. It’s safest to use non nano versions of zinc, as other types will absorb into the skin instead of providing the physical barrier on the outer layer of skin (source). Zinc oxide should be 20% of the sunscreen recipe in order to get an SPF 30, which for this sunscreen recipe equals roughly 2 tablespoons. You can add more zinc for more protection, but note that it will make the cream a bit thicker.

DIY: Whipped Homemade Natural Sunscreen | HelloNatural.coWhipped Homemade Natural Sunscreen



  • Melt coconut oil and shea butter in a bowl over warm water.
  • Add red raspberry seed oil and zinc oxide and stir together.
  • Cool in refrigerator for 30 minutes – 1 hour until you get a solid consistency.
  • Whip 3-5 minutes until you get a frosting like consistency.
  • Transfer to container with lid and store in a cool place.
  • Apply liberally. And always wear a hat and glasses!
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