Coloured lipbalm/gloss

I have made lip balms before but never tinted with colour. But it turns out it is quite easy. I got my son and his classmate helping me out ❤

This is a great way to both spend time with kids and at the same time make something that is safe for them and you to wear on a daily basis.

Normal lip balms are filled with unnecessary things like paraffin or petroleum(mineral oil), preservatives, artificial dyes, flavors and colors.

I found this about mineral oil. According to Efsa, European Food Safety Authority mineral oils may act as a genetic carcinogen, meaning it might damage human DNA. While some saturated mineral oils can accumulate in the tissue and cause adverse effects in the liver. In EU some variations of mineral oils are approved as food additives.

To make your own skincare products is a great way to lessen the toxic load we all are exposed to at this point. Especially for kids that has a much smaller and sensitive system.

The fun thing about this recipe is that you can easily use the oils you have available at home just make sure if you have more liquid oils than solid in this recipe then you need add 1 more spoon of beeswax that acts as a solidifier.

Another thing is that if you have a grinder. Like a coffegrinder you can grind your own powders from vegetables or berries you already have. Just slice it up, pop it in the oven and dry it overnight at aroud 50 degrees. It is a great way to save some old beets that was about to go to waste. 💚

What you need:

  • 1 spoon beeswax
  • 1 spoon grapeseed oil
  • 1 spoon olive oil
  • 1 spoon coconut oil
  • 1 spoon shea butter
  • 20 drops stevia
  • 0,3 teaspoon cola aroma/10 drops essential oil
  • 1 capsule of vitamin e (act as a preservative, can be skippes)
  • 1-6 teaspoons of coloured plant powder (beetroot, blue spirulina, turmeric, sweet potato, blueberries, raspberries, hibiscus)
  • Clean containers
  1. Boil some water and melt the fat in a water bath above. You don’t want any water mixed in with your fats.
  2. When the beeswax is melted add the stevia, aroma/essential oils. Mix it up
  3. Add the powder until you have the desired colour. The more pigment you add the more visible it will be on the actual lip. 💋
  4. Pour liquid into containers and pop in the fridge for fast solidifying.
  5. Enjoy your clean lipbalm

It is also possible to experiment with several colors with this batch, but pouring the batch into smaller containers be aware that the oil mix gets cold and starts to solidify, so you have to act fast 😉

I love this for my self and those small girlie girls that wanna grow up to fast, but with this recipe you can make sure the ingredients are SAFE for their growing bodies 💜 have some fun experimenting with colors, smells and flavors. 💋💋💋

Coconut caramel

I don’t eat sugar because my body can’t metabolize it and it just generally makes me feel like crap. But I let my son have some from time to time, but then I want it to be the good kind, or as good as it possibly can be though it still is sugar and should be enjoyed in moderation.

I wanted to try to make caramel, but with no diary and with coconut sugar instead of ordinary sugar. White sugar is refined and stripped for all possible nutrients and has also gone through the process of getting bleached. Cane sugar is a better option becouse it is closer to it’s natural shape and still contain some trace minerals, at the downside it still raises the bloodsugar a lot. Coconut sugar though is even better becouse it has lower glycemic index, also has more antioxidants and inulin, which can help slow glucose absorption. Instead of normal syrup I switched this with maple syrup. Maple syrup actually contains antimicrobial properties, more nutrients and antioxidants. As well as oligosaccharides, polysaccharides, organic acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It also contains zinc and manganese. Now I don’t think all the properties remain after 30 min of boiling, but it is still SO much better than normal syrup.

What you need

3 dl coconut milk

2 dl coconut sugar

1 dl maple syrup

100 g vegan butter (no additives)

1 spoon of vanilla syrup

1. Add everything to a pot, mix it and let it start to boil on medium heat.

2. Turn down the heat to a little below medium. Stir often and let it boil down for atleast 30 min

3. Do the dropper test, add a little caramel to a cold glass of water. If you can shape it to a ball it’s done. If not keep on boiling and stirring.

4. Add to cool shapes or just in a square shape that is covered with baking paper.

5. Let it chill in the fridge until hard.

6. Cut in squares or remove from mold. Wrap them in pieces of baking paper, and save in the fridge or freezer for whenever ❣

Enjoy your clean vegan candy guilt free ❤ or wrap and give away as Christmas gifts 🎅

All-good Pomade

My son just got a haircut, or what he called it was a SMART-haircut. But this cool new haircut that not only makes him a big boy (he is turning 7 this week). But now he would need to use a styling product to make the hair stand up like he want it to. But buying just any of the stying products at the hairsalon or any other place is pretty much out of the equation.

SMART-haircut

The amount of chemicals and hormone disruptors we are exposed to through cosmetics on a daily basis is a lot. According to research done, infants are born with around 200 chemicals already circulation in their body. I believe that every place we can try reduce the exposure to chemicals, to lessen the total toxic load is a good thing. That’s why I made my son his own hair styling pomade.

The all-good Pomade is made with only natural ingredients, and gives a good hold through out the day. Great for short hair. I also added some cola aroma to it to make is smell good (I didn’t have marshmallow scent witch was the original wish). The ingredients are so safe you could EAT them, just incase if a zoombie-apocalypse is near. Stay prepared.

Ingredients

4 spoons sheabutter

4 spoons beeswax

3 spoons jojobaoil

2 spoons arrowroot powder/corn starch

2,5 teaspoons cola aroma

5 drops of lime essential oil

6 drops of caramel stevia

This gives approx 135 g of finished product. The hold is medium to hard, if you want a stronger hold just add 1 more spoon of beeswax.

Melt everything in a water bath. The beeswax requires some heat, so I found it actually easier to melt it directly in a pot on the stove on minimum heat. Mix in the arrowroot/corn starch and the aroma in the end. Pop it in the fridge for about 5 min. Then use a hand held mixer and blend it all together. This is to mix the beeswax together with the other oils. Pour in a container, and let it chill until solid. Then VOILA. Your own home-made pomade ❤️

Today my son styled his own hair, and he was so happy with the result. I obviously was doing it all wrong. 😂 But with this pomade I feel safe letting him play around as much as he wants to 🌿

BEST DIY FACEMASKS

I actually started reesearch for this blog this spring when Covid-19 first presence in march. But Norway decided that facemasks is to difficult to use for the people of Norway, I kind of hung it right here. But now with Covid on the rise because traveling for a Norwegian is part of our basic needs😉.

After 1,5 weeks of recommendation to use masks in public transport , single use masks are to be found everywhere in the streets. You should think that disposing thrash into a trashcan shouldn’t be that hard, but obviously it is. One solution is to make your own fabric mask ❤️ It´s inexpensive, better for the invironment and better for your health. Yes breathing toxins from the prodution of single use masks have not been reesearched yet, but still other reesearch done from enveironmental toxins that we wear, eat and breathe does affect our health as a coctail effect we still does not know to what extent… I like to practise a better safe than sorry approch. If you want to do the same I suggest useing organic fabric, preferably dyed organic or with plant colors as well. If not just make sure you have washed it really well before you use it.

First is the choice of material, the ones that are proven to have the best effect according to medicalnewstoday.com is tightly woven cotton of 600 threads pr inch, and 2 sheets of chiffon made from polyester and spandex filter out 80-99% of partricles

Other materials that have done good is tightly woven cotton, (no, do not use a BANDANA) plus natural silk or flannel, and cotton quilt with cotton-polyester batting. Filters that have performed well is vacuum cleaner filters(not recommended in Norway) and Zwiffer refill dust cloths. It gets kind of technical when the best combination is a positively charged fabric and a negative charged fabric, but thats why you want to combine cotton with silk or a synthetic fiber. Anyhow what materials you choose, FIT of the mask is everything, it needs to be snug.

Materials NOT to use, include knits, because they stretch and make the fabric have more filtration. So no tshirt and sock masks should ever be made and used.

I made this fitted mask pattern that graded in 3 sizes. I find my 6 year old fit the small, myself the medium and my hubby the Large

Old school pattern drawn by hand

What you need

  • Printed pattern on A4 paper
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Woven cotton fabric min 30 cm x 21 cm
  • Filter fabric min 30 cm x 21 cm (silk or polyester chiffon) I will use polyester originally made to filtrate pollen
  • Polyester or silk fabric min 30 cm x 21 cm
  • Elastic band 6 mm
  • Metal tread ( 8 – 10 cm)
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Iron board
  • Iron

What to do

1. Use the paper scissor and cut out the preferred size

2. Iron the fabrics, remember different temperature for different fabrics

3. Fold the fabric, remember to fold with the direction of the tread in the fabric.

4. Pin the pattern on the fabric and cut around. Do the same with all the fabric layers

5. Pin together the mask front and sew a seam with 1 cm seam-allowance. Do the same with all the pieces

6. Iron down the middle of the seam, so the edges fold to each side. Use the edge of your Iron board. Do the same on all the pieces except. Remember the right temperature to each fabric

7. Cut small triangles in the seam allowance along the curvy seam on all pieces.

8. Pin the front of the mask together with the back with the seams facing out. Then fasten the filter ontop of the front with the seam-allowance facing inwards.

9. Sew a seam over the 3 layers on top of the mask and on the bottom with 1 cm allowance.

10. Cut off extra fabric on nose and chin.

11. Turn the face mask inside out.

12. Iron the edges.

13. Fold the metal wire after the shape of the nose.

14. Insert the metal wire and pin the edges down, marking with a pin where is starts and ends.

15. Sew one seam with stitches 4 mm, 0,3 cm from the edge. When getting to the wire sew around it at approx 0,75 cm.

16. Sew a topstitch seam on the bottom of the mask as well, 4 mm, 0,3 from the edge.

Point 17. 19. 20. 22

17. Pin all the 3 layers down in the remaining openings and sew a seam on both sides.

18. Try on the face mask and measure around the head (or around the ears) from one edge to another with a measuring tape. Measure the width of the mask. Add all the measures together and then add 2 cm. Size Large can look like this 43 cm (back head)+ 32 cm(neck) + 7 cm (side length) + 2 cm (seam allowance) = 84 cm. Cut the elastic band in the total measurement. Or you can just make a rough cut at 84 and avoid the math.

Point 18

19. Measure 1,5 cm, fold 0,5 cm around the elastic band, fold again so the measure is 1 cm. Iron and pin down. Make sure the elastic is loose and away from any pin.

20. Sew 0,2 cm from the edge with a 0,4 mm stitch. Repeat on the other side.

21. Try on the face mask to adjust the length of the elastic band. Then pin the ends together, let them overlap at 1 cm. Sew a zigzag seam back and forth to fasten. Adjust the elastic to hide the seam within one of the sides.

FINITO 💚👌🏼 enjoy your custom fitted face mask. Now you can experiment with all kinds of printed fabric or colors to match your outfits. Bring some FUN into Facemasks. They might be around for a while

STAY SAFE 😷✌🏼

Aloe Rose Water🌹

Roses are red and blue and now comes in pretty much every color you can ask for. From ancient time it’s a symbol of love. Energetically it is used to heal grief and sorrow and open the heart ❤️ It has been used in skincare since the Greek and Egyptian time. Cleopatra actually soked her sails in rose water before traveling so her scent could be carried by the wind (they could smell her coming 😂).

Not very natural. But OH ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

Rose water actually has a lot of great benefits. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and can help smooth and sooth irritated skin, reduce redness and puffyness, help skin heal faster and fight of infections. Rosewater has strong antioxidants and is also found to have anti-aging properties. It can relive headaches and enhance mood by relaxing the central nervous system. No wonder it has been used in skincare since pretty much forever. It can also help digestive upset and aids the body in production of more bile. And it has been used to fight of eye-infections.

So there is no reason to let those petals go to waste. Do you have a bush in your garden or some wild roses near by? You can have fun by making your own rose water ❤️ I found a lonely bush in my neighborhood that had so much flowers it couldn’t hold them up anymore, so I felt the need to help a little 😉 Best to use petals grown without pesticides, what we put on your skin will enter our body and your blood stream. For maintaining good a health or better our it I believe in making clean choices.

Rose water

  • Fresh rose petals
  • Double the amount of water

Bring the water to a boil then add it to the rosepetals. You can let it simmer until the petals looses it’s color or like me I just left it steep until the water got cold. Strain through a mesh cloth, and voila you got ROSE WATER 🌹

Use it as it is or as a base for other recipes like this face and body spray

Aloe Rose Water

  • 2 leaves of Aloe Vera
  • 700 ml of Rose Water
  • 1 spoon of glycerine
  • 15 drops of Grapefruit seed extract or some vitamin E (conserving)
  • 3 clean 250 ml spraybottles

Add cold rose water and all the ingredients to a blender or to a jar and use a hand held blender. Mix it up and then its ready. SO EASY!

This spray turned out amazing, and got immediatly stolen by my husband that struggles with migraines and sits infront of a computer all day ❤️ I will take this spray with me on vacation and use it to sooth burned skin or when I feel I just need a little extra boost. I belive this mix also would work amazingly as a facial toner.

If you try this recipe yourself. Let me know what you think and if you find more uses of it. Rose water is supposed to last one year in the fridge. I put my leftovers in a reusable glass bottle so let’s see how long this lasts 😂

Ultra moisturizing handcream

I always have had lots of trouble finding a hand cream that is clean. Meaning NO added hormone disruptors, benzonates, perfumes and other unessecary toxins and chemicals. That also works for very dry skin and doesn’t cost 300 kr for 100 ml. Yeah face it, going “natural” is for some reason VERY expensive at times.

Most dry skin formulas uses very heavy fats and butters, but I don’t really feel like they are penetrating the skin. Not until I figured out how to use vegetable glycerine as part of my formula. It truly worked like magic. I even tested it on my husbands feet who at that point was dryer than the Sahara desert, and just after 1 night of applying the mosterizer the dryness was gone and his human feet came back.

Glycerol is a sugar alcohol that is derived from animal products, plants or petroleum. Vegetable glycerine is made by heating triglyceride-rich vegetable fats like palm, soy or coconut pils, under pressure or together with a strong alkali, such as lye. It causes the glycerine to split from the fatty acids and mix with water, forming an odorless, sweet tasting syrup like liquid. It is commanly used in the food industry, cosmetics and in Phamacutical industrise.

Other benefits of glycerol is that it helps skin health by sooth irritation, protect against irritants and microbes as well as sooth inflamed or wounded skin. It can also work as a barrier on the skin when it needs protection from the natural elements like wind and cold. Though It seems to have no effect on stinging, itching, drying or irritation.

The cool thing about glycerine is that it helps oil and waterbased ingredients so mix, buuut it ususally needs a emulsifier in addition to mix even better. Emulsifiers can be found organic and natural derived or full on chemicals, for me it was important to keep it as clean as possible. For this reason I chose beeswax as my emulsifier.

What I used

  • 1 spoon Cacaobutter
  • 1 spoon beezwax
  • 50 ml of olive oil
  • 50 ml of grapeseed oil
  • 1 spoon of shea butter
  • 100 ml of glycerine
  • Hand held blender
  • (10-15 drops of orange essential oil)

Gently melt everything over a water bath. Add the glycerine at the end. At this point glycerine and the rest of the oils are not going to mix. Pop the whole thing it in the fridge for 15-20 min, then use your blender and mix it well. Now everything should be good and blended. Pour the finished product in containers. I used 2 containers so I can keep 1 fresh in the fridge. There is no plant material in this so I don’t think it will spoil easily, but I if you want to make sure to keep it from growing bacteria, use a spoon or a spatula when using the cream. Best applied at night before sleeping 🌙

This is the blended version. Ofcourse I forgot in my eager to take the before picture 😉

Originally I made this cream for my son who’s hands where cracking up from all the hand-washing at school, but seriously it works for everything and everyone. AND it is SAFE, pure and natural ❤

Enjoy being soft and moisturized😘

Diy Deodorant and lipbalm

There is no secret that I am very conscious about what I put in and on my body. Extreme allergies will do that to you 😉

So many skincare products, makeup, soaps, perfumes, washing products are filled with toxins, heavy metals, hormone disruptors and questionable additives. Trying to get my health back to a good place I definitely don’t need more of that ❣

That’s why I figured that it is best to go back to basics. Making most my own skincare products, with ingredients I can eat as well. If it is safe enough to put in my mouth it is safe to put on my skin. A great rule of thumb 👍

I wanted to share 2 recipies I use. One for lip balms and one for my deodorant. A little goes a long way. Last time I made deodorant was actually one year ago. So yes by doing this you can actually save some money.

The cool thing about this recipes is that you can easily switch out some oils for what you already have in the pantry. I am a big fan of using what you have.

Only thing you need to remember with switching is to replace the oils or fat with something in the same consistency. Liquid oils with other liquid oils. Hard fat like cacao butter can be switched with beeswax. Just switch it up and have some fun playing around ❤ it is easy to make several things at once while you are at it. Make double and use for both?

Lip balm (approx 6 containers)

1 spoon beeswax

1 spoon cacao butter

1 spoon avocado oil

1 spoon grapeseed oil

10 drops of your favourite essential oil

Melt the beeswax and cacao butter over a water bath. Add the rest of the oils and stir. Pour in containers. Let it cool. Voila ❤ If you are feeling experimental you can add some beetroot powder or cacao powder for color

Deodorant

1 spoon cocoa butter

1 spoon shea butter

2 spoons coconut butter

1 spoon beeswax

1/4 cup of arrow root or cornstarch

1,5 spoons of baking soda

1 spoon of green clay (can be skipped)

10-15 drops of essential oil

Melt all the butters and wax over a water bath until liquid. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour in container and let it chill. Ready for action. Smelly free and au natural ❤

Jacket Facelift

I just want to share a super easy way to upgrade your old jacket. This is really the simplest way to bring some new life to an old jacket.

Jacket facelift = new excitement = longer wear 💚. The most environment friendly thing we can do is to use what we already HAVE, instead of buying USED or NEW clothing. Adding a personal touch to your clothes makes you have a stronger relationship with them, and it will be much harder to break up with them. 💔 Loved clothes last longer because we take better care of them.

This styling I did for a friend of mine. My passion is definetly to tell others how to do things 😂 but sometimes I do forget that not everybody thinks this is so easy as I believe it is (my forgotten degree in fashion might have something to do with it). Since this practically takes no time (max 1 hour) I decided I could just do it my self, and THEN tell all of you how easy it was instead.

What you need

  • Printer
  • Transfer paper
  • Piece of fabric approx A4
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Thread in chosen color
  • Trims for decoration
  • Iron
  • Iron board or towels
  • Baking sheets

1. Choose a picture you would love to decorate your jacket with

2. Print your transfer-picture accordingly to the instructions following. Some pictures need to be flipped. Also make sure you add the correct side in the printer.

3. Iron the transfer sheet on to the piece of fabric using the instructions. Use the baking sheet between the picture and the iron.

4. Pin the picture onto the jacket. Zigzag around the edge. I used the button-hole seam to get the seam tight enough.

5. Decorate around with trims you like. That matches or mismatches the picture.

Enjoy your masterpiece 💚 easy peasy

My friend was very happy with her Frida Charlo picture and the vintage lace trim 😉❤

Summer Caps Redesign

Do you have some old caps laying around? Maybe they have some spots or you just don’t feel their vibe anymore?

I had a couple of those that was in need of a upgrade. I will show you two methods you can use to upgrade your caps. One you do not even need to sew at all, the other one is a little more intricate, and requires a little more work and patience ❤ I use creation of redesigns as a form meditation, time I use on making something doesn’t really matter anymore. It is how you feel while creating that is the most important. ❤

What I used for “pura pinchi party”

  • Printer
  • Transferpaper for printer
  • Textile glue
  • piece of white cotton fabric 20 cm x 20 cm
  • Pins
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Black fabric pen (for drawing on the cap)
  • (Optional) sewing machine or needle and thread

1. Iron the piece of fabric

2. Place the fabric on top of the front of the caps, pin it so it lays flat and wrinkle free. Cut into the fabric where the line is rounded. Make a dart at the same place as the caps has before

3. Trace the exact line of the cap with a pencil.

4. Add 1 cm in seam-allowance and outline the shape with a ruler .

5. Do a couple of test prints so you find the rignt size of your picture. It needs to fit within the frame of the front cap pattern. Depending on the intended design of course 🙃

6. When the correct size is found. Make the final print on the transfer paper, make sure the paper inserted in the printer the correct way (always read instructions, and yes I have done this wrong many times 😉

7. Place the cap pattern ontop of the printed picture and trace the pattern, remove 1 cm (the seam allowance). It gets very thick if it is left on, so it is better to remove it.

8. Place the picture on the middle of fabric. Iron accordingly to the instuctions of the tranferpaper (mine needed a baking paper ontop and ironed on cotton setting for about 60 seconds)

9. Sew the dart, with machine or by hand. This can also be glued. But I think the results look better with a seam.

10. Cut small inserts around the rounded lines on the side, this helps the fabric lay smoother on the inside. Cut the extra fabric around the “button” on top of the cap so it fits.

11. Carefully fold and glue little by little.

Behold your creation of beauty ❤ ❤ ❤

I also added a mandala inspired drawing on the front cap to cover up a spot. 😉

On the second cap I have mixed painting, sewing, printing, and gluing. This cap I required in Mexico, where it was passed out to all the boys at the party. As the feminist I am, I had to claim it for my self. I think it now has turned out as real statement piece? Now is the question, will I dare to wear it?

I will not go too much in to all the small details of creation here, but give more of an overall idea to hopefully get you inspired enough to create your own design. ❤

What I used for “macho alfa”

  • Fabric paint from panduro, pink, green, blue, red, yellow, gold
  • Fabric pens,
  • Fabric glue
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread in ass colors
  • Old butterfly hairclip
  • Transfer paper (butterfly picture)
  • Vintage applique flower
  • Crochet tablecloths
  • Ass trims and laces
  • Dotting tool
  • Paint brushes

1. I painted the front of the cap with pink approx 3 times drying inbetween

2. Then I added gold dots around the red letters with a dotting tool

3. I painted the palm leaf on the cap with green color. This served a purpose since there was a spot. It works as a great coverup.

4. Creation of different flowers using trims, lace, and painted crochet linens. Every color is carefully chosen and put together according to the placement of the flower. So trying and visualization is important before I choose a color. Of course I painted more flowers than I really used 😉

5. The big flowers got sewn on and the small ones got fastened with fabric glue.

6. The final details on the cap was the butterflies and the metal star. The blue butterfly is created by picture print on transferpaper, ironed on a piece of fabric, then glued on. The black butterfly is an old hairclip I have saved, I removed the clip in the back and sewed it on by hand. The star was just something I had laying around, this was also just glued on.

This is how to easily upgrade some old caps, with just stuff you have laying around. It feels great to repurpose old items that would normally dusted away in a drawer or a cabinet. Only the imagination creates the limits here ❤

Art Therapy

How are you dealing with this Coronavirus times lockdown? Are you bored? Feeling overwhealmed, scared? Many emotions may come up when facing a global pandemic and they are all perfectly normal, allowed to have, and totally understandable. However, we have to find ways to deal with our own emotions, hard to run from them now right? 😂 Its a great opputunity to get to know ourselves better ❤

I belive that in this times we need to do everything we can to strengthen our natural defences. Eat healthy organic food, connect with nature, get a lot of sunshine, exsercise, medtitate, learn something new, take a beat and breath it out. Do not read news more than 1-2 times a day. Keep the connection with your loved ones by phone or facetime. Remember WHY we are doing this, and that everything will pass soon enough ❤

Another thing that can help dealing with emotions is doing some art. Art used as part of therapy can help manage behaviours, process feelings, reduce stress and anixity, and increase self esteem. Creating art also stimulates the relese of dopamine. (I think we all need some of that about now)

There seems to be a great connection between the expression of art in some form and a better immune system.

Of course if you do have the need for therapy creating art is not a substitute for a psychologist but it can be a helpful addition.

For me it definitely brings a sense of calm in the middle of the storm. For you people home with school kids and partners you know what storm I am talking about 😉

Here is 2 coloring pages I created, and I just wanted to share with you, Working with colors can ceartantly lift your spirit ❤

Lets stick indoors together and keep on sharing inspiration with eachother. ❤