Make-up Options

As part of our November challenge, we are looking at a few make-up options.  One we carry in store and the other is a local business that custom blends make-up for you based on your skin needs and goals.

Make-up can often come in glass containers with plastic lids, so there is some re-use or recycle availability there.  The biggest concern for most is the ingredients in what we coat our faces with daily.  Both options we are presenting today use good ingredients and are very transparent about what’s inside.

We carry Ann Marie Skin Care in the store.  This company is California based, so that is a huge plus in my world of trying to source local and it also means I can get a shipment within a few days.  They use wild crafted and organic ingredients and smell wonderfulllll.   All you have to do is look at the ingredient list and you know it’s high quality.  Something else I appreciate about this line is that it is preservative free.  Did you know that companies can get away with NOT listing preservatives included in their products? So transparency is very important as well as doing research.  I’ve gotten good responses from simply asking the company if they use a preservative and if so which one – so never be afraid to ask.

Currently we have Ann Marie mineral foundation kits, full size mineral foundations, and some of the anti-aging oils and travel kits.  Check out their full list of products for yourself here. The glass containers once empty can easily be reused or repurposed.

The other option featured this week is a Custom Blend Specialist right here in Redding, California.  She does one on one consultations or can accommodate small group consults if you want to make a girls’ night out of it.  A few perks with this option: she has a record of what she blended for you, let’s call it a make up prescription; when you are due for a refill, she can mix it up and on request, sterilize and refill your original container.  One of the biggest perks though is being able to customize the foundation or powder to individual skin needs. Anything from color, to coverage as well as botanical perks like anti-aging, hydrating, soothing, and oil absorbing.

You can view my own condensed consult here on youtube.

Now for the fun part: we are hosting a Custom Blend class this coming Saturday, November 17th at 10:30.  (Yes, I got the date wrong on the video, please ignore that)

Price depends on what exactly you want blended and space is limited so RSVP’s and questions about the price can be directed to Ashley via Instagram (@ashley.k.bae), Facebook (Mary Ashley Bae), or a good old fashioned phone call: (530) 604-4958.

Next week’s Make-It-Monday will be more DIY related, so be prepared to get your hands dirty!

 

No Plastic November Challenge

Plastics have been in the headlines a lot recently.  Some cities, states, or countries are even implementing bans on certain items like straws and plastic bags. Why all the fuss?

We live in an age of convenience.  Everything is disposable, designed out of convenience and unfortunately, lasts well beyond it’s single-use purpose. Plastics end up in our oceans and landfills with only a small number being recycled.  It literally takes hundreds of years for plastic to naturally break down and results in microplastics that get ingested by wildlife.

This month we’re challenging the community to take a step back and look at the products in the bathroom.

Tally up how many plastic products you have.  Include everything – toothbrushes, floss, hair products, body wash, contact supplies, etc.

Your mission should you choose to accept it: Eliminate one item per week by finding an environmentally friendly replacement.  This doesn’t mean take everything plastic you have and throw it away, because that kind of defeats the purpose doesn’t it? Instead, pinpoint the item you want to replace. After the life of the product is exhausted, have a plan for recycling options or a way to repurpose the container as well as what you plan on replacing it with.

Wild Radish Studio is still accepting bathroom packaging through TerraCycle’s recycling program.   For those of you dedicated enough, you’re welcome to mail it to us if you don’t live in the vicinity.  Please reach out via email first so we can notify you of the shipping address to use.

Share your plastic free journey on social media – get the word out! We’d love for you to tag us on your social media accounts as well so we can share and encourage our community of eco-warriors.

As a way to support this challenge, our Make-It-Monday posts will be catered to bathroom beauty products that are sustainable or ones you can make yourself.  While there are eco friendly products out there – as you know our passion is to find ways to make what we can!

Setting goals like this gives us something to strive towards and keeps us moving.  It doesn’t mean we hit those goals 100% of the time, so don’t beat yourself up if you don’t meet your own expectations or if your DIY recipe isn’t quite up to snuff.  View the process as an opportunity to learn more, and gain some confidence and self-sufficiency in the process.

Make-It-Monday: Liquid Laundry Detergent Using Castile Soap

Happy Monday!

This week our laundry detergent recipe is a liquid version.   I’ve made a liquid castile soap detergent in the past, which is a naturally mild soap and great for those with sensitivities or for washing baby clothes, but it was too mild for my laundry needs.

Then I found this recipe that included washing soda, which is a great additive and combined with the castile soap makes for extra muscle to fight strong odors.

If you normally wash laundry using cold water, a dry detergent mix might not fully dissolve and could potentially clog things up.  So a liquid version like this is a great option to have.

Here is the recipe compliments of Bren and her blog Brendid.com

LAUNDRY DETERGENT LIQUID WITH CASTILE SOAP

INGREDIENTS

  • Super Washing Soda – 7 oz (2/3 cup)
  • Baking Soda- 1.5 oz (3 Tbsp)
  • Liquid Castile soap – 1/2 cup, any scent –
  • Water– 5 cups, divided

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Pour washing soda into a large glass bowl then slowly stir in 2 cups of boiling water until washing soda is completely dissolved.
  3. Add one tablespoon of baking soda at a time and stir well to combine. The mixture will thicken as baking soda is added until it is a pudding-like texture.
  4. Stir in ½ cup Castile soap until well combined.  Slowly stir in remaining 3 cups of boiling water.
  5. Cool to room temperature, the mixture will separate while cooling. (See separation in picture below.)
  6. Combine separated mixture by blending or whisking until smooth. (Tip: Pour the mixture into two quart size Mason jars before cooling then screw on a blender bottom to easily blend until smooth.)
  7. Store liquid detergent in a glass bottle. Use 1/3 cup per load of laundry

I’m two loads deep into my batch and I’m very happy with it.  I’ve noticed the essential oils I added seem to carry over better than my dry detergent recipe.

If you link to Bren’s blog you can see she even does a cost breakdown per load.  I compared it to the price of ingredients I sell in the shop and am happy to report that it was very close.  Mine was just slightly cheaper.  (*Insert embarrassing celebratory dance here)

So if you’re still searching for that perfect DIY laundry recipe, give this a shot and see how it measures up.  Feel free to comment on your likes and gripes as well.  I find myself reading comments a lot before I try a new recipe and it’s extremely useful.

This will end our series of laundry related recipes this month.  Stay tuned for the theme for November – – it is going to be a great challenge!

 

Make-It-Monday: Reusable Fabric Softener

I had actually planned on sharing a new laundry detergent recipe this week.  Then I stumbled upon a recipe for home made fabric softener.

I HAVE to try this.

I currently use a wool dryer ball which works like a charm.   I have absolutely no complaints about it.  The only real downside is sometimes it gets lost in my sheets and I don’t want to dig through the laundry to find it before moving the next load from the washer to the dryer.  I have an outdoor laundry room that has no space for folding laundry – so when I’m pulling things out of the dryer, it’s with the intent of bringing it all inside to sort and fold. Thus the dryer ball dilemma.

Vinegar is said to help reduce static cling when using it in washing or drying your clothes. The way I see it, even if it doesn’t work AS good as my wool dryer ball, it’s SOMETHING.  Because honestly, I’ve used nothing at times when I couldn’t find my dryer ball.  Having this recipe on hand in the laundry room will be a game changer for me.

The recipe is from the Bren Did Blog

NATURAL HOMEMADE FABRIC SOFTENER & DRYER SHEETS RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 c. White vinegar
  • 2 c. Water
  • 1/8 c. Vegetable glycerin
  • 10-20 drops Essential oil (optional)
  • cotton cloth (for dryer sheets)

LIQUID FABRIC SOFTENER DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine white vinegar, water and glycerin in a glass jar. (To make liquid fabric softener mix together in a vinegar jug, it’s easy to pour into the machine.)
  2. Add essential oils, if desired, and stir or shake to combine. 

DRYER SHEET DIRECTIONS

Add 100% cotton cloths to the fabric softener container. Mine are made from flannel fabric and are approximately 5  x 8 inches. Stitch around the edge to prevent unraveling (this step is cosmetic – you can simply rip up strips of flannel or cotton jersey). Tip – An old 100% cotton t-shirt can be cut up and made into dryer sheets. Make sure it’s 100% cotton.)

HOW TO USE HOMEMADE FABRIC SOFTENER

  • Liquid Fabric Softener – Add ½ cup to the final rinse cycle. Use fabric softener dispenser or a dispenser ball.
  • Fabric Softener Sheets – Remove a fabric sheet from the jar and squeeze so it is not dripping. Add a sheet to the dryer with wet laundry and dry as usual.

So not only are we saving our skin from awful chemical what-nots in standard dryer sheets, we’re given an opportunity to repurpose that old flannel or shirt you may have been debating getting rid of.

It’s empowering to be able to repurpose items and make your own everyday products without having to deal with one-time-use packaging and plastics.  As an extra perk:  it’s almost always cheaper to make your own too! It’s a win win situation and Wild Radish Studio will continue to make it more accessible on a local level as well as by sharing recipes like these.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Disclaimer:  The recipes & benefits provided are for general reference only and should not be taken as medical advice. Wild Radish Studio does not guarantee the accuracy of information provided on referenced blogs & websites. Products and/or information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Please do your research & make decisions in partnership with your healthcare provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication please consult with your physician.

Make-It-Monday: Homemade Stain Remover Spray

Last week I confessed that I avoid wearing white at all costs because I’m a mess-magnet.   This week I’m sharing a recipe for a DIY stain remover that may very well have me singing a different tune!

This will be my shortest post ever because Kristin Marr did all of the hard work – check out her blog Live Simply for some awesome before and after photos of different stains inflicted on white clothing.

Homemade Stain Remover Spray

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegetable glycerin 
  • 1/4 cup water Clean tap water is fine for short-term use. Use distilled or boiled and cooled water for long-term use.
  • 1/4 cup castile soap I like orange, tea tree, or peppermint
  • 1 Tbsp. hydrogen peroxide 3%
  • 40 drops lemon essential oil Lemon is the key ingredient. Since a fresh-squeezed lemon would cause this solution to expire quickly. I go with lemon essential oil. Feel free to use 1-2 juiced lemons if you plan to use the spray within 1-2 days.

Instructions

  1. In a dark spray bottle (or a clear bottle that’s covered with a dark bag, tape, or stored in a dark location–due to the hydrogen peroxide), combine all the ingredients. Gently shake before use. 

So there you have it.  We have all the ingredients in the store and will soon have a few amber colored spray bottles we are testing out. Bring your own jar or spray bottle just in case – see you in the store!

Make-It-Monday: Standard Powdered Laundry Detergent

My biggest concern in washing clothes is getting rid of the stink. My husband and I are pretty active, which means lots of soiled work out clothes.  You know the reputation gym socks have – that’s the kind of stink I want my detergent to be able to eliminate.

There’s also a few tricks of the trade that are helpful:

For extra stinky clothes – wash in HOT water.  Add vinegar or an extra scoop of detergent if it’s really bad.  I try not to mix the active wear clothes with other clothing – that stink can jump garments if your detergent isn’t quite doing the trick or if your active wear is just abnormally awful.

A simple cold water soak will do wonders for preventing a stain before you try to wash the culprit out.  We’ll be posting some DIY stain solutions this month as well – just remember these recipes might not work as well as bleach or chemical filled options.  Our goal of course is to find the next best thing as far as green alternatives go.

This is my current go-to recipe for making laundry detergent.  It’s relatively easy to make and just as easy to use.  This recipe comes from Live Simply 

BORAX-FREE POWDERED LAUNDRY DETERGENT

Ingredients

  • 1 5-ounce castile soap bar unscented, or your favorite scented variety
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 30-40 drops essential oil optional*, example: 15 drops eucalyptus and 15 drops lavender

Instructions

Cut the bar into small, thin slices.

Place the soap chunks in a food processor bowl.

Pulse until the soap resembles small crumbles (almost like finely crumbled feta cheese). Alternatively, shred the soap with a sharp cheese grater into a large bowl. 

Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor, and place a dish towel over the processor bowl (optional, if you find the powder is circulating in the air). Pulse until the ingredients are well combined and the mixture resembles a fine powder.

Add the essential oil, if using. Place the dish towel over the bowl again. And pulse for just a few seconds to combine.

Pour the soap into a storage container with a lid. The soap will keep for at least 6 months.

To Use:

Stir or shake the soap before use. Scoop 1-2 tablespoons (for HE machines) or ¼ cup for top-loaders, and add directly to the clothes in the washer (not the soap dispenser). Use the warmest water possible for your clothing. See the troubleshooting tips below for more help. 

What’s nice about this recipe is that it tackles strong odors with washing soda and baking soda, as well as helps soften clothes by the addition of salt.
I’ve been using this recipe successfully for 4 months now and haven’t felt the need to change things up.  I haven’t noticed any issues with abnormal color fading. We wear a lot of dark clothing, likely due to our clumsy demeanor and the ability of darker clothes to hide stains!  That being said, I can’t attest to how this detergent does with whites since we tend to avoid having white garments at all.
What are some of your laundry tips & tricks? Feel free to share!

Make-It-Monday: Fall Is Here

I thought we could acknowledge fall this week.  One of my favorite seasons.  (I’ve got four) 😉

With the colors and the cooler temperatures comes an onslaught of everything pumpkin.  So of course we’re going to talk about what benefits we can gain from this popular squash. Sorry, those pumpkin spice lattes don’t count!

You’ve probably heard of beta carotene, which contributes to the orange/yellow color in many fruits and vegetables.  Pumpkins obviously have plenty! Once ingested, beta carotene gets converted to vitamin A. The other way we can get pre-formed vitamin A is through animal products (liver, fish, dairy products) because their bodies already did the conversion work for us.  This is important to know if, like me, you don’t eat meat very often, or if you are vegetarian or vegan.   Deficiency in this vitamin could impact our immune system, eyesight and our skin among other things.  It’s also noteworthy that not everyone converts beta carotene to vitamin A at the same efficiency.  You can read more about this here.

The rest of us are going to move on to something more light-hearted.  The benefits of using pumpkin topically.  Here is a short article from the Dermal Institute that outlines the goodies packed in pumpkin. Fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids as well as vitamin C make pumpkin a great vehicle for DIY skin care recipes!

The recipe below comes from Jenni Raincloud and she is a girl after my own heart! Former aesthetician she set out to re-create a DIY version of Andalou’s Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask.

 

DIY PUMPKIN HONEY GLYCOLIC MASK

1 Tbsp. Organic Pumpkin Puree

2 tsp. Manuka Honey

1/2 tsp. Glycolic Acid

5 drops Citrus Essential Oils (Grapefruit/Lemon)

Mix all ingredients and leave mask on for 5-10 minutes.  See her referenced link above for cautions & notes on the glycolic acid.

 

Because I like to keep things natural and use as few processed ingredients as possible (i.e., the glycolic acid and essential oils) I’m going to replace those items with nature’s versions.

Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid as well as a humectant so I’ll be adding that with some fresh pineapple and grapefruit juice to make a good paste.

That being said, this means I’m totally guinea pig-ing it.  I have no idea what % of glycolic acid I’m actually getting, but I have enough common sense to wash it off if it burns too much.  And I’m enough of a nerd that I have PH strips at home that I plan on using.

For those of you like me who don’t mind experimenting at home I would highly suggest you read this gem of an explanation about chemical peels  that covers everything from recommended pH to different AHA’s to after care instructions.   Just because we’re doing this in our kitchen doesn’t mean there are no consequences!

As you hear me say often – do your research!

Have fun this week and we do carry organic sugar in the store if you plan on going that route.

 

Disclaimer:  The recipes & benefits provided are for general reference only and should not be taken as medical advice. Wild Radish Studio does not guarantee the accuracy of information provided on referenced blogs & websites. Products and/or information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Please do your research & make decisions in partnership with your healthcare provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication please consult with your physician.

 

 

 

 

 

Make-It-Monday: The Antioxidant Baths

When I was a kid, I thought baths were for babies.   BIG kids take SHOWERS.  Now that I’m an adult – baths, like sleep, are a real treat!

This week we will be focusing on how we can make our bath all the more luxurious.  Since our monthly motto is multi-purpose antioxidants that we can either eat or wear, prepare yourself for some unique and fun recipes.  But first I suggest reading this article on the physiological and psychological effects of bathing and why you may want to incorporate an occasional bath in your busy lifestyle.

DIY Vinotherapy.  Yep, that’s right – for those rare occasions when you have a bottle of red that maybe sat too long – add it to the bath.  Technically, true vinotherapy involves soaking in the remnants of wine production.  Basically the sludge that has all the goodies in it: skins, pulp, seeds that are loaded with resveratrol, an antioxidant that is commonly used in skincare.   That being said, you won’t  be getting as much of those goodies using a bottle of oxidized wine.  And who knows if your skin is really absorbing what IS in the wine, but  at least your water will be pink and you can feel like a rockstar.  OK, ok, this is more of a novelty mention than anything else – on to the real recipes.

Ginger Detox Body Scrub.  Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and loaded with antioxidants.   If you haven’t used it in your kitchen make it a goal this week to find a new recipe to make for dinner.  Ginger is a staple in my house.  It goes in our smoothies, on our salmon, in our kombucha and even in our homemade dog food! And here is your recipe for a Ginger Detox Body Scrub compliments of Hello Glow blog.

Epsom Salt Milk Bath. It’s no secret how amazing epsom salts can be in your bath.  This recipe from Homespun Seasonal Living kicks it up a notch with the addition of milk powder which is super nourishing for your skin and your hair. Not everyone will have this powder in their kitchen, but it is something we tend to keep on hand for our backpacking trips or those occasions we forget to buy milk and don’t want to drink black coffee.

Floral Bath Salts. Who hasn’t wanted to take a rose petal bath?  I have yet to do it because I don’t have access to fresh rose petals.  But I do have dried rose buds so making this Floral Bath Salt recipe from Married to the Earth is a go-to.   Not only will you get the benefits of epsom salt, but you’ll also get plenty of antioxidants in the rose petals and other other dried flowers you choose to add. And it makes your bath PRETTY.

What about the edible aspect you ask?   Roses petals and rose water are used quite often in a variety of dishes.  I love eating pretty food, so adding flowers in my salads is not a foreign concept and I’ve even been able to pick up an edible floral mix at our local farmers market.  You can get very creative with it, but here is a recipe to get you started if this is all a foreign concept to your palate: a simple Rose Petal Fruit Salad from sunset.com.

A quick word of caution however.  While roses are edible you will want to avoid any that have been exposed to pesticides and chemicals.  This means that those picture perfect long stem roses someone gave you wouldn’t be the best source for rose petals.

I hope you have fun experimenting this week and that maybe you’ve even been inspired to search for new creative ways to use what you have in your kitchen!

Disclaimer:  The recipes & benefits provided are for general reference only and should not be taken as medical advice. Wild Radish Studio does not guarantee the accuracy of information provided on referenced blogs & websites. Products and/or information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Please do your research & make decisions in partnership with your healthcare provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication please consult with your physician.

 

 

Make-It-Monday: Chamomile Flowers

The spotlight this week is on this amazing little flower.

The most common delivery method is a tea.  Many drink it for it’s relaxing, calming effect or to boost the immune system and help fight infections associated with colds.  Something I learned recently is that the tea can also be used for relieving muscle spasms and menstrual cramps because it has properties that help relax the uterus and decreases the production of prostaglandins (hormone-like substances that cause inflammation and pain). Guess who has two thumbs and is going to be drinking tea religiously for the next month to test this out?  You can read an overview of the studies done here.  It covers chamomile use for eczema, gastrointestinal disorders, colds, inflammatory conditions and more.  Definitely worth a read.

The article concludes by stating “Establishing whether or not therapeutic effects of chamomile are beneficial to patients will require research and generation of scientific evidence.”  This is often the case with many holistic approaches to health or folk medicine which many of our DIY recipes stem from.   What works for 10 other people might not work for you.  Which is why I often refer to DIY recipes I try as ‘experiments’.  Thankfully though, many of the ingredients, like chamomile, beat out the competition when it comes to side effects – or lack thereof.   That being said there are rare cases of allergic reactions to chamomile, usually for those that have extreme sensitivities to ragweed, daisies, marigolds, or chrysanthemums.

So what are you waiting for?  Come by the shop and pick up some dried chamomile to make a warm cup of tea and see if it supports your body in more ways than one.   Or take a peek at some of the fun DIY recipes below:

  • Herb Infused Oil – Instructions and inspiration from the Mountain Rose Herbs blog. I made a solar infused batch using chamomile and rose a few months ago without really knowing the benefits of the herbs I chose.  Needless to say I’m looking forward to pulling it out and using it as an after shower oil.
  • Soothing Chamomile Face Mask – A recipe using only chamomile tea and honey from Our Everyday Life
  • Chamomile Tea Bag Compress for Eyes – No recipe necessary for this one.  Simply drink your tea and pop the used tea bags in the fridge for a quick cold compress to refresh those eyes on rough mornings.
  • Chamomile Body Scrub – A recipe from Every Day Minerals blog using sugar, chamomile tea and coconut oil.

As you can see the options are endless and the recipes are simple.  Have fun this week and we’ll see you in the store!

Disclaimer:  The recipes & benefits provided are for general reference only and should not be taken as medical advice. Wild Radish Studio does not guarantee the accuracy of information provided on referenced blogs & websites. Products and/or information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Please do your research & make decisions in partnership with your healthcare provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication please consult with your physician.