Make-It-Monday: Vegan Mousse

This is my favorite and most made vegan dessert.   It’s deliciously rich and creamy and will give you the chocolate fix you need.  Trust me!

Unfortunately, I never measure my ingredients – so the following recipe is a ballpark estimate.  Add more or less depending on your taste.

Vegan Mousse

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (refrigerated)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1-2 Tbsp. maple syrup (or honey if you don’t need it to be vegan)

Open your can of coconut milk, scoop out the hardened ‘cream’ and place in a bowl.   Using a hand mixer, whip it as you would cream.  Add the cocoa powder and honey, whipping until enough air has been incorporated to make it your desired consistency. 

The unused coconut milk that remained in liquid form can be added to your next smoothie or used in a DIY shampoo recipe.  If you’re not sure how you want to use it – put it in a freezer safe container and save it for later.   We’re fans of getting the most use of everything around here. 🙂 

Voila!  An antioxidant packed dessert you can feel good about and wear as a face mask as well!   Let’s break these ingredients down though so you can see what you’re getting:

Coconut Milk: Vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6 as well as iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and phosphorus.

Cocoa Powder: It’s no secret that cocoa powder boasts a high amount of antioxidants and polyphenols. There was actually a study done comparing cocoa powder and dark chocolate versus common ‘superfruit’ powders such as acai, blueberry, pomegranate, and cranberry.  The result?  Antioxidant capacity of cocoa powder was significantly greater than that of the comparative powders. You can read the study here.

Maple Syrup: This tasty syrup is packed with antioxidants and minerals like zinc and manganese.  I prefer my mousse with the maple syrup as honey can be a strong flavor and kind of overpower the cocoa.

Raw Honey: Naturally antibacterial in nature, full of antioxidants and a natural humectant.  If you don’t have raw honey that’s ok, it still has beneficial properties.

Now you have another reason to eat chocolate and a great recipe to try!

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.

 

September Spotlight: Antioxidants

In light of the extreme amount of smoke my hometown is currently sitting under, I thought we could focus this month on DIY recipes that can assist our bodies to combat the side effects that come with the smoke and other environmental stressors.

Most everyone is aware of the health risks associated with breathing this stuff in every day.  But did you know it’s wreaking havoc on our skin as well?

Here is a great article from Dermveda that explains in addition to the smoke we have UV rays to contend with – just because we can’t see the sun through that blanket of smoke doesn’t mean those UV rays are prevented from reaching us. The  particulate matter in the air too can cause oxidative stress that contributes to features associated with aging and tired skin as well as aggravating skin conditions like psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and acne.

So what can we do to protect ourselves and give our body a boost to combat the haze?

  • Limit exposure and wear a mask
  • Wash your skin frequently but be cognizant of moisturizing as well
  • Replenish your antioxidants both internally and externally

We are going to focus this month on that last bullet point.

Antioxidants.

We hear that word a lot in advertising of skin care products and for good reason.  Antioxidants fight free radicals that cause the oxidation process that damages your cells.   Some antioxidants you may be familiar with: vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene, lycopene, and flavonoids.   Most of these are found naturally in fruits and vegetables which means you’ll already have most of your ingredients in your kitchen.

Here is a quick list of 10 antioxidant foods your skin will love from Mukti Organics.

Let’s make it a goal to eat healthy and give our body the fuel it needs to maintain it’s balance – and get ready for a fun month of DIY!

 

 

August’s Deodorant Experiment

This month we made 3 different forms of deodorant and it’s time to see how they measured up:

Recipe #1 was a liquid deodorant using rum, distilled vinegar, essential oil and glycerine.   Mode of application was tested via spray bottle and roll on vial.  This made it super easy to carry and reapply if needed without having to worry about anything melting.  Between the 5 people that tested this, 4 out of 5 felt it worked pretty well.  Interestingly, for myself this was my favorite deodorant recipe this month.  If I forgot to apply deodorant and realized it only after I started to smell, a quick once over with this stuff killed the stink monster and kept me smelling socially acceptable.  I feel like I may have sweated more – but that is actually a plus for me since I rarely sweat and this is a huge way our body disposes of toxins.  That being said, no other tester noted increase in sweating.

Recipe #2 was a standard recipe for a solid form deodorant. One tester commented that even though she had to use her fingers to apply (she was given a small amount in a glass container) it didn’t leave a thick film, she liked the consistency and felt it worked just fine. This recipe was her favorite based on preference of delivery method, though it was a close call between this one and recipe #1.

I put mine in an eco friendly push pop type container.  I had to warm the container up and have my husband push it up so we could use it.  It definitely took some elbow grease.   I liked the texture once it was applied and rubbed in — that’s the catch — you need to massage it in a little because simply rubbing it on like a store bought stick deodorant will leave you with crumbly bits under your arms.  Not a pretty sight! Both my husband and I feel like it did it’s job, but didn’t care for the delivery method.  I went back to recipe #1 leftovers because it was just easier than worrying about getting deodorant on my shirt.

Recipe #3 was a deodorant powder.   This one is nice because it has the absorbent qualities to take care of simple moisture.  It smelled amazing and was very basic.   I had more fun using it as a powder for all over dusting than as a deodorant.   It’s not something you could take with you and easily reapply without making a powdery mess.  It could however double as a foot/shoe powder and I’m pretty sure that’s what I’ll be using it for.

That’s the recap of this month’s experiments.  I’m a fan of the alcohol based deodorant and that recipe was a light strength deodorant.   I’ll be grabbing a higher proof alcohol for my next batch as that will increase it’s deodorizing super powers.

Thank you to the testers for sharing your thoughts and experimenting with me.  Keep up the good work out there DIY’ers!

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: Powdered Deodorant

That’s right.  We’ve tried liquid and solid delivery forms of deodorant – let’s not forget powder!

Most recipes will be a combination of a starch, baking soda, possibly clay, and essential oils.

The Homemade Experiment did a little test using just arrowroot powder alone – right up my alley with the experiments!  So if you don’t usually get very stinky and want to stick with minimal effort sure, you can go that route.

On the other end of the spectrum is this interesting recipe from Joybilee Farm using starch, zinc oxide, sodium bicarbonate, clay, silk powder, frankincense powder, myrrh powder, rosehip seed oil and essential oils.  Fancy Schmancy.  I won’t lie.  I was so intrigued I almost ordered some Frankincense and Myrrh powder on the spot!  I did save the shopping cart though so don’t be surprised if you see those items in the store in the not so far future.

For this week I settled on a recipe in between the two.  Compliments of It Takes Time.

Homemade Deodorant Powder

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup arrowroot (an edible starch derived from the roots of the West Indian plant known as arrowroot)
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons EM powder (calcium bentonite clay and/or zeolite may be substituted) 
  • 2 tablespoons ground herb of choice (see below)
  • 75 drops of essential oils of choice (see below)

Instructions:

  1. Combine all but the essential oils in food processor or large bowl.
  2. Whisk by hand or blend in food processor for 15 seconds.
  3. Remove several tablespoons of the powder blend and place in small bowl. (Mortar and pestle are optimal.)
  4. Slowly add essential oils to this powder and blend thoroughly.
  5. Add this oil powder blend to the remaining powder and whirl in food processor for 15 seconds.
  6. Allow the mixture to sit for 3 days to allow the oils to permeate the powder. Place in small jar or shaker jar for individual use.
  7. Apply using cotton pad, make up brush, or hands.

The herbs listed to choose from were: thyme, lavender, peppermint, or lemon peel.

The essential oil options were: rosemary, thyme, lavender, rose geranium, peppermint, wintergreen, lemongrass, lemon, or orange. 

I used a mix of bentonite clay and rose clay in my batch because I wanted my powder to have pink tint. I also doubled the amount of ground herbs.  If there’s one thing you learn about me it is that I RARELY follow a recipe to the “t”.  Food or DIY.   I repurposed an older make up brush to use for applying this powder.  I expect it will still make a mess in the bathroom, (I sure made a mess to making it) but I’m taking one for the team in the name of DIY experimentation!

Stay tuned for next week’s take on deodorant…

 

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: Solid Deodorant

This is one of the most common delivery methods for deodorant.  It’s convenient and leaves your under-pitties feeling nice and soft.

Like our last recipe, this too has the option for creating your own blend of essential oils.   This honestly is one of the best parts about DIY recipes, coming up with your own scents that you really love.  Or if you have a product you currently buy and like – try to make your own using that product as a platform to know what ingredients or scents agree with you.

This recipe comes compliments of The Miracle of Essential Oils 

Solid Deodorant Recipe

Ingredients

4 tbsp shea butter

5 tbsp arrow root powder or corn starch

1 tbsp and 1 tsp baking soda

20 drops essential oils

Small pan and wooden spoon for mixing

Deodorant tube or clean container

Directions

  1. Begin by placing 4 tbsp of shea butter in a small pan on the stove top.
  2. Using low heat, gently melt it down to liquid form.
  3. Once melted, remove from heat and add the baking soda and arrow root powder.
  4. Stir well to form a creamy paste then let it cool off for about 3 minutes.
  5. Now add 20 drops of essential oil then stir well till combined.
  6. Finally, pour your creamy mixture into deodorant tubes or a glass container. Do not use a plastic container but if that’s what you have, then you must let the mixture cool down before pouring it otherwise it’ll melt the plastic.
  7. That’s it! Your DIY essential oil deodorant is ready! Let it set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before use! If storing in a container, scoop out just a pea-sized amount each and apply on clean underarms.

That recipe link also has a list of commonly used essential oils to choose from for your deodorant.

Again, we will be testing this recipe out over the next week and will share the likes & gripes.

 

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: Liquid Deodorant

So my husband and I decided not to drink alcohol for a while – we do that every so often.  The problem is we hate wasting and if it’s there – it’s tempting to drink it!   Solution: donate what we have to DIY experiments!  Tinctures, cleaning supplies, perfumes, and yes, even deodorant!

This week we are making a liquid deodorant with some leftover white rum.  You can use any clear drinking alcohol you have on hand – just don’t use rubbing alcohol as it can be more irritating to the skin.   This post from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition was pretty informative and explains how different proof alcohol will affect your final product as well as how to figure out what proof your alcohol is.   Basically the higher the ‘proof’ = stronger coverage.

The rum I had on hand was 80 proof so I will be testing out a light coverage deodorant this week.  I’ve also enlisted 3 additional testers to use and review the recipe because no two people are alike.  I don’t sweat, so rolling a liquid under my arms is not a big deal.  That might not be as comfortable of a feeling for someone who IS sweaty and reapplying the deodorant – so I’m very interested in hearing the feedback.

The recipe we are testing out below is an adaptation of the recipe featured in the article referenced above.

DIY Deodorant (roll on or spray)

1/4 cup clear alcohol (I used 80 proof white rum)

2 tsp. distilled white vinegar

50 drops Essential Oils (I used rosemary, a citrus blend, ylang ylang & a small amount of benzoin oil)

1/4 tsp glycerine 

Instructions: Mix all ingredients together and pour into a vial with a roller ball or a sprayer.  

I chose to use rosemary EO because it has the reputation for antibacterial qualities among other things.  The citrus blend and ylang ylang were to keep me from smelling like focaccia bread.   And the benzoin oil is often used in deodorants with its antimicrobial properties and lovely vanilla like aroma.  I’m not an aromatherapist and was seriously just playing mad scientist when it came to adding essential oils.  That’s the fun part right?

Even though the options are endless don’t forget to do your research regarding the oils you plan on using.  If you’re pregnant, have hormone problems or other health issues you’ll want to make an informed decision about what you add. 50 drops makes this recipe around a conservative 1% ratio of essential oils.

Happy mixing & 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.

 

 

August Ingredient of the Month: Deodorants

I’ve been asked by a lot of customers what my take on deodorant is and I hate to admit it but I’m the worst person to ask!  I forget to put deodorant on all the time.  I don’t sweat and no, that’s not a good quality when its 112º out and I’m trying to keep active.

I still get stinky once in a while though.  And since I’m so forgetful I’ve put some interesting stuff on my pits as a last resort when the smell starts to brew and I’m no where near home:  Hand sanitizer, check.  Quick wash with soap and water in the bathroom, yup.  Rosemary essential oil because I was getting ready to give someone a massage and that’s all I had on hand, you bet I used it.

Don’t worry, we are going to go about this project in a much more organized manner.  For the month of August we’ll be focusing on a few different DIY deodorant formulas.  

We’ll be trying out liquid alcohol based deodorants, solids, & powders.  Feel free to share in comments what you’ve found that works along with any disasters you experienced.

Let’s attack those stink monster germs with everything we’ve got this month. 🙂

Make-It-Monday: Fractionated Coconut Oil

Most everyone is familiar with coconut oil – it smells amazing, melts with warm temperatures and solidifies in colder ones.

Fractionated coconut oil is also known as MCT oil due to the  medium chain triglycerides that it contains.  Basically coconut oil that has the long-chain fatty acids (which require higher temperatures to melt) removed, results in MCT oil that remains in a liquid state.   For more information about this process check out Annmarie Gianni’s explanation.  (We carry some of her products in the store and they are lovely!)

So what’s the benefit of having coconut oil that won’t solidify?  It makes a great carrier oil for adding essential oils to a roller, for a massage oil, or bath/shower scrubs.   In any of those applications the last thing you want is the coconut oil to solidify and clog things up.

This oil also has very little scent which is a plus when you want the benefits of coconut oil without the smell.  It is easily absorbed into the skin and has a lower comedogenic rating than virgin unrefined coconut oil.  The medium chain fatty acids that are left in the fractionated coconut oil still have great moisturizing capabilities and natural antioxidants and nutrients.

So let’s make a sugar scrub!

Botanical Sugar Scrub

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. dried flowers (lavender, rose, or chamomile)
  • 3-5 drops essential oil of choice

Mix all ingredients (if your rose or chamomile is too big use a coffee grinder to get it down to a good size). Place in a clean 4oz jar and enjoy!

Just be careful stepping out of your shower or tub after using the scrub as the oil can make it very slippery.   I usually wipe down the tub with some soap when I’m done.

This recipe fills a 4 ounce jar nicely and makes a great customized gift!

 

 

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: Argan Oil

Argan oil is a light non greasy oil expeller pressed from the Moroccan Argan tree (Argania Spinosa).

You’re probably familiar with that fancy hair oil that comes in the bottle with the blue and orange label?  Next time take a peek at the ingredients list.  Argan oil isn’t the majority ingredient AND it contains food coloring and fragrance.

I will admit it does smell nice…

But you can make your own high quality hair oil without all the unnecessary junk and for a whole lot less damage to your wallet!  The aforementioned brand is available online for about $34 for a tiny 1.7 ounce bottle.   You can buy that same quantity of unadulterated oil in our shop for $5.05.

Price aside, the oil itself is rich in vitamins A, C and E, as well as being loaded with antioxidants, linoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids. This makes it a great oil not only for hair but for skin as well.  Many herald this oil for it’s ability to tame their frizz or contribute to a youthful glow. So without further ado, here is a recipe for both applications:

Argan Oil Hair & Scalp Treatment

adapted from Moroccanpurearganoil.com

Ingredients:

50ml Argan Oil
2-3 drops Rosemary Essential Oil

Instructions:

Combine in bottle or vial and shake well.  Add a few drops to your palm and apply to scalp or hair.  You can apply it to wet hair and this will also help protect your hair from potential heat styling damage.  The link above also explains the benefits of the addition of rosemary essential oil – which we carry in the store.

 

Now on to the face!

3-Ingredient Facial Oil Moisturizer

adapted from Crunchy Betty

You’ll want to click on that link to see all the options available for your “3” ingredients.  But the recipe below contains ingredients you will find in our store along with specific measurements.

Ingredients:

.6 oz of Argan, Jojoba, or Apricot Kernel Oil
8 ml of Camellia Seed Oil
Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint, or Frankincense Essential Oil.

 

Instructions:

Combine the first two ingredients .

Add ONLY 4-7 drops of essential oil. Less if you’re using peppermint, especially. Cap and shake well after each drop, and you can gauge, very roughly, just how much essential oil you’ll need. You should be able to smell it, but it should not be overpowering. Just faintly identifiable.

That, my friends, will cost you $5.59 in the store – less if you bring your own vial or container!

Even though this recipe is referenced as a ‘moisturizer’ I did read an informative Forbes article about the technicalities of classifying and using oils as such.  It made sense to me and I’ve been looking for an opportunity to share it with you.  In a nutshell, here is what the article had to say:

“Moisturizers are made up of three factors: humectants, occlusives, and emollients. Only humectants, like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, draw water into skin and moisturize. Oils, on the other hand, fall into the occlusive and emollient categories. As Dr. Tanzi explains, “They put a sealant on your skin by coating the top layer. This is different from pulling in water and hydrating skin.”

I’m plan on putting that tidbit of information to use and making sure to moisturize before I apply my facial oil.

Knowledge+Ingredients = the opportunity to make some amazing stuff!

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.

Make-It-Monday: Castor Oil

No, we’re not talking about your grandma’s go-to for a laxative.

We’re talking topical benefits of castor oil.   It has anti-inflammatory properties and is used as a natural remedy to improve menstrual cramps, arthritis pain and other inflammatory pain issues.

Some make a ‘castor oil pack’ and there are a few variations to this, but it essentially involves castor oil on the area, a piece of cloth, and a heating pad or hot water bottle.   See the Wellness Mama’s post about how to make and use a castor oil pack.

Its anti-inflammatory properties aren’t limited to muscles alone however.  Castor oil can promote skin health too by reducing inflammation and pigmentation.  This means sunburns, acne, eczema, cuticles and wrinkles can benefit from topical use of this oil.  It can be used directly on the skin and has use as a make up remover too.

Or maybe you’ve heard that some use castor oil to increase eyelash or hair growth?  There are mixed opinions on this and Supplement Clarity wrote a non-biased article about the information available on the subject.  As they noted lack of human trials means information out there is limited.  Yet some people swear by it.  Thankfully its not a super expensive oil and doing a little experiment of your own isn’t going to break the bank.

For a more detailed explanation of what exactly contributes to castor oil being so amazing with it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, moisturizing and hydrating properties I highly recommend reading this article from The Naked Chemist.

A word of caution: some have noted this oil stains clothing – so take that into consideration when using it.   It has a very sticky feel and when applied to the skin it will absorb in after a while without leaving an oily sheen, but if the stickiness bothers you there are plenty of other beneficial oils to blend it with.  As with all topical products, natural or not, its best to do a test patch first to make sure you aren’t going to have an allergic reaction.  The author of this article from Clear Skin Essentials noted a reaction when using castor oil in conjunction with some essential oils and exfoliating acids like AHA and BHA.

So this week’s featured recipe is just plain ‘ol castor oil.  Straight up.  Of course you can add essential oils or add it to your favorite lotion or salve recipe for it’s therapeutic properties too.

The options are endless when you start looking.   So have fun!

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.