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    Making a Vinegar Rinse for Your Hair

    Making a Vinegar Rinse for Your Hair

    Summer is the time to DIY with herbs and vinegar is an easy way to save those lovely herbs because it's acidity is perfect for easy and save preservation.  You can make an herbal vinegar for salads or for your hair.  Simply pick or buy some of your favorite herbs, pack into a clean mason jar, fill with vinegar and let steep in a cool, dark-ish spot for a few weeks.  Strain, rebottle and label.  Be sure to label- I always think I'll remember what I've picked or made but months later there I am sniffing to try and determine exactly what's in the jar.

    An Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse is a great addition to your natural hair care routine.  Rinsing with ACV is super nice when you are making the transition to shampoo bars because it helps to keep your hair at the proper pH level.  We highly recommend an ACV rinse if you are new to shampoo bars.  And if you've been using shampoo bars for awhile, chances are you've found the perfect bar for your hair type and you don't want to switch around.  ACV rinses can help "clarify" which is simply getting rid of product build up.  

    Herbal Vinegar for Hair

     There are lots of benefits of rinsing with ACV including-

      • less tangles, less frizz because an ACV helps smooth the cuticle.  Think of the cuticle as the outer layer of your hair, sort of like bark on a tree.
      • more shine because if your cuticle is smooth it lies flat which increases shine.
      • helps clarify and reduce build up.
      • adds bounce without weight.
      • ACV rinse is a tonic for your hair with nutrients that help stimulate hair growth.
      • full of natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which can help soothe an itchy, flakey scalp.
      • balances the pH of your hair especially with shampoo bars.

    It's easy to make your own Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse.  In general, you can use any type of vinegar but apple cider vinegar is the popular choice.  A natural unprocessed vinegar will give you the "mother"- full of bacteria, nutrients and enzymes.  When you're ready to use the vinegar on your hair put some in a spray bottle and dilute with water. How much depends on your hair type, in general 1/4 vinegar for dry hair  and 1/2 and 1/2 for oily.Herbs for Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

    There are many herbs which are beneficial to your hair.  Our favorites include rose petals, rosemary, chamomile and calendula petals.  Pour your vinegar into a glass jar add your herbs, fresh or dried.  Place in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks, shaking and admiring occasionally.  Strain to remove all the herb bits and pour back into your clean glass jar.  Remember to dilute before use.  

    It's fun and relatively easy to make your own ACV hair rinse and it's a great way to use garden herbs.  But for busy folks who want a high quality natural hair rinse filled with our own Maine island flowers try our handcrafted Herbal Vinegar.

    And remember always be a Goldilocks and experiment to find the right combination for your unique hair.

    Sustainable Gifts for Super Moms

    Sustainable Gifts for Super Moms

    When you're thinking about zero waste gifts for mom, it's important to think about what your mom likes, enjoys and considers a special treat.  If at all possible, give the gift of you. It's important to VOTE with your dollars and support the types of businesses that you value.  Shop small, indie, farm and eco friendly.

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    Use Good Soap and Make It Last

    Use Good Soap and Make It Last

    What's in your bathroom?  If you have bottles of liquid soap, we want you to switch.  Bars might be "old fashioned" but they are also sustainable.  Find out more on our Good Soap Blog.

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    Essentials for Going Zero Waste

    Essentials for Going Zero Waste

    Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with your Zero Waste journey?  The good news is there is a lot of advice out there.  However that can also be the bad news- it can be a bit overwhelming.  

    In my opinion the most essential tool you need to begin, continue or refine your Zero Waste journey is your brain.  Yes- your brain.  Any advice you get needs to be filtered to fit your lifestyle.  Not the lifestyle you imagine or are striving towards but how you actually live.  The nitty gritty day to day life with home, work, family, pets, etc.  Big ideas and goals need to be tailored and adjusted into achievable steps.  When we are successful, we feel positive, motivated and more open to examining and refining life changes.

    Your brain is also the most powerful tool in educating yourself in order to make informed choices.  In our blog 19 for 2019- Tips for Going Zero, Tip #1 was-

    1. Educate yourself.  The more you know, the more motivated and committed you will be to keep your resolutions to be plastic free and zero waste.

    I wrote my first eco-conscious blog back in 2016.  At the time, I was working on not using plastic grocery bags.  I know!  Now it seems quite ridiculous but back then if I remembered my reusable bags it was all well and good but if I forgot I would take plastic bags and feel guilty.  Now I never use plastic grocery bags and my town has banned them.  The most important change for me was making a conscious choice and then tweaking to make my choice a reality. 

    We all have a responsibility to do our own small bit to help reduce the amount of trash and plastic waste we create.  The journey is an awakening if you open your heart and use your brain.