Organic Shampoo – natural-hair

Organic Shampoo – natural-hair

Turns out, even with all the reduced packaging, organic haircare product ingredients and sustainable sourcing, a big ol’ whopping 93% of the carbon footprint of hair wash products comes from us, the hair washers. How’s that happen?

Well, according to a research project by Boots, the carbon is used by heating the water, using water, and hair straighteners. So what’s a body to do?

1. Take cooler showers. Of course, we understand if a cold shower isn’t your cup o’ tea. But know that if your skin turns red when you shower, you’re showering too hot and could be hurting your delicate dermis. Consider cranking the temperature down a notch or two. You won’t notice too much of a difference, but your skin will, and your carbon footprint could, too.

2. Take shorter showers. I speak from experience when I say that, if you put your mind to it (and your Green Bean needs to get to school and you need to start work and it’s already, like, a-thousand o’clock), you can indeed shower in five minutes or less. I have done it. More than once. So even if you’re not up for lowering the temperature, try lessening the time. (Plus, if you follow #1 and make the water cooler, you’ll spend less time in there, right?)

3. Turn your hair straightener on later. A lot of us who use hair irons (me included) are used to flipping it on and letting it heat up while we finish drying our hair and putting on makeup. Yet if you check your hair iron, you’ll find it heats up pretty fast. Rather than leaving it on, try heating it only when you’re ready to run it through your hair. When you’re done, turn it off. ‘Nuff said!

Of course one other way to reduce your carbon footprint is to use organic shampoo. Less chemicals means less carbon footprint, and we can all feel good about that.



Well, according to a research project by Boots, the carbon is used by heating the water, using water, and hair straighteners. So what’s a body to do?

1. Take cooler showers. Of course, we understand if a cold shower isn’t your cup o’ tea. But know that if your skin turns red when you shower, you’re showering too hot and could be hurting your delicate dermis. Consider cranking the temperature down a notch or two. You won’t notice too much of a difference, but your skin will, and your carbon footprint could, too.

2. Take shorter showers. I speak from experience when I say that, if you put your mind to it (and your Green Bean needs to get to school and you need to start work and it’s already, like, a-thousand o’clock), you can indeed shower in five minutes or less. I have done it. More than once. So even if you’re not up for lowering the temperature, try lessening the time. (Plus, if you follow #1 and make the water cooler, you’ll spend less time in there, right?)

3. Turn your hair straightener on later. A lot of us who use hair irons (me included) are used to flipping it on and letting it heat up while we finish drying our hair and putting on makeup. Yet if you check your hair iron, you’ll find it heats up pretty fast. Rather than leaving it on, try heating it only when you’re ready to run it through your hair. When you’re done, turn it off. ‘Nuff said!

Of course one other way to reduce your carbon footprint is to use organic shampoo. Less chemicals means less carbon footprint, and we can all feel good about that.

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How to Simplify your Living Expenses

How to Simplify your Living Expenses

Here’s the thing: I’m a New Yorker. And in New York, it is amazingly difficult NOT to spend a lot of money, just on the basics! As a student of Harv Eker, I am trying to limit my expenses to 50% of my after-tax income, and I have to tell you, that is really hard to do. Harv isn’t the only one to suggest this either: almost every money-management guru gives the same advice. Simplify your expenses.


The fact is, if you want to become financially free, you must do two things: increase your passive income and decrease your expenses. Once your passive income is equal to or greater than your expenses, you are financially free. The concept is simple enough — and in other articles I address creating passive income (the easiest and fastest way to do this would be by renting your rooms). But how do you simplify your expenses? Especially when you look around and you don’t see a way HOW? Here are a variety of ways you can still live a decent life and be a bit more frugal at the same time.

Food & Toiletries

By far, making lunch at home was one of my biggest savings! I made lunch and snacks and bought them to work.
Instead of buying shower gel, go back to soap bars. They last longer and are much cheaper.
Don’t wash your hair every day, and when you do wash your hair, only wash it once. That saves lots of shampoo.
I made my own coffee at home — or cut it out altogether and put that money aside in your financial freedom jar. One guru calls that the “latte factor.”
As a nation, we eat out a whole lot more and buy convenience foods to just heat in the microwave — but these can be expensive. Cooking may take time, but it does save you lots of money.
Buy generic! I was so opposed to this, and one day I ate some potato chips that my boyfriend bought. Seriously? They didn’t taste different from the name brand. Try it. Ok, some things may be non-negotiable, but you’d be surprised what is. Your grocery bill will go way down.
Take the effort to cut coupons, take advantage of sales, and go to discount warehouses, like Sam’s Club or Costco.

Heat & Electricity

If you don’t already have one, get an electric thermostat with a timer, so you can change the temperature automatically during specific times of the day. Lower the temperature when the family is out of the house.
Use space heaters and lower the heat in the rooms you use. Use an electric blanket at night.
There is plastic covering you can get at the hardware store and cover your windows. That keeps the heat in the house.
Make sure your boiler and hot water heater are maintained properly.
Wear layers of clothing and keep the heat lower.
Use kitchen and bathroom vents sparingly in the winter
Replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescents
Wash laundry in cold or warm instead of hot
Use a clothesline instead of using the dryer
Use a ceiling fan instead of an air conditioner.

Cell Phones, Internet, and Communication Utilities

Avoid pre-paid cell phones, even if you just want the phone for emergencies, unless you are careful to use a plan with minutes that don’t expire. You pay exorbitant rates per minute.
Never underestimate the minutes your teen may use. Be careful not to get the lowest plan. Constant overages are very expensive overall.
You don’t necessarily need a home phone if you have a cell phone. With free nights, weekends and long distance, you may save considerably. Be careful with phone plans that have low rates, because the taxes add significantly to the bill.
For your Internet connection, you don’t have to get the highest rate of connection speed. For the average user, you won’t be able to tell the difference and that can save you a month.
If you switch to broadband, don’t keep your dialup (unless you travel often outside the country or in rural areas). Also, drop paying for AOL. All AOL features are free if you have broadband.

Entertainment


If you really wanted to be extreme about it, you could cut entertainment out altogether. But that’s not really practical, so here are some ideas.

First, if you think FREE, you may not get free, but you do end up with “cheap.” Cheap doesn’t mean less fun, either. Sometimes you can have MORE fun.
If you live in a city, just try walking around. In New York, I have found impromptu concerts by street musicians or just sat in the park and people watched. You’d be amazed how much fun you can have!
Instead of eating out or going to bars with friends, host a potluck at home or just have friends over for drinks. It’s much cheaper to buy liquor than to buy drinks at the bar.
For movies, go to matinees or the movie (some communities have them). Yes, those movies are second-run, but hey, it’s worth financial freedom to me. You can also always rent movies.
Cable. When times are tough, the cable needs to get going. It can get so expensive! If you do need it for the reception, get basic and then rent movies. Buying a great DVD player and renting movies is cheaper than cable in the long run. If you rent rooms in your home like I do, keep the cable — it’s a perk for your tenants that are worth paying for.
Take your kids to the bookstore and hang out.
Find free community shows, like Shakespeare in the park or fireworks.
Take the kids on the subway trip — as far as you can and go explore. In New York, take the train to Coney Island.
In the summer, there is always a local food festival or street fair.
Get your kids involved in a community group, like a theatre. They develop skills, make friends and have fun.

Clothing

For kids, don’t go over the top with the brand names, especially since the kids will grow out of them quickly.
For adults and older teens, don’t buy really trendy clothes that will only last one season. Buy classical fashionable clothing that will last, and get trendy with accessories.
Buy shirts and ties or blouses and just one suit — accessorizing is cheaper.
Buy a few pieces of quality clothing as opposed to lots of cheap clothing. They will last a lot longer.
This goes without saying, but buy clothing in the off-season and on sale. You will save a tone of money.

Transportation

A gas saving tip I just learned: put your car in cruise control whenever you can. It has cut my gas bill in HALF.
If you live in a metropolitan area, try walking around the city as opposed to taking a bus or a train. In New York, you can even get there faster sometimes! 🙂
Maintain your car — tire pressure, oil changes, everything. Preventative maintenance is way cheaper than repairs.
Never use cheap gas – use quality gas and the correct octane for your car. It may seem more expensive, but it’s cheaper in car repairs in the long run.
Don’t be afraid to walk, even in the winter. It’s great exercise and it saves a ton of money. Bring a backpack with you for grocery shopping if you need only a couple of things.

The Change Jar

I have a change jar. Every time I pay for something, I always use bills and get the change. I put the change in the jar. You wouldn’t believe how much money you can save! This money could be entertainment money, allowance for the kids, put it in a savings account or saved for emergencies. This change jar has saved my butt many times over the years, and is a great way to have “found” money at the end of the month.

To Your Victory,

A. Annika Smith

Annika Smith is dedicated to teaching others how to be not only financially free, but also wealthy and happy. Want to be rich? It’s easier than you think. Follow the exact path Annika took to massively improve her life by checking free information at http://clues.rentrooms4cash.com.


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Making your Own Herbal Hair Shampoo

Making your Own Herbal Hair Shampoo

In 1990 I decided not to use the commercially made shampoos after reading Aubrey Hampton’s book, “Natural Organic Hair and Skin Care.” In this book Aubrey tells you how to read the label on any product that you put on your skin or hair.

Manufacturers are constantly using toxic chemicals in their skin and hair products and disregard their toxic effects on your body. This is easily seen in the list of chemicals that they use. Here are a few of these chemicals found in many product labels:

* propylene glycol or glycol– a petrochemical used because it is cheap

* cetearyl alcohol – emulsifier that can be synthetic or natural

* methylparaben or propylparaben – typical synthetic preservatives

* distearate – this is polyethylene glycol or polypropylene glycol which are petrochemicals

* isopropyl alcohol – used as a cheap solvent to carry synthetic oils.

Here is a natural shampoo that you can make. This formulation is something that I have been using for many years. First collect the following items:

4 oz of castile soap with any scent is that available – plain, peppermint, eucalyptus.

½ oz of rosemary – stimulates the hair follicles and helps to prevent premature baldness

½ oz of sage – has antioxidants and keeps things from spoiling and is antibacterial

½ oz of nettles – acts as a blood purifier, blood stimulator, contains a large source of nutrients for hair growth

½ of lavender – controls the production of sebaceous gland oil and reduces itchy and flaky scalp conditions

2000 mg of MSM – provides organic sulfur to your scalp, which improves the health and strength of your hair. It also helps to drive herbal nutrient into the skin and follicles where they can do the most good.

one empty 8 oz plastic bottle, or any other empty shampoo or soap bottle.

Mix the herbs in a mason jar, which has a lid. Boil 2 cups of distilled water. Add 3 heaping tablespoons of the mixed herbs into the boiling water. Pull the boiling water and herbs off the stove. Let the herb mixture sit for 30 – 40 minutes. Put the 2000mg of MSM into the herb mixture after 30 minutes of cooling. After 40 minutes and the MSM is melted, strain the herbal mixture into a bowl.

Pour 2 to 2 1/2 oz of strained herbal tea into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Now, pour the 4 oz of castile soap into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Cap the bottle and shake to mix the ingredients.

The shampoo is now finished and ready for use. Use this as a base for all of the shampoos you make. You can add different herbs as you learn what these herbs do and how they help your hair. You can vary the ingredients according to your taste. But now you have a shampoo that has no additives that can harm you.

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