Kate’s Morning Hair and Skin Routine… Exposed!
Meet Kate, a gal who has the type of happy-go-lucky attitude about failed DIY shampoos (no problem, she says, just re-purpose the ingredients!) that just makes her seem so nice and sunny. (Hence Audrey Hepburn in the sun hat here.) Read on for her very lavender-y routine; it’s nice!
Current weather: currently back to early-March style cold and rain at the very end of April. Thank you New England.
Hair: Shoulder-length brownish dirty blond. (I’ve experimented with dying/highlightss in the past. No more ammonia in my hair, thank you very much!) Greasy on the top, dry on the ends party all round.
Skin: Combination/t-zone facial skin. dry, flaky nose. Oily chin and forehead. My nemesis chin acne has left her red boot marks, but she is finally gone for good…I think.
I worked on an organic farm last summer and I decided that it was the best time for me to go clean by getting a little dirty. I tried out a lot of clean shampoos, but found that they made my hair much more prone to grease than normal. Gasp! However, I am sure part of that was my hair adjusting to the sudden change. After being disappointed by a few more tries, I stopped shampooing all together. I have been washing my hair with water and baking soda for about six months now and I love it! I wash my hair/shower about three times a week (scary for me to admit, since I was an every-day scrubbing freak fro years). For a while, I really missed my hair smelling like “girl hair” as Alexandra put it in the book. I had some lavender essential oil from another homemade shampoo experiment (but one that went horribly wrong), so I have been adding just a few (like two to three) drops of that in it each time and it gives my hair a nice little lavender hint. Once a week I will condition with apple cider vinegar in water.
Funny story, I keep both of these mixtures in an old glass mustard jar. I was house/cat sitting a few months ago and accidentally left the mustard jar in the shower. The guy I house-sat for was like, “so…you…ummm..you left a jar of mustard in the shower…?”
Okay, back to the shower, I use Whole Foods Triple Milled Organic Soap on my body once a week, which has been a nice change for my dry skin. Right now I am using the lavender scent (sensing a theme?) I also use this on my face every evening.
I started shaving with 100% pure aloe vera gel. Great idea! Thank you for the tip. It is really effective and does not dry out the skin!
After I rinse my face in the morning I spray a mixture of aloe vera juice (the drinkable kind) mixed with a little water and a few drops of lavender as a hydrosol, then moisturize with pure organic jojoba oil that a fellow Connecticut farmer friend makes. At night, after I wash my face, I slap on some Apple Cider Vinegar, which has really helped with keeping my skin clear (that and eating less dairy and drinking more water).
This is my first year out of college and I have been on one hell of a budget (even though I am happy to say that I am now gainfully employed. There is hope out there for all of us!), so going clean and learning some of these great DIY recipes has saved me tons of money! I think it costs me something like a penny a shampoo when you average it out, which is an absolute Goddess-send! I call my routine “Fabulous Kate on a budget.” Thank you, I have learned so much in the past year!
Told you she was sunny and wonderful! What other tricks have saved you all many pennies in the past year?