Reader Questions: Henna Aftercare, Permanence + Recommendations For Australians





I got this in my mailbox the other day:

I am quite I inspired by your blog on Ayluna hair color. I am in Australia, of Indian origin with dark brown hair.  have been dying my grey (more than 50%) hair with permanent hair dye (Jeval). I use L'Oreal color protection shampoo and conditioner. My aunt uses henna for a long time and I know for sure that henna is a temporary dye, it fades away. But My questions are:
  • Why henna powder is called semi permanent? 
  • Is preparing with Khadi detox mask is enough? Or do I need further prep?
  • Khadi and Ayluna are difficult to get in Australia. Can you refer any other brand?
  • Can you also give an idea of how to maintain the color? Do I need to use organic shampoo?


Is Henna Semi-permanent?

The short answer -- depends on your hair and on the exact dye, but it's pretty much permanent.

Henna is not something that will completely wash out in a few weeks. My hair is half very dark brown, half gray, and I use Henna only on the roots and crow. On the photo above you can see how the ends, which haven been last dyed with Henna some two years ago, look like.
I feel like Henna "clings" better to porous hair, while really smooth hair may have trouble holding on to it.  I find that on my hair after a few weeks the colour is less intensive and softens. Red shades get ruddier. If your hair is very dark, then the reddish glow goes away with time. At this time I am letting my greys grow out and there is no sharp "edge" between the greys and the hennaed hair like there is with dyed hair, the transition is soft.
If you are using not pure Henna but Henna-based dye, then the other ingredients can influence how long the colour stays true -- Indigo does fade with time, walnut seems to last quite long.
Finally, the actual type of Henna -- both the strain of the plant, as well as how well it has been processed, can influence it's permanence.

Henna Prep

The Khadi Detox mask is pretty good at removing products from the hair, so it's normally enough. However if you have been using a lot of styling products, especially the "string hold" kind, you can clarify your hair with shampoo with a teaspoon of baking soda in it, followed by an acidic rinse (1:1 apple cider vinegar and water).

Henna Aftercare

Henna doesn't demand much aftercare, still there are some things you can do to prolong the intensity of the colour. Wash out the Henna with plain water or conditioner (if it's not coming out), not shampoo. Don't wash your hair for at least the next three days after dyeing, that helps the dye to oxidise to a deeper tone. Finally, a bit of oil spread on the hair deepens the colour and protects it.

Washing Henna Dyed Hair

(Certified!) Organic shampoos are great because you know for sure that there are no sulfates which are harsh detergents that pull out the colour. Both the shampoo you mentioned as well as the conditioner contain sulfates (I can't understand why the conditioner contains sulfates!).
But you can also a "regular" SLS-free shampoo, or -- my secret tip -- a feminine cleanser meant for sensitive skin. No really! These are pH-neutral and very mild.
You can also try washing your hair with just conditioner. I have written more about how to do it and what conditioner to pick here. If you prefer shampoo, conditioning afterwards is generally a good idea, as Henna can make the hair texture a bit coarse and dry. I also highly recommend acidic rinses (diluted cider vinegar) at the end.

Recommended Henna Brands In Australia

Khadi is available from Sattvic, it costs a bit more than it does in Germany. I searched for other Here are some recommendations I found:

  • Desert Shadow Hair Colours
  • Radico Colour Me
  • Jamila Henna (pure Henna)
  • Organic Henna from NatureShop, along with Indigo and Senna, if you want to mix your colours yourself.

Any Aussie readers that could chime in with their Henna hair dye recommendations?

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Fermented Rice Water -- Scalp Treatment And Hair Rinse






Hello everyone

Today I wanted to write about something I have been testing since a while, and loving -- fermented rice water. Now there are lots of rice water rinse recipes out there, but today I want to talk about the fermented kind as it has done wonders for my scalp.

Fermented rice water is great for boosting hair growth when used on the scalp, not so much because it makes the hair grow faster, but it slows down shedding which means you get to retain your longest hairs. It also cuts down on hair breakage. So it's a great simple solution for those of you who are would like to boost the process.

This rinse has an acidic pH level, which is especially important if you have hard water, dandruff, or use hair soap. It works as a scalp detox, like a chemical exfoliation -- it loosens all the dead skin on the scalp. I recommend rubbing it on the scalp, keeping it on for 15 minutes, then using a scalp scrub to get rid of the flakes that have been loosened. Or you can scrub them off with shampoo and your fingers, briskly rubbing your scalp in circles (I usually count slowly to 120 to make sure I did it for two minutes). It makes my scalp feel so clean!

Finally, the starch in the rinse absorbs excess oiliness and make the hair smoother to the touch. It smooths the cuticles which makes the hair easier to detangles and minimises rubbing and breakage.

How To Make Fermented Rice Water

Any sort of rice is fine. Give it a quick wash to get rid of any dust and dirt, and to remove excess ground rice which can leave a white coating on the hair.
Pour half a cup of rice into a jar and add 1 cup water. Close the jar (!) and let it stand for two days. If you don't close the lid, it will go off instead of fermenting. When the liquid smells slightly sour, put it into the fridge to stop the fermentation process. To use, dilute it (ca 2-3 tbsp to one cup of water). It can be stored for a very long time.
To use, pour it over the hair after washing and squeezing out excess water. Use a bowl to catch the rice water dripping down the hair and pour it over the hair again. Or even dip the length of the hair in the bowl for a few minutes. I like to not rinse out the rice water if I'm not going anywhere the next day (it has a vinegary smell).

I recommend trying the rinse solo, later on you can add other things -- honey to moisturise and to hold the curls, lemon juice for an acidic pH,



If you have been reading this far, and have wondered about the radio silence on this blog -- a lot has been changing in my life on many levels. I went through a very turbulent personal phase, which has been hard but paved the way for a lot of personal growth. I also began a new job and then a new vocational training, which absorbed a lot of time and energy. So I wasn't blogging much. My posts can take up to 3-4 hours to create (I like to research very thoroughly before I post, googling information in several different languages, and even a photo like the one above can take surprisingly long to take and to edit). And since I don't like to half-ass my posts, I wasn't very active. But don't worry -- I don't plan stopping to blog anytime soon.

cheers


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My Hair Hits: Ayluna Henna and Khadi Detox Hair Mask Review





Henna has come a long way from rusty orange and difficult preparation. I'm happy when I see brands making innovations -- easier application, a bigger range of colours. Today I want to talk about my new Henna love Henna: Ayluna Henna in Chili and Mahagoni.

I've always wanted to be a redhead, but my dark brown hair peppered with greys gave me at most a chestnut tint. I didn't want to go down the chemical routine. My hair loves henna and on my mom's hair I have seen the how harsh chemical dyes can be. 

I got the Ayluna Chili Henna just for my usual root touch-up. But I was so surprised at the intensiveness of the red that I had to dye the lower sections so that it didn't look weird. You can see the results here, the colour variation is due to me having lots of grays. Alyuna's red shades mix henna with madder root which gives a beautiful wine-red dye. It also contains Indigo, which keeps the colour from going to the infamous rusty direction. Brahmi, Fenugreek and Chamomile care for the hair and add shine.

The henna powder is ground quite fine, like Khadi Henna, which makes it much easier to apply and wash off that "normal" hennas. The colour stays brilliant after several washings. I feel like the Mahagoni shade is more of a wine red, while the Chili has a more typical rusty henna tint. The Ayluna Henna gives my hair volume, though less than the one from Khadi. The waxy residue is very slight, a bit more than Khadi though.

My hair is shoulder length and very thick, and one package for ca 7€ gives me at least 5 root touch-ups.


The strands towards the front is what the Ayluna Chili looks like. The auburn strands at the back are from the red Khadi Henna I used in the past.


I pre-treated my hair with the Detox Hair Mask from Khadi, which is meant for deep-cleansing and pre-colouration. It's a mix of Moroccan lava clay and Reetha fruit powder. The clay absorbs oil, dirt and other impurities. Reetha (soap nut) is a great cleanser with an acidic pH -- I've loved washing my hair with them, can't believe I haven't blogged about that. The paste was rather difficult to apply, but I felt that it cleansed my hair really well. The Henna coloured my hair more evenly than usual. It also does a great job of cleansing the scalp. I suggest you try it if you have problems with dandruff, itchiness or oiliness.
One thing I found problematic -- the warning to not let the mixture come into contact with metal was not included in the instructions but below them, and was easy to oversee -- I had already put the powder into a metal bowl!

The package is rather small for 10€, but it does last for several uses.

What do you use to cleanse your hair before using Henna? Have you tried Ayluna? What was your impression? Let me know in the comments.



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Bakuchiol -- A Gentle Alternative To Retinol Is Scientifically Proven To Really Work!




Bakuchiol -- A Gentle Alternative To Retinol Is Scientifically Proven To Really Work!

Every now and then I stumble onto skin care articles that talk about anti-ageing, and there it is -- Retinol. The supposed key to anti-ageing. Retinol does work -- this version of Vitamin A reduces fine lines, spots, and encourages a faster cell turnover. Yet it has some big disadvantages -- the skin is more sensitive to UV rays, it is thinner and more sensitive and loses some of it's barrier function. It can irritate the skin temporarily, and in some cases it can can cause heavy damage to sensitive skin -- retinoid dermatitis. Most organic and natural cosmetic certifications have not approved retinol, nor is it approved for pregnant or nursing women, nor should you use it if you are trying to get pregnant, as it is a know reproductive toxicant.

I personally chose not to use retinol and instead choose other anti-ageing cosmetic ingredients that are less risky. Many ingredients are called "the natural alternative to retinol", however when I searched deeper it turns out that their anti-ageing effects don't come close to those of  retinol.

Except one.

Bakuchiol is a substance extracted from Psoralea corylifolia aka the Babchi plant, which has traditionally been used in Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. Its Sanskrit name Kushtanashini means destroyer of afflictions -- studies have shown it has a lot of medical potential, so it seems to be apt!

What Bakuchiol can do:

This study shows that bakuchiol is just as effective as retinol in diminishing wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, but much gentler. It also stimulates the production of collagen, helps against acne (source), makes the skin more elastic and firm (study), and smooths pores.
There are a couple of differences with retinol:  unlike retinol bakuchiol is photo-stable which means that it remains active in bright sunlight and is safe to use during the day. It doesn't decrease the size of oil glands. And it's vegan (retinol sometimes isn't).

Products with Bakuchiol:

Bakuchi can be used in a concentration of up to 1%, and this concentration is also the most effective. So when choosing a product with bakuchiol, do check out how many percent of Bakuchi is actually in the product. Many don't mention this important detail, which probably means that there is a much smaller amount of bakuchiol in it.
A lot of products with bakuchiol are very expensive, I'm talking around 50-150€. I do think it's only because bakuchiol is new and hyped at the moment, and that soon it will trickle down.

That said, I did hunt for a couple of products that won't kill your wallet. The BYBI Beauty Bakuchiol Booster is made of 1% bakuchiol and 99% squalene, it isn't expensive but it seems to sell out days after it's back in stock. I am extremely pleased with the results I have had with it so far, but will write a proper review when I've used it a bit longer.

Some other products that contain bakuchiol and fulfil my criteria of being affordable and not containing ingredients that I wouldn't feel comfortable using (silicones, dubious preservatives, ingredients known to be toxic, etc):
Pacifica's Future Youth Crystal Ball Serum
Erboristica Purysens Pelle Mista e Impura,
Eboristica Purysens Crema Viso Riequilibrante Anti-Eta,
Esito Natural Night Face Cream
Esito Natural Face Serum. 
If you know of any more let me know in the comments! PS I found that going through the hashtag #bakuchiol on instagram is a good way of keeping up with new products that contain bakuchiol.

Bakuchiol DIY? 

There are also Babchi oil and Babchi powder available. These seem both to be very effective against Vitiligo and Psoriasis. However they have to be heavily diluted otherwise they can cause chemical burns. So this is definitely not something you can slather on your face. However EverBlossoms has a recipe for a DIY Babchi serum. This user mixes 10% Babchi oil with 90% squalane. 
I couldn't find out how many % of the active ingredient bakuchiol does oil from the Babchi plant contain. Maybe there is a chemist among you with access to the newest studies, or knows what terms to search for? 
What I did find out is that (unlike pure bakuchiol) the entire Babchi plant does contain substances that make the skin sensitive to sunlight. It should be used in combination with sunscreen, and never during the day or in the middle of the summer.


So have you tried anything with bakuchiol yet? This ingredient is going to have a permanent place in my anti-aging routine, in addition to Vit C. Which other anti-ageing ingredients do you swear on?


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Weekend Reads 22-03-2019


Our Little Sister

Hello everyone

It's been a while since I did one of these! So I'll skip the banter and go straight to the links:

* Style: I just discovered Pandora Syke's blog and it's a huge favourite. Her style is nothing like my taste (or my budget), but I love her insights about how she puts her outfits together. Plus, she really can write. And her social commentary posts are just as good as her fashion posts. Also I love her down-to-earth british humour and her honesty about her hungry bum, her fashion dick self and the ridiculousness of the fashion vocabulary.

* I was blown over with the Vice videos about fashion weeks and the political background behind them. The one about the Ukrainan Fashion Week is the best one in my opinion.

* Home: I love the simple aesthetic of this lovely home.

* Reads: On of my favourite creepy short stories ever: The Yellow Wallpaper.

* Film: Our Little Sister is a beautiful Japanese slice of life film about four young women. I'd move into their old wooden house in a heartbeat!

* Body: This Is What ‘Self-Care’ REALLY Means, Because It’s Not All Salt Baths And Chocolate Cake

* Andy Warhol's thoughts on beauty.

* What's really behind fashion's and women's love for concealing clothing? -- a very interesting article.


This Vlogger makes drop-dead gorgeous videos about life in the Chinese province. She forages, harvests, cooks, repairs her home. I could watch these on a loop all day:



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Can Hair Change Porousity? My Experience



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Hello everyone, when I started taking care of my hair, I diagnosed it as high porosity. There are a bunch of more or less scientific tests out there: my hair is high-textured and wavy. When I pulled a single hair through my fingers it felt rough and knobbly. It failed the float test. Finally, it responded to all the products and techniques for high-porousity hair. I would oil it, then do a masque, then co-wash, and sometimes even follow up with a leave in. And my hair would swallow it all up. I'd get lovely little curls and waves.

As I continued with this regimen, and took care to minimise mechanical damage, my hair got healthier and healthier. Then at a certain point I noticed co-washing wasn't working anymore. Conditioner and masques would leave my hair greasy. I was annoyed and having to change my routine. I went back to shampoo, and used very little conditioner, and then none at all. My hair didn't need it or want it.

At that point my partner got a microscope. So of course I decided to take a look at my hair under it. I plucked out a hair and looked at the the root part (newest, healthiest) and the end part (oldest). I was very surprised at what I saw -- both parts were indistinguishable, in that both were perfectly healthy. All the hair scales lay smooth. It looked like those illustrations you see of a healthy hair shaft. I haven't figured out how to photograph a microscope image, but it basically looked like this:



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 Yes, I was very surprised too. Especially as at the beginning of my hair journey my hair was so brittle that a single hair would be broken (damaged) in several places, and split at the end.


Which brings me to the question:  When and why does hair porousity change? In my case the high porousity was caused by damage. However I feel like hair can change due to other reasons too. Babies are born with soft, fine, fluffy hair, and it is often years till the hair gets heavier. Sometimes things change with puberty -- my hair was straight as a pin as a kid, but now it's wavy. Pregnancy can sometimes drastically change hair -- not only making it grow and then falling out, but sometimes the texture of the hair changes. Finally, grey hair has a very different texture.

So what I'm saying is -- whatever your hair porousity is, look out for changes, look at what your hair needs now. One more things: high porousity isn't a bad thing, as long as your hair is healthy. Lots of hair types are naturally high porousity.

Has the porousity of your hair changed? Or does it remain the same no matter what you do? Let me know!
 



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When Should You Ignore Expiry Dates? My Guidelines + How To Extend Shelf Life Of Cosmetics





A while back I noticed that my corundum had reached its expiry date. I was about to toss it when I realised that corundum is a mineral. So I asked a friend (who happens to be a senior chemist in Switzerland) if my corundum can expire. He laughed and said that corundum is ruby powder which was in the earth for millions of years, but the cosmetic industry is required to put an expiry date that is not further away than 2 years. 
For the same reason there are expiry dates on items such as salt, honey and charcoal -- all items that last thousands of years. When I bought some charcoal tablets the salesperson told me to ignore the expiry date, since charcoal lasts for ever.
 The expiry dates on the packaging are regulated by laws and don't always reflect how long an actual product lasts. 
Also often we see a date on the packaging and don't differentiate whether it means that the product should definitely be used before that, or whether that is the date of minimum durability.
I often use my skin care for longer than we're supposed to, and I have makeup that's ancient. I felt half-guilty about that, wondering if some bad infection is just waiting to happen. So I decided to do some research.

I was fascinated by this article about a journalist who sent her old make-up products to a lab, where unexpectedly they were all proclaimed fit to use. Huh, I'm in the clear then!

Here are the guidelines I personally use. To be fair, I'm not at all germaphobic, live in bacteria-loving Europe, and am a pretty healthy person, so your mileage may vary.

  • Products with water (aqua, usually among the first ingredients) go bad fastest, since bacteria grow easily in water.
  • Products without water last much longer, because almost nothing can grow well in such products.
  • Dry products usually last longest.
  • True mineral products usually can be used indefinitely.
  • Things that are heavy on alcohol can usually last many years.
  • Cleansers, shampoos etc usually are good longer. 
  • If something changes smell, colour or consistency, bin it immediately, even if the expiry date says it's all good.
  • Pure oils are a tricky thing. Some go rancid quickly, some are stable for years. Usually it's easy to smell if an oil goes rancid.
  • Self-bronzers with DHA should be tossed after one year, as a lab test revealed that with time most of them underwent chemical reactions where formaldehyde was created.
  • Products with pumps, in metal tubes or other kind of air-tight containers usually are good longer.
  • Pencils usually don't go bad, they dry out.
  • If you wear contact lenses or have an autoimmune sickness, be more careful!

How to extend the life of your cosmetic products:

  • Cosmetics that are stored in a cool, dark and dry place are good longer. 
  • To extend the life of your products, wash your hands before using them.
  • Close all lids immediately. 
  • Don't add saliva. I have a small spray bottle of rose water in my makeup drawer which I use to wet my brushes.
  • Buy "dry" products rather than creamy ones, for eg lipstick over lip gloss, mineral foundation over BBcream, mascara in stone over regular mascara.
  • Decant products in jars into bottles with a pump.
  • Store products with Vit C in the fridge.
  • Wash your makeup brushes regularly.
  • Lipsticks that aren't used often can be stored in the fridge.
  • A quick sharpen will remove the old layer of eyeliner or lip liner pencils.

Photo credit: Diana Kadreva on Unsplash

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The Life Changing Magic Of Walks



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I walk every day that I can. I never thought I would, yet it's become something I can't imagine my week without. My walks are my safe space, my joyful movement, my mental health routine, my gift to myself.

If you'd have asked me about walks a year ago, I'd have told you they are not a real workout, and hence pointless.  They are good for senior citizens or dog owners, that they are boring and time taking. So what changed?

I was on a Mutter-Kind-Kur this autumn, which is a rest cure for mothers, something paid by the German universal health-care. I got a place in what is one of the most idyllic cure places in the entire country, and the entire four weeks were amazing. Apart from all the treatments for the body and the mind that we got, we were told to take daily walks in the hills that stretched right before the door. My city-girl ass wasn't exactly excited at this prospect. I went on very slow, very short walks and tried to avoid going uphill. After the first week I noticed that my walks were getting easier and longer. And that they were having a huge impact on my mental health.

My walks start with my head full of swirling thoughts,  I look at the ground. After a hundred steps or so by walk relaxes into a rhythm, my back and my pelvis straighten themselves out into a comfortably neutral position. I noticed that I walk differently when I'm taking a walk than when I'm trying to get somewhere -- my posture is different and my mental space is different. At the end of every walk my mind is calm, my gaze is straight, and I am aware of the leaves and the wind and the sky.


“Above all, do not loose your desire to walk.
Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness.
I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.” 
-- Kierkegaard

The walks themselves were gorgeous, especially the ones in bad weather. One morning I walked through a silent wall of white mist, the path ahead and behind me barely visible. And then, suddenly, I was on the shoulder of the mountain and at the edge of the earth -- on the other side was a raging storm, and I could see nothing apart from swirling clouds. It's an experience that has stayed with me.


Not all my walks are that beautiful, or long. Sometimes I'm not feeling well and only make it down the street and back again. Other days I bike to a forest. Walking away from people and houses, in nature, has a whole different quality. I rarely ever plan how long I will walk. I just start, and then walk till I feel myself in my heart.





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How To Repurpose Unwanted Cosmetic Duds





If you're anything like me, even in spite of careful research you end up with cosmetic duds. I also get a lot of products offered to me by friends, since they know I'm a bit of a beauty junkie. The good news is that you can reuse almost everything!

First, ask around if anyone wants them. Check on Facebook for local groups devoted to giving stuff away for free. Be honest about the condition (opened or not, how old, etc) so that the other person can make an informed decision. Anything unopened, especially hygiene stuff, can be donated to women's shelters.

Moisturisers, serums, masques:

You can use them for the rest of your body, I call this doing the Beyoncé. Apparently she uses this expensive face cream for her entire body.  Or use them to shave. Heavier creams make great leather conditioners. 
Cleansers : 
Cleansers work well as a gentle body wash. Or use them to shave. They also make great brush cleansers. 

Oils and butters: 

These can be used on the hands, feet, or to protect the hair ends. Try them out as a hair masque. Also you can use them as bath oils -- mix a the oil with a bit of emulsifier (milk cream works in a pinch) and add it into your bath. You can add a bit of emulgator to oils and use it as a makeup remover. Add salt or sugar to make a scrub. Or condition your wooden or leather items with it. 

Foundation, concealer, face powder: 

Slightly wrong shades can be used to contour or highlight, or mixed with body lotion to make a tinted moisturiser for your legs. All three might work as a good eyelid primer. Light mattifying powders can be used as dry shampoo. 

Shower gels, liquid soap: 

These make good hand soap. You can test it out as a floor detergent, depending on the ingredients they might work well or be a tad sticky. 

Conditioner:  

A simple hair-addict trick is to use less favourite conditioners as masques before washing the hair. Conditioner softens wool sweaters! Add it into the washing machine where the fabric softener goes. If you ave a particularly scratchy wool item, you can treat it with conditioner. I used this guide to softening wool and it worked well on a very scratchy wool cape. I also love to use hair conditioners to shave with. 

Hand cream: 

These make great leather conditioners! Of course you can use them on your feet. 

Hair spray: 

Makes dried flowers last longer. Also keep charcoal or pastel paintings from smudging. You can also use it to tame your eyebrows, or spray it on leggings or pantyhose to prevent static. 

Eye shadow and blush: 

Mix with clear nail polish to get a new shade. You can also give more colourful or sparkly ones to someone with kids to paint their faces for Halloween or at parties. 

Scrub: 

Use scrub that didn't work for your face on your body, and the harsher ones can be used on the feet. 

Shampoo: 

Use SLS-free shampoos as a body wash, or as a detergent for woollens. In fact some wool fanatics recommend always using shampoos instead of detergents. Gentle shampoos also work as shaving gels. Shampoo makes the best cleanser for cosmetic brushes. 

Toothpaste: 

It's the best cleaning product for silver jewellery. It also helps heal cheliosis. 

Deodorant: 

I use the ones in spray for as shoe deodorisers. You can also try them out for your feet.

Soap: 

If it smells good, tuck it into your lingerie drawer. Essential oils Add a few drops to the rinse cycle in your washing machine, or on a cotton pad which goes into the bottom of your trash can. 

Lip balm: 

These make good cuticle moisturisers. Many work as eyebrow wax -- just use a clean spoolie. They also work as an anti-chafing product for the feet -- apply where blisters might appear.

Coloured lip products: 

It's worth trying them out as blush or eye products. You can also give them to someone with kids to paint their faces for Halloween or at parties. 

Highlighter, bronzer: 

What doesn't work on the face often looks good on the body (decollete, legs). I like using my bronzer as eyeshadow. You can also mix it with moisturiser to create a tinted product for your legs, or make a diy shimmer body oil. 

Mascara: 

Animal shelters in some places use mascara wands to remove parasites from hedgehogs. 

Coloured pencils, sticks: 

Try to use them on other parts of the face -- as highlighter or blush, lips, eyes. You can also use them as art supplies.

Don't reuse: 

Perfume, unless it's natural. Legal loopholes mean ingredients of perfumes are trade secrets and don't have to be disclosed. Perfumes often contain known carcinogens or allergens, so I don't recommend using perfume as air fresheners or laundry perfume.

How do you repurpose your cosmetics? Let me know in the comments!

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Cleansing And Exfoliating With Cotton Gaute -- Review And Tips



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So perhaps this is the first time that I'm right on trend with this tip: using gauze in your skin care routine. However my take is going to be slightly different than most of what I've been reading so far. Funnily, I was alerted to this trend right after I was annoyed at my significant other for buying an entire box of gauze. Our family isn't accident prone, so I complained that we aren't going to use that up in the next 50 years if we tried. And now I'm sneakily using the gauze out to clean my face in it.

The biggest advantage of the cotton gauze is it's loose but textured surface -- it absorbs much less product  and removes dead skin flakes. It also doesn't leave behind fibres, something cotton pads have been known to do. It is also good at removing dead skin flakes -- my skin flakes a lot in the winter, even with careful moisturising.

Using cotton gauze to cleanse and remove make-up


Medical gauze is a bit fiddly when it comes to removing make-up, I feel like I would need a big piece to do the job properly. But it does a good job of cleansing, and the little net exfoliates the skin.

Cotton gauze to apply toner


What role does toner play in your routine? If you apply it to restore the skin's pH level and /or to refresh your face, spritz is on. Both cotton pads and gauze absorb the toner, wasting product.

But if you want to remove traces of cleanser, or use it as a gentle morning cleanser, you need to wipe. Here the advantage of gauze for applying toner is that it doesn't soak up as much product as a cotton pad does.

Which gauze?


The best kind is the woven kind and not the flat kind. True woven medical gauze is loosely woven, you can see the actual weave. The other kind is pressed flat to resemble a weave. In Germany I asked for Mullkompresse which is sterile gauze, not soaked in anything.

How to wash cotton gauze


Someone recommended using a salad spinner. Add a few drops of a gentle laundry detergent, best would be something ecological or dr Bronners, add warm water and then spin. I put mine in a pouch and then throw it into the washing machine. Sometimes I wash it by hand after use and spread it out to dry; it dries really fast!

Have you tried using gauze in your skin care routine? Let me know in the comments!





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