Non-toxic, organic clay mask recipe

As a teenager and even into my early twenties, I had very oily skin. I would wear tons of foundation and powder my face multiple times to give a semblance of perfect skin. As you can imagine, my pores were also quite clogged and I was prone to breakouts.

I tried multiple different face washes, creams and masks but nothing make huge improvements. To be honest, massive shifts only began happening once I became much more conscious of my diet and transitioned to non-toxic face products.

To celebrate, I haven’t used face powder or foundations in YEARS. I can remember the last time I put anything on my face except for blush. I’m actually terrified to put anything more on my face than that given all of the progress!

For a while, my favourite non-toxic DIY face mask was simply egg white. I liked the tightening effect and may go back to it someday but lately this has been my go-to:

  • 1.5 tsp green clay
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 drop essential oil

This makes a one-time use portion, which I love because I don’t have to worry about it going back or adding preservatives to it. I leave it on for about 5 – 10 minutes, or dry, and then wash with water. I’ll then go over oil-prone areas with witch hazel and apply face oil to moisturize.

And your non-toxic facial routine can be as simple as that! I actually set a reminder on my phone to do this once per week.

What’s your favourite natural face mask?

M.


DIY linen spray and romanticizing your non-toxic lifestyle

The other day, I read a quote about “romanticizing your life” and I completely fell in love with this concept. It encouraged us to find excitement, fun and all-around joy in the simple, mundane aspects of our life.

I fell in love with the concept because it’s what I preach and teach about the non-toxic lifestyle. I just never had such a beautiful label for it. Your success in transitioning to a healthier way of living will be influenced by your ability to find joy in using cleaner + greener products for your body and home.

Every time you exfoliate with your coconut salt scrub, take a moment to recognize the nourishment you are providing to your body – free from any synthetic chemical that could disrupt the functioning of your cells and endocrine system. Every time you spray that essential oil + vinegar mixture onto your counters, feel the satisfaction of knowing there’s no harm being done to yourself or the earth – in fact, you are getting side health benefits!

I recently shared in my social media stories how I like to turn making the bed into a more enjoyable chore by spraying my linens with a DIY essential-oil based spray. This is just one of the super simple ways you can romanticize your non-toxic lifestyle. This is how I do it:

I go crazy spraying the pillows, sheets and comforter. I even open the closet and spray our clothes. And I feel gosh, darn amazing and powerful doing it. I actually look forward to making the bed in the morning!

My favourite essential oil mixture is 5 drops of a citrus oil, 5 drops of a flower oil and 5 drops of a mint oil. The citrus provides a fresh scent, the flower smell is romantic and the mint is energizing.

This lasts me a couple of weeks and I have just as much fun coming up with a new scent combination.

How do you romanticize your non-toxic lifestyle?

M.

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The Non-Toxic Bath

My favourite self-care activity is taking a super long, super hot bath. I literally stay in there for hours…

But the last thing I want to be doing is soaking in a bunch of synthetic chemicals that have carcinogenic, neurotoxic or hormorne-disrupting properties. Especially when my pores are wide open from the heat.

Sometimes, I’ll simply take a bath in water (seriously!). Other times, I’ll whip up one of the following recipes.

Espom + baking soda soak

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/4 cup baking soda

Instructions

Mix both ingredients in bath until dissolved

Fizzing bath bombs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup fractionated coconut oil
  • 8–10 drops of your favourite essential oil(s)

Instructions

  1. Place citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch and oil in a bowl.
  2. Add 8–10 drops of the essential oil or blend of choice.
  3. Mix well with spoon until soft dough is formed. It should have the consistency of damp sand. Note: If the mixture is too wet, try adding a little more baking soda and cornstarch until consistency is correct. 
  4. At this point, you may add food coloring, dried herbs, or flower petals to mixture. 
  5. Place mixture in silicone molds. Let sit 24 hours before removing from mold.
  6. To use, drop in tub or shower and allow to dissolve.

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Colourful bath bombs

Ingredients

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 10–20 drops essential oil of choice
  • 100% pure witch hazel in spray bottle
  • Mold (Silicone or metal)
  • Natural coloring such as Mica

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine baking soda and citric acid. 
  2. Add ½ teaspoon natural coloring and mix well. 
  3. Stir in essential oils. 
  4. Spray the entire surface of the mix with witch hazel and mix with hands. Continue to spray and mix rapidly until the mixture holds together. 
  5. Quickly press the mixture into desired mold, making sure it is firmly packed. Let mixture set in mold for 20–30 seconds. Gently tap the mold to release bath bombs. 
  6. Let dry for 30 minutes or until they are firm and do not fall apart.

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Essential oil bubble bath

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unscented castile soap
  • ½ cup vegetable glycerin
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 15 drops essential oil(s) 

Instructions

  1. Combine castile soap, glycerin, and water into glass bowl.
  2. Add essential oils.
  3. Stir until well combined.
  4. Pour into glass container.
  5. To use, add ¼–½ cup of the essential oil bubble bath mixture to warm, running bath water.

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Soap satchels

Ingredients

  • 4 small burlap bags
  • 1 natural soap bar of choice, grated
  • ¾ cup old-fashioned oats

Instructions

  1. Place grated soap and old-fashioned oats into a small bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Divide mixture equally into burlap bags.
  3. When showering or washing hands, wet the burlap satchel and use as a loofah or hand exfoliator. Add a drop of grapefruit or wild orange for uplifting properties. 

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Epsom salt bath

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/4 cup fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 drops essential oil(s)

Instructions

  1. Add essential oils to Epsom salt and fractionated coconut oil and stir together.
  2. Draw a warm bath and add ¼–½ cup of the mixture to the tub.

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What is your favourite non-toxic bath recipe?

M.

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Cinnamon buns (dairy and egg free)

There are a lot of cinnamon bun fans in this house. It’s usually a top choice whenever we visit a bakery.

I’ve tried making some in the past but the recipe included dairy and eggs. I was determined to come up with a recipe with no animal products – except for honey – and here is the result. If you’re a true vegan, you can always sub the TBSP of honey with 2 TBSPs of sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 TBSP instant dry yeast
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds
  • 3 TBSP water
  • 1 TSP salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 TBSP sourdough starter
  • 1 cup sucanat
  • 2 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

Mix sucanat, cinnamon and 1/4 olive oil in a bowl and set aside. This will be the filling.

In a separate small bowl, mix the chia seeds and 3 TBSP of water and let thicken (about 20 minutes). This will be the egg replacement.

In a separate glass bowl, mix the first three ingredients listed (water, instant dry yeast and honey) and allow yeast to activate for about 5-10 minutes. Add 3 TBSP of olive oil, salt, flour and sourdough starter. Once the egg replacement has thickened, also add it in.

Knead the dough, cover with a warm damp cloth and allow to double in size. This will take a few hours but keep an eye on it. Then, refrigerate for 30 minutes so it’s easier to work with.

Preheat oven to 400F. Take the refrigerated dough and roll it out in a rectangular shape on a lightly floured surface. Add the filling, and roll tightly from the wide side. Cut into rolls.

Bake for 30 minutes on a ceramic pan (might need to bake less if using any other kind of pan). Again, keep an eye on it!

Next time, I plan on cutting them thicker as they were thick with a harder crust than I would like.

Enjoy!

M.

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Liquid sunshine morning drink

I have to say this binge-watching of hardcore juice-pushers and fruitarian-eating YouTube videos is lasting MUCH longer than I expected it to. It’s also having an insane impact on my “diet”.

Only a few months ago, I would have told you I would NEVER remove meat from my “diet”… but ALL animal products (except bee products) have gone out the window these last several weeks except for the very rare occasion.

For the record, I hate the word “diet” which is why it’s in quotation marks. I really, really hate it. Can we remove it from the modern vocabulary?!

I was already eating loads of veggies but I’ve shifted my focus to the fruit – the melons, the berries and the grapes (you can read why here). I’ve even TONED DOWN the veggies.

The ultimate goal is to eventually go 100% raw but I still crave the odd roasted vegetable. We’ll see how my body adjusts to the already drastic changes I’ve done and we’ll go from there. I do see myself (finally!) being able to do a real juice fast and I’m actually excited about it instead of dreading it.

So whether or not this type of eating is good for everyone would certainly spark a huge debate. Always do your research before switching anything up and reach out to your healthcare professional if you have any reason to be concerned.

I’m personally going this route because it makes sense to me that fruit (and some fruits in particular) are highly astringent, cleansing and hydrating compared to most vegetables and the other food groups.

And if the so-called expert sources I’m paying attention to now are correct, all my current health issues center around excess mucus (I know, that sounds gross…). I am voluntarily being a guinea pig to see if I can break it up and eliminate it from my body through these food changes.

I’ve been having good days and bad days but it’s all part of the healing process. I’ve got decades of milk-drinking and salami-eating under my belt so I expect it’ll take a few years to undo it all.

One of my favourite quotes is from actress Kristen Bell’s therapist. She shared that he once told her: “you can’t walk 10 miles into the woods and expect to get out in 5…” It was said in a totally different context but I think it applies really well to health.

What about this liquid sunshine morning drink you ask?! Am I ever going to get around to talking about it???

Well, it’s how I’ve been starting my days on this fruitarian regime. The first thing I’ve been drinking is a mish mash of citrus juices: the ULTIMATE mucus destroyers.

There’s no precise recipe here… I’ll take whatever combo I’m feeling that day of lemon, lime, orange and/or grapefruit, use my citrus press machine and fill up a 6 oz glass. To protect my enamel, I’ll use a straw or chug it so fast down the back of my throat it never gets to touch my teeth.

Side note: depending on your health struggles, high-acid fruit to break your fast in the morning might not be the best option. Some days I’m not feeling the acidity and will reach for watermelon.

I’ll share more about what I’m doing and how things are working as I continue to move forward on this journey. To get the latest blog post updates, make sure you subscribe to my blog so you can get the notifications in your emails. Or, join my mailing list.

Cheers to citrus juice!

M.

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What’s in my smoothie?

I need to preface this post by saying that my smoothie-recipe skills are by no means refined. One thing you need to know about me is I don’t eat for taste (most of the time), I eat for purpose. And that purpose is HEALTH…

So my smoothie recipe is not for every palate. If you’re a crunchy health nut like me, you might think it is delicious! Otherwise, don’t get your hopes up 😉

This is my basic recipe, and it rarely changes:

  • 1 banana 🍌
  • 1 cup pineapple 🍍 or mango 🥭 
  • 3-4 kale leaves or a handful of spinach
  • 1/2 bunch parsley 
  • 1 chunk cucumber 🥒 
  • 1 tbsp goji berries 
  • 3 tbsp hemp seeds or chia seeds
  • 1 tsp spirulina or chlorella
  • 1 tsp Maca or Tulsi
  • 1 tsp bee pollen 🐝 
  • 1-2 cups spring or coconut water 💧
  • 1 tbsp coconut or MCT oil (occasionally)

No dairy… no store-bought dairy alternatives… no protein powders… just simple, mostly unprocessed foods!

What’s in your smoothie?

M.

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Sweet hibiscus kombucha tea

Finished hibiscus kombucha tea

A new habit I recently incorporated into my lifestyle is making homemade kombucha tea.

Kombucha has a host of health benefits but I take it primarily for digestion and gut health. I make sure my 6-year old son drinks one glass a couple of times per week. He loves it! You can learn more about why it’s so good for you here and here.

There are a variety of ways to make it – my personal favourite is to customize with hibiscus. Hibiscus has its own benefits, plus a great taste! You can use black, white or green tea for this recipe. However, I usually stick to green tea.

Ingredients

  1. 6 cups of water
  2. 1/2 cup organic white or coconut palm sugar
  3. 2 tbsp green tea leaves (or 7 tea bags)
  4. 1/3 cups of dried hibiscus leaves
  5. 1/2 cup starter liquid from a previous batch
  6. Kombucha SCOBY
  7. Glass container
  8. Cloth or towel
  9. Rubber band

Instructions

Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Remove from heat and mix in sugar until dissolved. In a fine-mesh strainer, place tea and hibiscus. Sit strainer in the pot, ensure the liquid covers the leaves and let sit for 10 – 20 minutes.

Brewing hibiscus kombucha tea

Remove the strainer and let cool completely – do not let hot liquid come in contact with your SCOBY. Once cooled, pour the tea into a glass container with the SCOBY and starter liquid. Cover with a clean cloth and secure with the rubber band. Let the mixture sit in a dark place for a minimum of 7 days.

I was lucky enough to get SCOBY from my aunt, along with the 1/2 cup starter liquid from a previous batch which is required for the recipe. You can also buy a SCOBY kit online to get started.

Once brewed and ready to drink, I love to add a drop of lemon doTERRA essential oil which is safe for internal use.

Enjoy!

M.