Keep bugs away from your next Summer soiree with the help of natural bug repellents. You'll be amazed at how easy these insect stoppers come together with materials you already have in your home. Along with being helpful, all of these bug-free solutions cost just about nothing to put together. Click through for a collection of natural DIYs that will keep bugs from raining on your parade.
With or without a cabin in the woods, you can add rustic touches and natural accents to your holiday decor — just in time for Christmas. Welcome guests with a driftwood wreath or style handwoven bird nests for a warm setting. Better yet, with Dec. 25 quickly approaching, many of these items are on sale and can still make it onto your tablescape just in time for your holiday dinner. Click through, then cozy up to our favorite earthy decor (it's not too late!).
The only drawback we see with it is that, since it's a powder, it's not great for people with dry skin, especially if you live somewhere with cold weather that exacerbates the problem. Otherwise, the packaging is great, the products (especially the highlighters) are gorgeous, and the formulation is outstanding.
My first go-to gift for any new mother is always a plush, organic, baby blanket. Regardless of how many blankets she's already been gifted, another baby blanket can never go amiss. When a blanket is organic, the cotton used to make it is free from pesticides, so it is nontoxic and safe for your little one. What's great about all of these luxurious blankets is that they can be used to swaddle your baby, to keep your him warm in his crib, and to cover your lil one while running errands. Here are a few of my favorite organic blankets!
Spring causes hormones to surge and our energy levels to burst from the seams, so why not add to the madness with a natural aphrodisiac — spices! We've already heard about the healing benefits associated with some spices like cardamom, but did you know that certain spices like ginseng and saffron are proven sexual performance boosters? According to a new scientific review from Canada's University of Guelph, these spices can act as natural aphrodisiacs and increase sexual arousal. Saffron risotto, anyone?
Looking for a plant-based alternative to petroleum jelly? Enter Waxelene ($6 for 2 oz.), which touts itself as just that.
Waxelene is made in San Francisco, using natural, organic, and sustainable ingredients and even comes in a recyclable glass jar with a metal lid. It contains organic rosemary and soybean oils, natural beeswax, and Vitamin E oil, which all help to protect and soften, as well as lock in moisture and regenerate cracked and broken skin. I was more than impressed by its thick, non-greasy consistency, and have been applying it everywhere I normally put petroleum jelly (my lips, eyelashes, under-eye area, feet, etc.), as well as using it to tame flyaways and moisturize my cuticles.
My verdict: it's pretty amazing. Not only are the ingredients top-notch, but it delivers the same great results as petroleum jelly. I love how it goes on; it's clear, with subtle exfoliating granules that dissolve as you rub them in. I also find that it stays put on my lips far longer than petroleum jelly did. So far, I have no formal complaints, and it has officially replaced petroleum jelly in my medicine cabinet and my life.
Airplanes may get you from A to B, but they also transport something else — billions of germs. It may be part psychological, but every time I step onto an airplane, I feel like my immune system goes into overdrive and my body knows it's fight or flight time, literally! I'm not completely overreacting, because according to WebMD, you are 100 times more likely to catch a cold on a plane than you are in your normal day-to-day life. To keep a nice protective barrier between you and this germ-friendly breeding ground, here are some of my favorite defense mechanisms.
Ah, college — those sweet, sweet days of living under a pile of dubiously "clean" clothing and letting stuff stay in the fridge until it deliquesced. With those fond educational memories in mind, if you've got an endearingly messy high schooler on your graduation gift list this year, may we suggest Stinky Dorm ($34), a kit full of all-natural odor neutralizers? It comes with two jars that suck stench from the air, as well as a spot spray for any particularly gross patches a bright young scholar might encounter.
It may be less exciting than an iPod Shuffle, but it'll probably wind up being a whole lot more useful. By the end of first semester, most students are grateful for a care package full of new socks and Febreze, and there's no doubt your gift will go to good use and be well appreciated. Plus, it's all natural, so even the greenest freshman will be happy to use it to get the funk out.