Common Scents

Fragrance is an important part of my life. When my home and I smell good, I feel good. Bad smells do not make me feel good and are often referred to as offensive. I find overpowering, chemically-laden perfumes, colognes, air fresheners, and detergents pretty darn offensive, too. Since I am striving to live a more affordable, back-to-basics, natural lifestyle, I make my own skin and haircare products, laundry detergent, and other cleaning products out of basic, natural ingredients. In the beginning of my DIY journey, I thought my house and I smelled boring, then I was introduced to essential oils.

Not all essential oils are created equal. I did not know this until I attended some classes on the benefits of using essential oils. If you’d like more information on essential oils, I’d suggest doing some research at the library or online. You can probably find a class on essential oils near you. The classes really helped me understand how essential oils work and the benefits I can expect from using them. 

I add essential oils to my homemade cleaning products, laundry detergent, and skin and haircare products. I dab a few drops on my pulse points, on the bottoms of my feet, and on my scalp. I even put a drop of oil in my mouth after I brush my teeth with sea salt.

In addition to using essential oils, I burn quality incense and candles, mull spices, and place fresh flowers around my home. House plants are used in place of air purifiers- and they add natural beauty to any home. These are all affordable ways to replace expensive, toxic fragrances. 

What are some of your favorite fragrances? Have you tried using essential oils instead of perfume and air freshener? 


Natural Solutions For Your Baby

Money is wasted everyday on things we do not need (but think we do). Advertisements have sold us the lie that we need this or that for this and that when we already have items we could be using in their place. Let’s see how we can replace western culture’s commercial baby products.

1. Coconut Oil instead of Desitin, Baby Lotion, and Baby Oil

2. Cornstarch or Arrowroot Powder instead of Baby Powder

3. Reusable cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers

4. DIY Baby Wipes (recipe posted on
What you need
• 1 roll of soft paper towels
• 2 cups of warm water
• 2 tbsp olive, coconut, avocado, grapeseed, or almond oil
• A few drops of essential oils (optional)
• An airtight container or empty wipe container
What you do
Cut paper towel roll in half. *One roll makes two sets of wipes.* Combine all other ingredients together in a bowl. Place one of the cut paper towel roll halves in your container. Pour the liquid mixture on top of the roll. Cover with airtight lid and let sit for 10 minutes. Turn over and let sit for 10 more minutes. Remove and discard the cardboard middle.

5. DIY Baby Wash (same as the DIY Body Wash recipe posted on my blog)

6. Homemade baby food using a blender or food processor

7. DIY Baby Shampoo & Conditioner (same as the DIY Shampoo & Conditioner recipes posted on my blog)

8. DIY Baby Laundry Detergent (same as the DIY Laundry Detergent recipe posted on my blog)

Do you make your own baby products? Would you consider using these safe, natural, simple, affordable ingredients on your precious baby?