Recipe + Giveaway // Your Weekly Hair Treatment

Here’s your July Recipe + Giveaway where I show you one of my favorite recipes and give you the chance to win all the ingredients you need to make it – delivered to your door!! This contest is open around the world – good luck and happy making!

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A good hair oil works in two ways: massaged onto the scalp, it helps to nourish and fortify your hair follicles. Worked onto the hair, it helps to moisturise and seal your strands. I showed my friend Holly a really simple recipe, that uses some of the best oils for our hair. Once you have them on hand, you’ll be able to make a beautiful product at home that can be found in any high-end salon!!

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Hemp Seed Oil: This oil is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and is 25% protein. You’re hair will drink it up! It’s packed with vitamin E, so a good massage on the scalp will feed in those antioxidants. Remember, healthy hair begins at the scalp. You can eat this oil too! Always eat it raw, unheated, in salad dressings, dips or in smoothies - and you’ll get those healthy benefits internally too.

Argan Oil: Prized as a moisturising oil, it’s very light weight but also very hydrating! Argan Oil is multi-use, not only will you use it in this recipe, but you can use the oil as a skin moisturiser. It’s great for under the eyes, your cuticles and any dry spots of skin.

Rosemary Essential Oil: My friend Alina, of Abundant Earth once told me that she adds rosemary oil to every hair blend she makes! She’s an incredibly informed herbalist, so I listen! Rosemary essential oil is antibacterial – massaging it onto the scalp helps to cleanse hair cuticles from bacteria that can cause scalp irritations. It feeds the scalp with antioxidants and helps to stimulate blood flow – all which leads to healthier hair.

These ingredients combined will produce an oil that your hair will absolutely love!  Use it once a week – I like to put it on at night, then wash it off in the morning. The trick is to set a routine that works with your schedule. You’ll see – your hair will soon feel stronger and healthier with very little fuss!

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Hemp & Argan Oil Hair Treatment Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Rosemary Essential Oil
  • dark glass bottle

Directions: 

  • use a small, dark bottle to better help preserve the oils.
  • fill it with your blend: two parts hemp seed oil, one part argan oil
  • add in a few drops of rosemary essential oil, 5-10 drops for every 1/4 cup of oil blend.

How to use:

  • on clean hair (not covered in product), begin at the scalp. Give yourself a good massage with the oil – take your time here! We tend to focus on the hair, but healthy hair begins at the scalp!
  • work the oil down onto the strands
  • tie your hair up in a bun, or braid. Allow to sit for 20 minutes or overnight
  • wash as normal
  • you can use a tiny small amount onto dry hair to help tame frizz
  • you can also use this blend for your skin! It’s multi-use and rosemary is often used in anti-ageing care products for its antioxidants – so you’ll get lot’s of great use with this! Dab it around your eyes, use it on cuticles or even as an all-over nighttime moisturiser.

Hemp & Argan Oil Hair Treatment Giveaway

It’s a giveaway!! Win a shopping cart filled with everything you need to make the hair treatment, delivered straight to your door! It’s that simple! Here’s how to enter:

  • Sign up for the weekly Little Green Dot newsletter and get 1 chance to win
  • Don’t forget to confirm your subscription in your email (because we hate spam!)
  • Get bonus chances by following Little Green Dot on Facebook,Pinterest & Instagram!

The contest will run until the end of July and then we’ll pick a winner! Good luck!

June giveaway winner // drumroll…

We had almost 400 entries for the Recipe + Giveaway! The whole idea was to not only inspire making – but to give the tools you need to start! I’m so excited for this month’s winner – this recipe is one of my favorites!

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Congratulations to Jennifer Perry! So happy for you!!

Don’t forget, even though the giveaway is closed you can get all the ingredients you need for the Superfood Body Mask right here.

p.s. June Recipe + Giveaway: Superfood Body Mask Recipe

Tips for Creating a Hands-on Lifestyle

During my recent Simplify workshop, we talked about creating a more hands-on lifestyle. Of course, we’re all busy and strained for time, but if we want a life that is about simplicity, creativity, making positive choices and having skills to live more sustainably – from my experience, it takes a bit of planning.

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If you like the idea of making some of what you normally buy  - the trick is to set yourself up for success. Here are three tips for creating an environment that will make that easy for you. At the end of the day – it needs to be easy – or it won’t stick. This is what I’ve done:

Step 1: Start small - When I first started making a few years back, I spent half my time pinning recipes and the other half just making a big mess! Never spending enough time to really understand or learn the process of what it was I was trying to do. Mostly, I ended up disappointed with my results. I didn’t label things, so I’d forget what what I’d made. I had ingredients and half-attempted recipes all over the house… it was the total opposite of simplicity!

I’m now enjoying the idea of mastery. It’s a slower process, more involved, but much more gratifying. The book Cooked captured this concept for me, where Michael Pollan immersed himself for a year – learning four basic recipes. Think of one recipe or skill you’d like to master, and dedicate time to it. Maybe it’s your household cleaner,  maybe it’s making compost at home - or simply making your weekly hair rinse. Start small, learn the process, practice often and build your repertoire from there.

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Step 2: Buy or gather all of the ingredients. Just like cooking, strive for a mise en place approach. Make sure you have everything you need to create what you want. Take time to think about the details before you start making. Like bottles you’ll need, how you’ll label them… I think it’s a good idea to go to workshops or speak to friends who are already doing the things you want to learn – to pick up these early tips!

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Step 3: Set up your work space . Choose a container or space in your home to organize your tools, ingredients and materials. Your space should be beautiful, useful and inspiring to you.

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These tips have really helped me, and hopefully they help you too :)  I’d love to know what your process of making looks like… what works for you, what doesn’t?

Superfood Body Mask // Recipe + Giveaway

How many times have you seen a recipe and thought, “I’ll make it one day, as soon as I buy all the ingredients… ”  But, we all know what happens – time passes and we never end up making it! Well, not this time! For this recipe, you can enter our giveaway for the chance to win all the necessary ingredients, delivered straight to your door! And it’s open to 25 countries!! Sounds good? Let’s start making!

Superfood Body Mask Recipe

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This particular bodymask recipe is one of my favorites. All of the ingredients are pure super foods for the skin:

Bentonite Clay: Comes from volcanic ash, it helps to draw out impurities from the skin. You feel absolutely cleansed after a good clay mask.

Oat Flour: Soothing and moisturising – it helps to calm inflammation, irritations and when mixed with water, it produces a gel that is nourishing and protective.

Aloe Gel: Incredibly hydrating, it’s like vitamin water for the skin. Aloe is packed with nutrients and minerals and helps to heal and protect the skin.

Almond Oil: Packed with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that’s helpful against free radicals (like those caused by the sun) that can cause damage and wrinkles. Almond oil is a very light-weight oil, it moisturises the skin and is quickly absorbed.

Ingredients for one full body application: 

  • 4 tbsp bentonite clay
  • 4 tbsp oat flour
  • 2 tbsp aloe gel
  • 2 tbsp almond oil
  • optional: juiced cucumber (or water) if you need to thin out the paste

Directions:

  • mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. You want a consistency of a thick paste that will stick onto the skin – not crumbly or too wet.
  • apply all over  and allow to sit for 10 minutes
  • wash in the shower
  • moisturise with pure almond oil afterwards

Shopping guide:

Superfood Body Mask Shopping Cart Giveaway

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This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Jennifer Perry of the United States. Her shopping cart is winging it’s way to her now. Want some inspiration for your green life? Check out Jenn’s Pinterest boards for thousand of fun, natural ideas!

It’s a giveaway!! Win a shopping cart with everything you see in the picture, delivered straight to your door! No excuses – you can make your own body-mask at home! Here’s how to enter:

  • Sign up for the weekly Little Green Dot newsletter and get 1 chance to win
  • Don’t forget to confirm your subscription in your email (because we hate spam!)
  • Get bonus chances by following Little Green Dot on Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram!

The contest will run for a week and then we’ll pick a winner! Good luck!

Click here to view this promotion.

p.s. Trouble viewing the entry form? Click here to enter instead!

Recipe // Natural Fridge Cleaners

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Cleaning out your fridge does not require toxic chemical sprays! It’s crazy that they make it, but guess what – we can make it better! In our DIY cleaner – we won’t add phtalates, found in fragrance which are an edocrine disruptor. We won’t add triclosan, found in many dish soaps and antibacterial products which are causing antibiotic-resistant bacteria. We won’t add 2-Butoxyethanol which can cause kidney and liver damage… 

I spent the day with my friend Holly, showing her how we can make an effective product –  that will work like a charm - but still be safe for us, our family and the environment. Here are those recipes for you to try too! They’re super simple, great for tackling fridge spills and keeping it nice and fresh in there!

DIY Natural Fridge Cleaners

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Scrub it down:
Make a quick scouring scrub to remove any caked on stains, like that bit of sauce that spilled and solidified in the back of the fridge!

ingredients:

  • baking soda
  • liquid dish soap

method: 

  • add baking soda into a bowl
  • squirt in liquid dish soap until it forms a creamy paste  
  • make as much as the job requires!

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Spray it clean:
Vinegar is a powerful cleaner not to be underestimated. It’s antimicrobial – the strong acids killing bacteria, viruses, fungus and mold. Plus it’s a great deodorizer, helping to freshen the air. The vinegar smell dissipates, taking bad odors along with it.

ingredients:

  • white vinegar
  • water

method: 

  • fill a spray bottle 1/3 way with vinegar
  • fill the remainder with water
  • spray without worry! 

Next time you clean out your fridge, give these recipes a try! Maintaining our home should be simple and you’ll feel good knowing that you’re not spraying toxins anywhere near your food! Yuck! 

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