Beeswax: Nature’s Most Versatile Ingredient

Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees who then use it to form the cells needed for honey-storage within the beehive. Beeswax is naturally a yellow or brown color due to the mixing of pollen oils into the wax. There are man-made versions of beeswax that are manufactured to look just like natural beeswax. Do you research and …

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is another common ingredient used in many DIY recipes. The Witch Hazel referred to most commonly is a distilled witch hazel extract which is distilled from the entire plant. Witch hazel contains chemicals called tannins which is a polyphenol that acts as an astringent. Witch Hazel, when distilled correctly, also contains flavonoid compounds which work to fight free …

Castile Soap: A Safe, Affordable Solution for a Toxin-Free Home

Castile soap originated in Castile, Spain. Castile soap traditionally was made with olive oil and animal fat. Today there are many variations. You can find Castile soap as a solid or a liquid and made from vegetable oils like palm, coconut. hemp, jojoba and olive. Castile soap is a great cleaning product to use as it usually contains only vegetable …

Vinegar– Friend or Foe?

Vinegar is a common household staple used for everything from a laundry booster to a condiment to a pickling agent. So what is vinegar exactly? If you’ve ever tasted vinegar, you know it as a sour-tasting liquid. It is comprised mainly of acetic acid and water. It’s made by fermenting alcoholic liquids such as wine, cider or beer which produces …