Homemade Brown Sugar (Using Demerara or Turbinado Sugar)

Turbinado and Demerara sugar are delicious alternatives to white table sugar. Both have larger crystals and naturally have a hint of carmel flavor.  I started using Demerara in my coffee and mmmmmmmm. They also has more trace minerals than the regular variety so if I am going to use sugar, I try to use turbinado or Demerara. Many…

Homemade Sink and Tub Scrub and Air Freshener

I am very excited about the discovery of this scrub/air freshener and how I put it to use in my bathroom. I mix baking soda and some delicious and grime fighting antibacterial essential oils and inhale deeply. (I use orange and lemon.) Sitting on the counter of my bathroom, the whole place smells like citrus….

Delightfully Rich Hot Chocolate L’Orange (Or Mocha!)

Hot chocolate. Or mochas. Yes, yes please. I love the process of heating up a little milk in a pan, then gently whisking sweetness and rich chocolate and then deciding what to do next. This time, I added even more chocolate, then added orange zest. Good, good plan. To sweeten, I used coconut sugar (just…

DIY Antibacterial Lemongrass Dishwashing Liquid

I love the smell of lemongrass, it smells fresh, citrusy and is reminiscent of the high-end candles I like to smell at various pottery barn type stores. It is actually one of the more affordable essential oils, at less than $5 for a small container. This dishwashing liquid works really well, smells great and costs…

Make Your Own Healthier Mexican Mocha (Or Warm Spiced Mocha)

Mmmmmm. Does the phrase Mexican Mocha mean anything to you? The basics are usually cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne added to a rich mocha base, a little chocolatey spice for your morning. Coffee shops in Texas almost all have some version of this. California was a little hit or miss. I realized how easy it’s been…

Make Your Own Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is my all time favorite smoothie additive. I have happily stumbled upon Trader Joes coconut milk thats only $1, but before that, I had absolutely no options that didn’t have additives. This recipe is simple and straightforward. And of course, it has nothing but coconut and water. It can save you a good…

Orange Scented Dry Shampoo for Dark or Light Hair

I usually wash my hair every 3-5 days and somehow it looks fine- if, and only if, I rinse it really well in the shower with water. If I don’t, I’m a bit of a grease ball by midday. Enter dry shampoo. I’ve been interested in it for months, but never felt like spending our…

DIY Lemon Tea Tree Oil All Purpose Cleaner

I wanted to re-publish this, as the original recipe had two products that I removed, one for cleaning purposes and one for safety. See updates below for details! I personally very much like the scent of lemon and tea tree oil. They both just smell so fresh and clean. This recipe is crafted from experience…