January DIY

Tinted Make-up Lotion and Tinted Powder

In my quest to cutting out toxins from my daily routine, I am working on finding some options for make up. I have found a recipe on one of my favorite natural DIY blogs, scratchmommy.com that I like fairly well and that I have tweaked just a little to fit my skin. One day, we hope to figure out how to bring this to you pre- packaged at Finnyfarm.com but until then you may be stuck DIY-ing yourself just like me. But fret not, you can contact me for ingredients. I buy everything in bulk, so if you are interested in trying these recipes, send me a quick email and we can work out the details of getting supplies to you!

Here it goes:

1) Tinted Make-up:


21 g Sweet Almond Oil

14 g organic, unrefined Shea Butter

7 g organic, unrefined Cocoa Butter

1 g Vitamin E oil

7 g non-Nano Zinc Oxide

3/4 T Cacao powder

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

melt almond oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and vitamin e oil in a double boiler. Let cool slightly. Whisk in zinc oxide slowly using a hand blender. Add Cacao powder and cinnamon according to complexion. try out on back of your hand for closest match. 

This makes a 2 oz jar. Option: add a few drops of carrot seed essential oil for additional SPF 

2) Tinted Face Powder;


1 T Arrowroot powder

1/2 tsp non-Nano Zinc Oxide

1/8-1/4 tsp Cacao Powder (don't confuse this with cocoa powder)

1/16-1/8 tsp of Cinnamon (based on your skin tone)

gently mix in a small bowl with a clean whisk. 

Place in an empty powder jar. 


Happy DIY-ing, folks. Let me know how it goes!


A stinky matter...

Do you know what’s in your deodorant?


There has been quite a bit of talk and news about deodorant in the past several years. Is Aluminum in your deodorant toxic to you? Does it cause cancer? What about perfume additives? Preservatives?


Should we just make our own concoction? I have boys. Busy, active, athletic, stinky boys. One of them a teen. Enough said.


My point is, I’ve been looking into several different options and types, have spent countless dollars on different products, and have experimented with a few “home remedies” -from straight up baking soda, to essential oils, deodorant crystals, aluminum-free deodorants, unscented ones…you name it. Here is a (incomplete) summary of my “research”:


1)      Aluminum Crystal

I have to admit, this type works the best for me:

…but it’s straight up aluminum crystal. Yep, the stuff that causes such controversy about cancer and Alzheimer. I have NOT done extensive research on this and don’t have an opinion on safety either way. It has worked, quite well, actually. The benefits? No perfumes, scents, irritants and it keeps sweat in check and I honestly DON’T SMELL when I use it.


2)      Baking Soda-based unscented deodorant:

This one is free from Aluminum, the major active ingredient is baking soda, and it does not have any scent to it. Result? It appears to be working fine for regular day-to-day activities and doesn’t really have a smell to it. But is fails the “Teenager-test”!!! Sadly, this does not hold up to the busy, active, athletic teenage boy smell. It just doesn’t. Plain and simple.


3)      Straight up Baking Soda:

This is messy, people! The other downside is , that many people can be sensitive to too much baking soda straight on their skin.  You basically keep a box of baking soda on your counter and after your shower you dip your fingers into the powder and apply it to your damp pits. I can’t even honestly tell you, how well this did or didn’t work, as I hated the application process and didn’t even stick with it long enough to give you a proper review.


4)      Natural, toxin-free deodorant brand:

The ingredient list is somewhat impressive. I feel good about using this product on my skin and also purchased one for my 10-year-old, as it does not contain aluminum. The lavender scent is also very nice. The price was decent- a little more than other store brands, and difficult to find a coupon, but still within “reasonable.” But… after considerable time (more than 6 months) I have to conclude that it just does not do the job! It’s too bad, really, because this was an easy option for me…


5)      Home-made options:

I’ve been experimenting some with different ingredients, such as coconut oil and essential oils, but again am still hung up on the consistency. I’ve added bentonite clay, baking soda, bees wax, and other fun ingredients to play with consistency and effectiveness. I am not super crazy about applying the deodorant with my hands. I prefer a stick. I found a recipe that works great, and have finally figured out how to make it firm enough to hold up as a stick.  This is the one you will find in our shop. It’s not that difficult to make, but it is messy and the essential oils make it pricey. But, alas, I am happy to have found an option that works very well.


Here are some links to some recipes if you want to give it a shot yourself. If you want an option that works, head on over to our shop!





I realized today that this post never went active, because it was incomplete. Ironically, in the last couple of weeks, I have had several people approach me and say "hey- have you heard about the coral reefs and Oxybenzone?- so glad you offer sun screen that doesn't have that in it!" Corral Reefs? Oxybenzone? What??? 

It does not matter, what topic you decide to research. Inadvertently, you will (almost) always find supporting "proof" for both sides of the argument. Unbiased research is difficult to find and variables are extremely difficult to control. One of these controversial topics is about the hazards of Oxybenzone.

Oxybenzone is a compound found in many commercial sun screen products. It is used for its efficacy in protection against both UVA and UVB rays. There has been much debate (some heated) about the safety of Oxybenzone. The EWG has posted a nice article about some of the controversial hazards at https://goo.gl/lJ4nua . While this ingredient continues to be deemed relatively "safe" by higher agencies, and hence continues to be allowed in body care products, research also suggests that we should take some care in how liberal we are with it. 

Recent articles have been published on the effects of Oxybenzone on the coral reefs. It appears, that the compound has been found in the larvae and it inhibits a certain replication process, hence interrupting the regeneration of healthy coral. Scientists equate the level of toxicity to being "1 drop in an Olympic-sized swimming pool." Think about how much water is in that size pool, and 1 drop makes it toxic for corral... hmmm.... (reference: http://goo.gl/zIXN71  and  http://goo.gl/HPgTnB).

In contrast, other studies warn of not wearing sun screen, due to the harmful UVA and UVB rays and that Oxybenzone has more benefits than risks. The fact of the matter is, however, that there are other options. Both zinc oxide and titanium oxide offer safe alternatives to more harmful ingredients, and are typically lower allergens. 

As always, use caution and common sense. Research your ingredients. Decide for yourself, which risks are worth taking, and which toxins to avoid. Isn't it great that our creator gave us brains and opinions AND decision making skills? Please use caution in the sun- don't get burned!!! 

As always, stay healthy and informed!