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Green n’ Eco

Bionic Homemade: DIY shoo-fly bug repellent

by JoyceyCouture on 08.Nov.2010

After a few weeks hiatus, I’m back with another installment of Bionic Beauty Homemade with Joycey Couture!

Shoo fly, don’t bother me with this homemade, and all-natural, Bug Repellent spray!
After spending two long summers in muggy Charleston, I’ve come to cherish my insect repellents – at least the ones that have held their own against the mighty strength of the Southern bugs!

Make your own bug and insect repellent with this recipe from the Bionic Beauty blog

Joycey Couture gives you an easy way to make your own all natural bug repellent!

I’ll be honest, this do-it-yourself recipe isn’t the simplest due to the amount of ingredients, but it was quite fun creating the mixture and then realizing it actually works. And works well! It also smells great, and is safe for 2-legged kids and 4-legged fur-kids (i.e. your pets) to use. I know Jami has some mixed up especially for her Amazing Woo!

There are specific essential oils that will need to be bought for the recipe to work for you. You can find these essential oils at your local natural food market or on Amazon: $3.98 for 10ml of Peppermint OilBuy 100% therapeutic grade Peppermint Oil on Amazon, $2.95 for 10ml of pure Eucalyptus OilBuy 100% therapeutic grade Eucalyptus Oil on Amazon, and $3.15 for 10ml of Citronella 100% Pure Essential OilBuy 100% therapeutic grade Citronella Oil on Amazon.
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Mission Essentials is an all-natural, organic skin care line that I am thoroughly testing for all the Bionic Beauties out there.

The first product I tested? Their 100% natural Eucalyptus Soap.  The smell is unbelievable and completely refreshing, perfect for a quick morning shower, and the bar never leaves a residue.

Bionic Beauty blog review - Mission Essentials all-natural Eucalyptus soap

Currently testing: All-natural Eucalyptus Soap by Mission Essentials

I fell immediately for this soap, but I wondered if the smaller size would last, as so many organic soaps don’t withstand shower steam.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that more than 3 weeks passed and my bar was still quite usable!
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Welcome to another installment of Bionic Beauty Homemade with Joycey Couture!

An apple a day could help you keep the dermatologist away! Apples are known for doing wonders for your skin. In all honesty, they are believed to have such amazing properties that they could make your skin nearly flawless.

Bionic Beauty Homemade recipe - Make your own apple and wheat germ face mask

Refresh, tone, and soften your skin with this DIY Apple Face Mask recipe!

Apples contain Calcium, Iron and Vitamin A; and provide natural antibacterial, antioxidant, astringent and toning properties for your skin. As an added bonus, the iron in apples add a natural flush, giving your cheeks a healthy glow. Sounds good, right? I thought so…

Give this face mask a whirl and your skin will not only feel refreshed and nourished, but also a little softer and a little smoother.

Gather your ingredients~
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Bionic Homemade: The Central Perk Body Scrub

by JoyceyCouture on 11.Oct.2010 · 6 comments

Welcome to another installment of Bionic Beauty Homemade with Joycey Couture!

Bionic Beauty Homemade Recipe - Mix your own coffee body scrub

Whether you enjoy your coffee black or with cream and sugar… what do you do with the leftover grounds?
If your answer is the trash- step back and close that lid. It’s time to take that coffee goodness to your shower and mix up your own all-natural Coffee Body Scrub!

  • 3 Tablespoons used coffee grounds (Caffeinated coffee works best for the extra benefits I’ll go over below…)
  • 1 Tablespoon salt (optional – table salt is fine, or use a fine grade sea salt)

How you make it~
Brew a fresh pot of coffee and enjoy a cup or two.  Within 20 minutes or so of brewing (to avoid oxidation), mix the damp grounds and salt in a small bowl.

How you use it~
Scrub mixture over entire body while in the shower.  Rinse well, and moisturize.

Why you should use it~
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Bionic Homemade: A Refreshing Orange Scrub

by JoyceyCouture on 04.Oct.2010 · 3 comments

Welcome to another installment of Bionic Beauty Homemade with Joycey Couture!

Sometimes you just need a good scrubbing…  Try this super simple DIY recipe for any skin type!

  • 1/2 of an orange
  • 4 tablespoons of cornmeal
Bionic Beauty Homemade recipe - make your own orange face and body exfoliating scrub

Oranges are jam-packed with beneficial Vitamin C and natural astringent properties!

Instructions to mix it up~
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