5 Beauty Benefits of Aloe

Beauty Benefits of Aloe feature via @poorandpretty

Beauty Benefits of Aloe via @poorandpretty

1. Soothes Sunburn. It’s no secret that aloe vera gel is amazing at healing sunburn. Most of us keep it stocked in our home for just this reason. (We had bottles of it in my bathroom growing up. My Nana — whose name was Vera — would see the bottles and pretend they were saying “hello” to her. ;) However, many drugstore Aloe Vera Gels are full of toxic chemical preservatives because real Aloe Vera Leaf Juice is very fragile and readily grows bacteria. So, I make my own After-Sun Aloe Spray and stick it in the fridge. If you’d prefer to buy rather than DIY, I recommend this stuff.

2. Balances pH. Our diet or beauty products can throw our natural pH level out of whack, but Aloe can help set it straight. This is why I include pure Aloe Vera Leaf Juice in my Rose + Tea Facial Toner. Using toner is a crucial part of my daily beauty routine because it balances my skin’s pH level after using face wash.

3. Moisturizes. Did you know Aloe absorbs into the skin four times faster than water? Yep! This makes it an incredible moisturizer for hair and skin, which is why I include it in my Rose + Sea Salt Hairspray and my Rose + Tea Facial Toner.

4. Heals & Prevents Acne. Aloe’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great natural ingredient to use on acne-prone skin. Another reason it’s in my Rose + Tea Facial Toner!

5. Prevents Dandruff. By soothing, balancing, and moisturizing our scalp and hair, Aloe helps prevent dandruff and hair loss. I’ve added it to my Rose + Sea Salt Hairspray to counteract the drying effect of salt. 

Rose Tea Facial Toner 2

Soak up the beauty benefits of Aloe in my 100% natural Rose + Tea Facial Toner and Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray

Rose Salt Hair Spray 2

I love the way my hair looks after using my Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray. Check out my tutorial on how to get beautiful beachy waves.

DIY Soothing After Sun Aloe Spray sq via @poorandpretty

Want to make your own soothing after-sun spray with Aloe? Check out my tutorial!

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DIY Natural Beauty Workshop at Hartford Prints!

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Hey natural beauties!

Join me this September for a DIY Natural Beauty Workshop at Hartford Prints!

I will be sharing techniques for creating natural beauty necessities including body oils, bath salts, scrubs, and exfoliating masks. I’ll also give an an overview of toxic ingredients to avoid and how (and where!) to find truly natural beauty products.

Students will take home a body oil, scrub, bath salts, an oatmeal mask, and will receive a free preview of my natural beauty eBook, launching in October!! So exciting! All materials will be provided and light brunch-style snacks and refreshments will be served.

There are only 12 spots available, so reserve yours today!

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DIY Soothing (Non-Sticky) After Sun Aloe Spray

DIY Soothing After Sun Aloe Spray feat via @poorandpretty

DIY Soothing After Sun Aloe Spray via @poorandpretty

Even with my best attempts to cover up with sunscreen, I always end up getting sunburn at least once every summer. Stan and I keep a bottle of Aloe gel in the fridge, but we hate how sticky it gets. So I came up with this not-so-sticky alternative: a spray, made with aloe juice, coconut oil, and the soothing essential oils of lavender and peppermint.

Soothing After Sun Aloe Spray ingredients via @poorandpretty

Ingredients:

You can buy all of these supplies through Bramble Berry (my go-to for natural beauty ingredients!) or your local natural foods store.

Making Soothing After Sun Aloe Spray via @poorandpretty

Using a funnel, add all the ingredients into your bottle, then shake it up and spray your sunburned areas. If you have it on your face, keep your eyes closed while you spray. Shake before each use.

Because this contains water, you’ll need to store it in the refrigerator. It will keep for 2 months.

DIY Soothing After Sun Aloe Spray sq via @poorandpretty

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Friday Faves: My Natural Hair Care Routine

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My Natural Hair via @poorandpretty

Have you noticed me wearing my hair natural a lot more lately? Not straightened, not pulled back, just down and wavy. I’ve gotten so many compliments from friends that I thought I’d let you in on my secret. Oh, and FYI – this is not a sponsored post.

These are the three products that have made my awesome hair possible:

Hair Care Faves via @poorandpretty

1. SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo, $10 at Target.

2. SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner, $12 at Target.

3. Poor & Pretty Apothecary Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray, $14.

Seriously, that’s it. No balms or texturizing gels. Just these three natural and awesome hair goodies.

Renaissance Twist Hair Style via @poorandpretty

I have unruly thick, wavy hair that refuses to behave, especially in humidity (thanks East Coast!). So I have had a lifelong battle trying to find the perfect mix of hair products that will tame my mad mop. I’ve tried all kinds of natural shampoos & conditioners — bar shampoos, no-poo’s, castille soap based shampoos, you name it. I’ve even tried making my own. My hair would be too dry, too oily, or I’d have to put it up or straighten it for it to look good. Then I found SheaMoisture.

SheaMoisture’s Curl & Shine shampoo and conditioner are amazing. It has seriously changed my life. My hair is healthier than it’s ever been and I can actually wear it down! Packed with Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Neem Seed Oil, Hibiscus Extract and more, SheaMoisture’s Curl & Shine shampoo and conditioner hydrate, shine, and boost my natural waves, without stripping my scalp’s natural oils with harsh surfactants. They don’t leave my hair oily either. I wash + condition every other day, then spritz on my Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray to give it a little extra mermaid wave texture, and I’m good to go. If it starts to feel oily on my non-wash days, I’ll use my homemade dry shampoo.

Wild Crazy Free Hair via @poorandpretty

I’ve totally embraced my wild, wavy, natural hair now. If your hair is anything like mine, hopefully I’ve helped solve your hair problems too! xo

P.S. I’ll say it again: This is not a sponsored post. I am not being paid by SheaMoisture or anyone else to write about their products. This post does, however, contain affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. But you know I only recommend stuff that I love! You can read more about my affiliate link policies here.

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How to Make & Use Dry Shampoo

How to Make and Use Dry Shampoo via @poorandpretty ft

How to Make and Use Dry Shampoo via @poorandpretty

At the Bridgeport Arts Fest last weekend, I had a really great conversation with a shopper about natural haircare, and the pains of having super thick, unruly hair. “I want to wash my hair every other day, because I know that’s healthier for it, but it can get pretty oily on non-washing days.” Ah yes, I used to have this problem too! Then, I started making my own dry shampoo. I shared this recipe with her, and now I’ll share it with you! It’s very easy and I bet you have these ingredients in your kitchen already:

Dry Shampoo Recipe for Dark Hair:

  • 2 tbs cornstarch
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • ½ tbs cinnamon
  • 2-3 drops of essential oil (optional)

Dry Shampoo Recipe for  Light Hair:

  • 4 tbs cornstarch
  • ½ tbs cinnamon
  • 2-3 drops of essential oil (optional)

Not sure how exactly to use it? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered there too:

How to Make and Use Natural Dry Shampoo via @poorandpretty

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