Archive for the ‘beauty/hygiene’ Category

register now: diy body care for the holidays

November 3, 2011

Looking to give something different this holiday season, something homemade perhaps? I just happen to be leading this workshop at the end of the month…

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Instead of shopping for presents –

Pamper your loved ones with homemade gifts!


Sunday, November 27
2:00 to 4:00pm

Create your own body care.

From luxurious lotions to polishing cleansers, come learn how simple it can be to nourish your skin, naturally. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the simple art of mixing up your very own customized goods that enhance your natural beauty and also make great gifts.

Everyone takes home 3 products:

all-over body cream, facial cleanser, body scrub.

Materials fee: $15
Sliding scale instruction fee: $5 – $15

RSVP in person, by phone at 718-940-9343, or by email at rsvp@thirdroot.org

Third Root Community Health Center
380 Marlborough Road
Brooklyn, NY 11226


 

 

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not-so-scary halloween makeup – it’s edible!

October 3, 2011

This post is a tip from Emily Doubilet of SustyParty, a rad company that promotes eco-friendly celebration-making

Calling all do-it-yourself, natural mamas & papas! This Halloween, why not paint your little one’s adorable face with completely non-toxic edible face paints? The paints from Wee Can Too are organic, food-based powders that are also vegan, wheat-free, sugar-free, and preservative free. They’re made from organic fruit & vegetable powders, rice cereal, and rice flour. And while I haven’t tasted them, they’re said to have a sweet-tart taste.

Wee Can Too’s edible face paint comes in 4 colors: Purple/Blue made with REAL blueberries, Red/Pink made with REAL beets, Yellow made with REAL pumpkin and Green made with REAL spinach. The paint powders come in jars, which are housed in a convenient tote bag. Each kit comes with 10 ounces of powder paint, which makes 30 oz. of paint. All you do is add water in separate cups and let your (or your sweet child’s) imagination run wild! If they can eat, they can paint! Wee Can Too’s paints are CPSIA Compliant.

Wee Can Too was founded in 2007 by a momma who sought a safer and more nutritious art product for her infant daughter… Voilá… Edible Art Supply was born!

You can get We Can Too’s Edible Face Paint and other fun party goods at SustyParty.

This is so much cooler than the corn syrup & food coloring face paint I made last Halloween.

edible body scrubs – free demo, thursday, october 6

September 30, 2011

You try to eat well, get enough rest, and move your body. But what about the stuff you put on your body?

At this free demo at Sun In Bloom next Thursday, I’ll show you the simple art of mixing your own delicious, edible face & body scrubs. I’ll be using some of these yummy ingredients: seeds, grains, herbs, sugar & salt.

Scrumptious Body Scrubs
Free Demo
Thursday, October 6
6:30 to 8:00pm

Sun In Bloom Kitchen
460 Bergen St, Brooklyn
(btwn Flatbush & 5th Ave, steps from the 2/3 stop at Bergen St)

No need to RSVP, and did I mention it’s free?

 

make your own body care, a workshop at shambhala!

August 24, 2011

Something that’s both fun and good for you? Yes! Come learn how to make your own natural body care goods. We’ll be mixing up lotion, facial cleansers, and body scrubs. At Shambhala Yoga & Dance Center, Sunday, September 18…



 

Sunday, September 18, 3 to 5pm

Shambhala Yoga & Dance Center
367 Saint Mark’s Place
(corner of Grand)
Brooklyn

$35

To RSVP, email: contact@shambhalayogadance.com

mermaid’s delight: recipe for kelp body scrub

April 17, 2011

I love creating new ways to pamper myself and others. Today I came up with a body scrub that I’m feeling really good about. I’m so excited about it that I couldn’t wait to share the recipe with you. So, for my CSB members, SPOILER ALERT! This is going to be in your share this week. This product will also be available on my just-launched Etsy shop very soon.

Mermaid’s Delight Body Scrub

Makes about 4 ounces, or 2 to 3 applications

• one 6 inch strip of kelp, will end up to be 1 1/2 tablespoons ground
(a great place to get this is through Maine Seaweed)

• 3 tablespoons fine sea salt (I like Lima brand)

• 1 teaspoon avocado oil (you could also use olive oil)

• 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)

• 6 drops grapefruit essential oil (optional)

Cut the kelp into small strips (about 3 inch by 2 inch). Toast in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the kelp starts to get slightly browned around the edges, place in a seed grinder or blender. Grind into a course powder. Place in bowl and mix in sea salt. Add avocado oil, castile soap, and grapefruit essential oil. Mix well. Place in a 4 ounce jar.

To use, scrub on body, starting from the feet up. You will notice the mixture will start to get slippery (this is the part I love). If you can, leave the scrub on for 5 or 10 minutes.

A few notes of caution:

• It’s probably best not to use this scrub immediately after shaving or if you have any sensitive cuts

• The floor of the shower/tub will get slippery from the oil and the kelp’s mucilaginous nature, so be sure to take care not to slip and clean the floor when you’re through

• Use of this product may transform you into a mermaid, or maybe even a sea otter

Enjoy!

diy body care workshop – april 20

April 5, 2011


Wednesday, April 20

Natural Beauty: Make-it-yourself Body Care

I’m leading this workshop which is hosted by The Good Life’s Melissa Danielle!

Are you ready to get crafty making luxurious lotions, polishing cleansers, and other body care products? In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the simple art of mixing up your very own customized goods that enhance your natural beauty. Many of the ingredients we’ll work with can be found in your cupboard, or are easily located at your local grocery store.

Everyone walks away with 3 products (all-over body cream, facial cleanser, body scrub, deodorant; subject to change).

Please bring: three 4-oz. glass containers (mason or baby food jars work great.) We will also have containers on hand to purchase if need be.

The Brooklyn Free School
372 Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Wednesday, April 20
Workshop begins 7pm, ends at 9:30pm

Cost
– $35 for Non-members
– Free for Members of The Good Life

Register here

More info about The Good Life

upcoming workshops (updated!)

February 18, 2011

Check out my latest workshop offerings and new collaborations that I’m pretty excited about!

UPDATE: I’ve included some related events that I thought you’d like to know about, too. (Workshops in green are led by me and/or collaborators.)

Thursday, February 24

Domestic Detox | Pollution is Personal
Open to all, this community presentation aims to raise awareness about the thousands of untested and unregulated synthetic chemicals in everyday household products and offers practical solutions to help families create a healthy toxin-free home.

Date/Time:
Thursday, February 24
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location:
The Commons Brooklyn
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

More Info:
The Commons Brooklyn
347-689-3908
http://thecommonsbrooklyn.org/
http://www.plasticalbatross.org/


[Image from The Worsted Witch]

Tuesday, March 8

Green Housekeeping for the Domestically Impaired

led by Olivia Lane of Olivia Lane Housekeeping & Organizing!

Let’s face it: You’re busy and you like to have fun. Housework is time-consuming and you have 10 million things you’d rather be doing, that is, if you could stop tripping over the same pile of stuff on your way to do them.

Attend our workshop and learn not only how to fit housekeeping into your full and fabulous life, but learn how adopting a happy, eco-friendly housekeeping practice can make your life even better. Olivia will offer practical, personalized advice on how you can say goodbye to clutter and hello to all the good stuff you really need, want, and deserve. She’ll also share her secrets for making cleaning and organizing a sacred, self-healing and renewing ritual you’ll actually look forward to! Liz will explain how the products we clean with impact our health and our environment. She’ll also demonstrate how to mix our your own homemade cleaning product.

Participants will leave with a mini-guide to eco-friendly housecleaning, a homemade cleaner, and a fresh perspective on life, love, and dust bunnies!

Please bring a small 4oz jar.

Olivia Lane is a professional apartment cleaner and organizer offering creative, positive, and personalized eco-friendly service to Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Bed-Stuy, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene & Lower Manhattan. Visit www.olivialanehousekeeping.com for more info.

This workshop is brought to you by Brooklyn Skillshare in collaboration with:

LaunchPad
721 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
718-928-7112

Tuesday, March 8
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Cost: FREE!


Sunday, March 20

Natural Beauty: Make-it-yourself Body Care

hosted by The Good Life’s Melissa Danielle!

This workshop begins at 10:30am. You are invited to join us at 10am for a light potluck brunch.

Are you ready to get crafty making luxurious lotions, polishing cleansers, and other body care products? In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the simple art of mixing up your very own customized goods that enhance your natural beauty. Many of the ingredients we’ll work with can be found in your cupboard, or are easily located at your local grocery store.

Everyone walks away with 3 products (all-over body cream, facial cleanser, body scrub, deodorant; subject to change).

Please bring: three 4-oz. glass containers (mason or baby food jars work great.) We will also have containers on hand to purchase if need be.

The Brooklyn Free School
372 Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Sunday, March 20
Light brunch at 10am
Workshop begins 10:30am, ends 12:30pm

Cost
– $35 for Non-members
– Free for Members of The Good Life

Register here

More info about The Good Life

Wednesday, March 23

Why Can’t the Laundry Do Itself? Housekeeping for the Domestically Challenged

Let’s face it: You’re busy and you like to have fun. Housework is time-consuming and you have 10 million things you’d rather be doing, that is, if you could stop tripping over the same pile of stuff on your way to do them.

Attend my workshop and learn not only how to fit housekeeping into your busy, fabulous, fun life, but learn how adopting a happy housekeeping practice can make your life even better. I’ll offer practical, personalized advice on how you can say goodbye to clutter and hello to all the good stuff you really need, want, and deserve. I’ll also share my secrets for making cleaning and organizing a sacred, self-healing and renewing ritual you’ll actually look forward to!

Participants will leave with an original, handmade mini-guide to eco-friendly housecleaning and a fresh perspective on life, love, and dust bunnies!

The Brooklyn Free School
372 Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Wednesday, March 23
7pm to 8:30pm

Suggested donation: $12; pay what you wish. No one will be turned away.

Register here

About Olivia Lane Housekeeping & Organizing
I am passionate about helping people design balanced and fulfilling lives built around their own ideals and I use housekeeping and organizing as a tool to assist people with this. When our homes are unkempt and uncomfortable, it only makes sense that we too feel a little out of control and uncomfortable. The foundation of my housekeeping and organizing philosophy is to stay creative and positive. It’s not about how clean or organized your home is now; it’s about how clean and organized you’d like it to be, and I can make it happen! I work with clients to discover and co-create the kind of environment they are happiest in. Whether you need me to help unearth a closet full of New York Times dating back to the 1970s, visit regularly to keep things “just so”, or simply spruce up after a party, I can help make big or small domestic changes that will make you feel great at home and empower you to do great things out in the world.
I use only natural (non-toxic and biodegradable) cleaning products that are not tested on animals. I also use recycled and re-purposed materials whenever possible.
Serving Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Bed-Stuy, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene & Lower Manhattan.
www.OliviaLaneHousekeeping.com

Coming soon…

Monday, March 28

Another round of Green Housekeeping for the Domestically Impaired with Olivia Lane

at Sustainable NYC

Stay tuned for full details!

announcing my new body care & cleaning CSA

January 19, 2011

I’m very excited to tell you about something I’ve got cooking. It’s a CSA – community supported agriculture – but it’s not for food. It’s for my natural body care and cleaning solutions. I’d like to think of it more as a CSB or Community Supported Botanicals program. This is how it works:

1. You sign up to be a member of the CSB

2. Each month, you’ll pick up a whole new batch of body care and/or cleaning solutions (made with the best organic botanical ingredients available) from a conveniently located pick-up point (in Brooklyn or Manhattan)

Benefits of membership

  • Every month you’ll get a fresh batch of organic botanical products with ingredients you can recognize (no artificial fragrances or preservatives)
  • You’ll also get free bonus samples of new products I’m working on, and other free goodies
  • At the time of pick-up, I’ll be available for free tutorials and advice on how to get the most use out of the items in your share
  • Discounts on my private healthy home consultations

Right now I’m recruiting members and asking for some initial input, mostly on the most convenient pick-up locations and times and which products they’d most like to see in the share. In the 3-month beta version of this CSB, members will also provide valuable feedback so that I can shape the program to best suit their needs.

Interested in joining? Contact me via email liz (at) raganella (dot) com and I’ll send you an application form.

make it yourself!

December 17, 2010

I want to let you in on a little secret. Making your own cleaning products is ridiculously simple. And fun. So simple and fun that, I guarantee that once you start, you won’t go back to buying the stuff off the shelf anymore. Even the good ones (Seventh Generation, Ecover, Simple Green) you’ll probably end up leaving behind. Here are just some of the benefits of making your own: you’ll save money, you can reuse the bottles (no wasted packaging), you can customize them to your liking, the ingredients are recognizable and non-toxic, and you’ll feel good about creating (instead of consuming). Same goes for making your own body care products. Plus, they make great gifts.

So how does one get started making their own products? Well, you can look up some recipes or pick up a good recipe book like Better Basics for the Home or Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair. Or if you live in NYC, I can teach you how in the comfort of your own home. Better yet, invite a few friends over and make it a party. A make-it-yourself party. You choose whether you want to make cleaning products or body care products and I’ll provide everything you need to create. Everyone walks away with 3 customized products, plus additional recipes and info on where to find ingredients. All that for only $30 per person. Book both a cleaning and body care party and your fee (as the host) for one of the parties is free.

Here’s a little sneak peak of what we might make at a party:

The labels on your jars might be a little different, but the contents will look very similar to something you’ll make. I made these products as a promotion for Green Mountain Energy, a wind energy company based in NYC (and Texas). You might run into one of the Green Mountain reps out on the sidewalk in front of your favorite health food store or at a craft or eco fair in the near future. And maybe you’ll see some of these little products there, too.

Here are some photos from a recent body care making get-together:

So grab some friends and pick some dates and give me a shout and we’ll work it out: liz (at) raganella (dot) com.

reminder! diy natural beauty products

September 21, 2010

Come join me at my latest Deer Stop workshop this Thursday and learn to pamper yourself with homemade beauty supplies…

MAKE YOUR OWN TOXIN-FREE BEAUTY & HYGIENE PRODUCTS

September 23 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Deer Stop
455 Grand Street, #3, Brooklyn, NY 11211

It’s healthier for you. It’s less expensive. It imposes fewer toxins on the environment. And it cuts out all those plastic and glass containers that you would otherwise buy every time you need more product.

Every day, the average man uses about 6 personal care products, and the average woman about 12. The majority of these products are full of synthetic, harmful chemicals. These chemicals are absorbed straight through the skin and inhaled into the lungs, entering the bloodstream and the organs. They also enter the water and soil, contaminating ecosystems on a mass scale. In this workshop, we’ll continue our process of being healthier towards ourselves and our environment, and in doing so, withdrawing from some of today’s more harmful industries. Come learn to make your own products using naturally sourced materials. It’s so easy, it’s inexpensive, and you’ll know exactly what you’re putting on your body.

We’ll make 3 luxurious personal care products that you’ll get to take home with you and use right away. We’ll also share several other beauty care product recipes that you can play with at home, and provide you with a list of the most natural, healthy product lines you can buy from if preferred.

REGISTRATION This workshop is $25 and requires registration. Please email julia@thisiswherethedeerstop.org to register.

Also, please consider re-posting this event for your friends.

Learn more about the lovely Julia Frodahl and her amazingly serene yoga studio DEER STOP: http://www.thisiswherethedeerstop.org/