Minimalism: A New Game Plan

Long time readers I am sure are aware that I have been slowly reducing my consumption.  In terms of my clothing budget this has meant in the past that for every 2 items I get rid of I can buy one new item.  This has worked well enough in the past as a slow way to force me to not only spend less, but also be more mindful of purchases.

That being said, I no longer fits my lifestyle and habits.  My new plan is that for every 3 items I get rid of I can purchase one item.   As before, these items are only items that have fallen apart or no longer fit.  It would defeat my goals to simply get rid of clothing that was no longer fashionable or my style.  The beauty is that you can wear whatever you want to bed, so those ill advised tank tops, or that old pilled sweater work perfect for that.

There is one further caveat to make my challenge to myself a little bit easier, and it does have to do with a new hobby of mine.  Knitting!  I can get unlimited numbers of clothing, so long as I make them myself.  Since knitting is my activity of choice, odds are my wardrobe will not be exploding any time soon.  Given my current schedule it is likely I will at most be able to make 6 clothing items a year, likely far less as I continue to try and stretch my abilities with more difficult patterns.

I am sure to post my creations here in the future, once I have at least finished my first sweater (currently in progress) so I can ensure I am good enough to be posting photos of my frankenstein creations with out garnering too many laughs.  If you are interested in following me my Ravelry username is LabRatCreations.

My Current Wishlist

I have been wanting to shop lately, unfortunately that is not really in line with my mow ecological impact life style. Luckily browsing is free and doesn’t increase the amount of products I have been using. Lately my mind has primarily been on hair care, since this area has not been switched to all natural products yet, and skin care cause it is winter in the northern hemisphere.

Curly Hair Goods

One / Two / Three

Winter Skin Savers

One / Two / Three

Four / Five / Six / Seven

What products have you been eyeing lately?  Any skin care changes you are needing to make due to the season changes?

Disclaimer:  I do use an link affiliate company called SkimLinks.  This does afford me money for clicks and purchases from their affiliated brands.  Should you wish not to utilize my links, you can use them to learn the product name and locate them through the company website or google.

Completion Critique: June 2014

This month I am doing things a little different, since I have so many products I used up it would be too long of a post if I wrote out a mini review of everything.  Instead I will be simply sorting the products based on how I felt about them, getting right down to the nitty gritty.

Products I already have or will repurchase:

Reviva Labs hypoallergenic Mascara has so far been my favorite natural option for mascara.  I have already repurchased the Dr. Cynthia Bailey Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide wash and Foaming Zinc Cleanser, along with the Aveda botanical Kinetics exfoliant and Jason power smile mouthwash.

Products I would not repurchase since they are not very ‘green’:

Laura Gellar baked cake eyeliner, Jouer Blush, Clinique Fresh Bloom allover color, Illamasqua Powder blush and Revlon color burst lip butter.

Products I would not repurchase:

NYX full coverage concealer and Illamasqua lipstick were both quite drying.  VS pro Lasting Fx eyeshadow primer, Anastasia brow powder duo and Makeup forever eyelashes are all unnecessary steps in my beauty routine.  The IQ derma firrmaceuticals firming body lotion didn’t really work and was laden with chemicals.  The Alba botanic good + clean dual exfoliating toilettes while nice contain an AHA which gives me cystic acne.

Now that I have cleared the backlog of completed products next month I can go back to the standard mini reviews of the few products I do use up.

What products have you used up this past month?  Will you repurchase any of them?

An Ode to Oils

ode to oils by hautehedgehog.comLike many of the other ‘green’ bloggers out there I am a pretty big fan of oils for use as beauty products.  However, I tend to prefer to use single oils or make my own blends.  While I see nothing wrong with pre-made blends, I find using single oils not only cheaper but provide me with more control over what I put on my body.  Currently I purchase all of my oils either from Now Organics, since that is what is avaliable at my local food store, or from Garden of Wisdom in cases of hard to find oils.  While I currently only use 4 different oils I thought I would share with you what I use them for.

Coconut oil – I will admit this is a product I will be weaning out of my collection once my current jar expires.  While I do enjoy this as a deep conditioning treatment, and currently use it as a makeup remover it is just not worth purchasing.  Even though it has an incredibly long shelf life, I struggle to use even half of what comes in a jar before it expires.  I would not suggest this for much in terms of skin care either honestly, since it makes even my non-acneprone skin break out.  But, if you have long hair, and like the smell of coconuts this is for you.  Its awesome for cooking as well.

Hazelnut oil – This is my favorite moisturizing face and body oil for the summer.  It soaks in quickly, even faster than jojoba oil.  It also helps that it smells amazing.  While this one is harder to find it is definitely worth ordering.

Jojoba oil – I use this just like I do the hazelnut oil, but during the cooler months of the year when my skin is more parched.  I am planning to also use this as a replacement for the coconut oil once it expires.

Kiwi Seed oil – I realize you probably did not even know this was a thing.  This is a light yellow oil, even though you would think it should be green based on the color of kiwis.  It has anti-inflamitory and anti-fungal properties.  I use this a few nights a week as a scalp treatment as a more natural way to help keep my dandruff and scalp itch in check.

What oils do you use regularly?  What do you use them for?

Organized Night Stand

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I recently got my first night stand since moving into my current apartment… 3 years ago.  One of the more exciting things to do for me was to organize the drawer.  It was a pretty simple process, made far easier by the limited amount of stuff I needed to store.  In fact, I had so little I needed to store in the drawer that I decided to keep the multitude of hair ties in there as well.  The drawer contains 4 compartments (3 of which are visible in the pictures) created with the use of 3 organizing trays.  These contain my hair brushes, hair ties and decorative hair clips in the three most readily accessible compartments.  The final compartment in the back contains adult products, hence why I did not bother to show it.  You can get the full picture of the drawer below, along with how I got it organized.

The process for organizing this drawer was pretty easy once I settled on what I wanted in there.  I than decided on the number and general size of each compartment I would need and measured the size of the drawer.  I spent about 3 dollars per box on some stackable bamboo organizers.  While there are certainly cheaper options out there, I wanted something that would still look nice should I decide to use them on the countertop in the future.  Then it was as simple as following the organizing blueprint I had mapped out to finish organizing the drawer.

You can find other drawer organizers at:

Bed Bath and Beyond | Casa | The Container Store

What organizing projects have you completed lately?