Face toner

My night ritual includes cleansing my face with a toner made of apple cider vinegar and rose hydrolate (You can also use plain water). To do so, I use homemade cotton pads.

The apple cider vinegar cleanses the pores and thight them up for a clearer skin. The rose hydrolate soothes sensitive skin.

After, I spray the rose hydrolate and then apply my special night cream.

*All ingredients are organic and refilled in my local bulk stores.

Special “Sleeping” night cream

So my night routine includes cleaning my skin with

just tempered water (sometimes I apply coconut oil and clean with hot water) and then with my face toner.

I spray my face with rose hydrolate/water and while it’s still moist, I apply my night cream.

This special night cream Is made with ingredients helping a deeper sleep.

What are those ingredients?

  • Raw cold pressed Coconut oil
  • A mix of vegetable oils (Evening Primrose, Jojoba, Avocado, Borage, Rosehip)
  • Beeswax
  • Vetiver Essential oil
  • Lavender Essential oil
  • Sage Essential oil

*All ingredients are organic and comes from my local bulk stores.

Pilates, stretching and muscles

I had a lower back problem for many years.

Debilitating hernia that led me to stay a few weeks in bed not able to move. At twenty something of age, it’s not a life.

Once moving, I was followed by osteopaths and chiropractors improving my situation. No operation, no infiltration.

But it is only when I started Pilates exercises that I felt real improvements. And in the long term (I have been doing pilates for at least 10 years now) I can affirm it is the best form of exercise for this kind of problem.

Strengthening my core, stretching my thighs and toning pelvic and abdominal muscles (all part of pilates technique) has done miracles!

Since I do pilates exercises at lease 4 times a week for 30 to 45 min each, my body’s in shape.

But… it’s still a weakness and it has to be maintained / strengthen.

I spent a 6 week summer vacation without doing any pilates, just swim and play around with my kids. It is only at the end of those weeks that I felt that my lower back still has a weakness.

I travel by plane a few times per year and let me tell you that after sitting in an airplane for 7 to 8 hours is also a reminder.

Not moving, sitting long periods of time and mostly not having kept tonus of my core for 6 weeks… Not a good thing!

But you know what? I just love doing pilates ❤️ The feeling it gives me afterwards is so great that I no longer skip a moment to do at least some of the exercises.

Pilates is part of my routine, it’s part of my life, it’s part of my lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle. Chantal’s healthy lifestyle.

No Poo

It has been more than tree years now that I only use baking soda as a shampoo.

I wash my hair once a week, yes once-per-week, with only a mix of baking soda and water.

I make a thin paste and rub my scalp with it. I try not to rub it on my lengths because it dries them.

I let it sit while I wash my body.

Then I wash off all the “saltiness” off my hair and scalp. I have long hair so it takes a while !

Then I apply a mix of apple cider vinegar, water and essential oil. Massaging my scalp and hair.

I use different scent of essential oil depending on my mood. But I usually stick with either Ylang Ylang or Rosemary. They’re my favourite.

Do you still use bought shampoo? Have you tried baking soda in your hair? Have you tried any other homemade recipes? Did they work? What kind of essential oil do you use?

Tell me about your experience, I want to know!

Magnesium Bath Salt

Magnesium is good for many things including muscle pain, anxiety, skin irritation, wounds…

It’s best absorbed by skin as opposed to internally.

This explains my use of it in my bath.

At least once a week, I soak in this Magnesium rich bath salt. Don’t worry I wash myself more often than that 😉 I shower and dry brush… but I will talk about that in a another post!

I make my bath salt with

  • Magnesium flakes (also called nigari)
  • Sea salt of Guerande
  • And add essential oils (lavender is my favorite but I change according to season and the little soars my family can have. For example, if someone have a cold, I use eucalyptus)

I Mix all the ingredients and transfert to a glass jar.

I Throw a scoop in the bath under running water and relax 😌

Do you like soaking yourself in your bath? Do you add anything in it? Tell me!

Meditation

Every time possible, ideally every day, I take time to meditate. 15 to 20 minutes.

For me, it’s before I start my day or before the kids come back from shool.

Early morning helps me set up a great mood and focus for the day.

In the afternoon, it helps go through the rest of the day and be more mindful with my kids.

I meditate with a mantra. I had gone to the Maarichi’s school of meditation and got a personal mantra. But I also use other mantra according to what I want to work on. And sometimes, I just follow and concentrate on my breath trying to be mindful.

Either way, it’s very good for my health and wellbeing.

Do you meditate?

Hydrating body butter

Hydrating Body Butter

Soft and smooth skin for a young and vibrant look

Elasticity of the skin is very important if you want to look young.

My regular go to recipe for an hydrating cream is this body butter.

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Here is the list of the ingredients I use :

  • Shea butter (raw, unrefined and organic)
  • Cocoa butter (raw, unrefined and organic)
  • Coconut oil (cold press, extra virgin and organic)
  • Sweet almond oil (cold press and organic)
  • Jojoba oil (organic)
  • wheat germ oil (cold press extra virgin and organic)
  • Olive  oil or Argan oil (cold press extra virgin and organic)
  • Essential oils (organic) *

* neroli, lavender, santal, patchouli or any of your choice, but make sure it’s not photosynthetic (an oil that reacts to sun )

Lets bring these ingredients into a body butter…

Melt the butters first over medium heat in a bain-marie (hot water bath)

Remove from heat and add the vegetable and essential oils.

Let it cool in the refrigerator. When hard and cold, it is ready to use and keep in your cabinet.

Try it and let me know what you think. Do you make your own? Tell me about it!

Menstrual Cup

What? You’re still using tampons and pads?

Not only they are bad for you but for the environment.

A menstrual cup is the best. Wish I have known sooner in my cycling life.

You can swim, jogg, dance, sleep naked, jump and do a head stand without worrying about a pad or a tampon.

It’s confortable as if you didn’t have menstruations. Sometimes I can forget about it 😉 (almost!)

DIY Natural Toothpaste

A toothpaste without paraben, E117 and other in pronounceable stuff.

Yes, it’s possible to do it yourself! And it doesn’t have to taste like soap!

With only a few ingredients, and very easy to make:

  • Calcium Carbonate powder
  • Baking soda
  • Xylitol or stevia (optional)
  • Extra vergin coconut oil
  • Essential oils (my favorite mix is pepermint, bergamot, orange, lemon)

Mix all ingredients and transfer in a wide mouth jar.

Wet toothbrush, scoop some toothpaste on it and brush for 3 minutes.

Enjoy 🙂