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Need a refillable Hair Gel? You can use flax seeds! Suited really well for wavy/curly hair, this DIY hair gel is all-natural and plastic-free. Flax seeds are usually available at bulk stores. The gelatinous natural of flax seeds helps to moisturize hair and give great definition to curls, without the crunchiness. Because it is made without preservatives, it will keep for about two weeks in the refrigerator or keep frozen until ready to use.
Tools for the job:
1. In a small pot, add 2 cups water and ¼1/4 cup flax seed, heat on medium high. Stir well so the seeds don’t stick to the bottom. After a few minutes it should come to a rolling boil and you will see a white froth forming on the top of the mixture. When the consistency is gel-like you can then lower the heat and prepare the strainer. Pour through a strainer carefully, the mixture is hot. With the back of a wooden spoon (or spatula) press the seeds in the strainer to remove the remaining gel into the bowl.
At this point you can add some extra hair boosting benefits. I add about a teaspoon of glycerin (or vitamin E oil when I have it), which acts as a preservative. The gel will continue to thicken as it cools.
Once the gel as cooled a little, the final step is optional but it also beneficial to your hair and nose. Add a few drops of essential oils like lavender or tea tree (good scalp stimulation) and any scent you prefer.
The gel will last 3 weeks in the refrigerator. You can make a large batch and then freeze it in smaller jars. Take a jar out of the freezer when ready to use and let it defrost overnight in the refrigerator then add in your essential oils.
The boiled flax seeds can be reused or eaten. I add them to my smoothies.
This recipe makes quite a bit so you may reduce the recipe by half for your next batch if you don’t use it up quickly enough.
I apply the gel to my hair when it's wet and use a liberal amount. I let me hair dry naturally and it keeps my natural waves looking good without the crunchy, dry feeling that I have experienced with other brands. I hope you like this recipe as much as I do!
4 INGREDIENT BATHROOM CLEANSER is a great plastic-free cleaning option!
Along the way, I get requests for new products. If you have something in mind,
I certainly want to hear from you!
I love tinkering with new ideas and even better when they come to reality.
But I digress…
Here are the Top 3 new product requests I get:
1. Dish Washing Soap Paste.
Being able to offer a paste that could be diluted into a liquid dish washing soap at home,
using your own container & water; would be awesome.
2. Hand Soap Paste.
Same ‘dilute-at-home’ concept but for hand washing.
3. Bathroom Cleanser.
In the past, I offered a liquid bathroom cleaner but discontinued it when I committed to plastic-free packaging.
No more liquid products in plastic bottles.
I have been working on all three, diligently.
Happy to tell you today that I am very close to rolling out #1 and #2.
Imagine refilling your hand soap pumps and foamers over and over again
without the plastic bottle waste!
Man, these are exciting times.
But, the news I want to share with you today is the Bathroom Cleanser.
It’s finally here!! A Powdered bathroom cleanser to be exact.
IT'S EASY TO USE:
Simply sprinkle the powder onto a wet sponge or directly on a wet area you want to clean.
Scrub the area as normal and rinse. Clean. Shiny. Done.
The cleanser is free of ...
is packaged in a small compostable cellophane bag!
There are no pollutants and no constant disposing of plastic containers.
It’s a clean, simple, environmentally friendly cleaner that really works great on
tubs, tiles, sinks, faucets, toilets, kitchen cleaning, even cookware.
I have a few warnings BEFORE USE:
Check Your Surfaces.
The ingredients are few but they are powerful cleaners!
Because these are powdered ingredients with essential oil;
it was easier for me to formulate this cleanser as compared to the Dish Washing and Hand Soap Pastes.
Powdered ingredients are WWAAAAAYYYY less finicky than soapmaking.
But I will prevail with the Top 2 requested soap pastes, soon!
Just like I did with the Bathroom Cleanser. [insert back patting motion]
Did I mention I’m also offering a new kick-ass shaker can in which said bathroom cleanser is dispensed?
Ah-HA...then check out this link !
The can is engraved, super cool, stainless steel, refillable AND useful!
I personally use this same can at home, well not the same can - if you order one it will be brand new. :P
The shaker is easily filled and forever refilled with the bathroom cleanser.
The powdered bathroom cleanser is packed in a small compostable cellophane bag.
Simply empty the contents of the shaker can with the powder, screw the lid back on and you are ready to go!
Well, that’s really all I had to share today.
Thanks for reading.
I’m glad we can connect here.
Before I go, I want to ask you,
What product do YOU want to see plastic-free and/or refillable?
Comment below or even better, email me at email@example.com
Thanks for taking time today.
If you’ve ever diluted and used Tangie Laundry Paste you know it seems quite thin, like water, especially compared to the “traditional” brands of laundry soap. Let me assure you, thin like water is the correct consistency for diluted Tangie Laundry Paste.
Ever heard the saying “Thin to Win”? :P
Do you know what makes laundry detergent thick? In case you are curious, let me share some interesting details with you.
A large number of thickeners, mostly polymers, are used in the cosmetic and personal care industry.
They not only affect the rheological profile of the formulation but also influence application of the product,
water sensitivity of the formulation, and delivery of the active ingredients. 1
Polymers make stuff thick. Thick is not always necessary but rather something we have grown accustomed too in many products.
So it’s a good question to ask, “Are polymers safe?” The answer is a definite MAYBE.
Ok, so what is a polymer?
There are two types of polymers: synthetic and natural.
Polymers are made up of many many molecules all strung together to form really long chains
(and sometimes more complicated structures, too.
What makes polymers so fun is that how they act depends on what kinds of molecules they're made up of and how they're put together.
The properties of anything made out of polymers really reflect what's going on at the ultra-tiny (molecular) level.
Did that help you understand? Not really? Ok, may this will help....
Have you ever wondered how fun toys like Silly Putty, Gak and Slime are made?
It's the properties of polymers, certain kinds of large molecules,
that make these products bouncy, slimy, stretchy, breakable, hard, soft, sticky, moldable—and just plain fun to play with.
A very common thickener found in many household & body products is DEA (diethanolamine).
The Skin Deep database for cosmetic safety gave this ingredient an “F” rating. DEA has already been restricted in the European Union…
too bad our FDA doesn’t regulate cosmetic products that closely.
Some examples of polymeric thickeners include:
It might be apparent that these “extra” ingredients are unnecessary, especially in a product that comes in contact with our skin.
Does the thickness of a liquid product mean that much to you?
If your answer is “Yes”, then maybe Tangie Laundry Paste is not for you and that’s ok. Not every product is good for everyone.
The belief in my personal AND business life is that I can do more with less.
That carries through into my formulations. I do not and will not use an “unnecessary” ingredients,
therefore you will not find a thicker added to our Laundry Paste, EVER!
My purpose with this blog today:
I hope you found this interesting.
If there are other questions you have about Tangie products or the company, please contact me.
I would love to hear from you.