Natural Teeth Whitening (Dr. Oz recipe)

Baking Soda
I know some of us are obsessed with getting whiter teeth. Some people are downright passionate about getting that Hollywood bright smile. I applaud those who care about their personal appearance and oral hygiene but let’s not get carried away. People are going to great lengths to get that perfect smile. For one aiming for perfection is an endless quest that most of us will never reach so I am always one to say just be the best you, you can possibly be and be happy with you if it’s not a health issue and I do mean physical and mental health. The great lengths I am referring to is far beyond whitening strips but I am talking about Vaneers which are teeth that are places over your natural teeth after the dentist has shaved your natural teeth down to nubs. Most people in Hollywood have opted for that procedure to get that white smile. Don’t thing that all celebrities wake up that way or that they are using whitening strips like some of us at home. By the way I am not against whitening strips at all I have friends who use them and it works for them and they swear by them and that is great but for Vinegarandwater, I am giving a more natural option and more inexpensive alternative. All of those teeth whitening products can get expensive and who knows what’s really in them? I sure don’t. So I looked up some natural recipes and I came across this recipe by Dr. Oz. I know baking soda is a natural whitener period. You can use it to lighten your skin, lighten scars and it is in most whitening toothpaste. I will say use this sparingly because you can damage your enamel. But it will work. So this recipe is directly the Oz website.

White Teeth
By posting this picture I am not saying your teeth will get this white. It is just a picture.

Dr. Oz’s Teeth Whitening Home Remedy

Ingredients
Baking Soda
Lemon

Directions
In a small bowl, mix a little bit of baking soda with the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon. The mixture should bubble slightly.
Using a cotton swab, wipe saliva and excess plaque from your teeth before brushing on the mixture. Leave the mixture on your teeth for a minute before gently brushing it off with a toothbrush.

Don’t leave the mixture on your teeth for any longer than a minute; the acid erode tooth enamel

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To My First 100

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So I got an email that I officially have 100 followers. I was so happy because I wasn’t even thinking this far ahead when I started this blog. This blog was started as an assignment for a course I was taking and although I had been planning to start a blog for xxx amount of years, this is my 1st one. I am not on any other social networks so I didn’t know who would read my post or follow me. I didn’t know very much about WordPress although I had signed up to start a different blog a year before this one was started. Basically I didn’t know very much or what to expect. I had an idea and I ran with it. I enjoy communicating with all of you. I love the exchange and some of you really make me laugh on days I feel like shit. To those of you that I communicate with regularly, you guys really keep me writing and thinking of new ways to spin this blog. Sometimes I feel like we are all girlfriends drinking wine talking at a table about hair, skin and whatever else. This blog is a blessing for me because it has forced me to write on a consistent basis (I had stopped writing), become mindful of the way content and images are presented to you and it has allowed me to get involved in a positive online community (I am ANTI! social networks). So to my first 100 followers Thank You for reading, following, sharing and exchanging. I really appreciate it.

gratitude

-Vinegarandwater

Bathe Like A Queen

MIlk

I have been meaning to do a post on milk baths but I just never got around to it. Milk baths are often associated with romance and sensuality but I learned that a milk bath can really help with getting rid of dead skin cells. It has been said that Queen Cleopatra had one of the most successful beauty regimens known. She was said to have had a beautiful even complexion due to her milk baths. Now I wasn’t really looking for Cleopatra’s milk bath originally but I do remember hearing about this and her formula seems to be the most popular. Milk has Lactic Acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid. It is gentle and can be found in a lot of beauty products and is said to be an effective anti-aging skin treatment. So it sounds good to me! I doubt if anyone really has the original recipe because I found many recipes claiming to be the Cleopatra milk bath but you can change this recipe  based on your needs and the supplies you have.

4 cups Powdered Milk
2 cups Sea Salt
1 cups Baking Soda
1 cup Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Citric Acid
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Tangerine or Sweet Orange Essential Oil

TO MAKE: Mix all the dry ingredients in a large, non-porous bowl and work out any clumps. Separate 1-2 cups of the dry mixture into a smaller glass measuring cup or bowl. Add the wet ingredients and mix well. Combine the wet mixture back into the dry mix and blend together until evenly dispersed. Package as desired.
TO USE: Add a few tablespoons to warm bath water and enjoy.

Recipe from here

The Ugly Truth About Chemicals In Beauty Products

This speaks for itself. I HAD to reblog. It also reminds me that I should do a post on natural deoderant.

Wicked Type

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THIS. So powerful. I’m a buzzkill, I know. I love beauty products, makeup, glam, glitz, and flash. Happiness is Birchbox…the Nordstrom or Saks makeup counters…even (especially?) wandering the beauty aisles at Target with a Starbucks in hand and nowhere to be.

And man, I love Sephora, I do. I go in a plain Jane and walk out, hours later, resembling an overly perfumed clown with cheeks streaked with puffy pink and burnt orange, eyes shaded with turquoise and purple, lips a multi-hued, blended pinkish-red. I can’t resist experimenting in there, it’s the most fun.

Shared on HoneyColony’s website, the title of the photo is “515 Synthetic Chemicals Women Put In Their Bodies Every Day” — and boy does it speak the truth!

As with anything, I like to think it’s the cumulative day-to-day effects of heavy chemicals seeping into the skin that is most worrisome. In the past few years…

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DIY Waxing

DIY Wax
Waxing can be expensive especially if you are getting the whole shebang from head to toe. I know some people like to wax at home and some of us wouldn’t dare do such a thing out of fear. The OTC wax kits take a lot of trial and error and often times they just don’t work. I found a video for a DIY wax kit. I like that there are so many things that we can do ourselves but sometimes I think there is a reason for professionals and this is one of those times. Waxing is painful and scary and if you do not know what you are doing it can be a little dangerous. But for arms and legs I think DIY waxing is ok, it’s the more sensitive areas that I am not sure about. But for you dare devils out there here is a video I found for a DIY wax kit. Please be careful with this.

They love us just the way we are..

Every now and again I like to add a little of testosterone to this womans beauty blog lol! I think Malcolm Jamal Warner is such a man and in this piece he reminds us that we can be everything that we are because they love us just the way we are… It’s an oldie but a goodie!

Homemade Foot Soak

Foot Soak

 

I was thinking about something relaxing for all of the busy bees out there. When I am on the run all day and finally get to sit down, I love a good foot soak. I just dump things in my water without any real measurements so I had to look up some measurements just for those who need it. The water temperature is at personal preference.  Use 2 to 3 tablespoons per gallon of water used.

 

Basic

1 part Epsom salts
1 part Baking soda
drops of choice EO (optional)

Chamomile Tea

4 bags chamomile tea or mint tea
1/8 cup dried parsley
4 drops EO of choice

Steep in 1 gallon of hot water for 10 minutes before using.

Info modified from here

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