DIY Home Decor with Mason Jars!

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By: Diya Sanghani

These glass bottles that were used to preserve food in the kitchen now make a great home décor piece, a cute gift to give to a friend or neighbour.

1. Citronella Candles

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Enjoy a leisurely evening this summer outdoors with your family and friends. These Mason jar candles provide a great ambiance and provide a unique benefit of driving away mosquitoes. Citronella oil is a plant-based insect repellent that is a must for spending time outside.

What you need: Mason jar with lid and ring

Citronella torch fuel/oil

1/8″ lamp wicks

Nail punch, screwdriver

Hammer

Steps: Punch a hole from the bottom of the lid in the centre for easy insertion of the candle wick.

Fill the jar with Citronella Torch fuel/Oil

Screw on the lid and pull the wick out

And you’re ready for a perfect evening. The oils change colour when exposed to sunlight! These pretty and efficient candles create a warm and comfortable environment.

 

2. Tissue Holder

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Need your tissue box to fit in with your room décor? Make a cute Mason jar tissue holder that looks great and can be changed to suit your room’s needs.

What you need: Mason jar with lid

Scissors, Knife and Glue Stick

Decorative/fancy scrapbook paper

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Tissues

Rust prevention rust-oleum Spray

Paint brush and Acrylic paint

Steps : Paint the Mason jar with craft/acrylic paint.

Spray paint the ring part of the lid

Cut out a circle from the lid as well as a new lid insert from the scrapbook paper 

Put the tissues inside the jar

Glue the scrapbook paper lid cutouts together and make a huge X on them

Put it all together.

Add any stick-on craft embellishments you like.

 

 3. Glow in the Dark

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What you need : Mason jars

Glow in the dark paint/glow sticks

Paintbrush

Tap water

Steps : Mix the paint with your brush until the glowing particles have dissolved evenly.  If you are using glow sticks, cut into the sticks and splash the fluid all over the jars.

Make tiny dots in the inside of the jar. The more dots you make, the prettier the jar     will look. Dot on one colour first, then the next, etc.

Leave to dry.

You’re done. In the daytime your jar won’t look that fancy but at night your room will look beautiful and the jar will give the perfect light for some spectacular photography!

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DIY: Baking Soda Hacks For Your Beauty Routine!

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We all know the benefits of using natural homemade products as compared to commercial products filled with chemicals. However, most of us overlook the benefits of certain household ingredients, like baking soda! With a variety of uses, it is easily adaptable to different facets of your beauty routine. Baking soda has surprising uses for your skin, hair, body, and overall beauty. With these natural homemade remedies, all you need are a few basic ingredients to revamp your skin and hair care routine!

Baking Soda

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Baking Soda Hair Clarifier:

We use so many products in our hair, every single day. Despite intensive shampooing, product build up is hard to get rid of. This is where baking soda is useful; just add a tablespoon to your regular shampoo and lather and rinse! The alkaline nature of baking soda will help break down the product build up in your scalp. While baking soda will help revive your limp locks, an excess will dry your hair out. Use this DIY natural homemade mixture of baking soda and shampoo once a week to keep your hair shiny and squeaky clean.

 

Oatmeal Foot Scrub:

Baking soda is very useful to help exfoliate your sore feet after a long day. For this DIY home remedy foot scrub, grind 4 cups of oatmeal to a coarse consistency. Next, add 3-4 tablespoons of baking soda and 3 cups of milk. The oatmeal helps scrub away dead skin, while the baking soda is useful in deep cleansing your pores effectively. The milk helps keep your feet baby soft and effectively removes dead skin.

Mix until a paste like consistency is achieved. Apply on your feet, especially around your heels. You can add some essential oils like lavender for a more relaxing effect. This baking soda footscrub should be used twice a week for best results i.e. silky smooth, baby soft feet.

Teeth Whitener:

Yellowing teeth is everyone’s worst nightmare! After all, everybody wants pearly white smiles as seen on TV. While teeth whitening procedures are extremely expensive and often tedious, a simple DIY home remedy with baking soda can work wonders. All you need for this natural home remedy is a tablespoon of baking soda mixed with 2-3 tablespoons of lime juice. Mix and apply evenly on your teeth. Rinse and repeat. Apply this paste for 3-4 weeks for best results and shiny white teeth!

Mouthwash: 

Bad breath is a big no-no! Commercial mouth washes although useful, often contain high quantities of alcohol and dry out your mouth. A quick DIY home remedy for bad breath is a simple baking soda mouthwash. Simply add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to a glass of warm water. For an additional kick, add a few drops of peppermint oil. Rinse your mouth twice a day with this DIY mouthwash for fresh minty breath, always!

So there you go! Hope you found different uses for this humble kitchen ingredient. Comment below if you have any additional uses, hacks, or DIY recipies!

DIY : All Natural Dry Shampoo For Greasy Hair!

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Does your hair become greasy within a day or two of you washing it? Are you forced to wash your oily and limp hair frequently? Have you tried millions of chemical based products to no avail? We’ve got a solution: all natural dry shampoo!

Dry Shampoo

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Many people scorn at dry shampoo because they think it doesn’t make your oily, greasy, limp hair actually feel clean. However, dry shampoo is the best alternative to both not washing your hair and overwashing your hair. While not washing your hair will leave it limp, dirty, and smelly, overwashing your hair will leave it dry and damaged. Plus, overwashing strips your hair of natural oils that cause your scalp to secrete MORE natural oils, leaving your hair more oily, greasy, and dirty. Although commercial dry shampoos can help reduce hair washes, they are filled with explosive chemicals that are damaging to your hair in the long run. Plus, they cost a bomb!

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how you can make your own dry shampoo, right at home, with a few ingredients!

For this DIY dry shampoo, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Organic Cornstarch Powder: This will help absorb the excess natural oils in your scalp and hair that is making your hair greasy. Alternatively, you can also use ground up oatmeal or arrowroot powder to the same end. However, cornstarch powder is the easiest to procure and the cheapest option!
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  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: For darker hair colours, the brown tinge of the unsweetened cocoa powder will help mask the white cornstarch powder (making your hair look like it has dandruff). However, make sure it is unsweetend cocoa powder, sweetened cocoa powder would make your already greasy hair a sticky mess!
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  • Essential Oils: A few drops of your favourite essential oil (vanilla or lavender work great!) for the fragrance and to help the ingredients bind together.
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Mix one cup of the cornstarch powder, 1/2 a cup of the unsweetened cocoa powder, and a few drops of your favourite essential oil in a mixing bowl. The consistency of the dry shampoo should be powdery; you can apply it directly to the roots of your hair using a make-up brush. For best results, apply this homemade dry shampoo before bed to the greasy parts of your hair, to allow it to settle.

 

With regular usage, your hair will become less oily and greasy in between washes. This is because you are not stripping your hair of natural oils frequently. Therefore, your scalp will start producing lesser quantities of these natural oils, leaving your hair bouncier and healthier.

 

With this homemade natural dry shampoo, say goodbye to greasy, limp, and oily hair!

 

 

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DIY: Natural Homemade Body Scrubs for Smooth Skin!

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Waxing is a painful process that we suffer though every three weeks to achieve that silky smooth skin. Alas, if only shaving resulted in that! But don’t you worry; we have DIY natural Body Scrubs that will not only save you the big bucks but also keep hair removal an easy process! So leave the pain behind, ladies! Following are the natural body scrubs that you can use to keep your body hair free and avoid all the ingrown hair, pimples and burn patches.

  1. 1. Sugaring! (Sugar Body Scrubs)

Sugar it up! Remove hair from its root and never worry again! Mix together natural ingredients; Sugar, Honey, Lemon Juice, and Water to create a thick wax like paste.

Apply the gel to exfoliate the ingrown hair and keep your skin bump free. Wash off the gel and repeat the process at least 2 times a week to achieve the desired smooth results!

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  1. 2. Honey – Lemon paste Body Scrub

Tired of getting that upper lip done every month? Have hair on your chin that you would just rather do away with? Use honey and lemon to remove unwanted facial hair!

Mix together 1 tablespoon of honey, ½ tablespoon of ground oatmeal and a few drops of lemon juice. Put this natural body scrub on your face like a mask for about 15 minutes and rinse it off. Repeat the same 3 times a week for a month for a complete hair removal session.

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  1. 3. Salt and Coconut Body Scrub

Incredibly light smelling homemade body scrubs to keep your hair removal process feel like soft and easy! Mix together Coconut Oil, Salt and Lime Juice to create a white fluffy body scrub!

Apply it on your skin and scrub generously! Rinse off with water to get that silky smooth goodness! And the best part? It’s chemical free, all natural!

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  1. 4. Coffee and Baking Soda Body Scrub

All hail baking soda! This particular body scrub works great to remove hair from all parts of your body (wink, wink). To keep your skin silky and smooth, and avoid all the ingrown hairs from excessive shaving use this body scrub. This homemade natural remedy removes hair from its root leaving you feeling like a goddess.

Mix together 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of coffee, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and massage it on your skin.

Keep it on for 2 minutes and rinse it with water. Repeat every 2 weeks to keep your skin gliding smooth and make the process of hair removal easier.

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Ladies, we’ve all been here.

Body Scrubs!

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DIY: Homemade Face-Packs for Clear & Glowing Skin

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While the market for skincare is flooded with several products for clear and glowing skin, we often forget the ingredients at home that make for the best natural homemade face-packs. With a few basic ingredients, we can get glowing skin fast- naturally and at home! Read on to find out tips for clear skin at home.

Multani Mitti is the perfect ingredient for cleansing face-packs that give you clear and glowing skin naturally. It is rich in minerals and when applied to the skin in the form of a paste, it helps in improving circulation. It dries up slowly and becomes hard while absorbing the dead cells on the top of the skin and removing excess oil.  The best face-packs for natural clear and glowing skin are homemade Multani Mitti face-packs as they soak oil and dirt from the surface of your skin.

There are several homemade face-packs that you can experiment with for glowing skin. The best thing about natural face-packs containing ingredients like Multani Mitti, Turmeric, Neem etc. is that it is completely safe and works much faster than chemical products. Homemade face-packs make it very easy to get clear and glowing skin naturally.

You can make your own completely natural homemade face-pack with just a few ingredients such as Multani Mitti powder, Turmeric powder, and Curd. This homemade face-pack is particularly useful for getting clear skin naturally!

Homemade face-packs

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homemade face-packs

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For this natural face-pack, add 1 tablespoon of multani mitti powder and a pinch of turmeric powder to a mixing bowl. It is important to be cautious with the turmeric powder as it has staining properties. Next, add 1-2 tablespoons of curd for consistency. Multani Mitti is known for aiding in clear skin, while Turmeric is often used in homemade face-packs for glowing skin. Curd helps bind the ingredients and is a natural cooling agent. For an extra kick, you can add a few drops of lemon juice to this face-pack. Lemon juice is an important ingredient for clear and glowing skin used in several natural face-packs.

Before applying any face-pack, even if it is natural and homemade, it is important to wash your face with warm water as this helps open up your facial pores. This allows the face-pack to be easily absorbed into your skin. Make sure you apply the face pack evenly on your face and neck. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes until it is completely dry. After washing it off, sometimes your skin may feel a bit dry. Apply honey or aloe vera gel and massage your face for 5 to 10 minutes. Finish off by washing with cold water. This is a completely natural face-pack and if regularly used, will give you clear and glowing skin very fast!

Since we use so many chemical products, it is often beneficial for us to use natural homemade remedies. Multani Mitti face-packs are natural, homemade, and help in clear skin instantly.

 

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How to make your perfume last longer

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  • DO NOT store your perfumes, or fragrances in the bathroom, wet, warm or damp places. Store them in dry places like in the cupboard or drawer, far far away from windows, heat light and humidity to retain their scent for longer periods.

 

  • THIS HACK WORKS THE BEST- make sure you rub Vaseline on the part of your body before you spray your perfume. The fragrance tends to last longer and the scent is stronger.
  • Don’t rub your wrists together after you apply the perfume there, it breaks up the perfume and makes the scent fade quicker. Just spray the scent on both the pulse joints on your wrist and let it air-dry to smell like a dream!

 

 

  • Make sure you spray your perfume on your pulse points; behind the ears, on both wrists and along the throat. In this way, the scent lasts all day without you reapplying it every time, making the best of your fragrance.

 

  • If you really want the perfume to last a long time the best hack is, spray a little bit from a distance on to your hairbrush and then run it through your hair. This way, every time you move around you’ll be able to smell your perfume! Believe me I’ve tried this and I heart this hack.

 

  • Last but not the least, never ever do the mistake of layering up your fragrances. Body mist, shower gel, strong scented moisturizers, fragrance shampoos should not be altogether mixed up on your skin all at once. Just a few fragrances should be good!

 

These are some hacks that could help in getting the most out of your pricey perfumes, easy hacks that you can do yourselves right at home without spending more money 😉

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