“Keep your hands open, and all the sands of the desert can pass through them. Close them, and all you can feel is a bit of grit.” ~Taisen Deshimaru

Taisen Deshimaru, a Japanese Sōtō Zen Buddhist teacher, was a wise man. He unintentionally made Zen trendy with Association Zen Internationale. Maybe this wasn’t his original intention, but the same “open hands” rule applies to things you put on your face.


I have a delightfully spunky friend named Andrea. She is also one of my new roommates and an avid advocate for handmade toiletry items. While getting ready together in the mornings, I can’t help but to marvel at the amount of cider vinegar she swabs on to her face as toner or the curious white cornstarch goo she slathers under her armpits. Her side of the medicine cabinet consists of jars of raw honey, vinegar, and Trader Joe’s coconut oil. She often quotes one of her alternative-toiletry gurus, “I’m not going to put anything on my face that I wouldn’t eat.”

I don’t know if you’d actually like to eat the handmade boudoir essentials below, but hey, it’s possible.

“And, it’s eco!” — Andrea



Andrea’s Deodorant

And she smells really nice, I swear.

1/8 cup cornstarch

1/8 cup baking soda

2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

A few drops of essential oil for scent, if desired

Mix cornstarch and baking soda in a small, resealable container. Slowly pour melted coconut oil and mix with a fork until lotion consistency.


Massage a quarter sized amount of raw honey on your face. Rinse with warm water.


After cleansing, swab a generous amount of apple cider vinegar on to your face and neck.


In the shower, mix a tablespoon of baking soda with the shower water. Massage in to scalp and rinse well.


Pour a generous amount of apple cider vinegar in to your hair. Let sit and rinse well.

Body Lotion

Use your extra coconut oil to achieve a humid-beach-worthy moisturizer. Coconut oil is also great as a butter substitute slathered on toast…


“The Cute Bunch”



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