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Monthly Au Natural Beauty Tip

BACK Above picture credit goes to Henry Ovideo.

You see my back in the picture up there? I'm proud to say that this is the first summer in a long ass time that I WANT TO EXPOSE MY BACK. Which is a good thing because low back cuts are so adorable and you can find them all over the place right now. Plus when you're a skinny flat chested girl, the low back is a much cuter look then a low front. Just throwing that out there!

Do you suffer from body acne or BACNE in any way? Acne on your back, chest, arms, neck, or even stomach? If you do then I feel your pain, and it is SO EMBARRASSING! Well today I'm going to give you a natural beauty tip to fix that! Doing ballet and working out a lot means that I end up sweating A LOT. But I gave up using standard soaps on my body over a year ago and I will never turn back. At first it seemed kind of weird, I'll fully admit that, and I felt like I wasn't really getting clean. But ridding my life of any and all chemicals had to include my body wash and all skincare. I also switched to natural deodorant which I'll post about another month, and like I said no more body wash!! I bought a body brush for dry brushing and I still have it but honestly I never really got into the whole practice of dry brushing. I'd always technically want to do it right before I shower which is usually right after I workout meaning that I'm all sweaty... I think brushing your own sweat into your skin sounds like the perfect recipe for a breakout. But that's just me. I could be entirely wrong but as far as I know your skin is supposed to be dry when you DRY brush! So while I haven't given up on it and I fully trust in the benefits of the practice, I can't personally vouch for it.

I actually came upon this topical bacne remedy I'm sharing with you today by accident. Of course what you eat and your hormonal health is going to mostly be the basis of body acne and acne in general but topically there are things you can do to help the situation! Acne on your body sucks! And since summer is here it's time to bare it all again. Whenever the weather warms up I start to worry about having to show my back, arms, and chest because of the acne I'm prone to in those areas. Ironically besides a few pimples here and there it has not even crossed my mind this summer! So what's the secret you ask?? TAKE BATHS. Not just any baths but I have a specific formula for your bath that with consistence and patience should bring you beautiful results. Yay right!? You ready for this?



Acne Killing Bath Soak

I first started soaking in this bath mixture every night to heal my blistered ballet feet and sore muscles when I got back into dancing. This bath is great for all that and detoxing too but I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed that my body acne was clearing up as well! You will literally want to do this soak every night. Like I said I don't "wash" my body anymore but I try to do this soak every night to keep my skin clear which is especially important during the summer months but really year round. If you happen to be in a rush and don't have time for a bath one day, I have a quick acne killing shower solution posted below as well. But first on to the bath instructions! Step number 1 is to make a "bath bomb" by putting baking soda in your tub and pouring apple cider vinegar over it. It will foam and be glorious. I usually use about 2 heaping TBS of each, sometimes more if I'm feeling crazy. Don't use the nice braggs brand of ACV here, just get any standard cheap ACV from the grocery store! Next you'll want to throw in at least a cup of epsom salts and also some standard sea salt. In fact if you don't have the baking soda/ACV on hand for your bath bomb, you can just give yourself a nice hot salts bath every night and you should see some drastic improvement with your skin! Draw the bath with water pretty much as hot as you can tolerate and soak in it for AT LEAST 20 minutes. I like to take a book in the bath, light candles, add some essential oils for relaxing smells, and sit for an hour or more sometimes! Sit back, get comfy, and relax! I also recommend buying a bath pillow and a bath table or stand of sorts.The longer you soak the better so don't be shy! There are so many amazing things you're soaking up while just sitting. Now for some more information on each of these ingredients.


You can find epsom salt pretty much anywhere. I'm personally not picky about the quality but I know that some people are. I think many people have taken epsom salt baths for one reason or another throughout their lives but I'll list some fun facts according to about why soaking in an epsom salt bath is amazing for you!

  • Eases stress and relaxes the body-Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells. Experts believe that bathing with Epsom salt at least three times a week helps you to look better, feel better and gain more energy. Magnesium ions also relax and reduce irritability by lowering the effects of adrenaline. They create a relaxed feeling, improve sleep and concentration, and help muscles and nerves to function properly.
  • Relieves pain and muscle cramps- An Epsom salt bath is known to ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma and migraine headaches. In addition, it has been known to heal cuts and reduce soreness from childbirth. Mix a thick paste of Epsom salt with hot water and apply to get soothing comfort. It softens skin and will even neutralize foot odor.
  • Helps muscles and nerves function properly-Studies show that Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the muscles, nerves and enzymes. Magnesium is also known to be critical in the proper use of calcium, which serves as a main conductor of the electric impulses in your body.
  • Helps prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots-Epsom salt is believed to improve heart health and help prevent heart disease and strokes by improving blood circulation, protecting the elasticity of arteries, preventing blood clots and reducing the risk of sudden heart attack deaths.
  • Makes insulin more effective-Proper magnesium and sulfate levels increase the effectiveness of insulin in the body, and can help to lower the risk or severity of diabetes. *AHEM IF YOU HAVE PCOS THIS SHOULD BE REASON ENOUGH TO TRY THIS OUT*
  • Eliminates toxins from the body-The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it.
  • It can also help with - Athlete’s Foot, Remove splinters, Treat toenail fungus, Soothe sprains and bruises, Ease discomfort of Gout

There are actually about a million more uses for epsom salt but here I'm focusing on it's benefits and how that pertains to this beauty tip. As you can see there are so many reasons to go buy some epsom salt right now! And there's really no excuse not to take an epsom salt bath. Plus it's even cheap. I <3 this stuff! Okay moving on...


Have you ever noticed that while away at the beach your skin looks beautiful? Of course that's partially because of the relaxing carefree environment, the exfoliation of the sand, and the sun BUT a huge factor is the ocean water AKA sea salt water. As in water with salt from the sea. Yeah. I'm sorry I don't know why I'm being so awkward today, let's learn more about why this stuff is great from!

  • Sea salt helps the body remove toxins and by-products of metabolism through the lymph system. – This is important because it helps eliminate fluid that is trapped around the ankles, thighs and knees.
  • Immersing in warm salted water brings relaxation to the muscles and the entire body.
  • Seawater and mineral mud are known for anti-aging, anti-wrinkles, deep cleansing and whitening effect. Circulation is accelerated as is the process of natural skin regeneration. The result is healthy skin that is silky soft. * In the ancient Greece, saltwater bathing was regarded by numerous physicians, including Hippocrates, as a therapy for chronic inflammatory skin conditions (ACNE, PSORIASIS, ECZEMA).
  • Dead Sea salt has proven healing properties due to its high concentrations of sodium chlorides, calcium, sodium and potassium. It is considered to be extremely efficient for the treatment of different skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, as well as for alleviating joint or arthritis pain.
  • Taking a sea salt bath is often the solution for treating many health discomforts. Whether done by the sea, or in the peace of your own bathroom, bathing in salt water is effective in eliminating toxins, relaxing and rejuvenating the skin, while balancing the body’s energies.
  • A study on the mental changes caused by Thalassotherapy also showed positive psychological effects.
  • Brine waters are also believed to help certain children’s diseases, including respiratory infections and enuresis (involuntary urination).

So as you can see, sea salt is pretty bad ass! I see no reason not to add it to your bathtub or shower scrub (you'll see the details on the shower scrub below)!


Okay while these two ingredients separately have benefits, I'm putting them together because we're looking at them as a unit. Now if you happen to only have one of these on hand that's no problem, throw it in the bath, it won't hurt that's for sure! Let's look at the benefits of adding this awesome bath bomb to your tub from and

  • A lukewarm (36 ºC) bath full of carbonated water boosted the performance of competitive swimmers when taken before a workout. Subsequent lactic acid threshold was higher, heart rate took longer to become elevated, and muscles were more efficient after a carbonated bath. Swimmers who took a regular bath at the same temperature enjoyed none of the same benefits.
  • Using apple cider vinegar externally helps promote blood circulation in the skin and can prevent bacteria and regulate pH levels
  • The malic acid in apple cider vinegar makes it antibacterial, and the amino acids help balance hydration in the skin to calm irritation.
  • Apple cider vinegar makes hair soft and shiny because it removes shampoo residue
  • Use baking soda to detoxify and alkalize your body. It is natural, safe and inexpensive. People who eat a Western-style diet consisting of sugar, red meat, cheese and other refined foods have a high acid consumption, which baking soda baths can neutralize. You can also detox your body from alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and medications.
  • Use baking soda with your sitz bath to relieve pain from hemorrhoids, vaginal yeast infection, anal fissure, and other discomforts in the genital or buttock area.
  • Baking soda soothes irritated skin, relieves itching and reduces burning sensation.Baking soda is a good substitute for commercial products used for bathing. It does not contain fragrances and chemicals, it is colorless and odorless, and it does not leave residues in the bath tub. It makes bath water alkaline and leaves the skin feeling silky.

Speaking specifically of Mark's Daily Apple and his amazing website, he has a great article that everyone should read about improving your bath HERE. Remember to make the bath as hot as possible and get your detox on! There are about a million other options for baths out there but I say if all else fails at least take a bath with one or more of these ingredients in it! If you're only going to use only one of them though make sure you put in 1-4 cups of whichever ingredient you so choose. If you're using all 4 them they can be used in the smaller amounts described above in my experience.

One last important note and as promised above - instructions for the busy body! If you don't have time for a bath after a workout or whenever it is that you personally bathe, at least rinse off with warm water. I sometimes take 1/2 cup of epsom salt into the shower and give myself a rub down of sorts. I wet my skin then LIGHTLY scrub the epsom salts on. OR I fill the rest of the cup of salt with water and pour/rub that into my skin. Either method I use, I let the salt sit and soak in for a few minutes - this stings a lot of the time - then I rinse it all off and voila! A quick solution for not being able to accommodate for bath time but still needing to get clean and not be grimy. Rinsing off is good too. Don't hate on the rinse off game.

Okay well my brain is a little fried and all kinds of kooky tonight in case you haven't noticed from this scatterbrained post, but I HAD to make sure that I actually got this tip out there this month! I am not a very good/consistent blog owner. I promise I'll try to be better. But seriously in the mean time find me on Facebook and like my page! Friend me on there too, I love connecting and talking with people! Find me on Instagram and follow me! I post on those platforms ALL THE TIME and I can be very wordy over there which I think is why I hesitate to write a lot of blog posts. I already put myself out there in a big public way every day. Sometimes the response is great and other times it's very 'meh'. But I'll say it time and time again that I'm humbled and amazed by the following I've gained. I really never thought that things would even take off as much as they have right now but here I am and I thank each and everyone of you for your part in this journey.

Let me know if you try the baths, how you like em and how your skin reacts! You can always email me especially if you have skincare/wellness issues you'd like some guidance with at

May you be BACNE FREE this summer! Woohoo!!


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Monthly Au Natural Beauty Tip!


Happy Good Friday everyone! I am starting a new regular post on here with monthly natural skincare and beauty tips for you! This month's tip is all about HAIR. I know hair care can be tough especially when you're trying to go about it naturally .I've done posts in the past about no pooing and the masks I've tried with that and since I've stopped no pooing I'm way less stressed about my appearance and happier. I wish no pooing had worked for me (I attempted for months), but with my greasy thinning hair and the water in my area I just couldn't make it work which is okay! If you are currently no pooing then please keep in mind that oil masks are SUPER hard to wash out. I recommend mixing a natural clay like THIS one with your baking soda to help wash out the oils and absolutely DO NOT wet your hair before putting the dry baking soda and clay into your hair. Even so the mask I'm telling you about today will probably be a bit hard to wash out, you may find yourself "washing" it multiple times and still needing to wear your hair up because it looks greasy. One day I will try Morocco Method and post about it... They have my 'dream' shampoo and I would recommend them to anyone, especially if you suffer from thinning hair, but as of right now I'm using another shampoo. The shampoo I now use is by Avalon Organics. I use both the Lavender and the Rosemary ones for shampoo and conditioner. DISCLAIMER: I want to mention that I actually do NOT recommend these products because they are not 100% natural or paleo friendly. I personally bought them in a pinch (they were on sale and the ingredients were not the worst) before an event a few months back and I'm using them until I run out. I only wash my hair about twice a week maximum so needless to say I'm going through them pretty slowly despite the bottles being small. Moving on to my AU NATURAL BEAUTY TIP OF THE MONTH!


Okay there are only like a million different hair masks out there but honestly most are chemical ridden and not many are very effective, and especially if you're not using conventional shampoos! Even the more natural options are typically just inconvenient, messy, and sometimes even downright gross. Even with oil masks it can be very hard to find a good balance of what works for your hair. You can be left with limp greasy looking hair trying to convince everyone that you DO believe in showers! For me I have thin hair with an oily scalp and fairly dry strands. The mask I use I'm sure won't work for everyone, but I've tried regular coconut oil masks, olive oil masks etc and this 2 ingredient combination below is what I've found to work best (at least for me). These days my hair is soft, shiny, flowy and luscious. Yes, luscious. It is growing back and filling out after thinning for the past few years of crazy hormones and I am super happy about it! I also cut quite a few inches off my hair, balanced my hormones pretty well, and stopped getting highlights very recently (it's currently ombre'd so the top is my natural color and the bottom still has highlights) which of course are all contributing factors in hair health. But I really think this mask is what's making my hair 'go the distance' for me! I hope you at least give this mask a try and more importantly I hope you find success with it!


Castor oil is very thick and for this mask I put it on my scalp only. THIS is the brand I use. I make sure to cover every inch of my scalp really well and really rub it in to make sure the skin of my scalp is getting a nice massage which stimulates hair growth and blood flow. Side note: in general scalp massages are great for your hair, so don't hesitate to rub a dub dub. The hair on your scalp will of course get covered in castor oil but just don't distribute it throughout your hair. Below are just some fun facts about castor oil from

  • Antibacterial and Antiviral – The ricinoleic acid in castor oil prevents the growth of many types of viruses and bacteria, protecting the skin and body.
  • Improves Lymph Fluid Flow – Castor oil exerts a positive influence on the thymus gland and the lymphatic system. It stimulates the free flow of lymphatic fluids, reducing swelling in the lymphatic nodes and easing depression and fatigue.
  • Castor oil for Constipation – Castor oil is an effective laxative and is even used as an enema agent in hospitals for those who are suffering from constipation. It also eases symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Treats Skin Ulcers and Ringworms – Aside from ricinoleic acid, castor oil also contains undecylenic acid, which has germicidal and disinfectant properties. It helps treat skin ulcers and kill fungi around fingernails and toenails. The same acid can also effectively treat ringworm infestation.
  • Arthritis Remedy – Castor oil contains anti-inflammatory properties, making it an excellent massage oil for aching joints and sore muscles.
  • Stye Treatment – An eye infection called stye can be treated by applying a few drops of castor oil. The oil can also be used to remove debris that has entered the eye, causing irritation. For stye treatment, simply apply a small drop of castor oil to the stye 2-3 times daily.
  • Improves Lactation – Rubbing castor oil onto the nipples of a breastfeeding mother can help stimulate the mammary glands to produce more milk. Wash the area with a mild soap and water before letting the infant feed. Consultation with a doctor is important before using castor oil as a means to increase lactation.
  • Skin Treatment – Skin infections such as acne, dry skin stretch marks and age spots can be effectively lessened with the application of castor oil. Massaging the body with castor oil before taking a bath can help the skin retain its natural healing properties as well as stimulate muscles and internal organs.
  • Anti-aging – Castor oil is packed with antioxidants which are responsible for sweeping away free radicals that cause damage to the skin. With the abundance of antioxidants, the skin will remain young looking and wrinkle free.
  • Castor oil for eyelashes – Rubbing castor oil over the base of the eyelashes before going to bed will stimulate hair growth, leading to thicker and fuller lashes.
  • Prevents hair loss – The ricinoleic acid in castor oil prevents the occurrence of scalp and hair infections which can cause hair loss. Applying castor oil on the scalp may also cause regeneration of new hair within months.

As you can see Castor Oil is some potent stuff and in my opinion, it's 100% something you should be rubbing all over your scalp! But wait, this oil hair mask isn't complete yet! Here's what to do next...


I typically use about 1-2tbs of grape seed oil and run it through the rest of my hair making sure to cover all the strands. I use THIS brand of grape seed oil although I'm sure there are better options out there. I also use this oil for my oil cleansing and occasionally even for my oil pulling. Make sure you really comb through your hair with your fingers so it's equally distributed and your whole head is now covered in oils. At this point I put my hair up in a messy bun (I have a designated oily hair tie I use every time), put my shower cap on and go to bed. The shower cap isn't necessary but it heats the oils slightly as you sleep for better absorption PLUS it saves your pillows and bedspread from getting oily. Below are some fun facts about grape seed oil from

  • Grape Seed Oil and its Extract constitute anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-histamine, anti-aging, anti-allergic, antimicrobial, and adaptogenic activity. Therefore, it has been beneficial in the treatment of a number of health issues which include: arthritis, edema, dermatitis, acne, wrinkles, dry and itchy skin, age spots, sun burns, chapped lips, wounds, bruising, stretch marks, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, chronic venous insufficiency, premature aging, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), weight loss, stress, dandruff, hair loss, warts, cardiovascular diseases especially atherosclerosis, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, visual impairment, cataract, and macular degeneration.
  • Research suggests that the linoleic acid in Grape Seed Oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergen, acne reductive, and moisture retentive properties. It contains 73% of linoleic acid which may be beneficial in the treatment of acne, dermatitis, allergic reactions, atopic eczema and dry and itchy skin.
  • The rich nutrients in Grape Seed extract have been found to protect against UV radiation, and they have been found to lighten the effects on age spots and pigmented skin caused by ultra violet rays. Threfore simply taking Grapeseed supplements daily may heal and minimize the risk of sunburn and reduce the appearance of age spots.
  • A few studies suggest that regular oral intake of Grape Seed Extract may suppress the development of different types of cancers and may induce apoptosis - a process that triggers the self-destruction and elimination of damaged and superfluous cells in many cellular systems. It may also help with liver damage and other side effects caused by chemotherapy medication.
  • A number of intensive studies have shown that oral intake of linoleic acid can reduce the complications associated with Diabetes.
  • Varicose veins, spider veins and hemorrhoids are caused by damaged blood vessels and compromise the ability of the capillaries to manage blood flow in the veins, which results in pooling of the blood inside the veins. Grapeseed Oil contains oligomeric proanthocyanidin and flavonoids, which are known to help with capillary integrity.
  • Recent research has shown that Grape Seed may improve damaged blood vessels and help regulate high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.
  • Studies have shown that Grape Seed Oil may improve the production of collagen which is important for maintaining healthy connective tissues in our joints. Its anti-inflammatory activity may also reduce the pain caused by arthritis.
  • the antioxidant activity of Grape Seed Extract may reduce the damage to skin cells and enhance the production of collagen and elastin which is important for strong and healthy looking skin.

Now that you know way too much about castor oil and grape seed oil I hope I've convinced you to give this mask a try! When you wake from your slumber just take off the shower cap - DON'T WET YOUR HAIR - put shampoo in your hair and work it in well first before you add water. Then just wash as usual. I typically do these hair masks every week or every other week depending on my mood. You can do them as often as you feel necessary! I've seen great improvement in my hair and I hope you experience the same!

To give you a visual... This is what my hair looks like these days...


Not my best photos but I think you get the idea! Of course my hair is styled here, although there in no product in it. Have a great weekend everyone! Friday night is  a great night for a hair mask! You can have fabulous hair all weekend!

xoxo Harmony

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