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California girl who came to the US from a small town in Russia all by herself and now making her EVERY single dream come TRUE!
 

208 comments:

  1. Have you attempted to make one of their shampoo bars? I've been looking for a tutorial on how to make the Jumping Juniper bar.

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    1. Oh, thank you for the idea! I've never tried their shampoo bars, but now that you mentioned I'm thinking about trying those out and may be DIYing them - but would definitely need to see if they're in fact cheaper to make than to buy, cause, you know, sometimes it's not worth homemaking a product money and time wise. Again, thank you so incredibly much for the idea♥♥♥

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    2. I second this. I live off of the Godiva shampoo bar, and if it were cheap and easy to make at home, I would totally do that.

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    3. It's funny, cuz I was just looking through all the shampoo bars and their ingredients to see what I can come up with;-))) Godiva has A TON of ingredient, yet there's just a bit of each. So in the beginning it might be expensive to buy all of those, but in the long run, since you use it all the time, it will most certainly pay off.

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    4. I LOVE my shampoo bars that I made. I make soap anyways so I have most of the ingredients. It lathers so nicely, and lasts forever. You will DEFINITELY want to use either a vinegar rinse or conditioner after it.

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  2. do vegetable dyes stain the tub at all? I wanted to try your bath bomb recipe. Is powder or juice better?

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    1. Hey, thank you so much for the question! I've never had any problems with any of those products dyeing my tub... As for what's better - I've never tried powder, but I have used carrot juice for yellow and beet juice for pink - no problems with tub either + they're definitely a healthier option;-)
      I hope that helps at least a little bit, and feel free to ask any other questions you might have;-))))
      Thank you!

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    2. Ohh, also, I thought I'd mention is to definitely wash your tub right away after you take a bath especially if you see some change in the actual tub color. It definitely shouldn't be hard to wash off, but if you leave it for too long - who knows:-(

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  3. Why don't you try making your own original products rather than getting your ideas from a different company and trying to re-create everything they make?

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    1. Hi, Anonymous! Thanks so much for stopping by. I make DIYs that I make at home for myself and then share it with others who might be interested in them as well, plus I get requests from people who like certain products but unfortunately can't afford buying them, so I try to help them out as well.

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    2. But you also realize that majority of the ingredients that LUSH uses are Fair Trade? Essentially you are stealing people's livelihoods that work hard to help their families.

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    3. Are you serious, "wifey_4_lifey"? In case YOU ARE (which is just hard to believe!) let me first say I am "SORRY" that most of the ingredients I use are from the US or Canada, and are "non-fair trade" according to your "brilliant" logic!
      but in my "defense" let me ask you this:
      How many times did you buy clothing, chocolate, coffee, beans, fruit, vegetables, nuts, sugar, tea & etc. that DID NOT have a Fair Trade label on them?
      Well, according to your "brilliant logic" every time you did (even if the products you bought were made in the US) you were "essentially stealing people's livelihoods". Let me also give your this piece of basic common sense information: EVERY TIME you chose to buy one product and not the other you "essentially steal the livelihoods of people that work hard to help their families" by producing the product you chose NOT TO buy. SHOCKING, right?! Well, according to your "birlliant logic" it IS shocking, but it is COMMON SENSE to people who chose to educate themselves not by reading advertorials that companies put out there, but by reading at least some basic Econ textbooks.
      If I want to help people in the Third World countries, I'll use the money I save by homemaking some of the overprices products and donate this money to organizations that build school for kids in the Third World, so that those kids can get education and chose better jobs for themselves other than the ones that involve "working hard" to provide the First World with the ingredients for their "luxury" products! But will I anonymously troll people for making other choices than I do? Will I start writing some "nonsense" accusations on their blogs? No, because I have greater things to do with my life!
      Have a good day, "wifey_4_lifey"!

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    4. Well I feel like these overpriced products are stealing from my livelihood. I want to keep my products as chemically free as possible but unfortunately I can't afford to drive 2 hours out to buy these products and on top of that I can't drop $400 for basic bath products. So thank you for the DYI posts. I really appreciate it.

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    5. I couldn't agree more, Lory! I hope I'll be able to continue doing my posts, because people like you just motivate me so much - thank you from the bottom of my heart♥♥♥

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    6. Do continue with your DIY posts! People are just stupid thinking that by buying over priced products from a certain company (lets leave names out
      ;-))they are really helping someone out. Yes a lot f their products are very nice, smell great and work very nicely, but they are over priced. And I think we are allowed to get creative and try to do some DIY products at home using some of their very nice ideas ;)

      I hope you will be able to post new, great DIY recipes! Do you have any ideas for a natural shampoo or conditioner? I'm in the phase on doing my own shampoo now and am always interested in new ideas.

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    7. Maria, I just ran across your blog today. I hardly (if ever) reply to other's comments but I just had to tell you to keep on doing what you are doing! Sometimes people run off at the mouth before they stop to think about what they are actually saying not realizing that the words coming out of their mouths are purely idiotic. I create many of my own products but like you also re-create particular products that I like to use but cannot afford to.

      The company that we all know we are referring to is extremely over-priced. I'm not saying that their products aren't worth the money but for the average person out there, it's insane for them to spend almost $11.00 on a product that you can make yourself for a quarter (if not less) of the cost!

      And I applaud you for speaking up for yourself! I don't follow very many blogs because I just don't have the time to do so but I am very impressed by you and will definitely continue to follow!

      Keep it up, girl! Cassie

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    8. Thank you so much for your support, Cassie and Anna!!! It means the WORLD to me, really♥♥♥

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    9. Good for you Maria.......I have NEVER posted on a blog ...but just had to say ..RIGHT ON!! I am a Etsy shop owner.

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    10. @ wifey_for_lifey: You also realize that by spending $40 on something in the store that costs me $2 to make at home, my OWN livelihood is being "stolen", right? Perhaps you should worry a little less about how others choose to spend their hard-earned money, ya? Last time I checked, you weren't my financial adviser. But thank-you for your concern anyway :-)

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    11. Keep up the good work Maria.....haters gonna hate! nothing you can do about that but ignore their ignorance! And wifey_4_lifey go get a lifey then stop....look in the mirror and look at how bitter you are!

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    12. Wow! thank you so much for all the support! it's such an incredible blessing....

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    13. So, a young woman comes to this country to live the American dream, and does *just that*, and you find a way to tear her down? Really? That's the kind of thing you're about? Wow, you're not very nice, are you? Your negative energy makes me sad.

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    14. Julie, thank you SO MUCH for your words of support - it means the world to me, really!

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    15. I LOVE your blog Maria!

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    16. I have already searched (and used) some of your recipes and was feeling so GRATEFUL! Now I see how smart and assertive you are. Got to LOVE that! Thank you for the blessings.

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    17. I realize that this thread is a few years old but the logic of wifey irked me. How many people go to a restaurant, love a certain dish and try to recreate it at home? Is that stealing from the restaurant? Give me a break.

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    18. I realize that this thread is a few years old but the logic of wifey irked me. How many people go to a restaurant, love a certain dish and try to recreate it at home? Is that stealing from the restaurant? Give me a break.

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  4. Maria, you have fantastic tutorials... don't listen to the rude previous post...they're just angry that they didn't think of it themselves! I actually make a ton of lush products on my own such as dark angel exfoliater and Dream cream, much cheaper than buying, And I love doing it!

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    1. OMG, thank you so much for the words of support - it means unbelievably much to me! At the end of the day, we're doing that because we LOVE Lush products, but can't spend THAT much on them, because we have some common sense;-) If Lush reduces its prices at least a little bit, I'll stop making and I'll start buying:-)

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    2. How did you makethe dream cream? I love it and seems to be the only thing that works for my eczema.

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    3. I will try to post a recipe of a similar product, once I deal with all the legal stuff they try to get me into - thank you so much for your comment!

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    4. dear maria do you have any Christmas diys that I can give as gifts?















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    5. I LOVE Lush Cosmetics don't get me wrong, but they still add some synthetic ingredients in their cosmetics, understandably...that I would rather not. Thank you Maria for your wonderful DIY's, now I can control exactly what goes on my body.

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  5. Thank you so much! The only LUSH store we had was a tiny stand within a mall department store. It recently closed and I was devastated b/c I cannot justify spending the cost of shipping for a bath bomb, bubble bar, etc. I'm always looking for DIY LUSH products! Thank you thank you thank!

    Oh! When and if you try the shampoo bars, if you could conjure up on that is like their now discontinued "Hybrid," I would love you forever!

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    1. Oh, I'm sorry I missed your comment:-( I'm so unbelievably happy my posts were able to help you - means the world to me, really!
      And I definitely want to be loved forever (doesn't happen to me often;-), so I'll most certainly see how I can help with shampoo bars. I just need to sort out some things first - THEIR attorney contacted me with like a 6-page letter stating what I'm not allowed to do on my blog (by THEIR I mean the company which name I'm not allowed to put on my blog any more because of my DIY posts:-( So once I sort that out, I'll see how I can address your request;-)

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    2. Man I cant believe you have trolls even here on a traditional ladies blog for trying to save some of that money to help out your own family,as well as your readers.Pay no attention to trolls its like feeding a stray cat,if you give them the time of day they will worry the hell out of you,just as if you feed a stray,its there to stay.Chin up,good work.

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  6. You cannot believe how happy I am that I found your blog! We drive an hour to get to our local Lush and pay ridiculous amounts of money for their things. I love and totally support what you are doing if only for the reason that I believe that bath time is one of my moments of peace and happiness. Doesn't everybody deserve that? So to the haters, back off and go take a nice, warm bath in the products that you are spending way too much money on. As for me, I'll soak in my homemade, inexpensive, products that I found on here. Thanks Maria!

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    1. OMG, thank you so incredibly much for the support! I'm 100% with you on that, and I'm sure if their prices were a bit lower they would have more demand --> more stores --> less people homemaking and more people buying;-) everyone would be happy - instead, they hired an attorney to write me a huge letter stating that they aren't "happy" with what I'm doing and what I need to remove from my site... you can't spend so much time and money "branding" your company, and then do things like that to a blogger who actually loves your products but as many others can't spend so much on them... what they did just feels so terribly wrong!

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    2. That's AWFUL! It makes me want to stop shopping there completely! If they, a huge company, are so threatened by one blogger trying to promote their products at the same time as making them accessible to the public at the public's own accord then they need to reconsider who they are and what they stand for. I doubt that you are going to put them out of business, instead they just made ass's out of themselves. I choose you : )

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    3. OMG, that just made my day - thank you so much for your support!!!
      It also puzzles me, because there are SO many bloggers that are homemaking THEIR products and posting the recipes - are THEY planning on going after every single one of them and I just happened to get on their radar first?... I wonder how much the attorneys THEY hire are going to charge them for that "rat race", and how much THEY'LL have to increases the prices of their products to just pay those attorneys and social media experts that will be trying to "improve" the face of the company in the eyes of public... I just don't get the point... honestly....

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    4. Oh, and sorry I didn't explain why I use THEY not the name of the company - THEY told me I CAN NOT mention the name of their company ANYWHERE - even on Facebook, twitter and Pinterest:-) I'm now being policed:-)

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    5. Did you mention that you are Russian and that you have a fine history of "policing" in your blood ; )

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    6. Ha-ha, I should have! you're funny;-))

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    7. I am actually an employee of this company and after reading some of the comments I felt that I should have some input. I'm in full support of D.I.Y and approaching life holistically while also being economical. I use those routes every moment I can but one thing that people still don't seem to understand is that the prices are higher than your average store because many of the ingredients that are source are fair-trade, certified organic (which is actually very expensive to achieve) and or are found outside of the United States and usually very high quality and for some, these reasons are worth the price tag. After all, this company was basically marketed around the idea of self-indulgence while also being ecologically friendly. As far as the hiring of an attorney and the writing of the letter, many of the products are patented and it's considered copyright infringement in some facet for someone outside the company to reproduce the product for any reason. I do not support the action that was taken against you by any means; it seems pretty aggressive and unnecessary, but again, I thought maybe my input could shed some light.

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  7. If you figure out a way to make their "Buffy" bar, I will devote my total and undying forever love to you. True story.

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    1. Wow! thank you, Denise! I'll do my best;-)))

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    2. Buffy Bar YES!!! It's the ONLY product that keeps me from scratching my legs to shreds during the winter because of dry skin. I've tried a plethora of products and only the Buffy Bar keeps them healthy.

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  8. could you PLEASE post a tutorial on how to make their dream cream? all your tutorials are great.. i'd love to try them all! DREAM CREAM. PLEASE!

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    1. Oh, thank you! yeah, it seems to be really popular - I'll definitely try to do something similar once I deal with all the legal stuff they're trying to drag me into. By "they" I mean the company that makes those products and I CAN'T mention their name anymore according to their attorney's letter (plz read comments above) - I'll do a post about all those legal adventures after I talk to a lawyer and then I'll do my best to address your request. Again, thank you so much for your comment;-)

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  9. Just restate your diy titles to " compare to lush......". Walmart, etc can do that Soo I'm sure yuppy cam legally Soo that..

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    1. Thank you so much for the tip, Katie! I think I'll be able to do that - at least to say "compare to + the name of the product". I'm not sure if I can mention the company itself, cuz the letter they sent said I'm forbidden to say the L-word at ALL - even on Facebook, twitter and pinterest - how fun is that?;-)
      Again, thank you so much for the advice!

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    2. It was just a thought. I hope everything works out. I have actually never herd ,of " L word" before. By the sounds of it they make enough money, greed is Soo appalling to me. And you be making then right or they wouldn't be after you. Sorry about the spelling in my previous post. Typing on my phone is a pain.

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    3. Thank you so incredibly much, Katie! By L-word I meant the company name which starts with L;-))) I don't quite get their strategy either - going after bloggers to stop them from homemaking their products? really?...
      Oh, and don't worry abt the spelling - my phone typing is TOTALLY unreadable;-)

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  10. OMG, I love this, my favourite shop in the world and knowing you can do it yourself, thank you, I definitely can't afford their products anymore, and am extremely disappointed that such a large company would resort to bullying tactics like this. I'm a firm believer in karma, so just remember what goes around, comes around. I hope you can continue this amazing site. All the best x

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    1. Wow! thank you so-so-so incredibly much! And OMG! this same "what goes around..." phrase was on mind ever since I got that letter;-) THANK YOU! and you know what? I'm now kinda happy they did that, because getting the messages of support like yours are TOTALLY worth it!!!

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  11. Retread? Pretty please? Thank you soooo much!

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    1. Thank you, Laura! putting Retread on my list;-)))

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  12. Great blog! I LOVED "their" Aromarant deoderant, but "they" don't make it anymore! ;) If you're ever inspired to try making it, I'm sure you'd get a million reblogs! I know TONS of folks trying to track it down. :)

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    1. Really? It might be hard to get very "close" to the original since I personally have never used it, but I definitely wanna try and see what the "magic" behind it might be;-))) thank you so much for the idea, Heather!

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    2. I'm one of the million people trying to track down - I'd LOVE to learn how to make it, so please try!!

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  13. Just read all this about your 6 page letter and the "L word".You have found a way to help others afford luxuries we all deserve.
    You are doing great work. Keep it up Maria...Keep it up!!!
    And T H A N K Y O U ! :)

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    1. Ahhh, thank you, thank you, thank YOU! It's people like YOU that I'm doing those posts for;-)) so thank you for your words of support SO MUCH!

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  14. I love your DIY's! I knew how to make bath bombs and bath salts and body scrubs, but your instructions for the bubble bath bars and bath melts are fantastic!! Thank you SO MUCH! I've been looking everywhere for DIYs that don't call for Johnson & Johnson this or that, because I'd rather know what I'm putting on my skin. THANK YOU!!!!

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    1. Wow! Thank YOU, Bex, for leaving such an amazing feedback! honestly, your words have just made my ENTIRE week;-) thank you so incredibly much!

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  15. I'd like to say that I was up until I read this blog, an avid Lush customer. Frankly, I am sick of these companies thinking they can bully their way into our wallets. I had been considering the diy versions based on other tuts found on Pinterest...& seeing their treatment of you clinched it for me. I think you are doing a great thing. Also, I wonder how "wifey" in a previous comment would feel if she and/or her hubby will feel about this fair trade bs when they lose their jobs and she can no longer afford to walk her self-righteous butt into one of those overpriced stores to pamper herself. It's all smug and games until NAFTA slaps you in the face and you find out that your douchebaggery makes you look stupid. People like that really irk me. Keep up the good work, Miss Maria. Fair trade, blah blah blah.

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    1. OMG, thank you so incredibly much for the support - it means the world to me, really! Yeah, that comment by "wifey" pretty much shows that some consumers don't quite get the Fair Trade concept, which is ok with me, cuz it's hard for me to comprehend many things in this world also, yet I don't accuse people of stuff I don't really understand... wastes not only their time, but also mine and everyone's who reads that nonsense:-(
      Again, thank you SO MUCH for the support! I hope I'll be able to continue doing all of my recipe posts - I have SUCH a huge list of future DIYs;-)

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  16. You may not be able to use their name, but they did not come up with the ideas for their products, these recipes have been around forever anthey have no legal claim to them, I feel sure they used an idea they came across somewhere. Yes, they have some nice products, but they are screwing the consumer with their prices, that should be illegal. I make homemade goats milk soap and it's from a free recipe that I have fine tuned over the years. If they are such a free trade supporter, then they should have no problem with you. Screw 'em. Keep up the gooood work and stay positive.

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    1. Thank you so incredibly much, Chanel! I guess you can use their name in your blog as long as you're writing a five-star review of the company;-) It's funny but I just came across recipes of Starbucks drinks that Starbucks itself pins on their pinterest.... as well as DIYs of Forever21 clothing items and accessories that Forever21 pins on theirs... They embraced this whole DIY movement and while F21 isn't threatened by going out of business because of low costs of their products, Starbucks acted upon it by selling their own ingredients and coffee machines. And those ingredients are ALSO Fair Trade so that way they insure that this DIY movement doesn't hurt the responsible trade practices... THAT'S how you care about both - consumer and the well-fair of people in the Third World - NOT by sending extremely dry official letter with the title "infringement investigation" to a person who loved your products, couldn't afford them, started homemaking them and sharing with other fan of yours on the budget, whose price concerns you've been simply ignoring... That's NOT what ethical business practices is about!

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  17. I try clicking recipes but then it says the page was removed?

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  18. I tried clicking on some recipes and it's saying the page was removed? Did they illegally get into your account?

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    1. Thank you for letting me know, Brianne! Can you possibly tell me what pages are not opening, cuz I'm trying all of them, and they're all working on my end... I really don't know what's going on...

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    2. I tried clicking on the foot scrubbie thing and it wouldn't open, but that's the only one so far. Thanks for your site and the DIYs in it!

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  19. I just wanted to say that I'm really excited to try these recipes out! I appreciate you sharing 'em!

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    1. Thank you incredibly much, Jennilea! I'm really happy to help♥♥♥

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  20. Is there a recipe for their tooth tabs on your site?

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    1. No, sorry, Shirley:-( But it's a great idea - thank you!

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  21. I am so excited to have find this website! I love Lush products but unfortunately i cant afford getting it all the time and there isnt one anywhere close to where i live. I like making my own products and knowing what i put on my skin. I cant wait to try this out and see how it goes. Thank you for sharing them :) Your awesome.

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  22. No, Anna, YOU are awesome - you words mean incredibly much to me! Thank you SO MUCH!♥♥♥

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  23. My two cents - so sorry you have to deal with their bullshit. Your tutorials are the best, many thanks for sharing. Hope it works out well for you.

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    1. thank you so incredibly much for the support - it means the world to me, really!

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  24. I love all your lush diy's! You are amazing. Have you considered doing more lush stuff? Like more face cleansers or toner tabs or massage bars?

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    1. Hi, thank you so incredibly much, Erica! I definitely plan to make more those DIYs. Do you have something you particularly like?

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  25. Will the angels on bare skin work for really dry skin or would there be a different ingredient to use in the recipe for people with dry skin?

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    1. I would probably replace Indian clay with Kaolin, since it has the same properties yet it doesn't draw oils from the skin the way Bentonite (Indian) clay does. Hope that helps, Erica;-) Thank you for your great comments!♥♥♥

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    2. It's definitely my pleasure, Erica!

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  26. i have a question, i would love to make this stuff at home, but i get nervous of ingredients going bad. do you think the Lword company adds any preservatives to make the product last more than a week on the shelf or in my shower? or is it ok to have week old fruit and vegetable sitting in the shower unrefrigerated? I hope this makes sense. Thanks!

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    1. Hi, Nicole! Fruit and vegetables WILL go bad unrefrigerated and even if refrigerated they still don't last long. So make sure you keep that in mind. As for my recipes on this page only Ocean Salt scrub and acne mask have fresh fruit in them and need to be refrigerated. Others- don't. hope that helps;-)))

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  27. I worked for LUSH for over two years and had extensive training on these products - these concoctions actually look BETTER than what they use (the paraben use is really small, but it's still there). They mean really well, but they are a business. The founders are great, but I know lots of people, including myself, that have problems with individual stores. I ended up having to quit because my manager was a sexist prick who not only said awful things about customers behind their back, but continually body-shamed me when I gained weight so I wouldn't be chosen to "rub on another girl" with a massage bar outside the store to attract customers and when I approached corporate about it, they told me "gossip" was against company policy. I love the products, but I could only afford them with my store discount. After I heard about the atrocious exploitation of women's bodies for their anti-animal testing campaign, I stopped buying all together, and only my skin hasn't thanked me for it. I tried to make my own stuff based on the product knowledge I had, but I haven't been able to get the ratios quite right. I'm so happy I can get the same great results without lining the pockets of people like that. Also, for the nay-sayers about fair-trade, etc, you can always substitute the generic ingredient for something that is a bit more to your standards, sure the price won't be the same as Maria indicates, but whatever floats your boat.

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear about your experiences with working there, and I'm happy that you're not going through that anymore! I truly appreciate that you shared your story - we consumers tend to buy into all the marketing campaigns of "no animal harm", "fair trade", but don't pay attention to how things really are inside the company. But I guess as you said - it's hard for businesses to maintain their "face" down to every store. And now that you don't have your discount, I truly sincerely hope that some of my recipes might help you make your skin a bit happier;-))) Again, thank you incredibly much for sharing your insight!

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  28. maria, you are the best! this is the first time I'm visiting your blog (thanks to pinterest) and will definitely come back soon!

    I must say I would also love to hear more about your personal story, how you are making the American Dream come true. You should even add a category to the menu bar methinks, because it is so very exciting and inspiring thing that you are doing!

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    1. OMG, thank you so much for your wonderful words - YOU are the best, really! I most definitely need to do posts about my story - it's just that it feels kinda hard... at least for now! SO much happened and keep happening that I need some time to focus and analyze where to start... it's easy to post about DIYs, projects and just random things... but some things about my life need some time to analyze - and I will definitely do it some day!

      Again, thank you so incredibly much for your wonderful comment!

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  29. Pleaseeee do lush`s herbalism face wash diy!!!!

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    1. I'll try to do something similar;-))) Thank you;-)

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  30. A product similar to the herbalism wash
    would be great! ;) or similar to the aquamarine wash!

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    1. I'll definitely see how I can do something similar - thank you so much for stopping by;-)))

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  31. I am so glad I found your website. I have bookmarked it. I have recipes for lotion, scrubs, lip balm, etc that I have used for over 25 years. These were given out in classes that I took with Rosemary Gladstar. She encouraged folks to take her recipes, make changes that improved them and do what they wanted to do with them. She also had booklets and now has books. I own quite a few. I'm glad to find that Rosemary's philosophy lives on thru you. Thanks for sharing your awesome recipes. Some of us just can't afford the kind of luxury that all natural recipes provide unless we do it ourselves.

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  32. I couldn't seem to find your "nautical sodium" scrub recipe, is it still down?

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  33. First off I have to say I Love your blog! But I really want to try to make the sea salt foot scrubs the ones that are green and shaped like feet, but none of none the links work and I cannot find a recipe. Do you still have that?

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  34. Hey there! I was wondering if you have tried to make Lush's "Dark Angles". It has charcoal, black sugar, and clay. It's a facial cleanser I thought would be cool to try.

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  35. I would absolutely die if you figured out how to make King of the Mods hair gel. It's a VERY light hairgel, smells amazing and works very well to just lightly tame my hair. If I could afford it, I'd use it all the time. Unfortunately, it's too expensive :(

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  36. thank you for all the hard work you do with everything. can you tell me where i can get some of the molds you use. happy holidays

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  37. Maria, thank you for the time and effort you put into the recipes you post. Every company out there copies what works for their competitors, thank you for making it affordable to us "working Joes"! Keep up the great work.

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  38. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. I'm a full time College student going for nursing and I have 2 young children at home. Currently I'm on winter break and my husband has offered to watch the kids while I take the whole weekend to do fun creative ideas and have "me" time since I haven't had any in 6 months! I can't wait. Thanks again! :)

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  39. Omg I just love your posts and I cannot believe they went so far as to send you a letter, I actually saw a YouTube video of another lady who makes similar products the bubble bars actually, and the sent her one to and told her she had to change the name she wasn't to call hers bubble bars anymore because they apparently own the rights to that name, its unbelievable. I to make my own products now, thanks to you! I can't afford lush, I'm single with two kids and was given some of their products for Christmas one year I love the stuff and so do my kids but when I told them I couldn't buy them anymore they were heart broken. We tried other store bought and we all broke out with rashes, so when I found your blog and tried your recipes , well omg I'm hooked and the kids are ecstatic so are my friends and family, so please don't stop your diy's because I'm a follower for life! I can't wait to see more!

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  40. We've got a locally-owned & operated shop in my hometown called "Simple", which is the same idea as "Lush", only they source their ingredients LOCALLY, and their ingredients are ACTUALLY "organic" and the likes. To listen to their rant on "L-Word" is actually pretty amusing. Lush is nothing but a money-hungry pile of liars. Just because a company claims to be fair-trade, doesn't mean they operate fairly. The fact that they're more concerned about targeting a blogger than they are sourcing ingredients that will benefit the people of their own country just proves what their values (or lack thereof) as a company are. Sad, sad, sad.

    Kudos to you for helping those of us who'd like to stretch our hard-earned dollars beyond a trendy bar of soap.

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  41. these DIY's are simply brilliant, i love your blog

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  42. All I can say is, you must be very good at what you do if you have the big dogs barking. Congrats!

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  43. I like your products better that the unmentionable L word's, you don't put any chemicals or preservatives in your recipes. The last time I was in the L store I got ill from the fumes, of the not so natural ingredients. Thanks for your ideas!

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  44. great posts...i love all of this...keep up the great work!

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  45. Greetings from Czech Republic, the blog is very nice, thank you for the great recipes and very good luck! :)

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  46. omg this helped me so much thank Maria

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  48. Hi Maria, I just stumbles across your blog. Thank you for sharing all of your tips and recipe's. Here is a glass cleaner that i found on Pinterest, a little different than yours, but never thought to add a fragrance to it so I am going to give your version a try. Here is the one I have used and found it amazing.
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    1/4 c. rubbing alcohol
    1/4 c. white vinegar
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    would you share with me via email at camillehinkle@gmail.com some of the other recpies who's name you can't mention, would love to give them a try in my little kitchen. And keep doing what you are doing, this is supposed to be the land of the free. And great opportunities are here for us to find.

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    1. hello
      i am trying to start diy-ing more around the house and i love your recipes....also, i am new to pinterest and i cant figure out how to get your recipe to the lush ocean seasalt scrub. could you maybe email or tell me how to get that info.....thanks in advance.(tosharoseetter@hotmail.com)

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  49. I applaud you for caring enough to share your knowledge. I also took many classes from a full supply store called Voyageuer Soap & Candle. They were always ready to encourage us to try our own variations on the recipes. Also, their newsletter always have new ideas and recipes. As I am newly retired, I will be making products to sell at our local Farmer's Markets. Thank you for your wonderful recipes that I am adding to pinterest. I used to shop at "That place", but as a retiree, I just can't afford it. After what they have done to you, I wouldn't even put them on my Christmas list! Have been making all my own cosmetics and cleaning products for the past 20 years, and saved a wad of money doing it! Keep up the good work and don't let the bastards get you down! You have a lot os support out there!

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  50. Making our own products at home serves so many purposes. First, when I make it at home, I KNOW what's IN IT. I don't know what Procter and Gamble (or any other cleanining mfg) puts in their product, but I KNOW what I put in the products I make at home. Secondly, many of these 'home made' cleaning products have been in use for generations if not longer: My granny used a cut lemon to 'clean' her counter tops of sticky/oily residue, then wiped with a clean damp cotton towel. worked like a charm! (i.e. citirc acid). Natural ingredients generally don't pullute our environment. I've stuffed my dogs bed with rosemary and dried chrysanthemum and lavender flowers as a natural flea repellant. The rosemary.lavendar fragrance is heavenly when our sweet Molly naps on her bed. And I KNOW I'm NOT putting a potentially harmful pesticide on my buddy. I also use sea salt to clean my coffee pot (works like a charm, biodegradeable and as long as it's well rinsed, no salty flavor! Granualted sugar can be used to 'unstick' food and/or stains off of a cast iron pan. vinegar and water solution for cleaning windows. the list is endless. A little olive oil on a soft cotton cloth, wipe the leaves from indoor plants to give them shine and produce glossy foliage and a health boost from the olive oil. My cousin lives on a famr and still makes her own soap with oatmeal, lavender oil, rosemary, thyme and other 'natural' ingredients. It takes ingenuity to come up with ideas, I've made bath salts with lavendar, in a mason jar by my tub and tinted with a few drops of food coloring. Sometimes home made products are less expensive, sometimes they cost a little more. The litmus test for me::"Is this a more healthful product for my family and will it keep bottles, boxes and toxic waste out of landfils, making it also healthier for the earth? If the answer is YES, the few extra dollars make sense. The question: How did my great grandmother keep her home clean when many of these products weren't available? She, like tens of thousands of others, used tried and true 'recipes' for home made cleaning products, and other household items. I like following the footsteps of the women who came before us, many of whom worked from sunrise to sunset washing clothes on washboards, cleaning homes with baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice/peel and fels naptha soap, beating rugs over the clothes line in the back yard to get the dust out, baking bread in the early morning hours, and using grandad's old shirts for dust rags, darning socks by the 'wireless' radio in the evening. Ignore the nay-sayers.Keep creating, dreaming and DOING. It makes the world a better, happier place for all.

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  51. Maria, keep up the work, I am SO following your blog. I have recently made myself follow my budget, but it's so hard when I am trying to use organic products, but of course the nice organic products are always overpriced. I am so happy ppl find ways to be creative and can learn to save money, keep up the good work. !

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  52. Maria,
    I am very interested in lealearning how to make D'fluff and Ocean Surf? You can email me at mmcne792@gmail.com, Tha KS in advance!

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  53. Thank you so much for your blog. I was in an accident 5 years ago and since then I've been teaching myself all kinds of things, canning and dehydrating food, making homemade bread, bath soap, lotions, laundry soap, shampoo for my dogs and even deodorant because the stuff on the market, some of it, has fiberglass in it and I don't care to use that. I happy for your sharing as it gives me more ideas on things I can do at home for my family. Keep up the good work, your great!

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  54. Hi, I'm really interested in your hair gel post, but the link is broken. Do you have another link?

    Thanks!

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  55. Hi, I am trying so hard to find the stepping stone knock of recipe. all of your links are broken to it and i cant find anything even close on the search. Would you be willing to email it to me?! I would be so greatful!! deb.warner@bluemoonmagic.com

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  57. I absolutely LOVE your recipes. I want to make all of them!!!

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  58. Do you think you could make the all in one bath truffles without SLSA? Or maybe I could sub cocoa butter for the colloidal oatmeal? Just so you know I <3 your recipes :)
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  59. I personally think that maria's DIY ideas are fabulous due to a lot of people can't afford the fancy bath stuff, she gives u cheap ways to make the same thing u would get if we as people would pay top dollars for the expensive stuff, to me its just a cheaper way to get the same products

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