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herbal-infused body oil

hi crunchies! i hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead. today let’s blend up 8 ounces of a silky, soothing, fast-absorbing body oil that contains s...
28-09-2019 21:57

relaxing body balm

hi crunchies! tonight let’s go over a super simple but effective DIY for a silky, relaxing, nighttime body balm. this recipe only includes 3 ingredi...
18-09-2019 22:04

herbal tooth powder

we’ve talked about tooth powders and pastes before, but i wanted to get back into DIYing my oral care routine. why" because i really want to try mor...
17-08-2019 21:54

diy hydrogel peel off face mask

i’m currently obsessed with making hydrogels. i also love the 100% pure hydrogel face masks. here’s a DIY for that. note the ingredients you mix i...
06-07-2019 22:03

diy dupe – “moonshiner’s son” botani

welcome back to the DIY DUPE SERIES (pt 3). today we’re formulating a dupe that i haven’t come across yet, for a rather… ahem, pricey face oil t...
09-06-2019 22:01

advice on starting your “green” life: reboot

the landscape has changed so much over the last 5 years, and you can buy pretty much any “green” beauty product you want nearly anywhere. when i s...
02-06-2019 21:59

DIY hydrating serum (bye, hyaluronic acid)

this is a serum that’s worthy of not just your face, but your body and hair, too. it’s oil-free, so you can layer it into your existing routine, o...
01-06-2019 21:59

“our oil blend is hydrating” and other misleadin

hi loves! as you know, i think being an educated consumer is really important. expecting the companies you support with your money to be honest should...
27-05-2019 21:55

i answer google search terms that brought people to my blog

happy saturday, crunchies. i thought this would be a fun one! the highlight of reviewing my blog stats is getting to read what people searched to wind...
11-05-2019 22:00

exfoliating raspberry jelly

hi crunchies! today we’re going to create a lightweight exfoliating jelly. it’s fun to use and functional. it can be used on your face, body, and ...
06-05-2019 22:07

my current beauty routine

wow… it’s been 3 years since i shared my beauty routine with you. i don’t know about you, but i love seeing what other people use to take care o...
01-05-2019 22:03

gel to milk cleanser

hi crunchies! today we’re creating – dare i say it – what might be one of my favorite creations yet…. a gel-to-milk cleanser! this DIY may sou...
28-04-2019 22:01

introduction to herbalism: oil infusions

whew, it’s been a couple weeks! hello, crunchies! welcome back to our little “introduction to herbalism” series! today we’re going to go over ...
26-04-2019 22:01

introduction to herbalism: teas & decoctions

welcome back to our little “introduction to herbalism” series! today we’re going to go over TEAS & DECOCTIONS. i tried using instagram stories f...
11-04-2019 22:03

introduction to herbalism: extracts

let’s learn all about EXTRACTS. what is an extract" what are the types of extracts" why use certain menstrums and not others" wait, what’s a menst...
09-04-2019 22:05

introduction to herbalism: pt 1

hello crunchies! you gave some nice feedback that having some blog posts on an introduction to herbalism would be neat, so here i am! i don’t intend...
07-04-2019 22:00

diy dupe series – cleansing balms

welcome back to the DIY DUPE SERIES. today we’re formulating dupes for cleansing balms! cleansing balms are pretty neat. they’re like cleansing oi...
04-04-2019 22:02

preservatives in green beauty

i’ve had this draft saved for months, but now with a major green beauty company pulling a beloved product from the shelves, it’s high time we talk...
29-03-2019 22:02

diy dupe series – expensive body balm

welcome back to the DIY DUPE SERIES. today we’re formulating a dupe for an expensive body balm! as with all the other dupes, no companies will be na...
23-03-2019 21:59

diy dupe series – expensive face oils – PT 1

welcome back to the DIY DUPE SERIES. today we’re formulating dupes for expensive face oils! this is part one… part two coming next week, with a co...
22-03-2019 21:58

diy dupe series – hair oils

welcome to the first part of the new DIY DUPE SERIES!! today we’re starting out light and formulating hair oils! to preface this entire series, no c...
21-03-2019 22:08

get your glow on! – hydrating AHA & BHA gel-like

i’ve been dying to share this mask with you all! it’s a more involved DIY (and honestly a bit pricier than what i typically post), but really wort...
18-03-2019 22:01

get UNready with me (video)

i’m back with a less-than-5-minute video showing my nighttime skincare routine. what’s yours" XO, ALEXRAYE...
28-02-2019 21:56

get ready with me (embedded video)

happy sunday, crunchies! here’s a GRWM on a day i went absolutely nowhere. XO, ALEXRAYE  ...
25-02-2019 22:01

guest post: annie from wild moon holistic (#1)

hi crunchies! today i’m so super excited to have annie on the AE blog! she is a real life, super educated, Certified Clinical Master Herbalist, CCMH...
06-02-2019 22:00

DIY “the cleansing putty”

yes, you read that correctly. there’s NOTHING* on the market like this, so i’m absolutely over the moon to bring it to you. if you haven’t notic...
29-01-2019 21:58

diy face mask – vitamin c & beta carotene

hello beauties! i should stop saying i’m on a blogging break, right" i thought i’d pop in real quick to share a nice face mask with you that’s q...
26-01-2019 21:59

green beauty review VIDEO – makeup!

  hi loves! today we interrupt this blogging break (again) to bring you a video review of two mexican clean makeup brands – AHAL and KONE. my revie...
22-01-2019 22:00

green-washed & relabeled products are on the market!

i know, i know…. i’m on a break, but this lit a fire to my heart in the worst of ways. there is a source company, Onoxa, that blends and sells che...
16-01-2019 22:04

hi love – i’m on a blogging break.

so happy you stumbled by! i’m currently on a small hiatus to focus on my career, my business, my herbalism and aromatherapy certifications, and, of ...
01-01-2019 21:58

top 5 DIYs and top 5 BUYS (+goodbye; +giveaway winner)

GOODBYE FOR NOW… each picture below represents the ~6 years this blog has been truly active (2013 in the top left to 2018 in the bottom right). i th...
31-12-2018 22:00

DIY hydrating mists

we’re almost done with 2018, which means this blog is getting closer to going on a hiatus. dang. ALSO – don’t forget to enter in the giveaway be...
30-12-2018 21:55

everything wrong with the sunflower sweets serum (and ayele&

this was another requested dupe, and to be honest, this formulation did pique my interest… but not for good reasons. i hate typing this about a gree...
29-12-2018 21:58

DIY very lightweight body lotion (no heat required)

(edited shortly after publishing because i gave you ounces in the formula and mL in the directions) lotion can get quickly get pricey, depending on wh...
28-12-2018 21:58

vitamin c serum DIY (1 gel + 1 oil blend)

another reader requested a dupe for the Mad Hippie vitamin c serum, so here’s a couple DIY versions. i will say i think mad hippie has a nice formul...
28-12-2018 21:58

papaya face mask – easier version.

you’ve seen this post before… once about 3 years ago, and again on instagram (@alexraye_ae). but here we are today to blog-i-fy the recent insta p...
26-12-2018 21:57

oil cleansing method 2.0+

a lovely reader requested an OCM blend post, so let’s do a complete revamp of my original from early 2013. i can’t believe that was nearly 6 years...
25-12-2018 21:56

45 minute DIY (at home) full facial routine

happy self-care sunday! today i’m going to share with you my favorite facial routine lately. it takes about 45 minutes and makes me feel so much bet...
23-12-2018 21:56

DIY lip oil/gloss

for some reason i have never posted a DIY lip gloss… better late than never, right" this recipe can be used day or night, either as a day moisturize...
22-12-2018 21:56

oil cleansing method: DIY oil blend

i first started oil cleansing about 5 years ago, and my taste in oils has gotten… ahem… snobbier more sophisticated. this DIY oil blend is suitabl...
09-12-2018 22:00

intensive (customizable) hair oil treatment… that̵

i don’t outright have anything against coconut oil, even though we broke up, but i’ve found that other oils are just better suited for hair and sk...
05-12-2018 22:05

red wine & chocolate – for your face

this time of year always seems to be busy and full of outside demands. i’m here with an easy face mask to help you take an evening, or at least an h...
27-11-2018 22:08

“hot vegan” mask DIY

have you seen that “hot vegan” gel mask in a squeezy tube, maybe in whole foods or sprouts" short story short, i’m here with a DIY version of th...
20-11-2018 22:03

cold weather body & hair butter DIY

before i start this post, i will say please do not put this on your face. it has a high comedogenic rating, but it’s great post-shower during cold m...
16-11-2018 22:05

let’s help our fellow AE readers – CA Fires

hi loves. it’s with a heavy heart that i’m here to ask for your help. we have fellow readers that are living in the communities that are affected ...
14-11-2018 22:05

top 5 / bottom 5 face oils commonly used

the green beauty world is saturated with oil blends right now (pun kind of intended). to help try and guide you, i’ve compiled a list of the top 5 a...
12-11-2018 22:01

high quality eye serum DIY

buying eye serums can get expensive, because the eye area is the most delicate and requires the highest quality ingredients. i’m here to knock your ...
07-11-2018 22:04

i talked with a nutritionist…

disclaimer: i am not a healthcare professional so do NOT take any of this as such. please talk with your healthcare professional before making decisio...
03-11-2018 21:59

stop buying hair oils (d.i.y. one instead)

by all means, buy a hair oil if you want to and if it works for you. i just needed a catchy title and that was my sad attempt. it also rings true thou...
02-11-2018 21:58

i broke up with coconut oil and you can too

…and as with many breakups, i was sad. but it was time. that was dramatic, but you get it. if you’ve supported me on this blog for awhile, you are...
21-10-2018 21:57

happy friday – for my AE readers <3

happy friday, crunchies! just a reminder that you wonderful creatures have your own special coupon code for 10% off The Botanical Dew, from my company...
19-10-2018 21:56

to my readers

if you can believe it, Almost Exactly has been around for 6 years. it wasn’t always a green beauty blog, but it was around. a lot of you have been h...
11-10-2018 21:58

staying fresh on flights (& what not to do)

keeping your body and skin hydrated on a flight is an uphill battle. the longer and more frequent the air time, the scalier your skin gets… right" h...
09-10-2018 21:54

travel: carry-on friendly green beauty items

hey crunchies! maybe by the time you’re reading this, my journey to rome will have begun. i’ll be there for a week! what a dream. if you’ve been...
22-09-2018 21:54

“is this product okay"” : how to read ingre

hey crunchies! i hope you’re doing well. today’s been pretty nerve-racking for me on the personal side, but in a really good way. hopefully i’ll...
01-09-2018 21:56

transdermal absorption of magnesium: bloggers versus science

in the old days of AE, i’d pour over studies related to what the crunchy world was promoting. while not always comprehensive, and with competing int...
08-08-2018 21:54

hibiscus 2.0 – hair & skin tonic

if you’ve followed me long enough, you’ll remember i first posted on the hibiscus flower for beauty uses about 3 years ago. now that i live in mex...
01-07-2018 21:54

d.i.y. clay body wash

hey crunchies! happy sunday. i hope you are having such a great weekend! today’s post is a super simple single-use shower d.i.y… whew, that was a ...
17-06-2018 21:58

5 years shamPHREE (+ announcement)

it’s been 5 years since i put Dove down and gave the crunchy world a try with my hair care routine. i originally started this whole journey because ...
18-04-2018 22:04

top 10 green beauty products: “feelin’ pretty

out of the all the posts on this d.i.y.-focused blog, i have yet to formally applaud my TOP green beauty products. this will be a little series with m...
29-03-2018 22:03

keeping work crunchy

do you work in an office" if so, this post is for YOU! hopefully this will give you ideas on how to stay true to your “green” ways while working o...
22-02-2018 21:54

lightweight luxe body and hair oil (d.i.y.)

i’m a firm believer that you can d.i.y. beauty products for results that rival high-end quality products. this d.i.y. is a perfect example of that ...
31-12-2017 21:58
 



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