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orange: beautiful in many ways

orange: beautiful in many ways

A few weeks ago, I shared a link to a video that showed how easy and inexpensive (and non-toxic) it can be to make one’s own hairspray.

Shortly after, I went out and bought myself an orange (something that I normally don’t buy) and some rum (another thing I don’t buy… I’m a gin or scotch girl!) and went about making me some home-brewed hairspray.

The results: I find that it maintains a gentle hold, and smells very nice. My head smells faintly like an orange daiquiri! Not unpleasant at all. When it was very hot and humid, and I needed to perk my hair up a bit for a wedding event, I used a blow dryer on my dampened, hairsprayed hair. This added a lot of body. I then styled it, gave a short squirt, and presto I was done. It held its shape pretty well, again not rock solid like an AquaNet net.

Final Words: I would recommend trying this. It took only a few minutes, and the price of an orange and a drop of rum. You can use rubbing alcohol, if you have it, instead. I’ll try boiling it down a little more next time, to see if the hold increases.

I am glad to not support an industry where the bottles have dozens of mysterious ingredients on the label!

Natasha Henderson, Montreal

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Holiday Décor Ideas with Citrus

To create this, slice some nice seedless navel oranges.  Leave the slices to dry in an oven with the light on, turning them every 4 – 8 hours until the slices are dry.  Then string the slices together with some star anise.

These strings can be used in the window for a very modern look.  When they are hanging in the window, they remind me of the sun.  It is fun to look at these solar-like slices as the sun shines through them.

Orange pomanders are a classic.  Use a skewer to pierce the rind before adding cloves.  Unless you live in a dry climate, make sure the finished pomanders are first well dried in an oven or dehydrator before setting them out.

Tammy Schmidt, Montreal

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