How to Look Great During the Zombie Apocalypse

Let’s say it’s the zombie apocalypse, and you’re looking a little rough around the edges and need to fix up a bit.  (Or maybe it’s just the latest out of control inflationary affect on consumer goods that pushes you to find alternate ways to look good.)  Dining on a Dime, a frugal living cookbook and household tips book I was given as a Christmas gift years ago to the rescue!

This book goes beyond your normal stretch your food budget topics.  It includes a section called “Pretty for Pennies” that we’re going to explore today!

Let’s begin with essential oils, since a lot of the “recipes” call for them.  These recipes include: lip balms, aromatherapy lotions and creams, and many other personal care products. (For unscented products, simply leave out essential oil.)  The oils should be selected for the effect you wish to create. 

Relaxing: lavender, rose, sandalwood

Stimulating: peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon

Uplifting: orange, jasmine, rosemary

Antiseptic: tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender

Muscles Aches: eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary

Scented Bath Bubbles

2 cups unscented dish soap (Ivory works well)

10-15 drops of essential oil

Mix the ingredients and let stand for a week. Use ¼ cup per bath.

Herbal Foot Bath

Mix any of the following dried herbs and place in a small cheesecloth square and secure with a string.  Fill a dishpan with warm water and add herbs.  Essential oils can be added to the water instead if you wish.




Leg Wax

1 cup sugar

2 Tbsp lemon juice

2 Tbsp water

Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan and boil 8-15 minutes (to approximately 250*).  Then pour into a container and let it cool down. After cooling, keep refrigerated.  When you’re ready to use, heat in the microwave till warm.  BE CAREFUL TO TEST WITH YOUR HAND! Lightly powder the area you want to wax.  Pull the skin taut and using a popsicle stick or tongue depressor spread the wax.  Cover with cotton strips. Pull off quickly against the grain.

*Cotton t shirts torn into strips work well here and can be reused by rinsing well.

After Shave

½ cup rubbing alcohol

½ cup water

1 tsp cologne

Mix and store in an airtight container.


1 tsp baking soda

2 drops peppermint oil

Mix in a small bowl and add drops of water to create a paste. Dip toothbrush in toothpaste.

Antiseptic Hand Cleaner

4 Tbsp liquid soap (Ivory)

20 drops of tea tree oil


In a spray bottle, mix the soap and the tea tree oil. Then fill the bottle with water.  Shake to mix.

Lip Balm

1 tsp beeswax beads

1 tsp sunflower oil

1 tsp coconut oil

1 capsule Vitamin E

2-5 drops flavoring (optional) peppermint, cherry, grape, vanilla, orange

Heat oils and beeswax just until melted.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Mix well.  Use a dropper to place in small jars.

So, after dancing your zombie butt off all night, you might need a heating pad:

Heating Pad

Dry rice

Herbs or essential oils

Tube sock

Mix the herbs or the oils into the dry rice and let sit for a day or two before filling the sock—so plan ahead!  Fill the sock and either sew the top closed or knot it closed.

To use: Spray lightly with water.  (This prevents the pad from burning, so be sure to spray before microwaving.) Place in microwave for 30 seconds to one minute.  Use to soothe sore muscles.

59 thoughts on “How to Look Great During the Zombie Apocalypse

  1. Morning All!
    still no rain.
    when i hung the hummer feeders out this morning i could hear the echoing of coyote yipping…haven’t heard THAT in a long while.


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  10. very interesting take on the steal…copied from tcth

    July 29, 2022 4:46 am
    Reply to Feisty Hayseed

    Trump will be sitting in the Oval Office way before 2024.

    If you have graduated college and received a diploma and someone steals your diploma. Does that make the thief a college graduate and you have to start college over again? …. i guess so only in America.


  11. no surprise really…shyna trying to infiltrate the federal reserve
    For the past nine years, the Chinese government has allegedly been trying to tamper with the Federal Reserve in an attempt to undermine American monetary policy.

    In a report released on Tuesday by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, the Chinese government has apparently tried to obatin sensitive internal information and build a network of influence and informants inside the Federal Reserve, CNBC News reported.

    The report from the committee outlined that several Federal Reserve employees known as the “P-Network” raised concerns with their foreign travel patterns and educational backgrounds.

    For example, one of these employees was detained four times during a 2019 trip to Shanghai and Chinese officials “threatened the individual’s family unless the individual provided them with economic information and assistance,” Fox News reported.

    There are reports of other Federal Reserve employees who had “close ties” to the People’s Bank of China, Chinese academic institutions and Xinhua News agency, which is a state-run.

    Another employee had “continuous contacts with Chinese nationals” and also attempted “to transfer large volumes of data from the Federal Reserve to an external site.”

    Yet another Fed employee allegedly transferred “modeling code” to a Chinese University tied to China’s central bank.

    However, despite these findings and suspicions, the report from the committee staff of Ohio Sen. Rob Portman (who was the ranking member on the committee authoring the report) did not actually conclude whether the attempts of the Chinese government were successful.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell disputed the findings of the report.

    “We would be concerned with any supportable allegation of wrongdoing, whatever the source,” Powell wrote in the letter, Fox reported. “In contrast, we are deeply troubled by what we believe to be the report’s unfair, unsubstantiated and unverified insinuations about particular individual staff members.”

    Powell may dispute the facts and claims of Chinese meddling in the Fed, but it seems to be no secret in the intelligence and law enforcement communities that China has been messing with U.S. institutions at an alarming rate.

    “The Chinese government is set on stealing your technology – whatever it is that makes your industry tick – and using it to undercut your business, and dominate your market,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in June, Fox reported. “And they’re set on using every tool at their disposal to do it.”


    1. Morning phoenix!
      I will only be around till lunchtime…we are heading out for the weekend. there will still be opens, but no one to rescue you from the bin.
      But i will provide comfy chairs and plenty of snacks in there!

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  12. interesting article (copied in its entirety below) about the concentration on CO2 in the air.

    The dose makes the poison. … All things are poison and nothing is without poison; the dosage alone is the thing that makes it not a poison.

    —Paracelsus, 1493–1541, credited with being the father of toxicology

    Climate alarmists play the “hide the magnitude” game. If they didn’t, they would soon be out of business.

    Politely ask a few of your friends how much of the air they’re breathing is CO2. I’ve done that, and the typical answer, when I can get one, is twenty percent or more. (Most people have no idea and would rather not guess.)

    Climate alarmists rarely talk about the actual quantitative composition of our atmosphere. The impression they give is that (1) a substantial part of the air that surrounds us comprises carbon dioxide; (2) that the proportion of carbon dioxide is increasing rapidly; (3) that the increase is primarily the result of human activity, mostly from burning fossil fuels; and (4) that if CO2 continues to increase, it’s game over for humanity. Recently, the rhetoric has escalated from “climate crisis” to “climate emergency.”

    The actual magnitude tells a very different story. Carbon dioxide constitutes four one-hundredths of one percent of the air we breathe (or 400 parts per million). That is an extremely tiny fraction of the atmosphere.

    What constitutes the rest of the air around us? Seventy-eight percent of the air we breathe is nitrogen, 21 percent is oxygen, 0.9 percent is argon, and 0.1 percent is other gases. The other gases include methane (0.00017 percent); nitrous oxide (0.00003 percent); and water vapor, which varies from 0 to 4 percent.

    How can such a small magnitude of CO2 be dooming humanity? Furthermore, how can climate change alarmists be absolutely, positively certain that if CO2 continues to increase, it will be lights out for life on Earth?

    During the Cambrian period 500 million years ago, CO2 constituted over 5,000 parts per million of the Earth’s atmosphere. Then, 150 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period, CO2 was 1,700 parts per million, more than four times what it is now. Life thrived during those periods. How can 400 parts per million be a threat to our existence?

    Before humans started burning fossil fuels about 200 years ago, CO2 made up 250 parts per million of our atmosphere. It has been growing at about one part per million per year for the past 150 years. In other words, a very small magnitude is growing at a very slow rate. Is there any reason that rate will accelerate when it hasn’t in a century and a half?

    If the tiny magnitude were more generally known, people would want explanations. It defies common sense that such a small magnitude could be responsible for certain catastrophic changes. The least we ought to be is skeptical.

    The catastrophists have not been asked to explain because they have successfully suppressed widespread awareness of the magnitude of CO2 in the atmosphere. If more people were aware of the actual percentage, there would be far less global warming panic. More people would stop listening to the doomsayers.


  13. since I’ll be away for the weekend, there won’t be anyone to pull comments of the bin, so I put some comfy chairs in there…some books on the shelves if you get bored…lol

    lots of snacks…

    and drinks


  14. this is interesting…haven’t had the time to read yet…
    copied from tcth

    July 29, 2022 10:34 am

    Say what you want about GP and the Hoft brothers, and how hyperbolic their website might seem. But they have consistently had PDJT’s back in their content philosophy, and keep on fighting. They were one of the very earliest voices, and one of the most consistent, in exposing the entire COVID hoax.

    Not every GP story is a hysterical, catfight, or gotcha piece. Some, like this one today on Betsy DeVos, are worth a read:

    EXCLUSIVE: Betsy DeVos Caught Lying to Trump, Claims She Supports America First Candidates, Her Lies Debunked


  15. I am adding a short daily prayer to the board. I would invite each of you, if you wish, to also add one or maybe two of your own liking. I do not want to stifle anyone but please limit yourself to one or two religious postings. here’s one I found that I liked.


        1. oh sorry!
          i left a note on Friday’s post…I was leaving to visit my mom and there wouldn’t be anyone here to fetch anyone from the bin till today…

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            1. we did. mom does not get out a lot so when she gets visitors, she talks…A LOT! LOL
              but it was wonderful. we got quite a few things crossed off her to-do list: things she can’t reach to clean and whatnot and she was beyond thrilled.

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              1. always brings back memories sleeping in my old room…LOL
                hubby heard storied from my mom he never heard before…and we laughed so hard!

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