Homemade Personal Care Products

You've probably heard the phrase, "You are what you eat." While that is true... it is ultimately incomplete. What we should actually be saying is, "You are what you eat, drink, breathe, and put on your body."

Everyday we put on our bodies soap, lotions, make-up, hair care products, and perfumes made up of chemicals that really few of us know anything about. Thank goodness there are some people who have spent a lot of time researching about the chemicals we have been putting on our bodies (and in our bodies) because what they have found is not good.

Many chemicals that have been used in personal care products for years turn out to actually be poisonous to our bodies.  For example, phthalates are chemicals often used in cosmetics and are known to disrupt hormones in the body--leading to reproductive disorders, metabolic disorders, and even behavioral disorders.

Parabens, aluminum, sodium lauryl sulphate, and siloxane are only a few chemicals that we've been warned by numerous organizations to look out for in our personal care products. The Environmental Working Group and Organic Consumers Association are two groups that help make the general public more aware of harmful products to avoid. I've provided their links below.

 

Replacing toxic personal care products can also be easy and inexpensive! I've listed my own favorites below as well as some great resources for safe and effective products!

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Non-toxic Personal Care Products

Homemade Lotion:
Combine shea butter, coconut oil, castor oil, beeswax, and some essential oils (I use this recipe from Wellness Mama). I actually use this as chapstick too! Or use this recipe for my whipped shea butter lotion which makes it easier to apply when the temperatures are cold and natural butters are rock hard!

Homemade Body Butters and Lotions:

Melt together shea butter, coconut oil, and any other essential oils for a deep penetrating lotion

Handsoap/Bodywash:
I've tried lots of different things but I always, always come back to Dr. Bronner's Liquid Soap. It is totally safe and can be used for seriously almost anything! I also love their bar soap, and of all the scents, my favorites are still Lavender and Peppermint!

Face Cleanser:
Massage equal parts olive oil and coconut oil all over the face. Place a warm washcloth over your face to steam out dirt and bacteria. Wipe off with the washcloth. This is great to remove make-up as well. Mascara comes off in a cinch!

Hand Sanitizer Spray:
In a small, glass spray bottle, combine 1/4 c rubbing alcohol, 3 Tbsp water, 20 drops of lemon essential oil or tea tree oil. Spray on hands as a quick hand sanitizer!

Bug Spray:
I use any of these combinations of essential oils I have on hand, mixed with rubbing alcohol or witch hazel! They really work!

Products I Use and LOVE!

Natural Deodorant:

Name brand deodorants are very dangerous due to the metals and chemicals that are extremely harmful for delicate tissues in the armpits and breasts. I haven't had time yet to experiment with my own homemade versions despite the fact that I've tried lots of natural deodorants and most are, honestly, terrible. Many natural, safe deodorants don't protect against odors very well and don't last long either. However, I've had great success with a few brands that both get the job done and smell amazing--Schmidt's Natural Deodorant (their Lavender & Sage is my favorite) and Nubian Heritage Deodorant (i loooove the Honey and Black Seed scent). I've heard they've also been good for other people as well! If you're just switching from an anti perspirant to a natural deodorant there is an adjustment period where your body will have to get used to it, but be patient for a few weeks and you'll never go back again!

Bar Soap:

Dr. Bronner's does a lot of things well, but their soap never ceases to blow me away. Great soap. Every time. My favorite is the All-One Hemp Peppermint.

Feminine Hygiene Products:

Instead of using tampons, which can be vey toxic to the body, I've been using a reusable menstrual cup for the last year and it has been awesome. Absolutely awesome. They only need to be changed every 6-12 hours (depending on how heavy your periods are), they are virtually leak-proof, and research hasn't shown any danger or toxic shock from using them. It might seem weird to try, but making the change has made things a lot easier and less worrisome--plus, a reusable cup saves you from having to throw away a lot of disposable wrappers every month. There's always a learning curve with new products, but this one has been totally worth it!

Resources

http://www.intelligentnutrients.com/ organic, safe, non-toxic beauty products

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ personal care product reviews and research; search which cosmetics and beauty products are safe

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0711/1839/files/Dangerous_Personal_Care_Toxins.pdf?9401685436886795572 chemicals to look out for in personal care products

http://wellnessmama.com/category/beauty/ find lots of recipes for homemade beauty products

 

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