Non-Toxic Easy Homemade Lotion

homemade non-toxic lotion

The problem with our cosmetics

I'm often absolutely flabbergasted at how many harmful, toxic chemicals are allowed in U.S.-made products. There are thousands of chemicals banned in European products that are somehow still allowed to be used widely in the United States. For instance, 1,328 chemicals are banned in European cosmetics, while the U.S bans just 11 (you can count them yourself at fda.gov/cosmetics. Or see a full evaluation of banned euro products here http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32009R1223).

Many companies, including leading cosmetic brands, are aware that even "legal" chemicals used in their products have shown to be toxic to humans. Cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm and birth defects, allergies, and asthma are all real possibilities when using many personal care products. A company's need to produce top-selling items is too important, however, to address these issues. Instead, they will often work very hard in Congress to continue supporting laws that will keep their products on the shelves.

It's sad enough that that's the way the corporate cosmetic world works. Unfortunately, things don't get better looking at other industries. The same process happens with our food, medicine, cleaning products, toiletries, and almost any other products we buy on a regular basis at stores.

Why make your own non toxic homemade lotion?

In reality it is almost impossible to get away from toxins in every day life. That's just the reality of our culture. It's not useful to spend a lot of time freaking out about every little toxin that we might come into--that would be absolutely exhausting! However, we can feel successful in raising healthy families and communities by simply taking little steps to reduce the use of products in our homes and schools. Little efforts to remove harmful substances can make a big difference in the long run. 

Our bodies are typically very good at identifying and removing toxins, however, the more toxins we consume or layer on, the more difficult it is for our bodies to keep up. Topical products are especially dangerous because they pass by our body's natural internal filtration systems and go straight into the blood stream.

Obviously the degree of toxicity also varies from chemical to chemical, some having immediate effect, others not showing their real dangers until years down the road. For now, I believe one of the most important things to do is simply reduce the use of harmful products in our own homes and teach others how to use safe products for their families. 

I also wrote a little more about how to deal with toxins in our lives in my blog post Why Is Detoxing Important

Safe, non-toxic homemade lotion

So in this post, I wanted to give you a few simple recipes for a safe, non-toxic homemade lotion! These won't feel the same as store-bought lotions for a few reasons. One is because they don't contain water. Incorporating water into a lotion (which is common in most store-bought lotions) does make them easier to apply, but also requires the addition of anti-bacterial chemicals to maintain shelf-life. 

Shea butter, coconut butter, and coconut oil are naturally very thick, but have incredible soothing and healing properties for the skin. I know several people (including yours truly) who suffered from extreme skin dryness and cracking until trying shea and coconut butter. They are very healing--apply as much as you'd like throughout the day!

You can also get creative with your essential oils! Personally, I love adding lavender or orange essential oils with and a little vanilla extract. Mmm! 

Safe, Non-Toxic Homemade Lotion

non-toxic homemade lotion

Whipped Shea Butter

Shea butter remains pretty solid at room temperature, but whipping it incorporates air and makes it lighter and easier to apply, even at room temperatures! Castor oil is also very healing for dry skin and even offers some UV protection.

Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat until all ingredients are incorporated. It should be light and fluffy! Transfer to a separate container and use within 6-8 months for best quality, but will also last for a lot longer than this. I haven't ever had any go bad!

Coconut Oil Lotion

In the winter time, coconut oil (virgin, cold-pressed preferrably--this brand is one of the best deals on good quality coconut oil I've been able to find) is a great way to protect the skin from drying out and causing cracking. It can feel oily when you first apply it, but soon absorbs to leave the skin feeling oh-so-soft!

Place solid (or at least semi-solid) coconut oil in a mason jar or bowl. If it's liquid, place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden up. Beat with a hand-mixer until it is light and fluffy!

 

2 Responses to “Non-Toxic Easy Homemade Lotion

  • I’ve been making a more involved recipe. This looks wonderfully simple and healing! I have cocoa butter, not shea butter, but I imagine the results will be similar. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Hi Carol! I haven’t tried cocoa butter yet but I’ve read that it’s super soothing to the skin also. I’ve been meaning to try using it, but I can’t justify buying a new tub when I haven’t gone through my giant tub of shea butter yet haha. Let me know how your recipe turns out! Would love to hear how the shea butter works:)

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