Did you know that it only takes 26 seconds for whatever you put on your skin to be absorbed into your bloodstream and every organ of your body? Or that a woman’s body can absorb 5 pounds of chemicals per year from make-up alone! Yikes! Makes me really think twice about what I put on my body.
Take a moment to think of all the products we use daily. Shampoos, conditioners, hair spray, body washes, deodorant, shaving lotions, body lotion, make up, toothpaste, mouth washes etc.
Between beauty and cleaning products, the average home contains over 50 toxic chemicals that over time wreak havoc on your body! This can explain why more and more people suffer from asthma, hormonal problems, headaches, depression and frequent illnesses. Checking the labels on all products used for your home and body is important. Avoid products with words that you don’t understand, or if there is a warning label on it. There is a general rule that I like to use is.
“If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth then don’t put it on your body.”
Here is a list of some toxic chemicals that you should avoid:
-Sodium laureth/lauryl sulfates
(most commonly used in shampoos, shower gel, bubble bath)
-Propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol
(found in everything from deodorant, mascara, baby powder, after shave and more).
-Formaldehyde & paraben preservatives
(found in sunscreen, shampoos, shaving gel, toothpaste and more)
(Avoid most perfumes/colognes, which legally aren’t required to list ingredients to protect their trade mark )
I can’t believe it took so long for Lisa and I to realize that we should be just as careful about what beauty and hygiene products we use, as we are about what foods we consume. We have made it a point these last 6 months, to switch over to safe and natural products both for our bodies and for cleaning purposes.
I think we are about 95% of the way there and hope to be 100% very soon.
We have found that its cheaper and easier to just make many of our own products. It’s been pretty simple once we stocked up on a few basics.
You can make a lot with these few ingredients
Essential Oils (I love lemon and lavender)
Tea Tree Oil
While we are not experts, we plan on doing a series to share what natural beauty products we now use.
I thought it would be a good idea to post about body lotion/butter first, since you put that all over your body everyday. I started off by just using coconut oil as a moisturizer, but I quickly disliked sticking my fingers into hard coconut oil and getting it stuck under my finger nails. I wanted something that felt more luxurious on my skin. I’ve made a couple different lotions, but this is my favorite by far.
The most important thing I learned that whipping the oils is a must. It’s what makes them so decadent and rich feeling. You can just whip coconut oil and use that as your lotion, but I wanted to take it an extra step and add shea butter and almond oil.
- 1 cup of organic Shea butter
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup almond oil (or any other mild liquid oil like jojoba, avocado or olive oil)
- Essential oils, optional (I love lemon and lavender)
In a small pot melt the Shea butter and coconut oil until completely liquid. Stir in almond oil or liquid oil. Add in essential oils. I used a mixture of 10 drops of lemon and 15 drops of lavender. Allow to chill in the refrigerator until the oil mixture begins to firm, but has not turned completely solid. Using a standing mixer or hand mixer, whip the semi-solid mixture until white peaks form. Scoop into glass jars and store at room temp. The lotion will go on a little greasy, but will be absorbed by your skin in just a few minutes.
A little goes a long way so this will last you a while. I made mine about 3 months ago and only used a third of it.
Have you already changed to safe & natural beauty/hygiene products?
If not, have we inspired you to?