It’s Easy to Be Green–18 Homemade Natural Personal Care Products

 18 Natural Personal Care Products

Have your read the labels on store-bought personal care products lately?

I’m super concerned about ingredients in the food that my family eats, but when you start really looking at personal care products, the words on those labels can be even more disconcerting.

The list of “chemical nasties” that concern  me, but some of the big guns are quite disconcerting.

Just think–do you really want to be slathering, rinsing, shampooing, moisturizing, and brushing with the following:

- BHA and BHT (chemicals that have been linked to cancer and are banned in Europe)
– plasticizers (see my post on Alcohol-Free Hairspray for more info)
– artificial fragrances (these have given me a headache for as long as I can remember)
– triclosan (used in antibacterial soaps and deodorants).  It’s a suspected endocrine-disrupter and may result in bacteria being resistant to anti-biotics

And there are so many more to be concerned about.

Toxins are all around us.  I’ve talked about this before many times.  I’ve started (too long ago, I know. I promise I’ll pick it up again) a series on Could You Have Heavy Metal Toxicity and Not Know It? and I brought up how I think toxins play a huge role in gut health in my series on Candida, Gut Health, and My Sugar-Free Lifestyle.

I know that many people think that “a little bit here and there” is not a big deal, but I think that all of us are exposed to way much more in the way of toxic chemicals than we know.

That’s why I’ve been working to gradually detox our diet, our home care, and our personal care products. And at the same time, we are saving a bunch of money (which is always a good thing).

Today, I’ve pulled together some great personal care recipes from my blog and from other blogger friends.

There’s some real genius here.  I am sure that these ideas will get you motivated to get you started on the “homemade and truly clean) personal care bandwagon. And if you are already “riding with me,” I hope you can find a new idea or two to add to your repertoire.

Alcohol-Free Hair Spray That Works

This alcohol-free hairspray recipe works great! Not sticky and you can add your own natural fragrance! Love it!

Herbal Cough Syrup

A simple formula to stop the nighttime tickles so you and your kiddos can sleep better.

Homemade Chest Rub (like “Vapo-Rub”)

We’ve found this works well for cold and sinus issues.

Jojoba Oil Face Wash

Using oil to clean your skin might sound completely counter-intuitive, but it really works. This is one of the first “DIY” recipes I ever attempted. Enjoy the simplicity.

Non-Petroleum Jelly

I used to use petroleum jelly (and similar products) until I started finding out that they were made from gasoline. Blech.  This is a much better alternative.

non-petroleum jelly

Invigorating Citrus Body Wash

This is one of my latest DIY creations. I love it and actually enjoy being in the shower now :-).

This citrus body wash recipe is simple and inexpensive. Time to ditch the "body shops!"

Solid Bug Repellant

I’ve never used a solid repellant. Sounds like something to try for sure.

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

I NEVER use that icky chemical stuff. This is a MUCH better alternative.

Nourishing Hand and Body Lotion

This is kind of a cross between a hard lotion bar and a liquid lotion. In the winter it’s pretty solid (if your home is chilly like mine) but it’s very smooth come spring. And very nourishing.

Easy Nourishing Hand and Body Lotion Recipe

Homemade Lip Balm

I love how Michaela describes how soft this made her lips feel and how simple it is. Can’t wait to try it!

Coconut Milk Shampoo and Body Wash

I haven’t found a DIY shampoo that I have been thrilled with for myself–guess what I hope to do in the near future?

Hand and Body Scrub

Body Scrub | Sugar Scrub

Coconut Oil Deodorant

I have a super simple deodorant recipe on my blog (see the next recipe), but if you are more into “traditional-type” deodorant than try this one. Lexie sells products off her site and load of folks are happy with her wares so I bet this recipe is a good one!

Homemade Belly Butter

Whether you are pregnant of just suffering from dry skin, this might be just the thing you need.

Nourishing Lip Scrub

Lip Scrub

Easiest Homemade Deodorant

I’m working on another formula that will work on super sensitive skin. But you won’t believe how easy this is.

Homemade Toothpaste with Clay and Coconut Oil

I actually am working on a toothpaste recipe using baking soda (which the author of Red and Honey would NOT like–read her post to find out why), but it’s not perfected yet. Here’s a good place to start if you are looking for a paste you can make yourself.

Healthy Hair Rinse – and Why You Should Be Using One

Hair rinse for healthy, shiny hair

Easy Coconut Oil Salve

Salves are something that I have been meaning to learn more about and make. In fact, I just bought a huge amount of calendula partially for that purpose. I’m excited to branch out into something new…

So, how about you? Are you ready to try your hand at some of these ideas?

I sure am.  Even if you can’t do everything at once, every little bit of toxins you remove from your home is a plus.

Do you already make your own personal care products? If so, what?

Shared at Raising Homemakers, Frugally Sustainable, The Shabby Creek Cottage, The Nourishing Gourmet, The Shabby Nest, Six Sisters’ Stuff, Skip to My Lou, Real Food Forager, Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free, Chef in Training, Not Just a Housewife, Nap Time Creations, and We Are that Family.

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  1. Brilliant list and one I have now saved to evernote so I can come back to it and try them out. Glad I found you on the Frugal Days Sustainable Ways blog hop this week. Let me know if you would ever like to guest-blog for Mumtopia. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Thank you so much for including my hand sanitizer recipe! This is such an awesome list I had to pin so I can revisit these recipes!

  3. Great list of reciped for healthy “toiletries”! I am no poo, make my own toothpaste, etc! Please consider sharing your windchimes with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Hope to see you there!

  4. Charlene says:

    Love this! But you forgot about our feet!

    Here is my favorite homemade foot scrub:
    Combine ½ cup of Hawaiian sea salt (or any sea salt will do), Teaspoon of honey, and 3 Tablespoons of coconut oil. Massage onto your feet. Massage hands as well. Yummmm.

  5. I found you on Pennywise Platter Thursdays! So glad you shared these wonderful tips/recipes. I have made my own products for a while now and there is always room for change, I’ll be trying some of your recipes :)

    I would like to add here that I make deodorant using coconut oil (*2 T.), baking soda (*1 T.), tea tree (I like it) (*1/8 tsp.), and bees wax or palm shorting (*2 tsp.) as a solidifier and while the mixture is liquid I pour it into old deodorant tubes, and voila – feels like the old days :)
    *The measurements are approximation, I never really measure.

    Thanks for this!

  6. Thanks so much for including my deodorant in this post. I marked this post so I can come back and try some of these. What a great list! :)

  7. Cedrick says:

    You’ve laid out a great list of simple ways to go green. Heads up on trying them, specially the cough remedy.

  8. Shannon Burns says:

    Do you have a suggestion as a replacement for “flushable” wipes? Is see there are a few products out there to add to toilet paper. I’m guessing they’re made of products accessible to most of us. Any ideas?

  9. Awesome….. I just purchased all the things for the citrus body scrub at a natural food store and I can’t wait to try it. Is it safe on babies? Im changing everything to natural and would love to know if I can use it on an infant.

    • I don’t see why an infant would need a scrub to remove dead skin – do you have a reason for wanting to do it? Is there a skin issue going on? I think it would be too harsh.

      • Im sorry I meant the citrus body wash. I made the scrub for myself and loved it. And I made the citrus wash with lime and lemon instead. I was just wondering if it will be safe use on my baby or would I have to take somethings out.

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