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.
A simple formula to stop the nighttime tickles so you and your kiddos can sleep better.
We've found this works well for cold and sinus issues.
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.
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.
This is one of my latest DIY creations. I love it and actually enjoy being in the shower now :-).
I've never used a solid repellant. Sounds like something to try for sure.
I NEVER use that icky chemical stuff. This is a MUCH better alternative.
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.
I love how Michaela describes how soft this made her lips feel and how simple it is. Can't wait to try it!
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?
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!
Whether you are pregnant of just suffering from dry skin, this might be just the thing you need.
I'm working on another formula that will work on super sensitive skin. But you won't believe how easy this is.
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.
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?