It's pretty obvious what you put in your body is reflected on the outside. Bad diets are notorious for leading to acne, wrinkles, too oily/dry skin, dull hair, brittle nails and so forth. Well, what about what you put ON your body? I'll let that sit there for a second.
Okay, let's say you said yes. What do you do now? Are you really going to trash all your "good" makeup, nail polish, hair products, toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion, perfumes....? Bet you didn't think about everything on the outside that could impact your insides. I'm not here to tell you to change everything (as much as I'd like to). Just be aware of what you put on your body and while it may not cause a broken belly, lots of cosmetics have very strong links to very bad side effects...like reproductive problems and the dreaded C- word.
Could this be step one for you? Turn around your lotion labels and read them. Understand most or none of the ingredients? Try this homemade recipe on for size. It's way cheaper to make in bulk and I never have to run to the store if I'm getting low. I always have stash on hand to make more. I buy all the ingredients (except the essential oils and Polawax) at Vitacost.com
These are the brands I use to make the lotion. You can use what you like but make sure you understand what is in each item!!!! For example, don't get Shea Butter with 16 ingredients- just plain ole Shea Butter is what you need! I will also say this recipe isn't exact. If you use a little more or less its not really going change the consistency.
What you'll need: Fills 3 Mason Jars.
- 3 C Aloe Juice
- 3 TBSP Vegetable Glycerin
- 1/2 C Shea Butter
- 1/2 C Coconut Oil
- 3 TBSP Polawax (emulsifying wax)
- 3 TBSP Almond Oil
- Any Essential Oil scent you like
- Mason Jars
- Immersion Blender
- Two saucepans- Pan A and Pan B
- In a medium saucepan on the stove (pan A), add 3 Cups of aloe juice. Turn the heat on low/medium.
- Add 3 TBSP of vegetable Glycerin to pan A
- Keep the heat on until you see those little bubbles start to form. If you use a candy thermometer, about 120 degrees should register, but I just look for little bubbles then turn off the heat.
- While pan A is heating up, In a Large sauce pan on another burner (pan B), add about 1/2 C of Shea Butter. Turn heat on medium.
- When Shea butter is melted turn, off the heat and add 3 heaping TBSP of Polawax. It will all melt into a clear liquid.
- Now add to Pan B, 1/2 Cup Coconut oil and 3 TBSP of Almond oil
- Once everything in Pan B (Shea butter, polawax, coconut oil and Almond oil) are melted together in a clear liquid, its time to mix both pans together with the immersion blender. TIP- if its not all melted and clear, turn the heat back on low just until it is, then turn the heat off.
- Take Pan A and slowly pout the contents into Pan B. I'm sure you're wondering when it turns white. Right when you do this! See step-by-step pics below!
- Use the immersion blender on high to mix it for at least 1 minute. Wait 15 minutes and mix for 30 sec. Wait another 15 min and mix 30 sec again. When its thickening up a bit, now it's time to pour into the jars. If you let it cool too much it won't pour (it will be thick like lotion) so just re-heat until it turns back into a pourable liquid
- Now its time to pour it into the jars. I use mason jars and a stainless steel funnel to pour the lotion.
- Once the lotion is in the jars of your choice, add any essential oil smell you prefer. This batch was lemon but you can use any one/combination you choose. For a standard size mason jar, I use about 25 drops of oil.
- Put on the lids and give it a good shake and let it sit till it's cool.
- The last photo shows how thick the lotion can get. I use the lotion daily (full body) and it will last just shy of 1 month. This is not super greasy lotion either. I lather it all over after a shower and usually a few minutes later its all soaked in.
Lotion without all the nasty chemicals and cheaper??!! Yes, please!
I think I read the average woman has 30-40 products in the bathroom. If you're willing to at least give it a shot, I've attached a few websites that I feel carry very good, clean, skin products. Some can be a little pricey but others are very reasonable. You're going to pay for your health sooner or later. Why not now with good products instead of later with hospital bills?
- Nurture My Body - Hair/Skin/Body care
- Bubble and Bee - Thick body/face creams, deodorant, chap sticks. Amazing scents not from "fragrance"
- Desert Rose Cosmetics- The only natural deodorant that is strong enough for my man...and he's tried tons!
- Poofy Organics - Lotions, Shampoos, Toothpaste, baby products
- Cosmetics Database - Check the toxicity rating of products
- Vapour Beauty - Makeup
- Marie Veronique - Anti-aging skincare
- All Terrain - Sunscreen
- Elemental Herbs - Sunscreen
- Vitacost - Its like Amazon for "healthier" stuff but you still need to sort through things. Great for Big jars of coconut oil.
- Zoya or Mineral Fusion -Nailpolish. There are other ones that are almost edible but they don't stay on through more than a hand wash.