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I'm sure you've heard the buzz about all the harmful chemicals found in many of the products we use everyday. Seems like word is getting out about the harmful things such as BPA, Parabens, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, etc.
Check out this list of "Dirty Dozen" chemicals to avoid. And this article lists synthetic fragrances among the most dangerous ingredients- causing allergy, irritation, watery eyes, nausea, mood changes, depression, irritability, anger, memory lapse, and more.
Even if you aren't too concerned with the chemical ingredients, making your own body care products is fun. Just knowing you can make something you once thought you could only buy is pretty great!
Give them a try and let me know what you think. Do you have other favorite recipes for body care products you like? I'd love to hear them!
SHOPPING LIST FOR RECIPES:
To make the recipes below, you'll need the following:
• Epsom Salt
• Witch Hazel
• Organic Sugar
• Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
• Coconut Oil
• Almond Oil, Olive, Jojoba, or Grapeseed Oil
• Organic Aloe Vera Gel
• Castile Soap
• Vegetable Glycerin
• Essential Oils
• Glass Spray Bottles, Containers, Mixing Bowls
Most of these ingredients can be found in your grocery store. Or if you don't want to do the searching yourself, you can check out the I Heart Oils DIY Shop to get most of the items in one place.
Combine ingredients, and pour into a spray bottle. Here's a tip to try different oil combinations to see what you like - hold open bottles in front of your nose and move the bottles around while sniffing. You'll get a good idea if they go together or not.
Foaming Hand and Body Wash:
- 6 cups Water
- 1 cup Castile Soap
- 2 tbsp Vegetable Glycerin
- 1/4 cup Olive, Almond, or Jojoba Oil
- 70 drops Essential Oils of Choice (10 or so per bottle)
I use this recipe to make 7 bottles of hand soap at once. If you need less, just reduce the recipe.
Mix the first three ingredients and pour into foaming pumps. Add 10 drops of essential oil to each pump. Shake and use.
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
- 1/2 cup Beeswax
- 1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil
- 50 drops Essential Oils of Choice
In a double boiler, combine all ingredients except essential oils. Stir ingredients until smooth and melted. Remove from heat and add essential oils. Stir to incorporate. Carefully pour into molds such as a silicon muffin pan. Or pour into a wax paper lined pan and cut into bars when cool.
Basic Sugar Scrub:
Basic Bath Salts:
Just mix your oils into the salts and store in a sealed jar. Try Lavender for a relaxing bath soak, try Peppermint for an invigorating foot soak, or try a post sports muscle soak with Marjoram, Chamomile, and Rosemary.
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 tbsp Almond, Jojoba, or Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp Beeswax
- 10 drops Essential Oils of Choice
Chop or grate the beeswax or buy the beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax, coconut, and other oils except for essential oils in the upper part of a double boiler or place a bowl on top of a pan of boiling water.
Melt the wax into the oils. Gently stir in essential oils and pour into lip balm containers. Have fun experimenting with oils. I like Peppermint. You can also add a tiny bit of beet juice to tint the lip balm pink.
- 1 cup Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup Almond, Jojoba, or Olive Oil
- 45 drops Essential Oils of choice
In a double boiler melt the shea or cocoa butter and coconut oils together. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes. Gently stir in the other oils till combined. Wait until it cools and starts to solidify.
Add to a mixer and whip until the consistency of butter. Store in sealed glass jars.