Personal care and beauty products are full of promises about miracles in a jar, but they’re also full of chemicals and toxic ingredients. What we put on our body is as important as what we put inside it, and by making our own products we can control exactly what goes into them. They’re surprisingly easy to make and you probably have most of the ingredients already.
No one wants bad breath or cavities, but traditional oral hygeine products are often full of fluoride, artificial colors and flavors, and harsh chemicals. Create your own toothpaste with baking soda, a bit of water and an antiviral essential oil like clove, cinnamon or thyme. Rinse your mouth with salt water, a drop or two of essential oils and a splash of vinegar instead of alcohol-based mouthwash.
Lots of people have gone down the no-poo path and never looked back. Instead of stripping and drying your hair and scalp, mix 1 part vinegar, 1/2 part lemon juice, and 2 parts baking soda. If you want a little scent, add in a castile soap like Dr. Bronners. Do this once a week and after your hair adjusts, you can say goodbye to the shampoo bottle!
Many of us already use oil treatments to nourish our hair, but it makes a great conditioner. Coconut oil is especially effective. Just stick to the ends and rinse it out well.
4. Body Lotion
Oil makes a great moisturizer for your body as well. Shea butter, cacao butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil are just a few excellent options. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for a natural fragrance if you like.
Antiperspirants are made of harmful cancer-causing agents that try to prevent your body from performing an important and natural function. While preventing perspiration is not recommended, you can “deodorize” your armpits, naturally. Baking soda makes a wonderful odor absorber. If you sweat lightly, spraying essential oil-scented water may be all you need. In a 2 oz spray bottle, mix 50-75 drops of your favorite oils with water and spray as needed.