So, if you feel like avoiding all concern of harmful ingredients or spending your hard earned doe on natural products, try making your own. I have compiled a list of some of my favorite natural homemade recipes, and now you can be in total control over what you’re putting on your body. Have fun, try them out, and let us know what you think.
When buying toothpaste you may want to avoid fluoride or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and other ingredients. The majority of traditional brands contain these, and the ones that don’t often carry a higher price tag. The other and cheaper option is to make your own toothpaste.
Here are instructions for making your own toothpaste
Fragrances, perfumes, colognes, you name it; they all contain chemicals. Not all chemicals are bad, but what is disturbing is that the Environmental Working Group found that 66% of the chemicals in fragrances are not even tested for safety.
So, instead of wondering if the fragrances you use are toxic or harmful, why not make your own with scented essential oils?
It’s easy. You just need a few simple supplies:
Put 40-60 drops of oil into your spray bottle, top off with the alcohol and give it a good shake to combine.
Deodorants are a hot topic these days. There are major concerns of the link between aluminum in deodorants and Alzheimer’s, as well as the threat of Parabens causing cancer. The research has shown conflicting results, but just the idea of such risks is frightening.
Store bought natural deodorants do exist that are both safe and effective, but some come with a hefty price tag. The prices range from $4 to $23. So, if you want to avoid purchasing any at all, and would like to try making your own natural deodorant, then here is a recipe that you can try.
Melt all the ingredients (except the oils) and stir well. Then add the oils and stir again. Pour the mixture into a ¼ pint jar and place in the refrigerator until it hardens.
The deodorant goes on white-ish and gets clear-ish later. It does not prevent sweating, but does a great job of eliminating any bad odor, and adds a nice, fresh smell.
Often the most popular facial scrubs are quite costly and full of chemicals. That is why making a natural scrub is great. You eliminate the toxic chemicals and save some money.
There are many different types of facial scrubs, and different skin types tend to require different facial scrubs. That is way I have listed some of my favorite, easy-to-make recipes.
Basic Baking Soda Scrub
Perfect for everyday use.
Rose Almond Face Scrub
To brighten and soften skin.
A stimulating, thoroughly cleansing 3-in-1 scrub!
Smooths, tones, and hydrates.
Optional: let your scrub double as a mask. Let it sit a few minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.
For more natural homemade facial scrub recipes and the source of the ones above check out this article by Sassy Bella.
Here is a great natural shampoo recipe that you can make at home. It not only cleans your hair, but also contains nutrients and many more benefits, like helping prevent premature baldness and flaky scalp conditions.
First collect the following items:
4 oz of castile soap with any scent is that available – plain, peppermint, eucalyptus.
½ oz of rosemary – stimulates the hair follicles and helps to prevent premature baldness
½ oz of sage – has antioxidants and keeps things from spoiling and is antibacterial
½ oz of nettles – acts as a blood purifier, blood stimulator, contains a large source of nutrients for hair growth
½ of lavender – controls the production of sebaceous gland oil and reduces itchy and flaky scalp conditions
2000 mg of MSM – provides organic sulfur to your scalp, which improves the health and strength of your hair. It also helps to drive herbal nutrient into the skin and follicles where they can do the most good.
One empty 8 oz plastic bottle or any other empty shampoo or soap bottle.
Mix the herbs in a mason jar, which has a lid. Boil 2 cups of distilled water. Add 3 heaping tablespoons of the mixed herbs into the boiling water. Pull the boiling water and herbs off the stove. Let the herb mixture sit for 30 – 40 minutes. Put the 2000mg of MSM into the herb mixture after 30 minutes of cooling. After 40 minutes and the MSM is melted, strain the herbal mixture into a bowl.
Pour 2 to 2 1/2 oz of strained herbal tea into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Now, pour the 4 oz of castile soap into the 8 oz plastic bottle. Cap the bottle and shake to mix the ingredients.
The shampoo is now finished and ready for use. Use this as a base for all of the shampoos you make. You can add different herbs as you learn what these herbs do and how they help your hair. You can vary the ingredients according to your taste. But now you have a shampoo that has no additives that can harm you.
The source of the natural shampoo recipe is Pioneer Thinking.
If you have any of your own natural personal care or cosmetic recipes we would love for you to share them with us and our readers.