For years, we’ve been putting toxic chemicals into our bodies that build up and make us feel tired and sick, regardless of whether we eat them or if they seep though our pores. And people are finally catching on that natural is better. If you are looking to get `back to basics`, and utilize the gifts and bounty of Mother Nature in your health and beauty protocol, be sure to read labels. Chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are highly toxic foaming agents which we really would do well to avoid rubbing into our scalps.
Most stores now have a line of “natural” beauty products. Unfortunately, they often come with a big price tag attached too. Often times many of these products are not actually “natural” so it does pay to do your homework to ensure you are getting what you pay for. `Greenwashing` seems to be a bit of a big deal these days, where companies label their products as `green`, when really, there is still a massive chemical cocktail awaiting you within a pretty bottle.
Fortunately actually making beauty products yourself isn’t too difficult. So if you want beauty products that you know are natural and are also inexpensive, just make them yourself. Here are 5 quick and easy recipes you can make at yourself.
Combining a mashed carrot, mashed avocado, and a beaten egg with a half cup a few tablespoons of honey creates a great face mask that provides vitamins, and improves the tone and texture of your skin. Just stir well, apply, let sit for about 15 minutes, and then wash off with cool water.
After you’re washed and nourished your skin, you can use grated cucumber or diluted lemon juice as a toner to help tighten your skin and close up your pores to close your pores and keep your skin looking great.
Just mix an egg yolk with a tablespoon of castor oil and apply to hair. Let sit for about ten minutes and rinse out. You can use this every so often as a conditioning treatment for healthy shiny hair. If you like being experimental, you can try mixing other kitchen items, herbs, and natural items with eggs for healthy, shiny hair.
Hand and Foot Cream
Use ½ cup of olive oil mixed with natural sea salt and massage into your hands and feet. Leave a few minutes to soak and then rinse off with warm water.
When it comes to natural beauty products, these recipes are just the start. You can find hundreds of different combinations in natural beauty books, magazines, and on the internet. Or you can go to your kitchen cabinet and make your own special creations. And if you grow your own herbs and plants, you have even more wonderful tools at your fingertips.
We live in a very dry climate, so deep moisturizing is necessary here. We are blessed to have a wild rose bush that grows in the front yard and blooms approximately 2 – 3 times each summer. I am sure to keep an eye on, and collect the rose petals as they fall for using in home body and hair care products. I ask for the plant to remain in abundant health, and give thanks for its beauty and generosity.
The winter months are even drier, so plenty of baths with body oils and essential oil blends are also a must! I prefer grapeseed oil with blends of mint oils for awakening, and lavender or patchouli and sandalwood for relaxing. This is especially lovely when followed up with a post-bath rubdown with coconut oil … mmm!
There are a few books that I have used to guide me on my personal homemade body care product creation journeys. You might like to take a look at Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Bodycare for Every Body and Green Beauty Recipes.