DIY Aloe Mask:
Here is a great at-home mask recipe: Mix four tablespoons of pure aloe gel with two tablespoons of plain yogurt and six tablespoons of fresh cucumber juice. Gently apply the mixture to the face and neck. Allow it to dry for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse it away with lukewarm water followed by cold water to help tighten the pores. Pat dry. This mask is gentle enough to use every week.
We cannot forget the daily topical product that we rub thoroughly into the skin, right near lymph nodes! Deodorant is often made with the heavy metal aluminum, among other notable and questionable ingredients – fragrance is a given, right?
Deodorant is also a product we’re not easily convinced to eliminate. No one wants body odor to be the first thing that signals a natural lifestyle!
Instead of spending a fortune on safe products or foregoing the use of deodorant and losing friends, simply make your own.
DIY Essential Oil Deodorant Recipe – this will keep you clean and fresh without the toxic overload.
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
- 4 tablespoons cornstarch
- Essential oils– 20-30 drops total in any of these combinations tea tree, sweet orange, lavender, frankincense, etc.(Can be purchased from our site at www.lisasfragrancensuch.com)
Combine the dry ingredients first, then add coconut oil and up to 20-30 drops essential oils. Add more dry or wet ingredients as necessary for consistency; store in a jar or roll-up tube.
How to Make Toothpaste
Oral health is much more than cosmetic. While whitening products are best-sellers in the commercial market, gingivitis remains a dangerous and widespread health risk. Varying levels of mouth disease are linked with diabetes, heart disease, and more. This is not all we have to worry about!
Check your toothpaste and mouthwash for questionable ingredients like triclosan and controversial fluoride. Especially with children who will likely swallow some of the paste, it’s important to avoid toxins and potential risks as much as possible.
DIY Essential Oil Toothpaste Recipe – ingredients:
- Equal parts baking soda and coconut oil (1/4 c each is good to start with)
- 1-2 tsp sea salt
- 5-7 drops essential oils
- optional: 1-2 tsp each stevia or bentonite clay
Mix and place in a small jar or a squeeze bottle. Use a spoon or disposable wooden scoop to get the paste out and avoid contamination.
How to Make Shampoo
While products that go in our bodies or soak onto the skin are more often the priority for shifting to natural ingredients, shampoo can’t be overlooked – especially since it’s so easy to make.
Hair care products are manufactured en masse, and so often that means corners are cut. The quickest, easiest chemical concoction to strip hair “clean” do the trick, not to mention all of that ambiguous fragrance added to it.
If toxic additives aren’t enough, most shampoos strip all of the oils from your hair and scalp, which then conveniently “requires” a conditioner. Meanwhile, your scalp compensates for the loss by creating even more oil, so you need to wash more frequently, which means you buy more shampoo! Tricky!
DIY Essential Oil Shampoo Recipe – this recipe uses the gentle base of castile soap and adds nourishing natural ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups (1 can) coconut milk
- 1 1/2 cups liquid castile soap
- 40 drops lavender essential oil
Mix well and add to a BPA-free squeeze bottle. Shake before use.
How to Make Lotion
We all could stand a little more moisture that works hard for us. But lotions are not just applied to the skin and left on – we rub it in and make sure it’s all absorbed well!
Your first clue that your lotion needs an update will be the length of the ingredient list. Lotion is a very basic product, actually, and a mile-long list of chemicals can only spell danger.
Look for all of the basic warning ingredients (parabens, fragrance, etc.) when replacing your standard lotion, but take a stab at making your own lotion, as well. Not only can you keep the ingredients reliably safe, but you can also choose essential oils for their health benefits as well.
DIY Essential Oil Hand Cream Lotion Recipe – Lotion-making techniques vary from simple to complex. Here’s an excellent starter DIY recipe. Simply combine a few ingredients:
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1/8 cup sweet almond oil
- 1 tablespoon beeswax
Carefully melt, then add 20-30 drops essential oils. Stir, then pour into sterilized jars. Adjust the amount of beeswax for a firmer or softer lotion. Try nourishing oils like lavender, chamomile, citrus, and myrrh.