DIY Deodorant

I realized I was overdue for a personal care product recipe. The Environmental Working Group estimates that women put more than 500 chemicals on their body every day in the form of hair care, make up and other personal care products.

The good news is that many of these products are easy (and cheap!) to make at home. Continue reading

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DIY Toothpaste

For those who follow me on facebook I promised a few recipes for making your own bath and beauty products. Why bother, you might ask? The answer lies in the ingredient list of the products lining the drug store shelves. Many of these products are loaded with irritants, neurotoxins, and carcinogens.

Let’s start this series with a lesson in toothpaste (mostly because I am out and have to make more so I can brush my teeth tonight). My transition to homemade toothpaste was a gradual one. I used Aquafresh until my dental hygienist told me that it was eating away the enamel of my teeth. Colgate was an improvement but still not great. Next was Tom’s of Maine. Tom’s is much better than the others but still contains some potentially toxic ingredients. All of these pastes also contained sugar. Doesn’t that somewhat defeat the purpose of brushing your teeth?

Here is a quick breakdown from the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetics database. I have highlighted the hidden sugar:

Aquafresh ingredients:  Sodium Fluoride (0.15% w/v fluoride ion), Inactive Ingredients: Water, Hydrated Silica, Sorbitol, Glycerin, PEF 8, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Saccharin, D&C Red 30

Colgate:Sodium Monofluorophosphate (0.15% W/V Fluoride Ion)Inactive Ingredients: Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Water, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cellulose Gum, Flavor, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Sodium Saccharin

Tom’s of Maine:  Calcium Carbonate, Water, Glycerin, Sodium Bicarbonate, Xylitol, Carrageenan (Chondrus Crispus), Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) Oils, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Myrrh (Commiphora Myrrha), Propolis (Propolis Cera).

Moving on to the homemade version. There are several recipes to choose from on Pinterest or other similar sites. I tried a few then tweaked the ingredients to meet my own tastes. I encourage you to play around with the essential oils to find a flavor that works for you.

Using a clay toothpaste does take a bit of getting used to. The kids made faces when they first tried it. I transitioned them first to Earthpaste (affiliate link). Now they use this with no problem.

Clay toothpaste:

1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup red clay (affliate link)
1/4 tsp sea salt
10-12 drops peppermint essential oil
5-6 drops cinnamon essential oil

Combine ingredients and store in a covered jar. Scoop out a small amount and brush as normal.

Detox Bath Salts

This morning I made a double batch of a wonderful bath salt blend designed for detox and relaxation. I used this batch as a thank you gift for some amazing moms I know. I tend to keep a supply on hand for myself as well.

Detox baths can do a number of wonderful things for your body while you are relaxing. In addition to the relief of any muscle soreness, you will be removing toxins from the body, increasing circulation and softening the skin.

So the next time your family gives you a hard time about sneaking off for a quiet bath with a good book, tell them you are doing it for your health (because you are).

Here is the recipe I used, courtesy of Amazing Herbs and Oils

 Detox Bath Ingredients:
*2 cups Epsom Salts
*2 cups baking soda
*2 cups sea salt
*5 tbsp ground ginger
*1 cup vinegar

Directions:
*Combine dry ingredients, storing in a close container
*At bath time, add 1 cup of dry ingredient mix and 1 cup vinegar to hot running water.
*Optional: add several drop of your favorite essential oil
Detox Bath Ingredients:
*2 cups Epsom Salts
*2 cups baking soda
*2 cups sea salt
*5 tbsp ground ginger
*1 cup vinegar
Read more at http://www.amazingherbsandoils.com/an-extraordinary-diy-detox-bath-soak-with-recipe/#LiKqbcc8cdhu7rXP.99
 Detox Bath Ingredients:
*2 cups Epsom Salts
*2 cups baking soda
*2 cups sea salt
*5 tbsp ground ginger
*1 cup vinegar
Read more at http://www.amazingherbsandoils.com/an-extraordinary-diy-detox-bath-soak-with-recipe/#LiKqbcc8cdhu7rXP.99