So, I’m turning granola. And I’m totally fine with it. Last night, I made my own toothpaste, face wash, and body wash.
To make the toothpaste, I loosely followed this recipe. I mixed 6 tbsp. of baking soda, 1 tsp. of fine sea salt, 3 heaping tbsp. of coconut oil, 2 tsp. of vegetable glycerin, and about 20 drops of peppermint essential oil. I stirred it all up until it became a paste, and scooped it into a small plastic container. I love it! To put it on my toothbrush, I scooped some out with my (clean) finger and plopped it on. It works great – just as well as store bought, but I know what is in this one. It left my mouth feeling fresh and clean!
Making the toothpaste took no time at all, so I decided to make the face wash as well. I followed this recipe, for the most part. I ended up 1/2ing it, being that I only had a small bottle to fill. I used 2 oz. of almond liquid castile soap, 2 oz. of water, 1 oz. of olive oil, and 5 drops of tea tree oil. It’s a little thinner than I am used to, but VERY sudsy! It may also be fun to make an exfoliating wash as well.
Because I had everything out and we were totally out of body wash, I decided to make that too! I used this as a guide. I mixed 1 cup of castile soap, 3 tbsp. of coconut oil, and about 7 drops of tea tree oil. I really enjoyed the almond sent from the Castile soap. It felt great on my skin, but was just a tad bit oily on the shower floor. I am overall very happy with it, but may play around with the recipe next time.
I didn’t have any “pretty” or “plain” containers on hand, so I just reused my old bottles (cleaned out, of course!). Here is my tribute to Earth Day!
I have been doing some reading on cosmetics and bathroom products, and have learned that there are many chemicals put into our lotions, soaps, shampoos, and conditioners, etc. that are absorbed through the skin and could be harmful. Apparently it’s not really regulated. It seems that anything can be put in and it’s ok. To check your products for safety, go to this website and enter them in. You will be surprised at what you find!
I have started with face and body wash, but I plan to expand to other areas of the house. Not only do I want to use things that are safe, but they will also be cost effective! That just sweetens the deal for me!
For me, living a healthy life isn’t just about eating the right foods and exercising. I am thinking big picture – overall wellness. Managing stress, getting enough sleep, having a balanced life (kids, husband, family, spiritually, work, fun, etc.), and being conscious of what I put on my body and expose myself to. It seems like a lot to think about and handle, but I just take it one day at a time. Doing these things makes me feel healthy and strong, so it’s really not that difficult!
What homemade products have you made/do you want to make?