*This post is pretty wordy so if you'd just like to get onto the recipe, click here.*
When I hit 20, my body started developing skin allergies to most cosmetics. Red, inflamed skin, itchy hives, scales, etc. I was bummed to toss my favorite shampoos, makeup, lotions, mouthwashes, and so on and so on.
From there, the Lord led me to all natural holistic healing and I've never looked back. In fact, I'm repeled by "all natural" labeling on commercial products. They're hefty promises that I've found continually fall short. Even though the "all natural" commercial products claim to have the same ingredients as what I'd concoct at home, the way my skin handled the bought products versus the homemade was like night and day. Another thing about ingredients, if it's not safe enough to consume, I don't want to put it on my body (for example, here).
Even if the ingredients on the Arbonne/Burt's Bees/etc product pass the organic, unrefined ingredient test, how does one know if the process to make the product is natural? For example, how do I know microwaves had no part in making this product? (see here, here, and here) How do I know a worker hasn't dipped their latexed (one of my allergies) gloved into the mixture?
Packaging also needs to be considered. I avoid plastics every chance I get. (another link) I'll take my stored food or cosmetics in glass thankyouverymuch.
Because I've been making my own toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, baby powder, deodorant, etc for years, I've also come to the realization of how unnecessarily expensive these "all natural" products are.
I made a new batch of lotion bars today. No fragrance, all natural, and very inexpensive. Check out the recipe here.
- I didn't bother with essential oils as my sensitive (pregnancy) nose can't really take smells right now. -- Note that beeswax takes much longer to melt (in the double bowl method) so I start off melting the wax before measuring out the rest of the ingredients.
- One more note about the beeswax, I have a big hunk of the stuff right now and if I could go back, I'd have purchased the pastilles instead. I assume they're much easier to measure out and quicker to melt.
Making these lotion bars is sooooo quick and simple and if you get cute molds, they'd make great gifts too!
Let me know in the comments below if you've tried making these.