By now you probably have seen the 515 Chemicals Women Put on Their Bodies Every Day infographic and maybe you know that these chemicals—parabens, PEGs, laureth, triethanolamine, etc.—create a toxic burden on our bodies as they impact the hormonal system and brain.
Suzanne Somers writes in her #1 New York Times bestselling book Sexy Forever: “The problem with commercial creams is that the same chemicals that alter the natural characteristics of oil and water, allowing them to stay mixed, also break down the natural oils in our skin. This allows water to evaporate from our skin, and it also causes our cells to put up a shield. At a cellular level the same thing takes place—your cells put up shields to protect themselves from these chemicals. So now your cells are closed off and can’t eliminate waste or take in nutrition. As a result, the cells die prematurely. We get thinner and thinner skin that feels crepey and develops wrinkles…. Anything that lists a PEG in the ingredients has been ethoxylated, or made with ethylene oxide, a very, very toxic chemical…. Almost all ethoxylated chemicals contain trace amounts of 1, 4-dioxane, which can damage the liver and kidneys and may cause cancer.”
In an effort to clean up our beauty routines, Emily, Lisa and I gathered at Emily’s place to create all-natural lotions and lip balms using recipes found online and in the book EcoBeauty by Lauren and Janice Cox. The recipes take no time at all to make and require minimal equipment and space.
We loved the Major Moisture Lip Balms and The Whip lotion we made so much that we reunited a few weeks later to make enough to give our friends, family and colleagues for the holidays.
- Coconut oil
- Castor oil
- Grated beeswax
- Almond oil
- Vitamin E oil
- Olive oil
- Distilled water
- Essential oils of your choice (we used lavender, peppermint and lemon)
(Note: Most of these ingredients are available at mountainroseherbs.com.)
Major Moisture Lip Balm Recipe, adapted from EcoBeauty
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon castor oil
- 1/2 teaspoon grated beeswax
- 1/2 teaspoon almond oil
- 1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- Lip balm container (source: mountainroseherbs.com)
Put all the ingredients in a small, microwave-safe dish and microwave until the beeswax has melted, stirring occasionally. Pour liquid into the lip balm containers and let cool (approximately 3 hours) before capping. Yield: 1/2 ounce.
The Whip Recipe, adapted from RootSimple.com
Place wax and oil in a Pyrex measuring cup, sitting in a small saucepan filled with water over a medium heat. Allow wax to melt, stirring occasionally. Once melted, remove Pyrex from the pan and use a hand mixer to blend the oil and wax together while slowly and steadily pouring the water into the mixture. Add approximately 10 drops of your favorite essential oil and incorporate all ingredients until there is no visible liquid. Pour into sanitized containers and let cool before placing the lids on the containers.
A perfect DIY holiday gift!
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