That's why, several years ago, after reading a truly eye-opening book, I started switching all of my personal care products to all-natural and organic versions. (You can find some of my favorites in our Recommended Products section.)
I am very happy to see so many of these types of products gaining market share, as it shows that people really are starting to wake up to what they're putting in their bodies, and making a choice to take back control of their health. As more people purchase these products, and more companies make them, the price has already started to come down, and many of these products are just as affordable as their chemical-laden counterparts - at least for the higher end stuff.
However, some of the better all-natural products still remain somewhat expensive, or at least they're perceived that way. That's why it's great that you can make many of your own products at home, yourself, for a very minimal cost. Plus, when you make it yourself, you know exactly what's in it!
This week, just to mix things up a little, I thought it would be fun to share a couple of all-natural recipes for common personal care items that you can actually make at home, using simple, inexpensive ingredients like coconut oil and essential oils. They're very affordable, easy to make, effective, and safe.
Let's start with toothpaste...
This recipe tastes a lot better than that, though! It contains extra virgin coconut oil for whitening and gum health, baking soda for cleansing, essential oil for flavoring, and xylitol for sweetness. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is gaining popularity as a natural sugar substitute, as it does not impact your blood sugar the way regular sugar does. But the hidden "superpower" of xylitol is that it's actually GOOD for your teeth! That's right. Xylitol actually fights plaque bacteria and neutralizes bad breath. It's disappointing that it isn't available in very many commercial toothpastes yet, though it is starting to catch on with a few companies. Until then, just make your own!
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil (room temperature - slightly soft but not melted works best)
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon coral calcium
- 1 teaspoon of xylitol
- 20-25 drops of spearmint oil
Bugs bugging you this fall? Try this easy, all-natural bug repellent balm instead of those chemically insect sprays that always leave you feeling greasy and sticky. It's super simple to make, and probably a lot healthier for you too!
- 1 part pure beeswax
- 1 part extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 part pure cocoa butter or pure shea butter
Lastly, just in time for winter, here is a great recipe to keep your skin soft and supple throughout the cold and dry months ahead! These lotion bars work great for moisturizing, they don't have any harmful junk in them, and you can tailor them to your preferences using your favorite scents. Keep in mind they may soften in hot weather, and they can be a little greasy, so use them in moderation - a little goes a long way.
- Melt equal parts pure beeswax and coconut oil.
- Add your choice of essential oils for scent.
- Pour into tins, molds, or muffin cups and cool.
- Pop them out and rub them on your skin whenever it needs some extra love!
- Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Enjoy these non-food uses for coconut oil - it's a safe, affordable way to take better care of your body - naturally!
P.S. Thanks to Swanson and Homemade Mommy for the ideas!