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  • Livia Ly

10 DIY Personal Care Products

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to regulate harmful ingredients in personal care products, but the cosmetic industry put thousands of synthetic chemicals in its products, even if those chemicals are linked to cancer, infertility, or birth defects.


Read this previous newsletter to learn more about harmful conventional beauty/hygiene products Check out these easy recipes below that will help you avoid unnecessary cosmetic toxins, save money, and become more environmentally conscious! 



1. Anti-Dandruff/Anti-Hair Fallout Shampoo


Ingredients


Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients.

  2. Pour the mixture into your container.

  3. Shake it before using it.

Tip: this shampoo can expire quickly. make only what you need, and keep extras in the fridge.

2. Lemongrass Liquid Soap


Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients.

  2. Pour the mixture into your container.

3. 10-Minute Antibacterial Hydrating Honey Bar Soap


Picture and recipe from Happiness is Homemade

Ingredients

Directions

  1. About 1 lb of soap base makes nine honeycomb soaps or four large 4-ounce soaps.

  2. Slice the soap base into cubes, place them inside a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup, and melt in the microwave. Melt in 20-30 second increments, stirring well after each microwave session, to ensure that the soap is completely melted. For 1 lb of soap, I generally microwave for 30 seconds, stir, microwave for another 30 seconds, stir again, and microwave a final time for 20 seconds.

  3. When the soap is completely melted, stir in 3 tablespoons of honey.

  4. Pour the melted soap into the honeycomb mold, and allow to sit undisturbed until cool. The cooling process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on temperature and humidity levels.

  5. When the soap is cool and firm, carefully remove them from the silicone mold.

Tip: these bar soaps will take a little longer to firm up, but the actual “work” part is done in less than 10 minutes.


4. Anti-Inflammatory Refreshing Mouthwash


Picture from: Going Zero Waste

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients.

  2. Pour the mixture into your container.

  3. Shake it before using it.









5. Healing Microwaveable Lip Balm


Ingredients

Directions

  1. Add calendula oil and lavender oils into lip balm containers.

  2. Stir up the beeswax and coconut oil and microwave 30 seconds at a time, take it out and stir, and then microwave again. Heat the mixture until the beeswax melts completely.

  3. Allow this mixture to cool down a bit.

  4. Pour the beeswax mixture into lip balm containers before it has time to set up.'Allow to cool down completely before capping. 

6. Anti-Aging Citrusy Body Butter


Recipe adapted from: Oh Lardy

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Melt shea butter and beeswax in a double boiler.

  2. Add the coconut oil, turn off the heat.

  3. Pour into container.

  4. Let it cool slightly then add the orange, tea tree, and red raspberry seed/rosehip/carrot seed oils.

7. Keep-Your-Good-Bacteria Hand Sanitizer


Picture by My Darla Clementine

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients into a cup.

  2. Pour into a small spray bottle, then fill the bottle with filtered water.

  3. Shake well before each spray.

8. Boost-Your-Mood Body Splash


Picture by Mountain Rose herbs Recipe adapted from Happy Healthy Mama

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a small glass bottle and shake well.  

  2. Shake before each use.








9. Anti-Acne Facial Toner



Ingredients

Directions

  1. Pour all ingredients into a container and shake gently.

10. Safe & Hydrating Sunscreen (SPF 30-40)


Recipe adapted from Wellness Mama


Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar.

  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.

  3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.

  4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate.

  5. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage.

  6. Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.

Tip: you can also get a bottle of your favorite non-toxic lotion (that doesn’t contain citrus oils) and mix in non-nano zinc oxide with the same proportion.



August 9, 2017

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