Posted on April 25, 2016
Homemade Toiletries- My First Attempts
One of our reasons for moving to the island last year was to become more self-sufficient. It took me a while, but in January this year I finally got round to making more of my own homemade toiletries. Whether this is truly self-sufficient is debatable, since the recipes often contain ingredients such as coconut oil, which obviously does not grow locally in Scotland! However, it also allows me to avoid putting so many petrochemicals onto our skin.
I started last year by making hand moisturiser, using a modified version of Jill Winger’s recipe from the Prairie Homestead. I add lavender essential oil to the moisturiser, which has a nice fragrance, and is also supposed to be soothing for the skin. I do find coconut oil a but greasy, but adding beeswax does help with this. In January this year, I began trying a slightly different version of the recipe, which includes olive oil, and turns out a bit more like a homemade version of Vaseline.
I have also been making lip balm since last summer, using Wellness Mama’s recipe, which has been quite successful. I have used mint as the flavour, which I like, and adding the beeswax ensures that it does not melt if we have the heating on. Notice that I did not say “If the weather gets too hot”!
Before the pregnancy sickness kicked in, I tried some new homemade toiletries recipes. The most successful has been homemade deodorant, which I made using this recipe from Joy of Artful Homemaking. I used peppermint essential oil, which I like, and this deodorant is far more effective than the commercial ‘aluminium free’ deodorant that I was buying, and a lot cheaper! Joy warns in her recipe that some people will be sensitive to the bicarbonate of soda in the recipe. I did find that my skin got a bit red and irritated for the first week that I was using it, but after having a break from it for a week, then going back to it, I have not had any further problems, and it is nice and fresh.
Joy from Artful Homemaking also has a mint coconut toothpaste recipe, which I made in January. I am the only person in the family who uses this item. It takes a while to get used to the bicarbonate of soda texture, but I like it, and so far I have remembered not to spit it into the sink, so as not to clog the pipes with the coconut oil! When we visited the dentist about 3 weeks after I had started using it, my dentist said ” keep doing what you’re doing”, which was encouraging!
Shampoo and Conditioner
Finally, and I feel least successfully, I have tried making my own shampoo and conditioner. I had read quite a few posts by other bloggers who had experienced damage or drying out of their hair due to using the bicarbonate of soda ‘no poo’ technique (not a term I like, I have to admit!) I therefore tried recipes for shampoo and conditioner that did not include bicarbonate of soda, and were supposed to be pH balanced, but I did not manage to get past the greasy stage with my hair. Since the nausea starting with me being pregnant, I have gone back to buying an SLS-free shampoo (which I am mixing half and half with water in this foaming pump dispenser, to save money!), and also a shop-bought ‘natural’ conditioner, but when the nausea has gone, I would like to try making my own again, possibly from this No ‘Poo, No Grease recipe by Tiffany from Don’t Eat the Crumbs, as she talks about having the same problem with homemade shampoo causing greasiness.
The next homemade natural ‘beauty’ recipe I would like to try is for facial moisturiser. I have seen recipes for this which involve aloe vera gel, like this one at Say Not Sweet Anne, which includes ingredients that I already have. I have bought some aloe vera gel with a voucher I was given for my birthday, in anticipation of making some facial moisturiser of my own!
You can also see my Pinterest Homemade Beauty Recipes board here.
Do you make your own homemade toiletries or beauty products? Or does it seem like too much hassle for you? If you have a recommendation for a shampoo, conditioner or moisturiser recipe, please let me know in a comment.
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