I am a label reader. You have probably gathered by now that I read food labels. But I also read labels of products that I will be using on my skin or in my home. I have gotten even more particular about this in recent months, and make an effort not to put anything “chemical” on my skin. I strongly believe that anything that can be absorbed into your body can effect your health.
Last month Missy gave me a lip balm that her mom had made. The idea of making lip balm had hardly crossed my mind at that point, but I started to use this one and ended up liking it better than my comparable natural lip balms. This got me to thinking about making my own bath and beauty products.
Last week we went to a store to check out the essential oils. (Missy will be blogging about this soon!) Turns out, they also had lots of supplies to make bath and beauty products. A fire was lit under me, so I went home and scoured Pinterest for recipes. A second trip to the local supply store later and I was all set for today’s “experiments.”
I started out by trying to whip shea butter. I love shea butter, but hate how hard it is to apply when it is raw and hardened in it’s natural state. The recipe I used called for two ounces of shea butter and one tablespoon of coconut oil. I melted the shea butter in a glass bowl per the instructions, added the oil and started whipping. And whipping. And whipping some more. Unfortunately, after about ten minutes with my handheld mixer, it was still very thin. I started to slowly add more shea butter to the bowl while still mixing and this did the trick. I am not sure how many ounces of shea butter ended up going in with the one tablespoon of oil, but my guess would be more like 3-4 ounces. Once it was whipped to a good “body butter” consistency, I added a few drops of essential oil to fragrance it. It then went in these little containers (thank you, supply store!) and voila – my first homemade body butters! The consistency is a tiny bit more grainy than I would have liked in the container, but they actually go on very smoothly.
My second attempt was to make a face mask. My skin is very prone to breakouts but sensitive to harsh acne products, leaving me with very limited options. I am addicted to the fresh face masks at Lush, but they are pricey and there isn’t a store all that close to me. I decided why not make my own? I hit the internet to find out what sort of things should go in a facemask for skin like mine.
Here is what I ended up using:
Kaolin Clay – A naturally occurring clay found mostly in soils in hot, moist climates. Helps to detoxify the skin while cleansing. It also contains unique minerals and phyto-nutrients.
Witch Hazel – Reduces inflammation, redness, pore size and excess oil from the skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, improving and softening the skin. It also helps to prohibit the growth of bacteria, which decreases breakouts.
Oatmeal – Helps to absorb excess oil.
Orange peel powder – Lightens dark spots and evens skin tone. In researching this, I found it can also be made into a natural teeth whitening paste. I will probably give this one a try!
Distilled Water — Added until the mixture was the right consistency for a mask.
In the end, my mask looked very similar to one of my store bought “fresh” masks. I have to say the smell wasn’t great thanks to the apple cider vinegar, but it was tolerable. I left it on for about 10-12 minutes and it hardened nicely. I definitely felt like my skin tone looked and felt better after washing this mask off, but it is too soon to notice any longterm results. I think next batch I may add something for a little more moisture, because it was almost too drying. I had fun “experimenting” with this though!
I will definitely be trying to make some more beauty products! Bath bombs are next on my list.
Have you ever made homemade skin products or tried any natural remedies to skin problems? Do you think what we put on our skin is as important as what we put in our mouths?