Friday, January 23, 2009

Natural personal care products you can make yourself

Walking into a drug store with about half of the space filled with chemical cosmetics of all kinds, always leaves me feeling frustrated at the insidious disconnect between humans (women in particular) and lack of nature in the products they put on their bodies and even in their bodies. So many "beauty" products are actually dangerous to people, as well as a terrible strain on the environment, not to mention the animals that get tested.

It is a refreshing switch to walk into a health food store to see products there that are none of these things. Nevertheless, mass-produced products require industrial methods to process and produce, and still use up huge amounts of resources (fresh water, energy, producing waste, shipping pollution, etc). So although it feels healthier to choose toiletries that try to support natural connections, I still find that making our own cleaners and beauty products is the most natural and sustainable way to take care of our outer layer.

Which is why I was thrilled to find this website which lists recipes to make your own mouthwash, tooth powder, baby powder, lip balm, moisturizing creams, and deodorants, plus a quick list of alternative to regular store-bought hair products and household cleaners! I've made for myself the spritz deodorant, as well as body powder, using my choice of essential oil scents.

Hope this inspires you to make some of your own toiletries!

8 comments:

Maureen said...

sounds fascinating my lovely. i will check it out. nonetheless i see no boob cream on your list. :)

VeggieGirl said...

Love this blog!! I'm a vata :-)

Anonymous said...

Love this blog also! I am a newbie to the Ayurvedic lifestyle and am trying to incorporate more of the diet. Do you follow the food combining guidelines? I have a hard time eating fruit separately -I end up not eating it!

Claudia Davila (Fran) said...

Thanks, everyone!

I don't do food combining, though personally I find fruits and grains a nice combo. Like stewed fruits with millet, or apples with oatmeal pancakes, or rice pilaf with dried apricots and raisins... :-)

Lauren said...

I like the book "Earthly Bodies, Heavenly Hair" by the herbalist Dina Falconi.

Dra. Pino said...

One of my favorites is my face/body scrub, I use salt and olive oli and the juice just a half a lime ;-)

fHeRnY! said...

Fascinating! THANK YOU!

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