Last week I blogged about the chemicals found in our make up, deodorant and many other products we use on a daily basis. I decided I wanted to simplify and have checked around for some DIY products that you can use to replace some of those DIRTY products. I would love to hear if you try them and what you think in the comments below. Also, please feel free to share a recipe for your favorite product.
Antiperspirant contains anti-bacterial chemicals and zinc, which have been linked to breast cancer and early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Toss your underarm sticks and make your own!
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 3 tablespoons corn starch
Mix all the ingredients into a stiff paste and spoon into an empty underarm deodorant stick. Cool in the fridge until firm. Apply as usual.
Note: if it is very warm in your home, keep the deodorant in the fridge so that the coconut oil doesn’t liquefy.
Face Powder and Eye Shadow
Talc, a known toxic substance, is found in face powders and eye shadows, where it acts as an anti-caking agent. Talc contains asbestos, which causes cancer in the breast and lungs. 10
Face powders and eye shadows also contain zinc and may cause skin irritation with extended use. Dr. Donald Grant, dermatitis specialist, says, “Unfortunately I do see an awful lot of women who have eczema or inflammation on their eyelids and nowhere else. The tissue around the eyes dries out as you get older.”
If you want alluring peepers and perfect skin, you can cook up your own beauty regimen in no time at all.
- Cocoa powder for brown eye shadow
- Beet powder for pink eye shadow
- Spirulina for green eye shadow
- Activated charcoal for black/gray eye shadow
- Nutmeg for golden brown eye shadow
For the eye shadows, use one-quarter of a teaspoon of arrowroot as your base. Now add color until you get the shade you desire.
For face powder, start with one tablespoon of arrowroot and slowly add cocoa and nutmeg until you get a shade that matches your skin tone. 11
Note: for a creamier eye shadow, add one-eighth of a teaspoon of Shea butter, which will help to moisturize your lids and prevent the eye shadow from rubbing off.
Mascara and Eyeliner
Smokey eyes can be healthily achieved when you follow this easy recipe that serves as both an eyeliner and mascara. Use an old mascara tube and a brush to apply the mixture. To clean the mascara tube, soak it in very hot water for 10 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.
- 3/4 tsp beeswax
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp shea butter
- 2 tsp aloe vera gel
- 1 capsule activated charcoal
You can find all these ingredients at your local health food store. Place the beeswax, coconut oil, Shea butter, and aloe vera in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, place the ingredients in a glass or metal bowl in a pot of water.
Heat gently over a very low heat until all the ingredients are melted and mixed. Break open the capsule, add the charcoal, and mix well. Use a funnel to pour the mixture into the mascara tube or pour it into a container for eyeliner.
If you don’t have a funnel, pour the mixture into a plastic bag, snip a corner off, and then squeeze the bag so that the mixture can be piped into the mascara tube without spilling. 12
Here are some great links to more recipes… Happy creating!!