It is said that women expose themselves to over 200 toxic chemicals before they even leave the home; from hair care to skincare, the toxic cocktails include chemicals such as pthalates, sulphates, triclosan, BPA and the list continues. For more information about your beauty products, visit David Suzuki’s website where he details exactly what to avoid- click here.
The reason that we should all endeavor to steer clear of these toxins is because of what they do to our bodies. You see, conventional beauty products that are laden with chemicals disrupt our hormones; and because we, as females, are hormonally dependent (we go through hormonal cycles every 28 days for gosh sakes); and when we disrupt the natural flow of things we can do serious damage. From out of whack hormones to cancer (companies will deny it, but it’s undeniable) our beauty products do some ugly things to our insides.
Homemade beauty products are great, because they are very easy to make and allow us to reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals. Generally you will find me cooking up tasty foods in my kitchen, but recently I began cooking up homemade beauty products; that are not only effective but smell delicious too- so good, in fact, you could literally eat them!
Today’s recipe is for my CocoMint face wash and it features organic peppermint soap and coconut oil.
The peppermint soap comes from one of my favorite brands, Dr. Bronners. His soaps are 100% organic, fair trade and vegan, you can even ingest them safely; in fact, one of my coworkers at the deli uses it as her toothpaste! And the reason that I chose peppermint is because of the menthol; the menthol in peppermint helps to naturally balance the PH levels of the skin which can reduce acne flare ups- and it smells delightful. And I used coconut oil because a) I LOVE IT and b) it’s antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial, so it helps to further reduce breakouts. Now, you may be thinking that coconut oil will cause breakouts, but because it’s non comodegenic it won’t clog pores. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, is there anything coconut oil cannot do?!
A great many of my homemade beauty products contain coconut oil, because it’s simply one of the best things in the world!
If peppermint is not your thing, lavender is also beautiful, and because it’s anti inflammatory, it helps reduce redness and swelling; or you could use orange or lemon, which will help to disinfect the skin topically, while the coconut oil replenishes. With homemade beauty products, you are in the drivers seat- they can be whatever you want them to be.
This recipe is one of the simplest recipes I will ever share- so relish in it!
The basic recipe is:
1 part Dr. Bronners Magic Soaps (any scent)
1 part coconut oil, melted
Whisk together the melted coconut oil and the soap, until the mixture becomes frothy and opaque; and pour into a glass storage jar. It’s just that easy.
***Please store all your homemade beauty products in glass containers; plastic contains harmful BPA that will leach chemicals into your products and will therefore make this effort useless.