Over the years I’ve tried a few things here and there switching my beauty products to natural ones. In fact, I have some of the “recipes” here on the blog. Others never made it even close! I thought I’d quickly go through and spell out things I’ve tried; both workable ones and the not so workable ones.
Natural Facial Care:
Oil Cleansing Method – The very first homemade beauty product I tried, I still use and love to this day! About 4 years later, my skin still responds beautifully to the oil and it controls the dryness and redness I used to experience. I no longer need to use foundation as ‘cover-up’. One difference I have made is that I use this only once or twice a week now instead of every day. I also don’t mix my oils much anymore and choose to leave them separate as I often leave out the castor oil.
Moisturizer – In the last few years I’ve needed very little moisturizer since switching to the oil cleansing method. But when I do, I just use extra virgin coconut oil. A thin layer soaks into my skin quickly and doesn’t stay “greasy” at all.
Exfoliant – Every few weeks or so I mix a teaspoon or so of whole cane sugar into my oil mix and massage gently on to my skin to exfoliate.
Honey – Many women use a honey facial mask to help clear blemishes and as an all over mask every once in a while, but I haven’t found it to be that effective for me.
Natural Hair Care:
Natural Shampoos – I’ve tried a variety of natural shampoos (some worked horribly!!!) and the one that I do keep in the house is one by Burts Bees. It’s not 100% natural, but it does the job better than others I’ve purchased.
“no-poo” – the simplicity of going without shampoo always fascinated me. But living with curly hair I was very hesitant to try it! But last summer I went completely without shampoo or conditioner for 2 whole months and actually really liked it. Now, I did do the basic baking soda “wash”, where you take a bit of baking soda and dissolve it into hot water, apply and then rinse with a diluted bottle of apple cider vinegar. It worked better than I thought, and everything was going swimmingly until…….our water softener ran out of salt. Once it did, my hair got super oily and flat and even after the softener was up and running again, it just wasn’t right. So I went back to my shampoo and still haven’t gone back yet.
Gel – The one thing I can’t really get away from with my curly hair is a gel. Without it I look like a poodle back from the groomers – it’s not pretty. the two options I’ve come across have been a sugar-water mixture (nixed that right away) and a gelatin mixture. And the gelatin actually worked!! A bit too well. It became to hard and by the end of the day, it looked like I had a massive case of dandruff. After just one try at it, I went running back to my very conventional gel.
Natural Skin Care:
I used to be the one that bought fancy scented lotions, so I began switching to natural options quite soon into my “natural living conversion”. I didn’t like the thought of all those chemicals soaking in all the time, but felt that I had to have them because of eczema I always struggled with.
Coconut Oil – For the most part, I use coconut oil as an all over body lotion. Goes on easily and soaks in nicely.
Lotion Bars – As an affiliate for MadeOn Hard Lotion Bars, I was sent a couple lotion bars last fall to try out and have been enjoying them ever since (they last a long time). Made of only coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax the lotion bars are soothing to the skin and have helped keep my eczema from completely destroying my hands. (note – they do not cure eczema as it’s a systematic issue) But these bars work great for dry patches of skin and are really soothing on the legs after shaving!
Homemade Deodorant – I’ve used this basic recipe since last summer and it still works for me. The only changes I’ve made have been to decrease the baking soda (I began to get a bit of discoloration so it was irritating my skin) and normally use arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch.
I also go without it a lot. Yup – I don’t wear it, especially when I’m just going to be home for the day. I found that after the initial switch and my body getting rid of built-up toxins, that I actually needed to use it less and less.
Miessence – I also have this deodorant on hand for when I go out and want to smell better than tea tree oil. 🙂 It works well and the Tahitian Breeze scent I have is beautiful. Joanna from Actual Organics sent me some last year to try, and while it is rather pricey, the ingredients are ones that I can pronounce and feel good about putting on my skin.
Natural Dental Care:
Toothpaste – This toothpaste works fairly well, but I’m not completely sold on it. I’m now back to using a natural toothpaste but would like to head back to the drawing board. maybe a clay based one…..? I dunno. But this one does work in a pinch.
I’d also love to know what you’ve tried, what you like, and what didn’t work at all!