Thursday, 6 June 2013

Make Your Own Natural Body Care Products


Making your own body care products can save you alot of money both now and in the long run. Using simple and effective ingredients you can create natural products that other companies sell for a large amount of cash.

Making your own also gives you the power to control what goes into your product and reduce chemical exposure. Reducing chemical exposure can improve your long term health and sustain your skin.

Having good health keeps down the medical bills so you save money in the long run as well.

So why make your own?

Your skin, general health and bank account get to profit!

Let's begin.

When I first got into making my own skincare, due to my son having eczema and having sensitive skin myself, I scoured books and the internet to find natural products I could make. 

I spent hours searching and trying out different recipes, learning the benefits of natural products and ended up lost in a world of TMI " Too Much Information"

I thought the best way was to do workshops and classes so I knew I was creating safe products. Although natural products are natural there can still be the risk of mixing the wrong ingredients together that can harm your skin more than sustain it.

After all that learning I have chosen to stick with the most basic of ingredients and play around with extra ingredients when I need something specific. The following is a collection of products I make and use at home.

Another bonus of making your own body products is they are safe for the whole family, pets included. 

Ingredients list



Base Ingredients

Apple Cider Vinegar
Rolled Oats
Almond Meal
Sunflower oil
Avocado oil
Cocount oil
Cocoa butter
Bicarb Soda
Citric Acid
Sugar
Milk or Cream


Flowers & Herbs

Lavender
Chamomile
Calendula

Fruit & Veg

Lime, Lemon or Orange

Essential oils of choice


Using organic ingredients is the best option but you can practice using what is at hand. Always wash fruit and vegetables in water with a small amount of lemon juice or vinegar.

Let's get creating!


Body Scrubs

Body scrubs are great for the removal of rough, dry and dead skin. It's recommended you use these at least once a month.

Easy Body Scrub
4 Tbsp Sugar
2 Tbsp of Lemon or Lime Juice
2-4 Tbsp of oil (sunflower for normal skin or avocado for dry skin)

Mix it all together and apply to skin. The oil can create a slippery surface so be careful when using this product. 

Body Pack/Scrub
1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Almond Meal
1 Tsp Honey
2 Tbsp Orange Juice

Mix with water for oily skin and cream or milk for dry skin. Create a paste the same consistency of yogurt and apply to skin.


Once it starts to dry rub it off under the shower.

You can use up to 30 drops of essential oil in each product to make them extra special.





Bath  Products

Having a nice quiet bath can be very relaxing and even better when you know how good your bath products are. Here are some simple yet effective skincare products for the bath.


Bath Wrap
2 Tbsp Rolled Oats
1 Tbsp Almond Meal
3 Tbsp herb of choice (I love Lavender, Chamomile & Calendula)

Tie these ingredients in some cheese cloth or recycled fabric and put in your bath. Squeeze to release creamy herbal water, wash yourself like you would with soap.

This can be used as a scrub if using a rough outer fabric and safe to wash pets in. We bath out dog Buster with them all the time.

Best for pets -Just use oats with Lavender, Mint, chamomile to start.

The lavender and chamomile work at healing any little nicks or cuts, the lavender and mint work at deterring pests, and the oats work to soften the skin.

Bath Bomb
80gm Bicarb Soda
1 Tbsp Citric Acid
20 drops Essential Oil
1 Tsp of melted coconut oil

Spray bottle with 20ml purified water

  1. Place dry ingredients in a bowl and mix wel
  2. Add the essential oil to the coconut oil and sprinkle over dry ingredients. Mix well 
  3. Spray a light mist of water over the mixture while stiring, keep going until mixture sticks together when squeezed (this won't take much water) 
  4. Place into moulds and leave for a day
  5. Remove from mould and let it sit for another day
  6. Your bath bomb is ready to use

You can use a range of recycled material for your moulds such as a tennis ball cut in half, old containers and muffin tins.

Herbal Waters
1/2 Cup Herbs
1 Cup boiling Water

Pour boiling water over herbs and let them sit for 20-30 minutes. Strain and add to bath water. 




Body Lotions

Body lotions are great for keeping skin moisturised during both winter and summer. They are easy and cheap to make.

 



Body Balm
15gm Cocoa Butter
50ml sunflower oil
35ml avocado oil
30-60 drops Essential Oil

Melt cocoa butter and oil together using a heatproof jug in a pot of simmering water. Remove from heat and wait until mixture starts to cool and thicken before you add the essential oils.

Use after a shower to keep skin soft and smooth.
 
Light Lotion
100ml Sunflower oil  
30-60 drops essential oil

Mix together and use on skin after a shower or bath.





Body Spray

Quite often deodorants and body sprays have harsh chemicals that actually damage skin tissue and can cost a pretty penny. You may be surprised at just how simple it is to make your own.



Deodorant & Body Spray 
30ml Apple Cider Vinegar 
100ml Purified Water
30-60 Drops Essential Oil

Put vinegar into spray bottle and add the essential oil. Top up with water, close lid tight and give a good shake.

Good essential oils for body odour are

Lavender
Rosemary
Lemongrass
Peppermint

So there you have it, simple and effective body care recipes. You can now add to your homemade facial products. I will be doing a post on making your own skincare products for the hands and feet soon so stay tuned.

Try them out and let us know how you go. 

You now have my best skincare recipes to get get you started. Once you get used to making your own skincare you can branch out into different ingredients, but most of all have fun making them and saving money. 

What are some natural products or recipes you use on your skin?

Thank You For Reading


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