If you think like we do at Naturally Nourishing, you may be concerned about what those long words listed in the ingredients of skin and hair products are. If you’re interested in replacing your most often used commercial products with easy homemade, natural ones, we have just the solution! T
Go back to the basics, before fragrance, coloring, synthetics, etc., when we used what nature gave us! Once you’ve replaced your standard beauty products with coconut oil, you’ll never go back.
Here are five easy-to-make beauty products that use coconut oil as a base. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to incorporate coconut oil into your daily beauty routine and more importantly by the results!
- Makeup Remover – It doesn’t get much easier than this! Simply warm a bit of coconut oil between your palms and brush your hands over your face and eyes. Wipe the oil away with a damp cloth and you’ll be left with clear, clean, fresh skin.
- Deodorant – Conventional deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum, which has been linked to cancer. Luckily, homemade deodorant is quick and easy to whip up! Mix together 2 parts baking soda and 2 parts cornstarch with one part coconut oil. (For example: two tablespoons each of baking soda and cornstarch and one tablespoon of coconut oil). The coconut oil will keep your skin hydrated, while the baking soda takes care of odors, and the cornstarch keeps you dry. If you like, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance.
- Toothpaste – To make homemade toothpaste, mix together equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. The baking soda will help keep your teeth white and shiny. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oils for a crisp, minty flavor.
- Shaving Oil – Coconut oil is the ideal shaving oil! Simply rub a generous amount onto your skin and use your regular razor to shave. When you’re done, you’ll find that your legs are smooth and clean – and you won’t even need to moisturize them.
- Body Butter – You can rub coconut oil directly into your skin. While it might feel a bit oily at first, it will absorb within a few minutes. You find that your skin absorbs the oil more quickly if you apply it after a warm shower, while your pores are still open.
* If you prefer something that smells a bit more feminine, it’s easy to whip up your own version of body butter using coconut oil as a base. Simply combine coconut oil with a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender, tea-tree, mint and geranium are great for skin) and whisk it until it takes on a light, frothy texture. Scoop it into an airtight container or if you have leftover jars from creams that did not agree with you, clean them completely and use for your homemade body butters.
Thanks to MindBodyGreen.com