This is a guest post by Lisa Shoreland. Thanks for contributing, Lisa.
Commercially made shampoos and skin-care products are full of chemicals that are bad for both the environment and your body. You can buy products that use organic ingredients and are free of phthalates, parabens and other harmful chemicals, but the best way to be sure that your products are free of any suspicious ingredients is to make them yourself.
Fortunately, shampoos and skin treatments can be made with many ingredients you may already have around your house. Here are a few easy recipes to try:
To make shampoo at home, you will need castile soap to use as a base. You can find castile soap at a health-food store or from an online vendor. You can purchase scented varieties or unscented. To make a basic soap, simply mix two parts castile soap with one part water and one part vegetable oil. The basic recipe can then be altered to include other scents and herbs depending on your needs – moisturizing, repair, lightening, etc. The basic recipe will not be as thick as commercial brands, which contain sudsing agents, but it will clean your hair and will not leave a chemical residue.
To add scents to the basic recipe, steep herbs in 1 cup boiling water for 30 minutes. Allow them to cool completely in the water. Strain the herbs, and add the water to your basic recipe.
Some herbs and oils and their properties:
- Aloe Vera, moisturizing
- Chamomile, soothing
- Lemon, lightening and refreshing
- Lavender, nourishing (for dryness)
- Peppermint, cleansing (for oily hair)
- Coconut, moisturizing
- Avocado, moisturizing
Experiment with different herbs and oils to find a mix that works for your hair.
Creating a deep-moisturizing conditioner is quite simple. Mix 2 cups of mayonnaise with ½ avocado, apply to hair, and let it sit for 20 to 25 minutes. You can wrap your hair in plastic wrap or a shower cap to prevent a mess. Simple rinse your hair and let it air dry.
A simple toner can be made by mixing one part water with one part Bragg’s apple cider vinegar. Simply dip a cotton ball in the mixture and swab it over your face to remove excess dirt, oil, and residue.
For a healthy scrub, mix two parts cold-pressed olive oil with one part sea salt. Combine the ingredients and massage over skin to cleanse and exfoliate.
For deep moisturizing, mix one part lemon juice, honey, turmeric powder and milk powder into a paste. Apply to your face, let it dry, then rinse with warm water.
Oatmeal, milk, honey, and salt are common ingredients for homemade skin care products. Try mixing ingredients and experimenting until you find what works for your skin type.
Lisa Shoreland is currently a resident blogger at Go College where she’s been researching attending private universities as well as admissions application tips. In her spare time, she enjoys creative writing, practicing martial arts, and taking weekend trips.