Home made skin care
These are 3 of the DIY personal care products I use a lot.
It is best to keep in mind that these natural, minimal ingredient alternatives behave differently to the commercial products you may be used to, but they still work really well.
Chocolate coconut moisturiser
This smells so good, good enough to eat in fact. Which you can. Using two food based ingredients you can use this delightful concoction as a face and body moisturiser, make up remover and when used ever so sparingly it helps to tame frizzy hair too.
¼ cup virgin coconut oil
55g cacao butter
Melt the coconut oil and shea/cacao butter together in a double boiler. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. You want to whip the mixture with electric beaters, I find I have to pop the mixture in the fridge to get it stable enough to get to whipping temperature. It should look a little something like this picture above….you’ll need to be quick to pop it into a container before it hardens – again, this happens more quickly in cooler temperatures.
Coconut oil deodorant
This is pretty effective and comes with none of the nasty risks associated with aluminium based antiperspirants or toxic chemicals found in most commercial deodorants. My one warning is: DON’T USE THIS WITH DELICATE FABRIC OR YOUR BEST SHIRT! It can leave an oily residue, so I tend to use this when I’m working out or wearing dark colours that won’t show a little stain.
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons shea butter or cacao butter
3 tablespoons baking soda (a fine one such as Hansells is ideal)
2 tablespoons of arrowroot (tapioca starch)
Optional: essential oils of your choice
Melt the coconut oil and shea/cacao butter together in a double boiler. Remove from the heat and mix in the baking soda and arrowroot, once it is cool but not yet firm, add in the essential oils, if you’re using them. Pour into a container with a good seal, one that’s not too deep – I use an old supplement bottle or old glass face cream jars. Over summer this will be soft and easy to apply; in cooler months you’ll need to scrape some out with the back of a spoon, warm between your fingers and then apply.
Minty coconut toothpaste
I’m really lax about the measurements for this one, I make it all the time and essentially you just need to check the consistency and flavour.
Virgin coconut oil
Baking soda (a fine one such as Hansells is ideal)
Xylitol (from your local health food store)
Food grade peppermint essence
Start with about a tablespoon of soft coconut oil (or melted if it’s summer!), add enough baking soda for the mixture to start to thicken – it will taste, well, salty at this point, add in some xylitol. The mixture should be quite soft but not runny. Add a few drops of peppermint essence and taste test. If it’s too salty add more xylitol, you may also want more peppermint flavour; if need be you can add more coconut oil. Store in a glass or plastic container with a good seal – in the heat it will become quite liquid and I’ve spilled it through my toilet bag on more than one occasion!
How to use:
Easy, just pop some on your toothbrush and brush away. It won’t foam like traditional SLS-loaded toothpaste but it leaves your teeth and gums feeling fresh.