Hello! Are you still out there?
Seems I took a little hiatus from the blog world! I’ve had mini creative moments here there, but mostly I spent this time wondering what happened to my creative mojo!
Right now, I’m motivated to continue working on my personal beauty products: soaps, lotions, butters, washes, scrubs, etc. I am having a lot of fun coming up with my own creations and/or modifying others. I used to buy large amounts of these products off the shelf, but I wanted to exercise a little more control over what goes into my products. And frankly, I just love the way natural soaps feel on my skin much better than some of the name brands.
Last month, I mixed up simple batch of Tea Tree Oil Soap. I’m so ready to make a few more batches of soap before the weather changes.
Tea Tree oil has great medicinal properties, but smells so…medicinal. This soap however, doesn’t have a super strong scent. I can’t wait to use it!
I treat my hands horribly. I wash them about fifty’leven times a day and forget to put on lotion. I wash dishes without gloves. I remove polish from my nails and my hands get even more dry and cracked. I forget to wear gloves out in the bitter cold. I bite my nails when I’m nervous (slowly getting over that bad habit). I chip my nails and accidentally cut my fingers with knives.
I do them oh, so wrong!
Today I’m going to treat them nice with this sugar scrub: a lot of sugar, a little oil, a wee bit of coconut fragrance, a few more ingredients, and a vigorous scrubbing to slough away the rough skin. Then I apply some lotion and dab on a little homemade cuticle oil to put the oils back.
I had no idea that making your own home goods had a name. I thought I was just being crafty.
Part of the reason I started making these things at home was to avoid all the chemical junk that manufacturers put in products. After making the hair and body butters and lotion I’ve found that my skin and scalp like the natural products so much better than what I’ve purchased over the counter. And I’ve purchased a lot! I was a product junkie with a whole box and shelf full of half-used lotions and perfumes, and I was still buying stuff trying to find that product that would work wonders on me.
Starting with my hair, since I went back to my natural hair texture, I’ve tried to avoid SLS and all the parabens. And come to find out there are parabens in mouthwash! I knew what was on that label couldn’t be good, but I just never paid that much attention to it.
I formulated my own recipes for two types of mouthwash (vodka base and baking soda base). There was a third base that I considered trying (apple cider vinegar), but the thought of gargling with vinegar just made my stomach churn. That’s not a good way to start the day.
Deodorant naturally followed given that I’ve given up ( although not completely!) aluminum based deodorants. I mainly use a brand name natural deodorant, but use the sample sizes of the regular stuff occasionally when I need some extra protection.
I haven’t tried my version yet, but I’m hoping it works out really well for me. A friend has tried it and so far she said she had good results.
I’m having so much fun reading and learning about essential oils, nutrients, additives, colorants, and everything else that I forgot to check in with the WordPress world to let y’all know what I’ve been up to.
I have officially crossed over into the world of natural homemade goods and I’m loving it! I love experimenting with new products, seeing what works and what doesn’t, and ya know, anything involving DIY or Craftivity, I’m in.
I remember the days spent earning my “Associate’s degree” in Soap-making, stocking up on goods for melt and pour soaps at my local craft store. Now, I’m getting the “Bachelor’s degree” with cold process soap and I have no intentions of stopping there. I’ve made lotion, hair and body butter, and have plans to make more of those and branch out to other things like deodorants, candles, toothpaste, liquid soaps, cleaning solutions, hot process soap, etc. I think I’ve found a new addiction!